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Meet Don McMurray, President of LMA Dr. Donald A. McMurray, PhD, wears many hats: athlete, psychologist, professor. Currently a licensed psychologist, he works for Comprehensive MedPsych Services and also heads up Mental Edge/Sports Training - mental fitness training for athletes of all sports and all levels of skill. Always an athlete, Don attended college on a basketball scholarship and has been a serious tennis player all his life. As a psychologist, he has served as an expert witness for the judicial system in a variety of forensic cases. He has done psychological evaluations for the judicial system, community mental health system, Children & Family Services, school system, bureau of disability determination, Worker’s Compensation, drug and alcohol system, and vocational rehabilitation. If that’s not enough, he also works with individuals and couples. Don McMurray received a BS in Political Science from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then went on to earn an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He graduated in 1975 with a PhD

in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. While working on that doctorate, he worked as a psychologist for the Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh. In the mid-70’s, Don became Associate Dean of Administration and Finance at Antioch University in Columbia, Maryland. Prior to that, he served as Associate Professor at Antioch University at their New England Graduate School in Keene, NH. During this time he also maintained a private practice. While at Antioch, he met his wife, Meredith—also a clinical psychologist—and they had two children. Although Don had grown

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up in Sanford, Florida, the McMurray’s discovered Sarasota quite by accident. They had gone on holiday to Sanibel in the mid 80’s, but the weather did not cooperate with their vacation plans. One rainy day they took a drive up the West Coast of Florida, and fell in love with Sarasota. Both Don and Meredith realized the community had much to offer. Their son, Creighton, was in 8th grade and a perfect fit for Pine View, while their daughter, Jennifer, was about to head off to Mount Holyoke College. The family moved, and Don started his private practice all over again. They lived for a year on Lido before settling into a tree house on Landing’s Circle. Don became the CEO of Suncoast Psychometrics, dealing with psychological evaluations and assessments, clinical consultation, inservice training, and expert witness services with children, adolescents, and adults. He also consulted at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital, Lakewood Ranch, and Health South. Meredith— now retired—worked for a number of years as a clinical psychologist at the employee assistance program at SMH.

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Around 2000, a wonderful tree house became available, a place the McMurray’s loved for its breathtaking view. They seized the opportunity and made it their home. Here Don developed his program called Mental Fitness Training, designed to improve confidence and concentration in athletes. In a recent article Don wrote for Totally Tennis, he said: “While it may appear you have no control over your thoughts, this simply is not true! You have tremendous control. You can and must take control of your thoughts by overriding the negatives and replacing them with positive words and phrases.” Great words for all of us in any field! Today, son Creighton lives in Atlanta and is in the restaurant

business. He has just completed the LSAT, is currently applying to Law School, and will be heading towards a career change. Daughter Jennifer is a computer tech person employed by the University of Waikato. She lives with her husband and their 4-year old son in Hamilton, New Zealand. She and her family were recent visitors at her parent’s home in The Landings. A believer in serving the community in which you live, Don McMurray was active in the Tree House Association before joining the Landings Management Board. At LMA, he served as Treasurer and as Vice President, before being elected President of the organization in February of 2015.

Newcomers photos on pages 18 & 19

LMA Decal Verification

Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Carriagehouse II notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on April 1st unless they take action before that date to re-validate them. Owners can avoid suspension by re-validating

their decals before April 1, 2015. Owners who will be gone for the month their decals are scheduled to be deactivated may go to the Main Gate before they leave to complete the verification process. The form will be available on The Landings website and from the Main Gate.

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LMA Meeting Notes

By Trebor Britt

|Speeding And Safety Discussion Extends Lma Meeting Past 2 Hours Newly elected LMA Pres. Don McMurray opened his first meeting by welcoming and introducing new Board members. He announced strategic planning process activity will increase in the next few months as the Board considers future missions, goals, and objectives. McMurray also reviewed the motion and voting process of the Board. Before asking for committee reports, McMurray announced the names of a few new committees that have been or will be formed. One is the Communications Committee. This committee would coordinate the wide range of communications activities between LMA and The Eagle, the website, community contacts, brochures and other communications issues. Bob Manteiga and Joan Lowery have agreed to serve on this committee. Another new committee will be named the Community Events Committee. New board member Doug Day and Judy Green have agreed to serve on this committee. The committee will centrally coordinate all the events that take place at The Landings. Another new committee will be named the Environmental Committee. Board member John Carson has agreed to serve on this committee tasked with addressing environmental concerns at The Landings. A Technology Committee will be formed. This committee will address issues regarding video cameras, radar issues and many computer related

concerns. Dick Bayles has agreed they were entrusted to do has been accomplished. As a result to serve on this committee. he feels there is no need to have an Archive Committee. He FINANCE REPORT New Finance committee proposed that it be replaced by chair, Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso an Archive Manager who would reported through the first see that LMA documents etc. month of the year, the Board were consistently added to the underspent by $4,089.72. Annual archives. assessments are owed by eighteen owners and GraziosiJacaruso reiterated the policy for collecting outstanding annual assessments would be followed. Former Finance chair, Don McMurray communicated the details of the collection policy. The LMA credit card limit was increased to $2,000 and an additional card will be made available. Graziosi-Jacaruso ended her report by bringing a finance committee motion the $40,444.69 surplus from the 2014 budget be applied to expenses related to the Gazebo and the Nature Trail Bridge. The motion passed without dissent.


Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence reported after a meeting with Sarasota County Stormwater management he believed the county would take a more active role in the care and cleanup of the Lakes. An adjustable weir has been installed on Lake-9 in an effort to raise the lake level during the dry season. This is experimental and may or may not be continued. Lake fountains have been repaired and many bulbs replaced.


Archives Chairman, Robert Manteiga reported the work



Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessy’s reported on several landscape issues. The process of trimming and pruning The Landings islands is in progress. The Nature Trail mangroves were trimmed and pruned. Sixty palms were trimmed along Phillippi Shores Drive. They are planning to re-shell the nature trail and eventually install a new entry way into it from Heron Way.

