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Swales Are Swell

PRESIDENT REPORT Summer time for your Board has been filled with decisions and actions on your behalf

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DETWILER’S

Detwiler’s Farm Market to open new store close to the Key

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KID’S CORNER

Aidan D’Silva, 14, 9th grader at Pine View School

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ASK GARY

A conversation with Dr. Gary Kompothecras

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By Michael Knupp & Roger Kidder - Co-Chairs, LMA Lakes & Drainage Committee What’s all this talk about swales and why should I care. You should know that without swales, The Landings might be subject to street and property flooding, standing water that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and uncontrolled erosion. Rainfall and the uncontrolled flow of that rainwater is the major cause of flooding and erosion. The primary method by which rainfall is removed from where it falls is by surface runoff overland and downhill until, eventually in our case, into the bay. Stormwater is collected and conducted away from the area in a variety of natural drainage patterns, man-made open trenches, and a closed pipe stormwater drainage system. In developments like The Landings, stormwater is carried away in a combination of man-made trenches and underground closed pipes. In The Landings these trenches are called swales. A swale is defined as a wide, shallow, slightly sloping ditch in the lawn that collects and transports runoff as open flow drainage. A typical stormwater system might begin in your back or side yard between your house and your neighbor’s. Water coming off your roof is collected in a gutter system that is conveyed through downspouts and into the yard via gravity and then into a swale. The swale then runs to the front yard and either into another swale that runs parallel to the street or into a catch basin that carries the water into the underground pipe system. In some places there is both an underground pipe and a swale. The water in the street swale will run slightly downgrade to a larger catch basin connected to the main drainage pipe. These pipes flow into one or more of the nine lakes in The Landings and then out to the bay. The real purpose of our lakes is to collect sediment and

This is a working swale in Carriagehouse 2 which has the best maintained swales in The Landings

trash and keep it from going into the bay. What you probably didn’t know is a large amount of the stormwater coming into The Landings comes from street gutters on Tamiami Trail from as far north as Field Road, east on Proctor just past the elementary school and south just past the school headquarters. In addition, all the storm drains in the Landings shopping center flow into our stormwater system. All in all, there is about 15 miles of drainage lines in The Landings not counting the swales. So, how come I have water in my driveway or in the grass between my driveway and my neighbors? The answer is, the swale that runs parallel to the street isn’t functioning properly. The two main reasons for swale problems are full swales and driveways. Over time, if a swale is not maintained with a slight slope in the lawn that carries the water slightly down grade to the catch basin, it will not flow. Some properties also have shrubs planted in them. In accordance with the controlling documents of the Landing Management Association (LMA), there is a drainage and utility easement along the front of

the property that allows the public utilities and the LMA to install power, cable, sanitation lines and the drainage system. Where the easement is on LMA property, the LMA is responsible for the maintenance of the drainage system. In the case where the drainage system is running underground in the easement on homeowner’s or condo association property, the LMA is responsible for maintaining the underground system. In the case of a swale, it is the responsibility of the resident or the association to maintain all swales on their property. Probably the main cause of drainage issues along the front of a property is the height of the driveway. If water is backing up behind the driveway, the driveway is too high. This can be caused when a new driveway is installed higher than the lawn on both sides of the drive and is not sloped toward the street. There are two solutions to the problem. If you have a paver driveway, it is possible to pull up a small amount of pavers, slightly lower and slope the drive to allow water to flow across the drive from the swale on both sides of the drive. Another, more expensive, solution is to pull up the pavers at the end of the driveway, put a six-inch pipe under the driveway with a small catch basin on both side of the driveway. This allows the water to flow under the driveway. In the case of a concrete driveway, the driveway would need to be cut and either install a pipe or put a grate in the driveway to carry water from swale to swale. We hope this article gives you a bit of information about our drainage system and swales. If you have any questions or concerns about drainage, our committee would be happy to meet with you. Remember, swales are swell if they are maintained correctly.


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LMA meeting notes LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky, opened the meeting by giving his president’s report. He announced the following: • He expressed appreciation to the board and the security committee for their responsiveness, on short notice, to various special needs. • The audit of LMA finances is complete and he reminded the members they are responsible to examine the report. Copies will be made available to any board member who needs one. • He announced he would provide a copy of the email report regarding a new development east of the Interstate called, “The Landing”, to anyone who requests a copy. FINANCE REPORT Treasurer, Dick Bayles reported the end of year impact of the board’s decision to raise the hourly pay of certain guards would increase the Security Services budget by $11,008. Only one minor comment was made after the completion of a full audit. The auditor recommended attaching canceled checks to each paid invoice. Bayles reported a few receivables were paid and all others were turned over to their attorney for collection. Three liens have also been placed on properties in delinquent status. During questions, a brief discussion occurred about how designated reserves were allocated when a committee exceeds their yearly budget. MANAGERS REPORT Landings Manager, George Neil reported the following: • The usual monthly bills have been paid. • A swale problem on Peregrine Drive was worked out with the owner and Sarasota County. • He is still working with FPL and Comcast to straighten out an exposed wire issue.

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• Federal Tax return has been filed. • 2018 full audit reports were sent to all board members. • Bids are being solicited to paint the south wall. • He continues to work with FPL on the LED lighting changes. COMMUNICATIONS Communications Chair, Joan Koplin reported placing an ad in The Eagle describing how to access and navigate the website. Koplin made the following recommendations: • Run the same ad in The Eagle through September. • Develop and send an eBlast to all owners. • If they decide to do a mailing in the fall, they believe a postcard would be best. Postcards could also be placed at the LRC. AESTHETICS Committee Chair, Elena Darden reported there are only a few companies in the Holiday Lighting business. As a result she recommended using the same company used last year. She received a $5,565 proposal. Since these funds were included in the budget she was encouraged to sign the contract. SAFETY AND SECURITY Chairman Michael Knupp reported speeding in The Landings development is still a problem. Nine warning letters were sent to residents speeding in excess of 10 mph over the posted speed. The LMA Board voted to suspend driving privileges of a resident’s guest who was recorded 10 mph or more over the posted speed, six times in 20 days. A suspension hearing has been scheduled. Knupp reported an incident of a realtor showing a client a vacant home that was already sold and considered closed. An alarm was triggered sending Sheriff Patrol Officers to the location.

