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OUR TOWN + Spring forward for Daylight Saving Time Tick tock, tick tock … It’s time to change those clocks. daylight saving Time begins at 2 a.m. sunday, March 10. Move clocks ahead by one hour. We’ll lose an hour of sleep but make up for it with an extra hour of sunshine each evening.

+ It’s ‘up, up and away’ for readers The observer is teaming up with the Florida Winefest & auction to give lucky readers a chance to win weekly prizes. To enter, search the pages of this week’s observer to find the red hotair balloon, then enter the page number you found it on at There are four weeks of prizes, so make sure to read the papers each week for more chances to win. The Florida Winefest & auction takes place april 4 through april 7, in Lakewood ranch. For more information about the festival, visit www.

+ Longboat knows how to vote early only on Longboat Key can you vote and be offered a variety of free beverages and snacks. Mayor Jim brown made a point to applaud the Town clerk’s office and town staff at Monday night’s Town commission meeting, noting that every day for early voting this week, staff is putting out a noteworthy spread of food and beverages for those who cast a ballot. cupcakes, muffins, coffee, tea, root beer floats — the town has it all, and the variety changes daily. “staff is doing it to make the experience better, and I’ve never seen anything like it at a voting location before,” Brown said. “It’s exceptional and very much appreciated.”


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signs of settlement by Kurt schultheis | Managing Editor

Colony parties talk without lawyers The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort parties will try to settle their differences in an attempt to speed up a settlement and revive the currently shuttered property. The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association and longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber are in settlement talks again. But here’s what’s different about the latest round: For the first time in seven years, attorneys aren’t actively involved.

The Association and unit owners wrapped up three days of closed meetings Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Temple Beth Israel. An Association press release called “the most significant result to emerge from the meetings” last week the “direct dialogue between leaders of the Association and the Klauber family to resolve

all of the legal disputes that have been ongoing since 2006.” Association Board President Jay Yablon announced that Klauber and his daughter, longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort General Manager Katie Klauber Moulton, participated in the meetings and agreed to work actively to reach a settlement be-

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fore the meetings began. Klauber attended all three days of meetings, reviewed proposals from developers and acknowledged reasonable progress in a prepared statement. “The Association’s meeting was promising, and I was happy


by robin hartill | city Editor

‘A storybook ending’ Some swans can be happy alone. But some swans just aren’t meant to glide solo. Bay Isles swans Vicki and Henry had been living apart for the past month-and-a-half, after Vicki became sick and longtime swankeeper David Novak took her to Save Our Seabirds, which he thought would be her permanent home. Their separation was short-lived. They’re back together, but they have a new home: the lakeside home of Lakeland veterinarian and swan-care expert Dr. Geoff Gardner. Novak thought Henry might be able to live without his mate when he took Vicki to SOS. She wasn’t swimming normally because of an intestinal disorder. Some swans can live alone and be content. They generally mate for life but can still find love again. Henry could possibly have mated with a female that flew in from another area. But Henry left his home turf and flew into another territory occupied by two females and a male that he tried to fight. Perhaps, in Henry’s mind, Vicki was missing. Novak said Henry wasn’t there when he removed Vicki from the golf course, so perhaps Henry was searching for his mate when he went into the other territory. Placing Henry in a rescue facility alongside Vicki was unlikely because he’s an ablebodied bird who doesn’t need care. Novak, who has worked with the Lakeland-based Regal Swan Foundation to care for Longboat Key’s swans, learned Gardner would be willing to take the swans under his wing. On Saturday, Novak captured Henry and took him to SOS, where he reunited with Vicki. He was disoriented but recognized


Longboat lovebirds Vicki and Henry are together again at their new home — in Lakeland.

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COLONY/PAGE 1A to see the unit owners who attended engage in productive debate and discussions,” Klauber said. “The board brought some qualified professionals to the table, and the attendees had a chance to openly and honestly express their opinions of the various options presented. Afterward we had some honest and candid discussions between us and a few of the board members. Though there remains a great deal of pain for all that has happened these last many years, I think now is the time to align our business interests and get this done. To all my dear friends on Longboat Key, we will make this happen, and I intend to be there with all of you to help cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening.” Yablon is pleased with the progress made last week. Over the last few months, signs that the relationship between Klauber and the Association could be thawing showed in court proceedings, when the Association agreed with Klauber in recent Tampa bankruptcy corporation filings. One of the key stakeholders, Colony Lender LLC, is actively pursing a foreclosure on three Klauber-owned companies, which prompted Klauber to file for bankruptcy in Tampa. The companies represent collateral on a $13 million debt owed to Colony Lender principals David Siegal and Randy Langley. “We are finally at the point where everybody has decided to leave their lawyers at home and talk directly with one another to try to resolve these issues,” Yablon said in a press release. “We have found that, at this point in time, there is much more that unites our interests than divides them. We are now collaborating on strategies not only to settle our own bilateral disputes but to press the other key stakeholders toward resolution, as well, so


that we can soon return to the heavens the star that was once the Colony.” Moulton disclosed she agrees having a conference between members of the Association and her group would be valuable at this time. “There is a time for everything, and now is the time to end the years of dispute and work collaboratively to find a swift resolution to the issues that have plagued our precious Colony for far too long,” said Moulton, in the release. “We are delighted to see the board is open to finding a cooperative route to resolving the disputes. Good and productive dialogue is now under way, and we will not stop until we have succeeded in ending this long nightmare.” Yablon, meanwhile, also shed some light on which way unit owners are leaning. Asked Friday, March 1 whether owners were leaning toward a renovation of the existing units or a teardown and rebuild during last week’s meetings, he said, “A straw poll of owners was taken and, aside from the large block of votes that are controlled by Andy Adams (approximately 50 votes), the overwhelming sentiment from the sampling of owners at the meeting was in favor of a new construction project with an outside developer maintaining only the existing beachfront units.” Yablon said his board and unit owners primarily discussed the redevelopment of the Colony and that a decision should be made by early summer. “In the next several weeks leading up to the Association’s annual meeting May 6 and 7, the unit owners will be taking an advisory vote to help the board determine whether to pursue a rehabilitation of all the existing units or a project that is mostly new construction with the exception of the dozen or so beach units closest to the Gulf of Mexico,” he stated in his press release.

her immediately. Regal Swan Foundation CEO Sheila Bolin placed them both in specialized slings and put them in her van en route to their new home. Novak didn’t travel to Lakeland with them. But, according to Bolin and Gardner, they’re doing well. “Most noticeable was (Vicki’s) position in the water, which was balanced and stable, allowing her to propel herself in a normal manner, something she has been unable to do for more than a year,” Novak wrote in an email Saturday night. And how is the swan-keeper coping? “I’m lamenting the whole doggone thing, to tell you the truth,” he said Monday afternoon. The departure of Vicki and Henry marks the end of an era on the Key. They’re approximately 12 years old and hatched from the nest of the original swan pair, George and Gracie. They were named for longtime Longboat Key Publix associate Vicki Workman and her husband. (His name is George, but, because there was already a George, they named Vicki’s mate Henry, George Workman’s middle name.) For Vicki Workman, the reunion is a happy one. “Do tears tell it all?” she asked. “I was just so afraid that poor Henry would always be on his own.” According to Novak, Vicki and Henry are the most amorous of the three mated Bay Isles pairs. They were often seen rubbing their necks and were always loving parents to their cygnets. They remind Vicki Workman of her and her husband a little bit. “Well, they had more babies,” she said of the pair that in one season had a whopping seven cygnets in their nest. “We have two boys, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, and any minute now, we’re going to have a great-granddaughter.” Novak doesn’t plan to visit Vicki and Henry in Lakeland, unless he happens to

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Swans Vicki and Henry appear to be adapting well to their new home.

be in the area. “They’re really not characters that carry feelings very deeply,” he said. “It’s more like, ‘You fed me yesterday. Feed me today … ’” Like swans, he has to think about survival and territory. Swans Alan and Beverly and Stan and Wendy look like they could be entering nesting mode. And there’s also the male and two females, one of which the male appears to be favoring. Novak describes the male as “good-looking.” He’ll probably nest with his female of choice in the next couple of seasons. But, for Vicki and Henry, Novak thinks of it as a “storybook ending.” It’s appropriate, because they’re actual royalty, descendants of a 1957 pair of swans that Queen Elizabeth II gifted to Lakeland after predators decimated the local population. And, now, their story can end with: “And they lived happily ever after.”

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JEWEL RULE Sarasota real-estate developer Tom Mannausa is behind The Jewel, a 17-story luxury condo tower planned for downtown Sarasota.

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Several downtowns on the Gulf Coast have turned into busy, or almost busy, hubs of building activity — sights not seen in six years in many cases. Will the momentum last? Real-estate developer Tom Mannausa took a rare step for a 19-year-old college kid back in 1977 to jumpstart his career. That’s when Mannausa sold his silver 1969 Corvette, a gift from his dad. Mannausa used the money, $3,250, to buy a student rental property in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he was enrolled at Western Michigan University. He soon used the proceeds he made from that house to put down payments on four more local homes. That was the beginning of what’s now a 35-year real-estate development career. Mannausa’s companies have developed 900 condos and homes in the region, in addition to a few million square feet of retail and office space. Mannausa has personally been the lead developer for at least 50 projects, and he partnered with prominent homebuilder Pat Neal on other projects for nearly 20 years. But Mannausa’s career is now marked with a new purpose: To play a supporting role in the post-recession rejuvenation of downtowns throughout the Gulf Coast. Examples of new downtown projects dot the region. That goes from a $20 million renovation and expansion of a hotel on prime real estate in Naples to the condo conversion of a Clearwater office building. Another example: an abandoned 87-year-old hotel in downtown Bradenton, where Al Capone and Babe Ruth supposedly once stayed, is being turned into a Hampton Inn. (See related stories.)

The rejuvenation project Mannausa is behind is called The Jewel. It’s a 17-story luxury condo tower planned for Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue — the cultural and arts hub of downtown Sarasota. The structure, at a potential 236 feet, would be the tallest downtown building. It would also be one of the first major residential projects built downtown in five years. “And new is new,” says Mannausa. “It’s never been lived in before. It’s new countertops. New bathrooms. New everything.”

