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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus By Marti Maxim, Landings resident As the original 1897 story goes, there was a little girl named Virginia. She was 8 years old. Some of her friends said there wasn’t a Santa Claus. Her Dad had always said that if the New York Sun Newspaper published something, it was true. So, she wrote to the Editor asking if there was a Santa Claus. He published an article appearing on the front page of his newspaper telling her, yes, there is a Santa Clause, saying he exists the way love and generosity exist. It’s this love and generosity shown by so many of The Landings Community that has proven to 20 families including 43 children that Yes, there is a Santa Claus. Many elves too. This story unfolds through a connection Henry Rhodes has with Andrea Feldmar of JFCS. She works with families who have children struggling with cancer. Last year Andrea mentioned to Henry about a family in such a situation and that the Holiday Season would be pretty bleak for them. Henry was so touched that he asked if she knew of any other families like that. When the answer was “Yes”, HOLIDAY CHEER FOR CANCER KIDS was born. Henry reached out to Jim Goldman and last year 7 families had a Holiday to remember. This year our community supported 20 families buying Christmas presents for 43 children. These children are in active treatment at All Children’s Hospital with support services provided by JFCS. Their stories are all so incredibly special and heart wrenching. This time of year offers even more challenges for these families who don’t have time or the resources to be out holiday shopping. So The Landings elves got excellent direction from

Santa Claus and went out and fulfilled the dreams of 43 young children. Some of the children are siblings who are struggling too, worrying about their family and not wanting to complain. So now all the children in these 20 families will have bright smiles Christmas morning as they open the presents the Landings elves lovingly and caringly bought and wrapped. When talking with some of these elves as they dropped off their gifts, it was so special to hear their thoughts. Elf Lenora Jost said, “When adults deal with cancer, it’s so hard; but when children do, it’s heart breaking. Being an elf was a very little thing we can do to help them make the pain a little less.” Karl and Ann Maggard said, “This experience brought more joy to us knowing that 20 families would have a joyous Christmas.” And, Ann added, “I wanted to feel that I helped the parents in this stressful time by saving them the time it would take to go out and buy these presents.” Heidi and Karina Bodor made this a family experience showing their daughter, Karina, how important it is to do kind things at this special time of year. Heidi said, “Having experienced cancer in our family last year, we feel so strongly that it’s so important to share love. These families are going through so much, we wanted to spread some joy. That’s what Christmas is all about.” And Korina said she looks forward to thinking of these kids on Christmas morning and knowing that they will be excited to have gifts to open. Gwen Cooper put it so well, “This is a small gesture by each of us that when multiplied by all of us, becomes a wonderful thing.” Continued on page 18

Next Presidents Council meeting set

The Presidents Council meets three times a year in October, January and April. Our October meeting was well attended with Attorney Chad Mc McClenathen as our guest to discuss changes in homeowner and condo association statutes and regulations. During the January meeting you will have the opportunity to meet the 2016 candidates for the LMA board. The January Presidents Council

Meeting is scheduled to take place January 20 at 7 p.m. As you know, election of LMA members to the board is the most important responsibility of association presidents. The election will take place during the February 4 board meeting. The meeting will last no longer than 1.5 hours. Please plan to attend, Henry Rhodes and Terry Black, Meeting Co-coordinators.


THE LANDINGS HOLIDAY PARTY PHOTOS ON PAGE 27 Jean and Harvey Greller sharing a tender moment at the Holiday Party. Photo by Bob Manteiga

President’s Column By Don McMurray As we approach the end of the calendar and fiscal year I am pleased to state that LMA is doing well. We will end the year with a small surplus and we will begin the year with a solid budget for FY 2016. I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday and new year! Enjoy the family, the social events, and be safe.

As the year end approaches LMA begins to gear up for the election of new board members. A nominating committee has been meeting to identify potential candidates - meet with them, explain the role expectation and time commitment and solicit their interest to be a candidate. Continued on page 5

In the Neighborhood: By Roger Drouin profiles of communities in The Landings

|In the Trees The mid-rise Eagles Point buildings in The Landings offer a wide range of units, from twobedroom and two baths to three bedrooms and three baths at 3,000 square feet. But the most elegant feature that draws potential residents is the setting and the views of mangroves and waterways. “People who have never been here say ‘I didn’t know this was back here,’ and ‘it is beautiful!” said Karl Maggard, who has lived

at 5420 Eagles Point Circle, known as Eagle Point Building One, for 12 years. For Maggard, the most unique aspect of the community is the “serenity and the beauty.” “We have herons, egrets, osprey, spoonbills, night herons. We saw an otter the other day,” Maggard said. “The wildlife and birdlife are spectacular.” Continued on page 33


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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Don McMurray opened the meeting by responding to a letter to the editor in the December issue of The Landings Eagle regarding budget reserves for road repaving. McMurray related reserves of $20,000$30,000 a year for roads have been accumulating since 1996. Around 2010 the board decided to stop accumulating reserves for roads, but restarted the practice in 2012 at around $60,000 a year. By the end of this year he estimated $295,000 would be available for the first phase of road repaving in 2016. He went on to mention the board increased reserve budgeting for roads in 2016 to $100,000 per year. The cost of repaving the roads is expected to be around $200,000, due primarily to the current low cost of oil. McMurray added

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the Board also has an equity amount of approximately $500,000. Michael Knupp ended the roads discussion by defending the detailed plans that Rudy Blohm had provided in his role as the roads committee chairman. The nominating committee is working to define the roles of Board members, including the length of time they should serve. They are seeking potential board members to fill four open positions. McMurray and the Board continues to seek residents to serve on a variety of committees.


