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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Couple proposes Sarasota-based airline A Longboat Key couple with decades of airline startup experience believes an SRQ-based airline would be feasible and profitable.

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+ Bobby Lange gets recognition Bobby Lange, grandson of Longboat Key resident Bobbie Banan, recently received some jumbo kudos for his athletic and academic accomplishments: His picture appeared on the jumbotron Oct. 13 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Lange received the Pacific Athletic Conference award for Athletic Academic Achievement. The superstar student athlete has been a starter on the University of California-Los Angeles golf team for the past four years while carrying a 3.82 GPA as a business economics major.

In June, Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ) Airport President Fred Piccolo announced a new marketing campaign called “Do You SRQ?” urging residents and businesses to take a pledge to use their local airport. Longboat Key residents Steve and Hannah Miller are taking that pledge to another level. The Millers, who have more

than 60 years combined in the aviation business, are in the concept stage of bringing an SRQbased airline to the SarasotaBradenton International Airport called Sunrise Airlines of Sarasota. The move, they say, would jumpstart the local economy and get residents flying locally for competitive fares while using direct flights.

The Millers moved in February to Sarasota from Hong Kong and then moved to Longboat Key permanently in June. “Steve couldn’t stay retired for more than two months,” Hannah Miller said. The couple, who moved to the United States upon retirement to be closer to family, chose Sarasota over Boca Raton after friends

and family urged them to check out the Gulf Coast before making a decision. The only problem was the Millers arrived through Tampa International Airport and had no idea the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport existed until they were living here for a couple of months. Steve Miller — who started a Hong Kong-based airline called Dragonair in the mid-1980s, now


GOING PLACES During phase one, Sunshine Airlines will offer direct flights to eight destinations in the U.S. Phase ONE Destination CITIES • • • • • • • •

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+ Chamber tri still needs volunteers The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Duathlon and Triathlon will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. And even if you haven’t been running, biking and swimming to train for the race, you can still participate. The chamber is still looking for volunteers to line Gulf of Mexico Drive and cheer on participants while also making motorists aware of cyclists along the race course. To volunteer, contact the chamber at 383-2466. Approximately 40 vendors will participate, selling antiques, art, crafts, fruits, vegetables and more. At least 30 vintage cars will line the parking lot. The event will include a Bavarian tent with wine, beer and hats, along with a hot dog cart, courtesy of Lazy Lobster Longboat Michael Garey’s Sarasota hot dog restaurant, Doggin It. The event will raise money for the Longboat Key Historical Society. For information, contact Stephanie Claussen at 383-1901.


by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Impasse looms for town, firefighters The town will not waver from its stance to declare impasse Nov. 1 unless the firefighters union presents a pension modification that results in substantial savings. The tension between the town of Longboat Key and the Longboat Key Fire Rescue union is building, leading up to a 2 p.m. Nov. 1 meeting to discuss pension modifications for a new firefighter contract. The town and Longboat Key

Fire Rescue District union officials are set to meet one last time Nov. 1 at Town Hall to discuss a new contract. The town will declare impasse if the union doesn’t bring them a pension contract proposal that’s satisfactory to Town Manager Dave Bull-

ock’s requests. Bullock stated that he’s looking for a contract with pension modifications that are fair, predictable and sustainable enough to pay off the plan’s more than $27 million in unfunded liabilities. He is also considering freez-

ing the firefighters’ pension plan and transitioning them to defined-contribution 401(a) plans. A stalemate is brewing, though, because firefighter/paramedic and Longboat Key Fire Rescue


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PENSION / FROM PAGE 1A District Vice President Keith Tanner told the Longboat Observer Tuesday a 401(a) plan is not acceptable to the firefighters. Tanner also said the union has presented fair proposals that the town has refused to consider or even counter with another offer. “I think the proposals we have brought to the town have been more than fair and are definitely saving the town money,” Tanner said. “The town doesn’t seem to want to work with us on anything.” In August, the union proposed a contract that included closing the current pension plan to new hires and placing them in the Florida Retirement System pension plan. Under that proposal, current firefighters already in the pension plan would keep their plans, with some concessions, including: • Keeping existing employee contributions at 10% of payroll; • Reducing the multiplier used to calculate final pension payouts from 3.5% to 3% for all benefits accrued once the change is made; •  Capping final pension payouts at 85% of salary, whether an employee retires or enters the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). Current vested members, though, would not apply and could exceed that cap; •  Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) adjustments would not begin until seven years after pension payouts had begun; Tanner said that actuary firm Foster & Foster calculated the potential savings of the proposal to be at $18 million. Last month, the town hired actuary firm GRS to perform its own savings calculations at a cost of $5,000. The town met briefly with the union to tell it the savings weren’t enough and impasse would be declared soon if the union didn’t present an offer with sub-


stantial savings to the town. “There were savings in the proposal, but a couple of million dollars here and there spread out over a 20-year period that’s not predictable does not meet the town’s objective,” said Finance Director Tom Kelley. Tanner, however, said he wished the town would negotiate with the union. “We feel like we are negotiating with ourselves,” Tanner said. “The town has never changed its position from day one, while we have come up with multiple proposals we feel will help the town that aren’t even considered.” Tanner noted that four firefighters have left in the last couple of months and are being replaced with younger firefighters who have less experience and need more training. “The changes the town are proposing to us are not going to make us competitive in our industry,” Tanner said. “When these guys can get better benefits across the bridge, they are going to go.” Despite the fact that a new contract has yet to be reached, Tanner said the town’s firefighter level of service has already changed. “Past commissioners and residents have always stated they want a higher level of service, but that service has decreased,” Tanner said. “Guys are leaving, and this place has become a training ground for younger firefighters.” Tanner said he doesn’t believe impasse is the answer but couldn’t divulge what kind of proposal, if any, the union plans to present to the town next month. Kelley, meanwhile, said the town has been clear about its stance from the beginning. “If they don’t present something that meets the town’s goals, then the town’s plan is to go to impasse,” Kelley said. “It’s on them to come up with something that has substantial savings. It’s time to move the process along or go to impasse.”

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AIRLINE / FROM PAGE 1A owns 31 jets flying to 25 destinations within Asia. He also formed another airline there in 2004, called Oasis, that ceased operations in 2008. He said thoughts of a Sarasota-based airline immediately popped into his head when he visited the local airport. “Even when traveling at the Tampa airport, it’s almost impossible to get a direct flight,” Steve Miller said. “My aviation instincts were aroused immediately, and a local airline with direct flights and competitive fares would work here.” Steve Miller, 73, said Sarasota residents and visitors “have endured inferior air connections for too long.” “I can smell out where there’s an opportunity and put it into practice,” Steve Miller said. “I have found out there really is a need for a local airline here.” Miller proposes that an airline utilizing Boeing 737-400 planes, with a home base at SRQ that offers 24 non-stop destinations in the U.S. and Canada, will work and could be up and running within 12 months. In the first year of operation, the airline could handle eight non-stop flights with four aircraft; it would add eight additional flights and four more aircraft in the second year; and add eight more flights and three more aircraft in its third year of operation. All of these flights, Steve Miller said, would have fares that are competitive with Tampa International Airport’s rates. Plans for international flights and Florida flights would follow. In an Oct. 17 email to Vice Mayor David Brenner, Piccolo told Brenner “an SRQbased airline is feasible with the right plan and financial backing.” “The airport has been in extensive discussions with an individual over the last six to eight months about their plan for a Sarasota-based carrier,” Piccolo said. “He has extensive airline knowledge, and we are assisting wherever we can.” The Millers have begun to make presentations about the airline in the area. A Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport study shows that 3.75 million pas-

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sengers per year could be handled at the airport and numbers have fallen because of passenger leakage to Tampa and Fort Myers. “Passenger numbers should be three times what it was in 2011 and a local airline would help tremendously,” Steve Miller said. Sunrise Airlines, Steve Miller said, is evaluating high-volume destinations and destinations that AirTran used to utilize before it left the airport earlier this year. “We believe this sort of market would prefer one competitive price on an airline dedicated to this market and one that could create local jobs for this market,” said Steve Miller, who explained such an airline could create 400 local jobs that would be a combination of flying, ground operations and office staff. “This is my husband’s response to ‘Do You SRQ?” Hannah Miller said. “We need the community’s support, and we think this is an airline that would benefit the whole community.” Steve Miller agreed. “My experience has always been in startup airlines,” Steve Miller said. “I want to do my part to stimulate jobs in this economy.”

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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Larson calls letter into question Fire chief Longboat Key officials question whether a town pension board has the right to do anything other than manage the plan’s assets and look out for its best interest. Longboat Key Commissioner Lynn Larson is concerned the General Employees Pension Board of Trustees has overstepped its boundaries. In August, the board made comments and decisions at a quarterly meeting with the intention to protect the pension plan for general employees. At that time, board members expressed concern when Town Manager Dave Bullock announced his intention to freeze pension plans by Jan. 1 and transition them to 401(a) plans. Trustees agreed at that meeting that they would ask the Longboat Key Town Commission to hold off on imposing changes to the plan until they received more information. The board voted 4-0 to authorize Board of Trustees Chairwoman Donna Spencer to draft a letter asking Bullock for cost comparisons between the plan he proposed to freeze

versus a pension plan that would be closed to new hires while allowing current employees to continue accruing pension benefits. Spencer, though, didn’t draft a letter to Bullock until Oct. 1, explaining she hadn’t received enough direction from the pension board’s attorney to do so. The letter that Spencer wrote stated: “It is further requested that no changes be made to the general employees’ retirement system prior to changes, if any, to other town pension plans and prior to the requested meeting.” Larson, a former Longboat Key Police Pension Board trustee, is questioning, in particular, the board’s decision to send a letter. “As a former pension trustee for the police pension board, I was not aware this is a duty the trustees should be exercising,” Larson said. “I believe its duties include

management of their assets to deliver the benefits that have already been assigned to the employees.” Board Trustee Larry Linhart informed his fellow board members in August that the board should not be asking town officials to hold off on pension changes or interfering with such issues. “This board is a function of the plan documents ... I see nothing in the plan documents that states we have the authority to undertake this (i.e. writing a letter to ask for a pension decision delay),” Linhart said. “Our responsibility is to tell the town what the proper funding is for this plan.” Board of Trustees attorney Lee Dehner told board members they can’t interfere with any collective bargaining process, but didn’t state the board members were crossing any line. Bullock, meanwhile, has

informed general employees and the board he can’t meet to discuss proposed pension changes now that a union is being informed. The town’s general employees are seeking to unionize, which would freeze their benefits and pensions, forcing town staff to negotiate with them before their pension plans could be turned into 401(a) accounts. At 9 a.m. Nov. 15, town staff will hold a telephone hearing with PERC officials to discuss the unionization before the potential members hold a vote to form a union. Bullock has also said it’s doubtful he would make any changes to the general employees plan or extend any proposals to a future union until a contract is finalized with Longboat Key Fire Rescue. Any sort of changes proposed to the general employees pension plan is no longer expected by Jan. 1.


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Vandal hits anti-cell tower signs An unknown suspect spray painted the word ‘yes’ over a ‘No cell tower’ sign and knocked over at least two others. A proposed 150-foot cellular tower for the Longboat Island Chapel property has caused static in the town in recent years. To voice their opposition, a group of residents near the chapel property made signs that read: “No cell tower” and placed them on their properties. But, recently, someone spray-painted the word “yes” over an anti-tower sign. According to a Longboat Key police report, Ronald Platt reported that sometime between 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, an unknown person vandalized the sign at his prop-

erty in the 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Platt’s sign is nailed to his gate. He told police the sign was valued at $60, the report states. Platt also reported that his neighbor’s sign and a sign from a vacant property across the street were missing. Police canvassed the area and found both missing signs, which appeared to have been removed from their stands and left concealed in shrubs. Officers replaced the signs that had been taken from their locations. The Longboat Observer was unable to reach Platt for comment.

