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Landings Couple Killed in Plane Crash On September 8, our offi ce received a call from Kevin Lechlitner of LRC informing us of a Landings couple killed in a plane crash on Labor Day. With few other details, we checked news services for more information. According to the Associated Press, the victims were Michael Apfelbaum, his wife Christy and her father, Clarence Imgrund. The plane crashed in Forsyth County, North Carolina, enroute to their home in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. M i c h a e l A p f e l b a u m w a s a well-known attorney in Sunbury Pennsylvania and h i s w i f e C h r i s t y o w n e d The Center for Permanent Cosmetics at Brookpark Farm near Lewisburg. The Apfelbaums owned a condo in Eagles Point II and were traveling from Sarasota to Pennsylvania at the time of the crash. “Michael would come by whenever he was in town and take tennis lessons with me,” said Joe Venezia, tennis pro for the Racquet Club. “He was such a great person, easy-going, and super to talk to,” Venezia continued.

“They stayed at their condo regularly during the holidays and whenever their schedules allowed.” Authorities say Michael Apfelbaum became unsure of his location that day, so he made an emergency call to Piedmont Triad International (PTI) in Greensboro, N.C. He had just been told to climb 4,000 feet to avoid some cloud cover when the crash occurred. According to the preliminary report, the airplane was being radar vectored by air traffic control to approach PTI following a previous unsuccessful approach. The report also details what four different witnesses say they saw. One described the airplane as “very low” in the sky and was in a “sharp left turn” toward the west. Another witness said the airplane,”...looked as if it were a trick plane practicing stunts or else someone trying to stabilize the plane, but continuing to overcorrect as the nose would go down then up and the wings would go from right to left and back, but never stabilize.”

The preliminary report states the pilot held a private pilot certifi cate. His last FAA third class medical was issued April 17, 2014. At the time, he reported a total of 750 fl ight hours. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e A P , the plane was a Beechcraft A36 plane. The Beechcraft “Bonanza” is a six-seater, propeller engine plane; a very common plane for private fl ying. J i m C h r i s t i , a 3 0 - y e a r veteran pilot said, “In the airplane world, they are not rare. In the airplane world, they are very common. You will see one at almost every airport you go to.” Christi said for the type of trip, from Sarasota to Greensboro, the plane is ideal and Greensboro would have been the perfect fuel stop. The plane is able to travel four and a half hours without refueling; the trip would have taken around three and a half hours. If the pilot would have run into cloud coverage that lowered the pilot’s visibility, according to Christi, it would have been diffi cult to see.

Christy and Michael Apfelbaum (Photo Source: AP)

“In an instance like that, if the pilot were unable to see through a cloud, then he would have only have between 13 and 20 seconds to recover and that might not have been enough time.” According to Christi, a lot of factors will be considered in the investigation, but the three most common causes

Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s road to the Trauma Center Since its humble beginnings with a modest 32-bed facility b a c k i n N o v e m b e r 1 9 2 5 , Sarasota Memorial Hospital has seen tremendous growth and received many honors over the years. With its close proximity, it’s no surprise that many SMH medical professionals and volunteers choose to make The Landings their residence. SMH’s continual achievement

in providing the best care has served the community well. It is Sarasota County’s only publicly owned hospital and remains the only not-for-profi t hospital in the surrounding 4-county region providing a safety net of care for the community. When Florida approved an additional Trauma Center for the tri-county area, it made sense for SMH to pursue and

secure it. Following is a time-line of SMH’s journey to become a Level II Trauma Center. It’s been an expensive and arduous process, but their due diligence is paying off in a big way. In the summer of 2014 Florida’s rule allocating trauma centers across the state is fi nalized. It allows two trauma centers in the Trauma Service

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Area encompassing Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties. HCA/Blake Medical Center in Manatee County has fi lled one slot, leaving the second slot open. Sarasota Memorial, which has assessed the possibility of opening a trauma center over the years, begins months of due diligence and meetings with key stakeholders. Continued on page 10

of private plane crashes are engine failure, low fuel and weather. The preliminary report does not list a cause for the crash. Although a site investigation was expected to only take about three days, it could be months before the federal agency determines exactly what caused the plane crash.

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Don McMurray addressed several issues during his president’s report. He began by adding a few additional details regarding the accident last month at the South Gate. The car used by the driver in the accident was rented and the driver was also a renter at The Landings who has subsequently left the area. He reported road striping in front of the North Gate and Main Gate will be completed soon and more complete guidelines for golf cart use at The Landings will be established. McMurray expressed appreciation to committee chairs for submitting their budgets to the Finance Committee in a timely manner. H e a l s o a n n o u n c e d t h e Communications Committee

h a s l o c a t e d s o m e o n e t o consider as a website manager. McMurray hopes in the next month or so, Committee chairs will be able to download their reports to the website prior to Board meetings.

FINANCE REPORT

Finance committee chair, M a r i e G r a z i o s i - J a c a r u s o reported through the end of July, the Board under spent by $33,154. Next month’s budget will reflect expenses reducing this amount. She reported four unit owners continue to have an outstanding debt of $4,200. The budget planning process for fiscal year 2016 is moving along smoothly.

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By Trebor Britt COMMUNITY EVENTS C h a i r m a n D o u g D a y , announced his committee is considering a “Welcome Back” event in the fall as well as a possible movie night.

same time in 2016. Blohm is also looking into County issues regarding replacing the existing observation platform with an observation deck.

DRAINAGE LMA Pres. Don McMurray summarized Committee chair, Jack Jost’s report in his absence. The repair work of a reinforced concrete drain line that carries storm water from the School Board property to Landings Lake 3 has been completed. The cost of the repair was $5200. Kurt Jensen of JAG Engineering is continuing to provide consultation on various storm water challenges at The Landings. In particular, Jensen is designing plans to relieve driveway flooding at 5125 and 5127 Kestral Park Place and to extend a drainage system at 4904 and 4930 Peregrine Point Way to allow the owners to install pavers. Options to prevent driveway flooding in other areas of The Landings are also being considered.

Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence was pleased to report after a multiple year process, removal of the sedimentation shelf on North Lake 1 has begun. Florida Shoreline, the company who built the new gazebo, expects completion in early September. Lawrence went on to express special thanks to Jack Jost, the Government Relations Committee, particularly Karl M a g g a r d , H e n r y R h o d e s and Don McMurray for their contribution in this process. Algae blooms were treated and hopefully will remain under control into the fall.

ENVIRONMENTAL

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L a n d s c a p i n g c h a i r , J o e Hennessy’s reported the dead Slash Pine was removed with the help of a beekeeper from Perrgrine Point Circle, West. Merle Raber is working on a cost estimate for island renovations and Heron Way Nature Trail improvements for the 2016 budget.

C o m m i t t e e c h a i r , J o h n Carson reported publishing an informational article in The Eagle with more to follow. A meeting to discuss environmental issues MAINTENANCE is scheduled with the coordinator of the Sarasota County NEST Maintenance Committee Program. chair, David Jacaruso, updated the Board on the sign replacement ROADS project. Ten signs are being Roads chair, Rudy Blohm replaced in the next few days and reported his committee is seven others have been ordered. working on a bid package to The Gate House maintenance begin paving roads in The project is continuing. Road Landings. All roads in the Tree striping should be completed by Houses, Heron Way and Kestral the time this article is published Park Circle will be done at the in The Eagle. Finally, costs related

to perimeter wall painting and power washing has been submitted for consideration in the 2016 budget.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

LMA Pres. Don McMurray s h a r e d a b r i e f r e p o r t i n Committee Chairman, Neil G o l d m a n ’ s a b s e n c e . T h e committee submitted their budget to the Finance Committee. This included requests for two new cameras at the front gate so license plates of vehicles both entering and leaving The Landings can be captured. It also includes a request for a new, more capable speed sentry. Additionally, Goldman stated in his report the new lower speed limits seem to be working.

FORWARD PLANNING

Forward Planning chair, Michael Knupp reported he hoped to have a Forward Plan document in the hands of the Board members for review, comments and suggestions, additions or deletions by the next meeting. He went on to thank Joe Hennessy and Larry Lawrence for their outstanding contributions to the process.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Co-chairs, Bob Manteiga and Joan Lowery reported they have located a young social media consultant named Kelsey Van Praag. She is being c o n s i d e r e d t o c u s t o m i z e and maintain The Landings website. Manteiga reported the committee is working on an overall budget for the rest of this year and next.

