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Happy retirement, Steve! After 15 years as the association manager at Club Longboat Beach and Tennis, Steve Bierman is officially off duty. On Sunday, April 7, more than 90 people gathered for dinner and cake to send Bierman, and his wife, Kay, off. Jerry Digani, a Club Longboat resident, said in an email that the Biermans will be missed.

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Rotary against red tide In February, local chapters of the Rotary Club, including Longboat Key, Sarasota Sunrise and Sarasota Bay, hosted “Rotary Fights Red Tide” at Mote Marine Laboratory to raise money for research. On April 4, the clubs presented $25,000 to The Science and Environment Council for the red tide impact study. The donation will be used to conduct a study of community impacts from the 2018 red tide bloom.

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Arts Center: Leaders keep trying Commissioners vote to redo memorandum of understanding with Ringling over revised Art Center proposal. ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR

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ommissioners later this month likely will again look at a revised document intended to form the basic framework of a relationship between the town and Ringling College of Art and Design over Longboat Key’s pursuit of its proposed Arts, Culture and Education Center. The memorandum of understanding, which commissioners voted 4-3 on Monday to send back for more work, would act as a document “that memorialized the collaborative relationship and approach the town and Ringling would take to create, establish and maintain the center on Longboat Key.” SEE PAGE 3A

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Can you stop summer hunger? Here are the week’s donation totals for All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign Against Summer Hunger, which runs through May 15. To donate, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org. Goal: $1.4 million matching challenge Amount raised to date: $783,982

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The canopy over the pumps of the former gas station at Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street was demolished in March.

Casual spot proposed for years-vacant site on north end. SEE PAGE 6A

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Town makes plans to fight Sarasota road proposal Longboat leaders object to Fruitville Road plan’s effect on evacuation traffic and its bias toward pedestrians.

PROS AND CONS

WHEN AND WHERE

According to letters filed with the city of Sarasota, among those lining up for and against the Fruitville Road project:

Sarasota City Commission meets from 1:30-4:30 p.m. April 15 at City Hall, 1565 First St., though its meetings take an afternoon break, then resume at 6 p.m.

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FAVOR n Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (2017) n Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (2018) n Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association (2018) n St. Martha Catholic Church (2018)

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The way Longboat Key leaders see it, a road project under consideration by the city of Sarasota favors pedestrians in a way that could end up bogging down cars and trucks not only in an emergency but also under ordinary conditions. And they’re planning to send their lawyer to a commission meeting at Sarasota City Hall next week to make a case for a better balance, while also looking into other ways to oppose the socalled “road diet” proposal for a segment of Fruitville Road. Town Attorney Maggie Mooney will represent the town at the April 15 meeting of the Sarasota City Commission to relay the Longboat Key’s “grave concerns” during a public comment portion of the meeting — where speakers receive three minutes to address city issues. “This project is very consistent with everything we’ve seen, with regard to the city of Sarasota’s focus on transportation, but more importantly, mobility,” said Commissioner Jack Daly. “The focus of the city, including this project, is to enhance local pedestrian, bicycle mobility. I think we have to

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Sarasota city leaders hope to create a more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare on Fruitville Road, but Longboat Key leaders say such a conversion could have an adverse effect on traffic flow, especially in an emergency.

recognize that is a city objective.” Since 2015, Sarasota has been working on options for redesigning Fruitville Road between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41, hoping to create a more welcoming pedestrian experience along the gateway street. The most attention-grabbing detail: Between Cocoanut Avenue and Lemon Avenue, the street would narrow from four lanes to two, with a roundabout at each of the three intersections on that segment. The reduction would allow for wider sidewalks and enhanced landscaping.

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There is another version of the proposal that accomplishes many of the same aesthetic goals without the traffic circles or lane reductions. It gains the dimensions for wider sidewalks from space now dedicated to bicycle lanes. The favored approach, though, is the version with roundabouts. “It’s obviously stupid, and I know you can’t say things like that, but sometimes you should,” Mayor George Spoll said in a town meeting on Monday. Town officials’ foremost objec-

tion is the effect of a narrower evacuation route in moving traffic away from barrier islands and the mainland’s bayfront neighborhoods. They doubted a Sarasota study that showed evacuation traffic in front of Hurricane Irma in 2017 was less intense than typical peak-hour traffic. Warnings and evacuation orders for that storm were fairly long in duration in comparison to a storm that could shift course suddenly. “I would hate to judge it by Irma,” Spoll said. Mooney last week requested

AGAINST n Town of Longboat Key (2016 letter from then-Mayor Jack Duncan) n Lido Key Residents Association (2017 letter) n Bird Key Residents Association (2016 letter)

public records from the city of Sarasota pertaining to ownership and maintenance of the Fruitville Road stretch between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301. The town has heard anecdotal evidence that the segment is not part of the state highway system, making it easier for the city to enact changes, but, Mooney said, it has not seen supporting documentation. The town is also exploring the possibility of engaging a special counsel with more experience in transportation matters.

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WHAT’S THE PLAN? The most recent memorandum of understanding included these details:

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The document also would make clear more detailed plans and agreements would follow “as funding sources and plans were further developed by the parties.” Commissioners on April 1 asked for a previous version to be sent back for revision. The document rejected Monday was the result of the previous revision request. Town Manager Tom Harmer said he’d likely pull together individual commissioners’ viewpoints to inform changes to the memorandum, and bring back a new version for discussion at a workshop meeting on April 15. From there, additional revisions could be made if needed before it reappears at a future public meeting for a vote. “It would be my hope we could get closer,” he said. The Arts, Culture and Education Center is a long-standing goal of the town and a key piece of a Town Center concept in the neighborhood surrounding Town Hall, the Public Tennis Center and the Shoppes of Bay Isles. Exhibits, performances and classes would form the basis of its use, under the management of Ringling College. The design and construction of the center would be financed through private donations, and it would be the financial responsibility of Ringling to operate the facility. The town would own the land and the buildings. While 2 acres was publicly purchased in early 2017 for $2.2 million on the site of the former Amore restaurant, no tax money is intended to be spent on the project. Ringling has estimated the center would cost about $11.3 million to design, build and outfit, and that private fundraising might take three years to accomplish. That’s down from an estimated $18 million project, which was discarded earlier this year when Ringling officials cast doubt on the likelihood of raising that total. A proposed black-box theater was deleted from the plan. These new parameters prompted the creation of a new memorandum of understanding. And though commissioners disagreed on Monday over some wording and broader messaging, there was a consensus that town leaders want to keep pushing forward and ultimately land on language that appeals to a majority. “Let’s figure out what’s holding us back and go out and get it,” Commissioner Mike Haycock said. Vice Mayor Ed Zunz said he was most concerned with an appearance that the town presented the memorandum for a vote too quickly and had not gone far enough to optimize the document, calling it “tentative.” He pointed to a provision that allows either party to back out of the arrangement with 90 days’ notice. Commissioners Randy Clair and Irwin Pastor also voiced concerns. “That seems entirely inconsistent with the speed with which other parts of the agreement seem to want to proceed,” he said. Among the other factors he questioned: n The feasibility of a 3,000-square-foot multi-purpose room, and its ultimate uses; n A better understanding of how and why the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, which closed in 2017 on the north end of the

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CONCEPT n Four classrooms for up to 40 students each, set up with an emphasis on lecture or seminar-based learning n One 20-seat computer lab that supports digital learning and could be made accessible for community use n Two teaching studios to support hands-on instruction of visual arts production (drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry making) n Office space for a small, permanent operations staff n A 15-person conference room to serve not only the center staff but also supports adjacent Longboat Key Town Hall n About 3,000 square feet of multi-purpose space to feature art exhibitions, large lecture needs, smaller scale performance events and larger town meetings. COST BREAKDOWN Building: $6.8 million Site improvements: $1.075 million Design: $660,000 Other costs: $310,000 Furniture: $845,000 Escalation: $1.63 million

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Work to demolish Amore is nearly complete, and the town is waiting for word on land-permitting before moving ahead with site preparation.

HOW THEY VOTED Ken Schneier: Yes Mike Haycock: Yes Jack Daly: Yes George Spoll: No Ed Zunz: No Irwin Pastor: No Randy Clair: No

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Former Commissioner Jim Brown is working with the town on the Arts, Culture and Education Center proposal.

island, struggled financially; n How the center’s offerings will mesh with those of the Longboat Key Education Center, which took over some of the former arts center’s functions. Zunz was concerned about competition, though an agreement between Ringling and the Longboat Key Education Center exists. “I don’t think we should rush forward and spend a couple years in fundraising and persuade people to contribute all this money and then it will come back to us and we’ll say, ‘OK, let’s take a look at this now, and gee, it maybe isn’t going to work out the way we hoped,’” he said. Former Commissioner Jim Brown, who has been helping the

town with the project for years while in office and now as a private citizen, said maintaining momentum and remaining positive is important. There will be plenty of time to settle questions about architecture, programming and more detailed matters. “If we want pottery in this building, then let’s negotiate pottery in this building, but let’s don’t kill the golden goose,” he said. Commissioners also wanted to know how a proposed open green space, to be created on the land intended for the Arts, Culture and Education Center, could be used and in some way meshed with the construction of final building. That space is in the early stages

of planning as the former Amore restaurant is demolished. Once land permitting is completed, the town intends to build the openair green space and use it in the interim while money is raised. The hope is a portion of the green space could be incorporated into the final design and end up as a useful addition to the building. “I would feel more comfortable moving ahead if we had an agreement on that,” Mayor George Spoll said. Members of the public on Monday called for the green space idea, which is tentatively expected to be finished in the fall, to be upgraded into something, perhaps, with more permament facilities such as a shade structure and rigging for lights and sound gear to attract a broader segment of performances or events. Brown said such a site could show residents and potential donors about the potential of the Arts, Culture and Education Center.

“I don’t think we should rush forward and spend a couple years in fundraising and persuade people to contribute all this money and then it will come back to us and we’ll say, ‘OK, let’s take a look at this now, and gee, it maybe isn’t going to work out the way we hoped.’” — Vice Mayor Ed Zunz


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What happened this week in: 2013

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The nearly overturned boat, right of the properly floating boat, had been moored off Longbeach Village for more than two months.

NEWS OF THE DAY Ah, the waterfront life: the waves lapping at the shore, the seabirds laughing and frolicking, the derelict boat bobbing and nearly sinking just offshore. Well, the town in early April 2013 was ready to do something about one of those staples of the coastal experience, and through its actions, we learned a little something about the rules governing such things. Longboat Key police headed out to a nearly overturned sailboat anchored within the town

limits in Sarasota Bay to tag it — a signal to the owner that a fiveday clock was now ticking. Either remove the boat, or the town would arrange for its removal. The vessel had been moored just off the shoreline of Longbeach Village for more than two months. Police Chief Pete Cumming said at the time officers often have trouble tracking down owners of misbehaving boats, and when they can’t, they frequently tag the vessels for removal. That can cost between $1,500 and $2,000, which is added to a town fine.

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Unicorp National Developments recently released a rendition of how its proposed St. Regis Hotel and Residences would fit on the nearly 18-acre property at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

FROM THE FILES OF COPS CORNER A teenaged driver, backing out of a parking space near a building, saw another car coming and courteously pulled forward to make room. But when the teen tried to back out again, the car was still in Drive, and rolled forward, hitting the building.

Trial dates set in Colony cases Developer has sought judicial termination of condominium association to proceed. ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR

A trio of dates set for this summer, next winter and 2020 could help determine the course of a hotel and condominium complex proposed for land formerly occupied by the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

Since early 2018, Unicorp National Developments Corp. has been seeking judicial termination of the former resort’s condominium association in an effort to reach a point at which the company could buy out the remaining owners of individual units. Unicorp, which owns 37 of 244 units, has been unable to reach the required 91% approval level among unit owners to voluntarily terminate the condominium association and has sought a solution through the courts. On a parallel path, Unicorp and its CEO Chuck Whittall have proposed a hotel/condominium

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WHO OWNS WHAT?

“This is unequivocally going to terminate. This is the very quick beginning of the end.”

