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Longboat’s census numbers show 9.4% population drop. Page 3A.


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Brown takes mayor’s chair By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

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+ VIP(enguins) will march toward Mote Mote Marine Aquarium will host some black-tie guests beginning in November: four blackfooted penguins as part of a limited-time exhibit that will be called “Penguin Island.” In anticipation of this blackand-white bunch, Mote has a new mascot who needs a name. Visit before April 15 to vote.

+ Friedberg signs off on her first novel Former Longboat Key resident Patricia Friedberg held a book signing and lecture Saturday, March 19, at Bookstore 1, in Sarasota, for her first novel, “21 Aldgate.” The novel is Friedberg set in London, France and Germany during the period between world wars. A feature film based on the novel is in development through Progress Pictures Ltd., in England. For information, go to


INDEX Black Tie................................11B Classifieds...............................12C Crossword..............................11C Deal Us In..............................10C Key Real Estate.......................2C Letters to the Editor................7A Opinion.....................................6A Weather.................................11C Vol. 33, No. 34 Three sections

Thursday, MARCH 24, 2011

The tradition is broken. For five years in a row, the Longboat Key Town Commission has selected the most senior member of its seven-person group to become the town’s mayor. But at its Monday, March 21 statutory meeting, the commission voted 5-2 to select Jim Brown as the mayor of Longboat Key over Commissioner Robert Siekmann. Siekmann is in his third term and final year as a commissioner, while Brown is entering his second term as a commissioner. Once he was sworn in and after taking his new seat at the center of the dais, Brown expressed his gratitude. “I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for their support,” Brown said. “I will do my best and hopefully be as good as the mayor we just lost (outgoing Mayor George Spoll).” Commissioner Phillip Younger nominated Brown. Brown, Younger, Commissioner David Brenner, Commissioner Lynn Larson and newly sworn-in District 1 Commissioner Jack Duncan voted for Brown. Siekmann and Commissioner Hal Lenobel, who nominated Siekmann as mayor, voted for Siekmann. Lenobel made a brief speech during his nomination and urged the commission to honor Siekmann with the position, to no avail.

Commissioner Jim Brown becomes mayor for the first time. Commissioner David Brenner is elected as vice mayor.

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At the Longboat Key Town Commission’s statutory meeting Monday, newly appointed Mayor Jim Brown, left, presents outgoing Mayor George Spoll with a plaque that expresses the town’s gratitude for his years of service. Larson nominated Brenner as the town’s vice mayor, and Brenner was voted to the position by a 7-0 vote — on his birthday — after no one else was nominated. The town’s new mayor and vice mayor will serve one-year

terms. The mayoral vote irked Siekmann, who told the Longboat Observer after the meeting he was “clearly disappointed.” Siekmann, whose Land’s End house is for sale and will move to the Pacific Northwest with

his wife whenever it sells, isn’t disappointed, though, that he wasn’t voted mayor. “It would have been nice to be given the opportunity to decline



Town ad error invalidates vote An advertising error for the town’s $16 million beach project means a county judge must now validate the beach-project bond referendum. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

The town of Longboat Key has no access to $16 million in funds that Key voters approved for a beach project last week, due to a Town Clerk’s Office advertising error. Town Clerk Trish Granger told the Longboat Observer Monday that her office only advertised the

beach bond referendum in daily newspaper publications in the fourth week prior to the election, which created the problem. State law mandates that a bond referendum must be advertised in the third and fifth weeks prior to the election. The referendum should have been published during the weeks of Feb. 7 and Feb. 21. Instead, it was only published dur-

ing the week of Feb. 14. For the town, the error means that the $16 million beach bond can’t be issued until the town either holds another election or gets the vote validated by a county judge. Granger discovered the error


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Large pipes that will be used to funnel sand onto the eroded north end of the island were placed on Beer Can Island Friday, March 18.


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+ Kiwanian of the Year unveils surprise of his own It was no surprise that Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key member Bill Sceva was to be honored as Kiwanian of the Year at the March 16 breakfast meeting. He has been a member of the club since 1987, edits the weekly newsletter and has been active in the various club projects. A retired professor, he has a special interest in the club’s scholarship program. In remarks after he was presented with a digital photo frame, Sceva had his own surprise for the club. He made a $1,000 donation to the scholarship fund. And Sceva’s longtime friend, Edith Barr Dunn, had her own surprise for him. Calling him a “diamond, a rare jewel,” she gave him a sparkling “diamond” paperweight.

+ An officer and two gentlemen Ooh-rah! Brian Walsh, son of Matt and Lisa Walsh of Longboat Key, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and was commissioned a second lieutenant March 18 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Va. Walsh is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, in Boston, and Booker High School, in Sarasota. There to pin on his lieutenant’s bars were his grandfathers: George Walsh, a World War II Marine veteran, and David Beliles, a Korean War Marine veteran and Plymouth Harbor resident. (See photo above.) Walsh credits his grandfathers, as well as Longboater Col. John Saputo and the late Gens. Jim Patterson and Jim Edmundson, as his inspiration. Walsh will spend the next six months at The Basic School, in Quantico.

+ Observer Group wins five SNA prizes The Observer Group made some headlines of its own last week, winning five awards in the Suburban Newspapers of America’s editorial contest. The Observer Group’s Black Tie section (now named “Diversions”)

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+ The sky’s the limit for local photogs Last weekend’s scenic skies inspired local photographers. Shown above, Dick Webster snapped the shot at 8:05 p.m. of Saturday’s “super moon” over Sarasota Bay and the John Ringling Bridge. At right, Longbeach Village resident Dawn diLorenzo sprang out of bed on the morning of Sunday, March 20 to capture the first sunrise of spring. She snapped a photo of fellow Village residents Cindy and Bus Fischer.

+ Beth Israel members act out during Purim

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From left, Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key President Bob Gault, Bill Sceva, Edith Barr Dunn and John Wild.

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takes shots at right”; second place in the “Best Front Page” category; and third place in the “Best Continuing Coverage” category for its coverage of the Longboat Key Club and Resort. The East County Observer won second place in Class C for non-dailies with a circulation of between 16,001 and 36,000 for the “Best Front Page.”

Members of Temple Beth Israel celebrated Purim with a play Saturday, March 19, at Temple Beth Israel. Those who attended sang traditional Purim songs and made noise with their groggers (noisemakers). Following Rabbi Jonathan Katz’s reading of the Book of Esther, members of the temple showed off their acting and singing skills by performing a play, written by Judy Goldstein, about the first Purim party. After the show, everyone enjoyed some hamentashen, a traditional holiday treat.

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Board members question pension investigation Longboat Key Firefighters Pension Board members Gerald Feder and Shannon Gault are not pleased thus far with an investigation of the pension plan. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Longboat Key Firefighters Pension Board members Gerald Feder and Shannon Gault are frustrated with a $50,000 investigation of the firefighters pension plan. They believe the investigation is not producing what town tax dollars are funding. Feder and Gault make up a minority on a board that includes three firefighters. Feder, who has been vocal about the concerns he has had from the start about a pension investigation being performed by Edward Siedle, said he has “continuing concern” after reviewing a preliminary report that was presented to the board last month. Although Siedle originally suggested there could be breaches of fiduciary duty, the preliminary report shows none of that initial concern, Feder said. “He constantly uses the word ‘may’ in his report,” Feder said. “Everything ‘may be wrong.’ Well, what is wrong?” Proper conduct, Feder said, between the actuaries and others is what everyone was worried about. “We haven’t seen any inclination of that so far,” Feder said. “It’s all about Morgan

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Longboat Key Firefighters Pension Board members Shannon Gault and Gerald Feder still question a pension investigation that’s under way. Stanley and what they did wrong.” Feder is referring to a $209,000 payment made to Morgan Stanley that Siedle doesn’t believe was properly disclosed and investigated in 2004, even though the pension board’s attorney brought the matter up at that time. And although Feder be-

lieves an investigation is appropriate, he doesn’t think it should be given priority over finding ways to finance the pension plans moving forward. Gault, meanwhile, says she also has the same concerns about the investigation and the preliminary report. “The preliminary report is

devoid of fact,” Gault said. “He only found a $209,000 payment that the board’s attorney had already investigated.” Gault said she is “deeply concerned” the entire ninepage report was written in a general fashion. “‘Maybe this happened’ or ‘maybe this happened,’” Gault said. “We didn’t hire him (Siedle) to speculate. We hired him to investigate. So far, all he has found is something that someone else found in 2004.” In response to Feder and Gault’s comments, Siedle told the Longboat Observer that he’s only receiving a flat fee ($50,000) for his investigation. “Whether it takes me weeks or months, that’s my fee,” Siedle said. “There is no incentive to draw this out.” To date, Siedle said there is nothing more important than focusing on the plan’s investment manager. “We rushed out an interim report out because there is something there immediately,” said Siedle, who said Morgan Stanley is still being less-than-forthcoming with a request for documents. Siedle believes the final report could be issued to the board when it holds its quarterly meeting in May.


Census: 9.4% drop in population By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

by the numbers Population Population Population (over 18) Population (under 18)

Housing units

2010 6,888 6,689 199

2000 7,613 7,403 200

2010 8,814

Change -9.4% -9.6% -0.5%

2000 8,834

Change -0.27%

Occupied housing units 2010 2000 3,883 (44.1%) 4,280 (47.29%)

Bayfront Park plan at agenda forefront Before a new Bayfront Park can be constructed in the middle of the Key, the town must implement certain items. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

The Town Commission will review a list of administrative work and ways to help fund an improved Bayfront Park at its 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24 regular workshop. Mayor Jim Brown requested the park be discussed at the workshop, in an attempt to go over a list of requirements that need to be addressed before the park can be revamped. The state has already informed the town it has no objections to a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment pertaining to a new park concept. The new park concept was created in May 2009 and includes a new community center on the park’s most northern parcel. Town attorney David Persson and town staff are also crafting an interlocal agreement to be agreed upon by Sarasota County and the town of Longboat Key. The agreement will ensure the site, located mid-Key behind the former Albritton property, is meant to be used for a community park. Zoning changes for the park will be the next step. Specifically, the Sarasota County-owned southern park parcel must be changed from single-family residential and commercial to an open space category. Persson said, in total, the changes that need to be made at the town and state level could take more than a year to accomplish. In the meantime, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis has stated that grants exist to help pay for improvements to the park. Those include: • Lighting the tennis courts for $8,000. • Adding shuffleboard courts for $12,000. • Adding a roof over the existing basketball court for $25,000. •  Adding a jogging trail along the perimeter of the park for $5,000. Monies will also need to be found to build a new 15,000-square-foot community center, a new multi-use basketball court and to move the tennis courts closer to Sarasota Bay.

BAYFRONT PARK Longboat Key’s Bayfront Park Recreation Center is located at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The town created a new park concept in May 2009 that includes a new community center.


2010 2000 4,931 (55.9%) 4,554 (51.55%)



Vacant housing units




Race White Black or African-American American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Some other race Two or more races Hispanic or Latino (of any race)


In the past decade, Longboat Key experienced a 9.4% drop in population, according to U.S. Census data released last week, with its population falling to 6,888 permanent residents April 1, 2010, compared with 7,603 April 1, 2000. Also revealed in the census numbers: Longboat Key lost 20 housing units over the past decade, dropping from 8,834 in 2000 to 8,814. Longboat Key’s under-18 population stayed roughly the same, decreasing by just one, from 200 in 2000 to 199 in 2010. And its population grew ever so slightly more diverse: As of 2010, whites made up 98.4% of the population, compared to 98.7% in 2000. Meanwhile, the number of minorities increased on Longboat Key, with 16 residents identifying themselves as black or AfricanAmerican, compared to eight in 2000; 51 identifying themselves as Asian, compared to 36 in 2000; and 73 identifying themselves as Hispanic or Latino of any race, compared to 51 in 2000. Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, who said that he had seen the numbers on Tuesday but had not yet analyzed them, said that the decrease in population that occurred could be the

result of more residents staying on the island part-time. “I think we’ve had a transition of people who were permanent residents (who) have sold (their homes) to someone who is here part-time,” St. Denis said. “I don’t know if we have more empty homes, but I think there’s been a change in the overall distribution.” But, according to St. Denis, that isn’t what matters from a revenue standpoint. “What’s important to us is what percentage (of the population) of Sarasota and Manatee counties we have,” St. Denis said. According to St. Denis, the percentage of population that Longboat Key occupies in each county determines the percentage of revenue the island receives from sources such as county gas and sales taxes. Longboat Key Vice Mayor David Brenner expressed disappointment Tuesday when hearing that the island’s population had dropped. “It’s a disappointment, but I am not surprised by the loss of permanent residents,” Brenner said. “It’s a further indication of the decline on the Key that’s been going on here for a while. The economy and restoring the attractiveness of the Key is the way to get those residents and others back.”


2010 6,781 (98.4%)

2000 7,507 (98.7%)

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500 additional plants this summer with the Bay Guardians, a volunteer group supported by SBEP and Around the Bend Nature Tours. Funding for the restoration project came from Southwest Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other project partners include the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County.

+ ‘Super moon’ doesn’t affect Longboat beaches An “extreme super moon” that was in effect over the weekend raised tides but did not create any major beach erosion, according to town officials. An “extreme super moon” made its first appearance in 18 years. It’s called an “extreme super moon,” because the moon made its closest approach to Earth in 18 years. The moon appeared about 10% to 15% larger than normal over the weekend. The moon created abnormally high tides from Friday through Sunday.

+ North Lido Park tidal tributary completed Local contractors working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program have

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completed the development of a new tidal tributary near the North Lido Park beach access. The restoration project will improve about 30 acres on the 70-acre site. The major effort, launched in September, removed non-native vegetation, excavated the tidal wetland, contoured the upland area, created dunes and planted thousands of native plants. Florida Native Nursery recently planted more than 8,700 plants on the newly created shores. Volunteers will add more than

Meetings & agendas  Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24.  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, April 4.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, April 11.

+ Post office prepares for April 18 tax deadline Starting Monday, April 11, the Longboat Key Post Office will have additional supplies of both certified mail and return receipt U.S. postal forms available for taxpayers submitting tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service before the Monday, April 18 tax deadline this year. Proper preparation of these forms will allow postal clerks to efficiently process and complete these transactions, which limits the amount of time each customer has to wait.

