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Tennis Club Members Give Serving New Meaning By Trebor Britt This November The Landings Racquet Club will host the 21st Annual USTA National Senior and Super Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships. More than 60 fathers and sons, will compete for the “Gold Ball” championship prize.

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Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth In 2006, the judges of the 12th Circuit District Court voted unanimously to rename the Sarasota County Courthouse the “Lynn N. Silvertooth Justice Center.” It was a tribute to a remarkable elder statesman. Now in his 90’s, this distinguished judge and his wife Betty live with their magnificent orange cat at Eagle’s Point in the Landings. Born in Tennessee in 1923, Lynn Silvertooth’s parents brought him to Sarasota at the age of nine months. He grew up on Oak Street and attended Sarasota High School in 9th and 10th grades. When World War II broke out, his father could not get gas to drive back and forth to his laundry and dry cleaning business in Bradenton, so the family rented out their Sarasota house and moved north closer to the Manatee River. Lynn finished 11th and 12th grades in Bradenton, where he was to meet the lovely Betty Wilson, the high school sweetheart who would one day become his wife. “She chased me all over,” Lynn Silvertooth grins with a gleam in his eye. After one year of college, Lynn joined the Marines and marched off to war, where he remained for 3 ½ years. He was to serve in artillery in the Pacific, where he helped secure Tinian

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Island, which eventually became the launch point for the Enola Gay and its atomic payload. By the time the bomb was dropped, Corporal Silvertooth was serving on Guam. He was still assigned to that post when World War II ended. Letters had been exchanged on a daily basis between Betty and Lynn, although they often took weeks to be delivered. The couple was married on March 10 of 1946, and Lynn Silvertooth was raring to get on with his education. During his absence, Betty had become a registered nurse. Now she was Supervisor of Maternity at a Gainesville hospital. Her job meant they were not struggling financially like so many others. In Lynn Silvertooth’s own words, “I lived well. Nobody had a buck in those days. Everybody was coming home from the war. I had a job too. I ground hamburger for a wholesale meat market. They provided meat for most of the fraternity houses. Trouble was the room was sometimes 32 degrees. Cold!” Story continued on page 7.

Coming Soon! A Mall Siesta Key can call its own! F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped that there are no second acts in American life. Well, Westfield Group - owners of Westfield Southgate Mall in Sarasota - must not have gotten the memo. Second only to Sarasota’s tony St. Armand’s Circle in terms of upscale shopping appeal, the venerable shopping plaza turned mall seems poised to reinvent itself for no less than the third time in its

57 year history. Plans were announced at this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers Convention in Las Vegas to transform the property into a “lifestyle/entertainment” center. Representatives of the Australian based company indicated construction would begin by year’s end. There will even be a new name to herald the changes: “Westfield Siesta Key.”

Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center. Photo source 12.circuit.state.fl.us

What’s that you say? The center isn’t actually on Siesta Key? A minor inconvenience as it turns out. After all, Siesta Drive borders the mall to the north. And if you exit the parking lot onto that road and head west, Siesta Key is just minutes away (unless of course the north bridge happens to be up, turning Siesta Drive into a giant parking lot, in which case you may wish you had extended your shopping stay a bit).

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The changes would seem to be a calculated response to some cross-town competition. Benderson Development – in partnership with Taubaum Centers – began construction this summer on its new $350 million University Town Center Mall (UTC) at the southwest corner of I-75 and University Parkway. Story continued on page 24.


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LMA Meeting Notes Jerry Welch has been appointed to chair the nominating committee for the new year. He is a long time resident of the Landings. Members of the board as well as residents are urged to submit names to the nominating committee. The four open positions that need to be filled are President, and chairs of the following committees; Safety and Security, Environmental and Aesthetics. If you wish to suggest a Landings resident for an open position, contact either Jerry Welch, Patricia Decker, or Henry Rhodes. Each person elected will serve for a period of two years. David Jacaruso has reported The Eagles Nest gate has been closed because of all the recent rain. The grass is almost kneehigh and the ground is saturated and very soft. So soft in fact, the grass cannot be mowed. An extended period of dry weather should improve the conditions and allow the gate to be reopened. A Strategic Planning Committee is being reorganized. The first meeting in September included LMA officers Henry Rhodes, Jack Jost, Marie GraziosiJacaruso and Don McMurray. The committee discussed the five and ten year future of The Landings community. Pres. Henry Rhodes stated the effort would, “include but not be limited to, ways to improve community inclusiveness among all age groups especially families with younger children. Ideas for succession planning shortterm and cultivation of the next generation of board members. Enhancement to our 23-year-old community to avoid becoming an outdated community and to maintain and increase the owner

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investment.” Results would be discussed and shared with the 20 associational presidents in the community. They may even enlist the help of a professional person to help them accomplish this. Henry recognized and complemented Judy Greene and Tara Lamb for the wonderful job they did organizing the pool and pizza party. Henry said, “I came over and the pool and whole area was swarmed with younger couples and kids. The pool was full and everyone was having a great time.” Over 80 adults and children enjoyed unique pool games, under the direction of Cindy and Ira Klein and devoured 15 delicious pizzas. Tina von Kessel provided multiflavored freeze pops. Finance Committee Finance committee chair, Don McMurray reported the budget continues to do well. Income continues to exceed expenses. The committee was pleased to receive an unexpected debt collection windfall of $6544. A preliminary reserve study of the structures within the association and projection of long-term costs and ways of funding those over a period of time has been submitted to the finance committee. Once this report is reviewed, recommendations will be submitted to the board. The budget process for next year is well underway and the committee is hoping to have a proposed budget completed by early November. The LMA board voted and unanimously approved the new outlined procedures for the debt collection process of annual

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fees. Don McMurray stated that the overwhelming majority of homeowners pay their fees in a timely manner. Failing to pay annual fees currently includes paying interest, possible penalties, and ultimately a lien can be filed against the property. The finance committee moved that alternating audits of the books be done each year. A full audit has been done the last few years. They requested an audit review be done this year and a full audit every other year. The motion was voted on and passed. Proposal for Distinguished Service Award discussed Larry Lawrence submitted a proposal for criterion to receive The Greenfield Award/ Distinguished Service Award. After a lively discussion, it was determined the committee should tweak the criterion by making the wording clearer. Once the criterion for this award is established, a full report will be included in The Landings Eagle.

Two meeting attendees voiced concerns about the dead trees and debris accumulating in the Preserve. A discussion of whose responsibility it was to maintain the preserve ensued. The board recognized the urgency of the issue and promised to look into it and make recommendations at the next meeting. The environmental committee recommended converting the fountain lights to LEDs. Little electricity is needed to power them and they are more environmentally friendly. In order to do this, the entire lighting structure would need to be replaced, costing about $1200 for each fountain. The committee thought they might introduce the LED lights on lake five since the lighting structure on that lake is the oldest. This would allow them to get likeability comments from the community. An attendee mentioned the “deplorable” condition of The Landings fire hydrants. The board agreed to have someone contact the County about repainting them.

Lakes Larry began his report on the lakes with an apology for not having three of the fountains up and running in a timely manner. Unfortunately, contractors used for the repairs were either on vacation or away at conferences. He assured the association they would be up and running soon. Lakes water levels are still being adjusted due to the excessive rain. A drainage modification is being addressed on lake six. Once this issue is rectified it will help maintain proper water levels on lakes six, seven and nine, as all three of these lakes are tied together.

Drainage Drainage chair, Jack Jost reported that roadway and swale flooding continues on Peregrine Point Way. The LMA and LHA are working together to come up with a solution that will at least begin to correct the problem and provide some relief for the homeowners whose driveways are continually flooded on that street. The committee continues to work on rectifying the drainage problems on the Kestrel Park Place cul-de-sac. A possible solution is in the works. The LMA is going to pay the expenses related to this issue since it had paid the expenses

to correct this problem several years ago. Landscaping Landscaping chair, Joe Hennessey reported planning continues on putting a 5-foot wide, shell walking path in the Eagles Nest entrance area. The committee received a bid from Raber Landscaping on doing needed tree work in the common grounds of The Landings. Field Road A homeowner on Field Road requested that the LMA clear up the swale area behind the privacy fence and the access gate onto Field Road. After a brief discussion Joe stated, “all this work is included in the budget, and would be able to be done in October.” A meeting attendee voiced concern over who was responsible to maintain the ditches and fences on Field Road. The board agreed to look into the issues. Safety and Security The safety and security committee continues to be concerned about those who speed in The Landings. Committee chair, Bill Whitman requested the board consider authorizing their committee to enforce the speed limit by imposing either of two options. A second offender would pay a $100 fine or lose their bar code for 90 days. The security team raised the concern over pedestrian traffic in and out of The Landings south gate. Whitman requested permission from the board to check on the cost of a two way speaker system that could be installed between the south gate and the main gate. Story continued on page 11.

