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MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS

Meet Kristy and Dave Ochsendorf proprietors of Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy page

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KID’S CORNER

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Benderson reveals alternative proposal for Siesta Promenade By Roger Drouin Benderson Development is again modifying plans for its large scale, mixeduse Siesta Promenade project for vacant land that was once a mobile home park at the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. In an attempt to address neighborhood concerns, the development company has put together an alternative plan comprised of fewer overall residential units, shorter buildings bordering the adjacent residential neighborhood, and two smaller hotels instead of one, taller hotel. The plan shrinks overall residential units from 586 to about 400, Todd Mathes, director of development at Benderson, told The Eagle. The commercial aspect of the project is unchanged. In the alternative plan, residential buildings bordering the nearby neighborhood of Pine Shores would be three and four-stories tall — instead of the 85-foot tall building in plans revealed this spring and submitted to the county. In the alternative plan, one 85-foot building is positioned towards the center of the property, further from existing homes. A single, 85-foot tall hotel would be replaced by two hotels of smaller scale but the total number of rooms would increase. Mathes said he’s hopeful this new plan will win the support of neighbors, especially those in the nearby Pine Shores Neighborhood, the residential area behind the new development — where concerns have been voiced about the amount of

See companion Siesta Promenade article on page 20 traffic the center would produce in an already congested season, and scale and privacy issues. “We are leaning towards the second [alternative] plan with the lower heights and density,” Mathes said. Seeking support But ultimately, the level of community support will drive whether the development company changes course and pursues the alternative.

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Trick or Treat Trail

What: A luminary trail for Trick or Treaters. The event purpose is to provide a lit, defined, and safe trail for our families during Halloween Where: Proposed: Peregrine Drive, Kestral Parkway South & Flicker Field Circle (see pg 7) When: Saturday October 29, 2016

Time: 6pm – 9pm

“It’s a question of whether the neighborhood is open to supporting that,” Mathes told The Eagle in an interview Sept. 22. “The question right now is should we just stick with the 586 [density] or is this alternative plan that we worked on, is it supported by the neighborhood? “We worked hard to come up with an alternative plan that we thought the neighborhood would be for,” Mathes added. Continued on page 27

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres., Larry Lawrence opened the meeting by announcing a discussion of Irwin Starr’s “Entry and Exit Time, Modification Proposal” would take place later in the meeting. Then he introduced roads Committee chairman, Don McMurray who would give the first of three oral committee reports to be given during the meeting.

ROADS

Roads chair, Don McMurray was pleased to report the committee now has a signed contract to repave selected roads at The Landings. He and Kurt Jenson will be meeting with the contractor to discuss a final timetable and then meet with the four associations affected, to work out a final schedule. McMurray cautioned to expect a substantial disruption and inconvenience for all involved. The contract calls for the work to be done in 45 days or less, however weather issues could cause a delay. Work is expected to begin soon.

LAKES

LMA Pres., Larry Lawrence shared the Lakes Committee report in Michael Knupp’s absence. In 2013-14 a portion of the Starling Preserve trees and vegetation was dying. After a County inspection, they concluded high water levels was the cause. A reduction in water levels was mandated by the County and the area was replanted with the same plants originally specified when the lake was established. In addition, the

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County required LMA to hire a consultant to oversee the replanting and make an annual inspection and status report of the area. The 2015 report showed good progress in the growth of vegetation. This spring it was discovered the trees were infested with a disease. Several pest-control companies were asked to eradicate the problem, but declined because the area was under county supervision. On August 15, the LMA consultant indicated in his annual report to the county that essentially all the plants installed in 2014 died. The committee is waiting for the County’s response to that report. After some discussion, it was decided the County would be contacted and encouraged to set up a meeting for all interested parties to attend. The goal of the meeting would be to determine an action plan.

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Committee chair, David Jacaruso announced the installation of new signs and high intensity red safety tape at the North and South Gates. The “Do Not Block the Intersection” sign that was blown down and subsequently stolen from Kestrel Park Way North, has been replaced and strengthened. He also reported the completion of repairs to the Main Gate facade. An inspection of damaged island curbs revealed that 360 running feet of curb needs to be repaired on four of the 53 islands. The committee is waiting on bids.

LMA POLICIES APPROVED

LMA Pres., Larry Lawrence reiterated the board had two opportunities to review and update eleven LMA Policies. The goal was to establish a common effective date. A motion was made to approve the policies and establish September 1, 2016 as the effective date. The motion passed unanimously. Lawrence was hopeful the new board manuals would be distributed at the next meeting.

SIESTA PROMENADE

LMA Pres. Larry Lawrence announced they were now part of the “Siesta Promenade Coalition”. The goal of their participation is to get the project downsized. Four major events will take place. 1. A boundary hearing. 2. A neighborhood workshop. 3. A planning commission hearing. 4. A final hearing before the Sarasota County Commission. The expected timetable for these four events is six months or longer. The boundary hearing is scheduled for October 11. The developer is hoping that through this hearing the density of the 24 acres would be increased, allowing them to construct the proposed 150 room hotel, the additional 500 residences and 140,000 ft. of retail space. The LMA representatives are hoping this will be rejected. Lawrence is hoping to collect emails from at least 25 Landings

residents expressing their concerns with the project. Neil Goldman agreed to send an email to each of the Association President’s soliciting emails from concerned residents. A Landings resident who has participated in early meetings about the project stood up and emphatically stated the goal of the coalition attorney is to get the project abandoned entirely.

FINANCE REPORT

Chairman, Dick Bayles announced adding Richard Stern to the Finance Committee. He went on to report increasing numbers in three categories of the proposed budget. Landscaping increased by 4%, they added money for “Light Pole Cleansing”’ and added money for Siesta Promenade authorized last month. The finance committee sent out a memo suggesting the board discuss additional options for the substantial

reserve cash account. Options brought forth were CDs, government securities, and short term treasuries. After limited discussion, they decided to address the issue at the next meeting.

CONTRACTOR ENTRY / EXIT TIMES

Landings resident, Irwin Starr wrote a letter to the editor of The Eagle suggesting a possible adjustment to the times contractors could enter and exit The Landings. Starr explained his motivation for the proposal was to try to make it easier for association presidents and possibly homeowners to deal with contractors coming in for major jobs. His proposal was to add a half hour at the beginning and a half hour at the end of the day to be enforced as quiet times, but to be used by contractors for set up and teardown. Continued on page 25

Notifications • The Halloween Trick or Treat will be on October 29 instead of the traditional October 31 date; therefore, on October 29 the North and South Gates will be closed at 6 pm. • LMA Q&A with members will resume the first Tuesday in October, 10/4 8:30-9:15 on the Racquet Club patio. Call Larry Lawrence if you have questions/issues you wish to discuss c-410-456-6240 • Next Community Hauling Date: November 9, 2016 from 8-9 a.m. at the north gate. • Code for the Field Road door: Call the Main Gate, 941-922.5531.

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LHA Meeting Notes At its regularly scheduled meeting, the Landings Homeowners Association board voted to approve the removal of trees on Flicker Field Circle, Peregrine Point Circle East, and Kestral Park Lane. It also approved replacement roof tile for a roof in Landings Lane. The next regularly scheduled meeting is on October 13, 2016 at the Landings Racquet Club at

7:00 p.m.. The board approved preliminary 2017 budget that provided for a Landings Homeowners Association annual assessment of $100.00, an increase of $30.00 from the 2016 assessment. As can be seen from the summary budget shown here, the sources of the increase are restoring the Association’s

Legal and Drainage Reserves and adding to the Drainage Reserve, recognizing the Association’s 2016 expenditures and anticipating further spending in the coming years. The targeted Drainage Reserve figure is $20,000, which we are planning to reach over the next two to three years depending on required expenses in those years.

New Gate Access Management System By the time you read this, you should have received a notice concerning our new visitor and resident access management system, called DwellingLive. That company acquired Capsure, the makers of the system that we’ve been using since 2008 and replacing their system.

The new system provides some advantages to our security staff, but more importantly improves access for those of our residents that choose to manage their access controls themselves, a highlight of which is the ability to use a smartphone app to access and update their information.

While we have made every effort to transfer the CapSure to the new system, there will inevitably be errors. We’re asking our residents to be understanding and patient as we go through this transition. The gate staff will work hard to minimize the bother to our residents.

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President’s Column TROPICAL STORM HERMINE

Sarasota was most fortunate in Hermine just brushing by with minimal flooding or damage. The Landings fared quite well with only a few trees losing limbs and no apparent flooding. We can thank Jack Jost and Mike Knupp for keeping the drainage system in tip top shape. LMA devotes substantial funding each year to drainage and it pays off when we do experience storms. Hopefully we will be spared any other significant storms during the remainder of the hurricane season.

ROAD PAVING PROJECT

Following is a current report from Don McMurray, Chair of the Roads Committee. Unfortunately, we are behind schedule since there have been a few setbacks, which have slowed the start of the project. On the positive side, we do have a paving company under contract to complete the work. We were initially delayed because we had to do a second round of bidding because the first proposals were double our estimates. Next our attorney and contractor’s attorney needed time to work out the contract agreement, so both parties were adequately covered. Once that was completed, we were scheduling the preconstruction conference when our project manager, Kurt Jensen of Jensen Engineering, unexpectedly passed. This put Jensen Engineering Group in a bind since they are a small, very busy firm, and they needed to figure out how to adequately cover the project manager’s responsibilities. They have since assigned Mark Mueller, Kurt’s right-hand man, to oversee the technical aspects of the project. He is getting up to speed by reviewing the specifications Kurt drew-up for the bid package. Unfortunately, Mark has been scheduled to be out of town until the end of the month (September) due to a pre-

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planned trip. Additionally, the paving contractor selected had scheduled our project to begin in early October, but could not hold the dates due to the delays. Currently, the project is scheduled to begin the last week in October, and end by the middle of November. The project will necessitate some parking challenges for the residents living in the associations being affected by the road work. Mark and I will continue to meet with the associations to coordinate the work schedule in order to minimize the inconvenience to all residents.

