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VOLUME 42, NO. 17
THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2019
DANCE Eric Garwood
The town recently bought a radar trailer to help make drivers cognizant of their speed.
With the Jolly Old Elf leading the way, the town kicked off the holiday season in an illuminating way. COVERAGE, 2A AND 1B
Watch your speed Village residents appeal for traffic, parking solutions on Broadway. PAGE 3A
Sloane Hardy, 4, dances with Santa on Saturday night at the town’s tree-lighting event. Sloane, of Carlsbad, Calif., was visiting relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Vote is set for beaches In step with the Funk INSIDE
The island’s northern beaches would be the first worked on under a five-year comprehensive beach program.
Commissioners set March ballot for request to borrow up to $34.5 million. PAGE 4A
Trimming cost of Lawn Party With only days before the annual Longboat Key Kiwanis Lawn Party, the event organizers announced a reduction in ticket prices. Thanks to an anonymous donor’s contribution Monday, all Lawn Party tickets will be $75 per person. Previously, tickets purchased at the gate at Saturday’s event were to be $90 a person. “That should eliminate any reason not to attend,” said Lynn Larson, president of the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. “When you think about it, $75 for great food, wine and beer in a beautiful setting, and that money going to help needy kids in Sarasota and Manatee, that’s a great deal. Most events are $200 or more.” The Lawn Party will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday next to the Harbourside Ballroom at the Longboat Key Club, 3000 Bay Isles Road.
Longboat team finishes third in nationals After a semifinal loss in the USTA’s League Mixed 40 & Over National Championships near Orlando, the team representing the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center battled back and took third place in the event, held in mid-November. After dropping the semifinal to a team from New Jersey, the Longboat Key team defeated a team from suburban Washington, D.C. to finish third. The season roster comprised Janet Sperling (captain), Coquina Homer, Calvin Hac, Babette Paige, Jill Lyons, Margaret Wieczerzak, Jeffrey Stern, Eric Abbott, Dean Dancer, Rosa Rojas Weis, Sandra Poston, Nick Hardy, Jim Capazola, Ann Lammers and Jane Hancock.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
With one button, Longboat illuminates Town Center’s future Tree-lighting kicks off chamber events as leaders continue to discuss what’s next. ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR
Photos by Eric Garwood
Above: Town Manager Tom Harmer and Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren push the button to light the trees. Left: The trees will remain illuminated until Christmas.
along Bay Isles Road. Town commissioners in November discussed what the following months might look like while still pursuing a goal of something grander. “Do we know what’s going to happen here? No,” Harmer told the crowd Saturday. “Do we know we’re going to have events that gather our community for things like tree lighting and concerts? There’s a lot more coming.” The town has permits to get the earth-moving and -smoothing done, along with repairs to the former restaurant’s parking lot.
Nothing else is as yet scheduled, but Tom Freiwald, of the town’s Revitalization Task Force, said the time has arrived to set some standards for the future. The Task Force has also been working with the chamber on logistical matters related to the Town Center Green, which he said will exist no matter what event is held there. “Everybody wants this outdoor venue to succeed,” he told commissioners at a November workshop. “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” Freiwald said the Task Force recommends a template of sorts
with which groups can plan events, so “everyone who wants to do an event doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel.” The idea is to help organizers create successful events that will reflect positively on the town. “We have a vested interest in that we have spent many millions of dollars,” Mayor George Spoll said at the workshop. “Any foul up would make our job harder.” The land was purchased to accommodate a vision of a privately financed arts and education center, planned, built and operated with Ringling College
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hree … two … one … (awkward pause) … Longboat Key’s Town Center Green is in business. Even with a competing TV slate of college-football rivalries, more than 100 people came out on a short-sleeve weather evening Saturday for the town’s treelighting event. With the push of a remote control button — and an instant of nervous electronic delay — Town Manager Tom Harmer closed the circuit on not only a dazzling holiday display built around stately live oaks but also months of planning and discussion among town leaders about the former Amore Restaurant property and an adjoining town-owned parcel. The immediate future is clear: The town and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce are reprising a monthly concert series called Savor the Sounds, which will begin in January and run on four Saturdays through April. Construction is also set to begin in the new year on the adjoining 3 acres to create a level, contiguous piece of land between the Shops of Bay Isles, the Public Tennis Center and commercial buildings
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
NO NEED FOR SPEED The Longboat Key Police Department recently purchased a Decatur Electronics speed radar trailer. For now, the device will be located on Broadway Street in Longboat Village. “[We want] to remind people what the speed is,” Deputy Chief Frank Rubino said. “If we notice that we’re seeing some problem areas, the point of the speed radar trailer is to make residents aware of the speed they are going, reminding them to keep an eye on their speedometer.” The radar trailer cost $6,300 and was not purchased with tax funds. The Police Department received forfeited funds for a case about 15 years ago, Rubino said. The funds are earmarked for certain types of use. In this case, the trailer falls under the category of “safety.” — BRENDAN LAVELL Photos by Eric Garwood
Of the more than 6,000 eastbound cars monitored on Broadway Street in a week in November, the average speed was about 18 mph.
SOLUTIONS Village residents and town officials work to document and stay a step ahead of traffic, parking problems. ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR
peed bumps on Broadway Street? Traffic cameras? Tow-away zones? Although none of those suggested traffic moves in Longboat Key’s historic neighborhood are under official consideration yet, residents of Longbeach Village are talking to town officials and among themselves about what they call a potentially dangerous situation involving speed and sight lines at intersections and driveways that are obstructed by parked cars. “The amount of parking on Broadway and secondly the speed of the traffic,” Madeleine Stewart told town commissioners Monday. “We are in a residential neighborhood that unfortunately now has two very large restaurants on the water, with one main street access to those restaurants. Our main concern now in the Village outside of the parking is safety.” Residents point to the seasonal upswing at The Shore, which opened over the summer, and Mar
The town rewrote rules to make it easier for police officers to ticket cars parked in the angled set-back zones at intersections and alongside driveways.
Vista Dockside as the main driver of traffic problems, though both restaurants meet town parking requirements. Town leaders, following meetings with residents in recent weeks, solidified two issues Monday that will make it easier for police to write parking tickets on Broadway Street and Lois Avenue. With unanimous votes, commissioners rewrote town code to: ■ Make clear that any parking encroachment into triangular setbacks painted on Broadway Street is considered a violation. Previously, the code implied
an actual driveway obstruction would be required to write a parking ticket; and ■ Added inadvertently missing code language in support of no parking signs on the west side of Lois Avenue, south of Broadway Street. Police have been active in the area in writing moving violations and parking tickets and also have been collecting data with an electronic device that counts cars, records speeds and traffic flow. In a nine-day span beginning Nov. 11, the device indicated an average speed on Broadway Street of about 18 mph. More than 11,000 cars passed the device, with more than 95% operating under 30 mph. The speed limit is 20 mph. “The speeds are relatively low, but there are some outliers who are driving faster than they should be,” Town Manager Tom Harmer said. A similar study over five days in March captured about 10,000 cars with an average speed of about 21 mph, though the speed limit then was 25 mph. “The amount of traffic has changed the ambiance of where we live, and we are looking for some real solutions from our leaders here that will be something that’s not just put off as a survey or waiting for a terrible accident to happen,” Stewart said. “We’re looking for some real concrete solutions.” Residents responding to a
neighborhood survey generally favored a range of possibilities, resident Carla Rowan said. The possibility of no street parking at all in the Village — with some exceptions — drew the most positive responses, 150 of 167. Tow-away zones attracted 146 positive responses, and the idea of speed bumps or traffic cameras were on the plus side, but by tighter margins. Longboat Police last month bought a radar trailer that displays the speed limit and the actual speed of an approaching vehicle and put it straight to work on Broadway Street. “But it doesn’t take care of the volume of traffic,” Stewart said. Commission Mike Haycock said perhaps a simple and effective solution to slow cars is a series of four-way stop signs. “I think the one thing you’ve got to do when you have a stop sign is you’ve got to stop,” he said. “I just think we ought to consider asking the folks in the Village to think about where they might be. If you put two stop signs on Broadway, you’ll find the traffic would significantly reduce in speed and provide a place they know they can get out safely.” Commissioner Jack Daly said he acknowledges that few people like speed bumps, but he said he’s seen how effectively they can work and that they might be a solution. “They do get people’s attention,” Mayor George Spoll said.
TRAFFIC BY THE NUMBERS A look at data recorded by police between Nov. 11-19 on Broadway Street at Poinsetta Avenue. The speed range is based on a posted limit of 20 mph. EASTBOUND
3,347 1-19 mph
50-59 mph Total vehicles: 6,164 Average speed: 18.36 mph WESTBOUND
3,574 1-19 mph
50-59 mph Total vehicles: 5,618 Average speed: 17.7 mph
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
Longboat beach borrowing OK’d for March ballot With no Town Commission races to consider, referendum is the only local issue on which to vote.
