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New Board Member Bios Truman Menefee has been a Landings property owner for twenty years, and a permanent resident for the last eleven years. He was raised on a farming ranch in New Mexico, where his family grew cotton, alfalfa, and grains. In the winter they stocked that land with cattle and sheep. As a country kid, Truman grew up riding horses. He also roped calves, rode bulls, and did bareback bronc riding. He served for two years in the Army, spending most of that time in Germany. After deciding he did not want to do farming, Truman attended Eastern New

Mexico University (ENMU) where he received his B.A. in Math and Education. He taught school for five years, two of those years at University Level in the field of Math. During summer vacations, he worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator in construction. Truman returned to ENMU to earn his Master’s Degree, and then moved to Dallas to start his career in computers. There he met the lovely Sylvie LeGuen, who was selling computers for AT&T. Soon they were married and caught up in raising two children, a boy and a girl. Truman’s 35 year career in

John F. Carson and his wife, Agnes Schipper, moved to Sarasota from Minnesota, and have lived at The Landings since April of 2013. They had hunted up and down the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida looking for the perfect place to settle. After running a search of cities that rated highest is the arts, they selected Sarasota for its richness of cultural activities. Newly married, John had been retired for six years. Agnes was scheduled to retire at the end of April, 2013, so John came ahead to Sarasota to scout for a place while she remained on staff at the Mayo Clinic as a practicing attorney. As John narrowed his search, he got his first glimpse of The Landings. He knew in an instant it was the right spot, and encouraged Agnes to fly down and check it out. Continued on page 13

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computers took him from being a Software Engineer in the Aerospace Industry to becoming an Executive in the Telecom Industry. In 1993, the couple came to Sarasota to visit friends, and fell in love with The Landings. The Villas were still under construction, and they purchased the last one available, thinking of it possibly as a vacation home and/or an investment property. They returned briefly to Dallas, but for the last five years of Truman’s career, they were transferred out to California. Continued on page 10

Robert C. Manteiga moved into The Landings with his wife, Teresa, in June of 2013. They came from Rhode Island, where Robert had taught for 39 years. At the time of his retirement he was Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Film Media at the University of Rhode Island. He says ironically: “I never liked Florida—I only knew the East Coast.” Still, he and Teresa had come to Sarasota to visit a friend, and fallen in love with the West Coast of Florida. They soon settled in to a Carriage House on Starling, which suited their vision of a great way of life. Besides teaching and photography, Bob now found more time for his hobbies: water sports, cooking, soccer, and sharing a glass of great wine. Continued on page 24

The Landings Day at the Baltimore Orioles vs Red Sox

A Group of nearly 50 Landins went to Ed Smith Stadium to see the Orioles play last year’s pennant winners, the Boston Red Sox. They enjoyed good food at a special pre-game picnic area, good refreshments and plenty of peanuts and Crackerjacks. Good Landings friends, good sunny game day weather. GOOD GRIEF... Who could ask for more? Photo by Jeff Crotty

Abel’s Ice Cream at Village Walk Fundraiser Village Walk of Sarasota, located in Palmer Ranch, held its 3rd Annual Food Fundraiser for the Hope in a Back Pack charity. Bill Abel donated and served Abel’s Ice Cream to the participants. The event was a success again this year according to founder Sharon Lee Leber. Abel’s Ice Cream continues to give back to the Sarasota community by donating their time and premium ice cream for various fundraisers since they opened three years ago this month. Bill and Norma Abel greatly appreciate the Siesta Key, Palmer Ranch, other local area residents and tourist for their support and loyalty as customers. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and other local business neighbors have played a key role in their success, the Abel’s say. Unique flavors such as Elephant Ears (Vanilla ice cream swirled

with peanut butter weave & chocolate chips), Bear Claw (Dark intense chocolate ice cream with thick caramel weave & chocolate covered cashews) and Snickelicious ( Candy bar flavored ice cream with snickers candy bar pieces & thick caramel weave) continue to bring local and tourists back regularly. The Abel’s look forward in continuing to serve their nationally award winning brand of ice cream in the future. They are located between New Balance Shoe and Stonewood Grill at 1886 Stickney Point Road 941-921-5700. Visit their web site for directions, www.abelsicecream.com.

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LMA Meeting Notes

|LMA meeting led by newly elected Vice President / Treasurer Don McMurray FINANCE REPORT

Finance committee chair, Don McMurray reported the month of January reflected a $7,500 surplus. Don commented that this is primarily due to the difference in timing of most expenses. He went on to thank Committee Chairmen for their fiscal restraint as they consider expenses for the coming year.

YEARLY ASSESSMENTS

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ARCHIVES

Bob Manteiga reported on work undertaken by the new Archives committee. The committee has been tasked with bringing The Landings manual up-to-date. To begin this process Bob made contact with the presidents of each Landings association, as well as the chairman of all the committees, in an effort to get as much information as possible from them about what they do, etc. This is information that would be helpful to new Landings residents regarding what The Landings is all about. Bob noted much of this information is already posted on the website.

The finance committee noted that as of March 6, 23 residents had not paid their yearly assessment. The collection process, which includes fines and eventual legal fees, will be applied equally to all owners. The finance committee’s greatest concern for FY 2014 are the unknown expenses associated DRAINAGE with the Kestral Pkwy, traffic Committee chair, Jack Jost congestion project at the north reported they are still working on entrance. the installation of a new 8” PVC AESTHETICS pipe from the street to the Pintail Aesthetics committee chair, Way creek. They are hopeful this Truman Menefee reported on a will be completed before rainy busy month. Several lights were season begins. repaired or replaced throughout The South IV condo association The Landings property. He enlisted the help of the county to along with Joe Hennessy and a resolve issues with the preserve couple of electrical contractors area adjacent to Lake 7. The drove through the property at county and representatives from night in order to analyze the both Landings South IV and LMA current ambient lighting in an have been meeting since October effort to come up with ideas for 2013 to review and decide on a improvements. Truman explained solution to the problem. Trees that while Sarasota County was and other foliage at the West end servicing and painting the fire of Lake 7 have died. plugs at The Landings, a waterline The County has mandated broke. It has since been repaired that the Lake levels be lowered and the property will be restored by 3” and that a restoration to its original condition. plan to restore the forested Many other odds and ends wetland be developed by April were accomplished that included 1, 2014. The plan is to include some straightening, painting and a planting, maintenance and the repair of a few island curbs monitoring schedule consistent

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with the Sarasota County Land Development Regulations and Environmental Standards. The plan is subject to the approval of the Sarasota County Conservation & Environmental Permitting Section of the Natural Resources Department. The LMA has initiated an action plan to comply with the County directives.

