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Gate Crasher Cited By Roger Drouin

The driver of a speeding silver Cadillac damaged the gatepost on Starling Drive and caused two people to jump out of the vehicle’s approaching path. The harrowing experience happened the afternoon of June 22, as the driver approached the gate and backed up, and again drove forward, this time crashing into the post that protects the gate island, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). At about 2:15 p.m., the driver crashed into the metal and plastic post, damaging the post and leaving behind “debris” from the front of the car, according to separate reports from FHP, gatesecurity, and a witness. The driver then sped off, and that’s when the Cadillac nearly hit a resident and worker. According to a resident who witnessed the crash, after striking the post, the driver swerved out of control and headed straight toward the witness and a worker. The worker “pulled me out of the way” and another resident had to jump quickly into a driveway, to avoid being hit. It was a close call. According to the witness account,

“The car came within an inch or two of hitting my parked car, which would have then collided into [the worker] and me,” the witness recounted in their report to The Landings officials. “Result, probably death for the two of us.” The driver then left the scene. A state trooper was dispatched to a Sarasota County EMS.” police that she didn’t even know she location in front of a Philippi Gardens Sweeney, 59, of Sarasota, was cited for collided with anything.” home, in the 5400 block of America careless driving and leaving the scene of According to the FHP report, drugs Drive, where the Cadillac had ended up. a crash without giving information. or alcohol were not suspected at the time “Upon my arrival I observed a silver The gate security report noted that “the of the crash. Cadillac parked in front…” reported driver identified by police… stated to the trooper. “The car was not running at this time. There was severe damage to the left front and the two left tires Be sure to mark your calendars for the Annual Labor Day BBQ on were blown out.” Monday, September 7th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. The cost is $10 per The trooper asked person and includes all the traditional BBQ fare along with apple pie the driver of the car, Cheryl Diane Sweeney, and ice cream for dessert. The sign-up sheet will be in the what happened. “She Pro Shop. Deadline to sign-up is September 4. stated that she did not know and would not provide any further information. I observed BULLHORNS VS DRUMS AT SIESTA KEY’S DRUM CIRCLE. SEE PAGE 19 a large bump on her DATE SET FOR ANNUAL CRYSTAL CLASSIC SANDSCULPTING. SEE PAGE 18 forehead and called for

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LMA Meeting Notes LMA Pres. Don McMurray reported referring a drainage issue brought up at his open meeting on Tuesday, August 4, to Jack Jost. He also recounted the details of a vehicle/property accident at the South Gate. The driver was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, given six months of probation, has to attend a Basic Drivers Improvement course, serve 24 hours public service and pay Emergency Medical Team and court costs. The resolution of issues between the driver and residents who witnessed the accident are still pending. The driver’s insurance company will cover the cost of damage repairs. A concerned resident attending the meeting asked the board to consider suspending the driver’s decal privilege. McMurray continued his president’s report by mentioning the need to see that signs on the nature trail are consistent

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in their design and structure, with signs throughout The Landings. He communicated the task of acquiring all residents’ email addresses was ongoing. He also suggested committee chairman inform the finance committee of any anticipated expenses two or three years out, so as to eliminate any surprises. McMurray related the search for someone to manage the website was continuing and hopes once this person is hired, it will become a more effective tool for residents at The Landings. Lastly, he announced a new “Green Book” would likely be printed in October.

Graziosi-Jacaruso ended her report with a brief discussion of the budget process schedule for fiscal year 2016. She encouraged committee chairman to anticipate expenses for 20172018 if possible. A thorough budget process schedule was provided to all board members.

FINANCE REPORT Finance committee chair, Marie Graziosi-Jacaruso reported a $26,221.66 surplus through the end of June, largely due to the timing of expenses. There are four unit owners with an outstanding debt of $4300 and two delinquent assessments being handled by the LMA • Father/Son Tennis Tournament attorney. The new policy Save the date: November 18 for collecting outstanding through November 22 annual assessment debt was brought to a vote • Next Community Hauling Date: and passed. Wednesday November 11 Graziosi-Jacaruso went on to report on additional • LMA Q&A with members: items. The bid process First Tuesday of each month regarding speed bumps, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the LRC calming tables, and speed monitoring is continuing. • Code for the Field Road door: The additional flood Call the Main Gate, insurance coverage for 941-922.5531 the main gate will be • Wanted: Writer/Editor evaluated when the policy is renewed. The with a Passion for news, committee is working information & Landings living with FPL to analyze (Paid Position). electrical spending. Contact Bob Stein 941-349-0194.

DRAINAGE LMA Pres. Don McMurray shared a brief report in Committee chair, Jack Jost’s absence. Overholt Landscaping has been contracted to repair the 18 inch pipe that feeds into Carriagehouse Lake from the School Board. Work to correct drainage deficiencies on Kestral Park Place and Peregrine Point Way is in progress.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS LMA Pres. Don McMurray shared a brief report in Chairman Doug Day’s absence. About 60 residents participated in a successful pool and pizza party on the July 4 weekend. The event included games, prizes, music and terrific food and drink.

ENVIRONMENTAL Committee chair, John Carson reported the results of a successful meeting with the landscape committee. The Director of Botany at Selby Gardens, Bruce Holst was invited to do a walk-through the Eagles Nest area and Nature Trail. He was extremely complementary and provided some recommendations. LAKES Lakes chair, Larry Lawrence summarized the results of an annual evaluation of the lakes. They determined that a 20-30

foot retaining wall on Lake-3 would need to be repaired or replaced in the next few years. Lawrence’s committee recommending the cost of approximately $25,000 be added to the budget over the next three years. Wetlands consultant, Jim Henslick inspected the Starling Preserve area and provided the required report to the county. Funds have been requested in the 2016 budget to replace aging and unreliable equipment that has caused many outages over the past year. Lawrence was pleased to report the stormwater drainage system associated with the lakes, performed well during recent heavy rains.

