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restoration update


Potential Colony investors revealed


After extending the deadline for renovation proposals because of interest, 14 parties are in the running to renovate the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

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+ Longboat Library books solid sale It was a bargain day March 15, when the Longboat Library held its annual book sale. Hundreds of books were on sale. Browsers had a choice of books on outdoor table or inside on shelves. Proceeds are used for a variety of library needs.

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+ Employees cross the line after training On Sunday, Sandy Moutoux, right, chief accountant for the town, and Kathi Pletzke, town MIS director, completed the 2011 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay. Although new to running, they have been in a run/walk/run training program since November, sponsored by Fleet Feet of Sarasota. They hope to recruit others in town to join them in the future.


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Fourteen companies/investors — which includes six participants that either have local roots or businesses in the area — are in the running to either redevelop or teardown and rebuild the shuttered 41-year-old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Board sent a report March 8 to unit owners that revealed Colony unit owner Andy Adams and his AdamsMark LLC; local resort developer Larry Starr; Ocean Properties, Ltd. (owner of the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, the Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Key); Sarasota-based MW Development & Investment Advisory; local commercial Realtor Stan Rutstein; and Sarasota-based Floridays Development Co. have all submitted proposals to restore the resort. The eight other non-local companies and investors are Naples-based Coral Hospitality; New York-based Starwood Capital Group; Broomfield, Co.,-based Quintess; Harper Sibley; Stamford, Conn.,-based JHM LLC; Sonoma County, Calif.,based Mayacama; The Koru Group;


No 23.8% Yes 76.2%

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Fourteen developers have submitted preliminary renovation proposals for the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort that they hope the 232-unit owners will approve to make the property operable again. and Bob Understein and Greg McMurtrie. (See box on page 8 for a list of redevelopment proposals.) Toronto-based Horwath HTL (Hotel, Tourism and Leisure) and its principal, Joel Rosen, who is acting as a strategic consultant for long-range planning of the resort’s

No 15.7% Yes 84.3%

Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon told the Longboat Observer that inspections for Colony units are ongoing and a firm will be hired to perform approximately $20,000 worth of work to the hotel that will satisfy town building inspectors and allow the units to be re-opened to owners. In a letter sent to Yablon dated Feb. 7, Planning Zoning and Building Director Monica Simpson reported that initial inspections performed in the hotel revealed that actions needed to be taken before the units could be used again. Corrective actions include water intrusion, water-heater issues and electrical wiring issues. In a letter to Simpson dated March 11, Yablon states that the Colony will re-open prior to an Aug. 15 deadline. Before Aug. 15, the association must allow the rental of units to outside parties to keep its grandfathered tourism use intact.



Beach project approved Longboat Key voters overwhelmingly approved a $16 million beach project and a charter amendment that clarifies partial terms for commissioners. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor


future, began reviewing proposals this year. The report reveals that Rosen launched a process to identify prospective development/redevelop-

Colony unit inspections update

On Election Day, Longboat Key voters agreed with the town that a north-end, structure-and-sand project was needed — 76.2% of voters approved the $16 million beach project. Tuesday’s vote continues to follow a trend for Longboat Key — the last two beach projects were each approved by approximately 80% of the vote. Also Tuesday, voters approved

a town charter amendment question, which asked voters to clarify what is considered a partial term for commissioners. But the beach-bond referendum was the most important question for taxpayers, who had no commissioner election races on this year’s ballot. Residents approved a beach project that includes the construction of a variety of erosioncontrol structures on the north end of the island. The project cost

also includes placing sand along the north end and other high-erosion areas. Beachside Longboat Key taxpayers, who reside in District A, will fund 80% of the beach project. Bayside property owners, who reside in District B, will pay the remaining 20% of the project. In District A, the beach project approval received 79.6% of the




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+ Mayor Spoll receives standing ovation At a special meeting held Tuesday, March 15 to approve Comprehensive Plan changes for the Department of Community Affairs' review, Mayor George Spoll received a standing ovation from an audience of approximately 75 people. Commissioner Phillip Younger noted that Spoll, who will reach Spoll his term limit next week, had just completed his last official act as mayor. The news prompted an audience of both Islandside renovation-and-expansion project supporters and opponents to stand and applaud. Spoll received handshakes from all of the attorneys involved in the Islandside project hearings over which he presided. Said Spoll: “It was very gratifying and astonishing to get a standing ovation from all sides of the (Islandside project) aisle. It makes you feel that you must have done something right up there.”

+ Team Euphemia Haye to walk toward a cure For Euphemia Haye owners Ray and D’Arcy Arpke, the fight against juvenile diabetes is a personal one: Their daughter, Kate, and nephew, Parker, have the disease. That’s why Team Euphemia Haye will participate for the ninth consecutive year in the Juvenile Diabetes Research

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+ Key residents wing it for eagle-eyed sightings Longboat Key residents must have some eagle eyes. Longboat Harbour resident Christina Filkins captured this bald eagle, left, standing just a few feet away from her condominium. In a second photo, Filkins captured something fishy: the bird snacking on a catfish. And resident John Mrowiec snapped another close-up shot, right, of a bald eagle.

Dora Walters

Firefighter/paramedic Jay Gosnell, left, and police officer Shawn Nagell, right, receive their awards from Kiwanis President Bob Gault.

+ Kiwanis presents annual awards at breakfast The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key honored the Longboat Key Firefighter and Policeman of the Year at its March 10 breakfast. Each spoke briefly about their backgrounds and duties, as well as answered questions from the audience.

Foundation’s “Walk for a Cure” Saturday, March 26, on Siesta Key Beach. The team has raised $120,000 in the past nine years. To make a contribution, send a check payable to JDRF with “Team Euphemia Haye” in the memo line to Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228.

Courtesy of Christina Filkins

Courtesy of John Mrowiec

+Take us out to the ball game! Art Tankersley, fourth from left, organized a group of Whitney Beach residents, friends and family to attend a Baltimore Orioles’ springtraining game Sunday, March 13, at Ed Smith Stadium. Tankersley has been a loyal Baltimore Orioles fan and worked for the organization for many years. He organized Rachel S. O’Hara a group last year, and they all had so much fun they wanted to do it again. Eight of the tickets that Tankersley bought were donated by Nancy Jones for the UN Women, Gulf Coast Chapter’s annual International Women's Day Luncheon silent auction. Tankersley's group of approximately 30 people took up two rows of seats along the first-base line. Although the Orioles did not win against the Detroit Tigers, the attendees still enjoyed a great day at the ball game.

+ Longboat Garden Club does donation by the book The Longboat Key Garden Club has announced the books it will donate this year to the Longboat Library. “Sea Shells: Jewels from the Ocean,” by Bud Titlow; “Florida’s Birds: A Field Guide and Reference,” by David S. Maehr and Herbert W. Kale; and “Best Garden Color for Florida, Vol. 2” by Pamela Crawford will soon hit library shelves.




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P&Z board discusses plaza changes The Planning and Zoning Board discussed height modifications and other changes for Whitney Beach Plaza and Avenue of the Flowers. By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Rachel S. O’Hara

Lazy Lobster Longboat Key owner Michael Garey said that this season he has been able to seat diners at the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, something that last year’s weather prevented until April.

By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

This season’s warmth is a ray of sunshine for local businesses. After weathering last year’s record-low temperatures and a chilly January, resorts and other businesses are reporting that tourists are fleeing the cold for fun in the sun. “It was like someone flipped a switch when the weather finally turned great in mid-February,” said Mary Kay Ryan, director of sales at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. At the Key Club, call volume increased by 150 calls a week midFebruary. Typically, anywhere from 26% to 30% of inquiries are converted to reservations, but some weeks, the rate has been as high as 43% to 44%. March bookings are currently 12% ahead of March of last year. At the 106-unit Casa del Mar, General Manager D.M. Williams said that this year’s fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, is running slightly ahead of last year’s, and that demand is picking up. “We’ve been taking a lot of reservations with the weather the way it is,” Williams said. “Probably by the middle of February, I could hear the phones ringing more.” Karen Rangel, regional director of sales at Ocean Properties Ltd., which owns the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Beach, estimated that bookings for March and April at all three properties are up by approximately 10% from last year. “I think Mother Nature plays a huge role in this when you think of all the cold weather they were getting up North and the fact that the weather here has been nothing short of delightful,” Rangel said. The warm temperatures have been good for other businesses. Lazy Lobster Longboat Key own-

er Michael Garey said that this season, he has been able to seat diners at the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, something that last year’s weather prevented until April. As a result of the additional seats, the restaurant currently serves 450 dinners per night, compared to 275 to 300 last year. “The terrace being available for an additional six weeks has been a major increase in business,” Garey said. St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan said that many business owners have told her that last month was their best February ever. Corrigan said that businesses have benefited from the weather, which has drawn visitors to the area, and the fact that customers are gradually beginning to spend again. Longboat Limousine/Liquid Limousine/Suncoast Sedans owner Jimmy Seaton said that the warm weather has resulted in an increase in boat charters. “As soon as the weather turned nice, we had a flood of boat charters,” he said. “It was awful this time last year.” With last-minute bookings being the new normal at hotels, it’s still too early to predict how strong this season’s numbers will be. Spring-breakers used to book reservations three months in advance, according to Rangel. Now, they book a week or two before their vacations. At the Key Club, Ryan said that guests often book last-minute stays once they have checked the weather forecast. But, she said that the lastminute traffic is also the result of a shift in who is visiting the area. Although the Key Club has lured

The Easter effect This year’s Easter falls on April 24 — 20 days later than last year’s Easter. So, will that impact this year’s season? At the Longboat Key Club, Director of Sales Mary Kay Ryan said that Easter visits are shorter this year — three-tofour nights — than in years in which Easter fell earlier, which sometimes coincided with spring breaks, thus resulting in longer stays. Casa del Mar General Manager D.M. Williams said that the resort is full through April 9 and will have a gap of a week or two before traffic spikes again for Easter weekend. But, regardless of the traffic patterns, most resort officials and business owners agree that a late Easter is a good thing. “It’s always good for us when Easter falls late, because that stretches out our season,” said Karen Rangel, regional director of sales at Ocean Properties Ltd.

visitors from its traditional markets such as the Northeast and Midwest, it is also attracting Floridians who want a short getaway. “We always pull from Florida, but not with the percentages that we see now,” Ryan said.

