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Bill and Judy Carman

+ 50 years of wedded bliss Longboat Key residents Bill and Judy Carman recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 27, 1962, in Ann Arbor, Mich., and honeymooned on Mackinaw Island, Mich. To celebrate 50 years of marriage, the couple revisited the island in June and enjoyed the annual Lilac Festival. The Carman’s also celebrated locally in July with a dinner hosted by their three sons Matthew, Christopher and Jeffery and attended by close friends. The couple has lived on Longboat for 43 years and was formerly in business at Carman’s shoes and Handbags on St. Armands for 46 years. They retired two years ago.

+ Time to turn back the clocks It’s the one day of the year that we get to turn back the hands of time. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, so turn your clocks back before you head to bed Saturday night.

+ Photog captures natural moments Longboat Key photographer Mary Lou Johnson’s photography is featured in a four-page article in the October 2012 Southern Boating magazine. The article is titled “Nature’s playground” and features Longboat Key as “a barrier island on Florida’s southwest coast that’s worth the voyage.” The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble and other magazine racks.

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The Ballet highlights Ringling’s history in circus-themed ‘Nutcracker.’ INSIDE

Longboat Key Chamber hosts third annual triathlon. PAGE 21A

THINKING BIG

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Right place, right time Michael Welly sat in the chair, his head covered in electrodes, as 25 top local executives read his mind. It was 2010 at one of Ringling College of Art and Design’s first corporate creativity retreats. Jane Buckman, executive director of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, needed a subject who would agree to let Creative Mindflow founder George Pierson read his brainwaves in front of the audience. She asked Welly, general manager of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, for one reason: She thought he would do it. “I don’t think he knew what he was getting into,” Buckman said, laughing. That Welly found himself sitting there shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ask those who know him about his eight-and-a-half years at the Key Club and they’ll give you a list of the times he stepped up: He’s been a board member of the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, the YMCA Foundation and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Arts Center’s Creativity Council, sat through countless Town Hall meetings and welcomed community groups to the Key Club. Buckman remembers Pierson being shocked by what he saw: Welly’s theta waves — the

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The Longboat Key Club and Resort’s general manager Michael Welly is saying ‘goodbye’ after eight-and-a-half years.

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Lynn Weddington and Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Michael Welly were married during a recent trip to Italy. They’ll head to the West Coast before deciding the next step in their careers.

New management / PAGE 2A brain waves associated with a creative, dreamlike state — were “off the charts”-wide. “George was not expecting that,” Buckman said. “He was

thinking he was a big executive in tourism and hospitality and wasn’t expecting to see what he saw. He was pleasantly surprised.” Maybe the breadth of those theta waves shouldn’t have been so surprising. Love it or hate it, Welly’s creative vision for the Key Club has been at the center

of debate throughout the town for four-and-a-half years. Welly, along with about a dozen Key Club employees, many of them top management, were terminated last week in what Welly said was “anticipated” following Delray Beach-based

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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Port Dolphin sand to arrive next summer The town of Longboat Key will perform a hot spot beach project in summer 2013 to help high-erosion areas Key-wide. By next summer, the town of Longboat Key will likely have removed sand from a borrow site miles out in the Gulf where a natural-gas pipeline is being placed. Last month, Town Manager Dave Bullock announced that he has signed the offshore lease with the U.S. Depart-

ment of the Interior (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) for access to the sand that lies under the Port Dolphin LLC natural-gas pipeline project on the floor of the Gulf.   “The town has been working on this lease for some time,” Bullock wrote. “This lease secures our access to

this sand.” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said the town has until June 2013 to take approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sand for use for a future beach project. It’s expected, though, that Port Dolphin could ask

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Sand loss near North Shore Road is so substantial that sand that was put in front of Longbeach condominium’s seawall has disappeared at high tide in less than one year’s time.

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WELLY / FROM PAGE 1A Ocean Properties Ltd.’s announcement of plans to purchase the Key Club from the New York-based Loeb Partners Realty Group for an undisclosed price. The announcement came a week before the planned Oct. 31 date. “Michael has made the Key Club a good sort of corporate citizen,” Mayor Jim Brown said. “He’s been involved in a lot of things going on all over the Key. I hope Ocean Properties continues that involvement.”

Developing a vision

Michael Welly arrived at the Key Club with a belief he has always had about the earliest towns: They all had a church. And they all had a hotel. To Welly, it shows that a community and its hotel each need the other to thrive. It’s one reason why Welly has become an active part of every community in which he has lived. When he left Seattle, the mayor declared a “Michael Welly Day” in honor of Welly’s contributions. What Welly didn’t arrive with was a vision. “You don’t arrive with a vision so much as you develop a vision,” he said. Welly arrived at the Key Club in March 2004, the day after Loeb dismissed Shannon Hotel Group owners W. Shane Eagan and A. Thomas Rasmussen, who had managed the Key Club since April 1990. He had started working for Loeb the previous December, overseeing the company’s ownership transition of the Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort, in Galena, Ill., but was searching for an opportunity that would bring him either back to Florida or the West Coast. The Cleveland native began his career in hospitality “very much by accident” shortly after he got out of the U.S. Army and saw a “help wanted” advertisement for sales representatives in the consumer products division of the former ITT, which was essentially 12 Holiday Inns. Soon after he got the job, the company merged with the Sheraton Group. ADVERTISEMENT

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New management Ocean Properties Ltd. announced in a prepared statement Tuesday afternoon that Jeff Mayers, who served as general manager of the Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra, will serve as the Key Club’s new general manager. Mayers has served as chairman of the board of the St. John’s County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the St. John’s County Tourism Development Council. “It took me about a year to get serious about the job,” Welly said. “Like most people who work a lot of hours, there are a lot of ups and downs. If you can stand it for a year, you’re hooked.” By 28, he was the youngest general manager in the Sheraton’s history. He worked in big cities such as Boston, Chicago and Seattle and small towns, too, such as Steamboat Springs, Colo., that would prepare him for the small town of Longboat Key. Welly never stayed in one community for more than five years. When he looks back, he can’t pick his favorite. He likes to say that for each, he was in the right place at the right time. Welly faced multiple challenges when he became manager of the Key Club. About 70 of 220 owners had withdrawn their units from the Inn on the Beach rental program because they didn’t want to participate in a renovation project that cost up to $30,000 a unit. The proposed $20 million Islandside Ca d’Coure plan was before the town and the subject of controversy. Plus, he saw the property as needing major upgrades. “Inn on the Beach had tremendous potential,” Welly said. “It had a Four Diamond rating, and I was concerned that members would lose that designation.” Welly sensed a growing unhappiness with Key Club members. He spent the first three months on the phone with Inn on the Beach owners, con-

vincing all but six of them to re-enter the rental program. He also eventually recommended withdrawing the Ca d’Coure plan to Loeb. “I didn’t think much of it,” Welly said of the project. “To me, it was a very valuable property and we would only be gaining a few memberships, plus the income from selling the property. For me, it was a oneshot deal.” When Welly finally unveiled his vision for the Key Club four years later, it was in the form of a $500 million project that he believed could put the Key Club on par with the Ocean Reef Club, in Key Largo, and the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Welly anticipated major opposition from Islandside residents when he presented the plan, which was reduced to a $400 million plan, although he didn’t quite expect that it would take the Key Club through 23 public hearings before the Longboat Key Town Commission approved it in June 2010. Former Key Club Public Relation Manager Katherine Songster said that Welly gave employees a sense of ownership in the project and never wavered. “People would look to him to gauge the challenge of what was going on,” she said. “He always maintained strong leadership.” Still, Welly didn’t wait around for the project to make changes happen at the Key Club. Songster described how he empowered employees to make the Key Club better. When managers approached him about creating a “green team” to reduce its environmental footprint, he told them to run with it. In the first year, the effort prevented more than 1 million pieces of Styrofoam and other items from entering landfills. Welly invited many community groups into the club’s facilities. When the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key needed a new place to meet in 2009, Welly agreed to weekly breakfast meetings at the Key Club — and welcomed members to their first breakfast with steak and eggs. Commissioner Terry Gans, a Key Club project supporter, said that Welly responded when he expressed concerns even about

the tiniest things — issues he describes as too small to even mention. “He always listened,” Gans said. “My feeling is that he did a lot to improve the club.” The future of Welly’s vision for the Key Club is unclear. In August, the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling granting a writ of certiorati to the project’s challengers, effectively killing the Islandside application. Welly said he is optimistic about Ocean Properties’ vision for the Key Club. “It’s probably not identical,” he said. “You don’t arrive with a vision, but with some thoughts in your head. I’m sure as they get more involved with the community, their vision will evolve, as mine did.” Despite the Islandside project’s status, Welly still thinks of it as a success. He credits it for building momentum throughout the island for redevelopment. “The island needs to evolve,” he said. “I think that enough people have that vision that they’ll make it happen.”

