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Investigator releases findings An interim report by Firefighters Pension Board-hired investigator Edward Siedle reveals all three town pension plans could have lost millions of pension dollars. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

+ H&G Tour featured in special section Don’t miss the special section on the 35th annual Longboat Key Garden Club’s Home and Garden Tour in this week’s paper. The section features photos and descriptions of all five homes on this year’s tour, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and includes a map of all the tour stops and where to buy tickets.

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A pension investigator believes the Firefighters Pension Board could have been underperforming by at least 1% annually for the past 10 years, due to conflicts of interest by its investment consultant. The underperformance, released in a report last week, could have culminated in millions of lost money for all three of the town’s pension plans.

Edward Siedle, hired by the firefighters to investigate its pension plan for any wrongdoing, submitted an interim report to the board Wednesday, Feb. 23 that revealed “longstanding conflicts of interest involving the fund’s investment consultant.” Siedle points to 2004 documents that reveal that pension investment manager Morgan Stanley admitted that $209,000 in payments made to itself

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might have created a conflict of interest, because the company selected investment managers that may have benefited from dealings with the town’s pension plans.

Such a conflict of interest, Siedle said, is called “proprietary trading,” and is not allowed as part of the contract with the pension plan. Siedle explained last week that proprietary trading was akin to the trustee of a house selling it for his or her own benefit. The 2004 transaction, Siedle said, could have resulted in $1



Resident questions flight patterns Retired Navy pilot Andrew Aitken made a presentation to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport last month that questioned flight-pattern procedures. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

+ Lord’s Warehouse puts on fashion show It was another successful year for the annual Lord’s Warehouse fashion show and luncheon. Held Feb. 22, the event attracted 200 people to the Longboat Island Chapel. According to Co-Chairwoman Cindy Kuehnel, the total raised was $6,500, with $1,300 coming from sales after the show. See photos from the event on page 18A.


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Longboat Key resident Andrew Aitken believes flight-pattern procedures are not being followed and are leading to noisy airplanes flying directly over the north end of the Key.

Emerald Harbor resident and retired Navy pilot Andrew Aitken has officials at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport paying attention. On Jan. 24, the Longboat Key resident made a presentation to the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Board and explained that he believes pilots are not following protocol as they approach the airport. Aitken, a Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board member, said that he has reviewed the airport’s flight data and uncovered that pilots are not following procedures, particularly near the north end of the Key. Pilots cleared for takeoff on Runway 32, the airport’s most western runway, Aitken said, must fly west for a minimum of seven miles before beginning a turn toward their destination. But Aitken has noticed that aircrafts with a northern destination to places such as Atlanta, are beginning their turn at between three and four miles, which takes them over the north end of Longboat Key. “This occurs during the climbout phase of flight when the most noise is


KEY airplane issues ARISE Andrew Aitken is not the first Longboat Key resident to question flight patterns near the island. In November 1985, 200 Key residents attended a public meeting and complained of noisy planes that were gaining altitude over the north end of the Key, instead of out in the Gulf of Mexico as directed. They also suggested the airport should be moved closer to I-75. In the mid-’90s, the town was criticized for spending $400,000 in legal fees to try and re-route flight patterns away from mid-Key after residents complained of the noise. — Dora Walters



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OUR TOWN >> Continued from Page 1A + Couple offers suggestions for sticking together

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Paul and Sally Keyes

When Paul and Sally Keyes celebrated their 50th anniversary Feb. 23, they offered a few suggestions for making their love last. “Perseverance,” Paul Keyes said. “He does everything I say,” Sally Keyes said. But their daughter-in-law, Julie Keyes, offered another reason. “She has very sticky lipstick that keeps her lips together whenever she’s annoyed,” she said. The couple married Dec. 20, 1960, but held off on celebrating until their families could join them.

Photos by Dora Walters

Above: Dionne Reinert and Dee Tornillo set prices for household items for the Royal Rummage Sale. Left: Opportunity Sale committee members Lou Getz and Barbara MacLean check out a special donation — a new GoGo Elite Traveller, valued at $1,500.

+ Photographer holds picture-perfect opening Longboat Key photographer Mary Lou Johnson held an opening for her “Ignite the Soul” reception Friday, Feb. 25, at Art Center Sarasota. The show runs through March 26. More than 300 guests attended the event. Sue McCarty, of Lakewood Ranch, won the matted geclee, “Can You See Me Now?” abstract of a jellyfish photographed on Longboat Key.

+ This weekend offers bundle of bargains

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Mary Lou Johnson took “Garden of Light” in Sorrento, Italy, just after a rain, which brought out glossy reflections and rich deep colors, for which she often looks.

+ Harry Christensen gets knee-ded time off Harry Christensen won’t be greeting diners at Harry’s for a while. On Feb. 21 he had a knee replacement at Sarasota

Memorial Hospital to be followed by rehab. His wife, Lynn, reports surgery went well. Recently, Lynn’s mother, Clarice Schetter, fell and broke her hip. She is recuperating at home. The surgeon for both was Dr. Roland “Vance” Askins.

This weekend, Longboat Key is a bargain-hunter’s dream. The St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Ladies’ Guild Royal Rummage Sale begins Friday, March 4, at the Stella Maris Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, with its early-bird option for shoppers. For a $5 admission, shoppers can gain admission a day early from 1 to 6 p.m. The official sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5. “We have the biggest collection we have ever had,” says Chairwoman Mary Elizabeth Carey. “Clothes, electronics, art and collectibles, baked goods and an amazing quantity of quality furniture.” Men’s Club members will serve donuts, coffee, hot dogs and sausages

on Saturday. At All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, the Opportunity Sale begins with a pre-sale from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 4. Items will be priced at double the prices for the early shoppers. The sale takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Items for sale include a wide selection of books, household items and collectibles. A large bake sale will be held on the church grounds. And at the north end of the Key will be the Whitney Beach Antique and Arts Sale held the first weekend of each month during season, at Whitney Beach Plaza, at 6828 Golf of Mexico Drive. Handmade jewelry and antiques of all kind can be found here. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Happy shopping!

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Beach project in voters’ hands Town of Longboat Key registered voters will vote on a $16 million beach project and a charter amendment that clarifies commissioners’ partial terms. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Longboat Key registered voters will be presented with two ballot questions on the Tuesday, March 15 municipal election ballot. The town’s residents will be voting on a referendum question that seeks voter approval for a $16 million beach project, which includes the construction of erosion-control structures on the north end of the island. The project cost also includes placing sand along the north end and other higherosion areas island-wide. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis has been performing “Beaches 101” presentations for residents to explain why the project is important. To help hold sand on the severely eroded north end, 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. St. Denis believes the $16 million project might be able to be performed for as little as $8 million if both a $3

Voting Information Early voting for all Longboat Key registered voters for the March 15 municipal election will be available March 7 through March 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. 2011 Early-voting hours MUNICIPAL are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ELECTION Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. On Tuesday, March 15, voting hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Election Day, Sarasota County voters must vote at Town Hall, and Manatee County voters must vote at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. million surtax funding option and a $5 million credit from natural-gas pipeline company Port Dolphin LLC are received next year. St. Denis also alluded that changes might be coming to the town’s island-

wide beach project in the future. The Town Commission chose to put forth this ballot question as opposed to an island-wide beach project that the commission believes is premature at this time. If approved, beachside Longboat Key taxpayers, who reside in District A, would fund 80% of the beach project. Bayside property owners, who reside in District B, would pay the remaining 20% of the project. Also on the ballot is a town charter amendment question, which asks voters to clarify what is considered a partial term for commissioners. In short, the charter amendment is asking voters to decide if a partial term counts as a full term. Currently, commissioners can serve up to three, two-year consecutive terms before reaching their term limit. If approved, this charter amendment would allow a commissioner to serve three full terms, as well as a partial term, as long as the partial term is less than one year. If a commissioner were appointed for a partial term of more than one year, that partial term would count as a full two-year term.

The following questions will be placed before Longboat Key registered voters on the Tuesday, March 15 ballot: • District A Beach Erosion Control Bond Referendum Shall Longboat Key Beach Erosion Control District A issue not exceeding $16,000,000 General Obligation Bonds, bearing interest not exceeding the maximum legal rate when sold, maturing in not exceeding twenty annual installments beginning the year after issuance, pledging the District’s full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power, to finance erosion control and sand for the District’s northerly Gulf beaches, pursuant to Resolution 2011-02 of the Town Commission, ex officio as governing body of the District? Yes — For bonds No — Against Bonds • District B Beach Erosion Control Bond Referendum Shall Longboat Key Beach Erosion Control District B obligate itself to partially retire District A’s not exceeding $16,000,000 General Obligation Bonds, bearing interest not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing in not exceeding twenty annual installments, pledging the District’s full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power (but at an annual millage rate of 20% of the sum of District A and District B annual millage rates) for beach erosion control and sand projects on Longboat Key? Yes — For bonds No — Against Bonds • Charter Amendment Term Limit Question Shall the charter of the town be amended to provide that a partial term for any commissioner of more than one year shall be counted as a term under the three consecutive term limitation provided for in the town charter? Yes No


Longboat pension ranks among worst in state Government employee pension plans are the time bomb for cities and counties on the Gulf Coast.The recession has lit the fuse. By Jay Brady | Gulf Coast Business Review

Municipal pension programs are reaching crisis proportions, and several Gulf Coast cities and towns rank among the state’s worst. Recently released state pension data shows that the town of Longboat Key is at the top of the crisis list. In total, Gulf Coast taxpayers in 19 cities the Gulf Coast Business Review examined could be on the hook for nearly $1 billion in police and firefighter pension costs. Those dollars may be needed to make up for city and town officials’ acquiescence to union demands over the years, and now the fallout of lower investment returns. In short, municipal governments all around the country, the state and the Gulf Coast promised to pay retirees millions more than they’ve put aside.

Pension liabilities rising

Buried in the recently released 2010 annual report from the state’s department of management services, Florida Local Government Retirement Systems, are hundreds of pages of figures of obscure data with terms such as “unfunded actuarial accrued liability,” “covered payroll” and “funded ratio.” For the 31 police and firefighter pension plans in the 19 Gulf Coast cities, the total unfunded actuarial liability for those plans is approximately $631 million. But when the lower market value of those assets is considered, the unfunded liability rises to nearly $958 billion. All other things equal, that means that pension assets will need to achieve even higher rates of return and perhaps assume more risk to meet pension obligations. On average, the 31 plans assume an already aggressive assumed rate of return on investments of 8.1%. To make up for market value losses, those plans will now need to return an average of 9.1% annually. Fort Myers’ police pension plan will need to earn 10.0% a year, and Tampa’s police and fire plan will need to return

below 80% are in danger of experiencing near-term liquidity issues.” Of the 31 plans, 22 have actuarial funded ratios below this 80% benchmark. Longboat Key is at 45.6%. Worse, though, based on the lower market value method, Longboat Key’s ratio is only 39.9%. With market values typically much less than actuarial values these days that means even more dollars that already revenue-challenged cities and their taxpayers will have to come up with to fund pension plans.

See a chart of 31 Gulf Coast cities and their required contributions to police, fire and general employees’ pension plans.

10.8% annually. But those needed investment return figures may be conservative. Town pension attorney James Linn told the Longboat Key Town Commission last month that the town’s contributions to its police pension plan would need to increase further unless investment returns approach 13%. That’s because losses in the plan are “smoothed” over a four-year period meaning that recent big losses from 2008 will soon be factored into the calculation that determines the town’s required contributions. Linn’s presentation showed that most public pension plans had investment losses of 10% to 15% for fiscal year 2008 and modest gains the year after. Required city contributions, as a percentage of payroll, for police and fire pension plans in those 31 cities is more than double for that of the cities’ general employee plans: an average of 35.4% of payroll for police and firefighters versus 16.6% for general employees. Using demographic and economic assumptions, pension actuaries come up with projections for the level of assets needed to pay future liabilities. Based on the projections, they calculate the annual required contribution (ARC) needed from the plan sponsor to balance the fund over the long term, is typically 30 years. Of the 31 plans, 14 have contribution rates for police and firefighters that exceed that 35.4% average. Even worse for comparison purposes, according to a recent report of The Center for State and Local Government Excellence, the average annual contribution is only about 11% of payrolls. For the town of Longboat Key, the rate

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Town pension attorney James Linn addressed the Longboat Key Town Commission at a special pension workshop last month.

is six times this benchmark, and nearly double this group’s average: 66.2% for its police pension plan compared to 28.4% for its general employees’ plan. “There isn’t an economist in the world who would say you can keep your retirement at over 50% of payroll,” says state Sen. Jeremy Ring, R-Margate, chairman of the government oversight and accountability committee assigned to come up with a pension reform bill. A ratio at or above 100% indicates that a plan can cover its long-term obligations to current and future retirees. According to a Jan. 26 state agency report to Ring’s committee, “Most experts recommend that a public pension operate at or above an 80% funding ratio and suggest those

The National Center for Policy Analysis claims the unfunded state and local unfunded pension liability is more than $1 trillion. The July study also notes that all states underestimate the unfunded pension liability by using an unrealistically high assumed rate of return — often 8% or higher — in calculating the value of pension plans. The question for cities and other levels of government is whether they will count on financial markets to save pension portfolios, raise taxes, or — in the face of union opposition — make contracts more realistic. State mandates that limit the flexibility of cities to fund pension plans efficiently are also a key part of Florida cities’ 2011 legislative agenda. All of the above may be the ultimate savior, though cutting costs is the only sure-fire way to rein in it all in. That’s the tactic Gov. Rick Scott employed in his budget recommendations requiring state workers to contribute to their pensions for the first time — as most private workers have done for years. As the pension picture looks now, it’s not pretty. “At the local municipal level, I’m scared of the Armageddon,” says Ring. The Florida League of Cities warned in a report last year: “Runaway pension costs for police and firefighters threaten to put Florida’s cities on a road to ruin.” The league’s report concludes, “The Florida Legislature must act now to curb runaway pension costs before it’s too late.”


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INBRIEF + Beach presentation now online at town website Longboat Key residents who can’t make one of several scheduled beach presentations in the coming weeks at Town Hall can view a condensed version of the presentation online. The town of Longboat Key posted the presentation on its website,, Friday, informing residents why the beach and its $16 million beach project that will be on the March 15 ballot are important. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis narrates the presentation. The presentation can be viewed directly by going to: tlbk_beach.htm. The beach project includes construction of erosion-control structures on the north end of the island, as well as placing sand

along Longboat Key beaches in certain high-erosion areas. Residents and interested individuals are also encouraged to attend one of several Town Hall presentations (times can be found on the town’s website) scheduled for the upcoming weeks. The presentations will be held in the Longboat Key Commission Chambers, located at 501 Bay Isles Road. Interested parties are also invited to contact Assistant to the Town Manager Susan Phillips to set up presentations to homeowner associations or civic groups. Phillips can be reached at or at 316-1999, Ext. 243.

+ Beach project scheduled to begin this week Slowly, but surely, a dredge is on its way to Longboat Key to pump sand onto the north end of the island. An emergency beach project that will bring 133,000 cubic yards of sand to the north end will commence in early March,

and a pipe will be laid out across the beach as early as next week. The project was originally slated to begin in December, but the dredge has undergone maintenance, permitting and inspection delays. Pedestrian and beach-access parking will be partially restricted during construction at the Broadway beach access. The North Shore Road beach access will remain closed until the beach is restored. Sand will be placed on the beach from just south of Broadway to just north of the North Shore Road beach access near Beer Can Island. The project is expected to be completed in 90 to 120 days, weather permitting. Beachgoers are advised to stay clear of construction equipment on the beach, exercise caution and respect access-restricted construction zones. Town staff had been working to receive a permit from FDEP all year, which allows the town to rebuild the entire beach profile, or a 200-feet wide beach that used to exist in that area.

Meetings & agendas  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 1 p.m. Monday, March 7.  Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10.  Code Enforcement Board Regular Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, March 14.  Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 15.

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

+ Correction Perry and Betty Monroe, who recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, are Plymouth Harbor residents.

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The town is inspecting approximately 80 to 90 units that the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owners wish to re-open this year. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

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Bill Sceva puts together the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key newsletter each week.

helped to print the organization’s magazine, which was similar to the Kiwanis newsletter. By the time Sceva was a high school senior, he became editor and reporter for the organization’s national magazine’s “Home Kid” page, dedicated to children who lived in the organization’s homes throughout the U.S. Sceva said that he didn’t have much time for service organizations during his career as an architect. But in 1987, his neighbors at Spanish Main Yacht Club, where he lived for 13 years, convinced him to get involved. And although he now lives in Bradenton, he still makes the drive to Longboat Key each week for Kiwanis Club meetings. Sceva knows first-hand the importance of groups that help children and students in need. “I really think the Kiwanis Club scholarship program is a great thing,” he said. “It’s just $1,000, but to those students, it means so much.”

Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon has requested the town begin inspecting units the association wishes to re-open. In a Jan. 27 e-mail to Planning, Zoning and Building Director Monica Simpson, Yablon requests the town inspect all the owner units in the hotel, as well as three units on the beach known as Beach Units One, Two and Three. Yablon also requests in a Feb. 4 letter to Simpson that the town inspect seven additional buildings, plus the Beachcomber and Castaway units on the beach. In total, the association wants inspected all of the 80 to 90 units that were in use before the resort closed in August. Yablon hopes that because the town previously inspected those in late 2009 after a brief closure, that those units will be the easiest to renovate and will be open to owners this season. “We expect these units to be operable without a great deal of additional work at this time,” Yablon told the Longboat Observer. He hopes the units can be habitable by April. “Because these units are closest to the beach and are expected to still be fully furnished inside due to their use for tourism through Aug. 15, they are also the most desirable units in the short term for attracting both owner and tourism use.”

The town’s Planning, Zoning and Building Department is currently inspecting the units and will report back to Yablon on what needs to be done to allow the units to be safely occupied again. The association, Yablon said, will have Sarasota-based Karins Engineering Group perform any renovation work. In September, Yablon informed unit owners that a $600,500 assessment would be needed to make the necessary repairs to open all 232 units. The assessment would average out to approximately $2,500 per unit owner. To renovate the units to attain another 20 to 40 years worth of use, however, David Karins, president of Karins Engineering, estimates the cost to unit owners would be approximately $19.6 million. And for comparison, Karins estimates a complete demolition of the property and a rebuild of an estimated 277 units (45 additional units could be obtained from the town’s tourism pool of 250 units) would cost approximately $54.4 million. Renovating approximately 80 to 90 units in the interim, however, is expected to cost less than the above estimate, but prices will not be available until the town releases its inspection requirements. The association will also continue to sift through renovation proposals for a long-term renovation plan for the property.