The entire incident was caught on a dash camera. The realtor, who offered an apology, will likely face a reprimand from the LMA Board. The committee cautions residents to watch their speeds as they approach many construction and landscaping projects which have caused blockages. In addition, a curb and line painting project will begin soon. Once done, it will allow better night visibility of the islands. Residents are also reminded to stay hydrated during hot and humid months to avoid heat related health issues. DRAINAGE Committee Chair, Michael Knupp reported the work to repair a sink hole at the corner of Flicker Field Drive and Kestral Parkway South is in progress. The leaky joints which caused the sink hole have been repaired. A few steps remain before the completion of the project. It has been determined a flooding problem in the driveway of 4612 Pine Harrier Drive is being caused by the poor maintenance of an easement between two homes. The drains are blocked by substantial overgrowth. The owner is contacting the county to see if it is their responsibility. The Drainage Committee would like to remind all home owners and residents it is their responsibility to maintain their swales. Keeping them clear of growth and debris is an important element of the drainage system. Please direct any questions to Roger Kidder or Mike Knupp. LAKES Lakes Chair, Michael Knupp reported structural repairs on the Lake 3 (Carriagehouse Lake) outlet are underway and should be completed by the middle of July. He thanked residents of Carriagehouse 1 for their patience

while the lake was drained and the wait on a contractor. The committee is looking for volunteers to help plant native plants on the shoreline and in the water. The plantings are provided by the grant received from the Sarasota Estuary Project. Volunteers are needed to help with the planting for a few hours in late July or early August. This is the first step to restore the Lakes’ ecosystem and the reduction of chemicals to reduce algae growth. Volunteers are asked to please contact Mike Knupp or Marylyn Kaufman. Erosion mitigation work on Lake 6 (Bayview Lake) is expected to begin in mid-August. The work is expected to take about two weeks and involves repairing 300 linear feet of shoreline. After completion, shoreline planting will be done using matching funds from a Community Services Grant from Sarasota County. Continued on page 23

Notifications Sept. 2: Labor Day BBQ Sept. 4: Happy Hour begins 6 p.m. Sept. 21: Annual International Coastal Cleanup – Sign up deadline: Aug. 15th Nov 13: Next Community Hauling Date Nov. 19 – 24: 27th Annual USTA National Senior, Super-Senior & Ultra-Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships

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Outside the gates Siesta Promenade update

On July 15, an engineering company filed a new permit application with Sarasota County on behalf of an affiliate of Benderson Development Co., in conjunction with plans to clear the Siesta Promenade site. On July 11, county staff approved Siesta 41 Associates LLP’s application for a minor earthmoving permit. The final point of concern for that permit focused on protecting the trees on the approximately 24 acres in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road.

Gulf Gate area

A third medical marijuana dispensary wins County Commission approval. The dispensary will be in a building located at 6979 S. Tamiami Trail, in the Gulf Gate area. The dispensary will be open only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 7 a.m. and noon on Saturdays. No Sunday hours are allowed. Continued on page 14

Street view of new medical marijuana dispensary site on South Tamiami Trail

Columbia Care medical marijuana dispensary aerial

UPDATE ON SAVE THE DATE BE PART OF THE BIG PICTURE By Maralyn Kaufman David, Environmental Committee Chairperson ANNOUNCING SIGNUP FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL LANDINGS RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN THE SEPTEMBER 21, 2019, ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP Signup is easy… just email Maralyn Kaufman David, LMA Environmental Committee Chairperson at mkaufmanphd@gmail.com on or before AUGUST 15, 2019 (please give your name and preferred method of contact). I will be working with Doug Day, LMA Community Events Chairperson, to orchestrate this event for our Landings group. We will keep you posted on details as the time of the event approaches. Last September, more than 30 Landings residents participated in the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (see photos in the October 2018 issue of The Landings Eagle). The event was a great success with regard to meeting neighbors and coming together as a community to improve the quality of the environment in a great cleanup effort. For more information, go to https://oceanconservancy.org wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FINAL-2018-ICC-REPORT.pdf).

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President’s Column “Summer time, and the livin is easy”, are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. In truth, summer time for your Board has been filled with decisions and actions on your behalf, some which have not been so easy. Our radar enforcement identified a guest of a resident who within one month, was caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles an hour 6 times. After several warnings, the Board took away their access to The Landings for a full month. We are a community without sidewalks and with lots of walkers, joggers, bike riders and children playing. Your board is serious about speed enforcement and the safety of our residents. There have been several residents who have not as yet paid their 2019 annual fee to LMA. After several reminders and requests, the board authorized counsel to put liens on three of the properties of those with delinquent accounts. Please pay your annual assessment to LMA promptly and avoid late fees and potential legal action.

Update on Coyote sightings in The Landings: As has been noted before, there have been coyotes observed within The Landings. Myths about coyotes: Coyotes are extremely dangerous: FALSE! There have

By Norman Olshansky

been very few reported cases of Eastern coyotes biting people. The coyote’s innate fear of humans tends to keep them from getting too close. Coyotes help maintain balanced ecosystems by controlling the populations of rodents and smaller predators, such as foxes, opossums and raccoons, which naturally occur in higher densities and can quickly overpopulate areas of habitat. Coyotes are native to North America, have

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been in Florida for many years, and will continue to make their homes around the state. Never feed coyotes either intentionally or unintentionally. This includes placing food outside to attract wildlife. Clean up pet food, fallen fruit and seed around bird feeders – coyotes are opportunistic feeders and will be drawn to and eat all of these potential food sources. Coyotes are not large animals and rarely pose a threat to people, especially adults. If a coyote approaches you, immediately use a noisemaker or shout at the coyote and wave your arms. This should be another reminder to residents to keep all pets on leashes when outside and not to feed wildlife. The 2018 Audit of LMA has been received and is available for review by residents upon request. If you haven’t been on The Landings website for a while, http://thelandingsofsarasota.com check out the new items, vendor recommendations, calendar of events, hurricane guide and notices. Please review your listing in the directory to make sure we have up to date information. We plan to add a new feature to the website: a list of new restaurants that our residents have visited including appropriate comments on their dining experience. Have you been to a relatively new local eatery? Let us know how it went at insidethelandings@gmail.com . If you’ve notice FPL in The Landings, working on street lights, it’s part of a program we have initiated with the utility to replace all bulbs with new LED lights. Mark your calendars for upcoming Happy Hours, September 4th and October 23rd. There will be no Happy Hour in August. Repair work continues on lakes, swales, and drainage throughout our community. Your board is working hard, and relies on residents to give us input. Please continue to alert us to problems that need to be addressed. Thank you for your ongoing support. Enjoy the rest of the summer and the lush landscaping in The Landings. Our summer rains have enhanced our beautiful community with a large variety of flowering plants throughout our tropical paradise. Norman Olshansky insidethelandings@gmail.com

