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+ Chapel lets them eat cake The Longboat Island Chapel’s board of directors threw an appreciation party Tuesday, April 16, for Lord’s Warehouse volunteers that included a sweet treat: a thank-you cake decorated with white frosting, spring flowers and the message, “Thank you Lord’s Warehouse volunteers.” Started in 1996, the Lord’s Warehouse is a consignment store stocked with clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, books and housewares galore. Its proceeds fund chapel programs and ministries that benefit charities throughout Sarasota, Bradenton and Longboat Key.

+ Clean out your closet for SPARCC Your Prada shoes are so last year … but oh so perfect to donate to Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s (SPARCC) Reverse Trunk Show 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. Clean out your closet and donate your designer duds to SPARCC and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and a Saks Fifth Avenue demonstration of Summer Style, featuring how to dress for Sarasota’s heat, along with summer jewelry trends and beauty tips. SPARCC representatives will be on hand to collect the gently used, high-end fashion items, but if you can’t make the event, SPARRC will be happy to pick up your donations. Call 365-0208.


Town staff and Islander Club residents are pleased so far with the progress of the two groins built in May. Neighbors to the south, though, feel they are being robbed of sand. The two permeable adjustable-type groins built behind the Islander Club in May 2010 are doing their job — some would argue too well. Before the groins were built, there was virtually no sand behind the Islander Club, and Gulf water lapped up to the condominium’s seawall near the pool area. Almost three years after the $1 million groins were installed, a beach that’s more than 30 feet wide sits behind the Islander Club, and beachgoers can walk for hundreds of feet into the Gulf in a wide variety of different sandbars that


sit offshore in the water. “There is no question about it; you can see beach accumulation,” said Public Works Director Juan Florensa Monday morning from the top of the Islander Club’s roof. “They (the groins) are slowing the drifting of sand from the north to the south.” But are they working too well? The groins slow the constant movement of sand from north to south to bring sand to an area that’s sand starved. “The sand that used to blow by the Islander Club and make a wide beach to the south now

stays put,” Florensa said. But Villa Am Meer, Villa di Lancia and en Provence condominiums to the south, which had a wide beach before the groins were installed, have virtually lost all of their beach. The sand loss is so great to the south of the groins that Florensa is trying to obtain a project permit as part of this summer’s beach project to place 90,000 cubic yards of sand in the 2300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, all the way to Seaplace. Florensa called the loss of sand south of the groins “a typical down drift groin signature

footprint that can be modified by putting sand there to restore the beach.” But the problem has frustrated some Key residents, many who noticed the sand loss almost as soon as the groins were installed. Paul Bowman, president of en Provence Condominium Association in 2010, sent a two-sentence letter to the town of Longboat Key dated May 20, 2010, that stressed the need for assistance. Wrote Bowman: “The instal-


by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Season extends past Easter on St. Armands Snowbirds and tourists didn’t flock North after Easter in March, which is good news for businesses on St. Armands Circle. Easter was March 31. But you wouldn’t know that the holiday — often considered the unofficial end of season — had passed three weeks earlier if you drove through St. Armands Circle this weekend. “Friday, it was still backed up from (U.S.) 41 to Bird Key and all

the way out here, and Saturday we had people out here all night,” said Jack Peffley, manager of Marcello Sport. An early Easter typically causes concern among local business owners who worry tourists and snowbirds will hop out of town alongside the Easter Bunny.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, what many business owners say has been the strongest season in recent memory has been extended. The last time Planet and


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GROINS / FROM PAGE 1A lation of the two new groins at the Islander Club has resulted in 50% of our beach being lost. Please advise what action you plan to take in order to correct the situation.” Board members from en Provence could not be reached as of press time for this story. Florensa said the groins, which are adjustable in terms of controlling the sand flow, were modified once, but he doesn’t recommend further modifications at this time. In May 2010, former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis tried to assuage residents’ concerns, saying it would take at least a year for the beach to equilibrate. That hasn’t happened, but Florensa said filling in the beach in an area that used to get an additional 45,000 cubic yards of sand per year before the groins were installed will help. Some residents, meanwhile,

are worried the structures are not helping the Key’s overall shoreline and question whether three more groins will help or hurt the shoreline on the north end of the Key. “Give the beach a chance to recover by itself and let Mother Nature and the owners of beachfront properties recreate the silky, white sands we had back in pre-renourishment days,” wrote County Club Shores resident Bradford Saivetz in a letter to the Longboat Observer this week (See My View on Page 9A). Islander Club resident and Vice Mayor David Brenner said he wonders if the groins “were overadjusted” when they were adjusted about a year ago to compensate for the loss of sand to the south. “In principal, the groins have worked the way they should,” Brenner said. “My hope is the sand we put down there doesn’t all wash away.”

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting a public kickoff meeting as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study of Cortez Bridge on State Road (SR) 684 in Manatee County. The study limits are rd SR 684 (Cortez Road) from SR 789 (Gulf Drive) to 123 Street West, a distance of 0.9 mile. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, Florida.

Lynch said. “It’s more erratic. It comes and goes. But from January until March, every day and every night, we were busy.” Green Ginger Hair Design, which moved to a new location at the center of the Circle with nearly twice the previous location’s square footage, had a slight increase in the amount each customer spent but saw a major increase in the number of customers at the salon. “We’re generally busier,” said owner Gordon Hall. “More people are here on vacation, but I think, generally in this country, everybody is just a little bit more positive.” Hall said he and other merchants typically try to offer promotions during the summer months to attract people who live in the area yearround. Many merchants believe bad weather up North is causing people to stick around for


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The meeting will be held in an open house format where people will be able to ask questions and provide comments to FDOT representatives in a one-on-one setting. Surveys about the bridge will be available, and written comments will be accepted. FDOT will show a video that describes the process used to develop alternatives during the PD&E study.

a few extra weeks. “We still had a tremendous amount of business this Saturday, so Easter definitely wasn’t the cutoff day,” said Nancy Metcalf, manager of Foxy Lady South. “It may have to do with the weather being a little shaky up North, but we’re still finding a lot of people are here.” At the Columbia Restaurant, General Manager John Monetti said that turnout remains good in April. “If you had to take the season as a whole, we had an exceptional season in January, when the weather was warm, because a large portion of my restaurant is open-air, and, then, in March, we had challenges,” Monetti said. He echoed what merchants throughout the Circle told the Longboat Observer: “Overall, if you had to take in balance from December to April, it’s been a good season,” he said.







At this meeting, FDOT will display information for people’s review and comment regarding future repair, rehabilitation or replacement of the existing two-lane bridge. Replacement alternatives include a low-level drawbridge, a mid-level drawbridge and a high-level fixed bridge within the existing corridor.

The extension of the St. Armands Business Improvement District expires this September, unless landowners vote to renew the special taxing district. If that happens, unused BID funds would go into city coffers. BID leaders are still optimistic about an extension, but are considering funding a parking structure feasibility study if the BID extension becomes unlikely. The extension failed to pass earlier this month, with just 34 of 65 landowners returning ballots by the April 2 deadline, one of which didn’t have a required signature; 28 ballots were returned as undeliverable. BID leaders are still optimistic about a revote, saying that the ballots should have been sent via certified mail. “They’re trying to think positively that we’ll get the votes,” said Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association.



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Dreamweaver owner Eric Seace remembers business being this strong was 2008. He estimates sales are up 10% over last year. The stores typically don’t have trunk shows after Easter but held one last Saturday that “got a good turnout”; they will hold another show this Saturday. “I think it seems like every year (before), something went wrong, be it a recession or an oil spill or red tide,” said Seace, who serves as president of the St. Armands Circle Association. The early Easter hurt slightly, according to Seace, but wasn’t too bad, because season seems to be getting longer. “Summer seems to get better every year,” he said. Influence, which opened its women’s store in early 2010 and added its men’s store in December, had a holiday season that was “crazy,” according to co-owner Sam Beebe, who said it was the strongest season yet for the women’s store. “I think people this year were willing to spend, as much as it sounds bland,” she said. “There were just a lot more people on the island. It seemed foot traffic was so heavy.” Lynches Pub & Grub coowner Ethna Lynch reports the restaurant had its best season since opening on the Circle in 2003, including a recordbreaking, three-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration. “We’ve slowed down a little,”

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Beach project receives no bids A beach project bid meeting at Town Hall last week produced no beach bids and will delay the town’s beach project by 30 days. The town planned to receive bids for its beach project at a meeting Tuesday, April 16. It received one “no bid” letter from a dredge company explaining why it did not respond — but not a single bid. “I threw a party and nobody came,” said Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa, who told the Longboat Observer just days earlier he expected beach project savings costs in the bids because the town had teamed up with Collier County to save on dredge mobilization costs. The day before the scheduled meeting, Collier County officials informed Florensa that they couldn’t proceed as scheduled with their beach

project due to glitches in its bid. The bid meeting at Town Hall produced no bids the following day. Florensa said after calling the dredge companies, he learned the companies didn’t bid because they were concerned about bid language that stated sand couldn’t be scraped any deeper than 39 feet from the sand borrow areas that sit miles out in the Gulf. “When dredge companies can’t exceed a depth of a certain feet, they get nervous because they can incur fines,” Florensa said. “We can work on the language to address their concerns.” By law, Florensa and the

contractors can’t discuss issues they have with a bid proposal during the bid process. “Unfortunately we have to wait until the bid meeting is over to see what their concerns are,” Florensa said. The delay, Florensa said, will only push the beach project back 30 days from its original July or August start date. The beach project, expected to commence this summer, will place sand at the Broadway beach access to Gulfside Road, and from the Islander Club condominium to the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. The town is also trying to get permits to place an additional 55,000 cubic yards of sand in two other places on the Key.

Although the permit also allows for sand placement at the severely eroded North Shore Road beach access north to Beer Can Island, Florensa said the town would hold off on placing sand there until structures are permitted and built to hold sand in the area. The permit allows the town to finally be able to remove sand from a borrow site miles out in the Gulf where a natural-gas pipeline is being placed in the next couple of years. The town will take approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sand for the beach project. The project is estimated to cost the town $9 million, although it’s eligible for a $5 million reimbursement from Port Dolphin LLC if it moves forward with its pipeline project as anticipated.

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The estate at 6301 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for $5.7 million.

LBK homes sell for $5.7 million, $3.5 million Both Gulfside properties are located in the Manatee County portion of the Key.

