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TLC Needed for a Landings Jewel Nestled at the end of the Landings nature trail is a wonderful little retreat used by fishermen and nature lovers. Off the beaten path, this little jewel may be missed by many Landins. I’m referring to the gazebo that stands quietly in the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. The nature trail, near the condominiums, is a half-mile long shell path that weaves through the mangroves and ends at the Intracoastal Waterway. The metal roofed gazebo stands on pilings sunk deep into the waterway at the end of the trail. “It’s a special place,” said Bill Whitman, Chairman of the Safety/Security committee. “And we’re right on the inland waterway. And a lot of the guys, we’ve got some Michiganders and Canadians, come down here and fish all the time. This is a little jewel.” Experts say that pilings have a lifespan of about 30 years and that’s just about the amount of time the Gazebo has been standing. The Landing gazebo really has stood the test of time. Unfortunately, the same experts suggest it should be replaced in the next few years. They all agree it’s in no danger of collapse, but suggest the LMA begin to look into replacing it. LMA Treasurer Don McMurray’s best guess, based on estimates from companies that deal with dock repair and pilings,

is replacing the gazebo will cost between $40,000-$50,000. The process of funding the replacement will be addressed in the 2014 budget. Don said the 2014 budget process will begin at the LMA meeting in August and should be completed by the October or November meeting. LMA President Henry Rhodes asked Bill Whitman and George Niel to co-chair a gazebo committee to look at all the issues that surround replacing the gazebo. The issues to review are of design as well as environmental issues. If the gazebo was removed entirely, and not replaced, the LMA may have difficulty getting a permit to rebuild it in the future. Bill Whitman recently discovered a resident of The Landings who may be a marine engineer and is going to try to make contact with him to discuss the gazebo issue. A formal bid process will begin once a decision is made about design and the type of materials they will use. Even when a decision is made about exactly what the LMA wants to do, they could face some delays once they begin talking with the county.

Joel Lustgarten, who has lived in the villas for 20 years said, “Replacing the gazebo is an excellent idea. I know several fishermen, and it’s a great spot for them to get out of the sun. The trail is being maintained. To me, fixing up the gazebo is probably the last thing that needs to be done.” Joel visits the gazebo about four times a year and anytime they have guests, they make sure they walk the nature trail.

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The bottom step of the gazebo has been scheduled for repair

Emily Calvert has lived in Eagles Point Circle for 11 years. I caught up with her halfway through her 8 mile walk on the treadmill at the fitness center. “I think the gazebo is beautiful”, she said. “I think The Landings is a spectacular area to live in and it adds to the prestige of it all.” Emily visits the gazebo about six times a year. Photos by Trebor Britt


LHA Meeting Notes July’s meeting dealt with Landscaping and Architecture requests and violations. As is customary, The Eagle redacts names and specific addresses unless a violation is raised to the hearing level. Member item• Kestral Park Place: Owner presented the case for drainage remediation on Kestral Park Place along with the history of flooding and review by LMA and Swifmud. Owner will write-up the history. Mr. Whitman encouraged owners to speak to the LMA and attempt to create a solution. • Kestral Park Lane: Owner submitted three colors for repainting her house, trim and doors. Tan, off white and deep red. Approved unanimously by the board. • Kestral Park Lane: Owner presented his current proposal for his backyard fence. He proposes a 4 foot coral rock wall be placed per engineer notes of May 2013, the yard to be filled to said height and a 4 ft vertical fence be placed inside that. Details still remain open. The board approved his moving forward. Committee reports Landscape• Peregrine Point Cir N: Owner requested to trim and remove, as needed, a set of palms at the east end of the North Lake. Permission was granted and work performed.

to help limit damage to her yard by passing trucks. Bill Whitman. Bill noted that the mailbox had been badly damaged by traffic, and brought up the problems with the current supplier of our mailboxes. Whitman and Hyslop to talk with vendor. • Flicker Field Circle: Owner had been asked to explain the placing of Yard statuary without board approval. His response will be taken up by JS. • Peregrine Point Way: Has a drainage problem within a system of her own design. Board recommended she can fix it. • Peregrine Point Way: An engineering study of drainage on the street is ongoing here. Eric and Bill to continue. • Peregrine Point Cir East: has ongoing yard maintenance and roof problems. JS will contact Mansour. Renter has four-year option to buy. • Pine Harrier Drive: Owner has violations with house and yard maintenance. • Pine Harrier Drive: Owner has expressed concern about neighbor pursuing tree maintenance and landscaping on her property without his approval. Neighbor has been given permission to fence to her property lines.

• Kestral Park South: Owner plans to add a wing to the existing house back to the limits of the 10 and 20 ft setbacks. When he returns on July 15, the back corner point of the addition will be located and inspected by LHA. He also plans to locate solar water panels on the roof. The position is to be determined. Info only. No approvals. • Kestral Pk Place: Owner showed a paint sample for her house. Request approved. • Pine Harrier Circle: It has been noted that this abandoned property, which LHA does yard maintenance on, has trees leaning into the North Lake, David Jacarusso will be contacted to perform limited work here. • Peregrine Pt Cir East: Per instructions from the board, owner properly planted a rock by the road edge. LHA and LMA had visited the site and approved the rocks ©

