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Tennis Is Their Game, Dancer Is Their Name By Trebor Britt

When Landings resident, Dean Dancer and his father Doug walk on The Landings Racquet Club courts this year, they will add to the resident/player history of the tournament. Dean will be among a mere handful of Landing’s residents to play in the annual USTA National Senior Super/ Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships, November 18-22. Although this will be their fourth appearance, it will be their first since he and his wife Kelly, also an outstanding tennis player, moved to The Landings recently. Once their children left for college they began looking everywhere in Sarasota for a new home. Their shared love of tennis, the

incredible Racquet Club facility, friendly staff, the perfect home in an outstanding neighborhood with awesome neighbors, sold them on The Landings. Continued on page 18

In the Neighborhood: profiles of communities in The Landings

By Roger Drouin

|Maintenance free townhouses on a greenbelt When Dana Hummel moved to The Landings in 2005, she downsized from a 3,800 square-foot villa at Prestancia to a smaller, 1,640 square-foot, garden-style, duplex unit at Carriagehouse II. Many owners who end up moving to Carriagehouse II are residents in a similar mindset who want to downsize. In many cases, they own a large single-family home in The Landings and want to stay in the community. “They are reaching an age where they just don’t want the responsibility of taking care of a large house and property,” said Hummel,

who moved to Carriage House II in 2005 and has served for the past several years as president of the complex’s board. Other potential Carriagehouse II buyers want to live within close driving distance to The Field Club, noted Judy Greene, a Realtor with Michael Saunders and Company. Whatever the reason for moving to Carriage House II, residents find friendly neighbors and lots of green in the community comprised of 30 maintenance-free duplex villas, each unit featuring two bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and a detached one-car garage. Continued on page 22

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The Landings Community Holiday Cheer for Cancer Kids Many of us have personally felt the impact a cancer diagnosis has had on our lives. Fortunately, many of us also have the resources to cope with serious issues. However, for a family with limited financial resources, their entire focus becomes the care and cure for their loved one. Siblings are expected to understand why there is no “extra” money for toys, treats or new shoes or even a holiday dinner. Last year, in an effort to help families in this situation, we inaugurated a program that was well received, with friends and neighbors expressing their desire to support this endeavor. Based on that response, we are sharing this information in the hope of expanding the program allowing us to spread holiday cheer to even more families this year. The Landings Holiday Cheer for Cancer Kids support program is a voluntary program created to care for a sick child and to provide assistance to families with children with cancer during the end of the year holiday season. A child’s cancer diagnosis creates many challenges for parents and often it becomes impossible to provide a Holiday celebration for their children. In other cases this is due to job loss to care for a sick child. In other cases it is because all available funds are being used for medical expenses. Without the help of others the lives of these families will continue to be dominated by cancer at a time when “the rest of the world” is celebrating and rejoicing with gifts and joyous hearts. Family Sponsors receive information about each member of the identified family to assist in the selection of gift/donations. This information will include the

make up of the family members; ages and sex of children; clothing and shoe sizes and gift suggestions (games & toys) for each child. Last year several Landings families also provided personal checks or gift cards from Wal-Mart type stores. Please keep in mind that these families might be shopping for food at these stores. This program allows parents to provide some Holiday Spirit and gifts to their kids. The additional gift of time by having the gifts shopped for and wrapped is an added treasure, and provides sponsors with the satisfaction that they are personally involved beyond their financial consideration. All gifts are to be provided anonymously. Family Sponsors are encouraged to invite two or more friends to join them in making support gifts/ donations. In 2014 the first year of our program, seven families with kids with cancer were sponsored by Landings families within a two week period. This year we have more time to plan and have adopted a goal of providing for twenty such families. Although last year’s sponsors agreed to partner again with us this year, we need additional sponsors to meet our goal of providing for twenty families. We are a community with many blessings; let’s take this opportunity to come together to lighten the load of others at a time when the weight of cancer feels overwhelming. We hope you will join our families with your support, Please contact Henry Rhodes (941-927-1047 or henry@sqreone. com) or Jim Goldman (941-5390774 or jimgoldman@aol.com) to volunteer to be a sponsor this year or to learn more about how you can help this Landings program.


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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Don McMurray opened the meeting by complementing the Finance Committee and committee chairs on the hard work they’ve accomplished on the proposed budget. Residents will find the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 printed in this issue of The Eagle. McMurray reported the Communications committee is actively working on making the website more relevant and effective. Website usage training will be available to both board members and residents. He also mentioned an updated printed copy of the Green Book would be available soon.

FINANCE REPORT

LMA Treasurer and Finance committee chair, Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso reported through the first month of the year, the Board underspent by $55,447.53. She also reported the LMA attorney is in the process of collecting an outstanding debt from four unit owners. Lastly she related the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget process is on schedule and thanked Committee chairs for their budget preparation efforts.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

By Trebor Britt to resolve these issues. Jost is asking homeowners to make sure that originally installed swales are not blocked by vegetation or sediment buildup and that drainage pathways and storm water inlet grates are cleared of debris immediately following a storm.

Co-chair, Joan Lowery reported meeting with Don McMurray, Sara Rhodes and newly hired webmaster Kelsey Van Praag to discuss a full range of issues regarding the website. They’re planning a complete update, more user-friendly ENVIRONMENTAL linkages as well as improved Committee chair, John graphics including streaming C a rson enthusiastically videos. reported Sarasota County COMMUNITY EVENTS NEST approached him to do a volunteer cleanup of the Chairman Doug Day, mangroves along the waterway. announced working with The date for this project was to George Micolopolous and Tara be determined. He also related a Lamb to recruit residents for a recent environmental project at Landings “trick-or-treat” trail. Pelican Cove by Rob Wright of They’re hoping luminaries Sarasota NEST would be made will mark the trail along the available for review. Carson’s Peregrine streets. A couple committee would utilize the board members stated The parts of the project that would Landings area was a draw for apply to The Landings in future trick-or-treaters. planning.

DRAINAGE

Committee chair, Jack Jost reported his committee is continuing to work on stormwater drainage challenges at two Kestral Park Place residences, the east side of Peregrine Pt. Way and a property on Landings Boulevard. JAG Engineering is working with the committee

ROADS

Roads chair, Rudy Blohm reported road repaving at The Landings is expected to start next spring. Roof repair work and the possible installation of driveway pavers in some areas of The Landings has prevented the committee from establishing a firm start date. Continued on page 29

Notifications

• Father/Son Tennis Tournament Save the date: November 18 through November 22

• LMA Q&A with members: First Tuesday of each month 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the LRC

• Annual Holiday Dinner Dance December 13th in the Lakeside Clubhouse with cocktails and dinner, sign up today limited seating.

• Code for the Field Road door: Call the Main Gate, 941-922.5531

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Letter to the Editor Dear residents, I write you this note as I wish to garner your support to thwart the development of an impending problem. As many know the community is on the precipice of repaving our roads. While a definite date and schedule is still in limbo, this spring was the last target identified. As one can imagine, managing the repaving of our community roads will involve some repair, scheduling, insuring quality workmanship, solving resident issues, staging of equipment and materials, and establishing alternative traffic patterns - to name just a few. Until quite recently, we were in the capable hands of our resident, Mr. Rudy Blohm as roads committee chair. Rudy, in the last two years, in The Landings, has managed the following: 1) The planing, engineering and building oversight, of the addition to the fitness center, at The Landings Racquet Club, 2) The demolition of the old and building the new Gazebo on the Nature trail, and 3) The repair/replacement of the decayed bridge across the lagoon on the path to the bay. Because of personality conflicts with the current President of the LMA, Rudy felt compelled to resign his role as committee chair which leaves a giant void. While a human body may be identified to fill the roads committee chair vacancy, the fact is, that Rudy is uniquely qualified and will be almost impossible to replace. In my opinion, without Rudy, the only real alternative now is to hire an engineering firm which represents an estimated $20,000- $30,000 plus - totally unnecessary cost. The current President of the LMA has announced his intention to resign - as soon as he sells his unit. This leaves us in a situation with a “lame duck” president, and giant void in the road repaving manager position. Roads, and their integrity, will need to span at least a decade - the president will be gone in a matter of a few months What I am suggesting is nothing more than a good business decision and is not personal. My point is simple, in the immediate future, The Landings residents will need Rudy Blohm to manage the road project far more than we will need the stewardship of the current president who is about to retire. Again to be clear, I have absolutely no issue with the President (other than he sacrificed a valued contributor and that act may well be costly). My suggestion is that you contact board members and voice your concerns - Tell them that we need Mr. Blohm as our road manager and to respectfully wish the current president all the best in his future endeavorsCurrent board members; Douglas Day, Joan Lowery, John Carson, Larry Lawrence, Marie Graziose-Jacaruso, Michael Knupp, Neil Goldman, Robert Manteiga Sincerely . Frank Pipers

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President’s Column

LHA Meeting Notes

By Don McMurray A short column this month! We are approaching the end of the year and that brings up two very important activities: 1. Budget Preparation for FY 2016; and, 2. Board Elections in February. The draft budget has been prepared and distributed to the Board Members, Association Presidents, posted on our website, and submitted to The Eagle for publication. The November meeting will focus on discussing the proposed budget and adopting an operational and reserve budget for FY 2016. The largest expense this year will be the first phase of road resurfacing. We should have sufficient funds in our reserve budget to accomplish this task. All other cost centers are relatively consistent with prior year expenses. February is the month the Association Presidents elect members to the Board to fill open or vacant positions. We will be getting information out to everyone over the next months on

how to participate in this process should you desire, and have time, to become a Board member. It is a highly responsible, but rewarding experience for those that would like to get involved in this manner. Our website is continuing to be developed. We are working on making it a focal point of information flow and communication so all our residents will have easy access to what is going on in The Landings – events, board news, resident news, etc. If you have an interest and expertise and want to get involved, we welcome your input. Joan Lowery and Bob Manteiga have been very active in heading up the communications committee this year and have made the on-going development of our website a priority. On November 3, Tuesday, I will be available to meet at the LRC from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to discuss any issues, problems, or suggestions you may have that would benefit our community. Thanks!

