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Pat Martin Believes In The “Y” By Diana Colson Pat Martin was born and raised in Sarasota when the Ringling Brothers Circus was still in town. She and three younger brothers shared a wonderful childhood enjoying all that Sarasota had to offer. Pat attended outstanding schools with memorable teachers: historic McClellan Park for Kindergarten and First Grade, followed by Southside, Phillipi Shores, Brookside, and Riverview. She participated in sports, arts, music, cooking, gardening, fishing, sailing, water skiing, surfing, competitive Going for the Gold Gala in 2014, “The Golden swimming, ballet, violin, Girl Lotus”. was Pat’s second year of chairing the Scouts, and lifeguarding. She Co-Chair, Merrill Bonder, was a new addiattended art classes at the event. tion to the Foundation Board and an experienced Ringling Museum as well as fund raiser. several other programs that came her way. Decades later, in Greece. When finally she was this stimulating childhood was fully matriculated, she was ready to color her decision to become to create her life. proactive at the Sarasota YMCA. Returning to Sarasota in the Pat’s family was in the Redi-Mix early 80’s, Pat first went to work for concrete business here in Sarasota: the land developer for Richmondall three of her brothers came back Ryan Homes, and later became after college to help run the shop. involved with the construction of Pat, however, followed a different The Players Club on Longboat Key. career path. She first attended She then partnered with an interior Rollins College in Winter Park, and designer from Atlanta, which led then transferred to Florida State in to her spending 5 years running her junior year to pursue a degree Charlie’s—an interior design in Housing and Interior Design. business. Finally Pat was lured During her student days, she into joining the family business, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, R. C. Martin Concrete Products and even worked for one summer on Central Avenue. She worked

LMA Decal Verification

Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Eagles Point III and IV notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on August 1st unless they take action before that date to re-validate them. Owners can avoid suspension by re-

there for 15 years, eventually becoming President until the sale of the business in 1997 to RMC, the British owned largest Redi Mixed concrete business in the world at that time. Pat had been intrigued by The Landings ever since she visited the Treehouse Model in the early 1980’s. She found the development to be both beautiful and unique, and bought her Landings Treehouse in 1991, knowing it was the perfect place to live. The setting has never failed to delight her. Once nestled in her Treehouse, Pat decided to use her free time and considerable skills to do something of lasting value. In her heart of hearts, she felt it time to give back to a community that had given her so much. Pat knew there were many worthy causes in Sarasota, and that the community was filled with people who were generous with time and/or money. So it happened that twelve years ago, her dear friend, Debbie Dannheisser, invited her to be part of a committee to chair “Going for the Gold”, the Y Foundation’s once-a-year Gala to raise funds for the Y Services for children and families in distress. Pat jumped in, became involved, and never looked back.

validating their decals before August 1, 2015. Owners who will be gone for the month their decals are scheduled to be deactivated may go to the Main Gate before they leave to complete the verification process. The form will be available on The Landings website and from the Main Gate.

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Landings Real Estate Update By Tom Heatherman, Corporate Communications Director MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY If selling a home or condominium in The Landings is still on your to-do list, the market is decidedly tipped in your favor. That’s because more people want to move into the community’s centrally-located, amenity rich neighborhoods than are looking to move out. “Price your Landings residence competitively and you are virtually assured of selling it in a relatively modest amount of time,” says Judy Greene, an agent with the Siesta Key office of Michael Saunders & Company. Greene and her business partner, Tara Lamb, are longtime residents and next door neighbors in The Landings—Judy for 24 years and Tara for 16. Both have focused their sales activities here for years. During that time they have helped their clients through various ups and downs in the market, but now feel that it has found its balance again. Realty Trac—a leading provider of data for the nation’s housing industry—began the New Year by reporting that three Florida metro areas experienced some of the nation’s largest gains in median home prices in 2014. One of them, Sarasota, saw a 12% year-overyear increase. Consistent with Sarasota’s increase, the average Landings property has risen in price by at least as much during the past year; and often by more. Driving this increase, of course, is a persistent shortage of homes for sale amid at least two years of consistently high demand. Continued on page 27 NOTICE: A new column will be included in The Eagle titled “Notifications”. Beginning with this issue, the “Notifications” column will appear each month on page 3, alongside the “LMA Meeting Notes” and provide brief information on issues/events. The intent is to enhance resident’s awareness of community activities by including dates of important events occurring in the more distant future. Some of the info will run for one time only. Other info will be repeated each month.

Family Swim Night and Pizza Party

Scheduled for Friday, July 3rd from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, this event is open to all Landings residents. Please join us, bring your children and enjoy the pool while meeting some of your neighbors. The party is sponsored by the LMA Community Events Committee which is chaired by Doug Day. If you wish to participate, please register in advance by calling him at 941-720-1314 or email him at flaniceguy@hotmail.com.


APRIL 2015 SALES CONTINUE RECORD PACE Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been bubbling at the top of historically high levels for several months. "There is a steady, positive nature to all the numbers I'm seeing, and this indicates a healthy market with tremendous potential going forward," states Association President Stafford Starcher. "This is truly an historic time for our real estate market, and residents and visitors alike should be exploring their options when it comes to buying and selling homes and condos. The Sarasota-Manatee region is one of the hottest markets in the nation. The fact that people want to move here and buy property here is no surprise, and we are no longer a secret in the national and international marketplace," explained Starcher.

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Letter to the Editor As a fellow volunteer columnist for The Eagle, I want to congratulate Columnist Heidi Bodor for her “Kids’ Corner” feature. I think readers like her work because the columnist lets her girl and boy interviewees speak themselves in their own way. This makes her space both charming and authentic. Al Weeks

Notifications

• Next Community Hauling Date: Wednesday November 11

• LMA Q&A with members: First Tuesday of each month 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the LRC • Code for the Field Road door: Call the Main Gate, 941-922.5531

Kenneth Fradin remembered

Ken and Zetta Fradin.

Kenneth Fradin, longtime former resident of The Landings, died of natural causes in Diedham, Massachusetts on May 27. He was 89 and is survived by his wife, Zetta and two children. Ken will be remembered fondly for his special musical talent as well as his delightful wit and sense of humor. He gave many fine piano performances at the Racquet Club. Ken and Zetta left The Landings several years ago to be near family in the Boston area. He will be missed by his many friends. Sumitted by: Don and Bev Leidel, and Howard and Adrienne Feltman.

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LMA Meeting Notes

By Trebor Britt

|LMA Attorney Briefs Board, Residents on Traffic Congestion Issue LMA Pres., Don McMurray began his president’s report by sharing a few details of his open meeting on Tuesday, June 2 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. One of the topics discussed was the ongoing home tear down/rebuild project. He directed those concerns to the Homeowners Association and clarified the LMA board’s role in that process. McMurray expressed the need to educate The Landings community about the working relationship between the LMA and other associations. McMurray announced the board is still about 130 email addresses short of having the addresses of every resident. To end his report, he thanked David Jacaruso for installing all the new speed limit signs.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Co-chairs, Bob Manteiga and Joan Lowery reported on several accomplishments and considerations. • Updating The Landings website is in progress with the help of Sarah Rhodes and Dick Bayles. • Website familiarization training sessions will be offered again in the fall. • The committee is working with Dick Bayles on the continuous updating of the email database. • Residents were advised of the new speed limit by way of emails and regular mail.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ROADS

In Roads chair, Rudy Blohm’s absence, LMA President, Don McMurray reported all the needed patching of the roads has been completed. The next project on the agenda is the repaving of all The Landings roads section by section. This major project will likely begin next year.

EAGLE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

Committee chair, Larry Lawrence reported the committee decided on topics they will address in The Eagle in the next 4 to 5 months. He asked for anyone who wished to submit additional topics, give them to his committee.

