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Sales Spillover The Gulf oil spill leaves some buyers hesitant.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

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OUR TOWN

Key Club mulls modifications

PEOPLE, PICS & PLACES

Longboat Key Club and Resort officials are considering moving the Islandside project’s wellness center to the north parcel. Last week, Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Michael Welly said there was no plan B for his resort’s $400 million Islandside renovation-andexpansion project. But, knowing that his chances for getting any sort of proj-

ect approved on Longboat Key are coming down to two final chances — Monday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 30 — Welly and his staff are considering other options for the Town Commission’s consideration. Those options include:

• Taking the proposed wellness center away from the proposed hotel and placing it on the north parcel, in exchange for building one seven-story, 26-unit building over one level of parking. • Raising one of the villa buildings along the Pass one floor to

add two additional condominium units. • Developing four four-story villa buildings over one level of parking on the north parcel that would hold 32 units. The changes, Welly noted, would create more pedestrian traffic along Longboat Club

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Buckeye geared up for his stage debut at Bird Key Yacht Club’s “Dogs Night Out” Saturday, June 19, by relaxing on the lap of his owner, John August. To see more photos from the all-star dog show, see page 16A.

OFF THE MARKET? by Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Whitney Beach Plaza under contract A major grocery chain could buy the northend plaza in a commercial short sale. Business was booming when Andrew Hlywa bought Whitney Beach Plaza. It was 2002, and Hlywa and his partner, Dawn diLorenzo paid $2.5 million for the property. The shopping center was almost completely occupied with restaurants, a bar, shops and offices. With more than 35 years in business and having owned a gas station, coin laundries and dry-cleaning plants in New Jer-

sey, Hlywa, a Longboat Key resident since 1999, thought the plaza would be a good venture. Eight years later, Hlywa, 60, has poured $1 million of his own money into the shopping center. He spends his days working behind the counter at Longboat Key Liquors, which is located Robin Hartill

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Andrew Hlywa sits in the restaurant part of the former Whitney Beach Deli & Wines, which re-opened under different management in January.


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Road from people going back and forth from the hotel and the meeting center. But, the most dramatic change, if accepted, would reduce the number of condominium units the club originally wanted to build in two condominium towers on the north parcel from 70 units to 60 units spread out over both parcels. “If you take the 32 villa units on the north parcel and the 28 units on the south parcel, it starts to make some financial sense for us,” Welly said. Since the commission approved on first reading June 14, a redevelopment plan crafted by town attorney David Persson, Welly said he and his team of architects and attorneys have been working tirelessly to figure out what the club can present that will work for the town. “It’s a frustrating process because we can’t talk to the commissioners about it,” Welly said. “But, clearly, the ordinance that was approved on first reading sort of directed us to move the wellness center and replace it with a seven-story building over one level of parking.” But Welly says the only way that concept will work is if the commission allows some residential units on the north parcel. At the June 14 hearing, Commissioner Robert Siekmann and others said for the first time the biggest hang-up for them was any sort of residential component north of Longboat Club Road. Nothing frustrated Welly more during that hearing than those comments. “The notion of us building or developing residential on the north parcel shouldn’t be foreign to anyone,” Welly said. “Houses exist there now.” Noting there are large houses that exist now on the north parcel, Welly said the villas the club may propose to the commission Monday, June 28, fit in well with the character of the existing neighborhood. The changes, Welly said, may also re-

OFF LIFE SUPPORT Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Michael Welly told The Longboat Observer last week he was happy to hear from town attorney David Persson that the Town Commission can approve the Islandside renovation-andexpansion project on second reading at the end of the month if it wishes. Persson sent an e-mail to the commission Tuesday, June 15, explaining any commissioner can make an amendment to the ordinance at 5:01 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Temple Beth Israel. Persson said the commission could approve on second reading an amended ordinance that includes the golf course condominium towers, which were duce departures from town code because the club won’t need to ask for height departures. “My favorite plan for this project was one that was presented months and months ago,” Welly said. “What we may propose is not ideal for us by any means.” Although it may not be ideal, Welly said it could be a viable project if the commission were to consider it. “We are trying to follow what the commission seems to be asking for,” Welly said. The club, Welly said, is still tinkering with the meeting center and will consider moving it closer to Longboat Club Road if it’s possible. In exchange for the modifications that may be presented, Welly said he would only hope the Town Commission would consider reducing the $4 million contribution that’s been proposed in exchange for the reduction of open space. Said Welly: “If the town likes this new scheme with 10 less condos, we would hope that they would give us a little relief on the monetary condition.” Welly notes that if the commission

Spoll disappointed with comments

removed in the ordinance that was approved last week. Ordinance language submitted by Persson shows that the project the club submitted on Monday, June 14 could be approved June 28 and would not be deemed a “substantial or material change.” In short, the club’s project, or a different project the commission agrees to, could be approved on second reading June 28 or Wednesday, June 30. Said Welly: “Loeb Partners Realty investors believe this project is too important to walk away from without one last chance at finding middle ground at the end of the month.”

Mayor George Spoll takes issue with both residents and fellow commissioners who have criticized the way he handled the last Islandside project hearing June 14. Commissioner Lynn Larson expressed disappointment last week that the mayor ended the last hearing after the commission voted 4-3 to approve a redevelopment plan proposed by town attorney David Persson. When asked to comment on some of the feedback that blames the mayor for ending the meeting, Spoll said, “I tried to encourage debate among commissioners during that entire meeting. I kept asking for further debate. No one wanted to speak further, at which point I had no choice but to ask for the town clerk to call the role. That’s my obligation. The commission decided to vote, and the town attorney confirmed for me there was nothing further to discuss before I adjourned the meeting.” As of Monday, June 22, town commissioners have received approximately 80 e-mails from residents since the June 14 hearing. Twenty-five of those e-mails include harsh criticism of commissioners for not approving the club’s project. “Some of them were not constructive,” Spoll said of the e-mails. “They (residents) should instead be encouraging the commission to make appropriate amendments.” Vice Mayor Jim Brown, meanwhile, was overwhelmed by the e-mails and constant phone. Said Brown: “I held court in my living room.”

sticks to the $4 million condition, the club would have to pay $5.5 million total because it’s already agreed to pay $1 million for road improvements and $500,000 for Gulf of Mexico Drive landscaping. Welly said the club is working on sketches that it’s trying to get to Planning, Zoning and Building Director Monica Simpson as soon as possible. For now, Welly says he’s not sure what to call these project modifications. “I’m not sure how this is going to be presented,” Welly said. “It could either be a new plan we are recommending next week or a backup plan to our primary plan.” Commissioners cannot comment on any potential changes being brought forward until they review them at the hearing, where they act as judges in a quasijudicial setting. Club attorney John Patterson said the club will continue to take the week to review any possible modifications. “We are continually looking at all options to find the best possible solution for the best possible redevelopment that will be acceptable to the town and will work for the club,” Patterson said.

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Trustee selected in Colony case St. Petersburg-based William Maloney began overseeing operations at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort last week. For now, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort management will remain in place while a trustee oversees its day-to-day operations. William Maloney, a St. Petersburg-based chief financial officer restructuring expert, was appointed June 4 to be the U.S. trustee in the Colony’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Maloney, a partner with Atlanta-based Tatum Partners, has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in Fortune 500, middle-market and small entrepreneurial businesses. Maloney’s first day on resort grounds was Monday, June 14, and he spent four half-days on the resort grounds through Friday, June 18. Colony President and General Manager Katie Moulton said she was happy with the trustee selection. “We feel Mr. Maloney will quickly have a grasp of the financial operations and conditions here,” Moulton said. Even though Maloney has allowed Moulton to continue in her role while he reviews the hotel’s operations, he has the final say in all resort decisions moving forward. Moulton said Maloney has

shown “eagerness to bring all interested parties together to have some reasonable and productive dialogue and assist in coming to some collaborative solution. “Mr. Maloney will meet with or speak to the number of groups and individuals who have already contacted him who are interested in putting forth a plan for the long-term solution of the resort,” she said. Meanwhile, Moulton said the resort is continuing to market the hotel for the summer and has strong occupancy numbers for July. Moulton said the resort will be holding its annual Fourth of July celebration weekend and will host its fireworks celebration Saturday, July 3. Maloney’s first report on the state of affairs at The Colony is not expected to be presented to Tampa-based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May until mid-July at the earliest. Maloney will eventually tell May whether he believes the resort can be restructured through Chapter 11 or if the case should be converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation. Maloney declined an interview with The Longboat Observer, saying it was too early to discuss resort affairs.

WHO IS WILLIAM MALONEY? William Maloney, a St. management and information Petersburg-based chief finan- systems management and cial officer restructuring development. partner with Atlanta-based Tatum Partners, has experiMaloney’s accomplishments ence in senior financial and include: operations management, • Managing a comprefinancial restruchensive system turing, bankruptproject that was cy and several the subject of turnaround situaa case study by tions. J.D. Edwards and Maloney, who Ernst & Young. also owns his own • President of a restructuring conBurger King fransulting firm, has chise group operatserved as chief ing in Chapter 11 executive officer bankruptcy. or chief financial officer for • Chief financial William Maloney distressed comofficer of a $60 panies, including million specialty real-estate developers, manusteel products manufacturer facturers, distributors, restau- with four U.S. manufacturing rants and non-profits. facilities. Locally, Maloney is finish• Former chief financial ing up a restructuring of officer of a $40 million trouBradenton Beach-based GSR bled material-handling equipDevelopment LLC, an island ment distributor in Central real-estate development comFlorida. pany that went bankrupt in • The former vice president 2007. and chief financial officer According to his website, www.bmaloney.com, Maloney of Indesco International Inc., a $100 million interhas participated in a Drexelfinanced hostile takeover of a national manufacturer of injection-molded, plastic $4 billion company. Maloney has a strong back- liquid-dispensing products ground in finance, accounting, that he restructured through bankruptcy. strategic planning, operations

ACTION PLAN by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Brown: ‘This is our island’ The Longboat Key Town Commission agreed to allow Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to do whatever it takes to keep oil off Longboat Key’s shoreline and its nearby waterways. The town of Longboat Key is willing to do whatever is necessary to clean up any oil that may come ashore, even if it does not have permitted permission from state and federal authorities. At its Thursday, June 17 regular workshop, the Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously gave Town Manager Bruce St. Denis permission to take whatever precautions are necessary and to move forward at a faster pace if the United Task Force — the unified command emergency management officials use to protect the shores — fails to do so in a timely manner. “If we reach a point where it looks like additional actions need to be taken, is it your expectation the town is ready to do that and take the risks associated with those actions?” asked St. Denis. St. Denis noted the issues that counties in the Florida Panhandle are already having with the Unified Command’s oil-containment plan. In Okaloosa County, for instance, the County Commission approved a motion June 14, giving its own emergency operations team the authority to protect its waterways, even if it means performing actions without waiting for state per-

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+ Younger identifies budget changes Commissioner Phillip Younger told the Town Commission at its Thursday, June 17 regular workshop that he has helped identify approximately $150,000 in reductions with which Finance Director Tom Kelley agrees. The Town Commission also thanked Younger for suggesting the finance department use a Microsoft Excel computer program in place of a bulky, outdated Green Bar calculation report for fiscal-year planning that used more paper. Commissioner Hal Lenobel thanked Younger for his work. “I have been confused by the green bar for 12 years.,” Younger said. “This might help us with the budget quite a bit.” The commission gave direction to eliminate the green bar budget reports altogether.

+ `Welcome signs to receive changes In an e-mail Vice Mayor Jim Brown sent to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis June 15, the retired architect explained that the general contractor hired to build the town’s welcome signs did several things incorrectly. Brown noted issues with the columns, the stone used and the height of the signs. The e-mail prompted the Town Commission to reinstitute a welcome-sign subcommittee at its June 17 regular workshop, in an effort to work with Brown and Mayor George Spoll to make sure the signs are corrected. Public Works Director Juan Florensa is coordinating a meeting with the contractor and the Florida Department of Transportaion to make sure the signs are corrected.

+ Corrections Commissioner Phillip Younger, in response to his reaction about the commission’s 4-3 vote to approve on first reading an amended Islandside project ordinance June 14 said, “I interpreted a vote at that point as giving them something versus giving them nothing.” Younger was incorrectly quoted in the Thursday, June 17 Longboat Observer as saying, “I interpreted a vote at that point as giving them (the club) nothing.” Younger was also incorrectly quoted in the June 10 issue in a profile about him. His quote should have read, “I was the only person who stood before the commission and presented a proposal that would benefit all and harm none. I believe in the arts of negotiation and compromise.”

