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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor
Town officials defend legal advice The majority of the Longboat Key Town Commission feels it received proper legal advice regarding the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside project.
+ Cannons offers treasure fer mates Do ye be knowin’ what Wednesday be? Why, ’tis International Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. That translation came from postlikeapirate.com in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day Wednesday, Sept. 19. At Cannons Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, the occasion will translate to free Cannons Marina hats for the first 20 customers who show up between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Some tips for scoring free pirate booty: Instead of “hello” try an “ahoy.” Turn your “for” into a “fer” and always answer a question with an “Aye!” or an “Arrg!” Pirate translation, according to a Cannons’ Marina prepared statement: “The rules be simple, matey. Come by land or by sea, and speak like yer a pirate to receive some booty! Arrg!”
They should be ashamed of themselves. They should resign immediately. They wasted taxpayer dollars. They didn’t follow town codes. Longboat Key town commissioners have heard it all from
some of the residents behind the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside gates. The residents feel vindicated now that the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed a previous ruling that quashed the town-approved de-
velopment order for the resort’s Islandside renovation-and-expansion project. The Key Club intends to resubmit its application any day now. Commissioners have gotten emails, personally heard the
comments and read them in the newspaper. Islandside residents Gerald and Vivienne Ross sent an email to Mayor Jim Brown Sept. 5, urging him and other commissioners to step down. “The present town commis-
SEE KEY CLUB / PAGE 2A
+ Les Ciseaux staying on Circle There’s a salon on St. Armands that’s up for sale, but it isn’t Les Ciseaux Luxury Hair Salon and Spa. “We’ve had a lot of phone calls asking if it is us,” said owner Angela Johnston. Johnston wants to get the message out that Les Ciseaux, founded in 1986, isn’t going anywhere. The salon will be waiting for customers at its same old spot at 6 N. Blvd. of Presidents, and the staff is eager to pamper customers with the latest trends they learned on a recent trip to Soho, N.Y. What will fall bring? “Basically, it’s back to the ’80s,” Johnston said. “Twists of the ’80s but with a more sophisticated touch.” Another trend: ombre, in which color fades down from the roots and is lighter on the ends, is also hot for fall.
Peter Iro throws his new pelican friend a piece of bait while fishing Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Longboat Key town dock.
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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor
Engineer labels mid-rise ‘unsafe’ After an engineering firm discovered corroded beams at the Colony, the PZ&B Department posted warning signs at mid-rise hotel tower. A licensed engineering firm has labeled longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s home of almost 40 years “potentially hazardous and unsafe.” The news sparked further outrage
from Longboat Key town commissioners and gave them ammunition in their fight to convince Colony officials to tear down and rebuild the aging resort, instead of renovating it. Commissioners will meet with Colony developers Sept. 24, to fur-
ther discuss the development and the need for a resort re-opening deadline extension. The engineering report led Long-
SEE COLONY / PAGE 6A
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KEY CLUB / FROM PAGE 1A sioners (except for one) should be replaced, including yourself!” Gerald and Vivian Ross wrote to Brown. “And the attorney (David Persson) representing the town is a disgrace and should be fired immediately.” Earlier this month, Islandside Property Owners Coalition President Bob White told the Longboat Observer: “The fact that the court has upheld the ruling shows that the Town Commission has egregiously exercised its power and abused its code in violation of the law. Frankly, I think that those commission members who are still sitting, who agreed to this, should resign. I think they owe the residents of Longboat Key, as well as the residents of Islandside, an apology.” Listed below are the reactions of the seven Longboat Key commissioners in response to the accusations they received poor legal advice. Commissioners were also asked if they would consider hiring an in-house legal attorney to cut down on legal expenses, which Commissioner Lynn Larson has suggested in the past. A reaction from Town Attorney David Persson is also included. “I don’t feel that we got bad legal advice. The saying always goes that you get two lawyers in a room and end up with three opinions. I tend to think that this was one court’s interpretation. As far as an in-house attorney, I would have to see the positives and negatives of it, first. It was brought up in the past, and there were a lot of costs involved. Plus, the knowledge and experience attorney David Persson offers would be hard to replace.” — Mayor Jim Brown “No one is ever going to get me to apologize or be ashamed of myself over this. We didn’t break the law, and we took what I
still believe was sound legal advice from our attorney. I think the court was wrong, but it’s time to move on amicably in the future, and I hope the IPOC folks can do the same thing. IPOC won that particular battle, and they are entitled to feel good about that. But, frankly, the reaction from some of them is a little disappointing. I’m focusing on the future now and a new application. I think we get incredibly good service from David Persson and have learned how to be efficient with his services.” — Vice Mayor David Brenner “Lawyers will never give you a 100% commitment to anything. In that sense, I believe David and the legal advice we got was consistent from what I would get from any other lawyer. He gave us his best advice, but you can’t predict what’s going to happen. He was forthright about the downside of it, and from the get-go, he mentioned he would rather see code changes first and an application later, but the Key Club thought they could move forward. He was always skeptical that could be problematic. There was never a guarantee we were going to win anything. I never thought we were being misled. I would be totally against an in-house attorney. You end up getting somebody who’s cheaper, inexperienced and won’t have the institutional memory, which is critical to any municipality. Taking a cheap approach to legal advice means you also tend to not go outside to get legal advice when needed.” — Commissioner Jack Duncan “Good legal advice gives you not only guidance but also advises you of choices you face at the beginning, and from what I remember hearing, the choices and the possibilities were clearly laid out for us. An in-house attorney would imply a current
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“I was disappointed in the legal outcome and in some of the guidance we received from our attorney. Maybe we should have fixed some of the procedural stuff first, but the Key Club wanted to file its application without fixing the codes. The legal guidance was that we were commissioners and we were told we could do what we wanted because we were the decision makers. But, I feel like some of the procedural things could have been handled better throughout the process. I have suggested an in-house attorney because our legal expenses are one of our major expenses. I would like to see ways we can get that under control. We could have someone in-house for everyday matters, and when we need more history, we could go to David Persson for his expertise.” — Commissioner Lynn Larson “I do not feel like we got bad legal advice. I don’t question the court’s decisions. They have a right to make a decision as they choose, I would just note that court decisions are not always indicative of the realties of a situation and often vary from court to court. As far as an in-house attorney, I would have to think about it and would need more information before I could comment on the matter.” — Commissioner Phillip Younger “I was the chair of the Planning and Zoning Board when the application came before us. What people seem to forget is that David Persson was very explicit when he
recommended the applicant work to help make town Comp Plan and zoning changes to the town before an application was filed. But it was (Key Club attorney) John Patterson’s feeling they would rather proceed with the application under the town’s existing Comp Plan and codes. It wasn’t a matter of us not listening but that the client wanted to do it a different way. It wasn’t our decision. If the commission were to look into an in-house attorney, I don’t have a problem with that. I just don’t think they will find a cost savings.” — Commissioner Pat Zunz “Prior to this application coming before the town, my recommendation to the Key Club was we go through the process of having a Comp Plan discussion first and amend the plan as needed before the application was submitted because it just wasn’t clear. It chose not to follow that advice and, frankly, there was logic to what it did, because the lengthy quasi-judicial process allowed it to state its case and convince the majority of the public there was a need to do something with the redevelopment of the club to help the Key, in general. The beauty of what the Key Club did was focus on an application and why they wanted to build the project. They used that as a vehicle to inform the public and the commission about a Key that they felt needed the project to stay up-to-date. It created a sea change of attitude about how redevelopment should be done moving forward. We all knew all along this risk that existed, and that’s why even after approval was made, the town went back and amended its Comp Plan and zoning code. So, the application should be a lot simpler this time of around when it’s re-submitted.” — Town Attorney David Persson
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by Robin Hartill | City Editor
U.S. Census data shows 10-year loss of 40 businesses, 780 jobs on the Key Longboat Key lost a net total of 40 establishments in the past decade and 54 from its peak of 270 in 2005, according to U.S. Census data.
In 2001, Longboat Key was home to 38 retailers and 17 restaurants, according to the U.S. Census Business Patterns Survey. There was a total of 256 establishments — defined by the Census Bureau as a single physical location at which business or services or industrial operations are performed — and 2,909 employees were on Key payrolls for the pay period that included March 12. But by 2010, the most recent year for which data was available, those numbers had dropped. There were just 19 retailers and 13 restaurants. As of March 12, 2010, there were 2,129 employees who worked at 216 Key establishments. The numbers for 2011, which will be released next summer, are likely to show a further drop because the 2010 figures were taken when the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was still functioning in a limited capacity. Approximately 75 employees lost their jobs when the resort’s bankruptcy case was converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 in August 2010, although at its peak in the early 2000s, it had approximately 350 employees. Vice Mayor David Brenner wasn’t surprised to hear about the drop in business over the last 10 years. “You can see it just observing the level of activity here, and I think it’s one of the fundamental issues we have to deal with,” he said. “Probably there are fewer people that are here, and my guess is, fewer businesses,” Brenner said. “All these things have an impact on life here on the Key, real-estate values and so forth.”