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Judy Greene, membership six existing pine trees reported of the event Dee said, “I enjoy chair, reported that there were by an arborist to be failing. seeing the same people year after two new owners. The trees would be replaced year. I enjoy their happy smiles, Bill Whitman reported that with an unspecified number of I enjoy seeing the kids get a little he was continuing discussions shade trees. The Board tabled bigger. I like the social aspects of with the Association’s mailbox discussion of this item pending it as well as the great tennis.” vendor to reduce the cost of receipt of the arborist’s report Mark your calendars the week mailbox and post replacement. and a specific replacement plan. of November 20-24 to attend A reduction is expected. If our this unique event. The public is costs are not reduced, the board Progress on Outstanding invited to witness some awesome will seek a new vendor. Violations senior tennis.005722_MHBF_LandingsEagle_Mech All courtside The remainder of the brief Peregrine Point Cir E: The Revision: 0 Created: 8/21/13 @ 100% seating is complimentary. meeting dealtPrinted with Landscaping condition of the roof, fence The hard work of Ralph and Architecture requests and and yard remains a serious Client: M. Heights Creative Director: REX GEE and Dee Ricapito and the key violations. As is customary The problem. Mr. Whitman will Art Director: ALAN REYNOLDS involvement of all the tennis club Eagle redacts names and specific convene a hearing committee to Bleed: N/A addresses unless Copywriter: members who host and provide a violation is approve a proposed fine for nonthe luncheon, truly makeTrim: thisN/A raised to the hearing level. Proofreader: NANCY TUCKERcompliance with the roof repair/ the most unique and enjoyable replacement requirement. Live: 10"x5.125" Studio Artist: LUIS ARRIAGADA national tennis tournament in the New Requests By: United States. Pine Harrier Dr: The ownerInspected Flicker Field Cir: A statue Colors: 4/c requested Production Manager: CAPOSINO permission to CAROL repaint was placed on the front of the of Manager: the residence property without the approval DPI: 300 the exterior Project LAURA WILMESMEIER a color similar to the existing of the LHA. The board received color. The board approved the a request from the owner to request. approve the statue. Several board members to visit the Landings Blvd: The owner property; action was tabled until requested permission to remove the October meeting. now to next.

For the 14th consecutive year, Ralph and Dee Ricapito will organize the hosts and luncheon for this years event. Ralph sees that every father-son team has a host assigned to them who is a racquet club member. They welcome them, they follow them throughout the whole tournament, and if they need anything they provide it. Dee energizes and organizes the female members of the club to provide a fabulous luncheon for players and their families on Thursday of tournament week. Over 40 female club members will cook and bake some of their favorite dishes for this first-class tennis luncheon. The luncheon is served in the Lakeside Clubhouse which seats about 95 guests. Every year club members provide so much food for the Thursday luncheon, there’s enough left over to practically host another luncheon on Friday. When asked about the highlight

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President’s Column By Jack Jost, V P, LMA Board and Chair of Drainage Committee for Henry Rhodes Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. This summer has been very, very wet. According to this morning’s paper, SRQ Airport had 30.5 inches of rain during June, July and August. According to my own back yard rain gauge, we had more than that in the Landings. Almost all homeowners have had instances of localized street or driveway flooding. The condos have been, in general, more lucky but even there the excess amounts of rain have caused some major problems; most notably, the preserve area behind Landings South IV, V and VII. The LMA Drainage Chair has been besieged with requests for help with drainage problems. Some can and should be handled by the LMA and are being addressed. Others are a direct result of changes in the designed pathway for storm water drainage and must be addressed by those responsible for those changes. When the Landings was built

out, the developer installed an underground drainage and lake system to receive and disperse design level rainfall. The feeder system to the underground and lake system was, by and large, surface drainage through swales. Swales were installed between houses and in the utility and drainage right of way between the housing lots and the street. Over the years, many of the swales were eliminated by homeowners that planted shrubbery or added fencing in the swales between houses, by large trees that lifted the adjacent ground level, or by driveways installed over the swales without regard to drainage. The Declarations of Maintenance Covenants and Restriction on the Commons for the Landings is very explicit on requirements to maintain the swales in their original condition. Article 5 (Commons) says, The Commons shall be deemed to include all real property located

in the Landings which were specifically set aside or deeded to the LMA by Developer for the common use and enjoyment of owners in the Landings as members of LMA. The Commons include the waters of all lakes, ponds, and canals which function as part of the drainage system for the Landings; and all easements for the drainage system as may exist by virtue of the Master Covenants or other recorded instruments or plats. Article 7 (Reservation of Easements) says among other things, Developer reserved unto itself and assigned to the LMA a perpetual easement, right and privilege on, over and under right-of-way(s) for ingress and egress to erect, construct, maintain and use drainage lines, drainage ditches, swales and underdrains. The Declarations of Restriction for Lots in the Landings, Unit One, add additional restrictions for single family residences.

Articles 5 (Building Use and Restrictions) says, where swales are required to be disturbed for driveway entrances, such swales shall be restored to their original grade and condition by the lot owner in a neat and orderly fashion acceptable to Developer (LHA). Unless otherwise approved by Developer (LHA), a culvert shall be installed for each driveway which is placed across an existing swale. These Covenants give the LMA and the LHA the right and responsibility to enforce these requirements. Efforts are ongoing to determine what needs to be done to most efficiently correct many of the deficiencies that have become apparent as a result of all the recent rainfall. Swales have to remain open or yards and driveways will be susceptible to

flooding. It has also been observed that many yard maintenance personnel are blowing grass clippings into storm sewer inlets. This practice is highly detrimental to drainage and against the law. Home owners, condo owners and property managers need to address this abuse with the contractor whenever they see it occur. A watch out for anyone thinking of modifying or replacing their driveway is to make sure that swales are not eliminated and that the contractor adds a culvert under the drive way or adds an 8 or 10 inch PVC pipe from a catch basin on the upstream side of the driveway all the way to a major, LMA installed and maintained, central system catch basin.

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Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth

By Diana Colson

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Before the war, University of Florida had been for men only, while Florida State University had been only for girls. Now, all that had changed. With G.I.’s pouring in, the U. of Florida mushroomed from 2000 students to 15,000. It was a busy place! As an undergraduate, Lynn Silvertooth majored in Business. After taking a class in Business Law, however, he realized he wanted to be an attorney. After earning a B.A. degree, he went on to earn a J.D. degree in 1949. Now he was ready to step out into the world. He first served as the only employee in the office of Clyde H. Wilson, Sr., with an office in the Palmer Bank Building. “When I worked for Clyde, I did whatever he told me. Clyde could write the most beautiful briefs. He had been a Journalism Major. Within a few months, he had me arguing a case before the Florida Supreme Court, and I was scared to death!”

After a couple of years, Lynn Silvertooth opened his own office, where he practiced law until the early 60’s. Gov. Fuller Warren appointed him Assistant State Attorney, and he served in that capacity for four years. A new judgeship opened up, and Gov. Farris Bryant appointed him to that position. The 12th Judicial Circuit was big, covering eight counties. “They only had one sitting judge, and I became the second,” says Judge Silvertooth, biting down on his signature cigar. Today there are over thirty judges in the 12th Judicial Circuit. In 1971 and 1972, Gov. Reubin Askew called on Silvertooth to preside over a case dubbed the “Miami Market Street Connection.” In it, Miami’s mayor, vice mayor, and two circuit court judges were accused of taking payoffs from a Mafia syndicate boss. After threats from the Mafia, Silvertooth was advised to bring his own bailiff

for protection, which he did. In the end, the defendants were exonerated and the judge made it home safely. Judge Silvertooth sat on the bench for a quarter of a century, part of that time as Chief Judge. “I retired for one year and got bored right away. Then I came back and started sitting as a Senior Judge, where I spent the next 10-11 years. The Circuit Court had very broad jurisdiction. They handled every kind of case: criminal, probate, and civil. Some cases lasted a day or two, some lasted 60 days. Some cases were a lot more interesting and complicated than others. You have to learn to read people.” Of Silvertooth’s ability to read the situation, State Sen. Mike Bennett had this to say: “I think he affected hundreds of people. He had a unique way of showing you the path.” As a hell-raising teenager, Bennett had frequently ended up in

Judge Silvertooth along with his wife Betty. They’ve been married 67 years

Silvertooth’s court. Ultimately, the judge strongly suggested that Bennett join the military. Bennett did not stick around long enough to find out what would happen if he did not follow the judge’s suggestion: he quickly joined the Navy. The experience gave Bennett the discipline to succeed in college. Bennett did not hear from Silvertooth again until he was elected to the Senate in 2002. “He called me his greatest save,” Bennett said.