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LHA Meeting Notes At its regular August board meeting, the Board reviewed plans for correction of the drainage situation on Peregrine Point Way. It approved the request to remove several trees on Peregrine Point Way and one of two on Flicker Field Circle. It approved a revised plan for the placement of solar panels on the roof of a residence on Landings Lane, a landscaping plan proposed by the owner that involved replacement of some plantings in the front of the residence and the addition of a tree in the rear of a Pine

Harrier Circle residence. It also approved the replacement of roof tile on Peregrine Point Dr, a landscaping plan proposed by an owner on Pine Harrier Dr and the expansion of an existing pool deck on Kestral Park Place. An owner on Flicker Field Circle had been invited to the meeting to discuss the unauthorized removal of several large trees. The owner failed to attend and the Board has authorized the issuance of a letter requiring replanting of trees within 30 days or face a fi ne in accordance with the Association’s governing

documents and Florida law. A letter will be sent to the owner of a property on Peregrine Point Circle N asking that the earlier landscaping plan submitted to the Association be undertaken immediately. Letters will be sent to owners on Pine Harrier Circle and Pine Harrier Drive requesting power washing of their roofs. The board approved funds to trim back trees whose foliage i s o v e r h a n g i n g L a n d i n g s Boulevard; owners of the relevant Peregrine Point Way properties will be notifi ed of the plan.

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President’s Column I would like, for a moment, to follow up on the main topic I wrote about last month. I had stated that the general consensus on the board and by the residents in attendance was that drivers seemed to be responding well to the new speed limits and the flow of traffic was quieter and safer. A member of the Safety and Security Committee ran some statistics that support that assumption. Since changing the speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph on our main roads the overall speed has reduced dramatically. The radar system registered only 0.99% of the vehicles exceeding 30 mph as compared to an average of 2.19% prior to the speed limit change. In all categories, 20-25; 26-30 there was a noticeable reduction in driver infractions. Now, this is not perfect and we still have neighbors who drive in excess of the posted limit, but it is an improvement. Let’s get everyone on the same page and continue to reduce our

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driving speed and increase our safety and courteousness to our neighbors – drivers, walkers, and bicyclists. We are approaching the time of year when our roadways will get busier with walkers, bicyclists, and drivers. Safety on our roads is not a dichotomy – driver vs walker – it is actually a unifi ed approach with neighbor looking out for neighbor. Drivers slow down – walkers/ bicyclists respect the vehicles on our roads – and let’s all work together toward ensuring safety in our community. The Board is continuing t o w o r k o n i m p r o v i n g o u r c o m m u n i c a t i o n s . Spearheading the efforts is our Communications Committee, co-chaired by Joan Lowery and Bob Manteiga. As many of you are aware LMA have a beautiful website (thelandingsofsarasota. com) that was developed over the last couple of years. The committee is in the process of updating the website and making it more functional. It is

my expectation that our website will become the primary avenue of information fl ow between the Board and residents. As the process develops we’ll provide additional information. The board is in the middle of the budget process for FY 2016. The finance committee has met with our committee chairs to put together a draft budget for the Board to review and approve at our November meeting. In October the draft budget will be distributed to each board member and association president for their review and comment. It is our hope this year, that we can also post the draft budget on our website in October so any resident can review it before the board meets in November.

One “repeated” request:

1. Improving Communication: W e ( L M A ) a r e a d i v e r s e organization and consequently communication with each of you in a timely manner is challenging. We do not have a

mechanism to directly contact each resident should there be an emergency or should we need to get important information out quickly. Our best means of communicating quickly is by email. However, as it currently

stands if we have a need to get information out quickly, a small number of you will not be informed. I am, therefore, asking all of you to help us by providing a safely secured email address that we can keep on fi le in case of need. Please send us your email address to: landings. directory@gmail.com. It will not be published in any manner without your approval. On October 6th, Tuesday, I will be available to meet at the LRC from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to discuss any issues, problems, or suggestions you may have that would benefi t our community. Thanks!

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Satchel’s Last Resort Sanctuary gets some help from Siesta residents Reva, a Sharpei mix, was picked up by Sarasota County Animal Services in June. She was a stray, about seven or eight months old, and very friendly. But she had two front broken legs —an old injury that hadn’t healed — and could barely walk. Satchel’s Last Resort, a Sarasota non-profit animal sanctuary, took Reva in about a week later. A person on Facebook sent a private message to the animal sanctuary. “They said they witnessed someone driving a tractor trailer throw her out of the window, approximately a month earlier,” said Iris Eastman, executive director of Satchel’s. Satchel’s led an effort to raise funds to get Reva an operation to mend one of her legs. At a discount, Dr. Colby Bruns, at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Care Center, preformed the complicated surgery, re-breaking the bone and putting in a plate and

screws. A group of volunteers is currently raising funding for another surgery on the second broken leg. That surgery is expected to take place later this month (October). Maria and Michael Shay, Siesta residents, have been fostering Reva as she heals and undergoes medical treatment. “ W e a r e w a i t i n g t o strengthen the one leg, and then have the second surgery done,” Maria Shay told The Eagle. The vet wants us to walk her for twenty minutes a day, but the most she can do is about 15 minutes and her body just gives out,” Shay said. “That is signifi cantly better than from when we fi rst got her.” Without the surgeries, Reva’s legs would have gotten worse and impacted her back, Eastman said. When she was fi rst taken in, she was in pain and couldn’t play with other dogs. Now, however, just one indication that Reva is doing better is she is able to jump on

the couch — something she was unable to do before, Shay said. Maria first got involved with Satchel’s a few years ago. As a volunteer with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, Shay had worked with a dog that was getting kennel stress while at the humane society’s shelter. “We were afraid we wouldn’t be able to adopt the dog out,” Shay said. Satchel’s took the dog in and began socializing her. “Their training is amazing,” Shay said of the last resort sanctuary. “I can’t say enough about them. They really go out for these dogs.” Satchel’s has taken care of dogs that are very shy, dogs used as baits in fi ghting rings, pit bulls, and dogs that had behavior issues — all pets that traditional shelters often don’t have the resources to work with or have diffi culty fi nding good homes for. The sanctuary is located at 8101 Coash Road, east of I-75.

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Eastman, an animal behavior consultant, recalls Winter, a Sheppard-Labrador mix, a “nice dog, but unbelievably shy.” “When people came out [to Satchel’s] he didn’t engage with them. He would see a strange person and turn around and walk back in,” Eastman said. “He was really shy, the type of dog that the average shelter would not invest in, and this is what we specialize in. Another shelter might not have the time or resources.” Satchel’s eventually matched Winter with a man who loved working with shy animals. “He met with Winter, for three

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or four months, everyday, to build a bond,” Eastman recalled, soon adopting Winter and taking her home. Founded in 2001, by Page Knoebel and Michael Giblin, the sanctuary is named after their first dog, Satchel a mahogany Irish Setter. The sanctuary was founded to help animals with medical and behavioral needs. The Shays are not the only Siesta residents to help the sanctuary. There is another resident on the Key who helps fi nancially with Satchel’s, Shay said. Satchel’s is a 501.c3 organization that is made possible by donations from members of the community. Those interested in donating or volunteering can find more information at http://satchelslastresort. org/ , and those interested in donating to Reva’s care can fi nd more information at http:// satchelslastresort.org/lets-helpreva-walk-run-and-play/.

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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Madison “Maddy” Stevens, 7, 2nd grader at Pine View School Sister Cecilia (13 months) and brother Liam (4). Born in London, England.

• When did you move here? • How do you feel about starting school? • If you could be any animal, which one We moved to Florida in December, 2014 I’m sad about summer break being over would you be and why? while our house was being remodeled and but excited to meet my teacher. A fl amingo because it’s my favorite to The Landings in June. animal. • Do you have a favorite color? • Any Pets? Pink because I have a lot of stuff that’s • Tell me about a favorite Yes - but he’s in England now. Ralph (8) pink and all my friends like it. trip you’ve taken? is a yellow lab and went back to live with We’ve been to Disney • Favorite song? his dog family. World 5 times. I like the rides, “Lips Are Moving” by Meghan Trainor prizes, candy shops, Alice in • Do you like The Landings? Wonderland, gift shops, and Yes, because there’s lots of space to ride • Favorite movie? Ferris wheel! my bike. One Crazy Cruise • What is the biggest change from • What do you do in your spare time? • One word to describe you England? Piano lessons, sing and dance (1x/week) would be? It’s really cold there and really warm here. and jazz and ballet (1x a week). I was in a Pretty. • What is your favorite subject? recital at the Yamaha Piano Store and sang • If you could change one Math because I work with numbers a lot “Tomorrow” at the end of May. thing in the world, what in my activity books. • What do you want to be when you grow would it be? • What is your favorite book/s? Stop people from smoking. up? 13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffi ths and A Pop Star – maybe a singer. Meghan Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends. I Trainor and Taylor Swift are my favorites. • If you wrote a book, what would you write about? really like the treehouse and the bubble The poor people of the • What’s your favorite food? room in 13 Story Treehouse. I wish they world. Cheese and corn pizza were real.

