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Keke Kahn and the World of Dogs By Diana Colson Sarasota resident, Keke Kahn, lives in Sarasota at The Landings. She will be serving as judge at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to be held in Madison Square Garden on Monday & Tuesday, February 10-11. The show may be seen live on CNBC from 8-11 PM. It is her 6th tour of duty at the prestigious Westminster Show, and Keke will be judging on Monday night. The Toys are the second group to be judged that night. Toys include Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Long Coat Chihuahuas, Smooth Coat Chihuahuas, Chinese Crested, Blenheim and Prince Charles English Toy Spaniels, King Charles & Ruby English Toy Spaniels, Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Toy Manchester Terriers, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Pugs, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, and – last but not least - Yorkshire Terriers.

This group of Toys represents only 23 of the 190 breeds that Keke is qualified to judge, for she is one of a handful of Americans trained to serve as an All-Breed Judge. To achieve and maintain this rank, she has had to take oral, practical and written tests every single year, tests administered by the American Kennel Club. “Every breed has its own standards,” says Keke. “There were only 146 breeds in 1997 when I first became an All-Breed Judge.” Today, there are a total of 190 breeds and varieties in competition, and she is required to know the desired characteristics of each

and every one. Data on the multitude of breeds is stored in her pink cell phone. Keke lives an amazing life. She judges about 100 shows a year all over the world, with most jobs taking several days. She travels to such far-flung places as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, and Russia. In 2014, for the first time, she will travel to Korea. As a visitor, she has attended the famed Crufts Show in England, a gargantuan dog show that has been around since the time of Queen Victoria. Things are sometimes not easy. When handling an impressive dog like a Rottweiler, Keke finds it important to make eye contact to assess whether the dog might turn on her. One time in Perth, however, she was required to judge 50 Rottweilers in the dark on a scorching hot night in a place that seemed like the end of the earth. Keke’s only thought was: “What have I gotten myself into?” Story continued on page 14.

LMA Spearheads Tribute Irwin Starr - Retired Editor The Landings Eagle Newspaper Enjoy an afternoon where Irwin gets his just DESSERTS for his 10 years of outstanding work in continuing the tradition of the Landing Eagle.


Where: The Lakeside Clubhouse When: Sunday, February 16th at 3:00 PM Cost: Bring a dessert to share or make a $5 contribution to a gift LMA will provide refreshments for all.

Please Call: The Landings Racquet Club at 923-3886 to reserve your spot and sign up for the kind of dessert you will bring or pay your $5 donation

at the door. Call Dee Ricapito at 927-6261 with any questions. Call early as space is limited to 75 people. The deadline to register is 2/12/14.

Abel’s Ice Cream Carries Handmade Chocolates If you’re looking for real handmade chocolates for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart, consider shopping at Abel’s Ice Cream. They offer the Sweet Shop USA brand of quality handmade chocolate truffles in a variety of flavors. Sweet Shop USA has developed recipes for a velvet-soft center without the course, grainy feel in your mouth. The centers are made of chocolate liquor, real butter and fresh whipping cream. Each center is hand-formed and hand-dipped in coatings of chocolate then personally

signed or decorated by the dipper to identify the piece. Quality chocolates should accomplish certain requirements when tasted 1) it should break down immediately 2) there should not be a waxy or grainy feel on the roof of your mouth and 3) when you are finished with a piece, the taste in your mouth should not change. Abel’s Ice Cream displays their chocolates in a humidity controlled refrigerated cabinet as recommended by Sweet Shop USA to insure freshness. At the request of many customers, a

new flavor of ice cream has been added, English Toffee’n Cream (Toffee ice cream loaded with English toffee candy bar pieces). It has been a great addition to their 36 flavors offered and accommodates their Caramel Caribou (Toffee ice cream with thick caramel weave and mini chocolate caramel cups) and Creamy Praline (Praline flavored ice cream loaded with pecans in a butterscotch weave) flavors. Abel’s is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road between New Balance and Stonewood Grill.

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Safety and Security committee chair, Bill Whitman, invited Tracy Bland from Secure Access to share a special presentation addressing security camera issues at the South gate. The LMA board unanimously approved the purchase and installation of two new security cameras to enhance security at the South gate area. The cost of the cameras including installation $1,769.44. These two new cameras, with updated technology, will be placed in a new location. During the discussion of the South gate camera issue, several board members suggested they look at upgrading the technology of other parts of the security system in the future. License plate cameras are currently located at all three gates, as well as full view cameras with both video and vocal recording capabilities.


LMA Pres., Henry Rhodes, announced the February 6th meeting would begin at 6:30 PM and the annual meeting would begin at 7 PM. The annual meeting includes the election of board members and a short organization meeting to elect officers for the coming year.


The LMA Board has received preliminary design drawings for a new Gazebo. Construction plans will move forward

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sometime after the drawings are reviewed and approved.

Roads Committee chair Rudy Blohm reported the need for road repairs at three locations and curbing improvement on Landings Boulevard adjacent to the walkway. Bids are being sought and repairs will likely be done in the spring.


Every resident, president, board and committee members has now received a copy of the new Traffic Violations Policy. Everyone is hopeful it will improve safety for walkers and bikers in the landings.



The next pickup of hazardous waste materials is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th.


Finance committee Chairman Don McMurray reported that income continues to exceed expenses. After adding a few drainage project expenses, and expenses related to the entrance/pathway for the Eagle Preserve area, the committee believes they will still have a small budget surplus at the end of 2013.


Website traffic declined a bit in December, likely due to the holidays. Website navigation trainers are still needed. Their hopes to have at least one trainer in each of The Landings associations. Contact website committee member, Sara Rhodes or Truman Menefee if you would like to help.


Tracy Bland, of Secure Access, presenting the details, benefits and answering questions about replacing the existing camera at the South gate area with two new cameras.


Lakes committee chair Larry Lawrence reported the new LED lights have arrived and will soon be installed in Courtside Lake, Lake 5.


Landscaping chair Joe Hennessy reported two of the three Eagles Nest area improvements are complete. He encouraged all Landings residents to check out the newly installed shell and paver paths in that area. Truman Manafee received special thanks for providing his expertise on the final paver design. The remaining task to be done in that area is a gate modification. The committee hopes this will be done sometime in 2014.

Safety and Security chair Bill Whitman is encouraging all Landings residents to keep their garage doors closed as much as possible. This is not only a burglary and theft issue, it will also improve fire safety and hinder stray animal lodging. And many believe it would improve the aesthetics at The Landings.

Vehicles speeding through The Landings continues to be a safety concern.


LMA President Henry Rhodes was saddened to report a pause in progress regarding the Kestral Parkway traffic issue due to the untimely death of a key person involved. A report will be provided once progress continues.