Letter to the Editor My wife and I have lived in The Landings for the past 23 years and have ALWAYS paid our yearly assessment on time. For some unknown reason we did not receive our notice from Argus Property Mgt. (either not mailed or lost in the mail). We also never received a reminder or even a phone call, instead the only notice we got was the invoice with a late fee and a late interest fee totaling $125.01. We immediately mailed the yearly assessment and called Argus about voiding the ridiculous charges explaining what took place. They told us we had to contact the LMA board which we did. A week later we received an email

Cloisters Treehouse Creek. Jost also met with a School Board representative regarding repair of the perimeter wall across the street from 5031 Kestral Park Dr. Repair is in progress and issues ROADS contributing to this problem Roads chair, Rudy Blohm have been corrected. reported meeting with four contractors to receive bids on SAFETY AND repaving work at The Landings. SECURITY He will communicate further C o c h air, John Carson information at a later meeting. submitted several motions Blohm ended his report by for consideration and vote by asking the Board to consider the LMA Board. Substantial erecting an observation tower discussion accompanied each between the bridge and the motion. As a result, policy gazebo. It would give The Landings residents a view of changes were made regarding one of the largest mangrove decal suspension, speeding and areas in Sarasota. The current safety issues. observation platform is not high enough to see anything notable. • Decal Suspension The following policy was adopted by a 6 to 2 vote. DRAINAGE “A warning letter and an Committee chair, Jack Jost email if possible be issued for a reported Sarasota County first speeding violation in excess S t o r m w a t e r m a n a g e m e n t of 5 mph over the posted speed agreed to clean out the

telling us that an average of 10% do not pay even by mid-January prior to the reminder notice (which we also never received). To note: we are not interested in the other 10%, who do not pay on time, as we for the last 23 years have been prompt. So even though LMA and Argus Property are at fault for not mailing our invoice or any reminders, the wisdom of the board was to ignore our truthfulness and insist we pay the penalties, which we have done. So much for understanding! Disappointed Landings residents. Burt and Sandy Frank limit contain a requirement that the owner acknowledge its receipt in writing or via email within 30 days or the Board, at its discretion, may impose a 30 day suspension of residential barcode entrance privileges which will begin immediately.” • Decal Suspension The following policy was adopted by a 5 to 3 vote. “The name of the owner whose decal has been suspended will be published in The Landings Eagle in the next available issue.” •Speeding The following motion passed unanimously. “One road wide or two halfroad-wide speed impediments be installed at a location to be decided by the Board using a design approved by the Board.” Continued on page 26

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President’s Column Spring is here and we will be losing a number of our residents as they journey north for the summer. We wish all of you that head north at this time of year - a safe and pleasant journey and a quick return to our community. The New Residents reception was held on March 14th at the LRC. It was well attended, with approximately 70 people mingling and getting to know one another. Thanks to Dawn Smith and Marie Jacaruso for their organizational skills and Neil Goldman for his welcoming remarks. As a small reminder to all the new members of our community we would like to encourage your involvement in The Landings. If there is a committee you would be interested in, let me or one of the Board Members know. If you have ideas or suggestions that would help us function better let them be known. The Board has begun deliberations on the proposals

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offered by the Safety and Security Committee to address the issues involved with safety on our streets. Following a Town Hall meeting on February 11th the board addressed a number of the proposals at its last Board Meeting on March 5th. A healthy, engaged discussion followed, with a few resolutions being reached and a few proposals being tabled for later discussion and action. As all of you know when issues such as speeding and safety on our roads are discussed people have different and, at times, passionate opinions. At our next Board Meeting, March 5th, we will have a presentation and discussion by Molly Williams, County Storm Water and Drainage Department. She will be discussing the reconfiguration of the Flood Zones in our community and provide you with important information about how this reconfiguration will impact your home. It

At its regular February board meeting the board approved a roof replacement on Peregrine Point Drive, a partial patio enclosure on Peregrine Point Circle W and the removal of a tree on Peregrine Point Drive. The owner of property on Pine Harrier Drive will be asked to attend the next board meeting to discuss a home

business operating out of the residence. A final attempt to resolve a drainage violation on Peregrine Point Way will be undertaken prior to turning the matter over to counsel. The next board meeting of the Association will be on April 9, 2015.

The Pancake Chefs should be a very informative and timely presentation. We invite all of you to attend. In closing, I and the Board, again, encourage you to get involved in your community in any manner that you can. Certainly volunteering for a committee would be great, but also offering your thoughts, comments, and ideas on important topics is also greatly appreciated.

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|Phillippi Farmhouse Market – Sarasota’s Original Wednesday Market (9 am – 2 pm) April is the final month of the seasonal Phillippi Farmhouse Market. Local produce at Brown’s Grove, Honeyside Farms and Greens on the Gro hydroponics will continue to be strong with Florida blueberries, cabbage and cantaloupe. Seasonal melons also include watermelon and various varieties of honey dew. There will also be carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans and various peppers in addition to nice lettuce, radishes, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes. All the produce at the Farmhouse Market is locally grown and, of course, there is Geraldson Community Farms’ produce which is USDA Certified Organic. The market’s prepared food

vendors continue to get their ingredients from the Market’s produce vendors whenever possible. Take home some pulled pork from Perry’s BBQ or have some guacamole from Baja Boys Mexican food truck and don’t forget the baked goodies. The market continues to support local artisans and their unique handicrafts. Stop by and chat with Sue Sweeney about her oneof-a-kind painted purses, visit Pat Webber for beautifully stenciled table cloths, shower curtains, table runners and fun tee shirts. Jill Evans has wonderfully repurposed clothing and Darling Pottery Studios has a variety of amazing bowls, trays, wall pockets, etc. Such creativity! Always live, local music and

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ample free parking. Of course, the Wednesday 10 a.m. tour of the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park is also free and a view into the past as docents lead tours through the 1916 Italian Renaissance home talking about the early days of the Sarasota community. Phillippi Estate Park also has shoreline trails and a quartermile loop in a coastal hammock, which is great for photography, sketching, picnicking and wandering though the scenic 60acre park. Please bring your well-behaved pets to enjoy the park, but remember to keep your pet on a leash and clean—up after him/ her. SEE YOU AT THE MARKET! This is a compensatory position. Candidates interested in this position please contact Bob Stein via email for details:

Jake Meyer Goldman wants to thank Judy and Tara for their delicious breakfast at the Racquet club. Every month Judy Greene and Tara Lamb host a breakfast at the Landings Racquet Club. Members all gather for fresh (home made) goodies and egg-bake. Judy and Tara have been hosting this breakfast for at least 5 years. It is very well received by the membership. Jake Meyer Goldman was visiting, and although he didn’t get anything to eat, his parents visiting from Chicago had their fill. Photo submitted by Sharon Goldman

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Kids’ Corner

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Baptiste Deshayes, 15, 8th grader at Brookside Middle School

He can speak French and English. He has 1 brother, Illan, 9.

• How long have you been in America? 7 months and 5 months in The Landings. We moved from Pau, France in the Pyrenees.

