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OUR TOWN + Town manager goes under the radar Is Mayor Jim Brown the new sheriff in town? Not exactly. But he did send Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming a photo of a speeding Toyota Camry’s license plate that went out to commission email subscribers. The photo was enough to send Assistant to the Town Manager Susan Phillips speeding into Toyota Camry driver/Town Manager Dave Bullock’s office. “I told her to go to the parking lot and check my license plate,” Bullock said. “For a split-second there, I thought I was in big trouble.”

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Email urges commission shake-up IPOC President Bob White’s email to Longboat residents asks for help to ‘throw the rascals’ on the commission out of office. Islandside Property Owners Coalition President Bob White is making an island-wide pitch for Longboat Key Town Commission challengers Gene Jaleski, Larry Grossman and Irwin Pastor. On Jan. 16, White sent an email to a contact list he dubbed “Longboat Residents,” voic-

ing support for the challengers and disdain for incumbents Jim Brown, Phill Younger and Terry Gans. “This Town Commission, which the courts have unanimously ruled violated the town’s laws and the state constitution, should not be allowed to return

to their jobs this March, and it’s up to us to make sure they don’t,” White wrote. “It’s time to stand up and tell these law-breaking commissioners that we’re taking our government back and then give them an appropriate ride out of town!” A black-and-white sketch of

two men carrying a tied-up man on a pole, while a mob cheers and taunts the man, accompanied the statement. “All of the candidates opposing these malefactors share a common belief that the town’s zoning laws should be upheld, not undone and rendered meaningless to give the commission the


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+ Caleb gets a new home at Mote A sea turtle named Caleb has new crawling grounds: the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. The juvenile turtle has a permanent home at Mote and is the first Kemp’s ridley turtle to be featured in Mote’s “Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors” exhibit. Weighing in at about 20 pounds, he was rescued Nov. 9, 2011, on Ormond Beach. He arrived at Mote in December and stayed for about one month in Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital before moving to the exhibit.

+ Candidates set date with Observer, PIC Save the date: All six commission candidates have agreed to participate in a forum co-sponsored by the Longboat Observer and the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For information, visit

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A great blue heron wades in Sarasota Bay, just behind New Pass Grill & Bait Shop, Saturday, Jan. 26. These birds move with long, deliberate steps, but can strike like lightning when they spot a fish.


by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Town debates revitalization effort Longboat Key residents have expressed frustration that it will take a town-hired consultant more than a year to update town codes. There was some nervous laughter at the start of the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force public forum Thursday, Jan. 24. Tom Aposporos, a Longboat

Key Revitalization Task Force member and former president of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, showed a fake classified ad to the crowd of about 135 people, at the Longboat Key

Hilton Beachfront Resort. The ad seemed to hit home for some. The classified ad outlined what some Realtors perceive as potential hindrances when selling Key property, including the age of

property and high maintenance fees: “Cozy condo on Longboat Key! 2/2 1,200 sq ft with screened lanai. The complex is only 50 years old. Maintenance fees, insurance taxes & beach renourishment fees average ~ $3,300


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CODES / FROM PAGE 1A monthly. Price — Make an offer!” Longboat Key real-estate agent Cathy Meldahl, one of six panelist speakers invited to speak at the forum, said she has a property that’s been on the market for two years because of similar problems listed in the fake classified ad. “There are owners on the Key where this has become their personal horror already,” said Meldahl, who reported she has a two-year-old listing for a condo that’s more than 60 years old. The condo, Meldahl said, is on the market for $200,000 and has a $1,100 maintenance fee that must be factored in before a mortgage payment is calculated. The condo listing, coupled with realestate data showing Longboat Key properties are selling roughly for the same amount as property on Anna Maria Island right now, surprised many in attendance at the forum. The forum was co-sponsored by the task force and the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee. “I’m absolutely stunned,” said Key resident and PIC board member Dick Pelton. “My concern is where we go from here. We accept we need revitalization, but how do we get there?” The answers varied, but all of them eventually circled back to the town and

IPOC / FROM PAGE 1A power to approve anything they want,” White wrote. White also said in his email that the commission, in his opinion: • “Wasted $4 million of taxpayer money on an ill-advised attempt to deal with beach erosion on the north end of the Key.” • “Allowed the town’s pensions plans to become grossly underfunded, resulting in a $27 million shortfall for which the taxpayers are now responsible.” • “Attempted to change the town’s zoning code to give the commission unfettered authority to grant code departures

Mayor Jim Brown. Brown said the town is in the process of selecting a consultant to help guide the town in changing its codes and Comprehensive Plan. Doing so, Brown said, will make it easier for applicants to renovate their aging properties. But, when Brown said it will take at least a year or longer to complete the codechange process once a consultant is selected, some people groaned. “I realize there are a lot of arrows coming my way tonight,” Brown said. “Government is set up to be slow that way, and it’s frustrating for us who are involved. But we are responding the best way we can.” Of the Key’s 6,235 condominium units, 3,616, or 58%, were built in 1979 or earlier, according to data compiled by task force member Lenny Landau. The age of the Key’s current structures, which drives up maintenance and insurance costs, is, in part, an unintended consequence of the town’s 1984 Comprehensive Plan. The Comp Plan prohibited an increase in allowable density on the island without voter approval. Most existing structures on the Key were grandfathered but became nonconforming overnight. As a result, condominiums with grandfathered status could be limited to six-units-per-acre if owners opted to rebuild. for any commercial development they wanted.” “You can vote now to throw the rascals out!” White wrote. The provided links for residents on how to vote by mail. “Vote for the right vision for our community, one that is based on the law, the interests of its residents and the future of our island as a premier residential- and second-home community. Vote for Irwin Pastor, Larry Grossman and Gene Jaleski.” The email was followed with an invitation to meet Grossman at a campaign fundraiser that was held Jan. 17, at Bayou Sound. On Friday, Jan. 25, White also hosted a “Get to Know the Candidates” reception for the three challengers at

Brown said the main reason revitalization is needed is simple. “If you do nothing, people will continue to come to Longboat Key,” Brown said. “But whether you can sell your $500,000 house for the same price you paid or higher is the question.” Jim Cameron, president of Spanish Main Yacht Club Association, urged condo associations to form their own condorejuvenation plans and collect reserves to make it happen. “That’s our function; we can’t rely on the town to make it happen for us,” Cam-

eron said. Newly appointed Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Jeff Mayers said the Key’s priority must be to maintain the businesses the Key has year-round. “Maintaining balance is a priority,” Mayers said. “We lose convenience by not having the consistency of tourism in our area.” Everyone agreed the loss of tourism units on the Key since 2000 has been a detriment. “The loss of the Holiday Inn and other tourism units was a devastating blow to this island,” said Longbeach Village Association President Michael Drake. Mayers explained that the way to get both visitors and tourism units back is to effectively market the Key to the younger generation, dubbed the “millenials.” “Millenials want to be active,” Mayers said. “We have great beaches, fishing, swimming and the things they want to do. We just need to drive that segment here.” A vibrant community center was also discussed as a way to attract both visitors and future residents to the island. “Most of us came here as a tourist and have no desire to live anywhere else,” Meldahl said. “Tourism got a bad name here, and we have to think outside the box to get it back. It’s outsiders who will be buying your homes, not your neighbors.”

L’Ambiance. "I understand they aren’t going to agree with some of my comments, but I certainly don’t agree with many of their actions," White said Tuesday. The email was circulated among the commission candidates,  and all three incumbents had already read the email when asked about it Monday.  “There’s nothing I can do to change Bob White,” said Mayor Jim Brown. “He won with the Key Club, but some things, I guess, never change.” Brown said he supports any Key resident who likes to get involved and support candidates. “But the way he’s going about this is

just plain sad,” Brown said. “Being vicious and hostile is not the way things work on Longboat Key, and I believe this is going to backfire on him.” Younger called the letter “very interesting.” “Bob White has a right to his opinion,” Younger said. Gans, meanwhile, said he met with White in the fall to discuss Key issues. “One of my aims was not to get his support, but to look for the things that unite us and don’t divide us,” Gans said. “I guess my meeting wasn’t very effective. The email says more about those who would send something like that out than those who are being attacked.”

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Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Jeff Mayers believes the town must market the Key to a younger generation.

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The Longboat Key coastline near the Broadway Beach Access was dotted with umbrellas and towels Tuesday.

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Mild weather heats up business Restaurants and hotels are filling up, and it isn’t even spring break yet. Did you wait longer than usual for a waterfront restaurant table in January? Or, did you find yourself stuck in traffic and think, “Isn’t it kind of early for season traffic?” If so, you’re not imagining things. This season has gotten off to an earlier start than usual, according to local business owners and managers, most of who report a spike in traffic in January. Mark Meador, general manager of the 102-unit Casa del Mar, said that bookings in January are up 18.5% compared to last year. The resort has received a flurry of lastminute bookings thanks, in part, to the weather. “They’re calling in quite a bit,” Meador said. “The weather is getting nasty up North.” Michele Kneuse, president of Florida Vacation Connection, reports that the company’s 150 to 175 rentals on Longboat and Lido keys are almost entirely booked through mid-April. “I felt that things started to pick up just before the holidays in December, and I feel like in January there are more tourists in the area,” Kneuse said. Harry’s Continental Kitchens owner Harry Christensen said that business is up approximately 25% compared to last year in all facets — which includes Harry’s restaurant, deli and catering, along with Harry’s Corner Store. Already in January, the restaurant has served 300 breakfasts in a single morning — a mark it rarely reaches until after March. “It’s been a great season since October,” Christensen said. At Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, owner Eric Hammersand said that waits are already getting longer, and business is up approximately 8% year-to-date. “January has been busier than last year, and I kind of attribute that to the mild weather,” he said. Jimmy Seaton, owner of Longboat Limousine/Suncoast Sedan and Liquid Limousine Charters, said that warm weather leads to a spike in last-minute

boating business. Like other business owners, Seaton saw an early start to season. “We actually, oddly, started getting busy in October,” he said. “November and December were record-breakers, and the holidays were very strong.” This year’s mild winter is the most common explanation business owners and managers suggest for the strength of the early season. The Key also benefits from the fact that last year’s January was also warmer than usual, meaning that tourists who visited last year and savored the sunshine are likely to return this year. Still, others believe that economic improvements, as well as changes in homebuyer demographics are at least partially responsible for increases. Susan Goldfarb, executive director of the Longboat Key Education Center, estimated that registrations (which refer to the number of programs students have enrolled in, not the number of students) are up by approximately 15% or more, with registrations especially high in January and February. “Obviously people believe that the economy is better, and when people believe that it’s better, they follow through and do more,” Goldfarb said. “I think