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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Workshop to focus on Colony issues A 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, workshop allows commissioners to vet all of the issues facing the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Don’t make happy-hour plans. A special workshop scheduled this week to discuss the issues surrounding the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort property could make for a long afternoon at Town Hall. The workshop, scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, has seven agenda items. The first agenda item is a discussion of “the current understanding of property ownership,” which is listed as a “summary of the property ownership as understood from property appraiser research.” Commissioners are also slated to discuss resolutions related to the grandfathered tourism use at the property and the property maintenance issues. Town staff is expected to

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reveal the findings of a site inspection it performed April 12, at the resort, and outline deficiencies that need to be addressed. The workshop will also discuss a review of building and zoning codes related to the Colony, which could affect

any work proposed for the resort property at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A status on the court proceedings related to the property will also be discussed. Those invited to the workshop are Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association board members, longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force and Bay Isles Association Inc. members. Neighboring properties TenCon and Aquarius Club condominium board members are also invited to attend and/or give presentations. The workshop is open to the public. Meanwhile, Colony unit owners will continue to submit their votes until May 7, to elect the next board of the Association. At the May 7 unit owners meeting, they will de-

bate whether the right option for the property is a teardown and rebuild or a renovation of the existing property. According to emails sent to Longboat Key commissioners, some unit owners want to run against current Association board members. Colony unit owner Bud Siudara sent a letter to Mayor Jim Brown dated April 21, explaining he is running with a stance that “there is nothing that can’t be rehabilitated” on the property. Two weeks ago, results of a straw poll vote released by the Association showed owners favoring a teardown and rebuild, but Siudara and other rehabilitation supporters say the vote is not that simple. The vote breakdown, as reported April 9, by Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Operations Coordinator Larry Stritzel, showed 118 units are for an 18-acre rebuild and 78 units are for a 15-acre staged rehabilitation of existing units.

Two Gulfside Longboat Key homes on the Manatee County portion of the island sold this week for a combined $9.2 million. Judy Kepecz-Hays, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Longboat Key office, sold the home at 6301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $5.7 million. Court Hoyle, of Exit Realty, represented the buyers. The home was on the market for just 19 days before it went under contract, according to a prepared statement. Earlier this week, the home at 6021 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for $3.5 million. Reid Murphy, of Developers Realty Inc., represented both the buyer and seller. Property records show that the $5.7 million sale is the highest amount paid for a single-family home on the Manatee County portion of Longboat Key since March 2009, when Basil Zirinis paid $7,125,000 for the estate at 5871 Gulf of Mexico Drive. It’s also the highest singlefamily home sale on the Key since the record $12.5 million sale of a Regents Court home in April 2011. The 6,571-square-foot home at 6301 Gulf of Mexico Drive is located behind closed gates and sits on one acre on the Gulf of Mexico. The estate includes a separate three-bedroom guesthouse that is connected to the main home by a covered bridge. The property last sold for $1.55 million in January 2000. Longboat Key architect Robert Rokop designed the home, which homebuilder Whitehead Construction built. Property records list the sellers are David and Mary Lynn Banning. According to the news release, the new homeowners are from Texas and will use the home as a vacation residence. “The luxury market has been very active over the past six months. A product of buyer confidence in the relative stability of their assets, a real-estate market that is making the turn in value the national and international awareness of what a beautiful place Sarasota is for people to own a piece of real estate,” Kepecz-Hays said in the statement. The property at 6021 Gulf of Mexico Drive totals 1.13 acres and has a 3,107-square-foot home that will be torn down, according to Murphy. It last sold for $5 million in May 2006. He compares the landscaping of the property to that of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, with many tropical trees. The sellers are Gerard and Christine Byrne, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s website. Neither buyers’ names were immediately available.

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NEWSBRIEFS + Body of missing 6-year-old boy found Monday morning Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officials recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy Monday morning. The boy’s body was discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, one mile offshore Whitney Beach. Officials notified the family of a boy reported missing that the body recovered matched the description given. Lamontea Taylor, 6, was playing in the water with three cousins around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, near the south end of Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island, when he got swept into a current in the pass, according to a press release. The area where the boys were swimming had no-swimming signs posted, and family members said they thought the children were somewhere else at the time of the incident. Rescue crews saved the three cousins, but couldn’t locate Lamontea. The boy’s body was taken to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine headquarters on the bayside of Anna Maria Island, where the family received the news at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Longboat Key Fire Rescue and other emergency crews had searched for the boy for three days.

+ Cortez Bridge future debated at upcoming meeting North-end Longboaters worried about their commute time into Bradenton might want to keep an eye on the future of the Cortez Bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public kick-off meeting as part of a Public Development and Environment (PD&E) study of Cortez Bridge. Officials will seek public review and comment about future repair, rehabilitation or replacement of the existing bridge, including

Meetings agendas


 Town Commission Special Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Workshop — 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, May 6.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, May 13.  Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, May 20.

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. options such as a low-level drawbridge, midlevel drawbridge and high-level fixed bridge. The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, and will feature an open-house format. For information, visit

+ Buchanan honors longtime Mote Marine Laboratory CEO U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, honored longtime Mote Marine Laboratory president and CEO, Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, last week by submitting a speech for the Congressional Record praising Mahadevan’s contributions to marine science. “Under his leadership, Mote has grown from a small research facility to an internationally recognized laboratory of marine science and a local treasure teaching children and adults about sea life and conservation,” Buchanan said. Mahadevan, who has led Mote for 27 years, will become Mote’s president emeritus May 16.

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Turtles swim the globe before returning home A loggerhead that hatches on local beaches might swim thousands of miles before returning to nest at the place where it hatched. Oh, the places they’ll go. The tiny loggerhead hatchlings that emerge from the turtle nests will find their way to the water and swim away from land for three-to-six days out of the Florida current. “Then, they basically travel the entire Atlantic gyre,” said Kristen Mazzarella, senior biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, referring to the Atlantic Ocean current that stretches from the eastern United States to western Africa and Europe. Only about one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to sexual maturity, which is around 30 years for a loggerhead. And when they do reach that stage, the female will likely return to the same beach area where she hatched. That’s why from May through October, it’s lights out for the sea turtles. Bright lights disorient

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Longboat Key Turtle Watch’s 2013 poster offers turtle-nesting season guidelines. nesting turtles and hatchlings, ultimately preventing the tiniest turtles from making their way into the sea to start the incredible journey that can span oceans.

2012 sea turtle nesting season roundup Location Loggerhead Turtles Green Turtles Nests False Crawls Nests False Crawls LBK (Manatee County) 274 221 0 0 LBK (Sarasota County) 365 244 0 0 Lido Key 83 75 0 0 Siesta Key 338 305 2 2 Casey Key 978 1,135 5 4 Venice 424 277 0 0 Totals 2,462 2,257 7 6

Mature females typically nest every two or three years. They hang around offshore, close to their nesting area of choice, between May and August, laying four to six nests during a typical season, each of which consists of between 100 and 120 ping pong ball-sized eggs. For the two or three years before the next nesting season, females that nest on local beaches might go as far as the Mississippi Delta or Cuba. Nesting numbers in Florida have been on the decline since 1998, but in Mote’s patrol area (which spans from Longboat Key to Casey Key), they’ve increased in the past couple of years.

Last season, the Sarasota-Manatee area had 2,462 loggerhead nests — a record during the 31 years of Mote’s patrolling — although Tropical Storm Debby destroyed approximately 950 of those nests. Nesting numbers are also increasing on some other Florida beaches, as well. So, what does that mean for the loggerhead population? Researchers aren’t sure. Loggerhead nesting and population numbers could be following decades-long cycles. Mote continues to track turtles and nesting numbers to continue gathering data that will help researchers better understand these cycles. Loggerhead nesting in Florida has gone through periods of increase and decrease lasting about a decade each. Because nesting numbers began to reverse in Mote’s patrol area after a low point in 2007, that could mean they’re now in the middle of an upward part of this cycle. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise researchers to see more strong years for nesting numbers. While humans can’t control natural cycles of turtle populations, they can help hatchlings survive by keeping the beach free of visible lighting, picking up garbage, avoiding flash photography, removing beach furniture and knocking down sandcastles when you leave the beach. “Keep the beach looking like it would naturally, without humans,” Mazzarella said.

Here comes the rain again Tropical Storm Debby pounded Sarasota County beaches in the middle of the 2012 sea-turtle nesting season. Despite losing approximately 950 nests to the storm, according to Mote Marine Laboratory, nesting females managed to dig more than 2,400 nests during the season — nearly double the amount of nests the previous year. William Gray, head of the Tropical Meterology Project and Colorado State University professor, and Phil Klotzbach, who has worked with Gray on seasonal hurricane forecasts since 2000, both forecast an active hurricane season in 2013. The pair’s Atlantic Basin Seasonal Hurricane Forecast for 2013 (last updated April 10) predicts nine hurricanes for the coming season, which runs from June to November. Data the scientists used in the report shows the median number of annual hurricanes from 1981 through 2010, was 6.5. The report predicts a 47% chance of a major hurricane (greater than Category 2) will make landfall on the Gulf Coast. The same statistic for the previous century is 30%.

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Larry Starr forms alliance with Century 21 Beggins Century 21 Beggins Enterprises will offer residential real-estate services in R1A’s four Longboat Key offices and its downtown Sarasota headquarters. Real-estate developer Larry Starr and the Apollo Beach-based Century 21 Beggins Enterprises announced a new Longboat Key real-estate alliance Monday afternoon. The companies in Starr’s R1A portfolio — which include Resort Vacation Accommodations (RVA), Property One Annual Rentals, Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, Realty One Florida — and Century 21 Beggins Enterprises will continue to operate as independent companies, but Beggins will offer residential real-estate services out of R1A’s four Longboat Key offices and downtown Sarasota headquarters. “This will add one more layer of real-estate services,” said Jana Troyer, marketing coordinator at RVA. Barrier Island Realty, an R1A company that offers residential real estate, won’t be dissolved, but all personnel will have the opportunity to join Beggins. Craig Beggins, president and broker of Beggins, said Tuesday morning he has confirmation that all nine Barrier Island agents will join the company. Beggins has five branches in the Tampa Bay area. Local headquarters for the expansion will be at Barrier Island’s current location at 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive and in Realty One Florida’s office at 1626 Ringling Blvd., Suite 500, Sarasota. The company will also offer services at R1A company offices at 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive and Cedars Tennis Resort, 645 Cedars Court. Beggins said he began discussions with Starr after reaching out to brokers throughout the region, some in locations as far away in Orlando. “We have no presence at all in Saraso-

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In the past year, Blake Fleetwood has disagreed with the majority of the Colony’s board by arguing against a teardown and rebuild of the shuttered resort.

Last week, the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Board voted 6-3 in favor of pursuing a rebuild of the shuttered resort. Blake Fleetwood was one of the three opposing votes, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following the great debate about the future of the Colony. He’s become an outspoken advocate for a rehabilitation of the property over the past year. In an April 3 op-ed titled, “The terminators attack the Colony” (“terminators” referred to plans that would require owners to sign away their deeds and terminate the condominium association), he criticized developer-termination plans as “vague and unspecific on key deal points.” So, just who is this board member? If you read commission emails or letters and op-eds in local newspapers, you’ll know this part of his résumé: Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times magazine, New York magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly “on a number of issues,” his email signature states. Fleetwood, 69, lives in Manhattan and owns Cook Travel. He first visited the Colony in the early 1990s with his wife and three sons because they’d “heard a lot about it as one of the best resorts in the world,” although he “frankly was appalled” about the possibility of buying property in Florida. “But Longboat Key won me over, and the tennis won me over, and the beaches won me over,” Fleetwood said. Property records show he purchased his unit for $205,000 in February 2005.


