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Local GOP sweeps Congressman Vern Buchanan wins his fourth term; Longboat turnout 33%.

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Cyndi Seamon, pictured on her first birthday.

+ Seamon cruises to 50 We knew she must have been a beautiful baby, ’cause baby look at her now! Cyndi Seamon turns 50 Nov. 18, and her mother, Marian Witte, of DePere, Wis., asked us to put a birthday message in the paper, along with this picture of Seamon from Nov. 18, 1963. Because Seamon and her husband, Mike, will be on a cruise during her birthday week, her family asked us to place the message in the paper a week early. So, Cyndi, here’s the message from your mom, dad and Uncle Bob: “We will always love you. Have a great cruise celebration.” And a message from us: Have a happy, happy birthday!

+ Harry toasts the big 6-0 Speaking of big birthdays, Harry’s Continental Kitchens owner Harry Christensen celebrated his 60th Nov. 1. We didn’t get any baby pictures of Harry in honor of his big 6-0. However, we did learn that anyone who wished him a happy birthday at the restaurant Thursday got a complimentary glass of wine or cocktail.

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Vern Buchanan addresses the crowd at the Republican Party of Sarasota Election Night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota. The elephants in the room liked their odds Tuesday night. Hovering around two large screens Tuesday night at the Sarasota Hyatt, local Republicans stood nervously and cheered whenever news outlets called a state in favor of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But they felt especially confident when it came to the race between U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democratic challenger Keith Fitzgerald. “He’s gonna win,” Longboat Key resident Alycia Craft said. “He’ll probably win it by 2-1,” said Phyllis Black, president of the Republican Club of Longboat Key, whose husband, Jack, agreed. “I’d rather be in Vern’s shoes than Keith Fitzgerald’s shoes, just like I’d rather be in Aaron Rodgers’ shoes than Michael Vick’s shoes,” Tom Reed said. “No problem,” Lee Pokoik said. “The biggest problem was someone kept stealing my signs.” Sure enough, Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, won his fourth term in the Nov. 6 election with 186,627 votes, or 53.6%, compared to Fitzgerald’s

See a breakdown of how Longboat Key voted / PAGE 2A 161,257, or 46.4% votes. As Sarasota County GOP Chairman Joe Gruters introduced each Republican candidate, the crowd cleared the way. But when Gruters introduced Buchanan, the crowd hovered close to the congressman, applauding him as he joined his family at the podium. Buchanan reiterated many of the messages on which he campaigned: He promised to focus on jobs and controlling spending. “We need to balance our budget just like you do,” he said, drawing cheers. The cheers grew louder when he talked about taking action against illegal immigration and loudest when he vowed to work toward repealing Obamacare. “We can’t afford another billiondollar boondoggle,” he said. Buchanan was first elected to office in 2006 and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee. In 2010, Buchanan received 69% of the vote against then Democratic challenger James Golden, for the wid-


est margin of victory in the district in the last 25 years. Fitzgerald is a New College politiIncludes Election cal science professor who served two Day voting only terms in the Florida State House from 2006 to 2010.  2012 “The things that make democracy work are the orderly transition of power and respect for the outcome 33.1% of elections,” he said in a concession 34.8% speech Tuesday night. “We owe it to our country to honor those traditions. I’d like to congratulate my opponent, Vern Buchanan, on his victory. This is what makes democracy work. It’s our obligation to respect the outcome of 2008 elections.” Speaking of his next step, Fitzgerald said: 34.8% “I’ve been at this for seven years, and I think it’s time I take a timeout to spend more time with my family, who has suffered.” On Longboat Key, voter turnout was 33.1% on Election Day, with 2,069 votes cast. Voter turnout — Robin Hartill

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In the Nov. 6 general election, Longboat Key voters cast 2,069 votes on Election Day, with 921 votes cast in Manatee County Precinct 95, at Longboat Island Chapel, and 1,148 votes cast in Sarasota County Precinct 201, at Longboat Key Town Hall. In the Manatee County portion of the island, there are 2,058 registered voters, and on the Sarasota County portion of the island, there are 4,195 registered voters. There are 6,253 registered voters total on the Key; voter turnout on Election Day was 33.1%

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President Manatee Sarasota Candidate Votes % Votes % Romney 620 67.7 816 71.5 ✔ Obama 296 32.3 325 28.5

Amendment 1 Manatee Sarasota Votes % Votes % Yes 458 55.9 580 55.6 ✔ No 362 44.1 463 44.4

Amendment 9 Manatee Sarasota Votes % Votes % ✔ Yes 544 64.5 679 64.0 299 35.5 383 36.0 No

U.S. Senator Mack ✔ Nelson

Amendment 2 ✔ Yes 531 63.7 No 303 36.3

653 62.0 400 38.0

Amendment 10 Yes 485 59.2 ✔ No 334 40.8

626 59.4 427 40.6

396 38.6 630 61.4

Amendment 11 493 59.1 ✔ Yes No 341 40.1

498 47.2 556 52.8

366 35.4 669 64.6

Amendment 12 Yes 358 44.6 ✔ No 445 55.4

555 330

U.S. House ✔ Buchanan 604 Fitzgerald 291

62.7 37.3

67.5 32.5

727 65.7 379 34.3

769 69.0 346 31.0

Amendment 3 Yes 372 45.5 ✔ No 445 54.5 Amendment 4 Yes 376 46.6 ✔ No 431 53.4

STATE State Attorney ✔ Brodsky 581 Torraco 290

% 100 0

County Commission District 3 732 70.8 ✔ Robinson Cohen 307 29.2 County Commission District 5 851 99.2 ✔ Hines 7 0.8 Write-in Charter Review Board District 2 784 85.1 ✔ Barcomb 137 14.9 Coe Charter Review Board District 5 749 81.9 ✔ Fellin 165 18.1 Connelly Hospital Board Central Seat 1 687 68.0 ✔ Miller 323 32.0 Carafelli

MANATEE COUNTY 354 34.4 675 65.6

Clerk of the Circuit Court Votes % ✔ Shore 709 98.6 Write-in 10 1.4

731 68.8 331 31.2

Amendment 5 Yes 346 44.3 ✔ No 435 55.7

314 31.2 693 68.8

Sarasota County Charter Amendment — — 490 54.7 Yes ✔ No — — 405 45.3

State Representative District 71 ✔ Boyd 597 68.1 749 70.0 Tebrugge 280 31.9 321 30.0

Amendment 6 Yes 378 44.1 ✔ No 479 55.9

499 46.2 582 53.8

Longboat Key Density Referendum 1 522 62.2 698 65.4 ✔ Yes 317 37.8 369 34.6 No

Supervisor of Elections ✔ Bennett 583 Williams 264

68.8 31.2

State Senator District 26 ✔ Galvano 608 63.6 House 276 36.4

Amendment 8 Yes 423 52.0 ✔ No 390 48.0

543 51.0 522 49.0

Longboat Key Density Referendum 2 536 63.6 704 65.9 ✔ Yes 307 36.4 365 34.1 No

School Board District 2 ✔ Miner 532 Moates 197

73.0 27.0

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

The triumph of the swans Harbour Links unofficial swan keeper David Novak discovered he was in the presence of royalty. David Novak gives the Harbour Links swan family the royal treatment. He checks on their nests and, occasionally, leaves food supplements for them. The adult swans know the sound of his bicycle bell. Ask him a question about a mute swan, and he probably knows the answer. He can easily tell you about how they mate for life or their nesting patterns or caring for a cygnet (aka a baby swan). Still, Novak recently learned something new about the Longboat Key swans. They’re descendants of a 1957 pair of swans David Novak with that Queen Elizabeth II er David Barber gifted to Lakeland after predators decimated the local population. All Lakeland’s swans are descendants of that “royal pair.” The Longboat Key swans descended from those Lakeland swans. That means that the Harbour Links family that appears so elegant — even regal — is truly royalty.

Royal lineage

Queen Elizabeth II had been on the throne for five years in 1957, when Her Majesty received a letter from a Lakeland resident. According to the Lakeland Library Special Collections, a Lakeland resident, identified as Mrs. Robert Pickardt, enjoyed the swans and mourned the loss of the local population. So he wrote to the queen, asking about the possibility of purchasing a pair from the royal flock on the Thames River. A representative of the royal family replied that the queen would donate a pair of swans to Lakeland, if the city would pay

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the cost of capturing and shipping the swans to the United States. Citizens raised the money, and two white mute swans were released Feb. 9, 1957 on Lake Morton. Throughout the next 55 years, the Lakeland population would expand. A pair of the family’s descendants, later named George and Gracie, found their way to Longboat Key in 1994, when Novak’s neighbor, Alan Stone, bought the swans from Lakeland as an anniversary gift for his wife, Beverly. George and Gracie mated, and the flock grew to include three royal swan mark- mated pairs: Henry and Vickie, Wendy and Stan, and Alan and Beverly. Like England’s royal family, the swan family has had its share of drama. It hasn’t made the pages of People and Us Weekly, although it has gotten its share of coverage in the Longboat Observer. There’s been death: Gracie died of botulism in 2007. There’s been abandonment: Often swan parents abandon their cygnets, which is sometimes nature’s way of weeding out the weak. There have also been rumors: A pair of young swans appears likely to mate, although they haven’t yet produced eggs. Still, they never hinted of their royal lineage. But, some longtime Lakeland residents knew the truth about their swans’ royal history. It had circulated through word-ofmouth over the years. Plus a resident, when she was a child, wrote a letter to Buckingham Palace, as part of a Blue Birds scouting project, in-

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A 1957 photo from the Windsor Castle archives shows the arrival of the original pair in Lakeland. quiring about the swan heritage. “She wanted to do something different, so she decided to write the queen,” said Sheila Bolin, of the Regal Swan Foundation, in Kissimmee. A representative of the royal family responded and confirmed the bloodline. The resident held onto that letter through the next decades. The swans seemed content to remain disguised as commoners. But this year, when the queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in honor of 60 years on the throne, the palace made preparations to send David Barber, swan marker for the queen, on a single stop to the United States and a single stop in Canada. The swan marker position was established in 1400 to maintain an official registry of the Thames River swan population. Barber would visit two places that were home to a population that descended from royal swans. The Regal Swan Foundation hoped Barber would visit Lakeland. But it didn’t have official proof of the lineage. Finally, officials discovered two pho-

tos in the Windsor Palace archives that showed the swan pair’s arrival in 1957. And so, Sept. 8, Barber visited Lakeland for a reception. He shared anecdotes about the queen and her role in the annual “Swan Upping” — aka, the annual census of swans along the Thames. Novak was there for the celebration. He has worked closely with the Regal Swan Foundation in caring for the swans. He presented Barber with a letter, intended for Her Majesty in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. It read: From the town of Longboat Key: “With best wishes on your Diamond Jubilee, we will be forever grateful for your generous gift of swans to the city of Lakeland in 1957, from which a flock of swans now graces our island surroundings.” Although the lineage came as news to Novak, he said the swans are “kind of indifferent” about their heritage. And it doesn’t matter to the man who believed he was dealing with commoners for all this time. “It really doesn’t change anything,” he said.

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Key Club property sells for $32 million Sales recorded in the Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit reveal that Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. purchased Oct. 31 the Longboat Key Club and Resort property through nine sales totaling $32 million. Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. officially purchased the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s property Oct. 31, from Key Club Associates, LP for $32 million, according to the Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit. The sales, which were for the club’s property only, were recorded in the clerk’s office Nov. 2 and were purchased under an Ocean Properties affiliate labeled LB 500 LLC and other affiliates. As of press time, no other deeds for Key Club property had been recorded; most sales are filed at the same time of a purchase. The land purchase is for the acquisition of the club’s 410 acres from Loeb Partners Realty LLC. Purchase prices for the club’s businesses and other assets have not been disclosed. The company’s previous local purchases include the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort for $15.2 million and Holiday Inn-Lido Key for $13.9 million in 2002; and Lido Beach Resort for $62.5 million in 2006. The last time the Key Club property sold was April 30, 1990, when the Shannon Hotel Group purchased the Key Club’s Harbourside and Islandside golf-and-tennis facilities for $22 million and Inn on the Beach in a separate $3 million sale. As part


Below is a look at the property sales that were recorded with the clerk’s office last week: Seller Buyer

Parcel Purchase

Key Club Associates, LP

LB 500 LLC

Harbourside Golf Course

Key Club Associates, LP

LB 500 LLC

Islandside Golf Course

Price $14,784,600 $6,748,800

LFL Marina LLC

LB 500 LLC

Key Club Moorings Marina, piers, parcels, etc.


