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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Four lanes to two: Better?
Longboat officials scratch their heads over Sarasota idea to improve Fruitville. PAGE 2A
Uncharted voyages Ferries, water taxis steer way through tricky rules. PAGE 3A
Longboat Key man named to RV Hall of Fame Longboater David Gorin, a longtime lobbyist and campground industry consultant, will be inducted into the RV and Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame. Gorin helped establish the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds as a voice of the North American campground industry. He is nationally known for his work to transform the National Association of Campground Owners into the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Gorin was the association’s chief executive from 1987 to 2001. Gorin’s other accomplishments include establishing the National School of RV Park and Campground Management in Oglebay, W. Va., and helping to launch GoCampingAmerica.com. SEE PAGE 18A
Paradise Boat Tours captain Sherman Baldwin aims to link Sarasota with Bradenton Beach soon.
Rules coming for paddle peddlers Town prepares new deal for kayak renters at remodeled Bayfront Park. PAGE 4A
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Bob Nikla hopes to be in the running as a concessionaire with the town in Bayfront Park. File photo
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NEWS INNOVATION EDITOR
FRUITVILLE RD. 2ND ST.
reducing Fruitville to a two- but he doesn’t believe the roundLVD. lane road between North Lemon B about option would accomplish G Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue, the city’s goal of providing more N I Ltwo with roundabouts at those efficient north-south connecG INCentral tions between the Rosemary Disintersections as wellRas Avenue. Bicycle lanes would be trict and downtown. In his experemoved, and sidewalks would rience, people driving the main be widened to 16 feet along the thoroughfare don’t yield to those three-intersection stretch. on side streets. The other alternative, which “You watch the behavior of the consultant said would also people, and it just clearly indiaccomplish the city’s goals, albeit cates that the circles favor the with more delays than the other main road that’s going through plan, includes widening side- the circle,” he said, noting his walks to 10 feet and removing experience with the two new bike lanes. roundabouts on Ringling Boule“There hasn’t been a formal vard. staff position taken yet, and that’s But more important, Longboat why we’re having another pub- stakeholders say it would further lic meeting to take further input restrict traffic chokepoints that from the public before making a plague drivers going either direcdecision,” Stancel said. tion from the Key. Bob Gault, a Longboat resi“I think that’s not in the interdent who often drives the route est of the barrier islands, and in to I-75, said he’s not an expert, particular, Longboat Key,” said
Chief Planner Steve Stancel. “And when you propose roundabouts, it’s not uncommon for the public to be worried about how they’re going to function, but the general consensus after installation is they work.” The divide between the municipalities comes down to objectives — the city wants to better link the burgeoning Rosemary District, which has at least 10 condominium, apartment or hotel projects underway or in development. But Longboat Key Town Planning, Zoning and Building Director Alaina Ray wants as few obstructions as possible for motorists, because Fruitville is the main evacuation route for barrier island residents to reach Interstate 75. “Those two objectives aren’t always in sync,” Ray said. Sarasota’s plan includes
PROPOSED FRUITVILLE CHANGES
A roughly $10 million transportation project slated for Fruitville Road has caused a fissure between the town of Longboat Key and city of Sarasota planners, with island leaders concerned that any recent gains in traffic solutions could be at stake. On Feb. 22, the city will hold its last public workshop for a traffic-calming project on Fruitville between U.S. 301 and North Tamiami Trail. Some time in the next two months, city commissioners will consider two options for the road, one of which includes removing two lanes and adding three roundabouts in place of traffic signals. Though city staffers haven’t endorsed either plan, a draft report by consultant Sam Schwartz Engineering concludes the lane-reduction option will better accomplish the city’s goal of improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists, and will actually reduce delays at the intersections along the stretch. “I think in general, it’s counterintuitive for people to visualize going from two lanes to one lane and actually have that segment functioning better,” said City
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Longboat, Sarasota at odds over Fruitville Road Town Commissioner Jack Daly, BLVD. OF THE ARTS who also sits on the SarasotaManatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Feb. 22 workshop comes after the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force made significant gains in short-term traffic solutions, including the Florida Department of Transportation endorsing plans for a traffic monitor that would control the light timing at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue to help flush traffic. At a recent MPO meeting, Task Force Chairman Tom Freiwald praised the state for working with Longboat Key leaders. “This Fruitville plan is certainly a step in the wrong direction,” Daly said. Further, there is nothing in the proposal to address the intersection of U.S. 301, which Ray said is problematic as well. Town and city planners will meet this week to discuss the plans. “We’ve had discussions with them previously about transportation, and we continue to have discussions with them,” Ray said. “I think the town in the last couple of years has sought a higher level of involvement than what has traditionally been the approach.” Stancel said the city has about 45% of the required funding for the project, which will need about 10 months for design and engineering after City Commission approval. “This is something we’re definitely keeping our eye on,” Ray said.
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Water transit options float forward Can water taxis and ferries help untangle the barrier island traffic problem? ALEX MAHADEVAN NEWS INNOVATION EDITOR
here are plenty of hurdles to making water transit service to Longboat Key and the barrier islands a reality: Sarasota Bay’s intermittent shallow depths, wading through the bureaucratic permitting processes of five municipalities and two counties and financing an option that car-obsessed residents might be hesitant to use. Also, will a couple hundred people traveling by bay each day really solve local traffic problems? As for the latter question, Town Manager Dave Bullock takes
an anything-is-better-thannothing approach favored by the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force. “That’s not a lot of cars today,” he said. “But get in line at St. Armands trying to get across to U.S. 41, and take out 100 cars, does it make you feel better or worse?” And despite the barriers to starting up such a service, three operators have surfaced with plans to do just that. Though they are still in various stages of the startup process — and there are a lot more questions than answers — here’s a glimpse at the services and potential routes they may take.
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Paradise Boat Tours captain Sherman Baldwin will go before the Sarasota City Commission Tuesday to pitch plans for a ferry across Sarasota Bay to Bradenton Beach.
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Boat capacity: 100 - 120 passengers Estimate launch date: N/A For the past nine months, Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi Passenger Ferry liaison Bob Myers has worked 50- to 60-hour weeks trying to tackle the myriad ordinances and regulations that come with establishing ferry services. “I’ve been busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest,” he said with a laugh before one of his meetings last week with municipal leaders. In a recent example of those challenges, one of his firm’s ferries was stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard because there was a bicycle on board — the vessel wasn’t registered as a cargo ship. Though the company eventually sorted out the issue, the incident was indicative of the hidden hurdles in operating a water taxi or ferry. “There’s a lot of tricky little minefields,” Myers said. Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi operates routes touching three municipalities in Pinellas County across Boca Ciega Bay, and is in talks with several others for expansion. The firm also runs a route from Fort De Soto Park to Egmont Key. Locally, Myers originally hoped for an east-west connector stretching from the shoreline near the Sarasota and Manatee county line, a short trek from SarasotaBradenton International Airport, and Bradenton Beach. Right now, he’s working through the city of Sarasota permitting process to launch from Marina Jack, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall or the 10th Street Boat Ramp with service to City Island, near Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and St. Armands Circle. That could include a connection at the Longboat Key Moorings on the south end of the Key, and another as far south as Siesta Key. Ever the optimist, Myers hopes to have some connection across the bay operating before next season but acknowledged it would take a lot of persistence. “You chug along, you chug along and soon enough that flower starts to bloom — pardon my mixed metaphor,” Myers said.
Boat capacity: 125 - 149 passengers Estimate launch date: March 1
Potential water taxi stops
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ADVENTURE AWAY Boat capacity: 20 Estimated launch date: N/A Most specifically affecting Longboat Key is Bradenton Beach-based Adventure Away, which will soon launch a water taxi connecting Whitney Beach Plaza, Bayfront Park, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, Cortez and the Bridge Street Pier, with additional stops to be announced in the coming weeks. The company plans to launch service with a 27-foot Carolina Skiff and tackle the “first-milelast-mile” problem with bicycle-share opportunities at the Historic Bridge Street Pier on Bradenton Beach and Whitney Beach, though the details haven’t been finalized, said Walter Loos, managing partner of Adventure Away. Further, he hopes to partner with the two larger ferry services for a hop-on-hop-off operation, and bring Sarasota County Area Transit and Manatee County Area Transit into talks with the newly formed public-private entity called the Gulf Coast Transit Partnership, for which Loos is a founding member. “No matter what it is, there are critics out there, and we have done extensive research, and we’ve seen in other communities where this has had a meaningful impact,” he said. “At this point, we feel we need to take on a leadership role for the businesses and our communities and present some different solutions to deal with congestion and encourage people to use carless travel.”