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LEFT: Photo submitted by Bob Manteiga Teresa and Bob Manteiga in Aveiro, Portugal...the Venice of Portugal. CENTER: Photo submitted by Carolina Moleiro My husband and I traveled for our 30th wedding anniversary to Europe. Here we are in Guimaraes, Portugal, in front of the medieval Castle. Guimarães has a significant historical importance due to the role it played in the foundation of Portugal. The city is often referred to as the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality” or “the cradle city” (Cidade Berço in Portuguese) because it is widely believed that Portugal’s first King, Afonso Henriques, was born there, and also due to the fact that the Battle of

São Mamede - which is considered the seminal event for the foundation of the Kingdom of Portugal - was fought in the vicinity of the city. The Castle of Guimarães, is the principal medieval castle in the municipality Guimarães, in the northern region of Portugal. It was built under the orders of Mumadona Dias in the 10th century to defend the monastery from attacks by Moors and Norsemen. Source: Wikipedia. RIGHT: Photo submitted by Carolina Moleiro Here we are with The Eagle in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as the

destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Spanish and Galician: Catedral de Santiago de Compostela) is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and is an integral component of the Santiago de Compostela World Heritage Site in Galicia, Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great, the apostle of Jesus Christ. It is also one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, the other two being St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai in India. Source: Wikipedia.

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Detwiler’s Farm Market to open new store close to the Key The desire of consumers to purchase farm fresh and locally-grown food is more than just a trend—it’s the new norm. As more and more Americans are coming to grips with the health risks associated with various additives, pesticides and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) that are found in foods, they’re seeking out restaurants and markets where they can find the freshest, most natural products available. The timing has never been better for a new Detwiler’s Farm Market to open in Sarasota. An official opening date has not yet been set, but the target has been set for January 2020, though the Detwiler family has said that they’re hoping to get lucky and open a little earlier. The newest Farm Market location is in the old Winn-Dixie site in the Merchants Pointe Shopping Center at 2881 Clark Road, on the corner of Clark and Swift Roads. It will be the fifth Detwiler market of its kind, following the original Palmer Blvd. location, one in Venice, another one on University Drive and the most recent one in Palmetto. In 2002, the Detwiler family, which consists of parents Henry and Natalie and their nine now adult children, began to sell fresh fruits and vegetables on the side of the road in Sarasota. Since opening their first Farm Market in 2008, they have concentrated on supporting nearby growers and the local economy by buying local, whenever possible. Steven Larkin, one of the few non-Detwiler family members who works in the corporate offices, is their Director of Store Development. He says that when the family was choosing the next site for one of their Farm Markets, both the location and the timing were considered. “Most importantly, we’re looking to grow smart and service our customers,” he said. “There’s no pressure at all to expand, so our conversation about this store was, ‘Is this really the right thing to do?’” Once the conversation progressed to one about finding a good site to put a new market, Larkin and the Detwilers began to talk to Carl Ricker, the North Carolinabased businessman/developer who owns Merchants Pointe Shopping Center. Ricker’s largest tenant there, Winn-Dixie, had declared bankruptcy and was shutting down their stores. Ricker is one of the largest private real estate investors in the southeastern United States, and manages his properties through Asheville’s Azalea Management & Leasing, where he is the CEO. He says that after the Detwiler family contacted him about his soonto-be vacant store at the shopping center, he went to see their operation in Palmetto, in order to find out how they conducted their business. “I had numerous grocery stores that wanted to go in there, but after I saw what they were

doing in Palmetto, they became my first choice,” he said. “The quality of stores they have and the way they treat their customers was important to me. I’ve been doing this a long time and I’m sort of known as a good person—once I really got to know the family, I could tell that’s how they operated their business, too.” The Detwiler family is very open about their faith, and the business decisions they make, from the benefits they offer their employees to their intense focus on making their Farm Markets as customer-centric as possible, reflect their strong belief in doing things the right way. When reconstruction is completed, the Merchants Pointe location will be almost 45,000 square feet, roughly the same size as the Palmetto store. Within those walls will be some of the staples that Detwilers is known for, as well as a few newer additions that might be less familiar to regular shoppers, but will be just as welcomed. “We’re primarily known for our produce, deli and bakery, but we’ve also been growing our seafood and meat departments,” Larkin said. “The other thing that we’ve added for this store is about 1,500 square feet of wellness products like vitamins and supplements. And about one-third of the store will be fresh cut produce. When you walk out that door, it will last for at least four days at your house.” Of course, many times, that produce is organic, and the freshly baked breads at the bakery are also made with gluten-free options. No one ever said that great tasting food couldn’t also be healthy, even with today’s dietary concerns. According to Carl Ricker, to go along with the opening of the new Detwiler’s location, he will be renovating the rest of Merchant’s Pointe. While the American Grill & Hearth and Ace Hardware stores will remain, the remainder of the shopping center will be released to new tenants and the overall look updated. About 90 days prior to the Detwiler’s Farm Store’s opening, the family will hold a job fair, during which they plan to hire 100 full-time and 50 part-time employees to staff it. The company provides benefits that include profit sharing, quarterly bonuses and more. Follow Detwiler’s Facebook page and periodically check their website at https:// www.detwilermarket.com to learn what date the job fair will be held. Larkin said that fans of the Detwiler’s brand can expect more of the same at the new Sarasota location. “We provide wonderful customer service and a wonderful product,” he said. “If you make a request, we will seek a way to fill that request right then. Our slogan here is, ‘Eat Fresh for Less,’ and we mean it.”