The Planning and Zoning Board believes future amendments to the Comprehensive Plan should include height modifications for Whitney Beach Plaza and the option for residential use in a new town-center-overlay district near Bay Isles Road. Consensus was reached by planning board members at their Tuesday, March 15 regular meeting in making plan changes that would allow Whitney Beach Plaza to rise from its current one-to-five stories with 65 feet of height in total. The board also agreed that a developer coming forward with a project should be allowed to include plans for a residential component, as long as it doesn’t exceed 20% of the total project. The planning board also wants the town to encourage the consolidation of adjoining properties for a more developed town-center feel for the north end of the island. The board directed town special counsel attorney Nancy Stroud to come back with potential plan amendments that would allow for a residential aspect of a town-center overlay district, which would include Avenue of the Flowers and land east through parcels along Bay Isles Road, such as the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and the religious institutions. Stroud suggested a policy that would allow the town to provide fiscal incentives for proper revitalization to both areas when funds are available. Although the planning board isn’t looking for a new residential component along Bay Isles Road, consensus was reached to see if developers might come back with a senior-living facilities component. Proposed drafts of the plan submitted by Stroud include a policy that reads: “The town encourages the revitalization of a vibrant town center that includes Town Hall and the public tennis complex area, as well as commercial, office, institutional and tourism uses. Within a town-center overlay district, additional nonresidential lot coverage up to 10% and additional height up to one story may be allowed through the Outline Development Plan process to achieve a compact, pedestrian-friendly, attractive design supportive of mixed uses.” Policies related to Whitney Beach Plaza were also submitted. They included encouraging the revitalization of the plaza for a mix of land uses, as well as providing fiscal incentives for revitalization.

DCA REVERSING COURSE? Town attorney David Persson sent a March 9 e-mail to the Town Commission, explaining that the Department of Community Affairs has decided to postpone an administrative hearing process regarding changes to its town codes until further notice. The hearing, which was expected to begin in May, will now be continued until the town has completed changes to its Comprehensive Plan for the department to review. The changes may resolve issues the department has had previously with the town’s land-development regulations. “This is the position the town initially requested, and we are very pleased that DCA has taken it upon itself to assist us in this endeavor,” Persson wrote in his e-mail. The Islandside Property Owners Coalition, which filed a motion for the hearing, urged the Town Commission Tuesday not to submit changes to its Comprehensive Plan. The commission, however, voted 7-0 to submit changes for the DCA’s review.


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+ Formal application to town for cell tower postponed

+ Finance Department receives award The town of Longboat Key Finance Department has received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its 2009 comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate of achievement, according to the association, is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Longboat Key resident and Alpha-Omega Communications owner Jim Eatrides met with Planning, Zoning and Building staff Feb. 1 for a formal pre-application meeting for the cellular tower he is proposing at Longboat Island Chapel. Eatrides said he and his partner, Kevin Barile, are working through numerous revisions before the tower application is formally submitted to the Planning and Zoning Board. “We want to make sure the application is as well-documented as possible,” said Eatrides, who believes the three separate applications needed for the tower might come before the planning board in May.

+ Academy of Government session begins this week Registration is still open for Longboat Key’s 2011 Citizens Academy of Government session.

Residents are invited to enroll in the foursession class, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 16, to learn more about town government and its functions and responsibilities. Call 316-1999, Ext. 243 to register.

Meetings & agendas  Zoning Board of Adjustment Regular Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17.  Town Commission Statutory Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, March 21.  Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24.

+ Bolger foundation donates $2.6 million for clinic Longboat Key resident David Bolger, president and founder of the Bolger Foundation, has donated $2.6 million to create a new Urgent Care Clinic, a Sarasota Memorial Health Care System ancillary facility, at 6331 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The new 4,500-square-foot building is scheduled to open in July and will have nine patientexamination rooms, a pharmacy, lab, X-ray area and ample parking. Bolger’s foundation has donated more than $70 million to philanthropic causes since its inception in 2000.

+ Correction

The March 3 issue of the Longboat

All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Observer incorrectly reported a real-estate sale. The transaction should have read as follows: Jack and Julie Brown, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., purchased the home at 531 Harbor Cove Circle in the Bay Isles I subdivision from Frederick Niedrich, of Sarasota, for $1.05 million.

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Five Longboat Key residents, who reviewed the town’s three pension plans, said the town is ‘headed toward a financial crisis.’ By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

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Longboat Key Public Interest Committee members gave a state of the union address about the town’s three pension plans Wednesday, March 9.

the $2.7 million responsibility to taxpayers today will increase to $4 million to $6 million per year going forward to pay liabilities. The bottom line is we are heading toward a financial crisis and town employees and taxpayers face difficult situations going forward.” Antoine noted that town contributions have risen from $414,000 a year to $2.8 million a year in a 10-year period, for a seven-fold increase in a decade. “Similarly, contributions are eating up an ever increasing portion of our tax revenues,” Antoine said. “We are not in decent shape.”

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Kip O’Neill hears the peacocks stomping on the roof of her Longbeach Village home every morning. When she takes a quick trip to Publix, she returns to find that peacocks have torn up her plants. And, recently, when she went to her neighborhood book club discussion, participants had to use a side entrance because the peacocks had left behind droppings near the front of the house. “It’s hard to live like this when every day there’s something peacockrelated,” she said. Although the peacocks are controversial — some residents love them, while others hate them — many Village residents say that the current system for removal, for which the town gives the Longbeach Village Association money, most recently $2,400 last March, to hire a company to remove the birds, doesn’t work. Former Longboat Key Town Commissioner Gene Jaleski, who worked to bring the peacock issue to the commission’s attention two years ago, said that he counted at least 20 female peacocks on a recent walk down Broadway and estimates that

the Village is home to about twodozen females and 20 to 30 males. And he worries that because spring is mating season, the population will explode, because each female can hatch six chicks each season — and that could result in a higher bill for taxpayers. “The situation the town created didn’t work,” said Jaleski, noting that the current system has essentially left one person in charge of removal. Michael Drake, who, as president of the Longbeach Village Association, is often in charge of arranging the peacock removal, said that he wants to change the town’s ordinance so that peacock removal is a town responsibility. “The problem is that, because it’s in our neighborhood, the town has always taken the position that we have to be the ringmaster,” Drake said. Drake said that a peacock roundup to relocate the birds will occur in the next couple of months. But he said that the peacock problem is too often thought of as a Village problem, rather than a town problem. “If this were in Country Club Shores, believe me, the president would not be the steward of removing the peacocks,” he said.



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“Huge, outdated, voracious dinosaurs.” That was how Key resident and PIC Pension Committee Co-Chairman Ed Adams described the town’s three pension plans at a Longboat Key Public Interest Committee pension forum. Approximately 40 people attended the hour-and-a-half session Wednesday, March 9, at Longboat Island Chapel, and listened as five Key residents and former businessmen described the ins and outs of the town’s plans. Since November, the five men investigated the town’s three plans to make recommendations about the plans, which have approximately $26 million in unfunded liability. Adams explained that the committee’s mission was to study the plans, educate the public on how they work and develop alternatives for town officials that will enable the town to address current and future retirement plan issues. The committee is made up of Bill Forcht, Larry Linhart, Randy Clair and Co-Chairmen Adams and Dick Antoine. “They are beginning to eat away at every tax dollar on the Key,” Adams said about the plans. Forcht said the three plans’ unfunded liability issue is “growing larger by the day.” Antoine said he understands the town has legal obligations to fund the pension plans for current employees. “But the path we believe we are on is very concerning,” Antoine said. “We estimate

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George Spoll made a difference When outgoing Longboat Key Mayor a condo federation meeting to address George Spoll ever decides to do nothing — the concerns. The result was dramatic. not a likely proposition — he should take The building department underwent an a few minutes to put his feet up, draw a attitude change. It became more customer deep, satisfying breath of fresh Longboat oriented, to the point of developing an Key air and feel good about his contribuaward-winning, digital inspection-notifition to the town. cation system that cut costs and speeded George Spoll made a difference — a up the building process for contractors. lasting, important and positive difference Heretofore, Longboat Key was known … in many ways. as contractor hell. Mainland contracSpoll himself says he tors hated to work on can hardly believe he Longboat Key because of has reached the sixthe incessant hassles they year term limit on the encountered from the Town Commission. As of town. Today, Longboat Tuesday, March 22, he Key still has rigid stanwill end his tenure as a dards, but its building town commissioner, one department earns high year as mayor. The end of marks from contractors his term also closes more for customer service when than 15 years of involvecompared with what they ment in town activities. encounter on the mainPrior to becoming land. A touch of Spoll. a commissioner, Spoll 2) After the Holiday served 12 years as presiInn closed, Spoll advodent of the Fairway Bay cated the town create a owners association, 10 pool of tourist units that years as president of the could be built to bring Longboat Key Federation back some of the lost Rachel S. O’Hara of Condominiums hotel rooms. This led to Outgoing Mayor George Spoll and two years on the the two successful charter Longboat Planning and amendments that Spoll, Zoning Board. Spoll has Commissioner David been a member of the Longboat Key Brenner and the chamber of commerce Kiwanis Club since 2004 and serves on its spearheaded in 2008. One created a pool board of directors. of 250 hotel units that could be built on Spoll doesn’t follow. The former the Key, and the other allows properties to Connecticut homebuilder and busibe rebuilt at their current densities in the ness owner is a man of action. Among event they are unintentionally destroyed. his lasting and positive contributions to Neither of these amendments has been Longboat Key that deserve note again: put into practice, but they were monu1) When he was president of the condo mental for the future economic health of federation, Spoll was a leading catalyst Longboat Key. Another touch of Spoll. for changing the culture and attitudes in 3) Spoll’s biggest challenge was serving the town’s Planning, Zoning and Building as mayor during the Longboat Key Club Department. Condo board members prob- and Resort’s application for approval of its ably remember it well. At the time, many $400 million expansion and renovation residents complained vigorously about the plans. anti-customer attitudes that permeated Everyone who witnessed any of that the building department. process knows all of the commissioners, Spoll invited Town Manager Bruce St. but especially Spoll, carried enormous Denis and other town representatives to pressure. This easily was the most intense