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After 25 years, Mote CEO is a big fish in bigger sea By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

The aquarium where the more than 100 people — all Mote staff, volunteers and board members with at least 15 years of service and their spouses — stood Tuesday, March 15 looks nothing like it did when Dr. Kumar Mahadevan became CEO 25 years earlier. Back then the aquarium was not the community attraction that today draws 350,000 visitors per year. “It was back then what I liked to call ‘a glorified pet shop,’” Mahadevan said. In 1986, Mote was just a small but highly regarded laboratory with a budget of $2 million, 58 staff and 68 volunteers; last year, Mote had a $23 million budget, 245 professional staff and 1,400 volunteers. On March 15, the group of longtime Mote staff and supporters gathered for a surprise party to honor Mahadevan for his 25 years as CEO. “I was surprised,” Mahadevan said after the party. “I thought I was going to a meeting.” For the record, Mahadevan didn’t want the job of CEO. Originally from India, he earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University and is a benthic ecologist by training. He was hired as a senior scientist at Mote in

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Recently, Mote completed its strategic plan that addresses its future financial challenges; Mote’s goal is to grow the current endowment of $10 million to $50 million by 2020, allowing the endowment to generate 20% to 30% of Mote’s annual budget. Mahadevan said that Mote’s research is important to the community. Some of the research that interests him most relates to sharks and the fact

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The road to revitalization Longtime Longboaters may still be in shock. For sure, we’re still bleary eyed. Is it a dream? Certainly, 10 years ago, even five years ago, we never thought we would read such a news story on Longboat Key. To wit, from last week’s Longboat Observer, page 3A: “The Planning and Zoning Board believes future amendments to the Comprehensive Plan should include height modifications for Whitney Bech Plaza and the option for residential use in a new town-center overlay district near Bay Isles Road.” The story went on to say — again, shockingly — the board reached consensus on the idea of allowing Whitney Beach Plaza to build as high as 65 feet and that a developer should be allowed up to 20% of any project there be devoted to residential units. This is remarkable, almost stunning. Especially given the posture and history of Longboat Key toward commercial development over the past quarter-century. The late Mayor Kit Fernald, the duchess of the Key’s strident anti-business forces in the late 1980s and early 1990s, most surely would be marshaling her forces and political tricks if she were here today. We see, too, that former Mayor Jim Brown, in his weekly commentary in the Sarasota paper, is hoping Longboat’s new generation of commissioners and planning board members won’t swing too far toward pro-growth and pro-development. No one should worry about that. Longboat Key’s property owners and taxpayers, not to mention its commissioners, would never adopt the Houston model — no zoning laws. The old currents still run deep here, and there are still a lot of people who continue to repeat the mantra — “keep Longboat Longboat.” But while wanting to keep Longboat Longboat, many Longboaters are showing widespread acceptance that standing still certainly won’t keep Longboat Longboat. Keeping Longboat Longboat means it must move forward, revitalize and stay fresh. “Revitalize” being the key word. It’s the same as maintaining your home. You cannot let it stand for 30 years and expect it to become as valuable as the home next door, where the owner has reinvested and updated his infrastructure. Or it’s like the beach. We have to keep pouring sand on it or watch the town’s properties wash away. To this end, it’s refreshing and welcome to see the planning and zoning board

ADVICE FOR MAYORS Longboat Key Town Attorney David Persson broke from tradition at the Monday night swearing-in session of the Longboat Key Town Commission. He issued an opinion, which he often does, but it was an opinion on the outgoing mayor’s performance, which he rarely does. Persson has sat in his town attorney seat for 21 consecutive years of swearing-in ceremonies. He has seen a lot of commissioners and mayors come and go. He was complimentary of the whole bunch by and large. But he made a special complimentary note Monday night of a quality and characteristic in outgoing George Spoll. Persson credited with Spoll with having the guts to say “no.” The town attorney noted that in his observance of municipal proceedings, including those of other cities for which he has served, Persson has witnessed too often how mayors and commissioners are afraid to be decisive, especially when it comes to some of the goofy ideas that citizens often suggest to their commissioners. “Rather than say no, they appoint a committee or a task force and the wheels of government grind on,” Persson said. Spoll, said Persson, wasn’t afraid to say no and wasn’t afraid to make a decision. “I hope that is infectious,” Persson said.

members open their minds to new thinking. We have been advocating for this posture — of allowing for much more creative market-driven development flexibility — for 15 years. A caution: While it’s a welcome change to see the planning and zoning board members recommend more flexibility and overlay districts to be added to the town’s comprehensive plan, care should be given to avoiding new rules that will unnecessarily limit possibilities. This is where former Mayor George Spoll’s idea of an economic revitalization task force could play a valuable role. How it might work: Before the planning board sends proposed comprehensive plan revisions to the Town Commission, a commissionappointed revitalization task force could be charged with researching how other

communities have crafted legislation that led to successful redevelopment and revitalization. The task force could learn first-hand from developers who specialize in redevelopment what kinds of legislative “frameworks” give them incentives to invest. The task force could learn what must be expunged from the town’s existing codes or how codes should be crafted to avoid deleterious unintended consequences. The mission, in the end, is to re-craft the town’s comprehensive plan in a way that would attract and spur the kind of commercial revitalization that fits the Key and keeps it moving forward. The time for this is now. The appetite, urgency and momentum are there. They shouldn’t be squandered.

+ Good news for the Colony

Patience. It will happen. For everyone who wants to see a rejuvenated Colony Beach & Tennis Resort teeming with vacationers again, take it as good news that the Colony unit-owners association has identified 14 credible contenders to redevelop Longboat Key’s most historic jewel. It will happen. This reminds us of the early 1980s on Miami Beach, when that island’s two most famous resorts — the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc, the fabulous creations of architect Morris Lapidus — languished and deteriorated. They were bygones of another era, victims of bankrupcties and owners who did not keep them up with the times. But their histories and locations were too rich and priceless to die. The Steve Muss family restored the Fontainebleau to its original luster, and famed Miami developer Tibor Hollo took on the renovation of the Eden Roc. These two landmarks continue to thrive today. The same will be true for the Colony. Patience. It will happen.

+ Mayoral discomfort

Who should be mayor? Should it be the Longboat Key commissioner serving his or her last year in office — a good tradition that reigned for many years? Or should it be the commissioner whom his peers believe is the right person for the job at that particular time? We have seen it go both ways — for good and bad. Both approaches inevitably engender ill will, as it did with the bypassing Monday of Commissioner Bob Siekmann for mayor. But after watching this ceremony year after year, we’ve concluded: Let it follow the American way — majority rules.

THE FEW, THE PROUD — A PERSONAL NOTE It’s 10 weeks of pure hell — a freezing, cold hell of frostbite, 12-mile “humps” in blizzards, crawling through frozen creeks and sleeping three hours a night. But on that last day March 18, when the 184 candidates (out of an original class of 275) graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and were commissioned as second lieutenants, their joy was glorious. You cannot put into words the admiration and respect that overcomes you when you see and hear what they endure to be the fiercest, most efficient protectors of freedom in all the world. It’s emotionally draining to witness — the traditions, formality and seriousness of purpose; the geometric precision; the reciting of the oath to support and defend the Constitution; mothers hugging their sons; the pinning of the bars; and the “first salute,” when the drill seargeant who mercilessly tore the candidate to shreds for 10 weeks stands at attention and extends Newly commissioned USMC 2nd Lt. Brian his sign of respect. Walsh, of Longboat Key, receives his “first When we informed one of our son’s salute” from Gunnery Sgt. Montinez Kornegay. mentors, Longboat Key resident and retired

A USMC officer candidate emerges from a water pipe completely filled with flowing ice and water as part of his combat drill training at Quantico, Va. Marine Col. John Saputo, that “Candidate Brian Walsh” became 2nd Lt. Walsh, the colonel responded: “Please put that in the Observer as a reminder to the rest of his generation that this Country is theirs to preserve or lose ... ” Indeed, but we can be reassured there are 184 new Marine officers — as well as hundreds of thousands of U.S. service men and women — who are committed to do all they can to protect and preserve. They are awesome to behold. — Matt Walsh, Editor

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Dear Editor: Dr. Murray “Murf ” Klauber has been vindicated of unfound accusations, professionally and personally. It’s time to move forward and focus on the preservation of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. I have lived here with my husband, Murf, at the Colony for 24 years, and such glorious ones they were! We were devoted to making every day extraordinary for our guests. Incidentally, I lived on Longboat Key for 10 years previously with my late husband, John Bassett. The Bassett family love affair for Longboat Key began in 1968, when we walked the beach daily with our young children from the Far Horizons to the Colony, visiting Toronto friends who were seasonal guests. This was the same time more than 40 years ago when the Klauber family began operating the Colony. Later, like so many others on Longboat Key, our family vacationed at The Colony, then bought at Beachplace before building The Players Club. And all this time we watched with delight The Colony flourishing under the direction of Dr. Murf Klauber. No one in his right mind could have ever conceived of the demise of this truly beloved world-renowned resort. I can’t help but ask: Is there any justice left? Sue Bassett-Klauber Longboat Key

+ Unkind remarks blighted evening fundraiser Dear Editor: My friend and I attended an evening fundraiser in downtown Sarasota Saturday, March 5. I had a wonderful time until I had the unfortunate experience of sitting next to a man who said he lived in Sarasota. I said that I lived on Longboat Key. He


+ Government should help move forward with ideas Dear Editor: I agree with the March 10 letter regarding the lack of cell-phone towers on Longboat Key. It is criminal the way we are treated! Study upon study of various systems and types of towers have been done, without ever gaining a consensus and moving forward. There are options out there, but we can’t seem to agree on one to use … therefore, we don’t do anything. Meanwhile, cell-phone reception continues to be spotty, especially on the north end of the island, and that’s unacceptable. We get turned down for other things, as well. Example: I understand the past owner of Whitney Beach Plaza went bankrupt (saying he could not understand and/or comply with the vehemently stated that he would never live there. Curiously, I asked why, and his answer was that “too many ethnic people live there.” I questioned what he meant by “ethnic people.” He responded nonGentile! Uncomfortable and nervous I asked if he meant Jewish, and he replied yes. Because I am a Jew, I told him I could not continue to sit and talk to him. I explained that one should not judge a group of people, just an individual. His lady friend was embarrassed and apologized to me and admonished him. My German friend also came to my defense. Unfortunately, anti-Semitism is alive

+ Cell-phone tower needed on Key Dear Editor: Longboat Key is paradise? Longboat is not as good as a Third World country without proper cell-phone reception. Let’s bring Longboat Key into the modern world and out of the Dark Ages and finally erect a cell tower. John Ciko Jr. Longboat Key

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+ Anti high-speed rail letter writer got it all wrong Dear Editor: One recent contributor wrote that he was grateful to Gov. Rick Scott for averting the high-speed rail project. Nearly everything he stated was incorrect. What about the 25,000 jobs this project would have created? Under former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Legislature was overwhelmingly in favor of the rail system. Of course, that Republican governor

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the mayor’s chair heading into my final year as a commissioner,” said Siekmann. Siekmann doesn’t feel it’s appropriate for a Key resident who’s eventually planning a move away from the Key to be mayor; he said he would have declined the position. Siekmann, who carried on the seniority tradition last year by nominating Spoll as mayor, said he is considering stepping down before his final term expires next March. But Siekmann said he wouldn’t resign because of the mayoral vote and would only do so if he feels it’s appropriate for both him and the Town Commission to move on. Siekmann and Lenobel have been the minority on the commission for the past year, and the mayoral vote exemplified that. “I don’t know what happens going forward in the next year,” Siekmann said. “It’s a big unknown — exactly what role I am expected to fill in my last year. I have a sense of being put out to pasture and that’s not the way I want to go out.” Siekmann said he would take some time to decide whether it’s appropriate to step down from his District 5 seat to allow the commission to move on with a replacement that would be involved in decisions for the entire year. At the meeting, Brown and Younger were also sworn in for new, two-year terms. Meanwhile, former Mayor

when the town was in the midst of its early voting week at Town Hall. “When I asked for the proofs of publication to be sent to the town’s beach bond counsel, that’s when I discovered it,” Granger said. “The town clerk’s office is responsible for advertising. It’s ultimately the town clerk’s responsibility, and I take responsibility for the error.” Granger said she immediately notified town attorney David Persson, who recommended the town proceed with its election and work to validate the election results through other avenues after the polls closed. “Technically, the beach project was approved, but now the vote must be validated,” Granger said. Because of the advertising error, a bond counsel attorney cannot issue a clean bond opinion that bondholders can rely on before issuing the $16 million bond to the town. That’s where Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court, Sen. Michael Bennett, R-Bradenton, and the Legislature come in. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis sent a letter to Bennett March 21 that asked for his assistance in validating the beachproject vote. “To assist the town in curing this technical defect, the town will seek court validation of its bonds,” St. Denis wrote. “The town is asking for a special act of the Legislature (to help validate the vote).”

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Newly appointed Vice Mayor David Brenner takes the administration of oath Monday, at Town Hall. Brenner was voted unanimously to the position.

and District 1 Commissioner Spoll’s farewell speech was met with applause and a standing ovation for his more than six years of service as a commissioner. Said Spoll: “It’s gratifying to see so many good friends in the room. The articles, notes and calls I have received have been overwhelming. I am deeply touched.” Spoll thanked his friends, family and wife, Madelyn, for their support and promised he would not retreat from Town Hall. He again expressed his wish to be a part of an economic revitalization committee he proposed just last month. “This Key means too much to me and all of you to just walk away,” Spoll said.

St. Denis has asked Bennett, the Senate president pro tempore, whether he can assist the town in getting the Legislature to issue a validation opinion before the Legislative session ends in May. St. Denis attached a list of eight previous cases for which the Legislature has helped make a validation opinion regarding election results that had errors because of notice publications. The goal is to receive a validation opinion from the Legislature that can be entered into the record for either a Manatee County or Sarasota County judge, who will decide whether the beach project vote is validated. St. Denis said it will take approximately three-to-six months to go through the court process and cost the town approximately $10,000 in legal fees. St. Denis is confident the beach project will be validated and said it shouldn’t delay a beach project timeline that includes the town placing sand on its north-end beaches and other erosion hot-spots in November 2012. Also, natural-gas pipeline company Port Dolphin LLC has extended the town’s deadline to June 2013 to remove white sand from a pipeline corridor at the bottom of the Gulf for its beaches. “The court must make a decision as to whether this is valid and was the will of the people and met the spirit of the law,” St. Denis said. “We can submit evidence and meeting minutes that reflect that our residents were informed of the beach project

FUTURE DISCUSSION Town Manager Bruce St. Denis plans to schedule a special beach meeting next month to talk about the town’s Comprehensive Beach Management Plan. St. Denis said that an update to the town’s 2008 beach plan needs to be made because that plan includes renourishing every six to eight years. If the commission made a policy change to the beach plan to only renourish where needed, that would be a dramatic shift from past beach policies. “There are more beach decisions that have to be made moving forward,” St. Denis said. “The updated plan will incorporate structures on the north end, placement of sand and figuring out the next step and potentially the next project.” before they voted on this referendum.” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said regardless of the outcome, the town is working diligently to obtain permits for the beach project. As far as the error is concerned, Granger said it will never happen again. “A procedure will be put in place,” Granger said. “I will be copied on every ad and proof that goes into the paper in the future. It won’t ever happen again as long as I am the town clerk.”


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Bird Key Yacht Club will chip away at old façade The yacht club’s ‘Façade Project’ will add a second story to its lobby and provide exterior and interior updates.


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Bird Key Yacht Club will begin exterior and interior renovations of its clubhouse this summer.

scheduled to begin in August and take place during the three weeks that the club is typically closed each summer. The target completion date is November. Baime declined to discuss the cost of the project. Arvida constructed the clubhouse, which has more than 21,000 square feet of interior space, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s website,, in 1960 and signed over the title to club members in 1967. According to Armitage, although the club has gone through renovations, including the installation of a bar approximately seven or eight years ago, the exterior appearance of the club has remained relatively unchanged since it was Arvida-owned.

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On occasion, Art Armitage has heard the sliding doors at Bird Key Yacht Club compared to those at a supermarket. But, soon, those doors could be replaced by heavy mahogany doors, just one of the upgrades scheduled to be completed by November as part of the yacht club’s “Façade Project.” The club has been holding town-hallstyle meetings with members about the project, which would add a second story to the club’s lobby, reroute its entrance to East Flamingo Drive and renovate the interior and exterior of the club, which would give the club a modern vibe. “We’re giving it an island-y, Bahamas look,” Commodore Bob Baime said. “It is a project whose time has clearly come,” said Armitage, who served as the club’s vice commodore and currently sits on its board of governors. “The club dates back to the 1960s and has an old look to it. It’s about time we renovate it and make it look more in step with today’s world.” The club has hired the Sarasotabased architectural firm of Heise Meredith Associates Inc. to draw up plans. No formal vote on the project will take place, but Baime said the reaction has been especially positive because it will be paid for with funds that are “in hand,” allowing Bird Key Yacht Club to continue to operate as a historically debt-free organization. Construction is


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March 9 Under pressure 5:29 p.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Disturbance. Police responded to a complaint of someone causing a lot of noise. Police found a maintenance worker using a pressure washer before 8 a.m. and informed him of the town’s noise ordinance.