One final Silvertooth story: the judge had just completed the sentencing of 30 inmates. He was about to end the hearing when he realized the jailer was gone. “There was nobody there but me and the prisoners!” The former marine jumped down from the bench, waved his arm, and roared, “Come on, men. Let’s go!” With that, he marched 30 inmates straight off to jail. Now there’s an example of leadership!

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Humanitarians for the Homeless In mid-June of 2013, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported a series of sad stories about the homeless, who not only spent their days on the streets (in rain or shine) but also their sleeping hours at night on the sidewalks using cardboard boxes as mattresses. As a humanitarian as well as police officer, Captain Corinne L. Stannish is in charge of overseeing housing, food and care for these unfortunates. She has asked the locals of our town to be of assistance in any way to help relieve the situation. Moved by her appeal, my wife, Joanne, and I met with Captain Stannish to offer our help. On July 2nd, we received a letter from Captain Stannish thanking us for our help. After sharing it with several Landings friends, we were encouraged to submit this letter to The Landings Eagle for publication in the hopes that our residents, their families and friends might be motivated to help. Those interested in lending a hand to those in need can contact Captain Stannish directly - 941-364-7367. John Meyer

Dear Joanne & John,

I used the money to pay for the dog food, which the family never asked for. They were very grateful however, because they already had two other dogs and two cats. The dog I was sheltering weighed eighty-eight pounds and ate like a teenage boy. Thank you again for trusting me with your donation and your kindness in lending a hand to people in need.

I wanted to thank you again for contacting me and coming in to donate $50.00 towards the homeless in the City of Sarasota. I sat on it for a while because Mr. Meyer told me that I would know when the time was right, what to do with it. I wanted to let you know that time finally came. I have been dealing with a group of homeless people after I had to move them from camping on the streets by the Rosemary Cemetery. There was one lady in particular that I watched who had a very large dog. That dog was her life and the one constant stable influence she had on the street. Regardless of her addictions, her husband’s trips in and out of jail, the dog always loved and never judged her. It was getting to the point where the dog was under a lot of stress and needed to be removed from the situation for a while, which would in turn Sarasota Police Department allow this lady to be able to go into rehab for a while 2099 Adams Lane, and get her medications under control. I found a Sarasota, FL 34237 vet that donated her services to make sure the dog 941-364-7367 was healthy and a family who agreed to house the Fax: 941-364-7357 dog for a month.

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Landings Directory Changes & New Members as of September 11, 2013

By Dick Bayles

Note: The next edition of the Landings Handbook and Directory will be going to the printer on October 25, 2013. The deadline for changes is October 15, 2013. If you wish to change your listing as shown and you have not subsequently updated it with and received a confirmation of that change, please do so as described in the last paragraph below. The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Michael J. Donaldson, 1634 Starling Dr, 248-701-4003, donaldsonmike@yahoo.com • Paul & Jo Weiner, 5163 Kestral Park Lane, 941-924-8544, (Jo) 703 943 6277, jo_wnr@yahoo.com • Stephen Ball & Paula Pecoraro, 1499 Landings Lake Dr, 262-853-6274, 716-523-2918 • Peter & Janet Heijens, 1450 Landings Cir, 941-416-3367, 941-416-4003, pheijens@icloud.com, jeheijens@gmail.com The following are changes: • Brandon Kuemmel & Jennifer Edgel Kuemmel, 5273 Heron Way, 760 814-5074, 760-717-0854. • William Cutler, 5233 Heron Way, 703-867-2544, 703-863-2628 • Stanislaus Graberek, 1495 Landings Lake Dr, 941-922 5253, 414 271 2625, stangrabarek@aol.com If there are changes to your directory listing, please contact me in writing. If you are new to The Landings and only your address is shown, it indicates that I have not received a directory form giving details of and permission for a listing. Directory forms are available at www.landingseagle.com, from me via e-mail or from your association, and may be dropped off at the gate to my attention or sent via mail, e-mail or fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231 rubayles@alum.mit.edu Tel: (941) 927-8344 Fax: (941) 296-7404

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|Gabriel Von Kessel, 14: attends Pine View School He has One sister, Pipa (11) and a pet dog, Beau - How long have you lived in the In my spare time, I play Landings? videogames like Minecraft and 7 years. Dota 2 and watch YouTube with my friends after doing homework. - What do you like about the You can play these with multiple Landings? people. I love reading too. It’s a nice neighborhood. I’ve had three really good friends - Do you know what you want to here but they all moved away be when you grow up? unfortunately. It’s also easy to No. Right now, I don’t know. use the courts for tennis. - What’s your favorite food? - What’s your favorite subject Pasta Carbonara – either my in school? Mom’s or the ones in restaurants. My favorite subject is science but I also like math a lot. I like - If you could change one thing science because there is so much in the world, what would it be? about the world that I don’t There is one small thing that know and I find it interesting r e a l l y a n n o y s m e : how everything works together Handles on doors that push open! If they open perfectly. by pushing, why have a - What are you currently reading? handle?! Fellowship of the Ring. I like science fiction and fantasy. The - Tell me about your Maximum Ride series is my recent trip to Europe. We spent 3 weeks favorite. in Germany and drove - What is your favorite sport? all over the place. We Tennis and soccer. I’ve played also spent some time tennis for 2 ½ years and soccer for in France. It was my 6 years. Since I’ve played a lot of first time there. We soccer, I wanted to try something stayed in a chateau different and play more tennis. I in Huisseau with 30 play tennis here in the Landings friends and family every other day and away at members. My favorite USTA and 941 Tennis Circuit part was our stay there. Tournaments on the weekends. It’s so pretty and there I’d like to pursue tennis in high were so many people school and college. In season, I’m with us, we always had going to try out for the Riverview something to do. We Team. visited nearby castles, went swimming, and - What do you do in your spare played tennis. The time? adults made scavenger

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Heidi Bodor hunts for us which were hard to figure out, but fun. - If you could be any animal, what would you be? In general, I love dogs and cats but I wouldn’t want to be one. I’d be a bird since it would be cool to fly.

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LMA Meeting Notes This would enable the security guard to question walkers about their resident status. Web site: There were 391 hits on the website in August and sixty Landings residents have registered as users so far. Web site team members are continuing to correct any bugs

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reported by users. The team will be providing training sessions once seasonal residents return to The Landings. The board was provided a list of questions about use and content of the website the team felt needed to be answered. The board was also informed that eventually they would need to consider a budget for the ongoing

maintenance and updating of the website. Updates: Developing a general emergency plan for residents of The Landings is still pending as is any further results of the Kestral Parkway/Tamiami Trl traffic issue.

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report First, I would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and hopes for my recovery. I expect to be back on the courts by mid-October. We have two significant tennis events coming up – the Father/Son National Senior Father/Son and Super Senior Father/Son Clay Court Championships the week before Thanksgiving and the Lessons for Life charity event on December 7th. Information on the December 7th event is available at the Club. A sign-up sheet for the December 17th Holiday Party is available at the Club; this is a well-attended event with limited seating, so get your reservation in early.

We will discuss the 2014 operating and capital budget at our October 15th board meeting with adoption at the November 19th meeting. I expect our Annual Assessment to remain unchanged from 2013. As always, I encourage our members to attend our board meetings and participate in the management and operations of the Club. On the same lines, four (4) board members’ terms are expiring and our election of new members takes place at our January 21st Annual Meeting. If you are interested in a board position, please contact Kevin or myself. I look forward to an active and enjoyable season. Welcome back those of you who have just come back south.

|Manager’s Report The end of the year is approaching and now is the time to throw your hat in the ring to serve on the 2014 LRC Board of Directors. If you are interested, you must submit your name and a brief list of your qualifications to Kevin Lechlitner in the Tennis Pro Shop by November 1st. If we have more people interested in being on the Board than available openings, there will be an election at the LRC Annual Meeting in January of 2014. As a reminder, beginning October 15th the guest fee will go back to $10 from 8:00 AM until noon. After 12:00 PM the guest fee will remain at $5. This will stay in effect through May 14th. The fee for non-members using the facilities for exercise classes, card games and other social activities is still $3 per time. Please see me in the Tennis Pro Shop if you have any questions about the Club’s guest policy. We had over 90 people at the Labor Day cookout on September 2nd. It was the largest turnout for

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By Kevin Lechlitner

Labor Day in my seven years here. Members enjoyed our traditional BBQ fare with all the standard side dishes. Since it was such a hit last year, the special treat of apple pie with vanilla ice cream was served again for dessert. Those who aren’t pie or ice cream fans had a plethora of fresh baked cookies to choose from. Thank you to Truman Menefee for his prep work in the kitchen, chef Edvin for manning the grills and to Chloe Delisle for her outstanding work helping me serve drinks and desserts. The event went off without a hitch thanks to them. Be sure to mark your calendars for our Annual Holiday Dinner Dance. It is scheduled for December 14th with cocktails at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30 PM. Our popular one-man-band Earl NeSmith will provide the music and entertainment. James Riegel from Black Tie Catering is back again with another fantastic menu. Seating is limited so please sign up early. The registration sheet with the menu items listed will be posted in the Pro Shop in October.