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By Don McMurray, for Henry Rhodes Our president, Henry, and wife Sara remain on vacation – exploring the great Northeast while we – the more fortunate ones – remain here in the Landings. I hope all of you had the opportunity to enjoy the festivities over the week of the 4th and were able to take a moment or two to reflect LMA President, Henry Rhodes on the significance of this day for our country. As you know, hurricane season is upon us and we are currently up to the fourth named storm of the season. Having grown up in Florida each year seems to get a little more interesting to me with the increased media coverage of the next coming storm. One might get the idea that every storm is going to hit – not just Florida, but Sarasota, and more precisely – the Landings. On a serious note, we do have another three to four months of hurricane season. It is always prudent to plan ahead, know how you are going to secure your home for your own safety and the safety of your neighbors, and to have an evacuation plan/route in mind. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that no major storms disturb Florida this year and, if they do, the wind currents decide to take them north or south of our lovely community. The LMA Board will be back to its regular meeting time in August. As reflected in last month’s President’s Column, written by Marie Jacaruso, all associations function best when there is active involvement by the membership. Please feel free to attend meetings, offer your thoughts and insights and volunteer for one or more of the many committees that conduct the associations business. It would be remiss of me, as Treasure of the Board, if I did not comment on the state of our finances. LMA, at this time of the year, is doing well financially. We remain within budget and every committee has been very active in meeting the goals they set for the year. We will begin the new budget process for FY 2014 in August with a request to each committee to set goals and priorities for the year that the Board can review and approve. We are looking forward to a productive second half of the year. Have a great summer!

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Landings Directory Changes & New Members as of July 8, 2013

By Dick Bayles

The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • John B & Sharon D Balmforth, 1746 Landings Blvd, 904-327-0295, writerondeadline@gmail.com • Michael K Walters & Geraldine Myers, 1634 Starling Dr, mwalters1941@yahoo.com, spacegram@rocketmail.com • Robert & Teresa Manteiga, 1611 Starling Dr, 401-274-3756, 401 219 6044, roberto@uri.edu, teresa@uri.edu • Alexandra Lindner, 1666 Starling Dr, 203-286-7195, 203-747-7005 • John & Jen Hutchens, 1600 Pine Harrier Cir, jhutchens6@icloud.com • W. Sian Burgess & Alan Warren, 4848 Peregrine Point Cir N, 416-806-0781, 416-932-8208, 647-971-4685, 416-932-8208 • Mike & Joan Stone, 4638 Pine Harrier Dr, 972-294-5140, mstone549@tx.rr.com If there are changes to your directory listing, please contact me in writing. If you are new to The Landings and only your address is shown, it indicates that I have not received a directory form giving details of and permission for a listing. 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 rubayles@alum.mit.edu Tel: (941) 927-8344 Fax: (941) 296-7404

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Big Pass Shoal Targeted

 

By Paul Roat

|No fast fix for Lido key beach renourishment projects

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An ambitious 50-year project to renourish sand to the beaches of Lido Key is on its way to have preliminary plans presented to the public, hopefully by October or November. The project is estimated at an initial $20 million to bring about 1 million cubic yards of sand on shore. Also included in the plan is installation of three erosion control groins at the southern stretch of the Key jutting into the Gulf of Mexico. The sand for this big project won’t be coming ashore for probably three years, according An aerial photo of Lido Key looking north. Siesta Key is at bottom, to Sarasota City Engineer Alex DavisShaw. Bird Key at top right. Lido is scheduled for renourishment in early 2015, with a much larger project in the works. Photo courtesy of However, another small plan could see sand move A Historical Geography of Southwest Florida Waterways ashore in about 18 months to fill in beach lost after Tropical Storm Debby. approved, and a permit is expected by early 2015. DavisShaw said bidding for a dredging company The small project to pump about 120,000 cubic yards of sand ashore Tropical Storm Debby was a slow-moving, would then take place and the sand from the shoal relatively mild storm system that mostly impacted offshore of New Pass would begin. The sand is the Florida Panhandle in late June 2012. However, clean, white, and compatible with the existing large waves severely eroded beaches along Western material on the shore. Florida. Lido was particularly hard hit. Cost of the project is estimated at $2.4 to $2.5 City and county officials applied to federal and million, she said, with most of the funding coming state officials for funds to renourish the central from federal sources. section of Lido Beach. Funds have mostly been Story continued on page 21

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Condos in Common By Scott Diamond Last month, I wrote about association generated work. This month, let’s look at work that you might initiate that would take place in your own unit. When I am stopped at a traffic light, I often write down names and numbers found on commercial vehicles if I think that this service provider next to me could be of some use to any of my associations. Licensed and Insured are frequent terms found among the truck lettering. This might appear to be worthwhile, but further investigation on these terms might be necessary before you become involved. Management companies do this routinely to make sure that the scope of work will match the necessary licenses and insurance policies carried before the work commences. For your personal needs, it’s good to look into those companies that feature the “licensed & insured” terms in their ad. If they are referring to their fishing license or the logo on the truck stating that they are insured by Smith & Wesson, you may want to pass on any further follow up. You should strive to only hire someone with a professional license. Certified and Registered Contractors can be verified at myfloridalicense. com. If you hire someone with only a Business or Occupational license, the competency requirements concerning our local and state business codes may not be met by these card carrying members.

Hopefully, all associations are carrying protection for the under or uninsured workman that might have to access common property to get to your unit. Should this worker suffer an injury while performing a service for you, the association should have a policy in place in the event this person chooses to file a claim against the association. This type of Worker’s Compensation coverage is known as an “If Any” policy as it does not apply to regular association employees. Certain carriers will also include named condominium owners on this policy if their volunteer actions on behalf of the Association result in any injury occurred in the discharge of their duties. Best example would be those landscape committee members that not only have a green thumb, but also like to get their hands dirty as well. So let’s be careful out there. While a driver’s license may be a privilege and not a right, we all have the right to know who will be working among us.

