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Dogs and cats receive blessings at service. SEE PAGE 18 Courtesy photos

Lee Peakes with Betty and Jack Keelin

Jack Keelin recognized for service Lee Peakes, president of the Beachplace board of directors, presented Jack and Betty Keelin a plaque for their many years of dedication and service to the community. Jack Keelin has served on the Beachplace board since 1997 and was president of the Beachplace Association from 2000 to March 2016.

Stephanie and Milton Kruk Katie Johns

Iris Bolwell and Sukitu, 5, attended the St. Armands Key Lutheran Church’s annual pet blessing Oct. 15.

George Spoll seeks comeback Nearly six years after leaving the commission, the former mayor plans a District 2 run. SEE PAGE 2

Kruks celebrate 60 years Stephanie and Milton Kruk, of Longboat Key, celebrated their 60th anniversary in May. The Kruks enjoyed a cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas with their four children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.

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Former Mayor George Spoll seeks Town Commission comeback After nearly six years off the commission, George Spoll seeks the seat Mayor Jack Duncan will vacate in March. TERRY O’CONNOR NEWS EDITOR

Former Mayor George Spoll, 82, will run again for the Longboat Key Commission in District 2. Spoll, who previously served six years and three months on the commission from 2005-11, will run to succeed Mayor Jack Duncan as District 2 commissioner. Duncan cannot run for the seat in March due to term limits. “I’ve been through all the chairs and pieces and parts,” Spoll said. Fellow Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force member Lenny Landau offered this endorsement: “George goes to every meeting whether he’s on the commission or not,” Landau said. “He understands more about what’s going on here than anybody. Unfortunately, he’s got opinions on lots of things. But usually, he’s right.” Spoll said he decided to run again after watching the present commission struggle with some tough decisions. “It has a lot do with how I see decisions being made at the commission,” said Spoll. “A lot of it has to do with the lack of historical

perspective. That’s very important. Interestingly enough, Jim Brown has said the same thing.” Brown, who once served as Spoll’s vice mayor and went on to spend four years as mayor during his six years on the commission, has qualified to run for the at-large Longboat Key commissioner post in the 2017 election to succeed at-large Commissioner Phill Younger, who also reaches his term’s limit in March. Brown left the Longboat Key Town Commission March 16, 2015, after reaching term limits. “We were there at a time of extreme difficulty on the commission,” Spoll said. “There was a lot of dissension.” Spoll said he and Brown will work well together to solve some of the town’s “ancient problems” such as density concerns, “monster traffic” and the role of tourism on the Key. “The fact that Jim has done it (filed to run) is somewhat encouraging,” Spoll said. “I respect his four years and the things he tried to do and wants to do. We agree on a great deal, and I think I can be helpful.” One issue Spoll believes is being mishandled is the resurrection of the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, which he says is supposed to be a tourist facility. “I’d like to see problems like the Colony solved sensibly and in conformance with what people of

GEORGE SPOLL AT A GLANCE Age: 82 Hometown: Mount Vernon, N.Y. Family: Wife of 31 years, Madelyn, and two children Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Moved to Longboat Key: 1993 Longboat Key civic service: Longboat Key Commission, Planning and Zoning Board, Revitalization Task Force, vice president of the Bay Isles Association, and president of the board of directors of the Federation of Longboat Key Condominium Association

the Key have expected to happen,” he said. “I have no sympathy whatsoever for that solution to take place only to the benefit of the people of the Colony itself.” As of Tuesday, Spoll was the only candidate who had qualified to run for the District 2 seat. Candidates for the seat must be registered to vote in District 2 and obtain 10 signed petitions from voters within the district to qualify. The deadline to file for all commission seats is noon Nov. 21. “That’s how you fix the problem,” Spoll said. “You get involved and build a counter-constituency.”

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Former Mayor George Spoll said he decided to run again for District 2 commissioner after watching the commission struggle with tough decisions.

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Bus changes: All aboard? Want to hop on the bus? Soon, you could have to call first as part of an on-demand service MCAT will roll out in April.

Bus stop at Coquina Beach

MANATEE AND SARASOTA BUS FARES Manatee County Area Transit and Sarasota County Area Transit bus fares will not change. Normal hours of operation will continue from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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n-demand bus service is coming to Longboat Key in April from one of the two bus services running on the island. Its implementation has some riders and island employers concerned. Manatee County Area Transit plans to offer a customized shuttle system that allows Longboat riders to arrange to be picked up at home by an MCAT bus. William Steele, division manager for the Manatee County Public Works Department, said on-demand bus delivery will require passengers to plan ahead. Commuters will have to call a day ahead to arrange a ride or reserve one at a regular time through their employers. “That’s a door-to-door type service,” Steele said. “It will be the same fare but a different service.” But Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren worries the new service won’t take care of all bus riders on the island. “I think there are going to be people who fall through the cracks,” she said. “If employers don’t put their name on the check-in, employees could miss a bus and won’t get to work. Or they hire someone totally new and forget to add their name.” Roughly 25 representatives, including many from major Longboat employers, attended a new bus plan introductory meeting Oct. 11 at Longboat Key Town Hall. Companies at the meeting included Publix, Michael Saunders & Co., Harry’s Continental Kitchen, Zota Beach Resort, Amore Restaurant, Longboat Key Club and Blue Dolphin Café. Georgina Clamage, branch manger at Michael Saunders & Co., said the change in bus service will affect at least one of her employees. Her biggest concern about on-demand service is how flexible MCAT will be with rider needs. “They need to ensure they can satisfy or be responsive to requests,” Clamage said. “That seemed to be a concern at the meeting.” Clamage suggested MCAT augment its on-demand plans with an automatic bus schedule with a ride at the start of the work day and one at the end. “I certainly applaud (Sarasota County Area Transit) and MCAT for taking the initiative to improve their schedules in the hopes it will increase their ridership,” she said. Evan VandePolder, 46, a 24-year Publix front service associate, said he plans to continue using the service. He now rides a bike and a bus to get to work after deciding to go carless in 2000. He said he appreciates saving money and not having the hassles of owning a car, but the bus brings its own problems. “I don’t enjoy everything about riding a bus,” VandePolder said. “It runs behind schedule in sea-

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Bus stop at Bus stop at 150 N. Lemon 442 Gulf of Ave. Mexico Drive

Current SCAT route New MCAT route New SCAT route

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Longboat Key Publix employee Evan VandePolden, 46, said riding the bus can be frustrating during season because wait times can be uncertain.

BUS RIDERS OVER THE YEARS Sarasota County Area Transit: Longboat Key bus ridership from October-September held steady over the past five fiscal years, until a big drop in 2016.

Manatee County Area Transit: Longboat Key bus ridership from October-September on Manatee County Area Transit peaked in 2012.

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son. Often, you wonder when the next bus is coming.” Allowances for bus riders such as VandePolder must be made during heavy seasonal traffic, Steele acknowledged. Even on custom rides, travelers need to be ready to go at an appointed time. MCAT bus frequency will be determined by demand, Steele said. “The difference is you’re not running that bus, according to a schedule, whether you need it or not,” he said. SCAT does not plan to offer ondemand rides for now. But shortened bus routes are on the way after SCAT reported a 17% decline in ridership from 2015-16 after dropping 6,178 riders to 29,615 from 35,793 a year earlier. During the same time period, MCAT reported a similar slump with ridership down 5,319 passengers, or 16%, going from 32,566 to 28,885. SCAT plans to continue its regular route times but shorten its northernmost destination from Coquina Beach to Bay Isles in Longboat Key, according to Director Rocky Burke. All SCAT buses to Longboat Key terminate at a Sarasota transfer station at 150 N. Lemon Ave. On-demand MCAT and regular SCAT bus riders can make connections at a bus stop in Publix on Shoppes at Bay Isles, 523 Bay Isles Parkway. Increasing passenger demand elsewhere is forcing Manatee County to refocus how resources are used from low-ridership areas such as Longboat Key to more heavily trafficked areas on Manatee Avenue and in Cortez, Steele said. SCAT and MCAT spend $1 million annually to serve a relatively small area along Longboat Key, Steele said. “But the people who work out here in Longboat Key, we don’t want to leave them behind,” he said. Now, MCAT runs between Coquina Beach and the Resort on Longboat Key Club. SCAT connects a Coquina Beach parking area to the downtown Sarasota transfer station on Lemon Avenue. Shortening the routes will eliminate a service overlap. “Big buses, relatively small ridership every hour, not all that well used,” said Town Manager David Bullock. “We don’t think we have the best model of transit to fit this community. The transit system is carrying a lot of air.”