Chairman, Doug Day announced their first scheduled event would be LAKES FINANCE REPORT a Playborhood Pool and Pizza party Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence Finance committee chair, Marie at the Racquet Club on July 3. reported the following: Graziosi-Jacaruso reported through • The fountain on Treehouse Lake is the fourth month of the year, the DRAINAGE now back in operation. Board underspent by $14,182.61. She In committee chair, Jack Jost’s • Sarasota County will do an annual also reported on several other items. a b s e n c e L M A p r e s i d e n t D o n inspection and assessment of vegetation • 15 unit owners still have an McMurray reported two key swales in Starling Preserve in the next few outstanding debt totaling $8,882. have been opened and cleared of months. • A bid process is underway underbrush. These actions should • The LMA and Eagles Point regarding speed bumps, calming take care of storm water challenges Condominium Association MOU on tables, and the purchase of a new in those areas. the operation of the weir and liability sentry unit. Kurt Jensen of JAG engineering issues of Mayne Lake has been signed • The committee is looking into is designing a new storm water inlet by the president of both associations. the addition of flood insurance for structure to relieve driveway flooding the main gate. at 5125 and 5127 Kestral Park Place. FISHING IN THE LAKES • The committee and FPL are Several residents have inquired about analyzing electrical spending. ENVIRONMENTAL this policy. It appears on page 23 of the Graziosi-Jacaruso presented a Committee chairman, John Carson Greenbook. It states: “All fishing in the “Collection of Bad Debt Policy” reported during their first meeting lakes in The Landings is prohibited to the board and moved that it be they discussed environmental except from land on the shore of a lake approved and adopted. After an extended discussion about adding priorities and established several owned by a condominium association if “hardship” language to the policy, short-term and long-term goals. authorized by appropriate action of the the board voted to table the motion Members of the four person committee Board of Directors of that association, until a future meeting. The finance are, Chairman John Carson, Jim or land of a resident. LMA will not be committee was charged with adding Donovan, Connie Goldman and responsible for any accidents or injuries Carolina Hernandez-Ron. resulting from fishing in the lakes.” the new language. Continued on page 15

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President’s Column Summer is rapidly approaching which brings with it a slightly more relaxed time of year – less traffic, open seats in restaurants, and a slower pace. Enjoy, it only last for a few months. In line with this slower pace the Board of Directors will not hold a meeting in July. This has become somewhat traditional, but is not regulated. I received an email and phone call reporting the sighting of an alligator in one of our lakes. For those folks who did not grow up in Florida this is not an unusual event at this time of year. During mating season alligators often do a walk about looking for a mate. We often find one or two in our ponds or on our trails sunbathing. Generally, the County does not do anything if the gator is small (less than 6-7 feet) unless it becomes a nuisance or presents a danger. However, as residents you need to exercise appropriate caution. Don’t feed the gators, don’t pet the gators, and don’t let your dog or cat run around outside

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without being on a leash. The alligator(s) will move on shortly. They generally don’t set up permanent residence. You will continue to hear more and more about pending hurricanes. Please develop a plan to protect your property and your neighbor’s property by removing objects and items that can become airborne in a big wind – flower pots, hanging plants, water hoses, deck furniture are only a small list of things that may be around your home of vulnerable to being moved by hurricane force winds. Should a hurricane be projected to approach this area – please don’t attempt to “ride it out” by staying in your condo or home. Make plans by identifying where you would evacuate and put together an evacuation kit. There is a host of information available on preparation that you would be wise to review. LMA does have a contract with a company to clear fallen trees,

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LHA Meeting Notes

By Don McMurray get electricity restored as soon as possible, and to protect the area. However, you and your association are responsible for the structures you live in. Simple way of thinking about that is: We do the infrastructure you do the buildings! However, as you know Florida has not been struck by a hurricane in a number of years and Sarasota has never been struck by one – isn’t there an old saying about “there is a first time for everything!” Again, just a reminder – we have changed the speed limits on some of our roads. Please obey the limits and keep your neighbors safe – Slow down and yield to all pedestrians! On July 7th, Tuesday, I will be available at the LRC from 8:30 to 9:30 am to discuss any issues, problems, or suggestions you may have that would benefit our community.

At its regular June board meeting the board approved a dead tree removal on Landings Lane, a paver driveway on Peregrine Point Way, a fence extension on Peregrine Point Way and a pool cage extension on Peregrine Point Circle N. A letter of violation will be sent requesting the removal of a dead palm tree on a Peregrine Point Circle W. Work has begun on the project to correct the drainage issue on Peregrine Point Way. The board elected to cancel its July meeting and the next meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2015.

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Louise Greenfield lived 98 years doing things her way Louise Greenfield spent her life -- all 98 years of it -- doing her own thing, sometimes in quiet and unexpected ways. Born on April 16, 1917 in Philadelphia, the daughter of a real estate magnate, she grew up in a house with servants and a mother who was a “fashionista,” yet bought her own clothes in bargain basements. Told by her father that girls didn’t play the flute, she taught piano lessons to younger students and saved her money to buy the flute, then went on to study with the famed William Kincaid, principal flute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She took up the cello later in life. She was a beast at Scrabble, taking no prisoners even when playing her children and grandchildren. She would embarrass her four children by taking off her high-heeled shoes and walking barefoot, sometimes singing, down the streets of Philadelphia, and did

not hesitate to ask the most personal of questions, loudly, in public places. She refused to salute the flag at her elementary school and eschewed all religious observances. She was a very good tennis player and played until just a few weeks before her death on Tuesday [May 19, 2015] from complications of pneumonia. She also was a staunch supporter of the arts, establishing with her husband Bob, who died in 2012, the Greenfield Foundation and Greenfield Prize, a $30,000 award given alternately in the fields of visual art, music and drama. “I always thought of her as kind of an iconoclast,” said Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, which administers the Greenfield Prize. “She was her own person who did her own thing and was fascinating as a result of that.” Louise and Bob Greenfield

married in 1937 after meeting at a New Year’s Eve party where both had other dates. Although the story has evolved in the telling over the years, her daughter Mary Davenport said Bob’s date passed out and when midnight came, Bob kissed Louise instead. Bob Greenfield was attracted to Louise because “she was kind of different,” said Davenport, and she to him because he was a Harvard law student and “my mother was very impressed by his intelligence. Politically they were on the same page, both very liberal.” The couple had four children -- Mary, Linda Baldwin of Philadelphia, Bill Greenfield of Philadelphia and Jim Greenfield of Oregon. She marked the births of her 14 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren with charms on a bracelet and necklace, and was known for a bun perched atop her head -- the result of a hairstyle change when the children were young that her

Louise and Bob Greenfield listen as recipient Eve Beglarian works with members of the Sarasota Orchestra in 2011. Louise Greenfield died Tuesday [May 19, 2015]. Photo by Mike Lang

husband disapproved of. She’d been wearing her long hair in two braids wrapped around her head in the Scandinavian style. “She decided she was going to cut her hair to shoulder length. My father was furious. She never cut it again,” said Davenport. In keeping with her “anti-

religion” stance, there will be no funeral, said Davenport. “Instead, we’re going to have a party for family and friends on June 6.” Reprinted with permission. Story by Susan L. Rife from the Herald Tribune. Originally published: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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|Wanted: Writer/Editor with a Passion for News, Information & Landings Living - Paid Position Do you love news-style writing and editing? Would you enjoy having a positive impact on life at The Landings? If so, the Landings Eagle is looking for you! Hours are part time and flexible for this PAID position. Responsibilities include: • Writing articles and stories about life & events at The Landings

• Writing editorials about activities in or around the community • Promoting & encouraging content contributions by Landings residents • Reviewing/editing content submitted for publication • Coordinating with photographers who cover key events

• Attending & writing summaries of LMA, LHA & other important meetings in The Landings • Attending Editorial Committee meetings • Coordinating with publisher on each monthly Landings Eagle edition The Writer/Editor will report to Bob Stein, Publisher, and the LMA Editorial Committee.

COMMUNITY HAULING PROGRAM DATES

Please note that The Landings Community Hauling Program takes place three times per year: February, May and November, on the 2ND Wednesday of the month. A guide detailing items that can be dropped off will appear in The Landings Eagle during these months. LMA has been notified by the County that they can no longer

accept TVs at their Hazardous Waste Disposal Site. Therefore the LMA Community Hauling Program will not be able to collect them either. However, now you can put TVs and computer monitors out at the curb for the weekly trash pickup. ( In case you are curious, at this time we don’t know what Waste Management-our trash collectors-do with them.) Questions: call Larry Lawrence-410-456-6240.

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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Sofia Grant, 11, 6th grader at Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences

1 brother, 1 step brother, and 3 step sisters

• Do you play any Instruments? • What is your favorite sport? I used to play piano, violin, Golf and dance. I go to dance and guitar in elementary school. classes 4x/wk and golf 3 or 4x/ wk. • How long have you been in The Landings? • What kind of dance do Since 1st grade you do? All kinds except for tap • You just started middle dancing. Lyrical is my favorite. school. How was the transition? It’s technically jazz but slower. Some of my friends didn’t go I like helping out at the to SSAS so it kind of felt lonely studio too. I help others with but then I made some new choreography, especially with friends. the little ones. • What is your favorite subject? • Who is your favorite golfer? Language Arts because my “Phil the Thrill” Mickelson teacher makes funny comments and makes things easier. • Do you have a favorite dancer? • Tell me about a fun Maddie Ziegler from Dance assignment you had? We just did “The Me Book”. Moms

• Favorite music? Pop • Favorite movie? What About Bob? • What do you do in your spare time? I go to the gazebo and watch the boats go by. During the week, I have lots of activities and schoolwork. If I do have time, I like to ride my bike around the neighborhood.