March 10 Wallet whereabouts 2:32 p.m. — 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Lost Property. A man told police he lost his black leather wallet, which contained $200 in cash, his driver’s license, Social Security card and credit cards.

March 12 Knock, knock ... 5:05 a.m. — 500 block of Russell Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman told police she thought she heard someone knock on her door, but there was no one there.

Out of sight 7:45 a.m. — Intersection of GMD and Juan Anasco Drive. Parking Violation. Police observed a car parked in the right of way, in an area where homeowners complained about cars blocking their line of sight. The construction worker agreed to move his truck.

Access denied 8:02 a.m. — 6900 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Police observed damage to a vacant home. It appeared a

March 14, 2003 6:58 a.m. 500 block Cutter Lane. Deja Vu. Subject videotaped his neighbor yelling. Neighbor said he was yelling because he is tired of being videotaped. A pointed middle finger was also involved.

Questionable placement 8:37 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Code Enforcement. A man told police that his neighbor placed a no-trespassing sign by the street in the town’s right of way. The man has violated the town sign code in the past, and the latest complaint was forwarded to the Code Enforcement Department.

March 10, 1993 11:02 a.m. 4900 block of GMD. Burglary. Report of voices in apartment and a possible burglary in progress was called in. Voices discovered to be people leaving a birthday message on a telephone answering machine.

Feeling trapped 11:46 a.m. — Off the Key. Lost Property. A Longboat Key boater flagged down a police officer and informed him that someone intentionally cut a buoy off one of his crab traps, and now the trap is missing. The value of the missing trap is $38.

March 13 Out and about 3:58 p.m. — 6700 block of GMD. Welfare Check. Police responded to a request for a welfare check and found a woman’s house locked and secure. Neighbors said she left on her own accord.

Cut your losses 6:07 p.m. — 5000 block of GMD. Larceny. A couple reported that their bicycles were stolen. A bolt cutter was used to steal the bikes, which were valued at $1,200.

March 14 That’s rubbish 2:30 p.m. — 500 block of Birdie Lane.


Lost Property. A woman reported that she is missing her garbage can.

Neighborhood name calling 4:18 p.m. — 100 block of Winslow Place. Disturbance. A man reported that one of his neighbors rode by on his boat while calling him “a Nazi” and making obscene gestures with his hands. The man said it stems from an ongoing homeowners association dispute. The neighbor denied calling him a Nazi and explained that he was calling him “nutsy,” which is the term the man has been using to describe neighbors who refuse to join the homeowners association.

March 15 8:01 a.m. — Intersection of GMD and Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic Violation. A woman told police the car in front of her kept drifting into the Gulf of Mexico Drive bicycle lane. Police pulled the driver over and discovered he did not have a valid driver’s license.

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March 16 You can count on us 12:40 a.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Disturbance. A cab driver called police because a couple could only come up with $15 for a $27 fare. Upon arrival, the couple dumped a cup full of change out onto the trunk of the cab, and police helped count out the remaining money due to the cab driver.

Night lights 2:03 p.m. — 600 block of Marbury Lane. Code Enforcement. A woman complained that her neighbor shines lights all night long.

10:57 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Fire Brush. A small brush fire started when someone dumped charcoal into the woods.

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on the key Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce’s Networking @ Noon luncheon — takes places from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers. Call 383-2466. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 383-2466.

ages 60s and 70s and women in the 55 and 65 age categories. Call the tennis center at 316-8367 or visit


Party on the Pass — takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Mote’s Aquarium Courtyard, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Tickets are $75 and include beer, wine and food stations provided by the SarasotaManatee Originals. Silent and live auctions will be featured and benefit Mote’s ongoing care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or stranded dolphins, whales and sea turtles. Call 388-4441 or visit

LBK Education Center Art Sale When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26 Where: Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive What: A large collection of art, including paintings, sculptures, prints and posters, will be on sale for prices ranging from $5 to thousands of dollars. The Longboat Key Education Center’s art teachers and local artists will be among the artists selling their work. A percentage of the sales will go to the Education Center. Call 383-8811 for more information.

‘A Night at the Museum’ — takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Bayou Tavern Restaurant, 6814 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Longboat Key Historical Society. Tickets are $50, 50% of which is a tax-deductible donation to the historical society. Call Tom Mayers at 383-6598. ‘Beyond the Sea’ — takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. The SYC Charitable Foundation will host its annual gala to support Mote Marine Laboratory. Tickets are $150. Call Nathalie Mould at 3882126. Coldwell Banker’s Cocktails Courtside — takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. Tennis pros from the tennis center and Longboat Key Club and players from the Sarasota Open will take part in a exhibition match. Tickets are $15. Call 383-2466 or visit Sarasota Republican Club Dinner — takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Tickets are $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Call Joni Weist at 924-4010. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — takes place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Michael Marciniak, motivational speaker and author of “Recover your American Dream: A Back to Basics Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” will speak. Tickets are $25 for chamber members, $28 for non-members. Call 778-1541. James Harvey Book Signing — takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd. James Harvey is a seasonal Florida resident and new contributor to the “Gulf Coast Lit” genre with his debut novel, “Grayton Beach Affair.” Call 388-2850.

‘A Taste of the Keys’ and Male Fashion Show — takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Bruce St. Denis, Al Hogle, three town commissioners and others will take male modeling to a new level at this fundraising event. Participating restaurants will include the Longboat Key Club and Resort, Chart House and Lazy Lobster. Tickets are $50. Call Susan Landau at 383-8030. Fidelity Investments Senior Doubles Tennis Tournament — takes place at 9 a.m. Monday, April 14 through Thursday, April 17, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. Registration is $40 per person. The tournament is a USTAdesignated tournament and is open to men

We are pleased to unveil our New Golf Membership. Imagine unlimited use of 45-holes of challenging golf, two driving ranges, six restaurants, beach & poolside facilities, Island House Spa, Fitness Centre and Mind & Motion Studio. Plus an open invitation to attend Club activities as well as use of Marina Village amenities and some tennis privileges. Call today for details and to schedule your private tour.

Enjoy the magnificent beachfront setting with pristine white sand & warm Gulf waters.

Play a match at our USTA award-winning Tennis Gardens.

Reenergize mind and body at our 9,000 sf Island House Spa.

Dine at six very distinctive, elegant to casual, onsite rstaurants.

442 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key 941.387.1602 • •


‘Hearing Loss Affects Everyone’ — takes place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at 1350 Main St., sixth-floor club level, Sarasota. The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota presents its first community event to demonstrate how community organizations can get greater participation from people with hearing loss. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 966-8999.


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Go Ahead. Make An Offer

Amid the mixed signals emanating from our nation’s economic recovery it was heartening to learn that last month’s consumer confidence index—as measured by The Conference Board—is at a three-year high. That speaks well for the upturn, as its the average consumer—and not the pundits—who spends each day on the front lines of the economy making key purchase decisions based on their returning sense of financial empowerment. In February, consumers expressed their greatest optimism since early 2008. This nationwide improvement in consumer sentiment is expressing itself quite forcefully within our own local housing market. Consumers are generally experiencing better economic times in their home markets—and more confidence in their own financial futures—which has translated into a dramatic uptick in closed and pending sales in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. Are we not, after all, a melting pot of home buyers from all over the country—and therefore a reasonable reflection of their collective mood?

Much of this year’s increase in home sales, of course, has to do with prices that have been rolled back to values not seen in Southwest Florida since 2001. Still, if buyers weren’t feeling better about their economic prospects and more secure in their jobs they’d scarcely be buying properties at any price. According to the latest Trendgraphix (March 2011), closed sales in Sarasota County for the first two months of 2011 were 7.4 % ahead of the same

time last year. Pendings were up too, by 14.5%. In Manatee County closed sales through February were up by 18.8%; with pendings up 25.5%. Further south, in Charlotte County, closed sales were up 14.9%; while pendings were up 20.7%.

If the government’s First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit hadn’t stoked something of an artificial buying boom in early 2010, we strongly suspect these early 2011 sales would be interpreted as evidence of a stronger recovery. Plus, the greatly improved level of year-to-date pendings portends a continuation of this strengthening trend in closed sales. It goes without saying that we are especially proud of all the 550-plus agents from Michael Saunders & Company who work with buyers and sellers in branch offices from Bradenton to Boca Grande. Last year as a group they outperformed the market by 29% in unit volume and 21% in dollar volume. To date in 2011 their performance is looking just as impressive. Perhaps more so. Thus far, they have improved on last year’s sales by 9.2 % in units and 2.2 % in volume. This was achieved even as the median sale price per unit is down by 1.6 % in Sarasota County, 17.9 % in Manatee County and 19.1 % in Charlotte County compared with last February. Meanwhile sellers of properties priced above $1 million have reason to feel optimism as well. After four straight years of declining sales, the number of million-dollar properties sold last year across the country rose in all 20

of the metro areas surveyed. With their stock portfolios largely recovered and their confidence restored, wealthy home buyers clearly took advantage of the most amazing values in high-end properties. Sarasota County, which has the most $1 million-plus properties in our market area, saw 214 of them sold in 2010—an increase of 3.4 % over 2009. As with all price ranges, the most aggressively priced of these properties are typically what sold. Here again, we express tremendous pride in our agents’ unparalleled ability to list, market and sell more of our area’s finest homes—by far. Of all transactions involving $1 million properties in Sarasota County over the past 12 months, Michael Saunders & Company accounted for a 40.8 % of all properties sold, more than next four companies combined; and 43.6 % of total dollar volume, equal to the next 12 companies combined.. (Source: Trendgraphix) Consistent with their dominance of the luxury market, our agents also brought buyers to $1 million-plus properties more often than the next five companies combined. With many foreclosures stalled in the pipeline, prices may finally take a run at stability. The feeling nationally is that banks will attempt to minimize any further drops in price—and therefore losses to their balance sheets—by releasing foreclosures into the market at a more controlled pace. Nevertheless, if you’re of the belief that prices will continue to decline in the months ahead, why not find the property you’d most like to own. Then go ahead. Make an educated offer.

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4765 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 402 $5,000,000 #A388061 Klaus Lang

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425 Titian Dr $1,900,000 #A3940763 Terri Derr & Ken Torrington

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1561 Harbor Cay Ln $1,699,000 #A3935657 Sharon Freeman

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4223 S Shade Ave $1,500,000 #A3939433 Ellen Wells

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128 Golden Gate Pt # 501B $1,495,000 #A3938424 Maureen Horn

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1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1408 $1,395,000 #A3930983 Beth Afflebach & Joan Dickinson

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485 E Royal Flamingo Dr $1,329,000 #A3931452 Maureen Horn

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535 Sanctuary Dr # B305 $1,250,000 #A3939345 Kathleen Callender

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380 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 512 $1,050,000 #A3936822 John August

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5930 Gulf Of Mexico Dr $999,999 #A3921889 Kathy Simonds

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2450 Harbourside Dr # 252 $980,000 #A3930708 Hannerle Moore

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340 S Palm Ave # 54 $899,000 #A3935110 Audrey Singer

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-2588

673 Norton St $889,000 Hannerle Moore


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601 Longboat Club Rd # 203S $879,000 #A3939117 Anna Kaminski

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585 Sanctuary Dr # B-202 $849,900 #A3935290 Sandi Layfield

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3030 Grand Bay Blvd # 335 $849,000 #A3935675 Carol Cohen Pa

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2425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 5F $779,000 #A3940806 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

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1211 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 404 $679,000 #A3929217 Marilyn Brown

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1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 502 $669,000 #A3935030 Jenifer Schwell

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600 Cedar St $649,000 Cathy Meldahl


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1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 5-C $645,000 #A3934402 Maruta Miluns

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4621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 15C $516,000 #A3932422 Richard Perlman

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2016 Harbourside Dr # 336 $495,000 #A3938678 Sylvia Zimmerman

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2385 Harbour Oaks Dr $495,000 #A3938963 Julie Klick

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3770 Eagle Hammock Dr $489,000 #A3939790 Mary Jo Violett

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-928-8474

240 Sands Point Rd # 4301 $475,000 #A346178 Gail Wittig

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-228-1985

4825 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # C103 Longboat Key $475,000 #A3932720 941-383-7591 Michael Yawitz 941-587-8091

7425 Links Ct $474,900 Judy Nimz


Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

3235 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 204 $474,000 #A3933602 Diane Otis Stirling

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-320-4261

3630 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 303B Longboat Key $449,000 #A3931622 941-383-7591 Craig Abbott 941-302-0686

500 S Washington Dr # 1B $379,000 #A3932197 Lawrence Zeigler

Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-228-2612

4621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 20 $375,000 #A3912192 Sandi Layfield

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-914-2807

988 Blvd Of The Arts # 316 $369,900 #A3939235 Deborah Beacham

1100 Imperial Dr # 505 $349,000 #A3917162 Karin Swanson

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-321-1111

600 Sutton Pl # 102 $300,000 #A3928481 Michael Moulton

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6800 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 191 $215,000 #A3924838 Bobbi Banan

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657 Cedar St # 23 $189,000 #A3923118 Tama Traberman

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-225-3351

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-376-2688

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph1 $299,900 #A3919201 Cathy Meldahl

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-724-7228

3453 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 223 $223,203 #A3932475 Eileen Burke

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Colony 941.383.3759 • Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 • Main Street 951.6660 • Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444


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1908 Oleander Street-WeSt Of the trail $439,000 Bird KeY Garden $1,099,000 lOnGBOat – Wide Canal frOnt $999,999 600 PUttinG Green lane – lBK $2,750,000 Great value in this updated 3,905 sq.ft. home Garden paradise 2/3 plus artist studio & workshop. updated Home, Beautiful Kitchen, Dock & large lot Direct Bayfront, 4br/4.5ba 4,082 sF in country club shores 941.350.2588 Kathy simonds Marcia salkin 941. 356-0203 audrey singer 941.350.5292 Mel & Jan Goldsmith 941.356.6673

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Sea Gate - direCt GUlf frOnt $669,500 2550 harBOUrSide dr. #311 – BaY iSleS $899,000 2232 harBOUr COUrt drive – lBK $999,000 BaY iSleS, 1918 harBOUrSide, #903 $495,000 2425 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 2BR/2Ba, with Full Gulf views. 3br/3ba, Marina Bay, lg. 1st fl. w/Bay views, 3,400 sF. 4br/3.5ba Bay isles Bayfront w/2car gar., boat dock townhouse, Bay views, private boat dock, large garage 941.356.6777 nancy lindeman Mel & Jan Goldsmith 941.356.6673 carol aviles 941-400-2656 941.356.6777 carol aviles

maruta miluns

terri derr

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$1,900,000 WeSt BradentOn aQUariUS ClUB COndO $645,000 Gated BaYfrOnt aCre + $2,975,000 2185 GUlf Of mexiCO dr #244 south-facing, large balcony, 5th floor, 2 master suites Boathouse, deep dockage,5900 sf of luxury. single Family Home, 4 beds, 3 baths / 1 half condo/townhome, 5 beds, 4 baths 941.356.6694 anne Mitchell Maruta Miluns 941.374.9702 terri Derr 941.725.0227 anne Mitchell

$2,475,000 941.725.0227

nina dearing peggy mock

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the ritz CarltOn tOWer reSidenCeS $2,250,000 COUntrY ClUB ShOreS-WaterfrOnt $799,000 800 n tamiami trl #402 $389,000 direCt GUlf frOnt – Sea Gate ClUB $685,000 Beautiful waterfront home totally remodeled. Exquisite 3751 sq. ft. with sweeping water views. 2B, 2B townhouse, pool, media room, guest suite, gym. updated southwest corner apartment 941.356.3584 nina Dearing peggy Mock 941.356.3584 peggy Mock 941.544.6648 941.366.6736 susan and Jon Fox

