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Dr. Irving Kushner

By Diana Colson

Clinician, Teacher, Researcher Irving Kushner and his wife moved to The Landings four years ago. Originally from NYC, Dr. Kushner did his undergraduate studies at Columbia University before going to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was introduced to clinical medicine and biomedical science. Half way through his internship at New Haven (Yale) Community Hospital, he married Enid, who was a first year student in Social Work. Dr. Kushner looks upon his long medical career as being a 3-legged stool: patient care, teaching, and research. He spent two years doing research at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md. After that, he spent one year as a medical resident at the Boston City Hospital. In 1958, he was given the opportunity to move to Cleveland where he could combine clinical work with research. With Enid’s encouragement, he jumped at the chance! He became a research fellow in immunology at what was then Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Shortly afterwards he became a specialist in Rheumatology. Except for two years along the way, the couple stayed in Cleveland for the

Town Hall Meeting Fills LRC Photos by Trebor Britt

Nearly 100 Landings residents packed into the Racquet Club for the recent LMA Town Hall meeting. See additional photos on page 9.

Gazebo Dedication

rest of Dr. Kushner’s medical career, raising two sons and a daughter. In 196263 he took his family to Paris where he worked in a research lab. At the time, his children were ages 2, 3, and 6. The family rented a home to the south of Paris where the children went to local schools and temporarily conquered French. (That unforgettable year enhanced Dr. Kushner’s professional career. Later, for 5 years in the 1980s he was to serve as President of Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Marquers de l’Inflammation in Lyons, France.) Continued on page 12

LMA Decal Verification

Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Carriage house I notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on April 1st unless they take action before that date to re-validate them. Owners can avoid suspension by re-validating their decals before April 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.

New LMA President, Don McMurray, Gaye and Rudi Blohm. Photo by Robert Manteiga. Although the weather caused the ribbon cutting for the gazebo dedication to be postponed to February 7, the organizers were rewarded with a wonderful attendance. 70+ residents along with some furry friends stopped

by at various times during the event to enjoy the refreshments and the beautiful day. Special thanks to Rudi Blohm and Jack Jost for their leadership in organizing the event. See additional photos on page 28.

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA MEETING FEBRUARY 5, 2015

LMA President, Henry Rhodes opened this month’s meeting by explaining two meetings would follow the regular monthly board meeting. The LMA Annual Members meeting to elect new board members, and a LMA Board Organizational meeting to elect officers for the coming year. Rhodes briefly shared a summary of the Presidents Council’s meeting, County Commissioner, Alan Maio’s “State of the County” address and encouraged participation in the upcoming Town Hall meeting. The main purpose of the Town Hall meeting would be to discuss safety and security issues related to motor vehicle infractions at The Landings. It would include the discussion of regulations and recommendations to improve safety.

of the reserve budget and how it functions in relationship to the operating budget.” He went on to say, “the board approved the addition of longterm lake improvements and the replacement of the foot bridge on the nature trail, as a reserve items in the fiscal year 2015 budget.”


Archives Chairman, Robert Manteiga thanked committee members, Dick Bayles and Steve Holtzkener for their work getting the archives on Google Cloud. The archives material will now be categorized and labeled.


Committee chair, Jack Jost reported he and LMA civil engineer, Kurt Jensen are going to meet with the County School Board to develop an action plan regarding the deterioration of the perimeter wall across the street from 5031 Kestral Park FINANCE REPORT Finance committee chair, Drive. A progress report will Don McMurray reported the likely be shared at the next board LMA ended fiscal year 2014 meeting. with a $40,445 surplus. The ROADS, GAZEBO, finance committee will present a proposal for the distribution BRIDGE of the surplus at the next board Roads chair, Rudy Blohm meeting. reported all the road repairs Three residents have still not that were scheduled last year paid their yearly assessment and were completed. The remaining two have not paid outstanding sections of the nature trail bridge fees. The outstanding debt will be replaced soon and the created by this is just over $6,000. Gazebo trash can enclosure These accounts have been turned should be in place in the next over to the LMA attorney for few weeks. processing and debt collection. McMurray stated, “The EAGLE EDITORIAL budget construction process COMMITTEE is improving with a better Committee chair, Larry understanding of the importance


By Trebor Britt Lawrence reported making good progress on writing a mission statement for The Landings Eagle. He also announced the committee is looking for additional photographers. Anyone interested should contact Larry Lawrence or Paul Weiner.

corner of Landings Boulevard and Heron Way. In addition, the nature trail will be re-shelled, and the Heron Way entrance to the nature trail will be renovated.


Co-chair, John Carson reported any action on the Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence proposed vehicle rule changes reported on several issues. would be held after the Town Hall meeting. He also reported 1. The fountain on Northlake, the Decal Verification project Lake one has been repaired. is continuing with increasing 2. LS-II is considering installing success. an additional fountain. If they do, all associated expenses would be their responsibility.



April 2, LMA Board Meeting at 7 p.m. County Stormwater Manager will present impact on Landings of new Flood Plan.

3. The committee is considering an attempt to raise the water level in Mayne Lake, Lake nine. Should their approach not succeed it could be reversed at any point. 4. There is a scheduled meeting with County Stormwater Engineer, Molly Williams to discuss improvements to Northlake, Lake one. Results will be shared at a future meeting.


Landscape committee member, Frank Pipers reported on several landscape issues in Joe Hennessy’s absence. All islands and plant beds have now been mulched. The monuments on Landings Boulevard and HWY 41 have been renovated and new annuals planted. Future projects include caring for the palms along Phillippi Shores Drive and trimming back the shrubs on the

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LHA Meeting Notes The Annual Meeting of Members of the Landings Homeowners Association resulted in the re-election of the existing members, three of which were running. The Association board serving until the next Annual Meeting are: Richard Bayles, Judy Greene, Harvey Greller, Eric Larson, Christina Rienhoff, James Stewart and William Whitman. Re-elected as officers at a subsequent organizational meeting were William Whitman, President; Judy Greene, Vice President; and Richard Bayles as Secretary/ Treasurer. At its regular February board meeting: • Approved landscaping changes, driveway construction and changes to the exterior of a residence on Peregrine Point Drive. • Gave preliminary approval to plans for the construction of a replacement dwelling on Peregrine Point Drive. • Approved exterior painting for homes on Pine Harrier Drive and Flicker Field Circle. • Denied permission for the removal of a tree on Peregrine Point Circle West. • Reviewed an owner’s plan for additional trees on a Peregrine Point Drive property, with planting to take place in March. A letter of violation will be sent to owner of a property on Pine Harrier Circle. The next board meeting of the Association will be on March 12, 2015.

