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redevelopment revived

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Changes made to revive Hilton project The Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort seeks 85 of the 250 tourism units for a new guest tower on the property. The town of Longboat Key is making changes to get the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort renovation-and-expansion project back on track. By a 6-1 vote, the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board recommended ordinance changes at its Tuesday, Jan. 15 regular

meeting that directly affect the project. The changes specifically relate to the outline development process that distributes the pool of 250 tourism units. In November, Ocean Properties Ltd. submitted pre-application documents to the town’s Planning, Zoning and Building

Department for a redevelopment of the 102 rooms at the existing Longboat Key Hilton. The application also seeks 85 of the 250 tourism units for a new guest tower on the property. But, the application was put on hold the same month, after a 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge

issued a judgment that went against the town and essentially froze pending and future redevelopment applications. The judge favored the Islandside Property Owners Coalition, which challenged town code changes giving commissioners more flexibility when approving projects. More importantly, the judg-


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The Rev. Bruce Porter with the Rev. Ray Woody

+ Christ Church: the first seven years Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian is just seven years old, but already, it has a historical artifact: a rough wooden box that served as its first podium. Congregation members reminisced about the church’s early days during a “History of Christ Church” fish dinner Wednesday, Jan. 9. Founding members recounted how services took place at member homes and, later, Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Then, it rented space at Mediterranean Plaza where it held services until the completion of the new church at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The church dedicated its new building in January 2012 and now has 250 members. The church’s first pastor, the Rev. Ray Woody, posed with the Rev. Bruce Porter in front of the old, makeshift podium — a reminder of just how far the church has come in seven years.

+ Man seeks lost St. Christopher medal St. Christopher is the patron saint of travel. But in this case, he might have traveled just a little too far. A man lost a St. Christopher medal Friday, Jan. 11, on St. Armands Circle. It’s a small, gold medal on a thin gold chain. It has sentimental value, because it belonged to his father. The owner is offering $50 for the medal’s return. If you have information, contact the St. Armands Circle Association at 388-1554.


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Bob Votruba, of Cleveland, has promoted peace for nearly six years as the driver of “the kindness bus,” a school bus painted with hundreds of quotes and calls for goodwill. It arrived Thursday, Jan. 10, on St. Armands Circle. For the past week, Votruba and his Boston terrier, Bogart, have walked around the Circle, spreading his message to locals and tourists alike.


by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Colony unit owners in discussion with PZ&B Some Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owners are ready to renovate and open beachfront buildings. The shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort might have some life left in it after all. Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer said his staff has held informal meetings

with some Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owners to discuss renovations to their units. In particular, Meyer said, discussions have been held to possibly open some beachfront buildings on the

property. “Owners we have held discussions with have hired a contractor to perform renovation estimates,” Meyer said. The owners, which Meyer de-

clined to disclose because no permits for work have been filed, have also hired an appraiser to establish the value of the buildings they might seek to re-open. Florida Emergency Management Association (FEMA) mandates owners are limited to


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HILTON / FROM PAGE 1A ment meant the outline development process used to distribute the pool of 250 tourism units was also frozen. Town Manager Dave Bullock told the Longboat Key Town Commission Jan. 7 the town was doing whatever it takes to get the project back on track. That includes receiving approval for a $23,000 budget request from Bullock for the use of Spikowski Planning Associates to provide consulting services for short-term changes to the town code. At the Jan. 15 meeting, Bill Spikowski presented planning board members with a revised ordinance that would restore the outline development process for the tourism units and allow the Hilton project to move forward. “This will strike a balance with enough balance and leniency,” Spikowski said. “This ordinance will allow the Hilton to rebuild and expand and meet its timeline.” That timeline involves the hotel shutting down May 1 and not re-opening until the second quarter of 2014. Sarasota attorney John Patterson is representing the Hilton and told the planning board the Hilton, built in 1972, is in need of an overhaul. “The Hilton is just plain worn out,” Patterson said. “It’s not going to be a Hilton anymore if they can’t get a shovel in the dirt by June.” Even by turning dirt on the project by June 1, Patterson explained the Hilton would still lose one full season and two summer seasons. “There is a time crunch,” Patterson said. The timeline comments, though, and the revelation that some of the ordinance language was site-specific for the Hilton property (any other applicants seeking tourism units would likely need additional changes to the ordinance) frustrated some planning board members and two commission candidates.


“It seems we are developing standards here that are very specific to the Hilton application, and I question whether those specific ratios I refer to would make sense among other T-6 (tourism) properties,” planning board member Jack Daly said. Daly noted if Colony Beach & Tennis Resort officials want to come forward and seek some of the tourism units, provisions already put in place for the Hilton would hinder them. “It seems like a big trip-up,” Daly said. Commission candidate Larry Grossman said the ordinance changes “feel like Key Club déjà vu all over again.” “Once again we are tailoring our codes to a certain project that has a time constraint,” Grossman said. Although town attorney David Persson and Spikowski explained that the changes weren’t spot zoning, Persson did say it would be better if the town could make changes to its codes and Comprehensive Plan all at once. “What I’m concerned about is it’s better to do this as a whole with a blank piece of paper,” Persson said. “There’s a concern, though, this has to be done in a more expeditious manner.” In the end, the planning board approved the ordinance changes after hearing from Spikowski that the changes were “logical” and “solid.” Next, the Longboat Key Town Commission will review them after hearing from Spikowski that the changes were “logical” and “solid.” “I’m not willing to see more businesses walk away from this island because they don’t have the ability to improve their property,” planning board Chairwoman B.J. Webb said. “There’s a public outcry this gets done.” Commissioners will review the ordinance at a special meeting after its Jan. 22 regular workshop on first reading and could approve the changes on second reading at its February regular meeting.

COLONY / FROM PAGE 1A spending no more than 50% of the value of an existing structure that doesn’t adhere to current flood regulations. Meyer said unit owners trying to open up a beachfront building or two just might be successful. “The beachfront units sit on a concrete slab, have no foundation issues and have minimal siding,” Meyer said. “FEMA says you can’t make foundation repairs, and we don’t believe the beachfront buildings have those types of issues.” The rest of the buildings around the property use wooden pilings as part of the foundation and Meyer suggests it might be a stretch to convince FEMA that repairs to those dilapidated buildings aren’t also bolstering weakened foundations. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon declined to disclose who was working behind the scenes to open some of the buildings.  “Some owners have taken it upon themselves as individuals to try and open up their units,” Yablon said. “They have the right as taxpayers to go to the town, but it’s not a sanctioned activity by the Association.” It’s been rumored that Andy Adams, who now owns more than a quarter of the 232 units at the Colony, is behind the initiative and favors renovating the Colony buildings, one by one. Adams could not be reached for comment, and Yablon declined to comment about Adams’ involvement. Yablon said a Colony owners meeting will be held at the end of February to discuss other potential redevelopment proposals. In the meantime, Meyer told the Longboat Observer his department has also heard rumblings that longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber will be at Town Hall to hold preliminary discussions about the Vagabond beach unit that he still owns on the beach at the Colony property. “We have heard Dr. Klauber is very interested in trying to rehabilitate that property so he can move in there,” Meyer said. Both Klauber and Bartlett declined comment.

Klauber stalls Colony Lender foreclosure Longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber placed three of his Colony-owned companies into Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, Jan. 11, stalling a Colony Lender LLC foreclosure hearing that was slated for Monday Jan. 14, in a Sarasota Clerk of the Court courtroom. Resort Management Inc., Colony Inc. and Colony Beach & Tennis Inc. were placed into bankruptcy Friday afternoon. The companies represent collateral on a $13 million debt owed to Colony Lender principals David Siegal and Randy Langley. “It was not unexpected,” Siegal said. “It’s the last thing Dr. Klauber can do to try and stall our foreclosure.” Siegal said he is preparing an application for the Tampa-based U.S. Middle District Court of Florida Bankruptcy Court to revert the Chapter 11 filing to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy. “The entities have no business being a Chapter 11 filing, because they do no business and no reorganization of the companies are needed,” Siegal said. If successful, Siegal said the conversion to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy could get Colony Lender’s Sarasota foreclosure back on track in a local courtroom by March, at the latest. Colony Lender is attempting to foreclose on the approximately $13 million owed to them, which includes taxes, interest and the principal of the loans Colony Lender acquired. Klauber said he’s focusing more on getting the Colony back on track than dealing with a foreclosure hearing. Colony attorney Charles Bartlett said the strategy behind the companies entering bankruptcy is to have the bankruptcy court make determinations as to when, how much and what priority Colony Lender will get paid when the time comes.


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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Fire contract issue arises The LBK Fire Rescue Union is uncomfortable with employee wage reductions to cover reimbursements.

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Traffic isn’t just up on the streets. Boating traffic is up in the waterways, especially near Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant in the Longbeach Village.