• What do you do in your spare time? Besides, drawing, I played piano for 5 years in France. I haven’t taken it back up yet • Favorite movie? here but would like to. I like • Do you like The Landings? I don’t have a favorite but bicycling, swimming, and I’ve Yes, because there is a like funny or action movies just started playing tennis. swimming pool and the trees are different here. It’s also • What is your favorite video • What do you want to be when beautiful, quiet, and secure. game? you grow up? Forza (a speed driver game) Maybe a cartoonist for • What is the biggest change Disney or Pixar from France? • What is your favorite subject? The weather. In Pau, it’s Art. I like to draw every cold, rainy, and has snow. time I have a pencil and paper in my hand. I draw anything/ • What is your favorite sport? everything – buildings in NY or Soccer. I played it in France faces. I enjoy creating my own and would like to play it here as cartoon characters. Sometimes well. they are crazy, sometimes not. I received an award certificate for • What is your favorite team? some decorations/background art for an art show at the airport Paris PSG Soccer Team recently. • Favorite color? Could we see something that you’ve drawn? Sure. Blue • Favorite song? I listen to the current hits on the radio so that I can learn the words.

Heidi Bodor •Tell me about a recent trip you’ve taken. The move to Florida! • What’s your favorite food? I like good food. I enjoy Baptiste Deshayes everything - fish, meat, and vegetables. Everything except bananas. I don’t like the taste • One word to describe you of bananas. would be? Nice. • Your parents own Bonjour • If you could be any animal, F r e n c h C a f é which one would you be and on Siesta Key. why? What’s your I’d be a lion or a tiger because favorite thing they are strong. there? I like it all. • Where would you recommend T h e y h a v e going on vacation? typical French Florida! breakfasts – c r o i s s a n t s , • If you could wave a magic c h o c o l a t e wand, what ill in the world croissants, and would you solve? crepes that are All the problems in Africa very good.





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PEA SALAD - Mixture of colorful salad greens - 2 cups frozen peas - 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves - 2 Avocados - Splash white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar - Olive oil. to taste Place the frozen peas in a bowl and add some chopped mint. Pour olive oil and white wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar) to taste covering the peas. Pour the peas with the dressing over the salad greens. Top it with the sliced avocado and more chopped mint on top and serve immediately. (Salt and pepper can be added at the table if desired).

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Landings Learning Group Closes Season on a High Note The final program of the 2015 LLG series came to a close on March 18th .The audience was treated to an exciting performance by Dr. Joseph Holt, a delightful and talented pianist and Soprano Deborah Polkinghorn Suta, singing the music from Lerner and Loewe Musicals. It was thrilling to hear “Wouldn’t it be Loverly” (My Fair Lady), “Almost Like Being in Love” (Brigadoon) “I could have danced All Night” (My Fair Lady). All of the 2015 programs were the result of hard work and dedication of the LLG Planning Committee members. Our thanks and appreciation are owed to the Landings Learning Group Planning Committee; Estelle Colten, Adrienne & Howard Feltman, Bridget Frymier, Ute Hargreaves, Linda Morgenlander, Selma Savren, Earl Schaffer, Irv Spector, and Ron Wilson. Thanks to Kevin Lechlitner, General Manager of LRC, and his staff, for all of their efforts; creating flyers, room setup, weekly e-mail blasts, and administrative

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opening and closing programs. Our appreciation to Estelle Colten and Bridget Frymier, with the assistance of members of the LLG committee for providing refreshments for the entire season. All in all, for the 2015 season, The Landings residents were entertained, enlightened, and well nourished!

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Dr. Joseph Holt classical pianist and Soprano Deborah Suta, singing Lerner & Loewe, were a delightful combination for the March 18 final program for 2015. Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, The Landings Realtors, provided delectable refreshments, and The Landings Learning Group served wine to celebrate the season ending program. More Photos on page 19

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles A brief reminder that Landings Day this year is on Friday, April 10th. Once again we will feature “tennis for fun” including a dunk tank for everyone to take out their frustrations on our pros. The Pro Shop remodeling project will begin the week before Landings Day, with the move of its operations over the last two days of that week to the multi-purpose room in the Fitness Center.

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Now that season is winding down, it is time to start our major capital project for the year. The Pro Shop renovation is scheduled to begin by the middle of April. We will bring it up to the standard set by the other buildings we have recently renovated. In early April, the staff will start to set up our make-shift Pro Shop in the Multipurpose room of the Fitness Center. Normal merchandise and services will remain during the project. We hope to be back in the new Pro Shop by the beginning of June. Several new Wilson demo racquets have arrived and are ready for you to try them out. If you fall in love with one, let me know your grip size and I will special order it from Wilson. It is usually here in three days. If you have


your eye on a racquet from a different company, please let me know what it is. I can still order it for you and possibly at a lower price. Thank you to all the members that have registered their in-house guests in advance with the Pro Shop staff. It seems like everyone has family and friends visit during season. This new policy has really helped us keep everything straight in the office. As a reminder for those that aren’t aware, in-house guests must be registered in the office in advance or a guest fee will be charged. Please mark your calendars for our Annual Memorial Day BBQ on May 25th. This is usually our largest event of the year. Last year we had around 135 people. It will be the normal menu of hot dogs and hamburgers with all the side dishes. As always, wartime military veterans will be complimentary. Look for the sign-up sheet in the Tennis Pro Shop in late April.


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There was a great turnout for the St. Patrick’s D a y R o u n d Robin. Thanks to John, Ron, Kevin, Alice, Gary, Hans and Mo for being the “designated pros” on each court. All in all about 70 people enjoyed a day of tennis and traditional Irish fare. Thanks to Sharon for baking her delicious cupcakes, Paul and Bob for taking photos and Renie and Barbara for the festive set up. Landings Day will be held Friday, April 10, 2015. It’s one of the last chances to get together with friends before some of you head north. Join in the fun starting with tennis activities featuring the ever popular dunk tank. Get your aim game ready and let’s see how many times I hit the water. A Wilson representative will be here


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Our Annual CANUKUS tennis challenge was held Sunday, March 22nd. As usual, the spectators were treated to some excellent tennis. Due to time constraints with the players, all three matches went out at 9:00 AM. On court #3 Americans Joe Bachmann and Earl Tomkins played CANUKS Bill Barry and Steve Thompson. They had a close three set match with Joe and Earl emerging victorious 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Court #2 featured Americans Jack Ambrose and John Fournier versus CAUNUKS Andre Marois and Peter Gonda. This match also went the distance with the CANUKS pulling it out in the end 2-6, 6-4, 10-7. Just like every time since the event started in 2004, it all came down to the final match. The players on Court #1 were Americans Mark Anderson and Ed Cunningham against CANUKS Allan Chair Umpire Guy Mileni Thompson and Peter Bonfa. Allan and Peter won a close first set 7-5. The Americans rallied to take the second set 6-4. The players decided to play a match tie break in lieu of a full third set. When it was all said and done, Mark and Ed sealed the

overall victory for the American team 10-7. Special thanks to Barrie Taylor for organizing the event and Guy Mileni for being the chair umpire. Based on the amount of grocery bags in my office, Barrie will have a full trunk when he heads to the All Faiths Food bank this afternoon. Photos by Robert Manteiga