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The trajectory map updated June 21 shows where the oil is likely to travel over the next 72 hours. mits and approvals from federal authorities. Other Florida municipalities agree that the permitting process allowing counties and municipalities to do more than what Unified Command is protecting is slowing communities

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direct contact with oil and oilcontaminated products such as tar balls, tar patty, tar mats and oil sheen. Only qualified community responders should handle oil products and oilcontaminated materials.

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— The number of nameplates that business owners along Bay Isles Road would have available to them unless the commission places generic nameplates on the wayfinding sign. PAGE 5A.


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+ Jack Peffley recovering after heart procedure Jack Peffley, owner of Taffy’s Menswear on St. Armands Circle, was released from the hospital after undergoing a heart procedure earlier this month. Peffley is now recovering at home.

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Mote Marine Laboratory scientists tagged three whale sharks from a group of 10 whale sharks that gathered June 18, approximately 23 miles southwest of Sarasota. “People who have lived here 30 years have never seen anything like this,� said Dr. Robert Hueter, director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research. “Usually whale sharks come to our waters transiently in ones and twos. This time we had 10, and we stayed with them for four hours.�

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Town will enforce chair Town requests input removal at beach access for Bay Isles Road sign The Town Commission wants business owners to provide input before it places names on its Bay Isles Road wayfinding sign. the sign,” Vac said. “But, in light of that, my suggestion was generic names.” Public Works Director Juan Florensa also suggested using generic names (such as Bank and Real Estate Office) at the meeting. But Florensa wants the commission to have the final say. “We are going to punt and let you make the final decision,” Florensa said. But the commission deflected the decision away last week. Vice Mayor Jim Brown and Commissioner Lynn Larson said the business owners should have input before a decision is made. The signs — which sit along Gulf of Mexico Drive at Broadway, the 5000 block of GMD, the 4000 block of GMD, Bay Isles Road and just south of Longboat Club Road — all have eight blank nameplates on them. But the only problematic area is Bay Isles Road because none of the other signs has more businesses and local amenities in the

area than there are nameplates. For instance, the commission gave Florensa direction to order nameplates for the Broadway sign after it agreed with Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant & Marina owner Alan Moore’s suggestion that his business and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub should have spaces on the sign. The businesses are the only two restaurants on Broadway. The rest of the Broadway wayfinding sign nameplates will include: Center for the Arts, Boat Ramp, Beach Access, Police/Fire Rescue, Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall. The commission wants to hear the business community’s input on the Bay Isles Road sign at its Monday, July 12 regular meeting, before it breaks for the summer. The move would allow the signs to be created over the summer before the commission reconvenes in September.

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urged the commission to continue to remove the chairs. “Please keep the common courtesy of the neighbors in mind and the island’s aesthetics,” said Rollins, who also said she worries about the chairs inhibiting the ability of sea turtles to nest. When St. Denis said that if the commission allowed chairs at the Gulfside Road beach access, chairs would most likely have to be allowed at the other beach accesses, the commission unanimously decided to continue the chair-removal process. “It’s not attractive and it’s against town rules,” Brown said. “That’s the bottom line.”

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It’s a vicious cycle. Longboat Key’s code enforcement department tags chairs that are chained to trees at the Gulfside Road beach access. The police department eventually removes the chairs. Then, residents pick up their chairs at the public works department and put them back on the beach. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis is so frustrated with the ongoing cycle, which he says eats into staff time and resources, that he urged the Town Commission to tell him what to do. “As soon as we take the chairs, another chair replaces it,” St. Denis said. Currently, residents are not leaving chairs at the other 12 town-owned beach accesses island-wide. Sleepy Lagoon residents, St. Denis says, feel they should be allowed to leave the chairs there because the beach access does not provide parking. But Sleepy Lagoon Homeowners Association President Reina Berman told the Town Commission her association has never taken a stance on the issue. “Some of our members feel leaving patio furniture on the beach is an eyesore,” she said. “Others desire to leave their furniture on the beach because they don’t want to carry it back and forth.” North-end resident Mindy Rollins

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There are more business on Bay Isles Road than there are spaces on a new wayfinding sign that sits just off Gulf of Mexico Drive. The eight spaces on the new wayfinding sign will remain blank, for at least the next month, until a recommendation can be brought forward to the Town Commission. At its Thursday, June 17 regular workshop, the Town Commission decided to let the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce coordinate an effort with business owners to make recommendations for what kind of language will be put on the signs. Longboat Key resident and real-estate agent Andrew Vac attended the workshop to ask the commission to place his Re/ Max Excellence firm on one of the signs. But Vac told the commission he realizes that would cause a problem. “I would love to have it say ‘Re/Max Excellence’ on

Vice Mayor Jim Brown said the chairs people leave behind at the Gulfside Road beach access ‘are not very attractive.’


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Lessons from ‘the vote’ It’s difficult to erase the ending to last week’s Longboat Key Town Commission meeting. It was surreal. Everyone — including the commissioners — had the look of shock. Confused. No one was smiling, not Islandside Property Owners Coalition President Bob White, not his attorney, Mike Furen. No one. Was this a bad dream? If only it were. Fortunately for all involved, last week’s session at Temple Beth Israel was only the first reading of an ordinance — an ordinance approving a Longboat Key Club redevelopment plan that no one wanted. Thank the Lord everyone will have a second chance next Monday. And from the close of last Monday’s meeting until next Monday’s meeting, all of the parties will have had enough time to reflect and replay the first meeting and learn from it. There were several lessons. To begin with, Longboat Key Commissioner Hal Lenobel was right. Commissioners were discussing Mayor George Spoll’s proposed ordinance, which would have removed two condominium buildings from north of Longboat Club Road to one building on the south parcel and moved the proposed wellness center from the south to the north parcel. No one was happy with the idea. Lenobel made two astute points: • “Isn’t that dictatorial?” he asked. • If none of the parties involved, including the commissioners like the proposed ordinance, “why would we even think about passing it?” he asked. Touche! With both questions, Lenobel was referring to Mayor Spoll’s proposed ordinance, which he asked the town attorney to draft the weekend before the meeting. Although created with good intentions — to try to create a compromise acceptable to everyone (an impossible task, by the way) — Spoll’s ordinance gutted the plan the Key Club presented to the Town Commission, essentially pitching it in the trash. In effect, Spoll took it upon himself to pre-empt a previously drafted ordinance that was submitted to the commission, the very ordinance that contained the plans the Longboat Key Club worked on for five years and for which it sought approval. Thus, it prompted Lenobel’s question: dictatorial? While it may have sounded rhetorical, it cut to the quick. Call it Lenobel’s lesson. With that short question, he said a lot, namely: It’s not right for commissioners to re-craft a development application, especially at the last minute. The Key Club — any applicant for that matter — is entitled to have its submitted proposal voted on, up or down. Let the applicant’s plan stand or fall on its merits; conditions for final approval can always come later. It’s not a commissioner’s job to change it. It’s not his job to dictate how he wants it. In these instances, his job is to vote “yay” or “nay.” Most of the other lessons from that

now-infamous Monday meeting fall under procedural machinations. These may seem juvenile, simplistic and condescending, but all of Longboat Key witnessed that these lessons are worth reviewing: • Allow ample time for review. Hindsight tells us that when considering such monumental decisions as a $400 million, far-reaching proposal, dropping a 30-page re-drafted ordinance on the commissioners’ desks an hour before the meeting inevitably will lead to trouble, if not disaster. Indeed, nearly all of the commissioners expressed concern they hadn’t read the details of the mayor’s newly proposed ordinance and were skeptical of voting on it. • Ask for clarification again and again. We’ll concede with Commissioner Lynn Larson. The final 15 minutes of the June 14 commission meeting were confusing. That’s no excuse for not asking for clarification. Observers of government meetings often see elected officials proposing motions and amendments that are vague, verbose and confusing. It’s incumbent on commissioners to make sure they know on what they’re voting. Likewise, it’s the duty of the presiding officer to check with his colleagues as well — “Does everyone understand the motion?” “Will the clerk please read the motion again.” • Spell out the plan and the agenda. In most instances, as you sit as an observer, running a meeting doesn’t look that difficult. But there is more to it than meets the eye; sometimes, much more. It was readily apparent that Mayor Spoll in last Monday’s meeting was extraordinarily careful and ever mindful of being fair in how he maneuvered the meeting among all of the parties. But at the crucial moment, the taut twine that held the meeting together for the previous four hours snapped. There was a flash, followed by a fog of bewilderment. To have that moment back again, we’ll bet Mayor Spoll would have done what we expect he will do at the next Key Club meeting: Spell out the agenda, step by step, before the meeting begins and prior to the crucial vote. It’s like sports. In the final game of the World Series or for the championship of the World Cup, you want the participants to win or lose on the merits of their play, not on an errant call by the referee.

+ St. Denis should open up

Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis is not exactly creating a good feeling about his management of Town Hall. St. Denis expressed a high degree of skepticism last week over the methods that might be used by members of a new citizens committee that will examine Town Hall’s operations. To be sure, no one likes to have his work criticized. We all get that. Everyone can empathize with St. Denis’ hesitation and skepticism to let the citizens committee members speak privately with town employees. Said St. Denis: “My concern is it’s my responsibility to

CONTACT TAXWATCH Florida TaxWatch can be hired to conduct studies in counties and municipalities to determine how and where local governments can save money and become more efficient. • To learn more, go to: Taxwatch. org • Contact: Dominic Calabro, chief executive officer, Florida Taxwatch, 106 N. Bronough St., Tallahassee, Fla., 32301; 850-222-5052; dcalabro@floridataxwatch.org. run town departments, and you seem to think there’s a benefit that will occur if I am not there during these discussions. If someone puts opinions out in the public record in the form of these reviews, problems can begin to form between employees.” Points taken. But let’s give some credit to the citizens committee members. They will be qualified enough to know the sensitivity of their discussions with town employees and the requirements to be professional. Confidentiality and discreet behavior are always paramount in these situations. Nonetheless, St. Denis conveys the impression that he doth protest too much. Taxpayers get the feeling he’s telling them: “This is my house. I run it. I report to the Town Commission. Stay out.” This reminds us: You build your own nest. Why did town commissioners agree to form the committee to begin with? Because they sense the town manager hasn’t been as aggressive as he should be addressing efficiencies at Town Hall — particularly in light of more upcoming budget cuts. This situation also reminds us of an interesting contrast — between Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton and St. Denis. Earlier this week, we observed Thaxton tell a group of community leaders in Sarasota he would welcome the Tallahassee-based Florida TaxWatch to come into Sarasota and perform an evaluation of county government. TaxWatch, a 30-year-old, private, nonpartisan research institute, is famous in Tallahassee for watchdogging taxpayers’ money. Its recommendations in its first 20 years saved Florida taxpayers $6.2 billion. In recent years, TaxWatch has performed evaluations of government operations in Duval (Jacksonville) and Escambia (Pensacola) counties, producing definitive lists of steps that would make those governments more efficient and save taxpayers millions. Commissioner Thaxton is all for a TaxWatch evaluation in Sarasota. As he said: 1) It would tell him and other county officials where to save money; and 2) It would make him look good — for taking the steps on behalf of taxpayers. St. Denis would raise his standing if he could see that it’s to his benefit to open the doors to Town Hall.

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SNAPSHOT OF THE SENATE CANDIDATES Put a political candidate on stage for 20 minutes, and you can size them up quickly — and pretty accurately. Here’s what we saw last week at the U.S. Senate candidate forum before the Florida Press Association at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The best of the bunch?

Gov. Charlie Crist (Indep.)

Jeff Greene

Kendrick Meek

Marco Rubio

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(Republican)

Alex Snitker

He’s passionate. Unfortunately, he is more puff than stuff. He likes to be liked; one day he’s left, next he’s right.

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Greene wants to end specialinterest politics, but on taxes, he’s a Taxachusetts Democrat.

Meek recognizes Washington needs to quit spending, but he was among those who pushed for more sub-loans.

Rubio understands better than the rest the consequences of policy choices on our nation’s economic health.

He blew it when he crashed the forum. (He wasn’t invited.) Everyone talked of his foaming mouth.