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Don McMurray President

Neil Goldman Vice President

Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso Treasurer

Larry Lawrence Secretary


Doug Day

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President’s Column I would like to begin this column by offering my congratulations to the newly elected members to the LMA Board of Directors (Doug Day, Neil Goldman, Mike Knupp, Joan Lowery) and to those re-elected to the Board (Larry Lawrence, Marie GraziosiJacaruso, Don McMurray) and to those with at least one year remaining on their term (John Carson and Bob Manteiga). More extensive coverage of each 2015 LMA Board member will be covered in future issues. Each candidate was highlighted in last month’s issue. The Board, and community, will miss the extensive work and dedication of Henry Rhodes, Jack Jost, Rudi Blohm, and Truman Menefee who completed their term of office or decided to leave the board at the end of their term. Due to the changes in board composition we will be in a restructuring phase – not only with new leadership, but with a re-focus on direction and goals for the

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association. The new executive committee consists of: Neil Goldman, Vice President; Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso – Treasurer; Larry Lawrence – Secretary; and myself as President. However, your assistance is requested. We have a number of active committees that need leadership and members (please see The Eagle for a review of committees and activities – usually page 3). I’ll be reviewing and appointing new committee chairs in the days/weeks ahead and I would like to hear from anyone who has an interested in serving or leading a committee. Most of the committee activities require only an hour to a few hours a month of your time, but what you can give is always helpful to the Board and our community. To highlight a few events I want to draw your attention to: • February 5, we were pleased to hear our newly elected County Commissioner Alan Maio address “The State of the County” followed by an

informal reception. • February 7, we “christened” the Gazebo. A ribbon cutting ceremony was well attended, with many thanks to Rudi Blohm and Jack Jost for their leadership throughout the project and to Florida Shorelines for their competent and efficient work in constructing the beautiful structure. • February 11th, we held a Town Hall Meeting to get feedback from our community on improving safety on our roads. The turnout was wonderful and we appreciate everyone who came out and participated. There was a very lively discussion, with many thoughtful ideas on how to address the concerns of sharing our roads with walkers, bicyclists, dog walkers, and vehicles. The Board will be taking up this very important issue of improving safety on our roads by considering the recommendations of the Safety and Security Committee on how to curb speeding and integrating

LMA. Food, drink, music, and good company are provided. • March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. No LMA event, but it’s a good holiday to celebrate in the spirit of the Irish! I and the Board encourage you to get involved in any manner that you can. Certainly volunteering for a committee would be great, but also offering you thoughts, comments, and ideas on important topics is also appreciated. the many thought and ideas shared by our members on how to improve safety. • March 14th, we will be holding a “New Residents’ Reception” at The Landings Racquet Club – Lakeside from 5:00 to 7:00. Historically, this had been a great event to welcome our new residents, provide them with an opportunity to mingle with some of our “seasoned” residents and board members, and to provide a brief overview of the operations of

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Henry Rhodes - Thank You For those Landins who have not been to an LMA meeting in the past few years, understandably, you will not know what you owe to Henry Rhodes and his leadership of The Landings Management Association. Henry announced his retirement from the LMA b oard at the Feb ruary 5, meeting. He surprised the room full of attendees with his announcement, who then recognized his contributions to the community with a standing ovation. Henry brought the governance of The Landings to a new, high standard. He had a crowd of more than 80 residents in 2008 when he had a Brainstorming meeting to determine what residents wanted and needed to enhance life in our great community. We introduced the concept of Strategic Planning to The Landings. I was honored to be the first chairman of that committee. From that meeting,

Henry established most of the standing committees that now form the base of the LMA board: Drainage, Aesthetics, Environment, Marketing/ Public Relations, Government Relations, and now Archives and the Editorial committees. Henry created the first training sessions for new board members. He had the committee chairs provide written reports of their monthly activities. Then, he put together a final year recap of the significant accomplishments of the committees, and their progress against their goals.

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Through all this, and the countless hours he gave every week and weekends, Henry maintained a positive outlook. Despite his hardwork and diligence, he had a couple of detractors. These are the people who generally complain if the sun is too bright!! Despite the few negative comments he would receive, he would always smile, and never take any comments to heart. He just kept on giving and inspired others to give. While he gave all of this time to The Landings, he also gave time to his church and, personally, to his neighbors. He organized (and kept a spreadsheet) a group of neighbors to drive one ill friend and neighbor to his weekly doctor’s visits, among many other unselfish endeavors. If you ever have the good fortune to meet Henry, let alone are blessed to call him a friend, just say, “Thanks.” That’s about all Henry ever wanted from all that he has given to us.

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New LMA President, Don McMurray opening the meeting by sharing a summary of road safety and speeding discussions from previous LMA meetings.

LMA Safety and Security Co-chair, John Carson reviewing proposed vehicle rule changes his committee recently submitted to the LMA board for consideration.

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LMA Attorney, Chad McClenaphen explaining the legal processes and issues in regard to any fines or penalties imposed on violators.

New LMA Treasurer, Marie GraziosiJacaruso noting ideas and concerns raised by Landings residents during a brain storming session. These are just a few of the many Landings residents who passionately shared their concerns over roadway safety issues. The greatest concern seemed to be about the proposed change of the speed limit throughout The Landings to 17 mph. At the conclusion of the Town Hall meeting, new LMA President, Don McMurray assured residents the ideas and concerns raised would be considered as the Board discusses the issue at their next meeting on Thursday, March 5.



