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Jay Gosnell named Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year. PAGE 5A


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+ Get the ball rolling If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Longboat Key Kiwanis Foundation Valentine’s Day Ball, it’s time to get the ball rolling. According to Kiwanis Club President Bob Gault, as of Monday evening, just 24 tickets remained for the event, which will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort Harbourside Dining Room. The event features a 17-piece band, dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner and recognition of 2010 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Citizen of the Year, Matt Walsh. Tickets are $85 per person, $47 of which is tax deductible. Contact Gault at 387-8458 or John Wild at 383-4253.

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Colony loans disputed A motion filed in Sarasota County Circuit Court on behalf of Dr. Murray Klauber claims the overdue amount on the Colony’s bank loans can’t be determined. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf ” Klauber claims Colony Lender LLC has interfered with his attempts to renovate the resort.

On Jan. 14, Sarasota attorney Charles Bartlett filed a motion, on behalf of Klauber, opposing a Sarasota County Circuit Court hearing that was set for Jan. 24 to determine the amount due on bank loans. The loans were worth more than $10 million

when Colony Lender representatives David Siegal and Randy Langley purchased the loans from Bank of America in March 2009. The loans, Siegal said, became due in September and are now worth $11 million.

In the motion filed, Klauber and his seven corporations, listed as defendants in the foreclosure case, claim that “Colony Lender has been substituted for Bank of America, clearly a



+ Mystery author talks suspense Longboat Key resident and author Jim Hensal was the featured speaker at a Jan. 20 luncheon, at the Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens. Hensal’s first novel, “Heir of Suspicion,” was a finalist in the Hensal murder/suspense category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards sponsored by USA Book News. “I always know where I’m going to begin and end, but the path between is unknown,” said Hensal.


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Casa del Mar General Manager D.M. Williams plays a song for the more than 100 attendees at his 80th birthday celebration Monday, Jan. 31. Casa del Mar employees dressed in airline flight crew outfits for the event which was themed, “Around the World in 80 Years.” See the story and more photos on page 14A.


Mayor supports beach project Town officials and beach engineers told Key residents Thursday why a $16 million beach project starting in November is necessary. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Longboat Key Mayor George Spoll has become a spokesperson for the town’s $16 million beach project, along with Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and town beach engineers. At a Longboat Key Public Interest Committee forum titled, “Beaches 101,” held

Thursday, Jan. 27, at Longboat Island Chapel, Spoll told the approximately 75 people in attendance why the north-end, sand-andstructure project is needed. “The commission does understand the need for ongoing nourishment of the beach,” Spoll said. “But there are arguments over


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Mayor George Spoll talks to the crowd Thursday, Jan. 27 at the PIC forum.


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Introducing the All New

>> Continued from Page 1A Susan Phillips, left, and artist Barbara Jendrysik hang a beach scene by Jendrysik. Dora Walters

+ Key artists exhibit creative works at Town Hall The 30th town of Longboat Key Town Hall Art Exhibit opened Jan. 10 and will continue through March 7. “The concept of an art exhibit started when the new Town Hall was completed in 2003,” said Susan Phillips, assistant to the town manager. “The walls in the commission chambers, where the art is displayed, were designed specifically for this purpose.” Since the shows began, 72 local artists

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The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department honored two employees recently for their service to the community. Officer of the Year honors went to Lt. Mark Fultz. According to Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi, Fultz has been instrumental in the department obtaining a West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) grant to provide EMS and firerescue services on the water.

have participated. One of them, Barbara Jendrysik, has had works shown in all of them. She has three paintings in the current show. “I have been painting all my life,” says Jendrysik, a 14-year Longboat resident, who works primarily with acrylics and oils. The exhibit changes every two months, except for three months in the summer. “I think it is a wonderful way to give local artists a place to show their works and also to make Town Hall a part of the community,” Phillips said. “He’s a go-to guy in terms of fire prevention,” Dezzi said. Emergency Services Specialist Maureen Monahan received the Chief’s Award. Dezzi describes Monahan as the “unsung hero” of the department. Her responsibilities include budgeting, computer operations and state reporting. “Her knowledge and expertise are invaluable to our organization,” Dezzi said in a prepared statement. “She is very positive, and when she works on a project, you know it will be completed without questions.”

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PIC forms pension committee



Five Longboat Key residents have met for three months to review the town’s three pension plans. Their findings will be presented to the Town Commission Feb. 7. By Kurt Schultheis City Editor

Longboat Key’s Public Interest Committee has formed a pension committee of five residents who have been investigating the town’s three pension plans since November. PIC Co-President Ann B. Roth said the committee will make a short presentation to the Town Commission at a special pension meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Town Hall. “This is meant to educate our community,” Roth said. “We found the best people to analyze the pension plans and find poten-

tial solutions to help the underfunded plans.” The committee is made up of committee Co-Chairman Ed Adams, Co-Chairman Dick Antoine, Bill Forcht, Larry Linhart and Randy Clair. Adams declined to divulge the group’s findings until the Feb. 7 meeting. “We have hundreds of man hours of time invested in understanding the town’s financial statements and actuarial reports,” said Adams. “We discussed the information we gathered in broad form, trying to understand the situation and reach some conclusions and determine what, if any, solution might be

available to the problem we see in the current situation.” Roth sent a letter to Mayor George Spoll dated Jan. 22, explaining that the committee has conducted an in-depth study of Longboat Key’s three pension plans. Commissioner David Brenner directed Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to allot the committee 20 minutes to make its presentation. PIC has also tentatively scheduled a pension committee presentation forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS • Co-Chairman Ed Adams — retired partner and former managing partner of Cincinnatibased Frost Brown Todd LLC; visiting professor of business bankruptcy in Russia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. • Co-Chairman Dick Antoine — retired global head of human relations for Proctor & Gamble • Bill Forcht — retired vice president of Woolworth Corp. • Larry Linhart — former CEO of AmeriLink and former president of Radio Shack Inc. Service Program • Randy Clair — former town commissioner and former corporate attorney with Amoco


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Cathy Powell and Kim Lawrence react during a game of cornhole Friday, Jan. 28, during the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center’s inaugural chili cook-off competition. For the story and more photos from the cook-off, see page 1C.


New traffic lights get green light Three of the town’s traffic lights are being replaced as part of the paving project being performed in the Sarasota County portion of Gulf of Mexico Drive. By Kurt Schultheis City Editor

Three of Longboat Key’s traffic signals are being replaced with newer and safer models. The new traffic signals will be located on Gulf of Mexico Drive at the intersections of Longboat Club Road, the Longboat Key Fire Rescue South Station and Bay Isles Parkway, as part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) $2.3 million road resurfacing project in Sarasota County. Larger mast arms on the new traffic signals will allow for the installation of a sign facing the traf-

fic coming from Bay Isles Parkway that reads: “Left Turn Yield On Green.”   The yield sign was added in response to safety concerns expressed by the residents of the Islands West community.  Installation of the traffic lights will begin next week. The signs will be installed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., with intermittent lane closures.  Weather permitting, the installation should be complete within a week.  The installation coincides with a paving project that began in October and involves removing old

asphalt and resurfacing the road, shoulder work, curb and gutter modifications and the addition of new sidewalks, pavement markings and necessary highway signs. FDOT spokesperson Darren Alfonso said that any state road project being performed within 10 miles of the coast now requires that traffic signals be updated. “The new signalization mast arms can better accommodate high wind speeds of up to 130 miles per hour,” Alfonso said. The entire paving project is scheduled for completion at the end of March.

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Purchasing Manager Gerry Wilson is retiring Feb. 23, after 11 years with the town.

Finance department restructuring under way The retirement this month of Purchasing Manager Gerry Wilson will lead to a restructuring of the town’s finance department. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

The town’s finance department is going through a reorganization. When Purchasing Manager Gerry Wilson decided to retire in February after 11 years of service to the town, Finance Director Tom Kelley said it gave him the opportunity to reorganize his department. Kelley received permission from Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to advertise two job openings; those employees will split some of Wilson’s current duties. Accountant Rita Mazza, who currently performs payables services, was promoted to purchasing/payroll financial specialist. Mazza, who made $44,449.60 yearly as an accountant, will receive a pay increase for the new position, which has a salary range from $49,000 to $75,900. Mazza’s exact pay increase had not been determined as of press time. And the town is currently looking for a new accountant who would do payables and is also responsible for searching for grants for which the island could apply — everything from beach grants to publicsafety grants. The new accountant position has a salary range between $42,328 and $65,561. Sandi Henley, the town’s budget accountant, has also received a pay increase to take on the risk-management portion of Wilson’s current job. Henley, whose former job title was budget analyst, is now the town’s budget specialist/risk specialist. Henley’s salary has increased from $56,721.60 to $59,550.40. “We are basically combining the purchases function with the payable function and creating a new position,” Kelley said. “It’s more cost-effective, and the department will be able to create more timely financial reports.” Wilson’s position, which currently costs the town $70,740.80 a year, will be eliminated.


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Gulf of Mexico Drive traffic signals are being replaced next week with stronger mast arms that can accommodate higher wind speeds. The signals will look like this signal on Cortez Road, in Bradenton.

Town Purchasing Manager Gerry Wilson is ready to see new places. Wilson and his wife, Toni, have purchased a travel trailer and are leaving Feb. 24, to visit Baton Rouge, La., and then head west to explore the rest of the country. “I’m very excited and looking forward to the next phase of my life,” Wilson said. The town will hold a farewell luncheon for Wilson at noon Friday, Feb. 18, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. — Dora Walters


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23, because North Shore Road came dangerously close to washing out. “We patched it just in time,” Florensa said.

+ Re/Max Alliance Group opens Longboat office

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Town employees had to place beach-quality material near North Shore Road Jan. 23 to keep the road from washing out.

Re/Max Alliance Group has opened a boutique Longboat Key office in Unit 6 at 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, next to the Chart House restaurant. The location will focus on the Re/Max Collection, a luxurymarket brand identity. Broker/associates Andrew Bers and Robbie Petsinger, both of the Andrew Bers Team, are among the first agents to join the new office. For more information, visit

+ Condominium seminar scheduled for Feb. 10

+ North Shore Road sees emergency sand placement Public Works Director Juan Florensa said a crew had to place two truckloads of beach-quality material near North Shore Road in the middle of the night Sunday, Jan.

The West Florida chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) will host a homeowners education seminar addressing the topic of financial management for asso-

ciations at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church Community Center, 6120 Crestwood Ave., in Sarasota. The panel includes Pat NaldrettBilodeau, a certified manager of community associations, and James LaManna, of LaManna CPA Inc., who will provide insight from the perspective of a certified public accountant. The check-in process will begin at 8 a.m., and the program concludes at 11:00 a.m. All participants must pre-register. Seating is limited. For more information and to preregister, attendees should visit or call 927-1910.

Meetings & agendas  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7.  Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14.  Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15.

+ Fire Rescue department conducts inspections

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

Longboat Key Fire Rescue is currently conducting fire inspections and tactical surveys of multi-family and commercial structures. Inspections are conducted annually and are based on the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the town’s Fire Prevention Code.

According to Deputy Chief Skip Falcone, tactical surveys are important because they give firefighters a chance to go into buildings and become familiar with them in a safe condition, so they are prepared in case of an emergency.

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Firefighter rises swimmingly to challenge Firefighter/paramedic Jay Gosnell is the 2010 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Firefighter of the Year. By Robin Hartill Community Editor

a police officer.) He became a paramedic seven years ago for a private company in Akron, Longboat Key firefighter/ Ohio. After approximately six paramedic Jay Gosnell de- months, he moved to Florida scribes the Aug. 10 incident as and became a paramedic for “just a marine rescue” — just Manatee County and, later, another day on the job. A cou- a firefighter/paramedic for ple and their young son who the Tarpon Springs Fire Dewere visiting the area went out partment, before joining the in rough waters Longboat Key on a rented boat. department twoINFO The boat tipped, and-a-half years and Gosnell was ago. Firefighter/ one of six fire“It’s a family paramedic fighter/paramedaway from your Jay Gosnell ics to arrive on family,” Gosnell Age: 32 scene. Gosnell said of the Longput on his life Hometown: Bradenboat Key Fire ton Beach jacket and swam Rescue. “The out more than citizens are reFamily: Single, with a 350 feet in the ally nice to us. As girlfriend Gulf of Mexico a paramedic, you Hobbies: Boating, while tethered to come to work evfishing and kayaking a lifeline. ery day to help “There was no people.” hesitation,” said Paul Dezzi, Gosnell also works part-time Longboat Key Fire Rescue as a flight medic, transporting chief. “He knew right away patients to places as far away what he had to do.” as South America, and Quebec, The incident was just one ex- Canada. ample of the conscientiousness Dezzi said that Gosnell althat Dezzi cites in his decision ways works to learn more but to nominate Gosnell for 2010 doesn’t seek recognition. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key “He doesn’t like to brag,” Firefighter of the Year. Dezzi said. “But when we asked Gosnell, 32, comes from a the guys who they felt should long line of firefighters and get (Firefighter of the Year), it police officers. (His uncles are was his name that came up — firefighters, and his brother is hands down.”

