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The Landings Support a Returning Solider There was a knock on our front door and to my surprise Keith, our mail carrier, was there with mail in hand. He hesitantly asked me if I might know how he could help Helena, his peer; get some of the small American flags. It seems that during the time Helena was delivering mail to us some of the streets were lined with the small flags and since her husband is an active duty solider it stuck with her. Keith chose the right house to ask the question, as the mother of an active duty Navy officer and marketing maven, I kicked into gear and turned the simple
request for flags into a community event. Helena’s husband, Ryan was returning from his 3rd or 4th deployment the following week and she wanted to line her street with small American flags to help welcome him home. I thought it would be a wonderful show of support to a serviceman if we sponsored the flags and took a picture of “all of us” to place on a card as a show of support from our community. An email was sent to those in our address book with the request to “spread the word” to gather for the picture. On Saturday, August 3rd, at
9:30 a.m., 38 Landings residents gathered for a picture holding American Flags and the card that we created with written messages of support. Not only did our residents gather for a picture but donations were made to provide some extra support for the family; the total contributions amounted to $140.00 which allowed the family some additional fun!! We received the following thank you note from Helena: “Thank you, words really cannot say the extreme gratitude my family and I have for your community!” Though it was raining when
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my husband finally came home, he did get a glimpse of all that I had done. He was extremely happy once the rain stopped and he saw the signs, balloons and Publisher’s Note As summer winds down and school resumes, Landins have enjoyed some quiet time these past few months with a minimal amount of planned activities or events. This allowed us the opportunity to share some articles with you happening beyond the gates. In our recent meeting with the Communication Committee, it was agreed that providing additional
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By Sara Rhodes flags. The moment when Ryan came off the plane and the kids ran to him with hugs & kisses was a moment that I will never forget. Story continued on page 15.
edit during this lull would give you a sampling of articles and columns from Siesta Key and Sarasota that can be added when space permits. Requested were Siesta Key news, articles on the Arts, upcoming events, a monthly fishing column, and some news from downtown. October ’s issue will again include more Landing specific articles and photos.
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LMA Meeting Notes Since the LMA board did not meet in July, a lot of topics were discussed during the August meeting. The annual review of committee plans begin anew for this year. Committee chairpersons are asked to identify what’s left to be done, what can still be accomplished and what the cost will be. All this with an eye on identifying action plans and budget considerations for 2014. Engineers set meeting to discuss reports Plans to resolve the traffic congestion at the Tamiami Trail, Proctor Rd., and Kestral Parkway North intersection are moving forward. Rhodes reported a meeting has been scheduled between the LMA board’s engineer and the Publix engineer to discuss any inconsistencies or errors in their respective reports. The results of the meeting will hopefully bring a compromise plan and some recommendations. Gazebo An ad hoc gazebo committee was formed to explore the issues involved and needs to be addressed by the board such as design, environmental/ regulatory issues, reconstruction dates, selection of contractors etc. Pres. Rhodes appointed the following people to pull all this together in time for next year’s budget; Don McMurray, Bill Whitman, Joe Hennessy, George Niel and Marie GraziosiJacaruso. Marie was asked to serve as chairperson. This would include the gazebo as well as the nature trail. In the meantime, LMA board members have been assured by professionals that the
gazebo poses no safety threat in its current condition. The tentative plan is to replace it in the next year or two. Road condition report A committee of Frank Piper, president of the Treehouse Association, Jack Jost, Drainage chairman and Landscaping chairman, Joe Hennessy was asked to evaluate The Landings road conditions and provide a schedule for repairs and improvements. A board member noted the Treehouse roads appear to be progressively deteriorating. They hope a report on the roads conditions can be presented at the September or October meeting. Large coral blocks find a home Questions have arisen about the large coral blocks on the side of the road on Landings Boulevard near Herron way. Bill Whitman in his role as president of LHA is working with the property owner to be sure that the wall is constructed in accordance with both LHA and LMA rules and regulations. Jack Jost, chairman of the drainage committee, has also been looking in on this project to ensure there are no concerning drainage issues. Your community needs YOU! Members are being sought to serve on the nominating committee. Email LMA Pres. Henry Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of someone who will serve. They hope to begin their work in September. Finance report LMA Treas. Don McMurray reported the financial outlook of the LMA is positive at the
By Trebor Britt halfway mark of the year. This year’s income is $56,000 above expenses. The finance committee is looking into whether they need reserve funding, not only for roads but for other structures and other major costs such as the gazebo etc. Future expenses include funding for the Northgate project which is still pending. Additional legal expenses may come up if an agreement is not reached between the LMA and the owners of the businesses involved. The deadline for recommendations in the 2014 budget is fast approaching and initial work on the 2014 budget has already begun. Finance committee members will meet with the chairman of committees over the next few weeks to better understand their budget needs. Once this is done a final budget proposal will be made to the board by the finance committee. Drainage committee report Drainage committee chairman, Jack Jost, reported the roadway and swale flooding that continues on Peregrine Point Way is basically being handled by LHA. A quote on doing the repair the engineer had recommended will be provided to them. The drainage committee is continuing to look for ways to relieve the flooding in the Kestral Park Place cul-de-sac. The builder’s presumption that the swale between the houses would provide adequate drainage was incorrect. Photos of the Kestral Park Place cul-de-sac after three hours of steady rain provided board members a dramatic visual of the flooding that occurs there. Story continued on page 17.
By Henry Rhodes Thanks to Marie and Don for writing the LMA’s Presidents column in June and July. Other Committee and Board members will be asked to fill in for me from time to time in the future. Thanks to Jack for chairing the May and June board meetings and keeping things running smoothly during our extended vacation. With regret I report the resignation of an able enthusiastic board member. Jim & Sara Bagley have sold their home more quickly than expected and have leased in the Oaks for a year while they seek somewhat smaller property in the Landings. We will miss his many contributions to the Board and community. We are all pleased to know former board member and Treasurer Dick Bayles is back home and feeling much better after a recent hospital stay. Kestrel Parkway/Tamiami Trail intersection project is back on the front burner. We expect the two Engineering firms (LMA’s and Publix’s) to meet to discuss differences and report back within the next two weeks. We have been assured by an engineering firm no safety issues exist concerning the Gazebo. However, we must repair or replace the structure with in the next year or two. An ad hoc committee chaired by Marie will explore issues such as design, environmental regulatory,
LMA President, Henry Rhodes
reconstruction dates, selection of contractor, etc. Landings Housing Association president Bill Whitman has assured us that the large blocks of coral located near the intersection of Landings Blvd. and Heron Way will be used by the adjacent homeowner to enhance his property and aid the drainage difficulty at that site. Since the new fence will not be located on LMA’s right-ofway LHA has the responsibility of managing the area. The Presidents of Associations and last year’s Nominating Committee Chair Bob Fernander suggested future committees begin work early in the last quarter of the year to permit ample time to accomplish their assignment. Please send me your suggestions for members of this ad hoc committee. Henry Rhodes
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LHA Meeting Notes August’s meeting dealt with Landscaping and Architecture requests for approval and violations for approval. As is customary, The Eagle redacts names and specific addresses unless a violation is raised to the hearing level. • Kestral Park Lane: The Board approved the replacement of an existing wooden fence at the rear of the property with a coral rock wall one foot back from the existing fence. • Maintenance problems continue for properties on Peregrine Point Circle E and Pine Harrier Circle, A member of the Board is in contact with the respective owners. • At another Pine Harrier Circle property the LHA has been funding the maintenance issues for the past three years. A bank has now taken possession and assumed that responsibility A special meeting was held on August 17 to consider two variance requests: • Kestral Park Way S: The owner requested permission to add a room that would encroach three feet into the ten foot setback set forth in LHA documents. The neighbor affected had no objection. The Board approved the variance unanimously. • Kestral Park Lane: By a vote of 4 to 1 the Board approved a 5.1 foot extension of the pool deck and cage into the property’s 20 foot setback. The rear of the property faces Landings Boulevard, hence there are no rear neighbors.
Around The Landings |Landings Brochures The beautiful, new brochures describing the many assets of the Landings are available at the front gate and the Racquet Club. They have been distributed to
realtors and other appropriate organizations to promote our wonderful community. If you haven’t seen the brochure, stop by and pick one up.
|President’s Council Meeting The President’s Council will meet Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7:00PM in the Poolside Clubhouse at The Landings Racquet Club. Any Association President who would like to
submit a topic for discussion on the agenda, please email Barbara Pendrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Presidents or their alternate representative are encouraged to attend.
|LMA Community Hauling Program Based on the experience of the last several pick ups of household hazardous waste and the reality that most residents have eliminated the significant backlog of paints, electronics and chemicals there isn’t sufficient materials to justify the trip to the county dump site when a large proportion of the residents are away.
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As a result it has been decided to adjust the pick up frequency to 3 times per year. The new schedule for the next year is November 13, February 12, 2014 and May 14, 2014. The pick up time is the same: 8-9 am and please don’t forget to make reservations. Hopefully this change will not cause you significant inconvenience.
If you have any questions about the Community Hauling Program, please contact Larry Lawrence at 410-4566240.