(Libertarian)


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This week, the local citizenry marched “Through the Looking Glassâ€? and joined Alice in Longboat Land. Not once, not twice, but a full three times we were treated to acts by our Town Commission that can only be described as “curiouser and curiouser.â€? The first Alice prize went to the Mad Spoller, who led his mĂśtley crew in a cacophony of creative chaos at another of their endless special meetings called to approve the Longboat Key Club redevelopment plan. Having entered Longboat Land, each member joined in a doit-yourself architectural design program carried out in front of a hundred bewildered burgers. Certainly the most Alice-like thought was the extortion program put forth by the leader who demanded a payment of $4 million for the club to use its own property. “We’re all mad here.â€? After four hours of confusion, they proceeded to vote 4-3 to approve a program which the club promised not to build. Surely, that was an Alice step backward in the wrong direction. As an example of on-the-job training, new Commissioner Lynn Larson, who voted to approve a project that will never be built, announced after the meeting, “It was not clear to me we were adjourning and ending the discussion on the project.â€? As Alice said, “I can’t explain myself. I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.â€? All of these most memorable proceedings came just a week after this same group voted to spend more than $40 million in a Washingtonesque program to once again “replenish our beachâ€? in 2011. This works out to about $6,000 for each

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How curious: Welcome to Longboat Land resident and manatee. Never mind that we have dumped tens of millions into the Gulf in the past 15 years and the average life of a “replenishment� is about five years. The only thing that our guardians failed to do is set a date for the follow-up in 2015, when inflation will increase the cost again. “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.� Lastly, it was “fully disclosed� that the mini palm forests placed at each end of our fair isle did not cost the outrageous sum of $500,000, but only a trifling $330,000. The other $170,000 went for a few signs — yes, signs — signs that will welcome visitors at each end and provide badly needed information on directions to such places of ill-repute as Town Hall, which is now struggling with the difficult task of deciding exactly what to put on them. Even the Mad Hatter understands that this large amount of tainted funds is sufficient to build a small house — and signs don’t even have indoor plumbing. Noting that this money was borrowed by the Feds from the grandchildren of local citizens, Alice asks if anyone would have paid that amount for signs if it were his own money. Alice also would like to know what happened to the competitive-bidding process and “transparency� promised to us. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,� Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,� said the cat. “We’re all mad here.� If it were not so pitiful, it would be laughable. Stuart Scheyer is a Longboat Key resident and writes The Longboat Observer’s Energetic Traveler column with his wife, Lois.

Opinion 7A

+ We question the commission’s dealing with the Key Club

+ The Longboat Observer displayed spirit of journalism

Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to Commissioners Bob Siekmann, Lynn Larson, Phil Younger and Mayor George Spoll I am shocked and appalled after reading a report of the Town Commission’s proceedings in the Longboat Observer online. Whatever were/are you thinking? Perhaps you were not truly hearing either the Key Club when it said that the proposal you approved was not financially feasible or hearing (what appears to me to be) a clear message voters sent in the last election. Perhaps you are not savvy enough to understand how the world works, or you think your position entitles you to become a business adviser/kibitzer. Perhaps you are not personally comfortable to vote for a proposal with a small well-organized and vocal minority of the community opposed. No matter. What kind of a rinky-dink operation floats an unheard of proposal and brings it to a vote at first blush — over the objections of the business which would implement it? In my opinion, bringing a surprise proposal developed by a town employee to a vote within moments of its introduction calls into question whether the council has been acting in good faith when dealing with the Key Club over the last years. At the least, it is breathtaking incompetence. My view is that your action seriously calls into question your ability to serve responsibly and, sadly, your political future. Donn Osmon and Barbara Nelson Longboat Key

Dear Editor: I attended the Longboat Key commissioners’ meeting this past Monday. However, I left before the vote, believing the outcome would be in favor of the project, but not giving the club all it was asking. Alas, again I was reminded, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.� In this case, she was way off key. Regretfully, I have witnessed, and been part of, situations where presentations of various projects and designs have been made to committees. I quickly became aware that some members of these committees all of a sudden become experts in matters where they have no training or expertise. I feel like I was at that type of a meeting yesterday. Did the proponent of the sidewalk on the west side of Gulf of Mexico Drive offer any clue as to how that could be accomplished? Maybe the club could eliminate the last five holes on Islandside to satisfy their request. The main reason for this letter is not to express my frustrations. I am writing to thank you for your special edition reporting in a truly professional manner on what took place at the meeting. It must have taken a great effort by you and your staff to have put published this edition. I was quite surprised to find The Longboat Observer on my driveway this Tuesday morning, a day earlier then the usual delivery. We hear much about the demise of newspapers throughout the country. It is such occurrence as today’s edition that makes me feel that The Longboat Observer is very much alive and will be here for the long run. Les Fishman Sarasota

+ What journalism should be

Dear Editor: Excellent job. What journalism should be and all too often is not. Great coverage of a very sad story (the Longboat Key Club). Terry Gans See MORE LETTERS page 8A Longboat Key

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+ Headline sparks a similarity Dear Editor: Your online headline, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commission Approves Alternative Project,â&#x20AC;? calls to mind the well-known definition of a camel: a racehorse designed by a committee. Jonathan Berg Longboat Key

+ Town Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solution seems fair for all involved Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. Congratulations on your Solomon like compromise. Your solution seems reasonably fair to all sides. The club gets almost all of what it wanted and IPOC can apparently live with the still-large development. Maybe this will negate any lawsuits as the club gets its hotel, meeting center, road location, parking garage, wellness center, new golf course as it requested at a cost of a few less condos. Hard to believe it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t settle for this generous compromise. Well done. Please finalize it and let Longboat Key move on. Louis Bevilacqua Longboat Key

+ Commissioners have violated the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trust Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally sent to Commissioners Bob Siekmann, Lynn Larson, Phil Younger and Mayor George Spoll There is a clichĂŠ, old but true, that a community never stands still. It either progresses or declines. As commissioners you hold a position of public trust. It

is your duty to ensure the improvement and vitality of the community. In this time of economic downturn we realize this is a challenging task. Shops and restaurants on the key have closed. Others are having a difficult time surviving. The Key Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans for expansion and improvement are a gift to the community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a vital link to help us move forward. Your vote Monday, June 15 has left us dumbfounded. We could, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure legions of people have, use several adjectives to describe your inexplicable behavior. Suffice it to say you have violated the public trust. Shame! Connie and Jim Hensal Longboat Key

+ Officials in Washington should take note Dear Editor: As a resident of Longboat Key I commend the commission on making a rational decision that allows for orderly development of our lovely community, yet, a decision consistent with the values and lifestyle of our island. I wish our elected officials in Washington made such well thought decisions and compromises. Do not allow developers to sway your sound decisions about our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellbeing. When they are gone, and they will leave, we will still be here enjoying and supporting each other. Well done. Ron and Pat Pantello Longboat Key

+ Support the development plan you approved Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. Support the development plan you have approved and resist the cries of the commercial interests who want to change the

plan to the more massive plan the club wants. Donna Kaminski Longboat Key

+ Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generous compromise should stand Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. It is we the people who make up this â&#x20AC;&#x153;paradiseâ&#x20AC;? known as Longboat Key. It is we the people who volunteer to run for public office and for positions on various boards and support the other worthwhile organizations. It is we the people who pay the majority of the taxes to maintain this beautiful Key, and it is we the people who bought into what the Longboat Key Club lead us to believe was a first-class operation with open recreational area, which was there when we joined. What you see is what you get! They took our money and promised us a well-run operation. Now to take away the open area, for their financial gain, is wrong on their part. To condone that would be wrong on our part. A generous compromise was given to them by our commissioners and that should stand. I listened to some commissioners state that they represent the people on Longboat Key. It is now time for that to become the reality. The club will survive (with) plan B, plan C or whatever is allowed them. They will not leave this goldmine. Treat them fair but be firm to protect we the people, who will keep Longboat Key going, long after the Longboat Key Club is gone. Bob Blumberg Longboat Key

+ We hope the compromise will be accepted by all Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally

sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. My wife and I purchased our home at the Players Club in 1983. Since that time, we have fallen in love with Longboat Key. The ambience, skyline and beauty of the Key are, in our opinion, unique. As members of the Key Club, we realize the shortcomings of the golf course and were excited about improvements suggested by the club owners, but not at the expense of the uniqueness of Longboat Key. We believe the compromise proposal, the development ordinance, put together by the Planning and Zoning staff and the commission, and accepted by IPOC, should be acceptable to the club, as well. We hope that it will be. We commend the commission and P&Z staff for their work on this and hope for passage and acceptance of the compromise plan by all involved. Dr. and Mrs. Burton Silbert Longboat Key

+ Continue to protect Key against overdevelopment Dear Editor: Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This letter was originally sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. Thank you for your efforts, dedication and leadership that was demonstrated when you passed the compromise ordinance for the Longboat Key Club plan. Although we are still disappointed in the massive scale of the development, we recognize the need for a compromise. We purchased our home on Longboat Key because we were entranced by the beauty of this island paradise. We do not want to see our island become a developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windfall, as they seek to change Longboat into another Boca or Fort Lauderdale. Please continue to protect Longboat Key against overdevelopment. Judy and Arthur Coren Longboat Key

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â&#x201E;Ś JUNE 17 Store Around the Corner: Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Framing & Art Supplies Terry Petesch, who opened Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Framing & Art Supplies in 1985, has framed a few odd things over the years. But for Petesch, regardless of what he is framing, the highlight of the job comes when the customer unwraps the piece from the plain brown wrapping and sees what he has created. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best part for me,â&#x20AC;? Petesch said.

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â&#x201E;Ś JUNE 18 Recipe and a Reservation: Lynches Pub & Grub Lynches Pub & Grub, 19B N. Blvd. of the Presidents on St. Armands Circle, is known as a friendly neighborhood pub, which serves traditional Irish dishes. The restaurant shares its recipe for traditional Irish stew on YourObserver.com.

WEB WORDS The following comments are excerpts from comments on YourObserver.com about the Town Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 14 vote on the Longboat Key Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redevelopment-and-expansion project. â&#x20AC;Ś HELLO, Commissioners and David Persson, does the concept of â&#x20AC;&#x153;PRIVATEâ&#x20AC;? property hold any value here? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extortionâ&#x20AC;? is NOT a compromise!! â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building a sidewalk adjacent to Gulf of Mexico Drive alongside the Islandside golf course.â&#x20AC;? Where will the club locate the helmet rental facility? â&#x20AC;Ś William Kary

developer. The LBKC has left the table and takes its $400 million dollar project with it. Now you have to figure out how to get redevelopment on Longboat Key going with $0.00 â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;Ś You are going to spend $40 million to $50 million for sand. This sand is to last maybe four years? ... Patrick Mellett

â&#x20AC;Ś This decision is a joke â&#x20AC;Ś

â&#x20AC;Ś Outrageous! Blackmail as part of a redevelopment plan sprung on commissioners who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they were doing to the citizens of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;Ś Ina Becker

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â&#x20AC;Ś The elected officials and IPOC have voted to end LBK as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;little piece of paradise.â&#x20AC;? Our beautiful island with the resort at LBK as the cornerstone will continue to fall into disrepair. Our tax base will continue to erode, services will decline or be eliminated, businesses will leave the island but we will no longer have to worry about traffic at the resort. There will not be any â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;Ś We should build a monument to this group of commissioners to remind all those that come after, â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the folks that sent LBK down the toiletâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś Jack Brown

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â&#x20AC;Ś Wow!!! Can the town commissioners really have done this! Has â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspector Clouseauâ&#x20AC;? moved to LBK and been elected to the commission or perhaps been made mayor? â&#x20AC;Ś Gabriel Rosica

â&#x20AC;Ś You have got to be kidding me! George Spoll is now a developer? This is government at its worst and I am sorry to say that I have an investment in Longboat Key. Sadly, this is not a â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodâ&#x20AC;? thing for our town â&#x20AC;Ś Gary Bender

â&#x20AC;Ś While some of the suggestions at redesign may not have been practical, the message was clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the plan at this scale and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to approve it, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to help. Given that this commission is supportive of development and was attempting to offer an alternative rather than denial, it is boorish, at the least, to insult them, particularly with arguments that ignore facts in favor of hyperbole and excoriation â&#x20AC;Ś Bob White

â&#x20AC;Ś Well guys and lady, I hope you have a plan B that will address the needs necessary for this island community to move forward because what you approved lacks a

â&#x20AC;Ś This process should go down as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most botchedâ&#x20AC;? in local government history. The entire process is flawed beyond anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildest comprehension â&#x20AC;Ś William Kary


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Cops Corner

June 13

Trespass warnings 12:27 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4700 block of GMD. Trespassing. Seven people were issued trespass warnings for being on private property near the Atlas Street beach access.

