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Town upgrades its only boat ramp. PAGE 3

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Insurance rates continue to rise Mayor Jim Brown and others are worried that if insurance costs keep going up for Key properties, it will scare off potential buyers.

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+ Partners in crime bail out of lock-up Susan Phillips, assistant to the town manager, and her partner in crime, friend Phyllis Black, were “arrested” Aug. 7 at Longboat Key Town Hall and “booked” at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where they participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up event to raise funds for people with neuromuscular diseases. Phillips raised $2,517 for her bail — exceeding her goal of $2,500.

“There’s a price we pay for living on an island such as this.” Town Manager Dave Bullock has used that line before, mostly to warn people about preparing for hurricane season. But the price Longboaters pay continues to rise in other forms as well, including the price they

pay to insure their homes. Longboat Key property owners who don’t live here full time and don’t use their island home as their primary residence are seeing 25% increases in their flood insurance policies this year. And because more than half of Longboat Key properties are second

homes, it’s affecting more than half of the Key’s 6,088 year-round estimated population. Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) went through an overhaul after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast last year

and wreaked havoc to that area and for the NFIP, which is responsible for paying out claims. In July 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which calls on FEMA and other agencies to make a number of changes to the way the NFIP is run. “FEMA had $3 billion in flood losses and had to figure out what



+ Couple sets sail to matrimony Kelsey Brooke Lashway, daughter of Wayne and Toni Lashway, of Longboat Key, married Alan Daniel Yim, of Boston, July 28. Yim is the son of Ming Do and Wah Kit Yim. After graduating from Flagler College, Lashway moved to Boston, where the couple met, to pursue her master’s degree in psychology. They were married on board “The Majesty” in Boston Harbor.


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Cameras remain focused on Key drivers The license-plate recognition camera system went live Friday afternoon, creating a busier-than-usual weekend for the island’s police officers. Longboat Key police had a busy weekend — but not because of rowdy beachgoers, burglaries or car crashes. If you noticed more patrol-vehicle lights than usual activated along Gulf of Mexico Drive, it’s

because the long-awaited license-plate recognition cameras on each end of the island began snapping Friday afternoon. Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said that on Sunday alone, data captured on the cam-

era produced approximately 20 hits for issues such as suspended and expired driver’s licenses, warrants and alerts that sex offenders were traveling onto the island. “Primarily, we’re getting trafficrelated crimes,” said Cumming,

who estimates that on a typical Sunday in August, officers would have pulled over a half-dozen drivers for similar offences. Contractor L3 Communications installed a total of six cameras in June on both ends of the island. Now that they’re opera-


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CAMERAS / FROM PAGE 1 tional, the cameras capture data from license plates — but not images of cars or drivers — to run them through state and federal databases. Police say no one will ever see the vast majority of data. But officers will be notified if the registered vehicle owner has a warrant, is involved with a missing-person case, has an expired tag or suspended/expired license or if they’re driving a vehicle that’s listed as stolen. Police will also receive alerts if a sex offender drives onto the island, although officers wouldn’t pull over a driver solely because he or she is a sex offender. That information would be stored to use for investigative purposes if a sex offense

RATES / FROM PAGE 1 to do next,” said George Ceshker, who owns the Longboat Key branch of SecurAll Insurance. FEMA began to tighten up areas it covers and went through a series of evaluations for certain coastal areas, including Longboat Key, which led the program to stop insuring homes built before 1975 (those that have policies are still insured at a higher premium) and raising rates 25% for second homes. “The federal government felt it was insuring high-risk places at the cost of all general taxpayers and felt it needed to tighten criteria so all taxpayers aren’t subsidizing a sliver of expensive coastal land,” Bullock said. Marilyn Hoyt, a Sleepy Lagoon resident for 41 years, has watched her flood insurance policy increase from $200 a year when she first bought her home, to more than $1,000 a year. “And this is my only home,” Hoyt said. “I can’t imagine what those with second homes are seeing.” Couple that with wind policies that


were to occur on the island. The department is currently discussing policies and protocols with other jurisdictions that have license-plate cameras. “Right now, we’re responding to every hit we can, but we’re not writing citations for all of them,” Cumming said. “We’re kind of broad brushing it until we hone our policies.” The cameras went down a long road before they were finally placed at both entrances to the island. After the late Police Chief Al Hogle proposed the idea to the Longboat Key Town Commission in early 2010, the cameras spent three years enmeshed in bureaucratic red tape. Police had to find locations that

weren’t in Florida Department of Transportation rights of way and that weren’t on Florida Power & Light Co. poles. The cameras are now located on town property on the Longboat Key sides of the New Pass Bridge and Longboat Pass Bridge. The camera system uses optical character recognition to read license plates on vehicles and take a picture of the license plate. That information is then run through current crime databases. Longboat Key police maintain the database, which stores images that are captured for one year and makes the information available only for criminal investigations. The department used forfeiture funds to pay the $79,000 cost of the cameras.

have risen 15% to 25% in the last two years alone, and the price to insure properties on the Key is becoming costlier every year. Mayor Jim Brown knows all about the rising cost of insurance. In fall 2011, Brown’s house was insured for $9,600 a year through a Texas-based insurance company. “No small sum, but it was somewhat affordable for my property,” Brown said. But, when the company notified Brown it would no longer insure his property, he was forced to attain insurance with Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state’s insurer of last resort, for $10,100. There was only one problem. Brown’s mortgage company forgot to send the annual payment on time, and Citizens abruptly canceled his policy in February 2012. Brown’s policy quickly went from somewhat affordable to downright expensive. After receiving two quotes for more then $55,000, Brown was able to find a better rate with a company for $28,000 a year. He is also still in the middle of a legal dispute with his mortgage company

February 2010 — The late Longboat Key Police

Chief Al Hogle proposed license-recognition cameras.

October 2011 — FDOT notified the town it does

not permit license-plate cameras in its rights of way.

February 2013 — The town determined loca-

tions where the cameras could be placed.

June 2013 — Contractor L3 Communications

installed a total of six cameras.

August 2013 — The license-plate cameras began capturing license-plate data from vehicles entering and leaving the Key.

rates, especially on high-value homes like right here on Longboat Key.” Ceshker says the move is two-fold. “The good part is it’s allowing other companies to come back into Florida with more attractive rates,” Ceshker said. “At the end of the day, having more companies with competitive rates will bring prices down.” The downside is the rates continue to rise before they can become competitive again. Those with Key homes built before 2002 that meet all hurricane standards can still obtain policies for $7,500 a year for a home valued at $1 million, Ceshker said. The best way to make sure policies are competitive, Ceshker said, is to review policies with your insurance agent. Hoyt said complaints about rising insurance premiums are rising on the Key. Brown said the town is keeping a close eye on the issue, as well. “It’s frightening and frustrating,” Brown said. “We need to make people aware of what’s happening and make sure they have the best rate possible so they aren’t being taken advantage of by their insurance company.”


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to pay for the insurance increase that was a direct result of the company’s failure to make the insurance payment. “I realize my situation is different, but the bottom line is everyone’s insurance is going up dramatically and it’s going to cause a real-estate problem on coastal areas like Longboat Key,” Brown said. “If people can’t buy real estate on Longboat Key or other coastal communities because they’re scared of insurance costs, we’re going to stop being able to sell our houses out here.” Bruce Myer, a Coldwell Banker Longboat Key real-estate agent, said sales could become an issue as insurance costs continue to rise. “The crux of it for buyers comes down to the age of the home and what an insurance company is willing to cover at what price,” Myer said. Ceshker said insurance costs have risen dramatically in the last 18 months. “Florida wants to get out of the insurance business and they are raising Citizen rates to depopulate their policies and make the company unattractive,” Ceshker said. “The easiest way to do that is raising


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Two members leave pension board Vote will Both firefighter/paramedics who were appointed to a new pension board have decided not to participate any longer. The town of Longboat Key’s new Firefighter Pension Board is not even three months old and it’s already lost two board members. When the new seven-person board first met May 15, firefighter/paramedic and Longboat Key Fire Rescue District Vice President Keith Tanner didn’t repeat the oath of office and walked out of the meeting after claiming the board went against state statutes. When the board met again June 12, it lost another member. Firefighter/paramedic and board member Matt Taylor walked out of the meeting as soon as it started. “I don’t feel comfortable moving forward with any actions,” Taylor said June 12. “The state is not agreeing with what the town is doing. I don’t feel comfortable being up here.” It turns out neither one of them feels comfortable sitting on the dais any longer, either. Town Manager Dave Bullock told the

Longboat Observer that he had advised both Taylor and Tanner to let the town know how they planned to proceed by July 18. Neither Tanner nor Taylor responded to Bullock, which led Bullock to appoint firefighter/paramedic Jason Berzowski to the board to replace Tanner. Bullock has yet to name the other appointment. The newly reconfigured board consists of five Key residents in addition to the firefighter appointments. Current citizen members are Chairman Gerald Feder, Armando Linde, Shannon Gault, James Pappas and Lee Riley. The board is responsible for overseeing a pension plan that will be frozen Sept. 30. Approximately $200,000 a year in state subsidy money, dubbed Chapter 175 monies, has been given to the firefighter pension plan for years to help fund firefighter pension benefits. The town must now opt out of those funds to freeze the plan. It’s the belief of some firefighters, though, that their current pension plan

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has to be frozen before a new board can oversee the plan, and the issue led to Tanner and Taylor’s concerns about being board members. Town pension attorney James Linn told Taylor the town and the new board are not going against state statues because the town has agreed to no longer accept Chapter 175 funds as it works to freeze the pension plan. To assuage any concern, Linn also recommended the town approve an emergency ordinance that states the town is freezing the plan and no longer accepting Chapter 175 funds. The commission approved that ordinance in May. But the ordinance hasn’t made Tanner and Taylor any more comfortable. They continue to point to a May 16 letter the Division of Retirement submitted to the town that questioned the new pension board and the Chapter 175 funds. Linn responded to the state a week later, providing officials with the emergency ordinance and laying out how the town’s actions are consistent as it works to freeze the current pension plan. “This board has ample legal authority to continue,” Linn said.