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On Feb. 6, Paradise Boat Tours captain Sherman Baldwin was supposed to go before the Sarasota City Commission for a permit to start up a ferry service between the mainland and Bradenton Beach. City staff ended up pulling the item from the agenda because they said Sherman needed an embarkation agreement at the specified launch points. Since the law was enacted in 2003, Sherman said he has been the first person to attempt to navigate the regulations, which include the requirement of a business license — but not how much that would cost — and providing licensing documentation that by federal law is supposed to stay on a captain’s person at all times. “I’m like the petri dish of the ordinance,” Sherman said. “So I’ve come up against chicken-or-the-egg scenarios.” Still, Paradise Boat Tours is slated for a Feb. 21 date before city commissioners to consider a permit for routes from Bayfront Park or Marina Jack, or Centennial Park farther up the North Trail to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. And Sherman predicts the service will be self-sustaining —it will cost $12.50 round trip, and his staff is calculating discounted annual, monthly or 10-day pass options. “Some of the applicants are looking for municipal money,” he said. “We don’t need any of it.” As for the “first-mile-last-mile” problem, which involves solutions to how to move people around after they arrive at their destination, Sherman said he is in talks with Uber and Lyft for general travel, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital for a shuttle service to the hospital. The bottom line for Paradise Boat Tours: This would be a service to help with traffic, not just take tourists sightseeing. “The very foundation of our business model is for locals, commuters, day-trippers and year-rounders,” Sherman said.
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Park grading preceded all the improvements now onsite at Bayfront Park.
Vendors at Bayfront Park? Town staff hopes to avoid the type of overcrowding surrounding watercraft rentals in neighboring communities. JOHN MCGUIRE STAFF WRITER
As a kayak-rental customer, Longboat Key Assistant Town Manager Mike Hein knows firsthand just how chaotic the rental process on Lido Key can be.
“It’s a bit of a gauntlet, entering and exiting,” Hein said. Longboat Key management has crafted an ordinance in an effort to ensure Bayfront Park, which will be home to a kayak launch once it reopens after $3.5 million in upgrades, does not experience the same environment that often surrounds watercraft rentals on Lido. The ordinance, which passed last week at a Town Commission meeting, requires any commercial vendor seeking to operate within any public place on Longboat Key to first enter into a concessionaire
agreement with the town. At the meeting, Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Director Alaina Ray explained why such an agreement is necessary. “Currently, a kayak vendor can go to one of our parks or one of our bay accesses and essentially stay there,” Ray explained. Town staff envisions entering into an agreement with one nonmotorized watercraft vendor, Hein said, and the process for selecting the vendor will be competitive. Once the vendor is chosen, the agreement will be
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County’s. If his business is selected, Nikla plans to offer guided tours of the mangroves near Bayfront Park, which he said have not had much exposure to kayaking. He’s also considering the possibility of full moon tours. “We’re hoping we have a good shot,” Nikla said. “(Longboat Key is) not looking for someone who will take over the park, and I don’t want to do that anyway.” At last week’s Commission meeting, Commissioner Ed Zunz expressed concerns about potential issues regarding storage of watercraft. While there will be on-site storage available to the public, Hein said, it is yet to be determined whether the vendor will require on-site storage. “Some of the vendors we have met with said they would like onsite storage,” Hein said. “Others do not.” Nikla said, if I Kayak Sarasota is selected, he imagines his business would come and go with its equipment. Mark Richardson, Longboat Key’s Streets, Facilities, Parks and Recreation manager, said kayak rentals at Bayfront Park started the conversation about the ordinance, but emphasized the ordinance also applies to all potential vendors for any public space on the Key. Town management hopes to have the vendor in place in June when the park opens, he said. Along with the concessionaire agreement, the ordinance also includes the addition of a $100 fee for special events in public places, like weddings on the beach, as well as an established reimbursement fee for public resources that are expended during those special events, like beach cleanup.
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A world of his own Town’s computer specialist moonlights making movies. JOHN MCGUIRE STAFF WRITER
By day, you’ll find Barry Gaines working as an IT specialist for Longboat Key, doing tasks such as PC repairs and keeping software updated. By night, you’ll find the 46-year-old New York native pursuing another passion: writing, directing, shooting and editing his fantasy-action video series “A World of Worlds.” Last September, Gaines released the pilot of the series on YouTube and his website, gainesentertainment.com. He hopes the show will be picked up for broadcast on television or a streaming service like Netflix. As the title suggests, Gaines’s epic blends its own magical universe (think “Star Wars” or “Game of Thrones”) with the world we know. “This is a special series,” Gaines said, surrounded by framed posters for such films as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Dark Knight” at his production station in his Parrish home. “We can make this a big deal.” “A World of Worlds” is admittedly low budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in polish. Gaines refuses to let financial hurdles stand in the way of his dream. “Too many people wait for the
money, and I’m like, ‘You keep waiting. Someone else is going to run right by you.’” The series is one that Gaines refers to as fun and sexy, following the plights of both humans and extradimensional beings while delving into the complexities of reincarnation. It’s easy to wonder how Gaines finds the time for filmmaking while juggling a fulltime job and family life. “It’s called ‘no life, no sleep and a great wife,’” Gaines laughed. “You need those three things, and you just may make it.” After putting in his eight hours on the Key, Gaines comes home and generally doesn’t get to bed until midnight or later. “What I’m doing is, if I’m not writing, I’m calling somebody or getting a meeting,” he said. “It never ends.” Gaines moved to the Sarasota area from Virginia with his wife, Nicol Gaines, about three years ago. With few local contacts, Gaines knew it would be a challenge to put together a team to help him. He finds most of his actors, like Daniel R. Pelissier, on Craigslist. Pelissier, who portrays the evil warlock Sil in “A World of Worlds,” said Gaines’ approach to filmmaking keeps him vested in the project. “Barry is very enthusiastic,” Pelissier said. “And it’s contagious.” As an actor in the Sarasota circuit for more than five years,
Barry Gaines is working at his Parrish home on the second episode of his video epic “A World of Worlds.”
Pelissier said most of the film opportunities he sees are for projects seeking to promote social, political or religious messages, so this has been “refreshing.” “Every now and then you just want to see something entertaining,” Pelissier said. Part of what motivates Gaines is a desire to give Sarasota-based talent a platform for their art. All too often, Gaines said, artists leave the Gulf Coast for careers in places like Orlando and Miami. “We have so much rare talent here,” Gaines said. “And I think a lot of talent is being wasted.” Ideally, Gaines would love if his series could help establish Sarasota as a hotbed for filmmaking. “A World of Worlds” was shown
at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival, where it received an award nomination for best effects, which were designed by local visual artist Jared Berg. “We didn’t win, but at least we were nominated,” Gaines said. “At least something we did was recognized.” Though Gaines considers “A World of Worlds” his first professional-grade production, he’s been making films since the age of 10, when one of his friends in his Queens, New York, neighborhood gained access to a camcorder. “We just started making this crazy stuff,” Gaines said. “And then we started to really get into it. Then we started to grow up with it.”
Gaines said he and his friends would submit the films they made, which were mostly action and horror flicks, to small film festivals, where the group developed a cult following. The second episode of the “A World of Worlds” series is in production. Gaines hopes the first episode will inspire viewers to help support his project, and he is looking for local businesses who want to advertise. “In order for it to be bigger, in order to get it to the scale it needs to be at, we need donations and sponsorships. It’s the only way we can survive,” Gaines said. “But, I’m going to make it survive in the best way I can because it’s a fun thing to do.”
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Strategy for Whittall If you put yourself in Chuck Whittall’s shoes, you can understand his Colony proposal: He’s trying to please a lot of constituents. To succeed, we propose a new approach.
on’t fall in love with the dirt. That’s always the advice of the most astute real estate dealmak-
ers. But we’re all human. And sometimes we can’t resist. Our emotions get the better of us. And then, alas, if you find yourself in love with the dirt, or in love with the deal, you can end up tangled in costly, stomach-twisting, spaghetti-like business quandaries. Chuck Whittall, owner of Unicorp Development, the would-be redeveloper of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, surely knows this feeling. He really likes Longboat Key. Last June, he paid $4.2 million for a unit at the new Aria condominium. That was after he purchased 15 units at the Colony for $875,000 this past fall. In his pursuit of redeveloping the Colony property, he agreed to purchase for between $23 million and $24 million 2.3 acres of Colony property and all of Murf Klauber’s former assets from the entity known as Colony Lender. All that is on top of the legal fees that add up quickly when drawing up purchase and development agreements. Whittall is in deep. And apparently, the Colony project, the Colony’s extraordinary beachfront real estate, is so alluring that developer Whittall cannot resist the challenge to do what others haven’t been able to do: make everyone happy and develop the new jewel of the West Coast of Florida, the new jewel of Longboat Key. But he has met reality: six constituencies he must please. It’s an extraordinary business challenge.
