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County staff to deliver a report to commission detailing facets of further studies planned for Siesta Promenade proposal By Rachel Brown Hackney page 19

LANDINGS VETERANS

Veteran’s Day is Friday November 11, 2016. Thank and honor a Vet. See the list of Veterans residing in The Landings.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR

Meet John Patti a master of the steel drums with his “Island infused jazz and blues”

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KID’S CORNER

It took last-minute assurances from the county staff that further studies that would be expected of Benderson Development — plus agreement that the Sarasota County Commission could hold a workshop on those matters. But approximately five hours and 45 minutes after they began the agenda item, the commissioners voted unanimously on Oct. 11 to continue a public hearing on Benderson’s request for approval of the formal boundary of its proposed Siesta Promenade project.

“We will get back to the commission in a report form” the details about what all those expectations of Benderson are, county Planning Division Manager Allen Parsons told the board. The studies also will involve the “impact area,” he added: the adjacent neighborhood and other nearby properties that will be expected to deal with more traffic, for example, if the project moves forward. Commission Chair Al Maio made it clear that he did not want the hearing to be continued for a long time.

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Ultra Senior Division Added to 2016 Father/Son Clay Court Championship Tournament Meet Sadie Lee Williamson, 22 months, Preschooler at St. Boniface Episcopal Church page

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MANGROVES

New county ordinance governing mangrove trimming and protection in effect as of Nov. 1

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For the 24th consecutive year, we are proud to be the host facility for the USTA National Father/ Son Clay Court Championships. This year there will be three tournaments as we have added an Ultra Senior division where the father has to be at least 80 years old. The tournaments begin Tuesday, November 15th and will end Sunday, November 20th. Be sure to mark your calendar. It will be six 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. Being a host doesn’t mean you have to house the players, just be a friendly face to greet them when they arrive and cheer for them during their matches when you can. If you are interested, please contact Ralph and Dee Ricapito at 927-6261.

Veteran’s Day at The Landings By Adrienne & Howard Feltman All Landings Veterans and their spouses are invited to attend a special Veteran’s Day program and lunch at the Landings Racquet Club on Friday, November 11 at 11.30 a.m. The LMA, LHA, and LRC are co-sponsoring this special event to honor our Veterans who live in The Landings. The Landoliers will present a program of patriotic music to recognize the branches of service represented by our residents. We shall have a presentation of the flag by an honor guard. Luncheon will be provided at no charge with the support of the co-sponsors and Judy Greene & Tara Lamb. To register to attend please call or stop at the Racquet Club. For additional information, please call Adrienne & Howard Feltman at 941-926-1306 or LRC 941-923-3886.

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Larry Lawrence opened the meeting by mentioning how fortunate the area was by dodging another hurricane.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Henry Rhodes has agreed to chair the nominating committee. Rhodes mentioned in an email he hoped to encourage more participation by full-time residents and females as a lot of committee work is done over the summer. Lawrence encouraged each board member to make at least one recommendation to the nominating committee.

PAVING

Lawrence announced that paving would begin soon and that parking is expected to be challenging. He hopes that residents will take all the paving challenges in stride.

FINANCE REPORT

Chairman, Dick Bayles began his report by making a motion the board approve an expenditure of $3000 to power wash the 108 FPL poles in The Landings. Many of the poles are covered with mold, mildew and grime. During the discussion, Lawrence suggested aesthetics was an important issue for residents of The Landings. The motion passed unanimously and ended Bayles’ report.

PERIMETER WALL Bob Manteiga reported calling Sarasota County Parks and Recreation to inform them of the invasive plants and vines crawling up the

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outside of the perimeter wall which hinders the LMA’s maintenance responsibility. Based on activity seen near the wall, Manteiga is hopeful the County is going to take some action.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Chairman Doug Day, announced he expected the Halloween trail to be better than ever this year. The addition of George Micolopolous, Judy Green and Christina Rienhoff to the committee bring a fresh perspective to planning. This Halloween event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event was extended an hour this year to allow for an outstanding haunted house on Flicker Field.

LAKES & DRAINAGE

Lakes chair, Michael Knupp reported most of the algae in the Lakes is gone as well as the Hydrilla issue in Lake One. He was pleased to announce some of the dead trees in the Preserve are starting to come back. He also stated that more than halfway through the hurricane season, no major drainage issues have occurred. Knupp thanked Larry Lawrence, Lou Furlong and Jack Jost for their diligent monitoring of the lakes and drainage issues while he was gone.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Co-chairs, Bob Manteiga and Joan Lowery reported Kelsey is ready to activate the internal website, (insidethelandings. com) in the next week or two. Video interviews designed

to show the diversity of the community and a few blogs will be included.

ROADS

Roads chair, Don McMurray began his report by sharing the sad news Kurt Jensen of Jensen Engineering died recently. Jensen was the lead engineer on the road paving project. McMurray stated he would discuss engineering options at the end of his report. He went on to say an informal walkthrough of the project with the contractor was completed. McMurray announced a fixed timetable for the paving project. October 24-25, Milling all roads. All roads will be usable after debris pick up. October 25-30, Concrete preparation. (Kestral & Heron) October 31-November 5, Concrete installation. (Kestral & Heron) November 7-9, Paving all roads. Costs of contracted work being done for two Associations, Landings South I and Landings South VI are being calculated individually to enable each Association to vote on their respective expenditure. McMurray was told an associate who works in Kurt Jensen’s office would take over the engineering responsibilities. Unfortunately, calls and emails to his office have gone unanswered. With the project proceeding, McMurray outlined three options. Continue to try to make contact with Jensen engineering, hire another engineering firm or

hire a testing company to review the work while it’s in progress. McMurray concluded his report by saying the roads contractor will also conduct several additional repairs to needed areas.

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Technology chairman, Dick Bayles reported the Visitor Access Control System used by security staff to manage access to The Landings by guests and vendors changed hands. As a result of the change several glitches were discovered. The glitches are expected to be corrected soon and Bayles announced he would write an article guiding residents in the use of the new system, (See page 10). The main gate Decal Management System controller had to be replaced because of a power surge. Since its replacement, continued problems have occurred adding new decals to the controller.

They’re considering a few options and hope to have the problem solved quickly. The costs incurred will be covered by the Gate Reserve account.

2017 BUDGET

Finance Chairman, Dick Bayles submitted a modified budget which included costs of re-striping the roads. Barring any changes this would be the budget voted on at the November meeting. Bayles credited committee member, Nate Richards for doing the majority of the work.

SIESTA PROMENADE PROJECT

LMA Pres., Larry Lawrence announced he was pleased with the emails submitted by board members to County Commissioners, but disappointed with the low number of emails submitted by association members and residents. Continued on page 31

Notifications • Deadline for Medicare Workshop is Nov. 8. Sign up at LRC. • Veteran’s Day Party - 11-11 at 11 a.m.. • LMA Q&A’s with members is held the first Tuesday each month from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. on the Racquet Club Patio. Call Larry Lawrence if you have questions/issues you wish to discuss c-410-456-6240 • Next Community Hauling Date: November 9, 2016 from 8-9 a.m. at the north gate. • Code for the Field Road door: Call the Main Gate, 941-922.5531.

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Grand Opening! Friday, November 4TH

LHA Meeting Notes At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Landings Homeowners Association board voted to approve the removal of dead or dying trees on Peregrine Point Circle North, Pine Harrier Circle and Landings Boulevard. It also approved exterior paint and siding changes for a residence on Pine Harrier Circle. The board has requested more information about the replacement of trees on a property on Peregrine Point Cir E. The Board accepted the resignation of Christina

Rienhoff and thanked her for her years of service and active involvement in the Association’s management. The board approved the appointment of Jane Hyslop, who has served on the board in the past, as a replacement for Christina. The next regularly scheduled meeting is on November 10, 2016 at the Landings Racquet Club at 7:00 p.m.. The budget for 2017, shown in last month’s Landings Eagle and the 2017 assessment will be approved at this meeting.

NOTICE: At the Annual Meeting of the Association on February 9, 2017, an election to fill three seats in its Board of Directors will take place. Members of the Association wishing to be placed on the ballot for that election must state so in writing to its Secretary by December 31, 2016. A candidate may provide a one-page statement that will be included in the election materials to be mailed on January 10, 2017. Secretary: Richard Bayles, 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota FL 34231, rubayles@alum.mit.edu.