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$875,000 Grand BaY – lOnGBOat KeY $1,499,000 622 BUttOnWOOd harBOr $1,345,000 COUntrY ClUB COmmUnitY-Palm aire $449,500 3917 SPYGlaSS hill rd, SaraSOta 3B+Den+Bonus, pool, spa, Walk to the Beach, community Dock Fabulous views; resort-style amenities; pet friendly single Family Home, 3 beds, 4 baths / 1 half 4816 carrington circle, treymore. 4 BDR + Den, 3 car Garage 941.539.3384 linda thompson 941.228.2612 Maureen Horn 941.400.0805 Judy nimz 941-374-0196 larry Zeigler





$1,425,000 ritz- CarltOn reSidenCe #1106 $775,000 ritz-CarltOn BeaCh reSidenCe #706 $2,069,000 ritz-CarltOn tOWer reSidenCe #1203 $2,695,000 ritz-CarltOn reSidenCe #1102 Fabulous and rarely available 2BR+Den/3Ba Best price at the Ritz. 1BR/1.5Ba w/spectacular views Gorgeous Gulf & sunset views from this 2BR+Den/3Ba Vibrant sunsets, Gulf & Bay views from this 3BR/Ba 941.364-8884 Ritz-carlton office 941.364-8884 Ritz-carlton office 941.364-8884 Ritz-carlton office 941.364-8884 Ritz-carlton office

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Chamber event puts sporty spin on community gathering The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce will be combining tennis, food and live entertainment for Coldwell Banker’s Cocktails Courtside event Thursday, March 31. The event will be held at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road, in celebration of Longboat Key’s tennis facilities and the upcoming Sarasota Open, which will take place April 23 through May 1, at the Longboat Key Club Tennis Gardens. The chamber event will feature a tennis exhibition by two players from the Sarasota Open, including Andrei Lordechescu, tennis pros from the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and Longboat Key Club pros John Woods and Claudiu Retean. The event will also feature live musical entertainment. The event is open to the public and is part of the chamber’s effort to expand its events to include not only chamber members, but the entire community. “This will be a wonderful, communityoriented night,” says chamber President Tom Aposporos. Aposporos says that after the success of the chamber’s “New Year, New Longboat” event in Janu-

volunteer Opportunity The LLSA Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers for its upcoming events, including Coldwell Banker’s Cocktails Courtside Thursday, March 31. Volunteering at these events provides an opportunity to meet new people while giving back to the community. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the chamber’s upcoming events, call 3832466 or e-mail Tom Aposporos at or Dawn Mims at ary, the chamber hopes to host a similar, community-wide event every two months. Tickets are $15 and include a barbecue dinner and signature cocktail. There will also be a cash bar. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 383-2466.

Coldwell Banker’s Cocktails Courtside When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31 Where: Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road Tickets: $15 Contact: 383-2466 or visit

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You know their names and faces. And, soon, some of the most recognizable men on Longboat Key will be on their best (model) behavior. “A Taste of the Keys” will feature a male fashion show with styles from Brooks Brothers. Models include Town Manager Bruce St. Denis; Public Works Director Juan Florensa; businessman Jack Black; Commissioners Bob Siekmann, Phil Younger and Jim Brown; Fire Chief Paul Dezzi; Police Chief Al Hogle; Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos; and former Mayor Ron Johnson, along with narration by Matt Walsh, CEO/publisher of The Observer Group Inc. But, before the fashion show, at least 11 local restaurants will spice up the event with a variety of hors d’oeuvres that will give attendees a taste of Key cuisine. Tickets also include two complimentary drinks. “It’s very unique in two ways,” said Barb Kerwin, who is co-chairing the event with Susan Landau and Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, Executive Director Jane Buckman. “There aren’t many male fashion shows, and we’re using as models our public officials and well-known townspeople. Also, on the food side of it, there really hasn’t been a combination taste of the keys of Longboat, Anna Maria Island, Lido and St. Armands.” Approximately 100 tickets are currently left for the event, which benefits the Garden Club and Arts Center. Tickets are $50 and are available at the Longboat Observer, Exit Art at the Chart House, the Arts Center or through the Longboat Key Garden Club. Call 3830772 or 383-8030 for tickets and more information.

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A Taste of the Keys and Male Fashion Show When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 Where: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Contact: Barb Kerwin at 383-0772 or Susan Landau at 383-8030

On the menu The following restaurants will provide food at the event: • Chart House Restaurant • Dry Dock Restaurant • Joe’s Sweets and Treats • Lazy Lobster Longboat Key • Lido Beach Resort • Longboat Key Club and Resort • Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort • Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub • Old Salty Dog • Tango Steakhouse & Sushi Bar • Terrace on the Circle

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Susan Landau and Barb Kerwin, are co-chairing the event with Jane Buckman, executive director of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

People come from all over the world to Longboat Key for a vacation and to have a family portrait done by Photographer Jack Elka. Photographed on the beautiful beaches around sunset, the quality of light and the spectacular seascape views make for a picture that you will cherish for a lifetime.


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road to retirement

Kiwanis members flip for pancake breakfast

The longtime owner of Carman’s Shoes & Handbags discussed life on Longboat Key and St. Armands Circle. The drive from Bill Carman’s home in the Longbeach Village to his former Carman’s Shoes & Handbags on St. Armands Circle is 10.5 miles. Carman estimates that he has totaled 275,000 miles in the past 40 years while making that drive. Carman, who opened Carman’s Shoes & Handbags in 1965 and moved to the Village four years later, Carmen spoke to the Longboat Key Historical Society Thursday, March 17, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. “Going back and forth to work on St. Armands, I had a chance to see Longboat Key from many angles,” Carman said. Carman and his wife, Judy, closed Carman’s at the end of 2010 and continue to reside in the Village.

By Dora Walters | Senior Editor

then and now Here’s a look back at how life on Longboat Key and St. Armands has changed over the past four-and-a-half decades.  Then Bill Carman liked to jog barefoot through the Longbeach Village at night after he moved there in 1969. One night, he ran right onto a diamond back rattlesnake.  Now Carman no longer jogs barefoot at night.


 Then The speed limit on Gulf of Mexico Drive was 55 mph when Carman moved to Longboat Key.  Now The speed limit is 45 mph, and traffic often moves slower during season.

Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key President Bob Gault and Andrew Vac


Then When Carman first opened Carman’s Shoes (before the store added handbags) in 1965, St. Armands Circle was home to 103 businesses, including a grocery store, pharmacy and gas stations.  Now Of those 103 businesses in 1965, today just eight are under the same ownership and two — The Columbia Restaurant and Bennington’s Tobacconist — operate under the same name.

Photos by Dora Walters

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A spring tradition on Longboat Key is the annual Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key pancake breakfast. Held this year March 19, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Stella Maris Hall, Kiwanis members filled the hall long before dawn to set up tables, fire up the grills, whip up tons of pancake batter and measure the coffee to be brewed. The doors opened at 7 a.m., and the usual early birds were there. The crowd usually peaks about 9:30 a.m. and is a mix of locals and tourists. Sitting at tables of eight, new friends are made as the pancakes are served. And the club makes sure no one leaves hungry — seconds are always available. Proceeds of the event benefit club projects.

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Bill Carman steps back in time for Historical Society By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

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THE LONGBOAT KEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Longboat Key Democratic Club Luncheon Meeting

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Scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2011 has been cancelled. The club luncheons, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, Harborside Dining Room, will convene again on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. We strongly urge you to stay in touch with our club’s outreach activities during the spring and summer through our e-mail and newsletter notices. We are developing many activities with the DNC and Sarasota and Manatee DEC organizations. We intend to make the 2012 election cycle a huge win for Democrats, at local, state and national levels!

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Islands West residents pay musical tribute By Dora Walters | Senior Editor

Residents of Islands West observed St. Patrick’s Day with an informal sing-along held in the lobby. George Hardy and his wife, Sally, organized the event. Song sheets with the lyrics of well-known Irish ballads were distributed, and Hardy accompanied the singers on his accordion. Guest soloist was Tom Malloy; his “Danny Boy” brought enthusiastic applause. “This is just for fun and to have a good time,” Hardy said. In keeping with tradition, most of those attending wore green.

Alexis Worth, 11, and her sister, Kelsey, 13

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Dr. Richard Swier, co-director of the Florida Security Council and editor of Red County, a website dedicated to centerright commentary, news and local politics, was the guest speaker at the March 11 meeting of the Longboat Key Republican Club, held at the Chart House. Focusing on the crisis in the Middle East, Swier said the September election in Egypt could find a majority of up to 70% of Muslim Brotherhood members elected. “This would mean disaster for the treaty with Israel,” he said. Swier is also with UnitedWest, an organization to expose Muslim organizations in America. Swier is a 23-year Army veteran, who retired as a lieutenant colonel. In 1990, while assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, in Fort Monroe, La., he was responsible for antiterrorism and terrorism counteraction doctrine.

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Gulfshore leads the way on St. Patrick’s Day By Dora Walters Senior Editor

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Longboat Harbour residents go green for St. Patrick’s Day By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Longboat Harbour residents found a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day, but it wasn’t at the end of a rainbow. It was in the condominium clubhouse, where

approximately 100 residents gathered in their best green garb for green beer, corned beef and cabbage and other Irish treats. The event was chaired by John and Mary Bock, who were assisted by Sandy and Barb Watson.

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Grand marshals were Edith and Carroll Newton.

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An emergency 911 call before the start of the Gulfshore of Longboat Key St. Patrick’s Day parade caused a brief delay for the annual event. But, when all was well March 19, police officer Randy Thompson, who assisted on the call, led the parade in his patrol car. Grand marshals were Edith and Carroll Newton. Also riding in the parade were the Twin Shores king and queen, Paul Stewart and Linda Huber. The Blarney Bunch once again marched in the parade — kazoos in hand — and were led by Lee Tonner. Also taking part this year were the Jacobites of Sarasota bagpipers. And, as usual, there was lots of green beer. After the parade, all enjoyed ice cream and cold drinks. Festivities concluded with a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the clubhouse. Parade chairmen were Phyllis Lewis and Douglas Bruce.





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The annual St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Women’s Guild fashion show and luncheon is usually a sellout crowd. This year was no different. Two hundred and eighty-five women attended the event, held March 15, at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. Saks Fifth Avenue presented the show, which featured casual, luncheon and evening attire. Event chairwomen were Donna Winter and Pat Marschke. Models were members of the Guild. Sandy Finnegan Photos by Dora Walters

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Local writer has a knack for horseracing stories By Dora Walters | Senior Editor

Bill Nack got his dream job in 1971 and hasn’t stopped running since. An environmental writer for Newsday, Nack was a lover of horses and an avid horseracing fan. At a party, Nack so impressed the editor with his horseracing knowledge, the editor offered him the job of horseracing editor. Nack has covered all the great racehorses and their achievements since. Without a doubt, Secretariat is his favorite. His book, “Secretariat: the Making of a Champion,” was the basis for the recent movie, “ Secretariat”; Nack served as a consultant on the film. A winter resident of the Key, Nack was the guest speaker at the March 16 meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. Nack recalled meeting Secretariat for the first time in 1972, when the colt was a 2-year-old and just learning how to race. “He was magnificent,” says Nack, who describes him in his book as a “chivalrous prince of a colt who was playful and mischievous.” Nack went on to watch Secretariat set a Kentucky Derby record in 1973 of 1:59 2/5, a record that still stands. Two weeks later, Secretariat won the Preakness. Three weeks later, Secretariat won the Belmont with a 31-length lead to secure the Triple Crown. Only 11 horses since 1919 have won this honor. Nack found acting as a film consultant to be interesting. He even had a small role in the film, when he appeared at a press conference. In 1978, Nack joined Sports Illustrated, and his career included profiles

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obituaries Charlotte Ann Barsalow

Charlotte Ann Barsalow, 90, of Longboat Key and formerly of Fair Haven, Vt., died March 12. Mrs. Barsalow and her husband, William Barsalow Sr., worked side-by-side in their family business, B a r s a l o w ’s Bakery, in Fair Haven. She was a longtime resident of Barsalow Gulfshore of Longboat Key, where she had many close friends and was a dedicated caregiver to many of the community’s residents, enabling them to remain in their homes. She retired from her role of taking care of the “old folks” in her mid-80s but remained

active in the community’s festivities and events. Mrs. Barsalow enjoyed playing cards and was a Bingo junkie. She chauffeured her friends to Bingo or occasionally to the Hard Rock Casino in her new P.T. Cruiser and enjoyed spending time with her family. Mrs. Barsalow is survived by her sons, William Jr., of Fair Haven, and Charles, of Milton, Vt.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter, who was born March 11; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service took place at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

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Longboat Key and Michigan, died March 16. Born March 31, 1934, he received his medical doctorate from the University of Toronto and served an internship and residencies at the University of Alberta Hospital and Ford Hospital, in Detroit. He practiced as an anesthesiologist for many years at William Beaumont Hospital, in Royal Oak, Mich., and in Troy, Mich. Dr. McKinney enjoyed travel, skiing, scuba diving, golf and boating with family and friends. Dr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Rochelle; daughter, Lee; son, Michael; and five grandchildren. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Wednesday communion and anointing services at 10 a.m. Sunday worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 595 Bay Isles Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the minister. 383-6491. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11

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a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Masses at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday and at 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Daily Masses during Lent are at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. Stations of the cross takes place at 5 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Confession is held at 11 a.m. daily, from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays before weekend masses. The Rev. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Rabbi Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. Call 383-3428.


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“I’ve always been fascinated by creating something three-dimensional from a bolt of fabric,” says Eric Cross, pictured here with the packing paper design he created for this year’s “iconcept” show.

Posh paperboy Artist Eric Cross grabbed local headlines for his tea-length contribution to this weekend’s ‘iconcept’ fashion show at Art Center Sarasota.


ric Cross is a pretty dapper dresser for a dumpster diver. It’s hard to picture a 51-year-old with 30 years experience creating window displays for luxury clothing retailers rooting through

trash bins dressed in a flashy blue button-down shirt, pinstripe pants and shiny black shoes — his outfit on this particular Tuesday. But it’s where he says he unearths his best materials.


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CROSS from 1B “You can repurpose so many things,” says Cross, who graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1980 with a degree in graphic design and illustration. “Even as a kid I liked picking through the garbage.” Born in Chicago to a French mother and American father, Cross spent much of his childhood in Paris and Italy, where he liked to haunt the alleys outside his mother’s favorite boutiques. European dumpsters were filled with all sorts of treasures. A participating designer in this year’s “iconcept” fashion show at Art Center Sarasota, Cross is still pulling inspiration from the garbage. In November, when he was still working as a visual manager at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Naples, he retrieved a heap of brown packing paper from the back stockroom. He thought it would make a good evening dress, so he slit and stretched the paper, wove raffia through the front, connected the top with macramé and added a long brown train to the back of the skirt. “I love the way the material laid,” he says. “It reminded me of really heavy taffeta.” He thought he had knocked out his “iconcept” project early, until he got a call from the Art Center asking if he’d be interested in creating another paper dress, this time out of newsprint — specifically, Ob-


Eric Cross styled Beverly Hills’ Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Steve Martin film “Shopgirl.”  Cross has several paintings hanging in Ringling College’s Madeby Gallery.  Cross worked as a visual merchandiser for Marshall Field’s, in Chicago, where he met Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Paloma Picasso, among other couture designers.  Cross graduated from Bradenton’s Bayshore High School in 1977. 