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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Rob Dickinson, 16 - 10th Grader at Cardinal Mooney • Do you have any brothers or • Where do you play golf? sisters? Mainly at Gulf Gate. Patrick (17), Grace (13), Anne • What is your favorite subject (12) in school? • Do you have any pets? Spanish because I like 3 dogs – a golden retreiver, l e a r n i n g a b o u t d i f f e r e n t a golden doodle, and a Yorkie cultures. I’ve been taking Poo Spanish since kindergarten. • One word to describe you • Favorite color? would be? Aqua Friendly. • Favorite Music? • What do you like to do for Hip Hop, Rap, and Pop fun? Play golf, snorkel, ski (I • Favorite singer? love cold weather), play beach Drake volleyball, watch TV, and hang • Favorite movie? out with friends. Saving Private Ryan • Where do you like going • What do you think you will skiing? Vail, CO. Hopefully we will be doing 10 years from now? be there in March for some I’ll be in an athletic training spring skiing. We try to go career and know a lot more about the body and help people every year. with that.

• What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m split in thirds on that. Aside from an athletic training career, part of me wants to be a fire fighter. I’m taking a class at SCTI next year toward that. Part of me also wants to be a commercial pilot.

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In 1963 Dr. Kushner returned to Cleveland, took over the Arthritis Clinic and established a consultation, research and teaching rheumatology service at the hospital. As a rheumatologist, he dealt with arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus Erythematosus. He taught medical students, residents, and trainees (Fellows); he gave formal lectures, of course—but most of the time he and his students were dealing with actual patients at the bedside. From 1965 to 2005, Dr. Kushner’s laboratory research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Over his entire career, he has published over 170 papers, edited 3 books, and authored or coauthored 30 book chapters. His impressive CV is 24 pages long! Meanwhile Enid had a career of her own as a Social Worker in Cleveland. At the age of 53, her children grown, she entered

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law school, and went on to practice bankruptcy law for 14 years. Of their three children, Dr. Kushner has this to say: “We raised a doctor, a lawyer, and an Indian Chief. The Indian Chief is our daughter who is in the arts.” Ellen Kushner writes novels and short stories, and has received awards for her fantasy books. She had a Boston radio show called “Sound & Spirit” which was distributed nationally by Public Radio International (PRI). Son Philip is a lawyer in Cleveland, and the father of two boys. Son David is a Radiologist in Iowa City; a Captain in the Navy Reserve, he is currently deployed in Norfolk. Va. Dr. Kushner formally retired in 2010 at the age of 81. He is now Professor Emeritus of Medicine at CWRU. Last September he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Association of Rheumatologists. The award was given for “his

demonstration of outstanding dedication, leadership, and achievements in the field of Rheumatology”. At the award ceremony he gave much of the credit to his wife: “I’ve been lucky in a lot of ways. Enid was very supportive; she built the foundation that made it possible for me to pursue the career that I had.” Now retired as a physician, he believes in the value of the daily workout. You can find him doing 3 laps around Starling Drive every morning with 3-pound weights in hand. Dr. Kushner also believes in keeping the mind engaged. Currently, he spends a lot of time preparing talks and manuscripts on various subjects to present to The Rowfant Club, a bibliophilic organization in Cleveland. “I teach myself so that I can give the talks. I like to learn things.” This March he will be speaking about how Stalin’s daughter came to the US.

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Round Table / Current Events The Thursday afternoon Round Table/Current events series continued to roll along at the end of January and through February despite Ralph and Dee Ricapito’s absence (they were in Bahrain and Southeast Asia). All sessions were well attended and enthusiastically received. On January 29th Landings resident Bob Manteiga taught us about postwar Italian neorealist movies. His talk was accompanied by a showing of one of the great ones, Umberto D. On

February 5th newly elected Sarasota commissioner Alan Maio let us know how the county functions and how it is doing financially - very well, it seems. The following week Tree house resident David Rovine, who runs the Baltimore Orioles’ Sarasota operation, told us about the significant role that the Orioles’ operation plays in the Sarasota community. Unfortunately, the talk scheduled for February 19 by Don Leidel had to be cancelled because he was out of town.

Bob Manteiga (on the left) and Irv Kushner, who introduced him on January 29th. Photo by Paul Weiner.

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By Irv Kushner Future sessions: • On February 26th, Gordon Garrett, former president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, will host part 2 of Sarasota – Home of Jazz. Last year’s session was heavily attended and an enormous success. His guest will be the noted jazz pianist Michael Royal, who will treat us to an informative, entertaining performance of original arrangements of songs from the American Songbook, by composers such as Irving Berlin and the Gershwins. • On March 5th, Linda Lee, who is authoritative about the sport of bridge, the sport of tennis, and the sport of marathon running, as well as the nonsport of computers, will discuss The Psychology of Sports • On March 12th, Al Goldis will discuss My Life

County Commisioner Alan Maio (on the right) with Karl Maggard, who introduced him on February 5th. Photo by Paul Weiner.

David Rovine speaking on February 12th. Photo by Paul Weiner.

in Baseball. From the sandlots of Southwest Philadelphia to the professional ballparks of America, Al made his mark on America’s Pastime. Over the course of his career he served as Director of Player Development, Scouting Director, and Special Assistant to the GM of at least 6 major league baseball teams. He was responsible in some way for the evaluating, drafting, and signing of more than 100 major league players. He is in the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. • On March 19th, Irv Kushner will tell the fascinating story of How Stalin’s daughter defected to the USA in 1967 and what happened then. • Finally, the season will end on March 23rd, when Ralph Ricapito will presides over “Just for Laughs”, part 2, a sequel to last year’s successful session.

Photo shows from left to right Karl Maggard, Anne Maggard, newly elected County Commissioner Alan Maio, Nancy Maio and Irwin Starr. Photograph by Gary Warren.

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Racquet Club News

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By Joe Venezia

Here’s hoping the cold temperatures are behind us and we can begin to enjoy some beautiful tennis weather. Join us Friday, March 13, 2015 for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin. Play begins at 3:00 p.m. followed by dinner with traditional Irish fare of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Stop by the Pro Shop for the sign-up sheet and further details. And remember, you do not have to be a tennis player to join in the fun. Hope to see you there! If it’s April it must be time for Landings Day.