test to face the commission in 25 years. You could see the pressure on Spoll’s face during this process. As the man with the gavel, he had to maintain proper, balanced decorum for both sides of the issue; keep his fellow commissioners on point, in order and working collegially; and he had to avoid himself appearing biased. And do it without pay. On balance, Spoll led this process admirably. In the end, Spoll sided with the Key Club’s plans; he favors its expansion and renovation. We hope he sees the day when the project is completed. He will have had an enormous hand in its completion. There is more credit to be given Spoll beyond these three contributions. While some have criticized what they saw as a gruff, bullying persona, Spoll’s bark, if you will, was much louder than his bite. George Spoll has a big heart for Longboat Key. During his six years as commissioner and mayor, Spoll was always one of this town’s biggest cheerleaders. Though he didn’t have to, he attended practically every town event — always at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce’s big events. He represented the town well on the mainland, at Sarasota Tiger Bay and at regional functions. He took his commissioner position seriously, always well versed on the issues. One of his best characteristics is that, unlike some of his predecessors and neighbors on the island, Spoll did not live in the past. He has been a leading advocate for positive change. Even as he leaves the Town Commission, Spoll wants to be a member of an economic revitalization committee, hoping to bring about redevelopment of the Key’s commercial hubs. When the next chapters of Longboat Key’s history are written, George Spoll deserves to be a prominent character. He was a leader. He should be remembered among Longboat Key’s most effective commissioners and mayors. A true public servant.

STARK CONTRAST: Bob Graham vs. Rick Scott Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob now. To drive it (costs) down at the expense Graham and one of his journalist admirers, of young people’s education is wrong. Lucy Morgan, longtime Tallahassee chief “Florida is a wonderful place to live. But for the St. Petersburg Times, can’t stand it. it is a fragile place, and we have to keep They can’t stand that new Florida investing in the things that will retain Gov. Rick Scott does not embrace that high quality of life.’” their statist, paternalistic world and Translation: Sen. Graham wants to go in the opposite direction embraces the view that education as they. They can’t stand that Scott needs more money; that the state wants Florida to reverse course and is smarter than its citizens; and reduce the reach of the state on its that taking your money and letting citizens. lawmakers and bureaucrats “invest” Graham To that end, Morgan just had to call it is the best way to secure Florida’s Florida’s wise Liberal Lion last week quality of life. and ask Graham what he thought of You can just imagine the agenda of our new governor. No correspondent Morgan savoring the surprise, Graham delivered just what criticism of Scott as she tapped out Morgan was hoping for — a lashing Graham’s words on her computer. of Scott. It makes great news copy. Take that, Scotty, boy! From her report: To be sure, there is a big contrast “(Graham) openly criticized Gov. here. Night (Graham) and day Scott Rick Scott’s plans to cut education (Scott). In fact, there has never been funding, eliminate money for Florida a clearer, more diametrically opposite Forever and dismantle the state agency that philosophical difference in modern oversees growth management.” Florida political history than that of the It was as if Morgan was saying: Can Bob Graham-statist tradition versus the you believe this? Gov. Scott is attacking freedom philosophy of Scott. the three pillars of Florida statism — When Graham was in the governor’s government-monopolized education; mansion, he was one of the leading buying private land with tax dollars to champions of the “unitary tax,” a tax on all “preserve” it from development; and profits of companies doing business here. one of the anti-growth community’s Florida’s business community had to fight favorite institutions, the Department hard to defeat this job-killing monster. of Community Affairs, the gatekeeper As governor, Graham also was one of the to inhibiting population growth and leading proponents of the 1985 Growth development by way of regulation. Management Act. Florida State University Graham went on: economist Randall Holcombe pointed out “This idea of selling Florida as the in 2005 that Florida’s growth-management cheapest state — well that’s what we’ve got laws have led exactly to what Graham

and his “controlled-growth” proponents wanted to stop: more sprawl. The act also drove up the cost of housing and scared off businesses. From this, Graham took his statist ways to the U.S. Senate. Americans for Tax Reform, consistently gave Graham a 5% rating on a scale of 100% for being pro-tax and pro-spending. So, of course, Bob Graham chafes at Gov. Scott’s agenda. Scott is the antithesis of what Graham believes. Indeed, read the final passages of the governor’s State of the State address. They describe the foundation of the original America: “our promise of … lower taxes … individual opportunity, individual accountability and more freedom …” If you know Scott, you know those words are not just political rhetoric. They are the core of who he is. “Don’t blink,” Scott told his legislative colleagues at the State of the State. “… Stand together with the courage of our convictions,” he urged them. Rick Scott may not be the orator of a Ronald Reagan or John Kennedy (yet). And nearly half of Floridians may think his beliefs and agenda are extreme. But they are fundamentally American. Given the choice — the path of Graham and statism, or that of Scott and increasing freedom, Floridians have reached the Rubicon. The contrast is sharp. We know the Graham path is unsustainable. Scott, meanwhile, has the courage and conviction to change course. We hope lawmakers can find the same within themselves. If they do, we can’t wait to call Sen. Graham four years from now.

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LETTERS + Outgoing Mayor Spoll should be commended for leadership

Dear Editor: Outgoing Mayor George Spoll should be highly commended for his leadership and service to our town over the years and especially guiding the Town Commission as mayor. During his tenure, our town has faced historically pivotal issues that will positively impact the health of our community for years. The most notable being the decision to allow the Longboat Key Club to significantly reinvest in its property to the benefit of all real-estate values and island businesses. Spoll’s leadership through the morass of detail and obstruction took much intelligence and critical strategic thinking. Protecting our most important asset, our beaches, is another. Thank you Mr. Mayor, and we wish you continued health and success! Bob and Shannon Gault Longboat Key

+ SmartMoney magazine gets it wrong on gold

Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to SmartMoney Magazine. Dear Editor: I was very disappointed with Russell Pearlman’s “The Power of Gold” in the March 2011 issue of Smart Money magazine. He should read a piece on the subject by George Rauch in the March 3 issue of the Longboat Observer. Hopefully, Pearlman is not above it all to take the time to read about gold from someone without an agenda. Sadly, the American public has a hell of a time getting the real facts on our money and its

to the



relationship to gold, and you did not help this time. Please take the lead on this, rather than following the typical Wall Street culture of omission and ignorance on gold and our money. Wolfgang Doerschlag Longboat Key

+ Thankful Scott averted high-speed rail wreck

+ Flight path opposition shows entitlement mentality

Dear Editor: The proposed high-speed rail is a wreck. It’s astonishing, to say the least, that there are those who want this boondoggle built and have no clue that the federal government has no way to pay for this other than its printing press. To add more debt financing to an already huge federal deficit is insane. Simply put, if this high-speed-rail proposal is such a good idea, and that it can be profitable and pay for itself over time, private industry would be building it. Government interference is not the answer. I love the part about “politicians guarantee Florida taxpayers would not be liable for any costs.” What rational person is going to believe that? The only reason this federal government and the temporary occupant of the White House want to interfere in an intrastate project in which they have no business is to further their socialist agenda by making local governments beholden to them and to collectivize transportation. This is a trap only a fool would fall for. Thank goodness for Gov. Rick Scott. Milan V. Adrian Longboat Key

Dear Editor: Andrew Aitken’s sense of entitlement is unbelievable — no aircraft over north Longboat Key. There is no concern that pilot safety is critical at takeoff and that flight patterns are determined by air traffic controllers in Tampa whose responsibility is traffic safety in a busy corridor. The taxpayers of Longboat Key have wasted enough money on trivial matters.  The Longboat Key Town Commission, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Authority and the Tampa Air Traffic Control have more pressing and important concerns than Aitken’s complaints. As long-term residents of Longboat Key and pilots, we do not share his sense of entitlement. Norton and Lucille Wolf  Longboat Key

+ Town should create state-of-the-art bikeways

Dear Editor: We should be creative as a community and engineer truly safe, state-of-the-art bikeways. As only one example, Copenhagen has a safety curb between the bike and car traffic. The town should hire talented planning professionals, which could result in both desirable eco-tourism and truly safer conditions for both drivers and bicyclists. Let’s be thoughtful and innovative so that all can enjoy our paradise more safely. Alan Lenowitz Longboat Key

+ Thanks to all who made fashion show a success

Dear Editor: Thank you, Longboat Observer, for loaning your Senior Editor, Dora Walters, to us to model in the Lord’s Warehouse Fashion Show and Luncheon Feb. 22, at the Longboat Island Chapel. She was a great “mystery guest” and had fun hamming it up with Hawaiian-themed clothes, then looking smashing in the evening-wear fashion scene. It was a full house, and everyone enjoyed the afternoon event. All clothing was generous donations to the Lord’s

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AdamsMark LLC. Missing from the list is a proposal from Colony Lender LLC representatives David Siegal and Randy Langley. Siegal and Langley are moving forward on foreclosure proceedings on $11 million in bank loans from Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber that were purchased from Bank of America in March 2009. When asked if a proposal was submitted, Siegal said, “I would think that we did that when we submitted our proposal months ago during the mediation process. I don’t know what’s going on there. Right now, I am just taking the posture of the bank that’s foreclosing.” In an e-mail sent to unit owners March 8, Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon said the board “has been very pleasantly pleased with the large number of parties expressing serious, credible interest in the Colony, so much so that an

earlier deadline of Feb. 25 has twice been extended by a week to accommodate this surge of interest.” Yablon said that Rosen will develop a comparative analysis of all the preliminary proposals and will share the proposals and his analysis with the board and owners at a later date. “This way, owners and the board (which also has not seen the detailed proposals yet) will get to see everything at once so that no one proposal is considered in a vacuum and all proposals can be balanced one against the another,” Yablon wrote in his e-mail. The board and the unit owners, Yablon states, will determine which of these preliminary proponents will be asked to submit full detailed proposals that can then be further analyzed by the board. The unit owners will select the winning proposal, most likely by a 75% vote.

