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Siesta Key Chamber’s 2012 local business of the year Located on Stickney Point Road in South Bridge Plaza between New Balance and Stonewood Grill is a specialty ice cream shop that offers unique flavors and has earned the reputation for superior quality ice cream. Bill & Norma Abel opened Abel’s Ice Cream in April 2011, and have already been recognized for offering Sarasota’s best specialty ice cream flavor, Spumoni (swirled pistachio, chocolate and cherry ice cream, almonds and a special blend of fruits) in the July 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine. It now adds the 2012 local business of the year award from the Siesta Key Chamber to their growing honors. Of the 36 flavors of premium Florida made ice cream they offer, “Hands down, the #1 seller is Stellar Coffee” (rich coffee ice cream with fudge and mini dark chocolate coffee cups)says owner Bill Abel. Their brand is the recipient of 11 national awards issued by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association since 2009. The Abel’s pride in their business is evident with their sparkly clean shop where they personally welcome you and serve their ice cream with a cup of water and the news of the day. Abel’s Ice Cream is opened 7 days a week. 1886 Stickney Point Road, 941-921-5700,

Tattoos lose stigma as trend goes mainstream By Robert Frederickson Time was, all any self-respecting, antisocial rebel with or without a cause had to do to show off their contempt for the prevailing norms of the day was head down to the seedier side of town, find a tattoo parlor, roll up a sleeve and let the resident tattoo artist give outward expression to the inner rebellion of a nonconformist heart. But today? Well, times have changed. “Ink” has gone mainstream. “Tattoos” are now “body art,” and that seedy parlor on the shadowy, low-rent side of town has been replaced with a shiny upscale storefront in – of all places – the mall. That’s right, between shopping for appliances at Sears and picking up some back-toschool outfits for the kids at Macy’s, Mom, Dad, and in some cases even teens (provided they are at least 16-years-of-age and arrive with the required notarized parental consent forms) can now give full expression to their individuality with their very own tat..., strike that, “body art.” A high profile local example can be found at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, where just beyond the entrance to JC Penney you’ll find the well-appointed storefront of “Fat Ink Tattoo,” Sarasota Square’s first and only tattoo parlor. From the outside it looks more like an art gallery than a ‘tat’ parlor, with one side of the display window showcasing artwork from the shop’s staff, including paintings by co-manager, Michael DeWulf, 31, a graduate of Kendall School of Art and Design in Michigan. The paintings highlight one of the parlor’s additional services: creating canvas oil paintings from customer provided photographs.

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Island Chatter Beverly B. Arias

Executive Officer, Siesta Key Association How great it is to be out of the cold weather! Gone are the hats, scarves and jackets. Flip flops instead of boots, t-shirts instead of sweaters. Warm, balmy breezes instead of cold, damp winds. So glad we got through the recent cold snap of near-freezing temps at night and only 50s during the day right here in Sarasota….Brrr! Now that our wonderful tropical weather is here, it’s time for a relaxing springtime picnic on our beautiful, top rated Siesta Beach. Sitting alongside the sand dunes, you can enjoy the serene views of beach life. In front of you, the Florida sun will come down to disappear along the horizon in a spectacular evening display. Behind you in the wispy sea grasses is where the Snowy Plover birds will soon begin their nesting season

|A Message From Your Siesta Key Association... on our beaches this year. Found also in these areas is an unwelcome intrusion that could spoil a nice picnic, or even threaten a Snowy Plover nest. Locally known retired biologist, Dr. Allan Worms, describes the intruders as those “nasty little buggers”. They are the undesirable Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). At last month’s Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting, Dr. Bob Luckner and Dr. Allan Worms, both SKA Members and Sarasota Audubon (SAS) volunteers, discussed the trouble brought to Siesta Key by the invasive RIFA which burrow in the vegetation around our beach. While there are many domestic species of ants including red ants, this particular species of red ant was likely imported from Argentina to the U.S. in plant soil stored in the hold of ships. In the past 50 years, these ants have spread quickly throughout the Southeast as they have no natural enemies. RIFA have the notorious reputation of being able to both bite as well as sting. Dr. Worms cautioned those unlucky enough to be bitten to avoid infection by not scratching resulting blisters. Not only are the RIFA known to cause human discomfort, they

also endanger the imperiled Snowy Plover chicks. The ants are voracious enough to be able to penetrate eggs and kill newly hatched chicks in their hunt for food. Adult Snowy Plovers may abandon their nests should RIFA invade them. Beachside property owners and condominiums are being canvassed for their support to treat the shore vegetation areas in an attempt to eradicate these pests, a menace to both beachgoers and beach wildlife. After a positive review by Sarasota County Natural Resources, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Sarasota Audubon, and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Dr. Luckner and Dr. Worms will proceed with treatment as nesting season approaches. The treatment impacts the RIFA’s ability to feed and reproduce and is not harmful to other insect or bird species. SKA supports protection of our beach environment and wildlife. If you have questions, please contact SKA at 941-364-4880. An ongoing effort for SKA is keeping our island paradise clean and beautiful, and even colorful! Story continued on page 10

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Siesta Key Round-Up Mote Ceo Retires

Kumar Mahadevan was the big fish at Mote Marine Laboratory for more than a quarter-century. In February he announced his retirement as the chief executive officer. He came to the lab in 1978 as a senior scientist, and was named CEO in 1986 at a time when Mote’s budget was $2 million and a payroll of 52. He leaves a much larger and stronger organization, with an annual budget of $17 million and a staff of almost 200. During his tenure, Mote’s aquarium became a rival to the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art as the city’s top tourist draw. More than 350,000 people visit annually. “Kumar’s tenure at Mote has been transformative,” said Mote’s board chairman Bob Carter in a statement. In addition to creating a must-see aquarium, Mahadevan launched the laboratory into the aquaculture business. Mote now produces fingerling snook for release into local waters, and farms sturgeon to produce world-class caviar. Michael Crosby will replace Mahadevan. Crosby is the lab’s vice president for research. The lab started in Cape Haze, then moved to the southern tip of Siesta Key where the old shark tanks remain half-submerged near the location of the old Midnight Pass.

By Stan Zimmerman

The trolley would be called “Route 11,” and run from 6am to 9pm, with higher frequency in mid-day. Don’t rush out and wait for it; service wouldn’t begin until 2014. A public-transit trolley serving Siesta Key has been an onand-off discussion by county commissioners for decades. This time the state is putting $1 million towards operations (fuel, salaries etc.) instead of money for capital improvements (new buses). In the meantime a private service by Siesta Shuttle Transporation now runs from the village to the beach to Southgate Mall at Siesta Drive and U.S. 41.

To flash or not to flash?

A series of new crosswalks on Midnight Pass Road is making life safer for pedestrians. They can push a button and yellow lights flash on the crosswalk, alerting motorists there is someone crossing the roadway. But at the Beach Way crossing, the lights flash constantly, and motorists quickly learn to ignore them. Siesta Key Association Vice President Peter van Roekens is talking with county officials to change to a “flash-on-demand” system like the other crosswalks. The other crosswalks were installed by the Florida Key trolley proposed, again Department of Transportation, but the Beach Way system is a Sarasota County Commissioners are looking at the purchase Sarasota County project. However Siesta Isles residents are leery. of five trolley-style buses to service Siesta. The Florida They fought for years to get a safer system at “their” crosswalk Department of Transportation has allotted $1 million to fund to the beach. There is fear what the county gave them could be the operation for a three-year trial period. taken away. The county has to make a matching allocation, and spend another $700,000 for buses and salaries. The spending will be part of the county’s budget discussions over the summer.

Beach project breaks the budget

A project to hold, treat and discharge storm water at the Siesta Key Public Beach is ready to rob money from other road projects across Sarasota County because bids came in vastly over the county’s estimate. Staffers budgeted the project at $1.5 million. When bids were opened, the lowest of three was $4.2 million. The highest was $4.8 million. The project is part of a much larger rehabilitation of the beach infrastructure. The money comes from the local-option sales tax. At a budget workshop commissioners indicated they could take money from other road projects to make up the roughly $3 million difference. Work on the stormwater project was scheduled to begin after the end of tourist season. Declining sales taxes have slashed project budgets and pushed many projects into the future. Commissioners learned at the workshop there are 695 miles of county roads in need of repaving. Meanwhile the cost of repaving has almost doubled since 2003.

Where’s my library?