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“At the time, I knew there were some problems, but I never imagined they would be of this magnitude,” he said. Fleetwood said he was “upset but a little heartened” when the Colony closed in August 2010. He didn’t think it would be closed for long and thought the Association would be in control of the property. He ran for the Association board last April, thinking his development experience would come in handy. (He’s previously renovated brownstones in New York City.) After his election, he vehemently opposed a rebuild plan proposed by the Broomfield, Colo.,-based Club Holdings Ventures, saying it would have cost him $300,000 to keep the deed to his unit. Fleetwood contends that his unit, along with the majority of units, are in the same shape they were in the day the resort closed. In fact, he spent the night in his unit in 2011, but a town official notified him he wasn’t allowed to do so because there was no water in the unit. Board terms are two years long, so Fleetwood isn’t up for re-election next month. Fleetwood knows he isn’t popular among a majority of the board’s members right now. “They feel that I’m sabotaging their redevelopment plans,” he said. “I’m telling them that they’re sabotaging their redevelopment plan.”

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The new normal: vigilance It can happen here. It did happen here. Terrorists were here. The story has been told many times since Sept. 11, 2001, that Mohammed Atta, one of the infamous World Trade Center murderers, lived in Venice and trained with one of his colleagues on how to pilot a jet. This newspaper reported a few days after the 9-11 attacks that Atta had been seen at meetings at the restaurant at the Longboat Key Holiday Inn, now the Positano luxury condominium. And we continue to stand by the report from a former Longboat Key fire inspector — who denied he told us — that a van with several men of Middle Eastern descent tried to get into the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort the morning of the attack to see President Bush but were thwarted at the guard gate and sped off. It’s easy to forget. It’s easy to become complacent. We complain about the TSA putting us through its torment. But last week’s Boston Marathon bombings and terrorist manhunt are vivid reminders that this War on Terror — and that’s what it is, Mr. President, accept it! — is continuing and growing increasingly prevalent on our soil. It’s here all right, and has been. To wit: Since 1990, there have been 19 Islamic terrorist-related attacks — singleperson assassinations, shootings and bombings — in the United States, according to a Texas-based researcher. In addition, in the same period, law enforcement officials have thwarted more than 30 Islamic terrorist plottings and attempts in the United States and aimed at the United States. Terrorism is not going away. Especially when those who plot it see the United States in retreat (pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan and cutting military spending). They are emboldened by what the Tsarnaev brothers inflicted on Boston. Our fellow Americans in Boston responded as we would expect of Americans — with conviction, competence and compassion. And the lesson they are sending to everyone is that all of us are now charged with living in a state of heightened vigilance. Don’t ever think it can’t happen here.

+ The best board in town

“I’m not in favor of more meetings, but I question the use of this board if it’s never going to meet.” Joel Mangel Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board Isn’t that good news — that the last eight meetings of the town’s property watchdog have been canceled for lack of code violations to address? Former Mayor George Spoll attests it’s not that Longboat Key is code-violation free. But there has been a change at Town Hall, and it appears to be for the better. The way Robin Meyer, director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department, explains it, the town staff has become particularly efficient at resolving a lot of code violations without the Code Enforcement Board intervening. Which might be another way of saying the relations between Longboat Key citizens and

+ Panhandlers gone!

GET A SHOTGUN? We heard the sound on the video again and again — the rapid-fire pop, pop, pop of gunfire that occurred between Watertown, Mass., law enforcement officers and Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In a residential neighborhood, no less. We heard the Watertown police chief describe the horrifying gun battle between the brothers and six Watertown officers. The two sides exchanged more than 300 rounds of bullets in furious barrage. The brothers threw bombs at his officers. And in his apparent final, desperate assault, the elder, wounded Tsarnaev charged a Watertown officer with rage, coming within 10 feet of him. We heard commentators talk about the Chechnyan terrorists being among the most ruthless killers of their lot. We heard how Massachusetts gun laws did nothing to stop the Tsarnaevs from obtaining their arsenal. And then on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Diane Feingold continued to argue in favor of banning “assault weapons” in America. Use a shotgun, she said. Yeah, shoot it in the air from your porch. That’ll stop ’em.

the code-enforcement staff have become more cordial and less confrontational. More sugar and less vinegar. This is indeed good news. Many Longboat Key commissioners and citizens have long advocated an approach in the planning, zoning and building department that emphasized an attitude of trying to find a way to say “yes,” rather than always a cold, flat “no.” While Longboaters would expect and want code-enforcement officers to follow and enforce the law, they believe that can be achieved respectfully. Likewise, we would hope Longboat citizens would afford the code enforcers the same respect. Code-enforcement board members shouldn’t fret if there aren’t meetings. Indeed, there is nothing in the town’s codes requiring a set number of meetings. In fact, board members might even consider themselves lucky to be on the best board in town — one that rarely meets and is rarely needed. Perhaps we have reached the point when the code board is called together only when it’s necessary. If so, that says a lot about the character of the town and the competence of the town staff.

THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco

At last. A reprieve. Perhaps even elimination. Thanks to the crafty law drafting of Sarasota City Attorney Robert Fournier, the Sarasota City Commission outlawed panhandling Tuesday on many of the city’s busiest streets and roadways. As of April 30, Longboaters and visitors to Longboat Key driving over the John Ringling-Gil Waters Bridge won’t have to endure the panhandlers trudging by their cars. No doubt the American Civil Liberties Union will find some way to challenge this ordinance. But Fournier sounded confident with city commissioners that he crafted the ordinance as a public-safety issue and not one of infringing on the right of free speech, of which panhandling qualifies. The city’s new law prohibits individuals from soliciting for “donations, contributions, employment, business or sales or exchanges of any kind” from an occupant of a motor vehicle who is “on the traveled portion of the public roadway.” By extension, the ordinance would prohibit soliciting by standing on medians. The ordinance does not prohibit people from standing on the sides of streets or on sidewalks with signs advertising businesses or urging voters to support particular candidates. This was step one for the city in addressing one of the most vexing and high-profile issues affecting the entire region. While panhandling on busy streets is indeed a public-safety issue, it’s also an economic issue. It certainly doesn’t boost tourism and real-estate sales. The next challenge is controlling it downtown. To be sure, panhandling is a fact of life. Beggars have walked the streets since the beginning of time. And they come in all varieties — some truly down on their luck, some mentally ill, some addicted to drugs, some lazy and some troublemakers. A panoply of society. Like most people, though, they, too, respond to incentives. If a panhandler isn’t able to fill his pockets, he’s likely to go elsewhere. The simple answer: Don’t give them anything.

+ RIP: Jim Greer

Condolences to the family of Jim Greer, who died April 19. Greer was another of Longboat Key’s beloved characters and dedicated citizens. If there was an event on Longboat Key, Greer was there — at the many art-show openings at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts; at everything held at St. Mary, Star of the Sea; and often at Town Commission meetings. He was sometimes colorful with his comments to the commissioners, but far more than that, he was always quick with a compliment.

+ Correction

In last week’s editorial on the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, we incorrectly stated the positions of two slates of candidates vying for seats on the Colony unit owners board. The candidates on each slate do not unanimously support redevelopment or renovation.

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As this situation compounds and suitable sand gets more rare and expensive and more hardened structures will be required to satisfy the beachfront properties, the town will be in dire straits. Maybe, in all fairness, the town should now also obligate itself to provide stewardship for our many miles of seawalls, which are also deteriorating, but also stabilizing our island and contributing to the general ambience. Where does it end? Does it make more sense that longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber built his own Makepeace groin that stabilized the Colony’s beach (and defended it against being ripped out in the euphoria surrounding our first “Sand or Seawalls” extravaganza)? Contrast that with the town’s expense in constructing a groin to enhance The Islander’s beach and now being obligated to restore the beaches at Villa di Lancia and En Provence because of the interruption caused by the groin to the normal north to south littoral drift. If present and future commissioners are so gung-ho about stewarding and manicuring our beach, it might be prudent if in the future we elect only those King (or Queen) Canute wannabes who can demonstrate their proficiency with shovels and wheel barrows. Shoveling sand against the tide is continuing to be an unrewarding activity. Give the beach a chance to recover by itself and let Mother Nature and the owners of beachfront properties recreate the silky white sands we had back in pre-renourishment days. Bradford Saivetz is a Longboat Key resident.

Dear Editor: Your editorial advocating the repeal of the income tax is among the five dumbest editorials I have read. I should respond, but two sources of comment inhibit this. “Life is short and the impulse strong to let the asses bray,” and from the Bible, “Answer not a fool according to his folly.” I believe the King James version substitutes the word “fool” for a less-flattering one. Respectfully, Donald A. Semisch Longboat Key

+ Cell towers are outdated Dear Editor: No cell tower in a residential area on Longboat Key. Sister Keys, maybe? But, this is outdated technology. Approval of a cell tower project in a Longboat Key residential area, meaning the church parking lot, would be divisive and likely to progress in this order: Unpleasant disagreements among neighbors; lawsuits; a settlement with which nobody is happy; and hard feelings. By the time all that is finished, cell phone technology will have completely bypassed the use of towers. It’s difficult to not see the irony in this situation: a cell tower in a church parking lot; guaranteed to be divisive; for profit, to a tax free organization; for a church whose congregation itself has been divisive, and has resulted in sev-


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While the Town Commission has been kicking the can down the road, avoiding the real work that is intended for giving our beachfront citizenry the sandy vistas they are wishing for and demanding, prices are escalating, prospective contractors are becoming more wary and contributing funds are drying up. Since 1993 — the onset of the stewardship the town assumed for renourishing the sandy strand that separates our dry land from the Gulf — the cost of a cubic yard of sand has escalated six-fold. The erosion of the newly placed sand has become more frequent and severe and now a return to hard structures has become the costly new vogue. So far, we have borrowed —  and paid back — almost $30 million in bonds. The interest alone on this bonded indebtedness has cost the town in excess of $5.5 million. Of course, this amount, plus the principal on that small portion of the expense that has actually been bonded, has been borne proportionally by both the beachfront properties and the inland properties — 80% for the beachfront, 20% for the inland. This 80/20 promise was what influenced the original vote and subsequent approvals for additional bonding. But, this was only a small portion of the actual monies our town expended. The major portion of renourishment costs was spread equally over our entire tax base. These funds either came from other town fiscal accounts or from contributions by other governmental entities. These expenditures also include maintenance, monitoring, engineering and legal costs not directly attributable to actual bonded programs.


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The chamber of commerce will offer more island events and a new resident membership.

Robbie Ball and his fiancée, Emily Shaw, plan to carry on the legacy of Longboat Key framer Terry Petesch, who died last year.