• Do you have a lot of homework? I have lots of projects. • What do you want to be when you grow up? I wanted to be a vet but after I found out that you have to It’s the story of my life in 100 • What’s your favorite color? cut open the animals, I didn’t words. I included a lot of baby Turquoise because it’s a want to anymore. I’d like to be a guide dog trainer. pictures in it too. mixture of green and blue which • What was the most exciting are my favorite colors and also • Did you get to meet Landin? because my dance studio uses No. part in your life? it everywhere. Being born.

Heidi Bodor • Would you like to foster a guide dog someday? Yes! • What’s your favorite food? Baby Back Ribs from Chili’s

Sofia Grant

• One word to describe you would be? Fuiendly! (fun and friendly put together to make one word) • If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? I would like to be a cat because cats get petted a lot and they can climb trees and see all around. They can be vicious at times but are mostly friendly.

• What are your summer plans? Volleyball, golf, dance, and cooking camps. We will also visit my grandma and my mom’s family at a ranch in Santa Sofia in Columbia and maybe go to Cashiers, NC for some tubing, hiking, and boating. • If you were president for a day, what would you do? Make world peace and save the hungry people.

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Pat Martin

Continued from cover story

Pat had experienced an amazing childhood. At the Y, however, she was about to discover that not all Sarasota kids were being raised in such motivating ways. “My first exposure was with the Youth Shelter, a home away from home that provides temporary housing and safe care for Southwest Florida youth ages 10 to 17 who have run away, are experiencing family conflict, or have been locked out of their homes. The shelter offers respite services for parents who are having a difficult time with their child. It has a Master’s Level Residential Counselor and a Case Manager who provide individual, group and family counseling. “When I joined the Y Foundation Board I was asked to provide my vision for the Y programs. I think it is important to have a Safe Place for children in trouble to have a place to go for help. I have met children in the

shelter who have lived here all their lives—kids who have never been to the beach or fishing and do not know how to swim.” (With a background in water sports, it is Pat’s firm belief that every child and adult in Sarasota should learn how to swim. Recently she was horrified to see a news broadcast about a man who watched his friend drown simply because he lacked the ability to swim out and save him!) Of the Y, Pat says: “I have met children who had parents who could not help and teach them skills to grow their futures, children who are so smart yet do not know how to realize their educational dreams. These are kids who have not been taught the simplest skills of living and are just surviving. There are also children with learning challenges and disabilities, young people who don’t know what will happen to them when they turn 18, kids

who were not fostered or adopted. On a more positive note, I have also met amazing young people who got help through the YMCA and have mastered their past. These kids have gone on to technical schools or college to receive Bachelor and Advanced degrees and become doctors, lawyers, teachers, architects, engineers, police officers, bank managers, social workers, good parents and an asset to their communities.” Pat Martin spends dozens of hours each year devoted to supporting the various, impressive, and all-too-often invisible programs being offered at our Sarasota Y. She believes in the great work being done at the Y for groups of young people who are often overlooked. From her Treehouse at The Landings, she continues to put serious time and effort into making a difference in the lives of many of Sarasota’s disadvantaged children.


Updates on Sarasota County Emergency Services, Hurricane Preparedness By Diana Colson Edward J. McCrane, Jr., FPEM, Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief gave the presentation at the Siesta Key Association’s monthly meeting. He emphasized that Emergency Response may be delayed during a hurricane. Citizens must prepare to be completely self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a storm, preferably for up to a week. “We live in a pretty good area when it comes to storms, but we must plan for a worst case scenario. In the 1920’s and 40’s Sarasota was hit by several hurricanes. In 1960 along came Donna. In 1966, we were hit by Alma, and her outer band wreaked havoc on Sarasota. The 70’s and 80’s were quiet. In 1992, however, we had Hurricane Andrew, which was nurtured by El Nino—a situation similar to today,” said McCrane. He went on to say, “The 2000’s spawned a series of

hurricanes with names like Rita, Katrina, Dennis, Ivan, Jeanne, and Charley. In 2012, we were hit by Tropical Storm Debbie. The storm tide was extremely high and simply would not recede. 132 local homes were damaged. Boats were pushed up on shore in Sarasota Bay. Docks on Anna Maria were wiped out, and boats also damaged on Manasota Key. Just recently— on May 10 of 2015—along came Ana, caused by the warmer waters of El Nino. This storm came early, telling us to pay attention.” When warned of an impending storm, Ed McCrane urges we board up those windows and doors and get out of town. “Don’t wait to evacuate! Storm surges arrive ahead of the storm and ahead of the winds, so if you wait for the hurricane to actually reach landfall, it may be too late.” Tornados are a big factor in hurricanes, and hundreds may

form in the outer bands. Indeed, 250 tornados were generated in 2005. All Emergency Response must be accomplished before the arrival of Tropical Storm Force winds. Be in a safe place before the storm arrives. Get a NOAA Weather Radio which will alert you even when you are sleeping. It is important that Emergency Response has property appraisals because the county must first claim the amount of dollars lost in order to qualify for FEMA resources. Edward McCrane urged that citizens take three actions: 1.) Get a kit put together. 2.) Make a plan. 3.) Stay informed. You will need vaccination paperwork for your pets, food for them, and water for them. You will need your important documents safely stored in a waterproof container. Know the Evacuation Zone in which you live. (You can find this at www.SCGOV.net.) Code Red is a data base of phone numbers that Emergency

Service has been given to send out automatic calls. This data base has captured all the land lines in that area. However, if using a cell phone, you need to register it if you wish to receive Code Red notifications. That registration can be done at www.SCGOV.net. Keep a full tank of gas. There are 19 generator powered gas stations in the county. Run from the water, and hide from the wind. If you go into a shelter, expect it to be like a lifeboat, not The Loveboat.

Minimize calls during crisis. Use text messaging instead. Turn your water off at the main before you leave your home. Turn off any natural gas. You are not required to turn off electricity if needed for the alarm system. However, if you do turn it off, empty the refrigerator first. SARASOTA COUNTY DISASTER PLANNING GUIDES are available at your public libraries, etc. They are loaded with valuable information.

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The Recipe Corner

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Compiled by Dee Ricapito

Joan Nimptsch is a busy lady, volunteering at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, likes playing cards and enjoys knitting. Glad she gave us this easy recipe for LEMON SQUARES. She brought this to The Father/Son Tournament last year and we hope to see them again this time. (Note: Joan’s husband, Klaus is the only resident still living in The Landings who played tennis with his Son in the Tournament.)

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Around The Landings Phillippi Estate Park Keep your 4th of July patriotic momentum going with a visit to the Todah Memorial Exhibit, sponsored by The Liberator Foundation, at the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park. This traveling exhibit is a sculpture to commemorate the sacrifice of and a tribute to the valiant World War II Allied Forces who liberated the prisoners of the Nazi prison camps. The Memorial is also to educate future generations in understanding the history of this important time. The Todah Memorial Exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge, on Saturday, July 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It will again be open on Sunday, July 12 from noon until 5:00 p.m. There is ample parking and handicap accessibility. For more information, please call: 941-8615000. July is the perfect time to enjoy Phillippi Estate Park with shoreline trails for bird watching and photo opportunities to hosting children’s birthdays,

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family picnics and reunions at the Gazebo. Kayakers take note that the park has a kayak/canoe launch opening onto Phillippi Creek. One can paddle east toward Pinecraft or head west to the Intercoastal Waterway for a day on the water. Coming up this Fall is the 7th season of the Phillippi Farmhouse Market. The market opens Wednesday, October 7 and runs through April 2016. There will be more produce vendors and local artisans as well as local music, ample parking and friendly, helpful volunteers at the Welcome Tent. Phillippi is hosting its first farm-to-fork dinner, Palates & Palettes on the lawn of the Keith Farmhouse in the park on Sunday, November 15 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the dinner is to raise funds to restore the interior of the Keith Farmhouse, the first building erected on the estate in 1916. The Light Chasers of the Suncoast, Sarasota’s plein air painters, will also be painting and one can buy “off the easel” or

purchase paintings on display on the farmhouse lawn. A portion of the proceeds from the paintings will be donated to the renovation of the historic farmhouse. Of course, one doesn’t have to wait until November to donate to the restoration of the Keith Farmhouse. One can simply write a check to the Phillippi Chapter - Friends of Sarasota County Parks and leave it at the park office when one comes to stroll the park with or without your favorite canine. Or, one can mail a donation check to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks at 234 Nippino Trail, Unit 101, Nokomis, FL 34275. Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated as the park looks forward to opening the renovated Farmhouse in November of 2016 as an interpretative center housing old photographs and memorabilia of the early days of the Sarasota community. Phillippi Estate Park at 5500 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota is your Sarasota County Park, open 7 days a week from dawn to dark.


