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LMA Board takes steps to protect pedestrians

Various attempts to reduce instances of speeding by lowering the speed limit in portions of the roads, with the use of speed bumps, and acquiring a speed sentry sign that warns drivers of speeds in excess of the posted limit have not deterred the handful that continue to violate this rule. For that reason, beginning February 4, the LMA Board instituted a new program designed to identify drivers who violate the posted speed limits. Safety concerns keeps this problem a top priority for the board and why new measures have been implemented. The combination of winding roads

that are narrow in places, the ever increasing use of the roadways by pedestrians and cyclists, and the increasing traffic all contribute to an environment in which vehicles traveling at unsafe speeds places anyone using the roads at risk. A letter sent to each Landings household last month detailed the new plan. The features of this program are: • The use of a properly calibrated radar detector that will simultaneously take a picture of the car and license plate, record the location of where the picture was taken, and accurately record the speed at which the vehicle

was traveling. • This radar detector will be hand-held and, therefore, can be easily used on any of Landings roadways. • The radar detector will be used for random periods on random days at varying random locations. • The owner of the car can be identified by the license plate, either on file with the Gate or having been recorded when the visitor or vendor comes through the Visitor gate. After identification of the vehicle through this process appropriate action will be taken following the guidelines already in place. The LMA Board is not

interested in “punishing” drivers that may stray a few miles over the limit. It is the driving habits of those chronic reckless speeders the board hopes this program can change. Remember, our roads are our walkways. For everyone’s safety, please drive safely.

Light-filled units and lush landscaping at the Coach Houses By Roger Drouin

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Coach Houses South V is a community of 32 units surrounded by lush foliage, green lawns and a nature preserve. It is made up of four buildings, located on Starling Drive. Coach Houses V is one of seven associations in The Landings South I-VII. The 3 buildings on the north side of Starling have a view of a natural lake and park. The one building on the south side of Starling is nestled up to a nature preserve. And all of the buildings are surrounded with lush landscaping. Continued on page 26

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Don McMurray opened the meeting by explaining there would be three individual meetings that evening. An abbreviated Board of Directors meeting, the Annual meeting, and finally a meeting of the new Board of Directors to elect officers. McMurray thanked the nominating committee for their work and encouraged people not elected to the board to consider serving the community by volunteering to serve on a committee. The Sanctions Committee, chaired by Art Wood is now in effect. They met with the LMA attorney to clarify their direction and authority. The Board sets rules and regulations and establishes penalties if those rules or regulations are violated. A resident who disagrees with a penalty may state their case before the sanctions committee. The

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sanctions committee will decide whether the penalty will stand or be removed. McMurray announced a Future Planning committee for the Nature Trail was formed. Karen Schaffer will chair this new committee. McMurray finished by reporting Drainage Committee chairman Jack Jost and Landscaping Committee chairman Joe Hennessy have both resigned their positions. Jost will continue to serve as a regular member of the committee and Hennessy will serve until a new chairman is appointed. McMurray added that he was resigning. His resignation would be effective at the close of the meeting.

adopted for six months on a trial basis at a cost of $1500 a month, with payments to begin March 1. The motion was approved unanimously. Goldman stated between now and March 1 an allout communications blitz would be used to notify residents, guests, and commercial workers of the details of the program. Goldman also reported the committee working on three safety and security issues. 1. The possibility of changing security companies. 2. Enhancing the cameras at all three gates. 3. Repair and maintenance issues at all three gates. Several residents have FINANCE REPORT complained about drivers tailgating Finance committee chair, Marie vehicles, running stop signs and Graziosi-Jacaruso reported through speeding. the end of the year, the Board realized a surplus of $69,924.17. COMMUNICATIONS Graziosi-Jacaruso and the COMMITTEE Finance Committee moved that Co-chairs, Bob Manteiga and the Board of Directors approved Joan Lowery reported several new the appropriation of the fiscal year enhancements to The Landings 2015 surplus of $69,924.17 to the website. Among them were Reserves and allocate as follows: improvements to drop down tabs, $10,000 to Lakes #3555 to use for font styles and sizes, improved conversion to LED fountain lights, quality of photos and new videos. $45,000 to Drainage #3525 to use to Work on both the external and resolve critical drainage projects, internal site continues. and the balance of $14,924.17 to General Reserves #3585. The ROADS motion passed unanimously. The first phase of the road Issues related to an Argus resurfacing project is expected to clerical error related to owner begin in April. The bid process will assessments will be explained and begin soon. corrected by Argus personnel. Two unit owners with delinquent DRAINAGE assessments are being handled by Committee chair, Jack Jost the LMA attorney. reported a cost-sharing agreement SAFETY AND SECURITY has been reached regarding a new C h a i r m a n N e i l G o l d m a n drainage system on the east side of moved that David Jacaruso’s Peregrine Pt Way. Continued on page 31 speed enforcement proposal be

Letter to the Editor I read in the February 2016 Landings Eagle the proposal for an “observation tower” on the nature trail. After some thought, I want to share reasons for not proceeding with this idea. The most significant fact missing is the height of such a proposed “tower.” The photo of an “example” shows a double-decker — one deck just above what appear to be mangroves, topped by a higher deck. However, the final paragraph alludes to the “towers” in FL state and county parks. I have visited some of those park towers and many are quite tall with several platforms. But the parks are large — not a trail in a relatively small, private residential association — and there are no nearby homes. In the case of The Landings, several homes on Heron Way are on the second floor facing the nature trail. Additionally, there are 6 large homes on Cedar Bay Lane near the trail. A structure such as this has the potential to raise “tower” observers up high enough to compromise the privacy of these residents. The last thing any Landings resident would desire would be to look out at people’s heads in the distance, their binoculars flashing in the sunlight as they “observe” much more than an “inspirational view.” And yes, the potential for a lawsuit(s) should not be an insignificant consideration. Secondly, we should all be very wary of proposals for a structure whose announced plan may appear restrained in scope but which always has the potential to balloon in size or, in this case, height (not to mention cost). In my several years of walking or biking the nature trail, I’ve stopped along with other residents at the existing platform to admire the peaceful setting and the waterbirds. I never thought: This would be a better (or more inspirational) experience if only we could be a lot higher. I would argue that in fact it changes the experience from one of being in nature to not — that is, to be above it. That was not the intention of our nature trail in the first place. So, yes, if the viewing platform needs rebuilding, let’s do that. Even make it (if it matters??) a foot or two higher. But let’s not “state-park” our simple little nature trail. One can walk to the gazebo and observe Siesta Key, the intercoastal waterway, and grand views all the way down to Sarasota Bay and the city. Then, one can return home on the trail — surrounded by nature. Carol Paradis, Heron Way

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President’s Column This is a time of intense activity and significant change for your association. Hopefully it will enable the LMA to continue to help make The Landings one of the most desirable communities on the Gulf Coast.


