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Klauber to receive $3 million Colony Lender principal David Siegal says a settlement reached isn’t legal and Colony Lender plans to dispute its validity on Oct. 10, in a bankruptcy judge’s courtroom.
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+ Webb turning into a Bishop Come November, you won’t see B.J. Webb at the helm of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. She’ll still be the board’s chairwoman, but when the board meets again in November, she’ll be B.J. Bishop, following her upcoming Oct. 19 nuptials to Dave Bishop. The couple got engaged in May 2012 and will marry at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. Webb joked at the planning board’s most recent meeting, “I heard you get treated better in Rome if you are a Bishop.”
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+ Beth Israel reaps fruitful harvest Temple Beth Israel celebrated Sukkot, the weeklong holiday commemorating the fall harvest, with its annual food drive. This year’s harvest was fruitful: Members gathered enough food to fill 100 Publix-donated bags that were given to All Faiths Food Bank. The congregation’s Social Action Committee, led by Chairwoman and board Vice President Kathy Brooks, organized the collection. The temple kicks off its food drive every year on Rosh Hashanah. “It’s always the right time to help others, but with the High Holy Days, especially, we turn our focus to those in need,” Brooks said.
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Board of Directors and longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber signed an agreement Sept. 25 that will give Klauber $3 million over five years through a “Klauber Family Consulting Agreement.”
If unit owners and Judge K. Rodney May approve the settlement, it will end a more than six-year legal battle between the Association and the Colony’s longtime owner. The settlement, which a U.S. bankruptcy trustee also signed off on, doles out $5.3 million and
absolves the Association from a $25 million judgment for damages Klauber won in a bankruptcy appeals court last year. If approved, it will end all legal issues with Klauber and transfer all of his Colony property to the Association. The properties that will be
transferred to the Association include everything, from Klauber’s shuttered restaurant and bar to the resort’s swimming pool and tennis courts. But that won’t be the end of litigation surrounding the Colony.
SEE KLAUBER / PAGE 2A
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Hazan’s key ingredient: simplicity Famed Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan died Sept. 29. She was 89. The “Godmother of Italian Cooking” visited Olive Garden only once. She had to order a Jack Daniel’s to console herself after tasting one of the dishes. It was 2004, and Marcella Hazan dined at the chain’s Sarasota location, accompanied by her husband, Victor, and USA Today reporter Jim Cox. The Jack Daniel’s was ordered after tasting the tortellini di fizzano, pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, served in a beef-and-pork Bolognese sauce. Hazan, though, declared the pork filettino “a winner” with its tender meat and sautéed, flavorful potatoes, according to Cox’s report. She questioned selections such as lobster spaghetti, though. “There are 60,000 recipes in Italy,” she said. “Why do they have to invent new ones like lobster spaghetti?” Hazan emphasized simplicity and fresh ingredients in the six Italian cookbooks she wrote that sold more than 1 million copies combined and are credited with introducing Americans to authentic Italian cooking. She believed a two-ingredient Bolognese pan-roast of pork and milk best embodied the genius of Italian cuisines. Her famed tomato sauce contained just four ingredients: tomatoes, butter, onion and salt. “She believed in homecooked meals, in not taking shortcuts, but that doesn’t mean that a meal had to take a long time to prepare,” said her daughter-in-
Marcella Hazan, pictured in 2008 at her Promenade condominium, shortly before the release of her memoir, “Amarcord: Marcella Remembers.” law, Lael Hazan, who runs Cooking with Giuliano Hazan with her husband in northern Italy. “She was very gifted in making cooking accessible to millions of people. She changed what peo-
ple thought of Italian cooking.” Hazan, of Longboat Key, died Sunday, Sept. 29. She was 89. She was born April 15, 1924, in the seaside village of Cesenatico, Italy, into a world in which her
family never purchased pasta, because her grandmother used a rolling pin — nearly as long as she was tall — to role it out us-
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KLAUBER / FROM PAGE 1A The Association will then have to negotiate a settlement with Colony Lender LLC, which owns bank loans on Klauber’s property and is seeking to collect on a recent judgment of more than $13 million. That settlement could involve an agreed-upon monetary amount or the Association handing over three acres that sit in the middle of the 18acre property. The settlement states that Colony Lender “shall receive either a cash payment for its property or such other consideration agreed to by the Association, the development partner and Colony Lender.” Colony Lender principal David Siegal, though, said the settlement reached isn’t legal and Colony Lender plans to dispute its validity Oct. 10 in May’s courtroom. Colony Lender is the largest creditor. Siegal said the other parties can’t leave out Colony Lender. “We are confident Judge May will reject this settlement,” Siegal said. “An equity owner of a corporation can’t enter into bankruptcy, sell its assets in exchange for money and not pay off all of the creditors. They need to bring a developer with a checkbook to make offers that are accepted by all parties. This will not fly.” The Klauber Family Consulting Agreement states “it’s intended to provide that a meaningful and continued relationship will exist with members of Dr. Klauber’s family to ensure the success of the project.” As part of the agreement, Klauber and his daughter, longtime Colony General Manager Katie Klauber Moulton, “agree to support and assist the Association with respect to all zoning and development approval with the town and will assist with the development partner in presenta-
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tions to the town regarding a (future) project.” The settlement also states “the Association will memorialize as an integral and permanent aspect of the resort, an appropriate recognition of the contribution of the Klauber family to the development and vision of the resort and the town of Longboat Key community.” The Association also agrees to pay U.S. bankruptcy trustee William Maloney $2.3 million to pay affected creditors involved with the lingering Colony bankruptcy since the resort closed its doors in 2010. The agreement asks May to approve the settlement within 60 days. Unit owners must also vote to approve the settlement within 60 days. All parties are set to review the settlement Oct. 10, in May’s courtroom. Much work must be done, though, before the resort can be resurrected. The settlement, Colony Association President Jay Yablon said, is contingent upon a favorable vote of the Colony unit owners that will be held in November. Condominium lawyers must determine the threshold needed for approval — whether it’s a simple majority or a 75% majority. Colony unit owner and developer Andy Adams, meanwhile, owns 25% of the units on site and his votes are crucial to any approval vote. A development order with JHM Financial Group LLC hasn’t been signed yet, either. Klauber’s settlement cash over five years will be paid regardless whether the Association picks a developer. If a developer isn’t selected to pay the settlement costs, unit owners will be responsible for paying approximately $25,000 each to fund
the settlements with Klauber and the trustee. Yablon said Sept. 26 that he doesn’t think that’s a concern. “It’s envisioned the developer will pick up the cost,” he said. “At this time, we, as an association, are making the determination we need to take control and reach this settlement now. This is a monumental first step that needed to be made.” When asked to respond to Siegal’s claim that the settlement reached isn’t valid, Yablon said: ““Colony Lender has every right to make its objections known to Judge May. It will be up to him to decide if Colony Lender’s consistent unbending refusal to accept fair value for their position gives legal basis for derailing the long-awaited settlement of almost seven years of litigation which has done nothing but hurt everybody involved and affected.” Moulton told the Longboat Observer the Klauber family “is pleased progress is being made.” “There are still several hurdles before any settlement is final, but we remain very optimistic we will be able to achieve the global resolution we have all been working toward,” Moulton said. Colony unit owner and board member Blake Fleetwood also expressed optimism with the settlement Sept. 26. “After six or seven years of having our hands tied in legality, we’ve signed an agreement that could get rid of all of our legal problems with Klauber,” Fleetwood said. “If this is approved, it’s that first big step we needed and we will finally have a chance to start doing real work at the Colony.”