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COMMUNITY HAULING PROGRAM

Larry Lawrence reported 15 residents brought items for the County recycling center. He announced TVs and computer monitors are no longer accepted, however Waste Management will take them if left with trash at the curb.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Chairman, Neil Goldman reported on several items and accomplishments. • The new speed limit and walkways signs have been installed. • Hand-outs are being distributed to all vehicles coming through the visitor lane at the main gate. • Road striping, reflectors, curb painting, and pedestrian walkways are under review. • The location of the speed sentry will be changed every two weeks. • The committee suggested a monthly article appear in The Eagle addressing walking, biking, and driving in The Landings. • Reported safety incidents in the last month were minor.

We need your old laptops or desktop flat monitors. Area foster kids need laptops to compete. An ongoing effort has been made to join Guardian ad Litem with the Sarasota PC User’s Group to collect used laptops computers. With a long history of recycling and safety, our partner, The Sarasota PC User’s Group sanitizes the hard drive of your laptop with a seven-step process that protects the donor’s information. This software is similar to that used by the U.S. Department

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Forward Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported he is still waiting for several committees to provide information requested.

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Technology chair, Dick Bayles reported the exit lane gate controller at the South Gate has been replaced.

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Maintenance Committee chair, David Jacaruso reported speed and walkways signs have been strategically installed. He continues to replace any seriously damaged signs throughout The Landings. Future projects include, Gate House maintenance, road striping, and perimeter wall painting.

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Two friends and guides viewing The Landings Eagle while real eagles soar above. The rugged terrain on the slopes along the ancient and newly carved paths formed by Mt. Etna’s slow moving eruptions leaving incredible lava fields. Walking around the mouth of this live crater seems like the volcano is breathing and spitting out its rocks forming the jagged terrain on the slopes along its rim, and paths.

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|President’s Report By Dick Bayles Well, we have moved back into the remodeled Pro Shop and, as is usual with Rudy’s projects, on time and under budget. Everyone who has seen it has commented on its open, airy and bright feeling. Replacement of the tennis court fences began in the first week of June and is going somewhat slower than anticipated due to weather. The last courts will be completed by the end of July. Then the annual “redressing” will take place.

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All will be back in service by September first. You will notice that the new fences are black instead of green. The primary reason for the switch was that green materials have been increasingly hard to come by in the past few years as most clubs have switched. We will have the light poles and. net posts painted to match. The remaining project for this year is the replacement of the incandescent lighting fixtures in the Lakeside Room with LED fixtures that will both improve the quality of the lighting and lower electric bill. They will pay for themselves in one year.

By Kevin Lechlitner

We have made the transition back to the newly renovated Tennis Pro Shop and are settling in more each day. The improvements that were made are fantastic! It’s like a whole new office. If you haven’t seen it yet, please stop by when you get a chance. I think you will be as impressed as everyone else. The tennis court fence project is underway. As I am writing this, courts 3 & 4 are almost done. We will continue with the other six courts, two at a time until they are completed. As I mentioned last month, I strongly encourage members to call in advance for their court reservations. With two out of the rotation, they can fill up quickly. The Family Swim Night and Pizza Party is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd from 4:00 - 7:00

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PM. This event is open to all Landings residents. Please join us, bring your children and enjoy the pool while meeting some of your neighbors. The party is sponsored by the LMA Community Events Committee which is chaired by Doug Day. If you wish to participate, please register in advance by calling him at 941-720-1314 or email him at flaniceguy@hotmail.com. Our annual Memorial Day BBQ is typically one of the biggest social events of the year. This year was no exception. We had 147 people that came out to celebrate the day including 32 military veterans. Bob Fernander and Jerry Welch led the presentation where all of the veterans were recognized. It was followed by a sing-a-long with all of the military service songs. Thank you to Edvin and Gary for manning the grills and to all the volunteers that helped out. An event this size would be very difficult without their assistance.

By Joe Venezia

It’s summer but clinics, cardio and lessons are still going strong. Remember to drink plenty of liquids out on the courts. John has headed north for the summer but will be back in October for a new season. As you read this I am spending time with two of my three daughters from Australia along with Catie, Joey, Jules and

my family from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I will be back on Tuesday, July 14th. If you would like to schedule a lesson, I can be reached at lrctennisdirector@verizon.net or 941-993-2628. Check the Pro Shop In August for details on the U.S. Open Round Robin. If you are a new or current resident of The Landings and wish to join any of the tennis leagues contact me and I will arrange to hit with you to place you on the proper team. Keep cool and I’ll see you on the courts.......


The Landings Photo Gallery STORMS Sarasota is a beautiful place to live, but, as we have come to find out, the weather can get pretty nasty at times, especially during the summer months. Heavy rains, thunder storms, waterspouts, and even tornadoes are not uncommon. Landings resident and photographer, Jeff Crotty has managed to catch Mother Nature at some of her nastiest moments. Here is what he has to say about one of the photographs seen here: “Mary Kay and I were leaving a restaurant, “Turtles,” on south Siesta Key just about the time the sun was beginning to set, so we decided to walk across the street to see the sunset. When I saw what was happening, I said, “Drop everything, I’m taking pictures!!” When we got home and I studied the pictures, I realized I had several unique “sunsets”. National Geographic had just sent me an invitation to submit my favorite weather/sunset photo, so I selected one I thought would be appropriate and sent it to them. Later, they acknowledged receiving it and said it had been placed on their website. Nice, huh?”

By Robert C. Manteiga (Photos by Beto)

Sometime later, we needed to go to our homeowners Sarasota branch office to drop off a check. They were close to closing, but one young man was still there and we were able to give him our payment. I mentioned to him that I was very impressed with the numerous large framed photos of Florida nature scenery on the office walls. He responded that he also liked them, but that his favorite was in another office that he would soon be occupying. He commented, “that office has my favorite picture of them all!” You probably guessed it by now; it was my Turtle Beach sunset picture! Several months later we were in the office again, and the owner of the agency was there. When I told him the story, he looked at me very calmly and said, “So, will you sign it for me?” We laughed. He gave me a pen, and I signed it! The Photo Gallery will be on vacation for the months of August and September, so start collecting your favorite photos and send them to me at roberto@uri.edu. I’d love to publish your photos in the October issue.

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Restaurant owner Tanja Hofmann has worked in the food industry for most of her life. That’s because graduates of German universities, where Hofmann is from, usually enter the labor market with considerable work experience, as a result of the way the higher education system is set up in that country. “I was working in hotels and restaurants when I was in restaurant school,” Hofmann said. “In Germany, you have to go to school for whatever field you work in.” Skills Hofmann learned during her work-study program have enabled her to open several restaurants since then, the most recent in Siesta Village in 2011. Just last month, A Taste of Germany changed locations, opening up in a new space in Crescent Village, just south of the Stickney Point Bridge. There Hofmann, her husband Manuel and their son Robin have even more room for their German bakery and cafe, with indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of parking. Online reviews are gushing with praise about the authenticity of A Taste of Germany’s menu items. One of the most popular dishes seems to be one with which most Americans are likely already familiar. “People love the German Bratwurst with sauerkraut, mustard and a German roll that I import,” Hofmann said. “I do that because the flour in Germany is different, which makes the inside of the bread softer and the outside crispy.” For lunch, you can also get other specialty sandwiches like the Robin, which includes fresh mozzarella and homemade pesto, turkey and lettuce on a ciabatta roll, or choose from grilled panini croissants and a variety of create-your-own sandwich options. In cooler months, diners can enjoy homemade soups. The breakfast menu includes omelettes, stuffed croissants and German specialties like

Tanja and Manuel Hofmann, and their son Robin, recently opened the new location of their A Taste of Germany restaurant on south Siesta Key.

egg bread and Schwarzwälder Schinken, which is German ham. But the stars of the show are the restaurant’s baked goods, including cakes, tortes, pastries, coffee cakes, croissants, bagels and more, which Hofmann A Taste of Germany offers outdoor, as well as makes fresh daily. indoor, seating for breakfast and lunch. “My rum cakes are what we are known for, and I make 13 different kinds,” she said. “I make my cheesecakes with quark, which is a German yogurt.” For those with dietary concerns, Hofmann makes a line of gluten-free baked goods. A Taste of Germany also has one of the best selections of imported German beers in town, which you can drink on site Three of the 13 flavored rum cakes Tanja creates onsite or take to go as a sixpack. at 6675 Midnight Pass Road, Coming up on Friday, July and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. will be the each day except for Wednesday. Grand Opening of the new The breakfast menu is available restaurant. Guests will be able from 8 a.m. to noon, but one can to sample some of Hofmann’s order from the lunch menu all fresh pastries and there will be day long. For more information, special pricing on bratwurst and visit the website at www. beer. atasteofgermany.net, or call A Taste of Germany is located 941-346-1800.