PUBLIC/GOVERENMENT RELATIONS LMA Pres. Don McMurray announced Chairman, Karl Maggard resigned due to increased travel obligations. McMurray is hopeful someone new will fill the position.

SAFETY AND SECURITY Chairman Neil Goldman reported the process of installing a new air conditioning system at the guard house is ongoing. He also summarized the details regarding the vehicle/property accident near the Southgate. Goldman again emphasized the need for a new, more efficient speed sentry. As a result, another lively discussion of speeding challenges at The Landings ensued. In spite of the challenges, several residents LANDSCAPING L a n d s c a p i n g c h a i r , J o e indicated they were pleased to H e n n e s s y p r o v i d e d t h e see most drivers adhering to the Board with a report in his new 20 MPH speed limit. absence. Several replantings FORWARD PLANNING have been accomplished and midsummer island maintenance Forward Planning chair, is in progress. The Landscaping M i c h a e l K n u p p ’ s r e p o r t committee highlight was the indicated that although they’re installation of a paver path from still waiting for input from some Heron Way to the Nature Trail. committees, they hope to have a forward planning rough draft to review with the board at the next MAINTENANCE Maintenance Committee meeting. chair David Jacaruso, reported INTERSECTION the replacement of signs CONGESTION throughout The Landings is continuing. Several are currently Documents from the LMA attorney related to a request for on order. Gatehouse maintenance Declaratory Judgment should be issues are suspended until a available for board review soon. new air conditioning unit is NEW BUSINESS installed and the bid process for road striping and perimeter wall A motion was made that the painting and power washing is North Gate and South Gate close at midnight. The motion passed still in progress. without dissent.

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Landings Management Association Environmental Committee The Environmental Committee was established by Landings Management Association to enhance the quality of the Landings natural environment, and to identify areas where individual associations and/or the LMA might choose to change current practices. Recommendations may be made, for example, in order to improve our impact on the waterways, remove pollutants, maintain the natural and beautiful environment of The Landings and to encourage cost effective decisions. We welcome input from every resident and Association, and encourage attendance at

our meetings. The committee has identified several areas that could be addressed by individual associations, and/or the LMA, among them pollutants running into our lakes; plantings at the shoreline of the lakes; and drip vs. sprinkler methods of watering. In addition, as The Landings ages, so do our trees and bushes. The replacement of these plantings becomes an important consideration. Removal of invasive species, replacement of aging trees, flowers and bushes with native Florida plants, and preservation of the natural

beauty of our home is an important consideration. The Committee was created to present resources and information to the LMA and our Associations. We hope to do this through articles such as this one, and with presentations by subject matter experts so that we may all make informed decisions that will help foster the community we all enjoy. We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Thank you. The Environmental Committee: John Carson, Jim Donovan, Connie Goldman, Carolina Hernandez-Ron.

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join their meetings and they have a wealth of information about growing roses in South West Florida. They even have a Rose Doctor. Please visit their web site for more information: www.b-srs.org. Please mark your calendars for the return of the popular Phillippi Farmhouse Market, Sarasota’s only mid-week farmers market. The 6th season of the Farmhouse Market will begin on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with local produce, local artists, crafts vendors, food trucks, live music, ample free parking and more. All this is courtesy of Friends of Sarasota County Parks. They are always looking for volunteers to assist with the

market, the welcome tent, etc. For more information, please visit the market’s web site: www.farmhousemarket.org. SEE YOU AT THE MARKET! Of course, Phillippi Estate Park is open to the public from 6 a.m. until midnight daily. There are shoreline trails to wander with great birding and photographic opportunities, three fishing piers, picnic tables, playground, a quarter mile loop in a coastal hammock behind the Gazebo and the opportunity to re-connect with nature. The park is dog friendly and welcomes dogs on 6-foot leashes. Please remember to bring plastic bags to clean up after your dog.

September continues to be a quiet time while preparations are being made for a busy season, beginning in October. However, there is one event at the end of September that may interest Landings residents. The Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society will be holding their first Fall meeting on Sunday September 27 from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park. The Rose Society maintains the Nettie Keener Keith Rose Garden on the East side of the Edson Keith Mansion. The Rose Society welcomes everyone interested in roses to

LHA Meeting Notes At its regular August board meeting the board approved the removal of trees on Peregrine Point Cir N and Landings Blvd. It also approved the removal of a tree on Peregrine Point Way subject to approval of a replacement plan and schedule and the replacement of existing plantings with trees on Peregrine Point Way. It deferred action on similar requests from owners on Flicker Field Cir and Peregrine Point Cir N in order to review requested additional information. In other actions, the board approved the location of solar panels on Landings Ln, window replacement and a new irrigation well on Peregrine Point Cir N and a new roof on Peregrine Point Cir E. A letter of violation will be sent regarding parking on the grass on a Peregrine Point Cir N property. The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on September 10, 2015 at the Landings Racquet Club. Notice of special meetings and the regular meeting agenda is posted at the resident’s entrance at the Main Gate.