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Spend a little, learn a lot Sometimes, you just need to try, experiment, see if it works, take a calculated risk. Be bold. Governments are not good at this. They are risk averse. And for the most part, that’s a good attribute. For one, no taxpayer wants his government taking high-risk bets with his tax dollars. But sometimes this no-risk or little-risk approach can become an impediment to innovation and progress. At times, this is the way it seems on Longboat Key. The town, for instance, has been using Coastal Planning and Engineering as its beach consultant for about two decades. And under CP&E, the town consistently has followed a beach maintenance strategy that fits with the nature of the Gulf of Mexico’s southerly tides and flows: Replenish the sand system with hundreds of thousand or millions of cubic feet of sand every six to eight years and treat the beach’s hot spots as they require it. This strategy has been working the way it is supposed to. What’s more, St. Denis says, our beach maintenance system is often considered among the more

innovative and successful in all of Florida. But now we have a new wrinkle — the extreme erosion on the northern tip of the Key. As St. Denis explained last week, the erosion there appears to be the result of several factors: the hurricanes in the mid-2000s; the way the U.S. Corps of Engineers added a southerly curve to its dredging of the Longboat Pass channel; and the way the waves hit that part of the beach with water coming from the north and south. To thwart this natural and man-made phenomenon, the town’s engineers believe the best way to manage the erosion there is to replenish the sand and install a terminal groin, similar to the one that juts out from the Anna Maria side of the pass. Sarasota engineer Fred Derr, however, believes his soil cement-step revetments would be much less expensive and equally effective, if not more effective. St. Denis and the town’s beach engineers believe the revetments are not the right choice. They may be totally right. Nonetheless, there is still an intriguing element to Derr’s revetment. The fact

Derr was able to obtain a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for his Casey Key project gives his soil revetments a large degree of credibility. The FDEP is rarely sympathetic to anything out of the norm. What also comes to mind is a business analysis that entrepreneurial CEOs often employ when they consider new, unproven ventures. They ask themselves: What’s the worst that could happen if it fails? Would the new venture’s failure destroy the company? In this instance, would the failure of a revetment be disastrous to private property? Now let’s add a corollary to the that question, which is another approach entrepreneurial CEOs employ: Spend a little, learn a lot. In other words, give it a try. Test a soil cement-step revetment. Surely engineers can create a model to replicate the northbeach erosion and test its efficacy. Who knows? It could save us millions in the long run. Think where all of us would be if we were afraid to take a risk.

CASEY KEY BEACH: BRUCE ST. DENIS RESPONDS; FRED DERR RESPONDS Last week’s front-page of the Longboat Observer reported how Fred Derr’s soil cement-step revetments helped stop erosion in the 1990s on Casey Key. Derr told Longboat Observer City Editor Kurt Schultheis he met with Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and Public Works Director Juan Florensa two years ago to explore a similar idea for Longboat Key. Derr told us St. Denis would contact him after St. Denis consulted with the town’s beach engineers about Derr’s revetments. Derr says he hasn’t heard back from St. Denis. In a letter below, St. Denis provides his response to our report. And below that, Derr responds to St. Denis’ letter. Make your own conclusions.

+ Not the right solution

conclusion after the visit was that there did not appear to be a correlation between beach width and the step revetments on Casey Key. We took the additional step of requesting that Coastal Planning & Engineering evaluate the step revetments and their impact on sand accumulation. We received the following response on Oct. 29, 2008. “1. The revetment is one of many upland protections that are available for use. All of them will not be reviewed favorably by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for both littoral transport and sea-turtle protection considerations. “The sediment transport curve appears to be quite steep (erosive) in a northerly direction at Northshore Road. The application of the revetment should not stabilize the sandy beach under these conditions. It is not clear what the littoral transport conditions are along Casey Key Road. “We do not recommend further consideration of this technology.” In summary, we did meet with Mr. Derr and explained that we did not think that the revetment was the appropriate solution as long as the town’s emphasis was on maintaining a sandy beach. We also visited the revetment project on Casey Key and, finally, the beach engineers recommended against further consideration of revetments as part of an effort to maintain a sandy beach. Bruce St. Denis Longboat Key town manager

Dear Editor: Regarding the step revetments on Casey Key … Midnight Pass started to close in the mid-to late-1980s. Subsequent to that, 400,000 cubic yards of the ebb shoal destabilized and attached to the north end of Casey Key, which grew to up to 300 feet of additional width. This sand eventually worked its way southward, providing a uniform beach of approximately 150 feet in width. These beach changes occurred around the same time as construction of Fred Derr’s step revetments. The step revetments are about 1,500 feet to 1,600 feet in length. The total beach area improved by the collapse of the ebb shoal approaches 20,000 linear feet, meaning there is a substantial + Fred Derr responds beach on North Casey Key whether or Midnight Pass in the early 1980s not there is a revetment in place. began an accelerated northward It would be up to Fred Derr to provide migration, which eventually impacted pre- and post-survey data to show that the step revetments are actually causing beach accretion. I did meet with Mr. Derr in early September 2008 and have great respect for him and his accomplishments. In our discussion, I expressed my doubt about the ability of any type of revetment to hold or accumulate sand. However, I agreed that staff members would go to Casey Key to look at the project area. Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa and Longboat Key Project Manager James Linkogle met on Casey Key with Mr. Keith Ravazzoli, who is the president of Frederick Derr & Co. They met and had coffee with the Collinses, who Kurt Schultheis are shown in the Longboat Observer Sarasota contractor-engineer Fred Derr and photograph on page 8A. Staff ’s his cement-step revetments on Casey Key

the Siesta Key homes of artist Syd Solomon and a Mr. Carter. In December 1983, they hired a firm to dredge Midnight Pass and deposit the spoil on their property. The pass was dredged three times, and each time Mother Nature closed the pass every time it was dredged. After the third dredging, the project was abandoned; Midnight Pass has been closed ever since. So Mr. St. Denis’ statement that the pass started to close in the mid-to late1980s is incorrect. I am unable to comment as to whether there was 300 feet of additional width on North Casey Key, but I can tell you that in 1991 when we began the permitting process for the step revetment, there was about 100 feet of beach in front of Mr. Will Collins’ house. When we received the permit three years later in 1994, we had only 25 feet of beach left and the houses we were trying to protect were teetering on a 20foot bluff ready to topple into the Gulf. So the sand providing a uniform beach of about 150 feet in width was nowhere to be seen in January 1994. As far as the length of the three step revetments is concerned, they were 3,215 feet total. So it appears there was 3,215 feet of beach area that was not improved by the collapse of the ebb shoal, which according to St. Denis provided 20,000 feet of substantial beach. Now that we have established that the closing of Midnight Pass did not provide any substantial beach in the areas where the soil cement-step revetments were constructed, I can only conclude that the property owners in these areas have fared much better since the revetments were completed than they were before. In the coastal-erosion business there are no guarantees. There are too many variables — wind, tides, currents, wave action and storms. After careful thought, combined with reasonable assumptions, you almost have to call your project an experiment. Fortunately, for the property owners on Casey Key, our assumptions were correct, and the structures have performed exceedingly well. As to whether a soil cement-step revetment would work at the north end of Longboat Key, I cannot guarantee that it would, but I suspect that if properly configured and constructed, chances of success are pretty good. Fred Derr Sarasota

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+ Long-term success of rail line should be determined Dear Editor: I, too, am skeptical about the efficacy of a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. I don’t know why people need to go 85 miles from point A to point B faster or what types of transportation demands this line would serve. I do know that the more stops, the slower the operating speeds, so instead of high-speed rail you get rapid rail typical of other urban transit systems. Focusing on the short-term effects of the investment in terms of job creation is shortsighted vis-à-vis the long-term costs of operating and maintaining the rail line, especially if the initial wow factor wears off, as does ridership. Of course, the success of the line depends on whether the goals and expectations and public benefits identified with the project can be reasonably met. I am making my own inquiries before rendering judgment. I do know as a land-use planner  involved in the Washington Metro Rapid Rail System  since the early 1970s that  Metro enabled tremendous economic growth and  improved mobility and choice. Development near transit stations and enhanced land values, reflecting density increases and the desirability of being accessible to transit, have allowed local suburban jurisdictions to diversify their economies and their employment base. I don’t know whether the Florida high-speed rail has  been analyzed as to its effects on land use economic development; however, this is a criti-

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continuation of the effort by the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association to simply ‘take over’ the resort and force out its founder and the partnership that had, for decades, operated the Colony and made it a world-renowned resort and tennis facility.” Klauber declined to comment on the motion. “The court will take care of that,” Klauber said. “The motion speaks for itself.” Siegal told the Longboat Observer he does not know why the motion states Colony Lender is interfering with Klauber’s efforts. “I just don’t know,” Siegal said. “He’s alleging we are in collusion with the association in some way, and that’s simply not the case.” Colony Lender originally filed a motion Dec. 13 for a hearing to determine the amount due on its overdue loans. “Plaintiff (Colony Lender) should be denied foreclosure, in that plaintiff is merely seeking to aid and abet others in causing financial hardship and distress to defendants (Klauber) in order to obtain valuable property and property rights belonging to defendant,” the Jan. 14 complaint states. “Colony Lender has intentionally and purposefully interfered with Klauber’s efforts to secure investors to redeem the properties at issue in this case.” Colony Lender has already been denied a motion for partial summary judgment, according to court documents, and was requesting the Jan. 24 hearing to determine the amount due on the Colony loans. But Klauber’s motion claims it’s impossible to determine that amount because “the amount due to Colony Lender is inextricably interwoven” with various counter-claims that would reduce the amount due on the loans. “In a nutshell, we disagree with what

cal element to measuring the success of a rail passenger transit. As pointed out in your editorial page, having dense, urban nodes at either end of a rail line is important to sustain ridership. However, densification can be the result of construction of the rail line and not necessarily a requisite pre-condition. The King Street Metro Station Area, in Alexandria, Va., once was a collection of warehouses and auto dealership lots. Now it houses somewhere around 10 million square feet of mixed-use development, all without building a new highway or appreciably expanding road capacity beyond local access roads, and  the pace of development took 30 years and is still happening.  I do take issue with the Jan. 6 editorial in its politicization of transit and in narrowcasting its benefits. Transit is not a left-wing conspiracy to rob taxpayers.  People who use transit subsidize people who use cars in terms of reduced congestion, and people who use cars don’t fully pay the costs of using them. Congestion is not fully funded and is an economic drain on our economy and our environment. Dense, transit-oriented development is a more efficient economic use of land and resources than highway. I support a fair and objective inquiry by Gov. Scott as to the costs and benefits of the proposed Tampa/Orlando and Orlando/Tampa rail lines.  But if his inquiry is as politically tinged as your editorial, why bother, and just proceed to a preordained conclusion to reject the federal monies. Larry Grossman Longboat Key

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Scenario 1: $16 million beach project

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District A Tax (Gulfside) $481 $472 $515 $1,468

District B Tax (Beachside) $120 $118 $129 $367

Scenario 2: $8 million beach project

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Approximately 75 people attended a Longboat Key Public Interest Committee forum titled “Beaches 101” Thursday, Jan. 27, at Longboat Island Chapel. dent Lenny Landau made a short presentation about the town’s beach-management plan. “I think the beaches are extremely important, and I wanted to study it and try to explain it in a better way for other people,” said Landau, a retired engineer. Landau showed the audience how the town measures its beach width and where the town is both gaining and losing sand. St. Denis followed Landau and explained that the town’s current beach plan requires a 130-foot beach width and a 6-foot high beach. “The visible beach only makes up one-third of the beach profile,” St. Denis said. “The wet, non-visible beach makes up approximately two-thirds of the total beach.” St. Denis also explained how important the $16 million proj-

Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said he supports the town’s $16 million beach project. ect is for the north end. “We have to put sand down in front of these people before we can get structures installed in 2012,” St. Denis said. St. Denis said the project is relevant to all of the island’s tax-

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payers, despite whether they live near the north end. “If we can control the erosion, everyone saves money,” St. Denis said. “It’s to everyone’s benefit that these structures get put in.” St. Denis said a groin that’s similar to what sits on the other side of Longboat Pass at the southern tip of Anna Maria Island might help hold sand in the area. Two other groins that are proposed near the vicinity of North Shore Road might also help. “The north end is incredibly eroded and in trouble,” said St. Denis, who noted that town staff had to place some beach-quality material near North Shore Road Sunday, Jan. 23 in an emergency situation. St. Denis explained that the north end was relatively stable until 2004, and that a combination of wave conditions,

Longboat Pass instability and a dredging of the pass in 1993 have led to problems. In an effort to combat erosion on the north end, the town’s beach project includes removing sand near a natural-gas pipeline route and placing it on the beach ($9.5 million) and installing north-end structures ($6.2 million). St. Denis told those in attendance that a worst-case scenario for Gulf-side property owners with a $500,000 home would be those property owners paying an additional $481 in the first year of the project bond, $472 in year two and $515 total for the next eight years. (See box above.) The project, however, has the potential of receiving $8 million in reimbursements and surtax credits, which would lower taxpayers’ cost.


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Scratch that 4:29 p.m. — 500 block of Juan Anasco Drive. Soliciting. A woman told police she saw a woman selling magazines door-todoor. The woman, who told police she travels the country selling magazines, was told to scratch Longboat Key from her list.

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Permission not granted 11:42 p.m. — 700 block of Broadway. Suspicious Person. Two men, who were fishing for mullet on a restaurant dock after hours, agreed to leave after it couldn’t be verified that they had permission to use the dock.

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Not a sleepy little town 1:57 a.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. A woman found sleeping in her car at a beach-access point after hours was asked to leave.

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1:07 p.m. — Manager reports large photo of woman’s legs missing from men’s restroom. from its mooring spot near Linley Street. The owner arrived to remove the boat.