The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is going back to its roots. Members are still welcome to join from the mainland if they want to do business on the island, but the chamber will be more focused on Longboat Key than it has been in recent years. Events will take place mostly on the Key, and a new membership will be available to residents. “We’re trying to do more with the community,” said Dawn Mims, executive vice president of the chamber. Since the chamber moved into its new location at 595 Bay Isles Road, Suite 120F, in Mediterranean Plaza in March, it’s been getting down to business. It’s started new events, such as the “Muffins & Membership” breakfasts on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and it also has a new tourism industry group so that hotel and restaurant businesses can work together. The chamber is also managing the new informational kiosk at Longboat Key Publix, which is located to the right of the entrance, where shoppers will be able to find Key information, such as street maps and beach access locations. Additionally, community

When Terry Petesch died Nov. 27, Robbie Ball lost a friend and a mentor. Petesch, who worked at the former Longboat Framing Gallerie in Whitney Beach Plaza for 15 years before opening Terry’s Framing & Art Supplies in the Centre Shops in 2000, framed much of Ball’s artwork and taught him the trade, as well. “I grew up watching Terry work,” said Ball, whose family owns neighboring business, The Blue Dolphin Café. “With his instruction, I learned to build my own frames.” Ball is putting that education to good use as the new owner of Petesch’s shop. Ball and his fiancée, Emily Shaw, purchased Terry’s Framing & Art Supplies April 9. “I wanted to see his legacy carry on, and this seemed to dovetail well with my skills and interests,” said Ball, a 2010 alumnus of the Ringling College of Art and Design. Petesch left his mark on Longboat Key by framing bits and pieces of residents’ lives — including preschoolers’ drawings and newspaper articles — along with the usual requests for framed paintings and photographs. Shaw echoed Ball’s reasoning.

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Local artists purchase Terry’s Longboat Key Chamber Framing and Art Supplies focuses on home front by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Race to the finish line The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will hold its Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon at 7 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Longboat Key Club & Resort. The race includes a .25-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3-mile run. For registration, visit The chamber is also seeking volunteers. Call 383-2466. organizations that have upcoming events can contact the chamber to have information about their latest happenings displayed in the kiosk. Also on the horizon for the chamber: a big birthday. On May 19, the chamber turns 55. (Technically, the late Guy Paschal organized the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce in September 1956, but it wasn’t until May 19, 1958, that the chamber received its official charter.) The celebration, however, will take place in October, most likely at the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s Harbourside facilities. Its theme: “We’ve arrived at 55.”

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Emily Shaw and Robbie Ball bought Terry’s Framing & Art Supplies in early April. The couple plans to use Ball’s fine-art education and framing knowledge and Shaw’s business background to continue former owner Terry Petesch’s legacy.

“It just felt right,” Shaw said. “Robbie’s incredibly capable at building and selecting frames, and my background’s in the business end of art and design.” After studying at Ringling College for two years, Shaw moved in 2010 to manage a gallery in New York City. The couple also received a lot of encouragement from Ball’s father, Rob, and their friend, Kip O’Neill. “It’s a perfect fit,” O’Neill said.

“Terry would have loved this. I get the shivers just thinking about it.” Ball and Shaw do have a few changes planned, though, to make the business “their own.” For starters, there will be a new name. At press time, “Shop Shop Gallery” and “Longboat Key Custom Framing Services” were their frontrunner choices. They also want to devote a portion of the shop as gallery space, with artwork changing monthly. “We are going to hold opening shows, which will be fun for customers and a nice way to highlight local artists,” Shaw said. Lastly, they will tackle the shop’s online presence. “A Facebook page and website are definitely in the works,” Shaw said. Right now, “we’re very, very busy organizing the shop and filling out paperwork,” Ball said.

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April 9 I didn’t see the sign 6:01 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road. Dog on the Beach. A woman apologized after police told her she was not allowed to have her dog on the beach. She arrived on the beach by boat with a friend and didn’t see the posted sign.

April 10 What’s that sound? 6:48 p.m. — 4200 block of GMD. Assist Other Agency. A caller reported noise coming from the town lift station. Police heard a high-pitched sound coming from inside the building and asked the dispatcher to notify the on-call Public Works employee.

April 12 Give me $120 and no iPhone will get hurt 1:41 p.m. — 4400 block of Exeter Drive. Lost/Missing Property. A man dropped his iPhone at a Bradenton gas station. Two days later, his wife got a call from a woman with a husky voice, who was calling from the missing iPhone. The woman said the man could have the phone back if he paid $120. She wanted to meet that afternoon at Desoto Square Mall. The man tried to track the phone with the iCloud app, but it had been turned off.

April 13 Canine code of conduct 1:48 p.m. — 3700 block of GMD. Dog on the Beach. Police informed a man who had his small dog on the beach without a leash that town ordinances prohibit dogs on the beach and require dogs to be leashed in public places. The man apologized and said he was visiting for the weekend and didn’t know the ordinances.

Silence is golden 4:50 p.m. — Jewfish Key. Disturbance. Two callers complained about loud music coming from a boat anchored near Jewfish Key. The captain received a written warning.

Two timer 9:36 p.m. — New Pass Bridge. Traffic Violation. Police stopped a man for speeding. He gave them a Washington driver’s license, but also had a Georgia license. Police told him it was illegal to have two licenses and confiscated the Georgia license.

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On April 24, 1994, a Longboat Key institution served its final meal. That’s the day Shenkel’s restaurant closed after 35 years. Original owners Rich Shenkel and his wife, Nell Jones, opened the restaurant in 1959, while Edith Barr Dunn ran LONGBOAT their other restaurant, The Waffle Shop, in Sarasota, LORE which would become her training ground. Barr Dunn went on to open her own restaurant, Barr’s Restaurant, in Sarasota, and sell it at a profit, before agreeing to buy the Longboat Key restaurant when Shenkel and Jones were ready to retire. Barr Dunn became known for her support for just about every local organization (along with her signature Stetson hats). The restaurant was the breakfast spot for Kiwanians and served food to firefighters and police officers who were on duty during holidays. She told the Longboat Observer four years ago that she missed the people of Shenkel’s — but not the 17- to 18-hour days that were the norm for her during season at the restaurant.



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+ Where in the world is the Longboat Observer? The Longboat Observer has definitely earned frequent-flier status. Every week, we look forward to see where readers will take their newspaper: a safari in Africa? Antarctica? The top of the Eiffel Tower? Those are just a few examples of “It’s Read Everywhere” submissions we’ve received. But our journey of hundreds of thousands of miles began with a single step. Virginia Sanders and her late husband, Jack, packed their Longboat Observer for an Amazon River adventure. On April 27, 1989, the front page of the paper featured the Sanderses and Jack Frankel reading the Longboat Observer with two members of the Yagua tribe in Peru with the headline, “The Longboat Observer is Read Everywhere!” It was the beginning of a tradition that continues today — so, don’t forget to pack your Longboat Observer for your next vacation.

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Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon — will start at 7 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club Islandside. Triathlon participants swim one-quarter mile, bike 12 miles and run three miles. Duathlon participants will run one mile, bike 12 and finish with another three-mile run. Cost is $80 for the triathlon; $75 for the duathlon. Register at Call (513) 247-7288 .

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Reverse Designer Trunk Show — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. Donate designer duds to benefit the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC). Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. SPARCC will also pick up donations from those who can’t attend. Call 365-0208.

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If you’re getting ready to head north for the summer, plan to take the necessary steps now to ensure your home stays safe. You booked your plane ticket. The car carrier is coming to pick up your vehicle. Now the only thing left to do before heading north is attend as many “goodbye snowbirds” parties as you can squeeze into the next couple of weeks, right? Wrong. There are several steps you should take to secure your property before leaving town this summer. According to Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming, the most important thing residents can do to protect their homes is to notify police and trusted neighbors they’ll be gone. When a resident tells police of an extended absence, a police officer will check out the area to become familiar with how it should look. That makes police aware of vehicles that aren’t normally in the area or anything out of place on a property. Vacant-house reports are available on the FAQ section of the town’s website, The form allows residents to put contact information and the dates they’ll be away, along with the name of their yardman, maid and pool service company, vehicles in the driveway and timed lighting that can help police monitor the home. Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi recommends residents update their contact information before leaving town and make sure a neighbor has a key to the home. Dezzi suggests residents have their water turned off before leaving for an extended pe-

Security checklist • Notify police and trusted neighbors before leaving for an extended period, and make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Vacant-house reports are available in the FAQ section of the town’s website, • Put newspaper subscriptions on hold. • Consider installing light timers. • Check locks and alarms to ensure they’re working properly. • Turn off water and water heaters. • Unplug your garage door opener. riod, because a pinhole leak could cause a home to flood. Residents should also put newspaper subscriptions on hold, because the accumulation of weeks’ worth of papers could alert a thief that a resident is out of town — not to mention annoy neighbors. And, if you’re staying in town, be a good neighbor. Keep an eye on your neighbors’ properties, especially if you know they’re gone, and call police to report suspicious activity.

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+ Life’s a beach for Beachplace residents We get lots of photos of sunsets. We get fewer pictures of people enjoying the sunsets. Here, Mary Ahern, Bobby Reardon, Lorraine Reardon and Paul Ahern enjoy the sunset in front of Beachplace condominium.

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Longboat Key closed the books on election season last month, but campaign contributions recently added up for the Longboat Library. Candidates can return unused funds to donors or give them as charitable donations. Mayor Jim Brown and commission candidate Irwin Pastor donated their unused campaign contributions to the all-volunteer, not-for-profit library. The library is choosing to keep the amount of the donations confidential. Last year, Vice Mayor Dave Brenner and challenger Ray Rajewski also donated their unused contributions to the library. In other news, the library will switch to summer hours next week. Check out the library from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, May 1 through Nov. 1.

In the 2012 Local Media Association Editorial Contest, The Observer Group was named the fifth company overall, with 23 wins divided between five of its publications. Local Media Association is made up of more than 2,200 suburban and community newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. The Observer won first-place awards for Best Entertainment/ Lifestyle Section for its arts-andentertainment section, Diversions (which has won the award for three consecutive years); and Best Arts and Entertainment Writing. The Observer also won third place for Best Special Section for


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OBITUARIES Clarence ‘Cal’ Buckingham Atkins, 80, of Bradenton, died April 11. Born in Bristol, Conn., Mr. Atkins graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. Mr. Atkins started his career in communications, retiring as an executive of NEC Corporation of America in 1998 in Melville, N.Y. Upon moving in 1990 to Florida, he found retirement dull, so he worked parttime at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton and the Sara Bay Country Club, he also served as a director of the Whitfield Ballentine Manor Association. Mr. Atkins is survived by Anne, his wife of 46 years; his sister, Suzanne Ott; daughters, Cindy Atkins, Pamela Barth, Jennifer Stone and Laurie Moulliet; two grandchildren; and his devoted dog rescued from the pound, Deacon. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 20, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to the church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, Fla., 34205, or the Manatee Humane Society, 2515 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton, Fla., 34205.