The closest public library to Siesta Key is about to be demolished. The old Gulf Gate Library will eventually be replaced with a two-story building at the existing site. But for now, patrons will have to go to the mall. The Westfield Sarasota Square mall, that is. The county will rent a 18,000-square-foot shop next to J.C. Penny’s at the mall for a temporary library location. It will house the entire collection of Gulf Gate until construction is finished. The Friends of Gulf Gate will re-open their used bookstore there as well, providing extra funding for the library

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Up & Down The Trail

Injunctions hit city over homeless

Sarasota’s city manager and his police force were hit with two court injunctions over issues of homelessness. One prevents the Manager Tom Barwin from holding any more meetings of an ad hoc committee out of the sunshine. The other stops cops from arresting people who use signs on public right-of-way to solicit donations. In both instances City Attorney Bob Fournier tried to forestall court action, but was tangled in bureaucracy in one case, and Barwin’s reluctance in the other. Fournier warned Barwin the ad hoc committee should be treated as a sunshine organization, with advertised meetings open to the public. Barwin ignored his advice, and Circuit Judge Lee Haworth banned any meetings without notice “at least 72 hours in advance.” The legal action was brought by Citizens for Sunshine. The solicitation injunction came after the American Civil Liberties Union asked Circuit Judge Rick DeFuria to halt enforcement of a 1960s-era ordinance. Oddly the ordinance was in the throes of repeal, and police had been told not to enforce it. However one cop didn’t get the word and busted Jon Hill for holding up a sign saying, “Stranded and hungry.” Hill then got three square meals per day as a guest in the Sarasota County Jail. Upon release, Hill recreated his sign and was told to “move on” by city police. When DeFuria heard of the original arrest, and subsequent hassles, the judge hit the city with the injunction. Fournier said the second “move-on” incident “tipped the scales for the judge.” DeFuria noted streets and sidewalks “have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public.”

Downtown density debate ramps up

Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District (DID) is pursuing a change to city regulations that could provide a substantial increase in residential density.

By Stan Zimmerman

With the city caught in a downward budget spiral caused by declining sales and property tax revenues, some have called for relaxing density standards to give developers more incentive to build. However opponents say it was tried ten years ago in an effort to produce cheaper housing downtown. Developers at that time found it vastly more profitable to build expensive condominiums, sell them and pocket the money instead of using higher densities to create rental housing. The issue has caught traction in the at-large city commission races, with candidates providing the various interpretations. Six candidates are going into the March 12 election; a run-off is likely in May to fill the two seats.

”Most important building” faces gutting

Sarasota High School can’t seem to escape the news. The 1920’s gothic building on U.S. 41 faced demolition before the Ringling School of Art and Design took it over with plans to make it into an art museum. The twig sculptures outside today are one manifestation of the change. Now plans to rip out the interior of a mid-1950s classroom building designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph are raising a stir. The Sarasota County Commission sent the school board a letter urging it to atone for demolishing another Rudolphdesigned school building at Riverview High School. “We expressed our concern at the loss of a significant piece of the County’s architectural fabric. At that time it was agreed through the 2007 site and development plan approval that was given that, in consideration for the loss of that building, the School Board would insure that the Rudolph Addition to Sarasota High School was protected through an appropriate rehabilitation,” the letter says. The school board says significant renovations are necessary to meet modern safety and educational standards. Long-time local architect Carl Abbott said the building “is one of the


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New College is ranked the third-best value of all public colleges in the nation for 2013 by The Princeton Review. The education-services company annually picks the top 75 public and private colleges, ranking them on price and academic value and 28 other factors. New College was the number-two pick in 2011 and 2009, and number three in 2012 and 2010. In a release, New College’s new President Donal O’Shea said, “During this time of economic uncertainty for so many families, we take great pride in delivering the highest level of academic quality at a cost that is substantially lower than almost all other leading colleges and universities in the country.”


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Beer ‘N Brats What could be a better accompaniment for a brat and sauerkraut sandwich than a cold German beer? How about a choice of 7 German imports to go with that brat? That’s exactly what A Taste of Germany is offering their customers for March and April. Owner, Tanja Hofmann, bakes the rolls each morning so your brat will be cradled in a fresh Kaiser or hard roll, topped with authentic German sauerkraut (extra), and a side of your choice of German mustard or Curry ketchup. Located in Siesta Key Village, this little German Bakery/Deli, serves breakfast and lunch daily 7 days a week during the season. In addition to their Beer ‘n Brats, you can choose among their freshly baked pastries, muffins, croissant and bagel sandwiches, European coffees and so much more. Guten Appetit!

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Sand Mermaid Graces the Shoreline of Siesta Beach Although the unknown creator left the beach hours before, tourists to Siesta Beach continued to enjoy the artwork left behind. Photo by Trebor Britt March 2013 | 9A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

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|A Message From Your Siesta Key Association... Story continued from page 3

Wearing bright canary yellow SKA Logo T-shirts, SKA members work alongside volunteers from Siesta Key Village Association and Siesta Key Bay Island Association every few months to keep Siesta Key beautiful. At last month’s Adopt-a-Road cleanup effort, the morning began at 8am with a strength building breakfast donated by Tom and Kay Kouvatsos of the Village Café (with heavy tipping). SKA Director Michael Shay gathered 19 volunteers along busy Ocean Blvd., Higel St., and Siesta Dr., filling 34 garbage bags with empty water bottles, cigarette butts, food containers and other trash carelessly thrown from passing cars or pedestrians. To volunteer for the next Adopt-a-Road cleanup, send an email to or sign up at one of our monthly SKA meetings. You may also purchase a SKA Logo T-shirt at one of our meetings. SKA Director Joe Volpe jokes that the shirts are free with an $8 delivery charge! Our Siesta Key Association Annual Member Breakfast will be held at 8:00am on Saturday, March 23rd in the St. Boniface Episcopal Church Community Room. This year our guest speakers are Commissioner Nora Patterson and Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid. Doors open at 8:00am with a hearty breakfast buffet starting at 8:30am. Please RSVP by calling 941-364-4880, or email your RSVP to SKA Membership includes two tickets for the annual breakfast for members who pre-register. Non-members are welcome, admission is $10.00. SKA Director and

Membership Chair, Deet Jonker, encourages Siesta Key residents and property owners to join SKA by using our new online membership registration through our SKA website. At our March monthly meeting scheduled for 4:30pm on Thursday, March 7th, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church – Room F, SKA welcomes speakers from Sarasota County Zoning and Code Enforcement who will focus on the Noise Ordinance and Sound Pollution Policy. Our goal is to provide information as well as an opportunity for questions about the science of sounds, current policy and ordinance, and enforcement issues for both residential and business property owners. With its focus on maintaining and enhancing the quality of life on the Key, the Siesta Key Association’s representation of island resident interests ultimately benefits everyone who spends time on Siesta Key. SKA’s website is “Like” us on Facebook! March 2013 | 11A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

Downtown and Beyond

By Paul Roat

|Downtown events, new Downtown fun allowed March is the highest of Sarasota’s high season. It’s the time when our winter friends flock to our shores, enjoy our restaurants, lap up our nightlife, and generally enjoy the joy that is our little piece of paradise. Downtown will be buzzing with folks enjoying myriad events. Here’s a few offerings. First item of note, of course, is the Saturday morning farmer’s market at Main Street and Lemon Avenue Downtown. This venue is the place to see and be seen, especially during the March city commission election cycle. Got a question for a candidate? Here’s your chance to bump into him or her and pester. Not interested in politics? Go for fresh produce, organic produce, great coffee at Java Dog, munchies galore, vendors, seafood … you get the idea. Insider tip is to park in the Whole Foods parking garage. Jump up to one of the top floors after entering off First Street, park as close to the elevators as you can get and street-vendor it. And don’t forget to bring your canvas bag to hold all your goodies. March 2-3, Save Our Seabirds Wildlife Art Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ken Thompson Park. March 2, Southeastern Guide Dogs

Walkathon, 8 a.m. to noon, Payne Park. March 2, Sun Circle Art Fest, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun Circle Park, Indian BeachSapphire Shores. On March 9 is Respect & Fair Food Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. pretty much all along U.S. 41 from Bee Ridge Road to New College. The event is to benefit or show support to Immokalee Workers. March 9, Chillounge Night, 6 to 11 p.m., 2013 at Palm Avenue between Main Street and McAnsh Avenue. March 16, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Lemon Avenue, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 16, St. Patrick’s Street Festival, Hillview Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, behind Shamrocks Pub at Ringling and Lime Avenues, noon to midnight. March 16-17, Lido Beach Springfest Artsa and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Lido Pavilion. March 17, Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, sunrise through 11 a.m. from Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall across the John Ringling Bridge and back. March 23-24, Sarasota Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street from Orange to Central Avenue. March 24, Giving Hunger the Blues,

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Noon to to 8 p.m., Hillview Street at U.S. 41 and Hillview Street. March 29, Good Friday Stations of the Cross 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Main Street and Pineapple Avenue. March 30-31, Downtown Sarasota Springfest Show, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Selby Five Points Park & First Street. March 31, Easter Sunrise Service, predawn, Bayfront Island Park. Louder Downtown The Downtown live music ban has been lifted by the Sarasota City Commission. You’ve probably read more about this than you want to hear (pardon the mixed metaphor) about this issue. If you live in a condo Downtown you must be frustrated. If you like live music you must be happy. If you live anywhere else in the area, you probably don’t really care. What is going to be careful to watch is what the next city commission does after voters go to the polls in March and April. Noise ordinance, it seems, is the snout of the camel in the tent of the city’s longrunning dispute between business versus residents. If you live in the city, please remember to vote March 12.

