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VOLUME 39, NO. 16

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Zota opening delayed

YOUR TOWN

Resort construction isn’t in a holiday homestretch as planned. PAGE 2A

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Act of interfaith Key gives thanks. SEE PAGE 1B

Light up our lives

Is your neighborhood beginning to look a lot like Christmas? If so, we need your help. We’re on the hunt for lights that are both merry and bright to highlight in our map featuring the jolliest decorations around town. We’re making our list and checking it twice, but we need some advice. Send us photos of your favorite holiday lights around town. It could be featured in our Christmas issue. Submit photos by Dec. 14 to kjohns@yourobserver.com or post them on Instagram using #lightupthenightLBK. Please include the address.

Give the gift of holiday cheer The Cortez Yacht Club’s “Light it Up” 2016 Toy Drive Holiday parade starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Annie’s Bait and Tackle, 4334, 127th St. W., Cortez. The event benefits Toys for Tots. Two Longboat Key sites are accepting toys: Design 2000 Hair & Nails in Whitney Beach Plaza and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at the Centre Shops. Katie Johns

The choir sings “America the Beautiful” as the recessional hymn at the 36th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Nov. 22 at Longboat Island Chapel.

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A VISION REALIZED A local Sinologist’s legacy INSIDE

Holiday scam alert What fraudsters don’t want you to know. SEE PAGE 3A

Pettingell’s sweet tradition continues Nothing says the holiday season more than sweets, and Roger’s Great Pie Extravaganza was no exception. For more than 10 years, Coldwell Banker International sales agent Roger Pettingell has been handing out pies to customers and charities for Thanksgiving. This year, Pettingell donated 130 pies from Yoder’s Restaurant.

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$24M Zota Beach Resort opening pushed to May The luxury resort on Longboat Key originally had a projected opening date of Dec. 1. TERRY O’CONNOR NEWS EDITOR

About those 2016 reservations for the grand opening of the new $24 million Zota Beach Resort. They’ve all been canceled. The luxury resort at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key originally had a projected opening of Dec. 1. Then it was pushed back to February. Now, it’s shooting for May. “The project is simply experiencing some unforeseen delays, which is nothing unusual for any construction project,” said Sandra Rios, spokeswoman for hotel owner Oceans Properties Ltd. “We’re not going to open Dec. 1.” Construction workers swarm the property every working day, but it still looks far from completion. The pool remains in the skeletal stage, as does the main resort building. Zota Beach Resort had been taking reservations for months but quietly switched its “Opening 2016” banner facing the GMD construction site in October for an “Opening 2017” banner. Whenever opening day does come, Zota Beach Resort will fill a need on Longboat Key, tourism officials say. “Our bureau is thrilled to see Zota open this spring, especially since we desperately need short-

term rental accommodations on north Longboat Key,” said Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Zota is rebuilding on the site of the former Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren said she’s fielded more than a few calls from people looking for the former Hilton. “They are looking for the old Hilton, and nothing comes up,” Loefgren said. “So that’s when we tell them about Zota Resort.” Construction began in June 2014 on the new resort, which will feature an 84-room hotel tower and a renovated 103-room hotel on site. The project also calls for a new lobby, pool, restaurant and wine bar and 2,758 square feet of meeting space. Its website, zotabeachresort. com, lists Viento Kitchen & Bar as the new gulf-front restaurant and wine bar. No menu or wine list is available. The delayed starting date has heightened interest in checking out the new resort, according to Karen Rangel, regional director of sales for Ocean Properties. “There’s a lot of demand and a lot of curiosity about what’s going on with the property,” Rangel said. The development required improvements to public infrastructure to increase water and wastewater capacity under the Manatee County facility investment fee ordinance. Increasing capacity cost a facil-

ity investment fee of $72,008, which the developer must pay prior to gaining a certificate of occupancy. In return, the town agrees to provide water and wastewater services. Developer agreements were approved Nov. 15, by the Planning and Zoning Board and now go before the Town Commission. Public Works Director Juan Florensa recommended approval. Ocean Properties Vice President Mark Walsh previously said Zota room rates will range from a minimum of $269 a night to a max of $539. Ocean Properties submitted plans to the town for an additional 85 tourism units, a request that was approved. The Zota Beach Resort project was the first to take advantage of a pool of 250 tourism units town voters approved in 2008. Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties owns more than 100

hotels, including the Resort at Longboat Key Club, which it purchased in 2012. It also owns Lido Beach Holiday Inn, Lido Beach Resort and Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach.

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Name: Zota Beach Resort Cost: $24 million Address: 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive Construction began: June 2014 Features: 84-room hotel tower, renovated 103-room hotel on site, new lobby, pool, restaurant and wine bar and 2,758 square feet of meeting space. Contact: Go to zotabeachresort.com or call 855335-1102.

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The website at zotabeachresort.com lists Viento Kitchen & Bar as the new gulf-front restaurant and wine bar. No menu or wine list is available yet.

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COMMON FLORIDA CONSUMER SCAMS The Florida Consumer Fraud Division lists the following common scams and how to avoid them. CHARITY Charitable donation scams are most popular after a disaster or devastating event. Verify a charity at 800helpfla.com. CHECK CASHING A scammer sends you a check for more than the amount they owe for an online transaction, ask you to deposit it into your bank account and send them the difference. The check bounces, of course. A deposited check takes a couple days to clear, whereas wired money is gone instantly. DEBT REDUCTION Anyone in financial trouble can be targeted by scammers who ask for an upfront fee to help you deal with your debts. Check with the Better Business Bureau or the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for company history and track record. IDENTITY THEFT Safeguard your information by monitoring financial statements and reviewing your credit report annually at AnnualCreditReport.com. IRS Someone calls claiming to be from the IRS collecting your tax debt. The IRS does not use the phone, email, text message or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues involving bills or refunds. JURY DUTY You receive a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you missed jury duty. The court will never request your personal information or immediate payment over the phone. ROMANCE In the era of online dating, be leery of those you meet online and have never met in person. Do not send money to anyone you do not know. TECH SUPPORT Individuals posing as computer support technicians ask to remotely access your computer. Never give control of your computer to a third party who calls or emails you. Go to computer company’s website for support. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY A scammer will tell you that you have thousands of dollars in unclaimed assets. You pay the individual a fee for assistance in locating your funds and never receive any money back. Source: myfloridacfo.com/division/Consumers/fraudscams. htm.

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Holidays mean open season for scamsters On Longboat Key, being too trusting can be costly. TERRY O’CONNOR NEWS EDITOR

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is the season for lightfingered Grinches to strip the holiday spirit from unsuspecting families with online scams, telephone rip-offs, gas pump skimmers and home package delivery thefts. Longboat Key Police Detective Bob Bourque said keeping the ho-ho-ho in your holidays means paying attention at a time of multiple merrymaking distractions. “We have the same problem on the island as they do everywhere else,” Bourque said. “There’s just so many different scams.” Many scams target senior citizens, which means Longboat Key is a ripe hunting ground. The median age on Longboat Key is 70.4, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. “They target seniors because they are more trusting,” said Deputy Police Chief Frank Rubino. “They grew up wanting to help the next person and aren’t as suspicious.” On Longboat Key, or any other beach municipality, being too trusting can be costly. It’s no longer a given your goods will still be on the beach after you’ve taken a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, Bourque said. “There are people who travel the entire state going to beach accesses and looking for valuables on the beach and in unlocked cars,” he said. “The biggest way that we, the people on Longboat Key, have a crime is a simple car burglary.” But there’s more. Don’t have holiday packages delivered to an unattended doorstep. Thieves look for that. “Have it dropped at a neighbor’s house or your work,” Rubino said. “Now with tracking numbers, you pretty much know when it’s coming.” One of the newest scams is cracking the PayPal online payment system to access eBay accounts. “Our victims had set up accounts with eBay and somebody got into the eBay system,” Bourque said. “They went into people’s profile and changed addresses and ordered stuff because they had saved their credit card information. They ordered a lot of stuff.” Police detectives check online listings for Longboat Key every day to ensure authenticity, Bourque said. “We go on Craigslist every single day, and look for those on Longboat Key, and mark ones that don’t check out as frauds,” Bourque said. “Obviously, we don’t catch every one of them. But we look for them. And they’ll be there every day.” Another scam — credit card skimmers. Police Chief Pete Cumming said two card skimmers were found recently in gas pumps

TIPS TO AVOID HOLIDAY SCAMS Protect yourself from holiday scams with the following tips from the Longboat Key Police Department and AARP:

Don’t:

Never save credit information after an online transaction. Reinsert it for every purchase.