By Heidi Bodor
|Tyler Horler age 9. 4th grader, Pine View School He has one sister, Madison (age 11), two dogs, and six fish. - What do you like most about the Landings? I like that I can bike to the pool or a friend’s house, and that you see cool cars!
Thursday and Saturday this season because I signed up for FC Sarasota. Sometimes I play left back and sometimes striker. I like to play striker since I like to score goals.
- What is your favorite subject in school? - Do you have a favorite team? Lunch or PE, because I like Manchester United. My playing sports. favorite player used to be Rooney, but he moved to another team. - What are your favorite books? Now I like Wilfried Zaha. The Percy Jackson series. My second favorite is the The Care - What do you do in your spare and Feeding of a Soccer Player, time? because I like playing soccer, and I like practicing soccer moves it tells you how to play, where to and watching movies and some sign up, and how to eat healthy. TV shows. My favorite show is A.N.T. Farm. It’s about kids that - What is your favorite sport? have advanced natural talents. I Soccer. I don’t like using my also enjoy riding my scooter. I hands in sports like football or have attached missiles to it and baseball because sometimes the can scoot around and shoot my ball slips out. I’m going to be sister now. playing soccer every Tuesday,
- What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional soccer player or race car driver. - What’s your favorite food? It’s a hard choice, but it would be an old fashioned glazed doughnut. My favorite drink is a mocha cookie crumble, which is a mocha with whipped cream and cookie crumbles.
- If you were President for a day, what would you do? I would make myself president for more days! I would also fill up my ginormous swimming pool with marshmallows and jump in it with my mouth open!
see where I was born, in San Francisco. We got to see the Golden Gate Bridge -- we were going to walk over it, but we couldn’t find any parking. We - Tell me about a recent trip you also went to a great ice cream store (the third best in California). took. I went to California with It was tiny, but had a long line my mom and sister. I went to of people down the street. I had
four scoops of ice cream. My favorite was the double fudge! - If you could be any animal, what would you be? A cheetah, because they are fast. I would like to run down the road and race against a car, with a speed meter and compare them!
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Siesta Key Association Tackles Important Issues home a Gold and several Bronze make it possible for boaters up the coastline from South Ponte medals. 400 kids attended from to more easily navigate those Vedra to Mayport. Barges a mile across the state.” He thanked SKA waters. out used pipeline to throw sand for donating the $200 to help send According to van Roekens, all over these boulders. Without these 10 youth to the competition. this would have an amazingly shouldering up the coastline, the “We are raising kids up to protect high cost: 17.5 million total, with sand would have drifted away all of you in the water.” Sounds 3.8 million being paid by the to other beaches. The whole like a great investment! city from tourist development project took probably two years.” Peter van Roekens addressed dollars. He then asked whether She went on to say that it didn’t the issue of Inlet Management. the Directors are willing to spend happen quickly, but the beaches In the past, volunteers from the some money to have an expert were ultimately restored to preSarasota Yacht Club and Sarasota Coastal Engineer review the hurricane beauty. County Coastal Resources staff project proposal. The Board Van Roekens returned to the 005722_MHBF_LandingsEagle_Mech have placed markers in Big found that to be a wise@idea, and subject of Noise Mitigation. He Revision: 0 Pass Created: 8/21/13 Printed 100% so that boaters can safely navigate allocated $2000 for that purpose. took the stand that although Director: REX GEE the shifting sands of BigClient: Pass.M. Heights It should beCreative noted that one of many people in the Village are Director: ALAN REYNOLDS In spite of their valiant efforts, the Siesta KeyArtAssociation’s concerned, the noise ordinance Big Pass Marker #5 missing ongoing goals is to “safeguard has been almost impossible to Bleed: N/A Copywriter: again—for the fourth time— our shoreline from any proposals enforce because of all the special Trim: N/A Proofreader: NANCY TUCKER although Markers 1, 2, and 3 are to dredge Big Pass that may exceptions. Not so, chimed in Live: 10"x5.125" Studio Artist: LUIS ARRIAGADA still holding fast. “The Army negatively impact our beaches.” Commissioner Nora Patterson: “I Corps of Engineers is talking From the audience, ConnieInspected do not By:think the Special Exception about dredging Big Pass Colors: for the4/c McManus Production thing is that complex. Not that had this to say: “The Manager: CAROL CAPOSINO first time ever,” said van Roekens. only place I know of where many were handed out.” County Project Manager: LAURA WILMESMEIER “It’s a very tricky business. DPI: 300 re-nourishment really worked Zoning Staff has recommended Big Pass is the inlet north of was up in Jacksonville. It was delaying any new language for Siesta Key. Dredging the Pass in the 60’s after Hurricane Dora. the Noise ordinance for another would remove sand for use in Lyndon Johnson declared it a year. beach nourishment, with Lido Federal Disaster area. For more As for the Environment, Beach being the major recipient. than a year boulders were trucked Catherine Luckner told the group Dredging might or might not in from North Carolina to shore that tree removal will be seen at now to next.
In August, for the very first time, I attended a meeting of the Siesta Key Association. A wide array of important subjects was addressed. I touch upon but a few. Deputy J. Mruczek of the Sheriff’s Office was first to speak. He assured us not much was happening at the moment in terms of crime trends. There had been a couple of reports of stolen purses on the crowded beach. “Prevention is the key,” he said, and advised people to bring nothing of value out to the beach. After some discussion of noise levels on the key, he advised that Siesta residents with noise complaints immediately call (941) 316-1201 and go on record. Richard Hinkson, a LT/EMT Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Coordinator for Sarasota County Emergency Services, spoke glowingly of the Junior Lifeguard program. “We sent 10 kids to the Southeastern Regional United States Lifesaving Association Competition held in Pompano Beach on July 20th. We brought
By Diana Colson
the south end of the Public Beach as the County begins excavation for the Siesta Beach drainage reservoir. Native trees and vegetation will be reestablished and the project will not be finished until the end of December. She cautioned that “a lot of creatures are being displaced because of the habitat removal. Many we wouldn’t normally see.” Because of that, snakes might be an issue, but Luckner reminded us to remember that “they are normally found all over our Key and they help us with other problems such as bugs and rodents”. The group went on to discuss zoning variances. They also touched upon the nationwide emergency recall of propane tanks which are sometimes prone to explode. More than 55,000 Tanks produced by Lite Cylinder Company are being recalled and specific model numbers can be found through a link provided on the SKA web site at www. siestakeyassociation.com
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By Kevin Lechlitner
The LRC annual mailing will be sent out before the end of November. Now is a great time to update your mailing address and other contact information with the Club. Please let me know if your phone number or email address has changed recently. If you would like to receive your annual packet somewhere other than your Landings address, please contact the Tennis Pro Shop. As always, if you would like to receive email reminders regarding events at the Club, please email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to add you to my email address book. I send all of my emails blind so your address won’t be shared. Last month, on August 16th, the Club hosted a Family Swim Night and Pizza Party. Thankfully Decisions made in the past may no longer be what’s best the weather cooperated and it went very well. In for the future. To help keep everything up-to-date, Edwardexcess of 90 were in attendance including over 40 kids. Everyone had a good time playing pool games Jones offers a complimentary financial review. and eating popcorn, pizza and watermelon. Thank Decisions made in the past may no longer be what’s best
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you to Ira & Cindy Klein, Judy Greene, Tara Lamb, Tina Von Kessel and Barbara Pendrell for their time and energy in making the event such a success. Be sure to mark your calendars for “Lessons for Life” Saturday, December 7th beginning at 4:00 PM. This will be the 8th consecutive year that the Landings Racquet Club has been the host facility. “Lessons for Life” is a charity event that benefits the Center for Building Hope and a local family with a child affected by cancer. Many of our area’s most talented tennis professionals are donating their time and talents to conduct clinics from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. At 6:00 PM there will be an exhibition by the Pros, dinner, music and a Silent Auction. Space is limited to the first 150 people. The cost is $50.00 per person, or $80.00 per couple. Tickets will be available in the Tennis Pro Shop as the event gets closer. Please join us for this great cause. For more information, contact Brenda Mertz at 412-0781.
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The annual Halloween Party will be held Saturday, October 26th, 2013. Start thinking about your costume - come as an individual or group. Further details in the October issue of The Eagle. I am hearing from a lot of folks who are booking lessons and clinics with me for the upcoming season. I have clinics booked for each level of the ladies Tri Cities Tennis Teams and individual lessons. Contact me as soon as possible to get the day/time you prefer - 941-993-2628/lrctennisdirector@verizon. net. Here’s to another busy season and........ I’ll see you on the courts.
ordered for the Championships at Wimbledon. • Wimbledon is the only major tennis tournament still played on grass. www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC • Margaret Smith Court holds the record with 24 Grand Slam singles titles. • Venus and Serena Williams became the first set of sisters to ever win Olympic gold medals in tennis. • A tennis ball weighs 2 ounces or 56.69 grams • Roger Federer holds the record. As of March 2011, he has earned roughly 62 million dollars in prize money! • By far the longest match in Professional Tennis Member SIPC History was the 2010 Wimbledon first round match-
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up between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Isner beat Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 70-68. The match took 11 hours and 5 minutes and lasted three days! • Goran Ivanisevic from Croatia served 1477 aces in the 1996 season. • John Isner served 113 aces in his historic win over Nicolas Mahut at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships! • Ivo Karlovic from Croatia hit the fastest serve ever recorded in Men’s Tennis during a Davis Cup Tie in 2011. His serve was measured at 156 mph or 251 km/h. Previously Andy Roddick from the US held the record at 155 mph or 249 km/h! • In Women’s Tennis, Venus Williams holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded at 130 mph or 209 km/h. Her sister Serena Williams comes in second with a 129 mph or 208 km/h serve!