Whitney Beach is mostly vacant today but was once home to a grocery store, florist, bar and liquor store. Key businesses haven’t just been hit by the Great Recession. The closure of the Longboat Key Holiday Inn in 2003 led to the net loss of 146 hotel rooms that were replaced with 29unit luxury Positano condominium. The Colony’s collapse in 2010 led to another 237-unit reduction. For many business owners, that loss translated to fewer customers each year. But not everyone agrees about the role of business on Longboat Key. During the commission election in March, in which Brenner won re-election by a narrow 90-vote margin against challenger Ray Rajewski, differences in visions for the island were a key point of contrast. Brenner said that visitors were im-
NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS
portant to maintaining services on the island and stressed a mix of residential, commercial and tourism development, while Rajewski emphasized maintaining Longboat Key as an upscale secondhome, vacation and residential community. The role of business on the island will be a major discussion point for a planning study that the town will hire a consultant to undertake to help the town modify its plans and regulations. The framing questions outlined by Town Manager David Bullock include: Given the seasonability of demand, can we expect businesses to thrive or barely survive? Can we enhance the viability of our businesses by working on the mix, match and mesh of commercial/busi-
EMPLOYEES AT ESTABLISHMENTS 50 – 99: 7 20 – 49: 7
100 – 249: 4 250 – 499: 1
5 – 9: 25
ness activity? Do we need to provide (financial?) assistance to local commercial businesses? Walter Hackett, a Planning & Zoning Board member who kept a list of businesses that closed on the island and presented it during a P&Z Board meeting in January 2010, also wasn’t surprised by the downward trend, citing a loss of tourism units and calling it a “sign of the times.” “What Longboat needs is shovelready visions, partnerships and updated regulations,” Hackett said. “That will help enable our community to imagine what they want to look like in the future. We need to overhaul local regulations so that they can align with the community’s vision for the future.”
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10 – 19: 17
1– 4 employees: 144
2001 ’02 ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10
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2001 4 0 9 38 3 2 21
2002 8 1 15 32 3 3 18
2003 7 2 11 31 3 1 19
2004 8 1 8 29 2 2 19
2005 11 2 8 30 1 3 19
2006 7 1 8 30 3 3 16
2007 5 3 10 25 1 4 20
2008 6 3 8 21 1 3 18
2009 5 4 9 20 1 0 16
2010 3 2 7 19 2 0 17
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9 4 14 2
11 4 9 3
12 4 8 2
11 5 8 3
15 3 9 4
11 4 11 3
8 3 10 2
7 2 9 3
8 5 8 1
Management of companies/enterprises Administrative/support/waste management/remediation services Educational services Health care/social assistance Arts/entertainment/recreation Accommodation/food services Other services (except public administration) Auxiliaries Industries not classified *see line graphs at right
*Retail trade 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5
2001 ’02 ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08
*Real estate/rental/leasing 50 40 30
20 10 2001 ’02 ’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08
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+ Board members vie for P&Z vice chair seat Planning and Zoning Board member Leonard Garner will be faced with a vice-chair tiebreaker at the planning board’s Oct. 18 regular meeting. During the Tuesday regular meeting, board members Jack Daly, Walter Hackett, Allen Hixon and George Symanski Jr. voted for Hixon to continue his role as vice chair. When no other nominations were made, board member John Wild nominated himself, receiving the votes of B.J. Webb, Jack Daly and Laurin Goldner. When Chairwoman B.J. Webb called for the vote again, the vote was still split and the board agreed to wait until the October meeting to settle the tiebreaker. Webb received unanimous support to continue on as chair of the planning board.
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+ IPOC declaratory relief action postponed Town attorney David Persson informed the Longboat Key Town Commission last week in an email that a hearing scheduled for this
Town Commission Special Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Extension Meeting — 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Town Commission Special Budget Adoption Workshop — 5:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. week in Sarasota County Clerk of the 12th Circuit Court, in which the Islandside Property Owners Coalition challenges the town’s recent code changes, has been postponed. The hearing has been postponed because of a trial docket and now may be heard in October or January.
+ LBK Cabinetry opens in the Centre Shops LBK Cabinetry is the island’s newest business. According to owner Eric Crockett, the cabinet solutions company is open for business at the Centre Shops, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The business will be focused on residential cabinetry on Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key and Bird Key. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
+ Correction The Longboat Key Club and Resort can accommodate receptions for 20 to 250 people. The Sept. 13 issue reported an incorrect figure.
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by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Islander Club lawsuit scheduled for December trial Resident Valerie Zamberletti alleges that the Islander Club Condominium Association is responsible for water damage and mold growth to her unit. The association denies the claim. A three-year-old dispute between Islander Club of Longboat Key resident Valerie Zamberletti and the condominium’s association is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 3. At the center of the case is Zamberletti’s 11th-floor unit in the condominium’s south tower, which she alleges developed mold and water damage as the result of the association’s negligence. The association, however, says in court documents that Zamberletti failed to follow condominium procedures and that its actions aren’t the source of the unit’s damage. In a January 2010 complaint, Zamberletti alleged that she left her unit Aug. 3, 2009, with the thermostat set at 75 degrees and the humidistat at 60% relative humidity and that she notified the condo’s manager, Robert Mastrippolito, that she would be gone until Aug. 19. The complaint states that the Islander Club had a policy of inspecting vacant units once a week. Zamberletti alleges that her unit, along with others in the south tower, lost power Aug. 12 and needed to be manually reset. The complaint states that Zamberletti “returned Aug. 19 to find mold and water damage
to the carpet, rugs, walls, vents, kitchen cabinets and other areas” in the unit and on her personal property, as well as visible moisture on the surface of most of her belongings. “The Association’s negligent errors and omissions created conditions favorable for mold growth and water damage in Zamberletti’s unit,” the suit states. But the Association’s version of events differs, according to court filings. In an affadavit, Mastrippolito alleged that Zamberletti didn’t follow the established policy of the Islander Club that requires residents to notify the office in person or by phone before vacating their units for an extended period. Mastrippolito’s affidavit states that Zamberletti’s unit wasn’t inspected Aug. 5, because she hadn’t notified the office that she wouldn’t be occupying her unit. The affadavit states that it was determined that Zamberletti would be gone sometime after Aug. 9 and before Aug. 12 “in passing conversation ... that was not in compliance with the Islander Club of Longboat Key policy of notice.” According to Mastrippolito’s statement, former maintenance worker Ted Fralick completed
an inspection of the unit Aug. 12 and noted that the temperature was 78 degrees and the humidity control was at 43. No moisture or mold was noted. Zamberletti told the Longboat Observer that the smell of mold hit her when she walked off the elevator toward her unit Aug. 19, 2009, when she returned. According to the Islander Club, on that date, Zamberletti called the office to have her unit’s water turned back on, however, her neighbor had already turned her water back on, which Zamberletti denies. Less than two weeks later, Zamberletti hired K9 Mold Pro to inspect her property. In its defense, the Islander Club cites the report’s finding that suggests that a pre-existing leak in a dishwasher that was subsequently removed was responsible for damages. “If not for the hidden leak from behind the dishwasher trapping water behind the cabinets and a pre-existing leak behind Ms. Zamberletti’s wall in the kitchen, both of which were not visible from the kitchen, the mold would not have formed,” the Islander’s Club’s answer to Zamberletti’s complaint states. A subsequent report in July 2010 by Breathe Easy determined that damage to Zam-
Islander Club resident Valerie Zamberletti says her 11th-floor unit developed water damage and mold while she was away in August 2009. berletti’s unit had three causes: an active leak at the lower right corner of the master bedroom window; a water event from the floor above; and a minor dishwasher leak. That report, however, found that damages caused by the dishwasher were likely isolated to the kitchen area. The Islander Club has introduced the firm R.L. James, which installed the master bedroom window in Zamberletti’s unit, alleging that damages “would be a direct and proximate result of the negligent window installation of the window completed by R.L. James ... ” Zamberletti alleges that ongoing mold issues have caused her
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COLONY / FROM PAGE 1A boat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Department officials to deem the building potentially unsafe, post warning signs around the building and ban people from entering it without permission from town staff. “This makes me sick,” Klauber said. “This all could have been prevented.” Longboat Key Building Official Wayne Thorne sent a letter to affected Colony Beach & Tennis Resort officials Sept. 12, informing them that ProNet Group Inc., a firm hired by Citizens Property Insurance to inspect the building, discovered major concerns. ProNet Group officials observed steel-bar beams and joists sticking out above the roof, “which no longer support their intended design loads.” In a letter to the town dated Sept. 5, ProNet Group explained that steel-bar joists supporting the southeast portion of the fifth floor are severely corroded, allowing the steel joists “to pull away from the east wall support and move downward. “The current condition at these joists indicates that the floor framing system is no longer adequate to support the loads as originally designed,” the letter states. “Since this level of corrosion is consistent with long-term exposure to rain water/moisture migration, it is reasonable to conclude that this condition occurs at other areas and floors of the building.” Vice Mayor David Brenner said the news wasn’t surprising. “I knew this was coming,” Brenner said. “The buildings are falling apart, and it’s frustrating when grown people let their emotions get in the way of common sense.” Klauber, who had residential and office units on the fifth and sixth floors of the building for 38 years, moved out of the building in July and told the Longboat Observer he had three buckets in his unit to catch water and that he had sustained water damage to artwork and furniture. The company’s assessment prompted the town to mandate that a building permit is needed for repairs before the building can be used again. The notice states that any use or occupancy of the building is restricted and must be approved by the town’s building official. In the meantime, to make sure the building is not a danger to other surrounding structures, the town mandated Colony officials hire an engineer
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to test the building’s floor and roof to assess its structural integrity. The engineer will provide recommendations to shore up the building where the steel beams, holding up the building, have been compromised. In his letter to Colony officials, Thorne states a contractor must submit an application for a permit to fix the structure by Oct. 8, with work commencing on the building within 10 days of the permit being issued. Extensions needed to fix the building can only be submitted in writing to Thorne. Thorne also notes that a remediation plan to remove mold from the building is being developed and also requires a building permit. Colony Association President Jay Yablon said plans are in the works to fix structural issues, which he said primarily involves repairing a steel joist “with significant deterioration” that sits right below where Klauber’s private pool resides in the building. Town Attorney David Persson, though, said the town is still working with Colony officials “to agree upon the final determination of the existing conditions of the building.” Town Manager Dave Bullock said the town was not allowed into the mid-rise building to inspect it until last week and said town officials can’t inspect the conditions of the individual condominium units unless they are given permission by unit owners. “What we do know is if they intend to open a unit, a building permit is required and that’s when the town can inspect those units for damage, as well,” Bullock said. Commissioner Lynn Larson and others are hoping Colony officials decide not to refurbish the existing units. “This news about the mid-rise only solidifies that Colony owners must be willing to do what’s best for the community and start over on this property,” Larson said. “It’s the smartest and safest thing to do.” Larson said she would be willing to consider giving the Colony additional tourism units from a pool of 250 units if Colony officials agreed to tear down the resort and rebuild. Longboat Key resident Manfred Welfonder’s MW Corp. has told commissioners in the past the property needed to be razed. He still believes his company has a viable plan to rebuild the resort. “A renovation is not feasible, doable or possible,” Welfonder said.