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President’s Column It has been a little over two months since the speed limit on Landings Blvd and Kestral Parkway was reduced from 25 to 20 mph. The change was made primarily to improve safety on our roads for the increased number of walkers and bicyclists. I am pleased to report that the general consensus of the board, and other residents in attendance at our last board meeting, was that drivers seem to have responded well to the speed limit change and the flow of traffic seems to be quieter and safer. I would like to thank everyone for your thoughtfulness and effort to slow down to protect your neighbors. However, in the same meeting it was noted that walkers also need to pay more attention to some rules of safety as they enjoy their stroll on our roads. Walk facing traffic, so you can see a vehicle as it approaches you. Please don’t walk three or four people abreast or in a big cluster, blocking the lane. As a

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vehicle approaches move to the side of the road, walking in a single file. On our very narrow streets, step off the road and allow the vehicle to pass. When it’s dark out (morning or night) wear clothing that can be seen, not black pants and jackets/tops – it’s very difficult for drivers to see you. In general, there is absolutely no need for our roads to present a danger to anyone “if” everyone uses a little common sense and is courteous to each other. So, driver’s slowdown in general, but especially when you approach someone walking. For those of you walking, be smart, stay alert and as the approaching vehicle slows down for you – smile and wave in appreciation of the driver’s courteousness to you. When all is said and done, being courteous, pleasant, friendly, and being a good neighbor is the best prescription for safety on our roads. Just a reminder - the board is beginning the budget process for

FY 2016. The finance committee will be working with each of our committee chairs to put together a draft budget for the Board to review and approve at our November meeting. In October the draft budget will be distributed to each board member and association president for their review and comment. It is our hope this year, that we can also post the draft budget on our website in October so any resident can review it before the board meets in November.

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1. Improving Communication with you: We (LMA) are a diverse organization and consequently communication with each of you in a timely manner is difficult. We do not have a mechanism to directly contact each resident should there be an emergency or should we need to get important information out quickly. Our best means of communicating quickly with you is by email. However, as

it currently stands if we have a need to get information out quickly, 75 of you will not be informed. I am, therefore, asking all 75 of you to help us by providing a safely secured email address that we can keep on file in case of need. Please send us your email address to: landings.directory@gmail.com. It will not be published in any manner without your approval. On September 1st, Tuesday, I will be available to meet at the LRC from 8:30 to 9:30 am to discuss any issues, problems, or suggestions you may have that would benefit our community. Thanks!

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Celebration of life for Dr. Frank Bodor Longtime Landings resident Dr. Frank Bodor passed away on July 8th, 2015, at the age of 87. He had suffered a debilitating hemorrhagic stroke seven years ago and thereafter required care in an assisted living facility. Frank was born on a farm in a small town in former Yugoslavia. Instead of becoming a farmer as his father had intended, he followed his dream to become a physician. He studied medicine at the University of Zagreb. While at the university, he met his future wife Vera and they were married soon after his graduation in 1958. He began practicing medicine in Croatia, but faced hardships because of his opposition to the communist party. He vowed to leave the country and provide a better future for his two young sons. He succeeded, bringing his young family to the United States in 1966. Frank completed his pediatric residency training

at Case Western Reserve University, serving as chief resident in 1970. Thereafter, he moved his family to Rocky River, a suburb on Cleveland’s west side, where he began a private practice in pediatrics. Frank was a pediatrician for nearly thirty years and helped the lives of thousands of children. He deeply cared for his patients and was esteemed by his colleagues. He enjoyed teaching and was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for Case Western Reserve University, hosting many residents in his practice. He had great depth and breadth of knowledge and was an adept diagnostician. His knowledge of microbiology allowed him to recognize some of the limitations of current practice methods, and so he performed his own laboratory analyses in his office. His medical advice was always based on the best interests of his patients, even if it went against the trend in medicine at the time.

In 1972, at a time when feeding newborn infants formula was more popular than breast feeding, Dr. Bodor went against the popular trends and was an early advocate of breast feeding, recognizing that it was more natural, better nutritionally, and better for bonding between mother and child. Since then, many studies have demonstrated the many benefits of breast feeding, ranging from reduced infections to higher IQ. In 1982, Frank noticed an association between otitis media (middle ear infections) and conjunctivitis (eye infections) in children. Initially facing skepticism, he went on to prove that the two were part of a single disease process, caused by the same organism, one often preceding the other and being highly contagious to siblings. He published a seminal research paper describing the condition, Conjunctivitis-Otitis Syndrome in the journal Pediatrics. Joined by colleagues, he continued his

research, which led to better recognition and treatment of the condition. For his work, he was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Practitioner Research Award. Frank and Vera raised two sons. Believing in the importance of education, he was proud that in a single generation his sons graduated from two of America’s top schools, Harvard and MIT, and followed in his footsteps to become physicians accomplished in their fields.

Frank loved living in Sarasota, specifically in The Landings; he considered it paradise. He was a very active tennis player at The Landings Racquet Club. When he wasn’t playing tennis, he enjoyed listening to classical music, gardening (a love of the land since his childhood on the farm), grilling, swimming, writing letters about pediatric research and politics, and preparing his large photo and home video collection for sharing with future generations. He also loved attending cultural events in Sarasota and was active in a local group of CroatianAmerican friends. He is survived by his wife Vera, son Marko, daughterin-law Jackie, grandchildren Sophie, Julia, Maria, and Luka, of Napa, California; son Dan, daughter-in-law Heidi, grandchildren Ellie and Karina, of The Landings; and brother Ivan, of Zagreb, Croatia.