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A Nov. 8 referendum vote will decide whether owner Oscar Parsons can regain the simultaneous residential and business use of 4,200 square feet of penthouse office space at Harbour Square, 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

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ongboat Key voters will decide the fate of two density increase referendum questions Nov. 8 in what has become a hot-button issue for the island.

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Each yes-or-no question revolves around a request to convert commercially zoned properties for residential uses. Technically, voters are deciding whether the town can add density to both the Whitney Plaza and Harbour Square properties. The town’s charter requires voter approval for any density increases. But ultimately, one referendum will decide whether Whitney Plaza owner Ryan Snyder can raze a portion of the shopping center to make way for up to 18 homes. Snyder said the plaza has more office space than the market will bear, and converting some of it into residential space makes sense. Snyder said he intends to accommodate all of his business tenants even as he reduces 45,000 square feet of commercial space into roughly a third of that amount, with the rest going residential. “This is a way to potentially

Whitney Plaza owner Ryan Snyder seeks to rezone the shopping center to allow up to 18 residences.

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reduce traffic,” Snyder said. “It won’t increase it in any way.” Not all tenants are pleased with Snyder’s plans. “Obviously, we strongly oppose it,” said Robyne Richardson, 37, co-owner of Beach Fitness at 6834 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the plaza with her husband, Allan Mestel. “We would have to relocate. I’m not sure it’s possible on Longboat.” Other plaza storefronts include Bayou Tavern, 21st Century Investors Advisors Corp., Beach Fitness, Longbeach Cafe, Organic Dog Food Treats, Design 2000 for Hair and Nails, Caswell Legal, Island Adventure Outfitters, Rip Current and LBK Liquors. Until September, Giacomo’s Lounge was also open in the plaza. It has since been evicted. Glen Schloneger, proprietor of LBK Liquors at 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, is Snyder’s stepfather. He said his business, which opened in 2014, would be reshaped by the referendum. “There’s so much potential because of the location,” Schloneger said. “It’s Longboat Key for heaven’s sake.” Snyder said he believes it’s a coin flip whether voters will approve the referendum given strong prevailing sentiments against any project that possibly could increase traffic. The last density referendum on a 120-unit hotel proposal for a site just north of Snyder’s plaza failed with 78% of voters opposing it. Parsons has owned the office plaza on the Sarasota County line with Manatee County since 1985. Four years ago, he gave up the right to use his penthouse as a residence.

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BALLOT LANGUAGE The town of Longboat Key has the following two density referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters are asked to vote yes or no on each question. Whitney Plaza: May the Town allow the contiguous properties known as Whitney Plaza as more fully identified and described in the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s parcel ID numbers 7803800007, 7805000051 and 7818700059 and comprising approximately five acres (approximately 3.5 acres uplands), to increase density from C-2 commercial uses (which allows no density) to R-6MX residential use (which allows a maximum of six units per acre? Harbour Square: May the Town allow the property at 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive and comprising approximately 0.874 acres to increase residential density from zero residential units per acre to a maximum of three residential units per aces?

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The other referendum vote will determine whether Harbour Square owner Oscar Parsons can regain the simultaneous residential and business use of 4,200 square feet of penthouse office space on his property at 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Parsons said all businesses would remain at the 17,000-square-foot business complex with 72 covered parking spaces and a courtyard. The only real change the referendum would allow, he said, is letting a business owner live in the penthouse for $5,000 a month. “The penthouse has such an attraction to residents,” he said. “I can’t find a tenant that wants to use it for business only.” It could also be subdivided into a maximum three residential units on the property just north of the former Pattigeorge’s restaurant. “I think the public, once they recognize the value of it, would vote yes,” said Parsons. “It would cost nobody anything to have someone living there.” Longboat Key Senior Planner Steve Schield said Parsons gave up a grandfathered nonconforming use and now wants it reinstated. “At some point, he asked for it to be rented as an office,” Schield said. “Realize, you can’t go back. It happens sometimes. You can’t change your mind in 10 years because now you’re conforming to zoning.” The two referendum items have generated no official opposition from Keep Longboat Special, the organization that campaigned against the hotel referendum in August.

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In 2001, a statue of John Ringling was erected on a new median neck-out at South Boulevard of the Presidents — one of the many projects Marty Rappaport helped become a reality on St. Armands Circle.

St. Armands BID founder retires Colleagues, city officials say Marty Rappaport, founder of the St. Armands BID, had a lasting impact on the direction of the Circle.

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Shortly after Marty Rappaport moved to Siesta Key in 1987, he attended a meeting of St. Armands Circle landowners. They talked about the need for more parking. At the time, landowners on St. Armands were pessimistic about their relationship with the city. No matter how much they wanted additional parking on the Circle, it wasn’t seen as a realistic goal. “One gentleman got up and said, ‘My father owned property on St. Armands. We’re probably the oldest landowners out here, and I can tell you quite honestly,

it’s not going to happen,’” Rappaport said. If other property owners had been worn down by a lack of progress, Rappaport felt the need to change the status quo. Part of it was self-interest — he had just invested in the area — but Rappaport saw significant untapped potential in St. Armands. For the better part of three decades, he devoted his free time to improving the Circle. By 1991, he formed an official landowners association. In 1995, the city began developing a new parking lot on St. Armands. Other projects redesigned medians and intersections, refined landscaping, added statues and music — anything to

enhance the atmosphere in the shopping district. “None of those things would be here if it weren’t for Marty,” said Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association. “He has given countless hours to the Circle.” On Oct. 11, with the city preparing plans to build a parking garage near St. Armands, Rappaport announced he was selling his property on the Circle and stepping down as co-chairman of the St. Armands Business Improvement District. “It’s bittersweet, but I think the time has come,” Rappaport said. Those in attendance at that BID meeting were unanimous in their assessment of Rappaport’s significant impact on the Circle. “I don’t think there’s a single person that’s done more for St. Armands than you,” said Gavin Meshad, chairman of the BID. “I don’t think we’re going to let you leave, physically.” The parking garage project is Rappaport’s last major undertaking on St. Armands. Circle property owners had advocated for a garage since the mid-90s, as the issues raised at Rappaport’s first meeting never went away. At least one group was opposed to the garage, though — St. Armands residents. Other stakeholders recall a deep division between residents, merchants and property owners on the Circle, which Rappaport worked to overcome. By 2004, he had helped establish the St. Armands Landowners, Merchants and Residents group, but concerns over the parking garage remained. “Everybody said it wasn’t going to happen,” Rappaport said. “I said it’s a question of how we

approach it.” Rappaport knew all of St. Armands had to be united behind the project for the city to approve it. He arranged a broader proposal that incorporated the desires of residents. In addition to building a garage, the city also plans to bury power lines and improve medians on St. Armands. All three groups ultimately offered support for the project. Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown said Rappaport’s pragmatic style made it easy to work with him. “He never comes in and says, ‘Here’s what you have to do for us,’” Brown said. “He always comes in with, ‘Look, how can we be a part of whatever we’re trying to get to? What can we do to contribute?’” The BID itself is in place because of Rappaport. Created in 2001, the BID levies a tax on St. Armands landowners to fund improvements in the area. Rappaport has served as chairman since its inception. “Most BIDs have a paid administrator running the district,” Corrigan said. “Marty never took a salary. I don’t know anybody who’s going to take that amount of time to volunteer what he did.” Rappaport won’t walk away from his work altogether, but he’s confident in the district’s ability to succeed without him. There are still projects left to tackle — landscape maintenance should be a priority, he believes — but he thinks his vision for St. Armands Circle is finally close to the reality. “I think now, the focus is going to be promotion,” Rappaport said. “Promote it locally, promote it nationally, and promote it internationally.”