At its regular October board meeting, the Board approved the request to replace two driveways on Pine Harrier Circle and the placement of boulders on the lawns of properties on Kestral Park Terrace and Landings Way to deter lawn damage from vehicles. It also approved the replacement of roofs on Peregrine Point Circle East and Peregrine Point Drive. The owner of the property on Flicker Field Circle that had removed trees without prior approval of the Board has agreed to plant replacement shade trees acceptable to the Association. An owner on Peregrine Point

Circle West requested approval of the installation of a circular driveway. Upon review, the Board recommended a slight relocation of the driveway to avoid future problems with a large oak and approved the removal of a palm tree to improve the shape of the driveway. The configuration of the driveway will be reviewed by the LMA drainage chair to ensure that it does not conflict with an existing drainage flume on the property. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at The Landings Racquet Club.

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October President’s Meeting The October quarterly meeting of the Landings Presidents was well attended. This group meets informally, as such meetings are not mandated by any covenants or documents. The group shares concerns, and ideas for managing their individual associations, as well as offering a forum to express ideas and opinions to the Landings Management Association. LMA Pres. Don McMurray reviewed the preliminary LMA budget for the 2016 budget year. The budget is reorganized this year to more accurately reflect expected expenditures as differentiated from items which committees feel may be necessary by placing them in reserve fund categories. Bottom line this preliminary budget anticipates the next year’s LMA assessment to all Landings property owners will be the same as the 2015. That can change as the budget is taken to the entire board

of the LMA, and ultimately voted upon by the presidents of all associations at the annual meeting. McMurray detailed plans to improve and refine The Landings Internet site, TheLandingsofSarasota.com. The work of a new committee along with the LMA communications committee, hopes to use it to implement better feedback, and information for The Landings owners. He expressed frustration that there were a number of residents who have chosen not to provide even the LMA with their email address to help facilitate both announcements and emergency information. Henry Rhodes, advised the group that The Landings would once again participate in a “Holiday Cheer for Cancer Kids” project for the holiday season. Details are available in The Landings Eagle. Each year the Florida Legislature modifies, in some

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way or another, association rules for both homeowners and condominiums. Those rules provide relatively great specificity on how such associations must be managed. The better part of the meeting was utilized by LMA’s attorney Chad Mc Clenanthen who detailed just a few of the changes made this year. Subjects included rules for the use of emails as both an informal, and formal as required by statutes, communication tool with property owners. The new rules also permit votes of the constituency to be taken by email, but must follow very specific rules, likely in his opinion, to be relatively difficult to implement. He also pointed out it is quite likely emails between, and among board members could be subject to public scrutiny, though some issues such as subpoenas of private computers, remain to be

adjudicated. Several changes of a financial nature were made to the rules. For example, if a property owner writes a check for less than a full amount due, but adds the notation “payment in full” or something of that nature, they can still be held liable for the whole amount. This is referred to as “restrictive endorsement.” At one point such endorsement was deemed legal and effective, but the new laws now rescind that. Both condominium associations and homeowner’s associations have been limited to the maximum amount of fine they could levy for violations. The homeowners rule, and only the homeowners, not the condo associations, has been altered to make the amount unlimited. Mc Clenanthen warned however; judges generally do not tolerate fines out of the zone of reasonableness.

Certain alterations were made to the rules regarding getting rid of unwanted guests. It has been made much easier for a property owner to have an unwanted guest removed from their home than in the past. This should not be confused with the process necessary to evict renters, which fall under a completely different set of rental rules and regulations. This brief summary of the rules should only alert associations and owners to the general nature of changes. The laws are so complex it is still wise to consult with either your paid association management or an appropriate home/ condominium legal specialist. The next meeting of the presidents group is tentatively planned for January. One possibility for that meeting is an opportunity to meet candidates for next year’s LMA elections.

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Kids’ Corner

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Diya Nair (pronounced Ni’-er), 8 years old 2nd grader at Pine View School • Do you have brothers and sisters? 1 brother (3), Aryan, and 1 sister (2 months), Maya • Where were you born? Sarasota • Do you have any pets? I had a fish named Nelson but he died. Now I have a plastic pretend pet named Froggy. He’s cool. Would you like to see him? [runs off to get little plastic green frog] • What do you like most about The Landings? It’s beautiful and I like riding my bike here. • What is your favorite subject in school? Reading. • What’s your favorite book or book series? I like to read the Cupcake Diaries. They are about a team who work together to make cupcakes. • What’s your favorite movie or movie series?

Inside Out (used to be Frozen) • Favorite activity? Playing board games – Candy Land, Monopoly, and my favorite - Life • Favorite singer? Priyanka Chopra • Favorite song? “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen • Favorite TV shows? K.C. Undercover and Liv and Maddie • Do you play a sport? Yes, I like playing basketball. I play with the Suncoast team. We play tournaments. I got 2 “smiley face” trophies. You get that if you smile all the time. I also got the “good team player” award too. I was the only one that got it! You get that if you say “good job” to the other team and play fair, even if you lose. • What do you want to be when you grow up? A dentist. I have a dentist at SmileWorks named Dr. M&M.

I became interested in the tools he was using and later, went home and looked up dentist tips about how to take care of your teeth. That was when I was 5. • What’s your favorite food? I love cheese pizza. I love the flavor. Whenever I take a bite of it, it fills my mouth with joy! • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A dog - because even though they are hyper, they are kind. They also understand what you are saying. My aunt’s dog was told he was getting shots and started crying. Dogs are also my favorite kind of animal. • What’s your favorite color? Pink and Purple. If I had to choose one, it would be pink. My room is pink and purple. I feel they are colors of joy! • If you could change one rule that your family has, what would it be? NO HOMEWORK • Of all the things you are

learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult? Learning about money because when you are old you have to buy everything yourself! • What is one wish you have? That the world around us would be filled with nice people and there would be no bullying and everyone would understand how everyone else feels. • Do you play an instrument? I used to play piano. My Aunt Prita has been teaching me how to play the flute – since yesterday. • If you could go anywhere, where would you go? To India to see the Taj Mahal! • Why do you like being a kid? You get a lot of play time. It’s interesting to be a kid to me since it’s funner than being an adult. Sometimes it’s hard though. Today was stressful. I have homework and two birthday

Diya Nair parties ON THE SAME DAY! I don’t know which to go to! • One word that describes you would be? Caring. Today I helped a ladybug. I asked my teacher if I can let it outside and she said “yes.” So I put it outside and it flew away, but before it flew away, it landed on my forehead and kind of licked me. I think that was like a “thank you” to me! Continued on page 29

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November finds more produce arriving at Phillippi Farmhouse Market in Phillippi Estate Park as Fall crops become abundant. There will be several new produce vendors arriving. Aloe Organics will bring USDA certified organic produce to become the second certified organics grower along with Geraldson’s Farm who have been with the market for several years. There are always wonderful baked goods – think Thanksgiving pies and special family treats. Of course, you will want to bring your turkey carving knives to American Eagle Knife Sharpening to get that special edge. They also do a great job on scissors and garden shears. Save the date for Sunday, November 8 for Bowls Of Hope, the All Faith’s Food Bank fund-raising event to feed the hungry. There will be hand-crafted bowls as well as a children’s table of bowls and lots of space to enjoy the outdoors while dining on 3 different soups, all donated by restaurants and facilities around town. Ticket price is $25.00 in advance (visit web site: www.allfaithsfoodbank.org) or $30.00 at the door. Bowls of Hope will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with ample free parking. Support your local food bank!

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day Holiday, but the market will be open 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for your convenience. The Edson Keith Mansion will be offering a FREE historic tour beginning promptly at 10 am with a knowledgeable docents walking guests through the Italian Renaissance home and talking about the history of the building and the story of the early Sarasota community. As always, there is great local music, ample free parking and the Welcome Tent is staffed with the friendliest volunteers and lots of brochures and flyers about what’s happening in your community. Please walk over to the Keith Farmhouse and peer into the windows. The farmhouse was the first building erected on the estate in 1916. The exterior of this clapboard farmhouse was renovated but the interior needs major help to turn it into an Interpretive Center open free to the public showcasing the early days where the estate workers lived. There is a donation box at the Welcome Tent as well as in the foyer of the Mansion and your contributions will be greatly appreciated. On Sunday, November 15 there will be a Palates & Palettes farm to fork dinner on the lawn of the Keith Farmhouse.