ISLAND UPDATE Town commissioners routinely approved a change Monday to town code that clarifies to which of the beach-tax districts the town’s islands fall. Manatee County officials sought to make clear the town intended for Jewfish Key, the Sister Keys and other islands belong in the Bayside District, which bears the responsibility of paying 20% of the overall tax burden. The measure passed 7-0.
ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR
With no contested races for Town Commission on the March 2020 ballot in Longboat Key, the bond referendum on beach nourishment and maintenance will be the only vote in town this spring. Oh, and those men and women contending for the presidential nomination. They’ll be there too, March 17. Commissioners on Monday signed off on wording for the ballot that sets in motion authorization to borrow no more than $34.5 million for no more than eight years. The comprehensive beach plan targets two major projects — sand-saving groins on the north end of the island and islandwide renourishing. Included in the project is 912,000 cubic yards of sand, enough sand to fill 11 of Epcot Center’s iconic Spaceship Earth spheres. Sue Smith, the town’s finance
director, said the source of the money has yet to be determined: bank loans or public bonds. Bond interest rates could likely be lower at the time of borrowing, Smith said. If the borrowing was done today, the rates would range from 2.22% for six years to 2.29% for eight years. The vote went 7-0. Supervisors of elections in Manatee and Sarasota counties set a deadline of Dec. 16 to make sure there was ample time to add the town’s desired wording to ballots. Expect town officials in the new
North end beaches are scheduled to be the first addressed in the plan.
year to begin a public outreach campaign aimed at civic and resident groups to further discuss the details of the beach plan and its benefits. Town voters have never rejected a referendum on beach borrowing, and town officials typically have borrowed a fraction of the authorized maximums. Property owners in the Gulfside district, essentially all properties west of Gulf of Mexico Drive, would be responsible for paying off 80% of the debt through property taxes, and owners in the Bayside district, which includes the town’s islands in Sarasota Bay, pay 20%. On an optimal timeline, millage rates for property owners would be set as part of the fiscal year 2021 budget, using updated property values established next spring and summer, and be pub-
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Shore Protection Program in fiscal year 2023; ■ $1.45 million to tighten New Pass groin in fiscal year 2024; ■ $4.5 million for sand search, design, consulting and monitoring of protected species. All told, the beach project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $45 million, though the town estimates needing to borrow a maximum of $34.5 million. State and federal reimbursements are likely, but not guaranteed, to bring down the required borrowing substantially, town officials say, adding it’s prudent to seek authorization to borrow the higher figure just in case. In a financial model used to compare relative costs, a borrow of about $28.5 million is envisioned with expected reimbursements.
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lished in August 2020’s Truth in Millage statements. The first work on the beaches could begin in early 2021. The town’s current tax rates for beach maintenance expire at the end of this budget cycle. Among the projects envisioned as part of the beach plan: ■ Continue with Canal 1A dredging on the north end of the island; ■ Install five permeable groins on the north end in fiscal year 2021 for $10 million, which includes dredging. Officials in Manatee County have been asked to consider paying $2.89 million to help finance this project because of its location in Manatee County. There’s been no word on reaction to that request; ■ $25 million for sand fill in fiscal year 2022; ■ $1.5 million for Army Corps
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F IV E QUEST IO NS W I T H KEN SCHNEIER
en Schneier will enter his second term on the Town Commission in the spring. He and his wife, Cynthia, retired here in 2009 after a legal career in the New York area working for firms in Morristown, N.J., and Manhattan before a stint at Bank of America. Schneier ascended to partner at Dillon, Bitar & Luther LLC before joining RD Smith & Co. in New York City in 1989. Schneier worked there for a couple years when an owner left, and he became part-owner and president of the firm, then renamed BDS Securities Corp. Bank of America made him an offer after a few years at the “small research boutique,” he said, to do the same work internationally. In that job he traveled often, business trips that he said he supplemented with international vacations with his family. Longboat Observer Managing Editor Eric Garwood recently chatted with Schneier.
WHO’S IN? The deadline to qualify for the March 2020 elections for Town Commission passed Nov. 18 with two incumbents sitting out and two newcomers joining the race. Here are the commissioners-elect: At-large: BJ Bishop District 1: Sherry Dominick District 3: Ken Schneier District 5: Ed Zunz Irwin Pastor and Randy Clair chose not to run, though they were eligible. File photo
Ken Schneier is a commissioner-elect for his second term.
What do you want Longboat to look like 10 years? I don’t anticipate Longboat Key will look very much different. In fact, I hope that’s the case because it will mean that we’ve been able to keep the beaches preserved and hopefully in better shape than they are now. I do hope that we have a successful St. Regis. I hope we have a developed and successful town center, which I hope includes an arts, cultural and education facility with a good partner. How do you fit in a commission setting? Well, for a little while, I felt I was the new guy on the block, so I was sort of listening and learning. I got over being the new guy to being a little bit more vocal
about some things I feel strongly about. I don’t feel like I’m a confrontational person; I wasn’t a litigator as a lawyer. I do feel some of my role is to speak up, to get issues fleshed out. What’s one thing that you feel commission could do better? I have to say that I think the town and the commission function very well. And you look at how Sarasota as a county and as a city function and the amount of animosity that has gone on with some of the issues that they have. And largely, it’s partly partisan. But we have a wonderful island here. We have a great population. We’ve got so experienced staff members that have come in from the county
and other places, they know exactly what they’re doing. They do a great job. I mean, [Town Manager] Tom [Harmer], [Public Works Director] Isaac [Brownman] and [Planning, Zoning and Building Director] Allen [Parsons] are true professionals, and I think they give us all the information to make the kind of the decisions we need to make. I think everyone on the commission has only the interests of the town at heart. We may differ on opinions and some things, but everyone is pulling in the same general direction. Why serve? When we moved down here, we cut the cord from New Jersey. We hadn’t lived here before, hadn’t rented here before. So we were moving at about 70 miles an hour each in our practices,
and then it was zero. Both of us are very energetic. I had a lot of travel, and we didn’t have much time up in New Jersey to do a lot of things other than working and raising children. So when we get down here, our lives were different. We weren’t looking at working, and we looked around to do things that would, you know, be enjoyable and have an impact. What’s the best way to engage and hear what the town is thinking? We have at least two open meetings a month at the commission during season. I think the best way for people to engage is to come into those meetings. There’s free time to talk about whatever you want to talk about and then specifically on the things that we’re dealing with. Harmer has instituted a great new development with his monthly reports. And he’s added the civics course that started last winter, and we’re going to do it again this year. People loved it, and it’s just so enlightening to people to understand what’s going on here, and they encourage them to get involved. So you can always do more. The other thing is where you have special matters coming up. We did this with a lot of it with the undergrounding well before my time and now with the Town Center. But other, major ones, you have meetings with groups. So you go up to the north end; you go to the condominium association; you sit down with neighborhoods. And I think that’s good for all of us.
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Krepela said there are 112 or 113 volunteers to fill seven 75-minute time slots a day. These include town officials, members of local organizations and individuals who simply want to help. Sometimes shoppers walk out of Publix and feel so moved that they sign up to volunteer on the spot. Beth Fusco volunteered for the first time last year. She’s a friendly person, so when Krepela mentioned he was looking for volunteers, she thought it sounded like a way to “share the happiness.” “It’s a really good cause,” Fusco said. “It’s better to give than to receive.” Fusco likes to volunteer early on Sunday mornings, which are slower than usual. Still, it’s rare for more than five minutes to pass without someone dropping cash or change in the kettle. Some donors stop to chat with Fusco, including Pat Bentley. “When you see the beauty around us and the happy faces,” Bentley said, “why wouldn’t you do something for those less fortunate?”
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OPINION / OUR VIEW
Where $91 billion goes Social services, education and transportation devour nearly 90% of Florida’s tax collections.