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President’s Column The perennial fall evolution is in full progress. We are beginning to welcome our wonderful seasonal friends, catch-up on their summer exploits and enjoy their camaraderie. What fun. The temperatures and humidity have dropped somewhat, making the morning and evening hours quite enjoyable. Hopefully we will be able to turn our air conditioners off soon and open the doors and windows; YES!! Oh, but with the pleasurable comes the other aspects-the traffic is beginning to build and our favorite restaurants have more patrons, but this is the annual cycle in the Florida we love and enjoy. THE LANDINGS PROFILED ABC 7 Suncoast News runs a series on communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties entitled “A Place We Call Home”. The Landings was profiled on their 6 p.m. news on October 24th. Excellent publicity for The Landings. Our appreciation to Heidi Bodor and Richard Stern for their preparation and presentations. As many know Richard recaps the stock market performance daily and this may be Heidi’s “break” for stardom. If you missed the presentation, you can view it on the Suncoast website: Mysuncoast.com. On the dark blue banner about ¼ down the page and on the right side click “more”. Then on the drop down list click “A Place Called Home” and navigate to the Landings Community. ROAD PAVING The following roads are to be paved this cycle: Heron Way, Kestral Park Circle and all of the Treehouse roads. Preparation for paving began on October 24, with all of the roads being milled. The concrete valley gutters for Heron Way and Kestral Park Circle are now being prepared. During this process these roads will be open to one-way traffic. Actual paving of the roads is to take place November 7-9. Cars will be able to drive on the asphalt the next day-specific access times may be available from the applicable association. Trucks

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will be prohibited for several days. Each association is to make arrangements for delivery and other heavy vehicles. If you have a question about a certain road, call that association president. In conjunction with the paving, all of the potholes on the other roads are to be filled. Note: all minor depressions in the roadways are not necessarily candidates for repair. A lot of planning has gone into the paving project, but there are sure to be a few glitches. If someone is mistakenly parked on your grass or blocking your lane, please attempt to resolve the matter in the civil manner which is so characteristic of The Landings. We’re all in this together. SIESTA PROMENADE On October 11 the County Commission held a public hearing on the Benderson Siesta Promenade project proposed for the northwest corner of Rt. 41 and Stickney Point Rd. LMA has been closely monitoring the development of this project because of the potential impact it could have on the Safety, Security and Quality of Life of Landings residents. Below is a summary of the subject hearing (I’ve excerpted liberally from a summary written by Sura Kochman, who is the Siesta Promenade coalition leader, devotes endless hours to the coalition effort and does excellent work). LMA was represented at the hearing by the following: Jim Donovan, Doug Day, Mike Knupp, Bob Manteiga, Norm Olshansky, Bill Whitman and me. Jim, Mike and I spoke and Norm was prepared to but had to leave do to other commitments. I really appreciate all of the effort by these individuals. A great deal of effort was put into their contributions. Many would like to see the project application rejected, but it is important to understand the options/potential outcomes. Here’s a superficial summary. Property owners have certain rights. Under the zoning provided in the Comprehensive Plan, the applicant is limited to

a maximum of approximately 250,000 sq.ft. of retail space, but the County and community has the very limited input into the type and configuration of the retail. For instance, with an outright rejection of the boundary application the applicant can’t develop a mixed use projecte.g. retail and residential). Also they can sell the property in one or more parcels and the new owner(s) would be restricted to this zoning. If the Critical Area Plan (CAP) process is used, the Commission has very broad discretion in what it can require and the community has a great deal of opportunity for input (presumably). So one’s opinion as to which approach best serves their interest depends on 1) whether they believe the Commission is concerned about the density, safety and security, congestion, compatibility with the local and broader community, etc. or 2) if they believe the Commission is just a rubber stamp for the applicant. Personally, I believe that for many reasons the Commission has to have a major concern about all of the quality of life issues related to this overall area and therefore the CAP process is preferable for The Landings. Consequently, my testimony recommended the CAP process continue. As you can see from the summary below, this will be a long and torturous process. The LMA will have to continue to evaluate the energy and time commitment we should devote to this project. If we want to continue at the same level, additional people will have to share the load. The Siesta Promenade discussion started at approximately 10 a.m. and there was MUCH discussion by the commissioners on what testimony they could hear, what the purpose of this meeting was, etc. Public comment started after lunchtime, and lasted until nearly 4 p.m. Other than Benderson representatives and Commission staff, approximately 40 speakers addressed the board, and only 1 person was in favor of approval

of the request for the boundary approval now. The next 1 plus hours was spent by the Commission deciding their course of action. Most of the comments were regarding their concerns that they didn’t want to take action (to approve or deny the boundary area or approve or deny utilization of the CAP process without full knowledge of all aspects of the CAP itself - all staff reports plus other studies that they might want to ask for (an example being Al Maio suggested a traffic study be done in January). Eventually, the vote came around 5 p.m. and was 5-0 to continue the Boundary hearing to coincide with the CAP process and with the rezoning application itself. So there has been neither an approval nor denial of the CAP or CAP boundary. The County Commission will have a workshop with County Staff after the November 8, election and add a list of issues they will require Benderson to examine in addition to what is required under the basic CAP requirements. Todd Mathes, the lead Benderson representation for the project, will have another Neighborhood Workshop and see if any agreement can be reached. Supposedly, at this workshop, County staff will be directly involved. The timeframe for the Neighborhood Workshop is estimated to be in December/ January. Then there will be hearings before the Planning Commission, and then back before the County Commission. Whew-some process! Clearly the Commission is feeling their way. The positive point to be made, however, is that the Commission did not rubber stamp the CAP Boundary with an approval and they want staff and Benderson to do a lot of additional work. It was quite obvious that the turnout plus the hundreds of emails/letters that they have received regarding density, safety and traffic congestion issues influenced the outcome of this hearing. Moving forward there will be much more to be said about this project.

HURRICANES So far our wishes have come true regarding west coast hurricanes. As we see the devastation in North and South Carolina one gets a mental picture of the impact should a significant hurricane visit the Suncoast. LMA spent considerable energy being sure our storm procedures and contact information was up-todate. These efforts are primarily focused on the notification of residents, being sure people can make an unimpeded exit if necessary and that we have the capability after a storm for timely clearing of roadways and drainage. The responsibility for most of the preparation rests with the homeowners and crucial decision-making of whether to stay or evacuate. If to stay, what provisions are needed and if leaving when and how. Ultimately Safety and Security is each individual/ family’s responsibility- remember police, fire and ambulances don’t mobilize if there are sustained winds of 40 mph or greater! Now is a good time to ask yourself what you would have done if Hurricane Matthew would have been charted to come up the west coast. CLOSING COMMENTS Since The Eagle went to press prior to the Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, I want to express appreciation for all the effort that was made by the many friends and neighbors that hosted and particularly Diane Hurter for the unbelievable haunted house. I’ll bet some are still spooked! Also kudos to Christina Rienhoff, Judy Greene, and Doug Day for spearheading the program and to David Jacaruso and his crew and Dick Bayles for their support. Elections will occur after this Eagle arrives. Whatever the result, hopefully America, the state of Florida and Sarasota County will experience harmony and progress as the result. And also since this is the last edition prior to Thanksgiving, I want to wish everyone a most gratifying and safe holiday. Cheers, Larry

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Around The Landings

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Household Community Hauling Program The next date for dropping off your unwanted paints, household chemicals, electronics, batteries, etc. will be Wednesday, November 9th. A list of the acceptable items is provided in the adjacent box. Additionally, propane tanks up to 20 lbs. and printer ink cartridges can be received. Only these items can be accepted. All others will be returned to you. The materials are to be brought to the North Gate between 8 and 9 a.m. Reservations are required and they must be made before noon on Monday November 7th. Call George Niel at 941-927-6464 x-110 for your reservation. The following can also and preferably be disposed of in the weekly trash pick-up: motor oils and filters (set alongside the garbage can and mark accordingly), florescent bulbs, empty paint cans, batteries-A series, Cs and Ds, stereos, speakers, and telephones (take out the batteries first). Additionally, you can also deal with the following as mentioned:

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rechargeable batteries may be taken to Batteries Plus, Home Depot, Lowes and Radio Shack and florescent bulbs will be accepted at Home Depot. The Community Hauling Program is now operated on the second Wednesday of the month three times per year – November,

February and May. Please plan accordingly. I would like to thank our dedicated volunteers for their efforts. If you have any questions about the program, please call Harvey Greller 908-804-2300.

These are the only acceptable items for the Community Hauling Program. Any items not on this list will have to be taken back by the homeowner (unfortunately no exceptions). • hazardous waste • toxic waste • paints • pesticides • automotive products • pool chemicals • automotive batteries • fertilizers • fire extinguishers • gasoline • used motor oil • cleaners • lawn and garden

chemicals • paint thinner • solvents • cell phones • fluorescent lamps (and compact fluorescent lamps) • batteries: button batteries, rechargeable nickle-cadmium and lithium-ion batteries. • electronics: of the following types:

Printers, scanners, fax machines, power supplies. Note: the County Hazardous Waste Collection Site no longer accepts TVs and computer monitors. You can dispose of them simply by putting them out at the curb next to your weekly trash container.