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COLONY LITIGATION • April 2007 — Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber sued the Colony Beach & Tennis Association in Sarasota County, seeking $14.1 million in damages for repairs and upgrades. • November 2008 — The Association filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the $14.1 million judgment as its largest unsecured debt. • July 31, 2009 — U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May ruled in favor of the Association, finding that it wasn’t responsible for assessing unit owners $14.1 million. Klauber appealed the ruling. • October 2009 — The hotel Partnership led by Klauber filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. • February 2010 — Colony Lender LLC purchased overdue loans on key Klauber Colony properties from Bank of America for an undisclosed amount. • Aug. 9, 2010 — Judge May converted the Partnership’s Chapter 11 case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, giving unit owners possession of their units and dissolving the hotel Partnership. The Colony shut down hotel/resort operations and all on-site businesses six days later. • July 27, 2011 — U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday reversed May’s August 2009 ruling and essentially ruled in favor of Klauber in his claim that the Association had always been required to maintain the property’s common elements. • Oct. 12, 2011 — Judge Merryday remanded the case to Judge May and directed him to either order the return of units to the Partnership trustee and pay $7,751,470 in damages or pay $20,646,312 in damages to the partnership with no return of units. • Oct. 12, 2012 — Judge May awarded damages of more than $20 million to Klauber, his Partnership with the Association and the resort’s limited partners. • September 2013 — Colony Lender LLC won a judgment of more than $13 million in Sarasota County court. • Sept. 30, 2013 — The Association’s board of directors approved a settlement with Klauber that includes a $3 million consulting agreement over five years. Siegal said Colony Lender will dispute the settlement’s validity in court. — Robin Hartill
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State delivers kick to groin objections The state dismissed petitions from former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash and Village resident Gene Jaleski this week.
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Eric Bors-Koefoed, who is new to swankeeping and lives in a Sarasota community with two swans, supports the neck of a swan Sunday, Sept. 29 on Longboat Key.
Swan effort takes flight Over the weekend, David Novak took steps toward his vision of controlling the swan population on Longboat Key with one same-sex swan pair per territory.
The first step of David Novak’s long-term plan for the Bay Isles swan family is now five-sixths of the way complete. It took one swankeeper, one veterinarian, the Regal Swan Foundation and three volunteers — one of whom ventured out in a kayak — communicating with each other via walkietalkie to accomplish. But, as of 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, five of the six cygnets that hatched from swan pair Stan and Wendy’s nest in the spring were back on the waters. Novak and volunteers captured them earlier that morning. Then, Lakeland veterinarian and swancare expert Dr. Geoff Gardner gave them basic veterinary treatment. “They’re very healthy except for a little conjunctivitis from the water, but that could be due to the salinity of the water or the recent rain,” Novak said Gardner also implanted microchips in their chests and placed neckbands on them for identification purposes, and also plucked a few feathers for DNA testing to determine their sex. And the sixth cygnet? It was the one that got away. It evaded capture during the weekend, but Novak will attempt to capture it again Friday so that it can undergo
the same treatments. What happened Sunday were just the beginning steps toward what Novak hopes to accomplish within five to eight years: a same-sex swan pair for each of the six potential swan territories on the Key. Swans mate for life and will pair with a same-sex partner if placed in the same territory. Novak believes that the pairing is necessary because of the threat of overpopulation. Swans are territorial by nature, and only one pair can occupy a territory. With three adult pairs and six healthy cygnets, the family doesn’t have much room to grow. By December, swan parents typically chase away their cygnets to pre-
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pare for nesting in the spring. That’s why in November, Novak will use the results of DNA testing to pair the swans according to sex. Swans that can’t be paired will be moved to other communities through Novak’s contacts with the Regal Swan Foundation. Someday, that would mean the end of cygnets on Longboat. But that day would likely be far away because the newest pair, Sully and Suzie, could have close to a decade’s worth of cygnets ahead. The Lakeland-based Regal Swan Foundation has agreed to a multiyear effort to provide ongoing care to the Key’s swan family. In August, Novak announced the establishment of a fund at SunTrust Bank to support the efforts. Since then, he’s been overwhelmed by the community’s support. He declined to say how much has been raised but said this year’s fundraising goal was “handsomely exceeded” and that some funds are left over for next year. “Once I saw the response, it was very emotional for me,” Novak said. “I felt humbled, and I realized that the support for keeping them here and healthy is pretty strong.”
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has dismissed petitions of objection for three north-end groins that Bradenton resident and former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash and Longbeach Village resident Gene Jaleski submitted. Both McClash and Jaleski asked the state’s Office of General Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection for an administrative hearing for review of the permit, citing they were persons “whose substantial interests are affected by the department’s action” and claiming the groins would cause environmental harm to the area. Both petitions were filed in July. Although the state dismissed them because they contained allegations of federal environmental claims over which the state has no jurisdiction, McClash’s petition was also dismissed because it didn’t sufficiently state why he had standing to file the petition. McClash stated he’s a longtime Manatee County resident and a boater in the area for more than 40 years, although he doesn’t own property near the affected area. Jaleski’s petition, which is a copy of McClash’s petition, was dismissed for similar federal environmental claims and also because it wasn’t filed before the Juy 16 deadline (he filed July 23). Both McClash and Jaleski have 15 days to address the issues raised and submit amended petitions. They both also have the right to seek a judicial appellate review of the order if they disagree with the DEP’s petition dismissal. If they choose to do nothing, town attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale said the intent to issue permit at the state level will be final, and the permits for the groins will be labeled valid and not subject to future challenges. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said he’s still waiting on a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in regard to the permitting of the groins. A federal government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday could delay that permit, Florensa said. Once Florensa receives permits from the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he will put the project (installing two of the three groins) out for bid, and it could begin next summer, pending further appeals and permit delays. The Longboat Key Town Commission, meanwhile, will discuss a future sand project in November or December at a regular workshop. Commissioners will review a shoreline survey completed this summer to decide whether a sand project is needed and where sand needs to be placed.
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NEWSBRIEFS + Town issues one last call for ULI interview requests Do you love Longboat Key and care about its future? Consider participating in the upcoming Urban Land Institute study that aims to help the town plan for its future. A panel of planning experts will interview as many as 100 residents and others who are familiar with Longboat Key by appointment only Tuesday, Oct. 22. To apply, email interim Planning, Zoning and Building Director Alaina Ray at aray@ longboatkey.org. You may also apply by calling 316-1966, Ext. 271.
+ March commission races already taking shape District 1 Commissioner Lynn Larson and at-large Commissioner Terry Gans have taken out papers and intend to run for new two-year terms for their same seats in March. Longbeach Village resident and Blue Dolphin Café owner Robbie Ball and Key resident and attorney/contractor James Armstrong have also taken out papers and are considering running for commission seats. Bay Isles resident Ray Rajewski has also taken out papers and plans to run for the District 3 seat being vacated by Vice Mayor David Brenner at the end of Brenner’s second term.
