JANUARY 2022 - SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB NEWSLETTER
THE BINNACLE ALL THE MAIN NEWS!
Happy New Year Spanish Mainers! I'm delighted to ring in 2022 with this 2nd new-look Binnacle. I hope you find it as 'happy and healthy' as my New Year wishes for you! This month marks a special anniversary for my husband and me; a whole year of living fulltime in this wonderful place. And we've certainly never felt as happy and as healthy as we do here. Maybe that's down to the warm weather and the island life. Or to the SM 'Fit Club' inspiring me to work out 3 mornings a week! I suspect our sense of wellbeing can really be attributed to the natural beauty, the many smiling faces, and the new friends we've made here.
IN THIS ISSUE: AHOY THERE! - 1
Of course, 2021 was also a time of anxiety, disruption, and uncertainty for many. And 2022 will bring its own challenges I'm sure.
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In such times it is the established traditions that provide real comfort. Certainly, the Holiday lights here were a great part of our festive joy. A very special 'Thank You' to the dedicated residents and staff who keep so many SM traditions alive.
THE POOP DECK - 10
HELMSMANS REPORT- 4 OUR MAIN CREW - 5 LANDLUBBERS - 8 FIRST MATES- 12 SAFE HARBOR - 14 PORTS OF CALL - 15 FROM THE GALLEY - 17 FORE AND AFT - 18 CLOSE HAUL - 21
It's a bumper issue and my thanks go out to everyone who contributed SHORE LEAVE - 26 PLAIN SAILING - 28 articles and photographs. This is YOUR newsletter and it's inspiring ON OUR HORIZON - 29 to share these pages. NEWS - 30
With very best wishes to you for 2022 and so much gratitude to the incredible Newsletter Team - we hope you enjoy this edition!
Sincerely, TAM MORRISON (Editor)
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In Our Wheelhouse In case you missed them.. a selection of our Holiday Lights. Winners are highlighted with stars
'tis the season TO BE JOLLY
Special thanks to KK for counting votes and notifying winners And thanks to the decorating volunteers!
KK's favorite comment!
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And Spanish Mainers voted for their favorite Daytime and Nighttime decor!
3 BEST DAYTIME 1.796 SDS Leba 2.644 SDN Tam & Grae 3. 583 SDS Les & Penny Honorary Mention 615 SDS Paul & Margaret
BEST NIGHT SHOW 1.820 SDS Peter & Val 2.604 SDN Dale 3. 691 EC Jack & Dawn Honorary Mention 652 SDN Rod & Evelyn
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The Helmsman's Report RANDY CLARK - BOARD PRESIDENT
When I was growing up in Iowa I read about bald eagles and lamented how they were on the verge of extinction. Of course, I never saw one and dreamed of a time when I could see them in the wild. Now, many years later, thanks to scientific research identifying the primary cause as human use of DDT and regulations prohibiting its use, bald eagles are making a comeback. It is estimated there are 1,500 nesting pairs in Florida alone. Last year, and for several years before that, Ruth and I enjoyed watching from our villa ospreys who nested in a tall tree north of Spanish Main. I’m sure, like many of you, we would hear the osprey’s shrill call and see them soaring in the air. This year we’re still hearing the ospreys but also the unmistakable calls of bald eagles. So, I kept looking up and saw bald eagles in flight over Spanish Main. And I’ve observed a pair of them sitting in the tall tree where the ospreys formerly nested. From what I can see with binoculars, it appears we will have a nesting pair of bald eagles that can be easily observed by Spanish Mainers. While I will miss seeing the ospreys, I am elated to have a “ring side seat” to a bald eagle family! How amazing is this piece of paradise we call home. This past year has brought big changes to Spanish Main – more than 30 villa ownership transfers. Like the ospreys and eagles, we miss those who have moved on but welcome all of you new owners! I look forward to meeting you and encourage your help, along with all of us “old-timers,” in making Spanish Main the best it can be in 2022.
(pictures of eagles on SMYC lake taken by Tam Morrison in Nov 2021) I want to wish all of you a Very Happy New Year. We are indeed blessed to live in this wonderful community on this beautiful island. Thank you to all of those who volunteer their time and talents to make SMYC what it is, particularly those who serve on one of our committees. We urge those of you not currently serving on a committee to make one of your new year’s resolutions to become involved. I hope that working through our various committees we will make 2022 the best year ever for our community.
DON POND - BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT
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Our Main Crew Judy Hoover
Spanish Mainers feel truly fortunate for the dedicated team of staff who keep our community running day-to-day. We are so thankful for Judy, Barbara, Craig and Armando. Over the next few pages they share a little more about themselves with The Binnacle.