TOP CORPORATE OWNERS OF COLONY UNITS Colony Beach Investors LLC: 65 units Unicorp Colony Units LLC: 28 units 1620 Properties LLC: 17 units Unicorp Acquisitions II LLC: 8 units Colony Beach & Tennis Club Association: 8 units

— Unicorp CEO Chuck Whittall

complex on the land at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to be operated as a St. Regis Hotel and Residences property. Throughout 2017, Unicorp gained permission from the town of Longboat Key to plan and design the property with 166 hotel rooms, 78 condominiums and a wide array of public spaces and resort amenities, valued at around $600 million. Building permits, though, are contingent on Unicorp gaining control of the entire property. It’s this sequence of court events, running into April 2020, that could determine what will follow with the project. Whittall said he was encouraged by the developments of last week. “This is unequivocally going to terminate,” he said. “This is the very quick beginning of the end.” Judge Hunter W. Carroll of the 12th Judicial Circuit last week set Aug. 1-2 to hear witness testimony in a bench-trial setting on whether Unicorp is entitled to seek a termination of the former resort’s condominium association — the Colony Beach & Tennis Club Association Inc. Carroll set a December date to hear a cross-claim for damages from unit owner Andy Adams, Breakpointe LLC and Colony Beach Investors LLC against Colony Beach & Tennis Club Associ-

TOP PERSONAL OWNER OF COLONY UNITS Andrew Adams: 7 units Source: Sarasota County Property Appraiser

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ation Inc. for failing to maintain the resort’s buildings, which were deemed a public-safety hazard last summer by the town and ordered demolished. In a competitive bid process, Unicorp was awarded the job after bidding to accomplish the work for free. And the judge set April 6, 2020 to begin a non-jury bench trial to decide on the termination of condominium request and how the remainder of the former Colony’s units would be sold: via partition sale, public auction or private sale. Even if Unicorp’s request to dissolve the Colony Beach & Tennis Club Association Inc., fails, attorney Brett M. Henson, who represents Adams and other related owners who control about

30% of the units, said his clients’ push for the property to be partitioned and sold in pieces will continue and be heard in 2020. Such a sale would complicate Unicorp’s plans to push forward with the St. Regis project. If that request for a partitioned sale is denied, Henson said his client sees a public auction as the next-best avenue. “Our position is that an auction will bring the highest value to the property, not just for our client, but for all owners,” he said. The outcome of such an auction could result in Unicorp ultimately buying the remainder of the units it doesn’t already own and moving ahead, or another bidder could end up winning the day. “My client could bid, Mr. Whit-

tall can bid, any interested parties could bid,” Henson said. Dan Lobeck, who represents unit owners Sheldon and Carol Rabin in a similar damages case against the association, said he also thinks an auction is the best way for owners to reap the best value. But he cautioned the condo association can’t be dissolved until his clients have had a chance to hear their damages claims heard in December. “It’s only fair and just that the association’s spigot not be turned off,” he said. Unicorp most recently gained approval from town commissioners to erect later this year a temporary sales office on the site to inform potential customers of what’s planned.

Such a sales office had previously not been possible without project building permits approved, but the town OK’d a zoning text amendment allowing such an operation on sites of at least eight acres and at least 40 residential units. Henson’s clients objected to the sales office, writing a letter that read: “At minimum, the erection of a temporary sales facility will result in pedestrian foot and vehicular traffic which infringes upon our clients’ use and enjoyment of their interests in the property,” Henson wrote. “A temporary sales facility will require our clients to absorb additional liability for potential injuries or damages to third parties visiting the sales facility.” SE RVICE PE R F OR MANCE I NTEG R ITY R E S P E CT I N S P I R AT I O N TEAMWOR K

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Restaurant plans expected soon to replace gas station Whitney’s restaurant is scheduled to be complete in the fall at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street.

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“There are a lot of great restaurants that are institutions on Longboat. They are sit-down and have a higher check average,” Brearley said. “They are an amazing part of this island, but I personally don’t want that for every meal. I think there is room on the island for a more casual concept.” With its planned outdoor showers and walk-up counter, Whitney’s, as proposed, will be just that. The menu will feature salads, bowls, sandwiches and tacos, while a limited coffee and breakfast menu also is planned, the developer said. Additionally, a small stock of convenience items such as sunscreen and bottles of water will be on sale. “There aren’t too many informal meeting places on the island,” Brearley said. “The most important thing for us is we want the whole community to feel like this is their place to relax and get some great food.” With design team Studio Tack from Brooklyn, N.Y., and local architect Robert Rokop working on the project, Brearley said Whitney’s will be modern while keeping its Longboat roots. The old gas station canopy has been demolished, with a new one planned to replace it. Brearley said the design concept — leisure combined with American utility — is meant to beautify the north entrance to Longboat. The former gas station’s roll-up garage bay doors have been incorporated into the design. Plans are expected to be delivered for town consideration within a month, and completion is planned for the fall.

Once complete, Brearley hopes Whitney’s will serve as a stopping point when traffic makes leaving the island difficult. Brearley previously tried to build a hotel on the former gas station lot and adjoining property, but that proposal, from Floridays Development Co., was rejected by voters in 2016. He also worked on projects such as the Oxford Exchange in Tampa and Buddy Brew Coffee in Tampa and Sarasota, and he hopes to bring the success those businesses have seen to Longboat. “We really want the aesthetics and operation to be something that people are proud to have on the island,” Brearley said. The site plan is expected to accommodate a proposed traffic roundabout at the intersection of Broadway Street and Gulf of Mexico Drive. There is no current timeline for the roundabout, but Brearley said he wanted to have a plan in place, should it happen. The town has set aside $150,000 to study its feasibility. Besides the Floridays’ previous plan for a boutique hotel on the spot, the former gas station had been looked at by developers before. Most recently, there was a proposal to reopen the site as its original use, a gas station, which fell apart over the summer. Property records show the site was sold to The Whitney LBK LLC Oct. 19 for $550,000. The previous owner was Tampa-based J.H. Williams Oil Co., which bought the site in August 2005 for $512,100.

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Seek balance in red tide solutions A lack of scientific data means there are no silver bullet solutions for red tide. Let’s strive to do the best we can with common sense.

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or those of you around last summer and fall, the memories of the stench and dead debris are no longer fresh, but I’ll bet they still come back readily . It’s hard to believe six months ago there were times when it was unbearable to be outside near the water; when cleaning up dead sea life from our beaches was a daily event; and when the situation was so dire it had some of us wondering if a small tropical storm might help blow the red tide bloom offshore and end it. Wishing for a storm during hurricane season? Now that’s desperation. As season began and red tide faded, officials from Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were invited to speak at luncheon after luncheon. They made presentation after presentation to help educate people. They reminded them this natural phenomenon is nothing new for our area, and there’s still a lot left to learn. But many experts seemed squirrely on prevention, hesitating and couching answers to questions about fertilizer and coastal development with caveats about needing more research. This was unbelievable to some who believed that yes, it’s a natural phenomenon, but humans must have a role in red tide because it seems to happen more frequently and worse than in the past. They became suspicious of why scientists wouldn’t just come out and admit that. They wanted the government to step in to help control nutrients entering our waterways. They wanted aggressive pollution controls and possibly a limit on coastal development. That sparked a reaction from those on the other side of the issue. They feared a knee-jerk reaction of government power. They pointed out that red tide has been going on since the 1500s, and we don’t know enough to regulate it out of existence. They reasoned that we could potentially spend hundreds of millions in Sarasota and Manatee counties without knowing if it will be effective in stemming future red tides. We heard from many readers in both camps. Some wondered about conspiracy theories about Mote itself, claiming it either has the technology to rid us of red tide blooms but is hiding it for monetary gain, or it won’t speak

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against nutrient runoff because of funding it receives from phosphate companies upstream. We’ve debunked both of those theories in our pages previously — unless you believe, as some readers do, that The Observer is a shill for these organizations by reporting their research. Misinformation about the separate, blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee further fueled the fire of confusion. It seemed there was too much information and not enough, all at the same time. Why is it so confusing? Why can’t we agree on what should be done? Why do we not seem to know what’s causing this and how to stop it? As we learned from reporting this series, the answer is simple, but unsatisfying: Red tide is complicated. And despite years of studying it, there is no scientific consensus on what to do.

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To begin with, the organism responsible for it, Karenia brevis, is a bit mystifying itself. It is a single-cell phytoplankton that swims around in the ocean, waiting for conditions to start multiplying. That’s straightforward. But what scientists don’t fully understand is how it goes from a grouping of cells to a bloom that can strangle miles of coastline. A 2007 report by Mote (spurred by the 17-month-long bloom in 2004-2006), states that K. brevis reproduces at a fraction of the rate of other phytoplankton, which means other organisms should easily outcompete it in the race for nutrients. Yet, as we know, this isn’t always true. The same paper states that although many would like to point to land pollution as the cause of a growing bloom, it is difficult to make this link. For example, although red tide intensifies around inlets, which leads many to believe it’s growing in response to nutrients from land, scientists say it may instead be caused by how water density changes around inlets. This changing density may help the organism accumulate and gather in concentration in these areas, thus sparking a bloom. Further complicating the matter is that K. brevis is not a picky eater; it can make the most out of the nutrients present, even recycling them when it needs to. That means it has the ability to thrive where other organisms can’t. So not only can it survive in water with few nutrients offshore, once it comes inshore, where coastal pollution has the potential to feed it, this becomes a big problem to get rid of red tide once it has started. “If coastal pollution does nothing more than extend the duration of red tide blooms, it still remains of paramount concern because the duration of a given bloom is often the most significant factor in its overall impact on coastal communities,” the report states. Furthermore, it’s not like one pollution source is responsible. In all likelihood, it’s a variety of

This graphic from a report published by Mote Marine Laboratory in August 2007 shows how Karenia brevis grows more slowly than other phytoplankton. Scientists remain puzzled by how K. brevis is so successful in outcompeting other organisms to form red tide blooms despite this.

sources from a variety of places that all contribute nutrients. Dust from the Sahara Desert is even mentioned as a possible contributor in the report. Dust! As Africa becomes drier, more dust comes to the Gulf of Mexico via transoceanic clouds. The iron in the dust allows red tide’s friend, a blue-green algae called trichodesmium, to fix nitrogen for it, thus creating another nutrient source. In addition to dust clouds, water salinity, temperature, climate, currents and weather all are possible contributors. As the report states: “As red tides have continued to take their toll on Southwest Florida, public frustration has intensified. Coastal communities want a cause identified or a cure unveiled. “Policymakers are also frustrated. Decades of research have yielded much knowledge about Florida red tides, but the results fail to identify a primary nutrient source behind the blooms. “State and local government officials have expressed their desire to address the problem, but little consensus has emerged about the most appropriate course of action.” That was in August 2007. Sound familiar? WHAT WE CAN DO

As the scientists in the report warn, just because we don’t know what’s causing these blooms doesn’t mean we should ignore things that can contribute to their growth, longevity and impact. As you’ll read in this week’s part of the series, there are many organizations doing many things to try to combat this. First, we need more research to help our solutions be effective. Mote’s Red Tide Institute is a

start, but it will take collaboration and funding across a broad scientific community to find more answers. Most important, we cannot allow public awareness on the issue to disperse with the blooms of red tide. We need to break the cycle of only paying attention and funding solutions to this problem when it is present. Second, if science has shown us anything, in general, it’s that nature likes to be in balance. When it’s not, we usually suffer consequences until it restores equilibrium. On its most basic level, red tide is an issue of balance: One organism has gone rogue, taking over the ecosystem for its own benefit and killing nearly everything else in it. Most of the efforts you’ll read about in this week’s stories aim to maintain nature’s balance: making sure our bays and estuaries are healthy with filtering organisms such as clams and oysters; ensuring we’re not polluting our water with nutrient runoff from sewage, stormwater or fertilizers; and cleaning up environmental disasters that can contribute to that imbalance, such as the blue-green algae in Lake Okeechobee. Last, remember that complicated problems require multifaceted solutions. There’s no silver bullet to fix or prevent it; we all need to do our part. For those of you frustrated with the lack of science, take solace in common sense. Rather than getting bogged down in debate, let’s do the things we know we can do to make a difference for cleaner, healthier waterways. After all, with an economy that’s built around our water, who doesn’t want that? It just might take a little balance to get there.