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+ Three board meetings canceled this month Three Longboat Key board meetings have been canceled this month at Town Hall. Both the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s Oct. 10 meeting and the Code Enforcement Board’s Oct. 14 meeting have been canceled due to a lack of
Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.
Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.
Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. agenda items. The Planning and Zoning Board’s 9 a.m. Oct. 15 meeting has also been canceled, due to a lack of agenda items and the need for town staff to concentrate on planning for the upcoming visit of the Urban Land Institute.
+ Water meter replacement program continues Potable water service meters continue to be replaced throughout the town at no cost to water customers. The replacement program will be ongoing through February. Minimal water service interruption will occur when the meter is replaced. A town-hired contractor will install the new meters. The contractor will have a letter from the town on them at all times when they are replacing meters, in case residents want to inquire what kind of work is being performed on their properties. Public-outreach methods include street signs and door hangers.
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Town hears another call for tower alternative Two men say a small-cell technology is gaining traction in tourist towns with reception issues. WHAT IS SMALL-CELL TECHNOLOGY? Small cells provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises, as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces. Types of small cells include femtocells, picocells, metrocells and microcells — broadly increasing in size from femtocells (the smallest) to microcells (the largest). Small cells also facilitate a new breed of mobile service that exploits the technology’s ability to detect presence and connect and interact with existing networks. Kurt Schultheis
Simon Platt, the son of Key resident and cellular tower opponent Ronald Platt, and Michael Tattersall, CEO and founder of Stratsoft LLC, met with the town manager last month to discuss a cellular tower alternative.
along Gulf of Mexico Drive, would solve any coverage gaps along the entire length of the Key. The cost for four small-cell sites would be $120,000, and the town would not be responsible for those costs, Tattersall said. Contractors would most likely incur the cost and attract the carriers. Although Tattersall is quick to point out that small cells are mostly deployed in areas of high-population concentration to
ployed in Provincetown, Mass., and is being considered in other small tourist towns. Longbeach Village resident Gene Jaleski has also been urging the town for years to consider such a concept. Small cells sit on a pole or building, Tattersall said, and act as a smaller, denser service rings that can shoot out a few miles. The boxes are smaller in size than DAS equipment. Tattersall calls DAS “the early version of small cells.” “DAS is old and antiquated,” Tattersall said. “Small cells with 4G technology are the future.” Tattersall said four small-cell boxes, which could connect to Verizon FiOS fiber optic cable that sits underground
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), femtocells, 4G technology. If it’s an alternative to a cellular tower, the town of Longboat Key has heard about it. But Sept. 20, Town Manager Dave Bullock heard yet about another alternative. Simon Platt, the son of Key resident and cellular tower opponent Ronald Platt, and Michael Tattersall, CEO and founder of Stratsoft LLC, met with Bullock to discuss a small-cell design concept that’s gaining traction in other small tourism towns that don’t want a tower to improve reception. Platt, a forensic accountant, and Tattersall, whose company acts as a management consultant in the telecommunications industry, told the Longboat Observer their meeting was nothing more than an informational session and neither intends to be a part of a cellular alternative solution for the Key. Both friends live and work in Carlyle, Mass., just outside of Boston, and Platt explained their reason for their September visit to the Key. “We were chatting over a beer, and I was explaining to Michael the cellular tower issue my dad was dealing with on Longboat Key,” Platt said. “It turned out to be a very expensive beer.” Tattersall agreed to modify travel plans to meet with Platt and Bullock Sept. 20, outlining what he believes to be a new alternative the town should consider. “I don’t understand why there is a tower controversy,” Tattersall said. “There’s a ton of ways to fix the problem.” Tattersall’s main solution: a small-cell design concept that’s already being de-
boost 4G service, he said the concept also works in low-population areas, too. But, he said, the town needs to play a more active role to put in place something other than a tower to solve telecommunications problems. “The town must contact the carriers, push back on the carriers and explain they want a small-cell solution,” Tattersall said. By offering favorable permitting and attractive rent leasing for small-cell sites, Tattersall is confident the sites would be built and the carriers would use the small cells. “Small-cell deployment in America is forecast to grow at an astonishing rate,” Tattersall said. “The town needs to change the way it’s reacting to alternatives in order to get what residents want.” Bullock, who received direction from the Longboat Key Town Commission earlier this year to work with cellular carriers to come up with an alternative, told the Longboat Observer he has no plans to bring this concept before the commission at this time. Bullock said he’s continuing to digest information that’s sent his way and said the only other carrier he’s had contact with is an AT&T representative who appeared before the Planning and Zoning Board last month. Commissioner Jack Duncan said Tuesday he’s looking forward to an update from Bullock and Assistant Town Manager Anne Ross at a future commission workshop. “The commission instructed the town manager’s office to meet with as many providers as possible and get their insight into how we could improve cell coverage on the island,” Duncan said. “I’m looking forward to that agenda item and that discussion.”
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that 20% of the third penny collected in the town be allocated to Longboat Key for beach maintenance in the Sarasota County portion of Longboat Key.” “It was simply an issue of fairness,” Bullock said. Currently, the town received $324,131 in tourist development collections from Sarasota County in fiscal year 2012. The additional funds for Longboat Key beach maintenance would have totaled approximately $64,826 in fiscal year 2012. Beach project hurdles, meanwhile, exist near New Pass and just south of the Key According to a Sarasota County memo, the federal funding cap for dredging New Pass has been reached, and additional dredging of New Pass cannot proceed unless additional federal funding is secured. The city of Sarasota has been eyeing New Pass to get sand for a Lido Beach sand project. In addition, the memo states the amount of sand available at New Pass is not sufficient to match the volume eroded from Lido Beach. — Additional reporting by Nolan Peterson
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Aging in Paradise hires new executive director Donna Dunio will become the first paid employee of the Longboat Island Chapel organization that was created in 2010 to help seniors and their families. Longboat Island Chapel announced the hiring of Donna Dunio for the new position of executive director of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC). Dunio will become the nonprofit organization’s first paid employee and was chosen from a pool of 102 applicants. Dunio is an 18-year Sarasota resident who has served as senior director of resource development for American Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter and had leadership involvement with local service-orientated organizations, including Tidewell Dunio Hospice, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Suncoast Workforce and ITNSarasota. “To take our concept to the next step, we really needed someone who had the time and energy to focus on the mission and had a lot of connections to services in the community,” said Dick Pelton, who chaired the selection committee. AIPRC is not a health-care facility, however, it aims to serve as a liaison between individuals facing age-related issues and
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the organizations and services available for everything from health problems and memory loss to financial planning. The concept for AIPRC came about more than six years ago as the result of aging issues that many chapel members saw within their congregation. Since establishing the organization in 2010, the chapel has completed the addition of an elevator and renovation of 3,700 square feet of space to accommodate Resource Center programming. AIPRC currently provides educational seminars and classes, counseling, support and referrals to partners. Earlier this year, it hosted a health fair that drew approximately 20 vendors. Cindy Clay has served as AIPRC’s volunteer director for the past year. According to a news release, the new executive director position will allow AIP to expand its services. Dunio will assume the new position Oct. 23.
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“If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.”