It’s a chance to get together with your friends before some of you head north. On Friday, April 10, 2015 join in the fun and festivities starting with tennis activities featuring the ever popular dunk tank. Judging by the number of times I went in the water last year it is obvious that many of you are practicing beforehand. So get your aim game ready. Spring breaks are fast approaching. Book your lessons early with John, Ron or me for your out-of-town guests. I can be reached at or 941 - 993 - 2628. See you on the courts.......


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|President’s Report By Dick Bayles We have begun our busy season. The Landings Learning Group and Current Events Roundtable are enjoying record attendance and the courts are busier than ever at this time of year. We will hold our usual St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin and dinner on the afternoon of March 13th. Landings Day, our peak season closing event, will take place on April 10th this year. The Pro Shop remodeling project will begin the week before Landings Day, with the move of its operations over the last two days of that week to the MultiPurpose room in the Fitness Center. We have scheduled the work to last six weeks, putting us back in the new Pro Shop by June 1st. Except for the physical relocation, all Pro Shop activities will function as usual. The ping pong table will be relocated temporarily to its previous location in the Lakeside Room.

|Manager’s Report

By Kevin Lechlitner

It’s hard to believe that it is March already. As I mentioned last month, the courts are very busy. That hasn’t slowed down a bit and I don’t expect it to until sometime in April. Both clubhouses are active with the exercise classes, association meetings and various social activities. I’d like to thank some of the members responsible for organizing the social activities. The Landings Learning Group series is on Wednesdays and is led by Howard & Adrienne Feltman and their committee. The attendance has been great for the start of the season and it shows no signs of slowing down. The movie nights on Fridays, led by Sid Wenokor and Colin Wendell, have had a nice crowd each time as well. Ray and Linda Lee are in their fourth year of Bridge classes. Finally, on Thursdays, we have the Round Table / Current Events led by Ralph Ricapito & Irv Kushner. They have had a nice schedule

so far and have some interesting topics coming up. Please check The Eagle calendar or call the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886 for more information on any of the activities at the LRC. While you have your calendar handy, be sure to mark down these dates. We have several social events coming up soon that you won’t want to miss. Joe is planning a St. Patrick’s Day round robin on Friday, March 13th at 3:00 PM. Even if you don’t play tennis, you can sign up for just the food. It has received excellent reviews year after year. The annual CANUKUS Challenge, organized by Barrie Taylor, is scheduled for March 22nd. This is where nationally ranked players from Canada and the UK challenge nationally ranked players from the US in three men’s doubles matches. March 24th is the next pancake breakfast. Our annual, season-ending Landings Day festival is April 10th. I know what you are thinking and the answer is YES! The dunk tank will be here. Hopefully we

can talk Joe into sharing time with John this year. As a reminder, the Club recently adopted some new in-house guest policies. Members are asked to register their in-house guests with the Club in advance of their visit. We will not charge a guest fee for registered inhouse guests. The sheets are available in the Pro Shop or on the website. Members also need to accompany their guests when they are using the Club. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these matters.



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• WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th Rhonda Liss; International performer, author, and producer will present an original cabaret program, “THE MANY FACES OF LOVE, A BROADWAY TAPESTRY”. She will be accompanied by Alan Jay Corey, pianist, who is also an award winning director; including productions in Van Wezel, The Sarasota Opera, and The American Stage. He conducted musicals at the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center for 13 years Ms. Liss appeared with the Metropolitan Opera; performed • Wednesday, MARCH 18th, DR. JOSEPH HOLT, Artistic Director of Gloria Musicae and pianist who has performed for U. S. Presidents and dignitaries around the world. He served more than 20 years as principal pianist with the United States Army Orchestra. He was one of ten conductors who lead a chorus of 2,000 for a world premiere performance by the National Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin at the Lincoln Memorial. He is recognized in Sarasota as one of our outstanding musical talents. The guest performer will be Mezzo Soprano Deborah Suta. She received a Masters degree in Education and Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Deborah has performed internationally in musical theater. She has delighted audiences in feature

at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York; also as a soloist at London’s West End. Rhonda and Alan will present the “MANY FACES OF LOVE” to the Landings Learning Group, from the modern Romeo and Juliet, played on the streets of New York, to the nightclubs and dark alleys of Berlin before the war. Rhonda and Alan will perform songs by Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, Rogers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim

Dr. Joseph Holt roles in Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, and other hit shows. She has toured Europe and the United States on Vocal tours. Dr. Holt and Mezzo Soprano Deborah Suta will present American musical gems, including Ragtime, from the piano repertoire of the late 19th

Rhonda Liss and early 20th century, plus highlights from Lerner and Loewe classics. Following the 2015 finale program there will be a reception with wine and cheese served by the Landings Racquet Club and the Landings Learning Group, and pre-dinner “delectables”, sponsored by Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, The Landings’ Realtors. Guests are welcome. There will be a $5.00 fee at the door for non-subscribing LRC members and $8.00 for non members of the LRC.

Deborah Suta

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You will not want to miss the annual spring Lakeside Room followed by a wine and cheese concert presented by the 27 member chorus reception. LRC Members $5:00, Non Members of the Landoliers directed by Lenora Jost and $8.00. Submitted by Lenora Jost. accompanied by Barbara Rothman. The chorus rehearses weekly from mid-October through the end of March and enjoys learning the four part arrangements of music that we all know and love. This year’s program is a melange of favorite tunes and medleys many of which are from the WWII era such as “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree” , “For All We Know”, “Dream A Little Dream of Me” and an all time favorite musical “The Music Man”. The program begins at 3:00 P.M. in the

The Landings Learning Group Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Dean, Lloyds International Honors College, University Of North Carolina at Greensboro; Lecture “The U.S. and Great Powers, in The Wake Of Congressional Elections” Photo by Paul Weiner

Baritone Douglas Renfroe “If I Were a Rich Man” “Fiddler On the Roof” January 14; Landings Learning Group


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Hosts of art show at The Landings, Isabel Becker on the left and Lynn Mayne. Photo by Gary Warren

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Poolside and Lakeside rooms of the Racquet Club were filled with enthusiastic Landings artists and appreciative viewers and collectors. Chaired by fabric artist Isabel Becker and assisted by weaver Lynn Mayne, the painters, photographers, wire sculpturer, fabric artist, and wood worker also included Ruediger Blohm, Ellie Bodor, Karina Bodor, Norris Carroll, Debra Doherty, Bix Mannion, Bob Monteiga, Erit Ostensjo, Mary Rex, Lillian Schwarz, Allison Small, Paul Weiner, Phoebe Wenoker, and Hans Wiemer.