88 year old Alfred Milner has been volunteering at the Sheriff’s substation here on Siesta Key for the past three years. He volunteers every Friday afternoon from 12:30 – 3:30. Alfred is originally from Cincinnati OH and participated in triathlons up until a few years ago. He continues to keep in shape by pedaling on his stationary bicycle and lifting weights. He’s an avid reader and enjoys sharing stories of his Navy days as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, serving in the Navy from 1942 - 1946. We truly are honored to have such a fine vet in our midst. Thank you Alfred for your service to our Country and your continued support on Siesta Key. God bless you.

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Food and Wine Pairings – Steak By Bill Singleton, Crescent Beach Grocery Who doesn’t like a big, thick, juicy steak? It is the epitome of heavy, flavorful red meat and something that just cries out for a big red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of a full-bodied red wine and a really good steak, like the tenderloin and rib eye pictured here, will always be complemented by a full-bodied, well-aged Cabernet. But don’t let the obvious connection blind you to some other big reds that can complement a heavy steak just as well. Great Cabernets can easily run $100 and up per bottle and many have astronomical prices. One that is well-priced and always excellent is Louis Martini Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99). According to the Wine Enthusiast, This wine “shows plenty of class, with rich blackberry, currant and cedar flavors.” This is one of my favorite Cabernets, usually earning 90+ points from the more demanding reviewers and it is an unbeatable value at this price. Another truly wonderful red meat wine is the 2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon. According to Robert Parker, this is “[a] powerful, direct wine … [that] hits the palate with a blast of dark cherries, violets, and spice box.” Those, by the way, are all good things. This is a little more expensive wine, at $33.99, but Freemark Abbey always delivers on taste and sophistication. For those who are not Cabernet lovers, a concept that is truly foreign to me, Kenwood Vinyards makes an extremely complex, flavorful Merlot, the 2009 Jack London Merlot. I am not a huge fan of Merlot, but this one is the exception. This is a top-shelf Merlot that sells for only $22.99. The most recent vintages have rated in

the 90+ point neighborhood, which makes this a good value as well as an excellent wine. Finally, I can’t help but mention one of my favorite non-Cabernet reds. This is Freemark Abbey Petite Syrah 2009 ($36.00 at the winery). This is a beautiful, deep red with very complex flavor and an excellent companion to a top-flight steak. If you go to the Napa Valley for a vacation, by all means go to Freemark Abbey and try the Petite Syrah (and the Cabernet -and all the other varietals. They make excellent wines.) March 2013 | 13A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

Investing For Your Future Information and Stock Investing Information is expensive, especially if it relates to stocks. Although most independent investors believe they are getting information about stocks for free or for a nominal charge, they are actually paying a very high price for that information. As an example, if an investor reads periodicals to decide what stock to buy or buys whenever a guru recommends a stock, they are not getting this advice or recommendation at a low price. They are paying an invisible premium for that information. This is because stock recommendations occur long after the giant institutions of the market have already bought the stock and have been holding it as it moves up as various market participant groups hear about their quiet accumulation. By the time the news or recommendation arrives at the retail side of the market, it often has doubled or quadrupled in price. As an example, AAPL was recommended as it rose above $650.00 a share. News feeds that cater to the retail side ran articles proclaiming that AAPL was going to go to $1000-2000 a share. But technical and fundamental patterns had already begun breaking down as giant funds started rotating out of the stock. As the smaller lot investors and odd lot investors drove AAPL to its new high around $700.00, more and more giant fund rotation occurred. The retail news continued to encourage the independent investor to buy AAPL. Then, suddenly the stock started collapsing. It fell to the first fundamental/technical support level and recommendation services encouraged small lot investors to ‘buy on the dip.’ And many investors did just that

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only to see their investment plummet and their losses skyrocket. Many investors are still angry and upset about AAPL. Many are still holding the stock at a loss, hoping it will turn around. The cost of the recommendation service was extremely high because the gains were either minimal or investors took a massive loss on this information. The best time to have bought AAPL as a long term investment was back in 2003, when I first wrote about AAPL to my students in one of my educational subscriptions. When I wrote in 2011 that it was time to start watching and planning for an exit, most students had earned very high profits and were able to exit at their leisure, confident that the AAPL long term trend was heading for a major correction and decline. Their investment in their education was miniscule compared to the returns. So the cost of that information was very low. The problem with most recommendation services, gurus, and others who sell information to the retail side investor, is that the information is costly because everyone who previously invested has already made huge profits and is ready to start selling their stock. AAPL is a prime example of how retail side information can be extremely expensive even though the initial cost of the magazine or recommendation seems low. Information is expensive. So if you are getting your information at low or no cost, then you are really paying a very high price and are risking your capital base in a high risk stock purchase. Invest with knowledge. Martha Stokes, CMT


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An Old Fashion Barber Shop Specializing in Old Fashioned cuts like Tapers, Flat Tops and Razor Cuts, Phillippi Barber Shop makes sure their customers look and feel their best by including an ear, nose, eyebrow, and mustache trim followed by a hot lather neck shave with each hair cut for men. This barber shop uses the original Roffler Sculptur-Kut® razor cutting techniques as their standard; a technique that uses a straight razor to cut each hair in a way that causes the hair to lay in a very smooth and attractive manner. It works extremely well for hair that is difficult to

manage. As one customer put it, “You walk into the Phillippi Plaza Barber Shop and get what you’d hope to get in every barber shop, a nice greeting, a smile and that barber shop feel. I had never been there before, but I never felt as if I wasn’t a “regular”. The prices are very fair and the barbers are very friendly. The straight blade and hot foam was something I never experienced at other barber shops and it’s a shame not many other places do this.”

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Pet Talk

By Dr. Anne Chauvet

Question: Recently I saw on facebook the story of a puppy that could not go to the bathroom because he did not have the right anatomy. Is this possible? Yes, indeed, it is. Anal atresia is possible (absence of anus). It can be fixed with surgery but many complications need to be followed up for. The surgery site can scar down and the obstruction can happen again. The anal tone may be lost in the process and thus incontinence can ensue. Because this problem is congenital, that is the pup is born with it, it is often accompanied with many other anomalies in the pup. Unfortunately most of these patients do not have a good outcome.

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Question: My cat was diagnosed with renal failure. This sounds terminal. Can they do dialysis? Renal failure is all too common in cats, particularly older cats. it can be occasionally due to infection such as bladder infection ascending up to the kidneys. For most cats though it is age related. We are unsure if there is a viral component or not. The good news is that we can manage it by catching this early and giving the right food and the right medications. So it is very important to have your senior (over 8 years old) cat get a full lab work every year and ask your vet about renal disease in cats. If not caught early, it can be very expensive and fatal.

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.

You have only so many years to prepare for retirement. That’s why contributing to your Individual Question: My dog eats and loves rawhides. My friend told me that I should not give herRetirement rawhide as she could get Account obstructed. Is this true? (IRA) is so important. Dr. Anne - yes it is possible to get an obstruction with rawhide. This can happen when it is a Fortunately, large piece that gets stuck in the esophagus or in thehave stomach. However, you still time to maximize your rawhide is digestible and the acid in the stomach along with the digestive enzymes will break it2012 down and your dog should pass it. Perhaps the greatest risk is gettingthe April 15th deadline. IRA contribution before it stuck in the back of the mouth between upper and lower teeth. Thankfully, this is easily removeable with light sedation and forceps. So should you feed you dog rawhides? That is up to you and perhaps keep an eye on it.