George M. Bachar

George M. Bachar, 78, of Sarasota, died April 4. A Renaissance man, Mr. Bachar worked as a teacher, a pharmaceutical salesman and owner of “By the Seat of Your Pants,” a clothing store, before moving in 1974 from Arlington Heights, Ill., to Longboat Key, where he opened the Charthouse Pub, a now-defunct restaurant that was known for its hotdogs and chili. Mr. Bachar loved to dance and will be remembered for his sense of humor. Mr. Bachar was preceded in death by his brothers, Danny and Dickie; and his daughter, Denise Wolfson. He is survived by Bernice, his wife of 52 years; brother, Jim; son, Craig; daughter, Lisa Koontz; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. A funeral service was held Friday, April 12, at Faith Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the church, 1201 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Fla., 34232, or the American Cancer Society,

Muriel C. ‘Mimi’ Francis

Muriel C. “Mimi” Francis, 83, of Longboat Key, died April 6. Born in Chicago, Mrs. Francis graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in literature and later earned her B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, she worked as an architectural interior designer for Conrad Hilton. After designing hundreds of hotel rooms and public spaces, she founded Muriel Francis Interiors. After raising her two children, Mrs. Francis focused on philanthropic endeavors. She used her entrepreneurial skills to establish antique and resale shops that helped fund two Chicago hospitals, Mount Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as the Children’s Heart Research Foundation at the University of Illinois. Access Community Health Centers honored Mrs. Francis and her husband, Paul, for their efforts in providing quality health care in Chicago. She was also a longstanding benefactor of land conservation through The Nature Conservancy in Madison, Wis., and The Catamount Center in Woodland Park, Colo. An avid sculptor, Mrs. Francis’ steel structures are on display in several locations in Chicago. She also enjoyed many outdoor activities, including horseback riding and canoeing. She had a flair for the whimsical, favoring adventure tales, such as “The Wizard of Oz” and the “Harry Potter” series, which she loved to narrate for her grandchildren. Mrs. Francis is survived by Paul, her husband of 59 years; her brother, Saul; son, Lee; daughter, Julie; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 11, in Oak Park, Ill. Memorial donations may be made to Erie Family Health Center, 1701 W. Superior St., Chicago, Ill., 60622, or the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903.

Gary Randall Grundy

Gary Randall Grundy, 67, of Longboat Key, died April 3. Mr. Grundy studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He worked for Old Dominion Camera Co. and then Philip Morris USA for 25 years. Mr. Grundy was a past president of the

Detroit, from 1957 to 2007. It was the first wholesale liquor license issued in the state of Michigan. He fell into the career at the ripe age of 25 following his father’s sudden death; nonetheless, he displayed “tremendous business acumen,” said his wife, Melvy, who added that “his Hollywood good looks belied his modesty.” For 35 years, he wintered on Longboat Key, where he enjoyed playing tennis, attending ballet and symphony perforLewis mances and visiting with friends. He was a member of the Longboat Key Club. He is remembered as one of the last of the “true gentlemen” and always was considered an honorable man. He worshipped at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Mich., and Temple B’nai Israel in Petoskey, Mich. Mr. Lewis is survived by Melvy, his wife of 41 years; brother, Frank; sons, Steven and Mark; and four grandchildren. A remembrance open house will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Water Club condominium, 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A funeral was held Sunday, April 14, at Ira Kaufman Chapel in Franklin, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

RealRail Model Train Club of SarasotaManatee counties. He volunteered with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Tampa Bay Redfish Stock Enhancement program. He worshipped at Roser Memorial Community Church on Anna Maria Island and was a member of the Sarasota Yacht Club. A man with a green thumb, Mr. Grundy won the Piedmont District and Grundy Virginia State Award for indoor gardening from the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, as well as the Civic Beautification Award from the Longboat Key Garden Club. He also loved being on the water. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, he taught sailing lessons and Coast Guard safe boating courses in the lower Chesapeake Bay area. He enjoyed scuba diving and fishing, as well. Mr. Grundy is survived by his wife, Betsy, and his brother, Allan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Roser Memorial Community Church chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Fla., 34236; RealRail, P.O. Box 239, Tallevast, Fla., 34270; Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Fla., 34216; or Tidewell Hospice, 5944 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla., 34238.

Theresa ‘Teddie’ Sinick

Theresa ‘Teddie’ Sinick, 98, of Longboat Key, died April 14. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., Mrs. Sinick was the youngest of nine children. During World War II, she served her country as an assistant to Commodore Delvimer Steece, supervisory head of the Department of the Navy. She later owned a hardware business in Windsor, Conn., with her husband, Sidney, for nearly a halfcentury. Mrs. Sinick was a member of Temple Beth Israel, Hadassah, ORT and the National Council of Jewish Women. Mrs. Sinick was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney, and eight siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Gail; son, Marshall; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Beth Israel or to Manasota Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Morris Kaplan

Morris Kaplan, 86, of Longboat Key, died April 6, just one week shy of his 87th birthday. Born in Detroit, Mr. Kaplan grew up to become a skilled carpenter. A Longboat Harbour resident since 1991, he enjoyed dancing, fishing, trolling through the mangroves, playing pool, cooking and enjoying a good meal with family and friends. Mr. Kaplan is survived by his wife, Marle Abramson; three children, two step-children, six grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

Milford ‘Mel’ Lewis

Milford T. “Mel” Lewis, 81, of Franklin, Mich., and Longboat Key, died April 9. Mr. Lewis ran L&L Wine and Liquor Corp., which his father founded in 1934 in

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Alex Kuznetsov won a decisive victory Sunday, April 21, defeating Wayne Odesnik 6-0, 6-2 in the final round of the 2013 Sarasota Open. Despite his comfortable lead, Kuznetsov never assumed he had it in the bag. “I lost a match earlier this year when I was up by the same margin, 6-0, 4-0, and I didn’t want to repeat it,” he said. “I also know Wayne (Odesnik) is a tough competitor who doesn’t give up, so I just took it one point at a time.” Sure enough, Odesnik did make a slight comeback after Kuznetsov’s 4-0 second set lead, winning two consecutive games and earning massive applause from a crowd that could sense his frustration. But Kuznetsov regained momentum with consistent serves and groundstrokes and impeccably placed drop shots to put the match away. Though his achievement seemed effortless, Kuznetsov, in the awards ceremony, told the crowd, “I’m tired, very tired.” Far from a frontrunner, Kuznetsov had to qualify for the tournament then play another six singles matches, including three with split sets. He also played three rounds in the doubles tournament. “I was really nervous coming into this event, but as I kept winning, I gained confidence,” he said, adding that he hopes the high from the win will give him a boost in the Savannah Challenger in Savannah, Ga., for which he left an hour after the Sarasota Open. While the men’s singles finals match was primarily one-sided, play in the doubles finals couldn’t have been more even. Ilija Bozoljac and Somodev Devvarman narrowly

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Ilija Bozoljac and Somdev Devvarman won the men’s doubles finals. defeated Steve Johnson and Bradley Klahn 11-9 in a third set tiebreaker, following two sets that also ended in tiebreakers. “It couldn’t have been closer than this,” Ilija Bozoljac said. “All four of us are friends and we were playing good tennis today, so we went out with the attitude that we would have fun and entertain people, and eventually the victory came.” In the inaugural Nick Bollettieri Women’s Sarasota Open, Elizaveta Ianchuk defeated her sister, Olga, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Forty-six professional players competed in the nine-day event at the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s Tennis Gardens. The Sarasota Open included 31 men’s singles matches, 15 men’s doubles matches and 13 women’s singles matches, as well as a pro-amateur competition and a children’s exhibition event, which esteemed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri led.

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Alex Kuznetsov won the final match 6-0, 6-2, thanks to consistent serves and groundstrokes.

Fritz Wolfmarans races to make a cross-court forehand against Ilija Bozoljac during the Sarasota Open qualifying round Monday, April 15.

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Wayne Odesnik returns Alex Kuznetsov’s serve in the men’s finals.

The Sarasota Open honored Nick Bollettieri Friday, April 19, by naming the women’s tournament after the renowned coach. Bollettieri started teaching in the late 1950s, first in Wisconsin and then Puerto Rico, but made his mark on the sport by opening the world’s first tennis boarding school on “40 acres of tomatoes” in 1978 in Bradenton. The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now part of IMG Academy, a 500acre sports facility, has been training grounds for legions of tennis champions, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams and Maria

Sharapova. Bollettieri thanked his students and instructors for their dedication to the sport, as well as longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Murf Klauber for hiring him as an instructor at the Colony in 1977, which gave him his break into the local tennis community. Bollettieri, who majored in philosophy at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., used tennis, “a lifelong sport,” as a metaphor for constant vocation. “Never retire,” he told the crowd. “Change careers if you want, but do something. Go into the inner city to volunteer with kids. Spend quality time with your grandchildren. No one ‘deserves’ to sit and waste away.” The following morning, Bollettieri

led a two-hour exhibition for children, which included lessons in both tennis and life. He spoke of perseverance, sharing stories of former students, including Tommy Haas, who became No. 2 in the world, then suffered a shoulder injury, followed by a hip injury and then nearly lost both parents in a car accident. “He slipped to No. 345 and people said, ‘You’re finished.’ Last year, he was No. 14,” Bollettieri said. “Boys and girls, during your life, you will suffer setbacks. And this is when your mind and the people you surround yourself with will make a big difference. There is no ball you cannot get except for those you don’t try for.”


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>> Seaplace end-of-season party >> Promenade farewell party >> Islander Club end-of-season party >> Fairway Bay farewell party

Elizabeth Lepore and Margaret Schmidt caught up with each other at the Promenade end-of-season party. Carole Krieger, Peter Roth, Gabe Rosica, Ed Krepela and Charlotte Blaney mingle at Fairway Bay III, The Atrium’s farewell party, held Saturday, April 20. Continental Management Group hosted the event, and Harry’s Continental Kitchens catered it. More than 60 residents attended.

Jeanne Nix, Gayle Sanders and Jan Schaffert helped organize the Islander Club’s end-of-season party Wednesday, April 17. Non-pictured committee members included June Sturges, Flo Ruggiero and Flo Ward. Guests enjoyed food from Ciao! Italia.

Left: Sandy and Robert Endres celebrated season's end with a poolside barbecue Wednesday, April 17, at Seaplace. Patsy and Majella performed while guests danced off an indulgent meal catered by Sonny's.

Christa Kilgore, Wendy Feinstein and Helaine Weinstein said au revoir to another season at the Promenade farewell party Wednesday, April 17.

Jo Ann Nair and Mary Marthaler co-chaired the Islander Club’s farewell party. Right: Gladys and Stanley Shapiro danced to the music of Patsy and Majella Wednesday, April 17, on the Seaplace pool patio.

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It took 720 volunteers, ranging in age from 6 to 80, to run the sixth Sarasota Open. Tournament organizer Tony Driscoll started soliciting people at the start of the year to serve as parking attendants, ushers, court sweepers and ball retrievers. The selected crew then underwent three weeks of training in March to practice agility and review tennis etiquette, such as no standing or talking during points. The ushers, who enforce these policies, “were pretty strict this year, which is great,” Driscoll said. The coveted volunteer positions have drawn at least three out-oftown families who schedule their annual vacation around the tournament so their children can volunteer and see some of the world’s best players up close and personal, Driscoll said. This year, FCAT testing conflicted with the tournament, preventing many local children from participating, but Jenah Victor, of Anna Maria Island, who homeschools her son, Jeremiah, 10, administered state testing a week early so he’d be free to volunteer as a ball boy. Jeremiah Victor, who started Kids Serve four years ago to share his tennis adventures and promote his love for missions, has been studying the pros’ volleys. “It’s paid off,” said Jenah Victor, who has hit with her son every morning of the tournament. “He’s put nearly every shot away.” Pictured: Volunteer Jeremiah Victor, 10

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Direct Gulf front 2 bedroom + Den/3rd bedroom with 2,800 SF. Sabal floor plan with gorgeous water views. 2 parking spaces included.