Phillippi Estate Park will be partnering with Mattison’s for a 4-course menu from locally harvested foods. The dinner is preceded by an Art Sale, offered “Fresh off the Easel” by the internationally recognized “Light Chasers of the Sun Coast,” plein air painters who will be painting until the sun goes down and selling their works, wet and dry, on the Farmhouse lawn throughout the evening. Guests will get a sneak peek inside the Keith Farmhouse, a work in progress, in dire need of completion of its restoration before the estate’s 100th anniversary celebration in November 2016. Proceeds from the dinner and art sale will support the historic renovation of this building. Local musician, Sal Garcia, of Omni fame, will be providing music throughout the evening. An assortment of fine wines will be paired with the palate-pleased food offerings. Tickets are $100/per person and may be purchased online at: www. mattisons.com or by calling 941-9213400. Silent Auction offering will also be available. For more information, please call Phillippi Estate Park, located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-3161309. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

SEENA LONGT HEWA Y by Isabel Becker The collection of Isabel Becker’s fabrics and watercolor pictures to be shown on November 14 between 1-4 p.m. at the Lakeside Room of the Racquet Club of The Landings. Isabel often uses her photographs as the basis for her pictures, printing them onto fabric and sewing on the machine to develop texture and excitement and framing them. Some are done as collages along with other fabrics.. Subjects range from florals and landscapes to contemporary works. She studies watercolor painting and currently teaches watercolor painting at the Anchin Assisted Living Pavilion.

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Play P ing-Pong Table Tennis It’s Fun and Good For You

By Dee Ricapito

It’s a perfect game for young people to sharpen their reflexes, and older folks improve their alertness and concentration. Here at The Landings, the “HAPPY PADDLERS” have lots of fun. They began hitting ping pong balls several years ago when Bev Kaplan and Bev Leidel thought it would be fun to get an informal group of paddlers together to play the game at the ping pong table set up at the Club. Players meet on Mondays and Wednesday’s at 10 a.m. for an hour of mind bending play and laughter. Join in, or set up your own hour with friends. Pictured are current regular players: Back row: Carole Berkey, Katy Leidel, Jere Berkey, and Leslie McLean. 1st row: Bev Kaplan and Bev Leidel. (not pictured: Jeff Durante) Shirts designed by: Michael Leidel

Music Fine Arts at First Church Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. Music Fine Arts at First Church presents Belle Canto (A Celebration of Women’s Voices) and The Jazz Trio (Tommy Goodman, piano; Dominic Mancini, bass; and Johnny Moore, drums) as they join together for a benefit concert for Family Promise of Sarasota. Elegance, sophistication, and style are personified as Belle Canto swings to jazzed-up Broadway tunes like This Can’t Be Love, My

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Funny Valentine, and Summertime. Sarasota’s quintessential Jazz Trio never fails to delight. Join us for this benefit performance for Family Promise of Sarasota to help families with children get housing, food, and social support. $15 Donation Parking will be available in Zenith Garage (Mira Mar Court) For additional information: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL (955-0935)

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Saluting Veterans Greeting Visitors By Trebor Britt As residents and visitors drive onto Siesta Key from Siesta Drive, not long after making the sharp left-hand turn onto Higel they are greeted by a wonderful black-and-white US flag artfully painted on a sound barrier wall. The flag was painted by Andrew Capron who lives in the home directly behind the flag. His goal was to have the flag completed by the Fourth of July 2014 and he completed it on July 3. As a new resident of Siesta Key, he was inspired to paint something on the wall that would be welcoming to residents and guests who visit. A huge fan of the military, Capron noted many servicemen and women have this black ink flag tattooed on their arm. “Siesta Key and Sarasota are so much of an American city,” Capron related, “even as diverse as it is, it’s a slice of Americana that you just don’t see in towns

anymore.” Once you see the flag you’ll agree it’s very graphic and makes a very bold statement. It also ties in a little with graffiti art and stencils; appropriate for Sarasota’s image as an artistic community. “It’s been amazing how many wonderful people have stopped by and asked if they could have their picture taken in front of the flag. I’m really happy that I did it,” Capron said, “just to see the number 18 to 20 something-yearolds stop by and show respect for the flag has been remarkable. It’s been very cool”


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An Updated, Engaging Landings Website is in the Works! By Joan Lowery, Landings Communication Committee The Landings Communications Committee is making progress on what we believe will be a website that will enhance our sense of community, highlight the talents of our residents, improve access to Association and Landings information, showcase our community to outsiders, and give everyone a voice in shaping The Landings into the community we envision as we move toward the future. We have hired webmaster Kelsey Van Praag to help us make the residents’ portion of the site much more participation and user-oriented. Over the coming months you can expect to see new features like: restaurant and film reviews; a ‘meet-up’ type of bulletin board to connect residents with similar interests; an updated calendar-of-events; ‘Best Of” recommended vendors lists; classifieds; and a community blog. Fellow Board member Bob Manteiga and other Landings photographers will be ‘out and about’ capturing candid and special moments in our lively community. Plus, we’ll be creating short videos to learn about each other and document the plethora of activities available to us!

If you have ideas about what you’d like to see included on our website, or, if you’d like to play an active part in writing, sharing photos or videos for the site, please contact Bob Manteiga at rcmanteiga@uri.edu. Also, if you have an event coming up that you’d like to have publicized, contact Bob with a brief description and the date. We’ll be happy to include it in our Calendar of Events. Stay tuned for the formal relaunch of thelandingseagle.com! Once it’s ready we’ll be holding a few training/pizza parties to familiarize residents with how to get optimal value from the site. In the meantime, check it out; track our progress and please provide suggestions.


LANDINGS MANAGEMENT 2015 ESTIMATED EXPENSES AND BUDGET PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

REVENUES 5010 5012 5040 5045 5050 5070 5090

ASSESSMENTS C & D ASSESSMENTS OTHER FINES INTEREST VEHICLE DECALS CARRYOVER SURPLUS TOTAL REVENUE RESERVES TOTAL REVENUES

2015

2015

2016

ESTIMATED *

APPROVED BUDGET

PROPOSED BUDGET

646,830 21,283 4,626

672,739 116,370 $789,109

646,830 21,283 668,113 116,370 $784,484

56,347 65,100 6,500 4,620 5,000 137,567

64,740 65,100 6,500 4,620 10,000 150,960

64,740 55,100 15,500 4,620 5,000 144,960

5,000 15,360 1,700 17,060

5,000 15,667 10,000 25,667

0 15,360 5,000 20,360

5,000 15,000 5,200 25,200

10,000 15,000 5,000 30,000

2,500 15,000 2,500 20,000

1,500 3,900 200 24,450 5,300 1,000 5,000 41,350

1,500 1,500 500 24,450 7,000 1,000 5,000 40,950

750 0 500 24,450 10,000 1,800 7,485 44,985

7,800 3,100 1,464 4,800 17,164

9,274 6,000 1,623 3,000 19,897

8,674 2,000 1,623 2,000 14,297

600 53,000 53,600

1,000 56,700 57,700

600 55,000 55,600

1,750 1,200

615,669 23,309 -

638,978 147,685 $786,663

EXPENSES AND RESERVES GROUNDS 7120 7130 7140 7145 7155

GROUNDS CONTRACT LANDSCAPING TREE TRIMMING SPRINKLER/IRRIGATION CONTRACT SPRINKLER/IRRIGATION REPAIRS TOTAL GROUNDS

ROADS 7153 US 41/KESTRAL ENTRANCE PROJECT 7151 ROAD SWEEPING 7165 ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE TOTAL ROADS DRAINAGE 7170 DITCH MAINTENANCE 7175 DRAINAGE 7178 STORM SEWER REPAIR TOTAL DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS 7210 LIGHTING REPAIRS 7215 LIGHTING SUPPLIES 7220 MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES 7225 MAINTENANCE SERVICE 7230 SIGNAGE & MISCELLANEOUS 7235 WALL PAINTING & MAINTENANCE 7240 CURB MAINTENANCE TOTAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE LAKES 7320 7330 7340 7345

LAKES-CONTRACT LAKES-OTHER FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE-CONTRACT FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE-OTHER TOTAL LAKES

UTILITIES 7510 WATER/SEWER & FIRELINE 7520 ELECTRIC TOTAL UTILITIES SECURITY 7720 7723 7725 7730 7735 7740

GUARDHOUSE MAINTENANCE JANITORIAL SERVICE-GUARDHOUSE SECURITY MAIN GATE ROVING PATROL SECURITY-OTHER GATES-MAINTENANCE TOTAL SECURITY