Feeling hot, hot, hot? Warm winter weather bodes well for local businesses, which experience an increase in traffic from beachgoers and tourists when the temperatures rise. This year’s weather will surely heat things up on the Key. Here are the average temperatures on Longboat Key recorded during the first two weeks of January during the last five years. 2009................................... 64.35 2010................................... 42.78 2011................................... 58.50 2012................................... 59.57 2013................................... 70.35

Matt Majeski, 4, enjoys a day on Longboat Key near the Broadway beach access with his father Tuesday afternoon. The Majeskis are visiting from Detroit. people are tired of watching every nickel and dime.” Christensen attributes some of the increase to those who bought homes on the Key as “spec” homes prior to the recession. “I think a lot of people who bought here like five or six years ago bought and came here for like a week here or a weekend there,” he said. “But I think a lot of those people are retiring now and living here for more of the year.” Seaton said that demand has increased for his company’s long-distance car services, with customers seeking transportation to Miami or Gainesville, for example, which don’t have direct flights from Sarasota. Seaton believes that younger people, those in their 40s and 50s who are still working, have recently bought homes on Longboat Key. “The beautiful thing about that for us is that these folks are still coming and going, coming and going,” he said. He believes that an increase in younger buyers who might only spend a week here or a long weekend there on the Key is also good for other businesses. “They’re probably going to restaurants or the art show,” Seaton said. “These folks are out and about, and they’re impacting the community.”

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Key couple’s donation inspires others When Chuck and Margie Barancik learned about Season of Sharing in early January, they immediately wanted to donate — anonymously. Then, a friend approached the couple and suggested they could “help accelerate” the fundraising if they’d put their names behind their money. So, the Baranciks came up with the idea of a capping grant. They publicly pledged $100,000 for the fund that helps needy families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, but they stipulated that other first-time donors add another $62,000 before their check gets deposited. “It worked,” Chuck Barancik told the Longboat Observer. “I’ve had at least 20 or so emails and phone calls of people offering four- or five-figure amounts for the fund.” “‘Wow’ — that word summed up my first reaction,” said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “What they’ve done, by going public with their extraordinary act of generosity, is really to inspire people to step up. We know they probably would have preferred to give it anonymously, but we’re so appreciative that they didn’t, because it’s really encouraged others to give. “It shows their deep love and concern for our community.” The Baranciks, philanthropists who divide their time between Longboat Key and Chicago, have donated to several local causes, including Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, All Faiths Food Bank, the YMCA and the arts. Chuck Barancik said Season of Sharing, which pays for daily expenses such as utility bills, child care and transportation, stood out to him because it had no operating expenses. “How often can you contribute to a cause and know that every dime goes straight to the hands of people who most need it?” he asked. “That’s the beauty of this.”

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Association must sign off on Colony renovation Two weeks ago, Colony Association President Jay Yablon saidopening up units is not an Association-sanctioned activity. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owners who want to open a couple of beachfront buildings faced a major hurdle last week. Town Manager Dave Bullock sent a memo to Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon dated Thursday, Jan. 24, explaining some unit owners who want to renovate and re-open units have approached the town. “The town believes that any request to perform work on the

property or take responsibility for any portion or obligation of the property will need the written consent of the Association,” Bullock wrote. “This written consent will need to be presented to the town prior to the grant of any permit applications or utility account modifications.” Those owners, according to Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer, have even hired an appraiser to establish the value of the buildings they might

seek to re-open. But, now that Yablon and the Association must sign off on any proposed renovation, it’s likely the buildings won’t be re-opened individually. Yablon told the Longboat Observer two weeks ago that opening up the units “is not a sanctioned activity by the Association.” Yablon said a Colony owners’ meeting will be held at the end of February to discuss other potential redevelopment proposals.

Several issues exist with renovating the resort’s existing buildings. Meyer said most of the buildings around the property use wooden pilings as part of their foundation and suggested it might be a stretch to convince Florida Emergency Management Association officials those repairs can be performed. FEMA mandates that property owners are limited to spending no more than 50% of the value of an existing structure that doesn’t currently adhere to current flood regulations. “What’s defined as the foundation for other buildings on the

property will have to be investigated when the time comes,” Meyer said. In the meantime, Bullock has named Assistant Town Manager Anne Ross as the Association’s new contact person for all Colony matters. “Over the past year, town staff has fielded many questions from different owners associated with the Colony,” Bullock wrote. “This has taken a fair amount of staff time and is not always efficient. Therefore, the town is naming (Ross) as the representative to coordinate staff efforts and efficiencies.”

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NEWSBRIEFS + LBK Finance director Tom Kelley resigns Longboat Key Finance Director Tom Kelley resigned Friday, Jan. 25. Town Manager Dave Bullock informed the Longboat Key Town Commission Friday evening. Kelley left Town Hall Friday around 4:15 p.m., and employees said they were surprised to hear the news. Kelley was the town’s finance director for six years. Bullock said a search for a new finance director will begin soon. “Tom has done a lot of good work for the town, and we have some sizable shoes to fill,” Bullock said. “We appreciate all the work he has done and wish him well with whatever the next phase of his career holds.” Bullock, though, said the resignation wasn’t abrupt. He said that he’s had several conversations with Kelley about his job and the future of his career. “I do that with all of my directors to assess where they are,” Bullock said. Budget specialist Sandi Henley has been asked to fill in as acting finance director while the town searches for Kelley’s replacement.

+ Town attorney takes new position with city of Venice Longboat Key town attorney Dave Persson was named the new attorney for the city of Venice Tuesday, Jan. 22. Persson resigned in December after more than 22 years of service as Longboat Key’s town attorney. Although Persson has agreed to stay on as the town’s attorney through June, he’s hoping to make the transition to Venice in March. 

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 Longboat Key Town Commission Regular Meeting — 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.  Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Police Officers’ Retirement System Quarterly Board Meeting — 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20  General Employees’ Retirement System Quarterly Board Meeting — 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. Persson was on a list of five finalists for the Venice vacancy. The Venice City Council chose him through a ranking system. In an email to the Longboat Key Town Commission written Jan. 22, Persson wrote: “I just wanted to let you know that I have been selected as the next city attorney in Venice. The transition should begin in March, but Bob Anderson, the current retiring city attorney, has agreed to stay longer if necessary to make this transition as smooth as possible for both municipalities. I will be coordinating this transition with you, Dave Bullock and Venice. I look forward to the challenges ahead. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.” The Longboat Key Town Commission will review a request for proposals next month in its quest to find its new town attorney.



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Vickie the swan unlikely to head Red-tide concentrations remain low The town hasn’t received reports of fish kills since a home due to ongoing illness cleanup effort a week-and-a-half ago on Key beaches. The Bay Isles swan’s ongoing illness means that her new residence will likely be the Save Our Seabirds facility.

No, there aren’t any swan nests — yet. Nesting season typically occurs in late February or early March for swans. If you’re counting those cygnets before they hatch, there are still three potential pairs of parents in Vickie’s absence: Stan and Wendy, Alan and Beverly, and a pair of young unnamed swans that Novak believes could mate.

female could fly in from another area,” Novak said. In the past year, Vickie has undergone two stints of rehabilitation at Save Our Seabirds because of an intestinal disorder. Novak took her to the City Island facility last April because she wasn’t swimming normally and was incessantly shaking her tail and showing signs of digestive issues. Save Our Seabirds staffers administered fluids and antibiotics to Vickie during her first rehabilitation, which allowed her to return home after a week. A few days later, Novak brought her back after noticing that she was displaying her original symptoms. Her reunion with Henry after the second trip to rehab was straight out of a romance novel: Vickie and Henry necked for 30 seconds upon her return. So, will Henry be happy without his mate? That has yet to be seen. “Generally, swans can live alone and be quite content,” Novak said.

RED-TIDE REPORT Description Karenia brevis cells per liter Possible effects Not present 1,000 cells or less None anticipated Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures Very low >1,000 to 10,000 at concentrations above 5,000 cells per liter Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills, bloom chlorophyll probably detectable Low >10,000 to 100,000 by satellites at upper limits Medium >100,000 to 1 million Respiratory irritation, probable fish kills High >1 million Effects listed above, plus possible water discoloration Source: Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission

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Cyndi Seamon and David Novak gently rescued Vickie in April to take her to Save Our Seabirds.

months for mullet season in local waters. During those months, fishermen from across the country converge in the area. But, because female mullet contain roe, which is prized as a delicacy in some parts of the world, they are more valuable than males. As a result, fishermen often discard males, creating an influx of dead fish in the water. Red-tide levels remain high at several local beaches, including Siesta Key and Englewood Beach. According to Mote Marine Laboratory’s website,, offshore winds usually keep respiratory effects people on the shore experience to a minimum, although the Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions to avoid red-tide areas. Swimming is safe for most people, although red tide may cause skin irritation or burning eyes. Beachgoers should avoid swimming in areas with dead fish, because they can be associated with harmful bacteria.