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One city in particular that illustrates the recent transformation of Gulf Coast downtowns is Fort Myers. The city unveiled a new water basin around the Caloosahatchee riverfront in early December, a $5.3 million project. Don Paight, executive director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, says this project was a necessary environmental fix for storm water and other wastewater pollutant issues. But the project, Paight says, which was paid for mostly through a downtown tax increment financing district (TIF) that collected about $4.5 million, isn’t only functional for excess water. It also has walking spaces, room for festivals and its own sound system. “It’s a very attractive water basin with nice features,” says Paight, “but it’s also intended to attract new development.” Paight says the plan, so far, is working. Five new restaurants have opened




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NEWSBRIEFS + It’s a done deal The Longboat Key Town Commission officially ratified a new three-year contract with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue Union Monday night that freezes the current firefighter pension plan and caps the town’s financial responsibilities moving forward. The town and its firefighters reached an agreement in December to freeze the firefighters’ current pension plan and enroll current and future firefighters in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) plan. The town and firefighters will split required FRS contributions 50/50, with the town’s maximum contribution capped at 13%, according to the agreement. The town began contract negotiations with the Longboat Key Police Department Union for a new three-year contract Tuesday. Town staff is expected to offer the same type of proposal to police officers to freeze the current pension plan at the request of the commission.

+ Union vote is under way for general employees The town’s general employees are currently voting on whether to form a union through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The vote began Feb. 15 and closes March 6. The Public Employees Relations Commission will tally votes March 7.

+ LBK Chamber is moving to Mediterranean Plaza The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is moving this week to Suite 5 of Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Road. The chamber has operated out of the Longboat Observer building at 5570 Gulf



 Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14  Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19  Town Commission Statutory Meeting — 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19  Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, April 1

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. of Mexico Drive since mid-2008. Executive Vice President Dawn Mims hopes to open the new location Monday, March 11. The chamber will keep its phone number, 383-2466.

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2013 ElEcTion by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Duncan maps out his second term district 2 commissioner Jack duncan thinks workshops with the colony and north-end stakeholders could stimulate revitalization.

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and approving a new Longboat Key Publix and CVS Pharmacy. “The Publix and CVS are steps in the right direction this Key has to build upon,” Duncan said. Duncan’s first term, though, he said, isn’t without what he calls “disappointments.” “The Colony and the north end (Whitney Beach Plaza and various

Age: 63 Hometown: cleveland FAmily: Wife, debbie; a daughter; and two sons Hobbies: Baseball enthusiast; kayaking; running four to five miles a day on the treadmill interesting FAct: duncan and his baseball buddies have made spring training baseball an annual rite of passage each year for more than three decades. duncan has been visiting ballparks all over Florida since 1980 and makes a point to visit arizona spring training ballparks, too. duncan has also seen a ballgame in most major league ballparks nationwide. he says Wrigley Field, in chicago, is his favorite for its combination of charm, history and character.



The only Longboat Key commissioner without a challenger still calls this year’s election “extremely critical” to his second two-year term and what he will be able to help accomplish. “The most important thing going on right now is this election,” Duncan said. “As a commission, we need to continue the work that’s being done. We’re a group that strives for consensus and moving things forward, and that needs to continue.” When Duncan became the District 2 commissioner in March 2011, he let everyone know the town needed a vision and that a clear-cut business plan would be implemented. At a June 2011 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting, Duncan said, “If you want to look at the island as a whole, you need an integrated strategy that includes the north end, the (Longboat) Key Club, the Colony (Beach & Tennis Resort), commissioner Jack Duncan has a plan etc. You name it, it all has to be part longboat Key Town commission. of an overall plan that says, ‘This is what we want to be.’” “I don’t have an agenda,” Duncan Fast forward to today and that said. “If I have one, it’s to put longplan is getting ready to be set in term strategic planning in place for motion, most likely with the help this Key.” of The Urban Land Institute (ULI). In his first term, Duncan lists acULI could be hired soon to talk to complishments that include being residents and Key stakeholders and a part of a group that completed an present a vision for the town that independent study on cellular comwill help it overhaul its codes and munications; helping craft a new Comprehensive Plan. three-year contract for firefighters;

vacant commercial parcels) just sitting there are disappointments,” said Duncan, who says the commission must do more to help in 2013. Duncan hopes to hold workshops on the Colony to get input from unit owners and Association board members. He says similar workshops might need to be held with north-end residents and stakeholders. “We can sit around forever and say we don’t own these properties, but the answer starts to get unacceptable after a while,” Duncan said. “We need to look at ways to stimulate change there.” What he doesn’t call a disappointment is the ruling on the former Longboat Key Club and Resort project that is forcing the town to rewrite its codes. “I had no vote on that project, but I would have voted for it,” Duncan said. “The courts told us our codes need to be updated and gave us a roadmap to do it. That’s a positive thing.” Duncan, an Ohio native, worked his way up the corporate ladder at Wilmington, Del.-based Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (now Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals) before making his way in 1999 to Longboat Key as a permanent resident. Duncan is hopeful new codes and a new long-range plan will spur commercial renovations and applications for aging condos to update their properties. “We are taking the steps now to move Longboat Key forward in the next 25 years,” Duncan said.




taking a stand by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

White questions Pastor’s settlement speech IPOC President Bob White disagrees with candidate Irwin Pastor’s claim of a settlement with Ocean Properties. White said discussions with Ocean Properties ceased after 12th Circuit Court Judge Lee Haworth made his ruling that ordered the town to make changes to its codes and Comprehensive Plan. Asked to respond to White’s statements, Pastor said, “Bob White is a great friend of mine, but we don’t see everything the same and I’m my own man. There is a tentative agreement, and I haven’t broken any confidentiality agreement by saying so.” Pastor said White’s statements prove he is more than the IPOC persona label that many people have placed on him. “I’m ready to move on, there’s more important issues to discuss if I’m elected,” Pastor said. Ocean Properties officials did not respond to requests for comment on Pastor’s statements. Commissioner Terry Gans, whom Pastor is challenging, said Monday, “It’s up to the Key’s voters to make the decision.” “To me, it shows a lack of experience and a lack of judgment,” Gans said. “It was overreaching, and for Bob White to come out and say something about it says a lot.” Gans also questions whether Pastor, if elected, would be able to participate in commission discussions of a future Key Club application. Pastor disputes the claim.


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For all those Tea Partyers chafing over replace that window may have been saving Gov. Rick Scott’s switcheroo to accept that window money to buy himself a new DON’T FORGET TO VOTE Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid spendsuit and shoes. The suit and shoe makers We recommend for Town Commission: ing in the state, sometimes you just have to are the losers. Jim Brown, Terry Gans, Phill Younger. take ipecac. So for every job Obama keeps going with Look at it this way: It’s either this, or entitlement payments for Medicaid, the another term — or two — of Charlie Crist in economy is deprived of another job. taxpayers will be contributing to Obamthe governor’s mansion. Sure, expanding Medicaid can be argued acare all the while. Pick your poison. as a gain to Florida’s economy. Likewise, Take a look at the chart below. Sarasota The real fact of the matter is this: politics, there will be the Obama-ites who will argue Memorial Healthcare calculated what yes, perhaps. But, the decision was and that if we don’t expand Medicaid, those would happen to its business with and is economic. If the Legislature rejects the who have insurance will continue to pay without the Medicaid expansion. Just on Medicaid expansion, higher insurance and medical costs to pay that hospital system alone, Sarasota Memoit will be an economic for the uninsured’s use of health-care rerial estimates it’s going to lose revenues calamity for the state. sources. This is what is happening now, with because of Obamacare. But the losses over Just ask the CEO of any hospitals pushing those costs on to insured, 10 years would be 32% greater without Florida hospital. paying customers. expanding Medicaid — $178 million versus What’s more, when How to deal with the vast numbers of $122 million. you do the analysis, uninsured is worth another column or a Now multiply those kinds of losses by Obamacare is prima fabook. That’s a deeper topic that starts with cie evidence No. 1 of how 209 hospitals, the number of hospitals in the concept of personal responsibility and Florida. the constant expansion the effects of the perception that health care You can imagine the negative economic of the federal governis not a limited resource and that we are all effects: fewer jobs, doctor shortages (we ment eviscerates state’s entitled to the best health care available. MATT already have that) and all of the attendant rights and ultimately In Gov. Scott’s remarks, he recalls the WALSH trickle-down effects to health-care supplieviscerates your indiagony of his mother who couldn’t afford ers, local restaurants, dry cleaners, grocervidual freedom. Another medical care for an ill brother. Scott says ies, home builders, car dealers, etc. way to put this is — it’s federal blackmail. no one in this great country should have to Indeed, in a study commissioned by the You should read all of Scott’s remarks for worry about that. full context. You likely didn’t see them in any Florida Hospital Association and shared Agreed. But he also knows, as he stated, with Scott and legislators, two researchers of the daily press. They gave you the soundgovernment-run health care is not the best at the University of Florida ran economic bites and screamed over and over again answer. models estimating the economic impact of that the man who ran a national campaign Unfortunately, Scott and the nation’s other expanding Medicaid. Although we’re always 49 governors and 49 legislatures are living, against Obamacare flip flopped and teed suspect of these models, the report noneoff his base. Gotcha! they gloated. first-hand, the calamity that has come from theless provides an eye-opening snapshot But when you read his entire remarks, the ever-expanding federal state. They have you can see the dilemma he and every other of what can be expected over a 10-year lost their sovereignty, the independence of governor who hates Obamacare faces. (Find period in Florida: each state as envisioned by the Founding the entire text at Fathers in the Constitution. Through federal Scott-Medicaid.) bribery and blackmail, Americans have ECONOMIC IMPACT As Gov. Scott stated in his Feb. 20 rebecome shackled to the Federal State — and OF EXPANDED MEDICAID marks: “… There are no perfect options … over the next 10 years, thanks to Obamacare, FOR FLORIDA, 2012-2023 Our options are either having Floridians pay taxpayers will be carrying $6.2 trillion more to fund this program in other states while in federal debt! (Dollars in millions) denying health care to our citizens, or using Fed expenditures ...............$24,445 + Worst of pensions to come federal funding to help some of the poorest Output .............................. $71,322 Step 1: Stop the hemorrhaging. in our state with the Medicaid program as Value-added GDP ..............$44,587 Step 2: Heal the wound. we explore other health-care reforms.” Labor income .................... $31,190 Both are excruciatingly painful. It’s much deeper than that. There are big Indirect business taxes .........$2,606 It appears the Longboat Key Town Comdollars involved that affect Florida’s econJobs ..................................597,172 mission has achieved the first — taking omy — an economy whose three-legged Output = industry revenues; Labor nearly a decade to do it. That is, it finally stool could now be called tourism, health income = (wages, benefits, proprietor staunched the growth in the town firefightcare and real estate. income); Indirect business taxes = local, ers union’s unfunded pension liabilities Consider that of Florida’s 18.8 million state, and federal. with a new union agreement last week. population, 35% of that, or 6.66 million Floridians, fall into the age categories where The amount taxpayers must cover: more heath care is almost a daily part of life — than $27 million for firefighters, police and Mind you, while the above table shows under 5 and 55 and over. other town employees. Now let’s break down those numbers even huge amounts of money and jobs that will With this new firefighter agreement, at flow into Florida’s economy and be spent more: least that future obligation will not grow — on health care and the attendant multipli• Florida’s eligible Medicare recipients: assuming the police union will agree to the ers, this is not new-found money. It’s money same terms as the firefighters. 3.5 million people, 19% of the population. • Florida’s Medicaid caseloads: 3.2 million being taken out of someone else’s pocket Now comes the big pain: healing the (yours included) and being transferred as an wound. That means raising the $27 million people, 17% of the population. unearned entitlement and benefit. Think of all of the medical providers who that will eliminate the debt and making Indeed, it’s Frederic Bastiat’s broken touch those people. sure the funds promised to the town’s emwindow. When a boy throws a rock through Now consider this: To be able to expand ployees will be there when they retire. a store owner’s window, some people will Medicaid, Obamacare is going to take back To some extent, Longboat taxpayers can say: “Great, now the window maker and sign hope a rising stock market will help close over 10 years $700 billion out of Medicare, maker will be able to stay in business.” What the gap. But, the reality is that money must with $155 billion of that coming out of hospitals nationwide. That was money that was they forget is the store owner who must come from Longboat Key taxpayers. expected to reimburse So one of the next, hospitals and healthcrucial issues to face care providers. But the incoming Town HOW OBAMACARE WILL COST SARASOTA MEMORIAL now, under ObamCommission will be acare, that money will how and over what go to expand Medicperiod that money aid. will be raised. So think of the efA few options: fects of Scott and the Issue bonds and Legislature rejecting eliminate the entire an expanded Medicdebt. The attraction aid. It would create to this is that interest a double-negative rates are low. economic whammy. Taxpayers would Not only would then see increased Florida hospitals, docproperty taxes for tors and everyone else however long comserving Medicare pamissioners decide. tients lose reimburseOn that point, the ments on Medicare, question will be: Who rejecting the Medicaid should bear the burexpansion also would den? Today’s taxpaycost Florida; the state ers, or those who live would be unable to rehere for the next five, coup some of the lost 10, 20 or 30 years? Medicare money — Welcome to the new even though Florida commission.



