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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Developers and opponents make ‘pointes’ on Long Bar Approximately 1,000 people filled the Bradenton Area Convention Center Tuesday to weigh in on a Bradenton project that includes residences, a hotel, conference center and marina.

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+ Couple celebrates 50 golden years James and Barry Walsh, of Longboat Key, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary July 13, at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota — the same place where they were married in 1963 by Msgr. Charles Elslander. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Msgr. Gerard Finegan officiated the vow renewals, while best man Fred Walden, of Bradenton, and matron of honor Sandra Brubaker, of Rockville, Md., and keeper of the bride’s book Ann Darling, of Sarasota, returned to the church to reprise their roles. This time, however, the couple was joined by the additions to the family they’ve had over 50 years, including their four children and seven grandchildren.

+ The chamber has left the building A helpful hint for those seeking and giving direction to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce: The chamber is now located in Suite 120F of the Mediterranean Plaza (behind Publix) at 595 Bay Isles Road, after moving out of the Longboat Observer office at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive in March. For information, call the chamber at 383-2466.

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Longboat Key resident and Cannons Marina owner David Miller is a man of few words. But even Miller couldn’t resist making a comment Tuesday about a controversial mixed-use project in Northwest Bradenton called Long Bar Pointe, which Longboat officials are closely monitoring. “I’ve been fishing in that area and it’s my hope to fish there for the next 50 years without a development like this interfering,” Miller said. Miller, along with a few other Longboat Key residents and three Longboat Key commissioners, joined a crowd of approximately 1,000 people Tuesday that filled the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto to attend a special Manatee County Commission land-use meeting. At the meeting, which was still under way as of press time Tuesday, commissioners were charged with either approving or denying two Comprehensive Plan amendments that Long Bar Pointe developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman are seeking to apply for a grander resort community that’s currently not allowed under the county’s current Comp Plan. The project includes residences, a hotel, conference center,


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Long Bar Pointe project supporters prepare for a special land-use meeting of the Manatee County Commission Tuesday.


by Robin Hartill | City Editor

North-end home sells for $6.8 million The sale of the home at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive is Longboat Key’s priciest residential transaction since April 2011. A new home at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold last Wednesday for $6.8 million, the highest amount paid for a Longboat Key residence since April 2011. The Addy-Wittig Team, of Michael Saunders & Co.’s Longboat Key South office, and Jonathan Abrams, of the company’s Siesta Key office, co-listed the property.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate agent Lynne Koy represented the property’s buyers, who searched for three years on Siesta Key, Casey Key, Lido Key and the mainland bayfront before finding the property. The buyers, whose names were not immediately available through property records, are from Tennessee

and owned three previous Longboat Key beachfront condominiums, according to Koy They were drawn to the newly built home, in part because it sits on more than an acre and they could envision their grandchildren playing Photo courtesy of Lynne Koy


The newly built home sits on more than an acre of Gulf-front land.

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Classifieds ........ 21A Crossword.......... 20A

Obituaries.......... 10A Opinion.................8A

Real Estate........ 18A Weather............. 20A

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approved. Staff revealed the text amendment wasn’t just site specific and could affect 42 properties in Manatee County, most of which are inland areas around lakes and rivers. Areas of Terra Ceia, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish could be affected by such a change. Although Mayor Jim Brown, Vice Mayor David Brenner and Commissioner Phill Younger attended the meeting, they reiterated the town hasn’t taken a stance on the project at this time. “I’m not for or against it,” said Brenner,

Penthouse M. That sale remains the highest recorded amount paid for a condominium in Sarasota County. The 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive sale is also a year-to-date record for Manatee County and the thirdhighest price paid for a single-family home in the Sarasota-Manatee area this year. In February, the home at 3410 Flamingo Ave. in Siesta Key’s Bay Island subdivision sold for $10 million. The $7 million sale of 1452 Hillview Drive in Harbor Acres followed in March. The sale of the single-family home at 825 Longboat Club Road for $12.5 million still holds the record for the priciest residential sale on the Key. // Watch a video on what meeting attendees said.

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These are the highest-priced sales recorded this year on Longboat Key through Aug. 1, according to Sarasota and Manatee County property records: $6.8 million 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive 435 L’Ambiance Drive, Penthouse M $6.75 million $5.7 million 6301 Gulf of Mexico Drive 560 Harbor Point Road $4.75 million $4.5 million 642 Ranger Lane 596 Outrigger Lane $3.8 million 4995 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 500 $3,565,000 $3.5 million 6021 Gulf of Mexico Drive $3,225,000 6201 Gulf of Mexico Drive $3 million 6677 Gulf of Mexico Drive


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kitchen and covered terrace for al fresco dining, a three-stop elevator, volume ceilings, custom millwork and moldings throughout the home and a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry. The seller, James Abrams, originally listed the property for $7 million in April. He purchased the vacant 1.12-acre parcel for $1.8 million in April 2011, according to Manatee County property records, and contracted with John Cannon Homes to build the new residence. The sale is a year-to-date record on Longboat Key, narrowly inching out the previous high of $6.75 million paid in April, for L’Ambiance

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who stressed he is concerned about what environmental procedures would be put in place to handle concerns if the project were approved as proposed. “It’s something we need to keep an eye on.” The project calls for removing 20 to 40 acres of mangroves and removing more than two acres of seagrass for dredging to create a waterway for 100-footlong boats to come into a canal and harbor in the upland area of the property. The project’s website labels the mangrove area as an exotic area that will have “nuisance clearing completed along the bay.” Longboat Key resident and Sarasota Bay Watch founder Rusty Chinnis has fished in that area for years, as well. “The development itself isn’t so troubling, but taking out the mangroves and grass flats is way too intense, and no amount of mitigation could ever replace the environmental damage that would be done,” Chinnis said. For a complete account of the meeting and to see more photos, visit



marina and boat basin, office and retail (see detailed list of plans on page 8A). Members of the public and group representatives took to the stand to either support or oppose the changes. Opponents say the project will result in severe environmental damage to Sarasota Bay and cause traffic issues both on the roads and in the bay. Larry Grossman, who last week delivered a petition of 1,000 signatures to the Manatee County Commission along with 20 other “Save Our Bay” protesters, called the project “devastating” to the environment. Save Our Bay protestors came wellequipped with “Save Our Bay” T-shirts and inflatable dolphins. “It’s just a bad idea,” Grossman said. The two developers and their supporters wearing green caps and buttons, though, told county officials they can mitigate any environmental damage to the bay, while creating hundreds of jobs for the next 15 years. Beruff told the commission Tuesday he’s confident the project is just what Bradenton needs. “It’s quite simply the best well-designed

community west of I-75 in 50 years,” said Beruff, whose comment was met with some groans from the audience. The map amendment would change the future land-use map category from residential-9 to mixed-use for the 463.2 acres located between El Conquistador Parkway and 75th Street in Bradenton along Sarasota Bay. Although county staff recommended the map amendment be approved, some county commissioners balked at the recommendation Tuesday. Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino worried about traffic issues on El Conquistador Parkway, which is currently a two-lane road in some portions. “I really don’t see how staff can support this,” DiSabatino said. Her comment was met with cheers from several members of the audience who were repeatedly warned to stay quiet. The text amendment, meanwhile, would change the Comp Plan’s coastal and conservation portions, to allow for future mixed-use projects on certain portions of the county’s coastline in areas that are 200 acres or larger. County staff told commissioners they didn’t recommend the text amendment be