Overnight mooring causes sinking feeling Longbeach Village residents sent an ‘SOS’ to Police Chief Pete Cumming last week. The latest drinking spot in town isn’t a new bar. It’s the north-end waters surrounding the Longbeach Village. Villagers have reported an increase in boaters who moor their vessels overnight and are often loud and intoxicated. “We don’t want to turn into Cortez, where you have all these drunks living out here on boats,” resident Patty McBride told Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming at the Jan. 9 Longbeach Village Association meeting. “There are people screaming all night. It’s a constant problem.” The issue of overnight mooring and “live aboards” has surfaced in recent years in the Village. Police have received complaints about boaters docking their vessels and staying overnight at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, Cumming said.


“This is completely at the discretion of property owners,” Cumming said. “They’re allowed to stay there as long as they have permission.” Vessels are generally allowed to stay overnight in the town’s waterways as long as they have sufficient lighting and are equipped properly but generally can’t stay for an extended period, Cumming said. According to town code, a person cannot moor his vessel for more than 72 hours in a 30-day period unless he moors at a commercial marina, yacht basin or yacht club or has received a temporary permit from the town manager. Residents also told Cumming about a concrete vessel that sank twice in the bay. When a vessel sinks, police notify the owner, who has five days to remove the boat, Cumming said. Police arrange to have the boat towed at the owner’s expense if the owner doesn’t respond within five days. The fine is attached to the boat’s

registration so that if an owner attempts to register a new boat, he must pay the fine prior to receiving the registration. Police are also researching issues related to parking for residents of Jewfish Key, which is accessible only by boat. Frequently, the island’s residents and renters park at the Linley Street boat ramp and travel by boat to the island. Docking from the ramp isn’t illegal, according to Cumming, although parking is prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Village Association Acting President Michael Drake said that an ordinance dating back to the island’s development requires Jewfish owners to ingress and egress from a designated parking area in Cortez. Cumming told the Village Association that he would order increased patrols in the area to address residents’ concerns. He also told them to call police if they see suspicious activity.

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Commission candidates debate topics Election season has officially begun on Longboat Key. Longboat Key Town Commission candidates took to the podium at the Longboat Key Republican Club luncheon Friday, Jan. 11, at the Sarasota Yacht Club to answer a variety of questions. • Irwin Pastor is challenging incumbent Terry Gans for the one-year at-large seat. • Gene Jaleski is challenging incumbent Phill Younger for the two-year at-large seat. • Larry Grossman is challenging incumbent Mayor Jim Brown for the District 4 seat. Commissioner Jack Duncan is running unopposed. The debate allowed candidates to offer their opinions on several topics. Below are some of the candidates’ answers: What is the most important thing you would like to see accomplished if elected? “Comprehensive Planning is the most important and to get zoning codes adjusted in the immediate future.” — Commissioner Terry Gans “A long-term strategic plan that shows where we are going and how we are going to get there. Not just objectives, but a strategy that supports it. If we can get that long-term thinking in place, it will be the most important thing I will ever do on the

The Longboat Key Republican Club held a debate among commission candidates Friday at the Sarasota Yacht Club. commission.” — Commissioner Jack Duncan “I also believe in strategic planning, long-term and short-term. Management and fiscal review is also very important. It’s important we look at everything.” — Candidate Irwin Pastor “We need to get the codes reviewed and the Comp Plan. But, beyond that, I feel like a kid in the candy store. There’s so many things to choose from, and I want it all.” — Commissioner Phill Younger “I want us to become the premier name on people’s lips when they say where they want to retire. I’m a firm believer in marketing.” — Candidate Gene Jaleski “I would like to see a community center. We will perform an outreach for one and it will help draw this community together.” — Mayor Jim Brown “One simple thing I will accomplish is to have a Comp Plan that reflects the consensus of the folks on this island and a zoning code that implements it.” — Candidate Larry Grossman

How much government is enough in terms of offering goods and services? “I have been here for 25-to-30 years. I moved into the Village because of its incredibly vibrant community. Twenty-five years have passed and we have utter decay and blight. Could government have prevented it? Absolutely not. When government tries to force things, it’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. A minimal amount of government is all we need.” — Jaleski I prefer Jeffersonian type of government. But, in this age, we have to do things to protect our town like fire, safety and beach erosion. Every issue is different. — Younger “I think we can redevelop in such a way to keep this a premier destination. It’s a fine balance. We have to find a sensible way to redevelop. We have to protect property rights of the owners. — Pastor “Commitment is always to the residents of the town as a whole. Responsibility of the commission is to look at choices that

are never as easy. Responsibility is to try and sort out what’s right for the entire island today and tomorrow. As for the role between private and public, the government’s responsibility is to provide a mechanism for people that make investments and keep balance of commercial, residential and tourism in balance while allowing input for the community as a whole.” — Gans “It’s a thin line, sometimes, between government, community and the citizens. Government has to oversee infrastructure. One of the things we will be doing is getting input from citizens to see where they want this island to be. Then it becomes about implementation.” — Duncan “Government is responsible for health, safety and welfare. In all cases, there’s going to be this play between the private and public sector. — Grossman “The answer is simple. No one here wants government to be any more involved than it has to be.” — Brown

A new three-year contract between the town of Longboat Key and its firefighters has hit a snag. In December, the town and the Longboat Key Fire Rescue union conceptually agreed to a new proposal that includes: • Freezing the current pension plan after allowing six current firefighters to enter the Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP). •  A 3% cost-of-living allowance wage increase in year one and raises and cost-of-living increases in years two and three of the contract, only if other non-represented town employees receive such a raise. •  Allowing all current and future firefighters to participate in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) pension plan, with the town agreeing to match employee contributions up to 13%.  If any firefighters are required to provie additional to fund their pensions,  it’s up to the firefighters to pay for it out of their paychecks. The additional contributions, though, and how the firefighters would pay for them has become an issue. In a memo sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission Friday, Jan. 10, Town Manager Dave Bullock explained that the FRS and the Division of Retirement is uncomfortable with the firefighters reimbursing the town for any required contributions more than the 13% cap, which would come from deductions from the employees’ after-tax wages. FRS and the Division of Retirement, Bullock said, advised town staff they wouldn’t approve either a pre- or post-tax deduction from wages, but they didn’t have a problem if the town and the union agreed to a reduction in the employees’ wage rate to cover any reimbursement obligations more than 13%. The town sent a revised contract that included the proposed wagerate reduction. For example, if an employee’s wage rate were $15 per hour and the reimbursement obligation more than the 13% cap amounted to an extra $1.50 per hour, then the employee wage rate would be reduced to $13.50 per hour. “After reviewing our proposed Article, the (union) attorney advised that a wage-rate reduction was unacceptable; that under the law, in his opinion, the Division of Retirement had no role in the process and that it was simply a matter of collective bargaining,” Bullock wrote in his memo to commissioners. The town will hold a negotiation session Thursday, at Town Hall, to discuss the issue. Bullock said the purpose of the session is to see if the union will still submit the contract to its members for ratification or if the union has another proposal for the town to review. Bullock is not ruling out impasse if a final offer, which the town is prepared to make, is not accepted. In an email to commissioners Friday, Bullock said he’s still hopeful the union will ratify the proposed contract. The commission could then ratify it after its Tuesday, Jan. 22 regular workshop during a special meeting.

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+ PIC to address age-old questions

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We all know Longboat Key never gets old. But many of its properties are aging. The Longboat Key Public Interest Committee (PIC) and the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to address issues related to revitalization. The forum will address questions such as: Is Longboat Key’s housing and commercial stock in need of revitalization? If so, does it need a facelift — or reconstructive surgery? Tom Aposporos, president of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and a member of the task force, will narrate a PowerPoint presentation compiled by task force Vice Chairman Tom Freiwald. A panel discussion involving Mayor Jim Brown and representatives of commercial and residential groups will follow. For information, visit

computer components and TV sets for free. The event is organized by Manatee County in conjunction with the island communities of Longboat Key, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Small businesses must call 7986761 prior to the collection date for specific instructions.

+ Town participates in waste collection

+ Community roundtable scheduled

The town of Longboat Key will participate in the annual Island Community Household Hazardous Waste and E-Scrap Collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Coquina Beach Gulfside parking lot. Island residents and small businesses can dispose of household hazardous and electronic wastes such as old paint,

 General Employees Retirement System Special Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.  Longboat Key Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.  Longboat Key Town Commission Regular Meeting — 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.

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Investigators from the global consulting firm Navigant, hired by the Manatee County School Board in October to conduct an audit of the district’s finances, said former superintendent Tim McGonegal, who resigned in September, when the deficit was announced, had no knowledge of errors in budgeting until July 2012. Instead, auditors blamed former Assistant Superintendent Jim Drake for the Manatee County School Board’s 2011-12 $3.4 million budget deficit, but faulted him for incompetence — not criminal or illegal activity. Albert Robinson of Navigant, said Drake, who oversaw the district’s finances until he retired this past February, was responsible for the budget as its direct manager. Robinson said Drake installed a flawed computing process to replace a reliable but cumbersome method — which had been in place for 10 years — that tracked employee compensation and benefits. The flawed process resulted in the district failing to properly budget for employee benefits, teacher salaries and recurrent programs. It produced errors in 17 of 18 schools the auditors tested. The report, compiled from over 30 interviews — including ones with Drake and McGonegal — hundreds of budget entries, financial statements and emails, found a lack of a “lack of proper management support, oversight and leadership in the budget process.”