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Ugly poles to replace ugly poles? Got me! I must admit, you had me going there for a while before I realized it was the April Fools’ Day issue. Imagine spending millions to underground the electric system to remove the ugly poles only to be replaced by taller and uglier poles to support the new street lamp lighting requirements, as referenced on Page 8 (“The Weight of Height” :) DAVID PURNHAGEN LONGBOAT KEY

Narrowing Fruitville: What a lousy joke When I read your April 1 article about the single-lane narrowing of a portion of Fruitville Road from Lemon to Cocoanut, I sincerely thought it was an extension of the phony news you drolly ran on the first four pages as an April Fools’ joke. My brain rejected the possibility that reasonable humans could conjure such foolishness in earnest. Traffic backs up on westbound Fruitville daily for about oamhalf-mile. Smack in the midse.c dle of that traffic, engineers u o areh expect to squeeze all those w n r fu . idling cars into half the space w ww they are currently traversing at about 3 mph, illogically claiming drivers will save a whopping 48 seconds. Have you ever been on a highway with a shift-over where one lane is closed for construction that has resulted in your traveling more rapidly? Think of an hourglass. if the entire vessel were wide, the sand would pour through in seconds. It is narrowed in the center precisely for the purpose of impeding the sand’s progress, significantly slowing it down. This same architecture results in fatal consequences when a clot slows down the movement of blood through a vessel. The blood struggles to while lounging Garwood This collection will add Eric a bright andtraverse the narrowed space Town officials said the shells are likely the result element of winter to storms oxywelcoming your home. around the clot and the SOFA offshore. The town doesn’t rake the full range of beaches, but many gen-deprived tissues upstream resorts and condos along the shore are permitted to on their property. perish. The road designers are

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NOT EXACTLY A PARTY 12:52 a.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Noise disturbance: Police were sent to a resort to investigate reports of a loud party. The officer who arrived less than five minutes later reported finding no loud noise but encountered a group of youngsters talking around a hot tub. They were told the pool area was closed, and a noise complaint was registered with the police. The officer watched as the youngsters returned to their rooms. LUNCH TIME, EAGLE STYLE 11:23 a.m., 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Animal call: A caller alerted police to an eagle on a rooftop, possibly stuck in a chimney. The officer sent to investigate reported the eagle seemed to be in no distress and appeared to be eating. A call by the officer to Save Our Seabirds on City Island revealed that eagles can often take hours to finish a meal. The caller was told to contact police again if the eagle was still there in four hours. KEEPING AN EYE OUT 3:16 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road Suspicious vehicle: A caller to police was concerned about a car seen parked on the property of a house of worship that drove off when approached. The caller said it was possible the car was stopped so the driver could speak on a cell phone, but couldn’t be sure. Police looked for a car of a

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CALL ME, MAYBE? (A LITTLE SOONER) 1 p.m., 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious circumstance: A visitor from out of the country called police to report a traffic incident he experienced in Hillsborough County. The man said a car tailgated him on Interstate 4, then pulled in front and suddenly applied the brakes. The man said he didn’t want any trouble with U.S. immigration officials, for he visits the U.S. several times a year. Police told him it would be best to call 911 at the time of the incident and report it to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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WATCH THOSE LIGHTS On at least two occasions in the last week, police pulled over drivers who rolled through crosswalks on Gulf of Mexico Drive while the yellow warning lights were activated. One of them got a ticket, the other a warning. Both got a lesson in how the island’s signalized crosswalks work. A man was cited on April 3 when an officer in a marked patrol car watched his van fail to yield for a pedestrian in the crosswalk with the lights flashing in the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The driver told the officer he was looking for street signs to help find his next job site and didn’t see the pedestrian or the flashing lights. On March 31, a driver from out of state was spotted driving through a crosswalk near Bayfront Park after the flashing yellow lights had been activated. The visitor was told she’d have been cited had a pedestrian been crossing at the time. The driver was issued a verbal warning, and she said she’d be more careful.

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SOUNDS IN THE NIGHT 4:20 a.m., 700 block of Broadway Street Suspicious circumstance: Police went to the home of a couple who reported hearing sounds similar to digging or dragging something in the shell/gravel outside their window. Officers found nothing suspicious. The couple’s car was locked nearby and the home’s motion-detection lights did not activate. Police told the couple to call again anytime.

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A HELPING HAND 1:31 a.m., police headquarters Illness: An officer on duty at the police station helped a man next door to the Longboat Key Fire Department after he arrived complaining of stomach pain. The main, who has a history of heart issues, was checked by fire-rescue personnel. He was not transported to the hospital.

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Superintendent Gene Cook and Project Manager Darryl Blair amid the 10th floor renovation site.

Historic Sarasota building undergoes renovations, renewal Built in 1925 by Charles Ringling, the Terrace Building is getting a breath of fresh air inside and out.

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to both its 10th floor and roof. According to County Project Manager Darryl Blair, the roof replacement is a necessity because of persistent leaks. The 10th floor, on the other hand, has been on the county’s mind for years. Once county commissioners moved a few blocks west on Ringling Boulevard from their 10th floor chambers in 1996, the space became obsolete. Now, the

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The Terrace Building was built during Florida’s Land Boom in the 1920s. The building, then the Terrace Hotel, was pivotal in developing Sarasota’s tourism industry and identity. It served as the spring training headquarters for several Major League Baseball teams between the 1930s and 1970s, such as the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.

comes in with regard to equipment, electrical circuitry and code enforcement of the floor. “We completely started everything anew,” Project Superintendent Gene Cook with DM Constructors said. “All new mechanical, all new drywall, all new stud walls. And so we’re in the process of completing the drywall and we’re in the process of also taking out the existing windows and installing new impact-rated windows back in.” And between a new balcony, new tiles and the new roof, the prominent scaffolding was constructed not only to keep nearby pedestrians safe but also to allow construction workers full access. “This is quite a project that we’ve taken on here,” Cook said. “We’ve had to build scaffolds from the ground floor all the way up to the roof. And we had to build a buck hoist (an external elevator) on top of that in order to transport manpower and materials from the ground floor up to the 10th floor and up to the roof. So, it’s been quite a challenging project.” Both projects started in early January. The roof replacement is expected to reach completion in early spring. The 10th floor should be completed sometime in the early summer months. But not much about the new work can change the meaning of the building to the community at large. “This modernization project should take this historic building to a whole new experience,” Blair said. “We’re proud of the building. It’s going to be a magnificent space and addition to the county’s portfolio.”

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1744 Seminole Drive - McClellan Park Overflowing with charm, this custom, family-inspired home in the heart of Sarasota is a rare find. Completed in 2000, the traditional yet whimsical architecture perfectly complements the beautiful modern farmhouse interior.

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Sea turtle nesting season is just around the corner. In preparation, the town of Longboat Key is sponsoring two lighting workshops. At 6 p.m. on April 24 and 1 p.m. on April 25, the Sea Turtle Conservancy will deliver presentations on lighting solutions. Both workshops will be held at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The first workshop will run for approximately an hour and is designed for residents and property managers. On the 25th, the workshop will run longer, about three-and-a-half hours, and is designed with code enforcement and staff that enforce ordinances in mind, but the public and property managers are welcome. Code Enforcement Officer Chris Elbon said the second workshop will address lighting and related laws and evaluate the extent of the lighting issues, along with offering best practices for managing artificial light. Nesting season, which runs from May 1 to Oct. 31, will be the third one after the town’s implementation of updated nesting ordinances, which were adopted in July 2016. The 2017 nesting season was the first year they were enforced, and last year, enforcement was stricter with the implementation of citations. Elbon said the enforcement aspect will be the same this year, with one difference. Elbon said if someone is in keeping with the spirit of the code and not affecting the turtles but still needs to

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Dozens of protesters with Hands Along the Water gathered near the Unconditional Surrender statue on the bayfront in December 2018 to call for action on red tide and water quality.

THE FIGHT AGAINST RED TIDE

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ike other citizens who found themselves compelled to take some sort of action in the wake of a red tide bloom that fouled Sarasota County’s shores, Joe Bruno said the sight of dead sea life strewn across area beaches was a powerful motivator. As a longtime Sarasota resident, Bruno wasn’t unfamiliar with red tide. But this time around, things felt different. The images of its effects were more visceral. The strength and duration of the phenomenon were unnerving. “The deaths became more and more common,” Bruno said. “We recognized this was not a normal red tide, especially those who had many decades of life experience down here.”

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Sarasota finds itself in the center of the search for answers as scientists and policymakers work both sides of the question to improve water quality in the region.

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RED TIDE

HANDS ALONG THE WATER

Eric Garwood

Responding to the red tide bloom in the fall, elected officials have been working on regulations aimed at improving water quality in the state.

Politicians focus on water quality In response to residents, officials work to address environmental issues. JAY HEATER MANAGING EDITOR

While Florida’s government is primed to spend more money with Mote Marine to find solutions to red tide, politicians on the local and state levels seem to be in agreement their best path is to focus on water quality. “Red tide is naturally occurring and we can’t prevent it,” said state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota. “But what are we doing to intensify it? This is a water quality issue we have to attack from different angles.” Gruters said he knows where to start. “Local (public) utilities dumped 2.7 billion gallons into our waterways (over the last decade),” he said. “People have no idea. That’s 2.7 billion gallons of raw sewage. People talk about septic tanks and agriculture. To me, this is the unspoken, overlooked issue with our own government. It’s wreaking havoc. Our government should be part of the solution.” Gruters has sponsored a bill (SB 216) to fine local governments $1 per gallon of sewage spilled into waterways. Polluters would have the option of spending $2 per gallon to upgrade their systems. S a ra s o t a r e p o r te d a 900,000-gallon spill that entered Sarasota Bay near Centennial Park in December. Palmetto in Manatee County reported a 10,000-gallon spill March. Gruters also sponsored a bill (SB 214) to require periodic inspections of septic systems.

In the state House, Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, said the state should take the lead on certain environmental issues. “Dozens of water quality bills have been filed,” he said. “We will see what makes it through the process. But there is more focus on funding in this area. I want to see immediate changes. We can study something to death, but the citizens have demanded action and we are kidding ourselves if we don’t think red tide is coming back.” Robinson’s first bill was HB-85, to restore septic tank inspections to what they were in 2012, when they were lifted. “Septic tanks are just one piece, and there are several pieces to this problem,” he said. Robinson said he is excited to see effective water quality measures taken at the state level. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh agreed. “Our government will make sure it happens,” she said of improving water quality statewide. “I do believe many issues will be handled and solutions found this legislative year.” Baugh said on a county level, the government needs to address its stormwater systems, a complicated issue in Manatee County. The county is working on a proposed stormwater fee for residents as opposed to taking the cost of maintenance out of the general fund. “Everything is very complicated,” Baugh said. “I pay a stormwater fee (in Lakewood Ranch) and that keeps down the algae in our ponds, which are healthy. What we know is that these waters flow into the watershed. As the water drains, we have to make sure those pipes are maintained properly.” However, Baugh said the coun-

ty has to find a fair way to bill residents because some might already be paying stormwater fees to a community development district while others are not. What is not complicated is that Manatee County has plenty of aging pipes. “They put a lot of these pipes in 50 years ago,” she said. “They probably are not the right size now. A lot need to be replaced.” While the county deals with infrastructure, Baugh said the state has to take the lead in issues such as fertilizers. Manatee County has a fertilizer ordinance that could be strengthened, if necessary, but only if the state allows it.