COMMUNICATIONS 7884/7755 7885/7757 7886/7759

LANDINGS WEBSITE LANDINGS EAGLE NEWSLETTER COMMUNICATIONS/PRINTING

COMMUNITY EVENTS 7823/7760

COMMUNITY EVENTS

rinted 10/22/2015 2:52 PM

2,300 1,800 197,500 16,743 17,000 235,343

3,000 1,800 196,061 48,482 10,000 14,000 273,343

2,000 1,800 196,061 0 15,000 14,000 228,861

1,200 8,392 1,000 10,592

3,000 8,392 1,000 12,392

5,000 8,392 3,000 16,392

0 0

0 0

2,500 2,500

Draft of the FY 2016 Budget The finance committee has been working with the committee chairs and the contractors for the last several months to draft an operating and reserve budget for FY 2016. Please pay particular attention to both the committee operating budget and the capital expense items in the reserve budget. A number of committee requests for capital improvements/replacement are not reflected in the operating cost center, but have been placed in the reserve budget and amortized over their expected life time. Please note that the draft budget is not finalized until the board votes to approve a budget at the November 5th meeting. ADMINISTRATION 7760/7810 INSURANCE 7820 LEGAL/PROFESSIONAL 7822 KESTRAL ENTRANCE LEGAL 7825 ACCOUNTING SERVICES 7835 FEES, DUES, LICENSE 7840 INCOME TAX 7870 MANAGEMENT FEE 7880 OFFICE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE, ETC. 7887 STRATEGIC PLANNING 7888 AESTHETICS 7890 BAD DEBT EXPENSE 7892 PROPERTY TAX 7895 CONTINGENCY TOTAL ADMINISTRATION C & D EXPENSES 9050 C & D ELECTRIC 9150 C & D INSURANCE 9230 C & D LANDSCAPING 9240 C & D GROUNDS CONTRACT 9260 C & D CHEMICAL TREATMENT 9280 C & D IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE 9290 C & D LIGHTING REPAIRS & SUPPLIES 9291 C & D ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE 9300 C & D MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES 9380 C & D ADMINISTRATION TOTAL C & D EXPENSES TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE RESERVES RESERVES - SCHEDULE B TOTAL EXPENSES AND RESERVES

UNIT ASSESSMENT - ANNUAL

12,000 8,400 5,000 1,900 62 0 40,788 2,500 2,000 4,000 5,000 14 4,300 73,964

10,950 5,500 5,000 1,900 62 250 40,788 2,500 2,000 4,000 5,000 14 2,500 69,514

11,200 4,000 0 1,900 62 250 40,788 2,500 0 0 4,000 14 3,000 67,714

21,283

21,283

23,309

633,123

701,706

638,978

116,370 $749,493

116,370 $818,077

147,685 $786,663

ASSESSMENTS

OPERATIONAL RESERVES

TOTAL

TOTAL UNITS MAINTENANCE AND RESERVES PAID

2015

$921.00 166.00

2016

$877.00 210.00 $1,087.00 $1,087.00 702 1 TIMES PER YEAR

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We are not only “Kitchen Ladies Recipe Corner from the Father Son Tournament.” We have evolved! Now men feel they can contribute, too. Gary Bowen, Racquet Club Office Attendant of three years told us of his recent trip to Paris with his wife Tina. They took a cooking class and are sharing these two “French secrets” with us! SCALLOPS OVER ORANGES • 12 Scallops • 2. Oranges cut into segments • 9. Ribs of celery. Ribs from the center or peel the heavy green ones, and slit into thin slices and chop. DRESSING • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar • 2 tsp sherry wine or any other vinegars • 3 Tbs. vergin Olive oil • Orange juice • 1/4 cup Roquefort cheese • Pepper 1. Wisk. Vinegar, pepper, olive oil and some Orange juice and refrigerate while making the scallops. 2. Mix together celery, Roquefort, orange segments (cut in small pieces)and dressing. 3. In a small hot skillet pour some olive oil and sear scallops until golden brown. Do not over cook, (little transparent in center). Remove and disperse over the seasoned celery salad. Serve immediately.

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able to play with a family member, my role model on and off the court, is a great honor for me.”

There have been so many new residents living in The Landings who do not know much about this USTA NATIONAL FATHER/SON CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT being played here at The Landings. It’s a spectacular tennis event which represents nationally ranked players coming from all over our country. The games begin with the Super Seniors on Wednesday, Nov, 18th. Then, the Seniors start playing on Thursday, November 19th. Landings volunteers contribute a pot luck lunch for the players. It’’s an event that is free for everyone living in The Landings and Sarasota County. Join in, there’s no bad seats, the event lasts through Sunday, when the finals are played and the Gold Balls presented.

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three years. Win or lose, every year is a unique experience. Wouldn’t you think the competitive tennis would be the highlight of any tournament? Not this tournament. Dean was emphatic about what he enjoyed most. “Definitely the player’s lunch and dinner. I have to keep my Dad from eating all the homemade goodies right before going on the court for a match! Having a host resident of The Landings is also amazing. Not too many tournaments provide that kind of personal attention. Playing a game we both love and being

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Racquet Club News

|President’s Report By Dick Bayles

With the gradual return of our part-time residents, the arrival of our second tennis pro, and the start of the team tennis training and matches, it is more important than ever that players make reservation for court times, even after the 8:00-11:00 a.m. busy period and also on Sunday. Doubles reservations may be made two days prior to the desired play date beginning at 7:45 a.m. Singles reservations may be made one day ahead at the same time. To ensure fairness, “walk-in” reservations will not be permitted; if you’re at the Club, bring a cell phone so you can call for the reservations. Our 23rd annual Senior and Super/Senior Father/Son National Clays Championship will begin on Wednesday, November 18, this year, the week prior to Thanksgiving. If you would like to “host” a visiting team, please contact Ralph Ricapito; hosting duties include welcoming players to Sarasota and, for those new to the tournament and the area, an introduction to what Sarasota has to offer. Our Holiday Party has been moved to Sunday this year, on December 13, so that we can provide the quality entertainment that the party is known for. Please be sure to save the date and reserve your spot by signing up at the Pro Shop. At its October meeting, the Board of Directors

|Manager’s Report

made two revisions to its court reservation policies: First, they have altered the definition of Peak Time (9:30-11:00 a.m.) to run November through April instead of January through April. Second, the Board changed the court reservation policy for Peak Time so that reservations with a guest may only be made one day in advance instead of two. This means no reservation with a guest will be accepted more than one day in advance for the 9:30 a.m. time slot. In the event that a member cannot play a scheduled reservation, the Club will attempt to fill a last-minute vacancy with a Club member before a guest may be substituted. At its September meeting, the board reviewed the possibility of accepting credit cards for purchases and annual assessments. The board concluded that the costs of being able to offer this service for the expected limited use made it uneconomical. As an additional repeated request, I ask all of our members to receive their monthly statements by e-mail, especially if you are a part-time resident of The Landings. Not only does it save us a little money, but eliminates the fair amount of manual labor involved in mailing printed statements and avoids delivery to the wrong address. A phone call to Kevin or an e-mail to lrctennis@verizon.net is all that is required.

By Kevin Lechlitner

For those that have been up north for the summer, welcome back! Season is officially here. The women’s tennis leagues have already started and the men will begin soon. Our exercise classes are up and running; however, the schedules have changed. Yoga is now Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 8:15 a.m. The Jazzercize classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. starting November 3. Stretching & Strengthening with Verna is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. The new session of our Watercolor Painting class started in early October. It is led by Susan Martinolich and is on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. For more information about any of the activities at the Club, please contact the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886. We also have a Zumba Gold class. It is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday beginning November 3. Like the traditional Latin-inspired Zumba workout, the Zumba Gold workout incorporates many of the dance/fitness routines set to Latin and international rhythms but is performed at a lower intensity for mature adults who love a healthy, active lifestyle. For the 23rd consecutive year, we are proud to be the host facility for the USTA National Senior and Super Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships. The tournaments begin Wednesday, November 18 and will end Sunday, November 22. Be sure to mark those dates on your calendar. It will be five days full of great tennis by players from all over the country. Make plans to come out and cheer for your favorite father/son teams. You can also get involved as a host family.

If you are interested please contact Ralph and Dee Ricapito at 927-6261. Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Holiday Dinner Dance. It is scheduled for December 13 with cocktails at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. James Riegel from Black Tie Catering is back again with another fantastic menu. We have scheduled the same live entertainers as last year. If you attended the 2014 Holiday party, you know Sammy J and Wright the Saxman were outstanding. Seating is limited so please sign up early. The registration sheet with the menu items listed will be posted in the Pro Shop by early November. At its October meeting, the Board of Directors made two revisions to its court reservation policies: First, they have altered the definition of Peak Time (9:30-11:00 a.m.) to run November through April instead of January through April. Second, the Board changed the court reservation policy for Peak Time so that reservations with a guest may only be made one day in advance instead of two. This means no reservation with a guest will be accepted more than one day in advance for the 9:30 a.m. time slot. In the event that a member cannot play a scheduled reservation, the Club will attempt to fill a lastminute vacancy with a Club member before a guest may be substituted. In case you missed it in last month’s article, the guest fee is now back to $10 before noon. After 12:00 p.m. the guest fee will remain at $5. This stays in effect through May 14. Please see me in the Tennis Pro Shop if you have any questions about the Club’s guest policy.

|News From the Court By Joe Venezia I am seeing more and more folks on the tennis courts which means John and I are getting busy and we are ready for the new season. The Father/Son Tennis Tournament is right around the corner. The tournament begins Wed., Nov. 18 with the Super Senior Division and Thurs., Nov. 19 with the Senior Division. Play continues through Sun., Nov. 22. If you would like to host a team, please contact Dee and Ralph Ricapito at 941-927-6261. In last month’s issue I asked for suggestions for future tennis events: Beginning in Jan. 2016 and running 8 weeks through the end of Feb. the club will have a ladies, men’s and mixed doubles club tournament. Sign up as a team or check with me if you need a playing partner. Details are still being worked on. See the December eagle for more information. Cardio classes are in full swing. Sign up for members is the 3rd Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m. and for non-residents the following Sunday at 8:00

a.m. If you would like to book a lesson or clinic with either John or myself - contact me at 941993-2628 or lrctennisdirector@ verizon.net. The sooner you call the better your chances of getting the time slot you want. League play has begun - Good luck to all the ladies and men’s teams. At its October meeting, the Board of Directors made two revisions to its court reservation policies: First, they have altered the definition of Peak Time (9:3011 a.m.) to run November through April instead of January through April. Second, the Board changed the court reservation policy for Peak Time so that reservations with a guest may only be made one day in advance instead of two. This means no reservation with a guest will be accepted more than one day in advance for the 9:30 a.m. time slot. In the event that a member cannot play a scheduled reservation, the Club will attempt to fill a last-minute vacancy with a Club member before a guest may be substituted. See you on the courts...