Several months ago Don McMurray announced he and Meredith were putting their home on the market and planned to move from The Landings. At the Annual Meeting he stepped down from the Presidency and subsequently resigned from the board. We owe Don a debt of gratitude for his excellent leadership and leaving LMA in a strong position. As announced earlier, John Carson and Marie GraziosiJacaruso decided not to run for re-election and Joan Lowery and Bob Manteigas’ terms expired. However; they were eligible to seek another term. This situation resulted in five vacant board seats. The nominating committee proposed seven candidates for the available positions. The profiles of the nominees were published in the February Eagle. Dick Bayles, Joan Lowery, Bob Manteiga Richard Stern and Ernie Matijasic have been elected. Subsequently the reconstituted board elected me as President, Neil Goldman as Vice President, Bob Manteiga as Secretary and Dick Bayles as Treasurer.


John Carson and Jack Jost have resigned from chairing the Environmental and Drainage Committees respectively. Joe Hennessy has indicated he will step down from Landscape Chair as soon as a replacement can be appointed. These three individuals have made tremendous contributions to The Landings. Their contributions are greatly appreciated. The good news is that all three are willing to

continue in supporting roles. Yeah! For many years the drainage and lakes were addressed by one committee. The responsibilities were divided about six years ago when it was determined that a significant amount of catch-up work needed to be done due to aging of the infrastructure. Most of this “retro” work has been accomplished so it has been decided to combine the efforts into one committeeDrainage and Lakes-under the capable guidance of Mike Knupp. Before he departed, Don McMurray appointed Karen Shaeffer as chair of an adhoc committee on the Nature Trail. Harvey Greller has agreed to assume the role as coordinator of the Community Hauling Program. A list of the LMA leadership assignments is provided in the adjacent box. If you are interested in serving on one of the committees, please let the chair or me know.


Balloting for LMA board seats is not done by residents. Instead the governing documents provide that the presidents (or their designees) of the 20 associations comprising The Landings vote for the nominated candidates. This year 15 of the associations cast ballots. Unfortunately The Cloisters, The Enclave at Eagles Point, Eagles Point II, Eagles Point IV and Landings South III were not represented. Therefore 384 eligible votes were not cast. If our mandated electoral system is to be effective in selecting the most representative board, all of the associations need to participate. Hopefully next year…


LMA Officer and Committee Assignments March 2016

By Larry Lawrence

I recently sent a letter to all residents about plans to implement a radar gun to determine the speed of fast moving vehicles on a trial basis. So far all of the comments I’ve heard have been positive and a few saying this is preferable to the installation of “traffic

calming tables” or the like since it focuses on the problem and not inconveniencing the vast majority. I’m also reminded that LMA has used a radar gun in the past, but it didn’t have the capability of photographing license plates so the ability to determine the identity of the speeders was poor. The trial is for 6 months and at the conclusion its value will be assessed. Safety and security is one of the foremost priorities of LMA so it needs to constantly be evaluating ways to improve performance within our financial resources.


As of this writing the LMA Forward Planning surveys are being returned. If you haven’t done so, please take a few minutes and send your responses. They will be very helpful in gaining a better understanding of our community, thus LMA will be able to make better decisions in serving you.


(see also Irwin Starr’s article on page 7)

Alan Maio, chair of the Sarasota County Commission, gave a comprehensive, and at times, humorous presentation at the February 11 Landings Free College session. I found it most enlightening as to the vast number of issues the Commission must address. Of particular interest was the emphasis on public safety and the county’s tremendous response to the recent tornado. He was convincing as to the value Sarasota County residents receive for their tax dollars. It was noteworthy that our public schools get more than 50 percent of our tax dollars; a fact that the audience really seemed to appreciate. Another major take away was that he is a friend of The Landings, he appreciates our support and will continue to help with our issues.

President: Larry Lawrence Vice President: Neil Goldman Secretary: Bob Manteiga KESTRAL PARK WAY NORTH/RT 41 INTERSECTION

Stemming from his visit, Chairman Maio has opened the door to reinstituting discussions on expanding this intersection from 4 to 5 lanes. The conversations are in the very preliminary stages, but if successful, it would go a long way to easing the daily bottlenecks that occur there. Jack Jost and Karl Maggard will be leading LMA’s efforts on this project. We will keep you posted.


A comment about who I am. I have served on the LMA Board for the past 5 years-this last year as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee. My responsibilities have included chairing the Lakes and Editorial Committees and I have been Coordinator for the Household Hazardous Waste Community Hauling Program. My background has been in association work. I will do my best to promote community involvement in LMA affairs and I believe wholeheartedly in open government transparency. I will make every effort to be responsive to the needs of the community as LMA understands them. My sage wife, Carmen, has informed me that I am headed into the fastest year of my retired life and the first 10-Flew, WHEW! With your help we can keep The Landings the premier community on the Suncoast, heck all of the Sunshine State! Cheers, Larry

Treasurer: Dick Bayles Archives/Technology: Dick Bayles Communications: Joan Lowery and Bob Manteiga Community Events: Doug Day Editorial: Larry Lawrence (temporary until a replacement is identified) Environmental: vacant Drainage-Lakes: Mike Knupp Forward Planning: Mike Knupp Government Relations: Karl Maggard Landscape: Joe Hennessy (temporary until a replacement is identified) Maintenance: David Jacaruso Public Relations: vacant Roads: Eric Greenstein and Don McMurray Safety and Security: Neil Goldman Other: Ad hoc Committee on the Nature Trail: Karen Shaeffer Coordinator of the Community Hauling Program: Harvey Greller Sanctions: Art Wood





County Commission Chair Speaks at LRC Alan Maio, Chair of the Sarasota County Commission spoke to a capacity crowd Friday, February 12 at the Landings racquet club. Maio was elected in 2014 to the fourth district which includes The Landings. He was elected chair of the Commission a little over a year later in 2015. He spoke primarily of the accomplishments of the Commission since his election. He speaks proudly of the fact that the millage rate, the rate at which taxes are based or property owners, have remained the same over a number of years. While assessments have increased and community growth has provided more residences as a base, total revenues are still not up to the levels prior to the housing market collapse that began in 2006 and ran through 2011. He explained that people

often wonder why such a huge proportion of property taxes go toward the county school board, $.58 out of every dollar, when the county’s population tends to be one of the oldest ones in the country. He made the point there are still 42,000 children in kindergarten through 12th grade being educated by Sarasota County schools. Maio noted 46 new firemedics had recently been hired and two new fire stations opened, with two more planned. The term “firemedics” reflects all fire staff trained both as firefighters and medics. He pointed out the surprising amount of devastation in Sarasota during the recent tornadoes. Over 500 emergency calls were received in the two hours following the tornado touchdowns. Over 1100 properties were affected.