Do:

Make sure any charity you support is registered with the Secretary of State. Ask how much money goes to fundraising and charitable purposes.

Don’t:

Never buy gift cards indirectly. Buy directly from the store. Have the card scanned to ensure the balance is correct.

Do:

Require a signature on all package deliveries. Write specific instructions for the delivery company on where to leave your package. Consider having your package delivered to you at work.

Don’t:

Use unfamiliar websites. Look for reviews on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau or search the retailer’s name and “scam” to see if it checks out before giving payment information.

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Take care of yourself during the hectic holiday season. Research shows people experiencing an illness, loneliness or financial difficulties are less able to avoid scams.

Don’t:

Never use public Wi-Fi to check sensitive financial information or make credit card buys.

Do:

Use a credit monitoring system.

at the only station on the island. Cumming said consumers should look at the pump for any apparent tampering and protect themselves further by using a pump directly in the line of sight of the store clerk. “Skimmers are all over the place,” Bourque said. Longboat Key residents are not immune from simple fraud. A new twist on an old check-swap scam snagged $1,500 recently from a woman looking for work, according to a Longboat Key Police Department report. She received a $1,650 check from someone she thought was her new employer with a note attached saying it was for expenses. The victim deposited the check and was under the impression it cleared, according to the report. “Sometimes it takes up to two weeks to find out these checks are worthless,” Bourque said. The victim was out $1,500,

according to the detective. Catching online criminals is unlikely, authorities say. Digital reach is global, and the shell game is complex. Cumming and Bourque said a “fraudster” in Ukraine can access private data and send purchases to a drop house operated by an unsuspecting employee hired online. The purchases are shipped overseas and quickly sold. “Try solving that crime,” Cumming said. And, be wary of door-to-door pitchmen. All solicitors require a permit to operate on Longboat Key. “And we don’t issue many of those,” Cumming said. But, it ’tis also the season to keep a charitable spirit toward religious door knockers. “A permissible purpose is a religious endeavor,” Cumming said. “We can’t stop that. It’s a constitutional (right).”

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Longboat Key Mayor Jack Duncan is on the road to recovery — again. Duncan, 67, was hospitalized for less than a week after a quadruple bypass heart procedure Nov. 18. He returned home in time for Thanksgiving weekend, his family said. The mayor said it will be awhile before he wields the gavel again for the Longboat Key Commission. Doctors have placed him on a restricted-movement regimen for 30 days. He can’t lift more than 5 pounds, drive or even sit in the front seat out of concern for the possible damage a deployed airbag could inflict. “They keep telling me the same thing over and over again: You will do up to this amount and that is it,” Duncan said. “You won’t push beyond it.” Duncan described 2016 as a “very, very interesting year” in terms of his health. He said he thought he had a heart attack in January before doctors “drilled out” the carotid artery. Then, he contracted pneumonia in March, which eventually triggered his cardiologist’s attention, he said. When tests showed blockages in arteries to his heart, Duncan was back in the hospital. “(They) thought I had one or two small blockages, but it ended

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Longboat Key Mayor Jack Duncan, 67, is sitting on the sidelines while he recovers from a quadruple bypass heart procedure.

up there were four, and they had to bypass four arteries,” he said. Vice Mayor Terry Gans will fill in for the mayor at the next Town Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Town Manager David Bullock said he’s coordinated mayoral duties with Gans and anything he would normally take to Duncan will go the vice mayor while the mayor recovers. Duncan, a retired marketing executive, moved to Longboat Key in 1999. He will end a sixyear run on the Town Commission in March, when he reaches his term’s limit. Former Mayor George Spoll, who is unopposed in the March 14 election, will succeed Duncan in the District 2 seat.

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Island mayors project $61.5M gap BARRIER ISLAND POPULATIONS IN MANATEE COUNTY Terry O’Connor

Traffic, pictured at the Longboat Pass Bridge, is one of the most obvious tourism pressures on Longboat Key infrastructure.

An infrastructure funding gap of $61.5 million is expected over the next 15 years, according to a report by the four Manatee County barrier island mayors.

TERRY O’CONNOR NEWS EDITOR

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eading into the 2017 tourism season fresh off two record years, the mayors of Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are appealing to Manatee County to invest more money in its greatest tourism asset: the barrier islands. Without it, an infrastructure funding gap of $61.5 million is expected to grow over the next 15 years, according to a report developed during the past few months by the four barrier island mayors. Public safety, transportation, parks and recreation, public buildings and beaches and waterways projects all contribute to the projected funding shortfall. Florida is on track to shatter its tourism records statewide with 85.5 million visitors through the first three quarters of 2016, according to a report issued last week by Gov. Rick Scott. During the same time in 2015, the state logged 80.59 million visitors. A lot of those feet shuffled

through Longboat Key sands and into its resorts, according to Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Director Gail Loefgren. “You can tell it’s been a record tourism year for Longboat Key just by the traffic,” Loefgren said. “It’s more than usual and earlier. The island businesses were happy with the summer.” Mayors Jack Duncan of Longboat Key, Bill Shearon of Bradenton Beach, Bob Johnson of Holmes Beach and Dan Murphy of Anna Maria Island worked for months on the report, which focuses on reconciling budgets, populations, revenue and expenditures. The funding request focuses on Manatee County alone, said Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock. “Manatee is different than Sarasota in that they have four cities entirely composed of barrier islands,” Bullock said. “Sarasota only has Longboat Key. Plus, Sarasota has a different structure for its surtax and several other things.” The number of barrier island visitors, estimated at an average

of 9,000 per day by the mayors’ report, is putting pressure on infrastructure. The north half of Longboat Key in southern Manatee County has a permanent population of 2,378 and a seasonal count of 5,483. Barrier island populations are not growing, but demand on infrastructure is mushrooming as more visitors arrive each year. The seasonal visitor and day tripper population is at least 3.1 times greater than the permanent population, which forces island cities to offer services for roughly triple the resident population, according to the report. The pressure is not entirely from visitors. Planned or approved new development near the barrier islands is estimated at as many as 12,000 units in Manatee County and 4,221 units in Sarasota County. The growing tourism impact was illustrated in the report through the increase of more than 100,000 trolley riders in the past five years. Emergency calls are up 62% during the same period. “There’s clearly a trend of addi-

PERMANENT Community Anna Maria Island Bradenton Beach Holmes Beach Longboat Key TOTAL

Population 1,516* 1,178 3,851 2,378 8,923

SEASONAL Community Anna Maria Island Longboat Key Day visitors TOTAL

Population 13,313* 5,483 9,000 27,796

*Anna Maria Island includes the cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Source: Barrier Island Mayors Report

tional impact of tourism on the barrier islands,” Bullock. “What we’re asking for is in the context of that and the revenues generated by these barrier islands. Everyone in Manatee County benefits because of the barrier islands. We’re just asking for a little bit of help in managing these impacts.” The report will be presented to the Manatee County Commission at its 4 p.m. Dec. 6 meeting.

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Resident donates $2.5 million to Salvation Army KATIE JOHNS STAFF WRITER

A few weeks ago, a man approached Salvation Army Sarasota seeking a way to afford housing that wouldn’t cost him all of his $1,000 monthly income. Through the Salvation Army’s Quality of Life by Choice Program, that man was able to find shared housing and save $400 of his wages each month. The QLife Program was implemented 18 months ago, and thanks to donors like Longboat Key resident Arnold Simonsen, its effects are becoming tangible. At the first QLife Celebration Luncheon on Nov. 10 at The Francis, the Salvation Army announced Simonsen’s donation of $2.5 million to the organization and its QLife Program. His donation will be dispersed throughout the program’s efforts. The program’s mission is to use behavioral science to nudge people experiencing homelessness in the direction they were already hoping to move toward. “What he supported was the framework that helped change the culture of how the Salvation Army serves those experiencing homelessness,” said Major Ethan Frizzell, area commander of the Salvation Army Sarasota.