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Soulful Advice Q: Dear Donnarose, ok here’s a good one for you. How would I go about handling people who tend to feel threatened by me, whereas they think I might have it more together then they do-and they could envy and pick at that? Many times I hear “well we aren’t perfect like you” and that tends to make me crazy. Only because I don’t think I’m perfect or better- just maybe a little wiser and patient. ~Mary Ann A: ~ ‘’Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.’’ – Harold Coffin


There tends to be two sides to this. There are people who are indeed wiser and more patient than their friends and loved ones. And sometimes they give off that vibe in response to those who are jealous, however in a very condescending manner and tone. And as we all know, this tends to pull out the defensive side of the jealous person who in response will say something to the effect of your above statement. Now the other side to this, is when you are indeed being very kind, and your thoughts and energy/vibe completely matched your words, yet you still are dealing with that comment said to you above. Well, there will be many times you will not be able to turn around all the cases of jealousy. The reason so often is because it’s inside the jealous person where the work needs to be done, and only they can do that. Like the quote above indicates, many who are jealous have successfully mastered the art of counting your blessings instead of theirs. These are folks who are clearly not seeing the gifts they possess that reside in the same house as their soul, like love, happiness, strength, wisdom, peace, harmony, patience, kindness, etc. So therefore, they feel lost and continue to look on the outside of themselves thinking that’s where they’re going to get what they need to feel happy and fulfilled. They see you smiling, so they figured, they want what you have. And when they don’t get it, and continue to see you are happy, is when it starts to get dark within. They begin to overshadow their beautiful gifts they already have within with negative energy of resentment, anger, frustration, jealousy etc., and the dark energy cloud hovers over their head. Their less than loving thoughts about themselves, and the feeling of lacking something persists and continues to fuel this dark cloud. And hence, they attract even more lack into their life to match their less than loving energy they have for themselves. The cycle continues and proceeds in the direction of

From Donnarose that downward spiral. The thing is, until the jealous folks go within and put the dimmer switch on their Inner light up to full blast by allowing them to love themselves, they won’t be able to see clearly. When one feels less than love for themselves, it will always diminish their belief that they are deserving of what they desire. You can only help those jealous people in your life in two ways. And that is to turn your own Inner light up to full blast and shed some of this light on them. And also to live by example, not explanation. By shining your Inner light that comes directly from your soul, and living your truth with love, will either help shift and lift the energy of the jealous folks in your life, or not. It is up to them and where they are on their path, though I have seen many jealous people turn around their attitude when exposed enough times to the light so to speak. However, in the interim of what they are choosing to do, be sure to continue to keep Archangel Michael close to you, and thank Him for continuing to clear your body and your space of any dark or negative energies that may be lurking from these situations, and for protecting you with His protective shield. As you master the steps above in response to jealous energy, you will help to free yourself, and raise your vibrational frequency. This will truly increase your ability to handle these jealousy types of situations with more ease and peace. Trust and Know you have the power to do this. ~♥ Bio: Donnarose Melvin is a professional psychic, medium and spiritual healer, whose pleasure it is to assist clients worldwide. She incorporates knowledge from her degree in psychology along with her clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and emphatic gift, she guides her clients towards peace and success. Send your questions to GoWithYourSoul@ or private message her via facebook: Go With Your Soul. Donnarose will select questions each month to share with you. She regrets that unpublished questions cannot be answered individually. ~ ♥ For more Q&A’s, check out her column on our website:

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Coyne’s Pier 28 Restaurant By Larry Hoffman - First, does the following sound vaguely familiar? Second, no, this is not a Mad Lib. Ready, here goes. NOBODY has (fill in your own favorite regional food here) like they do in (fill in your hometown here). If you haven’t uttered that phase, undoubtedly one of your friends or acquaintances has. I know because I have been both the utterer and the utteree. I have some friends from Baltimore. Being from Chicago (where we defend our awesome pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches to the death), I can appreciate the sometimes dismissive tone they use to describe the crab cakes offerings here in Sarasota. I get it. All of that may be about to change. Coyne’s Pier 28, located at the entrance to the Sarasota Square Mall, has some crazy good cakes. Crab cakes of course. No filler here, just large hunks of crab expertly cooked and served with a tasty remoulade sauce. Let’s have a look at the crabby goodness shall we.

I wasn’t kidding. Looks delicious, right? Well, they are. So delicious in fact, that they may even quiet some of the crab critics from the Old Line State. Nah, probably not. Hey, I realize that standing up for your hometown fare is more sport than culinary critique. But, let’s not let pride in our old stomping grounds cloud our judgment (or dull our taste buds).




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|Phillippi, or Felipe, Park has rich heritage... From 2,500-year-old Calusa Indian burial mounds to Cuban fishing ranchos to Chicago millionaire mansions to today’s wedding center and festive farmer’s market, Phillippi Estate Park has undergone a lively life. Today’s Wednesday farmer’s market at Phillippi Mansion is fun. Fast backward 2,500 years when the party really started. At the southern end of the estate, located at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, are some major Native American Indian middens, shell mounds that are basically dumps. Sometimes the middens contain bodies, mostly they are just huge, high piles of oyster, clam, whelk, scallop, and other shells that our long-lost friends devoured. Think of it all as a primitive farmer’s market of local seafood, sans the veggies. Moving forward in time to the early 1800s comes the misspelled creation of Phillippi Estate, Felipe Bermudez. According to Ann Shank, former Sarasota County Historian, he was a Spanish fisher who set up a fishing camp — they called them ranchos then — and started the catching, salting, and exporting of local fishing and other seafood to ports south, mostly Havana, Cuba. Similar ranchos were located at Hunter’s Point, now called Cortez, in Manatee County. Poor Filipe lost his naming rights somewhere along the timeline and the creek and his former property became apparently gentrified as Phillippi. According to Shank, “After Florida became a state and land around Sarasota Bay became available for purchase, William Joel Drumright bought 40 acres along Phillippi Creek from Hamilton Disston’s Florida Land and Improvement Company for $50 in 1883. Eight years later, he was able to claim 78 additional acres by homesteading it. Drumright specialized in bees and citrus. The Manatee River Journal reported in 1905 that Drumright won all the prizes for honey at the South Florida Fair that year.”

Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota has had an interesting history. Perhaps it should be called Felipe Park, though. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Historical Society.

Make of this as you will, political mavens. Shank reports that “Involved in local politics, Drumright served on the Manatee County (of which Sarasota was a part) Democratic Executive Committee at the turn of the century. By 1904, he was the Socialist Party’s candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court.” No word on whether he won or lost. The wealthy took control of the site a few years later. Shank said that “Edson Keith Jr., a Chicago millionaire, purchased the eight subdivision lots south of Phillippi Creek in 1915 and hired the Chicago architectural firm of Otis and Clark to design a fashionable home. The Sarasota Times provided extensive coverage of the house in July 1916. “The stucco walls and tile roof enclosed rooms were designed for all seasons. Large sleeping, dining, and living porches at the northern corners were open to coastal breezes for a natural air conditioning. Hot and cold running water were available throughout the house and electric lighting graced the pier and grounds, as well as the house.” The estate had outlying structures for servants and caretakers. There was a rose garden, a vegetable garden, and the obligatory citrus grove. Neighbors on the north side of Phillippi Creek was fellow Chicagoan and mother of Honore Palmer, Bertha Palmer. According to Shank, “After Edson Keith died in 1939, Mae Hansen Prodie purchased the Keith estate, established the Phillippi Plantation and operated the home as an inn. Following her death in the early 1980s, Sarasota County purchased the property and created Phillippi Estate Park in 1987.” Enjoy the 60-plus acres, canoe and kayak access to the waterway, the Wednesday farmer’s market and hey… maybe you’ll end up getting married at Phillippi Estate. March 2013 | 21A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