The Bay Isles waters were Vickie the swan’s home for 11 years. Her territory was the area closest to Publix. She was named for longtime Publix associate Vickie “Miss Vickie” Workman. Now, Vickie has a new home, and it’s probably permanent. Unofficial “swan keeper” David Novak took Vickie to Save Our Seabirds Sunday, Jan. 20, one day after he noticed that she was in distress. “She was lying on the ground and wouldn’t move,” Novak said. “She obviously hadn’t preened herself. She was dirty, and her feathers were turning down.” Novak credits Save Our Seabirds staffers with helping Vickie improve, but he doesn’t expect her health to improve enough to allow her to return home. That means that her mate, Henry, will find himself on the swan singles scene. “Henry could be fine by himself, or a

When Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa went to the beach last week, he didn’t get a tickle in his throat or start sneezing. That’s a good sign, because it suggests that red tide’s impacts are minimal. The latest Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission red-tide report showed that Karenia brevis, the organism that causes red tide, was detected in low levels, defined as 10,000 to 100,000 cells per liter, along Longboat Pass Jan. 22. The prior week, samples showed high concentrations, defined as concentrations of 1 million or more, east of Longboat Key in the Sarasota Bay system. According to Florensa, levels remain low a week-and-a-half after the town completed a cleanup to remove dead fish from the island’s beaches. “We took about 14 tons of dead fish to the landfill,” he said. “None of them has come back.” Red tide wasn’t responsible for all of the fish kills. December and January are peak


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The Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll to lead Longboat Island Chapel New role marks his 45th year in the ministry. The Longboat Island Chapel congregation voted Sunday, Jan. 13, to name the Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll as senior minister. Carroll performed a dry run for the job, when he led services throughout Advent. “It was a wonderful whirlwind of a month,” he said of learning he’d been nominated in mid-December and receiving final approval two weeks ago. Carroll, who has wintered in Sarasota with his wife, Molly, for the past 14 years, only discovered the chapel in October, but felt an instant attraction. A native Iowan who spent 27 years in the U.S. Navy, he has a fondness many Midwestern sailors share for balmy, seaside communities, he explained. “All of us, when we first see them, fall in love with palm trees,” he said. The chapel’s landscaping, which includes bougainvillea and several of those beloved palms, lends “a semi-tropical, Key West vibe that puts me at ease,” Carroll said. He meditates daily in the garden. Prior to accepting the position, Carroll worked as summer pastor at The Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island, Mich. The bulk of Carroll’s career, which now enters its 45th year, was with the U.S. Navy. As a Naval chaplain, he preached in Vietnam, on the Carrier Lexington and Battleship New Jersey, at the Pentagon, Camp David and the U.S. Naval Academy. Carroll credits his Navy tenure as molding him for his new role leading an interfaith congregation. “It let me travel worldwide and exposed me to many cultures,” he said.

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The Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll started Jan. 13 as senior minister of the Longboat Island Chapel. “Every day of work has been better than the last,” he said.

Carroll studied at the University of Iowa; United Theological Seminary in Minneapolis; Chapman University in Los Angeles; and Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif. In addition, he did graduate studies at San Diego State University; Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, Calif.; Iserlohn Institute in Iserlohn, Germany; and Mansfield College of Oxford University.

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The key to Longboat’s future At the conclusion Jan. 24 of the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee and Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force public forum on the future of the Key, longtime PIC board member Beverly Shapiro said to us: “Now, you tell me how anyone can say PIC isn’t relevant.” It would have been great for all Longboat Key property owners to have been there. The overarching message was, and is, important. It’s a message all Longboaters have heard many times. Indeed, Realtor Cathy Meldahl, a 40-year Key resident, said the comments and issues she heard at PIC’s forum were the same ones she heard 40 years ago. The story and the issues seldom change. The message was this: If Longboat Key is to remain one of Florida’s premier residential-resort communities, the town government and residents must reinvest to meet the demands of the changing marketplace. In that vein, the word “millenials” came up often. And the same comment was repeated: The Key needs to evolve to have the housing stock and amenities the next generations want. The millenials don’t want shoe-box shaped condos with 8-foot ceilings and community washers and dryers. Some of the comments were downright alarming. Meldahl, one of the panel members, shook the room with her realities: “I’m showing more and more properties on Anna Maria,” she said. There’s more going on there than on Longboat Key — more retail, more restaurants, more to do. In fact, one chart flashed on the screen showed how average residential sale prices on Anna Maria are catching up to Longboat Key — $856,000 on Anna Maria versus $864,000 on Longboat Key. This one was the jaw-dropper: Meldahl said many of Longboat Key’s condominiums do not have adequate reserves for maintenance, and “this is scaring people away.” She has had a condo listing for two years priced at $200,000. But the condo fees are $1,100 a month. “It’s no longer location, location, location,” said Jim Cameron, president of the Spanish Main Yacht Club. “It’s lifestyle.” Recreation, education and entertainment options, he said. “We’re not going to be replacing ourselves,” he told the audience. “We have to look at who we want the buyer to be.” To that point, one audience member, from Windward Bay, said, “We always think what we want, not what the next generation wants.”

Admit you have a problem

You could sense most of the residents attending the forum understand Longboat Key’s challenge. As longtime resident Dick Pelton put it: “One of the things you need to do to solve problem is first of all admit you have one.” Longboaters are admitting it. They know that many of the Key’s condominiums — now approaching 50 years in age — don’t meet the market’s demands. And the consequences of that, if not addressed, can be calamitous. We saw it on South Miami Beach in the

1980s. The snowbirds who bought their condos in the early 1960s didn’t reinvest. They aged with their buildings. But while the snowbirds died, the buildings remained, crumbling and deteriorating. The southernmost tip of Miami Beach became a slum and haven for crime. Castro’s Marielitos moved in. Values plummeted. Miami Beach’s City Commission tried all kinds of schemes to attract a master developer to re-do all of South Beach. The idea festered for a decade. And then the renaissance occurred — driven solely by the marketplace, not at all by government. It started with groups of gays recognizing they could buy oceanfront condos in historic Art Deco buildings at unheard of prices. Yuppies — singles and married no children couples — followed. They remodeled, renovated and upgraded, and as critical mass built, more people, more restaurants, more shops and more capital followed. Success begat success.

A key to the future

The crucial point to the South Miami Beach story is this: South Beach didn’t revive until after it sank to a horrible, horrible low. No one on Longboat Key wants to repeat the first part of the South Beach story. Skip

the slums and crime. So the question is: How does the Key go from today to an even brighter and better next generation? Publix was the first step. A redeveloped Hilton would be another significant step to igniting the renaissance. The timing even may be right now for the owners of the Benedict property, Villa Am Meer, between Villa diLancia and the Islander Club to develop what has always helped Longboat Key — new luxury condos. But the real crux of Longboat Key’s future is perhaps the biggest challenge: the thousands of aging Gulf-front and bayfront condominiums built in the 1960s and 1970s. Mayor Jim Brown gave the PIC forum the answer. It was almost an off-hand suggestion, but the idea is an acorn that could become a powerful oak. In the mid-2000s, Longboat voters approved a charter amendment that allows non-conforming condominiums to be rebuilt in the event of destruction with the same number of existing units and in the same footprint. In short, replace what is there with what is there. That won’t meet the millenials’ market demands. “Maybe we need to think about relaxing the idea of building in the same footprint,” said Mayor Brown. Not maybe. Do it.

NO ACCOUNTABILITY “What difference, at this point, does it make?” That was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response last week when asked about why the White House long insisted the murder of four Americans in Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous YouTube video protest and not a terrorist attack. Here’s what difference it makes: Why did the White House lie? That’s what 49% of American voters (those who did not vote for the incumbent) want to know. And the answer is not that’s what information was available at the time. We know that not to be true. We may never know the truth. At least not while the current president remains in office. In the meantime, seven tragedies in the Benghazi affair go forth with no one accountable: • Tragedies 1-4: Four Americans are dead — an ambassador, an embassy official and two retired Navy Seals. • Tragedy 5: No one at the highest levels, least of all Hillary Clinton, is being held accountable for ignoring Ambassador Chris Stevens’ call for additional protection in Benghazi. Clinton said, “I take responsibility.” But the president did nothing to hold her accountable. The American public has not heard her say: “I apologize to the four families and American people. I failed to do my job.” • Tragedy 6: The American public did not, before the election or now, hold the commander in chief accountable for not sending in reinforcements in the seven

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hours his fellow countrymen were under terrorist attacks. That is his number one job: Protect Americans from foreign invaders. Since the Benghazi attacks, many Americans have read accounts that retired Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods died at the U.S. consulate annex because they ran out of ammunition. They received no reinforcements; U.S. forces were instructed to stand down. • Tragedy 7: The federal government used its power to blame, incorrectly, a video maker for the Benghazi attacks. No one at the highest levels has said that was wrong. What difference, at this point, does it make? Imagine the public and media outcry for this: Four Americans die in a plane crash. News reports uncover that the CEO of the publicly held company that maintained the airplane received memos before the crash saying his company’s airplanes were unsafe. He ignored the warnings and instructed his staff to continue business as usual. Imagine the consequences for that CEO. Benghazi is no different.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: I am astonished that any member of our discredited commission should consider himself fit to continue in his post.   Town commissioners’ sycophantic support of the Key Club and its plan for the massive building project, which was strongly criticized by judges in no less than three court actions, was, in itself, sufficient for them to quietly withdraw from the scene ... Alas, their apparent hubris appears to make them believe they are fit for a further term. I believe and hope that Longboat Key voters are too intelligent to allow them to continue any longer. Malcolm Barry Longboat Key

table water when they turn on their faucets; that the waste from their activities is adequately carried away; that their houses become homes, with sufficient amenities available for their living; that the road system provides safe means of circulation; and, for people on an island such as ours, adequate access to safe ground in the event of flooding. It is a very clear guide.  Also, as a constitution, it should be used as a guide not easily amended, especially not merely to accommodate or nullify obvious violations. It should also guarantee that the expenses for these enhancements be the obligation of the newcomers and not a burden to the host community and that these guarantees are a prerequisite for approval by the community permitting authority. Save our town of Longboat Key, which we love. Bradford Saivetz Longboat Key

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Siesta Key Association Vice President Peter van Roekens, who also serves as a director of the Terrace East Condominium Association, protested noise levels coming from Blasé Café in a Jan. 23 email to Sarasota County commissioners. “They are way over the allowable C-scale and they are every night they have music,” van Roekens said in the email message. Sarasota County code-enforcement officers and Sheriff’s deputies generally measure using the A-scale. County staff is currently organizing neighborhood workshops to begin crafting a new ordinance to govern noise regulations, according to Assistant Zoning Administrator Donna Thompson.