From Frizzell’s experience, when someone experiencing homelessness is told what to do, they typically decide not to do it. The QLife Program allows those who are homeless to plan out their next steps in the order they want. A house or job isn’t always someone’s first priority, Frizzell said. Frizzell and Simonsen worked together to decide where the $2.5 million would go. Simonsen, former CEO of Simonsen’s Inc., said the program sounded like a good one. He said he is concerned about the homeless in Sarasota, so making his donation to Salvation Army was easy. “They are one of the best run charitable organizations in Sarasota,” he said. Simonsen’s donation, which is called a bundle gift, includes operating funds for the QLife initiative, capital support over the next few years and a bequest. His donation also funds the Quality of Life Center on the GlasserSchoenbaum Human Services Center and will create funds in various other areas for Salvation Army, Frizzell said. “Gifts of this size are rare and notable, but encouraging, I think, to the community,” Frizzell said. When Frizzell and Simonsen first met in 2014, Frizzell knew Simonsen would be a good match to help the QLife Program. “He wanted to make a significant impact for individuals suffering from homelessness,” Frizzell said. “He wanted to do it in a way that dignified the person and

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Michael Saunders, Arnold Simonsen and Ronda Montminy at last year’s Aging in Paradise Gala. Simonsen donated $2.5 million to the Salvation Army and QLife Program.

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Action on traffic While Sarasota and Bradenton Beach officials say nothing new is planned to help relieve congestion, Longboat’s Lenny Landau is urging residents to change behavior.

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ou have to give credit to Lenny Landau, Longboat Key’s chief unpaid, volunteer data analyst. He’s a doer, a GSD guy (Get S--Done guy), not just a talker. He wouldn’t make a good politician, that’s for sure. Landau is tired of all the yammering about traffic — and nothing changing. So he’s trying. He’s doing something. Which is more than you can say about some of the officialdom that you would expect to be addressing this region’s most-talked-about issue. See box below. Many Longboaters know Landau. A jet-engine engineer for General Electric and Longboat resident for nearly two decades, Landau thinks quantitatively and by common sense. Voluntarily and as a member of the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force, Landau has analyzed quantitatively everything from submerged water pipes in the bay to beach erosion to water usage to electric grids. Given all of the angst about traffic, this past summer Landau turned his attention to traffic. He wanted data, but he quickly realized the problems were obvious — too many people trying to go places at the same time and not enough road capacity. But also knowing that state and regional transportation officials and road building take eons to GSD, Landau applied common-sense engineering thinking to this question: What can we do now, requiring little expense? Here’s one thing Landau concluded after his initial research: “We don’t need any other studies,” Landau told attendees at a recent meeting of the Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums. “We know what has to be done.” And he told them, appropriately: “Stop wishing. Start doing.” Indeed. One of Landau’s other conclusions: Longboat residents (and everyone everywhere, for that matter) can implement commonsense changes in their behavior that would help reduce traffic congestion. Beyond that, the region’s residents, snowbirds and visitors are at the mercy of local, regional and state public officials’ and elected leaders’ efforts to address capacity and flow. Clearly, none of them has stepped forward to be the general, generals or commander-in-chief to address what is reaching an annual three- to fivemonth crisis. Yes, it is becoming a crisis. No, scores of people are not dying in their

HOW YOU CAN HELP REDUCE CONGESTION The Longboat Observer published last week Longboat resident Lenny Landau’s recommendations to help reduce traffic congestion. They deserve to be seen and read again: FOR RESIDENTS: n Consider alternatives to off-island trips by patronizing island businesses or not going at all. n Plan off-island trips during nonpeak periods before 10:30 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. n Use real-time traffic tools such as Google Maps Traffic before leaving home. n Car pool. n Shop online or on the phone. n Schedule annual and semiannual appointments outside of season. FOR BUSINESSES: n Extend early-bird hours to encourage eating at local restaurants by people with event tickets. n Expand medical services available on island. n Establish a park-and-ride service for Sarasota and St. Armands Circle venues. n Change work schedules to redistribute traffic through earlier start times and four-day workweeks. FOR GOVERNMENT n Test traffic ideas by using police. n Improve traffic light tim-

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cars as they sit in barely crawling traffic. But when traffic is all everyone talks and complains about, and when citizens’ groups have formed to stop development because of traffic, the message is obvious: Citizens want leaders to take corrective action.

NO CHANGE IN SARASOTA, BRADENTON BEACH When we called the Sarasota Police Department this week to ask whether it has any new plans or strategies for the season to improve the flow of traffic at the major choke points of the Ringling Bridge and U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road and U.S. 41, the spokesperson for the department said: “We don’t have any real plans to do anything different. We’re increasing the traffic unit from four to five officers. Except for that, it’s going to be status quo.” Asked what the fifth officer will do to affect traffic control, the spokesperson described how this officer would just help with customary traffic patrol, roadside assistance, school crossing needs and ticketing. In Bradenton Beach, the story will be the same: No change. Said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam

Speciale: “I’ve been here 30 years, and we’ve tried everything. Nothing works.” Speciale said his department has tried in the past to station a traffic officer at the Bradenton Beach circle and the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection, the major choke points. “They left after five minutes, because there is nothing they can do,” he told us. “We still have a five-pound bag, and now we’re putting 100 pounds into it. “And now they’re trying to bring even more people down here.” Moral of the story: You are now officially forewarned. Traffic congestion this season will be a repeat of 2015. That’s all the more reason to take heed of some of Lenny Landau’s self-help suggestions. — Ed.

Proposed ordinance would limit Colony

This is not good news for Chuck Whittall and his Unicorp National Development Corp. — the would-be redeveloper of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort: The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board this week sent to the Town Commission newly drafted revisions to the town’s zoning code for planned unit developments. Here is a key passage in the proposal: (1) Height. … The town commission may, at the applicant’s request, approve increases in building height above the greater of this maximum height if the required building setback is increased by two feet, for every one foot of additional height requested, or open space is increased by 2% for every one foot of additional height requested, up to a maximum height of 80 feet above base flood elevation.

For Whittall, this can be a problem — based on what he has said he intends to develop. We’re told he has discussed with town officials a desire to construct: 180 five-star hotel units; and 180 luxury condominiums. And he wants to do that on 18 acres, nine of which must be devoted to open space. Altogether, that’s about 20 units per acre. The existing Colony contained 13 units per acre. Now juxtapose those figures against the recently completed Aria luxury condominium just up the road. That development contains 16 units on four floors (four per floor) on five acres. The units range in size from, say, 3,500 to 4,000 square feet. That’s what the luxury buyer seeks today for his $3 million and more. Now imagine 180 luxury condos amid 180 five-star hotel rooms and resort amenities such as multiple tennis courts, swimming pools, restaurants and parking. And imagine: If each floor runs between the 12 and 15 feet high that is custromary today, an 80-foot maximum height would accommodate a six-story building. That’s the number of stories of the Colony’s midrise building, albeit with lower ceilings. Now imagine 180 3,000-squarefoot condominiums in six-story buildings. And say there are 10 units per floor. That would be three sixstory buildings of 180,000 square feet, each the size of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. And that’s not counting what would be needed to accommodate the 180-room hotel. The point is if the Town Commission adopts the revised ordinance for planned unit developments with the 80-foot restriction, Whittall’s development would be more crowded than if he is able to build higher. What’s more, if Whittall wants, say, to build higher than 80 feet, the new ordinance would require him to increase his setbacks and thus reduce his development footprint. As one planning board member told us, for more than two decades the town has resisted the 13- and 14-story high-rises that were built on the beach prior to 1984. Altogether, this pending town ordinance, to be considered by the Town Commission Dec. 12, adds yet another wrinkle of uncertainty to Unicorp’s proposed purchase of the Colony property. Meantime, Manfred Welfonder continues to await his turn.