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Around The L andings Lemonade Food Bank Donation Over the Labor Day weekend, Hugh Rienhoff (The Out-of-Door Academy 2026) and a neighbor friend, Nevin Cowper (Phillippi Shores Elementary 2025), decided to set-up a lemonade and art stand to collect donations for the All Faiths Food Bank. Their inspiration sprang from the knowledge that All Faiths serves the greater community for those in need. With the generous donations of their Landings Community neighbors (even the Postman!) Hugh and Nevin collected $38 and matching donations for a grand total of $114. On Tuesday, September 22 Hugh and Nevin met with All Faiths Food Bank executives to proudly donate the collected monies.

Golf Cart Rules for The Landings 1. The golf cart must be registered with the Please note that a requirement for turn LMA, with the name, address, a picture of the signals for night driving was not included in golf cart, and proof of liability insurance. the approved motion, but will probably be considered at an upcoming LMA Board Meeting. 2. A golf cart may be operated only during The Safety and Security Committee will the hours between sunrise and sunset unless it address the golf cart violations rule(s) at an is equipped with headlights and brake lights. upcoming LMA Board Meeting as well. The proposed violation rule being discussed is as 3. There must be a seat for all riders on the golf follows: A violation of the golf cart rules will first cart. be addressed with a warning letter, and a second violation will result in the decal privileges for 4. The driver of the golf cart must be a licensed all vehicles in the household being suspended driver, or at least the age of 14 accompanied by for a period of 30 days. A subsequent violation a licensed driver. will result in a 90 day suspension of the decal privileges.

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In the Neighborhood “They are all looking out at a green belt to the back,” said Greene. Sliding doors lead to the outdoors, with both a back lanai and side porch. The units encompass 1,640 square feet, but many owners have enclosed one or both of the two separate outdoor areas to add more square footage. Shortly after purchasing her unit, Hummel enclosed the lanai, adding 200 square feet, and renovated the interior space. Owners are allowed to modify the interior spaces, but the exterior spaces, including the garage, sidewalks, driveways, flower beds and chimney, are all property of the condominium association and maintained by the association. Inside “each unit is different,” Hummel said. Carriagehouse II is a friendly community, and every April residents gather for an event at the community’s private pool. Neighbors frequently invite neighbors into their homes to get better acquainted with others. “Two thirds of the community disappears in the summer months and are just now coming back,” Hummel said. “Five residents came back this month.” Membership to the Racquet Club is optional, and the Carriagehouse II has its own private pool. An experienced landscaper takes care of the mature landscaping. “We are very proud of the fact that this is an extremely mature area of landscaping,” Hummel said. “We have a gigantic camphor and gigantic live oak tree.” All the driveways were done in paver brick in spring 2005, and the underground landscape irrigation system was replaced in 2012. The Landings Management Association fees are $1,087 a year, and the fees for Carriagehouse II are $1,668 quarterly. Developed in 1981 and 1982

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The Treehouses and the Carriagehouses (I and II) were the first condo residences built in The Landings. They were built by the Ramar Group, the original developer of The Landings. Carriagehouse II duplexes were constructed in 1981 and 1982. A sales brochure (circa 1980-1981) shows how some then-modern conveniences and touches were built into the condominium villas, as documented in a history of The Landings: “… every condominium residence at The Landings not only features oak parquet flooring in the foyer, but your choice of three finishes. Every front door is steel reinforced for added security. Two-tone door chimes by Nutone add an extra note of charm at all front doors and Carriagehouse side doors. Carriagehouses and Treehouses with garages have automatic door openers. The natural warmth of wood is in evidence throughout your Landings home, from the 52” Hunter electric ceiling fans with pecan finish wood blades in all living rooms and master bedrooms to your choice of Countryside or Pioneer wood cabinets in the kitchen. And the gourmet cook will love the deluxe package included in the kitchen of both residences. A stainless steel sink and wood cutting board by Moen make for distinctive designer touches, while appliances — including 19 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator with icemaker, 30 inch self-cleaning double oven range, Super Scour Supreme dishwasher, trash compactor and garbage disposal — by Whirlpool provide you with quality you can count on. In the bath, textured ‘Potters Touch’ ceramic tile in subdued parchment sets the luxurious tone. All fixtures are continued in parchment by Kohler, and feature a sturdy “Villager” cast iron tub and “Wellworth” water guard efficiency system. A handheld shower spray with relaxing, pulsating action in addition to the regular wall-mounted shower head in each shower stall and a grab bar

in every tub add yet another touch of convenience. The Landings’ condominium residences are energy-wise, too. Insulation with an R-22 rating has been installed throughout each Carriagehouse and Treehouse. Double “insulated” glazing protects all windows and doors. A high efficiency compressor and air handler by Carrier and a super insulated water heater are featured in every residence, as well.” By the third quarter of 1981, 23 of 30 units in Carriage House II were available. Carriage houses all carried a preconstruction price of $126,000. Like most Landings properties Treehouses and Carriagehouses have proved to be excellent long-term investments. But, as short term investments there were some rocky times along the way, according to a history of The Landings. Interest rates peaked in July of 1984 at 14.75 percent. The rates, along with the opening of other new developments in the area, duplicating the gated community format put a strain on housing prices. It definitely became a buyers’ market. A Carriagehouse I unit, presumably originally purchased for around the $126,000 figure, sold in 1987 for $102,800. But those low prices did not remain. The same unit, according to the Sarasota County Assessor’s records, sold again in 2005 for $390,000. During the housing market recovery over the past year, units in Carriagehouse II sold for $330,000 and up, topping at $240 a square foot. Renovated units now sell in the $400s, and units that are not remolded sell for around $330,00 to 360,000, depending on location in the community, Greene said. Recent sales in Carriagehouse II • In September, 2014, a 1,770 square foot unit with an enclosed lanai sold for $330,000. Continued on page 29


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Chess in Sarasota In case you are a chess enthusiast and didn’t realize there are others like you that would like a good match once in a while, I’d like to fill you in on your options. If you would like to meet other chess enthusiasts and play locally, there is a very nice group of players known as the Sarasota/Venice Chess club. They meet several days a month at various locations in Sarasota and Venice. The most convenient to us Landins would be at the Gulf Gate Library where play takes place two Saturday afternoons each month. The players are primarily retired gentlemen, but school age players also come to participate. The play is informal and the company enjoyable. The more experienced players are happy to give some instruction to beginners as well. They enjoy seeing others interested in taking up one of their favorite pastimes. The group is organized by the ever

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enthusiastic Bob Schleppi, an Ohio native who lives in Venice. If you don’t want to leave your house, you could just play against a computer, but besides the lack of camaraderie, one problem with that is that computers don’t know how to make human-like mistakes. Either they are at a level that is unbeatable, or they are set to make various random errors. A better option is to play online. The website chess. com, for example, offers basic membership for free, allowing you to play opponents around the world, day or night. You can play slow games that last for days, or set a time limit of your choice. This is nice for players like me that don’t have the time or patience for longer games. Since players have a range of abilities from complete novice to grand master, each player carries a rating number. This automatically adjusts as you play more matches, then allowing you to play more

evenly matched opponents. Watch out though, online chess can be addicting. Our kids began playing chess when we still lived in Tampa. After moving to Sarasota 8 years ago, we were pleased to find that their new school, Phillippi Shores Elementary, had a chess club. We met some friends that also introduced us to chess tournament competitions held in St Petersburg and we made several trips to participate. Our kids enjoyed the experiences and came away with some nice trophies and enthusiasm. It was odd though that Sarasota didn’t seem to have many other students participating in this great game. Several years ago, we and a few other chess parents got together and decided to start doing something about it. We started hosting chess tournaments right here in Sarasota for our local students. Our all-volunteer non-profit group usually goes by the descriptive name of

Sarasota Scholastic Chess (or SSC for short) because of our emphasis on kids. We are also known as Suncoast Chess since our players range from Bradenton to Port Charlotte (we were initially hesitant to use that name since there is an Australian chess club

using it). Our first city-wide scholastic age tournament was held at Selby Library in May 2012. Since then we have held three tournaments a year, and have moved to having the tournaments at Pine View School. Continued on the next page