HIBISCUS Malvaceae Q: what is the popular shrub with big red flowers? A: You are seeing the Hibiscus in bloom. They are very popular here and love our climate. Although most are red, the colors actually range from white through pink, yellow, orange, lavender, and even blue. They all have five large petals, and some exotic ones are beautifully ruffled. Q: There is one in my yard; how should I care for it? A: It likes some fertilizer twice a year and plenty of water. Since it blooms on new growth, you can encourage blooms by pruning branches back to the first joint occasionally. Q: Is it a toxic plant? A: No, in fact hibiscus tea is popular around the world. Q: How long do cut flowers last? A: Individual flowers are fun to use in many ways. The interesting thing is that they do not have to be put in water, and they will last many hours or a full day. You can wear them in your hair, place them around your dining table, or decorate a Christmas tree! BUT here is GOOD ADVICE : after picking them, give them a shake and leave them outdoors in the shade for a while - to allow time for the little insects that are inside to leave! Submitted by Jan Johannesen, Executive Committee & BOD of Sarasota Garden Club. www.sarasotagardenclub.org

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Around The Landings Landoliers Announcement

Phillippi Estate Park November is an exciting month at Phillippi Estate Park as the 100th anniversary of the Keith Estate is celebrated with a weekend of fun events and it’s all FREE and open to the public. Saturday, November 12 – 10 a.m. Dedication of Archaeological Interpretive Panels – on the Prodie Shell Midden, west of the Mansion Refreshments to follow on the lawn of the Keith Farmhouse.

Saturday, November 12 – CIRCUS! Photography Show and Sale at the Edson Keith Mansion. American/Canadian photographer Elizabeth Siegfried found reels of old film in her grandmother’s attic and has digitized them into wonderful images of the Ringling Circus in its heyday in the1920s, 30s and 40s. Come to see the Circus come to town! There will be historic circus costumes on display and the Founders Garden Club will

have floral arrangements throughout the Mansion. Saturday, November 12 – the Sailor Circus Academy students will be performing east of the Mansion Rose Garden at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Saturday, November 12 – FREE concert – Sarasota Concert Band, 2 – 3 p.m. on back lawn of Edson Keith Mansion. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy! Saturday, November 12 – Polpo’s Wood Burning Pizza

The Landoliers resumed weekly rehearsals on Tuesday, October 18 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. We are a four part mixed chorus, ie. soprano, alto, tenor and bass, of 25 members. If you have some experience with choral singing and would like to give us a try, please call me, Lenora Jost at 941-922-5195. We look forward to hearing from anyone who may be interested. Lenora Jost, Director Wagon in front of Edson Keith Mansion. Sunday, November 13 – Light Chasers Painters, painting and selling “Off Easel” on the Keith Farmhouse lawn. Sunday, November 13 – CIRCUS Photography Show and Sale – in the Edson Keith Mansion. Sunday, November 13 – FREE concert on the Keith Farmhouse lawn, 2-3 p.m. featuring Kitt Moran and the Michael Moran Jazz Trio. Bring

your lawn chair and sing along! Sunday, November 13 Noon – 4 p.m. Circus Arts Conservatory Teaching Artists/Clowns will be doing what they do best – clowning around in the park. Join in the merriment. Sunday, November 13 – Purple Belle Ice Cream Truck in front of Edson Keith Mansion. See you at the Market! For more information, please call 941-316-1309.

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New Gate Access Management System Update In September, all owners were sent a letter advising them that the software application that manages and tracks visitor and vendor entry into The Landings was being replaced due to the acquisition of that vendor by DwellingLive. We expected that the “cutover� to the new system would be complete by the end of September, with the transfer of data from the old system to the new. Owners were provided with a one-time registration code to enable them to access the new system and create a username (e-mail address) and password. As with the old system, an owner is able to make changes to their non-call list (those who would be permitted to enter without prior authorization by an owner), names and telephone numbers to be used by the security staff to contact you. [Please note that changes made in this system are NOT automatically made to information in the The Landings Directory and separate notice should be given to that editor.]

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In addition to web access at community (www.community. dwellinglive.com), there are DwellingLive apps available on both iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices. This provides a quick and easy way to notify the gate to authorize guest and vendor entry. The new system also provides us with the opportunity to maintain a Landings-wide database of vendors. Over time, this list will have all of their contact information and enable residents to select from the list when adding a new vendor to their non-call list and use as their source of telephone and other contact information. As is common with changes in software, the transfer of data in an acceptable form was delayed until mid-October. Users who registered in response to our letter are still registered, but if changes were made to a visitor list, owners should recheck the list following the final data transfer. If you cannot find your

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registration code, you may email the Main Gate with the e-mail address you wish as a username and the staff will set up the username with a password, which should be changed by the user when first accessing the system. There is no requirement for an owner to use the system; it is provided as an optional tool. The Main Gate will continue to accept telephone calls for temporary guest/vendor entry; but permanent changes must be made by e-mail, in writing, or on the web site. If you have switched vehicles or changed license plates in the past two years and not received a new vehicle decal in the last two years, please contact the gate to confirm your decal number, car identification (make, model and color) or it is possible your decal will fail to open the resident lanes at all three gates. The e-mail address for the Main Gate security staff is landings.security@gmail.com.

The Eagle Has Landed Submitted by Sue Donaldson

Left to Right: Bill and Suzie Donaldson, Nelson and Dawn Smith, Larry and Carmen Lawrence. The Donaldsons and Lawrences traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to inspect the living conditions of the Smiths and their recently constructed new home. They are posing in front of a bear wood carving just made by a friend of the Smiths using a chain saw!!


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Racquet Club News |Manager’s Report

By Kevin Lechlitner

For those of you that have been up north for the summer, welcome back! November is here and the activity level around the Club is picking up. The women’s tennis leagues have already started and the men

will begin soon. All of our exercise classes are up and running. Yoga is Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m. The Jazzercize classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. starting November 8th. Zumba is Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Our Zumba instructor, Sandy Bellino also teaches Tai Chi at 9:30 a.m. and Water Aerobics at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. The new session of our Watercolor Painting class started in mid-October. This session is ending November 10th. The next one will begin December 1st. It is led by Susan Martinolich and is on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. For more information about any of the activities at the Club, please contact the Tennis Pro Shop at 923-3886. For the 24th consecutive year, we are proud to be the host facility for the USTA National Father/Son Clay Court Championships. This

year there will be three tournaments as we have added an Ultra Senior division where the father has to be at least 80 years old. The tournaments begin Tuesday, November 15th and will end Sunday, November 20th. Be sure to mark your calendar. It will be six 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. Being a host doesn’t mean you have to house the players, just be a friendly face to greet them when they arrive and cheer for them during their matches when you can. If you are interested, please contact Ralph and Dee Ricapito at 927-6261. Our drainage project and resurfacing for the courts is complete. Now that the courts are looking and playing great again, we would like to keep them that way for as long as possible. To help maintain their current condition, we ask that you brush your court if your match ends after 5:00 p.m. This will help fill in the blemishes left on the surface from your match and keep them nice and smooth. There is a brush hanging between each set of courts. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep our courts some of the nicest in the area.

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|President’s Report By Dick Bayles

News From the Court By Joe Venezia

With the absence of my letter in the October issue, I failed to note the appointment of Nate Richards to the board to fill the long-vacant seventh member of the Club board at our September meeting. Nate has been active at the Club for years, serving as our Treasurer from 2010-2014. At our October meeting, I reluctantly accepted the resignation of Patricia Decker, the Club’s Vice President and Landscape Chair. Patricia and George will be leaving The Landings for Virginia, and the Club, her Association and The Landings will miss her commitment, skill, and energy that was dedicated to making our community better. The Board appointed Sue Lewis-Garrett to Patricia’s seat and elected her to the Treasurer’s position. Sue brings years of financial experience; she and Gordon are now full-time Landings residents. The Father/Son National Clay Championships, beginning at the Club on November 15th, will add an additional tournament for fathers over the age of 80. We expect this week’s events to continue to host the most teams of any of the four national events and encourage participation by our members. The Club’s annual meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on January 17, 2017. Members who are interested in running for the three seats whose terms expire at that meeting are encouraged to submit a written statement of interest and any other information they would like to have included in the notice of meeting sent to all members prior to the meeting. Because the Club and the board are very active during off-season, positions are best filled by full-time resident members. The deadline for registering to stand for election for a seat on the board is December 5, 2016.

I’m seeing a lot of familiar faces around the club which must mean our members are returning from the north. Welcome back! John and I are looking forward to a busy tennis season. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 20, 2016 for the Father / Son Tennis Tournament. This year, in addition to the Senior and Super Senior Division we will be hosting the Ultra Father / Son Division in which the father must be 80 years

of age. Save the date notices were mailed out in early August so we look forward to another large turnout. Men’s and ladies’ tennis leagues began play in October. If any Landings residents are interested in joining a team, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the team captain. All the information you need to sign up for the Landings Intra-club Tennis League is in the attached info box. Sign-up sheets are in the

Intra Club Tennis League We would like to organize the LRC Doubles tournament that will be played on Saturdays and Sundays during the months of November 2016 January 2017. The time between Christmas and New Year will be used for make-up matches as there are always players who cannot play on a certain weekend. The format will be very similar to the Mixed doubles tournament that we had last May and June which was lightly competitive, but also a lot of fun. At that tournament, we counted the number of sets that were won by each team. The team that won the most sets was the winner of the tournament. We would like to organize mixed-doubles, men’s doubles and ladies’ doubles matches. You can

Pro Shop. My lesson / clinic book is beginning to fill up. Contact me at 941-993-2628 or lrctennisdirector@ verizon.net to schedule the best time that works for you. Come by and see John and I play in the 16th Annual Lessons for Life at Laurel Oak Country Club on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. or register to play with 25 area pros. Check in the Pro Shop for the flyer with all the details. See you on the courts..........

sign-up with your preferred partner. If you do not have a partner, our pros Joe & John will assign you a partner. The winning doubles team from each tournament (ladies’ doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles) will play in an exhibition match with Joe and John. To make it competitive, each player of the winning doubles team will be paired with either Joe or John. As our pros will have to play with three different teams, these pro-am matches will be one set long. This doubles tournament is open for every tennis player of the LRC so please sign-up with or without a tennis partner. We are looking forward to a great tennis season that allows us to meet and play with many of our LRC players in a slightly competitive, but definitely fun tennis format.