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very so often, a reader calls me to ask what information to include in an obituary. Usually, they’re preparing it for a family member, but occasionally, I ask the caller who the obit is for, and he or she answers: “Me.” Right now, I feel a little like I’m writing my own obituary, though for the record, I’m not dying. I’m moving on from the place I began my career. I’ve accepted a position as an editor for The Penny Hoarder, a website about personal finance and unique ways to make money with about 16 million monthly readers, based in my hometown of St. Petersburg. I’m excited for the new challenge, but I’m still grappling with this fact: Next week will be the first time in nearly 10 years and three months that my name doesn’t appear in an Observer.

late friends framing artist Terry Petesch, who framed a piece of good news he found in the news each week and delivered it to the subject, or Tiny’s owner Sue Vaught, who risked everything to buy her beloved bar. Technically, neither was famous outside of the community, but they made a difference to so many people. Seldom was writing their life stories a depressing task; instead, after a day of reporting, I would usually look back and say, “Wow. What a life.” Now, as I say goodbye, I can say that you all have given me endless memories from this chapter in my life. The best memories you’ve given me have been when you’ve come together — not to bicker at Town Hall, but for good. There’s no better example than the Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party. Chaired by the tireless Michael Garey, it brings the community together for an afternoon of food and drink to raise money for scholarships and local children’s charities. I’m not done making such memories. Although my final day with the Observer is Dec. 2, I’ll still be there Dec. 3 for this year’s Lawn Party. I hope to have a drink with many of you there and toast to the times we’ve shared. Thanks for a great decade.

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With more than 30 restaurants on its lineup, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party is bringing a bevy of options to this year’s event. Recent restaurant add-ons include Amore Restaurant, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar and the Chiles Restaurant Group, including Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Sea Smoke Smokehouse of Cortez, a first-time participant, will use the lawn party as its debut. “At the core, this is a food and wine event,” Michael Garey, event chairman and owner-operator of the Lazy Lobster of Longboat, said. “It would not be possible without the generosity of the restaurants who donate the food, their time and their talent and the restaurant suppliers, like Gold Coast Eagle and Sysco and various wine vendors.” Renamed the “Edith Barr Dunn Memorial 50/50 Raffle” in honor of its founder, the raffle is back after a one-year hiatus. The profits of the raffle, along with the other event profits, will be donated to various area children’s charities and help fund the 30 to 35 scholarships the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key awards each year. Tickets for the raffle will be

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QUARRELING COUPLE 10:45 p.m. — 2600 block of Harbourside Drive Public Disturbance: A man reported a verbal disturbance with a couple arguing loudly at a marina. The male and female continued to argue as they left on foot. Police were unable to find the pair, and the guard at the gate said he had not seen them.

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LOST ... AND FOUND AT SEA 3:43 p.m. — Offshore Longboat Key Overdue Kayaker: Manatee County Marine Patrol requested help from Longboat Key Marine Patrol in finding a kayaker who had not returned as scheduled. The subject was later reported found, and police ended their search.

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SWIMMER SHOCK 11:40 a.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road Larceny: A Bradenton woman reported her $30 Toyota key fob with her car key and her iPhone 4 were stolen from the beach during the 20 minutes she was in the water. The car was undisturbed.

DOOR KNOCKERS 7:15 p.m. — 400 block of GMD Suspicious Person: A salesman knocking on doors in Channel Lane was reported, but police could not find the person. Police noted this may be the beginning of people knocking on doors, posing as sales representatives during the Christmas season.

DRIFTWOOD THEFT 4:04 p.m. — 200 block of North Shore Road Suspicious Person: A caller reported people were putting driftwood into a black Jeep. As he was taking photos of the group, a female knocked his phone from his hand. Police could not find the Jeep.

LOCKED IN 10:24 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway Business Alarm: A grocery store alarm was triggered by an employee who had been locked in after closing. The store manager returned to let the employee out and reset the alarm.

ROGUE RIDER 4:08 p.m. — 700 block of Norton Street Property Damage: A man reported a neighbor told him a Waste Management truck driver backed over a back-flow prevention device through his grass and struck a small brick retaining wall and driveway gate. The witness provided a typed statement of what he saw. The damaged property had already been fixed, and the victim did not know what it cost because he didn’t receive bills.

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DUPLICATE BRIDGE Takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Cost is $10. Call Susan Brill at 216-9600.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3

KIWANIS CLUB GOURMET LAWN PARTY Takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside driving range, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Enjoy dishes from more than 30 restaurants. Tickets are $50. Tables of 10 are available for $450. Raffle tickets will be sold for $100 apiece. Call 383-0440.

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ROTARY CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY Meets at 5:15 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Cost is $10. Call Jack Rozance at 383-5659.

CATEGORY II LONGBOAT KEY SENIOR MEN’S TOURNAMENT Takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road, the Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, and Cedars Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court. Call 316-8367

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SIP & SHOP Takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at J McLaughlin, 515 Bay Isles Parkway. The event is hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s community outreach committee. Fifteen percent of sales will benefit Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family. For information, call J McLaughlin at 960-2071.

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ISLAND BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a networking event for the Manatee, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key chambers of commerce members and guests. There will be a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and door prizes. The event is free for members and $10 for guests. Call the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 383-2466.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3

CHRIST CHURCH TOY AND FOOD DRIVE Takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. New, unwrapped toys, books and bikes for children of all ages will be accepted. The donations will be given to Turning Points, an agency that provides services to the homeless in Manatee County. The church will also collect canned goods for Our Daily Bread, an agency that provides nutritional needs for the needy. For more information, contact Sue Wertman at 383-1731.

MONDAY, DEC. 5

LUNCH & LEARN: HOW TO STAY INDEPENDENT AT HOME Takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Michael Jones, owner of Comfort Keepers, and other panelists will discuss how to create increased income, avoid the pitfalls of home care, eliminate mortgage expenses and other topics. A Q&A will take place during lunch. Cost is $10, and lunch

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NETWORKING @ NOON Takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Surf Shack, 326 John Ringling Blvd. Enjoy lunch while networking with chamber members and guests. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Call 383-2466.

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MOVEMENT, MUSCLES AND MORE Takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This full-body workout incorporates balance, stretching and strengthening. Cost is $8. RSVP to maryannbrady@ aginginparadise.org or by phone at 383-6493.

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KIWANIS CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY Meets at 7:30 a.m. at Longboat Key Club Tavern and Whiskey Bar, 3110 Harbourside Drive. Cost is $10, including a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847. BEGINNER ZUMBA Takes place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $10. Call 383-6493 or email maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org. SHIFTING SANDS SUPPORT GROUP Takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Cushing Room of Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call 383-6491. 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 904-610-7565.

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BEGINNERS BRIDGE OR REFRESHER COURSE Takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $10. RSVP to maryannbrady@aginginparadise.org or call 383-6493.

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Jim and Renee Strickland, with Strickland Ranch in southeast Manatee County, are longtime cattle ranchers.

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A new model in farming, getting food to the customer faster and fresher, isn’t for the faint of heart.

im Strickland’s promotion at his Myakka City family-run cattle and citrus farm came suddenly and tragically. It was in 1973. Hiram Strickland, Jim’s dad and onetime Manatee County tax assessor, had died unexpectedly. The multigenerational cattle-ranching family looked to the younger Strickland, then 17, to take over. More than four decades later Jim Strickland,

60, remains at the helm of Strickland Ranch, now working in tandem with his wife, Renee. Strickland Ranch, about 27,000 acres, has mixed survival years with periods where it thrived, much like other farms in Florida. Both Stricklands, also like many other Florida farmers, say they are in it for the passion and heritage, not necessarily sales and profits. “I’m just a cowboy,” Jim Strickland is fond of saying. The Stricklands are also just one of a handful of cattle farms statewide to lead the way on a new, albeit risky business model: Going farm-to-table with cattle, specifically, and for now exclusively, selling high-end beef to prominent Tampa restaurateur Richard Gonzmart for use in Gonzmart’s restaurants Ulele and Goody Goody. The Gonzmart family also operates Columbia, with seven locations, and recently purchased the Pattigeorge’s site on Longboat Key to build a new restaurant. But for now that side of the business doesn’t get its beef from Strickland Ranch. Ulele is a high-end eatery with a Native Americaninspired menu. Goody Goody is a historic Tampa brand, specializing in burgers and pies. Gonzmart and his team recently resurrected the Goody Goody concept. “Jim is a fourth-generation rancher, his wife, Renee, is fifth generation. I’m the fourth generation co-owner and caretaker of the Columbia, and I believe family businesses provide better products because it’s not just business, it’s family,” says Gonzmart. “It’s my personal reputation on the line, just as it is theirs.” The risk in farm-to-table is in the process: It costs up to $1,000 extra per animal, in feeding and

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sales, with $487 million in 2013, the council says it in its latest annual report. Calf market share leaders on the Gulf Coast include Polk County, with a 5.84% share; Hillsborough, with a 3.8% share; and Manatee, with a 2.26% share. Strickland Ranch, about 65 miles southeast of Tampa, is one of the more active cattle sellers in the state. The Stricklands decline to disclose annual sales, only to say business has been steady of late, after a dip in cattle prices nationwide a few years ago. “We are definitely larger than most,” Renee Strickland says, “but we pale in comparison to a few huge ones in Florida.” GROWING DEMAND

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While it’s not the largest cattle farm, Strickland Ranch has taken a big leadership role in adding an element of farm-to-table to its business model, in conjunction with Gonzmart. The Stricklands and Gonzmart met through mutual acquaintances in agriculture, and after several chats they realized they had an old family connection. Strickland’s father worked with Gonzmart’s father on a project in the 1980s. “We have a special relationship with Mr. Gonzmart,” says Renee Strickland. “He’s not only a business partner, but a friend.” The calves for Ulele and Goody Goody, branded separately than the other calves on Strickland Ranch, remain on the farm for up to nine months. These Black Angus calves are fed differently, including Florida-grown corn and grain from Ulele’s brewery.