Phillippi Shores Elementary an International Baccalaureate School By Diana Colson As you pull into the crescent shaped driveway in front of Phillippi Shores Elementary, you can tell right away that this is someplace special. The school motto, “UP AND BEYOND”, is written above the entrance. The south side of the driveway is lined with signs with unique, one-word messages: OPEN-MINDED; BALANCED; THINKER; RISK TAKER; CARING; INQUIRER; KNOWLEDGEABLE; REFLECTIVE; COMMUNICATOR; PRINCIPLED. These signs represent the goals set for students at Phillippi Shores Elementary. They are designed to prepare these children for life in today’s ever-changing world. Each sign is decorated with a cheerful round, blue cartoon character. Upon closer examination, the character turns out to be a rendition of the planet earth. The symbol is appropriate, for Phillippi Shores is an International Baccalaureate school. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Forty years ago, a group of talented teachers from international schools around the world created this IB Programme. Today over two million people are connected to this organization, which recognizes the cultural diversity of the world in which we live. The IB Primary Years Programme at Phillippi is headed up by their visionary principal, Dr. Allison Foster, and their energetic IB coordinator, Ginger Rosenberger. This primary IB Programme is continued at Brookside Middle School and Riverview High. Today’s world is a place where the only constant is change. (Examples: the advent of the computer, the internet, and the cell phone.) Today’s students are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge does not stand still. It is constantly undergoing change. The IB Programme is one that prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. This gives students the tools to master new and as yet unknown skills as they move through life. It trains them to adjust to new situations. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) focuses on the development of personal attitudes towards people, towards the environment, and towards learning. The school aims to have students feel, value, and demonstrate the following attributes: appreciation, creativity, commitment, empathy, confidence, integrity, curiosity, tolerance, enthusiasm, respect, cooperation, and independence. The underlying philosophy of IB is that education must extend beyond the intellectual. Students are given the opportunity and the power to choose an action, to decide to act, and to reflect on how their actions may have served to make a difference in the world. Simply stated, this cycle has three phases: CHOOSE, ACT, and REFLECT. The Primary Years Programme provides students with a significant and relevant written curriculum which includes traditional subject area content as well as six transdisciplinary themes. This combined curriculum gives students not only the opportunity to explore content that is pertinent, it also allows them to transcend traditional boundaries. As in every other Sarasota County School, all six traditional disciplines are taught: language, mathematics, social studies, science, arts, and personal, social and

physical education. Students are also given instruction in information and communication technology, tools that will facilitate learning in the modern world. At Phillippi Shores Elementary, the IB Programme additionally threads six transdisciplinary themes of global significance through the traditional disciplines. Students go beyond the confines of learning within subject areas to study who we are, where we are in time and place, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves, and how we go about sharing the planet. These six transdisciplinary themes provide opportunity to incorporate both local and global issues into the curriculum. The IB Primary Years Programme is designed for students’ age 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It encourages international mindedness. It encourages a positive attitude to learning so that students become lifelong learners. It reflects real life by making meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues. It emphasizes the development of the whole student–physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically. A fascinating example can be found in the IB handbook. It tells of an inquiry about “Sharing the Planet” for students aged 8 to 9. Here they study “Finite resources—infinite demands.” In order to understand better the central idea that “Our planet has limited resources that are unevenly distributed,” water is used as an example. Students inquire into where water comes from, how different people and countries use water, how much water we use, what happens after we have used it, the distribution of usable water around the world, how human activity has affected the availability of water, and our responsibility for water conservation. As they delve into this inquiry, students develop knowledge and acquire skills derived from science and social studies. In addition, they develop transdisciplinary skills such as critical thinking, communication and time management. The IB presents a challenge that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. In the words of Ginger Rosenberger, “The IB Programme tries to foster the natural curiosity with which children are born. Teachers that are trained in the IB philosophy understand the importance of learning for a lifetime.”

The photo (left to right is Logan Fraser, Bella Sueiro, Chloe Delisle, Lila Marlowe and Jamison Tucker) Students took a survey on a sample of food that was inspired with the help of Chef Paul Mattison as part of “Student Take Action” committee. If results were positive, then this entrée could be included on the school lunch menu!


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Tattoos lose stigma as trend goes mainstream By Robert Frederickson Continued from cover story

But the main work going on here is clearly revealed on the other side of the storefront’s display window. Here there’s a tattoo chair that on occasion allows passersby to view a work in progress, a nod to the storefront parlors in the French Quarter of New Orleans or on Duval Street in Key West where onlookers can enjoy the spectacle of tattoo artists plying their trade. This has always been performance art after all (on both sides of the needle). But beyond the nod to the exhibitionism at the heart of this at once very personal and very public art form, it’s clear upon entering Fat Ink that the usual tattoo parlor business model has undergone an extreme makeover here. First off, the layout is bright and open, no SoHo, Bowery or Canal Street edginess here. And the place is spotless, in keeping with founder Brad Grandorff’s vision of creating an inviting, mainstream environment to draw in customers that might otherwise never step foot into a more stereotypical Tattoo parlor. The plan appears to be working. No drunken sailors or outlaw bikers were noted on a recent visit. “I had a group of women come in the other day,” said DeWulf. “They were on vacation from Indiana. They walked in on an impulse and decided to each get a palm tree on the ankle to remember their vacation together.” Spring Breakers are another key part of the client mix this time of year. Like their middle-aged counterparts from Indiana, DeWulf says college friends often come in to get a tattoo as a way to bond over their common spring adventure. And with Siesta Key Beach just a few miles away and zoning ordinances on the Key prohibiting tattoo parlors, Fat Ink sees quite a few college age customers each spring. But the young and the middle-aged aren’t the only ones getting in on the act. DeWulf recalls a 92 year-old man who came into the shop recently wanting to know if he could get a hot-air balloon tattooed on his shoulder. “Not a problem,” he replied. Unlike many parlors, all of the work at Fat Ink is custom in its design and execution. No picking something off the wall and having the artist copy it in place. “Customers come in with an idea, and we work up an original design from what they tell us.” DeWulf explains. “I’d say 100 percent of the time they come back and say, ‘that wasn’t what I thought I was looking for, but it’s better than what I was looking for.’ ” It turns out the “nonagenarian” had learned to pilot balloons in Korea while in the army. That led to a lifelong fascination with the lighter than air crafts, culminating with his recent tattoo at Fat Ink. DeWulf said the veteran left very pleased with the results. Up the road at Level 5 Tattoo and Piercing, 4088 Bee Ridge Road, Joe Collins recalls an eighty-five year-old woman pulling up in a Cadillac one morning to get her very first tattoo. Was it a bucket list item? The influence of a full moon? “I don’t know,” said Collins. “I guess she just figured it was time to get it done.” Collins is one of the veterans on the local body art scene. He has been working as a tattoo artist in Sarasota for 35 years. His “book” of work includes some early examples of the large, richly hued renderings that have supplanted the smaller, more sedate legacy images of the past in popularity – especially among the young. In one especially striking example of his work, a Zen like tiger rises from a pool of water, with the image

covering virtually the entire back of one of Collins’ subjects. While much of the stigma over tattoos has disappeared, there is still a generational divide evident in the varied reactions to such large, often un-missable examples of body art, such as those displayed by high-profile athletes like former NBA star Dennis Rodman, boxer Mike Tyson and more recently, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick These examples are not meant to be hidden under clothing, tucked away inauspiciously on the inside of an ankle or hidden in the small of the back. Rather, they are intended to be seen by all...a bold expression that makes some – generally older – individuals shake their heads with the thought “what were they thinking.” Late in this year’s NFL season, The Sporting News ran a controversial piece on Super Bowl quarterback Kaepernick’s heavily inked arms and torso, choosing to focus on this rather than the remarkable season that had brought him at just 25 years-of-age to the pinnacle of his sport. The first two paragraphs of the story by David Whitley ran as follows: “San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys at San Quentin happy. “Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California’s state prison have tattoos. I don’t know that as fact, but I’ve watched enough ‘Lockup’ to know it’s close to accurate.” Kaepernick’s parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, were not amused. Especially his Mom who seemed hurt by the reporter’s comments. She pointed out in a subsequent interview with USA Today that Colin had never been in any trouble growing up, was a good student, graduating college with honors, and was, well, just “a real good kid...” Why make him out to be some kind of a thug, she asked? The young seem to have a different take on the issue than the Sporting News’ Whitley. Such bold expressions make perfect sense, they argue, bringing with them a special sense of relief and liberation that can only come through free self-expression. “My first tattoo changed my life,” says Chrissy Barb, 27, Regional Manager for the Sarasota Fat Ink location and three others in the Tampa Bay area. “I was very shy. My tattoos helped me get past that. It made a big difference in my life.” Perhaps it’s not the message tattoos bring to others that matters most, but rather what they bring to the messenger.