Food trucks could have more freedom in Sarasota County, if county commissioners adopt changes to current street vendor regulations that are under staff review. In December, local food-truck owner Eric Barfield challenged the fairness of restrictions on mobile food vendors, which include confinement to fewer zoning districts than restaurants and a 10-foot-by-20-foot size limitation. Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Director Tom Polk in a Jan. 3 email to Commissioner Christine Robinson said staff determined language in the code regulating street vendors needed clarification, and Commissioner Nora Patterson requested a board discussion this month.

+ Firm to launch Siesta transportation service Two local entrepreneurs expect Siesta Shuttle Transportation to begin service from Westfield Southgate Mall to Siesta Key by Jan. 28 The shuttle will make round trips from Siesta Village and Siesta Key public beach every hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. It will cost $5 for a round trip and children under 12 ride free, according to owners David Krbec and Patrick Green. Siesta Shuttle owns one 40-foot Gillig Phantom bus, which offers on its rear 260 square feet of advertising space. The firm Jan. 7 launched an eBay auction for six months of the ad space. Local companies and non-profit organizations made more than 20 bids ending with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s $3,100 bid.

+ High-end retail moves into renovated storefronts Penzeys Spices was a busy place on an unseasonably warm and sunny Friday, with about a dozen shoppers mulling the shelves of spices. Aron Lamerson, a Lakewood Ranch resident who comes to downtown Sarasota to shop, said he would like it if there were more of these kinds of shops on Main Street. The spice store, a national chain, chose the space at 1516 Main St. in 2011 after the owner completed extensive renovations, including a new floor, ceiling and storefront. Just off Main Street on Lemon Avenue, Reasons Shoes, another high-end retail store, has moved into a renovated storefront downtown.

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Police activity down in 2012 Overall police activity decreased 4.8% from 2011, but the Key experienced 25 more burglaries in 2012. Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming released 2012 crime statistics to the Longboat Key Town Commission Wednesday, Jan. 9, that showed 25 more burglaries in 2012 when compared to 2011. Total police activity Key-wide, however, decreased 4.81% from a year ago. The following data reflects the total num-

ber of Longboat Key Police Department-generated activity in select categories during calendar year 2012. The figures below represent all activity, whether in response to a citizen complaint or generated by an officer while on routine patrol. The information documents both criminal, as well as non-criminal activity, resulting in police involvement.

BY THE NUMBERS Category Alarms (residential and business) Assaults Battery Alcohol violations Bicycle theft Boating Burglary Code enforcement Community policing (auto alert) Death (natural) Disturbance DUI Larceny Narcotics Vandalism Public service (non-criminal) Rescue (assist LBKFD) Robbery Sex offenses Soliciting Suspicious incidents/people Traffic (accidents) Traffic stops Trespassing Vandalism Vehicle theft Warrant arrests TOTAL ACTIVITY

2011 801 4 3 19 17 214 25 114 N/A 16 198 7 92 12 40 553 997 0 3 29 210 75 1273 33 10 N/A N/A 6,024

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Town center? It can be more Of course Longboat Key resident Joe Wolfer would be thrilled if the town of Longboat Key paid a market-rate price for his three-acre property next to Publix and the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. That would alleviate a perplexing challenge, maybe even a headache for Wolfer. But rare is the occasion good for taxpayers when a town, city, county or state government uses taxpayer money to become a bigger landowner than it already is. The subject is the fallow and vacant properties next to Longboat Key’s gleaming, new Publix Super Market. One is Howard Rooks’ vacant restaurant building, former home of Mattison’s Steakhouse and previous owners’ unsuccessful restaurant ventures. Another is Wolfer’s oak-treestudded three acres that at various times have been envisioned as an upscale adult congregate living site and an enclave of upscale townhouses. The fact nothing is there but oaks and Rooks’ restaurant property has sat vacant since 2008 are emblematic of a lot of factors — the 2009 recession and overall economic climate; the value of Longboat Key real estate; Longboat Key’s seasonal demographics; and the town’s quirky zoning codes. All of these have worked against those two parcels of property. Indeed, it’s somewhat of a conundrum that such a beautiful tree-covered property and unique restaurant building have been almost forever troublesome for their owners. It seems odd there could be such a thing as troubled real estate on Longboat Key. But Wolfer may have an appealing idea — integrating his property as a walking park within a town center that pulls together the Publix and the public tennis center. It sounds attractive; it could be nice. You can see it. But when you think of how best to use the town’s limited tax dollars, more convincing is needed that acquiring those three acres for $1.2 million would take priority over some other town need. What’s more, are there alternatives? Surely there are creative individuals out there who can envision something grander and better (and realistic) that could come from private-sector investment. The private sector is always preferred. A boutique hotel / resort tennis academy with a ready-made adjoining restaurant (Rooks’ restaurant)? A boutique hotel / resort gourmet-cooking school and restaurant? A boutique hotel / resort spa and restaurant? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something new on Longboat Key (besides Publix). But again: the condundrum. In spite of Longboat Key’s beauty, attracting commercial investment is challenging. Attracting it to that location even more so. You can’t help but think of the obstacles with which to contend and thereby repel investors: • If you build it, will they come? It takes a lot of money to market a destination. And it would take some creative marketing to persuade high-end consumers to book a week or two, say, at a gourmet cooking school with a view of a Publix and public tennis courts. • Price of the land. Land prices are always high on Longboat. That increases the cost

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Publix and risk. • Town codes. If you research town history, you might conclude it makes more sense to buy Treasuries — even those paying 0.25% interest. These obstacles all can be overcome. Where there is a will, there is a way. Longboat needs those with the “will.” Rather than continue to eye the WolferRooks properties for the town, we would urge Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock to engage Wolfer and Rooks in discussions: What can the town do to make it more attractive for private investment to have the want and will to develop their respective five acres? Surely Bullock and town taxpayers would rather have private-sector assets that contribute to the growing value of the town than public-owned assets that require taxpayers to carry them ad infinitum.

+ Debt ceiling: You lose again

The president lectured House Republicans again Monday, scolding them not to cause a federal government shutdown and the stopping of government checks by not voting to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. As Peggy Noonan has pointed out, that is what he is all about — strife and drama. Let the circus begin! It’ll be exasperating once again to endure more fiscal cliff-like melodrama for the next two weeks. And for what? We already know the outcome. Indeed, there is no reason in the world, none whatsoever, to think that the ObamaRepublican House-debt ceiling talks will result in anything other than a higher debt limit; increased borrowing and a greater burden on your grandchildren. It has always been thus. And it will never change. In his book, “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explains why Congress will never cut spending: “Careerism, not ideological commitments, is the cause of our impasse today. Both sides are preoccupied with the acquisition and maintenance of power more than reducing our debt and averting an economic catastrophe. “If Washington politicians valued fiscal

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responsibility more than getting re-elected, we would see fiscally responsible behavior. Our crushing debt burden … is proof that Washington politicians value re-election above all else.” Coburn goes on: “The whole point of the Constitution was not to protect any particular branch of government per se, but the rights and liberties of individual Americans. “If government grew beyond the scope of the Constitution, freedom would be limited by the burden of debt and regulation, which is exactly what we see today.” Unfortunately, our petulant president and the majority of those who occupy the seats of the U.S. House and Senate — Republicans included! — fail to heed the advice of two of the smartest Americans ever: Thomas Jefferson: “A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” James Madison: “There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.” To the wisdom of Jefferson and Madison, you can add this: By virtue of Obama and Congress continuing their spending, and with the Federal Reserve Bank acting as their accomplice by printing ever increasing amounts of dollars, they are all vicious looters destroying your wealth. Economic analyst William Buckler explains this thievery well in a recent edition of his Privateer letter: When the federal government borrows, it pays its creditor with a U.S. note that says it promises to pay. How is that promise to pay honored? By the government issuing more new promises to pay in the future. And what is the collateral that assures the holder of the U.S. note will be repaid? “The full faith and credit” of the nation. Which means the laws Washington has written, giving the federal government a first-claim on the wealth of U.S. citizens. “What is the end result?” Buckler asked. “A monetary system which destroys wealth in order to function.”

+ Gun control

As usual, Washington wants to address an isolated tragecy with more laws that will reduce your freedom. Go to, and read the commentary of “Topshot,” a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran on the issue of gun control. Here’s an excerpt: “Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is a constitutional right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America in the Second Amendment, and it is the duty of every citizen to see that ALL of the Constitution is enforced by the government entrusted by the people to do just that. If those elected officials refuse to honor the basis for our country’s laws and freedoms, then they are undeserving of the trust the electorate has put in them and need to be removed from office.” Bravo.