A New Leash on Life Recently graduated, Jamie Dolan has returned home to St. Petersburg with his new yellow Labrador guide, Landin, where they’ve joined Ryan, his Vizsla from Southeastern Guide Dogs that retired about a year ago after eight wonderful years; a frisky little Chihuahua named Gizmo; and Jamie’s wife and two teenagers. Jamie knew all along that Landin would fit right in. He’s “incredibly smart, very affectionate, and amazing,” according to Jamie. Landin and Jamie are already like “two peas in a pod,” and have the same strong-willed personalities. Jamie lost his sight in an instant back in November 2004, when a gunman entered the Radio Shack store where he was a manager trainee and opened fire, killing two and severely wounding Jamie before taking his own life. With help from Ryan first and now Landin, having a guide dog means

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Note: Landings residents, Ted and Karen Schaeffer raised Landin during his first year. A light-hearted column written by Landin (Ted), appeared in The Eagle each month sharing his adventures of life with the Shaeffers at The Landings. Says Ted, “Landin sure is a great dog and we are very proud of him. The group of us who sponsored him was not through any association but rather individual donations (Landings residents) and what a wonderful outcome was achieved.”

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Waterfront Dining – What a Delight By Diana Colson & Emy Stein Waterfront dining has a charm all its own. The scent of saltwater permeates the air. Manatees lumber through sea grass while seagulls caw their raucous song. Pelicans plunge beneath the water’s surface, hunting for seafood delight. An osprey devours its catch on the uppermost branch of a tree, while—in the waters below— you see the gunmetal glint of dolphins. Margaritas taste salty and crisp, and the rumble of power boats is punctuated by the sound of slapping sails. It’s a setting where memories are made. Mother Nature is seated at your table, and her mesmerizing waters dissolve the troubles of the day.

Among the dozen or so waterside dining establishments located between Sarasota and Venice, three are particular favorites. The first is the only casual waterfront restaurant on the island. Turtles Restaurant is located east of Turtle Beach at the southernmost tip of Siesta Key, at Marker 48, and is nestled along the water of Little Sarasota Bay. It provides a perfect setting for an unhurried dinner or a relaxing libation at the end of the day. Dock your boat and fill up your tank at nearby Turtle’s Marina, then take a leisurely walk next door to the restaurant. This south Siesta Key landmark has endured and surpassed the test of time. In its 30th year of operation, patrons continue to flock to this island oasis. Apart from the restaurant’s

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natural setting is the ability to keep prices low. Alex Ortega, general manager explains, “People don’t expect us to be as affordable as we are. They think that since we are on the Key we’re going to be pricey, especially for a waterfront restaurant.” And, for those that follow The Little Sarasota DINING Book , Turtles is ranked #5, for 2015, in both the Sarasota’s 200 top restaurants, as well as their special section for the top 50 restaurants. Just take a look at what they are offering up for their 30th anniversary dinner specials priced at $19.99. Entrée selections to choose from for these dinner specials are: Gulf Grouper, Baked Stuffed Large Shrimp, Georges Bank Sea Scallops, Certified Black Angus Prime Rib 8oz cut, North Atlantic Wild Caught Salmon, Sur’N’Turf, Mango Kiwi Swordfish, Stuffed Flounder and Georges Bank Sea Scallops & Crab Cake Combo. Each entree includes hot rolls, vegetables, starch and a 9oz Carafe of a select wine. Turtles also offers Early Bird dinner specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., prices range from $10.99 to $13.99. On Sundays a brunch is served with a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa for $9.99 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For meeting the wine challenge, Turtles is currently offering a bottle of Salmon Creek wine for $14. This casual waterfront restaurant offers inside or outside dining, located at 8875 Midnight Pass Road, serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 am to 9 pm. They do not take reservations except for holidays. If you have a party of 15 or more you may call ahead when you are on your way, 941-346-2207, www. turtlesrestaurant.com .

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Another waterfront favorite is the Boatyard Waterfront Bar & Grill located on the mainland side of Stickney Point Bridge, the southern bridge to Siesta Key. Located at Mile Marker # 62, the restaurant can be reached by land or water, and docking is available. Its outdoor patio, covered deck and inside dining room sit higher than most other waterfront restaurants, giving patrons a bird’s eye view of the Intercoastal Waterway. Guests might sip their beverages of choice and savor the view while schools of dolphins swim gracefully just a few feet away. During the summer months manatees are regular visitors. The Boatyard Waterfront Bar & Grill boasts an air conditioned dining room, a covered patio and an outdoor dining deck. The “Reef Bar” has both outdoor and indoor seating, and is a local favorite, celebrating Happy Hour from 2 to 6 pm every day. The outside patio features umbrella-covered tables, while the covered deck has cooling overhead mist-fans. The Boatyard welcomes romance as well as families year round. It is open for Lunch and Dinner daily and will accept reservations. It also offers amazing waterfront banquet and wedding facilities, and can cater to groups of every size up to 300 people. Its experienced staff is happy to tailor special events to meet a client’s individual needs. A wide selection of menu items includes everything from seafood to fresh salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pasta. “Extreme Oysters” are a house specialty: Rockefeller,

Millionaire, Key West, Stuffed and more. With delicious entrees such as Jambalaya, Grouper Oscar and Rib Eye Steak, there is something at the Boatyard for everyone looking for delicious, reasonably priced food in a casual waterfront atmosphere. The restaurant is located at 1500 Stickney Point Rd. in Sarasota. (941) 921-6200 www. boatyardwaterfrontgrill.com

Casey Key Fish House offers great food and a Million Dollar View. It’s located right on the water at Mile Marker #32 by the Blackburn Point Marina. This tropical waterfront spot has an Old Florida ambiance. Diners arrive by boat or by car. Those coming by land turn west off of Highway 41 onto Blackburn Point Road, cross the “flying bridge” (one of the last remaining rotating bridges!) and pull into the parking lot. Near the restaurant is the famed Casey Key Fish House Tiki Bar, known the world over as Sarasota’s answer to Margaritaville. At the Tiki Bar you and your friends will see boats passing by and yachts bobbing at the dock. On weekends and holidays, the Tiki Bar is energized by live music. Splashes are heard as mullet jump in the water, and the tropical flavors of a Mai Tai taste cool against your tongue. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a heron or a

snowy egret. It’s a boater’s world of “No shoes, No shirts, No problem!” The lyrics of Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” come to mind. The wooden restaurant itself has been painted a gaudy aquamarine blue. The building is low and rambling, and, like most boating establishments, serves a mix of ages and all walks of life. Casey Key Fish House extends through several dining areas, with the choicest spots being down near the dock. No uppity attitude here: daily specials are scribbled on the blackboard, and much of the food is served on plastic and Styrofoam. Don’t let that fool you! Some very tasty dishes are created in that kitchen. Sure, the lunch menu reads simply enough: fish sandwiches, half pound hamburgers, clam chowder, battered shrimp, and the like. But after 4pm, an eclectic blend of Asian and American cuisine also emerges, drenched in the flavors of Maui and Thailand. Sesame Crusted Pan Seared Tuna is a personal favorite, to say nothing of Sautéed Chilean Sea Bass. There’s a full bar and wine list that is sure to brighten any meal. Chef Willie Tia’s “Best Bouillabaisse” is downright spectacular! At Casey Key Fish House, proprietor Jimmy Von Huberz and his Master Chef offer a casual way to feast by the waterside. They provide visitors with a relaxed, laid-back setting, and do it all at a reasonable price. The Fish House is open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., except for most of September. Talk with Jimmy about arranging special parties, meetings, or large events. Both restaurant and Tiki Bar are located at 801 Blackburn Pt. Rd in Osprey, FL. (941) 966-5737 www.caseykeyfishhouse.com.