raising the bar by Robin Hartill | City Editor

PAID ELECTION LETTER + Untrue assertions regarding commission Dear Editor: A portion of PIC’s recent ad and email endorsement is provided with the facts, as supported by the public record, inserted in italics. It has been claimed, for example, that the commission broke the law and somehow violated the state constitution in connection with the Longboat Key Club expansion request. However, the town merely did not prevail in civil proceedings. The court determined that codes were unreliable and should be reworked. That is not what the court ruled! In fact, the court ruled that the town code was not ambiguous,(1) as the town argued before the court. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Roberts rejected this contention, ruling that the code was not ambiguous and that the town violated the code, characterizing its actions as a “miscarriage of justice that infringed the legitimate expectations of the residents.” In acting upon the application, the town followed long-standing procedure under code of permitting departures so a project could proceed. This does not violate the state’s constitution as alleged. This is also untrue! Following the town’s abortive attempt to revise the town code to accommodate the overdeveloped Key Club project, 12th Circuit Judge Haworth ruled that the town violated the state constitution by attempting to give itself “enfettered discretion” to approve any development plan they wanted. (2) Neither — as has been claimed — have the incumbents or the commission approved or sought to approve some sort of massive and drastic expansion of tourism. They have acted and sought to act in accordance with the town Vision Plan, which was produced with citizen participation; and to effectuate the 2008 citizen referendum approval to allow 250 additional tourist units as replacement for some of the many units lost to other uses


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over the years. A disingenuous contention. The commission approved 272 tourism units more than authorized by the 2008 referendum for a total of 522 potential additional tourism units. Again, the court ruled against this approval and directed that a key wide referendum was required to approve the additional tourist units. (3) Similarly misleading statements have been made by the opposition and its supporters about municipal pension reform, beach nourishment, town litigation costs in connection with the Key Club application (all town legal expenses associated with the club’s proposal was covered by the applicant). Also not true. Although the Longboat Key Club paid a majority of the town’s legal expenses, it did not pay all the costs, as PIC alleges, including those related in its attempt to change the code to allow its project, nor for the attendant staff time, as the town’s documents confirm (4) and a myriad of other subjects. PIC urges the voters to closely examine and scrutinize all such statements by candidates. It believes that this will lead to the obvious conclusion that Mayor Brown and Commissioners Gans and Younger should be returned to office. PIC so advocates consistent with its primary missions of promoting “good local government” and preserving our “premier residential community.” A close examination and scrutiny of the facts, as suggested by PIC, will reveal the falseness of it allegations, not confirm them. (1) 12th Circuit Court Judge Roberts’ ruling, pages 13 and 19 (2) 12th Circuit Court Judge Haworth’s ruling, Count III, pages 3 and 11 (3) 12th Circuit Court Judge Hayworth’s ruling, page 15 (3) Town of Longboat Key financial data provided Jan. 23, 2013, pursuant to public records request. Bob White Longboat Key

Longboaters, raise your glasses and propose a toast: Within weeks, a new Publix Liquors will fill the storefront next to the grocery store. Will it have a liquor store? That’s the question Longboat residents wanted answered when Publix first announced plans to build a new Key store. Well, Longboaters raise your glasses. Because the answer to that question is: yes. Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten confirmed the Lakeland-based chain will open a Publix Liquors in the space next to the grocery store at 523 Bay Isles Parkway. “Our Longboat Key customers can expect to see it open within the next few weeks, but the opening date has not been finalized at this time,” Patten wrote in an email to the Longboat Observer. Publix filed plans to build a new 49,000-square-foot store in June 2011. During the Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board hearing in December 2011, Publix agent Michael Leeds said the liquor-store question was the most common one he had received about the project. Antony V’s liquor store operated in the Avenue of the Flowers plaza before Publix con-

struction began last year. The new store opened Dec. 13, although Publix officials still didn’t announce whether a liquor store would open. Currently, the island is without a liquor store, although Harry’s Continental Kitchens sells package liquor in its restaurant. Richard Juliani, co-owner of Whitney Beach Plaza, confirmed in December he plans to put a liquor store and bar in the shopping center after renovations are completed. The liquor store isn’t the only thing Publix still has in the bag for the Key. On Friday, March 8, installation of a sculpture the chain agreed to donate to the town will begin. Patten didn’t have details immediately available. The new Publix also has a pharmacy area that isn’t currently in operation. As part of its agreement with CVS, which also has a new store at the Publix-owned shopping center, the grocery chain will delay opening the pharmacy during its first 16 months of operation.


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GONE BANANAS 3:04 p.m. — Linley Street. Property Found. A fisherman transported police to a yellow canoe that had drifted 300 yards offshore and had the name “Top Banana” on the stern. Police tagged the boat and placed it in the sally port area for safekeeping.

FEB. 21 THE DAMAGE IS DONE 9:47 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Road. Property Damage. Police found a directional sign knocked over and a storm drain nearby that was crushed. The damage was possibly caused by a semitruck.

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8:59 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A restaurant owner has a sign posted on his door stating he only accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, but a customer tried to pay his bill with American Express, which the owner doesn’t accept because of the transaction cost. It was the diner’s only form of payment available. He agreed to return the next day to pay.

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FEB. 25 ROOM FOR ONE MORE 11:23 a.m. — 6000 block of GMD. Parking. A man parked his car on the sidewalk because a parking lot was full because of construction. He pulled into a spot that opened up after police arrived.

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Candidates campaign for sign answers Gene Jaleski and Larry Grossman say more than 10 of their campaign signs have gone missing. It’s a sure sign of election season on Longboat Key: Commission candidates put up signs, and some of those signs disappear. It happens every year. Commission candidates Larry Grossman and Gene Jaleski reported on the disappearance of at least 10 of their signs during the public comments section of the Monday, March 4 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting. “We feel aggrieved, and we feel we have to get to the bottom of what’s going on,” Jaleski said. Jaleski said before the Longboat Observer/Longboat Key Public Interest Committee candidate forum in February, Vice Mayor David Brenner handed him two of his signs and said they were on private property and the property owner didn’t give him permission to place them there. Later, Jaleski discovered Brenner took them from the outskirts of the Lido Shores neighborhood, within city of Sarasota limits. Jaleski said he may file a police report against Brenner, but hadn’t done so as of press time. Brenner, though, told the Longboat Observer he received permission from a Lido Shores property owner to place campaign signs for his fellow commissioners on the outskirts of the neighborhood and that the property where the signs were placed is private. “I’m going to object to this,” Gans said after hearing Jaleski’s complaint. “This is a political statement, and it happened in the city of Sarasota, if it happened at all. This has nothing to do with the town of Longboat Key, and my name being brought into it is unfair because I had nothing to do with it.” “You’re out of line,” Jaleski said. “You’re out of line, sir,” Gans said. Gans asked for a ruling on the appro-

priateness of what was happening before Mayor Jim Brown, whom Grossman is challenging, banged his gavel. “Gene’s got his three minutes … and you’ve got one minute of that left,” Brown said. Jaleski said both he and Grossman contacted city code enforcement because their signs were removed, and they said they believed Gans’ signs were in the right of way, where it’s illegal to place signs. Jaleski and Grossman showed photographs of Gans’ signs. According to Grossman, a city code-enforcement official couldn’t determine whether they were on public or private property. “We’d like to know who took the signs and what happened after that,” Jaleski said, describing the removal as petit theft. “You said they were handed to you by Commissioner Brenner, so they must be in your hands,” Brown said. Jaleski protested, repeating that more than 10 of their signs were removed. Brown said that at least 10 of his campaign signs have disappeared, too. Meanwhile, at the end of the meeting, after Jaleski and Grossman had left, Brenner took advantage of his commissioner comments to tell those in attendance he spent more than an hour earlier in the day with a Florida Department of Transportation official and a city of Sarasota code officer to receive clarification. After a stake was placed showing how far back the signs could be placed from the right of way, Brenner put four signs in the area. “If it wasn’t clear earlier, the attack made by the two gentlemen who left was against me,” Brenner said. “I’m stubborn, and I’ve done my homework.” Managing Editor Kurt Schultheis contributed to this story.