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As a sand truck haul and parallel beach renourishment project conclude this week, another islandwide sand-and-silt issue is emerging as a town priority. Longboat Key resident Maureen Merriman said access points to the inlet east of the Longboat Pass Bridge should be dredged soon to allow shallow-draft boats and kayaks to operate during low tide and stem an “overwhelming concern the water there is becoming landlocked, which would have an significant negative impact on the beauty, wildlife, property values and health/mosquitoes.” “Sand from beach renourishment continues to drift toward the Lands End dock and looks like it will eventually prevent access entirely if not addressed,” Merriman said. Merriman is not alone in her concerns. Keeping the inlet on the north end of Longboat Key open to the Gulf of Mexico was debated for a significant part of the fivehour workshop Monday. Taylor Engineering Inc. of Sarasota reported a “moderate need” for the first town dredging project since 2003 after assessing 91 navigable canals covering almost 28 miles. The $1.5 million dredging project removed 23,000 cubic yards of material from 53 canals.

“In general, things are not bad,” reported Cliff Truitt, chief engineer for Taylor Engineering. But Truitt estimated as much as 95,000 cubic yards of dredging material will eventually need to be excavated to restore all canals to state-permitted depths. Costs for a canal-dredging project could range from $2.5 million to $6 million, according to Truitt. Sea oats, sea grasses and sea turtles also present permitting challenges to do any work involving the inlet at the north end of Longboat Key, Truitt said. Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa said sea grass mitigation was required during the 2003 dredging project. Most commissioners advocated more study be done before making any dredging decisions. “We haven’t done anything since 2003, and boats are still going in and out,” Vice Mayor Terry Gans said. Commissioner Armando Linde said studying the issue over the next two years or so would be appropriate. Others agreed. “We’ve got time to assess the situation a little bit further,” said Commissioner Phill Younger. Commissioners endorsed Town Manager David Bullock’s suggestion to develop cost estimates, schedules and funding; develop a canal-monitoring plan; and setting aside funding for dredging.

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If you’re an independent voter or still undecided on the local races, this might help you decide. Reader beware: We always favor candidates who back the freedom agenda.

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h, there are other elections? Who knew? It would be easy to forget. But be assured, the other elections can be — and, in some cases, will be — equally as consequential as whom we elect to occupy the White House. The point here is to emphasize that, even if you’re not going to vote Nov. 8 for any of the presidential candidates (understandable), at least cast your votes on the “down ballot” — for all of those races and questions on both sides of your ballot sheet. The outcomes will make a difference. To help those who are neither Republicans nor Democrats and who still may be undecided on the non-presidential races, we offer the following recommendations on the candidates. Mind you, regular readers of this page already know our political philosophy — unwavering support for candidates who subscribe to or come closest to subscribing to: n Pro-laissez-faire capitalism; n Fewer, lower and flat taxes; n Dismantling and destroying the regulatory Leviathan that adversely affects and controls every level of our lives. n Following the U.S. Constitution, as written by the Founding Fathers. None of the major party candidates on the Sarasota and Manatee ballots lines up perfectly with our freedom agenda, but there are those who lean that way.

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You have to love Democrat congressional candidate Jan Schneider. She never gives up, and she is steadfast in her principles. This is her fifth attempt to win a congressional seat. And we’ll give her this: She is a moderate Democrat — at least compared to her party’s standard bearer. Nonetheless, she is on the Democrat Party team: higher taxes on the top 1%; gun control; modifying Obamacare, not junking it. Contrast that with incumbent Vern Buchanan, going for his sixth term. While Buchanan hasn’t become a camera-loving media star and household political name, he has remained true to his entrepreneurial roots in his 10 years in office. The Buchanan platform: n Flatter tax system n Abolish onerous regulations on employers. n Eliminate Obamacare’s mandate requiring all businesses to buy health insurance for their workers. n Support free and fair trade to open global markets. n Tort reform that stops frivolous lawsuits. n “Expanded drilling in places like Alaska and other areas” — for affordable energy and more jobs. n States’ right-to-work laws n Reduce the government workforce by 10% via attrition and align their wages and benefits with private sector. Now there’s a freedom agenda. We recommend: Vern Buchanan

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New College political science professor and Democrat Senate candidate Frank Alcock favors Florida expanding federal Medicaid under Obamacare; is anti-school vouchers; “advocate(s) for a living wage” (code for government-driven higher minimum wages); says he wants “cleanenergy investments” (“investments” in government speak typically mean taxes and subsidies); and has written this about guns: “… we need to

reconsider what rights make sense for a citizen’s ability to defend themselves …” Now, we know that Alcock’s Republican opponent, Rep. Greg Steube, has been widely criticized for his efforts to expand concealed-carry gun permits to college campuses. And we all know — and he should know it, too — that issue will go nowhere in Tallahassee. But we also know Steube stands on the other side of the philosophical fence than Alcock. Steube is a constitutionalist, anti-corporate welfare, low-tax, low-regulation, free-market, pro-competitive education system legislator. We recommend: Greg Steube

House-District 72

It should give us hope when we see a young, successful, female CEO wanting to take her common-sense, market-oriented and fiscal business skills to Tallahassee. We’re referring to Republican Alexandra “Alex” Miller, 42, who for the past 15 years has been the CEO of $33 million (revenue), Sarasota-based Mercedes Medical. Add to that mother of two middleschool-age sons; an elected member of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital District Board; and board member on not-for-profits. Altogether: wellrounded, conservative pragmatism. But the best for taxpayers: She knows what goes into meeting a weekly payroll. We recommend: Alex Miller

House-District 73

Talk about two widely different choices — and two deeply rooted, patriotic Americans: Democrat James Golden and Republican Joe Gruters. Both are Florida natives. Golden is from the Vietnam War generation (he’s a veteran), while Gruters is part of Gen X. Both have been in politics for two decades. Golden served twice on the Bradenton City Council. Gruters has been entrenched in the leadership of the Republican Party of Sarasota County and serves as vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida. Golden, a pastor, is soft-spoken; Gruters, an accountant, is outspoken. Philosophically, they stand where you would expect on most issues. But here’s a big difference: In Tallahassee, the success of a lawmaker hinges to a significant degree on his ability to connect and influence the leaders of the party in power. Republicans are in power; Gruters knows just about every Republican. Two more advantages: 1) It takes moxie and hard work to become the vice chairman of Florida’s GOP; 2) Gruters is not a status-quo Republican: He took the job of heading up Donald Trump’s Florida campaign. Talk about anti-establishment. We recommend: Joe Gruters

Supreme Court and District Court of Appeal

Florida’s constitution and judicial system allow voters to decide whether Supreme Court justices and Appeal Court judges have performed ethically, impartially and are qualified. To retain is not whether they are liberal, conservative or legislating from the bench. In this year’s retention elections, two of the Supreme Court justices — Charles Canady and Ricky L. Polston — are considered the most conservative on the bench. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, meanwhile, has sided with the liberal wing of the court on several cases.

None of them has behaved or judged so badly as to be disqualified. We recommend: Yes to retain all Supreme Court and District Court of Appeal judges.