The implication, of course, with emphasis on firemedics is necessary because of potential weather related issues in the area. Maio backgrounded the recent controversy over closing the Venice library. He described conditions in the existing library as unsafe and unhealthy essentially mandating it be abandoned. Temporary quarters are in the process of being prepared. In the future Venice can expect a new, $10 million Venice library facility with the latest technology updates expected in contemporary libraries. He referenced a 2015 study prepared by The Florida Institute of Government, under the supervision of Dr. Susan A. MacManus, Dept. of Government & International Affairs University of South Florida. In the study 95% of those surveyed and offering an opinion, felt the quality of life in the Sarasota area is either good or excellent.

By Irwin Starr

He smiled, as he reported those percentages trusting County government was at about 51%, hardly perfect, but substantially higher than trust in state or federal government. The 375-page report containing vast amounts of citizen opinion on the County can be read or downloaded at: https://www. Opinion%20Surveys/2015%20 Opinion%20Survey.pdf. One pertinent question from the audience asked if Sarasota County water held any of the dangers being experienced by Flint Michigan. Maio said he was very much involved in water issues and assured the audience, “Our water is in very good shape for both the short and the long term. It meets or exceeds all standards and is not currently experiencing any shortages. Simply it is in “great shape,” he concluded. Maio admitted, “Yes, I would like to run for a second term assuming no one starts attacking me.” He feels the

current County Commission is very “collegial” in style and everybody works together to get along and get things done. He expressed some frustration with the Sunshine Rules which forbid the county commissioners from talking to one another about any issues except in open board meetings, spending more time than he’d like trying to figure out what they are thinking between meetings. His greatest frustration is how “regimented” everything is. As an example, the use of “impact fees.” Such fees, he explained, can only be used for increasing capacity. For example, you can’t use the money to build new baseball fields, but could use it to add light to an existing field light to get “increased capacity” in use of the facility. Finally, Alan Maio invited interaction. His direct e-mail, he insists he reads every one, is: His assistant, Jody Mann, can be reached at 861-5344.


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Landings Website Update – The Launch is Imminent By Joan Lowery The Communications Committee is excited to report that our updated, user-friendly and multi-purpose website is coming along beautifully. It will be a true reflection of our quality of life at The Landings! We are delighted to report that we will have both an external site that the public and residents can enjoy and, a second internal site for residents only. The external site will be an excellent marketing and informational tool for potential buyers and new residents while the internal site will

be a vehicle for checking out the latest Landings news, views, reviews and events. We believe that its ease-ofuse, relevance and community building capabilities will make it a popular ‘destination’ for ‘Landins’ to learn from and about each other.

Greater User Friendliness

After evaluating the pros and cons of the current site (www. we have come to the conclusion that the look and menu tabs of the While easy to navigate for the experienced browser user, the drop downs are somewhat difficult for less-experienced users. The nested menu approach illustrated above is complicated as sub-menus can disappear if not carefully selected. It is also virtually impossible for users of mobile devices (smartphones and smaller tablets) to select choices.

home page aren’t sufficiently user-friendly to attract and retain visitors to the site. Our intention is to make the new website extremely easy to use, entertaining and informative. Toward that end, we have been working with our webmaster to redesign and replace the drop down menus in the navigation bar – which are cumbersome and can be difficult to use with simple one-purpose tabs on each page that will take you wherever you wish to go. The accompanying diagram illustrates our challenge.

Our Solution

Given that our goal is to create an easy-to-use, engaging experience for both external visitors and residents we have come up with a compelling solution that will also be smartphone and tablet friendly:

• We are splitting the existing site into two separate web sites, each with their own “domain name” and purposes. The public site can be maintained easily outside of the Association Voice (our website host) framework. The second, residents-only site will be created using the Association Voice framework. By i n st i t u t i n g a se p a r a t e residents-only dedicated site, the residents’ home page will provide easier navigation and a far more interesting look. • While the external site will provide a link for logging into the internal site, the internal site will be directly accessible to residents (with a login password) without having to go to the external site first.

Landings Internal Site: Two-Fold Purpose

The internal, residentsonly site is intended to serve

Spring has Sprung at Abel’s Ice Cream Shop The new season brings plenty of opportunities (and flavors) to celebrate. Spring Break! Whether you’re planning some down time, or just wish you were, Abel’s Ice Cream is ready for fun in the sun and beach time with some tropical flavors. Enjoy ushering in the annual pause with Coconut Almond Fudge (coconut ice cream with fudge ribbon & whole roasted almonds) and lactose-free Non-Dairy Mango Sorbet (light and fresh-bring out the islander in you!). And remember, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Erin Go Bragh. Wear your


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two purposes: Reference and Entertainment/Engagement. The reference component will house information about Landings Board members, Neighborhood Associations, committees, archival documents, legal documents, the Green Directory, forms, etc. It is meant to be a one-stop area for residents to assess information pertaining to life at The Landings. The Entertainment/ Engagement section will serve a community-building function. We are considering a variety of content areas that will enable residents to share information, ideas and to network with each other. Some of the sections will require a volunteer content monitor; some a volunteer editor. We believe it’s important to have volunteer oversight for these sections in order to ensure the proper use, security and quality of the site. Ideas for content include, but are not limited to the following sections: • Around Town: Restaurant, entertainment and events and/ or area destination reviews by Landings residents (a Landings version of Trip Advisor reviews) • “Youths Say:” Blogs by younger Landing residents


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Aidan Kelly - 10 years old, 4th Grader at Southside Elementary. 1 brother, Kyle (8) • Do you have any pets? We used to have 2 fancy goldfish but they died. Now we have a dog – a Brittany named Jasper. • When did you move to The Landings? We moved here in September last year. • What is your favorite subject in school? Recess because it’s a break to run around. Science because we get to do a lot of fun experiments. I also love history but, we haven’t really started learning about it yet in school. I’m interested in the big wars. I even have a spotter’s guide for WW2 planes. We just went to visit an F17 at the Venice Airport. • What’s your favorite book or book series? I love all books by James Patterson including the Witch & Wizard Series and the Treasure Hunter Series. I also love all Jeanne DuPrau books. I also love all Stuart Gibbs books including Space Case and the Spy School Series. • What’s your favorite movie or movie series? Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi • Do you have a favorite sport? Yes, it’s tennis - I’ve been playing since

kindergarten and really enjoy it. I used to play baseball but broke my foot two years ago and stopped playing. I still enjoy watching the Tampa Bay Rays on TV. I’m also thinking about trying lacrosse this year too. • What do you do in your spare time? Swim, snorkel, paint, play with some video games and LEGOS. I’d like to maybe get certified for diving too. I love fishing on the nature trail too. I catch jackfish, flounder, and toadfish. Sometimes, we have a “guys fishing trip” with my Dad and brother. I am usually the photographer in my family. I took a nice picture of a grasshopper recently. • What’s your favorite food? Cheeseburgers! Whether my Dad’s or Outback’s or Gecko’s, I love them all. Alpine Steakhouse has the best ones! • Favorite Band or Song?

