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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Colony neighbors oppose extension The board at the Aquarius Club wants the commission to deny a Colony Association request to extend a re-opening deadline. It seeks support from residents of other neighboring properties.

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+ Hollywood Haunt Orchid Beach Club resident Heather Roberts celebrated her 50th birthday Thursday Aug 9., with a ‘40s supper club-themed surprise party at Crosley Mansion. It was a scene out of golden-age Hollywood as a band played crooner-style tunes while guests sipped champagne and noshed on apps before dinner. The night was hosted by Heather’s father, Roy Palmer. Susan Palmer, Marilyn Paderewski and Beverly Underwood facilitated the ambiance.

+ Synagogue Open House Are you looking for a temple to call your own? On Sunday, Aug. 26 there will be a community-wide synagogue open house. Ten congregations will open their doors for a tour and to meet the leadership. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will open its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 383-3428 for more information.

+ Taste of the World Foodies unite at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Pattigeorge’s, 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cook along with Proprietor and Chef Tommy Klauber, who will lead an interactive dinner to teach how to create dishes from India, Greece, Thailand and France. Call 383-5111 for reservations and more information.

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When Greg Van Howe bought his unit at the Aquarius Club in 2003, he thought its location next to the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was an asset. Back then, it was a vibrant resort with restaurants and shops within walking distance.

ing that is falling down are visible. “It looks like a broken-down, burned-down slum,” said Van Howe, one of two vice presidents on the condominium’s fivemember board. Most board members are out of town for the summer.


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But after the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association sent a letter stating its intent to ask the Longboat Key Town Commission to grant an 18-month extension of the Dec. 31 deadline for re-


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The late Gen. James Edmundson flew one of his most heroic missions 70 years ago. Fifty-five years later, he met, via letters, the men he saved.

‘Tell it to the Marines’ For the late Lt. Gen. James V. Edmundson, Longboat Key’s most decorated veteran, this coming Sunday, Aug. 19, 70 years ago, was one of his most heroic missions. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for sinking a Japanese warship and saving the lives of hundreds of outgunned Marines who were pinned down and helpless on the beach of Lungo Point on Guadalcanal Island in the South Pacific. The odds that he and his crew would survive and be victorious were not in their favor. And it wasn’t until 54 years later, in 1996, that Gen. Edmundson would finally converse, by letter, with some of the Marines who lived because, as the late Admiral C.W. Nimitz put it, of Edmundson and his crew’s “extraordinary achievement.”

... Gen. Edmundson and his wife, Lee, settled on Longboat Key, in a home on the tip of Marbury Lane on north end of the Key after 36 years of extraordinary achievements in three wars (World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War): 181 combat missions, 24 medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star, three Legions of Merit and seven Distin-

guished Flying Crosses. Even post-military, Gen. Edmundson distinguished himself as a leader on Longboat Key, becoming a commissioner and serving two terms as mayor. The Longboat Post Office bears his name. Gen. Edmundson also was the bedrock of the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club, holding court in his home to initiate new members into the expectations of being a Kiwanian. Those who personally remember the general always speak of him in awe. Like many World War II heroes, he was humble. But there was something about him, even when he wore a guyabera shirt at the Thursday Kiwanis breakfasts. Just by looking at Gen. Edmundson, you could feel and sense something special and important. Fellow Kiwanian and retired Army Col. Al Bagot said of Edmundson shortly after he died in June 2001: “Even as a civilian, the general had a military bearing. He was always erect, always polite. He carried himself as if there was this inborn thing about loyalty to country and flag.” But you wouldn’t get a sense of the depths of his heroism un-


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Gen. James Edmundson earned 24 medals for his bravery fighting in three U.S. wars. But letters from those he helped save reflect the true depth of his service.

Without you, we would never have survived ... It is nice to know who was flying the fortress.

Week of Aug. 5 through Aug. 11

Nests.................................4 False crawls.......................6 2012 2011 Nests 623 266 False crawls 466 247

Fast-forward nine years. The resort has been shuttered since 2010. Units that overlook the property can see the deterioration of the wooden buildings. From the beach outside the property, buildings with boarded windows, holes in the wood and sid-

— John W. Burke of Wilmington, Del., wrote to Edmundson

INDEX Bridge Bites..........28 Briefs......................4

Classifieds ...........30 Cops Corner............7

Crossword.............29 Letters....................9

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COLONY / FROM PAGE 1 opening the resort as a tourism property, the board held an emergency meeting by phone and voted unanimously to oppose the request. Without the extension, the property could lose its tourism status, which would result in the grandfathered 237-unit property being limited to six units per acre on 15 acres, or 90 units. The board sent a letter Friday, Aug. 10, to Mayor Jim Brown opposing any extension. It is also asking boards of nearby properties such as Tencon, the Players Club and Seaplace to oppose the petition as well. Mike Boesen, manager of the 10-unit Tencon, located just south of the Colony, said he put Aquarius Club members in touch with a member of his board. “We’ve got 25 boxes worth of rat traps out there,” he said, describing the impact of the Colony in its current state on his property. The Longboat Observer could not reach board members at the Players Club Tuesday for comment. Reached at his Illinois residence, Terry Kall, president of Seaplace’s board, said the board will not meet until October and would need to seek input from unit owners before taking a position. Aquarius Club General Manager Debbie Fulton said she frequently calls police because she notices people wandering through the property. The Aquarius Club’s letter cites the extension granted by the commission in 2011, which extended the deadline beyond the Aug. 15, 2011 date — one year after the property closed — by 16-and-a-half months, stating: “The parties involved in this dispute have apparently squandered the initial extension period and, from our perspective, have made virtually no progress in resolving their issues. How could anyone believe an additional 18 months would do anything other than allow the continuing deterioration of the property! Why would the

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

BID extension moving forward A push for a 10-year extension of the Circle taxing district sets the stage for landscape maintenance and a parking garage project.

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Windows at the back of the resort’s restaurant facing the beach are now boarded.

Commission give up the only leverage they appear to have in moving this forward!” The letter also states that the property’s current state raises health and safety issues and has caused concerns among prospective buyers and renters. Asked to comment on the Aquarius Club’s letter Tuesday, Association Board President Jay Yablon said: “I fully understand and sympathize with their frustration about the state of affairs at the Colony. In a situation where too many people have already cut off their noses to spite other people’s faces, I expect that the Town Commission will have the presence of mind not to follow suit.” Yablon said that the Association has directly addressed any issue reported by the town but has never heard directly from residents of the Aquarius Club. “If there are specific things we can do to work with them to address their specific concerns, we are happy to do so,” he said. “Suggesting that 140 units should be taken away from the Colony is really not the most prudent way to address whatever concerns our neighbors may have.” The Association will bring its request to the commission at its 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting, which is rescheduled from its usual Monday date because of Labor Day.

The St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District Board of Directors officially agreed to move forward with a 10-year extension of its Circle taxing district during its Tuesday, Aug. 14 meeting. The 10-year extension, Circle officials believe, will help fund future Circle enhancements, including a coveted parking garage. Leading BID organizer and Chairman Marty Rappaport received support for the extension after he told board directors the suggested changes for BID requirements moving forward received commission approval. During the meeting, members emphasized the BID’s top priority would continue to be capital improvement projects if the taxing district is extended. A $233,427 fiscal year budget that begins this fall includes an enhanced maintenance budget line item of $40,000. The Circle is preparing to spend more in the upcoming year to keep landscaping in top shape because the city doesn’t have the money to maintain the Circle. The budget also includes $20,000 for legal expenses, with much of that money expected to go toward funding a BID extension. At least 20% of the Circle’s landowners must now sign a petition for a referendum effort that’s expected to cost at least $15,000. Rappaport also made it known that a Capital Improvement Ad Hoc Committee, formed of Circle residents, merchants and landowners, has formulated a wish list for the Circle that includes asking the city:

• To solve flooding conditions on Circle roads, especially near Plymouth Harbor. • To perform a feasibility study to solve the Circle’s parking shortage and eliminate overflow parking in Circle residential areas. • To bury power lines. •  To provide Circle signage on the mainland and neighboring keys. • To modify Circle curbs. The BID also has plans to relocate its current valet service and provide free valet. The committee also recognizes the need for public bathrooms on the Circle. Realizing that the BID has monies to help fund these projects, Rappaport and St. Armands Circle Association President Diana Corrigan made it known Tuesday that the BID is willing to negotiate and work with city staff to bring Circle projects to fruition, especially when it comes to building a parking garage. “People were parking on our Circle medians this past season, and the ones who can’t find a parking space become angry and tell merchants they won’t shop at the Circle any longer,” Corrigan said. Noting that the city of Sarasota will begin competing with customers when Benderson Development’s University Town Center mall opens, Rappaport said a parking garage is crucial for the Circle. “Before we empower our dollars for such projects though, we would insist services like a valet would be used only if cars can be parked in a parking structure to keep cars off residential streets,” Rappaport said.

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Merchants make parking pleas to city St. Armands Circle merchants told Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Parking Manager Mark Lyons that increased parking enforcement is hurting their businesses. Lynches Pub & Grub coowner Chris Lynch makes it a point to warn visitors when she notices they have parked incorrectly outside her St. Armands Circle restaurant. In recent months, several of her customers have gotten parking tickets, and some have gotten quite upset about it, she said. “It’s not a good advertisement for the Circle,” Lynch said. Angela Johnston, owner of Les Ciseaux Hair Salon and Day Spa, said some customers have gotten so angry over a parking ticket that they’ve insisted it’s the salon’s responsibility to pay it. Last month, St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan told the Longboat Observer that some visitors have become so irate after receiving a parking ticket that they’ve returned merchandise they bought from Circle businesses. Circle merchants voiced frustrations with the recent spike in parking tickets Tuesday, Aug. 14 to Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Sarasota City Parking Manager Mark Lyons during a St. Armands Circle Association board meeting. Their complaints stem from a March Sarasota City Commission vote to make parking enforcement uniform in downtown, St. Armands Circle and Hillview’s Southside Village after agreeing to bag downtown parking meters. As a result, parking staff shifted their approach from a broader focus to one that honed in more closely on areas like the Circle, upping enforcement hours to 9 a.m. to 8

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St. Armands Circle merchants say rampant ticketing is causing them to lose business. p.m., six days a week, from the previous 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Since then, many Circle merchants have complained that rules have been applied with little flexibility. They also said that increased enforcement hours leave shoppers with less time to patronize the Circle’s businesses, making it tougher, for example, to enjoy a spa treatment, then shop and dine. Eric Seace, owner of Planet and president of the Circle Association, said one of the key points merchants stressed during the meeting is that St. Armands is different from other districts in the city, with many tourists who aren’t in the area for a long enough period to modify their parking behaviors — a key goal of enforcement. “They’re here for a week, they get a ticket, and then they go home,” Seace said. Lynch said that merchants don’t object to city staff writing tickets when a visitor is clearly over the line. But many merchants argue that the large parking spots,


combined with lines that divide each spot mean that a single vehicle parked incorrectly can result in a domino effect, with customers in many cases mistaking a space that they can fit their car into for an actual spot. Lyons said that parking staff has some discretion in writing tickets and has recently been issuing more written warnings on the Circle. But almost always, city staff takes photographs when issuing tickets, and Lyons brought examples with him to Tuesday’s meeting that show instances in which drivers were clearly outside of the designated space. Lyons said the city is recognizing that each business district within the city also represents a different parking district. “The City Commission instructed us to create consistency across the board,” he said. “For its time, and for the steps that needed to be taken at that point, it was a good move, but right now we’re working to see if there needs to be modifications.”