The Stricklands have worked with Gonzmart exclusively on the farm-to-table model since 2014. After the calves leave Strickland Ranch, the process is nearly 100% made-in-Florida. There are three stops: one for more feeding and fattening; one for processing and slaughtering; and one for butchering into specifications and sizes for the restaurants. All three places in the supply chain had been in Florida, says Jim Strickland, until one entity recently filed for bankruptcy. He had to get special permission from the Florida Department of Agriculture for the calves to leave Florida, for no more than 21 days, where the lot gets fed in a plant in Georgia. Gonzmart and his team are the final stop in the supply chain. They buy the beef and store it and treat it in an aged process. Up next: the kitchen, and finally, a customer’s plate. The Strickland Ranch name is even on Ulele’s menu, in the section describing the origin of products used in the dishes. “I always prefer to do business with someone I’ve met,” says Gonzmart. “I’ve been to the Strickland Ranch to see his operation. We shook hands on our deal. I have complete confidence that we’re providing our guests the very best Florida beef.” Ashley Hughes, executive director of the Florida Beef Council, says the marketing push in working with someone like Gonzmart is a big perk for Strickland Ranch. “People want to know where their beef comes from, and there is a lot of customer demand for Florida beef,” says Hughes. “The Stricklands can now put a face to the name with what they are doing.”

CATTLE ON THE GULF COAST County

Market share Polk 5.84% Hillsborough 3.8% Pasco 2.29% Manatee 2.26% Charlotte 1.27% Sarasota 1.02% Lee 0.76% 0.66% Collier Pinellas 0.03% Source: Florida Beef Council

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Better branding, says Jim Strickland, doesn’t necessarily translate to higher margins in selling fresh cattle directly to an enduser such as Gonzmart. While the premiums can be higher, Strickland says he’s beholden to the cattle market, and when the price of cattle is down, like it has been nationally, he drops his prices, too. “The price doesn’t just go up,” says Strickland, for merely doing it this way. The Stricklands, instead, say the work with Gonzmart has paid off in several other ways. For one, Strickland points to a reduced carbon footprint. He’s not having to ship as many calves out west in trucks. Another benefit, says Strickland, is education on a new way of farming. “This process has made us much more knowledgeable and caring farmers,” he says. “It has made us better because now we take a look at the entire life of the calf.” Not that the Stricklands were ranch novices before working

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with Gonzmart. Jim Strickland, in addition to his family history and decades in farming, has held several leadership posts with statewide beef and agriculture organizations. And Renee Strickland also has a long background in farming and cattle ranches. Her father was head rancher at what’s now Babcock Ranch, a massive master-planned community under development in Charlotte and Lee counties. Renee Strickland also runs a global cattle brokerage business, where she matches farms from Pakistan to Ecuador with cattle, usually from the United States. Together, the Stricklands have been lauded for some of their farming practices, even before working on this new model with Gonzmart. The list includes implementing a grazing system that rotates to make the pasture last longer; installing wells for cattle that protects wetlands while providing a consistent water source; and regular soil samples to make sure each pasture gets the right amount of fertilizer. It’s that kind of pride in the product that’s the final motivation to keep going with Gonzmart. The Stricklands say they are unsure if they will expand the farm-totable model to other restaurants or buyers, but they are happy to have gotten this far. “It’s nice to know your meat is as good as you thought it was,” says Jim Strickland. “That means a lot to us.”

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ON THE RANCH Some facts about Florida cattle ranching include: n Seven of the top 10 counties for cattle and calf population growth from 2004-2013 are the Panhandle and Big Bend region. n Walton County, between Pensacola and Tallahassee, has more than doubled its herd size in the past decade. n The Florida Heartland counties in lower-central Florida — DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee — make up 31% of the entire Florida cattle population.

Source: Florida Beef Council

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For the love of the game Dolores Levy started the tennis group about six years ago, but it’s turned into something bigger than she planned. KATIE JOHNS STAFF WRITER

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he ladies are woven together as tightly as the strings on the tennis rackets that bring them together. Their moods are light and the banter is quick, just like their feet on the tennis courts. From one court comes, “This isn’t bird watching, ladies.” From another comes, “How are you? How is your cold?” The women chatting are just 16 of the 77 women on Dolores Levy’s email list for Rombo, a tennis group that meets Saturday mornings. Levy began the group about six years ago after her U.S. Tennis Association team needed extra

people to help them practice. Rombo, Levy said, is an amalgamation of thought. The name was picked out of the air, she said once. It’s a secret, she said another time. It’s a derivative of round robin, she finally settled on. Whatever the origin, Rombo is really a thing. Eventually, the USTA team stopped, but Rombo kept growing. Those who organize tennis matches for the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center started asking Levy if new members could join. Levy agreed because, as she puts it, she wants to play forward and pay forward. She’s a big advocate for the tennis center. Not only does she call it a wonderful place to meet people, the center helped her through a tough time. Levy, 84, moved to Longboat Key with her husband in 1993. He died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2003, leaving Levy alone. “They took me in, and it’s just, you know, it filled a spot in my life that could have been very empty

Chantal Diem, Dolores Levy and Virginia Lipton smile after a Rombo tennis match Nov. 12.

because my kids are all grown and had their own lives, and I was all alone. And it was a good place to meet people and make new friendships,” she said. Joining the tennis center made Levy branch out to new activities, too. She now plays golf. She’s not the only one who’s made friendships. The ladies are also in bridge and mahjong groups, and they play tennis at their respective condominium courts. But on Saturday mornings, it’s all about Rombo. “When I see four courts full of women playing tennis and all having a good time, it just makes me feel good,” Levy said. The process is simple for Levy, but it’s one that keeps her week going. Every Monday she emails the 77 women asking who can play. They respond yes or no, and based off that, Levy makes up courts of four. She follows up on Wednesdays to confirm the number of players. When Saturday morning rolls around, Levy hands out cards to the women telling them what courts they will be playing on. After 45 minutes, they switch. The women never know who they are going to be playing with. It changes each week and each round. Watching the women interact, especially with Levy, a word that might come to mind is gratitude. “They enjoy doing it,” Levy said. “They enjoy taking part in it. They enjoy making it a success. They’ve been appreciative to me.” That is the reason Levy feels

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like she’s doing something good for the tennis center. And as much as Levy appreciates the women who participate, they appreciate her just a little more. “She brings together loving women who love tennis,” Ginny Lipton, a four-year Rombo member, said. As Lipton puts it, it’s as much about the friendship as it is the tennis. While the group is competitive, there isn’t a reward for winning. “It’s good tennis, but we totally enjoy the camaraderie,” Sally Steele said.

Jayne Meth and Mary Dykun high-five during a Rombo tennis match Nov. 12.

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Judith Litvin, 89, of Longboat Key and formerly Newton Mass., died Nov. 24. She is survived by her brother, Herbert Hurwitz; son, Andrew Litvin; daughter, Chaya; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Rofeh International, 1710 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445.

HENRY RETEK SR.

