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Lender files foreclosure suit against Landings Shopping Center owner

NEWCOMERS PARTY

Staff Report

|Suit involves several parcels with the shopping center

Photos Photos from the LMA and LRC from the LMA and LRC newcomers reception

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KIDS CORNER

A lender has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the Delaware-based company that owns the majority of the property within the Landings Shopping Center. According to the lis pendens suit filed in December, 2015 in the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit, the Plaintiff, U.S. Bank, National Association, as trustee for Morgan Stanley Capital Inc., has instituted the foreclosure filing against the owner, Landings of Sarasota Florida LLC. A total of at least three parcels — filling about 93,000 square feet of indoor space — within the Landings Shopping Center are included in the foreclosure suit. However, the free-standing buildings near the shopping center — including Sweet Tomatoes and Olive Garden — are separately owned and not impacted by the foreclosure proceedings. In addition, the parcel that houses the Publix grocery space, 4840 S. Tamiami Trail, is also

separately owned, by Publix Super Markets Inc., and thus is not impacted by the proceedings. The plaza, at 4800 S. Tamiami Trail, was built in 1988, according to Sarasota County Property Records. Centrally located on Tamiami Trail, the shopping center is one of the largest in the county, but has been hit with a spate of vacant storefronts, including Office Depot, which recently left the center. Starting in 2014, the national office retailer began closing hundreds of stores nationally. According to the foreclosure suit, the original mortgage for the property was recorded Oct. 5,2005. The shopping center is located on U.S. 41 just outside The Landings, and neither the plaza nor its owner Landing of Sarasota Florida LLC is affiliated with The Landings or LMA in any way. There is a total of ten parcels within the center.

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LMA PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

Presented Presented by current president by current president Larry Lawrence

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RULES OF THE ROAD Reminders from the Safety & Security Committee

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By Diana Colson

Walk up to the front door on Starling Drive, and you are greeted with a doormat t h a t s a y s W I P E Y O U R PAWS, and a door sign that says A SPOILED ROTTEN SCHNAUZER LIVES HERE. Francis Hoang answers the door looking about 28 years old, although he’s 45. He is followed by Aria, age 2 ½, who greets me with a “High Five.” In a nearby high chair sits Hanh, 15 months old, looking EXTREMELY skeptical at the arrival of a stranger. Jessie Hoang steps forward with a smile, shaking my hand and welcoming me. This slim youthful lady is also a

pediatrician who works for All Children’s Hospital at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. There, her official title is Pediatric Hospitalist: she admits kids and stabilizes them, takes care of them while they are in the hospital, and ultimately discharges them. She also takes care of well babies when they are born, examining them to be sure they are healthy before releasing them to go home. Francis and Jessie met seven years ago when they were both students at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Continued on page 25

Commercial Realtor Ron Flynn said commercial foreclosure proceedings could span a lengthy range of time, up to several years, to resolve. If the bank does take possession of the center, at that time the bank could opt to either get a broker to list the commercial property on the market or auction it off, Flynn said. An auction sale would likely result in a lower sale price, a scenario which could allow a new owner to come in and rent the retail spaces at lower rates that could be viewed by retailers as more competitive with other, nearby commercial rents. Either method of sale could attract potential investors drawn to the shopping center’s central location on U.S. 41 between Bee Ridge Road and Clark Road. According to real-estate leasing information advertised online, more than 50,000 daily drivers pass the plaza.


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LMA Meeting Notes

By Trebor Britt

Kurt Jensen to look at L M A P r e s . L a r r y the flooding problem on Lawrence opened the Peregrine Point Drive meeting by announcing and to provide some the Kestral Parkway, possible solutions. Highway 41 intersection congestion project is being looked at again and will LAKES be reported on at a later Lakes chair, Michael m e e t i n g . O n a n o t h e r Knupp reported outside matter Lawrence reported of some fountain light he was hoping to find timer and fountain an Aesthetics Committee r e p a i r s a s w e l l a s chairman sooner rather clogged filters, algae than later. He mentioned c o n t i n u e s t o b e a n that the overall look and ongoing problem they feel of The Landings was are trying to solve. The a little tired and reforming big news is they are this committee would working on ideas to be address that concern. more accommodating to L a w r e n c e b r i e f e d BOARD ORIENTATION SESSION Lake turtles. the board on concerns During a 40 minute insightful presentation, r e g a r d i n g t r a f f i c LMA Attorney, Chad McClenathen MAINTENANCE congestion in the area of the thoroughly reviewed community association M a i n t e n a n c e mailboxes near the north officer and board member duties and Committee chair David gate. He spoke with the liabilities. McClenathen cited several real J a c a r u s o , r e p o r t e d mail carrier and together cases that he knew of or was involved in that t h e n e w p a v e m e n t are trying something new shed light on the potential complications of striping, reflectors and on a trial basis. Lawrence association business. breakaway delineator expressed his gratitude posts will be completed for the success of the new at all gates soon. The have been suggested as features residents’ reception that same issues will be addressed for the internal site such as, a included nearly 60 residents. on the 53 islands on a rotating fisherman’s corner, a Landings He also reminded everyone the board retreat is still scheduled cookbook, a ping-pong ladder basis. for April 30. Ideas and concerns and others. Volunteers are SAFETY AND regarding the Nature Trail prepared to write reviews of will be reported to the board books, restaurants, and wine as SECURITY at another meeting. Lastly, the well as share technology tips. Chairman Neil Goldman LMA Emergency Plan will be reported a new security contract DRAINAGE updated and distributed to the was signed with Guard One, board soon. Committee chair, Michael the new security company. Knupp reported the major The Landings’ three primary COMMUNICATIONS drainage project on Peregrine security guards were pleased Point Way is nearly completed. to be hired by Guard One and COMMITTEE C o - c h a i r , J o a n L o w e r y Repairs were completed and a received a new salary package happily reported the external new flume was installed in the which includes vacation time website is up and running. area of Landings Boulevard and a higher salary. Goldman Work on the internal homepage and Landings Court. Knupp’s announced the new radar will begin soon. Several ideas Committee asked civil engineer, detection program detected