Family Swim & Pizza Party Big Success The Landings Racquet Club hosted a very successful Swim & Pizza Party on August 16. The suggestion for a swim event was brought to the LRC by Realtor Judy Greene. Judy thought this would be a way to introduce the many new young families to the amenities of the Landings Racquet Club and have the opportunity to interact with each other. Everyone had a great time in the pool with games coordinated by Cindy and Ira Klein of Sarasota Swim
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Academy and the Tsunami Swim Team. Pizza and Watermelon was provided by the Landings Realtor Team Judy Greene and Tara Lamb and Ira and Cindy Klein of Sarasota Swim Academy. Realtor Tina VonKessel provided Freeze Pops for all the kids. The Landings Racquet Club extends to all Landings residents the opportunity of a two month free trial membership to experience the amenities of the club.
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Siesta Key News
By Stan Zimmerman
strewn about them, gates left • Scavenging Siesta to a shift would be 2017, Siesta Key on July 31 emailed County this year’s nesting season. residents are already mobilizing Commissioner Nora Patterson County, sheriff and state open, pictures don’t lie. And save Lido (who lives on and represents the staffers and volunteers have what about recycling? to worry the issue. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, we are introduced to “Precious,” a mysterious ring that drives a narrative lasting thousands of pages. Siesta Key has a “Precious,” but it is not a ring. It is a bank of sand to which residents give almost mystical powers. Big Pass, the inlet separating Siesta from Lido Key to the north is unique. It has never been dredged. Its sand never harvested. Its depth never deepened. It’s as natural as a sand spur on the beach. But the hand of man is groping for that sand spur. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study – mostly by computer – to see if Big Pass could be dredged, its sand harvested. The result would not be a deep-water channel for boats to traverse the ever-shifting shoal offshore of Siesta Key. The result would be gleaming white sand pumped onto Lido Key’s beach. While the earliest date for such
The issue is made more complex by plans to include groins – hardened structures jutting into the gulf – on Lido. These would be “permeable,” says City Engineer Alex DavisShaw. The Corps of Engineers plans to present its findings to the Siesta Key Association in December, groins and all.
• Shell Road parking
Speaking of Big Pass, the only place the public can see the majesty of that deep and fastmoving water from shore is at the terminus of Shell Road. At its western end is a tiny public beach space locals know and love. Parking along Shell Road is a problem for the ages. For decades homeowners complained of people parking normally or erratically along the one-block stretch leading to the tiny beach. The drumbeat has not ceased. A new property owner
island): “I have counted up to 50 cars at one time, many of which are blocking private drives, mail boxes and [the] fire hydrant.” Patterson resisted calling for signs banning parking on the south side of Shell Road. Instead she called for county staff to clear vegetation on the north side of the road to allow parking. “That’s pretty inexpensive,” she said. And she sent off new resident’s complaint to Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, asking if “he would have his men stop by occasionally and ticket those who are parked after 9 p.m.”
• Baby birds get help?
Regular readers know Snowy Plovers and the Least Tern are having a hard year on Siesta Key, The beach-nesting birds have been hit by vandals and knownothings on multiple occasions. While the Audubon Society’s “chick patrol” is on the prowl, problems have been on-going in
all been focused on providing additional protection. But Audubon volunteer Catherine Luckner wondered why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation cops haven’t taken action against people who violated the well-marked conservation zone by dragging beach furniture through the restricted nesting area. Nor has a property owner who hired a tractor to mow the dunes and sea oats to widen a pathway through the nesting area been addressed. In 2011 the county commission approved a variance for the property but commanded the owner “would not use a tractor to rake, remove vegetation or grade the sand along the existing path.”
• Trashing the key
Complaints, complaints, complaints. But in the case of dumpsters on Siesta Key, the complaints might be real. Dumpsters left open, trash
The Siesta Key Village Association wants to tackle these problems, but faces the normal problem of paying for bins and recycling collection. Meanwhile county code enforcers will tackle the dumpster issues. The Siesta Key Overlay District of zoning codes demands dumpsters remain out of sight. If the SKVA wants to get in the recycling business, it will have to select from among a number of qualified vendors. Most recyclables are plastic water bottles and soda cans, because merchants ask customers not to bring them inside. One option might be a solar-powered compacting trash bin used in other areas. But at nearly $4,000 apiece, cost is an issue. One hot spot is near the Beach Club, which provides water bottles to patrons as they leave for the night. But people need some education. Glen Cappetta, the owner of Sun Ride Pedicab, said: “Cans are in the garbage, and trash is in the recycling….”
Big Pass Dredging Talks Continue Last month, Catherine Luckner, President of the Siesta Key Association (SKA), along with Peter van Roekens, SKA secretary and Chair of the Boaters’ Coalition met with Alexandrea DavisShaw, the City Engineer and with Laird Wreford, the County Coastal Resources manager to determine what should be presented on this issue at the Siesta Key Association meeting on December 5th and the Sarasota Yacht Club Boaters’ Breakfast on December 7th. More details will be available later. They shared data and concerns about the proposed Big Pass Dredging project. Below is a recap from van Roekens. “The reason the City wants to do this dredge is because Lido Beach has been designated as a severely eroded beach and there is a high economic benefit if this beach is re-nourished. The reason Big Pass has been selected is because that is the only high quality sand source near shore with enough sand for
Lido Beach. The concerns are that since Big Pass has never been dredged and navigation has always been possible, will removing sand from the ebb shoal cause navigational problems as it has in other inlets? What will be the effect of placing three groins on South Lido? Will there be any impacts on Siesta Beaches and if so, will remediation be possible? At our meeting we discussed the benefits of having yet another set of eyes on the work being proposed. I have talked with the Aubrey consulting group that did the 1994 critique of the plans to dredge Big Pass. The current discussions are in the early phases to see what they can do and at what cost. It would be a win/ win if the plans could be executed with no ill
effects on Siesta Beaches or navigation. Even better would be if there were to be a benefit to Siesta Key and/or navigation.
Our meeting was friendly and cooperative. The next steps are to connect with the Army Corp and get more detailed reports
from them which should happen in the next few weeks. “
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1. I keep hearing that cats and dogs react much better to chemotherapy than humans do. Is it true? If yes, why? I love this question. Thank you for asking. The answer is no. Pets respond differently to chemotherapy, but the main factor is - we approach chemotherapy differently. Some protocols in human medicine are very aggressive in order to save a life and can lead to significantly unpleasant side effects. Owners of pets usually do not want their dog vomiting, losing hair, having diarrhea and being in ICU for chemotherapy. This is a limiting factor. We advocate chemotherapy for a balance of quality and quantity of life in our pets of course aiming to achieve the most of both. 2. My new job requires a lot of traveling, which means I will have to frequently board my dog for several days at a time. Does my dog need any additional vaccination or care? In a boarding situation, as in a day care for kids, you have a lot of traffic of attendees and their possible germs. You need to have a well-vaccinated pet and updated physical exam for boarding. Other than the basic vaccines, bordetella is commonly required, as it is the vaccine
for kennel cough. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination and health certificate in most boarding facilities. Make sure it is a fun place for your dog, because I am sure he or she will be very lonely without you. 3. What are the symptoms of arthritis and degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats? How to treat it? Just as in people, arthritis demonstrates itself with lameness, limping, pain, and joint swelling or thickening. The changes are not reversible, but one can manage the pain with pain medication and decrease the inflammation with non-steroidal medication (i.e. Previcox, Deramaxx, Rimadyl.) We can help restore some of the damaged cartilage with class IV laser therapy. Once arthritis starts it usually progresses, but we can prevent damage with Adequan injections (polysulfated amynoglycans,) with fish oils (omega 3,) glucosamine, and chondroitin. The health of the joint is dependent on the fluid in the joint that nourishes the joint. Thus range of motion exercises, joint compressions and stretching will help by moving that fluid around and keep the joint healthier. Swimming and walks are a good activity to “get things moving”.
Dr. Chauvet earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the University of Illinois in Urbana and finished her residency in neurology/ neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. She has been trained in small animal rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute of Wellington, Florida and is known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology speaking to, training, and consulting with veterinary practices and organizations globally.