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Trauma Center

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Sarasota Memorial was designated a provisional Level II Trauma Center on May 1, 2015

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The Sarasota Memorial’s Medical Executive Committee, physician leaders representing the members of the hospital’s Medical Staff approved endorsing the institution’s pursuit of trauma center designation in January of 2015. On Feb. 17, 2015, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board voted to support Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s bid to become a Level II Trauma Center. The unanimous decision by the Hospital Board commits the fi nances, resources and personnel necessary to support the new trauma program. Expanding Sarasota Memorial’s scope of services to treat trauma patients is in keeping with the public health system’s safety-net mission, and with just one trauma center slot remaining in the tri-county region, the Board agreed that it would be benefi cial for the community to be served by a notfor-profi t trauma provider. “It’s a weighty obligation…but we are passionately committed to doing this,” said Marguerite G. Malone, EdD, chairman of the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board. “We are so pleased to represent Sarasota County and bring an advanced level of trauma care to the people of our community.” Continued on the next page


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While the hospital already has many of the elements required of a trauma center, including advanced technology and specialty care provided 24/7, program start-up costs include $3.6 million to upgrade an operating room and existing trauma resuscitation rooms, as well as purchase additional equipment. Sarasota Memorial also hired fellowship-trained trauma surgeons and has plans under way to add additional operating rooms. To adopt best practices in trauma care, Sarasota Memorial affi liates with Tampa General Hospital — the only Level I Trauma Center in the region — to develop policies, education and training. Sarasota Memorial submits its trauma program application in April to the Florida Dept. of Health. On May 1, 2015, The Florida Dept. of Health designates Sarasota Memorial a provisional Level II Trauma Center. The hospital begins seeing trauma patients that very day, and a

total of 10 patients over the fi rst weekend of operation. “In cases of trauma, every second counts – with this designation, we now can assure the people of our community that they can be treated right here, right away,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. T o e a r n t h e L e v e l I I designation, Sarasota Memorial assembled a team of highly specialized trauma surgeons, e m e r g e n c y p h y s i c i a n s , subspecialists, trauma and intensive care nurses and rehabilitation specialists who stand ready 24/7 to provide immediate life-saving care. The hospital also invested more than $3.5 million to upgrade t w o t r a u m a r e s u s c i t a t i o n rooms in the ER and its trauma operating suite. Sarasota Memorial expected to receive about 500 new trauma patients this year, in addition to 200-300 per year the hospital treated previously whenever conditions made it unsafe for helicopters or ambulances to transport trauma patients to

another region. To prepare for the extra volume, the hospital was holding ongoing training sessions and simulation drills for several months leading up to opening day. The drills included highpressure situations such as car accidents, serious falls, gunshot victims and stabbing victims. “We are very proud of our trauma team and the work they have done to prepare for this day,” Verinder said. “It takes extraordinary passion, dedication and a multidisciplinary team to respond 24/7, 365 days a year to these kinds of complex emergencies.” On July 6, 2015, Sarasota Memorial welcomed Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Matthew Klima, DO, to the health system’s First Physicians Group. Klima joins the team to treat highly complex traumatic orthopedic injuries. From May 1, 2015 through the end of August 2015, 586 severely injured patients have been seen at Sarasota Memorial. The majority of traumatic injuries

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seen at SMH are caused by falls, followed by motor vehicle accidents. As of September 2015, SMH now has a total of eight trauma surgeons, as well as the new orthopedic traumatologist and other specialists and subspecialists to treat trauma cases. S a r a s o t a M e m o r i a l i s participating in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program, which collects data on our

trauma cases and provides feedback about our performance based on national benchmarks. During the coming months, the state approval process will continue, with officials continuing an in-depth review of our program and performing a site visit to confi rm the hospital is meeting the standards for a Level II Trauma Center. The Florida Department of Health will decide whether to grant an offi cial Level II Trauma Center designation by July 2016.

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Joan Nimptsch, an Eagles Point Resident This is a recipe from Joan’s dear friend Barbara Cunning. She calls it, “Barbara’s Chicken”. I’m taking editors privilege and calling it JOAN’S Chicken since she tells me she makes it all the time. JOAN’S CHICKEN Simmer ingredients below for 15 minutes:• 1 cup ketchup • 1/4 cup vinegar • 1T Worcester sauce • 1/2 tsp. Tabasco • 1/4 Cup brown sugar • 1 cup finely chopped onion • 1 Tbs. butter Salt and pepper to taste Then use 6 skinned chicken breasts, put meat side down in baking dish. Bake at 2750 for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. After 1 1/2 hours turn chicken breast.


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treats water and discharges it into a waterway. The county plans to decommission the old wastewater plant by December, 31, 2016. That plan has to come to fruition in order to meet an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Siesta Key Lift Station and Protection (FDEP), which is Force Main Pipe This project is a multi-year, mandating shutting the facility multi-million dollar project with down. the overall goal of removing Water Meter Replacement the Siesta Key Wastewater Treatment Plant and replacing Another utility system the aging facility with a new lift Capital Improvement Project, station and force main sewer the Siesta Key large water meter replacement program pipe. “Water and wastewater was funded for $900,000 in fi scal project are important,” Maio year 2016 and fi scal year 2017. said, “especially in an area A c c o r d i n g t o S a r a s o t a County, due to normal wear surrounded by water.” The project is funded for a and tear, meters generally slow total of $11 million, starting down and therefore do not with $3.67 million in fi scal year measure all the water used. Older meters or meters that 2017. It will take four phases have registered over one million o f c o n s t r u c t i o n w o r k t o gallons regardless of age are decommission the aging plant, replaced during an annual water which is a remnant of a previous meter replacement program. type of wastewater treatment. It is the only wastewater facility South Siesta Renourishment currently in the county that The $19.9-million beach

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r e n o u r i s h m e n t o n S o u t h Siesta — which includes Turtle Beach Park — is included in the county’s fi ve-year Capital I m p r o v e m e n t s P r o g r a m . Funding for the $19.9-million project will come from Tourist Development Tax dollars, state beach funds or commercial financing, along with MSBU (property assessed annual fees paid by property owners near the renourishment). In June, the South Siesta project got a needed fi nancial boost when the legislature approved a $2.75 million state award for the project. The county, which originally requested $7 million in state f u n d i n g , i s s t i l l s e e k i n g additional state funding to defray costs. “Staff is working on trying to get more [state] funding,” Maio said. The county plans to have the fi nal permit in time for an early-January start date for the long-planned project to buffer two miles of beach, including Turtle Beach.

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Environmental Concern A lot of people have been gone for the hot summer months, traveling abroad or up north, and have had the benefit of avoiding some of the heavy rain that we have been having in late July right up until early August. Everyone always comments to me when they come into The Landings about what a beautiful environment we have in here and I have to agree wholeheartedly. People like Joe Hennessy, Larry Lawrence, Jack Jost, and some of our former presidents and board members have done a tremendous job, along with our maintenance staff, in preserving the beauty of The Landings. As we all know it is a unique community in that it is very convenient to everything, but full of a wide variety of beautiful plants, palm trees, and nature areas. Who could ask for more? There is more that we are doing on the environmental committee since we want to preserve and sustain this jewel that exists in the midst of Sarasota almost convenient

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t o e v e r y t h i n g , i n c l u d i n g downtown. In a previous article we made people aware of our environmental committee headed up by John Carson, and supplemented by people like Connie, Carolina Hernandez and myself as well as various very knowledgeable board members. All of us really appreciate the fact that despite it being tropical Florida, we are not overrun by insects and pests. By the same token, we all want to make the best of a good situation by limiting the use of toxic pesticides, such as Round-Up, and other cancer causing chemicals.1 In Fact, the active ingredient in Round-Up, glyphosate, has recently come under investigation by the World Health Organization and the IARC, the International A g e n c y f o r R e s e a r c h o n Cancer, and was deemed to be carcinogenic to humans in March of this year.2 We realize that in certain cases these kinds of chemicals must be used to kill pests such

as mosquitos, fl ies, etc. etc. But our objective as a committee is to use environmentally safe alternatives whenever possible. For example, spraying round up on your lawn or driveway area is largely unnecessary and a waste of time. It exposes you, your family, and your neighbors, to a known carcinogen 2 that probably does very little in terms of preventing bugs and pests in your immediate vicinity. I know from my house on Landings Terrace, where I never use any toxic chemicals or pesticides, that it has made absolutely no difference in terms of pest or bug control. I use a pest company that comes in and treats my house and the surrounding areas once a year with pest control products that are non-toxic and non-harmful to our pets and young children. This has worked very well. I think utilizing certain major pest control companies that spray Round-Up or similar certain pesticides around condos or houses may in certain cases be