colony redevelopment contenders emerge Company/Investor Founder Location Solution Renovation and restoration Coral Hospitality John Ayres Naples of existing units MW Development & Investment Advisory Manfred Welfonder Sarasota Teardown and rebuild of resort Quintess Peter Estler Broomfield, Co. Major renovation Renovation and proposed Harper Sibley Harper Sibley N/A operator of resort JHM LLC John McClutchy Stamford, Conn. Renovate and redevelop resort AdamsMark LLC Andy Adams Key Biscayne Restoration of resort Mayacama David Wilhelm Sonoma County, Calif. Acquire and redevelop resort Converting to high-end Bob Understein and Gregg McMurtrie N/A N/A fractional timeshare Starwood Capital Group Barry Sternlicht New York Restoration of existing resort Ocean Properties Ltd. Mark Walsh Delray Beach Restoration and management of resort Doug Jenkins Renovation; options for The Koru Group and Greg Clark Unavailable fractional ownership RealtyOne Larry Starr Sarasota Renovation and operation of resort Stan Rutstein, Commercial realtor N/A Bradenton/Sarasota Unavailable Floridays Development Co. Angus Rogers Sarasota Renovation and restoration of resort


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vote, or 371 votes, compared to 20.4%, or 95 votes, that was against the project. In District B, the beach project approval received 73.9% of the vote, or 521 votes, compared to 26.1%, or 184 votes, that was against the project. Island-wide, the beach project approval received 76.2% of the vote, or 892 votes, compared to 23.8%, or 279 votes, against the project. The approval was considered a victory for the Town Commission, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and town staff. All have worked in some form to inform the public of the beach project and what it means for the island. In previous weeks, St. Denis had given a beach presentation at various locations to explain why the project is important. Mayor George Spoll said he was pleased with the election results. “Obviously, this is something that in my judgment had to happen,” Spoll said. “The town has a responsibility to the people on the north end, and the sand is needed to carry us forward at least until the 2013-14 renourishment.” Spoll said the reaction to the beach project in countless beach meeting sessions was “99.9% positive.” “The town’s citizens realize how important the beach is to the overall character of this island,” Spoll said. To help hold sand on the severely eroded north end, a groin that’s similar to what sits on the

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 million surtax funding option and a $5 million credit from natural-gas pipeline company Port Dolphin LLC are received next year. St. Denis also said changes might be coming to the town’s island-wide beach project. The Town Commission chose to put forth this ballot question as opposed to an island-wide beach project, because it believes it would be too early. Also on the ballot was a town charter amendment question, which asked voters to clarify what is considered a partial term for commissioners. The charter amendment allows 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 charter amendment was approved by 84.3%, or 981 votes. The turnout for Election Day was below average (30% to 50%), most likely due to the lack of a commission race. This year, 1,175 total votes were cast Key-wide, or 18.8% of the town’s 6,260 registered voters.

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“Game changing” was the phrase used most often to mark the announcement that The Jackson Laboratory had chosen Sarasota County for its Florida headquarters. It was certainly that; and probably a whole lot more we’ve yet to fathom. Easier to fathom is the victorious strategy that helped wrest this coveted prize from Hillsborough County—which, until the eleventh hour, had been the presumed winner. In an amazing show of unity, clarity and purpose, a joint team representing Sarasota County’s medical, academic, philanthropic and governmental communities stepped-up and made one thing perfectly clear to the decision makers from Jackson Labs: Sarasota County is the only market with the combination of assets your mission needs to unfold successfully. Not only because we have the clinical facilities and patient population you need, but also because all facets of our close-knit community are completely united in wanting you here. This strategy translated into one of the biggest economic wins for Sarasota County since John Ringling and Bertha Palmer long ago chose to conduct their various business enterprises here. Its triumph will inject major economic diversity into our region; while the unique combination of community assets and talent that attracted this clean, biotech company to our market can be used again and again to appeal to similar companies in search of the same supportive environment.

It Takes A Village

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose scientific mission is to advance human health. Their focus is to unlock each individual’s genetic code in order to more effectively diagnose, treat—and potentially ward-off—such insidious diseases as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease. That Sarasota County’s has the patient population necessary to allow Jackson to advance its treatments from the labs to their bedsides—and ultimately to their homes—wasn’t enough on its own merit to sway their decision in our favor. It was the quality, efficiency and reach of our community’s health care delivery system—as epitomized by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System—combined with our community’s longstanding affiliation with Jackson’s research partner, the University of South Florida, that made the biggest difference. Also in the mix, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation demonstrated Sarasota County’s philanthropic prowess by pledging to help raise private funding for the biomedical village that will sprout up around the new facility. In formally announcing that Sarasota County had won their decision, Charles Hewett, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Jackson Laboratory, heaped extraordinary praise on our community. “This is a win-win for the entire region,” he said before a phalanx of cameras. “The pieces just fit together better here and we are absolutely thrilled with the reception we’ve gotten. Yours


is an extremely welcoming community and it’s very exciting to think of becoming part of it.” Joining Dr. Hewitt on the dais as he addressed an overflow crowd of reporters and dignitaries were Teri A. Hansen, president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Gwen MacKenzie, CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Dr. Judy Genshaft, president of USF; and Commissioner Carolyn Mason, representing Sarasota County. Watching the proceedings unfold, it wasn’t lost on this observer that we can also take tremendous pride in the number of women who occupy positions of utmost authority in our community’s philanthropic, medical, academic and governing bodies. The heavy lifting isn’t over yet. For the project to come to full fruition the governor and a majority of Sarasota County voters have to approve state and local funding in exchange for the promise of thousands of high-paying jobs and the hundreds of millions in revenue that have been calculated over time to accompany Jackson’s decision to move here. The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child. With The Jackson Laboratory as the newest addition to our Gulf Coast “village” we commend and congratulate the team of local leaders—headed by Ms. Hansen—that brought them this far. Now it’s up to Governor Scott and the rest of us to finish the job.

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March 2 Well done 7:19 p.m. — 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Fire. Smoke from a burned dinner set off a fire alarm.

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Found Property. A man picked up his cell phone at the police station. Someone found the phone while walking in Joan M. Durante Park.

March 5, 1995 6 p.m. Woman called 911 for takeout food delivery. Advised that hunger pangs do not equal an emergency.

Lightening their load 7:32 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road. Trespassing. A group told police they were only reloading kayaks onto their vehicle at the closed North Shore Road beach access because the water had gotten rough and they had to disembark there. They were advised of parking and trespassing restrictions.

car. The woman ripped off the expired tag to reveal a proper metal tag. The paper tag was confiscated by police and destroyed.

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7:54 p.m. — 3200 block of Bayou Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A couple told police that upon returning to their home, they found a door open that led from the pool area into the home. Although the couple was sure someone must have entered the home, police found no signs of entry.

10:36 p.m. — Off the Key. Traffic Violation. Police watched a driver run a stop sign at Broadway and drive 60 miles per hour on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The driver also had an open container of beer in the vehicle. He was issued multiple tickets.

Where there’s smoke ... 7:28 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Fire Alarm. Police responded to a fire alarm and found the unit owner trying to get rid of the smoke in the kitchen. The smoke was under control.

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Just visiting 8:38 a.m. — 700 block of Russell Street. Suspicious Vehicle. Police located the owner of a van that was reported as “suspicious looking.” The van driver was staying with a neighbor, and the matter was labeled a misunderstanding.

Phone pickup 11:41 a.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Eat In or Take Out

1:37 a.m. — 3200 block of GMD. Driving Under the Influence. A man was arrested and taken to Sarasota County Jail for driving under the influence.

Temporary solution 10:55 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Circumstance. Police confronted a woman about driving with a temporary tag on the back of her

2:33 p.m. — 100 block of North Shore Road. Code Enforcement. A man who is a frequent offender of allowing his dog on Beer Can Island was issued a notice to appear in court.

Taking count 6:44 p.m. — 500 block of Ranger Lane. Suspicious Person. A woman told police that a disheveled, suspicious person was roaming the streets soliciting. She later told police the man claimed to work with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Need some ‘me’ time 8:31 p.m. — 500 block of Gunwale Lane. Animal Found. Police reunited a Siberian husky with its owner in Country Club Shores. The husky had made its way to the Longboat Key Club and Resort.


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It’s never too early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Longboat Key. Spanish Main Yacht Club residents decided to hold their party March 8, at the clubhouse. Chairwoman Sheila Binder and her committee organized a dinner featuring, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Baskets of Irish soda bread adorned every table. And green — the color du jour — was seen everywhere, from decorations Carol Mae, Chairwoman Sheila Binder and Pat McGouran to residents’ clothing choices.

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The Battle of Ridgeway took place in 1866, shortly after the Civil War, when the New York City-based Irish loyalist Fenians invaded Canada in an attempt to blackmail England and regain Irish sovereignty. Former U.S. Sen. Marlow IF YOU GO Cook, 85, grew up 20 miles American outside of Troubadour Project Buffalo, N.Y., Inc.presents‘The the site from Battle of Ridgeway’ which troops When:7 p.m. Thurswere ferried day, March 17 across the NiWhere:Asolo Center agara River. for the Performing Then, at age Arts’ Cook Theatre, 15, he moved to 5555 N. Tamiami Louisville, Ky., Trail, Sarasota and he went Info:Visit Americanon to practice law there and enjoy a 17-year political career beginning in 1957 in the Kentucky House of Representatives and ending with six years in the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1974. But, despite the key role the 17th Kentucky Fenian Regiment played in the battle, Cook was unfamiliar with it. But, on St. Patrick’s Day, Cook, a Plymouth Harbor resident, will narrate “The Battle of Ridgeway” at the American Troubadour Project Inc.’s gala at the Asolo Cen-

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ter for the Performing Arts’ Cook Theatre; music will be performed by Bill Schustik and Mindy Simmons. Cook, who became involved with the American Troubadour Project several years ago with the Asolo and, later, for Sarasota schools, learned about the battle when friends gave him a tape about it that they had made for a similar group. The troubadour project aims to teach history by putting it to music. “A lot of students say to me that they don’t like history,” he said. “But music and poetry were the way that news flew across the United States in the old days.”