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It’s the right thing to do years. Big decisions never seem to come Still, the compromise that ended easy on Longboat Key. And it always up on the ballot will accomplish a seems reaching those decisions is lot. What’s more, there is a good a excruciatingly painful, frustratchance the town may be able to cut ing process. People sometimes joke its bond borrowing from $16 million they hope the Longboat Key Town to $8 million by using funds from Commission never has to vote on other sources — $5 million from the calling the fire department for a Port Dolphin project (if it proceeds) five-alarm fire. We’d all be crispy and $3 million from the county critters by the time the commissioninfrastructure surtax. ers made a decision. Longtime Longboaters know that, The truth is, however, much of the if you choose to live on Longboat commission vetting that taxpayers Key, beach maintenance is a given. must endure is a good thing. Hasty How that is accomplished is impordecisions often can be bad decisions. tant. On this year’s bond vote, resiIt’s better — however painful — to dents should feel satisfied that the have our town fathers grind through commissioners and town staff came all of the details, options and “what up with a good, rational plan. if ’s.” That’s their job. The Danger We recommend: Vote yes. In this vein, the Town Commission Zone did well arriving at the question on + Commission terms: ‘Yes’ the town ballot for next Tuesday’s The second question on the election. Voters are being asked to Longboat Key ballot may strike approve the issuance of not more voters as odd, perhaps confusing — than $16 million in general obligaespecially for those who are unfamiltion bonds to finance much-needed iar with its genesis and background. beach protection on the threatened Courtesy photos You might describe it as an “insidenorthwest end of the Key, as well as What a difference six years makes. The photo at bottom baseball” charter amendment that some ongoing sand replenishment denotes the area on the northwest edge of Longboat Key means more to sitting commissionin certain “hot spots.” that we have dubbed “The Danger Zone,” the hottest of ers than anyone else. They came a long way, baby. the Key’s hot spots for beach erosion. About five years ago, town comSurely many of you recall when missioners found themselves disdiscussions began, the town managagreeing over what constitutes a commiser talked about a total renourishment and LONGBOAT KEY sion term, according to the town charter. the construction of structures that could BALLOT QUESTIONS After Commissioners George Spoll, reach $40 million, almost doubling the Peter O’Connor and Lee Rothenberg were cost of the previous renourishing in 2005. BEACH BONDS appointed at various times to fill unfinThis, of course, didn’t go over so swell, Shall Longboat Key Beach Erosion ished terms of other commissioners, quesespecially as Longboaters continued to Control District A issue not exceeding tions arose over whether the partial terms feel the effects of the recession. Indeed, $16,000,000 general obligation bonds, served should be counted toward their when Town Manager Bruce St. Denis bearing interest not exceeding the maxiserving three consecutive two-year terms, began making a case for the $40 million mum legal rate when sold, maturing in which is the town’s legal limit. beach renourishment and protection pronot exceeding 20 annual installments The result of all this was that comgram, he actually triggered a good outbeginning the year after issuance, pledging missioners voted to give Rothenberg the come. As most people respond when the the district’s full faith, credit and unlimitopportunity to run for office in 2010 (he doctor advises major surgery, Longboat ed taxing power, to finance erosion control was defeated), even though the town commissioners and residents asked the and sand for the district’s northerly Gulf attorney said the charter wasn’t altogether obvious questions: Are there less expenbeaches, pursuant to resolution 2011-02 clear on whether he legally had the right sive, better alternatives? of the Town Commission, ex officio as to run for office again. What Longboaters learned was valugoverning body of the district? Confused? It’s understandable. able: Suffice it to say the ballot question • There are other less-expensive antiCOMMISSIONER TERMS should help resolve the ambiguity that erosion options than renourishment, Shall the charter of the town be exists in the current charter. but their efficacy for beaches similar to amended to provide that a partial term We recommend: Vote yes. Longboat Key is unproven. for any commissioner of more than one • We also learned that, contrary to what (1) year shall be counted as a term under + Tony Blair will be back some people believed, Longboat Key has the three consecutive term limitation proWe’re told former British Prime been following a well-thought-out, comvided for in the town charter? Minister Tony Blair, his wife Cherie Booth prehensive beach-maintenance program and their 11-year-old son enjoyed a pleassince 1993. What’s more, we learned from ant holiday at the Longboat Key Club and two of the state’s foremost beach experts be poured a second time at the threatened Resort two weekends ago. that Longboat Key’s maintenance pronorth end to replenish what beach engiBlair and his family arrived Friday, Feb. gram over the years has been among the neers expect to be eroded over the next 12 18, and stayed until after he delivered most effective in Florida and is regarded months. his evening Ringling Library Association to an extent as a model of what to do. • 2013 — Construction will begin on Town Hall speech Wednesday, Feb. 22. One of those experts, Paden Woodruff of It took some coaxing to come here, we’re the Florida Department of Environmental protective structures for the north end, including a terminal groin at the northProtection, also told town commissiontold. At first, Blair turned down the invitawest tip of the Key and, in all likelihood, tion. When former U.S. Secretary of State ers that in his three decades of helping on two permeable groins farther south. Florida’s beach communities with erosion Condoleeza Rice heard Blair said “no,” All of this is not the complete comprehe has seen it all. Every town thinks it can she called him and urged him to come. hensive renourishment and rebuilding devise a better less-expensive mousetrap, Rice spoke here last year and apparently the town manager originally wanted. His Woodruff said, but none of them ever raved about her stay at the Key Club and rationale was that, even though it would works. Maintenance and renourishment Sarasota. Judging from Blair’s own comhave totaled between $36 million and $40 ments about the Key Club, don’t be surare the tried and true methods. million, that amount would end up being We’ll concede that much, although the prised if you see him again. He’ll be the less than a piecemeal effort over several one alternative we would have liked to one with the accent. have seen tried on Longboat Key is that of Sarasota engineer Fred Derr, the man HOW YOUR TAXES WOULD BE AFFECTED credited with saving large portions of Casey Key without having to dredge an The table shows the maximum and minimum annual cost on property taxes for a home inch of sand. Maybe another time. assessed at a $500,000 valuation. Scenario one: If the town borrows the full $16 million. For now, the plan the commission has Scenario two: If the town is able to reduce the cost by using $3 million from tourist-tax outlined for this bond issue makes a lot beach funds and $5 million from Port Dolphin; that would reduce the town’s borrowing to $8 of sense. Assuming the bond issue is million. District A includes gulfront and business properties; they pay 80% of the bond cost. approved, here are the steps: District B includes all bayside properties; they pay 20% of the bond cost. • March 2011 (not contingent on the bond issue) — 133,000 cubic yards of District A District A District B District B sand will fortify threatened property at Maximum Minimum Maximum Minimum the north end of the Key. Year 1 $481 $235 $120 $59 • 2011-2012 — Sand will replenish the Year 2 $472 $230 $118 $57 beach at the hot spots extending from Year 3-10 $64 $34 $16 $9 Whitney Beach to Gulfside Drive and Total $1,469 $737 $367 $184 from just north of the Islander Club to Source: Town of Longboat Key just south of Seaplace. • Spring 2012 — Additional sand will

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Dear Editor: At last, a common sense approach to the bike lane signs along Gulf of Mexico Drive.  I totally agree with the letter to the editor sent by Larry Grossman last week. Marking the bike lane itself with bicycle figures and arrows, would give better visibility to motorists while driving. Also, it might eliminate those walking or jogging in the bike  lane  and those walking in the lane against traffic. As Larry stated, this would put the driver’s eye and attention on the pavement markers and the exclusive lane on the sides of the road designated for bicyclists. Joyce Welch Longboat Key

+ Bike sign abundance is eyesight overkill Dear Editor: I wrote the other day about the signage, never noticing the signage for bikes until mentioned. I now have noticed that almost at every private entranceway there is a bike sign. This has to be a great expense, and why is it needed at almost every private entrance of a resort, condo property? It is up to the defensive driver to stop at an entrance and watch for the biker approaching any roadway and entrance. It is then up to a biker, riding on a sidewalk, in which you see many, to slow and even stop at each entrance. As well, for drivers to inch their way out of a driveway and watch for the biker. As previously mentioned, I never paid much attention to all the bike signage. However, once I drove from work yesterday I agree with the many complaints that the bike signage is overkill — at almost every private entrance, the length of the Key, it is not needed.        Linda Cullen Sarasota

+ Thank you for printing insightful essay Dear Editor: I want to compliment you on publishing “My Mountain Love Affair” Feb. 10, written by Shirley Fein, wherein she reminisces so poigniantly about her 54 years of marriage to her late husband, Arnold Fein. During my recent stay in a local rehab center, I shared this insightful essay with friends, staff and patients, and I wholeheartedly agree with so many people who have told me how much they were comforted and could relate to her words regarding the loss of a loved one. Thank you for publishing such a meaningful article. Mrs. Beatrice Einstein Longboat Key



+ Bike path signage idea is common sense

Dear Editor: I have just been reading a few of your newspapers bought back by a relative. As usual, it is a pleasure to read what is going on in our favorite part of Florida. We are currently preparing to come for our annual trip after your “snowbirds” have left. We have spent May in West Florida for many years now. Previously, we took the children on trips to the Orlando area. As an English parish councillor, I like to read about your town projects, but with all your pressure groups, it seems you have to work very hard to get any thing through! Looking forward to LBK and your sun. Peter Davidson Cornwall, U.K.

Thomson takes lead on editorial pages Rod Thomson, executive edi- added. “He, too, is a steadfast tor of the Gulf Coast Business proponent of individual freeReview, has been promoted to dom, personal responsibility the new position of editor of and capitalism.” the editorial pages for The ObFor the past five years, Thomserver Group Inc. son has directed the editorial Thomson will have respon- staff and content of the Gulf sibility for the weekly Coast Business Reeditorials, opinion view, which is also pages, letters to the owned by The Obeditor and contributserver Group. Prior to ing opinions for the that, Thomson spent Longboat Observer, nearly six years travelSarasota Observer and ing to and from Haiti East County Observer. while he worked for “This is a perfect the Sarasota-based match of Rod’s best Hand to the Plow talents and our comMinistries. pany’s needs,” said Thomson Thomson is a gradMatt Walsh, ediuate of Michigan State tor and CEO of The Observer University and a diehard SparGroup. tans and Detroit Tigers fan. “Many of our readers have He has been a journalist for 27 seen Rod’s every-other-week years, having served at newscolumn in the Sarasota Ob- papers in Minnesota and Iowa server and may remember his and the Herald-Tribune and popular twice-weekly column written articles for the New from his days at the Sarasota York Times, People, Picture Herald-Tribune,” Walsh said. Week, National Review Online “Now, all of our Observer read- and Focus on the Family. ers will get the benefit of readThomson is an elder in his ing Rod’s thought-provoking church and a director of Hand and common-sense commen- to the Plow Ministries. He and tary on local issues. his wife, Kim, have been mar“And this will come as no ried for 30 years. They have surprise to our readers: We eight children and two grandare happy to appoint Rod to children and live in east Sarathis position because his politi- sota County. cal philosophy aligns perfectly Thomson can be reached at with our company’s,” Walsh

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Is there a future for gold and silver? The market remains overpriced. There is no reason to be invested in either the stock market or the bond market. Bonds pay little. And the 12-month demand for cash for bond refinancing and for financing new bonds issued to cover current government deficits is so great that interest rates must rise. When interest rates rise, bond prices go GEORGE down. There is no reason to believe that bonds won’t RAUCH crash exactly as they did in the 1980s. The safest investments today are cash and gold and silver. Cash will give the investor flexibility when opportunities finally arise. Gold and silver are in long-term bull markets. Gold and silver are particularly good investments in an environment like today’s.  As leading currencies such as the euro and the dollar continue to decrease in value, gold and silver are going up in price. Gold and silver have a monetary history of 5,000 years. No paper currency (called “fiat money”) like ours has survived more than an average of 40 years. Thirty-nine years ago, when President Nixon closed the gold window and refused to redeem dollars for gold, the U.S. became a fiat currency nation. There was nothing backing the dollar of a commodity nature (gold, silver, etc.) as required by the Constitution. Without an anchor such as gold and silver on a currency, history points out that politicians will do with it as our politicians are doing today. They will ruin the nation’s currency with war, debts and welfare growth.  The market is up 700 points this year,

about 6%. With only two months of our current calendar year gone, the market is increasing at the rate of about 30% annually. What could be better than this? There is no fundamental reason for the market to be at these levels. The latest round of quantitative easing has put cash in broker’s hands. This has caused speculation. Speculative trading has caused the market to go up in value.  Additionally, there is a market for highgrade stocks because of the fear of pending inflation. Companies such as Abbott Labs, Coca-Cola, Johnson and Johnson, and Sysco Corp. that are A-plus-rated stocks that pay good dividends are seen as “hedges” against currency inflation because they operate all over the world in every currency.  The general market, however, is not priced for gains — it’s priced for losses. A good barometer is the dividend yield on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The annual dividends paid on the Dow the last 12 months were $288, representing a 2.35% yield on a Dow price of 12,268 points. The average Dow dividend yield over the years is 4.3%. If the market were selling at only the average Dow yield of 4.3%, instead of 12,268 points, the Dow would be priced at 6,699 points. That is 45% less than it is selling for currently. As the math shows, the market is in a posture to potentially hurt investors badly.   How does the Fed actually “finance” government debt? 1. The Fed prints $1.6 billion of new money (this year’s expected deficit); 2. The Fed gives cash to the U.S. government which uses the cash to pay bills; 3. The Fed sells the U.S. government-

issued bonds to banks. The notes, most likely, are 10-year notes that pay 3.5% annually to the investor; 4. The bank lacks the cash to buy, let’s say $10 billion of these new notes, so the Fed “loans” the banks short-term money at a cost of .5% annually; 5. The bank pays the Fed annually at the rate of .5% ($50 million annually for a $10 billion loan). The bank “makes” $350 million on the $10 billion investment in treasury bonds. With some fancy computer entries, and no investment risk, the bank books a $300 million profit; 6. Although the public does not generally realize this, the Fed and the U.S. government are doing this to rebuild banks’ liquidity. Although these are only “paper profits,” the interest costs get paid annually by the U.S. government. The U.S. government can’t afford the interest payments, so it borrows the interest payments from the Fed (see No. 1 above and start cycle again). With gold and silver up so much over the last 10 years, many Wall Street and business journal articles are saying gold and silver are in a true bubble. These articles suggest gold and silver are set up for a significant decrease in price. The last time we went into almost any business district in any city in this country and saw people holding up signs all over the place saying that “we buy gold” was in the early ’80s. Why? The answer is that there are so many U.S. dollars out there around the world that are no longer considered a “store of value.” Countries, and individuals, holding dollars want to trade them in on something that has lasting value. The dollar’s rapid de-

crease in value has increased demand for gold and silver. There is no evidence that this trend will stop. The largest purchasers of gold in the world are China and India, respectfully. They are purchasing gold and silver because they hold so many dollars in their reserves. They do not trust the dollar to maintain its value.


If gave two grandchildren $10,000 each, which grandchild would be better off in 10 years: the one to whom was given $10,000 in gold and silver or the child to whom was given a $10,000 check? (If any grandchildren out there are reading this, lobby for the $10,000 in gold and silver.) In 10 years gold has gone from under $300 an ounce to $1,400, an increase of more than 450%. Silver is up much more than that. The U.S. dollar, however, has lost 21% of its purchasing power. Stocks are overpriced, bonds are heading south, and gold and silver continues to go up. Cash pays little, but it “feels good.” The cautious investor will stay with “feelgood” cash. Adding to gold and silver investments is wise if one feels there will be continuous future increases in federal debt levels. Increases in the price of gold and silver occur as the country’s debts increase. As U.S. debts increase, the purchasing power of the dollar decreases. Simple math indicates the bull market in gold and silver has a long way to go. Caveat emptor. George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief execu-

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We hear it time and time again from our agents and their customers. Were it not for the collaboration between two of our most important core services—MSC Mortgage and MSC Title—numerous property transactions might never have closed on time. Or, for that matter, at all. That’s why we were delighted last week to see these two teams of top-drawer professionals receive the local recognition they so richly deserve.

ties became a major part of the landscape were far less worrisome.


The economic meltdown of the last two years put an end to that in very short order. Suddenly mortgage and title issues loomed extra large; with one or both able to quickly derail an otherwise smooth real estate transaction.

As reported in the Business Weekly section of last Monday’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune, these key divisions of Michael Saunders & Company have assumed their rightful place among the region’s top community lenders and title agencies. According to the latest rankings compiled from records available courtesy of the Sarasota County Clerk of Courts, MSC Mortgage made more loans in the Sarasota market than any other locally-based community bank or mortgage broker. Only the nation’s largest banks—including Wells-Fargo, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase—disbursed a greater volume of new loans in January.

Loans—if you could find one—suddenly required stellar credit and sizeable down payments. Jumbo mortgages, though now very much on the comeback, all but dried-up during the darkest days of the financial crisis. Plus, the historic increase in distressed properties just as suddenly opened a Pandora’s Box filled with scores of new ways in which a home’s prior ownership could drastically interfere with your property rights.

A survey—conducted two years ago by the National Association of Realtors—reveals that 96% of respondents believe one-stop shopping makes buying a home easier. As a result, three of four respondents said they would seriously consider using a firm that offers this important benefit. Which, in addition to today’s highly challenged market, helps explain why one-stop shopping has increased more than fourfold since 2002. The key advantages cited are that it makes the transaction less expensive (77%), more manageable (73%) more convenient (73%), prevents major issues from falling through the cracks (73%); and ensures timely completion of the transaction (71%). Moreover, people who used one-stop shopping to obtain their mortgages were 44% more likely to be completely satisfied with the outcome than those who didn’t.

“MSC Title was no slouch either,” the newspaper continued. “It closed 25 real estate deals in January totaling $6.9 million, making it the fifth largest firm in the region based on the total transactional volume of deals closed.” Only three major local law firms and one statewide title agency enjoyed greater volume. Once upon a time not so very long ago, qualified buyers rarely had to focus too much of their attention on mortgage and title issues. Banks were lending freely; and title issues in the days before distressed proper-

There are nearly eighty ways—each with its own menu of supplementary hazards—through which you can lose your property rights and become susceptible to potentially ruinous litigation. Needless-to-say, protecting yourself from undetected title defects has never been a more crucial to a successful property transaction. Congratulations to Ann Stickel and Laura Bowers—respectively, Managing Directors of MSC Mortgage and MSC Title—along with their very able and talented teams. Theirs is the official duty of offering our agents and their clients the major convenience, efficiency, accountability and peace of mind that comes with one-stop real estate

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you choose an agent from Michael Saunders & Company each link in the real estate chain—from finding the perfect property to financing it free from all title defects—is as sturdy and seamless as it can be. In addition to having more than 550 of the market’s most talented and experienced agents, the combined teams from MSC Mortgage and MSC Title have proven through their own headline-making performances that they are a buyer’s best friend.