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Sand Backup Plan? By Roger Drouin A retired sand mine manager and Siesta advocate think so Retired sand-mine manager Ian McCalla has a novel idea for the area’s largest proposed coastal project. McCalla, former manager of SMR Aggregates Inc., believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Sarasota have been looking in all the wrong places for sand sources for the $19 million Lido Key Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project. Instead of the controversial plan to dredge sand from Big Pass, those who are heading up the project should be looking inland for sand sources, McCalla believes. Sand from mines — such as SMR Aggregates in east Sarasota County or other sand and gravel mines in the state — would be less costly and could be a reliable source of sand that can be matched to existing beach grains. “It’s sand that comes from millions of years ago,” McCalla says, “No chemicals are involved. The sand is passed over different grades of screens. It is washed and would be nice and white.” That’s because mined sand can be refined, through a process using different filtering screens, into different grades — from mason sand to fine, “glass,” quartz sand consistent with the sand found on Siesta’s beaches, McCalla said. “Why are we getting involved with dredging?” asks McCalla, who believes bringing in mined sand would be less expensive because it bypasses the cost of dredging sand, in which a contractor often charges millions just to mobilize a dredging vessel. Although mined sand itself is fairly inexpensive, the bulk of the cost would be trucking expenses. There are some drawbacks to this former mine manager’s plan, including heavy truck traffic on roadways, and because mined sand is not typically used for beach projects, it is unknown whether

state and federal officials would issue a permit for a mined-sand renourishment. But Catherine Luckner, beach advocate and vice president of the Siesta Key Association sees promise in the concept of mined sand. In a separate effort, Luckner, who does not know McCalla, has been talking about the possibility of using mined sand, instead of sand dredged from the pass, to buffer Lido beach. Luckner began advocating for exploring this option after she learned about white mined sand being used to partially rebuild a stretch of storm-battered shore on north Longboat Key. The mined sand was used to buffer the beach and provide a foundation below a top layer of dredged sand. “They didn’t have to dredge first. They had truck loads of sand,” Luckner told Siesta Sand. “They got a permit to shore up the beach [with the mined sand].” Although the sand trucked in from a mine north of Plant City only provided a base layer, it has Luckner wondering whether a higher quantity of mined sand could be used to fill in eroded Lido Beach. Some of the mined sand could even be used to establish dunes areas along the beach that would stabilize the shoreline and help protect buildings on Lido — especially after mined sand was used on Longboat. “Why hasn’t anyone said, ‘We are thinking of doing that for Lido’?” Luckner asks. An alternative to the dredge? In written comments submitted to state environment officials, Luckner has raised the possibility of the Army Corps, which is conducting the Lido Beach Renourishment along with the city of Sarasota, using mined sand. “We put it out there as an option,” Luckner said. “It’s all natural fossils finely

ground,” Luckner said. “It is white as can be. It mixes well and seems to fall well [on the beach] because of the grain size.” Yet perhaps most importantly, using mined sand would avoid the need to dredge sand from the pass “where it is in a good place doing what it is supposed to,” Luckner says. In the mid 1990s, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and a professor at the University of Virginia found that the impact of dredging the shoal of Big Pass would pose an unacceptable risk to Siesta Key and the downdrift beaches. That study, conducted in 1994, showed that the ebb shoal in Big Pass was the foundation for the stability of sand formation to the south, including Siesta Key. Luckner says the SKA has been focused on trying to find solutions, and using mined sand is one possible option. “Do they have to dredge that channel? I don’t know. I think there can be a better way,” Luckner told Siesta Sand. Luckner also wants to know why the Corps hasn’t considered permeable, adjustable groins such as the ones used on the north end of Longboat Key. This type of structure could have less impact on downdrift beaches such as Siesta Beach. Clean Sand The current reliance on dredged sand for beach renrouishments is making dredging contractors rich, McCalla says. There could be alternatives. SMR Aggregates, the mining operation in Sarasota County on Lorraine Road, east of the Interstate, would be a good source for beach sand, he says. The operation is mostly unknown to residents; McCalla has called it “Sarasota’s best kept secret.” Officials at SMR Aggregates did not reply to a call for

White mined sand from northeast of Plant City used on Longboat Key. The mined sand was used to establish the staging for the beach ground work. Photo by Catherine Luckner.

This photo shows how the permeable, adjustable groins are placed and blend in with the beach. They are very attractive and can be modified to change how much sand is trapped naturally. Photo by Catherine Luckner.

comments for this article. “We have these resources at our door step,” McCalla said. Mined where sand, shell and other aggregates are dug at SMR, and other similar mines, eventually are vacated and make large lakes. Benderson’s rowing park was the former and original mine site of SMR, according to McCalla. In the future, the current Lorraine Road mine will likely become the site of lakeside million dollar homes because of its location, McCalla predicts. The mine, McCalla believes, can handle the volume of sand needed for a large beach project. Before the housing crash, aggregate from the mine filled at least a thousand large dump trucks a day. “When I worked at the mine, there were hundreds of trucks at five a.m., waiting for the mine to open. We had massive front end

loaders and each scoop would hold at least eight to ten tons,” McCalla said. So three scoops would fill the back of a large dump truck. One complaint of local residents, at the time, was the heavy truck traffic, and depending on how trucks got to the beach, that could be an issue for using mined sand on the beaches. McCalla also has heard there has been a county permitting issue delaying the mine from further operations. That permitting holdup would have to be worked through before the mine could be used as a beach-project sand source. But the mining operation — which relies on a filtering process that uses screens — is clean, McCalla claims, unlike phosphorous mining. And the finished produced is spotless sand. “It has been cleaned,” the former manager says.

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Kids’ Corner

By Heidi Bodor

Hilla Dries, 8, 3rd grader in Freiburg, Germany Pets: One brown/gray cat named Tiger. Languages: German and a little English.