|News From the Court The courts are beginning to fill up and that can mean only one thing - our friends from the north are beginning to return to The Landings. I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. We had a nice turnout for the US Open Round Robin, Friday, August 30th, 2013. We watched some tennis, enjoyed pizza and salad. Beverages by Judy and Tara - and we even played some tennis. Thanks to everyone who came out. League tennis begins soon and the ladies are practicing. The ladies have a team in each level this year 3.0,3.5 and 4.0. It’s not too late to see me if you are interested in playing. I wish all the ladies and men’s team a successful season. Mark your calendar - Saturday, October 26th, 2013 - for

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the 7th Annual Halloween bash. Start thinking about your costume - there have been some very creative costumes in years past. As always, we’ll have a bite to eat, Judy and Tara will supply the beverages and we will have the Parade of Costumes for prizes. Check the Pro Shop for all the details. I hope to see you there. Next up is the Senior and Super Senior Father/Son Tennis Tournament beginning Wednesday, November 20th and running through Sunday, November 24th, 2013. We look forward to seeing all the great teams again this year. I am ready for the season to begin. My lesson/clinic book is filling up fast. Be sure to contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot on my schedule. If you have family coming into town, let me know ahead of time and I’ll get them on the books. I can be reached at 941-993-2628

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U.S. Open Tennis Round Robin Nate, Jere, Carol, Henry, Meg, Sara, and Mary Kay Photo by Jeff Crotty

U.S. Open Tennis Round Robin Tara and Judy What will you have, Red or White wine? Photo by Jeff Crotty

or lrctennisdirector@verizon.net. Effective October 1, 2013 - New Private Lesson/Clinic Rate Change: • 1/2 Hour Private Lesson - Members $35.00 - Non Members $40.00 • 1 Hour Private Lesson Members $65 - Non Members $70 • Clinics - 8 or more players with 2 Pros $25 Members and Non Members for 1.5 Hours • 7 players or less with 1 Pro $20 Members for 1.5 Hours $25 Non Members for 1.5 Hours Clinics with 2 Pros will have a 24 Hour Cancellation Policy - full amount will be charged for no shows. I look forward to seeing you on the courts.


Labor Day BBQ photos By Jeff Crotty Around the Landings |Phillippi Farmhouse Market returns

Bonnie and Andrejs enjoying the BBQ.

Dick and Jeff – nice shirts guys!

Another successful Labor Day BBQ as evidenced by the many Landins in attendance.

Dick, Kevin and Truman busily prepping the various dishes in the kitchen. Edvin manning the grill.

Phillippi Farmhouse Market returns on Wednesday, October 2 for its 5th season at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trail. Phillippi Farmhouse Market is Sarasota’s only mid-week farmers market, open each Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The grand re-opening day features 45 vendors, the music of Ted Stevens Trio, free sweet treats from Sift Bakehouse, and for the children, puppet storytelling by Connie Manson of the Waldorf School (9:30 a.m.). The market features local plants and produce, including USDA Certified Organic fruits and vegetables. There are delicious prepared foods to enjoy picnic-style at the market or to take home for a quick and easy meal. Talented local artisans display and sell their handicrafts, and there are also specialty vendors. Phillippi Estate Park and the Phillippi Farmhouse Market are both dog friendly and your well-behaved canine is welcome on leash. Many vendors put out doggie bowls of cool water for your pet. The market has

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ample free parking. Don’t forget to stop by the Welcome Tent for information on what’s happening. Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will answer your gardening questions and have a variety of literature about local plants and Florida’s environment. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. there will be a guided tour of the historic Edson Keith Mansion. This tour is free and starts promptly at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. At noon in the Mansion, Sarasota County Extension will hold an hour’s class on various gardening topics. Please stop by the Welcome Tent for a schedule of classes. SEE YOU AT THE MARKET!

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Around the Landings |LMA COMMUNITY HAULING PROGRAM Based on the experience of the last several pick ups of household hazardous waste and the reality that most residents have eliminated the significant backlog of paints, electronics and chemicals there isn’t sufficient materials to justify the trip to the county dump site when a large proportion of the residents are away. As a result it has been decided to adjust the pick up frequency to 3 times per year. The new schedule for the next year is November 13, February 12, 2014 and May 14, 2014. The pick up time is the same:

8-9 am and please don’t forget to make reservations. Hopefully this change will not cause you significant inconvenience. If you have any questions about the Community Hauling Program, please contact Larry Lawrence at 410-456-6240.

|Landings Management Association Presidents Council Meeting The Landings Management Association Presidents Council will meet Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Poolside Clubhouse of The Landings Racquet Club. Any Association President who would like to submit a topic for discussion on the agenda, please e-mail Barbara Pendrell at bpendrell@aol.com. All Presidents or their alternate are encouraged to attend. Two items for discussion: LMA 2014 Budget

Presentation from the LMA Nominating Committee If anyone knows of a Landings resident who may be interested in serving on the LMA Board, please contact Jerry Welch - caroleandjerry@verizon.netor Patricia Decker - george_patricia@verizon.net. Hope to see a lot of you at the meeting.

|Landoliers’ Announcement By Lenora Jost, Director The Landoliers’ rehearsals for the 201314 season will begin on October 15, 2013 at 3:30 in the Lakeside Room. This group consists of about 30 men and women who sing 4 part harmony music. Each year we invite new members to join us if they have had some experience with choral groups and have a sprinkling of musical knowledge. Also, an ear for musical pitches is very important. We especially are welcoming tenors this year since they seem to be in short supply but we always welcome all voice parts.

We rehearse every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. We have an ample music library and also purchase some new pieces each year. The expenses are covered by both LRC and LMA boards and is considered to be one of the favored group activities offered to our Landings community. We perform a concert in March in the Lakeside Room and also perform in other community events as they arise. Please call me at 922-5195 if you are interested in singing with us and want more information.

|Saint Boniface Church to host Annual Pet Blessing Siesta Key Welcomes All Creatures Great and Small! Bring your pets to our annual blessing of animals at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 at Saint Boniface Episcopal Church, 5616 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. The service will be in the outdoor chapel and courtyard. This year for the first time,

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The Recipe Corner |The “Kitchen Ladies” Recipe of the Month Compiled by Dee Ricapito

Café Azafrán Baked Oatmeal

By Dee Ricapito

This is the best ever! Our family’s favorite for breakfast. Even if you don’t like oatmeal, this tastes like dessert. Enjoy!

Ingredients: • 1/2 cup canola oil • 1 cup apple sauce • 1 cup yogurt • 1 cup milk • 4 eggs • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of Vanilla Extract • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of Baking Powder • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon salt • 6 cups whole oats • 1 cup raisin • 1/3 cup light brown sugar

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Raising Landin Hello Friends, Well it’s time once again to get your monthly dose of LANDIN LEARNIN’. As I mentioned last time, I am off to Puppy Camp where I spend 3 weeks with some different people. The official reason I am told is to allow me to experience different handling styles, voice commands, home environments and the potential for a variety of different exposures. (whatever all that means) My person says all I have to know is that somebody else gets to shower me with love and treats for a while. But not to worry, I will be back home in time for “ HOWL”oween.

groupies. They have just left their people and are now You’re not very good at this, are you? attending Guide Dog University. I am really excited for them. I know my turn will come but for now I am happy and content just being a pup. Because, after all, MY NAME IS LANDIN AND I WAS BORN TO BE A GUIDE DOG!

OK , Back by “PUP”ular demand, here is more of my famous K9 Comedy. That’s right folks, there’s no stoppin’ it! (well maybe there is a “REMOTE” possibility I might hit the “PAWS” button) Here goes: Other than me, of course, who is a dog’s favorite comedian? Give Up? Here I am getting ready to say a few words of Growlcho Marx. Speaking of “HOWL”oween, What kind congratulations and encouragement to 6 of my fellow of a dog does Dracula like? Humm? It’s a bloodhound.

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I do not know how to delicately put this but here goes. It is quite obvious to me, at least, that the sign reads “THE LANDIN” which of course is ME! I see no mention of the bird. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very nice bird indeed (Given an opportunity, I would probably even like to chase after it) BUT nonetheless it is just a bird. It even appears on our stop signs, street signs etc… Well , here is my thought: We could replace said bird with a stunning image of ME! Just imagine. It would give all of you something handsome to look at and at the same time bring greater awareness to my endeavor. I’m sure we could work out some reasonable royalty payment for me and……….. TO BE CONTINUED...