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FLIGHTS / FROM PAGE 1A emitted,” Aitken said. “Planes are turning at or before they get to the Key and flying right over Gulf of Mexico Drive.” Following Aitken’s presentation, it was determined that Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport CEO Fred Piccolo should review compliance with noise-abatement procedures. Aitken, a former Navy pilot from 1967 to 1972, asked to be a part of that review, and Piccolo has agreed to fill in Aitken once the review is over. In a Feb. 23 e-mail to Commissioner David Brenner and Aitken, Piccolo explained that airport staff has been directed to return to its next board meeting April 18 with a presentation on compliance with flight patterns relating to noise concerns. “Staff will check if it is true that Tampa Departure Control is turning the pilots early as stated by Mr. Aitken,” Piccolo wrote in his e-mail. “To that end I am having our Environmental Affairs Office review the flight-tracking data, and I have also requested a meeting with the (Sarasota-Bradenton) Air Traffic Control Tower manager to seek his input as well.” Piccolo assured Brenner and Aitken that once the airport completes its review, Aitken would be invited to the airport to review and discuss his concerns before the April 18 meeting is scheduled.


million in accrued benefit to Morgan Stanley. Siedle said the investigation will revolve around whether that $1 million should be put back into the pension fund. “A kickback to the investment consultant or gatekeeper of a fund may result in harm significantly greater,” said Siedle, explaining that the issue could result in a 1.3% annual underperformance of the plan and 13% compounded over a 10-year period. “That’s a significant sum in the neighborhood of $13 million.” Siedle states that Morgan Stanley also never advised the police and general employee pension boards, which no longer employ Morgan Stanley, of that potential conflict of interest at that time. Siedle also noted that Firefighters Pension Board Attorney Robert Sugarman investigated payments made by the fund’s investment managers to Morgan Stanley from August 2004 through March 2005. But Siedle claims that no independent analysis has been performed yet to support a statement made by Sugarman in a Dec. 3, 2004, letter claiming there was no correlation between the payments made to Morgan Stanley and any compensation received by Morgan Stanley managers. Sugarman, meanwhile, has begun his own investigation of his law firm’s prior actions as a result of Siedle’s report. Siedle’s report states that “no investigation was undertaken as to whether the payments disclosed in 2004 were properly characterized or whether any additional payments may have been made to Morgan Stanley by the fund’s managers.” “Whether payments disclosed in

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Longboat Key Police Capt. and Police Pension Board Chairman Steve Mislyan sent a letter to Mayor George Spoll Feb. 24, reporting that the Police Pension Plan has reported an 11.04% return for the year ending Dec. 31. Investment returns obtained by the Longboat Observer show that the Firefighters Pension Plan reported a 12.07% return, and the General Employees Pension Plan reported a 12.71% investment return in 2010. Those numbers exceed the 8% assumption rate that’s used to monitor the progress of all three town pension plans. 2004 were properly categorized have not been investigated,” Siedle told the board. “Because consultant conflict can result in trader harm, no investigation has been taken to date about potential harm.” Siedle said the scope of the investigation will likely take an additional month or longer. “To understand what’s going on here now takes hours and hours,” Siedle said. “It’s a complex issue, and it’s just the beginning of an inquiry.” Firefighters Pension Board member Gerald Feder, however, expressed hesitation with the investigation, which he has opposed from the beginning. Feder noted that only two pages of the 10-page interim report dealt with the firefighters pension plan; the rest of the document cited past cases and examples relating to other pension funds. “I’m an expert now on everything but the fire fund,” said Feder. Feder questioned why Siedle’s in-

formation was presented to the board less than 24 hours before the meeting. He also noted the timing of the presentation before the firefighters’ contract-impasse hearing with the Town Commission March 2. Siedle, however, denied having any part in the other issues facing the firefighters and the town. “The timing of this investigation may or may not be unfortunate because there are other issues swirling in the air, but it has nothing to do with what I’m doing,” Siedle said. Firefighters Pension Board Chairman Keith Tanner, meanwhile, praised the interim report and said the investigation is proving what he already knew. “This certainly raises questions I always knew were there and maybe the other pension boards didn’t,” Tanner said. “I still think there were some things going on that should not have been going on. But we need to get to the bottom of this.” Siedle agreed and said he would report back to the board in the coming weeks with more findings. “There shouldn’t be any doubt this is a very serious issue that affects the integrity of the entire fund and, hopefully, the other funds agree this should be investigated going forward,” Siedle said. It’s up to the Firefighters Pension Board to decide how far the investigation should go and if actions should be taken, which might require lawsuits and taxpayer money to try and retrieve any money from Morgan Stanley that Siedle believes the pension fund may have lost. The police and general employees pension boards will also likely consider whether they should pursue an investigation or try and recoup funds as a result of Siedle’s preliminary findings.


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New leash on life 9:21 a.m. — 700 block of Longboat Court. Code Enforcement. A woman called to report that her neighbor refuses to walk her large Irish setter with a leash because she says there is no leash law on Longboat Key. Police promised to keep a lookout for the lady and let her know a leash law on the island does exist.

Couple’s counseling 9:59 p.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Disturbance. A couple vacationing at a local resort told police that they had gotten into a fight. Both parties claimed they were pushed during the argument. Neither wanted to press charges, and the woman agreed to spend the night at a different hotel.

Feb. 18

Bumper to bumper? 10:09 a.m. — 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Complaint. A man came to the police station and reported that another driver rode up on his bumper. Police contacted the man driving the second car, who claimed he did nothing wrong except get behind a driver “who was driving slower than most people walk.”


4:29 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road. Code Enforcement. Police saw two dogs on Beer Can Island and explained to their owners that dogs aren’t allowed to roam the island. All parties complied and left in a boat.

Bonfire hopes extinguished 7:34 p.m. — Jewfish Key. Fire. Police informed a man renting a home on Jewfish Key that it was against town code to have a bonfire on the island. The man agreed to extinguish the fire and apologized.

Feb. 19

Camp nowhere 8:20 a.m. — 2100 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. Police found a tent on the beach with five college kids inside. Police explained that even though they thought it might be fun to camp on the beach, it’s not allowed under town code.

Feb. 20

Party’s over 12:37 a.m. — Intersection of Broadway and GMD. Code Enforcement. Five teenagers were told they couldn’t be on the beach late at night and couldn’t park their cars on private property. One of the teenagers had his driver’s license confiscated because it was suspended for failure to pay fines.

Spa scene 5:09 p.m. — 300 block of GMD. Trespassing. Resort officials told police that a former club member who was no longer in good standing was causing a disturbance in the spa. He was issued a trespass warning in front of police.

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When Eve Wickwire and a committee of women decided to organize a charitable tennis event at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center two years ago, they had modest expectations. So, they were a little shocked when they ended up having to sit out of playing in their own event because they had so many participants. “We were pleasantly surprised and grateful for the support of the community,” said Wickwire. The inaugural event had more than 40 participants and raised $4,000. After taking a year off for the Public Tennis Center’s 10th anniversary in 2010, the Breast Cancer Awareness Women’s Round Robin is back this year. The round-robin tennis event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March

20, at the Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. As many as 80 women will participate in two different round-robin sessions, with refreshments offered between sessions, as well as drawings for raffle prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Breast Health Center. The tournament is open to all women, and the entry fee is $50. The deadline for registration is March 10. Sponsorships are available for $100 for corporate and individual “hero” sponsors. “We all know someone who has been touched by this disease,” says round-robin committee member Laurin Goldner. “We want to make things better for the next generation.” Call Wickwire at 552-8626 or Patti Ostroski at 383-0123 for information.

Bob Drohlich has worn many hats throughout his life: radio producer, Air Force pilot, president of a public-relations firm, Longboat Key mayor. And, now, he can add “fiction author” to the list. Drohlich recently published his first fiction novel, “The Finding.” With years of experience in communications, Drohlich has been writing for most of his life. After publishing technical books, award-winning radio programs and three non-fiction novels, Drohlich felt inspired to try his hand at writing something new and settled on fiction. “I needed a theme, and one night the idea of a mountain hiker in a cave in Israel came to me,” says Drohlich. “It just took off from there.” “The Finding,” which reviewers have compared to Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and Herman Wouk’s “The Glory,” takes place in London, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. The novel tells the story of the discovery of ancient religious markings, which could change history and solve the dispute over the occupation of Jerusalem. “The Finding” has only been available for purchase for a little more than a month, and already it has sold more than 100 copies. Drohlich decided to donate the book-sale proceeds to an organization close to his heart, Community Video Archives, which was founded by his wife, Annette Scherman. Community Video Archives is a non-

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When Sanctuary residents thought about having a brunch, they decided to go off the Key and have it at Michael’s On East Wine Cellar, in Sarasota. The brunch buffet, held Feb. 20, had warm blintzes, bagels, lox, a variety of salads and made-to-order omelets. Organizer Phyllis Ploener said it wasn’t any special event, just an opportunity for members to get together enjoy good conversation and food. About 25 residents attended.

Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Bill Carman, the longtime owner of Carman’s Shoes on St. Armands Circle, will speak. Call Tom Mayers at 383-6598. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Pancake Breakfast — takes place from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Tickets are $5. Purchase tickets from any Kiwanis Club member. Call Bob Gault at 3878458.

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Opportunity Sale — begins with a pre-sale from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, in which prices are double those of the sale day, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Items for sale include a wide selection of books, household items and collectibles. A large bake sale will be held on the church grounds. Call 383-8161. Fourth Annual Royal Rummage Sale — takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 4 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Admission is $5 on Friday, free on Saturday. Proceeds benefit various charitable organizations. Call 383-1255. Whitney Beach Antique & Art Fair — takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, at Whitney Beach Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Handmade jewelry and antiques of all kind can be found. Call 383-1901. Masterworks Tour of Luxury Homes — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, on Bird Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Shores. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Orchestra youth program. To purchase tickets, visit A limited number of tickets will also be available on the day of the tour for $40. Temple Beth Israel Concert — takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Cantor Robert Marinoff will perform Broadway hits, opera, Yiddish music and more. Cost is $20. Call 383-3428. Mote Marine Special Lecture Series — takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Mote’s Immersion Cinema, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Dr. Rob-


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ert Hueter, director of Mote’s Center for Shark Research, will discuss “Tracking the World’s Largest Shark.” Tickets are $12 for Mote members, $24 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 388-4441, Ext. 691 or e-mail Longboat Key Democratic Club — meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3000 Harbourside Drive. Syndicated columnist Lauren Rudd will speak about the current economic situation. Cost is $25. Contact Jane Albaum at 362-0520 or Murray Blueglass at 383-4899. Masquerade — Mardi Gras St. Armands Style — takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, on St. Armands Circle. The event will feature a Mardi Gras parade, dog costume contest, tarot card readers, street entertainers and more. Registration for the pet parade and costume contest takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Call 388-1554 or visit Republican Club of Longboat Key — meets at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Dr. Richard Swier will speak on “The Crisis in the Middle East.” Cost is $22 for members; $25 for non-members. Contact Ruth Strauss at 383-5349. Thieves Market — takes place at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Thieves Market is a flea-market-type event hosted by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Free admission. Booths are $25. Call 722-3212. Longboat Key Historical Society — meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and

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A February tradition at Casa del Mar is an informal piano concert by Amanda Lubin, a pianist. Lubin is now 13 and began playing for guests and residents of Casa del Mar when she was 8. Her family lives in New York, but they spend part of the winter season on the Key. She began her Feb. 23 program with Mozart’s Sonata No. 32, and also played two Chopin works. Before Lubin played, Casa del Mar Assistant General Manager Mark Meador and pianist Marilyn Gaines entertained the group with a selection of popular songs and show tunes.

Longboat Key Garden Club members had a full agenda at their Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting, held at the Windward Bay Condominiums clubhouse. Garden Club President Jackie Salvino made sure that everyone had their tickets for the 35th annual Home and Garden Tour, which will take place Saturday, March 5. Members also discussed other upcoming events, including “A Taste of the Keys and Male Fashion Show,” which will take place Wednesday, April 13. The featured speaker for the evening was local orchid expert Monroe Kokin. Kokin has been growing orchids since 1986 and is a past president of the Sarasota Orchid Society and professional orchid photographer through his business, Orchids by Kokin. Kokin discussed methods for growing orchids in Southwest Florida and divulged his No. 1 tip: Don’t overwater. “Orchids are actually very easy to grow,” said Kokin. “They thrive on neglect.”

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Longboatsides Harbour Towers $495,000 Pettingell, 941-924-9000 Sarasota $540,000 Angie Campbell, 941-924-9000 3 duplexes all sold to* $1 million–plus transaction closed in 2009, reported by Roger U.S. Coldwell Banker® franchise system Gulf front, 2BR/2BA residence that’s been decorator designed & furnished. gether; fantastic income opportunity. Units occupied. SHF#A3938005 SHF#A3931993 Lido Shores $6,500,000 Jonas Forslund, 941-924-9000 Gated, MediterraUniversity Park $475,000 Jo James, 941-388-3966 Nestled within the quiet Windward Bay $449,000 Carolyn Donnelly, 941-924-9000 Million $ bayfront gates of University Park. 2,720 sqft 3/3 pool/spa. SHF#A3937296 nean inspired mansion. 6,193 sqft of majestic luxury. SHF#A3930363 lifestyle! Bay view from 3BR villa; boat dock and pool. SHF#A3939520 The Beach Residences $2,999,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Indian Beach $349,000 David Jennings, 941-388-3966 Bask in the charms of 3BR Enjoy the Gulf from your terraces w/full concierge & valet services. Inn On The Beach $439,000 Bruce Myer, 941-924-9000 Match your dreams this fenced 3BR/2BA home and studio/workshop. SHF#A3939071 SHF#A3902833 to this delightful condo. Central H/A. An ideal choice! SHF#A3935623

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Lido Key $2,495,000 Don Vercauteren/Patrick DiPinto, 941-924-9000 Portobello $429,900 Patrick DiPinto, 941-924-9000 Rarely available end unit 5BR/5+BA/3CGar Key West style home situated on Lido Key. Grmt Kit w/SS 2BR+den/2BA PH w/Gulf views! Lots of upgrades! SHF#A3917184 appl SHF#A3907921 Seaplace $399,000 Lynne Koy, 941-924-9000 Tastefully updated 2 bedroom BIRD KEY $2,395,000 Lynne Koy, 941-924-9000 Fabulous 4 bedroom, 4+ 1 bath furnished condominium with Gulf views. SHF#A3936833 bath custom built home on deep sailboat water. SHF#A3936580 Pelican Harbour $309,000 Phil Schneider, 941-924-9000 Great bay views LIDO KEY $440,000 Angie Campbell, 941-924-9000 Enjoy this welcoming from 2/2, 2nd flr condo. Exc rental, furn. SHF#A3938131 2BR/2BA waterfront condo, turnkey furnished. SHF#A3935627 Longboat Pass Condo $299,900 Jonas Forslund, 941-924-9000 1BR/1BA overlooking island w/bay waters that lead to the gulf in minutes. SHF#A3908409 Longboat Key

Sonoma PH I $244,000 Gerry Antonetti, 941-388-3966 Make a fine move to this 3BR/2+BA condo in a gated community. Tile roof. SHF#A3939048 Stoneybrook Verandas 2 $234,900 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Explore the many virtues of this rewarding 2BR/2BA condo. Walk-in closet. SHF#A3938974 Boca Grove $183,900 Sharon Klein, 941-924-9000 Enjoy a happy haven in this tile-roofed condo. 2 BR/2 baths. Garage. SHF#A3938857


Sutton Place $289,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-924-9000 This furnished, light & LONGBOAT KEY $8,450,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-924-9000 Mediterraneanopen floorplan offers 2BR/2BA & one car garage. SHF#A3926381 Palma Sola $499,900 Scott Norris, 941-924-9000 3BR/4+BA 5000 sf waterstyle Bay front estate. 5BR/5.3BA, Pool, dock & boat lift. SHF#A3938145 front home offers a pool, boat dock & full Bay views. SHF#A3916364 Longboat Key $3,200,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Prime Bayfront Pelican Harbour $275,000 Phil Schneider, 941-924-9000 Great bay views Homesite! 18,000 + sf with 309ft water front with bch access. SHF#A3930758 from 2/2, 1st flr condo. Exc rental, furn. SHF#A3935789 Palma Sola Park $310,000 Scott Norris, 941-924-9000 3BR/2BA home feaBay Isles $2,495,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-924-9000 5BR/4BA home w/3 Inn On The Beach $239,000 Bruce Myer, 941-924-9000 Upkeep is a breeze turing cypress paneling & oak flooring. Room for a pool. SHF#A3923622 in this delightful condo. Central H/A. Easy lifestyle! SHF#A3935824 guest suites, office/5th bedroom & deep water dockage. SHF#A3932809 Braden Woods PH VI $269,900 Alice Bozza, 941-388-3966 Intriguing resiWater Club 1 $2,395,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Lose yourself in Mainland Sarasota dence! Find many delights in this welcoming 3BR/2BA home. SHF#A3938477 luxury in this fashionable waterfront condo. 3 bedrooms. SHF#A3939559 La Bellasara $5,950,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-924-9000 Premier Garden Walk $47,500 Anita Caravello, 941-924-9000 Bask in the ambiance Open Sun 1-4pm. 3550 Fair Oaks Ln, Longboat Key. $2,199,000 Martina Penthouse w/Bay, Marina & City Skyline views. 3,370 SF, 3BR/4.5BA. of this desirable condo. 2 bedrooms. Central H/A. SHF#A3939605 Coppenrath, 941-924-9000 4BR/5+BA wtrfront home w/views of the bay. SHF#A3938705 Many custom details throughout. SHF#A3934524 Siesta Key Marina Tower $2,250,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-924-9000 Gorgeous 4BR Country Club Shores $1,195,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-924-9000 Lot w/5,800 sqft. Enjoy unimpeded Bay, Harbor & City views. SHF#A3934184 Siesta Key $2,695,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-924-9000 Siesta Key 3BR/4B w/Bay views! One in from Bay on deep water canal. Deeded Beach access. SHF#A343643 Coral Cove $1,880,000 Louis Wery, 941-924-9000 Enjoy the charm of this beachfront home. Infinity edge pool overlooking the Gulf. SHF#A3928786 Queens Harbour $1,099,000 Louis Wery, 941-924-9000 Step into the spa- 4BR/4BA with endless southern views of the bay. SHF#A3938814 La Siesta $379,500 Nikki Boguszewski, 941-388-3966 Spectacular gulf cious styling of this tile-roofed 3BR/3+BA residence. SHF#A3937111 Baywood Colony $1,795,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-924-9000 Direct Bay views from top floor condo in Siesta’s best location. SHF#A3933018 Pelican Harbour & Beach $949,000 Phil Schneider, 941-924-9000 views, 4619 SF home on the Bay with 4BR/4.5BA, pool & dock. SHF#A3939118 3BR/2.5BA, SW Gulf to Bay views, new kitchen/bath, TKF, garage, pets ok. Gator Creek $1,600,000 Cathy Giliberti, 941-924-9000 Capture marvelous St. Armand’s Key SHF#A3938311 comforts in this exceptional 4BR/5BA residence. Barn. SHF#A3939465 Kingston Arms $324,000 Peter Brennan, 941-388-3966 Stucco condo star. Country Club Shores $895,000 Carolyn Donnelly, 941-924-9000 3BR home Prime $989,000 David Jennings, 941-388-3966 Come see this superb Find joy in the warm ambiance of this delightful unit. SHF#A3938669 one lot from bay on deep sailboat water, pool and bay view. SHF#A3938996 4BR/3+BA residence. Ceiling fans. RV parking. SHF#A3939323 Veinte $849,000 Fynes/Fara Realty Team, 941-924-9000 3BR/3BA corner Burns Court $899,999 Jeanne Hamill, P.A., 941-388-3966 Distinctive resi- Pelican Gardens $149,900 Jonas Forslund, 941-924-9000 Things are so handy in this wheelchair-accessible condo. Central air. SHF#A3935604 unit. Updated complex w/panoramic Gulf views from the lanai. SHF#A3932917 dence. Come home to an air of comfort and welcome. SHF#A3939681 Grand Bay $829,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-924-9000 3BR/3.5BA w/wrap- Mcintyre Wilson & Potters $849,000 Linda Ann Remley, P.A., 941-388-3966 Venice/Osprey/Nokomis around terraces views of the Bay, golf course & Bay Isles. SHF#A3933337 A wealth of comforts in this 4BR/3BA home with detached large guest cottage

Sleepy Lagoon Park $649,000 Bruce Myer, 941-924-9000 Surrender your- SHF#A3938989 self to the charms of this tile-roofed 7BR/5+BA home. SHF#A3934705 Condo on the Bay $649,900 Martina Coppenrath, 941-924-9000 3BR/3B Long Beach $580,000 Scott Norris, 941-924-9000 3BR/2BA w/large master, sweeping Bay view residence. Totally upgraded kitchen & master bath. SHF#A3922866 walk in closet, 2 large guest rooms & garage. SHF#A3919280

Shakett Creek Pointe $749,000 Tracy Eisnaugle, 941-388-3966 Welcome the good life in this 4BR/4BA stucco residence. Gated community. SHF#A3937409

Southbay Yacht Club $649,000 Joe Boguszewski, PA, 941-388-3966 BeauSeaplace III $499,900 Angie Campbell, 941-924-9000 2BR/2B end unit w/ Silver Oak Unit 2A $585,000 Charles Offer, 941-388-3966 Ideal for those tiful updated 3BR/2+BA home with screened pool and secluded backyard. SHF#A3936939 who love to entertain! Features include a “chef’s kitchen” SHF#A3937400 updated granite, 24” tile floors & fully remodeled baths. SHF#A3925268

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Although wedding bells were not ringing Feb. 26, on St. Armands Circle, there were plenty of future brides parading around in plastic tiaras. The future brides, along with their mothers, friends and future husbands, were on the Circle attending the inaugural “Weddings in Paradise” event. The evening included lots of local items, including music, food and some of Sarasota’s premier wedding experts. There was also a runway show featuring all the groups involved in the wedding expo.