• How long have you been in Horse stories. America? We live in Germany but • What is your favorite sport? we have been coming to The Tennis. Landings for 4 ½ years. • How long have you been • Do you like The Landings? playing? Yes, because we have nice I started playing last Tuesday. neighbors and they also have a cat. • What is your favorite team? Fußball-Club Bayern • What is the biggest difference München [soccer]. from Germany? I n G e r m a n y , t h e r e a r e • Favorite color? mountains and here, there Gold, turquoise. Actually, I aren’t any. like all the colors except black and brown. • What is your favorite subject? PE. • Favorite song? The CD from Frozen. • What is your favorite video game? • Can you sing the song from Subway Surfers and Cars. Frozen? I can’t sing it so well but • What are your favorite books? sometimes I do when I’m bored.

• Favorite movie? Horse movies.

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Deli food galore at Corkscrew Deli in Landings Plaza The Sarasota region has a wealth of fine dining establishments. There is fine Continental cuisine, ethnic fare featuring everything from Italian to Spanish, Cuban to Peruvian, Mexican to Asian, and more. The food itself is myriad. Depending on restaurant, you can dine on ostrich, buffalo, elk, frog, alligator, venison, wild hog, quail, plus seafood from around the world — we’ve got almost everything available to us here except maybe yak or kangaroo. But sometimes you get jaded with filet mignon smothered with Béarnaise sauce or stone crab claws dripping with drawn butter. You’ve just gotta have a good deli sandwich, and Corkscrew Deli fits the bill. Corkscrew Deli is at the south end of the Landings Plaza on U.S. 41. They’ve been at it since 1994 and definitely have figured out how to do food right. Stop by some weekday lunch and you’ll see why they need four people in

the miniscule kitchen to pump out the food for the masses. The small but busy restaurant has 25 Signature Sandwiches, plus six Signature Salads, $3.99 Daily Specials, Everyday Deals, and myriad Café Sandwich combinations for $4.99. Classic New York deli sandwiches are the big hit at Corkscrew Deli. Reuben: hot corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut, and 1000 Island Dressing on toasted rye, $7.29. New Yorker: hot pastrami and corned beef with Swiss and a special mustard sauce on toasted rye, $9.99. Caribbean (okay, maybe not classic New York): hot pastrami, provolone, Romaine lettuce, red onion, pepperoncini and special Caribbean sauce on an onion roll, $7.29. Other favorites include the El Paso at $6.59. It’s a turkey breast with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a special Jalapeno Ranch spread served on an onion roll. The same price

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Racquet Club News |President’s Report By Dick Bayles As I write this, the fence replacement project is complete with the exception of the repainting of the light poles, which should be complete by the time you read it. The annual refurbishment of our courts is about half over; courts 1-2 and 5-6 will have gone through a thorough overhaul, with four tons of Har-Tru added to each court and new tapes laid. The remaining four courts will have about one ton each added and the existing lines retained.

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We have completed the LED lighting upgrade to the Lakeside clubhouse and the room can be made significantly brighter than the old mixture of incandescent and CFL lights. I encourage our members to request that their statements be delivered by e-mail; it saves us time and postage. In the event you can’t open the e-mailed one, you may always request one to be printed. There are two events scheduled for September – the Labor Day picnic beginning at 4:30 on Monday, the 7th, and our annual “US Open” round robin on Friday, September 11th. Signups for both are available in the Pro Shop.

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As a reminder, the Labor Day BBQ is scheduled for Monday, September 7th. If you are interested in attending this year and haven’t signed up yet, please do so by Friday, September 4th. The LRC annual mailing will be sent out near 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 lrctennis@verizon.net and I will be happy to add you to my address book. I send all the emails blind so your address won’t be shared. The fence project is complete and looks great. If the weather cooperates, the light poles on the courts should be repainted by now as well. Currently we are in the middle of the annual court resurfacing project. To keep the courts playing well, we ask that members brush the courts when their match finishes after 5:00 PM. For your convenience, there is a brush hanging on every set of courts. Thanks in advance for your assistance in keeping our courts playing as well as if not better than any others in the area.

|News From the Court By Joe Venezia Summer is winding down and that means the courts will be getting busy. We have several events coming up - mark your calendar for Friday, September 11, 2015. Join in the Round Robin for the U.S. Open. After play we’ll watch one of the men’s semifinals on the big screen and have pizza and beer. Sign up in the Pro Shop to get

the details. John will be back at the club Thursday, October 1st, 2015. Monday and Wednesday cardio classes will then have 12 openings. Sign up for members is the 3rd Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m. and for non-residents the following Sunday at 8:00 a.m. As always, if you would like a lesson or clinic with either John or myself - contact me at lrctennisdirector@verizon.net or 941-993-2628. The sooner you call the better your chances of getting the time slot you want. Friday, October 30th, 2015 - the annual Halloween Party. Show your creativity with a costume - scary, funny, a group theme. Join us and get together with your friends returning to The Landings. More information in the October Eagle. I can’t believe I’m writing this already.....The Father / Son Tennis Tournament is right around the corner. Save the date letters have been mailed and we look forward to another great week of superb tennis. The dates for the tournament are Wednesday, November 18 through Sunday, November 22, 2015. John and I are ready to get the season started! We’ll see you on the courts...