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+ It’s a free country, isn’t it? Dear Editor: When I was young, every single one of us said the words, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?” every single day. I can’t remember the last time I heard that. Great editorial. Let’s all start saying that every day again, especially in front of the young ones who have never heard it.  It’s way past time to relearn what matters. Shannon Gault Longboat Key

+ U.S. schools are still in need of help Dear Editor: We recently relocated to Longboat Key and I must say that it is a pleasure to read the Observer editorial, which provides a real view of our dysfunctional K-12 public school system. The fact is, the most significant initial effort to highlight the problem was made in 1983 and since then our schools have been in a state of decline. Those who promote the fallacy that the schools are good — and there are many —should come down off the

other planet that they live on and get real. Consider the following: In 1983, a blue-ribbon panel made of 18 member and known as Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a report called “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform,” which provided irrefutable evidence on the mediocrity of American schools and warned of the potential consequences. Twenty years later a follow-up report by the Koret Task Force concluded that little progress had been made in the school system and that there was “a rising tide of mediocrity in our schools.” In April 2008, a 25-year follow-up report on “A Nation at Risk” was done by the Washington Post and offered plenty of evidence to back up its


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Behind,” or Google the words “Globally Challenged,” to see a study by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A well-documented Wall Street Journal report recently indicated that the biggest complaint of companies who hire MBAs is that they cannot effectively write. A survey of 500-member companies by the Society for Human Resource Management reported that 48% of those companies were conducting basic training programs in writing skills and grammar for employees. As Cassius said in the play, “Julius Caesar,” “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.” How true that is. The prime culprits here are the teachers labor unions, which fight tooth-and-nail against reform, but there is plenty of blame to go around, including the educational establishment, parents, most of the media and add to this the usual suspects: politicians. And last, but not least, are citizens who are too busy watching football games and reality shows on TV to become aware that one of the worst realities upon us is the continuing failure of government to provide an effective public education system for America in this age of global economic competition. William B. Allen Longboat Key

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The town issued the first permits for the home in the 6600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, known as the Yonkers property, in November 2011. Technically, the work that’s under way consists of an addition and alterations but isn’t new construction.


Business on the Key is building for contractors An increase in construction that began in 2011 continued in 2012 and into the current market. Realtors aren’t the only ones to benefit from improvements in the housing sector in 2011 and 2012 on Longboat Key. Total valuations for permits rose slightly from 2011 to 2012, with the new Publix and CVS stores accounting for most of the increase. But contractors also report that they’ve built their businesses in the past two years because clients have taken on more homebuilding and remodeling projects. New-home construction is rare on the almost entirely built-out Longboat Key, but has risen in the past two years. “We’re starting to see an uptick in permits, especially single-family home permits,” said Robin Meyer, director of the town’s Planning, Zoning and Building Department. In both 2011 and 2012, the town issued 11 new and replacement single-family home building permits, up from four in 2008, when many contractors say construction bottomed out. The total valuation of 2012 new single-family home construction fell from $10,958,123 in 2011 to $7,574,450, but contractors say that remodeling business is on the rise. “There’s a big uptick in remodeling,” said Rusty Chinnis, owner of Rusty Chinnis Contractor Inc., who found that in 2012 customers sought bigger remodels, often of their entire home, rather than just a kitchen or a bathroom compared to past years. “I think they both (real estate and construction) respond to increased consumer confidence.” Chuck Wickersham, co-owner of C&M Construction, said building picked up in 2011 and 2012. New construction depends on the realestate market working through the supply of foreclosed homes, according to Wickersham. “It’s definitely a better environment,” Wickersham said, referring to the relatively low number of foreclosures on the Key. “The ZIP code we’re in is still up there.” Wickersham expects increased levels of activity to continue, at least through the

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Total 1,006 995

Valuation $39,919.329.99 $42,083,385.18

Single-family home construction/ replacement permits Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Total Four Six 10 11 11

Total valuation $2,335,024 $4,380,700 $8,675,274 $10,958,123 $7,574,450

Source: Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department

first quarter of 2013. The cost of building materials didn’t change much throughout the downturn. The real savings continue to come from the decrease in labor costs, which Wickersham estimates at about half what they were during the real-estate boom because workers are willing to accept jobs for less pay. For the first time in nearly a decade, construction of a new Key residential subdivision is under way. The Tampa-based Collier Walker Real Estate Holdings put plans for the midKey enclave, now known as Triton Bend, on hold in 2008, because of the economic downturn. The company put the project on the “front burner,” according to developing agent Walter Hackett, of Michael Saunders & Co., because of encouraging signs in the real-estate market. Construction on the first two of 13 planned homes began in November. “Sales are up, inventory is way down and, therefore, those conditions are very supportive of new construction,” Hackett said. “There really is no supply of new construction of single-family homes on Longboat. The demand is there on Longboat.”

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Pure hogwash 11:44 a.m. — 2200 block of GMD. Public Service. A man discovered that an unknown appendage had washed ashore. Police identified it as a pig’s foot, most likely from an offshore crab trap.

To catch a thief 2:35 p.m. — 500 block of Rountree Drive. Larceny. A man reported that five fishing poles were stolen from his boat.

The cars are all right 5:08 p.m. — 4400 block of GMD. Fire. The hydraulic line on a car carrier became disconnected and caused a fire. Firefighters extinguished it. No snowbird vehicles were damaged.

Mistaken identity 6:37 p.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Lost/ Missing Property. A woman was swimming at a hotel when someone took her purse. While police were taking a report, a man arrived with the purse and said that his wife accidentally picked it up. Nothing was missing from the purse.

Root of the problem 10:58 a.m. — 3200 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man reported that a patch of grass in his condominium appeared to have died as the result of someone pouring a substance on the ground. At the root of the matter is a community dispute in which some residents want the tree removed while others want it to remain. No tree opponents were available to talk to police.

9:07 p.m. — 4400 block of GMD. Reckless Driving. A man whose car was clocked at 62 mph kept driving when police activated emergency lights. He pulled over only when an officer gave orders over the PA system. Police detained the man and his passenger at gunpoint after the driver abruptly exited the vehicle and failed to comply with other instructions. The driver said that he didn’t understand the instructions. His passenger was released after police determined he was French and didn’t speak much English. The driver reported drinking wine with dinner but performed field sobriety tests with minimal errors. He received citations for unlawful speed and reckless driving.

Jan. 3 Extinguished early 7:13 a.m. — 2600 block of Harbourside Drive. Fire. A man had already extinguished an electrical fire on his boat by the time police and firefighters arrived.

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shade outside a community trash disposal. Police confirmed that the monitor wasn’t stolen.

Off the radar 9:03 p.m. — 1400 block of GMD. Reckless Driving. Police were unable to locate a green sedan that was reportedly swerving out of its lane and “all over the road.”

6:12 p.m. — 3000 block of Harbourside Drive. Animal Rescue. A man saw three people catch a large wild bird and take it onto their boat. Police couldn’t determine whether it was a case of bird harassment or a rescue attempt.

Need a ride? 7:37 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Public Service. After a man entered the police station and said he was stranded, police gave him a ride back to his Sarasota residence.

Jan. 9 Warning signs 12:45 a.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Vandalism. Two signs that warn beachgoers about strong currents were apparently pulled out of the ground. Someone also constructed several “huttype” structures out of driftwood. Police emailed Public Works.

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Longboat Key Historical Society Lecture — takes place at 7 p.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Gary Mormino, University of South Florida history professor and author of “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams,” will speak about Florida and World War II. Admission is free for members; non-members are encouraged to make a donation. Contact Chester Pletzke at

Friday, Jan. 18 Highway Men Exhibition Opening — takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Fifty Highway Men paintings from the Lawrence Helmuth collection will be on display. The Highway Men were a small group of painters, generally selftaught, who created Florida landscapes from their imagination and experiences. Call 383-2345.

Sunday, Jan. 20 Health Fair — takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, just off St. Armands Circle. The fair features interactive booths on health education and screenings for hearing, blood sugar, vision, skin cancer and dental problems. Massage and handwax therapy will also be offered, along with healthy foods. Contact Tracey Rzepka, 388-3764.



Noah Waddell in Concert — will start at 3:00 p.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The 11-year-old pianist has already amassed several accolades, including Grand Prize Winner of the Steinway Young Artist competition; he is the youngest person to hold the title. Tickets are $20 per ticket. Contact Pat Joyner at 383-6491.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Sin Circle: Male dancers stripped on St. Armands In January 1980, six male dancers began weekly performances at the old Ruby Tuesday’s that drove the ladies to near hysteria.

Harpsichord Masterpieces — takes place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Mark Kroll, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists, will perform pieces by Bach, Scarlatti and Couperin. Tickets are $20 for Education Center members; $25 for non-members. For reservations, call 383-8811.