The city and Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District are coming together in as early as fall for a jointly funded streetscape project on First Street. The two-block stretch of First Street slated for wider sidewalks and lush landscaping is home to Florida Studio Theatre, Bijou Café and the Sarasota Opera House. It also acts as a direct route from the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota to downtown. Merchants on the lesser-traversed street just north of Main Street were happy to hear that after years without any improvements, the city will be spending $1.6 million on the project. In addition to wider sidewalks and new landscaping, the project will add brick crosswalks, new lampposts and underground power utilities. The city is also considering the construction of two roundabouts, one at First Street and Cocoanut Avenue and another at First Avenue and Pineapple Avenue, similar to roundabouts constructed on Ringling Boulevard downtown.

LWR Communities, a subsidiary of Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, has become the exclusive residential real-estate development partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Lakewood Ranch will receive extensive brand exposure for Lightning home games and the title sponsorship to an in-game feature celebrating good things in and around the Tampa Bay and Lakewood Ranch communities. Lakewood Ranch will also be the presenting sponsor for two Tampa Bay Lightning games each season and has its name on the new “Lakewood Ranch Client Services Lounge.” “Both businesses are about people,” said SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen. “Organizationally, the Lightning are the same culture (as SMR). Hockey is popular in our key markets; the (hockey) season overlaps with our peak (home) sales season. This relationship will put us on the national and international realestate maps.” Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke said the partnership benefits his organization, as well, because the Lightning seeks to expand its reach throughout the region. The branding agreement between SMR and the Lightning is for two years.

+ Drainage project costs swell The Beach Road drainage project suffered the same fate as bollards bound for Siesta Key Village when only three firms responded to the Jan. 23 solicitation for the estimated $1.5 million construction contract. Charlotte County-based Forsberg, Construction submitted the lowest bid of $4.25 million for construction, and other contractors submitted an average bid of $4.4 million. If the county selects Forsberg that would push the total project cost to more than $6 million, according to the 2013 fiscal year budget. “The cost has come in higher than what was budgeted,” said Sarasota County Project Manager Curtis Smith during a Jan. 28 phone interview.

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2:11 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Larceny From Business. A man entered a grocery store and returned to find his bicycle missing from the rack outside. Store officials were unable to immediately review the surveillance video. Police gave the man a ride home.

8:14 a.m. — 800 block of Longboat Club Road. Lost/ Missing Property. A man reported that two of his green trash cans that were on the curb for pickup were missing. on a grocery store bicycle rack. A customer service representative didn’t know who owned the bike. Police took it to the police station.

Strike out 5 p.m. — 100 block of N. Blvd. of the Presidents. Miscellaneous. A woman said that a driver began to back up behind her to parallel park and struck the left fender of her vehicle. There was no damage, but the woman wanted the incident documented.

Jan. 17 Tech tracking 2 p.m. — 400 block of St. Armands Circle. Lost Property. A man left his iPad on a restaurant table. He was able to track its location to a McIntosh Road address, in Sarasota, using an app. Sheriff’s deputies got permission from the homeowner to search the McIntosh Road home but didn’t find the iPad. The homeowner’s son, who has past arrests for burglaries, had been in the area near the restaurant from which the iPad disappeared earlier in the evening.

Jan. 20

Out of gas 8:24 p.m. — 2100 block of GMD. Public Service. A couple ran out of gas while driving home from St. Armands Circle and started walking north in search of a gas station. They became concerned when they got to the south firehouse and didn’t find a gas station. Police told them that no gas stations were open on the island and drove the man to a Sarasota station to buy gas. They then brought him back to the vehicle.

Jan. 23 Ship wreck 7:52 a.m. — Lois Avenue and Linley Street. Suspicious Circumstance. Police received an anonymous call about people in a small boat climbing aboard a disabled sailboat. Police found the disabled boat but not the climbers.

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Presented by the Longboat Key Club Please join us Thursday, February 14 at the Longboat Key Club’s Harborside Ball Room for a wonderful Big Band Dinner Dance to benefit the LBK Kiwanis Foundation. The 17 piece 42nd Street Big Band will entertain us with the sounds of Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and all our favorites from the golden years of music. Dance with your sweetheart or tap your toes at your table, but don’t miss this special event!

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Sarasota eyes Big Pass to renourish Lido Key

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Siesta residents in 1993 formed Save Our Sand, a group that successfully blocked a city of Venice plan to harvest Big Pass sand. SKA stalled a similar proposal in 2007. At least 20 million cubic feet of sand compose the shoals in Big Pass according to an estimate by Truitt. The study concluded that the sand was viable to be used for Lido Beach renourishment and that as the shoals adjacent to Big Pass continue to grow it could accelerate erosion on Siesta Key. However, a navigation channel cut through the shoals would fill in within the year, Truitt said. “It’s all the same problem — sand is accumulating in Big Pass,” Truitt said. On the west coast of Florida, sand migrates naturally southward creating erosion on beaches along the way. Sarasota County residents and municipalities in the past have built concrete groins, or jetties, to slow sediment’s southern drift. But, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are restrictive in permitting such solutions because of the unpredictable environmental effects. It is similarly difficult to predict the environmental effects of dredging Big Pass, which the Siesta Key Association has fought when the proposal surfaces. “The thought is you could actually relieve erosional impact by taking sand out of (Big Pass),” Wreford said. The Corps of Engineers, before making a decision on Big Pass, will take vibracore samples, which are 20 foot long, cylindrical cross-sectional views of the seabed at a potential borrow site. Then it analyzes sediment grain size, shell content and color to ensure it is a suitable match for Lido Key sand. The core samples would come from shoals, so boaters not be affected. The FDEP requires color-matching to assure similarity of temperatures of sea turtle nests from year-to-year. Darker sand gets hotter than lighter sand, and some studies have shown this to affect hatchling sex ratios. “All of this is very preliminary,” Wreford said.

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Big Pass, the inlet north of Siesta Key, has never been dredged. That could change if the city of Sarasota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers choose the inlet as the sand source for the Lido Beach restoration. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying to get a contractor out for core samples to see how feasible that would be,” said Sarasota County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford during a Jan. 17 phone interview with the Observer. Corps spokeswoman Amanda Ellison confirmed the federal agency is using computer modeling to determine if Big Pass is a viable borrow source. Dredging is the act of removing sand from waterways so boaters can more easily navigate them or removing it from a specific location for use in beach nourishment. In this case, the main purpose of dredging would be to harvest sand to mitigate erosion damage on Lido, but dredging could also have a secondary effect of, at least temporarily, making the inlet more navigable. The U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t recognize the volatile Big Pass as a navigable waterway, because it so frequently shifts in different directions. Volunteers from the Sarasota Yacht Club and Sarasota County Coastal Resources staff place markers so boaters can safely navigate the pass. The Corps could combine the borrow dredge with a navigational dredge to give boaters easier access through the inlet. A navigational dredge would target certain parts of the inlet to create an efficient channel for boaters. “It’s not rocket science,” said Cliff Truitt, whose firm, Coastal Technology Corp., analyzed Big Pass from 2007 through 2010. Estimates from the 2007 Siesta Key renourishment project revealed the county could have saved $10 million by harvesting Big Pass instead of performing a sand search and borrowing from a site 10 miles offshore. “Safeguard our shoreline from any proposals to dredge Big Pass that may negatively impact our beaches” is listed as one of the Siesta Key Association’s ongoing goals.

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Longboat Harbour Yacht Club celebrates its change of watch The Longboat Harbour Yacht Club honored new leaders Saturday, Jan. 26, during its Change of Watch dinner at the Bird Key Yacht Club. Members dined on Atlantic

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Bye, bye birdie: Peacock kidnapped An unknown man snatched a peacock from the Village neighborhood in 1988. The suspect remains at-large. Longboat Key is known as a safe place to live — for humans, that is. The Longbeach Village’s infamous flock of peacocks has commitits share of misdeFEBRUARY ted meanors throughout the 1988 years. They’ve scratched cars, jaywalked and, no doubt, violated the town’s noise ordinance. But they’ve also faced their share of high crimes. Around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 1988, Longboat Key police learned that a Village peacock had been kidnapped. A witness told police that a man stopped his small truck near Linley and Poinsettia streets, captured a peacock, tied its legs and put the bird in the back of his truck before leaving. Police learned an Ellenton man owned the vehicle the kidnapper drove, but they never located the man or the peacock. It wasn’t the first time the Village’s most colorful residents faced the wrath of their neighbors, and, of course, it wouldn’t be the last. In March 1978, a man told the Longboat Key Town Commission that he had shot at peacocks with an air-rifle and thrown rocks at them in an (unsuccessful) attempt to discourage them from roosting on his roof. The discussion came in the middle of mating season, during which a mysterious pair of wild turkeys had also joined the flock. According to Frank Cunningham’s “The Key to Longboat,” a resident pleaded no contest to criminal charges that he killed

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a peacock with a pellet gun, then ran over the dead bird with his car. He received three years of probation. Mostly, however, the peacocks have been at the center of a war of words between those who love them and those who hate them. Suffice it to say, we haven’t heard the last from peacocks. Debate usually hatches in the spring — i.e., mating season — in the Village about how to handle the peacock proliferation. In past years, the Longbeach Village Association hired trappers in an effort to reduce the flock to 12. And although the Association has yet to determine whether it will try to cull the flock again, rest assured: The reduction takes place through non-violent measures. After trappers capture the peacocks, they take them to a new home — usually a farm. There, the squawking and car scratching aren’t so important — and farmers value them because they eat insects.