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Got Sand? State of the Crystal Classic By Brian Wigglesworth With the number of visitors dwindling here on the Key for the backto-school season, the committee for The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is well under way planning for this year’s presentation of the art of sand sculpting to welcome all of our seasonal friends back. Maria Bankemper, owner of the Best Western Plus Hotel, will be leading the charge again, along with Marlene Roome, Trish Ivey, Mark Smith, the Board and staff of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and myself. We’ll all be working hard to bring something new and different to the event this year. One thing new this year is the tag line for the event. In an attempt to showcase the artistic talent that we bring in from all over the world, and also better describe the event’s varied attractions like the live music, lessons, shows and vendors, it is now the Siesta Key Crystal Classic “International Sand Sculpting Festival”. Again we are scanning the globe to bring the best sculptors here to Siesta Key. Among the fresh faces this year will be Susane Rueseler from Holland, Ilya Filimontsev from Russia, Enguerrand David from Belgium and Leonardo Ugolini from Italy. We also have sculptors returning this year from U.S. Ireland, Four Canadian Provinces and Poland. If you attended last year you may have caught the Margaritaville Apparel fashion show on top of a 60 foot long catwalk sand sculpture. It was fantastic and from what we have found out, had never been done before. This year we are attempting to partner with the fabulous Sarasota Film Festival to have them project a movie on a 14 foot high drive-in theater screen. I’ve designed it to be sculpted out of sand, complete with a row of cars bearing the logos of our top sponsors - I believe another first for sand sculpting and Siesta Key. We also have another year of great musical talent which, this year, will be performing on a sand stage built into the front of

the Movie screen. As of now, the movie night will be held on Saturday night, November 14th for a separate admission fee. We will have popcorn and beverages, as well as our beer and food vendors open for the beginning of the film and a warm up session with one of our favorite bands. As we get closer to the dates of the event, November 13-17, keep updated on these events by visiting the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce or the event’s site, www.siestakeycrystalclassic. com, not to mention our local coverage publication, The Siesta Sand newspaper! We are still seeking major sponsors to help us keep this party rolling every year. Personal or business contributors are always needed and greatly appreciated. This is a major undertaking to plan, advertise, implement, house, feed and transport 30 sculptors and to create a safe,

organized and enjoyable event for tens of thousands of people over a week long period. We really can use all the help we can get. If you want to get involved in the Crystal Classic, either as a vendor in our vendor village, or to help us sponsor this fantastic Siesta Key art festival, contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and find out how. And, be sure to ask how you can attend our “Meet the Sculptors” dinner. If you happen to see me in the sand, or at our gift store, Gidget’s, in the Village, be sure to stop and say hi, and let me know your thoughts and ideas about the Crystal Classic and bringing art to the Key. We are trying to make this event as enjoyable as possible for our residents and our visitors from far and near. Until then, ‘may the sand be with you’.


Bullhorns vs Drums The weekly drum circle on Siesta is usually a lowkey, peaceful event. “It’s very low key,” says Susan Slack, a Sarasota resident who goes to the drum circle regularly to see friends, exercise and spend time on the beach. “It’s really a family affair, even if we’re not all in the same family.” Over the past several weeks, however, a group armed with powerful bullhorns and large signs has disrupted the low-key atmosphere. “They yell and shout over the speakers about fornication, sodomy, [and express] homophobic slurs,” Slack wrote in an Aug. 3 email to County Commissioners. In an interview with Siesta Sand, Slack said she believes it is the same organization that recently disrupted the Harvey Milk Festival in downtown Sarasota. The group wears shirts that read “Team Jesus Preachers.” At the drum circle, members of the group have been present for the past four of five Sundays (as of press time), clashing with circle participants. “They come in like the devil, to use their terminology, and try to ruin the drum circle,” Slack told Siesta Sand. The group appears to understand legal first amendment limits, and even went to lengths to bring smaller megaphones after they learned that the sheriff’s office would be measuring decibels of their amplified language, Slack said. Slack was not the only one to note their concern to county commissioners about the organization that goes by “Team Jesus Preachers.” In an email to the County Commission, Natalie Good said she was worried about children or residents’ friends and family from out of town viewing the harassing behavior. “For some, the drum circle is the only means to make friends and have connections,”

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Although an attempt was made to elicit additional information from the group present at the Drum Circle, it was without success. According to Slack, “If the cops were to arrest them, then everything is in place and they would go and sue the county,” She went on to say, “The cops arrest them, and they sue the county on first amendment rights.” If arrests are made, videos will likely capture the event, as in the case of video footage, posted online, of a group member being arrested at a Fort Myers arts festival. Deputies have been present to monitor the group at the drum circle and on Sunday, Aug. 23, someone was arrested Photos by after an apparent Trebor Britt altercation with one of the speaker’s holding a bullhorn. “I don’t think it Good wrote in her email to was one of our regulars,” Slack commissioners. “For some, it said. is the only day to look forward “There were only five or six to... For MOST, however, it is people from the group so they the place to be yourself and not appear to be ‘dwindling’,” be afraid of others’ judgment according to Slack. or views. At the drum circle, One option of changing we set aside our conflicting the county’s noise ordinance views and we gather to socialize to address the issue could and unwind. “Team Jesus result in consequences for the Preachers” has intentions to drum circle event. The county drive the drum circle and its’ Parks, Recreation and Natural attendees out of Siesta Key Resources department has Beach and to drive people away reviewed the suggestion that the county’s noise ordinance be from the fun and love.” Slack believes the group amended to regulate amplified might have once been motivated sound, such as language being by Christian beliefs, but their amplified by bullhorns. actions, as captured on video, “The courts have found that conflicts with such a mission. sound cannot be regulated The organization Team Jesus simply because it is amplified,” Preachers has a You Tube page C a r ol y n Br ow n , Sa r a so t a that shows preachers with County Parks Director wrote in bullhorns getting into several an email that was sent to Slack disputes and altercations, and county commissioners. including incidents with spring “Rather, sound, amplified or breakers in Daytona Beach, and not, is regulated by decibel level beachgoers in Fort Myers Beach at certain measuring points. Because sound regulations and Siesta public beach. At the time of press, Team cannot be content-based, any Jesus Preachers was unable to regulation would apply to all be reached for comment. The noise at the beach, including the organization’s website did not drum circle.” contain any contact information. Continued on page 22