“Animals” by Maroon 5 • What do you want to be when you grow up? An underwater professional photographer. I really enjoy flipping shells and looking at all the fish! • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A dog because you have an advantage to run fast, have your paws dirty, meet other dogs, and eat Kibble. I’ve always wondered what dogs know. If they could speak, what would they say? • What’s your favorite color? Red - because I like how it stands out and black - because if you mix all the colors, you get that. • If you could have one wish for the world, what would it be? To get rid of all animal abuse! • Do you play an instrument? Yes, I play the recorder and have reached the orange belt level so far since I can play “A Welsh Lullaby.” (level 3 of 9) • If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Legoland or anywhere where you can have fun! We went on a great trip

Aidan Kelly to Mendocino, CA and saw tide pools and starfish and San Francisco was fun because you can ride the trolley cars. • One word that describes you would be? Creative. • What message would you like to give kids today? Read and go out exploring in nature! Be creative! A lot of kids go to their tiny electronic devices if it’s too hot or the weather is bad, that’s fine. Build a fort! Try to put stuff together. My brother builds a better fort than I do but I still try! I’m happy when I see people outside instead of looking at a computer. I’d much rather build a Lego Starship instead!





Veterans Day At The Landings 2016 The Landings Management Association, Landings Racquet Club, and the Landings Homeowners Association formed a partnership to locate and recognize all Landings’ Armed Forces Veterans so that they can honor them for their service to our country on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. A committee of Landings residents has been formed to plan a major event with a luncheon program. Members of the committee are: Bobbie Fernander, Jerry & Carol Welch, Larry Lawrence, Dick Baylis, Bill Whitman, Doug Day, Lenora Jost, Sara Rhodes, Howard & Adrienne Feltman. The committee is now reaching out to every resident so that all veterans will be included on this special day to receive the recognition and appreciation they deserve. Please e-mail Howard Feltman at with

Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb. 23, 1945. (AP PHOTO/Joe Rosenthal)

the Veteran’s full name, branch of service, rank , special awards and military recognition. Watch this column for further information on the exciting plans

for The Landings Veterans Day Celebration! All of the community will be invited to be together to thank our military for their service on this special; day.

Landings History Columns A special thanks to Irwin Star Landings. This in-depth look has informed many of the new for the series of articles written at how our community was residents to The Landings. covering the history of The developed section by section

LHA Meeting Notes By Dick Bayles There were three separate LHA meetings in February: the regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Annual Meeting of Members, and the following Organizational Meeting. At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board approved external changes to residences on Kestral Park Lane, Peregrine Point Circle W and Pine Harrier Drive. It also approved the removal of a leaning and declining tree on Landings Terrace and the installation of a swing set at the rear of a property on Peregrine Point Circle W. At the Annual Meeting of Members of the Association, there were 79 members present by proxy or ballot, comprising a quorum. The minutes of the prior Annual Meeting were approved, and the treasurer reviewed the financial performance for the 2015 fiscal (and calendar) year. For the election of board

members for the 20162017 year, there were five candidates nominated for four positions on the Board. There were no further nominations from the floor. In accordance with past practice, the proxies submitted by members in lieu of a ballot were allocated to the candidates in the same proportion as their share of the ballots. The four nominees with the largest percentage of the vote were: Richard Bayles, Harvey Greller, Christina Rienhoff and Michael Knupp. At the subsequent Organizational Meeting, the Board elected the existing officers to serve another term. They are Bill Whitman, President; Judy Greene, Vice President; and Dick Bayles, Secretary/Treasurer. The next regularly scheduled meeting is on March 10, 2016 at the Landings Racquet Club at 7:00 p.m.



Landings Learning Group To Feature Three Musical Performances From Broadway To Grand Opera WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 RHONDA LISS, star of opera, concert, and musical theater and cabaret writer, producer, and performer will present “ THE MANY FACES OF LOVE: A BROADWAY TAPESTRY”. Described by critics as “potent, bronzed voice”, they further laud her performances stating “Rhonda Liss drapes her sultry voice over her aria with astounding artistry”. She has met with acclaim in performances in Europe and throughout the United States and Canada. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 FIRST CHURCH VOCAL QUINTET, directed by Elizabeth Goldstein, will present “SONGS OF LOVE AND LIFE”. Long prominent in the Sarasota community as Director of Music at the First Methodist Church, Ms Goldstein will lead the quintet, augmented by piano and drums, in a program of popular love songs.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 JASON STEARNS, Metropolitan Opera baritone and Grammy Award winner, returns to The Landings following his much lauded appearances here to present ‘FROM MY HEART TO YOURS--SONGS WE ALL LOVE”. He will be accompanied by pianist LEE DOUGHERTY ROSS. Mr. Stearns has been critically praised for his stellar performances at the Metropolitan Opera. His many accomplishments include appearances before U.S. Presidents at the White House. All three programs will be held at the Lakeside Clubhouse. Programs will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. at the March 2nd and March 9th events. The “END OF SEASON” WINE, CHEESE, DESSERT RECEPTION hosted by Landings Real Estate agents Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, will be held following the March 16 performance. For those not registered for the nine-program series, the cost of individual programs is $5 for LRC members and $8 for nonmembers for non-members.

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Professor Macmanus Examines Demographic Trends In 2016 Election Emphasizes Importance of Florida Vote Dispelling traditional political thinking, Dr. Susan MacManus suggested “conventional wisdom is not true.” She cited as an example that pundits predicted the 2016 presidential candidates to be Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Dr. MacManus, a professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of Southern Florida, addressed a capacity crowd at the Landings Learning Group on February 23 where she proceeded to de-myth various accepted political orthodoxies. She questioned the much-touted effectiveness of large amounts of campaign money, noting that super PAC money was not necessarily effectively spent. Dr. MacManus, a nationally recognized observer of the election process and a sought after commentator on U.S. Presidential politics who frequently appears on national TV, has been called “Florida’s most quoted political scientist.”