“A lot of people like to complain. What I want to hear is people giving us suggestions and solutions.” — Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh

Baugh also said Manatee County is working with a “skeleton crew” in terms of code enforcement. She said the county’s residents could be part of the solution if they share their ideas by coming to commission meetings. “A lot of people like to complain,” she said. “What I want to hear is people giving us suggestions and solutions.” Sa ra so ta Co m m i ss i o n e r Charles Hines agrees steps need to be taken to improve water qual-

ity. “A bigger issue than red tide is what are we doing about water quality?” he said. “You can’t wave a magic wand and change nature. What are we doing to negate the impact of our water quality?” Hines agreed a focus should be placed on stormwater systems. “Every time you watch a stormwater drain flushing water, you know that is not good,” he said. Hines said Sarasota has been progressive when it comes to water quality issues, but he said, “Tallahassee needs to be stronger.” He pointed to the Phillippi Creek project, which began installing central sewers in 2001 and eventually eliminated 14,000 septic tanks. Hines said counties could make sure they retrofit stormwater systems to prevent water from running off the street and into the bay. He said it must be a collaborative effort among all counties. “If we do everything we can and others don’t, will it make a difference?” he said. “One little change won’t make a difference in the Gulf of Mexico. This is bigger than Sarasota County. We can all get on the same page.” All four politicians said they must continue to be passionate about water quality issues even though red tide has subsided. “When it is out of sight, out of mind, we are not hearing it as much,” Robinson said. “But I think back to a few months ago. I went out in Sarasota Bay to see a clam restoration project...I was with this fisherman who talked about red tide being so devastating. He said he had to run up his credit card to buy groceries because he couldn’t fish. People like that ... I remember.”

Hands Along the Water is a volunteer-driven group based in Sarasota whose mission is to protect water and marine life by involving the community in education and activism. The organization first formed when community leaders decided to coordinate a statewide demonstration on red tide on Aug. 12, 2018. From there, it’s gained traction and since branched out into seven coastal counties, from Pinellas to Collier. Primarily, the members of Hands Along the Water have focused on organizing local activities such as beach cleanups, shoreline restoration projects and hosting educational seminars. Locally, they are best known for holding peaceful demonstrations. But in addressing the human element of red tide, Director Samantha Gentrup says they have made an impact by getting community members involved. “We’ve had members speaking at city council and county commission meetings, and that’s the first time they’ve ever done that before,” Gentrup explained. “They had no idea that they could go and speak, so we guide them through the process — we provide them with talking points — and people are becoming more involved.” Specifically, Hands Along the Water has appeared at North Port, Venice and Sarasota commission meetings. Additionally, members have spoken at Sarasota County Commission meetings to continue raising awareness about water quality. “We had a demonstration back in December because that topic had kind of been dropped when the snowbirds and everybody was coming back,” Gentrup said. “It got swept under the rug … Red tide is naturally occurring, but we are absolutely feeding the red tide with our human behavior.” According to Gentrup, Hands Along the Water is also working on a program that encourages people to stop using lawn fertilizers, which can contribute to nitrogen pollution that exacerbates red tide. — SAMANTHA CHANEY


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ACTION From educators to environmental groups, here are some in the community who are actively working to make an impact.

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OTHER GROUPS n SARASOTA BAY WATCH: Sarasota Bay

Watch aims to get the community engaged and to be better stewards of Sarasota Bay. Its volunteers plant scallops and clams in the bay to help improve water quality and promote seagrass growth. n UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA: USF’s College of Marine Science teamed up with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for The Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides, which generates a 3D model that predicts and tracks red tides within coastal waters. n NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA: Funded by $17,000 from Mote Scientific Foundation, in November 2018, New College researchers and students have worked to track the animals who survived red tide — such as sharks and stingrays — and find out where they go.

Mark Alderson, the executive director of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. n SARASOTA BAY ESTUARY PROGRAM: Following the algal bloom in the fall, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program has placed a stronger emphasis on reducing nitrogen pollution in stormwater runoff. It has also teamed up with other Florida-based estuary programs to start a campaign aimed at community education on how “we’re all in this together” when it comes to red tide. n THE SUNCOAST WATERKEEPER: The Suncoast Waterkeeper is one of 14 waterkeepers in the state of Florida. As such, it advocates for improved water quality and regulation, helping to curb the manmade influences of red tide. n JON THAXTON: Thaxton’s work in red tide and nutrient runoff goes back 35 years. Currently, through his position with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, he has put together a group of experts in nutrients, stormwater, engineering and more to create a “playbook” on how the community and local government can set a higher standard for nutrient management. n ED CHILES: The CEO of the Chiles Restaurant Group, Chiles is a board member of START and has teamed up with GCOORP to provide oyster shells to plant new reefs in bodies of water located in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.

LONGBOAT REVITALIZATION TASK FORCE This group that has advocated for a wide range of issues on Longboat Key has, since late last year, pushed for singular leadership in the coordination of the fight against red tide. Earlier this year, the group wrote a letter to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, urging it to lead the way, much the way it did in the fight to clean up Chesapeake Bay in 2010. Tom Freiwald, chairman of the task force, sent the letter in late January to the federal agency’s Atlanta office in the hopes of getting governmental assistance in fighting the algal bloom. “I am a little concerned that people think red tide is gone and turned their attention elsewhere,” said Freiwald who teamed with fellow task force member Lenny Landau to study Karenia brevis and its local effects. — ERIC GARWOOD

SOLUTIONS TO AVOID RED TIDE Formed by former Longboat Key Mayor Jim Patterson, Solutions To Avoid Red Tide, or START, first emerged following a particularly devastating red tide bloom in 1995. Initially, the group aimed to educate the public about the harmful algal toxins found out in the Gulf of Mexico. Over time, however, it decided to become more proactive. “We basically used to really raise money for research and we were working on educating people,” said Sandy Gilbert, chairman and CEO of START. “And then, about three years ago, we started to evolve into doing actual programs. Things in the water — not just presentations and not just talking, not just putting out brochures — but doing something that actually changed the nature of the water.” Members designed the Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal Program, which combined the efforts of the Chiles Restaurant Group restaurants, the Manatee County Department of Natural Resources, the Gulf Shellfish Institute and the University of Florida Sea Grant Program. GCOORP effectively helped to plant new oyster reefs in Sarasota Bay, which help to naturally filter the water, It has also kept approximately 30 tons of oyster shells out of landfills in 2018. “Our estimated tonnage for this year will over 80 tons of shell that will not go in the garbage,” he said. “And it will go into spots along either Manatee River or in Robinson or Perico Preserve.” Similarly, START helped to fund other programs such as the Sarasota Bay Watch, whose clam seeding program helps to naturally filter water. This year, members plan to further expand projects that reduce the nutrients in Sarasota Bay. — SAMANTHA CHANEY

Sandy Gilbert, chairman and CEO of START.

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In August, Mote tested its ozone treatment system in a Boca Grande canal.

Mote Red Tide Institute to roll out product testing Mote expects to have a product by fall that will knock back red tide and get rid of it in areas. KATIE JOHNS COMMUNITY EDITOR

When a red tide bloom explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s hard to fight on a battlefield measured in hundreds of square miles. Still, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is developing ways to combat red tide, first experimenting with possible solutions on smaller sites, then investigating how well they can be scaled. Earlier this year, the Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory was launched with the purpose of researching and developing technologies for controlling and mitigating red tide effects. Also, scientists are wary of the unintended consequences of a solution that might kill more than just red tide cells. When the 2018 bloom persisted, Mote made strides with a treatment based on ozone application — a concept patented more than a decade ago, Mote Associate Vice President for Research Richard Pierce said. The caveat with ozone, however, is that it’s a toxic chemical that will kill whatever is near it, which is why it’s used in confined areas right now. “Ozone could be used to restore a severely impacted body of water back to natural conditions where marine life could come back in, but if you have a severe bloom in the bay right outside a canal, that’s just going to come in, so you have to be careful when and where you use it,” Pierce said. Scientists tested ozone in a redtide infected swimming pool and within 12 hours, one unit cleared up 25,000 gallons. They further tested the application in a confined canal, cut off from open water with a barrier curtain. After four days, Pierce said that demonstration, too, was successful, but the hurdle of unintended damage to nearby life is still in front of researchers. While Pierce couldn’t share the exact tools and research Mote is looking to develop through the Red Tide Institute, he said it is working with algaecides and

surface materials to break up a bloom. He said he hopes to have something new to try by late this year, though he wouldn’t discuss specifics. Among the more promising technologies is a simple substance: clay. Pierce said clay will act like a net as it settles through the water column, absorbing red tide organism cells as it sinks to the bottom. “Research that we’ve done also shows clay also absorbs the toxins and pulls them out of the water,” Pierce said. Still to be determined in Mote’s clay research: what happens to the red tide cells once dragged to the bottom. And, getting the formula of clay just right is tricky. Research with clay completed in the early 2000s in Sarasota Bay drew fierce opposition from environmentalists over possible effects on other life nearby. In addition, any product would have to meet the water quality standard set by the Department of Environmental Protection, Pierce said. The products that pass those questions are then moved to outdoor tests, like a swimming pool or 55-gallon drum. Once there, scientists can then see how the products would affect other organisms and how it ecologically proceeds. Once products pass that stage, Mote staff would obtain permits or permission from various government departments and the Army Corps of Engineers for field applications and monitor the product’s effects in the real world. In addition to this testing, Mote has placed sensors near New Pass and in Sanibel near a canal that comes out from the Caloosahatchee River. These instruments can detect the presence of red tide and measure the water quality. They can also identify phytoplankton, for red tide is part of the phytoplankton community. These instruments will be a key to understanding when red tide is starting. “We need to have sensors when there is no red tide to know what the conditions are and as red tide is beginning there what are what various conditions. ...” Pierce said.


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7 things you can do to help mitigate red tide

RED TIDE

Eric Garwood

Local groups have mobilized to improve water quality, including engaging in efforts to strengthen the health of Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Red tide FROM PAGE 17A

Although Bruno was initially troubled by the effect the red tide had on the marine environment, he soon became equally as distraught by what he perceived as an insufficient response from local officials. He worried too much emphasis was being placed on offsetting damage to the tourism industry rather than improving water quality. He wanted to see more action, a greater sense of urgency from Sarasota leaders. He joined the group Hands Along the Water, a grassroots regional coalition that held demonstrations and lobbied for governmental action in response to the bloom. In October, he spoke at a Sarasota County Commission meeting and asked for more stringent fertilizer regulations. In December, he was part of a group holding protest signs along the bayfront. He hoped the group’s efforts would help educate others and ultimately produce meaningful progress on a problem that became too severe for him to ignore. “I can’t close my eyes to this,” Bruno said. Activists like Bruno aren’t the only ones who felt stirred to join the fight against red tide. From government officials to major marine and wildlife institutions to local businesses, Sarasotans are searching for strategies to help avoid another event as damaging and disruptive in the future. In the second installment of a two-part series, The Observer examines how the community is navigating the challenges associated with red tide in pursuit of meaningful solutions to a complex issue. SOLUTIONS AND STRATEGIES

Sarasota finds itself at the center of the scientific fight against red tide thanks to the presence of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Responding to the severity of the most recent bloom, last fall, Mote received a $1 million private gift and established a dedicated Red Tide Institute to pursue technology designed to combat the issue. The state authorized $2.2 million in spending toward red tide mitigation, which included funding for Mote initiatives. Another bill currently in the state Legislature would give the institution $18 million through the next six years as part of a red tide research partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Despite an increased vigor for

finding options for mitigating and controlling red tide, Mote officials are attempting to manage the expectations regarding the timeline for finding solutions. Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby said despite the work the institution and FWC have done to monitor and research red tide during the past few decades, there’s still a lot left to learn about the algae blooms. Crosby said scientists also have to be cautious about ensuring any potential red tide treatments don’t have negative effects on the broader marine environment. “We have to make sure we do no greater harm,” Crosby said. Because of its emphasis on the need to do more research, Mote has drawn criticism from some activists, including Bruno, who are eager to see short-term solutions. But Crosby said research and production of usable technology can happen in parallel. He said there are already promising leads for mitigating red tide, and he anticipated the Red Tide Institute would be able to produce meaningful results in the near future.

