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The Brilliant Career Of Dr. Robert E. Windom Sarasota has long served as “home base” for Dr. Robert E. Windom and his wife, Lelia. His parents originally brought him here from Ohio when he was 15, and he met Lelia when they were both in 10th grade at Sarasota High School. The couple has been happily married for 61 years, and their three sons—Bob, Ross, and Hugh— were all raised in our town. Dr. Windom attended Duke University, receiving his B.A. in 1952, and his M.D. in 1956. Before returning to Sarasota in 1960, he completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Parkland Hospital, in Dallas, Texas. From 1960-1986, he had a Private Practice in Sarasota specializing in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Robert E. Windom to be Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, the highest position in the federal government with

the requirement that it be filled by a physician. Prior to that time, he had been a liaison to the Washington office of the American Medical Association (1975-1986) and served on the National Legislative Committee of the Florida Medical Association. As Assistant Secretary for Health from 1986-1989, Robert Windom traveled to such farflung places as Paris, Beijing, Geneva, London, Stockholm, Tokyo, Moscow, Sukumi

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First Landings house razed By Diana Colson

(Georgia, USSR), Manila, Bangkok, New Delhi, Kiev, and Calcutta. Much of his work centered around collaborating with various countries on AIDS research and education. Some of his work in Russia concerned radiation consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. From 1989 onward, Dr. Windom served in the private sector as a Health Care Consultant, dealing with problems both domestic and international. He worked on such issues as water purification, cancer, viral infections, and alcohol/drug abuse. He delivered lectures on a wide range of subjects, among them “The Humane Approach to Treating Persons with HIV infection and AIDS” (New Delhi, 1993); “Bioremediation of Contaminated Soil’ (Prague and Bangkok, 1996); and “The Status of HIV Vaccine Research” (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2007.) The previous year, Dr. Windom attended the World Immune Society for Health (WISH) meeting in Japan and Taiwan to discuss the role of the immune system in fighting cancer. Continued on page 10

Photo of house before it was demolished. See page 20 for the after photos.

Michael Knupp New Board Member

By Diana Colson

Michael and Christine Knupp moved to Sarasota in 2014, inspired by a bad winter in Littleton, Massachusetts. They had been coming to Florida off and on for several years, spending a week or two biking on Sanibel. Eventually they gravitated towards Sarasota because of the town’s many cultural offerings. They bought a beautiful house on Landings Terrace, and settled in, finding others in The Landings to be exceptionally warm and

welcoming. Mike gestured towards the house next door: “The neighbors have been fabulous! They introduced us around. I met Henry Rhodes, who had on his recruiting cap. Next thing I know, I went to a meeting of the board and got hooked!” Lucky Landings! Michael Knupp has a pocket full of skills to bring to the boardroom table. Continued on page 13

LMA Decal Verification

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

their decals before June 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 was mailed with the notice and is available on The Landings website and at the Main Gate.

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Letters to the Editor

Rules are written for the masses not the individual. This phrase came to mind when I read the article in The Landings Eagle about the Frank Family’s situation concerning a monetary penalty they incurred due to postal errors. Upon reading the decision of the LMA Board to impose a late fine on the family’s dilemma just does not sound justified. Revisiting and revising this misunderstanding by the LMA’s Board would present a spirit of fairness, understanding, camaraderie, plus just plain common sense would be a positive step for all concerned. Jim Dickson With complete lack of sympathy I read the letter from Burt and Sandy Frank (printed on page 3 of the April 2015 issue of The Eagle with fancy green background) complaining of having to pay a penalty for late payment of LMA dues. My wife and I have resided in The Landings for 20 years. I served on the LMA Board for 12 years. I was President of LMA for 4 years. While I was on the Board, LMA had and still has an inflexible rule that if payment of dues is late a payment penalty is imposed. My wife and I once paid late because we did not receive the notice re dues payment. I paid the penalty without complaining. The U.S. Post Office is not perfect. The rule is inflexible because: 1. If it weren’t inflexible, a larger number of other residents would be late paying their dues; 2. If the penalty could be remitted for supposedly good reason, the LMA Board meetings would last an hour longer debating whether this, that or the other resident’s penalty should be remitted; 3. LMA can use the money. As far as I am concerned, we who live in The Landings live in Paradise. Every morning I wake up and say to myself, “Wow! Another day in Paradise.” As President Kennedy once said, “Life is not fair.” If anyone residing here has to pay a relatively small penalty that she deems to be unfair every 20 years or so in order to continue living in Paradise, she should shrug her shoulders and continue on with life without wasting time writing to editors. Sincerely, Larry Spelman


LMA Meeting Notes

By Trebor Britt

|Speeding And Safety Discussion Extends Lma Meeting Past 2 Hours LMA Pres. Don McMurray opened the meeting by asking for the approval of the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were tweaked and approved. In his presidents report, McMurray welcomed guest speaker Molly Williams and mentioned the new residents’ reception at the Landings Racquet Club was well attended. Doug Day’s Community Events Committee may schedule a welcome event for seasonal residents around September. FINANCE REPORT Finance committee chair, Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso reported through the month of March, the Board has a surplus $7490.41. She mentioned five owner units have still not paid the 2015 annual assessment and the policy for collecting outstanding annual assessment that would be followed. After the LMA property and liability insurer declined to underwrite insurance for the gazebo, it was determined insurance from another carrier would be cost prohibitive so no action was taken. COMMUNICATIONS Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso and Robert Manteiga reported that the committee is struggling a bit to determine its purpose and necessity. They are working to come up with a strategic plan or missions statement to share at the next meeting. EVENTS Community events chair, Doug Day reported the committee is in the process of compiling family demographics for The Landings. They are hoping to schedule an event in July. Details will be reported once they become available.

determining their scope and purpose trash continues to remain unfulfilled. and will share the results at a future meeting. ROADS Roads chair, Rudy Blohm reported bids have been solicited from three contractors for the repaving work needed in 2016. He will report on those bids at a future meeting. Blohm asked for residents to report any needed road repair work to the LMA. GAZEBO Rudy Blohm asked the Board again to consider erecting an observation tower between the bridge and the gazebo. It would give The Landings residents a view of one of the largest mangrove areas in Sarasota. If the board is interested he would look into the design and cost. LANDSCAPING Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessy’s reported on three landscape issues. • The Nature Trail was re-shelled and a set of steps were placed at the Heron Way entrance at a cost of approximately $7100. • The Heron Way entrance to the nature trail was landscaped for approximately $4700. The installation of a paver path and placement of signs will be next. • The committee will be discussing renovations to approximately five islands with Merle Raber.

LAKES Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence reported dead vegetation removal, trimming, weed whacking and herbicidal spraying was done on Lakes seven and nine. Additionally, trash that washed into Lake one will be cleared by the lakes ENVIRONMENTAL contractor. The promise by Sarasota Committee chair, John Carson County a year ago to install a skimmer reported they are in the process of on the catch basin of Lake one to collect

Molly Williams, P.E. Stormwater Utility Manager presented a detailed report on the proposed changes to Sarasota County flood maps. These changes could potentially affect the cost of insurance. She also provided a variety of helpful resources to anyone who wanted them. The handout listing the average cost of flood insurance by zone was especially interesting. Residents who would like property specific information can visit the Sarasota County website at maps/pages/default.aspx.