SIESTA PROMENADE

In early September Benderson Development Co. officially applied to the County to develop the northwest corner of Stickney Point/ Tamiami Trail intersection. The project as currently configured would include a 150 room hotel, 140,000 square feet of retail and 500 plus condominiums/apartments. As has been published in articles in the September issue of The Eagle, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has designated this intersection as class “F”, the lowest rating possible. In letters to the County, FDOT detailed the very significant safety issues at the intersection now and that the proposed development would considerably exacerbate the hazards. Unfortunately FDOT is only in an advisory capacity and has no decisionmaking authority regarding the project. LMA has joined the Siesta Promenade Coalition whose objective is to have the scope of the project limited to that which would be permitted by the Commercial General (CG) zoning classification in the Comprehensive Plan. This would limit the size of the development to approximately fifty percent of that being requested. All members of the LMA board are writing to the County Commissioners expressing their concerns about the application. Additionally, the presidents of the constituent

associations have been urged to send comment emails and to have their members contact the Commissioners as well. The County Commission will hold a public hearing on October 11 at 9 a.m. in the County offices at 1660 Ringling Blvd. Parking is on Pine St. at the rear of the building. Members of the Coalition including several spokesmen from LMA will address our issues of concern to the Commissioners. Other residents of The Landings are urged to attend. They may also wish to offer comments and if so should get there by 8:15 a.m. to sign-up. Please make your attendance a high priority and also please advise Neil Goldman, LMA VP, at chgosptfn@gmail if you plan to attend. All those attending are requested to wear blue to show the Commissioners the dramatic level of concern in the community.

PROPOSED MODIFICATION IN CONTRACTOR ENTRY/ EXIT TIMES

Irwin Starr, President of the Villas at Eagles Point, wrote a letter to the editor in the September issue of The Eagle requesting LMA consider a contractors’ entry time of 7:30 a.m. and exit time of 5:30 p.m. The early start time would be restricted to “set-up” and the additional half hour in p.m. for “clean-up”, providing quiet would be maintained. The provision would apply to all contractors, maintenance and repair vendors. After a thorough discussion at the September 1, LMA meeting, it was concluded that the existing times should be retained, but for major projects (e.g. roofing, painting multiple units, paving, etc.) constituent association presidents could request the extended hours. Quiet would have to be maintained during the extended times and that the exceptions provisions are to be clear, simple and consistently applied.

LMA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Henry Rhodes will chair the 2017 LMA Nominating Committee. Preliminary objectives for the committee are: improving gender balance of the LMA Board, securing representation in the “boomers” age bracket, and improving the ratio of full-time residents. I believe the first two issues are self-evident. The third is significant because this summer we have had several significant issues requiring action. Securing a quorum has been challenginggiven the number of seasonal board members and those on vacation. Please send recommendations for board candidates to rhodeshw@gmail. com. Many thanks for your consideration.

CLOSING COMMENTS

We would like to express our regrets about the paving delays.

The familiar cliché is applicable, “many a best laid plan”. Specification development and bidding started well in advance and then and then… OUR APPOLOGIES. On a more positive note all of the other major issues/projects are moving ahead quite well. Please be sure to see details on the Halloween Trick or Treat Event appearing elsewhere in The Eagle. Last year, specific streets are designated for the Trick or Treating. Note that the date is Saturday, October 29 instead of the actual Halloween date. The organizers thought it would be better for the kids to celebrate on Saturday rather than on a school night. For safety the North and South Gates will be closed on the 29th at 6 p.m. The Trick or Treat Trail was a rousing success last year and promises to be even better this year. Cheers, Larry

HALLOWEEN IN THE LANDINGS! What: Halloween Trick o’ Treating When: SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 ACTION: To be a house welcoming trick-or-treaters, please have lights to front door on SATURDAY from 6 - 9 p.m. and confirm your participation with Doug Day. The Saturday celebration will allow families with young children to participate on a non-school night. We hope that many in the community will join in and help us make the Landing’s Halloween Celebration a huge success! See page 7 for more information. Christina Rienhoff Questions/concerns? 410.440.7931, ccrienhoff@mac.com

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County Commission to vote on local mangrove ordinance

By Roger Drouin

|The shift in jurisdiction would take effect Nov. 1 if approved Sarasota County is continuing to pursue a change that would transfer jurisdiction from the state to the county in matters of mangrove trimming and monitoring throughout the unincorporated county, including Siesta Key. The county has been pursuing local jurisdiction since 2001, said Alyssa Vinson, environmental specialist with the county. But a recent local case has been a catalyst for advancing that effort to bring matters of mangrovetrimming enforcement into county oversight. After a troubling case, in 2014, in which a property owner cleared mangroves without a permit on Manasota Key, a judge ruled that the county had to defer to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Circuit Judge ruled that the state has complete authority over mangroves and that the county went too far in requiring the property owner to replant the trees cut down. That precedent

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worried local environmental advocates who were concerned that the state agency hobbled by budget cuts and lacking a local office would have limited enforcement ability. On August 31, Sarasota County received “delegation approval” from the state DEP — dependent on approval of a local ordinance by the County Commission — to oversee monitoring and enforcement of mangrove trimming compliance. A half dozen cities and counties throughout the state have been approved for and enacted similar, local jurisdiction ordinances. Delegation of the mangrove program is authorized under Section 403.9324 of the Florida Statutes, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The following local governments have delegated local authority to implement the program: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the town of Jupiter Island, and the

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city of Sanibel. The Sarasota County Commission is set to vote on its ordinance at the board’s Oct. 10 meeting, in the afternoon session. The meeting will be held at the RL Anderson Admin. Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. If approved by county commissioners, the mangrove ordinance would take effect Nov. 1, Vinson told The Eagle. Local jurisdiction would mean the county issues permits, and handles any compliance issues that come up, Vinson said. Current staff, including Vinson, would fulfill the duties that come with local enforcement and monitoring. The county has already been working to document mangrove trees. Starting in 2004, the county

has been in the process of creating coastal maps showing elements such as hardened features and mangroves, Vinson said. Those maps will become an enforcement tool if the county assumes jurisdiction on mangrove issues, and also

could help clear up questions on historical formations of mangroves. “We went by boat and surveyed the shoreline of unincorporated Sarasota County,” Vinson said. “We’re in the process of analyzing [the most recent] data and we have a good base map of what’s out there.” The information — including mangrove locales — will eventually be viewable by the public at the county’s GIS map website. If the local ordinance goes into effect, Vinson recommends that any residents in the county who have questions about mangrove trimming on their property or nearby properties should call the county’s call center at 861-5000. Often, local mangrove trimming falls under an exemption, but for property owners, “they can call the county and tell us what they want to do, or email us some pictures” to make sure the work is allowed, Vinson suggested.


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Racquet Club News |Manager’s Report

By Kevin Lechlitner

The end of the year is approaching and now is the time to throw your hat in the ring to serve on the 2017 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 1. 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 2017. As a reminder, beginning October 15 the guest fee will go back to $10 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. After 12:00 p.m., the guest fee will remain at $5. This will stay in effect through May 14. 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 67 people at the Labor Day cookout on September 5th. It was a nice turnout for Labor Day even though a sizeable number of members are still up

north. Everyone enjoyed our 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, Margaret Kahn, Isabel Becker, Nancy Ferraro, Dick Bayles 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 the volunteer assistance. Thank you again. The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance is scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Sammy J is coming back for the third year in a row to handle the musical entertainment. As per the norm, he will be accompanied by a live saxophone player. It is a wonderful addition to the evening. Chef James Riegel from Black Tie Catering will be back again as well. He has done a fantastic job catering this event the last several years. I look forward to seeing the new menu he comes up with. It should be another spectacular year-end party that you don’t want to miss. The event registration sheet will be in the Pro Shop by November 1. Seating is limited so be sure to sign up early.