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Church steeples on the Key won’t soar to new heights Town planning staff discovered the structure height loophole when it was making changes to its Comprehensive Plan. In the town’s current code, a church steeple on Longboat Key has no height limit. “Right now, the only thing stopping these types of structure from rising as high as they want are flight patterns that might be disrupted,” said Town Planner Ric Hartman. The comment was met with laughter from the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board, which was charged with setting a limit in its code at Tuesday’s regular meeting at Town Hall. Planning staff discovered the structure height loophole while making changes to its code and its Comprehensive Plan. Although there is an additional 10-foot height limit in the code for parapet walls and other rooftop structures, there is no height limit provided for church steeples, church spires and any other church-related structure sometimes built on top of the roof for aesthetic reasons. The planning board was given a list of church steeple heights to review before making an informed decision. Currently, the highest steeple on the Key is Longboat Island Chapel at 67 feet high, when calculated from ground level. All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church has the smallest steeple at 40 feet from ground level (see sidebar). “We need to know what, if any, height you would put on steeples,” Hartman said. The planning board gave its staff direction Tuesday to establish height regulations for structures like church steeples to be no higher than 10 feet above the current zoning district height. Applicants, though, can be granted additional height for structures such as steeples or church spires through a site plan
Currently, the highest steeple on the Key is Longboat Island Chapel at 67 feet high, when calculated from ground level.
approval process. “This gives us flexibility — flexibility for the churches and flexibility during the review process,” said planning board member Laurin Goldner. Staff will prepare an ordinance to change the code to establish church steeple heights for the board to review at its Oct. 16 regular meeting. Also at its meeting, the planning board: • Agreed to rezone the land use for a vacant parcel at 5810 Gulf of Mexico Drive from open space to open space conservation land. The property, which sits next to Emerald Harbor, consists mainly of heavily wooded wetlands. • Approved a 10-year water supply plan for the town that’s required by Florida statutes.
Houses of Worship Heights Church Zoning Height Restriction Total height (including steeple) 30 feet 50.10 feet Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian 30 feet 40 feet All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Longboat Island Chapel 30 feet 67 feet St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church 30 feet 58.6 feet
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Pretty, warm and romantic. It may sound like a profile on Match. com written by a user in hopes of scoring a dream date. But, it’s actually the way users of socialnetworking and travel-review websites describe Longboat Key. Social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest tend to show the best side of the Key. Type in #longboatkey on the microblogging site, Twitter, and you will find mostly Tweets advertising real-estate listings or written by users who want to broadcast to the world that they are heading to the beach. (In Twitter-land, the # symbol is called a “hashtag,” and it’s used to categorize posts and see other posts by topic.) Same goes for Pinterest. Users add the Key’s luxury homes, sunsets and weddings set against the backdrop of a beautiful white-sand beach. You wouldn’t guess that the beautiful beach is the subject of many debates: white sand versus gray sand, along with erosion control and how much it should cost. Or the ongoing legal battles surrounding two of the resorts that have been the site of so many of those weddings: the Longboat Key Club and Resort and the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. When it comes to Facebook, users also tend to write how much they love about the island. Steve Schewe, owner of Steve’s Fitness, created a Longboat Key Facebook page in 2009 both to promote his business and the area. The page is now under Schewe’s name but amassed more than 5,000 Facebook friends as a Longboat Key page. Schewe said that most people talk about the positive side of the Key on Facebook. “In the two years I had it, I never really once had someone say something negative,” he said. It’s not surprising that social-media users focus on the fun stuff about Longboat Key. Photos of Longboat Key Town Hall — where many of the island’s squabbles take place — wouldn’t look good on anyone’s Pinterest page. You couldn’t sum up a Key Club or Colony battle in Twitter’s 140-character limit; and posting about the latest back-and-forths might get you unfriended from Facebook. You’re more likely to find debates about the merits and drawbacks of Longboat Key from travel-review websites, on which users seek input about accommodations, restaurants and attractions to seek out and whether they should visit Longboat Key or check out another beach, such as Siesta Key or Venice. Some of the reviews are glowing. A Yelp.com reviewer recently described Longboat Key as one of his favorite spots, calling it “remote” and “unspoiled.” “It is referred to as ‘the private island’ because public access to its beaches is extremely limited; one lone beach on the entire Key means that you can enjoy yourself in relative solitude, staking out a patch of sand that seems miles from your nearest neighbor. It seems everyone you’ll meet is either a resident of or renting on Longboat Key.” But, to others, that private feel takes on another meaning: “Longboat Key (is) mostly snobby and not meant for tourists,” a TripAdvisor.com user wrote in response to a question from another user, who described herself as 50 years old and wondered whether she and her husband should stay on Longboat Key or Siesta Key. That description didn’t sit well with another user. “Snobby?” she wrote, listing the many accommodation options beyond condominiums on the Key. “Sure, you’ll find some just as you would find them in Sarasota, or Augusta, or wherever. But you’re also going to find some friendly folks and others who just go about their everyday lives.” Another user added further input. “50 is a very interesting age in Sarasota,
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because on Longboat Key, you will feel very young, however, on Siesta Key, you will fit right in.” Travel website users don’t seem particularly interested in Longboat Key politics, although a few have expressed concern about one issue: the new Publix — and, specifically, what they will do without it until December. Like Longboaters, they’re curious about whether it will eventually include a liquor store. When it comes to travel websites, Longboat Key hasn’t hit primetime. Longboat Key is mentioned on the Wikitravel Sarasota page, which states that John Ringling intended to build a Ritz-Carlton hotel at the site where the Longboat Key Club is now located. Frommer’s Travel Guide website frommers.com also lists Longboat Key destinations on the Sarasota page. In its beach section, it describes the many public facilities available for other beaches but notes about Longboat Key: “ ... you won’t be able to hit the beach there, as private houses and condos block access to the Gulf. However, do drive the length of Longboat Key and admire the luxury homes. Then take a right off St. Armands Circle onto Lido Key and North Lido Beach.” (Note to Frommer’s: Longboat Key actually has 11 public beach access spots, although they’re better hidden than most.) But many of the reviews are pretty accurate: Looking for nightlife? Longboat Key probably isn’t your place. A place on Longboat Key that springbreakers and 20-somethings would enjoy? Maybe you should consider Siesta Key, instead. A “quiet little beach place” for the dates of March 26 through March 29 “that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg”? A VirtualTourist.com responded that he has a friend with a penthouse condo overlooking the water. “ ... I’m not certain the arm and the leg would be enough, but I’ll ask her for recommendations.”
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Dec. 7, 1941: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Aug. 14, 1945: The Japanese surrendered. World War II ended. Three years and nearly nine months. That’s how long it took the United States to fight and win a war that encompassed nearly the entire earth. Now contrast that with a property owner’s attempt on little Longboat Key to make more productive and valuable what it owns. In February 2004, the previous operating partners of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, Shane Eagan and Tom Rasmussen, submitted plans to re-do the club’s golf courses, redevelop the Islandside clubhouse and spa, build a new tennis center and develop new residences in place of the original Islandside tennis center. A month later, Eagan and Rasmussen were gone. Michael Welly became the club and resort’s new general manager. One of Welly’s first steps was to pull back the Islandside development plans in the face of stiff opposition from Longboat Club Drive neighbors and the town planners. Welly shelved the project for four years before reviving it — this time reconfiguring its size and scope. We all know what happened next. So here we are, September 2012 — more than eight years and millions of dollars later — and not one shovel has turned. If there is anything emblematic of how the land of the free and the constitution delineating limited government have become the antithesis of what the Founding Fathers envisioned, surely the Key Club’s expansion oddyssey is a symbol. It is how we have devolved. What always starts out as well intentioned — i.e. the town’s zoning codes — by the nature of government, laws and their attendant regulatory regimes always grow to confer special favors on one group over another. And they grow at freedom’s expense. Sure, due process and equal protection are as essential as constitutional and private property rights. But the system is seriously flawed when a property owner battles through eight years of government hearings, intervention and judicial reviews — only to start the process all over again. Former Town Commission candidate Ray Rajewski in his recent letter to Mayor Jim Brown (above) makes reference to how the town codes “have served us well over the years” and says “residents bought their homes on Longboat Key for what it is now.” “Served us well”? Debatable to be sure. And to presuppose that land use will remain static ignores reality. Indeed, Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown, in his response to Mr. Rajewski, bluntly and accurately makes the case that property cannot remain static if it is to retain or increase its value. Look around, Brown says. You can see the deterioration spreading — a phenomenon no one on Longboat Key wants. Indeed, you could argue, if town codes had served the town well, those deteriorating parts of the Key might not be declining as they are. But they are emblematic of a system and regulatory regime that cry for reform. Eight years just to obtain government approval to improve the property you own — that’s misguided.