Personal plans

As for Welly? He tied the knot with his longtime partner, Lynn Weddington, on a recent vacation to Bellagio, Italy. The couple met nine years ago on a blind date through Welly’s former public relations director, who was Weddington’s neighbor. Welly and Weddington plan to leave Longboat Key by year’s end and will most likely rent a home in the Los Angeles area before deciding where their careers will take them next. They’re “mentally West Coast people,” so they should feel at home. That’s not to say he hasn’t come to love the island and its people. “We’ve loved it completely and would have been fine staying here,” he said. Welly figures, instead, that he’ll look back on Longboat Key the way he has come to remember most places. He’ll reflect on it. And think: “That was the right place at the right time.”

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Jaleski makes campaign proposal Stakeholders Gene Jaleski wants candidates for the March Longboat Key Town Commission election to agree to spending limits, but other candidates aren’t ready to adopt his proposal. The 2013 Longboat Key Town Commission race could be crowded, with six candidates having qualified to run for four seats in the March 19 election. Former Commissioner Gene Jaleski is one of those candidates, having qualified for the at-large seat held by Commissioner Phill Younger, who is seeking re-election. Last Friday, Jaleski emailed those who had qualified for or taken out papers to run for commission seats, suggesting that all candidates agree on various limits to campaign spending. “I believe we can have a better election process if everyone agrees to curtail expenses and focus on voter education and awareness,” he wrote. Jaleski’s proposal includes either no campaign signs or a limited number of lawn signs; no political advertisements or a limited number of advertisements that would equal two full newspaper pages, while sharing the cost of placing a small box on the front page of both local newspapers that would direct voters to a website with equal space for each candidate; and equal candidate contributions to help partially defray the cost of several debates. But other candidates aren’t ready to

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sign off on Jaleski’s proposal yet. Younger declined to comment on Jaleski’s suggestion. “I have absolutely no comment on anything Gene Jaleski has to say,” he said. Commissioner Terry Gans, who has qualified to run for the at-large seat he was appointed to in July, cited Jaleski’s Friends of Longboat Key blog and newspaper column. “It’s ironic for someone with his name recognition to make this suggestion,” Gans said. Resident Joseph Iannello qualified to run against Gans in March but told the Longboat Observer Tuesday morning that he planned to notify the town later that day that he won’t run for a commission seat, in part because he is focusing on building a new house. Still, he expressed support for Jaleski’s suggestions. “I think there needs to be more transparency,” he said of the process. Mayor Jim Brown, who has also qualified to run for his District 4 seat in March, also referred to Jaleski’s blog in an email Friday. “This should also include not using personally established blogs,” Brown wrote. Jaleski responded to Brown’s comment

in an email: “Good point,” he wrote. “I am seeking a level playing field for all candidates. If we agree, then I will gladly stop all other political activities in the media. I still would like as many public events as possible where opposing candidates can discuss their views with the community.” Brown said that he wasn’t ready to answer Jaleski’s proposal yet, because he doesn’t know if he’ll have a challenger. Resident Larry Grossman has taken out papers for his seat but has not yet qualified. As of Tuesday, Grossman hadn’t yet seen the email but expressed support when the Longboat Observer told him about the suggestions. “Being on the commission is very demanding with no compensation,” he said. “I don’t know why we should spend lots of money competing.” Commissioner Jack Duncan, who doesn’t currently have a challenger for his District 2 seat, said that he didn’t want to be part of Jaleski’s proposal because it would involve communicating directly or indirectly with other commissioners. “I just don’t want to get involved,” he said. “It smacks of Sunshine Law violations.”

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Whitney Beach Plaza tapped for stronger codes, renovation Town officials want to strengthen codes to upgrade the site of Whitney Beach Plaza, and the plaza owner promises a complete renovation in the coming months. The roof at the former post office building at Whitney Beach Plaza is caving in. Colored cellophane now covers the inside of several vacant storefronts, which has been placed there, some say, to prevent people from seeing mold on the walls and insulation falling from the ceilings. Meanwhile, the vacant gas station on the north end of the Key is boarded up and is bordered by a fence that’s falling down. The problem is the town of Longboat Key can’t do anything about those issues and that has the Longboat Key Town Commission considering beefing up its property-maintenance code. Commissioners will discuss at their Nov. 15 regular workshop what to do, if anything, with a property-maintenance code that currently only instructs property owners to cut weeds and grass. “We have to decide whether to raise the bar on the maintenance of properties town wide,” said Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer. “The dilemma is coming up with something that holds the town to a higher standard without creating too much conflict.” Meyer called the issue with the caving roof at the post office building at Whitney Beach Plaza “a concern.” “The ceiling is falling in and the roof is caving,” Meyer said. “If they don’t do something soon, we have an issue with unsafe structures, and as our code currently is written, things there would have to get worse before we can enforce them to make it better.” The same goes for a fence falling down at the gas station site. “If panels are lying down, we can make you pick them up, but I can’t make you fix the fence,” said Meyer. A dilemma of strengthening the property-maintenance code would be that it would create more work for Meyer’s

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Town officials are concerned about a sinking hole in the post office building at Whitney Beach Plaza and a fence with panels falling down at the former gas station site. code-enforcement staff, which currently only has one code officer. “It would create more work for my staff if we are going to start enforcing items such as peeling paint, missing roof shingles and ripped pool cages,” Meyer said. Rich Juliani, principal of the Bostonbased JKI Investment Capital LLC, which owns the plaza, disputes rumors that mold is growing inside the plaza. Juliani said he’s closing on paperwork Oct. 31, for a $1 million renovation of the entire 35,000-square-foot plaza that could begin as early as November, pending permit approvals, and could be finished as early as May. “We’re gutting the whole thing and renovating it,” Juliani said. “And we’re starting with the post-office building first because I’m sick of hearing about it.” Juliani said the reason he never fixed

the sinking hole in the post office building was because it didn’t make sense to do so and he was waiting for the talks of the overlay district for the area to subside. “I would tell Longboaters I apologize for the plaza’s appearance, but I wasn’t going to drop any money into the plaza until discussions were over,” Juliani said. “Now that they are, I can say we are renovating the entire site, from roofs to sidewalks to pillars to landscaping.” Juliani said he has interest for future tenants that include realty offices, coffee shops and restaurants. Juliani, who still owns the plaza’s liquor license, said the plaza would also include a liquor store. “Commercial-real estate for a plaza of this size doesn’t happen overnight in this economy,” Juliani said. “But interest is rising, and residents will see improvements to this plaza soon.”

seek parking leniency

St. Armands merchants and business owners told the Parking Advisory Committee that parking enforcement has become excessive. Not all of city government is experiencing shortfalls in revenue. In September, the city of Sarasota’s parking department generated $45,000 in revenue — a 30% increase from the same month in 2011. Mark Lyons, the city’s parking manager, cited the data during the Wednesday, Oct. 24 meeting of the newly formed Parking Advisory Committee. The numbers probably didn’t come as a surprise to the St. Armands merchants and residents who attended the meeting, many of whom have been complaining about a spike in parking citations since March, when the Sarasota City Commission voted to bag downtown parking meters and make parking restrictions uniform throughout the city. Kingston Arms resident Jim Mauritzen spoke at Wednesday’s meeting about how restrictions have impacted residents of the 49-unit condominium at 500 S. Washington Drive. Each unit has one assigned parking space, meaning that visitors have to park in city streets that have a three-hour limit 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week. “Our concern is family and friends,” Mauritzen said. “It really is a burden to have to move cars every three hours.” St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan said that 67% of people who visit St. Armands Circle are tourists. Corrigan has argued that efforts to educate the public about parking might not be as effective on St. Armands as they are in other parts of the city, because visitors aren’t in town long enough to modify their behavior. Business owners have reported that they’ve dealt with irate customers, some of whom have returned merchandise they bought from the Circle after getting a ticket. “This is not exactly the image we want of Sarasota, and it’s not the image we want for St. Armands Circle,” Corrigan said. Restrictions are also problematic for Circle employees, who park on residential streets to avoid tickets, according to Corrigan. Tammy Halsted, marketing director for Touch of Africa, said that parking enforcement has gone “from very reasonable to impossible.” She described her frustrations from the perspective of both a merchant and a resident. She said that customers frequently have to leave private events at Touch of Africa to avoid a parking ticket. Because she lives in an apartment above the Circle, she has to move her car every three hours, even on Saturday, her day off. St. Armands merchants and residents weren’t on the agenda for the committee’s meeting but attended to speak during the public comments portion. Lyons told the committee that the city increased the number of warnings it issued during the summer. Additionally, it installed warning signage throughout the Circle warning motorists to park in designated spaces. The City Commission voted to form the Parking Advisory Committee to help parking management to develop a strategic parking plan and to provide for more stakeholder input in developing future parking policy. The committee’s next meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Sarasota City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota, and is open to the public.