Don McMurray shared a brief financial report in Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso absence. He highlighted a surplus of $17,194.95 through the month of October 2015, leading to a cumulative surplus of $88,068.25. He announced that a Universal contract billing error was discovered. As a result, Universal was overpaid by $23,984.16 for part of 2013 and all of 2014. The finance committee recommended that this overpayment be credited over a six-month period ending June 2016. The recommendation is currently under consideration by Universal’s corporate office.


Co-chairs, Bob Manteiga and Joan Lowery reported restructuring is continuing on The Landings website.

By Trebor Britt Residents will notice several bulbs and TV and computer changes and improvements monitors. Fluorescent bulbs must be included in the over the coming months. hauling program and cannot be put in regular trash. TV COMMUNITY and computer monitors can be EVENTS C h a i r m a n D o u g D a y , placed out with regular trash announced plans to organize and are not accepted in the a Veterans Day luncheon hauling program. Next COLLECTION DATE: next year. He is also soliciting new committee members that February 10, 2016 from 8-9am would help plan events for at the North Gate. adults.


Committee chair, John Carson reported prioritizing the completion of an application to receive a matching grant from Sarasota County. He also announced a representative from Sarasota County NEST would provide a presentation at a Thursday afternoon learning session. A date has not yet been determined.


Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence reported the dispute over sediment removal has been resolved. Additionally, the County has agreed to install a mechanism in the lake to help slow the build-up of a sediment shelf in the future. The main power line to the Treehouse Lake fountain has been temporarily fixed and will be replaced soon.


Larry Lawrence reported 17 residents participated in the November hauling program. He also clarified issues regarding fluorescent


Committee chair, Larry Lawrence commended The Eagle publisher on the great job they did on the December issue. He went on to announce two new members added to the committee. The talents of Bob Manteiga of the Communications Committee and Bridget Frymier of The Landings Learning Group will enhance the quality of the newspaper.


Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessy reported the annual tree and palm trimming has been completed and holiday lights were installed along the entrance at Landings Boulevard and at the North Gate. Damage done by a truck to an island on Peregrine Point Drive will be repaired soon.


Maintenance Committee chair David Jacaruso, was unable to attend but left a report. LMA Pres. Don McMurray reported the Sign Replacement Program is continuing and perimeter

wall power washing will begin soon. Painting and power washing of the gate house has been completed. He announced the committee was securing bids for interior road striping and reflector replacements.


Chairman Neil Goldman reported his committee met with Jimmy from the security staff to streamline the process of communicating their needs. Cameras needed to keep track of vehicle license plate’s entering and leaving The Landings have been ordered. He also stated the committee may need to deal with motorized vehicle and bicycle safety issues.


Forward Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported a Forward Plan draft has been submitted for review by the Board, committee chairs and associational presidents. He also mentioned a community survey is being prepared to solicit input from residents regarding forward planning.


The attorney preparing the declaratory judgment has a conflict of interest with a Plaza business owner and can no longer represent the Board. This ongoing issue is going to be discussed at the next board meeting.

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At its December board meeting, the Board approved a request for changes to the landscaping at residences on Kestral Park Lane and approved most of a similar request for one on Kestral Park Way North. It also approved the removal of several trees on a Landings Boulevard property to accommodate an approved expansion of the residence. Approval was granted to a Flicker Field Circle property for substitute plantings in the front of the residence and the installation of a putting green and small basketball court in the rear of the property, with certain restrictions. Further approvals included a cage expansion and a cage removal and other landscaping modifications to properties on Flicker Field Circle.

Three owners on the east side of Peregrine Point Way have agreed to a proposed project to remediate the recurring drainage problems on that side of the street. The cost of the project will be shared by the owners, the LHA and the LMA. On a related note, the board decided to establish a drainage reserve, funded to the extent of $5,000 per year, to prepare for what is expected to be continuing instances of drainage problems as the 30-year-old drainage system requires maintenance. The Annual Meeting of The Landings Homeowners Association, Inc., will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Landings Racquet Club. At that meeting, there will be four directors to be elected. One of the current members of the board has elected to not stand

for reelection to the board. As always, the Board encourages all interested members to consider contributing their time and expertise to the Association through board membership. As the Board meets year-round, full time residency is encouraged. Members interested in running should contact Bill Whitman, Judy Greene or Dick Bayles with any questions or to indicate their interest in being on the ballot (their contact information is in The Landings Directory). The annual meeting materials must be mailed on or before January 21, so indications of interest should be expressed quickly. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on January 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Landings Racquet Club.

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On Saturday morning, November 28, a group of young Landin’ friends decided to have a lemonade stand to raise money for the Humane Society. They had a lot of fun and best of all, they made $129.00 for charity! The kids would like to thank everyone for supporting them and the animals. L to R - Rodrigo Berrios, Dylan Recanatesi, Nevin Cowper, Joaquin Berrios, and Anabella Recanatesi. Thank you Landings residents for supporting the kids and the animals!