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Lawrence Dermer — will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Miamibased cantor Lawrence Dermer’s list of credentials includes several Grammy nominations. He’s produced hits for Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan and Cher, and contributed to the soundtrack of “Evita.” He also wrote and produced the Jewishthemed album, “Third House Rising.”

Monday, Feb. 4 Community Cancer Support Group — meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The group welcomes cancer patients, long-term survivors and caregivers from Sarasota, Bradenton and Longboat Key. For information, call 383-8192. Mote Marine Lecture — will feature world-famous scientists Drs. Diane Nelson and Eugenie Clark. Doors open at 7 p.m. for their lecture, “From Water Bears to Whale Sharks.” Advanced tickets are required. Call 388-4441, Ext. 264, or email

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Thursday, Feb. 14 Kiwanis Club Valentine’s Dinner Dance — runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. The 42nd Street Big Band will perform. The dance will honor the late Police Chief Albert F. Hogle as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. Tickets are $95, of which $50 is tax-deductible as a charitable donation; they are available at SunTrust, 510 Bay Isles Rd., or by mail at P.O. Box 8097.

by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Key ladies eat, play, bid to fight breast cancer

One hundred-and-fifty women gathered for brunch, followed by card and board games, for Go for the Cure Games Day, Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. The event also included a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction of items, such as Hedy Shavel couture sweaters and spa packages. The event raised more than $6,000 for Breast Health Sarasota Inc., which supports breast cancer treatment centers in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Monday, Feb. 11 Valentine’s Day Fashion Show — starts at 11 a.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The church’s Women’s Club will model the latest cruise and resort-wear fashions. To reserve a seat, call 778-4376 or email Longboat Observer/Longboat Key Public Interest Committee Candidate Forum — will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. All six Longboat Key Town Commission candidates have agreed to participate. For information, visit

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Wednesday, Feb. 13 Las Vegas Casino Night — runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. The event will feature dinner, dancing, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and games such as roulette, blackjack and craps. Tickets are $25. For information, call Lynn Walters at 383-8991 or Cris Meyers at 383-8901.

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The next Go for the Cure event will be Las Vegas Casino Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. Along with games such as roulette, blackjack and craps, Casino Night will feature dancing to classics from the Rat Pack, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25. For more information, contact Lynn Walters at 383-8991 or Cris Meyers at 383-8901.

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Women United Human Rights Celebration — starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Each year, Church Women United honors an individual whose work has impacted the community. This year’s event recognizes the Rev. Jean Russo from the Russo Prison Ministry, who has worked since 1976 on a faith-based program to help prisoners transition back into society. For more information, call 383-6491.


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String players kick off Christ Church Winter Concert Series

Bonnie Wright and Bill Hamilton

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Parishioners at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian enjoyed a recital by the Two Simple Guys Sunday, Jan. 27, at the church. The Midwest-based duo includes violinist Greg Sullivan, formerly of the Florida Orchestra, and pianist Matt Podschweit, who has performed professionally since he was 13. They played hymns, Broadway hits, Celtic tunes and a few original compositions, including a piece that blends Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” with the 19th-century classic, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and another that juxtaposes “Nothing but the Blood” and “Power in the Blood” with the “Bonanza” theme song, “Ponderosa.”

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OBITUARIES Nancy Roseanne DeRobertis Harris

Nancy Roseanne DeRobertis Harris, 83, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 11. A native of Chicago, Mrs. Harris studied art, music and culture at The University of Chicago, Wellesley College and Northwestern University. She was a rare-book dealer and one of the first female members of the Antiquarian Bookmen’s Association. Mrs. Harris was involved with the United Methodist Church’s women’s groups and charitable activities. She had a tender heart for children, people living in poverty and animals. She supported numerous organizations, including orphanages, the Red Cross and the World Wildlife Fund. In retirement, Mrs. Harris enjoyed traveling with her husband, George, especially to Great Britain, France, Italy and Israel. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends at the Spanish Main Yacht Club, where she lived for the past 20 years. She is survived by her husband, George; son, George P.; daughters, Kathleen and Jennifer; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Jimmie Hess

Jimmie Hess, 91, of Birmingham, Ala., and Longboat Key, died Jan. 21. Following World War II, Mrs. Hess and her late husband, Emil, moved to Birmingham, where she enhanced the city’s art scene. She held every major position in the Women’s Committee of the Symphony from 1950 until 1968, when she became president. A lifelong supporter of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Mrs. Hess founded the Music Opportunity Program to improve young people’s access to classical-music education.

Mrs. Hess also served two terms as president of the Birmingham Council of Jewish Women, oversaw the Women’s Committee of the United Jewish Fund, volunteered with The Community Chest, spoke about Judaism at many women’s church clubs and taught Sunday School at Temple Emanu-El. She was her husband’s silent partner while he built their family business, Parisian Inc., into a major department store throughout the Southeast. She enjoyed travel, theater, music, bridge, golf and reading. When asked several months ago what legacy she hoped to leave behind, Mrs. Hess answered that she would like to be remembered for her performances in “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Kiss Me Kate”; her work as co-chairwoman in the 1982 centennial celebration of Temple Emanu-El; and the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Hess was preceded in death by Emil, her husband of 55 years; and daughter, JoAnn Morrison. She is survived by her brother, Sidney Seidenman Jr.; children, Ronne and Donald; 10 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 24, at Temple Emanu-El, in Birmingham. Memorial donations may be made to one of Mrs. Hess’ favorite charities: Hess Chapel Fund at Temple Emanu-El, 2100 S. Highland Ave., Birmingham, Ala., 35203; Jo Ann Hess Morrison Chai Tots, 3040 Overton Road, Birmingham, Ala. 35223; Music Opportunity Foundation Inc., Phillips Academy, 2316 Seventh Ave. S., Birmingham, Ala., 35203; and Florida Studio Theater, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Fla., 34236.

Folk-rock trio revives ’60s spirit at Temple Beth Israel Gathering Time, a Long Island, N.Y.-based folk-rock band, performed Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Temple Beth Israel. The two-hour concert included covers from artists such as Bob Dylan, The Youngbloods and The Byrds, as well as a few band originals. Temple members Mort and Bunny Skirboll have known lead singer Stuart Markus his entire life. The Skirbolls encouraged the group to trek down the Eastern Seaboard so Longboaters could experience its upbeat, socially-conscious music.

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Albert ‘Al’ Hogle The late Longboat Key Police Chief Albert F. ‘Al’ Hogle will receive the 2012 Citizen of the Year award posthumously at the Kiwanis Foundation’s Valentine’s Ball.

Al Hogle served on the Sarasota City Commission from 1998 to 2001 and was mayor for five months. This is Al Hogle’s legacy: Longboat Key police will give a bicyclist a ride home on a rainy day and put the bicycle on the rack of their cruisers. Or they’ll change a flat tire for a stranded motorist. Or spend extra time with someone who just lost a loved one. Nearly nine months ago, Longboat Key lost its police chief, Albert F. “Al” Hogle, in a North Carolina motorcycle accident. Many of the stories local law enforcement shared at Hogle’s funeral focused on his action-packed days in the 1970s and 1980s as an undercover narcotics officer. They remembered him jumping into a canal in pursuit of a suspect during a crack bust and how he helped to bring down seven leaders of a cocaine smuggling ring that he dubbed the Columbia Cartel operation. The little acts, such as a ride home in the rain or mediating a spat between two neighbors, don’t make for splashy headlines. But, according to Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming, who was promoted from captain to chief after Hogle’s death, during Hogle’s nine-and-a-half years as the island’s police chief, he sought out experienced people who were also willing to provide extra, one-on-one service. “Chief Hogle took the Longboat Key Police Department from a police department that you might overlook as being routine to being one of the best small departments in the state,” Cumming said. Since Hogle’s death, the community has come together to memorialize the late police chief. The First Responder Golf Tournament at the Longboat Key Club and Resort was named for Hogle, as were the awards at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Triathlon. In October, the town planted a magnolia tree outside the police department with a plaque dedicating it to Hogle. Now, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key will recognize Hogle posthumously with its 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. According to Kiwanis Club Secretary John Wild, the selection committee vot-

Leslie Hogle’s favorite picture of her late husband, Al, and her, features them enjoying a vacation together.