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These have been very well received by the students and their parents. Since last year we have also included a separate section for grownups that enjoy the competition as well. Our next chess tournament is coming up soon, on Sunday, November 1. We typically have 60 participating students from more than a dozen schools. The tournaments are held in the same format as official US Chess Federation (USCF) ones, but we chose to not have official USCF membership at this time since it would add more expense to the players and may discourage beginners from participating. Instead, it is fun for all levels of players -- as long as they know the rules of the game, they can come and play. Sections are grouped by age and ability. The tournament format is such that with each victory, subsequent matchups are more challenging, and with each loss, they become easier. There is no elimination and five rounds are played by everyone throughout the afternoon. At the end of the afternoon, the top six results in each

section come away with trophies and bragging rights. And schools proudly display the plaques we award to the top three scholastic teams. Between tournaments, local kids have a few options for playing chess. Aside from our Phillippi Shores Elementary School chess club, Southside Elementary added a club, Out of Door Academy is offering a club, and there are new clubs forming at Booker Middle School and Sarasota Middle School. Pine View has a chess club for 7th grade and up, meeting Wednesdays during their lunch break, but no program for younger kids. For kids that don’t have school clubs to play in, they are more than welcome at the library meetups, and there are several online resources including chess.com’s other website chesskid.com. For more information about chess in our area as well as additional online learning resources, please visit our website, www.suncoastchess. org. Meetup days and locations for the Sarasota/Venice Chess Club are listed at www.suncoastchess.org/ Sarasota-Venice-Chess.

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The Way We “See’” The World By Al Weeks, Landings Resident “What you see is what you get,” the TV comic once said. Yet it’s truer to say, What you see is what we humans produce. We manufacture images Two great scientists, Drs. John Locke and Isaac Newton, first told us how we see. That is, how we make what we as humans call vision. It’s done via the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation relayed to us from the physical world. This radiation is then processed by our retina, optic nerve, and brain. What other creatures besides us are able to see in the physical world is in part a mystery. However, modern science has found that many species can see light with frequencies beyond the human “visible spectrum.” Bees and many other insects can detect elusive ultraviolet light, which helps them to find nectar in flowers. Plants that depend on insect pollination owe reproductive success to shortwave ultraviolet “colors” and patterns rather than how colorful they appear to humans. Birds, too, can see into the ultraviolet (300–400 nm--or nano-meters), and some have sex-related markings on their plumage that are visible only in the ultraviolet range. While many animals can see into the ultraviolet range, they cannot produce reddish wavelengths as we do since their visual construction is more limited than humans’. For example, bees’ visible spectrum apparently ends at about 590 nm just before the orange wavelengths kick in. Birds, however, can see some red wavelengths although not as far into the spectrum as humans can. It is an incorrect popular belief that the goldfish is the only animal that can see both infrared and ultraviolet light. However, their color vision does extend into the ultraviolet but not the longer wave lengths of infrared. Well, so we cannot live inside the smaller brains of our pet cats and dogs.. For us, however, we know that colors

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are our principal visual guide in navigating the physical world. What we do, in fact, is create our own colorful rainbow-like world. It is we who produce what German philosophy calls a “LebensWelt,” a life-world. Color is not an inherent property of electromagnetic radiation. Instead, color is a feature of visual perception made by us observers. We--our brains--do the processing of the spectrum of wave lengths and, thus, the making of colors. We’re all “Expressionists.” We’re not merely passive recipients of ready-made colors. When we look at those beautiful NASA pictures of stars and galaxies in the Universe, we are looking at fabricated, colored images made by humans in Houston, TX, not by the Universe itself. We are such imaginative creatures that we actually manufacture colors even when electromagnetic radiation is absent. Called synethesia or ideasthesia, a person’s subjective color experience may be triggered by sounds or shapes. As modern science puts it: “The possibility of a clean dissociation of color experience from properties of the world reveals that color is a subjective psychological phenomenon.” Realizing this fact about people’s human-centered color production makes us appreciate how nations throughout the world interpret colors in strikingly different ways To cite one familiar example, black cats are regarded in some parts of the world (such as Japan) as symbols of good luck (as they were so regarded in ancient Egypt). In another culture, the color black, far from being ominous, is regarded , say, by single women as an attracter of a suitor. Or take the color red. Here is how it is regarded by regions worldwide. In China: as wonderful good luck (under Mao, red on traffic lights originally meant Go, which was later changed to Stop in the PRC); to Cherokee Indians: as success and triumph

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like a rising sun; for Hebrews: as sacrifice and sin. Red is worn by brides in some Far Eastern countries as symbols of coming happiness and prosperity. In our Western cultures generally, it is a sign of danger; or of love and passion as on Valentine’s Day. Astrology assigns the friendly Sun Sign Gemini with this color. Aries (Mars, hence, “March”) is also associated with red. Red roses, of course, radiate love and respect. In the harmonious design philosophy of Feng Shui, red (as used, say, in one’s living room) signifies personal prosperity, recognition, and elan, or vitality The color gold has special meaning depending on the culture. Throughout the Far East, not surprisingly, it symbolizes wealth as it does in the West. In Feng Shui design, gold signifies God-consciousness and a lofty spirit. For many other cultures it suggests spiritual achievement and the good life. Which is a reminder of how “colorful” our language can be. For instance, a day that has been well spent is often described as “golden” as is a promising “golden opportunity.” When down, a person feels blue. When angry, he or she sees red. A coward is yellow. Jealousy suggests green with envy while an ecology-conscious person “goes green.” Speaking of green, a person wearing a green hat in China is signaling that he or she has become the victim of marital cheating, i.e., is a “cuckold.” Green, of course, is the religious color of Islam, and is Ireland’s national hue. In the Far East, green generally symbolizes family, eternity, life, health, and peace. Feng Shui regards green as the designer’s color of balance, energy, and relaxation. Maybe this suggests that a green ottoman, sofa, or bed spread would radiate comfort.

Finally, no discussion of the meanings of colors would be complete without mentioning the color white.. Newton showed that if you whirl a palate consisting of a many-colored spectrum, the result will be the appearance of white, something kids learn in elementary school. Needless, to say, the color white all but universally signifies purity, like a mother’s milk as well as the absence of dirt. Curiously, when describing

the body, white is used to express either sickness or health. The Old and New Testaments make many references to this color (as in Genesis; Exodus; Leviticus; the four Gospels; Revelations). In Lamentations, white is compared to milk. During his visit in America late September, Pope Francis was clad, head to toe, in white. In terms of the human spirit, white always and everywhere signifies righteousness.

Landins Dr. Al Weeks is professor emeritus, NYU. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. aweeks11@comcast.net


Additional improvements coming to Siesta Beach, but some condo residents have concerns By Roger Drouin Construction is wrapping up on the $21.5-million Siesta Public Beach makeover, and work is expected to end in January. During the last few months of construction work, some additional enhancements will be coming to the park, as Sarasota County extends improvements to the far western end of the park. The first of two improvements on the west end of the public beach is a pavilion informally called the wedding pavilion, or west pavilion. The pavilion, which is under construction, will have a modern architectural air, similar to the 18 pre-cast concrete picnic structures engineered and constructed for the Siesta Public Beach project. The new pavilion will utilize the footprint of an existing dune walkover platform and will include up to five picnic tables under a roof. Cost savings netted during the 24-month, $21.5 million makeover at Sarasota’s crown jewel on the beach made the addition of the west pavilion to the overall construction project possible. In addition, the County Commission will hear a variance request Nov. 10 for a project to install eight more of the picnic structures on the west end (also commonly referred to as the north end) of the park. If this project is approved, eight current wood

“two-pole” structures will be replaced with the new, precast concrete picnic structures recently installed throughout the park. The concrete shelters — inspired by the Sarasota School of Architecture — were recognized by the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects as the winner of the Merit Award for an Object design, and once placed on the beach, came out “nicer” than expected, noted Gaubatz, Sarasota County Public Works Project Manager. “Those pre-cast shelter are really signature pieces,” said Gaubatz. County officials say plans for the west pavilion has been in the works for two years, and it was selected as a priority aspect of the public beach makeover by the County Commission in August, 2013, at a cost of $241,697. The pavilion will replace a boardwalk overlook that has proven over time to become a popular site for weddings. The new pavilion can be rented, and will be open to the public when it is not reserved by renters. “It’s a rental structure, so the park can generate some revenue, which is good for taxpayers,” Gaubatz told Siesta Sand. But the way some condominium unit owners at nearby Crescent Royale and Sunset Royale see it: The pavilion is a wedding party they would like to crash.

Unit owners at Sunset Royale are already grappling with problems ranging from beachgoers using a patio hose as a shower and more disturbingly, people utilizing landscaping as a bathroom. Bob D’Orsi, president of the Sunset Royale Condo Board of Directors, says he thinks the new west pavilion looks beautiful — architecturally. The problem, however, is that adding another amenity in that part of the beach’s public park will only “exacerbate the problem,” especially since the county has no plans to add bathrooms near the pavilion. “Bath facilities are needed if they are going to bring that many more people in there,” D’Orsi said. Gaubatz confirmed that restrooms are not in the current plans for the west pavilion, but said the county plans to install signs that direct beachgoers and those

attending weddings at the pavilion to the main public restrooms at the “historic pavilion” under renovation. The number of restrooms there is doubling.

night. “Residents are asked [by the sheriff’s office] would you like to meet a deputy?’” Many of his neighbors don’t want to meet with a deputy, yet there has been a sense that anonymous complaints about loud noises won’t be addressed. D’Orsi believes the pavilion can worsen noise issues.