Emphasizing its importance in the 2016 race for President, she termed Florida “the ultimate swing state” and noted that the sizable number of electoral votes (29) that were awarded in past elections were based on a 1% spread in the state’s popular vote. Furthermore, she noted that the control of the U.S. Senate may rest with the Florida election results. MacManus pointed out the ethnic diversity in Florida mirrored that of the country as a whole, adding “ethnic groups did not vote in a predictable manner.” While Cuban Americans tended to vote Republican, younger Cuban-Americans have adopted causes such as the cost of college and student debt which may draw them to the Democrats. Additionally, the Hispanic population in Florida and the U.S. has become more diverse-Cubans are no longer the largest group. Stressing their importance, she predicted “the candidate garnering 40% of the Hispanic vote will likely win the

state’” The Black population, 15% of the electorate in Florida and no longer labelled “AfroAmericans” because of their large influx from Caribbean countries, are registered to vote in large numbers and tend to augment the Democratic vote. While Native Americans do not constitute a major population segment, they are giving “big bucks” to campaign funds. They tend to lean Democratic, with their two major interests being the environment (a traditional Native American concern) and, not surprisingly, casino development. Additional demographic information indicates a correlation between age and party affiliation, with Democrats predominating in younger age groups and Republicans in older age groups. Also worth noting is the rising number of young people who identify themselves as having no party affiliation. MacManus pointed out the anomaly of young

voters, so-called millennials, engaging with the 74-year old Bernie Sanders and his campaign. She predicted that the biggest outreach for voters will be on college campuses. Asked about the Trump phenomenon, she suggested that his strength lies in voters disgruntled about their economic status for which they blame Washington. She quoted one voter who said to demonstrate this dissatisfaction, he was voting for Trump “with my middle finger”. Emphasizing that Florida is a microcosm of the U.S. population at large, she noted that the TampaSarasota area will become a testing ground for political ads. While herself a part of the media, Dr. MacManus noted the electorate has little trust in the media, with the trust level higher among Democrats than Republicans. She emphasized that the media

is “big business” and pointed out how they circumvented the party-determined debate number by augmenting debate time coverage with sponsorship of socalled “town hall meetings”. Discussing the role of women in the up-coming election, MacManus noted that younger women were not as supportive of Hillary Clinton as older women. She wryly noted that women candidates are no longer the major focus on hair styles (witness Trump) nor on shoes (witness heeled cowboy boots on some male candidates ). Dr. MacManus’s talk was the sixth program in the Landings Learning Group weekly presentations featuring a variety of talks and musical presentations. The series will conclude on March 16 with a performance by New York Metropolitan baritone, Jason Stearns.



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The Colorful Landings Map has been recently updated and is available at the Main Gate. It contains a street index as well as locations of important landmarks: The Racquet Club, The Nature Trail, Eagles Nest Area and Lake names. The front page describes The Landings for newcomers, visitors and prospective buyers. There is also a photo of the only Eagle family to establish residence and


build a home in the past 30 years. Their residency was, unfortunately, brief. It is believed they got into a spat with their neighbors, the Owls, known to both annoy Eagles and attempt to take possession of their nests. Special thanks to the sponsors of this edition of the map, Lenore Treiman, Argus Management, Judy Greene and Tara Lamb, Brigitte and Kristina von Kessel and Broward Factory Service.


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The temperatures are finally warming up…let’s play some tennis! Join us on Thursday, March 17, 2016 for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Round Robin followed by dinner with traditional Irish fare. Stop by the Pro Shop for details and to sign up. Don’t play tennis? You can still enjoy corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and Irish beer with friends. It’s your chance for the wearin’ of the green. Landings Day is on the books for April. The exact date will be determined by the availability of the dunk tank. That’s right........the dunk tank returns! It has been brought to my attention that we may need to brush up on a few points of tennis etiquette. Please adhere to your start time. Do not go to your court too early. For those players on the court, please leave in a timely fashion. Do not walk across the court while players are in the middle of a point. If an occasion arises that you have to cross the court, wait until the players are changing ends. Offensive language will not be tolerated. I think we can all agree that we are on the courts to compete but mostly it should be fun. Need a lesson or want to join a cardio clinic? Contact me at 941-993-2628 or See you on the courts...

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles

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I want to take this opportunity to reinforce how important it is both to the members and the tennis professionals that every attempt be made to sign up for clinics and courts sufficiently ahead of time for for the pros to manage their court usage and, therefore, the courts available to members. We are very fortunate to have two pros of their caliber available at a small club like ours. One of the reasons that we can afford to do so is that they are able to schedule private lessons, both of members and others, at times when the courts are not otherwise used for clinics or scheduled member play. The number of players signed up for a clinic dictates the number of courts and the teaching schedule of the pros. Similarly, members cannot necessarily be able to “walk on” and play without having reserved a court; pro activity and court maintenance dictate court availability during other than peak times. Also, please don’t show up for a clinic that you have not registered for and expect to have your wish to participate change the number of courts and pros available. While both of our pros realize that our members have priority, they cannot reschedule their teaching to accommodate an unexpected increase in the number of participants in a clinic. By the time you read this, the new maintenance shed should be virtually complete. A fence will be added in front of the old shed’s pad. The staff and pros are sure to appreciate the space and fix-up of the new facility. Lastly, the St. Patrick’s day celebration will take place on Thursday, March 17. The following Sunday, the Club will host the annual CANUKUS tournament between players from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The first two months of the year have flown by already. year Our clubhouse schedules are full of activities. There are more exercise classes in the mornings now than I have ever seen before. As you already know, we have yoga three days a week and Jazzercise & Zumba twice a week. One recent addition to the schedule is Stretching & Strengthening with Verna every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Our Zumba instructor Sandy Bellino is offering two new classes as well: water aerobics on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Tai Chi Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Please check the inside back cover of The Eagle for a full list of the exercise class schedule or call the Pro Shop at 941-923-3886. There are lots of other social activities going on as well. I’d like to thank some of the members responsible for organizing them for you. The Landings Learning Group series on Wednesday afternoons is led this year by Bridget Frymier, Selma Savren and their committee. Through the first four events in the series we are averaging 108 people per show. Looking at the last five events on the schedule, I expect that number to gradually

By Kevin Lechlitner increase all the way to the finale on March 16. On Thursdays, we have the Landings Free College led by Ralph Ricapito & Irv Kushner. They have had an interesting schedule so far and have some must see events coming up. Trivia Challenge is on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month has had record attendance since the beginning of the year. We used to have about twenty people each time and now that number is closer to forty! It’s free for members the first time you come so why not try it out? You can come with your own team or join one when you arrive. 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 Thursday, March 17. 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 & Earl Tomkins, is scheduled for April 3. 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 22 is the next pancake breakfast and our annual, seasonending Landings Day festival is usually in early April. I’ll keep you posted once the details are ironed out.