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The town’s only public boat ramp was extended 10 feet into the water because boaters complained that their trailers were falling into the bay when they attempted to back their larger boats into the water. Kurt Schultheis

Boat ramp smoothes bumpy ride The $95,670 cost to perform Linley Street boat ramp upgrades was offset by a $51,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District. The town’s only public boat ramp received a big makeover last month, and town residents are pleased with the end result. The 30-year-old Linley Street boat ramp in the Longbeach Village closed mid-May for a much-needed overhaul and reopened July 4, ahead of schedule. The project was originally planned for March but was rescheduled to avoid conflicting with season. “It’s a very popular ramp, especially for Longbeach Village residents who don’t have waterfront access on their properties,” said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. “We had been keeping an eye on it, and it was time to make some upgrades.” Interlocking pavers that previously made it difficult for boaters to ease their boats into the water smoothly have been replaced with a smoother concrete surface. The ramp was also extended 10 feet

into the water because boaters complained for years that their trailers were falling into the bay when they attempted to back their larger boats into the water. “Times have changed, and boats and engines are bigger, and longer trailers are the norm,” Florensa said. “These changes help accommodate the new norm.” The $95,670 cost to perform the upgrades was offset by a $51,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District. Florensa said it took 18 months to receive a permit from the state. “It was a lengthy process, but the end result was a project that had no impact to the surrounding seagrasses and mangroves in the area,” Florensa said. Town staff worked with Village residents to receive their input on the project and to ensure it didn’t impact them. “We held off on the project until after season,” Florensa said. The town also improved the small

parking area to the left of the ramp. At the request of the Longbeach Village Association, town staff also improved the fish bait-preparation area on the dock adjacent to the boat ramp by installing a sink with running water. “It’s been very well received, and locals love it,” Florensa said. Longbeach Village resident Rusty Chinnis said he gave town staff “big kudos” for the upgrades. “The ramp is flatter and not as steep,” Chinnis said. “It’s much more stable, and we love it.” Longbeach Village Association President Michael Drake also complimented the town in a July 16 email. “On behalf of the entire Village neighborhood, we thank you for a job well done,” Drake wrote. Drake said the association plans to purchase a dock ladder and has also urged the town to replace some rotting wooden boards on the town dock.

It was a lengthy process, but the end result was a project that had no impact to the surrounding seagrasses and mangroves in the area. — Public Works Director Juan Florensa

impact employees, taxpayers The Town Commission’s decision about retirement options will affect town staffers and residents for decades.

The Longboat Key Town Commission will make a decision Wednesday at Town Hall that could cost taxpayers up to $1.75 million and impact the retirement plans of up to 37 of the town’s 43 general employees. Commissioners will decide at a 9:30 a.m. special meeting at Longboat Key Town Hall whether to allow general employees to enter the Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP) and offer those employees an early-retirement incentive after their pension plan freezes Sept. 30. Commissioners will review two separate scenarios for extending DROP. The first option would allow employees within two years of DROP eligibility to enter the program. That would allow two additional employees to participate in the program at a cost of $3,484 per year to the town, or $104,520 over a 30-year amortization period. Extending the opportunity to a fiveyear opportunity would make eight employees eligible, costing the town $58,332 per year, or nearly $1.75 million over the next 30 years. An early-retirement option that the commission will consider would allow employees to retire at age 50 after 25 years of service and collect a pension. Of the town’s 43 general employees, 37 could qualify for early retirement. If all eligible employees chose that option, it would cost the town $9,818 per year, or $294,540 over a 30-year amortization period. Also at the meeting, town attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale plans to seek direction from the commission on how to deal with a new state law that doesn’t allow the town to use referenda to approve density changes. At its spring session, the Florida Legislature approved a two-page bill that nixes the referendum process statewide and also renders any referendum performed on or after June 1, 2011, moot. For Longboat Key, the bill means the town can’t approve future density changes. The town attorney will give commissioners three options to consider: • The town could file a lawsuit seeking declaratory relief, asking a judge how the new state law applies and how the town should interpret the new law moving forward; • The town could pursue a legislative amendment that clarifies or allows the town to be an exception to the new law; •  The town could do nothing and wait for an affected party to come forward who may want to increase density but cannot because of the new law. The town could seek declaratory relief while also pursuing a legislative amendment. “There’s a glitch in that bill, and Longboat Key was an unintended consequence,” Portale said. Portale has already received direction to meet with Legislature committees this fall and try to get the matter resolved when the Legislature reconvenes in February. For more information on Wednesday’s meeting, check for live updates.

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+ FedEx vice president buys $6.8 million Key home Alan Graf Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Memphis, Tenn., are the buyers of the home at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive that sold last week for $6.8 million, according to Manatee County property records. Graf is executive vice president and chief financial officer of FedEx Corp., according to the company’s website. The sale was 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. The new 6,959-square-foot home has four bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms and more than an acre of Gulf-front land. James Abrams, who purchased the vacant 1.12-acre parcel for $1.8 million in April 2011, was the seller of the property.

+ Sarasota police officer saves sea turtles on Lido Key A Sarasota police officer re-routed nearly 100 confused sea turtles found Aug. 3 wan-

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dering toward the entrance of Lido Beach Resort. Officer Derek Conley stopped traffic several times while collecting the lost critters in a box and released them into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a news release.

+ Town of Longboat Key seeks volunteers for two boards The town of Longboat Key is looking for town residents to volunteer for two boards. The town is accepting applications for the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Citizens Oversight Committee for the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) on Public School Facility Planning. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Aug. 19 to the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. All applicants must be registered voters of the town of Longboat Key. Applications are available at Town Hall or can be downloaded at Applications may be submitted to: Town of Longboat Key, Office of the Town Clerk, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228. Anyone with questions can call 316-1999.

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Rescue reenactment Longboat Key residents itch airs on ‘Trip Gone Bad’ for more mosquito control Along with heavy rains come more mosquitoes than usual, but the insects are starting to subside on the north end.

The Outdoor Channel aired a reenactment last week of the 2011 bull shark attack that injured C.J. Wickersham. Doctors told the NBC network’s “Today Show” they lost count after Charles “C.J.” Wickersham’s first 100 stitches. The Longboat Key native was spearfishing Sept. 24, 2011, near Rod & Reel Pier off of Anna Maria, when he looked down and saw a 9-foot bull shark on his leg. His friends, Connor Bystrom and Max Gazzo, jumped into the water and pulled him back onto the boat while Bystrom applied pressure to stop the bleeding until paramedics arrived. Wickersham was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where doctors managed to salvage his muscle. Nearly two years later, Wickersham, 23, says he’s completely healed and is back to fishing. His shark attack is the subject of a reenactment that aired Friday, Aug. 9, on the Outdoor Channel’s “Trip Gone Bad,” as part of Shark Week programming. The process of recreating the attack began approximately one year ago, when the Outdoor Channel flew Wickersham, his father, Charles Wickersham, and Bystrom to Los Angeles for interviews. They shot the reenactment over a day in November in Crystal River, where the program was also filming other segments. Wickersham and four of the six friends who were on the boat that day participated in the reenactment. (Bystrom and his girlfriend, Katie Mattas, couldn’t participate in filming

Many Longboaters have found themselves scratching their arms and legs more than usual this summer. The reason isn’t exactly a head-scratcher: Mosquitoes have been more active than usual as the result of heavy rains, particularly during the months of June and July, which left behind stagnant water that serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Emerald Harbor resident Weldon Frost said he’s been bitten more than usual this summer. “I don’t think I got bit by a mosquito once last year,” said Frost, who also notices an active no-see-um season. “It’s definitely way worse than last year,” said St. Armands resident Kevin Bales. Sarasota County Mosquito Management field operations supervisor John Eaton told the Sarasota Observer in July that the normal rate of 30 to 50 mosquito complaints a day has jumped to more than 100 some days this summer. Manatee County Mosquito Management Director Mark Latham said that June and July brought approximately 27 inches of rain, about 12 inches more than usual, leading to more mosquitoes than usual. “The last time it was this bad was probably 2004, the year of the hurricanes,” he said. “There was a lot of rain before the hurricanes.” On Longboat Key, north-end neighborhoods such as the Longbeach Village, are especially prone to mosquitoes because they consist mostly of single-family homes with backyards where water-accumulating

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C.J. Wickersham has been an avid fisherman since he was 4 years old.

because of Bystrom’s veterinary school schedule.) Wickersham said the Outdoor Channel account is “pretty accurate.” It doesn’t bother him to relive the attack. In fact, he hosted approximately 20 friends Friday night at his home, including the group that was with him on the boat, to watch the segment’s premier. There was also a viewing party Friday at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant “It’s pretty crazy to see, especially during Shark Week,” Wickersham said.