THE SIX HE MUST PLEASE:
n The owners of the 237 units of the former Colony. Altogether, as an association, they own title to their vacation units and 15 of the 18 acres of Colony property. To be able to redevelop the property, Whittall must be able to offer them an attractive price — and maybe free vacation time — to persuade them to sell their units and the underlying property. But his price has limits. If he wants to make a profit himself, he cannot offer them too much. If he’s too low, the unit owners will reject him. That explains his proposal for what seems like the maximum amount — 180 new residential units and 417 residential and hotel units altogether, almost twice the number of units as existed at the old Colony. He needs that number of units to generate the cash to pay what he has offered Colony unit owners — $130,000 to $200,000 per unit. n Andy Adams, the Tennessee entrepreneur who made his fortune developing and operating senior living centers and a longtime, avid tennis
player at the Colony. Adams ultimately will decide whether Whittall is the developer. Adams controls enough units (69) that his approval is required for anyone to go forward. Whittall must either buy Adams’ units, or make a deal that pays Adams for some of his units and keeps Adams on as a partner. If you’ve followed Adams’ business career, you can expect he wants a return on his 10-year investment in Colony units. We’ve been told his number is between $20 million and $30 million. Adams’ price is another reason Whittall wants the 417 units. n Longboat Key voters. As most Longboaters probably know, Whittall needs voter approval to increase Longboat Key’s residential density. His proposed addition of 180 units are crucial to Whittall’s financial success. Without voter approval, logic says Whittall likely will be forced to lower his buyout offers to Adams and unit owners. What happens then? If they reject his offer, the Colony association and unit owners could opt to seek a new developer, leaving Whittall the owner of 2.3 acres of Colony property, the owner of 15 Colony units and a mortgage to pay off Colony Lender. That’s it. n The Longboat Key Town Commission. Let’s put it this way: Longboat town commissioners are not in an accommodating mood with Whittall and the Colony Association board. Go back five-and-a-half years. That’s when the Town Commission approved the first of six extensions to the Colony Association, delaying the town from declaring the Colony an abandoned property and taking away its entitlement to 237 grandfathered tourism units. Assuming Whittall wins voter approval for 180 new residential units and unit owners’ approval to be their developer, which is still pending, he and the association would then need the Town Commission’s approval to develop his five-star, five-building, high-rise complex. n Bankers, investors, financiers. If Whittall were to clear all of these hurdles, one of the final constituents to please would be the people who would lend and invest the money necessary to develop. They would want their share of the pie. n And the final constituent to please: Whittall himself. Every concession made along the way presumably reduces Whittall’s return on investment. At some point, it won’t make economic sense. What would you do? WIN HEARTS, MINDS, TRUST
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Ultimately, developer Chuck Whittall must compromise.
know what works and what doesn’t. Which is why last week in this space we took the unusual position for this newspaper to recommend a “no” vote March 14 on the Colony referendum. Customarily, we are staunch advocates of property rights — of owners having the right to determine their property’s highest and best use, as they see fit, so long as they do not inflict economic or physical harm on their neighbors. In spite of that philosophy, we made the unusual conclusion that Whittall and Unicorp’s proposal for additional density should be rejected. And we did so on the basis that Unicorp’s proposed complex doesn’t fit and is out of scale. We said Whittall should have asked for less. While we understand Whittall’s economic and business dilemmas — as outlined above — we also have observed Longboat Key long enough to know that winning voter and Town Commission support is a process. A process of winning hearts, minds and trust. And especially not appearing to be greedy. COMPROMISE WILL BE REQUIRED
Indeed, if Whittall wants to win the support of Longboat voters and the Town Commission, here’s what we would advise: Tell Longboat Key residents you have heard them — loud and clear at your public meetings. You heard them tell you the renderings show a development that they believe is out of scale for the Key. Apologize for not listening and seeking their suggestions, ideas and wishes first — before creating any drawings or plans. Tell everyone you don’t expect voters to approve the density request, and in spite of that, tell them you’re going to regroup, start over and come back with a better plan. But before you do that, you’re going to make the rounds. Go to the residents and voters. Go to every condo association; every church and temple’s men’s and women’s clubs; Kiwanis; Rotary; the Garden Club; historical society; Longbeach Village; the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Ask questions. Listen. Learn. Attend commission meetings. Get to know the commissioners. Don’t brag. Don’t boast. Don’t make big promises. Be honest. Earn trust. Then take what you’ve heard and come back with a new plan. Test it. Build support for it in all the places you visited before. And then formally propose it. Likewise, if this is what is to be required of Whittall, Longboaters must also be realistic. Rejecting everything or wishing for what the Colony used to be is not an option. What’s more, Longboaters also must understand that in today’s development world, another reality is this: To develop a four- or five-star resort into an economically viable venture typically requires a residential component. You see it often — the Vue and Westin hotel in downtown Sarasota; the RitzCarlton, Sarasota and Ritz condos. If Longboat is to remain Longboat, today’s marketplace demands and financial realities will require compromises. The days of the Colony bungalows are gone; 237 small tourist units are not economically feasible. Inevitably, the Colony property must be bigger. At the same time, no one involved should expect to get everything he wants. The final product must make sense for every constituency. What’s the definition of a good deal? When everyone feels it’s a fair deal.
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The four proposed major towers are more than twice the height of adjacent condominiums. If the requested density increase for this project is approved, how could it be denied to other developers, and what might the future implications be for maintaining the unique life style and ambiance of the Longboat Key community? I have been told that there are approximately 6,000 registered voters and approval of the current proposal only requires a 50.1% majority of those who actually vote, which is an unusual and inappropriately low threshold for a project of this importance and magnitude. If only 3,000 votes are cast, the motion would carry with as few as 1,501 votes, which would be 25% of total eligible voters. So much for democracy! This anomaly clearly works in Unicorp’s favor, but the Longboat Key commissioners appear to be missing in action, so who is minding the store? Under present circumstances, the only way to protect the interests of Longboat Key residents from the greed of this developer would be to vote “No” on March 14. STUART HARTLEY, CPA LONGBOAT KEY
Colony would add bigger crowds to tennis center Much has been written on the subject of the so-called “Colony Redevelopment,” which is not a redevelopment of The Colony at all, but a nightmare for those who make Longboat Key home. Most of these articles and letters have focused on further congestion and road traffic, which is already bad, but I would like to offer comments on the extremely negative impact on those of us whose prime recreational activity is tennis. Tennis is very popular here on Longboat, with many of us relocating here after a stay at The Colony. But playing has become an ordeal for four or five months of “season” and approval of the proposed Colony Redevelopment may cause many to consider greener pastures. For those of us who are not among the so-called 1% of affluence and have their own private courts, there is the Longboat Key Tennis Center, a really nice, affordable municipal club with 10 soft courts and open to the public for day rate, season or annual membership. There are about 400 members.
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I recently attended a meeting at which the pros and cons of Unicorp’s proposal to develop its Colony Club property were discussed, and I was surprised to learn that it is requesting approval for a zoning change that would permit them to build a resort operation more suited to Miami Beach than Longboat Key. The site is zoned for 103 units and is already nonconforming, having been grandfathered at 237. The 417 Unicorp has requested would be four times the proper zoning code density and an increase of 77% from 13.6 units per acre to 24.1. The range for most local high and midrange developments is between three and 16 units per acre. Unicorp has provided scant evidence to support its claim that its project would result in condo price increases on the Key, a decrease being just as likely. Their sales pitch naturally features aspects of the proposal that favors them, while most voters have had little or no access to other sources of information. Unicorp has claimed its project would decrease traffic congestion, but the hundreds of guests and residents, plus scores of hotel and banquet staff coming to and leaving the property each day, would make the traffic situation much worse. Of equal concern would be the constant stream of construction-related traffic. Also, if sales do not meet expectations, it is highly unlikely a developer would continue to build units for which there were no buyers, so the project is not without risk to both parties. The local press reported the (Town) Commission told staff two years ago it wished to revamp land use rules as well as its zoning categories and planned to deal with more than 3,000 nonconforming units that exist on Longboat Key. Why then would commissioners allow a proposal that would egregiously violate every zoning rule in the book to proceed to a vote?
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For every minute that passes during a cardiac emergency, the victim’s survival chance decreases by 10 percentage points. So, if it takes four minutes for help to arrive, there is a 40% chance the victim is not going to make it, Longboat Key Fire Chief Paul Dezzi said. Thankfully, the average response time of the Longboat fire department is five minutes. However, those five minutes are crucial, which is why the department has teamed up with the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center to continue bringing CPR classes to residents. The Longboat Key Firefighter Association, in conjunction with the Fire Department, provides free classes to anyone who wants them. And so far, Dezzi said it has been successful. The class is a 45-minute “hands only” course instead of the four-hour long certification class. Through the class, participants learn handsonly CPR and how to use automatic external defibrillators. Dezzi said the mouth-tomouth resuscitation component of traditional CPR can be intimidating for some people, which is why this course focuses on heart compressions and properly using an AED, which still can save lives. “Give the person you’re with a chance,” he said. Just last week, a man collapsed at the Tangerine Bay Club and four residents performed CPR and used the on-site AED. “We’re using that as an analogy for people to understand that there’s a gentleman who probably wouldn’t have made it without those people,” Dezzi said. Last year, Paul Skversky was riding around with his cycling group when one of the members collapsed. The group called 911 and the man survived, but the image of the helmets, water bottles, bikes and EMT equipment strewn all over the ground stuck in Skversky’s mind. He told
the group that they need to learn CPR. In December, Skversky approached Longboat Key Public Tennis Center Director Kay Thayer and the two attended a CPR class at the fire station. “I always had the utmost respect for people when, in an emergency, they run toward the emergency and not away, and that certainly is the fire department,” Skversky said. Initially, the Tennis Center sent out an email to its members, who in turn brought spouses and friends to the class. The response has been overwhelming. The January classes filled up, as have the February classes. “It’s been a really big success,” Thayer said. “Bigger than what I anticipated. I’m really happy this many people are interested and want to participate because anything could happen, anytime, especially here at the tennis center.” The Tennis Center provides helpful resources on what to do in case of an emergency should someone collapse on a court. Each court has a sign by the phone listing the Tennis Center’s address and alerting them to call 911. But, these classes take that a step further. “Every second, every minute counts, so if you can at least keep someone going until the fire department gets there, the ambulance, then you know, we could save a life,” Thayer said. The next class is on March 23 at the North Fire Station, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The class will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Interested individuals can call the Tennis Center at 316-8367. Those interested having their group take the class, call Tina at the Fire Department at 316-1944.