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The newest Detwiler’s Farm Market is scheduled to open on the corner of Clark and Swift Roads late this year or early next year

Detwiler’s Farm Market is known for their large selection of farm fresh produce

The Detwiler family proudly spoke about their plans for the new Sarasota farm store at a press event last month

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Have healthful habits at the health club By Dee Ricapito

We go there to be healthier and more physically fit and to better ourselves. While there we need to mind our manners during our work out. It’s important to be considerate of others and make it a safe place for everyone. Some healthy habits include: Put the weights you were using back on the rack. It’s unsafe to leave them on the floor where others may trip. (Life has its ups-&downs, we call them squats). Try not to get in the way of others; chatting in front of mirrors or by the weight rack. Instead, step aside leaving room for others. (Keep your squats low and your standards high). Talking on the phone or talking to each other loudly can annoy your neighbors, and spoil their count or concentration. (Are you spending your time doing diddly squats?) It’s a good habit to keep your personal stuff close by and not take over another bench for your towels and water. (The fitness room isn’t your living room). Also, ask permission before changing the TV channel. Watch how long you are working out on a machine. Be conscience of others waiting, and considerate; maybe cross-train and allow others to work in between sets. (It never gets easier, you just get better at it). Some like to bang their weights together

between reps. It’s distracting. So is making a loud or hasty beeline approach to a friend just to say “Hello.” It’s distracting! Lastly, wipe your bench down, weight machines, bicycle, even treadmill screen, after use because it can spread germs to the next user. ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES AND TRASH BINS ARE PROVIDED. It’s a good idea to wipe the equipment down before and after use... (If you use it, you wipe it). Enjoy the locker room after your workout; but, it can cause harm to members from slips on standing water by the sinks and showers. Towels are provided for spilled water or other liquids that will make walkways slippery. Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going‼️ Lastly, after treating the equipment like it’s your own (since your membership makes it so)! ...when you are the last to leave, please turn off the lights, and the TV.

Blooming this month PENTAS

Pentas lanceolata, also called Egyptian stars, is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. This genus is a tropical plant that blooms off and on all year long if you dead head the spent blooms. The more you trim, the bushier the plant becomes. There are many cultivators, red, pink, white, and lilac in color. A real statement plant. This plant can get between 3-6 feet tall. They are drought resistant plants that can grow in full sun and are heat loving perennials. The flowers are clusters of dozens of tiny star shaped blooms. The real bonus is the blooms attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Now blooming in the Butterfly Garden and the Quiet Garden at Sarasota Garden Club. Save the Dates: 12/6/19-Holiday High Tea; 2/10/20-Fashion Show (SHIVOO GARDEN PARTY); 3/14/20-Gardens in Paradise Tour and Plant Sale Submitted by Kay Weber, 3rd Vice President and Botanical Gardens Chair. www.sarasotagardenclub.org

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Although there are no events planned at Phillippi Estate Park during the month of August, it is still a good time to enjoy the Open Spaces and scenic areas of this 60-acre site. The shoreline trails are lovely in the morning and the perfect location to stroll with your favorite four-footed friend along Phillippi Creek. The park is a wonderful source for bird watching and photography along the shady Coastal Hammock’s shell pathways behind the Gazebo. Stop by the Little Free Library box at the west end of the Gazebo and find a good book to read. Just bring the book back and maybe contribute another book you enjoyed. Thank you! The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is beginning to plan for the re-opening of the market on Wednesday, October 2. Please mark your calendar and look forward to seeing your favorite vendors again.

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At the time of press, still no word to when the new location for the restaurant Apollonia Grill is to open. The website still says, coming soon

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If you haven’t noticed, the Marathon Gas Station at 6212 S Tamiami Trail is closed. When The Landings Eagle called the number listed, all we received was a recording stating the number has been disconnected.


Kid’s Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Aidan D’Silva, 14, 9th grader at Pine View School • Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have 2 brothers, Connor, 13, and Brendan, 10. • Do you have any pets? We have one dog, Bonita, who is a mix between a Pug and a French Bulldog. • How long have you been in The Landings? We moved to Bird Key, FL in July 2013 (from Boston) and to The Landings in Nov 2014. • What do you like most about The Landings? I like all the trees and it’s a cool place to bike around in. I like the tennis courts. It’s cool how you can go there and just play. • Favorite color? Red. • Favorite food? Indian food, butter chicken. • Favorite subject? Science because I like to learn more about space and the universe. • Favorite song? Bohemian Rhapsody. • Favorite singer? Freddie Mercury. • Favorite book? I’m reading Dragon Teeth right now. It takes place in the Wild West times and they seek to find dinosaur bones. • Favorite movie? Dark Knight. • Favorite TV show? Game of Thrones. • Favorite place in the world? Malega, Spain because it’s beautiful. • One word that describes you? Witty. • What do you do in your spare time? I like to watch movies and play pool with my family. • What do you want to be when you grow up? An engineer or something in that area. • What sports do you play? I play tennis and take lessons once a week with Mo. I also enjoy playing football with friends and going to Jaco’s Boxing. • What are your summer plans? I will be doing a service camp for one week with St. Thomas Moore Church. We will be going off to help out at different places like pulling weeds at a horse therapy place. I’m also doing a surfing camp on Lido Beach and a two week crew camp. • What is the ideal allowance? I’d say $15/week. • What is something that makes your family special? Usually now, families are separate at night. We get together and watch movies. That’s fun! • Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult? Most useful is science class. We learned the structure of living things, like living cells.

• If you grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for? Curing some sort of disease. • If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? I would sneak (although I wouldn’t have to sneak if I were invisible) into a theme park and ride roller coasters! • If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make? To accept everyone as they are, not like in Sudan where they are killing based on race. • I understand you and your family are moving to Portugal? Yes, we will be leaving August 31st to Boston then fly to Lisbon. We will be renting a house near a town called Lagoa and staying in Portugal for two years to get our EU citizenship. I won’t be able to drive in Portugal until I am 18 but you can drink at 16. The beaches look nice. The coast has rocks and the water is very blue. I’m excited! I’m looking forward to meeting people there and trying the food. They have a tennis team at my new school. • What is the hardest part of moving? I will miss my friends. We will miss you and your family! Enjoy your next big adventure!

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The Recipe Corner

|Kitchen Ladies Recipe Corner Compiled by Dee Ricapito

SANDY GOLDMAN’S — Cranberry Cole Slaw Sandy likes to take this slaw for picnics, or sides, or for a pot luck dish. It’s a good one because you can make it a day ahead. She thought of this recipe since you can buy all ingredients at Publix or Trader Joe’s. Cranberry Cole Slaw Ingredients: • 5 cups shredded Cole slaw • 1/2 cup toasted almonds • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries • 1/2 cup diced celery • 1/4 cup chopped scallions • 1/2 cup chopped red, yellow and green peppers. Dressing: • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 1 T. Sweet pickle relish • 1 T. Honey • 1 T. Honey Mustard • Salt and pepper to taste Mix dressing in bottom of large bowl - pour cabbage over dressing and rest of ingredients. Place in refrigerator overnight without tossing. Toss 1/2 hour before serving. “YUM”