Cross stitched his newsprint frock using Publix dental floss.

server newsprint. Drawing inspiration from the fact that The Observer’s Associate Publisher-Multimedia Emily Walsh Parry is a former Sarasota Ballet dancer and her sister, Kate Walsh Honea, is a principal with the company, Cross decided to create a strapless tea-length dress with a pleated ballerina skirt. To help bring out the red “O” that runs along the top of the bodice, Cross created a bolero jacket out of red pipe cleaners. “Whoever models it should wear red shoes,” he says with the straightforward conviction of a perfectionist designer who has devoted more time to a project than he cares to admit. “High heels would look better than flats.” Cross knows a thing or two about accessorizing. He spent 13 years dressing man-

nequins for Saks. He left the store in January to work as the general manager of Home Resource, in the Rosemary District. For more than two months he’s devoted nearly every night to pleating newspapers. With only one week left until the runway show, Cross is ready to purge his Sarasota home of the foot-high stack of newspapers that has crowded his bedroom since January. “I’ll be happy when it’s out of sight,” he says. “Even though it has been theraputic in a way. It’s like I get home and start threading and pleating, and my imagination just takes over.” Cross isn’t the only “iconcept” artist pushing himself to create standout pieces for the popular runway show. Now in its third year, the art-meets-fash-


The third annual “iconcept” event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Art Center Sarasota. Hosted by comedian/actress Christine Alexander, the outrageous fashion show includes refreshments, pre-show entertainment and local craft vendors. For tickets, call 365-2032. ion spectacle has blossomed into one of the edgier must-attend fundraisers of the year. Last year’s event, which included provocative costumes by more than two-dozen local artists, including Gale Fulton Ross, Carl Abbott and Ray Peper, drew such a crowd that organizers encouraged this year’s participants to push the envelope even further. “They were told to go all-out,” says Art Center Development and Marketing Director Lisa Berger. “Every piece that hits the runway is going to have that ‘wow factor.’” Last year’s event was hosted by looselipped RuPaul-worshipper Lorenzo Hubbard, whose penchant for sexual innuendo made the show’s blue-haired attendees hoot and holler like wild bachelorettes. Which is precisely what Berger wants. “It’s brought to so many new people to the Art Center who’ve never been here before,” she says. “People are starting to think we’re much cooler and hipper than they previously thought.” Cortez Road 41

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+ Switzer blows his horn for banjo groupies Cynthia Sayer rocked the house last week with her ragtime-y, jazz-happy, four-string-plucking banjo concert at the Players Theatre. The musician’s diverse set list included sing-along songs (Benny Goodman’s “Goody Goody”), old country tunes (Hank Williams’ “Half As Much”), unapologetic pro-marijuana anthems (Sidney Bechet’s “Viper Mad”) and classical orchestral compositions (Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”). Ever the crowd-pleaser, the banjoist, accompanied by Sarasota musicians Bob Switzer (on trumpet) and Mark Neuenschwander (on string bass), devoted most of her show’s second set to audience requests, ending on an encore performance of “Oh! Susanna.” However, the stamina award of the night goes to out to Switzer, who despite being decades older than Sayer wailed on his horn like a young Miles Davis.

Not since the Muppets have puppets been so engaging. How else do we explain the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s latest fellow, North Carolina puppeteer Hobey Ford. Ford, a Kennedy Center teaching artist and toy inventor, is not your average street performer. The recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants, Ford is the two-time winner of puppetry’s highest honor — the Union Internationale de la Marionnette Citation of Excellence. With credentials like that it’s no wonder he was the first puppeteer invited to stay at the Manasota Key retreat. For just $5, Sarasota residents can catch Ford’s puppet presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Historic Asolo Theater. To make a reservation, call 360-7399.

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Dance fanatics will get a able to get a dancer like José chance to rub elbows next week Manuel Carreño to come with Wendy Perron, editor in down and do this festival. chief of Dance magaSarasota should zine. definitely cherish it.” Perron, a former Perron, who dancer, chorograworks out of New pher and teacher, York City, says was invited to speak she’d love to get Tuesday, March 29, a chance to check at a Carreño Dance out the Sarasota Festival luncheon at Ballet while she’s Michael’s On East. in town. She says The editor will disshe’s familiar with cuss the popularity the company’s work, of “Black Swan” as especially its latest Photo by Steve Vacariello well as address the reputation for dancWendy Perron notion that ballet is ing revered works dying, as suggested by Jennifer by British choreographers. Homans’ recently published Hey, Wendy, if you’re still book, “Apollo’s Angels.” in town, the company will perform its tribute to George The visit marks Perron’s first Balanchine Friday, April 1 and appearance in Sarasota. “I’m looking forward to it,” Saturday, April 2. she says. “I think it’s great that For tickets to the Perron Robert de Warren has been luncheon, call 776-0676.

Rubin Peacock at Allyn Gallup: More than

20 years have passed since Sarasota bronze artist Rubin Peacock exhibited his work at a hometown gallery. The sculptor, who’s been busy with out-of-town exhibitions and commissions, finally gives locals a taste of what he’s been up to with his latest exhibition, “Spirit Catchers: Forty Years of Bronze,” on display through April 2 at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. For more information, call 366-2454 or visit

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+ Greenfield Prize awarded to NYC scribe It’s always exciting when famous playwrights take a break from Broadway rehearsals to swing by Sarasota to pick up some cash. John Guare, who’s currently enjoying the Broadway revival of his John Guare “The House of Blue Leaves” starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Edie Falco and Ben Stiller, is the recipient of this year’s $30,000 Greenfield

Prize. Established in 2009 by longtime Sarasota residents Bob and Louise Greenfield, the prize enables an artist to create a work of art during a six-week residency at the Hermitage Artists Retreat. Since its inception, the prize has been awarded to playwright Craig Lucas, composer Eve Beglarian and visual artist Sanford Biggers. Guare will receive his bounty at a weekend-long celebration. For a full schedule of events, visit

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Jen King Elliot wasn’t the only one interpreting Sabrina Small’s artwork. Fuzión founder Leymis Bolaños Wilmott had to choreograph a dance piece that also evoked the Siamese twins in Small’s curious “Black Orpheus.” Wilmott says to expect abstract, intertwined choreography that conjures up “the mixed emotions of being connected to someone.”

Jen King Elliot shares her journey from Ringling College, to Broadway’s ‘Contact,’ to this weekend’s fifth annual Fuzión dance concert. Whatever you do, don’t call Jen King Elliot “a seamstress.” “With all due respect to seamstresses of the past and present,” Elliot says, “what I do is so much more.” To be clear, Elliot is not surly. Nor is she snooty. A talkative 33-year-old, Elliot is just being honest. She is more than just a seamstress. A former student at Ringling College of Art and Design, Elliot has been making clothes since she was 12, when her mother bought her a Tiny Tailor sewing machine off a television infomercial. She began working on Broadway productions in 1999, shortly after transferring from Ringling College to the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, where one fortuitous summer she met five-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. She had lunch plans with a friend, who happened to be working out of Long’s studio. “I picked him up at the studio,” Elliot recalls. “And William Ivey Long introduced himself. I said, ‘You know, I make costumes, too. If you ever need help with anything … ’ It was a ha-ha, joke-y comment. I didn’t expect him to say, ‘Actually, I’m working on a new show and could use some help.’”


The show was Susan Stroman’s “Contact,” which would premiere that fall in Lincoln Center and later move to Broadway, where it would go on to win the 2000 Tony Award for “Best Musical.” When Elliot signed on to help, Long tasked her with designing the mockup for the show’s famously skintight yellow dress. Seventeen versions later, she came up with the final slinky cut that would adorn the original Girl in The Yellow Dress. “It’s my 15-minute claim-to-fame,” Elliot says. “It was the most fun, most intense month of my life.” Since then, Elliot has worked with Long on dozens of Broadway productions, including “Hairspray,” “The Boy From Oz,” “Sweet Charity,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Young Frankenstein.” The work has kept her busy, but not so busy that she’s abandoned her ties to Sarasota. Last year, she teamed up with local artist Sabrina Small and choreographer Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, founder of Fuzión Dance Artists, to create costumes for a dance number based on Small’s “Black Orpheus” — a painting that depicts two Siamese twins dressed in thigh-high boots, short pleated skirts and black gloves. The performance is one of several artistic collaborations on the bill for this weekend’s Fuzión dance concert at the

Fuzión Dance Artists will perform its fifth Season Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, call 359-0099, Ext. 101.

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“I like to think of myself as a fairy godmother who can take an idea and turn it into something you’d want to wear,” Jen King Elliot says. FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The pieces, which will transform dancers Angela Rauter and Alyson Dolan into black tentacle-headed conjoined twins, are bound to hold audiences spellbound. The designer spent all of December

and most of January in Sarasota working on the project with Small and Wilmott. Using black treated materials from New York’s Garment District, Elliot created long capes and short skirts and added dashes of gold and silver sparkles; moody blues and deep purples brought out the mysteriously feminine, yet eerily militant vibe of Small’s “Black Orpheus.” “The challenge with any collaboration,” says Elliot, “is communicating what’s in your head. You don’t just answer to your vision. You’ve got to take other people’s perspectives into consideration, which can be difficult because no one knows what’s going on in your brain better than you do.” The project harkened back to a previous experience — her first big design assignment as a commercial illustration major at Ringling College. “We were asked to create a piece of biographical clothing inspired by a classmate,” Elliot says. “So, I made this burgundy velvet corset with a big evil-queen collar. I put a Georgia O’Keefe painting on the collar, wrapped it around makeshift pattern paper, and my teacher was like, ‘OK, you’re operating on another level.’”

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Filmmaker comes home to premiere flick at SFF Former Sarasota resident Shaun Greenspan’s short film, ‘The Break Up,’ conjures up the drama of puppy love. If you’ve only got five minutes to spare this film-festival season, check out Shaun Greenspan’s “The Break Up.” It’s adorable. Light. Quirky. It’s got a catchy three-song soundtrack and a feel-good ending. It’s about a 9-year-old boy who breaks up with his girlfriend at a pizza parlor. And, yes, it’s all of four minutes and 55 seconds long. If it’s possible for a filmmaker to showcase his cinematic chops in such a brief window of time, Greenspan manages to do it with this short film, which will premiere next month at the Sarasota Film Festival. The 32-year-old filmmaker, who moved with his family in 1992 to Sarasota, based the movie on his own childhood dating experience. Like the movie’s charming protagonist, Greenspan took his first date to a pizza shop in the small Connecticut town he lived in until he was 13 years old. He was in third grade. The girl’s name was Cori. He begged his dad — Sarasota dentist Dr. Richard Greenspan — to take him. His father agreed, but on one condition: He would have to chaperone. “I barely remember it,”


Shaun Greenspan’s “The Break Up” will screen at noon Friday, April 15 and at 7 pm. Sunday, April 17, at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20, in downtown Sarasota. The Sarasota Film Festival runs April 7 to April 17. For more information on “The Break Up,” visit For tickets to the festival, call 366-6200 or visit

Greenspan says. “But I do know halfway through I asked my father to cut my pizza. When we drove home that night he told me I should probably wait to go out with girls until I can cut my own food.” It seems Greenspan was always in a hurry to grow up. He dropped out of Riverview High School his senior year and at the urging of his parents got his GED in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Boston, where he admits he partied too hard and spent way too much money. “I rebelled probably because I had things so nice,” Greenspan says. “I realize it now, that I was just stubborn. My father used to say, ‘If you put half as much energy into staying on track as you do getting off track, there’s nothing you won’t accomplish.’” Greenspan took those words to heart. He moved back into his parents’ quiet bayfront home, enrolled in Manatee Community College and at 22 transferred to Columbia College Hollywood, a Los Angeles-based film school. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I took my first film class at MCC,” Greenspan says. “I realized I liked con-

necting with people. I like telling good stories, and I like working hands-on on an artistic project. It’s something that’ll never get old that I can do for the rest of my life.” Greenspan received his film degree in 2003. Since then he’s worked as a production assistant on “Six Feet Under,” “Nip/ Tuck,” “Mad Men,” “True Blood,” “Big Love” and the films, “Little Miss Sunshine and “Where the Wild Things Are.” In 2005, he co-founded Triforce Pictures with fellow film school graduate Edward James. The company, which specializes in producing cost-effective content for films, music video and commercials, has netted an impressive client list, including rapper Snoop Dogg. After 10 years away from home, Greenspan says it only

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“The point of filmmaking is to connect with the audience through storytelling,” Shaun Greenspan says. “You can have the best directing and the best acting, but if no one cares about the story, you’re done.” made sense to premiere “The Break Up” in Sarasota, while surrounded by family and friends.

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Word of Mouth is Sarasota’s ‘Cheers’ “It’s my living room,” says Shannon Lugannani. “I’m here every night. It is like my home, and I want my guests to feel the same way.” Lugannani, 43, is talking about his restaurant, Word of Mouth, on Osprey. Word of Mouth first appeared in these parts more than a decade ago on Clark Road. Today, there are three locations: Gulfgate, Cattlemen Road at Bee Ridge and downtown on Osprey. Jeremy Adams owns two of the restaurants and 50% of the third; Lugannani owns the other 50% of the third restaurant. The brand is well-established as a breakfast-and-lunch place; the news is that downtown serves dinner, as well. Not only is there dinner, there is a different special every day priced at only $9.99, including bread, soup or salad, plus starch and veggie as appropriate. Tuesday it is prime rib, Wednesday is Italian, Thursday is brisket, Friday is filet mignon and Saturday is “chef ’s choice.” And there are always one or two additional dinner specialties in the $12 to $13 range. Lugannani’s strategy with the $9.99 dinner is to have people discover the restaurant. “If a single person goes to the store and buys the ingredients for the same dish, he can’t cook it for $10,” he says. “My goal is to for them to say, ‘Wow … Word of Mouth’s $10 dinner is as good or better than a $30 dinner other places.’” Food-wise, Word of Mouth includes healthier alternatives. Lugannani claims “ours is the best fruit cup in town,” because he goes to the market (Detwiler’s Farm Market on South Packinghouse Road and Palmer Boulevard) daily to buy fruit, and the res-



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Flounder Florentine Ingredients: Flour Old Bay seasoning 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dredge flounder in seasoned flour. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter over high heat until foam subsides, then quickly sauté fish on both sides. Transfer to oven to finish cooking, approximately 10 minutes, or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Heat half-and-half. Work remaining tablespoon of butter and an equal amount of flour into a paste and whisk it into hot liquid in small bits until sauce achieves desired thickness. Season with Old Bay, salt and pepper. Quickly sauté spinach in remaining tablespoon of oil, drain and add to sauce. To plate: Place flounder on a bed of yellow rice and top with sauce.

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Shannon Lugannani and chef Stephen A. Wahle Servers Dave O’Sullivan and Tamara Mason have been at Word of Mouth downtown since it opened three years ago. taurant makes it fresh every day. Their tuna salad is also house-made daily with tongol tuna, which has lower concentrations of mercury. There are lots of salads on the menu, and the restaurant does not have a deep fryer. Dressings, soups, muffins, scones and biscuits are made in-house. They do not serve day-old pastry; anything left at the end of the day is given to dinner customers. The kitchen at Word of Mouth is run

5 ounces flounder filet 1/2 cup half-and-half Salt and pepper 1 1/4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better this time of year in Sarasota, the Sarasota Film Festival rolls into town. For 10 glorious days and nights, our little piece of paradise reels and rocks. With more than 100 filmmakers and actors attending this year, elbow-rubbing is a distinct possibility. With more than 180 narrative, documentary, feature and short films, we cinephiles are in for 10 days of movie nirvana. Having attended all 13 festivals, I’m offering up some picks and tips for navigating this year’s SFF. Mandatory prerequisite: Acquire a film guide ASAP (available at the festival box office inside the lobby of Hollywood 20 or online). In it you will find dates, times and synopses for all of the films and events. My SFF must-see-and-do list is as follows.