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News From the Court By Joe Venezia John is back and it’s getting cooler so let the tennis season begin. We had a fairly busy summer, along with the rains. In September we had a US Open Round Robin. Thanks to all who participated. Beginning October 1, 2016, the Monday, Wednesday and Saturday cardio classes will again have 12 openings. As a reminder, each person is to call in to the Pro Shop individually at 8:00 a.m. - residents on the 3rd Friday of the month, nonresidents on the 3rd Sunday of the month. It’s that time of year again. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 20, 2016 for the Father / Son Tennis Tournament. This year, in addition to the Senior and Super Senior Division we will be hosting the Ultra Father / Son Division in which the father must be 80 years

of age. 194 Save-the-Date notices were mailed out in early August so we look forward to another large turnout. Men’s and ladies tennis league play begins in October. If any Landings residents are interested in joining a team, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the team captain. Most teams have clinics in place. My lesson / clinic book is beginning to fill up. Contact me at 941-993-2628 or lrctennisdirector@ verizon.net to schedule the best time that works for you. In October / November 2016, we will initiate The Landings Cup League. Plans are to play the matches on Saturdays and Sundays. More details to follow. Come see me November 4, 2016 at Laurel Oak Country Club. I will be playing in the “Lessons For Life Fundraiser.” Check in the Pro Shop for the flyer with all the details. Hope to see you there. Here’s to a great Tennis Season. See you on the courts…


Parking in Beach Road restricted In late September, Sarasota County staff posted new signs at 12 parking spaces on Beach Road — adjacent to Siesta Public Beach Park picnic shelters — prohibiting the spaces’ use between midnight and 5 a.m. daily. That restriction was the 4-1 decision of the Sarasota County Commission in a Sept. 7 vote; it was a response to complaints from Sunset Royale and Crescent Royale condominium owners. The buildings are across the street from the parking spots. “I am ecstatic,” Paul Parr, one of the proponents of the late-night parking prohibition, told SNL “I am very happy, and I think the commission did a real good job of parsing [the concerns and information].” Parr said he was certain his fellow property owners in Sunset Royale and those at Crescent Royale also would be thrilled with the decision. Commission Chair Al Maio — who is the Siesta Key

representative on the board — made the motion for the restriction after passing the gavel to Vice Chair Paul Caragiulo. “I’ve spent a lot of time on this issue,” Maio said. When he was first elected in 2014, he continued, he visited with a number of the condominium owners in Sunset Royale and Crescent Royale. “I believe, based on listening to dozens of people, that between midnight and 5 a.m., there are a lot of activities [in or next to those Beach Road spaces].” As Parr and Robert D’Orsi, president of the Sunset Royale Association, pointed out to the county’s Traffic Advisory Council members in June and the County Commission in September, residents and renters at the two complexes contend with considerable noise late at night — much of it, they say, emanating from the area of the picnic tables and the parking spots. Commissioner Christine

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Robinson cast the lone “No” vote, having asked staff and D’Orsi numerous questions about the number of vehicle crashes and pedestrian injuries related to use of those parking spaces. Robinson also pointed out people arrive at the beach park early in the morning to collect trash on the shoreline; yet, the beach parking lot officially does not open until 6 a.m. During his September 7 presentation to the commission, Robert Fakhri, manager of the county’s Traffic Engineering and Operations Division, explained that representatives of Sunset Royale and Crescent Royale were petitioning for one of three options: elimination of the 12 spaces; restricting the spaces to loading zone usage only; or prohibiting parking after 10 p.m. each day. Fakhri also told the commission that both the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce had provided letters

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Neighbors of proposed Cassia Cay development awaiting Planning Commission hearing on the project By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com Ruth Brandwein and a number of her Pelican Cove neighbors are especially protective of the last undeveloped, private piece of property on Little Sarasota Bay. It stands next to Sarasota County’s Bayonne Preserve, where bald eagles nest and gopher tortoises burrow into their homes. With Oscar Scherer State Park and Historic Spanish Point both nearby, “there is a whole flyway of native lands,” she points out. The preserve also is the site of Indian mounds, Brandwein says. That means that vacant land next to it also could hold archaeological treasures, though an expert who works with Sarasota County on such matters has explained that artifacts could be buried so deeply it would take extensive excavation to find them. Still, those are just a few of the reasons, she told SNL recently, that she and her

neighbors will be watching on Nov. 3 as the Sarasota County Planning Commission reviews plans for the Cassia Cay residential and mixeduse project proposed for that property next to the Preserve. Brandwein was hoping the hearing would not be scheduled until after the November election, when many of the Pelican Cove residents who leave for the summer would have returned for season. She and other former members of the Pelican Cove Government and Neighborhood Liaison Committee researched the Cassia Cay plans, as the development’s border would be only half a mile from Pelican Cove, she said, which is reached by Vamo Road. And while the Pelican Cove board ultimately wrote a letter to county representatives to express concerns about traffic the project would generate,

the organization took no position on the development itself. Therefore, Brandwein pointed out, she and her like-minded supportive neighbors are acting as individuals, not official representatives, in voicing their concerns about Cassia Cay. The two parcels that comprise the project were rezoned in 2006, she explained. The plan then was for a mixeduse commercial development on the property adjacent to U.S. 41 and high-density residences on the bay. Now the proposal has morphed into one with more retail space and fewer dwelling units. Moreover, she added, the residences are planned for taller buildings. Kevin Daves of Core Development Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, is the developer. Sarasotans may remember him from his work with the RitzCarlton project in downtown

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Sarasota and The Concession golf club community. During a December 2015 neighborhood meeting that was required by Sarasota County, Daves explained that to make the project successful, he needed to reduce the amount of office space and increase the retail mix, according to notes from that session attached to the county application.

Project details Filed with county staff in February, the application says the Cassia Cay mixed-use development would stand on about 18.5 acres on the southwest corner of U.S. 41 and Holiday Drive, at 7914 S. Tamiami Trail. The proposal calls for 16 buildings, 14 of which would be for retail/ commercial uses — including restaurants — the application says. Building 12 would have Continued on next page


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retail uses on the ground level and 58 multi-family units spread among that floor and the second and third levels, the application notes. Building 15 would have retail uses on the first floor and offices on the second through fourth floors. Daves — working through his Sarasota agent, attorney Brenda Patten — is seeking the rezoning of the property as well as a special exception to increase the maximum height of three buildings that would stand on the southern portion of the property. The current zoning limits the height to 35 feet, according to the February application. The proposal is for those three structures to stand at 49, 47 and 38 feet, to accommodate the first-floor retail uses and to have three stories for the residential units and parking. The plan seeks approval for up to 170,000 square feet of commercial space, up to 40,000 square feet of office space and 120 dwelling units altogether.

On the site, 63.7 percent of the acreage would be open space, the application points out. Initial construction is planned to start in the first quarter of 2017 and end a year later. The final units would be completed in 2020, the application says. The current zoning and stipulations allow for 100,000 square feet of office space, 110,000 square feet of retail space and 152 dwelling units, according to a presentation the development team provided during the December 2015 neighborhood meeting. The approximately 13.33acre parcel set aside strictly for multi-family housing is on Little Sarasota Bay, south of Holiday Drive. The proposal for that land calls for 98 dwelling units over groundlevel parking in buildings that would range from three to five stories, according to the December 2015 neighborhood meeting details. That would put the structures at 45, 56

and 68 feet, the February application says. A special exception would be sought to increase the height allowed through current zoning. The plan also calls for an “amenity center,” or clubhouse. The site is zoned to allow 152 dwelling units in threeand four-story structures with residences above ground-floor parking, the December 2015 workshop information shows. The revised concept plan, the application notes, “reduces massing of the residential buildings and shifts the development further away from the Holiday Harbor residential area along Questar Lane.” Traffic concerns Traffic congestion has been the primary concern of many Pelican Cove residents. A number of the proposed changes accompanying the rezoning application involve traffic measures dating to the 2006 plans for the property. The Cassia Cay development

team wants to eliminate an agreement to extend the existing southbound to eastbound left turn lane on U.S. 41 at Lake Point Boulevard/Springfield Drive; eliminate the stipulation for construction of a southbound to westbound right-turn lane to the north access on U.S. 41; and eliminate the stipulation for construction of a northbound to westbound left-turn lane at the proposed intersection of the development’s northern driveway and U.S. 41. The proposal also calls for a third access point into the mixed-use area from U.S. 41. Wildlife considerations An environmental report completed in January, which was included with the February application, says visits to Bayonne Preserve confirmed that bald eagles were incubating eggs in the nest Brandwein mentioned to the SNL. However, because bald eagles no longer are listed as

threatened species, the federal and state governments have reduced the distance between them and development to 330 feet from 660 feet, the report says. Moreover, Cardno — the firm that prepared the report — applied for and obtained a bald eagle “take permit” in March 2010, in connection with plans for the previous development, Grande Bay. That permit has not expired, the report adds, so Core Development will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), as required, to ensure the firm complies with “current state and federal management guidelines for bald eagles,” the report notes. The environmental report also says that prior to development of Cassia Cay, all gopher tortoises “occupying the site will be relocated … pursuant to a permit issued by FWC.”

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Ingredients: • 2/3 cup granulated sugar • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine • 1 tsp. vanilla • 1 1/2 cup flour • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar • 1/2 cup corn syrup • 3 eggs and Splash of rum (optional) • 1 cup or little more of coarsely ground walnuts or pecans Grease bottom and sides of 10X12 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine granulated sugar, softened butter or margarine and vanilla. Beat until combined (like pie pastry). Stir in flour. Press onto bottom and 1/2inch up sides. Bake 15-17 minutes or until edges of dough are light brown. For the topping, in medium bowl, beat brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs rum (optional). Add coarsely ground walnuts or pecans. Spread over crust. Bake 25 minutes or until set. Loosen edges from sides then cool completely. Cut into preferred size squares. Makes around 40 mini bites.

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• KAREN FRIEND always picks up some cans of skinned sardines, and smoked trout. She uses it with horseradish and mayo. • BARBARA CHERTOK picks up Trader Joe’s pistachios, roasted with 50% less salt ,when she feels like a nut.

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Big “shout out” to Kevin Lechlitner and the Landings Racquet Club for the giant bag of used tennis balls. Not only is this a great way to reuse products, but the Suncoast Science Center, also known as the Fab Lab, now has “quiet” chairs and a few kids added different tool skills to their repertoire! A great WIN all around! Top Right: Ellie Bodor on a drill press at the Fab Lab Bottom Right: The results were great!