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DOWNTOWNS / FROM PAGE 3A in the area around the basin in the last three months, he says, and retail vacancies are beginning to fill up. “Things are moving along,” says Paight. “Despite the economy, downtowns on Fridays and Saturdays are busy again.” Another factor in the city’s downtown plan is to partner with a hotel developer for a project that would be built next to the Harborside Events Center. City officials have been in talks with Sarasota developer John Meshad on that project. Meshad’s JWM Management has owned and built more than 1 million square feet of retail and office space in Sarasota and Atlanta. The company also developed the St. Regis hotel in Atlanta. Meshad says plans are in the early conceptual stages, and he hasn’t officially committed to building the hotel. He says he wouldn’t even consider a hotel there without the events center, but with it, he hopes a project makes sense both for him and Fort Myers. “They have been struggling with booking events there because they don’t have a hotel,” says Meshad. The Jewel, meanwhile, will have 18 units that range in price from $1.25 million to $4.1 million. The project will feature LED lights inside and outside, and include two floors of retail space. The third floor of the building will be an amenity deck with a yoga room, 20-meter pool, sauna, synthetic putting green and tennis court. “Our amenity floor is absolutely spectacular,” says Mannausa. “It will be very country club in appearance.” The Jewel sales office opened in November and 16 out of 18 units were under reservation by Feb. 13, Mannausa says. A reservation included a deposit of $50,000 for one of 10 half-floor units or $100,000 for one of eight full-floor units. The buyers, adds Mannausa, make up a diverse group of active baby boomers.

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Mannausa says he expects to convert those reservations to purchase agreements by April 15. Demolition of buildings on the property could then begin by July, he says, and the project could take about 16 months to build. Mannausa made his first financial commitment to The Jewel in December 2010, when he bought a vacant lot at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street for $870,000. He bought the land in a short sale from IberiaBank, which had taken over the property from the estate of local developer Samuel Hamad. The price, for a prized location, was certainly recessionera cheap. Yet even then the normally optimistic Mannausa was guarded about the project. “The risk was diminished, but it was still a big investment,” he says. “It’s been a long time since anything new has been developed.” Mannausa moved ahead with the project in spring 2012, when he bought two adjacent properties: the Sports Page Bar & Grille and Living Walls Furniture & Design. He paid just less than $3 million for those stores, which will likely move to other downtown locations.



who sold a $15 million auto sales software firm in 2010, is also buying properties in his adopted hometown. Biter’s downtown purchases, going back through late 2011, include retail space on the ground floor of the Palm Avenue parking garage; the former Century Bank building on Fruitville Road, now home to the HuB, a business incubator, and Biter’s new firm, Dealers United; and two buildings on Main Street. Biter spent more than $8 million on those acquisitions. His goal with some of the properties is to eventually build apartment buildings that are priced for young professionals. “I’m very excited about what’s going on downtown,” says Biter. “I want to invest in downtown. I’m bullish on the area.”

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LOCATION: Between Cas s and Tyler Streets, in downtown Tam pa OWNER/DEVELOPER : Greg Minder, president of InTown Group LLC, and Phillip A. Smith, president of Framework Group LLC, are partners in the development. Minder’s com pany previously partnered in dev eloping Tampa’s 34-story, multifa mily Element tower, completed in 2008. Smith, who has a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University, has dev eloped and built more than 3,700 apa rtments along the U.S. East Coast. COST: Estimated at $85 million including $81 million for con , struction and $4 million for the land. DETAILS : The plannned apartment tower has more than 30 sto ries, with 350 apartments and 10,000 squ are feet of retail space on the ground floor. The still-unnamed tower is slated for land owned by the city in the downtown arts district, next to the Stra z Center for the Performing Arts. The Tampa City Council has approved the developers’ plan to buy the land. Howev er, the property still needs to be rezoned, and the final design needs app roval from the council. The land sale is expected to take place in June, says Mark House , managing director at the Beck Group in Tampa, an architecture and constructio n firm that is part of the project team. “All the surveys are being done,” he says. “A city block has to be created.” City pla nners are working on proposed cha nges to nearby streets to accommodate new traffic in the arts district. The tower is expected to become one of the anchors of fresh com mercial development along the Hill sborough River. According to Tampa officials, the arts tower will be the first major downtown development in nearly five years. — Denise Kalette


in excess of $10 million, he says. But he passed, saying he wanted to see The Jewel through to completion. The Jewel is noteworthy for its size and location, but the renewed development interest in downtown Sarasota stretches further. Other examples include The Queue townhouses on Ringling Boulevard and the Homes of Laurel Park, a 26-home project just south of Main Street. Several successful entrepreneurs, moreover, have been buying property downtown, both for future investments and potential real-estate development projects. Canadian businessman Lou Donato, for example, bought five buildings with more than 23,000 square feet of retail space and a vacant lot on Main Street last year. Donato, who owns two restaurant chains in Canada, paid $4.3 million for the properties. Downtown Sarasota resident Jesse Biter,




drive, chip, putt, party by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Beachplace residents get into the swing of things Forty Beachplace residents competed in the association’s seventh golf outing Friday, March 1, at Bent Tree Country Club. The crowd then celebrated at a cookout at the the Beachplace clubhouse. Abner Ragins emceed the event. Sid and Ann Friedman worked with Judy Reed and Linda Buyher on decorations,

which included green tablecloths and miniature flags to resemble putting greens. Jerry Cronin, Ed Abramek, Dave McClu and Nick Luman were on the winning foursome, which shot a 69.

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR Another Season, the 2013 Lord’s Warehouse Fashion Show and Luncheon — starts at noon at the Longboat Island chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico drive. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in the church office or at the Lord’s Warehouse next door. call 3836491. Longboat Key Historical Society — meets at 7 p.m. at christ church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico drive. Joy Baker will speak about the Villa am Meer property. contact the historical society at

FrIday, March 8 Republican Club of Longboat Key — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at sarasota yacht club, 1100 John ringling Blvd. Bob McMillan, chairman of the Panama canal, who was commissioned under President George h.W. Bush, will speak about the history and transformation of the canal. Tickets cost $23 for members; $25 for nonmembers. call ruth strauss at 383-5349. Friday Night Live Service — takes place at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles road. The service will include professional instrumentation and lively music, including Broadway songs by Jewish composers. call 383-3428.

saTurday, March 9 Aging in Paradise Health Fair — runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Longboat Island chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico drive. The fair will feature educational booths and screening stations. call 224-8766. Annual Community Juried Exhibition Opening Reception — takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Longboat Key center for the arts, a division of ringling college of art and design, 6860 Longboat drive s. rsVP is required. call 383-2345 or email lbkca@

MONday, March 11 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. call 3838192.


St. Patrick’s Day on St. Armands The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15 and saturday, March 16, with a warmup party at Lynches Pub & Grub, 19 Blvd. of the Presidents, with Irish stepdancers, bagpipers, green beer and corned beef and cabbage. The party will continue at 11 a.m. sunday, March 17, at Lynches, along with other circle businesses that will offer specials. a “hangover Party” will follow at noon Monday, March 18, at Lynches. call 388-5550.

TuEsday, March 12 Community Support Group — meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon at all angels by the sea Episcopal church, 563 Bay Isles road. The group is open to those seeking a safe place to reflect upon life transitions. call 383-8161.


TuEsday, March 19 Sixth Annual Operation Kindness Tennis Round Robin Fundraiser — starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key club & resort’s Tennis Gardens. a cocktail party, raffle and live and silent auctions will follow in the harbourside dining room. Proceeds go to the Wounded in action Family Foundation. call 703-517-1068.

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Longboat Key Democratic Club — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Longboat Key club and resort’s harbourside dining room, 3100 harbourside drive. Former state senator and current gubernatorial candidate Nan rich will present “a democratic Vision for Florida’s Families.” Tickets are $25. send checks to Longboat Key democratic club, P.O. Box 8025, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228.

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FrOM ThE archIVEs by Robin Hartill | city Editor

How much is the position of Longboat Key town commissioner worth? The answers may vary among the seven men and women at the dais and the three challengers seeking seats this year. On March 9, 1999, voters had their say on the LONGBOaT matter, when 55.88% of LOrE those who participated in the town’s general municipal election opposed compensating commissioners $2,000 annually. Three years later, in 2002, 65.21% of voters cast ballots against paying commissioners $4,800 per year. Whether you support or oppose commissioner pay, you can be certain that when commissioners discuss issues late into the night at meetings, they aren’t doing it for the overtime pay.


to attend a reception March 7, 1980, on Longboat Key. Barbara Bush received a “modest” escort from Longboat Key police, according to the Longboat Observer, and the Fogarty family hosted her. She was “every inch a lady, impeccably dressed, neatly coiffed and exuding charm, confidence and grace.” Although Ronald Reagan would get the candidacy that year and, ultimately, the presidency, the majority of Longboat Republicans voted for Bush in the primaries the following week, with 375 voting for Bush, compared to 256 for Reagan.

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they learned to fly, the young birds would have to go straight to Save Our Seabirds. Bald eagles typically fly north around April.

Researchers sometimes track them by banding their talons. The young are like snowbirds in that they sometimes head as far north as Canada. When it comes to older birds, there aren’t many volunteers lined up to attempt to band an adult eagle’s talon, so tracking them is difficult. Ginaven suspects Longboat Key’s adult eagles stay further south, perhaps soaring to Georgia or the Carolinas before returning around September. Like the celebrities they are, the eagles desire privacy — as do their neighbors who live in the surrounding condominiums. That’s why neither Ginaven, nor the Longboat Observer, will publicly reveal their exact location on the Key.

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fdOT signed off on the removal of 88 signs from a two-and-a-half mile stretch after citizens organized to express concerns about sign pollution near Key attractions.

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Eighty-eight signs have disappeared over the past yearand-a-half along a two-anda-half-mile stretch from the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota through the New Pass Bridge. They weren’t stolen or taken away because they didn’t comply with codes. Lou Costa, who also serves as chairman of the Bird Key Enhancement Committee, is part of a small group of engineers that formed last year to work with the city of Sarasota and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to remove excess signage from the gateways to Sarasota’s tourist destinations. According to Costa, efforts began after renovations to Bird Key Park were completed as part of the West Bayfront Multi-Use Recreation Trail (MURT). “You looked at it and you can’t believe it,” he said. “All the signs are sitting there, and it’s a milliondollar view.” Longboat Key residents took on a similar effort in 2010 and 2011, when they successfully convinced FDOT officials to remove 68 sign posts and 49 signs from Gulf of Mexico Drive. “A lot of this is because of the Longboat effort,” Costa said. “If Longboat did it, we could do it.”