Key resident named volunteer of the year By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

At precisely 1:35 p.m. every Tuesday, Longboater Michael Shlifer arrives at McIntosh Middle School to mentor 13-year-old Ra’Neisha McKenzie. They practice their golf swings and play board games, and sometimes they just sit and talk. No matter what, Shlifer has been there every week for the past three years. “The most important thing is that she has someone to count on,” says Shlifer. Shlifer has been volunteering at McIntosh Middle School since 2005 and was recently named Senior Volunteer of the Year for McIntosh Middle School by PALS: Partners in Education, which coordinates volunteer and business partnership activities within the Sarasota County School District. Shlifer will be honored at a recognition event, along with volunteers from other Sarasota County Schools, at an April 12 ceremony. “Michael is dedicated, dynamic and he sees the big picture in terms of what’s best for children,” says PALS specialist Tanice Knopp. When Shlifer first began meeting with Ra’Neisha, then a shy sixth-grader, she was hesitant to open up to him, but after three years, the two are now almost as at ease with each other as Shlifer is with his two granddaughters. Shlifer has gotten books on law for Ra’Neisha, who hopes to be a lawyer or teacher some day. She, in turn, has helped Shlifer perfect his text-messaging skills. “He just makes me happy every time I see him,” says Ra’Neisha.

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It was a howling good time on Fat Tuesday, during the second annual dog parade put on by the St. Armands Circle Association. Dogs of all shapes and sizes came decked out in their snazziest attire in hopes of winning “best costume.” “What could be more festive?” said Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association. “St. Armands is so dog-friendly, so we came up with the dog costume contest.” The Mardi Gras king, Cliff Roles, took pictures with the primped pooches prior to the parade. Joe Bruno’s Dixieland Hotdogs led the parade of people and pets around the Circle. Also on hand throughout the evening was a pet psychic, a tarot card reader, henna tattoos and masks and beads galore! Dozer, an ori-pei, dressed as a pirate.

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The Bird Key Yacht Club Sea Gals welcomed new members to the club at their monthly luncheon Wednesday, March 2, at the yacht club. Sea Gals Chairwoman Joyce Steele recognized each of the 28 new members in attendance. The presenter for the luncheon was body linguist and speaker Kenney DeCamp, aka Dr. Mime. The former orthopedic/neurosurgical physician’s assistant lectures as a body linguist on mind/body connections.

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Russell Hadley Jr.

Russell Hadley Jr., 89, of Longboat Key and formerly of London, died March 5. He was born March 27, 1981. Mr. Hadley was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, and son, Russell Hadley III. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Knight, of Haverford, Pa.; son, David Edward Hadley, of Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society,

Mary Maude Sumner Ramsey

Mary Maude Sumner Ramsey, 89, of Longboat Key, died March 7. Born Oct. 10, 1921, in Grand Rapids, Mich., she spent her early years in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Kansas City, Mo., where Ramsey she met and married her husband of 66 years, J.D. Ramsey. Mrs. Ramsey loved music and shared it with her family, friends and the congregations of her churches in Des Moines, Iowa, and Longboat Key. She was a classical pianist and an accomplished soprano soloist. She performed at Plymouth Congregational and Central Presbyterian Churches of Des Moines and Christ Church of Longboat

Key, Presbyterian and in private recitals for family, friends and the music clubs Treble Clef and Fortnightly. She was a member of the Junior League and conducted the J.L. Chorus for several years. She was also a patron of the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Simpson College Department of Music. Mrs. Ramsey’s other interests included tennis, sailing, reading and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey spent many summers sailing on the waters of Cass Lake, in northern Minnesota, and on Sarasota Bay and the Florida Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Ramseys and their family and friends traveled extensively and enjoyed experiencing new people and cultures. Mrs. Ramsey is remembered for her strength of character, which made her the center of her extended family, and her agile wit and compassion for all people and animals. Mrs. Ramsey is survived by her husband, J.D.; son, John, of Des Moines; and daughters Deborah Wilson, of Seattle, and Kathryn Carey, of Des Moines; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Ramsey’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, followed by a reception at Wakonda Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Christ Church of Longboat Key,

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Martin Shindler, 88, of Sarasota and formerly of Springfield, N.J., and New York City, died March 8. Born Aug. 17, 1922, he spent his childhood in Bronx, N.Y., and served during World War II. He later served Shindler as president of Temple Beth Ahm, in Springfield. Mr. Shindler was the husband of Mavis Yorks Shindler and formerly of Carolyn Shindler and Lenore Shindler; brother of Florence Abramson; father to Robert and Jolene, Norman and Marjie, Steven and Kelley, and Michelle; stepfather to Jeff and Janie, Jill, Neva, Stephanie and Lloyd, Daniel, and Lindsay; grandfather of 13; and greatgrandfather of two. A service was held Sunday, March 13, at Temple Beth Israel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, 60 Temple Drive, Springfield, N.J., 07081 or Variety Club of Georgia, The Children’s Charity, 9800 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 8, Johns Creek, Ga., 30097.

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“Jean has an aura around her,” says Iain Webb. “When I first got here, I attended a luncheon and all you could hear were people whispering Jean’s name, and then suddenly the doors opened and there she was. She has that charisma.”

Prima on a pedestal On the eve of the Sarasota Ballet’s 20th anniversary gala, founder Jean Weidner gets ready for her standing ovation.


here’s no mistaking Jean Weidner for anything other than a former ballerina. The same way you can pick out a diesel mechanic by the grease stains and cal-

luses on his palms, you can pick out a ballerina by the arch in her feet, the crane of her neck and the way she weightlessly navigates a room, as if somewhere a curtain has lifted and roses

are raining. Such is the case with Weidner, the South African prima ballerina who founded the Sarasota Ballet before many of the company’s current dancers were even born.




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“It’s in everything I do,” Weidner says of dancing. “It’s in how I plan. How I organize. How I question and take criticism. How I work with a team. It’s given me discipline and focus and the ability to go over the hump when you don’t think you can keep going … when most people give up.” It’s a Wednesday afternoon at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. In less than 10 minutes, the matinee performance of “Twelve Angry Men” will let out, forcing Weidner to ferret out a quiet corner of the lobby. Breezing past the Sarasota Ballet box office, she glides into the elevator and presses the button to go up. Though she stopped dancing 30 years ago, Weidner, at 65, still looks like she could break into a jeté at any second. “No, no, no,” she says dismissing the suggestion. “I would no more do a ballet class than fly. I was at that level once. Now it’s like, ‘Let me take Pilates or kick a soccer ball.’” It’s hard to picture Weidner punting a soccer ball. She’s cool. Lean. Well-dressed. Hair knotted into a tight, blond bun. Neck long and swan-like. Feet tucked into a pair of sling-back heels. Posture so straight you almost will her to slump just to feel better about your own sloppy carriage. Yet she doesn’t slump. Not once. “I like to do what I can do well,” she says. “If I can no longer do it well, then I stop doing it.” She glides out of the elevator, where a woman spots her and exuberantly reveals that she’ll be attending this month’s Sarasota Ballet gala, at which Weidner will be honored for establishing the company 20 years ago. She slips past a sign that indicates the reception area is closed for a luncheon and settles into a wobbly table in the back

Jean Weidner is a closet horrormovie addict.  Contrary to her ballerina background, the former dancer is not a sucker for romantic movies.  “I’ve seen every ‘Dracula’ known to man,” Weidner says. “I was in love with Frank Langella. He was drop-dead gorgeous.”  Weidner was so enamored with Dracula that she even created a ballet based on the vampire story for the first company she founded in Evansville, Ind. 

of the room, apologizing for its proximity to the men’s restroom. “I hope you don’t mind the sound of toilets flushing,” she says, crossing her legs demurely, unaware of the juxtaposition between this comment and her body language. “Hopefully no one will notice us back here.” She’s in a blissful mood. Nothing, not even intermittent toilet flushing, can blight it. After years of keeping her distance from the ballet for reasons she refrains from divulging, Weidner is back in the loop. At the heart of her comeback and tribute gala is Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb, now in his fourth season with the company. When Webb, a former Royal Ballet dancer, came to Sarasota in 2007 to lead the organization following longtime Artistic Director Robert de Warren’s retirement, he and Weidner hit it off immediately. Webb’s first day on the job, he popped into Designing Women Boutique — the high-end Sarasota consignment shop Weidner co-founded in 2001 with Diane Roskamp and Margaret Wise — to intro-

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“Know thyself,” says Jean Weidner. “That’s the most important thing in life.”

duce himself to the company’s founding mother. “It took me three days to get her phone number,” Webb says. “I don’t think people wanted me to speak to her, but I didn’t care about the politics. I thought contacting her was the right thing to do.” Weidner was impressed. She says it was a “classy move.” At Webb’s invitation, she began to sit in on rehearsals. The first time she dropped in, she did so discreetly, quietly studying the movements of the dancers as they worked through familiar choreography

— Ashton, Cranko, Dame Ninette de Valois — the legends she cut her teeth on as a young dancer with Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet. “When you see something like that, all these feelings come back to you in bits and pieces,” Weidner says. “It was like I was revisiting my youth.” She was invigorated by Webb’s chutzpah, his ability to convince board members to let the company break new ground by dancing revered English ballets as well as edgier contemporary works. “We’re back on track,” Weidner says. “The company is doing extraordinarily well. They’re dancing masterpieces and rising to a level I always knew they were capable of. I’m an awfully happy camper at the moment.” Add to the fact that her second Sarasota baby, Designing Women Boutique, has raised more than $1 million for local nonprofits and added a new division to its inventory — an estate sales and downsizing department, which Weidner is currently managing. “You structure an organization and begin to build it,” she says. “Then, you feed the staff members in and the board steps out. Eventually, if you’ve been a success, you’re out of a job.” In the background, a microphone crackles on and a post-show lecture begins, drowning out the rest of Weidner’s sentence. Without wasting time, she rises from the wobbly table, rides the elevator back down to the first floor and settles into another seat. Again, she crosses her legs demurely. A black-and-white film starring Joan Crawford is playing in the lobby. For a second, Weidner fixes her gaze on the actress. “Joan Crawford,” she says bemused. “Now that was an amazing actress.” Amazing — and reportedly insufferable. “Well,” Weidner says. “If you’re universally liked, it can get boring.”