“Every second, every minute counts, so if you can at least keep someone going until the fire department gets there, the ambulance, then you know, we could save a life.” — Longboat Key Public Tennis Center Director Kay Thayer
Q: It seems the majority of comments at the neighborhood meetings relate to traffic and height. Tell us about the height of the buildings first? A: The building heights fall perfectly in line with other buildings in Longboat Key. Actually, the height and mass of our project is very similar to that of the Longboat Key Club. Q: You have offered some serious traffic fixes for existing problems plaguing the Key. Can you tell us what these are? A: The Key essentially had two exits. In the North end, hold ups at 119 th street cause traffic buildups all the way to the Cortez Circle. We propose to widen that intersection and have a continuous through lane. Another area impacting traffic flow is St. Armandâ€™s Circle, By installing automated cross walks at St. Armand's circle, we will eliminate individual traffic interruptions by allowing pedestrians to cross in groups. This will be a safer, more efficient way to increase traffic flow. These traffic solutions are not our solutions, but rather, have been identified by a traffic study, FDOT and other agencies. The issue lies in the absence of funds needed to make these changes. Unicorp is willing and able to spend the money and get the job done.
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For more information please attend one of our Public Meetings: When:
March 8, 5:00 PM March 9, 10:00 AM
Temple Beth Israel 567 Bay Isles Rd. Longboat Key, FL 34228
Q: I understand that The Colony is currently entitled for 237 tourist/hotel units. Youâ€™re asking for 180 condos to be added in the referendum. Will this add more traffic? A: We are asking for 180 condos in order to construct a 5-star resort. The prices of theses condos will range from 2.5 million to 8 million. Most of the buyers will be 2nd, 3rd and 4th homes, so we do not expect many full time residents. By providing a free trolley, airport shuttle, and house cars, we are greatly offsetting the traffic of the hotel that is already vested. In addition, we will be charging for overnight parking, which greatly discourages guests from renting cars. Q: Why do you need to add condos to build a five-star resort? A: There's a huge magnitude of costs in constructing a five-star resort. The hotel alone cannot carry the cost of the luxurious amenities and special features without condominiums to offset the cost. Various studies have led us to the undeniable conclusion that Longboat Key will significantly benefit by having a five-star resort.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our plans to redevelop The Colony. We look forward to meeting you at one of our public meetings.
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Mar Vista opens brand new kitchen worked at Mar Vista for 13 years. “We’ve come a long way.” The new kitchen, which has Comparing the old kitchen at the about 30% more space and new Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & equipment, has been raised about Pub with its new one is like com- half a foot to better keep water paring an old clunker with an out, Cucci said. Italian sports car, says restaurant Along with the renovations, General Manager Anthony Cucci. which were completed by White“We’ve got a Ferrari for a kitch- head Construction, Mar Vista en right now,” a proud Cucci said. has also welcomed another new “Night and day.” addition: the expertise of head The Longbeach Village land- chef Rich Demarse, who joined mark’s old kitchen, which saw few the Mar Vista crew about two upgrades since the building was months ago. erected in the 1920s, was cramped Coming off a stint at The Screen and prone to flooding. Door, a restaurant on St. James “It was an old place. It was a Island near Charleston, S.C., classic dive, ” said Cucci, who has Demarse said he’s excited5:36 to whip 17LWR023_LWR_OBSERVER_OPEN_HOUSE_AD-PRESS.pdf 1 2/8/17 PM JOHN MCGUIRE STAFF WRITER
up some homegrown offerings. “I’m really into Florida grown and raised local seafood,” Demarse said. “The closer it is to home, the fresher it is.” Demarse is eager to begin using the kitchen’s new cold-food area, which includes a custom-built oyster-cleaning station. The chef hopes to open a raw bar at Mar Vista within the next few weeks. After beginning renovations on the kitchen in August and cooking out of trailers since then, Mar Vista opened its kitchen last Friday, just in time for the crowds. “The season is here,” Cucci smiled. “It’s just starting.”
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Keep Longboat Special - Do Not Approve the Increased Density of the Colony Site
Vote No On March 14 Unicorp, an Orlando developer, is proposing to add 180 residential units to the 237 tourist units already on the Colony site. That’s a total of 417 Units, more than FOUR TIMES the 103 units for which the site is zoned.
This is a bad idea that will affect all residents and visitors. WHAT THE PRESENT PROPOSAL MEANS More Traffic With the proposed density, hundreds of guests and residents, and scores of hotel and banquet staff, will be coming to and leaving the property each day, adding to our island’s traffic issues. A trolley is not a realistic alternative—the trolley may simply sit in gridlock. Too Much Building on Too Little Space The video posted to the developer’s webpage depicts four buildings of 12 or more stories—10 stories over two levels of parking--and another building of five to seven stories. The density with this plan would be a whopping 24.11 units per acre compared with just 13.6 units per acre today. The density is considerably higher than those of neighboring high- and mid-rise developments that range from 3 to 16 units per acre. We believe this is just too much building on too small a property. The property is zoned T6, which allows 103 units, but the site is non-conforming and is grandfathered for 237. The proposed 417 units would be four times the proper zoning code density. Our Beach Where will approximately 1000 guests and residents (a reasonable estimate for 417 fully occupied units) sit when they go to the beach? Hundreds of beach chairs may cover the sand. Additionally, what volume of water sports activities will this generate? A Large Banquet Facility in the Center of Our Island Unicorp’s plans describe a large banquet facility that could potentially accommodate hundreds of people at banquets, conventions, and meetings, potentially multiple times per day. This would add hundreds of cars to the Island’s traffic along with delivery and service trucks needed to service the facility and adjacent hotel. A Bad Precedent for Other Properties If this referendum is approved, a recent analysis prepared by the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force reports that there are 47 other non-conforming properties on Longboat Key that can make the same arguments for increasing their densities, which would potentially add many more residential units than the 180 proposed by Unicorp and change the nature of our beautiful Key forever.
THE REFERENDUM On March 14, you have a direct chance to oppose this extreme plan. Should the referendum pass, the developer and the town, not the voters, will decide what happens with this site.