PUBLIC/GOVERENMENT RELATIONS Don McMurray shared a brief report in Chairman, Karl Maggard’s absence. The committee hopes to encourage fulfillment of promised actions by Sarasota County regarding lakes issues at The Landings. Additionally, Maggard reported that Publix only bought their end of The Landings shopping center. The remainder of the center is still owned by developer, Shostak Bros. STRATEGIC PLANNING Strategic Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported soliciting input from several sources in order to update the old strategic plan. They will also review the long-term plan for the Eagles nest area. Continued on page 17

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President’s Column As many of you are aware the Board of Directors has been struggling with the issue of how to increase safety on our roads. The primary concern has always been focused on how to increase the safety of our many walkers and bicyclists that share the road space with our drivers. We cannot put sidewalks in due to lack of easement on our roads. While we do have a number of walking trails spread throughout The Landings they are not connected in an easily accessible manner. However, we are continuing to explore the possibility of developing better access to safe walking paths. The Safety & Security Committee had discussed and reviewed this issue for a number of months before bringing a set of proposals to the board for deliberation. The Association held a Town Hall Meeting to elicit a wider range of thoughts and recommendations. Over the last two months the Board has been discussing and deciding a number of motions formulated by the Safety & Security Committee. If you were in attendance at the Board Meetings you would have witnessed “democracy in action”. There were lively discussions on both sides of each issue. Most issues were resolved, with a couple of decisions being delayed while the finance committee

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reviews the availability of funds to implement the recommendations. The recommendations are to add either speed bumps, calming tables, or other speed limiting impediments to Landings Blvd. and Starling Dr. I won’t go into each of the motions passed in this article, but an article will be submitted to The Eagle with a full description of the changes going into effect. The one change you will see immediately is a reduced speed limit on Landing Blvd. and Kestral Parkway as the new signs are installed. The speed limit adopted reduces the current limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. Please pay attention to the new speed limit and reduce your speed for the safety of your neighbors. As these changes are implemented I would encourage everyone to respect the work of the board and to abide by the new policies. As always, the board works for you and for your best interests. As such, we will remain open for feedback, positive and negative, as each of you adjusts to the changes. At the last Board Meeting, Molly Williams, County Storm Water and Drainage Department gave an update of the County discussions and proposed reconfiguration of the Flood Zones for our

community. It was very enlightening and provided a good overview of where our community sits in relation to the proposed changes. Additionally, as a side note, the County did dredge lake two a couple of weeks ago. We are still engaged in conversation about the dredging of lake one – by the north gate, which is desperately in need of attention. In closing, I and the Board, again, encourage you to get involved in your community 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 greatly appreciated. Additionally, as a way of opening communications, I will attempt a new avenue of contact. On the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. I will be available at the LRC to meet and discuss with any resident that has a question, suggestion, or complaint they would like to share with the board. I’ll try this for a month or two and if it is a useful avenue of communication I’ll continue it. The first meeting will be Tuesday May 5th.

The Landings Web Site and the Main Gate A new Security menu selection has been added to the LMA Member Services in the Residents portion of The Landings Web site, This page provides a link to the CapSure system used at the Main Gate for processing guests and vendors entering the community, as well as other information related to a residence. The page also contains instructions on obtaining the userid and password required to access the system and a link to a video that guides a new user through the system’s use. If you are not a current user of The Landings site, we encourage you to sign up. The home page permits residents to establish a userid and password directly on the site. Residents may access the CapSure system directly at

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Left to right are Ted Schaeffer, Denny Romer and Chris Romer. The photos were taken by Norm Olshansky at a going away party for the Romers who will be greatly missed.

LHA Meeting Notes At a quiet regular April board meeting, the LHA board reviewed its earlier rejection of a proposed expansion of a residence on Peregrine Point Cir N upon the request of the owner. The Board requested a more detailed survey of the property, especially with respect to a “top of bank” setback requirement that is part of the Association’s governing documents and Sarasota County zoning regulations. The board approved the removal of trees on Kestral Park Place and Peregrine Point Circle N and the relocation of an existing fence on Peregrine Point Circle E. The owner of property on Pine Harrier Drive will be asked to attend the next board meeting to discuss a home business operating out of the residence. A final attempt to resolve a drainage violation on Peregrine Point Way will be undertaken prior to turning the matter over to counsel. The Association’s Rules and Regulations were amended to provide for escalating fines for repeated violations of the restrictions on vehicles and parking for its properties. The LMA restrictions on parking are: No vehicle shall be parked in The Landings except on a paved driveway or inside a garage. No trucks or vehicles which are used for commercial purposes, other than those present on business, nor any trailers, may be parked unless inside a garage and concealed from

public view. Boats, boat trailers, campers, vans, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles and any vehicle not in operable condition shall be permitted to be parked only while loading or unloading or while parked inside a garage and concealed from public view. Only noncommercial passenger cars and passenger vans with seats behind the driver and windows on the sides and rear may be parked outside overnight. In a temporary emergency situation, if a prohibited vehicle will not fit in the resident’s garage, it may remain outside overnight if it is parked in a designated parking area and the Main Gate is advised of the circumstances. These exceptions must be approved by an LHA Director. The LHA is obligated to enforce the LMA parking restrictions and is authorized to impose monetary fines for violations. The LHA will take the following actions for parking violations: • Issue a warning letter for a first violation; • Impose a $25.00 fine for a second violation within 90 days; • Impose a $50.00 fine for a third violation within 180 days; and • Impose a $100.00 fine for the fourth and subsequent violations. The next board meeting of the Association will be on May 14, 2015.

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Properly Promoting Your Landings Related Event Pre-event Publicity Flyers 1. 8.5 x 11” flyers with details of your event can be placed at several places in The Landings. a. Events at or sponsored by the Landing’s Racquet Club can usually be posted on the Club’s Bulletin Boards. Submit them to Club management. They may or may not accept non-club events. b. Some Associations MAY permit posting your flyer on their bulletin boards. Such boards are scattered throughout The Landings. c. In all cases the final decision to post rests with the Club or Association. 2. Be sure your flyer includes all necessary information: Time, Date, Place, Admission charges if any. 3. Produce your flyer from the viewpoint of your potential audience – emphasis on what is of interest and value to them. Color and an eye catching color photo will enhance interest.

Service mailing to every landings property owner address The Landings Eagle is by far your most efficient way to let people know about your event. It is published 12 months each year, and attempts to reach the mailbox of every property in The Landings by the first of each month. Here are the things you need to know to take advantage of Landings Eagle promotional opportunities.

Pre-event Promotion: 1. Any material you would like to have appear in any given month should be in the hands of The Eagle’s publisher by the 15th of the month preceding the month of publication. 2. Materials for your event should be submitted to: islandvp@ 3. It should include: Time, Date, Place, Admission charges if any, Necessary reservation information, including where to The Landings Eagle make reservations. Short of the U.S. Postal 4. Include the name and

phone number of the person to be contacted with questions about your event. 5. Write your release from the viewpoint of your potential audience – emphasis on what is of interest and value to them. An eye catching color photo will enhance interest. You should pay special attention to photos and visuals. They will enhance your release and increase your chances of publication. 6. Delivery via electronic means is preferred: “Word” or “Text” for written materials .jpg format for visuals, logos or photos. Minimum 300 dpi resolution preferred. 7. The final format, content, visuals etc. will be published at the discretion of the editor/publisher. If you demand a specific size, format or content consider buying an advertisement. This ensures presentation as you want it. 8. Remember publication of non-advertising material is at the sole discretion of the editor based on timeliness, appropriateness to publication and space available.