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Carlos Beruff, middle, says the Long Bar Pointe is a “transformational” property, where he and his partners seek to develop something better than just another subdivision.

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The power of a strong social-media presence can be persuasive — in any industry. A prominent local homebuilder takes that lesson personally. Local homebuilder Carlos Beruff has found comfort in terms such as “rezones” and “comp plan amendments” over a 30year career. The wonkish approach works: Annual revenues at his firm, Manatee Countybased Medallion Home, have increased 74% since 2010, from $32.8 million to $56.9 million last year. But, when it comes to the must-do-itnow technology world of constant tweets and Facebook posts, Beruff, admittedly, is somewhat out of his element. And that, says the developer, is his biggest regret from a recent and highly publicized tussle concerning a large-scale potential development he’s behind. “If this ever happens again I will have a message out faster,” says Beruff. “I will have a website up much faster. I will have hired a PR firm.” The project at the center of the debate — and Beruff’s social-media angst — is Long Bar Pointe, a proposed mixed-use development on 463 acres in Northwest Bradenton, near Cortez. The original plan called for a 300-room hotel, a 300-berth boat basin/marina, more than 2,500 residences, office and retail space and a conference center. The proposal was modeled loosely after the resort-meets-village vibe at places like WaterColor and Seaside in the Florida Panhandle. The marina, though, what developers once considered integral to the overall project, has been scuttled. Beruff and his partners, including local developer Larry Lieberman, removed the marina from an official proposal after weeks of debate and pleas from Manatee County commissioners. The removal paved the way for the commission, after a tense 13-hour public meeting that began at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6, to approve a map-amendment proposal for the property. The upshot of that vote, and another vote on a separate text-amendment proposal, is Beruff and his partners must reapply for a significant portion of the project. Other parts of the development, including 250 homes and 150,000 square feet of retail space, were approved in other hearings long before the meeting. But, another consequence of the debate and subsequent vote, outside the project, is Beruff, who prides himself on his preparation for any meeting, played catch-up in the social-media war.


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Beruff, in fact, was blindsided by an organized and technically savvy opposition. Facebook groups such as Save the Manatee County Shoreline, for example, set the social-media tone with pointed posts

such as one, Aug. 7, that stated, in extralarge font, “The War Has Begun!!” Several other groups and individuals opposed to the project wrote multiple anti-development posts in the weeks before the vote. Others uploaded YouTube videos of Sarasota Bay tours, with descriptions of what they said was at stake. The opposition-led social-media blitz, in at least one aspect, was a success, because the project became something of a local cause célèbre. Indeed, the groups and individuals against the development delivered hundreds of signatures on opposition petitions to commissioners before the meeting. At the actual meeting, many people against the project, from children to seniors, wore “Save Our Bay” T-shirts. Some held large inflatable dolphins. Matt Bower, the legal administrator for the Luhrsen Law Group in Sarasota, was one of the leaders of the Facebook posts, both individually and on the Save the Manatee County Shoreline page. Bower, who has lobbied state legislators on bills through the law firm, says his approach was to avoid flooding the pages with junk and constant updates. He instead went with a short, but meaningful, approach. “This was an issue that was very easy to support,” says Bower, a part-time fishing guide. “It was easy to jump on the bandwagon.” Manatee County commissioners, in public and in interviews, say they vote on the facts of a case, not which side has more Twitter friends or Facebook followers. Commissioners, nonetheless, noticed the increased participation. “I thought social media brought out people who would have never come out,” says Commissioner Carol Whitmore.

Environmentally sound

Beruff, meanwhile, in an interview with the Business Observer two days after the marathon commission meeting, discussed both his regrets and his future plans for Long Bar Pointe. Although he’s battled with opposition groups and county officials over projects before, Long Bar Pointe stands out. “It was the toughest one,” he says, “because of all the unnecessary hyperbole created over social media.” Specifically, Beruff is irritated the project proposal was tagged in an environmentally unfriendly light — social media or otherwise. Opponents, for starters, pointed to mangroves in the bay they say would be destroyed to make way for a marina. “The development itself isn’t so troubling,” Longboat Key resident and Saraso-

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ta Bay Watch founder Rusty Chinnis says, “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.” Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie also voiced environmental concerns. Says Chappie: “I’m concerned with incompatibility with areas to the south of the project, and I’m concerned with the incomparability to the coastal environment.” Beruff, however, says the argument that he and his partners would wreck the environment for a profitable development is laughable — and nearly impossible. “There’s no way on God’s green earth we would do something that destroys the environment,” Beruff says. “With all the regulations we would have to go through, we couldn’t do that anyway.” Even with the sunken marina, Beruff considers the Manatee County Commission decision a 75% victory because it confirms several aspects of the plan. Several commissioners, further, encouraged Beruff to come back with a proposal that’s still bold and forward thinking. “We didn’t get 100%,” he says, “but we got a triple.” An Aug. 8 post on the Save the Manatee County Shoreline Facebook page also claimed victory. “Now that the dust has settled, it is clear that we were at least 75% successful in our quest to get ‘NO’ votes on the text and map amendments,” the post sates. “The big victory was defeating the text amendment (50%). We didn’t defeat the map amendment but taking the ‘marina’ out was a victory.” Beruff, moving ahead, is buoyed by the fact that he can be patient with the project because of the portion already approved. That allows for some return on the investment, albeit a small one, while the other parts play out. Beruff and some partners bought the land for $12.3 million in May 2012, when the property, then owned pri-


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More than 1,000 people attended the meeting, at least 300 more than expected, so chairs were added. marily by Lieberman, was headed for a foreclosure auction. Past that, Beruff says he will take a short vacation before he and his team create another proposal. His vision of a landmark project, something that’s not one more subdivision, will remain. “This property is magic,” Beruff says in an interview a week before the Aug. 7 vote. “It’s the most spectacular thing to come to Bradenton west of Interstate 75 in 50 years. It’s transformational.”

Green hats

Although Beruff laments his lack of social-media prowess, his project proposal didn’t necessarily lack support. The Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, for instance, a trade association for commercial contractors, ran a pro-Long Bar Pointe development campaign. That included email blasts and a large member presence at the Aug. 6 to Aug. 7 meeting. “It’s a great project for the community; it’s great for the environment; and it’s great for job creation,” says GCBX Executive Director Mary Dougherty-Slapp. “This would be a boon to our industry.” Beruff, moreover, took out several half-

page and full-page ads in the Bradenton Herald before the meeting. He also had green hats made with yes printed on them in white. Those hats were distributed at the meeting, so commissioners could easily see supporters wearing them. Beruff says he spent about $150,000 on preparations for the meeting, including consultants, attorneys and hats. The son of Cuban emigres, Beruff says he won’t give up easily on Long Bar Pointe. He’s shown that stick-it-out side before, in surviving several economic downturns. A Miami native, Beruff has also shown it in his personal life: His family, including his Cuban-born older sister and brother, struggled for several years. They received government-sponsored food every Saturday, and his siblings, his mom, his aunt and some cousins, eight people total, all lived in a converted two-car garage for a few years. With Long Bar Pointe, though, Beruff’s stubbornness is directed toward the dynamic possibilities of the development. Says Beruff: “I’ve never had a project in my career that I felt so right about.” — Managing Editor Kurt Schultheis contributed to this story.

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore has been an elected official for 22 years, in three roles. But an Aug. 6 meeting for two amendments on a development proposal in Northwest Bradenton represented a debut for Whitmore: It was the longest public meeting she’s ever been involved in, and the first one she’s attended that started after lunch, at 1:30 p.m., and lasted until 2 a.m. the next day. The meeting, in addition to complicated land-use issues, presented a few other challenges for Whitmore and her fellow elected officials. A big one was hunger. Commission Chairman Larry Bustle suggested a 30-minute dinner break in the early evening, but some groans from the crowd crushed that plan. Commissioners and county staff instead scarfed down salads and sodas during three five-minute breaks. Plus, foremost on Whitmore’s mind was her pregnant daughter. Whitmore told county officials about her daughter possibly going into labor that day, and the potential for Whitmore to leave the session before it ended was announced early. Turns out, it was false alarm. Whitmore, along with Commissioner Betsy Benac, also stood up for parts of the meeting. Whitmore had back surgery a few years ago, and sitting for long periods of time can be painful. Finally, Whitmore had to deal with some pain in her mouth when she lost a bridge in her teeth on a bite of dinner during the meeting. A nurse before entering politics, Whitmore placed the bridge in a napkin and stored the napkin in her purse. She went to the dentist the next day.