Watered down 8:10 p.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Fire. Longboat Key Fire Rescue determined that a wire harness on a dishwasher caused the appliance to catch fire. The fire was extinguished.

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Room to move 9:49 a.m. — 500 block of Birdie Lane. Civil Disturbance. A woman complained that a landscaping truck and trailer were blocking her driveway. Police told the woman there was adequate space for her to get out of her driveway.

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Al Hixon All-Star Jazz Band Concert What: Al Hixon and his renowned jazz performers will create an evening of swing with their smooth-jazz sounds. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call 383-2345. When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 Where: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Longboat Key Democratic Club — meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. Christine Jennings will present the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Cost is $25. Contact Jane Albaum at 362-0520 or Murray Blueglass at 383-4899.

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On Saturday, Jan. 22, Spanish Main Yacht Club rounded up its residents for a welcome-back party. The clubhouse buzzed with commotion as everyone got reacquainted and shared their latest stories over dinner. Patty Buck and Barbara Speed co-chaired the event.

Beachplace residents who helped plan the party included Lorraine Reardon, Bill and Agnes Forcht, event Chairman Mel Levy and Ron and Carol Stephani.

Beachplace residents hold happy reunion By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

Beachplace condominium owners held their annual welcome-back party Thursday, Jan. 20, at their clubhouse. The more than 100 residents in atten-

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Casa del Mar celebrates whirlwind 80th birthday By Dora Walters | Senior Editor


It was “Around the World in 80 Years,” as Casa del Mar staff and residents celebrated the 80th birthday of General Manager D.M. Williams Jan. 31. The tour itinerary included the 1985 world trip, when Williams and his partner, Rosie Turner, danced with the Cripple Creek Cloggers and performed in more than a dozen countries. Photos from Williams’ performances were displayed for the guests to view. At the birthday celebration, staff members dressed like a flight crew and served Williams refreshments, even providing him with the requisite first-class blanket and pillow. Among those wishing Williams a “happy birthday” were Casa del Mar Board President John Zefeldt, musician Ralph Shannon, Turner and more than

Ralph Shannon performs for the group. 100 residents at Casa del Mar. Kiwanian Vince DeLisi added his wellwishes and thanks to Williams for his long-time support of the Kiwanis Club’s St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon. Williams, originally from Midland, Texas, has been the manager at Casa del Mar for 29 years.

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St. Armands Art Festival paints the town By Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

The eighth annual St. Armands Circle Winter Art Festival drew thousands of people over the weekend to the Circle. Hundreds of artists presented their unique creations, which included sculpture, mixed-media, painting, jewelry, clothing and photography.

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Bird Key Yacht Club members had their pick of a bevy of seafood items Saturday, Jan. 22, at their annual Fleet Captain’s Dinner. Chef Joe Santangini and his kitchen staff lined the hallway with buffet tables featuring fresh catches, ice-cold shrimp and other dishes from the sea. Everyone was in awe of the colorchanging seahorse ice sculpture.

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Seaplace condominium combined Italian pizza with Irish music and created a fun evening for all. Ninety-plus Seaplace residents gathered at sunset Jan. 26, for an informal pizza party that featured music by the Irish duo Patsy and Magella.

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It was fun evening for members of Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, who gathered for Game Night Jan. 27, at The Shore condominium. Event organizer Nick Kovalakides arrived with an armful of game choices. Most members decided on playing trivia games before moving on to Dominoes or Scrabble. Players also nibbled on a variety of sweets — mostly chocolate — while they played the games. There were no prizes awarded to the winners — just applause.

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Dr. Henry Simmons, founder of the National Coalition on Health Care, was the guest speaker at the Jan. 18 meeting of All Angels by the Sea Sandpipers men’s group. The coalition is the oldest and most diverse in the study of comprehensive

“If you travel by freighter, you need to be flexible.” Those words of advice came from veteran freighter traveler Evey Huntington as she spoke at a Jan. 19 luncheon meeting of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Women. “It’s not a cruise,” she says. “You have to entertain yourself, but your cabin is much more spacious plus it is great deal less expensive.” Although some freighter trips can last more than 100 days, it is possible to travel for only segments of a trip, Huntington said. For members of the audience interested in freighter travel, Huntington shared a number of publications that list available trips. Luncheon committee members were Pearl Fischer, Alison Jones, Daphne Walker and Beverly Henry.

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“Why do I perform?” Bill Bordy asks. “Because when I go to a party I’m the guy you see in the corner of the room. Performing turns me into a ham.”

Song and dance man The Sarasota Senior Theater’s Bill Bordy reprises his provocative apache dance for this month’s “The Blue Revue.”


ill Bordy can’t sit still. With each thought that springs from his memory bank, Bordy springs from his couch to retrieve an object that will help demonstrate a wild tangent in a wild story. If you led Bordy’s life, you’d probably do the same thing, perhaps however,

with less vigor. Bordy, 80, has the energy of a man half his age. With each trip from the living room to the den, Bordy — an actor, dancer, producer and retired Hollywood newspaper publisher — returns with a piece of relevant memorabilia.






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+ Must hear: John Pizzarelli and all that jazz

We realize the Sarasota Jazz Festival is already well under way, but the weeklong music festival is far from over. The 31st annual jazzathon kicked off Sunday with a free concert at the Crosley Mansion featuring John Pizzarelli the young jazz ensemble Theatre. (Fun fact: Sayer has Brute Force and continued into performed in Woody Allen’s New the week with Bill Allred, Tierney Sutton and brother/sister duo Stan York City jazz band for 10 years.) The festival ends on a high and Katt Hefner. Still to come: Don Scaletta and note with dapper jazz guitaristand-singer John Pizzarelli in a The Jazz Project performing its concert presented in conjunction tribute to Stan Kenton at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, followed by local with the Sarasota Orchestra at 8 jazz legend Dick Hyman, together p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. with bassist Nicki Parrott and For tickets, call 366-1552 or banjoist Cynthia Sayer, at 8 p.m. 953-3434. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Players

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+ Sarasota Ballet has a ‘royal’ sellout

British fever is contagious. It started with the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton and now it’s spread to the Sarasota Ballet repertoire. In all fairness to the ballet, the company became the unofficial ambassadors of England, when in 2008, New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay proclaimed it the “foremost exponent of Ashton ballets.” It only makes sense that the company’s first triple bill of 2011, “A Right Royal Affair,” nearly sold out two weeks before its opening night. The program, which includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Les Rendezvous,” Dame Ninette de Valois’ “The Rakes Progress” and Joe Layton’s “Grand Tour,” runs Feb. 4 through Feb. 6, at the FSU Performing Arts Center. The only seats remaining are for 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. To purchase tickets, call 359-0099 or visit

David Mamet’s ‘Race’ at FST: Sarasota legal eagles

flocked last week to the premiere of Florida Studio Theatre’s production of “Race.” FST is the second regional theater in the country to produce David Mamet’s riveting legal drama, which closed this past August on Broadway. The show, directed by Richard Hopkins, runs through March 27, in the Gompertz Theatre. For tickets, call 366-9000 or visit www.

+ ‘Harry Potter’ illustrator will enchant you

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Victoria Hulland in Joe Layton’s “Grand Tour”

+ Local photographer gives barns their due Manatee County shutterbug Jerry Schroeder recently traveled the rolling hills and plains of the North Central United States snapping photos of barns so peaceful you’ll want to escape to Myakka at just the sight of the images. The photos are on display now


through Feb. 25, at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum. In a fast-paced world brimming with big-box stores and shopping malls, Schroeder proves you don’t have to be raised in a barn to appreciate rustic simplicity. For more information on the exhibit, call 721-2034.

It’s no secret that 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sarasota is ripe with in the Selby Auditorium talent. on the USF Sarasota(If you don’t believe Manatee campus. me, check out this Find out what week’s Diversions GrandPré has been up cover subject, Sarasota to since J.K. Rowling Senior Theater’s Bill cranked out the final Bordy). installment in her sevenEnter Sarasota book series. resident and Harry General admission is Potter illustrator Mary $75. Faculty tickets are GrandPré, who will $50 and student tick“Harry Potter” illus- ets are $30. Be sure speak Feb. 5, at the trator Mary GrandUniversity of South to hang around for the Pré Florida Sarasotaauthor/illustrator book Manatee’s Children’s Literature signing. Symposium. For more information, visit The conference, which is open www.childrensliteraturesympoto the public, will be held from








Sarasota Opera’s ‘La bohème’: What better way

to spend Super Bowl weekend than to watch a tragic opera in four acts? Puccini’s “La bohème” opens Feb. 5 and runs through March 19, at the Sarasota Opera House. Singers Maria D’Amato and Harold Meers star as ill-fated lovers Mimi and Rodolfo. On another (high) note: fans of “Don Giovanni” (Feb. 12 to March 18) will get a chance to hang out with the production’s cast and crew at a special “Meet the Artists” preview at 5 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Opera House. For tickets, call 366-8450 or visit





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BORDY from 1B Memorabilia that includes books he wrote, newspapers he published, a poster from a movie he produced that was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” and still photographs from his latest musical, “The Blue Revue,” which he wrote and produced this year for The Sarasota Senior Theater. Contained in each of these things are clues to the performer’s past and present life; his stints as a strip club emcee in Fort Lauderdale, a radio announcer in Boston, a writer, director and producer of stage, film and television productions in Hollywood, Calif. and the publisher of a weekly West Coast theater-trade publication called Drama-Logue, which Bordy sold in 1998 after a 29-year run. “I’m a little reticent, which doesn’t seem right because I seem so outgoing,” Bordy says. “A lot of people in the entertainment business

are shy, but there’s something about being on stage that strokes the ego, ya know?” He rises from his sofa to fetch a May 1998 issue of Drama-Logue. The publication is printed in black and white and the size of an old tabloid. Actress Pam Dawber is on the cover. It was one of the last issues Bordy produced before selling the publication to “Billboard” magazine. “It was my baby,” he says wistfully of the

NAME DROPPING During his 29 years as founder and publisher of the entertainment publication Drama-Logue in Hollywood, Calif., Bill Bordy met hundreds of celebrities. Some of his favorite encounters occurred during the newspaper’s annual Drama-Logue Awards. Here’s a look at three of the starlets that Bordy says made unforgettable impressions:

Martha Raye

“She gave me the biggest kiss! Oh my dear, she swallowed me and then she took the microphone and swallowed that too!”

Jane Powell

“She was this tiny, pretty little thing and she looked so sweet up at the podium, and I remember she said that she never expected to get an award for acting. She was so touched.”

Shirley MacLaine

“Her daughter, Sachi, won a producing award and I remember we let Shirley accept it on her behalf. She also gave me a kiss, but it was a really tightlipped one.” Courtesy photo

“I felt comfortable with Bill from the start,” says partner Barbara Gaugush. “I’ve never danced anything like this before. My husband thinks it’s going to be the best scene in the show.”

paper. “I used to be known as Mr. DramaLogue.” After 30 minutes of breathless show and tell, Bordy winds down. There are timelier things to discuss. Such as the French apache dance he and partner Barbara Gaugush will perform this month in the Sarasota Senior Theater’s “The Blue Revue.” “It was shocking in 1948, but it’s pretty minor now,” Bordy says of the vaudevillian number he first performed 63 years ago as a student at Ringling College of Art and Design (then The Ringling School of Art). Pronounced “ah-pash,” the dance stems from 1920s Parisian street culture. It contains racy subtext and mock violence. Seductive, passionate and comically perverse, the performance is choreographed to mimic the contentious interaction between a prostitute and a pimp — slapping, shoving, groveling and all. When Bordy first performed the dance with a plump female classmate at Ringling’s 1948 Beaux Arts Ball, he assumed the audience would buckle over with laughter. Instead, it set students’ tongues wagging. “It was like the sexiest thing they’d ever seen,” Bordy gasps. “I never expected people to take it so seriously.” Bordy later reprised the dance when he was in the Marine Corps and then again as an undergrad at Emerson College, in Boston, pairing up with a slinky 1956 Miss Connecticut for the performance. Bordy, who retired in downtown Sarasota 10 years ago, has enjoyed a kind of entertainment comeback thanks to the Sarasota Senior Theater, which he joined four years ago. He served as the troupe’s vice president in 2008 and 2009, leading its play-reading classes and senior speech choir. “I don’t have the stamina to direct anymore,” Bordy says. “It’s physically draining and emotionally demanding.” So he handed over the reigns for “Blue Revue” to director/choreographer Cory

IF YOU GO The Sarasota Senior Theater will perform “The Blue Revue: The Bluest Show in Town” at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 27, at Booker High School’s Visual Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 755-6864 or visit www. Boyas, who received rave reviews this summer for his production of “South Pacific” at the Manatee Players. Broken into two acts and four sections, the score for Bordy’s variety show is devoted solely to songs pertaining to the color blue. At last count, the all-senior production included a 30-person cast, complete with stripteases, chorus girls, singers, ballroom dancers, comics, and burlesque skits — none of which Bordy says will shock Sarasota audiences. “Seniors are not square,” he says. “If people think we’re doddering prudes with no life in us, they’re mistaken. And if they think our material is offensive, well … then maybe we’ll get a good audience out of it.” It doesn’t take long to figure out that Bordy, the eighth of nine children, was a wily playboy. Even his self-published memoir, “The Bawdy Chronicles,” which he wrote last year for his nieces and nephews, functions as both a family history and a kind of little black book. He laughs at this suggestion, glancing at a painted portrait of himself as an 18-yearold college student. The work is the first thing you notice when you walk into Bordy’s condo. You can almost see the inner Casanova in the teen’s brooding stare. “It seems like I’m always playing a gigolo,” Bordy says. “Even at this age, I’m playing gigolos. I suppose when I was young and handsome it made more sense.”