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Newcomer’s Reception New residents of The Landings had the opportunity to meet each other as well as the board members at the Annual Newcomer’s Reception held on March 14, at the LRC. Photos by Robert Manteiga


Helene Weismann and Arthur Bresser

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Landings Learning Group Closes Season on a High Note The Landings Learning Group held its season finale on March 18th with a

packed house performance by Gloria Musicae Director, Joseph Holt and soprano

Deborah Suta, followed by a reception in the Lakeside room at The Landings. Group

organizer, Howard Feltman acknowledged Henry Rhodes for his five years of service as

President of the LMA Board. Photos by Robert Manteiga.



Round Table Discussion Group RTDG hosts Al Goldis, “My Life in Baseball” Al talked to a large crowd of attendees ranging in age from 8 years old to over 80! He shared his baseball and basketball experience from his high school and college days in Philadelphia. Al also played in the oldest Semi Pro League that Connie Mack actually played in. He signed with Cincinnati, and even played with Pete Rose when Rose was a Rookie. Al had many interesting facts, one being that baseball started in Ireland. They called this new game, “Rounders” in the 1800’s. The first Semi Pro team was called the Cincinnati Red Stockings and was developed in the late 1850’s. The first real professional team was the Chicago White Stockings. He worked as an Asst. General Manager for Gene Autry, and a Baseball Scout for Steinbrenner loving every facet of his jobs even those dealing with the inner workings of the club’s finances.


Spring is upon us along with plant pollen. Live Oak and its yellowish pollen is the most visible. This year it is joined by Red Tide.

At Palmer Ranch Dental, we are noticing a definite increase in vague but very uncomfortable tooth pain especially in the upper back teeth. Even careful examination usually can’t localize the pain to specific teeth or another oral area. In the absence of a definite oral problem we try to rule out some sort of sinus issue. Since the roots of the upper back teeth are close to sinus areas, inflammation or infection of the sinus can mimic tooth discomfort. Often we recommend that patients take their usual antihistamine medication to see if this helps. Not all mouth discomfort comes from teeth, but diagnosis of oral discomfort begins with your dentist. Remember, it’s easier and far less costly to prevent oral disease than to treat it. It’s up to you!

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By Dee Ricapito

Al Goldis. Photo by Paul Weiner.

Linda Lee. Photo by Paul Weiner.

When recruiting baseball players he would look for certain qualities in a player, for example: did the player hit the ball hard, his talent, movement, speed, ball control. But other aspects he looks for when hiring a player is: the player’s attitude, his passion to succeed, trust, motivation and discipline to be the best every day. Building a successful baseball team has the same qualities as

building a big time business or career in any endeavor. To say that he was a big hit with the audience would be an understatement. RTDG hosts Linda Lee Linda gave a presentation on the psychology of sports. She equated the actual use of psychology with her experience in the bridge world level competitions. She developed

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1900’s when jazz was being created. He said, “It’s always innovative music, playing tunes from Fats Waller, “Have You Met Miss Jones”; to George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Leonard Irv Kushner, presenter; Gordon Garrett, speaker; Michael Royal, Bernstein’s pianist; Ralph Ricapito, presenter. creative music. You never tire of it, it’s just like Linda had a one page handout Michael Royal. about mental toughness which you having another dish of spaghetti”. Photos by Paul Weiner. He feels that jazz music is music may request at the Pro Shop. that stirs adult emotion marring many colorful slides that added a lot RTDG hosts Gordon Garret & lyrics with melody which Frank of humor to many people’s angst, Michael Royal, Jazz Pianist - Jazz Sinatra did so well. He noted this i.e.: sleep deprivation, pre-event is Timeless Music year, Frank would have been 100 anxiety, not dwelling on mistakes I n r e c o g n i t i o n o f t h e 3 5 t h years old, and his love songs are and positive self-talk. All were Anniversary of the Sarasota Jazz still being played and remade by appropriate to the topic. Festival, Past President of the new performers. Linda was peppered with a lot of Sarasota Jazz Club, Gordon Garrett Gordon noted the Sarasota Jazz interesting questions by the well- introduced Michael Royal who Festival is one of the oldest in the attended crowd. The audience treated the Round Table Discussion country, and the Jazz Club is one appreciated the time and effort Group with his jazz piano music. of the largest in the country. Linda (and Ray who assisted with He explained the structure of jazz N e w m e m b e r s a r e a l w a y s running the slides), put into this originated from classical composers welcome. Just contact Gordon here project. emigrating from Europe in the early at The Landings.

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Brazilian Red Cloak Megaskepasma Erythrochlamys: Brazilian Red Cloak has stunning upright scarlet flower cones, with white shrimp like flowers extending out of the centers of the dark pink to deep red flowers. Each flower cone can be up to a foot tall. The large green leaves give it a very tropical look. It is a tall upright shrub that can reach 12 -15 feet, but can be trimmed to 6-7 foot and still bloom well. It flowers most of the year, but blooms most heavily in the spring and autumn. This zone 9b -11 shrub thrives in Sarasota. The Brazilian Red cloak is an under used plant that is becoming more known due to its sheer beauty. When people see this plant at a botanical garden or specialty nursery they cannot resist putting one in their own garden. You can see two Brazilian red cloaks in full bloom at the Sarasota Garden Club Botanical Gardens this spring. The Sarasota Garden Club is open free of charge to the public. Tip: Brazilian red cloak does well in full sun to part shade, and likes regular watering. Submitted by Jeannie Weyrick, Sarasota Garden Club


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Our Moment in Myanmar What felt like a moment was really two days. The country has such scenic beauty, even the dust filled landscape holds a feeling of mystical Buddhist purity. The remote villages we went through to Yangon, (formerly Rangoon, Burma), were mainly made up of huts and dirt roads. The villagers were not accustomed to seeing tourist. They have been an isolated country under harshly imposed military rule over fifty years and is newly opened to tourists. Our bus had a police escort and everyone smiled and waved with curiosity, as did we! Golden pagodas glitter in the sun everywhere you go. We even saw a glorious temple shaped like a boat on a lake. It seems the country is rich, but the people are poor. We saw oxcarts, and peasants clothed as they were a thousand years ago. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the holiest 1922 BAY ROAD, SARASOTA | 941.926.3335 CARATSFINEJEWELRYANDWATCHES.COM



site. Its people pray, even picnic, while paying their respects and enjoy the place. But, that day it was mobbed with pilgrims, young people, Buddhist monks, nuns, tourists and more. Yet, it felt peaceable among all the goings on. All are proud of this beautiful solid gold, diamond and jewel encrusted monument. There were hundreds of religious structures surrounding it, some with relics in them, others are smaller square hollow temples - all ornate and maintained as treasures. Pictures do not do it justice since it’s vast in size. We were required to take off our shoes and socks out of respect at all the Burmese pagodas. There was another sacred shrine we visited which housed a centuries old huge, but charming, Reclining Buddha with its face painted and lacquered. As we walked bare footed on