Additionally, any member of our association who would like to run for the board is welcome to submit their name to George at Argus for inclusion in the process. The board has four opening this election cycle. Two of the current board members have selected to run again and two members have decided not to continue on the board. The nominating committee anticipates having more candidates than openings so an election will take place at our February Annual Meeting. As most of you are aware, the board members are actually elected by the various association presidents. The association presidents will meet on January 20 at 7 p.m. at the Racquet Club and each candidate will have the opportunity to speak and present their interest in serving on the board. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Therefore, if there is one or more candidates that peak your interest contact your association president and express your support. Additionally, each candidate will be presented in the next edition of The Eagle. We are forming a sanctions committee with the purpose of reviewing instances of rule/ policy violation and determining whether a sanction or penalty should be imposed on a

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resident. A couple of residents have expressed an interest in serving on the committee, but I think the committee would function better if there was one or two more members. After some initial training this committee would only meet as needed. The primary criteria to serve on the committee is having the ability to be fair minded and having no clear connection to the board of

directors. One other committee is being formed – the Nature Trail Committee. This is an ad hoc committee formed to take a long term look at what is needed on the trail and how we develop or not develop that area. This committee will be charged with developing and make long range recommendations to the board. It should be a fun, but important, committee to work on. If you have an interest in either committee please contact me at – 941.921.5181 or On January 5, Tuesday, I will be available to meet at the LRC from 8:30 to 9:30 am to discuss any issues, problems, or hear suggestions you may have that would benefit our community. Thanks and be safe over the holidays!



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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Dylan Recanatesi, 8 years old, 3rd grader at Southside Elementary School Languages: English and a couple words of German and French, mostly Italian. Siblings: 1 sister, Anabella (6)

• How long have you lived in The Landings? 1 year

in November. I play tennis too. I take lessons at the Field Club 1x/wk. • What is your favorite team? FSU Seminoles

• Do you like it here? Yes, I like to bike around. It’s a fun neighborhood and I can play at my • Favorite color? Blue and pink friend’s house. • Do you have any pets? A Weimaraner named Hunter

• Favorite song? Black and Yellow (by Wiz Khalifa)

• What are your favorite books? Captain Underpants

• Favorite movie? Jurassic World

A cardiologist • Tell me about the best trip you’ve taken. Italy! We drove around and got pizza while we visited my grandparents in Rome. The ice cream was good! They had these little stands where you could buy little toys and every time we went by, we’d stop and get some. • If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why? Corn Pops because no one buys those anymore and I wouldn’t get eaten!

• What do you do in your spare time? I play Asphalt 8 (car game) on the • Who are your heroes and why? IPad. I enjoy fishing too. Flash, Superman, Green Lantern, • What is your favorite subject? Batman, Daddy, and God because they • What are you passionate about? Math because it’s kind of easy. save people from bad guys and my Dad I’m a big animal lover. I love saving helps me solve problems. God can make • Describe your favorite video game. turtles when they are in the road. One my day better when I have a problem. Forza 6. It’s a game where you can time there was a car and I stopped the race cars and buy cars when you get to car and told them to wait while I moved • If you could be any animal, what different levels. the turtle. would you be? A dinosaur so no one could eat me • What is your favorite sport? • What do you want to be when you and I couldn’t die. Soccer but I broke my collarbone grow up? • What’s your favorite food? Steak, fish, pizza, and pickles


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Dylan Recanatesi • Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? To catch a big, big grouper. • If you could have one wish for the world, what would it be? That all people get along.

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A great group of friends in the he Landings; Rodrigo, Anabella, Nevin, evin, Dylan and Joaquin, thought of having aving a Lemonade stand to raise money for the Humane Society. They ended up raising $129.25 and were so excited ted to present it to the Humane Society. ty. Be on the lookout for their nextt fundraising effort.


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The Greener Landings Most of us embrace health as one of our number one priority. Wherever we are and probably everyday, we make several choices related to our mental and physical safety and health. Oh! How extreme we can get when reading labels, eating healthy, buying organic, taking vitamins, supplements and working out! We want to give our best effort because we deserve to be well and feel good. Following the same line, we all need a healthy environment too! We deserve it. Even the worms in the soil deserve a healthy environment. And since we are not detached from our surroundings and we owe so much to this community, we need to give to it the right attention and care. We can make The Landings a sustainable community by taking significant steps that examine and restructure the way we manage our resources and by shifting our collective behavior to create a lasting difference in the preservation of our environment. That means

By Carolina Hernandez-Ron, Landings resident

we have to read the labels and decide carefully on the rest of the things we do that extend to our surroundings! Sustainability requires the participation of all community members. The more, the merrier! As the Environmental Committee at The Landings we are aware of the many sources of impact that require our action. The work that all of us at The Landings can do is a demonstration of love and effort to diminish the negative impact, enhance preservation and leave a legacy for the future generations in our precious neighborhood. Therefore, constant participation and will power is key to successfully accomplishing the sustainability goal. There are other communities here in beautiful Sarasota that have taken stewardship of natural resources and facilities, creating a laudable improvement on the use of resources and lowering their print in nature. These communities had great success in their endeavor

because they were engaged leaders and owned their plans. The areas of major impact in which we can accomplish short and long-term objectives are: Environmental conservation, water conservation, landscape preservation, waste reduction, and energy conservation/ reduction. The environmental conservation/preservation of our natural resources: Mature and Floridian plant species –Florida friendly landscapes, preservation of the animals’ ecosystems and the adequate use of water in our neighborhood. Carefully observing that the use of fertilizer is minimized and that water runoff won’t pollute our waterways. Promote and educate about the use/ application of non-toxic pest control substances for plants and insects. Encouraging pet owners to pick up their beloved companion’s solid waste –It is true that dogs’ waste pollutes the soil, attracts flies and spreads diseases. Not to mention the