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Sarasota Opera Guild Presentation Over one hundred potential SOG members gathered at the Landings Racquet Club Friday, February 6th to enjoy Jack Kahgan’s insightful lecture/ video depicting how Puccini developed his divas, making them blossom into powerful characters through forty-

one years of composing. The shining stars of the event, however, were SOG members. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Especially to Kevin Lechlitner, The Landings Manager who handled the logistics perfectly.

The Sarasota Opera Guild’s presentation and it’s president Barbara O’connor. Hosted by special Landin Jack Kahgan. Five brief clips of Puccini’s operas were shown to a spellbound audience preceded by a spread of scrumptious goodies. Photos by Gary Warren.

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Association Matters, Legally Speaking

By Vanda Y. Bayliss, Esq

|Member Input Condominium and homeowners associations are run by a board of directors. The board is elected by the members to oversee all aspects of the operation of the condominium or subdivision. The members individually cannot act on behalf of the association. Only the board, or those to whom it delegates its power, can do so. Sometimes members complain that, once elected, the board does not listen to them. Is it required to do so? Yes and no. Any time a quorum of the board is present and discusses association business, it is considered a “board meeting.” According to Florida law, notice of all condominium board meetings must be posted at the designated spot at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Longer notice, 14 days, is required for board meetings to discuss or vote on non-emergency special

assessments and to discuss or vote on amendments to rules regarding unit use. Homeowners associations must follow similar rules unless the governing bylaws contain different requirements for noticing meetings. Notice is required because members are generally entitled to attend all board meetings. (Only meetings with the association attorney to discuss pending or proposed litigation or to discuss personnel matters may be closed.) Members are also entitled to speak regarding each item on the agenda. The board may, however, enact reasonable rules as to the frequency, duration, and manner in which members may address the board. Delaying all member comments to the end of the meeting, when voting has likely already taken place, would not comply with the spirit of the law requiring

that members must be heard. A commonly enacted rule is, “Members may speak before the board votes on any issue, but may only speak once on each subject, and for no longer than three minutes.” While ensuring meetings do not run unreasonably long, the down side of a blanket “3 minute rule” is that a knowledgeable member may have very valuable insight and expertise that the board is interested in hearing. A more liberal rule limiting all speakers to 3 minutes per issue “unless the board agrees, in its sole discretion, that additional input would be valuable” would provide some leeway. Of course, any time one person is allowed more time than another, the one cut off may feel discriminated against. Regardless, a board would naturally be more inclined to allow significant member input without an

eye on the clock if the input is well thought out, on point, and contains facts and figures rather than mere opinions. Occasionally, a member wants the board to address an issue that is not on the agenda. The board is not required to address a matter just because a member so requests and may not, in fact, address an item not on the posted agenda unless it is an emergency. However, if 20 percent of the voting interests petition the board in writing to address a certain matter, the board must add the item to the agenda of the next board meeting. In any event, the matter must be addressed within 60 days even if a special meeting will be required. While the board must address the matter at a properly noticed board meeting, and allow for member comment, please note that does not mean that the board must take any action.

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Mineral - and Fossil-Rich Florida By Albert L. Weeks (Former Newsweek Science Desk staffer)

As most people know, Florida is rich in minerals. Maybe not as rich as the Gem State of Idaho. Yet it is this country’s main producer of phosphate, used in the making of chemical fertilizers and many other products,including animal feed and ceramics. Too, a form of uranium is extractable, though at cost, from phosphate. The State also harbors huge deposits of peat, onshore or offshore gas and oil, as well as gravel, quartz, sandstone, limestone, and other minerals used in building, making cement, etc. Florida also boasts of such rare metals aszircon, a “new” mineral that is highly resistant to heat. It is thus used in such high-temperature products as jet engines. Zircon is manufactured into a tough metal compound called zirconium, which is used in armor plating and cutting tools. What about that indispensable Mineral of Man and Beast,water? It would seem that with Florida’s drenching rains and subsequent flooding, there would be plenty of this“colorless liquid that turns black when you wash your hands.” Yet,as we know, shortages of drinking water crop up from time to time here. Of interest to scientists are the ancient, subterranean shelves of rock that either block or soak up Florida’s perennial rains via “aquifers.” The latter today provide water for drinking and bathing as they did for man and beast in Prehistoric times. Some of these sources of water are being studied as problematic geological headaches. One problem stems from the narrowness as well as partial exhaustion of the “rock-sponges” within the subsurface layers at the various locations of our State. Such porous rock formations (strata) are the ones that soak up water in the form of aquifer-pools at various depths. These are 15, 30, or over 350 feet down. These aquifers may become depleted depending on the amount


of rainfall and the degree of drilling and tapping of the subterranean pools by farmers and urban dwellers. Meanwhile, another belowthe-ground enterprise thrives in our State during any drought. These are the bands of fossileers. They have afield day during any aridity. Yet even rainfall doesn’t stop them from exploring the depths for fossils of many types. Such a “find” is the fossil shown in the (attached) photo of a petrified Sand Dollar that is some 40million years old. It was foun d in the Peace River by a group of student canoers I assembled some years ago. At monthly meetings held out on Stickney Road near the Intercoastal, fossileers club members display their finds. You see Mammoth and Mastodon Elephant bones(huge vertebra, jawbones, femurs, ribs, a huge molar tooth), skulls and remains of the Giant Sloth and other primordial mammals, scores of primitive whale and shark teeth, mollusks, such as Sand Dollars, and Indian relics like arrowheads. “Where do you find all this?” you ask. Your question is met with silence. Choice hunting spots are kept secret. But--btw-upstream on the Peace River is a great source. The river is quite shallow with a lazy current. You can seethe bottom of the stream pretty well. In deeper waters, some of the specimens,worth hundreds of dollars each, are so bulky they are hard to lift. So, Scuba gear is largely used for going to challenging depths. You may keep searching a spot for over 5 hours. In the last few minutes, you may--or may not--find something. Such work can be dangerous. Running hands more or less blindly through turgid water, scraping into the river bottom definitely have its hazards. People throw empty bottles and sharp objects into the water. Some fossileers have scars to prove it.