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Musician Silas Durocher and filmmaker Josh Tickell will return to Sarasota next week to premiere two new works in celebration of their alma mater’s 50th anniversary.

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13 year old Haitian-American Maria Wirries has been described as “a remarkably mature gifted young soprano” by the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Her high energy performances have included solo appearances with the Sarasota Orchestra, 7750 Historic Asolo Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL Theater’s Sarasota Artists series, Sarasota Senior Theater, Sarasota and Manatee Players and the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band, among many others. Featuring Photo: Cliff Roles a repertoire from Bach to Bernstein, Also appearing will be members of the Celtic to Country, Maria is truly a singing Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band. sensation. Maria has been featured on WEDUAdmission: $15 TV, SNN-6, and in “Sarasota,” “Scene,” All proceeds will go to Faith Lutheran Haiti Missions (Village “Living Family” of Hope Medical Clinic and and School,“Style” Little Childrenmagazines, of Jesus Handicapped Orphanage, among others) and Pastor Gerard A the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Bradenton Cesar’s Haitian ministry and Bois-Neuf School. Herald and The Observer. Photo: Cliff Roles Photo: Cliff Roles

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New College alums pay it forward with art

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Silas Durocher can pinpoint the exact moment when he decided to apply to New College. Durocher, who grew up in Maryland, received a New College brochure in the mail one day. On the first page was a picture of a student sitting in class with his bare feet propped up on a desk. The text above the photo read: “You don’t even have to wear shoes to class.” From that moment on, Durocher, 25, was sold. “That’s the short version of the story,” Durocher says. “The school’s promotional brochure was incredible — with pictures of bayfront classes and cool-looking alternative kids. Ultimately though, the emphasis on self-guided learning was what appealed to me most.” For Durocher, good grades never came easy. As a kid, he struggled with standard education. Had his parents not encouraged him to study, he says he never would have tested high enough to get into New College. “My sole reason for doing well in high school was to have the freedom to pick a college that was actually right for me,” Durocher says. He studied music theory and composition under New College professor and

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Josh Tickell will screen his documentary, “The New College Experiment” Feb. 12, at the Sudakoff Conference Center.

mentor Stephen Miles, an experience he describes as “life-changing.” His junior year he composed two pieces for the Florida Wind Quintet, which were published and sold internationally. The following year, he composed work for the Florida Brass Quintet and formed the orchestral rock combo, Everybody Knows, with Sarasota Orchestra musicians Bharat Chandra (clarinet), John Miller (bass), Sasha von Dassow (cello) and Garrett Dawson (drums). The group even recorded an album. In 2008, a year after Durocher had moved to Asheville, N.C., to play with the soul/funk band, Soulgrass Rebellion, he was commissioned to compose a piece

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graduates who experienced the school at different points over the past five decades. “What was great about making the film was seeing the enthusiasm and excitement people who graduated 46 years ago still have for the college,” Tickell says. “It reminded me of the way I felt when I first arrived on campus.” Tickell, who graduated from New College in 1997 with a degree in sustainable living, directed the eco-conscious film “FUEL,” which won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary. Like Durocher, the filmmaker says he was drawn to the college’s beachy, laidback surroundings and emphasis on independent learning. “It was an intense intellectual journey,” Tickell says of his years at New College. “Everything I thought or believed would eventually be questioned and re-examined. It was a boundless time of personal investigation that spanned everything from trying a raw food diet to letting my hair and beard grow until I looked like a member of ZZ Top.”



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The Sarasota Orchestra will perform rock guitarist Silas Durocher’s latest composition, “This is Not a Quiet Celebration.”

New College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration runs Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, on the New College campus. Josh Tickell’s film, “The New College Experiment,” will premiere at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb 12, in the Sudakoff Conference Center. A Q&A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening. The Sarasota Orchestra, led by conductors Dirk Meyer and Paul Wolfe, will perform Silas Durocher’s “This is Not a Quiet Celebration” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, on the bayfront campus. For a complete schedule of events, visit





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Flower child


Floral designer Sara Bagley talks about the Renaissance-ian inspiration behind her contemporary design in the Ringling Museum’s new flower exhibition. Sara Bagley has never felt so connected to 500-year-old paintings. In the 22 years Bagley has lived in Sarasota, she’s visited The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art dozens of time. Yet Bagley, a Sarasota floral designer and past president of the Founders Garden Club, has never been as absorbed in the museum’s permanent art collection as she has these last few weeks. “Giving a cursory glance to paintings in a gallery is different than dreaming about interpreting a work at 2 o’clock in the morning,” says Bagley, a Landings resident and Ringling board member, who for the last year and half has served as a liaison between the museum and the 27 floral designers participating in this month in “Ringling in Bloom” exhibit. The four-day exhibition is dedicated to floral designs modeled after paintings in the museum’s permanent art collection. The concept seems straightforward enough, except when you consider the fact that, under ordinary circumstances, plant

Go outside

“We have so much to choose from in our backyards that people can just go outside and clip.”


Hunt for bamboo

“Ringling in Bloom” runs Feb. 3 to Feb. 6, at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The exhibit includes more than two-dozen floral designs inspired by paintings in the museum’s permanent collection, in addition to lectures, workshops “flowery” cuisine, a Lilly Pulitzer fashion show and performances by Key Chorale. For more information, call 360-7399 or visit life and water would never be allowed into the Ringling galleries. “Putting on an event like this is very complicated,” says Maureen Zaremba, the museum’s associate curator of education. In Zaremba’s 12 years with the museum, she’s never organized a floral event that takes place inside the galleries. After much cajoling from local garden clubs, Zaremba agreed to curate a flower show coinciding with the museum’s “Gardens in Perpetual Bloom” exhibit, which

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“I like contemporary designs that don’t require a lot of time and money,” says floral designer Sara Bagley, pictured here in Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden. runs now through April 24 and includes more than 100 botanical prints developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. Bagley, a flower judge and national officer for the Garden Club of America, was among those nudging Zaremba to organize the event. “I’ve always been interested in arranging flowers,” Bagley says. “My mother was in a garden club. Our refrigerator was always filled with flowers and my father would joke that there was never anything to eat.” Bagley honed her passion for floral design as a student at Columbus College of Art and Design in her native Ohio. “It’s all color and texture,” says Bagley, whose contemporary designs have served as table centerpieces at local fundraisers for Historic Spanish Point and the Ringling Museum. “I’m lucky.

I live on a nature trail that has many plant materials on it. At five in the morning, you’ll find me plucking from it.” For her contribution to “Ringling in Bloom,” Bagley created a floral design based on Italian Renaissance painter Francesco Granacci’s “The Assumption of the Virgin.” She selected the painting for its burgundy colors, which matched a container she purchased last year in Portland, Ore. Using blue delphinium flowers to represent the Virgin Mary and red bamboo pillars to represent the five saints, Bagley laced calla lilies and green leaves among the bamboo stalks to recreate the composition of Granacci’s 16th century painting. “I think most designers would have taken it in a more traditional direction,” Bagley says. “I gave it a more simple twist.”

“We have it at the end of our street. My husband is forever cutting it down and dragging it up the driveway.”

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Keep a low profile

“If you’re using an arrangement as a centerpiece, keep it low and serpentine, so people can see one another when they’re sitting at your table.”


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Be a part of the Jewish community. The Jewish Federation is strengthening its community outreach, breaking the traditional brick and mortar campus barrier to bring Judaism to your mailbox, your living room and your neighborhood. There has never been a better time to join the Jewish conversation.

Lisa Mirman, mother of two, shares her appreciation of the program. “What a wonderful collection of books you all are sending. It is so meaningful to have such treasures to share Jewish tradition with our two children. The recipe book in particular was incredibly generous and fun to receive as cooking and culture go hand and hand. We know we will enjoy many delicious creations as well as time spent preparing them.”

The PJ Library, for example, is a complimentary national program where each month a family receives a Jewish-themed children’s book or CD, which reinforces reading, culture, and quality family time. And, perhaps read or listened to in pj’s as the name suggests. There are also children’s concerts, play time, and other activities. Let us also not forget the Mama Doni Band.

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their relationship. Paint — or the lack of — on Dean’s body, his thinning hair and clothing items provide the audience with the map needed to navigate this brutally honest film. It took Cianfrance 12 years to make “Blue Valentine.” One setback was the tragic passing of Heath Ledger (Williams’ former partner and father of her daughter) in 2008. Another was having been slapped with an NC-17 rating for a “graphic” sex scene. Given the gratuitous, gory violence perpetrated in films today, I found it appalling that this beautifully shot masterpiece would receive the box office killer rating. Thankfully, wisdom prevailed, and it was rescinded. It took two weeks for Williams (nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year) to remove her character’s wedding ring after the film wrapped. That gesture speaks volumes about how enmeshed she was into Cindy’s skin. “Blue Valentine” is not only an intelligent essay about the demise of love — it’s a monumental display of profound acting. — Pam Nadon

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Expansion for The Artist Series of Sarasota has not only meant more performances, it’s meant different kinds of series, from classical to pop. And last week when it presented the electrifying Liz Callaway and Alex Rybeck, the series positively popped over the top. You’ll remember Callaway from her award-winning performances on and off Broadway — “Baby,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Cats,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Spitfire Grill” and “A Stephen Sondheim Evening” — to being the singing voice of myriad Disney characters — “Anastasia” and “Beauty and the Beast” (she was Beauty ...). In person, she’s an adorably talented package of enthusiastic vocal prowess and estimable acting, so that a simply smile and story about her private and public lives has audiences groveling at her feet. From Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” to the pop songs of the ’70s, she is a balladeer whose sung words weave stories that touch our hearts. Her pianist and music director, Rybeck, had better watch out! His musical arrangements can steal the spotlight. They make each song into a new piece of music, often more glorious than the one we thought we knew. “The Beat Goes On,” for example, took on new meaning with his innovative modulations and chord progressions. He may take a back bench at the piano to Callaway’s bright and perky rapport with the audience, but his inventive, often ingenious way with his instrument brilliantly enhances and creatively comple-

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ments his partner’s singing. Together, they’re dynamic dynamite. The wonderful thing about going to a cabaret-type performance, even in a concert hall setting, is that you get to know the performers. By the end of the evening with Callaway and Rybeck, we felt that we were all friends who’d shared a charming day getting to know each other. There wasn’t any schtick or over-the-top mugging. It was pure performance and music. Who could ask for anything more? — June LeBell


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+ Lovely love letters Get your thoughts together and visit Write On Sarasota (1423 First St.) between 1 and 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Proprietor Eileen Hays Wallace has a valentine for you: the services of master calligrapher Dotty McMillan to scribe your love note in red and black inks on a lovely Crane letterpress card. There is no charge and appointments are not necessary. For more information: 953-2800. Thank you, Eileen!

+ Auction action Beverly Bartner and Helen Sosso are having their first go as co-chairs of the major gala for the Asolo Rep. Their “Studio 54 Disco Palace” is offering private rooms, and they are bringing some much-needed excitement to the live and silent auctions. Example: an exact replica pair of the of Marilyn Monroe’s shoes paired with Monroe ephemera (her poetry book), and an all-out opening package for the opening night of “Marilyn” on June 18, at Asolo Rep. Mike Silverstein donated the Delman shoes. Strictly a rumor at Courtesy photo this point: a London theater Replicas of Monroe’s shoes from The trip with Producing Artistic Seven Year Itch will be a live auction item. Director Michael Donald Edwards. For sure: walk-on roles in a 2012 Asolo Rep production. Studio 54 Disco Palace is set for Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Tickets and info: Laura Wood, 351-9010, Ext. 4712 or

Teri Hansen with Bob and Louise Greenfield

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+ Gathered for Greenfield Supporters of the Hermitage Artist Retreat gathered on Casey Key to advise playwright John Guare that he is the winner of this year’s prestigious Greenfield Prize. Carol Perloff and Michael Dixon, two of the three judges, came to town to give Guare the good news via speakerphone (more accurately, “speakercomputer”). Guare, the creator of “The House of Blue Leaves,” and

“Six Degrees of Separation” will receive a $30,000 grant as a commission for a new play. Among those present: Steven Adler, Hillary Steele, Bob and Louise Greenfield, Bill and Joni Greenfield, Greenfield Prize Event Chairwoman Flora Major, Ron and Harold Kendall, and Hermitage Board Chair Caroline Andrus. Teri Hansen and Steve Wilberding were the hosts.

+ Tidbits

occasion … The best brownies in town …Gloria Good from Saks Fifth Avenue styles Beth Israel Women, including Gloria Bergman, Anita DeVine, Rosalyn Fleischer, Judy Goldstein, Marge Heller, Terry Neis, Elaine Weill and BT model; and Phil Mancini cooks and it is all first rate. But what makes the Beth Israel Women fashion show unique is the brownies home baked by chair Sylvia Pastor and her nextdoor neighbor, BIW President Sheila Zinder. Event is Feb. 7, at Michael’s On East. Reservations: 383-3428.