unattractive look, smell and feeling if you get to step on one… Waste reduction: Although we do recycle at The Landings, we can improve –that is reduce- the amount of waste we produce everyday. There are items that can be recycled besides plastic, glass and paper. Adding more recycle stations and opportunities for household hazardous or different things such as batteries, cell phones, bulbs or metals will help create awareness on the subject. Efficient use of energy: Whether in the privacy of our homes with our individual action plans or in the premises of the Landings Racquet Club, the smart use of energy requires thoughtfulness. It is not about “who pays the bill” It is the footprint in our world. Turn the light, fans and/or T.V. off after yourself, bring your water bottle and save plastic cups. Every little thing counts, because in the end, the sum adds up to a lot. Becoming a green community requires the concerted effort

and involvement of many participants. The dynamics of the procedure needs acquaintance and facilitation. The process and results need to be satisfactory to ourselves (neighbors) so that all will feel motivated and proud to bring a plan to fruition. Our wonderful Sarasota is already recognized for the sustainability practices, let’s emulate the good practice. Let’s adapt to the trend, be flexible and start a Yoga-Organic-Trader Joe’s-Whole Foods worthy way of treating our surroundings! Check out these sites for getting contagious information and share with your neighbors. Sign up to join The Landings Environmental Committee and participate with your valuable ideas and contributions! To learn more about these interesting themes visit :

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LANDINGS LEARNING GROUP LAUNCHES 2016 SERIES WITH THREE JANUARY EVENTS A nine-program schedule of musical performances and lectures will open on Wednesday, January 13 with the following three January appearances:

Guillaume. In his appearance at The in the Sarasota greater community. Landings, entitled “I LOVE A PIANO” He will discuss CUBA IN THE 21ST he will celebrate the invention of the CENTURY. piano with his performance of music by Debussy, Beethoven, Joplin, Gershwin and Billy Joel.

community on how illnesses of U.S. Presidents have changed the course of world history. He will discuss FDR AND YALTA: THE EFFECTS OF HYPERTENSION ON WORLD HISTORY AND POLITICS. All programs will take place in the Lakeside Clubhouse and begin with refreshments at 3:30 p.m., with a special wine and cheese “meet and greet” reception at the opening program hosted by Judy Greene and Tara Lamb. Programs will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 RICH RIDENOUR returns to The Landings following his widely and wildly acclaimed appearance last season. A critically hailed pianist and international Steinway Artist, he has been described as “masterly musical and wickedly funny.” He has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the country and Latin America and collaborated with top performers such as Carole Lawrence and Robert


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 DR. STEVEN DERFLER has capped his broad academic career as a historian and archaeologist with an active program of lifelong learning programs focusing on cultural diversity. He is a popular and sought after lecturer


Registration for the nine program series is now being taken at the Landings Racquet Club office. Cost for the series is $25 for LRC members and $35 for non-members. The cost of attending individual programs in the WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 series is $5 for LRC members and $8 for A L L A N B . S C H W A R T Z , M . D . , non-members. Professor of Medicine at Drexel Complete schedule University College of Medicine, has published in the combined his broad knowledge of history with his medical expertise December edition of to become a popular lecturer in the The Landings Eagle

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Around The L andings Phillippi Estate Park January heralds in abundant local produce for the Phillippi Farmhouse Market. The market has traditional growers, hydroponic growers and 2 USDA Certified Organic growers. Quite a list of choices among fruits and vegetables in a weekday market. The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Wed. through April. There are also artisans with handmade gift choices, food trucks with a variety of prepared foods and lots of choices for munching along as you stroll the market. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome on 6 foot leashes and we hope you will be responsible and clean up after them. One of the highlights of the Farmhouse

market is the historical tour of the Edson Keith Mansion, given every Wednesday by a knowledgeable docent at 10 a.m. Please meet on the Mansion front porch a few minutes before 10 a.m. and know there will be only 1 tour given each Wednesday. Takes about 45 minutes and is a marvelous glimpse into the early days of the Sarasota community. The tour is free and donations to the restoration of the Keith Farmhouse next door are gratefully appreciated. Sat., Jan 30 and Sun., Jan 31 the annual Winterfest at the Park Arts and Crafts show will take place at the front field of Phillippi. Ample free parking and a variety of arts and crafts. There will also be music and food vendors.

Household Community Hauling Program The next LMA Community Hauling Date will be February 10, 2016. The pickup location is at the north gate from 8-9 am. Also the date appears monthly in the notification section of The Landings Eagle. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling George Niel of Argus Management at 941-927-6464 starting a week in advance. Currently there is confusion as whether florescent bulbs will be taken in the

weekly trash. Some have had them accepted while others have had them rejected. Until we get clarification from the County continue to bring them to the next LMA pick-up. Please remember that TVs and computer monitors are no longer accepted by the County so if they are brought to the LMA collection site they will be returned. You can now put these items out with the weekly trash.


The Current Events/Round Table series of presentations is looking forward to another stimulating season. Co-produced by Ralph Ricapito and Irv Kushner, a number of extremely interesting and knowledgeable speakers are being recruited. All talks will occur on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m., January through March, in the Lakeside Room. Several of the presentations will deal with the topic: “Hidden Gems of Sarasota”. The first presentation falls into this category. On January 7, Dwight Davis of the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will present “An Overview of the Mote”. The next week, January 14, Paul Sarno,

who fascinated us last year with an overview of Southeast Asia, will get more specific and tell us about “The Recent Burmese Elections”. Landings resident Frank Pipers will talk to us on January 21 about “Three innovations that influenced modern civilization - ramifications for our future”. He is a retired professor of medicine and pharmaceutical company executive. On January 28, Nora Patterson, who is running for State Senate, will tell us what she hopes to accomplish when elected. A long time Sarasota County commissioner, she served as its chair for 3 years. The former Bay Island Park has been renamed in her honor.