Around The Landings Phillippi Estate Park Please mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 when the Phillippi Farmhouse Market re-opens for its 8th season at Phillippi Estate Park. All your favorite vendors plus some new, exciting additions will be open at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to bring you the freshest local produce. The mission of the Phillippi Farmhouse Market is to support local agriculture, local purveyors of delicious food and baked goods and local artisans. There is always local music to enjoy listening to – so pull up one of the market’s Adirondack chairs, sit a spell and enjoy the tunes. Yes, your four-footed furry friend is welcome at the market. Vendors put out bowls of cool water for Fido. Please keep

him/her on a 6-foot leash and clean up after your pet. The Edson Keith Mansion will be open each Wednesday for a free tour at 10 a.m. Please be on time and a knowledgeable docent will take you through the 100-year-old Italian Renaissance home telling you about the early days of the Sarasota Community and local history. The market’s Welcome Center in the green tent has Friends of Sarasota County Parks volunteers with all the latest information on what’s happening in Sarasota. And, they are the most friendly, helpful people you will ever meet. See you at the Market!

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Kid’s Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Raphael Fabyanic - 11, 6th grader at Sarasota Military Academy Prep • Do you have brothers and sisters? Yes, I have one sister, 6, Gabriella and one brother, 12, Anthony.

We are in a big wide, secure community and the houses are really good.

• Favorite Ice cream? Vanilla. I could take Oreos and a cherry on top but I like • Do you have any pets? We had a fish named Bob but plain vanilla. he died. A magician gave me two goldfish but they died 6 days • Favorite school subject? Military studies –We learn later. the phonetic alphabet, uniforms, different levels of military, etc. • How is middle school going? Great. There is not a lot of I’m in the basic level. There are homework. The teachers are no-rank students below me and amazing. They are humorous and privates above me, then corporal, nice. This is the first year that the sergeant, and captain. I’m a class school is fully IB [International leader for the week in Military Studies, Agriculture, and Design. Baccalaureate]. In agriculture, we planted sweet • How long have you been in The corn, pumpkins, and spinach. I was in charge of the spinach. Landings? 4 or 5 years. We used to Our school is also doing a be in Eagle’s Point before the red mangrove renourishment program to help the shoreline Treehouses. here. • What do you like most about • Favorite Book? The Landings? Why? Wonder We are right by the water.

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Heidi Bodor • Favorite TV Show? A Team • Favorite Video game? Call of Duty • Favorite Sport? Soccer. I play with FC Sarasota. We have one practice and one game each week. I made the traveling team. Next year I’ll start that. • Favorite players? Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Neymar Jr. (Brazil) Continued on next page


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• Favorite color? Medium blue • Favorite song? “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey • Favorite movie? Blues Brothers • Favorite Food? Tacos are my favorite. • Least favorite food? Cucumbers are my least favorite. • One word to describe you would be? Strong/Athletic. • What do you do in your spare time? Either play with Legos or play video games. I have Pokémon cards and play Pokémon GO, Nerf guns, fish at the Landings Gazebo, swim and run the bridge (big bridge downtown) every other Sunday. I built a computer too. Want to see it?

(as he points to each part inside while naming what each internal piece does). • What was your favorite thing you did this year? Camp Sun ‘N Fun • What do you want to be when you grow up? A lieutenant in the Second Marine Division and then go into the Police Department and then after I can’t do that anymore, go financial.

• How would you describe a perfect day for you? I’d sleep in until 7:30 a.m. have a morning fruit snack, play with Legos for an hour, stay home and play all day, then meet with friends, go to Outback Steakhouse for steak, then go home and watch movies until midnight then go to bed. • If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have? MIND CONTROL

• Who are your heroes and why? Franklin D. Roosevelt - He served four terms as president. He was really wise and made good decisions. He almost got rid of the Great Depression and got us through WWII.

• What’s the best thing about being a kid? We get to drink soda – and the fact that my parents will spend $400,000 – 500,000 on us until we turn 18!

• If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why? A green anaconda since it’s very powerful.

• What’s something that you’d like to learn how to do? I’d like to learn great survival skills, like when the paratroopers jump and their chutes don’t open. They learn how to land and survive.

Raphael Fabyanic • Favorite part of the day? PE because we get to play around and do sports – except on fitness testing days. • What is your biggest dream? To get into the Naval Academy • What do you think is in outer space? Heaven is out there somewhere. They found hundreds of planets very similar

to Earth with liquid water but they are at the distance of a star. There is also the Milky Way and Andromeda which are on a collision course but it won’t happen for four billion years. • What are you good at? Grades. I have a 4.5 GPA. • What is the greatest thing ever invented? The raising/breeding of cattle for steak.

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‘Boundary hearing’ for Siesta Promenade to be held on Oct. 11 at County Commission meeting By Rachel Brown Hackney www.SarasotaNewsLeader.com In the morning of Oct. 11, the Sarasota County Commission will hold what is termed a “boundary hearing” on the latest proposal for the Siesta Promenade project at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. It will follow approval of the Consent Agenda of routine business items, county staff has notified residents who live adjacent to the project site. The boundary hearing is among initial steps necessary for the approval of a Critical Area Plan (CAP), which the owner of the property — Benderson Development Co. — is seeking so it can increase density on the approximately 25-acre site from the nine dwelling units allowed per acre under current zoning to 25 dwelling units per acre. After the County Commission approves the boundary — or planning area — of a Critical Area Plan, a county planning document

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explains, staff “examines existing conditions of the area, performs studies and analyzes results, leading to recommendations on ways to implement Comprehensive Plan policies and identify solutions to concerns from the neighborhood. The Critical Area Plan is then drafted with input from the community and finalized for consideration” by the Planning Commission and the County Commission, the document adds. In the formal application he submitted to Sarasota County Planning and Development Services staff in late August, Todd Mathes, director of development for Benderson, wrote that the company planned to pursue a project with 501 dwelling units, a 150-room hotel and 140,000 square feet of commercial space. The figure for residences had dropped by almost exactly 100 since Mathes made a presentation to Siesta Key Association (SKA)

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members on June 2. Residents of the Pine Shores neighborhood — just east of Siesta Key — have engaged in a flurry of emails as they prepare for the boundary hearing, Sura Kochman, a spokeswoman for the Pine Shores Neighborhood Alliance, told SNL during a telephone interview. Kochman pointed out that the project “affects hundreds and hundreds of people — thousands of people,” not just those in Pine Shores — adjacent to the Siesta Promenade site — but people on Siesta Key and others in the surrounding area. Many Siesta homeowners “are just beside themselves,” she added, because of the proposed Siesta Promenade residential density and fears about how that will exacerbate traffic backups, especially during the height of tourist season. Continued on next page


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Kochman noted that county staff members have told her 145 minutes has been set aside for the Oct. 10 hearing. “They’re anticipating that there’s going to be a lot of public comment.” However, she noted, “A lot of working people are very unhappy with that time [of day].” It is impossible, she pointed out, for “working, taxpaying individuals to attend a meeting of this importance” on a weekday morning. After the boundary hearing has been completed, Todd Dary, the county planner handling the Siesta Promenade project, has explained to Kochman that the full review process for such a project generally takes six to eight months. During the recent interview with the SNL, Kochman made it clear that Pine Shores residents are not opposed to a development at that busy intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. “They are entitled to develop [the property] for the [commercial zoning district] they are requesting,” Kochman said of Benderson employees. The request is for rezoning of the site to Commercial General, she pointed out. In such a district, she said, a maximum of 250 residences, 150 hotel rooms and 140,000 commercial space would be allowed. What Benderson is requesting is double the number of dwelling units, she added, which is why it is seeking approval of a CAP. “We are saying, ‘No, that is not compatible with the neighborhood.’” Kochman also noted that the plan calls for at least one six- or seven-story residential building. [Mathes told SKA members in June that the hotel also would be 85 feet tall.] “The privacy of every single home [in Pine Shores would be] compromised,” she stressed, because those people in the tall structures would be able to look down on the adjacent singlefamily homes. Many people continue to have the mistaken impression that the residential buildings will be constructed along U.S. 41, she said. Those buildings will be next to the neighborhood, Mathes explained during the June 2 SKA meeting. “You’ll be looking at a grocery store and retail” on U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road, Kochman added — a point Mathes made during the June 2 SKA meeting.

What about all the traffic? Although Benderson submitted a traffic study with its county application, Kochman told SNL that she and other residents maintain the undertaking was inadequate to capture the full measure of impact the project will have on the surrounding area. The Sarasota consulting firm KimleyHorn analyzed traffic from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Mathes told the SKA members that the firm set up “continuous video monitoring of Stickney Point [Road]” on a Saturday, but the Kimley-Horn report provided to the county said its analysis covered 12 to 2:30 p.m. on March 28. Given the steady stream of traffic onto Siesta Key from about 9:30 in the morning until 6 or 6:30 p.m. each day during the height of tourist season, Kochman told SNL, she and her Pine Shores neighbors believe the traffic study should have been undertaken for a much longer period on a weekday during the busiest part of the year. FDOT representatives already have voiced concerns to Sarasota County staff about the traffic that would be anticipated with increased density at the location, documents show. However, county staff has responded that it cannot keep Benderson from developing the site. As for the mix of commercial space that has been proposed, Kochman pointed out the impact online shopping has had on brick-and-mortar locations. “Dead retail is worse than no retail.” Other than the 35,000- to 40,000-squarefoot “high-end” grocery store — like a Fresh Market or a Whole Foods — much

Drive Time Map of the rest of the commercial property will be a mix of services, such as dry cleaners and barbers, Mathes told SKA members. In an Aug. 25 addendum to the application Mathes filed with the county, he wrote, “Maps with distance rings … are the simplest and most widely used method for defining a trade area. … In our case as a mix of convenience, comparison [shopping] and lifestyle/ service amenities, we believe the 3-57 mile radius is the most appropriate segment to analyze for Sarasota.” The demographics within the corresponding 5-, 10- and 15-minute drive-time radii of the site show the plan for Siesta

Promenade is suitable, Mathes added. Among the data provided, for example, is that the estimated population this year within 5 minutes of the site is 61,066, and the estimated average household income is $89,272. The projected annual growth for the population is 1.6% from 2016 through 2021, the document shows. Furthermore, the data says that the total retail expenditure of households within 5 minutes of the site will be $907 million this year; within 15 minutes, $3.51 billion. Benderson used census records from 2000 to 2010 to extrapolate the figures, the document notes.