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Defund Obamacare

This is sick. No, actually it’s sickening. Obamacare. The federal government is now hiring “navigators” to instruct Americans how to navigate those so-far-fictional “Health Exchanges.” Navigators? Really? No doubt many will be recent college grads who can’t find jobs. And who are they kidding: They’ll be advising Americans on a law and system that no one understands to begin with. And, to top things off, everyone will be monitored by the trustworthy IRS. Really? It gets more absurd: Federal leaders are now saying to qualify for a federal healthinsurance subsidy you will not have to verify your income when you enroll. It will be an honors system. You can picture the Medicare fraudsters in South Florida. They can’t wait. Now there’s even more free money MATT to scam! WALSH In all of their decades as B-to-B health-plan advisers, Joe Part, founder and CEO of Palm Harbor-based Alltrust Insurance, and Rich Pierro, managing partner of Bradenton-based Kitchner & Pierro, have never, ever seen anything like this. “Not even close,” Pierro says. They wouldn’t say it this way, but we will: Never, ever have they seen anything so absolutely, unequivocally awful in their professional lives. “Confusion and frustration,” says Part. “If there’s anything business owners don’t want, it’s confusion and frustration. It’s uncertainty and ever changing — everything a business owner does not want to deal with.” Twenty years ago, when Part visited clients to renew their annual health plans, he met with the heads of companies’ payroll departments. Ten years ago, he met with the HR directors. Seven years ago, he met with the CFOs. Today, at every meeting, he’s sitting with the CFOs and CEOs. Ditto Pierro: “They’re nervous and scared about what’s going to happen.” It’s chaos. And it’s getting worse. Pierro tells of a restaurant client who employs 350 people, 250 full-time equivalents. The owner figured if he didn’t offer health insurance, he would end up paying a $500,000 fine. It would shut him down. When Obamacare first passed, Part says, “We all had the opinion this law wouldn’t have legs. Then we thought the Supreme Court would overturn it. Then it was Obama wouldn’t win re-election. All of a sudden, there’s a lot more focus on what does this all mean? Rates are going up 80% one day and down the next. Employers have hit the pause button again.” What’s galling is the Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate — and especially Obama — have no clue what uncertainty does to the economy. It freezes growth and new initiatives. The chief operating officer of a Gulf Coast group of 30 internal-medicine physicians

told us horror stories of the effects of one regulation after another coming down from Washington. Take Medicare. Every year, physicians sit on edge wondering how much the federal government is going to cut Medicare reimbursements. Imagine, the COO says, trying to plan your business’ annual staffing and budget in that environment. Or going to your bank for equipment financing. Few banks will say yes when they don’t know whether the borrower’s income is going to be cut by 2% or 24%. That is real. Here’s another Obama nightmare for doctors: If a health-exchange enrollee does not pay his health-insurance premium, the insurer still must pay the physician for the first 30 days. But between 30 and 90 days, the physician must try to collect from the patient who hasn’t paid his insurance premium. Here’s the catch: There is no mechanism in the law to allow physicians to check if a patient’s premium has been paid when he shows up at the doctor’s office with an insurance card. You can predict what’s going to happen. Other effects: Obamacare is creating jobs all right, but the wrong kind. The physiciangroup COO told us his firm has one employee dedicated to regulatory compliance. Part says he hired a compliance manager more than a year ago. The job is to educate Alltrust’s employees and customers on the details of Obamacare and produce models to help customers predict their costs. You can see where this disaster is headed. Just as every business must have a trusted accountant and lawyer to “navigate” the federal tax codes, every business will soon face the next inevitability: hiring “compliance” staffers and departments to comply with Obamacare. Health care is now as bad as, if not worse than, banking, an industry that is suffocating from government regulation. These are the wrong kinds of jobs to be created. They’re non-producing; they do not create wealth. They’re jobs that suck productive capital out of the economy to feed the regulatory and legislative leeches in Washington, D.C. The government monster just continues to grow and choke off your freedom. You become further enslaved. None of Obamacare is going to save a nickel. Obama and Democrat lawmakers missed an obvious fix: Give individuals the same tax deduction on health-care costs that businesses get. There isn’t a rational business owner in America who wants to manage his employees’ health insurance. They don’t manage their employees’ car insurance or 401(k)s. Why health insurance? Health insurance should be an individual choice and responsibility, not a government mandate. Confusion and frustration. Part is correct. But he is being diplomatic. It’s far worse than that. It’s beyond comprehension how any lawmaker in the U.S. Senate or House can believe Obamacare is good for America. Defund it. Call or write your congressman or senator. Urge them to kill it. The entire debacle makes you sick to your stomach.

THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco


When the U.S. House and Senate reconvene in September, they are expected to pass and adopt a new spending bill to continue funding the federal government. They have many choices. One choice that freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others are advocating is for Congress not to provide appropriations for Obamacare, or “defund” it. If you think Obamacare is further destruction of America and your freedom, urge your representatives to have the courage to defund it.

Rep. Vern Buchanan

Rep. Buchanan has voted to repeal since it passed in 2010, most recently voting to repeal in July 2012. “This government takeover of the healthcare system does nothing to bring down the cost of health care for Americans … Once fully implemented, this health restructuring law will cost $2.5 trillion. We cannot afford those costs … ” How to contact: http://buchanan.; 941-951-6643; 202-2260828.

Sen. Marco Rubio

“I hope this law never goes into effect,” Rubio said Aug. 1 at a press conference with Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. He and they are campaigning to defund Obamacare. “I don’t think it can be fixed … We have to go home and say, ‘We did everything we could. We took every step available to us.’ And that’s why this is such an important issue. That’s why defunding this … is so critical. Because it truly is our last best chance to stop this law from moving forward.” How to contact:; 813-977-6450 (Tampa); 202224-3041

Sen. Bill Nelson

Nelson supports Obamacare. At a town hall meeting in 2012, Nelson made no apologies for (his) vote, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Nelson said at the town hall meeting: “Would you like me to repeal the part where you can keep your kid on your family policy until age 26? Would you like me to repeal that part that says that the insurance company can’t cancel you when you’re in the middle of treatment?” How to contact: http://www.billnelson.; 813-2257050 (Tampa); 202-228-2183

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR + Watch closely Long Bar Pointe project process

Dear Editor: One can only hope that the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners will protect  the environment, the fragile manatee population and the quietude of Longboat Key bayside living  with  respect to the massive Long Bar Pointe development proposal. Should the developers prevail,  the town should seek to engage the legal expertise of experienced environmental groups such as EarthJustice and the Environmental Defense Fund in an effort to protect the town’s long-term quality of life for its current and future residents. Alan Lenowitz Longboat Key

+ Art Falls was dedicated to community and staff Dear Editor: I remember Art Falls as a caring, helpful and positive employer and an asset to the community.

As a part-time employee at the Sea Stable, I know that he cared about the staff and supported and encouraged younger employees to continue their education to improve their opportunities. He will be missed. Donna Schlorf Longboat Key

+ My take on why Iwo Jima effort had to be abandoned Dear Editor: I am the veteran of the Iwo campaign who proposed donating the Iwo Jima statue to Sarasota. And I want to thank the Observer newspapers for your generous and thoughtful coverage of that effort, and make clear why it had to be abandoned. I have carried the memory of what I witnessed on Iwo Jima all my life: heroism, blood and guts. We clearly knew what we were fighting for. Many of us came home and had successful careers. In our senior years, it is payback time. I serve


on local arts and human services boards locally, for example, and support other charities in New York City, where I live part time. But this is not about me. It is about what happened to our offer to donate the Iwo monument to Sarasota, which is beyond belief. Having received commitment from three city commissioners to support it, we set about raising $1.5 million to buy the icon, move it here and build a plaza, complete with flower gardens and benches to be shared with our favorite sailor and nurse and enjoyed by Sarasotans and visitors alike. Suddenly, our commissioners called for a vote we knew nothing about, using every excuse to kill the program. My team and I were speechless. The Iwo icon belongs on the bayfront, not in a cemetery. It is not about death; it is about life, the spirit of America, success and the costs of our freedom. It is not about art, either. It is about patriotism. But there are people in this town who feel they can tell us what is and isn’t art and what we should and shouldn’t like. Who are they to tell us what our values should be? How many of them fought for the freedoms they enjoy?  Hello, Bradenton. Our town has a gift for you. Semper fi! Harold Ronson Longboat Key

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2010: Colony checkout time The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s final guests checked out Aug. 15, 2010. The closure occurred after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May ruled to convert the LONGBOAT Colony’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorgaLORE nization with its unit owners to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. (U.S. District Judge William Merryday later overturned those rulings.) But, before the resort closed, longtime Colony guests gathered for one last hurrah. They brought Colony memories and memorabilia, includ-

ing old photos, newspaper articles and a “Vote for Murf!” button from owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s tongue-and-cheek campaign for the Longboat Key Town Commission. They ended the night by singing “Auld Lang Syne.” The resort remains closed three years later as the legal battles surrounding the property continue.