June 11

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7:19 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Off the Key. Boat. A woman reported that a boat had run aground near her seawall. The owner agreed to move it after explaining it ran aground due to a strong tide the night before.

4:35 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2700 block of GMD. Trespassing. Despite a workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim, police informed him that the homeowner did not want him on the property unless he is working.

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8:53 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2200 block of GMD. Disturbance. A couple told police they were arguing in a condominium parking lot earlier that day but that physical violence had not ensued.

June 11

6:19 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 6200 block of GMD. Fire. A downed power line caused a small brush fire.

12:08 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Lost Property. A man reported that his wife left her purse in a grocery store shopping cart. The purse was not found.

Home bound 3:41 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1700 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. Police found a drunk woman walking along Gulf of Mexico Drive and assisted her in getting back to Sarasota. Police called a family member,

Animal instinct 10:22 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 700 block of Norton Street. Animal Bite. A woman reported that a dog came charging down the road from a neighboring home while she was on a walk with her husband and bit her on her lower lip. The woman explained the incident occurred when she attempted to stop the dog by putting her hands out in front of her. Police saw no evidence of a dog bite. The woman said it was a small puncture wound, and the woman went home to put ice on it.

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4:01 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 600 block of Cedar Court. Disturbance. The manager of a condominium told a couple he did not want them coming back to the pool area because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live there and used foul language. They agreed not to come back while police stood by.

9:03 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 10 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police requested the assistance of the Sarasota Police Department when issuing speeding and careless driving citations to an argumentative driver.

June 14

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10:02 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 Ketch Lane. Trespassing. A woman informed police she only wanted her son living at her house and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give him permission to allow another couple and their four children to live there, too. The son agreed to make the family leave.

5:14 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100 block of North Shore Road. Public Drunkenness. A woman told police she had too much to drink, and her friends, who were also drinking, tried to help her onto a Jet Ski. Her friends dropped her, and she fell face first

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WHITNEY BEACH from 1A within what used to be Whitney Beach Deli & Wines. The restaurant portion of that business, which Hlywa owns, is closed. The shopping center is in foreclosure. Hlywa canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the $33,000 per month mortgage on the shopping center, and more than 75% of its approximately 35,000 square feet is vacant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be here until they throw me out,â&#x20AC;? Hlywa jokes with customers. The property has been on the market for at least three years. In 2009, Tina Rudek, of Engel & VĂślkers Longboat Key, listed the property for $7 million. She gradually dropped the price, most recently to $3.5 million, and, as the price fell, interest increased. Now, the property is under contract with a real-estate investor who has a client who wants to open a gourmet grocery store in the location. Rudek canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t name the buyer, but she says the plan would bring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge national brandâ&#x20AC;? to the shopping center. And the client wants to keep the plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current tenants. If that contract doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out, Rudek says she has a back-up buyer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a decision by July,â&#x20AC;? she said. The transaction is a commercial short sale, so it would absolve Hlywa of most of his debt.

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Whitney Beach Plaza was built to serve the north end of the island, which was then more populous than the south end. Built in 1963 by Gordon Whitney, it originally consisted of a post office, a design shop and the office of Paul Neal, developer of Whitney Beach condominiums. In 1970, Neal bought the plaza for five cents per square foot and developed it over three years. He transformed it into Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first shopping center. In the past four decades, it has been

More than 75% of the square footage in the plaza is vacant. home to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, a pharmacy, an ice-cream shop, a grocery store and various restaurants, stores and offices. Rick Obeid, who opened Key T-Shirts in the plaza 25 years ago, said that the plaza was bustling in the 1980s and 1990s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever someone would leave, there was someone waiting in the wings,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sandra LaRose, who opened Design 2000, in 2000 at Whitney Beach, said that the plaza was a north-end institution then. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a great camaraderie,â&#x20AC;? LaRose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a wonderful place to have a business.â&#x20AC;? A year after Hlywa and diLorenzo bought the plaza in 2002, they also purchased Longboat Key Cocktail Lounge, aka Tinyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Longboat Key, and Longboat Key Liquors, both in the plaza. They began a three-year renovation of the grocery store in the plaza, transforming it into The

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by luxury condominiums. The decrease in tourism units translated to a decrease in foot traffic for north-Key businesses. Both 2004 and 2005 had active hurricane seasons, which affected tourism even further. Red-tide blooms also didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help. Some tenants say that the decline began before Hlywa and diLorenzo bought the property, with Sept. 11, and the closing of the grocery store that same year that had previously anchored the property. The sluggish economy later contributed to both the decline of the plaza and The Market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tsunami of events,â&#x20AC;? Obeid said. Then, without The Market as an anchor, traffic for remaining tenants declined. Later, in 2008, Hlywa tried to make use of the 10,000-square-foot empty space occupied by The Market by moving liquorstore operations and opening Whitney Beach Deli & Wines in the space. Because Hlywa planned to change the use of the space from mercantile to assembly occupancy, which is used to classify any space where people gather, town officials calculated the occupancy of the business at 400. With that capacity, Florida Building Code required that he install 10 additional restrooms and a voice-activated fire alarm at a cost of $150,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That broke the camelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back,â&#x20AC;? Hlywa said. Whitney Beach Deli & Wines opened in February 2009. By Easter, business had dropped sharply. In May, the plaza lost two restaurant tenants. Hlywa, too, closed most of his restaurant operation, although reopened for a four-month period under outside management earlier this year.

In the three years that elapsed between the plaza purchase and the opening of The Market, a number of events occurred that contributed to the plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decline. The Longboat Key Holiday Inn closed in 2004, taking with it between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors per month, according to Rudek. Those units were replaced largely

Although Hlywa says he regrets his decision to buy the plaza, he thinks a major chain can succeed in the location, because it, unlike him, can afford to compete with Publix. Rudek says that her client considers it an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? location, particularly because of its position on the water. The plazaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenants say that Hlywa has been a good landlord, and they will welcome a business that generates traffic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be thrilled,â&#x20AC;? LaRose said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shopping center would get to stay as a part of north-end culture.â&#x20AC;? Obeid responded to news of the possible purchase with cautious optimism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could be good,â&#x20AC;? Obeid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if rents go way up that could push everybody out.â&#x20AC;? John Hutson, who opened Professional Touch Dry Cleaners in mid-December in the plaza, had a similar reaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, it will bring more people toward us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This season has been rough.â&#x20AC;? And as for Hlywa? He and diLorenzo plan to move back to New Jersey to take care of his parents, although diLorenzo will keep her home on the Key. He says he has spent his life savings on the plaza. He isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what is next. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only 60, and my hands still work,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put all this past me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like a bad dream.â&#x20AC;?

    

 

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Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Networking @ Noonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Luncheon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takes place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at Flemingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Call 383-2466. Mar Vista Fireworks Boom-Boom on the Bay â&#x20AC;&#x201D; begins after dark Friday, July 2, at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway. The event kicks off the Chiles Restaurant Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-day Fourth of July celebration. Call 383-2391. Ninth Annual St. Armands Boat Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takes place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4, at St. Armands Circle Park. MarineMax of Sarasota is the event sponsor. Call 388-1554. American Littoral Society Kayak at South Lido Park/Bird Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10. Enjoy a kayak trip around South Lido Park led by naturalist John Sarkozy. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. For reservations and meeting location, call Sarkozy at 966-7308.

LOOKING AHEAD FREEDOM FEST FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION What: The celebration will begin with a patriotic parade of parents, kids and pets. Get into the spirit by decorating your bikes, wagons, pets and faces. Then, continue the festivities with games, food and fun. Call 383-2466. When: 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4 Where: Meet at Bicentennial Park

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Head to Longbeach Village on north Longboat Key for the first annual Longboat Key Fourth of July fireworks show in Sarasota Bay behind Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Bar and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Call Mar Vista (383-2391) or Moore’s (383-1748) for special dining and VIP packages at the restaurant. TIME of show: Around 9 p.m., weather permitting Viewing open to the public around the restaurants

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American flags will line Bay Isles Road in a tribute to the red, white and blue of American patriotism. Fun games for kids of all ages in Bicentennial Park (next to Longboat Key Town Hall) after the parade, with loads of fun prizes for everyone. Kids can also take tours of Longboat Key’s biggest fire truck and rescue unit. At 10:30, kids will get to release dozens of butterflies, supplied by the Longboat Key Garden Club, into the park.

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Pups parade around BKYC There was only one reason Karen Gallagher convinced Bird Key Yacht Club to let a congregation of dogs parade around the dining room June 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the club is changing the carpet out this summer. That, and Gallagher volunteered to shovel and scoop up any â&#x20AC;&#x153;messes.â&#x20AC;? Club members treated their pups to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dogs Night Out,â&#x20AC;? an all-star dog show. During the event, the adorable four-legged fur balls strutted their costumes before the panel of judges â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Isabella Becking, Vicki Fry, RoseMarie Molinari, Sally Kessler and Karen Berman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, of course, other furry friends.

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Construction to begin Pope bestows papal soon on Christ Church honors on local priests Monsignor Gerard Finegan, of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, received papal honors from Pope Benedict XVI, along with four other priests in the Diocese of Venice. Pope Benedict XVI has bestowed pa- Church of the Incarnation, in Sarasota, pal honors on five priests serving the Di- for 33 years. For the diocese of Venice, ocese of Venice, which is the first time in Finegan served on numerous boards and the dioceseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history that its priests have was vicar for priests from 2005 to 2008. received such honors. Priests are given He is currently a member of the Diocthese honors in recognition of their con- esan Presbyteral Council. tributions to the local church. The papal honors come at the concluMonsignor Gerard Finegan, pastor of sion of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Year for Priests,â&#x20AC;? which the St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Cathpope declared June 19, 2009. olic Church, was bestowed the Other priests in the Venice rank of monsignor, as chaplain Diocese to receive papal honto His Holiness. ors are: Monsignor Edward D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was totally surprised and Moretti, vicar general of the left speechless when the bishDiocese of Venice and pastor op (Frank J. Dewane) told at Saints Peter and Paul the me of this honor to be given Apostles Catholic Church, in to me,â&#x20AC;? Finegan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Bradenton, who was named I mumbled some words of to the rank of Protonotary thanks to him for putting my Apostolic Supernumerary, name forward for this recog- Monsignor Gerard the highest honor that can nition. I am really pleased that Finegan be given to a Diocesan priest; many people are happy for me. Monsignor Stephen Edward Now I have to learn to be gracious and McNamara, pastor at Our Lord Parish, accept this honor.â&#x20AC;? in Fort Myers, as chaplain to His HoliFinegan became pastor of St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ness; Monsignor Joseph E. Stearns, pason June 20, 2008. He replaced pastor tor at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, emeritus, the Rev. Edward Pick, who re- in Sarasota, as chaplain to His Holiness; tired in May 2008. There are currently and the Very Rev. Fausto S. Stampiglia, 500 registered parishioners at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. SAC, dean of the Northern Deanery and Before coming to St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fin- pastor at St. Martha Parish, in Sarasota, egan, who was ordained June 18, 1967, who was given the papal medal of Pro and attended St. Patrick Seminary, in Ecclesia et Pontifice, the highest recogniMaynooth, Ireland, served as pastor of tion for a religious priest.

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SPILLOVER

Experts say oil is unlikely to wash up on Sarasota-Manatee shores, but, according to Realtors, some buyers are waiting out the situation.

SHORE THING? by Robin Hartill | Community Editor Although Sarasota and Manatee county officials continue to monitor the oil-spill situation, oil has not washed up on local beaches.

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he contract was written for the sale of a Gulf-front Longboat Key property. Tina Rudek, of Engel & Völkers Longboat Key, was representing the buyer for the transaction, and the seller was waiting on the deposit. Then, news broke that the amount of oil seeping into the Gulf from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was double the amount previously projected. Rudek didn’t hear back from the buyer for three days. When he finally did call, he was honest with her. “He said, ‘I have to consider this because I have another Gulffront property,’” Rudek said. “People are scared.” Eventually, the buyer did decide to buy the property. However, had he walked away from the transaction, Rudek said, she would have considered hiring an attorney to file a claim against BP. Rudek said that a couple from Germany also recently decided to hold off on buying a Longboat condo because they had heard there was oil in Florida. “A lot of people have no clue how big Florida is and how much water there really is in the Gulf,” she said. According to a recent Bloomberg News report, the oil spill could reduce Gulf Coast property values by 10% over the next three

years. Although the study only focused on land from Louisiana to Clearwater, the impact could extend south if oil were to wash up on area beaches.