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+ Teen journalist reports for Disney Bravo to Sarasota’s Raven von Wood for landing a coveted hosting gig at this year’s Disney’s Dreamers Academy. Now in its fourth year, the program functions as a fourday, career-enrichment conference for teens, featuring celebrity keynote speakers and educational workshops. Two years ago, the 16-yearold home-schooled student was

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+ JT debuts new tequila in Sarasota Wait a minute. Justin Timberlake has a brand of tequila? And what? He was in Sarasota last week? How did the singer-turned actorturned-liquor distiller manage to elude the paparazzi? Well, by being discreet and picking a private yacht club to premiere his new subtly fruity 901 Silver Tequila. Distributed by the New Yorkbased wine and spirits importer Palm Bay International, the Timberlake beverage was undoubtedly the main attraction during last week’s Palm Bay corporate retreat held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. To ensure that the 30-year-old pop star wouldn’t create a spectacle, the company chose to host its 901 kickoff Wednesday, March 9, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, where staffers were asked to remain mum about the party’s man of the hour. According to food and beverage manager Anthony Puccio, Timberlake was “very cordial and very polite” as he posed for pic-

in Lake Buena Vista, to host video segments for Disney’s social media network. “I was told I’d do well on camera,” von Wood says. “And I’ll admit, it’s a lot of fun, but to be honest, writing is my love.” To see von Wood in action, search “Disney Dreamers Academy” on YouTube. She’s a total natural.

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tures with the chef and wait staff. “Years ago, I managed an offshore race team for Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys,” Puccio says. “So I understood where they were coming from as far as keeping things secret.” Not that the tabloids weren’t hot on Timberlake’s trail. Two days after the event, a staff reporter from US Weekly phoned Puccio looking for dirt on Timberlake, who recently split from longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel. Puccio wisely told the rag mag “no comment.”

+ Sarasota Ballet gets a leg-up in Washington The Sarasota Ballet shared some big news last week. The company, which has so far enjoyed a pretty remarkable 20th anniversary season, will

one of 100 students accepted into the program. This year, the aspiring journalist was invited Cindy Van Schultz back to the Raven von Wood event, which was held March 3 to March 6,

pad its fall repertoire with a collaborative performance with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet this October, in Washington, D.C. Suzanne Farrell, a former

In a cultural mecca such as Sarasota, preachers have no choice but to work theatrics into their sermons. Meet Dr. David M. Rhoads, this month’s scholar-in-residence at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Rhoads, a former New Testament professor at the Lutheran School of Theology, in Chicago, is such a first-class orator, parishioners have been speculating whether the guy studied theater. He didn’t. That’s a rumor. Instead, Rhoads, who was ordained in 1968, has a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, a master’s degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in philoso-

prima ballerina and George Balanchine muse, has kept her eye on the Sarasota Ballet over the past two seasons. In December, she contacted Director Iain Webb to invite the company to perform Balanchine’s

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Dr. David M. Rhoads phy from Duke University. “The ancient manuscripts were like musical scores,” explains Rhoads. “You can’t read them without humming. The New Testament is performance literature. In a sense, we’ve lost that dynamic.” Although Rhoads’ specialty is

“Diamonds” Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 on her home turf, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Adding further clout to the project: The famous Balanchine ballet was originally created in 1967 specifically for Farrell.

his two-and-a-half-hour delivery of the Gospel of Mark, he says his Book of Revelations is just as emotive and equally exhausting to perform. You can catch Rhoads’ last two lectures from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 17 and March 24, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. “This is quite an honor for our dancers and the entire community,” Webb says. “I believe this marks the first time one of Sarasota’s leading arts organizations has been invited to perform at such a prestigious venue.”

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Matt Nitsch arrived at The Players Theatre straight out of college. The technical director explains why, after a decade of musicals, he’s never left for a nine-to-five job. Matt Nitsch is standing on a ladder on the set of “The Producers.” Dressed in a black “The Who’s Tommy” T-shirt and carpenter jeans, Nitsch looks official — and busy. A native of Peoria, Ill., he joined The Players staff as an assistant technical director in 2001 after graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in theater design and production. A former college classmate hooked him up with the job. Though Nitsch wanted to work on cruise-ship productions, a full-time job offer in Sarasota was too tempting to turn down. Ten years later, Nitsch, is still here. Now the company’s technical director, he’s logged more hours backstage than almost anyone on The Players’ staff. “There are days where it’s just a job,” he says. “But, for the most part, it’s really fun. It’s not like one of those jobs where every day is the same thing over and over. There’s always a different


“The Producers” is playing through March 20, at The Players Theatre. For tickets, call 365-2494 or visit www. cast, a different set, a different deadline.” Speaking of deadlines, Nitsch’s two-week window to prepare for “The Producers” has come to a close. With only one day left to get the show up, the crew is feeling the time crunch. As soon as this interview is over, Nitsch will head over to the theater’s 10th Street scene shop to build a New York City skyline. “This is the biggest show of the season,” Nitsch says. “And we’ve got the least amount of time to prepare for it.” The 34-year-old is surprisingly calm. This isn’t the first time he’s worked under pressure. Last year, when The Players brought “Tommy” to the International Amateur Theatre Festival in Venice, Nitsch was charged

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“I like going out in the lobby after a show and hearing people say they loved the set,” Matt Nitsch says. “I don’t need to hear it to feel good about what I do, but if it happens, it always makes me happy.” with relocating the set, costumes and pit orchestra instruments, as well as the sound, lighting and special effects equipment. “Basically, we moved our whole theater to Venice,” he says. “It was an ordeal, but I enjoyed it because it was a challenge.” Nitsch was never concerned with being the star of the show. Acting, he says, was better left to the kids who could memorize lines. His forte was working backstage, starting with the day he volunteered to bring in all the props for his fifth-grade produc-

tion of “Little Red Riding Hood.” “I’ve always liked being the behind-the-scenes guy who makes it happen,” Nitsch says. “I’ve never had the performing bug.” In high school, he signed up for drama club, where his knack for building and running shows led to gigs with a small theater company in his hometown. For 10 years, Nitsch worked backstage on Peoria’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which every year coincided with the town’s holiday light show. He’s seen the show so many

If you’ve been in The Players lobby recently, you’ve probably noticed a table of random glass-art pieces for sale near the stage door. Nitsch is responsible for these one-of-a-kind designs, which he makes using old glasses, goblets, plates and bowls. Stacking the pieces like a totem, Nitsch creates whimsical garden ornaments that catch the light and add pizzazz to just about any flowerbed. times he can recite the chorus from “Any Dream Will Do” in his sleep. As a result, he doesn’t mind that The Players doesn’t often stage “Joseph.” “Some shows I just don’t need to watch anymore,” Nitsch says dryly. “It’s like, ‘Been there, done that. Let’s do something new and exciting.’”

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Local artist finds beauty in waste

Andrea Mihalyffy’s ‘waste chimes’ will change the way you see plastic water bottles. Meet the artist making a statement. From a distance, Andrea Mihalyffy’s chimes look like ethereal sea creatures, dried jellyfish plucked from the surf and strung from a cluster of vine wreathes. They blend into the landscape at Marie Selby Bontanical Gardens, where for nearly a month they’ve hung from the branch of an old oak tree that resembles a giraffe, piquing the curiosity of gardens visitors. It isn’t until you get up close to the tree that you see that the chimes are, in fact, plastic water bottles hanging from fishing line. “I wanted them to be transparent,” Mihalyffy says of her first eco-friendly art installation. “Like something that’s right in front of our eyes, but we don’t ever see it’s there.” She is, of course, referring to the mass consumption of plastic water bottles. Industry studies suggest that only 12% of small water bottles get recycled. This is the crux of Mihalyffy’s “waste chimes” installation, which she created last month for Selby’s Plant and Garden Festival. To ensure she’d have enough bottles to create the project, she asked the manager at the Publix near her downtown Sarasota home to pick through the store’s recycling bin. She asked friends to save their bottles, and she even pulled from Selby’s trash bins.


Selby Gardens’ Asian Cultural Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 and March 20. See Andrea Mihalyffy’s costumes in action as choreographer Keren ShaniLifrak’s Butoh dance troupe performs “Sprout” –– the same eerie dance number performed at last year’s Ringling International Arts Festival. For more information, call 366-5731 or visit www.selby. org. Mihalyffy, who doesn’t drink bottled water, collected more than 160 bottles to create her chimes. “Most eco-art has a message,” Mihalyffy says. “I’m just one part of an environmental movement that has been around for a long, long time.” The Hungarian-born Mihalyffy, 43, moved to Sarasota in 1996 to study English. A costume designer by trade, she teamed up with architect Carl Abbott for last spring’s Iconcept fashion show at Art Center Sarasota. The duo’s industrial-inspired, full-length dress, “Wave,” was constructed from a sheet of reflective Mylar, cellophane and hemp. In October, she collaborated

Mihalyffy strung 32 bottles on each one of her chimes. with Sarasota choreographer Keren Shani-Lifrak to design provocative costumes for a Butoh dance number performed at the Ringling International Arts Festival. The mother of a 3-year-old, she says it’s hard to get into a creative groove with a toddler constantly tugging at her hip, but with each project she completes, a new and unusual opportunity seems to arise. “I can’t wait until my son can participate,” she says. “Right now, all he wants to do is touch and tug on things.”

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Dennis Rees: ‘Food Just Cooked’


Rack of Veal Rees Serves 6

Two veal racks of three chops each (approx. 5 pounds total) ¼ cup shelled pistachio nuts 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon Artisan Trapani Sicilian Sea Salt *Rees says “two pinches.” A pinch is typically considered 1/8 teaspoon.

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Sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted potatoes and Rack of Veal Rees At a time when the food world is agog about the six-volume, 40-pound “Modernist Cuisine,” which celebrates the current rage for highly technical, laboratoryDennis Rees inspired cooking, Dennis Rees’ approach is as appealing as it is contrarian. It is as basic


as buy quality and cook respectfully. Rees’ favorite cookbook is Tom Colicchio’s “Think Like a Chef.” He likes it not for recipes but for its approach. “The first chapters,” Rees says, “teach you technique. Next, how to select food. The whole idea is that if you know techniques and how to buy food, you can go to the grocery store, find something fresh and good and create a meal any night of the week.” The meal Rees created for Di-

versions’ Edibles epitomizes his philosophy. It consists of an ovenroasted rack of veal, sautéed broccoli rabe and roasted potatoes. There is a total of only 10 ingredients in the three recipes. The veal tastes like veal. The broccoli rabe is cooked to sweetness and the potatoes are crisp on the outside and as soft as mashed potatoes within. There are no tricks, no illusions, no nothing except “food just cooked” beautifully.