Town, Key Club are the ‘misguided’ Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 11:37 AM To: James L. Brown Subject: Who is “misguided” Mayor Brown: Now that the Key Club has decided to re-apply for its massive expansion, we will hear more and more as to whether the majority is in favor or the majority is opposed. Based on the courts’ rulings (upheld on appeal),the Town Commission and the Key Club are the “misguided” parties. Whether they or the citizens are the minority, no one knows for sure. The residents should be allowed to vote on the expansion to remove all doubt … Let’s face it, the only ones who come out ahead are the owners of the club. I have often heard that you are an architect. Have you ever submitted plans
to a city or town that were turned down because it was not in compliance with the code? If so, would you have asked the town to change its codes so you could proceed with your out-of-code plans? That’s exactly what you have done. Our town attorney and the club’s attorney rewrote the code, that you approved, so the club can proceed — after the courts ruled against them. Our codes have served us well over the years, and changing them to accommodate an extensive development will not serve this community in the future. Remember why the residents bought their homes on Longboat Key for what it is now … not because of a massive development plan! Enjoy your golf game. Ray Rajewski Bayou Road
this is about ‘the salvation of the FUTURE’ From: James L. Brown Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:03 AM To: Ray Rajewski Subject: RE: Who is “misguided” Mr Rajewski, I’m glad you pose your quesstions. While I can’t comment directly on the merits of the Key Club proposal, due to being controlled by the rules of a quasijudicial hearing, I will say that I’m glad the Key Club refiled its application. Let me explain my position: While you and others apparently think the proposed redevelopment of the Islandside Key Club is wrong, I believe it is exactly what the town of Longboat Key needs. Apparently as you sit in your doublegated community, you have failed to notice that the community is deteriorating. Only because of the redevelopment of the Publix shopping center will we now have a place to shop that doesn’t look like it will soon collapse. These kind of investments in our community are a must if we are to continue to attracct the kind if future buyer to our island. Even in your neighborhood, most of the houses that sell are demolished, and new homes are built. In case you aren’t aware, Longboat Key is getting old, and the buyers of today expect something better. The reason for this is simple: Most of the properties, condos, single-family [homes] and commercial [buildings] were built before the mid-1980s downzoning of the Key. Approximately 80% of the condos on Longboat are non-conforming. As a result, they are grandfathered as to their zoning. Even more important is these buildings built in that era were built before the modern state building codes and do not meet today’s building standards regarding hurricane provisions and many other modern-life and safety measures. Most of them also don’t live up to the current ideas
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of lifestyle and amenities. That’s why most of them are demolished. If we citizens of Longboat Key continue to sit in our homes and believe that this is paradise and that nothing needs to be changed, we are fooling ourselves. The notion that new construction such as the Key Club will hurt property values is absurd. Exactly the opposite is true. If Longboat Key doesn’t keep up with the trends of today, you will be selling your home to people looking to buy cheap homes, not to people looking to retire in an “elite” community. Look around: the Colony, Whitney Beach, etc., etc., etc. You ask if, as an architect, I had ever submitted projects that were turned down because they didn’t meet the codes. Absolutely, quite often. This is a very common thing in the development of projects. Building and zoning codes are a fluid thing. They evolve. If an architect can show how a modification to an existing code can benefit the community, it is usually granted. This is why all communities have boards of zoning appeals. I think you don’t like our democratic system in this case because it didn’t rule your way. That’s how it works. In the past, I’ve lost on issues I believed in, and I accepted that it was the majority’s decision. I wasn’t happy, but I knew that I wasn’t on the majority side. Move on. I hope you can understand why I feel the way I do about Longboat Key’s need to look at the future and try to keep up with the needs of a changing population. This is what I believe I was elected to do, and I feel responsible to all citizens to protect our community. This is not about more money for the owners of the Key Club, it is about the salvation of the future of Longboat Key. Who is misguided? Jim Brown Mayor
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
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by Mayor Jim Brown
Key Club’s filings will benefit the Key By now, just about everyone has heard the news that the Longboat Key Club plans to file another application for re-development. To me, this is great news! Why? Well, there are many reasons. First and foremost, I’m glad because I think it reaffirms what many of us know to be true — that Longboat Key remains a prestigious, desirable place to both live and visit. As the recent expansion of the Publix and Bay Isles Shopping Center indicates, Longboat Key is a sound business investment, given our affluent demo- Brown graphic, desirable location and enviable quality of life. Many of you have time and again called upon us to protect our “premiere” community. But changes are needed to maintain that perfect balance between quality of life and convenience of services and amenities that make it possible. And I remain committed to ensuring that we foster — and encourage — the right environment to make that happen. The recent news indicates that we are moving in the right direction. Many of our residents believe that Longboat Key is the perfect place to live in its current condition and are cautious about any change. But, I believe that to preserve our present quality of life, we must look to our future, not our past. There is no argument that Longboat is a great place to live, and, for this, we must give credit to the good decisions made in the past. Looking back 25 or 30 years ago, Longboat Key was developing on raw land. Just take a look at some of the aerial photos from the ’70s and ’80s: The Key is almost unrecognizable compared to today. Most of our comprehensive plan, town charter, building and zoning codes, etc. were developed looking at how to regulate and control new development. Today things are different. Longboat Key has been effectively built
out for several years. There is little undeveloped land remaining. So, although decisions made 25 years ago have served us well, we must continue to evolve to ensure that we protect what we have for the future. Today we are entering a period where much of Longboat will be redeveloping —critical to maintain the safety and aesthetic of our structures and to continue to attract and maintain the amenities that our high quality of residents and visitors have come to expect. Think about these facts: Approximately 80% of our condominiums, homes and businesses where built before the down zoning of the mid 1980s. Most, if not all, of these buildings have non-conforming zoning status. More importantly, because of this non-conforming status and our current town zoning codes, it will be difficult to redevelop the properties if, and when, they try to do so. These same properties were also built before the current standard of state building codes were put into place and as a consequence are not built to a very high standard. I would go so far as to say that many of these buildings were built to sell and not to last forever. Remember that this was before Hurricane Andrew, after which the state’s hurricane building codes were developed. The point I’m trying to make is this: Longboat Key has always prided itself as being a vibrant and thriving retirement community, which attracts affluent visitors and residents who expect a certain quality of life. I am concerned that if we do not meet the current challenge and make certain changes, we are going into a period where potential new residents or visitors will pass us by for communities with more updated amenities and better-quality offerings. Don’t get me wrong. The sheer beauty of our Key will continue to attract buyers and even older build-
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ings will sell — but will we be still be able to compete for the high-end, more affluent and highly-selective resident? Will we be able to maintain our current property values? Or amenities? The convenience of having an attractive mix of retail and restaurants available without having to cross a bridge? I think not. And it concerns me. A successful and prosperous future for our Key is something we should all support. And I am proud to serve on a Town Commission that is willing and able to meet this challenge and ensure our future is as successful as our past. This is why are we concerned about the Colony and Whitney Beach. Because we are concerned about the future of Longboat Key. This is why we engaged a land-use consultant to advise us. Because we are concerned about the future of Longboat Key. And that is why we are trying to find a solution for telecommunications, trying to enhance and improve our community center, etc. We are concerned about the future of Longboat Key. The world is evolving and so must we, if only to maintain our current quality of life and protect the things that brought us to Longboat Key in the first place. No doubt future homeowners of Longboat Key will be different from the buyers of the past. They expect different amenities and have higher expectations. Let’s rise to the challenge and meet those expectations. So, will I be happy if the Key Club seeks to redevelop? You bet I will be. I’m happy because they recognize that to be competitive in today’s market they have to update and improve upon what they have today. I think all Longboat Key citizens should be excited — and proud — that they are going to the trouble and considerable expense to make the Key Club the kind of place that will continue to draw the right kind of people to the Key. This is why I’m glad that the Key Club is moving forward. And you should be, too. Jim Brown is mayor of Longboat Key.
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I was paying the owner of a Lake they’re dedicated both to the busiCumberland, Ky., boat store for fixing ness and their employees. One of my the fuel gauge on our boat. Bracing his clients recuperated from open-heart brawny arms on his chest-high coun- surgery on a couch in the foyer of his ter, he remarked out of the blue, “The offices. Many business owners durpresident doesn’t think I built this ing these recessionary times have had business. If I didn’t, who did?” to dig into their personal reserves to I told him “roads and bridges.” avoid layoffs. And it goes without say“You mean government,” he ing that they risk everything, including sneered. their homes, to make their businesses In one speech, President Obama in- go. sulted 1.1 million small business ownFinally, what of the president’s ers who generate jobs. Not only does campaign to increase small-business the president seek to up their taxes, he taxes? It’s hard to imagine anything demeans them as unwormore counterproducthy of credit for the jobs tive to job creation. Until you’ve had they’ve created. Because many such According to Obama, businesses operate as to meet a payroll, you didn’t build your you don’t know the LLCs, S corporations, business, the governpartnerships or sole burdens business ment did, and you don’t proprietorships, the owners bear. deserve all those profits, profits to the owners the government does. are taxed as personal The president’s apoloincome. In tough gists may say that what the president times for their businesses, many ownmeant was that we all get help along ers of those flow-through businesses the way, but that’s clearly not the point don’t take out all of the profits they’re he made. taxed on. For every dollar of increased As a 40-year corporate lawyer who tax, the owner has one less dollar for represented dozens of small busi- business operations, paying payroll nesses, many from the beginning, I and hiring new employees. can tell you that the president’s point But the owners are all “rich” and is hogwash. Many of my clients’ busi- “wealthy,” says the president. Just more ness beginnings were quite small: one Obama blarney. If a single mom owns started in a garage, another in the a florist shop, makes $225,000 a year trunk of a car. Today, both of those in her business, has no other income businesses have large state-of-the-art and no assets other than an inventory facilities and dozens of employees. of flowers and vases and two lovely The president says lots of people children she’s putting through college, work hard. Small-business owners of- she’s neither “rich” nor “wealthy.” ten work 12-hour days, seven days a Sad to say, the heart of what the week and pass many a sleepless night. president attacks day after day is our It’s no 9-to-5 job. Until you’ve had to free-enterprise system. He deprecates make a payroll, you don’t know the the success of small business owners burden those owners bear. The burden and advocates the increased transfer can be multifaceted — harassment by to government of business income a banker for payment or persecution that truly can be used to create jobs. by the EPA for an employee’s spill of All this from a president who has a 55-gallon oil drum. A client of mine never created a private-sector job in who had all of those burdens died pre- his life. What does he know about job maturely a couple of years later. creation? Obviously, not very much. The president says that lots of peoEdmund Adams is a retired Cincinple are smart. Successful business nati attorney who lives on Longboat owners are at least street smart, and Key.