Once a starving refugee, of Polish and Ukrainian heritage, I was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany. I was stabbed with scissors when I tried to eat someone’s food in the orphanage in Munich. Ohio Farmers picked me out of a group photo of children eligible for adoption through Catholic Charities and arranged for a flight to Toledo, OH. I couldn’t speak English and they couldn’t speak German, but I learned so quickly and I was the best dressed little girl around. My mother taught me how to cook and bake and the love of both domestic and wild animals. I learned how to do many things on the farm watching and “helping”. I was fast tracked and became a U.S. Citizen when I was 8. I have lived in OH, IN, IL, MO, and VA. I am cold intolerant and moved to my dream state of FL in 1993 and felt I was finally “home”. I have attended college classes in Accounting, Computer Software Programs and Business Administration in a few Midwestern states and Manatee Community College. Also several Dale Carnegie and Lenny Zell classes. I am a widow of nearly 3 years and have learned it’s hard to be alone and have to be responsible for everything. I have a wonderful son who has three boys (Northern IN) and a wonderful daughter who has one girl (Southern MI), but I only see them once or twice a year. You probably have heard I have a perfect fur companion, a Bichon Frise’ named Bentley and also two tame Albino Squirrels, Casper and Boo, who live near my villa and greet me every morning and evening for their favorite treats. As Spanish Main’s Office Mgr., I do everything you can think of in an administrative capacity. Customer Service, bookkeeping, budgeting, spreadsheets, letter and document creation, reports, surveys, tracking villa information, filling out estoppels and questionnaires for villa sales, procure office supplies, keep abreast of insurance trends, condominium statute changes, etc. I complete specific continuing education courses periodically for my CAM (Community Association Mgr.) license renewal. I have made perfect ice cream cones, waitressed, child care, kitty care, toy manufacturing, shipping department, Sears Credit Dept. I broke the glass ceiling as the first young female big ticket, appliances and electronics retail Mgr. for Sears. I did some fashion and catalog modelling on the side. Then worked in Mgmt. for Hudson’s, and became a GIA Certified Gemologist. I moved to Florida in 1993. My late husband and I managed a Professional Employer Organization for over 10 years. I am Treasurer and Bookkeeper for my own Condo Assn. where I live. I came to Spanish Main in 2003, was interviewed and quickly hired! (Thank you Bill Sherry and Barry Napiecek!) My favorite part of my work is the relationships with Spanish Mainers, seeing the close friendships developed among residents, a true sense of community and family. I have enjoyed limited travel since living in FL, but I prefer island destinations, Bermuda, US & British Virgins, Caymans, FL Keys & islands in general. As a critter lover, I am sadden by the tragic loss of our manatees, destruction and over building of our pristine lands and pollution of our waters that affect our quality of life. I believe you can learn something from everyone and utilize your experiences in building relationships, compassion for and understanding people and their needs. I have so many special friends here in Spanish Main and where I live, I feel so Blessed! I belong to CAI (Community Assn. Institute) & LBK Mgrs. Group. Like a few other Special Spanish Mainers, I am also a Cancer Survivor Warrior!
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Barbara Metzler Where were you born? Vermont Where have you lived? Vermont & moved to Florida in 1976 What is your favorite hobby? Reading Are you married? I’m a widow. I was married to Stew Metzler for 31 years until he died suddenly on 11/30/2013 Do you have children? Yes, two. A son, Corey (38) and a daughter, Heather (34) And 2 awesome grandchildren Aedan (9) and Riley (7) What kind of pets do you have? 2 very large dogs! Sadie a 7 year-old German Shepard & Maverick a 4 year-old Golden Retriever/ Great Pyrenees. Both are rescues. What is your current job title? Administrative Assistant When did you start work at SMYC? April 2007 Where else have you worked? In management at Albertsons for 18 years. At a building Inspection company and as Asst Mgr. at a wholesale nursery. Are you a sports fan? Not at all. What causes are you passionate about? Animal Rescue What is an interesting fact about you? I was a volunteer firefighter in my early 20’s What is your favorite travel destination? Back to Vermont Did you go to a college or university? I have an AS in Ornamental Horticulture from Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your education? That all education is important. What is your favorite thing about SMYC? The residents
Ciro Armando Nino I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. My wife is called Judith and we have three daughters; Caroline, Sandra and Tania and 3 grandchildren; Michelle (15), Abraham (11) and Shiloh (3)
I was in the Colombian army and I enjoy playing soccer and chess. In 2006 I started work in Spanish Main and the best part of the job is the nice people here.
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Craig Steven Gesaman (Named after his mom’s favorite actor, Craig Stevens) Where were you born? Massillon, OH Where have you lived? Clinton, OH Massillon, OH
What is your favorite hobby?
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Collecting sports cards and playing a little banjo
Are you married? What is your spouse's name? Yes, Angela Gesaman Do you have children? A daughter Hannah, A son Matt. And a granddaughter Lily What kind of pets do you have? What is your current job title?
Lady a Chiweenie, Dylan a Doberman SMYC Maintenance Coordinator since 12/1/2013
Where else have you worked? UPS, HVAC self-employed , Holiday Retirement. Many construction fields: Masonry, Steel construction (Prefab buildings) Sheetmetal worker and HVAC Are you a sports fan? If so, what is your favorite team? Cleveland Browns and Indians, all my life. The Miami Dolphins since the 70’s What causes are you passionate about? Foster Care, helping the homeless, missions What is an interesting fact about you? I’m an ordained minister, Chairman of the elders at Westside Christian Church and the Show Love Coordinator at Westside. I speak, read, and write Thai. I read Hebrew I’ve been to all the states, but Vermont and I’ve traveled all over Southeast Asia and lived in Thailand for 5 years. What is your favorite travel destination? Las Vegas Did you go to a college or university? Johnson University, Kissimmee, FL, Trinity Western University, Vancouver B.C. and Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your education? Don’t believe everything they teach you in a university! Are you involved in any professional organizations? The Moose – Past Governor Massillon What is your favorite thing about SMYC? Being around nature. The great people I work with and the diversity of people that live and have lived here and all the new friends. Awesome people!
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2021 Real Estate Market
and 2022 outlook!
Macro trends driving this year in Real Estate:
by Cecile Coutret
According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), 2021 3Q saw year-toyear appreciation of nearly 19% nationally, and nearly 26% in our region of Sarasota, Bradenton, Northport. 2021 on LBK saw record demand with low months of supply. These conditions are expected to continue, however more Seller’s took advantage of the historic appreciation trend, resulting in more inventory coming on the market in the 2nd half of the year and easing the extremely tight supply. This trend of further easing is expected to continue in the 4th quarter. Nevertheless, low supply and record demand conditions still exist in our hyper-local market as of this writing. Although a more “normal” pattern began to emerge regionally early in the 4th quarter, the 2022 “high season” is expected to bring a return to the pressure of a faster pace in the buying and selling process. Even with some upward movement in interest rates, the expectation is that rates will continue to be historically low for the time being, making it still a good time to buy and sell. Appreciation is predicted to continue in 2022 on our Gulf Coast, however at a slower rate than was seen in 2021. This trend of decreased acceleration or deceleration should not be confused with depreciation. With deceleration, home prices continue to rise but at a slower pace. In general, LBK and SMYC real estate should continue to be in high demand in 2022 for buyers seeking refuge from cold weather and higher property taxes.