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• What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy reading books, playing • Do you have a favorite with buckles, dancing with restaurant? I like PDQ for their French my firefly wings and tutu on, and going to the beach and fries. swimming. • If you could be any animal, •Are you taking ballet lessons? what would you be and why? When I turn 2, my Mommy A doggie because they give will sign me up. kisses. • Tell me about a recent trip that was fun. I went to the BVI with my Mommy and Daddy and lived on a boat for a month. My favorite thing was playing hop-scotch on the beach in the sand with my Mommy.

• Favorite TV show? “Elmo’s World” from Sesame Street • What will you be for Halloween? A princess

• Favorite color? Purple • One word that describes you would be? Energetic. • Favorite activity? Playing ball with Daddy because it’s fun!

• Can you swim? Yes, I completed the selfrescue course at ISR (Infant • Favorite song? • Any wishes for Christmas? Swimming Resource) and learned “For the First Time” (from A trampoline because I like how to swim by the time I was 14 Frozen) jumping. months.

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You Are Invited To Contribute To The Pot Luck Luncheon Held On Thursday, November 17th, |The “Kitchen Ladies” Recipe Compiled by Dee Ricapito For The 2016 USTA National Debbie’s Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Father/Son Clay Court Championships Debbie Wilson is sharing her refreshing Watermelon Salad that was the biggest hit when she brought it to “A SHARK PARTY” on Siesta Key. (It looks like a cool shark with its mouth open). .

These are just some of the KITCHEN LADIES who prepared, host, and/or contributed to the 2015 Tournament luncheon for the players and their families. We all enjoy the champion caliber tennis right here on our Racquet Club courts throughout the week, and love meeting the participants who come from all parts of the United States. The ladies welcome the players, cheer along with their families, enjoy the activities throughout the week, and take pride in setting out the many HOT DISHES, SALADS, DELI MEATS, CHEESES, SANDWICHES, FRUITS, and DESERTS that the ladies throughout The Landings provide. Every year the table grows bigger and better. Throughout the year the KITCHEN LADIES swap recipes in The Landings Eagle newspaper. IT’S WONDERFUL this tennis event is open to “EVERYONE” living in, and around the area. For more information: HOW “YOU” can join it to be a “HOST”; or just contribute a POT LUCK DISH for the luncheon that morning, please call Dee or Ralph at 941927-6261 or the Pro Shop at 927-3886.

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New county ordinance governing mangrove trimming and protection in effect as of Nov. 1 By Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson still regrets not checking her email an hour or two sooner on Feb. 22, 2014. That was the day Manasota Key residents reported that a crew hired by owners of the property at 8215 Manasota Key Road in Englewood was “cutting and shredding huge amounts of mangroves with no visible permit,” as one put it. As soon as she learned what was happening, she contacted county environmental staff and visited the site herself. During the County Commission’s meeting on March 4, 2014, she told her colleagues that the photos emailed to them “don’t even remotely do [the scene] justice. … You can’t even begin to grasp [the damage] until you’re on-site looking at it.” Staff subsequently learned that the county had no means of enforcement in such a situation. Because of state law, all that authority rested with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). But at the behest of the board, staff set about to remedy that. The result was the Oct. 10 passage of an ordinance

that implements the delegation of authority over mangrove preservation and trimming from FDEP to the county. With unanimous votes, the commission approved all the necessary steps for the new law to take effect on Nov. 1. “Now we will have the proper code in place to deal with [any future problems similar to the 2014 Manasota Key incident],” Robinson pointed out. Addressing members of the public, Commissioner Charles Hines said, “If you’ve been [handling mangrove trimming] right, according to state laws, you’re fine. This isn’t a changeover to a ‘gotcha.’” He added that county staff’s focus will be on education and outreach. But for the few people who have been “trying to get around our rules,” Hines continued, “now we have a little more teeth and local control.” Rachel Herman, the county’s environmental permitting manager, explained that the county code mirrors the state law, especially in regard to exemptions provided to private property owners. One key facet of the ordinance, though, is a provision for certification

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for professional mangrove trimming. Those who handle that work as part of a business, she said, will be able to take half-a-day of training and then pay a $25 fee for the first year of certification; the annual renewal fee will be $15. Professional mangrove trimmers will be responsible for signing up for a class and then registering within a year of the

Nov. 1 effective date of the ordinance, she pointed out. Two sessions will be offered in November, Herman said: Nov. 9 at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood and Nov. 17 at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota. Other classes will be scheduled in February 2017, she noted. Continued on the next page

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In discussing the outreach that had been undertaken as part of the effort to win the state delegation of the authority, Herman pointed out that staff had contacted 26 neighborhood associations. The Siesta Key Association (SKA) was among those that requested a presentation, she added; that was provided on Oct. 6. Brochures about the new ordinance will be available at county parks and libraries, Herman said, and an infographic and other information is available on a county webpage, www.scgov.net/ mangroves.

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During the Oct. 6 SKA meeting, Alyssa Vinson, an environmental specialist with Sarasota County, explained that she will be the point person for inspections and questions that arise in the wake of the board’s passage of the ordinance. She has been working in the Environmental Protection Division about nine months, she added, telling the approximately 40 people present, “I love mangroves. … They are so Florida. You don’t find them anywhere else in the United States,” and they are not much further north than Cedar Key, which is southwest of Gainesville. The three varieties — reds, whites and blacks — “are all protected equally under law,” she explained. In 1996, the state passed the Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act to provide that protection, she pointed out. Since 1950, development in the state has resulted in the loss of “roughly 80% of our

mangrove shorelines.” Yet, she continued, mangroves are vital in the environment. During storms, she said, “they buffer a lot of that wind and wave energy.” They also are critical to the health of seagrasses and corals, she explained, as those life forms depend on mangroves to capture sediment, making the water quality appropriate for sustainability of aquatic life. Vinson told the group that county staff worked for about 18 months to obtain the state delegation of authority to implement local rules. FDEP approved the county’s application on Aug. 31. She then asked audience members with mangroves on their property how they handle the trimming. Dave Thomas told her he cuts back the mangroves less than a foot on the canal where his house is located, and only when the foliage reaches the structure; at that point, the mangroves provide a path for insects. That is an example of an exempt activity under state law, and it will continue to be exempt under county law, she replied. The minimum overall height that must be maintained for mangroves, she said, is 6 feet, and that is measured to the soil. If they are taller than 16 feet, she added, “you have to get a professional mangrove trimmer.” In response to another comment, she explained, “Technically, dead mangrove material is still protected under the state rules.”

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Founder of SRQ Food Truck Alliance plans big rally to encourage support for revised ordinance By Rachel Brown Hackney Two days before the Sarasota County Commission once again will consider a revised food truck ordinance, the founder of the SRQ Food Truck Alliance plans a big rally to fire up supporters. “I’m going to pack that place,” Chris Jett said of the Commission Chambers at the R.L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. That is where the board will hold its next public hearing, on Nov. 8, on new measures designed to eliminate facets of the current law that have been challenged on a constitutional basis and incorporate steps to make it easier for the vendors to operate. The hearing is set for the morning session of the meeting, Assistant County Administrator Steve Botelho said on Oct. 10. In the meantime, Jett pointed out, people may sign a petition online at srqfoodtruckalliance.com to show their support of changes in the county ordinance that will enable food truck owners to operate safely and legally in the county. They also are welcome to come to the Phillippi Farmhouse Market in Sarasota between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays or the Englewood Farmers Market on Dearborn Street, which is

held Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and sign the petition at the Baja Boys food truck operated by his wife, Michelle. The Nov. 6 rally will be held at 5600 Deer Drive in Sarasota, Jett added. It will begin at noon and continue until about 7 p.m. He organized a similar rally in April to garner support before the county Planning Commission held a public hearing on the revised food truck ordinance in May. Approximately 4,500 people showed up then, Jett pointed out. “We had plenty of momentum going into that [May 5 hearing].” Referring to the commissioners on Nov. 8, Jett said, “They have no idea what they’re in for.” Jett was the lone speaker during the County Commission’s Oct. 10 public hearing on the latest version of the ordinance, which was crafted on the basis of Planning Commission members’ suggestions on Aug. 18 that won unanimous approval of that board. Given the support at that Planning Commission session, Jett told the Eagle, he “went in there [on Oct. 10] expecting [the proposed changes] to go through