Beachplace - Direct Gulf Front WalkDown Corner apartment, completely turnkey furnished with sparkling views of the Gulf of Mexico. 3 full bedrooms, new granite & stainless kitchen, and wood floors. $1,250,000


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The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,159,000


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Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car garage. $3,490,000


The Players Club - Gulf Views Fully furnished apartment in beautiful condition Gulfside on Longboat Key in a gated community. 1,800 SF, two bedrooms + a den off of the kitchen that could be a 3rd sleeping area. $649,000

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Captivating City & Bay views with 4 bedrooms and 7,452 SF of quality and elegance. Outdoor living at its best! Infinity-edge pool, 2,460 SF of terraces, boat dock & lift.

L'AmBIANCE 6TH FLOOR NORTHWEST CORNER $2,650,000 North Longboat Key - Unique Bayfront Estate

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CHOICE SUNSET CORNER LOCATION & RARELY AVAILABLE largest 3,400 sq ft floor plan. 3 possible bedrooms with en-suite full baths, plus a powder room and a separate study. Just completed model home West of the Trail is beautifully staged with 5BR/4.5 Baths built by DR Horton. 4,363 SF. $749,990

Beachplace I - Direct Gulf Front Desirable 4th floor 3 bedroom / 2 bath apartment perfect for the investor. Excellent rental history.


Beaches of Longboat Key Sweeping Gulf, City and LBKC Golf Course views from this lovely SW corner sixth floor apartment with three bedrooms and three full baths. Updated wood & granite kitchen. Hurricane shutters. $1,149,000


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Sea Gate Club - Direct Gulf Front Feels Lovely 3,700+ SF waterfront home at the end like a beach house! Gulf, beach and sunset of a cul-de-sac with 3 bedrooms plus study/4th views from every room of this 2BR/2BA split bedroom, stunning open Bay views, infinity- floor plan. Offered entirely turnkey furnished. edge pool and three car garage. $3,500,000 $649,995 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, LLC 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #1, Longboat Key




Coral Cove - Bay Front Dream Mainland Mediterranean perfection with 130' of direct waterfront, 5 bedrooms, home theater, library, family room, infinity-edge pool, boat dock with lift and 4-car garage. $2,499,900

Longboat Key - 150 Feet of Beachfront Gated privacy on 2+ acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. 10,000SF, 7BR/6.5BA with attached guest wing.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Condominium in Orchid Beach Club sells for $2,195,000 The following residential real-estate transactions took place between April 8 and April 12. A condominium in Orchid Beach Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Frederick and Jane Fine sold their Unit D-702 condominium at 2052 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Josef Spatz, of Nova Scotia, Canada, for $2,195,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 3,654 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.35 million in 2005.

Drive N. to Charles Preston, of Longboat Key, for $325,000. Built in 1967, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,357 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2012.

Casa del Mar

Dorothea Bilder, of DeKalb, Ill., sold her Unit 11 condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Marvin Ferguson, trustee, of Indianapolis, for $250,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 756 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 2003.

LONGBOAT KEY Emerald Harbor

Windward Bay

Nancy Burnside, of Sarasota, sold her home at 761 Old Compass Road to James and Lou Ranck, trustee, for $1,825,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,378 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $605,000 in 1999.

bath, a pool and 2,461 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $722,500 in 2002.

Country Club Shores

Sleepy Lagoon Park

Richard and Patricia Wagner, of Sarasota, sold their home at 561 Yawl Lane to Richard and Belinda Russell, of Louisville, Ky., for $950,000. Built in 1962, it has three bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths, a pool and 3,294 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 2011. Michael Dennen and Beverly Dennen, trustees, of Sugar Mountain, N.C., sold the home at 1111 Bogey Lane to Linda Rhault, trustee, of Warwick, R.I., for $700,000. Built in 1971, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,170 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in 1986.

Dream Island

Terry and Kathleen Noreen, of Santa Rosa, Calif., sold their home at 760 Dream Island Road to John and Geri Sullivan, of Longboat Key, for $830,000. Built in 1980, it has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-

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This home at 761 Old Compass Road in Emerald Harbor has three bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,378 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,825,000.

Judith Wiliams, of Longboat Key, sold her home at 560 Lyons Lane to Joshua Banks and Darcy Nelson, of Longboat Key, for $485,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,722 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $255,000 in 1999.

Privateer North

Lois Sklare, trustee, sold the Unit 803 condominium at 1050 Longboat Club Road to David and Patricia Hogan, of New York, for $431,300. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,409 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $170,000 in 1992.

Fairway Bay

Patricia Briggs, of Hamilton, Ohio, sold her Unit 402 condominium at 1908 Harbourside Drive to Richard Wagner, Patricia

Wagner and Frank Swanson, of Longboat Key, for $400,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,626 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $276,000 in 1986.

Spanish Main Yacht Club

James and Constance Cameron, trustees, of Avon, Colo., sold the Unit 147 condominium at 612 Spanish Drive N. to Eugene and Marva Brown, of Wyomissing, Pa., for $341,050. Built in 1967, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,346 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2005. Victor and Eileen Mingal, of Williamsville, N.Y., sold their Unit 53 condominium at 925 Spanish Drive N. to Richard and Eleanor Hyland, of West Bloomfield, N.Y., for $338,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,449 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $115,000 in 1987. Linda Adrian, of Longboat Key, sold her Unit 155 condominium at 548 Spanish

Meryl Glovin, trustee, of New York, sold the Unit 305 condominium at 4500 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Pauline Ney, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $240,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,096 square feet of living area.

ST. ARMANDS John Ringling Estates

Jeffery Kints, of Ontario, Canada, sold his home at 55 N. Washington Drive to Magnavent LLC for $975,000. Built in 1960, it has six bedrooms, five baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,071 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 2012.

LIDO KEY Lido Surf and Sand

William Muller Jr., of Milford, N.J., sold his Unit 611 condominium at 1102 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Joseph Benson, of Indian Head Park, Ill., for $440,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,213 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2009.

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

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-504-0123

350 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 228 #A3963795 $750,000 Saint Cacchiotti

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

750 Tarawitt Dr #A3971896 $695,000 Sharon Freeman

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2055 Harbour Links Dr # 2055 #A3967455 $629,000 Douglas Parks

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

373 Benjamin Franklin Dr #A3971800 $2,695,000 Stephanie Church

707 S Gulfstream Ave # 408 #A3975825 $625,000 Stephanie Church

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

1485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A401 #A3945458 $585,000 Christina Landry

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

5201 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 201 #A3968688 $550,000 Michael Yawitz

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

4311 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 201 #A3969075 $550,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

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

1327 Cottonwood Trl #A3975487 $535,000 Diana Michel

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-266-2677

1000 Longboat Club Rd # 603 #A3968910 $525,000 Catherine De’Ath

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

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 3816 Spyglass Hill Rd #A3973416 $499,000 Sherri Mills

571 Putter Ln #A3968685 Linda A. Page


Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-7112

3440 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 6 #A3975074 $495,000 Susan Smith

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

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

5913 55Th Dr E #A3974987 $489,900 Barbara Najmy

Braden River 941-383-7591 941-383-7591

460 Fieldstone Dr #A3973990 $449,900 Sharon Ross

Venice 941-388-4447 941-320-4190

210 Sands Point Rd # 2403 #A3972539 $440,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

690 Linley St #A3967460 $390,000 Tama Traberman

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

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

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

3240 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 103 #A3975227 $365,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

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

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of April 18 through April 24, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit Applicant Amount Elevator/ 412 GMD dining room Dry Dock Waterfront Grill $260,000 5231 GMD Interior Jayne Hasler $110,000 4500 GMD Kitchen Jeffrey Mayper $64,785 Michael and Michelle Morris $51,813 6600 Bayou Hammock Road Seawall Garage Joseph Murphy $45,000 601 Weston Pointe Court Bathrooms Allen Schwartz $29,400 775 Longboat Club Road Kitchen Patricia Fochi $21,787 2105 GMD Kitchen Patricia Fochi $21,787 2105 GMD Beachcomber Office Condominium Association $20,000 2721 GMD Re-roof Francis Kulp, trustee $19,936 3550 Mistletoe Lane Lift and dock William Witzel $19,455 551 Putter Lane Door and window Michael Hamilton $19,400 5655 GMD Siding Robert Crites $14,000 613-615 Cedars Court Siding Ross Grant $14,000 609-611 Cedars Court Window Joyce Welch, trustee $11,983 3432 Winding Oaks Drive Bathroom William Cooney Jr. $9,577.88 617 Buttonwood Drive Doors and windows Jeffrey Hotchkiss $9,508 1560 Harbor Sound Drive 6505 Gulfside Road Pool fence David Fagerlee $8,040 Re-roof Mitchel Bodle $7,500 610 Russell St. Repairs Continental Kitchens Inc. $6,500 548 St. Judes Drive 448 GMD Window Robert Smith, trustee $4,693 Shutters Roselyn Erickson $4,150 1945 GMD Door John Stoker $3,495 876 Spanish Drive N. Skylight Bernard Beaurpere $1,320 3620 Bayou Circle Window Norman Cavedo Jr. $654.50 970 Bogey Lane

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 306 #A3976489 $298,900 Bobbi Banan

535 Forest Way # None #A3969198 $249,000 Bobbi Banan

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

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


Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-539-3384


6859 Wagon Wheel Cir #A3968325 $249,000 Maureen Horn

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

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1505 Sarasota #A3966943 $8,700-$10,400/month, 60 day min Diane Lyons 941-552-4200

761 Lands End Dr #A3972387 Diann Thelen

4621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 21F #A3893469 $375,000 - $589,000 Richard Perlman

4870 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3974668 $219,000 Diana Kryszak

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551 Harbor Point Rd #A3969494 $3,600,000 Michael Moulton

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

1427 Pine Bay Dr #A3947941 $1,695,000 Dede Curran

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-928-3255

114 N Warbler Ln #A3959493 $1,650,000 Timothy P. Field, P.A.

Bird Key 941-383-7591 941-350-0332

3030 Grand Bay Blvd # 333 #A3957486 $1,299,000 Sandi Layfield

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

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

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941.400.8764

3308 E Forest Lake Dr #A3975269 $1,200,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

603 Longboat Club Rd # 1104N #A3970099 $1,050,000 Hannerle Moore

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

2204 Harbour Court Dr #A3972270 $1,050,000 Michael Yawitz

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

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

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

1205 S Orange Ave #A3974901 $991,205 John Allaman

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-232-4200

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

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

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

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


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


Longboat Key $4,500 941-552-4200

4500 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph5 #A3967661 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $1,700 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 6001 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3976368 $7,000,000 Ian Addy Pa

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tiki time

by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

SYC members party in paradise at luau-themed get-together Members unwound at a South Pacificthemed luau Saturday, April 20. Dressed in halter dresses, Hawaiian shirts, sarongs, shorts and leis, they met at the “lagoon” (the club pool) for Mai Tai cocktails and a hula performance. The crowd then shuffled into the club dining room, where

a quintet, which Commodore Lee Goodman and Vice President Frank Wright led, pantomimed and lip-synched to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “There is Nothing Like a Dame.” The tropical soiree ended with a dinner and dancing to the music of Green Flash.