Slippery situation

The good news is oil from the disaster is at least 150 miles away from the Sarasota-Manatee area. Even better news: It’s likely to stay that way (see sidebar). But local Realtors say that buyers have become hesitant and are, increasingly, waiting until the outcome of the disaster is clear. Judy Kepecz-Hayes, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, said that three buyers have told her that they are putting their purchases on hold until they can be sure that oil won’t hit local beaches. “I told them that the chances are slim, but it’s hard to give reassurance on something like that,” she said. Marnie Matarese, of Re/Max Excellence, said that she was scheduled to show properties over the Fourth of July weekend to three different buyers who canceled their scheduled visits because of oil-spill concerns. Another client who bought a beachfront Longboat condominium earlier this year called Matarese to ask if he should put his home

BRACING FOR IMPACT Speaking at the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week Awards Breakfast Thursday, June 17, Laird Wreford, Sarasota County coastal resources manager, brought a piece of good news. Because of prevailing winds, the Continental Shelf and the Loop Current, oil is unlikely to head toward Sarasota. In the unlikely event that it would reach our shores, a significant amount of time would have on the market to get out “before the oil hits.” “This is very serious because the public’s perception is so wrong,” Matarese said. Cheryl Loeffler, of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, said that she has had two Longboat Key buyers change their minds about purchases because of the oil spill. One decided to hold off for now, and a second dropped his contract to a letter of intent with a contingency that he wouldn’t be interested in the property should oil hit. Loeffler said that several sellers who accepted offers at the lower end of

elapsed and oil would be breaking down. Smaller tar balls and mats, rather than large oil plumes, would be most likely to wash up on local beaches. But, according to Wreford, the oil spill has had an impact on the area because of perceptions that the media has helped create. “Viewers are led to believe that our shores are covered by balls of slimy oil,” he said. “We have already taken an economic hit.” their homes’ value have recently called her expressing relief that they accepted those prices.

Proactive plan

To address clients’ fears, Realtors and business leaders are taking a proactive approach. Last month, local business leaders, including Realtors, gathered on Lido Key’s beach to shoot a You Tube video promoting the area and reminding people that local beaches haven’t been impacted by the spill. Since then, the video has gotten more than 4,000 hits. Kepecz-Hayes and Matarese say that they’re frequently

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e-mailing clients to keep them abreast of the situation. Next month, when Rudek attends a real-estate conference in Spain, she plans to spread the word that oil is unlikely to strike the Sarasota area. According to Rudek, it’s an important message to get out to Europeans, many of whom have heard through media reports that oil is washing up on Florida beaches. And for buyers who are still hesitant to buy because of the spill? Realtors say that contingencies, such as the one that Loeffler’s buyer put in his letter of intent, are a way to minimize the risk. “There’s no way of prognosticating what’s going to happen,” Loeffler said. “It’s still a beautiful place, all of the wonderful aspects of living here are still in force. It’s kind of like a red-tide event. You can’t do anything about it. You just have to deal with it.” Matarese said that the area may lose out on some people who want to buy now and are likely to look elsewhere. But others want to buy here and are likely to return if it becomes clear that oil isn’t headed for the area. “For a very large number of people, Florida is where they want to be, and they’ll come back here,” Matarese said.


2B Real Estate

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

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KEY REAL ESTATE by Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Jessica Luck

This home at 540 N. Washington Drive on St. Armands has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool and 3,836 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.21 million. SOUTH SARASOTA BAYFRONT COMPOUND NEARLY 6 ACRES, 355â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ON BAY, MAIN HOUSE & GUEST HOUSE CLOSE TO CASEY KEY $3,495,000

LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE RENOVATED WATERFRONT RESIDENCE, OVER 3/4 OF AN ACRE, BOAT DOCK/DAVITS, CLOSE TO BEACH $1,399,000

SIESTA KEY BAYFRONT PENINSULA BAY ISLAND, 1.1+ ACRES, WATERFRONT ESTATE, NO BRIDGES TO GULF, PRIVATE LAGOON $2,400,000

Sales increased to seven for the week of June 7 through June 11 from four during the previous week, which was shortened by the Memorial Day holiday. Of the seven sales that were recorded on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses, four were on Longboat Key, including two in Manatee County; two took place on St. Armands Key; and one occurred on Lido Key. Just one of the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales exceeded $1 million.

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St. Armands home sells for $1.2 million

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DU Family Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership with a Sarasota address, sold the home at 540 N. Washington Drive in the St. Armands Division of the John Ringling Estates to Christopher Banner and Katherine Huelster, of Overijse, Belgium, for $1,213,000. Signing the deed of the sale was DUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general partner, David Umbaugh. Built in 1951, the four-bedroom, four-bath, waterfront home with a swimming pool has 3,836 square feet of living space. The home last sold for $1.1 million in April 2002. Armands LLC, a Florida limited-liability company registered to Constance and William Schey Jr., of Barrington, Ill., sold Unit 25 at St. Armands Towers, 101 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Regina Broderick, of Wheaton, Ill., for $365,800. The two-bedroom, two-bath unit has 1,320 square feet of living space and was built

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in 1968. The condo last sold for $245,000 in August 2003.

Queens Harbour

Jack and Carol Pregont, 700 John Ringling Blvd., sold their home at 3547 Fair Oaks Lane in Queens Harbour, located behind the Harbourside gates of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, to James and Betsy Granite, of Villanova, Pa., for $900,000. The 2,733-squarefoot home was built in 1996 and has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and a swimming pool. The home last sold for $850,000 in May 2003.

Spanish Main Yacht Club

Lucinda Clay, 797 Spanish Drive N., sold her home at 836 Spanish Drive S. to John and Gale Mulligan, of Staten Island, N.Y., for $295,000. Built in 1968, the two-bedroom, two-bath condominium has 1,399 square feet of living area. It last sold for $319,000 in February 2005. Spanish Main Yacht Club has 212 units.

Longboat Harbour

Michael and Carol Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Argenio, of Ocoee, sold Unit 207 at 4360 Chatham Drive at the 300-unit Longboat Harbour to Susan and William Field IV, of Wantagh, N.Y., for $215,000. Built in 1969, the two-bedroom, two-bath condominium has 928 square feet of living space. It last sold for $349,000 in August 2004.

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LIDO BEACH THE BEACH RESIDENCES - PAMPER YOURSELF! Enjoy the ultimate in beach front living at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club. 3 bedroom corner residence has direct Gulf views plus sweeping views of the bay and Sarasota skyline. Custom finishes & exquisite furnishings.................................................................................................................................... $3,895,000 LONGBOAT KEY BAY HARBOUR - South end of LBK, 2/2 expertly renovated w/ direct bay and marina views. Amenities include boat docks, fishing center, heated pool....................................................................................................................................$395,000 SEA GATE - 2/2 SOUTHWEST CORNER W/DIRECT GULF VIEWS - amenities include tennis courts, beach, pool, fitness center. This residence is spacious and sunny and offered furnished.......................................................$675,000 WHITNEY BEACH - BEACH TO BAY - 1/1 in desirable community with boat docks, fishing pier, tennis courts, and a wonderful walking beach. 2 pets allowed .......................................................................................FURNISHED $215,000 LBK BAYFRONT - 2/2 condo on Sarasota Bay w/views of Sarasota skyline. Nicely appointed w/updated kitchen. Offered turnkey furnished. Amenities include fitness room, boat docks, pool, tennis courts, & beach access. All this for ...$375,000 BAYFRONT ESTATE on 1.48 acres. This home, designed to maximize bay views from every room, has 6BR, a large living room, 2 fireplaces, wood floors, and covered porches. Moor your boat or fish from the dock........................... $2,500,000 LBK - Charming canal front home w/2 boat docks. This 2/2+den home has great privacy with a nature preserve across the water......................................................................................................................................................... 62/'$449,000 DIRECT GULF FRONT - 2/2 with expansive bay views.....................................................3(1',1*$525,000 WINDING OAKS - 3/2.5 villa on lake with golf course views. Vaulted ceilings, tile floors, private pool.................................................................................................................................................... 62/'$729,000 SLEEPY LAGOON - Bermuda style 3/2 bayfront home with wood floors, artist studio, dock, 2 car garage and beach access. .................................................................................................................................................................................$895,000 WINDWARD BAY - Sunrise, sunset! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy both from 2/2 renovated residence with unobstructed bay views. The community offers 2 pools, tennis courts, fitness facility, and boat docks............................................................$399,000

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The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

Robert and Susan Coyne, of Oysterville, Mass., sold Unit 245-S at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to SCAZ LLC, a Florida limitedliability company with a Grass Valley, Ca., post office address for $55,000. William Robertson, of Sarasota, is the registered agent for SCAZ LLC. The 1,128-squarefoot unit was built in 1973. It last sold for $110,000 in May 1989.

Lido Harbour Towers

Robert and Nancy Hill, of Rock Falls, Ill., sold Unit 302 at Lido Harbour Towers, 1770 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Mark and Shayne McWilliams, of Watertown, N.Y., for $380,000. Built in 1970, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium has 1,117 square feet of air-conditioned space. The unit last sold for $50,500 in February 1977.

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of June 11 through June 17, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address 3439 Winding Oaks Drive 585 Sanctuary Drive 560 Harbor Point Road 3460 Mistletoe Lane 1701 GMD 1401 GMD 1701 GMD 751 Old Compass Road 1211 GMD 5201 GMD 726-734 Spanish Drive N. 615 Dream Island Road 758 El Centro 1945 GMD 751 Old Compass Road 2089 GMD 5135 GMD 1935 GMD 537 Gunwale Lane 535 Sanctuary Drive 2358 Harbour Oaks Drive 3806 GMD 615 Dream Island Road 3000 Harbourside Drive 1425 GMD

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business breakfast by Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Chamber rises to celebrate small businesses The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Week comes only once a year. But when it does, you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here. After a week of hob-nobbing and seminars, 72 people gathered for the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Week Awards Breakfast Thursday, June 17, at the Holi-

day Inn Lido Beach. Award winners were Jay Anderson, Edgewater Contractors Inc., for the Rookie category; Steve Schewe, of Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fitness, for the 10 or fewer employees category; and Beth Callans, of Beth Callans Management Corp., for the 11 or more employees category.

AWARD WINNERS SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (11 OR MORE EMPLOYEES) Winner: Beth Callans, Beth Callans Management Finalist: Pam Lutz, Cornerstone Solutions Group SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (10 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES) Winner: Steve Schewe, Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fitness Finalists: Sara Hand, Joy â&#x20AC;Ś Beyond Freedom; Dick Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd, La Playa Condominium Association; Rhonda Coblentz, Principal Financial Group; Jeff Vermillion, Servpro of North Sarasota

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Michael Welly, Longboat Key Club and Resort; Joe Landolfi, Manson Roofing; and David Swain, Sleuth Plumbing Technologies

Andrew Vac, Re/Max Excellence; and Allen Hovis, Kroboth & Helm

ROOKIE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Winner: Jay Anderson, Edgewater Contractors Inc. Finalists: Lee Fox, Save Our Seabirds; George and Sandra Ceshker, Secur-All Insurance Agency; Stephanie Dubsky, Stephanie Dubsky Photography

See the Small Business Awards special section in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue for features on all the winners and finalists and for more photos.

Barry Nicks Jr., Air Movers; and Jeff Vermillion, Servpro of North Sarasota

Steve Schewe, of Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fitness, right, accepts the award for Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees) from Small Business Council Chairman Dennis Hassell, NXGEN Payment Services, and Nancy Taussig, Barefoot Weddings.

Glenda Yunker, of Beth Callans Management Corp., accepts the award for Small Business of the Year (11 or more employees) on behalf of Beth Callans from Ed Gocher, Miller Electric.