three speeding violators. The two resident violators were sent a first violation letter and the guest received a verbal warning. Lastly, the committee is working on tighter security measures for vendors. G o l d m a n m o v e d t h e following: “If there is visual or verbal documentation that a resident and a second vehicle are involved in a tailgating incident at the North or South gates, it will be considered a moving vehicle violation and treated with the same consequences as a speeding violation under the current LMA guidelines.” The motion passed unanimously.

COMMUNITY HAULING PROGRAM

T h e n e x t h o u s e h o l d hazardous waste pick up is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 from 8 to 9 a.m. Make reservations by calling George

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ROADS

Roads chair, Don McMurray reported bids for repaving Kestral Park Circle, Heron Way, and all the Treehouse roads would be presented to the board at the May meeting. The committee expects the cost of the project to be well within the reserve budget available for paving.

FINANCE REPORT

Chairman, Dick Bayles reported on finances for the period ending February 2016. He projects an over budget variance of $8580. for the grounds contract and an over budget variance of $2200. for wall painting and maintenance. An under budget variance of $16700. is projected for Main Gate Security.

Notifications • Memorial Day BBQ: Monday, May 30, 4:30 p.m. • Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, May 18, 4-6 p.m. • LMA Q&A with members: First Tuesday of each month 8:30-9:15 a.m. at the LRC. • Next Community Hauling Date: May 11, 2016 from 8-9 a.m. at the north gate. See page 4 for more information. • Code for the Field Road door: Call the Main Gate, 941-922.5531. • Wanted: Writer/Editor with a Passion for news, information & Landings living. Editor must be a Landings resident. Contact Bob Stein 941-349-0194.

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offenders. As a reminder, the speeding sanctions policy is included below: “A warning letter, and an E-mail if possible, that is issued for a first speeding violation in excess of 10 MPH over the posted speed limit contain a requirement that the owner acknowledge its receipt in writing, or via email, within 30 days, or the Board shall impose a 30 day suspension of residential “bar code” entrance privileges.” “A second speeding violation for Springtime is often when we working together can keep our the same residence within a 90 turn our attention to painting community looking very classy. day period will result in a decal and polishing areas that haven’t suspension of the offending vehicle New SECURITY been given attention for a while. for a period of 90 days.” It is time to do some of that SERVICE Adopted May 2015 here in The Landings as well in CONTRACTOR order to keep our community Last month I mentioned ROAD PAVING looking top notch. By now that LMA was in the process The following roads will be most residents have seen the of retaining a new Security new striping and signage at Service-GUARD ONE. By the paved this spring/summer: the Kestral Parkway North/ time you read this GUARD Kestral Park Circle, Heron Rt. 41 intersection and between O N E w i l l h a v e a s s u m e d Way and all of the Treehouse the Main Gate and Rt. 41. responsibility (April 25). We roads. Bids are expected to be Hopefully these enhancements are pleased that our previous presented at the May 5 board will improve safety and reduce contractor, Universal, has been meeting. After a contractor is some of the congestion in these cooperative in the transition. selected, a start date will be areas. The island curbs on the The three primary security determined. Work will take primary roadways are now officers that have been on the approximately two months. scheduled to be painted and team for a number of years MISCELLANEOUS missing reflectors replaced. For and are well known to most obvious reasons the curbs at residents will remain with us; As part of the Board’s the “S” curves will not be done Jamie Colon (Jimmy), Jordan ongoing orientation, at the until the paving of Heron Way Joseph, and Agostino Cafarelli April 7 board meeting LMA is completed. Some of the island (Augie). Additionally three attorney, Chad McClenathen, curbs are in need of repair as new officers will be trained in provided advice on duties, well. Also along the main roads The Landings procedures. It liability, indemnification the white striping on the sides will take some time for them and need for appropriate will be painted and reflectors to get to know you. Please stop insurance. Among the many areas that Chad touched on replaced. by the guard house to welcome Greater emphasis is being the new officers and express was the reassurance that the placed on the replacement of appreciation to the three that Florida association statutes aging signs and keeping all have been with us for many and the court’s interpretation of them “plumb”. Some of years. They take great pride in of them are very friendly to the lamp housings on top of their work and knowing the those serving on association boards as long as they act in the street light poles are in residents. need of a fresh coat of paint We look forward to excellent good faith. He said that no and a few broken glass panes performance from GUARD one should be hesitant to serve on a community or condo require replacement. We are ONE. association for fear of being held determining if this is FPL’s liable. REAL GOOD NEWS! responsibility. RADAR SPEED Additionally, LMA provides Potholes and roadway edge DETECTOR TRIAL excellent Directors and Officers erosion will be addressed when As of this writing, warning liability insurance coverage. the paving is being done. W e w a n t t o k e e p T h e letters have been sent to four (FYI-at the May 5 board meeting Landings sparkling so if you residents who were traveling LMA’s insurance broker, see areas/items that require at excessive speeds. Several Dave McMahon, will make a attention, please call George n o n - r e s i d e n t s h a v e b e e n presentation on the array of Niel of Argus Management “clocked” at high speeds as LMA’s insurance coverages.) (LMA’s property manager) at well. Improvements are being Chad also reported that the 941.927.6464 x 110. All of us made in our ability to identify Landings Shopping Center is and communicate with these