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+ Judge enters official Colony orders Town attorney David Persson alerted the Longboat Key Town Commission in an email Thursday that a bankruptcy judge officially entered orders Wednesday that awards more than $20 million in damages to longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, his partnership with the association and the resort’s unit owners. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May granted a $20,646,312 damages award without restoring the partnership, which kept control of the units with the owners. The damages money would be used to pay a list of Colony creditors before Klauber and other limited partners could receive any money. Colony Association President Jay Yablon has stated the association expected May’s decision, and it plans to appeal the rulings in an Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals courtroom. 

Meetings agendas

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 Town Commission regular meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5  Code Enforcement Board 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.

+ Library switches to winter hours The Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road, will switch to winter hours beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 383-2011.

+ Make your vote count

+ Town refreshes website this week The town will unveil the new longboatkey.org Thursday, Nov. 1. Website features include a listing of town staff, upcoming meeting agendas and a section with answers to frequently asked questions on Longboat Key, such as: • What do I do if I notice that my neighbor’s grass is not being cut or the property is not being properly maintained? • Why does a fire truck respond with an ambulance? • When should I call 911? • Who do I contact about nuisance wildlife such as raccoons or peacocks?

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LOCAL MOVEMENT

taking root

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

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Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Selby Gardens’ efforts Party to focus on local roots could preserve rare plants This year’s Gourmet Lawn Party will benefit four local children’s charities. This year’s Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party will hit closer to home than past luncheons. Instead of raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key will raise money for four local children’s charities: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee and Sarasota counties, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Manatee and Sarasota counties, Child Protection Center and Children First. And local businesses are stepping up more than ever to help. The party has garnered more than $20,000 in sponsorships, up from last year’s record $17,000, according to event secretary John Wild. “Local businesses are really getting onboard to help local children,” Wild said. The event has drawn not only businesses that are participating at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000, but also from individual patrons who give $150 and get two complimentary tickets. The Kiwanis Club has printed 1,200 event tickets, 300 of which will go to premier sponsors. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Raffle tickets are priced at $100, and sales are capped at 400. The grand prize is the winner’s choice of $20,000 cash; $20,000 toward any vehicle at any of the five Sarasota-Manatee Gettel dealerships; or a $20,000 “Uncrowded Serengeti” safari package from Admiral Travel. Second prize is a three-day, two-night

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens officials are working with the town and the Water Club in hopes of propagating three species of rare plants found on the Key.

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Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside golf course, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive Tickets: Event tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; raffle tickets are $100. Where to purchase tickets: Longboat Key: Lazy Lobster Longboat Key, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Ace Hardware, 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive; SunTrust Bank, 510 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive; BP Station, 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Barrier Island Realty, 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive Downtown Sarasota: Observer Media Group, 1970 Main St., Fourth Floor St. Armands Circle: Coldwell Banker, 400 St. Armands Circle; Edward Jones, 443 John Ringling Blvd., Suite 1220; Lynches Pub & Grub, 19 Blvd. of the Presidents Anna Maria Island: Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach

A budding effort by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens could help to preserve three rare plant species found on Longboat Key. Botanist Bruce Holst told the Longboat Observer that his organization is working with the town and management at the Water Club to collect seeds or cuttings from plants with the goal of propagating them at Selby. “At Selby, on the bay shore, especially, we have a native representation of coastal plantings, and we have the opportunity to educate visitors about native species,” Holst said. “We’re trying to complement that with plants immediately native to this area.” Two of the species are located on a four-acre nature preserve at the Water Club condominium: the Crossopetalum rhacoma, a shrub commonly known as the maidenberry and the Harrisia aboriginum, referred to as the aboriginal prickly pear. A third species, the Maytenus phyllanthoides, or the Florida mayten, is found at the town’s Quick Point Nature Preserve. The Water Club’s maidenberry plants are the northern-most population of the species in the world. The closest population is located 180 miles south, in Monroe County. “There’s a small population sitting there vulnerable to storms and vulnerable to the impacts that have been caused by development, so one of the targets is to bring that into conservation,” said Holst, who noted that when plants are as

stay at the Longboat Key Club and Resort that includes use of all amenities. Third prize is an oil painting by artist Malenda Trick valued at $1,500. The event has 29 participating restaurants, along with beverages courtesy of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Sysco, Premier Beverage, Coca-Cola and Southern Wine & Spirits, and will also feature flowers from Exotica Florist.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Holst

The Water Club’s maidenberry plants represent are the northern-most population of the species in the world.

isolated as those at the Water Club, the species can diverge slightly. The aboriginal prickly pear is a candidate for inclusion on the federally endangered list of plant species, because just 500 to 1,000 of the cacti remain in Southwest Florida — the only place in the entire world where the species can be found. The Florida mayten plants at Quick Point could represent the northern-most population in the state and is included on the state’s list of endangered plant species. Selby is seeking permits for the effort, which won’t involve uprooting any plants and could obtain them in the next couple of weeks. Ideally, the effort would culminate in new populations of all three rare species someday flourishing at Selby Gardens.

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according to the Longboat Pass Management Plan. The sandstructure project will cost the town $6.2 million, and the town might be able to take more sand from the Port Dolphin sand site for that project. Commissioners have signed off on the project that Bullock recommends, which calls for two permeable, adjustable-type

groins near North Shore Road on town property and a nonadjustable groin that would stick out into Longboat Pass on Manatee County property to keep sand from flowing north into the channel and into Sarasota Bay. After the structures are in place, sand from Longboat Pass will still need to be placed on the north end every four to eight years.

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Volunteer work runs in family Fanny Younger is following in her mother, Blanca Di Cecco’s, footsteps as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Fanny Younger and her mother, Blanca Di Cecco, have volunteered more than 10,000 hours combined at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. That’s the equivalent of at least five years of full-time, 40-hour-a-week work. It means that mother and daughter, both from Longboat Key, have spent more hours volunteering than the 8,760 hours there are in an entire year. Younger, 56, has a pin that recognizes her 1,000 hours of service over the past five years. It will take her a long time to catch up to Di Cecco, 83, who has volunteered since 1991 at the hospital and received a 9,000hour pin in September. Already, Younger is following in her mother’s footsteps: Oct. 17, she received the hospital’s “President Award” for her volunteer work, an honor Di Cecco has also received. Di Cecco was a longtime volunteer at Southside Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. At age 14, Younger joined her as a candy striper. When Di Cecco retired in 1991, she began volunteering at Sarasota Memorial because she needed something to get her out of the house. More than a decade-anda-half later, Younger began volunteering at the hospital in 2007, shortly after her own retirement. Both Younger and Di Cecco say that many people believe that hospital volunteer work consists of nothing more than delivering flowers. Both know better. Di Cecco volunteers at the Waldemere Desk doing dispatch work, but that’s not all. A few years ago, hospital workers noticed that patients were often forced to put their eyeglasses in shoes because they didn’t bring a case and asked for suggestions. Di

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Cecco began sewing cases out of scrap fabric to meet the need. She now sews as many as 600 cases per month. Di Cecco, a Puerto Rico native, also helps out whenever the hospital needs a Spanish translator. Younger volunteers running whatever errands are needed in the dispatch office, while also chairing the hospital’s teenage volunteer program. Both women see how the little things make a big difference to patients, such as showing a lost visitor to the room they’re looking for instead of pointing out directions. Younger hopes that she, like her mother, will be healthy enough to follow in her mother’s footsteps to 9,000 hours and beyond. But 9,000 hours isn’t a stopping point for Di Cecco. “As long as I can walk, I’ll volunteer,” she said.