The LMA is evaluating ambient lighting throughout the common areas at The Landings. This process will address needed repair and improvement costs.

Around the Landings |Website Workshop February 5th, 3-5:00 p.m., Lakeside Room-LRC - This is a HANDS ON workshop designed to help “walk” you through the elements of the resident portion of the website with an explanation on how to best use the site. We will provide a brief overview of the features of the site then members of the community will provide small group learning on the features. We will show you how to:

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and decrease your clutter • Share your opinion on the best/worst dining experience, find a bunko group or get recommendation on travel for that next “big”trip • Check in on the Community Calendar for the time and date of the next LLG • Find your picture in the Community Photo Galleries

• Create a profile that will Bring your laptops and tablets connect you to those with similar for this meeting and get ready to have some fun. interest Please sign up at the Racquet • Create a classified that will Club so that we can be prepared. increase your spending money

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LHA Meeting Notes


Violations and Other Issues The Landscaping and Architecture committee has documented twenty-one violations

now to next.

Richard Bayles, Treasurer, discussed the results for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013, which showed a net addition to surplus of approximately $2,000. This arose from much higher than budgeted owner and tenant application fees and estoppel fees, partially offset by higher than anticipated legal expense. Judy Greene, membership chair, reported that there were two new owners and four properties without contract on the market. The remainder of the brief meeting dealt with Landscaping and Architecture requests and violations. As is customary The Landings Eagle redacts names and specific addresses unless a violation is raised to the hearing level.

Barbara Blumenthal (nee Barbara Loeb/Simon August 1, 1920) passed from this of the covenants with Flicker Field world peacefully on December respect to soiled roofs Circle – The owner 24th, 2013, in Grass Valley, and other landscaping has failed to remove California. Originally from issues. Some of these a landscaping object Philadelphia, Mrs. Blumenthal were uncorrected from from the front of the was predeceased in 2003 by letters sent in the prior residence as required her husband of 63 years, Larry month. All owners will by the Board. A third Blumenthal. be sent letters requesting letter describing a The Blumenthal family their cooperation in correcting their potential fine will be sent. lived in Elkins Park, PA for situations, with second notices many years; Larry and Barbara being sent where appropriate. Property Remediation eventually retired to Sarasota, Peregrine 005722_MHBF_LandingsEagle_Mech Point Drive – The Peregrine Point Way – The Florida, where they spent many happy years in living in The owner has been contacted with Board Revision: 0 Created: 8/21/13 Printedon @the 100% has agreed funding of Landings. After Larry died, Barbara moved first to Boulder, respect to the delay in completing remediation requires Client: M. HeightsdrainageCreative Director: that REX GEE Colorado, and then to Grass Valley. Barbara Blumenthal was approved landscaping work, partial participation by the owners an avid reader, painter, pianist, and gardener; she had a long, Art Director: ALAN REYNOLDS which has left the property in an of the affected properties. A letter successful career as a psychiatric social worker. Copywriter: unacceptable condition. Bleed: N/A will be sent to the affected owner Barbara and Larry Blumenthal are survived by four Peregrine Point Drive – N/A The with detailsProofreader: Trim: NANCYand TUCKER of the plan the children (Elly Gould, of Grass Valley; Tom Blumenthal of owner of the property Live: will10"x5.125" be amount for Studio which each is Artist: LUISowner ARRIAGADA Boulder; Peggy Stern, of Austin, Texas; Laura Blumenthal, contacted regarding the overnight liable. The owners are invited to of Vancouver, BC.), seven grandchildren, and 11 greatInspected By: parking of a commercial vehicle a meeting on February 4, 2014 at grandchildren ( with one on the way). Colors:of4/c Manager: CAROL CAPOSINO in the driveway, a violation the 5:30PMProduction to be held at the Landings If you would like to make a donation in Barbara’s name, Association’s covenants. DPI: 300 Racquet Project ClubManager: for a LAURA discussion WILMESMEIER please send to or call (212) Peregrine Point Circle W – The of the drainage remediation 763-5779. owner will be contacted regarding plan. Separately, the Board will Also, Louise Greenfield & Peggy Stern (daughter of inadequate screening of garbage discuss with its Counsel possible Barbara and Larry Blumenthal, late of the Landings) gave containers from street view, a additional action to be taken with a commemorative house concert at Louise’s on Saturday, violation of the Association’s respect to one of the properties. January 25th, at 4 PM. covenants.


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President’s Column By Henry Rhodes Now that most of Snowbirds have returned to Sarasota, our town is buzzing once again with various events and activities. We know they have returned because their presence reminds us how fortunate we are to live in the Landings. Can you imagine the added frustration and time other Sarasota communities residents must allow to get downtown or to the beach? I would like to remind everyone that the LMA Annual Meeting will take place Thursday evening on February 6 starting at 7 PM in the Lakeside Room at the LRC. All residents/owners are welcome!! The regular board meeting will be brief and will begin at 6:30 PM. Following these two meetings the new and returning members of the board will hold a brief organizational meeting to elect board officers for the coming year. Presidents of Associations are encouraged to attend and cast their member votes. The Nominating Committee previously identified the four candidates whose names appear on the ballot to fill the four vacant board seats. Nominations can be made from the floor at the meeting. As president of the LMA, I would like to express our appreciation to retiring board members— Barbara Pendrell, Jim Bagley (previously moved

from the Landings) and Bill Whitman. All have contributed to our community. I would be very remiss if I did not especially recognize the ten year board service of Bill Whitman. During his tenure Bill has chaired the important Security & Safety Committee with distinction. Thank you Bill for your devoted service to our community! Please watch for information regarding a special reception honoring Irwin Starr, our retired ten year editor of the Eagle, to be held on Sunday, February 16 at 3 PM at the LRC. Don’t forget to visit the newly installed walking path off Landing Blvd. which leads into the seven plus acres known as the Eagles Nest Area. It is finished and well done thanks to the chairs of our Atheistic and Landscape committees Truman Menefee and Joe Hennessey. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you at the annual meeting.


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The following are new owners since the publication of the Directory: • Art Ellis, 5023 Kestral Park Dr • Igor & Jennifer Barmash, 1355 Landings Dr • John F. Carson & Agnes M. Schipper, 5450 Eagles Point Cir #204, C:657-895-0392, C:507-202-7908,, • Judith M. Cory, 4873 Kestral Park Way N • F. Douglas & Veronica Day, 5125 Kestral Park Place, C:941-720-1314, 941-951-1025, C: 941-256-5178 • Annemiek DeVos, 1756 Pine Harrier Cir, 703-517-7631 • Leslie Gray, 1627 Peregrine Point Ct, 941-921-1696 The following are changes to existing entries: • Kristi Dorman, 1478 Landings Cir, 941-587-7792, • Laurie Fitch, 5277 Landings Blvd, 941-925-7391, C: 952-913-2123, • Russell & Susie Golden, 1483 Landings Lake Dr, 860-306-3078, 860-916-8172,, • Veronica Jaeger & George Khuen-Kryk, 1680 Starling Dr, 941 306 9570, 941-306-9738

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Kids’ Corner

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|Ella Hechlik, 11 - 6th grader at the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences • Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have one brother (9).