Geologically, how did Florida become such a paradise for fossil hunters? It all goes back millions of years to the primordial Continent of Pangea, the wet nurse of Florida. We should note that no dinosaurs ever dwelled in our state. Here’s why. Over 200 million years ago, the world’s several continents were all clumped together at the South Pole in one huge mass called Pangea. The upper half of Earth was entirely water. At that time the Moon was closer to the Earth and looked twice its size today. The Earth spun faster than now so its days were less than 23 hours long. Those millions of years ago, the Florida Peninsula, or “Platform,” looked like a halfsubmerged appendix stuck in the side of west central Africa, of all places. Over the eons, Pangea separated from Africa and drifted far to the northwest. It crossed the Equator and split into the big plates, called Laurentia and Gondwana. According to some geologists, our discrete peninsula itself remained independent like a raft afloat near the South Pole. It even disappeared for a time into the sea. Only some millions of years later it rose again and drifted north together with the whole South American continent.Both rejoined the southwest corner of the North American bulk of Laurentia. Florida then took the form it has today of a new, bigger appendage jutting out into the South Atlantic Ocean. Curiously, it became like a docked ship that stayed put as a late-comer. This becomes obvious when you realize that Florida has no dinosaur remains while states bordering Florida just to the north do have dinosaur fossils. There was no Florida before the dinosaurs became extinct! Their extinction dates back 120 million years, or more than double Florida’s own geologic age. Continued on next page

The author with a group of amateur fossileers on the Peace River.

Mammoth Elephant.

Sand Dollar


Continued from previous page

The southernmost extent of dinosaur habitation in the Southeast is only 100 miles to the north of us—namely, at Selma, AL, and Tupolo, LA. For most of its life, Florida was underwater. As a result, our geologically-young state still has the lowest-lying terrain in the nation. Hence, sink holes, underwater creeks, bogs, and so on. Much of the State,in fact, is below sea level. As the epochs passed, Florida’s surface land widened somewhat as the ocean receded. Then the peninsula again narrowed down with rising sea levels. At the furthest lateral extension of the partly submerged Florida Platform east and west, Florida was double its present width as seen on today’s maps. Exotic animals of many genii and species--absent dinosaurs--lived in Florida’s prehistoric swamps and jungles. Besides hundreds of species of reptiles—snakes, lizards. crocodiles, alligators— ancient mammals and other

vertebrates made their way south. When the various ice ages descended on the southern half of North America thousands of years ago, an “icehouse” environment may have done in some of the mammals. But others, it is believed, perished in the onslaught of heat in the region that their bulky bodies could not ventilate. Such mammalian fossil remains are very much in demand today. Rare creatures include the ancient Rhinoceros, Giant Lion, Mammoth and Mastodon Elephants, Giant Ground Sloth, Cave Bear, Saber-toothed Tiger, extinct wild horses, Eocene Whale, numerous species of sharks (Giant Great White, an extinct Mako, Snaggletooth, etc.), a wide variety of mollusks with exquisite shell-shapes, and many other animals of the Paleocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene Epochs of the Quaternary and Tertiary Periods going back 60 million years. Incidentally, much of Florida’s present

Ancient shark teeth vegetation pre-dates the appearance of reptiles and mammals over 200 million years ago, or long before Florida’s birth as a peninsula in North America. One can imagine that these giant-mammals added considerable tonnage to the virtually floating, barge-like Florida Peninsula. This 58,666 sq.-mile mass, geologists say, would periodically dip in and out of the sea in cyclic rolling-and-pitching motions. Yes, Florida rarely has felt tremors from earthquakes. It still rocks—literally. No, our infamous obesity and love of vehicles are not factors!

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Part VI - Landings at 25 – Encore |The Portside Villas - In the First Person When my husband, Harold and I moved to Sarasota, we had no idea where we wanted to finally settle. We leased for a year at Pelican Cove, a delightful community of one and two story condos; but, not a place where we wanted to live permanently. (Editor’s Note: Pelican Cove was an early development by Landings developer Robert Morris)

We drove up Tamiami Trail from Pelican Cove until we discovered “The Landings.” At that time, 20 years ago (nearly 30 years ago at this re-publication), the entrance was a vacant field before we approached the gate. I actually did not want to enter. I thought it looked too elegant and I expressed this attitude to my husband. He replied, “Well, let’s go in and see what they have to offer-we don’t have to buy.” That was a mistake! We fell in love with what The Landings had to offer and at that time it was still very undeveloped community. The Portside Villas were in the final stage of development. There was nothing but big empty fields where Starling Drive, Heron Way, etc., are now located. The Condos on Heron Way, facing the Clubhouse were just being built. The real estate lady took us in to see them. There was one drawback as far as Harold was concerned. There were


no elevators to the second floor; only those steep stairs, and Harold said, “I will not climb stairs!” Now, I am so glad that we chose not to purchase the new condos being built on Heron Way. At the present time, I could not climb those stairs several times a day either. Harold passed away almost seven years ago (now 17). He was a decorated Veteran of World War II and he was right. With his heart condition the stairs would have been impossible for him. We inquired of the real estate lady, “Is there anything else available?” Luckily for us there was. The Portside Villas had one unit left which had been the model. I believe there were also four more. But, each had a buyer. To make a long story short, we returned the next day with a deposit and were eager to purchase. We lived happily ever after in the Portside Villas. However, now that I am alone I plan to move back to my “roots” in Michigan. The Landings has so many desirable features-to me the closeness of Sarasota Memorial Hospital was most important in view of the fact that my husband was hospitalized nine times before the end came. Also, that the empty, undeveloped land as we approached the “Gate” is now a shopping center containing Albertson’s (now Publix) two or three fine restaurants, a few Men’s and Women’s clothing stores and much more. Another area we both loved and visited several times over the years is the Nature Trail – that little section of undeveloped land which starts on Heron Way and ends at Sarasota bay. God Bless The Landings and all of the lucky people who live here.


by Alyce Chargot (1919-2011) As written for publication March 2006.