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A citizens group wanted a view of Bird Key park that would be unobstructed by signage. The signs that were removed were primarily traffic-related, such as no parking in the right of way signs that were often just a half-mile apart on the Sarasota side of New Pass Bridge. FDOT also removed eight of 12 nofishing signs from New Pass Bridge while keeping one on each corner. Costa emailed Longboat Key Commissioner Jack Duncan after reading Duncan had asked town staff to re-

search whether it would make sense to join the Florida Scenic Highway Program. Costa wrote that the idea falls into his group’s “big picture.” Duncan said he has asked Public Works Director Juan Florensa to continue to research the issue. “As it develops, we will learn more,” Duncan said. “Maybe there’s some partnerships we can form, but it’s too soon to tell.”





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Wanna know what recently retired Longboat Observer Senior Editor Dora Walters is doing now that she isn’t covering events? Why, she’s covered in snow. Walters sent us this photo of her snowcapped home in Morganton, Ga., this week. We trust that her dog, Mickey, and cat, Charlotte Louise, are doing their best to keep her warm.

+ Esther Cook has fun, food-filled birthday week Arbomar resident Esther Cook celebrated her 80th birthday Thursday, Feb. 28, not one day, but seven. Helping her ring in the big 8-0: 25 friends, primarily from Arbomar and St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church. As a special treat, her friend, Kathy Kozbial, flew down from Fishersville, Ky., Monday, Feb. 25, Kathy Kozbial and Esther Cook staying through Sunday, March 3. Cook first met Kozbial, a nurse, 35 years ago in Michigan, when accompanying her husband to his doctor’s appointments. The two went from acquaintances to close friends 21 years ago, when Kozbial read Cook’s husband’s obituary and then paid her respects at his funeral. “We’ve been fast friends ever since,” Cook said. With a milestone birthday and an out-of-towner in tow, Cook had multiple excuses to indulge, which she did with pleasure. Here’s a rundown of her gastronomic whirlwind of a week: • Café L’Europe • Cedars • Jack Dusty’s at the Ritz Carlton • Ruth’s Chris Steak House • Marina Jack • Lazy Lobster — three times

+ Johnson recognized as community hero Longtime Girls Inc. of Sarasota volunteer “Mr. Bill” Johnson was awarded a $50,000 Community Heroes grant from the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, Feb. 26, in recognition of his volunteer work above and beyond the call of duty. “That’s Mr. Bill for sure,” said Kay Mathers, Girls Inc. executive director. “We were floored, but we felt really confident that Bill exemplified everything they were looking for in terms of community colunteerism.” Johnson will determine how the money will be distributed to Girls Inc. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, launched the Community Heroes initiative at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season to distribute $10 million dollars to deserving Health_Fair_AD_Layout 1 2/20/13 AM Pagethe 1 Tampa Bay commugrassroots community heroes11:30 throughout Longboat Key resident Bill Johnson, center nity over the course of five years.



+ Visiting pup has presidential dog-elganger “Hey, you look like Bo Obama.” We’re guessing that Jetty Work hears that a lot. He’s vacationing with his owner, Veronica Work, from Annapolis, Md., and caught our eyes because of his uncanny resemblance to the first dog — minus the surrounding Secret Service agents. Both are Portuguese water dogs, but Work says the markings around Jetty’s paws are more even than Bo’s. And if Bo is half as nice as Jetty, he surely gets our vote for the (non-partisan) position of canine in chief.

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Crowd descends on Royal Rummage Sale Debbie Causey and Margie Hinderliter left the Royal Rummage Sale at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, a mere 30 minutes after early-bird shoppers were allowed in Friday, March 1. Why? They ran out of room in the SUV they arrived in, having purchased a slew of items including a palm tree, a bird house and golf clubs. The friends, who waited in line for

45 minutes to get into the sale, said, next year, they’ll bring two vehicles. The annual sale, which spans two days and raises money for Catholic schools in Sarasota and various local charities, attracted 500 shoppers in the first hour alone, said volunteer Sandy Finnegan. “People started lining up at 9 a.m. — three hours early, in the rain,” she said.

Anthony E. Derry

Anthony E. Derry, 79, of Longboat Key, died Feb. 22. Originally from Hereford, England, Mr. Derry served with the Royal Marines and as a police officer. He later had a distinguished career in the licensed industry, rising to chairman and CEO of Whitbread PLC’s International Wine and Spirit interests. He was an avid traveler who leaves behind many friends around the world. Mr. Derry is survived by his wife, Micky; children, Ann, Ceri and Mark; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Mike Ortega, Jane Bagot and Ken Simpson volunteer at the sale.

Geoffrey Hoyt Morse, 64, of Venice, died Feb. 7. Mr. Morse dedicated 20 years of service to Sarasota County, retiring as an engineering inspector for the city of Sarasota. He is survived by his mother,

Gus Swoboda poses with his “goodies”: golf clubs and cookbooks.

Edith, of Longboat Harbour; his brother, Richard; and his significant other, Vicki Orr.

Rosalie Ann ‘Ro’ Wheeler

Rosalie Ann “Ro” Wheeler, 83, of Sarasota, died Feb. 26. Born in Wakefield, Kan., Mrs. Wheeler attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. A passionate volunteer, Mrs. Wheeler served on many committees, including the Junior League, the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C., and the Meridian House International of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Wheeler retired to Sarasota, where she enjoyed the beach, biking, tennis and the area’s many cultural opportunities. She was an active member of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at the Marion Presbyterian Church in Marion, Kan. Memorial donations may be made to the Wakefield Museum, 604 Sixth St., P.O. Box 1973, Wakefield, Kan., 67487.

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Three-bedroom Bay Isles home sells for $1.75 million. PAGE 10B

Home & Garden Tour volunteers celebrate. PAGE 4B

HEALTH Isabella Paspa has embraced fitness her entire life. PAGE 14B

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A steady downpour Tuesday, Feb. 26, cut short scheduled tennis matches and golf rounds, but 150 women from the Longboat Key Club put on rose-colored glasses for the remainder of Sports Day. The ladies also enjoyed a luncheon in the Harbourside Dining Room. Sports Day, the third fundraiser in the Go for the Cure series, included a silent auction of more than 50 items. Proceeds from the

event go to Breast Health Sarasota, a treatment center that focuses on cancer prevention and early detection. Cris Meyers and Lynn Walters, Go for the Cure co-chairwomen, presented BHS with a $27,000 check Friday, Feb. 22. The donation came from money raised during Casino Night, Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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conservation matters By Katie Hendrick | community Editor

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Jean White, Rusty Chinnis, Susan Landau and Virginia Sanders

Garden club learns about preservation Longboat Key contractor Rusty Chinnis spoke to members of the Longboat Key Garden Club Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Windward Bay. Chinnis’ presentation centered on the Sister Keys Conservancy, a grassroots group established in 1989 to protect the mangrove islands off the north end of Longboat Key from becoming the Shangri-Isle Club, a proposed resort complete with a yacht club, condominiums, mansions and a small landing strip for airplanes. The meeting was especially meaningful for former club president Virginia Sanders, who spearheaded conservation efforts with Chinnis. “A few of us read about the plans in the paper and thought, ‘Oh, god, no!’ So, we tried to persuade the town to buy the islands,” Sanders said. “(Town leaders) were interested but didn’t have the money, so we formed the conservancy and raised it ourselves doing all kinds of things, such as bake sales and public service announcements asking for donations.” It took a few years to raise about $50,000, but the group’s determination made an impression: In 1992, the town of Longboat Key approved approximately $1 million for the purchase of Sister Keys. Later, the conservancy received the backing of the Audobon Society. “Our story shows what you can do if you work at something,” Sanders said. “It was fun hearing Rusty recount it.”

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garden club gala by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

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MARCH 2013

NEW TOPICS NEW COLLEGE MAR 21, THE PROBLEMS, PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, with Ambassador James McGee (retired), who will draw upon his 30-year Foreign Service career including experience in six African nations. He will address leadership challenges in the region and how the US government is moving forward on the bilateral and multilateral fronts. Details: 5:30 p.m., 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15

Jack and Phyllis Black with Susan Phillips and Steve Branham

Homeowners, volunteers enjoy Home & Garden Tour party

MAR 27, SEA LEVEL RISE IN FLORIDA: IS IT TIME TO START BUILDING THE ARK? with world-renowned climate scientists Henry Pollack and Pier Vellinga, who worked on assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Drs. Vellinga and Pollack will discuss how we might mitigate the risks to our natural and built environments. Details: 5:30 p.m., 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15

Homeowners and volunteers involved with the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Home & Garden Tour, held March 2, enjoyed some relaxation and revelry the night before. Susan and Lenny Landau hosted about 60 people in their Queen’s Harbour home for the potluck dinner to celebrate the group’s hard work. Tour proceeds go toward scholarships and grants for students pursuing careers in environmental fields.

NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE MAR 15, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC MEETS BLUEGRASS, panel discussion with bell hooks and professors Stephen Miles (New Music director), David Brain (of the band Passerine) and Kariann Goldschmitt, 3:30 p.m., 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Free (no reservations necessary)

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HIGH NOTE by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

drama queen by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Asolo Repertory actress performs for Christ Church Carolyn Michel, an actress currently in her 22nd season with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, gave parishioners at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, a pithy overview of her career following the congregation’s semi-monthly dinner Wednesday, Feb. 26. Michel’s career began with her role as a tulip in a grade school play and included a stint on Broadway with famed writer Sid Caesar. During the presentation, titled “My Life in the Theater: From Ingenue to Character Actor,” Michel performed five monologues and assumed a range of personalities, such as a Southern teenage flirt and an elderly Ukrainian woman reflecting on her time in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Eric Bowden, Will Roberts, Leah Dexter and Jenny Townsend, of the Sarasota Opera Studio Artists

Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club hosts opera night The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel hosted 10 studio artists from the Sarasota Opera Tuesday, Feb. 26. Soprano Lindsay Barche opened the performance with the dramatic aria, “Un bel di,” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” which followed with 14

Howard Millman, director of the Asolo Theatre Co., with his wife, actress Carolyn Michel

Dick Dorsch and Vicki Workman

Vice Mayor David Brenner and his wife, Maggie

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Donald and Elisabeth Buck

equally spectacular pieces by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jacques Offenbach and more. During an intermission, several temple members praised the singers and described opera night as a favorite annual activity at the temple.

Bill Cohodas and Lynn Stahl

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IN GOOD FASHION By Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

chic style by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

BKYC members model Met fashions at monthly style show Bird Key Yacht Club held its monthly style show Thursday, Feb. 27, drawing 140 members. The Met, on St. Armands Circle, provided the outfits, which included designer labels, such as Class Cavalli, Marc Cain and Diane von Furstenberg. Models also showed off member June Simmons’ jewelry.