• What are your favorite books? That’s a hard question; I like a lot of them. I’ve read the Warriors series (which • Do you have any pets? has about 30 books in it), and Divergent We have 2 dogs; Blue, a German series. I also like The Fault in our Stars. shorthaired pointer and a silver poodle My favorite genre is realistic fiction. named Pierre. • What are your favorite sports? • How long have you been here? Tennis. I’m not playing now but would We are from Plymouth, Michigan and like to start. I played a bit at camp last year. we’ve been here 3 years. I also like soccer. I was on a soccer team in Michigan for many years and played 2 • What do you like most about the seasons in Florida. Landings? I like that there are a lot of kids here and • What do you do in your spare time? you can ride or bike anywhere. I like to read a lot. I also got an electric scooter for Christmas. I like to ride around • What is your favorite subject in school? the neighborhood with that. I like playing World History – because I’d like to learn with my brother too. And I like painting more about the world and I’m excited my nails. Sometimes I try designs and then paint over them. about my upcoming trip to Europe.

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Landings Art Festival Crisp, sunny weather ushered in the weekend Landings Art Festival at the Racquet Club on January 18 and 19. Twenty-one artists exhibited paintings in watercolor, oils and acrylics, photography of nature, portraits, and scenes, cross stitch, fabric art, and wire sculptures. The artists included Isabel Becker, Ellie Boder, Rudy Blohm, Gary Bowen, Norris Carroll, Jebb Crotty,

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Army Corps Dredges Up New Concerns Guest Commentary By Jono Miller You’ve no doubt heard about the City of Sarasota’s plan to dredge sand out of Big Pass and place it on Lido Beach. Since Lido Beach has been nourished many times before, some people assume the controversy is just another one of those overblown Sarasota snit-fits that can be lumped in with the Ringling bridge name, roundabouts, and sidewalk dining. But this sand-shuffling proposal is unlike any that has come before and involves four completely new aspects, any one of which is deserving of a lot more public and professional scrutiny. Never before has a Lido Beach project invoked hurricane protection, involved placing rock groins in a County Park, successfully targeted the Big Pass shoal, or required a 50year contract with the federal government. And every earlier attempt to take sand from Big Pass has been rebuffed as a result of technical uncertainty and public outrage. Incredibly, this radical proposal has been in the works since 1999, more or less out of public view. It was back in 2002, more than a decade ago, when it was determined the project was “technically sound, environmentally acceptable and economically justified” – a startling finding that appears to ignore the technical, environmental, and economic changes of the last dozen years. Not to mention the decade-long Save Our Sand campaign that should have made it abundantly clear that messing with Big Pass was not acceptable to the local community. The first big difference is that what everyone assumes is a simple, recurring beach nourishment is actually, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, a “Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project” that involves building a 1.6 mile long, five-foot high artificial dune that is somehow supposed to provide

protection from a 20-year storm. The dune component means they are looking for more than three times as much sand per mile as a nearby nourishment project taking place right now on Anna Maria – and the result will be more than five times the per mile cost the Anna Maria work. The Corp’s public presentations have not included any detailed information about how this dune is supposed to work, but since Lido and St. Armands are islands, no dune is going to keep Hotel lobbies or St. Armand’s restaurants dry if the tide comes up. Is the Corps actually proposing to provide hurricane protection or is this just a way to charge for more beach than is needed? Of course, the entire project is premised on the idea that Lido Beach is critically eroded and needs major attention and it’s true -- the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a document stating that all Lido Beach is “critically eroded.” But that is based on information from four years ago, and since DEP claims that over 98% of the county’s beaches are critically eroded, they have instead eroded the meaning of the term. Walk Lido Beach for yourself and see what you think. Many people are of the opinion that North Lido has seldom been wider. At the south end of their proposed project, they intend

to place three rock groins, with two going in Ted Sperling South Lido Park. It came as a surprise to the Corps in the late Fall when someone broke the news that South Lido is a County, and not a City, Park. Until then, there had been no involvement with County Parks regarding whether massive groins were needed or wanted in this park noted for its dynamic wild stretch where the Pass meets the Gulf. Go figure. The Big Pass Shoal is an enormous sand bank that trails a mile and half from the south end of South Lido Beach Park and supplies sand to Siesta Key. It may be the only place left in the county that could be considered pristine. In the five hundred years since Europeans showed up in Florida, there has never been a need to mess with the shoal, but the Corps proposes to change all that. Not even the most sophisticated computer models can predict with confidence what would happen if they take more than a 27 million cubic feet of sand from the shoal. And once they start taking sand, it is hard to believe it will be off limits for additional raiding for other projects. In fact, other needy beaches have already been mentioned. Once this project is approved, how could others be denied? Commentary continued on page 27.

Condos in Common Although I do not have a fear of clowns, I was never a big fan of the circus. We all know of the circus heritage here in Sarasota. Perhaps that’s why portfolio managers in this town need to juggle so many tasks at once. On any given day there seems to be a need for mediation, maintenance or legal advice. Some days, all three. The working relationship with a condominium board of directors is so important and being that conduit sometimes between the board and the residents. In order to do a respectable job, managers require a wide array of skills and personality traits. While the size of the property dictates a manager’s involvement and responsibilities, some things are mandatory. Dealing with directors, residents, vendors and the property in general are everyday occurrences. Being a good listener as well as having a lot of patience are important traits to possess. A necessary duty is to educate board members. This is difficult

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sometimes due to the volunteer nature of these positions. Since the role of the board is essentially that of policy making, board members must take a team approach when working with a management company. Managers, by law, must demonstrate a basic skill set in upholding the applicable Florida statutes. Good managers will be able to sift through the governing documents and follow effectively. But not practice law, because that would be illegal. On the practical side, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the various trades that need to be called in from time to time in order to maintain the property. Condominium Managers come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have construction or maintenance backgrounds. Some are well versed in business software. But all are judged on how they interact with board members and unit owners. The ability to function calmly and effectively in adverse

circumstances is imperative to have for people that do what I do. By working in private country clubs for over 30 years, I was battle-tested. The properties that make up a manager’s portfolio will have different needs and expectations. As I write this last (at least for a while) column, I would like to thank all of my residents and the neighboring associations that I didn’t manage for an enjoyable eight years and allowing me to be on the streets where you live. We have decided to return to Maryland for employment and family reasons, again at least for a while. I am grateful how you welcomed me into your homes and into your confidence. Hopefully, when we return, this could continue if I am able to deliver some level of service that would be meaningful to an association in need. In any event, I look forward to my return with some more gray hair and maybe even some time to enjoy the circus.