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ed unanimously for Hogle as this year’s honoree. “He had three things going for him,” Wild said. “No. 1, he was a veteran. No. 2, he was a Kiwanian. And No. 3, he was a great guy. We wanted to recognize that.” … Hogle’s path to a career in law enforce-

ment began on a Sarasota road. The Gulfport, Miss., native had returned to Sarasota, where he spent most of his childhood, after two years of U.S. Air Force service, including 13 months in Korea as a K-9 handler and military police officer. Sarasota police officer Brian Shumway pulled Hogle over for speeding on his motorcycle. The two chatted about law enforcement, and Hogle applied for a job with the Sarasota Police Department. Hogle’s widow, Leslie, doesn’t think that her husband dreamed about becoming a police officer as a little boy. “I think it was just kind of the luck of the draw,” she said. “He comes from a kind of hands-on, work-on-your-cars and-build-things background. Personally, I think it was fate.” The Sarasota Police Department hired Hogle in 1970. He served as a dispatcher, before becoming a police officer and spending much of his early career in the 1970s and 1980s doing undercover narcotics work. He rose from detective to lieutenant to captain. He achieved legendary status among local law enforcement. He led a narcotics division that made more than 500 arrests in a year and helped to bring down seven leaders of a cocaine smuggling ring. He also developed a reputation for mentor-

ing young police officers. Just as Leslie Hogle believes fate meant for her husband to enter law enforcement, she believes that fate meant for their paths to cross. In 1991, she was at the YMCA with her friend when she heard a “Hey, you!” Hogle was jogging with a buddy, who approached her. “This is my friend, Al, and he wants to meet you,” he said. “I looked at those eyes and it was unbelievable,” Leslie Hogle said. Her friend saw the instant spark. When Leslie Hogle arrived at work the next day, the staff had already heard from her friend that she had met a man and was going to marry him. Six weeks later, they became husband and wife. “From that point on, we were a team,” she said. “Nobody could have written our story.” Hogle went on to serve for three years on the Sarasota City Commission following his retirement in 1998 and was mayor for five months before taking the job of Bradenton police chief in 2001. In late 2002, Hogle accepted an invitation for lunch from Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. He thought he’d be advising St. Denis about hiring a new police chief. Instead, St. Denis offered him the job.



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Hogle initially rejected the offer but called back a few days later to accept it. Leslie Hogle said that other police chiefs used to chide her husband about having the easy job after he took the Longboat Key chief position. Maybe the teasing annoyed him at first, but he took pride in providing a different level of service. “I think he just wanted to do the best job he could do out there, not just for the town and department, but for the citizens,” Leslie Hogle said. “Wherever he was, he tried to make it a better place.” Hogle implemented a variety of practical improvements in the department including upgrading software and equipment and requiring additional training, according to Cumming. His vision of placing license-plate recognition cameras at both ends of the island to reduce crime is inching its way through state bureaucracy and closer toward fruition. “I’ve known Chief Hogle for 30 years, and we’ve paralleled a lot in our careers,” Cumming said. “I can’t think of a finer man

Al Hogle made every one of the 21 Valentine’s Days he and Leslie spent together special. Usually, the Hogles would “remarry” each other by renewing their vows at the service that Sarasota County Judge Becky Titus holds for couples on the beach. This year, the Kiwanis Foundation will honor Hogle at its Valentine’s Ball. Leslie Hogle said that she hesitated initially when she learned that her husband would be honored on Valentine’s Day, thinking it might be sad because the holiday was always so special to them, but she quickly changed her mind. Instead, she, along with Hogle’s only daughter, Sandy, and several other family members will attend the event. Leslie Hogle is honored that her husband will receive the award. “People haven’t forgotten him,” she said. “It’s almost incomprehensible for me, knowing that he had such an impact on people.” Pictured above: Al Hogle was an avid runner.

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Parrot Heads give Save Our Seabirds aesthetic boost Armed with brushes and paint, 20 members of The Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club quietly made some noise Saturday, Jan. 26, at Save Our Seabirds. The group of Jimmy Buffets fans, whose motto is “party with a purpose,” gave the bird sanctuary a tropical makeover. Its walls and benches are now coated in shades of purple, yellow and orange. “We wanted to brighten the place up a bit,” said member Phil Benz. Every year, the Parrot Heads show a little love for their fine-feathered friends. Last year, members built 6,000 square feet of cages for injured birds. Although they are best known for their love of margaritas and trop rock, Parrot Heads also care deeply for the environment and the creatures that live in it, said club treasurer Rich Myles. Betty and Rich Ritter help paint benches.

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Euphemia Haye launches New classes start in February at LBK Education Center lesson luncheon series For 24 years, the Longboat Key Education Center has satisfied locals’ curiosities on topics ranging from movies to modern Hebrew poetry. And this year will be no different. The Education Center, which offers roughly 150 courses from October to May, will launch 44 new programs in February, which include lectures, workshops, breakfast discussions and field trips. Among them: three courses that delve into the Sunshine State’s natural wonders (see sidebar). “Florida has such fascinating histories,” said director Susan Goldfarb. “We try to penetrate the natural sciences to acquaint people with the birds, the flora and the fauna on this island.” If science doesn’t pique your interest, fear not: The Education Center offers a liberal-arts curriculum, with classes in concentrations such as religion, history,

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Euphemia Haye chef/proprietor Raymond Arpke prepares a Belgian endive salad for the first course of the Jan. 25 Forks & Corks Lesson Luncheon.

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Italiano Insalata di mare mista: poached shellfish, crustaceans and squid on soft lettuce Baked manicotti: ricotta-stuffed crepes in marinara topped with mozzarella and Parmesan Tiramisu

Euphemia Haye’s annual “Lesson Luncheon” series opener, “Forks & Corks,” taught participants to make three traditional French dishes and then pair them with wine. About a dozen people turned out Jan. 25, for the demonstration led by Chef Raymond Arpke and sommelier Chris Phelps, of Napa Valley’s Swanson Vineyards. On Friday’s menu: Belgian endive salad with a raspberry walnut vinaigrette; roast rack of lamb persillé with truffle oil, mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms and béarnaise sauce; and Paris-Brest, a light pastry with almond cream; paired with a pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon and late-harvest chardonnay, respectively. Attendees received a personal tutorial with recipes to take home, not to mention a gourmet lunch.

These three courses aim to inform residents about their local environment.

Spring has Sprung Arugula salad with gorgonzola, red-onion slivers and tomato concasse with balsamic dressing Salmon en croute with wild-mushroom sauce Espresso panna cotta: an unbaked, eggfree custard

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St. Armands Art Festival draws 200 vendors Sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, weavers and glass blowers trekked from across the U.S. to sell their wares at the St. Armands Winter Art Festival Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27. Visitors flocked to the event, filling makeshift parking spaces in the median stretching from the Ringling Bridge to St. Armands Circle.

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by Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home in John Ringling Estates sells for $1.65 million The following residential realestate transactions took place between Jan. 14 and Jan. 18. A home in John Ringling Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Nigel Mould and Nathalie Randanee De Vazeille, of Sarasota, sold their home at 208 N. Polk Drive to Christopher Banner and Katherine Huelster, of Longboat Key, for $1.65 million. Built in 1957, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,085 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.81 million in 2006.

Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,194 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2009.

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John Strehle, of Dayton, Ohio; Thomas Strehle, of Charleston, S.C.; Ronald Strehle, of Union, Ohio; Kathleen Lehman, of Beavercreek, Ohio; and Jayne Brown, of Spring Valley, Ohio, sold their Unit 240 condominium at 3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Hunter Holdings LLC for $270,000. Built in 1960, it has one bedroom, one bath and 680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $88,000 in 1986.

Grand Bay

Evelyn Maurer, trustee, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit 122 condominium at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd. to George and Janie Mosey, of Richmond, Ind., for $849,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2005.

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Daryl Duncan sold his Unit S-602 condominium at 601 Longboat Club Road to Niklas Eklund, of Halmstad, Sweden, for $685,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,458 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 1997.


Barry Collier sold his Unit 604 condominium at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Collier Falls Vineyards LLC for $612,500. Collier Falls Vineyards LLC then sold

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Unit 122 at Grand Bay has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It sold for $849,000. the condominium to Ronald and Janis Collier, of Sarasota, for $304,300. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,503 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $141,500 in 1980.

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Kristopher Ferris, of Osprey, and Tanya Ferris, of Sarasota, sold their home at 538 Bayview Drive to Cornelia Hurban, of Lakeland, for $455,000. Built in 1974, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,691 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $780,000 in 2007.

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Walter and Kathryn Borman

Suzanne Maguire sold her Unit T-503 condominium at 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Advanta IRA Services LLC for $255,000. Built in 1990, it has one bedroom, one bath and 780 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $535,000 in 2006.

Katie Hendrick

This home at 208 N. Polk Drive has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,085 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.65 million. sold their Unit 2 condominium at 5611 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Patrice Zink and Molly Prues, of Cincinnati, for $389,000. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,207 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

$622,500 in 2004.

David and Debra Slone, of Fishers, Ind., sold their Unit 213 condominium at 695 Spanish Drive S. to Mark and Jeanne Woolery, of Wylie, S.C., for $215,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,357 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 2001.

Bay Harbour

Kathy McCarty sold her Unit 103 condominium at 450 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Susan Grandone, of Nokomis, for $325,000.

ONLINE: See a map of the transactions.