10:25 p.m. — 3800 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman said that her car was in perfect condition July 14 but had since been used without her knowledge. The car had sand throughout the passenger compartment and spilled liquid on the dashboard and throughout the rear seat and rear compartment area. The woman told police that the spare key she left in her condo was missing and that the only person with a spare key to her condo unit is the association president. Police told her to change the ignition lock and talk to her association about security.
Sept. 8 Fishing for something 12:59 a.m. — Longboat Pass Bridge. Suspicious Circumstance. A bridge tender called police about suspicious vehicles parked near his car on the north end of the bridge and said he was concerned about his car being damaged. While police spoke to the bridge tender, a man walked up and said he was looking under the bridge for fishing action and that he was the owner of the vehicle parked nearby.
dent in THE bank account 12:58 p.m. — 4600 block of GMD. Property Damage. A man reported that he left his Cadillac in a resort parking lot all weekend and discovered a large dent in the bumper. The man said that there was no damage to his vehicle or cars parked nearby an hour-and-a-half earlier, although there was a shopping cart nearby. He estimated that repairs would cost $1,000.
Sept. 9 That’s not convenient 6:50 p.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Public Service. Police noticed that the lights were off at a convenience store and the doors were locked. An employee told police
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3:45 p.m. — 3000 block of GMD. Harassing Phone Call. A woman said that she has been receiving phone calls for the past few months from unknown numbers. During the calls the caller tells her that he is a technician who needs to service her computer. The woman always tells him that he has the wrong number and hangs up.
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Sept. 10 You’re fired 7:16 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Battery. A woman and the manager of the restaurant where she works reported that another employee who wants to date her took her cell phone and wouldn’t give it back. After she felt the phone in his back pocket, he tried to kiss her and grabbed her by the throat. She threw ice water on him, and he pushed her down and grabbed her arms. The woman got her cell phone back and didn’t want to press charges. The manager fired the suspect but reported that he returned later that night and cut one of the victim’s tires.
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Community teams up to remember Al Hogle This year’s First Responder Golf Tournament is named in honor of the late Longboat Key police chief. Since the death of Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, the community has come together to honor the life of the man who spent nine-and-a-half years as the island’s top cop. The latest effort to memorialize the police chief will come this Friday, Sept. 21, during the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s second First Responder Golf Tournament, which this year is named in honor of Hogle. Sandra Rios, director of communications at the Key Club, said that naming this year’s tournament after Hogle was a natural choice. “Last year, the tournament was in remembrance of Sept. 11,” Rios said. “I think each year, depending on the situation, it’s an opportunity to honor someone within the first-responder community.” This year’s tournament benefits the Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc. and the Child Protection Center Inc. “We are deeply honored to once again be hosting this charity golf tournament as a way of honoring our local emergency-response teams,” said Michael Welly, general manager of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, in a prepared statement. “We want to show our appreciation for their dedication and service to our communities and to remember Chief Al Hogle, a man who was respected by all and whose generosity and commitment to our community will continue to live on in our hearts. I look forward to seeing our community leaders, first responders and local residents out on our course Sept. 21, in support of charities that were important to the chief.” The tournament isn’t the first event named in honor of Hogle since his May 14 death in a motorcycle crash. During the summer, Longboat Key’s Fourth of July Freedom Fest parade was named the Al Hogle Freedom Fest. But, soon, Hogle will also get a permanent memorial at the town’s Public Safety Complex, where the police station is located. According to Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming, the town will plant a magnolia tree with a plaque that states: “In memory of Al Hogle, chief of police.” A dedication ceremony will take place at a later date that has not yet been set.
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What: The tournament is open to the public and limited to 128 players. The entry fees is $135 per player and includes a continental breakfast, greens fees, cart, practice balls, awards luncheon, beverages, beer, wine and prizes. It will be played at the Harbourside Golf Course, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Contact Terry O’Hara, director of golf at Longboat Key Club & Resort, to register at 387-1631 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When: 8 a.m. shotgun start, Friday, Sept. 21
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Bed-tax collections, along with anecdotal evidence from local hoteliers and business owners, suggest that the Key has had its busiest summer in recent memory. But you wouldn’t guess that from looking at the latest Longboat Key trolley ridership numbers. Average daily ridership for the route was down 12% last July compared to July 2011, according to data provided to the town by Sarasota County Area Transit. In fact, the number of riders was down for every month except for April during the first seven months of the year in comparison to 2011. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos, who led a group that gathered trolley information in late 2010 and early 2011, cautioned against reading too much into the de-
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crease. With already low numbers, a fluctuation of just a few riders could amount to a substantial increase or decrease. Aposporos said that the real question is how the town should define success. Many riders are Longboat Key workers or visitors. But the decline in tourism units, most recently through the loss of 237 units two years ago at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, translates to a loss of riders, as well. “The real question we need to face is how many riders there are for mass transit for Longboat Key,” Aposporos said. Mayor Jim Brown, who questioned the $42,000 Longboat Key gives to Manatee County to fund its leg of the trolley route during budget discussions, needed more information.
Trolley tally The following numbers represent the average daily ridership for the Longboat Key route on MCAT and SCAT vehicles combined. Month January February March April May June July
2011 389 326 287 218 203 203 207
2012 231 259 250 239 185 186 182
Source: Sarasota County Area Transit
“I am suspicious of the numbers we got and need to see more data,” Brown said. “Sarasota County is in the midst of finding a new Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) director, so we will need to create a dialogue with that person when he or she comes aboard. There also must be a dialogue with Manatee County before a decision is made to fund this route at the end of the year.” Aposporos said that he would like to see a comprehensive effort between the town and transit officials to draw attention to the trolley, with the chamber playing whatever role officials believe would be most helpful.
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COMMUNITYCALENDAR Wednesday, Sept. 19 Republican Club of Longboat Key Kickoff Social/Dinner — begins at 6 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent will speak. The event will also give each attendee three minutes to share thoughts and ideas about the upcoming election in an open-mic night. Tickets are $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Mail checks to the Republican Club of Longboat Key, P.O. Box 8181, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228.
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Saturday, Sept. 29 Sarasota Bay Watch Fourth Annual Monofilament Cleanup — takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with volunteers meeting at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway. Teams of volunteers will clean up fishing line that is often discarded and can be fatal to birds and other wildlife. For information, call 232-2363.
Businesses come together at East Meets West Expo Hundreds of local professionals crossed county boundaries to attend the fourth East Meets West Business Expo Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce teamed up to organize the event, which promotes economic growth by joining members of local businesses from both Sarasota and Manatee counties. The event featured exhibits, raffle prizes and complimentary tastings from local restaurants.
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Mainland Sarasota Sarasota, Indian Beach. $1,995,000 Elliott Mitchell, 941-387-1867 Spectacular views from this 3/4 acre bay front home in historic Indian Beach MLS#A3957644 Sarasota, Coral Cove. $999,000 Sandy Endres, 941-735-2527 Beautiful & private bay front, 1/4 acre+ lot with dock & boat lift. MLS#A3955827 Sarasota, Bay Plaza. $799,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Beautiful 2BR/2+BA waterfront condo. Elevators, exercise rooms. Garage. MLS#A3964206 Sarasota, Pelican Gardens. $175,000 Jonas Forslund, 941-266-1761 Updated studio villa across from Lido Beach, near Lido park & St. Armands. MLS#A3908408
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Longboat Key, Water Club. $4,399,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Feels like a home on the beach. 5,300 sq ft of splendor; southwest corner. MLS#A3954815 Sarasota, Bird Key. $3,690,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Bank owned waterfront opportunity new in 2007 on a wide protected boat basin. MLS#A3956290 Longboat Key, Sanctuary. $2,300,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-587-1700 Amazing views from this SW beach front corner home; 3,115 sq ft plus bonus room. MLS#A3964212 Sarasota, Bird Key. $1,199,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Enjoy the prime of your life in this exhilarating 4BR/3+BA home. MLS#A3964740 Sarasota, 524 Beach Road. $1,150,000 Ellen O’Day, 941-366-8070 Gulf of Mexico, beach front PH, 3/2. Sunsets from your balcony. MLS#A3962337 Longboat Key, Beaches Of Longboat Key. $895,000 Barbara Miller, 941388-3966 LBK gulf to bay views 2/2 luxury condo. Beach side. Gated comm, concierge. MLS#A3960675
Sarasota, Siesta Key. $1,395,000 3/3 MLS#A3956792 Roger Pettingell 941-387-1840
Longboat Key, Inn On The Beach. $1,025,000 2/2 MLS#A3954004 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859
Sarasota, Just Reduced. $644,500 Candi Rosenthal, 941-387-1876 Incredible gulf & bay views of downtown Sarasota! Striking upgrades. MLS#A3961830 Sarasota, One Watergate. $599,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Stunning bay front 2/2 condo. Renovated, gorgeous water & city views. MLS#A3960972 Sarasota, Harbor Towers Y And R. $429,000 Joe Boguszewski, PA, 941388-3966 2BR/2BA Penthouse with dramatic views. Lots of amenities, priced to sell. MLS#A3901152 Longboat Key, Seaplace. $289,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Updated, turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA. Secure community, steps to the beach. MLS#A3962626 Sarasota, Siesta Beach House. $269,900 Michael Dyer, 941-366-8070 2BR/1BA just steps from the beach. Turnkey furnished. Great investment! MLS#A3965221
Longboat Key, Grand Bay. $995,000 3/3.5 MLS#A3958113 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859
Longboat Key, Diplomat. $334,900 1/1 MLS#A3964216 Jackie Kleppinger 941-388-3966
Longboat Key, Longboat Harbour. $254,900 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Bask in the charms of this rewarding 2BR/2BA condo. Community tennis. MLS#A3962328
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by Harriet Sokmensuer | Observer Intern
Recovered hawk takes flight When Sparky the hawk came to Save Our Seabirds’ hospital last September, her legs and beak were damaged and her feathers were completely burned off. The 7-month-old bird had been severely injured when she flew into a methane burner at a local landfill, and her chances of survival were small. But, one year later, with the help of the Save Our Seabirds staff, Sparky returned to the wild. Sparky’s road to recovery began with a month of intensive care. She soon began showing signs of recovery, and by mid-November Sparky was well enough to be moved from the shelter’s hospital to the recovery wing. Sparky went through outdoor physical therapy to ensure that her wings functioned properly, and she slowly began hunting for prey — a necessity for any wild animal. To keep Sparky wild, volunteers were only in direct contact with her for two months — the rest of the time she was in her pen with other rescued birds. As Sparky grew stronger, she befriended an older female redshouldered hawk. With her new friend’s encouragement, Sparky began to not only hunt, but to compete with other hawks for prey. When Sparky was ready to return to the wild, Executive Director Lee Fox and volunteer Bev Meadows released her Sept. 5 in Red Bug Slough Preserve. A younger male red-shouldered hawk was released with her. SOS staff hoped they would stick together for the first couple of days. Even though the volunteers weren’t in direct contact with Sparky for more than a few months, it was hard for them to let her go. “It’s bittersweet,” said Fox. “I feel sad but also proud of her for having the tenacity to stay the
After sustaining life-threatening burns Sparky’s road to recovery and back to the wild is complete.