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Before becoming a judge, Keke was a successful breeder of Lhasa Apsos, a dog originally from Tibet. The tale of how this breed captured her heart is an interesting one. In her youth she was a tournament golfer playing at Pebble Beach. As she headed into the pro shop to look for a skirt, a charming dog in a parked car caught her eye. It was a Lhasa Apso. One cock of its ear, and Keke was hooked. Her promising career as a golfer went to the dogs. When she and her physician husband returned to Philadelphia, she went to the library and researched the breed. Before buying her first dog, she traveled to the West Coast and to Europe to learn more about these handsome animals. “I believe that the only way you can breed to improve breeding stock is to start with the best you can buy,” says Keke. Her first dog was a

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bitch named Tchin Tchin. When her second bitch earned Best in Show, Keke knew she was on the right track. She went on to finish 58 Champions, 6 of which became All Breed Best of Show. A trainer of perseverance and skill, she calls herself phenomenally lucky. Keke Kahn had entered a business that was growing right along with her. Gradually, her career morphed, and she found herself becoming a judge. Of that life-changing experience, Keke has this to say: “You have to first judge Matches to become prepared to be the judge at a Show. You have to learn procedure, breed knowledge, and how to handle people. That

last point is extremely important because everybody can’t win. Rejected dog owners often feel you are being nasty to their children.” When it comes to dogs, Keke has no favorite breed. She likes them all, but travels far too much to keep a dog of her own. A trim, vivacious trend-setter, Keke was the first female judge to start wearing pants instead of skirts at competitions. Pants allowed her to move freely in the ring and concentrate on her job of examining the animals. Before long, other female judges were emulating her choice of wardrobe. Keke Kahn has 3 kids, 7 grandkids, and a great life with no complaints. Each year, she travels the world to interact with hundreds of magnificent creatures. It may be a “Dog’s Life,” but it is one filled with action and adventure.

Around the Landings Wild Orchid Man Builds a Fan Base at the Landings Stig Dalström, already well known around Sarasota for his art work and orchid expertise, increased his fan base on January 17 here at the Landings by showing his newest documentary. “ “Wild Orchid Man in the Land of the White Bear” premiered here at the Racquet Club to a full house. The film found him at ground level finding rare orchids in Manitoba, as far north as Churchill. Dalström was accompanied by film producer Darryl Saffer, also an artist and native of Sarasota. Diane Cirksena, who is an assistant producer for the film, accompanied them and was able to assure them that the facility at the Racquet Club would exceed expectations for sound and projection. Nobody was disappointed. In fact, Stig was overheard saying, “This is a better facility for showing a film like this than Burns Court Cinema.” Shhh….. The film is now scheduled beyond Sarasota, in fact will be featured at the Philadelphia Orchid Show in April. More information about the film is available from Cirksena (651-253-0552). With the enthusiastic response from the last showing, perhaps another is in the near future.

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report The Club’s activities are in full swing, with the start-off of the Landings Learning Group events, a Tennis in Venice event and full tennis courts and a high utilization of the Fitness Center. The Club’s Annual Meeting was held in January and, with no nonincumbent candidates putting their names in for consideration at the election, our Board of Directors remains unchanged, as do the officers

By Richard Bayles

of the Club: myself as President, Patricia Decker as Vice President, Nate Richards as Treasurer and Nancy Ferraro as Secretary. As I did at the meeting, I continue to express my gratitude and respect for the work that all of our board members and Kevin and his staff put into the Club. Our grounds and facilities are in the best shape as a result. Our major 2014 facilities project is the remodeling of the bathrooms and multi-purpose room in the Fitness Center. Given the increased construction activity in our area,

|Manager’s Report Thank you to all the members that have paid their annual assessment already. For those of you that have not, late fees and interest will be added in February. I would like to see everyone avoid that if possible. Please contact Kevin or Linda in the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886 if you have any questions regarding your bill. I’ve been finding more disconnected numbers on our phone list and several obsolete email addresses as well. If any of your contact information has changed recently, please let us know in the office. It is also helpful for us to have the number for your northern residence. Members regularly come in looking for their friends’ contact information up north and more often than not, I’m not able to find it for them.

we feel it necessary to start the project somewhat earlier than we had originally planned. Accordingly, we are scheduling the start of the project for the second week in April. While the Club is still active and those who leave for the season are still here, all of the major events will have taken place. You will be provided further information about the schedule for this project when the details are available. I’m looking forward to a successful 2014 year for everyone.

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Now that season is here, the activity on the courts has really picked up. I strongly encourage members to call in advance for their morning courts. It is also important to call ahead even during the usually quiet midday hours. With league matches and routine afternoon maintenance, court availability is limited. The same holds true for evening courts. The sun is setting by 6:00 PM and we only have four courts with lights. If you call in advance, even the day of, you shouldn’t have a problem getting an evening reservation. On January 28th, we had one of our famous pancake breakfasts. It was a great turnout as usual. Mountains of blueberry and banana pancakes were served. Thanks to Jeff & Mary Kay Crotty and Sara Rhodes for all their help in making the breakfast an overwhelming success.

|News From the Court We had a great turnout for the “Night in Venice” Round Robin on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Deb Wilson put together a fun evening which included good food and a raffle with several door prizes while Ray Lee put everyone’s mind to work with Italian trivia. Amy and Lou Grossman were the winners of the trivia and they received a $50.00 gift certificate from Total Tennis. Amy and Lou also won a raffle drawing of a gift certificate to Chianti’s restaurant. Sharon and Neil Goldman are going to be looking good as they won gift certificates from Nails 41 and Pro Nails. Gaye Blohm snuck in there and won a gift certificate to Ziti’s restaurant. There were some very delicious desserts entered in the Bake Off contest. It was close, but the tiramisu made by Sharon Goldman was the winner. The prize was a gift certificate to Diane K Salon and Spa. Thanks to everyone


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who brought desserts. Ray Lee also put together a Top Ten list of things you hear me say on the court. I must admit Ray was right on the mark. Now if all of you would do as I say! Thanks to Andre Neumann for coordinating the food from Demetrio’s and our own Gary Bowen for picking it up, Bob Manteiga for taking pictures of the festivities and to all the restaurants and businesses who donated gift certificates. A huge thank you to Venezia’s on St. Armand’s Circle. They donated a gift certificate which Deb Wilson presented to me. Catie and I look forward to an evening out. If you are out on the circle, stop in and have a bite to eat. Mark your calendars for the next two events. On Friday, March 14th, 2014 we will be hosting the St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin. Tennis begins at 4:00PM with


traditional Irish fare to follow. Landings Day will be held Friday, April 4th, 2014. Tennis begins at 2:00PM - the ever popular Dunk Tank will be back - and dinner will follow. Remember, you do not have to play tennis to sign up for these events - just come and enjoy good food and good friends. As always, see you on the courts........