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Racquet Club News |Tennis Tips By Adrian “Mo” Moghina I can’t help but to admire The Big 4 (Djokovic, Rafa, Federer & Serena) still competing hard and consistently having chances to win the biggest tournaments in our sport. It just shows you that if you take good care of your body, have world class technique, believe in yourself, fight and never quit, know how to win and love what you are doing then you can be a contender for a long time. One day they will have to give up what they love to do at the highest level. In the meantime, the new generation will get better and better. But The Big 4 have obviously set a very high bar. This summer, on the hard courts, I expect some of the new generation players to rise and surprise with big results to set the stage for the future. Some of the players to look for on the men’s side are: Taylor Fritz, Stefanos Tistispas and Felix Auger-Aliassime. On the women’s side: Amanda Anisimova, Bianca Andreescu, and Coco Gauff. This will inspire other players from their generation to say, “If they can do it, why can’t I?” Just like we had in the late 80s – early 90s, which is the generation of players that I grew up with (Agassi, Courier, Sampras, Chang, Todd Martin, etc.). This will create a very exciting summer leading up to the US Open and finishing the fall season. I am going to be watching with anticipation to see which one can break through. See you on the courts!


|President’s Report

|Manager’s Report

By Dick Bayles

By Kevin Lechlitner

Your board spent additional time in the past six weeks reviewing the 2019-2020 capital spending set forth in its 2019 budget and the Club’s Long-Term Plan. It reached two conclusions. The board decided to eliminate the proposed roof over the Poolside patio and confine the work to replace the walkway structure and roof. The construction drawings will be revised, and a County permit applied for shortly. Given the condition of the current walkway’s roof and the expectation that construction costs would be higher in 2020, we elected to do the work this year and expect the work to be complete by mid-October this year. There will obviously be an impact on the Club’s operations, but every effort will be made to provide for safe access to all areas. With respect to a proposal to demolish and rebuild the maintenance shed to provide for two non-standard pickleball courts, the Board decided not to spend the estimated $150,000 cost of that proposal, which delivered a substandard facility. Tennis players may have noticed the addition of a new maintenance cart last month. We have been on notice for a while that our current over-18-year-old cart was well beyond its anticipated life. We took the opportunity to grab a three-year old used cart while one was available. A reminder that the Club’s e-mail addresses have been changed, although the old addresses will forward to the new ones for some time. The new addresses are: Kevin: lrctennis@hotmail.com Mo and John: lrctennisdirector@outlook.com

Fall is right around the corner. For the 27th year in a row, The Landings will host the USTA National Senior, SuperSenior and Ultra Senior Father / Son Clay Court Championships November 19th – 24th. If you are interested in taking part as a host family, please contact Ralph & Dee Ricapito at 927-6261. This is one of the major things that distinguishes our tournaments from the other national championships and makes it special for the players. They really appreciate the personal touch that the host families bring to the event. If you have any questions about being a host, feel free to call me at the Club or speak with Ralph or Dee directly. The annual court resurfacing will start in mid-August. Two courts at a time will be offline until all eight are pristine again. Even though the courts are much quieter in the summer months, I still suggest you call ahead for reservations. With Mo teaching on one court and two others down for resurfacing, our court availability will be somewhat restricted. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by the end of September. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Annual Labor Day BBQ on Monday, September 2nd from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes all the traditional BBQ fare along with apple pie and ice cream for dessert. The sign-up sheet will be in the Pro Shop in early August.

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Arts on the Horizon

By Rodger Skidmore

Water, water everywhere... and what is one to think Like so many things, we have a love/hate relationship with water. We love a tall glass of water with bits of ice floating in it. Add a contaminant, like scotch, and we love it even more. Add some week old warm broccoli juice (which is mostly water) and we hate it. Dive into the stuff in a pool or in the Gulf and we love it. But if just a little bit is in the air we say it is “muggy” and go inside where the air conditioning takes it out. Balance, of course, is the key. So, go towards Sarasota Bay, but not into it. And don’t look at the water, or even at pictures of water. Instead, look at pictures made of water, of colored water. Yes, pictures made with colored water, where the colored water has dried into pleasing shapes upon textured paper. Yes, go to the Sarasota Art Center and look at the watercolors of Judy Saltzman. True, some of these landscapes contain images of water, but the water, which looks wet, has dried. It is the artistry of Ms. Saltzman which lets you think you are walking down a leafy, shady trail, alongside the proverbial babbling brook, in one of our National Parks. Lets you almost feel the cool breeze caress your cheek, if not ruffle your hair. If it actually does ruffle your hair, have no fear, it is just the AC taking the mugginess out of the humid air that crept into the Art Center when you held the door on your way in, for the person behind you. So really, everything is cool, pleasing, and coming into balance. At least until August 23rd. Remember when your mom or dad used to get out the

slide projector, with an entire carousel of photos of your car trip to Bayonne, New Jersey? Well, now you don’t have to sit in your living room, in the dark, with five other people looking at snapshots on the wall. Now you can look at them on your smart phone, while being rude to the person across from you at lunch, on Instagram. How is this better? Well, for starters, the Instagram shots on display in Gallery Two at Art Center Sarasota have had all the blurry ones of Aunt Minnie removed. What’s left are the best shots from 16 members of the Florida Collective. Caitlin Albritton’s Gym Series - Let’s Get Physical full of lots of bendy people being very angular - is on display in Gallery Three, while Gallery Four contains the juried show titled Natural Selection. Beware of gators. Information on all these shows at artsarasota.org.

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So her site “FollowMeToSiestaKey” began. And if you’d like to view a few of Wendy’s amazing pictures up close and personal, stop by Abel’s Ice Cream. In August, 4 years straight! in honor of Wendy’s beautiful island photographs, Abel’s is featuring tastes of the islands, such as Coconut Pineapple (Tropical coconut ice cream with a delicious and chunky swirl of pineapple. A tropical paradise awaits!) and Mango Sorbet (A tropical sorbet will bring out the islander in you!). There’s nothing better than a scoop with a view. Abel’s Ice Cream is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, in the South Bridge Plaza. Open Sunday through Thursday from Noon – 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday from Noon – 10 p.m. Learn more online at

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ourselves. Long Day’s Journey into Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Death of a Salesman did not address the terrors of their day when they premiered, they only addressed those terrors that people were willing to face. Today, for good or ill, is a different time and place. And the time and place is from now until August 25th at the Urbanite Theatre where the regional premiere of Stacey Gregg’s play Scorch is being presented. Dawn Wallace is directing Amber McNew in this play about a gender-curious teen in a gender-fluid world. Not necessarily our world, but one that could be ours, or the world of someone we know and, thus, a world worth inhabiting for an hour or so. Not to see if we could live in that world (although we might) but to see how others might live there and what it would take (and take from them) to do so. More information about this play that appeared at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals is at Urbanitetheatre.com.