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The Landings Free College The Landings Free College -no homework, no term papers, no grades, no credits, and no tuition – continues to be a venue where the audience learns interesting things, usually on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. On February 4, John Rosentrater, Director of the Sarasota National Cemetery, taught us about the network of National Cemeteries established by the Federal government for military veterans and their families. The Sarasota cemetery, one of the newest, is rated #4 of 115 things to do in Sarasota by Trip Advisor. He described its features and procedures, including the Patriot Plaza, a privately funded space “to honor, inspire and embrace”. This presentation was part of our theme for this year – hidden gems of Sarasota. Next, Alan Maio, our county commissioner, spoke to an overflow audience on February 11, describing the workings of county government and

some of the issues that the commissioners addressed since he last spoke to us a year ago. Still scheduled to speak in February as of this writing are Landings resident and holder of multiple degrees Frank Pipers who will describe the “accidents” of evolution intersecting with human behavior that resulted in modern life on February 18. In a special presentation on February 20, Patrick Imperato - Lieutenant, USN, son of Sara and Henry Rhodes will describe his personal experiences over Syria in a presentation entitled “A Day in the Life of a Fighter Pilot”. And on February 25, Robert Wright, Coordinator, Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team, will discuss the challenges of “Living on the Water’s Edge”. Scheduled for presentation in March is a double header on March 3 devoted to the theme of the hidden gems of Sarasota: Lynda Becherelli will discuss

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Ray Lee Irv Kushner Irv Kushner will present the saga of a remarkable American family on March 10 when he presents “The four Hiram Binghams”. On March 17, Ray Lee will discuss “Bridge Players, Baseball Players, Cyclists and other Cheaters”. Apparently bridge is just like other sports – four of the leading pairs were thrown out of the 2015 World

A video of the Memorial Service for the tennis great Mike Davies that was held at the Landings on January 9 (described in the last issue of The Eagle) will be shown on Friday evening March 18. On March 24 we will present “Photographers of The Landings”. Six of our best photographers (Gary Warren, Bob Manteiga, Paul Weiner, Jeff Crotty, Rudy Blohm, and Norris Carroll) will show their best photos.

Don Leidel On April 1, to end the season, we will mount a tribute to the late Sid Wenokur, very appropriately with the great film “The Third Man” starring Orson Welles. Set in postWWII Vienna, this film will be introduced by Don Leidel who worked for the CIA during this historic period. At the end of the showing Katy Leidel will wrap things up talking about “The Third Man” tour currently being given in Vienna. The tour covers all the spots where the movie was made.



Musical Reminiscences And State College Of Florida Musical Performance Highlight Landings Learning Group February Programs SFC Chamber Choir entertains the LLG audience. Pictured at far left is accompanist Lurray Myers and at far right is the choir’s director Melodie Dickerson. Photos by Paul Wiener

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June Lebell and Edward Alley share reflections on their musical careers at their February 10 appearance from the Landings Learning Group

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Landolier’s Spring Concert Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2016, the Landoliers will present an entertaining musical program that will include many of your favorite songs of Broadway. The talented group of men and women from The Landings are led by conductor, Lenora Jost and accompanied by Barbara Rothman at the piano. The Landoliers have been presenting concerts at The Landings for many years to an appreciative local audience. Everyone attending is always delighted to hear their neighbors and friends making such wonderful music together. Some of the music to be performed will include the “Phantom of the Opera” Medley, “All That Jazz” from the musical “Chicago”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy”, as

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Medical Center while Alka did her residency at North Shore University, New York. In 2005, they moved to Atlanta, where she worked at Piedmont Hospital, and he completed his fellowship at Emory University. In 2007, they succumbed to the lure of the crystal sands of Siesta Key Beach, for they were expecting their first child, and, as Alka says: “Warm weather always makes you happy.” Deepak loved the quality of life in Sarasota: he found things slower than they were in Atlanta and NYC, and it seemed like the perfect place to raise a family. In January of 2008, the Nair’s found the ideal place on Peregrine Point Way in The Landings. The house is spacious and spread out, with high ceilings and plenty of room for visiting friends and family. It was close to work, the perfect environment for kids, plus they were surrounded by wonderful neighbors. “It was everything we wanted!” exclaims Deepak. They renovated the house in two stages, and it continues to

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Coach Houses Some of the landscape plants include hibiscus, Indian Hawthorne, bougainvillea, and a large number of trees, said association president Helen “Sam” McGowan. “All of the buildings command a great deal of privacy,” McGowan added. “It is tucked in there.” “The landscaping is lovely,” added Lenore Treiman, a Realtor® who has a unit listed for sale in Coach Houses South V. “There are crape myrtles which bloom with rich lavender flowers outside of the wall which surrounds The Landings in this area.” Another factor, Treiman told The Landings Eagle, that is a draw for potential owners in this community is the close proximity to the Landings Racquet Club, the Starling Drive residents-only gate into The Landings, Phillippi Harbor Club (for boaters), and the Inspired Living at Sarasota, if loved ones live there. The buildings of Coach Houses V consist of two levels. The lower level has condominium units that are two bedrooms and two baths, with a lanai and outside deck. The upper units consist of three bedrooms, two baths and a lanai. All units have large sliding glass doors from the lanai and kitchen. The sliding glass doors from the lanai are about 12-feet wide, McGowan said. Interiors feature a lightfilled, split floor-plan. “The light is beautiful,” McGowan said. Each unit also has an attached garage. The community’s residents include a mix of seasonal residents and full-time residents. “But some of the snowbirds are thinking more seriously about spending more time down here,” McGowan told The Landings Eagle. “Everyone is delighted with The Landings, and is so happy they found the community.” The condo community holds an annual “block party,”

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held at the Landings Racquet Club, in April before many seasonal residents leave. “Everyone brings something, and it is a nice get together,” McGowan said. The exterior of the buildings were recently painted. And last summer a project to install brand new paver driveways was completed. There is not a lot of turnaround at the Coach Houses V, McGowan noted.

Recent sales:

• One unit sold in the past year. The two bedroom, two bath first floor unit sold a year ago, in February, 2015, for $229,900, or $145 a square foot. The unit has 1,588 square feet.

• There is currently one unit listed for sale on the market, an updated three bedroom, two bath that was reduced in price to $324,900 last month. The list price comes out to $164 a square foot. The upper-floor unit has 1,980 square feet. The unit has lake views and a list of upgrades that includes: silestone quartz counters and raised panel wood cabinetry in the kitchen. The unit also features updated baths and ceramic tiles floors in all rooms. The master suite has a sitting area, walk-in closet, and bath with dual Corian vanities and tile and glass shower. The open living/dining room with vaulted ceiling flows seamlessly into the den/Florida room with a lake view.