Peregrine Point Drive Update

By Bill Shaddy

After having chronicled the razing of the house on Peregrine Point Drive in a past issue of The Eagle, I am pleased to share this update on the new construction across the street. In a matter of several weeks, teams of very talented tradespeople have taken what was a vacant lot and transformed it into the foundation of a beautiful new home in our neighborhood. As these pictures show, significant progress has been made on the construction of what will surely be a modern, energy efficient ranch-style 3,000+ square foot house. Visible features include a three car garage, high ceilings, swimming pool and plenty of windows. It has been very interesting following daily progress on the construction site as evident by the number of our fellow “Landins” who slowly drive by to take a look. Bill Shaddy 1741 Peregrine Point Drive billshaddy@gmail.com

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Food and Wine Pairings Refreshing Sangrias for Sunny Summer Dayz! Did you know that Sangria was first introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York? It’s the Spanish version of a traditional punch made with wine, fruits and brandy. Since then, Sangrias have become exceedingly popular and it seems that every restaurant has its own version. Over the years we have come across many different Sangria recipes and thought this is the perfect time to share them. Copy, cut, clip, save or download the following Sangria recipes from our friends at Food & Wine and give them a try on a beautiful sunny summer afternoon. White Sangria 1. 3 pears, sliced 2. 3 oranges, sliced 3. 6 Granny Smith apples, sliced 4. 24 canned lychees, drained 5. 1 1/2 pineapples, peeled and cut into large chunks

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6. One 750-milliliter bottle vodka 7. One 750-milliliter bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other dry, citrusy white wine In an airtight container or large bowl covered with plastic wrap, combine all of the ingredients except the ice and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Strain the mixture into a punch bowl, discarding all of the fruit except for 18 of the lychees. Add enough ice to chill the sangria to serving temperature. Serve in ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the reserved lychees. Watermelon Sangria 1. 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon cut into balls with a melon baller and skewered on picks 2. 1 bottle dry white wine 3. 6 ounces vodka 4. 4 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec 5. 4 ounces Citrus Syrup 6. Ice In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour

through a fine strainer into a pitcher. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and Citrus Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls. Mango-Peach Sangria 1. 1/4 cup mint 2. 1 cup Grand Marnier 3. 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges 4. 1 bottle Viognier 5. 1/3 cup water 6. 1 mango, chopped 7. 1/3 cup sugar In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice. Sangria Rosado 1. One 750-ml bottle dry rosé wine 2. 4 ounces brandy 3. 2 ounces maraschino liqueur

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Easy Siesta Sangria Ingredients: Frozen blackberries, Orange Slices, Lime Slices, Maraschino Cherries, Three Berry Shiraz, Splash of Blackberry Brandy (optional) Fill each wine glass with a ¼ cup frozen blackberries. Pour Three Berry Shiraz over berries in glass. No need for any sugars to sweeten this wine. Top with slices of orange, lime and a cherry. Next, sit down on Siesta Key Beach and enjoy the sunset! What is your favorite Sangria? Email us your Sangria recipe at drinkwine@ siestakeywines.com and we will share your version with our readers and customers. A toast to the Lazy Dayz of Summer, Salute! 5138C Ocean Blvd., 941-552-9105

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July is a very busy month at Abel’s Ice Cream. There are many returning vacationing families looking to spend time on the beautiful Siesta Key beaches. At Abel’s Ice Cream, they look forward to the many families who return each year plus meeting new families from around the country and world. Both tourists and local residents can enjoy the following very popular summer flavors: Mint Chip (mint flavored ice cream with large chocolate chips), Dreamsicle (vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet swirled together) and another very popular flavor when the temperature is high is Rainbow Sherbet. Abel’s offer a “Buy 10 ice cream items and get a single ice cream FREE” punch card. Many vacationing families who love ice cream have taken advantage of this punch card in past years. It is a great way to enjoy a nationally award winning brand of quality ice cream and save. Bill and Norma Abel would like to congratulate one of their

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The Beautiful Birds of Siesta Key Beach By Allan Worms, PhD., Wildlife Biologist (retired) Photos by Claire Herzog Siesta Key Beach is known for its cool and beautiful white sand and its gently sloping shore. But it is also known for the outstanding array of birds that live and breed on the beach, that come to catch fish along the shore or to feed on the varied organisms in the “wrack” line.

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Next is the beautiful small Snowy Plover hen seen at her nest. This very small bird’s white plumage blends well with the Siesta Key beach sand. She stands over two spotted eggs that also blend in with the natural beach cover. Hopefully, she will lay a third egg and then begin incubating them. Ultimately, she and her mate are challenged with helping the young chicks learn to feed not on fish, but on insects and the many other small organisms on the sandy beach and in the dunes. Some Snowy Plover chicks may try to eat any insect moving and small enough to be caught. The Snowy Plover is a seriously challenged species. Once many more nested among Florida’s barrier islands. Now there are only about 200 nesting pairs throughout the whole state. Habitat destruction, hand in hand with community growth, is regarded as the primary reason. Notice: she’s watching you!

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Local Fishing Report July fishing can be excellent, but tactics need to be a little different and windows of opportunity are smaller. It is simply too hot to fish in the middle of the day. Early morning will be the most reliable time to fish, evenings are good too, but frequent thunderstorms can make planning a trip difficult. Anglers who don’t mind fishing in the dark will have success at night, and they will beat the summer heat! Action on the deep grass flats from the north end of Siesta Key should be very good for speckled trout, along with bluefish, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, pompano, and jacks. A high tide in the morning is favored for anglers to drift the flats and cast Cotee jigs, Rapala plugs, spoons, and live shrimp under a popping cork. Netting up a bunch of shiners and chumming the deep flats will usually result in non-stop action.

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Jill York, Personal Trainer and owner of Xtraordinary Fitness, has been certified in fitness since 1989. Over the past 10 years, her focus has been primarily working with seniors. She will travel to your home or to your location of choice. She will help you reach your goals and maintain them. She has experience in strength training, aerobics, pilates and yoga. “Having worked with Jill as my personal trainer for over a year has been a gratifying experience. She has improved my flexibility, my balance and especially my strength. Moving to Sarasota and The Landings and engaging Jill York have been the best decisions I’ve made in retirement.” Don Leidel, Landings resident. Contact Jill York, Fitness Motivator at 941-320-2604 or e-mail yorkllij@aol.com After months of anticipation, Pho Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine is finally here! This exciting new restaurant is located in The Landings Shopping Center (4854 S. Tamiami Trail) next to Publix. With almost 100 items on their menu, Pho Saigon offers a variety of traditional Vietnamese

Noodle Soups, Vermicelli Salad Bowls, Crispy Noodle Stir-fries. A few favorites are their Roasted Duck Soup, Oxtail Noodle Soup, and Coconut Lemongrass Shrimp Vermicelli Salad. Ask about their Vegan & Gluten-Free options. Mon – Sat Lunch 11-3pm Dinner 5-9pm. Take-out available and reservations accepted. Phone: 941-4877427. Ocean Pro-Dive Shop – offers PADI certified courses for all levels. Choose from half-day or full-day snorkel/dive tours and exciting dive trips. They have a full stock of dive equipment and supplies for all your underwater needs. Rental equipment is also available. They are currently offering a Summer Class Special. Get a FREE mask & snorkel set with any PADI open water dive class booked now through July 31st. Call For Details: 941- 924-3483, 2259 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota FL (near Siesta Key). Hours: Monday – Saturday:12:00 p.m..- 6:00 p.m..