“We are going to take very seriously what they say,” Atwell said. “Our parking districts are all very, very different, and it’s hard to be very uniform. Obviously we can’t make any decisions right now, but we heard them loud and clear and need to look at it from a budget and engineering point of view.” Circle merchants had several suggestions for the city, such as removing the lines that divide spaces, leaving only the line that runs parallel to the sidewalk, reducing enforcement hours and being more flexible. But Lynch said that for merchants, the issue underscores the need for a parking garage, which they have argued in favor of for years. Lyons said the city supports the idea and will work with the St. Armands Business Improvement District to study the demand for a garage. But for now, visitors to the Circle will get a heads up: In the next few weeks, the city will begin installing signage throughout the Circle warning drivers to park in designated space.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Bed taxes show perkier Key in summer Local tourism officials report an increase in summer stays and tourist revenue for the second consecutive year. The summer doldrums are so two years ago. Local hoteliers are reporting a strong summer for the second consecutive year — and Longboat Key’s tourist development tax numbers in both Sarasota and Manatee counties show that this summer is drawing even more tourists than last year, when businesses saw a recovery after 2010’s oil-spill related concerns and past seasons’ economic woes. Tourist development taxes, aka “bed taxes,” which are paid on rentals of less than six months, were up on the Manatee County side of the Key by 16.4% in June and nearly 13.8% in July, compared with the same months in 2011. Although in May, the north end saw a slight dip of 3.6%. In Sarasota County, Longboat Key collected about

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Tourist Development Tax Collections Longboat Key — Manatee County May 2011...............................................................$137,803.96 May 2012...............................................................$132,840.30 June 2011................................................................ $77,493.84 June 2012................................................................ $90,198.74 July 2011.................................................................. $86,373.70 July 2012.................................................................. $98,250.66 Longboat Key — Sarasota County May 2011...............................................................$106,301.92 May 2012...............................................................$120,640.36 June 2011................................................................ $95,381.04 June 2012..............................................................$118,163.74 13.5% more in May and 23.9% more bed taxes in June than it did during the same periods in 2011. Figures for July were not available at press time. Ocean Properties Ltd., which owns the Longboat Key Hilton Beach Front Resort, Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Beach, is

saying “I do” to a recent spike wedding in business. “It has been startling to us the amount of inquiries we’re getting for the end of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 for weddings,” said Karen Rangel, regional director of sales. “For destination weddings, the Sarasota area is becoming very popular.” Rangel said resort guests have booked longer stays than in the recent summers. The resorts got a boost because the Fourth of July fell on

a Wednesday, which led many guests to book five-day stays, instead of staying only for a long weekend. At Casa Del Mar, General Manager D.M. Williams said he believes he also benefited from the Wednesday Fourth of July. He says the resort booked at near capacity for both the weekend before and after the holiday. The resort was up 25% over the previous year in June and July, according to Williams. “If this keeps up and we don’t have any hurricanes before Oct. 1, it will be my biggest year in 31 years,” said Williams, who estimated that bookings for the year would be up 15% from the previous year. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos wasn’t surprised that bed-tax collections were up, based on the chamber’s traffic and phone calls during the summer. “The area seems to have sustained business not at the same level of season, but also certainly better than in years past,” he said.

The latest waterfront dining option isn’t Zagat-rated. It’s probably casual — the kind of place that doesn’t require shoes and a shirt. Directions: Wade out toward the Jewfish Key sandbar, and if you hit dry land, you’ve gone too far. The latest waterfront dining option is a pontoon boat-turned floating food stand that, according to an Aug. 11 Longboat Key police report, was anchoring on the Jewfish Key sandbar. It’s been selling food and drinks, while accepting “donations” for beer — and for the most part, it’s legal. According the Longboat Key police report, officers Dennis Silverio and John Thomas traveled to the floating food stand by way of the department’s boat at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, and got permission to board it. The 42-foot vessel was equipped with a kitchen area, refrigerators, coolers, a generator and deep-fat fryers. The boat’s owners, Sean and Jodi Jones, of Parrish, showed police a large ice cooler full of beer and approximately two cases of Bud Light when police asked if alcohol was on board. Jodi Jones agreed to get rid of the beer after police told her that the donation system was akin to selling it. Police said they would forgo filing charges but would document that the couple was asked to move their business from Longboat Key waters. Jodi Jones disagreed with police about where she could do business. The Joneses agreed to leave for the day but said that they planned to seek a final say on whether they could operate their business from the location. The answer walks a fine line — make that the high-tide line, by which the town measures its nautical boundaries. According to Longboat Key Acting Police Chief Pete Cumming, if the boat is moored off the island or attached to sand in any way, it is considered to be in town boundaries and can’t conduct business. Otherwise, it’s in Sarasota Bay, subject to the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Cumming said that there is some gray area, including the donation system for beer. “Alcohol sales aren’t permitted, but (Jones) told me that she never charged for alcohol and would give them a beer but just wanted them to tip,” he said. But he said that Jodi Jones has the proper licenses needed to operate the floating food stand. “It’s sort of a work in progress, but she went above and beyond what she needed to do,” Cumming said. “It appears as though it’s not a Longboat Key matter.” The Longboat Observer was unable to reach the Joneses through the phone number listed on the police report.

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Tropical Storm Debby destroyed several turtle nests, but in many cases Debby simply swept away the marker stakes. Many of these nests may still hatch, but their locations are now unknown to Mote’s Sea Turtle Patrol, which patrols the Sarasota County portion of Longboat Key’s beach, and Longboat Key Turtle Watch, which patrols the Manatee County side. Mote is asking beachgoers and property owners to leave hatchling tracks intact so patrollers can find and document these nests. Property owners who want to rake their beaches should wait until late afternoon when possible or after their area has been patrolled for the day. Beachgoers are also asked to avoid placing beach furniture on hatchling tracks and to remove barriers to provide a clear path for emerging hatchlings to find the sea.

+ NOAA ups hurricane season predictions The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has increased its predictions for the remainder of hurricane season. The revised forecast calls for 12 to 17 named storms, including five to eight hurricanes, two or three of which could become major hurricanes, for the remainder of the season, which runs through Nov. 30. The predictions include the six named storms that have already formed during the season. The NOAA initially predicted a below-average hurricane season in May, with nine to 15 named storms, four to eight of which would become hurricanes, and one to three of which would become major hurricanes.

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Steve Schield is one of three Longboat Key Town Commissionappointed trustees to the General Employees Pension Board. Donna Spencer and Sandi Henley were elected to the board by employees.

Longboat Key firefighter/paramedics will continue going door-to-door during the next two Saturdays in an effort to provide hurricane and emergency medical services information to residents. The effort will first target singlefamily homes, followed by condominiums. Firefighters will also distribute File of Life packets, which include a magnetic folder residents can place on their refrigerators with their medical information, such as the patient’s history, medications, allergies, physician name and hospital choice. The information is used by firefighter/ paramedics in the event the patient

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Dogs still want a say on access Town software sparks interest to Longboat beaches from other municipalities The dog beach feasibility committee is now the LBK9 Committee and will most likely report to the Longboat Key Town Commission later this fall.

Other communities are taking note of programs, developed by the town’s IT Department and its firefighters, that make emergency response and record-keeping nearly paperless.

Remember Max Goldner? “The answers we’ve found are very Last summer, Max, then a 5-year-old different, but the bottom line is that Wheaton terrier, became the public this does seem to work,” Goldner said. face of canines clamoring for beach The committee’s report will include access after his owners, Nelson and relevant information, but it may not Laurin Goldner, emailed Vice include a recommendation, Mayor David Brenner to sugleaving commissioners to gest that Longboat Key considdecide if and how they want er opening its beaches to dogs. to move forward with the His picture made the front idea. page of newspapers as he The issue of allowing dogs stared out longingly toward the beach access dogged the water from the beach near his commission in late 2011 and Long Island summer home. early 2012, as dozens of resiMax is 6 now, and he still dents emailed commissionwants to go to the beach, acers to express support or opcording to Laurin Goldner, who position for the idea. File photo is one of seven residents who But the town so far is not formed a dog beach feasibility Max Goldner at involved in the issue. a Long Island committee last fall. There’s nothing pending The committee now has a beach. on the issue, no motion on name — the LBK9 Committee the table, and town staff has — and is in the process of condensing not spent any time on it. the dog beach information it gathered Although the commission discussed throughout the season to present to the the idea at an October workshop and commission, most likely in the late fall. reached consensus to appoint a citiThe LBK9 Committee, which consists zens committee to study the matter, of both supporters and opponents of commissioners decided to hold off on the idea, says it will hold off on present- getting involved. ing its report to the commission until At a November meeting, they opted seasonal residents return to the Key. to abandon the motion that would According to Laurin Goldner, the have created the committee and incommittee has focused most closely stead allowed a citizens committee on health issues and impacts on sea to form privately, research the issue turtles and shorebirds, which drew without commission involvement and concern from those against the idea. report back at a later date.