in foreclosure as of December 2015. This may be seen as a partial explanation of the center’s deterioration. We will try to stay abreast of this situation. At the March meeting several raised the issue of congestion on Landings Blvd. (in the LRC area) and on Starling Drive when mail is being delivered and landscapers and or delivery trucks are in the vicinity. At the Treehouses the mail carriers park in parking pads next to visitors parking. Since the mailboxes in the congested areas are next to visitor parking, it was agreed with the primary mail carrier that he would try parking in the guest spots. This is a trial and we will see “how it goes”. M a n y o f o u r s e a s o n a l residents have departed and the rest will be leaving shortly. Have a wonderful and safe summer. You will be missed! Cheers Larry

Meeting Notes At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Board approved external painting of a residence on Peregrine Circle W, driveway pavers on Peregrine Point Circle E, and roof tile on Pine Harrier Circle. A plan for a major landscaping change on Flicker Field Circle were approved subject to a reduction in fence height to six feet above grade. The board also gave conceptual approval to plans for residence expansions on Flicker Field Circle and Peregrine Pont Circle W. Final approval of these plans is subject to a review of architectural plans and a property survey prior to submission to the County. T h e b o a r d n o t e d t h e completion of the Peregrine Point Way drainage project, which has been pending for months. The next regularly scheduled meeting is on May 12, 2016 at the Landings Racquet Club at 7:00 p.m.

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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

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Age 8, 2nd grader at Phillippi Shores IB World School. He has 2 brothers, Matthew (16), and Oliver (9). Pets: 1 Jack Russell/Beagle mix dog (Mack) and 1 tuxedo cat (Pepe) • From where did you move? Oxford, Connecticut – last July. • What is your favorite subject in school/ why? Technology, because it’s fun. Right now, we’re learning how to use email. • So you like working with computers? Yes, I use PowerPoint to make books. I used to write and draw all the pages in my books but now I use PowerPoint. • What kind of books do you write? How did you start? All kinds of things but mostly cars. I love cars. The last book I wrote was with my brother Oliver. It was a big car book. It had all different kinds of cars in it. My parents wrote a series of baby books so they helped me. • What is your favorite sport? Soccer. I used to play in Connecticut. I’d like to join the same league as my brother, FC Sarasota. • What is your favorite team? Tampa Bay Lightning (Hockey) • Favorite color? Red and blue - separately

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• Favorite movie? Fast & Furious. It has a lot of cars in it. • What is/are your favorite kind of car(s)? Lamborghini AP 700-4, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce • How did you start your love of cars? Poppie (my grandfather) got me into them. He just sent us a package for Easter filled with car magazines and car t-shirts! • What do you do in your spare time? I play with m y D a d . W e do sports in the driveway like baseball, hockey, basketball, and tag. I like playing foosball, building with Legos, and riding bikes too. •What do you want to be when you grow up? A movie actor and an engineer • In what kind of movies would you want to be in? Action movies!

• What’s your favorite food? Pizza Heidi Bodor • What is the dish that you’d prefer your parents to not make ever again? B a k e d p o t a t o e s o r w o r s e – ASPARAGUS! • One word that describes you would be? Awesome! • Favorite thing about being a kid? Being fast! I’m in the Mile Club at school too. • If you could have one wish for the world, what would it be? To not have to pay for anything. You could go into stores and get everything for free or maybe pay with lava rocks! • If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why? Cinnamon Toast Crunch because they are tasty. • How many kids will you have? 4, I’d like to adopt some from Africa. • At what age will you marry? 30

Isaac Agren • Who are your heroes and why? My Mom and Dad are my heroes because they buy me Legos. • What are your summer plans? I am going to eat ice cream. We are also going to go to NJ to celebrate Poppie’s birthday. I’m going to wear the car shirt he gave me. • Who do you think will win the presidential election? Ted Cruz