Tom and Heidi Thomas with the Rev. David Danner

All Angels style show helps alleviate hunger Carole Ann Burrows and Bea Chafee

The ladies of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church held their 18th annual fashion show Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The event featured sportswear and accessories from Dillard’s and raffle prizes, including wine, jewelry and gift cards to Dillard’s, The Lazy Lob-

Joyce Steele, Donna Purves and Carol Erickson

Lynn Woo, Pat Maxson, Beverly Henry and Marge Stapleton model Dillard’s sportswear.

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Ginger Mermin

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Penny Auch and Millie Citti

ster and Harry’s Continental Kitchens. Proceeds went to All Faiths Food Bank, Manatee Food Bank, St. George’s Food Pantry and Resurrection House. “We’re here to be with old friends, make new friends and, as a bonus, alleviate hunger,” organizer Heidi Thomas said.

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real estate | transactions By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Three-bedroom home in Bay Isles sells for $1.75 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22. A home in Bay Isles tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Gerald and Ann Allen, trustees, of Longboat Key, sold the home at 3521 Bayou Pointe to Peter Morris and Sandra Morris, trustees, of Longboat Key, for $1.75 million. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,687 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,565,000 in 2009.

BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 22 through Feb. 28, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

The Beaches of Longboat Key South

Anthony D’Atria and Mirella Fuda, of Saddle River, N.J., sold their Unit 206 condominium at 775 Longboat Club Road to Paul and Maria Maheras, of Cambridge, Mass., for $590,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,524 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $830,000 in 2006.

The Players Club

John and Lois Stangel, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., sold their Unit 304 condominium at 1465 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Raymond Danniels, of Ontario, Canada, for $577,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,548 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $690,000 in 2003.

Longboat Landing

Arthur and Ismay Drummond sold their Unit 102 condominium at 5320 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joe and Audrey Lewis, of Libertyville, Ill., for $422,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,323 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $122,000 in 1991.

Harbour Villa Club at the Buccaneer

Bigcreek LP sold the Unit 107 condominium at 615 Dream Island Road to

Katie Hendrick

This home at 3521 Bayou Pointe in Bay Isles has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool and 3,687 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.75 million.

Jerome and Elizabeth Henin, of Winter Park, for $330,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,293 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $500,000 in 2006.

LIDO KEY L’Elegance on Lido Beach





517 Bay Isles Parkway


Publix Super Markets Inc.


1281 GMD


Jane Kidd


455 Longboat Club Road


Maureen Armstrong, trustee

609 Triton Bend

New roof

Walker Collier Real Estate Holding $21,500

6700 GMD

Handrail and waterproofing

Whitney Beach Condominium Association


547 Bayview Drive

Install lift

Samuel Boddie


525 Hornblower Lane


Gerald Lindaman


7025 Bayside Drive


James Rule


1945 GMD


Jane Gonzales


510 Birdie Lane


Bart Alford


700 Longview Drive


Richard Christman



Sandra Hanan, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit B-106 condominium at 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Arnold and Anne Wood, of Swampscott, Mass., for $1,405,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,070 square feet of living area.

Orchid Beach Club

Jeffrey Byroade, of Alum Bank, Pa., sold his Unit B404 condominium at 2050 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Thad and Kathryne Piatkowski, of Roswell, Ga., for $1.25 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,936 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $985,000 in 2005.

The Beach Residences

The Mason Financial Group Inc. sold the Unit 307 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to William and Ana Muller, of Milford, N.J., for $785,000. Built in 2005, it has one bedroom, two baths

and 2,197 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,028,000 in 2005.

Visit our website to see a map of this week’s transactions.


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

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

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

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

230 Sands Point Rd # 3101 #A3960738 $950,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

1425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 104 #A3956718 $795,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

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

8011 Longbay Blvd #A3964509 $4,199,000 Michele C Burnett

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

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-504-0123

6338 Laguna Dr #A3957942 $795,000 Audrey Singer

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-350-2588

1485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A378777 $750,000 Michael Yawitz

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

392 Firehouse Ln #A3972882 $715,000 Mary Defrank

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-544-0214

750 Tarawitt Dr #A3971896 $695,000 Sharon Freeman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-928-1542

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

1485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A401 #A3945458 $599,000 Christina Landry

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-376-4498

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 8037 Via Fiore #A3958077 $599,000 Julie Jordan

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 601 #A3973365 $3,895,000 Bobbi Banan

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-388-4447

1000 Longboat Club Rd # 603 #A3968910 $549,000 Catherine De’Ath

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-350-9799

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-2659

4401 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 905 #A3973910 $524,900 Sandi Layfield

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

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

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

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

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

4030 Penshurst Park #A3966185 $439,000 Judy Nimz

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

690 Linley St #A3967460 $390,000 Tama Traberman

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

2039 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 204 #A3972416 $360,000 Tom Delaney

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-387-3990

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph5 #A3968113 $359,500 Richard Perlman

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

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

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




BUSINESS OBSERVER Explore now on your phone or tablet.

By Robin Hartill | City Editor

+ AMI Water Shuttle adds Longboat Key stop

+ Mote Marine, Whole Foods team up for Giving Challenge Mote Marine Laboratory and Whole Foods Market in Sarasota have teamed up for the 36-Hour Giving Challenge online fundraiser. The event began at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 and will end at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. It raises money for nonprofit organizations in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties through matching funds and incentive grants. According to a prepared statement, Whole Foods is supporting Mote by helping it raise awareness, and it also provided a filming site for a Mote Giving Challenge video. The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club also served as a filming location. To give, visit before 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

+ Key Club to host orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Moor The Longboat Key Club and Resort will host a cocktail reception and talk with

721 Broadway St #A3957385 $279,000 Jenifer Schwell

3330 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 303D #A3965046 $279,000 Doris Bushman

333 Firehouse Ct #A3970242 $239,000 Maureen Horn

Your Fitness Instructor has moved to its new location at 511 Bay Isles Parkway in the Shoppes of Bay Isles. Petar Sibinkic is the owner of the personal-training studio. Its new phone number is 383-FITT (383-3488). local orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Moor, founder of the Advanced Sports Medicine Center. Moor will focus on strategies to keep golf and tennis players injury-free. The event takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Islandside Dining Room, 361 Longboat Club Road. Cost is $15 plus tax, which includes appetizers and one drink ticket. The event is open to the public. For reservations, call 387-1587.

3440 Mistletoe Ln #A3967784 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $12,500/month, 120 day min 941-552-4200

988 Blvd Of The Arts # 1011 #A3973133 Debbie Lane

1339 Westway Dr #A3939250 $7,500,000 Christina Landry

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-376-4498

1241 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 707 #A3919693 $2,495,000 Michael Moulton

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

1748 Cherokee Dr #A3973717 $2,100,000 Tammy L. Garner

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-374-4161

631 Ranger Ln #A3957780 $1,950,000 Kristina Von Kessel

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-266-2848

565 Sanctuary Dr # B104 #A3971860 $1,950,000 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

870 Jungle Queen Way #A3938200 $1,599,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

2525 Mulberry Ter #A3972554 $1,395,000 Leonard Giarrano

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-0690

1241 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 305 #A3970747 $1,350,000 Susan Fox

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-544-6648

206 Westmoreland Ct #A3970626 $1,295,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-350-3743

3230 Founders Club Dr #A3969311 $1,149,000 Sue Brown

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-720-7832

+ Island Pursuit holds ‘Meet the Designers’ event Island Pursuit, 357 St. Armands Circle, will hold a “Meet the Designers” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 9. The event will offer a chance to meet designer Mahi Gold. For information, call 388-2849.

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-383-9253

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


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


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

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

+ Your Fitness Instructor moves to new location

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

4810 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # V9 #A3949703 $221,000 Diana Kryszak

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

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


The Anna Maria Island Water Shuttle Service now offers north Longboat Key stops at 12:05 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant on Broadway. The shuttle service transports passengers aboard the “Island Pearl” to dowtown Bradenton, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Cost is $5 for a oneway service and $10 for a day pass. For information and a schedule, visit

Sarasota $3,000 941-552-4200

1932 Harbourside Dr # 251 #A3967780 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $1,900 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 3315 Bay Shore Rd #A3973036 $9,990,000 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

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-320-1223

White Sands of Longboat 800.230.2428


Veranda Beach Club 800.411.5511

market watch



by George Rauch | Contributing Columnist

No clear path for the investor exists We need to step back, take a look at our investment life and redefine where profits will come from in the future. More than any time in our lives as Americans, paper assets are in danger of falling apart. There are reasons our best investment moves may be to liquidate most paper assets other than several dozen existing AAArated international corporations. How could America’s great economy be fallGEORGE ing apart? Is it just “politicians” again? Does RAUCH history repeat itself? History doesn’t repeat itself, but the characteristics of man, bred into all of us, pass from generation to generation. Man does not change. Laws,

governments and societies change, but man’s characteristics are the problem. They are generally recognized as the seven deadly sins of pride, envy, greed, anger, lust, gluttony and laziness. Government is the ultimate power in man’s Earthly life. Government attracts people who crave power at any price. “At any price” in history has meant borrowing large sums of money to sustain their time in power, which leads to currency meltdowns from inflation. Money is always borrowed to either pay for war or pay for government welfare programs. Currency meltdowns are not planned. They occur over a prolonged period of time as a result of government overspending. The overspending is financed by debt. The money made to supplement the government’s spending is put into the economy in the form of added currency. The additional cash in the economy causes the

GOVERNMENT DEBT As of Jan. 31, 2013 Total federal spending Federal spending deficit

$16.5 trillion $3.5 trillion $1.1 trillion

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

$15.6 trillion Government debt is 106% of GDP.

Total state, local and federal spending

This is “third world-type” debt, by which time most countries would have crashed and burned. $6.5 trillion Equals an astounding 42% of GDP.

46% of government spending (the $1.1 trillion deficit) is borrowed money, which the government makes out of paper, and which is backed by nothing. We pay interest on that debt every year, forever.

24 YEARS OF U.S. DEBT INCREASES President Bush Sr. Clinton Bush Jr. Obama Total

Debt increase $1.5 trillion $1.5 trillion $5 trillion $5.7 trillion $13.7 trillion

No. of Years 4 8 8 4 24

price of goods and services to increase. This “inflation” of prices is “OK” until the inflation accelerates and the country’s currency becomes worthless. Our economy is on the verge of a currency collapse. Economic crisises are usually accompanied by an increase in the reach and power of government, coupled with a decrease in the resources and the freedom of individual citizens. Government uses its taxing power to literally gobble up an economy’s cash. Let’s verify this by looking at a few statistics (see box at left). Bearing those numbers in mind, look at the chart that shows 24 years of U.S. government debt increases. Take note these 24 years include 12 years of Democratic and 12 years of Republican presidencies. Both major political parties are culpable in running up the debt of this country.