By Dee Ricapito the constantly swabbed wet floors, to see the readings on the bottom of the Buddha’s feet, our guide told us of the predictions scribed on them of the extinction of Buddhism. WOW! The look of old Asia was fascinating. Yet, the center of the city square was surrounded by many mid-sized buildings, with pockets of newly built apartment complexes, and some badly restored ones along the way back to the pier. The workers dressed in modern casual attire. They did wear a traditional yellow face paint for beauty and sun protection. As a last thought; go before so many others do. With political changes and foreign investment pouring into the country, its spectacular scenery and warm, welcoming people may change quickly.

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By Dick Bayles The following are new owners since the recent publication of the Landings Directory: •Marilyn Rosengarden & Paul Frederick, 5420 Eagles Point Cir #403, 941 924 6028, 312-215-5033,, • Alan & Nancy Friedberg, 1605 Starling Dr, 603-759-1066, 603-759-0931,, • Gary & Lauren Kurnov, 5164 Kestral Park Ter, 646-761-5214, 646-413-3740 • Carol & Ronald LaRose, 1632 Starling Dr, 973-699-2288, 973-632-5932,, • Fern Vaughan, 5337 Landings Blvd, 203-273-3631, • Parker Wigton, 5252 Heron Way, 207-233-1796 • Cassandra Winters, 5172 Flicker Field Cir, 941-320-6743,

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Part VII - Landings at 25 – Encore |Landings South

By Irwin Starr Landings South 1-VII may be the most confusing of developments to those of us who don’t live there. It consists of 190 units in seven separate developments, managed by seven different condominium associations. The Portside Villas are the most distinct as they are a series of duplexes totaling 18 units, as reviewed last month. All are single story with two car garages. The remaining Landings South units are all what many northerners call upper and lower flats, with single car garages. They are formally called “coach houses” presumably from the tradition of housing over the building holding the coach, or vehicle on large estates. With the initial sales of Landings South, starting at Landings Blvd. and Heron Way came automatic and

mandatory membership in the Landings Racquet Club. When Landings III was initially marketed it was pitched as “The Landings Racquet Club” The largest Landings South association is Landings South III with 42 units in 5 buildings. Early recorded sales in Landings I were in 1985 at about $134,000. The last initial sales were in Landings VII in 1990 in the $135,000-160,000 range. Despite the recent real estate “recession” the units have shown appreciation, selling in the mid-$200,000’s. Prior to the recession some sold in the low to mid $300,000 range. Recent sales have been in the $250,000 range. Early occupants include a previous editor of The Landings Eagle, Joanne Meyer who takes the story from here.

This series was first run in the 2005-2006 Landings Eagle. It has been moderately updated.

Landings at 25 - In the First Person With a little bit of luck and a lot of curiosity, we found our future in The Landings during the summer of 1986. Our home at the time was situated on Phillippi Creek, almost directly across from where all this “mysterious” developing was taking place. Mysterious – because we couldn’t see past all the trees and lush greenery that fronted U.S. 41. (Really, no shopping center existed!) We had taken our golden retriever along for this visit, thinking he’d enjoy romping around the pleasant country setting, and he did – galloping around the lovely old trees, sniffing after squirrels and barking happily at the huge population of birds. But no sooner had we passed the unoccupied gatehouse, when a booming (definitely not very friendly) voice hollered, “YOU ARE TRESPASSING! YOU ARE SUBJECT TO A FINE! GET YOUR DOG AND GET OUT OF HERE! We complied (mostly because I couldn’t be sure he didn’t have a gun). Nevertheless, it takes a lot to discourage us, and we returned a few days later (minus our dog) and approached the trailer office located just outside the gate where anyone interested enough could go in and study the maps. The really curious could brave the winding, unpaved


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roads inside that led to structures designated as “tree houses,” and it was easy to understand why. The Landings and trees were synonymous, and these lovely new structures blended right in with the landscape. By October, we had made several more visits to the trailer office where the salesman tried to steer us to units being constructed in the Portside Villas and priced at $115,000. But at the same time, we learned of a condo for resale just across the road from the Villas. The unit had been used as a sort of weekend retreat by folks who had a larger home down in Englewood. Indeed, none of the kitchen appliances had ever been used! But it was the view that sold us. The generous lanai faced west, and we could see clear over to Siesta Key and a magnificent, unobstructed sunset. Heron Way, Starling and Eagles Point were just designated roads on the builder’s plans. But even before construction began, our association, known as Landings South I, and the Portside Villas (Landings South II) bonded in a pleasant neighborly way. We had a combined meeting in our condo to get to know one another and discuss mutual concerns. Ah, yes . . . those were the days........


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The Alpine Steakhouse has been a local, family-owned business for more than 40 years.

A Sarasota staple for more than 40 years, the Alpine Steakhouse is a family-owned business that has evolved with its three generations of owners. It’s a German market, butcher shop, deli and restaurant all under the same chalet-style roof. But it hasn’t always been that way. In 1972, current owner Matt Rebhan’s grandfather Henry moved from New York to Sarasota. “He opened up the first store in 1973,” Rebhan said. “But at that time, it was more of a grocery store with a bakery and a meat market.” Later on Rebhan’s father Mark took over ownership, and in 2003, passed it over to his son. Today, one of the biggest draws for the business has to be the primary focal point in the dining area--the room-long meat case. “People come here for cuts they can’t get any other place, and specialty meats,” Rebhan said. “This is really an oldfashioned butcher shop.” The words “old-fashioned” bring to mind connotations of quality product s and personalized customer service, both of which are emphasized at Alpine. If a customer dining in the restaurant wants to go to the butcher case and pick out their steak, that’s fine. One can even walk over to the market