Pet Talk By Dr. Anne Chauvet 1. I just got a female puppy and everyone is telling me I should spay her before she’s six months old. Why? What are the benefits of spaying? The population of dogs and cats in our nation and the world is increasing despite the worldwide spay and neuter programs. The math is simple: most dogs have around 2-12 puppies per litter and can have one or two litters a year. Spaying/neutering helps to avoid unwanted pregnancies and contributes to a decrease in the animal shelter population. On the other hand, the hormones are beneficial for growth and healthy development of bones and joints. So when do we spay? Bitches (female dogs) have their first heat cycle at about six-months-old. It is proven over and over again, that the risk of breast/mammary cancer increases substantially after the first heat. Thus, we advise spaying and neutering before the female reaches six months of age. By doing so, we significantly lower the cancer risk rate and also eliminate an unwanted pregnancy. Recently, spaying and neutering has been advised in animals about eight-weeks-old or so. I personally do not feel it is healthy for the body to do this procedure so soon. I also think anesthetic risk factors are higher in such young animals. But, if the animal is a feral cat or dog, this may be the only chance you get to control the population and this is why this program is in place. Some people worry that sterilization leads to a weight gain. Although neutering/spaying tends to contribute to a more sedentary lifestyle, sterilization by itself is not the culprit; diet is. Healthy diet and exercise will keep your pet at a healthy weight.

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Baily Goldman

Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/ neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.

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When Sandy and Jim Goldman’s dog Katie passed away, they never thought they would be as fond of a dog as they were of Katie. As I understand, she was an amazing dog who listened to everything Jim told her. Well, they did decide to get another dog and I happen to be him. My name is Bailey and I am 2 years old. It was hard at first since they were used to a dog who listened to every command. I have a mind of my own and really do love to pick up just about everything, especially things I’m not supposed to be picking up. Jim was a bit frustrated with me since I never came when he whistled and he does have the loudest whistle in the Landings. Sandy said she would never let a dog sleep in bed with them, but I just woke up from my night’s sleep and was snuggled on the pillow right between them!!! I just had to give them time to see how adorable I was and I knew they couldn’t resist me. I did cause them some aggravation when I kept jumping over the fence Jim had built in the house to keep me out of the living room. Didn’t they

know that was my favorite room with the best view of the street? I have so many wonderful playmates in the Landings and special grown up friends. I love to go to Lenora and Jack Jost’s for treats almost every day. I have to mention my very, very special friend Kevin. He stays with me when Sandy and Jim are away. He’s actually taught me more tricks than they have and I really love visiting him at work because he always has treats. I think the three of us are very happy together. I love all 7 of their kids and their spouses and especially the grandchildren. I love going on the boat and also sitting on Jim’s lap in the car with my head out of the window. I know they are outlawing texting and driving, but what about driving with a dog on your lap??? I love people and dogs so please do pet me or play with me when you see me out and about.

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Our Trip to Italy

The Eagle has landed

By Bonnie Cummings & Andrejs Jurjans The Eagle has Landed at the U S OPEN in New York. Pictured below, Cynthia Wendell saw many tennis Superstars.

This summer we were fortunate to travel to Italy to visit our cousins in Riva del Garda. While we were there we found out that there was a tennis camp for children.. So - since our Jeffrey (age 9) loves tennis and said that he would like to play on “red clay” we signed him up. There were 8 children ages 7 - 12, no one spoke English, not even the coach! They played from 9 - 12, then were “served” lunch. Not just a sandwich or a hot dog, but pasta, salad and gelato!!! On the last day of the camp, there was a tournament and Jeffrey won!! (thanks to Coach Joe’s tennis lessons). Jeffrey is in the grey & yellow in photo #1. Photo #2 is when he practiced hitting against the backboard. Note the beautiful Dolomite mountains in the back. Viva Italia!!!

Ralph Ricapito brings along the Eagle to the historic town of Smithville, New Jersey. This area dates back before the time of George Washington.

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Siesta Key Association September Meeting Notes By Diana Colson It’s a great time to clean out the pantry! Kevin Cooper of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce said they would soon be building a site for the upcoming FOOD DRIVE, with COMFORT KEEPERS being the recipient of the collection of non-perishables. A web site is being built for the drive, and food will be collected at the Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl Gaddie of Siesta Key Village Association pointed out that Halloween was almost upon us. “We will light up the Village. Anybody who wants to help, please get in touch with us.” Sgt. Scott Osborne of the Sheriff’s Office addressed the issue of urgent and non-urgent calls. When dealing with the Sheriff’s Office, he said it is simplest to call 911. “There are just a bunch of dispatchers sitting in the same room. It does not matter which line you call. If it’s not an emergency, 911 will route you to the proper place.” When asked why dispatchers now ask a caller so many questions, he replied: “After the murder of the woman in Charlotte County, they have to try to get all the information they can. Be aware that they will take 300 to 400 calls in a single shift.” One member of the board described calling in a complaint to 911. He expressed concern about the dispatcher asking him to leave his home late at night to meet the sheriff at the site. Sgt. Osborne was straightforward: “If you don’t feel safe leaving your home, just tell the dispatcher. Feel free to tell the dispatcher you do not feel comfortable doing this.” He assured the board member that a report would still be filed whether or not the person actually went to the site to meet the sheriff. Another member of the board asked how to respond to noise. It seems that drivers parked in a residential area have been leaving their car radios on and going swimming. Sgt. Osborne said the answer was simple: “It’s illegal to

leave your car running, even if it is locked. It is a $116 fine for a non-moving violation. We have to find out who has control of the vehicle.” A county ordinance restricts loud music. Sgt Osborne said there had recently been some beach thefts. “We targeted some people we thought were responsible for stealing bags. Two arrests were made, and there were no more beach thefts.” Both men arrested were also homeless. One had stolen a car while intoxicated. He had crashed the car before lying down on the seat and going to sleep. Part of the meeting was devoted to recognition of Volunteers and Law Enforcement. The Board expressed gratitude to many who monitored the imperiled beach nesting birds. Especially noted was the Sheriff’s Office (Sgt. Scott Osborne) and the FWC Officers. Their help was instrumental for enforcement of legal protections for the Snowy Plovers and Least Terns, both state protected species found on our beach. SKA also awarded T-shirts to several volunteers: Joy Turner, Pat Sharp, Alan Worms, Dick Miles, and Bob Luckner for outstanding service. From the Audubon prospective, 2013 had been a big success: 80% of the chicks had hatched! Luckner also pointed out that SKA Audubon volunteers contributed 1200 hours during this nesting season which ran between March and the end of August. Twenty of those hours generated $1500 corporate matching dollars for Sarasota Audubon. Catherine Luckner sadly reported that many birds were sickened and some died on the beach during September because we had so much rain. It appears this was caused by fresh water pooling between the dunes which may have created an avian toxin. Birds feeding in this standing water can become paralyzed. If you find a bird struggling, call SKA at (941) 364-4880. The phone

contacts for Bird Rescue through Venice Wildlife Center and Save Our Seabirds are also located on the SKA website. (www. siestakeyassociation).These wildlife rescue centers will pick up the birds for treatment. She urged people not try to do this themselves. Michael Shay reported for Peter van Roekens on the issues of Inlet Management. Concerning the dredging of Big Pass to renourish the beach at Lido, the Army Corps of Engineers has said that if groins were taken out of the project, they would have to redo the project. SKA will be hosting a public meeting for the Army Corps of Engineers to present their design for the project on Thursday, December 5. It will be held in the Community Room of St. Boniface from 5-7PM. Mark your calendars and attend this important event. SKA is against anything that would harm the coastal environment of Siesta Key. Catherine Luckner said that SKA has not yet taken a position on the use of Low Speed Vehicles or on Speed Reduction for Midnight Pass South. The Board does not want vehicles on the road that would not be safe. They have been sent a great many things to read and review before taking a position. Nora Patterson pointed out that such vehicles have to be licensed by the State of Florida. Michael Shay said that the Beach Drainage Project had to be stopped because of all the rain. As soon as the rainy period is over, it will start up again. He also said 7 pedestrian intersections in the Village are completed with LED lighted bollards. Additionally, the crosswalk at Beach Road and Beach Way will have ‘wig wag’ lights installed by midNovember. SKA holds a meeting on the first Thursday of each month. The meetings start at 4:30 PM at St. Boniface in the St. Francis room.