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Post-event coverage You may wish to report on your event. This can serve several purposes, among them: a. Remind the community what a great event it was to plant the idea with them so they may wish to attend the next time it is held. b. Maintain community awareness of your project and events surrounding it. c. Acknowledge the people who attended, participated and volunteered, perhaps show their picture (group picture most likely to get published.) The Landings Eagle Unless you are fortunate enough to have obtained area wide coverage through WWSB, SNN, The Herald Tribune or the Observer Group, The Landings Eagle is your best opportunity for postevent publicity. 1. Same deadlines: Any material you would like to have appear in any given month should be in the hands of The Eagle’s publisher by the 15th of the

month preceding the month of publication. If the event happens on or near the 15th, notify the paper a story will be coming no later than the 18th and let them know if you will be sending a couple pictures. They may be able to hold space for you. 2. Materials for your event should be submitted to: islandvp@ 3. Provide a brief description including any highlights, any “thank-yous,” etc. 4. It is likely no more than one picture will be used but send 2 or 3 so the editor has some options. 5. Delivery via electronic means is preferred — MS Word (“.doc/.docx”) or “.txt” for written materials and “.jpg” format for visuals, logos or photos. Minimum 300 dpi resolution is preferred. 6. Remember publication of non-advertising material is at the sole discretion of the editor based on timeliness, appropriateness for the publication and space available.





The Landoliers Chorus The Landoliers Chorus, directed by Lenora Jost and accompanied by Barbara Rothman presented their annual program on Sunday, March 22, 2015 to a capacity crowd at the LRC lakeside. The musical program featured songs from Broadway and beyond and was enthusiastically received by Landings residents and friends. A men’s chorus singing “There’s nothing like a dame” was a really big hit when Ms. Sandy Frank made a cameo appearance as “a dame” and lured the men’s chorus out of the building. The concert was followed by a reception hosted by Mary Kay Crotty, Nanette Davis, Judy Geene and Tara Lamb. It was a fun filled afternoon enjoyed by all. Photos by Robert Manteiga

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Dr. Robert E. Windom All of these preceding activities played out on the domestic and international stage. At the very same time, Dr. Windom found time to provide astonishing service to our Sarasota community. To name a few of his local activities, he was the original Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sarasota Military Academy; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sarasota Salvation Army; Chairman of the Florida Suncoast World Affairs Council; President of the Board of Directors of the WorldDoc Foundation; and President of the Sarasota Medical Foundation. A man of astonishing energy and wide-ranging interest, Dr. Windom sat on a variety of local Boards: The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch; The Pines of Sarasota; Plymouth Harbor, Inc.; The Southwest Florida Regional Health Information Organization; The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club. He has been a member of The Florida

Medical Directors Association, as well as the Florida Medical Association’s Council on Public Health. He has even found time to serve as an Elder at Church of the Palms, Presbyterian. To show the width of his range of activities, Dr. Windom served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, and Chairman of the Florida Leadership Council for Tobacco Control. He has been on the Advisory Board of Selby Botanical Gardens as well as Sun Trust Bank Gulf Coast. He has served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast, and is a Member and Former Chairman of Florida Correctional Medical Authority. He has served as Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at USF School of Medicine, and also at University of Miami School of Medicine. He was also a member of the Board

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of Trustees of New College Foundation, USF. Over his long and brilliant career, Dr. Windom has served as Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and also as Chief of Staff at Doctors Hospital. He has been President of the Florida Medical Association, Sarasota County Medical Society, Florida Heart Association, the West Coast Academy of Medicine, and the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce. He was Campaign Chairman for the Salvation Army Capital Fund Drive, Sarasota United Way Fund Drive, and Goodwill Industries Capital Fund Drive. He even was a Host on TV Channel 40 for Medical Tip of the Day and Medical Viewpoint, Sarasota. Robert and Lelia Windom currently reside on Eagles Point Circle in The Landings. He has served as President of Building #4 on Eagles Point Circle, and later as President of the entire group of buildings on Eagles Point.

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By Heidi Bodor

Kaitie Golub, 15, 9th grader, Pine View School for the Gifted

1 brother, Grant (19)

• Favorite color? Blue

• Birthdate? November 29th

• Tell me about a • Favorite movie? Pitch Perfect. I liked the a recent trip you’ve taken. cappella singing. Last summer, I went on a trip with • Favorite shows? Supernatural, Doctor Who, 30 people that started in NY and ended in Sherlock. CA. We went rafting • What do you do in your spare in Wyoming, surfing, saw the football hall time? I like watching football - the of fame, and did the Sea Hawks. Next year, I will classic things in LA probably help at the animal and San Fran. I enjoyed shelter. I also enjoy reading it since these are things I hadn’t done before. Wyoming was historical fiction. my favorite state since it was • What book are you currently mountainous and it felt like the reading? weather was always nice. New York: The Novel. It’s a good book. • What’s your favorite food? Not sure.

• How long have you lived in The Landings? Since 2001 or 2002. • Do you like The Landings? Yes, I like that it’s gated. You can go outside without worrying about what people might do. • What is your favorite subject? History because it’s important to learn from the past. I enjoy French history. • What is your favorite sport? I enjoy rowing. I’m with Sarasota Crew.

• Favorite song? Riptide by Vance Joy

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• What do you want to be when you grow up? Would be nice to be a teacher -- like a history professor.

• Pets? 2 Labradors -a yellow lab named London (girl) and a chocolate lab named Winston (boy)

• What is your 5 year plan? I would like to be at an Ivy League or other good school. Maybe Princeton where my brother is. • What is the ideal allowance? $40/wk for food (and a separate gas allowance).

• What other clubs or organizations are you a part of? I’m in a club called Model UN. • One word to describe you It’s like a mock UN. You get would be? assigned a country, research it, Personable. write a paper, and then go to • If you could wave a magic conferences in FL. I had Austria wand, what ill in the world at the last conference. Would have been nicer to be a bigger would you solve? country. We discussed finding Poverty. solutions to terrorism.

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billion dollar public global and consulting firm. Since retiring in 2009, he has worked as a Self Employed Management Consultant, providing business solutions to small and medium sized companies and nonprofits. Perhaps the most interesting of Mike’s non-profit experiences was being on the Board of Directors of Indian Hill Music, a wonderful regional music school and professional orchestra in Massachusetts. Christine Knupp enrolled in that music school to study clarinet. When music was dropped from a budgetstrapped school district in the area, the music school filled the gap by providing after-school

programs. Indian Hill Music was philanthropic in its own right, giving out $50,000 in music scholarships, and offering free music therapy and free concerts to the elderly. Before moving to Sarasota, Christine worked as a pediatric nurse-practitioner. (She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard.) Since moving to Sarasota, she has become a volunteer nurse at Senior Friendship Center and is active in conservation organizations. She is considering returning to the field of pediatrics. Now retired, Michael still does consulting work, and is also on the board of an engineering company in Richmond, VA. He also sings in the “Landoliers”. The Knupps are a grand addition to The Landings community! In addition to their exceptional skills, they lay claim to four children, three grandchildren, three granddogs and three grand-cats.

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles As we continue to implement our new point-of-sale system, we are able to offer delivery of our monthly statements via e-mail. Those receiving Kevin’s weekly e-mail regarding Club events have been offered this option, as have those to whom we hand out statements. If you have not previously requested this option, please contact Kevin and give him your e-mail address. This is

|News From the Court

By Joe Venezia

The temperature for Landings Day was hot but I was cool - after going in the dunk tank 8 or 9 times. Several ladies from the 3.0 team got me. Good job and congratulations to everyone who hit the target. Thanks to Kevin, Gary, John, Tina, Ron, Barbara, Alice, Bob for taking photos and Judy and Tara for the drinks. Also, a big thanks to Todd White for bringing

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the Wilson demo racquets and some giveaways. If you would like additional information about the Wilson racquets, let me know. As always, James did a great job with the dinner. Edvin and Hans made sure the courts were in top shape for The Landings Day festivities. Want to book a lesson? I can be reached at 941-993-2628 or lrctennisdirector@ Check in the Pro Shop for our next event coming up in the next few weeks. See you on the courts. . . . . . .