Audubon Bird Census On Saturday, January 2, the local Audubon Society will be conducting their annual bird census. The

Landings is an important part of their count every year; while you probably won’t notice their presence, please welcome them if you meet them.

Solo Art Exhibit by Isabel Anchin Becker “Seen Along The Way” - a collection of work with fabric, thread and a sewing machine will be shown at the Altman Gallery of the Venice Art Center from Jan. 4 - Feb. 11, 2016. Isabel Anchin Becker of Sarasota, has been working with fabric as a quilter and now creates


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The Landings Photo Gallery By Robert C. Manteiga (AKA Photos by Beto) This month’s Photo Gallery features a variety of unique shots of The Landings taken by several Landings residents; certainly photos we don’t often see. The first two shots were taken by Jeff Crotty. One shows us just how much St. Francis loved animals. He didn’t mind if an occasional gecko walked on his head. The other is an interesting shot of a baby turtle wondering what’s out there. The next shot was taken by Teresa Manteiga. Over the past several weeks, a very mischievous Jack Russell terrier, by the name of Digger, has been mysteriously appearing in the front yard of several Landings residents. He was even seen at the Landings Racquet Club. Digger gets our vote for this month’s Dog of the Month. The other two shots were taken by yours truly. One is a shot of my backyard, overlooking Philippi Shores pond. I think the photo was taken in 1870. The other photo was taken at this year’s Father-Son Tennis Tournament at the Landings Racquet Club. Former tennis pro, Robert Ginepri, looks like he’s lost something…oh, yes, there it is! Remember…your creativity is always welcomed. If you have any interesting photos, please mail them into me at




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Happy New Year! I trust everyone had a safe and happy holiday season with all your family and friends. As a reminder, the Landings Racquet Club Annual Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 19 in the Lakeside Clubhouse at 7:00 p.m. You should have received the annual meeting packet in the mail several weeks ago. Please sign and return the blue proxy to the Club if you haven’t done so already. Contact me by phone or email at LRCtennis@verizon. net if you haven’t received your mailing or have questions about it. On December 13, the Landings Racquet Club held its Annual Holiday Dinner Dance. It was a wonderful event with 75 members in attendance. Chef James Riegel from Black Tie Catering prepared a fantastic dinner. I’ve always received positive comments on his food. Sammy J was back again for the second year in a row to provide the musical entertainment. He was accompanied by a different saxophone player than last year but the music was just as good. Thank you to Jill Eisner and her committee of Carmen Lawrence,


Chris Knupp, Sarah Rhodes, Lenora Jost, Sandy Frank and Dawn Smith for their outstanding efforts in decorating the Clubhouse for the party. Events like this wouldn’t happen without all the volunteer help. Stop by and look at the pictures from the event if you would like. They are posted on the bulletin board by the coffee. Now that January is here, some of our regular activities will be starting up again. The Learning Group begins its nine program schedule January 13. Howard & Adrienne Feltman have turned over the reins to new co-chairs, Bridgette Frymier & Selma Savren. They are looking forward to an exciting schedule in their first year at the helm. The registration sheet for the series subscription is in the Pro Shop. Ralph Ricapito is ready to go with another Current Events Round Table series as well on Thursday afternoons. Look for the program fliers announcing the weekly performances or topics in your association bulletin boards.

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|President’s Report By Dick Bayles The Club had a very successful year for 2015. We did the final update to our “out front” facilities, had a record number of members and burgeoning use of our courts, fitness center and clubhouses. As The Landings demographic gets younger, we can expect more usage in the future. 2016 will bring us “out back” updating – replacing the 30-year-old maintenance shed with one that will accommodate all of the material now stored outside. Work should begin

just after the start of the year and be completed in about 10 weeks. During the summer, we will be improving the court drainage and then be able to clean up the main court path landscaping. The pool shower will be updated and court drinking fountains replaced. Finally, we will be replacing the Lakeside Clubhouse roof, which has repeatedly leaked over the past three years; apparently due to a poor original job 20 years ago. The Landings Learning Group and the Discussion Group will be starting up in January as the prime season arrives in full force. I encourage all our members to make the most of the opportunities they offer.

News From the Court By Joe Venezia Happy New Year To All! Another year, another terrific Father/Son Tennis Tournament. We hosted a record number of teams and one father returned with a different son. The weather did keep us on our toes, though. Next year we will be adding the Ultra Senior Tournament fathers must be over 80 years of age. Thanks to Barbara, Deb, Dick, Paul, Kevin, Alice, Gary, Edvin, Hans and Jim. To Rudy, who again took photos of the teams, Dee and Ralph for all their hard work, all the many sponsors and the members who brought delicious dishes for the luncheon - always a big hit with the players.

There is still time to sign up for the Inter Club Tournament. Categories for play are ladies doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Matches will be scheduled on a day you normally play to avoid having to play an additional day of the week. Stop by the Pro Shop to register your team. If you need a partner contact me. I am looking for suggestions for tennis functions/round robins. I hope to put on an exhibition in late January/early February. John and I look forward to another busy year of tennis. If you would like to book a lesson or clinic, I can be reached at 941-993-2628 or See you on the courts........