Around The Landings |Landings Learning Group Opening Program: 2014 The opening program was dedicated to the memory of our Landings friend and neighbor, Jack Nussbaum. Dick Bayles, President of the Landings Racquet Club, welcomed the 130 guests. Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, The Landings Realtors, hosted a lavish reception of wine, cheese and delectable, sweet goodies, which was enjoyed by all. The music featured swing and jazz from the early 40s. The Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Hammerstien & Kern tunes brought the audience back to yesteryear with pleasant memories.. The Landings Learning Group will have a variety On Wednesday, January 8 The Landings of programs every Wednesday, with refreshments Learning Group opened its 2014 season, and its at 3:30, and programs at 4:00, between January 8 14th year, with The Tom Ellison Jazz Quartet, and and March 19, with the exception of February 5th . featured vocalist Jane Alexander. Photo by Gary Warren.


The name identification from right: Ute Hargreaves, Linda Morgenlander, Howard Feltman, Ronald Wilson, Adrienne Feltman, Estelle Colten, Selma Savren, Barbara Chertok, Earl Schaeffer, Irv Spector, Joan Dreyfuss, Bridget Frymeir, Kuna Abroms. Photo by Rudy Blohm.

|Landings Learning Group February Programs On Wednesday, February 12th: The Landings Learning Group presents a panel discussion on Sarasota Theater; “Sarasota Theater, Past Present & Future. Jay Handelman, Theater and TV Critic for the Sarasota Herald Tribune will be moderator. He is National Chairman of the Americans Theater Critics Association. The panel Jay Handelman Moderator members will be Richard Hopkins and Howard Millman. Richard Hopkins is Artistic Director of The Florida Studio Theater, and Howard Millman who was managing director of the Asolo Repertory Theater for over 20 years. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Richard Hopkins Howard Millman West Coast Black Panelist Panelist Theatre Troupe. Wednesday, February 19th: Dr. Jerry Pubantz will present, “Ticking Time Bombs and America’s International Opportunities in 2014”. Dr. Pubantz is Dean, Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Pubantz appears regularly on television and radio Dr. Jerry Pubantz to discuss American politics Political Science Professor, and international affairs. He is a Lecturer member of the Middle East Policy

Council’s National Advisory Board, and a former president of the North Carolina Political Science Association. He has lectured at the SILL for many years. Wednesday, February, 26th: Gwen Mac Kenzie, RN,MS, MHSA, President and CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital system Gwen Mac Kenzie President discusses: “Affordable Healthcare and its impact on Sarasota”. Ms. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, MacKenzie is the President and Lecturer CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System. Since joining Sarasota Memorial in May 2005, among her many achievements; Sarasota Memorial has been repeatedly listed in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” issue. Sarasota Memorial also is the only hospital in the region with “Magnet” status – the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. A number of other quality awards continually recognize Sarasota Memorial as a national benchmark for clinical excellence, specialty care and patient safety.

Join the Landings Learning Group with your neighbors and friends at the Landings Racquet Club for stimulating and entertaining Wednesday afternoons. Refreshments are served at 3:30 PM and programs start at 4:00 PM during February and March. Guests are invited. There is a fee of $5.00 for Landings Racquet Club members, and $8.00 for non-members. SEE YOU THERE!

During the months of February and March, Phillippi Estate Park is delighted to again host the BROWN BAG CONCERTS series at the Gazebo. See below for concert schedule. The concerts start at noon and last one hour. Bring your lawn chair and your brown bag lunch and enjoy free music. • Feb. 6: Easy Street with Lisa Brande and Mark Trichka • Feb. 13: Suzanne and Jim • Feb. 20: Kitt Moran and Jazz Trio • Feb. 27: The Connie Dillon Band • March 6: Jerry White Big Band Orchestra • March 13: My Three Sons of the Ditchfield Family Singers • March 20: Tommy Barrett’s Sophisticated Dixieland Festival • March 27: Sophisticated Swing Orchestra With a special ART SHOW & SALE featuring Art Center Sarasota’s Watercolor Wednesday Painters exhibiting and selling their original paintings. Art Show & Sale begins 11 a.m. Also, on Sunday, Feb 23, the Jazz Club of Sarasota will kick off their 34th annual Jazz Week with a free concert at the Gazebo from noon until 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of free jazz. For more information, please call Sarasota Jazz Club at 941-366-1552.



Raising Landin Well, Hello everyone, As it turns out, February is a very special month, packed with some very famous birthdays; G. Washington, A. Lincoln, R. Regan and yours truly, LANDIN. Yep, I turn 1 year old this month! Hard to believe isn’t it. Those famous people all had inspirational quotes that just roll off your tongues so I guess I need to come up with something. How about “ I cannot tell a lie, MY NAME IS LANDIN AND I WAS BORN TO BE A GUIDE DOG” What do you think? Pretty catchy huh. And since I mentioned the word “roll”, what a great lead in for my “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” May I have a drum roll please: Mark your calendars and break out your Kleenex because I go back to Guide Dog U. on April 5,2014. Yep, I’m going to be wearing my harness before you can say “ I lifted my leg on a cherry tree”….no no I mean chopped down!!!! Valentine’s Day is also coming and it occurred to me that if you ever change the name of The Landings, Valentineland would be appropriate because all of your big hearts and love have helped make this possible for me. ( Then maybe my name would be Valentino? )


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Hello! My name is Max and I’m a Jack Russell from Venezuela. I am seven years old. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. The first time I arrived to my house my uncle brought me in a motorcycle. It was very uncomfortable for me, but it sure was a wonderful surprise for my family! I am a hunter. At my old house, I was the ruler. I used to chase iguanas, lizards, birds, and any other animal who stepped on my territory. One time, I tried to chase a squirrel but ended up falling from a very tall wall, and broke my femur. I soon got well though. I am a very active dog. I like to go swimming and I like to jump into pools, ponds, and into the ocean. Now I am a professional swimmer!