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Wells Purmort, a longtime and well-respected Sarasota insurance-agency owner, explained to us earlier this year the genesis of property insurance in America. Benjamin Franklin was among the first to form an insurance company in the mid-1700s in Philadelphia. As Wells told it, after a fire destroyed a neighbor’s home, leaving the family homeless and property-less, the neighbors, compassionate and worried about similar events, pitched in as a group and helped their neighbor recover. After this incident, the neighbors decided to protect each other from being wiped out. The neighbors agreed to a plan that included: • Each neighbor contributing money each month to a disaster fund that would be used to help each other recov-
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er in the event of calamity. • Each neighbor employing a chimney sweep to reduce the risk of fire in his home. • Each neighbor agreeing not to plant trees near his home, another step to reduce the risk of fire. The neighbors also agreed that at the end of each year if the insurance fund had a surplus of disaster money, they would vote either to return some of the excess money to each neighbor on a pro-rata basis or keep building the fund for future disasters. In short, the neighbors knew that to keep their fund solvent and reduce the risk of disaster, they needed rules and policies — rules that required everyone to pay his pro-rata premium and everyone to abide by prescribed behavior. Now apply that historical model to health care:
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In a non-government interventionist market, health insurance worked the same way as property insurance did in the 1750s. Groups of individuals formed what previously were known as mutual health insurance companies, similar to mutual property insurers. Members pooled monthly premiums to provide for each member in the event one or more of its members suffered catastrophic health events. Health insurance was not intended to pay for such services as routine doctor checkups, X-rays or prescription drugs or massage therapy. And like a mutual property insurer, mutual health insurers managed themselves to minimize risk and keep the pool of premiums solvent. This, too, required policies and rules. With their own money at stake, the mutual insurers’ members were careful about admitting new members. Thus, it followed that the members looked favorably on applicants who lived healthy, low-risk lifestyles. If, however, an applicant who was a heavy user of alcohol and tobacco, rarely exercised and was overweight or, say, was involved in risky behavior such as skydiving or
auto racing, or already was stricken with multiple medical complications, the mutual insurers’ members would either reject the individual or charge a higher premium commensurate with the risk. The insurers’ duty was to provide for and protect all of its members, not risk the members’ money on reckless or likely catastrophic cases that could leave other members unprotected. This practice makes economic and moral sense. But out of it arose the conundrum of how to provide catastrophic insurance to those who are born with or contract serious diseases or who are too poor to afford insurance. One way to ameliorate this was for health insurers to spread risk among as many people as manageable but without threatening the solvency of the insurance funds. The more members pooled together, the less likely multiple, large costly events would wipe out an insurer and the more able an insurer would be able to adjust rates and make insurance less costly and more affordable for extreme cases. But then Congress created Medicaid and Medicare, two taxpayer-subsidized entitlements for the poor and senior
citizens, respectively. And as Congress is wont to do, over the years it expanded the services for which Medicaid and Medicare would pay. This increased utilization and cost. Other factors added to the cost: Demographics; seniors living longer than expected. Medical advancements; the cost of high-tech procedures and equipment. Lawsuits; a mushrooming of multimilliondollar malpractice awards driving up the price of insurance and health care. Special interests; Congress and state
legislatures forcing insurance companies to offer coverage for routine doctor visits, massages, chiropractic visits, medical devices, etc. Societal expectations; an accepted belief that everyone is entitled to maximum medical care, no matter the cost. All of these factors drove up the cost of health insurance. And all this, of course, has caused many Americans to choose not to buy health insurance or to be unable to afford it. This is where Obamacare comes in.
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Insured Americans prior to Obamacare: 63.9% Private insurance: 199.17 million $
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Americans Receiving Subsidized Health Care: 32.6%
Uninsured: 48 million
Medicare/Medicaid: 53.6 million
The above diagram gives you a sense of the economics of health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act. Nearly 50 million Americans currently uninsured (according to Census data) are now mandated to buy health insurance. If they say they can’t afford it, taxpayers will subsidize the cost. In addition, everyone must be accepted for insurance; no one can be rejected because of any medical conditions. While a 20% increase in the number to receive medical insurance may not sound extraordinary, just imagine if the cost of anything you purchase or use increases 20%. It’s a jolt to your system. It will be a particularly harsh jolt to the U.S. health insurance system. The theory of the Affordable Health Care Act is this: If everyone in the United States is paying a health-insurance premium, the increase in collected premiums from those previously uninsured will help offset the cost of medical insurance for all of the highrisk individuals who will now be insured. Great in theory. But here’s where AHCA, aka Obamacara, falls apart: The 63.9% of Americans paying for their own private health insurance are mandated to pay higher taxes to cover the subsidies given to the newly insured — and that is on top of the taxes they are paying to cover the costs of Medicare and Medicaid taxpayers are already paying. Making matters worse, Obamacare expands the medical services that must be offered in all health insurance
plans. All of these expansions have economic consequences. Here is a big one: Whenever you offer a desired consumable for free, it is abused and overconsumed. Likewise, lower the cost of a desired consumable — such as the cost of borrowing for mortgages, the cost of flood insurance or the cost of medical care — and the result also will be increased, if not abusive, consumption. With more people covered by below-cost health insurance, more people than ever will be demanding and consuming medical services. And yet — and here’s another flaw in the law — while health-care consumption is sure to increase, gobbling up the health-care insurance premiums and taxes the privately insured are paying, the supply of health-care providers is not rising fast enough to meet the demand. Doctor shortages are a certainty, resulting in still higher prices and costs and longer wait times for medical care. As Americans have seen with the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges, the scale of government intervention and coercion into health care and health insurance has completely distorted the concept of insurance. Confusion reigns. So go back to the beginning, when insurance was voluntary — between private buyers and sellers managing their risks. Insurance worked far more efficiently, affordably and equitably than it does now. Ever since government has intervened — i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare — efficiency, effectiveness and affordability have evaporated.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Published book marks Children’s charities drive new peak for brothers Gourmet Lawn Party Part-time resident C. Robert Logue and his brother, Michael Logue, create ‘From the Top of the Mountains.’
This year’s luncheon will feature 30 restaurants and a top raffle prize of a 2013 Ford Fusion or $10,000 cash.
C. Robert “Bob” Logue can barely draw a stick figure. His older brother, Michael, however, is a gifted artist. So, as a child, Bob Logue would take his brother’s drawings, sell them to neighbors and pay his brother a small commission. Decades later, the brothers teamed up again on the book, “From the Top of the Mountains.” Bob Logue, a part-time Longboat Key resident who also lives in Chicago and owns a consulting company, wrote the book, and Michael Logue, a San Francisco architect, illustrated it. The book tells the story of the Boulder, who lives high on “his” mountain, convinced he doesn’t need help from anyone. Bob Logue, 44, wrote the story more than a decade-and-a-half ago. “In my mid-20s, I was pretty certain I was really smart and had all the answers to things,” he said. “I was actually traveling to my cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire and had just returned from it, and I had this concept for all the words … I realized that we needed to be OK with not having all the answers.” The writing flowed, but he was initially hesitant to show it anyone. He thought it was too personal — even dorky. Finally, he showed it to his boss at the time, Ken Blanchard, bestselling author of
Do it for the children. That’s the No. 1 reason you should plan to attend this year’s Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party. The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key organizes the event to benefit local children’s charities. Need another reason? For just $25 (or $30 at the gate), you can sample signature dishes from 30 local restaurants, plus beverages. This year’s luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Islandside driving range. Last year’s event raised approximately $50,000, but Kiwanis members hope to top that by raising $75,000 this year. One way the group hopes to generate additional revenue is by offering additional reserved tables, with 40 tables of 10 available for $300. Tables include upholstered chairs, linen and tableside wine service. Another new feature of this year’s luncheon will be a table of local authors who will have copies of their books available for purchase and signing. If you’ve got your eyes on the Kiwanis Foundation raffle prizes, here’s what you could win if you purchase one or more of the 400 tickets, priced at $100. This year’s grand prize offers a choice of a 2013 Ford Fusion, courtesy of Sarasota Ford, or $10,000 cash. The cash prize is half of that offered in past years — a nudge to encourage the winner to choose the car that’s provided by a premium sponsor.