GAZEBO

A specially appointed Gazebo Committee has determined the entire gazebo structure should be replaced. General parameters for a new Gazebo were established and the LMA solicited bids to replace the structure. The bids are due back by April 1, 2014.

LAKES

Truman Menefee shared a report from Committee chair Larry Lawrence in his absence. After meeting with county officials, the engineers made a strong commitment to “address future water quality issues in Lake 1.” They are considering the construction of a baffle box to minimize future sedimentation accumulation in the lake. In addition, The LMA and county officials are evaluating ways to trap trash before it reaches the lake.

LANDSCAPING

Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessy reported the removal of many invasive plants along the perimeter of the mangrove preserve adjacent to Eagle Point Circle and behind the Starling Drive Villas. The perimeter of the mangroves along Heron Way was also groomed. The committee obtained an estimate to landscape the entrance to the

Eagles Nest Area- ENA. The estimate included a sprinkler system, and the approximate cost would be $12,000. Hennessy suggested he would get another opinion from a consultant they have used in the past. He also mentioned having enough money in the current budget for this project.

ROADS

Road’s Committee chair, Rudy Blohm submitted a report that contractors are submitting bids to make needed road repairs and to add curbing on the S-curve of Landings Blvd.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Committee Co-Chair, John Carson briefed everyone on the division of responsibilities between himself and Co-Chair Lou Furlong. John Carson will be primarily responsible for The Landings safety issues and Lou the security issues. Safety issues consist of the islands, painting, reflectors and the security issues primarily deal with the gates and the guard services. The committee is working on the following issues: • Reviewing the security contract with Universal that recently expired. • Developing an emergency plan for The Landings. • Compiling a list of contractors who are “first responder” certified as FEMA will only allow those contractors in the development during or after an emergency. • Gate entry decals • The Southgate security camera installation has been completed which has dramatically improved security in that area.

A resident attending the meeting voiced concern about the safety of pedestrians walking and/or biking in The Landings. Lou Furlong responded by asking residents to report any close calls to the main gate. The residents should include as much data as possible including the time of day, location, and color and description of the vehicle. Most of the time the vehicle and owner can be identified through the use of security cameras. Landings resident Bill Whitman recommended residents consider hiring a central watch service for their home security after experiencing a fire at his home in late February. He credited the fire department as well as the central watch security service for preventing his entire home from going up in flames.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROJECT UPDATE

Work to eliminate traffic congestion at the intersection of Kestral Parkway North and Tamiami Trail has been in the works since 2011. The original plan proposed by Grimail Crawford on May, 2011 was accepted by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Sarasota County Traffic Department but was rejected by the Landings Shopping Center commercial interests. Subsequently, our consultant, Grimail Crawford, and Publix consultant, Mesimer Associates, have been pursuing alternatives that might be acceptable to all interested parties. They are meeting again to review current issues and all reasonable possibilities.

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month the Eagle reports on our while you are driving. However, attention to the rules of the road traffic monitoring system. What you possess control of a deadly and to remain alert are also we are finding consistently in instrument of destruction – the extremely important. each report is that one to four car! Your willingness and good percent of our drivers (residents) judgment to pay attention to the That means: exceeds the speed limit by 10 speed limits and stay vigilant for • Walk facing traffic - always miles an hour or more. I am sure walkers and bikers is critical. on the left side of the road. This none of us, not even the chronic allows you to view approaching speeders, wants to experience cars and take evasive action if That means: one of our residents being injured • Slow down – drive within necessary. due to their neglect and short- the posted speed limits! sightedness!! • Walk in single file. While it While most of us can accept • Always remain alert and may be friendly and enjoyable to 005722_MHBF_LandingsEagle_Mech that roads wereRevision: constructed watchful for Printed those walking 0 for Created: 8/21/13 @ 100% or walk down the road two or three cars we are in a unique situation biking abreast chatting merrily, drivers Client: M. Heights Creative Director: REX GEE in the Landings where the roads don’t expect to find someone Director: ALAN REYNOLDS are also shared by walkers and • Don’t talk onArtyour cell phone walking down the center of the Bleed: N/A or check text messages Copywriter: while road. This is especially important bikers. We need to be respectful and caring for each otherTrim: andN/A driving on our narrow on our narrow, curving roads. roads Proofreader: NANCY TUCKER heighten our willingness to share Live: 10"x5.125" Studio Artist: LUIS ARRIAGADA the roadways so everyone can be • Be vigilant! Expect a walker • Be visible. Wear bright By: clothing in the daytime safe. With that in mind I would or biker to be on the road aroundInspected colored like to highlight the following and light-colored clothing at night Colors: 4/c the next curve. Production Manager: CAROL CAPOSINO safety rules: – better yet, reflective clothing at DPI: 300 Project Manager: LAURA WILMESMEIER Walkers: night. Carry a light! Nighttime, Drivers: You also have a significant dawn, and twilight are the most You have the potential of responsibility for safety. After all, difficult time for driver’s to see causing serious injury to one it is your body that is potentially pedestrians and bikers. At these of your neighbors. Walkers or in harm’s way. Your willingness times visibility is poor, the rising bikers are not going to hurt you and good judgment to pay or setting sun can directly be in now to next.