Tattoo artist Phillip Wolves inks a custom designed tattoo for customer Dan Davidson Tuesday afternoon at Fat Ink Tattoo in Sarasota Square Mall. Davidson’s starting point was the devil heart tattoo Tom Cruise featured in his recent portrayal of rock star Stacee Jax in last year’s film, Rock of Ages.” According to Davidson, Wolves’ design beat his highest expectations. Photo by Bob Frederickson

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Siesta Key, FL: The Siesta Key Village Association will be hosting its annual Children’s Easter Party and Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 9 AM to Noon at Beach Access #5 at the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Beach Road. All children ages 1 to 6 are invited to register and participate. This special event is sponsored by the Siesta Key Village Association and the Beach Bazaar. Activities will include: the Easter egg hunt, face painting, games, photo opportunities with the Easter bunny, a fire truck and ambulance to explore and the Sheriff’s mounted patrol. All Easter eggs will contain prizes donated by Siesta Key Village merchants. Each child who registers will also receive a bag filled with goodies. Children should bring something to carry their collected eggs in. Registration is required

for the Easter Egg hunt. Participation is limited to 125 children. There is a $10 fee per child. Registration forms are available on line at or at the following locations: Beach Bazaar, 5211 Ocean Blvd., Village Café, 5133 Ocean Blvd., and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, 5118 Ocean Blvd. For registration information, contact Roz Hyman at 941 349-2770, ext.227. For event information, contact Helene Hyland at 941 6852274 or e mail at helenehyland@ Siesta Key Village Association’s mission is to promote a pedestrian friendly atmosphere of casual elegance with a diversity of shopping, dining and professional experiences for residents and visitors. Helene M. Hyland, Secretary Siesta Key Village Association March 2013 | 25A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

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Nia melds movement and music to create a whole body workout for all ages As you nestle your bare feet in the white quartz sand of Siesta Beach and look out into the blue waters of the Gulf, the music begins. Guided by your instructor, you move your body at your own pace to steps drawn from the martial, dance and healing arts. Each of the 52 moves connect with your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Practiced in 45 countries around the world, Nia is for all sizes, shapes and fitness levels. This sensory-based movement practice shapes the way you feel, look, think and live. “I never imagined at age 62 I would be dancing on the beach. Nia gives me that freedom.” - Mary Ellen, Sarasota, FL “Nia is the highlight of my Florida vacation. The setting is magical and the program uplifting.” - Karoline, Vienna, Austria Nia classes are held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Siesta Beach by the yellow lifeguard chair, and on Fridays at Sand Cay on Longboat Key. Please bring water for hydration and a towel for stretches. Joy Donation is $10. For more information about Nia on the Beach, contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719 or email Dolphins regularly appear in the Gulf during Nia classes

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|Captain Jim Klopfer Adventure Charters 941-371-1390 flats. These are large areas, the key to success is to keep moving until fish are located, do not spend too much time in one spot if it is not producing. Snook will move out of their winter retreats on their way out to the Gulf to spawn. Any structure with a depth change is a likely place to catch a snook. Docks, bridges, and oyster bars are all very productive, especially those with some current. Plugs and scented soft plastic baits are the top choices, along with a large hand-picked shrimp. Fishing the area bridges at night is a great way to catch a bunch of snook. Free-lined live shrimp, artificial shrimp and plugs work well. Fly fisherman will score using any small white baitfish pattern. Remember, snook season is closed, handle the fish with care and release them unharmed. Surf fishing should be good for a variety of species providing the water is clear and not roiled up. Whiting, silver trout, flounder, pompano, Spanish mackerel, and ladyfish will hit both live shrimp and artificial lures. A jig tipped with a small piece of shrimp works well bounced along the bottom. Mackerel and ladyfish will hit flash lures such as silver spoons and plugs. A live shrimp fished on the bottom with just enough weight to get down is a simple but effective technique and will catch anything that swims. Anglers targeting pompano will do well with live or frozen sand fleas. The beach should come alive this month, provided the winds cooperate. Spanish and king mackerel will invade the area, along with cobia, sharks, and false albacore. The inshore reefs off of Lido Key are a great place to start, they hold a lot of fish. Trolling spoons and plugs is a deadly technique and will fill the cooler in short order. For more sport, look for breaking fish on Aledia Tush, owner at the surface and cast plugs, CB’s Saltwater Outfitter spoons, or flies out into the on Siesta Key and Capt Jim frenzy, a vicious strike should with a nice bluefish that hit occur immediately! a gold Cotee jig

March is a great month to fish on Siesta Key. It is the first month of spring, both on the calendar and outside. The list of available species is long; snook, redfish, trout, pompano, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder, snapper, grouper, jack crevelle, and sharks just to name a few. Big Pass will be very productive this month, particularly when the water is clean. Often times the tide is low in the morning, making the passes a great place to start off a trip and bend some rods. Ladyfish are usually thick, with bluefish, mackerel, and pompano mixed in. Live bait will work, but this is a great situation to cast artificial lures. Fish in the passes are usually actively feeding and can be seen busting baits on the surface. Gold Cotee grubs on a ¼ ounce jig head and (08) Rapala X-Raps are two effective lures. The sheepshead run will peak this month. Just about any structure near either pass will hold these tasty critters. A live shrimp fished on the bottom should result in a fish dinner pretty easily. Speckled trout will be schooled up over deep grass flats throughout the entire area. Incoming tides are best, but as long as the water is moving the fish will bite. A live shrimp under a noisy cork is a proven trout slayer. Jigs, spoons, and plugs will fool many fish, too. Pompano, mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks, and a stray cobia will also be encountered when fishing over the grass







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By Terri Schlichenmeyer

|”The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon c.2013, William Morrow $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 423 pgs

Once upon a time, your parents diapered your behind. They didn’t mind, though, because it was part of being a parent. They fed you, cleaned up after you, put clothes on your little body, toys in your bedroom, and lessons in your head. They made meals, curfews, and sacrifices. Someday, you may need to repay the favor, although it may not be pleasant. In fact, in the new novel “The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon, it may come at a bigger price than one might think. Thirty-nine-year-old Reggie Dufrane never wanted to return to Monique’s Wish. The old stone house was once a labor of love, built by Reggie’s grandfather for his wife, Monique, who died in childbirth. It was supposed to be a gift, but Reggie only saw it as a place to escape forever. She never wanted to return. But when her Aunt Lorraine phoned, she had no choice. Twenty-five years ago, Reggie’s mother, Vera, was the final victim of a serial killer that the media dubbed Neptune. Though they never found her body, they found Vera’s right hand, amputated neatly, the calling card of a killer. But Vera was very much alive. She’d been living in a homeless shelter all those years, and now she was dying of cancer. Lorraine demanded that Reggie bring Vera to Monique’s Wish for her final days, though returning to a life’s worth of bad memories was something Reggie didn’t want to do. In retrospect, Vera hadn’t been a good parent. Reggie

spent more time with her aunt than with her mother because Vera loved to drink. Lorraine resented that, and she seemed to resent Reggie, too. Because she felt unloved, and because of a childhood injury, Reggie grew up self-conscious, self-destructive, and unable to resist peer pressure from a reckless supposed-best friend. It had taken a long time to overcome that. She didn’t want to return to it. But the fact of the matter was that her mother was alive, and dying. The other fact was that Neptune was never caught and vulnerable Vera was still in danger. Then again, so was Reggie… I really have to stop reading books like this before bedtime. I was okay until I got about a quarter-way through it. But then author Jennifer McMahon made me jump and, well, helloooo nightmares. Though there are some rough spots in editing and a little bit of initial back-and-forth confusion in timeline, “The One I Left Behind” is a pretty fine thriller. The characters are a creepy bunch, even when you may think they’re not supposed to be. There are lots of distractions here to keep you guessing, and plenty of dead ends that should easily foil early-solvers. In fact, I didn’t know where McMahon was going until almost the end of this book, which was mighty satisfying. So if you need to scare up a few scares, this book should be your next read need. For lovers of a high Creep Level, “The One I Left Behind” won’t be left behind anywhere.

Beach Reads Bio: The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 12,000 books.

|Tour by Land and Sea with Just Ducky Tours... It’s a trip on the JD Dolphin LARC V (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft), an ex military vehicle commonly known as a duck. The comfortable, open air boat is U.S. Coast Guard certified for up to 27 passengers. One climbs a ladder to board because the trip starts in a parking lot beside US 41 (the Tamiami Trail) in Nokomis located between Sarasota and Venice. Once aboard, Captain Stewart and son Shane give you the history of “Ducky” and its capabilities. Then you are off down the three lanes of US 41 high above the traffic - much to the amazement of passing motorists. Shane hoots his ancient horn at people and there is much waving by everyone on board. Ducky enters the water at the old railroad station park in Venice. The captain points out nature habitats and other highlights of land and sea as you travel the picturesque inland waterways of Venice and Casey Key down to the Gulf of Mexico. Often dolphins swim alongside and an occasional manatee is sighted.