Key Club Associates, LP

LB 500 LLC 220

Sands Point Road, Unit 500


LFL Marina LLC


Longboat Key Moorings Marina slips and various units

$1,503,700 $1,337,800

Sailboat Square LLC

LBK Club Holding LLC

Sailboat Square condominium

Key Club Associates, LP Key Club Associates, LP

LB 500 LLC LB 500 LLC

Longboat Key Club Unit 4, Parcel C-1 Inn on the Beach condominium Units 5107 and 5205

$646,100 $518,000

Key Club Associates, LP

LB 500 LLC

Longboat Key Club Unit 4, Parcel Rec-1


Total Purchase Amount $31,968,500 of a longstanding agreement between the town and Arvida, the town had the first right of refusal for the purchase of the property’s golf-and-tennis facilities. The commission ultimately voted 3-4 against the purchase, clearing the way for the Shannon Group to buy the facilities. The Shannon Group formed Key Club Associates with the New York-based Loeb Part-

ners Realty, which contributed a third of the needed capital. Oct. 30, Ocean Properties’ executive management team issued a press release announcing the sale and the appointment of Jeff Mayers as the new general manager of the resort. “We are extremely pleased that the deal is now complete, and we can begin to

move forward with the day-to-day operations of this beautiful resort. We are looking forward to a great season,” said Andy Berger, vice president of operations for Ocean Properties, in the news release. Longboat Key Club and Resort spokesperson Sandra Rios said no further details regarding the purchase of the resort and its future are available at this time.


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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Publix construction remains right on schedule The Longboat Key store re-opens Dec. 13.

The Publix sign was installed in front of the grocery store last week.

Retail shops to the left of the new Publix grocery store have windows and exterior paint. fectly complement every themed event.” In July, details of the store were also revealed at a construction “topping off” event. At the event, Publix Vice President of Lakeland operations Tom

McLaughlin guided the crowd through plans for the store aisleby-aisle, describing its Pacific wok salad bar with more than 20 items, enhanced produce, deli, bakery and seafood departments, coffee and additional

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gluten-free, organic products. “When you walk in the entrance, you will know right away that it’s a different kind of store,” McLaughlin said in July. The store will also have a seating area with free Wi-Fi and daily cooking presentations. One thing Longboaters won’t be able to do in the short term at the new Publix: pick up prescriptions. According to McLaughlin, the new store will open with a pharmacy area that will, at first, be empty. The store has an agreement with CVS, which is also building a new store at the shopping center, to hold off on opening a pharmacy for 16 months. “This store will be unique and a great destination for our customers to explore an array of foods and services in one location,” Patten said.


chain has plans for a new and improved Longboat Key Publix interior and exterior. The new Publix will be a hybrid store, with conventional items along with many of the chain’s earth-friendly GreenWise products. Of existing Publix stores in the region, the 54,000-square-foot hybrid store at the Marketplace in Pelican Bay in Naples, which opened in October 2010, is the one that most closely resembles the future Longboat Publix, according to Patten. Similar to the planned Longboat store, it has enhanced selections of wines and cheeses, a salad and soup bar and a Pacific wok station carrying PanAsian dishes. The Longboat Key Publix will also offer coffee and a seating area, but, unlike the Naples store, it won’t have a café because the Longboat store is smaller at approximately 49,000 square feet. The store will have a pharmacy, but no Publix liquor store. It’s anticipated that a former liquor store in the old plaza will be a future tenant in the building’s retail area. The new Publix will also have an event-planning center, staffed by an event specialist. According to a list of store attributes prepared by Publix: “Event planners will ensure all items are pulled together for the gathering, including placing orders for cakes, platters, beverages and floral arrangements and making suggestions that will per-


Longboaters who are tired of the trek off the island for major grocery store purchases won’t have to do so for much longer. In fact, they can plan on shopping for their December holiday dinners without having to cross a bridge. Monday, Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer told the Longboat Observer that Publix officials have informed him that the opening is planned for Thursday, Dec. 13. Publix Super Markets Inc. spokesperson Shannon Patten said the Longboat Key Publix is following its construction timetable “to the T” and is set to open in mid-December, right on schedule. “We know how much residents miss their store,” Patten said. “We’ve been receiving calls about it since we closed, and I can tell you we look forward to servicing our customers again in mid-December,” she said. Meyer said his department is scheduled to give Publix a temporary certificate of occupancy next week, which allows Publix a month’s time to stock the store’s shelves and prepare for opening day. News that the Publix will be open soon is welcome news to Key residents who are driving to Sarasota and Bradenton for larger grocery-store purchases that can’t be made at the Key’s local convenience stores. The Lakeland-based food store


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Record nests don’t LoCaL LuXury. InTernaTIonaL CLouT. yield record hatchlings The 57,790 hatchlings produced this year is less than expected, given this year’s record nesting numbers. It’s November. You can turn on your lights again, even if they’ll cast a shadow onto the beach, because the six-month turtlenesting season is over. Mote Marine Laboratory, which monitors beaches from Longboat Key to Venice, documented 57,790 hatchlings this season, including 20,938 on Long2012 Hatchling counts boat Key. LBK (Manatee County )......7,712 It may sound like a lot, but it’s actually LBK (Sarasota County)..... 13,226 lower than would be Lido....................................2,403 expected, given this Siesta............................... 9,691 year’s high nesting Casey.............................. 18,924 numbers, according to Mote Public ReVenice............................. 13,546 lations Coordinator Mote patrolled total.......... 57,790 Hayley Rutger. Source: Mote Marine Laboratory This year was a and Aquarium record season for turtle nests, with 2,462 documented nests in Mote’s patrol area and 639 on Longboat Key, compared to 1,284 area nests and 275 Key nests in 2011. But Tropical Storm Debby struck in late June, just as the first turtle nests were beginning to hatch, destroying approximately 950 nests. Volunteers with Longboat Key Turtle Watch, which patrols the Manatee County side of Longboat Key under Mote’s permit, excavated several nests scheduled to hatch around the time that Debby struck. They discovered that most, if not all, turtles had drowned. As a result, the group held public nest excavations later in the season than usual to avoid the unpleasant sight of drowned turtles. Season continued through Oct. 31, although turtles typically stop nesting in late August or early September. Nests continued to hatch into mid-October.

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It’s over. At last. No more TV ads. Jima; John Saputo, Skip Sack, David Novak, But as America shifts, adjusts and Longboaters, Marines; Harvey Noyes, endures, the next few days likely Longboater, Army Air Corps, World War II, will deliver an aftermath similar to B-17 gunner; Bill Kelley, Longboater, U.S. Hurricane Sandy — as the pain for the Navy, D-Day survivor, Omaha Beach. afflicted sets in, there’ll be sqawking, Marina Jack will be filled with more yelling and endless TV reporting than 200 heroes Wednesday when the on alleged voter fraud and voter Marine veterans celebrate the 237th suppression. anniversary of the Corps. We’ll pick up and eventually We admire them all for their courage, recover and move on. sacrifice and commitment to the cause Let’s hope there is no gloating — of liberty. As they all can tell you, there throwing gas on the fire. is nothing worse than war. It is hell So in the vein of moving on from on earth. With its costs so the intensity of the past year and devastating and immeasurable reuniting the United States of in so many ways, it should America, here are two reminders never occur. But since the time that may help put Tuesday’s results of the Book of Deuteronomy, in a bigger picture: greedy, maniacal despots •Monday is Veterans Day. have placed themselves above • Freedom is not free. people, rejecting the value of Most of us had the opportunity life. to have our say Tuesday when we That’s another whole subject. slipped our ballot into the electronic Instead, we want to express our scanner. Billions of people in this gratitude to all of our veterans. world do not get that opportunity. And a good way to do that is to We have that opportunity because quote the words of our nation’s of the men and women in this nation’s first president, when George Washington 236-year history who believed and sent his farewell address to the believe in the cause of liberty. They Revolutionary War army: were willing to give their lives in “He presents his thanks in the most defense of freedom. An extraordinary serious and affectionate manner to the concept — that freedom is so precious General Officers, as well for their Counsel men and women are willing to die for it. on many interesting occasions, as for Whatever it takes. their ardor in promoting the success That is why Veterans Day is of the plans he had adopted — To important. It is especially important the Commandants of Regiments to this region — Longboat Key, and Corps, and to the other Officers Sarasota, Manatee — and to Florida. for their great Zeal and attention Almost 85,900 U.S. military veterans in carrying his orders promptly live in Greater Sarasota-Manatee. And into execution — To the Staff for 1.6 million veterans live in Florida, their alacrity and exactness in the second highest number of any performing the duties of their several state except California. Departments — And to the NonFlorida honors its veterans. When commissioned officers and private you filled out your ballot Tuesday Soldiers, for their extraordinary (and in early voting), you had the patience in suffering, as well as opportunity to reinforce how we feel their invincible fortitude in Action as a state about our veterans. The … To the various branches of the Legislature crafted Amendments 2 Army, the General takes this last and and 9 to give property-tax exemptions solemn oppertunity of professing his to combat-wounded veterans and the inviolable attachment & friendship — A few of our veterans, from top left clockwise: Fay and surviving spouse of veterans killed He wishes more than bare professions Geri Cunningham at the Sarasota Veterans Day parade in the line of duty as a way of paying were in his power, that he was really in 2009; Andy Hooker, Army/Vietnam; David Novak, homage to our heroes. able to be usefull to them all in future Marines/Vietnam; George Swansey and Larry Bilodeau, In this region, we, for a long time, Korea; David Beliles, Marines/Korea; Bill Kelley, Navy/D- life; He flatters himself however, they have had many great heroes among will do him the justice to believe, Day survivor. us. The late Maj. Gen. Aubrey S. that whatever could with propriety Newman lived here. Newman became be attempted by him, has been done. survived Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway famous for his battle cry in World War II. And being now to conclude these his last and the Battle of Guadalcanal. He earned With his Infantry Division bogged down on public Orders, to take his ultimate leave, three Distinguished Service Medals, seven Leyte Island, Newman shouted: “Get the in a short time, of the Military Character, Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air hell off the beach … Follow me!” … and to bid a final adieu to the Armies he Medals, three Legions of Merit, the Silver “Follow me!” became the motto of an has so long had the honor to Command — Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Army recruiting poster. he can only again offer in their behalf his Two former chiefs of staff of the U.S. We had the late Brig. Gen. John H. recommendations to their grateful Country, Army Command in Europe made their McLain, for whom the Southgate post office homes here: Retired Lt. Gens. Rolland and his prayers to the God of Armies. May is named. Gen. McLain earned 15 medals ample justice be done them here, and may Heiser and Howard G. Crowell Jr. And for his heroism in World War II and Korea, the choicest of Heaven’s favors both here on Tuesday, Manatee voters re-elected serving with Gen. Patton. and hereafter attend those, who under the Larry Bustle to the Manatee County Longboaters will never forget the late divine auspices have secured innumerable Commissioon. Bustle, a Naval Academy Air Force Lt. Gen. James V. Edmundson, blessings for others: With these Wishes, graduate, flew 138 combat missions in for whom the Longboat Key post office is and this benediction, the Commander in Vietnam for the Air Force, the last 68 of named. In his 36-year military career, Gen. Chief is about to retire from service — The them over North Vietnam. Edmundson flew and survived 107 combat Curtain of seperation will soon be drawn The list of heroes is miles long. They’re missions in World War II, 32 missions — and the Military Scene to him will be everywhere: Marty Samowitz, 99, Longboat in Korea and 42 in the Vietnam War. He closed for ever.” Key, the oldest surviving Marine at Iwo

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Town commission requests Wounded Marine to share more input from residents story at TBI Veterans service The Town Commission made two decisions that will allow seasonal residents get back to the island and have their say. time as we have as much of the population on the island as possible is the right thing to do,” Duncan said. Although Commissioner Lynn Larson suggested the revised ordinance should potentially be killed instead of postponed, others disagreed and want the planning board to review it again. “I think the issue here is preservation of water views, which I think is a significant element of property values as it relates to Longboat Key,” Duncan said. We need language that protects water views more than it being about the height of a hedge.” The ordinance will come back for the commission’s review in January or February. Up next on first reading was an ordinance for revised parking-hour restrictions for Longbeach Village that was requested by Mar Vista Dockside and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurants. Parking along Broadway between Lois Avenue and Bayside Drive in the Longbeach Village is currently prohibited between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. But the owners of the two restaurants, both located on Broadway, want to extend parking by an additional two hours, to 11 p.m. Commissioners agreed to an amendment that moves the ordinance forward on first reading, which includes sun-setting the two-hour parking change Feb. 28. The move, if approved on second reading, would give restaurant owners more parking for patrons in the evening hours.