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In addition, Publix at the Landings provided a gift certificate for a turkey for each family. Through the kindness and generosity of many cash donations, Henry’s committee was able to buy gifts and food cards for some of the families who asked for help with their Holiday meal. And, as an elf, I gained so much joy in buying and wrapping gifts for my families knowing that I was going to bring a smile to several faces this Christmas morning. But, the really, really special part for me was Sunday morning when the families came to pick up their gifts. I was blessed to be able to interview many of them and their stories brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Parents and children were so touched by the generosity and caring of The Landings elves. One mom said how tough this year had been and to see her son smiling holding his presents brought her incredible joy. I can’t tell you how many times she said thank you. Another man’s daughter was so ill that he had to quit his job to care for her but she was doing much better and he was so appreciative to us for making her Christmas so very special. He couldn’t do what we did. And again, more thank yous than you could count. Another mom thanked us for bringing joy to her children and wished us a Merry Christmas and for God to bless all of us. Another special experience was from one mom whose daughter makes every day the “Best Day Ever”. That’s her mantra through chemo and all the struggling she’s going through. She met Santa last week and that was her Best Day Ever. Thanks to our elves, Christmas morning, opening her gifts, will be The Best Day Ever. Another family spoke of the multiple surgeries their daughter had to endure over a short period of time and

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and Cynthia Wendell, Robert and Margaret Cestar, Norman Olshansky, Beverly Austgen, Eileen Kirk Lazaroff, Ronald and Margaret Cestar, Robert Dempsey, Karin Friend, Terry Black, Henry and Sara Rhodes. The 3.0 Ladies Tennis Team of Vand Bayliss, Gaye Blohm, Charlot t e Budahazy , Jane Carpenter, Lynn Cassell, Mary Kay Crotty, Deb Doherty, Jane Donovan, Joan Dreyfuss, Judy Falkenthal, Sandy Frank, Linda Lee, Lois Lee, Sandy Oliver, Mona Poyta, Sara Rhodes, Sue Ritzer, Agnes Schipper and Wanda Weiner. Lenora and Jack Jost, Marti Maxim and Sands Robnick. We would also like to thank our two photographers Bob Manteiga and Jeff Crotty. In closing, I’d like to quote one of our elves, Carmen Lawrence, who summed it all up so beautifully, “Looking back to my Christmas mornings, coming down the stairs and “seeing” Santa had arrived, brought joy and excitement beyond compare. That is why we are involved in this wonderful endeavor -- to make sure these children “See” that Santa did arrive!” If you would like to sponsor a family next year, and enjoy this very special part of the true meaning of Christmas, please contact Henry Rhodes at 941/9271047 or email Jim Goldman at

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Landings Joyful Seasons By Dee Ricapito “Always laugh when you can, it’s cheap medicine.” - Lord Byron Hard to believe the summer season went by in a flash. Even Siesta Key’s Public Beach became an unrecognizable wonder, it seems, in the blink of an eye. Walking on our #1 Beach is like walking on the bright side of life. We already left the glorious holiday season which is great in The Landings where sociability with neighbors and families enjoy their visits indoors and out. It’s like a taste of warm heaven because neighbors

such as the Lawrence’s joined together groups making bowls for soup as a fund raiser to fight hunger; others like Judy Green and Tara Lamb supported Toys for Tots and hosted an open house for donations of unwrapped gifts; and many others such as Henry Rhodes and Jim Goldman, who together spearheaded a drive for gift giving to Cancer Kids; and our many neighbors who help make the holidays happier for others. Then it’s New Years, and we’re into the best time of all, another winter season where

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members. This made economic sense as RAMAR would sell the available building sites to other builders. It also was a benefit to our membership as some of the country clubs in the area were making members pay large assessments to purchase the club facilities (golf). In the mid-90’s, with Landings housing virtually completed, improved meeting and social space was needed. A committee spearheaded by the late Bob Greenfield including Fritz Drybrough (deceased) and Ron De Anna planned and supervised the Lakeside Clubhouse. It was opened in 1995. In recent years virtually the

Brochures for the Portside Villas prominently featured the LRC logo in its initial advertising

Original Landings developer Robert (Bob) Morris of The Ramar Group tells The Eagle his vision for the Landings had always included a club of some type. As Landings Unit I was nearing completion plan for Landings South got underway. With no room for a golf course a first class tennis club including a heated pool, spa and exercise facilities was laid out. It was one of the first items constructed in Landings South. Documents for the LRC were filed in April or 1984 and a Grand opening celebration set for May 3, 1984. An LRC newsletter at the time tells us: “All residents of The Landings were invited to look over the club facilities at a special residents’ reception held May 3. Guests were entertained by a rousing exhibition tennis match featuring Head Pro Bob Luxembourg and his USPTA staff.” During the early life of the LRC it was managed by the developer who hired Bob Luxembourg as the tennis pro. Bob served the club for many years initiating and organizing tournaments as well as adding activities for non-tennis players including bridge, water aerobics, bird watching walks and the still familiar Koffee Klatch. Initial construction of the LRC was financed by the developer. Annual operational expenses came from the annual club fees, as they do today.