You’ll see ospreys, other wildlife, and beautiful waterfront sights. The Duck returns to shore at Higel Park boat launch on Venice Island. You’ll then travel by land down scenic Venice Avenue with much more hooting at the pedestrians and storekeepers. Then you’re back over the bridge that you had earlier gone under by water. Back to the lot and you’ll be talking about this cruise for a long time! Small coolers, binoculars and cameras are welcome. Daily Trips Depart from Nokomis at 10, 12 and 2. Location # 15 on our Waterway map located on page 23. 1011 Tamiami Trail South Nokomis, FL 34275 (Just South of Capt. Eddies restaurant) For Reservations contact Just Ducky Amphibious Tours by calling (941) 485-6366

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|The Art of Royal Tea

During the month of March, several traditional Royal English teas will be given at the historic Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Chef Larry and Jamie Barrett of Simply Gourmet Caterers are in charge of creating these six extraordinary events, and they promise to be memorable. Each event will be a remarkable step back in time, a kind of culinary theater. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the Crosley mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay, where guests will be magically transported back to the 1930’s. These Royal English Teas will be given at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28. Tickets are $32, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. To reserve, call 941-225-9122. “Our menu will feature savory and sweet specialties,” says Chef Barrett. Expect such delicacies as Cassis Marinated Strawberry Parfait, Vanilla Cream Fruit Tartlets, Currant Scones/Devonshire Cream, Double Chocolate Triangles, Turkey/Sundried Tomato Pinwheels, and Royal Tea Sandwich medley. “And don’t forget the tea,” Barrett laughs. “Guests will savor properly brewed cups of flavorful English Tea.” Upon entering the famed Seagate mansion at the Crosley Estate, you will be led up the tile staircase to upstairs rooms with smashing views of Sarasota Bay. Here, guests will be seated at tables of various sizes set with delicate, unmatched tea cups and saucers. Fresh flowers will grace each table. When gathering china to use for these Royal Teas, Chef Larry Barrett found tea sets at a consignment shop in Ellenton. “Part of the fun of doing these teas was shopping for the antique tea sets,” he said. With gold rimmed saucers and teacups as thin as eggshells, the service speaks of a bygone era. The Crosley Estate itself represents a time gone by. Seagate was built to be the winter home of Powel Crosley Jr. and his wife, Gwendolyn, and many consider it to be the finest mansion on Sarasota Bay. In the 1920’s, sixty acres of land were purchased that adjoined Ringling’s complex, and by 1929 construction was underway. The couple occupied Seagate from 1930-1939. In love with automobiles since childhood, Crosley began mail-order marketing of auto gadgets to car owners in 1916. He then went on to manufacture phonographs and radios. He even operated a radio station: WLW in Cincinnati. In 1934, Powel Crosley Jr. bought the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. He introduced what we now call “compact cars” to the American market in the late 1930’s. The Crosley Car was manufactured from 1939 to 1942, and again from 1946 to 1952. During World War II, the estate was used to house military pilots being trained at the Sarasota Airport, located just across highway 41. Other products he brought to market were the Crosley Shelvador refrigerator, televisions, disc brakes, 35mm cameras, airplanes, and the fax machine. He was an avid aviator and yachtsman – the embodiment of a successful entrepreneur. The Crosley Estate was purchased by Manatee County Commission in 1991, and later restored. It is available to house artistic, social, charitable, and cultural events. It is but one of the many settings served by Simply Gourmet Caterers.

Afternoon Tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. It seems that the usual habit of serving dinner as late as 9 pm had left the Duchess hungry about four o’clock in the afternoon. Anna, who was one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, began to order tea, bread and butter and cakes to be served in her room. Soon she began to invite friends over to join her for these refreshments, and the tradition of afternoon tea was established. Taken up by Queen Victoria herself in the 1860’s, the custom soon spread to the homes of the upper classes and to tea shops across the country. Upper class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. These events were actually called ‘low” teas, for they consisted of “finger foods” served on low tables in a sitting room. (Oddly enough, “high” tea is the term used to describe a full meal served to the working class on a “high” dining table at around five or six p.m.) “Every year, the Royal Family hosts an afternoon tea for about 8,000 guests at Buckingham Palace,” says Chef Larry Barrett, president of Simply Gourmet Caterers. “It’s a grand and colorful affair. Men wear suits or military uniforms, and women wear dresses with hats and gloves. The 500-foot buffet table is set with a feast and there’s tea, of course.” Barrett says that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, circulate among the guests at this enormous and gala occasion. Simply Gourmet Caterers are known for mixing epicurean delights with historical events in a culinary theater setting. To have them cater your unforgettable event, go to or call 941-225-9122. March 2013 | 29A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

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Arts on the Horizon

By Jaye Clements

|The Arts for Kids! Sarasota Children’s Garden is a non-profit... The Arts for Kids! Sarasota Children’s Garden is a non-profit… Follow the yellow brick road to a land of make-believe and imagination. You’ll find an entire fantasy filled costume room for children to play dress up. They may experience the garden and use their imagination in a theatrical adventure. There is a mini theatre stage with tree trunk seating. Sculptures line the pathways, as you stroll through greenery covered archways and explore mysterious doors. A pirate ship awaits a captain, an interesting maze for the curious child, a tree fort to climb

with rope swings, and a garden for tea. A whimsical park with a twist, assuring kids will be engaged with art and creativity! Every Tuesday 10am to 12pm - A nature inspired Children’s Arts Program. Story time every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Best suited for young children. 1670 10th Way, Sarasota 941-330-1711. 3-12 yrs. $5.00. Under 3 are free. 13-adults $10.00. 60+ Seniors $9.00

|Opening March 5, 2013 - Les Miserables in Sarasota at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - March 5th to 10th... The 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in the 19th century, France. Les Miserables debuted on Broadway 25 years ago and has been winning the hearts of its audience since it opened. It is the longest-running Broadway musical in history. Nightly presentations are at 8 PM on March 5, 8, and 9 and at 7 PM on March 10. Matinee shows are at 2 PM on March 9 and at 1:30 PM on March 10. 941-953-3368. The Van Wezel Foundation is putting on a celebration for the Opening Night of Les Miz! It will be held on March 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. It is also part of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s family nights, so enjoy the evening with the whole family. French décor and Hors d’oeuvres. Tickets $75. 941-366-5578

|”Palm Avenue’s First Friday Walks” March 1, 2013...

The first Friday of every month from 6 to 9pm. Gallery Walks on Palm Avenue and Main Street. Offering a wonderful opportunity to visit galleries, view the artwork and a chance to chat with talented artists and gallery owners. The streets of downtown Sarasota are filled with art enthusiasts and lively music.

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Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Cavatina Duo, 7:30 p.m. For more 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243 Tickets: 941-360-7399

|March 2nd & 3rd 2013... 100+ local and national wildlife artists featured, including painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, and more. $5 for adults. Under 12 free. Includes free admission to Save our Seabirds sanctuary and a $5 discount to Mote on festival days. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ken Thompson Park, City Island, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota 34236 Proceeds benefit Save Our Seabirds of Sarasota and the Rotary Club of Sarasota. Save our Seabirds is a non-profit wildlife conservation and education organization. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured birds and educate the public.

• If you enjoy Jazz… then you’ll love the 2013 lineup at the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival! Sunday, March 3 - “Free” outdoor concert! 2-4 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park. “Jazz in the Park” This inspiring event will feature the Ken Loomer Jazz Quintet. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941366-1552 • Tuesday, March 5 – 7:30pm - at the Players Theatre. JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars. The Chicago Swing/New Orleans style jazz group. • Wednesday, March 6 Enjoy the experience by Trolley with jazz favorites at venues around town including: Caragiulos, Hotel Indigo, Marina Jacks, Senior Friendship Center, Hyatt Hotel, Gator Club, Tommy Bahama’s and more. Trolleys will depart from the Players Theatre parking lot starting at 6:20 pm. Hop on & off at trolleys stops around town. More Jazz Performances at The Players Theatre March 7, 8, 9, at 7:30 p.m. Call for more information 941-365-2494 Players Theatre or visit 941-366-1552 for more info… Closing out the Jazz festival: After Glow Dinner Dance at Marina Jack Sunday, March 10, 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner. Enjoy dinner, dancing and more top-notch jazz at Marina Jack. Tickets $50, 941-366-1552 • Fuzión Dance Artists - 7th Season Dance Concert at the Jane B. Cook Theater at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. March 15 - 17, 2013 at 8pm Fri/Sat and 2pm Sat/Sun Fuzión Dance Artists. 941-359-0099 ext. 101 for tickets. • March 16 - 17, 2013: The 13th Annual “Art at the Ranch” features local, national and international award winning artists. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Free music. Free admission. • March 24, 2013 - 18th Annual Giving Hunger the Blues. This festival is an all day event for charity. Each $5 donation provides 8 meals to the hungry in Sarasota. Set in a block party atmosphere with entertainment and fun for all. Live bands on two stages, one stage will have youth bands, under age 18. There will be Martial Arts, dance demos, games, activities for children, and food from local area restaurants. Admission is $5 Children 12 & under free. Noon - 8 p.m. Hillview Street - Sarasota. Free parking at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Garage. • March 23 - 24, 2013 - 11th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival features the works of 100 artists, including handmade jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street & Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota. Free. • Art Uptown, a fine art gallery, presents Artists in Action. You’ll find artists creating masterpieces, in front of the gallery, the last Saturday of each month, during season. The public is encouraged to watch and enjoy the experience. 30 professional artists exhibit artwork on a rotating schedule. Art Uptown is located at 1367 Main Street, Sarasota, exhibiting the works of local artists for over 30 years. March 2013 | 31A • 941.539.0205 • MARCH 2013