K, sorry. We know all those numbers below will make your eyes glaze over. And they likely will make a lot of you go to the next page. But don’t go yet. This is all about your tax money, all that sales tax you pay every time you make a purchase; the taxes you pay for cable TV and cellphone service; the gas tax at the pump; and those hefty doc stamps whenever you buy or sell real estate. Where does all that tax money — all $91.4 billion of it — go? Look below. That’s where. At least that’s where and how Gov. Ron DeSantis would like to allocate that money. What you see is DeSantis’ proposed budget for the 2020 legislative session, which begins in January. State lawmakers will move maybe a few hundred million or a billion here and there. But for
the most part, not much — especially the total amount — will change in the state’s spending. Indeed, one of facts few Floridians know is that most of their tax money goes to three categories. Nearly 90% of the state’s tax dollars, 88.4% to be exact, are spent on social services (48.1%), education (29.5%) and transportation (10.8%). n Social services include the Agency for Health Care Administration, Children and Family Services, Elder Affairs, the Health Department and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities — all of those agencies that pay for and provide medical, mental health and substance abuse care and living services to Floridians at the low end of the economic spectrum. Within that group, the Agency for Health Care Administration consumes the largest amount — 33.1% of the state budget,
or $30.3 billion. Of that, 96%, or $29.1 billion, goes toward Medicaid, the federal and state program that covers medical costs for low-income Floridians. Lawmakers often call Medicaid the Pac-Man that eats Florida’s budget. It grows every year. n Of the nearly $27 billion spent on public education, 60%, or $16 billion, goes to K-12. n And given the state’s 22 million residents and 126 million visitors each year, it’s no surprise transportation spending consumes as much as it does. That leaves $10.6 billion to fund everything else in 25 state agencies, 20 of which consume less than 1% of the budget. Consider this: Keeping streets safe and fighting crime is always a priority in election campaigning. But law enforcement accounts for less than 0.5% of the budget. If you think DeSantis is finally giving Florida’s environment its due by proposing to increase the Department of Environmental Protection’s budget nearly 13%, environmental protection still
accounts for only for 2.2% of state spending. No matter how much tax money flows into the state, for many special interests and citizens, it’s never enough. They point to the fact Florida ranks 40th in the nation in state and local taxes per capita. But at the same time, does anyone really want to be taxed more? Every time you expand government, you reduce someone’s freedom. To be sure, DeSantis will take his share of criticism for his proposed budget. He already has. But given the obligations the state must fulfill with social services, education and other statutory mandates, DeSantis deserves credit. While proposing record increases for new teachers and an emphasis on the environment, his budget also fits within conservative norms. He is proposing only 0.4% increases in spending and the number of state employees. In the larger context, this is why Florida’s economy continues to remain strong.
GOV. DESANTIS’ PROPOSED BUDGET VS. CURRENT SPENDING AGENCY
2020-2021 2019-2020 DIFFERENCE FUNDING STAFF FUNDING STAFF FUNDING STAFF
ADMINISTERED FUNDS (STATEWIDE) $94,813,060 0.00 $332,224,174 0.00 ($237,411,114) 0.00 HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION $30,300,676,684 1,546.50 $29,418,231,540 1,523.50 $882,445,144 23.00 PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES $1,475,225,163 2,700.50 $1,417,096,122 2,700.50 $58,129,041 0.00 $1,703,470,150 3,698.25 $1,741,962,728 3,693.25 ($38,492,578) 5.00 AGRICULTURE/CONSUMER SERVICES $158,043,720 1,637.25 $158,272,758 1,634.25 ($229,038) 3.00 BUSINESS- PROFESSIONAL REGULATION CHILDREN AND FAMILIES $3,374,216,683 12,077.75 $3,296,873,704 12,050.75 $77,342,979 27.00 CITRUS $27,052,873 38.00 $22,878,488 38.00 $4,174,385 0.00 CORRECTIONS $2,846,529,589 25,236.00 $2,731,669,510 24,856.00 $114,860,079 380.00 $1,242,002,391 1,469.00 $1,641,700,161 1,475.00 ($399,697,770) (6.00) ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY $26,992,253,759 2,266.75 $26,030,570,843 2,266.75 $961,682,916 0.00 EDUCATION ELDER AFFAIRS $356,063,240 405.00 $345,409,134 404.00 $10,654,106 1.00 $2,053,987,324 2,917.50 $1,820,450,521 2,907.50 $233,536,803 10.00 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR $1,734,906,617 445.00 $2,091,191,673 451.00 ($356,285,056) (6.00) $385,341,566 2,574.50 $408,398,302 2,576.50 ($23,056,736) (2.00) FINANCIAL SERVICES FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION $418,386,052 2,113.50 $397,522,684 2,112.50 $20,863,368 1.00 $11,876,513 132.00 $11,444,248 132.00 $432,265 0.00 COMMISSION ON OFFENDER REVIEW HEALTH $3,047,006,218 12,766.51 $3,061,341,672 12,839.51 ($14,335,454) (73.00) $497,887,110 4,347.00 $504,810,683 4,333.00 ($6,923,573) 14.00 HIGHWAY SAFETY/MOTOR VEHICLES $976,570,237 10,516.25 $964,493,121 10,486.25 $12,077,116 30.00 JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION JUVENILE JUSTICE $592,916,022 3,285.50 $593,445,953 3,279.50 ($529,931) 6.00 $313,217,486 1,961.00 $297,144,661 1,933.00 $16,072,825 28.00 LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL AFFAIRS $288,826,685 1,381.50 $298,822,280 1,365.50 ($9,995,595) 16.00 $213,049,969 0.00 $212,393,865 0.00 $656,104 0.00 LEGISLATIVE BRANCH LOTTERY $183,088,482 418.50 $200,744,181 418.50 ($17,655,699) 0.00 MANAGEMENT SERVICES $676,153,277 1,285.50 $705,701,697 1,288.50 ($29,548,420) (3.00) $71,820,838 453.00 $66,827,436 453.00 $4,993,402 0.00 MILITARY AFFAIRS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION $25,926,644 271.00 $25,704,985 271.00 $221,659 0.00 $599,894,594 5,019.75 $594,057,178 5,029.75 $5,837,416 (10.00) REVENUE $101,451,452 421.00 $127,605,396 408.00 ($26,153,944) 13.00 STATE $568,068,443 4,315.00 $558,830,086 4,314.00 $9,238,357 1.00 STATE COURT SYSTEM $9,922,045,689 6,194.00 $10,778,084,624 6,212.00 ($856,038,935) (18.00) TRANSPORTATION VETERANS’ AFFAIRS $153,804,779 1,520.50 $132,976,507 1,411.50 $20,828,272 109.00 $91,406,573,309 113,413.51 $90,988,880,915 112,864.51 $417,692,394 549.00 TOTAL
WHERE YOUR MONEY WOULD GO AS PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL SPENDING % Chg.
ADMINISTERED FUNDS (STATEWIDE) HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AGRICULTURE/CONSUMER SERVICES BUSINESS- PROFESSIONAL REGULATION CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CITRUS CORRECTIONS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY EDUCATION ELDER AFFAIRS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR FINANCIAL SERVICES FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION ON OFFENDER REVIEW
% of Total
-71.4% 0.1% +2.9% 33.1% +4.1% 1.6% -2.2% 1.8% -0.1% 0.2% +2.3% 3.7% +18.2% 0.02% +4.2% 3.1% -24.3% 1.3% +3.7% 29.5% +3.0% 0.4% +12.8% 2.2% -17.0% 1.9% -5.6% 0.4% +5.2% 0.4% +3.7% 0.01%
HEALTH HIGHWAY SAFETY/MOTOR VEHICLES JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATIVE BRANCH LOTTERY MANAGEMENT SERVICES MILITARY AFFAIRS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION REVENUE STATE STATE COURT SYSTEM TRANSPORTATION VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
% of Total
-0.4% 3.3% +1.4% 0.5% +1.2% 1.0% -0.08% 0.6% +5.4% 0.3% -3.3% 0.3% +0.3% 0.2% -8.8% 0.2% -4.2% 0.7% +7.4% 0.08% +0.8% 0.03% +0.9% 0.6% -20.5% 0.1% +1.6% 0.6% -7.9% 10.8% +15.6% 0.1%
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Forget wings. For Charlie the Butcher (and Mrs. Charlie the Butcher), a beef-on-weck sandwich is the classic Buffalo dish. Ex-Buffalonian and iconic Longboater Murf Klauber believed so, too. At the Dec. 7 Kiwanis Lawn Party, which is partly to commemorate Klauber’s life and contributions, all those in attendance can get a taste of his hometown sandwich with Charlie the Butcher’s donation of beefon-weck to the event. “When I found out that he had passed, I started calling and saying, ‘If there’s ever going to be a funeral service or some kind of service, I would love to donate, and I would love for his hometown sandwich to be there, in his honor to introduce it to his new hometown friends,” said Mrs. Charlie the Butcher, aka Bonnie Roesch, Klauber’s longtime friend. When Roesch met the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner in the 1990s, she was overjoyed to find a fellow Buffalonian who knew and loved the sandwich that her husband, Charlie Roesch, serves up in his restaurant.
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Above: Bonnie Roesch packs up the beef to be sent to Longboat Key for the Kiwanis Lawn Party. Left: Beef on weck with its potato side.
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Then commissioners approved the rezoning of the land in a similar way. Vice Mayor Ed Zunz, though voting to support the two changes, questioned the commercial uses moving east on Gulf Bay Road from Gulf of Mexico Drive, with a more-intense commercial zone sandwiched between residential and a lesser-intense zone. “The Grant’s people do a fine job, and they are the victim of their own success, doing so well,” Zunz said, directing a question to Taylor. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but if we were starting from a blank sheet on a vacant street, we wouldn’t lay it out C1, C2, residential, would we?” “In a perfect world, probably not,” Taylor said. “But in my planning history, it happens all the time. This particular situation is remedying a situation that has evolved, and I think the comp plan does support it, and the applicant is going though that process to remedy it through the public hearing process.” Further town consideration of a special-exception use in the new zoning category is still needed, and variances to site-plan standards might also be needed before final approvals are in hand. Donald Neu of NeuMorris LLC, the company’s land use consultant, said the company plans to move ahead with the further applications as early as possible in the new year.