No offense meant … This column failed to mention that Richard Karp’s German shepherd, Caine, won the “Real Dog” award at ARC’s Dogs Night Out … Coffee, tea or he … According to Hillary Steele, the opening night dinner for “Boeing, Boeing” at the Asolo Rep was all about the good old days of air travel with foil pack peanuts and pretzels and old slogans like “Come Fly Me” that would never fly these days. Former flight steward Scott Anderson put on his wings for the

It’s back to school time for more than 900 New College alumni and their families coming to Sarasota for the Feb. 11 to Feb. 13 weekend, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their famed alma mater. Among those expected: William Dudley, chairman of the Federal Reserve (‘71); David Allen, author of the New York Times best-seller” Getting Things done – Stress-Free Productivity (‘65); and Cheryl Sirulnick, producer of the 2009 Daytime Emmy Award winner, “True Life” (‘87). They will enjoy a weekend’s worth of lectures, poetry readings, art exhibits and more. The social centerpiece is the Friday night Tribute Dinner led by honorary chairs Howard and Betty Isermann, Jean Martin, Margaret Mason, Bob and Lee Peterson and Ulla Searing and co-chairs Dr. Charlene Callahan, Elaine Keating, Susannah Michalson and Felice Schulaner. The party will feature the famed Beatles cover band, Beatlemania. Complete info on the weekend: At press time, only a few reservations remain for the gala. Contact Johnette Cappadona at 487-4600.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street comes to life in a celebration of the Gulf Coast’s cultural assets with a grand Ovation. Come enjoy more than 15 groups performing in a celebration of the arts on two simultaneous stages. Browse the many booths, shops and boutiques or stop to reenergize at one of the many restaurants. To quench the thirst, the Polo Grill has created a special Encore Cocktail.

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By STEPHANIE HANNUM | BLACK TIE EDITOR More than 400 guests enjoyed an elegant evening in the presence of Bishop Frank Dewane at the Catholic Charities Ball Saturday, Jan. 29, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. After dinner and a tribute to Msgr. Edward D. Moretti, guests enjoyed performances by the Sarasota Ballet and Michelle Giglio, as well as dancing to Main-

stream. The most notable moments of the evening — chaired by Mary Kenealy-Barbetta, Julie Delaney, Bridget Spiess and Linda Whitacre — were the raffle for a year’s free tuition at any Catholic school in Sarasota or Manatee counties and the big auction item, dinner with the bishop (which ended up going four times, each at $7,000).

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Nancy Sartori, Trevor Gillott, Milan Adrian, Nick Powell, Sandra Ceshker, Michelle Coates and Scott Hase were the winners in the alternative, traditional and overall chili categories.

Katie Robb made a Green Mountain vegetarian chili for the cook-off competition.

Face-off Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Chili cook-off judges were Eric Hammersand, Laurin Goldner and Matt Walsh.

Gianna Sparks, 8, samples some chili.

Linda Gillott and Doug White enjoy themselves at the cook-off.

The bowls of chili wait to receive final approval from the judges.

The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center heats up during its inaugural chili cook-off.

By Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center held its first chili cook-off competition Friday, Jan. 28, at the tennis facilities. The variety of chili entered into the competition ranged from spicy to extra meaty and even vegetarian and vegan. Those who attended the cook-off also enjoyed cornbread, veggie platters and homemade cupcakes. The judges for the competition were Laurin Goldner, Eric Hammersand and Matt Walsh. Gold, silver and bronze medals were given out for alternative and traditional chili, and a trophy was awarded to the overall winner. Milan Adrian — decked out in a tall chef ’s hat and an apron with the figure of a woman in a bikini — took home top prize for his chili. Adrian said that his recipe included chili powder, ground beef, canned tomatoes and beans. But that’s all he’ll divulge. “The secret is to make it smoky and spicy,” he said, adding with a laugh that he can’t give away more information, because he might try to capitalize on his winning flavor. Adrian developed his recipe from decades of experimenting in the kitchen.

MEAT YOUR WINNERS  Alternative Chili Winners: Gold: Team Secur-All Insurance Agency Silver: Scott Hase Bronze: Nancy Sartori  Traditional Chili Winners: Gold: Milan Adrian Silver: Trevor Gillett Bronze: Nick Powell   Overall Winner: Milan Adrian

Most recently, he made it for his family on Christmas Eve. “They tell me that it tastes great and whatever it is I do to keep doing it,” he said.


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St. Armands home sells for close to $7.5 million By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

A St. Armands Key home sold for $7,494,500, according to a general warranty deed filed Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Sarasota County Courthouse. The deed lists the sellers of the home, located at 290 N. Washington Drive, as Christopher and Lynette Unnerstall, of Eureka, Mo., and the buyer as Sarasota Vacation Property LLC, a Missouri limited-liability company, as the buyer. A March 2009 story in the Longboat Observer featured the property, which was completed in February 2008 and originally listed at $9.8 million. The property was marketed as the St. Armands Key Residence Club, a luxury fractional-ownership property. The article described the home as having more than 6,500 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and luxury features such as a wine room, heated pool, spa, theater and deep-sea dock on Sarasota Bay.

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During the reporting week of Jan. 17 through Jan. 21, there were 10 sales on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses. All of the week’s sales occurred on Longboat Key, just one of which took place in Manatee County. In the week’s largest sale, Andrew Parsons sold his home at 601 Putter Lane in Unit V of Country Club Shores to William and Lisa Libman for $2.6 million. Built in 2000, the 5,949-square-foot home has three bedrooms, four-and-ahalf bathrooms and a swimming pool. It last sold for $3,475,000 in May 2004.


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Hideaway Bay $3,925,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Bayfront 4BR+ w/gourmet kitchen, heated pool and spa & 40’ dock with lift. SHF#A3918501 Beachplace $599,000 Gary McKinstry, 941-924-9000 3BR/2BA Beachplace condo w/over 1800 sf. Great investment/rental property. SHF#A3915307 Country Club Shores $3,695,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Exquisite bayfront! 3br+den. 5,000sf w/south exp, sailboat wtr & SRQ views. Islander Club Of Longboat $549,900 Patrick DiPinto, 941-924-9000 Breathtaking, direct Gulf of Mexico views. Furnished 2BR/2BA residence. SHF#A3932874 SHF#A3934814 En Provence $3,295,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 3BR direct beachfront residence w/forever sunsets from an oversized terrace Fairway Bay $539,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-924-9000 3BR condo w/ SHF#A3904466 wood burning FP & pvt garage. New flooring, SS appl & granite. SHF#A3927776 Country Club Shores $2,499,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Seaplace III $499,900 Angie Campbell, 941-924-9000 2BR/2B end unit w/ New, S. Exposure, sailboat wtr. Built to hurricane code, 3br, media, office updated granite, 24” tile floors & fully remodeled baths. SHF#A3925268 SHF#A3936031 Longboat Harbour Towers $495,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-924-9000 Queens Harbour $2,495,000 Mike Greve, 941-924-9000 4BR/4BA Bayfront Gulf front, 2BR/2BA residence that’s been decorator designed & furnished. home featuring hardwoods throughout & granite countertops. SHF#A3916114 SHF#A3931993 Sabal Cove $1,898,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Home is currently Sands Point $449,000 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-924-9000 This condo being built, southern exposure w/lake & golf course views SHF#A3933234 located behind the gates of the LBK Club offers view of the Gulf SHF#A3933575 Country Club Shores $1,499,000 Lynne Koy, 941-924-9000 3BR/3.5BA home w/bay & downtown views. Open chef’s kitchen & custom entry. Pelican Harbour $309,000 Phil Schneider, 941-924-9000 Bask in the ambiance of this hospitable condo. 2 bedrooms. Central H/A. SHF#A3938131 SHF#A3925712


Riviera Dunes $849,000 Team Vitale, 941-388-3966 3BR/3BA home in a gated community. Wide river views can be seen thruout. SHF#A3929839 Spoonbill Landing $219,900 Mike Greve, 941-924-9000 Furnished 2BR/2BA villa w/gar & sundeck overlooking the lagoon & preserve. SHF#A3926677

Siesta Key Bayside Waterside $845,000 Gene DePoris, 941-388-3966 Siesta Key lifestyle, well-cared-for 5B/3B gem on secluded cul-de-sac. SHF#A3921904 Siestas Bayside $825,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Pride of place comes with this exceptional residence. 3 BR/2 baths. SHF#A3937943

St. Armand’s Key Saint Armands $1,749,000 Don Vercauteren, 941-924-9000 Lovely 4BA/3BA home; great location. Steps from St Armands on a wide canal. SHF#A3936315


Shakett Creek Pointe $749,000 Tracy Eisnaugle, 941-388-3966 WelLongboat Key Towers $1,295,000 Lynne Koy, 941-924-9000 This 2BR/2BA Pelican Harbour $275,000 Phil Schneider, 941-924-9000 Pelican Harbour: come the good life in this 4BR/4BA stucco residence. Gated community. condo offers views of the Gulf, Bay, downtown & golf course. SHF#A3930016 Great bay views from 2/2, 1st flr condo. Exc rental, furn. SHF#A3935789 SHF#A3937409

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Incredible opportunity to own 2 adjoining lots west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Conrad Beach boasts timeless architecture, com. pool & clubhouse. Purchase separately or with M5815731. Peter Uliano #M5815734 $260,000


glass encl. lanai, washer/dryer, pools, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, beach access. Owner financing avail. & will pay main. fee til end of year. Dorothy Cook #A3913998. $275,000


w/outstanding view of Sarasota Bay. Updated kitchen, new A/C & water heater. W/D, TKF, clubhouse, 2 pools, 2 tennis courts, 2 boat marinas & beach access. Dorothy Cook A3937833. $329,000


top floor condo overlooking the Gulf, pool & gorgeous tropical grounds. Completely updated & beautifully decorated. Pets OK. Teresia Bradford $689,000 M5815650.

located in luxurious gated community. Anna Maria beaches just across the bridge. Oversized lot with heated pool. Extras galore! Jerry Cunningham #A3938209. $695,527




Jr., of Bristol, Va., for $1.4 million. Built in 1985, the 2,665-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It last sold for $975,000 in April 2003.


Howard and Cornelia Livingston, of Lancaster, Pa., sold Unit A402 at 575 Sanctuary Drive in Sanctuary I, located behind the Islandside gates of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, to James and Gretchen Wasniewski, of Willowbrook, Ill., for $800,000. Built in 1990, the 1,823-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. It last sold for $345,000 in July 1990.


Douglas Small and Margaret WhiteSmall sold Unit 203 in Building 6 at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Beachplace II to William and Deborah Lynch, of North Grafton, Mass., for $549,000. Built in 1981, the 1,503-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $500,000 in June 2003.

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John Cannon custom home. Separate guest suite & chef’s kitchen. Short walk to the beach on the end of a canal. Marta Altizer Owner/Agent #A3909564 $1,100,00

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OneWest Bank FSB, of Pasadena, Calif., transferred Unit 641 at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd., in Building 6 at the 272-unit Grand Bay, via quit-claim deed to OWB REO LLC, also of Pasadena, which then sold the unit to Dean Fried, of Lakewood, for $475,000. Built in 1995, the 1,270-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $715,000 in May 2004. OneWest Bank FSP took the certificate of title for the unit in October 2010.

Sand Cay

Gary Wegner, of Pewaukee, Wis., sold Unit No. 118 at the 60-unit Sand Cay condominium, 4725 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Allan Siperstein and Holly Miller, husband and wife, of Shaker

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Jan. 21 through Jan. 27, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address 415 L’Ambiance Drive 538 Spanish Drive S. 360 GMD 545 Sanctuary Drive 5134 GMD 450 GMD 3453 GMD 525 Schooner Lane 3453 GMD 5655 GMD 3453 GMD 3561 Fair Oaks Lane 3710 GMD

Permit Alteration Re-roof Alteration Alteration Re-roof Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration

Applicant Lee Evans, trustee Edward Wojna Francoise Baillargeon Sanctuary condominium Javon Bea Phyllis Baber, trustee Samuel McCarter Mary Delgado, trustee Howard Dedow Sr., trustee W. Curtis Broughton Michael Rubell Lemuel Seabrook III, trustee William Ikins

Amount $76,420 $11,370 $8,500 $8,100 $4,875 $4,757 $4,303 $3,685 $3,091 $2,566.98 $2,499 $1,350 $850

Heights, Ohio, for $410,000. Built in 1974, the 1,032-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $1.04 million in January 2006.

Moisey and Tatyana Delman, of Roslyn, N.Y., for $249,000. Built in 1970, the 1,235-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Fairway Bay

Beach Group Holding Co. LLC, a Florida limited-liability company, sold Unit 224 at The Beach at Longboat Key, 3465 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Agnes Peterson, of Stanford, Conn., for $200,000. The 410-square-foot unit was built in 1950. It last sold for $200,000 in June 2010.

Alan Cohen and his wife, Patricia Huxley-Cohen, of Beverly, Mass., sold Unit 332 in Building M-3 at 2016 Harbourside Drive in Phase I of Fairway Bay II to Anthony and Julia Graziano, of Southold, N.Y., for $335,000. Built in 1984, the 1,192-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $535,000 in June 2005.

Islander Club of Longboat Key

Elizabeth Osmun, individually and as trustee of the credit shelter trust under the Eugenia S. Breedlove Revocable Living Trust, of Santa Rosa, Calif., sold Apartment 35S at the 140-unit Islander Club, 2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to

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Carl and Noreen Spezio, of East Amherst, N.Y., sold Unit 144-S at the 237unit Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to HMF Famcorp Inc., of Toronto, for $50,000. The 705-square-foot unit was built in 1973. The unit originally sold for $84,000 in November 1985.