SARASOTA COUNTY Clerk of Court

Typically, 30 years in the same elected public office is too long. For that matter, 30 years in any job is sure to result in diminished performance (although wisdom would likely make up for what might be lost in energy). That’s the charge against Sarasota County Clerk of Court Karen Rushing from her opponent. The Republican incumbent was first elected in 1987. That length of time has spurred Todd Barton to challenge Rushing for the Democrats. Barton is a 30-year court administrator who touts a record of innovation and is critical of Rushing’s speed of implementing technology. But voters, beware. Barton may be innovative with court management, but he comes nowhere close to having the experience of Rushing in other crucial responsibilities: treasury management of a $1 billion enterprise; finance, bonding and auditing. What’s more, there’s a message when voters return you to office over 30 years, and when your 66 state peers rely on you to represent them before the Legislature (seven consecutive years) and name you clerk of the year three times. As we often say, elections are referenda on incumbents’ performance. It’s pretty obvious Sarasota County voters have been quite satisfied. We recommend: Karen Rushing

Tax Collector

The race for tax collector mirrors that of the Clerk of Courts. Incumbent Democrat Barbara Ford-Coates has been elected and held that office since 1984. Her challenger is a 30-year retired Army lieutenant colonel, Republican James Bender. Just as Karen Rushing has distinguished herself among clerk peers, so has Ford-Coates for operational leadership — not only among Florida tax collectors but among national tax collectors as well. Her resume shows decades of leadership in her field statewide and nationally, and she has been equally involved as a leader in Sarasota County not-for-profits. Rarely do we recommend Democrats for elected office. But in this case, the tax collector’s position is not about political philosophy; it’s about customer service. Ford-Coates continues to deliver. We recommend: Barbara FordCoates

County Commission

The generational transition is underway, and this race typifies it: The Old Guard local Democratic pol, former Sarasota Mayor Fredd “Glossie” Atkins versus a rising Republican businessman Mike Moran. Ages: 64 and 47, respectively. Moran may not have the name recognition that Atkins does, but he has proven to be a pragmatic thinker in his roles as a governor-appointed member of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and as a member of the Sarasota County Planning Commission. Better still, he brings the experience that comes from starting, growing and selling a successful professional employee organization.

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Involved with Rotary and Guardian Ad Litem in the Venice area for more than a decade, Moran represents smart, new blood to face Sarasota County’s challenges. We recommend: Mike Moran

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same rights as people; that money is not a form of protected free speech; and making this happen in Sarasota and Manatee counties.” We recommend: The Republican slate for Charter Review (Joseph Anthony “Ton” Sawyer, Donna Barcomb, Jody Hudgins, David Samuel, and with reservations, Pat Wayman)

County Commission

DISTRICT 7 - AT-LARGE When incumbent Republican Commissioner Betsy Benac won election four years ago, she brought valuable insights to the board. She worked for three decades in the private sector as a land planner, giving her first-hand experience with growth issues from both perspectives — private and public sectors. This experience manifested itself well in her performance as an even-handed commissioner. Manatee voters should keep her expertise, commitment and thoughtfulness on the board. We recommend: Betsy Benac

Florida Senate candidate, Democrat Frank Alcock, and Manatee County Commission District 3 candidate, Independent David Zaccagnino, also have signed on to the Manasota Movement to Amend pledge. Alcock pledged, as did the others, that he would use his office if elected to support the movement “by passing resolutions, proposing legislation” and “to use my influence in the Legislature and through the Florida State Constitution (Revision Commission; Citizen Initiative) to reform our campaign finance system.” Worth noting: Public records show a political action committee, essentially the same as a corporation, formed for Alcock’s behalf: Friends of Frank Alcock Inc.

ated two open seats and three incumbents up for election. The incumbents are proven, accomplished board members; no change is required. The open seats — At Large Seat 1 and At Large Seat 3 — feature three nurses and a businessman. There are plenty of businessmen already on the board. Seat 1 candidate Sharon Wetzler DePeters, a Republican, and Seat 3 Democrat Cheryl Brandi have stellar nursing and clinical credentials that would enhance the board.

DISTRICT 3 Manatee voters elected Dave “Watchdog” Miner to the school board at the right time — when voters were desperate for transparency and reform. He made his contribution. That time has passed. The makeup of the board is moving toward building and rebuilding relationships in the community. As Miner was suited for his role four years ago, Misty Servia is perfectly suited for this next phase for the school board. We recommend: Misty Servia

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Each pin Susie Silver-Fink makes is different, though most have a similar background of an old belt piece.

All Susie Silver-Fink, known simply as Susie Silver, needs is old belts, bottle caps, earrings, chains and coins to create a one-of-akind pin.

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n the coffee table in Susie Silver-Fink’s house sits an “inside-out box.” It’s covered in items that usually would live inside the box: buttons, thimbles, broken pottery, dominos, old toys, small jewelry, you name it. On the wall off the kitchen hangs a sideways bread tin, though she’s never made a loaf of bread in her life. She uses the bread tin as a small shelving unit. She calls it the best decorating item she could find. Silver-Fink, who’s known simply as Susie

Silver, likes to combine things that are unexpected. She said that when decorating, different dimensions make things look interesting. That’s clear when you walk into her home. It’s full of Silver-Fink’s creations. Paintings and collages line the walls. Three wooden purse handles hang under the paintings in her living room. Broken dish pieces make a tile pattern on the bottom of her kitchen counter. An old trunk adds character in the living room. A coffee tin does the same in the kitchen. “I like everything to work with each other,” she said. “They stand

on their own, but they’re also friends with everybody else in the neighborhood.” Walls aren’t the only outlet of her creativity. Tucked in her bedroom are two drawers full of jewelry pins. She handmade each of them, and not one is the same. It’s a hobby she started about 20 years ago. It all started with a watch collection. Silver-Fink, who did decorating while living in Ann Arbor, Mich., and her friend bought a watch collection for $8,000. Silver-Fink had no idea what they were going to do with the collection, but then it clicked. Silver-Fink started making small pictures with the watch parts and realized she could make pins out of the creations. Silver-Fink jokes she has enough supplies to last her until the year 3000. Most of the material used for her pins are recycled: chains, coins, bottle caps, necklaces, belts, earrings. She usually finds belts at Goodwill, and calls herself the consummate thrift store and garage sale person. Through the years, she’s collected other pieces from flea markets, garage sales and friends who she’s taught to never throw anything away. “But I think that’s like the epitome of recycling,” she said. “And everything that’s in the pins is not biodegradable, so you might as well live with it and look at it.” When searching for pieces, Silver-Fink looks for unique items. She credits the appearance of her pins to her good eye, imagination and ability to tell how something will look before it’s completed. After Silver-Fink started making and wearing her pins, people started asking her about them.

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Silver-Fink sells the pins starting at $35. She teaches classes in her home and at the Bayport Beach and Tennis Club’s clubhouse. She has donated some to silent auctions and had a table at last year’s Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour. She said she doesn’t make a profit off the sales and donates some of the money to charity. She takes about two or three days out of the month to make her creations and can make about 10 to 12 pins in a day. For Silver-Fink, making the pins is an outlet for creativity. Her husband, Irving Fink, said his wife is a visual person, and because he’s a more literal person, he leaves the creativity to his wife. He said he just takes orders, but Silver-Fink said there’s another reason for that. “I don’t take input well,” she said. “Well, that’s true, too,” Fink said.

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Do you know about the Longboat Key Foundation? It is an all volunteer organization helping identify and pursue initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to our island community. Did you know that its first project was to bring primary care medical services back to the island so that you do not have to leave Longboat if you need a doctor? The doctors’ office, and a neurology practice specializing in brain health, and also a physical therapist have opened their practices to serve the people of Longboat and their visitors at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive (the Centre Shops) on the second floor. Think about Longboat Key’s other needs and aspirations and learn about how the Foundation can help to realize them. Visit www.longboatkeyfoundation.org or call (941) 556-7160.

YOU’VE BEEN PUMPED 5:28 p.m. — 800 Broadway Noise Complaints: Two complaints about noise from two watershed pumps at Moore’s Stonecrab Restaurant were not resolved even after police investigated. An extended work hours permit had expired, but the owner of the company contracted to do the work instructed his employee to keep them running. If the pumps were shut down, the owner told police, groundwater would damage work already done. Police turned over the matter to the town’s building department.

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ACCIDENTAL ALARM 9:44 a.m. — 500 block of Birdie Lane Residential Burglar Alarm: Homeowners were on the phone with their alarm company when police responded.