Welcome to all our New Owners and future good friends!
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Special thanks to Cecile for presenting this data. (errors or omissions are editor's fault alone)
Ge tO Renters Corner Welcome back seasonal renters and new renters! We want you to rien enjoy every moment of your time with us. The required ted ORIENTATION for new renters helps you get the very most from ! your stay, with tons of information and tips from those in the know! Please contact the office if you haven't yet arranged an orientation date and make sure you receive a copy of the new, improved, and updated Renters Welcome and Advice forms.
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THE POOP DECK!
Max Fiore: a Cat’s Story
(a striking black and white Eleven years ago Junior, our tuxedo cat coloring that resembles a tuxedo), was enjoying the Florida sunshine on the window in our back room when all of a sudden he started hissing. A skinny gray cat sat on our back patio, looking up at him. The visitor didn't look skittish or unkempt like a feral cat, but appeared to be friendly. We asked Junior if he would share some of his food. He refused, but we made up a dish and gave it to the stranger anyway. The mystery cat ate and then left, but showed up the next day. We asked Junior if we could let him in. Junior replied, “Okay, as long as he doesn't eat my food!” He had a snack, checked the house out, then cried to be let out. He was back again the following day. We let him in and he hung around inside, becoming more comfortable with his surroundings. He was very sociable, but cautious, although he did not appear to have spent a lot of time in the wild. Efforts were made to find his owners. We took pictures of him and put them up on Craig’s Lost Pet list, contacted the Longboat Key Police, and tacked up a large "Is this your cat" poster in the neighborhood with his photo. We also asked people in the surrounding neighborhoods if they had lost a cat. When there were no takers after a month, we decided to adopt him. We named him Max. He got his annual shots and was neutered on January 13, 2011.The veterinarian estimated his age at one or two years, based on the tartar buildup on his teeth. Max has now been with us for eleven years. He has little desire to wander around outside but joins us on the back patio where he chases lizards. He loves to lie on his back, with all four paws in the air, and stretch. Like all domestic house cats, he has developed his daily routine. He sleeps on a felt blanket at the foot of the bed. At 6:30 on the dot he walks all over both Donna and me to wake us. He graciously accompanies me outside to retrieve the paper and to check the front yard for racoons. After breakfast he joins us on the bed for TV news and then selects a spot for his morning nap, usually under the guest room bed. The “morning” nap lasts off and on until dinner time. Max would gladly join us at the dinner table if we would let him! Afterward, he sits on the sofa and watches television with us until we go to bed. We love him very much and, while we miss our Junior, who left us a year after Max came, he has become an indispensable member of the family. To use an old expression:
"We didn't rescue him; he rescued us"!!
by Greg Fiore
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THE POOP DECK (part 2)
Newest Residents! King and Daisy mended 4 owner's hearts when they joined their Spanish Drive North families in Fall 2021. It was an immediate (puppy) love match for all concerned!
We love dogs but not poop! Please send pictures of your pups and pusses to the newsletter team at Newsletter@smyclbk.com Include their name and some fun facts so they get the recognition they deserve!
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Interviews by Sandy Brut-Christensen
Meet CJ and Katzy Nager
“No, I do not want a blind date!”
That’s how it started between a lovely college graduate who was working at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue and a handsome Naval officer just returned from the Korean conflict in November 1954. Fifteen months later they were wed. February 11, 1956 was a dark, cold, blustery day in New York with the sleet blowing sideways. “Don’t mind the weather. Just remember, a wet knot never comes untied.” Those were the first words uttered to the newlyweds by the family friend who set up their blind date! CJ started his career as an engineer with GE in 1956. GE transferred he and Katzy many times to various US locations. He eventually ended up in California working for Hughes Aircraft. Along the way, the couple were blessed with three children: Bailey, the eldest, who lives in North Carolina, George, who lives in Massachusetts, and the youngest, Dwight, in Brazil. They have five grandchildren (four boys and one girl). They retired in 1995 to South Carolina to be closer to their families and friends, most of whom were located in the eastern USA. They had a lovely home on Lake Wylie near the North Carolina border. They were both very active in the Lions Club, establishing a program that provided new books to Title I elementary schools to instill the love of reading in these students. CJ’s father and stepmother were living in SMYC when CJ and Katzy came to visit. They liked SMYC and in August 1990 bought 636 SDN as a vacation home. They later made the decision to live here permanently and sold their house in South Carolina. Katzy describes their interior decorating style as “old family attic and early Tamiami Trail.” They are active members of All Angels by the Sea church on LBK. They both express their gratitude to be living their ninth decade in SMYC. CJ says he has two “daughters” across the street from them—Francine Gietl and Anne Hasenfus (both pictured) —who watch out for them and bring them sweets. Caring friends and neighbors are a very important part of SMYC.