Until recently, Longboat Key firefighter/ paramedics had to flip through a large, three-ring binder to get the information that would help them make the best splitsecond decisions possible. The binders include information such as stairwell locations, building construction details and the gallons per minute that a fire hydrant could pump. But because of new software applications developed by the town’s Information Technologies Department in collaboration with the Fire Rescue Department, firefighters can now access what they need with a tap or two on an iPad. Now, other municipalities are taking note. The Florida Local Government Information Systems Association recognized the software as “Best Application Serving a Public Organization’s Business Needs,” at a July conference, where IT Director Kathi Pletzke demonstrated the software to more than 100 people. Several expressed interest in purchasing the software for their municipalities, which could lead to a new source of revenue for the town. According to Pletzke, software that was on the market when Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi joined LBK first - 2010 - Ithe department three years ago didn’t have the features the department needed. LBK - 2010 - IFor example, interactive maps with different views can help it determine if it can use its 75-foot ladder. “The team didn’t see anything that had


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Larcenies double during first six months of 2012 Larcenies more than doubled during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, with 67 larceny cases reported to Longboat Key police between January and June, compared with 31 during the first half of last year. Burglaries were up also, with eight incidents during the first six months of the year, compared with six months of 2011. But overall, crime doesn’t appear to be on the rise on Longboat Key, according to Longboat Key Acting Police Chief Pete Cumming, who recently completed an analysis of the first six months’ crime stats for the year. Instead, a few waves of incidents drive crime statistics up on the Key, with its unusually low crime rates. There was a string of larcenies in

March, followed by another string in late June. More than a dozen of the June incidents occurred in the Longbeach Village during Tropical Storm Debby, involving mostly the theft of cash from unlocked homes and vehicles. The weekend after the storm, another string of at least six incidents involving theft of cash and other valuables occurred from unlocked vehicles in Country Club Shores. “My conclusion, based on statistics, beyond those incidents, is we’re at or below normal crime rates,” Cumming said. Police have recovered $12,360 worth of the $71,608 in property reported stolen, according to department statistics. As usual, the Key was nearly free of violent crime, with just two violent offences reported.

BY THE NUMBERS The following offenses were reported to Longboat Key police during the first six months of each year. Offense 2010 2011 2012 Burglary of a residence 13 6 8 Burglary of a non-residence 0 0 1 Total burglary 13 6 9 Larceny from a motor vehicle 16 13 33 Larceny/shoplifting 4 0 1 Larceny from a building 9 5 15 47 31 67 Total larceny 0 0 1 Robbery Motor vehicle theft 1 0 0 Aggravated assault 1 0 1 Simple battery 10 8 1 Forcible sodomy 1 1 0

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RNC: Not quite the elephant in the room Local resorts hope to be a peaceful escape from the jungle of the 50,000-strong Republican National Convention crowd this month. Don’t count on a stampede of elephants when the Republican National Convention comes to Florida during the last week of August. More than 50 miles separate the Tampa Convention Center, where the event will take place, and the northern-most tip of Longboat Key. But local tourism officials still hope to market the Key to convention goers as an attractive option for an extended stay in the region or a future vacation — and to promote the area as an alternative to visitors who typically head to Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in August and don’t want to be among the 50,000 expected to converge for this year’s convention. Reports have indicated a mild boost in bookings for hotels closer to the convention in Manatee County, but Sarasota County hasn’t seen any major bookings, according to Erin Duggan, director of communications for Visit Sarasota. The Tampa Bay region is the agency’s No. 1 target market during the months of August and September, so even during a typical summer, it would advertise in the area, according to Duggan. But this year, the organization is also planning an advertising campaign to market the area in August and September to Tampa Bay residents looking

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to the resort’s 4,000 email list inviting convention goers who can’t find a room in Tampa to make reservations at the resort. Sandra Rios, director of communications at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, said the effect of the RNC on bookings has been “negligible.” Rios said the resort reached out to RNC representatives in Tampa but found that the distance would be prohibitive for daily travel because of nightly convention activities. The resort did, however, create a promotion with Travel by Appointment in Tampa to offer RNC special rates for bookings arriving Aug. 27 and departing no later than Sept. 1 in hopes of enticing attendees to consider a longer stay. Karen Rangel, director of regional sales at Ocean Properties Ltd., the parent company of the Longboat Key Hilton Beach Front Resort, Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Beach, said that the company is offering pre- and post-convention rates but predicted that any RNC-related business for its three resorts in the area would be from guests who might have otherwise gone to the Tampa Bay area. “But I think what will happen is that some of the leisure travelers will end up in our area trying to escape the craziness,” said Rangel.

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4:32 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman drove her sister’s car to the beach and found that her purse and bicycle lock were missing when she returned. The woman thought she locked the car but couldn’t be sure. She was concerned because she was flying home in two days and needed identification for the flight. Longboat Key Police Capt. Monica Quarmby, Town of Longboat Key Human Resource Manager Lisa Silvertooth and Patrol Officer John Thomas

Police and firefighters take a root beer float break Town Hall of Longboat Key’s Trish Granger and Lisa Silvertooth hosted the first Root Beer Float Friday Aug. 10, at the north end fire station. Off-duty police officers joined the firefighters as they took a load off and got their floats on. It was a relaxing 15 minutes of fun jokes and root beer floats. The Town Hall employees even hand delivered some of the makings to on-duty service men and women unable to leave their posts. They plan to host these special fun Fridays every week.

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Drive N. Fire. An electric transformer exploded, causing power outages to surrounding areas. Firefighters were on scene, and FPL was notified.

Construction congestion 8:55 a.m. — 500 block of Golf Links Lane. Parking. A resident reported that construction vehicles are often in the middle of his street, blocking mailboxes and driveways as workers build a new home nearby. Police met with the contractor, who agreed to tell his workers not to block driveways, mailboxes or fire hydrants.

7:04 a.m. — 500 block of Gulf Bay Road. Suspicious Vehicle. Police were flagged down and told that a vehicle has been parked near an office and hasn’t been moved for several days. Police were unable to find a phone number for either of the vehicle’s owners.

Beach bag bandit 12:03 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Larceny. A man reported that $40 cash and an iPhone were stolen from his beach bag while he and another man were swimming.

July 25 A long walk 10:02 p.m. — Gulf of Mexico Drive and Schooner Lane. Suspicious Person. Police noticed a disheveled-looking man walking on Gulf of Mexico Drive who told them that he was homeless and walking to a friend’s house in Bradenton. The man had a plastic ID bracelet on him that was issued when he was an inmate in the Columbia County Jail. The man had no active warrants and declined a ride to the north end of Longboat Key.

Property Found. A man turned in a gold bracelet with a missing clasp that he found on a bike path.

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Aug. 6 Lost wallet 3:17 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Lost/Missing Property. A man said that he lost his wallet at an unknown location on the Key. He had already canceled his credit cards.

Aug. 7 Guess the vegetation buffer worked… 12:58 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Reckless Driving. A guard reported that an older woman drove the wrong way through the community gates and street, before exiting her vehicle at the new CVS nearby. The woman said that she got turned around while trying to find her way into CVS and was unaware that the new store was open.

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Abandoned water trike 7:43 a.m. — 1100 block of GMD. Property Found. A condominium guard found a water tricycle on the property that didn’t belong to the community. Public Works took the tricycle to the police station.

9:40 p.m. — 500 block of Broadway. Fire. Police and firefighters responded to a possible fire but determined that the source was a chimney filled with lit coals for a barbecue. The fire wasn’t extinguished because it was properly controlled.

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Fire extinguishers 9:26 p.m. — 3000 block of GMD. Fire. Police found three teenagers who had a built a small fire on the beach. The teens said that they were vacationing with their parents and put out the fire after police told them that beach fires are prohibited.

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EDMUNDSON / FROM PAGE 1 til you went to his home. His library was a museum of his career — lined with military books, medals, gifts from world dignitaries, his general’s flag and the U.S. flag standing as sentries behind his desk chair. He spent many of his retired days talking as a mentor and friend on the telephone to his former colleagues. He was a prolific letter writer. In one binder, entitled “Tell It to the Marines,” the story of Aug. 19, 1942, comes alive through letters between Edumundson and about a dozen of the Marines whose lives he saved. Edmundson triggered the letters when in 1996 he submitted a 365-word query to “The Old Breed News,” a newsletter for members of the First Marine Division Association. “I want to tell you about a group of Marines whom I have never met, but would like to some day,” Edmundson wrote. This is a story of heroism.

... It starts in Edmundson’s own words. “On 19 August 1942, just 11 days after the initial Marine landing on Guadalcanal, things were pretty quiet. My crew and I were sleeping under the wings of our B-17 on the airfield at Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides, when our boss, Col. Blondie Saunders woke us up early in the morning. “I jumped out in a hurry, because he had Admiral McCain (the senator’s father) with him off of his flagship in Sagun Channel. The Admiral had received a call for help from Guadalcanal. A group of Marines were on the beach at Lunga Point who were being shelled by a Jap warship.  “He came to Blondie to see what the B17s could do, and they came to wake us up because we had the only B-17 on the island that was in commission, fueled, bombed up and ready to go.” That was classic Edmundson — having his wings ready to go. Ever since he was a boy in California, he lived to be in the cockpit of a plane. On this day, young Capt. Edmundson already was an experienced, battle-tested fighter pilot. He was 27. Edmundson and his crew took off in the dark with only half a load — four, 500-pound bombs. It was imperative they hit the Japanese cruiser, because it was a three-hour flight from their South Pacific base. Time was crucial. If they missed, Marine casualties would become even more severe. To make matters worse, Navy reinforcements were days away. Ten days earlier, U.S. aircraft carriers had withdrawn from the Solomon Islands, and the Japanese navy, in a surprise attack a day later, sank a group of Allied cruisers and destroyers. This left the 11,000 Marines near Tulagi island and Lunga Point on Guadalcanal — most of them 17- and 18-year-olds just out of training —with less than half of the food and ammunition they needed. “We were at the mercy of the Japanese,” John W. Burke, of Wilmington, Del., and formerly of Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines wrote to Edmundson. “We were shelled and bombed both day and night. We felt so helpless.” “Sixty millimeter mortars, light 30-caliber MG and Springfield rifles were no match for the Jap naval vessel,” Gerald P. McHale said in a letter to Edmundson. And the conditions were wretched. “Between the rain, insects, dysentery, malaria and the Japs, I went from 185 pounds to 139 pounds,” Thomas Gruner, of Browns Valley, Calif., recalled in a letter to Edmundson. “I was as close as I have ever been to being a ‘Section 8.’”


As Capt. Edmundson and his crew approached the scene, cloud cover was heavy. If they were to be sure to sink the cruiser and keep the ship from dodging their B-17, they would have to come in low. They dropped altitude to 5,000 feet — increasing the risk to themselves and lowering the odds of their own survival. “When we got to the area and saw what was going on, we knew one thing — we sure didn’t want to miss that cruiser,” Edmundson wrote in letters to the Marines. “He was pounding you guys on the beach with his heavy guns.” In short order, those guns took aim at Edmundson’s B-17. The cruiser’s heavy antiaircraft fire blasted around all sides of Edmundson’s “Flying Fortress.”