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On the eve of the 2012 presidential election, it seems inconceivable that anyone intending to vote could be undecided at this moment. But it could be true. And if it is, if there are indeed some of you still wavering between re-electing Barack Obama or electing Mitt Romney, this week we are writing to you. We’re not going to devolve into a debate over the merits of the candidates’ approaches to tax policy, the economy, deficits and entitlements. Instead, we believe there are two compelling matters that will provide the difference and lead you to your ultimate choice. One is honor. The other is leadership. Together they converge at the root of the two candidates’ being — their character. All along, over these past few weeks, we have repeated the belief that all candidate elections are referenda on the incumbents’ performance. Does he deserve to continue to represent you? Has he earned, through his performance, the right to remain in office? Did he demonstrate the behavior that earned your trust? Did he do the job as competently as you expect?

responded: “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to … “And I guarantee you,” he told the reporter, “that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number-one priority making sure that people were safe …” But Americans still want to know: Is Fox right? Is Woods’ father right? As the Marines’ core values require: Be accountable for your actions. Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity. In Thomas Horton’s book, “What Works for Me,” interviews with 16 CEOs, he writes: integrity is the essential quality. “Without integrity, there can be no trust. Leadership is based on trust.” In the end, the story of Barack Obama’s role in the Benghazi murders is a defining story of his character.

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Honor and integrity

When we continue to hear the details of what happened on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya — primarily from Fox News and, shamefully, virtually nothing from the mainstream media — we continue to wait for Barack Obama to tell the American people the truth. What really happened? The story for 50 days has been coming to light in pieces — and none of it definitively from the man who is expected to be truthful and straight. None of it from the man expected to demonstrate integrity and honor to the people he serves. Americans want that, they expect that from their Commander in Chief. Americans stew with anger that terrorists attacked our sovereign propety in Libya and murdered four of our countrymen. But what makes the event all the more engraging is Americans have found out most of the details through unnamed news sources and memos that a few journalists have clawed and scraped to unearth. None of our public servants is coming clean. This goes to the heart of honor and integrity. And it points to one man. Read the books on honor and integrity. Look at the Core Values of the U.S. Marines, who serve under the Command in Chief. The first core value is Honor: “Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior; to never lie, cheat or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity; and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions. The books on business leadership teem with references to integrity and honor as deeply rooted, foundational requisites. When D.A. Benton wrote, “How to Act Like a CEO,” she included a section on what CEOs should do in a crisis: “The steps, although important, aren’t as important as the tone and manner in which you carry them out. The mantle of integrity must pervade in every single detail in every way (italics added). “Take charge,” she wrote. “You must call the shots.” Benton quoted Lee Roberts, CEO of FileNET: “When things are down, you have to be out in front. You’re the captain, it’s your problem.” When the late Marvin Bower, first managing director of McKinsey & Co., wrote about leadership in the “Book of Business Wisdom,” he quoted Pearl S. Buck, the late Nobel Prize author: “Integrity is honesty carried through the fibers of the being and

whole mind, into thought as well as action that the person is complete in honesty. That kind of integrity I put above all else as an essential of leadership.”

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On the deaths of the four Americans in Benghazi — Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, it was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama, who said: “I take responsibility.” She didn’t elaborate. It’s still under investigation, she said. Two weeks later, Fox News reported more details: “Upon hearing shots fired, team members asked higher-ups at the annex if they could go the consulate. However, they were told to ‘stand down,’ according to sources familiar with the exchange. “Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and went to the consulate, evacuating survivors and Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. “They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight. At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. Woods and Doherty were killed at the annex by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. “The CIA and Defense Department have denied claims about requests for support being rejected.” Meantime, Tyrone Woods’ father has been quoted, saying: “Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied. In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.” Yet, when a Denver television reporter, on Oct. 26, asked the president if military support had been rejected, the president

The second matter is leadership. When we heard the president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club speak at a Venice Tiger Bay Club luncheon last summer, he spoke about his wish for seeing two parties come together so our nation could move forward. He chastised bitter partisanship. And when you look over the past two years, ever since Republicans regained control of the House, the Washington news archives have been a two-year saga of partisan stalemate. Disagreement is in the DNA of Washington, D.C., especially so in the House, Senate and White House. But in the whirl of a hurricane, or, say, the challenge of averting fiscal collapse, at some point the antagonistic sailors must pull together to save the ship. This takes a leader, a leader who can bring sides together, who is willing to reach out, who is willing to put himself second to others, who has the ability to persuade sides to compromise. We haven’t seen that leader in Barack Obama. In “The Price of Politics,” Bob Woodward — critic of Republicans and Democrats alike — chronicles how President Obama alienated Republicans and business leaders in his first two years in office. The split between him and the House leadership in his second two years was wider than the first two. “Presidents,” Woodward said, figure out how to “work their will — or should work their will — on the important matters of national business.” Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did, Woodward said. “Obama has not.” This, too — the ability, or in Obama’s case, the inability to rally competing interests — is a matter of character.

Did he do the job?

If you evaluate what we have presented in the context of what America faces over the next four years, it is indeed relevant to ask, as we did at the outset: Has Barack Obama’s performance earned him the right to remain in office? Did he demonstrate the behavior that earned Americans’ trust? Did he do the job as competently as you expect? On the two matters presented above — integrity and leadership, Obama’s refusal so far to face Americans fully and honestly about Benghazi and his inability to bring congressional sides together — for neutral thinkers it would seem difficult to answer in the affirmative. We believe he has not. If you conclude that as well, the next question is: Does Mitt Romney’s life and career serve as a sufficient predictor that his performance, that his character, would rise above the incumbent’s? If you study the entirety of their lives side by side, the choice is clear: Mitt Romney.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: Please clarify the basis for your recommendation (Oct. 25, page 9A) to vote “no” on the three Supreme Court justices seeking retention. You cite, apparently with approval, Major Harding’s position that “merit-retention votes for judges are not intended to be votes on judges’ decisions.” Yet, you then recommend a “no” vote because Justices Quince, Lewis and Pariente decided three cases in ways other than you would have decided them: Gore v. Harris, school vouchers and Obamacare. Decisions with which you do not agree are not proof of “judicial and behavioral improprieties.” Thus, your recommendation reflects, at best, careless and self-contradictory reasoning. Your readers, and the justices, deserve better. Joseph Bartel Sarasota Editors Note: Sorry for the confusion. The whole merit-retention vote for judges is a seriously flawed process, in large part because most Floridians have no clue on what they are voting — the judges’ decisions or their ethical conduct? Harding says it’s a vote on ethical conduct. Yet, Jesse Phillips of Restore Justice 2012, a Central Florida group opposed to retaining the three Supreme Court justices, told a reporter for The James Madison Institute that, “Justice Quince said it best, ‘We have a merit retention system to determine if justices are doing their jobs.’” According to the institute’s fall edition journal: “Phillips contends that the only way to tell whether they are doing their jobs is to ‘look at their decisions; are they living up to the Constitution?’” We support the type of judicial decision making that emphasizes judicial restraint and fidelity to the original meaning of constitutional text, not

that style that makes inferences and is regarded as judicial activism — judges making laws. In our view, Justices Quince, Lewis and Pariente’s decisions too often fit the latter.

+ Series is helpful Dear Editor: Kudos and many thanks to The Observer for the excellent series and general coverage on ballot items for the Nov. 6 general election. Your amendment-by-amendment opinion series was especially helpful. I happen to agree with your recommendations and expressed logic for all but Amendment 6 — I felt that your analysis, and your stated principles for amendments in general, didn’t support your conclusion and recommendation on that particular amendment. Even there, however, your analysis was, as with all the others, very useful in reaching my own voting decision. As we might say or signal in the Navy: BRAVO ZULU! Your critical jabs at the absurdity of much of the amendment language — and all the legalistic garbage built up in laws by the legislatures over the years — were also not only spot-on (res ipsa loquitur for sure!), but reminded me of my days as a government student at The American University in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1960s. In one state and local government course I took, we examined various state constitutions and had many laughs over who could find the most useless and ridiculous “statutory” language in those documents. At the time, I believe the Louisiana Constitution won first prize for the most absurd — my favorite being its constitutional provisions governing the number, sizes and types of manhole covers applicable (only) in the city of New Orleans! So how about an Observer piece

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Shoppers flock to Centre Shops for Fall Festival People made their way to the Centre Shops Sunday, Oct. 28, for the first Fall Festival. The festival featured items from stores in the Centre Shops, antique-car displays and goods from various local vendors.