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TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD NOTICE HEARING TOWN OF OF PUBLIC LONGBOAT KEY FEBRUARY 21, 2017 PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that PLANNING the Town of Longboat Key willZONING hold a public hearing on the following Ordinance to AND BOARD 21,Code, 2017 adopt proposed amendments to TitleFEBRUARY 15, Land Development Chapter 158, Zoning Code, of the Code OF PUBLIC HEARING of Ordinances of the Town NOTICE of Longboat Key: Please take notice that the Town of Longboat Key will hold a public hearing on the following Ordinance to FEBRUARY 21, 2017 adopt proposed amendments to Title 15, ORDINANCE Land Development Code, Chapter 158, Zoning Code, of the Code 2016-32 of Ordinances of the Town of Longboat Key:
Please take notice OF thatTHE the Town of Longboat Key will hold a FLORIDA, public hearing on the following to AN ORDINANCE TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, MODIFYING ANDOrdinance AMENDING ORDINANCE 2016-32 adopt proposed amendments to Title 15,CODE, Land Development ZoningMODIFYING Code, of the Code TITLE 15 LAND DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER Code, 158, Chapter ZONING158, CODE; AND of OrdinancesDIVISION of the Town of Longboat Key: AMENDING PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS (PUD) WITHIN ARTICLE III, SITE & AN ORDINANCE OFI, THE TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA, MODIFYING AND AMENDING TITLE 15 LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, CHAPTER ZONING CODE; MODIFYING DEVELOPMENT PLANS; ADDING SECTION 158.062, 158, OVERVIEW; ADDING SECTIONAND 158.063, ORDINANCE 2016-32 (PUD) WITHIN ARTICLE III, SITE & AMENDING I, PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED UNIT DIVISION DEVELOPMENT – OPPORTUNITY AREA ZONING; ADDING SECTION 158.064, DEVELOPMENT PLANS; ADDING SECTION PURPOSE 158.062, OVERVIEW; SECTION 158.063, PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT – SPECIAL ZONING; ADDING AMENDING SECTION 158.065, AN ORDINANCE OFDEVELOPMENT THE TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA, MODIFYING AND 158.064, AMENDING PLANNED OF UNIT – OPPORTUNITY AREA ZONING; ADDING SECTION OVERVIEW PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS; AMENDING SECTION 158.066, TITLE 15 LAND ZONING CODE; MODIFYING PLANNED UNITDEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT –CODE, SPECIALCHAPTER PURPOSE 158, ZONING; AMENDING SECTION 158.065, AND PREAPPLICATION CONFERENCE; AMENDING SECTION 158.067, REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF OVERVIEW OF PLANNED SECTION AMENDING DIVISION I, PLANNEDUNIT UNIT DEVELOPMENTS; DEVELOPMENTS AMENDING (PUD) WITHIN ARTICLE158.066, III, SITE & PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS; AMENDING SECTION158.067, 158.068, MINIMUM AREA; AMENDING PREAPPLICATION CONFERENCE; AMENDING SECTION REVIEW AND SECTION APPROVAL OF DEVELOPMENT PLANS; ADDING SECTION 158.062, OVERVIEW; ADDING 158.063, SECTION 158.069, OPEN SPACE;–AMENDING 158.070, TOURISM AND RESIDENTIAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS; AMENDING SECTION SECTION MINIMUM AREA; AMENDING PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY AREA158.068, ZONING; ADDING SECTION 158.064, DENSITY; AMENDING SECTION 158.071,PURPOSE PROPOSED LAND USES; PROVIDING FOR SECTION 158.069, OPEN SPACE; AMENDING SECTION 158.070, TOURISM ANDSECTION RESIDENTIAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT – SPECIAL ZONING; AMENDING 158.065, DENSITY; AMENDING SECTION 158.071, PROPOSED LAND USES; PROVIDINGHEREWITH; SEVERABILITY; FOR OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT OVERVIEW OF PROVIDING PLANNED UNITREPEAL DEVELOPMENTS; AMENDING SECTION FOR 158.066, SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL AN OFEFFECTIVE ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; DATE. PREAPPLICATION CONFERENCE;PROVIDING AMENDING SECTION 158.067, REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS; AMENDING SECTION 158.068, MINIMUM AREA; AMENDING A Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on the amendment will be held on February 21, SECTION 158.069, OPENthe SPACE; SECTION RESIDENTIAL PlanningAMENDING and Zoning Board on the 158.070, amendmentTOURISM will be heldAND on February 21, 2017,AatPublic 9:00 Hearing a.m., orbefore as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter158.071, as may be heard, at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, FOR DENSITY; AMENDING SECTION PROPOSED LAND USES; PROVIDING 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida. 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida. SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested persons may appear with respect respecttotothethe proposed Land Development All interested persons may appearand andbe be heard heard with proposed Land Development Code Code amendment. Copies of the proposed Codeamendment amendment related material may be amendment. Copies of the proposedLand Land Development Development Code andand related material may be A Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on the amendment will be held on February 21, viewed the Planning, Zoning BuildingDepartment, Department, 501 Road, between 8:30 8:30 a.m. and viewed at theat Planning, Zoning & &Building 501Bay BayIsles Isles Road, between a.m.5:00 and 5:00 2017,p.m. at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, weekdays. Questions may be directed to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. 501 Bay Road, Longboatwill Key, Florida. The Isles proposed amendment affect propertywithin within the of the Town of Longboat Key Key The proposed amendment will affect property the corporate corporateboundaries boundaries of the Town of Longboat as shown on the map appearing at the bottom of this advertisement. as shown on the map appearing at the bottom of this advertisement. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Land Development Code No verbatim recordof bythe a certified courtLand reporter is made of these Accordingly, anymaterial person who amendment. Copies proposed Development Codeproceedings. amendment and related may be No verbatim record by a certified reporter is matters made of these proceedings. Accordingly, person who mayatseek to appeal any decision involving the noticed will be between responsible forany making a 5:00 viewed the Planning, Zoning &court Building Department, 501 Bayherein Isles Road, 8:30 a.m. and may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making record of the testimony and evidence these proceedings upon any Department appeal is to be p.m. verbatim weekdays. Questions may be directed toatthe Planning, Zoning & which Building at based 316-1966.a verbatim of 286.0105, the testimony and evidenceIn ataccordance these upon which any appeal isAct to and be based (seerecord Section Florida Statutes.). with theboundaries Americans Disabilities The proposed amendment will affect property within the proceedings corporate ofwith the Town of Longboat Key Section 286.26, FloridaFlorida Statutes, persons needing a special accommodation to participate this proceeding (see Section 286.0105, with the Americans within Disabilities Act and as shown on the map appearing atStatutes.). the bottomInofaccordance this advertisement. should contact the Town Clerk’spersons office at needing 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in to advance of thisinproceeding. Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, a special accommodation participate this proceeding If contact you are hearing impaired, please call 941-316-8719. should the Town 941-316-1999 (48) hours in advance ofany thisperson proceeding. No verbatim record by a Clerk’s certifiedoffice court at reporter is made forty-eight of these proceedings. Accordingly, who Ifmay you seek are hearing impaired, please call 941-316-8719. to appeal Jim Brown, Chair any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record the testimony and evidence at these proceedings upon which any appeal is to be based Planning andofZoning Board Jim Chair Published 2/16/2017 Florida Statutes.). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and (seeBrown, Section 286.0105, Planning and Zoning Board Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding Published 2/16/2017 should contact the Town Clerk’s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in advance of this proceeding. If you are hearing impaired, please call 941-316-8719. Jim Brown, Chair Planning and Zoning Board Published 2/16/2017
Philadelphia grad joins Observer staff McGuire earned a journalism degree from Temple. ERIC GARWOOD MANAGING EDITOR
Meet John McGuire, the Longboat Observer’s new reporter. The 28-year-old arrives on the Key from Philadelphia, a recent magna cum laude graduate of Temple University. His degree is in journalism. During his time at Temple, he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and several of the city’s weekly news sites, covering a range of local-news topics — from issues of homelessness, to criminal justice and environmental issues. He also enjoys reporting on a good human-interest story. “What drew me to Longboat Key is the clear appreciation that residents have for good journalism,” McGuire said. “The weather doesn’t hurt, either.” McGuire also enjoys the visual side of journalism, so don’t be surprised to see him out and
about with a camera, seeking that perfect angle for his photos and videos for YourObserver.com and the Observer’s print pages. (Say “hi,” and just play along if he asks where the nearest subway station is.) His prime responsibilities will include covering local government and politics, real estate and development, tourism, insurance and breaking news. When he’s not out telling your stories, McGuire enjoys playing bass guitar, as he did in several bands in the Philadelphia area. He also enjoys reading and lists Stephen King among his favorite authors. King rented a Longboat Key house for a few years while writing his horror novel, “Duma Key,” which was published in 2008 about a man’s escape to a remote island. He rented this home before he bought property on Casey Key. Reach out to John at jmcguire@ yourobserver.com. After his initial introduction to Florida’s “Best Coast,” you’ll find him frequently at the Observer’s office at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call him there at 383-5509.
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REAL ESTATE SCAMMER 9:06 a.m. — 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious Circumstance: A condominium property manager called police to report that he had received a suspicious call from someone only identified as “Scott,” who was inquiring about an online rental listing for one of the units. The owner of the condo told the manager he hadn’t listed the property for rent, and the two men filed a report for informational purposes.
FOUND IN TRANSLATION 1:03 p.m. — 2000 block of Harbourside Drive Abandoned 911 Call: Officers responded to a 911 hang-up and en-
countered a resident who could not speak English. Despite the strong language barrier, police were able to determine the 911 call was an accident, and the person was not in danger.
dogs were running loose on the beach. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate any dogs at the location.
KEYS TO SUCCESS 6:30 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway Public Service: A woman called to report that she had broken her car key off in the vehicle’s ignition. A grocery store employee helped remove the piece of key from the ignition, and officers transported the woman’s husband to get a new car key.
BURNING QUESTION 6:52 p.m. — 300 block of North Shore Road Assist Other Agency: Police responded to a report of a brush fire, which firefighters said may have been caused by fireworks. Officers did not find any evidence of fireworks on the beach, nor on any of the beachgoers leaving the area.
DOGS GONE 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Dog on the Beach: A resident called police to report that five
TRICKING THE TRICKSTER 10:10 a.m. — 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious Circumstance: A woman called police to report that an unknown person had
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called her claiming to be her grandson. The caller said that he was in an accident and needed money. The woman then asked what his father’s name was, and the caller hung up. WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE 1 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road Suspicious Person: After responding to reports of a suspicious person, police found 15 people hanging out on Beer Can Island with a small fire smoldering. When an officer asked who started the fire, the group did not respond. After noticing beer cans on the ground, police asked who had been drinking. Again, the group did not respond. Officers cleaned up the area and dumped water on the remains of the fire.
TELLTALE SHOES 4:47 p.m. — 500 block of Schooner Lane Suspicious Person: A resident called police to report that a man wearing dirty, white sneakers was knocking on doors in his neighborhood. Officers found the man in question and looked up his information for warrants, without any results returned. Police told the man, who said he was advertising his car-detailing service, it was illegal to solicit on the island, and gave him a ride to a bus stop.
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OBITUARY DR. RUDOLPH CHARLES GARBER JR.
Dr. Rudolph Charles Garber Jr., 89, died Jan. 26.
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Supreme photo opp Longboat Key was well represented when the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society presented its Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Memorial Award to Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on Feb. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Cardozo award recognizes individuals whose life work best exemplifies the ideals of the renowned jurist. The Jewish Foundation of Sarasota Manatee collaborated in producing the reception and brunch. Executive Director Howard Tevlowitz was scheduled to give the invocation, but weather forced the cancellation of his flight back from Israel. Retired attorney Ben Krause organized a Longboat Key table that included his wife, Sandy, Harold Ronson, Molly Schech-
ter and Marvin Black. Among other Longboaters present were Roz Goldberg and Alan Bandler, Ed and Mary Lou Winnick, and Joanne Klein and Marshall Nurenberg.