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Historic Laurel Park Bungalow with Charm and Character! Updated 3BR/2BA $395,000

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Market presents another false picture hold on — they are doing nothing to add additional risk; indeed, they are doing everything possible to continue to limit risk. Corporations now have more cash than at any time in history, and they are hoarding their cash. 3. The municipal bond market is falling apart. Several of our biggest states have severe financial problems, and a handful of them are, like our federal government, technically bankrupt. Because of state constitutions, the states may not declare bankruptcy. Congress can change that, and there is a movement to accommodate the states so they can eliminate, or restructure, current obligations to municipal bond investors. 4. The European Economic Union is falling apart. Three countries have already been bailed out, and three more are on the sidelines. All “bailouts” result from a shortage of cash. As the EEU creates money to supplement cash that some member states do not have, the newly created money will inflate the money supply. The limited supply of goods and services will go up in price to meet demand created by newly printed money, thereby, again, reducing the purchasing power of a country’s currency. 5. Excessive amounts of government spending the last two years have been financed from selling debt. Investors are now beginning to say “no more government bonds,” and inflation is expected to exceed that of the interest payments on existing government bonds. One of our favorite stock market gurus says, “The Fed can continue to print money until the bond market says that it can’t.” We are almost there. It’s difficult to sell bonds at such low interest rates. An increase in interest rates, however, would have a significant adverse effect upon the cost of government, because the biggest debtor in the world is the U.S. government.

The announcement from government officials last week that our economy was growing at a 3.5% rate was misleading. The media is giddy over the performance of the stock market in the last several weeks. It should not be. The market is so over-priced that reaping any gains from purchases at these levels is going to be difficult. The Dow is priced to pay a dividend yield of 1.77%, less than half of what the 10-year Treasury bond pays in interest. Making money in stocks is a result of buying at the right GEORGE price. These prices RAUCH are not at levels that will offer investors an opportunity to make money in the stock market over the next five to 10 years. Esteemed Barron’s editor Alan Abelson recently wrote a few weeks ago, “Everybody’s bullish, which is bearish.” The market closed 2009 at 10,428 points, and it closed Dec. 31 at 11,577 points, an 11% year-to-year increase. The stock market is now hovering at 12,000. Why isn’t there more opportunity for profit this year if the market is already up 3.5%? The market is not going up on fundamentals. The market is going up because of speculators. In December, marginaccount buying (purchasing stocks with money borrowed from the bank at a “broker’s rate”) was up 13% from November. This was because the latest round of stimulus funds became available in late

November and December. Money put into the banking system by the Federal Reserve is always borrowed first by Wall Street speculators, who use the loans to purchase securities on margin. This type of buying is what has created the bubbles in the market we have suffered from the last several years. The effect of the Fed providing so much new money for stock speculators (with Dow price-earnings ratios at almost record highs and with Dow dividend yields at almost record lows) is another stockmarket bubble. The general public is not back into the market — brokers who are speculating by buying stocks on margin are causing this market to go up. Based upon the historical average Dow Jones yield of 4.5%, instead of the current 1.77%, the market would be selling at 4,750 points instead of 12,000. One can see, mathematically, what great risk exists toward a major market downturn. Are there any economic reasons that mitigate against the stock market continuing to act favorably? There are the following: 1. Thirteen trillion dollars of government debt that requires interest payments every year, $5.2 trillion of which debt has been incurred in the past four years. This is simply unsustainable, yet there is no plan to contain — or stop — government borrowing. 2. The economic future of the country depends upon risk-taking. Nobody’s taking risk; they feel they are already at risk. Businessmen are simply trying to


Effect of government

in direct proportion to the power that we, the people, have lost. The larger the government, the more money it controls. The more money the government controls, the greater the number of our population that is dependent upon government. We cannot compete in today’s economic world with a government that costs as much as ours. It is difficult for the public to grasp that the nature of government is to control. The power to tax is huge, and money control is people control. Greed and the lust for power are built into man and, particularly, into politicians, which is why the Constitution was written to limit the powers of government. Until the public figures this out, we will not be able to change our system. In pondering whether smaller government is wise, it’s instructive to remember the words of last century’s Lord Acton, who said, “The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern!” And Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, we have tyranny. When the government fears the people, we have liberty.” It does not feel like our government fears the people.


Numerous studies have been published and included in Market Watch that indicate a market priced at these levels will yield, at best, 5% annual gains for the next five to 10 years — and that includes dividend payments. The current myriad of problems is overbearing. We do not have the proper attitude and resolve in our government to make the economic and political changes necessary to allow the investor to prosper in the stock market over the next few years. Indeed, it’s the opposite — we are set up for continued economic angst. And yet the current stock market is the second most-expensive one in our history. The announcement from government officials last week that our economy was growing at a rate of 3.5% was misleading and dishonest. All of “the growth” is from stimulus spending, which is borrowed money the public will pay interest on forever. Insofar as the potential for success in the stock market is concerned, the good news being fed to us by our government is nothing more than another false picture. Caveat Emptor.

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BUSINESS OBSERVER + Rusty Chinnis Contractor unveils redesigned website Rusty Chinnis Contractor Inc. recently unveiled a redesigned website, rustychinnis. com. The site features an active blog, upgraded galleries and testimonials, registration for the company’s e-mail newsletter and the latest news on various building issues. “We’ve been working very hard to make sure the content of this site really benefits the community,” said Rusty Chinnis, owner of Rusty Chinnis Contractor Inc.


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REAL ESTATE REPORTS + Hal and Marlene Liberman re-join MS&Co. Hal and Marlene Liberman have rejoined Michael Saunders & Co. in the company’s Longboat Key South office. The Libermans became licensed real-estate agents in 1981 and worked for Michael Saunders & Co.’s St. Armands office from 1981 to 1994. “I am delighted to welcome Marlene and Hal back to Michael Saunders & Co.,” said Michael Saunders, founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Co., in a prepared statement. “The Libermans possess a long and extensive knowledge of the Sarasota market and were early contributors to the success of the company. I have no doubt they will make similar outstanding contributions to our Longboat Key office as their success is rooted in their integrity, commitment to service and solid communications with their customers.” —Robin Hartill



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Beach Fitness Center, located in the Centre Shops at 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 103, will be open 24 hours a day beginning next week. Individuals will be able to access the fitness center at their convenience. The full-service fitness center offers medical fitness, physical therapy and personal training, along with home-oxygen medical equipment and supplies. Visit or call 778-2641 or 778-0120.


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Flocks of women, many dolled up in their finest pink possessions, scurried through the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room Wednesday, Jan. 26, carrying everything from Scrabble to mahjongg tiles. For the past 11 years, the Key Club has hosted its annual Game Day, part of the “Go for the Cure” events to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The 2010 events raised more than $72,000, and, altogether, the events have raised more than $500,000. Following brunch, the ladies indulged in a raffle and silent auction. Fremajane Wolfson and Bette Hoffman co-chaired the event.

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#113 .....$425,000 ...... Cathy Meldahl, Michael Saunders & Co. .....941-724-7228 #201 .....$349,000 ...... Toni Giliberti, Coldwell Banker....................941-284-9208 #207 .....$349,000 ...... Toni Giliberti, Coldwell Banker....................941-284-9208 #302 .....$479,000 ...... Ray Alexander, Engel & Voelkers .................941-704-2168

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Unit 809 - Largest 2 Bedroom/2 Bath floorplan offered at $550,000 Unit 307 - 2 Bedroom/2 Bath offered at $399,900

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315 17th Street No #22 - 3 bedroom 2.5 bath bayfront townhome offered at $450,000 241 17th Street N #9 - 3 bedroom 2.5 bath townhome offered at $369,000 240 17th Street N #29 - 2 bedroom/2 bath plus den condo offered at $299,000



The longboat Observer THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011





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Manni Newell is a self-proclaimed golf fanatic. After 15 years of playing with her husband, Doug, her children and her friends, she can think of nothing more fun than being out on the links. Newell recently celebrated her second hole-in-one on hole 7 at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside golf course.

With whom on the professional level would you love to play golf? My dream person on the (PGA) Tour to play golf with is Ernie Els … (On the) female side I’d love to play with Annika (Sorenstam). If I could play with Annika or Ernie Els, those would be definite highlights. What is the weakest part of your game? My worst right now is getting off the tee — driving. Terry’s (O’Hara) been teaching me, and we had a bit of a swing change, so that’s difficult, and I’m trying to work on that, because I do feel once I can do what Terry tells me, I’m going to get some yardage and Rachel S. O’Hara

Longboat Key Club and Resort Director of Golf Terry O’Hara gives some pointers to Linda Abrahamson during a private lesson Jan. 24, at the club.

Can you tell us a little bit about your recent hole-in-one? I just had a hole-in-one Dec. 17, so you can see how important it was, because I remember the date! My husband and I were playing, and Doug was not having a particularly great day, but on hole 7 on the white course he got on the green and I thought, “Oh great, I’m so happy for him. Maybe he’ll make a birdie.” And I went to hit, and lo and behold if that old ball didn’t go into the hole for a holein-one! I mean, I was thrilled. I thought, “Oh, isn’t that silly?” It was great. What is the best part about playing golf? … You can play forever. It can be competitive, non-competitive, social — it’s just an amazing game. I really, really love this game. — Rachel S. O’Hara

Visit our website to see a video of Newell working on her swing.

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HoTel ResidenCe 1008 – Perfect pied-a-terre in the City. Spacious 1768 sq.ft. 1 Bd 1.5 Ba corner 10th floor with Bay & City views. Furnished $899,900 HoTel ResidenCe 1108 – Lovely 1 Bd 1.5 Ba Southeast location with custom designed eat-in kitchen and marble flooring. $1,150,000 HoTel ResidenCe 1205 - 2 Bd/2Ba split plan with custom kitchen & master bath with beautiful Bay views. $1,350,000 HoTel ResidenCe 1408 - Gorgeous views of the Marina, Bay and Big Pass from this 14th floor corner residence with a spacious and open kitchen, 2BR/2BA. $1,395,000 ToweR ResidenCe 1106 – 3 Bd/3Ba Spacious corner residence open great room plan with views of Marina, City & Bay. $1,290,000 ToweR ResidenCe 505 – Tremendous value for 3659 sq.ft. 4 Bd/4Ba corner with designer interior finishes. Former Model - Unfurnished. $1,395,000 ToweR ResidenCe 804 – Beautifully appointed with many custom designed features including fireplace and built-ins. Contract Pending $1,465,000 ToweR ResidenCe 603 – Be the first one to occupy this 3 Bd/3Ba split plan residence offering spectacular sunset views. $1,549,000 ToweR ResidenCe 1103 – 3 Bd/3Ba with many custom built-ins and cabinetry with travertine flooring another gorgeous sunset location. $1,875,000 ToweR ResidenCe 1603 - Penthouse views from this 16th floor 3 Bd/3Ba featuring a gas fireplace with custom mantel. Fabulous sunsets views. $2,350,000

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ToweR ResidenCe 1203 – Sophisticated 3 Bd/3Ba professionally designed by Sally Trout with numerous custom finishes. A MUST SEE! $2,850,000 BeaCH ResidenCe 303 – Rarely available perfect beachget-away 1 Bd/Den 2/Ba. Enjoy sunset views and close proximity to special building amenities. $990,000 BeaCH ResidenCe 308 – One-of-a-kind 2259 sq.ft 1 Bd/ Den 2/Ba over 1000 sq.ft terrace with private walk down to the pool area. Furnished $1,500,000 BeaCH ResidenCe 707 – Exceptional value for 3055 sq.ft. 3 Bd/2.5 Ba open great room with very large eat-in kitchen views of City, Bay & Preserve. $1,500,000 BeaCH ResidenCe 706 - Never before lived in and recently finished with beautiful travertine flooring throughout & designer touches. Full Gulf & beach views. $2,069,000 BeaCH PH ResidenCe 1206 - Fabulous direct Gulf views with wraparound terrace with gas grill special interior finishes every detail expected in a PH residence. $3,000,000 BeaCH ResidenCe 1101 – Fantastic Gulf, City & Preserve views from two spacious terraces 4194 sq. ft. of gracious living space. $4,195,000 BeaCH PH ResidenCe 1208 – The largest Penthouse suite at 5268 sq.ft. with elegant interior finishes throughout… never before occupied. $5,250,000

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BAY FRONT LOT - Estate size w/100’ of water front to build your dream home w/deeded beach access. A3937319 $1,975,000

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The longboat Observer THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011


The old adage: “when in doubt, lead trump” is the winning defense in this hand. West led the king of hearts and led the deuce to East’s ace. East shifted to a trump. Without the trump shift by East, South would have had an easy time. He would have ruffed the third heart and led a low club to the dummy’s queen of clubs. Regardless of how the defenders played, South would then have two club winners and a club ruff in dummy. With the trump shift by East, a second trump lead by West after winning his king of clubs would limit South to only nine tricks. South can overcome the excellent defense by East. Instead of trying for a club ruff, he should try to establish dummy’s diamonds. After winning the trump shift, South cashes his ace of diamonds and trumps a diamond. He then leads a low club to dummy. If West wins and leads another trump, dummy wins, and another diamond ruff establishes dummy’s suit. South draws the last trump, and the queen of clubs provides the vital entry. When the defenders get in the way, a good declarer will show flexibility.