Platt’s neighbor, Gus Sclafani, whose sign was removed, reviewed his video surveillance from his home and was able to see the suspect on camera. The suspect wasn’t someone he knew, although he said he might be able to identify the man if he saw him. “The upsetting thing is that they come on personal property and do something like that,” Sclafani said. Former Mayor Jeremy Whatmough said that the sign on his property nearby was not disturbed and expressed surprise that the incident would occur on Longboat Key.

The reported vandalisms occurred two or three days before an Oct. 15 Longboat Key Town Commission workshop that included a discussion of TE Connectivity’s telecommunications study, which took place in the spring, on the agenda. Currently, there is no active cell-tower application on file with the town, because applicants Jim Eatrides, of Alpha Omega Communications, and Kevin Barile, of Ridan Industries II, haven’t submitted final materials since they voluntarily withdrew their application late last year. During the five-hour workshop, however, discussion often turned into yet another debate about the merits and drawbacks of a potential tower.

asks for clear paths to properties The Fire Rescue chief wants communities to contact the department before beginning entrance work to ensure access for emergency vehicles. If you live in Windward Bay or a highrise along Club Longboat Road and dialed 911 in the past week, you might have gotten a slower-than-usual response time. The reason? Pavement projects blocked access points that firefighter/paramedics use in emergencies, but because permits weren’t required for the projects, first responders weren’t notified that they were under way. Instead, they found out about the project while responding to medical calls in both communities. “There were a couple of calls at Windward Bay during which we could not gain access to the south end of buildings and we had to park in the main roads,” said Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi, who told firefighters that they would need to go through bushes to access Windward Bay in the event of a fire. In another call, firefighters entered Club Longboat Road at its north entrance, then had to turn around, go further south on Gulf of Mexico Drive and access the road at the south entrance. Each response was most likely delayed by three to five minutes, Dezzi said. Firefighters counted seven similar projects just last week, including the Windward Bay and Club Longboat Road projects. To avoid delays in emergency response times, Dezzi is asking properties to contact the fire department before making repairs to property entrances and asphalt. With notification, firefighters can drive through the area and determine how they would access it in an emergency. The department can work with contractors to ensure that they aren’t blocking access. Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said that although he was concerned that police vehicles could have trouble getting into properties during recent projects, access hasn’t been an issue. Still, he urged properties to contact the police department as well as the fire department before beginning projects that could impact road access. “I think it’s just a matter of common sense to notify us if a road is going to be blocked,” Cumming said. Contact the fire department at 3161944 and the police department at 3161977.

Auto alerts The Longboat Key Police Department will soon begin leaving “auto alerts” on vehicles in parking lots to remind motorists to lock vehicle doors and remove valuables. According to Police Chief Pete Cumming, officers will walk through public parking lots looking for anything visible that could make the vehicle a target: a door that is clearly unlocked, an open window or valuables that are located in plain sight. Officers will then leave an alert with boxes checked for whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked and a list of any visible items that should be removed from the vehicle.

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+ Jaleski qualifies for commission seat Former Longboat Key Commissioner Gene Jaleski is running for a Town Commission seat once again. Town Clerk Trish Granger said Jaleski has qualified for the at-large, two-year term seat currently held by Commissioner Phillip Younger. Younger, meanwhile, has qualified for a commission seat, but has until Nov. 19 to tell Granger whether he is running for his two-year term, at-large seat or the one-year, at-large seat currently held by Commissioner Terry Gans. In other commission race news: • Gans has qualified for the oneyear, at-large seat, and Key resident Joseph Iannello has qualified for that seat as well. • District 2 Commissioner Jack Duncan has qualified for his seat and currently has no challengers. • Mayor Jim Brown has qualified for his District 4 seat, and Key resident Larry Grossman has picked up paperwork for that seat, but has not qualified.


 Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.  Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.

Maui is the top-rated island in the United States, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers. Also for the second year in a row: Longboat Key is not among the nation’s top 10 islands, according to the magazine’s readers. Conde Nast Traveler magazine released its 2012 Readers Choice Awards last week, and like last year, five of this year’s top-10-rated islands in the United States are in Hawaii.

+ Longboater reappointed by Governor Scott Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday the reappointments of Michael W. Haycock, Vernon C. Hollingsworth and James S. Horrisberger to the Florida Citrus Commission. Haycock, 63, of Longboat Key, has 18 years of citrus industry experience with Proctor and Gamble and Tropicana. He was reappointed for a term beginning Oct. 19 and ending May 31, 2015.

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+ Progress report The latest Publix developments provide a window into the project. Windows and exterior framing for the grocery store and Shoppes of Bay Isles are completed, and interior framing is currently under way. The new store is scheduled to open in December.


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Longboaters show love for the Lenobels More than 80 people attended the Hal and Hazel Lenobel Appreciation Day Sunday, Oct. 21, at Longboat Key Club Harbourside. Some of those who attended took part in a golf outing prior to a picnic. Former Mayor Hal Lenobel attended the event and had a great time eating lunch with his family and seeing many of his friends. Mayor Jim Brown presented Lenobel with an oil painting portrait of Lenobel that will hang in the Longboat Key Town Hall for the next year and then be given to the Lenobel family. All proceeds from the event benefited the Joe Turnesa Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

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By the Numbers The Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Department has received the following amounts of permits and fees townwide: Date Total Permits Total Fees October 2011 93 $52,973 November 2011 52 $102,236 December 2011 60 $35,770 77 $29,579 January 2012 February 2012 49 $33,325 March 2012 25 $273,653 69 $30,008 April 2012 May 2012 95 $41,639 June 2012 91 $34,055 95 $56,693 July 2012 August 2012 116 $55,308 September 2012 108 $87,676

For the last year Planning, Zoning and Building Department staff has taken incorrect measurements when calculating fees for new construction projects. The Planning, Zoning and Building Department discovered a couple of months ago that the department’s building staff has not been applying a certain code correctly since September 2011. The error has resulted in the loss of an unspecified amount of money for the town. In a memo to building staff dated Sept. 24, building official Wayne Thorne explained that the $3-per-square-foot job fee on new construction projects has not been applied correctly since the Longboat Key Town Commission adopted a new fee schedule Sept. 26, 2011. The new fee schedule established fee amounts for new construction and additions based on the total square footage of projects. Staff has been applying the cost only to air-conditioned portions of new construction projects; but Thorne discovered that staff wasn’t applying the code correctly as defined by a 2010 Florida Building Code section. “For the application of the $3-per-square-foot of a job for new construction, the square footage shall be all enclosed and unenclosed usable portions under

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roof or floor above,” wrote Thorne in the memo. “Examples shall be living/work area, garages/storage areas, covered patios and lanais, covered entryways and stairways.” Translation: Any covered areas can be calculated to include the fee, not just air-conditioned spaces, as staff was calculating. Excluded from the valuation are decks that have no roof above them, cantilevered balconies, parking areas under a building without garage doors and walls, as well as typical roof and eave overhangs. “Codes have not been applied quite the way they were supposed to be,” said Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer, who said it’s unknown how much the error has cost the town’s building department. “Total square footage under A/C is now what’s being covered because the code says anything that’s within the walls or has enclosed space with a roof over it should be calculated.” Meyer said the change was

made after he took steps to make sure the building department was bringing in a positive cash flow; the goal of the department is to bring in more than it’s spending. Meyer and Town Manager Dave Bullock aren’t ruling out future changes to the building department’s fee schedule, even though the money it is bringing in from building permit fees has risen because of large projects, such as the Longboat Key Publix. “We can’t count on those types of projects for the long haul,” Meyer said. Bullock agrees. “We aren’t convinced the fee system is what we want to stay with in the long-term,” Bullock said. “We will be monitoring it and may have some future recommendations for the Town Commission to consider.”

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Jury awards Key resident $2.3 million in crash suit A jury deliberated for five hours following a five-day trial on injuries sustained by a Key resident in a 2010 bicycle crash. Richard Carrier, 53, was riding his bicycle March 27, 2010, in the 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive when he was struck by Edward O’Connell, 82, of Rome, N.Y., according to a news release. O’Connell was attempting to make a left turn when he hit Carrier, who was in the bicycle lane. A jury deliberated for five hours following a five-day trial, which ended Oct. 19, before awarding Carrier $1.5 million for pain and suffering; $430,000 for future loss of earning capacity; $250,000 for future medical expenses; $64,395 for past medical expenses; and $60,000 for past lost earnings, according to Manatee County court records. The jury determined that O’Connell was 82% negligent, while Carrier was 18% negligent, so Carrier’s award will be 82% of the $2.3 million, or just under $1.9 million. The Palmetto firm of Kallins & Little represented Carrier. According to attorney Mel

Little, Carrier was an avid cyclist prior to the crash, who often cycled from Village Green in Bradenton through Longboat Key to Lido Key and back. Carrier suffered injuries to his head, eye, neck, shoulder and lower back as a result of his injuries. He has surgery scheduled in January for a herniated disc and also now has migraines and blindness in one eye as the result of the crash. Carrier can no longer lead the active lifestyle he once enjoyed and had to switch careers because he previously worked in international sales but can no longer tolerate international flights as the result of pain. “His testimony from the stand was that he felt like he had been cheated,” Little said. O’Connell pleaded no contest in May 2010 to a traffic infraction for failing to yield to oncoming traffic and received a three-month driver’s license suspension and $500 fine, according to court records.

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Welly’s checkout AJC honors Margaret Callihan day: Oct. 31 for community involvement Key Club General Manager Michael Welly confirmed his departure following last week’s announcement of the resort’s sale. Westin Hotels & Resorts’ Innisbrook Resort; and serving as senior vice president of the luxury resort division of Wyndham International. Welly replaced Shannon Hotel Group owners W. Shane Eagan and A. Thomas Rasmussen, who had managed the Key Club since April 1990. At the time, Eagan and Rasmussen agreed to serve as consultants for the proposed $22 million Ca d’ Coure Islandside expansion plan, which was before the town at the time. Welly ultimately recommended withdrawing the plan to Loeb, but came back with a larger proposed $400 million redevelopment-and-expansion plan in 2008. According to Mayor Jim Brown, Welly’s involvement in the Longboat Key community has gone beyond the Key Club. The general manager is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key and Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and has also volunteered Key Club facilities for community events, such as last weekend’s Hal and Hazel Lenobel Appreciation Day and Sunday’s Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Duathlon and Triathlon. “Michael has made the Key Club a good sort of corporate citizen,” Brown said. “He’s been involved in a lot of things going on all over the Key. I hope Ocean Properties continues that involvement.”

Margaret Callihan didn’t take the direct route to banking. The Galveston, Texas, native graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in business administration and took her first job working in the public relations office of the Country Music Foundation in Nashville. She thought it was the right place for a “people person” such as herself, but, after a year, she began contemplating where she was going. Callihan ultimately decided to enroll in a trainee program at SunTrust Bank forerunner SunBanks. Now, 35 years later, the Longboat Key resident is chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Southwest Florida. “I never intended to be there 35 years, but I kept getting new opportunities,” Callihan said. “It wasn’t a deliberate journey. I was like the accidental tourist.” The journey took Callihan not only up the career ladder, but also put her on the path to community involvement. Thursday, Nov. 15, she will receive the American Jewish Committee (AJC) West Coast Florida 2012 Civic Achievement Award, at a gala dinner at Michael’s On East, in recognition of both her community contributions and professional accomplishments. When describing her community involvement, Callihan quotes a SunBanks founder whose motto was: “When you build your community, you build your banks.” “Eventually, you develop a passion for it,” Callihan said. “You really enjoy the work that you do. When you have a great community, you have a great place to work.” Callihan and her husband, Matt,


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When noted economist Arthur Laffer spoke in Sarasota last winter, he cut to the quick while summarizing the Nov. 6 election. Every election, Laffer said, is a referendum on the incumbent’s performance. Are we better off, are we safer or, most important, are we more free because of the votes our elected representatives cast on our behalf over the past two, four and six years? Judging it as a singular legislative body, the unequivocal answer for the U.S. Congress — Senate and House combined — is no. It fails miserably. The national debt is 60% higher; annual deficits remain

OBSERVER RECOMMENDATIONS (Corrected version) EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week’s recommendations in Oct. 18 edition contained an error for Amendment 8. These are the correct Observer recommendations.