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Honest Abe Landin Be Mine. My hats off to you. Furthermore I would like to remind you that……………… TO BE CONTINUED……………………


Since I live in a smaller place there is no more hunting and chasing, but I still have lots of fun eating treats and playing with my stuffed fish. I love living here at The Landings and sharing with my neighbor pets! Hope to see you soon! Photo by Jimena Moleiro

Pet Talk

By Dr. Anne Chauvet

1. Endoscopy or surgery – what works best for ingested foreign body? When is surgery necessary? Dogs and cats eat stuff and that stuff can get stuck. We’ve seen string, stones, coins, socks, toys and much more. Most of the time, your missing item “comes out” at the other end, but sometimes it gets stuck in the bowel and leads to tremendous trouble. When the object is in the stomach, it can be removed with endoscopy for most cases. This is minimally invasive and involves a scope placed down the throat to the stomach, special grabbers and a very skilled doctor with training in the matter. Anesthesia, of course, is needed for the comfort of the patient. When the object is further down into the digestive system or is too big or too sharp to be removed through the esophagus with endoscopy, then surgery becomes a necessity. Surgery is more invasive and more costly,

but there are times when it is the only option. Ask who in your area offers endoscopy! Visit them! Here at CriticalVetCare we believe in making our clients part of the process and thus welcome you to come and check out our clinic and state-of-the-art equipment. 2. What to look for when performing an at home wellness check of my pets? Alarming signs. You play a vital role in your pet’s life and health. Look for lumps and bumps. Make sure you look in their mouth for any injuries, ulcers and dental problems. Check for hair loss, change in color of skin. Weigh your pet to make sure there is not radical weight gain or loss. Any change in behavior could be a hint that your pet is not doing well. If unsure, call your vet and ask.

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/ neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.

If you have a question about your pet, please email your question to Each month, Dr. Chauvet will choose a few questions to share with readers.

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Gecko’s at the Landings |Surprise Fundraiser for their very own Katelyn On December 30, 2013, Gecko’s at The Landings’ very own Katelyn Baranski gave the gift of life to her younger sister, after a long ordeal of Dara’s failed kidney, and another previously attempted and unsuccessful kidney transplant. Though Katelyn was a ‘perfect match’, and Katelyn and Dara received great care from their medical team, the surgery was not without its tense moments, and the recovery process will be a long one for Katelyn, and a lifelong one for Dara. But when a member of our Gecko’s family is down, we rally! Our General Manager, Amy Leithauser, took the reins and organized our wonderful regular guests, fellow members of the business & hospitality community, and other Sarasota friends and well wishers to help put together a fundraising benefit to help the sisters offset the costs of their ordeal.



Businesses donated Gift Certificates and all manner of goodies, our Owners, Mike Quillen and Mike Gowan pitched in with donations of raffle items, labor, and Katelyn even a ‘celebrity guest bartending’ gig, and the staff of Gecko’s at the Landings all organized to help get the word out. On the day of the raffle sales, all of our staff wore white tee $10,501.01 Raised shirts in to work and we and our guests signed the fellow bartender, Stacy, will be tee’s with messages which will flying up Friday to present Katelyn eventually be incorporated into a and Dara with their ‘check.’ In quilt for the sisters. We wanted addition to the wonderful support the fundraiser to be a surprise, of the community, the good news so we had to keep off of our ally is that both sisters are going to be Social Media, hoping that Katelyn released from the hospital this would not know until the moment week to begin their recovery. We of the presentation of the check. couldn’t be more grateful. Katelyn’s dear friend and

Around The Landings |Phillippi Estate Park Phillippi Estate Park kicks off the month of February with WINTERFEST IN THE PARK, an arts and crafts show run by Sunset Boulevard Productions. This event will be held in the front field with ample parking and is free to the public. The Phillippi Farmhouse Market continues the month of February on every Wednesday from 9 am until 2 pm, featuring local growers of fruit and vegetables as well as prepared foods, which one may eat picnicstyle at the market or take home for a quick and delicious meal . There are also local artisans in the market selling their unique handicrafts and the market always has live music. There is ample parking, a Welcome Tent staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and your four-footed furry friends are welcome in this dog friendly park and ample free parking. Each Wednesday at 10 a.m. there is a free, guided tour of the Edson Keith Mansion, a 1916 Italian Renaissance home. Knowledgeable docents will show you through the Mansion and explain the

early history of the Sarasota community. The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society will hold their monthly meeting at the Edson Keith Mansion on Sunday Feb 23 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call President Vincent Celeste at 941-358-6991. Visitors are welcome! For more information, please call 941-861-5000 or go to: See the Brown Bag Concert Series info on page 17.

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Sixteen classic canines with their owners in tow showed up for the Landings first dog parade and judging on Eagles Point Circle January 14. Judges Bob Fernander and Sue Lewis stepped in on short notice to replace Keke Kahn who was called away to prepare for the Westminster Dog Show in February. Their task was made difficult by the high quality of well-behaved dogs. They did an

excellent job. Advance registration was not required so parade sponsors Bev and Katy Leidel had no idea how many would show up. There were nearly as many observers as participants and the event was enjoyed by all. The Landings is blessed by a great variety of “man’s best friend”. Katy held birthday and Christmas parties for her beloved cocker spaniel Dover when he

struggled with a terminal illness. During those parties, dog owners commented that a dog show would be grand. Every dog seemed to fully appreciate the show and each was at their best during judging. Many owners expressed the hope there will be similar events in the Landings in the future. The dogs wagged their tails to that!

Around The Landings |A Master Teacher Gives A Masterful Lesson By Ralph Ricapito For the second straight year in a row, Barbara Seagram gave a bridge lesson to a capacity crowd of 50 Landins sitting at 12 tables in the Lakeside Clubhouse. The event took place on January 21st. Barbara is a very big deal in the world of Bridge. How big? Well try this for size; Barbara is a Gold Life Master bridge player. She is also a World Class Master Teacher (A.B.T.A.) and has authored eighteen books (some with Linda and Ray Lee and all published by their company). Her books have sold over a half million copies and one (25 conventions you must know) is the best-selling book in 60 years. Barbara was ably assisted by her husband Alex The Landings is very grateful to the Lee’s and to Kornel. Together they run The School of Bridge in Barbara for bringing us this outstanding event. Toronto.

|Spanish Language & Culture Hour at the Landings Bob Manteiga and his wife Tere held their first Spanish Conversation hour last month. They started with a brief cultural presentat ion on Spanish wines and wine regions, than sampled two white wines. This was followed by a segment discussing Spanish culture and by the end of the hour Spanish was spoken at a rudimentary level. About a dozen Landins were in attendance with some taking it to the next level by studying at home on their own. Both Bob and Tere are Spanish although Bob was born in this country and is a second generation. Tere was born

in Salamanca and has lived here for almost 32 years. Bob taught Hispanic Studies along with Film Media at the Univ. of RI for 40 years. Teresa taught Spanish for 30 years at URI and several private schools. It was Tere’s decision to hold these classes because so many people at the Landings were interested and she wanted to contribute in some way. Classes are currently being held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 4-5 p.m. in the Lakeside Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome. Photos by Gary Warren

Continuing Education The following presentations will take place in the Lakeside Clubhouse at 3:30 pm All are welcome. Main theme: Something to think about • Feb.6th Dave Carlson - Hitler and Stalin

Colin Wendell and Sid Wenoker (Wen/Wen Productions) all set to show their bimonthly movie selection at the Landings Movie Center. This is the duos fifth year of presenting artistic, entertaining films.