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Big Astro Event For Our Region By Albert L. Weeks OK, so this space spectacular will not occur until August 2017 (August 21, to be exact). Astronomy buffs, including some science journalists, sometimes exaggerate when they speak of upcoming events in the sky. How many times are we told that an upcoming meteor shower will be overwhelming, that a comet’s tail may extend halfway across the sky and be seen even in daylight?. Yet here is an event, called by many who have witnessed it (such as this writer), the most spectacular of all. It’s one that warrants everyone’s attention even two years in advance: It’s a total eclipse of the Sun. Imagine a fantastic candle, lighting a whole city, is suddenly blown out. Everyone is instantly plunged into deep darkness. If, as in Germany during a recent eclipse this past year, solar panels are widely in use, such an eclipse causes serious problems. For when the cosmic darkness is suddenly replaced by brilliant sunlight several minutes later as the Moon moves away from the Sun’s face, the solar power grid is severely challenged (NYTimes, Mar. 20, 2015). Even more telling is the effect this has on humans watching the spectacle. Which is what Floridians and people in neighboring States will be able to do with this unusual North American eclipse of August 2017. The accompanying map shows the area to be covered by the eclipse path. Incidentally, never worry that an eclipse “may not happen.” They are as certain as night and day. The only impediment is cloudiness. However, as I have found out in chasing at least three earlier eclipses (one was in Nova Scotia), you can simply drive to a cloudless location. This you can do the same day or the day

Diamond Ring Effect

Eclipse begins or ends

Bailey’s Beads Effect

Bailey’s Beads Effect

before the event when you get a weather forecast for a better observation post. One time in northern Maine I had to drive for an hour to escape clouds. Besides being in a place where the Sun is shining, it is important to know where the prime eclipse path falls. This is

narrow swath of totality is accurately predicted. One must be in that path to see the whole enchilada. Anything less than full totality is disappointing. So, what happens as the Moon exactly covers the Sun’s face? This is a very remarkable thing considering how much distance, over 90 million miles, separates the two bodies and whose sizes differ enormously. It’s about like your “eclipsing” a distant light bulb with a pea! You have to be perfectly placed in order to entirely cover the bulb. The Moon does exactly that. Its apparent diameter is only very slightly different from the apparent diameter of the Sun. Quite a fortunate coincidence for us Earthlings. One of the best total solar eclipses I ever witnessed was on Virginia Beach, March 1970. It was a crystal clear sky in late morning when the Moon first began “eating away” at the edge of our star. Everyone there knew enough to watch all this through heavily tinted (“smoked”) glass so as not to burn their retinas. Even when a large portion of the Sun is obscured by the Moon, the Sun’s rays nevertheless are powerful. The Moon keeps closing in...then voila! it entirely covers the Sun. Remarkable things then happen, both in the sky as well as on the ground. In the sky, “Bailey’s Beads,” a ring of galloping fire, races around the circumference of the Sun. This takes your breath away so does the accompanying Diamond Ring Effect (se accompanying illustrations). When closure occurs, a shimmering, bluishto-violet white aura, or corona, blazes forth from behind the Moon. Continued on next page


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This is the Sun’s plasma radiating out into space which we cannot see in normal daylight because of the Sun’s brilliance. But when the Sun is masked, as in a total eclipse, the corona springs forth with such magnificence that some people are known to faint when witnessing it. On Virginia Beach, there was a chorus of shocked “oh’s” and respectful “oh my God!” as this took place. People seemed stunned. In terms of our immediate surroundings on the beach, one heard the sounds of animals preparing to retire for the night, birds in particular. For them it was night. Two or three minutes later as the Sun burst forth from behind the retreating Moon, one could then hear, as we did that transfigured March morning, the crowing of roosters as they reacted to the emerging light as though it was dawn. In addition to these unforgettable moments, there are the rippling shadow bands that race across the ground at your feet during totality-caused by defraction of sunlight through the highlands of the Moon. The colors of the sky just before and after totality are beautiful with various hues of limpid blue, pink, and red. Now, what about August 2017? Various spots in Georgia and other points nearby north are the best observation locales for Floridians to reach.

Otherwise, people who remain on that astro D-Day in the Sunshine State will get only a nice, but inadequate partial eclipse. By consulting a good map of totality (which is available via NASA online), one can see exactly where this narrow path of absolute totality falls. It is sometimes only about 35 mi. wide. You must be inside that band to get the full effect of totality. Near Savannah is an ideal spot as are Columbia and Greenville S.C. and other points north and norfhwest. The maximum duration of this eclipse will be 2 min., 41.6 sec. All along that path the duration will not vary by much. But Nashville, Tenn., will be the best jump-off spot. The drive to either Savannah or Nashville

from Sarasota is not all that long. You can book yourself in a motel for the night before. You will able to go to the best nearby location by the time the eclipse begins, which is at 11:45 a.m. EDT (in Sarasota). You must make your motel reservations months, maybe even a year or years in advance. There are plenty of eclipse chasers out there! Especially for this rare American extravaganza. As you can see by the map, the eclipse path extends all the way across the Lower Fortyeight. This hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. It will not happen again “any time soon.” Landins Dr. Al Weeks is professor emeritus, NYU. He holds a Ph. D. in Political Science from Columbia University. aweeks11@comcast.net

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“I sure do,” says Norm Olshansky . He has been going down the beautiful Landings nature trail over the past 26 years, and has caught over 33 different species of fish that come through our waterway. He enjoys fishing while wading in the water next to the Gazebo or sometimes fishing while on the gazebo. His most recent catch was a large Sail Catfish. Norm says, he usually uses fresh shrimp but also uses frozen shrimp for bait. He adjusts his tackle based on the flow of the tides. When fishing in The Landings, he always uses the “catch and release” system when fishing. You may see him fishing alone, but there are many times he goes with friends, or kids to teach them how to fish. Norm said, “Many

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other Landings residents can be seen fishing off the Gazebo, for example: Robert Manteiga; Karl Maggard; Ed Schreiber; Lou Grossman; Jeff Crotty; and Steve Poyta, just to mention a few.” There are Landings ladies who fish there, too. I just go for the wonderful walk and shady serene setting by the water watching the boats go through with no wake!