A “ladies only” trip to St. Armands Circle might include spa treatments and shopping at high-end boutiques, followed by wining and dining. But in January 1980, St. Armands was stripped for at least two JANUARY nights of its identity as 1980 an upscale shopping destination. The Longboat Observer reported in its Jan. 18, 1980, issue that the former Ruby Tuesday’s on the Circle held a “Ladies Only” show that “had the audience close to hysteria” for two consecutive Tuesday nights. The women chanted, “We want the men,” in unison, before six male dancers from The Male Factor began their act fully-clothed but stripped down to bikini underwear by the time they finished their performance. Restaurant owners estimated that they had to turn away nearly 1,200 women who wanted to scope out the disco dancers. Ladies who attended ranged in age from their early 20s to over 75. Their behavior was anything but bawdy. They politely applauded and occasionally whistled at the dancers, according to a manager. The owner told the Longboat Observer that he expected the idea to be a success but never anticipated it would draw such crowds. Meanwhile, the disco dancers drew mixed reactions from St. Armands resi-

Monday, Jan. 21 Longboat Key Democratic Club Inaugural Day Brunch — takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. The event includes brunch and a sparklingwine toast to the president while eventgoers watch inauguration ceremonies live. Cost is $26; advance registration is required. Contact Jane Albaum at 362-0520.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Aging in Paradise — opens its winter seminar at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sarasota attorney Edward Boyer, president of the National Academy of Elder Law, will discuss getting legal documents in order. For more information and reservations, call 383-6491.

dents and merchants. Ruby Tuesday’s owner said that some business owners were pleased by the event’s success. Some ladies who were turned away went to other Circle restaurants, instead. Still, the reaction of individual members of the St. Armands Merchants Association included: “The St. Armands community doesn’t need this.” One merchant described it as “reprehensible.” “The next thing we’ll have is a porno book store on the Circle,” said another. Others saw it as a positive development. “Usually about the time when Ruby’s closes, young males sometimes wander about the Circle pulling up plants, breaking some windows and smashing trash cans,” a merchant said. “The ladies were the model of behavior and no vandalism was reported.” One “Ladies Only-”night patron told the Longboat Observer that she saw nothing wrong with men seeing strippers. Why then, she asked, shouldn’t women be able to watch male strippers, as well? The dancers’ Tuesday-night appearances became a regular presence on the Circle in the early 1980s, but the Male Factor’s fame extended beyond Ruby Tuesday’s. By 1981, the dancers were preparing for a Las Vegas appearance that would become the first male dance group to perform in Sin City.

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Bondi learned the love of the Key early Part-time resident Joseph ‘Joe’ Bondi was a pioneer in middle-school education and father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Joseph “Joe” Bondi died Jan. 8, after a struggle with leukemia. Bondi, 76, was the father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and a part-time Longboat Key resident. On Wednesday morning, Pam Bondi released the following statement: “My beautiful Daddy went to Heaven yesterday. He was surrounded by all his family. He fought a great fight with leukemia. Thanks for all of your prayers and support. We are so heartbroken but comforted to know he is with our Lord. Please continue to pray for my family during this most difficult time in our lives.” Born Aug. 15, 1936, he was a Tampa native and a U.S. Navy veteran. He graduated from Hillsborough High School, where he was a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. He went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Florida. Bondi was a pioneer in the middle-school movement, organizing one of the first five middle schools in the nation. He was a professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Education from 1965 to 2003, author of more than 25 educational textbooks and a partner in international education consulting firm Wiles, Bondi and Associates. Bondi also served as a Temple Terrace city councilman from 1970 to 1974 and as the city’s mayor from 1974 to 1978. Bondi listed his accomplishments as mayor in a May 2012 interview with the Longboat Observer, saying he was responsible for the building of City Hall, a library, a family recreation center and a police station. “I did it all in four years without raising taxes,” he said at the time. Bondi vacationed on Longboat Key since childhood and also recounted the summer days he spent on the island’s beaches during World War II. He and his best friend, Tommy, would disappear for hours at a time playing with turtles, fishing, swimming and romping around on the shores. The Bondis purchased their unit at Continental’s





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OBITUARIES Edna Marguerite Burke Edna Burke, 91, formerly of Longboat Key and Boston, died Jan. 2. Mrs. Burke served in the medical field for more than 40 years. She was the head nurse of the first Intensive Care Unit at Tufts New England Medical Center before becoming a nursing administrator. She retired in 1989. Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, James. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Lee Kane; and nieces, Gail Fafard and Marcia Armstrong. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Charles Rupert Jamison Charles Rupert Jamison, 91, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 29. Born in Spartanburg, S.C., Mr. Jamison studied at Wofford College. After graduation, he served as a flight instructor in the United States Navy during World War II. Flying became his lifelong passion. While an executive at Mead Johnson Company in Evansville, Ind., he also developed a hanger facility at the Evansville Memorial Airport, had an airplane fuel franchise, and formed the Jamison Corporation for real-estate investments. Mr. Jamison retired to Longboat Key, where he indulged in his favorite pastimes: sailing, tennis and entertaining. He worshipped at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, and was a member of Bird Key Yacht Club and The Field Club. Mr. Jamison was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Alexa, and his stepdaughter, Susan Pegram Harrison. He is survived by his children, Meredith Jamison and Charles Jamison; stepdaughters, Alexa Harrison Moss and Julie Harrison; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made in Mr. Jamison’s honor to Habitat for Humanity.

Madeline Libby Madeline Libby, 90, of Bradenton, died Dec. 29. Mrs. Libby moved in 1980 from Revere, Mass., to Florida. She worked as a secretary at Temple Beth Israel for many years. She was preceded in death by her hus-

band, Sheridan; sisters, Eleanor Maskell, Edith Cohen and Norma Greenberg; brother, Lester Maskell; and grandson, Seth Hyatt. She is survived by daughters Susan Thevenin and Joan Libby; and two grandsons. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Lighthouse of Manasota, 7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla., 34243.

Rudy Karmus Meiselman Rudy Karmus Meiselman, 86, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 27. Mr. Meiselman served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946, before graduating from Brown University and Duke University School of Medicine. For 30 years, Mr. Meiselman practiced medicine in Providence, R.I. He was a surgeon on the staff of Rhode Island Hospital and the chief of urology at Miriam Hospital until his retirement in 1986. In addition, he was director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island and a clinical assistant professor at Brown University of Medicine.

Mary-Elizabeth ‘Betty’ McCoun Monroe Mary-Elizabeth “Betty” McCoun Monroe, 85, of Plymouth Harbor, died Jan. 13. Born Sept. 21, 1927, in New York, during her life she lived in New Jersey; New York City; Chicago; San Mateo, Calif.; Wilmette and Winnetka, Ill.; New Canaan, Conn., for 30 years; Longboat Key; and Plymouth Harbor since 2001. Mrs. Monroe was a longtime member of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Junior League Monroe of Sarasota and Bird Key Yacht Club. She enjoyed bridge, dancing, reading and travel. Mrs. Monroe drove for Meals on Wheels for several years and was active in church, hospital and senior activities. Mrs. Monroe is survived by her husband of 64 years, Andrew “Perry” Monroe; sons Bill Monroe, of Sarasota, and Steve Monroe, of New Canaan; daughter, Meg Zellinger, of Bowdoinham, Maine; and nine grandchildren. A funeral service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at All Angels by the Sea

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Cheryl R. Nulter Cheryl Nulter, 53, of Bradenton, died Dec. 30. Mrs. Nulter was the office manager of Harry’s Continental Kitchens on Longboat Key for 22 years. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Sabran and Roy VanFossen; father and stepmother, Dave and Lois Nulter; sister, Nan Dynan; stepbrothers, Rick and David Nulter; stepsisters, Sandy, Terry and Becky; son, Casey; and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westside Christian Church of Bradenton, 3604 15th Ave. W., Bradenton Memorial donations may be made to Westside Christian Church Children’s Ministry.

Lee Jaffe Swartz, 88, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 23. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mrs. Swartz grew up in Troy, N.Y. During World War II, she worked for the Veterans Administration in Albany, N.Y. In 1970, Mrs. Swartz resumed her career as a medical secretary at the Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., and Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. She retired in 1992 and moved to Longboat Key. There, she volunteered for the Jewish Family Services of Sarasota. Mrs. Swartz is survived by her husband of 64 years, Abner; sons Matthew and Robert; four grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Memorial donations may be made to the Jewish Family Services of Sarasota.

Robert Rosenthal, 96, resident of Plymouth Harbor, died Jan. 8. Mr. Rosenthal was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he majored in political science and met his wife, Mildred. Mr. Rosenthal founded the R.H. Roberts Construction Co. in 1952 and served as its president and CEO until his retirement in 1980. His detailed approach made him one of the most sought contractors among Chicago’s top architects. He won the Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) multiple times, as well as the AIA’s Award of Merit for contemporary homes and commercial properties. Mr. Rosenthal served on many boards, including Technion, the Israel Institute for Technology and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. In Florida, he helped the Catholic Diocese of Venice launch a program for children living in migrant work camps, worked on the Catholic-Jewish studies at St. Leo University and served as chairman of Longboat Key’s Code and Enforcement Board. He loved boating with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Sarasota Power Squadron. His philanthropic endeavors included the Robert and Mildred Rosenthal Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, the Robert and Mildred Rosenthal Aerospace Engineering Research Fund, at Technion and the Robert and Mildred

John Edwin ‘Jack’ Woodward Jr. John Woodward Jr., 92, of Coon Key, died Jan. 7. Mr. Woodward graduated from Virginia Military Institute and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, primarily in the South Pacific. Upon returning to civilian life, he joined his father in the family business, the John E. Woodward Insurance Agency, in Richmond, Va. He worked there until his retirement in the early 1980s. In 1987, he moved to Sarasota, where he loved visiting the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, especially its circus display. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf and sailing. He was passionate about nutrition. Mr. Woodward was preceded in death by his brother, Walter. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth, Carol and John; and two grandchildren.