U.S. SENATE: Connie Mack U.S. HOUSE, District 16: Vern Buchanan STATE ATTORNEY: Ed Brodsky FLORIDA SENATE, District 26: Bill Galvano • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 71: Jim Boyd • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 72: Ray Pilon • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 73: Greg Steube

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL above $1 trillion; unaffordable entitlements continue to grow; our economic and political standing in the world is diminished more than it was, say, four years ago. Who is responsible? They’re all responsible in Washington, but the Senatecontrolling Democrats and president more so than the Republican House. In Tallahassee, the measurement has a much better result. The Republicandominated Legislature and governor have moved policies toward increasing Floridians’ freedom — with lower taxation and fewer job-killing regulations. In the whole, Floridians are better off than they were two years ago. Using our level of freedom as our chief yardstick, herewith our recommendations for the federal and state offices (sans the president; that’ll come next week):

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The one overwhelming, incontrovertible issue in Washington is spending — spending more than the federal government takes in. This also includes borrowing. Congress has for four decades been spending and borrowing far, far beyond our nation’s means — all to fund unearned social benefits that are not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. Deficit spending and borrowing denies all of us freedom. In this context, Bill Nelson — in spite of being a genuinely likable guy — is not a friend at all to taxpayers. Here’s a clear measurement of that statement: The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, which has examined all congressional roll-call votes since 1989 to identify members of Congress who have defended taxpayer interests or who have backed down on fiscal responsibility, ascribes a lifetime (10-year) rating of “hostile” to Nelson. He is hostile to taxpayers. He votes to spend more of your money than the government should. When U.S. senators were asked on Nov. 14, 2011, to vote on a joint-resolution that would propose a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, Nelson voted no. Predictably, he supported Obamacare. Contrast that with challenger U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV. Mack voted in favor of the balanced-budget resolution and against Obamacare. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste rates Mack with a lifetime rating of “hero” — he is an advocate for taxpayers. To be sure, there is more to being a senator than voting to stop federal government waste. And there are many Floridians who will stand up for Nelson because of all of his moderate rhetoric about “reaching across the aisle” and “fighting for Floridians.” Likewise, they will argue that 45-year-old Mack falls short of the statesman-like level of Nelson or Florida’s junior senator, Marco Rubio. And they will point to all of Nelson’s

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TV political ads portraying Mack as a loser who hasn’t done his job in Congress and favors special interests. To be fair, if you watched the NelsonMack debate last week, you can be equally critical of both. Typical politicians: Rarely did either of them provide direct answers to direct questions. They regurgitated their campaign talking points. It was annoying. But in the end, if you truly believe Floridians should send to Washington a U.S. senator who understands that one of his supreme responsibilities is to limit the reach of government in your life and protect your freedom, Mack is the better choice. As he says, it’s time for Nelson to go. Recommendation: Mack

U.S. House, District 16

For us, Keith Fitzgerald, the Democratic candidate in this race, is something of an enigma. As a Ph.D. in political science and longtime poly-sci professor at New College of Florida, Fitzgerald decisively embraces the Founding Fathers’ principles of a limited government. “We should always be suspicious of government authority because of coercion,” Fitzgerald told us. At the same time, he said, liberty is the

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Providing timetable for proposed charter amendment referendum; effective date of voter-approved amendments. Yes


Density referendum: May the Town allow conversion to residential use, with a maximum of six (6) dwelling units per acre, the property located at 5440 Gulf of Mexico Drive (currently zoned C-1, Limited Commercial), comprising approximately 0.76-acres legally described as Lot C-1 of Plat for Cedar Woodlands Subdivision, a replat of Lot 22, Subdivision on Longboat Key, as recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 16, Public Records of Manatee County. Yes Density referendum: May the Town allow conversion to residential use, with a maximum residential density not to exceed six (6) dwelling units per acre, for the property located at 521 Broadway Street, currently zoned C-1, Limited Commercial, comprising approximately 0.44-acres. Yes

freedom to self-realize our dreams. Liberty empowers people to make choices, but it also requires citizenship — a broad set of duties and constraints, he said. What’s more, Fitzgerald sees what is wrong in Washington. Indeed, go back to our Voter Guide in last week’s edition and read his responses. Fitzgerald gets it. And at times, when you listen to him, he borders on sounding like a Republican and Libertarian. But he’s a Democrat, in part to obtain party funding for his campaign. And, in part, because he told us, “Republicans are mean … I grew up in a Democratic family.” What is he? He’s enigmatic. He says Congress needs to cut spending; yet he would not repeal Obamacare. And were he to be elected, he would be expected to follow the party line. For us, that’s a nonstarter. Besides, by the measurement of judging this race as a referendum on the incumbent’s performance, Vern Buchanan has earned re-election. Ever since he first ran for Congress in 2006, Democrats have wasted millions of their contributors’ dollars trying to smear Buchanan’s reputation. They can’t win on what matters — that Buchanan always

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earns high marks for providing superior constituent services and votes to reduce government spending and regulations. As a longtime, successful businessman and entrepreneur, Buchanan understands that: 1) customer (constituent) service counts first; and 2) for any enterprise to survive, it cannot spend and borrow its way to prosperity. For six years running, Buchanan has been one of Congress’ staunchest advocates of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. We have always hoped Buchanan would be more fiscally conservative than he is. In that vein, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste rates Buchanan as “friendly” — not its highest rating. And the National Taxpayers Union gives Buchanan a “B-” for voting to cut spending and regulations. He could be stronger. But put the whole package together. He brings much to the office: Great work ethic; a deep passion for doing what’s right for the economy; the defense of the nation and constituents; and proven business smarts and leadership. Recommendation: Buchanan

he told us. He is idealistic: “I will honor the responsibility of this position, which is to seek true justice, as I am beholden only to the people of Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.” All that is to the good. But the state attorney’s job is no place for on-the-job training. Brodsky has served more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office. He started there before college as an intern. Obviously, in his two decades there he has proven his competence and won the respect of his superior and peers. You have to earn the No. 2 position in the state attorney’s office — and then show your competence to keep it. When we polled six criminal-justice system insiders about Brodsky, the responses were unanimous. Those who have worked by his side, as opponents in the courtroom or judges who have witnessed his performance in and out of court ascribed three essential characteristics to Brodsky: competent, fair and a man of integrity. Recommendation: Brodsky

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Florida Senate, District 26

This contest is almost like that for the state attorney: experience versus inexperience — former state Rep. Bill Galvano, the Republican from Bradenton, versus Paula House, Democrat lawyer from Lake Placid and first-time legislative candidate. Like Bennett, Galvano previously reached his eight-year limit as a state representative in 2010. While in the House, he distinguished himself as chairman of five House committees, an indicator of his leadership abilities. More important, though, are Galvano’s positions on issues. There is a big difference in his and House’s philosophical views on the role of government. House is close to a classic proponent of government intervention and activism. She supports Obamacare; she said she was disappointed that Gov. Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail and federal Medicaid dollars; she referred to attempts to purge voter rolls of illegal voters as “voter suppression”; she opposes vouchers for students. Galvano is the opposite, a classic advocate of limited government. It doesn’t get any simpler than this to distinguish these two candidates: Asked what his top-three priorities if elected, Galvano responded: repeal unnecessary government regulation; cut spending; and reduce taxes. Recommendation: Galvano

District 71: West Manatee, all of Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota north along the bay. The incumbent in this district is Rep. Jim Boyd, first-term Republican from Bradenton who is seeking his second term. His opponent is Democrat Adam Tebrugge, former longtime assistant public defender from Sarasota. Using the criterion of making this a referendum on the incumbent’s performance, Boyd has earned the opportunity to retain his seat. Tebrugge likes to try to paint Boyd as beholden to insurance interests, primarily because Boyd owns an insurance agency in Bradenton. No one should “assume.” Truth is, Boyd led the Legislature’s efforts these past two years to pass autoinsurance-reform legislation that will reduce all Floridians’ mandatory PIP (Personal Injury Protection) premiums and stem the rise in injury-and-insurance fraud that is costing state consumers close to $1 billion a year. If Boyd is beholden to special insurance interests, they would be you — individual consumers and taxpayers, not Big Insurance. As an agent, Boyd benefits when the supply of insurance is plentiful and affordable. That means he can sell more. What’s more, Boyd also knows that if insurance rates keep rising, voters will blame him. His incentives are aligned with taxpayers. We admire Tebrugge. He despises corporate subsidies for economic development as much as we do. And like us, he supports a much more limited role for the state in public education. Beyond that, though, Tebrugge differs from our views on Obamacare, school vouchers and tenure. Recommendation: Boyd

Florida House, District 72

District 72: Sarasota County from University Parkway west of Interstate 75 all the way south to Laurel, essentially most of northern Sarasota County. The race for this seat features incumbent Republican Ray Pilon versus Democrat Liz Alpert, a Sarasota family lawyer. Moderate-to-right conservative versus moderate-to-left liberal. Pilon: Free enterprise versus Alpert: larger government intrusion. More freedom versus less freedom. Pilon is wired for elected public service, and he does it satisfactorily. He passes the incumbent-performance test. Recommendation: Pilon



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District 73: All of East Manatee County and Northeast Sarasota County. This contest is between incumbent, first-term Republican Rep. Greg Steube, lifelong Bradenton resident and lawyer, and Dr. Robert McCann, a lawyer and practicing doctor of osteopathic emergency medicine who is running as an “NPA,” Non-Party Affiliation. Dr. McCann is our kind of guy — nauseated by the two dominant political parties and all of the “pull peddlers” and leeches who perpetuate the system of buying and selling laws. He is an independent thinker and thinks our way. Asked his philosophy on the role of government, McCann, a man of few, direct words, said: “It should be very limited. I’m going to return government to the people.” To an extent, this race is a tough call. Floridians need more independent thinkers like McCann. But at the same time, Steube performed well and as voters expected him to perform in his freshman term. He held true to his self-description as an advocate for free enterprise and more freedom — compiling a record that favored lower taxes (eight votes) less government. There is no reason to reject Steube; there is reason is to encourage him to stay the course — expand freedom. Recommendation: Steube

Supreme Court Justices; District Court of Appeal Floridians rarely know how to vote on retaining Florida judges. To an extent, it’s a farcical event. It’s crazy to think Florida’s 11.4 million voters can keep track of Florida Supreme Court justices’ and the Court of Appeal judges’ decisions. Indeed, Major Harding, a former state High Court justice, says merit-retention votes for judges are not intended to be votes on judges’ decisions. Rather, he says, they are to give voters the opportunity to oust a justice or judge for judicial and behavioral improprieties. This year, there are groups that want to oust three Supreme Court justices — Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis and Barbara Pariente, regarded by conservatives who watch the court as “judicial activists.” Indeed, they are. They were on the Gore side of Gore v. Harris in 2000, and they also rejected Gov. Jeb Bush’s school voucher plan and a proposed amendment challenging Obamacare. Recommendation: “No” on the three Supreme Court justices; “Yes” on all of the District Court of Appeal judges.