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Have butcher French the ends of the chop bones and wrap each bone in foil. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine nuts, herbs, salt and oil and grind into a paste in a mini-food processor. Sear meat in a non-stick pan over medium/high heat for a minute or two, one rack at a time, to seal and brown all sides. Brush paste all over. Position in a roasting pan so bones are interlaced in center and roast for 35 minutes or until an instant meat thermometer reads 120°. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 20 minutes for juices to recede before carving into individual chops to serve.

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Carefully roasted potatoes are picture perfect.

Preheat oven to 350°. Put olive oil in a large bowl, add potatoes and toss to coat then sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Place with a cut side down in a non-stick roasting pan large

Rees got interested in cooking when he lived in Chicago and served as a helper to his brother-in-law, Gene Servillo, of nearby Evanston, whom he describes as “a gourmet Italian chef.” He is completely selftaught and an enthusiast of flavored sea salts, which appear in these recipes. Rees says there is a big difference between table salt and sea salt, the latter being much less of a health risk: “Table salt is stripped of all its mineral content except sodium; sea salt has lots of minerals including potassium, which counteracts the negative effects of too much sodium.” Rees’ primary source for sea salts is Whole Foods. He shops at Morton’s for meat and fish, and likes their tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. He buys those tomatoes a few days in advance and leaves in a plastic bag on the counter two to three days to get juicy. He goes to Publix for other stuff and particularly likes their Attitude brand greens mixes.

enough to hold all in one layer. Bake exactly one hour, turning every 20 minutes. Add thyme with the last turning. Return to mixing bowl and stir to coat the potatoes with the remaining oil before serving.

Rees’ approach to salad is consistent with his overall philosophy: simplicity reigns. He doesn’t make dressing and serves his mixes of greens and veggies with cruets of oil (grapeseed is his favorite) and vinegar. Appetizers are “Felice’s department,” he says, referring to his wife, Felice Schulaner. Dessert is a non-starter; he doesn’t eat it. Rees’ kitchen is in a 1963 Tim Siebertdesigned ranch home on Siesta Key. He and Schulaner bought it in 2003 and used it for long weekends and holidays, until she retired from her position as senior vice president, Human Resources, at Coach leather goods in 2006. Rees still works for RedVision, which provides real estate data to title companies and banks. He works from a home office only a few steps from his kitchen. Rees and Schulaner rehabbed the home, which took more than a year, and included a whole new kitchen. About all that was left of the original interior was some handsome mottled glass which

Broccoli rabe in the sauté pan

Sarasota Wines Rees enjoys serving wine with a local connection. Porter Family Vineyards in Napa, Calif. is a property of Tom Porter. He and his wife, Beverly, own a home on Longboat Key. The Collier Falls winery is owned by Bruce Collier, whose brother, Ron, is a Sarasota resident.

now serves as sliding cabinet doors in the kitchen. Rees says that what he likes best about cooking is “the entertaining part; eating with family and friends.” It must be a highly coveted invitation.

2 bunches broccoli rabe 1 cloves garlic per bunch, sliced thin lengthwise ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil per bunch Cut off tough part of stems. In a large, deep sauté pan over medium high heat, heat oil, add garlic and sauté briefly. Add half of one bunch of the broccoli rabe to pan, toss to cover with oil and cook until wilted. Add the rest, toss and cook until wilted. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for a total of 10 minutes. Repeat with the second bunch or use two pans. The longer you cook it, the less bitter it will be.



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Aspiring filmmaker says it’s ‘noir’ or never Nick Tierce is using Internet tools and his Asolo Rep connections to help get his first film produced. For years, Nick Tierce has lived with the black-and-white image of a man sitting at a desk in a trench coat and fedora. He’s even pictured the half-open mini blinds on his office window, a thin veil of smoke billowing out from his cigarette — the typical preoccupations of a screenwriter. “I need to purge these film noir instincts,” Tierce says, “so I can finally move on.” The 22-year-old filmmaker is on a mission. Ever since his father handed him a VHS camera as a kid, Tierce has fantasized about writing and directing an independent film. A Southern California native, he relocated in 2008 to Sarasota with his actress wife, Lindsay Marie Tierce, now a thirdyear student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and the leading lady in this month’s “Las Meninas.” Other than poring over volumes of filmmaking books, Tierce, who works full time as the house services manager and volunteer coordinator at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, is entirely self-taught. “You learn a lot through trial and error,” he says. “You shoot something. You cut it together. You read hundreds of books. And, eventually, stylistically, you find your way.” Using his wife’s conservatory classmates and connections he’s made with film students at Ringling College of Art and Design, Tierce is set to shoot his first film noir short — “Grief Splattered Canvas,” the story of an ex-vigilante who’s


To make an online pledge toward the production of Nick Tierce’s film, visit The project’s fundraising drive ends at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27. pulled back into a life of crime by his wife’s murderer. Third-year conservatory actor Danny Jones, whose voice Tierce describes as “rich and captivating,” inspired much of the movie’s vigilante role. Katie Cunningham, a second-year student, plays Jones’ femme fatale love interest. Sean Keller, a senior in Ringling’s digital filmmaking program, recently signed on as Tierce’s director of photography after the two worked together on Keller’s senior-thesis project. With Keller behind the camera, Tierce can focus on writing, directing and promoting the film, which he hopes to release in late May or early June. He shot the trailer for the film in one day at a friend’s house in Sarasota and used a mid-grade camcorder and a single boom microphone taped to a broomstick. “Maybe you shouldn’t write that,” Tierce says, and then hesitates. “Well … it got the job done.” He’s currently writing a prequel story that the actors will present as a staged

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“There are as many lousy Hollywood movies as there are lousy independent movies,” Nick Tierce says. “You really have to dig to find the good ones, which I find rapturous.” reading before the film’s preview screening. Of course, the final execution of all of this hinges on funding. To help raise money for the project, Tierce created a profile on Kickstarter. com, an online fundraising platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, writers and inventors. The site, which launched in 2009, is a melting pot of creative ideas, many of which have accrued thousands of dollars in financial backing. One film project — “Blue Like Jazz,” based on the bestselling New York Times memoir of the same name — raised

$345,000 since it posted a year ago. Tierce’s fundraising goal is much more modest. He’s hoping to secure $750 by March 27. Why March 27? Because by June, most of his young cast and crew will have graduated from their respective programs and moved on with their careers. By July, even the Tierces will have packed their bags and moved back to California. “There’s nothing like a looming graduation deadline to motivate you,” Tierce says. “Once we all move away, who knows if we’ll ever see each other again?”

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Isabelle Huppert stars in “White Material.” Often French films can seem so “much ado about nothing.” Not so in director Claire Denis’ new movie, “White Material.” In it she tackles the philosophical and psychological impact of the colonization by whites in Africa. The story unfolds during a brutal revolution in an unnamed African country at an unspecified time. Rebels and militia are at odds with one another, as European colonials abandon the sinking ship. Maria Vial (the legendary and stunning Isabelle Huppert) chooses not to abandon her family’s coffee plantation and risks everything — including her sanity. As Maria struggles to harvest her last crop amid the chaos, we come to the realization that she’s motivated by the love for her country. She doesn’t consider herself “white material.” After all, her son (Nicolas Duvauchelle) was born and raised on the plantation. Even her loving

ex-husband (Christopher Lambert) cannot persuade Maria to leave as the impending doom becomes almost unbearable. Denis (“Chocolat”), born and raised in French colonial Africa, doesn’t play politics in “White Material” — no sides are taken. She concentrates on her characters and their inner turmoil. Beautiful imagery captured by cinematographer Yves Cape and a haunting score (Tindersticks) serve to embellish the conflicting nature of the subject matter. But it’s the ravishing Huppert (“The Piano Teacher,” “8 Women”) who drives this insightful film to greatness. Her performance is so incredibly unsettling and textured it takes the audience off guard. Her parting shot in “White Material” will leave you speechless — aside from a gasp.

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Maybe we’re spoiled. Perhaps we’ve come to expect too much excitement at our Sarasota Orchestra concerts. So, it was with a bit of guilt that I found myself bored with parts of this past weekend’s all-Beethoven Masterworks Concert at the Van Wezel. One certainly can’t fault the music. Beethoven is, without question, one of the great masters of the early part of the 19th century, responsible for changing the very sound and structure of music, and a concert featuring the second “Leonore” Overture, the third piano concerto and the “Eroica” can hardly be called shabby. So, it was the performance Saturday night that bothered me — the first half, anyway. The “Leonore No. 2” was somewhat tentative and disjointed, with a sound that, except for the off-stage trumpet, seemed brittle and dry. And the C minor Concerto, a favorite under other circumstances, lacked character and color in the youthful hands of pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. Performing music that’s so well known is tough, because you must either bring a freshness to it or you must, at least, live up to the performances that have come before. We’re not asking for novelty or change. What Beethoven wrote is ample on its own. But the wonderful thing about great music is that, in the right hands, it can be reborn, and that simply didn’t happen in the “Leonore” or the piano concerto. It did happen after intermission in the “Eroica.” Artistic Director Leif Bjaland,

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conducting without a score, infused tension and energy into this Third Symphony of Beethoven, and the orchestra was tight, taut and vibrant. It was positively electrifying, proving that a traditional and beloved symphony can be heard anew. From the rich string sound in the second movement’s “Funeral March” to the horns on the hunt, this was an exhilarating “Eroica.” — June LeBell

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Sensational street party By STEPHANIE HANNUM | BLACK TIE EDITOR

Partygoers and king and queen candidates — including K.C. and Tami Fox, Sheriff Tom and Tracy Knight and Maurice and Vanessa Opstal — took over “Bourbon Street,” à la Michael’s On East, to celebrate Mardi Gras Tuesday, March 8. Ultimately, the crowd of more than 315 voted the Knights to be crowned royalty at Goodwill Industries Manasota’s Fat Tuesday Street Party, chaired by Molly Klauber

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and Stephanie Hannum. Guests enjoyed a street-party environment with jugglers, entertainers on stilts and tarot card readers in the atrium, followed by fabulous New Orleans-style food stations, a paddle raise and dancing to the jazzy sounds of Second Wind. The party raised more than $120,000 to help Goodwill turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods.