An aerial shot of the Japanese cruiser off Guadalcanal. It’s the tiny, elongated figure in the middle. The dark area is the water; the white is cloud cover.

EDITOR’S NOTE In lieu of our weekly opinion page, it seemed appropriate to honor Longboat Key’s most decorated war hero, Gen. James V. Edmundson, on the 70th anniversary of one of his most heroic missions. Thanks to Cee Edmundson, daughter of the late general, for sharing the general’s archives. — MW ed their “outstanding gallantry and determination” on Guadalcanal and the surrounding Solomon Islands. “The courage and determination displayed in these operations were of an inspiring order,” Knox wrote. Included as a recipient of this citation was a non-Marine — then-Army Air Force Maj. James V. Edmundson. That was not all. Tucked in Edmundson’s binder recalling this hope-and-a-prayer rescue mission This is the 1943 citation from Admiral Chester is a yellowed, typewritten citation from W. Nimitz, awarding the Distinguished Flying Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commandCross to then-Maj. James Edmundson. er-in-chief of the United States Pacific Fleet. “For heroic and extraordinary At the crucial moment, Edmundson’s achievement while participating in aerbombardier, Al Thom, let loose the four ial flight as pilot of a Flying Fortress (B-17 bombs “at minimum train,” meaning all airplane) on August nineteen, nineteen four bombs hit the cruiser within a frachundred forty two, near Tulagi, Solomon tion of a second, making it appear to be one Islands. Without regard for his own safety bomb, an enormous explosion in a shroud he flew his airplane at low altitude through of black smoke and clouds. heavy antiaircraft fire, as a result of which Two of the bombs, Edmundson wrote, a five-hundred-pound bomb hit was obwere near misses. The first and fourth tained just abaft the after turret of an enbombs knocked out the ship’s rudder. emy cruiser. The attack resulted in heavy The second and third hit the ship’s fantail. explosions and intense fire on the enemy Wounded beyond repair and unable to be vessel. His great courage, fortitude and dissteered, the Japanese ship kept turning in regard for personal safety were in keeping tight circles, its guns now silent. with the finest traditions of the naval serAnd then: “You should have heard the trevice of the United States, with which he was mendous roar that came up from the troops then serving.” on the beach,” wrote Glenn Campbell, of This was the citation for the DistinNew Bern, N.C. guished Flying Cross. Marines poured onto the beach to cheer ... their saviors, jumping up and down and waving at Edmundson’s B-17. While Admiral Nimitz’ citation stands as Elated himself by the scene on the beach, the official recognition of Edmundson’s valadrenaline still pumping, Edmundson cir- or, letters from the Marines who were there cled around, and as he put it, “like a nut, on Lungo Point 70 years ago, magnify the I dove down and made a pass along the citation in human terms. beach. As he flew by, Capt. Edmundson John L. Joseph, of Fallston, Md., described “waggled his wings” — a salute to his fellow himself as “one old former buck private countrymen. who was on the beach cheering you and “You couldn’t hear it,” Edmundson wrote your crew of that beautiful B-17. You and to Campbell, “but my crew was yelling just your crew and your blasting that Jap cruiser as hard as you were.” will never know how much we appreciated that act — not only because you got it off ... our backs, but it was a bit of hope that we Running low on fuel, Edmundson pointweren’t forgotten or abandoned.” ed his B-17 back to base at Espiritu Santo “I remember your plane like it was yesfor the three-hour return flight. When he terday,” wrote Homer L. Curtis, of Howard landed, Admiral McCain was waiting. McCity, Mich. “I believe that every man on Cain hugged Edmundson … and cried. He beach defense in both regiments said it: It knew the magnitude of it all — all of those sure was a beautiful site. On behalf of all of boys on the beach and the courage of Edus, we want to thank you and your crew for mundson and his crew. a job well done. I know that I have told that ... story many, many times.” “Without you, we would never have surSix months later, on Feb. 4, 1943, the secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, issued a ci- vived,” wrote John W. Burke of Wilmingtation “in the name of the President of the ton, Del. “I have told many friends over the United States” to the First Marine Division, years of the B-17 that hit and sank the JapaReinforced, under the command of Maj. nese cruiser that had fired on us. It is nice to Gen. Alexander A. Vadegrift, U.S.M.C. It cit- know who was flying the fortress.”

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Dear Editor: Thank you for the editorial. Every thinking person who understands a little economics, history and government cannot vote Obama another term. He opposes Democrats and Republicans alike.  Those who found the need to object to you read and hear daily the side they want to hear but have the audacity to reject your opinion. Jules Rauch Longboat Key

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Dear Editor: I am adding my voice to all the other concerned readers who found your editorial about President Obama unsettling. They have covered all of the salient points concerning the unfair judgments made about a leader who has been working hard and intelligently to solve some of the problems he inherited the day of his inauguration. Trying to help the middle class succeed amidst a Congress stacked with naysayers has been a daunting job but one that Obama continues to believe in. I will vote for him as he fights for my right to have a job; save for my old age; make decisions about my physical person; and have the time and freedom to pursue happiness. There is no room in this democracy of wonderful Americans who all strive for good health, a satisfying job, a good education and a peaceful life to call them to arms when they should instead be encouraged to go to the ballot box. That's what the early settlers and the signers of the Constitution called for.

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Dear Editor: The issue about your “antiAmerican” editorial is not about the right of free speech but about the right of stupid speech. To call our president anti-American and Marxist is not only debasing the presidency, but also reveals an utter ignorance of what Marxist communism really is in theory or practice. You may dislike or hate President Obama all you want, but I guarantee that in a communist country under a Marxist president your paper would not operate long.  My family lived under Marxist communist rule for years, and if you believe that our president is a Marxist, you  simply don’t know what you are talking about. Thomas Thiringer Sarasota

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Sarasota Yacht Club members have different takes on ‘evening casual’ The Sarasota Yacht Club’s Black and White Ball Saturday, Aug. 11, was a classy affair — or as classy as “evening casual” can be. Guests had different takes on the party attire as some wore suit jackets with button-down shirts and cummerbunds, shorts and high socks. While other couples were a mix-and-match of eveningwear and casual clothing.

OBITUARIES Rita June Greenberg

Rita June Greenberg, of Long Island, N.Y., formerly of Longboat Key, died Aug. 6. She was 83. Mrs. Greenberg was preceded in her death by her husband, Alvin and daughter, Caren. She is survived by daughter, Linda, and two grandsons. Services were held Aug. 7. Funeral arrangements by Riverside Nassau North Chapels in Great Neck, N.Y.

Milton Lucow

Milton Lucow, of Sarasota, died May 28. He was 87. Mr. Lucow was born Oct. 4, 1924. He grew up in Detroit and at age 9, started working in his parent’s stall at the Eastern Market. He met his wife, Audrey Kline, when he was captain of the Central High School football team. They married in 1947. After fighting in Europe during World War II, Mr. Lucow attended his freshman and sophomore years at Wayne State University. After two years of undergraduate, he entered law school at Wayne. In 1948, he

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graduated and was admitted to the Michigan Bar. He was a founding member of Garan, Lucow, Miller P.C. Mr. Lucow was a founding member of Temple Emanu-El. He became its youngest president in 1960. He was then president of Tam-OShanter Country Club; president of United Hebrew Schools; president of Detroit Service Group; chairman of the Midrasha College of Jewish Learning; chairman of many divisions of the Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign and president of Temple Beth Israel. In 2000, while he was Sarasota Florida’s General Campaign Chair, he was selected to serve on the National Board of United Jewish Communities. Mr. Lucow is survived by his wife, Audrey; daughter, Cindy Stegman; son Michael Lucow; and three grandchildren. Contributions may be made to UJA, 130 E. 59th St. New York, N.Y., or Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Arrangements were made by the Ira Kaufman Chapel.

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“I’m not an activist. I just feel it’s important for people to understand that it’s all right to be different,” Magida Diouri says.

coming attraction Fabulous Independent Film Festival founder Magida Diouri’s “reel” world revolves around her worklife. Diouri’s goal is to enrich Sarasota by promoting indie films that may otherwise go unseen.


s a toddler, Magida Diouri would descend the stairs from the floor where her family lived, to her family’s theater on the lower

level where independent movies were screened. When Diouri was 2 years old, her father, Claude, rented two houses in Brussels and in-

stalled an art-house theater. Cinéma le Styx was one of the first art-house theaters in Belgium, and to this day remains the smallest.


BACKSTAGE PASS Ballet maven Loipa Araújo reflects on her past students and her plans for the future.


EDIBLES A preview of Guiliano Hazan’s latest cookbook. PAGE 20

‘Crimes of the Heart’ Banyan Theater Company features a caddy comedy. PAGE 19



Styx was a reel-to-reel theater with two projectors — a method becoming extinct under modern digital technology. To screen a movie in reel-to-reel, two projectors project the image from two different windows on to a screen while a projectionist peers through a third window to know when to change each reel. Diouri would sit at the projectionist’s window and watch the moving pictures. She couldn’t hear the sound of the movie. “The only sound I had was the sound of the projectors,” she says. Diouri describes the fuzzy, gentle ticking drone as “reassuring.” She called this theater home for half of her life and still goes back to visit Styx, and her family, at least once a year. Growing up in a theater clearly influenced Diouri’s path. She studied studio art at the University of Kentucky because of her fascination with images. After experiencing an ice storm with no power and intense cold, she made the decision to relocate to sunny Sarasota where her life continued to revolve around film. Diouri started working at Burns Court Cinema in 1998; it was the featured independent films that made her want to work there. “It always goes back to (films),” she laughs. “At least I’m consistent on that one.” Diouri started out selling popcorn at Burns, then became the projectionist. Eventually she was the manager, then moved on to operations and finally landed in the role of artistic director. During her time as artistic director, she organized the 10-day CineWorld Film Festival that screened 60 to 80 films. She also organized special weeks highlighting different cultures: a Polish week, an Italian week, etc. She worked with non-profit organizations such as Global Film Initiative that promotes cross-cultural understanding through film. And she also organized the Sarasota Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The Sarasota LGBT Film Festival spanned two days and featured local actors and directors. The festival was