Henry Retek, 78, of McHenry, Ill., died Nov. 21. He was born Oct. 12, 1938, in Chicago, to the late Frank and Amelia Retek. He was a plumber who enjoyed fishing, boating, tennis, pool and spending time at his second and third homes in Crystal Falls, Mich., and Longboat Key. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Roy Feltson Jr. He is survived by three children, Mike Retek Jr., Joe Retek Sr., and Toni Feltson; their spouses; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; companion, Diana Bauman; former spouse, Marisa Retek; and former spouse and mother of his children, Sally Retek. Memorial donations can be made in Henry’s name to any hospice.

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‘Drawing Re-Imagined’ premieres at art center fruition is magical,” Corr said. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ website, ringling.edu/ LBKCA, says drawing is the art of creating images usually consisting of lines. The two artists use line, gesture, shade and pattern to form their points of view in their work. The exhibit is on display until Jan. 13 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S. An artist talk will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. — KATIE JOHNS

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The Rev. Bill Friederich, of Longboat Island Chapel; the Rev. Frederick Emrich, of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Rev. Keith Copeland of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, the Rev. Norman Pritchard, of Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian; Mary Elizabeth Carey, of St. Mary; Mimi Horwitz, pastoral care assistant for Longboat Island Chapel; Louise Dodenhoff Hauser, of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, the Rev. David Danner, of All Angels; and Rabbi Stephen Sniderman, of Temple Beth Israel.

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emple Beth Israel Rabbi Stephen Sniderman knows how much eating goes on during the holidays. But eating doughnuts and other treats isn’t the sin, he said. The sin, Sniderman told attendees at the 36th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, is the number of people who go hungry. Sniderman’s message during the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service was simple. Listen to God’s word, and then act on it instead of just listening.

Sniderman and eight other clergy and faith representatives led the service Nov. 22 at Longboat Island Chapel. Sniderman became Temple Beth Israel’s rabbi during the summer, so this was his first time participating in the service. “Let us try to translate these words into reality by partnering with God to make this world a better place,” he said. Those in attendance were asked to bring a canned good. The canned goods and all monetary donations will be given to The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank.

Offerings collected will go to The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank.

Geri and Fred Nelson An interfaith choir with members from each place of worship sang throughout the service.

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Completely renovated 3 bedroom/3 bath residence offers direct views of the Gulf of Mexico from every room. The updated kitchen has been opened to maximize water views and for ease of entertaining. Marble flooring, a one touch shade and Lutron lighting system, his and hers custom walk-in closets and the resort-like amenities at Water Club all make this the pinnacle of Longboat Life.

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thank you. “We’ve come so far in the last few years, and we couldn’t have done it without any of the people in this room,” he said. The event featured performances by opera singers Carol Sparrow, Randolph Locke, Johanna Fincher and Robyn Rocklein and a raffle, with a prize of six bottles of Seabirds Vineyard wine.

he fourth annual Arias in Flight had a slight change in theme this year. While the lunch was still honoring Save our Seabirds, this year’s event was a donor appreciation event. Sixty donors were present Nov. 19 at Sarasota Yacht Club for the luncheon. Save Our Seabirds CEO David Pilston said this is the organization’s way of saying

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Kim Bassos-Hull, a senior biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory, spoke to the Garden Club about her work with dolphin, stingrays and other marine research and conservation efforts.

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he Longboat Key Garden Club got a lesson in marine life conservation Nov. 15 at its monthly meeting. Kim Bassos-Hull, a senior biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory, spoke to the club about her research and conservation efforts on dolphins, stingrays and other marine wildlife. She also spoke about her company, Flow Paddle Tours, which gives customized kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours, along with classes in Sarasota Bay. The members enjoyed sweet treats and coffee before the meeting started. The club is gearing up for season and getting ready for its welcome back luncheon.

Vicki White, Carol Peschel and Gail Wyer

Photos by Katie Johns

Garden Club President Susan Phillips, Kimberly Roberts and Palma Panza

Deborah Marino and Diane Blake

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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

NOV. 14 - 18

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condominium in The Beach Residences tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Robert and Maureen Ruscher, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 902 condominium at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Charles and Faine Smith, of Avon by the Sea, N.J., for $3.45 million. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,964 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,873,900 in 2011.

BAY ISLES

Norman Epstein, of Ontario, Canada, sold his home at 3400 Bayou Sound to Rene Siwy, of Sarasota, for $625,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,368 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 1986. BEACHPLACE II

Michael Wilson, trustee, of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the Unit 301 condominium at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Ramel Diab, of Palos Heights, Ill., for $510,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,172 square feet of living area. It sold for $530,000 in 2003.

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Donald Cooks, trustee, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit M1-110F condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Robert Gablin, of Chicago, for $463,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $382,500 in 2002. LONGBOAT HARBOUR

Harris and Harriett Barber, trustees, sold the Unit 208 condominium at 4420 Exeter Drive to Armando and Patricia Gonzalez, of Orlando, for $300,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,168 square feet of living area.

It previously sold for $117,500 in 1989. ST. ARMANDS KEY JOHN RINGLING ESTATES

Mark Scheffee, of Sarasota, and Elizabeth Scheffee, of Windham, Maine, and Jennifer Peterson, of Grand Isle,

Vt., sold their home at 101 N. Adams Drive to Josef Gombert and Jessica Seitz, of Fulda, Germany, for $630,000. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,481 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $97,000 in 1986.

560 Chipping Lane A4125400 $1,849,000 Ian Addy Pa

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

435 L Ambiance Drive H202 A4167486 $1,695,000 Klaus Lang

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-320-1223

723 Jungle Queen Way A4163126 $1,500,000 Marcia Salkin

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

1135 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 506 A4169819 $1,325,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

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

240 Sands Point Road 4601 A4164942 $1,250,000 Chris Wetzig

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-350-8083

513 Hornblower Lane A4160876 $1,100,000 Jenine Meyer

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-266-8303

6322 Laguna Drive A4157415 $899,000 Tina Rudek, Pa

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-920-0303

3384 Bayou Lane A4169419 $879,500 Ryan Heers

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-726-1703

2425 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 1E A4160613 $799,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

Built in 2005, Unit 902 at The Beach Residences has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,964 square feet of living area.

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559

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6701 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 303 A4170272 $729,000 Tina Rudek, Pa

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3475 Byron Lane A4167239 $685,000 Peter Salefsky

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501 Juan Anasco Drive A4169173 $685,000 Richard Perlman

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2159 Harbourside Drive 801 A4155328 $679,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

1920 Harbourside Drive 1004 A4165378 $625,000 Julie Klick

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-780-6001

6945 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 23 A4158692 $538,500 Sharon Freeman

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4725 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 113 A4169667 $525,000 Ian Addy Pa

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6937 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 23 A4167650 $489,000 Janet Walter

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Nov. 17-22, in order of dollar amounts.

L O N G B OAT K E Y ADDRESS 3317 Sabal Cove Drive

PERMIT Residence

1115 GMD

APPLICANT David Gutridge

Reroof

AMOUNT $1.05 million

Beachplace Condo

$320,000

Assoc. 5757 GMD

Doors The Shore Condo Assoc. $55,280

7081 Binnacle Point Drive

Lift, dock and

Preston Speers

$50,200

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Reroof

Lisa Lane Libman

$45,010

903 Spanish Drive S.

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Mark Dugan

$37,440

585 Halyard Lane

Reroof

Hunt Brothers

$35,115

Development Inc.

6320 GMD

Pool

Mateos FL LLC

871 Spanish Drive S.

Windows

Cary Campagna

690 Old Compass Road

Windows

Margaret Pescatello

$9,831

781 Emerald Harbor Drive

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Donald Johnson

$8,054

100 Sands Point Road

Window

William Blake

917-925 Spanish Drive N.

Windows

Richard Hyland

$4,270

6041 GMD

Reroof

Longboat Investors

$2,100

$35,000 $12,770

5060 Gulf Of Mexico Drive A4145711 $8,200,000 Beverly St Hilaire

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-504-3303

$6,511

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Edward and Elizabeth Kasper, of Farmington Hills, Mich., sold their Unit 511 condominium at 1001 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Dominic and Carole Cristiano, of Ontario, Canada, for $288,000. Built in 1980, it has one bedroom, one bath and 813 square feet of living area.