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Eat Here probably has the best-billed mission statement of any restaurant in the area: “Eat Here celebrates chefcrafted, Gulf-Coast cookery featuring presentations of local farm products, fresh, locallycaught seafood, and inspired pizza and tacos.” There are three Sean Murphyowned establishments in the area. Eat Here Siesta Key, in the Village (240 Avenida Madera, or “Eat Street” as some locals call the restaurant-packed lane), is featured here, but franchise establishments are also located on Main Street Downtown Sarasota and Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Food is Southern inspired with a sometime-other touch. The lively Siesta Key locale features bright fish artwork to complement the popular fish dishes. It’s a child-friendly place, too, with a kid play area artfully situated far away from a well-lit bar featuring a 5:30-7 p.m. happy hour of select beer, cocktails, and wines at $3, $4, and $5, respectively. Eat Here Siesta Key is definitely a restaurant for sharing food among friends. From the happy hour “$5 small plates” menu to the smaller or sharable menu items, this is a place for patrons to enjoy a bite among themselves. Plates include smoked fish dip (chef’s choice for the fish: ours was amberjack) to a small “heart attack hot dog” of bacon-wrapped, deepfried, tricked with truffle butter on a garlic roll with a side of béarnaise. Think fish here at Eat Here. The “fish here” menu touts explanations of exactly where the seafood comes from and guarantees freshness. Menus change as fish availability alters, so expect to be surprised. “Lighter” grouper ($16) or full ($29), as with all fish, is available pan-seared and woodoven roasted with herb-lime butter with either fruit salsa or capers. Ditto with Key

West mahi or haddock, ($11 light, $19 full), or the wild Atlantic salmon ($12 light, $23 full). Patrons seem to love the salmon with its oven-roasted horseradish cream sauce. Traditional menu means, at Eat Here, what is called “soup and salad,” “beginnings, smaller or sharing,” and “blue plate specials, dinnerish … or sharable.” In order are patron faves of “one-helluva tomato soup” with maytag blue cheese ($9). Add lobster, seafood, or chef’s pick of a taco with slaw and salsa ($13-$16), or the “better-thanany-frenchman’s onion soup ($9) with sherry, cognac, and sweet onion topped with emmenthal, a smooth and flavorful cheese. The tacos are worth a special note, since they seem to fly out of the kitchen and are definitely treasured and devoured by patrons. “Beginnings” popular items are the “tempura’d beets” ($9), which are lightly battered, with chevre and crème fraiche. Also an Eat Here favorite is the shrimpcargots, with the little prawns, collard greens, and smoked bacon, also priced at $9. Presentation, by the way, is exemplified with the “seattle style grilled cheese” with its edge-up sandwich of muenster and gruyere, caramelized onion, and french dip ($9). Popular ent rees, or t he “sharable” part of Eat Here’s menu, features the patron enticing “gulf coast seafood stew” the restaurant’s take on a bouillabaisse, with fish, shrimp,

clams, mussels, andouille sausage, zuppa broth, and fingerlings ($19). Here’s another unusual favorite, the “marvelous veal meat loaf” with its farmed mushrooms, pan gravy and mashed potatoes at $17, or for other carnivores, the “not mama’s pot roast” ($16) with port-braised beef, roasted shallots, carrots, and roasted potatoes. Also a surprisingly refreshing element of the establishment is the delivery-upon-ready practice. Dishes are delivered when done, providing a staggered dining experience as well as perfectly cooked meals. Don’t worry, though, because wait-time between entrees at a recent visit was less than a minute. Dessert fiends should look forward to the chocolate budino ($8), which is described as “a fancy Italian name for really decadent chocolate pudding that is nothing like your mothers… topped with a little sea salt.” Eat Here Siesta Key is open 5:30 p.m. to closing daily. Reservations are suggested (941346-7800, eatheresiestakey.com). There is a full bar and takeout is available at the 150-seat restaurant. And what’s pleasant about Eat Here is the menu mentions of other restaurants on what is touted as “Eat Street” in the Village: best Italian, best deli, and “a meal without wine is called breakfast. We don’t serve breakfast … try ….”


Skywatch

By Dr. Albert L.Weeks

|How I Remember Sputnik on its 56th Anniversary On the morning of Oct. 4, 1957, I was doing my usual morning chore as a young Editorial Assistant on Newsweek’s Science Desk. One of my jobs was to distribute stories for the various desks as the news came tock-tock-tocking off the bellringing “A-wire.” When I saw the story’s headline with its Moscow dateline, “Russians Put a ‘Moon’ into Orbit,” I immediately alerted all the relevant desks to this amazing event. Managing Editor Gordon Manning turned to me (I am fluent in Russian and had a Ph. D. in Soviet studies) and asked me what “ISZ” meant. These were the Russian initials for the artificial satellite as given by Tass in the AP story. I answered that “Iskusstvenniy Sputnik Zemlyi” could be translated as “Artificial Satellite of the Earth.” “We can’t go with ‘ISZ’!

Isn’t there some shorter form?” Manning asked. I answered: “Why don’t we use simply ‘sputnik’? I mean, as a common noun, lower-case ‘s’?” Gordon, pronouncing the word “sputt-nik,” replied, “But what does that mean?” I explained that it meant simply “satellite.” So Newsweek came out that next Monday in its cover story on the big event by coining the common noun “sputnik “ This coinage later wound up in Webster’s III as Newsweek’s (first) and The New York Times (second) usage. But what followed later that night was more memorable. I had the time and coordinates for the passage overhead of the “little beeper.” So I notified everyone on the “book” (magazine) that I would be up on the roof of the Newsweek Building (at that time located at W. 42nd St. and Seventh Ave.) to view the

appearance of Sputnik over New York City’s skyscrapers that was expected to occur around 6:30 p.m.. Just about all the staffers joined me on the tarred, sooty roof in the clear, dim twilight. As we looked toward the northwest, all of a sudden there appeared this spooky “moving star.” It moved higher and higher in the sky, going ominously not too slow, not too fast, toward the southeast. These days such a sight would not be very exciting to anyone as satellites can regularly be seen coursing overhead in early or mid-evening as such objects are caught in sunlight at high altitudes. But Sputnik I was something different as an exotic, yellowish, twinkling “eye” looking down on us as though it was spying on us. President Eisenhower saw fit to broadcast a message on the

natural satellite, the Moon. October 4, 1957 thus went down in history not only as “Sputnik Day.” It became Chapter One in an arms race in space and the consequent danger to the security of world civilization that weapons in space entail, and that still hangs over us. Like that first sputnik coursing overhead through the skies of New York City.

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The Older You Get the Faster Time Flies The beauty of The Landings should not be overlooked, especially the scenery. The variety of palms and the light and dark green colors of the tree leaves in the spring, winter, summer and fall are lush and always magnificent no matter which road you walk on throughout the community; not to mention the budding of flowers are always pretty no matter what time of year, it is sometimes breath taking!

Not all places have this beauty in Sarasota. We are lucky enough to have the best of both worlds. Our Siesta Key beach with its powdered crystal sand only minutes away, and is one of the best beaches in the country. The warm Gulf waters changes color daily with the weather. The birds and the occasional sail boats pleasantly dot the scenery. When we look up, our clouds seem like our mountain ranges. Just take a breath and enjoy the

pleasant beach air. The beauty of nature is not to be overlooked. If you find yourself lonely or bored, think about coming to the Racquet Club for tea or coffee and some conversation in the morning. If you are looking for some new interest or projects, think about coming out to join our book club; card games; movie nights or trivia on Tuesday. You can find tennis games, or swimming groups, and explore the exercise room.

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You will even find a surprise Ping/Pong table in there. We recently had an impressive art show; many afternoon discussion groups; and a wonderful music presentation by our Landoliers. Also, many activities offer delicious refreshments donated by us all. How great it is to see so many turn out! No wonder it seems like time flies when you are busy!

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Arts on the Horizon October 9-12 - Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) The Ringling and Baryshnikov Arts Center will present artists from around the world! Enjoy the arts on the Ringling’s beautiful, 66-acre waterfront estate by the beautiful Sarasota Bay. 4 days of dancers, performers, and musicians from around the world will take their place on stage at the Ringling International Arts Festival. The event will include after-hours access to the museum’s galleries, jazz concerts by the bay and magnificent sunsets in the James Turrell Joseph’s Coat Skyspace. Ringling will be filled with performers and entertainment for everyone to enjoy! Experience Sunset In the Skyspace The James Turrell Skyspace, Joseph’s Coat, creates an entirely new and distinctly unique sunset experience. The 3000 squarefoot outdoor space features a 24-foot aperture in a 35 foot-high canopy. Synchronized LED lights change in color, enhancing the color features of the sky. This high-tech engineered work is sure to delight you with awe inspiring colors. James Turrell is an internationally renowned artist. Jazz Sunsets on the Bay Oct 10 & 11 from 5 to 8pm. Jazz on the Bay features live music on the lovely Ca’d’Zan promenade. Refreshments available. Witness to War Exhibition honoring Veterans at the Ringling Museum – Oct 1 through Oct 27th. Photos on display were taken by soldiers during their war experiences, documenting action on the front lines. The photographs from these personal collections were gifted by veterans offering a historical perspective of WWII servicemen. These photographs from veterans will be on display alongside well-known war photographers in order to compare iconic historical images to those more personal and seldom seen photos of the sacrifices that these men made for our country. Oct 1 to Oct 27