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BKYC members get in style for spring By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

Bird Key Yacht Club held its first luncheon and style show of the new watch season Thursday, Feb. 24, at the club. Members modeled clothing from White House | Black Market and shoes by Diana E. Kelly. Several guests were the lucky winners of White House | Black Market gift certificates and Diana E. Kelly shoes and handbags. Style show coordinators were Lorene Steffke and Karen Cogbill. Rene Brooks was event chairwoman.

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Style show coordinators Lorene Steffke, left, and Karen Cogbill, right, with event Chairwoman Rene Brooks, center

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Chapel members model fashionable finds By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

One woman’s donations were another woman’s fashionable finds at the Lord’s Warehouse fashion show, held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Longboat Island Chapel. An audience of approximately 200 enjoyed lunch and raffles before the show, which featured looks from the Lord’s Warehouse thrift store that were modeled by chapel members and a surprise guest model, Longboat Observer Senior Editor Dora Walters. After the show, guests headed over to the Lord’s Warehouse to do some shopping. Cindy Kuehnel and Sue Reese chaired the fashion show; Martha Sammons Miller chaired the luncheon.

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Sarasota Opera brings down the house By Dora Walters | Senior Editor

The sellout crowd packed Temple Beth Israel for its annual Opera Night. Featured Feb. 23 were the Studio Artists of Sarasota Opera, who presented a varied program. Soprano Lindsay Ohse opened the evening with a selection from “Linda di Chamounix”; the entire ensemble closed with the “Drinking Song” from “La Traviata.” The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel sponsored the evening. Event chairman was Dr. David Marcus.


obituaries Thelma Harwood

Thelma Harwood, 94, of Ottawa, Ontario, and Longboat Key, died Feb. 6. She was born Feb. 6, 1917, in Buckingham, Quebec. Mrs. Harwood was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley. She is survived by her companion, Ralph Hayter. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society or other animal-rescue shelter in your area.


Right: Dimitrie Lazich talks with Reuben and Liz Bronstein.

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Wednesday communion and anointing services at 10 a.m. Sunday worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 595 Bay Isles Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the minister. 383-6491. Ada Levy and Judy Rudges

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St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Daily Masses are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Mgsr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255.

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maJeSTic baY Golden Gate Point – 3BR covers an entire floor. $1,695,000

PlaYeRS clUb Beautiful, light and bright 3BR penthouse with Gulf, bay and city views. $999,000

THe lanDinGS Located in the heart of Sarasota, this 3BR townhome has bay views. $490,000

HaRbOR SecTiOn Fantastic, custom 5,500 sf gorgeous home has 5BR. $2,495,000 3BR plus den, open kitchen, oversized pool/lanai, deep water harbor. $1,495,000

RiTZ beacH ReSiDenceS 10th floor, awesome views, incredible finishes, unparalleled services. $1,949,000

SancTUaRY Ascot plan offers Gulf and pool views. 3BR/3.5BA plus bonus room. $1,595,000

WaTeRFROnT canal 700 Tarawitt Drive Incredible building lot on Longboat Key. Call today for info. $249,000

SieSTa KeY South Siesta Key, the views will inspire and delight you. $2,695,000

PHOeniX 3BR/3.5BA, 6th floor, incredible views of bay, harbor and downtown. $1,695,000

TOWelS cOURT Two-story home. 2BR/2BA upstairs apartment over your own studio. $499,000

GRanD baY Antigua plan with sweeping views of bay, downtown and golf course. $1,275,000 Oversized terrace, wood floors, 3BR/3.5BA and amazing views! $1,095,000 Overlooks Harbourside Moorings marina and golf course, 3BR/3.5BA. $899,900 Vistas of view, Biscayne 3BR/3.5BA with wrap around terraces. $829,000 Charming, bright 2BR/2BA with lovely bay views. $529,000 Furnished C plan with floorthrough views of bay and gardens. $499,000 lOnGbOaT HaRbOUR TOWeRS Direct Gulf, only steps to the beach. 2BR/2BA, renovated. $495,000

Roger sells: Bird Key Roger has sold 2 Country Club Shores homes in the past year. It is a lovely waterfront community on the southern end of Longboat Key. The community was originally created in the 1960s, with most homes on deep water canals and along the open bay front; today, many of the properties have been renovated or replaced by beautiful new homes. Access to Longboat Key’s private beaches is just steps away.

An exclusive waterfront community, located between Sarasota and Lido Key. Just past the guard house is 510 beautiful homes, wide streets and underground utilities. Bird Key is a boater’s dream, with deep waterways and easy access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. New construction 4BR/5BA, canal views, furnishings available. $1,799,000 4BR, open plan, lush landscaping, deep water. Short distance to beach. $1,095,000 4BR/5BA, direct bayfront. Cook’s kitchen, travertine, wine storage. $3,495,000 3BR/2BA, south side, deep water, exceptional condition! $749,000 3BR/2BA mid-canal home in terrific condition. $699,000 Over 5,000 feet of living space surrounded by luscious gardens. $1,150,000 Charming 3BR/2BA on deep water canal has been lovingly updated. $679,000 Incredible value, southern facing, deep water 3BR/2BA home. $599,000 Completely renovated, new roof, kitchen, baths, plumbing, electric. $699,000

Roger sells: Country Club Shores

PROmenaDe Wrapping around the southern corner, this 3BR/3BA is turnkey furnished and views of the Gulf, bay and city. $899,000 WaTeR clUb Delightful, B plan with 3BR and sitting room. Furnishings included. $1,499,000 3BR, wraparound floor plan with sunset views. Furnished. $999,000 SeaPlace Direct Gulf, 2BR/2BA, 4th floor, turnkey furnished. $529,000 G-7 bldg with Gulf/sunset views. Updated, furnished and ready to enjoy! $349,000 1BR/2BA townhouse. Furnished. $235,000


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by Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor

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Lynda Lilley, aka Blossom, attracts a crowd outside the Ringling Museum. “I think people are too serious these days,” she says. “It sounds corny, but to make somebody smile is so heartwarming.”

Bozo behavior Lynda Lilley has rocked white face paint and size 14 sneakers for three decades. The free-spirited “granny clown” explains why she’ll never hang up her red nose.


ynda Lilley is creating a spectacle. She’s sitting on a bench outside the Visitors Pavilion at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, chatting with tourists

as they stream past. It’s a Monday afternoon — Presidents Day to be exact — and season in Sarasota is in full swing. Lilley is dressed in garish,

worn-in, clown regalia: white grease paint, neon wig, hulking sneakers and a polka-dotted dress, which she bejeweled with sequins and tassels specifically for today’s interview.




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LILLEY from 1B The museum is packed with kids, parents, senior citizens and teenagers, all of who seem to turn their cameras on the 54-year-old clown with the mini-clown puppet. “It’s been a while since I was here,” Lilley says. “This is like my mecca. You’d think I’d come here every day, but I’m not even in the same realm as some of these legendary clowns … Lou Jacobs and all those guys.” Lilley has spent the last 32 years dressing as a Blossom the Clown. Yet in all her hammy endeavors, she’s only visited the Ringling Museum a handful of times. “Ya know,” she says taking inventory of the paparazzi swarm, “having a clown around here wouldn’t be a bad idea.” She came to a similar conclusion seven months ago when she drove past a Venice barbershop and noticed the owner had scattered signs outside his storefront hoping to attract customers. Armed with a business proposition, Lilley marched into the barbershop dressed as Blossom. When Jeff Strode caught a glimpse of the clown and her strange puppet, he agreed to pay her $10 an hour to stand outside and wave to people. The overachieving grandmother-of-six said she’d do one better: She’d dance. With her MP3 player loaded with songs by The Beatles, The Spice Girls, Pink and the Bee Gees, the clown began dancing in her size-14 New Balance sneakers. “I can get anyone to smile,” Lilley says. “Unless they’re on their cell phone or picking their nose.” She pulled out all her favorite moves — The Twist, The Swim, The Mashed Potato and a little two-step she invented called The Temptation Shuffle. “She’s helped tremendously,” Strode says. “I had a couple other people out there waving — kids mostly, but it was

clown quips On her makeup

“You never want it to look perfect. It’s like quilt-making. It’s bad luck to make a perfect quilt.”

On dancing with arthritis

“My doctor says if it doesn’t hurt the next day, you’re doing fine. So far, I’m doing fine.”

On not scaring kids

“It takes a certain knack. You gotta get down to their level and work your way up slowly.”

On carrying a puppet

“I was doing a telethon years ago, and this famous actress walked by stinking like perfume, and Grover, my old puppet, started sneezing. A puppet can get away with things a person can’t.”

Lilley’s puppet, which she calls Sprout, is beginning to show signs of mildew.

The clown’s size-14 shoes once belonged to her brother. like I had to go out there and take their pulse. Lynda is a ball of energy. She’s brought us more attention for sure.” Lilley has danced so much she’s worn out a patch of grass in front of the plaza. A Sarasota native and graduate of Sarasota High School, Lilley always wanted to

be a clown. As a child she worshipped Bozo. When she was 5 years old, she drove with her parents to Boston to appear on “Bozo’s Circus,” a television show starring her idol, Frank Avruch. “He was approachable,” Lilley says of Avruch’s Bozo. “He had a simple outfit and simple makeup. That’s important. You never want to look too good.” Approachability is why Lilley keeps Blossom’s hair, makeup and clothes disheveled. It’s also why when people ask her how long it takes her to get into character, she tells them five minutes, fol-

lowed by: “It gets easier as you get older. You just follow the lines in your face.” Some clowns adhere strictly to pantomime. The quick-witted Lilley has never been that kind of clown. After high school, she studied journalism at the University of South Florida before auditioning for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, in Venice. She was rejected, however, for having a puppet. “They didn’t do puppets in those days,” Lilley says. “But I went down to that circus tent and I tried. Boy, did I try.” She raised six children as a single mother, working a variety of odd jobs, the oddest of which was, of course, clowning. She invented Blossom in the late 1970s as a creative way to make extra cash. Her first gigs were at the Brown Derby Restaurant on the corner of Siesta Drive and Tamiami Trail; there she worked as a waitress by day, clown by night. In an outfit not unlike the one she wears today, Lilley would plod around the diner pulling sight gags on customers. Her favorite was an old trick she picked up from comedian Joan Rivers. She would tuck a long strip of toilet paper into the back of her shoe and walk around the restaurant like she didn’t know it was there. “Anything to make ’em laugh,” she says recalling the memory. “Those were the glory days — before kids were afraid of clowns.” When she says this, a dark cloud seems to hover over her otherwise sunny disposition. If there’s one thing Lilley can’t stomach, it’s rampant clown phobia, which she blames on movies such as Stephen King’s “It.” “These days, kids are taught to fear clowns,” she sighs. “But not all of us are bad. Most of us are good. It’s sort of like pit bulls. You get one bad one, and it ruins it for the whole lot.”

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+ Sarasota High grad finds success after ‘Rubicon’ Good news and bad news for Dallas Roberts, son of Rev. Don Roberts, longtime CEO of Goodwill Industries Manasota. Last year, the 41-year-old Sarasota High School graduate landed a starring role on the new AMC drama “Rubicon.” However, after 13 episodes the network decided not to renew the show for another season this year. The good news: In the meantime, Roberts has appeared in three guest spots on the Golden Globewinning series, “The Good Wife.” His most recent epi-

sode aired last Tuesday. Even better news: The actor is currently in Vancouver, Canada, filming “The Grey” with Liam Neeson. The film, which has a 2012 release date, is about an oil-drilling team that struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in Alaska. In a phone interview with The Observer last fall, Roberts said, “I’ve been extraordinarily fortune, and I’ve done extraordinarily well, but I haven’t achieved it yet.” Given the actor’s latest burst of projects, we think

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HOT TICKETS Sarasota Ballet’s ‘Out of Denmark’:

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Barbara Banks and Zoriah Pitts

The troupe looked so good, we almost let WBTT crooner Leon Pitts’ 1-year-old daughter Zoriah (pictured here with photographer Barbara Banks) snap the photo. Unfortunately, her pacifier got in the way.

Sarasota Ballet will perform a new version of “Out of Denmark” March 4 through March 6, at the FSU Performing Arts Center. Royal Ballet dance star Johan Kobborg and Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb originally produced the program in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Now Sarasotans have a chance to catch it stateside. For tickets, call 359-0099 or visit www.

+ Chamber music fans raise funds for class acts

+ Oceanic art-lovers get up close with Wyland Marine life artist and activist Wyland made a pit stop last month at his St. Armands Circle gallery to unveil his latest work and to discuss his foundation’s ongoing environmental projects. According to gallery staffers, the artist only visits the location about once a year, sending legions of collectors into a Wyland frenzy. On this particular two-day visit, he completed a handful of original works, which were later auctioned off to patrons.

If you haven’t already feasted your eyes on the spring issue of SEASON Magazine, reach for it now. Doesn’t The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe look good in glossy? We devoted the cover of our latest issue to WBTT for three obvious reasons. 1: The company’s new downtown studio is swank. 2: Its shows continually sell out. 3: We knew its performers would look glam —with or without professional stylists. For the first time since we started organizing these cover shoots, we asked the models to style themselves in costumes pulled from their own dressing rooms.

Safari art-lovers might be pleased to hear that Wyland, whose work hangs in dozens of galleries across the United States, recently surfaced from his underwater sea world to depict land aniGary Firstenberg mals such as elephants Marine life and giraffes, which proves artist Wyland that in tough economic times you’ve got to expand your product.

Board members, performers and patrons of Gloria Musicae and Artist Series of Sarasota came together Feb. 19, for a cabaret-style concert to raise funds for their respective organizations. The event, which included wine, appetizers, classical music and a silent auction, raised about $8,000 for both nonprofits. The money

will be split between the Artist Series’ scholarship fund and Gloria Musicae’s apprentice program. Congrats to Gloria Musicae board member Irwin Jones and Barbara Driscol, who went home with tickets to hop aboard Sarasota’s LeBarge Tropical Cruise. Let the dolphin sightseeing begin.

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Sayward Grindley is a study in multitasking. Just poke your head into her office on the first floor of the FSU Center for Performing Arts and you’ll notice that she doesn’t just dance. She juggles. Now in her third season as education director of the Sarasota Ballet School, Grindley, a North Carolina native, is the first to admit she’s got a lot going on. First, there’s her daughter, Parker — a vocal 9-month-old who happily toddles into the arms of any of the dancers who pass by Grindley’s office. “They adore her,” Grindley says of the company dancers and students who take turns watching the baby between rehearsals and classes. “Yoohung (Lee, a member of the corps de ballet) loves her so much he says his girlfriend is jealous.” Parker’s playpen takes up onehalf of Grindley’s small office. On top of the pen, Grindley has tossed a plastic bag of glittery green costume accessories that will soon adorn the tutus of her younger dance students in an upcoming St. Patrick’s Daythemed recital. A baby stroller is pushed up against another wall. “The older she gets, the more stuff I need to occupy her,” Grindley says, hoisting Parker on her hip as coryphée dancer

Sarasota Ballet’s tireless education director explains how she juggles motherhood, teaching and running the company’s new downtown dance studio.

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Sayward Grindley’s office is home to the Sarasota Ballet School’s youngest pre-trainee: Grindley’s 9-month-old daughter, Parker. Jamie Carter walks past; his face lights up at the sight of the child. “I joked about bringing her to work after my maternity leave,” Grindley said. “I didn’t think Iain (Webb, the company’s ballet director) would go for it, but he’s been really amazing. I get emotional whenever I think about what they’ve done for my family and me. It used to be women had babies and they couldn’t work. They had to stay home.” Grindley’s office is brimming with dance programs, dance books, stacks of loose-leaf paper,

plastic cups filled with crunchy baby snacks, manila folders and newspaper articles trumpeting the 29-year-old’s accomplishments in expanding the ballet’s dance program. When she was promoted to education director after three years of teaching part-time at the school, there were only 65 students in the program. Since then, the roster has more than doubled and grown to include a trainee and pre-trainee program for older dancers. The Sarasota Ballet School has

become such a draw it now has a waiting list. “I like being presented with a challenge,” Grindley says. “Especially when people don’t think things are possible. I ask myself, ‘What do we need to do to make this happen?’ And, then, I just do it.” It helps that Grindley, a former dancer with Fuzión Dance Artists, studied dance performance and education at East Carolina University. A teacher at heart, when she received a full ballet scholarship to attend the university, she insisted on pursuing two degrees. “It took me an extra semester,” Grindley says. “But it’s helped me tremendously in the long run.” When she moved in 2005 to Sarasota, she began working as a dance instructor at Manatee School for the Arts and later Booker Middle School, where she completely rebuilt the school’s dance program. Sarasota Ballet’s Dance — The Next Generation program now rehearses in a studio Grindley helped design during her time at Booker. “I always tell my students to get a well-rounded education,” Grindley says. “The ballet world is very competitive. If you can walk into a company looking for a job and you can teach every age and every style of dance,

DID YOU KNOW? Sayward Grindley was named after a character actress Elizabeth Montgomery (“Bewitched”) played in the 1978 television miniseries, “The Awakening Land.” The series was based on a book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Conrad Richter about an American frontierswoman. you’ve got a greater opportunity to make money doing what you love.” One of her biggest projects this season has been overseeing the company’s new downtown dance studio on Lemon Avenue — Studio 20 at Pineapple Square, which, in addition to providing additional rehearsal space for overflow students, offers a full schedule of adult dance classes. “I’m trying to start a mommyand-me class dance class,” Grindley says. “I want something interactive, though. I’ve seen some classes where babies just sit in a stroller while the moms dance around. Kids love to dance. I know Parker’s already bouncing to music. When she was younger, I would wear her to class, and she’d fall asleep on my chest.”