What’s in a name? By Landin Dr. Albert L. Weeks I knew someone in Arizona who at one of her cocktail parties informed her guests that the pate being served was made from rattlesnake meat! Everyone stopped munching the horrid hors d’oevres. The hostess’s name was Eunice, a name that commands seriousness. This time, however, Eunice was only kidding. The pate was not of the genus Squamata. After she told everyone she was joking, did anyone resume eating her delicious pate? No. Her original designation of the pate had killed the guests’ appetite. Conclusion: A normal pate by another name does not taste as nice. Pace Shakespeare, famous for the line “a rose by any other name smells just as sweet.” But you see, it doesn’t. Give something a different name, even if it’s a delicious pate, it won’t taste the same. An expert on 16th-century

philosophy would probably chime in that Shakespeare was, you see, a “Realist,” not a “Nominalist.”Meaning, he believed that it doesn’t matter what you call or name something,the thing will remain what it really is. Yet some may disagree with the Bard. For instance, I once held some surveys among hundreds of students. I wanted to see when a certain first name was mentioned, whether responders would immediately make associations with that name. For instance, in a multiplechoice format, I asked students if they thought “Ricky” was: a) a nondrinker; b) a good student; c) a drinker; d) shy and withdrawn. Perhaps you can guess what the answer was. In a very skewed way, people disproportionately answered “c) a drinker. Does this mean that people (like my great

nephew with that name) are drinkers? Of course not. What it does mean is that people make that connection because of the”vibes” radiating from “Ricky.” Or take the name “Elizabeth.” Some girls and women with that name are called by its derivatives, “Liz” and”Beth.” In testing the students with these derivatives together with “Elizabeth,” I found stunning correlations as I had with “Ricky.” For instance, most said “Liz” liked sports cars whereas “Beth” was a serious student. And soon. Believe it or not, I even found correlations with first names of baseball players and the positions they likely play. For instance, someone with a name,say, like “Desmond,” “Calvin,” or “Arthur,” was more likely to be a pitcher than playing anywhere else on the diamond. For some reason, “Steve” invariably was a catcher.

Someone named”Tony” played shortstop. And so on. Who can explain these correlations? Often they have nothing to do with the names of well-known MLB players. Somehow people make such associations. Just why they do, who knows? Finally, when it comes to names, parents know how popularity of first names of baby girls and baby boys changes radically from one period to another. Today parents want to add baggage, or vibes, to the names they give their offspring. So, few parents now name their baby girls “Jane,” Mary, “ or “Sarah.”These days you rarely hear of baby boys with names like “Jim,” “Bob,”or “Tom.” Does anyone really know why the following frequencies of baby names turned up in the last couple of years? In 2014-15, the first four baby girl names showed this frequency:

“Emma”; “Olivia”; “Sophia”;”Isabella.” For baby boys: “Noah”; “Liam”; “Mason”;”Jacob.” Years ago when I was teaching in the University, three very common girls’ names were “Brittany, “ “Diana,” and “Deborah.”Back then male students were often “Stephen;” “Brandon; “ or “Ryan.” Giving unusual, or “different,” names to children in now a global phenomenon. People in many countries seem determined to make a statement with the names they bestow on their offspring. It’s as if parents reject the notion that names are mere name tags. Nominalism with content is in! Landins Dr. Al Weeks is professor emeritus, NYU. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.




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Larry Spelman Remembered Long-time Landings resident, Larry Spelman, died in his sleep on the 31st of January. Larry and Dorothy moved here from Manhattan in the mid-nineties. When Carriage House II President George Garibaldi, discovered Larry was licensed to practice law in both Florida and New York, he decided Larry would be an asset to the smaller and larger communities. And his career in condo politics was launched. He later served multiple-terms as LMA President. Larry’s first assignment on the LMA Board was Chair of the Lakes Committee, a novel challenge to a Brooklyn born New York City resident who knew little if nothing about catching alligators. He also became a member and later President of Carriage House II, an avid tennis, bridge and poker player. Larry’s wife, Dorothy, was especially fond of an editorial tribute in The Landings Eagle when Spelman retired as LMA president in 2004. It said, in part:

LMA President, Larry Spelman, has announced he does not intend to run for LMA President again. We can’t let his departure pass without comment. His board re-established the Eagle. We’re grateful, and hope you are. His Board also agreed to let it operate without editorial control by the Board. . .and it has kept its word. We are grateful for well. But Larry deserves our thanks for other reasons as well.

Aronsohn and Berman, where he served as head of Trusts and Estates and also specialized in Matrimonial law. He was admitted to the bars of New York and Florida and served as Chair of the Committee on Matrimonial Law of the NYC Bar. He was a member of the National and NY Chapters of the Matrimonial Academy, and the Trusts and Estates Council, as well as the Interdisciplinary Forum on Mental Health and Matrimonial Law. In H e s t a r t e d a s a n E a g l e Florida he was a member of the skeptic... questioning our motives, Retired Lawyers Association, The Ivy League Club and the questioning our facts. But he learned quickly to use Columbia Club. Spelman was an enthusiastic the paper as a way to communicate w i t h t h e c o n s t i t u e n c y a n d amateur banjo player and a bring issues to them for public member of the Gulf Coast Banjo discussion; to use the paper as a Society, which performs weekly forum for opinion and discussion. in Venice. He also served as He ran the LMA board with secretary of the board of the a firm hand, the good legal sense Young Musicians Education his background provided him, Foundation, Inc. Spelman also was a corecognition of the constituency’s need to express itself, and a sense founder, President and legal counsel of the Davis Park of humor. While The Eagle hasn’t always Medical Association in Davis agreed with Larry, we admire his Park, Fire Island, where he was leadership, consider him a valuable a resident, actively involved in resource, and appreciate him as an the community, for more than 40 years. Later, he spent summers asset to our community. Larry, thanks for your years of at his home at Culver Lake, service to The Landings. May there Branchville, NJ. He continued his community service after be many more to come. Larry Spelman was 87. He moving to Sarasota. He was well renowned leaves his loving wife, Dorothy, sister Marcia and husband as a clever amateur lyricist, Burt de Fren, daughter Erika, composing songs for special son Paul and his wife Erin, occasions and even serving grandchildren Emily Figueroa, as primary lyricist for an Jeremy, Billy and Janie Spelman. entire musical, a Davis Park H e g r a d u a t e d f r o m Community production Brooklyn’s Midwood High entitled “I’ll Call you in the School, Columbia College and City.” He was also a genial Columbia Law School. He also raconteur who loved to regale received an LLM in tax law friends with classic songs and poetry, and often astonished from NYU. After graduating from law the crowd with his ability to school, he served as a Teaching recite, from memory, long, Fellow at Columbia Law School intricate pieces, such as the before joining the firm of Davis, poem “Casey at the Bat” and Polk & Wardwell. As a young the song “Trouble Right Here associate he performed trust in River City” from The Music and film negotiations for Man. A celebration of life will be Charles Lindberg for The Spirit of St. Louis. He later moved to held mid-day March 12 at the Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Landing Racquet Club.