Initial years, 1984 and 1985 had a bargain yearly assessment of $240. Membership was established as mandatory by each of The Landings South condo documents. No initiation fee was required of those units. Previous Landings units, individual homes, the Carriage Houses I & II and the Treehouses could participate by paying an initiation fee and the annual assessment. Over the years that initiation fee has varied from $1000 -3000. It is currently being waived to encourage participation by Landings I owners. The LRC was built while only a fraction of eligible condominiums were constructed. Management faced a dilemma: how to get players interested and the courts in use. Today only Landings properties may join the club, but in its initial stages “nocost” VIP memberships were offered players from outside The Landings. Memories vary between 10 and 50 such members. They later began paying dues. There is only one remaining VIPer who still comes from Siesta Key to play the LRC courts. One current Landin was enticed to move here by his VIP membership and remains active in The Landings and the Club. Luxembourg writes about the people involved in the “early days” and the significant contributions they made to the LRC’s future:

entire club, almost 30 years old, has been refurbished and updated. Pavers on the pool and deck, and entry way, vinyl fencing, landscaping; the meticulously maintained courts were resurfaced as necessary and fencing replaced; the pools maintained to Sarasota County’s high standards; remodeling and addition to the exercise facility; and Lakeside and Poolside Clubhouses and Pro Shop remodeled. Residents who are not members are welcome to stop by and see what the LRC has to offer. The box below describes a sampling of year round activities.

Typical LRC Events

Events open to members and their guests, occasional events open to all Landings Residents. Details on event notifications. Annual Holiday Dinner Dance USTA National Senior & Super Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships – Wednesday through Sunday the week before Thanksgiving Bob Luxembourg

As the tennis director my office was a section of the fitness center. The only other building was the courtside club house. We promoted tennis for all and wife, Nordis, helped with regular mixed doubles round robins. Non-member players paying daily fees were welcome without a sponsoring member. Seton Olton, a VIP member, also set up matches for the men. He was responsible for the club joining the newly formed Sarasota County Sr. Men’s Tennis League. He was later their first secretary/treasurer. In those days, RAMAR, as owners of the club, had overall responsibility for its management. An advisory committee of members headed by Bob Witty and including Eb Blackett, Seton Olton, Frank Wickham and Ann Gamble was formed. Bob Witty (Treehouse owner) deserves credit for convincing RAMAR to relinquish ownership of the club with the proviso that all future Landings South owners, regardless of the builder, would be automatic

CANUKUS Tennis Challenge – usually the first Sunday in April Memorial Day BBQ – on Memorial Day Labor Day BBQ – on Labor Day Halloween Costume & Cocktail Party – the Friday before Halloween Landings Day – season ending festival normally in early April There are various tennis round robins throughout the year as well: Australian Open RR, St. Patrick’s Day RR, and 4th of July/Wimbledon RR The next installment of Landings History will cover Eagles Point development. It is the last in the series. The writer welcomes additions, recollections, corrections or your favorite anecdote relative to Landings history. It will be integrated into the 10 part series and included in a package for future reference. Send you comments to:



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Vladislav Yelseyev, a Landings homeowner was recently awarded “Signature Member” of the National Watercolor Society for his painting titled, “Seine Barges” (France). Along with a welcomed cash prize. He was then awarded for his painting titled, “Boat Depot” by the Florida Watercolor Society. In addition, in October 2015, he received the prestigious BoldBrush Award sponsored by FASO, FINE Art Studio Online for his work, “Paris Tunes in Little Color”. He will also be featured in the Water Color Artist Magazine for his “Everyday Poetry” in his paintings of local and Parisian scenes. I attended Vlad’s workshop at his studio and loved the ease of which I was able to complete a watercolor landscape (never painted with watercolor before). I credit him as a fine teacher inspiring me to experiment with the basics and art techniques in a different medium. Vladislav together with his wife, Marina, opened the Renaissance School of Art about three years ago. Their classes are well attended by children and adults as well. Changing fine art exhibitions of local artists are exhibited there at the Studio. They just opened a new studio just north of Trader Joe’s. Many thanks to Marina who runs the school smoothly and for introducing me to the school. She also happens to be our Landings Tennis Team buddy.

By Dee Ricapito

Vladislav Yelseyev receiving the National Watercolor Society Award

Vladislav’s Demonstration for the crowd of 200 people during Florida Watercolor Society Convention in St. Pete in October 2015

The 2015 Landings Holiday Party

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Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 47 Incidents to report for the month of November 2015. They are as follows: • 2 Vehicle Accidents Reported • 6 Parking Violations Reported Both incidents of gate impacts at the Main 5 involving vehicles parked in roadways Gate. Both involved contractor’s vehicles. overnight. Neither involved injury, one involved major 1 involved a contractor vehicle parked damage to the gate. overnight. • 1 Informational Report Filed • 2 Reckless Driver Reports Broken sprinkler head reported to Argus. Both involve W/M juveniles riding a black • 1 Lost Item Report minibike Resident advises a gold ring was lost • 2 Suspicious Incident Reports around Kestral Park Dr. Attempted tailgate of a black sedan at the • 29 Open Doors Reports North Gate. 28 were reports of Garage Doors left open Subject was turned away. overnight. Attempted entry at Main Gate. Subject a 1 was a vehicle door found open. Reported W/M, was not known to resident. to resident. Subject was turned away.

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory

By Dick Bayles

The following listing did not appear in the latest edition of the directory due to an error by the editor (me): • William & Gloria Story, 1714 Pine Harrier Cir, 941-922-8061, The Association president of Eagles Point IV is • Michael Peikoff, 5450 Eagles Point Cir #401, 941-921-9219, The directory incorrectly showed Bob Windom as the president. The following corrects a change noted last month: • Arthur & Peggy Wood, 1613 Starling Dr, 941-923-0003, 941-400-6646, The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: •Patrick Brennan & Shari Lenz, 1768 Pine Harrier Cir, 958-775-4036, 958 775 4035,, • Roger & Mary Roderick, 5260 Heron Way, 618-980-5655, 618-973-2232,, The following are changes since the last issue: • Jefferson & Kathleen Chadwick, 941-914-6280 • Tim & Judy Crowley, 4884 Peregrine Point Cir N, 941-376-5455, 941 376 5454,, • Roger & Tantri Kidder, 5149 Flicker Field Cir, 830-480-4565, • Michael & Rosemary Peikoff, 941-921-9219,, Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e-mail, at and at, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention or sent via mail, e mail or fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, Email: Fax: (941) 296-7404