Sea Salt makes his way back home In October, a subadult male loggerhead turtle was found floating one mile off Holmes Beach and brought to Mote Marine Laboratory. After 97 days, the turtle, named Sea Salt, was released back into the Gulf of Mexico off Lido Beach. When released on Feb. 3, Sea Salt was fitted with a satellite tag that will allow scientists to better understand how rehabbed turtles reorient in the wild. He can be tracked on seaturtle.org.
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Mote employees on Feb. 3 released Sea Salt, a male loggerhead turtle, into the Gulf of Mexico.
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He was born in Richmond, Va., and by the age of 14 he was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1954 and interned at Bayfront Medical Center of St. Petersburg. In 1955, he moved to Lido Key with his wife and first child as the first full-time physician to serve St. Armands and Longboat Key. He returned to MCV each summer for six years to complete his medical residency in internal medicine. He was a founding member of Save Our Bays Association, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys, a three-term elected member of the Sarasota Board of Public Instruction, a Plymouth Harbor trustee, a Barnett Bank trustee and an awarded conservationist in Sarasota and Manatee counties. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 62 years and served on major committees, taught Sunday school and was instrumental in creating the Columbaria, which is now housed at First United Methodist Church. For more than 30 years, Rudy managed a cattle ranch and tree farm while practicing medicine. In his free time, he enjoyed ranching, swimming, windsurfing, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn “Dot” Garber; his three children, Janet Garber Taffet, Rudolph Charles Garber III, Michael Fraher Garber; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd. or the First United Methodist Church, 104 Pineapple Ave.
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riginally, the Longboat Key Garden Club members were known for their green thumbs. They were dedicated to building parks and creating beautiful spaces on Longboat. Then they realized they could help the environment in another way that didn’t require digging and watering. The club started awarding annual scholarships to local students pursuing degrees in fields related to the environment. The applications are open to students in their third or fourth year of college or higher who are pursuing majors that align with the garden club’s objectives. Applications are open until March 15. “We want to ensure that they are committed to pursuing their education in the natural sciences and conservation and ecology,” club President Susan Phillips said. Phillips said that because of the club’s narrow criteria, it receives between 12 and 20 applications and awards about six scholarships. When going through applications, the scholarship committee looks at applicants’ academic achievements, their likelihood of success in the field and the overall strength of the application. Phillips said they want to support someone they know is going to be successful. “You look at the overall application and the overall difference they can make in the community, and quite often you look at someone like Michael Long, and you help this one young man, and in turn, he touches so many others,” Phillips said. “So you look at your overall impact and investing money in that student.” We talked with four previous scholarship recipients about how the scholarships helped them and what advice they have for future applicants.
Longboat Garden Club puts the environment and stewardship center stage in its annual college scholarship awards.
MICHAEL LONG Michael Long didn’t have family support while attending New College of Florida. His two garden club scholarships were the reason he was able to graduate. Long, who founded SailFuture in 2012, worked multiple part-time jobs throughout school, including as a cook and a landscaper for New College. Because of the scholarships, he was able to use the money from his job on things like housing and gas. The scholarships also meant he had a little more time to focus on starting SailFuture, a mentorship program for at-risk youth.
ETHAN FENNER Ethan Fenner just started studying at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, an adventure on which the garden club helped him embark. Fenner received his scholarship in 2015 while he was studying at New College of Florida. When applying, Fenner talked about his thesis on mono-
“If I hadn’t started doing what I’m doing now at New College, I don’t know what I would be doing it,” he said. “Definitely not in this form.” Long didn’t think of himself as someone who deserved a scholarship, but he learned when you reach out to someone about why you need help and put in good work, positive things can come out of that. “The real thing is like they seem so far out of reach and reserved for the valedictorian and the football captain, not just the regular kid,” he said. “... All it takes is putting in a good bit of work and writing to someone about why you really need it.”
terpenoid production and plant tissue culture, and thinks mentioning his ultimate goal is something that helped in the application process. He said students should have a goal to share with the garden club so they know where their money will be going. “I had a specific goal in mind, which was the material for my thesis and the necessary components to finish my thesis and gradu-
Jamie Schindewolf was studying sociology and sustainability at the University of Florida when she received her first scholarship. Schindewolf received three scholarships in total from the garden club. The second two came while she was earning her master’s degree in urban planning from Florida State University. She said the scholarships allowed her to get real-world experience in what she was studying. Throughout her studies, Schindewolf was involved in the campus sustainability club, worked with programming during her master’s pursuit and landed an unpaid internship with the city of Bradenton in the planning department. “It meant that I was able to pursue volunteer opportunities and interests on top of my studies,” she said. Her biggest piece of advice for students looking to apply is to just do it and put themselves out there, even if their field isn’t all
about the environment. Through the application process, Schindewolf realized the garden club knows environmental concerns are interdisciplinary. “Regardless of your field, if you have an interest in the environment or sustainability they understand,” she said.
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ate, so being able to talk a little bit about that and have something in mind that I wanted to put the money toward,” he said.
The application and requirements can be found on the Longboat Key Garden Club’s website, lbkgardenclub. org. Applications opened in January, and the deadline is March 15. Scholarships are usually between $1,500 to $3,000. SEE SCHOLARS, PAGE 2B
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Murf Klauber turns 90 L
Scholars FROM PAGE 1B
ongtime Longboat Key resident Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber celebrated a special birthday Feb. 8 at one of his son’s many local dining establishments, Michael’s Wine Cellar. Klauber’s closest family and friends gathered to surprise him with the party, which was “monkey bar” themed. Several decorations were hung to make the cellar look like the beloved bar of his former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Guests enjoyed drinks and an appetizer bar, as well as several slideshows of photos from Klauber’s past 90 years.
JAY MCWILLIAMS In 2016, Jay McWilliams received a scholarship that allowed him to complete his senior thesis. McWilliams created a food forest with multiple species that is now a permanent part of New College’s campus. McWilliams said the garden club not only helped him academically but also personally. He would not have been able to finish his thesis without the club’s help. Following graduation, McWilliams plans to go Thailand to do agroecological research and then attend graduate school. Like Fenner, McWilliams said mentioning his project made him stand out to the club. “We talked a lot about our project, and I guess they were excited,” he said. “It’s plant related and they’re gardeners too, so we’re basically expanding the gardening and agriculture opportunities on New College’s campus, so that must have resonated with them.”
Murf Klauber reacts after being surprised by all of his family and friends.
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Klauber’s family modeled the decor after the Monkey Bar from his former establishment, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
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ird Key Yacht Club was transformed into a perfect Valentine’s Day setting on Feb. 11 as 118 members gathered for an evening of jazz. Floating candles and roses adorned each table in the main dining room, and small candy hearts sat on each guest’s plate. Partygoers enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner and a performance by Eddie Tobin. Jamo Powell and Jerry Beck
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hile enjoying the view of the Gulf of Mexico, the ladies of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Women’s Guild welcomed their new members Feb. 9. Members, who were joined by the Rev. Gerry Finegan, enjoyed a baked salmon and chicken and rice lunch at Ginny Akhoury’s home. The ladies enjoyed prosecco while mingling and looking out at the water before sitting down to lunch, which also included salad and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. — KATIE JOHNS
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Trombonist Louise Wilson performs “When Sunny Gets Blue.”
ony Swain told the crowd that it’s unheard of for a jazz group to perform at the same place 24 times. But that’s exactly what happened Feb. 12 at Longboat Island Chapel as members gathered for the 24th Annual Jazz Worship Sunday. Al Hixon organized the jazz band made up of himself on drums, Dick Reynolds on piano, bassist John Lamb, Swain on clarinet, Louise Wilson on trombone, James Suggs on trumpet and Jordana Tolsky on vocals. “You keep inviting us, so we must be doing something right,” Swain said to the crowd. This year’s theme was weather, and the band performed songs such as “Blue Skies,” “When the Sun Comes Out” and “Over the Rainbow.” After the service, those in attendance enjoyed refreshments in the chapel’s Shook Fellowship Hall. — KATIE JOHNS
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James Suggs, Louise Wilson and Tony Swain start off the service.
