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LONGBOAT

Observer Longboat Key’s weekly newspaper since 1978

YOU. YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

VOLUME 37, NO. 43

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YOUR TOWN

TAKE OUR ROYAL POINCIANA QUIZ 12A •

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Will Sarasota County show Bayfront Park the money?

WE WANT YOU! The Observer is preparing a tribute to the Greatest Generation for the Fourth of July in observance of the 70year anniversary of the end of World War II. If you’re part of the World War II generation, we want to hear your stories — whether you’re a veteran or one of the millions of men and women whose sacrifices at home helped secure our freedoms. We’re looking not only for stories but also for lessons the Greatest Generation has to offer future generations, along with stories from family members of World War II veterans whom we’ve recently lost. To share your stories, email Robin Hartill at rhartill@yourobserver.com. SEE YOUR TOWN PAGE 18A

ARTS+CULTURE

WHAT CAN YOU BUY FOR $13,338,440?

KURT SCHULTHEIS SENIOR EDITOR

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ongboaters sent more than $487 million in ad valorem taxes to Sarasota County in the past 10 years. That includes $13 million-plus toward a county environment and parklands program. Here’s what it got the town: Zero dollars for park maintenance and upkeep.

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Longboat Key paid $13,338,440 in ad valorem taxes to Sarasota County in the last 10 years for an environmental and parklands program. Here’s what the county spent on park maintenance and upkeep: City Total North Port $6,328,314 Venice $12,904,198 Sarasota $17,780,221 Longboat Key $0

Police recover $104,000 in missing jewelry

‘I’ve had to put this hold on my life.’ Nearly a year after his diagnosis with a rare skin cancer, Forrest Schield, 22, is ready to resume a normal life.

Police believe a couple pawned at least $152,000 worth of jewelry from a home.

KRISTEN HERHOLD STAFF WRITER

TURN THE PAGE After 14 years abroad, Elisa Hansen returns to her artistic home at the Ringling.

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PEOPLE WITH PURPOSE

Nikki Taylor encourages others to get involved in community philanthropy.

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Lifelong Longboat Key resident Forrest Schield doesn’t study or work as much as he would like, but he recently got a piece of good news: Doctors at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville recently told him he had no cancer cells. Schield, now 22, was diagnosed with dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), a rare type of skin cancer, last June. The diagnosis came six months after Schield noticed a cyst the size of a pea on his forehead. “The dermatologist said not to

KURT SCHULTHEIS SENIOR EDITOR

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Forrest Schield with his dog, Penny, in March.

The Longboat Key Police Department helped arrest two Sarasota suspects who allegedly confessed to stealing $152,000 worth of jewelry from a Country Club Shores home. Police Chief Pete Cumming issued a news release May 21 announcing the arrests of William Kenneth Dickey Jr., 37, and Priscilla Zamora, 30, both of SEE THEFT PAGE 3A

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