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balancing the budget


by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Recommended budget is incomplete Town staff produced a budget last week, but without pension cost numbers being produced at an Aug. 14 special meeting, the budget has numbers that need to be added in later. The town of Longboat Key’s charter requires a recommended fiscal year budget to be completed and sent to the Longboat Key Town Commission by Aug. 1. Town Manager Dave Bullock’s Finance Department staff sent the fiscal year 2013-14 recommended budget to commissioners Aug. 1, as required, with a note explaining the budget is incomplete until commissioners make pension decisions and review pension cost numbers at a Aug. 14 special meeting at Town Hall. “There are factors, such as pension costs, that will remain unknown until after the Aug. 14 special meeting,” wrote Bullock in his budget message. “Therefore, the document presented to you in September is likely to have changed by some of the unknown factors.” The budget is based on the current millage rate of 1.8872, which would generate $8,594,875, or $214,963 more than last year. The budget does not require the use of any of the $1 million of general fund balance set aside for pension costs, but does require approximately $703,000 of the general fund balance. But the cost to operate in the next year could rise once actuar-

ies reveal how much is needed annually to pay off the current pension plans. The town currently has $2.7 million set aside to pay for pension liabilities in the coming year, but that number could be as much as $3.2 million if pension costs are higher than anticipated. Bullock estimates that 2013 “looks to be our bottom-out year,” noting that the town will likely see increased revenues next year as rises in property values are anticipated to be reflected in the town’s ad valorem revenues. But Bullock notes in his budget memo that future budgets can’t draw as much general fund dollars to pay off what Bullock has called “the big elephant in the room.” The town anticipates paying somewhere between $2.7 million and $3 million for its current pension plans in 2013-14. On top of that, the town is paying $941,667 this year for new retirement accounts for general employees ($324,880) and to shift firefighters into the Florida Retirement System pension plan ($208,000). Also included in that figure is a $164,000 cost that came with giving those employ-


ees 3% wage increases; $154,725 for an anticipated 10% increase in health insurance costs; $26,940 for long-term disability; and $27,796 for an anticipated increase in workers’ compensation. Bullock likes to operate the town with a fund balance of between 90 and 120 days’ worth ($3.5 million to $4.68 million) of operating costs. But the recommended budget just barely hits that mark and Bullock warns of bigger problems down the road that may lead commissioners to consider raising the millage rate before the budget is approved in September. “The ending fund balance is projected to be $3,579,087, which represents 23% of general fund expenditures, or 90 operating days,” Bullock’s budget memo reports. “In order to not raise taxes in fiscal year 2014, the recommended budget proposes to use an additional fund balance of $702,611. The habitual use of fund balance is unsustainable if we are to maintain our target levels of fund balance.” The Town Commission will adopt the budget on first and second reading in September. The 2013-14 budget begins Oct. 1.

Fund Balance

Fiscal Year Balance Amount FY 2012 beginning fund balance $5,010,163 -546,006 FY net fund balance reduction Non-spendable (inventory and prepaid items) 116,818 1,000,000 Assigned to offset future pension costs Assigned (encumbrances carried forward to FY 2013) 93,857 Unassigned (available for expenditure) 3,253,482 FY 2012 ending balance 4,464,157 FY 2013 estimated revenue reduction -41,895 FY 2013 estimated expenditure reduction $205,000 FY 2013 estimated use of fund balance -$637,500 FY 2013 estimated use of Commission Contingency -200,000 -674,395 FY 2013 net fund balance reduction -210,675 FY 2013 Assigned )inventory, encumbrances and prepaid) FY 2013 estimated ending balance $3,579,087 Assigned to offset future pension costs -1,000,000 FY 2013 estimated unassigned fund balance $2,579,087

Use of Commission Contingency Funds The town budgeted $400,000 in commission contingency funds and expects to use $200,000 of this amount this year. The estimated use of fund balance ($637,500) is made up of the following: Amount Line Item $162,500 3% wage increases $60,000 Addition of assistant town manager position Fire Department DROP participants vacation/medical payouts $215,000 General employees (potential_ DROP vacation/medical payouts $200,000

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Swan keeper seeks family-planning support Overpopulation is a real threat for the Bay Isles swan family. Caretaker David Novak hopes to curb the problem with a five-to-eight-year plan. Same-sex unions could be the future of the Bay Isles swan family — but not because of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. It’s a possibility because swans, which mate for life, will pair off with a same-sex partner if they’re placed together within the same boundaries. It’s also one, of course, that would eliminate cygnets, aka the white-as-snow baby swans that glide through the water with their parents just a day or two after they hatch. As unofficial swan keeper David Novak considers the swan family’s long-term future, he’s convinced that the same-sex pairing is the way to address the issues of population control — a real threat, given that the Key has just six swan territories. Swans will defend their territory if threatened. In 2009, Alan, an adult male swan, drowned a cygnet that intruded on his turf. With three adult pairs and six healthy cygnets, Novak found himself considering the family’s long-term fate. Six cygnets hatched in the spring from the nest of Stan and Wendy and were thriving in the water shortly after hatching. Alan and Beverly, by contrast, hesitated about taking their cygnets into the water in their territory. It turns out, they had good reason: A river otter was in the area and killed their cygnets. “It was very stressful to see that situation and not be able to help out,” Novak said. The fact that the other cygnets are thriving is an anomaly. Most cygnets will fall victim to predators or their own parents that cull the flock and eliminate the weakest. But, given the territorial nature of swans, more isn’t merrier. By November or December, swans chase their cygnets out of their territory, and there aren’t enough

Help swans to triumph An account for the Regal Swan Foundation has been set up at Longboat Key’s SunTrust Bank, to assist with the long-term care of the swan family. Donations are tax-deductible and will be used for supplies, veterinary care and other out-of-pocket expenses. Novak and other volunteers will continue to care for the family free of charge. To support the effort, donate to the Regal Swan Foundation at SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228, and include your email address and local mailing address.

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David Novak rides his bicycle nightly to the Bay Isles ponds to check on the swan family. territories for six young adults, along with new cygnets each spring. That’s why in September, the cygnets will travel to Lakeland for veterinary care. They’ll undergo pinioning — a procedure in which one side of the wing is clipped so that they can’t fly. Sheila Bolin, of the Regal Swan Foundation, told the Longboat Observer in 2010 the procedure is akin to spaying and neutering dogs and cats because it allows swans to be kept in a safe environment. They’ll also get antibiotic injections for conjunctivitis, ID bands and have their blood drawn to determine their sex.

Because they’ll be pinioned, they can be paired into same-sex couples or placed in other flocks through Novak’s contacts with the Regal Swan Foundation so they don’t add to the Key’s swan population. Both Alan and Beverly are 12; Stan and Wendy are approximately 9. Both pairs could be close to the end of their reproductive years. Sully and Suzie, however, will likely have a decade’s worth of cygnets that can also be pinioned and placed if they survive to maturity. Novak’s ultimate goal for the next five to eight years is a same-sex pair for each territory — most likely two female pairs

and four male pairs. He’s entered into an agreement with the Regal Swan Foundation to provide long-term care for the family, including veterinary care, reduction of predator influence and population control. (See sidebar above.) In a letter seeking donors, Novak wrote that the sad part of the process is the eventual absence of cygnets but notes that approximately 95% of the “often arduous work” of swan care is devoted to cygnets. He wrote that the plan will allow for the “beauty and grace throughout our environment with only a modest amount of effort to support it.” Novak will continue his efforts as swan keeper. It’s a role he first took on more than a decade ago as a favor to his neighbor, Alan Stone, who purchased the original swan pair, George and Gracie, for his wife, Beverly, as an anniversary present. “Nature didn’t bring them here,” Novak said. “Man brought them here, so there’s some responsibility to ensure their life here in the wild.”

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Resurfacing of the following town streets will begin next week: Lois Avenue from Broadway to Bayside Drive; the west part of Broadway including the beach-access parking; Firehouse Road; Joy Street; Wake Island Road, the Emerald Harbor entrance; Putting Green Lane around the 500 block, along with island repairs; and the Country Club Shores south entrance. Weather permitting, construction will begin the week of Aug. 12, and will be complete in two or three weeks. Residents of each street will be notified within 24 hours of when the paving will take place. Streets will first be swept and have their sod and soils clipped back at the edge of the pavement. In some locations, the existing asphalt will be removed within 6 feet of the edge of the curb. In the third week of August, streets will be tacked with liquid asphalt before new asphaltic concrete will be placed, followed by the final sweeping and cleanup. Drivers should avoid traveling on the tack coat and hot asphalt immediately after placement. Typically, you will be able to drive on the street within one hour of pavement completion. Streets will be open to traffic flow at all times for emergencies. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 316-1988 or visit

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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Commission determines retirement fate next week

In advance of special meeting, commission crunches numbers Commissioner Lynn Larson requested the following information July 19 in advance of a special meeting 9:30 Aug. 14, at Town Hall that will decide the fate of Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP) and an early-retirement option for general employees.