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Hello to all Landins, both my two-legged and four-legged neighbors! My name is Piper Brugger, I’m a cream standard poodle, and I especially love the many generous neighbors and club house staff who greet me with treats. My Mom came to Punta Gorda to pick me up when I was 10 weeks old and brought me to Starling Drive. That was over three years ago. Since then, I’ve been busy training her, with the help of Constantine, trainer at Pet Smart. We’ve gone to puppy, intermediate, and advanced obedience classes. I finally graduated, and have my AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate to prove it. I like to walk, play catch, and jump through my hula hoop. In fact, if you have
a little dog that barks, you may have already seen my jumping ability—Standard poodles love to jump and play. But I usually have a more dignified deportment. This summer, when Mom left for summer travels, I went to camp with Aunt Cyndi and Uncle Mike on Longboat Key. They have a great swimming pool and my best friend, a Golden playmate, Lucky, lives next door. They even took me kayaking! Vacation was fun, but coming home is always the best.
Raising Landin Yep, Landin here again, So, as I was saying, Not only did the summer fly by, I have already turned 6 months old. Imagine that, half a year into my journey already! (I did the math and by the silly way you people figure it, you have all aged 3 ½ years if I got that 7-year thing right) Anyhow, I just got finished watching SHARK WEEK on the Discovery channel. Wow, that was some scary stuff but
my people seemed unfazed. All of the biting, gnawing, ripping, shredding, tearing, mauling and the blood - ohhh the blood . These are actual photos of those sharp instruments of massive pain and destruction. Somehow, my person managed to magnify them about a “bazillion” times. Cool huh. I am happy to announce I have finally lost all of my baby teeth. My Lady person says none too soon ‘cause she is tired of having her arms double as a pin
cushion. My training, obedience and exposures are coming along nicely. I am able to do more and more. Here I am not only on an elevator but also on one that was all glass. I was a little apprehensive at first but quickly realized it was fun. It sure gave my confidence a “lift”. In October I get to go to “Puppy Camp” where I will spend 3 weeks away with some new people getting new experiences. I’ll let you know all about it later. I must share with you my embarrassment. Here I am hiding my head in shame! My goal is to be the best that I can be so when I do not live up to my own expectations, I feel inadequate. But I just couldn’t resist. I saw homework on the table and I had to see why everyone keeps saying ‘my dog ate my homework’ so I took a bite to see how it tasted.
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Italian Sausage & Peppers By Helen Bella
1 # fresh mild Italian sausage (usually 5-6 links) 1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano 1 - 1 1/2 jars Prego Traditional 3 peppers (2 green & 1 red) 3 Tbsp. minced garlic 1/2 cup red wine Ground pepper - lots! Seasonings approximately 2 TBSP each: - Italian seasoning - Oregano - Basil
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* Sauté tomatoes, Prego, wine & spices in olive oil. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. * Cut Italian sausage in half & half again (lengthwise) and cook in separate skillet with olive oil until brown on all sides. * Cut peppers in slices - remove inside core. * Place cooked sausage in sauce & simmer for additional 30 minutes, stirring frequently. * Add sliced peppers & continue to cook until tender. Note: If using a crock pot, add the sauce & sausage after sauce has simmered for 30 minutes. Allow to cook for at least 1 hour & then add peppers. Continue to cook in crock pot until they are tender. I find that the sauce tastes much better if you allow it to sit (in the refrigerator) over night & serve the next day. Double the recipe for additional servings (I usually make my own sauce, however, I really don’t have a sauce recipe as I make it up as I go!). Serve with Chianti, salad & Italian bread. Ciao!
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This building will be the site of Sarasota’s first PDQ Chicken restaurant due to open September 15. Located next to Rooms To Go on S. Tamiami Trail, it will employ a staff of about 70. The restaurant will feature hand breaded chicken tenders, crispy chicken and grilled chicken sandwiches and hand made salads. All products are fresh, you will not find a freezer in the building. All of their sauces and salad dressings are made from scratch every day. Guests will either use the drive-through or a walk up counter If they wish to dine in. Currently located in Florida and North Carolina, the Sarasota restaurant will be their 11th location. They consider themselves value priced, since $6.99 is the most expensive meal per person. PDQ chicken was founded by Bob Basham one of the original founders of Outback Steakhouse. Store hours are 10:30 AM to 10 PM seven days a week.
Letter to the Editor I’m a new resident here as of last fall and have enjoyed getting to know the community via The Eagle. Recently I have discovered the web page and found it extremely helpful in trying to understand how the two boards function. The documents under “Documents” were very difficult to read but I loved the “How It Works” tab, very useful. I agree that the Landings government seems very complicated and the legal jargon used in the convents makes it more confusing than need be. More conversation is needed about accessibility to convents and the role of the various associations and LMA. Keep up the good work! (Name withheld per request)
The Landings Support a Returning Solider By Sara Rhodes Continued form cover story.
Not only was it beautiful but a weight had lifted that day that I had been carrying for 10 months… and it feels so good to have my husband home and our family back together. We appreciate the kindness that you have shown in helping me make my husband’s homecoming that much more special. Thank you!! The Bakers- Ryan, Helena, Paige, Hayden” This is one of the many reasons that I am grateful for the community that we live in. The love and support that we showed for this family is representative of the support we show for each other. Thanks for your support of our men and women that protect our freedoms! Thanks for
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schools of reds. As the tide rises, the fish will work up from the edges of flats and holes onto the grass to feed. Locating the fish can be difficult under flood tide conditions; there is just too much water up on the flat to effectively sight fish. Speckled trout fishing has been outstanding this year and this should continue in September. Deeper flats will produce more fish, while the larger specimens may be found in shallow water. A Rapala Skitter Walk or X-Rap worked over bars at first light is a deadly technique for fooling gator trout. Along with trout, anglers fishing the deep grass will catch a variety of species this month including bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, pompano, gag grouper, and ladyfish. Both live bait and artificial lures will catch plenty of fish. A gold Cotee grub on Lori McLaughlin from Billerica, MA with a Siesta Key redfish
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a ¼ ounce jig head is a great choice for anglers who enjoy casting artificial lures. Olive (08) X-Raps and other plugs are also effective along with gold and silver spoons. A live shrimp under a popping cork is a timeproven technique for catching “specks” on the West Coast of Florida. Snook will migrate from the beaches back into the bays. Both passes will be great spots to fish, especially on afternoon outgoing tides. The bars and mangrove shorelines along Siesta Key are prime spots as the fish move towards their fall feeding areas. Artificial baits will allow anglers to cover more water, while a well full of pilchards practically guarantees success. Redfish, large speckled trout, jack crevelle, and mangrove snapper may also be encountered while pursuing the mighty snook. Lighted docks and bridges are snook magnets and will provide great action for anglers looking to catch fish and escape the summer sun. Live
and artificial shrimp free lined in the tide are deadly, as are small white flies. Surf fishing off the Siesta Key beaches should be good for snook, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and other species. Point of Rocks is the best spot as there is a lot of fishholding structure, but any stretch of beach is likely to produce. Live bait such as shrimp and small bait fish works great. A #1 live bait hook with a short piece of leader and a split shot is the preferred rig. Spoons, plugs, and jigs are also effective baits in the surf. The rocks and bridges in Big Pass will be excellent spots to target mangrove snapper this month. These tasty saltwater panfish will be migrating out of the bay and into the Gulf of Mexico. Slack tides are the best times to drop a live shrimp or bait fish along the structure. Don’t be surprised if a big snook intercepts a bait meant for a mang!