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It’s fantastic to teach the kids. I like listening to them talk when they don’t know I’m listening. I can hear them at snack time comparing each other’s food labels, and I probably get two to three emails every week from parents thanking me. A lot of them say their child is actually teaching them. — AMANDA SIMON, FOURTH GRADE TEACHER, PINE VIEW SCHOOL
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tween a good, nutritious choice and one without the nutrients they need.” Simon piloted the program last year as a way to teach her students the importance of understanding nutrition at a young age. She says the idea stems from personal experience: Diabetes, heart disease and other health issues run in her family, and she was determined to make a change. “Three years ago, I changed my life and the way we eat as a family,” she says. “I thought I ate well, and I thought I understood nutrition, but I didn’t understand the science of it. I had to look so hard to find that, and I thought, ‘Why is that, and how can I get that information to kids in a way they can understand?’” This year, she earned a $500 grant through Gulf Coast Gives to buy food and ingredients to use in lessons throughout the year. Students compare food labels and learn to make healthy snacks and meals. Simon says her goal is not to dictate what they eat, but to give them the skills to make their own informed decisions. “It’s fantastic to teach the kids,”
The fourth-grade students having a conversation in Amanda Simon’s class boast a vocabulary well beyond their years: trans fats, lycopene, lutein, micronutrients — hardly typical gradeschool fodder. But, these students sound right at home as they carefully analyze food labels to compare caloric and fat content and nutritional value as “nutrition detectives” in Simon’s wellness class. “Basically, I talk to kids and teach them how to be savvy consumers, know what’s in their food and read labels to determine the ingredients,” she says. “We go through a lot of hands-on investigations, looking at labels and learning the difference be-
she says. “I like listening to them talk when they don’t know I’m listening. I can hear them at snack time comparing each other’s food labels, and I probably get two to three emails every week from parents thanking me. A lot of them say their child is actually teaching them.” Simon says she’s constantly encouraged by her students’ enthusiasm, and she hopes they’ll use the lessons they learn for years to come. “I think it’s probably one of most important things kids can learn,” she says. “I’ve seen it change my life, and it’s changing the lives of my fourthgraders.”
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CORNER SEPT. 22 BANNED FROM THE BEACH 12:12 p.m. — 5800 block of GMD. Dog on the Beach. Police told a New York couple that dogs were prohibited on the beach. The couple apologized and left.
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ing her own eggs and flour every day, Hazan recalled in her 2008 memoir, “Amarcord: Marcella Remembers.” She cherished her childhood days at the beach, but left them behind when her family sought refuge in Lake Garda, Italy, during World War II. She cooked her first meals — mush for a piglet the family was raising to eat — during that period. Those would be the last meals she cooked until after she married. She went on to earn doctorates in biology and natural sciences. In 1952, she met Victor Hazan, a Jewish Italian-American who had moved from Italy to New York with his parents in 1939. They married in 1955. Hazan spoke no English when she moved to New York, but navigated her way through American supermarkets while making recipes from an Italian cookbook by Ada Boni. She discovered that the traditional Cesenatico flavors her mother and grandmother created were imprinted in her mind, and she soon learned to recreate them. She believed she knew how to cook without realizing it, although her science background also came into play. “She had a scientific mind in that whatever she cooked, she always analyzed things,” said Mariarosa Rockefeller, a friend and neighbor of the Hazans at Promenade. “Why did this work? Why didn’t that work? I think that’s one of the reasons she was so good. She had the art and science both.” In New York, Hazan took a Chinese cooking class as a way to learn more about that style of cooking, even though Hazan never believed cooking could be taught. After the class’s teacher went on sabbatical, the group’s members asked Hazan to teach them traditional Italian dishes. The cooking class led to a fortuitous meeting with Craig Claiborne, famed New York Times food writer, in October 1970. Claiborne wrote about Hazan’s cooking classes. Her classes never lacked for participants after Claiborne’s article. Grand Bay resident Lois Scheyer remembers taking a class with Hazan out of her New York apartment. “She had great zest. She made everyone hungry just the way she
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talked,” Scheyer said. “Everything I learned about Italian cooking, I learned from her.” A year later, in 1971, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine Press asked Hazan to write a cookbook. It wasn’t something she ever thought she would do, but her first book, “The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating,” was published in 1973. She would go on to teach cooking throughout the world, both through her classes and books. She has also been credited with popularizing balsamic vinegar in the United States, after introducing it to a Williams Sonoma executive — although she was later chagrined by the inauthentic types she later saw at stores. In 1997, the Hazans purchased their unit at Promenade after visiting the Sarasota area, where their son, Giuliano, had moved. According to Michael Saunders & Co. agent Bobbie Banan, who sold the couple their unit at Promenade in 1997 and went on to develop a friendship with them, Hazan was drawn to the Key because she grew up near the ocean. “She redesigned the kitchen so that her stove faced out to the water,” Banan said. “She said, ‘Why
would somebody want to face the wall?’” She told NPR’s Scott Simon in 2005 she believed that the cookbook she published in 1997, “Marcella Cucina,” would be her last, however, she saw an opportunity for a new book after moving to the Key because in Florida she had only the supermarket for her ingredients. “It doesn’t have much variety,” she said. “Especially the vegetables. It’s very tired.” She bought most of her food from Longboat Key Publix, although occasionally she’d venture further to Whole Foods or the Cortez Fish Market, or even have ingredients flown in when necessary. In retirement, Hazan still cooked for friends and family. She never planned far in advance for a meal; instead, she’d see what produce looked freshest and what meat or cut of fish looked best and plan her meals accordingly. Many of her friends cooked for the culinary legend, as well. “It wasn’t intimidating if you know you’re cooking something Marcella doesn’t cook. She liked Indian food, so that would be the kind of food I’d prepare,” Banan said. She also enjoyed dining out, often opting for Chinese food rather than Italian restaurants. She supported many local art causes and also frequently attended Promenade events. Like all guests, she brought a dish to every gathering. Hazan’s son, Giuliano, continues her culinary traditions. He published his fifth cookbook, “Hazan Family Favorites,” last year, for which Hazan wrote the introduction. As news of Hazan’s death spread Sunday, many foodies attempted to sum up her life and legacy in 140 characters or less. Tweeted celebrity chef Mario Batali: “More than anyone, Marcella Hazan brought Italian flavors to the U.S.; her books continue to inspire. A true chef’s chef. She will be missed.”