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Small Business Saturday is supposed to be the answer to Black Friday’s encouragement to shop till you drop at big-box stores, but for smaller stores on St. Armands Circle, it seems to be just another day, albeit one in a busy weekend. “This is one of the busier weekends of the year,” Giving Tree Gallery Manager Monica Eshkoli said. “Yesterday we were slammed here for Black Friday. It was busier than I thought it would be.” Black Friday still reigns supreme as the discount holiday of the year, even with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday creeping onto the scene. “We actually had a higher discount [Friday],” Fresh Produce associate Teri Eurick said. “Black Friday is Black Friday, and it’s hard to compete with that.” Although it might not be the spending spasm that other businesses enjoy, The Giving Tree Gallery used Small Business Saturday as a way to connect with customers by setting out wine, cheese and chocolates.
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“It’s great marketing exposure,” Eshkoli said. “Even if people haven’t bought today, they’ve hung out in the store. ” With globally known brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Tommy Bahama on the Circle, it can be hard for a mom-and-pop store to stand out, but at the Spice and Tea Exchange, the guy with the pink hat hopes to act as a beacon to draw people in. Robert Allan (with his pink hat) was posted outside the storefront offering taste tests of spice mixes and products in the store to the tourists and newly arrived locals strolling the Circle. “It’s a nice walking mall and sunny and warm year-round,” Allan said. “We’re a mom-andpop, and we’ve been here 10 years. That’s good longevity.”
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man said he was unloading paddleboards for the beach. TOO CLOSE 12:11 p.m., 600 block of Broadway Street Parking: An out-of-town vehicle was ticketed for parking within 50 feet of an intersection. A second vehicle was ticketed not far away for the same violation, fewer than 10 minutes later. Less than four hours later, another car was ticketed for the same violation in the same general area. HOLIDAY TIDINGS 10:37 p.m., 700 block of Broadway Street Public service: Concerned about a possible pipe break, a resident called police to report water on his neighborhood street. An officer reported seeing no evidence of a water-main issue. The water was likely because of higher-than-normal tides in nearby Sarasota Bay backing up through storm drains. MOVING ON 11:04 p.m., Poinsetta and Russell streets Parking: While on patrol, an officer spoke to the driver of a camper with Quebec plates about the town’s prohibition on overnight parking. The driver, who spoke little English, was issued a verbal warning and drove off.
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OFF THE JOB 9:53 p.m., 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Missing animal: A caller reported her service dog jumped out of her vehicle window and was missing. As an officer arrived, he learned the dog had been found nearby. The caller was informed and came to pick up the dog.
up to a home then returned to the vehicle and drove off. The home was checked and showed no signs of an attempted break-in. IT HAPPENS 9:32 p.m., 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Disturbance: Police talked to both sides of a disturbance involving a loose dog that relieved itself in front of a condo. The caller said the dog was off the leash at the time. The two people with the dog said the dog got off the leash accidentally, but they cleaned the mess. The officer told the parties to stay away from each other and to refer to their condo management to help settle the conflict if needed.
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By Freya Robbins, CDFA™ What does that mean to you? Typically, we think of the term, “Home for the Holidays”, as we want to, or try to return home, to our roots, to our family for nurture, comfort and fun during the Holiday season. It is not always possible for us to be “Home” for the Holidays. In the old days, your parents or grandparents likely gathered together, because people lived closer. Today, families are spread farther apart, some of us living in other states or even in other countries and it is not always feasible to be physically together. We generally think of the Holidays as being this jubilant, perfect time of year, but the truth is, many people spend the Holidays alone or feeling alone even in the presence of others. “Home” doesn’t have the same meaning to everyone. To those of us who have lost a parent... ”Home” means death, emptiness and grieving a loved one. To a child whose parents are no longer together... ”Home” might mean choosing loyalties, anger or hearing bad information about a parent you love, missing a sibling, a pet or extended family gatherings. To a service member stationed overseas or in another state... ”Home” is the loss of comfort, normalcy and daily family routine. To the elderly... ”Home” may mean loneliness, living in a facility and getting few visitors. To the infirmed... ”Home” may mean wondering if you will ever heal, be free from pain, be back home and able to live life fully again.
ix races of various distances and disciplines took off from Longboat Key Club Resort on Dec. 1 as part of the First Watch Longboat Key Triathlon. Hope Frost, a high school runner from Virginia, took the sprint duathlon by about five minutes with a time of 57:13.0 despite confusion with the distance of the first run portion. Many athletes thought the distance would be 1.25 miles, followed by a 10-mile bike and a 2.5-mile run, but the first run distance was doubled. Frost, 16, also ran in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in Cary, N.C., the
To the homeless... ”Home” may mean someplace long forgotten but still “Hoped” for. Perhaps we can think about having “Hope” for the Holidays. According to Merriam Webster, “Hope” means that what you desire is possible or achievable. In the spirit of this season, I wish you “Hope” for your future, for your dreams, desires and passion to become a reality. One simple way to have “Hope” is to give. Lend a hand, shake a hand. Open or hold a door. Give a smile. Offer a meal to a senior or someone who is alone in your neighborhood or better yet, invite them to your family meal. Read a book to, mentor, coach or teach someone else’s child. Send someone a card or note of encouragement. Ring the bell for Salvation Army. Serve a meal to the homeless.
day before. “I did not have a good Foot Locker race, so I was fueled to run fast today, and I felt OK,” Frost said. In other race results, Bego Lopez won the sprint triathlon. Maurycy Lewicki won the standard distance triathlon, Tina Johnson won the standard duathlon, Dereck Rock won the 5K, and Maxine Bedat won the 10K. Medals for the top finishers in age group and overall were given out. — NAT KAEMMERER
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hat do you do after coaching basketball at four colleges, working at Nike, rubbing shoulders with everyone from Michael Jordan to Jerry Seinfeld to The Temptations, coaching in Italy, running 45 years worth of basketball clinics and becoming well known among coaches? Write a book, of course. That’s exactly what Ed Janka did, with the help of friend Bob Brown, whom he met at a fantasy basketball camp for adults. After working together in the Lido Key condominium where they both live (coincidentally), Janka and Brown published “I Never Had a Bike” in 2016, a collection of anecdotes and photos from his life in basketball. It includes a foreword from
longtime Indiana University coach Bob Knight. Knight’s passage almost didn’t happen, though, until Brown received a call from a number he didn’t recognize. “Is this Bob Brown?” he recalled hearing in a gruff voice. “Yeah, who’s this?” “It’s Bob Knight.” Brown jumped out of his chair. “Sure, Coach Knight!” “I understand you want a foreword,” Brown remembered Knight saying. “Yeah, have you got something you can email?” “I don’t email.” “OK—” “Here, I’ll read it to you.” So Knight read Brown the foreword and asked how he could send it to him. Brown suggested Knight call back and read his words again on voicemail. After Knight agreed, Brown remembered trying to say something to him. “Listen, Coach Knight, I just want to say — ” *click* And that was that. (The voicemail came in a little spotty, but Knight’s wife later helped edit the message — via email.) Janka took the first step toward his career as a senior at Marquette, where he helped coach the fresh-
Above: Bob Brown and Ed Janka sit in the living room of Janka’s apartment. They did most of their work for the book in this building, where Brown also owns an apartment. Left: A copy of Ed Janka’s book, “I Never Had a Bike.”
man team in 1967-68. Eventual Hall of Famer Al McGuire was the team’s coach and would eventually become Janka’s mentor. After graduating, Janka spent four years coaching at three high schools in his native Chicago. He then went back to Marquette to work under McGuire for another year before stops at Division III John Carroll, Italy, D-III Oberlin and D-I Fairfield. Mean-
while, in 1974, he also started running coaching clinics, which he continued to do until 2019. In 1985 he began working in Nike’s college basketball marketing department. One of his colleagues was Sonny Vaccaro, who would later become the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 film called “Sole Man.” Janka’s main job was signing coaches, including those at the D-III and junior college level, to contracts with Nike. It was while he was at Nike, where he worked until 1999, that he struck up a relationship with Jordan that he has maintained to this day. They were first introduced in 1986 when Jordan
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t the Interfaith Thanksgiving service this year, more than 100 people of different religious backgrounds came together to celebrate the holiday and unity within the community. Traditions mixed together, including the blowing of the shofar horn that the Jewish community ceremoniously does on high holidays. Each invited Longboat Key clergy member — the Rev. Dave Marshall of All Angels Episcopal Church, MiMi Horwitz and Bill Friederich with Longboat Island Chapel, Stephen Sniderman of Temple Beth Israel, Norman Pritchard of Christ Church and Ken Blyth of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church — spoke or read scripture throughout the evening. This year, Marshall, the newly installed rector at All Angels
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Above: The Rev. Ken Blyth welcomed people to the church as the pastor in charge of the location. Right: Lee Mirman blows the shofar.