Watch the Elasmobranchii and smile Everyone likes to be happy so great big smiles are in order to celebrate Shark Days at Mote Marine August 7th - 10th. There are over 400 species of sharks (elasmobranchii) and, because they have very big mouths, a lot of them look like they are smiling. Of course if you meet up with the wrong ones, you won’t be - but most don’t bother us if we don’t bother them. The largest is the whale shark which can measure up to 65 feet in length and weigh close to 75,000 pounds. They could swallow us but, not to worry, they only eat crustaceans and plankton. Just as there are many types of sharks, there are a number of ways to learn about them. Mote Marine Labs is sponsoring a discussion session on the rooftop of the Sage SRQ, on First Street, called The Art of Saving Sharks, from 6 till 7:30 p.m., on August 7th as part of their Mote Science Café series. Jack Morris, senior biologist at the Mote, and Kelly Quinn, wildlife artist, will be leading the discussion on how art and the media can aid in conservation. On the 8th Heidi Stavinga, an alcohol ink artist, will be in residence at Mote Aquarium, next to the SharkTracker exhibit, between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.2 p.m. showing how to bend an abstract art form into something representational. There will be a children’s craft table from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On the 10th, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. one can do yoga with the sharks, overlooking the SharkTracker exhibit. The sharks will be there but don’t hold their poses for long. We don’t ever want to get bitten by sharks but feeding them is another thing. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays one can do just that starting at 11am in the Mote’s shark zone. Bonnethead sharks will be there along with their pettable cousins, the stingrays (who knew they were related - other than ichthyologists?). More ichthyological, and specific elasmobranchii information at mote. org/events. NOTE: Guitarist Nate Najar and Jerry and Jill Williams, owners of Abel’s Ice Cream jazz singer Daniela Soledade, appear at the www.abelsicecream.com or connect with Court Cabaret on August 12th at 7:30 p.m. them on Facebook and Instagram.


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A conversation with Dr. Gary Kompothecras

By Bob Stein

Questions regarding the new hotel, Crescent Beach Club, MTV’s show Siesta Key and South Siesta Bridge Village The Eagle recently wrapped up a Q&A session with one of Siesta Key’s most prominent resident and businessman Dr. Gary Kompothecras of “1-800-Ask Gary” at his newly acquired Crescent Beach Club on July 18. While sitting at one of the tables inside the club, Kompothecras laughed as he discussed his first week of ownership. “I told the bartender to buy everyone a free drink.” The bartender asked, “at the bar?” Kompothecras replied, “No, the whole place.” “This went on again the next day. One longtime patron said to me, the old owner never done this. Needless to say, I won the crowd over,” said Kompothecras. The Eagle queried Kompothecras regarding changes he may make to the property, and the recent removal of vegetation in the back of the parking lot by the water. “I will never change the inside of this iconic establishment which poured its first drink over 70 years ago. I am improving the parking lot and outside to create an outside experience. People come to Florida to be outside not inside,” said Kompothecras. He went on to say, “I took down the invasive plants, like Brazilian peppers and there were no mangroves on the retention pond in the back.” Kompothecras informed The Eagle, the change in back now adds ten parking spots as he lost four with the outdoor seating and large screen TVs that are now out front. He also reported that he will be installing an overhang for shade for the outdoor seating. Kompothecras also revealed the bar will be in one of the episodes on next seasons MTV show Siesta Key. Q&A with Dr. Gary Kompothecras Where did you grow up, if not here, how did you come to live in Sarasota? “I grew up on a small beach community in Queens, New York called Rockaway Beach. It was there on Rockaway Beach where I fell in love with the water as a lifeguard and knew I would one day live on the beach.” What gave you the idea to start the “Ask Gary” business and how old is the business? “After my first career as a stockbroker, I went to Chiropractic College and started my first clinic in 1995. I discovered that most people were misinformed of the rules and regulations regarding automobile insurance following an accident. They seemed to

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construction shortly after. I finished the home in 2011.” How many hotel, resorts do you own on and close to Siesta Key? “I own Captiva Beach Resort which happens to be adjacent to my home on Siesta Key. I also own the Hibiscus Inn and Suites which is located right across the bridge from my house. I bought what once was the dilapidated Ramada in Venice and spent a lot of money and time renovating it to the Hotel Venezia.” What upgrades, capital investments have you done to these hotels/resorts? “The capital investment into each property was well into the seven figure range and necessary to bring them back to the high standards we wanted to achieve. I also learned a lot about hotels in the process.”

Dr. Gary Kompothecras inviting all to the Crescent Beach Club believe that if they didn’t have health insurance, they could not get medical treatment. That simply is not true in Florida as all Floridians are required to purchase a personal injury protection policy that covers any accident regardless of who was at fault. I decided to develop an advertisement to educate the public and that’s how 1-800-ask Gary got started.” How many states is your business in? “We currently have clinics in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and New Mexico.” What attracted you to Siesta Key? “When I received a job offer as a stockbroker after graduating from USF in 1983, I drove down to Siesta Key and fell in love with the place, especially the beach.” “I said to myself, well, I am done looking for a place to call home. I have never regretted it.” When did you buy your property by Point of Rocks? “I bought the property in 2003 and started

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What prompted you to produce the MTV show “Siesta Key”? “I was raised by my grandparents and we didn’t have much money. I wanted a better childhood experience for my children. My oldest son Alex had a large friend group that went out on the water a lot and did things that I could only dream about as a child. More importantly they were good kids so watching them grow up was a fun experience.” “When my college buddies came down to visit and saw all that was going on, they encouraged me to make a pilot for a reality show.” “My vision was to show some wealthy and not so wealthy young adults hanging out and doing fun things but also a show to motivate kids to be successful. My son Alex is in his last year of law school now. Others have graduated with engineering degrees and some have started businesses of their own. It has been a very positive experience for all involved.” “I must say when I sold the show to MTV they took over all content and they control what is being seen and how it is presented.” You are now in the process of building a new hotel/resort on Old Stickney Point Road. What is your vision for this venture? Does the old bank building on Stickney Point Road play a role in these plans? “In a very specific sense, my vision is to develop a unique, high quality hotel. But, my vision really goes beyond the very specific thought of building a quality boutique hotel.” Continued on the next page