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Four Bedroom 3 Bath Gem in Country Club Shores w/ Wonderful Updating! Hurry! $799,000

Contemporary Perfection & Great Boating. $2,349,000

Contemporary Bayfront Home on 2 Acres w/Boat Dock and Tennis Court $3,200,000

San Marco Three Bedroom w/Over 2,000 SF of Spacious Living! $424,000

L’Ambiance 8th Floor Sunny Corner Unit with Bay and Gulf Views $1,499,000

Terrific Tessera with 3 Bedrooms Plus Office and Magical Bay Views. $1,695,000

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IMMEDIATE IMPACT by Loren Mayo | Staff Writer

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Bright, blissful colors seemed to bounce off canvases stacked neatly atop shelves and tables at the Tommy Bahama retail store. The artists proudly stood nearby, explaining the meaning of their works and signing autographs. Tommy Bahama, located on St. Armands Circle, showcased the works of homeless artists living in the Sarasota and Bradenton area who are participants of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am Homeâ&#x20AC;? art project Thursday, June 17. The store has been a supporter of the project since its inception in 2009, and has provided the artists with a venue in which to display their artwork. Last April, the two-hour show generated more than $3,500 in sales. In addition, Tommy Bahama donates 10% of its retail sales to the project. The mission of the project is to help the homeless by teaching painting techniques, which encourages the artists to help themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our artists are dealing with situations in their life that most of us cannot even imagine,â&#x20AC;? said Janet Taylor, project director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This art project gives them an opportunity to regain self esteem, build relationships and hopefully find means to get off the streets.â&#x20AC;?


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nesting mode by Robin Hartill | Community Editor

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It’s still dark outside when volunteers gather each morning to patrol for turtle nests. They walk the beaches and look for signs of turtle nesting and mark any nests that they encounter. This season, the work of these volunteers is as important as ever, because nesting numbers are down nearly 20% from last year. As of June 19, Longboat Key has had 82 nests, compared to 102 for the same period in 2009. “We had a slow start this year for nesting probably because of cold weather,” said Hayley Rutger, Mote Marine Laboratory public relations specialist. “One of the cues for nesting is the warming up in temperatures.” According to Rutger, researchers don’t know if the slow start to the season is reflective of changes in the turtle population. Longboat Key Turtle Watch patrols the Manatee County portion of the island with a total of 18 permitted volunteers

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TURTLE T-SHIRTS Longboat Key Turtle Watch 2010 T-shirts are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the UPS Store at the Centre Shops, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $15. Go to lbkturtlewatch.com.

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D. KINGSTON ARMS - ST. ARMANDS 2 bedroom/2 bath, turn key furnished, ground floor condo. Nicely updated with tile floor throughout and great furnishings, enjoy the courtyard swimming pool, walk to the beach and St. Armands Circle. Nice rental policy makes this a great opportunity for investors. Small pet allowed. Unit located conveniently close to assigned parking and there are no stairs to climb! $359,000

E. SEAPLACE Large 3 bedroom/2 bath end unit condo on the ground floor. Building is close to beach, pools, grill area. $499,000

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B. 1.35 ACRE BAYFRONT ESTATE Casa del Ray is a tropical paradise on the southern end of Siesta Key overlooking the alluring waters of Sarasota Bay. 2001 Built home, 6,500 sq. ft. under air, 5+ bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths, theatre, 2 offices, elevator, 4 car garage, boat dock and lift. www.SiestaEstate.com $5,600,000

C. ST. ARMANDS TURNKEY FURNISHED HOME 3 bedroom, 3 bath, heated swimming pool, single family. Walk to restaurants and shopping. Please call Joanna at 941.356.7718 for more photos and information.

F. 1350 MAIN, DOWNTOWN Stunning from the moment you enter. Meticulous owner has upgraded this home with designer finishes. A must see beautiful space on the quiet side overlooking pool. Popular full service building in a prime location at the heart of main street. All the amenities you require including concierge, guest suites, garage parking. Close to marina, park, restaurants and shopping. Pets welcome. Furnishings available for purchase separately. 2 br/2 ba $483,000

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A. LONGBOAT KEY BAYFRONT Price reduced $1,600,000 Secluded haven situated directly on Sarasota Bay, open Gulf waters just seconds away. A mariner’s paradise, this waterfront oasis features three boat docks with lifts with bay views and views of Jewfish Key. Several guest quarters, multiple gathering spaces and kitchens. Completely fenced for pets and privacy. www.UltimateBoathouse.com $2,700,000


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#1 AGENT IN SALES VOLUME for Sarasota and Manatee Counties in 2009

#1 COLDWELL BANKER AGENT in Florida for 2009

+ Bill Isaac named to Fifth Third Bancorp board Former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Bill Isaac, of Longboat Key, has been named to the board of Fifth Third Bancorp. Isaac was also appointed as nonexecutive chairman of the board that oversees a bank with more than $112 billion in assets, including $7.6 billion in Florida deposits. The bank, with 1,200 branches in 12 states, is one of the 20 largest in the country and one of the 10 largest in Florida.

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+ LaPensee celebrates graduation of two employees LaPensee Plumbing Inc. celebrated the graduation of two employees, Chad Schweitzer and Jon Picard, from Manasota Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association’s plumbing apprenticeship program, a four-year training program. Schweitzer, 28, has worked with LaPensee Plumbing for four years and is manager of the backflow division. He plans to obtain his master plumber’s license next year. Picard, 26, started working at LaPensee three years ago and is a remodeling/new construction plumber. He simultaneously earned his backflow certification while in the program and is also a backflow technician for the company.

REAL ESTATE REPORTS

Sands Point – LBK Beach Front

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - LBK Waterfront SANCTUARY III – Beach Front

3BR / 2BA apartment with spacious, open floor plan has been beautifully remodeled with porcelain tile, marble & granite surfaces, + has newer windows, A/C and hot water $ heaters. Partial Gulf views. 592,000 MAJ RED OR PRI UCT CE ION

Stunning 5,600 SF 4BR/4.5 BA + family room home at Longboat Key’s best address. 2-story living room with private water views, chef’s kitchen, lap pool & deep water boat $ dock. 3-car oversize garage. 4,195,000

Water Club I – Beachfront

Country Club Shores - Canal Front Longboat Key - Beach Front Longboat Key waterfront. 3,367 SF with den and exercise room with long canal views to Sarasota Bay. Wide open, stylish, and renovated. Wood floors, custom built-ins and $ high ceilings. Boat dock included. 980,000

“The Johnson Estate” on 2+ acres & 150 ft. of pristine Gulf frontage. 10,000 sq. ft. 3-story 7BR/6.5 BA built in 2007. Private setting, guest wing & lavish interiors. 4-car garage. $ 13,000,000 johnsonestatelongboatkey.com

La Firenza – Beach Front

Water Club I – Beachfront

Stunning sunsets over the Gulf and partial Bay views from this southwest corner 3,521 SF residence with varying 11 & 12 foot ceilings. Spacious floor plan with 3 BR + family room and den / 3.5 BA, full bar & summer kitchen. Oversized private 2-car garage. $2,950,000

Exquisite 3,045 SF luxury apartment on 5th floor w/shimmering Gulf views, private elevator foyer, 3BR / 4BA, and study area in master suite. Beautiful window treatments and plantation shutters, warm cream-colored marble floors and full wine bar. $1,950,000

L’Ambiance – Beach Front

Sanctuary IV - Beachfront Direct Gulf front, SW corner, spacious, furnished, Brittany floor plan, 3 BR / 3 full baths in desirable Bldg. IV! 2,375 Sq. Ft. Enjoy breathtaking views from the large wrap$ 1,399,000 around terrace.

Ritz Tower Residences - Downtown Gorgeous Bay, Marina, & Gulf views from this 9th floor residence on the SW corner of the Tower. 3 BR + Den with upgrades in marble, granite & wood. 2 valuable $ 2,450,000 parking spaces incl.

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A Waterfront Modern Masterpiece. 4 BR/3 BA 3100 SF, new in ‘06. “Green” home. Gourmet kitchen, high ceilings, pool/spa, boat lift, new seawall & 4-car garage. $ 1,395,000 stanfordlane.com

Landings – Sarasota

Direct Bay views from this elegantly appointed and turnkey furnished apartment. Tile floors, marble baths, large $ kitchen with breakfast bar.. 599,000

Fairway Bay Atrium - Bayfront

Ritz Tower Residences - Penthouse Level 3 full BR/3 BA on the 16th floor with 11 foot ceilings and stunning city and harbor views. Almost new with a welcoming neutral color palette. Ready for immediate $ enjoyment! 1,495,000

Gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the downtown skyline. 3 BR+ sitting room Brighton model $ with 3,000+ SF. 1,535,000

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Desirable 5th floor Southeast corner 3BR/2.5 BA with wide open Bay, City, and LBK Club Golf Course views. 3rd bedroom doubles as a den with quality built-in’s and renovated kitchen has granite, wood and newer appliances. $1,190,000

+ Michel named member of Top 5 in Real Estate Network

Bernadette Caswell, sales associate for Michael Saunders & Co., has earned the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. The designation recognizes agents who have demonstrated expertise in helping clients ages 50 and up through major transitions, such as relocating, refinancing or selling a family home.

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Longboat Key - Bay Views

Best of all Worlds! Bay, Boating & Beach. 4,700 SF waterfront showplace new in ’06 with 4 BR+ study, fireplace, pool/spa, summer kitchen, deep water $ 2,475,000 dock, boat lift & jet ski area.

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Grande Extraordinaire’ 7th floor double apartment combined seamlessly in ’07 for 5,268 SF of sheer luxury with a wealth of custom details and Gulf, Golf Course and City $ views. 5,950,000

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Diana Michel, sales associate with Prudential Palms Realty, has been named a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network. Members of the network are selected and managed by RISMedia. Selection is based on performance, educational-and-professional skills and customer service. Michel has worked in residential realestate sales for 10 years. She is a recipient of the Prudential President’s Circle Award and is Fine Homes Internationalcertified by Prudential. She specializes in waterfront and master-planned family neighborhoods.


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SCOREBOARD JUNE 3 MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Overall winners 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Laota Myers and Carolyn Albrecht 3. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer 4. Connie and Don Howard

JUNE 8 LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB North-South 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Laota Myers and Carolyn Albrecht 3. Fran Nitschke and Edna Hausman

East-West 1. Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz 2 (tie). Duci Kovacik and Mary Lou Thomas 3 (tie). Marcia Mott and Helen Schweyer

JUNE 15 LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB

Overall winners 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Duci Kovacik and Mary Lou Thomas 4. Connie and Don Howard

JUNE 17 MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Overall winners 1. Helen Schweyer and Larry Auerbach 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Cele Schwartz 3. LaVerne Satnick and Jayne Forstenzer 4. Duci Kovacik and Lori Brickman

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RED TIDE REPORT Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore Longboat Key and was not detected offshore Friday, June 18, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

TIDE CHART Thurs., June 24 Fri., June 25 Sat., June 26 Sun., June 27 Mon., June 28 Tues., June 29 Wed., June 30

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+ ‘And the Tony for best field trip goes to … ’ As if working the Sarasota red carpet wasn’t enough, Black Tie Social Editor Molly Schechter was on the scene last

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week in New York City for the 2010 Tony Awards. Schechter and a group of fellow Asolo Rep Adventurers –– a traveling club of Sarasota theatergoers –– not only attended the star-studded awards show, they cavorted at an afterparty for “La Cage Aux Folles,” winner of Best Musical Revival, Best Actor (Douglas Hodge) and Best Director (Terry Johnson). According to Schechter, the after-party HEIDI spread across three KURPIELA floors at Hurley’s, a landmark hotspot in New York’s Theatre District. Sarasotans Bob and Beverly Bartner, who are major theater producers in New

Molly Schechter

The Asolo Rep’s Jamie Schoenfeld with Bob and Beverly Bartner at the after party for “La Cage Aux Folles.”

York and London, saw their productions rake in several Tony Awards, including Scarlett Johansson’s Tony for her role in “A View from the Bridge.”

+ Corcoran continues to woo Hollywood execs Keep it up, Jeanne Corcoran. We’re bound to land a big-budget flick someday, thanks to your tireless networking. Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, returned last week from a three-day conference in Los Angeles, where she met privately with Hollywood producers, studio reps and other industry luminaries. Corcoran rightfully bragged about our county’s film potential (and burgeoning televisionFile photos production and Jeanne Corcoran is on indie-film projects) at a Florida fire. film reception organized for producers with ties to the Sunshine State, such as “Cougar Town” creator and Riverview High School grad Kevin Biegel. The conference, says Corcoran, “was one of the most –– if not the most –– productive, value-added events our film commission has participated in.” Even better news: Earlier this month

the Florida Film Commission announced a $242 million incentive program.