LMA Meeting Notes Pres. Rhodes assured the owners on the Kestral Park Place cul-de-sac the joint effort between the LMA drainage committee and the LHA, over time, would resolve the drainage issue satisfactorily. Environmental committee reaches impasse with county Barbara Pendrell reported the Environmental committee has reached an impasse with the county over funding the solution of the Lake 1 issue. The baffle on the front of the lake which stops all the trash from going into the lake would cost $150,000 to replace and they don’t have the money. The committee asked the board to allow them to enlist the help of a professional to propose other options to improve the conditions at Lake one. Pendrell provided board members with an extensive report of environmental issues and concerns for their consideration and asked board members to share their thoughts of the report at the next meeting. Waterfront Challenges Lakes chairman, Larry Lawrence said, “In terms of the first half of the summer, all the lakes at the Landings were as pretty as they have been in the last eight years, due to the additional rain. Unfortunately, in the past few weeks we have experienced several mechanical issues with the lake fountains.” Although four fountains were still experiencing mechanical difficulties, Lawrence commented that due to the decreased population of the landings during this time of year, they had not received a single complaint. Their goal is to have all the fountains repaired and running in the next week or two. U-Haul The LMA agreed to modify the community hauling schedule to November, February, and May which would coincide with times of the year the Landings is more populated. The hauling schedule will be posted in The Landings Eagle in advance of each hauling date. The amount of material brought for hauling
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has declined considerably over the past several months and is likely an indication that most people have worked through disposing of their unwanted items. Landscape committee news Based on the recommendation of the landscaping committee, the LMA board voted unanimously to offer the landscaping maintenance contract to Raber Landscaping. Prior to last year, this company had held the contract for about 13 consecutive years. Although the board saved a substantial amount of money by switching contractors last year, it was the opinion of the committee members, board members, and many residents, the level of service was not as good as expected. Raber was one of three companies supplying landscaping bids. Natural Design Landscaping and Mills Landscaping were the other two. The committee recommended the contract manager drive through the property on a weekly basis in order to instruct his crew of landscaping issues needing attention. The County School Board is planning to remove all of their parking lots in order to resurface them. They are working with the county arborist regarding the foliage on the property. Many of the oak trees will come down, but they will attempt to preserve as many as possible. Oak trees were a poor choice for the area because over time, the root system has lifted up some areas of the parking lot. They also plan on replanting trees where needed. Joe Hennessy ended his committee report by thanking Jim and Sara Bagley for the important contributions they had made as part of the committee. He said, “They were not only extremely helpful but they’re two great people to work with.” Is it safe? A Landings insurance agent suggested that something be done at the gates to allow for a safer passage of pedestrian, bicycle and wheelchair traffic. Bill Whitman and the Safety &
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Security committee is considering their options. He suggested one option might be to open up one of the wrought iron gates. Testing options would likely begin at the Northgate where traffic is heaviest. The committee is also going to look into issues surrounding discrepancies locating The Landings on a GPS system. It was the understanding of someone attending the meeting that by going into the Google website the pin location could be moved to more accurately reflect the location of an address. The speed radar sign you see in the Landings is moved to a new location every month. Results are quite revealing. The Safety & Security committee is going to look into options on ways to enforce speed limits. When a violator is the driver of a commercial vehicle, the gate does notify them to be more conscious of their speed. The Landings - on line Residents will soon see signs and banners promoting the Landings new website. The committee recorded 1,200 visits to the website in the month of July. This is an average of 13 visits per day and a total of 7,132 pages viewed. During the month of August, 2 pages of a “neighbor to neighbor” classified section will be open for residents to post items for sale. Check it out at www.thelandingsofsarasota.com Finding the right balance The committee is trying to find a balance between holding the 3 lakes at a proper elevation, while at the same time draining the nature preserve so the trees there will survive. Until recently, the nature preserve had been dry land for 17 years. Over the past two months, the drainpipes were extended under the nature trail to drain the southernmost cloister retention pond and both the cloisters treehouse creek and the pintail way creek were cleaned all the way to Landings Boulevard. The committee discovered drainage culverts on Kestrel Pkwy., North close to US 41 are nonfunctional and handle no drainage.
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Fresh tomatoes, garlic & basil are just a few of the fresh ingredients in authentic Italian cuisine… “All fresh ingredients” are the key to great homemade Italian food says Frank, owner of City Pizza. His wife and co-owner MaryLou states that “quality ingredients are what make the difference”. They both agree making each item to order is the only way to go! Forget the frozen dough and the cookie cutter pizza places it takes time and talent to make quality dishes. After trying the cheese pizza, I can attest their homemade, hand-tossed pizza was delicious! It’s not your typical chain pizza, its authentic NY style pizza! The restaurant features your traditional entrees like Frank’s favorites, Lasagna and Ziti Calabrais. You know it’s Italian when it’s made by a second generation Italian chef from NYC. In 1989, they decided to leave the cold winters of NYC behind and become full time residents and business owners on the key. Their son owns Tavern on Main and their daughter also lives in Sarasota. Most of the Segreti’s free time (after long hours of work) is spent with family and enjoying their two precious grandchildren, ages 14 & 2. The couple has remodeled and expanded their operation to include more capacity and a new bar with Craft beer and premium wines. They offer domestic and imported beer & wine with 24 beers on tap. In the midst of creating something special they have made a mark on the key for great casual Italian dining at reasonable pricing. The ambience there is warm with a welcoming family atmosphere. When asked what MaryLou likes best about owning a restaurant on the key, she says “I love meeting people!” It is a nice place to get together, sit back, relax and enjoy some good food with family and friends. It’s a perfect spot for family gatherings and parties with their new spacious dining area.
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For a night out on the key try the friendly Siesta Key neighborhood Italian restaurant and discover why brick oven cooking reigns superior. “Everything is made to order” states Frank (except the gluten free items) and large parties are always welcome. I would recommend trying the pizza made in a traditional brick oven. Frank’s favorite topping is Pepperoni. Homemade hand tossed dough is made with an infinite number of toppings. You’ll be satisfied no matter how you slice it. You may dine in or enjoy the pet friendly outside patio seating. The restaurant is close to the beach and makes a perfect stop after the beach. The restaurant is family owned and operated and you’ll find both Frank and MaryLou on hand every day. Specializing in Southern Style Italian food and pizza –there is a large selection to choose from on the menu. The restaurant offers American craft beers, premium wines, micro brews, an extensive menu including; Pasta, (the pasta comes in many shapes and sizes
with many different toppings to complement each), Seafood (including local Grouper), Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli Rolls, Hot Subs, Cold Subs, Burgers, Appetizers, Veggie Sides, Salads, a children’s menu and homestyle desserts… Veggie options are available including Veggie Pizza’s, Marinara Pastas, Greek Salads, Sautéed vegetables, baked potatoes, etc . Gluten free pasta and dough are available. City Pizza, Siesta Key’s own neighborhood Italian family restaurant! Located at 6645 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota, 34242 Open 7 days a week: Sunday – Thursday 11am to 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11am to 11pm. Off season: September 10th – December 15th, 4-10pm Dine In – Take out or Delivery (delivery up to 3 miles) Phone 941-349-4490 www. citypizzaofsarasota.com
Yabba Dabba Doo If you’re visiting Siesta Beach and hear someone yell, “Hey Bam Bam,” know that you’re not in Bedrock and part of a Fred Flintstone episode. Your beach chair and blanket are probably located near the red lifeguard tower and someone is trying to get the attention of lifeguard, Chris Lender. Though this 29 year old will respond to “Bam Bam,” he prefers the nickname that reflects his home state, “Bama”. Chris grew up about 45 minutes north of Mobile. After graduating from high school and spending a couple of years in junior college, Chris decided to answer the call of the beach. He’s been life guarding for 15 years, the last eight off the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and white, powdery sands of Siesta Beach. Growing up in Alabama, Chris played soccer, ran track and cross country, and practically lived at the beach. He became a lifeguard the summer of his 18th birthday
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and completely fell in love with sitting on the beach and being near the water all day. It was then he thought about making a career of it. He already had the athletic background and thought it would be cool to have a job that paid him to work out. “My favorite day on the tower is Sundays,” Chris said. “It draws the biggest and the wildest crowd and you get to be with the drum circle crowd. I love meeting all the people. Every day is something new and someone new. The water is never the same, the people on the water are never the same. It’s just a great day every day sitting out here.” Chris is a certified “first responder” and is also certified in first aid. The lifeguards here are evaluated and re-qualified every six months to ensure that all there skills are sharp. “We’ve had quite a few rescues out here,” Chris related. “Every now and then we get big storms comin’ through with 6, 7, 8 foot
surf. Somebody gets caught in a rip current and we’ve pulled multiple people in from situations like that. That really is the fun part of the job for me. I know I have the ability, I just don’t get to use it every day.” Thanks to the full staff of lifeguards and excellent training, Siesta Beach is one of the safest beaches in Florida. If you’ve never been here before, check in with the lifeguards. Ask them what the flags mean, about the water conditions, where the safe spots are. They’re more than willing to share any information they can. Sarasota is a great location to do what Chris enjoys most; fishing. “I’ll fish in the intracoastal, out here in the Gulf, or Point of Rocks. I love fishin’ everywhere. Anywhere I can drop a line and get a bite. Mainly, if you catch me on my day off, I’m usually on my way to a fishin’ hole.” Big trucks, 4-wheelers and a mud hole also
gets this lifeguard’s adrenaline going. Chris’ favorite person to visit the beach is a guy they call Lion King. He dances to his radio wearing a little hat and holding feathers. “I have never introduced myself or met the man but I completely enjoy watching him dance around in circles. He does it for about a half
hour at a time. He usually comes out here on Sunday afternoons. It’s really fun.” You won’t see him driving a canvas cart with stone wheels, but you will see him most days on the red lifeguard tower. He’ll be carefully watching to assist anyone who might be in trouble on the beach recently named the #1 beach in America.