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Jazz musician returns to Sarasota with a twang Gritty and virtuosic, Cynthia Sayer blows away every hillbilly stereotype with her rock ’n’ roll command of the four-string jazz banjo. Cynthia Sayer could have been a drummer. The first time she heard the thrashing rhythm of a snare drum in her Scotch Plains, N.J., middle-school band, she came home from school begging her parents for a drum set. They balked. The drums, they said, were too loud. Couldn’t she play something sweet and quiet? Sayer was crushed. Sweet and quiet wasn’t her thing. So, she took percussion lessons at school and continued to plead for drums at home, despite her parent’s reservations. Until one day a banjo appeared on her bed. “I knew it was a bribe to get me to stop pursuing the drums,” Sayer says. “They did me such a huge favor.” They did the contemporary jazz world a favor, too. Sayer is now one of hottest four-string jazz banjoists in the world and one of only a handful of females playing the instrument professionally. A member of Woody Allen’s New York City jazz band for more than 10 years, Sayer has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Les Paul, Bill Cosby and Bucky Pizzarelli, to name a few. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, appeared with The New York Philharmonic and lent her raw, en-

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“Personally, I love it because it’s un-slick,” Cynthia Sayer says of the banjo. “As a jazz musician, I think it’s an amazing instrument. It’s very articulate and it has a lot of power.” ergetic stringing to a variety of soundtracks, including “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Sophie’s Choice.” Lucky for local jazz-lovers, Sayer’s parents, Bert and Barbara Sayer, are longtime Sarasota residents, which means the New York City-based musician often pops up in town with her engraved black chrome banjo. “I tend to use gigging in Sara-


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sota as an excuse to extend my visit,” Sayer says. “I love the audience. There’s an added ele-

ment of first-hand nostalgia and a connection to the music. Not only are people listening and enjoying what I do, but they also know a lot of the material.” Sayer, who performed last month with local jazz luminary Dick Hyman at the Sarasota Jazz Festival, will return to Sarasota this month for another concert at The Players Theatre, this time with local trumpet player Bob Switzer and string bassist Mark Neuenschwander. The group’s name, Sparks Fly, should serve as an indication of what audiences can expect from Sayer, who is also a skilled vocalist and piano player. Though much of her playing is rooted in early jazz, the musician says she’s not afraid to step outside the bounds of traditional repertoire, especially when it comes to shedding the banjo’s folksy image. “Back in the 1800s, there was a time when nice young ladies learned to play the banjo as a parlor instrument,” Sayer says. “And then it kind of went out of style, until flappers starting playing it again in the 1920s.” So, then, how does she think the banjo is regarded now — almost 40 years since “Deliverance” stigmatized the instrument with the “Dueling Banjos” jam? “When I was in my 20s, it definitely wasn’t cool to play the banjo,” Sayer says. “But now I think it’s cool again. I waited a long time for this comeback.”

Sayer on jamming with the stars Woody Allen

“He can really wail from his soul on that clarinet, but he’s very guarded in front of audiences. On the road, he sticks to his family. He’s reclusive, as most people know.”

Dick Hyman

“I was watching a TV show the other day, and when the credits rolled I saw the music was by Dick Hyman. I consider him to be a living legend.”

Bill Cosby

“I worked with him on the soundtrack for his TV show, ‘The Cosby Mysteries.’ To my surprise, when I showed up to the recording session, he was directing it himself. He was an absolute pro. He knew the music forwards, backwards and upside down.”

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EDIBLES: Favorite Restaurants by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

The men tell their fish stories The genesis of the Edibles’ monthly “Favorite Restaurants” feature was that it seems to be such an incredibly and indelibly popular topic in these parts. Yet, it can still be a surprising conversation. For example, Owen’s Fish Camp was an unexpected choice in last month’s roundup of romantic restaurants, but it’s not here today. Some old-time fish houses and places where you can’t find a parking spot are also missing in action. The question put to an all-male panel was, “Where do you want to go when you want a good piece of fresh fish?”

The best fish dish in town is Café Baci’s flounder. The red snapper is a close second. Roberto Mei is brilliant in his use of fresh ingredients. My wife, Deb, loves their fresh seafood over linguini, and their Christmas feast of the seven fishes is a magnificent tradition and a delight for anyone who likes fresh fish. —Charles Knowles

No matter where I am in Sarasota, Cosimo’s Brick Oven is always within a 10-minute drive. Grilled salmon is one of their house specialties, which is made with fresh, wild Atlantic salmon, and served over crispy polenta and roasted vegetables and topped with fresh tomatoes and artichokes. I’m not a big fan of dishes with a strong “fishy” taste, but the flavor profile of the fresh salmon and vegetables in this dish is absolutely divine. —Sam Davidson

When I’m in the mood for fish, I head to my neighborhood favorite, Kazu’s, for some yellowtail sashimi. The light, buttery flavor is exactly what fresh fish should taste like. I also go for one of the house specials, the Genji roll, which is Kazu’s creation of white tuna, spicy mayo and jalapenos — delicious! —Tim Battishill

Sam Snead’s Tavern has been my “local” since it opened. When it comes to eating fish, I adore the grouper Oscar, which is a big, 8-ounce filet of black grouper with crabmeat, asparagus and their own hollandaise sauce. I love the friendliness of management and staff, and not least the fact that I’ve never eaten a bad meal there. —Cliff Roles

Mar Vista and Moore’s have always have been two of my favorites. I like the stone crabs and fresh oysters on the half shell, and the lightly breaded fried shrimp at Moore’s and pretty much the same foods at Mar Vista. I like the OldFlorida atmosphere at both places, especially the outside seating at Mar Vista. Downtown, I prefer Barnacle Bill’s. —Howard Rooks

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My favorite restaurant for fish is, without question, Crab & Fin, on St. Armands Circle. They have a wide and varied selection of fresh fish every day, and the preparation and presentation are innovative and inspired. Grouper, halibut, Scottish salmon, mahi-mahi, rainbow trout — the choices are endless. The service is always friendly, personable and impeccable. No better place in town for fish. —Greg Gregory

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Music Sarasota Opera’s ‘I Lombardi’

If big exciting music with great singing is your thing, “I Lombardi” is your ticket to opera heaven. Only Verdi’s fourth opera (it comes between “Nabucco” and “Ernani” in the composer’s hit parade), it’s a drama filled with religious concepts, processions, prayers and a crusade. But, proving the old French saying, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” — the more things change, the more they stay the same — “I Lombardi” is filled with Christian-Muslim animosity and the righteousness of both religions to prove themselves the only road to heaven and forgiveness. Of course, in the end, Christians win, and the hero, who dies but sings another aria, is transported to more heavenly climes where he gives peace and serenity to those left behind. “Lombardi” is the kind of work that needs no translation and little staging. Scenic diversions that allow us to know where the singers happen to be at the time are conveniences more than necessities, but, in the excellent hands of Jeffrey W. Dean, the sets that take us from church squares and interior palaces to caves, gritty desert tents and spectacular views of Jerusalem — almost all of which are transformed before our very eyes by members of the cast — give us the proper context without interfering with the most important element of this opera, the music. Ken Yunker is nothing short of brilliant in his lighting designs, especially in the Holy Sepulchre scene in which Oronte returns behind a diaphanous scrim that seems lit by Michelangelo himself. Martha Collins’ staging can’t be faulted because there is probably no other way to present this full-frontal, stand-and-deliver

opera, unless we get into Regietheater and Peter Sellars productions. You’ve noticed that we’ve been skirting the plot. Good reason: There really isn’t any. None you can follow, anyway. This is opera for the sake of singing and, as such, it’s purely magnificent, with the soloists pouring out unadulterated music, the chorus shining in its splendor and not much thought to anything else. Arvino and Pagano are the sons of Lord Ro. They don’t get along. Viclinda and Giselda are, respectively, the wife and daughter of Arvino. Pirro is Arvino’s squire (later to become a turncoat). Pagano kills his father because he doesn’t recognize him. Pagano becomes a hermit whom no one recognizes. Giselda falls in love with Oronte, the son of Acciano, tyrant of Antioch and (woo, woo!) a Muslim. Soffia is the mother of Oronte and the wife of Acciano and … a secret Christian! Now you know why there are a lot of dumbfounded people sitting around you. They think they’re supposed to know all this and they’re pretending they do. The danger in that is they might be missing the important things: the music and the performances. Kevin Short’s robust, edgy baritone cuts over the orchestra like a great metal trumpet that gives his Pagano-turnedhermit a sense of harsh acidity that lets us believe his far-fetched character. Mathew Edwardsen as his brother, Arvino, is a rich, warm tenor, and Benjamin Gelfand, as Pirro, is an excellent bass. Rafael Davila, who takes on the heroic role of Oronte, gets vocally better and better. His ringing tenor has a brilliant top that resounds through the house, and he’s

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Sarasota Opera’s “I Lombardi” runs through March 20, at the Sarasota Opera House. well on the road to pulling all the pieces of that big voice together into what should become a major talent. Lindsay Ohse, a studio artist, stood out for her compassionate and reverberating Viclinda, and Abla Lynn Hamza’s large, beautiful, but cutting soprano soared well over the massive on-stage forces while staying in the character of Giselda. Sarah Larsen and Heath Huberg, also studio artists, did well in the smaller roles of Sofia and the Prior of Milan. Although the men seemed a bit ragged at times, the real stars of this opera were the forceful chorus, which has almost

as much importance as the chorus in “Nabucco,” and the impressive orchestra led by the ardent Verdi proponent, Victor DeRenzi. The bewitching flute obbligato in the “Ave Maria” and the dazzling violin solo toward the end of the opera almost stole the show and were both enough to raise neck hairs and, in the case of concertmaster Liang-Ping How, bring the opera to a halt while the audience (and fellow orchestra members) cheered. “I Lombardi” may be hard to follow but, for sheer music and vocalism, it’s a triumph. — June LeBell

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+ Black Tie Affair 23rd annual Celebration Luncheon Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County • Dream Harbor Shopping 10:30 a.m., luncheon 11:30 a.m. • Tuesday, March 22 • The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota • Ticket $75 • Reservations Patti Eisemann, 3666646, Ext. 211

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Girls Inc. is focusing this year’s Celebration Luncheon on a major program area, specifically educating girls about opportunities in math, science and technology. The theme is “Focus on Innovation,” and girls will appear as and speak about female innovators, including aviatrix Amelia Earhart and naturalist Joy Anderson. The annual “She Knows Where She’s Going” awards will

+ Cirque superbe The arts performances are not the purview of this column, but Susan Brainerd, development director for Key Chorale, organized a social event preceding the Feb. 25 performance of Cirque Des Voix, earning it a spot here. This joint venture of the chorale and Circus Sarasota was two years in the making, and as far as anybody knows, the first such collaboration. It featured the 130-voice Key Chorale, Young Voices of Sarasota, a 30-piece orchestra with many first-chair players from the Sarasota Orchestra and a choice selection of circus acts, including Heidi Herriott, Alex Perez, Ricardo Sosa and Sarasota’s own Karen Bell and “Chucko” Sidlow. It was stunning and uniquely Sarasota. Pairing music with circus acts is an art in and of itself in which a masterpiece is far more than the

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Key Chorale Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins, Executive Director Richard Storm, and Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis, co-founders of Circus Sarasota

Jules Rose achieved the three-quartercentury mark, and his wife, Sheila, pulled out all the stops for a celebratory brunch. About 145 friends and family gathered at Michael’s On East. “Julie” spoke with great warmth about his decade-plus on Longboat Key and about the many communities that have welcomed him — his tennis gang, The Pierre and arts organizations, including Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (of which he is board chairman), Florida Studio Theatre (board member), Asolo Rep Adventurers travel group and the Sarasota Orchestra. All were represented at his party, along with virtually all of his extended family.

sum of its parts. Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale artistic director, and Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis, co-founders of Sarasota Circus, led the creative team. Caulkins, it turns out, is a natural ringmaster. Did that come as a surprise to his mom, Judy Caulkins, who was in the audience? Or did she know it all along?

+ Missing Mamaw It’s been 30 years since Mala Polk came to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Bill Wise, and Bill told her she was welcome to stay until her last breath. It’s been just a bit more than a month since the Wises threw her a 90th birthday party. And it was just Saturday, Feb. 25 when Mamaw, as she was known, died peacefully in her sleep. May her memory be for a blessing.

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+ The other side of Van Wezel Sarasota’s purple peopleseater is widely recognized for its performance schedule. Less well-known is its commitment to community enrichment through outreach and education programs that reach tens

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Hidden treasures We asked concierges and insiders at local hotels and resorts to share their picks for places off the beaten path. The traffic is jammed, and businesses are slammed. Yup, it’s March, and the snowbirds and springbreakers have flocked to town, leaving the cold weather behind. And although we all know they’re here

Brie Daw Front desk representative Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort Brie Daw has worked at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort since August, but as someone who grew up in Sarasota, she knows all the local hotspots. Daw said that the best part of growing up in the area is that she gets to live in a place where people pay to visit. “You can pretty much say you live in paradise,” she said. And the Hilton offers a piece of that paradise with 102 rooms and its mid-Longboat Key location at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. “It’s Old-World Florida; it’s quaint and quiet,” Daw said. “People enjoy coming here and being able to relax.”

Where is the best place for dessert? Anything from Kilwin’s Chocolates on St. Armands is good. The smell of them making fudge and peanut brittle makes you want to eat dessert. I like the cookiesand-cream ice cream. It has big pieces of cookie.

for the sand and sunshine, we wanted to find the hottest spots in the area, so we sought advice from three experts at Key resorts. Long-time residents and visitors are undoubtedly

Karen Rangel Karen Rangel, regional director of sales for the Lido Beach Resort, says it has some of the best amenities in town. The 223-room resort sits on Lido Key’s pristine beaches and has approximately 6,000 square feet of meeting space. Rangel admits that she’s a little biased, but some of her favorite attractions are inside the resort, including the outdoor tiki bar and the Lido Beach Grille. But Rangel, who is originally from Chicago and has lived in Sarasota for 16 years, the past seven of which she has spent working for the Lido Beach Resort, says the resort’s biggest asset is its people. “I’ve been all over Florida, and I love what this destination brings out in our guests and our employees,” she said. Here, Rangel shares some of her favorite picks for the area.

What is your favorite place for pizza? Oma’s, on Bradenton Beach. I like cheese, but my co-workers enjoy their pepperoni. It’s a regular crust but it’s not too dough-y.  What’s a good route to take for a bike ride? Right here on Gulf of Mexico Drive is always nice. We rent bikes here, and there’s the Backyard Bike Shop. You get to see the different homes, and you can go on little side streets and get off the main road.

Gloria Schroeder Head concierge Longboat Key Club and Resort

Regional director of sales Lido Beach Resort

 What is a little-known beach access? North Lido Beach is really interesting. There are hiking trails back behind there, and it’s a heavily wooded area. It used to have a reputation as Sarasota’s nude beach, but that has changed. We were there recently and saw two bald eagles maybe 10 feet away from us eating fish.

Where do you like to go on your day off? I like to go to the beach. Siesta is my favorite. I also enjoy The Legacy Trail. It’s mainly for bikers, but it’s also good for a walk, and you can bring your dog.

familiar with some of these attractions, although you might just find a new spot or two. And for newcomers, this guide will introduce you to the best that Longboat Key and Sarasota have to offer.

Lido Beach

Where is a good place for a romantic meal? Our Lido Beach Grill is very romantic. We average one wedding proposal up there per month. Also, I think Café L’Europe is really romantic. Plus, you can stroll on the Circle with your sweetheart. Where would you take the in-laws to eat? If you needed to impress them, I would say either Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar or Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion. Because they’re both chain restaurants, there are going to be items that appeal to everyone, and at the same time, you’ll get quality.

Gloria Schroeder traveled the world when she worked for Regent Seven Seas cruise lines before coming home to the Sarasota area 10 years ago. Last year, she became head concierge at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, a luxury beachfront resort and private country club with 218 luxury hotel suites, 45 onsite champion golf holes, a 291-slip marina, 38 Har-Tru tennis courts (six of which are lighted for night play) and eight restaurants. As someone who has set sail throughout the globe, Schroeder can comfortably say that Longboat Key and Sarasota offer the crème de la crème. “When you live in paradise, it’s hard to find any place in the world to compare to it,” she said. “It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Where is your favorite place for outdoor dining? In my book, No. 1 would be Ophelia’s on the Bay. By day, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill is fun. You’re right out there on the bay. To the north, Beach Bistro (on Holmes Beach) has fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico.

Mote Marine  What’s a good place to bring young children?

Jungle Gardens would be one that we would recommend to guests with children. It’s got exotic birds, it’s outdoors, and it’s mostly for children. The other two that we always recommend are Mote Marine and G.WIZ.

What restaurant serves great local seafood? There’s the Lazy Lobster on northern Longboat Key and Crab & Fin on St. Armands Circle. Lazy Lobster is more relaxed, and Crab & Fin is more for formal dining.



The longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011



Water Club unit sells for $1.35 million By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Morris Sherman, successor trustee of the Jerome Lavin Revocable Trust, of Minneapolis, sold Unit No. 703 at 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Unit I of the 172unit Water Club to Nancy Krupp for $1.35 million. Built in 1996, the 3,045-squarefoot unit has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It last sold for $2 million in May 2007. The sale was the top transaction recorded at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses during the week of Feb. 14 through Feb. 18 on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys. Of the week’s sales, six took place on Longboat Key, half of which were in Manatee County, and one occurred on Lido Key. Two of the week’s sales exceeded $1 million.

Bay Isles

Jack and Julie Brown, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., sold the home at 531 Harbor Cove Circle in the Bay Isles I subdivision to Frederick Niedrich, of Sarasota, for $1.05 million. Built in 1979, the 4,206-squarefoot home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool. It last sold for $1.8 million in March 2007.


Andre and Nancy Raab, of Longwood, sold Unit 311 at the 120-unit Promenade, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Jack and Mary Johnson, of Huntsville, Ala., for $881,250. Built in 1985, the 2,273-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It last sold for $1.1 million in June 2008.

BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 18 through Feb. 24, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

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Unit No. 703 at the Water Club, 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has 3,045 square feet of living area, three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It sold for $1.35 million.