Among the “Seldom Available” When the real estate ad reads “Landings—Seldom Available” you can pretty much depend on the property being in one of the smaller Landings developments. True of the Portside Villas, 16 one story, units, in duplex configuration are located along Pintail Way, They are considered highly desirable because of the pleasant setting around a large pond, ample wildlife, relative isolation and much sought after two-car garages. Officially the Villas are part of The Landings South development,. Carrying the official name of Landings II. Landings I is along Landings Blvd. and the north side of Heron Way. The Portside Villas, like the Landings plat, the Treehouses and the Carriage Houses, were developed by Robert Morris and The Ramar Group. Morris’s mother lived in one of the Villas for many years. Like all Landings properties the Villas showed substantial appreciation, mostly in the years prior to the “real estate bust.” They sold in 1985-86 from $114,000 to $146,000. In 2002 several transferred ownership in the low to mid $200,000 range. 2003 & 04 saw sales in the low to high $200,000’s. One transferred in 2005 for a startling $445,000. (Remember county records do not reveal

extensive improvements or extenuating circumstances affecting sale prices.) In May of 2014 listing prices of two units were in the $229,000 to $264,000 range.

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Gazebo Dedication and photos Photos by Robert C. Manteiga

Local Fishing Report By Captain Jim Klopfer - Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 Maria Manby from Brookfield, WI holds a nice spring Spanish mackerel

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Blooming this month: Succulents: Full of juice, full of vitality, and

freshness. A plant having fleshy and juicy tissues. Thirty plus plant families have succulent members, storing water in leaves, stems, or roots which allows them to survive extended periods of drought. Succulent plants live in deserts, rain forests and all climates between. They are found on all continents except Antartica. The flush of bloom in spring of night blooming Cereus delights us. The fragrance lures pollinators from miles and neighbors from blocks to gather in celebration. The succulent’s unique shapes, colors, and inflorescence entice collectors and landscapers. Going away for an extended period? Succulents will be alive to greet you when you return home. Flowers range from the tiny clusters of blooms of many members of the Crassula and Euphorbia families to the showy blooms of the Cacti families. Succulents are vital to the landscape in areas such as Florida that have sustained dry periods. New to succulents? Visit the Sarasota Succulent Society where you will be introduced to many members of this unique group of plants. Information can be found on the web site at SarasotaSucculentSociety. org. Submitted by Wilda Meier, Accredited Landscape Design & Gardening Consultant SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB



March is a great month to fish on Siesta Key. It is the first month of spring, both on the calendar and outside. The list of available species is long; snook, redfish, trout, pompano, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, snapper, grouper, jack crevelle, and sharks just to name a few. Big Pass will be very productive this month, particularly when the water is clean. Often times the tide is low in the morning, making the passes a great place to start off a trip and bend some rods. Ladyfish are usually thick, with bluefish, mackerel, and pompano mixed in. Live bait will work, but this is a great situation to cast artificial lures. Fish in the passes are usually actively feeding and can be seen busting baits on the surface. Gold Cotee grubs on a ¼ ounce jig head and (08) Rapala X-Raps are two effective lures. The sheepshead run will peak this month. Just about any structure near either pass will hold these tasty critters. A live shrimp fished on the bottom should result in a fish dinner pretty easily. Speckled trout will be schooled up over deep grass flats throughout the entire area. Incoming tides are best, but as long as the water is moving the fish will bite. A live shrimp under a noisy cork is a proven trout slayer. Jigs, spoons, and plugs will fool many fish, too. Pompano, mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks, and a stray cobia will also be encountered when fishing over the grass flats. These are large areas, the key to success is to keep moving until fish are located, do not spend too much time in one spot if it is not producing. Snook will move out of their winter retreats on their way out to

the Gulf to spawn. Any structure with a depth change is a likely place to catch a snook. Docks, bridges, and oyster bars are all very productive, especially those with some current. Plugs and scented soft plastic baits are the top choices, along with a large hand-picked shrimp. Fishing the area bridges at night is a great way to catch a bunch of snook. Free-lined live shrimp, artificial shrimp and plugs work well. Fly fisherman will score using any small white baitfish pattern. Remember, snook season is closed, handle the fish with care and release them unharmed. Surf fishing should be good for a variety of species providing the water is clear and not roiled up. Whiting, silver trout, flounder, pompano, Spanish mackerel, and ladyfish with hit both live shrimp and artificial lures. A jig tipped with a small piece of shrimp works well bounced along the bottom. Mackerel and ladyfish will hit flash lures such as silver spoons and plugs. I live shrimp fished on the bottom with just enough weight to get down is a simple but effective technique and will catch anything that swims. Anglers targeting pompano will do well with live or frozen sand fleas. The beach should come alive this month, provided the winds cooperate. Spanish and king mackerel will invade the area, along with cobia, sharks, and false albacore. The inshore reefs off of Lido Key are a great place to start, they hold a lot of fish. Trolling spoons and plugs is a deadly technique and will fill the cooler in short order. For more sport, look for breaking fish on the surface and cast plugs, spoons, or flies out into the frenzy, a vicious strike should occur immediately!