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discontinued in 2010, after its 12th year. Sarasota Film Society Executive Director/CFO Barbara Caras said it was because of a lack of support and decreasing attendance. Diouri spent about nine-and-ahalf years with Burns Court and resigned in 2007. These days, she spends less than two months of the year traveling the world to different film festivals. She hits all the big ones: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Diouri sees about six films a day during festivals. When she returns home, she watches screeners sent from production companies. And naturally, she goes to movies whenever she gets the chance — mostly independent flicks. “I always feel that I’m playing catch up seeing films I haven’t seen,” she says. For six months of the year, she works as the programmer for Sarasota Film Festival, responsible for the shorts program, foreign films and negotiating terms. Diouri also owns Broken Rules Productions that on Aug. 18 and 19 will put on the second Fabulous Independent Film Festival. “I realized (the Sarasota LBGT Festival) wasn’t going to happen and I thought, ‘Well, I’ve always wanted to try something like this on my own,’” Diouri says. The first Fabulous Independent Film Festival in 2011 featured four films and three shorts. It took place for one day but had an attendance of 300 people. This year, it will feature six films, six shorts, three parties and it will span two days. Diouri cannot wait to share her handpicked selections out of the 35 screeners she watched in preparation for the festival. “It’s the one chance to see something (Sarasotans) won’t see otherwise,” she says. She stresses there is more to it than just any night at the movies. “It’s a celebration of diversity,” Diouri says. She hopes one day LGBT life will just mesh with everyday life, without separation. The festival is

In the Studio with Magida Diouri. A&E Editor Mallory Gnaegy sits down with film buff Magida Diouri. Learn who her favorite director is and find out the last film she saw.

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“I think film is a good medium to tell stories, and I think stories are wonderful to allow people to think,” Diouri says.

meant as a platform for sharing stories of diversity. “Stories and films have the power to just make you think, smile and enjoy something or not.” She isn’t trying to change people; for the record, Diouri is straight. But it wouldn’t matter to her if someone thought differently. “I’m a big idealist. I like society to accept everyone the way they are without trying to change or label them,” she says. And while she doesn’t consider herself an activist, she does have a message to share: “I feel it’s important for people to understand that it’s all right to be different.”

IF YOU GO The Fabulous Independent Film Festival When: Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 Where: Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota Cost: $8 to $10 per film More information: For a film guide, tickets and more information visit

Development associate Jon Donk and marketing associate Audra Lang took me on a constructionsite tour of the of the new FST’s Gompertz Theatre. “Please mind our dust,” they said, as we walked through the Mallory Gnaegy construction mess. The The old Gompertz space, which is groundbreaking took next door to the new space, will be place in January, and rented out for storefronts. construction will last through January 2015. Gompertz Theatre, the café and lobby space are set to open Nov. 30; Cabaret is set to open in January 2014; and the Lab theater space will complete the phased project in January 2015. Donk says that it’s been an all-hands-willing effort, and that he helped paint. It’s all coming together. You can see the progress with a photo tour at

+ Cat is out of the bag In January 2011, Diversions featured East County resident Maria Wirries, the up-andcoming ice-skating, dancing and singing teenager. For her 15th birthday celebration Sunday, Aug. 12, Wirries was surprised by about 20 guests at Cat Depot. A cat pod, “Maria’s Manor,” was named in her honor. This winter, Wirries found a stray cat, Artemis, to whom she became attached to. Wirries arranged to have the cat live at Cat Depot until he was adopted. courtesy of Molly Schecter As a gift, Cat Depot volunteer Maria Wirries cuts the ribNancy Colby gave Maria photo bon for the Maria’s Manor of Artemis the stray. “Grandpa” pod at Cat Depot Gregory Friedman, and his wife, Ileen, hosted the party. Those in attendance included her mother, Jeaneen Wirries; Beatrice Friedman and her aide Samantha Craig, a Cat Depot volunteer and the family’s link to the facility; Dr. Joseph Holt, artistic director of the Gloria Musicae professional chorus with which Maria performs; her teacher and accompanist Alan Corey; Seth Wertz, Sandra Orlando, Sue Bennett, Harold Ronson and The Observer’s Molly Schechter.

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arms since he was 8-months-old. (He’s) a little like my son,” Araújo explains of her connection to the dance festival. She not only watched him grow, and taught him when he was “a little one,” but taught him for the last three years of his career at ABT. Araújo has been based in Madrid, where she was the director of choreography and interpretation at King Juan Carlos University, but come September, she will take on the role of associate director to the English National Ballet, in London. It was another special relationship with a past student and new artistic director of the ENB, Tamara Rojo, that will bring her there. “I think, ‘I’m 71. It’s about time to slow down, stop traveling so much,’ but now this comes,” she laughs, “I feel young again.” She considers herself the wealthiest woman in the world with all of her successful “sons” and “daughters” from around the world whom she has taught. “You become satisfied, not because of what you do, but because of what the others do ... when you give, that is the most beautiful thing in the world,” she says. Araújo attributes her success to the many wonderful teachers she

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Loipa Araújo works with the The Carreño Dance Festival Summer Intensive students. “The most important thing for us is to feel that when they finish (this) stage, they are better dancers,” says Araújo. had along the way. She was just 5 years old when she took her first dance class. It was with Blanca “Cuca” Martinez, sister of Alicia Alonso, one of the founders of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba who taught her to enjoy dance and gave her a great base. And Fernando Alonso taught her what she considers the most important lesson: “You have to try to achieve perfection. You’ll never get it, but in your trying you will become a better dancer,” she says. “It works that way in life, too.” Araújo began teaching what she calls “little ones” in 1962, at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She believes she enjoyed it so much because it’s in her blood. Her mother was a great teacher and her father was a psychiatrist who taught her-

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IF YOU GO The Carreño Dance Festival: ‘Junior Stars of Tomorrow’ — The culmination of three-weeks of rehearsals of nearly 100 young pre-professional and advance dance students from around the world. When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 Cost: $30 ‘Festival of Stars’ — Features internationally recognized artists José Carreño, Julie Kent, Melanie Hamrick, Misty Copeland, Rubinald Pronk and Gennadi Saveliev sharing the stage with young dancers of the Summer Intensive. When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 Cost: $20 to $65 Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota Info: Call 328-1300 or visit

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n this ballet town, most people know the name José Carreño. He retired from New York City’s American Ballet Theater as a principal dancer last summer; he had a stint on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and for the duration of August, his namesake Carreño Dance Festival consumes the Sarasota Opera. But to Carreño’s own ballet teacher, and one of the four jewels of Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Loipa Araújo, “He’s still a boy; he’s not a man,” she says as she smiles and affectionately points to her heart, “He’s my boy.” Araújo joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955, and became a principal dancer 10 years later. Currently, the Havana-born 71-year-old has been guest teaching at the Royal Ballet in London, the Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Natcional de Marseille, the Paris Opera, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Operá Nacional de Bordeaux and here in Sarasota. This is Araújo’s second year as master teacher at the Carreño Dance Festival Summer Intensive. Although she typically teaches professionals, this summer she’s working with young talent and pre-professionals from around the world. “I have had Carreño in my

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theater >> ‘Crimes of the Heart’ Set in the Deep South, but inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” “Crimes of the Heart,” is an utterly charming play about three sisters who reunite at a crucial intersection of their lives. It garnered its Jackson, Miss.-born author, Beth Henley, a Pulitzer Prize in 1981. The play is a testament to the idea that the best comedy is born from tragedy. Under the direction of Barbara Redmond and produced by the Banyan Theater Company, the play is fast-paced and inyour-face funny. Its tone is laced with Dixie sarcasm, for example, a woman is described as “cheap Christmas trash.” The inciting incident of the plot is the return of a sister, who has shot her husband. When asked why she shot him, another sister answers, “She didn’t like his looks.” The well-written play is backed up by a wealth of wonderful acting. Maxey Whitehead is perfect as Lenny Magrath,

the eldest, put-upon sister who’s fearful of winding up a spinster. She describes the act of phoning a potential boyfriend as “... my heart was pounding ... I could see my blouse moving back and forth!” Georgia Mallory Guy, as interfering cousin Chick Boyle, is marvelously obnoxious and petty. Christopher Swan is amazingly apt as jilted Doc Porter, considering he had only 36 hours to prepare for his part because the original actor suddenly dropped out. Lanky Jesse Dornan brings his own comic touch to the part of passionate lawyer Barnette Lloyd. Kelly Campbell is ironic, spontaneous and compelling as Meg Magrath, the sister who was expected to be the most successful, but whose career has fallen desperately short of those expectations. Lucy Lavely employs a well-chosen blend of petulance and naivety as Babe Botrelle, the youngest sister who recently hospitalized her husband. The story takes place in the kitchen of the Magrath sisters’ house in Mississippi, which has been thoughtfully decorated by Set Designer Jeffrey W. Dean. Costume Designer Timothy Beltley provided the circa 1974 period-correct outfits that add interest and character depth to the performance. — Paula Atwell



Lucy Lavely as Babe and Kelly Campbell as Meg in “Crimes of the Heart.”


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Daniel Auteuil and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in “The Well-Digger’s Daughter.”