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2nd gross (79, tie): Joyce Welch Carol Zito Rochelle McKinney Susan Coyne

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2nd gross (79, tie): Rita Glosser Sue Hanes Marge Heller Susan Levine 51211


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2nd gross: (79, tie) Linda Weber Sandy Fulkerson Kay Walker Rosalie Bergman 1st net (66.8): Emily Pullman Sandy Finnegan Lorraine Kaplan Proxy 2nd net (68.8): Joann Stein Roz Goldberg Melanie Simonsen Lana McDonald 3rd net (69.8): Sandra Dixon

Sue Olin Claire Segall Linda Schroeder 4th net (70.5): Barbara Kubik Edna Fussner Bonnie Platten Elenor Maxheim 5th net (70.6): Barbara Brizdle Margaret Lachmann Deanna Wainstein Anna Whaley Closest to the pin Blue 3: Betsey Gentile Blue 7: Joann Stein

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Mon., Jan. 24 Tues., Jan. 25 Wed., Jan. 26 Thurs., Jan. 27 Fri., Jan. 28 Sat., Jan. 29 Sun., Jan. 30 Year-to-date: 2011 3.18 in



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Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low 79.5 61.5 82 (1993) 32 (1985) Tues., Jan. 25 Wed., Jan. 26 64.5 53.5 83 (1992) 35 (1985) Thurs., Jan. 27 58.5 45.5 83 (1992) 35 (1985) Fri., Jan. 28 65 49 86 (1993) 42 (1981) 70 50 82 (1993) 32 (1981) Sat., Jan. 29 Sun., Jan. 30 69 48.5 83 (1990) 34 (1981) Mon., Jan. 31 72.5 48 82 (1993) 34 (2003) Average Gulf water temperature: 61


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Sunset 6:13 6:14 6:15 6:16 6:16 6:17 6:18

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore Longboat Key and was not detected offshore Friday, Jan. 28, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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HORROR OF HORRORS by Jill Pepper ACROSS 1 Word with “blood” or “egg” 4 Plane reservation 8 Move from third grade to fourth 12 Opening bout, for short 18 Zig when you should have zagged 19 Varied mixture 20 Robot of Jewish legend 21 Tried by phone again 22 “___ many cooks spoil the broth” 23 ___ au Haut, Maine 24 Wash away, as soil 25 Pertaining to the peepers 26 New York, the ___ State 28 Bombs, machine guns, etc. 30 Spoon-shaped vessel 31 Where Bruce Springsteen was born? 33 Undertake 34 ___ out a living (barely manage to survive) 35 Super stars 38 Wide shoe sizes 39 Terminix targets 43 Vamp’s scarf 45 Where swill is served 46 Brenda of comics 48 Extremely popular 49 Total up 50 Sound of amazement 51 WWW address 52 Wordless acknowledgment 53 Siouan speaker of Oklahoma 54 Captain’s record 55 Tropical jam fruit 58 Like some favorites 61 Wheelchair obstacle

62 Whimsical 64 Word in several Commandments 65 Thanksgiving leftovers, perhaps 66 William the pirate 67 Beluga delicacy 68 Early Belushi “SNL” role 70 Worldwide workers’ org. 71 “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s ___ ...” 72 Grain-threshing tool 73 White vestment 74 “In other words ...” 77 Like fine wine 78 Swiss granola 79 Take in new tenants 81 Word with neither 82 Yoko’s surname 83 Baseball legend Ripken 84 Back in time 86 Television Tarzan Ron 87 Judge in the O.J. Simpson trial 88 Synapse neighbor 90 Light triangular cape 92 ___ Aviv 93 Anti vote 94 Steel city of Germany 95 “Arabian Nights” bird 96 Three-note chord 98 “They’re ___!” (racetrack cry) 100 Decked out 103 “___ the season ...” 104 Spring bloom from a bulb 107 Four-and-twenty blackbirds? 112 Long, vehement speech 113 Plaza resident of fiction 114 Way traveled 115 The Phantom’s horse 117 Fulfilled 118 Most cunning 119 Select few

50 Stares at a pinup 52 Situations for handkerchiefs 56 Wedding dress fabric 57 Book of maps 59 Lift a lawyer’s license 60 Inscribed pillar dOwn 61 Minuteman’s 1 Type of nut or palm housing 2 Attractive kitchen 63 Washer capacity emanation 66 Poker pot 3 Extremely good69 Shade of purple looking 71 Patron saint of girls 4 Evening affair 75 Tiny little bit 5 “If all ___ fails ...” 76 Where Helen was 6 Suffer ill health taken 7 Ballerina’s pivot 77 Unrivaled rating point 78 Homo sapiens 8 Wine choice 80 Wing of a building 9 Word from a 83 Ava Gardner’s waving wahine “barefoot” role 10 More composed 85 Start of the Lord’s 11 Place for refining Prayer metal 89 Prepares 12 Short introduction 90 At no cost 13 Summarized, as a 91 Passionless ball game 92 ___ chi (Chinese 14 Flew off the handle exercise discipline) 15 Composer Schifrin 95 ___ de Janeiro 16 ___ instant (at once) 97 Common 17 Dept. store VIPs contraction 20 “I didn’t know that!” 98 Serving no purpose 27 Type 99 Peta’s pet peeve 28 Head of London? 101 Old shipping 29 Horror filmmaker allowances Craven 102 Celtic priest of old 31 Not showing 105 Best-possible gratitude 106 Word before “theft,” 32 ___ sauce “cash” or “officer” 36 Tempe univ. 107 Unkempt state 37 Disco feature 108 “The Producers” 40 Rebuffed secretary dramatically 109 Stir turbulently 41 Lugged around 110 Walkman-wearing 42 Traffic sign “Simpsons” 43 Treadless, as tires character 44 What natural gas 111 Tiny lacks 112 Use clippers 45 ___’wester (storm) 115 Word on a towel, 47 Tree used in perhaps cabinetry 116 Victorian ___ 48 “A Beautiful Mind” director Howard 120 Colored eye part 121 Chow down 122 Some Latin American dances 123 Taro root 124 Word said before “time” and “place” 125 Stallone nickname

Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Dolphins are so smart they can actually train humans to stand at the end of the pool

and toss them fish. 2. Diplomacy is the fine art of persuading people very calmly and letting them have your own way.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 Items Under $200 For Sale


General Merchandise

Condos For Sale

FUEL TANK for Whaler: 14 gal., by Tempo, $60. 376-1999.

TIP TOP Canvas Shop. Book now to be completed before summer! Premium canvas shop featuring Makrolon semi-ridged windows for fly-bridge enclosures, aft deck enclosures and dodgers for sail and center console boats. Completed on time, on budget and exceeding every expectation of discriminating boat owners. Dock side service. 941-932-8872. E-mail: Web:

WATER PURIFIER: ChungHo Nais Y2K-III with Hot and Cold Dispenser. Superior design for home or office. Has 24-Hour Refiltration System, Convenient Temperature Selection, and Child Safety Lock. Purchased brand new for $1900 in June 2009 with a 48month service plan. Selling for $600 OBO. If interested, please email or call Kristen at or 941-906-9386.

Dover floor plan with panoramic Gulf and Bay views, 2-3/BR or den, 4BA. High ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops, marble baths, exquisitely decorated. One of South Longboat’s Key’s finest beachfront addresses. $2,395,000. Owner/Agent, 941-224-7110


BEACH FITNESS 24/7 Fitness. Free enrollment. VIP access. #HS8848. Next to the Lazy Lobster! 941-778-0120.

LOVESEAT- DUAL recliner w/center console. Light brown microfiber. Good condition. $175. 941-756-0388 RUG- BEAUTIFUL 8x11 area rug by Oriental Weavers. Original price $800. Sell for $100. 941-383-1184

Antiques/Collectibles ANTIQUE AND ART FAIR FEBRUARY 5 & 6 - 9A.M.-3P.M. WHITNEY PLAZA LONGBOAT KEY 6828 GULF OF MEXICO DR. BENEFITS LBK TURTLE WATCH TAKE THE TROLLEY FOR INFO: 383-1901 BUYING OLDER paintings; landscapes, beach, watercolors, any subject. Early furniture, oriental rugs, silver, etc. Quality items. Terry, 941-349-8560.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale 32FT. BOAT slip for rent, Boat House of LBK, 3rd level, dry. Call 718-974-5269 or 718-979-8017. BOAT SLIP. High and dry, indoor, for sale or lease. Southend of LBK at the Boathouse. Owner financing available. For info call 941-544-5597. LBK MOORINGS; 45’ slip near bay for rent by owner. Good monthly or longer rates. 941-383-3103.

PRIME BOAT SLIP Largest (26') indoor upper berth boat slip at Boathouse on Longboat for sale by private owner for $45,000. Please call 941-504-7900.

Boats Boats are Selling very Well. The economy stinks but people are still buying boats. 15’ center consoles to 32’ Sea Rays. Many sold in less than 2 weeks. Let’s talk about selling your boat. Local resident, many references. Business on a handshake. 941-228-3489 or

3 MONTHS OLD....Sarasota Estate Just In.. Sofa, Loveseat & Chair (contemporary) $995. 7pc. King Tommy Bahama Bedroom $1550; Daybed w/trundle$345; Queen Sofa Sleeper, Robb & Stucky $699; Reclining Leather Loveseat $399; Contemporary Table, 8 Chairs & Buffet $995; 28x64 Cherry Desk $399; Stanley Marble Top Bar & 4 Stools; Rattan 6 Chair Dinette on casters; Patio Sofa, Chair, Rocker & Coffee Table$699; Baker Secretary Desk; Le Barge Console& Mirror; Ethan Allen Entertainment Center; Sherrill 3pc. Sofa Group; Much, Much More!

Manatee Furniture

3015 1st St. Bradenton 10 blocks North of DeSoto Mall WHITE WICKER- Armoire, night stand, 2 twin headboards $250; Entertainment Center $125. LBK. 941-685-5828 or 941-400-0815

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales MOVING SALE FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 9A.M.-2P.M. 1439 S LAKESHORE DR. OYSTER BAY Fully furnished large waterfront home: Leather sectional sofa, chairs & hassocks, antique radios, oak desk, cabinet & country cupboard; 8' pew, 14' conference table, dining set, 7 Hummels, formal sofa, 6 white dining chairs, bistro set, 2 sets of bar chairs, bed sets (no bedding), 6 large mirrors, 2 coffee tables, trestle table, checker or chess table, backgammon table, portable bar, lingerie chest, cherry dresser, lamps, work bench & vise, refrigerator, freezer, men's Wilson golf clubs, gazebo tent, desks, lady's small/med. clothes & lots more. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures & more details after Weds.

General Merchandise THRIFT SHOP: LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Hours: Mon., Weds., & Sat., 9a.m. to 1p.m. Non-profit. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738. DID WE get your attention? You bet we did! Visit online Make your ad us stand out withatCOLOR. Only in The Observer Classifieds. Call 941-955-4888 to advertise.


CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR with references. Private lessons, pilates, yoga, strength training. Introductory special. Increase strength, flexibility. 941-232-4422.

Musical Instruments BABY GRAND Piano and bench: Krakauer, 1930’s, refurbished in 1980’s, brown mahogany. Superior condition and tuned. $3500 o/b/o. 941-355-5220.

Schools/Instruction RINGLING COLLEGE of Art & DesignClasses for the Community: Adults, Teens, and Children Catalogs and Registration online at: Phone: 941.955.8866

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662


DISCOVER THE OTHER ISLAND! Tidy Island, waterfront, owner financed, furnished, 2BR/2BA/2CG renovated condo; 24/7 guards, pet friendly, nature. $229,900. Realtor/Owner, Katherine Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate, 941-792-9459. LIDO BEACH, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, nicely furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: pool, party room, gyms. Reduced to $329,000. Financing available. 941-228-7261. LIVE WHERE THE ACTION IS - not fighting bridge traffic to get there. Boutique waterfront building near Ritz. FABULOUS north and west views. Completely renovated condo with pool and private beach, 3BR/2BA. 2003 Price: $595,000. 941-376-5809. LONGBOAT HARBOUR 1BR/1BA. Newly furnished, updated, remodeled kitchen. Glass and screened lanai with beautiful water view. Many amenities. $180,000. 941-383-7301

Positions Wanted LONGBOAT TEEN will feed or walk your pets, do odd jobs. Available afterschool hours and weekends. Please call Preston at 773-0943

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Commercial Property For Sale LBK GAS Station Site. Corner Gulf of Mexico Dr. & Broadway. Various commercial uses. $999,000 Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.

Condos/Apts. For Rent 1BR/ 1BA LBK Village. Separate entrance, not furnished, quiet, renovated. $750-month. Annual lease, utilities included. 228-3171 ASHTON LAKES, 3BR/2BA, 1CG, 1500+ sq.ft., formal DR, W/D. Furnished or unfurnished. Community pool/ tennis. One pet okay. $1100/month, first and last. Water and cable included. 941-966-8826, 941-228-3946. PALMER RANCH condo: 1BR/1BA, $840/mo. Gated, W/D, new carpet/ paint, pool, parking, gym, tennis. 941-302-0621.

Condos For Sale 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE: near Centre Shops Tennis, pool, boat dock, beach access, animal friendly. $247,000. 941-383-5781.