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then to, as part of that honoring, try to raise funds for a dog,” said Rabbi Jonathan Katz. Jernigan said that he hesitated slightly when Southeastern Guide Dogs contacted him about getting a dog three or four months after he was injured but quickly warmed to the idea. His first guide dog, Kera, didn’t work out because Jernigan has a left drift when he walks, and Kera didn’t correct his gait. Brittani turned out to be a good fit. Not only did she help him to walk in a straight line, but her outgoing nature matched Jernigan’s personality. Temple members hope to raise $3,600, which will cover the cost of securing and training one Southeastern guide dog. Jernigan credits Brittani with giving him a high level of independence. “I’ve been all over the place with my dog,” he said. “You leave your pet at home, but she goes everywhere with me and helps me when she’s out with me.”


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The Longboat Key Town Commission has heard the complaint before: You’re making decisions when no one is on the island to provide input. At its Monday regular meeting, commissioners made two decisions that will allow seasonal residents time to get back on the island and provide them with input before the commission makes its final decision. The first ordinance for debate Monday night was a controversial hedge-height ordinance on second reading that, if approved, would require certain waterfront properties on the Key to keep their hedges trimmed to 6 feet or lower. The ordinance was brought forward after a dispute emerged between Marina Bay and Harbour Court that concerned a hedge that was more than 20 feet tall and was blocking waterfront views for firstfloor Marina Bay unit owners. But, because that dispute was resolved amicably between both parties, commissioners decided to postpone a decision on the matter, sending the ordinance revisions back to its Planning and Zoning Board for further review. Commissioners want hearings to be held again early next year when more seasonal residents can provide input on the matter. “It’s not that the conclusion we came to was incorrect, but I’m not sure if we have done enough outreach to other properties before we go further,” said Commissioner Terry Gans. Commissioner Jack Duncan agreed. “Delaying this discussion until such

Michael Jernigan’s dog, Brittani, has accompanied him on 47 roundtrip flights. They’ve been everywhere together, from routine grocery trips to Yankee Stadium, in New York. When he graduated with his degree in history last spring from the University of South Florida, Brittani accompanied him across the stage and wore her own gown. “She went to every class I did,” Jernigan said with a chuckle. Brittani was at Jernigan’s side when Temple Beth Israel members visited the Southeastern Guide Dogs facility in Palmetto during a summer field trip. There, members learned his story. A roadside bomb in Iraq blinded the U.S. Marine Corps veteran in August 2004. He had 30 surgeries over the next 12 months to treat severe head, knee and hand injuries. More than five years ago, Jernigan became the first veteran to receive a guide dog through Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Paws for Patriots program, which provides service dogs to wounded veterans. Brittani will be at Jernigan’s side this Friday, when he shares his story at the Temple Beth Israel Veterans service. “Our goal is to honor a very brave veteran, and at this time, when we observe Veterans Day, to remind the community of their service and their sacrifice to us, and

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Firefighters present contract proposal The agreement proposed by firefighters would make up for four years without wage increases. Longboat Key firefighters haven’t received step increases or cost-of-living adjustments since 2008, the last year town employees received pay raises. But during Nov. 1 negotiations, the town’s firefighter union presented a proposal that would bring back wage hikes — and make up for lost time. The contract proposed by firefighters would put the step plan back in place and restore all employees “to their proper step” as of Oct. 1, with any employee who has topped out of the system receiving a 3% COLA. For example, a firefighter hired during the 2007 fiscal year most likely rose from Step 1 to Step 2 in 2008. If the town’s budget situation had not changed, that firefighter would be approaching Step 6 for the new fiscal year. The plan proposed by firefighters would bring that firefighter from Step 2 to Step 6. A firefighter/paramedic at Step 2 could see his or her base pay increase from $52,911.04 annually to $64,296.96 at Step 6, if the town agreed to the firefighter proposal, according to the town pay-and-classification plan attached to the contract. “We want (a firefighter) to go back to where he should be,” said Keith Tanner, Longboat Key Fire Rescue district vice president. The contract also includes a pension proposal put forth by firefighters, for which the town and union disagree

about the potential for cost savings. Other changes include an increase in vacation accrual ranging from a 24-hour increase for employees with less than five years of service to a 48-hour increase for those with more than 14 years, along with a clothing allowance increase from $10.57 per pay period to $30. The town didn’t declare impasse with its firefighters during Thursday’s meeting, as expected. Firefighters presented their proposed contract toward the end of negotiations after more than two hours of pension discussions. The town and firefighters will meet again at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The town’s labor attorney, W. Reynolds Allen, said that the town would meet “three, four, five days in a row,” if necessary, to determine if it can reach an agreement with its firefighters. “We don’t want this to drag on forever,” Allen said. “It’s costing money every time that we do this.” The latest round of negotiations have been ongoing since March and have focused primarily on the firefighter pension since early May, when Town Manager Dave Bullock proposed freezing the plan and setting up 401(a) accounts for future employee benefits. Firefighters have said the proposal is unacceptable to them and that their union has presented fair, alternative proposals to the town. Firefighters are currently working on a contract that expired Sept. 30, 2011.



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Wheel steal 10:08 a.m. — 3700 block of GMD. Lost/ Missing Property. A woman returned to the Key and discovered that her bicycle, which was tied to her porch by a bungee chord, was missing.

Oct. 26 After hours 12:26 a.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Trespassing. Police warned a couple about beach hours after observing their vehicle parked at a public access after hours.

Brush stroke 4:53 a.m. — 700 block of Russell St. Suspicious Circumstance. Police investigated a suspicious noise that a caller said sounded like a vacuum cleaner and found that it was the sound of trees brushing the side of the home.

Dog tag 9:48 a.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Dog Found. A woman found a white poodle running through her complex. Police contacted the owner through the dog’s tags. The owner came to the police station to pick up the dog.

Capture the flag 10:24 a.m. — 2700 block of GMD. Larceny From Public Property. A Public Works employee reported that someone removed the flag from Bicentennial Park.

Rescue mission 2:30 p.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Rescue. Two juveniles swimming and boogie boarding near a hotel were swept out toward the Gulf of Mexico. Their parents




Corner Lights out for stone crabs 12:52 a.m. — Off the Key. Boat. Police saw the occupants of a boat using a Q-beam light to illuminate trees and buildings on Jewfish Key. The occupants said they were stone crabbing and denied using lights, but admitted using them after two officers said they witnessed it. Police advised them not to shine lights on homes because it makes it look like they are doing something other than stone crabbing.

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Oct. 27 Out of sight 11:14 a.m. — 4400 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. Police saw a man walking through a complex who matched a burglary suspect’s description but lost sight of him before they could make contact.

Park it right there, mister 2:33 p.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Trespassing. A man who had parked his convertible near the beach at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort had a suspended driver’s license. Police gave him a courtesy ride home.

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Welcome back: Since you LEFT ... We’ve seen the car carriers. We’ve felt the slightest hint of an early fall breeze. We’ve noticed the growing happy-hour crowds at our favorite Key restaurants and bars. It can all mean only one thing: You’re baack! Here’s one thing we’ve learned from sticking around Longboat in recent summers: The slow days of summer are a thing of the past. The good news is, we braved the 90-plus degree temperatures, the mosquitoes and the wrath of Tropical Storm Debby to report the news for those of you who stayed in town and those who had other places to be. And even if you were gallivanting across the globe, you could still read the news as it unfolded at But if you took a vacation from the news or need a refresher course, you’re in luck. We’ve summarized our biggest and best stories to catch you up to speed. There’s no pop quiz. It’s our way of saying: Welcome back.

May + Klauber, Adams settle

Longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber confirmed that he had reached a settlement through mediation with W. Andrew “Andy” Adams, whose Breakpointe I LLC was foreclosing on overdue bank loans for Klauber’s residential unit and beachfront Vagabond resort unit. The terms of the settlement were confidential.

+ Consultant suggests DAS TE Connectivity Networks Inc. consul-

tant Scott Wierson told the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board that he would recommend a distributed antenna solution (DAS) network to improve wireless communications on the north end. The recommendation was, for many, a long awaited answer, following TE Connectivity’s study of island-wide wireless communications. Jim Eatrides, of Alpha Omega Communications, and Kevin Barile, of Ridan Industries II, who strategically placed their application for a 150-foot cellular tower on hold to allow the town to make adjustments to its telecommunications policies, disputed Wierson’s conclusion and returned to the Commission in June with Tom Giacomo, of Verizon, who described a tower as “the most viable solution.”

+ Chief Hogle dies in motorcycle crash Longboat Key Police Chief Albert “Al” Hogle died May 14 in a motorcycle accident. Hogle, 63, was riding with friends on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, when he was ejected from his motorcycle after striking a tree. Hundreds of people, including many uniformed law-enforcement officers from throughout Southwest Florida, attended his funeral May 24, during which he was eulogized as a family man and mentor to other law-enforcement officials. Hogle’s beloved yellow Camaro ZL1 led the funeral procession to Sarasota National Cemetery, where he was buried with a 21-gun salute.

+ Pension freeze proposed Town Manager David Bullock proposed freezing the town’s firefighter and generalemployee pension plans and transitioning employees to defined-contribution 401(a) accounts. The plan would allow vested employees to receive the benefits they’ve earned and wouldn’t affect retirees or employees who retire before the freeze date. Employees would contribute 3% of their pay, while the town would contribute 10% and then match additional employee contributions dollar-for-dollar up to 13%. Bullock has not formally proposed changes to the police plan because contract negotiations with the police union will not begin until spring of 2013.

across the island. The sticky, brown gunk was a harmless algae that can resemble oil and often appears when Gulf temperatures get warmer. As expected, it went away within approximately one week.

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+ Colony agreement ends

It wasn’t red tide, and it wasn’t BP oil. But patches of brown gunk that surfaced along local waters sent rumors floating

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The Colony Beach & Tennis Association board voted unanimously May 14, to terminate its agreement with Club Holdings Ven-

tures LLC after the Broomfield, Colo.-based company expressed interest in ending the relationship. Association Board President Jay Yablon said at the time that Club Holdings officials worried that they could not keep investors interested in a project “with so much dysfunction.”

+ Meyer is new PZ&B director Robin Meyer assumed the role of Long-





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+ Helicopter lands beach A helicopter en route to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport made an emergency landing May 25, on Longboat Key’s Gulfside beach near the 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Police said that pilot Joseph Leach’s Bell helicopter developed engine problems during the flight. The three adult passengers on board were not injured.

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Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. officials confirmed that they will move forward to redevelop the company’s Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. The project will likely involve tearing down most of the property’s existing structures, with the exception of the northernmost building, and the addition of 80 to 85 rooms. The company plans to file an application in December and begin construction in May, closing the resort for nine to 12 months. If plans are approved, the Hilton would become the first property to receive additional units from a pool of 250 tourism units available Key-wide approved by voters in a 2008 referenda vote.

+ Plaza overlay passes The Longboat Key Town Commission voted unanimously in a special meeting June 24, to approve a Comprehensive Plan amendment allowing for an overlay involving several properties in the Whitney Beach area. The approval came after residents, many from the Longbeach Village packed Town Hall during the commission’s May and June meetings to oppose the overlay, many citing language that would allow for maximum heights of 55 feet. The amendment approved by the com-

+ Town approves Tennis Center alcohol sales The Longboat Key Town Commission reached consensus to move forward a plan allowing for wine and beer sales at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center during a May 24 workshop. The commission considered a similar proposal in March 2011, but rejected it because of code enforcement issues and concerns from at least one business owner that it would interfere with business. Commissioners reached consensus at the May workshop after Tennis Center Manager Kay Thayer assured that most patrons would only drink a beverage or two while watching matches and that staff and volunteers would not allow people to drink to the point of intoxication. mission removed height references, meaning that affected property would be limited to the 40 feet allowed by their underlying zoning. The overlay would allow a developer to seek flexibility to seek a mix of uses but without requiring a developer to take advantage of it.

+ Bullock contract OK’d The Longboat Key Town Commission officially removed the word “interim” from Town Manager Dave Bullock’s title when it authorized Town Attorney David Persson to draw up a contract allowing for a three-year extension of his contract, followed by the option for a subsequent three-year renewal. The extension increased Bullock’s maximum allowable severance to 20 weeks’


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Grand Bay resident Terry Gans became the newest Longboat Key Town commissioner, after the commission appointed him to fill the at-large seat vacated by Hal Lenobel. Gans was one of eight residents to express interest in the seat. Former Commissioners Randy Clair, Gene Jaleski and Woody Wolverton, current Planning and Zoning Board members Jack Daly and Len Garner, recent District 3 challenger Ray Rajewski and fifth-generation Key resident Mark Wickersham submitted resumes to the town to ask for consideration. Although Gans initially planned to serve on an interim basis, he has since qualified to run for the seat in March 2013, to complete the remainder Lenobel’s one year term.