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7:37 a.m. — Buttonwood Drive and Longview Drive. Suspicious Person. Police responded to a reported suspicious vehicle driving through a neighborhood and spoke to two drivers parked in a cul-de-sac, who said they were at a home to begin installing its boatlift. One driver said that his GPS kept directing him the wrong way on the road, which was why they had been driving around the neighborhood.

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3:24 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. A man told police, “I’m sorry, I had to go bad,” and continued to urinate until he was finished after police saw him relieving himself on the ground. The man

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3:51 p.m. — 500 block of Golf Links Lane. Property Damage. A man reported that construction workers damaged approximately $500 worth of purple flowers in his yard. Police found a telephone company pole in the middle of his flowers and wrote that the company apparently dug up cables to begin service for a new piece of construction. Police couldn’t locate a site manager but suggested that the man contact the telephone company to report the damage. said that he drank a few beers while fishing at the park with his daughter and didn’t think it would be a problem to urinate in public because no one was around. Police issued the man a notice to appear for violating the town’s nudity ordinance. The man called a family member to give him and his daughter a ride home because he was admittedly too intoxicated to drive.

A woman reported that she saw an unknown vehicle stop in the road in front of the home of her neighbor who had been the recent victim of a crime. The neighbor told police that she was fine and hadn’t noticed the vehicle.

Oct. 20 Intoxicating evening 5:32 a.m. — 700 block of Broadway. Missing Person. A man was reported missing by his parents after an early-morning swim with his cousin at a boat ramp after both had been drinking beer and rum. The man’s father called police six hours later to report that his son returned home. The man told police that he gotten intoxicated, walked up and down the beach for several hours, then passed out. He walked home after waking up on a bench at the beach.

Oct. 22 Open-door policy 10:25 a.m. — 100 block of Broadway. Suspicious Circumstance. Police responded to a beach access for a vehicle that reportedly had its driver’s side door open and found the vehicle with its door still open and no signs of forced entry. Police closed and locked the door and left a note on the windshield about what had been found after they were unable to locate the vehicle’s owner.

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Wednesday, Oct. 31 Fright Night: Halloween on St. Armands — begins at 6 p.m. on St. Armands Circle. This spooky celebration will feature decorated storefronts, trick-or-treating and more. Sarasota Fire Department Engine 3 and Rescue 3 will be onsite with an antique fire truck on which children are welcome to clime aboard. A Sarasota High School performance of “Thriller” will take place at 8 p.m. Call 388-1554.

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.

Longboat Library Election Day Book Sale What: Hundreds of books will be on sale both inside and outside the Longboat Library. Paperbacks will be priced at 50 cents, and hardbacks will be $1 to $3. Cast ballots at Town Hall before stopping by this top-shelf sale. Call 383-2011. When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 Where: Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road

Ageless Creativity Lecture and Gallery Tour — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. 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 lbkca@ringling.edu.

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. An encore Nov. 7 presentation was added to avoid conflicts with election night events. Call 3833428.

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Sales are up from 2011 and inventory in our market is the lowest it has been since 1998. Prices of single family homes have stabilized and are seeing small increases. Prices of condominiums have increased - particularly in the waterfront areas. List your property with Your Global Agents who are dedicated to developing the global marketplace for Sarasota and the Gulf Coast of Florida. What makes Your Global Agents exceptional is their face-to-face approach to business worldwide. Patricia and Carla regularly travel overseas to give seminars and to exhibit and speak at property shows in Europe, Asia and the Americas . Both Patricia and Carla are Certified International Property Specialists (a designation held by less than 2% of real estate agents worldwide) and are CIPS instructors for the National Association of Realtors.

Pre-Construction Contemporary Masterpiece on Siesta Key

Contemporary home to be built using green building techniques to minimize environmental impact and ensure maximum energy efficiency. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living with rooftop terrace, intimate garden, 34 ft green wall, solar heated pool with waterfall and much more. There is still time to influence the design and choose interior finishes. MLS#A3962913 $1,560,000

Address Permit Applicant Amount Seagate Condominium Rooftop antenna Association $100,000 2425 GMD Kitchen and 1020 Bogey Lane bathroom William Kaplinski $60,000 DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. $56,000 615 Dream Island Road Alteration Avenue of the Flowers Acquisition $32,000 521 Bay Isles Parkway Alteration Kitchen and bathroom Christopher Navratil $17,960.37 540 Neptune Ave. Lanai Vlasta Zajicek $15,923 4401 GMD Guest bathroom Robin Carlstein $6,490 1191 Bogey Lane Neal Horne $6,400 672 Dream Island Road Demolition Alteration John McGrath $5,800 3630 GMD Sliding glass doors Melvin Muskovitz $7,000 5055 GMD Shutters Sue Sennott $3,955.05 1701 GMD Wall repair William Calpin $2,200 1125 Bogey Lane Shutters Gregory Lavallee $1,182 570 Bowsprit Lane

River Strand Golf & Country Club at Heritage Harbour

Experience the Florida lifestyle in a gated, riverfront community with great amenities: a 27 hole Championship golf course, 8 Har-Tru lighted tennis courts, 39,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with bar and restaurant, tiki bar, resort style pool, exercise pool, fitness center, billiard room and much more! This Queen Palm floor plan offers more than 2200 sq. ft. with 4BR/3BA and pool. Many extras and upgrades are included. MLS#A3966688 $350,000

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GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE - 3BR/2.5BA TWO EMERALD POINTE PROPERTIES! PIERRE - 2BR+Den/3BA furnished LIDO BEACH CLUB - #1009 - 2BR/2BA estate on large lot with bay views & 3BR/3.5BA beautiful harbourside villas. residence. Modified, open floorplan Furnished with Gulf to Bay view from $699,900 and $699,000 with partial Gulf views. $949,000 3 terraces. $699,900 private canal. $1,979,000 JUST REDUCED!

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COVERT I 2BR/1BA with glassed lanai overlooking the pool is

one of the best buys on Longboat Key. Perfect for the retiree, full time resident or use as a winter retreat. Well maintained, small bayfront complex with deeded beach access and low maintenance fees. A short distance to The Centre Shops, Durante Park with 32 acres of trails and playground, Publix and St. Armands. A3953684 $199,900

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Cathy has lived and worked on Longboat Key for almost 40 years! 94571

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3174 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

Michael Saunders & Company Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. Licensed Real Estate Broker

Rachel S. O’Hara

This home at 250 Bird Key Drive has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,113 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.05 million.

Five-bedroom Bird Key home sells for $2.05 million Tiffany Plaza

Robert and Phyllis Redmond, of Minneapolis, sold their Unit 408 condominium at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Drive to RBJM LLC for $515,000. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,411 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,000 in 1980.

Key Towers South

Leo and Peggy Latini sold their home at 541 Bowspirit Lane to Stephen Madva and Denise Creedon, of Philadelphia, for $1,475,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 3,290 square feet of living area.

George and Norma Benson, trustees, of Muncie, Ind., sold the Unit 11-B condominium at 1750 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Mazen Beshara and Mary Abdulky, of Manlius, N.Y., for $500,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,364 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 1997.

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Robert and Lisa Benson sold their home at 336 Morningside Drive to Alan and Linda Stewart, of Gladgow, Scotland, for $1,425,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,154 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $407,000 in 1998.

L’Elegance on Lido Beach

Lee Ross, trustee, and Jerold Ross, of Sarasota, sold the Unit B-506 condominium at 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Moss Investments Inc. for $1.2 million. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,070 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 1996.

Grand Bay

Henry Jacobs sold his Unit 332 condominium at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. to Deborah Leschot and Carla Wise, of Longboat Key, for $805,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,143 square feet of living area.

Paula Brooks, of Bradenton, sold the Unit 302 condominium at 4725 Gulf of Mexico Drive to ZBARON LLC for $360,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,104 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $171,000 in 1988.

Longboat Harbour

Robert and Angela Alfano, of Suffolk, N.Y., sold their Unit 304 condominium at 4440 Exeter Drive to Cynthia McCauley, of Winter Park, for $284,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $159,900 in 1999.

Cabana Beach Club

Gary Heckman and Katherine Hall sold their Unit 9 condominium at 5851 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Agnes Peterson, of Stamford, Conn., for $280,000. Built in 2001, it has one bedroom, one bath and 793 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 2004.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19. A home on Bird Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Louis and Diane Schultz sold their home at 250 Bird Key Drive to Ann Koppang, of Sarasota, for $2.05 million. Built in 1973, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,113 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.4 million in 2001.