“I can’t close my eyes to this.” — Joe Bruno, red tide activist

“I fully expect at the end of a year, you’re going to see significant progress,” Crosby said. “I fully expect that within a period of three to five years, we will have available deployable technologies that can be used to battle red tide.” Meanwhile, local governments have debated what policy steps might most effectively improve water conditions in the region. Commissioners in Manatee and Sarasota counties, Longboat Key and the city of Sarasota have all held discussions on red tide in the past six months, focused in particular on water quality improvement initiatives. Officials have tried to educate residents about the best practices for avoiding the introduction of harmful nutrients into the water. Sarasota County plans to hold a water quality summit this spring, hoping to bring together citizens from across the county to discuss options for improving the quality of local waters. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has convened a nutrient management working group, bringing together local leaders in a quest to find the most meaningful policy solutions. “We need to better understand — what’s contributing the most in

terms of nutrients, and what are the actions that will help improve that the most, in the most costeffective way?” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, the city of Sarasota’s sustainability manager. Although local governments have indicated a desire to take action in the wake of the recent red tide event, they’ve also run into some challenges. Residents have campaigned for a yearround fertilizer ban or a crackdown on aging septic tank systems, but state regulations limit the ability of local legislators to pursue such initiatives. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh wants to focus on improving aging pipes and other infrastructure, but figuring out how to pay for those projects is a delicate issue. Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines has emphasized the need for statewide action on red tide, expressing concern that a few good steps toward improved water quality won’t be enough to show meaningful results. The rest of the community is finding ways to do their part. For more than a decade, the citizenled group Solutions To Avoid Red Tide has been working on practical water quality projects for more than two decades. Visit Sarasota County is helping local businesses post up-to-date images of Sarasota on Google Maps, hoping to inform potential visitors the region has bounced back from red tide. Community associations have worked to improve their landscaping practices to prevent harmful runoff from entering the sewer system. The Central Cocoanut Neighborhood Association is working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to help fund an environmental education program at Bay Haven Elementary School, having fifth-grade students design watershed restoration projects. “We’re trying to proactively engage the community through the kids and raise the awareness of what’s happening,” said Arthur Lindemanis, a director of the Central Cocoanut Neighborhood Association. Perhaps to the dismay of some residents, Crosby has said there is likely no one silver bullet to solve the problems associated with red tide. But across the community, people have vowed to do what they can to improve the quality of our water, to use the severity of the latest outbreak as motivation to keep focused on the search for solutions. As a result, for those working to develop innovative strategies for addressing red tide, there is an optimism a better future awaits.

DOWNLOAD A RED TIDE REPORTING APP After taking your beach selfie, report any strange findings on a red tide app. Mote Marine Lab’s “Citizen Science” app and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee’s “FWC Reporter” app allow water lovers to report any discolored water, fish kills or other signs of red tide. Both apps are available on Android and iOS, though users should be sure to provide specific locations when using the app. CONTACT LEGISLATORS We know, you’re probably saying, “Oh, I’m one person and this won’t make a difference.” But, there is power in numbers. Plus, with current legislation such as House Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 1552, which would establish the Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, currently working its way through the Legislature, there’s no time like the present. DISPOSE OF GARBAGE PROPERLY This one should go without saying — don’t throw anything outside that you wouldn’t want to find next to you while swimming. Improperly disposed of trash can find its way into sewage systems and waterways, which can eventually lead it to the ocean. Additionally, pet waste can release harmful bacteria into waterways. All of these nutrients can then find their way to a red tide bloom and help fuel it. DONATE TO RESEARCH So you don’t have a lot of money, that’s OK. Every little bit helps. You can choose to donate to a variety of organizations that help with red tide. Or, if you want a closer look at what your donation will go to, you can join the Adopt-A-Snook program. Coastal Conservation Association Florida joined with FWC and Mote Marine to release 5,000 juvenile snook along the coast. Businesses and anglers alike are able to adopt a snook for $100, and, upon their release in May, receive updates on their fish.

CHOOSE YOUR LANDSCAPE WELL Homeowners and businesses that choose Florida-friendly plants that require little to no fertilizer or pesticides are doing the ocean a favor. Harmful nutrients found in pesticides and fertilizers can make their way to the ocean, fueling red tide blooms. Another way to keep harmful chemicals from reaching the ocean is by choosing porous surfaces, such as shells, brick pavers and recycled rubber, for your landscaping. This decreases stormwater runoff, which keeps harmful chemicals away from water systems. If you do fertilize, be sure to follow local guidelines. BE SMART WITH YOUR WATER Being sure to only run the dishwasher or washing machine when necessary doesn’t just help keep your water bill down. Making small changes like turning the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth can help keep extra water, which could contain harmful nutrients, from finding its way to the ocean. Plus, it helps eliminate water waste. VOLUNTEER WITH A CONSERVATION GROUP There are a variety of groups that perform many different functions. Do you want to test water samples? There’s an organization for that. Do you want to release clams to help reduce the red tide? There’s a group for that. There’s even a volunteer base that cleans dead fish off the beach. Do some research and find one that sounds interesting to you.

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Eugene Oberdorfer II, “Gene”, age 86, passed away March 31, 2019.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Peduzzi, of Bradenton died peacefully March 28, 2019 at the age of 79. She was born October 21, 1939, in Yonkers, N.Y., and came to live on Anna Maria Island in 1962.

SERVICE: A memorial service celebrating Gene’s life will be on Sunday, April 14th at 2 p.m. at the H.M. Patterson & Son – Arlington Chapel at 173 Allen Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Visitation with the family will be at 1 pm, with a reception following the service. DONATIONS: In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene’s memory can be made to Annandale Village, a wonderful community for developmentally disabled adults located in Suwanee, GA (www.annandale.org).

She followed her parents Peter and Lucille Pirrone to the area, where they owned and operated the Harbor Lights Motel. The motel had 35 efficiency rooms on gulf to bay property, Bradenton Beach. Property was later sold in 1984, and now called the Silver Surf. She and her husband Anthony “Tony” Peduzzi (1989) were married for 37 years. Tony was a self-employed architectural designer for residential island homes. Jackie was a devoted mother and raised 4 lovely children. She loved all her family and aspired to always bring them together for family celebrations. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Adrien Anderson, and her loving husband, Anthony. She is survived by her daughters; Laura and Lisa and her sons: Peter and Paul all of Bradenton. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great grand-children. Jackie and Tony were both past member of Saint Bernard’s and St Peter and Paul Church. Both volunteered spiritual time with Cursillo Movement. Alongside her husband, she worked in their window tinting company, Solar Guardian, for almost 20 years. She was active with social

“She was a past member of the Longboat Key Art Center and won many pottery contests with her prize winning ceramic pieces.” sorority Beta Sigma Phi and served as past president. She also volunteered with Solve House. Jackie’s hobbies included dancing, home décor, sewing, art collecting and clay sculpting and pottery making. She was a past member of the Longboat Key Art Center and won many pottery contests with her prize winning ceramic pieces. And she loved pets, especially dogs. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or the Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA. Condolences may be made to: www.brownandsonsfuneral. com. She will be greatly missed by all the family and friends. DONATIONS: Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or the Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA. 305948-1

Longboat Key, Florida, where they were active supporters of the FSU Asolo Theatre and Conservatory for Actor Training. An avid tennis player, Gene was a member and regularly played at the Longboat Key Club tennis center, enjoying the camaraderie of many friends who shared his love of tennis. Aside from his business acumen and community leadership, Gene was known for his gregarious, ‘never met a stranger’ personality and his generosity and devotion to family and friends. Gene lived with dementia & Parkinson’s during the last six years but continued to enjoy fresh air and music.

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with blue. In the guest bedroom, which her grandsons claimed as the “boys’ room,” a large coral painting hangs over the bed. She and her husband came to Longboat Key to enjoy the area, and in return she’s gotten inspiration from her surroundings. Her home overlooks the Sister Keys, so she sits outside with her easel, and whether it be from the village peacocks to sailboats that pass through to Sarasota Bay, each piece is a contemporary twist on a scene she is familiar with. “Everywhere you look here is beauty, and I’m really motivated with the color here, more so than I’ve ever been up north because color...it’s more into the neutrals...I’m learning how to express myself with color,” she said. The more established she has become as a resident, the more consignment work she has created, which has allowed her to meet fellow Longboat residents. “My goal is if I can make someone happy with my work and they like it well enough to put it in their home or wherever and be able to enjoy it, it puts a smile on their face of contentment, to me, that’s what it’s worth, and so it’s very personal with me.” And her customers have even given her ideas. “The surroundings and sunshine, and it’s just the beauty itself I think inspires me,” she said. “And the different clients that I have, they’re very encouraging. They even give me ideas of what they want, so working together with somebody, I think that’s why I like that part of it. It’s sort of a partnership with a client rather than just painting a lot of paintings and hoping somebody comes by and likes them.” Because she is never sure when a consignment offer will come through, she continues to paint for fun. She grabs her brush, heads to her patio and begins work on a canvas. Gerich said she has always been creative. Whether it was baking cakes for her grandsons or writing songs, she said she always pushed her way to the edge to stand out. “I think that if you feel it and desire it, you should go for it, and if you put your heart and soul into it, you can’t go wrong,” Gerich said. “And where it fits is just anybody’s guess.”


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ISLANDER CLUB - 2 BD/2BA 1,235 sq.ft. Direct Gulf - views, in this beautifully renovated condo. Enjoy views of water, fishing pier & pool deck. This residence has ample guest space, a 6-person breakfast bar, plenty of storage & marble counters throughout the kitchen & bathrooms. Islander Club is an active community with plenty to do, or relax & enjoy the sunset from the oversized terrace. 2295-gulf-of-mexico-drive.2seeit.com $749,000

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BEACHPLACE - Welcome to the perfect getaway! Once inside this well maintained 2 BD/2 BA residence, you are greeted by an open floorplan that features lots of light and picturesque water views. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf. 1105gulfofmexicodrive.2seeit.com $509,000

ST ARMANDS - 47 S. Washington Dr. - 3BR/3full+2halfBA - 3,956 SQFT Here we have a registered Mediterranean historic home from 1927. Well maintained and plenty of upgrades to appreciate. With 100’ of bayfront, this residence designed by Thomas Reed Martin lives happily within St. Armand’s circle. It comes ADT protected and with a fenced in back yard for your security. Find luxury in this superb property with a matching view, today. 47SouthWashingtonDrive.com $3,750,000

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BIRD KEY - If you want the perfect location on the canal, on Bird Key, this is it! This gracious, lovingly cared for home is 2,674 sq. ft. home and is located 5 lots from the Sarasota Bay. The deep-water canal front residence features an over-sized lot of 15,000 sq. ft. of land and 100 ft of seawall on Tarpon Bend. 422MeadowLarkDr.com $1,480,000

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Temple Beth Israel goes from baroque to Broadway

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emple Beth Israel sang the praises of Jewish composers March 27. But they also honored one of their own. On Wednesday evening, the temple hosted its third annual Florence Katz Memorial Concert. Katz, who died in 2015, founded the temple’s choir and served as its director for 22 years. During the concert, her legacy was honored as the temple’s choir performed a medley of baroque music and Broadway classics. This year’s concert, which

benefits the choir, celebrated Salamone Rossi, a violinist and composer, and other Jewish artists including Jerry Bock and Richard Rogers. Additionally, the choir was joined by three special guests from the Sarasota Orchestra. Concert Master Daniel Jordan, soloist Robyn Rocklein and Resident Pianist Jonathan Spivey all performed throughout the evening. Following the concert, music enthusiasts enjoyed a dessert and champagne reception.

Key of Sea Chorus dedicates concert to memory of member

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he Key of Sea Chorus gave its annual concert Thursday, March 28. However, there was one member missing. The group, which performs songs from Broadway and movie musicals, dedicated its concert to the memory of Lois Hauselman. The group started in 2001 as friends who like to sing together. However, soon after, it began performing in places such as retirement communities and of course, The Players Club. The concert marked the groups ninth performance in 2019. — BRYNN MECHEM

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Daniel Jordan, concert master of the Sarasota Orchestra, performs the intro to “Fiddler on the Roof” with Jonathan Spivey, the resident pianist of the orchestra.