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Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy Kristy and Dave Ochsendorf live in The Landings, and are the proprietors of Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy. Located in the village on Siesta Key, the office is celebrating its sixth year of operation. Both Kristy and Dave are highly trained physical therapists, having met when they were both students at Old Dominion University. There, Dave earned his Master of Physical Therapy Degree and Kristy earned her Doctorate. Early in their careers, they traveled the country, working in outpatient orthopedic clinics in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Arizona, California and Hawaii. Dave was raised in Elkins, WV, and grew up playing soccer, baseball and basketball. Aspiring to have a career in sports medicine, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University, becoming a certified Athletic Trainer. He then completed his Master of Education degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia. Before meeting Kristy in 2001, he worked for four years as an athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams at Virginia Military Institute focusing on acute management of injuries as well as rehabilitation and prevention. This involved covering practices and traveling with the team to games where he assessed and treated orthopedic injuries on the spot. Kristy Grew up in Ohio, where—from age 5 to 16— she studied and danced with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University in 2001, before attending Old Dominion University and meeting Dave. Kristy’s grandparents discovered Sarasota when they retired in 1985 so she and Dave were already familiar with the area. Working in multiple warm weather locales across the country confirmed their love of Sarasota. With

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degrees in hand and having accumulated extensive clinical experience, they settled here in 2008. In 2010 they bought their home in The Landings and opened Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy. The following year, daughter Jessie was born. Now 5, she entered Kindergarten in September and has also just taken her first tennis lesson! Although tennis is not yet on her sister’s horizon, Lyla is not far behind: now 3, she attends preschool. Both parents are ardent runners: Kristy serves on the board of the Manasota Track Club, while Dave runs for Team New Balance, a group of 25 of some of the best runners in the area who compete in Sarasota and Manatee County races. In 2015, Kristy was named Female Runner of the Year by the Manasota Track Club. Specializing in foot/ ankle, spine, and shoulder biomechanics, Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy has a proven track record for reducing pain and helping patients and athletes improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Their enlightened, scientific approach to sports and physical therapy effectively treats a variety of issues ranging from post-operative care to gait and balance problems. On their website, www.siestakeypt. com, you will find a wide range of individualized, oneto-one treatments based on each client’s specific needs and impairments. Dave uses a variety of manual skills to effectively treat the spine and extremities. When applied properly, Dave believes that the principles of biomechanical correction, sports medicine treatments, and manual therapy yield great results for clients of all ages. Dave specializes in rehabilitation of runners, dealing with running related injuries by analyzing their form and prescribing specific exercises to address muscle imbalances. Kristy takes summers off

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to be with their two young children. In the winter, however, she specializes in the treatment of vertigo and working with Sarasota’s active population of senior citizens. Both Ochsendorfs provide 1:1 physical therapy for patients

recuperating from a variety of orthopedic injuries or surgeries including knee, hip, and shoulder replacements. Kristy’s passion and enthusiasm for exercise translate into exceptional results for her clients. She takes a scientific and evidence-based approach, applying principles of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to successfully treat a variety of acute conditions as well as movement disorders and postural dysfunctions. She inspires her patients to enjoy an active lifestyle through participating in regular yoga, cycling, weight-training, and running herself. Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy accepts Medicare and most other insurance plans. They also offer special treatment packages and payment options for people with high out-ofpocket costs. They offer one free initial consultation/screening to determine just how much physical therapy can improve your condition. They are currently offering free exercise classes each Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. You can contact their office for more details. Siesta Key Sports & Physical Therapy is located at 5147 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 34242. Their phone number is 941.870.5811.

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The Pink Heals Tour 2016 Event Stops at Angelo’s Restaurant in Sarasota Angelo’s Restaurant, located at 6115 South Tamiami Trail, just off the south bridge of Siesta Key, and north of Stickney Rd., will be hosting a Pink Heals event on October 17, from 4-8 p.m. Six pink firetrucks are expected at the event. Owner, Angelo DiFiore will be donating the buffet for this event and your generous donations will help the Pink Heals fire fighters’ ongoing efforts to bring awareness and funds to local community based initiatives. Wine, beer and sodas will be available at the cash bar at special happy hour prices. The restaurant will be closed to regular diners for the evening. The 9th Annual Pink Heals Tour began its trek this year across America on August 14. The tour traveled from Phoenix, Arizona, visiting over 50 cities, making home visits, sharing the program and touching thousands of lives. The tour will finish up in Jacksonville, Florida on November 13. Its mission is to support people, not causes, through home visits and to help leaders and businesses maintain fundraising dollars locally in support of women and their families. Pink Heals volunteers visit individuals facing adversity in their home, the hospital or at their place of work to honor their courage, foster hope, and provide them with the love and compassion they deserve. The Pink Heals Program was conceived and founded by Dave Graybill, a retired firefighter and former professional athlete. A loving father of two healthy children who selflessly spent his inheritance to golf across America to raise money for sick children. A visionary man who has made it his philanthropic mission to change the manner in which our country fund raises from one that focuses on causes and ribbons to one that focuses on the human element again and keeps monies raised

What: Pink Heals Tour 2016 When: October 17, 2016 from 4-8PM Where: Angelo’s Restaurant 6115 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34231 EVENT SPONSORS: Angelo DiFiore of Angelo’s Restaurant, Vivian Kehrer of Sarasota Sally, Vicky Sullivan of Rock the Lens Photography, Spring Hill Suites Sarasota - Bradenton, Joyland Rentals, and Siesta Sand. Raffle item donations from Salon 41, Star Struck Nails, and Glam Lash. (Advertorial)

The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Siesta Key Chamber participated in a Ribbon Cutting for Budget Self Storage’s new facility located at 4515 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

in a community within that community to benefit its people. The Pink Heals Program has evolved from a single fire truck driven by a single fire fighter (Dave Graybill) to over 150 trucks in three countries driven by hundreds of volunteers on a mission to keep fund raising local to support the communities themselves. What started out as a mission that focused on a single disease has evolved into a Program that can heal all-things. Dave’s visionary leadership has turned the trucks around and Pink Heals is the vehicle that this country is using to drive home much needed support for a wide range of community based initiatives. See their website at: www. pinkfiretrucks.org Graybill stated, “Pink Heals is not a charity. It’s a program that creates visible and immediate change in a community by delivering donations directly to those in need. No overhead, no third-party payouts, just pure volunteerism based on love.”

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Zen Garden Enhances Beauty of The Landings Neighborhood By Diana Colson Albert and Camie Ford have created a beautiful Zen garden on Kestral Park Way. They bought the house in September of 2015, purchasing it sight unseen, judging from photographs that the layout would be perfect for Camie. It’s a one-story house centering around a swimming pool, ideal for the health problems she is battling so bravely. The property also has a long, sodded, peninsula of green grass, an attribute both found intriguing. Before long they were thinking “wouldn’t it be nice if we had some fruit trees…” The Fords were no strangers to Sarasota. They had lived on Point of Rocks for 20 years, where they raised seven kids— his, hers, and theirs—in an idyllic, Siesta Key setting. With most of the children grown, they returned full-time to Albert’s native Boston, where they lived in a Town House in the city and spent summers in their house near Cape Cod. Albert ran a shop just outside Boston. He was in the antiques appraisal business, and also ran an import/export business primarily between Europe and America. During their 38 years of marriage, the couple was to do extensive traveling, both for business and for pleasure. Albert said, “Six years ago we went to China and found a life-sized bronze Buddha from the Ming Dynasty. It’s a great big beautiful thing. We decided to place it at the far end of the Landing’s property.” Inspired by the peninsula of grass leading up to the Buddha, they felt it was time to add those fruit trees. They took their plans for a Zen Garden to the Landing’s Association, and the project was unanimously approved. In Albert’s words: “They do a wonderful job of caring for this beautiful property.” Albert hired Todd Foster, a Nokomis landscape designer, to create a unique garden leading up to the beautiful bronze Buddha. Says Albert,

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“He’s one of the best in the state of Florida! We are very fortunate to have found him because every garden he does is just perfection!” Todd Foster stripped the peninsula of all grass and sod, removing 14” of the top layer of dirt in order to make an organic garden. “We want only organic here,” says Albert. “It takes seven years for the soil to become cleansed enough to be considered organic. We brought in twenty tons of the finest organic soil available in Florida. We then chose twentytwo various fruit trees that were in a slightly advanced state so that we would have immediate gratification. Being in our early seventies, we did not feel we had ten years to wait. We wanted those trees to yield now!” Todd designed a path with raised floral beds that led to the Buddha. He also built a teakwood arbor centered to the oriental garden. Here Florida grape vines were planted, vines that will take two years to reach maturity. The fruit trees they planted represent every kind grown indigenously in Florida. There were three different types of bananas, six different types of citrus, and a collection of other exotics. Pineapples flourish in the center of the path. Two hedges appeared, one sporting blue flowers and the other orange ones, plus an assortment of vines and palm trees. Since the garden receives full sunlight, they installed underground water pipes that automatically turn on at 4:30 a.m. seven-days-a-week, with water being drawn from the Ford’s own well. An herb garden has also been planted to provide cooking herbs and cutting flowers. Every day, helpers stream in and out of the house: a houseman, a housekeeper,

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The path leading to the serene sitting area includes a raised floral bed

Pineapple plantings grace the circular bedding area in the path’s center

a nurse, various physical therapists, and two cooks who take turns preparing delicious vegetarian meals for both Albert and Camie. To accommodate cars, three new parking places are being created, giving the house a total of eight. Pavers have been ordered for these new spaces, but so much construction is going on in Sarasota that the Fords were forced to wait several weeks for those to be delivered. The Ford’s seven children are scattered across the country: California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Alabama and Florida. In spite of distance, they travel often to visit Camie and Albert in their new Florida residence and marvel at the beautiful Zen garden. In August, the couple went off by themselves to escape the heat. They spent the month in a house on the beach in Nova Scotia, traveling there with their houseman and their beautiful dog, a charming Golden Doodle named Charlie Bear, aka PeeDee.