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+ Crash kills Quik-N-EZ Mart employee Longboat Key Quik-N-EZ Mart employee Karen Porter, 47, died from internal injuries on Aug. 14, one week after she was struck by a Nissan pickup truck and pinned against the store’s wall. According to a crash report, the truck’s driver, Alfredo Loza, who works at Pattigeorge’s restaurant, told police that his brakes had been “acting weird earlier,” but he didn’t believe the problem to be serious. Loza was charged with careless driving.

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The Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. announced plans for a joint venture with the Longboat Key Club and Resort and Loeb Partners Realty LLC for all of the resort’s assets. In announcing the partnership Aug. 20, Ocean Properties officials said that if consummated after an unspecified due-diligence period, the company would become an equity partner in Key Club Associates, L.P., the entity that controls the Key Club but declined to comment about whether

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The Longbeach Village neighborhood saw flooding in the streets.

+ Debby takes Longboat by storm Tropical Storm Debby made a surprise appearance from June 23 through June 28, on Longboat Key, bringing 10 inches of rain and flooding to 51 streets on the island. It was the Key’s first major storm impact since Tropical Storm Alberto struck in 2006. Debby’s impacts ranged from minor inconveniences to substantial damages. The storm blew away an estimated 150,000 cubic yards of sand on the Key, depositing much of it on Beer Can Island, aka Greer Island; flooded Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Pattigeorge’s, along with many homes and destroyed approximately 950 turtle nests, along with the world’s largest cotton plant at Casa Del Mar. A string of burglaries, mostly involving unlocked cars and homes in the Longbeach Village, also occurred during Tropical Storm Debby, suggesting that the culprit took advantage of the weather and targeted vulnerable property. the equity stake was a majority stake or a 50/50 stake in the resort. Less than two months later, Loeb Partners Realty announced the sale of the Key Club to Ocean Properties for an undisclosed price.

+ Hurricane Isaac spares Key First responders began prepping for Hurricane Isaac’s impacts, after forecasts called for the storm passing 100 to 150 miles west of Longboat Key Aug. 27. But Aug. 26, the storm’s path shifted further west than anticipated, removing any threat to the Key. Officials noted that just two months after Tropical Storm Debby’s impact, both residents and town staffers were better prepared. In fact, the town ran out of sandbags because so many residents sought them for storm impacts.

+ Appeals court upholds Key Club writ The 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld Judge Charles E. Roberts’ ruling that granted a writ of certiorari to the Islandside Property Owners Coalition (IPOC) and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations in their challenge of the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million Islandside project. A panel of three judges rejected the town’s and Key Club’s arguments that the lower court improperly reweighed evidence and improperly interpreted the town’s code in a 12page ruling. The ruling essentially killed the Islandside project, although the Key Club could file a new application under the town codes that have been modified since the project’s June 2010 approval.

+ Colony Association names partners The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association board voted Aug. 29, to enter into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding with longtime unit owner Andy Adams’ BreakPointe LLC and the Naples-based Coral Hospitality LLC. According to the agreement approved, BreakPointe would serve as developer and recommend a plan to the Association, while Coral Hospitality would take the role of property/resort manager and technical developer, operating under BreakPointe.

September + Cumming appointed police chief Town Manager Dave Bullock announced Acting Police Chief Pete Cumming would take on the top-cop role permanently. Bullock appointed Cumming acting police chief in May, following the sudden death of Police Chief Al Hogle. Cumming began his career in law-enforcement in patrol


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with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 and later became a detective, then a corporal, then an undercover narcotics smuggling agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). In the mid-1990s, he was also sworn in as a U.S. Deputy Marshall for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force, before heading to FDLE’s Fort Myers Regional Operation Center, where he opened a fictitious pawnshop to create an outlet for stolen goods. Cumming joined the Longboat Key department as a captain in April 2008.

+ Circle Books closes The last chapter for Circle Books came Sept. 19, when the St. Armands bookstore closed after 13 years. Owner Eric Lamboley said that the business became financially unfeasible in recent years because of online sales and the inability of independent booksellers to compete with large chains on pricing.

+ Colony mid-rise ‘unsafe’ Licensed engineering firm ProNet Group Inc. labeled the mid-rise building that’s been the home of longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber for almost 40 years “potentially hazardous and unsafe.” Citizens Property Insurance had hired the company to inspect the building. The report determined that the building’s floor-framing system no longer supported its intended design load and that the condition was associated with long-term rain water/moisture migration. Town officials posted warning signs around the building and banned people from entering it without town staff approval.

+ Sand structures OK’d With sand disappearing at an alarming rate, the Longboat Key Town Commission

unanimously agreed to move forward with a $6.2 million sand-and-structures program at a Sept. 24 workshop. The project would place two permeable, adjustable-type groins near North Shore Road on town property and a non-adjustable groin that would stick out into Longboat Pass from Greer Island, aka Beer Can Island, to keep sand from flowing north into the channel and into Sarasota Bay. If the town obtains permits by early 2013, groin construction could begin next spring.

+ Commission approves budget Read their lips: No new taxes. The Longboat Key town commissioners approved a 2012-13 fiscal year budget Sept. 24 that’s flat compared to the previous year’s budget, and as expected, included no tax increases. Based on the town’s current millage rate of 1.8872 mills, the town will generate $8,362,000 in ad valorem revenues, or $137,000 less when compared to a year ago. Longboat Key commissioners are granting a one-year reprieve to residents who were bracing for tax assessments regarding the town’s upcoming beach project. Instead of assessing Key taxpayers for a $16 million sand-and-structure beach project starting this year, the town intends to assess taxpayers next summer. 

October + Commission grants extension The Longboat Key Town Commission isn’t ruling out the possibility of pulling the plug on the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s grandfathered tourism units. The commission replaced a three-year extension of the deadline for re-opening the property sought by the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association and replaced it with a one-year extension that terminates Dec. 31, 2013. Commissioners offered a three-year extension to the owner of the property that can redevelop the entire 18-

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16 out of the town’s 42 eligible general employees have signed union interest statements. The Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) will make a decision on the proposed union in the near future. The interest in unionization comes amid concerns about a proposal to freeze employee pension plans and pay future benefits into 401(a) accounts. General employees have expressed concerns that they, unlike police and firefighters, don’t have representation.

+ Northern Trust confirms plans to close branch Northern Trust confirmed plans to close its Longboat Key branch. According to a letter sent to customers, the branch will consolidate with the company’s existing Sarasota branch at 1515 Ringling Blvd. A company spokeswoman said that all Longboat Key staffers will transfer to the Sarasota branch. The Key office will close Dec. 7.

+ Judge awards $20 million

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acre property, not just the 15 acres that the Association currently controls. During the Oct. 1 hearing, Charles Bartlett, attorney for longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber confirmed that settlement discussions had ceased among the Colony interests after the commission expressed a willingness to extend the deadline the month before.

+ Employees seek union vote The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sent Town Manager Dave Bullock a letter stating that

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May recommended leaving control of the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort with its unit owners and their Association and awarded more than $20 million in damages to the Colony Partnership, which includes longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and the unit owners. The award was one of two options for damage scenarios U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday directed May to choose between in October 2011. The alternative scenario was a $7,751,470 damage award that would have also restored the Partnership that allowed Klauber to control the units. The Association will appeal the decision to the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeal, which could lead to another two years of court hearings, unless the parties reach a settlement.

+ Ocean Properties buys club Ocean Properties Ltd., of Delray Beach, is the new owner of the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Key Club Associates, LP, the entity that controls the Key Club announced Oct. 16 that it had reached an agreement with Ocean Properties for the outright acquisition of the entire club and its assets from Loeb Partners Realty for an undisclosed price.

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+ Aposporos announces departure Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos announced that he will resign from his position by the end of the year. Aposporos, who is also a real-estate broker for J Wood Realty, plans to run for the Anna Maria City Commission. He became the chamber’s acting president in February 2009 before taking on the role officially four months later.

+ Jury awards Key resident $2.3 million A Manatee County jury awarded Longboat Key resident Richard Carrier $2.3 million for injuries stemming from a bicycle accident. The crash occurred in March 2010, when Edward O’Connell, 82, of Rome, N.Y., struck Carrier, 53, as he rode his bicycle in the 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. After a five-day trial, the jury found that Carrier sustained permanent injuries to his head, eye, neck, shoulder and lower back.

+ Commission puts decision on hold The Longboat Key Town Commission directed town staff to hire a consultant to review the town’s telecommunications policies and present recommendations for the town’s Comprehensive Plans and codes at an Oct. 15 workshop. The town attorney’s office recommended that the commission consider amending its zoning code to allow for cellular towers over 30 feet and establish a reasonable maximum height for the towers, warning commissioners that without changes, the town’s policies could be legally interpreted as a ban on cell towers. Town Manager Dave Bullock told the commission that representatives of cellular companies have all said it would be impossible to build a tower on the island at less than 110 feet.

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May 8 Letter-writing campaign 8:58 p.m. — 800 block of Broadway. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman found a typed note attached to her car telling her to remove her Obama 2012 bumper sticker from her vehicle.

May 12 What happens on Longboat … 10 p.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Domestic Disturbance. Police drove a couple vacationing on the island to their hotel after an argument during dinner. Both the man and woman had trouble walking, and the woman was so intoxicated that she held onto the front bumper of the police car before falling onto the sidewalk and scraping her knee.

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police because he didn’t want to embarrass his family after neighbors saw him yelling and talking to himself in the condominium pool. He then got out and began shoving chairs and other pool furniture around. He was arrested for resisting arrest.

June 8 VIP treatment 1:10 a.m. — 4500 block of GMD. Disturbance. Police found a man in a garage who had been banging on condo doors yelling “Bree!” while shirtless and smelling like alcohol. The man said he was trying to get his dog out of his SUV and warned police not to harass him because he is a very important person. He later called the police station and tried to get the dispatcher fired.

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Doggy paddle 12:06 p.m. — One block of Winslow Place. Dog Nuisance. A man complained that his neighbor’s dog barks continuously during his twice-daily swims with his owner in the swimming pool.

June 1 Open-and-shut case 12:45 a.m. — 500 block of Sutton Place. Disturbance. A man reported that his neighbor opened and closed her garage door multiple times between 12:41 a.m. and 12:48 a.m. The neighbor told police that she was retaliating for the man’s loose floorboards that keep her awake at night.

Family honor 9:12 p.m. — 4300 block of Exeter Drive. Disturbance. A man gave a fake name to

11:56 a.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Missing Person. A man’s wife reported him missing after she and her sons were unable to locate him, but found his shirt and phone on a beach chair. A few minutes into a police search, the man waded to shore. He had fallen asleep on a foam noodle in the Gulf and drifted three-fourths of a mile before a boater spotted him and gave him a ride.

July 13 Living space? 9:14 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Circumstance. A construction worker told police that he saw a man crawling out from under a vacant restaurant building around 4:30 a.m. The man stood up, said “hello” and walked off.

Ruffling feathers 11:38 a.m. — 7100 block of Longboat Drive N. Animal Nuisance. A woman reported that a male peacock keeps attacking her car when it sees its reflection in the glossy finish on the side of her car. She asked whether the bird could be removed.

The naked truth 5:36 p.m. — 6300 block of GMD. A caller reported that a Jet Skier was possibly nude. Police found two Jet Ski riders nearby who were, in fact, clothed. Dispatch told police that the caller only thought that the Jet Skier was nude and also said that the riders almost struck his daughter.

July 30 8:31 p.m. — 1200 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. A condominium guard reported a suspicious man in the area who was wearing a light color shirt and khaki shorts, carrying a backpack and asking in a French accent about rental units. The suspicious man told police he just started a new job as a pastry baker at a nearby shop and found information about available rentals on the Key through Craigslist.

Aug. 1 11:03 a.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Property Found. A man found half a set of dentures on the beach.

Aug. 7 Wrong drive-thru 12:58 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles

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Aug. 9 Egg-cellent advice 8:06 a.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Vandalism. A man reported that someone threw eggs at his vehicle while it was parked in a condominium lot. Police suggested that he wash the vehicle and call them if he found any damages.

Aug. 11 Different accounts 3:33 p.m. — 5200 block of GMD. Disturbance/Conduct. A woman told police that her roommate owed her money and had hit her the day before, leaving her with a

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Change of heart 12:24 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Beverage Violation. A man told police, “Go ahead, write me a ticket,” when police told him that alcohol is not allowed on the beach, then said, “F--- that and I ain’t signing it,” when police attempted to get his thumbprint and signature for the ticket. Police explained the citation to the man’s family members.