Main Gate Entries at the Main Gate Total Gate Traffic North Gate Entries at the North Gate Exits at the North Gate Total Gate Traffic South Gate Entries at the South Gate Exits at the South Gate Total Gate Traffic

2015 12584 12584 2015 15352 14504 29856 2015 5590 5063 10653

2014 15456 15456 2014 11111 15086 26197 2014 6282 5381 11663

2013 12244 12244 2013 16731 15225 31956 2013 5204 4556 9760

2012 12921 12921 2012 17066 15147 32213 2012 4990 4375 9365

2011 13495 13495 2011 18214 16519 34733 2011 5132 4708 9840

* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time. N/A = System Error. Information not available or missing.

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The ATS Speed Sentry was posted on Landings Blvd. near Kestral Parkway South (Northbound) for the month of November 2015 with the following results:

Date 10/19/15 to 11/30/15

Location Landings Blvd / Kestral Parkway S (Northbound)

Speed Limit 20

Compliant 72.34%

Low Risk 22.04%

Med Risk 4.96%

High Risk 0.66%

Speed Limit 20 25 25 25

Compliant 72.34% 90.48% 95.21% 96.00%

Low Risk 22.04% 7.52% 4.12% 3.43%

Med Risk 4.96% 1.45% 0.59% 0.50%

High Risk 0.66% 0.55% 0.08% 0.08%

The daily traffic average at this location was about 434.94 vehicles a day. This reflects an increase in traffic speeds in this area when compared to previous deployments:

Date 10/19/15 to 11/30/15 05/01/14 to 05/15/14 11/17/13 to 11/30/13 12/01/13 to 12/31/13

Location Landings Blvd / Kestral Parkway S (Northbound) Landings Blvd / Kestral Parkway S (Northbound) Landings Blvd / Kestral Parkway S (Northbound) Landings Blvd / Kestral Parkway S (Northbound)





In the Neighborhood:

profiles of communities in The Landings By Roger Drouin

|Serenity and beauty draw residents to Eagles Point

Four five-story buildings comprise the “Eagles Point” community. In addition, there are three other buildings on Eagle Point Circle, but those do not bare the Eagles Point name. The four Eagles Point buildings are located at 5420, 5430, 5440, and 5450 Eagles Point Circle. They overlook the Intracostal, Sarasota Bay and preserves. From Maggard’s top-floor unit, he and his wife, Anne, also get a downtown view in the distance of the John Ringling Bridge’s lights at night and the Ritz Carlton. The views, all around, are beautiful. “There is not a lot of turn over,” said Realtor Judy Greene, with Michael Saunders & Company, of the four mid-rises. That’s because many owners tend to retain ownership of their units. Condos rarely become available for sale. “Many of the residents have been here for the entire life of the building (23 years),” Maggard told The Landings Eagle. Karl and Anne moved to Eagles Point 12 years ago. They had lived in a single-family home in The Landings, on Peregrine Point Circle West previously. The couple wanted to downsize and move to a home that they could “lock and leave” when they traveled to Portland, Oregon for the summer. Their unit, at just over 2,000 square feet, has enough space for visiting family. There is a mix of “different generations” who own units, from a woman in her thirties to retirees. Recently, Maggard has noticed pre-retirees purchase units in anticipation of retirement. Those owners will come down a few times a year, until they retire and move full-time or on a seasonal basis. One of his neighbors has a condo unit on Longboat Key. “We joke that this is her city place,” Maggard said of the Eagles Point unit. Other owners are traditional snowbirds and some call The Landings their main home, but travel throughout the year, Maggard said. All of the buildings feature a garage on the first floor and four floors of residences above. Building One, at 5420 Eagles Point Circle, has 24 units. The three other buildings, however, have 20 units. That’s because when the developer built those buildings (after the first building) the developer had realized that some people wanted more space so they enlarged central units to 3,000 square feet, Greene said.

The Eagles Point condominiums were built in 1992 and 1993. The luxury condominiums have access to a private, heated pool as well as membership to The Landings Racquet Club. Homeowner fees include the general Landings Management Association, an Eagles Point association, and the Racquet Club membership.

Recent Sales:

There has been five recent sales over the past year. The sales price ranged from $300,000 to $700,000. In addition, three units are currently on the market and two more were pending a contract, as of press time. At the top sales end, a luxuriously renovated three-bedroom, 2.5-bath end unit sold for $700,000 in June. At 2,078 squarefeet, the sale came out to $380 a square foot. The unit has water views from nearly every angle. The unit includes a renovated chef’s kitchen. A two-bedroom, two-bath unit with 1,603 square-feet sold for $615,000 in April. The home has tile in the main living areas and hardwood floors in the bedrooms. A smaller two-bedroom, two-bath with 1,330 square feet sold for $310,000 in October. The second floor unit overlooks a lake. Another two-bedroom, two bath unit with 1,520 square feet sold for $439,000 in March. A 1,843 square-foot three-bedroom, twobath, first-floor unit is currently listed for $739,000. Another first floor unit, with the same square footage, is listed for $675,000. It has a southern exposure, facing the Intracoastal Waterway. A 1,936 square foot unit with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths was under contract, as of press time. Its listing price was $525,000.













































































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