An organic garden with 22 various mature fruit trees lines the Zen garden

The life-sized bronze Buddha sits majestically on the far end of the Ford’s property


LMA Meeting Notes Since hearing from several residents, Starr explained his motivation changed and became “simplicity and clarity”. He was surprised to learn exceptions were possible, but not well publicized. LMA Pres.,Larry Lawrence prepared and distributed an options paper and seven Landing’s residents shared their opinions about the issue. After a thorough 40-minute discussion a motion was made. The motion stated: The existing 8 a.m.-5.p.m. entry/exit times be retained except for major projects when presidents of constituent associations request and an officer of LMA approves a 7:30 a.m. entry for set-up or

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5:30 p.m. departure for cleanup and quiet is maintained during these extended periods. Further the implementation rules are to be simple, clear and consistently applied. Examples of major projects were roofing or painting of multiple units, road paving, etc. The motion was approved unanimously.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Chairman, Neil Goldman reported receiving two complaints. The first about a homeless person sleeping in the county park outside the South Gate. The second, about a vendor who solicited

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE October 2016

As in any presidential election, looking ahead at Nov. 8, one is struck by the imponderables in what many seasoned observers today are calling an unprecedented electoral contest. Yet to me, some things appear to be quite clear. Let’s see what you think as I riskily--and as objectively as possible--glance ahead at what I believe may be the possible outcome in the Electoral College. (Its unique workings I surveyed in the September issue of The Eagle). Take those key States, the winning of which is deemed crucial for the victorious candidate whether Hillary R. Clinton (HRC) or Donald J. Trump (DJT). Here are the electoral chances at advanced Eagle press time (pre-candidates’ debates) each seemed to have in such States. First, the three must-win big States: As everyone knows, these are Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Added to these are crucial litmus ones like Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, and North Carolina. The latter are also seen as swing States. Meaning, one or another State, including perhaps even a big battleground State, or one in the swing category could flip flop from its usual voting pattern and upset predictions. Florida is one such State. As The Eagle goes to press, Florida appears to be upsetting predictions. So are Ohio and Nevada. These are key States where Trump lately has been making gains over Clinton. Yet, as it stands now, HRC appears to have a commanding lead in the predictably Democratvoting States like Michigan, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and other key States while seemingly staying ahead in the big one, Pennsylvania. In these and other “Blue” (Democrat) States there is what might be called a “recidivist” pattern in which the given State traditionally goes Democrat, as in the two or three most recent presidential elections. Besides Pennsylvania,

Earlier electoral map projection, reproduced from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times

Ohio and our Florida, which used to fall into this category along with New Mexico, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado, and others. With the formerly expected results, when you count electoral votes, it means Clinton wins the election by garnering almost three-quarters (or over 345) of the total electoral votes. As everyone knows, a total 270 wins the election. But at this writing, such an outcome in Clinton’s favor looks increasingly doubtful. To upset the predicted outcome, Trump the Republican will have to win more than all of the States that went Republican in the recent elections. Meaning besides the “predictable” Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, several States in the South, especially Florida but including Georgia along with West Virginia, Wyoming, and other States--that is, those that have gone Republican in recent presidentials. Trump would have to pick up some surprise flip-flops in swing States. As it stands now, when we total up these once expected

Democrat victories based on past elections and by projecting ahead, the outcome still leaves Trump, according to some analysts, with only a little over one-third of a winning electoral vote vs. Clinton’s well over the 270 votes necessary to win, or possibly well over 300 electoral votes. This prediction once indicated a virtual landslide for HRC. But by the end of September, the picture was changing. Trump began to increase his support among potential voters, according to a variety of polls. I have omitted discussion of important demographic factors. I assume Landins are familiar with them, like the indicated preferences of women voters; college vs. non-college voters; minorities; Millennials, and so on. In weighing these factors, analysts generally once agreed that they mostly pointed towards a Clinton win. Still, let’s be careful. As Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra’s manager, once said: “Never make predictions, especially about the future.”


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LHA 2017 BUDGET

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The Landings Homeowners Association, Inc. 2016 Forecast and 2017 Preliminary Budget 2016 2016 Forecast

2016 Budget

$ 15,260       1,200          900            77    17,437

Fines Miscellaneous Income Interest Income Total Income Expense General & Administrative Bank Charges Legal Fees Tax Preparation Office Expense State Fees Total General & Administrative Insurance Mailbox Maintenance Property Remediation Drainage Remediation Arch., Engr. & Landsc. Fees Communications Miscellaneous Expense Total Expense

Ordinary Income/Expense Income Fees Operating Maintenance Fee Application Fees Estoppel Fees Late Fees Total Fees

Variance

2017

Variance

vs Budget

2017 Budget

vs 2016 Fcst

$           15,260               1,400                  800                        ‐             17,460

$               ‐               (200)                100                   77                 (23)

$    11,336           900           675                 ‐      12,911

$    (3,924)           (300)           (225)             (77)       (4,526)

      1,000            10            34    18,481

                       ‐                        ‐                     30             17,490

            1,000                   10                     4                991

                ‐                 ‐              20      12,931

           (10)             (14)       (5,550)

         (12)       2,500          575       1,300            61       4,424       3,600       2,000       1,000    18,000          125          500               ‐    29,649

                      ‐               5,000                  600               1,300                     60               6,960               5,000               1,600               2,500                        ‐                  500                  500                  500             17,560

                 12             2,500                   25                      ‐                   (1)             2,536             1,400               (400)             1,500         (18,000)                375                      ‐                500         (12,089)

               ‐        2,500           600        1,300              61        4,461        4,134        2,000        1,000                 ‐           125           700           500      12,920

            12                 ‐              25                 ‐                 ‐              37            534                 ‐                 ‐     (18,000)                 ‐            200            500     (16,729)

Net Ordinary Income

  (11,168)

                   (70)

         (11,098)

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    11,179

Net Other Income

               ‐

                       ‐

                     ‐

                ‐

               ‐

Total Additon to/(Subtraction From) Surplus

  (11,168)

                   (70)

         (11,098)

             11

    11,179

Additions to Reserve Legal Reserve Drainage Reserve Total Additions to Reserve

$      2,860         7,500 $    10,360 Lots:

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Operating Assessment per Unit: Reserve Assessment per Unit: Total Assessment per Unit

$      52.00        48.00 $   100.00

Sura Kochman, a resident of the Pines Shore neighborhood and spokeswoman for the Pines Shores Neighborhood Alliance, said the revised alternative plan appears to be an improvement in some aspects. “It seems that Benderson is moving in the right direction by reducing the number of residential units,” Kochman said in an email to The Eagle. “I feel that we are not quite at the point where the entire unit count across the site is low enough, as the hotel room count increased. Also, the 85 foot height remains on the plan for the largest residential building.” In addition, Kochman said traffic concerns remain. The 24-acre site was formerly the site of a gas station and 300 mobile homes, along with 13 streets that cut through the property. It has been vacant for some time. This is not the first time plans for the large project have been modified. Plans for Siesta Promenade were initially proposed in 2014, and this spring Benderson revealed new plans that decreased the total proposed commercial development by more than 100,000 square feet. The commercial aspect of the project remains unchanged. Plans call for the lifestyle center to include 140,000 square feet of retail, including an upscale grocery store. The largest retail space would be filled by an upscale, healthy grocery store, along the lines of The Fresh Market or Sprouts Farmers Market, Mathes said. Benderson has been in talks with one potential grocer but declined to name the store at this point in the process. Representatives for the developer

have been meeting with local residents, from representatives of the Pine Shores Neighborhood group to board members of the Siesta Key Association, and the Esplanade by Siesta Key to discuss the project, and Mathes said he plans to continue to meet with nearby residents, including a meeting with the Pine Shores Neighborhood in October, to share specifics of the alternative plan. “We are talking a lot to everyone affected by project,” Mathes said. Concurrently, the developer is continuing to seek county approval for a “Critical Area Plan,” or CAP, designation for the proposed Siesta Promenade, which would clear the way for an increase in density. On October 11, the County Commission will discuss and vote on the CAP. But that step in the approval process focuses mainly on the designation of the CAP boundary area, Mathes said. The Critical Area Plan clears the way for a density level above 13 units an acre and increased height of buildings.

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7165 ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE       TOTAL 7150 ROADS

The preliminary budget for LMA’s 2017 fiscal and calendar year shows a small reduction in the Annual Assessment from 2016 in the amount of $43.00 per unit.