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Rules of the Road Reminders

The Eagle Has Landed

Submitted by: Neil Goldman, Safety & Security Committee Chair and Barbara Chertok, Committee Member

Walkers — Walk AGAINST traffic. Additionally, since we have no sidewalks, it is suggested to walk no more than two abreast and walk in a single file when necessary in narrower areas. Although pedestrians generally do have the right of way, walkers should use common sense. In narrower areas walking two or three abreast is not safe. Night Walkers — Wear reflective gear and/or use a flashlight to alert drivers you are on the road. Dog Walkers — Have your dog walk on the grass while you walk on the road. Bikers — Ride with the traffic as close to the edge of the road as practical. Night Bikers — Wear reflective gear and use a bike light. Pets — All pets should be under control at all times. Drivers — Please obey all posted speed limits and stop signs. Be aware of pedestrians, bikes, mini-bikes, golf carts, stray animals and other vehicles. Do not tailgate another vehicle because you think it is moving too slowly. Please share these comments with your guests and visitors. This article will be published from time to time. If you would like to submit information or suggestions, please send your comments to: Neil Goldman at chgosprtfn@gmail.com or Barbara Chertok at barbchert@gmail.com.

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Palms May be Tops with Tourists, but not all Locals Agree

By Robert Frederickson

“I think that I shall never see... A poem as lovely as a tree...” - Joyce Kilmer With all due respect to Mr. Kilmer, some Siesta Key residents might add this caveat to that sentiment: It depends on the tree. Despite generally positive reviews from those attending opening ceremonies earlier this year for the recently completed Siesta Beach improvement project, at least some Key residents have questioned the county’s landscaping choices for the park’s makeover. Of the project’s $21 million budget, $850,000 was spent on trees, shrubs and other landscaping improvements, according to Brad Gaubatz, the county’s point man for the project. “There are 40 royal palms at the main entrance, 12 live oaks in phase one near the maintenance building, 94 green buttonwoods near the playground for shade, 62 sea grapes and 1041 sabal palms in the parking lot,” Gaubatz explained in a phone interview recently. All told, more than 1600 native trees were included in the park’s landscaping plan, as designed by the consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates. But some residents have questioned why so many trees were planted in the parking lot and along the new esplanade, blocking views of the project’s focal point: the beach beyond. The issue was raised at a Siesta Key Association meeting in February. In a follow-up e-mail to the SKA after that meeting, later forwarded to the county, Jane McIntire, president of the Beachway Condo Association board of directors, pointed out that prior to the renovation “the only place on Siesta Key where you could drive down the road and see the number one beach was at the main beach parking lot. Thanks to all the improvements, you really can’t see the beach anymore.”

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But as it turns out, preserving the view of the beach from across the parking area was never an option due to rules that now govern parking lot design and construction. Back in the 1950s when the beach was first developed ordinances and zoning requirements did not mandate the planting of trees to soften the view and provide shade across large expanses of asphalt. Such requirements are in place today explained Gaubatz. It’s similar to the situation now faced a mile or so to the south at the Excelsior Condominiums where repairs planned for the buildings damaged by the tornado that swept through the complex in January must meet today’s stricter building codes, not those in place when the buildings were originally constructed back in 1980. Another issue being raised concerns the choice of so many cabbage palms, also known as sabal palms, for the parking lot. They happen to be the state tree of Florida, but some consider them ‘dirty’ trees, requiring considerable maintenance to look their best. One of the raps against Australian Pines has long been their own status as ‘dirty,’ a reputation earned for the prodigious amount of needles and cones they shed which accumulate beneath their canopies. (Some of the exotic pines were removed from the park for just that very reason as part of the improvement project, though some remain due to public input received in the project’s early planning stages). Some point to the cabbage palms as being equally messy, dropping their dead fronds and seed pods several times each year. But Kimley-Horn project Manager Bill Waddill explained in a recent phone interview that given the choices available, and the tradeoff between shade and

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visibility, the cabbage palms were the best alternative. “There is no perfect tree that works in every case,” he said. “The cabbage palm is native to Florida. It is hardy and wellsuited to the winds and salt spray of a coastal environment.” But the final decision was in large measure sealed by Sheriff Department concerns about the same issue of clear sight lines raised by McIntire at that February SKA meeting mentioned earlier. “The Sheriff Department wanted to be able to monitor as much of the parking lot as possible from their new command center and other spots near the beach,” said Waddill. “Oaks or other trees with large canopies would have blocked much more of that view than the palms.” In fact, in order to address Sheriff Department concerns, a variance to the original code had to be adopted by the county to allow for less shade in the lot than would have otherwise been required. The sabal palms adhere to the county’s ‘best practices’ policy for using native species whenever possible, both for the hardiness Waddill points to and their low maintenance requirements. Indeed, sabal palms are often described as ‘self-pruning’ since their dead growth eventually falls to the ground on its own. But their ‘dirty-petticoat’ of yellow and brown fronds can remain hanging in the trees for months before gravity finally prevails. That’s why most private resorts, homeowners and even towns like Fort Myers Beach and Naples routinely cut the dead growth off their palms several times a year, often at considerable expense. So will the county take that approach here or choose to let them go ‘au-naturale?’ Siesta Sand got a mixed response on that score.