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Raising Landin Hi guys, It’s me again. I needed to tell you about that dog on the TV commercial, his name is Champ. You know, the one where he is selling some flea and tick product? They want us to believe that that dog can talk. Really?, talking dogs?! (wink wink) I have a hard enough time just writing this article! Anyhow, I got to thinking.. I bet you that a lot of people go up to him and tell him he looks just like me! I have been having a “ball” this summer even though it’s going by so quickly. As you can see, I have been enjoying swimming as well as my early morning and late evening walks. Because it is so hot, my person gives me a special treat called Frosty Paws. It’s yummy! He says it’s like ice cream. I have never seen him eat it and I have never tried ice cream, so I guess we will never really know. Lately we sure have been having a lot of rain. Oh..what a set up for more of my famous K9 Comedy… It’s been raining cats and dogs….. you can tell by all of the “water poodles in the street” Some of you have not seen me while I am working so I thought you would enjoy this picture of me in my coat. I hear that some females actually find guys even more attractive in uniform. I wonder if they will have a difficult time keeping their paws off of me? I am still working very hard with all of my commands and good manners and my people seem very pleased with my progress. I really like making them happy because the steady flow of treats are pretty nice.. Anyway, at the end of a rewarding day I just like to relax and unwind with a good toy knowing that MY NAME IS LANDIN AND I WAS BORN TO BE A GUIDE DOG! Oh, P.S. I got very excited when I overheard some people talking about the “Dog days of summer”. I’m not really sure when they are or exactly what we do, but it sure sounds special and I can hardly wait! Ugh, I almost forgot to tell you again….! TO BE CONTINUED……………..

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Stravinsky and Siesta Key By Ralph & Dee Ricapito On our annual trip north this year we stopped in Washington D.C. to visit the new wing of The National Gallery of Art. Although the Museum is very modern, they were featuring the Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes exhibit. This early 20th century dance company soared to new heights when Diaghilev convinced famed artists to work in a new medium. Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel designed sets and costumes and Igor Stravinsky (widely considered to be the most influential composer of the 20th century) wrote music for 3 ballets among them “The Rites of Spring”. This exhibit brought to mind the connection we had with Stravinsky, Sarasota and Siesta Key and even the Landings. You see, good friends of ours, Donna and George Hagopian, spent their summers house watching the home of Soulima and Francoise Stravinsky on Higel on Siesta Key. (Donna was a tennis friend of Dee’s and George was a teaching and coaching buddy of Ralph). Soulima was the son of Igor and was quite the musical figure in his own right. Soulima was the only offspring of Igor to enter the music world. We researched his background and found he was an accomplished pianist. He not only surrounded himself with his father’s concerto music but also wrote fables, a minuet, film scores, and even children’s music. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois where he taught, performed and composed for 28 years. Soulima and Francoise had two homes, one in France and the other on Siesta Key where they spent

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most of their time. Soulima continued to compose in his Florida home; there he wrote his cello sonata, the string quartets, trio and etudes for violin and piano. They were well known around Sarasota at the Asolo and other classical music areas. While Soulima died in 1984 in Sarasota, Francoise lived on the Key for many years. There she found an unfinished and unknown work of her husband’s. It was incomplete but she had it edited and performed before her death at age 94. The Landings connection is that Donna played tennis at the Landings during the summer. On occasion she would invite Dee to play when the members needed a player. Dee always had a good time and when we retired the Landings was the first and only place we looked. Soulima, Francoise and maybe Igor are looking down and smiling at our Photo of Igor Stravinsky courtesy of Wikimedia Commons choice.


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Whitaker, kin inhabit frontier Sarasota in mid-1800s. By Paul Roat William H. Whitaker, the first white settler of Snell. Sarasota, was born Aug. 1, 1821. He brought the As Karl Grismer described it in his book “The first cattle, oranges, guava, and a semblance of Story of Sarasota,” Whitaker “wanted to settle down settlement to the frontier that later became the arts — to have a home to call his own. What better time nexus of Florida. than this to start, with the Seminoles conquered and Whitaker was very much akin to a character in a the government offering 160 acres to able-bodied Mark Twain novel. He ran away from home at age settlers?” 14 with only the clothes on his back Snell agreed to not only front the and the contents of his father’s pants money for pioneer Whitaker, but pockets: small cash and a gold watch. also agreed to tag along. Snell’s law His departure took him from practice was in shambles, he had hometown rural Savannah, Ga., to the many friends who had settled along city’s bustling port. The wiry youth left the Manatee River, and he didn’t have within an hour on a trading schooner much else to do. bound for Key West. Snell, by the way, is a story of Whitaker’s whereabouts for a while his own. Before his death he held were uncertain, but he eventually positions as president of the Florida alighted in St. Marks, Fla., as a fisher Senate, speaker of the Florida House where half-brother Hamlin Valentine of Representative, and served as Snell found him and persuaded him to Tampa’s eighth mayor. “get a little schooling” in Tallahassee. Whitaker and Snell set sail in William Whitaker was the Whitaker put up with it for two years. late November 1842 from St. Marks first white settler in what The Seminole War was raging in southbound along the Gulf Coast, later become Sarasota, making his home at stopped to visit the Bradens, Gambles, 1838 and the adventure tugged at Yellow Bluffs in north Wyatts, and others at the Manatee young Bill Whitaker. He spent four Sarasota Dec. 14, 1842. years in some form of military fighting River, then continued south. Photo courtesy Sarasota From Grismer comes this account. the Indians. When the war ended he County Historical Society. went back to Tallahassee to talk to Story continued on the next page.