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The film, “Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times,” will be screened Friday, April 8, at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Director Andrew Rossi provides a look at what happens behind the scenes at the New York Times as he follows Media Desk reporters David Carr and Brian Stelter. Après film party at Michael’s On East is way past my bedtime but always a blast.

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I was elated to learn that the festival will be honoring this amazing man whose passion for cinema was infectious. His groundbreaking Video Renaissance was the only place to obtain the greatest films ever made. Before IMDB, Terry Porter was the guy to call with all your film queries. He had all the answers and was always available. His love of movies fueled mine.

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Geena Davis (April 16) and Christopher Plummer (April 17) will open up about their careers and lives this year in one of my favorite SFF programs. Both actors also star in films being screened at the festival. Christopher Plummer’s “Beginners” has been selected for the “Closing Night Film.” Geena Davis’ film is also part of the series “Through Women’s Eyes,” entitled, “Miss Representation.” Also scheduled is “Censorship and Cinema: The Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist.” It will feature industry professionals discussing the topic.

Catch as many films as you possibly can which have a Q&A after the screening. To me, this is the very best a film festival has to offer. Having the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers and stars is extremely exhilarating. If you’re really lucky you might have a one-on-one after the Q&A (did I ever mention Jeremy Renner two years ago!). Keep in mind when you support the Sarasota Film Festival (a non-profit arts organization) you’re supporting our community. I can’t think of a more exciting and rewarding way to do so. Any questions? Call the box office at 366-6200. — Pam Nadon

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Joseph Silverstein, former concert master of the Boston Symphony, music director of the Utah Symphony and beloved master teacher and performer with the Sarasota Music Festival, opened this past Sunday’s concert by students and alumni of The Curtis Institute of Music at the Historic Asolo Theater by telling us that, according to U.S. News and World Report, Curtis is “the most selective school in the country.” Curtis, which is in Philadelphia, takes only about 160 students. They’re all on scholarship. And, said Silverstein, “Curtis graduates occupy principal stands of just about every orchestra in the world,” and that includes Abraham Feder, who graduated from Curtis in 2008 and is the principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra. There’s also a “Sarasota Friends of Curtis,” and they presented Feder with current Curtis students Michelle Cann, pianist; Sonora Slocum, flutist; and Zoe Martin-Doike, violinist/ violist, in a stunning concert that brought the audience to its feet for a well-deserved ovation. These “students” are better than many of their men-

tors, playing with sophistication, understanding, style and technique to burn. They’re so good it’s scary. The Weber G minor trio for flute, cello and piano started a little tentatively, but by the finale, Slocum, Feder and Cann were off and running with confidence and flair. Saint-Saens’ “Havanaise,” in the hands of Martin-Doike and Cann, was filled with youthful exuberance. And Slocum and Feder in the Villa-Lobos “Assobio a jato” (“The Jet Whistle”) were glowing. Beethoven’s “Eyeglasses Duo” has a funnier name than the music itself, but Martin-Doike and Feder played it charmingly. Dutillieux’ Sonatina for flute and piano with Slocum and Cann had all the French flair of a Poulenc piece turned sideways. The grand finale was the gorgeous Mendelssohn D minor trio with MartinDoike, Feder and Cann zipping along at enthusiastic tempos that were fast but convincing in their beautiful articulation and energy. If this is what the future holds in classical music, I wish I could live another century or two. — June LeBell

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Marx Brothers antics and circus surprises were in store for the more than 200 guests at Senior Friendship Centers’ “A Madcap Evening at the Circus” Tuesday, March 15. Immediately upon arrival, guests were wooed with fun things to do and look at, such as a transformed circus-themed room, decorated by Jewel Ash; Ellian Rosaire and her beautiful horse, Anacacho; balloon fun by Josh Sizemore; henna tattoos by Sandy Young; and Gibraltar and his trainer (Billy Bob Steinberg and Elizabeth Flower). The fun didn’t stop there,

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Another Sarasota beauty is engaged. Kelly Morrell will wed Burt Romanoff, an attorney at Norton Hammersly, before the year is out. Perhaps just barely before. He popped the question March 12 at “Polo Under the Palms.” Kelly was on the event committee. He complimented how lovely the event was and said, “The only thing that would make this night better is if you would spend the rest of your life with me.” And, then, he set off the fireworks he had brought to celebrate.

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West Egg is coming to west of the trail for the 30th annual Orchid Ball – The Great Gatsby. Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan are all expected. Chairwoman Kristiana Serbin and her committee are doing several special things in honor of that milestone. They have invited past chairs of the event to serve as honorary chairs of this one, and the list includes Carmen Baskind, Debbi Benedict, Beth Cannata, Ann Esworthy, Nora Johnson, Mary KenealyBarabetta, Cornelia Matson, Karin Parry Leerveld, Laura Peters, Cindy Peterson, Betty Sandhagen, Michael Saunders, Margarete van

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Long time (as in 20 years) couple Fred Mackenzie and Nancy Lee invited 20-plus of their friends to celebrate Fred’s 85th birthday March 13, at Libby’s. Fred is an engaging speaker, and as he was recounting his (interesting) lives, plural, he mentioned oh-so-casually that he and Nancy were married when her family was all here for Molly Schechter a visit — in 2007. It took a minute before Not-so-newlywed Fred one of the guests said, “Wait a minute? Mackenzie and Nancy Lee You’re married?” Indeed, they are. Congratulations and best wishes, however belated! Among the guests at the party: Carol and Frank von Allmen, Susan Brainerd and Alan Quinby, Betty York, Helen Kesler, and April Mast.

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The Children’s Guardian Fund, a support organization for the Guardian ad Litem Program, hosted a luncheon to honor more than 200 of its volunteers Friday, March 11, at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. The volunteers are advocates for children in state custody. The fund provides monies to meet these kids’ needs from educational tutoring and summer camp to little-but-big things, like soccer cleats or a prom dress.

Antwerpen and Emily Walsh Parry. Because 30 years is the pearl anniversary, there will also be a special auction of pearl jewelry — from chocolate to freshwater — in addition to the usual silent-and-live auctions. Finally, Kate Walsh Honea is choreographing a piece that dancers from the Sarasota Ballet School will perform at the end of the evening.

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A big night at the Asolo … The new Gulf Coast Community Foundation program called “10,000 Reasons to Give” adds $10,000 when a donor opens a fund or adds to an existing one in the amount of $100,000 or more. It works. Foundation rep Scott Anderson presented a $110,000 check from an anonymous donor to Asolo Board President Susan Buck at the opening night dinner preceding “Las Meninas” March 18. Among those attending: Eric and Roberta Fliss, from Miami; he is managing director of the new South Miami-

drive at … Cucumbers, champagne and chandeliers … Tina Little and Queens Wreath Jewels hosted a tea with finger sandwiches and other treats to show the Ivanka Trump Jewelry collection March 17, at Shoogie Boogies, in Towles Court. The collection is available at The Met, on St. Armands Circle.

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The piano man Ted Rehl retired from his career as a concert pianist in 1992. Now, 19 years later, he’ll give an encore performance.

By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Ted Rehl breaks a promise to himself whenever he sits on the piano bench behind the 1948 vintage Steinway piano. Almost every day, even though the red seats in the Pilgrim Hall Theater at Plymouth Harbor are empty, he sits at the piano bench. He places his fingers over the familiar keys and warms up with scales. Then, he progresses to the works of the classical composers such as Frederic Chopin, Selim Palmgren and Claude Debussy. His fingers don’t move with the dexterity that they once did. But that doesn’t matter to Rehl. He persists almost every day in anticipation of April 1, the day that his friends and neighbors will fill the theater to hear his performance, “To Plymouth Harbor With Love.” As his fingers strike the blackand-white keys, he breaks the promise that he made nearly 19 years ago: to never play the piano again.

Final performance

Rehl stood up and took a bow at the end of his last performance. His next action was symbolic: He folded the cover over the keys before he left the stage. The audience gave him a standing ovation. It was 1992, and they knew that Rehl was retiring from his career as a concert pianist and chair of the piano department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. But only his family and a few colleagues knew that he pulled the cover over the keys because he planned to retire not only from his career but from playing the piano entirely. “He closed up the piano and decided he wasn’t going to touch it again,” said Rehl’s wife, Fran. “I got rid of my piano and every bit of sheet music,” Rehl said. “Literally, rooms of music.” Many of Rehl’s colleagues questioned his decision. A few even wondered whether he had ever truly loved his career. Nearly 19 years later, Rehl, 80, is still emphatic that he loved his career as a musician. But he compared himself to an athlete retiring from his sport — and ending the hours of daily training that went

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Program notes Ted Rehl’s program consists of short pieces composed between 1850 and 1950. It begins with two early works by Claude Debussy and continues with two Spanish pieces inspired by the wind, followed by a piece by Norwegian composer Christian Sinding. The program continues with three pieces by Frederic Chopin, followed by “May Night” by Selim Palmgren and the Rachmaninoff prelude. The final piece is Chopin’s Ballade in A flat major, Opus 47.

Then, he did something that shocked his wife — he sat down on the piano bench. And, then, he began to play.

Encore evening

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Ted Rehl plays the piano he and his wife, Fran, helped Plymouth Harbor buy. Rehl will give his first performance in 19 years Friday, April 1. along with it. He had been training since he was 5, when he began picking out Sunday school hymns by ear on his family’s piano. He kept training when he attended the prestigious Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, in Ohio, where he met Fran, a cello major, when she needed an accompanist. The couple went on to raise two children, Richard and Rebecca, who inherited their musical skills. During Rehl’s career, his training took two or three hours a day in addition to performance and teaching time. He kept training even after Fran Rehl burned out of being a professional musician and pursued, instead, a career in real estate. Walking away from the piano didn’t feel sad or even bittersweet, Rehl said. It felt wonderful. “It was like starting a new life,” he said. In 1992, the Rehls moved to Longboat Key, and Rehl traded piano keys for a computer keyboard. He enjoyed new hobbies, such as computer games, along with bridge, travel and volunteer work as the head cashier at Mote Marine Aquarium. In 2006, the Rehls moved to Plymouth Har-

Rehl will play 11 short pieces composed between 1850 and 1950. bor, where neighbors occasionally asked Rehl to perform. He always declined. He had made a promise to himself. But last April, the Rehls attended a performance in Pilgrim Hall and noticed that a grand piano would be a better fit for the auditorium. “You can have a piano that sounds good in your living room,

but it doesn’t project what the musician is trying to project artistically,” Fran Rehl said. They tried to get their neighbors interested in buying a grand piano. They called about a Steinway piano that was advertised in the Longboat Observer. But it had already sold. They visited a piano store in Clearwater, where they saw brand-new Steinway grand pianos. The salesman asked Rehl if he wanted to test out the piano. He declined. Soon, the Rehls found that drumming up interest in a $45,000-to-$50,000 purchase was difficult in a community of mostly non-musicians. Then, in December, Fran Rehl did a Google search for a Steinway grand piano in Sarasota. The results led the couple to Nick’s Piano Showroom, in Venice, where a 1948 vintage Steinway grand piano was available at a bargain price as part of an estate sale. The salesman gave a demonstration. The piano’s sounds were varied and hit everything from the fullest to softest sounds. Rehl listened, hypnotized by the piano’s sound. The salesman asked Rehl if he wanted to test it. He didn’t say a word.

Rehl was waiting Dec. 27 — one week after he first saw the piano — when it arrived at Plymouth Harbor. Earlier that week, he had approached Plymouth Harbor CEO Harry Hobson and worked out a deal to donate the money for the community to purchase the piano so that other artists could give performances on it. Rehl decided to start practicing again. He wasn’t sure at first if he could get back in shape to perform. But, soon, he realized that, although his fingers weren’t as agile as he used to be, his skill was still there. Playing the piano was natural for him. Finally, by mid-February, he agreed to give a performance. Because Fran Rehl found the piano, Rehl let his wife pick out the pieces for the program. She chose 11 short pieces composed between 1850 and 1950. Just last week, Fran Rehl listened to her husband’s entire program. His performance has changed over the years. He was always a perfectionist. But his style has become less technical — and more emotional. “I think it’s something that comes with maturity,” she said. “He’s playing with more feeling and more musicality than I’ve ever heard him play.” Rehl won’t pull the cover over the keyboard at the end of his upcoming performance, although he hasn’t decided whether he will continue playing the piano. But, this time, Rehl isn’t making any promises to himself. “Who knows?” he said. “I think I can probably be persuaded.”


the longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011


BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of March 11 through March 17, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)


SIESTA KEY BAYfROnT pEnInSULA Bay Island, 1.1+ acres, waterfront estate, no BrIdges to gulf, prIvate lagoon $2,300,000


BAY ISLES LOnGBOAT KEY updated waterfront 3700+sf, pool & spa, docK for 50’+ yacHt, prIvate BeacH cluB $1,895,000


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5921 Emerald Harbor Drive Alteration

Angelo Cayo


415 L’Ambiance Drive


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521 Wedge Lane


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775 Longboat Club Road


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3808 GMD


Thomas Smith


683-691 El Centro Re-roof 7140 Longboat Drive E. Alteration

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767 St. Judes Drive N.


Gerald Anderson


5461 GMD


Longboat Cove condominium $3,780

2073 Harbour Links Drive


Lorraine Falivene


3555 Fair Oaks Lane


Angelo Anaclerio


1125 GMD


Katherine Barbera

6030 GMD


Linda Thorpe

540 Bowsprit Lane


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living room, dining room, kitchen, lanai and all 3 bedrooms. Beautifully maintained complex offers pool, tennis and under-bldg. parking. Right on magnificent white sand beach MLS#A3918027.. ............................REDUCED TO $749,000!

frontage on Gulf & Bay. Granite countertops in completely remodeled kitchen, club house, pool, tennis, racketball, boat slips & parking garage. Furnished. MLS#A3911622 .. $449,000 • buttoNWood CovE 1500 sq ft 3BD/2BA split plan end unit w/water views over cove. New kitchen w/granite & stainless steel appliances & newer furnishings. Wonderful beach to bay complex. Under bldg parking MLS#A3932389 ..............$449,000


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The vacant 1.122-acre lot at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for $1.8 million.

Rachel S. O’Hara

Vacant Gulfside lot sells for $1.8 million By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Linda Gustin, of Kansas City, Mo., sold the vacant 1.122-acre lot at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive to James Abrams, of Sarasota, for $1.8 million. The lot last sold for $1.99 million in September 1997 when a house was on the property. Andrew Bers, of Re/Max Alliance Group, who listed the property, believes that the sale is significant because it shows the depreciation not only of home prices but of in-demand, Gulf-front land

on Longboat Key. “This going for $1.8 million is considerably less than anyone is thinking,” he said. Mike Migone, of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, who represented the buyer, said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the price. “We weren’t sure we could get it at that price, but at the end of the day, it was a


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the longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011


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Round-robin event nets funds for local breast-cancer center By Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center turned pink March 20 for the Breast Cancer Awareness Women’s Round Robin. The tennis event raised money through player participation and raffle-ticket sales; all the monies will go to the Breast Cancer Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The money will be used to help the center provide free mammograms to those who cannot afford to get one. There were 86 participants who signed up for the event, and they all came decked out in pink attire. The last time this round-robin tennis event took place was in 2009, and the total amount raised then was $4,000. This year the event raised $12,400. During the event, 11 women were each given a pink rose for being a breast-cancer survivor.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Eve Wickwire speaks to the group. Breast-cancer survivors Paula Johnson, Betty Belli, Bobbi Hurwitz, Barbara Ruffalo, Barb Schaal, Marina Attilli, Kathy Hase, Sharon Oper, Arlene Skversky, Jayne Meth and Ann Zaltman were each given a pink rose as a special tribute.