Around The Landings

Jeff Crotty’s completed train layout in his back yard. Photo by Gary Warren

Siesta Key Round-Up Shifting Sands in Local Supermarket Landscape

The supermarket landscape continues to shift locally as smaller newcomers to the market nip at the heels of industry giant Publix. Whole Foods announced last month it will add a second area location with plans for a new store at the southwest corner of University Parkway and Honore Avenue near the recently opened UTC Mall. The new location will reportedly be roughly the same size as Whole Food’s existing store in downtown Sarasota. Meantime, according to Stan Rutstein of Re/Max Alliance in Bradenton, the Fresh Market is widely considered to be a lock to anchor the new Siesta Promenade center being developed by Benderson Development along the northern approach to the Stickney Point Bridge leading to the Key. Rutestein was quoted in a recent Herald Tribune story by Justine Griffin as saying “It’s

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common knowledge that when Benderson rolls that out the Fresh Market will be in there.” Whole Foods operates 420 stores nationally, but is expanding rapidly with plans to add upwards of 1000 locations over the next decade. The continued growth of the smaller store chains continues to fuel speculation that industry leader Publix will soon announce an aggressive “pocket” store strategy of its own and rumors on Siesta continue to center on a possible smaller store replacing the Wells Fargo bank branch on Midnight Pass Road. Some Publix employees have even reported rumors of a planned island development that would combine a smaller Publix with a liquor store and a condo development. Far fetched? Yes, but stranger things have happened on Siesta. One thing is certain: Publix didn’t get to the top of the supermarket food chain by ignoring its competitors.

Another #1 for Siesta Key

Visit Sarasota County held a press conference on February 18, to announce Siesta Key’s newest award; the 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for the best U.S. beach from TripAdvisor. Siesta Key ranked first out of 25 other beaches. St. Pete Beach and Ka’anapali Beach in Hawaii came in second and third place. Rain forced Brian Wigelsworth, owner of Gidget’s Coastal Provisions in Siesta Key Village and founder of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition to design a smaller sculpture under the pavilion instead of the larger sculpture he originally proposed on the beach. He designed a sand version of the TripAdvisor’s award. He began work on Tuesday afternoon and completed the sculpture that evening. County officials and staff posed for photos along with the board members of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.



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Siesta Key Round-Up 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Games: April 4, 9AM to Noon

The Siesta Key Village Association is sponsoring the 2015 Easter Party for Children Ages 1-6. This event will take place at beach access #5. Each child receives an Easter stuffed animal and an Easter egg hunt goody bag stuffed with a prize. Face painters will be there with opportunities to ride the trolley, tour the Siesta Key ambulance and fire truck and participate in other fun family entertainment. Sheriff Dept. fingerprinting kits will be available. Registration is limited to the first 125 children. There is a $10 registration fee per child. For additional information contact Roz at 941-349-2770 ext: 227

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Bluegrass Picnic at Turtle Beach

Benny Kimsey’s annual Picnic will be held Saturday March 7 from Noon to 5 PM at Turtle Beach. The picnic is a FREE community event benefitting the American Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter. Be sure to ask for your FREE LUNCH TICKET. Lunch will be served from Noon to 1:30 PM. They will provide hot dogs, sides and bottled water. There is limited seating so we encourage you to bring a chair and drinks. For more information please contact Benny Kimsey at 941-4007212 turtlebeachbluegrass@, www.

Siesta Fiesta: April 11 - 12, 10AM to 5PM

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

There were a total of 85 Incident Reports filed with the Main Gate for the month of January 2015. They are as follows: • 2 Vehicle Accidents - Bicycle hit North Gate arm (inbound) no injury. Minor gate damage. - Vehicle ran off roadway into landscaping near Main Gate. No injury. Minor landscaping damage. • 2 Disturbance Reports - Both involving contractors making noise after-hours. • 1 Found Property Report - Purse returned to owner. • 6 Informational Reports - 2 FPL Light poles out. Reported to FPL. - 1 Lighting malfunction reported to the LRC. - 2 Bicycles left out over night, unsecured. - 1 Yard sign posting reported to LMA. • 27 Open Door Reports - All garage doors

• 41 Parking Violations - 10 Vehicles parked in the roadway. - 16 Vehicles parked on the grass. - 15 Restricted vehicles parked overnight. • 1 Public Service Report - Christmas Tree removed from roadway. • 2 Reckless Driver Reports - Both resident complaints on excessive speed. • 2 Suspicious Incidents Reported - Suspicious ‘door knocking’ reported. Determined to be unfounded. - Suspicious person reported by North Gate. Advised to contact SSO. • 1 Trespass Reported - Commercial vehicle tailgated into community damaging gate arm. LMA advised and made contact with driver.

Meet your Security Staff

By Trebor Britt

Miles Kumpf is the new kid on the security block. You’ll find him working the main gate on the midnight shift three nights a week. Although he’s only been at The Landings little more than a month, he’s long on experience in the security field. His security career began several years ago working with Walmart, a couple private developments, Charlotte County and the new UTC Mall. Kumpf said, “I like it for the fact that 90% of it is pretty easy and laid back and most of it is also common sense.” He recently earned his license to do armed security work. Once he holds a position that utilizes that license, Kumpf believes he’ll have had a taste of just about everything in the security business. Kumpf has a diverse educational background. He went to public elementary school through fourth grade, a private school through seventh grade, and then was homeschooled until attending the Florida

Youth Challenge Academy. The Academy is a para-military high school on a National Guard base in Starke. Kumpf learned a lot there sharing a barracks with 49 other guys. “It was worth it”, he said. Born in Boulder Colorado, Kumpf moved to North Port with his family in 2009. He enjoys working out and combat/self defense training. After returning to martial arts training, he is well on his way to earning a black belt.


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 12810 12810 2015 18186 16189 34375 2015 5151 4330 9481

2014 12285 12285 2014 17768 15835 33603 2014 5971 5004 10975

2013 13642 13642 2013 18264 16582 34846 2013 5747 5006 10753

2012 2011 13696 11654 13696 11654 2012 2011 19946 1317 17553 1552 37499 2869 2012 2011 6931 4483 6458 5547 13389 10030

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

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