Sept. 25 Rules were made to be broken 7:48 a.m. — 5500 block of GMD. Animal/Dog Nuisance.  A man refused to answer police questions about whether his dog had been off of its leash in a park, saying he could self-incriminate. The man compared his dog being off the leash to driving 46 mph in a 45 mph zone. He also said that people are neurotic and parks are meant for playing.

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12:58 a.m. — 500 block of Gulf Bay Road. Disturbance/Noise. Police arrested the 20-year-old host of a house party but agreed to give the man, who was scheduled to deploy for the Army the next week, a break if he cleaned up the beer cans outside the property and left the next morning. The man was arrested the next day, when police returned and found the man and his friends still there with liquor and a kegerator.

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Buffer zone 1:39 p.m. — 3800 block of GMD. Sex Offense/Indecent Exposure. A woman tried to ignore a nude sunbather near the area where she was fishing but could no longer ignore the naked man when he began to touch himself. She described the man as in his 50s, and, not surprisingly, very tan.

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Longboat Key said goodbye to many friends, neighbors and loved ones throughout the summer. Here, we remember those who died by looking back on the lives they lived.

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Robert Bernard, 80, of Longboat Key and formerly of Albany, N.Y., died April 24. Mr. Bernard founded the law firm of Bernard, Overton and Russell, and later became administrative an law judge in New York City. Mr. Bernard served as president of the Sanctuary Condominium Association and was a docent at the Ringling Museum and a Longboat Key Firefighter Pension Board Trustee.

Janet Kaplan, 96, of Longboat Key and formerly of Sarasota, died May 8. Mrs. Kaplan attended the Fashion Institute for Technology in New York City and worked as a fabric designer before marrying in 1936. She was an active member of the National League of American Pen Women and an honorary member of Women Contemporary Artists, which honored her with a lifetime membership in 2005.

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Stanley Macbeth, 85, of Longboat Key and Avon, Conn., died April 29. Mr. Macbeth earned a degree from Yale University and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. Mr. Macbeth founded Bloomfield Construction and Stanley A. Macbeth Inc. He was a longtime member of Bird Key Yacht Club.

Pamela Chapman

Pamela Chapman, of Sarasota and formerly of London and Longboat Key, died May 1. Mrs. Chapman and her husband moved in 1993 to Dallas, where she was active in the project, Wives Support Group. Locally, she was an active member of Sarasota Yacht Club’s women’s group and entertainment committee.

Richard Hall

Richard Hall, 85, of Bradenton, and formerly of Cape May Point, N.J., and Longboat Key, died May 1. Mr. Hall graduated from the University of Miami and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the retired executive vice president for Strawbridge and Clothier in Philadelphia.

Walter Hess Jr.

Walter Hess Jr., 89, of Longboat Key and formerly of Rockville, Md., died May 8. Mr. Hess served as an Army Infantry officer in World War II, graduated from Georgetown University Law School and served as an FBI agent. In 1967, he founded Hess Insurance, now Hess, Eagan, Hagerty and L’Hommedieu Commercial Insurance Brokerage in Bethesda, Md.

William “Bill” Bailey, 92, died May 11. Mr. Bailey was an Air Force veteran who served as a pilot in World War II. He retired after a 35year career as a high school and junior college professor of chemistry. Mr. Bailey was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Keys (now the Kiwanis Club Bailey of Longboat Key) in 1997. He was a regular contributor to the Longboat Observer’s “Dining Out” column.

Ethel Young

Ethel Young, 100, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key and Chicago, died May 11. She was a member of the Sara Bay Country Club and the Bird Key Yacht Club.

Douglas Raymond Bruce

Douglas Raymond Bruce, 71, of Longboat Key, died May 12. He was a former resident of Norwich, Conn.

Albert ‘Al’ Hogle

Longboat Key Police Chief Albert “Al” Hogle, 63, died May 14 of injuries sustained in a North Carolina motorcycle crash. Hogle grew up in Sarasota and served in the U.S. Air Force for two years before he was hired by the Sarasota Police Department in 1970. Hogle served as a Sarasota city commissioner from 1998 to 2001, including five Hogle months as the city’s mayor in 2001, before he was hired to serve as Bradenton police chief. He left that position after less than a year to become Longboat

Key police chief in late 2002.

Edith Rosenthal

Edith Rosenthal, 86, of Longboat Key, died May 18. Mrs. Rosenthal was born in Berlin and came to Longboat Key from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., where she taught fifth and sixth grades. She enjoyed travel, golf, tennis, bridge, skiing, sailing theater, music, entertaining and anything with her husband of 62 years, Henry.

Clyde Miller

Clyde Miller, 86, of Sun City Center and formerly of Longboat Key and Bloomington, Ill., died May 19. Mr. Miller worked in the trucking industry for more than 40 years and retired in 1992 from management with Consolidated Freightways in Bloomington. He and his wife, Mary, moved in 1996 to Longboat Key, where they managed the Beachcomber condominium until 2008.

Penny Rosenthal

Penny Rosenthal, 93, of Longboat Key and formerly of St. Louis, died May 19. Mrs. Rosenthal moved to Longboat Key permanently in 1990 and was an avid nature lover. She was a longtime Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteer who spent many years as “top turtle,” guiding the group’s activities and training new members. She also helped Mote Marine Laboratory to establish its turtle monitoring program and assisted Audubon with efforts to protect shorebirds.

David Lichtenstein

David Lichtenstein, 97, of Longboat Key and formerly of New York, died May 24. Mr. Lichtenstein earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The City College of New York and served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. After the war, he worked as a New York City health inspector until 1980. Mr. Lichtenstein served as the chairman for the operating committee and a member of the board of directors at Longboat Harbour.

Marion Gange

Marion Gange, 90, of Venice and formerly of West Haven, Conn., Dayton, Ohio, and

Longboat Key, died May 25. Ms. Gange attended Yale School of Music and played guitar with the Ina Ray Hutton Orchestra and later formed her own trio with Barbara Carroll as a steady pianist. Her trio became one of the first USO hospital units to provide entertainment for veterans. Ms. Gange produced and directed WHIO TV in Dayton before retiring to Longboat Key.

Thomas ‘Tom’ Tomao

Thomas “Tom” Tomao, 61, of Bradenton, died May 27. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who worked for many years at Cannons Marina and was a skilled boat mechanic. Mr. Tomao was a cook and avid crossword puzzle solver and reader who enjoyed fishing, working on motorcycles and car racing.

Milton Lucow

Milton Lucow, 87, of Sarasota, died May 28. Mr. Lucow began working at age 9 in his parents’ stall at the Eastern Market in Detroit. He served during World War II in Europe and graduated from law school at Wayne State University in 1948. Mr. Lucow was a founding member of Temple Emanu-El and became its youngest president in 1960, and was a former president of Temple Beth Israel. In 2000, while serving as Sarasota Florida’s General Campaign Chair, he was selected to serve on the National Board of United Jewish Communities.

Alice-Jean McFarlin

Alice-Jean McFarlin, 83, of Longboat Key and formerly of St. Louis Park, Minn., died May 31. Mrs. McFarlin was the audio-visual and computer librarian at Blake Schools in Minneapolis. She was a key figure in developing and directing the library by All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, a role that she continued until 10 days before her death.

Clara Franks

Clara Franks, 92, of Longboat Key, died June 2. She was a former resident of Bradenton

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Peggy Hirsch Greenwald

Peggy Hirsch Greenwald, 72, of Longboat Key and Louisville, Ky., died June 11. Mrs. Greenwald was an active volunteer with the Jewish Hospital Women’s Guild and the United Way and a member of the Standard Country Club, Longboat Key Club Greenwald and Resort, National Council of Jewish Women and the congregations of the Temple and Keneseth Israel, in Louisville.

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Mary Ann Ruff

Don Snyder, 87, of Sarasota, died June 5. He worked for the Longboat Key Club and Resort for 40 years.

Mary Ann Ruff, 81, of Longboat Key and formerly of Columbus, Ind., died June 22. Mrs. Ruff graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in education. After retiring to Longboat Key, she became active in the University of Illinois Alumni Club, serving as its president for 10 years, and was also active in Alums and Sequel, Sarasota Symphony and the Sarasota Opera Guild.

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Harry Hmura, 93, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 6. Born in Chicago. Mr. Hmura had a long and varied career. After retiring to Longboat Key, he pursued his passion for golf.

Joseph Giusti

Joseph Giusti, 97, of Longboat Key and South Dartmouth, Mass., died June 7. Mr. Giusti served as president and chief executive officer of the Giusti Baking Co., which his father, Cesare Giusti, and John Giusti established in the early 1900s. Mr. Giusti enjoyed golfing Giusti and was a member of the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

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John Knox Hess, 93, of Plymouth Harbor and formerly of Ohio, died June 12. Mr. Hess attended the College of Wooster in Ohio and seminary at Boston University to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter

Samuel Keyes

Samuel Keyes, 88, of Longboat Key and Cape Coral, died July 4. Mr. Keyes enlisted in the Army in 1942 as a private, and was discharged as a captain. He participated in D-Day and landed on Red Beach in Omaha Beach, France, early on the morning of June 6, 1944. Mr. Keyes graduated in 1948 from Boston University and served for 38 years as vice president of Aetna Life & Casualty. He enjoyed sailing and power boating and was a member of Bird Key Yacht Club.


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Lloyd Singer, 86, of Longboat Key and formerly of Toronto, died July 13. Mr. Singer had a career in business and was also a talented portrait artist. He was a member of the Canadian Art Acquisitions Committee of the Art Gallery in Toronto and an early member of the Canadian Society for the Weigmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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Gloria Shuttleworth, 86, of Longboat Key, died July 27. Mrs. Shuttleworth held a fine arts degree

Dr. William Vilensky, 84, of Longboat Key and formerly of Margate, N.J., died July 30. Dr. Vilensky opened a pharmacy in the Wildwood, N.J., area, which he operated for several years, before returning to school and earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced in Camden County, N.J., and was a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Hershey.

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Rita June Greenberg, 83, of Long Island, N.Y., died Aug. 6. She was a former resident of Longboat Key.

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Dr. Milton Comer, 83, of Longboat Key and formerly of Louisville, died July 7. Dr. Comer was a retired surgeon who practiced in Louisville for many years and also served as a surgeon with the U.S. Army. He was a former member of Adath Jeshurun.

Barbara Michel, 79, of Sarasota, died July 26. Michel was the longtime chef concierge at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, serving a total of 28 years. She was originally from Detroit and lived in Cincinnati before moving in 1980 to Sarasota with her husband and three children. Michel was was a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or, which currently includes just 550 members Michel nationwide.

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William “Bucky” Buchanan Jr., 92, of Plymouth Harbor and formerly of Longboat Key, died June 24. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mr. Buchanan was the owner of a small manufacturing company in New Jersey until he retired in 1978 to Longboat Key. Mr. Buchanan was a member of the Longboat Key Yacht Club and Bird Key Yacht Club.

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Jeanne Robbins Twaskas, 95, of Longboat Key and formerly of Rahway, N.J., died July 4. Mrs. Twaskas integrated the Linden Retired Men’s Club in 1989 and saw the creation of both a men and women’s club at Linden’s Gregorio Recreation Center. She moved in 1999 to Longboat Key and lived in a condo until January 2012, when she moved into an assisted-living facility, Alderman Oaks.


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George Albert Stevens, 84, of Longboat Key and Lexington, Mass., died Sept. 3. Mr. Stevens served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, graduated from Harvard College in 1949 and passed the Massachusetts bar exam in 1957. He was a former pharmaceutical executive, venture capitalist and entrepreneur.

John Alexander Connor

John Alexander Connor, 89, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 6. Mr. Connor was born in Luss, Scotland. He retired from his position as vice president of Bechtel Corp. in Toronto and San Francisco and went on to become active in local government, golf associations, Bird Key Yacht Club and the St. Andrews and Caledonian societies.

Brooke Greenwald Cohen

Brooke Greenwald Cohen, 45, of Louisville, Ky., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 7. A Louisville native, Mrs. Cohen held a master’s degree in special education and taught pre-school in private schools and the Jewish Community Center.

Irene Coulter

Irene Coulter, 78, of Longboat Key and New Brighton, Minn., died Sept. 16. Mrs. Coulter earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in art from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mrs. Coulter enjoyed music, performing arts, hunting for a good yard sale, books, painting, playing bridge and col-

In 2000, he moved to Longboat Key, where he lived for eight years.

Phyllis, “Phyl” Goldstein, 82, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 16. She was a former resident of Salem, Mass., and Swampscott, Mass.

Marianne Hart

Marianne Hart, 90, of Bloomington Ill., and Longboat Key, died Sept. 16. Mrs. Hart graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. Mrs. Hart served on the boards of the Centrillio Girl Scouts, YWCA and Day Nursery. She was also a member of the McLean County Art Center and the McLean County Historical Association.