Elizabeth Dohan, Kay Farmer, Joan Kelly and Florence Collins

Cupcakes with pink sprinkles and the pink breast-cancer ribbon were served.

Abbie Gross and Holly Brown

Jane Johnson prepares to hit the ball back over the net.

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Sleepy Lagoon

Blandyna Nowak, of Glenview, Ill., sold her home at 685 Norton St. in the Sleepy Lagoon subdivision to George and Anne Musekamp, of Cincinnati, for $454,000. Built in 1975 and remodeled in 1980, the 1,601-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $395,000 in February 2003.

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Mexico Drive, to Carolyn Wedekind, of Northbrook, Ill., for $425,000. Built in 1972, the 1,468-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Cedars West

James Collins Jr. and Patricia Collins, of Lexington, Ky., sold Unit 106 in Cedars West of Longboat Key, 5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Daniel Thomas Jr. and his wife, Nancy Thomas, of Lake Orion, Mich., for $365,000. Built in 1975, the 1,274-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $540,000 in August 2003.

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Kevin Madden, of Clark’s Summit, Pa., sold Unit 225 at Sands Point, 100 Sands Point Road, to Vincent Cavallo, of Lancaster, Pa., for $300,000. Built in 1966, the 1,492-square-foot unit has one bed-

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George and Clara Grunbeck, of Huntington Station, N.Y., sold Unit 206 at the 300-unit Longboat Harbour, 4330 Falmouth Drive, to Leonard and Kirsten Galik, of Chicago, for $205,000. Built in 1969, the 928-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It sold for $75,000 in September 1987.

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John Richard, of Chicago, sold Apartment 3-C at Islands West, 2525 Gulf of

This home at 685 Norton St. in the Sleepy Lagoon subdivision has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,601 square feet of living area. It sold for $454,000.


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Back: Al Wilhelm, Lynne Hayes, Cathy Goshorn, Phyllis Wilhelm, Marnie Lawrence and Lynne Koy; front: Bill Goshorn, Lou Lawrence and Jimmy Hayes

+ Koy wins sunset cruise at Mote fundraiser Lynne Koy, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, was recently the highest bidder at a Mote Marine Laboratory fundraiser for a sunset cruise aboard the new Meridian 441, courtesy of Marine Max. Koy enjoyed an afternoon cruise with a group of Bird Key friends.

+ Roger Frechette joins MS&Co. mortgage division Roger Frechette has joined the mortgage division of Michael Saunders & Co. Frechette is originally from Lowell, Mass., and served in the U.S. Navy before moving in 1986 to Florida. He began his career in the financial services industry and transitioned into the mortgage and real-estate business in 1997.

Sanctuary IV

$ 1,269,995 Bird Key - Wide Open Bay Front Stunning Bay views from this contemporary 2-story 7th Floor 3BR/3BA Gulf, Bay & City views home on fabulous Bird Key. 3 bedrooms, 5 baths plus $ Sanctuary III INCREDIBLE NEW PRICE 799,900 office with full wet bar. Private dock with boat lift & 5th Floor 3BR/2.5B Southeast corner Open Bay & City views $ 2-car garage. 2,195,000

Marina Tower - Downtown Bayfront Extraordinary 5,800 SF with 365˚ views, priv. elevator foyer, 4BR/4.5BA + study, main & catering kitchens, home theatre $ & 4 parking spaces. 2,250,000


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Gorgeous Balinese inspired beach front home built in 2002 with 6 BR/6.5 BA, separate study and 2nd family room upstairs. Mahogany and Bamboo floors, high Pecky Cypress ceilings, gourmet granite kitchen with breakfast bar. 2-car garage. $4,875,000

Indian Beach – Bay Front Luxury

Gated 4 bedroom waterfront home with 5,215 SF, soaring ceilings, granite-inlaid marble floors, breathtaking sunsets and a fabulous Bay Shore Road location! Extreme value has never looked better. $2,690,000

DEER CREEK – Nature Preserve INGSq. Ft. $449,500 Gated Comm. 3BR/2BA PEND2,359 RED ROCK TERRACE – Oyster Bay Vacant Lot Lot w/ House Plans $439,000

+ Cliff Hornsby joins MS&Co. St. Armands office Cliff Hornsby has joined Michael Saunders & Co.’s St. Armands Circle office. Originally from Atlanta, Hornsby moved in 2007 to Longboat Key. He specializes in properties on the south end of the Key, including Country Club Shores and Tangerine Bay Club. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds the e-Pro certification. — Robin Hartill

Mainland – Bay Front Retreat Warm and welcoming with 4600 SF, 5 BR, upper and lower master suites, wood floors, gourmet kitchen, & fireplace. Pool & outdoor entertainment area w/ large deck & private dock right on the Bay! $1,495,000

Sleepy Lagoon – 100’ of Gulf Frontage

GRAND BAY I – Longboat Key Bay Front 9th Floor 3BR/3BA 2,550 Sq. Ft.$1,275,000 Beachplace III

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La Bellasara - Downtown Bay Front FAIRWAY BAY - Longboat Key Townhouse Outstanding Bay, Marina, & City Skyline views! 2BR/3BA 1,626 Sq. Ft. $539,000 3BR/4.5BA + study or 4th BR with 3,370 SF. 28’ bal-

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GRAND BAY II – Bay & City Views garage & gated security. 4th Floor 3BR/3BA 2,781 Sq. Ft. $1,395,000 PIERRE – Longboat Key Direct Beach Front 3rd Floor 3 BR/3BA 2,410 Sq. Ft. $799,000 SAVOY – Downtown & Bay Views 9th Floor 3BR+Den/3.5BA 3,172 Sq. Ft. $1,985,000

Lido Shores - Direct Gulf Front Palazzo Combines 200 ft. of seawalled Gulf front with private Dock and Beach access. This 7,415 SF residence built in 2003 has 5BR/8BA, exercise room, his and her bath & studies, 50 ft pool/spa & 5-car garage. $8,900,000

CRESTWOOD VILLAS – Sarasota Mainland Maintenance Free 2BR/2BA 1,206 Sq. Ft. $119,000 Water Club I - Direct Beach Front

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KEY TOWERS SOUTH - Direct Gulf Front private elevator foyer, 3BR/4BA, study area in master 7th Floor 2BR/2BA 1,364 Sq. Ft. $549,000 suite. Beautiful window treatments, plantation shutters, marble floors, full wine bar. 



Sea Gate Club - Direct Gulf Front Floor-to-ceiling glass frames the Beach and Sunsets from every room in this 1,470 SF 2BR/2BA with higher ceilings, wood floors and 2 terraces. Great amentias and on-site management. Walk to shopping. $675,000

Longboat Key – Direct Beach Front “The Johnson Estate” Gated privacy on 2+ acres w/ 150 ft. of Gulf front. 10,000 SF. 7BR/6.5BA includes separate attached guest wing. New in ‘07. $11,500,000

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Longboat Key – Boater’s Fantasy 3,435 SF home with 114 feet of DEEP water frontage! Extra large rooms, with living area on one level and tons of ground floor play space. Covered 45x20 slip and Jet Ski dock included. $995,000

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Sparkling water views from this amazing 5,585SF Penthouse apartment with 4BR/5BA, private his & hers studies, wine cellar & separate tasting area, media room and large terrace overlooking the Bay and downtown. Private boat dock & 2 car garage. $5,950,000

4,700 SF waterfront showplace new in ’06 with 4 BR+ study, fireplace, pool/spa, summer kitchen, deep water dock, boat lift & jet ski area. $ Walk to beach. 1,795,000

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6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment with beautiful water views, private elevator, 10 foot ceilings and two expansive terraces for viewing nightly sunsets. Gated community with excellent amenities. $1,699,000

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Your Fitness Instructor owner Petar Sibinkic celebrated the one-year anniversary of the personal-training studio Sunday, March 20, at its location in Town Plaza II. Client Sherry Singer described the business as “like the American Dream since day one,” referring to Serbian native Sibinkic’s dream of owning a business and her experience of working out at the facility. Sean Kalicanin, who recently joined the team of training professionals, described the studio as “a piece of heaven on Earth.” The studio is still younger than the party’s youngest guest: Sibinkic’s 23-monthold son, Luca.


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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Dave Sparks and Larry Reznick


SOLD 373 S Washington Dr St Armands 81’ of wide canal, over $200K in renovations, 4BD/3BA, pool $1,695,000

101 Ben Franklin Dr #53 St Armands Towers S. Full Gulf views, custom renovations in 2006, one of a kind unit $635,000

Rachel S. O’Hara

Larry Reznick

REDUCED 1800 Ben Franklin Dr #608B L’Elegance Bay and city views, 2BD/2.5BA plus office/den, high ceilings, pet friendly $799,000

101 Ben Franklin Dr #54 St Armands Towers S. Across from Lido Beach, 2 blocks to the Circle, 40’ balcony, pet friendly $387,000

11 Sunset Dr #205 Sunset Towers Downtown unit offers views of the Bay, Ringling Bridge and walking distance to Marina $225,000

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SOLD 7908 Hampton Court University Park 3BD/2BA, maintenance free, split floor plan, vaulted ceilings, furnished $299,000

What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game? I think my backhand is great — I enjoy it immensely. I’m working on my serve. I will hopefully get there sooner rather than later. I have a nice forehand, and I’m quick on my feet.


It takes a lifetime to become an experienced professional and only 5 minutes to realize you’re working with one!


Larry Reznick enjoys all sorts of athletic endeavors, including running, biking, swimming, golf and tennis. Reznick and his wife, Toni, got into playing tennis thanks to Longboat Key Public Tennis Center tennis pro Dave Sparks, who met them when they were out walking their dog, Yoshi. Reznick takes lessons with Sparks every week and enjoys playing singles, doubles and mixed-doubles matches. The Reznicks have been living on Longboat Key for part of the year for the last 19 years and spend the rest of their time back home in Montreal. Recently, the Reznicks played in their first tournament, The Observer Challenge, and came in second.


that when you want to pick up a game and go play, the weather’s bad, and when you can’t play, the weather turns out to be good, so you are always shuffling back and forth — not like here in Florida where you have such consistent weather. So, yes, we do play, but not as much as we do play here on Longboat Key.

Do you play mixed-doubles with your wife? Toni and I love playing mixed-doubles. We don’t play it often enough, but we do. Toni is more often than not off playing doubles with the women, and I’m trying to hit or do doubles with the men. We enjoy it a lot. What is the best advice you have been given when it comes to tennis? (The) one best tip given to me every day by my friend, my coach and my tennis pro, Dave (Sparks), is to relax. Relax, keep your eye on the ball and just take your time, and you will love the game. — Rachel S. O’Hara

Do you play tennis in Montreal as well? We do play tennis in Montreal, but intermittently. Unfortunately, lately, the weather has been so bad in Montreal

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Magnificent subdivided parcel on LBK with 4 buildable lots, approximately 1.95+/- acres. $3,400,000 280’ ON THE BAY Purchase an individual lot w/plans to begin construcCustom residence located in Hideaway Bay featuring tion on a beautiful 4,000+ SF home. $2,895,000 5,400+ SF of luxurious living space, contemporary kitch- Purchase the individual lot & build to suit.$700,000 en, wine room, pool, spa and private boat dock with lift.





Car collector’s dream home with A/C garage to accommodate 16+/- cars, 8,900+ sq. ft., overlooking the Bay on over half acre. Endless possibilities await! $999,000

Surround yourself in luxury with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon and golf course fairways with graciously appointed condominium/hotel suites. Great income potential! Unit # Unit Type View Offered at 2607 D Two BR Gulf UNDER CONTRACT 3203 Club Suite Gulf $444,900

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Longboat Key GULF FRONT - Wonderful 5 bedroom, 5 bath home on 1.2 acres with 44 ft. beach side lap pool. Other features include a kitchen with stainless appliances, 4 car garage and abundant fruit trees. ...........................FURNISHED $5,440,000 GULF FRONT - Corner ground floor 2/2 condo, beautifully updated, decorated and furnished, Pet friendly... $549,000 HARBOUR LINKS - An awesome lifestyle awaits you in this corner villa with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den and a 2 car garage, located on the Harbourside Golf course at the Longboat Key Club. The community is pet friendly and offers Beach Club membership. . ................................................................................................................................FURNISHED $419,000 YOU WILL ENJOY BAY & MARINA VIEWS from the living room, master bedroom & the screened porch of this 2/2 condo located at the south end of LBK. The community offers a heated pool, boat docks, fitness facility. Furnished...........$339,000 BANYAN BAY - Beach to Bay complex. This charming 2 bedroom condo is designed for seaside living. Tennis, pool, fishing pier. Pet Friendly................................................................................................................................................................$299,000 BAY HARBOUR - South end of LBK, 2/2 expertly renovated w/ direct bay and marina views. Amenities include boat docks, fishing pier heated pool. .......................................................................................................................................$395,000 LBK 2 bedroom and a den Village home - lovely treed lot - close to beach and bay.......................................... $489,000 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 UNIqUE 1 bedroom, 2 bath ground floor at Whitney Beach. Great amenities. 2 Pets allowed. FURNISHED $235,000 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 WINDWARD BAY - Sunrise, sunset! You’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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EXCLUSIVE WATERFRONT ESTATE Remarkable Gulf front residence located behind the gates Private & gated estate on 1.16 acres overlooking a of the Longboat Key Club overlooking the glorious white vast expanse of Sarasota Bay. Epitomizing elegance, sand beaches. Open floor plan with 2,375 SF, large beach this residence offers 8,976 SF of every imaginable front terrace and private garage parking. $1,199,500 creature comfort. 2 docks w/lifts and 75’ heated bay LOTS front pool. $9,995,000

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FABuLOus reAL esTATe OppOrTuniTies SCOREBOARD March 5 Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. Helen Schweyer and Larry Auerbach 2. Anna Davis and Cotton Stephenson 3. Alice and Elliot Weinstein East-West 1. Joan Sinder and Karyn Rex 2. Lu Ganley and Julie Woods 3. Shirley Horwich and Pat Amato

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March 8 Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. JoAnn and Herb Bruch 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Chuck Prizer 3. Jordan Hecktman and Zeke Wohlman

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Beautiful condominium with lots of light and stunning 270 degree, unobstructed views of the Beach, Bay, St. Armands and all the way to downtown Sarasota. This elegant residence has custom cabinetry, lighting, gorgeous floors and exquisite details throughout. The Areca floor plan is wrapped in floor to ceiling windows and includes 700' of wrap terrace to take in all those stunning views. MLS A3935483.

Beautiful Bayfront estate property consisting of 1.2+ acres with 131' on the Bay. This charming Spanish style home w/brick paver courtyard entry and fountain is set within a secluded "Old Florida" tropical garden paradise with gorgeous views of the Bay, Sister and Jewfish Keys. Only 3 minutes by boat from your 100' dock to the Gulf and just a short walk to a white sand beach. MLS A3918193.