• Feb.14th Irv Kushner - Two exceptional people I met in Medical School. • Feb. 20th Gordon Garrett - Jazz in Sarasota • Feb. 27th Ray and Linda Lee - Digital Books, E-.Books, and those pesky tables



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|The Creative World of Diana Colson

Diana Colson has the soul of a creator. An award-winning filmmaker, she is a published songwriter, composer, lyricist, and journalist who was once named as Sarasota County Teacher of The Year. She has produced 16 short films and created or co-created three full length musicals which have been produced on stage in Sarasota. Her newly published novel, Triple Destiny, is garnering 5-star reviews at Of the story, Kirkus Reviews has this to say: “A bewitching supernatural romance…There is great potential here, and Colson shows an impressive talent that will be worth watching.” Sarasota is one of the book’s three major settings. The hero, Nick, is a marine biologist at “Gulf Marine Lab”, a fictional environment inspired by our famed Mote Marine Lab. Triple Destiny is a story about the power of love, the magic of a child, and reincarnation. The colorful pageturner moves from Sarasota to the exotic island of Bali, a place where Diana lived for three summers, and where she shot one of her early films. The outback of Australia becomes the third setting for this riveting tale. To learn more about Triple Destiny, go to The back-story on Diana’s multi-faceted career is fascinating. In the 70’s Diana was headed for an extended trip to Australia with her husband, sculptor Frank Colson, and two young sons, Kevin and Sean. This expedition took almost two years, during which the Colson’s were to cover many countries. A few days before departure, she sat up in bed and announced: “I am going to buy a 16mm camera and make short educational films for young children. I’ll invent little stories about each country and star one of the boys in each film. American kids will identify with the child in the movie and learn about other parts of the world.” She had never made a film in her life. Three years later, her first eight Diana Colson Films films


were being handled by three major distributors, short films about Kyoto, Hong Kong, Sydney, Bali, Thailand, Delhi, and Mexico. She was an established filmmaker who had returned to teaching music at Southside Elementary. In 1975 Diana was named Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. In the late 70’s she started partnering with Swain Film & Video, and the quality and sophistication of her work skyrocketed. Seven films emerged, several of which garnered major awards at film festivals. The storyline for Piñata came to Diana in a dream. Filmed in Oaxaca, Mexico, it earned many awards, and ran for several years on Calliope. Her 28-minute film, Panama Canal: the Longest Shortcut, also went on to collect many awards. Somebody noticed, for when director Victor Nunez was to make his feature film FLASH OF GREEN in Sarasota with Blair Brown and Ed Harris, he tracked Diana down, saying: “I want YOU for Assistant Casting Director!” “Work on a feature?” she thought. “Well, why not…” She had hired singersongwriter Holly Graham to create the title song for Piñata, and the gifted performer did a magical job. Later, however, Diana puzzled: “Why didn’t I take a stab at writing that title song myself? I do teach music, after all.” That realization was the impetus to create 59 original songs for two filmstrip series called Learnalongs, which were distributed nationally to schools. In the late 80’s, Frank and Diana went to Africa on Safari. Of that unforgettable experience, 19 original animal songs emerged, a l o n g w i t h st r i k i n g sa f a r i photographs. A 35 minute video called African Songalongs was soon in national distribution. It is still offered in the educational market, and can be found at A teacher at Sarasota’s Ashton Elementary in the 80’s and 90’s,


Diana began writing more and more original material for her music classes. Shows like The Rumplestiltskin Cantata and The Great Carrot Robbery emerged, much to the delight of the kids. Diana had never considered writing for the adult stage. Still, when Jack Gilhooley asked her to write music and lyrics for his play, Mismatched, she could only say, “Why not!” Soon Deane Allen showed up on her doorstep inviting her to create the next Sarasota Youth Opera. It was ‘Why not’ all over again. Diana used characters from an unpublished picture book she had once created, inspired by the whimsical coyote characters created by Siesta Key artist, Suzanne Larsen. So it was that Cornelius Coyote was born. More musical than opera, it dazzled for seven performances at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House, and was truly a howling success. Today, The Players Theatre is considering reviving the production. Encouraged, Diana tackled creating music and lyrics for a historical show, The Fabulous Mrs. Palmer, with book by Jo Morello. It was produced by Manatee Community College, received all kinds of grants, and was seen by 5000 people over eight nights of performance. Then along came percussionist Tom Suta, who asked: “Can

Above: Shot taken in the 80’s, in Haiti during the production of “A Portrait of Haiti”, an educational film about the art, history, and culture of Haiti and distributed to schools nationwide.

you create lyrics for my score?” Yikes – Diana didn’t know if she could. In her own creations, lyrics came first and music followed. However, to Tom’s and Diana’s mutual amazement, the partnership worked! She’d listen to his instrumental recordings for days and days, then - minutes before he was to show up for their scheduled appointment - words would suddenly pop in her head. She’d scramble to write them down before she forgot. Their joint creation, Eye of Ra, was presented on stage by the Sarasota Youth Opera at the historic Opera House, and was greeted with standing ovations. One hot, boring summer day, Diana was reading a weekly newspaper, the PELICAN PRESS, when a tiny ad jumped out saying they were looking for a Social Columnist. Well, she’d never done that before either, but there it was: a 5-year adventure which brought loads of social action into the lives of both Colsons.

Today, Diana Colson is a contributing writer for our Island Visitor group of papers. She sees each project as a challenging puzzle just waiting to be solved. A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California, with an MA from U.C. at Berkeley, she was recently honored for Creativity by Ringling College of Art and Design. Diana’s biggest dream is that a feature film be made of Triple Destiny, and she shows her prowess as screenwriter throughout the book. True to form, she has already composed theme music for the pivotal love scene, which can be heard on her web site. A screenplay version of the novel exists, and various actors, directors and producers have expressed interest. All Triple Destiny needs is a group of investors, and the exotic love story will appear on the silver screen, complete with Sarasota as one of the settings.