The Town Commission will decide whether to give the same retirement options to general employees that it gave this year to police and firefighter/paramedics.

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ees because their jobs are high-risk. The state first implemented DROP in the early 2000s to give top public-sector employees an incentive to stay in their positions instead of going to work in the private sector. Commissioner Jack Duncan urged fellow commissioners to allow general employees to enter DROP, saying that the commission’s goal was to get out of the pension business while remaining committed to maintaining benefits for employees. Mayor Jim Brown and Commissioners Jack Duncan, Pat Zunz and Terry Gans voted in favor of the DROP option July 1 and to reconsider an early retirement option. Vice Mayor David Brenner and Commissioner Phill Younger voted against the motion. Commissioner Lynn Larson, who was unable to attend the July 1 meeting, plans to vote no at the Aug. 14 meeting. Larson requested more documents about salaries July 19, some of which show that 75.6% of the town’s general fund for fiscal year 2013-14 is made up of personnel costs (see pension information charts at right). At the Aug. 14 meeting, commissioners will also see pension numbers for the first time from actuaries that will reveal how much it’s going to cost the town to pay for the frozen pension plans moving forward. Once the numbers are solidified, the 2013-14 fiscal year recommended budget numbers will be adjusted accordingly.

Department Net Cost Reduction Net Employee Reduction Town Clerk and Admin Services $106,625 -2 Police $140,100 -3 Fire $199,000 -1.5 $60,000 -1 Tennis Public Works $200,800 -3.5 Total General Fund $706,525 -11 Building Fund $300,800 -4.5 Utility Fund $12,300 0 Grand Total Savings $1,019,625 -15.5 *Does not include pension costs **Laid off three building department employees in 2009. All other reductions were due to positions being eliminated when employees resigned/retired.

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The amount: $875,000 over 25 years — that’s the decision the Longboat Key Town Commission has to make when it holds a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Town Hall. That monetary amount is the estimated bill for Longboat Key taxpayers if the commission allows general employees within five years of retirement to enter the Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP) and/or early retirement. The commission voted 4-2 to continue the July 1 public hearing to allow Town Manager Dave Bullock to return with language that adds a five-year DROP option to the ordinance, which will freeze the general employees’ pension plan Sept. 30, and provide information about the impact of an early-retirement option. DROP employees are effectively retired but continue to work for the town, and the town places their monthly pension checks in an interest-bearing account. At the July 1 meeting, general employees rose to the podium to tell commissioners that the town is going back on a promise if it decides to freeze the general employees’ pension plan without providing an early-retirement option that was given to the firefighter/paramedics and has been offered to police officers. The contract firefighters ratified in February included a DROP option, but several commissioners pointed out that firefighters and police typically have different benefits than general employ-

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

SOS hospital administrator hears the call of wildlife

Crab & Fin seeks to raise the bar with renovations

Sarah Olivero was recently promoted to the position of avian hospital administrator of Save Our Seabirds. Three years ago, Sarah Olivero responded to an ad seeking someone to work on the grounds of Save Our Seabirds (SOS) but quickly found her calling in the bird-rescue facility’s hospital. “I just fell in love with wildlife,” she said. After nearly three years of working as an avian hospital technician at SOS, Olivero recently received her Class III Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was promoted to the position of SOS avian hospital administrator. The position had been vacant since April, when SOS founder Lee Fox and the organization’s board severed their relationship. “We are very pleased to promote Sarah to this new position,” said David Pilston, CEO of SOS, in a prepared statement. “She is an extremely talented and caring technician with broad and deep experience in rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick and injured birds. She is a natural leader and a strong team player who values the importance of cooperation, collaboration and communication with other local wildlife organizations and veterinarians.” Olivero’s responsibilities include supervising hospital staff and medical treatment of birds and collaborating with veterinarians for treatment. A typical day for her begins around 7:30 a.m., in the hospital’s critical-care

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

The St. Armands Circle restaurant will close for two-and-a-half weeks in September for major renovations, including a reconfigured bar area. Expect to see a totally transformed Crab & Fin Restaurant on St. Armands Circle by the end of September. The food, the chefs and the menu aren’t changing. But the restaurant will close for twoand-a-half weeks after Labor Day while the interior is completely gutted, according to owner Scott Macdonald, whose parents, Jim and Pam Macdonald, founded the restaurant 35 years ago. The changes in store include moving the bathroom and bar, opening up the ceiling and new colors, paint and artwork. “It’s going to be fresh; it’s going to be clean; and, hopefully, it’s going to be a nice transition,” Macdonald said. “At the same time, we’ve had our loyal clientele for 35 years, and we’re not trying to turn ourselves into something that we’re not.” One key part of the project will be the reconfiguration of the bar. Currently, the restaurant has two downstairs dining rooms that are completely separate. The project will open up the dining rooms and place the bar in between them. “The whole idea was to create an open flow for the restaurant,” Macdonald said. The restaurant won’t expand its seating and, if anything, will reduce the number of restaurant seats while increasing the bar area. Macdonald said he aims to make the spot “a destination bar.”

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Sarah Olivero with a female black skimmer that recently lost part of its beak when a beachgoer struck it with a chair.

ward, where she and technicians give patients hydration and medication, change bandages and prepare their food. Then, the team moves on to the sanctuary. There’s therapy for the birds that are still healing, along with as many as five rescues during a single week. Some of the best moments for Olivero come when a bird has healed and is ready to be released. Recently, for example, an osprey was found floating in the water. He was lethargic but perked up after treatment and eagerly flew back into the wild upon release. Olivero is eager to see SOS continue to expand and continue its renovations and development of educational programs. “We want to keep the public involved,” she said.

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The interior of Crab & Fin will receive a total transformation during two-and-a-half weeks of renovations in September.

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For 28 years, Graham Cox never had to look hard to find an affordable rental on the Key. He paid $850 monthly for the past six years for a cottage on Fox Street. The home he rented before that cost him $600 a month. But, earlier this summer, his landlord notified him that the Fox Street cottage had been sold and he had one month to move out. That’s when Cox discovered that renting on the Key is tougher than it used to be. “All the rentals I know about no longer exist,” Cox said. Some Key renters, like Cox, have had to find new homes when their rentals sold, especially as the real-estate market improves. Increasingly, however, property owners have opted to rent out their homes seasonally, generating higher rents during the first three or four months out of the year while maintaining the option to use the property for the other eight or nine months. “I’m finding, as far as annuals, that rental rates have gone up slightly,” said Bonnie Wiedeman, property manager at Wagner Realty. “I don’t have a lot of inventory for people looking for the lower end, especially in the lessthan-$1,000 range.” A duplex on Linley Street with less than 600 square feet per unit rented in the $600-a-month range two or three years ago, according to Wiedeman. Now, those rates are up to $800 or $900 per month. Real-estate advertisements confirm the limited supply of rentals in the $1,000-or-less category. The Longboat Observer had a single annual rental for $1,000 listed in the classifieds of its July 25 issue: a 400-square-foot, onebedroom, one-bathroom cottage in the Village. Real-estate website showed just two annual rentals for under $1,000 as of Aug. 5: a 391-square-foot condo for $850 and a 400-square-foot condo for $995, both on St. Judes Drive. Often the supply is so limited that renters rely on word of mouth for the scoop on what’s available. Betsy Falls said she went door-to-door in several neighborhoods asking about affordable rentals before finding the Twin Shores home where she now lives. Typically, a renter can expect to pay anywhere from $1,400 a month or more for a single-family home in the Village, according to Wiedeman. It’s gotten especially tough to find mid-priced annual rentals on the Gulf. One of Wiedeman’s clients is looking for a two-bedroom, unfurnished annual Gulfside rental for $1,500 per month — the amount he has paid in the past. “I’m having a heck of a time finding something for him for $1,500,” she said. “It’s not there anymore for Gulfside rentals.” Lisa Bouck, of Engel & Völkers Realty, hasn’t seen rates for annual rentals increase significantly, but finds strong demand whenever an annual rental becomes available. “They’re basically snapped up pretty quickly,” she said. “At least a couple times a week we have someone coming in asking if we have something available.” Bouck often refers people to Anna Maria Island and mainland Bradenton and Sarasota for rentals in the price range they’re seeking. As for Cox, he’s still hoping to find a place in the Village, which he considers home. He’s staying with a friend for now and plans to continue his search when he returns from England in the fall. “It used to be, there were 15 to 20 places in the Village alone,” Cox said.