Average per year $.04 trillion $0.2 trillion $0.6 trillion $1.4 trillion $0.6 trillion

The real danger is the increase in debt has reached amounts in which it cannot conceivably be paid off. Alarmingly, interest payments on our debt are so great that we must borrow money simply to make the interest payments. This is a prescription for disaster. All socialist economies overwhelm themselves by borrowing money simply to sustain the government: Argentina, Spain, Greece and, before that, England, France, Spain again, Rome, Greece, etc. America is the greatest of all of those past civilizations, and we’re making the same mistakes that crushed them (see box above). Economic statistics tend to confuse the public. They are so large that citizens get “billions and trillions” mixed up. One easy way to understand the economic crisis is to compare annual government spending and indebtedness to a family’s annual

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICS U.S. tax revenue ................................................................................. $2,400,000,000,000 Federal expenditures........................................................................... $3,500,000,000,000 New debt............................................................................................ $1,100,000,000,000 National debt.................................................................................... $16,500,000,000,000 Recent budget cuts ..................................................................................$40,000,000,000

Remove eight zeros and pretend it’s our household budget

presents her

Annual family income ..............................................................................................$24,000 Money spent on living ..............................................................................................$35,000 New debt on household credit card..........................................................................$11,000 Outstanding balance on your credit card ................................................................$165,000 Total budget cuts .......................................................................................................... $400

be 8,140 points instead of 14,000 (current yield of 2.5% on the Dow, divided by average long-term yield of 4.3%). If we do have further severe currency deterioration from inflation, only the leastindebted international companies would be safe to hold. In addition to safety, those companies should have the greatest probability of growing if the economy continues to react in the future as it has acted the last 10 years. Investors should be wary about what type of asset can weather, and succeed, through a “day of reckoning.” Properly financed real estate is going to be the best opportunity to preserve wealth. It always has been. The world’s population continues to double every few generations, and the supply of real estate is limited. Other hard assets history has proven it wise to own, through both good times and bad times, are gold and silver. Both have been used as currency for more than 8,000 years. Although the stock market has done well the last 50 years, gold, silver and income-producing real estate have done better. A day of reckoning wipes out paper assets. Bonds become worthless and get settled for pennies on the dollar. Stocks with high price-earnings multiples fall the fastest, and stocks that pay dividends weather the storm. Highly leveraged companies are usually bankrupt, recapitalized and sold because the original stockholder’s investment becomes worthless. Such is it with governments ultimately requiring a reconstitution of the monetary system, when government can no longer meet its obligations. Simple math indicates we’re there! No clear path for the investor exists today. These times call for defensive investments to ensure capital is preserved. The conservative investor will own only AAA-rated stocks and hard assets that will maintain, and grow, in value with further currency deterioration such as real estate, gold and silver. Caveat Emptor.

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income, spending and indebtedness. We can then see just what kind of shape a family would be in had they behaved economically the same way our government behaves. You can see the average family who spent money like the government would have been bankrupt a long time ago. What the public has difficulty grasping is our own federal government is bankrupt, as these numbers bear out. Further, looking at “recent budget cuts” one can see they amount to nothing on a relative basis. The current Dow Jones Industrial average is selling at 14,000, representing a price-earnings ratio of 14.4 times earnings, and a dividend yield of 2.5%. The average long-term price-earnings ratio and yield on the Dow Industrials is 14.5 times and 4.3%, respectively. The price-earnings ratio indicates the market is selling at a historically average price relative to corporate earnings. The Dow’s dividend yield suggests the market is overpriced by 50%. The reason the market is even at these average price-earnings levels is due to the $10.7 trillion that has been created out of nowhere and put in banks during the last 12 years. Brokers and bankers are the first borrowers of money the Fed makes. They are also the largest donors of money to political campaigns. It, therefore, behooves the government to make sure the market stays at “reasonable” levels, because investors selling stock is the primary source of political campaign money. Although this is all interesting information, what does it have to do with the market? On one hand, we know there will be continued “stimulus” (new money the Fed creates) of around $100 billion a month, roughly what is happening now, and what has happened the last several years. We also know there have been no meaningful cuts in government spending and that the debt is so great we must borrow money simply to pay interest. This is “third world-ish” political/economic behavior and cannot be sustained. At some point, the market, even with $100 billion a month added to it, is more likely to stay stable in this range of trading or go down and trade more based upon yields, rather than go much beyond where it is presently. If the market traded based upon yields, the Dow Industrials would



Thursday, March 7, 2013

wiLd wEEKEnd by Katie Hendrick | community Editor

Mackenzie, Greg, Pearl and Maddie Para with Chico the parrot

sarasota arts Festival highlights Key wildlife Fish, fowl and foxes were among the many creatures depicted in paintings, sculptures and other art forms Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, during the Sarasota Wildlife Arts Festival at Ken Thompson Park on City Island. The event, which benefited Save Our Seabirds and the Sarasota Rotary Club Foundation, included a juried fine-art show and a wildlife symposium, featuring presentations by specialists such as Kev-

in Carroll and Dan Strzempka, who developed a prosthetic tail for Winter, a bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail after getting tangled in the ropes of a crab trap. Their story was documented in the 2011 film, “Dolphin Tale.” More than 50 people huddled around the prosthetists to learn about the fitting process, Winter’s physical therapy and the artificial limbs they’ve created for other animals, ranging from dogs to sea turtles.

Robert Gaglio and Benjamin Moore of Photos by Katie hendrick save Our seabirds with Rick Hughes Dan Strzempka, David Pilston, Lee Fox of the sarasota rotary club and Kevin Carroll

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aerobic grandma by Molly Schechter | contributing columnist

Paspa is picture of health Isabella Paspa is a living advertisement for the benefits of exercise — lots of exercise. She will be 73 years old in May and says she has never felt better, never been in such good shape, never been so mentally relaxed. “Exercise is key,” says Paspa. “When you move, you’re going to keep moving. And when you stop … ” Stopping is something Paspa doesn’t often do. Her typical day starts at 6 a.m. By 7:30, she is in a fitness class at the Longboat Key Club — whichever is on the schedule. MOLLy She does another class at schEchTEr 8:30 and then plays tennis, three to four times a week. Several days a week, Paspa plays golf. On many afternoons, she is back at the Key Club for a late-day fitness class. In the evening, she is often in the swimming pool at her condominium. Paspa takes just about every class the Key Club offers, from stretch to spinning, with stops along the way for a wide variety of muscle strength and conditioning sessions. She raves about the new classroom and says the class program is “the best it’s ever been.” Pushed to name her favorite kind of exercise, she says “Pilates and yoga, especially yoga on the beach.” There’s a reason. When Paspa and her late husband, Dr. Alex Paspa, were living in New York, they moved into a new penthouse apartment where she set about creating a rooftop garden. She was supposed to call her husband when the delivery people showed up with the soil, but she decided to move the heavy bags herself. The result was two painful injured disks in her back. She credits yoga and Pilates with helping to heal her spine. Born in Bosnia, her family later moved to Yugoslavia. Paspa came in 1966 to the United

Molly schechter

“aerobic Grandma” Isabella Paspa at her home-away-from-home, the Longboat Key club Fitness center

States. Her first husband died in 1969. She met Alex Paspa while dining at Piccolo Venezia, a Queens, N.Y., restaurant that was popular with Bosnians. The couple moved in 1993 to Longboat Key when Alex Paspa retired. They enjoyed 32 years together before he died in 2008. At 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches tall, Paspa weighs 143 pounds and wears a size six. She has no arthritis and no osteoporosis. She drinks a lot of milk but takes no supplemental calcium. She is a bona fide “Aerobic Grandma” to a total of six grandchildren. Molly Schechter is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a specialty in older-adult fitness plus YogaFit Instructor Training, SCF Yoga Fundamentals I and II and Power Pilates™ Mat Certifications. She teaches classes at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center and the Longboat Key Club. Email her at mschechter@Your

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PIERRE - 2BR+Den/3BA furnished residence. Modified, open floorplan with partial Gulf views. $849,000

SEAPLACE - 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor home in G3 bldg. PRICED TO SELL! $249,000

FAIRWAY BAY 121 - 2BR/2BA Corner HARBOUR OAKS - Spacious 3BR/2BA BEACHPLACE - BLDG. 11-#103 villa on hole #3 of White Egret Harbour- 2BR/2BA furnished with private walk residence with great water views, side golf course. $459,000 down and 2 parking spaces. $459,000 two terraces and one covered parking space. $439,000

INN ON THE BEACH #5103 Golf Course view. $239,000 Club Suite #2202 Gulf front. $399,000


LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - The west coast’s largest marina has a 45’ slip just for you! $79,500

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BRAZIL. Longboat Key residents Mary Zuckerbraun and Joseph S. Levine read their Observer while at the statue of Christ the Redeemer high above Rio de Janeiro. The Longboaters also visited Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Punta del Este and many islands along the Brazlian coast.

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

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8112 Midnight Pass Road |Siesta Key | $499,000

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• Leading Specialists at Longboat Key Club & Resort GERMANY. Laura and Bob Vukovich take a break from shopping to catch up on their Observer news while at the Regensburg Christmas market in Germany in December. The couple also visited the markets in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, and Passau, Germany, and Nurenberg, Germany.

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Stan Singer submitted this sunset photo, taken on a chilly evening at Beachplace on Longboat Key.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale


19" SANSUI LED/LCD HDTV bought new 5/12 seldom used, $75. 941-893-0238. 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 MIRROR: 30”X54”, Florida theme, with gold trim, $50 o/b/o. Call 941-794-0649.

Condos For Sale

CEDAR FOLDING BAR SET hand-crafted in the US. Includes tile inlay bar w/fold down leaves, six bar stools. Also, umbrella and folding bar cover ($300 options). Interior moveable shelf allows for storage of stools. Fully assembled - new - never used. Current market value: $1900. Asking $1250. Phone 941-923-6739.

Homes For Rent

Autos For Sale

3BR/3BA ACROSS from Longboat private beach 55+. Single car garage, updated, granite/ stainless kitchen. Private ground level patio. $1950/mo. Annual. $2700/mo. Seasonal. 941-232-1357.

2012 MINI Cooper S: white pepper, 1,750 miles. Private $21,500. 941-321-6722.

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 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. LBK MOORINGS: Slip N10 for discount rent, 48’ slip. Hurry, won’t last! Call 630-421-0000.