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SHARING OUR ROADS We have had a recurrent issue, or issues, raised concerning the safety of walking on our roads in the Landings. We all want our residents, children, and visitors to be able to walk safely in our community and to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of our surroundings. None of us wants a tragic injury to occur due to neglect, distraction or poor judgment. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful community that was designed to enhance our natural surroundings, resulting in narrow roadways and an abundance of ambient lighting. In order to maximize safety within this design both drivers and walkers need to be vigilant as they travel our roads. Our road restrictions are designed for safety, with smaller, narrow roadways having lower speed limits. However, when drivers ignore these posted limits and exceed the limit they increase the potential danger to others. This is a serious problem! Each

By Don McMurray, Vice President the driver’s eyes, and the driver may not be as alert or awake as they should be. • Don’t be distracted. Chatting on your cell phone or listening to your iPod or other electronic devices will distract you and heighten your potential danger to your neighbor. • Walk your dogs on a short leash. Sorry folks, I know you won’t like this one. However, walking your dog on an extended leash can be problematic. Dogs can bolt into traffic, chase after another dog or go after a bike rider (I know none of your dogs would do any of these things), but the potential is there and we are emphasizing safety in this article. One other comment about dogs/ owners. If you have taught your dog to “heel” or will soon be teaching your dog obedience it is preferable to teach him/her to heel on your left side – away from traffic. Continued on the next page

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Letter to the Editor Vehicular manslaughter is an accident I am convinced is waiting to happen in our Landings. The tragedy is even when it does, this may not stop the selfish, careless drivers who speed. A couple years ago someone had a seizure and fell off their bike in the curves on Landings Blvd near the club. The driver who came upon him was doing the 15 MPH speed limit and was able to stop and assist. Many others would have plowed right over him. We have essentially two speed limits here 15MPH and 25MPH. The curves are 15MPH not a speedway to be negotiated on two wheels. It is often frightening to walk on the one sidewalk that we have in the Landings. I spent a number of years

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This allows you to keep your body between the approaching vehicle and your dog – good for your dog! On a very positive note: we had a couple of visitors with us for a few weeks. Each is an avid walker, venturing out two to three times a day. They were very impressed with the courtesy drivers exhibited as they were passed. However, they did note that walkers were occupying the wrong side of the road at times and that there were times that a group of walkers would walk abreast rather than in single file. To be safe in our neighborhood and to fully enjoy our surroundings will require everyone to be responsible and to do their part to insure the safety of our neighbor. Let’s commit ourselves to being a little more vigilant, respect our neighbor, and help avoid any potential tragedy from occurring in our community.

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Kids’ Corner

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|Courtney Bates, 8 ½ 3rd grader at Phillippi Shores Elementary School • Do you have any brothers or sisters? One brother, Alex • Do you have any pets? A bunny, Sunni. She’s all black. • How long have you been here? We’ve been here since June. • What do you like most about the Landings? It’s a really nice place to ride bikes. • What is your favorite subject in school? Math, because I’m really good at it and it’s sometimes fun. For fun, we do addition problems and then it spells a word. • What are your favorite books? I like reading chapter books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or “Animal Ark” books. “Animal Ark” books are mysteries about animals that are in danger or lost. There is one “Animal Ark” book called Puppies in the Pantry and it’s about a dog that lives in a pantry and is the star of a movie

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Courtney Bates but gets lost. • What are your favorite sports? I like tennis and bowling. I take lessons with Joe and John here on Mondays and play singles and doubles matches at Serendipity. I go bowling about every two months with my friend Reese. • What do you do in your spare time? I like drawing and doing LEGOS. I have LEGO Friends and my favorite is the Dolphin Cruiser boat. It’s all white and

blue with a bunch of stickers on it and it’s 3 stories. I’m almost finished with it! • What do you want to be when you grow up? A vet or a teacher for 2nd grade. • What’s your favorite food? I like cheese pizza. • If you could be any animal, what would you be? A penguin because I’d be able to swim really fast and slide down hills really fast on my belly. I’ve rolled down a hill before and it was fun. • If you could have one wish, what would it be? I would wish I could fly because I could see stuff all over the place and throw squirrels out of trees! (One of them threw acorns at me!)

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LHA Meeting Notes

At the March 2014 meeting, there was a review of the history and current status of the drainage issues on Peregrine Point Way. The Board had earlier presented a plan developed by their drainage engineer that called for an extensive remediation effort. Following the discussion, the Board will review an alternative less expensive proposal to determine

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if the problem can be addressed differently. The projects approved by the Board following requests by owners comprised: 1) the installation of a fence on Peregrine Point Ct; 2) exterior paint on Peregrine Point Cir E; 3) removal of two fruit trees on Pine Harrier Cir; and 4) the removal of a tree on Peregrine Point Way.

The Round Table Group Presents |“The State of Sarasota County” April 10th, at 4PM at the LRC By Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson County Commissioner Nora Patterson will be giving a presentation to Landings residents on April 10, at 4:00 pm at the Landings Racquet Club. Commissioner Patterson will be discussing the state of Sarasota County and its future. Nora Patterson has been a great supporter of The Landings and has helped enhance

communication with County personnel in areas such as Lakes, Drainage, Environment, and others. She is completing her fourth and final four-year term as Commissioner and you will want to join your neighbors in thanking her and wishing her well for her future.

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His final place of employment was the historic town of Petaluma, 40 miles north of San Francisco. Did he like it? Why, of course! Of that experience, he says: “I can’t believe I got a company to pay me to live in Sonoma County for five years!” At the end of that delightful era, they headed for The Landings and some tropical sun! Sadly, Sylvie passed away in 2009. Truman kept himself busy performing a multitude of duties aimed at maintaining The Landings as a beautiful and unique environment. He served for six years on the Aesthetics Committee, three years on the Hazardous Waste Committee, and one year each on the Environmental Committee, the Web Site Committee, and the Eagle Editorial Committee. He served as a Host for the Father Son Tennis Team, and also worked as

a kitchen volunteer for LRC social events. As a resident of The Villas at Eagles Point, Truman Menefee served for six years as their President, a post to which he was recently reelected. He also spent one year working on the Landscape Committee and another year on the Roofing Committee.


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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Richard Bayles As the prime season winds down, April will be a busy month at the Club. Landings Day, a tennis and dining experience, will happen on Friday, April 4th. Joe will be dressed for a water bath and there will be the usual court and other hijinks. Also on that weekend, Sunday will bring the annual CANUKUS international tennis event; I encourage everyone to come out to cheer on their favorite players/ countries. The Club has installed a “cardio theater” system in the exercise room at the Fitness Center. This enables users of the cardio equipment to listen to the TV of their choice while the volume on the sets is off. See Kevin’s letter for further information. On Monday, April 7th, the demolition phase of the bathroom

remodeling in the Fitness Center will begin. As noted before, this project is being started earlier than originally planned due to contractor availability and escalating costs as the local construction activity has picked up. The exercise facility and multipurpose room will continue to be usable; however, there may be periodic interruptions required. We will make every effort to give advance notice. The bathrooms will NOT be usable beginning on April 7. We expect the project to be completed by mid-June and the result will be well worth the wait – in addition to upgraded bathroom facilities, there will be new flooring, storage and lighting installed. For those of you who leave in April, have a safe and enjoyable summer and I look forward to seeing you when you return.