Gloria Buckner-Truitt

Gloria Buckner-Truitt, 86, of Freedom Village and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 23. Originally from Indianapolis, Mrs. Buckner-Truitt moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., where she was a homemaker and mother of three who was active in community theater and the Women’s Medical Auxiliary. Mrs. Buckner-Truitt established Jazz Sunday at Longboat Island Chapel, a tradition that continues today.

John Roche

John Roche, 82, formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 29. Mr. Roche served on the Roosevelt Carrier during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Miami and was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity for 50 years. Mr. Roche worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years, then in investments and insurance for 25 years and then taught at Arvida Middle School in Miami for 10 years.

Barbara Reese McDevitt

Barbara Reese McDevitt, 81, of Glenn Mills, Pa., died Oct. 2. She was a former resident of Longboat Key.

Joseph Ryan Kelly

Joseph Ryan Kelly, 81, of Longboat Key and formerly of St. Paul, Minn., died Oct. 11. Dr. Kelly served in the Army Medical Corps and went on to practice medicine for 32 years in St. Paul. He was affiliated with the allergy section of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Samuel Elliott Fishman

Samuel Elliott Fishman, 75, of Tampa, died Oct. 12. Mr. Fishman founded Fishman Mortgage Corp. in 1968 and was a supporter of many organizations including Menorah Manor, Hadassah and the American Cancer Society. Mr. Fishman served as treasurer of the Shore Condominium Association and was recently treasurer of the Suncoast GradyWhite Boating Club of Longboat Key.

Richard Arvid Hassel

Richard Arvid Hassel, 76, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 21. Born in 1936 in Chicago, Mr. Hassel was a first-generation Swedish-American. He was an attorney who served as general counsel and board member of Lifetouch Inc. for nearly 20 years.


Robin Powell Silverstein

Robin Powell Silverstein, 76, of Decatur, Ga., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 22. She attended the University of Georgia and spent most of her life in Augusta, Ga. She lived on Longboat Key for 10 years before moving back to Augusta.

Edward Joseph Toth

Edward Joseph Toth, 77, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 25. He met his wife, Gerda, in 1958, while stationed in Germany as a military police officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Toth earned his accounting degree from John Carroll University and his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve.

Sylvia Levine

Sylvia Levine, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 28. One of two daughters of famed New York fashion designer Charles Shulman and his wife, Feyga, Ms. Levine graduated from Brooklyn College. She and her husband, Harvey, lived in New York, California and Englewood, N.J., before retiring to Longboat Key.

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Stuart McNaught Dalgleish, 79, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 30. Born in Scotland, he grew up in England and graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast Northern Ireland. Mr. Dalgleish was the Bible study teacher at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian. Mr. Dalgleish and his wife, Rosemary, first vacationed on the Key 21 years ago and moved to the island permanently in 2007.

Ellen Shields, 72, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 19. She was a member of Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian.

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GRAND PRIZE: Sicily, Italy



by The Observer Staff

Oh, the places we’ll go ... Worldwide destinations • Africa • Alaska • Anaheim, Calif. • Aspen, Colo. • Australia • Boston • Brazil • Cambodia • Canada • Chile • China • Concord, Mass. • Dominican Republic • England • Fort Kent, Maine • Galapagos Islands • Germany • Greece • Guatemala • Hawaii • Hong Kong • Iceland • India • Indianapolis • Ireland • Italy

• Jackson Hole, Wyo. • Kansas City, Mo. • Key West • Kingdom of Tonga • Luxembourg • Macedonia • Mackinac Island, Mich. • Mexico • Niagara Falls, N.Y. • Ocracoke Island, N.C. • Rising Sun, Ind. • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. • Saipan • Samoa • San Antonio • San Francisco • Scotland • Sicily, Italy • Spain • Trinidad • Turkey • Ukraine • Venezuela • Williamsburg, Va.

The Observer has logged thousands of miles this year, traveling to and from unique places all around the world. It’s clear that our Longboat, East County and Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press readers have enjoyed some interesting vacations based on the photos you submitted to our annual “It’s Read Everywhere” photo contest. This year, The Observer went to the London Olympics three times, ran the Boston Marathon, relaxed on an Alaskan cruise, went horseback riding in Wyoming, took a hot-air balloon ride in Spain, visited the Sydney Opera House twice and traveled to the kingdom of Tonga. Even though we attempted to spot the Loch Ness monster while in Scotland, Nessie failed to make an appearance. Oh well, there’s always next year! This year, 8,177 votes were cast for our 75 total submissions. The world map above pinpoints each location The Observer traveled to this year. While reading the list of worldwide destinations visited in this year’s contest, get inspired to make a list of new and exciting places to take your Observer on your future travels! The grand-prize winners this year were Sarasota residents Nilda and David Mager, who will receive two $500 travel vouchers. With 4,086 votes out of a total 8,177, their photo of Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, claimed the top spot. First-place winners from each newspaper will receive $350 travel vouchers. See Page 2B to view the photos that wowed our readers this year in our online contest.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Sarasota residents Nilda and David Mager read their Observer everywhere they go — even Sicily, Italy! Here they stand in front of the Temple of Concordia, which was erected about 430 B.C. The archaeological area, known as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998.


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EAST COUNTY FIRST PLACE: Lynn Jones brought her East County Observer along to the 2012 Olympics in London. Lynn and her husband attended three events that week: weight lifting, Greco-Roman wrestling (at which they saw medals presented) and watching Usain Bolt compete at Olympic Park.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 22 and Oct. 26. A home on Bird Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. David and Lisa Grain, of Sarasota, sold their home at 607 Mourning Dove Drive to Elaine Hargarten, of Fairfax, Va., for $3.6 million. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,826 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,933,200 in 2003.

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David and Lucinda Blanford, trustees, of Indianapolis, sold the Unit 203 condominium at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Christopher and Julia Mee, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., for $620,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,503 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $835,000 in 2004. John Geer and Linda Geer, trustee, of Overland Park, Kan., sold the Unit 504 condominium at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Lawrence Kidd, trustee, of Jackson, Ohio, for $596,500. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,503 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $808,000 in 2004.


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Jill Ott, of Wadsworth, Ohio, sold her Unit 406 condominium at 1212 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Robert and Megan Hart, of Cranbury, N.J., for $460,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,421 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $420,000 in 2001.

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Rieke and Jennifer Acheson, of Sarasota, for $417,500. Built in 1960, it has one bedroom, three baths and 2,001 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $215,000 in 1999.

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James and Suzanne Greer sold their Unit 312 condominium at 2016 Harbourside Drive to Samuel and Mary Carubba, of Longboat Key, for $289,500. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,192 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $155,000 in 1992.

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This home at 607 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key sold for $3.6 million.

E*Trade Bank sold the home at 541 Edlee Lane to Stuckey and Allen Real Estate Investment LLC for $270,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,764 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2004.


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Grand Bay 1 - Beautiful Bay Views - Spacious corner apartment with Kenilworth Estates - New Construction West of the trail location will be 3BR/3BA, nine foot ceilings, marble & wood floors, and new stainless completed in 30 days! Two-story 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with 4,363 kitchen appliances. Great water views. WAS $875,000 $849,000 Sq Ft built by DR Horton. $899,900

Beachplace - Direct Gulf Front Walk-Down Corner apartment, completely turnkey furnished with sparkling views of the Gulf of Mexico. 3 full bedrooms, new granite & stainless kitchen, and wood floors. $1,395,000 G NEW LISTIN

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Sleepy Lagoon - Direct Gulf Front Beautiful Hampton Style 4BR/3BA Fairway Bay - Longboat Key Townhouse 2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished home on 100 ft of pristine beach front. Renovated in 2007. Wood & vacation getaway! Fresh, and bright with ceramic tile, central vacuum, marble floors, outdoor jacuzzi and 2-car garage. $3,390,000 fireplace, bonus area and private 1 - car garage. Bring the family!


Ritz Carlton Hotel Residences - 14th Floor Amazing Bay & city views from this lovely furnished residence featuring two bedrooms + den and three full baths. Custom interiors, wood floors, lots of storage. Lives like a home! $1,450,000 G NEW LISTIN

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

Beaches of Longboat Key - Direct Gulf Front Sweeping Gulf, beach, city, and LBKC golf course views from this SW corner sixth floor apartment. Private marble foyer, custom lighting, 3BR, updated wood & granite kitchen and wet bar. $1,250,000 G NEW LISTIN

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On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 200 ft. of sea-walled Gulf front with private Dock and Beach access. This 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car 7,415 SF residence has 5BR/8BA, his and her bath & studies, 50 ft. pool/ $7,600,000 garage. $3,850,000 spa & 5-car garage.

University Park - Whitebridge Court Beautiful 2BR+Den/2BA villa with The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots tile floors, soaring ceilings and surrounded by serene views of the tropical with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home grounds and pristine golf course. 2-car garage. $265,000 exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,159,000 I

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RITZ BEACH RESIDENCES -Elegantly designed 3,300sf 3BR condo. A3959431 $2,800,000

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

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The inaugural Longboat Key Open golf tournament took place Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Longboat Key Club Islandside golf course. More than 100 professional and amateur golfers competed in the four-day tournament, which was organized by West Florida Golf Tour and presented by Mark Huber. Jhared Hack, of Sanford, won the open with a score of 269.

Jhared Hack and Mark Huber

Early ThaNksgIvINg DEaDlINEs! For The Observer’s November 22nd Issues The East County Observer Space Reservation: 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 Material Due: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 15

Ben Knisely of Operation Second Chance receives a check from Carl Wakely. The tournament raised $8,500 for Operation Second Chance.

Johann Benson on the final day of the Longboat Key Open.

The Longboat Observer and Diversions Space Reservation: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 Material Due: Noon, Thursday, Nov. 15 The Sarasota Observer / Pelican Press Space Reservation: 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 Material Due: Noon, Friday, Nov. 16

PAMPER YOURSELF and live on the beach at the Beach Residences, a Ritz Carlton managed property. This 4100+ sf residence has 3 bedrooms, a family room, formal living room and dining room. It is exquisitely finished and decorated and has remarkable views of the Gulf, the Bay, and downtown Sarasota.....................................................Furnished $3,895,000 WINDWARD BAY - Penthouse with amazing bay views, tennis, 2 pools, boat docks, deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed .............................................................................................................................................................................$249,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch ...................................................................................................................................................................................$275,000 WhItNEY BEAch - a 1/1 with views of Bishops Bayou. Beach, bay, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Pets allowed.....$225,000 BRADEN RIVER - 1/2 acre lot with majestic oaks and stately palms on the river. Build your dream home or vacation home and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. This unique location is secluded yet minutes from shopping and dining............................................................................................................................................................................. $95,000 LONG BEAch - 2 charming homes in historic Longboat Village. This is truly a family neighborhood in walking distance to the Art Center, beach, fishing pier and restaurants................................................................. $395,000 and $399,000 BLAcKBURN POINt WOODS - Beautifully appointed maintenance free 4/3 villa with its own pool in an attractive neighborhood close to Casey Key. Amenities include tennis, community pool and clubhouse. .........................................$374,500 BAYFRONt cONDO ON LBK - 2/2 immaculate condo in a community that offers 2 pools, tennis, fitness, clubhouse, docks and deeded beach access. Furnished. Pet friendly. ................................................................................................ $259,000 BEAch hARBOR cLUB - This 2/2 condo has been exquisitely renovated with new kitchen, new baths, new flooring, new windows. Beach to bay community located mid-key offers a pool, clubhouse & boat docks. Furnished. ....... $265,000

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by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

by Yaryna Klimchak | Staff Writer

All Angels welcomes back members at annual brunch All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church held its annual Welcome Back Brunch Sunday Nov. 5, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Sixtyfive people attended the annual brunch.

Peter and Sheila Marie Martin with Townsend Morey Jr.