overkill. We all want to cut back on cancer causing chemicals, which as it is are already present and in great abundance in our environment. This is one of the goals of the committee. Another topic that I wanted to briefl y comment on, without turning it into a major issue, is dog clean up. Although the vast majority of The Landing’s dog owners are already incredibly responsible when it comes to cleaning up after their pets, we still continue to have a problem with dog clean up. People that walk their dogs are strongly encouraged to bring bags with them to clean up after their dogs, and to not leave any pet waste in common areas, such as along Landings Blvd in the grass, or in the meadow. There is a lot more dog waste than we realize, and some of it not only attracts rodents, but can get carried out into the Intercostal waterway. This is certainly not a legacy that anyone here likes to leave behind. So therefore please clean up after your pet and if you see someone else who

is not, gently and kindly remind them that they should too since this is everybody’s backyard. One other point, for those who do their own lawns, Fiskars has come out with a new push mower called the Fiskars StaySharp Max, which can cut Florida grass and give you a great workout at the same time. Using rakes, brooms, and longer pruners rather than electric or gas powered lawn equipment is a great way to get more exercise while reducing noise and energy usage. We should all do this whenever possible. As I say, you don’t always have to work out on the tennis court or indoor fi tness facility. Sources: 1. Anneclaire J. De Roos, Aaron Blair, Jennifer A. Rusiecki, Jane A. Hoppin, Megan Svec, Mustafa Dosemeci, Dale P. Sandler and Michael C. Alavanja. “Cancer Incidence among Glyphosate-Exposed Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study” Environmental Health Perspectives. Vol. 113, No. 1 (Jan., 2005), pp. 49-54. 2. Thomas, Cours Albert. IARC Monographs: Evaluation of Five Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides. World Health Organization. Volume 112 (March 2015).

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Labor Day Cookout Over 90 people attended the Labor Day cookout on September 7. It was another great turnout for Labor Day even though a sizeable number of members are still up north. Everyone enjoyed the traditional BBQ

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles By the time you read this, the court refurbishment will have been completed, in time for the opening of our prime season. With the gradual return of our part-time residents, the arrival of our second tennis pro, and the start of the team tennis training and matches, it is more important than ever that players make reservation for court times, even after the 8:00-11:00 a.m. busy period and also on Sunday. Doubles reservations may be made two days prior to the desired play date beginning at 7:45 a.m. Singles reservations may be made one day ahead at the same time. Our 23rd, annual Senior and Super/Senior Father/Son National Clays Championship will begin on Wednesday, November 18, this year, the week prior to Thanksgiving. It is the tournament that the players like the best compared with those on other surfaces conducted around the country; this is due to the welcoming attitude of our members and the hard work that our staff and volunteers put into

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making it the best it can be. Our Holiday Party has been moved to Sunday this year, on December 13, so that we can provide the quality entertainment that the event is known for. Please be sure to save the date and reserve your spot when the time comes. Now for some housekeeping. Members will receive their Annual Assessment notices in November with payment due by January 1, 2016. So that we can maintain an unchanged assessment despite increases in our costs, we will be fi rmly enforcing our long-standing penalties for late payment. Payments received after January 31, 2016 will incur a late fee of 10% of the Assessment amount and interest at the maximum rate allowed by law thereafter. I am asking all of our members to receive their monthly statements by e-mail, especially if you are a part-time resident of The Landings. Not only does it save us a little money, but eliminates the fair amount of manual labor involved in mailing printed statements. A phone call to Kevin or an e-mail to lrctennis@verizon.net is all that is required.

traditional BBQ fare with all the standard side dishes. We even had apple pie with vanilla ice cream and cookies for dessert again. Thank you to Connie Goldman, Dee Ricapito, Nancy Ferraro and Niecie Handelman for their help in the kitchen, chefs Edvin and Gary for manning the grills and all the other members that helped with the set up and clean up. These big events wouldn’t be possible without a few volunteers pitching in. Thank you again. The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance is scheduled for Sunday, December 13. Chef James Riegel is on board again with a new delicious menu. Sammy J and Wright, the Saxman will be back for the second year in a row to handle the entertainment. If you attended the party last year, you know how good they are. It should be another wonderful year-end event that you don’t want to miss. The event registration sheet will be in the Pro Shop by November 1. Seating is limited for this event so be sure to sign up early.

|News From the Court By Joe Venezia Welcome Back John! We are ready to begin a new season of fun tennis. The US Open Round Robin scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2015 was canceled as very few people signed up to play. I am open to suggestions for future round robins. Get in touch with me to discuss your ideas. As I mentioned last month, the Annual Halloween Party will be held on Friday, October 30th, 2015. If anyone has any new ideas, let me know. Start thinking about your costume. Check in the Pro Shop for the sign up sheet. Cardio classes are in full swing. Sign up for

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A Turtle Beach mainstay since the 50s, marina now has a new owner By Roger Drouin The marina on the southern end of Siesta Key dates back to the 1950s when it was originally called Dixon’s Marina, and there weren’t any condos in the area and a fi sh camp was located nearby. Dixon’s Marina was located close to the former Midnight Pass Fishing Camp, which was established in the 1940s and located just to the south, according to documents provided by the Sarasota County History Center and newspaper accounts. A 1965 publication called Motor Boating described Dixon’s Marina as having facilities “for gas and oil, dockage, in and out service and complete motor and boat repairs.” Also at the time, Midnight Pass was open, and the owner of the marina was said to swim across the pass with his dog, recalled Ron Flynn, a realtor and former manager of the marina in the 2000s.

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Then in the 80s, after the fi sh camp had closed, a new owner purchased the marina and it became Midnight Pass Marina. In 2003, the marina again changed ownership when four investors purchased the property, renaming it Turtle Beach Marina. Up until about 2003, the marina had a large travel lift that operated on rails and could haul boats in and out of

the water. “They did bottom painting and worked on some rather large boats,” said Flynn, who was general manager from 2003, when the marina became Turtle Beach Marina, to 2006. As the Key has changed over the years, the marina was a fi xture on the south end of the island. It now has new owners and faces new changes ahead. Continued on the next page

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On September 1, the same ownership company and management team that runs Marina Jack, located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, purchased the marina located at 8865 Midnight Pass Road. The marina is now called Bayfront Yacht Works, and the Turtle Beach Pub has been renamed the Turtle Beach Grill. According to county property records, Jack Graham Inc. has been leasing the property at Marina Jack from the city since 1974. The downtown marina has 315 slips. Modern upgrades In some respects the newlynamed Bayfront Yacht Works will be returning to its origins, as the new owners plan to bring back a large lift that can handle boats up to 60-feet in length. Larger vessels can be hauled out of the water so crews can make repairs or provide maintenance. “This haul-out will cater to the clientele we host at Marina Jack, as well as the rest of the

local boating community,” said Kat Wilson, Associate Manager of Public Services and Yacht Services Manager for Marina Jack. “Vessels do need to be taken out of the water for several maintenance items. There are not a lot of places on the west coast where vessels can be taken out.” In addition, the marina will receive some modern upgrades that will make it a boating attraction, including all-new boat racks, state-ofthe-art restrooms and showers, updated retail space, new personal watercraft rentals through Bayfront Excursions, and a full-service maintenance department, complete with mobile technicians. Renovation work on the newly-named Bayfront Yacht Works is expected to be completed in January, 2016, Wilson told The Eagle. Turtle Beach Grill, located on the west end of the property, will undergo minor repairs. The physical transformation includes a new interior and

exterior appearance. Other plans include expanding the menu and beverage selections. “Our emphasis will be to expand the menu in certain areas while providing a quality food and beverage experience at casual family friendly prices,” said Tom Delong, Vice President of Turtle Beach Grill and General Manager of Marina Jack. The property was not on the market when it sold, and the new owners are not discussing the sales price, Wilson said. Turtles, the restaurant to the south of the grill and marina has not changed ownership. Turtle’s On Little Sarasota Bay is located at 8875 Midnight Pass Road. The marina has 25 wet slips and more than 140 dry storage slips. It had previously been on the market several years ago, but was taken off the market in 2006 after not selling.

marina for some time, and the marina on Turtle Beach proved to be a good fit. “It just really is a hidden gem,” Wilson said. “It’s a great location.” “This property seemed to really fit the bill: right location, right price, right facilities. It is a place we can really buildup and make our own. We will bring the same resources we have at Marina Jack here.” The property has been in need of some updating. “It has been subject to deferred maintenance,” Flynn said. “Being on the water, there are a lot of environmental factors that impact it, as it does any structure on the water.” “It needs some TLC,” Wilson said. As of press time, work was well underway. Turtle Beach Grill was getting a new roof. The new owners had purchased several new kayaks to use as rentals. “We have some brand new tandems, and “Fit the bill” The new owners had been I believe we are getting some looking to purchase a second new single kayaks,” Wilson

said. “We have some new paddleboards. The Jim Neville Marine Preserve is right in our backyard, so that makes for a great paddleboard trip.” Structural and foundation work was underway at the marina, including work to make sure the facility could handle the large boat lift and the lift can move freely. “Right now it is half concrete, half asphalt,” Wilson said. “It has to be fully concrete, and has to be perfectly level.” Different contractors were working on different elements, from painting to the major concrete work. “We’ve only been here 11 days, and it is already looking different,” Wilson told The Eagle during a Sept. 11 interview. The marina remained “completely functional” during renovation work, except for closing for a brief period while concrete was poured. The grill has remained open and operational during renovation.