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Whitaker story continued. “During the afternoon of December 14, while sailing south through Sarasota Bay, they sighted a place on the mainland where there were high yellow bluffs. “Letting down sail, they drifted into the mouth of a small, palm-fringed bayou a few hundred yards north of the bluff. A short way up the bayou, on the east bank, they found a pool of fresh water, fed by crystal water pouring forth out of rocks in a steady stream. “A quarter mile up the coast they met a Spanish fisherman named Alzartie living in a crude palmetto shack. Several Cuban fisherman, then squatting on Longboat Key, told them they thought his section unsurpassed anywhere on the West Coast. “Here, at yellow bluffs, was the ideal spot for a homesteder to settle.” Yellow Bluffs is at 14th Street off the Tamiami Trail. The bayou just north is today named after Whitaker. Whitaker eventually acquired more than 193 acres of Bayfront property from 19th through 33rd Street, about one-quarter of it purchased at $1.25 per acre. Whitaker and Snell towed cedar logs across the bay from the dense forests on Longboat Key and built a sturdy log cabin with a detached kitchen. Snell left his “vacation” after six months to return to Tallahassee. Whitaker first made money salting mullet and

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Racquet Club News |Manager’s Report By Kevin Lechlitner It’s August in Florida and with that come the doldrums of summer. August & September are always the hottest and consequently the slowest months of the year. That is a good time for us to start the annual court resurfacing project. Early in June, courts 3 & 4 were completely rebuilt finalizing a project that began with courts 5 & 6 back in 2009. The plan for August is to resurface courts 1, 2, 5 & 6 with 4 tons of clay and new lines Come feast your eyes on some of the for each court. Weather permitting each battery of most beautiful and current trends in courts will be closed for two weeks to complete the backsplash and bathroom design! You’re sure to find the tile of your dreams, whether traditional is your work. In September, courts 7 & 8 will be done. Since style, or you have more of a contemporary flair. they are only a year old and don’t need new lines yet, they will be limited to a pallet of clay each. My A REAL DESIGNER’S PARADISE! goal is to have all the courts resurfaced and ready STOP to go for season by the end of September. IN Even though we are in the middle of summer and TODAY! things are quieter, we still ask that you contact the Tennis Pro Shop in advance of any guests using the facilities. This helps the staff recognize your guests especially if they come to enjoy the Club without you. On Friday, August 16th the Landings Racquet Club will host a “Family Swim Night & Pizza Party. This event is open to all residents of the Landings Community. Please come, bring your children and enjoy meeting your neighbors. It will run from 5:00 -7:00 PM. Please register in advance by calling the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886 by Thursday the 15th so we know how much pizza to order.

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Lots of white on the courts for the Wimbledon Round Robin held on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. After three rounds of tennis about 35 people enjoyed scones, strawberries and cream and mimosas while watching the Ladies Final. Thanks to Cynthia Wendell for once again mixing up her famous whipped topping and Truman Menefee for his help. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the morning, Get ready for a “New York State Of Mind” for

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our next event - the US OPEN Tennis Tournament Round Robin to be held the last week in August. Check in the Pro Shop for further details and the sign up sheet. Season begins again shortly. Any ladies and/ or men’s tennis leagues that would like to set up weekly clinic times, please give me a call at 941993-2628 or e-mail lrctennisdirector@verizon.net to reserve your slot. Players - let’s get The Landings another division title! Enjoy your tennis and I’ll see you on the courts.......

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By Lynn Cassell

NEW 3.0 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM The Landings is starting a new 3.0 doubles tennis team to compete in the local Tri Cities Women’s Team Tennis League. In April 2013 we had a preliminary meeting to see if there was an interest for starting the team and yes, there was as there were 10 women present and 5 others indicated their interest. So far our list has grown to about 20 women who are interested and we still need more especially for the beginning of the season before many of the snowbirds have returned to the Landings and in case of vacation and/or illness. The team will play either home or away on Wednesdays leaving the Landings about 10:30am to allow for travel time and warm-up before play and playing the best 2 out of 3 sets. Four courts would be played with 2 women on each court. A total of 8 needed on a weekly basis. The season runs midOctober through March. Our tennis pro, Joe Venezia will rate each player and offer a tennis clinic of 90 minutes for the team on Fridays at a cost of $20 per person. Registration with Tri Cities starts August 1, 2013 and is due by September 15, 2013. The cost to register the team

is $75 and will be split by the team members. New balls have to be provided by the team for games at home. The team colors are black and white. In the beginning of October we will have a meeting prior to the first match. If you are interested or know someone who is interested please contact me by phone: 312-5659 or email: lecassell320@yahoo.com OR contact the pro shop at: 923-3886.

Phillippi Estate Park will have no scheduled events in August or September. However, the park is open to the public from 6 a.m. until midnight seven days of the week for Landings residents to enjoy. There are shoreline trails offering wonderful birding and photographic opportunities. Behind the Gazebo is a ¼ mile loop in a coast hammock, and the Gazebo is available for picnics and parties. The playground has innovative equipment to delight children and the canoe/kayak launch is always popular. The Edson Keith Mansion will be closed until the end of August for installation of a climate control system. Free tours of the Edson Keith Mansion will resume on Wednesday, October 2 when the Phillippi Farmhouse Market re-opens for its 5th season.

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Starwatch

By Dr. Albert L.Weeks

|COMET KOHOUTEK Comet Kohoutek’s approaching rendezvous with planet earth during the Christmas holidays is causing no particular alarm. This was not the case the last time one of these rare and awesome outer-space travelers intersected our orbit. In 1910, people all over the world fell into states of anxiety or outright panic as they nervously awaited the arrival of Halley’s comet. Before its approximately 76-year orbit was calculated in 1695 by Isaac Newton’s friend, Edmund Halley, Halley’s comet was known simply as The Comet. Its first recorded fly-by was chronicled in 467 B.C. when, with quivering brush no doubt, the ancient Chinese noted the fearsome event as an evil omen. In the superstitious Middle Ages and even later, comets were thought to portend all sorts of trouble on earth. The Saxons, for example, attributed the Norman invasion of England in 1056 to the evil influence of The Cornel. The famous 230-foot-long Bayeux tapestry, depicting the Battle of Hastings, shows Halley’s comet hovering ominously over King Harold’s throne, the comet’s tail spewing forth eight tongues of crimson flame. Most people assumed that medieval pestilence, particularly the Black Plague, w;is The Cornel’s doing, the historian Nicetus describing it as a “twisting serpent whose gaping mouth lusts for tinman blood.” When they shone as bright as Halley’s, cornels figured in the political reckonings and mathematical reasoning of the andent Greeks and Romans. The Sparlan constitution provided for an uninterrupted eight-year tenure for its archons on the condition that no untoward celestial phenomenon, like a comet, intervened. Should such an event occur, the cpliors convened and immediately impeached the king. When it came to mathematics, in which they excelled, the Babylonians, Phoenicians and Greeks, and probably also the astronomically attuned Druids of Stonehenge, were perplexed by the apparently erratic behavior of comets. These perverse celestial bodies refused lo obey any of the periodicities calculated for the sun, moon, planets and stars. As a result, cornels acquired the reputation of being the bad guys of the sky, willful, freewheeling specters, awful disturbers of cosmic order and harmony, or messengers of death dispatched to earth by evil spirits or an avenging god.