without a problem.” However, our county commissioners cited concerns about potential disruptions to neighborhoods, debating the need for a greater separation than 50 feet between a food truck and a residential property line, for example, and the potential for customer traffic to circulate in neighborhoods. Commissioner Christine Robinson specifically noted a recent split board decision to deny a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) sought by a man who wanted to operate a food truck in Englewood that would have been visible across the street from a residence. Zoning Administrator Donna Thompson had recommended approval of the application. When Jett told the board members he had no knowledge of that situation, Commissioner Charles Hines said, “I think it would benefit you a lot to review that property and the public hearing that we had on that [TUP request].” Hines added, “This would have been a disaster in this residential neighborhood.” Jett told the Eagle he was able to obtain materials about that request, and he took time on Oct. 12 to drive to Englewood

to survey the situation. It turned out that the applicant did not have any experience with a food truck business, Jett pointed out, and the man did not even own a food truck. The ingress and egress for customers at the proposed site would not have worked, Jett added, noting that the man would have realized within a couple of days that the idea was a bad one. “Basically,” Jett stated, that man “threw a wrench in this whole thing I’ve been working on for five years.” However, the fact that the location would not have been a good one for a food truck at least illustrated one point he has been making consistently, Jett said: Food trucks need to be able to roam throughout the county without having to adhere to site plans. What the Alliance has sought, he explained to the Planning Commission and to the County Commission, is a decal that would show a food truck has the necessary county permit and business license to operate. Then the owner could work with private property owners in designated zoning districts to set up where they choose. Continued on page 24

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“I am not going to be a big fan of a gigantic delay.” “We understand the importance of this,” responded Assistant County Administrator Steve Botelho, who was sitting in for County Administrator Tom Harmer. Then Parsons pointed out, “Timing is actually just dependent on working through the process [of a Critical Area Plan application].” The various staff members reviewing the materials Benderson has submitted have to complete their efforts, Parsons added, holding up an inches-thick notebook indicating all the various aspects of those reviews. During his final remarks, Mathes told the board, “Frankly, regardless of the outcome [of the hearing], we’re not going to stop putting time and effort into trying to build a project that makes sense for the community, no matter what direction it takes.” He added that he and the Benderson staff “take seriously” all the concerns that have been expressed. “Redevelopment of properties in our urban service area takes work. … And that’s what this project is.” During his initial presentation on Oct. 11, Mathes said, “What I’m asking is that you designate the boundary. If you do that, it takes away the uncertainty of not knowing where the boundary will end up.” In making his motion for the continuance, Commissioner Charles Hines indicated that it should be clear from the commissioners’ comments that they are willing to allow the project to go forward. Otherwise, Hines pointed out, “this conversation would have been over an hour-and-a-half ago.” Maio also referenced changes implemented by the Florida Legislature in 2011 and 2012 that limit a local government board in what it can require a developer

with a rezoning petition to do to improve the handling of traffic a project is expected to generate. The CAP process, he added, does give the commission more leeway in making demands upon a developer. Sura Kochman, a member of the Pine Shores Neighborhood Alliance who has served as a liaison between that group and county and Benderson representatives, was among numerous public speakers who implored the board to deny the boundary request, citing numerous county future land use policies that she said the project would violate. Among them is Policy 1.2, which calls for the protection of the “quality and integrity of established neighborhoods from adjacent incompatible development.” “This is not a compatible use,” she said of Siesta Promenade. After the board vote, Kochman told the Eagle in an email that she was disappointed that the County Commission did not deny the CAP boundary, “but encouraged by the BCC not ‘rubber stamping’ an approval. [The commissioners] seemed genuinely interested in trying to get more information and studies on all aspects involved in the CAP as a whole.” Altogether, 47 people signed up to address the board on Oct. 11. By my count, 34 of them did make comments, with the vast majority opposed to the project. The background “This is a pioneering project that is presented to you this morning,” Parsons told the board at the outset of his Oct. 11 presentation. Benderson’s application is the first to make use of higher densities available under the CAP policy the county adopted in 2005, Parsons added. That CAP designation allows the firm to seek density up to 25 units per acre. If it pursued rezoning of the

property to the Commercial General designation county staff long had figured on for that site, Benderson would be restricted to 13 units per acre. Mathes explained that when Benderson bought the property in 2005, it was the site of “an aging and rundown mobile home park, a gas station and dilapidated office buildings. We cleaned the property out.” On the site, 22.4 acres is zoned Residential Manufactured Home (RMH), 1.1 acres is zoned Commercial General and 0.34 acres is zoned Office, Professional and Institutional, according to a graphic Parsons showed the board. Mathes pointed out that only the RMH and Commercial General acreage is eligible for the CAP process, under county planning rules. County documentation shows the site has been considered for a CAP for 10 years, Mathes added. Benderson has not finalized its plans for the property, he continued. However, at its maximum, the CAP will allow “somewhere between 100 and 200” additional dwelling units and limit the commercial intensity,” he said. If the County Commission ultimately approves the CAP, Mathes continued, the firm probably will not end up with 25 units per acre, “based on the work that we’ve done.” “The upper limits [of density under a CAP], I’m not a fan of,” Maio said at one point. In the application it filed with the county’s Planning and Development Services Department in August, Benderson proposed up to 140,000 square feet of retail space, a 150-room hotel and 506 multi-family units. In recent weeks, Mathes has shown various groups a revised plan with about 400 dwelling units, two smaller hotels and the same amount of retail space.


Siesta Key Association seeks comprehensive access management plan on facets of Siesta Promenade By Rachel Brown Hackney If the Sarasota County Commission allows an increase in density on the site of the proposed Siesta Promenade, it “must be linked to a Comprehensive Access Management Plan,” including provisions to ensure Siesta Key residents and property owners have access to U.S. 41 without having to contend with an overburdened Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key Association (SKA) says in an Oct. 6 letter to the County Commission. The plan should take into account the opening schedule for the Stickney Point Road drawbridge and access points for Siesta Promenade, the letter continues. Furthermore, such a plan “must be linked to all building phases of the project,” the letter adds. [The emphasis is in the letter.] Todd Mathes, director of development for the owner of the site — Benderson Development — has said the firm expects the build-out of the property will not be completed before 2020. “New traffic studies should be implemented prior to each phase of the project to ensure safety for flow onto and exiting Siesta Key and demonstrate the Access Management Plan is working as expected,” the letter says. If the County Commission were to approve the rezoning of the property to Commercial General, that designation would allow up to 140,000 square feet of commercial space, 250 residential units and a 150-room hotel, the letter points out. However, Benderson is seeking county approval of a Critical Area Plan (CAP) for the site, which would allow the company to increase the density up to 25 dwelling units per acre. A Commercial General zone is limited to 13 units per acre.

(Read the events of the Oct 11, BCC meeting on the front page.) “We find the one common factor that everybody shares [as concerns about the proposed Siesta Promenade] is the issue of traffic: traffic congestion, road degradation [and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists],” Catherine Luckner, the SKA’s second vice president, told about 40 people present for the organization’s Oct. 6 regular meeting. “We really have a goal to make this safe.” A major concern is “the vulnerability of those people” who live near the site and those on Siesta Key, she added, especially in the event of an emergency, such as an evacuation necessitated by an approaching hurricane. The SKA suggests traffic counts be studied on Stickney Point Road during the peak tourist season — February and March — the letter says, focusing on traffic heading onto the Key between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and vehicles leaving the island between 3 and 5 p.m. Yet another facet of the access management plan should be the use of a shuttle between the hotel and residential property at Siesta Promenade and the barrier island, the letter notes. If the County Commission on Oct. 11 approved a resolution on the boundary — or defined area — for the site of the project, Luckner explained, that would be just the first step in the process for Benderson. It would lead to more thorough studies of Benderson’s plans for the approximately 24 acres it owns on the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road, Luckner pointed out, characterizing those initiatives as “another hurdle” Benderson would

have to clear to create the development. County staff also needs to take into consideration how the development would affect water and sewer systems for the area, Luckner told the SKA members. Although the County Commission continued the hearing, county Planning Division Manager Allen Parsons and other staff will deliver a report to the board on all the facets of studies Benderson will have to undertake as part of the CAP process. The commission directed staff to schedule a workshop on that information after the report has been completed. Dr. Steve Lexow said he had heard that residents who live near the site have talked about the possibility of the county purchasing the property from Benderson and then creating a gateway park to Siesta Key. The property could be used as a hub, too, for public transportation on and off the Key, Lexow added. “Maybe there can be some sort of movement” to try to achieve that goal, he said. She doubted that the county would take such a step, Luckner told him, explaining that Benderson paid about $20 million for the property. SKA member Jean Cannon said it would be important for a lot of people to attend the Oct. 11 hearing. “That is something [the SKA directors] can promote to their members.” Luckner replied that many of the organization’s members — and other people — have written letters to the County Commission to express their views about the project. She had read 93 of them, she noted. “They were excellent letters.”