Co-Chairwomen Marj Kirschner and Diane Stabile

Denise DeBord and Linda Summers

Rosemary Mahoney and Laurie Covert

Jeri, Canyon and Chris Cushman

BKYC hosts Sarasota Bay Cup Bird Key Yacht Club hosted the 2013 Sarasota Bay Cup Saturday, April 20. Sixtythree boats entered the race, with teams coming from as far away as Crawfordsville. Sailors competed in eight divisions: cruisers, pocket cruiser, racer cruiser, non-spinnaker, spinnaker, multihull, Fly-

ing Scot and E-Scow. After the race, the club threw a low country boil, which race organizer Chris Covert called “one of the most popular feasts of the year.” Daniel Fagazzotto put guests in a festive mood with his steel drum music.

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Jan Colby and Margery Hetzel

Peter and Nancy van Roekens with Gabe and Bettina Rosica


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BURNS COURT-INCOME PRODUCING! 2 renovated downtown buildings w/potential & overnight quarters, 1300+SF, French doors, wood flrs, diagonal tile, fp, granite wet bar, custom cabinets, crown molding, skylight, rear paver parking & more! MLS#A3976290 $675,000

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

DOWNTOWN WITH VIEWS! 3-4Br/3.5Ba/2CG in Kanaya, over 3,000SF, 9FT ceil., crown moldings, porcelain tile, quality cabinetry, granite, marble, SS appls., wet bar, 2 pvt balconies in a Feng Shui inspired bldg w/amenities: pool, fitness ctr & more! MLS#A3974304 $950,00

BAY AND CANAL VIEWS will inspire you from the spacious lanai of this well maintained 2/2 beauty, heated pool, tennis, deep water boat slip & private cabana w/deeded beach access. Teresia Bradford $269,000 #M5832385


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

REMODELED 7TH FLOOR VIEWS! Downtown 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/granite, Euro cabinetry, built-ins, ceramic tiled flrs, renovated kitch.w/SS appls., updated baths, pvt balcony & svc entrance in a secure bldg w/full svc amenities close to everything! MLS#A3974587 $850,000

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

5TH FLR BAY VIEWS! Downtown split plan, 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/tile flrs, mirror walls, bonus space, eat-in kitch., master & guest wing, pvt laundry, balcony & hurricane shutters in secure bldg w/ amenities; concierge, valet, fitness ctr, pool & more! MLS#A3970528 $525,000

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry! Marc Turner $399,000 #A3926740


PROTECTED DEEP WATER! Mainland 3-5Br/3.5Ba/3CG w/teak, mahogany & bamboo flrs, tile, granite, marble, detailed ceil., builtins, custom finishes, wood cabinets, aquarium glass, butlers pantry, gourmet kitch., comb fam rm, saltwater pool/spa & summer kitch on loggia, dock & lift MLS#A3971649 $1,695,000

FRANCES CARLTON Downtown 1-2Br/1Ba w/historic designation, Lr, Dr, den/study, wood flrs, ceramic tile, carpet, custom cabinets, French doors, Palladian windows, pvt laundry & pool views in secure bldg w/ amenities; courtyards, pool & assigned parking! MLS#A3974837 $184,000

on west side of Gulf of Mexico Dr. Enjoy beach walks, lazy sun filled beach days, colorful sunsets & beautiful landscaping. 3BR/3BA main house w/1BR/1BA in-law apartment. Van VanArtsdalen $599,000 #M5832791

MANOR IN THE OAKS BAYSIDE! Over 4,300SF, 4-5Br/4Ba w/formal Lr, sep Dr, gourmet kitch., morning rm, study, fitness ctr & theatre rm seating 8, private picturesque grounds & time honored quality w/ fine finishes & custom details in gated CC comm.! MLS#A3963302 $1,270,000

BEAUTIFUL DEEP WATER LOT in the secluded community of Hideaway Bay. Cul-de-sac peninsula style lot with deep sailboat water on 3 sides. Great location to build your dream home. Kelly Belisle $995,000 #M5836272





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WATERFRONT PRESERVE VIEWS Luxurious 3Br/3Ba/1CG w/tray ceil., crown moldings, furn quality cabinets, custom tile, granite, pvt elevator, svc entrance, covered and screened balcony w/sunsets, furn is negotiable in gated golf comm. w/ amenities! MLS#A3949944 $285,000

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sips for the sea

by Robin Hartill | City Editor


by Katie Hendrick | Community Editor

Wine tasting raises funds for Mote Marine Locals raised a glass (or two) for Mote Marine Laboratory Wednesday, April 17, at Harry’s Continental Kitchens. Larry Wilhelm strummed the guitar and sang covers from Tom Petty and the Eagles, while guests sipped chardonnay and cabernet. The group celebrated the April birthdays of nine Longboaters.

Photos by Robin Hartill

April brings shower of birthdays in the Village For the 16th time: Kip O’Neill’s birthday isn’t in April. That’s what O’Neill wrote on the invitation for the 16th annual April Girls Party. (For the record, her birthday is Aug. 1.) But 16 years ago, O’Neill and her late husband, Leo, noticed that many of their neighbors in the Longbeach Village had

Bonnie Dallinger and Terri Noyes

Stacy Alexander and Aly Busse

April birthdays, so they began throwing a party. Eventually, it got so big they had to limit the celebration to birthday girls. This year’s event took place Friday, April 19, and celebrated the April birthdays of D’Arcy Arpke, Donna Ball, Gail Condrick, Chantal Diem, Jinny Johnson, Lissy LaFlamme, Barbara Pappas, Vivie Porterfield and Lillian Sands.

Photos by Katie Hendrick

Brad Tanner and Dana Henderson

Suzette and Tom Keenan

Elisabeth Phillipson, Vashti Braha and Lynne Hayden

Brian Mankowski and Julie Pepi

Bill and Chris Camp

Find your new home at Century 21 Dockside Realty Associates FINE HOMES & ESTATES Discover the Dockside Difference Experience, Impeccable Service Integrity and talented hard work --- that is our commitment to you! D SoL ut otHErS bo CaLL a

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Beachfront gated community of nine residences. Turnkey furnished. Reduced to $2,495,000


LonGboat Harbour - Beach getaway, canal $ views & boat dock. Turnkey furnished. 199,000

PLaYErS CLub Spacious & updated 2BR/2BA condominium. $ Coming to the market soon. Be the first to see it! 599,000


DoWntoWn LIFEStYLE - 1350 Main offers luxury living at Downtown’s best location. Resort style pool, fitness center, guest suite, 24 hr concierge, secured parking, aVaILaBLe fRoM $359,000 meeting & social rooms.

Pamela J Hagan | (941)232 - 0788 |

LonGboat Harbour - 2 bed/2 bath condo with serene water views & available boat dock as well as private beach access. Turnkey furnished ready to move in and $255,000 enjoy the Longboat lifestyle

Hi, I’m Tiffany and my Daddy specializes in finding pet friendly condos in the Sarasota and Longboat areas. Please give him a call and he will be pleased to assist you, even if you’ve got a cat!!!

Michael Granston | (941) 504 - 8018 | • •

before you buy or sell, let’s talk over lunch at our neighbor’s, the Dry Dock!


941.383.1051 4 08 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, Fl 34228


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale

General Merchandise

Condos For Sale

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

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

GRAND BAY ANTIGA: 3BR/3.5BA. Prime southern view of city. 2 parking spaces, $999,000. Call David, 941-928-3447.

DISHWASHER FOR sale, $175.00 or make offer. 941-487-8450, Jeanne or Nancy. POSTCARDS: ORIG. WWII era Luftwaffe He-111 dodging Brit. flak, Me-109 downing British Spitfire. $50.ea. 941-735-1452. RECLINER, LIGHT brown, $30. Blue rocker recliner, $15. Bar stools (2), $40. 813-707-4673. WATER FILTRATION System: 5 Stage RO, brand new, still in the box, $150. Call: 941-524-1025.


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 HOUSE on Longboat Key, Unit-2124, on first level. For Rent/Sale. $295/mo. Minimum 6/mos. 708-267-6704. BOAT SLIP FOR RENT. High, dry, indoor marina. Excellent S. Longboat boating location. Call 941-371-1866. FOR RENT. Inside boat slip at The Boat House, Longboat Key. Up to 25’ LOA. Great location. $225/mo. 352-634-4788. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings Boat Slip for Rent. Yacht Club Slip N-7, accommodates up to 45 ft. Boat with Electric, Water, & Wi-fi. $400/mo. 941-928-1542. LONGBOAT KEY: Indoor boat slip for rent. Top Level, 30/ft. length x 8/ft 6 beam x 9/ft. 10 height. 941-806-8500.

Boats Boats are selling very well. Season is busy, busy, busy. “Big or Small, I Sell Them All, Quickly. I also buy boats. Please visit: Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489. Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales WATERFRONT ESTATE SALE FRIDAY, 9A.M.-2P.M. - APRIL 26 280 NORTH SHORE ROAD NORTH END OF LONGBOAT KEY Tommy Bahama dining set, sofa, love seat, Pamela Gladding full set of china, rattan chairs, tropical decorative accessories, male & female good bikes, Robb & Stuckey patio set, 2nd patio set, nice area rugs, HP computer, dinette, love seat, sofa bed, media center, standing & table lamps, bench, mirrors, Weber gas grill, Adirondack chairs, pictures, lamps, lines, & kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: &

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Jewelry ENGAGEMENT RING. OUTSTANDING 3.03 CT FANCY YELLOW. Emerald cut VVS center stone with 2 plus ct. side stones in 18 kt white gold mounting. Will appraise over 50k. Sell now 28k firm. Fabulous ring, must see. Fred, 941 650 8080.

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.

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

Help Wanted PART TIME Beach Attendant wanted for Longboat Key resort. Must have sailing experience, enjoy working outdoors and be service oriented. To apply call, 941-383-5511. PART TIME Position. Personal Assistant @ Longboat Key residence. Computer skills required. Email: with contact info.

Condos/Apts. For Rent 1BR/1BA IN the Village. Year lease. Walk to Whitney Beach. Small pet. Non-smoking preferred. 941-792-0411. BEACHPLACE, LBK. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available April through December, $2000/mo. Also available January through March, $5000/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950. 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: LBK CONDO at Seaplace: 1369/sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, fully furnished, few steps from beach. Enjoy Gulf views and sunsets. Clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, 2 Gulfside heated pools, spa included. Available May 1, 2013. $3000/mo. Annual rent preferred. 941-321-0915. LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876.

Homes For Rent $1,950/MO.: ANNUAL Rental. 3BR/3BA, Longboat Key. Across street from private beach. Updated views, garage, 55+. 941-232-1357. ANNUAL RENTAL. Couple from Sweden are looking for condo or house to rent for 1-2 years. Possible option to buy. Call our agent Helmer. 941-592-8853 - Int. Real Estate. 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 all or parts of Jan. through April 2014 $10,000/month. Mature non-smoking, pet-free couple only. Call 203-500-5666. LOOKING FOR Longboat Key House to Rent from December 15 to April 15 or yearly lease. Must be on canal and accept well behaved Lab. Send info to: or Thomas King 804-337-6976.