Even as late as the eighteenth century, the French astronomer Laplace, developer of the nebular hypothesis on the origin of the solar system, could anticipate a cataclysmic collision between the earth and The Comet. “Most of the human race would be destroyed,” he wrote, “by the violent shock imparted to the terrcslrial globe, entire species annihilated, every monument to human en-deavor overthrown.” No wonder Ihat comets cause such uncase. They come careening into the heavens at crazy angles to the ecliptic and the zodiacal band. Against the black sky, their heads (or nuclei) do not shine, they blaze like phosphorus, or like the “gem” of the diamond ring effect during a total eclipse of the sun. (Cornet Krihoutck is expected to outclass even Halley’s comet in brilliance,) Around the comet’s head is a ghostly ectoplasm, while streaming out behind it, like an eerie veil or tresses of hair in a current of air or water, is the magnificent cometary tail. This wispy, flowing quality prompted the Greeks to call these komeies, or long-haired ones. The kinks that often develop in the comet’s tail, and which change shape from night to night, give comets a sinister, serpentine appearance. If all this is observed in the daytime—as Halley’s was and Kohoutek is expected to be —it is doubly upsetting. Successive studies made of the comets Halley, Brooks, Morehouse, Tempel-Swift, etc., find their composition to consist almost totally of gas, derivatives of carbon monoxide, nitrogen, sodium and varieties of hydrocarbons. The head

itself contains dust and “stones,” in addition to gases. Halley’s once deposited so many stones, as if it were laying eggs in its wake, that they became a swarm of meteors in the constellation of Aquarius, the Aquarid meteoric showers which streak across the spring sky. Contributing to the anxiety in 1910 was the likelihood of the earth’s passing through the noxious tail of Halley’s comet. Which it did, but with no discernible effect beyond producing spooky halos around the sun and moon. All poisonous gases or large stones were vacuumed out by the earth’s protective atmosphere and magnetic field. A good deal of scientific excitement will accompany the arrival of Comet Kohoutek, hut beyond that, earihlings will probably react calmly to the second major visitation by a comet in this century. Moreover, if any archons are deposed, it will be for more tangible reasons than the comet. Albert L Weeks is associate professor of English at N.Y.V.

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By Diana Colson

|Bill Schustik - An American Troubadour A remarkable artist lives here in Sarasota: a inside stories about the Confederate and Union creative historian, musician, and folklorist with a soldiers in a way the kids have never heard them passion for America’s past. Bill Schustik is his name, before. He communicated factual history through and he has been on a lifetime adventure performing the use of entertaining anecdotes, never standing all over the world to captivate audiences with his still. He marched from one end of the classroom to boundless energy and skill. the other, expertly playing the banjo or guitar as A true troubadour, he unpacks his instruments he sang American folk songs, periodically pulling and props wherever he finds an audience. He has new props from his bag to enhance the role of performed in over 2,000 villages, towns and cities the moment. During my tour of duty as a teacher across the United States, including Washington at Ashton Elementary, I was fortunate enough D.C., where he enchanted three U.S. presidents to witness one of Bill’s performances, and it was with a series of historical presentations. riveting! At the Ford’s Theatre Reopening Students learned it was Jeffrey Gala in 1984, President Ronald Amherst—and not the Indians— Reagan was to say: “Nancy and I who invented the barbaric practice are honored to be here tonight. And of scalping to substantiate the I know I speak for everyone in the number of Indians he had killed audience when I thank Bill Schustik, and would be compensated for. the playwright for the play, and Students were to learn that early the entire cast of On Shiloh Hill colonial soldiers once stuck feathers for that magnificent performance.” in their battered hats, emulating a President and Mrs. Reagan were type of aristocratic style of the day in attendance along with then Vice known as “macaroni.” Hence the President and Mrs. George Bush. famous line from Yankee Doodle In addition to performing for “. . . He stuck a feather in his cap soldiers, sailors and airmen worldand called it macaroni.” Students wide on Armed Forces Radio also learned that the three-cornered Network, Bill has carried America’s hat was designed to catch the wind message to millions of listeners in such a way that the hat was Photo by Lisa Fudge. world-wide on Voice of America stabilized to the head and did not radio. He has performed at many blow away. Opening Ceremonies, including those of the Most recently, Schustik created and starred in World Series, Fort McHenry Tunnel, and the U.S. The American Civil War in Legend and Song, which Monitor National Monument. He served as the was produced at The Theater of the American Official Chanteyman for Operation Sail in New South, and later—in 2013—in Boca Grande, Florida. York Harbor in 1976, when America celebrated its In July 0f 2013, he presented a Dramatic Reading 200th birthday by bringing in for the first time a and a Musical Resurrection of the American Civil world-wide flotilla of Tall ships. War entitled Many Thousand Gone to a packed To mention just a few of his accomplishments, audience at St. Andrew United Church of Christ Schustik was creator and co-producer of an award- here in Sarasota. He conceived and wrote Many winning television program, Tales of the American Thousand Gone using songs, written letters, Troubadour, which garnered a 2009 Telly Award. diaries, and collected memories of those who lived In 2011, he wrote and performed The Battle of through a most desperate time in American history. Ridgeway with Senator Marlow Cook (retired) Along with twenty or so other performers, the at the FSU Asolo Theatre for the Performing Arts brilliantly talented Sharon Scott was featured in this right here in Sarasota, Florida. Never one to limit production, her rich, magnificent voice enhancing his creative spirit, Bill is also the author of two the heart-rending spirituals which so dramatically illustrated African American participation in both critically acclaimed full-length ballets. Adopted by parents with a profound love of the agony of slavery and the struggle to freedom. history, and inspired by his deep curiosity as a Bill Schustik is often accompanied by his child growing up in upstate New York, Schustik has wife, Lisa Fudge, as he plays the guitar, banjo, spent his life studying American history. He looks harmonica, dulcimer, jew’s harp and concertina. much deeper than textual accounts, combining He punctuates his inspirational tales with song and fact with folklore to emerge with a story that is as yodeling. When not busy writing a new production captivating as it is enlightening. In 2004, thanks or performing on stage, Bill busies himself by to the “Artists in Schools” program in Sarasota creating whimsical drawings and sandcastles! County Schools, Bill performed for hundreds of To learn more of this extraordinary artist our local schoolchildren. and his upcoming performances, go to www. Confronted by a classroom of self-conscious americantroubadour.org. To engage Bill Schustik adolescents, Schustik would growl: “You want the to perform one of his shows or stage productions real story?” “Yes!” the kids would cry. Then off he for your organization, or to discuss tailoring a new would go, donning a kepi, vest and boots, telling program, he can be reached at 941 – 922 – 0234.