Episcopal Church, gave a sermon about sharing Thanksgiving and always having a seat at the table to welcome all into the community. He began with how his own family shared its Thanksgiving traditions with their daughters, whom they adopted at ages 10 and 15 from an orphanage in Russia. The girls came home for the first time on Thanksgiving, and they became a family over dinner. “That first Thanksgiving was teaching our girls how to cut turkey and how to share,” Marshall said. “We had to learn how to be parents.” Words from the other clergy echoed sharing with others and giving thanks for what each person has in their life. — NAT KAEMMERER
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Sunny western views of Sarasota’s downtown cityscape highlighted by glimpses of peaceful bay waters welcome you to this 6th-floor residence in the heart of the town center. Lovely features and updates found throughout perfectly accentuate the light and open interior. Offering nearly 1,700 SF, you will adore this home’s move-in ready surroundings and 2 parking spaces.
16416 Baycross Drive
1606 North Drive - Cherokee Park
340 Gulf of Mexico Drive #122
3635 Fair Oaks Place
This one-of-a-kind 5BR estate is situated on 21/2 acres. A private, amenity-rich family lifestyle boasts spectacular amenities including its own golf course, tennis and basketball courts, car museum, billiards room and more.
6BR custom home, featuring cathedral ceilings, Travertine and wood flooring, plus wine cellar. Walls of French doors open to the gorgeous pool deck, with lush foliage surrounding this exterior entertaining area.
Rarely available, this beautifully updated 3BR residence directly overlooks the peaceful waters of Sarasota Bay. Offering a flourish of recent high-end renovations, you will appreciate the light and open layout. Includes its own two-car garage!
A tranquil lakefront lifestyle awaits at this lovely 3BR plus den residence, offering more than 3,000 SF of designer interior. Enjoy the convenience of maintenance-free living, just a sunny bike ride to deeded private beach club!
BIRD KEY 212 Bird Key Drive Relish the opulence of brand-new bayfront living! This custom John Cannon, 4BR home was finished in August 2018. A flourish of gorgeous interior finishes, custom details, extensive outdoor entertaining, plus boat dock and lift on sailboat waters. www.212BirdKeyDrive.com $3,695,000
453 East Royal Flamingo Drive Stylishly furnished and ready to move right into! You will love the charming renovations inside and out at this 4BR waterfront residence. For boating enthusiasts, this home offers 100’ of water frontage, new dock and seawall, plus a 32,000-pound lift. www.453EastRoyalFlamingo.com $1,999,000
CASEY KEY 2905 Casey Key Road Situated directly on the private shores of Casey Key, this brand-new, never-lived-in, elevated home offers more than a half-acre of beachfront property. Designed to highlight breathtaking views of Gulf beaches and crimson sunsets from every room, with its own boardwalk to the private beach! www.2905CaseyKeyRoad.com $6,450,000
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 560 Putter Lane
HARBOR ACRES 1364 Harbor Drive Hailed as one of the best lots in Harbor Acres, showcasing spectacular direct views of Sarasota Bay, John Ringling Bridge and downtown’s cityscape. Chic upgrades and clean lines conscientiously blend form and function throughout this 5BR custom estate. www.1364HarborDrive.com $6,995,000
1352 Harbor Drive
LONGBOAT KEY 435 L’Ambiance Drive #J403 Offered furnished and immediately ready to enjoy, Gulf-to-bay living at L’Ambiance is a sought-after experience and this 3BR, 4th-floor residence is a wonderful complement. Relish east and west-facing terraces! www.435LAmbianceJ403.com $2,195,000
4325 Gulf of Mexico Drive #604 Designer updates and breathtaking views adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front, 4BR penthouse residence. The open floor plan offers more than 2,900 SF of interior that expertly blends modern finishes with stylish decor. www.TiffanyPlaza604.com $1,795,000
This updated 3BR Antigua residence is an opportunity to enjoy a direct-bayfront lifestyle in designer luxury. Offering nearly 3,000 SF of gorgeous interior and a wraparound terrace, you will love the direct views that envelop you upon entering. Includes two under-building parking spaces! www.GrandBay461.com $1,895,000
1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive #505 Direct vistas of Gulf waves, powdery shores and sunny southern panoramas welcome you to this fifth-floor Cambridge residence at the sought-after Water Club community. Stylishly laid out, the lovely features only enhance this home’s appeal. www.WaterClubSouth505.com $1,495,000
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2165 Gulf of Mexico Drive #123
1715 Hyde Park Street - Hudson Bayou
Rarely available, direct Gulf-front residence at Villa di Lancia! With nearly 2,500 SF of living space to love, this beach getaway feels like a single-family residence, offering wonderful community amenities and secure parking. www.VilladiLancia123.com $1,395,000
Well-appointed interior and exterior updates throughout this 4BR downtown residence. You will love the central “West of the Trail” locale, just minutes from lively downtown Sarasota, with impeccable Gulf beaches within biking distance. www.1715HydeParkStreet.com $999,900
3531 Fair Oaks Lane - Queens Harbour
99 Sunset Drive #102
The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club Just a few homes in from the open bayfront, this newer 4BR gates can be yours to immediately enjoy at this 4BR Queens home is ready for you. Offering stunning views and built to the Harbour residence. Cathedral ceilings, a neutral decor, lovely highest standards, with impact glass throughout, elevator, 14’ updates and lush lake views welcome you. ceilings, coffered ceiling treatments, dock and lift. www.3531FairOaksLane.com $1,295,000 www.1352HarborDrive.com $3,449,000
This BRAND-NEW 4BR, waterfront home completed in 2019! Offering more than 4,300 SF of gorgeous interior with designer finishes and custom details throughout, fall in love with the best of waterfront living at this centrally-located, Country 705 Hideaway Bay Lane Club Shores luxury residence. www.560PutterLane.com $2,995,000 A tropical oasis, this updated 3BR home offers walls of lush foliage complemented by pavered walkways, charming gardens, a hammock, pool deck, plus newer dock and lift. www.705HideawayBayLane.com $1,495,000
3010 Grand Bay Boulevard #461
Chic upgrades adorn every room of this direct bayfront residence in the centrally-located community of Lawrence Pointe. Picture-perfect vistas of bay waters and breathtaking sunsets that stretch on forever welcome you to this immaculate home. www.LawrencePointe102B.com $999,000
603 Longboat Club Road #201N
3988 Losillias Drive - Prestancia
Located in a prime, corner location, this 3BR residence is reminiscent of a single-family home, offering 2,400+ SF of interior, west and east-facing terraces and covered parking. www.LongboatKeyTowers201N.com $1,195,000
Overlooking the 3rd hole of Stadium Golf Course, this lovely 4BR residence abounds in updates and custom features. Situated on a nearly 1/2-acre, estate-sized parcel offering tranquil views that stretch out to the lake. www.3988LosilliasDrive.com $949,000
1000 Longboat Club Road #101 Walk directly out a few steps from this 3BR beach getaway to enjoy powdery-white shores and azure Gulf waves. Move right into this furnished, light and bright residence. www.PrivateerSouth101.com $1,095,000
2016 Harbourside Drive #344/345 This spacious 3BR/3BA residence, spanning nearly 2,500 SF and reminiscent of a single-family home, combines two residences at Fairway Bay. Mesmerizing direct bay views and lovely recent renovations abound from every room. www.FairwayBay344345.com $795,000
MANASOTA KEY 7760 Manasota Key Road - Direct Gulf-front Walk a few steps from the screen-protected lanai of this beach home to your own private boardwalk and enjoy the powdery shores and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Ideal Gulf-front living is a breeze at this completely renovated, 4BR residence, with its open layout, hardwood flooring, impact glass and separate artist’s studio. www.7760ManasotaKeyRoad.com $1,895,000
76 Osprey Point Drive - The Oaks Designed by Harry MacEwen, this 3BR custom-built, updated residence is located behind the exclusive gates of The Oaks Country Club, on more than a 1/4-acre of lush property. www.76OspreyPointDrive.com $749,000
WINDING OAKS 3427 Winding Oaks Drive #14 Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic waterfront residence. The radiant ambiance this 3BR villa creates with its clean lines, unique flooring, plus designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room and relaxing views beyond. Offers screened patio & its own pool! www.3427WindingOaks14.com $935,000
3431 Winding Oaks Drive #16 Situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters, this 3BR Winding Oaks residence has been recently updated. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle. www.3431WindingOaks16.com $895,000
DECEMBER 5, 2019
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Josh Falcon, Jamison Urch, Kerri Brooks, Jason Berzowski and Bryan Carr pose with Santa.