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

3240 Gulf Of Mexico Drive B407 A4162850 $445,000 Crystal Cosby

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

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

Longboat Key 941-966-8000 571-230-5013

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4500 Gulf Of Mexico Drive PH2 A4167934 $475,000 Bobbi Banan

4500 Gulf Of Mexico Drive PH6 A4168620 $425,000 Bobbi Banan

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

6051 Gulf Of Mexico Dr A3983113 $3,950,000 Ann Martin & Joanna Benante

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-7717

6101 Gulf Of Mexico Drive A4166781 $3,650,000 Sandi Layfield

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

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

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

6695 Gulf Of Mexico Drive A4165951 $3,500,000 Bobbi Banan

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

529 Putter Lane A4136340 $3,445,000 Michael Moulton

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559

655 Longboat Club Road 17B A4161520 $3,300,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

5362 Sandhamn Place A4167782 $2,995,000 Michael Moulton & Connie Lyke-Brown

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559

584 Gunwale Lane A4167651 $2,850,000 Tom Delaney Pa

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-387-3990

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

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

3571 Bayou Circle A4163238 $1,795,000 Beverly St Hilaire

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-504-3303

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

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

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

722 Bayport Way 722 A4165465 $449,000 Maruta Miluns

4410 Exeter Drive 306 A4165912 $419,000 Malihe Karimi

5260 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 401 A4152740 $349,500 Kathy Valente

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

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-386-5099

Longboat Key 941-748-6300 941-685-6767

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 6633 Gulf Of Mexico Drive A3989550 $19,900,000 Deborah Beacham

Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-376-2688

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Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A. Your Longboat Key Community Realtor

3174 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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Pat Geraci, Hazel Steskal, Rush Strauss and Louise Rich LV9930

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Library turns page on new season efore Longboat Key Library volunteers could enjoy their lunch, they first had to get to know one another. Attached to each of their backs was the name of an author featured in the library. The 25 volunteers had to walk around the room and ask others “yes” and “no” questions to figure out which author they had been assigned. The room quickly filled with laughter and chatter as volunteers caught up on their summers and made new friends. The game was part of the library’s welcome back luncheon Nov. 17 at Windward Bay condominium, which featured a buffetstyle lunch. The library runs on the support of membership fees and a staff made up entirely of volunteers. Volunteers make their own schedules usually work a half day one to three times a month. The library is always looking for new volunteers. For information, call 383-2011.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4

1050 Longboat Club Rd #303, Longboat Key, 34228, 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,409 Sq. Ft.

$449,900

Chet Pletzke and Carolyn Mangel

Carol Gibbon and Marcia Sexton

— KATIE JOHNS

LONGBOAT KEY – Corner penthouse in desirable mid key location. Direct Bayfront with 2 bedroom/2 baths plus bonus room; Community has great amenities and is pet friendly $425,000 5841 Gulf of Mexico Drive #242, Longboat Key, 34228, 1 bed, 1 bath 520 Sq Ft

$365,000

LONGBOAT KEY – Gulf front home with 120 feet of beach frontage and 443 feet in depth. Enjoy a magnificent beach and ultimate privacy in this 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths, family room, great room, heated gulf side pool and spa, wooden decks and screened porch across the entire home $ 3,500,000

3503 Fair Oaks Cr, Longboat Key, 34228, 4 Beds 4 Full Baths 1 Partial Bath 3,462 Sq. Ft.

SARASOTA MAINLAND – Situated on a 2 acre site, this waterfront home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, pool, spa, 3 car garage ....................................................................... SOLD $599,000

$1,375,000

WINDWARD BAY – Penthouse with spectacular views across the Bay. Watch manatees and dolphins frolic in the marina. Enjoy deeded beach access and a multitude of community amenities. Pets allowed. Enjoy beautiful tile and travertine floors in this 2/2 sunny residence. ...... $475,000 WINDWARD BAY – This bay front residence is for the young at heart. Two bedrooms, two baths, large lanai tastefully decorated and furnished as a seaside getaway. The community amenities include 2 pools, tennis, pickle ball, fitness room, kayak racks, boat docks, deeded beach access and an abundance of social activities. Two pets up to 25 lbs. ........................................ $410,000 WINDWARD BAY – 2 bedroom, 2 bath with unobstructed bay views. The community offers pools, boat docks, tennis, pickle ball, kayaking, fitness room. 2 small pets allowed. ...SOLD $389,000

Dennis Girard

Broker Associate Over 30 Years Experience.

WINDWARD BAY – direct bay front 2/2 residence with LG bonus room, excellent amenities including tennis, pools, pickle ball, docks, deeded beach access. 2 small pets allowed... SOLD $379,000

540 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota Florida 34236 Cell: 941-809-0041 Fx: 941-556-4664 DennisGirard.PremierSothebysRealty.com dennis.girard@premiersir.com

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Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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The Longboat Key Democratic Club recites the Pledge of Allegiance before the beginning of its meeting Nov. 16. Photos by Katie Johns

Democratic Club takes time to vent

Seaplace members enjoyed a potluck dinner Nov. 16.

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efore Rob Lorei, a political analyst for WEDU and moderator of “Florida This Week,” spoke to the Longboat Key Democratic Club, club President Murray Blueglass addressed the crowd about the recent election. Members of the club were given 30 seconds to unleash any curse words they had been holding in since Nov. 8. While most members just laughed, one woman let out a short scream. Blueglass then reminded those present how important it would be to vote again in four years. While guests enjoyed lunch their Portofino Ristorante and Bar, Lorei spoke to the crowd about the recent election results and consequences.

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ith plates piled high and wine glasses filled, Seaplace residents gathered Nov. 16 for their Welcome Back Party. The dinner took place in the clubhouse, where 70 partygoers enjoyed watching the sunset sink into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the first event of the season, and residents enjoyed reuniting after summers of vacation and family time. Guests brought various dishes such as fruit salad, carrot cake, deli wraps and other bites to make the dinner a potluck. — KATIE JOHNS

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

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale DRY DOCK Boat Slip: Longboat Key, Unit-2124. $295/mo. 6/month minimum. Or for Sale $19,950. 708-267-6704.

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Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACHPLACE, LBK. Newly renovated 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen/ bathrooms, plenty of closets. Beautiful view, spacious balcony. Pool, beach, fitness area. Designated parking. Minimum 1 month. Please call 201-723-0204 or E-mail: mlorenzo214@yahoo.com L’AMBIANCE: LBK. Luxury beachfront 2BR/3BA. See details under Seasonal/Vacation rentals. View at: www.thephotos.smugmug.com

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Condos For Sale GORGEOUS WATER CLUB Condo: 3BR/4BA, beautiful Gulf view, exquisitely designed 2965/sq.ft. residence w/private elevator. 941-586-6252. Gene Deporis, Coldwell Banker R.E.

Homes For Rent

Longboat Villa: 2BR - $250,000

GULFFRONT CONDO 2BR/2BA, tastefully decorated. Available January through April 321-279-3610

Luxury Downton Sarasota Condo: 2BR. $399,000.

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Waterfront Home: 4BR/4BA, dock, Pool/Spa $665,000

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Tara Preserve: 3BR/2BA, lake view. $275,000

1) Marie, 2) Dolls, 3) Mice, 4) Dreams, 5) Love

Plantation Golf & County Club: 3BR/2BA w/pool, $375,000.

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$435,000 Call Judy Welsh - 941-393-6269

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals BANYON BAY: 2BR/2BA unit, beautiful view of bay. Available January & February. Call Judy, 571-334-8937.

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Longboat Key Condo: boat lift. Views of Bay. Pet friendly. - $369,000.

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BOAT SALES - 17 YEARS Snowbird Buyers Arriving. Islandboatsales.net "Business On A Hand Shake" Owner & Island Resident Dave: 941-228-3489

CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

Longboat Key House on Canal: Dock. $475,000.

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Items Up to $200 Sell for Free!

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LBK BEACH HOUSE: private beach access 3BR/3BA, totally renovated, nearly half acre, gorgeous plantings. 941-586-6252. Gene Deporis, Coldwell Banker R.E.

HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR for Longboat Key vacation rental business. Inspections, Inventory and Quality Control, Scheduling and Occasional Light Cleaning. Full-time, non-seasonal position. Send resume to: Cindy@FLvacationconnection.com

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

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CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE. Mix and match homemade specialty cookies. Sold by the pound. Saturday, December 3rd., 10:00a.m.-1p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd., Sarasota 34238. We accept credit cards.

BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM Contemporary Home for rent in Bay Isles. 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath with 50 foot deep water dock. Available Jan. 15-Apr. 15 for $8500/mo. Long term rental also available. Call Tom, 941-525-3455.

3 BEDROOM Longboat Key 2016 Seasonal Rental. 2 Month Minimum. Across from private beach, sunset deck, updated, turnkey complete, 1 car garage, 55+ no pets- no smoking. Annual or Seasonal. 941-232-1357.

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BEACHPLACE LBK: 2BR/2BA, den, kitchen, LR, DR, beach and lake views, pool, spa, gym. Dec., Jan. & May-Nov. 727-452-8552, henhof4@aol.com Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff

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LBK: JANUARY through March, 2017. 2BR/BA, 2 vanities, W/D, fully equipped, attractive, double veranda, steps from Gulf, clubhouse. Owner: 770-314-6321.

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228

LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal

Fully equipped 2BR/2BA condos with washer and dryer, and wireless internet in each unit.

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

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OUR GUESTS RETURN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

Accepting New Accounts for Management 941-650-1857 Visit us at: www.rpi-mgt.com LIDO BEACH HOUSE: 3BR/2BA, lanai, across from beach, walk to St. Armands. No pets. Unfurnished. Available immediately. Long term/Seasonal. 703-638-8128. LIDO BEACH: 2BR/2BA condo one block from St. Armands Circle, newly decorated, full beach views. Available January through March/April. $7000/mo. 941-920-3007 or 941-920-3008.

WESTCHESTER GULF FRONT Spectacular views, updated, 2BR/2BA, 2 pools, tennis, Wifi, covered parking. 941-212-1972 www.rentgulfhomes.com Gulf Coast Rental Homes

LONGBOAT KEY, FL. Waterfront 2BR/2BA Condo. Pool, tennis, beach, beautiful views, 5th floor. Available January-April. Would consider year round rental. 631-332-1509.

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

LONGBOAT KEY: spectacular Grand Bay condo. Gulf front view located in Building II on floor four. This two bedroom with a den (sleeper) has 3.5 baths and is 2,550 square feet. There is 90 day minimum, no pets. Available now $7,500 per month. Key Luxury Rentals 941-504-8855.

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

THE WESTCHESTER GULF FRONT 2BR/2BA, open, direct water views, tennis court, 2 heated pools, steps away from the sand. 941-228-5671

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

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

VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE Now thru season. Longboat - Lido - Mainland. 1-5 bedrooms. 30 / 60 /90 day stays. Gulf Coast Rental Homes. Exceptional properties and service. www.rentgulfhomes.com 941-212-1972 WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: www.FloridaRent.com for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. 2BR/2BA LONGBOAT Key. Welcome to our paradise! Fully renovated 2 br & 2 ba with upgraded finishes and everything to make you feel at home. Steps to the private access beach, 2 pools a gym and boat docks available. Close to restaurants and the famous St. Armands Circle. Monthly rentals only. (845) 245−5171.

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Cleaning BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. CLEANING BY Brazilian Lady. Meticulous, reliable, deep cleaning specialist. Residential. Commercial. New Construction. 941-400-2866.

Computer Services Cmagik - LBK resident, servicing our island year round for over 12 yrs. Bachelors Degree with 20 yrs. experience, PC or MAC. Professional help with computers, iPad/iPhones and tutoring. References upon request. Call Cort: 383-3878, 587-5588 cmagik.com OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 323-2363 www.FLMacTutor.com

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CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: starting at 5p.m./ nights or 24/hr. shift on Saturdays. References. 941-545-5992. COMPASSIONATE, HONEST, CNA looking to take care of your loved one. Many references, experiences. 401-837-2926.

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Tangerine Bay - Longboat Key Total remake of this showcase 2BR/2.5BA + den residence! Brand new water filtration system in this Bay front beauty + updated windows & doors, AC, plumbing & electrical. Tangerine Bay is a pet-friendly community with tremendous amenities. $1,198,000

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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. Includes deeded access to Bay Isles Beach Club. $1,025,000

Bay Isles, Harbor Section - Longboat Key Classic 4BR/3.5BA waterfront residence located on the largest single lot in the Harbor community with over 4,200 SF. Covered patio, large pool deck + 30’ dock with direct access to Sarasota Bay – ideal for entertaining! $1,950,000

Beaches - Longboat Key 6th floor, 3 FULL BR/3BA SW corner residence with brand new kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances & crisp white cabinets! Ready for immediate occupancy with furnishings available separately. $1,495,000

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Corey’s Landing - Longboat Key 5,800 sf sanctuary on a quiet cul-de-sac w/ 5 BR + 23’x26’ bonus room, 25 foot ceilings, outdoor Japanese gardens, orchid room, bay front pool/spa and private dock. Includes deeded Beach Club membership. $2,850,000

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Conrad Beach - Longboat Key Restoration Hardware style home, fully furnished, with nearby beach access. 3BR/3BA with space for 3 or 4 car garage. Exceptional modern details throughout this seaside retreat - all you need to bring is your bathing suit and sunscreen! $1,175,000

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Beachplace, Building 6 - Longboat Key Turnkey furnished 5th floor 3BR/3BA residence with Gulf & Bay views. Amenities include 24hour gated security, three tennis courts, pool & spa + renovated clubhouse & fitness room! Ideal for a beach getaway or rental investment! $499,000 NEW

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ING Ritz Carlton Tower Residences – Downtown Sarasota Rarely available 8th floor corner ‘05’ floor plan w/ 3 full bedrooms, + family room & study. Perfection personified in European modern design with permanently unobstructed Bay views. Includes 2 garage spaces. $3,150,000

Bayou Hammock Neighborhood - Longboat Key Focus on this expansive lot & build the home of your dreams in this SOON TO BE GATED community. Enjoy ideal boating waters off of the open bay in Bishop’s Bayou. Minutes to the Intercoastal Waterway & Gulf! $945,000

Grand Bay I - Longboat Key Redesigned 3BR/3.5BA residence on the 8th floor. 3rd bedroom currently being used as a den with ensuite bath. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views from Sarasota Bay to downtown! $1,195,000

The Hammocks - Sarasota Mainland 4BR/ 4BA + possible 5th BR/den & 3-car garage! BONUS 2nd floor living space. Sliding pocket doors allows for continuous entertaining from the homes interior out to the screened-in pool & covered summer kitchen area! $729,000

Cherokee Park - West of the Trail Contemporary Key West style home situated on 20,000 SF lot features 5BD/5.5BA in the main house & a separate 1 BD/1BA pool/guest house/ Located one block from Southside Elementary. $2,585,000

Villa Crescendo - North Casey Key Provides harmonious beach & bay water views from every single room. Superb top-quality construction throughout this 4BR/5BA Phipps designed home, built in 2002, with own private beach. Easy access to mainland for shopping & cultural activities! $4,450,000

Beneva Oaks - Sarasota Completely transformed into a California-inspired residence on a private one-acre estate behind the gates. First floor Master wing w/study or nursery, and renovated en-suite bathroom that includes private outdoor spa. $1,459,000

La Bellasara - Downtown Sarasota Sophisticated split-plan apartment with 3BR - all with en suite baths, guest powder room, separate den, outdoor summer kitchen & 3 balconies overlooking the bay & downtown Sarasota. $2,395,000

Broadway Promenade - Downtown Sarasota 3 BR/2BA apartment now available. Fresh, spacious and bright! Separate living/dining areas, stainless steel appliances and granite Grand Bay III - Longboat Key Over $200,000 in designer upgrades throughout this 2,950 SF surfaces. Close to shopping, dining and more! Antigua floor plan apartment. Enjoy sweeping views over Sarasota Bay, downtown city lights & Incredible value for this downtown location! the Marina from every room in the residence AND from the 658 SF wraparound terrace. $399,500 $1,500,000

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Water Club I - Longboat Key Light & bright 4th floor Brighton plan with private elevator lobby, 3 FULL bedrooms, custom interior touches, wood floors & a sunny south exposure for Gulf & Bay views. Water Club is a gated, pet-friendly community. $1,795,000

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Botanica - Sarasota Mainland Unique opportunity can be yours! Beautifully laid out Wisteria split floor plan with 3BR/2.5BA located in the desirable Palmer Ranch! Just moments away from Siesta Key - which was ranked #1 beach in the United States this year! $499,500


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