section, which showcases a bevy of German foods, and pick up items to take home. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, which include soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts--all fresh and homemade. But from the moment you walk in the door, it’s clear that the stars of the show are the meats. “Ultimately it’s a steakhouse,” Rebhan said. “We’re really known for our hand-cut, never-frozen meats, and we also carry Japanese Kobe.” In 2007, Alpine Steakhouse and the Rebhan family entered the annals of pop culture when The Food Network and TV personality Guy Fieri came to the restaurant to film an episode for the network’s popular show “Diners, DriveIns and Dives.” Fieri wanted to feature another item for which the Alpine is wellknown--turducken. Originally created by a New Orleans chef, the turducken consists of a boneless chicken stuffed in a boneless duck, which is then stuffed in a turkey. Inside are lots of goodies, like dressing, Andouille sausage, spinach and many other ingredients. “It’s kind of like Thanksgiving all in one bite,” Rebhan said. “It’s very colorful, and slow-roasted

for 15 hours. We ship the turduckens all around the U.S.” But no matter what is ordered at Alpine, one can be assured that it is fresh and completely homemade. All the salads, more than 40 different kinds of soups and many of the deli items are made right on site. Coming up is the Easter holiday and Alpine Steakhouse, as usual, will do a booming business. “We carry strictly domestic legs of lamb and racks from Colorado,” Rebhan said. “Then, of course, we’ll have fresh hams, smoked hams, fresh Polish Kielbasa, turducken, our tenderloins and rib roast.” To place orders for the holiday, or to inquire about Alpine’s extensive catering menu, call 941-922-3797. The restaurant is at 4520 South Tamiami Trail, and is open each day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Nature’s Wondrous Curves By Albert L. Weeks (Professor Emeritus, NYU)

Everywhere we look we see neat geometric shapes. One of the most famous ones is the Sine Curve. You see this curve when you look at a meandering river below out of an airplane window. Its curves are sinusoidal. Our hearts beat in sine curves as seen on EKG plots. Middle C on the piano produces a listenable for “perfect pitch” acoustic sine wave while A Major above middle C, or about 440 Hz, is most often used to tune up an orchestra’s instruments especially oboes with their multiple reed-controlled pitches.. When you examine a sine curve in detail--a teardrop is one such geometric figure-you find another rather amazing shape imbedded in it: the Golden Ratio, or Divine Proportion. These are the proportions you see when you stretch an oval into an ellipse. It becomes almond-shaped like an Oriental person’s or Abyssinian cat’s eye. Johannes Kepler demonstrated that planets in our Solar System all travel in elliptical orbits, not in circles. That is, their “ovals” have been shaped by the rules of the Golden Ratio. Their diameters change according to a string of ratios conforming to 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc., i.e., the so-called Fibonacci Series (note the progressive, additive pattern). The ratios between these numbers reduces to the irrational number, or “phi,” of: Φ unending series. This proportion is

found everywhere in nature. Such elliptical orbits have two centers, called foci (see diagram below). A planet revolves about both centers, as our Earth does as it revolves about the Sun in an ellipse. The Golden Ratio, or Golden Section, turns up in many other places. For instance, if you divide the total number of female bees by the number of male bees, you get the Golden Ratio, phi, or 1.618 (rounded off). Or, with a tape, you measure the distance from the tip of your head to the floor. Then divide that by the distance from your belly button to the floor. The number you get is 1.618 or something close to it. The Christian crossbar intersects the vertical at precisely .66--2/3rds--of its length (called the “phi cut”). The Jewish hexagram symbol also embodies this principle. Too, a spiral engenders the geometry of the Golden Ratio. This shape is found in conch shells, pineapples, spacing of leaves on a plant, the feathers of birds, and in many parts of the anatomy of humans. For example, a human foot forms an arch that expresses the Golden Proportion (see illustration). Getting back to those meandering rivers, the mechanics by which a river settles into its sinusoidal meander are intriguing. At first, the young river flows down its steep gradient as straight as an arrow. Over time, though, it begins to wear down and

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level the gradient. As it does so, the current naturally slows down. As this happens, the river begins to curl and “eat itself” like a snake biting its tail. It makes its sine curves steeper and steeper (see picture of meandering river). Finally, when a curving river closes in on itself, a lake, called an ox bow, is formed. In examining this process, geologists have found that over time the river has made its journey rather efficiently from a fastmoving, cascading stream into a ripened, Mississippi-like “old man river.” And it has done this in a most “economical” way by saving as much of itself as possible. As the meandering wears away river banks, silt is deposited in increasing amounts as the river slows down. This in turn increases the meandering. Yet instead of dying altogether, the ancient river flows on and on despite its only slight gradient. Students of the history of mathematics know that the ancient Greeks took a deep interest in what they observed in nature. Topologically rocky, angular Greece provided a stimulus for studying geometric shapes. By the time of Pythagoras (in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C.), many Greek thinkers were convinced that nature consisted of--that is, could be measured in--numbers, or by geometric shapes. Fascinated by this, Pythagoras developed his famous theorem that the square of the hypotenuse of a right

Two pictures above: Golden Ratio triangle equals the square root of the sum of the other two legs. Thus, a triangle with sides of 3 and 4 and a hypotenuse of 5, when the two lengths are squared and added, this equals 25. This in turn equals the squared hypotenuse, 25. By the time Galileo and the beginning of the birth of modern science, the famous Renaissance mathematician of Pisa was able to say that nature consists wholly of numbers. From that concept originated the lengthy process of developing contemporary calculus. This method is not only based on numbers (ratios) but also on imaginary, or “transcendental” (or “irrational”) numbers. They include pi and e (the magic number of growth and compounded bank interest) which are such strungout constants consisting respectively (as rounded off to several places) of 3.1415926535897...... and 2.7182818284590......with no end to the series. Call them “transcendental.”

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votes. The published Rules and Regulations be amended to include the following language: “Resident-owned golf carts are prohibited on the nature trail and in the Eagles Nest area.” •Safety The following motion passed unanimously. The published Rules and Regulations be amended to include the following


Sine/Cosine curve: y=sin(x)

language: “Only golf carts with front and rear lights that are lit may use Landings roads after sunset and before sunrise.” SPEED LIMIT This month’s meeting ended with a lively discussion about reducing the speed limit at The Landings. The Board agreed to revisit this issue at another meeting. In the meantime, several board members agreed to limit their speed to 20 mph for the next month and report their experience.

Human foot-arch .66 ratio

Ellipse with two centers

Oriental eye, teardrop shape

Meandering river


April 2, LMA Board Meeting at 7 p.m. County Stormwater Manager will present impact on Landings of new Flood Plan.