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OBITUARIES Jill Felix Colton
Jill Felix Colton, 69, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 19. Born Feb. 18, 1944, in Philadelphia, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College. She accepted a position at the now-closed Philadelphia General Hospital as a social worker. Mrs. Colton married Miles Felix, a pediatric dentist, had two sons, and volunteered with charitable organizations, although it became clear that she needed to do more. She became a residential real-estate agent focused on Chester County, Pa. Mrs. Colton told her clients that a home purchase deserved weekday attention and never showed homes on weekends, or took clients to homes she hadn’t already inspected or sat at open houses. Her success led to an unsolicited commercial real-estate sales opportunity with CB Richard Ellis. Knowing nothing about commercial real estate, she cold-called Philadelphia developer Bill Rouse, who agreed to meet with her for breakfast and wound up hiring her on the spot for a senior marketing position. Mrs. Colton custom-developed the
and his wife, Blanca, moved in 1989 to Longboat Key. Mr. Di Cecco volunteered with Meals On Wheels and Mote Marine and also worked at Longboat Key’s Publix for a few years. His passion for fishing, gardening, animals and his family will be remembered. Mr. Di Cecco is survived by his wife of 56 years, Blanca; children Joe, Sam and Fanny Younger; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, 200 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tidewell Hospice, tidewell.org.
Great Valley Corporate Center with tenants and convinced Rouse to expand the business into Europe. In 1993, she resigned from CB Richard Ellis, which had become Liberty Property Trust, to care for her husband. She went on to become CEO and the first nonacademic leader of the Philadelphia-based University City Science Center in 1997. After the death of her first husband, she was reintroduced to her former high-school classmate, Neal Colton, whose wife had recently died. They went on to marry in 2004. Mrs. Colton is survived by her husband, Neal; sons, Eric and Greg Felix; stepsons Andrew and Bill Colton; brother, Sheldon Davis; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service was held Sept. 20, in Philadelphia.
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+ Foxy Lady throws ‘Passion for Fashion’ party Foxy Lady hosted a ‘Passion for Fashion’ party at its Foxy Lady West location Wednesday, Sept. 25. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests who stopped in the store enjoyed food and beverages, live entertainment provided by DJ Jonathan Cortez and a preview of new merchandise. A portion of proceeds made from transactions during the party benefited Forty Carrots Family Center.
Memorial service: Robert ‘Bob’ Craft
A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Craft, who died April 10, will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Craft was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired Delta pilot. Craft A reception will follow at the Fellowship Hall for refreshments and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, woundedwarriorproject. org.
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Anthony “Tony” Di Cecco, 90, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 25. Born May 15, 1923, in Letino, Italy, Mr. Di Cecco became an American citizen in 1940 and worked at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey during World War II. AfDiCecco ter 33 years of service at Washburn Wire Co. in New York City, he
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Village de Chefs Food & Wine Fest When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 Where: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Cost: $65; a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $120. To purchase, visit http://villagedechefs.bpt.me. Vive la France! Twenty of the world’s top French chefs are coming to the Sarasota-Bradenton area for the two-day Village de Chefs event. The host will be José Martinez, co-owner of acclaimed Longboat Key restaurant Maison Blanche, who became president of the non-profit organization in May. It will be the first time the group holds the annual event in the United States. File photos The highlight José Martinez of the two-day extravaganza will be the “Village de Chefs Food & Wine Fest” in which guests will sample 15 food-and-wine pairings chefs will prepare with assistance from Manatee Technical Institute culinary students. The selections will take attendees around the world, with selections such as bouillabaisse with a Caribbean flavor, prepared by Roman Valicon, of the Dominican Republic; kangaroo tartars, by Boris Cuzon, of Australia; and orange chocolate truffles, by Marc Claerbout, of Belgium.
Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 Where: Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Cost: $6 per person online at mote.org/Halloween through Oct. 16; $8 for members and $10 for guests at the door; free for children age 3 and younger. The sea gets spookier every Halloween at Mote Marine Aquarium. Children of all ages are invited to explore the ocean in costume at Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright. Explore Dr. Frankin Fish’s Icky-ology Lab (recommended for children 8 and older) and unearth shark teeth at Coffin Creek. Don’t miss the underwater pumpkin carving that will take place in the spooktacular shark tank. Dominic Stafford and Madison Gordon with Gilly the Shark at Mote’s Night of Fish, Fun & Fright last year.
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Get in the spirit of season by making plans to attend these don’t-miss events. Season’s greetings. Sure, it’s only the first week of October. But, we’ve felt the first fall breezes and spotted the first of what’s sure to be many car carriers. That can only mean one thing: Season is almost here. We’re counting on a busy social calendar this year. Here, we compile 10 events through the end of 2013 that have us counting the days on our calendar so you can plan ahead.
Fright Night on St. Armands When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Where: St. Armands Circle Cost: Free Talk about a thriller night. St. Armands Circle goes from sophisticated to scary at this annual event that features decorated storefronts, frightening characters and trick-or-treating throughout the Circle. Children can climb on an antique fire truck the Sarasota Fire Department will have at the scene. But the most thrilling part of the night takes place around 8 p.m., when the Sarasota High School Drama Department performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
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Longboat Key International Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon When: 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 Where: Race begins at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive Cost: $75 for triathlon sprint distance, $120 for international distance and $110 for duathlon before Oct. 17. Register at lbktriseries.com. The race is on for the fourth annual Longboat Key International Spring Triathlon & Duathlon. This event offers a scenic course for competitors. The international distance triathlon course consists of a half-mile swim in Gulf of Mexico, 20-mile bike ride and 5-mile run. For sprint distance, participants will swim a quarter-mile, bike 10 miles and run 2.5 miles. Duathlon racers will bike 20 miles and run 5 miles. The event offers opportunities to participate for nonathletes. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce always needs volunteers for the event, and spectators are welcome on race day to cheer on participants.
Sarasota High School Drama Department scared the circle by playing the part of zombies prior to performing “Thriller” at last year’s Fright Night on St. Armands Circle.
Margherita and John Catania at Centre Shops’ first Fall Festival last year
Centre Shops Family Festivals When: First festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 Where: Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive Cost: Free Centre Shops merchants began holding festivals last year and have three festivals planned for the 2013-14 season, the first of which is their Fall Festival. Find antiques, farmers market booths, refreshments, live music, and specials from merchants.
When: Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is served from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 Where: Cedars Tennis Resort, 645 Cedars Court Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door The Longboat Key Historical Society just netted a new location for its annual fish fry: Cedars Tennis Resort. The event is a Longboat Key tradition that the Historical Society revived in 2005 and that’s been held each year at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Owner Ed Chiles opted to discontinue the Fish Fry and Fourth of July fireworks at Mar Vista earlier this year in response to complaints about noise and parking from residents. The Historical Society considered holding the event in the backyards of two Longbeach Village residents with Mar Vista as caterer. Ultimately, uncertainties surrounding a redevelopment application for the property prompted the group to seek another venue. The Fish Fry will include a selection of fried favorites similar to past menus, along with music by Blues Pig.