Palms in Boyd Park on Siesta Key are maintained by Sarasota County. Is this how the 1041 palms, recently added to the newly renovated #1 beach, will look like in time?

Gaubatz pointed to their selfpruning quality, adding that over-pruning can actually be bad for palms. “It can make the trunks narrow at the top and eventually hurt the tree,” he said. But Siesta Beach is a showcase. After all, that’s why the improvement project was proposed in the first place shortly after Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) named Siesta the nation’s best beach in 2011. Asked about the aesthetics of up to a thousand ‘dirty-palmfrond petticoats’ swaying in the wind to greet visitors, Gaubatz referred us to Beach Parks Manager George Tatge. He agreed with Gaubatz’s comments about too much pruning, saying, “the healthiest cabbage palm is one not pruned. They lose micro-nutrients if you over cut them.” But he added that the county will have to work out its ongoing maintenance approach over time. “They’re all new and look great now. But the palms in public areas will likely get a higher level of maintenance than those less visible ones tucked away by the dunes.” Another possible concern: disease. By planting so many examples of one tree, an infestation of cabbage palm disease could be devastating to the county’s investment. Many formerly grand canopied

avenues and boulevards in northern cities were left exposed and barren after Dutch Elm Disease wiped out virtually every example of that species starting in the late 1960s. Many municipalities came to regret the decision of earlier city park administration to use Elms almost exclusively along so many public thoroughfares. While not dismissing the possibility of a disease outbreak Waddill said that cabbage palms have done ‘very well’ on Siesta Key. “Am I concerned about a limited palette? Yes. But there’s an issue with almost any tree. Nothing’s perfect. They’re living things.” In any case, the tropical look of all those palms at Siesta Beach is certainly in keeping with the expectations most visitors have for an exotic, tropical playground. According to Gaubatz, they help define the parking lanes and work to focus attention toward the beach even as they work to obscure it for residents across Beach Road. In a bit of irony though, trees now outnumber parking spaces in the lot, despite the need for additional parking spaces being cited early and often as perhaps the most important improvement needed for the park. The final tally on that score? 140 new parking spots for a total of 980. Number of new cabbage palms: 1041.


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By Kevin Lechlitner

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the members for a wonderful season. The first four months went by in a flash as they always do. The variety and quantity of activities continues to impress me each year. For those of you leaving town, 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 later in the year. Beginning May 15 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 15 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. Beginning May 1 we are going to try something new to help with the morning court reservations. If you want to schedule an 8:00 a.m. court, you can call the Pro Shop at 7:40 a.m. If you want to schedule a 9:30 a.m. court, you can begin calling at 7:50 a.m. This should free up some space on the phone lines so members won’t hear a busy signal as often. As a reminder, it is still two days in advance for doubles and one day in advance for singles. Also on May 1 our “Peak Time” policy comes to an end. Now reservations can be made two days in advance for

prime time courts (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) as long as there aren’t more guests on the court than members. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our court reservation policies. As we have done for many years now, the Landings Racquet Club will offer a 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 BBQ is scheduled on Monday, May 30 beginning at 4:30 p.m. 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 27 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.


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|President’s Report By Dick Bayles April was a busy month for the Club. Landings day was a huge success; Landings all all of the tennis “games” were fully subscribed subscribed and a total of 80+ members and and guests enjoyed the dinner. That same same weekend, the US team won the annual annual CANUKUS match. The mixed doubles competition, comprising comprising eight teams, had its finale on on Friday the 9th. It was followed by a lunch and a planning session for next year’s schedule. My thanks to Pieter Heijens and Joe Venezia for their work in organizing the event. The maintenance shed work has been completed, with cleaning up the landscaping as the last component. We will be replacing the Lakeside Room roof sometime in June and, as the final major project for this year, putting in new drains for the courts and cleaning up the landscaping on the main walkway to the courts. This will complete our multi-year program to restore the courts to an as-new condition. We’ll be making one change in the court reservation process beginning on May 1. To reduce the number of busy signals received when making the required telephone reservation, we are separating the call-in times for the 8:00-9:30 period from the 9:30 to 11:00 period. The time for calling for an 8:00 court time will be 7:40AM and for a 9:30 court time, 7:50AM, both two days in advance. This will begin for court reservations for Sunday, May 1 onward. For those of you leaving in May for northern climes, have an enjoyable season, and I look forward to seeing you later this year.