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Taking a Stand: SKA and residents led effort to protect coastal setback line By Roger Drouin Recent history has shown that Mother Nature can quickly cause damage to a home that’s too close to the water. One example took place several years ago, when nature filled a pool completely in with sand and saltwater at a Gulf-front home on Blind Pass Road. Because a previous structure had been historically located on this South Siesta property, the structure had been “grandfathered,” and thus a newer home was allowed to be built closer to the water than nearby homes. Across the Key, several homes have even “been washed away” in the past, noted Catherine Luckner, second Vice President of the Siesta Key Association, These examples illustrate why it is important, for Luckner, that the county consistently enforces it’s Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL) that was enacted in 1979. “It is important that the County ordinance is upheld fairly and consistently,” Luckner told Siesta Sand. “We support property owners on Siesta Key, and have concerns that other future buyers may be unaware of the regulations. We hope purchase disclose documents will give guidance to future buyers.” And that’s why a vote Oct. 14 by the County Commission was such a key decision, Luckner says. C o m m i s s i o n e r s unanimously voted to deny the request of Siesta Key property owners Sania and Ron Allen seeking a variance, for the fourth time, to build a home completely seaward of the county’s GBSL. The coastal setback rules prevent construction on the dune habitat, and help prevent beach erosion and mitigate the effects of floods from significant storm events, such as Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012, which led to significant flooding of Beach Road. In addition to 162 Beach Road, 22 other properties

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throughout Siesta Key are located past the GBSL. (See Map to the right)

“Not only about that lot”

The Allens submitted plans to build a 2,779-square-foot home at the 7,429-square-foot property at 162 Beach Road. The size of the home’s habitable space was a 10 percent reduction, compared to the owners’ most recent plans that were denied previously by the County Commission. The amount of pavers would also be reduced by 40 percent. The location of the parcel is what was at the heart of the issue. The land at 162 Beach Road has been submerged under water intermittently, during past decades, according to county staff. The Allens were seeking a coastal setback variance and a second, 4-foot street-yard variance so the structure could be built closer to the street. According to county staff, the entire property at 162 Beach Road is located seaward of the GBSL, and 100 percent of the property consists of dune habitat that is predominantly vegetated with a variety of desirable native dune plant species. The GBSL allows for a “minimally” habitable space, which can be approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on lots that have history of known structures. Granting the two variances and allowing the property owners to build the home at 162 Beach Road Beach would have been precedent setting. “That lot is not only about that lot,” Luckner said, noting the 22 other properties located seaward of the coastal setback line. Approval of the coastal setback variance, Luckner says, may have had other potential impacts on the Key. “What could be the message to other property owners whose lots are also seaward of the GBSL?

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Even if they had been turned down in the past, this would question the consistency in permit practice of the GBSL,” Luckner said. It could even have sent a message to Siesta property owner’s wanting to add a deck or build a pool beyond the GBSL — even if the county had turned down plans in the past. “It would have opened the flood gates,” Luckner said. If Commissioners were to grant the variance, Wade Matthews, conservation chairman of the Sarasota Audubon Society, told the board, it would appear “there is a longstanding coastal setback line that the County Commission does not really feel serious about.” Approving the variance could have also ultimately impacted flood insurance rates on the Key, Luckner noted, because the rates are related to how closely Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coastal standards are upheld. Each time the Allens (and the previous owners at 162 Beach Road) requested a setback variance, SKA had asked the County Commission carefully review the GBSL and sent FDEP questions regarding such development on each of the five separate requests. In an Oct. 12 letter sent on behalf of the organization’s board members to county commissioners, SKA wrote: “This parcel exists within a State of Florida defined area of Critical Beach Erosion. While an accreted shoreline currently is noted, there is repeated history of rapid flooding and storm surge. The vegetated dune, described in the Variance Petition, is a defense against storm surge for residential and business properties landward of the GBSL. The Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL) and Barrier Island Pass 20 year High Hazard Line (PHL) provide governance for development to enhance property owner safety, protect

our natural environment and secure property value.”

Taking a stand

At one point in the County Commission meeting Oct. 14, Peter van Roekens, secretary of the Terrace East condominium, which is located next to 162 Beach Road, asked audience members who were opposed to the coastal variance request to stand to make their position on the issue known. More than 30 people in the Commission Chambers stood. “No [county] commission has ever approved new construction on a lot that is seaward of Gulf Beach Setback Line,” van Roekens told commissioners. “You know water has coursed through this property on many occasions, and it will do it again.” Speakers pointed out during the meeting that 162 Beach Road has never had a structure on it. “This is not the place you want to have a permanent home, and the only things to do is back up and have another use there,” said Matthews, the Audubon conservation chair. Matthews also noted that he had been surprised to see piping plovers between the property at 162 Beach Road and the shore. Piping Plovers are a Federally protected migrant which increasingly are appearing on the barrier island. “Those birds are equally as rare as the snowy plovers, and I’ve never personally seen one on Siesta Key before,” Matthews said. Matthews added: “This current owner [the Allens]

purchased the property knowing existing regulations were in place on it, and that should be taken into consideration.” Siesta Key resident Tim Haake echoed this sediment: “This lot was purchased with full knowledge of these regulations in place.” A reduced footprint Hoping to secure approval for the variance, the Allens had offered to remove exotic vegetation, provide a plan for native, dune vegetation, and reduced the size of the home to 2,779 square-feet—a 10 percent reduction in the size of habitable space. The previous request was for a 3,088-square-foot home built 175.65 feet seaward of the GBSL. The current request detailed 2,779 square feet of habitable area and 170 feet seaward of the GBSL. “The petitioners have reduced and minimized the footprint of their single family home,” said William Merrill III, a land use attorney and partner with the Icard Merrill firm. “You heard me say this ten times,” Merrill said at the meeting, “this is a vacant lot that was platted in 1926. Without the variance, my client cannot use this property.” Merrill noted the home is of a similar size to the home to the north, and would be constructed on pilings. “This is an expected use,” Merrill said. “This is a minimum use that is permitted in the RMF 1 zoning district.” Continued on page 30


LMA Meeting Notes LAKES

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LANDSCAPING

Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence was pleased to report the sediment shelf on Lake 1 is gone. The 200-250 cubic yards of material was transferred to a deeper area of the lake. Lawrence invited County officials and others who participated in the project to attend the November board meeting to be recognized and thanked.

LMA President, Don McMurray submitted Joe Hennessy’s report in his absence. The Nature Trail from the Heron Way service entrance to the tennis courts was recently upgraded with shell to improve its appearance and the safety of the walking path. He also reported 60 trees were impacted by the LMA’s annual tree trimming program.

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FORWARD PLANNING

The next Community hauling date is Wednesday, November 11.

Forward Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported he submitted the first draft of the 2015 Forward Plan to Board members for comments and suggestions. Once those comments and suggestions have been incorporated in the plan, a second draft will be provided the Board and all Association President’s.

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Committee chair David Jacaruso, reported on several projects. • The replacement of damaged or old signs is continuing. • Gate House maintenance is ongoing. • Road striping has been completed. • A meeting to discuss design concepts for speed bumps is being scheduled.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY

Chairman, Neil Goldman reported on several safety and security issues. A resident at the committee meeting voiced

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LMA Pres. Don McMurray surprised all who attended the meeting by announcing he and his wife had decided to move away from The Landings. The timing of this transition would be determined by the sale of their home.

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A famous singer! I actually wrote a song. I can sing it for you if you like? [Great performance] • Where is your favorite place in the world? Th e S t a t u t e o f Li b e r t y because she’s beautiful and looks interesting and I want to learn more about it. I already know two things about her: - Her nickname is Lady Liberty.

In the Neighborhood The sale came out to $192 a square foot. • A remodeled 2,085 square foot unit sold for $425,000 — or $203 per square foot — in April, 2015. The unit sold for its asking list price. The home features an updated kitchen featuring a Sub-zero refrigerator, granite countertops and solid wood cabinetry, according to Multiple

concern about non-Landings residents walking through The Landings Community. The committee will monitor this and decide whether it is a real problem. Roving patrol times were thoroughly discussed in order to ensure its effectiveness. Goldman’s committee report ended with an extensive discussion of issues regarding golf cart regulations. During the discussion a board member related the story of a resident who witnessed two teenagers changing driver positions while the golf cart was in motion. The proposed rules were modified and the motion made to adopt the rules was voted on and passed. See the new Golf Cart rules in this issue of The Eagle.

- It was also brown at first but turned green due to the rain. • If you could be any crayon, which one would you be and why? I would be a rainbow crayon because it has all my favorite colors and rainbow is a happy color!