East-West 1. Gretchen Dietz and Muriel Schwartzman 2. Millie and Tiger Wolpert 3. Julie Caron and Gary Harris

March 9 Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club North-South 1. Bella Adams and David Warren 2. Ann and Earl Mumford 3. Alice Weinstein and Charles Greenhouse

Beautiful and private, 3,100 sq. ft. custom home on sailboat water with kayak ramp, boat dock and lift. $889,000

Fabulous price on this north Longboat Key, 2 bedroom, Longbeach Condominium with full Gulf views. $399,000

Gorgeous, direct bay views from Fairway Bay. Beautifully, turnkey furnished, and updated with 1,440 sq. ft. $425,000

This is a Boater’s paradise w/196’ of deep-water seawall within one of the most prestigious communities on Longboat Key. $1,195,000

Gorgeous views from this 15th floor, 3 BR, 3575 sq. ft. condominium at the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton. $1,995,000

Magnificent, 1.4+ acre beach front, estate parcel w/110 feet on the gulf and 580 feet from beach front to entrance. $3,895,000

East-West 1. Ruth Colner and Cele Schwartz 2. Ann Hollins and Stanley Green 3. Richard Harvey and Bruce Godt

March 10 Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. Alice Weinstein and Charles Greenhouse 2. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 3. Helen and Val Schweyer East-West 1. Barbara English and Temple St. Clair 2. Barbara Thoman and Lois Kaufman 3. Rhonda Polansky and Marcia Glassman

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Expert game shows unusual bids Pal Sarlund, of Traverse City, Mich., who is close to having her Silver Life Master, sent me this hand. You may not like the one-spade opening bid by East or Sarlund’s two notrump bid, but this was an all-expert game, so we cannot doubt that both players had their reasons for making their bids. West led his fourth-best diamond, which Sarlund won with her queen. She thought for a moment,

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and then guess what she led? Sarlund knew that East had four spades for his opening bid; she could see all the rest of that suit. If Sarlund led the king of spades, East would surely hold up the ace three times, which would limit her to three spade tricks and a total of seven tricks. At trick two, Sarlund led the three of diamonds, West won the trick and continued diamonds as

expected, and East had to discard. East failed to see what Sarlund had devised and discarded a low spade. Sarlund won the ace of diamonds, forced out the ace of spades and took four spade tricks, two diamonds and two other aces. Donna Swan is a resident of Long-

boat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.”


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REGENT COURT GULFFRONT ESTATE – Architectural Gmarvel behind the gates of Longboat Key DIN Club. 150 feet directly on the gulf. $17,500,000 PEN GULFFRONT ESTATE – BEST BUY ON BEACH 1+ acres with a gated entrance and a private REDUCED $5,700,000 boardwalk to beach. Stunning Gulf, Beach and Sunset views! BEACHFRONT OASIS – Private beach-side pool, hot tub and waterfall w/outdoor kitchen. Custom home with fabulous foliage and beach sunset views. REDUCED $5,100,000 WESTWAY ESTATE – 210 FT. DIRECTLY on New Pass, views to Gulf, outstanding sunsets. 4 BR main home plus 4 BR guest house. Gorgeous courtyard pool, dock, private beach access. $8,900,000 DIRECT BAYFRONT NEW MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE 5 BR with magnificent pool/patio area bayside plus patio off master suite. Designer finishes + gated w/lush landscaping. $9,500,000 BAYPORT 3 BR direct beachfront corner - rarely available! Great tennis, beach & pool complex. $625,000 UNIVERSITY PARK – Incredible 3/3 upgraded home with numerous extras on amazingly landscaped private setting with exceptional outdoor patio/pool area. REDUCED $429,000 ISLANDER CLUB – Fantastic gulf side 2/2 updated condo w/dramatic bay views from every room! Beautiful beach & many amenities. REDUCED $515,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR – Bayfront with boat dock and great amenities. $270,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION – with custom finishes. Direct Bay views to the north, canal views to the south, protected boating water and walking distance to the beach. $1,875,000 GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION – Waterfront adjacent to shops & dining on St. Armands. Deepwater dock, steps to the beach. Architect Cliff Schultz design w/ impeccable finishes. REDUCED $2,995,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE – 10th floor views of Sarasota Bay to Big Pass, plus marina views of Marina Jack. Southeast corner with two large terraces and morning sun. $2,700,000 BAYFRONT ESTATE – Gated, Private. Spectacular sunset vistas from home, terraces & pool. Private beach access. Boat dock & lift – BAYFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST! REDUCED $3,450,000 BAYFRONT ESTATE – w/ approx. 100 ft. on the bay and canal along one side. $2,435,000 SABAL COVE – Spacious 4BR w/first level magnificent master suite. Exquisite lakefront! $1,795,000 1266 1st St., Suite 9, Sarasota, FL 34236


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this time cruising down the Panama Canal with Seaplace residents Marcia and Jim Garrison.

WINTER PARK. Longboat Key resident Cristina Calandruccio, who recently graduated from the University of Central Florida, continued her education by reading the Longboat Observer with Sissy Sprang, owner of the Park Plaza Hotel, in Winter Park.

BAYFRONT FAMILY COMPOUND - Price Reduced $1,800,000

New Price! 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. Screened pool area with spa and large deck overlooking the brilliant water. 2 fireplaces. 5br/3 ba, 3200+ sq. ft., 4+ car garage. $2,499,000


PANAMA CANAL. The Longboat Observer set sail once again,

Solve the puzzle by placing the numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column and box. See answers on page 12C.

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TemperatureS Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Tues., March 15 77 58.5 92 (1982) 48 (1985) Wed., March 16 79.5 59.5 92 (1982) 48 (1985) Thurs., March 17 79 61 88 (1982) 46 (1991) Fri., March 18 83 62.5 87 (1997) 46 (1991) Sat., March 19 81 58.5 91 (1993) 46 (1986) Sun., March 20 85 62 89 (2009) 46 (1986) Mon., March 21 82 63 90 (1997) 41 (1981) Average Gulf water temperature: 69.4

TIDE CHART Highs Thurs., March 24 6:00a 3:13p Fri., March 25 4:04p — Sat., March 26 5:15p — Sun., March 27 7:01p — Mon., March 28 11:13a 8:45p Tues., March 29 11:21a 10:00p Wed., March 30 11:34a 10:57p

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Elizabeth Ann Dohan submitted this photo of a bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace” at sunset, taken near Beachplace, located in the 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive.


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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Travel can be exceedingly expensive, but everybody on earth does get several

fantastic free trips around the sun. 2. If you think you are a person of uncommon influence and authority, try ordering someone else’s pekingese around.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 Items Under $200 For Sale

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale

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CRIB & pack-n-play- Crib, mattress, quilt bedding - $25.00. Pack-N-Play - $25.00. 941-748-4758

32FT. BOAT slip for rent, Boat House of LBK, 3rd level, dry. Call 718-974-5269 or 718-979-8017.

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BOAT SLIP. High and dry, indoor, for sale or lease. Southend of LBK at the Boathouse. Owner financing available. For info call 941-544-5597.



FOLDING CHAIRS, Six birch folding chair, cane backs & seats. $90. 941-383-2120

Antiques/Collectibles BUYING OLDER paintings; landscapes, beach, watercolors, any subject. Early furniture, oriental rugs, silver, etc. Quality items. Terry, 941-349-8560. LOCAL GUN Collector. Cash paid for 1 gun or entire collection. Older Winchesters, Marlins, Parker, L.C. Smith. etc. Please call Ron, 545-6212.

Autos For Sale 2002 LEXUS LS 430 Sedan: 4 door, 112,000 miles, tan with tan leather interior, $14,500. New battery, new brakes. Maintenance up to date. Senior owner. 941-320-1609.

ELECTRIC OUTDOOR drive on lift. 24 ft length max. Deep water. South Longboat Key. Water/ electric. $295 per month, terms. Email: or 941-387-8129 LBK MOORINGS; 45’ slip near bay for rent by owner. Good monthly or longer rates. 941-383-3103.

Boats 18/FT. 4 Winns Runabout 130HP Johnson. No trailer. Runs well, looks good. $6000 O/B/O. Longboat Harbour 941-387-8786. Boats Under 50K Are Selling Very Well. This season’s sales are extremely brisk. 15’ center consoles - 32’ Sea Rays. Island resident, references. 25 Boats sold in 49 days, many in less than 3 weeks. Business on a handshake. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489, Dave S.

General Merchandise THRIFT SHOP: LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Hours: Mon., Weds., & Sat., 9a.m. to 1p.m. Non-profit. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738. 2005 MERCEDES 320CLK- 2 door coupe, red, 52k miles, garage kept, pristine, elegant, perfect condition. $21,900. 941-544-9717 LEXUS LX 430, 2002. White, tan interior, 103K, excellent cond. New tires and battery. $18,000. 732-580-1583, Bradenton. MERCEDES-BENZ 1986 560SL. Rare Teal Color Roadster, Tan Leather interior with sheepskin covers, 8cyl, 227HP, auto, ABS, PW, PS, Cruise, alarm, Allow Wheels, AM/FM/CD Drivers airbag, black convertible top with removable hardtop, 65,000 original miles, well maintained, Must See! Asking $16,900, 908-797-2837

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.




ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE SARASOTA Sarasota's premiere organization for teaching French language and culture Classes at all levels, beginner to advanced, with native teachers. Weekdays, evenings, Saturdays. Call us at 941-955-0700 or Next session starts April 4th Open House 10am-Noon March 26th 200 S. Washington Blvd. Towles Court Pavilion corner of Adams Lane & Washinton Blvd.

Help Wanted P/T CONCIERGE/ GATE HOUSE Position Longboat Key Condo. No experience Necessary. Must be Service Oriented and Outgoing. Background Check, competitive Pay. Email Resume: or fax to 383-9051

BEACH FITNESS 24/7 Fitness. Free enrollment. VIP access. #HS8848. Next to the Lazy Lobster! 941-778-0120.

SALES POSITION. P/T. Must be available evenings & weekends. Located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees Welcome. 727-244-5906.

Medical Supplies/Equipment

Commercial Property For Rent

ACT: OXYGEN, wheelchairs, walkers. Drop shipment special orders. Right next to Lazy Lobster. 941-778-2641.

OFFICE SUITE: Reception Area, 2 Private Offices, 575/sq.ft., Lakefront View, 1891 Porter Lake Drive, south of Fruitville, minutes from I-75. Includes: Electrical, Water, Security, Parking. Annual Lease: $835 per month. 941-355-9520.

Announcements FRENCH FLEA MARKET DAY at historic Towles Court Artist Colony, Saturday, March 26th, 9a.m.-3p.m. Find incredible art, antiques, vintage clothing, jewelry, art supplies, frames and furnishings at bargain prices! Adams Lane west of 301 just south of Ringling Blvd.

LBK GAS Station Site. Corner Gulf of Mexico Dr. & Broadway. Various commercial uses. $999,000 Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.

Condos/Apts. For Rent

ISLAND CONSIGNMENT Store- Well Established. Over 50 Fine Artists. Includes NEW Web Site. Cozy / Profitable Family Business. Best offer. 941-348-9494 (Lv. msg.).

1BR/ 1BA LBK Village. Separate entrance, not furnished, quiet, renovated. $750-month. Annual lease, utilities included. 383-7106.

STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662 WANTED TO Rent- Garages for 2 cars. Anna Maria, LBK, Bradenton. May thru October. 941-383-1021

GULF FRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA DIRECT 2BR/2BA direct gulf front with bay views. No Pets. $5000/mo. 813-334-0813 LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR furnished condo, Longboat Harbour. Spectacular water views from every room, ground floor, end unit. Covered parking, no trucks/ pets/ smoking. Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat dock available. Avail. April 2nd. $1300/mo annual lease +utilities. 734-425-8245. SEAPLACE CONDO- 2/1 overlooking Gulf. Nicely furnished. Steps to beach. Annual rental $1595 month. Will consider short term also. 301-529-5600 SPELL-BOUNDING FULL BAY VIEWS. Location is everything. Walking distance to downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf beaches. Boating and fishing are only steps away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, covered parking, furnished, boat dock included. Newly renovated pool. 55 and older community. $1200/mo. for 12 months or $1500/mo. for 8 months. Tenant pays electric. Please call Karin Stephan at 941-504-4435. ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTH2BR/2BA, 8th floor condo in this classic building. Stunning unobstructed views, full balcony, heated pool, exercise room. Available April 1st- November 1st. 3-month minimum. Call 941-554-4763

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LONGBOAT KEY: 2BR/2BA, full bay and boat dock views, $249,000. SIESTA KEY: 2BR/2.5BA, full bay and dock views, $209,000. Value priced to sell! Audrey Marten, Coldwell Banker 941-587-5060. SNOWBIRD CONDO in northern Michigan: 1000/sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, turnkey, just off I-75, golf mecca. $54,900. 941-722-4371. SUTTON PLACE TOWNHOME- 2BR/ 2Bath w/ garage. All new interior, Open floor plan. All new appliances/ AC. A must see! Beach & Boat Access, Pool $318,000. 941-383-0993

Fractionals FREE TIMESHARE condo located in The Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Sleeps 6. Deeded week #33 (early August). Bank or trade for comparable condo at destination of your choice through RCIA or Interval International, (see Includes bonus time. If interested, call Jane at 941-383-3903 or 508-397-3530. TIMESHARE ON LONGBOAT KEY LITTLE GULL COTTAGES. Beautiful 2BR/2BA on bayside, dock, pool, access to private gulfside beach area. Week 24 - Unit 14 (June) only $1200 OBO. LONGBOAT BAY CLUB - 1600/sq.ft. float week, 2BR/2BA, balcony overlooking bayside cove, pool, hot tub & dock. Only 100 yards walk to the gulf. $1500 OBO. Call Sandy @ 407-234-9551

Homes For Rent 3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal front home with boat dock. Fully furnished. 5 minute walk to beach/ restaurants. Annual rental: $1650/mo. or 941-778-6601. HISTORIC LBK BEACH COTTAGE Furnished 2br/1ba. $1200/month includes utilities. Monthly rental. 941-320-4640

Homes For Sale DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA +den, 3 car garage, pool/ spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean style architecture with breathtaking Gulf views. 5,146 sq.ft. under roof on N. Anna Maria, 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000 furnished. Contact Owner/ Broker, 941-920-1699.



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Real Estate Wanted WANTED SEASONAL Rental- 3 months Jan- March 2012. 2bed/ 2bath, Internet, land phone. No smoking, no pets.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK. Newer upscale & stylish Gulfside home. Steps to beach & pool. 2BR +loft. Annual or Seasonal. No pets. Owner/Agent, 941544-0214, 3BR- LONGBOAT KEY CASTILLIAN 2.5BA, gulf front, furnished condo. Available from May 2011 throughout Season 2012. Call 941-953-3438 or 941-266-9406 A LONGBOAT KEY Condo, 2BR/2BA, 10th floor, completely remodeled. Excellent view of gulf/ bay, beach, pool, & tennis courts. Non-smoking. Available OctoberDecember 2011. 3 month minimum. 941-377-4177 BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premium cable tv, wireless DSL & more. Monthly/ seasonal. (954)565-9902, (954)647-2786, or BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. AVAILABLE IN SEASON & ANNUAL CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 BOOK NOW for next season. Longboat Key, direct beachfront. 3BR/3.5BA and 1BR/1BA. 941-383-3844.

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3731 Indian Beach Place

Experience this remarkable bay front palatial estate, Casa

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1561 Blue Heron Drive Maureen & Matt Morris

$2,199,000 941.320.3960

4070 Founders Club Drive Brian Wood

5050 Commonwealth Drive Joel Schemmel

$1,599,999 941.587.4894

1800 Ben Franklin Drive, 1009 Cindy Migone

693 Key Royale Drive Marla Vignocchi


$1,699,000 941.928.8408

$1,425,000 941.812.7438

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435 L’Ambiance Drive. 305 Candria Crisp

$1,675,000 941.726.5822

7030 Firehouse Road Cheryl Loeffler

$1,195,000 941.302.9674

232 Bird Key Drive Jo Rutstein

561 Halyard Lane Maureen & Matt Morris

$999,000 941.320.3960

1330 Ocelot Road Stephen L. Lingley

6512 Midnight Pass Road, 406 Joel Schemmel

$799,000 941.587.4894

1115 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 605 Jo Rutstein

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5440 Azure Way Judie Berger

$825,000 941.308.6513

$699,000 941.587.9156

357 S. Shore Drive Terry Herschberger

$569,000 941.468.8439

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Longboat Observer March 24  

Longboat Observer March 24