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The paintings were hung in dentist offices, motels, funeral homes and restaurants. If you drove the highways of Florida’s east coast in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly U.S. Highway 1, there’s a good chance you saw the picturesque landscape scenes of the state. They depicted swamps, waves, pink skies and palm trees with vibrant oil paint colors on Upson boards. Many show scenes of a Florida that has disappeared with development. Their creators, who would later become known as Florida’s Highwaymen, were both artists and salesmen. From the mid-1950s to the early 1980s, they painted quickly and furiously, often finishing paintings in less than an hour. They traveled the highway, going business-to-business, door-to-door, selling their paintings out of their cars for around $25 a pop. For the 26 artists, all AfricanAmerican, most of whom lived around Fort Pierce, art was a way to build a better life in the Jim Crow South, where job opportunities for blacks were usually limited to factory and farm work. No one knows how many paintings the Highwaymen produced, but most estimates put the total at more than 200,000. A renewed interest in the Highwaymen generated demand for the paintings in the 1990s. Collectors scoured antique stores, garage sales and thrift shops in search of the paintings. Today, those paintings often cost more than $2,000. Michelle Obama, Jeb Bush, Shaquille O’Neal and Steven Spielberg are all said to be collectors. For many collectors, it isn’t just the art itself, but also the story behind it. Siesta Key resident Lawrence “Larry” Helmuth, a former Sarasota County School Board chairman, first watched a

For the 26 Highwaymen artists, painting was a means of escape from the oppressive policies of the Jim Crow South. Opening night Highwaymen and Syd Solomon exhibit openings When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 Where: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S. RSVP is required; call 383-2345. documentary about the Highwaymen in 2001, on PBS. The next day, he hit the road, en route to Florida’s east coast in search of Highwaymen art. Today, Helmuth’s collection totals 50 paintings, all of which will be on display in an exhibit that will run Jan. 18 through March 1, in the Durante Gallery at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Helmuth was drawn to the artwork for multiple reasons. He admired the entrepreneurial spirit of its creators and the rapidly vanishing scenes of Florida that it depicted. He was also fascinated by the art’s historical significance. “Most Americans can’t name one black artist,” he said. “They can name black musicians, they can name black athletes, but they cannot name one black artist.” … A.E. “Beanie” Backus was a white painter known as the dean of Florida landscapes. He grew up in Fort Pierce, the site of Ku Klux Klan marches during his childhood, yet still kept his doors open to anyone of color, according to the 2012 NPR special,

The landscape painting was created by Alfred Hair, who taught many other Highwaymen artists his technique of speed painting.

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Siesta Key resident Lawrence “Larry” Helmuth’s collection consists of 50 Highwaymen paintings. “The Highwaymen: Speed Painting in the Sunshine State.” Backus met a talented black teenager named Alfred Hair in the 1950s, when Hair’s art teacher, Zanobia Jefferson, asked him to teach the youth. Backus hired Hair to build canvasses and also gave him lessons. Soon, Hair discovered that if he could paint fast, he could make money. Hair taught many of the artists today known as the Highwaymen to speed paint and make a living selling their artwork. Backus also mentored Harold Newton, a self-taught painter who switched from religious scene to landscapes. Newton would become known for his attention to detail, rather than speed, and is today regarded as one of the most talented of the Highwaymen. R.L. Lewis is one of 18 surviving High-


The palm tree painting is the work of Mary Ann Carroll, the only woman Highwaymen artist.


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Syd Solomon The Longboat Center for the Arts will also feature a small collection of works by the late Syd Solomon. Solomon’s work was the first art by a contemporary artist the Ringling Museum collected. He was one of the first visiting artists to hold painting demonstrations at the Arts Center. His work was featured in exhibits at institutions, including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He created the Institute of Fine Art at New College in Sarasota and is credited with bringing many known artists to Sarasota. Solomon died in 2004, in Sarasota. The 26 artists were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004, putting them alongside legends such as Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Charles and Tennessee Williams. Helmuth said he is eager to share his art, especially because he would like for children, both black and white, to see it. “I would like for kids to see it to say, ‘See what you can do,’” Helmuth said. “You can make it in art.”


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Fans of the big top, from as far away as California, and Romania, packed St. Armands Circle’s Central Park Sunday, Jan. 13, for the 26th Circus Ring of Fame Inductions. Chuck Sidlow, senior program director for Circus Sarasota, emceed the event. “The circus is a mix of fantasy, industrial engineers, production genius and real superheroes,” he said, urging guests to study inductees’ bronze plaques lining the park “for a remarkable history lesson.” This year, three acts entered the annals of circus lore: high-wire performers Charles Coronas and his late brother, Mathias; the late Timothy J. Holst, talent scout for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus; and Pablo Rodriguez and family, known for their aerial bar acts.

Ring of Fame inductee Pablo Rodriguez and his family of aerial artists. The Rodriguez family has wowed audiences from Mexico to Moscow with their aerial acrobatics for five generations. They are best known for a five-bar aerial act and triple-wide flying trapeze act.

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Ava Rose Williams, with her great-grandfather Charles Coronas, a 2013 Ring of Fame Inductee, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Born in what is now the Czech Republic, the Coronas brothers rode unicycles and motorcycles across a 50-foottall tightrope before they turned 10. During the Soviet occupation, the pair escaped to France and eventually the U.S., where they performed in every major circus throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Adrienne, Matthew and Megan Holst accepted the Ring of Fame award on behalf of their late father, Tim Holst. Tim Holst started his career as a clown in 1972, but ultimately became “mentor, adviser, psychiatrist, brother and friend to the performers,” said Master of Ceremonies Chuck Sidlow during the induction ceremony. In 1984, Holst became the talent scout for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a position that took him to 164 countries, where he recruited more than 3,000 people before his death in 2009.

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Behind the Longboat Key Club Gates, this Bay Isles Waterfront Home has over 4300 SF of Luxury Living! Four Bedrooms, Oasis Style Pool and Excellent Boating! Bank Owned $1,290,000



The Views from this Privateer 8th Floor Southern Facing Corner Unit Provide a Wide Panorama of Gulf, Bay, City and Golf Course. $599,000

Sunny Corner Unit at Beachplace with New Tile, New Carpet and New Furnishings. $438,000


Gleaming Wood Floors and Panoramic Views of the City and Bay are Yours in this Plaza 5 Points 15th Floor 2 Bedroom with Office. $999,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Three Bedroom Two Bath Pool Home with Mexican Tile Floors, Neutral Colors and Boat Dock. Open and Bright with Mature Landscaping. Being Sold as a Short Sale. $699,000



L’Ambiance Sabal with 3 Bedrooms, 2 Spacious Terraces and Huge Gulf Views. $1,590,000

Custom 4 Bedroom, 3 ½ Bath, Multi-Level Home with Beautiful Views of the Gulf and its Mesmerizing $730,000 Sunsets. Very Open, Airy and Bright!

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+ Terry’s Framing remains open at the Centre Shops

Erika Mudafort is the new salon and spa manager/stylist at the Salon on St. Armands, N. 24 Blvd. of the Presidents. She is a L’Oreal professional color educator and extension specialist. She specializes in red-carpet updos for weddings and special events. For information, call 706-2506.

Terry’s Framing Gallery & Art Supplies remains open at the Centre Shops, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Owner Terry Petesch, 62, died Nov. 27. Currently, the store is operating on a limited schedule from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays under the management of Jessica Dirkes, owner of J.J. Arts Custom Framing in Sarasota.

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GRAND BAY - Completely remodeled and seldom lived in furnished bayfront condo. A3969282 $1,599,000

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Ritz Carlton Hotel Residences - 12th Floor Water views from all rooms! Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front 2,011 SF w/ wood floors, custom-fitted closets, & unique Venetian plaster On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 walls. Large master suite with sitting area & marble bath. $1,098,500 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car garage.


Sea Gate Club - Direct Gulf Front Feels like a beach house! Gulf, Prestancia - The Estates Lakefront Beautiful lake views from this lovely, beach and sunset views from every room of this 2BR/2BA split floor plan. fully furnished 3 BR plus den/4th bedroom home built by Arthur Rutenburg. Large pool patio, pool bath and grill area ideal for entertaining. $659,000 $680,000 Offered entirely turnkey furnished.

The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 Beachplace - Direct Gulf Front Walk-Down Corner lots with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern turnkey furnished with sparkling views of the Gulf of Mexico. conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,159,000 granite & stainless kitchen, and wood floors.