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CRANKY LINKAGE 2:50 p.m. — 500 block of Russell Street Public Service: An 85-year-old Longboat Key woman needed help when her 2002 Saturn hatchback broke down in the middle of the street. An officer helped her move the vehicle back into her driveway. There appeared to be a gear linkage issue.

OCT. 5

GHOST RIDER 9:50 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD Suspicious Vehicle: An officer went to Whitney Beach Plaza after police received a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police found nothing suspicious.

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THREE-CAR CRASH 1:25 p.m. — 5200 block of GMD Traffic Mishap: The 66-year-old male driver of a 2008 Porsche Carrera was ticketed for following too closely by an officer after a three-vehicle crash. All vehicles were northbound when a 2012 Honda Accord slowed to turn left and a 2013 Honda SUV braked, too. The Porsche struck the SUV and it bumped into the Accord. There were no injuries and only minor damages.

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REAR-END COLLISION 3:03 p.m. — 1000 block of Longboat Club Road Traffic accident: A 38-year-old Palmetto woman was cited by Longboat Key police after her 2013 GMC SUV rear-ended a 2015 Toyota driven by a 33-yearold Sarasota man. HURRICANE EVACUEE 11:39 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD Public Service: A 76-year-old Melbourne man told police he and his wife were evacuating from Hurricane Matthew’s path and needed help finding a hotel room. The officer found the couple a room at an Anna Maria resort and helped them check in.

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For four weeks in March and April, crossing guards helped manage the flow of pedestrians on St. Armands Circle — and key stakeholders in the area didn’t hear much positive feedback. “I’ve heard more complaints, truthfully, than a benefit from it,” said Marty Rappaport, a member of the St. Armands Business Improvement District board of directors. “I haven’t really heard someone talk it up and say it made a big difference.” Still, the “pedestrian managers” could be coming back. The BID board of directors unanimously endorsed pursuing the traffic management plan that includes the return of crossing guards, albeit with a revised scope of work. The Florida Department of Transportation stationed the guards on the Circle during season as part of a pilot program intended to address traffic issues on St. Armands. FDOT and city officials attended last week’s BID meeting to share the state agency’s findings from the trial period. When individuals cross the street at uncontrolled intervals, cars entering or exiting the Circle are forced to stop and wait for a clear intersection. The crossing guards directed pedestrians to wait at the intersection until a

larger group assembled, creating fewer stops for motorists. Jeffrey Trim, executive vice president of traffic consultant Sam Schwartz Engineering, said the crossing guards did yield some positive results. On average, cars stopped between 22% and 42% less frequently at Circle intersections when the guards were present. When cars did stop, the lines were longer, but Trim said the flow of traffic generally improved. FDOT also saw mixed reactions from people interacting with the crossing guards. Trim said some drivers stopped even when guards were instructing pedestrians not to cross. Others shared similar reports of confused motorists. Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association, said the guards were most effective at the intersections leading to mainland Sarasota and Longboat Key. Corrigan and others said speeding is more frequent on those roads and suggested the presence of traffic workers could mitigate that problem. The BID discussed other traffic-related changes on the Circle, including the installation of raised sidewalks and speed radar signs to slow down traffic. But FDOT officials suggested a human solution would be most effective. There’s no funding for the crossing guard program, which could cost around $75,000, according to FDOT.

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The Longboat Key Education Center is gearing up for its fall season, which runs until Dec. 16. Classes are designed for everyone, from painting to yoga, and fishing to writing. Along with past favorites, the Education Center added a Simple Buddhist Ways for a Better Way of Life class. The three-session class is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16 through Dec. 7. Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of Buddhist beliefs and meditations. Cost is $60 for members; $70 for nonmembers. This year, the center added three new workshops to its schedule, as well. “We always change our programming so as to make them interesting for our students,” said Mary Cohn, who works at the center. Discover the Feldenkrais Method will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 19. The class will be taught by Barbara Leverone, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner for more than 20 years. Feldenkrais can improve reaching, bending, turning, getting up and down from the floor and in and out of a chair. The price is $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers. Feel it, Write It! will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 and will be a hands-on workshop of expressive writing techniques. The class will incorporate unique sensory exercises to help students get in touch with their feelings through writing. There will be brief writing exercises with the option to share pieces with the group. The workshop is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. The third new workshop, Experience Zendalas, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Students create round images of Zendalas, which are circles symbolizing unity and harmony. Students will create two designs but leave with more ideas for continuing the process. It is $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers. An additional $5 for materials can be paid to the instructor. Along with these additions, fan favorites are back, such as the Burns Court Cine-World Film Festival Seminar. During the class, the teacher selects six films to see at Burns Court Cinema with discussions to follow at the education center. Executive Director Susan Goldfarb said this course is in-depth. The cinema class is $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers. Goldfarb also said she is excited about the How to Fish in our Local Waters class. Captain Wayne Genthner will lead the course that teaches students where and how to fish, what the newest lures and reels are, as well as fishing techniques and rules. He will share new recipes during the “hook and cook” portion of each class and will bring in fish he’s caught to show people how to cook them. The class is $75 for members; $85 for nonmembers. All workshops and classes are held at the Longboat Key Education Center in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 212. For more information and class schedules, visit lbkeducationcenter.org.


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MOTE NIGHT OF FISH, FUN AND FRIGHT Takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Grab your Halloween costume and head to Mote to sail spooky seas, carve pumpkins in the “spooktacular” shark tank and discover creatures from the deep in a fun trick-ortreating zone. Food can be purchased in the “Diner of the Dead,” and parents with children ages 2-5 can participate in free Mommy and Me sessions as well as educational activities. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 for members at the door and $12 for nonmembers. Call 388-4441.

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ST. ARMANDS BOAT SHOW Takes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park. Event sponsor Cannons Marina will display Yamaha motors and Grady-White boats. Members of the Cannons Marina sales team will be present to answer boating-related questions. For more information, visit cannons.com, or call 383-1311.

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LONGBOAT KEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB Begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will be speak. The luncheon is $30. Reservations must be made by Oct. 21. For more information, call Murray Bluegrass at 383-4899.

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MEDICARE WORKSHOP Takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Katie Vella, an independent Medicare adviser, will discuss coverage options, drug coverage stages and updates to help attendees choose the best option. Coffee and cookies will be provided. $10 per person. RSVP to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or by calling 383-6493.

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CIRCUS BY THE SEA Takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Mote and The Circus Arts Conservatory present performances by Sailor Circus students. Performance times are 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Guests can mingle with performers before and after each 20-minute performance. The event is free with paid admission to Mote. The first-time collaboration is part of the InspireSarasota!, which is a two-week celebration of the arts and culture of Sarasota. For more information on InspireSarasota!, visit inspiresarasota.net.

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FRIGHT NIGHT ON ST. ARMANDS Takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park. Children can trick or treat around the circle. Storefronts will be decorated and frightening characters will be around every corner. Even the statues will be dressed up in Halloween spirit. There will be a haunted house, professional photo opportunities and a raffle for gift cards. The Sarasota High School Drama Department will perform “Thriller” at approximately 8 p.m. Call 388-1554.

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into the Army and serving in World War II. Following his time in the service, he attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with a business degree. He was a co-owner of the Bayshore Lighting and Electrical. In December 1952, he married Millicent Goldfarb, and they had two children. The couple retired in 1987 and moved to Beachplace condominium on Longboat Key, where Melvin served on the board of directors and was the social director. He was an avid moviegoer and loved the theater. He was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his daughter, Brooke Levy; son Michael Levy; daughter-in-law Christine Bruno; and two grandsons, Matthew and Benjamin Levy.

