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The World of Richard Bayles to Receive Greenfield Award Irwin Starr Tina Von Kessel ByDick Bayles would describe himself as community. We are a better place for both By Diana Colson

“behind the scenes, a hands on “doer”. The LMA contrarily describes him as a community volunteer of endless energy, who has brought his leadership, planning skills, and intelligence and information technology background to benefit of The Landings. LMA President Henry Rhodes: “When we consider the enormous time, the skill and effort Dick has willingly volunteered in all areas of our community, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this award. He was enthusiastically chosen by the LMA Board. After his “retirement” from the LMA board serving as Secretary/ Treasurer for many years he continues to serve as President of the Racquet Club and on committees that improve our

Kristina (Tina) von Kessel has lived at Carriage House 1 in The Landings for over seven years. She shares her home with her two children: Gabriel, 15, a sophomore at Pine View; and Philippa (Pipa), 12, in 7th grade at the School of Arts and Sciences. Many of you may already know Beau, her energetic rescue dog. Tina was born and raised in Rochester New York. Her parents were both from Germany, and she grew up speaking German at home. This bi-lingual skill has served her well during her 9-year career as a Realtor with Michael Saunders & Co. Continued on page 18

The Rebirth of a Gazebo By Trebor Britt The Landings is abuzz about the completion of the new Gazebo on Roberts Bay. No matter where you go you overhear the chatter about the Gazebo. LMA construction supervisor, Rudy Blohm reported he is well pleased with the progress and quality of the construction. Construction on the new gazebo began around the end of August. The demolition of the old gazebo took about five days and the first piling for the new gazebo was placed on August 25. Once the pilings were in place and materials arrived, construction of the new gazebo began in earnest around

Save the Dates – November 19 – 23

Be sure to mark your calendar the week of November 19 – 23 for the 22nd consecutive Annual USTA National Senior and Super Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships. The Landings Racquet Club will host this special and popular event

his ideas and skills.” Concurrently he serves as Secretary/ Treasurer of the Homeowners Association (LHA). Several years ago, when Dick and I worked together on some project or another, I suggested, down the road, he be a great candidate for LMA presidency. He quickly responded “I much prefer to be support, in the background, no interest in running anything!” For this interview I queried if he remembered that conversation, and if so why is he the Landings Racquet Club president? “Well,” he said “I missed a meeting, for health reasons, when the LRC board was trying president by default. Moral, don’t miss to decide on their next president. After important board meetings.” the meeting I was notified I’d been named Continued on page 5

with Dee and Ralph Ricapito organizing the hosts and luncheon for their 15th consecutive year. This event is open to the public and courtside seating is complimentary. For more information, please contact Kevin Lechlitner at (941)923-3886.

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the first week of September. A 40 foot span of the bridge that leads to the gazebo and crosses the water is going to be replaced. The completion of this span is expected to occur at about the same time the roof of the gazebo will need to be transported to the construction site and secured on top of the new structure. Gazebo construction and bridge construction are being done simultaneously. The hope and plan is to complete them on the same day so once the new gazebo is done residents may safely visit. Continued on page 27

Decal Verification Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Landings South III and IV and Bayview notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on November 1st unless they take action before that date to re-validate them. Owners can avoid suspension by revalidating their decals before November

1, 2014. Owners who will be gone for the month their decals are scheduled to be deactivated may go to the Main Gate before they leave to complete the verification process. The form will be available on The Landings website,, or from the Main Gate

Landings Eagle - November 2014  

The Landing Eagle serves residents of The Landings, Sarasota, FL 34231 with key information about the area.

Landings Eagle - November 2014  

The Landing Eagle serves residents of The Landings, Sarasota, FL 34231 with key information about the area.