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Town Manager David Bullock reports to Condo Fed Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock provided an overview of the island’s eventful summer and upcoming actions. It’s a Federation of Longboat Key Condominium tradition: The Longboat Key town manager attends the group’s first fall meeting to provide insight into the latest town news. Town Manager David Bullock gave his first post-summer briefing to the Condo Fed Saturday, Oct. 20. Here’s what he had to say:


A 2013 prediction from the town manager: The year will most likely bring new sand to severely eroded hot spots to the south of the Islander Club, to the south of the Yonkers seawall and at the northern tip of Greer Island, aka Beer Can Island. The Longboat Key Town Commission reached consensus last month to move forward with the permitting process for two north-end groins, along with a third on the Manatee County-owned Greer Island. Meanwhile, sand is eroding fast. Tropical Storm Debby took away most remaining sand placed last summer in a $4 million emergency beach project and deposited it on Greer Island. The rapid rate of erosion could cause the town to consider darker sand, which is coarser than the aesthetically pleasing white sand that is currently the only sand permitted for the Key’s beach, for northern Greer Island, where homes are not located. One attendee asked: Why not take the white sand deposited on Greer Island and put it back on Longboat Key’s beach? The sea turtles are one reason. Once they nest in an area that sand becomes habitat for the endangered species and, as

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Town Manager David Bullock addresses Condo Fed members Saturday at Bayport Beach & Tennis Club.

a result, is subject to additional rules and regulations.

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Bullock compared the shuttered resort to the mythical Gordian Knot. But it isn’t the town’s job to untangle it. The town’s role doesn’t involve navigating the property’s legal mazes. The Longboat Key Town Commission granted a one-year extension of the property’s tourism use earlier this month, meaning that the property’s 237 units are safe for now. For now, the town’s role is to enforce its codes. Bullock said that codes allow the town to eventually demolish a building if it becomes a public hazard. And while mold

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The town currently has no active application from the Longboat Key Club and Resort, Bullock said, and has been asked by the resort not to review the application that is on file. Earlier in the week, Ocean Properties Ltd. announced plans to purchase the resort.


The town doesn’t have an active cellulartower application on file. But, currently, the town is considering how to implement a set of policies that recognize the importance of telecommunications, while minimizing impact on properties.


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a snail’s pace? Well, you haven’t sat through a collective bargaining session. Bullock proposed freezing the town’s firefighter- and general-employee pension plans in May and switching employees to 401(a) accounts for future benefits. Bullock told the audience that the town is nearing the end of good-faith negotiations with its firefighters and could head to impasse soon. If an impasse occurs, a third-party magistrate would review the dispute and make a recommendation to the town and firefighters. If they can’t agree, the Town Commission would make a decision that would only be effective through the end of the fiscal year. General employees, who aren’t currently represented by a union, will vote on whether to form a collective-bargaining unit, with 16 of 42 eligible employees having recently signed cards asking for a union vote. If employees choose to form a union, the town would be required by law to negotiate with that union. The town hasn’t formally presented proposed changes to the police plan, because contract negotiations with the police union won’t begin until next spring. The town is required by law to ensure that employees receive the benefits they have already earned, which typically happens by purchasing an annuity for the employee. What does all that mean for taxpayers, who currently have an unfunded pension liability of approximately $27 million? “It will come to roost at the taxpayers’ door, probably in the form of a referenda question,” Bullock said.

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and structural deficiencies caused the town to deem the mid-rise building where longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber lived for the past 38 years unsafe, the building’s condition still hasn’t reached the public hazard threshold. The building would have to be near structural collapse before the town could demolish it. Although the town hasn’t had to issue a notice of violation of codes to the Colony interests, Bullock said that the town has been “overly tolerant” of the property’s maintenance. “The fact that you can’t see most of the noncompliance isn’t a basis for noncompliance,” he said.



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Oct. 10 Keep it civil 2:35 p.m. — 700 block of Broadway. Civil Disturbance. Police learned that a man’s ex-girlfriend was the co-registrant of his truck after the man reported that the truck was stolen from the parking lot of the restaurant where he works. The man’s ex-girlfriend reported that they hadn’t been able to work out possession of the truck yet and provided police with the title for the vehicle. Police told the man and woman that the issue was a civil matter.

Oct. 11 Fender bender 3:45 p.m. — 1000 block of GMD. Property Damage. A man reported that his rental car was damaged by an unknown object or vehicle. The man and his wife said that they had parked the car in their designated space several hours earlier and that it had no damage at that point. There were no witnesses to the incident.

Oct. 12 Lock and key dispute 9:37 p.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A hotel manager called police after a heated dispute with a hotel guest, who reported that he and his wife heard a male and several females open his door and enter the room the night before. The male then said, “There is someone in the room,” and left. The next morning the front desk clerk said that it was the hotel’s mistake and apologized. The couple’s keys weren’t working when they returned to the room later that day and they became angry, leading the manager to call police.

Oct. 13 Bathing beauty 4:11 p.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Trespassing. A man who was sunbathing on the beach at a shuttered resort said that he had permission to use the beach from the resort’s longtime owner. Police have spoken to the man about the issue before, and the longtime owner has confirmed that he gave permission.

Rules of engagement 6:16 p.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Trespassing. A man told police that another man became belligerent and made rude comments to him after he warned the man and three others that he wasn’t allowed to enter the beach through his condo’s property. The belligerent man told police he and the others were staying at a hotel across the street. He apologized for being rude, saying that the group was trying to be clandestine because his daughter was about to be proposed to, and they wanted to watch.

Alternative arrangements 6:29 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Disturbance/Noise. A homeless man who had been drinking told police he got to the Sarasota area three days earlier and planned to sleep on the beach. The man told police that he would rather die than go to the shelter that police suggested when they told him he couldn’t sleep on the island’s beach or other public properties. Police then drove him to the other side of the Cortez Bridge, when he decided to head toward Bradenton.

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Oct. 13 Artistic vision 8:08 a.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Vandalism. A woman reported that an unknown person splattered paint on her driveway. It was the second time such an incident occurred. The woman was able to wash paint off her driveway with her garden hose and said she had no idea why someone would splatter paint on her property.

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Mote gets spooky for Halloween Hundreds of families made their way to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for its Night of Fish, Fun and Fright Friday, Oct. 19. Children and adults donned their costumes for a night of trickor-treating, Halloween activities and a haunted house. Guests also got the chance to see Mote staff members carve pumpkins from inside the shark tank.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Wednesday, Oct. 24 Harry’s Continental Kitchens Wine Tasting — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive. The event includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music and will raise money for the Longboat Key Garden Club. RSVP is required. Cost is $20. Call 383-0777.

Thursday, Oct. 25 Flu Shot Clinic — takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Shots will be given by a certified CVS pharmacist and billed at $31.99. Call 383-6491. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Men’s Club Meeting — takes place at 6 p.m. in the Stella Maris Activity Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call 383-1255.

Sunday, Oct. 28 Longboat Key Triathlon and Duathlon — The race-day schedule begins at 5:45 a.m., with races beginning at 7:30 a.m., at the Longboat Key Club & Resort Islandside grounds, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For registration information, visit For volunteer information, call the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 383-2466. Centre Shops Fall Festival — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5390 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The event will feature an antique car show, farmers market, art, jewelry, sidewalk sales, wine and beer, entertainment and more. For information, call Steff’s Stuff at 383-1901.

Saturday, Nov. 3 Ferraris on the Circle — begins at 10 a.m. on St. Armands Circle. More than 75 Ferraris will compete for the coveted “Best of Show” award. For information, call 727-525-1901. Ageless Creativity Lecture and Gallery Tour — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Ageless Creativity Award recipient George Pappas will discuss his history as an artist and educator, travels and inspirations. A small reception will follow. RSVP to 383-2345 or

Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 Joseph Stiglitz Live from 92nd Street Y Program — takes place at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. The presentation will feature world-renowned economist Joseph Stiglitz. A Nov. 7 encore presentation was added to avoid conflicts with election night events. Call 383-3428.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 Longboat Key Garden Club Welcome Back Cookout — takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bay Isles Beach Club, 2111 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $10 and includes entrées, soft drinks and water. BYOB and bring an hors d’oeuvres or dessert. RSVP to Sherry Linhart at 383-9424 or SSL47nina@

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Saturday, Nov. 17 Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party — takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside Golf Course, 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. More than 30 restaurants will participate in this year’s event, which will raise money for local children’s charities. Event tickets are $30; raffle tickets are $100. Tickets are now available at The Observer/Chamber office, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Lazy Lobster, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive; SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road; and through the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key members.

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Sarasota Yacht Club celebrates incoming commodore Sarasota Yacht Club held its Change of Watch ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, at the club. The ceremony included a presentation by the Sarasota Military Academy drum line and a cannon firing. Outgoing Commodore Willa Saalwaechter handed the wheel over to Commodore Lee Goodman. Other officers include Peter Kujawski as vice commodore, Wayne Seel as rear commodore, Alex Lancaster as secretary, Richard Gravino as treasurer, Phil Couture as fleet captain and Dr. Arthur Schwartz as fleet surgeon.

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Save Our Seabirds and The Old Salty Dog restaurant collaborated for a fundraising fish fry Saturday, Oct. 20. Funds from the event will benefit the Wild Bird Learning Center and the ongoing maintenance needs of the center. Guests enjoyed viewing all of the center’s temporary and permanent bird residents, snacked on fish and enjoyed live music.

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BKYC members go Western Bird Key Yacht Club members donned flowing country skirts and checkered shirts and tapped their cowboy boots along to classic country tunes Saturday, Oct. 20, for the Tribute to Patsy Cline show. Patsy Cline impersonator Barbara Van Eycken, who performed at the club two years ago, has been performing the tribute show for 11 years.

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Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold daily Mass at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255.

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St. Mary Women’s Guild welcomes back members The St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Women’s Guild held its welcome-back luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Stella Maris Activity Hall. The 90 women of the guild attended Mass and then enjoyed lunch provided by Monterey Grill and Guild members. During lunch, the women discussed a variety of topics and listened to guest speaker Msgr. Gerry Finegan talk about his fiveday trip to Lourdes, France. Rose Tomason, Madeline Raftery and Gladys Henry

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ROGER SELLS SANCTUARY Spacious corner residence. Light and bright One of the finest Gulf front communities on the with plenty of winter sunsets. Located in south end of Longboat Key. The beach, pool, club- the popular G-8 building. $619,000 house and tennis courts are wonderful, with excellent security. Floor plans vary in size, all offer generous terracing, high ceilings, and luxurious finishes. Views include the Gulf, the pool complex, the golf course, the bay and downtown Sarasota.

Southern corner with a huge wraparound terrace! City, golf course, bay and Gulf vistas. Two covered parking spaces. $995,000

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CASA DEL MAR Wonderful beach getaway or investment property. Charming 2BR/2BA garden unit, turnkey furnished. Just steps to the white sandy beaches. $285,000

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78439 Spacious 2BR/2BA with separate upstairs living area. Light and bright and literally steps to the beach. Furnished. $349,000 Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the popular G-4 building. $299,000 Recently updated 2BR/2BA beach retreat. New master bath, newer carpet. Turnkey furnished, ready for your personal touches. Just steps to the Gulf shore. $289,000 A boater’s dream with deep-water dockage and multiple boat lifts, this property offers two separate homes which offer 4/5 bedrooms. $1,395,000 This 4,500+ sq. ft. home overlooks the lakes on Harbourside Golf Course. $868,000


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Ed Chiles serves coleslaw during the Old Time Fish Fry.