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Fantastic opportunity for water-front living on Longboat Key! This 1,939 sq ft home has been meticulously maintained. Offering 100 ft of seawall on a deep water canal, 10,000 lb boatlift, pool and spa, and new roof from 2016. 581RangerLane.com $779,000
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BAY ISLES - 3441 Bayou Court Pristinely maintained 5BR/5BA/2HBA/4CG masterpiece with guest house situated on a rare double lot in the Bayou. $2,625,000
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WATER CLUB- 1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr #1006 Spectacular Gulf and bay views from the 10th ﬂoor of this 2BR/3BA residence. The den can be converted to a 3rd bedroom with a folding wall. $1,649,000
OYSTER BAY ESTATES - 1613 FIELD ROAD West of the trail! 3BR/3BA/2HBA two story pool home with private fenced backyard. $925,000
BAY ISLES - 501 Harbor Gate Way Exquisite waterfront 3BR/3.5BA residence! Completely updated behind the gates of the Harbor Section on sailboat water. $1,795,000
GRAND BAY - 3010 Grand Bay Blvd. #471
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GRAND BAY - 3010 Grand Bay Blvd. #493 One of the best locations on Longboat Key’s bayside, this 2BR+Den/3BA/2HBA, 9th ﬂoor Cayman Penthouse oﬀers unobstructed views that span from bay to Gulf. $1,449,000
THE SANCTUARY -535 Sanctuary Dr #C108 Gulf front, 3BR/3BA corner residence with oversized terrace and walk down stairs. $1,249,000
CLUB LONGBOAT - 5055 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #324
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ISLANDER CLUB- 2295 Gulf of Mexico Dr #112 Direct Gulf views, completely remodeled 2BR/2BA residence. Open ﬂoorplan with gourmet kitchen. $990,000
ATRIUM- 2110 Harbourside Dr #543 Extraordinary Sarasota Bay views! 2BR+Den/2BA updated 4th ﬂoor condominium ready for immediate enjoyment. $799,000
ATRIUM- 2110 Harbourside Dr #512 Breathtaking panoramic views of Sarasota Bay from this 3BR/2BA condo featuring Seabed Travertine ﬂoors, updated kitchen and an oversized walk down Terrace. $775,000
HARBOUR LINKS- 2057 Harbour Links Drive 2nd Floor corner residence with fabulous golf course views! Over 2,500 sq ft. $774,000
HARBOUR OAKS -2237 Harbourside Drive #202 Golf course views from this updated, contemporary turnkey furnished 3BR/2.5BA, two story villa! Spacious patio with a private pool! $749,999
WHITNEY BEACH -6701 Gulf of Mexico Dr #310 2nd ﬂoor remodeled, 2BR/2BA coastal retreat with direct Gulf front views! $699,000
PRIVATEER SOUTH- 1000 Longboat Club Rd #402 Gulf views! Updated 2BR/2BA furnished residence. Tile ﬂoors throughout, granite Kitchen countertops, and two terraces. $599,000
BEACHPLACE - 1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #203 Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA condominium with partial gulf views! Tile ﬂoors throughout, new A/C, water heater, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. $599,000
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All Angels enjoys annual brunch
LIDO SHORES BAYFRONT
ll Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church hosted its annual brunch and meeting on Feb. 12. After the group’s weekly Sunday service, members ventured over to Bird Key Yacht Club for brunch before the meeting. They enjoyed drinks, such as bloody marys, and a full buffet of brunch options.
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Harbourettes lunch at Lazy Lobster
he Longboat Harbourettes enjoyed an afternoon of catching up and delicious food Feb. 8 at The Lazy Lobster. The Harbourettes, all residents of Longboat Harbour Condominiums, is a group that meets once a week to play different games, such as bridge. — KATIE JOHNS
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FRIDAY, FEB. 17
HOPE SEEDS WITH CHRIST CHURCH Takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Help pack seeds for shipment to Haiti and East Africa. Hope Seeds Inc.’s mission is to provide quality garden seeds to less-fortunate countries. Call Ann Quackenbush at 383-1731 for information. BASHERT — SOME THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE Takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #212. Lynne Bernfield, a licensed psychotherapist, author, singer, actor and songwriter will perform this one-woman
original musical. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for others.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18
YOGA WITH THE SHARKS Takes place from 8 to 10 a.m. at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Enjoy two hours of yoga next to Mote’s resident sharks. The class will be taught by Meg Metcalf of Yoga Meg. The event is part of Yoga Meg’s donation yoga event series. This month’s proceeds go to Mote. A minimum $10 donation is required. RSVP on Facebook or call email@example.com with questions.
TUESDAY, JAN. 21
SANDPIPERS’ MEETING Takes place at noon at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal
Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Justus Doenecke will speak on “The Origins of the Modern Middle East.” Call 383-8161 if you would like to attend the lunch.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
taxes, The Colony, emergency medical services and traffic. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for guests. Make reservations at rclbk.org, or call Ruth Strauss at 383-5349 or Frank Cona at 387-0171.
REPUBLICAN CLUB OF LONGBOAT KEY Takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the John Ringling Room of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, 220 Sands Point Road. Town Manager Dave Bullock and Fire Chief Paul Dezzi will speak about Longboat Key
Mote’s gator exhibit opens on Feb. 25.
LOOKING AHEAD SATURDAY, FEB. 25
‘THE TEETH BENEATH’ EXHIBIT OPENING Opens to the public at 10 a.m. at Mote Aquarium’s Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center, 1703 Ken Thompson Parkway, just down the street from the aquarium admissions office. The exhibit will allow Mote guests to get up close and personal with American alligators and invasive spectacled caimans found in Florida waters and wetlands.
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RECURRING EVENTS MONDAYS
POETRY GROUP Take place at 10 a.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. David Rice will lead the class that will meet the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Call 383-8161.
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS
LORD’S WAREHOUSE Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the south end of the Longboat Island Chapel campus behind the parking lot, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Gently used women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and home goods will be sold. Call 941-373-4738.
MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
PUMPING THE PRIME Takes place at 10 a.m. at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Mirabai Holland teaches this course on how to strengthen muscles and bones, burn calories and boost metabolism and manage weight and develop muscle mass. Participants should be able to get on the floor and get up readily. Please bring a towel. Cost is $10 for member and $15 for nonmembers. Call 201-956-1466.
GENTLE YOGA Takes place from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Carol McClenahan will instruct this class on improving strength, balance,
endurance and flexibility. The class is appropriate for those with neuromuscular challenges. $10 per class. RSVP to email@example.com or by phone 383-6493.
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TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS
WILL LEAD YOU TO YOUR DREAM HOME!
DUPLICATE BRIDGE Takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Participate in American Contract Bridge League open pairs duplicate bridge games. Cost is $10 per game. Call Susan Brill at 216-9600 for more information.
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.
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 John at 3745312.
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TAI CHI Takes place at 10 a.m. beginning Jan. 13 at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The class is open to all and will include gentle exercises for all ages. There is no cost. Call 383-8161.
EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD LBK SOUTH END BAYFRONT $2,100,000
Unique Country Club Shores cul-de-sac location on the south end of Longboat Key with expansive views of beautiful Sarasota Bay. Lot is situated on a deep water channel that can accommodate up to a 65 foot boat with direct access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Dock has been resurfaced and features a 26,000 Ib. lift, 220 volts of electricity and snook light. Gulf beach access across the street.
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BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON LONGBOAT KEY $827,000 Wide canal lot on Dream Island Rd. Direct bay access. A boater’s paradise!
GATED WESTWAY ESTATE $6,900,000 Exquisite w/ stunning views, expansive windows and verandas. Dramatic pool w/jacuzzi. New dock & lift.
STUNNING BAYFRONT HOME $5,200,000 Custom Built w/ amazing views extraordinary finishes. Boat dock & deeded beach access on LBK.
WATER CLUB PREMIER CONDO $1,495,000 Plaza level unique & spacious 2BD/3/BA + den. Expansive windows, high ceilings, superb amenities.
GULF FRONT CONDOS Dog Friendly. Longbeach Village. Pool, Tennis & Beach. 2BD/2BA ground floor walk out $495,000 2BD/2BA updated corner unit $540,000
MAGNIFICENT LBK BAYFRONT $4,695,000 Magnificent Bayfront Spectacular Skyline Views Deep Water Dockage.
LONGBOAT KEY CANAL HOME $650,000 North Longboat Key 3BD/2BA home on oversized lot with boat basin and views over the bayou.
WHITAKERS LANDING LOT ON DEEP WATER $1,750,000 One lot from Bay w/100 ft. seawall on a deep channel. Gated community of luxury homes. Beautiful views.
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L O N G B OAT K E Y 891 Longboat Club Road Kim & Michael Ogilvie 941-376-1717 A4167892 $10,000,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 3365 Bayou Gate Ryan Heers 941-726-1703 A4177371 $1,650,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 435 L Ambiance Drive H202 Klaus Lang 941-320-1223 A4167486 $1,600,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 1241 Gulf Of Mexico Drive 506 Ian Addy Pa 941-961-8850 A4142618 $1,595,000
U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 7820 Sloane Gardens Court Deborah Angelo O'Mara 941-730-0777 A4168536 $1,099,999
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L O N G B OAT K E Y 580 Chipping Lane Mackenzie Longueuil & Pat Mudgett 941-961-4023 A4143578 $2,495,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 2837 Gulf Of Mexico Drive Barbara Najmy 941-705-1158 A4174579 $2,295,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 6551 Bayou Hammock Road Cathy Meldahl 941-724-7228 A4165873 $1,650,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 529 Putter Lane Michael Moulton 941-928-3559 A4136340 $3,445,000
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L O N G B OAT K E Y 741 Hideaway Bay Drive Saint Cacchiotti & Marie Monsky 941-809-0787 A4103504 $2,500,000
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condominium in The Beaches of Longboat Key – South tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Theresa Nibi, trustee, sold the Unit 608 condominium at 775 Longboat Club Road to Redbridge LLC for $1,363,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,122 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.08 million in 2013. JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
Christopher Banner and Katherine Huelster sold their home at 440 S. Blvd. of the Presidents to Potillo Properties LLC for $1,075,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 2,452 square feet of living area. SEA GATE CLUB
Jack Mustoe and Janet Love, trustees, of Kamas, Utah, sold the Unit 10-D condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Roger and Dorothy Clough, of Longboat Key, for $770,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $660,000 in 2002. CONRAD BEACH
Thomas Dettore and Mary
DeFrank, of University Park, sold their home at 392 Firehouse Lane to SunTrust Mortgage Inc. for $747,700. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,761 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $775,000 in 2004. WHITNEY BEACH III
Charles Gorham, trustee, and Jean Gorham, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit 303 condominium at 6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Markus and Jean Schulz, of Lexington, Mich., for $725,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,305 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $322,000 in 1996. SEAPLACE II
Jerome Schwartz and Arlene Schwartz, trustees, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit M-1407-G condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Arthur and Paula Post, of Rockville, Md., for $525,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,076 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,000 in 2008. PRIVATEER SOUTH
Brenda Brown, of East Sussex, United Kingdom, sold her Unit 603 condominium at 1000 Longboat Club Road to Philip Bronstein and Jody Brott, of Chicago, for $430,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,409 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 1999.