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Racquet Club News |Manager’s Report By Kevin Lechlitner

In addition to installing an additional 46″ television set in the exercise room, the Club has installed a cardio theater for the Fitness Center cardio equipment. For the Cardio Theater to work perfectly, all the TVs need to be muted. If any set’s volume is up, it will disrupt the receivers. In order to listen to any of the TVs, you will need to bring your own headphones. Any standard set of headphones with a 3.5mm plug will be compatible with the system. There are a few pairs of ear buds for sale in the Pro Shop if you are desperate Now that season is winding down, it is time to start our major capital project for the year. The Fitness Center bathroom renovation is scheduled to begin in April. Both bathrooms will be completely redone as well as the multipurpose

room (the old weight room). All of the fitness equipment will be operational during the renovation; however, the only functional bathroom and shower in the building will be the ADA unisex one. The new line of Wilson demo racquets have arrived. They are all strung and ready for you to try them out. If you fall in love with one, I will special order it from Wilson and it is usually here in three days. There is one of last year’s demos still here, the Steam 99s. That one is for sale to the first person that wants it. I will make you a great deal. Please mark your calendars for our Annual Memorial Day BBQ on May 26th. This is usually the biggest event of the year. Last year we had around 140 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.

|News From the Court Friday, March 14th, 2014 was a beautiful day for tennis and a great day to enjoy delicious corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes and, of course, Irish Beer! Thanks to the crew — Deb, Truman, Kevin and Barbara for their help and Sharon and Allison for bringing tasty Irish desserts. No leftovers there! Our final event for the tennis season is Landings Day which will be held Friday, April 4th, 2014. I hope you have signed up — if not, please stop by or call the Pro Shop as soon as possible for all the information. Last year we had to turn some folks away, which I do not like to

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do. Remember, you do not have to take part in the tennis festivities — just come and enjoy good food, good fun and good friends. Men’s and Ladies League play is complete for 2013 - 2014. John and I want to thank everyone for all their hard work in clinics. If you would like to continue these clinics with me for the summer, please let me know and we’ll set them up. I will be available for warm ups for your home matches for the 2014 - 2015 season in addition to your regular clinics. For those of you heading north - have a safe journey and a pleasant summer. For those of you staying in sunny Sarasota.........I’ll see you on the courts.......

New Private Lesson/Clinic Rate Change Effective 10/1/2013:

▪ ½ Hour Private Lesson: Members - $35 / Non-Members - $40 ▪ 1 Hour Private Lesson: Memebers - $65 / Non-Members - $70 ▪ Clinics – 8 or more with 2 Pros (1.5Hrs): Members - $25 / Non-Members - $25 ▪ Clinics - 7 or less with 1 pro (1.5Hrs): Members - $20 / Non-Members - $25 NOTE: Clinics with 2 Pros will have a 24 hour cancellation policy where the full amount will be charged for no shows.

Photo from the Landings St Patricks Tennis and Dinner event Photo by Robert Manteiga

New Board Member John F. Carson Before long, they had purchased the perfect retirement home in one of four mid-rise buildings at Eagles Point Circle. Now married for almost two years, they both absolutely love their home at The Landings. They attend opera, ballet, theatre, symphony, and art shows—the whole 9 yards. They also indulge in their passion for travel, having spent their honeymoon in Morocco. John’s impressive professional background includes 35 years with 3M Company in St. Paul

Minnesota, where he worked in the area of Human Resources. Between 1972 and 2001, he served first as Group Human Resources Manager in St. Paul, then as Division Human Resources Manager. He went on to become Regional Employee Relations Manager based in Los Angeles, and was assigned to support 3M facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. John then became Plant Human Resources Manager at facilities in California, Indiana, New Jersey and Minnesota.

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Finally—from 2001 to 2007— John became Human Resources Director in St. Paul, where he led the overall Human Resources effort for the company’s Display & Graphics Business (consisting of multiple operating divisions). His responsibilities included direction and coordination for Strategic Planning, Human Capital Planning, Executive Compensation, Diversity, Talent Management, and the like. Today he is a volunteer Tour Guide at Selby Gardens and also

the Vice President of Eagles Point IV HOA. His past volunteer work has been for the Global Citizens Network project in Appalachia, Health East Hospice in St. Paul, and for Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul where he served as a Patient Visitor. John Carson considers being on the Landings’ Board of Directors as an opportunity to give something back. His goal is to help maintain The Landings as a premier place to live in Sarasota.

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was at the premises with six trucks and about ten men. A Sarasota County Deputy and Universal Security Patrol were present as well. The fire started in the front headlight of my car; the car is totaled. As the garage doors were closed, the fire was contained to the garage. However, there is severe smoke damage to the garage and its contents. The house will require cleaning from the ceilings to the floors because of fine ash on everything. At 0130 hours the premises was secured. (My wife presented freshly baked cookies to the fire crew as a “thank you.”) Later that morning calls were made to the homeowners and auto insurers. Actions you might consider: • Have a central alarm service • Have fire extinguishers in strategic locations throughout your residence • Pay attention to your respective Associations rules and regulations - for homeowners, overhead garage doors are to be closed at night.

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Landings Residents Handbook & Directory The following are new owners since the publication of the Directory: • Lois E. Brown, 4941 Kestral Park Way N • Stephen & Karen Golden, 1492 Landings Lake Dr • William H Niemeyer II, 5211 Heron Way

By Dick Bayles

The following are changes to existing entries: • John F. Carson & Agnes M. Schipper, 5450 Eagles Point Cir #204, C: 651-895-0392, C: 507-202-7908, carsonjohn5512@yahoo.com, schipame@gmail.com • Barbara L. Chertok, 5400 Eagles Point Cir #104, 941-923-9279, barbchert@gmail.com Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available at www.landingseagle.com, from me via e-mail or from your association, and may be dropped off at the gate to my attention or sent via mail, e mail or fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231 landings.directory@gmail.com Tel: (941) 927-8344 Fax: (941) 296-7404