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The Sarasota School of Architecture Sarasota was and is known for its high concentration of artists, writers, and architects. In the 1950s architects in the area developed styles known as Sarasota School of Architecture or Sarasota Modern. With attention to climate, they developed distinctive open floor plans, use of glass and clean, functional lines, with innovative ventilation systems, large sunshades, oversized sliding glass doors and jalousie windows. Paul Rudolph, Gene Leedy, Mark Hampton, Victor Lundy, Ralph Twitchell along with many others were known for these pioneering designs. An example of Rudolph’s work is at the old SHS building. Rudulph also built a home known as the Umbrella House on Lido Key and many others. “Art after 5” at Ringling every Thursday from 5 to 8pm – Admission $10. Ringling Underground First Thursday of every month – Oct. 3 from 8pm to 11pm. This month will include three great groups on stage: The Other Ryan Willis, RAEF, Bearstronaut. Admission $10, students $5, local students are free! Enjoy the block party atmosphere on the grounds at the Ringling! ringling.org Sailor Circus Arena Friday, Oct. 4th 7pm & Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2pm & 7pm. Entertainment for the whole family. Performances will include trapeze, aerial acrobatics, motorcycle stunts, clowns, performing stallions and more. http://circussarasota.org/ buy-tickets/ Oct 5th Crotoberfest at Myakka State Park 11am to 8:30 pm – Live music, beer & fun! Oct 10 to Oct 28th - Gems of the Rainforest at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The Tropical Conservatory will boast exotic rainforest plants sparkling with semi-precious gems! Selby’s only public greenhouse will be full of beautiful epiphytes and

splendid orchids… “Fall Music Series” Every Sunday from 1 to 3pm throughout October. Relax under the gorgeous Banyan trees and enjoy music on the lawn. Bring a blanket or chair. Oct 6th with Red, White & Brass: American Salute. A tribute to veterans! Admission $5. www.selby.org/ Sat. Oct 19th 6pm to 8pm - Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy – Season Opening Party! Pirate or Mermaid attire suggested. Free! Discover what’s new at the museum! Light refreshment, free admission & parking. www.whimsymuseum. org/ Regular Season Hours: Thurs. - Sat. 1 to 4pm. 19th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival October 19th & 20th - Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – Free! Handmade American fine crafts from over 100 talented artists! There will be jewelry, pottery, photography, painting, plants, orchids, soaps, freshly popped kettle corn...and more! Main Street in Downtown Sarasota.

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Coming Soon! A Mall Siesta Key can call its own!

By Robert Frederickson

Continued from cover story.

It is one of only two such enclosed malls currently under construction in North America. When completed in the fall of 2014, it will include over 850,000 square feet of retail space, making it one of the largest such properties on Florida’s West Coast. Westfield’s other local mall, Sarasota Square, will still be larger, at least initially. According to Sarasota Square’s Eric Schneider that property is currently just over 1 million square feet in size. But the new University Town Center hopes to distinguish itself from the competition by attracting a decidedly more upscale retail mix than Sarasota Square. Already, Benderson has landed a Nordstrom Rack location across the street from UTC at its Shoppes of University Center property. Insiders note that the upscale Seattle based retailer often opens a rack location before bringing its flagship full service

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department store to an area. Benderson has also lured Saks Fifth Avenue from Westfield’s Southgate property and rumors persist that other defections may follow. As founder and President of American Property Group in Sarasota, Barry Seidel is plugged in to the ups, downs and trends of the local commercial real estate market. In a recent interview at his office on the south trial, he said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more moves. “I’ve heard Williams Sonoma will be moving out as well,” he said. “Maybe they can attract a local business to fill that space. They’ll try to get another large retailer to fill the Saks space. That would be the easiest way to maintain their ROI (return on investment). But if they can’t get a good fit, the lifestyle concept could work, especially if it’s done right.” Macy’s and Dillards remain at Southgate - for now. But many

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retail observers point out that with these two chains having committed to opening locations at the new UTC mall, it may be hard to justify maintaining two locations in such close proximity: just six miles apart as the crow flies. The worst thing, says Seidel, would be for Westfield to bring in something that doesn’t fit in with the existing tenant mix. “Synergy is important with centers like this,” he points out. “The mix needs to be right to drive traffic and keep retailers and restaurant operators happy.” He points to Westfield’s decision to bring Costco to Sarasota Square after Dillards moved out in 2009 as an example of a less than ideal solution to the problem of filling vacant space. “Sure the space is filled, so they’re generating revenue, but what about the rest of the stores? Are they getting more traffic?” Many Costco customers are perceived to be “one-and-

done” shoppers. They load up on merchandise at Costco but don’t necessarily shop the rest of the mall. Seidel also points to the decision to allow Costco to sell food at its interior mall entrance as a negative for other tenants. “How would you like to be paying what some of these food court restaurants pay and then have Costco competing with you by selling hamburgers and hot dogs at their end of the mall?” He adds that some mall restaurants have also complained about the lack of available parking near Costco since the giant discounter moved in, especially at the busy lunch and dinner hours. Back at Westfield Southgate… soon to be “Westfield Siesta Key,” the Island connection might not be as far-fetched as it first sounds. As home to the area’s premiere tourist attraction, the sugar sand coated Siesta Key Beach, the Key is a magnet for

upscale, well-heeled tourists with plenty of dollars to spend. The trend has only grown since Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach” named Siesta Key the nation’s number one beach in 2011. So it’s understandable that Westfield would want to leverage its close-in location to gain an advantage over Benderson’s UTC. “It’s a premiere property,” says Seidel. “No matter what happens – whether they stay focused on retail or blow things up and go in a different direction, that location will work to their advantage.” That advantage received a boost earlier this month when Sarasota County approved a trolley route that will form a loop connecting Westfield Southgate Mall to various locations on the Key. Two busses will circle from the Mall across the north Siesta Drive Bridge, stopping first in Siesta Village, with additional stops at Siesta Key Beach and


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Turtle Beach before heading back to the mainland using the southern Stickney Point Bridge and retuning to Westfield Southgate/Siesta Key. Two busses running each hour will mean riders will be able to get on or off the Key at half-hour intervals. No date has been announced for when the new service will begin. The County decision to add the trolley to Siesta Key is a rare recent victory for Westfield over its crosstown rival. The other route under consideration would have connected downtown Sarasota with Benderson’s UTC and the new rowing facility at Benderson Aquatic Park, which was recently named the host venue for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. At the time of the Las Vegas Shopping Centers Convention, William Hecht, Westfield’s Senior Vice President of development pointed out that Southgate was a “dated” center in need of an update, regardless of competition from UTC. Adding

entertainment and restaurant options in an open-air, walkable configuration is more in keeping with recent shopping center development trends than the enclosed mall concept embraced by Benderson, a concept that has dominated the industry since the early 1960s. Southgate opened in 1956 and was originally called South Gate Shopping Plaza. For its time, it was a state-of-the-art strip center. In a sign of just how much things have changed, there were two grocery stores at opposite ends of the plaza when it debuted, something rarely if ever seen today. Back then, Winn Dixie was the dominant player in the grocery store space and Publix the upstart. No longer. “Publix

now develops many of their new stores on their own,” points out Seidel. And often, they are the only major tenant, preferring to not even share their new locations with drug store chains, as was the model throughout much of the ‘80s and 90’s. In addition to the two grocery stores, you also had a Woolworths, a Grants and even a bowling alley, the latter

giving the center an entertainment component in1956 that foreshadowed the entertainment/ lifestyle theme Westfield has s e e m i n g l y embraced for the property’s future. The company does have experience with the lifestyle model. At its Westfield Broward location in Fort Lauderdale, it has recently added a new movie theatre and additional restaurants to the food court. A movie theatre might be considered as a replacement for the current Saks Fifth Avenue space when the upscale retailer moves to its new, larger space in UTC next year. A Muvico or dinner-and-a-movie location where food and drinks are served along with the featured film would be a first for this

area and dovetail well with the entertainment theme. As Seidel points out, “A walkable, pedestrian friendly space with a variety of entertainment choices…there’s something appealing about that. It reminds me of a time when we knew our neighbors and talked to one another on the street. We could use more of that.” Whatever direction Westfield goes, the local retail landscape is clearly in for some dramatic changes in the near future. As Benderson moves forward with what many consider to be an aging model, that of the enclosed Mall, Westfield may be heading back to the future with a pedestrian friendly outside shopping destination that harkens back to an earlier, simpler time. Unlike many corporate strategies that unfold out of public view, local shoppers will have a ringside view of which company has made the better bet.