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DIRECT VIEW of the Gulf from this cozy 1BR/1BA turnkey furnished condo w/on-site laundry. Enjoy heated pool, sunsets from large patio or walk directly out to the beach. Popular community, only 8 units. $359,500

PARADISE FOUND at Banyan Bay Club. Spacious 3BR/3.5BA turnkey furnished, pet friendly, beach to bay complex. Make this your home on Longboat today! $385,000

WATERFRONT HOME In the beautiful subdivision of Country Club Shores. 3BR/2BA canal front w/open floor plan. Outdoor patio, deck, heated pool, boat dock & lift. $999,000

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he snowbirds of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church are preparing to take flight. But first, church members gathered to send them off with a barbecue dinner beachside. On April 4, about 75 members brought appetizers and drinks to Bay Isles Beach Club to accompany the buffet dinner from Mr. Bones BBQ. As everyone arrived, their cups were filled as live music played in the background. Dinner was served as the sun began to set over the Gulf of Mexico. — KATIE JOHNS

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New Listing Burns Court | Downtown $875,000 | 1,197 SqFt | 2 Bed | 2.5 Baths

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L'Ambiance Building II | LBK $1,795,000 | 2,525 SqFt | 3 Bed | 3.5 Baths

Sansara | Downtown $1,999,000 | 2,773 SqFt | 3 Bed | 3 Baths

UNDER CONTRACT

New Pricing The Oaks | Osprey $1,095,000 | 4,937 SqFt | 4 Bed | 6 Baths

Emerald Harbor | Longboat Key $870,000 | 1,910 SqFt | 3 Bed | 2 Baths

UNDER CONTRACT IN 7 DAYS High Point Circle | Sarasota $650,000 | 10,100 SqFt

Harbor Acres | Sarasota $4,300,000 | 6,631 SqFt | 4 Bed | 6 Baths

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Queens Harbor | Longboat Key $1,975,000 | 4,144 SqFt | 4 Bed | 4.5 Baths

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Beachplace $529,000

1,503 SqFt | 2 Bed | 2 Baths

Downtown $425,000

1,558 SqFt | 3 Bed | 1 Baths

San Marco $469,000 2,093 SqFt | 3 Bed | 2.5 Baths

Seaplace $349,000

1094 SqFt | 1 Bed| 1.5 Bath

UNDER CONTRACT

Windward Bay $399,999

1,312 SqFt | 2 Bed | 2 Baths

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Isabelle Hart and Belisario Manrique

St. Petersburg artist Shelly Augsbury had paintings on display.

Lido Beach gets artsy

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ido Beach was splashed with some extra pops of color this weekend. On April 6 and 7, the 4th annual Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival brought artists from around the state to Lido Key. Artwork ranging from ceramics

and photography to mixedmedia and sculpture were on display and for sale. Additionally, the Humane Society of Sarasota County was on site with multiple dogs waiting to be adopted. Before the day was half over on April 6, two cats had already been adopted. — KATIE JOHNS

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UPDATED BEACHFRONT TOWNHOME! Modern 3Br/3Ba/2CG, pre-plumbed for elevator, custom finishes, luxury appts, granite, hardwoods, ground flr game rm w/beachside deck, main level open plan, kitch/ w/SS appls., pvt upper level MBr w/spa-like bath, gated beach comm.! MLS#A4414052 ...................................$1,539,000

SPACIOUS GATED SIESTA KEY HOME! Custom John Cannon 2-story 5-6Br/5.5Ba/2CG w/over 5,000 total SF, lr, Dr, office, bonus rm & media rm or Br6, exceptional quality & finishes, gourmet kitch., main level master, natural gas, heated pool & approx. ½ mile to beach! MLS#A4412713 ....................................$1,475,000

Lemeul,from the Humane Society of Sarasota County, tries to stay out of the heat at the art festival. 1920’S CHARMER - WEST OF TRAIL! Modernized w/vintage inspired interior, a few blocks to bay, over 1600SF, detailed ceil., trim work, built-ins, furn quality cabinetry, fp, oak flrs, granite, French doors, outdoor spaces, corner lot, no HOA, in popular area near conveniences! MLS#A4418003 .....................................$600,000

LAKE & PRESERVE VIEW - GATED COMM! Nicely redone 3Br/3Ba/Den/3CG w/diagonal tile, wood cabinets, tray ceil., built-ins, granite, SS appls. (gas range), fam rm w/gas fp, spa-like MBa, lanai w/pool, spa & veranda, paver brick, in Palmer Ranch near golf, beaches & more! MLS#A4423766 ................................. $650,000

DOWNTOWN UPDATED W/BAY VIEWS! 2Br/2Ba/1CG on 8th flr w/open plan & Flex space plus bonus rm & storage, HW’s, granite, wood cabinets, glass-tile, SS appls. w/wine cooler, serv entrance & modern baths in secure bldg. w/amenities; 24hr concierge, pool & more! MLS#A4416628 ................................... $600,000

PRESERVE VIEW ON 1.25 ACRES! Spacious 4Br/3.5Ba/4CG w/ privacy & upgrades, plank tile, bar w/tap, 12FT ceil., aquarium glass, solid surfaces, wood cabinets, SS appls., spa-like MBa, lanai w/36FT lap pool, newer roof, zoned a/c, 3CG + 1CG in Panther Ridge w/amenities! MLS#A4431341......................................$540,000

DESIGNER’S OWN - GATED COMM.! 3Br/ office/2Ba/2CG on cul-de-sac in great location w/a creative & artistic ambiance, glass doors, detailed clgs, custom textures, HW flrs, diagonal tile, granite, wood cabinets, SS appls., spa-like MBa & lania overlooks rock gardens, near I75! MLS#A4426178 ................................ $440,000

WEST OF TRAIL LOCATION! Build new or remodel this ’40s bungalow w/over 2,000SF, 3Br/2Ba/1CG, crown mldg, vault-beam clgs, gas range, fp, HW, bidet, pool, lush natural setting w/privacy, central SRQ address on same block as Morton’s Mkt @ Southside Village Shops. MLS#A4421886.........................$800,000

Lynn Cebula and Daryl Harwood

PVT DOCK IN A GATED COMM.! Key West Showstopper 3-4Br/4Ba/3CG w/over 6100 total SF on Blackburn Bay, great rm plan, high clgs, gas fp, granite, engineered HW flrs, 3-tiered outdoor space, pool, summer kitch., dock & lift on corner lot w/no fixed bridges to Gulf! MLS#A4431343 ..............................$2,500,000

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COLDWELL BANKER Anna Maria Beach  |  4/4.1  |  $2,350,000 New 424 Magnolia Avenue

Country Club Shores  |  4/4.1  |  $1,795,000 Open Sun 1-4 525 Putter Lane

Country Club Shores  |  4/3.1  |  $1,790,000 531 Yardarm Lane

Sleepy Lagoon  |  3/3.2  |  $1,699,000 Reduced 6401 Gulf of Mexico Drive

L Ambiance  |  2/3  |  $1,695,000 435 L Ambiance Drive H202

Charles Buky 866.600.6008 § 489481 Search A4431076 on cbhomes.com

Judy Kepecz-Hays 866.600.6008 § 582912 Search A4207471 on cbhomes.com

Ryan Skrzypkowski/RSTS Group 866.600.6008 § 616676 Search A4404515 on cbhomes.com

The Ackerman Group 866.600.6008 § 492926 Search A4426414 on cbhomes.com

Bruce Myer 866.600.6008 § 469438 Search A4425273 on cbhomes.com

Longboat Key Estates  |  2/2  |  $1,599,000 New 590 Jessmyth Drive

Sabal Cove  |  4/3.2  |  $1,598,000 Reduced 3326 Sabal Cove Lane

L Elegance on Lido Beach  |  3/3  |  $1,550,000 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive B309

Vue Sarasota Bay  |  2/2.1  |  $1,499,000 Open Sun 1-4 1155 N Gulfstream Avenue 1208

The Oaks II  |  4/3.1  |  $1,139,000 Open Sun 3-5 384 Bunker Hill

Stephanie Church 866.600.6008 § 533969 Search A4431434 on cbhomes.com

The Ackerman Group 866.600.6008 § 476621 Search A4423990 on cbhomes.com

Lynne Koy 866.600.6008 § 470144 Search A4430464 on cbhomes.com

Ron Suponcic 866.600.6008 § 549934 Search A4432095 on cbhomes.com

Tammy Garner 866.600.6008 § 469436 Search A4423415 on cbhomes.com

Inn On The Beach  |  2/2  |  $1,095,000 230 Sands Point Road 3802

Longboat Sandpipers Condo  |  2/2  |  $1,049,000 Open Sun 1-4 5635 Gulf of Mexico Drive 105

Marina Bay  |  3/2.1  |  $999,000 Reduced 2450 Harbourside Drive 253

Orange Club  |  3/3.1  |  $899,900 New 656 S Rawls Avenue

Beaches of Longboat Key  |  2/2  |  $795,000 New 775 Longboat Club Road 706

Gary Hoskins 866.600.6008 § 469993 Search A4429794 on cbhomes.com

Judy Kepecz-Hays 866.600.6008 § 485324 Search A4429828 on cbhomes.com

Roger Pettingell 866.600.6008 § 499659 Search A4427884 on cbhomes.com

Dyrk Dahl 866.600.6008 § 528220 Search A4430641 on cbhomes.com

Roger Pettingell 866.600.6008 § 501220 Search A4432068 on cbhomes.com

Sand Dollar South  |  3/2.1  |  $795,000 New 711 Benjamin Franklin Drive 1

Islander Club of Longboat  |  2/2  |  $569,000 Reduced 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive 21N

The Strand  |  2/2  |  $557,190 1889 N Tamiami Trail 227

Sarasota  |  2/2  |  $549,900 Reduced 797 Beach Road 103

Windward Bay Condo  |  2/2  |  $539,900 New 4800 Gulf of Mexico Drive PH5

The Ackerman Group 866.600.6008 § 630449 Search A4430735 on cbhomes.com

Lynne Koy 866.600.6008 § 469533 Search A4427826 on cbhomes.com

Angie Kaleskas 866.600.6008 § 579527 Search A4203636 on cbhomes.com

Shayla Twit 866.600.6008 § 582760 Search A4419412 on cbhomes.com

Eileen Gillen 866.600.6008 § 629943 Search A4431064 on cbhomes.com

Fairway Bay I  |  2/2  |  $475,000 1932 Harbourside Drive 227

Rivo at Ringling  |  3/2  |  $462,000 New 1771 Ringling Boulevard 1112

Fairway Bay  |  2/2  |  $459,000 1930 Harbourside Drive 132

Tortuga  |  2/2  |  $425,000 New 1325 Gulf Drive N 164

Longboat Arms  |  2/2  |  $425,000 3330 Gulf of Mexico Drive 207 D

Taube Levitt 866.600.6008 § 490121 Search A4215013 on cbhomes.com

Property Sisters 866.600.6008 § 630283 Search A4431603 on cbhomes.com

Bruce Myer 866.600.6008 § 481154 Search A4428830 on cbhomes.com

Nicki Conway 866.600.6008 § 543664 Search A4431937 on cbhomes.com

Henry Floyd 866.600.6008 § 609387 Search A4411760 on cbhomes.com

1350 Main Residential  |  1/1  |  $419,900 Reduced 1350 Main Street 300

Windward Bay Condo  |  2/2  |  $375,000 Reduced 4540 Gulf of Mexico Drive 201

Lido Harbour South  |  2/2  |  $345,000 New 2100 Benjamin Franklin Drive 101FAI

The Oaks Preserve  |  3/3  |  $325,000 401 N Point Road 402

Spanish Main Yacht  |  2/2  |  $250,000 Open Sun 1-4 749 El Centro

Jeff Porterfield 866.600.6008 § 555018 Search A4418060 on cbhomes.com

Courtney Tarantino 866.600.6008 § 573837 Search A4422082 on cbhomes.com

Vicki Lonborg 866.600.6008 § 503362 Search A4431150 on cbhomes.com

Steve Abbe 866.600.6008 § 538476 Search A4430850 on cbhomes.com

Suzanne Crandall 866.600.6008 § 625487 Search A4428039 on cbhomes.com

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Join us for the Business Observer’s annual issue and luncheon, where we will honor top entrepreneurs in the region, from Tampa Bay to Naples, featuring a special conversation with icons of business on their most valuable lessons learned.