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Road Arrows Mark Landings Walking Path By Dee Ricapito Gary Warren resides on Starling Drive and is a retired Physical Education teacher. He feels this walking trail becomes a good motivator for people who want to walk/ run/bike. So, he created a walking trail here in the Landings five years ago. His idea of painting arrows came from looking at the painted bike paths along the roadway. The problem arose with the Florida sunshine, and the paint only lasted a year. In discussing a way to do it permanently, Sara Rhodes reminded him about installing plastic arrows. By the next season, the request was put in to LMA and approved and funded. The project took eight hours, over the course of three days and three men. Gary, along with the help of Truman Menefee and Harold Zimmerman completed the job Gary also spends his free time volunteering many hours at Myakka State Park. This year he will be awarded his 1,000 Hour Badge. He laughed and said, “It

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took 10 years to get it�! The path consists of 19 BROWN Arrows, and 175 GREEN Arrows covering a span of 4.1 miles. Noting all Landings residences are within one block of the established green route. The main GREEN trail starts

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at the Racquet Club, or anywhere along its 4.1 length. The BROWN Arrows depict a shorter loop which reduces the total length of the walk to 2.8 miles. (Unless you actually enter the Eagles Nest area. This loop would increase the distance .2 mi.).

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Photos from the March Landings New Comers Social Photos by Jeff Crotty & Gary Warren

Don & Kathy Schoenhals

Diane Cirksena

Michael Donaldson

Joan Penzell

Annemiek Devos

Amy & Lou Grossman

Paul & Jo Weiner

Bert & Lillian Goldberg

Antoine & Ingrid Naaman

Robert & Teresa Manteiga

Ben & Mary Price

Steve & Allison Holtzkener

John & Lynn Huber

Shirley & Jay Maisel

Grace Riker

Laurie Waller

Sandy Oliver

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Not Just Your Ordinary Book Club By Dee Ricapito

Mary Dooher has been a member of a popular Landings book club for many years; either hosting at her home or attending at various locations. She is a vibrant, active lady with a wonderful cooking family she shares here and in Canada. They say when you need to come up with an idea, “two heads are better than one”. Mary has a twin sister, Pauline Stewart and together they come up with many great ideas. Their latest was a book club luncheon they hosted at Mary’s daughter’s home where they filmed a pilot for a TV show. Mary’s daughter, Donna Dooher, already has a popular show in Toronto called “The Cookworks”; which has also aired in the U.S. The Twins: Mary and Pauline and family, want to establish a show about favorite family recipes to introduce younger people to the fact that the world of older people is vibrant in the world of cooking. They are collecting favorite old family recipes to share with the younger “too busy to cook” generation, so these flavors are not lost to the fast foods generation. The family is hoping to turn this idea into a series, “Cooking with Your Grandmas RECIPIES”. Scott Parson, Director; John Dooher, Producer, Mary’s son, and of course, Donna, the Chef. Those featured in this pilot for the networks are the Book Club ladies some from the Landings: Jan Davis, Liz Schreiber, Sandy Syken, Ute Hargreaves; others include: Golda Friedman, Mary Anne Topercz, Clair Taplin, Janis Leroux, Olive Knubley, and Joan Burnside. The ladies were professionally made up by a MAC make-up artist before the luncheon, and at the end all commented that everything was delicious. Not Just Your Ordinary Luncheon!

April showers fall from my face I sure do hate to leave this place But the time has come to go back to school And leave behind this wonderful jewel From best wishers and friends I depart While a ton of gratefulness flows from my heart Birthday party, biscuits and kisses you threw I could feel daily that love and admiration grew

As I was out and about on my walk Many of you would take time to talk Or on my head simply to pet None of our encounters I will ever forget You helped me transition from puppy to here I was able to grow confident and strong through the year Your generous donations gave me my name Your newspaper helped spread my notoriety and fame The hard work and training I soon will endure Will enable me to enhance someone’s life for sure But memories of these days I will always carry And my fondness for you will never vary You have engendered my future without doubt or fog

MY NAME IS LANDIN AND I WAS BORN TO BE A GUIDE DOG

We have four new resident cats patrolling behind Starling Drive. Can anyone out there claim them? Photo by Gary Warren

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Pet Talk

By Dr. Anne Chauvet

1. My beagle girl had three UTIs in the past few months. What could be the cause and how to prevent it? Urinary tract infections are common in dogs. They are often caused by ascending bacteria (bacteria climbing up). The more basic (high pH) the urine is, the more susceptible it is for the bacteria to grow. There are multiple types of bacteria: some can be in the urine itself; other types can get lodged in the wall of the bladder. The reason urinary infection is recurring, could lie in not high enough dose of antibiotic, or too short treatment. It is also possible that the treatment is aimed at the wrong type of bacteria. Another reason for returning infections could be crystals or stones in the bladder and those often are diet related. Some dietary supplements help minimize infection by preventing bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall. Blueberry and cranberry supplements can help. My best advice is to order urine cultures and urine analysis tests, then treat well enough and long enough with correct antibiotic and the support of good dietary supplements. If that does not work, then you may have to get more involved and look for other issues such as congenital malformations of the urinary tract, cancers, etc.

2. What is the difference between X-Ray, MRI and Cat Scan? Excellent question. X-radiation (composed of X-rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation. The X-ray is an invisible beam that is projected to obtain a radiograph. Radiographs allow us to obtain a two-dimensional view of the body part in black and white varied contrast depending on the tissue density. The more dense the tissue (liver, bone) the brighter it appears on an image. A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. It is excellent for generating images of the entire body with more detail for vascular and bone structures. It is very fast and involves, like radiographs, radiation. Movement does not affect CT imaging much. Reconstruction of the images can be very helpful for 3D visualization of the body structure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to investigate the anatomy and function of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves to form images. MRI is particularly great for imaging soft (non-bone) tissue. It is very movement sensitive and generally takes much longer than CT Scan and X-Ray to obtain images. The detail of structures, such as brain and spinal cord is amazing.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally. If you have a question about your pet, please email your question to criticalvetcare@gmail.com Each month, Dr. Chauvet will choose a few questions to share with readers.

Pet of the Month

Gucci

This is Gucci, a 9 year old Pomeranian from Texas. Nine years ago he was the surprise of his mom’s life when she found him under the Christmas tree at the home of her grandchildren in Texas. It was love at first sight and soon he found his home in The Landings. Gucci enjoys long walks through our beautiful surroundings and visiting with his doggy and people friends, especially when there are treats to be had. Powder Puff and his mom thank our racquet club for their doggy hospitality, a much cherished event which is enjoyed by many pets every day.