By Kevin Lechlitner

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the members for a wonderful season. It was a great first four months of the year for the LRC. I wasn’t sure it was possible but I do believe this was by far the busiest season we have ever had. It was great having so many activities at the Club. For those of you heading north, I wish you a safe trip back and a wonderful summer in your northern homes. I look forward to seeing you again when you return in the fall. Beginning May 15th the Guest Fee enters its summertime rate. Guests of members using the pool, Fitness Center or tennis courts will be charged a $5 fee per person, per day regardless of what time they start. This rate will continue until October 15th when the fee returns to $10 during prime time. Guests residing under a member’s roof (In-house Guests) will not be charged a fee as long as the member has registered their guests in advance with the Tennis Pro Shop. As we have done for many years now, the Landings Racquet Club will offer a


especially helpful for those who spend the summer in (hopefully) cooler climes. A reminder that May 1st brings us the end of “Peak Time” insofar as restrictions on guest play at the 9:30 court time. Two guests may play at that time until October 15th. We are one-third of the way through our Pro Shop renovation and are on schedule to complete it by the end of May. And, don’t forget to register for our annual Memorial Day BBQ beginning at 4:30 on Monday, May 25th. As usual, wartime veterans can attend at no charge.

summer membership to those living in The Landings who aren’t already members. For a one-time $400 fee, during the months of June through September, your family will have full privileges throughout the facility. You will have access to the tennis courts, Fitness Center, our wonderful pool that is cooled to 84 degrees, use of the well-stocked lending library as well as member rates on tennis lessons with our USPTA Certified Professional Joe Venezia. If you have any questions or would like to take advantage of the summer membership, feel free to contact me in the Tennis Pro Shop. Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual LRC Memorial Day BBQ. Every year, this event has had the largest attendance of any of our social activities all year. This year’s date is Monday, May 25th beginning at 4:30 PM in the Lakeside Clubhouse. We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with all the side dishes. Please sign-up in the Tennis Pro Shop by Friday, May 22nd if you plan to join us. The cost is $10.00 per person. Members who are Wartime Military Veterans are the guests of honor and may attend at no charge.


Landings Day pictures Photos by Robert Manteiga

BNP Paribas Open Landings junior tennis player, Jeffrey Cummings and Grandparents, Andrejs & Bonnie attended the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA last month. Jeffrey managed to get his idol, Rafa Nadal’s autograph, a picture with Andrejs fellow countryman Ernests Gulbis, and a picture with Vika Azarenka. He also got to go on stage with Ryan Harrison and be 1 of the 32 fans to pick the men’s draw! On the practice courts he was up close to Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nishikori, Ferrer, Fognini, Verdasco, Errani, Pennetta and Madison Keys!! 5 fabulous days of tennis!!

Update on LRC’s Fledgling 3.0 team By Gaye Blohm In the scheme of things, the 3.0 team is still in its infancy. We concluded our second season on an upbeat note, not because we were satisfied with our stats, but because everyone is showing marked improvement and the team spirit has come a long way. We played teams with years of experience. We chose not to be discouraged due to our losses but to see them as learning experiences. We owe our improvement to the clinics and lessons by our wonderful Pros Joe and John. With our captain Lynn Cassel and co-captain Deb Doherty leading the way, we became a team through trial and error. We are grateful for the two seasons they devoted to organizing the team. We wrapped up this past season with a very effective meeting. Due to Deb’s wonderful organizational skills, everyone had the opportunity to have input on the decisions made for the team. The new captain and co-captain were announced. Everyone is delighted that Joan Dreyfuss will be captain and Sara Rhodes co -captain. We look forward to the next season with their leadership. The meeting was followed by a delicious Pot Luck luncheon and team photo. We were told, by more than one team we competed against, that we were the nicest team in the league. We will continue to be nice, but we will also be a force to be reckoned with in the coming season.

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Part VIII - Landings at 25 – Encore


By Irwin Starr

The early 90’s brought the first “high rise” condominium units to The Landings. The Bay View came in with a storm. The original offering included two buildings (not to be confused with the one building with two entrances existing today.) Building I was to contain 24 units “preconstruction” priced from $174,900 to $234,900. Timing is everything in the real estate business. Units appear to have sold briskly at first at preconstruction prices or better. But as real estate development problems deepened most of the penthouse (top floor) units sold at less than “pre-construction” asking prices. In the 1990’s they sold the units for between $150,000 topping out with one unit at $211,000 according to County Tax records. There was to be a Building II, priced from $174,900 top out at $364,900. The four highest priced units were to be on the top floor holding only four units, compared to the six on all other floors in Building I and proposed for Building II. Building II never happened. Here is how Bayview was described by the advertising writers of the early 90’s: “When you select a Bayview Home at The Landings you are assured of an uncompromising standard of luxury and design in every every home. Together with a guarantee of a premier lifestyle in Sarasota’s premier community. Every Bayview Home at The Landings provides the following: • Intelligently designed floor plans emphasizing style and maximizing space. Featuring a split-bedroom arrangement for optimum master-suite privacy, and ceramic tiled entry foyer. • Kitchen featuring angled breakfast/ buffet bar, custom mica cabinetry and countertop, no-wax vinyl flooring, intercom with AM/FM radio and convenient pantry. Fully equipped with double stainless steel sink and disposal, and the most-wanted G.E. appliances including: builtin dishwasher, refrigerator with

Early Advertising Brochure rendering of Bayview I

ice-maker and combination electric range and micro-wave with builtin range hood ducted to outside. • Spacious and separate mastersuite with adjacent screened lanai accessed via bronzed-framed, tempered and tinted 8’ sliding glass doors. • Master baths featuring separate roman tub and shower areas, tiled floors and custom cultured marble vanity tops. Ceramic tile and exhaust fans to outside in all baths. • Conveniently located laundry center with full size washer and dryer. • Pre-wired cable, television and telephone outlets. • Concrete tile roof, re-enforced concrete flooring and sturdy block construction featuring textured stucco exterior walls. Sprayed acoustical ceilings inside and generous insulation throughout for maximum energy conservation. Luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting in your choice of colors, installed over 9/16” quality padding. Energy efficient air-conditioning and heating. Quick recovery water heater. Nine-foot ceilings throughout, with the exception of top-floor residences which feature cathedral ceilings as well as unique penthouse conversion option. Spacious storage space with dressing area and “his & hers” separate closets in master suite. Complete fire safety system which includes sprinklers throughout each building, voice activated fire alarms and emergency generators. Two elevators per building provide a private air-conditioned lobby and elevator for each group of three residences. Complete 24-hour security system featuring security door release by inter-phone from each

residence. Convenient trash chute and ground floor storage locker for each residence with additional storage space available for large items. Landscaped entries, enclosed stairwells and covered drive-ups in each building. Under-building covered ground-level parking with additional guest parking available to owners. Just as our Phillippi Landing neighbors recently hosted The West Coast Symphony Designer Showcase so did The Landings in February and April of 1990. The featured attractions, according to the Herald Tribune at the time were three Bayview condominiums and a $575,000 home in the newly developed Cloisters. The Gala Closing party, at $50-85, was to be held in the Bayview parking area. The Tribune also reported Bayview would have its own club house and pool. But as the economy weakened and new developers got involved, the outdoor meeting area and pool was developed with the four Eagles Point high-rises. The real estate market had some rough times in the 90’s. Many of the units sold below the “Preconstruction Prices.” Mid-90’s resales brought prices down further. But, just as the rest of The Landings the units proved good investments with resales in late 2005 hitting the high 400’s with one in the mid $600’s. Inconsistency in prices can be attributed to 2 bedroom vs. 2 bedrooms plus den and variations in the nature of the view. Recent sales have been in the $200,000+ range to as high as the mid $400,000’s.