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NO ONE REPRESENTED MORE BUYERS AND SELLERS ON LONGBOAT KEY IN 2018 THAN BRUCE MYER

YOUR HOME FOR SUCCESS GULF VIEWS AND PRISTINE

OUTSTANDING VALUE

L’AMBIANCE - 435 L’Ambiance Dr. #H202 Corner 2BR/3BA residence with Gulf views, updated, all new windows and sliders . $1,695,000

THE PIERRE - 455 Longboat Club Rd. #308 3BR/3.5BA spacious 2,780 sq. ft. with 2 covered parking spaces. $1,099,000

THE VERY BEST LOCATION

ENDLESS WATER VIEWS

ONE OF THE LARGEST LOTS

CUSTOM - NEWLY REMODELED

WINDING OAKS - 3419 Winding Oaks Drive 3BR/3BA, The very best location with lake and golf course views, private pool & spa and extensive decks. $995,000

GRAND BAY II - 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. #291 Antiqua Penthouse with breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay, 3BR/3.5BA, 2 parking spaces, 10’ ceilings. $1,695,000

THE BAYOU - 3440 Bayou Court Customized home with high ceilings and over 3,000 SF on one of the largest lots in the Bayou. $1,175,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 501 Halyard Lane Canal front 3BR/3.5BA home, renovated top to bottom, like a new home. $1,995,000

COREYS LANDING

GRAND BAY

FAIRWAY BAY

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COREYS LANDING - 3479 BYRON LANE Completely remodeled villa with golf course and lake views. 3BR/2.5BA $749,000

GRAND BAY - 3080 Grand Bay Blvd., #543 Penthouse with golf course and Sarasota Bay views and 2 parking spaces. 2BR/2BA $699,000

1930 Harbourside Dr. #132 2BR/2BA Sarasota Bay and city views Includes overszied, assigned underbuilding parking. $459,000

COREY’S LANDING - 3471 Byron Lane 3BR/2.5BA Paired patio home brimming with udpates and featuring lake and golf course views. $689,000

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NEPTUNE – 540 Neptune Avenue #10 2BR/2BA, Totally renovated . Low maintenance fees. $399,000

PIERRE 455 Longboat Club Road #805 UNDER CONTRACT IN 7 DAYS! $1,495,000

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SEAPLACE 2089 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #G1-108 Ground floor 2BR/2BA walkout with Beach cottage décor. $599,000

SEAPLACE 1965 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #G5-211 UNDER CONTRACT IN 12 DAYS! $1,395,000

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 580 Birdie Lane UNDER CONTRACT IN 5 DAYS! $1,975,000

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GRAND BAY II 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. #272 3BR/3.5BA, 7th floor, Golf course, Bay and Gulf view Sunsets. $799,000

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EMERALD POINTE NORTH 2071 Harbour Links Drive 3BR+Office, high ceilings, pool. $899,000

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QUEENS HARBOUR 3523 Fair Oaks Lane Golf course view, courtyard style 3BR/3.5BA home with casita. $1,375,000

SANDS POINT 210 Sands Point Rd. #2003 Bruce Myer representing the Buyer! . $1,249,000

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BEACHPLACE - 1135 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #601 2BR/2BA Direct Gulf front. $899,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 525 Hornblower Lane UNDER CONTRACT IN 7 DAYS! $1,280,000

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ARIA 2251 Gulf Of Mexico 504 Jenifer Schwell 941-780-0968 A4197085 $6,100,000

L O N G B OAT K E Y C LU B 1001 Longboat Club Road Ian Addy, PA & E. Gail Wittig 941-961-8850 A4414365 $2,100,000

L O N G B E AC H 431 N Shore Road Michael Moulton 941-928-3559 A4418579 $1,545,000

QUEENS HARBOUR 3598 Fair Oaks Lane Susan Smith & Cathy Meldahl, PA 941-302-3440 A4428241 $1,350,000

C O N R A D B E AC H 383 Firehouse Lane Maureen Horn 941-539-3384 A4431870 $1,140,000

QUEENS HARBOUR 3524 Fair Oaks Lane Kim Ogilvie 941-376-1717 A4432051 $995,000

M A R I N A B AY 2550 Harbourside Drive 321 Jenifer Schwell 941-780-0968 A4429409 $975,000

L O N G B OAT K E Y T OW E R S 601 Longboat Club Road 803S Cindy Schatzle 941-587-7556 A4415472 $950,000

W I N D I N G OA K S 3431 Winding Oaks Drive 16 Stacy Haas & Gloria Bracciano 941-587-4359 A4416478 $949,900

S L E E P Y L AG O O N PA R K 660 Marbury Ln Jodene Moneuse 941-302-4913 A4415911 $899,000

B AY I S L E S 3261 Bayou Road Sylvia Zimmerman & George Zimmerman 941-350-5022 A4422906 $895,000

P R I VAT E E R S O U T H 1000 Longboat Club Road 601 Anne Mitchell 941-725-0227 A4431203 $879,900

L O N G B OAT S A N D P I P E R S 5635 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 104 Ian Addy, PA 941-961-8850 A4422795 $739,000

L O N G B E AC H 660 Linley Street Renne' Rupp & Matthew Voss 941-447-8251 A4422794 $699,000

CLUB LONGBOAT BEACH & TENNIS 5055 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 516 Marcia Salkin, PA 941-376-6121 A4430890 $695,000

C O U N T RY C LU B S H O R E S 1170 Bogey Lane Richard Perlman 941-228-8580 A4418181 $679,000

I S L A N D E R C LU B 2301 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 94N Dede Curran 941-928-3255 A4415795 $649,000

FA I RWAY B AY 2120 Harbourside Drive 612 Mark Huber 941-356-2435 A4409211 $609,500

AV I G N O N V I L L A S 5611 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 5 Laura Rulon 941-896-2757 A4207769 $559,000

L O N G B E AC H V I L L AG E 7085 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 21 Emmy Lou Gilbert 941-807-1764 A4420334 $525,000

I N N O N T H E B E AC H 240 Sands Point Road 4103 Rudy Dudon 941-234-3991 A4421568 $499,000

I N N O N T H E B E AC H 210 Sands Point Road 2501 Rudy Dudon 941-234-3991 A4421532 $475,000

S E A P L AC E 1945 Gulf Of Mexico Drive M2-105 Jonathan Fox & Susan Fox, PA 941-544-6649 A4414709 $439,000

B AY H A R B O U R 448 Gulf Of Mexico Drive A304 Stacy Hanan 941-266-0529 A4416404 $400,000

W I N DWA R D B AY 4700 Gulf Of Mexico Drive PH1 Susan Fox & Jonathan Fox, PA 941-544-6648 A4431721 $400,000

BAY P O RT B E AC H & TE N N I S 802 Bayport Way 802 Sherri Mills 941-350-7112 A4425746 $375,000

I N N O N T H E B E AC H 225 Sands Point Road 6302 Thomas Cinquegrano 941-284-5049 A4416893 $359,000

L O N G B OAT H A R B O U R 4340 Falmouth Drive D101 Malihe Karimi 941-376-5099 A4425427 $269,000

ST JUDES 701 Saint Judes Drive S 1 Brian Loebker 941-735-4393 A4421911 $239,000

B AY I S L E S 561 Harbor Cove Circle Julie Klick 941-780-6001 A4401974 $2,799,000

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home in Corey’s Landing tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Steven and Marti Friedman, of McLean, Va., sold their home at 3436 Mistletoe Lane to Ronald and Cheryl Fromm, of Clayton, Mo., for $1,325,000. Built in 1989, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 2,873 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $780,000 in 2000. PRIVATEER SOUTH

Carole and Judy Jesiolowski sold their Unit 1101 condominium at 1000 Longboat Club Road to John and Kathleen Cochrane, of Hingham, Mass., for $1.15 million. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,736 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 1997. TIDES OF LONGBOAT

Susan Feulner, of Longboat Key, sold her Unit 201 condominium at 5555 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Lauren Hantz, of Southfield, Mich., for $1.05 million. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, one bath and 1,856 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 1987. FAIRWAY BAY

Meredith Fry, trustee, of Lake Forest, Ill., sold the Unit 558 condominium at 2110 Harbourside Drive to Michael and Nancy

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

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Sirchis, of Longboat Key, for $929,500. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,550 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $825,000 in 2001. Anna Holloway, of Rye, N.H., sold her Unit 504 condominium at 1910 Harbourside Drive to Larry and Celia Oberg, of Longboat Key, for $718,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,135 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $643,000 in 2002. GRAND BAY II

Charles and Debra Sauers, of Longboat Key, sold their Unit 252 condominium at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. to Andrew and Gillian Anderson, of Piney Point, Md., for $925,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $860,000 in 2004.

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Alice Sample, of Sarasota, sold her home at 222 Robin Drive to M&D Properties Sarasota LLC for $875,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,198 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 2015. BAYVIEW ESTATES

Hal Roback, of Ontario, Canada, sold his home at 619 Bayview Drive to Daniel Warren, of Duluth, Ga., for $785,000. Built in 1954, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,704 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $975,000 in 2005. SEAPLACE II

James and Ann Machan, of Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit M1-490H condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Madeline Wikler, trustee, of Silver Spring, Md., for $650,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,265 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $444,100 in 2013. LIDO SURF AND SAND

Andrew Littauer, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 807 condominium at 1102 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Paul and Rita Vornle, of Southampton, N.Y., for $564,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,213 square feet of living area. It

previously sold for $240,000 in 1994. SUNSET BEACH ON LONGBOAT KEY

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Hans Bobzien, of Gladbach, Germany, sold his Unit 1304 condominium at 2109 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Lynn Goss, trustee, of Columbus, Ohio, for $495,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,358 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $405,000 in 2009. SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB

Susan Carlson, trustee, of Newark, Ill., sold the Unit 175 condominium at 755 El Centro to Timothy and Mary Gangloff, of Knoxville, Tenn., for $305,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,333 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 2006.

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LO C A L LY K N OW N . G LO B A L LY C O N N E C T E D.

TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of April 1-5, in order of dollar amounts.

Janet Walter

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key • 941.232.2000 Janet’s commitment to excellence, strong network and relationships have been cultivated over 24+ years living and working in the local market. n Top individual agent 2019, Michael Saunders & Company Longboat Key offices. n Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) n Active in the community, Janet has volunteered or chaired events for over 30 local charities n Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Janet moved to the Sarasota area in 1994, residing 22+ years on Lido & Longboat Key n Highest priced Gulf-front sale since 2016 If you would like to discuss your goals with a proven professional, contact Janet.

L O N G B OAT K E Y ADDRESS 220 Sands Point Road

PERMIT Lobby, bar and

APPLICANT LB 500 LLC

AMOUNT $1,886,850

restaurant alteration

4525 GMD

Interior

Flat Tops South, LLC

$307,860

2120 Harbourside Drive

Kitchen and bath

Thomas Costello

$235,250 $200,000

alterations 1241 GMD

Interior

Joanna Green

3475 Byron Lane

Interior

Burgess Living Trust

$150,000

2410 Harbourside Drive

Sliding door

Bonnie Haber

$130,000 $105,000

replacement 838 Bayport Way

Interior

Lisa Dinga

620 Halyard Lane

Seawall

Mary Deborah Wilson

$81,900

1701 GMD

Bathroom

Deborah Turner

$57,880

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alterations 501 Juan Anasco Drive

Remove floor

Mike and Dianne Kadish $50,387

581 Putting Green Lane

Reroof

Denise Roberts

$36,000

573 Halyard Lane

Reroof

Rodney Allen Erickson

$24,450

1055 GMD

Master bath shower Guenter Mrotzek

$19,760

545 Sanctuary Drive

Guest bath

$12,000

Thomas Costello

alterations 5342 Sandhamn Place

Shutters

Barbara Erb-Pappas

$8,747

4325 GMD

Hurricane shutters Keith Hilliard

$7,330

3120 Bayou Sound

Pool resurfacing

Alfred Myers

$6,925

610 Weston Pointe Court

Shutters

Ivan and Eva Pivko

$3,320

600 Yardarm Lane

Dock extension

Pietro and Kimberly

$2,600

S A R A S O TA 1410 John Ringling Parkway A4427151 $3,400,000

L O N G B OAT K E Y 280 N Shore Road A4418028 $1,450,000

BR ADENTON 310 79th Street NW A4406807 $950,000

L O N G B OAT K E Y 2600 Harbourside Drive G-18 A4172298 $74,500

Cuomo Remove wall

Ashridhe Holding LTD

$2,200

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mmy-award winning cameraman and producer and author Tim Ortman paid Longboat Key a visit April 3. Sarah and Paul Karon, with the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, hosted a book signing and discussion with Ortman in the Harbourside Ballroom. As guests arrived, they enjoyed cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres and had the chance to meet Ortman.