Stunning, sun-drenched cinematography, a soaring score and Auteuil’s standout performance are just three of many reasons to catch “The Well-Digger’s Daughter.” The audience is transported back to a simpler time when morality played a huge role in people’s lives. Owning a motorbike or an automobile was a big deal. Old-fashioned suddenly seems so capriciously captivating when watching this beautiful film. “The Well-Digger’s Daughter” is a tale about ordinary people who become extraordinary when they do the right thing. As Auteuil observes: “It’s a magnificent story of love, tenderness, sorrow and forgiveness.” Let’s face it; there aren’t many of those in movie theaters these days. — Pam Nadon


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by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

Family recipes and family memories “This was a special cookbook for me. It is not just a collection of recipes; it is a recollection of what growing up was like in my family.” This is from Sarasota cookbook writer and cooking teacher Giuliano Hazan. He is speaking about his recently published “Hazan Family Favorites – Beloved Italian Recipes.” Growing up in the Hazan household must have been, well, delicious. Giuliano’s parents are Marcella and Victor Hazan, who reside on Longboat Key. Marcella is to Italian food what Julia Child was to French — an articulate, knowledgeable writer and teacher with an intense passion for sharing


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the joys of her cuisine with others. Victor is a recognized authority on Italian food and wine. “Hazan Family Favorites” is Giuliano Hazan’s fifth book and it is a charmer, richly illustrated with family photos. As Marcella says in her foreword, “The recipes Giuliano has chosen and brought up-to-date derive from the traditional cooking of our families … you are vouchsafed a look at my son’s own account of the sources from which he nourishes himself and his family today.” This cookbook will send you for Post-its to mark the dishes you want to make. The first one on my copy is only on page 19. It says, “Have a pizza party” because he makes it sound so easy. Here is Giuliano on pizza: “When we are in the States, we miss the pizza from our favorite pizzerie in Italy, so we sometimes make a home-style baker’s pizza that does not require a professional wood-burning pizza oven. Our kids love to participate in making it; I’ll never forget a deep-blue pizza our daughter Gabriella once made by mixing food coloring into the dough. For one of our girls’ birthdays, we threw a pizza party. I prepared the dough the day before, giving it time to rest. The day of the party, we put out a variety of toppings and everyone made their own pizza.” I’ll serve the pizzas with the Hazan family’s Insalata Mista, about which Giuliano writes, “At home we have a salad like this almost every day and our girls have learned how to dress it. I taught them the same way I learned it from my parents, using a proverb rather than a recipe. The proverb says


Pan-Roasted Pompano Start to finish: 15 minutes Yield: 4 servings


3 tablespoons butter 4 pompano filets (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), skin on Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


• Put the butter in a nonstick skillet large enough to accommodate all the fish, or divide the butter in half between two smaller skillets, and place over medium-high heat. When the butter foam begins to subside and the butter just begins to darken, put the fish filets in, skin side up. When the fish is lightly browned, after 3 to 4 minutes, turn the filets over. Season with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice and cover the pan. Continue cooking until the fish flakes easily when prodded with a fork, 4 to 5 minutes. • When the fish is done, the liquid in the pan should be a sauce thick enough to coat a spoon. If there is still too much liquid, raise the heat to high until it has reduced. If the pan is too dry, add a little water, loosen the cooking residue on the pan bottom, and let the sauce reduce. you need four people; a wise person for the salt, a generous person for the extravirgin olive oil, a stingy person for the red wine vinegar, and a patient person to toss – thirty-four times, according to my father – so that every bite is evenly coated. I sometimes add a fifth person: a wealthy person for good balsamic vinegar.” “Hazan Family Favorites” has many recipes that are apt for Florida right now in the heat of summer. Most are simple. Marinated, grilled chicken breasts calls for only seven ingredients including the salt and pepper and its one-hour start-to-finish time includes 45 minutes for marinating. The recipe here for pan-roasted pompano has only five ingredients. It comes with Giuliano’s recollection of his snowbird paternal grandparents’ condo in Hallandale: “It was during these Florida escapes that I became enamored of the sweet, melt-in-


Giuliano Hazan’s Pan-Roasted Pompano

When the sauce is ready, turn the fish so the flesh side is well-coated then transfer it to a serving platter and pour the sauce over it. Serve at once. Notes: Giuliano Hazan buys his pompano at Captain Brian’s. At this time of year, they do not always have it but it can be special ordered. Cost is $16.95/pound. Hazan suggests yellowtail snapper as an alternate or any fairly mild, sweet fish. your-mouth flesh of pompano. My mother cooked it in an arguably un-Italian but nonetheless delectable style, pan roasting it with butter and lemon. Seafood in Italy is almost always cooked in olive oil rather than butter, but if they had pompano in Italy, I think it would create an exception to that rule.” Giuliano and Lael Hazan’s daughters Gabriella, 13, and Michela, going on 8, are growing up much as their father did in the family tradition. And as Marcella Hazan says in her foreword to the book: “There is more to that tradition, however, than a mere sum of its recipes. It is the act of cooking itself that constitutes tradition, a tradition that looks to the production of a fresh meal for the family as the manifestation of a bond of affection and kinship, as the affirmation of identity, as a personal moment of nourishment and celebration.”

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Up close, scallops have a row of blue eyes.

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Above: Gianna Sparks, Jillian Herbst and Patrick Herbst Right: Approximately 93 scallops were found in the search. Seven were found last year.

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Chairman of the board of Sarasota Bay Watch Rusty Chinnis and volunteer Justin Bloom search for scallops.

The fifth annual Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search took place Saturday, Aug. 11, launching from Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Last year’s Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search uncovered seven scallops in the bay. This year’s numbers were remarkably higher, with 93 recorded scallop finds. Last winter was the first season for Sarasota Bay Watch’s scallop restoration efforts, and it proved a success. “The scallops have found a way to survive, and that’s why what we have been doing holds so much promise,” said Rusty Chinnis, chairman of the board of Sarasota Bay Watch. More than 100 volunteers decked in snorkel gear took boats out to various locations around the bay to search for scallops. Scallop restoration is a 10-year effort and a three-step process involving fundraising, searching and releasing. The area where the group released 4 million scallops in December was searched, but according to Chinnis, it takes a few generations of scallop releases to see significant growth. In June, the group hosted Scallopalooza, which raised enough funds to hold three more scallop releases. Each release of around 10 million scallops costs approximately $4,000.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, here I am at camp: It’s Friday, Aug. 10 — the last day of Creative Kids Summer Camp at Art Center Sarasota. Kai Worrell is peering over Luis Fridegotto’s left shoulder and watching him shade-in some fancy cartoons in his sketchpad. “Can you rip off your braces and can I have them?” Kai asks? To Luis’ right is Casey Anderson, who seems to be as equally interested in Luis as Kai is. “Does it hurt to get a nose ring?” Casey asks for no particular reason. Luis isn’t sure about giving up his braces anytime soon, but laughs nonetheless. And although he doesn’t have one, he thinks getting a nose ring might hurt a little bit. On the opposite side of the art room is camp instructor Erika Neff, who is in town on her summer break from college. She’s helping Sophia Miller create a story about a fairy, which has just caught the attention of Soleil Worrell. When Sophia deems the story complete, Erika reads it aloud, while the girls listen intently. After lunch, the campers will round up their favorite works of art — sock animals, robots and clay creatures and make a presentation to their parents.


Casey — Kai and Luis, but mostly Luis. Leilani — Sticking my hand into the clay. It’s icky and mushy. Or, sticking my feet in paint. I still haven’t gotten it off my nails. Luis — I always share ideas with the kids. Sophia — Drawing. Leilani Lyons

Lucy — Learning how to draw stuff and doing stuff and making clay projects. Cora — We make a lot of stuff. Painting.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between July 30 and Aug. 3. A home on Bird Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Charles and Judy Gifford sold their home at 364 W. Royal Flamingo Drive to Yi-Lan Yang, of Sarasota, for $4.7 million. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, five-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 6,289 square feet of living area.

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Jeffrey and Cornelia Peterson sold their home at 343 S. Blvd. of the Presidents to Robert and Deborah Zimmermann, of Sarasota, for $2.15 million. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,787 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,328,000 in 2008. David and Lois Trotochau, of Sarasota, sold their home at 133 S. Blvd. of the Presidents to David and Anita Juliano, of Wilmington, Del., for $2.1 million. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 4,660 square feet of living area. Susan Porter, trustee, sold the home at 315 S. Washington Drive to Stephen and Janice Dyck, of Sarasota, for $1.6 million. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,650 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.3 million in 2010. Keith Bednarowski and Mary Bednarowski, trustees, of Hennepin, Minn., sold the home at 100 N. Adams Drive to James Jordan Jr., of Darien, Conn., for $1,175,000. Built in 1953, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,800 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $682,500 in 2008.

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Mary Stein, trustee, of Mequon, Wis., sold the Unit S-1103 condominium at 601 Longboat Club Road to Frank and Mary Bonanno, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., for $785,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,458 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $347,500 in 1995.

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Peter Gluck, of New York, and Carol Rickard, of Osprey, sold their Unit B-406 condominium at 545 Sanctuary Drive to Kenneth Newmark, trustee, of Cincinnati, for $778,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,375 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 1991.

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This home at 364 W. Royal Flamingo Drive on Bird Key has four bedrooms, fiveand-a-half baths, a pool and 6,289 square feet of living area. It sold for $4.7 million.

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Frank and Janice Cook, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 540 Golf Links Lane to Charles and Terri Kirley, of Kansas City, Mo., for $760,000. Built in 1968, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,235 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $819,000 in 2003.

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Terence Bloom and Robin Bloom, trustees, of Kent, United Kingdom, sold the Unit 716 condominium at 716 Bayport Way to Alan and Lois Portnoff, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., for $630,000. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $184,500 in 1990.

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Michael Foulkes and Linda Brennan, of Ontario, Canada, sold the Unit 304 condominium at 775 Longboat Club Road to Linda Brennan, trustee, for $610,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,602 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $580,000 in 2010.

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Jerome and Myra Goldstein sold their Unit 413 condominium at 2020 Harbourside Drive to Christian and Matthew Goetz, of Greenlawn, N.Y., for $587,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,905 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $312,500 in 1994.

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Longboat Key, Bay Isles. $2,145,000 3/4.5 MLS#A3953976 Mike Greve 941-806-9444

Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,750,000 4/4 MLS#A3951622 Judy Kepecz-Hays 941-587-1700

Open Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30pm 536 Spinnaker Ln Sarasota, Saint Armands Division. $1,899,000 4/3 MLS#A3954781 Lynne Koy 941-387-1803

Established in 1906. Leading the Way for 106 Years. As Coldwell Banker® celebrates its 106th anniversary, we remain committed to our founding principles of integrity, honesty and customer satisfaction. From San Francisco in 1906 to Florida in 2012, our trustworthy and innovative real estate services have helped generation after generation achieve the American Dream of homeownership. Mainland Sarasota Sarasota. $799,000 Mary Clarke, 941-388-3966 West of Trail & 2 lots! Beautiful newer home on a canopy tree St. Must See! MLS#A3961218 Sarasota, Bays Bluff. $272,900 Sandra Gardner, 941-366-8070 Stunning waterfront views from bay front condo in downtown Sarasota. MLS#A3963786

The Keys Longboat Key, Bay Isles. $1,290,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 Located on a deep waterway behind gates of the LBK Club. 4BR/3BA, 4392sqft. MLS#A3958820 Longboat Key, Bay Isles. $799,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Wonderfully secluded 3BR/3+BA home w/sprawling golf course & lake front views MLS#A3956808

Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,575,000 3/4.5 MLS#A3958332 Judy Kepecz-Hays 941-387-1825