Selfie photo of Sail Catfish caught at gazebo July 19th. One of 12 fish caught within 90 minutes by Norman Olshansky.

Bullhorns vs Drums Slack says drum circle participants have used several tactics to try to suppress the vocal group. Some use bells and shakers to try to drown out the speakers armed with bullhorns, and one drum circle regular even brought her own mega phone and blasted her siren at the group. For the time being, county officials are advocating monitoring the situation at the drum circle and using a handsoff approach. “After consultation with both the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of County Attorney, the best option is to continue to work

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through the Sheriff’s Office to assist with the management of this public gathering to ensure patron safety in the event of a breach of peace (disorderly conduct),” Brown wrote in her response email. “To constitute a breach of peace a group would need to shock the moral conscience of the public or engage in conduct soliciting a

fight (not an argument). The approach used by the open-air preachers during the drum circle event appears to stay within 1st Amendment rights and does not constitute a breach of peace. Law enforcement is present at the drum circle to aid in the preservation of peace and monitor the situation in case anyone violates the law.”


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

There were a total of 40 reported incidents during the month if July of 2015. There are follows: • 1 Alarm Report SSO responded to a house alarm. No cause found. • 1 Burglary Report Golf bag removed from vehicle in driveway. • 2 Informational Reports Bicycles left in driveway overnight Power outage • 25 Open Door Reports All incidents reported as ‘Garage Doors’ • 6 Parking Violations Reported All reported as ‘Parked in Roadway Overnight’

• 1 Reckless Driver Report Subject noted going 30 in a 20mph zone • 2 Suspicious Person / Vehicle Reports W/M subject overnight refused to identify self. SSO advised. Black Sedan noted ‘blacked out’. Left the community when approached. • 1 Trespass Report 3 W/M subjects found on the Nature Trail after hours. SSO advised. • 1 Vehicle Accident Report Unknown persons clipped the N. Gate on entry. No Damage reported.

Landings Residents’ Handbook & Directory

By Dick Bayles

The following are new owners since the last issue of The Landings Eagle:

• Michelle & Edward Kapreilian, 1628 Starling Dr, 941-544-1477, 941-587-1416, W:941-365-7333, mkani@att.net • John & Sandra Kelley, 1688 Starling Dr, 941-920-0867, 941-928-4095, jekelley00@gmail.com, sjkelley00@aol.com • Matt & Mandy Latta, 4639 Pine Harrier Dr, 404-510-1804, 404-510-1916, mandylatta@hotmail.com • Timothy & Heather Saba, 5158 Kestral Park Ter 941-350-0290, 941-228-4083, merriman.hm@gmail.com • Traute Winsor, 1478 Landings Cir, 941-504-1949, twinsor@aol.com

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

Dick Bayles: 1729 Landings Way, Sarasota, FL 34231, Email: landings.directory@gmail.com Fax: (941) 296-7404

JUNE TRAFFIC REPORT

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

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

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

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1768 PINE HARRIER CIR. 5169 KESTRAL PARK LN. 4812 PEREGRINE PTCIR. 5133 KESTRAL PARK PLACE

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Resident Real Estate Team

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4968 KESTRAL PARKWAY N 4639 PINE HARRIER DR 4937 LANDINGS CT. 1780 PINE HARRIER CIR. 4638 PINE HARRIER DR. 1697 PINE HARRIER CIR. HOMES SOLD

1432 CEDAR BAY LN 5134 KESTRAL PARK WAY S 1612 PINE HARRIER CIR 4809 PEREGRINE PTCIR W 4627 PINE HARRIER DR 5164 KESTRAL PARK TER 5172 FLICKER FIELD CIR 5120 FLICKER FIELD CIR 4665 PINE HARRIER DR 5158 KESTRAL PARK TERR 5014 KESTRAL PARK WAY S. 1637 PINE HARRIER CIR

1768 PINE HARRIER CIRCLE • $849,000

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

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1479 LANDINGS CIR 1686 STARLING DR. CONDOS SOLD

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Watch for the “JUDY & TARA’S NEIGHBORHOOD” Open House signs on Sundays where “Just Looking” is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to visit, call or stop us on the street. Your Landings Resident Real Estate Team is always ready to discuss the market and how we can be of service to you.

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

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THE LANDINGS EAGLE September 2015

5450 EAGLES PT CIR #301 1705 STARLING DR 1711 STARLING DR 1478 LANDINGS CIR 4968 KESTRAL PARK CIR 4893 KESTRAL PKWY N 5400 EAGLES PT CIR #304 5023 KESTRAL PARK DR 5027 KESTRAL PARK DR 5408 EAGLES PT CIR #201 1688 STARLING DR. 1714 STARLING DR 5253 HERON WAY 1702 STARLING DR 1628 STARLING DR

Based on information from Realtor.com, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending August 11, 2015. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

5100 Ocean Boulevard • Sarasota, FL 34242

Landings Eagle - Sept 2015  

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

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