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The Eagle Has Landed

Candy Can Be A Holiday TRICK!

Jo and Paul Weiner with the proprietors of the Agriturismo Il Rigo in San Quirico d”Orcia, Tuscany

Eating sweets causes damaging acids to form in the mouth. These acids continue to affect the teeth for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized. Sugar-free gum is effective in combating the bacteria in plaque and fighting the acid that eats away at enamel. The chewing motion also stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps cleanse the teeth. Another option is to allow candy that melts and disappears quickly. The longer teeth are exposed to sugar, the longer bacteria can feed on it, which could produce cavities. The best way to protect teeth from decay is to have candy in small portions at limited times, such as after a meal, as dessert or at regular snack times. Allowing your child to choose between these types of sweeets and limiting the amount they consume will help reduce future problems...

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Ephemeral - [ih-fem-eruh l]; adjective; 1. lasting a very short time, temporary. Sand sculpting is definitely an ephemeral art form, and most of us professional sand sculptors love that aspect about it. You have a certain amount of time to create it and view it, then it’s gone. Yes the sculptures are ephemeral, but the events should not be. Without events like the Siesta Key Crystal Classic we wouldn’t get a chance to create these large, beautiful works of art in the fi rst place. In my last month’s article I let you in on an exciting element of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival coming up in November. We were going to build a 15 foot high sand sculpture of a drive-in movie screen complete with vintage sign, stockade fence, palm trees and cars brandishing the logos of the sponsors of the event. Then, we had arranged for the spectacular Sarasota Film Festival to come out on Saturday night and show a

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movie against our sand screen for a night of family fun. It was a wonderful idea that had never been done before! Unfortunately the event’s major sponsor from last year, our fi rst national corporate sponsor, is not returning. And other sponsors have been diffi cult to acquire. Due to the lack of funds we have had to cancel the entire movie idea. The Crystal Classic is a very large and expensive endeavor. These are the best artists in the world working in sand today. This year we have sculptors coming from Russia, Italy, Holland, Ireland and the Czech Republic, just to name a few. We pay the artists to attend. We transport, house and feed them. We rent the beach, and have to pay the county for the equipment and manpower needed to create the sand garden and vendor village, trash removal, police and EMT support. And these just scratch the surface of what it takes to put on an international event of this caliber. But we, the organizing committee, try

to do what we can to make this event better each and every year. Try to bring something special each time, like last year’s Margaritaville resort-wear fashion show we put on top of a 65 foot long sand sculpture…. that was fantastic! And it had never been done before! This year’s show will still be loaded with beautiful sand art, good food, drink and music, and fun for all ages! But, we really could use more help. We are still behind the gun. We need commercial or private sponsors to step up and help us keep this event going and growing. Do you want some extra and unusual public exposure for your company? Do you know someone else who does? Or do you simply have the resources to help this wonderful community art event survive and thrive? If so, please contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at 941349-3800 and tell them you want to help the Siesta Key Crystal Classic. And who knows, if we get enough support, we may get that night at the drive-in after all!!


Roadway Roundup: Stickney Point Changes; no decision on Beach Road roundabout By Roger Drouin Two big changes are in the works for the southern access to the Key. • Stickney Point Bridge underwent additional repair work last month, as crews demolished concrete on the drawbridge and made repairs. Construction work began in May to repair cracked concrete through the bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation also repaired damaged seawalls, upgrading the bridge control house, and painted and refurbished some mechanical and electrical components. • Closer to the Key, FDOT offi cials are proposing changes to the Stickney Point Road and Midnight Pass intersection to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. After hearing several complaints when at the Sept. 1 SKVA meeting where the FDOT fi rst presented a proposal for changes at the intersection, transportation offi cials presented a revised option during the meeting of the SKA, on Sept. 3. The new plan is a compromise. With the modifi ed proposal the state agency still aims to improve

pedestrian and bicycle safety, but also seeks to accommodate traffi c volume and mobility. The FDOT is proposing to tighten the right turning lane onto Midnight Pass Road, adding a raised concrete separator, and enhance pedestrian crossings. (See Rendering) The project would also extend a bicycle lane on Stickney Point Road. The right turn acceleration lane onto Midnight Pass would not be removed — as was proposed in the initial design plan. L.K. Nandam, District Traffi c Operations Engineer, and Michael Kautz, Highway Safety Manager, discussed the proposed changes to the intersection at the Sept. 3 SKA meeting. The goal is to effectively encourage drivers to take the right turn more slowly from Stickney Point onto Midnight Pass. Nandem said FDOT was also trying to address the concerns raised at the SKVA meeting that the acceleration lane is a benefi t to motorists. Commissioner Alan Maio spoke positively of the new design and said the modifi cation

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after this tourism season. • As for the discussions about a possible roundabout at Midnight Pass Road and Beach Road, there has been no decision reached, FDOT offi cials said. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill. “There is no plan on that [roundabout],” added Michael Shay, SKA President. “Only nasty

rumors.” FDOT offi cials have said they are considering a roundabout at that location to improve pedestrian safety. In January, offi cials said construction would happen in this upcoming fi scal year 2015-16 budget, if the agency moves ahead with the project.

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Island Resident Gets Behind the Scenes Look at what Drives Trump By Robert Frederickson

Abel’s Ice Cream Special Flavors for October Bill & Norma Abel would like to welcome back returning fall/winter residents. They are adding two additional flavors for the month of October. Chocolate Almond (Abel’s signature Captain’s Chocolate ice cream loaded with roasted almonds) is a regularly requested flavor and a past popular flavor Carrot Cake (Carrot cake ice cream with fresh walnuts and a thick ribbon of cream cheese frosting). The addition of these two flavors increases their selection to thirty-eight flavor choices, thirty-two hard packed ice creams, two no sugar added, two frozen yogurts, one sherbet and a non-dairy sorbet. The popular fall/seasonal flavors Rum Raisin (Rum flavored ice cream loaded with raisins), Maple Walnut (Sweet maple ice cream loaded with walnuts) and English Toffee (Toffee ice cream loaded with heath candy bar pieces) have already been added to their flavor selection. Pick up a hand packed pint or quart of your favorite flavor to enjoy during fall football games, welcome back parties or any occasion. Stop in at Abel’s and ask for a certificate to Stonewood Grill for a FREE order of their Signature Bruschetta with the purchase of two adult entrees, valid at their Stickney Point Road location only. Abel’s Ice Cream is located at 1886 Stickney Point Road between New Balance and Stonewood Grill. Their phone number is 921-5700.

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We’re all familiar with the larger than life public persona of Donald Trump. But what’s he really like when there are no cameras around...when he’s out of the public eye, enjoying some down time at his weekend retreat? One Siesta Key resident h a s s o m e f i r s t h a n d insight that might shed some light on the subject. Eddie Ward, 47, owner of Eddie’s $1-a-Minute limousine service here in town, worked as Trump’s weekend chauffeur for two winter seasons back in 2007 and 2008. The ‘weekend place’ Trump would visit was no ordinary beach house getaway, but rather Mar-a-Lago, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post mansion built in the 1920s that covers 20 acres stretching from the Atlantic to Lake Worth Lagoon at the intersection of A1A and Southern Boulevard in Palm Beach. Trump bought the ‘fi xer-upper’ back in 1985, restoring it to its former jazz-age glory and eventually turning it into the swanky private club it is today. Ward would run errands for Trump and his guests, drive the Donald, family members and visitors to Palm Beach’s tony Worth Avenue for shopping excursions or meals and shuttle celebrities like Tony Bennett, Pierce Brosnan, Regis Philbin and Rush Limbaugh or visiting socialites and dignitaries to formal events held at Mar-aLago’s magnifi cent ballroom. He would remain on call for whatever transportation needs might arise at whatever hour, day or night while he was on duty. As such, Ward got a look few have had of the man now dominating the airwaves with his unprecedented and unlikely campaign to become the Republican Party’s next presidential nominee. So back to that question: what’s he really like? “Exactly like what you see

Eddie with Ivanka @ Mar-a-Lago. When asked what she’s like, Eddie’s response was blunt and to the point: “Hot!