Sarasota, Terr East. $725,000 Jo Ellyn Yturraspe, 941-366-8070 2BR/2BA condo over looking the Gulf of Mexico! MLS#A3963982 Open Sat/Sun 1-4pm. 1750 Benjamin Franklin Dr G, Sarasota. $650,000 Candi Rosenthal, 941-387-1876 Incredible Gulf & Bay views of Downtown Sarasota! Striking upgrades. MLS#A3961830 Sarasota, Lido Regency. $599,900 Tom Fynes, 941-504-9282 Spectacular panoramic Gulf, Bay & City views w/2BR/2BA; turnkey furnished. MLS#A3951944 Longboat Key, Seaplace. $399,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 2/2 Updated kitchen, granite counters, solid wood cabinets, SW Gulf views. MLS#A3941459 Longboat Key, Fairway Bay. $369,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 2BR/2BA retreat with awesome views of the bay, downtown & Ringling Bridge. MLS#A3962616 Longboat Key, Cedars East Condo. $339,900 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8594/941-266-7740 Cedars East updated 2BR/2.5BA townhouse; fulltime residence/rental income. MLS#A3958914

Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,295,000 3/3 MLS#A3963974 Roger Pettingell 941-387-1840

University Pk, Warwick Gardens. $1,299,990 4/3.5 MLS#A3964011 Joe Cinque 941-387-1805

Sarasota, Embassy Villas. $319,000 Lynn A. Luken, 941-388-3966 Embassy Villas, charming renovated 2BR/2BA, just steps from lido beach. MLS#A3961780 Sarasota, Lido Shores. $275,000 Michelle Musto, 941-809-3714 Great location! Great value! 2BR/2BA, turnkey frnshd, 4th flr w/Gulf views. MLS#A3945835 Sarasota, Siesta Harbor II. $260,000 Nikki Boguszewski, 941-302-4676 Irresistible value & price! 2/2 condo on waterfront site. Dock, elevators. MLS#A3945887

Manatee University Park. $449,500 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Custom lakefront home with screened pool, 4BR/3BA & 2 car garage. MLS#A3945128 Bradenton, Wildewood Springs. $219,900 Scott Norris, 941-387-1880 Relax under the key lime tree in your own, private courtyard. MLS#A3962801

Venice/Osprey/Nokomis Longboat Key, Inn On The Beach. $1,025,000 2/2 MLS#A3954004 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859

Sarasota, One Watergate. $599,000 2/2 MLS#A3960972 Kathy Hoonhout 941-388-3966

Nokomis, Casey Key. $2,249,000 Louis Wery, 941-387-1816 Adorable 3BR/3BA beach cottage offers very desirable Gulf-to-Bay location. MLS#A3954550

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+ Bonsack appointed to International Spa Association Board of Directors


Director of Wellness at Longboat Key Club and Resort Kristi Bonsack has been appointed to the International Spa Association Board of Directors. ISPA is a professional organization and voice representing the spa industry worldwide. Bonsack has more than 15 years of experience in the wellness industry and currently manages the spa, fitness center, mind & motion studio and other wellness initiatives for the Key Club. Her threeyear term will commence in October. Bonsack

912 Boulevard of the Arts | Condo on the Bay | $795,000

3616 Fair Oaks Place | Queens Harbour | $2,290,000

8347 Midnight Pass Road | Siesta Key, FL 34242 | $4,490,000


By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

+ CYD of Sarasota County honoring Michael Saunders The Community Youth Development of Sarasota County will honor Michael Saunders as its seventh annual leadership breakfast, Wednesday, Sept. 12. Each year, the CYD recognizes community leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering youth leaders in our community. In addition to Michael Saunders, Sen. Lisa Carlton, R-Fla., will be honored. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by a program at 8 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at

REAL-ESTATE REPORTS Longboat Key Club & Resort | From the low $200’s to $1,000,000’s

+ The Continental Group arrives on Longboat Key Continental Group (TCG), a FirstService Residential Management company, has announced four new management contracts for condominium associations, three of which are on Longboat Key. These contracts include the Fairway Bay 3 Association (The Atrium), Bay Harbour Condominum Association and La Firenza Condominium Association. “We are extremely pleased to be expanding our portfolio in such a key market like Sarasota, with these excellent properties,” says Mark Stoops, president of the North Florida region of The Continental Group. The Continental Group, founded in 1990, manages and maintains 1,500 associations and more than 310,000 residential units, with corporate headquarters in Hollywood.

+ Andrew Bers makes a switch Broker-associate Andrew Bers has joined the team at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. He was previously at RE/MAX Alliance Group.


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well maintained 2/2, 1st flr. unit, park at your door, W/D, extra storage, part furnished, enclosed patio. Heated pool, close to Publix, Target, restaurants. Foster Lewis #M5828133 $44,900

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3080 Grand Bay Boulevard #535 | Grand Bay | $549,000

601 Longboat Club Road # S303 | Longboat Key Towers | $769,000

By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

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Short Sale “Just a Story”

Beach & boating dream! 1BR/1BA Longboat Harbour canal view, peaks of the Gulf, 3rd flr. condo, lives like a resort, deeded “beach house”, 4 pools and more! Jerry Cunningham $189,000 #A3958810


Incredible opportunity to own 2 adjoining lots west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Conrad Beach boasts timeless architecture, com. pool & clubhouse. Purchase separately Peter Uliano or w/M5815731. $260,000 #M5815734

We invite you to take advantage of our team’s experience and allow us the opportunity to present you with a complimentary market analysis of your property.


great view of Sarasota Bay, furnished, tile floors, upgraded kit., 2 pools, tennis, boat docks only $12 a month. Beach access. 2 pets OK. Seller pays $5,000 of maintenance fee for 2012. Dorothy Cook $289,000 #A3950932



Canal front, deep water access with no bridges. 3BR/2BA with pool in the amazing city of Cortez. Family living at its finest. Debra Ibasfalean $385,000 #M5826860

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BIRD KEY 4 BR/3.3BA Location! Location! This beautiful custom home has it all - fabulous downtown views across Sarasota Bay, granite kitchen with milk-glaze cabinetry, “Morning Room” with 8 Step crown molding, gorgeous pool, dock & lift. The first floor master suite has stunning Bay views and the second floor “Great Room” has “forever” Bay views from the terrace. $3,690,000

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LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Charming Elegance with Breathtaking Gulf, Bay and City Views from this 3BD/3BA Penthouse residence. Soaring ceilings, open floor plan and oversized windows that welcome the sun and the sea. The Eastern terrace was enclosed to welcome a “simply charming sun room.” $2,275,000

ST. ARMANDS Spacious 4BD/3BA custom built

home with elegant marble entryway set on a wide canal, just steps to shopping and dining in world renowned St. Armands Circle! $1,899,000

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PLAYERS CLUB – Wonderful Gulf views PROMENADE - Stunning Southwest SEAPLACE

Rarely available from the 30’ long open balcony; w/southern views of the Gulf of Mexico, Downtown Townhouse, 2BD/2.5BA with exposure. Tastefully furnished 2BD/2.5BA and the Bay from this 2 BR/2BA attached garage and spacious terrace condominium. $699,000 condominium w/a woodburning overlooking tropical garden views. fireplace. $679,000 $489,000

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SEAPLACE – Direct Gulf views from this CASTILLIAN - Direct Gulf views from this KEY TOWER SOUTH - Great Views

tropical stunner! Impecably decorated and 2BD/2BA fully furnished condominium home of the Gulf, Downtown Sarasota and the John maintained with loving care this 2 BD/2 BA fully with beautifully updated lobby, tropical grounds, Ringling Bridge from this 2BR/2BA updated furnished condominium home is being sold at an secured entry, pool and tennis for your pleasure. condominium home. $479,000 incredible price. $489,000 $485,000


BEACHPLACE - Priced to Sell! Unfurnished SEAPLACE – Recently updated kitchen with LONGBOAT HARBOUR – Sunny Northeast exposure

2BD/2BA residence w/Partial Gulf views w/new warm pecan cabinetry and granite counters in from the charming 2BD/2BA condominium with wide bay paint and carpet! Seller will hold mortgage @ 5.5% this 2BD/2BA condominium home with Southwest views, enclosed lanai and some newer appliances. This w/$100,000. $449,000 Gulf and bay views and miles of sand and beach. furnished residence comes with one covered parking space $399,000 and deeded beach access. $279,000



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games | bridge bites By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League

THE TRUMP COUP This week’s deal contains a little bit of magic whereby a “certain” trump loser evaporates into thin air thanks to some well-timed Declarer play. Against your 6♠contract West leads the J♣. You finesse the Queen but that loses to the King and East returns a Club to Dummy’s Ace. It was a fine slam, but it got worse when that Club finesse lost. Now you must pick up the trump suit for no losers. You run the 10♠

and it holds. You say a silent “Yippee!” but that quickly changes to “Rats!” when you repeat the finesse and West shows out. How will you overcome this setback? East still has K7♠ but there are no Spades left in Dummy with which to repeat the finesse. That might seem like a certain trump loser but you have a resource, it’s known as a Trump Coup. For this to work you must shorten your trumps down to two

(the same length as East) and also make sure that you win the 11th trick in Dummy. If you can do that, then when you lead from Dummy at Trick 12, East will be forced to ruff in front of you, thereby losing his “sure” trump trick. So, after the second trump finesse wins, the play goes: K♦; A♦; Diamond ruff; over to Dummy’s Q♥; Club ruff; back to Dummy’s J♥. The A♥ is now cashed and at Trick 12 Dummy leads a Club (or Diamond) and East is forced to ruff in front of

you. Great stuff! Be sure to realize that you needed both those ruffs in your hand; if you had not shortened your trumps to the right length then there would have been no Trump Coup.

BRIDGE HAND Vulnerable: N/A


♠ 10 9 ♥AQJ ♦ A543 ♣AQ52 West

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IT’S READ EVERYWHERE ITALY. Longboaters Jean and Terry Griffin catch up on their hometown news while celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary in Positano, Italy, on the Italian Riviera.