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3315 Gulf of Mexico Drive | Longboat Key | $3,800,000

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

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Grand Bay 1 - Beautiful Bay Views - Spacious corner apartment with The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots 3BR/3BA, nine foot ceilings, marble & wood floors, and new stainless kitchen with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home appliances. Great water views. $875,000 exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,159,000

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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

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

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

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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 w.spa & 8-car garage. $3,850,000

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CONRAD BEACH 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

FULL 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 w/deeded beach access. Teresia Bradford $279,000 #M5832385

BEAUTIFUL 2 BR 2 BA water front condo w/a great view of the bay! Deeded 30’ boat slip, updated bath, kitchen & nicely furnished. Tennis, large heated pool, spa & comm. boat ramp. Turnkey furnished. Marcia Bayard $379,500 #M5818101

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

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on Longboat Key. Hurry! Marc Turner $399,000 #A3926740 Gorgeous white sand beach & Gulf view as you walk thru the door. Nicely furnished w/ lg. screened lanai. Gulf to Bay community w/heated pool, tennis & cabana w/BBQ. Teresia Bradford $569,000 #M5812253

FULL BAY VIEWS This property is located at end of street w/ mesmerizing views of Sarasota Bay w/canal access for boating. 2BR/2BA each side, could be single family res. or keep for steady income. Teresia Bradford $975,000 #M5832504

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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Lido Shores - Direct Gulf Front Palazzo 200 ft. of sea-walled Gulf front with private Dock and Beach access. This 7,415 SF residence has 5BR/8BA, his and her bath & studies, 50 ft. pool/spa & 5-car garage. $7,600,000 All of Barbara’s listings are linked Internationally in 13 languages.

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Condos/Apts. For Rent

ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 GIRLS’ DRESSES: Bridal Flower (3), size 6 and 2 size 4. $65.00 each. 941-745-2202.

LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876.

PILLOWTOP MATTRESS and box spring set. Barely used King size. $150.00 OBO. 941-923-8077. WINE STORAGE unit, 156 bottle capacity, temperature controlled. $175. 941-383-4716.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277. CASH FOR CARS! Call Ryan and get paid today! 941-955-1188.

Boats Boats are selling very well. Island Boat Sales needs more boats. 17 Year Island Resident. Many References. Keeping it simple, I do “Business On A Handshake.” We also buy boats. Please visit website: Islandboatsales.net - 941-228-3489. ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales MOVING SALE! Furniture, artwork, TVs, tools, clothing, and more. Saturday/Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4 from 7AM. 600 Fox Street, Longboat Key. 941-387-9851.

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.

Homes For Sale

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

LONGBOAT PORTOBELLO BEACH FRONT 2BR/2BA Condo. Details and Virtual Tour at www.BeachAbodeLBK.com Phone 815-919-5357

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Condos For Sale 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.

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.

Homes For Rent 2BR/2BA, den, 2 screened porches. Second story of LBK home. No pets. Non-smoking. Quiet adults preferred. $1500/mo. 941-387-3132. 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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ain Webb’s eyes light up like a kid on Christmas morning. “Do you want to see the mouse?” he asks. In the time it takes to blink, he scampers off down the hallway at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Within seconds, a smalldog sized motorized rat prop made to look like a wind-up toy wheels into the room, with a remote-control-wielding Webb trailing close behind. He’s grinning — he clearly is excited. The upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” is highly anticipated. It’s a special production putting a Sarasota spin on the classic Nutcracker, telling the story of John Ringling. Made as a tribute, the production is a holiday gift for Webb’s patrons who have and continue to support Sarasota Ballet. Part of Webb’s goal for this celebration of Sarasota was to also corral the community. The ballet will be performed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra will be performing the score, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre will be helping construct the majority of the costumes. The conception of the program took place this time last year, when choreographer Matthew Hart was in town for “Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Fantasy,” a production meshing three Tchaikovsky stories into one ballet. But, last year wasn’t the first time the dream-team worked together — Webb and Hart’s working relationship dates back more than 20 years to when Hart was enrolled in the Royal Ballet School. During his stay last October at Webb’s home, Hart learned about Sarasota’s rich circus history. “He wanted a new ‘Nutcracker,’ but he also spoke to me about maybe doing a ballet that reflected Sarasota circus history,” Hart says. At that point, in Webb’s mind, these were two separate productions. “The Nutcracker” had been performed by Sarasota Ballet for years, in fact, the production’s set and costumes are about 12 years old. Webb needed a revitalized “The Nutcracker.” One night, when Hart and Webb got home

Classic to Circus Drosselmeyer — John Ringling Land of Snow — New York City Land of Sweets — Sarasota Dance of the Sweets — Circus diverts The Prince — Prince, a trapeze artist Sugar Plum Fairy — Sugar, a trapeze artist Snow King and Queen — Clara’s parents Snowflakes — Chorus line dancers Nutcracker — Ringmaster (John Ringling North) Clara Stahlbaum — Clara Stahlbaum Photos by Loren Mayo

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from dinner and settled in for the night, Hart had an epiphany. “Fifteen minutes later I hear footsteps coming down the stairs, and (Matthew) said, ‘I’ve come up with an idea: If you’re looking for a new ‘Nutcracker,’ why not have Drosselmeyer be John Ringling?’” Webb says. Webb hadn’t imagined a circus-themed “Nutcracker,” but thought it was “brilliant.” The idea quickly snowballed. “The next morning Matthew came up with more ideas, and then the afternoon, more ideas, and it kind of grew into this incredible production,” Webb says. There are so many parallels between the Ringling story and “The Nutcracker” that it has all fallen into place. For instance, the two nephews: the nephew in “The Nutcracker” and the role of John Ringling’s nephew, John Ringling North, who eventually took over the reins of his circus. In Sarasota Ballet’s production, the “Nutcracker” story stays true to the traditional one but plays off the Ringling history.

Christmas Tree Angel — Mable Ringling “I did a lot of reading and looking at pictures and going to the museum,” says Hart. Although this “Nutcracker” is circusthemed and set to the backdrop of 1930s prohibition, it uses a lot of the original components. For one, the score, to be performed by the Sarasota Orchestra, is Tchaikovsky’s original. Hart took only a few liberties with Lev Ivanhoff’s original steps from his famous pas de deux. And Hart even brings back some elements from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” that were lost — such as clowns. “It’s great, because the people who still want to see a traditional ‘Nutcracker’ are going to get it,” Hart says. But, instead of Clara running away to The Land of Sweets, she’ll run away with the circus and get whisked to Sarasota. The Nutcracker will be a ringmaster. The Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be trapeze artists named Prince and Sugar. The snowflakes will be Rockettes-inspired chorus-line dancers — of course, they’ll be in

Rehearsal of the tightrope scene 1930s art-deco, Chrysler-building-inspired costumes. Traditionally, the dance of the sweets, containing the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian and Marzipan dances, will instead be circus acts. “It’s so showy, it’s all about spectacle, and these quick numbers that really hit you in the eye,” Hart says about the original dance of sweets. “You’re constantly surprised and excited by the next number that comes on, and it works so beautifully with the idea of it being in the circus.” One of the acts was inspired by a guy who drops and pulls the sets backstage. “He showed me a photograph of his mother,” Webb says. “She’s en pointe with an umbrella on the tightrope.” This ballet isn’t dark — it’s sweet, magical, uplifting and fun, but it does play to some elements of sadness. “I always feel in Tchaikovsky’s scores, in general, there’s always a darkness underneath, there’s always something deeper, a bit painful,” Hart explains.

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By sticking to the classic score and the traditional “Nutcracker,” Hart has played with these undertones. They meld perfectly with Ringling’s story — the production is set a few years after Mable Ringling’s death. “As a fact, Drosselmeyer is a very lonely, single figure, you know?” Hart says. As Drosselmeyer gave to children, Ringling gave to Sarasota. Mable Ringling’s incorporation into the ballet, as the Christmas angel who repairs the Nutcracker, will be unique to this production. Instead of The Dance of Flowers, it will be a dance of roses, representing Mable Ringling’s great passion. It’s the biggest production the company has ever done. Every principal dancer will be on stage in a leading role; every apprentice, and the children of The Sarasota Ballet School, will be on stage as well. And Webb’s plans are to tour this production and, hopefully, one day perform it under a big top. “I hope everybody is as proud of it as I am,” Webb says.