Longboat Key Historical Society Vice President Bud Freeman and President Shirley Beachum


The north end of Longboat Key was packed with old-timers and newcomers Friday, Oct. 19, during the seventh annual Old Time Fish Fry at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub. The event, which supports the Longboat Key Historical Society, featured plenty of food. There was also a raffle and music provided by Blues Pig.

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Former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, second from right, performed with Blues Pig.

Ringo, 10, at the Old Time Fish Fry Friday, Oct. 19 Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Cash and Snooki Register, with Brenda and Weldon Frost

Claire and Ralph Hunter

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Mary Lou Johnson and Kristi Bonsack

Jim Harwood, Steve Ananicz, Anthony Cucci and Joe Rogers

Linda and Chet Pletzke with Teresa and John Ginaven

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Condominium in The Beach Residences sells for $3.07 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. A condominium in The Beach Residences tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Chris and Mingi Doherty, of Lakeland, sold their Unit 1202 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Kathleen Fink, trustee, of Tampa, for $3.07 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,964 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,735,000 in 2005. U.S. Bank, trustee, sold the Unit 1205 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Scott Moore, trustee, of Edwardsville, Ill., for $1.7 million. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 3,315 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $950,100 in May.

Country Club Shores

Moos Investments Inc. sold the home at 536 Spinnaker Lane to David and Nancy Aldrich, of Kennesaw, Ga., for $1.6 million. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,976 square feet of living area. Charles and Linda Spry sold their home at 524 Ketch Lane to Bankunited for $840,000. Built in 1968, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,028 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.2 million in 2005.

Tangerine Bay Club

Bruce and Linda Goldstein sold their Unit 124 condominium at 340 Gulf of Mexico Drive to John and Christine Short, of Longboat Key, for $930,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,290 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $800,000 in 2004.

Rachel S. O’Hara

Unit 1202 at The Beach Residences has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,964 square feet of living area. It sold for $3.07 million.

360 North

Barbara Tasner, of Highland Park, Ill., sold her Unit 2 condominium at 260 N. Shore Road to Brian Logun, of Marietta, Ga., for $875,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,857 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 1986.

Harbour Villa Club at the Buccaneer

BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 18, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address

Permit Applicant Amount

520 Harbor Cay Lane


Spardon Limited

3314 Sabal Cove Lane


John Teller

1085 GMD


5 Butler Terrace Properties Inc. $53,000

2105 GMD


Helen Seiple


Concrete repair

Silver Sands Association


581 Golf Links Lane

Dock and seawall David Sayers


511 Wedge Lane

Dock and seawall Gregory Watson


524 Yawl Lane

Dock and seawall Mowry Enterprises Inc.


3476 Mistletoe Lane


Judith Feldman, trustee


611 Ranger Lane


Laurene Patton, trustee


3388 Bayou Lane


Anthony Crincoli


2010 Harbourside Drive Alteration

Spaefag AG

100 Sands Point Road Lift-davit

Sands Point Condominium Association



3542 Fair Oaks Lane

New roof

Ellen Rothbaum, trustee


539 Bayview Drive


Victoria Moschetta


4110 GMD


Town of Longboat Key


580 Spinnaker Lane


Ellen Jacob


701 Penfield St.

Garage door

Gary Wolf


610 Cedar St.


Elizabeth Yerkes


600 Bowsprit Lane

Garage door

James Ranck


671 Emerald Harbor Drive

Garage door

John Romanes


Key, sold their home at 400 N. Washington Drive to Jamie Martin, of Sarasota, for $2,737,500. Built in 1992, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,348 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.8 million in 2007.



John and Christine Short, of Longboat


5841 GMD

DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. sold the Unit 309 condominium at 615 Dream Island Road to John Bingham and Guy Bingham, of Oxford, England, for $290,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,293 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $590,600 in March.

John Ringling Estates


Silvia Dolan, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 1961, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,004 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $235,000 in 1999.

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Larry Jones and Sandy Jones sold their home at 430 Pheasant Way to Trevor and


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OWN A LITTLE SLICE OF AMERICANA DOWNTOWN W/DIRECT BAY VIEWS! 3-4Br/3Ba/2CG w/pvt elevator, detailed & high ceil, crown molding, marble, builtins, gas fp, granite, imported cabinets, MBa w/jetted tub & bidet, state-of-theart sys, 2 balconies in secure bldg w/ amenities! MLS#A3943537 $1,369,000

on Longboat Key! Charming 1BR/1BA home located in popular 55+ Bayfront community of Gulfshore. Perfect for beach retreat or full time home. Kelly Belisle $99,000 #M5829396

WATERFRONT PRESERVE VIEWS Luxurious 3Br/3Ba/1CG w/tray ceil., crown moldings, furn quality cabinets, custom tile, granite, pvt elevator, svc entrance, covered and screened balcony w/sunsets, furn is negotiable in gated golf comm. w/ amenities! MLS#A3949944 $289,000

WATER VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA TKF condo. Updated kitchen, W/D, new A/C June 2012, 2 pools, tennis & beach access. $12 a month for boat slip. Pets OK. Seller to pay 1 year main. Dorothy Cook fee from day of closing. $249,000 #A3939881


9th FLOOR WITH BAY VIEWS - DOWNTOWN! Custom remodeled 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/ wood laminate flrs, tile, modern cabinets, built-ins, crown moldings, 2 pvt balconies, hurricane shutters & personal laundry in secure building with full service amenities! MLS#A3951357 $775,000

MANOR IN THE OAKS BAYSIDE! Over 4,300SF, 4-5Br/4Ba w/formal Lr, sep Dr, gourmet kitch., morning rm, study, fitness ctr & theatre rm seating 8, private picturesque grounds & time honored quality w/ fine finishes & custom details in gated CC comm.! MLS#A3963302 $1,295,000

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

LAKE & GOLF COURSE VIEWS 3+Br/3.5Ba/2CG, custom wood details, crown moldings, built-ins, wood flrs, diagonal tile, granite fp, wood cabinets, Corian, SS appls., surround sound, central vac, jetted pool, open-air porches, option of Oaks Membership! MLS#A3961057 $750,000

BEAUTIFUL WHITNEY BEACH Gulf to Bay community. Nice, bright 2BR/2BA, upstairs end unit with pool & peek-a-boo water views. Minutes to world class beaches, shopping and dining. Kelly Belisle $270,000 #M5832469

BAY AND CANAL VIEWS will inspire you from the spacious lanai of this well maintained 2/2 beauty, heated pool, tennis, deep water boat slip & private cabana with deeded beach access. Teresia Bradford $279,000 #M5832385

FURN W/PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS Downtown 2-3Br/2Ba/1CG w/faux & artisan finishes, crown moldings, wood cabinets, ceramic tile, granite, plantation shutters, walk-in closets, open-air balcony & pvt laundry in secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3929596 $450,000

MODERN DOWNTOWN BAY FRONT! 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/marble, granite, Corian, tile & bamboo flrs, furniture quality cabinets, built-ins, architectural elements, fp, updated eat-in kitch. & baths, pvt balcony & laundry, secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3942652 $400,000

FURN - DOWNTOWN! 2Br/1Ba/den + bonus rm, charming great rm plan w/ hardwood flrs, ceramic tile, mirrored accents, recessed lights, Palladian windows, wet bar, Corian, custom cabinets, built-ins & secure parking in historic bldg w/amenities! MLS#A3953067 $300,000

AMAZING VIEW Gorgeous white sand beach & Gulf view as you walk thru the door. Nicely furnished with large screened lanai. Gulf to Bay community with heated pool, tennis & cabana w/BBQ. Teresia Bradford $569,000 #M5812253




CROSSWORD PENTHOUSE W/WATER VIEWS! 3-4Br/3.5Ba/2+CG w/travertine & marble flrs, high ceil., crown moldings, plantation shutters, built-ins, furniture quality cabinets, granite, Corian, MBr w/lg walk-in + 2 baths & pvt balcony in gated comm. w/amenities! MLS#A3958973 $925,000

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BIRD KEY - Direct Bayfront home with fabulous Northwest views. This 3BD/2.5BA home flows seamlessly from room to room. Spacious kitchen w/family room and fireplace. 102 feet of recently reinforced seawall, with dock and 10,000 lb. lift. $1,800,000.

GRAND BAY - Enjoy expansive views across Sarasota Bay all the way to downtown Sarasota from this elegant 3BR/3.5BA furnished condominium residence. This custom home, on the market for the very first time, has been tastefully decorated and the two covered parking spaces right next to the elevator are an added bonus! $1,499,000

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SEAPLACE – Completely remodeled and beautifully furnished, 2BD/2BA with NW gulf views and spectacular sunsets. Every creature comfort is waiting for you, just bring your bathing suit. $479,000



BEACHPLACE - Priced to Sell! Unfurnished 2BD/2BA residence w/Partial Gulf views w/new paint and carpet! Seller will hold mortgage @ 5.5% w/$100,000. $449,000

SEAPLACE – Enjoy tranquil Northwest gulf views in this tropical setting. Open space, updated kitchen and baths, 2BD/2BA, sold furnished. $399,000

- Direct Gulf views from this 2BD/2BA fully furnished condominium home with beautifully updated lobby, tropical grounds, secured entry, pool and tennis for your pleasure. $489,000



Updated kitchen with warm pecan cabinetry and granite counters in this 2BD/2BA condominium home with Southwest Gulf and bay views and miles of sand and beach. $375,000



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+ Caswell expands interior design business locally

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PAMPER YOURSELF and live on the beach at the Beach Residences, a Ritz Carlton managed property. This 4100+ sf residence has 3 bedrooms, a family room, formal living room and dining room. It is exquisitely finished and decorated and has remarkable views of the Gulf, the Bay, and downtown Sarasota.....................................................Furnished $3,895,000 WINDWARD BAY - Penthouse with amazing bay views, tennis, 2 pools, boat docks, deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed .............................................................................................................................................................................$269,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch ...................................................................................................................................................................................$315,000 WhItNEY BEAch - a 1/1 with views of Bishops Bayou. Beach, bay, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Pets allowed.....$225,000 BRADEN RIVER - 1/2 acre lot with majestic oaks and stately palms on the river. Build your dream home or vacation home and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. This unique location is secluded yet minutes from shopping and dining............................................................................................................................................................................. $95,000 LONG BEAch - 2 charming homes in historic Longboat Village. This is truly a family neighborhood in walking distance to the Art Center, beach, fishing pier and restaurants................................................................. $395,000 and $399,000 BLAcKBURN POINt WOODS - Beautifully appointed maintenance free 4/3 villa with its own pool in an attractive neighborhood close to Casey Key. Amenities include tennis, community pool and clubhouse. .........................................$374,500 BAYFRONt cONDO ON LBK - 2/2 immaculate condo in a community that offers 2 pools, tennis, fitness, clubhouse, docks and deeded beach access. Furnished. Pet friendly. ................................................................................................ $259,000 BEAch hARBOR cLUB - This 2/2 condo has been exquisitely renovated with new kitchen, new baths, new flooring, new windows. Beach to bay community located mid-key offers a pool, clubhouse & boat docks. Furnished. ....... $265,000

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Marie Caswell has expanded her design services to the Longboat Key and Sarasota area. Caswell, a Longboat Key resident with more than 15 years of redesign experience, also continues to serve clients in the New England area. Caswell combines interior design and education services and often redesigns interiors using a Caswell client’s own furnishings in spatially new ways to reduce clutter, and bring in new colors and surroundings. Caswell offers hands-on redesigning, comprehensive onsite consultations and paint color consulting. Contact Caswell at 603-969-3088 or

Café L’Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in January. In honor of the occasion, the restaurant is asking customers to vote on whether the restaurant should keep its current logo or go back to its original 1973 logo. Two voters who pick the winning logo will be chosen at random to receive a dinner for four valued at up to $500. To vote, visit logo-contest.