Submit your 'First Mate' life stories to Newsletter@smyclbk.com (with photo please)
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How the Loves landed on Spanish Main by Jeff Love My wife Teresa (picture above at our villa) and I love Maryland. We have lived and worked there for 42 years and find it to be a comfortable, well-run state. But the winter snow and ice, which was so scenic when we and our children were young, has become less enjoyable as we age. Even with a snowblower, clearing a 50-yard driveway covered with a foot of snow is an ordeal. We had vacationed up and down the gulf coast for many years, so in 2020 we engaged a Florida real estate agent to find a house or condo for us anywhere from Pinellas County down to Sanibel. The company sent us three emails a day with listings. We saved those that looked both attractive and affordable. Three communities on LBK caught our fancy, including Spanish Main. The website indicated that SMYC offered a variety of activities, and was close to the bay and the beach. We especially liked that it’s composed of villas rather than a single large building and that it allows only monthly rentals. In the end—like Jane Oaks—it was the single-level design that sold us. I saw the listing for our villa in February. My wife Teresa and I went back and forth on the decision. She was concerned about the age of the house, until I reminded her that we had recently sold her late parents’ house in Tampa which was just as old and still in great shape. We put a contract on our villa sight unseen. So what did we expect when we first visited in June? I knew the house looked great inside since the previous owner had remodeled it, although the home inspector had found a few issues. I discovered that we would need a new roof in the near future, and that not all the yard work would be performed by the HOA. The landscaping has caused some headaches, since we are not full-time residents, but my lawn service and Kim Mendez have taken care of most problems. We’ve also learned we have a great HOA staff that responds quickly, is happy to help, and understands the challenges of a remote owner. Spanish Main is inhabited by friendly people from all over the country. Everyone helps each other, and there is a strong sense of community. This is exactly what we were seeking: a residence—a community—not a resort. We are looking forward to our life at Spanish Main. We have yet to visit during the winter so we may be in for a surprise when everyone shows up. But I think we will be fine with great neighbors, a pool I don’t have to maintain, and one of the best beaches in the nation. Please stop by and say hello!
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Safe Harbor in Our Marina Although our website describes SMYC as “A Boating Community of Sarasota Bay” we have a significant number of residents who are not boaters – and I would bet that many of them don’t realize that ours is THE best “private” marina anywhere around here. That’s my opinion, of course, and I may be a little biased (grin) but I have been boating around here a long time. I was born and grew up in Tampa and spent a lot of time boating in and around Tampa Bay. Some of my favorite boating memories are when I lived on a small sailboat during college – I was allowed to keep it tied up at the docks of a tugboat company in Tampa harbor where I worked as a radio dispatcher. I moved to Ohio later in life and was miserably boat-less, but I did meet the love of my life (Kelly) and we eventually made our way back down here. For several years while living in Ohio we owned a trawler that we docked in Cortez which was our “floating condo”. Eventually, we sold the trawler and purchased 557SDN in late 2018.
by Mike Blankenbecler (Marina Director)
Our marina has three sizes of slips – small, medium, and large and they are available only to unit owners. The size of slip that is assigned to an owner is based on the measurement of the boat’s beam. The largest length of boat allowed in our slips is forty feet, and the largest beam allowed is twelve feet. The annual fee to occupy a slip will range from $200 for a small slip to $300 for a large slip. There are currently only four slips that are available (unoccupied). We have been fortunate in having Shane Nicholls as our dock master for several years and he has done a terrific job, however he has just moved away. But, we are again blessed to have Graeme Morrison volunteer to take over that position. He is an experienced sailor with experience as a dockmaster – thank you Graeme! Since the purpose of having the marina is for the enjoyment of our owners – and there are certainly more owners than slips – there are restrictions in our by-laws that specify how an owner may qualify for a slip assignment. Basically, an owner must be in residence (physically here) for five months out of the year and their boat must occupy the slip for a minimum of seven months out of the year. There are some other rules that preserve the experience of being a private marina – such as ones relating to invitation of guest boaters by owners and slip holders, overnight stays on your boat in the slip (not allowed!) and insurance requirements. Please read the section of the by-laws that apply to the marina if you want to be assigned a slip! And, to the many kayakers out there…storage racks are available for an annual fee of $50, and we will very soon see the installation of a new kayak launch that will replace the existing launch that is attached to the floating dock.
Contact Marina Director Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org and Dock Master Grae at email@example.com
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Ports of Call Local businesses to support and enjoy. And more to look forward to!
by Annie Bondi
Driftwood Beach Home & Garden in Whitney Plaza offers more to our community than retail shopping with interactive gardening and cooking classes. In February 2021 owner Heather Rippy created a welcoming coastal space filled with unique art pieces, home décor, linens, books and gardening supplies. Heather's love of travel incorporates handcrafted fair trade imports with talented local artists. There is a beautiful selection of organic cotton handmade clothes, a variety of baskets and tote bags and small furniture pieces. Heather’s daughters share a love of the store and have created a pet section to spoil our furry friends. Live potted colorful orchids or custom gift baskets make the perfect presentation. Follow Driftwood Beach Home & Garden on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date class schedules and to preview some of the newest treasures!
from Oct edition...
TURTLE COFFEE BAR
LaVilla, LBK's new Mexican restaurant, finally gets town approval; with a little help from our SM friends! Slated to be opening early 2022! YUM!
In May 2019, Heather Gaus created the cozy boho style Turtle Coffee Bar next to Swim City on LBK. In addition to serving fresh ground coffee, lattes, smoothies and teas they have a made to order breakfast and lunch menu. Fresh bagels, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, wraps and sandwiches can be enjoyed dine in or take out. In this casual style café you order at the counter and they serve it to your table. The laid back seating offers space for quiet dining or gathering with friends. The
Thank you Cecile Coutret!
Turtle Coffee Bar is open Tue to Sun 7am-2pm and on Monday 7am-12pm. When you stop in don’t forget to meet their pet turtle & birds!
Also ANOTHER new restaurant is planned in place of the recently closed Tina's Salon at 5620 G of M Drive. Exciting times in our culinary neighborhood!
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SPOTLIGHT ON ‘THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE'
Our Local Thrift Store ~A Longboat Key Treasure Chest!
The Lord’s Warehouse Thrift Shop, located on the grounds of the Longboat Chapel, offers a unique collection of clothing, vintage furniture, books, and housewares for sale. In addition, the thrift shop has art and vintage jewelry as well as décor. Donated by your neighbors on Longboat Key, the inventory changes frequently and includes many name brands. Come often, as it is fun to rummage through the endless variety of gently used bargains to find those special treasures that will make your shopping experience complete.
We are located next to the Longboat Island Chapel at 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Opening Hours are 9am -1pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The thrift shop phone number is 941-383-4738.