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“The commercial area south of the Stickney Point Bridge represents about one fourth of the commercial property on the Key, and aside from the Main Village is the only other real concentration of tourist oriented commercial activity on Siesta Key. I see this area as wanting to, needing to, develop its own identity. That is why I am encouraging the business community and residents of this area to work together to develop a plan much like what was done for the Main Village almost 15 years ago. That plan, along with public improvements, landscaping, street furniture and the like has created a unique, clean and identifiable brand for the Main Village. I think that the same can be done for the South Bridge Village. The Siesta Key Chamber is facilitating these discussions.” “As to my hotel proposal and how that plays in, I think you have to understand two things. First, there are more than a few streets like Old Stickney Point that are abandoned relics, created in the 60s and 70s when the state replaced a lot of old draw bridges with new bridges. Nearby, Bridge Street on Anna Maria is very similar to Old Stickney Point. These small water oriented commercial areas were essentially abandoned and often time, as the traffic that used to support them disappeared, they turned into eye sores in need of redevelopment.” “The second thing one has to consider when

looking at Old Stickney Point and the South Bridge Village in general is that County Zoning Regulations do little to encourage quality redevelopment, in reality almost exclusively favoring the creation of bars and honky-tonks. Once again look at Bridge Street on Anna Maria. These kinds of uses are very intense traffic generators, and create other aesthetic and community concerns like noise.” “To give some credit, when Sarasota County created the Siesta Key Overlay District, commonly referred to as SKOD the County made a small effort to encourage a different kind of redevelopment by offering zoning incentives related to setbacks. Frankly, the SKOD effort while appreciated, was founded upon a feeble understanding of the economics that drive investment decisions where the land parcels are small and very expensive.” “I am proposing to develop a boutique hotel that will act as an anchor for the redevelopment of the area. Along with the hotel, I plan to convert the current Bank of America site into a mixed use commercial and parking structure, one that would include several thousand square feet of commercial liner space, a rooftop lounge and most importantly a development that would add significant parking resources to the South Bridge Village.” “By building a mixed use parking facility I can also reduce the footprint of the hotel site,

particularly being able to set the hotel tower back from the street, hopefully in a way that is more pleasing to neighbors. Done right, and this would require some understanding on the part of the County Commission, the parking portion of this project could act as a catalyst to resolve some parking and traffic issues and to organize additional quality redevelopment of the South Bridge District, not only enhancing our visitor experience and increasing the tax base and tax flow generated by visitors, but do so in a way that is classy and in many ways less intense than what could happen under current zoning.” “A quality boutique hotel on Siesta Key will give us the ability to focus on European tourism, long a goal of Visit Sarasota and The Sarasota Bradenton Airport Authority. One of the advantages of attracting these visitors is that they are often bussed from the airport to their hotel, rarely renting cars and thus reducing traffic. My vision would also offer something that is sorely missing on the Key - a place to hold modest sized events like weddings, graduations and the like.” “I have lived on the Key most of my life. I love what it is and what it has to offer. I only want to do things that will make it better, and I believe that creating a vision and supporting anchor for the South Bridge Village will enhance the experience of Siesta Key.”

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LMA meeting notes

Wake & Shake

Continued from page 3

MAINTENANCE Maintenance Committee Chair, Ron Pierce, reported the progress of several projects. • The street sign repair and replacement program has been completed. • All 15 caution alligator signs were placed in key locations. One sign was relocated. • The power lift bracket for the heavy gazebo garbage receptacle lid was installed. • Painting will begin on August 5 to the outside and inside of the wall near the main gate. • Painting and repair of a wall near the south gate and at the end of Starling Drive will also be done in early August. This project is being paid for by a vendor. • Curbs will be painted and safety reflectors added to all the islands on the main road. • The LMA has authorized the purchase and installation of new plantings. These plantings will help mute the equipment and improve the overall appearance of the easement utility area on the west side of Kestral Parkway North. • A retaining wall has been repaired four times at the corner of Kestral Parkway, South and Kestral Park Place. Large trucks continue to damage it trying to negotiate a turn in that area. Suggestions are being solicited to resolve this ongoing problem. • Damaged or missing delineator safety posts on Kestral Parkway North and Tamiami Trail will be replaced soon. • Large construction trucks were escorted in and out of The Landings. • There is a continuing problem of blue dog waste bags being left behind on Island curbs. ENVIRONMENTAL Committee Chair, Maralyn Kaufman-David, Ph.D. encouraged interested Landings residents to participate in this years International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21. For additional information, https:// oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/ international-coastal-cleanup/. Volunteers are needed to help plant native plants on the shoreline and in the water on Lake 3 for a few hours in late July or early August. Most of the previous volunteers have gone north for the summer. The plantings are provided by the grant received from the Sarasota Estuary Project. Monthly environmental photographs and articles for The Eagle are being submitted by Landings resident, Robert Manteiga. IPM Island Update The committee is seeking a volunteer to continue the application of organic fertilizer on the test island for July through November. Hopes are to find a sound balance of less pesticide/fertilizer and thriving vegetation to be used in other locations.

NEW “THE LANDING” DEVELOPMENT A new development is under construction east of I75 named, “The Landing.“ LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky sought guidance on whether to begin the process of taking action. After some discussion, board members voted unanimously to pursue legal advice from an Intellectual Property Attorney. OPEN HOUSE Showings of properties of several communities in Sarasota reportedly has slowed. The Landings is one of those communities. A Landings resident and real estate agent requested the permission of the board to host an Open House on the vacant property on Peregrine Point Drive on July 18 from 4-6 p.m. Fourteen agents have properties in The Landings and she did not expect more than 20 agents would attend the agents only event. They would erect a canopy tent and provide some nibbles. A motion was made to allow the agents to extend their participation to 6 p.m. which is an hour past permitted guidelines. The motion passed unanimously.

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GENERAL DISCUSSION: COYOTES A brief discussion took place regarding coyotes on The Landings property. The board agreed to research what can legally be done to address worries. Further discussion was tabled until Doug Day is present to express his concerns. BEES Mike Knupp reported having a bee problem in his yard. He contacted a local Bee Keeper who successfully removed the bees and collected 40 pounds of Beeswax and honey. The Bee Keeper commented The Landings is an ideal place for honey bees and wondered if the board would consider allowing him a location to install some bee boxes. After some discussion, the board agreed to allow Knupp to gather more details and information. OVERGROWN PROPERTY Concern was expressed about an overgrown property just outside the south gate. LMA Pres. Norm Olshansky, asked George Neil to find out who owns the property and to see if they would kindly have it mowed.