571 Putter Ln #A3968685 $2,250,000 Linda A. Page

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-504-0123

963 S Osprey Ave #A3971718 $1,029,000 Jenifer Schwell

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-780-0968

760 Dream Island Rd #A3957229 $874,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

601 Longboat Club Rd # 403S #A3958183 $839,000 Judy Nimz

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

The Ritz-Carlton Beach Penthouse 1206 #A3930823 $3,000,000 Beth Afflebach & Joan Dickinson

1415 Quail Dr #A3969591 $829,000 Leonard Giarrano

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-0690

800 N Tamiami Trl. PH 1608 #A3961090 $795,000 Linda A. Page

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-504-0123

565 Sanctuary Dr # A103 #A3965694 $775,000 Douglas Parks

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-400-9087

2425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 11B #A3965355 $769,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-6673

628 Owl Way #A3967953 $760,000 Audrey Singer

Sarasota 941-364-8884 941-737-1756

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-383-7591

6604 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A325571 $700,000 Saint Cacchiotti

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

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 1255 N Gulfstream Ave # 1202 #A3972093 $699,000 Robert Agnello

531 Yardarm Ln #A3967349 $1,799,000 Maureen Horn

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-928-1328

750 Tarawitt Dr #A3971896 $695,000 Sharon Freeman

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-545-0899

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

6701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 313/4 #A3964187 $649,000 Carol Thomas

Longboat Key 941-349-3444 941-302-8127

1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 603 #A3972159 $629,900 Sandi Layfield

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

560 Lyons Ln #A3965798 $525,000 Emma Gilbert

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

3438 Winding Oaks Dr # 43 #A3971914 $495,000 Jim Hanrahan

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-780-1035

4545 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 211 #A3972092 $439,000 Susan Smith

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-302-3440

615 Dream Island Rd # 306 #A3969421 $385,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-350-3743

4621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 6F #A3954013 $274,900 and up Richard Perlman

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

2002 Harbourside Dr # 1601 #A3931062 $345,900 Eileen Burke

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-266-8949

Longboat Observer


BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Jan. 18 through Jan. 24, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address

Permit Applicant Amount

530 Harbor Gate Way

New construction Neal Colton

661 Cedars Court

Exterior siding

Mary Ann Miller


4052 GMD

Stairs and ramp

Town of Longboat Key


7020 Bayside Drive


Anthony Vernon


545 Sanctuary Drive


Horowitz Family Partnership


775 Longboat Club Road


Larry Dwyer


3578 Fair Oaks Way

Spa addition

Fred McWilliams, trustee


2045 GMD


Jerome Schwartz, trustee


560 Putting Green Lane


Joseph Toy


1000 Longboat Club Road Window

Lois Kaufman


3850 GMD Carport

Bayport Condominium Association


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

523 Sutton Pl # 523 #A3941718 $249,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

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

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


Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-812-1293


835 S Osprey Ave # 107 #A3967321 $249,500 Eileen Prisco

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

1104 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 619 Sarasota #A3967663 $3,500-$4,500/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

1211 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 206 #A3972079 Diann Thelen

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3806 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 111 #A3965881 $265,000 Bobbi Banan

4500 Gulf Of Mexico Dr PH 5 #A3949325 $249,000 Bobbi Banan

596 Outrigger Ln #A3970663 $4,500,000 Maureen Horn

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

277 S Polk Dr #A3959723 $2,475,000 Phyllis Garfinkel

Lido/St. Armands 941-951-6660 941-302-6400

1281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 1104 #A3963869 $1,995,000 Hannerle Moore

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

455 Longboat Club Rd # 504 #A3966609 $1,749,000 Diana Michel

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-266-2677

3040 Grand Bay Blvd # 263 #A3969282 $1,599,000 Michael Moulton

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

213 N Polk Dr #A3938053 $1,495,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

3749 Founders Club Dr #A3967034 $1,450,000 Sue Brown

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-720-7832

1647 Hyde Park St #A3971715 $1,425,000 Ann Martin

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-7717

2625 Colony Ter #A3954850 $1,397,000 David Simon

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-400-8764

3010 Grand Bay Blvd # 473 #A3971428 $1,300,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

3351 Sabal Cove Ln #A3970391 $1,275,000 David Simon

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 248-342-3551

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

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


3630 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 302B #A3971039 $329,000 Ian Addy Pa


Longboat Key $4,500 941-552-4200

7200 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3971739 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $1,500 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S Little Bokeelia Island #A3959962 $29,500,000 Klaus Lang

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

941-383-7591 941-320-1223

White Sands of Longboat 800.230.2428


Veranda Beach Club 800.411.5511


Longboat Observer




by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Submitted by Sue Hanes

BKYC honors cruise leaders Bird Key Yacht Club held its Fleet Captain’s Dinner Saturday, Jan. 19. The club honored Fleet Capt. Jim Hanes and his wife, Sue, at the event. The Haneses have served as extended cruise leaders, day luncheon cruise leaders and kayak cruise leaders. About 200 members turned out for the dinner, which included a buffet and music by The Best of Times.

Ann Muckle and Sherry King

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Fred Ross with Franz and Joanne Hummert

Esther and Milt Robbins

Beaches residents kick off new year with Italian dinner About 40 people gathered in The Beaches clubhouse Tuesday, Jan. 22, for a dinner featuring antipasto, pizza and cheesecake. Phyllis Ross, one of

Judy and Jeff Reed with Jerry Cushman Right: Executive Chef Brent Williams sculpted a seahorse out of ice for the occasion.

the event’s organizers, anticipates more gatherings on the horizon. “We all want to spend more time together,” Ross said.

Lee Harbaugh and Gayle Preiser

Rochelle McKinney, Sandra Leshman and Barbara Raphael

Fleet Capt. Jim and First Mate Sue Hanes

Right: Stan Green, Jane Dean and Poutchi Janssen

Dave and Marilyn Powell with Martha and Curtiss Schantz

The CAsTilliAn Breathtaking views of the Gulf from


most rooms! 2BR/2BA, partially furnished and includes full size washer/dryer and electric storm shutters. Spacious screened balcony to enjoy the gulf breezes and fabulous views. Amenities include under building parking, additional storage space, secure entry, guest parking, heated pool and spa. Pet friendly. A3972092 $439,000

MOULTON Certified Residential Specialist

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

Michael Saunders & Company NEW

941.383.5502 or 941.724.7228


Licensed Real Estate Broker


3174 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

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

Grand Bay BIRD KEY - Custom 2001 built 3,500sf bay front home, top of the line throughout. A3963202 $2,525,000

Condominium complex is the gem of Longboat Key’s bayside communities...

BAY ISLES - Custom designed 6,000sf 5BR home in exclusive gated neighborhood. A3970216 $3,650,000

For more information on this or any other properties please call: JoAnn Buck at 941.928.6797


This 2 bedroom 2½ bath condo has a gourmet kitchen with natural maple cabinetry an induction range, and a large pantry and breakfast area. Both bedrooms offer en-suite baths. Grand Bay is within walking distance to the Moorings Marina and Longboat Key’s Harbourside golf course and offers 24-hour security, two heated pools and spas, Har-Tru tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center with an elegant clubhouse. Two covered, underground parking spaces are included, and yes, pets are allowed! MLS#A3970772 $879,000

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

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

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

It’s stIll Mrs. rogers’

NeIghborhood Grande Dame of Real Estate 39 Years of Experience

Advising, Buying, and Selling with a Personal Touch! 941.284.7373

LBK GULF FRONT LOTS - 2 lots totaling 2.25 acres w/ 200’ of gulf frontage. A395884 $6,000,000 Michael Saunders & Company, Longboat Key South • 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228


Licensed Real Estate Broker 93201

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 Office 941.383.7591 | Mobile 941.928.3559 |


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

Longboat Observer



REAL ESTATE REPORTS By Robin Hartill | City Editor

Ian Addy & Gail Wittig

+ Loeffler is the top-producing Premier Sotheby’s associate in 2012

Bringing People Home Since 1939

5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101, Longboat Key

Call 941-383-5577




from this 2BR/2BA TKF condo. Updated kitchen, W/D, new A/C June 2012, 2 pools, tennis & beach access. $12 per month for boat slip. Pets OK. Seller to pay 1/2 of main. fee for 2013. Dorothy Cook $249,000 #A3939881

ATTRACTIVELY FURNISHED in light colors. 2BR/2BA w/beautiful water views from LR, BR and balcony. Updated kitchen w/built-in desk, guest BR/den, pools, tennis, Marinas. 2 pets OK. Dorothy Cook $255,000 #A3968087

Longboat Key Club & Resort #1103

1st Floor Walk-Out To Pool Area | Gross Income $90,000+ | $950,000


Longboat Key Club & Resort #3101

Longboat Key Club & Resort #3505

Gorgeous Sunset Views All Year Round | Gross Income $56,000+ | $439,000

Longboat Key Club & Resort #5401

1st Floor Walk-Out To The Beach | Gross Income $103,000+ | $1,100,000

Longboat Key Club & Resort #4307

Amazing Pool, Beach & New Pass Views| Gross Income $66,000+ | $460,000

Last week, the Longboat Observer listed the top five agents whose offices are located on Longboat Key in total volume as recorded by the Sarasota-Manatee Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The following list features the top 10 agents for the year on the MLS for all of Sarasota and Manatee counties. 1. Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Longboat Key office 2. Barbara Ackerman, Coldwell Banker Longboat Key office 3. Linda Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Co. Palmer Ranch office 4. Judy Kepecz-Hays, Coldwell Banker Longboat Key office 5. Bill Howell, Hook & Ladder Realty Inc. in Sarasota 6. Candy Swick, Candy Swick & Co. in Sarasota 7. Cheryl Loeffler, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Sarasota office 8. Lynne Koy, Coldwell Banker Longboat Key office 9. Kim Ogilvie, Michael Saunders & Co. Sarasota office 10. Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Co. Longboat Key South office

Only Deluxe 2 BR in Hotel Program | Gross Income $113,000+ | $1,195,000

+ The top 10 Realtors in total volume in ’12 according to Sarasota-Manatee MLS


Breathtaking Bay & Golf Course Views | Gross Income $73,000 + | $699,000

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Cheryl Loeffler was the company’s top-producing associate in in 2012 Sarasota and Manantee counties, with more than $35 million in closed sales. Loeffler had more than $18 million in closed sales on Longboat Key alone, including an En Provence unit that she listed and sold for $3.45 million in one day. She has closed more than $1 billion in sales since 1986. “Cheryl is a consummate professional who brings superior customer service, Loeffler expertise and excellence to all of her transactions,” said Judy Green, CEO of Premier Sotheby’s, in a prepared statement. “She represents the epitome of a Premier Sotheby’s International Realty agent, and we congratulate her on her astounding success.” Loeffler serves on the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force, Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums Board of Directors and the boards of the Asolo Repertory Theatre and Ringling College of Art and Design. She also sponsors several non-profit organizations, including the Sarasota Film Festival and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Loeffler told the Longboat Observer that she saw “a great deal of optimism” in 2012 and closed $10 million in one week at the end of the year, when many sellers were eager to close out transactions because of changes in tax laws. She believes 2013 will bring more optimism and a normalizing inventory that will translate to higher prices.