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Priceless opportunity

Déjà vu. As this was being composed, the scene at the Manatee County Convention Center rekindled memories — those tiring days of the Longboat Key Town Commission hearings over the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million redevelopment and expansion plan. Only this time, the crowd Long Bar Pointe in Manatee was more demonstrative, with its costumes and banners. But it’s the same thing: Emotional, vocal opposition rushing over reason like a hightide storm. As we bumped up against our deadline, Manatee commissioners were letting the people speak — on whether the commission should amend the county’s comprehensive plan in two places. A “yes” vote would allow the developers of Long Bar Pointe — longtime Manatee and Sarasota residents Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman — to submit an application for a review of their proposed master plan for Long Bar Pointe. Instead of the existing approval for 1,658 dwelling units and 150,000 square feet of neighborhood retail space, Beruff and Lieberman want to create a mixed-use, residential and resort-hotel community. They envision Manatee County’s only fourstar destination on the county’s bayfront and virtually adjacent to one of Manatee’s most important economic assets — IMG Academies, a growing economic engine in its own right. Predictably, the anti-everything-relatedto-development environmentalists and “I-have-mine-but-you-can’t-have-yours” Luddites were on site en masse at Tuesday’s public hearing. This is always so amusing (and sad). They wave their anti-development, save-the-earth placards and plea passionately about a coming environmental and food-chain armageddon without giving one nanno second to their hypocrisy. It’s OK for them to live in their canal homes or their inland residential development; to drive their gasoline-powered cars; to cruise the bay in their boats; to play golf on pesticide-treated turf; to irrigate their lawns with acquiferdrawn water; and to burn oil-generated electricity to run their flouro-carbon airconditioners. But it’s not OK for others to come here after them and do the same. The oppositionists apparently block out the fact every piece of dirt in their neighborhood or the streets they drive on at one time were environmentally pristine scrub. And for them to be where they are today, they seem to forget that a developer — the people they disdain — converted that pristine land into a livable community, allowing all of them to choose this area to live productive lives.

Red-herring: traffic

But it will create too much traffic, they moan. What is too much? Have you been to downtown Miami lately? How about north Atlanta? New York City? Bangkok?

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LONG BAR POINTE Longtime Manatee and Sarasota residents Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman are seeking mixed-use zoning that would allow these maximum uses on their 463acre property: • 1,086 single-family homes. • 2,351 condos/apartments (high-rise and low-rise). • 300-room hotel. • 300-berth wet slip marina (Beruff says he and Lieberman would construct an 80-slip, five-foot-deep boat basin, instead). • 72,000 square feet of office space. • 120,000 square feet of commercial space (half shopping center, half specialty retail). • 84,000-square-foot conference center.

This is not traffic here. It’s all relative. If you have traffic, it means your community has attributes that attract people. The more people, the more choices and opportunities — in jobs, shopping, restaurants and the like. The more people, the more advanced the quality of life. If the environmentalists defeated every proposed development they oppose, we would be living in caves and thatched huts, primitive natives concerned with the daily hunt for food. Traffic is a red-herring.

Capitalism as it should be

Developers are greedy demons. This is how they are portrayed. Some have been demons. But they don’t last. Today is also different. Developers today are environmentalists, as much, if not more so, than the environmentalists who oppose them. They know they must develop in ways that mitigate and improve the environment on which they build. The market demands this. Indeed, protecting and improving Long Bar Pointe and its surrounding’s environment is in the selfish and moral interest of Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman. They know that if they don’t do that, their reputations and livelihood will be ruined. And if you find that difficult to believe, don’t. Do you know them? They practice capitalism in the best sense of the term. They worked hard as young men and worked their ways into positions to risk all they owned to pursue their

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dreams: build successful, respected businesses. Lieberman started his in 1974. Since then, he has spent the past 39 years rehabilitating and building apartments in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan and Texas. His business has survived and thrived through at least five housing recessions. He is a behindthe-scenes donor to local charities. Beruff, son of Cuban emigres, has lived and worked in Manatee County for 35 years. His company has been supplying consumers in this market with single-family homes since 1984 — 29 years. He, too, is a survivor. And a giver … to many locally in need. The longevity of their businesses is a strong statement. It says they have provided housing that consumers trust — housing that consumers voluntarily purchase because they believe it is a fair trade. In the same vein, Beruff and Lieberman know that if they don’t provide that fair exchange, they will fail. This is capitalism: Both sides win. Beruff and Lieberman also know Long Bar Pointe is a unique, gem of a property. If you talk to them, you will sense they have violated one of the cardinal rules of real estate: They’ve fallen in love with the property. As such, Beruff says, Long Bar Pointe should be developed in a way that is worthy of the site — not, as he says, with a “routine subdivision.” Talk to Beruff, and he will tell you Long Bar Pointe is one of the last opportunities to create a stunning environmental and economic legacy for West Manatee County. Don’t demonize the developers.

Look at Longboat Key

As this edition heads off to the presses, the conventional wisdom of Manatee County Commission watchers was that they would reject at least one, if not both, of the comprehensive-plan amendments Beruff and Lieberman are seeking. Too many commissioners fear the consequences for their own futures if they vote “yes.” But if the commissioners end Tuesday voting “no,” it will be a Pyrrhic Victory for the opponents. Long Bar Pointe still will be developed. But the county commissioners will have used the law as an excuse to squander a once-in-their-lifetime opportunity to enhance far into the future the economic welfare and prosperity of their constituents. Have vision. The opportunity to leverage Long Bar Pointe into greater wealth for the community is palpable. IMG Academies nearby is on a mission to create the No. 1 sports training facilities in the world. Long Bar Pointe can be crucial to those efforts. Think of what it would do economically for Manatee County. If commissioners could have put aside all of the emotions of the Long Bar opponents and just looked across Long Bar Pointe to Longboat Key, they could see what Long Bar Pointe could mean. Look at all the good the Longboat Key Club and Resort has contributed to the general welfare and prosperity of Longboat Key, Sarasota and beyond. It’s priceless.

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July 26 Quick fix 12:43 p.m. — 5800 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. A man reported in a series of emails that a neighbor’s water sprinkler was shooting water onto a sidewalk in front of his home, causing pedestrians walking by to step out into the street. The property owner agreed to have a lawn-care professional fix the problem.

July 29 Pot deal 8:27 a.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive. Property Damage. A driver struck and broke a woman’s potted plant. The man agreed to pay her $20.


July 28 Litter bug 12:21 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road. Dumping. A man went out into the water from the beach with a lit cigarette and tossed the cigarette into the water. Police told the man it’s legal to smoke on the beach but that he should get a cup or bottle to put the cigarette out in.

police because he worried a group of youths on the beach would disturb a nesting sea turtle his wife was safeguarding. The man’s wife told the youths why flashlights are prohibited on the beach during nesting season, and they agreed to stop using them.

July 30 When push comes to shove 1:37 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Circumstance. An anonymous caller said a younger man pushed an elderly male to the ground in the Publix parking lot for unknown reasons. Both men left the area in separate vehicles.

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mother dumped his belongings from a basket onto the floor. The woman said she picked up the items on the floor and that her son suffers from a mental illness. The man agreed to call a friend to take him home.