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Ron Ellis and Leta Smith celebrated the sea at last year’s Sarasota Bay Water Festival.
Sarasota Bay Water Festival When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 Where: Ken Thompson Park on City Island Cost: Free Celebrate the bay at the second Sarasota Bay Water Festival, which promotes the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. The event includes live music by Ben Hammond, Home for Her and Come Back Alice, along with food trucks, beer and wine, water sports, an art zone, dragon boats and more. For information, visit sarasotabaywaterfestival.com.
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Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 Where: The Resort at Longboat Key Club Islandside Driving Range, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the gate It’s the most delectable event of the season, and it benefits local children’s charities. This year, sample signature dishes from 28 local restaurants and counting, along with beverages provided by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Sysco, Premier
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34th annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 Where: Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive O’ come all ye thankful. Individuals of all faiths are welcome at this annual Thanksgiving service that rotates each year between each island place of worship: All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, Longboat Island Chapel, St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church and Temple Beth Israel. Clergymen also take turns each year delivering the sermon. The service features an interfaith choir made up of people from each house of worship on Longboat and St. Armands keys.
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A plumbing business treated the recession like an opportunity to enter new markets, not fall back. The gutsy moves have started to come together. The method some plumbers used to survive the recession, a combination of retreat and reduce, didn’t register with Karen LaPensee. The owner of Holmes Beachbased LaPensee Plumbing & Pools, with customers from Sun City to North Port, LaPensee instead sought to expand to survive. The contrarian approach was to diversify the business offerings based on one-part untapped market niches and onepart gut feeling. The risk, was nonetheless, thick for LaPensee, who cofounded the firm in 1985 with her husband, Michael LaPensee. The expense ledger grew at a time when work orders were hard to come by. “A lot of businesses were falling by the wayside,” says LaPensee. But so far the moves have
Karen LaPensee co-founded Holmes Beachbased LaPensee Plumbing & Pools with her husband, Michael, in 1985. Karen LaPensee now runs the firm, which had $3 million in 2012 revenues, with her son, Greg LaPensee, pictured here. Photo by Lori Sax
worked out. They range from adding a pool repair and rehab division in 2007 to launching a new plumbing fixtures showroom that’s grown in size. The pool unit, says LaPensee, “is growing so fast we can hardly keep up.” The firm has quickly grown its overall customer base outside the core of the area beaches, with an influx of new work in Sarasota and Parrish, in north Manatee County. Other units in the LaPensee diversification strategy include a gas division, where it provides contract service for TECO, and municipal government work in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Annual sales at LaPensee Plumbing & Pools, reflecting the shifts, are up 43%, from around $2.1 million in 2011 to $3 million in 2012. LaPensee, who took over the business with
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her son, Greg LaPensee, in 2009 when Michael LaPensee retired, projects at least $3.5 million in 2013 sales. The firm has 37 employees, including 10 hired during the past year. Managing all that growth, from finding and training the best people to monitoring supply and inventory, has become the firm’s biggest challenge. On supply, Greg LaPensee is behind a project to revamp — essentially restart — the company’s stocking system. That begins with a two-story 1,614-square-foot warehouse currently under construction next to the company’s main 4,300-squarefoot building. It’s a $60,000 project. The issue, says LaPensee, is sheer volume, with the firm moving up to four pallets a day of fixtures, products and plumbing and pool repair equipment. “There’s a huge turnover on a daily basis,” Greg LaPensee says. “We had to expand. We couldn’t physically keep up with the products.” Past volume, another goal with the project is to better organize everything. This way, employees in the field can get what they need, when they need it in the morning before heading out for calls. LaPensee says the firm might add a barcode system to connect parts to jobs. The spend-to-grow method at LaPensee Plumbing & Pools has other elements. Marketing, for example, is a big expense, totaling at least $150,000 a year. That includes a host of TV, Internet and newspaper print ads. It also includes lunch-and-learn sessions, where the firm hosts 50 to 60 local businesses it targets for work and referrals, such as property managers and Realtors. The diversification success at the firm has the motherson leadership team planning even more growth. Greg LaPensee, for instance, would like to open a physical office in Sarasota, to grow even more there. He says that move will be deferred, however, until he and Karen LaPensee are confident they can staff it with top people. Karen LaPensee, meanwhile, has a history of working well in pressure-filled, risk-reward environments. That goes back to her pre-plumbing business days, when she was an emergency room nurse and a U.S. Air Force Reserve nurse. Taking chances, says LaPensee, is the only way to succeed long-term. “I take a deep breath and go,” LaPensee says. “So far, it’s been rewarding.”
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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20.
REPORTS + Roger Pettingell speaks at Coldwell conference
Longboat Key Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate broker associate Roger Pettingell recently spoke on a panel of top Coldwell agents Roger Pettingell with in the region during Kate Rossi, execua gathering at the tive vice president of Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Coldwell Banker Pettingell spoke about trends in the local real-estate market.
+ Kyle Turoff joins MS&Co. St. Armands office Kyle Turoff has joined the St. Armands office of Michael Saunders & Co. Turoff was previously managing director/ owner of the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, where she handled public relations and human resources and also acted and directed.
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L’Ambiance unit sells for $2.5 million L’Ambiance at Longboat Key Club
Morton and Carol Siegler, trustees, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit M-608 condominium at 435 L’Ambiance Drive to Charles and Constance Cotros, of Longboat Key, for $2.5 million. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three baths, andtwo-half baths and 3,220 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,047,300 in 1994.
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John and Mary Soscia, of Venice, sold their Unit 706 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Windward Venture Partners LLC for $1,829,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 3,017 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.14 million in 2005. File photo
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Sandra Cutler-Cohen, of Sarasota, sold her home at 513 Yawl Lane to David Cohen, of Gibsonia, Pa., for $754,000. Built in 1964, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,346 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $440,000 in 1998.
Unit M-608 at L’Ambiance has three bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths and 3,220 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.5 million.
Gerda Schak, trustee, of Barrington, Ill., sold the Unit 212 condominium at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. to Jon and Karen Einsidler, of Tenafly, N.J., for $725,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $625,000 in 2000.
Unit 113-N condominium at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Riley Newby, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $575,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,235 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2004. David Sanders, trustee, and Gayle Sanders, of Springfield, Ohio, sold the Unit 75N condominium at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive to John Paredes and Tisha Paredes, of Seaford, Del., for $390,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,235 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2005.
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Tandem Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the planned Infinity condominium. The 11-unit luxury condominium is planned for 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive, the former site of the Holiday Beach Resort. Crossgate Partners LLC, of Atlanta, is the developer for the project. Nell Leffel, of Michael Saunders & Co., is the listing agent.
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James and Jacklyn Covell sold their
Marie Fox, of Allendale, N.J., sold her
Unit 105 condominium at 1465 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Pratap and Sunita Chavan, of Dayton, Ohio, for $504,000. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,793 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 1993.
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Patricia Tobin, Janet Liguori, Gerald Liguori, Raymond Liguori and Gina Laudone, of Westerly, R.I., sold their Unit 711 condominium at 711 Bayport Way to Marcie Lance, of Highland Park, Ill., for $399,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,260 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $124,900 in 1990.