The Main house has a beautiful great room, a large Master suite with sitting area and a room size closet. The guest wing includes a bedroom plus study/3rd bedroom.

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Coral Cove - Bay Front Dream Mainland Mediterranean perfection with Ritz Carlton Hotel Residences - 14th Floor Amazing Bay & city views 130' of direct waterfront, 5 bedrooms, home theater, library, family room, from this lovely furnished residence featuring two bedrooms + den and three full baths. infinity-edge pool, boat dock with lift and 4-car garage. $2,995,000 Custom interiors, wood floors, lots of storage. Lives like a home! $1,450,000

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4 On the grounds is a separate guest house ideal for privacy with a bedroom, bath, living room plus screened patio.

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

Longboat Key - 150 Feet of Beachfront Sleepy Lagoon - Direct Gulf Front Beautiful Hampton Style 4BR/3BA Gated privacy on 2+ acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. New in '07 home on 100 ft of pristine beach front. Renovated in 2007. Wood & with 10,000SF, 7BR/6.5BA with attached guest wing.$10,450,000

marble floors, outdoor jacuzzi and 2-car garage. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, LLC 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #1, Longboat Key

Additional residences include a duplex where each apartment has 2 bedrooms, & screened patios ideal for rental income or guests. A private deeded beach access is directly across the street.


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real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

A home on Lido Key sells for $6.35 million The following residential realestate transactions took place between Dec. 26 and Jan. 4. A home on Lido Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Sam Norton, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1219 Westway Drive to Scott Ramsey, trustee, of Sarasota, for $6.35 million. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 7,415 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $13,219,000 in 2003.

$200,000 in 1996.

Casa del Mar

Roger and Judy Goldstein and Susan Schulman, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 5-A condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Glenridge Park Investments of Florida LLC for $270,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1996.

The Diplomat


$530,000 in 2000.

$452,000 in 2002.

Diplomat Properties of Sarasota sold the Unit 262 condominium at 3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Richard and Janice Daly, of Rochester, Minn., for $235,000. Built in 1960, it has one bedroom, one bath and 680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $121,900 in 1996.


Sleepy Lagoon Park


Fairway Bay

Nicholas and Theresa Barna sold their Unit 1004 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Timothy and Virginia McKenna, of Sarasota, for $2.55 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,550 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,731,800 in 2009.

Queen’s Harbor

Charles and Judith Sabutis, of Sarasota, sold their home at 3636 Fair Oaks Place to Robert and Esther Heller, of Longboat Key, for $1.7 million. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,085 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $920,000 in 1998.

Bay Isles

Jeffrey Krinsk and Sara Krinsk, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 3386 Bayou Lane to Stephen and Rhonda Ellisor, of Longboat Key, for $737,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,340 square feet of living area.

Winding Oaks

Jans Naumann, of Albany, N.Y., sold the Unit 2 condominium at 3403 Winding Oaks Drive to Charles and Judith Sabutis, of Longboat Key, for $565,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,679 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

Katie Hendrick

This home at 1219 Westway Drive has four bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 7,415 square feet of living area. It sold for $6.35 million.

Orlando Cicilioni Jr., trustee, of Winter Park, sold the Unit M1112J condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Casa Bella Vacino Al Mare LLC for $448,500. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,532 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $372,500 in 2006.

Pelican Harbour and Beach Club

Allen Meis, of Cincinnati, sold the Unit O-2 condominium at 4234 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jerry and Sally Cambra, of Sutter Creek, Calif., for $428,900. Built in 1973, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,636 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

Willard Boynton, of Weston, Conn., sold his home at 674 Norton St. to Andrea Okun and Andrew Callahan, of Cincinnati, for $412,500. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,720 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $437,500 in 2002. Christopher and Gail Thomas, of Washington Crossing, Pa., sold their Unit 235 condominium at 1932 Harbourside Drive to Kevin Fitzgibbons and Martha Harper, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for $395,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,270 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

The Beach Residences

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Stuart Silverman and Robert Silverman, trustees, of Brookline, Mass., sold the home at 1340 John Ringling Parkway to Richard and Lynn Hackel, of Sarasota, for $1,535,000. Built in 1967, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a

pool and 2,862 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $725,000 in 1990.

John Ringling Estates

Palatial Destinations LLC sold the home at 267 Benjamin Franklin Drive to James Abrams, of Sarasota, for $1,399,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,048 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3.35 million in 2005.

Lido Beach

Edward and Bernice Van Giezen, of Orleans, Mass., sold their home at 373 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Steven Hanson, of Longboat Key, for $610,000. Built in 1954, it has one bedroom, two baths and 1,469 square feet of living area.


Sally Kessler, of Sarasota, sold her home at 320 W. Royal Flamingo Drive to Matthew Price, of Sarasota, for $1.46 million. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,042 square feet of living area. Matthew and Sharon Price, of Sarasota, sold their home at 420 Partridge Circle to Richard and Am Price, of Goodison, Mich., for $650,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,549 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $700,000 in 2010.

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3453 Winding Oaks Dr # 27 #A3970984 $639,000 David Simon

800 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 305 #A3951105 $515,000 Christine Del Monte

Longboat Key 101 Ben Franklin Dr # 82 941-388-4447 #A3969377 $599,000 248-342-3551 Douglas Parks

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

7356 Featherstone Blvd #A3970963 $515,000 Nancie Kalin

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-400-9087

1771 Ringling Blvd # 610 #A3971034 $565,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

755 S Palm Ave # 104 #A3969641 $549,000 John August

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-320-9795

510 Keith Pointe Dr #A3959328 $3,490,000 Eileen Burke

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-928-8833

450 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # B101 #A3970985 $459,000 Diana Kryszak

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-993-4078

1990 Main St # 18 #A3967359 $450,000 J Jack Otto

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-894-2258

210 Sands Point Rd # 2503 #A3968180 $444,000 Maureen Horn

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-266-8949

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-539-3384

1925 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 406 #A3959511 $439,000 Susan Matteoli PA

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-356-1335

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3559 Fair Oaks Ln #A3959546 $1,129,900 Tak Konstantinou & Susan McLeod

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-961-8850

230 Sands Point Rd # 3203 #A3958825 $429,000 Saint Cacchiotti

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-809-0787

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-374-1606

3660 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 205 #A3966954 $410,000 Annette Bentley

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-374-0318

600 Linley St #A3939104 $399,000 Bobbi Banan

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-2659

690 Linley St #A3967460 $390,000 Tama Traberman

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-225-3351

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph5 #A3968113 $365,000 Richard Perlman

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-228-8580

2020 Harbourside Dr # 452 #A3963834 $361,900 Carol Cohen Pa

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-356-3829

225 Sands Point Rd # 6204 #A3965538 $315,000 Terri Derr

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-356-6694

250 Sands Point Rd # 5101 #A3937380 $309,000 Joan Boltax

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-350-6390

1064 N Tamiami Trl # 1213 #A3971129 $299,000 Nina Dearing

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-388-4447

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Jan. 4 through Jan. 10, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address

Permit Applicant Amount

3030 Grand Bay Blvd.


Gary Drew, co-trustee $157,888.30

435 L’Ambiance Drive


Charles Jones

565 Sanctuary Drive


Neal Pollon


435 L’Ambiance Drive


Earl Schatzman


4401 GMD

Install antennas on rooftop

Sprintcom Inc.


7031 Bayside Drive


W. Anthony Vernon



Ruth Sousa


435 L’Ambiance Drive


Donald Bernstein


565 Sanctuary Drive


Edgar Snyder


510 Harbor Point Road

Lift and dock

James Lippert, trustee

3594 Fair Oaks Lane


Ronald Woodfine


5145 GMD


Gulf View LLC


5362 Sandhamn Place

Glass door

James Pettinato Jr.