The highlight of the season is the Lord’s Warehouse Spring Fashion Show and luncheon. Be sure to watch for the announcement and mark your calendars. Your donations (in good, clean condition) are always gratefully accepted. Please be aware that we cannot take mattresses, pillows, or any electronics. Large items must be approved before dropping off. The staff at the thrift shop can provide more specific guidance. Interested in volunteering? By all means, ask at the store about ways you can help out. Wednesday volunteers
By Rebecca Fuller
JAN 2022 - ISSUE 2 From The Galley of Sandy Brut-Christensen Culinary historians claim waffles can be traced back to ancient Greece, where chefs roasted flat cakes between metal plates attached to long wooden handles. The Dutch introduced the first waffles to North America around 1620, although printed waffle recipes did not become available until the early- to mid-1700s. Around 1790 Thomas Jefferson—among his many accomplishments—brought the first long-handled waffle iron and ‘modern’ waffle recipes to the US. With the increasing availability of both recipes and waffle irons, ‘Waffle Frolics’ became popular between the middle of the 18th century and the mid-19th century. Family and friends gathered to bake waffles, often with each person getting to bake his or her own. Since this could take some time, while the waffles cooked they would have a party, serving other foods and playing parlor games. Today waffles are eaten throughout the world and vary from country to country. I live in Norway most of the year and believe me, Norwegians love their waffles too! The most popular toppings in Norway are blueberry jam, a dollop of sour cream, or—for the most Norwegian waffle experience--gjetost. Also known as brunost or brown cheese, it is made from goat’s milk. It has a dense and rich texture with a sweet, caramel-like taste. Gjetost can be purchased on Amazon, at Whole Foods, and other food stores under the brand name of Ski Queen. In case any Spanish Mainer would like to host a Waffle Frolic, I’d like to share my Norwegian waffle recipe below. Please note that American measurement equivalents are not exact; for perfect waffles use the metric measurements.
Sandy´s Norwegian Waffles
5 dl (2 US liquid cups) kefir* 5 dl (2 US liquid cups) whole milk 200 grams (about 7 oz.) melted butter 200 grams (about 1 cup) refined sugar 500 grams (about 4 cups) flour 2 eggs ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
Blend all ingredients well in a large bowl. Allow the batter to sit for at least 15 minutes.
Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately with a topping of your choice.
Makes approximately 20 waffles. *Kefir is a kind of fermented milk, and can be purchased at Trader Joes, Walmart, etc. Sandy and Jon sharing Norwegian cuisine
Please send your family recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fore & Aft!
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Spanish Main Yacht Club
55 Years and Counting by Sue Reese
Spanish Main Yacht Club is almost 56 years old and covers 28 acres on northern Longboat Key. One of the first condo complexes in the Sarasota area, our onestory villas—spread between Gulf of Mexico Drive and Sarasota Bay—are unique. Our private marina, heated swimming pool, and deeded access to the beach are exceptional assets. The clubhouse boasts a well-equipped kitchen, restrooms, library, and offices. As Spanish Main began to develop in the mid-1960s, houses popped up here and there along the sandy dirt roads, some single villas, others duplexes. Every villa was painted white over grey cinderblock with a screened lanai in back. Although at first shutters and doors were in basic black, eventually owners were given a choice of colors, which has allowed them to create a more personalized appearance.
Thanks to Jane Oaks for building photos Although we were never a gated community, during the 1990s two residents were stationed at the entrance to check every car and bike for a required resident or a guest sticker. From the beginning, our clubhouse, pool, and public areas have been gathering places. Morning pool exercise classes kept many in shape. A Tiki Bar, set up once a week, brought residents together to drink and hang out. Friendly contests were held on the shuffle board courts as well as on the putting green. There was hardly an issue of the Longboat Observer that did not include Spanish Main, often as a full or half-page article with photos. That was thanks to Dora Walters, the legendary Observer reporter, who covered every event, camera in hand.
For several years a Farewell to Snowbirds beach picnic in April was not to be missed. A large tent held food and grills, while outside we played games like water balloon tossing and three-legged races. Autumn meant a Welcome Back party with drinks and appetizers. Covered dish suppers—each with a unique theme—were held every month, organized by volunteers. The five-dollar tickets were always sold out. The Spanish Main calendar was filled with meetings and activities: bingo, bridge —even horse races. Holidays were special. St. Patrick's Day meant "wearin’ o’ the green" for a corned beef and cabbage dinner, music, and dancing. We held our very own Easter parade up and down the streets. Christmas signaled caroling, decorating the tree, and a cookie exchange. New Year's Eve was often celebrated with an elegant dinner and even a midnight Ball Drop. Bazaars, rummage sales, and other fundraisers raised money for non-budgeted items like TVs, chairs, tables, and kitchen items. Some events were open to the public, such as the annual "Home Tour" followed by a luncheon in the clubhouse. Spanish Main sponsored several successful Caribbean cruises for residents in the early 2000s. You may still come across a resident wearing a yellow or turquoise T-shirt touting the cruise and date. One of the most popular events held at the clubhouse in late spring is the famous Fish Fry, made possible by resident fishermen. The rest of us bring our favorite dish to complete the feast. At past events there was music and even a Bunny-Hop around the pool.
Throughout the years SMYC has always been an active and friendly place, whether you're full-time resident or a "snowbird,” and with your help it will continue so in 2022 and the years ahead.
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Please keep your speed to 15mph maximum on our community roads!