OBITUARIES John Alexander Connor
John Alexander Connor, 89, of Sarasota, and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 6. Born Feb. 8, 1923, in Luss, Scotland, Mr. Connor enjoyed worldwide travel for both business and pleasure. He retired from his position as vice president of Bechtel Corp. in Toronto and San Francisco and went on to become active in local government, golf associations, Bird Key Yacht Club and the St. Andrews and Caledonian societies. Mr. Connor is survived by his wife, Marjorie; daughter, Alison; son, Colin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date in Scotland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org, or Plymouth Harbor Foundation, 700 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Fla., 34236.
Marianne Hart Lee Fox and Bev Meadows release Sparky.
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Sparky is released one year and six days after she was rescued. course, get better and get back to the wild.” After she left her cage, Sparky stayed close by long enough for Fox and other staff members and volunteers to say their goodbyes before flying out of sight.
Save Our Seabirds is located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Save Our Seabirds is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. If you or someone you know finds a bird in need, call SOS at 388-3010. To volunteer, contact Save Our Seabirds or go to saveourseabirds. org and download an application.
Marianne Hart, 90, of Bloomington, Ill., and Longboat Key, died Sept. 16. Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Normal, Ill., she married Harvey Hart June 12, 1943. Mrs. Hart graduated from University High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a member and past president of the IWU Alumni Association. Mrs. Hart was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomington and volunteered for many years for the American Red Cross in Bloomington and the Brokaw Service League in Normal. She served on the Centrillio Girl Scout Board, YWCA Board and Day Nursery Board. She was also a member of the McLean County Art Center and the McLean County Historical Association. Mrs. Hart was preceded in
death by her husband, Harvey; son, Anthony; and sister, Nancy Akerley. She is survived by her brother, George Fearheiley Jr., of Torrence, Calif.; daughter, Julie Hart, of Longview, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A private family graveside service will be held at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. There will be no visitation. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home in Bloomington is responsible for arrangements.
George Albert Stevens
George Albert Stevens, 84, of Lexington, Mass., and Longboat Key, died Sept. 3. Born Jan. 31, 1928, in Detroit, he grew up in Clarksville and Fairmont, W.V., and spent his high school years in Tarpon Springs. Mr. Stevens served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 1949 graduate of Harvard College and passed the Massachusetts bar exam in 1957. He was a former pharmaceutical executive, venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret; son, Charles; and brother, Edward. Mr. Stevens is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dolores; son, Andrew, of Gloucester, Mass.; daughters, Linda Stevens, of Cambridge, Mass., and Elizabeth Kempey, of Hoboken, N.J.; two grandchildren; and brother, David, of Port Washington, N.Y. A private family mass was held Sept. 10. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675 or online at woundedwarriorproject.org. Online tributes can be written at douglassfh. com.
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The Longbeach Preservation Task Force got a surprise history lesson last spring. The newly formed group, which aimed to establish a Longboat Key Historic District in the Longbeach Village, learned that the Florida Division of Historical Resources had already designated part of the Village as historic — in April 2009. The group has since developed a walking tour of the historic parts of the Village that is available at the Longboat Key Historical Society’s website, longboatkeyhistory.com. For a history lesson, we decided to walk the walk — and see what we could find about the historic sites through our archives, the Task Force’s guide, Longboat Observer founder Ralph Hunter’s “From Calusas to Condominiums” and Lora Colvin Whitney’s “Hail This Feisty Village!” So, lace up your walking shoes or get out your bicycle and make a date with 125 years of Longbeach Village history — all in just under a mile.
The Longbeach Preservation Task Force developed a historic walking tour of the Village that takes strollers through the north end’s historic hot spots.
MAR VISTA AND MOORE’S
Start at the east end of Broadway, near Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Moore’s Stonecrab Restaurant, 760 Broadway. The restaurants are home to colorful histories (as well as seafood dishes). The Rufus and Annie Jordan House on Mar Vista’s property is one of the 12 oldest structures on Longboat Key. Early Key developer Rufus Jordan built it as his personal residence in 1912. It survived a 1921 hurricane that wiped out most island development. It became a fish camp in the 1940s and then a popular pub in the 1950s. Its present owner, Ed Chiles, bought the restaurant in 1990. But, according to the local lore, the ghost of former owner Wayne Nimmo, who used to play his bagpipes up and down Broadway, still watches over Mar Vista today. Next door, the Moore family opened Moore’s in 1967. Current owners Alan Moore, Paul Moore and Robert Hicks worked at the restaurant during its first year, but they were lower on the management chain: They were kids washing dishes for 50 cents an hour. In the early days, it wasn’t just the food that drew customers. The restaurant had a pet dolphin named Jackie that was injured in Key West and couldn’t go back to the wild. The restaurant adopted Jackie and made a pinned off area of Sarasota Bay behind the restaurant Jackie’s home. Jackie washed out to sea during an unnamed storm in 1990,
One of the original block houses that was built around 1915 is located in the 600 block of Broadway. but his story is a happy one: He joined a dolphin colony in the bay.
FIRST HOME ON THE KEY
Check out the historic marker at the very east end of Broadway, notice the Sarasota skyline to the south, then walk or bike west on Broadway and see the Jordan Mar Vista house (the one that dates back to 1912), six block houses also built by Jordan, a second historic marker at 620 Broadway, the former Longbeach Hotel at 601 Broadway and several other early houses that date back to the 1920s. The first marker commemorates Left: The historic marker at 621 Broadway tells the story of Longboat Key’s first home, the exact location of which is unknown.
the original town dock, where, beginning around 1895, the Mistletoe steamship would dock every other day on its routes between Sarasota and Tampa. Before then, the few farmers and fisherman on barrier islands had little contact with the outside world. “The Mistletoe was a savior to those isolated farmers and fishermen on the barrier islands, bringing news, mail and contact with other humans, few of whom ever ventured to the mainland,” according to Ralph Hunter’s “From Calusas to Condominiums.” The second marker tells the story of Longboat Key’s first home. Thomas Mann was the first known settler who actually lived on the Key. A Civil War veteran, Mann moved to Braidentown (now Bradenton) with his family in 1872, then relocated to the north end of Longboat Key in 1887 or 1888 — possibly to avoid the Yankee-hating vigilantes or the yellow fever epidemic on the mainland, according to Hunter’s book. Mann was awarded 144.47 acres in what is now the Village, south of the area of present-day Spanish Main Yacht Club, through the Homestead Act of 1862. Mann lived on the Key in a thatched hut, the exact location of which is still unknown. Across the street from the marker is a private home at 601 Broadway. The residence is the former Longbeach Hotel, which, built by 1913, was the island’s first hotel.
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Four cottages built in the style of the Whitney cottages are located on the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design property.
Turn south (left) on Longboat Drive South and see Whitney cottages (on the right). Gordon and Lora Whitney came to Longboat Key in 1935 and built 13 cypress cottages on the Gulf and bay that they named Whitney Beach. In the 1950s, the Whitneys relocated the cottages, many to the Village, because of severe erosion on the beach. The Whitney cottages are located in the 6800 and 6900 blocks of Longboat Drive South, the 700
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John and Carmon Kington, of Jefferson, Ky., sold their Unit 202 condominium at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Domus Partners LLC for $522,500. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,392 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $392,000 in 1998.
Gwendolyn Kirch, of Indianapolis, sold her Unit 247 condominium at 5841 Gulf of Mexico Drive to James Needham for $370,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 760 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $665,000 in 2005.
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Tullio and Joanna Cavosi, of Olyphant, Pa., sold their Unit 197 condominium at 750 El Centro to Robert and Helen Bridges, of Washington, Va., for $212,000. Built in 1967, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,093 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $91,000 in 1990.
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Jaleh Van Wagner, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 710 condominium at 1102 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Carolyn Spann and Linda Spann Crothers, of Oak Island, N.C., for $567,500. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,516 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $125,000 in 1979.