Angelo’s Restaurant Cheese Wheels to Roses Another Italian eatery has joined the Sarasota restaurant scene, but this owner may be setting a new trend with his flamboyant tableside presentations. Angelo’s, located at 6115 S. Tamiami Trail, opened for business this past spring just off Siesta Key’s north bridge. Owner, Angelo Difiore, has been perfecting his craft at other highly successful local restaurants and is now making waves of his own. There’s no need for Difiore to trumpet his own horn when the many online reviews speak for themselves. *** Special restaurant with fantastic chef/owner and staff. Angelo knows how to put on a show! You have to go for the pappardelle in the big parmigiana cheese wheel! Leave room for dessert the Nutella crepe is TDF! *** Unbelievable! First the owner held an umbrella in the rain for my fiancé, then he rolled out all the stops and we were strangers. Ate like kings. Great price. Best discovered secret. Open only 5 months!! This guy is a legend and cooks table side. You will not be disappointed. *** Wow. Fabulous food. Great tastes. Good wine. And Angelo greeting everyone and making you welcome. The veal is excellent and sauces extraordinary. This is a special place. Enjoy! *** Again we had excellent food. Vegetable Primavera was great. So much fun being greeted like family. Made standing reservations. *** Best experience I’ve ever had in Sarasota! We were greeted with Champaign which was unexpected and our waiter was very helpful and nice. To top it off, Angelo (the owner) came to our table more than once, to speak with us, to see how everything was. Angelo gave me a rose at the end of the night which was very sweet! We will definitely be back again and we will be bringing our friends to join us to spread the word about this amazing restaurant. *** The food, the staff and the owner are all great. A real surprise at how impressive the restaurant is----the owner greeted us warmly & welcomed

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us with a complimentary glass of champagne...The menu was extensive-----we ordered Caesar salad to start...it was fresh & dressed appropriately. For our meals, I ordered veal picatta and my fiancée ordered the gnocchi with walnuts.... both mouthwateringly good. Even though we were stuffed, we ordered dessert too since everything was so delicious....we can’t wait to go back! *** The Best meal in Sarasota. When you dine there you are family. Chef / Owner Angelo brings out the very best in you and his kitchen. You haven’t eaten out until you go there. We eat out often and at many fine places. Angelo’s is our Favorite and to us is the Best of them all. The restaurant is open 6-daysa-week, serving dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 pm. Closed Sunday. You can book your reservations by calling 941-312-4747. (Advertorial)

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Late December the time frame for state to announce whether it will issue permit for Lido project By Rachel Brown Hackney The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has notified the City of Sarasota that its staff deemed the Lido Renourishment Project application to be complete as of Sept. 28. The state department’s deadline for issuing its notice of intended action is Dec. 27, according to information FDEP Project Manager Gregory Garis provided Siesta Key Association (SKA) Second Vice President Catherine Luckner. By law, FDEP has 90 days from Sept. 28 to announce whether it plans to issue or deny the permit application for the renourishment of about 1.6 miles of South Lido Key Beach. The project also includes the construction of two groins on South Lido to hold sand in place between subsequent renourishments. Sarasota County spokesman Jason Bartolone told the Eagle that, according to the county’s FDEP contact, that whatever

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intent FDEP issues must be published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Then a 14day public comment period commences. During that time, if a petition to challenge the permit intent is received, the petition goes to FDEP legal counsel for review. “If legal counsel determines there are grounds and standing,” Bartolone added, “the case goes to litigation. If no such petition is received (or if any petitions are found not to be valid) then a Final Order is issued (permit is issued or denied). So depending on the submittal of petitions, the process can take at a minimum 14 days up to an undetermined amount of time after the intent is advertised.” A day before FDEP made its decision about the Lido application, the City of Sarasota won unanimous approval from the Manatee County Commission to mitigate damage or destruction of seagrass during the Lido

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project by planting seagrass in Manatee County’s Perico Preserve. The cost of that undertaking would be slightly less than $1 million, based on documentation submitted to FDEP and Manatee County figures. The City of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) filed their application for the permit in March 2015. Siesta Key-based organizations have argued against the plan to dredge about 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from Big Sarasota Pass to place on Lido, though they have often vowed support for the renourishment of the barrier island itself. Perico Preserve plan On Sept. 27, Charlie Hunsicker, director of Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department, reminded the Manatee County Commission that when Manatee County constructed the Perico Preserve, “We

weren’t interested in enabling or providing for mitigation for any private development.” The preserve was designed for public projects, only, he added. A Manatee County staff memo for the commission’s meeting says, “To recover approximately $4.3 million associated with the creation of seagrass habitat from uplands at Perico Preserve, the intent is to allow other government agencies to purchase the right to perform offsite seagrass mitigation at the Perico Preserve Seagrass Basin for seagrass impacts associated with their projects elsewhere.” The memo notes that for the right to perform that mitigation, “the value of the acreage, as determined by Manatee County, shall be paid to the County prior to authorization of use. Manatee County will retain ownership of the property and become the long-term management entity upon release of monitoring and maintenance requirements imposed by regulatory agencies on the agency that will be achieving [its] mitigation needs at the Perico Preserve Seagrass Basin.” The cost per acre is $351,512.45, according to a table provided with the memo. In the Aug. 1 letter to FDEP, CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure in Boca Raton — the USACE’s consultant assisting with the project — wrote that the city and the USACE proposed to plant a species of seagrass “within 2.8 acres” of the Perico Preserve Seagrass Basin. Therefore the cost to the city and the USACE will be $984,234.86. The city’s Capital Improvement Program for 2017-2021 shows federal funding covering about 62 percent of the total cost of the $19-million renourishment project — $11,780,000 — with the rest of the funding split evenly between a state grant and Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenue set aside for city renourishment efforts.

USACE spokeswoman Susan Jackson stated that the project remains unfunded at the federal level. “We put in a funding request and will learn in February/March 2017 if we made the President’s Budget list for Fiscal Year 2018,” she wrote. As of the Eagle deadline for this issue, county staff still was awaiting a response from the USACE on its letter seeking an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project. The County Commission voted unanimously on Aug. 23 to request the EIS on the basis of a letter it had received from the Siesta Key Association. During the Oct. 6 SKA meeting, Second Vice President Catherine Luckner called that action “a big success.” She also pointed out that the county paid almost $50,000 for a peer review of the Lido project — an undertaking urged by the SKA and other groups. The county also approved $1 million in county funds in 2014 so the city could use extra sand in what the city termed an “emergency” project under Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines to stabilize the South Lido Beach in early 2015, Luckner said. That undertaking was a response to damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012. “The SKA has not been an obstacle to helping Lido in the ways that we can,” Luckner added. Among the reasons the SKA, Save Our Siesta Sand 2 and other groups have pressed for an EIS, she continued, is that more intensive review of the proposed project would necessitate addressing options for sand other than Big Pass. It also could lead to the realization that less sand is needed than the approximately 1.2 million cubic yards that the USACE has proposed to dredge from Big Pass, she noted.


The Eagle Has Landed MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT WORKSHOP  Photo submitted by Bob Manteiga You are invited to a free, educational Medicare workshop on Wednesday, November 9th at 4:00 p.m.  with resident Sara Rhodes. Many folks don’t understand the different parts of Medicare, when and if  you can change plans, how the difference between a group and individual plan impact your long‐term  cost and what the changes planned for 2020 mean for you. Sara is volunteering her time to help make  sure that our residents understand their options and those that need help with their drug plans receive  it.  

REMEMBER MEDICARE IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL  MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT WORKSHOP MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT WORKSHOP  At the end of the seminar you will understand:  You are invited to a free, educational Medicare workshop on Wednesday, November 9th at 4:00 p.m. with resident Sara Rhodes. Many folks don’t understand the different parts th  How selecting the best drug plan and pharmacy can save you money  You are invited to a free, educational Medicare workshop on Wednesday, November 9  at 4:00 p.m.  of Medicare, when and if you can change plans, how the difference between a group and  What each part covers and most importantly what it does NOT cover  with resident Sara Rhodes. Many folks don’t understand the different parts of Medicare, when and if  individual plan impact your long-term cost and what the changes planned for 2020 mean  Advantage Plans vs. Supplemental/Gap Plans  you can change plans, how the difference between a group and individual plan impact your long‐term  for you. Sara is volunteering her time to help make sure that our residents understand their  How to plan for the 2020 changes  cost and what the changes planned for 2020 mean for you. Sara is volunteering her time to help make  options and those that need help with their drug plans receive it.

sure that our residents understand their options and those that need help with their drug plans receive   How working impacts Medicare decisions  REMEMBER MEDICARE IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL it.   Bring your questions and concerns which will be addressed during the Q & A portion of the workshop.  At the end of the seminar you will understand: REMEMBER MEDICARE IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL  th • How selecting the best drug plan and pharmacy can save you money Sign‐up sheet at LRC by Tuesday November 8 .  • What each part covers and most importantly what it does NOT cover At the end of the seminar you will understand:    • Advantage Plans vs. Supplemental/Gap Plans  How selecting the best drug plan and pharmacy can save you money  • How to plan for the 2020 changes    What each part covers and most importantly what it does NOT cover  • How working impacts Medicare decisions  Advantage Plans vs. Supplemental/Gap Plans  Bringyour questions and concerns which will be How to plan for the 2020 changes  addressed during the Q & A portion of the workshop.  How working impacts Medicare decisions 