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The flats and oyster bars south of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at Stickney Pt. down to Blackburn Pt. will hold some nice trout in July, and that area gets very little pressure in the summertime. The key is water temperature; if it is too high the bait and gamefish will not be there. Redfish and snook Mangrove snapper fishing is outstanding will also cruise the bars in July off of Siesta Key. and shorelines in search of prey. Areas that drop off quickly into three or four trout also prefer shallow water, feet will be the most productive so don’t be surprised if a “gator” spots. A hand picked shrimp intercepts an offering meant for is deadly fished early in the a redfish. These fish should be morning on a high tide. Anglers released unharmed, they are choosing artificial lures will the female breed stock and are s c o r e w i t h t o p w a t e r a n d crucial to a healthy trout fishery. shallow diving plugs, scented Night fishing will be exciting soft plastics, and weedless gold and productive in July. Lighted docks and bridges attract glass spoons. Redfish will begin to school minnows and shrimp, which up in July and can be caught in in turn attracts the gamefish. very shallow water The largest Snook are abundant, but trout,

reds, jacks, ladyfish, and snapper will also be caught at night. Live shrimp works very well free lined in the current with little or no weight. A 24” piece of 25 lb flourocarbon leader and a 1/0 live bait hook is the basic rig. Lures will also catch fish, but can be difficult to cast at night. Fly fisherman will score with a small white snook fly such as the Grassett’s Snook Minnow tied on a #4 hook. Tarpon will still be plentiful in the Gulf of Mexico, although the anglers will not be. The large schools will have broken up, and although the fish don’t show as well, they eat better. Pinfish and crabs drifted out 6 feet under a cork at first light will catch tarpon in July. Point of Rocks on Siesta Key is a proven spot to fish.


God In Our Politics, Keeping Our Rights Sacred By Albert L. Weeks As July Fourth approaches, the phrase “one nation under God” will be heard. Has it become an al-most trite phrase? Let’s hope not. It should never be taken for granted. Let me explain. Fundamental human rights are traditionally viewed in America as originating solely from God. Put another way, we can view them “as if” they came from God. This satisfies the increasing numbers of individuals whom the latest surveys show as nonbelievers. We do as-if thinking in many fields--in Law, science, common sense. For instance, we view corporations as if they were individuals. Stepchildren are viewed as if they were the parents’ own children. An alien born in another country becomes a “naturalized” U.S. citizen possessing rights as if he or she had been born here. In science, too, we treat invisible “things,” like submicroscopic atoms, particles and waves, as if they existed visibly. Yet physicists choose only to imagine and measure them. These invisible “objects” are merely mathematical, or metric, quantities. Likewise, in the calculus, as-if thinking arises. We assume motion and change can be stopped at an invisible point in time. Yet an “instant” is still a period of time, even if very small. Still, bridges and dams are built solidly with the results of such calculations in which a tiny, inevitable margin of error is permitted because, as Zeno said, you can’t stop flowing motion, the continuum… In democratic politics, what do we gain by presuming God, a divinity, is the source of our rights? By thinking of rights in this transcendent “natural law” way, our rights remain out of reach and inviolable by mortals no matter how powerful these mortals are. By assuming universallyrecognized freedoms come from a divine source, then obviously no Lenin, Stalin,

Mao, or Castro can claim that they were “given to the people by the revolution,” as such leaders claim. What is given by mortals, after all, can be taken away by them. Whether one is a religious believer, an agnostic, or an atheist--but assuming one is a consistent democrat-he or she must recognize the wisdom of our Founding Fathers in putting (that is, “hypostatizing,” in technical language) our rights out of the reach of the secular political order. It is this way of thinking about rights that embodies the principle of “transcendence.” However, these days not all countries and drafters of new constitutions, such as those of post-Soviet Russia or post-Mao Communist China, agree with this principle of establishing an unbreachable divine source of human rights. In the current era of rampant agnosticism and atheism, the notion of God as a source of natural rights strikes them as “mystical” and “absurd.” Indeed, at human rights conferences and the constituent assembly held respectively in Vienna and Moscow in the 1990s, one heard a good deal about rights. Yet in these meetings not a word was said about the people’s rights being God-given. The same applies to the European Union’s apparently stalled constitution. At such assemblies, basic human rights are deemed to be simply “temporal,” “secular,” and “universal.” As the phrase reads obscurely in the final declaration of such a conference held in Vienna in the 1990s: “The universal nature of these rights and freedoms is beyond question.” Similar phrasing is found in the draft of the new charter for the Russian Federation that was presented by the late President Boris Yeltsin to the constitutional assembly in the Kremlin in June 1992. In both instances, rights are not seen as transcendent. There is no divine source. In fact, the human rights apparently come

we can surely all get from nowhere! along better in con¬crete In other words, the ways by applying them, implicit assumption as philosophers say, in Vienna, Brussels, “heuristically.” When Moscow, or Beijing (whose so applied, they act like Communist constitution self-fulfilling prophecies. only vaguely proclaims When we act “as if...” in citizens’ rights, which a positive way, we can in any case the rulers help bring about a better regularly violate) is that it English nobles signing the Magna Carta 800 years situation. is the political order that ago this year, the anniversary being commemorated in the U.K. today. Human rights were said to chooses to “recognize” the Likewise, in the case stem from God. “universality” of human of basic human rights. rights. That is to say, the If they are not given a two centuries, we have grown rulers are expected generously spiritual foundation, if they accustomed to applying this to bestow such rights on the are not grounded upon a axiom, or postulate, of divine citizens. But what if they don’t? “ruling assumption,” a “useful transcendence. Even atheists This secular way of looking fiction” if you will, they become and agnostics are obliged to at rights clearly fails to provide vulnerable. When God is accept the principle as, at very enough protection against viewed as their source — if you least, a “useful assumption.” In potential abuses of basic rights prefer, in an “as-if” way — then describing the source of liberty, by the “temporal” order — only God Himself could take a common phrase is “nature’s that is, by the rulers and the them away. Tyrants cannot. God.” “system.” Political Science Prof. This “as-if” way of Landins Dr. Al Weeks Robert S. Baker of Duquesne thinking is not unlike the is professor emeritus, NYU. University, made this point way mathematicians apply He holds a Ph. D. in in his article in Metaphysical theorems, formulas and Political Science from Journal (Autumn 2012): “A equations with “vanishing Columbia University. renewed awareness of Godpoints” and “infinity” [∞] to aweeks11@comcast.net given Natural Law and of get the concrete results they its fundamental role in the seek on terra firma. Indeed, in making of the United States science, if one tried to “chew” Constitution would be of the fantastic principles, the enormous benefit to the United “cotton candy,” upon which, States and to the world” (p. say, the calculus is based as 130). the “instant” is approached, he Indeed. The American would retch. In the influential constitutional tradition and Critique of Pure Reason (1781), its interpreters in the Supreme Immanuel Kant argued that the Court, in our law schools, and real infinite cannot literally exist throughout our judicial system because it cannot be perceived. top to bottom nationwide Yet it can be assumed--and are virtually unanimous approached closely--as it is in in insisting that our rights modern mathematics in such a should be viewed as being formula as the one for squaring far out of reach of politicians, the circle revolutions, and dictators. lim(n-gon) = circle Our jurists are wedded to the n-->∞ notion of transcendence. They The fact is that every follow in letter and spirit the day, mankind employs wording of our Declaration transcendence whether of Independence, which we in solving equations with commemorate on the Fourth constant change and motion; of July: “...that all men are in conceiving next year’s will created equal, that they are o’ the wisp household budget; endowed, by their Creator with in living by such transcendent certain unalienable rights, that moral principles as “doing among these are life, liberty unto others...,” having “faith, and the pursuit of happiness.” hope and charity,” “loving Similarly in the Federalist thy neighbor.” Obviously, Papers and in countless judicial we cannot “concretely” prove decisions handed down in any of these “theories.” But the United States for over

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New Elevated East Concession Stand Open for Business Months of waiting and anticipating are over. The new two-story Siesta Beach Pavilion, housing a state of the art food service concession, quaint tables and seating under beach blue umbrellas and rest rooms is now fully operational. The breathtaking view of Siesta Beach’s white sands and the glistening clear water of the Gulf of Mexico from the food deck is a “must see”. If you thought spending a day at America’s No. 1 beach was “cool” before, you’ll agree it’s way cool” now. Both the duration and size of Warren LaBonte’s smile has increased recently because he owns the contract on all the beach concessions. The new food service concession just opened and features many fabulous, new food offerings as well as most of the traditional favorites. New food items include a selection of breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, a selection of house made sweet ‘n savory crepes and puff pastry breakfasts. In addition to the general menu currently offered, LaBonte will add Panini’s, flat breads and perhaps a small selection of subs. Over the course of the next month or so, LaBonté hopes to offer late afternoon and early evening tapas, which are small portions of dinner bites. Once both foodservice concessions are operating, the larger concession will offer the core traditional beach food while the smaller concession will offer food of a whole different variety