LMA Meeting EAGLE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Committee chair, Larry Lawrence reported on a joint meeting between them and the newly formed Communications Committee in an effort to more fully understand the roles of each committee. During the meeting, Irwin Star volunteered to prepare a planning outline that would assist special event planners. SAFETY AND SECURITY New Chairman Neil Goldman reported this years committee would operate with the same members. Several recommendations and a variety of safety proposals resulting from the Townhall meeting were discussed. Their first recommendation was safety related. The committee recommended that curbs on The Landings islands be painted with reflective paint. Goldman went on to submit several motions and recommendations regarding speeding in The Landings. 1. Recommendation for a second speed sentry sign be

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purchased. This is a sign that measures the speed the vehicle is traveling and takes a photograph of the vehicle’s license plate. They will meet with the finance committee regarding cost. 2. Recommendation for a sign to be purchased and installed at each gate that reads “Our Roads Are Our WALKWAYS Please Drive Slowly”. After a short discussion the recommendation was approved by the Board. 3. Board approved a motion that a second speeding violation for the same residence within a 90 day period will result in a decal suspension of the offending vehicle for a period of 90 days. 4. A motion to amend a motion passed at the last Board meeting was presented and approved. This motion read as follows: A warning letter, and email, if possible, issued for a first speeding violation which is more than 10 mph over the limit requires that the owner acknowledge its receipt either in writing or via email within 30 days or the board shall suspend

This is a prototype of a sign the Safety and Security Committee recommended be purchased and installed at each of the three Landings gates.

the decal privileges for 30 days. 5. A motion was presented and approved that the speed limit on Landings Boulevard and N. Kestral Parkway to the north gate be reduced from 25 to 20 mph, and that the speed limit shall be reduced to 15 mph in both directions on Landings Boulevard from Heron Way to Landings Court. This months meeting ended with a lively discussion of association fees and everything associated with their collection, late fees and interest policies. As a result, the Finance Committee is going to determine whether residents are due a partial refund.



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Pet of the Month Hi, I’m Bella, a 17-month-old Siberian Husky! My mommy and daddy are Marti and Tad Dillon and my older brother is a 14-year old Jack Russell: Duke. We live at 1693 Landings Lane! I was brought on Santa’s sled (which I helped pull) and appeared at my home on Christmas Eve of 2013 as a 10-pound puppy and I now weigh 53 pounds, have black and white fur with blue eyes! I am very friendly, active, and playful and walk around the neighborhood a lot. I love my Aunt Arlene (Sperhac) and my Uncle Jim (Reese) who walk me a lot. It seems that almost everyone in the neighborhood knows my name but they don’t know my daddy, my mommy, Arlene, or Jim. A lot of people want to pet me, I get lots of attention and my daddy says I am a “chick magnet”, whatever that is. My best neighborhood dog friends, besides my brother, Duke,


are Beau and Juno! We love to run and play and I especially like the cold weather we have had lately. My parents take me to the Arlington or 17th St. Dog Park about once per week to run and I hope that we eventually get a fenced in area for dogs here! My daddy says I am training to run the Iditarod in Alaska, but I think he is just kidding; I am way too spoiled for that! I would rather just lie around and look pretty! When you see me, please say “hello” and, if you have any treats, that’s OK too! Mush, Mush, Love, Bella.

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|Household Community Hauling Program The next date for dropping can and mark accordingly), The Community Hauling off your unwanted paints, florescent bulbs, empty paint Program is now operated on h o u s e h o l d c h e m i c a l s , cans, batteries-A series, Cs the second Wednesday of the electronics, batteries , etc. will be and Ds, stereos, speakers, month three times per year – Wednesday May 13. A list of the and telephones (take out the November, February and May. acceptable items is provided in batteries first). Additionally, Please plan accordingly. the adjacent box. Additionally you can also deal with the I would like to thank our propane tanks up to 20 lbs and f o l l o w i n g a s m e n t i o n e d : dedicated volunteers for their printer ink cartridges can be rechargeable batteries may be efforts. received. Only these items can taken to Batteries Plus, Home If you have any questions be accepted. All others will be Depot, Lowes and Radio Shack about the program, please call returned to you. and florescent bulbs will be Larry Lawrence 410-456-6240. The materials are to be accepted at Home Depot. brought to the North Gate between 8 and 9 These are the only acceptable items for the Community Hauling a.m. Reservations are Program. Any items not on this list will have to be taken back by the required and they must homeowner (unfortunately no exceptions). be made before noon • hazardous waste • cleaners nickle-cadmium and on Monday May 11. lithium-ion batteries. • toxic waste • lawn and garden Call George Niel at 941chemicals • paints • electronics: of the 927-6464 x-110 for your • paint thinner following types: TVs, • pesticides reservation. computer systems, • solvents • automotive products The following can monitors, printers, • cell phones • pool chemicals also and preferably scanners, fax machines, • fluorescent lamps • automotive batteries be disposed of in the power supplies (and compact • fertilizers weekly trash pick-up: fluorescent lamps) • fire extinguishers motor oils and filters (set • batteries: button • gasoline batteries, rechargeable along side the garbage • used motor oil

Landings Art Show Colorful,Vibrant,Detailed!!!!On Sunday March 29,over 60 Landings residents and guests visited The Lakeside Room to view over 50 selected art pieces that were on display. Artists in attendance were happy to explain the techniques,colors and style used in the individual pieces and discuss the subject matter. All artists were pleased with the enthusiasm of the visitors and the positive response to the show. For those interested in joining this group,classes are held regularly on Thursdays,from 10:00 until 1:00, during the fall,winter and spring months. You may contact the instructor,Artist Susan Martinolich at 941 342 1569. Watch for notices and posters in The Clubhouse. All classes are held in The Lakeside Room so this class is very convenient for all Landings residents.

Watercolorists from left to right, Mary Collins, Mary Rex, Instructor Susan Martinolich, Eloise Malinsky, Debra Doherty, and Lillian Schwartz. Photo by Paul Weiner.