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Rotary Club to host annual Veterans Day Parade STAFF WRITER

During summer 2014, Jack Rozance attended a meeting for the Rotary Club of Longboat Key’s first Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program. He remembers that those present thought 20 veterans walking in the parade would be a success. By the start of the parade that year, 120 veterans were lined up to walk. Last year, 150 veterans joined the parade. This year, Rozance, the club’s president, expects to have at least 150 veterans participating, though registration is running ahead of last year. The third annual Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program will step off at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Dubbed the “world’s shortest Veterans Day parade” by Rozance, the parade will march a quarter mile starting at Bank of America and ending at Temple Beth Israel, where the honor program will take place. “It’s the world’s shortest Veterans Day parade, but I just have to believe it’s one of the most

impactful,” Rozance said. The Booker High School marching band, The Whirlwind Brigade, will perform during the parade. The veterans registered will march by era — Persian and Gulf War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Korean War and World War II. Families will follow. After the parade, veterans, including Ed Burton, who served in the Navy in Vietnam, will speak at the honor program. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Harold Ronson, a Navy veteran who served between 1944 and 1946. He was there when U.S. forces landed and launched the Battle of Iwo Jima. “All these years, I never forgot it,” he said. The Rotary Club encourages veterans of allied nations to participate as well. Like in years past, those unable to walk will ride in convertibles. The Rotary Club is looking for volunteer convertible owners to drive a veterans the quarter-mile route. For those interested in volunteering, contact Chris Lake at 806-9062.

Above: Last year’s grand marshals Evelyn Fresch, Shirley Beachum and Francey O’Brien

Howard Biddle, 89, of Longboat Key and Naples, died Aug. 29.

Harriet Elizabeth Waitt, 83, of Sarasota, died Sept. 30. She was born in Saugus, Mass., where she lived until high school. In 1953, she married Henry Waitt Jr., and moved to Sarasota. In 1955, she began her career as a banking associate with Sarasota Federal. In the 1970s, she became the area regional cookie coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. Working for Girl Scouts, she became known as “The Big Cookie.” Before retiring, she was employed by the Sands Point Condominium Association on Longboat Key. Mrs. Waitt was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years earlier this year. She is survived by daughters Diane Yarber, of Sarasota, and Linde Wehle, of Palm Harbor; four grandchildren, Michael Liddy, Jonathan Liddy, Travis Wilson and Rachel Wehle. A memorial service will be held for both Harriet and Henry at 1 p.m. Nov. 5, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.

He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and had a long career in sales. He moved to Longboat Key following his retirement from Container Corporation of America as national sales manager in the paperboard packaging division. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Spice Biddle; sons Hank Biddle and Craig Biddle; daughter Donna Painter; their spouses; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way. Memorial donations can be made to Vitas Hospice, 4980 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 102, Naples, FL 34103.

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Melvin Levy, 91, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 19. He was born and raised in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. Following his graduation from Hempstead High School, he attended Hofstra University for one year before being drafted

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Big Mac, 3, was one of two cats present at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church’s annual pet blessing Oct. 15.

Gra Luciani with Gabrielle, 11 The Rev. Eric Wogen blesses Pepper, 11.

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he theme for the Rev. Eric Wogen’s reflection was unconditional love at Sunday’s annual pet blessing service. The love he spoke of was the love a pet has for its owner. But when rain started to pour down over St. Armands Key Lutheran Church’s meditation garden, it became clear how much love owners have for their pets. Due to weather, the service had to be moved indoors. Before the move, though, owners and their pets huddled together, trying to stay dry. No one left. Owners held their pets close, sharing umbrellas with them to shield them from the rain. To those present, getting their four-legged friends blessed was too important. Wogen led the group inside and began the service. He said pets are faithful and dependable and that people should love those around them as much as they love their pets. “If your pets didn’t have you to provide for them, what would happen to them?” Wogen asked. “God gives us these gifts, and we’re to take care of them.” Only two cats were present amid the sea of dogs, but all were welcome. Though no owners were new pet parents, some have been attending this service longer than others. For the past five years, Joe Orear has been bringing his long-haired miniature dachshund, Gunner, to the pet blessing. This year, Orear sported a shirt with a picture of Gunner as a puppy on it that his niece designed. He said he thinks Gunner was the oldest pet present at 17 years old. “We think it’s so important, and Pastor Wogen makes it so outstanding,” he said. The pet blessing was held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. His feast day was Oct. 4.


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efore the sun had fully risen, triathletes were gathered on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico ready to begin the Longboat Key Triathlon. About 350 athletes participated in this year’s event. Following the swimming portion, athletes biked from the south end of Longboat to the north end and back before finishing the race with a run along Longboat Club Road. Men’s overall top finisher Ken Varner, of Port Charlotte, had never run the course before start time on Sunday morning, though he’s been running duathlons for the past four years.

“I don’t get the chance to win overalls often, so when I do, it’s awesome,” Varner said. The event included an international and sprint triathlon and duathlon, a relay and a 5K. TDA Global directed the event. Intern Alexandra Ramos said it was cool being behind the scenes. Although she doesn’t participate in triathlons, she still appreciates those who do. She said she was mesmerized by how quickly the triathletes finished the swimming portion. “Seeing them being able to do that, I was so amazed,” she said.

Female Olympic Triathlon winner Rachel Chambers

MEN’S FIRST PLACE Jon Noland of Tampa: 1:29:37.5

WOMEN’S FIRST PLACE Rachel Chambers of Sarasota: 1:43:25.2

OLYMPIC DUATHLON MEN’S FIRST PLACE Jim Harwood of Longboat Key: 1:27:59.3

SPRINT DUATHLON MEN’S FIRST PLACE Keith Singleton of Gainesville: 57:37.1

WOMEN’S FIRST PLACE Kristina Varner of Port Charlotte: 2:12:50.7

WOMEN’S FIRST PLACE Patti Connors of Sarasota: 58:58.7

SPRINT TRIATHLON MEN’S FIRST PLACE Donald Geist of Apollo Beach: 48:54.8

LONGBOAT PARTICIPANTS OLYMPIC DUATHLON Jim Harwood: 1:27:59.3

WOMEN’S FIRST PLACE Kylee Bernthisel of Grand Rapids: Mich.: 59:23.3

Participants biked the distance of Gulf of Mexico Drive during the Longboat Key Triathlon.

SPRINT TRIATHLON Emmanuel Charron: 1:07:53.8 Suzy Brenner: 1:12:42.5 Jay Burchfield: 1:24:58.4 Pau Tomass: 1:35:21.2

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Grand Bay I - Longboat Key Redesigned 3BR/3.5BA residence on the 8th floor. 3rd bedroom currently being used as a den with en-suite bath. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views from Sarasota Bay to downtown! $1,295,000

Bayou Circle - Longboat Key Custom built 3BR/3.5BA elevated home on an oversized lot ‘behind the gates’ with over 3,100 SF plus an under-building 3+ car garage. New kitchen, high ceilings, fireplace & screened pool/spa. $1,050,000

Beachplace, Building 6 - Longboat Key Turnkey furnished residence on 5th floor with Gulf and Bay views. Neutral ceramic tile and carpeting, updated bathrooms and a flexible rental policy. Gated complex with excellent amenities. $499,000

Grand Bay I - Longboat Key Bay, Gulf & City views from this move-in ready furnished, 3BR/3.5BA residence. This south facing, 8th floor, corner apartment is located behind the gates at Bay Isles. $1,079,000

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Sanctuary II - Longboat Key Enjoy daily sunsets from the 10 ft. wide wrap around terrace of this 3,115 SF residence that spans the entire SW corner of Building II. 3rd BR with full bath currently being used as a study. $1,595,000

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Staying fit together Richard and Linda Kanner tackle ‘active aging’ on Longboat Key.