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Listing Service (MLS). The unit also features hardwood floors, crown molding, and plantation shutters, and AC new in 2012. • Another completely renovated unit sold for $425,000 in May, 2015. At 1,770 square feet, the sale came out to $240 a square foot. The unit was renovated to an open floor plan. It features new floors, windows,

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Additional improvements D’Orsi said the board even discussed the possibility of hiring an attorney and trying to get a judge to block construction of the pavilion, until some of the concerns — mainly the lack of close-by restrooms — are addressed. As of press time, the board president believed the topic would come up again at the board’s meeting at the end of October. “But I believe the county is going to do what they want to do,” D’Orsi said. Paul Parr, who rents a Sunset Royale unit he owns that overlooks the western tip of Siesta Public Beach park, brought the county’s pavilion plans to the attention of others in the condo complex on Beach Road. Parr believes a facility that can accommodate more people, yet does not come with restroom facilities, will bring more problems. Parr notes that each eight-foot-long table planned for the pavilion can hold four to eight people, and he is concerned that more than four or five tables might

be placed there. Parr said of current conditions: “People will use landscaping and our grounds to urinate and defecate and it’s a regular problem we have to live with,” Parr said. “We’ve even had some knocking on doors of condos trying to get in or ask where a bathroom is.” “If the pavilion goes in, Sunset Royale will probably have to do what Crescent Royale did and fence in the property,” Parr said. Parr, who has a background in crime prevention, is also worried that the new concrete picnic structures and some planned landscaping could pose a safety concern because criminals can hide behind the plants or behind part of the new picnic structures.

Pavilion confusion

Sunset Royale owners have voiced concerns about how the “wedding pavilion” became an aspect of the beach project with what they describe as little public notification,

Taking a Stand

Merrill cautioned that, based on previous court cases, denying the petition “would be a categorical taking and thus an unreasonable hardship.” “We do think this is our last stance before we go to litigation, and we don’t want to do this,” Merrill said. “The other option would be for the county to buy it [the lot].” “One way or the other, my clients either need to have this house approved, or they need to unfortunately litigate it or the county has to say ‘yes we will buy it,’” Merrill said. But Merrill told commissioners the “easiest and best route” is to approve this variance(s). But commissioners ended up voting down the coastal setback variance. The motion to deny the setback variance was made by Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, and seconded by Commissioner Alan Maio, who represents Siesta Key.

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and no public discussion. The condo’s board wrote to County Commissioners on Sept. 28: “The Directors of the Sunset Royale Association, Inc., have closely followed the county’s plans for the expansion of Siesta Key Beach and were taken by surprise when we learned that a “pavilion” with a capacity of 80 persons, has already been approved and is under construction, directly across the street from our complex.” This confusion was due in part to the fact of how the county had labeled the project on plans shown at public meetings, which many owners attended. The structure was noted in plans going back as far as 2009, but the location of the structure moved slightly west — and closer to Sunet Royale. It was never called a “pavilion” on plans. “We feel that the county was purposely vague about the project, calling it ‘ENHANCE EXISTING MULTI-PURPOSE OVERLOOK’ in the Draft Conceptual Plan and ‘MULTIPURPOSE OVERLOOK/

SHELTER’ in the Master Plan dated February, 2011. Nowhere in this description is the word ‘Pavilion’ used, which would have alerted us to the fact that a large number of people could be using this facility,” the letter continues. “The existing overlook is seldom used, and from the names given on the plan, it was our understanding, that ‘Enhance Existing MultiPurpose Overlook’ and ‘MultiPurpose Overlook/Shelter’ meant possibly enhancing the present overlook with the addition of a roof or benches.”

Bathrooms, that way …

Gaubatz said the county can add more signs pointing beachgoers to bathrooms, if it will help. “We can obviously add more [signs],” Gaubatz said. The number of restrooms in the “historic pavilion” towards the center of the public area is doubling during construction — a factor that should help address concerns. “That is one of the

main reasons this project is being done, to add more restrooms,” Gaubatz said of the overall Siesta Public Beach Improvements makeover. A paver, pedestrian esplanade that stretches through the park will also help make it easier for people on the west end of the park to get to the bathrooms. It will traverse the “entire length of the park,” Gaubatz said. Adding a bathroom at the west pavilion — which would be a decision for the County Commission to make — could be costly because they would have to be built raised up, similar to the just-constructed concession building (built 16 feet above the sand). The restrooms would then also likely block views from some condo units. Gaubatz also said the county can work with Sunset Royale and Crescent Royale owners to modify landscaping plans, but any changes would have to figured out soon since the pavilion is under construction currently.

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Commissioner Paul Caragiulo said although he is the “pro-property rights guy and pro-business guy,” he believed allowing the Allens to construct the 2,779-square-foot home on a lot that has been submerged in past decades would set “a precedent I’m really not comfortable with.” “And ultimately, maybe we do need a judge to tell us what to do in a very specific situation like this,” Caragiulo added. The commissioner said he was comfortable having county staff look into the prospect of purchasing the parcel at 162 Beach Road. Commissioner Maio added: “I can’t come up with a reason that I should vote differently than three prior county commissions voted.” “It does matter to me that it was purchased after it was denied once, and the GBSL predates this,” Maio said. “Maybe that’s not legal grounds. Maybe a judge does have to decide this.” Both Caragiulo and Maio noted

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how tough coastal setback variance decisions can be. “Every one of these, we manage to upset someone,” Maio said. Commissioner Christine Robinson said she believed it had not been shown that a “No” vote to the variance would equate to a property taking at 162 Beach Road. “Is this the minimum variance necessary? I don’t think it was shown in this case,” Robinson said. Robinson referenced photos shown by county staff illustrating that the property had been flooded throughout the years. Robinson said, “I’ve been particularly hard on coastal variances in the past. It has tremendous impact on the surrounding residences, especially when you start talking about some of the pictures that we have seen.”

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For the month of September 2015, there were 29 incidents. They are as follows: • 1 Disabled Vehicle Reported Information forwarded to the appropriate association. • 1 Found Property Report Women’s shoes and Change purse in the Tree House area. • 1 Information Report Resident complaint about after-hours Sunday workers turned away. • 1 Lock Out Report Resident granted access to Eagles Point Lobby.

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The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle:

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815,000

4

4

1

5167 KESTRAL PARK LN.

715,000

4

3

0

1637 PINE HARRIER CIR.

539,900

3

2

0

1768 PINE HARRIER CIR.

849,000

3

3

0

4812 PEREGRINE POINT CIR.

795,000

5

4

1

4968 KESTRAL PARKWAY N

1,250,000

5

3

1

5134 KESTRAL PARK WAY S

810,000

3

2

1

4639 PINE HARRIER DR

785,000

4

2

1

HOMES FOR SALE

HOMES PENDING

HOMES SOLD

1780 PINE HARRIER CIR.

779,000

3

3

0

4937 LANDINGS CT.

768,000

4

4

0

5133 KESTRAL PARK PLACE

715,000

4

3

0

5158 KESTRAL PARK TERR

585,000

4

3

0

4638 PINE HARRIER DR.

490,000

3

3

0

1637 PINE HARRIER CIR

375,000

3

2

0

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #105

739,000

3

2

0

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #101

675,000

3

2

1

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #305

649,000

3

2

0

5457 EAGLES PT CIR

589,000

3

2

1

5420 EAGLES PT CIR #401

525,000

3

2

1

5430 EAGLES PT CIR #104

499,900

2

2

0

1368 LANDINGS DR

444,000

3

2

1

1454 LANDINGS CIR

429,000

3

2

1

5247 LANDINGS BLVD

425,000

2

2

1

CONDOS FOR SALE

5247 LANDINGS BOULEVARD • $425,000

5420 EAGLES POINT CIRCLE Unit#401 • $525,000

5400 EAGLES PT CIR #206

422,000

3

2

0

1639 STARLING DR

329,500

3

2

0

5408 EAGLES PT CIR #103

325,000

2

2

0

1608 STARLING DR.

284,500

3

2

0

1717 STARLING DR.

549,900

3

2

0

1616 STARLING DR.

265,000

3

2

0

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #301

700,000

3

2

1

1478 LANDINGS CIR

450,000

3

2

1

1479 LANDINGS CIR

399,000

3

2

1

1460 LANDINGS CIR

380,000

3

2

1

CONDOS PENDING

CONDOS SOLD

1650 LANDINGS BOULEVARD • $885,000 dy & Tara Ju ighborhoo ’s Ne

d

Judy Tara 350-0451 266-4873

OPEN HOUSE Michael Saunders & Company

Watch for the “JUDY & TARA’S NEIGHBORHOOD” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to visit, call or stop us on the street. Your Landings Resident Real Estate Team is always ready to discuss the market and how we can be of service to you.

Judy Greene • 941.350.0451 • JudyGreene@michaelsaunders.com Tara Lamb • 941.266.4873 • TaraLamb@michaelsaunders.com

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE November 2015

4804 KESTRAL PARK CIR

330,000

2

2

0

1686 STARLING DR.

300,000

2

2

0

5420 EAGLES PT CIR #203

300,000

2

2

0

5027 KESTRAL PARK DR

295,000

2

2

0

5408 EAGLES PT CIR #201

293,000

3

2

0

1688 STARLING DR.

291,100

2

2

0

1714 STARLING DR

272,500

3

2

0

1664 STARLING DR.

235,750

2

2

0

1628 STARLING DR

220,000

3

2

0

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending 10/18/2015. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - Nov 2015  

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

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