THE NIGHT Light up Longboat was the first of its kind for the community, with hopes for more in the future. NAT KAEMMERER STAFF WRITER
he town of Longboat Key de-light-ed residents with a tree-mendous lighting event, known as Light Up Longboat, on Nov. 30. On the spot where the Amore Restaurant used to be, more than 100 adults, kids and dogs gathered for a neighborly meet-and-greet. “You can see people really enjoy having a town center, having a place to gather like this,” said Carol Erker, who attended the event with the Rotary Club of Longboat Key. Folks mingled in the space
enjoying snacks, drinks and holiday cheer with live music wafting through the crowd. Away from the crowd near the tents set up by local organizations, families sat under the to-be-lit tree, and kids chased one another around it. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce was present as the sponsor of the community-driven event. Several island organizations set up tents at the event to raise money for their causes, as was the case of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key and its Dec. 7 Lawn Party to benefit All-Star Children Foundation; to share its mission and reach out to the community, as the Paradise Center of Longboat Key did; or to chat with friends and sell a few poinsettias, like the Garden Club of Longboat Key. Santa Claus made an appearance with a few elves, and kids and adults alike flocked to the area for their selfies with Santa. A
few wish lists made it into Santa’s pockets from visiting children. Santa was actually the Rotary Club of Longboat Key President Nancy Rozance, seated near her club as residents came to their table to donate toys and gifts for the club’s annual Toy Drive. Once it was time for the big reveal, Town Manager Tom Harmer pressed the button … and waited. Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren came to assist with the technical difficulty, and soon, Longboat Key’s bright Christmas was a reality. The town of Longboat Key also addressed the future of the space and more events there in the future, indicating that, like the tree, the future of the town center idea was bright. “This is just the beginning,” Harmer said. “People have been asking for years to do something else like this.”
Top: Alanha, Lexi and Tahniya Smith Above: Suzy Brenner gets some love from Lahni.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
Josh and Catherine Hayes and Greer Babbe with Santa Jaws.
Santa Jaws spreads some holiday cheer
Charlotte and Brianne Bromagen and Darlene Engle with Gilly dressed as Santa Jaws.
anta Jaws has come to town. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s friendly shark mascot, Gilly, donned a red vest and the classic fur-trimmed, pompom-tipped hat Nov. 30 to welcome visitors into the aquarium with a hug, photo op and candy cane. It’s the “Mote” wonderful time of the year, indeed. Some kids couldn’t decide whether or not to trust the Santa shark and needed a confidence boost from their parents to pose with Gilly. Ethan Cherry was apprehensive about the approach but wanted to show Santa Jaws the shark teeth he had found. Santa Jaws will return one more time from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 21. — NAT KAEMMERER
Santa Jaws photographer Sharon Dickman with the mascot.
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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 591 Wedge Lane Point Lot with water on 2 sides, approx. 261’ of water frontage, 3BR/3BA - $2,795,000
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 537 Spinnaker Lane Only waterfront home in Country Club Shores under $1M, 3B +Den/Office, 3BA, $969,000
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The Community Foundation of Sarasota rang in its 40th anniversary last month at the Circus Arts Conservatory The nonprofit works to help residents through community care, empowerment and success. Speakers reflected on the effect The Community Foundation has had over the past 40 years from beginning in 1979 with $500 to the organization now having $400 million in assets and donating $274 million back into the Sarasota community. “From our earliest years, we have remained committed to instilling the highest levels of trust, confidence and integrity to ensure that our hybrid culture and given continues to thrive,” said Roxie Jerde, the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota. Jerde explained that the foundation works to show the community that everyone has the potential to impact another person or cause through programs including the Season of Sharing, a communitywide campaign that encourages neighbors to help neighbors avoid the threat of homelessness. The Community Foundation welcomed Diane McFarlin, Dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and former Community Foundation Board Chair, as keynote speaker to recognize its 20th anniversary of Season of Sharing.
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GATED WESTWAY ESTATE $6,295,000 Exquisite w/ stunning views, expansive windows & verandas capture outstanding water & sunset views. Dramatic pool w/jacuzzi. New dock & lift. Walking distance to St. Armands
BEACHFRONT ESTATE $8,200,000 Quality built 5/BR ensuites on 150’of Gulf front beach.Impressive new architecture emphasizes beach & Gulf views w/walls of glass. On south LBK w/6 car garage.
GULFFRONT ESTATE $13,950,000 Privacy gates open to gorgeous home with breathtaking views. Open plan and walls of glass look out to gulf waters. Casually elegant throughout. Simply the best!
SUPERB LOCATION $2,195,000 3BD/2BA on deep waterfront lot w/dock near St. Armands. Stunning views of Sarasota Bay, city skyline & John Ringling Bridge.
UNIQUE LBK BEACHFRONT ESTATE $12,500,000 On 180 ft of pristine gulf beach. 4 en-suite guest rooms plus a secluded master wing. Multiple terraces, elevated gulfside pool & spa. Perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining.
BEACHSIDE LBK HOME $3,395,000 Incredible 4BD/4BA Like new. Totally remodeled for relaxation indoors and out. Spacious & bright w/private beach access.
POSITANO WALK-OUT $3,875,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION $4,795,000 GULF FRONT $3,650,000 Private pool & expansive Gulfside terraces. 3BR/3.5BA Gulf & Bay views from this 4BR/4.5+ BA home 150 feet of frontage on south Longboat Gulf open plan w/Master beachside. Private 2 car garage. w/elevator. West of Gulf of Mexico Drive. beach. Buildable site w/ a charming 2BR cottage. Expansive windows & decks on all levels.
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REGENT PLACE $2,790,000 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON LBK DEEP CANAL $794,000 Behind the gates at LBK Club Gulf front 3BR/3BA Dream Island Rd. A boater’s paradise! corner residence w/ southern exposure. Views Sleepy Lagoon lot w/dock & new seawall. $599,000 of Gulf, golf course and downtown skyline.
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GRAND MARINER BAYFRONT $1,350,000 Exquisite 3BD/3.5BA first floor former model 3274sf residence w/ many extras. Deep water dock w/power, water, pump station & lift. Private 2 car garage.
www.catdepot.org SILVER SANDS - INCOME PROPERTY Two available with rare nightly rental capability. Impressive rental history as income property. 1BD/1BA $390,000 | 2BD/2BA $445,000
THE PRESERVE AT LONGBEACH An exclusive enclave of 12 new construction homes. Refinement meets relaxation at the north end of LBK in Longbeach Village with beach-to-bay access.
BONAIRE LOT $1,005,000 Build your dream home behind the gates in LBK’s new Bonaire community. Design to enjoy Gulf and bay views on this last remaining lot.
GULF FRONT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB 2BD/2BA 7th floor, beautiful views. $1,350,000 2BD/2BA 1st floor corner unit $1,350,000 Great amenities, beach & rental opportunities.
NEW CONSTRUCTION $1,590,000 Private one story cul-de-sac home. 4 BR/3.5 BA with three car garage. Bay & deeded beach access.
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,599,000 4BD/4.5BA Masterpiece w/elevator. Indoor/Outdoor living. Great views from multiple terraces. 3 car garage. 45’ dock w/boat and jet ski lifts on wide canal.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019
$10. RSVP to Mary Ann Brady at MaryAnnBrady@TheParadiseCenter.org or by phone at 383-6493.
HOPE SEEDS WITH CHRIST CHURCH Takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Church of Longboat Key Presbyterian, 6400 GMD. Join to help pack seeds for shipment to Haiti, Uganda and other countries. Hope Seeds Inc.’s mission is to provide quality garden seeds to less fortunate countries. Call Ann Quackenbush at 383-1731 for information.
GENTLE KRIPALU YOGA From 9-10 a.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 GMD #212, for gentle yoga to improve overall physical functioning and mental well-being. All ages and fitness levels. $11 per class for members; $13 for nonmembers. Call 383-8811.
MIXED BEGINNERS AND MIXED INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE At the Longboat Key Education Center, class runs from 1-2:30 and 3-4:30 p.m. Learn bridge, and play with other members. Cost is $14 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Call 3838811.
COMMUNITY OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL From 6-8 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s Wave Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, watch a showcase of the work of young conservation leaders and their ocean conservation projects and films. This year’s event will feature a special screening of the film “The Smog of the Sea” from filmmaker Ian Cheney that focuses on action for rethinking single-use plastic. The event is free, but attendees must RSVP at Mote.org/events or YOCS.org.
8TH ANNUAL LONGBOAT KEY KIWANIS LAWN PARTY From noon to 2 p.m. behind the Harbourside Ballroom, join the Kiwanis Club as it celebrates the life of Murf Klauber and the Colony, eat and drink from numerous Sarasota chefs, and support the All Star Children’s Foundation. Tickets are $75 each, and raffle tickets are $100 with a chance to win the $20,000 grand prize. Contact Marketing@YourObserver.com for more information.
BELLS AND BRASS: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY At 4 p.m. at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 GMD, hear the Christmas story as told by the Longboat Island Chapel Choir and Ring Sarasota. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at RingSarasota.org. Call 383-6491.
GARDEN CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY HOLIDAY PARTY At 5:30 p.m. at The Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive N., join the Garden Club for its third annual Holiday Party, complete with hors d’oeuvres and music on the beach. Cost is $35. Contact Susan Phillips at email@example.com.