+ Miss Cleo tries to collect

Had Miss Cleo truly been psychic, she would have known that a Longboat Key woman whom she billed for two calls totaling $673.65 had died one year earlier, and that the woman’s phone had been disconnected short-

ly after her death. But the woman’s son received a letter from the psychic hotline’s collection agency, according to the Aug. 16, 2001, issue of the Longboat Observer. “In my world, responsibility and values are an important part of spiritual growth. And taking care of past debts is an important part of that process,” Miss Cleo’s collection agency wrote. A billing agent told the Longboat Observer that someone very much alive made the calls from the woman’s number. But the woman’s son believed the wording on the notice was meant to dupe the elderly into paying the bill.



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Lost in translation 11:24 a.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive S. Civil Disturbance. A condo association vice president said a renter was violating bylaws related to blow-up swimming pools. The association treasurer then got involved in the matter. Police contacted the renter, but he only spoke French.

Aug. 1 What’s your number? 8:38 p.m. — 400 block of GMD. Assist Other Agency. An unknown person entered a man’s locked car while he was parked at Lido Beach and removed his wallet and cash, then tried to spend $60 at a Longboat Key gas station but didn’t have the pin number to the card.

Aug. 3 UNDER my umbrella-ella-ella 2:03 p.m. — 3200 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A woman was lying out on the beach under her umbrella and went back inside her condo for a half-hour but returned to find her umbrella missing. She then found a man and woman lying under her umbrella to the south of where she had left it. The man said he had just borrowed it and offered her $5 for it. Police told the man and woman they were on private property and suggested they move to the public beach approximately 500 feet away.

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Aug. 7 Girls interrupted 1:10 p.m. — 2000 block of GMD. Domestic Violence. During a cab ride back to their vacation rental, a 22-year-old man got into an argument with his father about girls he had met at a bar. When they arrived, the man jumped out, grabbed his father from behind and began choking him. His father said his son drank too much and that the girls were going to take his money, but his son kept screaming that his dad had ruined his chance with the girls. The son was arrested.

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Christopher Kevin Landry, 69, of Boston and Longboat Key, died Aug. 1. Born April 18, 1944, in Boston, he graduated from Middlesex School in 1962 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1966 and his MBA from the Wharton School of Finance in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves Landry from 1966 to 1974. Mr. Landry worked at TA Associates from 1968 to 2013, becoming general partner in 1972, managing partner in 1982, CEO in 1984, chairman in 2007 and senior adviser in 2012. He was a recipient of the David T.W. McCord ’21 Award in 1994; Harvard’s Flood Leadership Award in 1991; the Harvard Medal in 2010; and Henry Cabot Lodge ’20 Distinguished Alumni Award from Middlesex School in 2012. He was also named to the Private Equity Hall of Fame in 1991. Mr. Landry served as director of the National Venture Capital Asso-


ciation from 1983 to 1987. He was a trustee at Middlesex School from 1975 to 2009, including 25 years as treasurer, a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1998 to 2010 and an honorary trustee from 2010 to 2013. He was co-chairman of the Boston Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Major Gifts Committee, Committee on University Resources and FAS Dean’s Council and the class of 1966’s 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th reunion committees. Mr. Landry is survived by his wife, G. Barrie; children Christopher Landry, of New York City, Kimberly Gwinn Landry, of Wellesley, Mass., and Jennifer Landry Le, of Riverside, Conn.; brother, Brian Landry, of Katonah, N.Y.; sisters Brenda Landry and Christina Landry, both of Sarasota; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Harvard University c/o Landry Cancer Biology Consortium. Send checks to the Recording Secretary Office, Harvard University Development, 124 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, Mass., 02138.

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Sherwin “Sonny” Welson, 84, of Longboat Key and West Hartford, Conn., died Aug. 5. Born Jan. 13, 1929, in Hartford, Conn., he graduated from Colby College in Maine and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Welson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elinor; daughters Cathy Welson and Linda Rosenthal; sister, Shirley Diamond, of Salem, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A service was held Aug. 7, in Hartford.

+ Tee time turns to Tebow time It was Tebow time this summer at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Tim Tebow, a New England Patriots quarterback and famed Florida Gator, spent about a month this summer on Longboat Key while training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, according to Resort at Longboat Key Club Director of Golf Terry O’Hara. He brushed up on his golf game — breaking a few shafts with his swing because he’s so strong — and was spotted a few times at the Longboat Key Publix. O’Hara didn’t see the football player Tebowing on the course — that is, getting down on one knee and praying — although a few of the young golfers Tebowed for him. O’Hara, a diehard Patriots fan, is now officially a Tebow fan.


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Whether you prefer to eat or drink your veggies, we can all agree that adding more nutrients to your diet is a good thing — especially when they taste this good. Lynn Morris makes juice for SaraFresh Juice.

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he adage “eat more vegetables” is difficult when serving sizes for the average adult amount to eating four to five cups of leafy greens daily. Tommy Klauber, owner of Polo Grill and Pattigeorge’s Fine Costal Cuisine, puts it best: “That’s a lot of chewing!” There’s a gourmet solution cropping up around the country, which celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow are touting. Klauber discovered it when he was training for his first triathlon — juicing. In 2010, Klauber decided to get in shape after things such as raising kids and owning businesses got in the way of personal health. He was feeling the effects of living unhealthily, so he joined a fitness studio, started eating right and began training for triathlons. Klauber started working with holistic nutritionist Stacy Koski and got into making and drinking juices. He did a four-day cleanse, a juice fast, leading up to a triathlon. The juice he drank isn’t the kind chock-full of sugar or made from concentrate, it’s made up of a combination of raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, beets, ginger, red peppers and apple. There’s

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// FOOD&COOKING no sugar added to it, but it’s just as sweet as something loaded with sugar. “You don’t even know you’re drinking spinach,” Klauber says. Klauber thinks it’s not long before more people jump on the trend. For now, Polo Grill (10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch) is one of the only finedining establishments in Sarasota to offer freshly squeezed organic juice (Klauber’s brother, Michael, also offers a pressed juice daily on Michael’s On East’s menu). Polo Grill offers organic juice daily on its Polo Fit menu, which Koski helped him develop. The menu features organic, nutrient-dense foods presented in an eye-appealing and appetizing way — and it offers some of the most inexpensive juice of this kind in Sarasota at just $6 a glass. Lynn Morris, owner SaraFresh Juice, has juices that start at $6, too. She was the first in town to start distributing cold-pressed, raw juice made from local produce. Places such as Whole Foods offer national brands similar to Morris’ such as, Suja and Blueprint, for around $10 each. This begs the question: Why is this kind of juice so expensive? Answer: Because they’re packed with pounds of produce in one little bottle.

Morris explains these details from the small headquarters of SaraFresh Juice, which is tucked inside the retail warehouse for Detwiler Market. She samples a beautiful, earthy red juice made from beet, carrot, fennel, apple, lemon and ginger to make sure it’s up to her taste standards. She produces around 600 bottles a week to fill orders and to sell at the Sarasota Farmers Market. She’s just created a new variety made from Thai young coconut, spinach, banana, raw sprouted almonds, spirulina (freshwater algae), and, although it looks too green and healthy to taste good, it is divine. Morris, like Klauber, also grew to love juicing after trying a cleanse. She found adding juice to her diet was an efficient way to pack a lot of nutrients into her diet, and she decided to start making the juices herself. Her main goal for drinking juice (and for the people she sells it to) is that everyone gets in more good than bad. “We’re all going to have Chickfil-A every once in a while,” she says with a laugh. It’s why she offers both an organic and non-organic line of juices; so that those interested in juicing, who might not be willing to spend the extra money for organic, can have their cake and