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Lights out 10:30 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Turtle/Code Violation. A man called

LETTERS TO THEEDITOR + Boats should stay off front yards Dear Editor: Regarding your editorial, “Boattrailer trash; or is it?”, allow me to answer your question. The answer is yes, when it is clearly an affront to your neighbors and you have ignored their desire to “move your boat for the good of the neighborhood” as you so naively proposed we affronted neighbors do. The boat in question that offends me is none other than the blue-tarped one you displayed in your editorial. The presumably proud owner of this visual blight  is away for  more than six  months of the year, and he obviously feels this unsightly barge standing nearly as tall as his garage is not an eyesore because it does not confront him every day. Furthermore, he has a newly built dock and lift, which myself and other offended

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12:43 a.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Disturbance. After a man and his mother began arguing at a hotel, the

neighbors assumed was for this floating palace, but, alas, we were wrong. I almost always agree with your conservative and libertarian views and am a strong believer in property rights. But, as often is the case, encroaching on the property rights of others is not acceptable, nor should it be tolerated. There need to be limits as to what one may utilize their property for, and dry dock storage should not be one of them — especially if the offender has waterfront property! You state: “It’s quite remarkable ... there is not a law on Longboat Key’s books banning the parking of boats in residential yards … it’s even more surprising they haven’t banned the parking of boats and trailers in front yards ... that is so not like Longboat Key.” You seemingly disclaim your conclusion  to not create  an ordinance to ban such storage. Interestingly enough, it is my understanding that Manatee County and Bradenton do not allow such front-yard storage,  whereas formerly prestigious Longboat Key, which seemingly in the past  was able to rely  on the good sense and  common courtesy of its residents to be considerate of // See a map of the incident locations.

their town and fellow residents, can no longer be so confident in today’s citizens to have the good sense of those of past years. That observation encompasses more than boats and trailers on display and includes everything from single-family home owners consistently violating the 30day rule on renting out their homes, to total lack of upkeep on homes, which were formerly considered valuable investments, to front yards and backyards cluttered with junk. What will be allowed per the subcommittee’s recommendation is an amiable allowance for residents to  store their boats and trailers in their side yards  behind a fence.  A generous six-month period is also allowed for residents to comply. The paramount question is whether it is within the province of government to create ordinances, laws, rules and codes that affect what an individual may do with their property. It is common knowledge that many such qualifications already exist and were born from the majority agreeing and understanding that such enforcement is “for the good of the neighborhood.” Joseph Iannello Longboat Key



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Charles Van Winfree, 96, of Longboat Key, died July 31. Born June 4, 1917, in Hopkinsville, Ky., he became an orphan when he was 14 at the start of the Great Depression and struck out to find work after just eight years of schooling in the grocery business, Civilian ConWinfree servation Corps (CCC) and National Guard. In 1940, he joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and married Dorothy Scheb, who went on to become a column contributor at the Longboat Observer in the 1980s and 1990s. Mr. Winfree enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, served in Iran and returned home in 1946. He rose through 18 vertical promotions to become vice president of MetLife, which was the largest insurance company in the world when he retired in 1974. Mr. and Mrs. Winfree went

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Marjorie Hammer, 94, of Longboat Key, died July 31. Raised in Chicago, Mrs. Hammer was a longtime resident of Great Neck, N.Y., and then Longboat Key. She was an avid reader, Mahjong player and needlepoint artist who enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, Robert, although Longboat Key was the place they loved most. They built their dream house on the Key, where they lived for more than 30 years. Mrs. Hammer’s greatest pleasure was seeing her family gather during vacations and trips to Florida. Mrs. Hammer was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. She is survived by her children, Mark, Suzanne and Steve; and eight grandchildren. A private memorial service will take place in Weston, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mrs. Hammer’s name to your favorite charity.

on to begin a series of International Executive Service Corps (IESC) volunteer assignments, completing commercial turnarounds in Honduras, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. By the time Mr. Winfree was 91, he had circled the globe five times, providing advice to many private and government leaders who opposed terrorism and communism. He liked to say that he had two 35-year careers: one before and one after retirement. Mr. Winfree was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and son, Arthur. He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Winfree Laidre; sons Charlie Winfree and Dr. Robert Winfree; and seven grandchildren. Family, friends and caregivers are invited to the Winfree residence between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Flowers, donations or other memorials are not expected, but feel free to bring happy memories, pictures or stories to share. For information and directions to the home, call Bob or Charlie Winfree at 383-5771.


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Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Meeting — runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Tavern & Whiskey Bar. Tom Waters, chief advancement officer for Mote Marine Laboratory, will discuss current happenings at Mote. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847.

Thursday, Aug. 22 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cedars Tennis Resort, 645 Cedars Court. The event includes live entertainment and a buffet. Cost is $5. Call 383-2466.

Thursday, Aug. 15 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking @ Noon Event — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for guests. Call 383-2416.

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ore than 180 people attended the sold-out event benefiting Sarasota Bay Watch’s community-based scallop restoration Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The third annual “Scallopalooza” has proven successful once again. Dr. Larry Stults, president of Sarasota Bay Watch, estimates that this year the event netted about $30,000 — the program is said to be the most aggressive scallop restoration in the state. The event attracted scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, as well as local government officials who came out to support the community-led restoration project. The money raised at Scallopalooza will allow Sarasota Bay Watch to double its scallop-release numbers this year; 24 million scallop larvae were released into Sarasota Bay last year. This year, the funds will allow the organization to release more than 50 million scallop larvae. “This groundswell of community support improves our chances of getting scallops reestablished in Sarasota Bay,”

says Stults. The event featured a cocktail hour with a silent auction, which offered many ocean-themed items, including a limited edition Guy Harvey print, scuba lessons and certification, Sarasota Bay birding and wildlife tours and boat rentals from CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. While guests enjoyed dessert, Sarasota Bay Watch Vice President Jeff Birnbach presided over the live auction. In addition, both Stults and Rusty Chinnis, chairman of Sarasota Bay Watch, spoke at the event. Sarasota Bay Watch is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting and restoring Sarasota Bay’s ecosystem through community education and citizen participation. To get involved with the Sarasota Bay Watch’s Scallop Restoration Program, visit its website, See more photos FROM SCALLOPALOOZA / PAGE 16A

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SYC campers enjoy smooth sailing through summer Young campers in Sarasota Yacht Club’s summer camp set sail and explored the waters of Sarasota Bay Wednesday, July 31. It was an eventful day on the water for the campers — manatees, dolphins and stingrays all made appearances during the morning sail. “This has been our most exciting time out this summer,” said Dalton Tebo, head sailing instructor at the yacht club. Sarasota Yacht Club’s summer camp, which is focused mainly on sailing, offers four sessions of the two-week program. The campers spend the morning sailing, then enjoy lunch at the yacht club, before kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing for the rest of the day.

Sarasota Yacht Club campers sail through Sarasota Bay.

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+ Code enforcement reveals naked lady

A Longboat Key code-enforcement officer discovered the naked truth about a vacant home on North Shore Road when he investigated water flowing onto the driveway: There was a nude woman inside the residence. The woman identified herself as a cleaning lady who was preparing the home for remodeling, according to the Aug. 6, 1998, issue of the Longboat Observer. At 3 a.m. the next morning, a caller reported a woman walking without a shirt on North Shore Road. The woman said she was living in the abandoned house while repairing it, but the New Jersey-based company that owned it later filed burglary charges. Police found a mattress, bedding and electrical appliances inside the home. They arrested the woman for loitering and prowling.

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Venice surged ahead of Longboat in safety Longboat Key had long held the distinction of being the safest city in Sarasota and Manatee counties. But, in 1999, Venice became the safest city. What happened? It wasn’t a crime wave that pushed the Key out of the No. 1 spot, but, LONGBOAT rather, a single murder in the Longbeach VilLORE lage. Because it was the island’s first homicide in years, the Key’s murder rate was up 100%, according to official crime statistics reported in the Aug. 10, 2000, issue of the Longboat Observer. Shoplifting incidents rose from two in 1998 to six in 1999. Aggravated assaults increased from two to five over the same period. “When you’re dealing with small numbers like we have, it’s easy to have a big jump in the percentage,” said Longboat Key Police Chief John Kintz.