Boats 28’ 2004 Chaparral Signature 260 Cruiser $39,500. 38 Hours, Generator, A/C, TV, DVD, full head, camper enclosure, GPS, windlass, CD player, cockpit table, sink, lift. kept by year round LBK resident. Call 941-302-4089. Boats are selling very well. Season has been especially busy with over 30 boats sold, many within 2 weeks, some in days. 17 Year resident, many references. Keeping the process simple, doing “Business On A Handshake”. Big or small, we sell them all. I also buy boats. Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489. Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Consignments MANATEE AUCTIONS. Entire estate or one piece. Let us sell it for you. Delivery and pick-up available. 941-527-6571. AB3263, AU4284.

Furnishings GOLDEN MEDICAL Bed, $4200 new, $3000/obo. Pride Lift Chair, $800 new, $400/obo. 941-955-8970, Cell: 941-879-7884, leave msg. Reserved Space

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Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Religion NEVER FAIL Novena- May the sacred heart of Jesus be praised, adored, and glorified throughout the whole world, now and forever. Most sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in You. Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for me. St. Teresa, child of Jesus, pray for me. St. Jude, helper of hopeless cases, pray for me, and grant this favor I ask. Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days and publish. -MM

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

Help Wanted ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintenance of personnel, grant, contract files and documentation in compliance with government and VA polices. Liaise with granting and government agencies. Track personnel training records and training schedules, maintenance of research records, provision of necessary documentation and administrative support for grant submissions, other duties as assigned. EXPERIENCE: Minimum 3 years administrative experience. VA administration and scientific research experience preferred. Must be PC proficient with excellent organizational, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Background check required. The Roskamp Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send résumé and cover letter to

Condos/Apts. For Rent 1BR/1BA IN the Village. Year lease. Walk to Whitney Beach. Small pet. Non-smoking preferred. 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. GORGEOUS LIDO KEY CONDO. Beachfront, spacious 2BR/2BA, fully furnished. Pool. Garage Parking. Available immediately. 6 mo. minimum. 443-829-0287, 800-950-9191. L’AMBIANCE, LONGBOAT KEY. Beach front 2BR/3BA condo on high floor with wrap-around deck, 270 degree views over the Gulf, Sarasota Bay and LBK Club. Sunrises, sunsets with light all day through floor to ceiling windows in all rooms. View at: Call John at 203-984-8477 E-mail: LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876. LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/1.5BA, on CANAL. $2500 MARCH, Plus 11% tax and $100 cleaning fee, total $2875 for the MONTH. Call Jim, 941-650-1266. PALMER RANCH condo: 1BR/1BA, $940/mo. Gated, W/D, new carpet/ paint, pool, parking, gym, tennis. 941-302-0621.

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925


General Merchandise

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


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LONGBOAT KEY CLUB FLOATING WEEK, every other odd year. Beautiful large 2 bed/2 bath with private Balcony over looking tropical bay cove/directly across street from Gulf of Mexico. Price includes this year use Week 28, July 13th. Only $1000. Sandy, 407-234-9551.

HAMMOND COLONNADE ORGAN Excellent condition, owners guide plus multiple sheet music, $450. You move! 941-923-8892.

1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL, Hardtop & Convertible, special garnet color, 76,000 miles, always garage kept. Service records available. $18,000. 941-993-2244.


LONGBOAT KEY Condo For Sale By Owner. Turnkey apartment, 5th floor end unit. $550,000. 1455sq.ft. Under Air. Direct Gulf view, see the sunrise over Sarasota Bay through your bedroom window and panoramic sunsets over the Gulf from your balcony. A truly million dollar view at half the price. For appt. call Al, 941-383-1741.

PACK AND Play, Evenflo w/bassinet, $45, almost new. 941-383-8900.

1968 CORVETTE Convertible: burgundy, tan interior completely redone. New bumpers, new top, 350 4/speed, power steering. Many new chaise parts. Drives nice. Must see. $24,900. 941-383-4907, 508-237-1232.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

“JUST A STORY” The Treehouse, brand new home, 3200/sq.ft., 3BR/2BA. Boat dock, beach, gated sub., pool, open floor plan, elevator. Owner financing. $899,000. Jerry Cunningham, 941-321-8848, Keller Williams.

LARGE HOME for Rent: Exceptional Location Across street from the Gulf of Mexico- On Longboat Club Road inside LBK Club (Island Side) 4700 sq.ft., 5 bdr, 4½ bath, pool, 3-car garage. Interior completely renovated in 2011. Available January-March 2014 $10,250/month Mature non-smoking, pet-free couple only: Call 203-500-5666.

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

Mobile Homes 55+ ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY Village on the Greens Vacation homes $5,000 & up Co-Op land owned Licensed RE Brokerage 941-758-4955

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228


“Where People Return Year After Year” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” FALL RENTAL. THE CASTILLIAN. Beautiful 4th fl. Gulf front unit, 2BR/2BA. Available Sept.-Dec. monthly. Contact: L’AMBIANCE, LONGBOAT KEY. Beach front 2BR/3BA condo on high floor with wrap-around deck, 270 degree views over the Gulf, Sarasota Bay and LBK Club. Sunrises, sunsets with light all day through floor to ceiling windows in all rooms. 3 month minimum. View at: Call 203-984-8477 E-mail: 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: BEACHFRONT. BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1250. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844. LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Condominium Management 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 941-650-1857 Visit us at:

email: Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premium cable TV, hi-speed wireless internet, more. Available December 2013-January 2014. 954-476-1137,

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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BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 CONDO: 2BR/2BA, on bay with beautiful view, beach access. Available May 2013 through May 2014. Bob, 502-216-5255. DIRECT GULF FRONT at Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, wireless internet. Available April to December 2013 and for the 2014 Season. Non-smoking. Call Diane or Mike 847-913-4562. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 941-387-9709 877-705-2460



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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Adult Care Services

LONGBOAT KEY BEACH FRONT, 1BR, 2BA Sands Point condo with Gulf views, large living room, den and beautifully renovated kitchen. 2-3 Month minimum. Call 203-984-8477 or email:


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

Caregivers/Companions  Hourly 24/7 Care Phone: 941-809-3725 Toll Free: 877-507-4040 License #230506 & #30211577

ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101. PLAYERS CLUB Penthouse: Summer rental 2013. 3BR/3.5BA, 7 rooms, furnished, rooftop courtyard, 4 Har Tru tennis courts, parking garage. 3 month minimum $5000 +utilities monthly. E-mail: or 941-778-3687. SUNSET BEACH, LBK. 2BR/2BA. Pool, Spa, 2+ mo. rentals. No pets. Available May-Dec., 2013, Jan.-March, 2014. 248-330-7675.

ADULT CNA seeks live-in position. Will give loving and compassionate care to the sick or elderly. Experienced, honest, dependable. Excellent Palm Beach and Sarasota references. E-mail:, 561-856-5584.

WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939

PROFESSIONAL GUARDIAN: Case Manager, Health Care Surrogate, Power of Attorney, Personal Representative, Trustee, Advocate and Companion for Elderly and Developmentally Disabled. Bonded, Patient and Compassionate. Call SueAnn Sanders, National Certified Guardian, Notary. 941-915-3797. SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, RN. Your private nurse for home/hospital. MA/FL Licensed (RN3001642). References. 941-761-2656.

Alterations/Upholstery ALTERATIONS, 25 years exp, 941-383-6949.

Auto Service WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car North or South and back. 941-713-1596.

cLassifiEd LinE ad PricE First 15 words ................... $15 per week Each Add’l word ...............................50¢ 15% discount for 4 week Run Yellow color $5 per Week Reserved Space per Week Border low as $3Space LP as Reserved call: 955-4888 Email: online:

Adult Care Services 25 YEARS experience in Manatee County, 7+ years experience with Hospice. Willing to do errands, transportation, personal care. References available. 941-465-3869.


LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. LONGBOAT KEY: 2BR/2BA, beach, pool, tennis, like brand new. $3493/mo. Available March 15th. 941-321-8848.

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Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $2,699,000 4/5.5 MLS#A3959244 Judy Kepecz-Hays 941-387-1825

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

Open Sat/Sun 12-5pm 1220 Sharswood Ln Longboat Key, Pelton Place. $2,950,000 5/3.5 MLS#A3972031 Barbara Ackerman 941-387-1820

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Longboat Key, Bay Isles. $1,995,000 3/4.5 MLS#A3953976 Mike Greve 941-806-9444

Sarasota, Whisperwood. $279,000 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-3871851/941-387-1839 Golf course view, 2BR/2BA/Den, 2,288 SF in the Meadows w/2-Car Garage. MLS#A3971692

The Keys Longboat Key, Longboat Key Ests. $2,199,000 Stacy Haas-Goodwin, 941366-8070 Magnificent 3BR/3+BA canal front home w/65’ dock & beautiful bay views! MLS#A3972555 Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,449,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941387-1825 Reward yourself with rich styling in this tile-roofed 4BR/3+BA residence. MLS#A3972038 Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. $1,385,000 Toni Giliberti, 941-3871808 3BR/3BA with unobstructed views of Bay; minutes to St. Armands Circle. MLS#A3965127 Longboat Key, Grand Bay. $849,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Score a superior lifestyle in this inspired 3BR/3+BA condo. Elevators. MLS#A3972144

Longboat Key. $1,979,000 3/2.5 MLS#A3966810 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859

Sarasota, Bird Key. $899,000 4/2.5 MLS#A3966330 Louis Wery 941-387-1816

Sarasota, Siesta Key. $595,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Beach front Siesta Condo. 2/2 renovated and tky furnished. Great rental. MLS#A3969740 Sarasota, Ocean View. $589,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Fenced 3/2+ home with Hurricane Resistant Doors. Water Views and Sunsets. MLS#A3972009 Longboat Key, Seaplace. $399,500 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Welcome the good life in this outstanding 2BR/2BA condo. Community tennis. MLS#A3971138 Sarasota, Bay Oaks. $369,000 Carolyn Donnelly, 941-350-9900 Siesta bayfront, remodeled 2BR townhome w/super views, new windows & doors. MLS#A3968364 Sarasota, Sarasota Harbor. $220,000 Babette Paige, 941-388-3966 Full Bay View! 2BR/1BA condo. Maintenance free 55+. Boat docks available. MLS#A3968525

Manatee Sarasota, Bird Key. $749,000 3/2 MLS#A3962892 Lynn McDonald 941-366-8070

Longboat Key, Sea Horse Beach. $299,000 1/1 MLS#A3973202 Jackie Kleppinger 941-388-3966

Bradenton, Stoneybrook. $497,000 Karin Swanson, 941-383-6411 Immaculate 4/5BR, 3BA, 3897sqft fantastic view of the 12th hole MLS#A3959527 Bradenton, Harmon Park. $60,000 Monica Roche, 941-387-1815 Get a very smart start with this satisfying 3BR/3BA home. Fenced. MLS#A3973898

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