The Landings Photo Gallery The New Kid on the Block We are happy to welcome yet another accomplished photographer to The Landings’ community. Richard Geifman and his wife, Joannie, are recently arrived snowbirds escaping the harsh Iowa weather. After spending too much of their vacation time looking for a place to rent each year, they finally decided to

purchase a place here in The Landings. Richard is semi-retired from the family grocery and real estate business, after working there for the last 60 years. He got into photography after a trip to Northern Canada, where he discovered how much he enjoyed taking pictures of the lovely scenery and flowers. Joannie enjoys playing mah

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jong, shell hunting, and hiking. The Geifmans are planning to stay for only 3 or 4 months this year so they’ll have plenty of time to visit their 3 sons and 8 grandkids. Here is a sampling of photos Richard took recently in and around the Sarasota area. Please don’t forget to send me your best photos:

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IN SEARCH OF LANDINGS EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHERS This winter the number of events, for which coverage by photographers is desired, has increased significantly. As a result, additional volunteer photographers are needed. The time requirement for most events is just 15-20 minutes (unless you want to stay longer). Qualifications: basic ability/knowledge of photography and the possession of a “decent” camera (something more sophisticated than a “Brownie”). If interested please call Paul Weiner, event photographer coordinator); 941-924-8544,

Abel’s Ice Cream has been open for business four years this month. The Abel’s say it is the quality of the brand of ice cream they sell that is the foundation to the success they’ve enjoyed. The ice cream sold at Abel’s Ice Cream is Florida made and is the recipient of 23 national awards issued by the National Ice Cream Retailer Association since 2009. They offer 38 flavors including a couple of no sugar added ice creams and a couple frozen yogurts. Their menu includes traditional old fashion items such as ice cream sodas, root beer floats, banana splits, shakes, malted milk shakes, sundaes, ice cream cones and cups plus additional specialty items. Their three best sellers are Stellar Coffee (rich coffee ice cream with fudge and mini dark chocolate coffee cups), Coconut Almond Fudge (tropical coconut ice cream with fudge ribbon and whole almonds) and Raspberry Truffle (raspberry ice cream with raspberry ribbon &dark chocolate raspberry cups). The newest

added flavor that is rapidly climbing the best seller chart is Salty Caramel Peanut. Sarasota Magazine awarded Abel’s Spumoni (swirled pistachio, chocolate and cherry ice cream almonds and a special blend of fruits) best specialty flavored ice cream in 2012. The hot fudge topping and the malt for the malted milk shakes are specially made for Abel’s Ice Cream to the quality standards of the good old fashion ice cream parlor days of the 1960’s. Bill and Norma Abel appreciate the support they’ve enjoyed from the local residents and tourists that has enabled them to reach their fourth year anniversary. They are located at 1886 Stickney Point Road and are open 7 days/week. To learn more and get directions go to or visit enter Sarasota Florida Restaurants to read what customers say about Abel’s Ice Cream. WWW.ABELSICECREAM.COM Advertorial



Artist of the Month

By Diana Colson

|Siesta Key’s Artistic Entrepreneur Martha Smith Martha Smith grew up in a small harbor-front town called Mattapoisett, located near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Buzzards Bay. The youngest of five, the siblings all became artists in one medium or another. Like her brothers and one sister, Martha is a musician as well. She attended SMU South Eastern Massachusetts University, now called UMass Dartmouth. She also did a lot of summer sailing, most often on a French-built wooden 56’ boat named the SAUDADE. Sometimes she even raced on an “Evelyn 32” called ZEITGEIST out of Noank, Connecticut. Martha’s father was an artist and an architect, her mother a photographer and a horticulturist/ tennis player. Her father built a studio in 1971 at their home. It was 40 feet long by 25 feet wide, and all its windows faced north because— as an artist—her father coveted the north light. She speaks fondly of her Dad. She recalls standing at her father’s knee watching him paint and draw as he taught her about color, light and architecture. “Before I was born, he spent a year sailing and painting his way around the Caribbean, and I grew up surrounded by his paintings of that adventure!” Perhaps that’s the reason Martha gravitates towards painting the warm colors of the tropics, its water views and Caribbean whimsy. A few years after her father died, Martha took over the studio. She painted furniture and murals for a living, putting her son through Tabor Academy, a well-known prep school in Marion, Massachusetts. One Christmas, she told her artist friends: “Hey! Let’s clean up the studio. We can do something here for Christmas—soaps, candles, jewelry, burned out velvet scarves.” This “temporary” shop was so successful that it quickly sold out of just about everything. Branches that had been covered with hand-made ornaments were now stripped bare! Artist-friends called other


artist-friends, and the shop was soon restocked. Named SAIL AWAY STUDIO, Martha’s small boutique took on a life of its own. Before long, Martha came upon an empty storefront in Wareham Mass., two towns away. She rented that storefront, expanded SAIL AWAY, and kept her Dad’s original studio as a production shop. The boutique stayed open for 7 years. During that time she also served as her mother’s caregiver for 12 years. After her mother passed away, Martha closed SAIL AWAY STUDIO and moved to Sarasota. One of Martha’s artist-friends was Chris Bales. Martha had been carrying Chris’s jewelry for years in Massachusetts. After Chris moved to the Myaaka area, Martha called her, and Chris told her to check out Siesta Key. “I drove over Siesta Bridge on a perfect blue-sky day with crystal glass green water glinting on the bay. That was it!” She called a realtor and started looking for a new beginning. Before long, Martha opened a boutique right on Siesta Key. She named it LE GRAND BISOU (French for “The Big Kiss”.) In addition to clothes and accessories, Martha hung some of her own paintings in that shop, and also carried a few of Lisa Grimes’ Mosaic fish. Many customers admired the art work, and asked where on Siesta they might see other local art. Martha realized that Siesta Key was missing something— an art gallery featuring the work of local artists.


By now, Martha had made a wonderful group of friends who had become her surrogate family. “I’ve always loved collaborating with other artists, so it seemed a no-brainer to open an art gallery here, a place for locals to show their talents!” Martha moved her boutique a block down the street, and renamed it ISLAND BOUTIQUE. (When you stop in, ask her about the name change—it’s funny!) A group of artist-friends took over the address at 5129 Ocean Blvd., creating a co-op gallery called THE GALLERY ON SIESTA KEY. Chris Bale’s Jewelry is still featured at this gallery because Chris is a local artist. Today each member of the group takes turns running the gallery and showing their work. Says Martha: “I have high hopes that this will be a fruitful endeavor! It is ever changing and evolving. We are always looking for more talent, especially artists working in ceramics and glass.” The gallery currently features the work of 11 artists, including Martha Smith, who displays not only her acrylic paintings and furniture, but also a lovely collection of hand-drilled sea glass and pearl jewelry of her own design.(SIESTA SAND will be featuring articles on several of the other co-op artists during the coming months.) Plans are that THE GALLERY ON SIESTA KEY will host monthly “gallery nights” starting in April. The place is artist-run and operated, and hours are posted on the door, Most days it’s open from 10 -2 or from 3-7. If the doors are closed, you can always call 508-9714410 for an appointment. One of the neighborhood artists would be glad to come down and show you around! THE GALLERY ON SIESTA KEY is located at 5129 Ocean Blvd in the Village. It can also be found on Facebook. ISLAND BOUTIQUE is located at 5212 ½ Ocean Blvd. The phone number there is 941-349-0104.