Carrot juice • 6 carrots • 2 apples • 1/4 bulb of fennel • lemon juice and ginger to taste This serves two, and you can make it with organic or non-organic produce. *Courtesy of Lynn Morris

drink it, too, so to speak. She can personally attest to the benefits and says the juice keeps her energized — it even got rid of the muffin top she once had. Plus, it makes her feel better. Her boyfriend, Steve Seidensticker (owner of Libby’s and Louies Modern), lost 25 pounds juicing. You can find her products yearround at the SaraFresh Juice booth at the Sarasota Farmers Market, at Definition Fit, 1489 Fifth St., and at Detwiler Market, 6000 Palmer Blvd. You can also find pressed juice at Get Fit Fuel, located at 2063 Siesta Drive, which opened in March. It’s what owner Greg Gentile refers to as a healthy fast-food restaurant with portioned, balanced meals that offers delivery. Gentile first started juicing 10 years ago because he could drink all of his servings on the go. He packed as many vegetables into a blender as he could without paying attention to the flavor. His juice was brown, but at least he was getting all the nutrients. “This is like eating at least four salads minimum,” he says. “You wouldn’t imagine the amount of produce it takes for one juice.” When he opened Get Fit Fuel, he started doing the research to offer the same convenience he found in drinking juice, but with great flavor so it appealed to customers. He brought on an expert juicer three months into opening and sold her organic juices in-house. They prepped 120 juices the first day (no brown ones offered) and sold out. He sold more than 100 juices daily in the first week. “If I had known what kind of demand I would have had, I would have carried them from the beginning,” he says. He’s been carry-

Masticating blender (cold-pressed) — the kind of juice Lynn Morris makes. This process uses pressure to squeeze nutrient-rich, raw juice leaving the fiber and shell of the vegetables and fruits behind. It’s cold-pressed, because when heat is used in the process, it cuts down on the percentage of healthy enzymes and nutrients. This is the most expensive method. Centrifugal blender — This is Tommy Klauber’s favorite method for blending hard vegetables such as beets, carrots and peppers. Fruit and vegetables can be pushed through a rapidly spinning chamber, which is funneled over a mesh filter. The medium-priced method. Blender and strainer — Tommy Klauber recommends using this if you are a beginner and don’t want to put a lot of money into juicing. It doesn’t fully separate the liquid from the pulp, but you can blend everything up, and strain the juice to leave behind the fiber segments. You could get the same effect using a citrus juicer and a blender for the citrus products. This is the most inexpensive method.

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// Arts&Entertainment: Against the grain

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Building a legacy Shawn O’Malley’s grandfather taught him the art of woodworking from salvaged material. Now, O’Malley is the teacher.

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“Everybody brings different things to the table,” Shawn O’Malley says of his co-op woodshop. “This camaraderie is what I envisioned.”


Craftsman Shawn O’Malley has sawdust in his blood. His grandfather Frank Ross, or “Pop” as he was known, had also made furniture. In those days, you didn’t buy a table — you made it. Ross had once made a bench from pine resurrected from a barn in a valley nearby where Ross lived in Kentucky. The barn was standing during the Civil War and, within a 48-hour period, both Union and Confederate soldiers spent the night in the barn. The bench currently resides in O’Malley’s kitchen; his family sits on it nightly for dinner. Ross not only passed furniture and woodworking adages, such as “measure twice, cut once,” down to O’Malley, but he passed down the love of woodworking. When O’Malley had children — Liam is now 10 and Jack is 13 —  he and Ross used to work in Ross’ woodshop, a building adjacent to Ross’ Sarasota home, making wooden toys for O’Malley’s children. They were ones Ross would have played with as a child. After Ross died nine years ago, O’Malley retreated to the woodshop and began building farm tables out of salvaged wood — a way to connect to his heritage. O’Malley was the manager of Home Depot at the time. People would come in and say, “I want

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// Arts&Entertainment Five things that inspire Shawn O’Malley: 1. My wife — She is my rock.

She is my support. She is my inspiration and the reason I do everything.

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to build a table.” O’Malley would ask how they planned to attach the legs, and then cringe at their haphazard plans. O’Malley wanted to take them under his wing and show them the proper way — the way Ross would have done it. O’Malley always envisioned a place he could do this —  something with more space where he could create a cooperative environment and turn commoners into craftsmen. This desire for a co-op grew when O’Malley became store manager for Sarasota Architectural Salvage in 2006. In spring 2012, a 5,000-squarefoot warehouse became available on Central Avenue a few doors down from Sarasota Architectural Salvage. The space was perfect — it is a short distance to transport wood or other salvaged supplies, such as beams from the old John Ringling Hotel, from SAS to the woodworking space. O’Malley gets first dibs on what comes into the store. The new space is also large enough that his fellow artist-type

co-workers from Sarasota Architectural Salvage can explore their own creativity. It’s the type of place that draws in outsiders from all walks of life — his shop has grown to house about 12 fellow craftsmen. “There’s no shop class offered in high school anymore,” O’Malley says, “but people crave it and don’t have the means to do it.” O’Malley invites those with “sawdust in their blood,” as he says, to work in his shop. He lends his tools and space for free and helps teach them the art. Nothing excites O’Malley more than artistic people who have a project in mind but don’t know how to build it. Though he doesn’t ask for anything in return, he has found that they are glad to give something back to him. One craftsman specializes in home brewing and stocks a row of refrigerators at the front of the shop with the beer he makes. Another is a tattoo artist who offers his services to the craftsmen. Another is a

I feel like I put kids out into the world and I’m like this grandfather looking back ... ... Shawn O’Malley says about all the tables he has built. Pictured are a few of the pieces he’s made.

ONLINE: See a video tour of O’Malley’s workshop on fisherman who often hosts cookouts at the workshop. O’Malley says it’s exactly the type of camaraderie he wanted when he envisioned what this place could be. “You get what you put in,” O’Malley says. “That’s what this

woodshop has taught me tenfold.” And, in keeping with their great-grandfather’s legacy, O’Malley’s two sons have also tapped into the art form. Jack helps deliver the custom tables

once they’re finished, and Liam has started his own company painting hand-carved fish his father makes from salvaged wood. “It’s such a shame Pop didn’t get to see what I’m doing in the workshop,” O’Malley says.


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ambition Masked and dressed in black and white, members of Sarasota Yacht Club enjoyed their annual Black and White Ball Saturday, Aug. 10. Judi Zirna and Betty Pawlowitz chaired the event, which will be their fourth and last ball as hosts before they retire from their positions on the club’s en-

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Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Meeting — takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at The Resort at Longboat Key Club’s ballroom. The club will award its scholarship grants to local students. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847. 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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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.

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Wednesdays and Saturdays Lord’s Warehouse — is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive from June through September. The thrift shop offers clothing, jewelry, furniture, books and housewares to raise money for local charities. Call 383-4738. Sea Gate Club - Direct Gulf Front Feels like a beach house! Gulf, beach and sunset views from every room of this 2BR/2BA split floor plan. Offered entirely turnkey furnished. $599,000




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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. $549,000

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The Sarasota Newcomers Club held its monthly luncheon Thursday, Aug. 8, at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Members mingled and enjoyed lunch while Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino spoke about how she rose the ranks to her position and about community policing. In addition to monthly luncheons and socials, the club offers 25 special-interest groups to more than 375 members, all who have moved in the past three years to Sarasota. “It’s a great way for people to meet when they move to the area,” says Sarasota Newcomers President Beth Bertsch.




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Holmes Beach, Key Royale $3,699,000 4/4.5 Maggie Hicks 941-387-1860 MLS#A3974914 )79220

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Sarasota, Majestic Bay $1,895,000 3/3.5 Candi Rosenthal 941-387-1876 MLS#A3981419 )95179

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Warwick Gardens $1,099,000 Joe Cinque, 941-387-1805 Model like w/fantastic golf and lake views 4BD/3+BA 4690 sq ft residence. MLS#A3964011 )95184

Laurel Park $439,000 Jenna Carver, 941-366-8070 3/3/1 two story w/in walking distance of downtown SRQ. Built in 2009. MLS#A3981694 )91417 Renaissance $209,000 Aki Morgan, 941-366-8070 1BR/1BA 7th flr condo w/beautiful bay views. Can walk to downtown Sarasota! MLS#A3981056 )91416 Frances Carlton $205,000 Jonas Forslund, 941-387-1890 Upkeep is so easy in this tile-roofed condo. Central air, ceiling fans. MLS#A3982197 )95182

Longboat Key, Longboat Key Towers $1,795,000 3/3 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859 MLS#A3980920 )95178

Frances Carlton $199,900 Jonas Forslund, 941-387-1890 Catch the ambiance of this tile-roofed condo. Central air, ceiling fans. MLS#A3982196 )95181

The Keys Country Club Shores $4,495,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Premier Bay front! Captivating City & Bay Views, 7,452 SF 4BR/5.5 BA MLS#A3971780 )79218 Southpointe Shores $1,796,000 Linda Weber, 941-387-1863 Be bold AND beautiful in this very enticing 4BR/4BA home. Tile roof. MLS#A3974350 )79269 L Ambiance $1,595,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Give yourself the gracious styling of this distinguished 3BR/3BA condo. MLS#A3979949 )79279 Pierre $1,525,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Beachfront w/forever sunsets! Furnished 3BR; ensuite in Islandside. MLS#A3974743 )73037

Longboat Key, Grand Bay $1,349,000 3/3.5 Roger Pettingell 941-387-1840 MLS#A3970338 )79289