The Spanish Main Board of Directors has revived a standing committee to address any safety and security issues in our community. The committee is just getting started and would very much appreciate your input. If you have any safety or security related concerns about our community, please email them to Jeffrey Love at email@example.com. The committee will develop a plan to address resident concerns so your input is essential. Thank You
New to boating? Read on! By Sandy Brut-Christensen
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water promotes safe, clean, and responsible boating. The Foundation provides educational outreach directly to boaters and supports partner organizations nationwide. With millions of boaters on the water, the aim of the foundation is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of our waterways, and keep boating a safe and enjoyable pastime. The Foundation offers the only free online state-specific boating safety courses. The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE online boating safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. We have a beautiful marina here at SMYC. If you are not interested in purchasing your own boat but want to have access to the nearby waterways, there are several boat clubs in the area, including the Freedom Boat Club. Boating adds another dimension to our enjoyment of the paradise around us. See www.boatus.org for a complete overview of the foundation and online courses.
JAN 20-23 ST PETE'S POWER AND SAILBOAT SHOW The 43rd Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. This is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast! The show takes place Thursday, Jan 20 through Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. Buy tickets online
Keep up to date with CDC and SMYC guidelines on social events and COVID. Check with office if in doubt.
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New activities starting in 2022. Have fun and meet new friends too! Hump Day Happy Hour! Starts Jan 5th. Meet at the pool on warm Wednesday afternoons about 5pm for an informal regular social gathering. Bring your own drinks and snacks and meet other Spanish Mainers. BYOCC (Bring Your Own Cooler and Cocktails!)
BINGO! ($2 a card) On the LAST Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Clubhouse. Cari will be calling the winning numbers! Join us on Jan 26th, Feb 23rd and March 30th. text Cari with questions (516) 816 1428
From the social committee
Dates for your Diary 1.GREG AND DONNA WILL AGAIN BE OFFERING SMYC BOWLING STARTING JAN 3RD AT 9:30AM AT BRADENTON LANES AND SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT 7 PM IN THE CLUBHOUSE BEGINNING JANUARY 8TH (AND TO CONTINUE IF THERE IS INTEREST) 2.SMYC WELCOME BACK COCKTAIL EVENING WILL BE HELD JAN 22ND 3.THE SOUP, CHILI AND SALAD EVENING WILL BE FEBRUARY 10TH. 4.FEBRUARY 13TH ‘POLAR PLUNGE’ AT OUR BEACH! HOT TODDIE FOR EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS THEIR INTEREST AND GETS WET! COLD HANDS AND WARM HEARTS! EMAIL SANDY AT BRUT-CHR@ONLINE.NO THE SMYC OFFICE WILL SEND REMINDER EMAILS AND FLYERS TO RESIDENTS FOR THESE EVENTS. ALSO ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
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TIME IS A RIVER, AND BOOKS ARE BOATS. (Dan Brown)
If you aren’t familiar with our wonderful library in the SM Clubhouse, check it out! All materials are available to borrow on an honor-system basis (now would be a good time to check your bookshelves at home for unreturned items!) Each fall, a few new books are purchased with the small budget from SMYC, but the bulk of our library comes from donations from residents. We welcome donations of relatively new books, dvds, audio books and puzzles. That said, please notice that our shelves are full and some older items will have to go to make room for new acquisitions. So please don’t donate any older materials. We prefer only items 5 years old or less. (The age of a book is shown as the copyright date on the back of the title page.) Newest books are kept on the desk with “new” stickers, and most books have SMYC stamped on the first page. Here are our newest books
ThankK K you K
for looking after our library!
Any questions about the library call KK at 941-383-0883
Book Club has been a regular fixture at SM since 2004 and is held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 pm. Open to all owners, renters, visitors, and guests. In the past the club has also held luncheons, heard authors speak, and attended literary events. Members vote to choose a wide range of books and genres to stretch the mind All welcome and new or irregular drop-ins are encouraged. Please do read the book as it is a vigorous discussion followed by socializing and general getting to know one another! The bulletin board in clubhouse has details.
The Jan 12th meeting will be about ‘The Personal Librarian’ by M. Benedict and V. Christopher Murray CONTACT RUTH MYERS OR EMAIL ANLBKFLA@GMAIL.COM
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Winter is our Social Season - New faces always made welcome Monday - Mahjong, Bowling, Upwords, and Bridge Tuesday - Yoga, Chair Yoga Games Night starts Jan 11 Wednesday - Hump Day Happy Hour! (Monthly) Book Club & Bingo Thursday - Romeo's Friday - Pinochle and Bridge Saturday - Men's 9 hole Golf, Movie night
Bridge is played at the SMYC clubhouse every Monday and Friday night at 7:00PM and everyone is welcome. New to Bridge? Come anyway. It’s a great way to learn from players at all levels and meet your neighbors and new friends! There is always a sign up sheet for each game on the Bulletin Board in the hall, where the bathrooms are in the Clubhouse. Question? ask Jane Oaks
A full list of each months events and activities is printed out at the clubhouse office for you.
Please note - some activities are subject to change due to seasonal numbers or CDC Covid guidelines do check with the named contact on the noticeboard or with Judy or Barbara in the office. Thank you.
GET FIT WITH FRIENDS!
3 mornings a week - all invited. A fun and friendly group work-out led by SMYC residents with modifications for all levels of fitness and mobility.
Contact Kim Freiwald or Melissa Nelson for more details.
I LOVE SMYC
Join the FACEBOOK private group for SMYC residents/owners. If you, or your children 'do' Facebook please join 'I LOVE SMYC' and share your comments, photos and ideas. Advertise events or sell old furniture, borrow a book, share a beautiful wildlife shot, warn of traffic congestion or have a weather concern whilst away, your SMYC Facebook Community is here FOR YOU.
JAN 2022 - ISSUE 2 TAKE THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE IN THE GULF
SUNDAY, February 13, 1:00PM MEETING PLACE: 596 SPANISH DRIVE NORTH AT 12:45 (HOUSE DISPLAYING THE NORWEGIAN AND US FLAGS) HOT TODDIES WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL PARTICIPANTS WHO ACTUALLY “TAKE THE PLUNGE”
Hosted by Sandy! Contact her with questions.