DRAINAGE 7170 DITCH MAINTENANCE 7175  DRAINAGE       TOTAL 7160 DRAINAGE

  23,000    38,360

       5,000       20,360

             5,000             20,667

                307

    5,000    17,000    22,000

       5,000       15,000       20,000

             5,000             20,000             25,000

                     ‐               5,000               5,000

LMA 2017 BUDGET

MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS LANDINGS MANAGEMENT INC.              1,500 7210  LIGHTING REPAIRS & SUPPLIES          750ASSOCIATION,            750               2,250 PROJECTED EXPENSES         AND BUDGET 7220 2016 MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES 500 2017           PROPOSED 500                  400                 (100) January 1, 2017 -   December 31, 2017 7225  MAINTENANCE SERVICE 24,450       24,450             24,450                       ‐ 7230  SIGNAGE & MAINTENANCE      8,500       10,000               8,500             (1,500) 2017 2017 ‐ 7240  CURB MAINTENANCE      7,4852016         7,485               7,485                       VARIANCE vs  7235  WALL PAINTING & MAINTENANCE      5,800 APPROVED         1,800 PRELIMINARY               1,800                       ‐ BUDGET BUDGET FORECAST      TOTAL 7200 MAINT & REPAIRS    47,485       44,985             44,885 2016 BUDGET                 (100) 7740  GATES‐MAINTENANCE    14,000       14,000             14,000                       ‐ LAKES      TOTAL 7700 SECURITY         221,661 228,861 245,830             16,969 7320  LAKES CONTRACT 8,674               8,674                           9,021                  347 COMMUNICATIONS 7330  LAKES ‐ OTHER      2,000         2,000               2,000                       ‐ 7755  FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE‐CONTRACT LANDINGS WEBSITE         5,000           5,000                                2,700 7340       1,623         1,623               7,700 1,688                    65 7757  FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE ‐ OTHER LANDINGS EAGLE NEWSLETTER         8,392           8,392                                        7345       7,000         2,000               8,392 5,000               3,000‐ 7759       TOTAL 7300 LAKES COMMUNICATION/PRINTING 5,000              14,297 3,000                          17,709 4,200               1,200         3,412 19,297     18,392        16,392              20,292               3,900 UTILITIES     TOTAL 7751 COMMUNICATIONS 7510  WATER/SEWER & FIRELINE          600            600                  600                       ‐ COMMUNITY EVENTS 7520          55,000                     1,100‐ LANDINGS MANAGEMENT INC.                      7762  ELECTRIC COMMUNITY EVENTS 2,000ASSOCIATION,        55,000 2,500                          56,100 2,500 2016 PROJECTED EXPENSES        2017 PROPOSED BUDGET   AND       55,600             56,700               1,100‐      TOTAL 7500 UTILITIES 55,600      TOTAL 7761 COMMUNITY EVENTS 2,000           2,500                 2,500                        January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 7720  GUARDHOUSE MAINTENANCE       2,200         2,000               2,200                  200 7810  INSURANCE     11,200       11,200             12,320                1,120 7723                2,100                  20174,000 2017 300‐      2,100 4,0002016         1,800 4,000                                                   7820  JANITORIAL SERVICE‐GUARDHOUSE LEGAL/PROFESSIONAL 7725  179,361     196,061 207,000                      10,939‐ 7825  SECURITY SERVICES ACCOUNTING SERVICES       1,900 APPROVED         1,900 PRELIMINARY               1,900 VARIANCE vs                        BUDGET BUDGET 2016 BUDGET 7735  SECURITY‐OTHER    24,000       15,000             20,530               5,530‐ FORECAST 7835  FEES, DUES, LICENSE            62              62                     62                       7740             14,000 14,000 14,000                       7840  GATES‐MAINTENANCE INCOME TAX 250                  250                               250                       ‐‐      TOTAL 7700 SECURITY     221,661             16,969            245,830                  816 7870  MANAGEMENT FEE 40,788            228,861 40,788             41,604 [LMA 2017 Budget Publish 2016-09 2017 V2 9/26/2016] COMMUNICATIONS 7880  OFFICE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE, ETC.      2,500         2,500               2,500                       ‐ 7755                         2,700‐ 7890  LANDINGS WEBSITE BAD DEBT EXPENSE      5,000 4,000                   5,000 4,000                               7,700 4,000                       7757          8,392 8,392 8,392                        7892  LANDINGS EAGLE NEWSLETTER PROPERTY TAX            14                         14                                      14                       ‐ 7759       5,000               1,200 LANDINGS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC. 7895  COMMUNICATION/PRINTING MISCELLANEOUS 1,000         3,000               4,200 4,000 1,000 2016 PROJECTED EXPENSES AND 2017 PROPOSED BUDGET    18,392      16,392 67,714                           20,292 70,650 2,936    TOTAL 7800 ADMINISTRATION 65,714              TOTAL 7751 COMMUNICATIONS                    3,900 January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 C & D EXPENSES COMMUNITY EVENTS 9120  COMMUNITY EVENTS C & D GROUNDS MAINT CONTRACT      2,000 8,578                 2,500 8,578                             2,500 9,023                  445‐ 7762                              9130       TOTAL 7761 COMMUNITY EVENTS C & D LANDSCAPING      2,000 4,133                   2,500 4,133                               2,500 4,133                       ‐‐ 2016 2017 2017                                APPROVED PRELIMINARY VARIANCE vs  9145  C & D IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE          190            190                  190                       ‐ ADMINISTRATION BUDGET 2016 BUDGET 9150  C & D ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE          269            269                  269 FORECAST BUDGET 7810  INSURANCE     11,200       11,200             12,320               1,120 9210  C & D LIGHTING REPAIRS & SUPPLIES            29              29                     29 REVENUES 7820  LEGAL/PROFESSIONAL      4,000         4,000               4,000                       ‐ 9220  C & D MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES          459            459                   459 5010  ASSESSMENTS 615,669    615,669           642,397 7825  ACCOUNTING SERVICES      1,900         1,900               1,900                       ‐ 9520  C & D ELECTRIC          127            127                  127                       ‐                  379 5012  C & D ASSESSMENTS    14,095       14,095             14,474 7835  FEES, DUES, LICENSE            62              62                     62                       ‐ 9600  C & D ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT           (66)             (66)                   (66)                       ‐ 5040  LATE FEES      1,484                 ‐               1,000               1,000 7840  INCOME TAX          250            250                  250                       ‐ 9750  C & D INSURANCE          140            140                  140                       ‐ 5045  FINES               ‐                 ‐                        ‐                       ‐                  816 7870  MANAGEMENT FEE    40,788       40,788             41,604 9800  C & D ADMINISTRATION          173            173                  173                       ‐ 5050  INTEREST      1,683                 ‐               1,500               1,500 7880  OFFICE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE, ETC.      2,500         2,500               2,500                       ‐ 5070  VEHICLE DECALS          980                 ‐                  980               1,000          14,029             14,474                  445‐ TOTAL 9000 C & D EXPENSE 14,029 7890  BAD DEBT EXPENSE      4,000         4,000               4,000                                     3,879      TOTAL INCOME 633,911    629,764           660,351 7892  PROPERTY TAX            14              14                     14                       ‐    629,698           656,871            27,173 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE 635,787 7895  MISCELLANEOUS       1,000         3,000               4,000                1,000 EXPENSES AND RESERVES RESERVES   TOTAL 7800 ADMINISTRATION    65,714       67,714             70,650               2,936 RESERVES 147,685    147,685             94,962 GROUNDS C & D EXPENSES           (25,550)      TOTAL EXPENSES AND RESERVES 783,472    777,383           751,833 7120  GROUNDS CONTRACT    56,162       64,740             59,077             (5,663) 9120  C & D GROUNDS MAINT CONTRACT      8,578         8,578               9,023                  445 7130  LANDSCAPING    49,967       55,100             48,967             (6,133) 9130  C & D LANDSCAPING      4,133         4,133               4,133                       ‐ ASSESSMENTS 7140  TREE TRIMMING    15,500       15,500             15,500                       ‐ 9145  C & D IRRIGATION MAINTENANCE          190            190                  190                       ‐ UNIT ASSESSMENT 2016 2017 7145  SPRINKLER/IRRIGATION CONTRACT      4,620         4,620               4,620                       ‐ 9150  C & D ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE          269            269                  269 $915.00 MAINTENANCE $877.00 7155  SPRINKLER/IRRIGATION REPAIRS      5,000         5,000             10,000               5,000 9210  C & D LIGHTING REPAIRS & SUPPLIES            29              29                     29 RESERVES 216.00 135.00             (6,796)      TOTAL 7100 GROUNDS 131,249    144,960           138,164 9220  C & D MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES          459            459                  459      TOTAL $1,093.00 $1,050.00 9520  C & D ELECTRIC          127            127                  127                       ‐ ROADS

The reduction comes from a smaller reserve component from 2016, but higher operating costs driven largely by increases in contracted services. However, the budget as shown may be adjusted to reflect changes dictated by circumstances between now and the November 3, 2016 board meeting, at which the budget will be formally adopted.

Notices to each owner will be mailed in November to their address of record. If that address has changed recently, please be sure to notify our Property Manager, George Niel, at george@argusmgmt.com.