Longboat Key, Country Club Shores $1,750,000 4/4 Judy Kepecz-Hays 941-387-1825 MLS#A3973740 )95177

Inn On The Beach Ph I $1,098,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Spectacular Gulf Views 2BR/2BA Penthouse. Furnished & Completely Renovated MLS#A3974585 Longboat Key $889,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Gulf to Bay Views! 2BR/2BA TKF Bch-front condo. Gtd comm, concierge. MLS#A3970657 Sleepy Lagoon Park $699,000 Kathy Scott, 941-388-3966 Captivating 3BR/2BA home. Mature landscaping and lovely features. MLS#A3959288 Promenade $588,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Gulf-front living in a prestigious community with floor-to-ceiling views! MLS#A3978914 )79276 Players Club $479,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Earn your rightful reward with this exceptional 2BR/2+BA condo. Garage. MLS#A3971935 )79224 Price Reduced $295,000 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8594/941266-7740 Cedars East updated 2BR/2.5BA townhouse; fulltime residence/ rental income. MLS#A3958914 )79271

Manatee Longboat Key, Privateer North $399,000 2/2 Roger Clyne, PA 941-387-1811 MLS#A3982167 )95180

Wildewood Springs $117,000 Scott Norris, 941-387-1880 Downstairs, open kitchen, glass enclosed lanai, greenbelt view. MLS#A3981576 )95185

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Longboat Key, Villa Di Lancia $1,549,900 3/3 Patrick DiPinto 941-387-1866 MLS#A3972290 )95176


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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Beach Residences unit sells for $3.35 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between July 22 and July 26. A condominium in The Beach Residences tops all transactions in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real estate. Joel Morganroth, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 701 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Daniel and Jing Shao Napoli, of Bedford Corners, N.Y., for $3.35 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,194 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.5 million in 2009.

rooms, two baths and 1,106 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $209,300 in 2001.

Windward Bay

Eileen Dubinsky, trustee, of Stratford, Conn., sold the Unit 304 condominium at 4800 Gulf of Mexico Drive to James and Ellen Oechsler, of Lebanon, Conn., for $229,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,096 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $120,000 in 1995.


Country Club Shores

James and Loretta Tanovich, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 657 Halyard Lane to Bruce Goldsen, trustee, of Adrian, Mich., for $1,795,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,825 square feet of living area. Gerhard and Brigitta Stefandl sold their home at 1070 Bogey Lane to John and Lucy Gulino and Alexander and Nancy Cingone, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for $425,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,539 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2010.

Michael and Eileen Normile, of Sarasota, sold their home at 437 Meadow Lark Drive to Francisco and Candace Ordonez, of Sarasota, for $3,175,000. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, five baths and 4,418 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3.35 million in 2008.


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Erik Lieberman, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit N-902 condominium at 603 Longboat Club Road to Stephen and Mary Golia for $630,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,458 square feet of living area.

The Promenade

A. Harold and Helen Schwartz, of West Orange, N.J., sold their Unit 405 condominium at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Ronald Howard and Ana Larrabure, of Houston, for $590,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,598 square feet of living area. It previously

Unit 701 at The Beach Residences, 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive, has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,194 square feet of living area. It sold for $3.35 million. sold for $530,000 in 2002.

Harbour Oaks II

Hess Longboat Properties sold the home at 2371 Harbour Oaks Drive to Irene Antoniou, trustee, of Oak Brook, Ill., for $450,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,245 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 1989.


David Weiser, of Longboat Key, sold his

Unit M1-506F condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Daphne Weiser, of New York, for $350,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $47,300 in 1975.

Longboat Arms

John and Antoinette Brill, of Longboat Key, sold their Unit 206D condominium at 3330 Gulf of Mexico Drive to J. Richard and Sharon Leslie, of Longboat Key, for $300,000. Built in 1971, it has two bed-

Danyel Libertore, of Sarasota, sold her home at 410 Garfield Drive to Tobias and Cynthia Gibson, of Bradenton, for $610,000. Built in 1937, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 1,722 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $630,000 in 2005.


John Ringling Estates

Lisa Kleinberg, of Sarasota, sold her home at 152 Coolidge Drive to Bonnie Golino, of Bradenton, for $450,000. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,428 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $141,000 in 1999. // See a map of this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real-estate sales.


210 Sands Point Rd # 2702 #A3978290 $995,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

551 Putting Green Ln #A3978393 $949,500 Hannerle Moore

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

15986 Cutting Horse Trl #A3934609 $899,000 Michele C Burnett

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-928-1542

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

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

1281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 703 #A3982353 $1,849,000 Julie Jordan

3423 Winding Oaks Dr # 12 #A3981402 $729,900 Drew Russell

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

1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 603 #A3972159 $599,900 Sandi Layfield

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

1485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A401 #A3980645 $554,000 Christina Landry

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

1000 Longboat Club Rd # 1003 #A3974667 $549,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

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

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

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-388-4447

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

578 Bayview Dr #A3978163 $515,000 Bobbi Banan

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931 Blue Heron Overlook #A3969034 $3,699,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-780-0968

8033 Via Fiore #A3982382 $450,000 Susan Mcleod

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-928-4445

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

448 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A305 #A3965898 $440,000 Diana Kryszak

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

448 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A106 #A3968129 $410,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

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

1930 Harbourside Dr # 124 #A3982406 $359,900 Saint Cacchiotti

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

2002 Harbourside Dr # 1601 #A3931062 $339,000 Eileen Burke

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

5129 Flagstone Dr #A3981518 $339,000 Leonard Giarrano

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-0690

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

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

6750 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 148 #A3978064 $300,000 Tammy Mast

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-256-6543

4380 Exeter Dr # 102H #A3976328 $278,000 Richard Perlman

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

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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 Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address

Permit Applicant Amount

662 Cedars Court


Brent Hansen


3438 Winding Oaks Drive Alteration

Veronica Grodzinski


1125 GMD


Daniel Miller


750 Penfield St.


Jeanne McFarland


746 Spanish Drive S.


Margaret Wierts-Parrinello


563 Bay Isles Road


All Angels by the Sea Inc.


5211 GMD

Kitchen/bathroom alteration Peter Hammer


5055 GMD


Robert Riley


624 Dream Island Road

Pool and deck

Maurice Orlando


Kitchen/bathroom 650 Emerald Harbor Drive alteration Jeanne Musorofiti


4725 GMD


Jesse Soltis


3261 Bayou Way


Peter O’Connor


3621 Bayou Way


Maria DeSanto


561 Ranger Lane


Polymathic Properties Inc.


4765 GMD


Orchid on Longboat Key LLC


1211 GMD


Water Club II Ltd. Partnership $17,875

5393 GMD Pool resurfacing

Longboat Terrace Condominium Association


609 Triton Bend Pool

Walker Collier Real Estate Holding


711 Tarawitt Drive


US Bank National Association


735 Marbury Lane


William Schane


552 Juan Anasco Drive

Garage door

Jo-Ella Nagy


747 St. Judes Drive S.

Boat lift alteration

Christian Martineau

7868 Kavanagh Ct #A3982020 $259,900 Peggy Mock

3320 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 104-C #A3977957 $249,900 Doris Bushman

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-3584

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


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


4500 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # G302 #A3980097 $257,900 Bobbi Banan

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

1300 Ben Franklin # 701 #A3977145 Diann Thelen

Sarasota $10,000 941-552-4200

1771 Ringling Blvd # 706 #A3981414 Lisa Shope

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373 Benjamin Franklin Dr #A3971800 $3,000,000 Stephanie Church

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

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

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

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

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

3532 Mistletoe Ln #A3981859 $1,795,000 Marcia Salkin

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-6121

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

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

572 Gunwale Ln #A3980750 $1,499,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

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

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

1330 Main St # 6 #A3966012 $1,489,000 Audrey Singer

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-383-7591

1205 S Orange Ave #A3974901 $947,205 John Allaman

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-232-4200

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

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

1085 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 505 #A3978387 $825,000 John August

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-320-9795


637 Spanish N Dr #A3976185 $259,000 Maruta Miluns

4340 Falmouth Dr # 304 #A3979534 $239,000 Marianne Lebar

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-374-9702

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-650-0337


556 Sutton Pl #A3975937 $269,900 Robert Dardas


Sarasota $2,250 941-552-4200

6700 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 139 Longboat Key #A3957360 $2,000-$3,300/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 551 Harbor Point Rd #A3969494 $3,550,000 Michael Moulton

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 941-928-3559

White Sands of Longboat 800.230.2428


Veranda Beach Club 800.411.5511


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97 (1993)

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96 (1973)

67 (1949)