Warren LaBonte of Bradenton, pleased to be standing in front of his brand new food concession, the Siesta Beach Pavilion, on America’s No. 1 beach after months of construction. The new two-story Siesta Beach Pavilion overlooks the volleyball courts, the powdery white sands of Siesta Beach and the tranquil emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

and quality. “If hamburgers and french fries and chicken fingers is not what you want, then you can get flat breads or hand-made Panini’s or fresh soups,” LaBonte said. The wide variety of new selections are reasonably priced and sure to make your palate and wallet jump for joy. The new concessions are staffed by two trained chef’s, one of which carries a Pastry Arts degree. He expects both concessions to be fully operational by early 2016. LaBonté and his family moved here from Nantucket, Massachusetts 15 years ago. After leaving the real estate appraisal industry there, he bid and won the contract for a similar beach concession on Nantucket. To prepare himself for his new business venture, LaBonte worked at McDonald’s as an on-the-line

Landings Real Estate Update There’s a good reason for the shortage in this premiere community. According to Lenore Treiman, a Michael Saunders agent that has sold over $32 million in Landings properties, “When I first moved to Sarasota in 1987 I knew immediately that this was the neighborhood I wanted to raise my family in. The sense of community, mature trees and beautiful preserves, variety of architecture, security, access to the water, great schools, and terrific location close to everything are second to none. 28 years later, living in our second Landings home, and walking or biking daily on our

By Trebor Britt

employee for 6 months. When the 10 year, beach concession contract expired he and his family relocated to Siesta Key. While waiting to bid on the Siesta Beach concession contract he owned a small ice cream shop in Siesta Village. LaBonte’s passion and attention to detail can be summed up by this statement. “Along the lines of the great publicity that Siesta Beach has gotten over the last couple of years, and in line with the $27 million beach enhancement, it is our desire to bring the level and quality of services equal to the location itself. We feel we can offer a wide variety of foods at different price points to make most people happy. Our goal is to have wonderful customer service and provide great products at reasonable prices.”

Olivia Goodfriend (20) and Amanda Stambrosky (20) of Sarasota enjoying an ice cold drink on opening day of the new Siesta Beach Pavilion. Former Booker High School graduates,they’re on summer break from the University of Florida both majoring in dance. The view from the new Pavilion knocked their socks off. Although not pictured,they did not have socks on.

The spectacular view of America’s No. 1 Beach from the two-story platform of the new Siesta Beach Pavilion.

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beautiful streets and trails, we continue to enjoy all that makes the neighborhood so special.” “How much your Landings home or condominium has increased in price over the past year depends on what it is, where it is located; and, of course, how well it has been cared for and upgraded,” said Tara as she and Judy took me on a tour of The Landings neighborhoods and drove by some of the properties that are currently for sale. “I think that many would-be sellers would be amazed at what their homes can fetch in today’s very active market.” Of the approximately 225

single-family homes in The Landings, only 12 are currently listed for sale; and four of those have already been placed under contract, leaving only eight active listings. The remaining homes range in price from a low of $524,000 for a lush, freshly landscaped three-bedroom, pool home to $1.39 million for a 4,292 square foot John Canon home that was built in 1984 and includes a three car garage, five bedrooms, a large corner lot (over half an acre), plenty of room for the outdoor kitchen and a dramatic pool area. Buyers hoping to snag one of the community’s much soughtafter condominiums currently

have only 21 to choose from; and seven of them have been placed under contract, leaving only 14 active listings. The remaining properties range in price from $284,500 for a threebedroom residence to $739,000 for a south facing corner threebedroom residence that lives like a home with a view of the water from every window and includes an enclosed garage with extra storage plus an additional parking space. “There are so many buyers scouting for properties in The Landings that sometimes homes sell before they are officially listed on the market,” says Greene. “And if the

past couple of years are any indication, this season should yield another bumper crop of buyers,” she adds. With interest rates expected to rise, how long the buying spree of the past couple of years will last is anybody’s guess. If you’ve wanted to sell your home but have held off for any reason, this may be the time to act. “A lot of our Landings neighbors have inquired about what their homes might sell for in today’s market,” says Lamb. “And most have been pleasantly surprised.”

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

There were a total of 70 incidents reported for the month of May 2015. They are as follows: • 5 Informational Reports - 4 Street lights out. Reported to FPL - 1 Trash left curbside extended time & amount. • 26 Open Doors - 25 Garage Doors - 1 Pool Restroom Door • 32 Parking Violations - 19 Parking on roadway overnight - 2 Parking on the grass - 11 Restricted vehicle parking overnight • 2 Patrol Requests - Resident advises ‘strange lights’ seen in back yard. Officer was unable to locate. - Resident advises persons hopping South Gate (outbound) Officer was unable to locate. • 1 Public Service Call - Vehicle interior light found on. Resident advised.

• 2 Suspicious Incidents - 2 Juvenile subjects caught climbing North Gate after hours. Subject identified as resident and guest. Subjects redirected to the Main Gate for after hours entry. - Patrol noted residence with an open door and personal items scattered. SSO was contacted and made contact with the resident. • 1 Trespass - Subject rushed through open gate at exceptional speeds. SSO called and made contact with subject. Subject removed from the community. • 1 Vehicle Accident - Subject contractor attempted ‘tailgate’ exit at South Gate Minor damage to subject vehicle. LMA advised.

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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 11656 11656 2015 17065 15701 32766 2015 1900 1655 3555

2014 12234 12234 2014 16547 15283 31830 2014 4996 4106 9102

2013 12608 12608 2013 17454 16122 33576 2013 4280 3948 8228

2012 12037 12037 2012 14656 13430 28086 2012 4529 4001 8530

2011 10329 10329 2011 19656 17824 37480 2011 3848 3946 7794

* 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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Landings Real Estate Database Address

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1,390,000 839,000 815,000 810,000 789,000 649,000 580,000 524,900

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5134 KESTRAL PARK WAY S 5158 KESTRAL PARK TERR 1697 PINE HARRIER CIR 1637 PINE HARRIER CIR

849,900 625,000 510,800 437,000

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1432 CEDAR BAY LANE 1612 PINE HARRIER CIR 4627 PINE HARRIER DR 5164 KESTRAL PARK TER 5172 FLICKER FIELD CIR 5120 FLICKER FIELD CIR 4665 PINE HARRIER DR 5014 KESTRAL PARK WAY S

1,500,000 782,000 765,000 720,000 652,295 630,000 599,000 580,000

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5450 EAGLES PT CIR #105 5450 EAGLES PT CIR #101 5450 EAGLES PT CIR #305 1717 STARLING DR. 1368 LANDINGS DR 1479 LANDINGS CIR 1454 LANDINGS CIR 1460 LANDINGS CIR 5241 HERON WAY 5408 EAGLES PT CIR #103 5420 EAGLES PT CIR #203 5408 EAGLES PT CIR #201 1686 STARLING DR. 1608 STARLING DR.

739,000 690,000 649,000 569,000 469,000 449,000 429,000 425,000 379,000 350,000 325,000 319,900 315,000 284,500

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5450 EAGLES PT CIR #301 5414 EAGLES PT CIR 1478 LANDINGS CIR 5027 KESTRAL PARK DR 1714 STARLING DR 1688 STARLING DR. 1628 STARLING DR

749,000 595,000 469,000 320,000 294,500 289,000 243,500

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4968 KESTRAL PARKWAY N 4937 LANDINGS CT. 4639 PINE HARRIER DR 1646 PEREGRINE PT DR 5133 KESTRAL PARK PLACE 5167 KESTRAL PARK LANE 4638 PINE HARRIER DR. 1733 PINE HARRIER CIR

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CURRENTLY ACTIVE

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1479 LANDINGS CIRCLE • $449,000

CONDOS FOR SALE

5241 HERON WAY • $379,000

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Judy Tara 350-0451 266-4873

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Watch for the “JUDY & TARA’S NEIGHBORHOOD” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to visit, call or stop us on the street. Your Landings Resident Real Estate Team is always ready to discuss the market and how we can be of service to you.

Judy Greene • 941.350.0451 • JudyGreene@michaelsaunders.com Tara Lamb • 941.266.4873 • TaraLamb@michaelsaunders.com

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5440 EAGLES PT CIR #402 1705 STARLING DR 1711 STARLING DR 4968 KESTRAL PARK CIR 4893 KESTRAL PKWY N 5420 EAGLES PT CIR #403 1682 PINTAIL WAY 5252 HERON WAY 5023 KESTRAL PARK DR 5253 HERON WAY 1632 STARLING DR 1702 STARLING DR 1605 STARLING DR 1624 STARLING DR 5337 LANDINGS BLVD

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending June 16, 2015. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

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