+ Sandbar Restaurant remains open during construction The bar and dining room of the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, have been under construction since September, but the restaurant remains open. Completion of renovations is expected in December. To follow construction, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at

+ Arpke, Miller team up for cooking class

LIGHTHOUSE POINT VILLA Behind the gates of exclusive Longboat Key Club Islandside!

+ Café L’Europe holds logo contest

Euphemia Haye chef/proprietor Ray Arpke and natural perfumer Lucy Miller, of Lucy Miller Pure, will team up for an

“All Things Wonderful” cooking class at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Euphemia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The flavors presented in the class will take participants from champagne to shellfish to a dessert finish, each of which will be infused with pure aromatic oils. At press time, seven spots were available in the class. Cost is $60. Call 3833633 or visit

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ORCHID BEACH GULF FRONT CONDO $2,595,000 Spectacular seventh floor corner 3BR 3,600 sq. ft.

MEDITTERANEAN BAYFRONT ESTATE $8,700,000 5BR 10,000 sq. ft. masterpiece. Views plus dock.

L’AMBIENCE GULF FRONT 3BR CONDO $2,800,000 Southern exposure. Elegant designer upgrades.

BAYFRONT POINT 4BR ESTATE $8,400,000 One private acre+ separate guest house. Boat docks.

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GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE $2,850,000 4BR home w/billiard room, pool, dock & views of the city lights.

GRAND MARINER BAYSIDE $1,700,000 - $2,400,000 Luxury 3,200 - 3,600 SF 3BR condos with boat docks.

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This 7th floor condo has beach and Gulf views. 3BR, 3.5Baths, with upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. This well maintained resort-style community offers a clubhouse, heated pool, tennis courts onsite management and security. MLS#A3966110 $1,200,000

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Lido Shores - Direct Gulf Front Palazzo 200 ft. of sea-walled Gulf front with The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots private Dock and Beach access. This 7,415 SF residence has 5BR/8BA, his and with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home her bath & studies, 50 ft. pool/spa & 5-car garage. $7,600,000 exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,159,000 G G IN IN T T IS IS L NEW NEW L

University Park - Whitebridge Court Beautiful 2BR+Den/2BA villa with tile floors, soaring ceilings and surrounded by serene views of the tropical grounds and pristine golf course. 2-car garage. $265,000

Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car garage. $3,850,000

BANK OWNED Bird Key - Outstanding Waterfront Opportunity Built in 2007 on a wide protected boat basin. 8,071 sq. ft., 5BR/5.5BA, guest wing with separate entrance and more! Infinity edge pool, boat dock, and 4-car garage. $3,690,000

Ritz Hotel Residences - 12th Floor Water views from all rooms! 2,011 SF w/ wood floors, custom-fitted closets, & unique Venetian plaster walls. Large master suite with sitting area & marble bath. $1,098,500



PARIS. Longboat Key residents Bob Ploussard and Mary Lou Loughlin made sure to take their Longboat Observer along on a recent trip to Paris. Here they are catching up on their hometown news in front of the Jeanne d’Arc statue, outside the Regina Hotel.

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Kenilworth Estates - New Construction West of the trail location will be completed in 30 days! Two-story 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with 4,363 Sq Ft built by DR Horton. $899,900

Sleepy Lagoon - Direct Gulf Front Beautiful Hampton Style 4BR/3BA home on 100 ft of pristine beach front. Renovated in 2007. Wood & marble floors, outdoor jacuzzi and 2-car garage. $3,390,000

Fairway Bay - Longboat Key Townhouse 2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished vacation getaway! Fresh, and bright with ceramic tile, central vacuum, fireplace, bonus area and private 1 - car garage. Bring the family! $359,000

Lido Beach - Best Waterfront Value Bay Plaza - Sparkling Bay Views renovated 2BR/2BA Gated Mediterranean inspired residence w/ Beautifully protected Bay views, within walking distance to residence w/ bamboo floors, granite & Lido Beach and St. Armands Circle. 6BR/6.5BA stainless appliances on the 11th floor in on 148 ft of waterfront. $3,499,900 exciting downtown Sarasota. $799,000 Channel on to barbaraackerman1 to see my listings

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Grand Bay 1 - Beautiful Bay Views Spacious corner apartment with 3BR/3BA, nine foot ceilings, marble & wood floors, and new stainless kitchen appliances. Great water views. $875,000 All of Barbara’s listings are linked Internationally in 13 languages.

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GERMANY. Longboat Key residents Eleanor and Dr. Frank Pugliesi read their Observer news while standing in front of St. George Church in Regensburg, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI has a house located nearby in the district of Regensburg. During their river cruise, the Pugliesis also visited Longboat Key residents Dr. and Mrs. Martin Bobzien of Cologne, Germany.


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ESTATE SALE: Friday & Saturday, 9a.m.-1p.m. 3848 Bluestone Way - Glen Oaks RIDGE - Take Caliandra off Beneva to left on Breezemont and follow signs. Wrought iron dining table, Ethan Alan wall sectionals, leather sofa, sofa and love seat, art glass, 2 dinettes, computer desk, washer and dryer, side by side refrigerator, Colmann generator, shed, fire pit, electronics, TV’s, king bed and bedroom furniture. Too much to list! Sign up after 5p.m. Thursday. Sale Conducted by McMillen & Co.

LONGBOAT KEY condo unit For Sale By Owner. Million dollar view! Sell for $550,000. Turnkey apt.: 2BR/2BA, 1455/sq.ft. under air. Mid-island, Gulf side, 5th floor corner unit, south exposure. What you see is what you get - - - AND GIFT WRAPPED IN SUNSHINE. For appt., call Al, 941-383-1741.


GIRLS’ DRESSES: Bridal Flower (3), size 6 and 2 size 4. $65.00 each. 941-745-2202. PILLOWTOP MATTRESS and box spring set. Barely used King size. $150.00 OBO. 941-923-8077. Platform bed w/ 3 drawers, detached headboard, mattress. $150.00. Don, @ 941-756-9283.

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Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOATHOUSE ON Longboat unit for sale on east end, second level. $30,000, reasonable offers welcomed. Call Mike, 941-952-0308.

Boats Boats are needed, season is starting. 17 Year Islands Resident. Many References. Keeping it simple, “Business On A Handshake.” Please visit website: 941-228-3489.

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Furnishings PATIO AMERICA Medal & Mesh, Counter Height Patio Table, (4) Swivel Arm Chairs. (1) matching Lounge, White, new condition, $550. 941-387-1023.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ART LOVER’S ESTATE SALE OCT. 26, 27, 28 2012 9A.M.-5:30P.M. 315 Julia Place, Sarasota FL 34236 #’s out at 8A.M. Outstanding collection of oil paintings done by Merry Scotland, hand painted furniture, taxidermy, Limoges boxes, outstanding collection dog collectibles, beach cottage furniture, bronzes, great collection of golf memorabilia, lots of equine tack, sterling silver, lamps, occasional tables, lots and lots of hand painted porcelain, wicker furniture, kitchenware, beautiful hand carved Italian gold gild mirror, lots of art supplies, fabulous collection of estate gold, estate jewelry, area rugs, lots of bric-a-brac and much more! For information contact: Ken 941-356-3318 Pictures and more information, visit: look under Sarasota and Stellar Estate Sale MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 1055 & 1060 Bogey Lane, LBK. Fri. Sat. & Sun., 9a.m.-2p.m. Furniture, collectibles, uniquities, Christmas decor, antiques, old fishing gear, knick knacks and much more!

General Merchandise THRIFT SHOP: THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Next to Longboat Island Chapel. Season Opening October 1, 2012: Mon., Wed., & Sat., 9a.m.-1p.m. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738.

Fractionals SPEND PRIME Dec. 25 holiday week every year (or trade internationally, loan to friends or rent it out!) at luxurious 5-Star premier Veranda, Gulf beach resort on central LBK. Special offer now for best views! Call Lara @ 941-400-0950.

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Homes For Rent 3+ BEDROOMS, 2 Bath, Longboat. Across from beach, unobstructed views, sunset deck, garage, marina, WIFI, updated, 55+. $2,600/mo. 941-232-1357.

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


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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 3+BR LBK: across from beach, unobstructed views, sunset deck, updated, single garage, turn-key, WIFI, marina. $3900 includes tax. 941-232-1357. 392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK - Newer 2 BR home in charming seaside neighborhood. 1 block to busy roads to cross. Heated community pool. Clean & nicely decorated. No pets. No smoking. Available short or long term. Owner/agent, 941-544-0214. BEACH HARBOR, LBK: 2BR/2BA. Private beach on Gulf and docks on bay. Fully furnished. 1st floor unit. Private patio overlooking courtyard. Botanical wonder. $2500 month includes everything. 215-859-3275.

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

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2BR GULF Front condo for rent for the season. Available 12/1/12. 90 day minimum. Full amenities and covered garage. Behind the gates in the Pierre. 865-603-3126 or 865-549-5070. LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876. LONGBOAT HARBOR: 2BR/2BA, top floor, elegant, furnished, bay/harbor views, W/D and whirlpool in unit, 4 pools, tennis, activities, exercise room w/ sauna, clubhouse, private beach, beach house with showers. Oct 28-Nov 29 and Nov 30-Dec 29. Seasonal/ Annual. Fantastic rates. Discount for 2 month. Non-smoking. No pets. Call Bonnie, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577.

LONGBOAT KEY: 840 Tarawitt OPEN HOUSE: Sat./Sun., 10/27 & 10/28: 1-4PM. Waterfront: City/ Bay Views; elevator; hardwood floors; 2200sq.ft. 2 docks. You will be Surprised!! BROKERS WELCOME. Attend Open House and register eligible 3000 additional incentives, plus 3.5%.

SEAPLACE, available Jan-Mar 2013, 2BR/2BA, furnished. W/D in unit, first floor, convenient to pools, tennis courts, grills, club house, no smoking, no pets. By owner, $10,000. 440-717-0259.


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“Art is a visual language. It’s a way to think, a way to see the world and understand the world, which is different from words,” Kurt Wenner says. “That was my greatest motivation — art was a way for me to understand the world.”

Chalk of the Town Kurt Wenner was the only 3-D chalk artist when he began in the early ’80s. Although he helped initiate most of the world’s first chalk festivals, he hasn’t contributed major art to one since 1995 — that is, until this year’s fifth annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2



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namorphic chalk artist Kurt Wenner and his hundreds of pastels are coming to town for this year’s Sarasota Chalk Festival. Last year’s was the first chalk festival the 52-year-old had participated in since 1995. Although he led workshops and put on a show at last year’s event, he didn’t contribute a masterpiece. This year, Wenner will create a piece in our backyard. “A lot of festivals went in the direction I didn’t really care for,” he says during a phone interview from his studio on San Juan Island, near Seattle. It’s why he took such a long break from participating in festivals. Wenner has maintained his art, though; he has created a few advertisements and also broke a world record for the largest work of its kind drawn by one person (a piece for Greenpeace). Wenner is renowned for being the inventor of 3-D pavement art. He also started the vast majority of festivals that take place around the world, most of them as fundraisers for art programs. “But one aspect was that the less the organizer paid the artist, the more they made, so the tendency for the festivals was to become amateurish,” he says. His real hope for festivals was to link high-quality, professional art to the community — such as the Sarasota Chalk Festival does. The Sarasota Chalk Festival hosts pros from around the world, as evident on the pavement masterpieces. Wenner attributes its success to founder Denise Kowal, “the first person with good taste” to do it this way, he says. For this year’s festival, Wenner will transform a 1,200-square-foot space of asphalt into this year’s “Circus City, USA” theme. He has planned a circus animal parade coming to town, and it will be a collaborative effort with more than a dozen artists, some of whom are locals, who will work together on his piece for four days. Wenner is also using a technique he’s never tried before. To view his piece, the

Kurt Wenner’s works have been on display on pavements throughout the world. spectator will stand on scaffolding, which will take a viewer’s eye level from the standard 5.5 feet to 15.5 feet. It’s a different geometry than he has used before, but using this technique will give him the opportunity to make things taller; it will appear as if the piece goes on for infinity. Infinity is a subject Wenner knows well. His first professional job in the early ’80s was as an advanced scientific space illustrator for NASA. That was before computer graphics. “They needed to have an artist draw the spacecraft in perspective and show it in other environments and planets,” he says. He had to represent infinity and push the perspective.