I was born with a cleft palate... Some dogs are born with a cleft palate - a deformation in the roof of the mouth resulting in an opening between the nasal passages and the mouth. It is most often a congenital disorder, likely inherited. Symptoms include: coughing, runny nose, difficulty sucking and nursing, slow growth, weight loss, lack of appetite. Surgical repair of the defect is the best treatment, however it is usually postponed until three to four months of age.

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The Grasshopper-El Chapulin brings you Tex-Mex from the Mid-West By Sky Rose This Tex-Mex Restaurant & Lounge traveled from the MidWest to bring you their family tradition of Tex-Mex flavors. A little history here, “The Grasshopper Lounge” opened its doors in 1971 by owners Jesse and Cleo Rosales in the historical 1873 US Armory building of downtown Adrian, Michigan. Thereafter in 1978, the family acquired the other half of the structure and “El Chapulin TexMex Restaurant” was launched. Still in business and operated by the entire family, they have since opened a second location in Wauseon, Ohio. Then in 2013 in beautiful Sarasota, they opened their third location, The Grasshopper-El Chapulin, where Dino Soto’s passion to please his customers shows in every dish. So as you can see, this family is going full speed ahead and isn’t stopping any time soon. Speaking of their family’s traditional Tex-Mex flavors, whether they are starters, appetizers or entrees you’ve ordered, the awesome spices in their dishes will get you off your seat to dance a little Jarabe Tapatio. But first put your Margarita down so not to spill one delicious drop. And know that when you are reading the menu, the owner/chef Dino sees those items he prepares from scratch, like an artist sees a blank canvas...ready to create a work of art. And that includes the wonderful desserts. There are lunch and dinner specials daily. And Dino loves that you may come in regularly for your favorite familiar meal, but then he says, it’s time to take an adventure across his menu. Go on a journey and try something different, and guaranteed, you’ll find your list of favorites growing each week. Yes, this is definitely an enthusiastic environment that says celebrate life. But no need to wait for the weekend. You can start celebrating right at the beginning of your week with their Margarita Mondays, $3.00~ALL DAY. Then you have plenty of time to stay happy with their Fiesta Hour, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

~ Daily. Be sure to include their signature Green Sauce made with yellow queso, jalapeños and green bell peppers, with their homemade guacamole, and tostada chips which are prepared daily with no preservatives. Perhaps even order some to go to have your own Fiesta on our beautiful Siesta Key beach the following day. Everyone deserves a little Fiesta time. It’s easy to enjoy the great bursts of flavor in their authentic dishes with your family and friends, as this restaurant provides the perfect casual atmosphere, along with helpful enthusiastic staff who are truly appreciated by their customers. Just ask DWB who says, “Since I am a native Californian and miss good Mexican food, we have been eating here since it opened. Dino and his crew do a FANTASTIC job of preparing, serving, and making you feel comfortable while there. If you have not given it a try, you’re truly missing something in the way of ethnicity. The pork stuffed rellano, beans and rice are to die for, and the Yeungling beer on tap is cold and smooth.” And Beth has certainly ended her search. She says, “The absolute best there is. We have sampled Mexican food from coast-to-coast and north to south. We’ve never found food so appetizing, fresh and authentic as what is served at The Grasshopper. Nothing beats The Grasshopper...FL, MI and OH.” They make it very clear that this restaurant can be the top choice for your local stopping ground. It’s that friendly type of a place where everyone knows your name. Getting back to celebrating life, “Whether you prefer a classic margarita on the rocks or frozen, it’s the most common tequila based cocktail in the United States today.” Hence, National Margarita Day was born, which is every year on Feb. 22nd. It

was started to “celebrate the margarita, plain and simple. Friendship, good times and memories of somewhere warmer are all great reasons to enjoy a margarita.” However, since you’re in paradise Sarasota where the sun is always shining, no need to think of memories of warmer weather, but to make more of them, at The Grasshopper-El Chapulin. Feel free to bring a group of friends to finish off a Fiesta hour by extending it into the evening with perhaps starting a “Friends are Forever Margarita party”. After all, toasting to life has no curfew. Their hours are: MondayThursday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday: 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Their location is: 7253 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Be sure to stay updated by liking their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ TheGrasshopperElChapulin. Call for reservations, takeout or catering: (941) 923-3688. Walkins are welcomed. Always know that when you’re on your way over, even if it’s raining, the sun will always be shining when you walk through the doors of The Grasshopper… El Chapulin, that is.

Holiday Chocolates

More new exciting news from the world of nutritional research: take heart Chocoholics — Chocolate is good for you! Dark Chocolate, which has high chocolate content and low sugar value, has been shown that it can be good for your heart. A study indicates users of that type of chocolate experience a lower percentage of cardiac events. This should be in addition to and not instead of proper diet, exercise, weight control and the medications your physician has indicated you need. But it can help you attain those levels of health you should have. And don’t overdo it — all things in moderation is one of the keys to good health. So, go ahead and enjoy some of that holiday chocolate! Be good to yourself in 2014 and remember that anything that doesn’t get better in a week or so needs to be checked out.

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Jenny Aldrich presenting “Mary Casatt, AND HER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” at the Landings Learning Group program of March 12. Photo by Jeff Crotty

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has published a comprehensive booklet entitled, TAKING CHARGE, which provides invaluable information and tools to get you through the nightmare of identity theft. A limited number of copies of TAKING CHARGE have been provided for distribution to Landings residents, free of charge and may be obtained (while they last) at the Landings Racquet Club office.