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 Stringing the season together The Glenridge String Orchestra, a local adult amateur orchestra, has tapped three candidates to fill the conductor position — following in the footsteps of the Sarasota Orchestra, which is doing the same thing. The group has recorded two seasons together but found itself conductorless when its former conductor relocated last summer. Each candidate will direct one-third of the season, and the orchestra will vote at the end. GSO performs at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way. Violinist with Sarasota Orchestra Roxane Solowey will direct the holiday concert to take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12; violinist with Sarasota Orchestra Sean O’Neil will direct the winter concert to take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18; and violinist Dawn Stahler will direct the spring concert at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

 Writing ‘Nemo’ Sarasota Youth Opera has a unique opportunity. It will work with a librettist and composer who created a work specifically for its artists, “Little Nemo in Slumberland.” It’s an adaptation of a comic strip from 1911 and follows the story of a little boy who escapes to a dream world — with expanding beds and exploding cannons. Composer Daron Hagen and librettist J.D. McClatchy worked on commission with Sarasota Opera and will be able to guide their vision through to fruition while visiting Sarasota. I sat down with Hagen and McClatchy to ask them a few questions about the process. You can find the exclusive online story at YourOb- J.D. McClatchy and server.com. Daron Hagen

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 All in the Family Nearly two years ago, a friend told Observer Media Group’s own Emily Walsh that she must meet Bob King. So, Walsh and King met for breakfast and King, who has lived in Sarasota for 30 years, regaled Walsh with wonderful stories about his life and family. Then, when Bob King was proudly talking about his son, Scott King, who is a San Francisco-based diabetes scientist, Walsh realized why she and Bob King needed to meet — Scott served on the Paul Taylor Dance Company Board of Directors. Bob King then said that he would love to see Paul Taylor Dance Company perform in SRQ. Lucky for Bob King, Walsh’s sister, Kate Honea, is a principal ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet, and being a former member of the ballet company and staff herself, Walsh knew exactly who to call: Director Iain Webb. After introducing Bob King to Webb, the ball starting rolling and Webb met Scott and, voila — the Sarasota Ballet presented the Paul Taylor Dance Company this weekend and will perform Taylor’s “Company B” in November. And at the ballet afterglow on Friday night Webb and Scott King were talking about possible future collaborations. We’re hoping for more.

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The Sarasota Ballet kicked off its 22nd season with an exciting performance by one of the most notable contemporary dance companies in America — Paul Taylor Dance Company. Formed by the legendary choreographer, himself, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is based in New York City but spends its seasons touring the United States performing some of Taylor’s 137 innovative and humorous dances. Making this performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company even more significant is that Sarasota was the only Florida stop in its 2012-2013 touring season. Before the curtain, Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb professed his enthusiasm and excitement about hosting the company, and that energy carried on throughout the entire performance. The company opened with Taylor’s “Gossamer Gallants,” which is a comedic piece inspired by the mating rituals of the insect world. Set to music by Bedrich Smetana: dances from “The Bartered Bride,” the piece opens up with a group of male flies buzzing about the stage with their hands and arms quickly rubbing

together simulating the movements of the actual insects as if they were in a swarm. Suddenly the male pack falls victim to the charms of female fireflies that quickly take charge of the swarm with their sensual movements and finally dominate the flies in the finale. It’s a rarity in dance to see the females winning out, and it was ultimately amusing to watch. The program took a more metaphorical turn with Taylor’s newest piece, “The Uncommitted,” which is set to the beautiful music of Arvo Pärt: “Fratres,” “Mozart-Adagio,” “Ricercar” and “Summa.” Using the emotionally charged music, Taylor illuminates the human struggle of forming relationships through multiple solos. The dancers would come together on stage and repeatedly leave one person behind who would struggle with his or her loneliness and demonstrate that feeling with different dance moves representing despair, anger, loss and more. The final piece of the program was “Cascade” that, unfortunately, was an anticlimactic end to the show. It’s a beautiful piece with pretty costumes by Santo Loquasto and classic music by Johann Sebastian Bach, but it seemed like a better opening piece rather than closing. All together, the entire evening was a fabulous performance by the strong and technically great Paul Taylor dancers, which is a great teaser to the Sarasota Ballet’s November show when it will dance Paul Taylor’s “Company B.”. — Anna Dearing


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“It was like a class of its own,” Johnston says. The two Ringling scholars conceptualized the masterpiece, scouted the photo shoot location, contacted businesses to donate furniture, set up the shoot and planned the awards program. They oversaw every element and put their leadership skills to the test by directing a team of 10 crew members responsible for wardrobe, lighting design, makeup and photography.

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An invitation arrived in the mail for the 18th annual Trustee Scholar Awards. “Creating a Masterpiece” was inscribed across the front with framed silhouettes of 12 trustee scholars. It’s the kind of invitation that leaves an impression and piques curiosity — as did the actual program Oct. 17. In the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, two large video screens sat on either side of a narrow stage filled with elegant and eclectic chairs staggered in three rows. Trustee scholars sat in each of these chairs and told their stories. Being named a trustee scholar is the highest honor at Ringling. These seniors are the cream of the crop, nominated by faculty based on talent, contributions and leadership. After each scholar told his story, part of the elegant curtained wall behind them dropped to reveal an 18-foot-by-12-foot photo of the group. In 18 years, this was the first time the students created something together. Past years featured individual photos of students, but nothing created by them as a collaboration. The concept for the masterpiece was for a group photo of the welldressed scholars to suggest the transformation that takes place at Ringling and to show the caliber of students the college produces. Ringling seniors Dehne Sib-

onto the third floor, which was originally off-limits and isn’t airconditioned. But the duo had a hand in the smaller photo shoot decisions, too. “Down to — who are we going to have with rose lips? … to whose bow-tie is tied, and whose isn’t tied?” Sibbernsen says. Johnston directed the team shooting the photos, setting up the lights and the designing and constructing the set. He also oversaw the 35 gigabytes of photos that resulted from the shoot. “I was art directing the shoot, but I was actually in the photo also,” Johnston says. “I had to run to look at the laptop and then get back in my spot.” There was a lot of running around during the two days and more than 30 hours the shoot took place. And they did it on top of attending class and working on their theses. Murmurs from the audience of “That was the best one yet,” “How neat!” and “Wait, students did this?” suggested the final result was worth the effort. “I kind of left my mark,” Johnston says. “I was really happy to do it; to be picked for this. It was a huge honor.” Sibbernsen nods his head in agreement. “How we took an idea and to see it come to full fruition, to see the manifestation of the whole idea ... ” Sibbernsen says trailing off. The students’ masterpiece speaks for itself.


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Chef Steve Phelps has really done it this time. Last month, he drew Sarasota’s bacon addicts into his delicious food lair when he hosted the first of a series of culinary underground events called “The Pig, the Keg and the Egg,” during which he paired up with Chef Erin Bein of Station 400. Thursday, Oct. 18, Phelps and chef Derek Barnes of Derek’s Culinary Casual came together for “Duck, Duck, Goose.” The event was everything it was quacked up to be.

 Selva service sets the bar

Sarasota has many excellent restaurants for the variety of tastes among its citizens, but, in my book, Selva Grill wins the award for its combination of great cuisine and exceptional service. Having been out of town for part of the summer, we’d been away from Selva since last spring, but, when we made our reservation for dinner we not only got the table we requested (a banquette along the mural wall), we also wound up with Ivan, a young waiter we’d met only once before. Ivan Photo by June LeBell is an exceptional young Selva Grill waiter man. Ivan in front of He remembered what Selva’s mural wall we drank more than three months ago — Stoli blueberry vodka on the rocks for me and “an exceptionally-arid” Tanqueray gin martini, with a twist of lemon, straight up, with the ice on the side for my husband — and then proceeded to boggle us with his memory of some of our favorite dishes. How you’re treated in a restaurant is as important as the food and setting. And Selva seems to go out of its way to keep its staff happy and welltrained, so they do their very best for us. Ivan’s been at Selva for several years. He started there “polishing glasses” when he was still too young to serve the wine. Now, some years later, he’s a gracious part of Selva’s fine waitstaff, cheerful, available to serve but never hovering or in the way. It’s the Ivans of the world who keep us coming back to the great restaurants.