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By Captain Jim Klopfer - Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 February is the last month of winter here in Sarasota. There will be days when it feels like spring is in the air. But, weather patterns will still be unstable, and fishing will follow suit. Being flexible and understanding how weather affects fish behavior will be the key to angling success this month. On many mornings the tide will be very low, especially with a hard northeast wind following a cold front. Under these conditions, fishing the afternoon high tide is often a better choice. Also avoid the areas near the passes after a blow, the cold and dirty water is not conducive to success. One species that anglers can count on most every trip in February is sheepshead. They bite better in cold, dirty water than most other species do. Also, redfish, black drum, and flounder will be caught on the same structure and using the same techniques that are effective for sheepies. Basically, any structure will attract sheepshead. From the rocks at the west end to the Siesta Drive Bridge on the east side, the north end of Siesta Key is a great area to fish. Deep water, docks, rocks, seawalls, and rip-rap will attract and hold fish. All of the bridges and docks in both Big Pass and New Pass may hold fish, as well as the docks and oyster bars south to Albee Rd. The preferred rig is a #1 live bait hook with a 24” piece of 20 lb leader and just enough weight to hold bottom. Live and frozen shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas,


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and oyster worms are the top baits. Shrimp are the easiest bait to obtain and work great. Sheepshead bite very lightly. Usually, it starts with several light “taps”. It is important not to move the bait at all, the fish will sense that something is wrong. Instead, wait for a steady pull, then reel fast and raise the rod tip sharply. Anglers fishing from Siesta Key beaches should do well when the surf is clear. Whiting will be abundant and silver trout, flounder, pompano, sheepshead, ladyfish and other species will hit live or frozen shrimp fished near the bottom. The deeper grass flats all throughout the area will be productive for speckled trout this month. Incoming tides a couple hours before high tide are usually the best times to fish. Again,

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|”Talking” Animals: It May Be A Myth When we speak to our pet dogs and cats, they do not answer us. At least not with verbal language. But what about dolphins and chimpanzees, or even chirping cicadas and birds in the trees? Don’t they “communicate” with each other? Maybe among dolphins and primates, do they communicate even with us? Can we decipher their “animalspeak”? No zoologist would deny that many species and genera of animals--mammals, birds, insects--somehow communicate with each other. There is solid evidence of that. Even the buzzing of cicadas atop an elm is “picked up” by other cicadas some distance away and which then respond rhythmically. Every pet-owner knows that his or her cat or dog communicates with us in more ways than simply purring or wagging its tail. However, the notion that brainier mammals, like dolphins or chimps, “learn human words” has been subjected to much doubt. For instance, that “’Sarah’ the chimp “knows the word ‘banana’” may only mean that she associates the trainer’s tone of voice that is followed by the fruit reward. In other words, like Pavlov’s dogs, the chimp, after several repeats, becomes conditioned to responding to

various sounds or images. It isn’t that she knows the word “b-a-n-a-n-a.” It’s simply the sound of the voiced word or even the appearance of the letters on a sign that “Sarah” over time is habituated to recognizing as a prompt for receiving the desired, sweet fruit. In a recent science piece in The Wall Street Journal, biologist Dr. Justin Gregg asserted that “Flipper [the dolphin] doesn’t speak Dolphinese.” He noted that in the 1960s the late popastronomer, Carl Sagan, had joined a semi-secret society called “Order of the Dolphin.” He entertained hopes of determining and deciphering what “language” dolphins used. Thereby, he thought, a “universal language” might be established for communicating with extraterrestrial mammals. If a language exists among dolphins, might not similar mammals on “exoplanets” speak the same “tongue”? Most scientists today do not support this theory. In fact, they do not think dolphins really have a language at all in the true sense of that term. Dolphins’ clicks and whistles, Gregg asserts, convey only “emotional states and intentions,” not complex messages as found, say, on a human youngster’s

laptop. Some of these “anthropomorphic” beliefs about talking animals, he says, stem from the mistaken notion that because an animal has a big brain, it must have a humanoid cerebrum, or thinking head. But this assumption is false. Elephants have large brains but in some respects a crow’s or parrot’s smaller brain shows as much or more “intelligence.” Women know that men have larger brains. But so what? Gregg illustrates his discussion with the results of experiments run with dolphins to test their alleged “rationality.” No such “reasoning,” however, was found in dolphinspeak. Only learned behavior, like Pavlov’s pups. Yet Dr. Gregg acknowledges that “many animal species boast complex cognitive properties once considered to be the sole domain of humans.” There is much signaling, he concludes, that “bubbles away in the brains of millions of species roaming the forests and oceans of our own small planet.” So, let’s keep speaking words to our pets. He can hope that when they respond, they do understand our words, or at least our tones and gestures.

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

There were a total of 69 incidents reported for the month of December 2013, they are as follows: • 1 Found Property Incident Reported Laptop found at the LRC overnight, returned to owner. • 9 Informational Reports Filed 4 Reports of bicycles left out unsecured overnight. 1 LMA violation noted - Signage in yard. 1 Open house party reported to away homeowner. 1 Maintenance issue (Broken Sprinkler) reported. 1 Visitor turned away reference trespassed status. 1 Complaint filed in reference to landscape rocks moved. • 29 Open Door Reports filed All reported as Garage Doors • 17 Parking Violations Noted 12 Vehicles Parked in the roadway overnight. 3 Contractor vehicles parked in the community overnight. 2 Vehicles parking on the grass. • 4 Patrol Requests Made 1 Report of unusual activity at residence. Patrol officer reports nothing unusual found.

Main Gate Resident Entries Resident Exits* System Visitor Entries** Manual Visitor Entries*** Visitor Exits*

Jan 13642 0 924 1303 0

Feb 11931 0 1123 1882 0

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South Gate Resident Entries Resident Exits Visitor Entries**** Visitor Exits****

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2 Reports of roadway blockage. Patrol officer directed traffic to clear blockage. 1 Report of suspicious activity in vacant home. Patrol officer confirmed persons present were homeowners. • 1 Report of Property Damage Mailbox Damage. Unknown Cause • 1 Public Assistance Report Patrol Officer aided resident in loading personal mobility scooter. • 3 Reckless Driving Complaints Reported 2 Unsafe Speed Complaints in excess of +25MPH over the speed limit. 1 Unsafe Speed Complaint of undetermined excess. • 4 Suspicious Incidents Reported Resident report of an unknown figure peeking into the Fitness Room window. Resident and guests turned away from Nature Trail after hours (Loitering). Visitors turned away form LRC after hours. Vehicle parked outside the South Gate (marina parking area) overnight.

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2013 Year in Review TRAFFIC REPORT Mar 12986 0 930 1164 0

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