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“BIRDS IN OUR BACKYARD� BUILDING A BIRD LIST FOR THE LANDINGS

By Maralyn Kaufman-David and Robert Manteiga, Co-editors

BIRDS IN OUR BACKYARD: Herons Photos by Robert Manteiga The Heron is one of the most prolific families of birds here in Sarasota. It is

not uncommon to spot three or four different species on any given day. The largest bird in the Heron family is the Great Blue Heron. It is a lean blue-gray colored bird that stands nearly four feet tall, has long yellow legs, a log neck, and a dagger-like bill with which it captures its prey, primarily fish, snakes, and lizards. The Louisiana or Tri-colored Heron is a slightly smaller species, standing just shy of three feet tall. It is a multi-colored bird with yellow legs, a white belly, and a long mottled neck. The Little Blue Heron is smaller than the aforementioned species. It is a stunning slate-blue bird with a deep maroon-brown neck, long greenish legs, and a pale blue beak with a distinctive black tip. The immature Little Blue Heron is entirely white, but becomes mottled as it matures.

The Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, the Green Heron, and the American Bittern are the smallest species of Heron found in Sarasota. The YellowCrowned Night Heron is a beautiful bird with a white cheek patch, yellow and white crest, and stunning red eyes. It is chunkier and has shorter legs than many of the other Heron species. There is a family of Yellow-Crested Night Herons living right off the Nature Trail. They can be spotted in late afternoon just before sunset. It appears they had babies as the photo, provided by Agnes Schipper, in the lower right shows two immature yellow-crowned night herons crossing the bridge. The Green Heron is similar in size to the Yellow-Crested Night Heron. It is a bluish-green bird with a long brown neck and greenishyellow legs. When agitated the bird puffs out its feathers and elevates a shaggy crest. The immature Green Heron is often confused with the American Bittern. Both are brown in color and have a short streaked neck.

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Please look for our article in the upcoming September issue.

If you would like to contribute to this list, please send an email to Maralyn KaufmanDavid, LMA Environmental Committee Chairperson, at mkaufmanphd@gmail.com. Please include the name of the bird, the date and location of the sighting, and a picture, if you have one. We will do our best to publish your photos.


Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory Residents are encouraged to use the new website (www. thelandingsofsarasota.com) as their directory resource. Directory information is updated on the site weekly. If you have not established a user ID on our site, you can do so by clicking on the Residents Login button on the site’s hope page and follow the directions. New owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Stephen & Linda Stewart, 4814 Kestral Park Cir, sbslps@aol.com • Linda D. Wegner, 5255 Heron Way Additions, changes, and /or corrections should be requested from the Residents’ Directory page on the new Landings website. They may also be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e‑mail, on the website, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention or sent via mail or e‑mail. The printed version of the Handbook and Directory and its binders are available at the Main Gate.

SAFETY MATTERS Updated monthly metrics

The Safety Committee has worked with Guard One staff to reinstate reporting of Security Incidents at The Landings. Month

Counts

Type of Incident

Details/ Resolution

19-Jun

35

Open Door Reports

All were garage doors

19-Jun

13

Speeding or Reckless Drivers

Speeders flagged by Traffic Hawk traffic control system - 7 Resident, 6 Guests, 1 Vendor, 0 Unknown * 3 Violators were over 15MPH of the posted speed limit 19-Jun

1

Suspicious

Monthly Total

49

Total Incidents

Month

Main Gate

North Gate

Start

End

# Entries

# Entries

2/1/2019

2/28/2019

10961

3/1/2019

3/31/2019

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4/30/2019

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6/30/2019

South Gate # Exits

# Entries

16506

15578

7404

5929

11569

18281

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7861

6517

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16029

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5996

10819

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14795

5693

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4772

3813

9313

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Koffee Klatsch

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LHA

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10:00 AM

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Yoga

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BA

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4773 PINE HARRIER DR

749,000

3

3

0

1580 LANDINGS TER

950,000

4

4

0

HOMES FOR SALE

4888 PEREGRINE PT CIR N 1484 PEREGRINE PT DR

999,000

4

6

1

1,526,000

3

3

0

PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM JUDY AND TARA TO INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER HOMES FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS! HOMES SOLD

5430 EAGLES POINT CIRCLE #201 • $629,000

4147 FLICKER FIELD CIR

473,000

6

4

1

4715 PINE HARRIER DR

640,000

3

2

1

5167 KESTRAL PARK LN

675,000

4

3

0

1733 PINE HARRIER CIRCLE

786,000

3

2

1

4639 PINE HARRIER DR

823,000

4

2

0

1724 LANDINGS BLVD

825,000

4

3

1

1568 LANDINGS TER

855,000

4

3

0

1718 PEREGRINE PT DR

875,000

3

3

1

5165 KESTRAL PARK LN

885,000

4

2

1

LOT FOR SALE

1484 PEREGRINE PT DR

4888 PEREGRINE POINT CIR N • $999,000

1484 PEREGRINE POINT DR • $687,000

687,000

26,888 SQFT

CONDOS FOR SALE

5430 EAGLES PT CIR #104

439,000

2

2

0

1423 LANDINGS PL

597,000

3

2

1

PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM JUDY AND TARA TO INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER CONDOS LISTED FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS! CONDOS PENDING

5420 EAGLES PT CIR #404

525,000

2

2

0

1680 STARLING DR

245,000

2

2

0

1742 STARLING DR

245,000

2

2

0

CONDOS SOLD

1423 LANDINGS PL Unit#59 • $597,000 dy & Tara Ju ighborhoo ’s Ne

d

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OPEN HOUSE Michael Saunders & Company

4773 PINE HARRIER DR • $749,000

278,500

3

2

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4822 KESTRAL PARK CIR

325,000

2

2

0

4857 KESTRAL PARK WAY N

340,000

2

2

0

5359 LANDINGS BLVD

356,000

3

2

0

1756 KESTRAL PARK DR

378,000

2

2

0

4814 KESTRAL PARK WAY N

445,000

2

2

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5450 EAGLES PT CIR #304

500,000

3

2

0

Watch for theEstate “Judy and Tara’s Neighborhood” Open House Real is our Profession, signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome.

5457 EAGLES PT CIR

508,000

3

2

1

5453 EAGLES PT CIR

559,000

3

2

1

1474 LANDINGS CIR

619,000

3

2

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