What’s Happening …on the beach • Beach Hoop Dance Class – Thurs. 6:30 – 7:45pm. Register at www. • Free Yoga Mon-Wed.-Fri.-Sat. 9-10:30 am. Classes held between blue & green lifeguard station. Call 941-320-6693 to register or www. • NIA Tues. & Thurs. 9 a.m., Siesta Public Beach (yellow lifeguard chair) Joy Donation: $10 Contact Kathy Oravec at 941-724-9719 or • Pilates on Siesta Key Beach – Mon, Tues,Wed from 5:30-6:30pm, starting 6:30pm 3/11. Sun. 9:30am. Cost: $10. (yellow lifeguard station). Register online:

• Beach University – Mar. 6,13,20,27 (Wed) Free enviornmental education seminars. 9:30-10:30a.m. • Senior Beach Walks – Mar.6,13,20,27 (Wed) Fee: $1 one-time registration fee Ages: 50 and up Participate in this self-guided beach walk along our beautiful beaches. Register before your one-mile minimum walk. Complete four walks and receive a free event t-shirt. For information call 941-861-5000. Siesta Beach 8-9:30 a.m. • Pine Shores Sunrise Easter Service – Mar. 31 – 6-9a.m. Pine Shores Presbyterian Church will be celebrating their 57th year serving the community with an Easter Sunrise service. The service will be on the beach in front of the pavilion. The service is open to the public.

Rainforest Masks

Fantastic, wild and impressively detailed, Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica, a popular Selby Gardens event,( 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-366-5731) will return March 8-April 19, 10am – 4:30pm, to the Museum of Botany and the Arts. The opening reception, Thursday, March 7, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, will be the first opportunity to purchase one of these impressive masks. Each year, visitors are captivated by the incredible imagination and brilliant colors contained

…around the island • Siesta Key Farmer’s Market – every Sunday from 8am – 2pm in Davidson’s Plaza in the Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. • Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school Mar. 16 The class will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, Capt. Rick Grassett, will also cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters. Cost for the schools, which will run from 9 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per person and includes the use of premium Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 (941) 349-4400 or Info for Reservations.

in the hand carved, meticulously painted masks the Borucan artists make with only the most basic of tools. The walls of Selby Gardens’ Mansion will be lined with more than 200 of the fanciful creations fashioned from 100% sustainable native wood. March 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm “Meet the Artists” A unique opportunity to meet talented Borucan artists and witness their abilities first-hand. A Spanish translator will be present to help with questions and answers.

Southwest Insurance Associates March is the month to get ready for Spring, Ready for taxes, and one other thing... Once again our storm season is near, But if prepared, you have little to fear! Potential for flooding is high on the coast, And if you get flooded, your property’s toast! It takes 30 days for a policy to start, So get ready today, take my warning to heart! Damage from flooding can be quite severe. Ask victims of Sandy what they’ve had to bear. Flood insurance is cheap if you like what you own. To get a quick quote, just pick up the phone! Flooding can happen, no use to deny it. We take checks or credit, it’s easy to buy it! Homeowner’s, Condo and Flood Insurance 941-923-2925 or 1-877-547-8617

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January 2013 Sales Up 22 Percent Over Last Year. The Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 22 percent in January 2013, compared to January 2012 – a great start for the new year, and evidence that the 2012 real estate market boom is continuing unabated. In total, January 2013 statistics reflected a strong Sarasota real estate sales market, and pending sales numbers that seem to indicate a positive spring season to come.

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|JLS Entertainmant Tour of Homes... When the Junior League of Sarasota asked if I would allow my home to be on tour, the first thought that entered my mind was actually yes. The co-chair of the event is a friend and someone I trust explicitly. When they explained the benefits and the program, I was excited to be a part of this community fundraiser. I hope you participate and enjoy the tour! “Simply Sarasota Entertainment Tour of Homes” will showcase four local properties, each staged around a specific party theme. “Each home will feature different entertainment ideas, ranging from crazy, wild and over-the-top, to something you could throw together on a small budget,” said Keri Kuhn, co-chair of the inaugural event with fellow JLS member Kim Snyder. “Guests can be as involved as they would like, from learning how to decorate a cupcake to creating party favors or setting the table for a high society soiree.” “This is an opportunity to see how people in Sarasota live, and it’s for a good cause because the event directly benefits the community,” Kuhn said, adding that the tour’s revenue will be funneled into local charities. The Tour of Homes concept launched in 1975, and while the JLS has hosted holiday and kitchen tours in years past, this is the first time the event has been branded “Simply Sarasota.” “The Simply Sarasota Entertainment Tour of Homes” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fri. March 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. March 23. To reserve tickets, please contact the Junior League of Sarasota, at (941) 953-5600 or visit

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Handsomely remodeled West of Trail home. Updated/replacement sliding glass doors; upstairs has roll down hurricane shutters and downstairs has impact resistant glass. New interior doors, hardware and baseboards throughout, Brazilian walnut hardwood floors downstairs and 100% wool carpet upstairs. Kitchen has granite and Corian with stainless appliances. Custom built-ins throughout. All bathrooms completely remodeled. Tongue and groove ceiling and exquisite grass cloth make this a decorator’s dream home.

4802 KESTRAL PARK CIR - $284,500

Large Carriage House II (3 BR/2 BA) that has been immaculately maintained, is move-in ready and beautiful both inside and out. Private entrance way on corner lot. Two lanais are screened; one is fully roofed with Mexican tile floor. Additional gated courtyard off guest bedroom. Racquet & Swim Club membership included in price. Come see the attention to detail this owner has given this unique, split-floor plan condo. New A/C in 2010, Air Duct cleaned in 2012, hurricane braced garage doors, and a new roof in 2005. Good sized closets and other features make this a move-in ready, maintenance free home that your family and friends will enjoy. Make it yours today.

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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. The roof was new in 2010. With 3,600 sq ft there are 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Enter through double doors to the formal living area with French doors to the pool. A large dining room is perfect for creating family memories. The kitchen is spacious and open to a breakfast room and family room which has a wood burning fireplace. The master suite has a sitting area overlooking the pool, master bathroom has dual sinks, spa bath and separate shower. The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms have private baths and a “Jack and Jill” bath is shared by bedrooms 4 and 5. The exterior offers a caged pool with spa, circle driveway, side load garage and a fenced yard.

1733 PINE HARRIER CIR - $575,000 SHORT SALE ... “THE LANDINGS” ... 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. Walk through the Florida friendly zeroscaped front yard, enter the house with the etched glass doorway, and you are in the living room with soaring woodburning stone fireplace which accent the cathedral ceiling. Floors are tile and Brazilian pecan wood which are elegant and easy to maintain. Skylights and lots of windows make the home light and bright. Entertain in the formal dining room, cozy dinette off the kitchen or poolside on the paver pool deck. The spacious master suite has a large bathroom with garden tub, vanity, separate shower and generous walk-in closet.

1368 LANdINgs dR - $325,000 Enjoy the ambiance of living in a Landings Treehouse. Experience outdoor living at it’s best on the 27x 12 screened deck with southern exposure. On the inside, the open plan provides a spacious roomy feel with high vaulted ceilings, skylights, open staircase and multiple sets of sliding glass doors. Mexican tile in the entry and kitchen and stainless appliances are recent upgrades. The master suite occupies its own level with 2 additional bedrooms and bath located on the top level. Each bedroom has its own private balcony. 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.

1666 sTARLINg dR - $219,000 End unit Landings Coach House - three bedroom, two bath unit is spacious and open with vaulted ceilings and combination living/dining room. This corner lanai area makes a very comfortable living space with additional “end unit” windows and the relaxing green view from the preserve area. Master suite is generous size with additional space for an office, or sitting area - walk-in closet, shower and dual sinks. No weight restriction for your pet and tenant may have a pet. Landings Club with weight rooms and newly expanded gym. Lots of social activities, 8 har-tru tennis courts, pool is heated in winter and cooled in summer.

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.

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Based on information from, Sarasota Property Appraiser, and Sarasota Association of Realtors for the period ending 2/12/13. These properties listed and sold in the past 4 months by various MLS participating offices.

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