There are not too many studies done on the effects of cold-water winter swimming (except maybe in Scandinavia) but, the most interesting aspect is how winter swimming can affect people's psyche. An obvious factor when you throw yourself into ice-cold water in winter is a feeling of mastery. The feeling of mastering something can in turn help increase your quality of life. A better quality of life can certainly help prevent and possibly treat depression. The shock experience from the cold water may also affect hormones that are important for our mental well-being. Swimming in the winter in water that stays below 5 degrees C (41degrees F) can have more positive than negative aspects, provided that the swims are undertaken by people in good health who take it nice and slow. THE AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURE OFF LONGBOAT KEY IN FEBRUARY IS 72°F (min: 67°F/max: 76°F) pleasant swimming (by Norwegian standards) NO-ONE WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, TAKING BETA-BLOCKERS OR ANY TYPE OF HEART PROBLEMS SHOULD CONSIDER THIS.
Sunday and Wednesday
SM YOGA with Cari Starting Tuesday January 18th Open to all. 10am Tuesdays - Gentle Yoga in the Clubhouse.
Bring a mat and props like a blanket or towel, a strap or belt, light weights.
And at 11.30am NEW Chair Yoga
Contact Cari Ferreiro with questions.
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RETIRED OLD MEN EATING OUT About 16 years ago, there was a club founded by Lou Salemi on Longboat Key at SMYC. The purpose of this group was to get residents interested in meeting others in SMYC. That was the birth of ROMEOS… RETIRED OLD MEN EATING OUT! This group of men would meet at SMYC clubhouse for a departure time of 11:30am. One member, previously chosen by a drawing the week before, then informs the group where we are going. We choose not to go to BIG name restaurants. Looking for dives, little known bars, independent restaurants. Wherever we are going we must have beer available! There are to be no complaints of place chosen, food, wait staff, toilets. General conversations about sports, politics, new medical issues. We have solved many political issues. Discussions on many topics that we all have issues with are discussed. There is hardly ever a time where we do not draw attention from other patrons — “May we take a picture?" "Can you take my husband with you?” are common comments. When we get our beer, pass and salute to all at table and then we start a slow chant, "RRRROOOMMMMMMEEEEOOOOO!" That pretty much is what ROMEOS ARE ABOUT. JOIN US!
RULES AND REGULATIONS PURPOSE: FOR FELLOWSHIP, MEN’S TIME OUT TO FIND EXCITING AND DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS, DINERS, STANDS, BARS, TAVERNS, AND ANY OTHER TYPE OF ESTABLISHMENT THAT PREPARES AND SERVES FOOD.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME. BE AT CLUBHOUSE 11:30 THURSDAY OF EVERY WEEK. YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO DRIVE. WE DO NOT LOOK IN REARVIEW MIRROR…BE ON TIME. TIME WILL BE CONFIRMED BY CELLPHONE.
COMMONLY KNOWN CHAIN RESTAURANTS…I.E. CHILI’S, LONE STAR, ETC, ARE TO BE AVOIDED.
THE WEEK’S CAPTAIN MAY WANT TO CALL THE RESTAURANT, (BAR) AND ADVISE OF OUR VISIT.
CAPTAINS SHOULD SEEK OUT ESTABLISHMENTS THAT ARE NOT COMMONLY VISITED. WE ARE LOOKING FOR OUT-OF-THE-WAY PLACES, HARD TO FIND, DIFFERENT CUISINES, ROOFS ARE OPTIONAL. A NEW CAPTAIN SHALL BE ANNOUNCED EACH OCCASION.
SEPARATE CHECKS SHOULD BE ORDERED BY CAPTAIN AS SOON AS WAIT STAFF APPEARS. THE WAIT STAFF (SERVER) NAME SHALL BE OBTAINED BY CAPTAIN ON EVERY OCCASION.
GROUP SHALL NOT BE INFORMED WHERE THEY ARE GOING. MAY WANT TO SHARE CELL PHONE NUMBER WITH DRIVER OF OTHER VEHICLES. NO COMPLAINTS AS TO DISTANCE, CULINARY CHOICES, CLEANLINESS, OR WAIT STAFF SHALL BE ALLOWED. THE SAME DESTINATION MAY NOT BE REPEATED WITHIN A 60-DAY PERIOD. CRITICISM OF TOILET FACILITIES IS NOT ALLOWED. NO DRINKING IS ALLOWED UNTIL ALL MEMBERS HAVE THEIR BEVERAGE AND A ROMEO SALUTE IS COMPLETED. CAPTAIN STARTS AND TIPS THE GLASS OF MEMBER NEXT TO HIM, AND SO ON, TO EACH MEMBER. SMOKE FREE PLACES SHALL TAKE PRIORITY. STATE OF FLORIDA SHOULD BE TOP CHOICE. ELIGIBLE VEHICLES SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, AUTOS, VANS, BUSES, TRAIN, AIRPLANES, AND BOATS.
PICTURED ON LEFT FROM FRONT TO BACK: JOE AMATO, JACK LEUCHTER, JACKS GUEST, TONY LITWIN RIGHT SIDE FRONT TO BACK: GREG FIORE, LOU SALEMI, DICK BEYER,AND ERIC GIETL
RESIDENTS AND GUESTS PLEASE JOIN US!
Contact Greg or Lou
JAN 2022 - ISSUE 2 e v ea L Want to play e r o Sh Pickle Ball?