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First Landings house razed There once was a house… We all knew that it was simply a matter of time before the “Wrecking Ball” would find its way through the gates of The Landings. After much anticipation the wrecking crane arrived at 1742 Peregrine Point Drive shortly after 8:00 a.m., one Wednesday morning in mid-March. As typical, it was a beautiful sunny morning, the birds were chirping and neighbors were out walking. Who knew 1742 would be “scraped” today? The machine operator started up the diesel motor and delicately

maneuvered the machine’s scoop above the garage roof. With the precision of a skilled surgeon wielding a sharp scalpel, the Machine Operator gracefully lowered the scoop taking a large bite out of the roof. There was no turning back... the demolition had begun. By this time a small crowd of neighbors had assembled at the foot of my driveway to watch the show unfolding across the street from my house. The three bedroom (2,447 sq. ft.) house with a pool was built in 1981 and sold by Judy Greene and Tara Lamb for $535,000. The former owners had called it

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By Dick Bayles

Landin’s Graduation

The following are new owners since the recent publication of the Landings Directory: • Thomas & Patricia Fabyanic, 1352 Landings Dr • Joseph MacPherson, 1717 Starling Dr • Tracy McCormick, 4627 Pine Harrier Dr • Peter & Marie-Louise McHugh, 5253 Heron Way, 518-698-3642, • Richard G. Radey, 1624 Starling Dr • Richard & Barbara Wigton, 5440 Eagles Point Cir #402 • Winters, Cassandra, 5172 Flicker Field Cir, 941-320-6743, Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available at and at, from me via e-mail 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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Meg Loomis with James Dolan of St. Petersburg at Landin’s Southeast Guide Dogs graduation. Meg led the fund raising for Landin’s training and Ted Shaeffer raised him as a puppy.



Beach Road plans to appear back before County Commission By Roger Drouin The property at 162 Beach Road, owned by Ronald and Sania Allen, is located waterward of the Coastal Setback Line, and has historically flooded during past decades. More recently, Ronald and Sania Allen have been trying to build a home at 162 Beach Road, but those plans in 2013 and 2014 were turned down by county commissioners. The property owners will

now have another shot. Following a nine-month, mediation-led appeal process, a new Coastal Setback Variance request will be appearing before the County Commission. And, once again, commissioners will grapple with the question of whether to allow the property owners to build, or not, at the 7,429-square-foot property. At their March 31 regular meeting, commissioners gave


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the go-ahead for a public hearing on yet-again-revised construction plans, although a date has not been determined for the public hearing. The vote was 4-1, with Commissioner Charles Hines casting the lone No vote. The upcoming hearing will be the fourth time the County Commission considers a residential project at the address. Over the past nine months, 162 Beach Road was at the center of a special-magistratemediated effort between county legal staff and the Allens, who had appealed the 2014 rejection of their request for a Coastal Setback Variance. Their request for relief was filed under a state provision called the Florida Land Use Environmental Dispute Regulation Act. (FLUEDRA). At the March 31 meeting, County Attorney Steve DeMarsh and Assistant County Attorney David Pearce presented the findings of Carlos Alvarez, the appointed mediator in the case. Alvarez recommends a settlement calling for the county to allow the property owners to construct a smaller home, reduced in square footage by about 10 percent, down to 2,779 square-feet. The amount of pavers would also be reduced by 40 percent. Alvarez wrote in his March 20 findings: “I am very pleased that after detailed discussions between your staff and the

Allens and their representatives involving collection of data, detailed analysis of the data and proposal of several iterations of site plans, an ‘acceptable solution’ has been found regarding the residential structure proposed by the Allens.” The Allens’ effort to build on the lot goes back to 2013. Some residents in the Village say the outcome of this effort could impact their properties— altering beach erosion and harming real estate values— and could have a wider effect across Siesta, as 22 other properties throughout Siesta Key are located past the Coastal Setback Line. In January, 2013, Ronald and Sonia Allen’s plans to build a three-story home were turned down by county commissioners. Then the Allens submitted revised plans for a smaller, two-story house July 10, along with a new application for a Coastal Setback Variance. In April, 2014, the Sarasota County Commissioners again unanimously denied their request for a setback variance allowing them to build on the lot. Following the April County Commission vote, the Allens filed a request for relief with the county under the FLUEDRA act. The county attorney’s office and the property owners’ lawyer were involved in mediation for nine months. During those nine months, Alvarez acted as mediator

between the owners and the county attorney’s office. A threat of legal action hung over the discussion March 31. County Commissioner Alan Maio asked county legal staff what happens if commissioners “do nothing” and don’t hold a public hearing. “What you would probably risk,” replied Pearce, “is a lawsuit from the owners of the property seeking the remedy of inverse condemnation, perhaps a Harris Act Challenge.” The legally-powerful Harris Act often strikes anxiety among some elected officials. The law protects property owners from who can make the case that a government entity “inordinately burdens” a property, significantly reducing the property owner’s rights and investment potential. There was little discussion among commissioners, and no talk about either the property or the merits of allowing construction of a residential structure. Commissioners Maio and Hines noted that a “Yes” vote only sets a public hearing. “My understanding is that all we are approving is your request” to hold a public hearing, Maio said to DeMarsh. “We would have another hearing,” Hines said. According to county staff, a public hearing date cannot be set until the Allens officially file a new application requesting a Coastal Setback Variance.

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chocolate ice cream with thick caramel weave & chocolate covered cashews). For those who crave peanut butter, Elephant Ears (vanilla ice cream with real peanut butter weave & chocolate chips) is a must try. Snickerlicious (candy bar flavored ice cream with snickers candy bar pieces & thick caramel weave) is like eating a candy bar in the form of ice cream.

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By Albert L. Weeks (Professor Emeritus, NYU) As everyone knows, the word “felicity” is derived from felix,Latin for cat (x’s from Latin often become c’s in other languages). According to modern science, cats and happiness--that is, contentment in themselves and their owners-are one and the same thing. Turns out, says medical research, that owners of cats are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and other ailments stemming from tension than do non-owners of felines. It appears that the same benefits apply to owners of dogs. A recent study by researchers at Miami University and Saint Louis finds that “pet owners had greater selfesteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, more extroverted, tended to be less fearful” and so on, than nonowners. A philosophicallyminded student of cause-and effect might object that maybe the causation goes the other way: That people who seek pets already have those happy traits. Whatever, it is certainly true that a cat perched on someone’s lap, no matter his or her age, lends a certain contentment --in Greek, eudaemonia --both to the person and the pet. I would add this: Because cats are rather delicate creatures, a child, in handling his of her pet cat, learns to how to be gentle with others. Beyond these affecting factors is the very nature of a cat. As a cat-savvy Australian TV commentator, Julia Baird, points out,the roughly 95.9 million cat owners in America (against 83.3 million owners of dogs) have the advantage of enjoying life with a pet that is basically clean, disciplined, takes care of itself, and whose love for its owner is intense and demanding. That is, she adds, when said cat chooses to bestow such affection, since cats “are gloriously indifferent.’ [They] don’t pretend to like you, and don’t care if you like them.”

Expectant, happy cat with vertical tail

How different a loyal pet dog is! A Collie or Lab, say, wags its tail upon merely seeing its owner. It is ready to love, play, or be obedient as the “Master” or ”Mistress” wishes. Perhaps that’s why scientists have found that owners of dogs likewise enjoy beneficial spin-offs, like self-esteem, from having canine companions. Still, controversy over cat behavior persists. Let’s face it, felines are naturally mysterious-hence,their association with All Saints’ Day, witches, the Moon, various superstitions. The monthly Cat Watch, published by veterinarians at Cornell University, offers various opinions on matters arcanely feline. In arecent issue, CW admits that there are many “unsolved mysteries” about cats and their behavior. This vacuum of knowledge in felinity--which even includes the physiological source of a cat’s purr--opens a field day of speculation about felines. These are creatures who love to chest their cards, unlike dogs who are canine-candid. CW deals with the way cats secretly communicate their fears and desires, their pains and pleasures. It is not always easy, CW says, to interpret their signals. Cats apparently do a better job with such decryption of each other’s messages than we humans are able to do when cats send signals. Yet some feline signals are pretty obvious. A rumbling purr emitted from a cat, it is assumed, is surely a sign of contentment. Yet, purring can

Alarmed cat

Contented cat resting

also indicate fear. For instance, my cat purrs on, of all places, a vet’s examination table. CW claims that a straight-up tail on a cat “always indicates fear.”I disagree with this blank statement. Actually, when there is nothing to be afraid of, I’ve seen my Abyssinian cat’s tail become a vertical exclamation point. It indicates he is ecstatic about something-say, preparation of his cat food or the expectation that he is about to be groomed. True, a cat will point his tail up and puff it up into a Halloween cat’s posture if threatened in some way. Well, when we humans are threatened, our hair stands on end, too, doesn’t it?