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Tips to Protect Yourself: • Always tell salespeople who call you or come to your door, “you never buy from someone unannounced. Please send me your information in writing.” • Be skeptical of unrequested offers and do your research if you are seeking any type of services. Also, get references when possible. • Shred all receipts with your credit card number. • Never give your credit card, banking info., Social Security, Medicare, or personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call. • Sign up for “DO NOT CALL” list (www. donotcall.gov) to stop telemarketers from calling and take yourself off multiple mailing lists. Phone: 1-888-382-1222. *Adapted from the NCOA Savvy Senior Handbook

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Nonetheless, the latest version of the ordinance that Thompson showed the County Commission provided only for a permit that would be valid for a year. “I got frustrated,” Jett said of the County Commission discussion this week. “I got real frustrated.” He went on to say, what he had told the Planning Commission and County Commission members: Five food truck operators have had to close since May. That is all the more reason he is anxious to get the law revised. During his public comments on Oct. 10, Jett said, “Sarasota County should embrace its food truck industry,” because those business owners create jobs — especially entry-level opportunities — and contribute to the county’s economy. Prior to the Nov. 8 hearing, Assistant County

Administrator Jonathan Evans told the board on Oct. 10, staff will analyze how other county and municipal governments handle the issue of separation between food truck operators and residential areas. Nonetheless, Evans explained, he thus far has been unable to find such a measure in other laws he has researched. He will contact communities “that have struggled” with food truck ordinances, he said, and compile a spreadsheet so the commissioners can see how facets of those communities’ laws compare to what the County Commission was considering this week. Hines voiced frustration with the fact that the Planning Commission members tweaked the law considerably after the County Commission last saw a version of it. “This was almost a total flip-flop from what we had. … That’s why this thing is so hard today.”


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Petition signature threshold lowered for property owners seeking maintenance of navigable waterways By Rachel Brown Hackney Thanks to a recent 4-1 vote of the Sarasota County Commission, it will take only 67% of affected property owners instead of 80% to initiate a petition process for maintenance of navigable waterways. “It’s still a higher number than a Florida constitutional amendment [threshold for passage],” Commissioner Charles Hines pointed out in making the motion during the board’s Oct. 10 meeting in Venice. Only 60% of registered voters must approve a state constitutional amendment for it to become law. During the public hearing, Nokomis resident John Ask — who also is chair of the county’s Planning Commission — told the board, “I am curious as to the wisdom of the requirement of 21% having authority over 79%.” His combined service as a school principal and 40 years

officiating sporting events, he explained, “instills in me a strong sense of fairness.” According to the resolution, the change was to take effect upon approval by the board. Commissioner Christine Robinson cast the “No” vote. Although she offered no comments on the matter this time, when the board last addressed the issue — in December 2015 — she called for more public outreach and for “a discussion time set when we can really vet this out … before we skip to the end.” The Oct. 10 public hearing was the first time the matter had come before the board since December 2015. In a memo prepared for the commission prior to the Oct. 10 public hearing, staff noted only that the board had requested a history of the threshold requirement for petition signatures and a “comparison of signature thresholds required in other County taxing districts.”

Getting to this point “In December 2001,” the memo explains, “the Navigable Waterways Maintenance Management Program and the associated Municipal Services Taxing Unit were created for the purpose of enhancing the availability and

use of navigable waterways within the unincorporated County, increasing boater safety, improving access to the [Intracoastal] Waterway, and providing opportunities to enhance the natural environment.” During his presentation to the board on Oct. 10, Paul Semenec, a project manager in the county’s Capital Projects Division, pointed out that the county process for undertaking maintenance of navigable waterways necessitates two petitions signed by those who would benefit from a project. The first is a “feasibility” petition, calling for county staff to determine whether the proposed project can be undertaken. Then a second petition has to show sufficient support of the landowners who will have to cover the expense of the work. That process was put in place in April 2003, the memo says. The petition threshold required at least 67% on both petitions, the memo adds. Then in September 2009, revisions the County Commission authorized raised the petition signature threshold to 80%, Semenec told the board. That was done “in an effort to improve neighborhood consensus for proposed … projects,” the memo points out.

Semenec characterized it a bit differently: The change was “reaction to that commission hearing repeatedly from property owners who were not in favor of the projects.” During the December 2015 board discussion, Commissioner Carolyn Mason told her colleagues, “There was constantly … someone or some people who did not agree with [a project].” Since that 2009 change, Semenec continued, no new navigable waterway projects have been undertaken. “It is important to note that the recession began about that same time,” he added. Staff did conduct a marketing effort in 2015 that included the mailing of a brochure to owners of about 10,000 pieces of property where efforts could be initiated, he said. As a result, he noted, staff received 101 inquiries, and 14 neighborhood groups requested feasibility petitions. “To date,” he told the board, “I have received three completed feasibility petitions at the 80% threshold.” Staff has finished one study, he added, and a second is underway. In the third case, he said, staff concluded that the waterway in question was too narrow to accommodate a project. He recently contacted the 11 other neighborhood groups he had not heard from since

providing them petitions. “None of them are close to the 80% [threshold],” he pointed out, “and, as a matter of fact, none of them are close to the 67% [figure for] a feasibility petition.” Staff did conduct research in other communities with petition-driven processes similar to those in Sarasota County, he continued: • In Hillsborough County, the threshold is 51% for a feasibility petition and 60% for the second petition to get the work underway. • Lee County has a threepetition procedure. All of those require a threshold of 50% plus one. • Charlotte County has a process to establish the taxing unit at the outset, and that threshold is 51%. • St. Petersburg has a twopetition process with a 51% threshold. • Pinellas County has a 60% threshold on petitions. Semenec then told the board that through discussions during its quarterly meetings in May and September, the county’s Waterways Advisory Council had reaffirmed its members’ advocacy for lowering Sarasota County’s threshold from 80% to 67%. Continued on the next page

Thanksgiving is just around the corner The owners of Abel’s Ice Cream, Jerry and Jill Williams, have much to be thankful for – and at the top of their list are the wonderful customers and friends they’ve met this year, not to mention the beautiful weather, and gorgeous sandy beaches. To celebrate the essence of the season of Thanksgiving, their featured flavors are Maple Walnut (Sweet maple ice cream loaded with walnuts), Pumpkin (scrumptious pumpkin flavored ice cream-great with whipped cream too!), and Carrot Cake (Carrot cake ice cream with fresh walnuts and a thick ribbon of cream cheese frosting). Speaking of sandy beaches, Abel’s will be on hand at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, November 11-15, 2016. This world-famous

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event attracts artists from the United States, Canada, and as far away as eastern Europe who work tirelessly to create their temporary masterpieces. As you work up an appetite admiring the most amazing sand sculptures in the world, stop by Booth# 205 and let the folks at Abel’s know your favorites as you enjoy some of their fantastic ice cream. If you can’t make it to the Crystal Classic, Abel’s is open Monday-Thursday: Noon9:30pm and Friday and Saturday Noon10pm at 1886 Stickney Point Road (between New Balance and Stonewood Grill). Get a full list of ice cream treats and gourmet chocolates at www.abelsicecream.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


A Special Message to New Residents of The Landings By Ralph Ricapito When my wife (Dee) and I moved into The Landings, a neighbor told us about the Father/ Son Tournament and not to miss it. Well guess what? We missed it. We had something else to do. Then, we started getting more involved with the club, going to parties, playing tennis, using the pool and fitness center. Everyone was talking about how great this national event was and we felt left out, and it was our fault. They said how much fun they had, the players were great, they were friendly and appreciated everything and they had a great time. The following year we finally decided to get involved. We were asked to be hosts. We thought we had to have the players sleep over at our home. This was a false concept. We just had to go to their games, introduce ourselves to their families and attend the party with them. As a host, Dee along with many other ladies only had to supply a dish for lunch, serving approx. ten people, for the players and their families. Many ladies helped out in the kitchen as well. We enjoyed the event and got hooked. After a few years Dee took over running the luncheon. The Landings women had fun and really took pride in setting out the varieties of food contributed. I became the person who assigned the hosts to the players and gave out the T-shirts to the hosts after the event. The point of my story is to make sure you

Ralph Ricapito don’t make the same mistake we did. The tournament is open to all residents and tennis enthusiasts in the Sarasota area. If you want to become a host or bring a dish to the luncheon please do, or just attend and enjoy seeing great tennis. Don’t wait a couple years, come this year! The event starts on the Tuesday, before Thanksgiving, Nov.15 and ends on Sunday the 20th. This year we are adding a new category, the Ultras; guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

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Public comments and a decision

Two other speakers joined John Ask in urging the County Commission to reduce the signature threshold. Catherine Laudet, another Nokomis resident and a representative of the Bayview Drive Association, said the action “will give us an easier path to see whether a project is feasible.”