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BIRD KEY - Custom 2001 built 3,500sf bay front home, top of the line throughout. A3963202 $2,575,000

LBK GULF FRONT LOTS - 2 lots totaling 2.25 acres w/ 200’ of gulf frontage. A395884 $6,000,000

SAnCTuAry GuLF To bAy Enjoy amazing views of the Gulf, Bay, golf course and beyond in this 2,375 SF, 8th floor residence located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Sold Turnkey furnished. $1,299,000

TAnGerIne bAy CLub Embrace tranquil

Bay views from this impeccably maintained residence overlooking the Bay, lagoon and enticing island pool. 2,210 SF of luxurious living, 2-3 BR, 2.5 BA, and 2 car garage. $825,000


BAY ISLES - Custom designed 6,000sf 5BR home in exclusive gated neighborhood. A3959515 $3,799,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Canal front 3,300sf 4BR new construction residence. A3958487 $1,395,000 SunSeT HArbor bAyFronT Enjoy spectacular sunsets and endless water views from this direct Bay front lot with deeded boat slip located in private and gated community. $699,000

SunSeT HArbor Build your dream home behind the gates of Sunset Harbor. Lot with marina views located in a private and gated enclave of 9 homesites with deeded boat slip. $450,000

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WATER CLUB - Coveted southern exposure 3,000sf furnished residence w/city view. A3919693 $2,495,000 86869

THE GRANDE - Exquisitely appointed Gulf front 3BR Penthouse w/ private garage. A3955033 $1,950,000

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Items Under $200 For Sale

Homes For Rent

METAL SCULPTURE: beautiful, $75. Oil painting, $50. Call 941-383-1210.

DEEP WATER ACCESS Boater’s Dream: residential rental in south Longboat Key. 3BR/2BA, approx. 1720 sq.ft., only minutes to Sarasota Bay and open Gulf. 100/ft canal frontage with pool. Yearly lease at $2500/month + utilities. Call 228-327-7801.

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

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale FOR SALE OR RENT, fantastic high and dry boat slip, superb S. Longboat location. Call 941-371-1866.

Boats Boats are selling. My passion is selling boats and I sell a lot of them. Local - Reputable - Honest. Let’s talk about selling your boat. Keeping it simple, “Business on a Handshake”. I buy boats too. Island Boat Sales. 941-228-3489.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE FRI-SAT 9am-4pm No. at 8:00am Sterling Flatware, Waterford Crystal, Vintage China, Antique Brass Bed, Records, Jewelry, Vintage Clothing, Books, Dining Rm Table, Display Cabinet, Antique Dresser & Beds, Antique Mirrors, Rocking Horse, Doll Buggy, Kitchen Items, Linens, Depression Glass, Disco Ball, Wedding Dress, and much more!! Address: 283 Interstate Blvd, 34240. Exit 210 Fruitville. Go I75 E on Fruitville. R on Interstate Court, R on Interstate Blvd to sign. 941-685-8808. FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, August 18, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, August 19, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

General Merchandise CENTRAL AIR: brand new, still in box, 10 year warranty all parts, $1449. Call 941-243-5236. THRIFT SHOP: THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Next to Longboat Island Chapel. Summer Hours: Saturday: 9a.m. to 1p.m. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738.

Merchandise Wanted SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Musical Instruments VINTAGE GIBSON F-5 MANDOLIN. Lloyd Loar signed and dated 2/18/24. Very good, excellent condition. Professionally appraised at $225,000. Accepting reasonable offers. Call 248-620-0125 or E-mail:

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BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 DIRECT GULF FRONT at Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, wireless internet. Available December 2012 through December 2013. Non-smoking. Call Diane or Mike 847-913-4562. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 941-387-9709 877-705-2460 LBK BEACHFRONT 1BR & 3BR condos, heated pool, furnished. Starting at $900 weekly. Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844. LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available Sept, Oct., Dec. 2012 only. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Condominium Management 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 941-650-1857 Visit us at:

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at”

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK - Newer 2 BR home in charming seaside neighborhood. 1 block to busy roads to cross. Heated community pool. Clean & nicely decorated. No pets. No smoking. Available short or long term. Owner/agent, 941-544-0214.

LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal


Open House ISLAND PARADISE on Longboat Key. Stunning Key West waterfront home. Spectacular amenities grounds and views. Dock, pool walk to beach. Open house, August 17, 18, 19. 840 Tarawit, 5600 GOM.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370.

Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228

LONGBOAT KEY Towers Condo For Rent Gulffront. Behind gates of Longboat Key Club. 2BR/2BA. Furnished with incredible views of Gulf and bay. W/D. 24-hr. security. Pool & fitness center. Minimum 6 months, $5000 or yearly, $2500 Available now. Call (717)968-2001.


LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049.

“Where People Return Year After Year” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” LBK SEAGATE Fabulous Gulf Views from every room. 2BR/2BA, Balcony 30 ft. from beach. King in Master, Twins in Guest. Pool, Clay Tennis Court. 3/mo. minimum, $5500/mo. 6/mo. Seasonal Rates available. Call Brian 416-785-1506.

ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101.

LBK SEAPLACE. Available January-April. Lovely 2BR, fully equipped, W/D in unit, lanai, garden view, steps to beach, pool, tennis, full clubhouse amenities. Great! Non-smoking. No pets. 770-314-6321.

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos

LBK, PRIVATEER Condo: beachfront, 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, exercise room. Available January to April 2013. Non-smoking. No pets. 941-383-9473.

Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367

LONGBOAT EXCLUSIVE BEACHFRONT Privately owned beachfront 2000sq.ft. home on Gulf, 13 steps to the beach. 2BR/2BA, sleeps up to 10 - perfect for 2 couples or large families. Fully furnished gourmet kitchen, laundry, covered parking, heated pool, outdoor gas grill, private beach. Spectacular references. No pets. Non-smoking. Photos: Weekly or monthly:

5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939 SEAPLACE CONDO LBK, BEAUTIFUL TOWN HOUSE, 2 BEDROOMS, 2-1/2 BATH at the 2 1/2 miles white sandy beach, offering maximum privacy, nicely furnished, master bed room with king size, visiters’ bed room with 2 single beds, both with large bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, equipped laundry, large living, dining area, spacious screened lanai+ terraces, direct access to tropical garden, 2 parking spaces, 2 swimming pools, 1 kiddy pool, free beach club (library, sauna, gym, tennis, w/pool, breathtaking sunsets, barbecue grills). Ask for pictures if interested. Minutes to Ringling circle or Sarasota City. Rental: Jan-May US $3,790, June-Dec US $2,950, 2 mo. min. rental, add 12% tax, $100 admission fee, 400 US$ security deposit, US $80 final cleaning, ask for conditions of 3 month or full year rental, more information with

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

Help Wanted CAREGIVER FOR Longboat lady: Three 12-hour day shifts, 11am-11pm. Must have private duty experience in personal care, wheelchair transport, cognitive issues. Seeking patient, intelligent lady, college degree preferred, healthy cook, pet friendly. Clean driving record, no smoking, references. Start $13+/hour, paid on W-2. 941-780-4284 or LICENSED LPN/RN P/T, immediate opening. Female patient near St. Armands Circle, private home. Call 703-780-0809.

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Condos/Apts. For Rent PRIMERE LOCATION in Sarasota. Walk to town or take your boat out....Three bedroom, three bath,1st floor condo, pool, hot tub with a 30/ft. private dock. Enclosed 2 car garage. Located at 888 S. Orange 2-A behind Selby gardens. Asking $4,500 month or b/o yearly lease. Call Jennifer, 941-780-0968.

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SUMMER WINDS DOWN We enjoyed a wonderful summer this year. Much of our family time was spent in Sarasota. The boys participated in local camps, while an overactive summer real estate kept the rest of us busy. One week of our summer was spent outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we went to a dude ranch! As you can see, our boys fit right it. Jake (8)

It is time for Sellers to start planning for the upcoming season. As I am sure you have noticed or read in the papers, the inventory of available properties is hitting 10-year lows. After selling more than $40 million so far this year, my own inventory is also very low. If you are considering selling your home, now is the time to begin. As hard as it is to imagine, October is only six weeks away. Call us today to set up your listing consultation appointment. Max (6)



A wonderful, pet-friendly community with views of the bay, city, bridge, marina and golf course that are truly amazing! The floor plans range from well-appointed two bedrooms to spectacular penthouses. The amenities include pools, jacuzzis, private club with bayfront workout center, tennis and a wonderful Beach Club.

Bird Key is an exclusive waterfront community, located between Sarasota and Lido Key. Just past the guard house you will find 510 oversized home sites with beautiful homes, wide streets and underground utilities. Bird Key is a boater’s dream, with deep waterways and easy access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.


3 bedrooms, 3½ baths

Rarely available fourth-floor Antigua features sweeping water and golf course views from nearly every room. Relish Gulf sunsets and wonderful vistas of the twinkling lights of downtown Sarasota. Walk-in, fall in love and move right in.



5 bedrooms, 6½ baths

Exquisite direct bayfront home on Mourning Dove Drive. Built in 2002, this estate property has it all – exercise room, media room, cook’s kitchen, three-car garage and gated entry.



COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Updated from top to bottom in 2008. Charming pool and garden views. Light, bright and ready for your personal touch. $725,000

PROMENADE On one of Siesta’s most coveted streets, this deep-water home offers lovely views and great space. $1,395,000


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1-4pm Immaculately furnished direct Gulf front to enjoy sweeping sunsets and panoramic views. Recently updated with a flourish of neutral colors, custom finishes plus light and bright spacious rooms. $829,000

BEACH HARBOR CLUB Direct Gulf, 2BR/2BA penthouse has stunning views from nearly every room. Updated and redesigned. $649,000 This beach getaway can be the ideal retreat or investment. With its own private beach access, heated pool and wonderful clubhouse, there’s no reason to ever leave Beach Harbor Club. $249,000

Sign up to receive a customized, monthly market snapshot. You will receive, by email, the industry’s most impressive market reports, packed with up-to-the-minute MLS market and property information, plus interactive photos, maps and graphs. Visit if you would like a copy of our list. You may also scan this QR code with your smartphone, call our office, or send us an email. Completely renovated, this 3BR/3BA waterfront home is ready for you and your boat! The best materials were used in the renovation, including marble, granite and woodworking. $1,295,000


GRAND BAY Antigua, 3BR/3.5BA, views of bay, pool, golf course, and downtown from wraparound terraces. $1,049,000

PENDING Overlooking Harbourside Golf Course and its lakes, this 4,500+ sq. ft. home is ready for you and your family! $799,000

Roger has listed and sold more than $1 billion in local property.






LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS Rarely offered in this direct gulf front building, this 3BR corner residence enjoys beautiful sunsets! $619,000 Spacious 2BR/2BA with separate upstairs living area. Light and bright and literally steps to the beach. Furnished. $349,000 Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the popular G-4 building. $299,000 Recently updated 2BR/2BA beach retreat. New master bath, newer carpet. Turnkey furnished, ready for your personal touches. Just steps to the Gulf shore. $289,000

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