Richard Agosta and Peter Agosta, of Yonkers, N.Y., sold their Unit 405 condominium at 350 S. Polk Drive to Victor Aluise and Stephen Mandeville, of Ocean Grove, N.J., for $255,000. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,036 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $19,400 in 1998.
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Address Permit Applicant Amount 5931 GMD Alteration Pamela Ketchum $2,011,600 1591 Harbor Cay Lane Alteration Turner Porter $264,000 8 Winslow Place Alteration 8 Winslow Place $253,000 Alteration Nina Toshiyuki $140,000 2110 Harbourside Drive Windward Bay Alteration Condominium Association $137,000 4888 GMD Alteration Mary Block, trustee $125,000 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. Alteration Thomas Janes $96,432 535 Sanctuary Drive Alteration Timothy Walroth $91,795.83 600 Putting Green Lane Alteration Axay Kalathia $82,000 614 Norton St. Re-roof Longboat Arms Association Inc. $81,935 3320 GMD Alteration Sue Korach, trustee $81,780 535 Sanctuary Drive Alteration Monroe Berkman $72,922 565 Sanctuary Drive Alteration George Dougan $70,501.42 565 Sanctuary Drive $65,640 40 Lighthouse Point Drive Alteration Ashridge Holding Ltd. Alteration Andrea Feldmar $47,000 2103 Harbourside Drive Alteration Robert Wakefield $41,000 2721 GMD Alteration Linda Cahill $20,000 5393 GMD Alteration Nelson Goldner, trustee $18,000 1 Winslow Place Alteration Brenda Lee $16,600 5757 GMD Arbormar Alteration Condominium Association $16,394 4485 GMD Re-roof Gail Macbeth, trustee $15,900 601 Yardarm Lane Casa Del Mar Alteration Condominium Association $14,670 4621 GMD Alteration Olive MacLeod $14,044 511 Edlee Lane Sea Club I Re-roof Condominium Association $12,600 4141 GMD Re-roof Jay Knudson Trust $10,400 895 Spanish Drive S. Longboat Arms 3330 GMD Alteration Condominium Association $10,000 2301 GMD Alteration Rob Giddy $9,975 Alteration Michelle Fabozzi $7,020 812 Marbury Lane Alteration Ellie Hartog $5,800 7175 GMD Alteration Paul White $5,690 771 Old Compass Road Re-roof Wallace Krapf $4,800 675 Penfield St. Alteration Thomas Crowe $2,523 531 Birdie Lane Alteration Eric Dranoff, trustee $2,500 1945 GMD Alteration Timothy Walroth $1,800 600 Putting Green Lane Alteration John McGrath $1,203.86 4234 GMD
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
VILLAGE TOUR / FROM PAGE 19A block of Longboat Court, the 7000 block of Lois Avenue and the 6800 block of Pine Street.
Turn left on Hibiscus Way and notice the Whitney-style cottages in front of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Then, stop in to check out the latest art exhibit. The Arts Center was founded in late 1952, and this season will celebrate its 60th anniversary, making it three years older than the town of Longboat Key. In 1951, Allis Ferguson, who had recently been widowed, Gordon and Lora Whitney and George and Grace Yerkes came up with the idea of an Arts Center during a freighter trip to New Orleans. Ferguson and the Whitneys donated the land for the Arts Center. On Dec. 6, 1952, and Dec. 7, 1952, the Arts Center held a gala and opening. The entire community chipped in to open the Arts Center; they gave everything from monetary contributions to plumbing, wiring, building and plantings. Some residents even brought beer and soft drinks to construction workers at the site each day. The current exhibits on display at the Arts Center are, “A Mighty Light Flight,” featuring the steel sculptures of Mark Humphrey and oil paintings of Dustin Juengel; and “Lighty Might Fly,” an exhibit curated by Humphey and Juengel that showcases the work of students at the Ringling College of Art and Design and New College of Florida.
Proceed east on Hibiscus Drive, go left onto Poinsettia Av-
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Today’s town dock extends into Sarasota Bay and faces Jewfish Key. enue, and right onto Linley Street. Look at the old frame houses to the left followed by two of the first block houses. The frame houses were constructed throughout the Village during the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. The block houses were built around 1915 from local sand and mortar from forms acquired from Sears Roebuck and are located in the 600 and 700 blocks of Broadway and the 700 block of Linley Street.
JEWFISH AND SISTER KEYS
See the kayak launch site looking out over Sarasota Bay and Jewfish and Sister Keys, then, walk out onto the town dock. Both Jewfish and Sister Keys are pretty to look at from afar, but they have interesting histories of their own. Jewfish Key now has just more than one-dozen homes as well as a nature preserve. According to local legend, Spanish explorers buried hidden treasure on the island in the 1500s. The island was actually two islands until the 1930s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the In-
tracoastal Waterway and needed a place to put spoil. Legend has it that two investors who owned the two islands agreed to let the Army Corps deposit it to form a single island in exchange for the deed to the island and a case of whiskey. In the early 1980s, developers proposed a development called the Shangri-Isle Club for Sister Keys that would include a landing strip for airplanes, yacht club, boat dock, condominiums and homes. After seeing the islands advertised by developers in 1989, Anna Miller, Rusty Chinnis and Virginia Sanders joined together and formed the Sister Keys Conservatory to maintain the keys as undisturbed mangrove islands. In 1992, the town purchased Sister Keys and has maintained the islands as wetland habitats. Proceed north on Bayside Drive, which becomes Lois Avenue. Then, stop by Moore’s or Mar Vista for a meal overlooking Sarasota Bay. You’ve seen approximately 125 years of history in just under a mile. You’re probably tired. So enjoy some fresh seafood, cool off with a beverage or two and toast to the next 125 years of Village history.
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games | bridge bites
by Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League
Thrust and parry
East made a couple of fine defensive plays on this deal, but Declarer parried with some good plays of her own and eventually prevailed. West’s 2♠ was pre-emptive, showing a six-card suit and a weak hand. West leads the K♠, and Declarer ducks the first round, just in case West was being frisky and bid 2♠ on a five-card suit. The purpose of that “hold-up play” is to make sure that East is out of Spades when he later gains the lead. Declarer wins the second round of Spades (East pitches a Club) and must flush out East’s Aces in order to reach nine tricks. She leads the K♣, but East cleverly ducks that, making his own hold-up play to shut out Dummy’s Club suit. Declarer persists with Clubs, and East wins the second round, then exits with a Diamond. Next comes the K♥, but, again, East holds up his Ace and holds up yet again when Declarer plays the J♥. East has succeeded in keeping Declarer from reaching Dummy, but only temporarily. Declarer leads another Heart, which East must win. Again, East exits with a Diamond. Declarer cashes the remaining Diamond winners and loses the fifth round to East. East’s remaining card is a Club, and that gives Declarer her ninth trick. It took a while, but, finally, at trick 13, Declarer reaches Dummy! Post Script: If Declarer had held three Clubs instead of just two, East would have wanted to duck the second Club and win the third round. How did East know to win the second round instead? His helpful partner gave him a count signal, playing the two on the first round. By playing a low Club, West showed an odd number. If West had held a doubleton, he would have played his high Club to show an even number. Nice defense by E-W, albeit in a losing cause.
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Art in her veins
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BACKSTAGE PASS Choreographer Jolie Rand provides a fresh take on the musical ‘Applause.’ PAGE 5
Jackie Peters Cully will cover six leaves a night for her upcoming art installation in May. The paper she uses is leftover from her other projects painting silk clothing and scarves.
NATURALDESIGN Textile designer Jackie Peters Cully teaches community members how to make artful leaves for her upcoming art installation. The nature-inspired project will be featured in May, at Art Center Sarasota.
hat another artist might discard, Jackie Peters Cully sees as another medium for her craft — she uses all of it. A silk scarf in the making, sits on blank brown parchment paper. As she paints color on the fabric, dye seeps
through onto the protective sheets of parchment below it. Cully then uses a roll of toilet paper to rub the ink into the silk. The rolls of toilet paper, colored in streaks of bright dye, will next be used in a skirt she is producing in April for the iconcept fashion show fundraiser.
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The leftover colorful parchment paper will be used for a special installation coming to Art Center Sarasota in May. Four hundred colorful leaves will hang from ceiling to floor — the result of a community project that she has initiated with the help of the Art Center. “Oh, it’s a beautiful story,” she says of how the idea came formed. It started when Cully found two leaves outside of her house. She brought them inside, and they sat on her bookshelf for six months. Using polymer glue, she eventually covered the leaves with the dye-stained parchment from her latest textile design project, and they sat for another six months. “I couldn’t figure out what to do with them, but I knew something would happen because that’s the way my life goes,” she says. It was an artist friend of Cully’s, who, upon seeing the leaves, suggested she turn them into an art installation — Cully’s first. Cully could envision what it would look like, but she knew the project would need more leaves than she could produce on her own. Cully recalled an article she read about a Nigerian artist who taught boys in his community how to flatten bottle caps for an installation on which he was working. The idea spurred the solution to her massive leaf installation. “It’s going to be a community project,” Cully says. No two leaves will be alike. They will all be different shapes, sizes and varieties; and a differ-
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Jackie Peters Cully’s colorful leaves. For her community project, each side of the leaf will be decorated by a different person. ent person will design and decorate each side of the leaf. Cully has already led three workshops at the Art Center to teach local children how to decorate the leaves. “We’re (hoping) to do Boys and Girls (Club), Booker High School, The Friendship Center and the Women’s Resource Center, among other places,” she says. The first workshop for adults was held Monday, Sept. 17. She plans to host at least one a month until the installation takes place. Cully tries to make six leaves a night. As a retired textile designer, her paper placement has a defined sense of purpose that reflects her artful eye. In July, the installation will be moved to Florida Craftsman Gallery, in St. Petersburg. But Cully has aspirations for it to keep moving. “You know what I hope?” she asks with hushed excitement. “That it goes to New York.” New York City is a place she knows well; it was there that
Cully achieved her childhood dreams. She was the first black stylist and textile designer in the United States. “Since I was 5 years old, I knew I was going to be an artist,” Cully says. When one of her high school teachers in Boston found out Cully (then Peters) was going to study at The Art Institute of Chicago, she told her that there was no place in the fashion market for a black artist. “But I didn’t pay any attention to her,” Cully laughs. “I was going to be a fashion designer.” While most women her age were getting married or studying to become secretaries, nurses or schoolteachers, Cully was attending art school in Chicago. Around 1951, Cully moved to Paris to continue learning. After a year in one of the fashion capitals of the world, she returned home to Boston and began her search for a job as a dress designer. “There were no black designers; just as my teacher said,” Cul-
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A sketch of Jackie Peters Cully’s art installation. Cully’s goal is to create 400 leaves, but she will work with as many as are completed.