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Condos in Common By Scott Diamond I am writing this month’s column having just returned from the opening of the new PDQ Restaurant convenient to all Landings residents. Everything seemed to be in order as it appeared to be a full house for the initial lunch hour of this 11 store, pretty fast and very good food chain. This acronym can also be related to the condominium world. Property Detail Questions must be dealt with constantly for those of us in association management. Realtors, interested buyers and current owners make up a surprisingly large number of calls to management offices everyday. In a sense, we are the custodians of so many facts

and figures that are necessary for property transactions, proof of insurance for lenders and information for owners in general. Legally, each year we must update the “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers” sheet that is necessary for new buyers to have prior to a condominium purchase. I’m sure you’ve all seen them at least once. Generally, it is a brief outline with chapter and verse noted appropriately for complete understanding of the most basic and important questions that need to be answered. Voting rights, restrictions upon use, and explanation of assessments must be noted along with some other

optional information. As we enter the 2014 budget season, lots of questions need answers as we attempt to fill in numbers that will ultimately be approved by owners well in advance of year end in order to get coupon books mailed back to everyone before December 31st. Unfortunately, a real big question exists with Citizens

Insurance. Those of you lucky enough not to have to deal with this large government agency; will have a little less to digest. Citizens continues to spread news via front page headlines that continue to confuse and confound all of us. Our commercial insurance agents will have the up to date information when it is time for association policies to renew. Although effective dates of a policy year and a budget year usually don’t match, we all do our best to make sure that there are no surprises. Pre-Determined Questions are easily answered. Those more complicated need PDQ replies in order to get proposed budgets in the hands of waiting owners.

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behind the boat will catch just about everything. Anglers fishing the surf off of the Siesta Key beaches should experience good action this month. Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, pompano, flounder, and more will hit live and artificial baits. Mackerel like fast, flashy lures such as Gotcha plugs and silver spoons while the pompano and flounder prefer a bait that is moving slowly near the bottom. Jigs and live shrimp are a good chopice. Casting jigs while drifting over deep grass flats will produce a lot of fish in October. Speckled trout, pompano, bluefish, mackerel, jacks, and ladyfish will hit a gold Cotee grub on a ¼ ounce jig head. Rootbeer and olive are also productive colors. Spoons, plugs, and flies will also work well, as will live or artificial shrimp under a noisy cork. These same lures fished in Big Pass and New Pass will result in plenty of hook-ups as the fish migrate from

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Owner downsizing, provides an opportunity for a new owner to make the updating decisions on colors, floor coverings, outside paint colors, landscaping changes, other modifications, at a substantially reduced price. This is a brief window of opportunity prior to current owner proceeding with updating and listing. Take advantage of the WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY. All items and potential costs will be discussed with prospective purchasers. Home has 2909 Sq., Ft. living area, 3848 sq. ft. Lot (per county tax records) 4 BR, 3 baths, caged Pool & Jacuzzi (Heated, though not utilized in years.) 2 Car Garage, Formal LR, DR, Great Room, Kitchen renovated 2006 including all appliances, counter tops, cabinets, etc. New Tile Roof 1998, pool and deck refurbished 2008. Excellent neighbors and neighborhood. FEES: Annual home Owners Assoc: $50.00 ANNUALLY, Management Association Fees: $1,365 ANNUALLY, Club Membership is OPTIONAL on this property.

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AUGUST TRAFFIC REPORT

View From The Gate

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety

During the month of August 2013 there were 85 reported incidents. They are as follows: 2 Animal Problem Reports • Both cases were lost dogs. Both cases dogs were returned. 1 Assist Other Agency Report • Request for information forwarded to SSO. 1 Disturbance Reported • Vehicle pulled into driveway and started honking their horn. Incident happened after 9PM on a weekday. 1 Informational Report Issued • Verizon contractors on site found to be randomly Soliciting Sales. SSO contacted, contractors advised to make appointments. 2 Serious Injuries Reported • Resident fell from bike, EMS transported. • Contractor fell from roof, EMS transported. 1 Lost Item Reported • A key set reported lost. Please contact the Main Gate if found. 17 Open Doors Discovered • 14 Garage doors. • 2 Vehicle doors. • 1 Office door. 27 Parking Violations Noted • Parking Violations are now “No Notice Given”. Policy shift due to officer safety concerns. 2 Patrol Requests Made • 2 Females walking, possible solicitation. Unable to locate. • Strange odor, possible gas leak. Unable to locate. 3 Property Damage Reports • 2 Reports of Landscaping Damage by unknown vehicles. • 1 Report of Mailbox Damage by unknown means. 9 Public Service Reports • 3 Vehicles found with interior lights on. Owners advised. • 4 Motorists assisted with directions and/or escorts.

• 1 Personal property left out unattended. Owner advised. • 1 Motorist assisted with dead battery. 9 Reckless Driving Incidents • 7 Reports of Unsafe Speed • 1 Report of Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device • 1 Report of driving against the flow of traffic 7 Suspicious Incident Reports • Vehicle parked in Marina Parking after hours. Typical of someone jumping the closed South Gate. • 2 W/F subjects seen loitering outside LRC after hours. Asked to leave property. Complied. • 1 W/M Resident observed jumping over the wall at the South Gate. • Main Gate reports seeing unknown lights on CCTV at the LRC. Patrol checked the area. Unable to Locate source. • 1 W/M found sleeping at the County Park area after dusk. Subject asked to leave the area. Complied. • 2 W/M subjects found walking on Landings Blvd. after 3am. Subjects became argumentative when asked to ID themselves. Subjects made odd statements as to home values and valuables. Subjects eventually identified as a resident and guest. Subjects escorted to their destination. • 1 W/M subject approached home and asked on duty nurse to view interior. Subject claimed to be home shopping and wanted to see floor plan. Subject left the area after being denied entry. 4 Vehicle Accidents Reported • 2 incidents of distracted drivers hitting gate arms at the Main Gate. • Minor damage to vehicles (scratches) in both cases. • 1 incident of taxi driver swerving to avoid a dog. Vehicle ended up in muddy soft shoulder requiring a tow truck to remove. Dog was not hit, nor present at time of report.

Main Gate Aug. 2012 Aug. 2013 Resident Entries at the Main Gate 11012 8794 Resident Exits at the Main Gate* 0 0 System Visitor Entries at the Main Gate** 863 529 Manual Visitor Entries at the Main Gate*** 858 1228 Visitor Exits at the Main Gate * 0 0 North Gate Resident Entries at the North Gate Resident Exits at the North Gate Visitor Entries at the North Gate**** Visitor Exits at the North Gate****

14937 14162 0 0

13091 11732 0 0

South Gate Resident Entries at the South Gate Resident Exits at the South Gate Visitor Entries at the South Gate**** Visitor Exits at the South Gate****

3356 3760 0 0

3106 3309 0 0

* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time. ** This number reflects visitors that have been manually recorded in Gate Sure by an officer. *** This number reflects “Resident Call Ahead Logs” as well as a manual estimate based on regular daily traffic not otherwise recorded (lawn service crews etc...) **** As Visitors are prohibited from using these gates there is no system in place to accurately measure this gate for Entry / Exits 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 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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Landings Real Estate Database Address

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HOMES FOr SaLE 1627 PErEGrinE PT CT 4812 PErEGrinE PT Ci W 1780 PinE HarriEr Ci HOMES PEnDinG 1562 LanDinGS TEr 5167 KESTraL PK Ln 1769 PinE HarriEr Ci

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Price

HOMES SOLD

PENDING 4812 Peregrine Pt W Cir • $699,000

1562 Landings Terrace • $649,000

Rare opportunity in The Landings–a five bedroom family home! Situated on over a 1/2 acre lot and surrounded by some of the most desirable homes in The Landings. There is tremendous potential with this property.

Enjoy your own expansive, Zen hideaway in The Landings. Vaulted ceilings, high windows and a bright, glassed interior atrium welcome lots of light and an inviting sense of being close to nature.

4638 PinE HarriEr Dr 1435 CEDar Bay Ln 1600 PinE HarriEr Ci 4848 PErEGrinE PT Ci n. 5115 FLiCKEr FiELD Ci 5163 KESTraL PK Ln 1672 PinE HarriEr Ci 1460 PErEGrinE PT Dr COnDOS FOr SaLE 5272 HErOn Wy 5440 EaGLES PT Ci #204 1355 LanDinGS Dr 4873 KESTraL PK n Wy 5257 HErOn Wy COnDOS PEnDinG 1756 KESTraL PK Dr 1706 KESTraL PK Dr

SOLD

COnDOS SOLD

1368 Landings Dr #24 • $325,000

5272 Heron Way • $225,000

Enjoy the ambiance of living in a Landings Treehouse. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse is maintenance free living. The Landings Treehouses have their own heated pool. Enjoy a daily walk down the Landings Nature Trail.

Lovely lake view from this inviting 3 bedroom, 2 bath coach house on open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, split plan bedrooms and inside laundry. The lanai has been glasses enclosed for year-round enjoyment.

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Watch for the “Judy & Tara’s NeiGhborhood” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to visit, call or stop us on the street. Your Landings resident real estate Team is always ready to discuss the market and how we can be of service to you.

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

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Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending August 13, 2013. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

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Landings Eagle - October 2013  

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