Pickleball has developed a passionate following due to its friendly, social nature, and its multi-generational appeal. It is played with a perforated plastic ball and composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. New players can learn the basic rules quickly in a single session. No special apparel is needed – just something comfortable and appropriate for a court sport. Equipment is inexpensive and easily portable. The game can be played by all ages and is particularly popular in adult living communities like ours! Of the 4.2 million active players currently in the US, 2.8 million are “Casual” players who play 1-7 times a year 1.4 million are “Core” players who play 8 or more times a year 60% of Core players are 55 or older 79% of Casual players are 54 or younger 61% of participants are men and 39% are women
Cardiovascular Exercise & Fitness of Pickleball compared to Tennis The average number of hits in pickleball per point is 3 times greater. There are 9 hits per point in pickleball compared to only 3 hits per point in tennis. Pickleball players are in action, playing the game, about 26-28 minutes per hour. Tennis players are in action only about 11-12 minutes per hour. Because the serve in pickleball does not dominate the game! Statistics from the Sept./Oct 2021 Pickleball Magazine Published by the USA Pickleball Association
Pickleball is certainly getting more and more popular with all age levels and the number of younger players is increasing. The need for places to play is going to increase, not diminish. Pickleball is truly a life-long sport. HISTORY OF THE GAME 2022 marks the 57th anniversary of pickleball, as it was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, by three enterprising dads whose children were bored with their usual summertime activities. It evolved from the original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout North America and is now taking off in other parts of the world. Accounts of how the name originated differ. According to co-inventor Pritchard’s wife (Joan), she started calling the game pickleball because “The combination of different sports reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats.” However, others say the game was officially named after the Pritchard's cocker spaniel Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it.
New SMYC PB Group INTERESTED IN PLAYING AT THE BAYFRONT PARK ON LBK WITH A REGULAR GROUP FROM SMYC? CONTACT JEFF & THERESA LOVE OR TAM & GRAE MORRISON AND WE WILL SET UP A GROUP CHAT TO ARRANGE CLINICS, PRACTICE, AND PLAY TIMES. FaceBook contacts for advice, local clinics and lessons ‘Lisa Jess Pickleball’ or ‘JC Specials Pickleball Junius Clark’ tel 203-858-1124
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Joan Durante Community Park lies a short walk south of SMYC on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Many of our neighbors enjoy its beautiful views of the bay, its manicured tropical landscaping, and its wildlife. The park was made possible by a generous donation from James Durante, who in 1994 offered the Town of Longboat Key $750,000 to purchase the 32-acre parcel and establish a park in his wife Joan’s memory. Some of the property once belonged to the family of our own Fred Beyerlein. His wife’s father owned much of the land between Gulfbay Drive and the park. Fred’s daughter Karen fondly remembers playing in the woods, and especially the treehouse where now a bench sits. Once the family moved to SMYC, the area became overgrown and wild. Soon after acquiring the land, the town began work to preserve the native flora and eliminate exotic and invasive plants. Subsequent public grants and donations helped to maintain and improve the property. The town created coastal dunes and preserved wetlands, earning LBK numerous awards. Perfect for strolling, alone or in quiet companionship, Durante Park epitomizes tranquility. In addition to its incomparable natural setting, Durante Park now boasts a pavilion, a playground, boardwalks, shell paths, viewing platforms, and restrooms Neighbor Cathy Higginbotham has happy memories of walking there with her beloved Malte-Poo, Bosco, and now with Bentley, her current pup. Nancy Wenzel often takes her twin granddaughters to the park, where they love to ride their bikes on the boardwalk and look for crabs and fish at the shoreline. Grandparents with younger grandchildren bring them to Durante to enjoy the playground equipment or to picnic. Kim Freiwald and her friend Melissa Nelson, leaders of SMYC’s exercise group, use the beautiful park pavilion on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:45 am for the group’s sessions. Affectionately referred to as “boot camp”or "Fit Club" the cardio and weights workouts find the pavilion’s fans and shade a godsend in the heat of summer. They further illustrate the versatility of Joan Durante Community Park for Spanish Main’s residents, renters, and visitors.
by Ginna Freed
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PLAIN SAILING Thank you to everyone who contributed stories, ideas and photographs to this edition. The Binnacle wants content from YOU, the readers and residents, to make the newsletter informative and entertaining for everyone.
For the April issue we are looking for;
1. Your stories or photographs about meeting famous people! 2. Your BEST sunset picture on LBK. 3. Your recipes or favorite restaurants in the area. 4. Your pets or grand-pets. 5. Your BEST wildlife photographs 6. Your memories or new experiences at SMYC!
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
to the dedicated and talented newsletter committee of Annie, Cecile, Ginna, Jane, Jeff, Lili, Meredith, Rebecca, Sue, and Sandy. New Members welcome! Some of us pictured below during the creative process!
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On The Horizon
Electrical undergrounding coming very soon to SMYC.
Residents cannot fail to notice the utility work along Gulf of Mexico Drive and the trenching and cables being laid by FP&L. Progress is coming to our key! First, the good news; no more pylons and overhead wires. Burying power lines is not only visually appealing, it also reduces potential system damage and outages from high winds or storms. But, there cannot be progress without disruption. Early in 2022 the undergrounding comes into SM. We can all expect machinery, tunneling, ground disturbance, mess, noise, and parking issues which may last a few days (or longer) depending on where the crews are working and how many crews are sent in. It helps to think we are not alone, this is happening all along the key in every community. To mitigate the stresses we can strive to help each other through it with good preparedness, neighborly support, and effective community-wide communication. You may recall a recent Board meeting discussed the ground level transformers that the utility company needs to place in SMYC. The recent email to members detailed addresses most impacted from the plans sent by FP&L. We are to have 25 new boxes installed to transform the grid voltage to a level we can use in our homes. An aerial interpretation (left) shows the locations of these new pad mounted residential transformer boxes (marked in red). Please verify exact location with the FPL plan. The difference of 10 transformers on North vs. 15 on South is because North already has transformers on the ground at its east end.
Full plans from FP&L can be viewed by reaching out to the office.
Whilst the utility company has easement and ultimate control of this process Tom Freiwald and the Board will be presenting some Question and Answer sessions for residents to discuss the plans. Send any questions in advance by email to the office or to email@example.com
Let's share information and support each other.
Do stay informed and (most of all) stay optimistic. Board Meeting Jan 5th at 10am
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In The Press
A warm winter predicted!
And rental costs rose more in this area than any other part of the US