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Pet Talk

By Dr. Anne Chauvet

1. My dog just licked a giant toad. What do I do? Toads can be a problem. The venom is similar to digitalis, a cardiac drug. Dogs that eat or lick a toad can paw at the mouth, drool excessively, walk unsteadily, have seizures and pain or can even die if untreated. If you note exposure to a toad, rinse your dog’s mouth abundantly right away. Then bring your dog to your veterinarian immediately to be monitored for abnormal heart rhythm and high temperature and other complications. 2. My Chihuahua has really bad breath. Does bad breath mean teeth problems? What can I do? Halitosis is very annoying. Just as in people, improper oral hygiene leads to halitosis or bad breath. It is recommended that you brush your dog’s teeth regularly, and have dental exams and dental cleanings done at least once a year. Tooth root abscess can follow but gingivitis is more common. Tic Tacs are not the way to go. Sometimes halitosis comes from general sickness. For example, sweet smelling breath can reflect ketones in the body (diabetic patients, renal patient). So to be safe, if your pet has halitosis, see your veterinarian. The good news is that there are veterinary dentists (specialists), and we are fortunate to have a few on the Gulf coast. 3. I’m allergic to nuts, so my throat gets tight and my tongue swells up when I eat them. What are the most common symptoms of allergic reaction in dogs and cats? How to recognize and treat them? Dogs and cats can get allergies. As in people, they can be noted as sudden allergic reactions such as hives, swollen face, eyes, and ears. Itchiness of the skin is a common symptom of allergies along with redness. They can also have inflammatory bowel disease due to allergies to food. In this case, vomiting and abnormal stools are noted. If the symptoms are respiratory, then coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing all can be noted, as in cats with asthma. To diagnose allergies, there is a blood test that guides you regarding which allergen to avoid. Vaccines can also be given for these allergens. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids are the first drugs used in emergency situations. They are also used for managing allergies but long-term side effects need to be discussed with your veterinarian.

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.

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Society of Sarasota County. The club meets one Saturday a month from 9am to Noon to interact with shelter animals and complete shelter projects. If you are interested in this program, please contact John Pfohler, at jpfohler@hssc.org or 955-4131 x124 to request an application.


Big Pass Shoal Targeted

By Paul Roat

|No fast fix for Lido key beach renourishment projects Story continued from page 8

The big project Sarasota City officials began work on a massive, long-range beach renourishment program for Lido Key. “In the past 10 years, we’ve gotten federal funds for design,” DavisShaw said. “It’s been going very, very slowly.” Sarasota County submitted a management plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and about $500,000 is hoped for sometime this year. Preliminary design for the plan has been completed in July. That design calls for a project the length of the western shore of the key. Proposed are three erosion control groins to be constructed at the southern end An aerial photo of Lido Key, looking north, taken between 1962 and 1966, of Lido in an effort to trap sand. show what once was a wide, sandy beach. Another component proposed is to take Photo courtesy Florida Department of Transportation some sand from the massive shoal north of Big Pass, DavisShaw said. At last count there was estimated to be in excess offshore onto Lido Beach over time. of 30 million cubic yards of sand in that shoal Either the key is prone to erosion or people built area. The plan calls for “feathering” sand from the homes and condominiums — mostly condos — too close to the water over the years. northern edges of the shoal. DavisShaw said there would be public meeting Another issue with Lido is its relatively small with interested parties on the project in October or size compared with other barrier islands. Lido historically was a cluster of mangrove islands called early November. No dates or locations of the meetings have yet the Cerol Isles. Entrepreneur, circus magnate, and Sarasota been scheduled. If all goes according to plan, permits should be developer John Ringling bought those islands and in hand within two years and construction could St. Armands Key in the 1920s and through dredging and filling, expanded St. Armands and combined start shortly afterward. the Cerol Isles into what he called Lido Key. Sand started coming ashore onto Lido’s beaches Lido Beach renourishment history Depending on how you count the statistics, there beginning in 1964 via dredging of New Pass. The have been either five or 10 movements of sand inlet is mandated to be maintained as a navigational channel by the federal government and, to keep the channel at a sufficient depth for boaters, is dredged periodically. Lido was the recipient of the sand for many years. Longboat Key officials, also seeking sources of sand for that island’s eroding beaches, struck a deal with Sarasota to alternate the sand placement. The latest dredging project on Lido was in April 2009. The $4.6 million project moved about 400,000 cubic yards of sand from the pass to the key. That project was also required due to erosion caused by storms in 2006. Longboat Key has been prone to erosion for decades. Workers last renourished Lido Key in 2009. Siesta Key has been spared from beach erosion Photo by Paul Roat and maintains a wide, sandy beach.