+ Longboat saxophonist shops around his memoir Saxophonist Larry Elgart and his wife, Lynn, have written a book about Elgart’s rise to fame, following his recording of the original rendition of “Bandstand Boogie” –– the theme to “American Bandstand.” According to Lynn Elgart, the book is gossipy and drops dozens of famous names from the 1960s and 1970s. Although the Longboat Key couple, who celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this week, has yet to find a publisher for the work, a chapter will run in the September issue of Tampa Bay magazine. The tentative title of the unpublished Jazz bandleader Larry biography is Elgart “The Queen of England was Born in the Bronx.” The Elgarts even e-mailed a copy of the memoir to actor Ed Asner, whom they met this winter following Asner’s performance in “FDR” at the Historic Asolo Theater. Asner enjoyed the book so much he replied, “Loved the stories. If this isn’t a bestseller, the world has turned to sh*t.”

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Just when the rest of Sarasota is winding down, Carole Kleinberg is winding up. The artistic director of Banyan Theater Company talks about the joys of summer. Carole Kleinberg will be the first to tell you she’s a control freak. It’s one of the reasons why she pursued directing and not acting as a theater major 50 years ago. She’s also a stickler for details. It’s why when she shows up for an interview at the Banyan Theater Company’s rehearsal space at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, her turquoise sandals match her turquoise earrings, bracelet and camisole. In 2008, Kleinberg, the former director of education and outreach at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, replaced Gil Lazier as the Banyan’s artistic director. In just two The Banyan Theater years, KleinCompany opens its berg, a retired ninth season with 30-year theater “Ghosts” by Henrik professor from Ibsen. The show runs Chicago, develJune 24 to July 11, in oped a Banyan the Cook Theatre at internship prothe FSU Center for gram, added the Performing Arts. actor discus“The Drawer Boy” sion panels to runs July 15 to Aug. 1. For more informathe end of each tion, call 552-1032 or production and visit www.banyanthelaunched a seatercompany.com ries of staged readings to spotlight new local playwrights. Her goal? To keep the summer-theater company on people’s minds year round. “It’s what my whole life has led me to,” Kleinberg says. “This moment and this place. It’s everything. It’s all I’ve ever wanted.” At age 72, she says she’s finally landed her dream job. Seated at a round table in a break room with prop master Annette Breazeale and costume designer Kaylene McCaw, Kleinberg sips a mimosa and bandies ideas back and forth with the women — both of whom are working on “The Drawer Boy,” which opens July 15 under Kleinberg’s direction. Like the theater doyenne she is, Kleinberg rules the conversation with the ease of a veteran director who has no problem being candid or drinking mimosas at two o’clock in the afternoon. “Do you see the actors in jeans or shorts?” McCaw asks. “You tell me,” Kleinberg says. “You lived on a farm.” “Should I contact the actors to ask them what they want in their sandwiches?” Breazeale asks. “Well one sandwich has to be ham,” Kleinberg replies, citing a line in the

“The Drawer Boy” is based on a true story of a young actor who visits two elderly farmers in rural Ontario.

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“I started out in college as a journalism major,” Carole Kleinberg says. “I wanted to be a theater major, but my father said I’d starve.” Kleinberg switched her major to theater her junior year and has since directed more than 70 plays.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Carole Kleinberg’s license plate reads “GAMA LUV” because her grandchildren can’t pronounce grandma and instead call her “Gamma.” • Kleinberg lives in the same Lido Key house that her grandparents, parents and daughter once lived in. • Kleinberg has gone scuba diving in Palau, a tiny island nation in Micronesia about 500 miles east of the Philippines. • In 1994, two years after her husband died, Kleinberg volunteered for the Israeli Army to help snap herself out of mourning. For six weeks she lived on a military base in The Golan Heights. She even wore combat boots and fatigues. • The Banyan Theater Company keeps a stash of shawls and sweaters in its box office for patrons who get cold during shows.

script that references a ham sandwich. “The question,” Kleinberg continues, “is who can draw the blueprint? There’s a very specific description in the play of what the drawer boy actually draws.” Meanwhile, one room over, actors rehearse for Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts,” which opens June 24 and kicks off the company’s ninth season. “Carole has a huge heart,” says Bruce Rodgers, executive director at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. “And I think that comes across in all the work she tries to do.” Rodgers, the Asolo Rep’s former as-

sociate artistic director, hired Kleinberg in 1999 to steer the theater’s education department. The first time he met Kleinberg, she offered to work as an unpaid intern — at 57 years old, with 28 directorial credits to her name and three decades of theater education experience. “She works hard,” Rodgers says. “She’d be developing a program or working on something and because she’s so passionate, all these details would surface. I used to tease her and tell her to simplify.” Kleinberg recognizes these impuls-

es. She was retired only one day from Oakton Community College, in Des Plaines, Ill., before she started working at the Asolo Rep. Asked why she’s a good fit for the Banyan — especially as it prepares to roll out its 10th anniversary programming this winter — Kleinberg laughs. “Ya know what? I’m old and I have a lot of experience,” she says. As actors filter in and out of the break room and McCaw rises to measure them for costumes and Breazeale addresses prop concerns, Kleinberg shares one of her favorite theater stories. She was 21, fresh from graduating from the University of Illinois, roaming the streets of London and looking for the site of Shakespeare’s Old Globe Theatre. Without planning it, she passed the Old Vic Theatre, where she purchased a ticket to see Sir Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith the opening night of “Othello.” “If I think about it now, I still cry,” Kleinberg says. “It was the most extraordinary experience I ever had. The play lived and breathed. It had heart and passion. It was Shakespeare as it was meant to be seen. It had guts.”


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WINNER In December 1998, Beth Callans Management Corp. consisted of just Callans and one assistant working out of the Northern Trust Bank building, on Longboat Key. After 10 years of working for other local

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Pam Lutz’s secret to success: Get to know your customers. As business/marketing director at the Bradenton office of Cornerstone Solutions Group, Lutz knows that her clients need landscaping and maintenance services. Even in a slow economy, they count on these services, because they help maintain property values. But for Lutz, that’s not enough. “It’s not just a job,” Lutz said. “It’s really important to us that people feel valued.” Cornerstone’s focus on personal relationships is, in part, what drew Lutz to the company. In October 2008, she gave up her job as executive assistant with the West Florida Chapter of the Community Associations Institute to care for her grandchildren after her son-in-law became ill. When she resigned, Lutz sent out an e-mail to the companies she had worked with, letting them know about the

situation. Cornerstone employees stayed in contact with her. Fortunately, Lutz’s son-in-law recovered quickly. In December 2008, she was hired by Cornerstone, which had opened its Bradenton office earlier that year. For Lutz, the biggest challenge of the job has been building local name recognition for the company. Cornerstone has offices in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, but the Bradenton office is the newest. But so far, the company has succeeded in building its reputation, in part because of that emphasis on personal relationships. In just two years, the branch has grown from just seven full-time employees and one part-time employee to a staff of more than 35. Business has increased by 100% in the past two years. And Lutz sees success for the company in the coming year. “I see business continuing to grow and possibly even doubling in the next year,” she says. — Robin Hartill

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JUNE 2010 CALLANS from page 1 of the business, Callans admits that she tended to micromanage. But in 2007, with the help of a management consultant, she began to delegate responsibilities to top employees and created a detailed manual of policies and procedures for employees to consult. As a result, she learned to take advantage of her greatest resource. “My employees are my greatest asset,” Callans says. Callans’ employees have helped their clients weather the recession by controlling costs for the associations. Staff members have worked together to control inventory so that they don’t pass on costs to clients, and the only cost increases the company has passed on to clients have been from tax increases. A “Green Team,” consisting of staff members, helps communities reduce trash and recycling costs by using environmentally friendly products. And the

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company isn’t just succeeding in spite of the recession, but also, in part, because of it. Callans used the economic downturn to hire talented property managers and contractors who were out of work. In the next year, Beth Callans Management will continue to expand its green projects and its new resort-and- projectmanagement services that help with older buildings in need of capital repairs. As for Callans, she plans to continue her increased community involvement, something that trusting in her employees has allowed her to do. She is involved in non-profit organizations, such as the Wellness Community of Southwest Florida Inc. and the New College Foundation and was recently elected to the board of trustees for the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota. Another recent development: After years of making a 45-minute drive to work each day, Callans has moved to Longboat Key. — Robin Hartill

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BUSINESS BASICS LOCATION: 595 Bay

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START DATE: December

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NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED:

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NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES TODAY: Nearly 200 ADVICE: Empower your

employees.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

Trying to control costs for the associations. The company didn’t pass on any management costs to associations over the past year that didn’t come from taxes, so staff members looked for ways to reduce overhead. WHERE DO YOU SEE THE BUSINESS ONE YEAR FROM NOW?

Expanding the company’s green projects and its new resort-andproject-management services that help with older buildings in need of capital repairs. Robin Hartill

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It’s All About You! At Edgewater Contractors, we realize nothing is more important than making our clients proud. That’s why every project we construct is done with your dream in mind. From custom kitchens and luxurious baths to dreamy bedrooms and inviting living spaces, we don’t just remodel a room, we create a work of art. Thank you to all of our wonderful clients! We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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STEVE’S FITNESS WINNER

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Steve Schewe, owner of Steve’s Fitness

In an industry where trainers often follow a “nopain, no-gain” approach to fitness, Steve Schewe has a different mantra — “No pain, period.” “You don’t need to cause pain to cause positive effect,” says Schewe, a certified personal trainer and the owner of Steve’s Fitness. Instead, Schewe focuses on total body health by addressing the three facets of fitness: flexibility, nutrition and exercise. “I conduct a full health history upon meeting someone and design an exercise prescription to meet their specific needs,” says Schewe. Schewe prescribed one such plan two years ago, when he took on a client with a condition of decreased bone density known as osteopenia.

The client’s doctor told him he would have osteoporosis within a year, but after working with Schewe the man went back to his doctor not only osteoporosisfree, but he had also gotten rid of the osteopenia. Schewe has an education in personal training from UCLA, which gives him an edge on his competition. He also has the benefit of a lifetime of experience — 35 years, to be exact. The former cross-country runner got into bodybuilding in Los Angeles in the early ’70s, when he trained at the original Gold’s Gym in Santa Monica alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. By the late ’70s, Schewe realized that the fitness industry was heading into the home and got into personal training. Schewe became one of the first personal trainers in the nation when he got

his certification through the Health and Tennis Corp. of America (now Bally’s Total Fitness) in 1978. After 30 years as a personal trainer in Los Angeles, Schewe moved to Sarasota in 2006. He had so many clients back in L.A. that he had to find three separate personal trainers to take them all after he left. Schewe works with many clients in their own homes or at his in-home gym on Anna Maria Island. The trainer also recently associated with Your Fitness Instructor, an exercise facility that opened this past January on Longboat Key. “This facility allows me to train more people because there’s no travel time back and forth,” says Schewe. “I can help more people now and that’s what it’s all about, causing positive effect in people’s lives.” —Maria Amodio

BUSINESS BASICS ADDRESS: 20 Ave. of the

Flowers, Longboat Key

START DATE: 1982 (came

to Sarasota in 2006)

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: One NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NOW: One ADVICE: Learn about each client and design a unique routine based upon their health history and their goals. BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

Not having enough time WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS ONE YEAR FROM NOW? When

season starts up again in October I’ll be extremely busy. Eventually, I would like to write a book.

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PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP LA PLAYA CONDOMINIUMS FINALIST Rhonda Coblentz approaches financial planning the same way she trains for a marathon — with extensive preparation and one step at a time. “The sooner you get started training and saving, the better,” says Coblentz. “Retirement may seem like it’s far away, but like running a race, if you wait until the last minute and try to do it all at once, you run the risk of injury.” As a financial professional with the Principal Financial Group, Coblentz works with clients to help them make smart financial decisions in the present in order to succeed in the future. Her client base extends as far north as Tampa and as far south as Fort Myers, with a primary focus in Sarasota and Hillsborough counties.