on TV,” said Ward in a recent interview over coffee and a light lunch at Bon Jour cafe in the Village. “What you see is what you get. It’s no act. That’s exactly how he is...blunt. He always speaks his mind.” Ward remembers pulling through the gates at Mara-Lago one afternoon after picking Trump up at the airport when something caught the eye of “The Boss.” “We’re in the driveway when he calls out to a couple of landscapers working on the grounds. He yells something like, ‘Hey fellas, see that tree over there? It needs to go. Get it out of here!” “And this was no small tree. But that’s the way he is. His mind is always working.” By the way, the tree was gone in short order. Ward says Trump could be demanding, but his employees respected him and worked hard to keep “The Boss” happy. Listening to Ward describe his time working for Trump, it’s clear he shares that respect as well. In fact, his time with Trump helped him refocus his energy on one day starting a business of his own, one that involved doing something professionally that he truly

enjoys. It wasn’t long after leaving Trump that he set his sights on starting his own business. That goal was realized when the Riverview High graduate returned to his hometown of Sarasota and eventually started his assorted limousine ventures in 2011. “I’d been successful in the insurance sales industry before working for Trump. I was good at it, but you always had to do more...it just wasn’t what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing,” he said. “Just too much stress.” He now enjoys the variety of people he meets and the excitement of the events he gets to be a part of through his limo work. It’s a job that requires a high level of commitment and energy, which is something else Ward shares with his former employer. You’ve likely heard Trump jab at fellow candidate Jeb Bush in recent weeks, calling him a ‘low-energy guy.’ It’s actually a clever and effective way of highlighting his own ‘highenergy’ persona...a quality that many pundits point to as best explaining Trump’s current high standing in the polls. And Trump prefers surrounding himself with high-energy individuals as well. Ward clearly fi ts the bill. A little bit of ego helps too. Ward unabashedly calls himself one of the best chauffeurs in the world. But as with Trump, his boast somehow doesn’t make him come off as a self-absorbed boor. There’s a boyish sincerity to his claim that serves to soften the message. “It’s all about customer service,” he says, “about going that extra mile. If I’m driving a client to see Ringo Starr perform, I’m not going to just drop him off out front. I’m going to try and get him backstage. I’m going to try and introduce him to Ringo.”And he succeeds. Continued on page 26


Captain Jim Klopfer Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 October is a fabulous month to be fishing on Siesta Key! Shorter, cooler days result in water temperatures dropping into the low 70s, bait will be thick in the bays and out on the beach, and that will attract the gamefish. Many species are going to be caught using a variety of angling tactics. Redfish will still be schooled up on the flats in the north bay, snook will be in the bays, speckled trout, pompano, and Spanish mackerel will be feeding on the deep grass fl ats, and the beach should be outstanding for king and Spanish mackerel, false albacore, cobia, sharks, and even a stray tarpon. Anglers with small boats can catch large fi sh this month. The techniques and methods are really pretty simple. Mornings that dawn with easterly winds will find the inshore Gulf of Mexico flat and calm. Pods of baitfi sh will be seen on the surface, along with schools of feeding fi sh. Threadfi ns caught on Sabiki rigs and free lined out

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 artifi cial baits. Mackerel like fast, fl ashy lures such as Gotcha plugs and silver spoons while the pompano and fl ounder prefer a bait that is moving slowly near the bottom. Jigs and live shrimp are a good choice. Casting jigs while drifting over deep grass fl ats will produce a lot of fi sh in October. Speckled trout, pompano, bluefish, mackerel, jacks, and ladyfi sh will hit a gold or Glow Bass Assassin Sea Shad soft plastic grub on a ¼ ounce jig head. Rootbeer and olive are also productive colors. Use light colored baits in clear water and dark colored baits in stained water. Spoons, plugs, and flies will also work well, as will live or artifi cial shrimp under a noisy cork. These same lures fi shed in Big Pass and New

Pass will result in plenty of hookups as the fi sh migrate from the Gulf into Sarasota Bay. Fish right on the bottom for pompano and just under the surface for blues and macks. Redfi sh will still be schooled up, but their numbers will be diminishing. The shallow fl ats in Robert’s Bay and the north end of Siesta Key are great spots to try. The docks and oyster bars off of Siesta Key will also produce redfish, along with snook, snapper, flounder, and drum. A live shrimp is a a great bait for fi shing docks while Bass Assassin Elite Shiners are very effective working bars and points. A high, outgoing tide is best. Snook will be back feeding aggressively on the fl ats, bars, and mangrove shorelines. Shallow diving plugs such as an (08) olive X-Rap are very effective and allow anglers to cover water quickly. Creek mouths, points, bars, and docks that have current are likely ambush spots. Bridges will produce a lot of snook for nocturnal anglers.

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The Perils Of English By Al Weeks, Landings Resident Here are some examples of oddly-phrased English as seen abroad, plucked from the Web: • Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: “Ladies may have a fit upstairs.” • In a hotel in Athens: “Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.” • In a Tokyo Hotel: “Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please do not read this.” • In a Bucharest hotel lobby: “The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.” • On a Leipzig elevator: “Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.” • In a Paris hotel elevator: “Please leave your values at the front desk.” Anyone who has learned our language as an adult or has taught English as a Second Language (ESL), knows that Winston Churchill, himself a master of English, exaggerated by claiming our language was the easiest tongue in the world to learn. True, today English has become the virtual lingua franca worldwide. Many technical words as well as commonly used ones like “business,” “show,” “computer,” “sport,” “sitcom,” “Internet,” “TV,” “CPU,” etc., turn up in many languages throughout the world in a variety of spellings. But difficulties speaking English soon follow. Beyond irregular verbs, like lie/lay/lain or drink/drank/ drunk are our odd tenses as in: “If I were you...” vs “If I had been you...” Plus our many future tenses, some four in all. Or take our spelling peculiarities: important vs. portent.... servant vs. reverent... significance vs. independence. Or odd words like “utmost,” “dandruff,” “kiosk,” “nacho” or our various Arabic derivatives: “camphor,” “azimuth,” “zenith,” “elixir,” “racquet” (no, it’s not from French), “alcohol,” “admiral,” and so on. Not to mention our mixedup “-ible” vs. “-able” words: e.g., edible; readable; inevitable; incredible; feasible, and so on. The ESL instructor is asked: “So, when do you use ‘-ible’ vs. ‘-able’ ?” Unfortunately, there is no rule. As to the advantages of English as per Churchill’s claim. We do have only a few inflections. “She” becomes “her;” “we” becomes “us;” “he” becomes “him,” and so on. But in many European languages words, as multi-linguists among us know, change their endings depending on their function in a sentence. Russian has many such case endings. If a rose is in a vase, it is nominative case,

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“roza”. If someone is picking it, it is accusative case, “rozu”. If someone is moving it in a certain way, it is the instrumental case, “rozoi”. If dew is on it, roza becomes “roze”. And on to different plural infl ections of nouns and adjectives whether in the masculine, feminine or neuter gender. German has fewer infl ections. Nevertheless, it has enough of them to make learners tread carefully in order to be understood. Defenders of inflected tongues insist that the various, colorful endings give the language great poetic beauty. They insist, for instance, if a rose is being looked at, it is one kind of rose. If a bee is inside it, it is a different rose. So, the infl ection and sound of the word should refl ect those differences. Is English winning the day globally because of its several advantages? Perhaps partly so. But some insist that our language dominates simply because the things the language puts name tags on originated in America. They keep their original English names as they become widely distributed throughout the world. Today even in China English crops up and occasionally replaces Mandarin equivalents. Chinese and other Oriental languages pride themselves on their economy of expression. Word meanings are often conveyed by one of four tones rather than by separate words. Yet latter-day culture in the PRC and in Taiwan not to mention speech in Japan have yielded a lot of space to English. Words like “motherboard,” “sneakers,” “hamburger,” “ice cream,” although rendered oddly to American ears in the Far East, take the place of native equivalents. Landins Dr. Al Weeks is professor emeritus, NYU. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

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• In a Tokyo restaurant: “Please keep chair on position & keep table clean after dying. Thanks for your corporation.” • In a Japanese hotel: “You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.” • In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: “You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursdays.” • In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers: “Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.” • In a Japanese restaurant: “For rest rooms, go back toward your behind.” • On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: “Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.” • On the menu of a Polish hotel: “Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.” • In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s: Drop your trousers here for best results. • Sign outside a Paris dress shop: “Dresses for street walking.” • From a former Soviet Weekly: “There will be a Moscow Exhibition of Arts by 15,000 Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.” • In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: “Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.” • In a Rome laundry: “Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.” • In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: “We take your bags and send them in all directions.” • On the door of a Moscow hotel room: “If this is your first visit to Russia, you are welcome to it.” • In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: “Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.” • In a Budapest zoo: “Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.” • In a Japanese manual about using a hotel air conditioner: “Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.” • In a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo: “When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.” • Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan: “Stop: Drive sideways.” aweeks11@comcast.net


Beginning Fall Cleanup for your Windows PC By Rose McMullen, Landings Resident If you’re looking for the latest or “kewlest” apps for you PC, tablet, or smart phone, ask a teenager. However, a less “kewl” but more important alb eit b oring topic is PC maintenance. Yes, it’s boring, but your PC is an investment and should be given some TLC from time to time to keep resources running efficiently and to save you headaches caused by system failures and degradations. Recently Jere Minich, member of the APCUG (Association of Personal Computer User Groups) Board of Advisors for Region V, Florida, gave a terrifi c presentation to the Sarasota Technology Users Group (for more info on STUG, see www. thestug.org) on PC maintenance. Jere encouraged us to share this info, so some beginning tips are provided below.