7151 ROAD SWEEPING 7165  ROAD REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE       TOTAL 7150 ROADS

DRAINAGE 7170 DITCH MAINTENANCE 7175  DRAINAGE       TOTAL 7160 DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS 7210  LIGHTING REPAIRS & SUPPLIES 7220  MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES 7225  MAINTENANCE SERVICE 7230  SIGNAGE & MAINTENANCE 7240  CURB MAINTENANCE 7235  WALL PAINTING & MAINTENANCE      TOTAL 7200 MAINT & REPAIRS LAKES 7320  LAKES CONTRACT 7330  LAKES ‐ OTHER 7340  FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE‐CONTRACT 7345  FOUNTAIN MAINTENANCE ‐ OTHER

9600 C & D ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT 9750  C & D INSURANCE 9800  C & D ADMINISTRATION

         (66)             (66)                   (66)          140            140                  140          173            173                  173

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             5,000             20,000             25,000

        750          500    24,450      8,500      7,485      5,800    47,485

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

             2,250                  400             24,450               8,500               7,485               1,800             44,885

                     [LMA‐2017 Budget Publish 2016-09 2017 V2 9/26/2016] TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE 635,787               5,000 RESERVES               5,000 RESERVES 147,685      TOTAL EXPENSES AND RESERVES 783,472               1,500                 (100) ASSESSMENTS                       ‐ UNIT ASSESSMENT             (1,500) MAINTENANCE                       ‐ RESERVES                       ‐      TOTAL                 (100)

    8,674      2,000      1,623      7,000

       8,674         2,000         1,623         2,000

             9,021                  347 • www.islandvp.com ISLAND 941.349.0194               2,000                       ‐               1,688                    65               5,000               [LMA 3,0002017 Budget Publish 2016-09 2017 V2 9/26/2016]

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TOTAL 9000 C & D EXPENSE

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           14,474

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  629,698

         656,871

          27,173

  147,685    777,383

           94,962           751,833

         (25,550)

2016 $877.00 216.00 $1,093.00

2017 $915.00 135.00 $1,050.00

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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 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 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 the Gulf into Sarasota Bay. Fish right on the bottom for pompano and just under the surface for blues and macks. Redfish will still be schooled up, but their numbers will be

diminishing. The shallow flats 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 fishing docks while Bass Assassin Elite Shiners are very effective working bars and points. A high, outgoing tide is best. Snook will be back in the bays and feeding aggressively on the flats, 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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View From The Gate

AUGUST TRAFFIC REPORT

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

Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety There were a total of 55 incidents reported for the month of August 2016. They are as follows: • 1 Disturbance Report Noise complaint. Patrol Officer made contact. • 7 Informational Reports North Gate arm stuck in up position. Tec. Advised. Ceiling tiles fallen in LRC. Management advised. Vendor solicitation. Company advised of rules. 4 FPL lights out. FPL advised. • 28 Open Doors Reported 24 Garage doors. 4 Commercial doors.

• 11 Parking Violations Reported 3 Parked in roadway overnight. 1 Parked on the grass. 7 Restricted vehicles parked overnight. • 1 Patrol Request Reports of vehicle tires screeching. Unable to locate cause. • 6 Reckless Driver Reports 5 Drivers at unsafe speeds 1 Driver accelerated in an unsafe manner.

By Dick Bayles

The annual updating of the directory has begun. Please check your listing in the last issue (as corrected). If you want to change your listing, please contact me as shown below. Additions, changes or corrections should be directed to me in writing. Directory forms are available from me via e-mail, at www.landingseagle.com and at www.thelandingsofsarasota. com, or from your association, and may be dropped off at the Landings Racquet Club or Main Gate to my attention, or sent via mail, e mail or toll-free fax. Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231. Email: landings.directory@gmail.com Fax: (855) 631-3860.

BE SURE TO SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS Compliant speeds are any speeds that are under the posted speed limit Low Risk speeds are speeds <+5 MPH of the posted speed limit Med Risk Speeds are speeds >+5 MPH but <+10MPH of the posted speed limit High Risk Speeds are speeds >+10 MPH pf the posted speed limit

2015 9453 9453 2015 15237 14097 29334 2015 3694 3329 7023

2014 11303 11303 2014 13705 12285 25990 2014 2216 1948 4164

2013 8794 8794 2013 13091 11732 24823 2013 3309 3107 6416

2012 11012 11012 2012 14937 14162 29099 2012 3356 3760 7116

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

• 1 Vehicle Accident Reported Vehicle backed into construction equipment. No injury. Moderate damage.

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2016 1815 1815 2016 13468 12643 26111 2016 3993 3498 7491

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

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The ATS Speed Sentry extended it’s deployment at the Peregrine Point Drive / Peregrine Point Court location during the month of August 2016 with the following results:

Date 08/16/16 to 09/15/16

Location Peregrine Point Dr / Peregrine Point Ct (Westbound)

Speed Limit 15

Compliant 75.91%

Low Risk 20.18%

Med Risk 2.82%

High Risk 1.09%

This represents a slight increase in non-compliance when compared with last months deployment with the largest jump in high risk offences since 2012. The average daily traffic at this location was 334.20 vehicles a day. This is up as well from 268.73 vehicles a day last month.

Date 08/16/16 to 09/15/16 07/16/16 to 08/15/16 04/01/14 to 004/30/14 08/01/12 to 08/31/12

Location Peregrine Point Dr / Peregrine Point Ct (Westbound) Peregrine Point Dr / Peregrine Point Ct (Westbound) Peregrine Point Dr / Peregrine Point Ct (Westbound) Peregrine Point Dr / Peregrine Point Ct (Westbound)

Speed Limit 15 15 15 15

Compliant 75.91% 78.38% 68.35% 62.45%

Low Risk 20.18% 19.14% 25..81% 29.07%

Med Risk 2.82% 2.41% 5.48% 7.24%

High Risk 1.09% 0.07% 0.37% 1.23%

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11

2pm

Eagles Editorial Mtg.

Wednesday

12

4pm

Bayview

Thursday

13

3pm

Veteran’s Day Committee

Thursday

13

7pm

LHA

Sunday

16

5pm

Rotary Club Octoberfest Private

Tuesday

18

1:30pm

LRC Board

Tuesday

18

7pm

Trivia Challenge

Thursday

20

2pm

Landings South IV

Thursday

20

4pm

Landings South VII

Friday

21

9:30am

Carriage House I

Tuesday

25

9am

Koffee Klatsch

Tuesday

25

5:30pm

Tree House HOA

Wednesday

26

9:30am

Carriage House I

Wednesday

26

4pm

Landings South III Board

Thursday

27

4pm

Eagles Point I

Saturday

29

6pm

Trick or Treat Trail

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE October 2016

Day Tuesday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday Tues - Sun Tuesday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Friday Tuesday Tuesday Bridge Landoliers Mah Jong Class Ping Pong Tai Chi Water Aerobics Yoga Zumba Gold Zumba Gold

Date 1 3 5 8 9 9 10 11 14 15 15 15 17 17 18 22 22

Time 7pm 7pm 3pm 2pm 8am 4pm 7pm 11am 11am 1:30pm 7pm 2pm 4pm 9:30am 9am 5:30pm

Event Trivia Challenge LMA Board Meeting Dr. Bloom - Private Eagle’s Editorial Meeting Community Hauling Bayview LHA Veteran’s Day Party Koffee Klatsch Father/Son Tennis Tournament LRC Board Trivia Challenge Landings South IV Landings South VII Carriage House I Koffee Klatsch Tree House HOA

Regularly Scheduled Items Mondays Tuesdays, beginning Oct 18. Thursdays Mondays & Wednesdays Thursdays Thursdays Mondays & Wednesdays Tuesdays Thursdays

6:30pm 3:30pm 9:30am 9:30am 9:30am 10:30am 8:15am 9am 8:30am


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&

Judy Tara

Greene

Lamb

Your Landings

Resident Real Estate Team

Landings Real Estate Database Address

Price

BR

BA

645,000

3

2

½ BA

HOMES FOR SALE

4696 PINE HARRIER DR

2

PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM JUDY AND TARA TO TO INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER HOMES FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS!! HOMES SOLD

CURRENTLY ACTIVE

5430 EAGLES POINT CIRCLE #201 • $629,000

5169 KESTRAL PARK LN.

700,000

3

4

1

5098 KESTRAL PARK WAY S.

675,000

3

2

1

5167 KESTRAL PARK LN.

644,000

4

3

0

1756 PINE HARRIER CIR.

539,000

3

2

1

1733 PINE HARRIER CIR.

525,000

3

2

0

1637 PINE HARRIER CIR.

480,000

3

2

0

5430 EAGLES PT. CIR #203

899,000

3

4

1

5420 EAGLES PT. CIR #401

599,000

3

2

1

1695 STARLING DR.

549,000

3

2

1

CONDOS FOR SALE

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

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

PLEASE CALL YOUR LANDING’S REAL ESTATE TEAM JUDY AND TARA TO INQUIRE ABOUT OTHER CONDOS LISTED FOR SALE IN THE LANDINGS! CONDOS PENDING

1498 LANDINGS LAKE DR.

445,000

3

2

1

1712 STARLING DR.

315,000

2

2

0

5430 EAGLES PT. CIR #201

494,000

3

2

1

1477 LANDINGS CIR

431,500

3

2

1

1419 LANDINGS PL

430,000

3

2

1

5241 HERON WAY

320,000

2

2

0

5059 KESTRAL PARK DR.

300,000

2

2

0

1630 STARLING DR.

235,000

2

2

0

CONDOS SOLD

1695 STARLING DR • $549,000 dy & Tara Ju ighborhoo ’s Ne

d

Judy Tara 350-0451 266-4873

OPEN HOUSE Michael Saunders & Company

4696 PINE HARRIER DR • $645,000

Watch for the “Judy and Tara’s Neighborhood” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Your Landings Resident Real Estate Team are proud advocates and supporters of Landings events including Sponsorship of the USTA Father/Son Annual Tennis Tournament.

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

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE October 2016

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending Sept. 15, 2016. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - October 2016  

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

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