Casa del Mar

Nickolas and Coleen Store, of Englewood, sold Unit 7, Tract A at the 106-unit Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Timothy and Jerri Walroth, of Lasage, W.Va., for $550,000. Built in 1972, the 828-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Longbeach Village

M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank, a Wisconsin corporation with a Brooksfield, Wis., address, sold the home at 791 Broadway in the Longbeach Village to Robert and Ruth Gray, of Cortez, for $387,500. Built in 1995, the 2,236-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank took the certificate of title in November. The home previously sold for $900,000 in November 2006.


Address 1241 GMD 1000 Bogey Lane 581 Putter Lane 5144 GMD 5655 GMD 597 Cutter Lane 597 Cutter Lane 5655 GMD 523 Forest Way 705 Jungle Queen Way 5655 GMD 631 Ranger Lane 2045 GMD 701 Spanish Drive N. 702-710 Spanish Drive N. 4311 GMD 536 Lyons Lane 6541 Bayou Hammock 590 Channel Lane 5655 GMD 3710 GMD 5055 GMD 620 Emerald Harbor Drive 620 Emerald Harbor Drive

Permit Applicant Amount Alteration Nancy and Mike Krupp $75,000 Addition Blair Hunter $25,000 Alteration Margaret Robinson, trustee $21,398 Alteration Richard Pelton $17,717.48 Alteration Elizabeth Chapman $14,603 Alteration Kevin Lawrence $11,892 Alteration Kevin Lawrence $11,892 Alteration Peter Aden $11,837 Alteration Phillip Doty $10,890 Alteration Anthony Marterie $10,000 Alteration Neil Mann $8,922 Alteration William Bruckmann III $8,764.77 Alteration Bernard Warren $7,800 Alteration Lois Frost $3,970 Alteration Mary Meyers $3,970 Alteration Michael Pavone $2,500 Alteration Steve Milom $2,439 Alteration James Gardner $1,850 Alteration Jane Wittlinger, trustee $1,600 Alteration William Mattey $962 Alteration Elaine Buckley, trustee $789 Alteration Melvin Muskovitz $500 Addition Thurston Investments Inc. $0 Addition Thurston Investments Inc. $0

Longboat Sandpipers

William and Karen Cardman, of Lakeland, sold a half-interest in Unit 101 at the 10-unit Longboat Sandpipers, 5635 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Robert and Nancy Georges, also of Lakeland, for $368,000. Built in 1980, the 1,786-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The unit sold for $860,000 in October 2004.

Lido Surf & Sand

Lawrence Weyand III and Kathryn McPhillips, both of Tampa, and Richard Weyand, of Largo, sold Unit 402 at Lido Surf & Sand, 1100 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Thomas and Michi Muchisky, of St. Louis, for $565,000. Built in 1976, the 1,494-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $95,900 in August 1977.

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The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences

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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, 2Bd/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

The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton

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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Sanctuary IV – Gulf, Bay, & City Views Indian Beach – Bay Front Luxury Beachplace III – Direct Gulf Front

Daiquiri Deck co-owners Troy Spyrett and Russell Matthes made a vow in January not to shave until the opening of their new restaurant on St. Armands Circle. But, now, they’ve made the cut: At the soft opening of the new location two weekends ago, they got a shave from master barber Karen Gourley, of JustGents. The new restaurant is located at the former Hemingway’s Restaurant location, 325 John Ringling Blvd., and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The Siesta Key location at 5250 Ocean Blvd. remains open.

+ LBK Moorings receives ValvTect Marina award The Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Moorings Marina received the 2010 Marina of the Year Award from ValvTect Petroleum. The award is presented to marinas that demonstrate a commitment to customer service and environmental stewardship. “Our marina is part of the AAA FourDiamond Longboat Key Club & Resort, which features world-class amenities such as spa, tennis and dining specially designed for serious boating enthusiasts. We are pleased to be recognized by ValvTect for the highquality, professional services we provide our guests,” said Dennis Matthews, director of marina operations for Longboat Key Club Moorings in a prepared statement.

3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment on the 7th floor offers amazing views, daily sunrises and sunsets from the 2 large terraces, spacious interiors and wonderful $ views at an incredible value. 1,269,995

Bob Huff is the new managing broker for Coldwell Banker’s St. Armands office. He has worked in residential real estate in the Sarasota/Bradenton market for 10 years. He previously worked for Michael Saunders & Co., where he specialized in sales on Longboat, Lido and Siesta keys. — Robin Hartill

A breath of fresh air! Professionally turnkey furnished 3rd floor beach front apartment. Crisp blue and white color palette, bright tile floors, and gorgeous $ Gulf views from every room. 695,000


Longboat Key – Boater’s Fantasy 3,435 SF home with 114 feet of DEEP water frontage! Extra large rooms, with living area on one level and tons of ground floor play space. Covered 45x20 slip and Jet Ski dock included. $995,000

Mainland – Bay Front Retreat Warm and welcoming with 4600 SF, 5 BR, upper and lower master suites, wood floors, gourmet kitchen, & fireplace. Pool & outdoor entertainment area w/ large deck & private dock right on the Bay! Was $1,795,000 $1,495,000

La Bellasara – Golden Gate Point

Sparkling water views from this amazing 5,585SF Penthouse apartment with 4BR/5BA, private his & hers studies, wine cellar & separate tasting area, media room and large terrace overlooking the Bay and downtown. Private boat dock & 2 car garage. $5,950,000

QUEENS HARBOUR – Bay Front Courtyard Home w/dock 4BR/3BA $1,399,000 DEER CREEK – Nature Preserve NG Sq. Ft. $449,500 Gated Comm. 3BR/2BA PENDI2,359 BEACHPLACE III – Direct Gulf Front NEW LISTING 3rd Floor 2BR/2BA 1,503 Sq. Ft. $695,000 La Bellasara - Downtown Bay Front Outstanding Bay, Marina, & City Skyline views! 3BR/4.5BA + study or 4th BR with 3,370 SF. 28’ balcony w/ summer kitchen, private elevator lobby, 2-car $ garage & gated security. 2,395,000





RED ROCK TERRACE – Oyster Bay Vacant Lot Lot w/ House Plans $439,000 Water Club I – Gulf & Bay Views 6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 full bath apartment with beautiful GRAND BAY I – Longboat Key Bay Front 9th Floor 3BR/3BA 2,550 Sq. Ft.$1,275,000 water views, private elevator, 10 foot ceilings and two expansive terraces for viewing nightly sunsets. Gated community with excellent amenities. $1,699,000 FAIRWAY BAY - Longboat Key Townhouse 2BR/3BA 1,626 Sq. Ft. $539,000 BEACHPLACE I – Direct Gulf Front 5th Floor 2BR/2BA 1,400 Sq. Ft. $699,000

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Gated 4 bedroom waterfront home with 5,215 SF, soaring ceilings, granite-inlaid marble floors, breathtaking sunsets and a fabulous Bay Shore Road location! Extreme $2,690,000 value has never looked better.

GRAND BAY II – Bay & City Views 4th Floor 3BR/3BA 2,781 Sq. Ft. $1,395,000 WATER CLUB I - Direct Beach Front 9th Floor 2BR/4BA 3,045 Sq. Ft. Just Reduced $1,800,000 PIERRE – Longboat Key Direct Beach Front 3rd Floor 3 BR/3BA 2,410 Sq. Ft. Just Reduced $799,000

Lido Shores - Direct Gulf Front Palazzo Combines 200 ft. of seawalled Gulf front with private Dock and Beach access. This 7,415 SF residence built in 2003 has 5BR/8BA, exercise room, his and her bath & studies, 50 ft pool/spa & 5-car garage. $8,900,000

Marina Tower - Downtown Bayfront Extraordinary 5,800 SF with 365˚ views, priv. elevator foyer, 4BR/4.5BA + study, main & catering kitchens, home theatre & 4 parking spaces. Was $2,995,000 $2,250,000

Longboat Key – Direct Beach Front “The Johnson Estate” Gated privacy on 2+ acres w/ 150 ft. of Gulf front. 10,000 SF. 7BR/6.5BA includes separate attached guest wing. New in ‘07. $11,500,000

Key Tower South - Direct Gulf Front Full Gulf & Beach views from this 7th floor totally renovated & furnished w/ 2 master suites and great room all overlooking the Gulf. Separate computer room, gour$ met granite kitchen & open balcony. 549,000

Savoy - Downtown Bay View

Longboat Key - Bay Boating & Beach Sea Gate Club - Direct Gulf Front 4,700 SF waterfront showplace new in ’06 Floor-to-ceiling glass frames the Beach and Sunsets with 4 BR+ study, fireplace, pool/spa, summer from every room in this 1,470 SF 2BR/2BA with higher wood floors and 2 terraces. Great amentias and kitchen, deep water dock, boat lift & jet ski area. ceilings, on-site management. Walk to shopping. $675,000 $

Sanctuary III - Behind the Gates Desirable 5th floor Southeast corner 3BR/2.5 BA with wide open Bay, City, and LBK Club Golf Course views. 3rd bedroom doubles as a den with quality built-in’s and renovated kitchen has granite, wood and newer appliances. $895,000

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The longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011




Masterworks Showcase features luxury living By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

See the 2011 Longboat Key Garden Club Home & Garden special section in this issue.

35th Annual LBK Garden Club Home Tour The tour will begin on the north end of the Key at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, and will make its way south, stopping at the homes of Jim and Susan Pressly, Don and Mary Haas, Lenny and Susan Landau and Honey Mann. The final destination will be the Lido Shores home of Ralph and Sheri Trine, where a poolside raffle by award-winning artists and an arts-and-crafts boutique will be held. Tickets are $20. Call Sarah Tate at 383-0117 or Jackie Salvino at 383-1406. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5 Where: Starts at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, A Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S.

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Spend an afternoon in the lap of luxury visiting five multimillion-dollar homes throughout Bird Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Shores at the Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks Showcase. The March 5 date is the second “opus” of the Masterworks Showcase Tour of Luxury Homes, which begins Friday, March 4 in Casey Key and The Oaks. The first day of the tour is already sold out, but guests can still get their fill of high-end living during “Opus II” at “A Frolic on Bird Key and St. Armands,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The tour will begin at the “Generations at Home” house, located at 228 Seagull Lane, on Bird Key. Guests will check-in there and receive a program book that will direct them to the next four homes throughout the showcase. The tour is selfguided, allowing guests to view the homes in any order they prefer. All of the homes are listed for sale by Michael Saunders & Co. and range from $3.5 million to $7 million. Each house will feature luxury lifestyle experts, including chefs from the Longboat Key Club and Resort and the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, representatives from Saks Fifth Avenue displaying evening wear, local art galleries and performances by Sarasota Youth Orchestra members. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Orchestra and its youth programs. Tickets are available for $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the tour. For information, visit or contact event Chairwoman Anne Scott at 685-0425.

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VIZCAYA w/Private Pool - Tropical paradise WATER CLUB - Coveted southern exposure on CASEY kEY - Walls of glass bring the spacious Gulf front condominium w/private pool the 7th floor w/beautiful city, Gulf and Bay views panoramic views right into view with great entertaining space. A3905034 $2,475,000 & covered 1,200SF terrace. A344892 $2,775,000 elegantly furnished. A3919693 $2,495,000



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brie DAW CONtinued FROM 1C What’s a good spot to find seashells? Definitely Siesta Beach. They have the best seashells. They’re always intact. If you walk down to where you’re almost getting to the private part of the beach, the shells are the best. Lido also has good seashell hunting from what I’ve heard.

GLORIA SCHROEDER CONtinued FROM 1C  Where should you go if you’re hoping to spot a dolphin or a manatee? The other day, we went to Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, and the dolphins were just swimming all over in the bay. It just depends on your luck. They’re all over the place here, so you’re going to see them.

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What is a good place for a photo op? Selby Gardens and also the rose garden at the Ringling Museum of Art. Both are nice, especially when the roses actually are in bloom. The rose garden has some nice little gazebos.  Where is a good place to visit if you’re on a budget? I like the farmers market in downtown Sarasota on Saturday mornings. You don’t have to buy anything, but you can walk around and look at the local seafood and produce and go into the shops. If you do buy something, it’s going to be reasonably priced because it’s all local.

 Where can you find a good happy hour? I think the Daiquiri Deck on St. Armands Circle is going to be really popular. It just opened, but I was on the Circle Saturday, and it was packed. People seemed to be having fun.

Where should you go if you want to learn something new? Whenever I go to Mote Marine or G.WIZ, I learn something new. Those are hands-on and good for families. But during season, for adults, we have our Town Hall lecture series. We recently had Tony Blair speak, but not all of the speakers are political.

What would you recommend to someone who wants a history lesson? Florida Ever-Glides Sarasota offers a historical scenic segway tour. You get to explore downtown Sarasota, the bayfront and all of Island Park. You’re not just getting a history lesson, it’s an outdoor activity as well. Where is a good place for kayaking? Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures offers kayak tours in the mangrove tunnels on South Lido. You can encounter dolphins, manatees, seahorses and fish. You get to see the different flora and fauna and all kinds of different wildlife.

Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market

Where is a good place to find antiques? The Sea Hagg (in Cortez) is very unique. It’s got lots of interesting things, and it has a nautical theme, so it’s a good place if you’re looking for Florida stuff.

What is an outdoor activity that is unique to the Sarasota area? We hosted a standup paddle boarding festival last July. It’s a great sport, and you don’t have to be an athlete to participate in it. Give it 10 years, and I think it’s going to be huge.

What’s a good place to go for a date? I like Marina Jack, because you can walk around. It’s quiet, it has a good view, and you can catch a bite to eat. You can converse and you don’t have to worry aboutObserver there Ad being too many people or distractions. 2-17-11.pdf 1 2/14/2011 7:44:24 AM

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What is a good souvenir to bring home? I would have to say a shark’s tooth. They’re more in Venice; Venice shark teeth are huge, but you can find them in all the gift shops around here. Kids always like them. Where would you send a guest to find a one-ofa-kind evening dress? On St. Armands Circle, White House Black Market is a very good place. They have cocktail dresses, and the short little black dress is always big there. Also, at Foxy Lady, you’ve got your upscale contemporary clothing. They have a shoe boutique, plus eveningwear as well.

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REGENT COURT GULFFRONT ESTATE – Prestige, privacy and gorgeous sunsets abound. An architectural marvel located behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club directly on the Gulf of Mexico with 150 feet of Longboat Key’s finest beach. $17,500,000 GULFFRONT ESTATE – BEST BUY ON BEACH 1+ acres with a gated entrance and a private boardwalk to beach. Stunning Gulf, Beach and Sunset views! $6,285,000 WESTWAY ESTATE – 210 FT. DIRECTLY on New Pass, views to Gulf, outstanding sunsets. 4 BR main home plus 4 BR guest house. Gorgeous courtyard pool, dock, private beach access. $8,900,000 DIRECT BAYFRONT NEW MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE 5 BR with magnificent pool/patio area bayside plus patio off master suite. Designer finishes + gated w/lush landscaping. $9,500,000 BAYPORT 3 BR direct beachfront corner - rarely available! Great tennis, beach & pool complex. $625,000 UNIVERSITY PARK – Incredible 3/3 upgraded home with numerous extras on amazingly landscaped private setting with exceptional outdoor patio/pool area. $449,000 ISLANDER CLUB – Fantastic gulf side 2/2 updated condo w/dramatic bay views from every room! Beautiful beach & many amenities. $545,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR – Bayfront with boat dock and great amenities. $270,000 NEW CONSTRUCTION – with custom finishes. Direct Bay views to the north, canal views to the $1,875,000 south, protected boating water and walking distance to the beach. GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION – Waterfront adjacent to shops & dining on St. Armands. Deepwater dock, steps to the beach. Architect Cliff Schultz design w/ impeccable finishes. $3,500,000 SEA GATE CLUB – Gorgeous gulf views. Spacious 2 BR w/ split floor plan. $737,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE – 10th floor views of Sarasota Bay to Big Pass, plus marina views of Marina Jack. Southeast corner with two large terraces and morning sun. $2,700,000 BAYFRONT ESTATE – Gated, Private. Spectacular sunrise & sunset vistas from home, terraces & pool. Private beach access. Boat dock & lift – BAYFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST! $3,500,000 BAYFRONT ESTATE – w/ approx. 100 ft. on the bay and canal along one side. $2,435,000 SABAL COVE – Spacious 4BR w/first level magnificent master suite. Exquisite lakefront! $1,795,000


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301 17th Street N #15 - 3 bedroom 2.5 bath bayfront townhome offered at $575,000 315 17th Street No #22 - 3 bedroom 2.5 bath bayfront townhome offered at $450,000 240 17th Street N #29 - 2 bedroom/2 bath plus den condo offered at $299,000


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fabulous real estate opportunities

Feb. 9

Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club North-South 1. Phyllis Ploener and Gladys Bernstein 2. Stanley Greene and Richard Levine 3. Norman Gross and Bruce Godt East-West 1. Catherine and David Burke 2. Marilyn Shuman and Alice Harper 3. Carolyn Albrecht and Laota Myers

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Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Hope Zawatsky and Renee Pekeles 3. Jean Simon and Myra Garon

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Beautiful Bayfront estate property consisting of 1.2+ acres with 131' on the Bay. This charming Spanish style home w/brick paver courtyard entry and fountain is set within a secluded "Old Florida" tropical garden paradise with gorgeous views of the Bay, Sister and Jewfish Keys. Only 3 minutes by boat from your 100' dock to the Gulf and just a short walk to a white sand beach. MLS A3918193.

Exquisitely redone Marina Bay penthouse with gorgeous full bay views. This very spacious 3,197 sq. ft., 3 bedroom residence lives like a home with large expanses of hardwood floors, beautiful formal living and dining rooms, a gorgeous new kitchen adjoining the family room, plantation shutters, crown moldings, and all new bathrooms. Two huge terraces with Bay and Gulf views. MLS A3930708.



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East-West 1. Mary Lou Thomas and Chuck Prizer 2. Rochelle and Herb Bass 3. Temple St. Clair and Pat Amato

Feb. 12

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. Margaret and Ty Steinberg 2. Lu Ganley and Julie Woods 3. Charlotte Schwartz and Claire Brinn East-West 1. Cele Schwartz and Lori Brickman 2. Temple St. Clair and Dale Neuhaus 3. Mary Lou Thomas and Chuck Prizer

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beachfront with 1.4+ acres

Beautiful condominium with lots of light and stunning 270 degree, unobstructed views of the Beach, Bay, St. Armands and all the way to downtown Sarasota. This elegant residence has custom cabinetry, lighting, gorgeous floors and exquisite details throughout. The Areca floor plan is wrapped in floor to ceiling windows and includes 700' of wrap terrace to take in all those stunning views. MLS A3935483.

Nestled among the native Florida palm and pine trees is truly one of the best beachfront estate parcels available on Longboat Key. This magnificent, unspoiled 1.4+ acre beachfront estate with 110 feet on the Gulf of Mexico and 580 feet from beachfront to entrance has that rare "Old Florida" ambiance with gorgeous views. Four charming income producing cottages are scattered throughout the grounds. MLS A3925019.