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ichard and Linda Kanner are modest, even reserved about their vitality. As Richard wonders what is interesting about their fitness practice, he tells a story about former U.S. Sen. John Warner, who became Elizabeth Taylor’s sixth husband in 1976. Asked his plans for their wedding night, the Virginia senator said something to the effect of, “I know what to do, but how do you make it interesting?” In my view, that the energetic, smiling couple in the photo are ages 75 and 93 makes them inherently interesting. The new terminology for senior fitness is “active aging,” and the Kanners signed up in their 50s. Linda, 75, worked full time as a clinical social worker for Oakland County, Mich. A former runner who logged 7 miles a day and ran marathons (her goal was simply not to come in last), she wanted structure and discipline. She is refreshingly frank that she does not enjoy working out, but she knows she needs to, and she does. A breast cancer survivor, she says her oncologist told her that

cardiac fitness meant a 75% reduced chance of recurrence. Numerous studies support that, though most say by 45-50%. She also has a family history of severe osteoporosis and says that working out has reversed hers back to the level of osteopenia. Richard is a World War II veteran who was stationed at various bases to train navigators to use the then-new flight radar. Educated on the GI Bill, he practiced law for many years, then became a labor arbitrator. It’s a sedentary profession with long bouts of sitting and listening, followed by even longer periods of sitting and writing, and intensive travel. Always athletic as a youngster, he played baseball and tennis. He injured his back planting rose bushes, of all things, when he was in his 30s. It gave him trouble (“falling-down-on-myface pain”) for many years until a chiropractor, recommended by Linda, taught him four exercises, versions of which remain part of his workout to this day. They eliminated his back pain and made him a believer. The Kanners upped their exercise commitment in the early 1980s by joining the Vic Tanney Health Club near their suburban Detroit home. “That made it easy,” Linda says. “We did it together and motivated each other.”

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The club membership gave her a good class schedule and the structure and discipline she wanted. Plus, she owns up to a ­­ she Scottish heritage of thrift — had money in that membership and by golly, she was going to use it. (This is a more significant motivation than you might think. A lot of folks do their workouts because they have paid for them.) Today, the Kanners go to the fitness center at the Longboat Key Club several times a week. Their routines are very different. Linda is a class taker. Although she doesn’t like working out, she does like the water, and water aerobics is her modality of choice. Richard kicks off his workout with 30 minutes of vigorous walking on the club grounds. Next, he does balance work, standing on each foot for a full 60 seconds. Bragging rights go with that for a 93-year-old. Then he does a series of stretches and floor work, and the circuit of resistance apparatus. He calls himself “the luckiest 93-yearold” because he takes no medications except for eye drops. The Kanners started coming to Longboat Key in 1991, when “home” was Huntington Woods, a tiny suburb of Detroit. They had vacationed in various Florida locations, including Siesta Key. They were sailors and members of the Great Lakes

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Yacht Club in Michigan. Invited to visit here, the Kanners knew enough about Florida to know this was where they wanted to be. So they skipped the usual routine of resort-followed-by-rentals-followed-bypurchase and bought a unit at the Islander. Fitness profiles have long been a popular feature of this column. The first one ran in column No. 2 on Feb. 12, 1998. Its subject was the late Loris Birnkrant, the “Health Queen of Little Rock.” Readers, it appears, find other peoples’ exercise regimes interesting. Richard needn’t have worried.

Linda Kanner, 75, and her husband, Richard, 93

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Bird Key home sells for $2,625,000 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $292,500 in 1994.

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home in Bird Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. William Ruppert, trustee, sold the home at 443 Meadow Lark Drive to Alan and Carol Kesler, trustees, of Boston, for $2,625,000. Built in 1961, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,764 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $700,000 in 1991.

THE BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY SOUTH

Carsten Jensen, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 901 condominium at 775 Longboat Key Club Road to Dieter Forthuber and Jean Van Horne Forthuber, of Hebron, Ky., for $930,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,510

THE AQUARIUS CLUB

OS Management and Investment sold the Unit 2-A condominium at 1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Colony Beach Investors LLC for $690,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,492 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2010. SEAPLACE

Gerald Chalphin and Mark Chalphin, trustees, sold the Unit G6-211-B condominium at 1955 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Saunders Seaplace Inc. for $465,600. Built in 1978, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,492 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $211,500 in 1986. Donald and Suzanne Hohman, of Evanston, Ill., and Craig and Robin Hangartner, of Marietta, Ga., trustees, sold the Unit G6-206-G condominium at 1955 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Alicia Taylor, of Longboat Key, for $330,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,068 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1999.

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Gennady and Tatyana Brayman, of West Bloomfield, Mich., sold their Unit G3-203-D condominium at 2039 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Mary Bosco, of Highland Hills, N.Y., for $295,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,214 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $248,700.

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The home has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,764 square feet of living area.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR

Geraldine Sullivan, of St. Marys, Ga., sold her Unit 103 condominium at 4430 Exeter Drive to John Harkness, of Locust Grove, Va., for $400,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2008. WHITNEY BEACH

John and Trudy Nelson, of Hilton Head, S.C., sold their Unit 101 condominium at 6700 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Larry and Pamela Elder, of Fenton, Mich., for $335,500. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,361 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 2012. HARBOUR OAKS AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB

Peter and Jo-Altizer White, of Charleston, W.Va., sold their Unit 504 condominium at 2175

Harbourside Drive to Ford Colley and Mary Alexander, of Longboat Key, for $329,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,906 square feet of living area. It sold for $25,000 in 1986. CEDARS EAST

RIF Properties LLC sold the Unit 17 condominium at 658 Cedars Court to Arianna Brolli, of Rimini, Italy, for $275,000. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,440 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $439,000 in 2004.

ST. ARMANDS KEY KINGSTON ARMS

Sarasota, sold the Unit 22B condominium at 500 S. Washington Drive to Robert Barnett, of Bradenton, for $295,000. Built in 1963, it has one bedroom, one bath and 770 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $198,000 in 2006.

LIDO KEY

LIDO C SUBDIVISION

Christina and Brian Landry sold their home at 1211 Center Place to Paul Carreiro and Kimberley Pelyk, of Longboat Key, for $900,000. Built in 1960, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,197 square feet of living area. It sold for $950,000 in 2005.

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435 L Ambiance Drive M908 A4157628 $3,625,000 Robert Dardas

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529 Putter Lane A4136340 $3,495,000 Michael Moulton

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641 Ranger Lane A4138569 $5,850,000 Michael Moulton

78 N Polk Drive A4147190 $3,149,000 Douglas Parks

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1015 Bogey Lane A4143451 $1,895,000 Alex Ley

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521 Ranger Lane A4152415 $1,895,000 Kathy Callahan

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6540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr A3997271 $1,849,000 Saint Cacchiotti & Marie Monsky

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Jenifer Schwell

PERMIT Residence Interior Seawall Interior Window Window Garage door Seawall Seawall Reroof Pool cage Window Dock Seawall Glass door Interior Siding Soil

APPLICANT AMOUNT Wylie Royce $730,000 Craig Markovitz $93,000 Mary Delgado $48,500 Horatio Hoggard $24,500 Positano Condo Assoc. $22,925 Thomas Pituch $20,000 John Saputo $15,378 James Pappas $15,000 Leonard Di Stefano $15,000 Barbara MacDonald $12,575 Robert Erker $11,310 David Krasnoff $10,299 Hollis Henry $7,462 Alycia Craft $3,375 Karl Pond $3,362 Michael McNally $2,400 William Durkin $2,000 Richard Kolb $0 Source: Town of Longboat Key

LIDO TOWERS

Joseph and Laura Kroon, of Carlisle, Pa., sold their Unit 407 condominium at 1001 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Michael and Joann Sciulli, of Pittsburgh, for $394,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,224 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $193,000 in 1999.

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BIRD KEY Benjamin Pursley, of Erie, Colo., sold the home at 481 E. Royal Flamingo Drive to Judith Pursley, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for $850,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 4,047 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.46 million in 2011.