“It’s what I brought to the street when I first started doing pavement art,” he says. Wenner’s love for this kind of geometry stems from his mathematician father, Adrian Wenner, who wasn’t thrilled with the idea of his son becoming an artist. His dad would bring home books that combined mathematical principles with art principles; he hoped it would generate an interest for math for his son. It did — but not in the way he had planned. Wenner took geometry as a foundation for art; the same way it was used as foundations of ancient monuments, sculptures and Renaissance art. As a kid, Wenner wasn’t the sidewalkchalk drawing prodigy you might expect

— though, he did steal some chalk from the supply closet at school once. He began the chalk craft later in his life, while he was living in Italy, as a solution to being strapped for cash. “(In Italy) I saw some of the last surviving pavement artists on the street and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t speak the language and I don’t have a work permit,’” he says. So he opted to reproduce copies of the masters via pavement art. Soon after, he began creating original work in the classical style. “At a certain point, I got bored with that because people didn’t realize it was my own work. They thought I was still copying the masterpieces,” Wenner says.

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He wanted to do something they’d never seen, something they’d have to recognize wasn’t a reproduction. In 1984, Wenner created the first 3-D chalk art. Picture Renaissance-style gods coming out of holes in the pavement. “Modern art has created a mental disconnection between the natural world and human creativity,” he says. “What I’m trying to do in my work is to show that you can actually go back and rebuild this broken link and still be innovative and creative.” But art isn’t used as a means of expression for Wenner. Instead, it’s his way of understanding the world around him. It is the visual language he uses to process. “We’ve gotten rid of a way that one could think or solve problems,” he says. His mission is “to show people that one can draw, drawing is fascinating and to make them curious,” he says. If someone gets a sense of disbelief from looking at his work, then he has done his job. “Now it’s funny, because so many people are used to it, so you have to keep pushing it further and further to maintain that state of disbelief,” he says. Cue this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 28 to Nov. 6, and let the jaw-dropping ensue.

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To be fair, Academy-Award winning cinematographer Wally Pfister wasn’t just responsible for all the filming visuals in “Inception.” He’s had a hand in a lot of great flicks: “Moneyball,” “Dark Knight,” “Dark Knight Rises,” “Memento,” “The Italian Job” and the list continues. Thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he got out of Hollywood for a few days to lead some screenings in Sarasota. And his parents, Longboat locals, were probably thrilled to have a visit from their son. He’s a good buddy of director Christopher Nolan, and the duo has been working together for 13 years. They are both “old-school” film guys who are known for staying true to film, rather than digital. He’s also pretty funny — he answered a phone call from his wife during the screening of “Inception,” and even pointed out one of his errors. I sat down with him for a Q&A. Here’s a little tease; you can find the full Q&A online at I know you could probably talk about this next question for hours. But in a nutshell, why is it important for you to shoot photo chemically rather than digitally? In a nutshell — film and shooting photo chemically is a better image-capture system than anything digital right now. And I know that’s changing, but I’ve always felt that until there’s a capture medium that is able to surpass the quality of film, that we want to hold on to our film for as long as we can and keep Kodak alive and running, because there’s something really spectacular about the image on a film negative. What’s your favorite part of the cinematography process? I think really, still, I love being on set and filming. And I love, you know, looking through the camera, and looking at the light and knowing we got it right and feeling that we did what’s appropriate for that scene and that shot and being able to have a comfortable environment and knowing that we shot some scene that’s really strong, important and that we got it right. Overall, the feeling that you got it right after shooting — there’s no greater feeling than that.

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Nik Wallenda walked across Niagra Falls in June, and hasn’t been home since. The home-

town hero was welcomed back as soon as he stepped off his plane Oct. 19, at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. Circus Sarasota clowns, Sailor Circus performers, fans, friends, community leaders and his wife were there to celebrate his homecomMallory Gnaegy ing. Wallenda has already Nik Wallenda announced plans to cross announces his the Grand Canyon without a upcoming Circus safety harness next summer, Sarasota show. but he had another performance announcement up his sleeve: Wallenda will headline the Circus Sarasota production called “His Journey Continues … ” from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15, with brand spankin’ new stunts. And he’ll be doing a special gig at this year’s Sarasota Chalk Festival, too. Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson declared Oct. 19 Nik Wallenda Day. To this, Wallenda reminded the audience that this is the second proclaimed Nik Wallenda Day, which means he’s gotta do 363 more tricks. In addition to his slogan, “Never Give Up,” he called Sarasota the best city in the world. And we’re glad to have the best high-wire superstar in the world back home.

 a new leaf Do you remember the cover story about local artist Jackie Peters Cully? She’s creating an installation at Art Center Sarasota later this spring that will use hundreds of leafs decorated by community members. If you missed the story or want to see a sketch of what the exhibit Mallory Gnaegy will look like, check it out on- Here’s the leaf I line at covered at the Well, I went to one of her last workshop. fun leaf workshops — it’s a nice way to meet some new people and put a little art into your day. And I can’t wait to see the exhibit based on all the unique and wonderful leaves people were making. It’s an easy and fun fall craft for any age and I would highly recommend it. She just led one workshop Oct. 22, but you can get involved 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail. Say “hi” to me if you see me there!

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Music // Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season Sarasota Opera is about to open its fall season and it’s doing it with a pair of operas — one old and one new. First comes Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” a cherished favorite with audiences, that hasn’t been seen here since the Opera House was renovated and re-opened in 2008. This is a work that fairly ripples with melodies that have become household standards. In fact, legend has it that Verdi wrote the immediately famous and tuneful “La donna e mobile” but was afraid to give it to the tenor until the day of the world premiere because he knew it would leak out to the general population and be heard on street corners and in gondolas before the curtain went up. Legend isn’t always right, but it makes a great story! “Rigoletto” is all about a curse — la maledizione — and how that curse becomes the bane and tribulation of the bitter court jester, Rigoletto, and his beautiful and trusting daughter, Gilda. In this production of the well-known Verdi masterpiece, Sarasota Opera is bringing back Marco Nistico, who’s been heard here as Figaro and Sharpless, to take the title role. The brilliant young mezzo, Heather Johnson (heard in past years as a sparkling Cinderella and a dramatic Elizabeth Proctor), tenor Hak Soo Kim (also seen in “La Cenerentola”) and the popular bass, Young Bok Kim, will be appearing in this production, and the Greek soprano Eleni Calenos will make her Sarasota Opera debut as Gilda, Rigoletto’s ill-fated daughter. The Sarasota Orchestra, taking a rest from center-stage and moving into the orchestra pit, will be led by Artistic Director Victor deRenzi. The company’s Youth Opera is presenting the world premiere of “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” a commission with music by Daron Hagen and words by J.D. McClatchy. Don’t do as I first did and think this is an operatic version of Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” a fish of an entirely different stripe. This story is based on Winsor McCay’s turn-of-the-century comic strip,

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Soprano Eleni Calenos as Gilda and baritone Marco Nistico as the cursed jester in “Rigoletto”

“Little Nemo” and recounts the little boy’s adventures with giants, enchantresses, balloons and topsy-turvy castles. The lucky kids in the Sarasota Youth Opera will sing the roles of the children and members of the company’s Apprentice and Studio programs will take on the adult parts. Technically, the production is using a new scenic-projection type of equipment, which originated at the University of Kentucky and has been used by The Atlanta Opera, called SCRIBE: Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment. We’re told it’s an innovation in video scenery! “Rigoletto” will have six performances starting Friday, Oct. 26, and “Little Nemo in Slumberland” will be performed Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Both operas will have subtitles so you’ll know exactly what’s happening. — June LeBell



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The Beaded Lady

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“What I really enjoy is being a part of what the performers have to go through — being a performer, myself, I understand the discipline required,” Ruthie Engford Clark says.

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Tsvi Kaplan would be in trouble if he gave the job to someone else — but she’s kidding. Clark and Kaplan have become quite the team, working together for the past 15 years. One of Clark’s favorite memories from the past 19 years she’s been with the opera was the day of dress rehearsal for Verdi’s “Oberto.” “It was this huge gold dress for some queen-like principal part, and it was all full of pearls, beads, jewels and it wasn’t fin-

ished yet,” she says. “There were six of us all sewing on pearls and beads. Every time I see it, I still remember that.” Sewing on beads takes Clark back to the days she beaded her own costumes on the road between performances with her family’s traveling circus — first for her grandfather’s circus, Engford Family Shows, then her father’s circus, Forges Bros. Show. Her family did everything from acrobatics, wire walking and juggling — they were all musicians,

too. “My love was trapeze,” she says. Her costumes were full of rhinestones, beads and feathers. And she made them all by hand. “You couldn’t buy costumes at Walmart or any store like that. It was all custom made for the work you were doing,” she says. She met her husband, Frank, while they were performing together. And they got married in 1966 while hanging upside down from a helicopter with 75,000 people watching below. Frank

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Clark was the property master at the Sarasota Opera for almost 10 years. The high-flying duo’s home is a museum of costumes and nostalgia from the 35 years they spent performing together. Clark says she hasn’t shared her story with too many people with whom she works, although word does get around about her performance background — especially because the circus community is so close-knit. “It’s not like I wear a shirt that says, ‘I hang from my neck in the air’ or anything,” she laughs. As a woman who spent her life performing, she can relate to the discipline of the opera performer’s craft. And, if she still could, she’d be gung-ho for performing a trapeze performance in a magnificently beaded costume. “Sure! I’m ready!” she says enthusiastically. “Where’s the car? Let’s go!”

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The costume shop at the Sarasota Opera House is bustling as it prepares for the upcoming season, which begins Oct. 26 with “Rigoletto.” There are people sewing buttons and clasps, putting seams into leather, and, every so often, someone will interrupt the droning click of sewing machines to chat. “Oh, give Ruthie something with beading,” one of the women seated at a sewing machine says. Head Dresser Ruthie Engford Clark takes an iridescent mintgreen gown from a nearby rack. She carefully runs her fingers over the large colorful gems she has attached to the garment to be used in Sarasota Youth Opera’s production of “Little Nemo in Slumberland.” Clark is notorious for her beadwork. Sure, she’s responsible for the team that maintains, repairs, cleans and presses hundreds of costumes and makes sure every room in the three floors of dressing rooms has the right costume — including every sock, shoe, hat and belt. But her favorite part of the job is the beadwork. “Whenever there’s beading to do, I say, ‘Howard, save that job for me,’” she says peering over the top of her glasses with a slight furrow in her brow. She gives the impression that resident costume designer Howard

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The Living Legacy of Daniel Moe Key Chorale 2:30 p.m. at The Church of the Palms. $22. Call 921-4845

Kings of Swing 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $10 to $45. Call 953-3368

‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’ 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre. Runs through Dec. 2. $13 to $28 p.m. Call 488-1115

Armands Art Festival and Fall Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. at St. Armands Circle. Free. Call 388-1554 ‘Celebrating Humanity’ with Marcus DeLoach Gloria Musicae. 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. $15. 360-7399

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Singers from Sarasota Opera 8 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Free. Call 552-5325 to reserve

Begins at 9 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach. Runs through Nov. 12. $5. Visit

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Nate Jacobs’ ’50s Jukebox Revue 8 p.m. at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Theater. Runs through Dec. 16. $28. Call 366-1505

‘Maslanka and Mahler’ Sarasota Orchestra 5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. $27 to $35. Call 953-4252 Symphony Orchestra in Concert SCF Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $8. Call 752-5252



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Tom Simmons 7:30 p.m. 9 The Four Seasons +7 10 ‘Little Nemo in Sarasota Orchestra. 8 p.m. Slumberland’ at McCurdy’s Comedy Sarasota Youth Opera. 5:30 Theatre. Runs through Nov. 11. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Runs through Nov. 11. p.m. (also runs Nov. 11) $11 to $15. Call 925-3869 $30 to $77. Call 953-4252 at Sarasota Opera. $15 to $20. Call 366-8450, Ext. 1 Symphonic Wind Cine-World Film Festival Ensemble in Concert Various times at Burns Court Dan Miller and Lew Gatto. 8 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Cinemas. Runs through Nov. p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Center. $8. Call 752-5252 18. Call 955-3456 Arts Center. $15. Call 552-5325


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Runs through Feb. 3. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Opening: The Curated Unknowns: An Exhibition of27 Emerging Artists Art Center Sarasota Runs through Dec. 7. Nov. 30 The Atomic Art Show Clothesline Gallery Runs through Dec. 15. Opening reception Dec. 7.