Association Matters, Legally Speaking |Resources

By Vanda Y. Bayliss, Esq

Both members and directors often wonder how they can learn more about the laws and rules that govern condominium and homeowner associations in Florida. In addition to several “handbooks” on Florida association law which are available for purchase online and in local bookstores, and available in some libraries, information regarding the operation of Florida’s condominiums, and to a much lesser degree homeowner associations, may be obtained directly from the Florida Division of Condominiums, Time Shares, and Mobile Homes website: www. lsc/condominiums.html For condominiums this website includes free forms and publications, frequently asked questions and answers, and a link to the statutes and

rules governing condominium associations. Under the “frequently asked questions” link, you will find “official” answers to questions regarding records access, management, fines, leasing, elections, recall, the use of proxies, voting rights, budgets, assessments, financial reporting, use of association funds, etc. In addition, this site contains links to the condominium ombudsman and provides contact information for the Division and guidance on how to file a complaint, how to seek an arbitration proceeding to resolve owner/association disputes, and how to seek a “declaratory statement” from “the Division.” The decisions rendered by the Division in arbitrations between an owner and a condominium association are also available through this site and are “searchable.” (But beware that the decision you locate may, or

may not, be relevant to your specific set of circumstances and documents and may have been overruled by a court decision.) While the Division has much more limited jurisdiction over homeowner associations, it can address issues related to elections and recall of directors and, therefore, there is information regarding those issues on the site plus a link to the relevant statutes and rules governing homeowner associations. As you may recall from an earlier column, each member of the board of a homeowner or condominium association is required to certify in writing to the association secretary, within 90 days of being elected or appointed to the board, that he or she has read all of the governing documents and will work to uphold such documents to the best of his or her ability. Alternatively, the director may submit a

certificate of satisfactory completion of a class offered or approved by the Division. (See Section 718.112(2) (d) 4.b., Florida Statutes, for more information.) The Division website contains a schedule of (limited) free classes plus a link to other Division approved classes and a sample “certification form.” As a taxpayer, the Division is there to serve you. You may call the Division with your questions, but note that the person taking your call will not likely be an attorney and will not provide you specific legal advice. They will, however, try to direct you to the relevant portions of the statutes or administrative rules or to other resources that might be helpful. Thanks for reading and remember, if you are going to complain about how your association is run, offer a solution and offer to help!

NOTE: This will be Vanda’s final article. The Eagle would like to thank Vanda for her helpful contributions each month and wish her the best in her future endeavors.



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The Canukus Challenge


Many years ago, Landings resident Barrie Taylor had an idea. He wanted to create a team tennis event similar to the Davis Cup where the players could cheer for their friends and teammates. He designed it with an odd number of matches so there wouldn’t be a tie. Canada against the United States didn’t seem quite fair so he added the UK to Canada’s side and CANUKUS was born. The first CANUKUS Challenge took place on February 29th 2004. It has happened every year since then

with the exception of one that got rained out a few years ago. Since the first match in 2004, the US team is undefeated; however, the final score has been 2-1 every year with at least one year decided by a single tiebreaker. It is a senior event with players on both teams that have some very impressive resumes. Many of the participants have won national or world championships in their respective age divisions. A few names come to mind: former Landin’ and International

Tennis Hall of Fame member Mike Davies has played many times. Sarasota resident Joe Bachmann and Canadians Lorne Main and Peter Bedard have also been regulars over the years. Landings resident and USTA official Guy Mileni has kindly donated his time to be the chair umpire since the inception. There is no charge for Landings Racquet Club members and their guests; however, we do collect nonperishable canned goods for the All Faiths Food Bank each year.

Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2010 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada. www. In 2011, Joel Pye relocated from Toronto, Canada, to Sarasota, Florida. He formed Suncoast Home Concierge Services in 2012, with the intention of assisting seasonal residents with their Sarasota area second homes. Having previously owned a second home in Sarasota, he was familiar with the challenges that long-distance home ownership presented. You can reach Joel at (941) 961-4309 or SuncoastHomeConcierge@, or you can visit his website at www.

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View From The Gate Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety

There were a total of 104 Incident Reports filed for the month of Feb 2015, They are as follows: • 1 Burglary Reported Burglary from a vehicle north Landings. No forced entry noted. • 6 Information Reports 2 Yard sign violations. 3 Bicycles left out unsecured overnight. 1 Report of heavy traffic flow. • 22 Open Doors Reported 21 Garage doors. 1 Unlocked refrigeration unit. • 63 Parking Violations Reported 13 Vehicles parked on roadways overnight. 24 Vehicles parked on unpaved surfaces (Grass). 26 Restricted type vehicles parked overnight. • 3 Property Damage Reports Traffic control device struck by unknown vehicle. Residents recycle bins struck by unknown vehicle.

Residents Mail Box struck by unknown vehicle. • 1 Public Service Report Resident questions on proper parking within the community. • 1 Reckless Driver Report Resident complaint of a reckless driver on Starling Dr. • 1 Suspicious Person Report Resident concerns about vehicles on the Nature Trail. Discovered to be approved workmen in personal vehicles. • 6 Trespass Reports 4 Incidents of subject vehicles tailgating into community. 1 Incident of on foot solicitor in community. 1 Incident of persons falsely identifying themselves to gain access. (All trespassing subjects were later identified by LMA Security & Safety)

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FEBRUARY TRAFFIC REPORT Main Gate Entries at the Main Gate Total Gate Traffic North Gate Entries at the North Gate Exits at the North Gate Total Gate Traffic South Gate Entries at the South Gate Exits at the South Gate Total Gate Traffic

2015 11779 11779 2015 17724 15587 33311 2015 5745 4941 10686

2014 12237 12237 2014 17510 15470 32980 2014 5911 4865 10776

2013 11931 11931 2013 17926 15906 33832 2013 5490 4808 10298

2012 13422 13422 2012 19031 16939 35970 2012 5773 5236 11009

2011 13109 13109 2011 17680 15764 33444 2011 5043 5746 10789

* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time.

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The Landing Eagle serves residents of The Landings, Sarasota, FL 34231 with key information about the area.

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