Before Software Clutter:

When your computer is healthy, set a restore point. If a problem occurs, you can reset windows to a previous functional state without deleting your documents or photos. However, programs installed after the restore point was created will be purged and will have to be reinstalled if you still want them on your hard drive. (I had a problem last week on my PC running Windows 8.1 after some Windows updates were installed. Windows became unstable but restoring my computer to a restore point - created before the updates were installed - saved me hours of hairpulling.) Some Windows versions create Restore Points automatically as you install or uninstall any application from Windows, but it will be safer if you make a Restore Point periodically anyway. Outside Maintenance: (Remember that there is 1) safety fi rst: turn off and usually more than one method unplug your PC (if you can t o p e r f o r m a f u n c t i o n i n remove the battery from your Windows.) laptop, do it) 2) clean the screen w/liquid One method to set a Restore sprayed on a cloth. Do not spray Point in Windows 7 (when your liquid directly on the screen computer is running smoothly) (eyeglass spray is good on a 1) click “Start” microfi ber cloth) 2) click “Control Panel” 3 ) v a c u u m a r o u n d t h e 3) click “System” exhaust ports w/round brush 4) click “System Protection” attachment (do not blow air into 5) near bottom of window: on the PC) right side click “Create” 4 ) c l e a n t h e m o u s e & 6) type description for the keyboard with a handiwipe restore date 5) run a cotton swab dipped Follow the process thru. in rubbing alcohol around all openings on the outside of your One method to set a Restore case - one swipe with the damp Point in Windows 8.1 (when end - one swipe with the dry end your computer is running smoothly)

1) press Windows “logo key” + “W” to open settings 2) type “restore point” in the search fi eld 3) click “Create a Restore Point” 4) click “Create” 5) type a descriptive name for the Restore Point 6) click “Create” 7) when a Restore Point is created successfully (windows will tell you), click “Close” 8) click “OK”

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IN SEARCH OF LANDINGS EAGLE PHOTOGRAPHERS This fall/winter the number of events, for which coverage by photographers is desired, will be significant. As a result, additional volunteer photographers are needed. The time requirement for most events is just 15-20 minutes (unless you want to stay longer). Qualifications: basic ability/knowledge of photography and the possession of a “decent” camera (something more sophisticated than a “Brownie”). If interested please call Paul Weiner, event photographer coordinator); 941-924-8544, plw6543@verizon.net.

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Around The L andings Welcome Back – Phillippi Farmhouse Market The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will return Wednesday, October 7 for its 6th season. The market will be open every Wednesday until the end of April 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Phillippi Farmhouse Market is Sarasota’s only midweek farmers market with local agriculture, certifi ed organic produce, live music, local artisans, food trucks, bakeries and the friendliest volunteers at the Welcome Tent with lots of flyers/information about what’s happening locally. Well-behaved dogs on leash are always welcome and vendors put out water bowls for our four-footed friends, and there is ample parking. Promptly at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday, there will be a free tour of the Edson Keith Mansion, led by a knowledgeable docent. The docent will take guests through the 1916 Italian Renaissance Mansion, explaining the history of the building as well as the early days of the Sarasota community. Stroll on over to the Keith Farmhouse and peer in the windows for the ‘‘before” look at this historic building. The exterior of the clapboard farmhouse has been restored, the cistern recreated and now the interior is under renovation and will become an interpretive

center open free to the public. Target date for the completion of the interior is November 2016 when the park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the estate. To fi nance the renovation of the historic farmhouse, the fi rst building erected on the estate, there will be a series of fund-raising events. On Sunday, November 15 there will be a Farm to Fork Dinner, called PALATES & PALETTES, on the lawn of the Keith Farmhouse with Light Chasers of the Sun Coast, Plein Air artists, painting “till the sun goes down” and selling their works, wet and dry, on the Farmhouse lawn throughout the evening. Local musician, Sal Garcia, of Omni fame, will be providing “Music from the Century” throughout the evening. Only 150 lucky dinner guests will be served, so make your reservations today. Chef Paul Mattison will be pairing locally grown food with an assortment of fi ne wines. Tickets are $100/per person and maybe purchased online at: www.mattisons.com or call 941-921-3400. There will also be Silent Auction offerings available. For more information, please call Phillippi Estate Park, located at 5500 South Trail, Sarasota at 941-316-1309.

What Drives Trump Routinely, he says, offering up a picture on his iPhone of his client posing with the famous Beatle. It’s not bragging...just ‘fact.’ And every new client gets the red carpet treatment… literally. Ward keeps one rolled up in his trunk, rolling it out for his new customers. “I want them to feel special, he says.” Which is also reminiscent of Trump. For all the stories about his bombast and lack of humility, many miss the clear respect and appreciation he shows for his supporters. He ends each appearance

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with a heartfelt message of appreciation for all those who come to his events. And his audiences return that appreciation and sincerity. Whatever you may think of his politics, the connection is real. Just ask the 1750 local residents who came to hear him speak at the Van Wezel this past May before he had even formally announced his bid for the Republican Party nomination. Energy. Sincerity. Hard work...they’re lessons Eddie Ward has taken to heart. The Boss would be proud.

Ad News Nicole Betz, owner of German Sweets, has been wanting to start this business for a long time. “As a child, I always watched my grandmother “Marianne” in good old Germany making these sweets in her kitchen,’ Betz said. “I knew there was something spectacular about them and wanted to share them with the world. My beloved grandmother had an enormous collection of delicious old German recipes. I enjoyed making these handmade sweets together with her and made sure to save all the secrets. Everything is still being made out of the best natural ingredients and from scratch.” “My family and I have been traveling to Sarasota for the last 25 years. At the end of 2014, I decided, alongside my husband Oliver and our children Ashley and Justin, to make the big step of moving from Germany. Our dream came true by opening our store in July.” “We are pleased to offer a large variety of cakes, meringues, rum balls, chocolate covered wafers and much more. The highlight is our Schaumkuss, which is very famous in Germany. It consists of a small round German imported wafer that is topped with a fl uffy

eggwhite foam and covered with Belgian chocolate. We provide a wide variety of different fl avors.” Stop by for a visit. You can even watch the Schaumkuss production while shopping in their store. Tony DeDominicis, owner of Senior Fitness & Exercise, is a Certifi ed Health & Fitness Professional in private practice with over 25 years of experience in the health and fi tness industry for overall Fitness & Wellness, Strength & Cardiovascular Conditioning, Specialized Fitness & Exercise Therapy For Seniors aged 55-79, Triathlon Coaching, Plyometric & Isometric Training and Nutrition. Coach Tony DeDominicis is also both a world ranked Ironman Triathlete and USMS Swimmer and is also founder and formulator of the Coach Tony Nutrition Raw Organic Food Bar (www. CoachTonyNutrition.com). Coach Tony has been teaching people young and old how to be more healthy and fi t by teaching them correct cardiovascular and training methodologies as well as proper nutrition for a successful and healthy life style. He can be reached at (941) 350-0403 www. UniversalSportsGroup.net.

Classifieds HELP WANTED

• Senior Home Companions – Nurse Registry, is looking to add Senior Homemaker/Companions (earning $11.50/hr.) and CNA’s or HHA’s (earning $14.50/hr.). If interested please call 941/924-0494.

FOR SALE

• THE LANDINGS – Lushly landscaped “Treehouse” townhome in the gated Landings community. 1912 sf, remodeled 3Bd/2.5Ba, SS appliances, light, bright open loft style, 2 story screened lanai with Southern exposure. Great location close to downtown & beaches, $427,900. 941-312-6387

State Certified General Contractor

• Porch Enclosures • Parts • Repair •

• HURRICANE WINDOWS •

ALSO AVAILABLE... IMPACT ENERGY STAR RATED

921-1113

5330 Ashton Ct., Sarasota

492-5200 1955 S. Trail, Venice

Since 1969 • www.wilson-window.com


Local Businesses AIRPORT TRANSPORT SUPERST

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For Airport Pickups Your Chauffeur Will Have A Sign With Your Name On It!

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Transportation for everyone on the Sun Coast Friendliest Ride In Town

SARASOTA’S BEST BABY RENTAL CENTER CLEAN • SAFE • RELIABLE Lynn & Bob Shaffer, Owners

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Proceeds benefit YMCA programs for at-risk youth & families in our community.