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The Clauses were the center of attention at the 2018 Holiday Night on St. Armands.
HOLIDAY NIGHT ON ST. ARMANDS Beginning at 6 p.m., the Holiday Night of Lights is how St. Armands kicks off the season. Join the free event for tree lighting, photos with Santa and performances by students from Sarasota Academy of the Arts.
FREE MEMORY & LIFESTYLE SCREENINGS From noon to 2 p.m., get a one-on-one cognitive assessment provided by the Center for Brain Health, along with other factors which affect memory, such as sleep, exercise and diet (30-minute session). Space is limited; must RSVP to MaryAnnBrady@TheParadiseCenter. org or by phone 383-6493.
RECURRING EVENTS MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS
LORD’S WAREHOUSE Hours are 9 a.m. to noon at the south end of the Longboat Island Chapel campus behind the parking lot, 6200 MD. Gently used women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, artwork, kitchenware and home goods will be sold. Call 383-4738.
STRETCH & STRENGTHEN No class Monday, Dec. 9. Class is from 10-11 a.m. at the Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Road. All exercises are from a standing or seated position; the focus
is on strength training and flexibility for better balance. You may bring your own small hand weights. Class led by Suzy Brenner. Fee is $10. RSVP to MaryAnnBrady@TheParadiseCenter.org or by phone at 383-6493. PUMPING THE PRIME WITH MIRABAI HOLLAND At 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Nov. 4, come to the Bayfront Recreation Center at 4052 GMD to strengthen muscles and bones, burn calories, boost metabolism and manage weight and develop lean muscle. This full-body workout requires participants to get up and down from the floor. Bring a towel. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Email Mirabai@ MovingFree.com, or call 201956-1466. THINKING OUT LOUD: TIMELY TOPICS WITH MIKE KARP From 1-2:30 p.m. at the Paradise Center. Topics will include current U.S. and world affairs, popular culture and topics relevant to seniors. Bring questions and an open mind. Cost is
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SWEET AND SPIRITED YOGA Class is from 9-10 a.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center and will focus on body awareness, alignment and deep connecting breath. Regardless of age or fitness level, all can benefit. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. Call 383.8811. YOGA FOR SENIORS No class Dec. 24. Licensed yoga instructor Cheryl Kaiser guides through a sequence of yoga postures and movement designed for seniors. This is a gentle class to restore balance and replenish energy with your body, mind and breath. Options are provided to adapt the yoga poses safely with the use of chairs and yoga blocks. Bring a yoga mat if possible. Fee is $10. RSVP to MaryAnnBrady@ TheParadiseCenter.org or by phone at 383-6493.
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CHAIR YOGA Class is from 9-10 a.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center and works to make yoga more accessible to those unable to exercise easily on the floor. Regardless of age or fitness level, all can benefit. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. Call 383-8811.
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WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS BOOK SALE Gently used books sold at 50% off, which brings paperbacks down to $0.25 and hardbacks from 50 cents to $2.50 at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Call 383-2011. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE! Class is from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center. Join other students in watching a movie and participating in a discussion with a film critic. Cost is $15 for members and $16 for nonmembers. Call 383-8811. INTERVAL TRAINING WORKOUT Join Mirabai Holland at 10 a.m. at Bayfront Rec Center at 4052 GMD for alternating short intervals of cardio, light weights and exercise bands ending with core and lower body floorwork. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For information, email Mirabai Holland at Mirabai@MovingFree.com, or call 201-956-1466.
ZUMBA AND MAT PILATES FOR SENIORS Takes place from 10-11 a.m. at The Paradise Center, 567 Bay Isles Road (at Temple Beth Israel). The class, designed for active seniors, starts with Zumba and shifts to all-level mat Pilates at 10:30 a.m. Work core strength and endurance with a series of slow, controled movements and stretches. Cost is $10. RSVP to 383-6493. KIWANIS CLUB The club meets at the Lazy Lobster at 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month and meets again at 5:30 p.m. at various locations later in the month. Visit KiwanisLBK.net for specifics about upcoming meetings.
SKELETAL FITNESS Join Mirabai Holland at 10 a.m. at Bayfront Rec Center, 4052 GMD, for bone-loading cardio, strength and fall prevention routine with special emphasis on the areas at risk for osteoporosis. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For information, email Mirabai Holland at Mirabai@ MovingFree.com, or call 201956-1466.
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ROTARY CLUB Meets at 5:15 p.m. at All Angels Parish Hall, 563 Bay Isles Road, every first and third Tuesday. Call Nancy Rozance at 3835659, or email info@ LongboatKeyRotary.org.
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REGENT COURT 845 Longboat Club Road Michael Moulton 941-928-3559 A4440615 $22,500,000
B AY I S L E S 530 Harbor Gate Way Bernadette Caswell 941-320-8265 A4435590 $3,900,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y E S TAT E S 581 Kingfisher Lane Janet Walter & Steve Walter 941-232-2000 A4449066 $3,429,000
T H E B E AC H R E S I D E N C E S The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, 1006 Joan Dickinson & Beth Afflebach 941-914-0496 A4448727 $3,200,000
C O U N T RY C LU B S H O R E S 580 Putting Green Lane Ian Addy, PA & E. Gail Wittig 941-961-8850 A4434080 $2,997,000
T H E B E AC H R E S I D E N C E S 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive 605 Ryndie Brusco 941-809-6913 A4448566 $2,850,000
LIDO KEY 168 Bryant Drive Bernadette Caswell 941-320-8265 A4445392 $2,200,000
N O R T H L O N G B OAT K E Y 811 Jungle Queen Way Laurie M Mock & Brenda Price 941-232-3665 A4438987 $1,695,000
C O R E YS L A N D I N G 3488 Mistletoe Lane Maureen Horn 941-539-3384 A4451910 $1,500,000
HARBOUR LANDINGS 12325 Baypointe Terrace Mark Boehmig 941-807-6936 A4442408 $1,375,000
M A R I N A B AY 2550 Harbourside Drive 352 Ian Addy, PA & E. Gail Wittig 941-961-8850 A4451074 $1,199,000
TA N G E R I N E B AY C LU B 350 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 226 Sherry Dominick 941-500-3774 A4451644 $1,100,000
PROMENADE 1211 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 501 Marilyn Brown 941-928-7380 A4432783 $1,040,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y T OW E R S 603 Longboat Club Road 702N Francoise Borel 941-228-3768 A4442176 $989,000
M A R I N A B AY 2550 Harbourside Drive 321 Jenifer Schwell 941-780-0968 A4429409 $875,000
K E Y R OYA L E 602 Baronet Lane Hannah Hillyard 941-744-7358 A4447974 $779,000
PROMENADE 1211 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 204 Maureen Horn 941-539-3384 A4451540 $699,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 690 Jungle Queen Way Chris Rivera & Sherri Mills, PA 941-301-1691 A4450270 $650,000
C O U N T RY C LU B S H O R E S 1170 Bogey Lane Richard Perlman 941-228-8580 A4449975 $610,000
T I DY I S L A N D 51 Tidy Island Boulevard Kathy Marshall 941-900-9777 A4440248 $599,000
S U T T O N P L AC E 600 Sutton Place 205 Sylvia Zimmerman 941-350-5022 A4450925 $589,500
ANNA MARIA ISLAND 304 29th Street A & B Jody Shinn 941-705-5704 A4435660 $525,000
B E AC H P L AC E 1065 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 203 Klaus Lang & Nora Johnson 941-320-1223 A4436715 $525,000
S A N D C AY 4725 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 108 Ian Addy, PA & E. Gail Wittig 941-961-8850 A4450376 $497,000
SANDS POINT 100 Sands Point Road 225 Sandi Layfield & Michael Nink, PA 941-914-2807 A4448551 $489,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 691 Tarawitt Drive Jodene Moneuse 941-302-4913 A4451584 $479,000
W H I T N E Y B E AC H 6700 Gulf Of Mexico Drive Bobbi Banan 941-356-2659 A4450823 $370,00
SEASIDE GARDENS 427 62nd Street Laura Rulon 941-896-2757 A4440662 $359,000
S I LV E R S A N D S A C O N D O 5841 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 244 Terry Goodman 941-374-6442 A4422158 $349,9000
LIDO KEY 1339 Westway Drive Christina Landry 941-376-4498 A4432826 $5,950,000
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home in John Ringling Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Kenneth Pippin, of Conway, S.C., sold his home at 236 Tremont Lane to David and Linda Weiler, of Sedona, Ariz., for $3.25 million. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, four-anda-half baths, a pool and 4,436 square feet of living area. It sold for $885,000 in 1991. THE WATER CLUB AT LONGBOAT KEY
Robert Gussin and Patricia Stewart Gussin, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 803 condominium at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Randi Kreiss, of Longboat Key, for $1.65 million. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,054 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,265,000 in 2000. MARINA BAY
Eugene and Shelley Enlow sold their Unit 241 condominium at 2450 Harbourside Drive to Jeffrey and Martha Cokin, of Longboat Key, for $1.6 million. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,083 square feet of living area. It sold for $1 million in 2014. BIRD KEY
M&D Properties Sarasota LLC sold the home at 222 Robin Drive to Dockside Homes LLC for $850,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,198 square feet of
living area. It sold for $875,000 in March. LIDO BEACH
Pamela Jean Harms Lott, of Union Mills, N.C., sold two properties at 234 Grant Drive to 234 Grant LLC for $775,000. The first was built in 1950; it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,361 square feet of living area. The second was built in 1956; it has one bedroom, one bath and 550 square feet of living area. They sold for $52,000 in 1977. CASA DEL MAR
Robert Shea, of Alexandria, Va., sold his Unit 14B condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Sasta Properties LLC for $635,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 756 square feet of living area. It sold for $180,000 in 1988.