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Another great turnout for the 9th Annual Landings Day Olympics. The Annual temperature was a bit on the warm side temperature which made it very refreshing going which in the dunk tank. Congratulations to in everyone everyone who sent me into the water - I was dunked quite a few times. Thanks to Kevin, John, Tina and Gabriel Von Kessel, Gary and Teagan Bowen, Tucker Lang, Bella Winter and Alice for helping out on the courts and to Judy and Tara for providing the refreshments. Thanks to Bob for taking photos and a big thanks to Edvin and Hans for getting the courts in shape before and after the event. The first season of The Landings Interclub League was a success. There were eight mixed doubles teams competing in the league. We ended with a luncheon and discussed ways to make the league bigger and better. In May, plans are to have a “one and done” tournament. Check in the Pro Shop for details. In October/November 2016 we will initiate The Landings Cup League. Plans are to play the matches on Saturdays and Sundays. More details to follow. With season winding down, John and I have a few openings for lessons/clinics. Contact me at 941-993-2628 or lrctennisdirector@Verizon.net to schedule a time. Once again, for those folks heading north, have a safe trip and a great summer. For the folks staying in the area, I’ll see you on the courts...

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Newcomers Reception

Annually, the Landings Management Association (LMA) and the Landings Racquet Club (LRC) host a reception for new residents who have arrived in The Landings in the past year. This year the event was held at the LRC on April 3. The purpose is to introduce newcomers to the LMA and LRC, meet and greet each other and the representatives of the two organizations. Approximately 60 people attended and the socializing was most gratifying. Given the ongoing interaction and level of conversation, all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event. An informal

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Photos by Bob Manteiga book club was even being considered. Kevin Lechlitner, General Manager of LRC, and Larry Lawrence, President of LMA, gave brief overviews of their organizations. Mika Palomaa catered a fine array of hors d’oeuvers with scrumptious bar-b-que as the main course. Delightful background music was provided by Ron Kushner. LMA and LRC thank Dawn Smith for her most capable organization and Nelson Smith and Henry Rhodes for their serving of beverages. The reception for next year is already being planned!!

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that he considers one of his best shots. I realize that this is an unreasonable request. It’s like asking someone “what’s your favorite movie or favorite song of all time?” There are so many from which to choose. I also thought it might be fun to present these five photos without revealing who the photographer is, and let the readers try to guess. Now, those of you who know us, or some of us, probably have an unfair advantage. But, then again, preconceived notions are often quite deceptive.

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Donate to Keep Fireworks on Siesta Key In 2015, we celebrated the 25th year of having fireworks on Siesta Key for the 4th of July. According to Mike Simmons, Project Manager at Zambelli Fireworks, this display was the largest private show in Sarasota County and one of the largest in the state of Florida. Because all funding for the annual fireworks comes completely from sponsorships/ donations, the group of volunteers that serve on the fireworks committee took on a challenge when we agreed to raise extra funds to beef-up the show from prior years. We saw the value in working a bit harder because 25 years of fireworks made possible solely by the generosity of local businesses and residents is truly something to be proud of and to celebrate. We were also starting to see a change in the atmosphere at the public beach and with the additional challenges that were put in the path of producing the VIP party. We knew that the model we

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had used for so many years would have to change moving forward. For those who do not know, we’ve always held a VIP party on the 4th of July and the donations and ticket sales for that party directly funded the fireworks and costs associated with putting on the community event. When we first started using this model, there was an old ball field that we used for parking for those who purchased tickets for the party. Fast forward to 2016, the ball field is no longer there and the beach renovation project has been completed. What does this mean to the fireworks committee? Well, we no longer have 250 parking spots to offer the VIP party ticket holders and we would have to raise an additional $8,000 just to have the party. We realized it just didn’t make financial sense anymore so we made the decision to eliminate the party. Aside from the convenience of having the fireworks on the island for the residents,

why is it important to donate to keep them here? In one word: Tourism. Being in the accommodations business, I can tell you if the fireworks did not happen on Siesta, there would be a lot of upset and disappointed guests which would be devastating to the area. The fireworks are extremely important to the people staying in our resorts - they shop, eat out, rent boats, etc. We need the people, we need the fireworks. You can help. We are counting on community groups, local businesses and residents to keep our fireworks show the best in the county! Let’s show off our newly renovated #1 beach!!! Partnerships and sponsorships are available. Please contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce for more information (941) 349.3800. Alana Tomasso Fireworks Committee Chair General Manager, Midnight Cove Association


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DAWN SMITH’S CHEESY PULL-APART BREAD

Dawn and Nelson Smith are helpful neighbors lending a hand in many ways. She has a big family and lots of friends, and they visit frequently. This is an easy tasty treat for everybody to enjoy. Ingredients:

- 1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread - 12-16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese Thinly sliced - 1/2 cup butter, melted - 1/2 cup finely diced green onion - 2 tsp. Poppy seeds

Prepare: Preheat oven to 350*F. Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise not cutting through the bottom crust. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Insert cheese slices between the cuts. Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Drizzle over bread. Wrap the loaf of bread in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350*F for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serves 8 to 10.