In his book, “Newsreal: A view through the lens when…,” Ortman recounts when the news landscape was owned by the big four networks, some of which he worked for as a cameraman. Ortman was also a part of the Foreign Press Corps for NBC News, and during a break from television, he became a sommelier and produced his own brand of wine. — KATIE JOHNS

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

HEALTH MATTERS — REDUCING YOUR RISK OF FALLING Takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Paradise Center at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Longboat Key Fire Rescue, physical therapist Barbara Silbey and tai chi instructor Rick Wilson will present on how to reduce the risk of falling. Cost is $10. RSVP by calling 383-6493.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE LADIES NIGHT Takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on St. Armands Circle. Participating stores and restaurants will offer 15% discounts, raffle prizes and refreshments. Call 388-1554 for information. 92Y- BRET STEPHENS IN CONVERSATION WITH THANE ROSENBAUM Doors will open at 7:15 at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. This pre-recorded program, which is part of the Thane Rosenbaum Talk Show, will feature a talk with Bret Stephens on his opinion writing and perspective on various topics, such as climate change and immigration. This event is free to members and costs $10 in advance for nonmembers and $15 at the door. Call 383-3428. MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP SERVICES Noon to 1 p.m. at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive. Call 388-1234. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 GMD. Call 383-8833. 5:30 p.m. and adoration at 9

for nonmember per class. Call 383-8811.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

OPERATION KINDNESS GOLF AND TENNIS TOURNAMENT The tennis and golf tournaments will begin with registration at 2 and 2:30 p.m., at the Longboat Key Club. The golf check-in will be at The Links Pro Shop on Islandside and tennis check in will be at the Tennis Gardens. At 5 p.m., a barbecue and auction will take place in the Harbourside Ballroom. Registration for the tournaments ends April 11. Register at squareup.com/ store/operation-kindnessflorida-inc. The entry fee for the tournament and dinner is $100. Guests can attend just the dinner for $50. All proceeds benefit Operation Kindness.

THURSDAYS

YOGA Takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 GMD. Classes continue until April 25. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for nonmember per class. Call 383-8811. KIWANIS CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY The club meets at the various locations at 5:30 PM on the first Thursday of every month. Locations are announced 7-10 days in advance. Please call 387-1909 or visit www.KiwanisLBK.net for specifics about upcoming meetings.

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p.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 GMD. Call 383-1255.

RECURRING EVENTS TUESDAYS

YOGA Takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 GMD. Classes continue until April 25. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for nonmember per class. Call 383-8811. ROTARY CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY Meets at 5:15 p.m. at All Angels

Joanne Forch, Rita Thibault and Marcia Gutridge at last year’s Operation Kindness dinner.

by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road every first and third Tuesday. Cost is $10. Call Susan McGuire at 9147812. YOGA & MEDITATION CLASS Takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Paradise Center at Temple Beth Israel ,567 Bay Isles Road. The class is designed for breathing awareness, gentle joint mobilization, active warm-up movement flows and yoga postures to promote strength, flexibility, agility and balance. Cost is $10 per class. Call 383-6493.

WEDNESDAYS

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS BOOK SALES Take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Gently used books will be discounted by 50%. Paperbacks will be 25 cents, and hardback books will be 50 cents to $2.50. Call 383-2011. YOGA Takes place from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 GMD. Classes continue until April 25. Cost is $11 for members and $13

ZUMBA AND MAT PILATES FOR SENIORS COMBO Takes place from 10-11 a.m. at The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Road (at Temple Beth Israel). The class, designed for active seniors, starts with Zumba and shifts to all-level mat Pilates at 10:30 a.m. Work core strength and endurance with a series of slow, controlled movements and stretches. Cost is $10. RSVP to 383-6493. CONNECTED WARRIORS Takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Feel Good Yoga, 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Debby McClung’s trauma-conscious teaching methods can help service members, veterans and their families. Cost is free. Call 904610-7565.

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PURCHASING EAMES, Knoll, Danish, Dunbar, Evans, Laverne, Nakashima, Parzinger furniture, glass, pottery and designer clothing. Tommy McDonnell, 772-643-3209.

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Bird Key Bayfront: 4+BED/4.5BATH, 3/CARGAR, Coveted Downtown Views. $5,350,000 Beach Front Home: 4BED-5BATH, 2CARGAR $4,000,000 Golf Country Club: 5BED/5BA, 3/CARGAR $949,500

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5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F

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1BR/1BA 571 St. Judes Dr. #2, Longboat Key, FL. Beautifully updated 1 bedroom condo, low $388 HOA fee, pet friendly, no age restrictions, semi-private beach. Only $179,000. (941)350-8064.

1750 Benjamin Franklin Drive - Unit 1A Direct Beachfront with FULL GULF VIEWS! 1St Flr, 2BD/2BA, TKF, Updated Corner Condo Screened Lanai, Walk out to the Heated Pool New Sandy Beach and Warm Gulf Water. NEW PRICE $675,000

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Condos For Sale

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY April 14th, 1:30-4:30 PM KEY TOWER SOUTH ON LIDO BEACH

2.5 Acres: 4BED/3BATH, 3CAR GAR. Luxury kitchen, barn, horses. $700,000

LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT: Newly painted, 2BR/1BA, open kitchen, living, dining room, appliances inc., storage laundry room, W/D, 1 car garage. Enjoy open deck. Annual unfurnished. $1250/mo. First, last, security. 941-704-6749 or 941-281-8950.

EXCEPTIONAL HOUSE In exclusive gated Bay Isles, Longboat Key, full bay front, 2 docks, 3 bedrms, 3.5 baths, Swimming pool, Beach Club. Annual rental preferred. Brokers protective. Harborcove561@gmail.com 212-266-9047.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals LONGBOAT KEY Canal Home: 4BR/3BA, pool/ spa, outdoor kitchen, W/D. Newly renovated. No smoking/ pets. Available 2020 Season. 30 day minimum. Call 813-743-5905 or E-mail: ang6704@aol.com

GLOBE BIKE: men’s, 27 speed, great condition $100. St. Armands, 724-624-0100. 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. Call 941-955-4888 Or Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group 1970 Main St. - 3rd Floor Sarasota, Fl 34236

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This week’s Sudoku answers OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY April 13th - 1:30-4:30PM LIDO TOWERS 1001 Benjamin Franklin Drive - Unit 302 2BR/2BA, 3rd Flr, Updated, High Impact Windows, Bamboo Flrs. Deeded Beach Access, Small Pet Friendly, Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Carport, Great Rental - 1 Mo. Min. 12 Xs per year. NEW PRICE $425,000 Call: BARBARA MILLER 5 Star Best in Client Satisfaction Coldwell Banker Residential RE 941-780-1827

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Catering

Cleaning

BLUE DOLPHIN CAFE

BLUE FISH Cleaning Inc. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours.

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THE NAME TO KNOW IN REAL ESTATE

Ryan Ackerman (941) 387-1818

Barbara Ackerman (941) 387-1820

2018 “REAL Trends” RANKED IN THE TOP .5% OF 1.25 MILLION AGENTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES! NEW PRICE

NEW PRICE

SIESTA KEY SIESTA COVE

$790,000

5323 Siesta Cove Dr. 4BR/3BA | 4,804 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY EN PROVENCE

$2,698,000

2151 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #6 3BR + Study/3.5BA | 3,800 SQFT

SIESTA KEY SIESTA COVE

$1,425,000

5228 Siesta Cove Dr. 5BR + Study/4.5BA | 5,212 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY SABAL COVE - LAKE FRONT

$1,598,000

3326 Sabal Cove Lane 4BR/4.5BA | 4,698 SQFT

NEW PRICE

LONGBOAT KEY PROMENADE

$899,900

1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #102 3BR/3BA | 2,100 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY $4,150,000 BEACHFRONT ESTATE 6061 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 6BR/6BA | 3,203 SQFT 6061GulfofMexico.com

LONGBOAT KEY QUEENS HARBOUR

$2,295,000

3560 Fair Oaks Ln. 4BR/5BA | 3,894 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB LONGBOAT

SIESTA KEY SIESTA COVE

$1,599,000

5306 Siesta Cove Dr. 4BR/5.5BA | 4,573 SQFT 5306SiestaCoveDr.com

DOWNTOWN REGENCY HOUSE

$515,000

$489,000

888 Blvd. of the Arts Unit# 202 2BR/2BA | 1,288 SQFT

$849,000

5055 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #536 3BR/3BA | 1,484 SQFT

PARRISH $1,536,000 ISLANDS ON THE MANATEE RIVER 11716 River Shores Trail 4BR/5BA | 4,363 SQFT

$699,000

LONGBOAT KEY SLEEPY LAGOON

$1,699,000

LONGBOAT KEY $949,000 MARINA BAY $50,000 BUYER BONUS

DOWNTOWN LA BELLASARA

$2,597,000

2450 Harbourside Dr. #244 3BR/3BA | 3,083 SQFT

464 Golden Gate Pt. #302 3BR/3.5BA + Den | 3,135 SQFT Labellasara302.com

LONGBOAT KEY 2 BUILDABLE LOTS

$1,175,000

LONGBOAT KEY WATER CLUB I

$1,695,000

WEST OF TRAIL BAY VIEW ACRES

$1,675,000

800 Tamiami Tr. #401 2BR/2.5BA | 1,830 SQFT

435 S. Gulfstream Ave. #708 2BR/2BA | 1,537 SQFT

DOWNTOWN CONDO ON THE BAY

DOWNTOWN ALINARI

6401 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 3BR/3.2BA | 2,781 SQFT

558 Bayview Dr. 4BR/3.5BA | 2,945 SQFT 558BayviewDr.com

1725 Baywood Drive 4BR/4BA | 3,612 SQFT

$689,000

5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #217 2BR/2BA | 1,300 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY $298,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR 4420 Exeter Dr. #204 1BR/1.5BA | 837 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY BEACHES

$869,000

775 Longboat Club Rd. #206 2BR/2BA | 1,524 SQFT

1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #806 2BR/3BA + Den | 2,650 SQFT

LONGBOAT KEY $11,995,000 VILLA SENA - BEACHFRONT 5965 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 7BR/6.5BA | 10,087 SQFT 5965GulfofMexico.com

LONGBOAT KEY LONGBOAT TERRACE

LONGBOAT KEY $639,000 FAIRWAY BAY - ATRIUM 2120 Harbourside Dr. #653 3BR/2BA | 2,096 SQFT

MORE LONGBOAT KEY CONDOMINIUM OPPORTUNITIES

Grand Bay II | 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. #262 | $799,000 • 3BR/3.5BA • 2,250 SQFT

Seaplace IV | 1955 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #G6-402 | $349,000 • 2BR/1BA • 933 SQFT

Beaches | 775 Longboat Club Rd. #103 | $1,375,000 • 3BR/3BA • 2,122 SQFT

Beachplace III | 1065 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #502 | $499,000 • 2BR/2BA • 1,392 SQFT

Sea Gate Club | 2425 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #14D | $799,000 • 2BR/2BA • 1,552 SQFT

Seaplace | 2089 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #G1-105 | $549,000 • 2BR/2BA • 1,257 SQFT

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