Mon.-Sat. 10-5pm

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DAY TO DAY

SENIOR COMPANION SERVICE, LLC

4141 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 21, Sarasota, FL 34231 941-926-2631 www.frankssalon.com

Alain’s Gutter Cleaning Where Quality Comes First

• PRESSURE CLEANING • Clean Glass Windows & Doors • Leaf Bagging We Clean • Down Spouts • Dryer Vents FREE estimates on one-time service • Pool Cages or on-going maintenance

Licensed/Insured

941-914-3936

Lauri Wolfe

Owner/Manager

Transportation to and from doctor appointments, shopping and errand service, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and laundry, life enrichment 24/7 Quality Care

Non-Medical Company

(352) 216-1002

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Commercial/Residential

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Dennis Kedzierski, GRI REALTOR®

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Local Businesses WATERTITE

ROOFING & & REPAIRS REPAIRS ROOFING Quality Work Since 1974

(941) 483-4630 FAX (941) 488-3140

Steve Bradley Project Manager

208 S. Tamiami Trail Nokomis, FL 34275

WatertiteRoofing.com WatcoFL@aol.com

LANDINGS RESIDENT OWNED AND OPERATED

Teen Tech Support

14/hour

$

• Computers • Smart Phones • I Pads • Printers

706-1031 or Cell:

802-238-9800

Brooks & James Larson

Caregiving / Companion

Environmentally Conscious Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service

Free Pick Up & Delivery Service from your home or business

Call 941-275-4647

ExEcutivE Shirt SErvicE • houSEhold itEmS • SamE day SErvicE availablE

Grout Problems?

Personal Assistant Services Errands and Transportation

Lois Lang

941-228-5388

Experienced CNA with Excellent References

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Shower & Bathtub Walls

Cleaned • Regrouted • Caulked • Sealed

Shower & Bath Makeovers Free Estimates

Call John

941.377.2940

Sarasota resident since 1974

www.showerandbathsarasota.com


View From The Gate Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety

There were a total of 34 Incidents reported for the month of August 2015. They are as follows: • 1 Alarm Report Lift Station Alarm. Sarasota County Utilities advised. • 1 Assist Other Agency Report Patrol offi cer provided traffi c / crowd control for SCFD • 1 Disturbance Report SSO responded to loud residence in the Tree house Assn. Residence quieted. • 3 Informational Reports FPL lights out. FPL advised. • 21 Open Door Reports All incidents of garage doors left open overnight.

• 5 Parking Violation Reports 4 Vehicles parked on the grass. 1 Vehicle parked in the roadway overnight. • 1 Patrol Request Resident advises persons on the Nature Trail after hours. Area checked by patrol offi cer. No one noted. • 1 Trespass Report Patrol Offi cer noted residents in the Tree house pool area after hours. Resident and guests asked to vacate the area.

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory

By Dick Bayles

The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle: • Daniel & Kristen Kelly, 4937 Landings Court • Greg & Erin Wood, 4638 Pine Harrier Dr

There were no changes to existing owners during the month. Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available at www.landingseagle.com and at www.thelandingsofsarasota.com, from me via e-mail or from your association, and may be dropped off at The Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention or sent via mail, e mail or fax.

The next issue of The Landings Directory will go to the press in early November. Please review your current listing and make any desired changes. If you are not listed or have not received a confirmation of your listing as a new resident, please provide me with your information (name(s), address (and if you want it listed), telephone (and if you want it listed), and e-mail address(es) (and if you want it/them listed). Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, Email: landings.directory@gmail.com Fax: (941) 296-7404

BE SURE TO SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS

JUNE 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

2015 9453 9453 2015 15237 14097 29334 2015 3694 3329 7023

2014 2013 11303 8794 11303 8794 2014 2013 13705 13091 12285 11732 25990 24823 2014 2013 2216 3309 1948 3107 4164 6416

2012 11012 11012 2012 14937 14162 29099 2012 3356 3760 7116

2011 11279 11279 2011 15297 13657 28954 2011 3210 3456 6666

* 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

www.landingseagle.com

www.thelandingsofsarasota.com

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Event LMA Board LMA Trivia Challenge LHA Koffee Klatsch Eagle’s Editorial Meeting Bayview Board Mtg. South VI Eagle’s Point I Landings South VII Carriage House I Private Event LRC Board Eagle Point 1 Board Trivia Challenge Landings South IV Treehouse Meeting Private Event Private Event Koffee Klatsch Tree House HOA LRC Halloween Cocktail & Costume Party

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Bridge Exercise with Verna Mah Jong Class Yoga

Time 8:30am 7pm 7pm 9am 3pm 9am 2pm 4pm 2pm 7pm 1pm 1:30pm 7pm 2pm

Event LMA Trivia Challenge LMA Board Rudy Blohm Art Show Rudy Blohm Art Show Koffee Klatsch Eagle’s Editorial Meeting Bayview Board Mtg. South VI LHA Isabel Becker Art Show LRC Board Trivia Challenge Father/Son Tournaments Landings South IV

4pm 9:30am 9am 5:30pm 4pm

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Regularly Scheduled Items Mondays Tuesdays & Thursdays Thursdays Mon. & Wed. Fri

Sarasota’s Only STAINMASTER FLOORING CENTER® Featuring Karastan Carpet STARTING AT

349

$

per sq. ft.

on in-stock Karastan Stainmaster Ultralife Carpet™

Only G. Fried’s Smart Choice Package Includes: ➊ KARASTAN APPROVED CUSHION ➋ LIFETIME GUARANTEED INSTALLATION

4608 S. Tamiami Trail

941-921-7704 GFRIEDFA.COM

➍ REMOVAL AND RECYCLING OF OLD CARPET

Our commitment to you...no carpet we remove will end up in a landfill.

➎ SMART CHOICE INSTALLATION

Installation package starts at $1.49 per sq. ft.

VOTED FLOOR #1 I STORENG 17 Ye In A Roawrs !

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If your carpet seams ever pop, pucker or split, we’ll fix it - FREE - forever!

➌ MOVING THE FURNITURE

We’ll take care of it...we even vacuum!

6:30pm 9:30am 9:30am 8:15am

Landings’ Floor Covering Store

Meet your LandingS FLooring SpeciaLiStS

Jan Melville, Jim Rinchich, Cathy Raskey, Jacci Shovlin, Mike Benson

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&

Judy Tara

Greene

Lamb

Your Landings

Resident Real Estate Team

CURRENTLY ACTIVE

Landings Real Estate Database Address HOMES FOR SALE

5169 KESTRAL PKLN. 1637 PINE HARRIER CIR.

Price

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BA

½ BA

825,000 569,500

4 3

4 2

1 0

1,390,000 849,000 795,000 792,000 759,000 539,000

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1 0 1 0 0 0

810,000 785,000 768,000 599,000 585,000 375,000

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2 2 4 2 3 2

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739,000 675,000 649,000 589,000 569,000 499,900 449,000 429,000 422,000 325,000 284,500 249,000

3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 2

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549,900 449,000 425,000 339,900 310,000 265,000

3 3 3 2 2 3

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700,000 450,000 422,500 359,500 312,500 300,000 295,000 293,000 291,100 272,500 245,000 220,000

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HOMES PENDING

4968 KESTRAL PARKWY N 1768 PINE HARRIER CIR. 4812 PEREGRINE PT CIR. 1780 PINE HARRIER CIR. 5133 KESTRAL PKPLACE 4638 PINE HARRIER DR. HOMES SOLD

5134 KESTRAL PKWY S 4639 PINE HARRIER DR 4937 LANDINGS CT. 4665 PINE HARRIER DR 5158 KESTRAL PKTERR 1637 PINE HARRIER CIR CONDOS FOR SALE

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #105 5450 EAGLES PT CIR #101 5450 EAGLES PT CIR #305 5457 EAGLES PT CIR #5457 5420 EAGLES PT CIR #401 5430 EAGLES PT CIR #104 1368 LANDINGS DR 1454 LANDINGS CIR 5400 EAGLES PT CIR #206 5408 EAGLES PT CIR #103 1608 STARLING DR. 1664 STARLING DR.

1664 STARLING DRIVE Unit#101 • $249,000

5420 EAGLES POINT CIRCLE Unit#401 • $569,000

CONDOS PENDING

1717 STARLING DR. 1479 LANDINGS CIR 1460 LANDINGS CIR 4804 KESTRAL PKCIR 5420 EAGLES PT CIR #203 1616 STARLING DR.

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1768 PINE HARRIER CIRCLE • $849,000 dy & Tara Ju ighborhoo ’s Ne

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Judy Tara 350-0451 266-4873

oPeN house Michael Saunders & Company

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

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

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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5450 EAGLES PT CIR #301 1478 LANDINGS CIR 4893 KESTRAL PKWY N 5400 EAGLES PT CIR #304 5023 KESTRAL PKDR 1686 STARLING DR. 5027 KESTRAL PKDR 5408 EAGLES PT CIR #201 1688 STARLING DR. 1714 STARLING DR 1702 STARLING DR 1628 STARLING DR

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending 9/15/2015. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - Oct 2015  

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

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