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122 Not a happy 62 Commotion camper 64 Where a boxer 123 Small amounts may be trained 65 New Zealand fruit 68 Frosted Lenten dOwn pastry 1 Pepper spray 71 Arch type alternative 2 Subj. for an MBA 72 African antelopes 3 Fresh from the 74 Baby’s output? fridge 75 Ending with “play” 4 Brownie, a few or “party” years later 77 Civil War side 5 “Finally!” 78 Haile Selassie 6 Sarcastic comment follower, familiarly 7 “Stupid me!” 79 Slow times 8 Some learners 9 Call at first 81 Common Market 10 “No ifs, ___ or inits., once buts” 84 Constriction of the 11 Branch of physics pupil concerned with 86 Egg cells equilibrium 88 Fish organ 12 Vote for verbally 89 Dumfries denial 13 Marsh rodents 90 Dropped clues 14 Aardvark fare 91 Small amount of 15 ___ Lanka 16 Attempting to residue make sales 92 Moonves of CBS 17 Acquires 93 Model T 18 Unit equal to manufacturer 10,000 gauss 94 Go around 24 Anger completely 25 Pearl harborer 96 Auspices (var.) 29 Lads’ dates 98 Bridal path 32 Adverb in contracts 99 Lose firmness 33 Cupid’s boss 100 Backup for a prez 36 JFK and RFK, e.g. 101 Money in reserve 37 Brook 103 Matterhorn, e.g. 38 Christian Science 104 Lots and lots of founder groceries 41 Chinese civet 107 Urgent prompting 42 First Lady 111 Justification Roosevelt 113 Ache treatment 44 Values 46 Handy oven 116 Margaux 47 Revolted Hemingway’s 50 “Donnie Brasco” grandfather grp. 117 Botanical cover 52 Grammar class 118 “Able was I ___ ˙” subject 119 Red Square figure 55 Former Italian 120 Blue book writings leaders 121 Amount to make 57 Artist’s stand 59 Comment from do with

the Beaver 60 A pint, maybe 61 Making, as money 63 Ancient Roman magistrate (var.) 64 Rolling features of some golf courses 65 Novelist Kesey 66 1969 Nobel Peace Prize grp. 67 Coal-under-thebed containers 69 “Jabberwocky” opener 70 Hardest on the eyes 73 Hindu loincloth 76 Class for U.S. immigrants (Abbr.) 78 Knight’s publishing partner 80 Jamaican tangelos 81 “The Dukes of Hazzard” spinoff 82 Countess’s husband, in Britain 83 Formally surrender 85 Mansion staff 87 “To do” list 90 Some use faith 91 Disapprove of 93 One in a ring 95 Kind of injection or weapon 97 Beaux ___ (gracious acts) 98 Ancient 99 Hindu’s wrapping outer garment (var.) 102 Emulate a tide 104 Brit’s teapot covering 105 “Miss ___ Regrets” 106 Cobblers’ tools 108 Volcano in Sicily 109 Not in need of a diet 110 Addition column 112 Caribbean, e.g. 114 Victorian, for one 115 Word with “flag” or “alert”

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale

Musical Instruments

Condos/Apts. For Rent

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

GRAND PIANO: Yamaha C-3, 6'3" Conservatory model. Satin ebony. Exc. cond. Superb, stable instrument. Replacement value now: $54,999. P'vt. Sale appraisal: $14,800. Moving; will sell for less. Info: 941-794-5345.

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.

CLASSIC 1960'S VINYL RECORDS, including Beatles, Judy Collins, Joan Baez. $5.00 each album. 941-955-5787. LIONEL FREIGHT cars: 6119-50 cab, 2465 tnk, 6462 gond, 3461 log, 6357 cab $195. 941-735-1452. ROCKING CRADLE: Antique Solid Wood, from England. Excellent Condition, $185.00. Call 941-383-1210.

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

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. Let’s talk about selling yours. Please visit: I also buy boats. Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489. Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232 KAYAK: 2 person Wilderness, blue, w/1 paddle, $600. 941-383-3160.

Furnishings PRICED TO sell: Bedroom, Living room, Dining Room furniture. TV, pots, pans, dishes, etc. By appointment only. Call 941-383-5646; if no answer, leave message.

Storage 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.

SPANISH MAIN: Annual Rental or Lease Purchase. 2BR/2BA with inside laundry. Completely renovated including new kitchen and granite. $1500/mo. 865.603.3126.

Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FloRIDA VACATIon ConnECTIon

WATER’S EDGE of Bradenton: 55+ community, 2BR/2BA villa. $1550/mo. Gulf Coast Realty & Management. 941-782-1559 941-387-9709 877-705-2460

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. 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.

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:

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

LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049.

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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. 941-351-5101.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

SINGLE PERSON, non-smoker looking for condo rental on Longboat Key, February 2014. Reply to:

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

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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



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30B Classifieds Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car North or South and back. 941-713-1596. SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Cleaning “Your Home by the Sea” Weekly/Monthly Condominium Rentals 4 Night Minimum Reservations: 941-383-5549 Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Fully equipped 2BR/2BA condos with washer and dryer, and wireless internet in each unit. Extra Large Heated Gulf View Swimming Pool!


Adult Care Services CAREGIVER IS available for traveling, baths, meds. Possible live-in. Full time or part time. References. 941-545-5992. SENIOR COMPANION/ASSISTANT Caring, educated, trilingual, very health oriented, organized and very clean, dependable and trustworthy personal assistant to take care with all duties and needs. Medication assistant, transportation, shopping and errands, healthy cooking, office and computer assistant and companionship. Excellent driving record and available references. Hourly or Daily. 941-748-1608

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Air Conditioning GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

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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

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All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls Grout Cleaning & Sealing Service Available Call Ashdown Flooring, Inc. LICENSED (941) 726-3077 INSURED


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

Telephone: 941-749-5646

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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. RICK STEAKLEY PAINTING. Interior/Exterior. Pressure Washing. Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repairs. Reasonable. Reliable. Professional. 30+/years experience. References available. Free Estimates. Lic./Ins. 941-228-7605,

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Pressure Cleaning PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-756-4570.

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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OVER $59 MILLION SOLD OR PENDING SINCE JANUARY 2013 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



3 bedrooms, 3½ baths

Direct Gulf front 4,800+ sf penthouse with endless beach views at every turn, in a charming community of only 10 residences. “Transitional coastal” interior design with custom finishes and wonderful upgrades throughout. A wraparound terrace overlooks the turquoise waters with a summer kitchen while two bayside terraces provide the best of both worlds. Includes three-car garage.

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Gorgeous 2BR/2BA direct Gulf residence. Enjoy sunsets on one private terrace and bay breezes on the other. $995,000

L’AMBIANCE Stunning sunsets from this true 3BR/3BA Areca in Building II. Walls of glass and expansive wraparound terrace. $1,595,000

BIRD KEY Light and bright home with 100’ of water frontage. Sweeping views of the bay, direct access to the Gulf. $2,495,000


SORRENTO SHORES Expansive multi-faceted estate on 200'+ of water frontage. A main home, guest cottage and a private theater. $1,995,000

AQUARIUS CLUB Light and open, 2BR/2BA residence with Gulf views. Newer appliances, windows and sliders. Includes one parking space. $649,000


4 bedrooms, 3 baths

Bayfront Rustic Luxe! This recently upgraded boater’s dream with deep-water dockage and multiple boat lifts is a flourish of custom details and designer finishes. Main home features a brand new kitchen with professional appliances and re-designed layout. Plus a never-lived-in guest cottage. Includes four-car garage with workspace and boat storage.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 4BR plus den newer home with views down the canal out to the bay. Upgraded finishes and designer features. $1,895,000

SARASOTA BAY Palatial 5BR/3½BA estate with views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. Heated pool. Spacious 3-car garage. $2,445,000


GRAND BAY Beautifully upgraded 2BR/3½BA Cayman. Media room, wine storage, cook’s kitchen and custom features throughout. $1,595,000 SEAPLACE Southern exposure! 3BR/3½BA, Antigua plan offers sprawling bay, city and golf course views from every room. $1,349,000 Terrific value, 2BR in G-4 . New tile flooring throughout. Can either be a rental or an ideal Lovely 3BR direct bayfront Antigua with retreat. Just steps to the beach. $309,000 wraparound terraces and 2,900+ living space. Enjoy stunning sunsets from nearly Many upgrades throughout. $1,195,000 SANCTUARY every room in this exquisite 3BR, 2,990 sf 3BR/3½BA Biscayne plan with wraparound residence. Furnished. $1,495,000 This 3BR/3BA is light and bright. Includes bay and pool views. In wonderful condition. one covered parking space. $799,000 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER II May be purchased furnished. $759,000 LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA, 4th floor, Bimini abounds in Walk out to the beach in your “backyard.” custom details and views of the bay, golf 2BR/2BA ideal retreat or rental. Furnished. Perfect Gulf breezes and ideal sunsets from course and downtown. Furnished. $699,000 $695,000 this 5BR/5½BA beachfront home. Situated on 1+ acre site and includes dock. $3,445,000

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Roger has listed and sold more than $1 billion in local property.







Longboat Observer 08.14.13  

Longboat Observer 08.14.13

Longboat Observer 08.14.13  

Longboat Observer 08.14.13