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on N. end of LBK & West side of Gulf of Mexico Dr. Purchase 1 or 2 lots side by side. Comm. pool & club house, walk to beach & maintenance free community too! Peter & Gina Uliano/The Royal Team $260,000 #M5815734


LBK Beach & Marina, 4 new 2BR/2BA, boating, deeded beach access, custom thru-out, SS appl., granite counters, co-op, over 55+. From $269,000 Marc Turner #A3938577 $269,000


Updated, glass encl. lanai, W/D, 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, fitness room, beach access, on 23 acres on the bay front. Owner financing avail. Dorothy Cook #A3913998 $275,000


LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry. Marc Turner $399,000 #A3926740

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beautiful Custom Home on sailboat Water

Exquisite, Bali inspired Water Club Penthouse with magnificent Gulf & Bay views. This sophisticated and richly appointed residence was created by a team of artisans and designers with an estimated value of $1.2 million in hand carved teak, furnishings and art. Sold turnkey furnished with 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and over 3,000 sq. ft. this residence will take your breath away. MLS A3929582.

Beautiful 4 bedroom home with lushly landscaped grounds leading down to a kayak ramp, boat dock and lift... and the beach is only half a block away. This home exemplifies the true Florida lifestyle w/vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows for lots of light, easy entertaining with large kitchen, dining and living rooms, fireplace and huge outdoor deck that floats above the gorgeous screened pool and spa area. MLS A3934551.



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Island pool home w/finished bonus room, elevator, new kitchen, SS appl., granite counters & maple cabinets. Tropical landscaping, wood deck, just steps to the beach. Teresia Bradford #M5819230 $499,000

4BR/4BA two story, tennis courts, community pool, located close to the beach and village of Cortez. Jerry Cunningham #A3938209 $695,527

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Robert Dreyfus

Gone fishin’

Robert Dreyfus can be found at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center any day of the week and is known for always being up for a game of tennis. Dreyfus, who recently turned 64, is originally from Boston and has been playing tennis since he was 13, when he used to hit the ball up against a wall in the school gym. Dreyfus is a seasonal Longboater and usually spends six to seven months out of the year here. Dreyfus was in 2010’s Who’s B.O.S.S. Top 10 and was on the winning team for the 2010 Spring League Championship.

What is your best skill? People tell me I can still run very fast and I have very good reflexes, but I’m very steady. A lot of people call me a backboard. I get the ball back all the time. Sometimes my opponents think they’ve won a point, and the ball comes back at them. Do you participate in tournaments? I enter USTA tournaments in 60s singles. I have one coming up starting Monday, in St. Petersburg. It’s a USTA tournament, and I think it is a Super Seniors Grand Prix. I go into these tournaments because I want to be challenged by some of the best singles players on the senior circuit around the country. I often win a few games here and there. I don’t usually win the matches, but I want to be challenged. So, as far as how I’ll do in St. Petersburg, I’m going to do my best, and I’m never going to give up on the ball.

And be ready. Those are the best tips I’ve been given.

Do you play tennis when you are up North? I will play up North, but I never play as much as I do down here. I love it down here. This is tennis heaven on this island.

Visit our website to see a video of Dreyfus serving the ball.

What’s the best tennis advice you’ve been given? Keep your eye on the ball and move your feet.

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JuSt SoLd: 6980Park: 74th2St. Circle 7323 Kensington Court, University bedrooms Signature Signature Signature Sotheby’s Sotheby’s Sotheby’s International International International Realty Realty Realty Signature Sotheby’s International Realty ThePlaza PlazaatatFive Five Points The Points East in River Club $350,000 $ The The The Plaza Plaza Plaza at at Five at Five Five Points Points Points The Plaza at Five Points plus den, 2 baths 1802 SFSarasota, with Lakefront views ..... 359,900 Reduced $100,000 New ListiNg 50 Avenue,Suite Suite110, 110,Sarasota, 34236 50 Central Central Avenue, FLFL 34236 5050 50 Central Central Central Avenue, Avenue, Avenue, Suite Suite Suite 110, 110, 110, Sarasota, Sarasota, Sarasota, FL FL FL 34236 34236 34236 50 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Sarasota, FL 34236 PEndinG: 7608 Camden Harbor in $100,000 2016 Harbourside: 3 bedrooms, 3 NEW LISTING 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010REDUCED 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 Heritage Harbour $400,000 Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Signature Sotheby’s International Realty $ 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 5 Star Best in Client Satisfaction 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 baths and 2462 SF with Spectacular Bay views ....... 749,000 Signature Signature Signature Sotheby’s Sotheby’s Sotheby’s International International International Realty Realty Realty Signature Sotheby’s International Realty 941.356.1857 941.364.4000The Theof Plaza Five2 Points 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 Plaza atatFive Points REDUCED $30,000 1211 Gulf Mexico: bedrooms, 2 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 The The The Plaza Plaza Plaza atat Five atFive Five Points Points Points The Plaza at Five Points Reduced $100,000 New ListiNg $ 50 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Sarasota, 34236 50 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Sarasota, FLFL 34236 baths and 1827 SF5050 with fullAvenue, Gulf views ..................... 769,000 50 Central Central Central Avenue, Avenue, Suite Suite Suite 110, 110, 110, Sarasota, Sarasota, Sarasota, FLFL FL 34236 34236 34236 50 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Sarasota, FL 34236 PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD SOLD 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and Staghorn in Deer Creek: PENDING PENDING SOLD Bayou Sound Grand Bay Islander Bayou Sound Grand Bay Harbourside Islander 2016 $749,000 7323 Kensington Court, University Park $359,000 Bayou Bayou Bayou Sound Sound Sound Grand Grand Grand Bay Bay Bay Islander Islander Islander Bayou Sound Grand Bay Islander $ $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2462 SF 2500SF with lovely pool 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths 1802 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $999,000 $999,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 and lakeview ............. 469,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 Spectacular Bay views SF with Lakefront views 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 Bellagio at Osprey Harbor: 4 Bedroom/ 2.5 bath wa941.356.1857 941.364.4000 3 bedrooms, 2 bath and 2000 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 941.364.4000 941.356.1857 941.364.4000 Reduced $30,000 terfront condo with 45’ boat slip....................... $799,000 SF unit in Fairway Bay Atrium. NEW PRICE Alinari at Rosemary Place: 1 bedroom/ Beautiful full Bay view and PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD $ PENDING $ SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD 1.5Grand bath in the heart ofSOLD downtown .................... 295,000 exceptional amenities. 599,000 PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD SOLD PENDING PENDING Bayou Sound Bay Islander 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 5 Star Best in Client Satisfaction

2 bedroom/1 bath home in serene country setting with new tile/carpet, paint & bathroom. A perfect home for small family or single. $110,000

$1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD SOLD PENDING SOLD 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and$500,000 2462 SF with 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths 1802 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $999,000 $999,000 $500,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 Sabal Cove Queens Harbor Sabal Cove Queens Harbor Sabal Sabal Sabal Cove Cove Cove Queens Queens Queens Harbor Harbor Harbor Sabal Cove Queens Harbor Spectacular Bay views $1,194,000 $975,000 SF with Lakefront views $1,194,000 $975,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $1,194,000 $975,000

1211 Gulf of Mexico

$769,000 Staghorn in Deer Creek


Reduced $30,000

2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1827 SF with full Gulf views



Bayou Sound Bayou Sound Sabal Cove Sabal Cove Sabal Sabal Sabal Cove Cove Cove Sabal Cove Bayou Bayou Bayou Sound Sound Sound Bayou Sound $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000


Bellagio at Osprey Harbor

Sabal Cove Sabal Cove Sabal Sabal Sabal Cove Cove Cove Sabal Cove $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $799,000 Alinari $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000

Grand Bay Grand Bay Queens Harbor Queens Harbor Queens Queens Queens Harbor Harbor Harbor Queens Harbor Grand Grand Grand Bay Bay Bay Grand Bay $975,000 $975,000 $999,000 $999,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $999,000 $999,000 $999,000 $999,000

at Rosemary Place



QueensHarbor Harbor Queens Queens Queens Queens Harbor Harbor Queens Harbor $975,000 $975,000 373 S Harbor Washington Dr $304,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000

Islander Islander Islander Islander Islander Islander $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000

PENDING 101 Ben Franklin Dr #53 St Armands Towers S. Full Gulf views, custom renovations in 2006, one of a kind unit $699,000

101 Ben Franklin Dr #54 St Armands Towers S. from Lido Beach, 2 blocks to the Circle, Bellagio at Osprey Harbor $799,000 Alinari Across at Rosemary Place $304,000 40’ balcony, pet friendly 330 John Ringling Boulevard | Sarasota, Florida 34236 | 941.388.4447 $399,000

7908 Hampton Court University Park 3BD/2BA, maintenance free, split floor plan, vaulted ceilings, furnished $299,000

603 Longboat Club Rd #1201 Longboat Key Towers Directly on the beach of Longboat Key, this fabulous penthouse offers views of the Gulf, Bay or City from every room. $1,675,000



1800 Ben Franklin Dr #608B L’Elegance Bay and city views, 2BD/2.5BA plus office/den, high ceilings, pet friendly $799,000

81’ in of Deer wide canal, over Creek $769,000 Staghorn 4BD/3BA, pool

2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1827 SF with full Gulf views


PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING 941.400.9087 Sabal Cove Sabal Cove

Sabal Sabal Sabal Cove Cove Cove Sabal Cove $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000

St Armands $200K in renovations, $469,000


QueensHarbor Harbor Queens Queens Queens Queens Harbor Harbor Harbor Queens Harbor $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000





1211 Gulf of Mexico

The longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011




Beautiful LaBellasara with over 3100 SF of Marvelous Finishes & Lovely Bay and City Views! $2,190,000

Privately Positioned Family Home w/ over 4,800 SF of Custom Finishes and Wonderful Floor Plan. $1,199,000


Peacock Bay Estate w/ 5 En-Suite Bedrooms, Guest Suite, Superb Views and Unparalleled Architectural Finishes! $8,595,000




Very Impressive Conrad Beach Beauty Just Steps to the Beach. $1,195,000

Quiet and Peaceful Beachfront Gem in the Longbeach Complex. Furnished. $395,000

Beautifully Appointed 3400 SF L’Ambiance Walk-Down with 3 Bedrooms Plus Den. $2,875,000



Contemporary Bayfront Home on 2 Acres w/Boat Dock and Tennis Court $2,675,000

Inspiring Three Bedroom Grand Bay Unit w/ WrapAround Views and Designer Finishes. $1,295,000


Three Bedroom Island Getaway With Tranquil Bay Views and Boat Dock.




Sparkling Contemporary Waterfront Home in Bay Isles w/ Great Boating! $2,349,000

Beautiful Beau Ciel Unit with Marble Floors and Tasteful Upgrades. $995,000


Walled and Gated Gulf Front Paradise w/ Large Pool and Over 6300 SF of Living!


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Deal Us In

it’s read everywhere


How to avoid the finesse Most bridge players are using the twoclub opening bid as showing 22 or more high-card points and are using the two-diamond response as a waiting bid. (It could be weak or strong, but they just want to hear another bid by the opener.) After hearing his partner’s bid of two hearts, North bids three spades as a splinter bid, which showed four or more hearts and a void or singleton in the spade suit. South tries to sign off by bidding four hearts, but after North’s cue bid of five clubs, South bids the slam. There are no losers in the major suits, but South is likely to have a loser in diamonds. South needs to create an extra trick in diamonds, so he does not need the club finesse. South wins the ace of spades and draws two rounds of trump. He cashes the ace of diamonds and leads a diamond to the Jack in the dummy. If East began with the king and a small diamond, South makes his contract. If either opponent started with the 10, South would be set. The benefit of South’s play has to be if West started with the king doubleton. If South had finesse in the diamond suit, West would have won and returned a diamond. South would be down one. After the play of the ace of diamonds first and later to the Jack, West wins but has no diamond to lead. A club runs into declarer’s king, Jack, and another spade gives the declarer a ruff and sluff.

GALAPAGOS ISLE. Even though her trip to the Galapagos Isle took

her far, Longboat Key resident Pamela Moniz had two reminders of home on her trip: a giant turtle and her copy of the Longboat Observer.

MEXICO. The Longboat Observer set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas with Connie and Dick Grace, who were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary. The couple brought their newspaper with them on the cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.


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North Pass 2 ♦2 3 ♠3 5 ♣ Pass

Opening Lead: 10

East Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass

South 2 ♣1 2♥ 4♥ 6♥

1 Strong, artificial, forcing 2 Waiting 3 Splinter

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TemperatureS Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Tues., Feb. 22 75 55 87 (1997) 52 (1992) 78 64.5 85 (1984) 43 (1987) Wed., Feb. 23 79 64 88 (1989) 50 (2009) Thurs., Feb. 24 Fri., Feb. 25 79 64 82 (1996) 47 (1984) Sat., Feb. 26 78.5 64 89 (1997) 35 (2010) Sun., Feb. 27 80 63 85 (1997) 43 (1984) Mon., Feb. 28 80 59 86 (1997) 43 (1984) Average Gulf water temperature: 69

Ron Johnson submitted this sunset photo taken in the 6500 block of Gulfside Drive on the north end of the Key.

TIDE CHART Highs Thurs., March 3 11:59a 11:24p Fri., March 4 12:08p — Sat., March 5 12:01a 12:17p Sun., March 6 12:36a 12:31p Mon., March 7 1:13a 12:50p Tues., March 8 1:53a 1:14p Wed., March 9 2:39a 1:44p

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T H E O B S E R V E R C R O S S WO R D Edited by Timothy E. Parker

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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. What is the favorite snack of worn out tourists visiting the magnificent Paris cathedrals?

The lunchpack of Notre Dame. 2. This is quite a strange quirk: In prison, you can watch TV and play games. At work, you get fired for watching TV and playing games!

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


Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

Good Things To Eat

BOSTON POPS. March 15. VanWezel. 2 good seats. Row 7 center area. $99 each! 941-383-7192

Boats Under 50K Are Selling Very Well. This season’s sales are extremely brisk. 15’ center consoles - 32’ Sea Rays. Island resident, references. 22 Boats sold in 45 days, many in less than 3 weeks. Business on a handshake. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489,

ESTATE SALE 9a.m.-2p.m., Sat. March 5 1505 Hillview Dr. Harbor Acres off of Orange Ave.

Krystal’s Culinary Delights. Personalized Grocery Shopping and Low Fat, High-Taste Meals Prepared in YOUR Kitchen! Call today and receive a FREE 30 minute consultation with this ad! Contact Krystal at 941-993-7302.

DEHUMIDIFIER- FRIGIDAIRE 50 pint. Used twice, like new. Paid $212. Sell for $150. 941-387-7569


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 (29.5') indoor upper berth boat slip at Boathouse on Longboat for sale by private owner. Please call 941-504-7900.

Boats 18/FT. 4 Winns 1997 Runabout 130HP Johnson. No trailer. Runs well, looks good. $6000 O/B/O. Longboat Harbour 941-387-8786 TWO ZODIACS: $350 and $400. Winslow off-shore life raft, $500. LBK, 941-685-5828.

Furnishings DREXEL “BOMBE” China Cabinet $699. Stanley Bar, Marble Top, 4 Stools. 3-piece Robb & Stucky Leather Sofa Group. 5-piece Marble Top Home Office $799. Henredon Secretary Desk $899; 68” Detagon Aluminum Patio Table & 6 sling chairs $599; 5-piece Rattan Dinette on casters $399; 3-piece White (Cottage) Klaussner Wall Unit $850. Cherry Regency Buffet “Baker” $699; 3-piece Sofa Group (Lloyd Flander) $995. Herman Cherry Desk & Hutch $245. Giant 4-poster Bed with Armoire & 2 marble-top night stands (Collezione).

Manatee Furniture

941-745-2596 3015 1st St. (US Hwy 41) Bradenton SARASOTA BARGAIN Thrift Store & Consignment Center. 1635 12th St., Sarasota. Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, Freezers. Furniture, Beds, Dressers, Sofas, Tables, TV’s, Records, Books, etc. Don’t give your items away, let us sell them for you! Delivery & pick-up available. 941-812-0587

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ANNUAL FLEA MARKET. Sat., March 5, 9a.m. - 3p.m. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Dr. South off Cortez Rd. Baked goods, Clothing, Jewelry, Linens, Books, White Elephants, Furniture. ESTATE SALE *** FRIDAY** MARCH 4 - 9:30 - 3P.M. 626 Foxworth Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach Lazy Boy recliner, wicker: sofa, love seat, etagere, sofa, coffee and end tables, mahogany tea cart, French style arm chairs. Day, trundle and brass queen beds. Dining room set, rattan glass top dinette. Brass: scale, pair of lamps and chandelier, Waterford, Shelley, Limoges, Hummels, Royal Doulton, sterling, prints and paintings, bookcases, costume jewelry, desk, collectibles and more. Also, 20/ft. 1988 Statos boat with 150HP Evanrude with low hours. A NICE SALE! SALE CONDUCTED BY PALMA SOLA SALES **Numbers given out at 8a.m.

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Serta king bed, Kohler & Campbell spinet piano, dining room table & chairs with buffet, teak end tables, oriental rugs, pr. antique twin beds, 1850?s stand, walnut chest, wicker chest, paperweights, desk, TV, books, pictures, lots of linens, lady?s clothes, exercise bike, kitchenware & garage items. or Julie McClure Sales LBK: ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE IV ST. MARY, STAR OF THE SEA 4280 Gulf of Mexico Dr. SAVE THE DATES March 4, Fri. 1 - 6p.m. $5 admission March 5, Sat. 8 - 3p.m. Free Admission. BIGGEST, BEST EVER! WAREHOUSE SALE! March 4th thru 6th, 8a.m.-6p.m. Northgate Business Park, 1839 Northgate Blvd. (off 301 between Fruitville & University). Up to 85% off. VISA, M/C accepted. Home furnishings, apparel, men’s and women’s activewear, jewelry, shoes and more! Nike, Ralph Lauren and one of a kind items.

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.

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

Medical Supplies/Equipment ACT: OXYGEN, wheelchairs, walkers. Drop shipment special orders. Right next to Lazy Lobster. 941-778-2641.

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Investment Opportunities ISLAND CONSIGNMENT Store- Well Established. Over 50 Fine Artists. Includes NEW Web Site. Cozy / Profitable Family Business. $12,000. 941-348-9494 (Lv. msg.)

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

Help Wanted SALES POSITION. P/T. Must be available evenings & weekends. Located on Anna Maria Island. Retirees Welcome. 727-244-5906.

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. 383-7106. BEACH-TO-BAY CONDO at Bayport BTC. First floor, end unit. Newly decorated 2 bed/2 bath. Free local phone, cable and wireless Internet. Pictures and details: Contact owner at 615-376-9448 PALM AIRE: 1BR/1BA, upstairs (private entrance), screened patio, W/D, pool/ tennis available. Annual $650/mo. First/ security. No pets. N/S. 366-3282, 355-3915 evenings/ weekends.


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Room For Rent WANTED: FURNISHED room for rent on Longboat or Lido, between $450-$500. Needed by March 12th. 941-400-6241 or 941-383-8542.


Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

ENJOY THE Downtown Lifestyle at "1350 Main" the best location in town. 2BR/2BA with pool & city views, 1336 sf, wood floors, custom built-ins, $495,000. 2BR/2BA 1395 sf with dynamic Bay & Marina views from 40' terrace. This home has 12' ceilings, California Closets,murphy beds/desk unit in guest room, bamboo wood floors $559,000 2BR/2BA + separate dining room 1597 sf with wrap around terrace giving 180 degree view of Bay and Main St $599,000. 2BR/2BA Simply awesome views across Sarasota Bay and out to sunsets on the Gulf from the 13th floor, 1336 sf. $589,000 Call Michael Granston 941-504-8018 Prudential Palms Realty

FAIRWAY BAYS Million Dollar View of Sarasota Bay For Less Than Half The Price. More Than Twice The Normal Sized Main Patio. Oversize End Unit. Additional Side Patio. Small Office. First Floor. Private Walk Down. Watch Boats in Channel 30 Yards Away. See Mangroves and Birds 40 Yards Away. Watch Dolphins Frolic Less Than 300 Yards Away. Watch Ships and Boats In The ICW. 703-200-6021

LONGBOAT KEY Fairway Bay Condo 1930 Harbourside Dr. Renovated 2 Bed/2 Bath 1270 sq. ft. + Porch Partially Furnished PRICED TO SELL at


• New Kitchen with Granite Counters and Stainless Steel Appliances. •New Bathrooms with Granite & Tile. •New Maribou African Wood Floors and Bedroom Carpet. •New Window Treatments and Lighting throughout. •Pool & Private Beach Club. •Beautiful Sarasota Bay Views.

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.

Homes For Rent 3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal front home with boat dock. Fully furnished. 5 minute walk to beach/ restaurants. Annual rental: $1650/mo. or 941-778-6601.

Homes For Sale CANAL FRONT Home, Siesta Key- 3/2 Split Plan, upgraded kitchen, new A/C, tile floors, well maintained, pre-inspected, ready to move in! OPEN EVERY SUNDAY 1 to 4. 5049 Higel Ave. $537,000.00 941-388-2460 COASTAL LIVING style home in River Club, has 3500/sq.ft., 3-4BR/3.5BA, marble fireplace, French doors, plantation shutters, pool and spa and lots of extras. Cash back at closing. $474,900. MLS# M5819210. Lora Alfiero, Owner/Agent. Century 21 Advantage. 941-730-4465. 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.


For more information or to see, call Owner/Broker, David Brody, Licensed Broker, Seneca Realty Co.

877-731-0891 or 941-383-4678 Brokers Welcome!

WATERVIEW VILLA- 2BR/2BA. Spanish Main Yacht Club. 5700 Gulf of Mexico. Longboat Key. 885 North Spanish Drive. Boat marina & docks. Beach easement. Available now. $350,000. R/E Max Alliance Group 941-256-6775 or 941-954-5454.

Real Estate Wanted 2012 JANUARY-FEBRUARY. Gulf front 2b/2ba. No Smoking/Pets.. 1-2 people maximum occupancy, internet, telephone. WANTED SEASONAL Rental- 3 months Jan- March 2012. 2bed/ 2bath, Internet, land phone. No smoking, no pets.

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6 OPEN HOUSES IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Gated, golf, clubhouse, tennis, No CDD Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. STOP AT Rosedale Realty Office at 5415 87th St. E. for map. 941-751-9070

2 LONGBOAT KEY BEACH RENTALS. March/April, 2011, 2012. 2BR/2BA, mid island, steps from private beach, updated, spacious, 55+, no pets, non-smoking, W/D, $2000/mo. 3BR/3BA, Gulf views and sunsets, directly across from beach, garage, W/D, $2600/mo. Booking now for 2012 + off season. 941-232-1357. 392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK. Newer upscale & stylish Gulfside home. Steps to beach & pool. 2BR +loft. Annual or Seasonal. No pets. Owner/Agent, 941544-0214, A LONGBOAT KEY Condo, 2BR/2BA, 10th floor, completely remodeled. Excellent view of gulf/ bay, beach, pool, & tennis courts. Non-smoking. Available 2011: Feb-May or Oct.-Dec. 3 month minimum. 941-377-4177 BAYFRONT CONDO- PANORAMIC VIEWS 3BR/ 2BA Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Available 2011 & 2012. Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 941-383-7901 or 513-608-4320. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premium cable tv, wireless DSL & more. Monthly/ seasonal. (954)565-9902, (954)647-2786, or

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228


“Where People Return Year After Year” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER”

BEACH FRONT- Sunset Beach, LBK. 2BR/2BA, Pool, spa, no pets. 2 month rental. Available May-Dec. 2011, Jan.- March 2012. 248-330-7675 BEHIND GATES of LBK - 2br/2ba condo. Newly decorated. W/D in unit. 3 month minimum No smoking/ pets 941-383-8635

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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FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 941-387-9709 877-705-2460

COVERT II 2BR/2BA with 30’ glass screened enclosed lanai on the gulf. Heated pool, non-smoking, no pets. Available starting March 2011 weekly or monthly. Also available Jan, Feb, March and April 2012 monthly. 513-871-9120 or 513-702-0418

LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available May 1st. through Dec. 31st. Also 2012. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 2BR/2BA condo. Nicely furnished, small upscale building. Non-smoking. No pets. 1 month minimum. Available 6/1 to 12/31, 2011. 201-694-9222.

LBK: SEAPLACE. Steps to the beach/ pool, 2BR/2.5BA condo. Garden view, for 2012. or call Marsha, 423-646-4699.

LBK CONDO: 3320 GMD, 2BR/2BA, end unit on bay. Pool, tennis, boat dock & launch, steps to beach, kitchen, W/D, carport. No smoking/ pets. 815-978-2958.

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.


 2BR House, 300’ of Beautiful Creek,

Mountains, park like setting, 1.25 +/- acres $250,000.  9½ +/- Acres, Million Dollar Views, several potential homesites, never before on market. $175,000  2000 sq. ft. Commercial Building on ½ Acre, 142’ major 4-lane Hwy. Frontage, paved parking, also 600 sq. ft antique log cabin with front porch, $325,000  5800 sq. ft. Commercial Building on 2/3 acre major Hwy, paved parking, AC Heat, Awesome Property with Super Income $575,000 Owner Financing on any or all above properties. Rick Sellers 828-349-1449

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LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal

Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 941-650-1857 Visit us at: LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. MILITARY DISCOUNT: Book now for next season. Longboat Key, direct beachfront. 3BR/3.5BA and 1BR/1BA. 941-383-3844. 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. PLAYERS CLUB - Direct Gulf! Upscale 2BR/3BA. Available December 1, 2011. Four month minimum. No smoking. 847-634-1991 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. SEAPLACE: 2BR/2BA CONDO: remodeled, full equipped. Available Jan. - Feb., 2012. 941-379-4832 or

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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. 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. SPANISH MAIN: 2BR/2BA, fully furnished/ updated decor. Lanai & patio overlooking lake, clubhouse, pool. Avail. January through April, 2012. 3/mo. minimum. $2800/mo. Non-smoking. No pets. 847-295-4800, ask for Dave.

Waterfront Property 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

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Home Improvement/ Remodeling





Adult Care Services


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

M. LOPEZ Cleaning Company. Residential/ Commercial. Good rates, good references. 10 years experience. Licensed & Insured. 941-306-6394.

COMPANION/PERSONAL ASSISTANT. 23 year Longboat Key resident available to assist in errands, meals, shopping, cleaning and correspondence. Excellent organizational skills, trustworthy, caring. Gerontology major and experience with elderly individuals. References available. 941-383-4145 or 941-587-1979.

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.


Experienced & Caring. Meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, doctors appointments. Excellent references. 941-961-4674

A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-INLAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Licensed/Insured. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023.

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

PRIVATE CAREGIVER with references from Longboat Key. Flexible hours. Call Lucy at 941-539-0421

RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL/ resorts/ house checks. When quality counts! $20 off 1st time cleaning. 941-756-4570.

Seasonal Rentals on the Gulf!

LONGBOAT KEY, FL 941-383-4666 or 866-383-4666 Wagner Realty Since 1939

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 Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939


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

Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer & associate. Drive your car to the North and back. 941-713-1596, 941-720-0426.

SUNCOAST TRANSPORTER Long Distance Delivery. “Snowbirds” I drive your car door to door! One Inclusive price. Mike 941-993-0236

Child Care Services FUN LOVING EMPTY NESTER. 23 year Longboat Key resident available for day or evening child care, my home or yours. Activity oriented. Toys, beach, park and fun. Price negotiable. References available. 941-383-4145 or 941-587-1979.

SARASOTA GRILL CLEANING SERVICES Specializing in rust removal and polishing of stainless steel grills. Contact Matt, 941-914-8508.

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

Home Improvement/ Remodeling 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.

Health Services LONGBOAT DIRECT Beachfront2 bedroom, 2 bath Rental. $1800 per month. Call 727-501-3675


IBS?.... Hypnosis WORKS! Dr. David Sewell AP

Specialist in Medical Hypnosis


LONGBOAT KEY Towers. Beachfront condo available winter 2012, 2BR/2BA. 3/mo. minimum. Call 847-295-9252.

SUNSET BEACH LBK. 2012 Season. Large 2br/2ba first floor with walkdown from large terraces overlooking pool & gulf. Garage parking. Elevator also. Call 863-660-2931. View at:



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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 Grout Cleaning & Sealing Service Available Call Ashdown Flooring, Inc. LICENSED (941) 726-3077 INSURED

Home Services LBK HOME WATCH. Year ‘round LBK resident will check your house, condo, pool, car or boat, weekly or monthly. Will provide transportation to Publix, airport, doctor. References. Call Ron, 383-9119.

Painting/Wallpapering 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.

Personal Services 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

Pressure Cleaning RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Roofs, Pool Areas, Driveways, Lanais, etc. When Quality Counts! 941-565-3935.


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


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1321 Point Crisp Road Welcome to Casa del Ray and its relaxed yet sophisticated island lifestyle. The architectural elements blend a classic Mediterranean design with large squared windows and a wonderfully symmetrical layout to achieve an elegant yet functional feel throughout the home. Schemmel Property Group, Joel Schemmel 941.587.4894 $4,950,000

464 Golden Gate Point, 703 Sharon Chiodi

$2,495,000 941.809.0380

1330 Main Street, 3 Joel Schemmel

$1,749,000 941.587.4894

6404 Gulf Drive, 4 Teresa Hayes

$1,299,900 941.302.3100

4709 Sonada Court Valerie Dall’Acqua

$949,000 941.445.7295

4857 Primrose Path Judie Berger

$900,000 941.928.3424

3991 Boca Pointe Jane Rees

$725,000 941.586.3970

851 Siesta Key Circle Roberta Tengerdy

202 75th Street, B Teresa Hayes

$679,000 941.302.3100

2110 Harbourside, 536 Sheldon Paley

$599,000 941.356.1857

10084 Cherry Hills Avenue Circle Carolyn & Gary Collins

$599,000 941.320.0722

561 De Narvaez Drive Jo Rutstein

$585,000 941.587.9156

601 Ambassador Lane Terry Hayes

$569,000 941.302.3100

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 12A Martha Marlar

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The 35th annual Longboat Key Home & Garden Tour

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MARCH 2011

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Dare to be Different

Where to buy tickets

The Pressly home 560 Broadway Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S.

The 2011 Longboat Key Garden Club Home and Garden Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Tickets are a $20 donation per person and are available at the following locations:

Tour stops


Anna Maria • Ginny and Jane E’s, 9807 Gulf Drive

53381 License # CFC057548 • License # CPC1458020

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

Siesta Key • Davidson Drugs, 6595 Midnight Pass Road and 5124 Ocean Ave.



The Landau home, 3518 Fair Oaks Way The Mann home, 3572 Fair Oaks Way 

Sarasota • Davidson Drugs, 1281 S.Tamiami Trail • Living Walls, 1311 Main St.

Cathy C. Meldahl P. A. Realtor

Longboat Key • Design 2000, 6840 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Exit Art (Chart House and Centre Shops locations), 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive and 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat BP, 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road • Nosh-A-Rye, 23 Ave. of the Flowers • Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive




Holmes Beach • Irene’s, 5308 Marina Drive



St. Armands • Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd.


The Haas home, 6201 Gulf of Mexico Drive





3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL 34228



The Trine home, 1415 Westway Drive, Lido Shores

Rusty Chinnis Contractor, Inc.

Relationships Built On Trust Serving Longboat Key Since 1980 (941) 383-2900 53226


MARCH 2011

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by Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

The Trine Home

Sheer elegance

1415 Westway Drive, Lido Shores

When the Trines bought the home, they redid the kitchen with granite countertops and white cabinets and drawers.

The large doors on the gate at the Trine home are decorated with unique wood carvings.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

The dining room table seats 14 people.

The Trines have had benches made and placed along the property in honor of the people who lived in the home before them. One of the most famous owners was Bobby Vinton, who visited the house years later and took a photo on the bench.

The pool area at the Trine home is located between the main house and the guest house.


Splendidly Remarkable

Our professional team has over 33 years of residential and commercial experience from initial design concept to complete installation.

If the walls of Ralph and Sheri Trine’s home could talk — or, rather, sing — they would have some great stories to tell. With past owners, including legendary crooner Bobby Vinton and a French count, the Trines’ home has had a rich history since its construction by architect Phillip Hiss in 1955. The Trines have struck the perfect balance between honoring the home’s history while adding their personal flair. Blue velvet curtains installed by the Vintons in the 1980s hang in the foyer, and the marble flooring throughout the first floor is original. The Trines have even inscribed the names of past owners on benches throughout the property to keep its history alive. One of-a-kind pieces from the Trines’ world travels can be found throughout the house, including white Tibetan lamb-wool carpets that Sheri Trine found on a trip to China. A dazzling 9-foot-by-7-foot chandelier, “The Eiffel,” sparkles in the foyer. The third-floor rotunda, which the Trines have converted into a home theater, features a 360-degree view of both the Gulf and the bay, visible through floor-to-ceiling glass walls all the way around the room. The elegant and peaceful atmosphere created by the interior of the home is the perfect complement for one of its most notable features: a 77-foot screened porch with a mesmerizing view of the Gulf. The porch provides the Trines with the perfect place for entertaining their family and friends or simply relaxing and watching boaters and marine life go by.

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The Pressly Home 560 Broadway

Located in the historic Longbeach Village is the home of Jim and Susan Pressly. The charming cottage is nestled in a tropical setting of native green foliage and a variety of palm trees. A wrap-around outside deck overlooks a cocktail pool with a small rock waterfall as the center focus. The outside comes inside, because both the Presslys are avid shell collectors, and shells of all types are found throughout the house, — they are even embedded in the mesh lining of the staircase. Bamboo is found both inside and outside. The master bedroom, with a Polynesian hand-carved bed frame, has a bamboo ceiling and overlooks the pool. Bamboo shades are also found in the sun room, and a bamboo-lined entrance leads to the garden. There is an aura of serenity throughout, and a meditation nook features a life-sized Polynesian statue. The Presslys enjoy entertaining, especially in a terrace dining area, where a capiz shell mobile, made by Susan Pressly, an artist, is an eye-catcher. Susan Pressly’s love of color is seen in the wall treatments, which range from a vivid green to brown and cream. The outdoor garden setting offers a perfect spot for relaxation and quiet solitude despite being only a short distance from Gulf of Mexico Drive. Left: A Polynesian sculpture of a princess.

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by Dora Walters | Senior Editor

Natural setting

The stairs to the upstairs loft are decorated with fish netting, starfish and shells. Susan Pressly is a big collector of all things sea-related and makes most of the decorations in the home herself.

An ornate copper storage chest in the Presslys’ master bedroom.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Susan Pressly designed the pattern for the bright tiles installed throughout the kitchen.

One of the bedrooms inside the Pressly home has Mexican tile flooring and a cozy and warm atmosphere.

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by Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

Serene space

The master bedroom of the Mann house features pastel colors.

Honey Mann enjoys collecting kaleidoscopes, such as this one, which is shaped like a plane. Many of her kaleidoscopes are displayed on a glass table in the living room.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

The living room area looks The pool includes a built-in hot out on the pool and Sarasota tub and looks out over the bay. Bay behind the house.

The Mann Home

3572 Fair Oaks Way Light, bright and open are the perfect words to describe Honey Mann’s home. The house features high ceilings and plenty of natural light provided by sunlight streaming in through floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Decorated in shades of pastel with light-toned wood and glass furniture, the color palette is serene and relaxing with a distinctively Florida feel. Unique pieces, such as Mann’s vast collection of kaleidoscopes and paintings and sculptures of indigenous birds, are placed throughout the home. There is something to catch the eye at every turn. The most striking feature of the waterfront home is the unobstructed view of the bay, which can be enjoyed from the welcoming and open living room or by the outdoor pool.






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Chic sophistication A unique chandelier hangs above a dining table near the foyer.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

The Landaus recently renovated their kitchen and dining area.

A piece of color-changing glass art done by Susan Landau’s cousin, Debora Wayne, hangs on the wall between the dining room and the kitchen.

This painting of New Mexico hangs in the master bedroom.

The living room features three paintings of race horses as well as comfortable couches.


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Lenny and Susan Landau’s love of art is evident from the moment you walk through their door. Throughout the home is an extensive and eclectic collection of artwork, most of which is done by the Landaus’ family and friends and local artists. Each piece has a story, including the stunning glassart pieces by Susan Landau’s cousin, Debora Wayne, and the portrait of the Landaus’ mastiff, Priss, which hangs in the master bedroom. The décor is classic/contemporary, featuring geometric shapes and shades of black and yellow. The furniture and artwork pop against a neutral background of soft shades of gray and hardwood floors. The combination of striking pieces and understated elegance creates an overall feeling of chic sophistication. The remodeled kitchen is a cook’s dream, with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. A large island allows the Landaus to move effortlessly throughout the space while cooking with their grandchildren, whom they enjoyed over Thanksgiving. One of the home’s most striking features is what Susan Landau calls her “Wall of Whimsy,” which features a vibrant David Steiner painting and several large sculptures reminiscent of giant candy canes. “You can’t wake up in a bad mood and see that wall and not smile,” she says.

by Maria Amodio | Staff Writer


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MARCH 2011


by Dora Walters | Senior Editor

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Gulfside grandeur The Haas Home 6201 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Above:The pool and patio area at the Haas house includes plenty of lounge chairs and a water fountain.The Haases also have easy beach access from their pool area. Right: A large flower sculpture hangs in the entryway of the Haas house.

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The spacious living room has an abundance of comfortable seating.

A circular drive leads to “High Spirits,” the home of Don and Mary Haas. Take your time visiting this house, because there is a lot to see. Mary Haas has a theater background, which is evident in her love of drama and color. It is reflected throughout the house, which the couple bought when it was only a shell with a roof. An enormous metal red hibiscus dominates a wall near the entrance. And an unusual copperand-bronze wreath hangs on the fireplace wall. Not to be missed is a striking Murano glass chandelier, which Mary Haas picked at the factory in Milan. Check out the master bathroom with its hand-painted wall and rose-colored tub. Note a collage of news clips on Mary Haas’ performance for Princess Grace and the Monaco royal family. An efficiently designed kitchen is Mary Haas’ delight — she loves to cook. Pause a minute on the terrace dining area to look out over the pool and the spectacular view of the beach.

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