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615 Dream Island Road 308 A4110859 $475,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

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722 Bayport Way 722 A4165465 $449,000 Maruta Miluns

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1975 Gulf Of Mexico Drive G4-302 A4166547 $425,000 Maureen Horn

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4500 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 305 A4162445 $410,000 Bobbi Banan

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4960 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 303 A4154649 $399,000 Sharon Freeman

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4621 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 18F A4151519 $376,500 Richard Perlman

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528 Forest Way A4160981 $309,000 Bill Anderson

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577 Sutton Place T-25 A4165034 $279,500 Malihe Karimi

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584 HORNBLOWER LANE

“The Belle of the Beach” is a private beachfront home just waiting for you to begin enjoying the many features offered by this three-story, Key West inspired chateau. With four spacious bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen and 2,000+ SF of beachfront balcony space, you will find it hard to ever leave. Located on a double Gulf-front lot, this private estate offers a convenient footpath in your backyard, leading to the unique, quartz-filled shores of the renowned Siesta Key Beach, named Dr. Beach’s #1 Beach in 2010.

This SOUTHERN EXPOSURE view could be yours to enjoy everyday! The superb, southfacing point-lot location of this direct bayfront home is a boater’s dream. Offering more than 240-feet of water frontage overlooking Sarasota Bay, 90-feet of deep-water dockage, a 27,000-pound lift and plenty of space for an additional lift. The generous split-level interior of this four-bedroom home offers light and bright spaces for everyone to enjoy. Centrally located on the south end of Longboat Key, with easy beach access.

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1372 HARBOR DRIVE

1011 LONGBOAT CLUB ROAD

551 BIRDIE LANE

603 LONGBOAT CLUB ROAD #503N

This spectacular bayfront estate was designed by architect Bob Rokop to showcase the breathtaking panoramic views of Sarasota bay, downtown and Big Pass. Circular motifs incorporated into the design soften the fourbedroom, 6,000 SF home and add to its allure.

Surround yourself in the beauty found at this custom-designed, 5,000 SF estate. Eye-catching views of the lush Islandside golf course, languid ponds and the Gulf of Mexico are offered at every turn. Includes four bedrooms, office and three-car garage.

This ranch-style, three-bedroom home in Country Club Shores was completely redone in 2014. Meticulous renovations include a new roof, windows, sliders, plumbing and electrical throughout. Modern finishes and contemporary interior featured in each room.

Far-reaching Gulf, bay and sunset views welcome you to this 2BR/2BA residence at Longboat Key Towers, behind the secure gates of the Longboat Key Club. Recently updated with freshly painted walls, new carpet and a re-textured ceiling.

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BAY ISLES 3170 Bayou Sound

OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, 11/6, 1pm-4pm. From top to bottom, almost every facet of this four- bedroom, secluded home in the Bayou Section of Bay Isles has been upgraded. Offering gorgeous private lake views, solid-wood accents, a new kitchen and custom builtins. Deeded access to private beach club. www.3170BayouSound.com $1,179,000

2016 Harbourside Drive #334/335

This direct bayfront, 3BR/3BA Fairway Bay residence offers direct bay and city views, newer flooring and storm shutters, as well as two lovely terraces. www.FairwayBayM3334.com $719,000

BIRD KEY 604 Mourning Dove Drive

You will love the coveted location, designer finishes and lovely upgrades offered in this five-bedroom boater’s dream. Offering over 5,000 SF of interior space, deep-water dock, lift and direct bay access. www.604MourningDoveDrive.com $2,895,000

386 Bob White Drive

This private, three-bedroom home is simply waiting for you to make it your own. Located on the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. Offering a light and bright layout, newer roof and an updated kitchen. www.386BobWhiteDrive.com $1,549,000

GRAND BAY 3030 Grand Bay Boulevard #384

This beautiful, eighth-floor Cayman residence in the sought-after third building at Grand Bay features breathtaking, direct views of downtown Sarasota, the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A truly private retreat that lives like a single-family home. www.GrandBay384.com $1,249,000

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3030 Grand Bay Boulevard #345

Desirable direct views of Harbourside Marina, golf course, Sarasota Bay and downtown greet you from this special, Biscayne residence. Bringing the outside in, floor-to-ceiling glass walls open to an expansive wraparound terrace from nearly every room. www.GrandBay345.com $1,015,000

3040 Grand Bay Boulevard #215

This charming, 3BR bayfront residence features floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and endless views. The generous wraparound terrace is a special aspect only available with first-level Biscayne residences. www.GrandBay215.com $799,000

3070 Grand Bay Boulevard #642

You will LOVE this very private, two-bedroom residence located on the corner of Building VI at Grand Bay. Furnishings and secure parking included. www.GrandBay642.com $659,500

LONGBOAT KEY 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive

A truly private estate situated on almost a full acre of property overlooking Sarasota Bay. This special residence is a showcase of extraordinary views, featuring tranquil fountains, imported stone accents and hand-crafted finishes. The European-inspired decor offers an expansive 9,000 SF of designer living space and over 2,300 SF of terraces and balconies covered in Travertine tile. www.5080GulfofMexicoDrive.com $6,990,000

6857 Gulf of Mexico Drive

BRAND NEW BEACH HOME! Situated directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this five-bedroom home, built by luxury home builder Mason Martin Builders, is almost ready to move into and create lasting beach house memories! www.6857GulfofMexicoDrive.com $3,995,000

$1,199,000

415 L’Ambiance Drive #D906

Direct Gulf-to-bay views will mesmerize you from each room of this stunning, 2,800 SF, ninth-floor Sabal getaway in the south building at L’Ambiance. Also includes two parking spaces. www.415LAmbianceD906.com $2,600,000

4239 Gulf of Mexico Drive #MH2

Completely updated BEACH HOME! This 2BR/21/2BA beach home, on the shores of the Gulf, offers beautiful updates inside and out. Enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and bayside amenities. www.PelicanHarbourMH2.com $1,345,000

1021 Longboat Club Road

Take advantage of this unique chance to design your dream home behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. One of seven homesites on the grounds, this half-acre property is literally steps to the beach. www.1021LongboatClubRoad.com $999,000

575 Sanctuary Drive #A202

Lush views of Islandside golf course’s rolling greens and Gulf sunsets stretch on forever from this 2BR+den corner residence in Building I at The Sanctuary. www.575SanctuaryA202.com $848,000

536 Lyons Lane - Sleepy Lagoon

This charming 2BR/2BA home, on a deep-water canal, offers unobstructed access to Sarasota Bay and many upgrades throughout. www.536LyonsLane.com $699,000

1115 Gulf of Mexico Drive #503

Updated, fifth-floor retreat is move-in ready! Offering a newer kitchen and baths and oversized tile flooring. Walk in and fall in love with this furnished 2BR/2BA residence. www.Beachplace4503.com $599,000

$749,000

3240 Gulf of Mexico Drive #B501

Relish lovely direct views of the Gulf and vibrant grounds of the Portobello community from every room of this two-bedroom Deluxe residence, offering 1,500+ SF of interior. Furnished. www.PortobelloB501.com $529,000

SARASOTA 1800 Ben Franklin Drive #A1102

Expansive Gulf and bay terraces are an enticing feature in this three-bedroom penthouse residence, located in the premiere southeast corner of L’Elegance. Just steps to the beach on Lido Key. www.LElegancePhA02.com $1,799,000

16210 Clearlake Avenue - The Lake Club

Serene lakefront living on the stunning grounds of The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch! Built by Marc Rutenberg in 2010, this custom-designed, 4,000 SF home is a contemporary gem. www.16210ClearlakeAvenue.com $1,690,000

SIESTA KEY 5151 Jungle Plum Road

Relish serene bayfront living in this updated sixbedroom estate on the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. Situated on more than a half-acre of property, just a short bike ride away from the renowned Siesta Key Beach. www.5151JunglePlumRoad.com $3,245,000

620 Mangrove Point Road

OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, 10/30, 1pm-4pm. The

Prairie-Modern design of this waterfront home includes upgrades from top to bottom, offering a four-bedroom layout and over 4,000 SF of interior. The open lanai features a summer kitchen, heated swimming pool and raised spa. www.620MangrovePoint.com $2,595,000

201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Suite 1, Longboat Key, Florida 34228 office: (941) 387-1840 cell: (941) 586-6668 fax: (941) 827-9444 website: longboatrealestate.com e-mail: roger@longboatrealestate.com Owned and Operated by NRT, LLC

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