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February and May, on the 2ND The Landings Eagle during these Wednesday of the month. months. A guide detailing items that can be dropped off will appear in

Phillippi Shores Marine Adventure Club Car Wash

Price: Any donation amount Date: Saturday, April 12th Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM Where: Phillippi Shores Elementary School (across the street from the Landings at Proctor and 41) To benefit the Marine Adventure Club for their trip to attend marine biology classes on Big Pine Key Refreshments will be offered for a small donation


Landings Resident Looming Large By Dee Ricapito LYNN MAYNE has exhibited her artistic talents through weaving tapestry since the seventies -- from her workshop courses in college to the south of France. She has since exhibited her work throughout the U.S. She actively weaves in her home studio in The Landings on Eagles Point and in Michigan in the summer. You will see in the photos below her skills in weaving shapes and colors honed over many years. This season Lynn, along with three other members of the Tapestry Artists of Sarasota; John Nicholson, Becky Stevens, and Terry Stewart, have displayed over 30 of their original handwoven tapestries in St. Petersburg at The Florida Craftsman exhibit titled, “Tapestry Visions X 4.” The themes ranged from the interdependence of wild life and eco systems to extreme weather and home safety, with numerous depictions of everyday events; as well as lyrical abstractions. Each person creates work that gives voice to their concerns, beliefs and joys on life. What a delightful neighbor! If you wish to visit the exhibit they will be showcased from March 14 to May 3. 2014, at The Florida Craftsman, 501 Central Ave, St Petersburg, Fl. 33701

Lynn Mayne’s Statement: Winged Things have been my main focus for the last eight years. The exotic and the ordinary birds and insects around us can be taken for granted. As the human population grows and crowds out more and more species of the animal world, it seems appropriate to single out individual creatures for attention. I delight in nature’s seemingly endless source of artistic inspiration. I’m concerned about the balance of wildlife and ecosystems, and realize how interdependent everything is on our planet earth.

Phillippi Estate Park April Excitement Phillippi Estate Park welcomes two floral events in the month of April. On Saturday, April 12, the Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society will host its annual ROSE FESTIVAL at the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free event features roses in all categories, rose bushes for sale on the front lawn, seminars and glorious bouquets of roses to purchase. For more information, please visit: www.b-srs.org. Wednesday, April 23 the Founders Garden Club of Sarasota will present their juried flower show – UNDER THE BIG TOP at the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park. The Founders Garden Club was founded in 1932 and is Sarasota’s oldest garden club. Nettie Keener Keith (Mrs. Edson

Keith) was a member of the club along with Mabel Ringling. In the morning certified judges from Garden Club of America will be awarding ribbons and Garden Club of America merit awards as well as Founders Garden Club awards. From noon until 4:00 p.m. the flower show will be open to the public free of charge. There will be offerings from horticulture, floral design and photography. For more information, please visit: www. foundersgcsarasota.org. April is the final month of the popular PHILLIPPI FARMHOUSE MARKET, which is Sarasota’s only mid-week farmers market. The market occurs each Wednesday from 9 am until 2 pm in the front field of Phillippi Estate Park. There will be the season’s first Florida

blueberries as well as local watermelon along with abundant produce. Prepared foods may be enjoyed at the market picnic-style or taken home for a delicious and easy meal. Local artisans will display and sell their local handicrafts and there’s always live music, plenty of free parking and your canines are welcome on leash. At 10 a.m. there will be a free, guided tour of the Edson Keith Mansion. For more information, please visit www. farmhousemarket.org . All these events occur at Phillippi Estate Park which is located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more information about Phillippi Estate Park, please either call 941861-5000 or visit: www.scgov.net.

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Third Time a Charm for Stickney Point/Midnight Pass Intersection? By Robert Frederickson Recent changes to the rules of the road at the Stickney Point/ Midnight Pass Road intersection demonstrate that if nothing else, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) takes complaints from the public seriously. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the third plan in as many months should be in place to address pedestrian safety issues at the busy intersection. The latest changes will attempt to lessen the severity of traffic backups – sometimes stretching all the way to the mainland – that were exacerbated in recent weeks when signs went up prohibiting turns on red in all instances for westbound traffic approaching the key from the mainland, not just when pedestrians are present, which had been the case previously. The signs restricting the turns went up in mid February in response to complaints about drivers failing to yield the rightof-way under a red signal to pedestrians attempting to cross Midnight Pass or Stickney Point. “Our traffic operations office received complaints about drivers

making the turns even when pedestrians were trying to cross,” said FDOT’s Lauren Hatchell, a public information officer with the agency in a recent phone interview. “Drivers tend to look left to judge the oncoming traffic and forget to look right again for pedestrians before they start turning,” she continued. But the move prompted more complaints – this time from frustrated drivers – as traffic snarls caused by the additional cars now unable to turn off Stickney point during each traffic light cycle stacked up even more traffic on the already overburdened roadway. Cindi Ferdinand works behind the bar at the nearby Captain Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar and crosses the Stickney Point Bridge most mornings around 10:00 AM prior to the start of her shift at the popular restaurant and bar; as a result she gets a first hand look at the traffic trying to make its way onto the key each day. “If it’s a nice day like we usually get this time of year, the traffic gets really bad. I’ve seen it blocking traffic

Local Fishing Report By Captain Jim Klopfer Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 Mother Nature has been right on schedule thus far in 2014. Regular cold fronts have kept the water temperature in the mid 60s, which is just right for this time of year. April should offer incredible fishing for a variety of species. Big Pass and New Pass will be alive with fish migrating in and out of the bay this month. Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, and ladyfish should be plentiful. Pompano prefer a small white or chartreuse jig bounced along the bottom while the mackerel are often found higher in the water column or breaking on the surface. There is nothing more exciting than casting a surface plug on light tackle or a fly into a feeding frenzy! Action on the deep flats will be very good for speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish. The best flats to fish will be from Siesta Drive north to Long Bar. Flats that are near both passes will be especially productive. A ¼ ounce jig in gold, olive, or rootbeer is a great lure to prospect with; a lot of water can be covered and just about every species will hit it. Continued on page 27

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all the way back on Tamiami a couple of times in the last few weeks” she said one afternoon recently. “It gets bad after lunch too,” around 1:00 or 2:00,” she continued, “...when the local kids start heading over.” How many complaints did FDOT receive, first from pedestrians and then later from drivers after the initial change? Hatchell couldn’t say for sure, but did say that the department takes even a single complaint seriously. “The field office will send someone out to investigate a complaint. In the first case they could see a problem. The thought was that adding the sign (prohibiting all turns on red) would work in that location,” she said. Wrong. Soon after the new signs went up the complaints started rolling in from drivers; so FDOT sent workers out again to monitor the impact of the February change and noted the new problem of even longer delays for traffic trying to get onto the key and increased instances of vehicles backing up toward the mainland.