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Arts on the Horizon Have you seen The Dougherty Sculpture that rests whimsically upon the beautiful lawn in front of the old Sarasota High School? It is an interesting work of art, by visiting artist, Patrick Dougherty and participating volunteers from our area. The stickwork sculpture is called, “Out in Front,” and was named the “Best New Work of Art” in Sarasota. This thought-provoking formation is open to the public and free of charge. Dougherty is from NC and has a love of nature. He has created more than 235 sculptures. The historic SHS stands where the much anticipated home of the Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) and Ringling College of Visual Arts Education Center will be. The plan for this building is to be a hub of creativity for artists and those who enjoy the arts. This project will allow our community to experience art on many levels. The first floor will hold Ringling College Continuing Studies and Special Programs. Here students will have the opportunity to learn many different forms of art, from distinguished faculty. The second floor will house SMOA, and include art galleries and exhibits of well-known and emerging artists. There will be an enclosed glass bridge overlooking the first floor that will allow visitors to watch the artists create. The third floor will have more artists in the process of creating works of art. People will be able to interact with the artists, ask questions and discover their interpretation of the artwork. They have raised a whopping $16,428,683.85 (nearly 75%) of the $22 million goal! With just over 5.5 million more to go, art fans can almost see the finish line! SMOA is noted as Imagination in Action! The building will house modern and contemporary art, and will have on display innovative and compelling visual art… The museum will feature dynamic exhibitions, educational programs and outreach programs to promote creativity and community involvement. SMOA intends to inspire, educate and engage people of all ages. Included in the 57,000 square foot
landmark building will be a 110 seat auditorium, sculpture court, indoor/outdoor café, classrooms, studios and meeting areas. This arts education center and museum will be an extraordinary asset for our artsy community! www.sarasotamuseumofart.org Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) - firstname.lastname@example.org Diana Ross Live! At the Van Wezel. A True Legend... Diana Ross has had a career that has spanned four decades. She has made an impact on popculture and is a top performer in the entertainment industry. She has had many honors and awards as a singer, actress, and author. She has been on the cover of countless magazines and sold millions of records with multiple #1 hits. From the 1960’s she has been in the limelight… Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan. Many know her from the 1960s R&B and pop trio, the Supremes (later named, Diana Ross and the Supremes). The trio made 12 number one hits, including “Stop! In the Name of Love” (65) and “Someday We Will Be Together” (69). She left the trio in 1969 and the following year hit the charts with her solo “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Ross began appearing in films like “Lady Sings the Blues” and was nominated for Best Actress. She went on to star in more films in the 70’s. In 1980, she released a new solo album with the hits “Upside Down” and I’m Coming Out.” She continued to perform her music well into the 90’s. She made it to the small screen and starring roles in television movies. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and continues to wow her fans to date! Hope you enjoy her performance at the Van Wezel! Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 8pm – http://www. vanwezel.org Summer Showcase of Art - through September at the Dabbert Gallery. Tuesday
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Downtown and Beyond
By Paul Roat
|Improvements completed, ongoing on Main Street Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street is undergoing extensive improvements. Again. The City of Sarasota and its Downtown Improvement district are in the midst of $1.8 million in streetscape improvements. They are “being initiated to increase walkability and enhance business activity in the City’s urban commercial district,” according to city officials. Street enhancements “will include widening of sidewalks, new areas for public gathering, enhanced street lighting with new fixtures, and increased landscaping,” the city adds. The total project will run from Bayfront Drive east to Goodrich Avenue, divided into three segments. One section has been completed. It stretched from the east side of Five Points along Main Street to west of Orange Avenue. Improvements were adding three “bulb-outs,” or sidewalk
extensions into a street that added more than 1,000 square feet of sidewalk, enhanced landscaping, and light pole rehabilitation. The other two sections are more extensive and won’t be finished until midNovember. According to the City, improvements include the following. “Parallel parking on the north side of Main Street from Gulfstream Avenue to Five Points roundabout. Angled parking will be maintained on the south side of Main. “Enhanced landscaping with additional bulb-outs. “Replacement of pedestrian lighting with new poles from Gulfstream Avenue to the Five Points Roundabout. “Addition of brick paver sidewalks from Gulfstream Avenue to Five Points roundabout. “Brick paver crosswalks in
select areas. “Milling and resurfacing of roadway only in areas affected by other proposed improvements. “Site furnishings such as bike racks, benches, and trash receptacles. “Enhanced landscaping with additional and modified bulbouts. “Replace globes and bulbs on existing light poles. “Repair, replace and clean existing sidewalks as required. Looking ahead, the city is in the process of building a roundabout at the Orange Avenue-Main Street intersection, with work scheduled to start in July 2014. All of this work has been in the planning stages for more than two years. The planning process has given merchants just enough time to organize protests against the effort. Complaints included a lack of need for all the bulb-outs and the removal
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Ellen R. Solomons shares her unique skills with others by giving classes at local bead shops, including BEADS, F.O.B. at 2312 Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota. (www.beadsfob.com – 941.921.0871) Besides working with students in the classroom, Ellen has made a 75-minute DVD which provides viewers with all skills necessary to create their own beaded dolls. This instructional video moves through creating the doll face to building an armature, beading the costume, and— ultimately—to even naming the doll! A meticulous craftsman, Ellen instructs viewers with simple, easy-to-understand demonstrations of techniques suitable for persons of all skill levels. The DVD is available for purchase on Ellen’s web site, and all materials used are inexpensive and easy to find. This amazing lady not only creates stunning art dolls, she also fabricates beautiful jewelry. For these glamorous pieces, she works in a variety of materials including fine metals, beads, enamels and polymer clay. Endlessly curious, the vivacious Ellen loves to challenge herself first by exploring new techniques and methods, then by finding fresh ways to incorporate these skills into various pieces. If you
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Up and Down the Trail By Stan Zimmerman The problem isn’t limited to commission. The building was • Sunshine suit settled Last year two members of the Downtown Improvement District – which levies property taxes on downtown land owners for improvements– mentioned they erased emails on their personal computers concerning DID business. A lawsuit was inevitable. Michael Barfield sued the city and DID members Dr. Mark Kaufman and William Pettey. While the emails are public records and it is legal to hold them on a private computer, they must be produced upon demand. Erasure is not an option. Their hard drives were searched, and some erased emails were recovered. Others were lost. When the legal dancing ended, the city agreed to pay $8,300 in legal fees to Barfield’s attorney. City Attorney Bob Fournier said the legal fees would be levied against the DID budget. “Dr. Kaufman, I don’t mind the DID paying for that because it doesn’t come out of our pockets,” said Pettey at the Aug. 6 meeting.
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When the Sarasota City Commission last year yanked parking meters from Main Street, they also produced a huge hole in the city’s budget. This year the parking department needs $500,000 to stay solvent. Ditto next fiscal year, starting in October. The subsidy will come from the city’s reserves, it’s rainyday fund. In its budget-balancing ballet in July, city commissioners arbitrarily demanded the parking department come up with $250,000 to help fill the hole next year. When City Manager Tom Barwin visited the parking advisory committee, he left saying, “You know what the goal is. We’re losing $500,000 a year downtown.”
downtown. A recent parking study indicates both St. Armands Circle and the Hillview area (“Southside Village” to boosters) are showing parking stress too. They and the Marina Jack area are the high-deficit places for parking in the city, not downtown, said Parking Manager Mark Lyons. He is responsible for coming up with that $250,000 the city commission demands. Spoiler alert: follow the rules or pay the ticket(s).
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The iconic triangular building at Five Points in the heart of Downtown is poised for a radical makeover. In early August, the new owner of the building proposed creating what he called “galleries” – or what others would call “balconies” – off the second floor. Using wrought iron railings and fancy work on the open-air “galleries,” the building would be transformed to a piece of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Chris Brown made the proposal to the Development Review Committee, a streamlined approval body with representatives from all city departments involved in development. Brown’s project would be the first application of a zoning code category allowing “galleries.” Courtney Mendez, the lead city planner on the project, said: “This is the first gallery [proposed in the city] so we want to move forward cautiously.” Brown received 32 different questions from the committee before he can proceed. He noted interest in the project is strong. He says he’s signed a letter of intent with “an extremely highend restaurant” willing to send a design team to Sarasota and make a presentation to the city
home for decades to Patricks Restaurant, and most recently to the Floribean. Brown bought the building this year and closed the Floribean. He owns and operates two successful restaurants on Siesta Key.
• Homelessness tops for city issue
When City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo announced he was running for the county commission in August, the cited homelessness at the top issue. When newly elected City Commissioner Susan Chapman was asked the top issue of her 2013 campaign, she said it was homelessness. City and County Commissioners agreed to hire a national consultant on homelessness – Dr. Robert Mabut – to spend the fall in the area and develop a plan to tackle this priority. Meanwhile the city’s primary organizational tool addressing homelessness – the Salvation Army – geared up its own plans under the leadership of a new manager, Maj. Ethan Frizzell. He held a town-hall meeting in early August under raindrenched skies to announce several new initiatives for “the Sally” (as the homeless call it). Frizzell will establish a home for homeless women, who are often the subject of rape and abuse while sleeping on the streets. And he’ll re-open shelters for homeless families. While they will only be available for two-week stints, it allows them to re-orient and re-build their lives. Frizzell is a new actor in the homeless drama, as is new Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin, new Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino and newly-hired consultant Marbut.
