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David Rovine Sarasota resident David Rovine is more than a Baltimore Orioles vice president. He’s an Orioles fan whose memories of the team date back to their glory days of the late 1960s and 1970s. He was often at old Memorial Stadium, the team’s home from 1954, when the franchise moved to Baltimore from St. Louis, and through 1991. Memorial Stadium is long gone. Rovine is still an Orioles fan and other fans might bump into him during spring training at Ed Smith Stadium, the team’s year round Florida home. Rovine, who resides in The Landings in Sarasota, has an office at the stadium. “That’s where I hang my hat,” Rovine said. He does a lot more than hang his hat or sit in the office. Rovine’s full title is Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. He’s in charge of stadium operations not only during spring training but year round. When the Orioles play Grapefruit League games in their 7,500-seat stadium, fans will likely see Rovine wandering the facility. He’ll be checking on everything and making sure things run smoothly from the ticket takers to the parking lot attendants to the ushers. “My passion is always taking care of the customer,” Rovine said. That’s something he knows about from his work in other businesses. He previously was the general manager of the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg for four years and prior to that was the general manager of the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Ill. He also spent nine years as director of marketing at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing venue in Hallandale Beach on Florida’s east coast. So, no matter if it’s touring company of “South Pacific” or a horse race or a comedian or Grapefruit League game between the Orioles and Red Sox,
Landings History Part 5 - See page 13
Association Presidents Hear LMA Candidates
By Glenn Miller
With the LMA annual meeting coming up there will be an election for Board members. The LMA covenants place the vote for those candidates in the hands of the 20 Association presidents as representatives of Ms. Lowry was on a trip to India and not their individual constituencies. T h e r e a r e s e v e n c a n d i d a t e s , available. A “one sheet” was distributed competing for six open positions. All but with her background and photograph. Continued on page 5 one, Joan Lowery, spoke to the group. SAFETY AND SECURITY ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED A community wide Town Hall meeting will be held on February 11, at 7 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss all safety and security issues related to motor vehicle infractions at The Landings. This meeting provides an opportunity for ALL residents to discuss this very important issue. The meeting will be held in the Lakeside Room Rovine’s mission is taking care of the customer. He knows people have more entertainment options than ever and if the experience at the theater, track or ballpark is unpleasant they might not come back. He wants fans to keep returning. Now, the priority is baseball and the Orioles. Ask the 66-year-old Rovine about the old days when he was a boy or a young adult and he’ll rattle off great names in Oriole history. Brooks Robinson. Jim Palmer. Boog Powell. He recalls the 1966 World Series, when the Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers. He knows the Orioles once had four 20-game winners in one season. It was 1971 and the pitchers were Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson. To put that in perspective there were only three 20-game winners in all the majors last year. Continued on page 15
Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Gazebo Saturday Feb. 7 at 4pm at the Gazebo
Meet our new County Commissioner Alan Maio Alan Maio will be the featured speaker at The Landings Discussion Group Thursday, February 5th, 3 p.m. Alan Maio and his wife, Nancy, moved to Sarasota County thirty years ago. He has built two large restaurants, a large consulting business, and a vacation rental business. All are still paying taxes, employing people, and paying vendors. Alan has an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army and attended Seton Hall University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He currently resides in Nokomis with his replaced District 4 Commissioner Nora wife, Nancy. They have three adult Patterson who stepped down because of children, Alan, Denise and Adam. Alan term-limits in 2014.
LMA Decal Verification
Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Landings South V and Landings South VII notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on March 1st unless they take action before that date to revalidate them. Owners can avoid suspension by
re-validating their decals before March 1, 2015. Owners who will be gone for the month their decals are scheduled to be deactivated may go to the Main Gate at any time before they leave to complete the verification process. The form will be available on The Landings website and from the Main Gate.