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B2B America LLC sold the Unit M2-110-C condominium at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Kristin and David Harper, of Fenton, Mich., for $575,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 928 square feet of living area. It sold for $316,000 in 2011. Joan Miller, of Vermillion, Ohio, sold the Unit G7-102-G condominium at 1935 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Janice O’Brien-Stein and Michelle Stein, of Odessa, and Thomas O’Brien III, of Naperville, Ill., for $350,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,068 square feet of living area. It sold for $158,000 in 1997. Stephen McKenna sold his Unit 11-C condominium at 1700 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Thomas and Mary Tamara Bonacorsi, of Sarasota, for $495,000. Built in 1968, it has one bedroom, one-and-a-half baths and 1,059 square feet of living area. It sold for $417,000 in September.
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Mary O’Connor, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 32 condominium at 771 John Ringling Blvd. to Anne Fitzgerald, of Sarasota, for $376,000. Built in 1965, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 882 square feet of living area. It sold for $290,000 in 2013.
L. Denton Crews and Katherine German, of Boston, sold their Unit 105 condominium at 6700 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joseph and Deborah Sherry, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., for $270,000. Built in 1969, it has one bedroom, one bath and 846 square feet of living area. It sold for $101,000 in 1987. CHATEAU VILLAGE
Susan Willis, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 301 condominium at 722 Boulevard of the Presidents to Julio Asencio and Patricia Zamora, of Tampa, for $215,000. Built in 1972, it has one bedroom, one bath and 657 square feet of living area. It sold for $85,000 in 2000.
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Wendel Conine and James Payne, of Atlanta, sold their home at 220 Coolidge Dive to Richard Eason, of Longboat Key,
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for $580,000. Richard Easton then sold the home to 220 Coolidge LLC for $750,000. Built in 1948, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,317 square feet of living area. It sold for $75,000 in 1979.
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Ringling Estates home sells for $3.25 million
APPLICANT AMOUNT William and Peri Ross $162,000
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alterations 5005 GMD Unit 3
2425 GMD #4A
Kitchen alterations William Worcester
7135 La Lenaire Drive
Lift and dock
Halcyon Shores LLC
Michael J. Roth
572 Gunwale Lane
Scott L. Petersen
7000 Longboat Drive N.
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737 Norton St.
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Kitchen alterations Michael Renegar
1917 Harbour Links Circle
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L O N G B OAT K E Y 1001 Longboat Club Road A4414365 $1,950,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 690 Jungle Queen Way A4450270 $650,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 605 Cedars Court A4435743 $324,900
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L O N G B OAT K E Y 580 Putting Green Lane A4434080 $2,997,000
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or those who are not joyful at Christmas, All Angels Episcopal Church has an answer to the typically bright and happy service of the season with its fourth annual Blue Christmas service this year. The Dec. 22 service, which is not unique to All Angels, will start at 7 p.m., when it is fully dark outside. Typically, the service is on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. “Blue Christmas is for those that find the season to be very dark,” the Rev. Dave Marshall said. “It’s for those that are doubting their faith, for people who have difficult feelings around painful events, poor health, abuse, death, and even for those who have deep concerns with our nation or world that don’t feel like celebrating Christmas.” The timing of the service also lines up with when the church remembers St. Thomas the Apostle, also known as Doubting Thomas, which makes it a fitting place for those who might be doubting their faith or have doubts in their lives. “There’s fellowship in knowing that others are not feeling happy either,” Marshall said. Blue Christmas will still involve the lighting of individual candles for personal concerns, as well as the season’s four Advent candles with slightly different names and symbolic meanings. “We don’t get to do this
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54 A hair clip may hold one 56 Experts, to a Brit 60 Store convenience, for short 61 Earnings 63 Dorothy of old films 64 Gets a whiff of someone at sea? 69 Group that keeps a North African region pristine? 71 Most healthy 72 Said “Aye aye, Cap’n,” say 74 Get ___ of (throw out) 75 Upper canine 77 Former Spanish currency
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of granola 102 An ID badge may provide it 103 Large blood carrier 105 “Gracias” response 110 Ashlee Simpson’s debut single 112 Dracula’s bar bill? 116 “Annabel Lee” poet 117 Homes on the range 118 “Eighth Grade” star Fisher 119 Roomy bag 120 NBC show since ‘75121 Sign of boredom 122 Bumper blemishes 123 Petty quarrel
79 What many do before the holidays 83 “Arabian Nights” bird 84 Salesperson’s success 86 Collapsed 87 Performer in white gloves 88 Mobiles and mosaics 89 Band of brothers surname 91 Vitamin bottle stat 92 Prepare to surf, perhaps 93 Marsh plant illuminated by high beams? 99 Mile-a-minute speed 100 “Got it”101 Bit
DOWN 1 Assuming that’s true 2 James of “Misery” 3 Flightless Australian birds 4 ‘50s actor Arnaz 5 San ___, Texas 6 Conk out 7 Chair part 8 Prefix for “friendly” 9 Make a better sketch 10 Cut short11 Bookie’s quote 12 Fashionable, in the ‘60s 13 Radio wave emitters in space 14 Boat made from a tree trunk 15 Surgical tube 16 Young fellows 19 “___ and the Night Visitors” 20 Navy builder 23 Ever 25 Soothing succulent 28 Guess made en route, briefly 31 Island where the U.S. raised its standard 32 Referee, e.g. 34 Cry after a long week 35 Aesop’s also-ran 36 Bad to the bone 37 Celebration name suffix 38 End ___ era 39 Perrins’ Worcestershire sauce partner 40 Small burger
41 Singer Turner 46 Make sense 47 Arab port that anagrams to ARABS 49 Decides one will 50 Parenthesis, essentially 51 Spheres 55 Like a green banana 57 Mathematician Pascal 58 Kind of candy that takes longer to eat 59 Senator Klobuchar 60 “Not to mention ...” 62 Postgrad conferral 64 He-Man’s twin sister 65 Municipal title 66 Shocking Amazon critter 67 Allow 68 World capital east of Baghdad 70 Swagger 73 Article in Berlin 76 “Song of Solomon” author Morrison 78 “Aren’t I amazing?!” 79 L.A. air concern 80 ___ and mighty 81 Leave out 82 Hotel room freebies 85 It ends in the fall (Abbr.) 89 Frequent flyers 90 Amazing adventure 92 Common carafe size 94 Board member, for short 95 Brings on board 96 “Errare humanum ___” (Seneca) 97 Lifted with effort 98 The “L” of LPGA 99 Offshoot 102 Buggy ones may crash 103 Not many 104 Stepping on a crack, maybe 106 Butterfly catchers 107 Resting on 108 What unethical scientists fudge 109 Help, as a burglar 111 Greek wedding shout 113 Blonde or brown brew 114 AOL alternative 115 Barbecue site
By Luis Campos Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another.
“ILGPZRX DPAJR LGV URRB CBR CH YLR URVY YLABNV YC LGDDRB YC ICSBYPX OSVAI, YC DPCTR AY URZCBNV YC RTRPXUCJX.” – ZCPRYYG ZXBB “VWL WVIO SW K HVWT RWT LW PKIH F XWT, AZL K HVWT RWT LW RMCS F AZVXR WD XWTE, LWW!”
– PFCLKVF PXACKSM Puzzle Two Clue: V equals N
SAVE ON EVERY SPECIES, COLOR AND STYLE!
Puzzle One Clue: H equals F
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Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
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SEASONAL BEACH rental with beautiful Gulf of Mexico views from this spacious, corner apartment. Fully furnished, two bedroom/two bath, fourth floor condo in Islands West, located in Longboat Key. Conveniently located close to Publix, CVS, and many local restaurants. Wrap around balcony, Newly remodeled clubhouse with a fitness room, library, tennis court, and pool w/Jacuzzi. Up to six months seasonal rental. On site management. Rate is $6900 month negotiable (November-April), and $3400 month off season, negotiable (May-October), plus tax and fees. Utilities and WiFi included. Three months minimum required. One month security deposit. 443-695-1650
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Puzzle Two Solution: “Not only do I know how to milk a cow, but I know how to herd a bunch of cows, too!” – Martina McBride
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