6695 GMD

Fence, gates and locks Andrew Frankel

2425 GMD

Window replacement

Michael Langer


2425 GMD

Window replacement

Steven Piazza


4980 GMD


Richard Finley


747 St. Judes Drive


John Gubernat


6700 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 108 #A3971108 $209,999 Kathy Simonds

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-2659

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-350-5292

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1505 #A3971227 Kelly McKay

Sarasota $5,800 941-552-4200

4311 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 201 Longboat Key #A3960667 $2,500-$5,000/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

551 Harbor Point Rd #A3969494 $3,700,000 Michael Moulton

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559


1700 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 2F #A3963537 $255,900 Rudy Dudon

3808 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 103 #A3957718 $199,900 Stephen Harris

200 Sands Point Rd # 1103 #A3963995 $1,100,000 Ian Addy Pa

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-961-8850

2105 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 3501 #A3952430 $995,000 Susan Mcleod

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-928-4445

3524 Fair Oaks Ln #A3970247 $975,000 Michael Yawitz

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-587-8091

2550 Harbourside Dr # 314 #A3971137 $960,000 Jonathan Fox

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-544-6649

561 Yawl Ln #A3971216 $925,000 Robert Lindeman

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-504-2123

1910 Harbour Links Cir # 12 #A3967793 $769,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-266-8303

1211 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 404 #A3967348 $659,000 Marilyn Brown

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-928-7380

1425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 204 #A3941538 $649,000 Jenifer Schwell

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-780-0968

4311 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 101 #A3958082 $599,000 Sandi Layfield

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-914-2807

560 Lyons Ln #A3965798 Emma Gilbert

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-807-1764

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-234-3991

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-780-2352


4900 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3965794 $259,000 Bobbi Banan


Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-724-7228


4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph1 #A3919201 $229,900 Cathy Meldahl

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-374-3200

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1035 Bogey Lane

1750 Dawn St #A3957456 $279,900 Anna Kaminski


4500 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph5 #A3967661 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $1,700 941-552-4200


VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 4995 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 500 #A3950796 $3,950,000 Hannerle Moore

Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 Main Street 951.6660 • Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-387-7300

White Sands of Longboat 800.230.2428


Veranda Beach Club 800.411.5511


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3630 Gulf of Mexico Drive #302B | Buttonwood Cove | $329,000

3010 Grand Bay Blvd. #473 | Grand Bay | $1,300,000 601 Longboat Club Road # S303 | Longboat Key Towers | $769,000

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

6600 Bayou Hammock Road | Longboat Key Village |$1,499,000


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440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228

from this 2BR/2BA TKF condo. Updated kitchen, W/D, new A/C June 2012, 2 pools, tennis & beach access. $12 a month for boat slip. Pets OK. Seller to pay 1/2 of main. fee for 2013. Dorothy Cook $249,00 #A3939881

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

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


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Spacious, TKF, 2BR/2BA w/fabulous views. 2 large private lanais, 2 beach front pools, gorgeous grounds on 7 acres. Best valued Gulf front condo. Marc Turner $475,000 #A3969797

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


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

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changing palate


by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Circle update: Sayonara sushi, hello hamburgers The pink quadrant loses one restaurant, gains another. Attention, diners: The pink quadrant of St. Armands Circle has had some major culinary changes within the past month. Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, at 29 N. Blvd. of the Presidents, closed some time the first week of December. Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. NEW CIRCLE Armands Circle AsBUSINESSES sociation, of which the owners were Pepper Palace members, first noAddress: 23 ticed the vacant resN. Blvd. of the taurant on Holiday Presidents Night, Dec. 7. Website: “They never hintPhone: 552-8397 ed that they were retiring or going out of New Pass Grill business,” she said, Address: 19A adding that she has N. Blvd. of the no idea what hapPresidents pened or what type Website: newpass of business will take Tokyo’s place. Phone: 388-3119 Aaron Shaffer, a sales associate at Pepper Palace, three stores down, expressed similar surprise. One morning in December, he found the store’s garbage cans filled with refuse from the restaurant and a 40-inch television sitting on the curb. The Pepper Palace, which opened Sept. 7, stocks more than 3,000 products, primarily hot sauces, marinades, pickled items, salsas, butters and jellies. “These are all gourmet items you won’t find at a grocery store,” said owner Shaun Douglas. For indecisive customers, the shop offers more than 200 tester prod-

New Pass Grill looks like the cleanest bait shop you’ll ever see. Fishing lures, Old Florida prints, oars, nets and flippers adorn the walls. Photos by Katie Hendrick

New Pass Grill Kitchen Manager Joe McDonald fixes the restaurant’s awardwinning cheeseburger and fries.

ucts. Two of the most popular: the “hottest sauce in the universe” and “nasal napalm.” Try either, and your get your photo taken, which plays on a continuous loop in a digital photo frame. On the heels of Tokyo’s exodus came a new, but familiar business, six doors down. New Pass Grill, sister to the 84-yearold City Island restaurant of the same name, opened Dec. 28, in China Pavilion’s former location, 19A N. Blvd. of the Presidents. The menu items — hamburgers, fish and chips, chicken salad and subs made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, just to name a few — match the original

restaurant’s, as does the bait shop décor. (Think: no-wake signs, straw hats, fishing lures and mounted fish). The only discernible differences? “We don’t actually sell bait and we’re not on the water,” said server Sara Perrine. What the new New Pass Grill loses in waterfront ambience, it makes up for in convenience. “It’s been a hit with employees on the Circle,” Perrine said, explaining that the restaurant’s fast counter service suits customers dining on a short lunch break. “Good food and reasonable prices don’t hurt, either,” she added. All three attributes should make it a favorite with families, especially during season, Perrine predicts. “I think they’ve hit a homerun,” she said. “There’s no other venue like this on the Circle.”

Aaron Shaffer, a sales associate at the Pepper Palace, shows off “the hottest sauce in the universe,” which has been a top seller since the shop opened in September.


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45/FT. SLIP. LONG OR SHORT TERM. BEAT SEAOR SHORT BEAT SEA45/FT. SONALSLIP. RATELONG BY 50%. The Moorings Longboat SONAL RATE BY 50%. The Moorings at Longboat Key. Private setting, spotless and secure. Key. Private setting, secure. Amenities available. Greatspotless parking, and only steps to Amenities GreatOwner. parking, only steps to your boat. available. 941-713-8443, your boat. 941-713-8443, Owner. BOAT SLIP FOR RENT. High, dry, indoor marina. FOR Longboat RENT. High,boating BOAT SLIP S. dry, indoorlocation. marina. Excellent Excellent S. Longboat boating location. Call 941-371-1866. Call 941-371-1866. BOATHOUSE ON LBK. Unit 1224, 31', 2nd BOATHOUSE ON LBK. Unit 1224, 2nd level. For Sale/Rent. If interested, call 31', Melissa, level. For Sale/Rent. If interested, call Melissa, 941-383-0308. 941-383-0308. BY OWNER: PREMIER LONGBOAT KEY INDOOR BY OWNER: PREMIER LONGBOAT KEY OWNER: INDOOR BOAT STORAGE FOR SALE BY BOAT STORAGE FOR SALE OWNER: BOTTOM RACK, NEAR DOOR. WILLBY ACCOMMOBOTTOM ACCOMMODATE UP RACK, TO A NEAR 25 FT.DOOR. BOAT.WILL $32,900. CALL DATE UP TO A 25 FT. BOAT. $32,900. CALL 941-927-9321. 941-927-9321. LBK MOORINGS: Slip N10 for discount rent, 48’ LBK Hurry, MOORINGS: SlipCall N10 for discount rent, 48’ slip. won’t last! 630-421-0000. slip. Hurry, won’t last! Call 630-421-0000.

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BEDROOM FURNITURE: cream color, country BEDROOM FURNITURE: cream color,tables country style. King size headboard, 2 night w/ style. King size headboard, night tables w/ lamps, 8 drawer dresser with2 mirror. Excellent lamps,$500 8 drawer dresser with mirror. Excellent cond. o/b/o. 941-387-6418. cond. $500 o/b/o. 941-387-6418.

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

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BEAUTIFUL 3BR/3BA Pool home on water (dock BEAUTIFUL 3BR/3BA home water (dock and lift) in short walkingPool distance toon The Circle and and lift) in short walking distance to The Circle and Lido Beach. Immaculate condition. $1,498,000. Lido Beach. Immaculate condition. $1,498,000. 941 504 1510. 941 504 1510. BEST VALUE - ST ARMANDS VALUEpool, - ST ARMANDS A walled BEST 3BR/3BA, spa, gated, marble A walled 3BR/3BA, spa, gated, marble floors, granite kitchen.pool, In the heart of the Key floors, granite kitchen. In the heart of the Key $699,000. Glenn Callaghan Re/Max Alliance $699,000. Glenn Callaghan Re/Max Alliance Group, 941-928-9020. Group, 941-928-9020. CONRAD BEACH. Upscale Island home built in CONRAD BEACH. Island homeGulfside built in 2004. 1961sf 2BRUpscale + Loft. Quaint 2004. 1961sf Community 2BR + Loft. neighborhood. pool Quaint & beachGulfside access, neighborhood. Community pool & beach access, no busy roads to cross. $715,000. no busy roads to cross. $715,000. 941-544-0214, Owner/Agent. 941-544-0214, Owner/Agent. LBK: SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB. Villa, on LBK: 2BR/2BA, SPANISH MAIN YACHT Villa, By on lake, sunroom. WalkCLUB. to beach. lake, 2BR/2BA, sunroom. Walk to beach. By Owner. Linda Adrian, 941-383-6650. Owner. Linda Adrian, 941-383-6650. NEWEST 2012 CONSTRUCTION NEWEST 2012 CONSTRUCTION ON NORTH LIDO PARK ON NORTH LIDO 30 PARK Mid 21st Century Eco-House secs to beach, Mid 21st Century Eco-House 30 secs to beach, 3 mins to Circle, Reverse FPL meter, 4/3.5, south 3 mins to Circle, Reverse FPL meter, 4/3.5, south pool. $1,999,000. Glenn Callaghan Re/Max pool. $1,999,000. Glenn Callaghan Re/Max Alliance Group, 941-928-9020. Alliance Group, 941-928-9020.

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