The athlete draws another fitness parallel when describing the services she provides her clients, which include everything from risk-management products, such as life insurance, to wealth-accumulation products, such as mutual funds. “It’s a very individualized process, sort of like a personal trainer,” says Coblentz. “The key is determining what your client’s need is in order to form the best strategy. A personal trainer knows how to tune into what your specific needs are, and, ultimately, that’s why people hire a professional. They know how to get results. “Short of who a person decides to marry or spiritual beliefs, the decisions people make about money are the most important decisions they make in life,” says Coblentz. —Maria Amodio

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BUSINESS BASICS ADDRESS: 4010 Boy Scout Blvd.,Tampa START DATE: 2008 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: One NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NOW: One ADVICE: You owe it to your-

self to seek out a professional for an integrated wealth strategy

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS ONE YEAR FROM NOW? I hope to bring on one

or two assistants.

While many businesses were suffering financially, 2009 was La Playa Condominiums’ most successful year to date. The secret, says Manager Dick O’Dowd, is continuity. “Our guests have been coming here for years,” says O’Dowd. “Some of them have been coming every weekend since the place was built in 1971. It’s small, homey and people just love it here.” The 21-unit luxury condominium association boasts an impressive 95% return rate among clients. O’Dowd, who became the on-site manager at La Playa in 2005, says it’s the little things that make a big difference in improving their guests’ experience. O’Dowd is constantly searching for ways to

make each guest’s stay better than the last, whether it’s equipping the resort with wireless Internet or planting an herb garden for guests to enjoy when cooking. “My motto is: don’t compete, create,” says O’Dowd. One of the resort’s most unique and popular features is its oversized outdoor chess set, which guests can play while soaking up the sun on the resort’s 200-foot stretch of private beach. O’Dowd suggested that La Playa’s board of directors add the option of three-day rentals for their guests. “We wanted to change with the times,” says O’Dowd. “If you’re out on the ocean and the wind changes, you’d better change your sail. It’s that type of flexibility that makes us unique.” —Maria Amodio

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BUSINESS BASICS ADDRESS: 4425 Gulf of

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START DATE: May 1974 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: One NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NOW: Three ADVICE: Understand who

your boss is. My belief is that the customer is always the boss, period.

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FINALIST Sara Hand was driving over the Howard Franklin Bridge early one morning in 2006, when she had a shocking realization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was on my way to a conference and I suddenly thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not breathing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I began to ask myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What do I really want to do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Hand was working as vice president of sales and marketing for a disaster-recovery company at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I spent some time figuring out what I like to do best, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeing peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives change,â&#x20AC;? says Hand. Hand, who has a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in clinical Christian counseling, began writing a newsletter entitled, Joy â&#x20AC;Ś Beyond Freedom. A year later, she launched

her career as a perspective coach by starting a business under the same name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I work with people who have great goals and plans, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how to get there,â&#x20AC;? says Hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I help them formulate a plan and stay on track.â&#x20AC;? The perspective coach says that one of the biggest issues her clients face is breaking down their ultimate goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of just saying youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to write a book, start with a blog post, a short story or even a list of titles,â&#x20AC;? says Hand. Hand says that of all the tools and guidance she provides for her clients, some of the best advice comes from what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned in her own life: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes you just need to take a break, stop and breathe.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maria Amodio

FINALIST Most of the clients who call Servpro of North Sarasota are in a state of panic. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just experienced a flood or a fire and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worried about their home or business, so one of the first thing that owners Jeff and Monique Vermillion teach their employees is the importance of customer service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We train our employees to be like psychologists,â&#x20AC;? says Jeff Vermillion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes people call us in tears. You have to stay calm and make the process as easy as possible for them.â&#x20AC;? Servpro of North Sarasota handles cleanup and restoration after fires, floods and mold damage in residential and commercial buildings. Jeff and Monique

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BUSINESS BASICS ADDRESS: 2344 Bee Ridge

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START DATE: 2007 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: One NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NOW: One ADVICE: Be aware that life is all about choices. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS ONE YEAR FROM NOW? More

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START DATE: August 2004 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: Eight NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NOW: Nine ADVICE: Really be in tune with your business. Some people get out of touch with business because they have other people running it for them. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS ONE YEAR FROM NOW? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to grow

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EDGEWATER CONTRACTORS INC. WINNER Jay Anderson learned the construction business from his father, Walter Anderson, who owned a Kansas City, Mo., construction company. Beginning at age 19, he sweated through the summers hauling 80-pound concrete forms off trucks. “He tried to work me to death so that I wouldn’t go into the construction business,” Anderson jokes. But the younger Anderson didn’t take that lesson to heart. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction. About 10 years ago, he moved to Florida and almost immediately went to work for a Longboat Key contractor. Then, after more than six years with that company, Anderson founded Edgewater Contractors Inc., a full-service general contractor/construction management company. But Anderson did learn one lesson from his father that he has carried with him in the business.

“He taught me to be honest with everybody, whether it’s good or bad,” Anderson says. Anderson admits that mid2008 wasn’t the easiest time to start a business. His company focuses almost exclusively on Longboat Key and also does work on Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys, an area that he said has become more crowded with contractors in recent years. Anderson has also focused on keeping overhead low, something that he has been in a good position to do by working out of his home and having just two employees. He also uses the same subcontractors for projects that, after evaluating them, he found to offer the best value. And he has distinguished himself by laying out expectations with clients, focusing on the preconstruction process as well as the construction itself. “You don’t look very good when you tell someone you can do something and you can’t see it through,” he says.

BUSINESS BASICS LOCATION: Home-based Bradenton office, but the business serves primarily Longboat and its surrounding keys. START DATE: May 2008 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED:

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NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES TODAY: Two ADVICE: Treat every project as though it was your own. BIGGEST CHALLENGE:

Putting the details of a project together and staying in communication with homeowners who are usually out of town.

Jay Anderson, founder of Edgewater Contractors Inc. Throughout projects, he keeps clients up-to-date even when they’re thousands of miles away by e-mailing progress photos so they can keep tabs on construction. The end result? Well, just look at this testimony from a couple who were in Connecticut

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while their Longboat Key home was renovated. “Thank you for approaching this project as if it were your home,” they wrote. “You have helped us make this house our home.” — Robin Hartill

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FINALIST The competition is bigger. Secur-All Insurance Longboat Key branch owners George and Sandra Ceshker donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deny that fact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The competition is intense,â&#x20AC;? George Ceshker says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of bigname competition, and for a new guy to come in and try and compete, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge.â&#x20AC;? But although owning a small company was a hurdle for the Ceshkers, it has also turned out to be an asset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you call here, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to us,â&#x20AC;? George Ceshker says. Just a few years ago, neither Ceshker could have imagined sitting side-by-side together selling insurance. For most of his life, George Ceshkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was a cockpit, having worked

as a commercial pilot since age 23 and later as a private pilot for the Rev. Paula White, pastor at Without Walls International Church, in Tampa. Sandra Ceshkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career had included work in retail and property management before she became a tennis coordinator on Longboat Key. Her parents ran an insurance business, and her brother, Adam Smith, followed them into the business. When Without Walls International Church went into bankruptcy in 2008, the idea of opening an insurance branch began to appeal to both Ceshkers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We establish relationships with our clients so that they can make the best financial decisions throughout their lifetimes,â&#x20AC;? Sandra Ceshker says. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robin Hartill

FINALIST Stephanie Dubsky was born in Sarasota to a circus family that performed and traveled around the country. Her first job was as a trapeze artist, although she also pursued her passion for photography, taking pictures for the circusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commercial materials. After Sept. 11, business decreased, and the family closed its business. Dubsky left the trapeze behind and began to work as a professional photographer. She did freelance work before establishing Stephanie Dubsky Photography in October 2007. Dubsky does engagement and wedding photos, along with professional portraits and headshots. But her favorites are family beach

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BUSINESS BASICS ADDRESS: 4134 Gulf of

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START DATE: June 2009 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHEN STARTED: Two NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES TODAY: Two ADVICE: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be honest, work

hard, do your job with due diligence and you will be rewarded,â&#x20AC;? George Ceshker says.

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portraits. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a regular at sunset on Siesta Beach, where she can often be seen snapping away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really love working with people,â&#x20AC;? Dubsky says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the circus, I was surrounded by people and happiness. With photography, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same thing. I love the family dynamic.â&#x20AC;? Dubsky currently contracts with an album designer and another photographer. But over the next year, she hopes to increase business and hire a full-time Photoshop retoucher and another fulltime photographer. And Dubsky could once again find herself working in a family business. Her 17-year-old daughter, Julia, is learning Photoshop re-touching and is considering getting into the photography business as well. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robin Hartill

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SAVE OUR SEABIRDS FINALIST Bird rescue isn’t a job for Save Our Seabirds Inc. Executive Director Lee Fox. Fox arrives at the City Island facility after commuting from her Wimauma home before 6 a.m. most days. When she returns home in the evening, there are usually injured birds that have been dropped off waiting for her. “It’s a passion,” Fox says. Fox began doing volunteer bird-rescue work in 1987, because her children were grown. In 1990, she founded Save Our Seabirds and opened a facility in St. Petersburg and later moved the facility to Wimauma. But she longed for a facility that could be open to the public and used for

education. In 2007 she approached the city of Sarasota about the old Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, approximately six months after it had closed. It took a year-and-a-half and five meetings with Sarasota officials. But, finally, on Oct. 15, 2008, the facility’s first residents arrived, and on Nov. 1, 2008, Save Our Seabirds Inc. was officially open to the public. Fox and her staff of 13 who manage the daily operations of Save Our Seabirds could have a big challenge ahead: Fox and her staff members have been on 24-hour standby since April, when the BP oil spill occurred, and could be deployed to lead wildlife rescue efforts in Florida. — Robin Hartill

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LLSA Chamber holds big week for small businesses Who said you can’t mix business with pleasure? The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce did just that during the 11th annual Small Business Week, held from June 14 through June 17. The week kicked off with the Business After Hours “Hob Nob” Monday, June 14, at Sarasota Yacht Club, and continued with two days of seminars held at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. The grand finale was the Small Business of the Year Awards Breakfast Thursday, June 17, at Holiday Inn Lido Beach. James Maslen, Dan Jasmer and Allen Hovis at the Business After Hours “Hob Nob.”

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Anita Comisky and Jeremy Bradshaw at the Business After Hours “Hob Nob” Monday, June 14, at Sarasota Yacht Club.

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Salute to the Builders of Business Business historian Richard Tedlow describes the seven entrepreneurs below as America’s “Giants of Enterprise.” Tedlow wrote that they were “all risk takers, innovators, experimenters. They were all more hungry for success than they were afraid of failure. They all had the courage to change not only when things were going badly but, and this is much more difficult, when things were going well.” In the spirit of these “Giants of Enterprise,” we congratulate the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year winners and finalists. In the tradition of the Giants of Enterprise, the Small Business winners and finalists are doing what Tedlow says Americans do best — “founding and building businesses.” We salute your courage, conviction and character. George Eastman founder of Eastman Kodak

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Small Business of the Year award finalists Rhonda Coblentz and Sara Hand at the Small Business of the Year Awards Breakfast Thursday, June 17, at Holiday Inn Lido Beach.

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#..*'4'#..;1745#..#5*14' Located at Latitude 27º22.36N, Longitude 82º36.96W at ICW Marker 15, Longboat Key Club Moorings is a luxurious, private setting with direct access to Sarasota Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s all here. And it’s all yours! 291 slip, storm-protected marina Nightly, monthly, seasonal and annual dockage available Slips accommodate vessels up to 150’ “Fee simple” slips available for purchase Yacht Club membership available Onsite yacht maintenance and repair service Onsite yacht brokerage services Fuel dock Dockside pump-out service Harbour Master and full-service staff Marina concierge services for all your boating needs Mediterranean Marina Village Deep water entrance channel at -7 MLW

Ship Store 24-hour gated entrance Complimentary WiFi service Heated pool with towel service Impeccable bathhouse with saunas Complimentary newspaper and ice upon arrival Complimentary bicycles Onsite laundry facility Tennis Gardens Island House Spa Shuttle service to Longboat Key Club & Resort and nearby St. Armands Circle 6 restaurants including Portofino Restaurant / L’Ancora Bar

BOOK YOUR ANNUAL LEASE BEFORE 12/18/10 AND RECEIVE YOUR LAST MONTH FREE!

For more information, call 800-858-0836 or 941-383-8383, visit longboatkeymarina.com, or e-mail TheMarina@LongboatKeyClub.com.

*Not available during holiday periods.

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