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Gecko’s Gives Back 21 years ago, best buddies and tennis partners—Mike Quillen and Mike Gowan— teamed up for a restaurant adventure, and Gecko’s Grill & Pub was born. Five Gecko’s later, the “Two Mikes” have proved that their winning philosophies of hospitality and service-to-community have really paid off. Increasingly they are sharing their successes with our town. As a Co-Owner of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, Mike Quillen was a recent recipient of the prestigious 2013 National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Florida Cornerstone Humanitarian award. These awards are given nationally to honor restaurants that go “above and beyond” in community service, a description that fits Gecko’s like a glove! The aim of this award is not only to honor the individual, but also to inspire other restaurateurs to become involved in their local communities. Through the creative use of his restaurants, Quillen has provided valuable community service right here in Sarasota. Gecko’s has become a supporter of Operation Second Chance, an organization that serves America’s ill and wounded combat veterans. Gecko’s is also a benefactor of the non-profit Y Youth Shelter, a safe haven for homeless children 10-17 years of age. The shelter badly needed to replace two aging vans used to transport kids. Gecko’s responded by running a “Be a Van Fan” campaign to help raise money. At Gecko’s 21-year Birthday Celebration—which took place recently at The Landings location—guests turned out in droves to cheer as the Y Youth Shelter unveiled their new used van. In addition to these and other worthy causes, Gecko’s and Mike Quillen partner with dozens of schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, providing Super Student Free Meals to thousands of elementary students. Besides these Super Student awards, they also support countless numbers of teams, projects and events in various area schools. Mike Quillen has lived in the area since he was a young lad. He graduated from Riverview High School, attended Manatee Junior College on a tennis scholarship, and transferred to New College. He has been married to Mary Quillen for 16 years, and they have two daughters, ages 20 and 13. Mike Gowan was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, graduated from Sarasota High School, and—like Mike Quillen— also attended Manatee Junior College on a tennis scholarship. Gowan then transferred to the University of Florida. After graduation, he returned to live and work in Sarasota. “We started Gecko’s as a little neighborhood bar and pub, focusing on fresh fare, and a strong Hospitality quotient,” says Quillen. “Our guests are our friends, and our employees are our heroes. We believe in the community, and we live, work, and play here, too.” The two Mikes are not only lifelong friends, they make excellent business partners. When it comes to community service, Quillen has Gowan’s full support as he uses all five Gecko’s restaurants to benefit dozens of charitable groups in our community. The civic-minded Quillen personally serves on several community Boards, and is the Immediate Past President of The Argus Foundation, a public policy community foundation which harnesses business leadership for effective community building. Gecko’s Grill & Pub is economically important to our community. It has been providing jobs and creating economic stimulus since 1992. Today, the five Gecko’s restaurants currently employ over 300 Floridians. In keeping with Gecko’s tradition to source as many jobs and vendors locally, they

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coordinate with Tiffany Bispham each growing season so that she can supply Gecko’s with local, sustainable farm, fresh produce. Tiffany is a fourth generation Sarasotan. The “Two Mike’s” newest venture, S’macks Burgers & Shakes, is scheduled to open early in August. It is a tip of the hat to The Smack, a Sarasota drive-in and diner that was an enormously popular hangout during the post-World War II period. The Smack of the 50’s featured beautiful girls on roller skates who took orders curbside. S’macks of today will not have those fast-moving waitresses. However, it promises to serve “Quick Casual Food with a Conscience.” This new casual dining spot will feature old-fashioned frozen custard shakes, a modern take on the classic America Burger, hand-cut locally sourced fries, and S’macks Dogs—a custom-made Top Dog, crafted in the vicinity just for S’macks. The location will be at Bee Ridge Road and Shade Avenue, and it will have 2,500 feet Standing is Michael Quillen and seated is of indoor and outdoor seating. Mike Gowan “The quick-casual dining scene is a really popular trend,” says Quillen. “Burgers are really hot right now.” He aims to elevate quality of the modern burger by bringing it more in line with 21st century nutrition standards. “It will be really neat to share a part of Sarasota’s rich historical past in this new restaurant concept.” Their ties to the community run deep. Following the success of the original Gecko’s at The Landings in 1992, the two Mikes have expanded to four other nearby locations: Twelve Oaks Plaza (I-75 & SR 70) in 1998; Braden River Plaza on SR 64 in 2002; Palmer Crossing (Clark Rd. & Honore Mike Quillen front and center with farmer, Tiffany Bispham. Ave.) in 2006; and The rest of the crew are the Chefs and Kitchen Managers Southside Village from the five Gecko’s locations. (Hillview St.) in 2010. They have been consistently awarded and honored with “Best of the Best” awards, including Best Happy Hour, Best Sports Bar, Best Burger, Best Take Away, Coldest Beer, Best Lunch, Taste of Sarasota People’s Choice Awards, Best Entrée, best Appetizers, and more! The “Two Mikes” have not only brought Sarasota wonderful food in a family-friendly atmosphere, they have generously given back to Located at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street stood the community. For more information go to Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant. www.geckosgrill.com (Photo courtesy of Sarasota County History Center)