As U.S. Army Corps proceeds with Lido project, concerns mount |FDEP says Corps permit is incomplete The planned South Siesta Beach Renourishment and the Lido Beach Renourishment are similar, in terms of the amount of sand included in the projects. But the similarities end there. The Lido Beach Renourishment involves additional elements— including the installation of at least two rock groins on Lido’s shoreline and the removal of 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from Big Pass, which has never been dredged before—and, as a result, critics worry about the greater chance of unintended down drift impacts. Sand for the proposed South Siesta project, meanwhile, would be mined from submerged offshore deposits seven to nine miles offshore, and no groins are planned as part of that project. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say they can’t find compatible sand that matches Lido Beach—except in Big Pass—and so the Corps is pushing ahead with permitting


By Roger Drouin

for its $19 million plan to buffer the beach. At a packed, and at times tense, meeting last month, agency officials continued to defend the Lido project. At the April 15 meeting, Project Manager Milan Mora and other Army Corps’ officials presented a second agencyconducted study they are using to conclude there is no evidence that dredging the sand from the pass would negatively change the shoal, alter wave action or sediment transport to Siesta Key. A few weeks earlier the agency also released its redesign of the project, removing the third groin from initial construction—although the additional groin could be added at any time, under the current proposal. Despite the Army Corps’ redesigned plan for its Lido Beach Storm Reduction Project and its reassurances, several groups are concerned about the complex project and what it could do to the coastal region. Boaters are worried about navigation. Residents on Siesta are worried about the down drift impacts on the Key. And environmentalists are worried about what impacts the changes will bring to a fragile ecosystem. As the Army Corps applies for its permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, those critical of the project continue to voice their concerns. Supporters, however, say Lido needs a comprehensive approach to its erosion woes before a strong storm brings disaster to its shore. In an interview with Siesta Sand after the April 15 meeting, Siesta Key Association Vice President Catherine Luckner talked about how she is constantly awed by the manatees eating seagrass in Big Pass and the other wildlife in the pass. She worries that plans to dredge the pass could “change the water quality and the environment in general.” Environmentalist Jono Miller spoke at the packed meeting April 15, held at Sarasota City Hall. In the rush to get the


project through, Miller and others contend that the Army Corps and the city of Sarasota (a joint applicant on the permit for the project) are not taking a look at all of the potential environmental impacts. Miller called on the Army Corps to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is more comprehensive than the Environmental Analysis (EA) that the agency has been willing to undertake. Miller highlighted ten different factors that should trigger an EIA, under federal guidelines. Those factors include uncertain and significant risks to the marine environment and adjacent public lands near the project area, factors that apply to the Lido Renourishment and dredging. Luckner said the Army Crops “doesn’t seem to want to do an EIA.” Not only is the EIA a more comprehensive look at potential environmental impacts, Luckner said, but it also includes a process for “more mitigation” steps if the study finds potential environmental impacts. Luckner also wants to know why the Corps hasn’t considered permeable, adjustable groins such as the ones used on the north end of Longboat Key. This type of structure could have less impact on down drift beaches such as Siesta Beach. The SKA vice president toured the north end of Longboat with town officials and saw firsthand how the permeable groin works. “They look nice out there. There is a concrete walkway that goes out to them and the color blends into the beach,” Luckner said. “They are not a pile of rocks. It’s not the same kind of obstruction.” The groins, when adjusted according to a modeling system that has been used in Holland, can alter how much sand is prevented from moving down the beach. Other critics have warned of legal action should the project move ahead. A group called Save our Siesta Sand 2 has been raising money to fight a legal

battle. Tensions mounted at the April 15 meeting when both sides debated the project. Lido resident Brian Hunter noted how federal officials said Lido Key is one step away from disaster if there is a major storm, and delays could risk losing federal funding. “$16 million in federal dollars will not be there forever,” Hunter said at the meeting. Federal funding has been earmarked, but not yet appropriated for the project. Peer review underway As the Army Corps and city of Sarasota forge ahead with their joint coastal permit for the project, Sarasota County is also proceeding with an independent analysis of several aspects of the Corps’ modeling and the overall project. County officials last month had their first meeting with Atkins, a global design and engineering firm with offices in Sarasota and Fort Myers. The county has contacted Atkins to conduct the peer review. Laird Wreford, coastal initiatives manager with Sarasota County, said he expects the firm to take about two to three months to conclude the review. “We want to do a good, thorough job and explore as much as we can,” Wreford said. “But we don’t want something that can linger on for a lengthy period of time.” Overall, the County Commission-approved analysis will look into ways the Corps project could impact the shoreline, marine ecosystems and waterways from Lido to Siesta. The peer-review study should be completed “sooner than later,” and the results will be presented to county commissioners, Wreford said. Local advocates are also awaiting the results of the review. FDEP wants more information FDEP—which has final say over the Army Corps joint coastal permit with the city of Sarasota—is the next

big regulatory hurdle for the project. And the state agency is not taking the permit application lightly. In an April 15 letter sent to the Army Corps and City of Sarasota just hours before the public meeting, FDEP officials listed several reasons why the permit application received March 16 was incomplete. FDEP is requesting additional information from the federal agency. The Army Corps now has to provide, among other information, a more detailed description of which borrow areas in the pass will be used during the initial and subsequent renourishments. The FDEP also wants to know exactly how much sand will be dredged from the borrow areas. State officials are also requesting construction and design templates that minimize impacts to marine turtles, and are barring the Army Corps from dredging near 23 historic “anomalies” in the pass. In an April 9 letter Luckner wrote to the state agency, the SKA vice president requested that permitting officials hold off a final decision on the Army Corps coastal permit application until the county’s peer review is complete and available for all stakeholders’ consideration. Not just manatees Kim Bassos, a senior biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory, said there are many other species of wildlife in the pass other than the manatees. “A lot of wildlife uses those shoals,” the biologist said. Bassos is calling for the Army Corps to log base-line data that can be used later to show exactly what kind of changes the dredging has on the pass. Debra Lynn-Schmitz, Executive Director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce also spoke at the April 15 meeting. Lynn-Schmitz voiced concern about the economic impact that could hurt Siesta, in addition to possible environmental risks.

The Landings Photo Gallery Myakka River State Park Among the many treasures here in Sarasota is the Myakka River State Park. This expansive wildlife preserve is just a fortyminute drive from The Landings heading west on Clark Rd. The park offers boat rides, canoe and kayak rentals, guided tours, picnic and camping sites, and even has a lovely gift shop and snack bar. There are moss

covered hiking trails, rivers, lakes, streams, a bird-walk, a canopy walk and a tower, from which you’ll get a breathtaking view of the entire park. If photographing wildlife is your cup of tea, this is the place to go. Below are a few shots I took on my many hikes through the park. One that I am particularly fond of shows a roseate spoonbill just barely escaping the jaws of

By Robert C. Manteiga (Photos by Beto)

a hungry alligator. Two of our own Landings’ residents, Harold Zimmerman and Gary Warren, have been volunteering as park rangers at Myakka for a number of years. My daughter Sara and I met up with them there during her recent visit to Florida. Please send your best photos to me at

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|Phillippi Farmhouse Market – Sarasota’s Original Wednesday Market (9 am – 2 pm) Saturday, May 9 – MOTHER’S DAY ROSE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Festival of Roses at the Edson Keith Mansion, featuring classes on rose selection, culture, easy care and sale of Mother’s Day Rose bouquets and Rose bushes grown for Florida. For more information, please visit: or call 941-358-6991.