Ginny and the Rev. Bruce Porter

Christ Church celebrates snowbirds’ return to LBK More than 125 members attended the welcome-back dinner Saturday, Nov. 3, at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian. Jim Seaton and Judy Marsh organized the Italian dinner, which included chicken Parmesan, pasta, mixed vegetables, garlic bread and bread

Alison Jones, Daphne Walker, Tom Jones and Wafa Danner

Ginny West, Ginny Spitler and Doug West

Vanda Healy, Joan Colwell, Leslie Farrington, Marge Stapleton and Marcy Gobell

The Rev. David Danner and the Rev. Fred Emrich

Jean Buckley and Judy Strauss

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Patty Bowes and Jackie Dixon

Mary and Terry Conrad with their son, Aaron


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in this charming 1/ 1 home in Gulf Shores. Affordable living offering beach & bay access, boat slips and more. Minuutes to world class shopping and dining. Kelly Belisle $99,000 #M5829396

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

ATTRACTIVELY FURNISHED IN LIGHT COLORS 2BR/2BA w/beautiful water views from LR, BR and balcony. Updtd kitchen w/built-in desk, guest BR/den, pools, tennis, marinas. 2 pets OK. Dorothy Cook $255,000 #A3968087


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

SNEAD ISLAND RIVERFRONT ESTATE Vews from main home. 3BR/2.5BA with over 3100 SF. Big balconies, Spanish tile floors, fireplace, dock w/lift & boathouse. Historic Foster Lewis guest house. Over an acre. $1,100,000 #M5832655




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

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Ian Addy & Gail Wittig 210 Sands Point Road #1103 | Longboat Key | 1,100,000

240 Sands Point Road #4307 | Longboat Key Club & Resort | $1,195,000 601 Longboat Club Road # S303 | Longboat Key Towers | $769,000

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

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Joan Roecker and Betty Rahm get crafty as they prepare gift items for the Longboat Island Chapel bazaar.

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








St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church and Longboat Island Chapel will hold their annual bazaars on the same day as the Gourmet Lawn Party. You probably have enough on your plate for Saturday, Nov. 17. It’s the date of the Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party from noon to 2 p.m., during which 29 restaurants will be waiting to serve you their signature dishes. But you might as well work up an appetite first. That’s because it’s also the date of the St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Christmas Bazaar and the Longboat Island Chapel Chic & Unique Holiday Bazaar. The St. Mary bazaar will feature its usual assortment of Christmas goodies, including decorations, knitted specialties, baked goods, gifts for grandchildren, pottery, fair trade crafts, raffles and more. According to Clara McGonigle, one of the event’s organizers, each year’s sale features a wide variety, especially when it comes to knitted items. “We have different things each year in our sewing and décor booth,” she said. This year’s event will feature items from a religious bookstore that is going out of business, along with cash for gold items. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Mary, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. At the chapel’s “Chic & Unique Bazaar,” shoppers will find handmade crafts, jewelry, knitted items, book signings, baked goods — and even treats for your feathery friends. And, in case you’re looking for a pre- or post-meal before or after the Gourmet Lawn Party, the Chapel will have it: The event will feature a breakfast/lunch café. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

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by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

by Yaryna Klimchak | Staff Writer

Summers family hosts spooky soirée for chapel John and Anne Summers hosted a Halloween dinner party for 27 guests Tuesday, Oct. 30, to raise money for the Longboat Island Chapel. Linda Carrier helped decorate and prepare the meal for the Harvest Host Dinner.

Bob and Carlene Baime

Karel Beck, Joan Kiernan and Jerry Beck

BKYC celebrates new season Bill and Joyce Steele hosted a welcome back seafood dinner Saturday, Nov. 3, at Bird Key Yacht Club to celebrate the return of many club members for the season.

Hostess Anne Summers and Linda Carrier

Joan and Bill Roecker dressed as prisoners. Joyce and Bill Steele host the welcome back seafood dinner.

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sweet and spooky

by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

Costumed characters take over St. Armands



by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

Thousands of trick-or-treaters and their families made their way on Halloween to St. Armands Circle for the third Fright Night event. Frightening characters provided plenty of scares, while businesses offered treats galore. Members of the Sarasota High School Drama Department dressed as zombies and performed to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Rebecca Taylor and Karen Gallagher

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BKYC members get into costume for Halloween Witches cast their spells and vampires bared their fangs as they mingled Oct. 31 with other costumed characters at Bird Key Yacht Club’s Halloween party. Guests enjoyed refreshments and a performance by the Princeton University Katzen Jamos acappella choir.

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601 Longboat Club Rd. #404S - Gulf Front with Direct beach views. Largest 2Br/2Ba corner unit at 1560 Sq. Ft. in Longboat Key Towers. Excellent value at ......... $875,000. Corey’s Landing - Beautiful, immaculate, 3158 Sq. Ft. 3 Br/3.5 Ba. Separate guest quarters, pool, wood floors, decorator window treatments, top of the line throughout. ............................................ $895,000. Call for info.

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800 N. Tamiami Trail #404 -1070 sq. ft. turnkey furnished in Alinari; great rental--history and future

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Ulla Searing wore one of her favorite colors to her birthday party in October 2010.

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by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

Meet your delegates Three Sarasotans portray delegates in Asolo Rep’s season opener, ‘1776,’ a musical play about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Instead of saying “I love you” to sign off from emails, local actor Jay Lusteck and his wife, Shevan used to write “pins” and “saltpeter.” They later had those words inscribed on their wedding bands. The words “pins” and “saltpeter” come from the historic snailmail exchange between John and Abigail Adams; John was in need of saltpeter, and Abigail of straight pins. They vowed to help each other fulfill their needs, and the characters from the TonyAward winning musical “1776” sing about it in “Yours, Yours, Yours.” It’s a detail that garners “awws” from Lusteck’s fellow local castmates, Cliff Roles and Don Walk-

er. The three actors auditioned for the Asolo Repertory’s production of “1776” together on the same day, and each was cast. They are the only local actors among the cast of 20. “We have chemistry,” Roles says of the trio. It’s true — they finish each other’s sentences and are constantly laughing — it’s clear they have a lot of fun together. And, if it’s any indication of what can be expected on stage from the cast, it’s going to be a good performance. Roles, Walker and Lusteck became well-versed in the history behind each role. Each actor was required to research their character, then teach his fellow castmates the delegate’s history. The cast explored “The American Character” — the theme of the Asolo Rep’s season. “It’s a very interesting piece now, because, suddenly, we are able to breathe a truer life into these people we are embodying,” says Lusteck. Forty-five-year-old Lusteck plays Richard Henry Lee, the most prominent role of the trio. He is the only professional actor of the three men and has 20 years of experience, including three national tours, Broadway

if you go ‘1776’ When: Opens 8 p.m. Nov. 16. Runs through Dec. 22 Where: Mertz Theatre at FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: $63 to $77 Info:; 351-8000

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Sarasotans Cliff Roles, Jay Lusteck and Don Walker explore the American Character as delegates of the Continental Congress in the upcoming season opener “1776” at FSU Center for Performing Arts. and off-Broadway productions. And having grown up in Jackson, Miss., “surrounded by the best of rednecks,” he’s got the Southern cockiness the script calls for of his character down pat. “I’m a good mimic,” he says, “So, I’m channeling my inner ‘Jimbo.’” Roles is a good mimic, too — for a turncoat. The 59-year-old is originally from Croydon, London; but after 11 years of living

in the States, Roles has perfected his American accent for his “lovely little role” as Lewis Morris. Roles auditioned and was cast in The Players’ “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in 2004. It was his first time acting, and he’s been doing it ever since. Roles met Walker in that production. Sixty-nine-year-old Walker embodies the character he plays with his delegate-like, peppered,

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Describe your character in three words: Bombastic, innocent, patriotic Describe yourself in three words: Quiet, loyal, friendly Day job: Professional actor If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? An oak tree What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Texting. That is a weird one. dition for a Frank Galati-directed production at the Asolo. He was cast in “12 Angry Men.” Walker says when he heard about “1776,” he sent Galati an email saying, “I’d love to be a delegate in your Congress.” Galatie sent a note back saying, ‘I’ll keep you in mind.’” Walker was cast as delegate Dr. Lyman Hall. All three men have previously acted in a Galati production.

Cliff Roles Character’s name: Lewis Morris Describe your character in three words: Frustrated, fearless, handcuffed Describe yourself in three words: Extroverted, pedantic, people-person Day job: Retired radio promoter and now a freelance photographer If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? A wildcat What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Sweet potatoes and American football The conversation keeps circling back to how great they think the Tony-winning director is. “We have a director who sits there in front of us and cries at it,” Roles said. “He’s moved, he laughs, he reacts to everything we do. I’ve never known a man like him.” The other men nod their heads in agreement. Straying from most musical productions, there’s no final

Don Walker Character’s name: Dr. Lyman Hall Describe your character in three words: Conflicted, thoughtful, courageous Describe yourself in three words: Considerate, charming, loving Day job: Advertising manager at a manufacturing company If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? A star What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Neckties musical number in “1776.” Instead, it ends with a historical moment — 20 squabbling delegates with opposing viewpoints uniting to sign the Declaration of Independence. It’s represents a poignant and emotional scene for any patriot. “It’s hard not to sound overenthusiastic about this show,” Walker says. “The show itself, the book, the music — is so moving.”


Jay Lusteck Character’s name: Richard Henry Lee

The opening night audience of FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training’s first play of the season doth not protest, but rather, finds Shakespeare’s romantic doppelganger of mistaken identity to be a sterling choice for a showcase of student talent. Director Greg Leaming creates a lively free-for-all with his modernist take on the classic comedy, abetting clear-to-thecontemporary-ear speech and some rather eclectic character interpretation. The modernism is externally reinforced by set designer Chris McVicker’s checkerboard flooring and red furniture, and by David Covach’s costume design, largely suggestive of the ’50s, but sometimes echoing contemporary styles, most glaringly the women’s high heels. Especially successful is the Jester’s Mondrian-inspired colorblock spandex sheath, which succeeds in being au courant as well as “Mad Men,” and at the same time, evocative of the crazy quilt colors favored by Elizabethan jesters. The plot revolves around Viola, an aristocrat who’s been shipwrecked and washed up on the shore of Illyria. For safety, and to make her way in life, she disguises herself as a young man, modeled after her missing twin brother, and lands a job as page to Duke Orsino. He enlists her help in courting the countess Olivia, who then falls for the messenger, disguised Viola, instead, who in turn comes to love Orsino.

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Maxey Whitehead plays Viola most believably as a sensible, sensitive young person who handles herself so well it’s difficult to discern why she would be in love with pouty, self-centered Orsino, played with bland ruefulness by Cale Haupert. As Olivia, regal Amanda Lynn Mullen captures the entitled waspishness of the countess, and at the same time, her good taste in men. Dominating the B plot, Feste, the jester, is uniquely brought to life by Lucy Lavely, who has assumed an intriguing hipster/trickster take on the knowing fool archetype. Reginald K. Robinson plays Malvolio, the head servant, whose self-righteousness makes him the target of a cruel prank played on him by Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew and Maria, respectively played by Brian Nemiroff, Zlatomir Moldovanski and Tori Grace Hines, with Kristen Lynne Blossom as Fabian. Viola’s lost twin brother. Sebastian arrives in Illyria, bringing the tangled web to its conclusion, played by Jefferson McDonald, who surprises and delights with an unexpected blues, jazz piano solo. — Paula Atwell




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Music // The Artist Series Concert of Sarasota: Vega String Quartet Enthusiasm is catching, and when you mix it with real talent, you have a combination that sets spirits thrumming. Violinists Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang, violist Yinzi Kong and cellist Guang Want are the members of the exceptional Vega String Quartet, and when they appeared on the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota program recently at the Historic Asolo, it was as if we were attending a performance by the early incarnations of the Guarneri, Juilliard or Tokyo string quartets. First, the program: Opening with Beethoven and closing with Mendelssohn never hurts. When you add a new, fun and inventive work as the filling, you have a winner. Breaking down the formerly impenetrable wall between chamber musicians and audience members in a concert hall helps remind us about the raison d’etre for chamber music: intimacy. And the Vega does it beautifully with personable, charming and short introductions to each piece of music that draw listeners into the music like honeybees to clover. The fact that their playing was exquisite didn’t hurt matters, either. Their performance of the Beethoven String Quartet No. 11

in F minor, an exceptionally chromatic work known as “Serioso,” was exceedingly well-planned, with great attention to color and a translucency of sound that’s hard to find in ensembles that have worked together for years. Yes, there were momentary slips in pitch here and there, but the overall cohesiveness of the playing trumped those few inconsistencies. David Garner’s novel “I ain’t broke, but I am badly bent,” consisting of 13 fiddle tunes, was, as violist Yinzi Kong described in her introduction, “organized chaos.” It was also clever, minimalistic and, at times, downright fun. Leaping from genre to genre — jazz (a 21st-century take on Brubeck’s “Unsquare Square Dance”), Irish folk songs, Ivesian musical humor, romanticism and a little cacophony here and there — Garner put the quartet through some difficult paces but it came out on top, with grins. But as clever and innovative as we thought Garner was, juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s brilliant and beautiful String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, “I ain’t broke … ” was more novelty than novel, and although Garner has a great gift, Mendelssohn’s eclipsed it by a solar system. The Vega played the poo out of the Scherzo’s devilishly difficult passages, sounding fleet and light, while prolonging the drama of the work. The long, legato lines of the andante showed off this young ensemble’s ability to switch gears and delve, beautifully, into music. — June LeBell


Denzel Washington plays “Whip” Whitaker in Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight.”