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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 Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit Applicant Amount 1935 GMD Interior Arthur Silverman $74,343 5211 GMD Kitchen, bathroom Eugene Gerding $65,500 435 L’Ambiance Drive Interior David Stowe Jr. $54,553 Interior and pool Equity Villa Fund LP $49,710 537 Schooner Lane resurfacing 711 Tarawitt Drive Seawall U.S. Bank National Assoc. $35,712 3431 Bayou Court Pool George Workman $33,065 2525 GMD Interior Richard Hockema $26,400 Concrete, column and 1937 GMD drywall repair Seaplace Condo Assoc. $22,000 3235 GMD Door Lester Bloch $16,689 5055 GMD Common area Club Longboat Beach & Tennis $10,000 1925 GMD Kitchen remodel, door Gayle Johnson $5,570 524 Ketch Lane Resurface pool Mary Gearhardt $4,889 7000 GMD Drywall 7000 GMD Holdings LLC $4,200 100 Sands Point Road Windows Mary Alsup, trustee $1,980 100 Sands Point Road Windows Ian Crawford, trustee $1,980 Andrew Horner $1,980 100 Sands Point Road Windows 100 Sands Point Road Windows Sands Point Condo Assoc. $1,931 3155 GMD Doors Christopher Doane $1,800 100 Sands Point Road Windows Michael Baylin $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows Robert Collins $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows Carmel Izzo, trustee $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows Joyce Koppel, trustee $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows Thomas McCurry Sr. $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows William Montrone, cotrustee $1,523 100 Sands Point Road Windows Sands Point Condo Assoc. $1,523 Fire sprinkler Daniel Miller $0 1135 GMD 1425 GMD Fire sprinkler Scott Paczosa $0 3029 GMD Cert. of occupancy Randolph Cohen n/a 510 Bowsprit Lane Cert. of occupancy Nora McDonagh n/a
McDonnell Family Ltd. Partnership I sold the Unit 710 condominium at 1001 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Albert and Joyce Dombrowski and Dawn McDonnell, of Longboat Key, for $306,000. Built in
930 Ben Franklin Dr # 310 #A3973201 $275,000 Valarie Wadsworth
4504 Deer Trail Blvd #A3971717 $265,000 Jon Partridge
4340 Falmouth Dr # 304 #A3979534 $239,000 Marianne Lebar
1770 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 706 Sarasota #A3952777 $2,500-$5,000/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200
6051 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3983113 $3,795,000 Ann Martin
Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-7717
347 W Royal Flamingo Dr #A3977913 $2,900,000 Barbara Dumbaugh
Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-350-3743
565 Sanctuary Dr # B104 #A3971860 $1,699,000 Hannerle Moore
Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-387-7300
531 Yardarm Ln #A3980172 $1,699,000 Maureen Horn
Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-539-3384
128 Golden Gate Pt # 202A #A3978317 $1,595,000 Peggy Mock
Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-3584
101 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 10S #A3953612 $1,545,000 Michael Moulton
Lido Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559
101 Ben Franklin Dr # 9N #A3980634 $1,538,000 Douglas Parks
Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-400-9087
3347 Sabal Cove Way #A3976159 $1,350,000 Nora Johnson & Denise Mattmuller
Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-809-1700
556 N Washington Dr #A3982966 $1,200,000 Diana Kryszak
St. Armands Circle 941-388-4447 941-993-4078
7175 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 24 #A3978960 $1,149,000 Sandi Layfield
Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-914-2807
2204 Harbour Court Dr #A3972270 $999,000 Michael Yawitz
1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,224 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $395,000 in 2003. YOUROBSERVER.COM // See a map of this week’s real-estate sales.
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1075 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 101 Longboat Key #A3969129 $2,500-$3,500/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200
637 Spanish N Dr #A3976185 $244,900 Maruta Miluns
Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-374-9702
2800 Harbourside Dr # E-14 #A3954322 $135,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer
Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-266-8152
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2295 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 72 #A3984122 Diann Thelen
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VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S Little Bokeelia Island #A3959962 $29,500,000 Klaus Lang
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OVER $61 MILLION SOLD OR PENDING SINCE JANUARY 2013 Roger has pending and sold 8 residences in Grand Bay since January 2013 Roger has pending and sold 3 homes in Bird Key since January 2013 Roger has pending and sold 7 residences in Seaplace since January 2013 Roger has sold 4 homes in Country Club Shores since January 2013 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
ROGER SELLS GRAND BAY
2 BR plus Den, 2½ BA
Gulf to Bay! Customized Cayman is a statement of luxury waterfront living. Meticulously upgraded former model with a revamped floor plan, designer features, new kitchen appliances. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Furnished.
marinatower304.com Wonderfully upgraded 3BR + media room/3½BA condo in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Custom layout with sweeping city views throughout. $1,499,000
ritztowerresidences503.com Enjoy stunning sunsets from nearly every room in this exquisite 3BR, 2,990 sf residence. Furnished. $1,495,000
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3 BR, 3½ BA
Direct Gulf front 4,800+ sf penthouse with 3-car garage has endless beach views at every turn, in a charming community of only 10 residences. “Transitional coastal” interior design with custom finishes and wonderful upgrades.
350southshoredrive.com Palatial 5BR/3½BA estate with bay and city views. Heated pool. Spacious 3-car garage. $2,445,000
3436mistletoelane.com Light and open 4BR/4BA home situated directly on Sarasota’s bayfront, 2-car garage and updated boat dock. $1,395,000
LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER II
lambiancel307.com grandbay156.com Located in Building II, this Areca residence boasts wonderful Southern exposure! 3BR/3½BA, Antigua plan offers sprawling sunsets through walls of glass and an expansive wraparound bay, city and golf course views from every room. $1,349,000 terrace. All new windows and sliders throughout. $1,595,000 grandbay542.com PELICAN HARBOUR 2BR/2BA, 4th floor, Bimini, custom details and views of the pelicanharbourmh2.com bay, golf course and downtown. Furnished. $699,000 Villa on the beach! This rarely available 2BR/1½BA home has COUNTRY CLUB SHORES recently been updated with a revamped layout, new flooring and two new lanais. Enjoy Condo amenities on the bayside 1015bogeylane.com Stunning 4BR/5½BA plus den with views down the canal out plus single-family living and a walk out to the white-sandy to the bay. Upgraded finishes and designer features. Access to beach in your backyard. $1,495,000 Longboat Key’s private beach is just steps away. $1,895,000
RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES
2405bayshoreroad.com Expansive multi-faceted estate on 200'+ of water frontage. A main home, guest cottage and a private theater. $1,995,000
longboatbeachcomber11.com Walk out to the beach. 2BR/2BA ideal retreat or rental. Furnished. $695,000
SANCTUARY 535Sanctuarydrive203.com This 3BR/3BA is light and bright. Includes one covered parking space. $749,000
LONGBOAT BAYSIDE 7100longboatdriveeast.com A boater’s dream with deep-water dockage and multiple boat lifts, this property offers two separate homes. $1,395,000
SEAPLACE seaplaceg4204.com Terrific value, 2BR in G-4 . Can either be a rental or an ideal retreat. New tile flooring. Just steps to the beach. $309,000
Roger has listed and sold more than $1 billion in local property.
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