Along with his other comments, Ask referenced Semenec’s report on the lack of projects with the higher signature threshold. “The data and the evidence, to me, is compelling that the current 80% majority has not yielded a satisfactory outcome.” The last speaker, Bruce Dillon of Nokomis, asked the board whether boat slip owners are eligible to initiate petitions

and to pay for the expense of maintenance of waterways? “If property abutting a waterway is not a buildable property, but is available for the owner to gain access to the water, they would be included in an assessment district,” Semenec explained. “Of course, that includes boat ramps.” “That’s what I thought,” Hines replied.

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waking up in a different country almost every day! While at sea, John would be playing music for 4-5 hours each day. While in port, he learned all he could about these faraway places. In the summers, John would abandon the cruise ship world to travel with music groups all over the USA. These groups played everywhere from Seattle to Maine, from San Diego to Key West. In 2005, John entered the studio to start his first solo album Above the Fold, which was released in 2006 as his first take on island jazz. In 2009, John said goodbye to cruise ship winters, and moved to Sarasota. In his own words: “There’s a fabulous musical culture in Sarasota. It’s hard to beat elsewhere.” John’s popularity continued to grow across the nation because of his unique take on the steel pan. He performed with Nadirah Shakoor at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2010. That same year, he released Cabana Breeze, to be followed by A Calyp-Soul Christmas in 2012. These are classic examples of John’s “Island infused jazz and blues” sound, and many songs from these albums can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Radio Margaritaville”. Along the way, he met and married his lovely wife, Carrie – a software sales representative for IBM. John and Carrie have been married for three years now, and in September of 2014, they moved to a house in The Landings on Flicker Field Circle, a peaceful escape from the challenges of their respective travel schedules. Throughout his career, John has had the privilege to collaborate, record and share stages with artists such as steel drum masters Robert Greenidge, Ray Holman and Andy Narell, guitar innovator and legend

Les Paul, country star Jerry Jeff Walker, Grammy nominated singer Nadirah Shakoor, Michael Utley and CMA finalist for “Instrumentalist of the Year” Doyle Grisham. Whether in a solo performance or collaboration with bands, John’s intriguing stories and skillful performance leave memorable impressions on audiences. John sees the steel drum as a unique and emerging instrument. Created in the late 30’s or early 40’s, John envisions the drums as someday being included in orchestral and symphonic music. In his own work, he uses custom steel drum builders who are familiar with his sound and build instruments to support that sound. John’s island infused jazz and blues has audiences dancing in the aisles. For the price of a ticket ($20), Sarasotans will have a chance to experience John’s music at the PLAYERS THEATER on December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The show is called A Calyp-Soul Christmas, and promises songs of the season flavored with the soul of the island. The evening features THE JOHN PATTI PROJECT with its smooth R&B stylings as well as the soulful vocal of Nadirah Shakoor. A short sampler of A Calyp-Soul Christmas may be found at: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Dx1WaQ43n60 Samples of Cabana Breeze may be found at: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=-LX6b0_HLrU There is a Vimeo of The JP Project at: vimeo.com/95527931 John Patti’s National Anthem performance- Baltimore, MD (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) may be seen at: youtu.be/G0iaCLqREgM More videos, info and music can be found at: www.johnpatti.com

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the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. The Jazz Club of Sarasota, one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the U.S, has announced its 2016-2017 season with a stellar line up of jazz musicians, concerts, events, and trolley jazz pub crawls. Our lively and enthusiastic membership is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the Jazz Club has approximately 600 members and is growing. Visit us online to see our schedule of events, including our March Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, which is one of the major US jazz festivals. Support live jazz, become a jazz club member and help us perpetuate our tradition of featuring live jazz at Sarasota-based venues. Visit us at www.jazzclubsarasota.org; Email: admin@ jazzclubsarasota.com, or call 941-366-1552. Each year the Jazz Club of Sarasota grants scholarships to high school and college students who are serious about continuing their jazz education. Over the course of 30-plus years, the Jazz Club of Sarasota has granted approximately $200,000 to aspiring young jazz musicians in middle school, high school and college.

LMA Meeting Notes He hopes many more residents will express their concerns about the project in the future. The LMA has 3-5 members who will speak at the next hearing. It was recommended anyone part of the “Siesta Promenade Coalition” wear blue so commissioners can easily see the strength of this group. Lawrence went on to announce that the Siesta Key Association has officially made their position known which is similar to the coalition. They are hoping the commissioners will grant the applicant the program they’re entitled to have under current zoning restrictions and not any more. Benderson is asking for the zoning allowances to be doubled. Benderson has developments in 45 states and is headquartered in Bradenton. Even though they likely have powerful political influence, Lawrence hopes a significant compromise in the size of their project can be accomplished.

LANDINGS SHOPPING CENTER Lawrence announced the execution of a contract with The Seyer Group. The group agreed to keep the LMA informed of any activities going on related to the center for $100 per month. The contract is cancelable at any point the LMA does not feel they’re getting enough value.

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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Committee chair, David Jacaruso reported the bid for the repairs of Island curbs was approved and the work has been scheduled to be done. In addition, he received approval to paint the southern perimeter wall east of the South Gate. The sign replacement program is ongoing.

COMMUNITY HAULING PROGRAM

The next household hazardous waste pick up will be Wednesday, November 9. Materials are to be brought to the North Gate between 8 and 9 a.m. Make reservations with George Niel, 941927-6464 extension 110. Deadline for reservations is Monday, November 7. The program is now operated on the second Wednesday of the month, three times a year; November, February and May. If you are a snowbird and would like to receive The Landings Eagle at your summer home, please call 941-349-0194 or email: www.islandvp@verizon.net The cost is $2.50 per month, per copy.

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AUGUST TRAFFIC REPORT

Main Gate Entries at the Main Gate Total Gate Traffic North Gate Entries at the North Gate Exits at the North Gate Total Gate Traffic South Gate Entries at the South Gate Exits at the South Gate Total Gate Traffic

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 70 Incidents Reported for the month of September 2016. They are as follows: • 1 Alarm Report House Alarm 1600blk Pintail Way. Unknown cause. SSO responded. • 19 Informational Reports All involving FPL Lights. FPL advised. • 21 Open Door Reports 16 Garage Doors. 4 Commercial Doors. 1 Vehicle Door. • 16 Parking Violations Reported 1 Lateral Parking. 1 Loading Zone Parking. 10 Roadway Parking Overnight. 4 Vehicles Parked on Grass.

• 12 Reckless Driver Reports All vehicles in excess of 7mph of posted speed limit. 1 Resident complaint of vehicle swerving. • 1 Vehicle Accident Report Vehicle hit by gate arm. Minor damage reported.

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The annual updating of the directory has gone to the printer. It will be mailed to the permanent mailing address on file for each owner. Additional copies are available at the Main Gate, as is a binder for owners without one. The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: Cameron Cox, 1720 Kestral Park Way S Don Kurtz, 1639 Starling Dr Jeffrey & Nancy Schulman, 5430 Eagles Point Cir #201 Valoree Vargo & William Baft, 1614 Starling Dr Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e-mail, at www.landingseagle.com and at www.thelandingsofsarasota.com, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention, or sent via mail, e mail or toll-free fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, Email: landings.directory@gmail.com Fax: (855) 631-3860

2016 0 0 2016 14264 13479 27743 2016 3665 3261 6926

2015 9905 9905 2015 14398 13265 27663 2015 3990 3661 7651

2014 10239 10239 2014 14213 10496 24709 2014 3060 3463 6523

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2012 11561 11561 2012 14192 13039 27231 2012 3510 3089 6599

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

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

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The ATS Speed Sentry was deployed at the Main Gate on Landings Blvd. facing Eastbound traffic for the Month on September 2016 with the following results:

Date 09/16/16 to 10/16/16

Location Main Gate / Landings Blvd (Eastbound)

Speed Limit 20

Compliant 89.81%

Low Risk 7.60%

Med Risk 1.18%

High Risk 1.41%

Appx. 1387.10 vehicles passed the speed sentry every day at this location. Previous deployments at this location show a higher compliance rate than last month, with the biggest jumps happening in the Low Risk category followed by an disturbing jump in High Risk vehicles. Deployment for the month of October will be at the Main Gate on Landings Blvd. facing Westbound traffic.

Date 09/16/16 to 10/16/16 01/01/15 to 01/31/15 12/01/14 to 12/31/14 07/01/14 to 07/10/14

Location Main Gate / Landings Blvd (Eastbound) Main Gate / Landings Blvd (Eastbound) Main Gate / Landings Blvd (Eastbound) Main Gate / Landings Blvd (Eastbound)

Speed Limit 20 25 25 25

Compliant 89.81% 97.77% 96.81% 93.79%

Low Risk 7.60% 2.02% 2.91% 4.25%

Med Risk 1.18% 0.20% 0.26% 1.81%

High Risk 1.41% 0.01% 0.02% 0.15%

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5420 EAGLES POINT CIR, #401 • $599,000

5430 EAGLES POINT CIR, #203 • $899,000

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE November 2016

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending Oct. 12, 2016. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - November 2016  

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

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