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Francis & Dr. Jessie Hoang Enrollment was about 2000, and Francis was well known on campus for running a weekly poker party every Friday night at his apartment. Med school classes were extremely intense, and a friendly game of Texas Hold’em was a great way to let off steam. Both guys and girls could play, so it was also the perfect way for students to get to know each other. The game made for a nice, social escape, and only cost $7.50 to play so it was more about having fun than making money. Francis was born in Saigon, in South Vietnam, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. The year was 1970, and his dad was a math professor who became a military liaison between U.S. Forces and the South Vietnamese Army. The fall of South Vietnam came in 1975 when Francis was only five. Bombs were going off as his father miraculously piled his wife and five kids o n t o a t i n y m o p e d a n d somehow managed to drive to the dock where GI’s were helping people evacuate.

Francis remembers his father saying to his mother, who was holding an infant in her arms: “Don’t let go!” It was a terrifying scene. Aboard nearby ships, helicopters were being shoved off the deck to make room for more refugees to land. Francis says: “The GI’s were awesome! My uncle was a commander of a vessel that had been given to the Vietnamese navy from the U.S. We were able to board that boat. The seamen cleared out a milk crate box, and that became my little sister’s first bassinette.” The family had survived! They were first taken to Guam, and then to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. They were later moved to Indiana, then Utah, and ultimately back to California where they settled in San Jose. Says Francis: “Although my Dad had been a professor in Saigon, once he became an immigrant here, he was not certified in anything.” His father took a job at a convenience store, went to night school, and

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became an accountant. Francis was captain of his tennis team in high school. After San Jose State University, he went to the University Of San Francisco School Of Law and practiced law for ten years. He then left that field to teach disadvantaged kids in a California Middle School. It was a rough two years! He then decided to become a pediatrician. Since the number of people applying for positions at American medical schools greatly exceeds the number of positions available, Francis found St. George’s in Grenada to be an excellent alternative. B o r n a n d r a i s e d i n Orlando, Jessie laughs: “I had no other option but to become a doctor.” Her father, you see, is an allergist, and he had definite plans for his gifted daughter. As an undergraduate, she attended Cornell University where she majored in Medieval History and minored in Microbiology. Although she had not yet met her future poker-playing husband, Jessie came to

the same choice of medical schools. She enrolled at St. George’s and met Francis at one of his poker games. They lived in NYC for a year, doing clinical work at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. Francis trained in pediatrics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore for a year-anda-half. When their first child, Aria, was born, the couple d e c i d e d F r a n c i s w o u l d become a Stay-At-Home Dad and Jessie would complete her pediatric residency at the University of Maryland. The two little girls have been gifted with wonderful parents! Both Jessie and Francis pour love into raising their children, and take their parenting seriously. They s e l e c t e d t h e i r L a n d i n g s home because it had a huge enclosed lanai in full view of the kitchen, dining and living room. This room has become the playroom, stuffed with a collection of toys and games to challenge the minds of Aria and Hanh, a room where the kids are always in sight. The family loves living

at The Landings. “People here are wonderful,” says Francis. “What drew us here is the location. What keeps us here are the people. We actually feel safe. There is a playground two blocks away, and a pool two blocks away.” And— when the girls are bigger— I wager tennis will be added. Francis is considering one more career change. He would like to return to teaching when his children are a little older. He is fascinated by kids and has so much to share with them. As a teacher, he would also be able to follow his daughters and be there for them when school is over. We said our goodbyes. As Jessie took me to the door, she let their Schnauzer out of the garage. (The dog is known to get too excited when guests are present.) Grey raced happily past me and up the stairs to be reunited with her family. The pup is a joyous tail-wagger, a definite addition to this delightful family.

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Bob Mantiega and I participated in what we are declaring as a new “World’s (at least Landings) Record”. We had five grandchildren and six poles fishing off the gazebo. As I told the kids: “that’s why we call it fishing and not catching!”

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Passing the Baton In January, Abel’s Ice Cream store founders Bill and Norma Abel retired after nearly five years in business and passed the ownership baton to Jerry and Jill Williams to carry on the legacy of award-winning tastes and superb customer service. Throughout the past months, the Williams have had multiple conversations with longtime customers about Bill and Norma, which prompted them to create a memory board (pictured), where a note of well wishes could be jotted for the Abels. When they were presented with the framed piece, both Norma and Bill were deeply moved. “Norma and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the very touching gift from you and the customers,” Bill said. “It will be treasured for the balance of our lives.” Jerry and Jill hail from the Midwest, and are now permanent Sarasota residents. The couple have thoroughly enjoyed their welcome to the community and the wonderful legacy that Bill and Norma created.