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from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Saturdays. Wine Manager James Shea invites guests to explore wines specially selected from Fleming’s “100 List,” paired with Fleming’s light fare. The cost is $25 per person, but, if you stay for dinner, you’ll receive a $25 dining credit.

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Meanwhile, MoZaic — the spectacular downtown restaurant shepherded by chef Dylan Elhajoui — is offering a place for you or your visitors to sleep! You read right. In addition to the incredible Southern French-Moroccan-Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in this romantic twostory restaurant, you may make a reservation for visiting family or friends to rent an adorable one-bedroom, one-bath, 700-plus-square-foot pied-a-terre that sleeps four right in the heart of downtown. Visitors who don’t feel like using the newlyequipped kitchen can call downstairs and order a sumptuous dinner from MoZaic, delivered and served in the privacy of their own apartment. This pad is beautifully decorated and features all the up-to-the minute electronic necessities including FIOS. And, you’re right around the corner from the Opera House and just a block from Florida Studio Theatre. Chef Dylan, by the way, is available to cook, host and serve specially-planned menus in your home or in one of the private rooms in the restaurant. We attended a fundraiser for the Sarasota Opera in a private home last year that was not only cooked by chef Dylan but also served, indoors and out, on original Moroccan tablecloths set up over authentic (and beautiful) Middle Eastern carpets. Chef Dylan brought his own crew, a belly-dancer and more than a dozen caftans, so the diners would feel as if they were nestled in an opulent gazebo in the desert .

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ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gong is from China. It used to be inside, but everybody who came through felt they had to hit it. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside, and at least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considerate of the neighbors.â&#x20AC;? ď&#x201A;&#x192; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at an antique shop and found an old brown walking stick. I painted it and had it framed in a box.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a soft sculpture by Rukiya. She lives and works in New Orleans and created this doll as her reaction to Hurricane Katrina.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live and work in Italy during the summers, and I did a few drawings in Italy. I came back and put them on various mediums and this one (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loversâ&#x20AC;?) became my headboard.â&#x20AC;?

ď&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has 20 years of paint on it, so I had it framed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something you want to throw away â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got lots of memories and history.â&#x20AC;?

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“I like to find objects that I can paint on. I had this door framed and then I added the knobs and hung it on the wall.”   “I found the mirror in a frame shop and had the glass put in. At least 25 people are on the waiting list for it. Everybody walks in and says, ‘Oh! I want that mirror!’”

 “This chest comes from China. I studied art in 1993 with a Chinese master painter named Yeh Yung Yeh. When we met, I had to give him my name, so I said, ‘My name is Gale Fulton Ross,’ and he said ‘My name is Yeh Yeh.’ We went around and around for a while …”

 “The library is my favorite room in the house, because if I weren’t a visual artist, I would be a writer. In my next career, I will be a writer. My recreation is reading. I probably have 800 books in here.”

“The tray, the walking stick, the door — I do everything once.” 

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1 Select surface and prime You can patina any surface, so have fun. For our project, we stripped the material and hardware off of an old, moldy trunk we found by a dumpster (our favorite craft-supply store). Once we stripped all the material, we sanded it and primed it with Killz to get rid of any mildew and to prevent it from rotting in the future.

2 Coat with copper or metal paint The patina will need to be applied to wet metallic paint. The paint we use is by Sophisticated Finishes, and you can buy it in sets from any craft store. We used copper paint, but it also comes in bronze and brass. Apply one coat and let dry. Apply second coat and move on to next step before the paint dries.

 Shown are the Patina Green and Blue and the copper paint we used.

Patina

… is a green, blue or brown tarnish that appears on metallic surface, and is produced by oxidation and other chemical processes over time.

 Any surface — cement, plastic, glass, plaster, metal, wicker, paper or PVC — can use patina. We’ve tried and can highly recommend mirror frames, photo frames, birdhouses and planters.

... after

before ...

3 Apply patina solution (green and blue) This is where the magic happens. Make sure your copper paint is still wet. Fill the spray bottle with Patina Green solution and spray the entire surface. Use your cheap foam brush and apply the Patina Blue solution. We started at the top and allowed the Patina Blue to really drip. Over the next 15 minutes, the oxidation will happen right before your eyes.

... paint

spray ...  Leslie Gnaegy applies the Patina Green using a spray bottle application.

 Leslie applies the Patina Blue using an inexpensive sponge.

4 Re-apply coPper paint where desired See the Gnaegy sisters We found it looks best if you go back through and fill some of the patinaed areas with copper paint. It really defines the green and blue rustic colors. Once it all dried, we reapplied the original trunk’s rusty hardware.

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5 prime project After three days (it takes this long for the patina to fully mature) seal the project. This will make it last and protect the patina from coming off on your hands and carpet. Using a sealer can change the texture and color, but it’s necessary protection.

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By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor As fairies fluttered and bees buzzed at the annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash Oct. 27, a black swan glared at everyone in her presence and two Mad Hatters struggled to keep their Alices in line.

 Kimberly Marlow

Tinkerbell was there on the arm of Peter Pan, Pac-Man kept his cool by wearing his sunglasses at night and Flo from Progressive Auto Insurance trotted after her husband and his pretty pink shake weights. The theme of this year’s

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Safe Sex Halloween Bash was “Deadtime Stories,” and it drew in several interesting storybook characters, such as creepy and gory dwarfs and a couple of frightening Little Red Riding Hoods. At midnight, Mademoiselle

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Rowdy Pants and Sid Pocius hit the dance floor and gave guests a surprise striptease tango treat. The event, co-chaired by Kimberly Mancini, Veronica Pastore, Christina Fraser and Kate Atkin, benefited Planned Parenthood.

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Miss Beneva Fruitville, you really outdid yourself this year. And so did Amy Williamson Miller, who created this gorgeous set of larger-than-life shiny gold wings for the drag queen’s Safe Sex Halloween Bash appearance. Miller used to design wings for Victoria’s Secret runway shows. The hot topic this week around Sarasota (unfortunately, BT can’t recall who told her this), and also an unusual bit of information, is that the VS runways are made Photos by Loren Mayo of glass because it Beneva Fruitville sparkles more and therefore produces better photos. However, the sparkle effect makes for an uncomfortable walking platform, because models tend to return to the dressing room with bloody feet.

Course Description: The unique qualities of the land, water and sky in Florida create both opportunities and challenges for the outdoor painter. This workshop will focus on approaches for capturing these opportunities through design considerations and painting techniques. Weather permitting, the workshop will be held outdoors on Longboat Key. In case of rain, students will work in the studio.

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Endangered species … Mari Zevin was going on for at least five minutes about her costume at the Safe Sex Halloween Bash. Zevin said she was an “endangered species.” The costume, in which she attached everything from black lights and lace to a funky headpiece and feathers, took her two weeks to make. “Tonight I’m ‘human watching,’” Zevin said. “You know, instead of bird watching.” … Place to be … Jarred Wilson was so excited to Mari Zevin attend the PP bash that he flew all the way in from Texas … Um, who are you again? ... Safe Sex CoChairwoman Kimberly Mancini was cloaked in a gorgeous purple ensemble with a purple

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headpiece and said no one recognized her all night. The same goes for BT, who was dressed as an Avatar, and after snapping Marlena Ess’ photo, Ess came after her with her whip! … Baa, baa black sheep … There were so many men dressed in sheep costumes Saturday night that BT had trouble keeping track of whose photo she’d taken and whose she hadn’t … Hip, hip, hooray … John Mason had a wild weekend Oct. 19 through Oct. 21. Saturday night was CANDance, Sunday morning was the 60th birthday of Dennis Stover, Sunday evening was Ulla Searing's posthumous party and Monday morning  (bright and early, of course!) he had his right hip replaced …  Always a bridesmaid… Diana Kelly and Kimberly Manooshian both wore bridesmaid dresses to Oceanic Evening. Manooshian wore the dress she picked out for her own bridesmaids to wear — she loved it so much she purchased one for herself!

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Philanthropist Ulla Searing, who died June 28, liked things done a certain way — her way — with propriety and elegance. And, although she might have raised a Viking eyebrow at the thought of a posthumous celebration of her centennial, she would have been delighted with the reality. The reception took place on the correct date – Oct. 21 — 100 years to the day from her birth. It was in a most appropriate venue – the Field Club. The menu (which included caviar and smoked salmon), the music and the mood were perfect. The guests included three out-of-towners: first-cousin-onceremoved Jeremy Ingpen and portfolio adviser G. Bruce Leib from New York and good friend Mark Fabray from East Hampton.

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