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+ Roger Pettingell hits $40 million during the first five months of 2013 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate broker associate Roger Pettingell’s sales volume reached $40 million during the first five months of 2013, making him Coldwell Banker Florida’s top-ranked agent. Pettingell was the top-ranked residential real-estate agent in Sarasota and Manatee counties in 2012. “This is just an amazing accomplishment to reach this distinguished level of achievement this early in the calendar year,” said Bob Stanley, Coldwell Banker Longboat Key managing broker, in a prepared statement. “The result speaks to Roger being a focused business person in meeting the needs of his clients.”

+ Demolition of Holiday Beach Resort will make way for Infinity project Demolition of the old Holiday Beach Resort began late last week to make way for the 11-unit Infinity condominium project. Nell Leffel, of Michael Saunders & Co.’s New Homes and Condominium Division, is the sales associate for the project. Sarasota architect Mark Sultana, of DSDG Architects, is the architect. Crossgate Partners LLC, of Atlanta, is the developer. Longboat Key Fire Rescue used the property for drills for three days prior to demolition. // Watch a video of the Longboat Key firefighters’ training drills.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Six-bedroom home sells for $4.5 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between July 22 and July 26. A home in Country Club Shores tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Robert Young sold his home at 642 Ranger Lane to Troy Dolan, of Blairsville, Pa., for $4.5 million. Built in 2001, it has six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, a pool and 7,091 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3.85 million in 2006. In a second transaction in Country Club Shores, Troy Dolan, of Indiana, Pa., sold his home at 610 Yardarm Lane to Robert Young, of County Durham, United Kingdom, for $2 million. Built in 2003, it has five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,138 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.8 million in 2005. Rebecca Volz, of Sarasota, sold her home at 540 Chipping Lane to Willard and Elizabeth Foley, of Warren, Pa., for $525,000. Built in 1966, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,585 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $295,000 in 1995.


Joseph and Joyce Russo, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 406 condominium at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Daniel Miller and Susan Miller, of St. Cloud, Minn., for $1.21 million. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,819 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 1993.

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Paul Staff, of Hamilton, Ohio, sold his Unit 228 condominium at 350 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Michael White, of Longboat Key, for $710,000. Built in 1992, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,210 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $345,300 in 1992.

rooms, one bath and 1,096 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $100,000 in 1987.


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This home at 642 Ranger Lane has six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half baths, a pool and 7,091 square feet of living area. It sold for $4.5 million.

Sea Gate Club

Lois Hike sold her Unit 3-F condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to James Meeks Jr. and Natalie Rotella, of Longboat Key, for $550,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,513 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $190,000 in 1990.

Bayport Beach and Tennis Club

Larry Gould, trustee, of Chicago, sold the Unit 831 condominium at 831 Bayport Way to Alice Desouza, of Bedford, N.H., for $332,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,456 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $125,000 in 1984.

Spanish Main Yacht Club

Bernard and Patricia Clifford, of Presque Isle, Wis., sold their Unit 76 condominium at 914 Spanish Drive S. to Joseph

and Nancy Mazzarese, of Easton, Pa., for $240,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,341 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 2008.

Casa del Mar

Andrea Elia, trustee, of Arden, N.C., sold the Unit 20 condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jennifer Saldana, of Lakeland, for $235,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $120,000 in 1990.

Windward Bay

Carole Rudman and Ellen Genauer, trustees, of Richmond, Mass., sold the Unit 302 condominium at 4600 Gulf of Mexico Drive to L. JoAnn Steinke and Kevin and Stacie Steinke, of McLean, Va., for $230,000. Built in 1975, it has two bed-

Giuliano Family Ltd. Partnership sold the home at 763 Tyler Drive to Vernon and Liliana Chalfant, of Sarasota, for $2.7 million. Built in 1991, it has six bedrooms, seven baths, a pool and 8,586 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.2 million in 2000. Kendall Kellaway Jr., of Norwell, Mass., sold his home at 373 S. Washington Drive to Richard Duperey, trustee, of Sarasota, for $1,027,300. Built in 1951, it has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,665 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.55 million in 2007.


Key Towers South

Mark and Kim Royals, of Lutz, sold their Unit PH-C condominium at 1750 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Bassam and Wanda Hammoud, of Northville, Mich., for $650,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,364 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 1998.


Ekrem and Zeynep Barut, of Sarasota, sold their home at 400 Pheasant Drive to Blue Mountain Homes LLC for $553,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,160 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $228,000 in 1996. // See a map of this week’s real-estate sales.


551 Putting Green Ln #A3978393 $995,000 Hannerle Moore

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

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

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

523 Juan Anasco Dr #A3979558 $950,000 Marta Altizer

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-544-4437

618 Bayview Dr #A3982183 $899,000 Eileen Burke

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

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 503 #A3981871 $2,950,000 Julia Mcclung

3524 Fair Oaks Ln #A3970247 $895,000 Michael Yawitz

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

1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr # B308 #A3977399 $849,000 David Simon

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

6338 Laguna Dr #A3957942 $795,000 Audrey Singer

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

513 Yawl Ln #A3976724 $795,000 Pat Mudgett & Mackenzie Mudgett

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-320-7758

1942 Wisteria St #A3974548 $769,000 Dede Curran

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-6499

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-928-3255

4583 Windsor Park #A3981469 $749,500 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 3423 Winding Oaks Dr # 12 #A3981402 $729,900 Drew Russell

323 S Washington Dr #A3975335 $2,100,000 Deborah Beacham

Longboat Key 941-966-8000 941-993-3739

250 Sands Point Rd # 5401 #A3921919 $699,000 Gail Wittig

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-228-1985

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-376-2688

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

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

1157 W Peppertree Dr # 115A #A3979549 $625,000 Elizabeth Pitts

Siesta Key 941-388-4447 941-780-9536

1425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 204 #A3941538 $549,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 503 #A3979554 $519,000 Steve Magner

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-8559

1000 Longboat Club Rd # 603 #A3968910 $499,500 Catherine De’Ath

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

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

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

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

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

615 Dream Island Rd # 306 #A3969421 $349,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

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

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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 July 29 through Aug. 4, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

4960 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3979213 $324,500 Diane Otis Stirling

4800 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph6 #A3981896 $289,900 Stacy Hanan

523 Sutton Pl # 523 #A3941718 $219,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-266-0529

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


Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-7591


556 Sutton Pl #A3975937 $269,900 Robert Dardas

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-320-4261

Permit Applicant Amount Alteration Nathaniel Dalton, trustee $263,360 Addition Kenneth Pozulp $114,885 Alteration Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,125 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Siding Cedars East Condo Association $110,124 Alteration Moskovitz Real Estate $88,723 Seawall James Tanovich $42,075 Carport Privateer South Condo Association $30,000 Alteration Scott Paczosa $28,600 Windows and doors Meredith Ellsworth $24,906 Alteration Petro Property Ltd. $24,000 Re-roof Ebrahim Jahromi $18,400 Alteration Villas of Avignon $13,448.20 Re-roof Kenneth Pozulp $11,103.14 Boat lift Larry Marshall $8,033 Alteration James Powers $6,433 Re-roof Jay Robertson $6,050 Sliding glass doors Roger Guernsey $5,250 Pool Steve Friedman $2,300 Windows Patricia Johnson $1,670

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1101 #A3977876 Diane Lyons

Sarasota $8,900 941-552-4200

3240 Gulf Of Mexico Drive # 305B Longboat Key #A3968071 $4,000/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3979332 $279,900 Sharon Freeman

9200 Midnight Pass Rd # 14 #A3975968 $199,500 Marcia Salkin

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

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-2659

462 Bowdoin Cir #A3934801 $1,995,000 Michele C Burnett

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-928-1542

531 Yardarm Ln #A3980172 $1,699,000 Maureen Horn

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

128 Golden Gate Pt # 202A #A3978317 $1,595,000 Peggy Mock

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-3584

101 Ben Franklin Dr # 9N #A3980634 $1,538,000 Douglas Parks

Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-400-9087

572 Gunwale Ln #A3980925 $1,499,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

3481 Bayou Sound #A3981543 $1,475,000 Hannerle Moore

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

3527 Fair Oaks Ln #A3979084 $1,325,000 Judy C Beck

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-320-2825

3349 Sabal Cove Way, Bay Isles #A3971449 $1,175,000 Judy Nimz

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

7175 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 24 #A3978960 $1,149,000 Sandi Layfield

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

230 Sands Point Rd # 3507 #A3981697 $1,100,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

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

Siesta Key 941-383-7591 941-376-6121


Address 565 Sanctuary Drive 524 Hornblower Lane 658 Cedars Court 651 Cedars Court 622 Cedars Court 651 Cedars Court 621 Cedars Court 618 Cedars Court 617 Cedars Court 611 Cedars Court 605 Cedars Court 876 Tarawitt Drive 657 Halyard Lane 1000 Longboat Club Road 1425 GMD 554 Spanish Drive S. 1125 GMD 3360 Bayou Sound 5611 GMD 524 Hornblower Lane 708 Jungle Queen Way 603 Buttonwood Drive 730 Fox St. 3453 GMD 524 Gunwale Lane 701 Norton St.