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View From The Gate

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety

There were a total of 75 incidents in the Landings for the month of June 2013. They are as follows: 1 Criminal Mischief reported • Persons unknown knocked over and damaged yard security sign. 1 Disturbance reported • Resident complaint of late night construction noise from outside the Landings. • Resident referred to Sarasota County Public works. 1 Found Item report generated • Clothing and Personal Items found on Nature Trail 12 Informational reports submitted. • 5 Maintenance issues • 3 ‘Light out’ reports • 1 Landings wide power outage • 1 Network outage • 4 Resident complaints • Children driving • Dogs off leash • Called in guest turned away • Photo taking of homes • Guest authorization of second vehicle • Noted newspapers piling up at ‘Away’ residence • Trash bags thrown from vehicle. • Unable to locate any trash. 33 Open Doors reported • 32 incidents were Garage Doors • 1 incident was a Vehicle Door 10 Parking Violations noted • Due to officer’s being harassed and defamed: • Notifications are no longer placed on vehicles. • Notifications are being passed on to the master association. 4 Patrol Requests made • Requested check made of Treehouse pool area. • Check of area made nothing usual noted. • Report of person(s) knocking & running away 4900blk Landings Ct..

• Check of area made nothing usual noted. • Report of ‘Fight Noises” 1600blk. Starling Dr. • Advised to contact Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. • Report of suspicious woman on the Nature Trail. • Check of area made nothing usual noted. 1 Property Damage report made • Prior damage to the Main Gate column deteriorating. 3 Public Service reports • 2 Flooding incidents requiring the officer to clear storm drains. • 1 Escort given to a lost contractor 3 Suspicious Incidents • 2 Unknown individuals requesting resident information • Request denied, subjects reported to master association • 1 W/M transient sleeping on Landings Blvd. US 41 shoulder. • Asked to leave, complied. • 1 B/M subject seeming disoriented at LRC • Subject left area when questioned by members. 2 Thefts reported • 2 Bicycles stolen from 5430 Eagles Point Cir. 1 Trespass noted • Black sedan tailgated in behind a resident at the North Gate • Later patrols unable to locate. 3 Vehicle accidents reported • All 3 incidents involving residents hitting or being hit by gate arms. 1 Watering Violation noted • Noted sprinklers on Landings Ln. medians running at odd hours. • Advised management company

JUNE TRAFFIC REPORT Main Gate June 2012 June 2013 Resident Entries at the Main Gate 10828 9717 Resident Exits at the Main Gate* 0 0 System Visitor Entries at the Main Gate** 1299 569 Manual Visitor Entries at the Main Gate*** 990 2094 Visitor Exits at the Main Gate * 0 0 North Gate Resident Entries at the North Gate Resident Exits at the North Gate Visitor Entries at the North Gate**** Visitor Exits at the North Gate****

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* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time. ** This number reflects visitors that have been manually recorded in Gate Sure by an officer. *** This number reflects “Resident Call Ahead Logs” as well as a manual estimate based on regular daily traffic not otherwise recorded (lawn service crews etc...)

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Rare opportunity in The Landings - a five bedroom family home! Situated on over a ½ acre lot and surrounded by the some of the most desirable homes in The Landings. There is tremendous potential with this property. 1562 LANdINgs TER - $649,000

Enjoy your own expansive, Zen hideaway in The Landings. Vaulted ceilings, high windows and a bright, glassed interior atrium welcome lots of light and an inviting sense of being close to nature. Home has generous open floor plan.

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HomEs foR sALE 1460 PEREGRINE POINT 4812 PEREGRINE POINT W CIR HomEs PENdINg 1435 CEDAR BAY LN 4638 PINE HARRIER DR 5167 KESTRAL PARK LN 1733 PINE HARRIER CIR 1769 PINE HARRIER CIR 1562 LANDINGS TER 4848 PEREGRINE POINT CIR N. HomEs soLd 1672 PINE HARRIER CIR 5163 KESTRAL PARK LN 5115 FLICKER FIELD CIR 1702 PINE HARRIER CIR 1600 PINE HARRIER CIR 1654 LANDINGS BLVD CoNdos foR sALE 1634 STARLING DR # 201 5440 EAGLES POINT CIR # 204 CoNdos PENdINg 1444 LANDINGS CIR # 72 1358 LANDINGS DR # 22 5430 EAGLES POINT CIR # 104 1752 KESTRAL PARK DR # 77 1732 STARLING DR # 203 1368 LANDINGS DR # 24 1431 LANDINGS PL # 57 1423 LANDINGS PL # 59 CoNdos soLd 5218 LANDINGS BLVD # 204 5252 HERON WAY # 104 1619 STARLING DR # 101 1627 STARLING DR # 103 5035 KESTRAL PARK DR # 66 1623 STARLING DR # 202 1644 STARLING DR # 103 5329 LANDINGS BLVD # 101 5420 EAGLES POINT CIR # 104 1746 LANDINGS BLVD # 80 1708 KESTRAL PARK DR # 55 1636 PINTAIL WAY # 12 4802 KESTRAL PARK CIR # 22 1460 LANDINGS CIR # 51 1352 LANDINGS DR # 20 1711 STARLING DR # 1711 5440 EAGLES POINT CIR # 403

Price BR BA 1/2BA

569,000 699,000

3 5

3

0

1,600,000 460,000 499,000 525,000 525,000 649,000 695,000

5 3 4 4 4 3 4

3 3 3 2 2 2 3

1 0 0 1 1 2 0

530,000 612,000 620,000 625,000 775,000 1,225,000

3 3 3 3 4 5

3 3 2 2 3 6

0 0 1 1 1 2

225,000 625,000

3 2

2 2

0 0

315,000 355,000 449,000 202,000 229,000 325,000 379,000 485,000

3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1

150,000 150,000 165,000 171,000 210,000 202,000 217,500 215,000 215,000 240,000 235,000 259,000 270,000 310,000 381,000 429,000 875,000

2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 4 3 3

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending July 11, 2013. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE August 2013


Landings Eagle - August 2013