Pandora Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $60 to $85. Call 953-3368



Annual Tree Lighting 6 p.m. at Marie Selby Five Points Park. Free

Al Romas 7:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Runs through Nov. 25. $11 to $15. Call 925-3869

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Brian Bradley 7:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Runs through Dec. 2. $11 to $15. Call 925-3869

Jazz Bands in Concert SCF Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $8. Call 752-5252

The 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show 10 a.m. at Robarts Arena. Runs through Dec. 2. $9. Call 355-9161

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ 8 p.m. at Island Players Theatre. Runs through Dec. 9. $20. Call 778-5755

‘The Planets’ Sarasota Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $39 to $59. Call 953-4252 Michael Bolton 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $30 to $100. Call 953-3368


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With so much of our housing stock built with retirees and snowbirds in mind, big family homes can be hard to find in Sarasota, particularly at a price that won’t break the bank. But here are three examples that fit the bill nicely. They’re big, they’re well-priced and each one offers a different version of the Sarasota lifestyle. The criteria in choosing them was simple enough: If we were a kid, would we want to live here?

1. Beach Family 1214 Sea Plume Way

Trying to find a large home on Siesta Key for under $1 million can be a real challenge. Just about every one we looked at had a major problem. But this three bedroom, three-bath house on a private street has an awful lot going for it. It’s a little dated, and the lot is small, but all that is forgiven by the location—it’s two blocks from Point of Rocks beach, with its gorgeous white sand to the north and it’s tidal ponds full of sea life to the south. What kid wouldn’t want to grow up there? The look is classic Siesta Key, circa 1980, with vaulted ceilings, wooden decks, and wood siding set on the diagonal. A big bonus — it’s located on a canal, with its own dock and a 10,000-pound boatlift. At 3,680 square feet, it’s roomier than it looks and if you need a fourth bedroom, there’s a loft that could probably be converted. Other special touches: a woodburning fireplace, an elevator and a master suite with sitting area and three walk-in closets. It’s priced at $675,000. With a little remodeling, you’ll have a terrific family home that’s a seven-minute walk — I timed it — from the best beach in the country. For more information contact Jay Mitchell of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate; 586-1754. New Shop “EmbEllishmEnts� & DeSigN StuDio nOW OPEn

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For the city kid with a lot going on — sports and after-school activities — here’s a stylish, contemporary home just a short walk from Riverview High. It’s unusual to find a house this big and this private in such a central location. Set on more than an acre of land, it’s got four (or possibly five) bedrooms in 3,838 square feet. Built in 1973, it’s got a classic-modern look, with dramatic rooms on various levels, a floating staircase, and a

beautifully renovated kitchen. Several years ago this home might have seemed dated; now, with the mid-century look coming back, it’s right in style. Children will love the room with the skylight, the enormous pool, the fact that they have their own wing, and all the great spaces, both indoors and out, for sports, games and hanging out. Parents will love the price tag: sophisticated style and a family-friendly layout for $549,000. For more information, contact Melba Jimenez of Michael Saunders & Co.; 356-3970.

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If you really want a lot of room, head east. Just past the interstate you’ll find communities — some gated, some not — where there’s plenty of room for children and pets. This 4,453-square-foot home in Serenoa Lakes (built in 2000) has four bedrooms, four full baths, plus a den, family room and an upstairs bonus room (31 feet by 21 feet) with a wet bar and balcony. There’s also a caged pool and spa, a three-car garage and

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An hors d’oeuvre of smoked haddock with daikon radishes and shallot vinaigrette

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Maison Blanche chef-proprietor Jose Martinez and John Gill


n airplane ride to New York City is the usual prerequisite for a James Beard Foundation dinner. But lucky locals got to enjoy the treat without the trip Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, when chef/proprietor Jose Martinez, of Maison Blanche on Longboat Key, recreated the dinner he prepared at the foundation in June. Over the two evenings, more than 100 guests enjoyed Martinez’ “French Elegance” menu, an unabashedly sublime application of culinary artistry to five courses with wine pairings from Frederick Wildman and Sons. Asked to name their favorite, guests named virtually every item on the menu. Diners celebrated the

tomato confit with tiny, individual leaves from a baby Brussels sprout for its uniquely intense tomato flavor. The smoked haddock hors d’oeuvres came in for more than its fair share of applause, as did the foie gras and duck pie with wine sauce. The almond meringue topping the Florida lemon tart was exceptional. Among the wines, several (including yours truly) particularly favored the Pol Roger Brut Reserve. And raves included, “For a creative eating experience, this is it in Sarasota”; “He’s an artist”; and simply, “The best in town.” For a chef to be invited to present a dinner at the James Beard Foundation is a form of recognition in and of itself. The foundation is a

nonprofit created in honor of the great champion of American food to “celebrate, nurture and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.” Based on recommendations received and reviewed by both a programming staff and a volunteer programming committee of food professionals, it invites highly regarded chefs to serve a dinner at its headquarters in the Greenwich Village townhouse where James Beard lived for three decades. This was Martinez’s first such event but not his first connection to the foundation; he was a semi-finalist for its Best Chef-South award in 2010, and he underwrites a James Beard Foundation culinary scholarship.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor

Outfitted in one of the hottest little redand-black numbers Sarasota has ever seen, Lauren McComb — followed by George Quarterman, Bambi Famous Kaine, Jamie Embling, Dr. Kristen Paulus, Phil King and Anne Weintraub — got things heated up on the dance floor during CANDance Saturday Oct. 20, at Michael’s On East.

Judging by the elaborate red décor, the sexy costumes, the curves, the legs, the camera flashes and the rounds of applause, the event will surely remain one of the hottest this season. Awards were given for top dollar amount raised — Anne Weintraub — and People’s Choice Award winner — Bambi Famous Kaine. The event benefits the Community Aids Network.

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her one-year cancer-free anniversary. She was treated at SMH. The guest who left prior to the grand-prize drawing and was holding the winning key for Casa Mariposa on Siesta Key was Penny Hill, who co-chaired CANDance Saturday. The donor of the villa was Bambi Famous Kaine, who danced in and won People’s Choice Award. “Penny texted me as soon as she got home and opened her bag, saw her grand prize letter, and realized what had happened,” said KTTC Co-Chairwoman Allison Silver Schwartz. “She has my number because I was a dancer in CANDance last year and because she is our mortgage broker!”

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 Dennis Stover RECEIVEs a birthday surprise Phil King told his partner, Dennis Stover, that they were going to Hyatt Regency Sarasota to meet financial adviser Don Schofield, here on his biannual visit from Indianapolis. Instead, they met 80 of their nearest and dearest, who were gathered poolside to surprise Stover on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

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that she had 34 dance lessons prior to the competition … Grrrrr! … CAN Director of Development Scott George was going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny, but when he paused George Scott’s tiger for a moment outshoes side, BT discovered his tiger shoes! In case you were wondering, Scott didn’t buy them, but made them via needlepoint … So in love … Roger and Alisa Pettingell celebrated their 10th wedding anniverRoger and Alisa sary Saturday … Pettingell

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If you’re wondering what went down at the 2012 Key to the Cure Kick Off, BT has the scoop! In less than 45 minutes, all 400 keys — which had a greater than 8% chance of winning prizes ranging in value to more than $3,000 — were sold. The goal for the key sale was $20,000, but several entrepreneurial folks, such as Margaret Wise and Gwen MacKenzie — resold their keys. Nearly 700 people attended the event. The owner of the pink beach cruiser from Ryder Bikes had five offers to buy it before he left the store, but he refused them because he was giving the bike to his niece, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The guest who won the Skinsmart Dermatology basket, valued at $1,200, just celebrated

Save the last dance … Allison Silver Schwartz roamed the Michael’s On East Courtyard for what was surely a couple of hours trying to purchase a two-minute dance lesson from one of the professional CANDance dancers. A disappointed Schwartz said she had asked everyone, but the lessons were sold out. Later that evening Schwartz was seen twirling around the dance floor … Thai time … Pam and Lyn Wiley were breaking it down on the dance floor, when Lyn paused to talk about his wife’s “fantastic and famous ensemble handpainted by seven virgins.” Pam corrected her husband, saying it was hand-woven, not hand-painted. “Well, it was hand-woven by seven virgins, then,” Lyn joked … Winner, winner, chicken dinner … When Bambi Famous Kaine, who won this year’s CANDance competition, saw a photo of her husband, Jeff, wearing an extremely furry white Jeff Kaine top hat, she called him “Dr. Seuss” … Where’s Weintraub? … Anne Weintraub was incognito before the actual competition began. Unlike the rest of the female contestants, who all seemed to be donning shades of red that evening, those on the lookout for Weintraub were unable to locate her, for quite some time due to the fact that she was sporting black from head to Anne Weintraub and Alexandra Band toe. She also reported

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34th Annual New England Clambake Benefiting New College Foundation. 6:30 New College Bayfront Price: $150. Contact: Andrea Stephens, 487-4684

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Goodwill Tribute Luncheon. Benefiting Goodwill Foundation. 11:30 a.m. at Dolphin Aviation. Price: $100. Contact: 355-2721, Ext. 104

Dream Makers Ball honoring Nathan Benderson Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. 6 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Price: $250. Contact: Tamara Chapman, 366-3911






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AJC 2012 Civic Achievement Award Dinner Honoring Margaret Callihan. 6 p.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $175. Contact: Brian Lipton, 365-4955 or High Tea at High Noon Benefiting Planned Parenthood. Noon at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Price: $60. Contact: Laura Coyle, 365-3913, Ext. 1124

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YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. Benefiting YMCA Foundation of Sarasota. 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East. By Invitation Only. Contact: Deborah Weber, 951-1336, Ext. 7

Season Opener Brunch. Sarasota Orchestra. 11 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $100. Contact: Nicole Lee, 487-2743

A Night to Remember Benefiting The Players Theatre. 6 p.m. at Michael’s on East. Price: $150. Contact: 365-2494

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The Goddesses Luncheon. Benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Sarasota. 10:30 a.m. shopping; luncheon 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $75. Contact: Zora Fraizer, 957-3599 or


Life’s High and Lows … and How I Wore Them! Benefiting Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. 11 a.m. at Plantation Golf & Country Club. Price $50. Contact: 485-9724




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