1075 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 101 #A3976216 Diann Thelen

Longboat Key $1,500 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 5030 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3980709 $4,980,000 Richard Perlman

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

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

White Sands of Longboat 800.230.2428


Veranda Beach Club 800.411.5511


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ACROSS 1 Undo a dele 5 Despise with a passion 10 1976 Wings hit, “___ In” 15 Deputy on “The Dukes of Hazzard” 19 Opera highlight 20 Economics textbook feature 21 Acid in protein 22 Fairway warning 23 Maine, compared to the other 49 26 At no charge 27 Canine, but not a dog 28 “___ do” (“Sorry, that’s impossible”) 29 Daniel Webster, notably 31 Misfortunes 32 Certain evergreens 33 Candy pioneer Emil J. ___ 34 Acted immorally 37 “That ___ so bad” 38 Divides into three 41 “Method” conclusion 42 Cold onion and potato soup 44 Former coach Parseghian 45 Snooty attitudes 46 City of Seven Hills 47 Mixed-breed dog 48 Demo ending? 49 “Wheel of Fortune” host Sajak 50 Kind of insurance 54 Glittery rock 55 Signature comedy routines 57 Deep place? 58 Lots and lots 59 Country on the Irish Sea 60 Post office device

61 Dwight’s two-time opponent 62 Totals, as a car 64 Political coalitions 65 Like some income on a 1040 68 Yukon dog 69 City in England 71 Phrase that ends a single life? 72 Pretentious 73 ___ State (Big Ten school) 74 With the stroke of ___ 75 Bryn ___, Pa. 76 Music genre 77 Like good leather 81 “The End!” at the Cannes Film Festival 82 Like a perfect diamond 84 Made a boo-boo 85 Big name in business planes 86 Pan-fry 87 Plants from which poi is made 88 Cleft locale 89 St. Francis of ___ 91 Info-gathering, for short 92 Spaghetti sauce herbs 96 Converse casually 97 Hawaii, compared to the other 49 100 Merlin, e.g. 101 It’s comforting when doubled 102 Critic, by nature 103 Vocalist Fitzgerald 104 Water container before indoor plumbing 105 Snack bar beverages 106 Great ___ Mountains

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51 British racecourse site 52 Flier’s choice 53 City on the Arkansas River 54 Heights in the Mideast 56 Hardly classy 58 Keats’ “___ a Grecian Urn” 60 Thrown, as David’s stones 61 Made a pot, in a way 62 Place to tie up your boat 63 Bucolic 64 Archaeologists’ finds 65 Bumped, as the bid 66 Buzz Aldrin, really 67 Backs, anatomically 69 Get a gut feeling 70 Currycombs comb them 73 Affectedly devout ones 75 Assigns an incorrect title to 77 Asian and swine, for two 78 Arrives at 79 Object in a quiver 80 White collar workers? 81 Pretend 83 Cafe customer’s call 85 Orchard fruit 87 Prefix meaning “four” 88 River’s little cousin 89 Summit 90 “Jaws” star Robert 91 Regretted 92 “Beetle Bailey” bulldog 93 Former Steelers coach Chuck 94 Scandinavian seaport 95 Wild, desperate guess 98 Palindromic exclamation 99 America’s uncle

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

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FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, August 10, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, August 11, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

August 9th & 10th Friday, August 9th - Numbers out at 8a.m. Sale 9a.m.-4p.m. both days 1747 Hawthorne Street Sarasota, 34239 Hollywood Regency Furniture and other misc. furniture, mirrors, old church windows, jewelry, china, glass and many household items, curio cabinets, too many decorator items to list. Please contact Ken at 941-356-3318 for any additional information.

CHINA CABINET, light oak, 6 shelves. Good condition. $150.00. Call evenings. 941-924-1946.

Estate Sale Conducted by Antiques & Chatchkes. Pictures & more information visit: Look under "Designer’s Dream"


General Merchandise BEST WINE cellar VINOTHEQUE cools 320 bottles $8000 new, 73"x 51"x32" w/L&R cooling. Medium Oak & glass. $4495 OBO. 941-822-3967 POOL TABLE: Leather pockets, ornate wood, regulation size, many accessories, including overhead light. $950. 270-836-0242.

THRIFT SHOP: Longboat Island Chapel, 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Open Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9a.m.-1p.m. Volunteers welcome! 941-383-6491.

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.


145 ELEPHANT figurine collection. Includes display case. Figurines collected over 30 years span from all over the world. Will consider selling without the case. $2000.00 571-233-6063.

Autos For Sale LEXUS ES-330, 2006. Original LBK owner, 48,000 miles, excellent condition, white. $16,000. 941-780-5490;

ESTATE AUCTION ART & ANTIQUES SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. Quality Estate Auction Featuring: Victorian, Country, and Custom Furniture, Jewelry, Antique Clocks, Paintings & Sculptures, Pottery, Oriental Rugs, Asian and Military Collectibles, and more! 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AUG3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: Auctioneer ID#8290

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOAT SLIP FOR RENT, up to 25’. High, dry, indoor marina. Excellent boating location. By the month or yearly. Private owner, 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. LBK MOORINGS Slip Rental, 65’ Open Water View (R/8) Dock, $500/per month annual. 813-500-0566.

SLIP RENTAL- LBK Moorings. By Owner. M18, premier slip, 58 ft. $600 month. 941-316-9372

Boats Boats are selling very well. I’m out of boats again. 53 sold YTD, 8’-42’ Keeping it simple, “Business on a Hand Shake.” I Also Buy Boats. Please visit: Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489.

ESTATE SALES Thursday, August 8 - 9:30A.M.-2P.M. (Due to condo rules this must be a shuttle sale #’s and shuttle will be at the Publix located on the Avenue of the Flowers) Twin and king bed sets, mid-century dining room table, chairs and buffet, lamps, wicker etagere, artwork, futon, plants kitchenware, linens, china, glass, and bric-a-brac. 1999 Buick Century A Nice Sale Sale Conducted by Palma Sola Sales Numbers at 8a.m.

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

Business Opportunities ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES and electronic document processing website/service. We have software and we have customers, but we cannot advance it beyond the markets we already in. Looking for marketing professional who can sell the product in new markets. If interested, send an email to MANICURE ? Pedicure By Mirian. Local in your own home. Sarasota area 941-879-1989

Help Wanted CAREGIVER FOR Longboat lady: 12-hours, Friday, Saturday, other days as needed. Experience in healthy cooking, personal care, wheelchair transport. Seeking patient, intelligent individual, college degree preferred, pet friendly, flexible. Clean driving record, no smoking, references. $14+/hour. (941)780-5490 or COMPUTER SOFTWARE ENGINEER wanted to work in Sarasota, FL to design systems and modify existing software. Must have BS degree in Computer Science/IT related field and be certified in SQL SERVER DATABASE development. Mail applications to employer: Government Training Inc., 5372 Sandhamn Place, Longboat Key, FL 34228.

DID WE get your attention? You bet we did! Visit us online Make your ad stand out withat COLOR. in The Observer Classifieds. Call 941-955-4888 to advertise.

Find Treasure! Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232


KAYAK: 2 person Wilderness, blue, w/1 paddle, $600. 941-383-3160.