STEAL A CONDO! OPEN SUN 1-4PM Why rent a seasonal condo when you can own one? 1724 Starling - The Landings, West of Trail, located 10 minutes from Siesta Key, 5 minutes to anywhere. Impeccable. Furnished 3/2 overlooking lake. Move in ready. $249,900. Rita Ferrrell Lasky, Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty 941-780-3579

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 Condos For Sale

Homes For Sale

WINDWARD BAY: waterfront, 2BR/2BA, new quality renovation. Granite, all marble, oak and cherry wood cabinets, hurricane windows. $429,000. Owner, 941-383-9010.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals CASA DEL MAR BEACH RESORT


WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 SIESTA KEY - GULF VIEW. 4 story, 5BR/4BA, 4041 sq.ft. L.A., double garage, elevator, 2 fireplaces, 3 lanais, private pool/spa, top quality appliances and workmanship, wood/ tile/ carpet floors, a few steps to world famous “Crescent Beach”. Excellent rental potential........... $1,185,000 RON STAHL REALTY 941-374-1671

VERANDA BEACH CLUB For Sale: Rarely available direct gulf-front wrap-around corner penthouse apartment. Newly designer updated and furnished 2BR/2BA. Prime season weeks 4, 5 & 6 Resort offers numerous outstanding amenities and is rated a “Premier Resort” by Interval International. Contact, Steve Nursey, 941-383-5511 Michael Saunders and Company, Licensed Real Estate Broker.

Open House OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 1P.M.-4P.M. SAND CAY CONDOMINIUM 4725 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE #113 - $425,000 - Cathy Meldahl, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-724-7228 #201 - $349,000 - Toni Giliberti, Coldwell Banker, 941-284-9208

VERANDA BEACH CLUB: 2BR/2BA, beachfront unit. Weekly rental from Feb. 26 to March 5. Only $1,300. 2509 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. By owner. 847-328-3600 Ext. 119.

#207 - $349,000 - Toni Giliberti, Coldwell Banker, 941-284-9208

Homes For Rent 3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal front home with boat dock. Fully furnished. 5 minute walk to beach/ restaurants. Available March & April, $3000 mo. or 941-778-6601 LBK ANNUAL 3BR/1.5BA main residence, large private entrance guest apartment, 2 car garage, all appliances. 6889 Poinsettia Ave. $1500 Unfurnished. (518) 321-2890 RECENTLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA, living, dining, kitchen and sunroom. Located on canal 1 block from beach access. $1250/mo. 941-383-2606.

Homes For Sale DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA +den, 3 car garage, pool/ spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean style architecture with breathtaking Gulf views. 5,146 sq.ft. under roof on N. Anna Maria, 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000 furnished. Contact Owner/ Broker, 941-920-1699.

SIESTA KEY (SANDY HOOK). DEEDED PRIVATE BEACH. Sarasota School of Architecture home designed by Tim Seibert located on 4/10’s of an acre of tropical plantings. Main home is 2BR/2BA with caged lanai plus a 1BR/1BA studio or guest house, heated pool, a few steps to the Gulf of Mexico and near “The Village” for your shopping and restaurants. MSL# 3936380. $635,000. RON STAHL REALTY 941-374-1671

#302 - $479,000 - Ray Alexander, Engel & Voelkers, 941-704-2168

Real Estate Wanted WANTED SEASONAL Rental- 3 months Jan- March 2012. 2bed/ 2bath, Internet, land phone. No smoking, no pets.

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 2 LONGBOAT KEY BEACH RENTALS. March and April, 2011. Across from private beach, 2BR/2BA, updated, 55+, no pets, non-smoking. $2000/mo., & April 2011 and 2012 Season: 3BR/3BA, full Gulf views, 30 steps to beach, updated, garage, W/D, 55+, no pets. $2500/mo. Would consider annual. Call 941-232-1357.

LBK, FAIRWAY BAY. Available 2011 Season. Gated community, private beach access, swimming pools, walking paths, exercise room. Newly decorated 2BR/2BA, canal/ mangrove/ bay views, extended patio, secure garage parking. Non-smoking. No pets. Competitive rates. 863-651-1905, 863-439-1304. LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, walk out to beach. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338.

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DIRECT BEACH FRONT CONDOLongboat Key 1st time rental by Owner. Take tour: 2BR/2BA, LR, DR, Kitchen, Tennis Court, Pool. Possible annual. Owner Email: DIRECT GULF FRONT at Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, wireless internet. Available starting November 2011 through April 2012. Prefer 4-6 month minimum. Nonsmoking. Call Diane or Mike 847-913-4562.

Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 941-387-9709 877-705-2460

392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK. Newer upscale & stylish Gulfside home. Steps to beach & pool. 2BR +loft. Annual or Seasonal. No pets. Owner/Agent, 941544-0214,

LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available May 1st. through Dec. 1st. Also 2012. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

A LONGBOAT KEY Condo, 2BR/2BA, 10th floor, completely remodeled. Excellent view of gulf/ bay, beach, pool, & tennis courts. Non-smoking. Available starting Immediately Minimum 3 mos. or longer. 941-377-4177.

LBK VILLA: 2BR/2BA, in SMYC. Seasonal or Annual 2011. Beautifully furnished villa, pool, marina, deeded beach, carport, lanai. 678-523-5593.

LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT DIRECT Beachfront2 bedroom, 2 bath Rental. $1800 per month. Call 727-501-3675 LONGBOAT HARBOR, LBK: 1BR furnished condo, water views. Newly decorated, private parking, 4 pools, walk to beach and much more. Available now. Off Season (May 1st.) $900/mo. No pets. 248-231-3793. LONGBOAT KEY PORTOBELLO 2BR/2BA, 4th floor Bayside with beautiful Gulf views. Completely remodeled. Jan., Feb., March, April 2011 & 2012 Everything is brand new Fully furnished. 214-676-0366 LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. LONGBOAT KEY: direct beachfront, 1BR condo. Also, 3BR/3.5BA garden view. 941-383-3844. MARCH & APRIL. AMI Island on lake. Lavista, 1 block from, beach 2br/ 2ba + den & lanai. W/D, boat dock $3000 month. 941-383-4146 ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101.

BEACH HARBOR, LBK- 2br/2ba. Private beach on gulf and docks on bay. Fully furnished. 1st floor unit. Private patio overlooking courtyard. Botanical wonder. $2500 month includes everything. 215-859-3275 BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY #103. Full Gulf views! Walk right onto beach from bright, charming 2BR/2BA first floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. In-unit washer/dryer. Sunsets, pool, tennis, fitness center, clubhouse, fishing pier., 941-383-6650.


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RARELY AVAILABLE RESORT STYLE LIVING Private beach, tennis, heated pools, 2BR/2BA, Whitney Beach, Longboat Key, downstairs, Bayou/ dock frontage. 724-3519.

TLC FOR YOUR LOVED ONES Excellent Group of Caregivers and CNAs Assistance w/every day living. Available 7 days a week. Licensed/ Insured. 941-378-5553 1-888-906-6565

M&B CLEANING. European touch. House, Condo, Office. Free estimates. Call 941-704-9667.

B&B PAINTING, LLC. Professional painting, wall repair, wallpaper removal & texturing, venetian plaster installation. 941-779-3672.


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SEASIDE GARDEN Retreat/Longboat Key. Small private resort with 1bd cottages and 2bd villas with heated pool in lush gardens steps from beach. w w w. s e a s i d e - g a r d e n - r e t r e a t . c o m / 941.312.1747. Seasonal Rentals on the Gulf!

CEDARS WEST Available: 2 Bedroom Condos on the beach with heated pool! 5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive

LONGBOAT KEY, FL 941-383-4666 or 866-383-4666 Wagner Realty Since 1939 ST. ARMANDS: 2BR/2BA condo. Steps to beach, all amenities. Available February or March. 941-730-4465. WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F

Meal prep, transportation, bathing, light housekeeping, lots more. Certified companions, HHA’s and CNA’s. Drug free, licensed, bonded/insured, background checked. We specialize in live-in, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Hospice Care. Few Hours to 24 hours. FREE 2 Hour Trial (limited time offer) FREE RN Consultation and Assessment Call 941-366-0801 or 1-877-685-3889 RIGHT ACCORD Private Duty-Home Health Care HHA299993655 HCS230906

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BREATHTAKING WATERFRONT parcel. Fully engineered, approved and ready for development of 7 SF homes and 5 boat dock on fabulous Palma Sola Bay. Or use all 3.9 acres for your own retreat. Will trade for waterfront Sarasota home or negotiate on sale. $1.8M Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285

5 STAR Cleaning Services: Meeting residential client’s home cleaning needs on the Keys and Sarasota area for over 25 years. Friendly, Reliable, Bonded and Insured. Free Estimates. New Service: Home Watch. Call Linda now at 941-302-3992.

Adult Care Services A LENDING HAND SERVICES INCLUDE: Personal Care Help with Transportation Meal Prep Shopping and much more! Companions & Certified Nursing Assistants available from 4 hours to 24/7. Same Day Service Available. Call for info: 941-809-3725 or 877-507-4040




A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-INLAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Licensed/Insured. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023. CARLA’S PROFESSIONAL HOUSECLEANING Only $20 per hour. Honest, reliable and great references. Call Carla 941-894-9262

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Computer Services Cmagik -, LBK resident. Over 20 years experience PC or MAC. Computer service, setup, tutoring or web design. TV/ computer/ stereo integration. Digital camera, iPod/ iPhone help. Call Cort, 383-3878, 587-5588. COMPUTER REPAIR, Installation and Training. Fast and Reliable. Call “The Computer Doctors”. 941-586-8535. OWN A MAC? MacTutor offers 21 years experience. Unlimited free telephone follow up. (941)812-3887 QUICK, EASY, Affordable Training. Microsoft Certified Trainer. LBK Resident. Call 941-383-9458.

Health Services KEY REHAB Medicare Certified Physical Therapy at the Centre Shops. Call 941-387-8450

Home Improvement/ Remodeling COMPLETE HOME/ Business Maintenance: Light electrical, plumbing, pressure washing, painting, deck repair & rebuilding, audio, video and all other repairs. 30 years experience. All Pro Maintenance Company, 941-894-4440. CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/ RESTORATION EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30 yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479. HANDYMAN SERVICES. No job too small!! Over 20 years experience... New York work ethic. Free Estimates.. Professional & Clean!! Brian 1-941-737-0835 ISLE TILE FOR “QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE” Floors, bathrooms, showers, backsplashes, patio and pool decks. 20 years design background. Licensed - Insured - LBK Resident References upon request. 941-383-2659 JOHN GUBERNAT HANDYMAN SERVICES ALL HOME REPAIRS Carpentry, Painting, Property Caretaking, Roof Leaks/ Coatings, Power washing, Dock Repairs. Excellent service. 30 years experience. 941-383-5765 Home 941-962-4867 cell LBK Resident Licensed/Insured TILE TILE TILE All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls

A&V PERSONAL ASSISTANT- Private care, House keeping, cook meals, Make Appointment, Run Errands, Organize your home and Laundry, etc. 15 years of experience. Licensed CNA's. Call (941)544-1569

EDLA’S CLEANING SERVICES: Residential Commercial, New Construction. Meticulous, deep cleaning top to bottom. We Guarantee. Affordable & Reliable. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Licensed & Insured. 30% off first cleaning. 371-9869.

Call Ashdown Flooring, Inc. LICENSED (941) 726-3077 INSURED

CNA/HHA WILL take care of your loved one. Excellent references. Great rates. Flexible hours. Call 941-726-0392.

HOMEMAID CLEANING Service. Fourteen years on the Key. Reasonable rates. LBK References. 795-1705, 401-835-0503.

TWO PALMS Home RepairSeasonal Maintenance, Home Repairs. 941-915-4809

Grout Cleaning & Sealing Service Available

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/ exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/ wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients with over 17 years experience and customer service. Licensed/Insured. Owner operated. Paul Passanant, Cell: 941-315-3033.

Personal Services PERSONAL TRAINER- I come to you! 10+ years experience. Weight-loss, Strengthtraining, Motivation. Improve your health! (941)807-2219 YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/ Taxes I come to your home or office.

 Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation  Organizing Personal and Business Files  Budgets & Financial Reports  Federal and State Tax Returns BONDED & INSURED Over 25 yrs. experience Telephone: 941-749-5646

Pools DT POOLS- Maintenance and Repairs 941-224-8242.

Professional Services PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL TRAINERSeeking FEMALE personal trainer for female client with home gym located here on LBK. Need three days per week.


Tutoring LEARN ITALIAN. Native speaker from Florence, 20 years experience. All levels. Longboat Key location. 941-383-2867 or 202-494-9306.

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600 N Jackson Road Exquisite 100-acre luxury equestrian estate that is among the finest properties in Florida. Magnificent residence with the finest appointments and craftsmanship available, including a spectacular gourmet kitchen, gym and state-of-the-art home theater. Thoroughbred facilities that will satisfy the most discriminating equestrian buyers. $13,500,000 Carol Clark & Paul Clark 941.350.4500

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5611 Inspiration Terrace Victora Horstmann

$999,000 941.518.1278

208 Sunrise Drive Colleen Hutchinson

$1,150,000 941.468.6501

1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 311 Cheryl Loeffler

$999,000 941.302.9674

990 Bouelvard of the Arts, 602 Cheryl Loeffler

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1255 Gulfstream Avenue, 901 Darlene Gamble & Cindy Migone

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1229 Point Crisp Road Judie Berger

5750 Midnight Pass Road, 705 Kathleen Ucci

$799,000 941.302.2344

3838 Flores Avenue Keith Whitfield

$790,000 941.302.4256

620 N Point Drive Martha Marlar

$775,000 941.812.0455

1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 202 Cheryl Loeffler

$695,000 941.302.9674

1212 Ben Franklin Drive, 1104 Karin Stephan

$599,995 941.504.4435

253 Harbor House Drive Valerie Dall’Acqua

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