For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356 email: Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 3BR/3BA, LONGBOAT Key: across from private beach. $2700/mo. Private ground level patio, garage, updated, turnkey, 55+. 941-232-1357. AVAILABLE FOR summer rental between 5/1 & 10/1, 3 month minimum. Directly on the beach, full Gulf view from every room, sunsets from both balconies. 2BR/2BA. Non-smoking or pets. Behind the gates at Privateer North. 941-587-8572.


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BUY NOW BEFORE PRICES CLIMB EVEN HIGHER! JEWEL BOX BEACH house playground, top-ofthe-line finishes, 2bdrm/2bath, 37' dock, custom pool/spa, beach access, $695,000. Ahh, the Longboat lifestyle, just imagine! Sharon Freeman, Michael Saunders 941-545-0899

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228

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.


SHORT STORYES: view of Gulf. All new 3 bed gated, pool, boat dock, elevator. Owner financing. $899,000. Call for details. Jerry, 941-321-8848. Keller Williams Real Estate.

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LONGBOAT KEY: OPEN HOUSE. Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 12:30-4p.m. 840 Tarawitt Dr. Waterfront: 2BR/2.5BA, City/Bay Views; elevator; hardwood floors; 2200sq.ft., 2 docks. Must see. You will be Surprised!! Bank approved. $1,230,000. Brokers paid. 941-650-9761.

“INTENTIONALLY BETTER” DIRECT GULF FRONT at Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, wireless internet. Available May to December 2013 and for the 2014 Season. Non-smoking. Call Diane or Mike 847-913-4562. DIRECT GULF: 2BR/2BA, LBK condo. New kitchen, washer & dryer, pool, tennis. August 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. 3/month minimum. Non-smoking. No pets. 201-694-9222. GULFFRONT: LONGBOAT TERRACE 2BR/2BA condo. 2014 Seasonal rental. Tastefully decorated. BOOK NOW. 321-279-3610.

PLAYERS CLUB - LBK. Totally renovated, beautifully furnished, 2BD/2BA w/ gorgeous SW Gulf views. Olympic pool, Har-Tru tennis, exercise rm., 24 hr. security. Avail. seasonal or annual - $2,000 $5,000. (513)265-0988

BUY NOW BEFORE PRICES CLIMB EVEN HIGHER! LOWEST-PRICED CLUB Suite at LBK Resort at $269,900, investment opportunity, 2012 Gross income $46k. Ahh, the Longboat lifestyle, just imagine! Sharon Freeman, Michael Saunders 941-545-0899


SHORT STORYES: View of the bay, 3BR/2BA, pool, Country Club, furnished, new kitchen. Call for details. Jerry 941-321-8848. Keller Williams Real Estate.

LONGBOAT HARBOR: 2BR/2BA, elegant top floor, furnished, bay/harbor views, W/D and whirlpool in unit, 4 pools, tennis, activities, exercise room w/ sauna, clubhouse, private beach, beach house with showers. Available April 15. Annual lease. Non-smoking. No pets. Call 941-544-4509.

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Real Estate Wanted

LBK: 3BR/2.5BA, garage, W/D, 2 pools, beach access. Oct. through March. 2 month minimum. 724-843-3108.

ST. ARMANDS. Warm, inviting, spectacular kitchen, very open. Sat./Sun., 1p.m.-5p.m. 146 S. Washington Dr. $1,550,000. For virtual tour:

LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, W/D in units, walk out to beach. Furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338.

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Out-of-State Property PRIVATE ISLAND RETREAT 3BR/2BA, Soft Contemporary Home. (8) Boat docks. Buckeye Lake Ohio. $795,000. 941-685-8892.

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18B Classifieds Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 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 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 BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, internet access, heated pool, covered parking, exercise room. Available Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec., 2013. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884. LBK BEACHPLACE condo. Beautifully furnished beachfront condo, 2BR/2BA with all amenities. Internet, TV. Available May to December 15, 2014. Non-smoking. 941-383-5495. 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: LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. 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 KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. 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.

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PLAYERS CLUB Penthouse: Summer rental 2013. 3BR/3.5BA, 7 rooms, furnished, rooftop courtyard, 4 Har Tru tennis courts, parking garage. 3 month minimum $2600 +utilities monthly. E-mail: or 941-778-3687.

CAREGIVER LOOKING to care for seniors in their homes. Great Experience. Great References. Jennifer, 941-879-4801.

PRIVATEER WINTER 2014. 3 month rental. 2BR/2BA with full Gulf views. Pool, tennis, beautiful beach and watch complete sunsets from two balconies. Please call 1-203-803-0655 for more information. PROPERTY OWNERS We need weekly LBK rentals to add to our inventory! A Paradise Vacation Rentals 941-778-4800

PRIVATE DUTY Caregiver: reliable, compassion, trustworthy, and consistent with client care. Years of experiences. Lic./ Ins. Excellent references. Not an agency. Please call 941.380.0130. 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. Your private nurse for home/hospital. MA/FL Licensed (RN3001642). References. 941-761-2656.

SUTTON PLACE: corner bay front condo, full view to Downtown Sarasota. Fully updated, luxuriously furnished owner's residence. Direct sea wall frontage. All amenities, beach restrooms, etc. Available 2013 & January 2014. Call 314.725.1400. WANTED TO RENT: LONGBOAT KEY. Vacation condo, 2BR, Gulf or Bayside. February and March, 2014. Pet friendly for small Terrier. Excellent references. E-mail: or 416-445-1707. 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.

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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

ALL TYPES OF MASONRY Specializing in concrete driveways, pavers, decorative concrete, stone work, patios. Call for free and honest estimates. 941-525-2435



DECKS, DOCKS, STEPS, RAILINGS, REPAIRS Maintenance free or wood. Free estimates. Call Bill, 941-921-4197

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

EDLA’S CLEANING SERVICES: Residential Commercial, New Construction. Meticulous, deep cleaning top to bottom. We Guarantee. Affordable & Reliable. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured. 30% off first cleaning. 941-536-7447. EUROPEAN HOUSE Cleaning. Honest, Hard working, Experienced. Weekly, Biweekly, Year round Ref. available. Call Renata at (941) 328-2347.

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Adult Care Services CAREGIVER IS available for traveling, baths, meds, assist with bills. Full time or part time. Reference. 941-545-5992.

ISLE TILE FOR “QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE” Floors, bathrooms, showers, backsplashes, patio and pool decks. 20 years design background. Licensed - Insured - LBK Resident References upon request. 941-383-2659

JOHN GUBERNAT SERVICES Residential/ Commercial. Handyman Repairs, Roof Repairs, Coatings, Painting, Power Washing, Property Management, Home Watching. LBK Resident. Lic./Ins. 941-962-4867. STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION 20 YRS. EXPERIENCE CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

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J.E. BLACKWOOD Landscape Gardner Ornamental Horticulture Excellent References Reliable Caretaking 42 yrs. Experience - Estate Trained 941-580-5366



SUNCOAST TRANSPORTER Long Distance Delivery. “Snowbirds” I drive your car door to door! One Inclusive price. Mike 941-993-0236

Cmagik - LBK resident, servicing our island year round for over 12 yrs. Bachelors Degree with 20 yrs. experience, PC or MAC. Professional help with computers, iPad/iPhones and tutoring. References upon request. Call Cort: 383-3878, 587-5588 OWN A MAC/IPHONE/IPAD? MacTutor offers 21 years experience. Unlimited free telephone follow up. (941)812-3887

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Transportation ISLAND SEDAN Serving Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, West Bradenton and St. Armands Towncar Service Rates: To or From: Tampa International Airport: $80 St. Pete/Clearwater Airport: $75 Sarasota/Bradenton Airport: $35 Call for rates to other locations Local and Long Distance 941-730-8803

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SPICE BAY - Located in the private gated community of Spice Bay on Siesta Key, the Bonaire is a truly luxurious residence with a Dutch West Indies style, built by Perrone Construction. With four en suite bedrooms, guest quarters and your own boat slip, this beautiful home offers the best of indoor-outdoor living! $2,349,000 AYS


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SPICE BAY - The Antiqua is an exciting British West Indies architectural design in keeping with the idea KEITH POINTE - Remarkable Sarasota Bay front home surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. of casual elegance. This 3BR/3.5BA open floor plan and beautifully finished outdoor living room is situated Stunning open Bay views, gourmet kitchen, spacious patio with summer kitchen on 175’ of waterfront with $3,899,000 around a stunning courtyard and pool. Being built by Perrone Construction. $2,200,000 oversized dock.

Broker / Associate, CRB, CRS, GRI Previews International Property Specialist International President’s Premier, Involved Citizen: Sarasota Opera, SPARCC, Make-a Wish, Meals on Wheels, Breast Cancer Awareness

Global MarketinG: SEAPLACE .. M1-606. $375,000

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Sophisticated elegance with breathtaking Gulf, Bay and city views from this 3BD/3BA Penthouse residence. The home of Mr. Arthur Ferrante, of Ferrante & Teicher fame, is now being sold by his wife. Soaring ceilings, open floor plan and oversized windows welcome the sun and the sea. $1,999,000

ST ARMANDS - Spacious 4BD/3BA custom built home on Pansy Bayou, and set

on a wide canal. Just steps Lido Beach, and to shopping and dining in world renowned St. Armand’s Circle! $1,699,500

ISLANDS WEST - Rare 3BD/3BA end unit condo with 34’ wrap- BAY ISLES - Beautiful 3BD/3.5BA home situated on water’s BEACHES - Enjoy breakfast in the spacious around balcony that offers stunning 180 degree views from the edge. Volume ceilings, crown molding, marble gas fireplace, wood eat-in kitchen with fabulous direct Gulf views from this Gulf of Mexico to the Bay! Ceiling to floor windows offer fabulous flooring & dramatic master suite spa are a few of the extraordinary beautifully updated 2BD/2BA condominium home with unobstructed views! $799,000 features. $775,000 a luxuriously crafted master suite. $699,000

SEAPLACE .. M1-402. $309,000 LB HARBOUR C-108. $265,000 LB HARBOUR E-102. $249,000 You can search Lynne’s website in 13 languages – including English.


- Enjoy Gulf Views and vibrant SEAPLACE - Enjoy direct Gulf views and vibrant sunsets sunrises from the spacious screened lanai of this 2BD/2.5BA from the screened lanai of this 2BD/2BA updated condo. turnkey furnished Players Club condo! Private beach for the Kitchen features granite counters, upgraded stainless steel exclusive use of residents. $555,000 appliances, and solid wood cabinetry. $585,000


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40 MILLIon “tHanK you’S” to My CuStoMErS and CLIEntS for tHEIr SuPPort!


rEPort Card for 2012: 40 SaLES $40,000,000 In SaLES VoLuME

Longboat Observer 04.25.13  

Longboat Observer 04.25.13

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