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CITY OF BRADENTON BEACH is accepting proposals (RFP13-03) through 9/6/13 at 3:00 p.m. to lease 1+ of 3 structures on its City Pier, including a restaurant. All commercial properties extend over Sarasota Bay. Site visit with staff 8/15/13, 10:00-12:00pm. For more info. contact (941)778-1005 or

Condos/Apts. For Rent 2BR/2BA LONGBOAT Key (LBK) condo on the bay with ocean/bay views. 2 Balconies, modern and renovated with brand new kitchen. Building has pool, tennis court and private beach access. 1/4 Mile from grocery store and LBK shopping center. Available January-April 2014. $4500 a month for 4 months. Contact: Shira Sternberg 802-733-3076 BEACHPlACE, lBk. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available June 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: 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. LUXURY UPDATED Waterfront 2 BD Condo available August 1st. Recently updated, Condo on the Bay 11th floor with the best Bay/ Gulf views with endless Sunsets. Condo includes stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, wine cooler, w/d, microwave. and lanai with beautiful gulf/bay views. Covered parking, resort bayside pool, recently redone boat docks and kayak docks as well. Workout area with weights, treadmill, lifecycle and sauna. $2500 per month. Call 941-330-7173. SPANISH MAIN: Annual Rental or Lease Purchase. 2BR/2BA with inside laundry. Completely renovated including new kitchen and granite. $1500/mo. 865.603.3126.

Condos For Sale BY OWNER: LBK. Lovely updated, 1BR/1BA, turnkey, beautiful water view, includes beach house, 4 pools, tennis, clubhouse. $189,000. 765-427-2346. DOWNTOWN SARASOTA: Penthouse, 4BR/3.5BA, 3500 sq. ft., vaulted ceilings, 3 terraces, great views of bay and downtown, 3 parking spots, quality finishes, furnished or not. Walk to shops & dining. $1,185,000. 941-896-2810.

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LONGBOAT KEY CLUB: 2BR/2BA, views of Gulf & Bay, 11th Floor, 1500 sq. ft., fully updated, quality finishes, furnished or not. $850,000 941-896-2810.

LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049.

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

Homes For Sale

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.

LONGBOAT KEY: country 2BR/2BA to marina and access. Immediate 941-383-0285.

Charming New England style plus office or studio. Steps pool. Private Gulf beach occupancy. $279,500. Owner:

SIESTA KEY: Large, 5600 sq. ft., pool, spa, elevator, 2 garages, 11 ft. ceilings, dock. OWNER. $2,400,000. 941-586-8186.

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS 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 A BEACHPLACE LBK Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, internet access, heated pool, covered parking, exercise room. Available Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec., 2013 & Feb. & March, 2014. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

SINGLE PERSON, non-smoker looking for condo rental on Longboat Key, February 2014. Reply to: WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos

SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Computer Services 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 has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887


Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367

Floors, bathrooms, showers, backsplashes, patio and pool decks.

5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939

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

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


“Your Home by the Sea” Weekly/Monthly Condominium Rentals 4 Night Minimum

LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Fax: 941-383-7925

Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Condominium Management

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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:

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OVER $59 MILLION SOLD OR PENDING SINCE JANUARY Roger has pending and sold 8 residences in Grand Bay since January 2013 Roger has pending and sold 3 homes in Bird Key since January 2013 Roger has pending and sold 7 residences in Seaplace since January 2013 Roger has sold 4 homes in Country Club Shores since January 2013

Time To Sell.

For the third time in five years, Roger has been named: #1 Realtor on Longboat Key and Bird Key #1 Realtor for all of Sarasota #1 Single Coldwell Banker agent for all of Florida


As the economy has drifted lower over the past years, prices hav cally in our area; in some cases have seen as much as 50% value erties saw at least 30% from their highs. Interest rates declined a lows (and they appear to still be declining). Over the past year, buyers have come into our market with bought all of the “low-hanging fruit” – the short sales and the became more realistic and as buyers perceived value, they bough need to sell held on to their properties. All of these events have combined to create a very low invento this season. If you have been wanting to sell your property, now SOLD and PRICE CLOSED COMMUNITY Roger ask DATE for his evaluation of your property in today’s mark


1 535 Sanctuary Drive, A603 2 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 1102 3 5393 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 214C 4 2399 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 3C4 5 245 Bird Key 6 561 Cutter Lane 7 1075 GOM #103 / BEACHPLACE 8 6453 Gulfside Road 9 4401 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 1101

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Longboat Terrace

RogeR SEAPLACE $2,995,000sells 02/28/2013 Vizcaya

03/01/2013 Bird Key Key. It is located on 42 acres The$590,000 best beachfront value on Longboat mile$895,000 of prime beachfront. Amenities include a 24-hour guard gate, clu 03/01/2013 CC Shores pools and hot tubs, children’s pool, playground, and three tennis cour 03/04/2013 nice$475,000 selection of floor plans, fromBeachplace one-bedroom lofts to three bedroom $2,725,000 03/13/2013 Sleepy Lagoon $580,000


Buttonwood Harbor

11 7043 Stanhope Place



University Park

12 420 Firehouse Court #3



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15 3010 Grand Bay, Unit 446

$1,320,000 04/05/2013 $925,000 04/05/2013

19 2045 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 313

Grand Bay


Grand Bay


21 3010 Grand Bay, Unit 433



Winding Oaks



Grand Bay




Windward Bay



Corey's Landing

24 3802 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 101



Beach Harbor Club

25 464 Golden Gate Pt, Unit 504



La Bellasara

26 6201 Gulf of Mexico Dr.



Sleepy Lagoon

23 3482 Mistletoe Lane

28 280 N. Shore (x 2 both sides)

$1,700,000 05/15/2013 360 North Condo $700,000 05/16/2013 CC Shores This 3BR home is on the sunny Spacious 2BR/2BA with separate upstairs living area. Light and05/16/2013 bright and literally steps of Putting Green Lane. Furnish $522,500 Seaplace to the beach. Furnished. $349,000 $4,000,000 05/24/2013 Bird Key LONgBOAT HAR

29 510 Putting Green 30 1925 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 301 31 619 Mourning Dove 32 1561 Harbor Cay 33 3540 Gulf of Mexico #304 34 3040 Grand Bay 246 35 2525 Gulf of Mexico Dr #4D COMMUNITY

37 581 Chipping Lane (x2 both sides)

1 6171 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Sleepy Lagoon

38 4725 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 209

2 435 L'Ambiance #M608



39 1125 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 601

3 582 South Spoonbill Dr


Bird Key

4 435 L'Ambiance Dr #K505



41 1702 Oak Street

5 3040 Grand Bay #241


Grand Bay

42 1925 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 406

6 100 Sands Point Road, #116


Sands Point

43 350 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 228

7 3030 Grand Bay, #325


Grand Bay

44 1211 Gulf of Mexico, Unit 405

8 3030 Grand Bay #315


Grand Bay

9 3040 Grand Bay #212


Grand Bay

10 2089 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #211



11 1955 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #106



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Spacious corner residence a lovely mid-Longboat Gulf fr $700,000 04/10/2013at Seaplace, CC Shores community. Light and bright with plenty of winter sunsets from this $540,000 04/10/2013 Seaplace Located in the popular G-8 building. $407,500 04/15/2013 Seaplace

20 3463 Winding Oaks #32 22 4600 Gulf of Mexico, Unit PH5



10 625 Buttonwood Drive

18 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 516



LBK Harbor Towers

17 1111 Bogey



16 3060 Grand Bay, Unit 165



13 1955 Gulf of Mexico #207




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Grand Bay



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Sand Cay


$810,000 06/28/2013 Beachplace Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the $550,000 06/28/2013 Condo on the Bay popular G-4 building. $299,000 longboatharbourtowers11 $220,000 06/25/2013 Lot Direct Gulf, 2BR/2BA penthous Recently updated 2BR/2BA beach retreat. $390,000 07/17/2013 Seaplace views from nearly every room. New master bath, newer carpet. Turnkey redesigned. $649,000 $710,000 Tangerine Bay furnished, ready for 07/24/2013 your personal touches. Just $590,000 steps to the Gulf07/24/2013 shore. $289,000Promenade

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