Kristine Bemko, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., sold her Unit 18-B condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Sonny Calhoun Properties LLC for $350,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2008. SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB
David and Diane Archibald, trustees, of Highland Park, Ill., sold the Unit 136 condominium at 639 Spanish Drive S. to Donald and Nettie Pond, of E. Orleans, Mass., for $345,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,375 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $160,000 in 1999.
Andrew Mamary, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 2 condominium at 771 John Ringling Blvd. to William Laughlin and Mary Ellen Laughlin, trustees, of Sarasota, for $335,000. Built in 1965, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 882 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $110,000 in 1992.
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Anthony Fryer and Judith Bedford, of Cheshire, United Kingdom, sold their Unit 404 condominium at 2195 Harbourside Drive to Stephen and Diana Finegan, of Hernando, for $322,500. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,906 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $464,900 in 2005.
Jeffrey Begg, of Ontario, Canada, sold his Unit 305 condominium at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Wesley Begg, of Ontario, Canada, for $297,000. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,456 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 1996. WINDWARD BAY
Christopher Martin, of Ontario, Canada, sold his Unit 1-V-11-C condominium at 4710 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Michael Summers, of Winter Haven, for $215,000. Built in 1974, it has one bedroom, one bath and 812 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $57,000 in 2012.
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1st Source Bank of South Bend, Ind., trustee, sold the Unit 22 condominium at 7125 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Erin Neufelder, of Grander, Ind., for $400,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,170 square feet of living area.
8325 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. • Lakewood Ranch • 941.284.5049 A longtime Sarasota resident with almost four decades of local real estate experience, Tom Cinquegrano is a trusted professional who possesses a wealth of knowledge in this unique market area. n Comprehensive understanding of the communities and lifestyle options in Sarasota n Served as Founder and President of First Sarasota Mortgage Company for 30 years and operated First Sarasota Real Estate until 2014 n Exceptional guidance throughout Sarasota and its barrier islands n Originally from Rhode Island and worked as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America. n Over four decades of real estate experience Give Tom a call to discuss your real estate goals. You will be glad you did.
These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 1-8, in order of dollar amounts.
L O N G B OAT K E Y PERMIT Single Family
JAN. 30 TO FEB. 3
CASA DEL MAR
TOP BUILDING PERMITS
ADDRESS 770 Emerald Harbor Drive
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
It previously sold for $218,000 in 1996.
SARASOTA HARBOUR EAST APARTMENTS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The Beaches condo sells for $1,363,000
APPLICANT Daniel Jones
610 Buttonwood Drive
615 Buttonwood Drive
621 Ranger Lane
711 Spanish Drive South
3502 Mistletoe Lane
842 Evergreen Way
676 Tarawitt Drive
650 Emerald Harbor Drive
501 Outrigger Lane
740-748 Spanish Drive North Windows
Robert Beyer, trustee
536 Yawl Lane
4440 Exeter Drive
1000 Longboat Club Road
80 Twin Shores Boulevard
$674 Source: Town of Longboat Key
S A R A S OTA 1660 Ranch Club Blvd. A4174571 $2,150,000
S A R A S OTA 4967 Ashley Pkwy. A4168468 659,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 230 Sands Point Rd. 3603 A4166907 $499,000
L O N G B OAT K E Y 210 Sands Point Rd. 2402 A4145433 $495,000
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Oil Paintings - Water Colors Sculpture - Bronzes Statuary - Asian Art Call Al Tomlinson
941-400-8811 “Paying the highest prices in the Sarasota area for over 40 years” PURCHASING EAMES, Knoll, Danish, Dunbar, Evans, Laverne, Nakashima, Parzinger furniture, glass, pottery and designer clothing. Tommy McDonnell 772-643-3209.
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 $18,950. 708-267-6704.
1958 68/ft. Trumpy Complete 2 Year Restoration For Sale or Charter ChitwoodCharters.com Party/ Real Estate/ Wedding Cruises Marina Jack’s Docks Grand Banks and Selene Yachts 36/ft. to 68/ft. 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232
PART TIME Beach Attendant wanted for Longboat Key resort. Swimming and Sailing experience. Some boat maintenance skills are required. Hours are flexible and do include weekends. You would be setting up the beach in the morning and breaking it down in the evening. Keeping the beach in an orderly condition. Must be service oriented, as you would be offering chairs and umbrellas to the guests as well as setting up the Hobie Cat boats, kyacks and standup paddle boards. Call 941-383-5511 for further information.
3 BEDROOM Longboat Key. Available Feb., March, April, 2017. Across from private beach, sunset deck, updated, turnkey complete, 1/car garage, 55+ No pets. Non-smoking. Annual or Seasonal. 941-232-1357.
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OFFICE SPACE Professional or Medical Office Space for Lease in Downtown Longboat Key! 1,000 − 3,295 s.f. Michelle Robles, Robles Realty, 321−377−6231. www.RoblesRealty.com
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1BR/1BA LONGBOAT Key. Beautiful canal front condo at Longboat Harbour on Longboat Key. Full kitchen, large walk-in closet, enclosed terrace with canal/ bay views. Gated community, covered parking, 4 pools, tennis, fitness center, fishing piers - lots more. MUST SEE! (734) 216-6622, longboatharbour.net BEACHPLACE, LBK. Newly renovated 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen/bathrooms, plenty of closets. Beautiful view, spacious balcony. Pool, beach, fitness area. Designated parking. Minimum One month. Off-season availability. 201-723-0204 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org L’AMBIANCE: LBK. Luxury beachfront 2BR/3BA. See details under Seasonal/Vacation rentals. View at: www.thephotos.smugmug.com
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Furnishings EXECUTIVE DESK: 3 pieces, luxurious high quality solid wood, a classic. 941-929-9620, appt. only.
Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE Friday, February 17 - 9a.m.-2p.m. 761 Penfield St. - Longboat Key
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$175,000 DIRECT WATERFRONT. Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, with amenities. Unique opportunity. Please call, 617-212-2027.
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LIDO BEACH HOUSE: 3BR/2BA, lanai, across from beach, walk to St. Armands. No pets. Unfurnished. Available immediately. Long term/Seasonal. 703-638-8128. 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.
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Grand Bay, Longboat Key - 4 listings
Fairway Bay 1 - 2BD/2BA | 1,442 SqFt Fairway Bay 2 - 2BD/2BA | 1,192 SqFt
1350 Main - Downtown 2BD/2BA | 1,597 SqFt
Grand Bay I - 3BD/3.1BA | 2,250 SqFt Grand Bay I - 3BD/3.1BA | 2,550 SqFt Grand Bay III - 3BD/3.1BA | 2,950 SqFt Grand Bay V - 2BD/2BA | 1,276 SqFt
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Bay Isles Harbor Section - Longboat Key
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Casey Key - North Casey Key Vacant Land | 1.5 Acres
Bay Isles - Longboat Key 4BD/3.1BA | 4,508 SqFt
Aqualane Estates - Mainland 4BD/5.1BA | 6,052 SqFt
Botanica - Mainland 3BD/2.1BA | 2,512 SqFt
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Village Place - Siesta Key 3BD/2.1BA | 2,012 SqFt
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Lawrence Pointe - Downtown 2BD/2BA | 1,929 SqFt
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Riverview - Bradenton 3BD/3.1BA | 4,042 SqFt
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Grand Bay II - Longboat Key 3BD/3.1BA | 2,925 SqFt
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Bay Plaza - Downtown 2BD/2BA | 1,656 SqFt
Winding Oaks - Longboat Key 2BD/2BA | 2,112 SqFt
Hammocks - Mainland 5BD/4BA | 4,035 SqFt
Sarabande - Downtown 2BD/2.1BA | 2,437 SqFt
Longboat Key Towers - Longboat Key 2BD/2BA | 1,458 SqFt
Ritz Carlton Tower Residence - Downtown 3BD/3.1BA | 3,659 SqFt
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