FILM // ‘Flight’ Brace for impact. In director Robert Zemeckis’ new film, “Flight,” passengers’ worst fears are realized. An experienced pilot crash lands a plane, saving nearly everyone on board. The catch is, he was drunk at the time. Denzel Washington plays “Whip” Whitaker, veteran commercial airline pilot, father and addict. In the opening scene, he wakes up in a hotel room littered with empty beer bottles (one of which has a swig left). A naked flight attendant at his side, Whip shares some

cocaine and a joint before suiting up for their flight. After takeoff, the plane viciously malfunctions as cucumber-cool Whip takes charge, rolls the aircraft upside down and belly-lands it into a field. He saves all but six lives and is hailed as a hero. When pilot union rep and friend (Bruce Greenwood) informs Whip that his blood alcohol level was sky-high and tested positive for cocaine, Whip discovers he may be destined to spend the rest of his life in prison. Enter hot-shot, fix-it attorney (Don Cheadle), who assures Whip that he can beat the rap if he can stay sober until after the investigative hearings. Seems that 10 pilots put in simulators, which rec-

reated the crash, killed everyone on board. Problem is, Whip can’t quit. Technical wizard Zemeckis (himself a pilot) is an ace at creating white-knuckle, visually terrifying airplane crashes. In “Cast Away,” the Fed-Ex ditching was so realistic (as a former flight attendant), I was brought to tears. In “Flight,” the director outdoes himself, filming most of the events leading up to the crash in the cockpit. Nice move. It’s where the action really takes place. And the incredible image of an upside down aircraft flying low is one of those indelible moments in filmmaking history. Stunning. There are some soapy subplots going on in “Flight” which don’t compliment the substantiative direction the film takes. A heroin addict (Kelly Reilly) is saved from eviction by Whip and, in turn, she tries saving him. Not happening. John Goodman, as Whip’s pusher, provides some comic relief but only serves to shove Whip closer to annihilation. Washington elevates a somewhat sorry script with his reined-in, yet immensely intense, portrayal of a man who cannot control the demons who reside within his soul. His eyes speak volumes about the war he’s waging every waking moment. It’s one of his best performances. “Flight” is more about fleeing one’s persona than maneuvering an aircraft. In some respects, it also asks the question ... do pilots automatically earn our respect or do we have an overwhelming need to assign it? — Pam Nadon

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It was the summer of 1974, in Baltimore and local composer James Grant was mowing the lawn when he had a musical epiphany. In his head, the 20-year-old heard a choir singing the lines of “Te Deum Laudamus.” “I turned off the lawn mower, ran inside to the piano and grabbed manuscript paper,” Grant says during a phone interview last week. He’s en route from his summer home at Oxtongue Lake, Canada, to Siesta Key. He didn’t know how to set up the manuscript or write it down, but growing up as a choir boy at his family’s church he could read music enough to get the four-part acapella composition on paper. Grant couldn’t play what he had written, but this first composition changed his life. In the spirit of a true transcendentalist, it was his divine message — he would become a composer. “My primary instrument is a pencil,” he says. Although he can work his way around the piano and he’s competent as a conductor, he leaves the performing to the professionals. “I much prefer to make the blueprint.” Grant has spent his entire career making musical blueprints. “The economics of creating new art are formidable,” he says. “Composing a piece of music takes a long time, and preparing parts and the score take a long time, not to mention the rehears-


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“We harvest sound from silence and organize it on paper in such a way that these sounds can be recreated by a group of musicians,” James Grant says. ing and finding the appropriate funding.” It took him three years to write “Such Was the War,” the 45-minute work that Gloria Musicae will perform for its Nov. 11 Veterans Day concert. The piece was originally commissioned in 2001 for Norman Scribner, the artistic director of the Choral Arts Society, in Washington, D.C. In the same year it was commissioned, Grant was one of the six musicians to win the Aaron Copland Award, which gives composers the opportunity

to hold a two-month residency in the famous Americana composer’s former house. In a similar style to Henry David Thoreau, Grant would escape to the studio’s solitude where he planned to create something cobbling together a variety of work by American transcendentalists. But it took a different form. “I took a break from working at Copland’s studio, and I was looking through his personal library where I found a slim blue volume that said ‘Specimen Days’ on the front,” Grant says.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Where: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Cost: $35 Info:; 3607399 Inside was the prose Walt Whitman wrote during the Civil War. “I had not been aware that he had been so active as a volunteer nurse, assisted in surgeries, or that he witnessed battles, or spent hours sitting next to a wounded soldier as the soldier died,” Grant says. A switch clicked — “Such Was

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Most downtown condos have nice views, but this unit in that cute pink building on Sunset Drive near the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota may have the nicest of all — the open bay in front of you, with the bridge off to the left at just the perfect angle, plus what may well be the prettiest balcony in town to enjoy it all from. And if that’s not enough, this corner unit also has spectacular views to the north, all the way to Anna Maria Island. The unit itself is a renovation of two combined apartments, with four bedrooms and four baths in a generous 2,580 square feet. The finishes are high quality, with lots of granite and porcelain tile throughout. The location is perfect—the most exclusive part of downtown, yet tucked away for privacy. There’s even a small private beach. It’s priced at $1,095,000. Contact BibiAnn Allard; 685-0422 or Julie Jordan; 504-7414, both of Michael Saunders & Co.

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Grande is … The concept of a “grande dame,” with an extravagant, passionate, even theatrical personal style, may be somewhat antiquated, displaced in contemporary society by the image of a powerful female executive. It was, nonetheless, vividly recalled by the recent centennial of a Sarasota icon, philanthropist and arts-lover Ulla Searing. Searing wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday and came darn close to doing it. She died of old age June 28, at her home at Tessera. The co-trustees and executors of her estate, Jennie Famiglio and John Mason, decided to have a party, anyhow, on her actual birthday, Oct. 21. As observed in the “Black Tie & Tales” column last week, the reception was just as Searing would have wanted it: the “correct” place, people, music and food. Guests went home with a prettily packaged souvenir of her favorite marzipan fruits. One treat was, somewhat inexplicably, missing; East Hampton friend Mark Fabry spoke of “the profound silence that would manifest when she had … chocolate. She was that simple.” It is unlikely that Sarasota would have used that adjective but Fabry is a credible authority; he “inherited” Searing 30 years ago from an uncle who was her close friend. Fabry describes their time together as mostly “one on one” and said, “Simplicity, elegance, strength and gentleness concurrent with a fierce Viking nature. She set such a standard for me and I hope I can

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Searing in 1929. About her education, she wrote, “I went to the very best schools, studied languages at a very early age.”

be that for others.” That Viking nature was also recalled by Searing’s long-time friend, Tana Sandefur, who told her favorite Ulla story: “Ulla told me, ‘I just caned somebody in the elevator because I didn’t like him and I’m a Viking and I can get away with it.’” Searing wrote her autobiography at age 97. Famiglio and Mason and their respective partners, Mark Famiglio and Scott George, read it at the reception. Along with several photo albums, it reveals

According to her first cousin once removed, Jeremy Ingpen, who spoke at her reception, when others observed a resemblance between mother and daughter, Searing’s mother actually denied any relationship. As painful, though, this clearly was, Searing relished her summer visits to the family she did have — cousins in the south of Sweden. After the crash of 1929 and the death of Dr. Rosengren in 1932, Searing left Sweden for the care of her wealthy grandmother in

much about Sarasota’s “grande dame” that is less well-known than her impressive philanthropy. Searing’s standards of manners and social correctness rather belie her somewhat surprising beginnings. She was the illegitimate daughter of a Swedish aristocrat who became pregnant by her fiancé. And this was not the first scandal in the family, which was related to the famed Liljevalchs clan. Searing writes that her grandmother was the first divorced woman in Stockholm, so

embarrassing her mother (Searing’s great-grandmother) that “she drove around in her carriage with the blinds drawn.” Dr. Herman Rosengren, who tended her mother, adopted Searing, who noted, “I always wondered who was my mother … the servants and other people gossiped, too, and, eventually, I figured out who my mother was. When I was 12, my adoptive father told her she had to tell me. I knew it all along, but never said anything.”

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Surrey, England. She came to the United States in 1946, according to a naturalization certificate, and became a career girl. “I worked at the consulate for a while and I worked for a Swedish importer,” she wrote. “Also, at that time, I was teaching Swedish in the Berlitz School of International Languages in New York. I was very fortunate to get a very good apartment (a walk-up) in a very desirable area on Madison Avenue and 55th Street.” Searing met Arthur Searing,

the finance vice president of AIG, who had an invalid wife, in 1956, and they wed in 1963. She writes, “We were married in the Searing Church in Searingtown on Long Island. We had a house in Southampton and belonged to clubs there. We played a lot of golf, and on one lucky day I won a ladies golf tournament. We traveled an awful lot abroad, once around the world on the QEII.” When Arthur Searing retired in 1973, they began spending winters on Longboat Key, and when

Searing’s athletics included waterskiing, as well as golf.

he died in 1983, she moved into Sarasota. According to the autobiography: “I had two marriages after Arthur, one to a Dane who had Alzheimer’s. That was a very short marriage … Then, I married a very interesting French-Canadian man who was very smart.” That marriage to Claude DuPont was in 1998. Searing came to fear that DuPont would hurt her and at one point decamped with one of her helpers to The Colony, registering under an assumed name; she divorced him in 2004.

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Notes: Ulla R. Searing was a co-producer of the Sarasota Opera for 32 years and made a gift of $100,000 in 1999 for the renovation of the Youth Opera Room. She was also a $25,000 or higher per year sponsor of Masterworks Concerts by the Sarasota Orchestra since 1999. Throughout her colorful-to-saythe-least life, Searing was a passionate lover of the arts and it is this for which she is most remembered in Sarasota. She was also a fiercely loyal friend. Note this excerpt from a letter she wrote to The Observer about her 2006 donation to New College: “I want to emphasize the fact that the reason I gave the donation to New Col-

lege was that my late husband, Arthur Searing, and I always wanted to honor Gen. Rolland Heiser for the extraordinary work he has done for the college.” How well that fits with Jennie Famiglio’s comment at Searing’s posthumous party: “Despite a 60-year age difference, she was a great girlfriend: strong, formal, playful, refined and focused.”


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Margaret Barnes, Steve Seidensticker and Lisa Van Ullen

Jennifer Moss and Dr. Brad Lerner

Former Police Chief Peter Abbott and his wife, Marcy

Opening night!

Lloyd Constantine

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

Tribute Luncheon

7:00 pm in the Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road.

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Rabbit Cacciatore, a dish that was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton when they were A TASTE OF HOME filming the movie “Cleopatra” on Peter’s Isle of Ischia, near the Isle of Peter Migliaccio’s passion is helping Capri, back in 1961. CasAntica A diners at his new restaurant, CasAntica, Taste of Home By Steven J. Smith“That feel as if they are welcome guests dish became as famous as they were,” in his home on the Isle of Ischia in he said. “The Isle of Ischia is also well southern Italy.“It’s intimate,” he said. known for its seafood, so I have a lot of “It’s a place I’ve made to feel like I’m that on the menu too, such as shrimp meeting with my old friends.”Peter, and squid prepared in very interesting comes from a tradition of running and delicious ways. I also have about sumptuous Italian restaurants. The 200 wines to offer, concentrating former owner of the highly popular on private label Italian vintages, of Café Gabbiano on Siesta Key, he course, with some very good specialty has outdone himself wines from California, this time in creating Argentina, South It’s a place I’ve CasAntica from a Africa, and Australia made to feel like wonderful old house at as well. ”Peter added I’m meeting with 1213 N. Palm Ave. in he’s been in the Sarasota — a deliciously my old friends. restaurant business intimate setting that can for the last 43 years. accommodate 56 diners inside, with In fact, his Brooklyn, NY restaurant room for another 30 or so outside.“It Mamma Lucia’s, named for his has a living room, a dining room, mother, opened in 1968 and is still a den, and two bedrooms upstairs run by his brother. The New York that I turned into dining rooms,” he Times voted it Restaurant of the Year said. “‘Casa’ stands for ‘home’ and in 1980. Peter recently sold Café ‘Antica’ means ‘old.’ Old house, but Gabbiano on Siesta Key. It was very rich in the feeling of home.”And successful, but he said it lacked the home cooking. Southern Italian style. capacity for him to interact with his CasAntica’s moderately priced menu customers the way he wanted. “I was features the southern Italian favorite not able to touch the people there,

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