In the Studio: Watch the participants at Art Center Sarasota cover leaves in this week’s In The Studio. www.YourObserver.com
ly says. She eventually moved to New York. But, she was encouraged to pursue textile design when a Vogue editor saw her portfolio during an interview. It was a good fit. After 12 jobs in 12 years, Cully had made a name for herself. “It was always upward, better jobs and bigger places,” she says. Cully became well-known for her textile designs and was featured in many publications, from The New York Times to Ebony. She also sold her designs to the likes of Macy’s and Oscar de la Renta. By 1966, Cully held one of the highest positions she could — a stylist at a design house. Then, in 1979, she took the next big career: She stepped out on her own to start Jackie Peters Design Studio.
By 1966, Cully was making an unheard of salary in the highest position she could hold — a stylist at a design house. Then in 1979, she took the next big career step going out on her own to start Jackie Peters Design Studio. In 2000, Peters retired from textile design and moved to Sarasota, but she continues to make her mark on the world of design, one leaf at a time. “I think if you have a passion, no matter what it is … don’t ever give up,” she says, “Stick around for the miracle that can happen in your life.”
To find out about Cully’s free leaf workshops, visit Art Center Sarasota’s website: artsarasota.org.
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+ Eviction may have been a drag, but have no fear Drag Queen Bingo will still take place every Friday in its new home at The Players Theatre. Miss Beneva Fruitville announced last week that, starting in October, The Players would take on the queens in all of their glory.
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+ Get ’em while they’re hot And I’m talking tickets; the women (and men) of Black Diamond Burlesque are always hot. I attended the troupe’s September show, and it was a blast, from the whipped cream and gorilla suit, right down to the clothes-eating snake. And I haven’t been able to get Top Hat Dave’s tassels out of my head since that show. It might seem early to buy tickets for an Oct. 20 show, but the the group sold a quarter of the October show’s tickets before they even went on stage this month. I hear it’s going to be a Halloween-themed affair — full of tricks, treats and lots of tease. Call 925-FUNY for tickets or go online to mccurdyscomedy.com.
Local writer Pamela Beck has a column, called ARTdart, on Sarasota Visual Art’s website. One of her recent columns about art and youthfulness is a not-to-be missed piece. Beck’s piece recaps the story of a John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art docent’s recent tour. The docent was in awe of Michael, a little boy on her tour. Michael’s excitement and enthusiasm, as told by Beck, was impressive and scholarly. He asked questions and had an almost professional take on seeing the museum for the first time. The story reminds you to trust future generations and to see things through innocent eyes. I’ll provide a link on my Facebook page, Mallory Gnaegy (Observer).
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Sarasota is crawling with talent — I’ve seen it with my own eyes. But, I dare you to prove it in person at the fourth annual Sarasota’s Got Talent auditions. Auditions take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Plymouth Harbor. All ages are welcome to the event sponsored by Julie Rohr Academy. The first-place winner in each category wins $200 and the claim to fame of being the most talented of 2012. Call 371-4979 for an audition time.
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South Florida Museum uncorks an evening of ‘fun’draising The glasses were certainly half full Friday, Sept. 14, at South Florida Museum’s fundraising event, Vinology. Seminars were offered to examine, evaluate and understand the science of wine. Attendees learned about pairing various varietals with small bites offered from Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Harry’s
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Rand’s Rundown: Best overall production she’s ever seen: “Young Frankenstein” on Broadway in 2008 Show she would love to choreograph: “Bye Bye Birdie” Favorite show she’s choreographed: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” Favorite show in which she’s performed: a national tour of “Guys and Dolls” A show she hasn’t seen but wants to: “In the Heights” Show she’s most looking forward to during Sarasota’s upcoming season: “Sideshow” at The Players Theatre
“I have to say that, honestly, (the process) hasn’t been difficult,” choreographer Jolie Rand says. “I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to choreograph at The Players … I have the opportunity to do what I love to do in a place that’s my home.”
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estled among the glowing lights of the Vegas Strip lived choreographer Jolie Rand and her daughter, Nikki. Rand was leading a Broadway children’s theater that she founded, called Broadway Bound, and she was simultaneously choreographing shows for high schools and a local community theater. Vegas wasn’t all that bad, but Rand was ready to leave the drone of electronic slot machine sounds and streets bustling with tourists. “(Nikki) was going into high school, so we thought we needed a change; we wanted to move to a family-oriented community,”
Rand says. Nikki, also a dancer, now attends Booker High School. Rand’s parents live in Sarasota, and she and her daughter would visit frequently. In 2010, they moved here permanently. Rand was glad to come to a warm place away from the hustle and bustle. Two days after arriving in Sarasota, Nikki auditioned for “Mame” at The Players Theatre and was cast. “When we walked through the doors, Jeffery (Kin) was so warm, giving and kind ... We’ve never gone to any other theaters — it’s our home,” Rand says. Rand, who started as a triple
threat (dancer, singer and actress) at age 9, has been involved in theater her whole life. At age 17, after attending a performing-arts high school, Rand spent summers in Atlanta performing and dancing at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was there that she befriended DeWayne Barrett, a fellow performer and now a fellow Sarasotan. Rand tapped her way to a dance school in New York and a professional dance school in London where she began to excel outside of performance. “My leadership skills as a dance captain and choreographer were noted early,” she says. “So, I knew
if I couldn’t perform that it was a skill that was already honed and recognized.” Rand continued to perform but “got heavy into the choreographing and directing” in the early ’90s. She began choreographing at Broadway star Terrence Mann’s regional theater in North Carolina on and off for two years — it was her first big job. But she’d also worked with Barrett creating choreography for the themepark show at Six Flags. When Rand first settled here, it had been some time since she had performed, but she dusted off her dance shoes and took the stage with her daughter in The Players’ “A Chorus Line” in February. She also directed the Summer Sizzler, “Stay.” But, because she had choreographed professionally, she was hoping for something more. “Jeffery knew that I was interested (in choreographing), so he provided me with this opportunity,” Rand says. After listening to the music from “Applause,” Rand had a vision. Created by meshing current Broadway choreography and different dance styles, Rand says she took a fresh approach to the musical, which runs Thursday, Sept. 20, through Sept. 30, at The Players. “It’s not the ‘Applause’ people might know from the ’70s,” she says. “It’s a new take … the choreography is alive, and the staging and directing is hip and current.” One of most enjoyable elements of choreographing is
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TICKETS: - On sale Oct . 1 -
$ 25 in advance $ 30 at the gate $100 raffle
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
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Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara
Sarah Robbins, Amanda Mason and Katie Wyatt with Alene and Jimmy Fowler
Make-A-Wish OF Central and Northern Florida’s Rock of AGES Friday, Sept. 14 | Michael’s Wine Cellar
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More than 100 people attended Rock of Ages Friday, Sept. 14, to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
8 ■ Diversions
$10 museum admission
October 10–13, 2012
with your purchase of any stage production or film
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
ensemble basiani shantala shivalingappa pig iron theatre company mark morris Dance group anD mmDg music ensemble
Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida
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film for only $10 Carmen and Geoffrey
Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, two living legends of American dance, are the subjects of this documentary by Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob. Filmed over several years in the US, Trinidad and Paris, the film features interviews and dance performances with Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington, and Josephine Bake.
Directed by Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob (80 minutes) Thu, OcT 11: 2:00 hisTOric AsOLO TheATer TickeTs: $10
Joseph Brodsky: In the prIson of LatItudes
This film about Nobel Prize-winning poet and essayist, Joseph Brodsky blends interviews, cityscapes and audio of Brodsky to create a poetic homage to one of the 20th century’s great literary talents.
Directed by Jan Andrews (60 minutes) Fri, OcT 12: 2:00 hisTOric AsOLO TheATer TickeTs: $10
park avenue armory event by The Merce cuNNiNghAM DANce cOMpANy AND LaByrInth WIthIn Directed by pontus Lidberg (90 minutes) sAT, OcT 13: 5:00 MerTz TheATre TickeTs: $10
THe DirTY DOZen BraSS BanD
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s historic final performances, concluding the Company’s globetrotting Legacy Tour and celebrating the late, great choreographer’s life and work. AND A haunting take on jealousy, Labyrinth Within posits a man, a woman, and an elusive lover in a series of intense pas de deux. Danced to a score by David Lang, the work features New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, Giovanni Bucchieri and Pontus Lidberg, who also directed the film.
SaT, OcT 13: 6:30
riAf closing night pArty muSeum memBerS $75 nOn-memBerS $85
Join us in the Museum of Art Courtyard to enjoy an array of New Orleans inspired cuisine and raise a toast to RIAF 2012. Featuring the world-famous New Orleans music machine, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. “Twenty-five years from its New Orleans debut, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band continues to be a national treasure: steeped in both the past and the present, impossible to categorize, and mighty funky.”
Music / Dance / Theater / Film
photo: michael weintrob
– The New York Times
for ticKEts, cAll (941) 360-7399 or ringlingArtsfEstivAl.org