“Bill and Norma are such wonderful people, and they really teed it up for us,” Jerry said. “From the ice cream, fine chocolates, and gourmet food, to the cleanliness and service, we couldn’t have created a better business model. We hope the only change the customers notice is a couple of faces. We feel blessed to have this opportunity.” Abel’s Ice Cream new owners, Jerry and Jill Speaking of wonderful Williams, presented the store’s founders, people, Mother’s Day is just Bill and Norma Abel, with a framed photo around the corner! If you’re surrounded by celebratory notes for the Abel’s looking for a gift that will retirement from customers and friends have Mom smiling from ear to ear, Abel’s Ice Cream has you nod to Jerry and Jill’s own mothers, covered. All-natural, handmade so make sure to enjoy Black Cherry chocolates from Sweet Shop USA are (Deep black cherry ice cream exploding ready to go, or can be customized with Bordeaux cherries), and Mint if you prefer. Stonewall Kitchen’s Chip (Mint flavored ice cream with famous jellies, jams and chutneys large chocolate chips). are also on hand. And, of course, you Abel’s Ice Cream is located at 1886 can’t go wrong with fantastic pints Stickney Point Road, 921-5700. Learn and quarts of mom’s favorite ice more about Abel’s Ice Cream online cream, or a gift card so she can treat at www.abelsicecream.com and herself. connect with them on Facebook and Featured flavors in May are a Twitter.

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View From The Gate

MARCH TRAFFIC REPORT

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 54 incidents reported for the month of March 2016. They are as follows:

• 1 Animal Problem Reported Barking dog complaint. Assn. President advised. • 3 Informational Reports Pool deck area light out Assn. advised. Underage golf cart driver. LMA advised. Broken Sprinkler head. LMA advised. • 40 Open Doors Reported 39 Garage doors. 1 Vehicle door. • 5 Parking Violations All involving vehicles parked in roadways overnight.

• 2 Reckless Drivers Reported Unsafe speed in excess of 40mph in a 20mph zone. Unsafe speed in excess of 25mph in a 20mph zone. • 3 Vehicle Accident Reports Resident backed into another resident at the Main Gate No damage or injury reported. Landscaping crew ran into Main Gate gate arm. No damage or injury reported. Guest of resident tailgate entry via Main Gate No damage or injury reported.

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory By Dick Bayles

The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Carole Olson Gates, 1714 Kestral Park Way S, 941-405-4438, 514-245-2066, gates.carole@gmail.com • Michael & Barbara Pollack, 1713 Starling Dr, 484-432-3300, 610-247-4747, mpollack738@gmail.com, mb545@comcast.net • Joyce Rich, 5239 Heron Way, 617-448-3364, jarich1336@gmail.com • Daniel & Letitia Schuman, 1307 Landings Dr, 301-606-0900, 703-403-6961, drdsch@gmail.com, drlsch@yahoo.com The following are changes since the last issue: • Raymond M. David, Ph. D., 4840 Peregrine Point Cir N, 941-925-7444, C:585-615-8010, r.david4840@gmail.com • Stephen & Mona Poyta, 5152 Flicker Field Cir, C:703-304-1443, C:703-304-3808 Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e-mail, at www.landingseagle.com and at www.thelandingsofsarasota.com, 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: landings.directory@gmail.com Fax: (941) 296-7404.

BE SURE TO SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS Compliant speeds are any speeds that are under the posted speed limit Low Risk speeds are speeds <+5 MPH of the posted speed limit Med Risk Speeds are speeds >+5 MPH but <+10MPH of the posted speed limit High Risk Speeds are speeds >+10 MPH pf the posted speed limit

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 13082 13082 2016 18732 17176 35908 2016 6151 5364 11515

2015 12891 12891 2015 20094 17671 37765 2015 6363 5454 11817

2014 2013 2012 12460 12986 14098 12460 12986 14098 2014 2013 2012 18160 19327 17676 16051 17065 15624 34211 36392 33300 2014 2013 2012 5270 5973 6158 6475 5270 5565 11745 11243 11723

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

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 .................................................. LRCtennis@verizon.net 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/scgov.net 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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The ATS Speed Sentry was deployed at the corner of Landings Blvd. and Landings Ct. (westbound) for the month of March 2016 with the following results:

Date 03/14/16 to 04/14/16

Location Landings Blvd / Landings Court (Westbound)

Speed Limit 20

Compliant 80.77%

Low Risk 15.66%

Med Risk 3.09%

High Risk 0.48%

Date Location Speed Limit Compliant Low Risk 03/14/16 to 04/14/16 Landings Blvd / Landings Court (Westbound) 20 80.77% 15.66% 05/01/15 to 05/31/15 Landings Blvd / Landings Court (Westbound) 25 94.30% 4.88% 11/01/14 to 11/30/14 Landings Blvd / Landings Court (Westbound) 25 91.78% 7.06% Deployment for the Month of April 2016 will be at the corner of Landings Blvd. and Starling Dr. (northbound)

Med Risk 3.09% 0.69% 0.98%

High Risk 0.48% 0.12% 0.18%

There was an average daily traffic of 785.06 vehicles a day. These numbers mark a sharp increase in the Low, Med, and High risk categories compared to previous deployments at this location.

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1650 LANDINGS BLVD

PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM- JUDY AND TARA TO INQUIRE ABOUT 5 OTHER HOMES LISTED FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS! HOMES SOLD

5152 FLICKER FIELD CIR.

775,000

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1697 PINE HARRIER CIR.

340,200

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590,000

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575,000

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330,000

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JUDY & TARA’S 1630 STARLING DR.

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