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Sarasota History By Paul Roat |Bill Whitaker takes a wife, names a pass
Bill Whitaker embarked Although a resident of on a great adventure the Everglades, Bowlegs throughout his life. Much liked the coast and liked of his Tom Sawyer-esque the settlers, both to trade experiences took place in and occasionally cage a Sarasota as the eventual free meal. town’s first white settler. Harmony was disrupted He first made ends just before Christmas 1856, meet through the bounty when a band of soldiers of the bays. Cuban traders came upon Bowlegs camp, plied the Southwest t r a mp l e d h i s b a n a n a coast of Florida buying plants and pumpkin fields, dried, salted fish, paying and dug up his potatoes. upwards of a penny The Whitaker family, along with other early Sarasota Bowlegs retaliated and apiece. It was easy money. settlers, gathered for a picnic on what is today Golden attacked the army camp, As Karl Grismer’s Gate Point in 1866. Photo courtesy Sarasota County injuring four. War began “The Story of Sarasota” between the Seminoles Historical Society. chronicles, mullet were and settler, a war that everywhere. lasted more than a year. “During the winter months hurricane. A new pass through B o w l e g s a n d 1 3 9 o t h e r the bay literally churned with the key had been formed and Seminoles were captured and them. They came in immense that’s what Whitaker named it — deported. schools, more than a mile long New Pass. It has borne that name Mary Jane and her daughter and hundreds of yards wide — ever since.” and son took refuge at Braden so dense it seemed as though a Stormy weather apparently Castle in Manatee County. person could walk upon them. stirred up more than the waters of Whitaker, captain of a group of Whitaker could take a cast net the bays and Gulf. Bill Whitaker volunteers, fought the Seminoles. and fill his boat in a few minutes.” shortly thereafter fell in love with His home on Yellow Bluffs was But from his idyllic landfall in what at the time amounted to a burned to the ground during the skirmishes, and a houseguest of December 1842 was followed in Florida princess. October 1846 with some grief in M a r y J a n e W y a t t w a s the Whitakers, George Owen, the form of a massive hurricane. daughter of one of the wealthiest was killed by the Seminoles. He The storm pretty much blew of Floridians, Col. William Wyatt, has the distinction of being the most of the water out of Tampa gubernatorial candidate who lost only person killed by the Native Bay with its northeasterly winds. by a single vote and later lost Americans in the Sarasota region. The Rev. Edward Franklin much of his wealth during bank After the war, Whitaker and Gates, eldest son of Manatee’ first crashes. Mary Jane built a new home just white settler, said only “a few But the Colonel squirreled east of their former cedar house holes or basins of water here and some funds away and retired to so she could better cultivate a there with a channel down the his plantation on the Manatee garden. Whitaker devoted his center” was the shape of Tampa River, wife Mary and daughter efforts to raising cattle. Mary Jane in tow. Bay. The couple both took part Sarasota Bay and Whitaker Grismer’s description of Mary in the War Between the States. f a r e d w e l l i n ’ 4 6 . T h e Jane is of “a little, black-haired, Mary Jane successfully drove “granddaddy of all hurricanes” blue-eyed girl, a wisp of a lass, off a band of marauding Union in 1848 changed that feeling of barely five feet tall, who tipped soldiers. Bill sold cattle to the complacency regarding storms. the scales at exactly 80 pounds. Confederacy and was an active The Sept. 22, 1848, storm came But pretty as all get out — and blockade runner. from the southwest and pushed full of spirit.” After the war the family water and waves from the Gulf Mr. Whitaker courted her for devoted themselves to their of Mexico onto shore and into the two years before their marriage crops, fishing, cattle, and bays. After the blow came what in June 1851, the first wedding sometimes politics. Bill was a some say is one of Bill Whitaker’s recorded in the region. Their sheriff of Manatee County for a greatest contributions to Sarasota daughter Nancy Catherine Stuart brief period of time. He died after Whitaker was born 10 months a fall from his horse Nov. 18, 1888. history. Again, from Grismer: “After the wind had subsided, later, the first of 11 children in Mary Jane later moved to Tampa and died March 6, 1908. Both, Whitaker looked out across the the next 14 years. bay to see whether his nets [on Mary Jane Whitaker obviously and many of their offspring, are Longboat Key] were safe. Not a loved children. She also enjoyed buried at the Whitaker Cemetery trace of them could be seen. The the company of her sparse at 11th Street and Cocoanut sandy beach where Whitaker had neighbors, one of whom was Avenue in North Sarasota, part kept his nets disappeared in the Seminole Chief Billy Bowlegs. of their one-time homestead.
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Condos in Common By Scott Diamond As the new fall television is about to begin, I’m still enjoying one of the summer replacement shows. Under the Dome on CBS is closely based on the science fiction novel by Stephen King. SPOILER ALERT. There are no condominiums in Chester’s Mill, Maine and none are featured in this television series as they were in, let’s say, Seinfeld. I don’t think there is even a mill in this town. The show is, however, about how people behave when they are cutoff from the society that they know. Switching to condominium living is not quite that drastic for most people. What it does is offer you the lifestyle that in most cases is more convenient than owning a conventional home especially if you have a busy schedule. The amenities of a condominium or the master community are usually the selling feature and should be used to the fullest to achieve maximum satisfaction. Of course, sometimes the shared responsibility of operating costs is not as attractive. Approving proposed budgets and dealing with association dues is not the fun part of condominium living. That “good with the bad phrase” can be inserted here. When you choose to live in the
usually close quarters, you get instant neighbors and instant rules to follow that were written with the hope that all will live in harmony. You can still come and go as you please, but it is important to get to know your neighbors. Mingle, “say hello” ala Seinfeld. Participation in association meetings is also a good idea. Hopefully, you don’t feel that you live under a dome with a need to escape. If the television show ends like the novel, it won’t be pleasant for most of the citizens of this TV town. Condominium life is not for all, but it is all for one. The success of the association and the good things that are a result of the shared amenities and the shared responsibilities for the owners, present and future, is what it’s all about.
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|EYES ON COMET ISON This autumn we denizens of the Northern Hemisphere may be in for a rare astronomical treat. A very bright comet with a long tail is headed our way. Called Comet Ison, it is expected to cross our skies this autumn. Astronomers say that the comet may be visible even in the daytime. If this spectacle materializes--yet comet predictions are notoriously fragile, recall the much-touted but fizzled Comet Kohoutek of the ‘70s*--Ison will have the appearance of Halley’s Comet at the turn of the 20th century, or even that of the “Great Comet” of 1820. These objects do not dash across the sky like a meteor. Comets appear to the naked eye, in fact, to be stationary. Their angular movement is only detected from day to day. Yet they can be astounding to observe since from head to
tail they are an awesome, even spooky presence. Comet lore is full of descriptions of people’s panic and the expectation of calamity to accompany these intrusive phenomena of the heavens. Until the time of Astronomer Halley in the 17th century, observers considered such celestial objects to be random vagrants. They did not fit the mechanics of the Celestial Sphere with its regular motions. Astronomers were simply unable to determine comets’ orbits. But with Halley and subsequent astronomers, scientists were able to accurately fix these wanderers’ tracks. They saw that the dusty, glowing bodies, deriving their luminosity from the Sun, journeyed in huge orbits extending beyond the Solar System. Some comets can take as long as a century to complete their far-reaching round trips into Earth’s neighborhood.
In modern times, scientists have not only been able to photograph comets up close. With a camera aboard a rocket, they have even landed on one. As a result, it’s been found that these weird objects consist of a hard, central asteroid-like body that is surrounded by gaseous dust. Comets can thus readily peter out and lose their magnificence and magnitude as they dissipate too much dust and gas. This makes predicting their brightness all the more difficult, Comet Ison’s included. As it stands now, astronomers predict Ison will far exceed in brilliance such recent comets as Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. Some predict Ison could look brighter than a full Moon. In the past 2,000 years, there have been some 200 truly spectacular comets visible either in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. We’ll soon find
out how Comet Ison ranks in this exclusive club. By midSeptember we should pretty well know. By then the comet will be within range of owners of fairly respectable telescopes. In The Eagle’s October issue, we’ll give viewers Ison’s exact location in the night sky over Sarasota *Dr. Albert Weeks’s piece about Comet Kohoutek in The Eagle (August 2013) should have included an explanatory preface. It was omitted in the process of preparing the August issue. The preface would have informed Eagle readers
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By Maureen Rooney, Siesta Key Wines, 5238C Ocean Blvd., Davidson Plaza in the Village, 941-552-9105 Pairing summer wines with grilled foods is especially fun and interesting because summer is a time to celebrate fresh foods and bold flavors that entice the palate. Here is our twist on celebrating the flavors of summer grilled foods and new ideas on wine pairing. The number one favorite seafood in our area is our famous Florida Grouper. Try pairing grilled Florida grouper, or even Basa, with Taxboexa Albarino from Spain. Albarino has a nice minerality and a more interesting palate than chardonnay. Give this a try and you may never go back to chardonnay! When grilling chicken don’t be boring with your wine pairings, instead of chardonnay try Anne Amie Pinot Gris from Oregon. It is a much better choice for summer! All of the fruity notes complement the smoky flavor of the grilled chicken. Don’t be afraid of drinking a red wine with seafood, seriously! Start off easy with Salmon as it is a meatier fish with enough flavor to stand up to a red wine.