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Getting bids for needed work on the storm sewer inlet at Landings Boulevard and Landings Court has been difficult due to contractors being overloaded. Work to install a new drainage system to eliminate standing water at 1684 Peregrine Point Dr. is pending.


Committee chair, John Carson reported Committee members attended a Sarasota County Grant Writing Workshop and Rob Wright of Sarasota County NEST would lead a late February Learning Session.


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Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessy reported on several landscape issues. Invasive plants were removed on the Nature Trail, Heron Way and in the LMA preserve. The island at the far end of Peregrine Point Circle West was renovated. Holiday lights were removed from the islands and a cost estimate is being made to replace the declining shrubs in the north monument at The Landings entrance.

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MAINTENANCE Maintenance Committee chair David Jacaruso, reported the sign replacement project continues and perimeter wall power washing has begun. Bids are still being solicited for road striping and the repair and addition of road reflectors.


Forward Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported the committee is ready to mail out a demographic survey of Landings residents. The survey will help the committee develop a forward plan that includes the wants and needs of the community.

• History of The Landings

The internal site will be • “Who We Are” Features: ( i n c l u d i n g v i d e o s a b o u t created for and by Landings Landings residents, nature, residents. We are seeking volunteers to both lead and/or photography, cartoons) work on the sections described. • The Front Gate We plan to add sections slowly as this is an ambitious work-in-

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• News Reel: Brief news • Committee News & Views snippets about interesting projects Landings residents are • Community Announcements (e.g. Halloween Walk; involved in. hauling dates; hurricane • Interest Groups Bulletin preparation) Board (to provide networking opportunities for walking • The Landings Monthly groups; music listening; book Calendar clubs, etc.) • Extracts from The Landings • Vendor recommendations Eagle • Classifieds

Wake & Shake

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reported important fountain and control box upgrades were made on both Treehouse Lake and North Lake. Algae issues effecting the fountains on Carriagehouse Lake have been corrected.

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Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 46 Incidents reported for the month of January 2016. They are as follows: • 1 Alarm Report House alarm. Unknown cause. SSO investigating. • 1 Accident Report Vehicle attempted exit at the North Gate knocking arm off. • 1 Animal Problem Report Missing Siberian Husky reported. Patrol advised. • 1 Assist Other Agency Report EMS Rescue 11 on site. Patrol provided traffic control. • 1 Information Report (Weather) Tornado Warning in effect. Minor Damage reported. Power outages. FPL on scene. • 2 Lost Property Reports Lost: GPS Device (1) Lost: Glasses (1pr)

• 30 Open Door Reports 28 Garage Doors 2 Vehicle Doors • 4 Parking Violations Reported All vehicles parked in the roadways overnight. • 1 Patrol Request Dispatched patrol officer ref: loud noises. Ofc. reports nothing heard. • 1 Property Damage Report Damage to landscaping. Unknown cause. Forwarded to LMA for repair • 2 Reckless Driving Reports Reports submitted by resident complaint. • 1 Trespass Report Vehicle observed bypassing S. Gate access control. Minor property damage. Subject later identified. Report filed with LMA.

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

2016 12492 12492 2016 18239 16603 34842 2016 6000 5462 11462

2015 12810 12810 2015 18186 16189 34375 2015 5151 4330 9481

2014 2013 2012 12285 13642 13696 12285 13642 13696 2014 2013 2012 17768 18264 19946 15835 16582 17553 33603 34846 37499 2014 2013 2012 5971 5747 6931 5004 5006 6458 10975 10753 13389

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

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory By Dick Bayles

The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Deelila Clark, 5450 Eagles Point Cir #203, 941-343-0904, C:941-993-7849 • Laura Denenholz, 5457 Eagles Point Cir, 941-993-1551, • Carolyn Friday, 1638 Pintail Way • Leslie Gordon, 1368 Landings Dr • Godfrey Levy, 5430 Eagles Point Cir #104 • Mary McGrath, 1358 Landings Dr • Bruce & Nancy Miller, 1742 Starling Dr, 512-694-0202, 512-826-3642 • Jeffrey & Lauren Packman, 5261 Heron Way • Ronald & Carla Riffel, 1716 Kestral Park Way S, 941-780-1762, 941-780-1757,, The following are changes since the last issue: • Vanda Bayliss, 1724 Starling Dr • Patrick Brennan & Shari Lenz, 1768 Pine Harrier Cir, 858-775-4036, 858-775-4035,, • Barry & Ellie Faber, 1718 Peregrine Point Dr, 941-924-1458, 941-924-5168, C: 947-780-1151, • Stanislaus Grabarek & Julie Eisele, 1467 Landings Cir, 941-922-5253, 414-271-2625, • Kathryn Gritz, 1460 Landings Cir, 201-741-3177, • Jessie & Francis Hoang, 1714 Starling Dr • Teresa Weber, 5450 Eagles Point Cir #101, 941-320-3773, Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e-mail, at and at, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention, or sent via mail, e mail or fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231. Email: Fax: (941) 296-7404.

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The ATS Speed Sentry was deployed on Kestral Parkway North (near the North Gate facing Southbound) for the Month of December 2015 with the following results:

Date 01/13/16 to 01/14/16

Location Kestral Parkway North (Southbound)

Speed Limit 20

Compliant 75.05%

Low Risk 18.64%

Med Risk 4.54%

High Risk 0.77%

Compliant 75.05% 75.33% 98.43% 97.30%

Low Risk 18.64% 16.25% 1.51% 2.55%

Med Risk 4.54% 6.31% 0.05% 0.14%

High Risk 0.77% 2.11% 0.00% 0.02%

The speed sentry recorded on average 1392.03 vehicles passed that location each day. This marks a sharp increase in non-compliance at this location compared to the previous 25MPH speed limit.

Date 01/13/16 to 01/14/16 12/10/15 to 01/13/16 09/01/14 to 10/11/14 08/01/14 to 08/31/14

Location Kestral Parkway North (Southbound) Kestral Parkway North (Southbound) Kestral Parkway North (Southbound) Kestral Parkway North (Southbound)

Speed Limit 20 20 25 25





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