“Their (FDOT’s) major priority is to keep traffic moving on the major arteries, like US 41” noted Chief Sarasota County Engineer James Harriott Jr. in a recent phone interview. “When you get back ups onto Tamiami or US-301, they usually react pretty quickly.” That was the case here. The new plan (which was not yet in place as we went to press) will replace the static, printed sign that reads “No Turn on Red” with an electronic one above the intersection that responds to data from the crosswalk control devices at each corner. “When pedestrians are attempting to cross, the sign will display the ‘No Turn on Red’ message,” said Hatchell. “But when there are no pedestrians present, the sign will display a message that drivers can turn on red.” The electronic signs are fairly new to this area. When asked where else in the county they have been placed, Harriott had to think for a moment before finally pointing to the exit ramp of I-75 that merges onto Fruitville Road westbound. Sure enough, the signs in that location were

working as advertised on a recent ride through that intersection. The King Solomon like decision of splitting the difference... some turns on red instead of the previous two alternatives of always or never – might still represent a net increase of traffic on Stickney Point over what was in place prior to the February change, but it should reduce traffic somewhat over the most recent outright prohibition of all turns. But stay tuned. If problems persist and more complaints come to FDOT’s attention, we’re likely to see more changes down the road. But it’s important to note that as county engineer Harriott points out, more than 20,000 vehicles on average use the stretch of Stickney Point Road between US 41 and Midnight Pass Road on a daily basis. And all that traffic is being funneled from a major thoroughfare to a two lane road, “It’s a real balancing act trying to get things right...” he said One requiring the Wisdom of Solomon for traffic engineers. And the patience of Job for drivers.

New Board Member Robert C. Manteiga Continued from cover story

Armed with a B.A. from University of Virginia, a M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from University of Virginia, Bob had published five books and dozens of articles in a wide range of fields, including 20th Century Spanish Literature, Comparative Literature, and Film. He had also taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses on a variety of subjects: feminine narrative, Spanish literature, Film History, writing about film, the American Western, Italian Neorealism, 20th Century poetry, and drama. He served as editor/ consultant for a number of literary journals, including Modern Language Studies and CHOICE, the source used by all university libraries in their selection of texts. Over the years, he worked actively in the area of Study Abroad, and became especially involved

in the development and supervision of programs in Spain and Latin America. From 1978 to 1995 he was the University of Rhode Island’s representative to the Council on International Educational Exchange. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Chair of the Council’s Spain Policy Committee. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Manteiga founded the Spanish International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island. During his ten years as Director of this program, he was successful in developing ties with international firms in Spain and Latin America, establishing internship experiences for engineering students, and initiating international exchange programs in engineering with foreign Universities.

It should come as no surprise that Bob and Teresa’s daughter, Sara, is currently completing her Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering at Tufts University. While on staff at the University of Rhode Island, Bob served on the Faculty Senate, the AAUP Executive Committee, and the University’s Health Professionals Advisory Committee. He is the recipient of a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education. He was also responsible for helping bring in over half a million dollars in grant money to the University. Over the years he has also been awarded numerous URI Research Grants, Foundation Grants, and Enhancement of Teaching Awards.


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Local Fishing Report By Captain Jim Klopfer: Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 Continued from page 24

Rapala X-Raps work very well when surface activity is seen, they also are a great lure to troll slowly and locate schools of fish. Silver and gold spoons are another good choice. Live bait works very well, too. There should be plenty of whitebait to net up and of course a live shrimp free lined or fished under a noisy float is a deadly technique. The area between Siesta Drive and Blackburn Point will be good for snook as they migrate out towards the beach to spawn. Any point, oyster bar, dock, or creek mouth that drops off into deeper water is a likely spot to try. High, outgoing tides are best. Plugs cover a lot of water and result in vicious strikes while jigs require more patience but will fool more redfish along with snook. Don’t be surprised when a big jack crevelle or trout inhales an offering meant for a snook or red.

This has been a good season for sheepshead and while it is past its peak there should still be plenty of these tasty saltwater panfish around. Docks, seawalls, and bridges near passes will hold sheepies. A live shrimp fished on the bottom will fool them, along with snapper, grouper, and flounder. Surf fishing should be very good for Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, flounder, pompano, and more. Live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom with a little weight works well. Spoons, plugs, and jigs will also catch plenty of fish. April is a great month for anglers with a small boat and not a lot of experience to catch big fish. The beaches and inshore artificial reefs will be thick with king and Spanish mackerel, along with false albacore and the occasional cobia. Trolling spoons is very easy and deadly on all species.

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

There were a total of 54 Incident Reports generated for the Month of February 2014. They are as follows: 1 Animal Problem Report • A large animal found dead by Landings South VI Lake. Casey Management advised. 1 Assist Other Agency • Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office granted access for traffic stop. 1 Fire (Vehicle) Report • Sarasota County Fire Dept. responded. No injury. 6 Property Reports • 2 Found: Key Fobbs. Returned to owners • 1 Found: Painting set delivered to wrong address. Owner located. • 1 Found: Traffic Cone. Placed into property storage. • 1 Found: House Key. Placed into property storage. • 1 Lost: Child’s “Crock” shoe. Patrol officer advised. 12 Informational Reports • 4 Reports of bicycles being left out overnight. • 2 Reports of scaffolding & ladders left against buildings overnight • 2 Patrol vehicle maintenance reports. • 2 Water leak reports. Appropriate agencies notified. • 1 Trash scattered report. Forwarded to Casey Management. • 1 Light Pole malfunction reported to FPL. 11 Open Doors Reports • All incidents involving Garage Doors

11 Parking Violations • 5 ‘Disallowed Vehicles’ (Trailers) parked overnight. • 5 Vehicles parked in roadways overnight. • 1 Vehicle parked in unpaved area. 2 Patrol Requests Made • Disturbance. Unable to locate. • Property Damage. Unable to locate. 1 Property Damage Report • Resident reports damage to mailbox. Unknown cause 3 Public Services Given • 2 Motorist Assist (Directions) given. • 1 Vehicle light left on. Owner advised. 1 Reckless Driver Reported • Vehicle observed exceeding the speed limit and driving on wrong side of the road. Landings Management Association advised. 2 Suspicious Persons Noted • 1 Subject late night identified as resident. • 1 Subject panhandling, asked to leave property. 1 Theft Reported • Subject removing items from recycle bins. Subject identified, advised to not do so. No charges filed. 1 Vehicle Accident Reported • Subject advises gate arm dropped on vehicle. No damage or injury reported.

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