Monday, May 25 – MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Annual patriotic concert to honor veterans. Bring your lawn chair to Gazebo for concert. No coolers, please as there will be bar-b-q and soft-serve ice cream vendors. $5.00 adults/ children free. Ample parking.

|The Landings Eagle is seeking an editor

The editor must be a Landings Resident. The responsibilities include but are not limited to covering the board meetings for LMA and LHA. The editor will

write a monthly feature article, a monthly commentary, collect all content from all Landings participants and edit all The Landings submitted content.

Phillippi Estate Park is open daily for leisure activities such as fishing (3 fishing piers), kayak/ canoe launch, shoreline walking trails with photo opportunities and bird watching. Wellbehaved dogs on leash are always welcome. There is a playground for children and a Gazebo available to rent or use on first come/first served basis.

This is a compensatory position. Candidates interested in this position please contact Bob Stein via email for details:

IN SEARCH OF LANDINGS EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHERS This winter the number of events, for which coverage by photographers is desired, has increased significantly. As a result, additional volunteer photographers are needed. The time requirement for most events is just 15-20 minutes (unless you want to stay longer). Qualifications: basic ability/knowledge of photography and the possession of a “decent” camera (something more sophisticated than a “Brownie”). If interested please call Paul Weiner, event photographer coordinator); 941-924-8544,



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A New Salon for the Discerning Gentleman Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon is an upscale men’s salon dedicated to providing men with traditional barber shop services combined with cool modern style. At Frank’s, they believe great service and an amazing atmosphere should be an expectation, not a surprise, so, they’ve worked diligently on creating an experience where each client looks forward to returning. From the moment you step through the door you realize that Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon is not your average barber shop. It’s a sophisticated, elegant, men’s salon designed especially for Sarasota. Clients are invited to sit back and enjoy a complimentary beverage while relaxing to the timeless sounds of Sinatra and Bennett. Stellar customer service is never rushed as they pay attention to every detail. Even the spacious waiting area has been designed with men in mind, complete with dark, rich leather chairs, 55” HDTV and beautiful solid oak pool table. Services include but are not limited to: Haircuts, discrete Color Camo, facials and manPedi’s. Offered each Tuesday is a half-priced haircut for new clients. The most popular service is the Frank’s signature haircut which includes shampoo and conditioning treatment with Eufora products, an invigorating scalp massage and a hot towel facial wrap. It ends with a relaxing neck

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and shoulder massage. Complimentary clean ups are always included. Living close to the #1 beach, where flip-flops are the norm, ladies notice and appreciate a well-groomed man from head to toe. The man-Pedi is a must-try. Pamper your feet and calves while you relax for

60 minutes in a luxurious stateof-the-art Continuum massage chair. You will feel like king for the day as they care for your nails and massage your tired feet. For a groom, Frank’s 2,400 square feet of manly comfort is a welcome and memorable experience. The staff stands ready to help prepare the groom and his entourage for that special day. With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great time to introduce your dad to Frank’s. Gift certificates are available for purchase. “I am very proud of what we have built here in Sarasota and am so excited to share it with each client,” says owner, Sabine Kruta. She invites you to stop by and experience any of their services to appreciate why coming to Frank’s is not just an appointment, it’s an experience. Frank’s Gentlemen’s Salon is conveniently located near Siesta Key at 4141 S Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida. 941926-2631. Hours: Tue, Wed 10-5, Thursday, Friday 9-6, Saturday 10-2. Advertorial

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

There were a total of 103 incidents for the month of March 2015. They are as follows: • 1 Alarm Report Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded. No cause found. • 2 Burglary From Vehicles Vehicles unlocked. Small amounts of change missing. • 1 Disturbance Report Workmen found on site after hours. • 1 Fire Report Sweeper truck caught fire near Main Gate. Traffic redirected as needed. Sarasota County Fire and Deputies responded. • 1 Found Property Report Insurance ID cards found. Insurance company advised. • 7 General Information Reports 2 lights out reports. FPL advised. 1 Animal feeding complaint. Assn. advised. 4 Bicycles noted left out after dark and unsecured.

• 43 Open Doors All noted doors were Garage Doors. • 40 Parking Violations 9 Parked on grass. 8 Restricted vehicles overnight. 23 Parked in roadway overnight. • 1 Property Damage Report Stop sign chipped. LMA advised. • 3 Public Service Reports 1 Low hanging branch removed. 2 Residents advised of vehicle lights left on. • 1 Suspicious Person Report White male subject observed walking late at night. Subject identified as resident of the Landings community. • 2 Vehicle Accident Reports Both involving distracted drivers hitting gate arms.

Blooming this month: Would you like to grace your garden with an orchid that is bright, beautiful and easy to grow? Choose epidendrum radicans. It thrives in our locale and you can find it blooming at this time of year in such disparate locations as the Tamiami Trail roadway and the waterfront at Ca d’ Zan. Known as a ground or terrestrial orchid, the blossom usually comes in a bright golden orange but can be found in other shades as well. It grows best in partial sun to a height of 2 ½ to 3 feet and serves as a great accent among other plants in an informal setting. It can also

be grown in a pot, allowing you to move it as sun conditions change. Plant it in good drainage, offer it regular water and fertilizer and it will reward you with its colorful beauty for many months of the year. Submitted by CJ Danna,Vice President, Sarasota Garden Club.

MARCH TRAFFIC REPORT 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 12891 12891 2015 20094 17671 37765 2015 6363 5454 11817

2014 12460 12460 2014 18160 16051 34211 2014 5270 6475 11745

2013 12986 12986 2013 19327 17065 36392 2013 5973 5270 11243

2012 14098 14098 2012 17676 15624 33300 2012 6158 5565 11723

2011 14942 14942 2011 19226 16677 35903 2011 5729 6491 12220

* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time.

Useful & Emergency Phone Numbers... Verizon - Phone Service..............................................1.800.483.1000 Comcast Cable........................................................................371.6700 Emergency Animal Clinic.....................................................929.1818 Poison Info Center.......................................................1.800.282.3171 Waste Management...............................................................924.1254 Landings Eagle................................................................941.539.0205 Landing’s Gate.......................................................................922.5531 Landings Racquet Club.........................................................923.3886 Landings Community Hauling Program........... 941-727-6464x110 LRC e-mail................................................... Argus Management...............................................................927.6464 Sheriff Non-Emergency.........................................................861.5800 FPL - Florida Power & light..................................................917.0708 FPL - Outage Report....................................................1.800.468.8243 Fishing & Hunting Licenses..........................................941.362.9888 Marriage License Bureau...............................................941.362.4066 Sarasota County Hotline.......................................................861.5000 Sarasota/Bradenton Intl. Airport.................................941.359.2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) .......................941.316.1234 Sarasota County Information Call Center.......941.861.5000/ Sarasota Doctors Hospital..............................................941.342.1100 Sarasota Memorial Hospital/Health Care System ...... 941.917.7760 Emergency (General)......................................................................911 Life-threatening EMERGENCY: call 911 first, then call the gate. They will direct emergency vehicles

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

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