Make sure that you don’t pick a red wine that overpowers the Salmon, instead try grilled Salmon with our favorite Bila Haut Cote du Roussillon. This wine is a beautiful blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The flavor of this wine is light enough to replace Pinot Noir and will cut through the meatiness of the Salmon and the smokiness from the grill. The best wine to accompany grilled Pork chops is the Bodegas Castano Monastrell from Spain. Monastrell, or Mouvedre as it’s called in France, is a spicy and savory grape with earthy notes. This wine has lots of flavor yet it is also light enough not to overpower the delicate flavors of the pork. Another light meat that is great on the grill is Lamb Chops which pair perfectly with the dark, fruity Seven Sinners Old Vine Petite Syrah from Lodi. This wine is full of plum, dark cherries, and berry flavors that would also be amazing as the base for a sauce to go along with the Lamb Chops.
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Now to the king of the grill, Steak! When you mention steak, everyone has their favorite cut. But whichever is your favorite, you can kick it up a notch by serving it with a hearty and robust Malbec by Zorzal from Argentina, this will have more flavor then a Malbec from Cahors, France and will be more complementary than the usual Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine received 93 points from Robert Parker and will enhance the flavors in any cut of steak! And saving the best for last, what we have all been waiting for….The Grand Finale…that’s right my friends...The Great American Cheeseburger!! Awesomely paired with an AllAmerican Zinfandel, such as, Le Lapin from Paso Robles! This wine is juicy, just like the perfect Cheeseburger. Remember, you can find these great small production wines at Siesta Key Wines in the Village! We’ll show you the wines…. you just gotta do the grillin’! Leftovers accepted daily!
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JULY TRAFFIC REPORT
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Compiled by: Capt. Jordan M. Joseph, Landings Security & Safety
There were a total of 78 incidents in the Landings for the month of July 2013. They are as follows: 3 Assist Other Agency Reports: •Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office given on site directions. •Ambulance escorted & traffic control provided for same. •Emergency by-pass on gate controller for ambulance arrival. 1 Death Reported: •Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on site ref: a “Wellness Check’. •Resident found to have ‘passed away’. 1 Disturbance Reported: •Several complaints about fireworks outside the Landings. •Residents advised to contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. 12 Informational Reports filed: •3 ‘Street Light Out’ Reports filed with FPL. •Gate arms at the park removed by Sarasota County •Resident complaint: Vehicles tailgating. •Resident complaint: Loud music in vehicles. •Resident complaint: Business cards left on mailboxes. •Resident complaint: Guest list removal of all. •Eagles nest closed for several weeks due to flooding. •AED case found open at the LRC. •Faux ‘Sink Hole’ reported on Pine Harrier Dr. •Unattended ladder propped against home, safety concern. 1 Injury (Minor) Reported: •Gate arm struck pedestrian exiting the North Gate. 1 Lost Item Reported: •Set of keys reported to be missing. 1 Missing Person Reported: •Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issued an Amber Alert’
•County wide calls were placed. •Subject located 25 Open Doors Reported: •All instances of Garage Doors being left open. 12 Parking Violations Issued: •Parking Violations are now “No Notice Given”. •Policy shift due to officer safety concerns. 1 Patrol Request: •Strange truck ‘hanging out’ at the South Gate. •Unable to locate. 2 Property Damage Reports: •Tire marks noted in grass 1900blk. Landings Blvd. •Mailbox knocked down, unknown cause. 4 Public Service Reports: •2 Motorist Assists - Directions given. •2 Residents advised vehicle lights left on. 7 Reckless Driver Reports: •6 Unsafe Speeds (Speeders). •1 Unsafe driving condition. •Passenger riding on top rail of pickup truck 5 Suspicious Incidents Reported: •1 Homeless man escorted off property. •2 Incidents where subjects were determined to be guests. •1 Subject, a resident, was confused and lost (Medical). •1 Unknown bicycle in residents driveway. •Belonged to workman on site. 2 Trespassing Incidents Reported: •Juvenile residents playing in vacant home’s yard. •Escorted to their home. •3 Residents found on Nature Trail after dusk. •Escorted out of the Nature Trail area.
Main Gate July 2012 July 2013 Resident Entries at the Main Gate 10691 8769 Resident Exits at the Main Gate* 0 0 System Visitor Entries at the Main Gate** 1040 526 Manual Visitor Entries at the Main Gate*** 842 1258 Visitor Exits at the Main Gate * 0 0 North Gate Resident Entries at the North Gate Resident Exits at the North Gate Visitor Entries at the North Gate**** Visitor Exits at the North Gate****
14215 13132 0 0
13807 12533 0 0
South Gate Resident Entries at the South Gate Resident Exits at the South Gate Visitor Entries at the South Gate**** Visitor Exits at the South Gate****
3512 3975 0 0
3170 2966 0 0
* The Main Gate has no means of recording exit numbers at this time. ** This number reflects visitors that have been manually recorded in Gate Sure by an officer. *** This number reflects “Resident Call Ahead Logs” as well as a manual estimate based on regular daily traffic not otherwise recorded (lawn service crews etc...) **** As Visitors are prohibited from using these gates there is no system in place to accurately measure this gate for Entry / Exits at this time N/A = System Error. Information not available or missing.
Useful & Emergency Phone Numbers... Verizon - Phone Service....................................... 1.800.483.1000 Comcast Cable................................................................. 371.6700 Emergency Animal Clinic.............................................. 929.1818 Poison Info Center................................................ 1.800.282.3171 Waste Management........................................................ 924.1254 Landings Eagle......................................................... 941.539.0205 Landing’s Gate................................................................ 922.5531 Landings Racquet Club.................................................. 923.3886 LRC e-mail.............................................LRCtennis@verizon.net Argus Management........................................................ 927.6464 Sheriff Non-Emergency.................................................. 861.5800 FPL - Florida Power & light........................................... 917.0708 FPL - Outage Report............................................. 1.800.468.8243 Fishing & Hunting Licenses................................... 941.362.9888 Marriage License Bureau........................................ 941.362.4066 Sarasota County Hotline................................................ 861.5000 Sarasota/Bradenton Intl. Airport.......................... 941.359.2770 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) ................ 941.316.1234 Sarasota County Information Call Center................................... ................................................................. 941.861.5000/scgov.net Sarasota Doctors Hospital....................................... 941.342.1100 Sarasota Memorial Hospital/Health Care ....................System 941.917.7760 Emergency (General)............................................................... 911 Life-threatening EMERGENCY: call 911 first, then call the gate. They will direct emergency vehicles
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CURRENTLY ACTIVE 4812 PEREgRINE PoINT W CIR - $699,000
Rare opportunity in The Landings - a five bedroom family home! Situated on over a ½ acre lot and surrounded by the some of the most desirable homes in The Landings. There is tremendous potential with this property. 1562 LANdINgs TER - $649,000
Enjoy your own expansive, Zen hideaway in The Landings. Vaulted ceilings, high windows and a bright, glassed interior atrium welcome lots of light and an inviting sense of being close to nature. Home has generous open floor plan.
1733 PINE HARRIER CIR - $525,000
SHORT SALE! Family home with pool nestled in a tropical paradise. Fenced yard with fruit trees overlook the pool. Newer tile roof, paver entryway, granite counters and stainless appliances. Floors PENDING are tile and Brazilian pecan. 1368 LANdINgs dR - $325,000
Enjoy the ambiance of living in a Landings Treehouse. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse is maintenance free living. The Landings Treehouses have their own heated pool. Enjoy a daily walk down the Landings Nature Trail.
Watch for the “Judy & Tara’s Neighborhood” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to visit, call or stop us on the street... Your Landings Resident Real Estate Team is always ready to discuss the market and how we can be of service to you.
HomEs foR sALE 1627 Peregrine Pt Ct 4812 Peregrine Pt W Ci 1769 Pine Harrier Ci HomEs PENdINg 1562 Landings Ter 1622 Peregrine Pt Dr 1460 Peregrine Pt 1780 Pine Harrier Ci 1733 Pine Harrier Ci 5167 Kestral Pk Ln HomEs soLd 1435 Cedar Bay Ln 1600 Pine Harrier Ci 4848 Peregrine Pt Ci N. 5115 Flicker Field Ci 5163 Kestral Pk Ln 1672 Pine Harrier Ci 4638 Pine Harrier Dr CoNdos foR sALE 5440 Eagles Pt Ci # 204 1355 Landings Dr 4873 Kestral Pk N Wy 1634 Starling Dr CoNdos PENdINg 1444 Landings Ci 1732 Starling Dr CoNdos soLd 5440 Eagles Pt Ci # 403 1423 Landings Pl 5430 Eagles Pt Ci # 104 1358 Landings Dr 1499 Landings Lake Dr 1431 Landings Pl 1368 Landings Dr 1746 Landings Bv 5329 Landings Bv 5035 Kestral Pk Dr 1666 Starling Dr 1704 Starling Dr 1752 Kestral Pk Dr 1627 Starling Dr 1611 Starling Dr 1619 Starling Dr 5252 Heron Wy
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649,000 639,900 569,000 549,900 525,000 499,000
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625,000 474,500 294,500 225,000
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875,000 436,500 385,000 345,000 345,000 340,000 312,000 240,000 215,000 210,000 207,000 185,000 185,000 171,000 170,000 165,000 150,000
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Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending Aug. 14, 2013. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.
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