Longboat Key Club & Resort #4303

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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

• Leading Specialists at Longboat Key Club & Resort • 61+ Years of Combined Real Estate Sales Experience • Team Sales Exceed $195 Million Since 2005

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 #M5815734



• 2010, 2011& 2012 Top Sales Team Michael Saunders & Company, Longboat Key

Barbara Milian, Ian Addy PA, Gail Wittig

We invite you to take advantage of our team’s experience and

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

allow us the opportunity to present you with a complimentary FULL GULF VIEWS from this 3BR/2BA ground floor condo. Furnished, gorgeous kitchen, open patio overlooking manicured grounds & Gulf beach. Pet friendly, 8 tennis courts, 2 heated pools. Teresia Bradford $699,000 #M5834579

market analysis of your property.

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



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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: Online at: Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230

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

BICYCLE: 21", TREK 18/Speed. All Terrain Mountain Track, bell, side mirror. Excellent condition, $95. (941)383-0167. CALLAWAY BIG Bertha Full Set Clubs & Bag, Excellent condition, $150. 941-383-5398. JEN KEN Kiln: For jewelry making. Cost new $450. Slightly used. Perfect condition. $80.00. 941-383-6891. SUGAR BOWL/CREAMER: German porcelain, $65.00. 941-795-8734.

Autos For Sale 2001 LEXUS ES300. Estate sale item. Well-maintained, one owner car with less than 33,000 miles on it. Stored in the garage its entire life and never smoked in. Leather seats, seat heaters, power sun roof and other features typical of this Lexus model. A beautiful car that is in excellent condition. $11,500 cash or certified funds only. Steve, 941-383-2616.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale 45/FT. SLIP. LONG OR SHORT TERM. BEAT SEASONAL RATE BY 50%. The Moorings at Longboat Key. Private setting, spotless and secure. Amenities available. Great parking, only steps to your boat. 941-713-8443, Owner. BOAT SLIP FOR RENT. High, dry, indoor marina. Excellent S. Longboat boating location. Call 941-371-1866. BOATHOUSE ON LBK. Unit 1224, 31', 2nd level. For Sale/Rent. If interested, call Melissa, 941-383-0308.

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

Help Wanted CARPENTER, EXPERIENCED, own tools and trans. Exterior/interior work, clean cut. Own Ins. preferable. Paul @ 941-238-8033.

Condos/Apts. For Rent 1BR/1BA OR Efficiency. Walk to Whitney Beach, adult community. Non-smoker preferred. Small pet. Application. 1st plus security. 941-565-1401. BEACH-TO-BAY CONDO at Bayport. Newly decorated 2 bed/2 bath. First floor, end unit. Free local phone, cable, wi-fi. Monthly rentals beginning mid-May 2013. Contact after 6:00 pm: 317-896-2334.

Camino Real Home in Oyster Bay Subdivision: Wonderful Home in Quiet Neighborhood. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath. Caged Swimming Pool with Large Backyard. Very Private and Completely Fenced-In. Washer and Dryer with 2-Car Garage. Pool Service Included. Available February 15th. $2,100 Monthly; Long Term Lease Only. References Required. 941-302-2960.

Introduce your guests to a tropical winter stay at an unforgettable haven on the beach.


Homes For Sale BEAUTIFUL 3BR/3BA Pool home on water (dock and lift) in short walking distance to The Circle and Lido Beach. Immaculate condition. $1,498,000. 941 504 1510.

LBK: SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB. Villa, on lake, 2BR/2BA, sunroom. Walk to beach. By Owner. Linda Adrian, 941-383-6650.


Charming Gulf-to-bay cottages 'ULFOF-EXICO$RIVEs,ONGBOAT+EY s7HITE3ANDS/F,ONGBOATCOM Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION

GORGEOUS LIDO KEY CONDO. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Bright - Beautiful. Pool. Garage Parking. Feb. 1st., 6 mo. minimum. 443-829-0287. LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876. SIESTA KEY 2BR/2BA across from Siesta Key Beach. View of Beach/Gulf, Cable and Internet included. Updated. Available April 1st, (1 month min.) 618-534-1791 for details and pictures. Non-smoking, No pets.

Condos For Sale




Boats are selling very well. Many references. Island Resident. Wide Exposure. We also buy boats. “Doing Business on a Handshake.�, 941-228-3489.

OVERLOOKING THE GULF 2BR/2BA, 1450/SQ.FT., - $675,000 CALL 941-387-9747 OR 262-957-6789 LONGBOAT KEY: Fairway Bay. Light, bright, open feeling, larger end unit with 2 verandas and garage space. Enjoy beautiful view. $430,000. Call owner for appt. 941-383-5029.

General Merchandise

PLAYERS CLUB PENTHOUSE. Full Gulf & Sunset Views, 3BR/4BA +2 Home Offices. 2 Under Building Parking Spaces. Updated Kitchen & Baths. Offered at $1,199,000 (Furnished).

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

COREY'S LANDING VILLA. 3BR/3BA. Behind The Gates of The Longboat Key Club. Community Swimming Pool, Har-Tru Tennis and Private Beach Club. Offered at $499,000 (Furnished).

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Barbara Shapiro, Lic. RE Broker/Owner. Sarasota Style Realty, Inc. Call for Photos/Details 941-388-2135.


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CONRAD BEACH. Upscale Island home built in 2004. 1961sf 2BR + Loft. Quaint Gulfside neighborhood. Community pool & beach access, no busy roads to cross. $715,000. 941-544-0214, Owner/Agent.

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CONDO FOR rent: 2BR/2BA, on bay with beautiful view, beach access. Avail. January through March. Bob, 502-216-5255. ISLANDER CLUB: 11th floor, full bay view, Gulf front condo, 2BR/2BA, updated granite kitchen, heated 75/ft. pool, Har-Tru tennis, exercise room, clubhouse. 2/mo. minimun through 12 months. 516-458-8758. LBK C.C. SHORES. VACATION PARADISE HOME w/ dock, 3BR/2BA/2CC, recently renovated and furnished. Wireless high speed internet, cable, plasma TV, phone. huge heated pool, lanai/ electric shutters, W/D, walk to beach. No pets. Non smoking. Sleeps 5. For photos:, Property ID#257978. $4500/mo. Owner, 941-504-1492. LBK SANCTUARY. Beachfront SW corner 3BR/3BA. Available January through March 2014. $18,600. Call 941-587-1700. LBK: BEACHFRONT. BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1250. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844. LIDO BEACH SPECTACULAR GULFVIEW 9th Floor/Balcony Turn-key Furnished 1059sqft 1 Bed/1.5 Bath 60 Day Minimum 941-356-1855 Available 4/1/13 LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370.


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Sarasota, Golden Gate. $3,900,000 2/3.5 MLS#A3971646 Dyrk Dahl 941-366-8070

Sarasota, Spice Bay. $2,349,000 4/4.5 MLS#A3968053 Lynne Koy 941-387-1803

Sarasota, Indian Beach. $1,995,000 4/2.5 MLS#A3957644 Candi Rosenthal 941-387-1876

Sarasota, Bird Key. $1,425,000 4/4 MLS#A3971256 Patrick DiPinto 941-387-1871

Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $4,900,000 4/5.5 MLS#A3971780 Barbara Ackerman 941-387-1820

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Longboat Key, Sleepy Lagoon. $799,000 3/2 MLS#A3968058 Mirta Klauber 941-704-6749

Sarasota, Gulfstream Towers. $210,000 Lynn A. Luken, 941-388-3966 Delightful 2BR/2BA residence in the heart of Downtown with many amenities. MLS#A3969678

The Keys Open Sun 1-4pm. 3554 Fair Oaks Ln, Longboat Key. $2,450,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Sailboat water; bayfront; developer’s model w/ endless upgrades. 5BR, furn. MLS#A3951849 Longboat Key, Bay Isles. $1,750,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 5200 sq. ft. custom home Longboat Key Club Harbourside Golf Course. MLS#A3951531 Longboat Key, Beachplace. $1,395,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Treasure forever this luxurious 3BR/2BA condo in a gated community. MLS#A3968350 Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,385,000 Toni Giliberti, 941-387-1808 3BR/3BA with unobstructed views of bay; minutes to St. Armands Circle. MLS#A3965127

Longboat Key, Beachplace. $769,000 2/2 MLS#A3971742 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859

Longboat Key, Winding Oaks. $599,000 3/3 MLS#A3971837 Roger Pettingell 941-387-1840

Longboat Key, Longboat Key. $914,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Gulf to Bay Views! 2BR/2BA TKF bch-front condo. Gtd comm, concierge. MLS#A3970657 Longboat Key, Beachplace. $750,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 3BR furn corner res w/gulf, bay & SRQ skyline views. 2 Parking spaces. MLS#A3964651 Longboat Key, Seaplace. $595,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Rarely available 3BR/2BA gulf front. Steps from the beach. Stunning sunsets. MLS#A3960776 Longboat Key, Seaplace. $595,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Combine elegance with function in this irresistible 2BR/2BA condo. MLS#A3971871 Longboat Key, Privateer North. $479,000 Gene DePoris, 941-388-3966 Beautiful 2/2 condo has a spectacular view of the bay and downtown. MLS#A3969828

Open Sun 1-4pm 6659 Saint James Xing University Park. $549,995 4/3 Sarasota, Sarasota Harbor East. $275,000 2/2 MLS#A3970861 Michael/Mary Nell Moore 941-387-1851/941-387-1839 MLS#A3970832 Babette Paige 941-388-3966

Longboat Key, Inn On The Beach. $239,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Outstanding golf course view from this club suite at the Longboat Key Club. MLS#A3951362 Sarasota, Vista Hermosa. $235,000 Monica Roche, 941-387-1815 Island escape; move-in or rental condition villa. Quiet & private. MLS#A3966218

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