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+ 90 is the new 80 … When Ed Kalin’s proposed guest list got near 200, he opted for a family-only gathering to celebrate his 90th birthday March 12. Daughter Leslie Malkin was in charge of planning the dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Son Jeff Kalin and wife Susie were there, as were all three Kalin grandchildren — Jeff’s children Nathan and Rachel, and Leslie’s son, Evan Danzig, from New York. Other out-of-town family included brother Barry Kalin and his wife, Lois; cousin Thelma Rothman and her daughter and sonin-law, Carol and Richard Lane, and cousins Lynn Minkow and Craig and Rhonda Pearlman. The now-nonagenarian has a lot

by Molly Schechter | Social Editor

+ Joie d’amour Montana Ross, the altogether too beautiful daughter of Nikki Sedacca, is engaged to be married. Fiancé Irwin Taplinger got her to the house they are renovating under the guise of a meeting with the contractor but greeted her with a dozen red roses, got down on one knee and popped the question. Ross was so excited she’s not sure she even said “yes,” before Taplinger opened the back door to reveal her entire family and closest friends, including the cousin who introduced them, Lauren Taplinger, who flew in from New York for the occasion. Among the other guests: Jeff Sedacca, dad Steve Ross and his lady, Lori Hellstrom, friends Lauren and Eric Bloomster and Ali Thompson, and Irwin’s folks, Bob and Brigitta Taplinger.

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Montana Ross and the lucky man, Irwin Taplinger

Ross says, “I must note how extraordinary his family is … what a great perk!” The gang of 20 headed to dinner in the back room at Fleming’s where the couple’s first date took place three-and-ahalf years ago. They will marry in spring 2012 at an as-yet-undetermined Sarasota location.

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Misery loves company … Howard Rooks and his weimaraner Venus are both limping around with a bad left foot. Howard, who is recuperating from foot surgery, at least has a scooter … Credit where it’s due … the Asolo Rep co-producers dinner that Ron and Rita Greenbaum hosted March 7 was No. 12 in a row. It was invariably well-attended

+ Black Tie Affair ‘Firefly Gala’ Forty Carrots Family Center • 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26 • Concession Golf Club • Ticket $225 • Reservations 365-7716

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Ed Kalin and his lady, Maggie Ross, exactly six days before his 90th birthday.

of fun; according to friend Maggie Ross, “He dances us around his apartment and always has a nice plan for us.”

+ But 90 is no big deal

Elizabeth Delaney, believed to be Sarasota’s oldest woman, celebrated her 108th birthday at the Senior Friendship Center a day early on March 11. She has been hanging out there since 2002 and enjoys current events, the cooking group, trivia and socializing with her many friends. Among the celebrants: the daughter with whom she lives, Rose Jones, and two grandchildren, John Jones and Elizabeth Jones. Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner and County Commissioner Jon Thaxton presented Delaney with special proclamations at the celebration, which just happened to be on Kirschner’s birthday.

because there is no nicer place to be on an early spring evening than their Lido Shores home, especially when you can meet a young guest like Javier Herrero, 15 months, and his mom, Mercedes. See more photos on page 16 and online at www. … She’s back … Kelly Augustyniak will be back in Sarasota with her International Couture Trunk Show March 27 to March 29, at the Ritz-Carlton,

Sarasota. To schedule an appointment, call 630-715-3456 or e-mail … The last to leave … Friends took Nora White to Mediterraneo for lunch March 9, to celebrate an unspecified birthday. The ladies were Carol Brualdi, Joyce Cooper, Heloisa Jennings, Angela Stowe, Anna Maria Troiano and Rita Zaccone. The luncheon stretched well into the afternoon …

It’s being called “one luminous evening with friends,” and the inaugural Firefly Gala promises to be an enchanting evening at The Concession Golf Club. Benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, their children and professionals in the field, the Firefly Gala will not disappoint with either the culinary or entertainment factor. Dinner, presented by award-winning chef Sean Murphy, will be followed by a concert on the lawn featuring KC and the Sunshine Band, an 18-member band and, then, late-night dancing to the sounds of DJ Carey Culp. Wardrobe call for this outdoor affair is cocktail attire with wedges, wide heels or flats for the ladies, and jackets, no ties, for the gents. Chairwoman is Ariane Dart.

Community starts with an act Unforgettable people come in all shapes and sizes. Ed Roberts was an avid musician, playing the trumpet, french horn and piano. A successful stock investor from Illinois, he was raised by his single mother, Kathryn,


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We asked local Irishmen and women for the scoop on an authentically Irish St. Patrick’s Day. Some of their answers left us a wee bit shamrock-shocked. By Robin Hartill | Community Editor

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the day we fill our plates with corned beef and cabbage and our glasses with green beer as we party Emerald Islestyle. But here’s a shamrock shocker: The corned beef and cabbage and green beer aren’t Irish traditions. The corned beef and cabbage? It’s an Irish-American dish.

And the beer? Well, in Ireland, it isn’t “to dye for.” “Green dye would be a waste of money,” said County Cavan, Ireland,-born Msgr. Gerard “Father Gerry” Finegan, of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, who notes that people in Ireland drink regular stout or porter (no green drinks!) on St. Patrick’s Day. But, regardless of how you celebrate, this is the history behind why you’re celebrating: The holiday honors St. Patrick,

who was kidnapped from Britain in the fourth century and taken to Ireland as a slave. He fled and returned to Britain, where he studied to become a priest, and he then felt called to return to Ireland. “He brought the message of Christ to the Irish people,” Finegan said. “The whole idea is that Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.” To learn more about St. Patrick’s Day, we rounded up local Ireland natives and asked them how to celebrate Celtic style.

Our Irish eyes We asked these natives of Ireland to tell us about how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. Chris and Ethna Lynch Owners, Lynches Pub & Grub, St. Armands Circle Hometown: The Lynch sisters hail from a farm outside of the village of Ballydehop, Ireland How they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Last year, more than 1,000 customers came through the doors of Lynches Pub & Grub on St. Patrick’s Day. This year, both Chris and Ethna Lynch plan to be on their feet all day — from 11 a.m. until the wee hours of the morning — on their busiest day of the year. Their restaurant will have bagpipers, Irish dancers and drink-and-menu specials. And even a week before the festivities, the Lynches’ phone was ringing nonstop with inquiries about the celebration. “The buildup is unbelievable,” Chris Lynch said.

Msgr. Gerard ‘Father Gerry’ Finegan Monsignor at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Hometown: County Cavan, Ireland How he will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Finegan would like for people to remember the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day: It’s a celebration of St. Patrick, who brought Catholicism to Ireland. “I’ll celebrate Mass, I’ll pray for the people of Ireland,” Finegan said. And, most likely, he’ll wear at least a bit of green. In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day,Masses are spoken in Gaelic. And although Finegan couldn’t say Mass in Gaelic today, he might discuss St. Patrick in his March 17 Mass.

Patsy Carroll Half of the Irish duo Patsy & Majella Hometown: County Cavan, Ireland How he will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Patsy & Majella have seven gigs booked the week of St. Patrick’s Day, three of which are private parties on Longboat Key. Carroll thinks that Irish-Americans tend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day even more than the Irish. “The American-Irish people tend to know more about the day than Irish people,” he said. According to Carroll, wearing green on St. Paddy’s Day celebrates Irish heritage, because wearing green was illegal during the English occupation.

Spirited differences  Celebration Here

Even the luck of the Irish won’t get you out of work on St. Patrick’s Day, because it isn’t a national holiday. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have the spirit of St. Paddy. Restaurants and pubs go green for the day, while patrons embrace their inner Irishman (or woman) into the wee hours of the morning. There

St. Patrick’s Day is a church holiday, so schools and most businesses are closed while the country heads to Mass, which is spoken in Gaelic. Parades take place throughout the country and range from small-town celebrations to the Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, which could draw 650,000 viewers this year. By night, the Irish often head to pubs. The holiday falls in the middle of Lent, during which most Irish give up something such as alcohol. But many allow themselves a temporary reprieve on St. Patrick’s Day. “Everyone goes a little mad,” Laura Allman said.

 Food Here

Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal. It will be on the March 17 menu at Lynches Pub and Grub, along with smoked salmon, Irish stew, cottage pie and fish and chips. There

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Dennis and Laura Allman Part-time Longboat Key residents Hometown: Dublin How they will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Laura Allman and her husband, Dennis, married on St. Patrick’s Day in 1960, in the former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). They chose St. Patrick’s Day because it’s a reprieve from the sacrifices that many Catholics make during Lent. This year, they plan to watch the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Dublin and New York City on TV. Then, they’ll celebrate their 51st anniversary at a romantic restaurant before heading to Lynches Pub & Grub. “No doubt they’ll be open all hours,” Allman said.

The traditional dish of St. Patrick’s Day is boiled bacon and cabbage. “It’s a very high-quality bacon that’s almost like ham,” Ethna Lynch said. According to Allman, a traditional meal might include apple pie for dessert.

 Drink Here

There’s green beer, green shots and green punch. If you can drink it, you can dye it green on St. Patrick’s Day. There

Ethna Lynch said that the Irish drink regular beer or Irish coffee on St. Patrick’s Day. “A lot of Guinness gets (you) drunk,” she said.

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Ron and Karen Jurgens, of Longboat Key, sold their home at 1560 Harbor Sound Drive in the Bay Isles subdivision, located behind the Harbourside gates of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, to Jeffrey Hotchkiss for $1.8 million. Built in 1991, the 4,361-square-foot home has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool. It last sold for $1.2 million in November 1994. The transaction was the largest of the 14 sales recorded on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys during the week of Feb. 28 and March 4 at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses and the sole sale to exceed $1 million. Of the week’s sales, 13 occurred on Longboat Key, seven of which were in Manatee County, and one took place on Lido Key. Also at Bay Isles, Ronald Levin sold his home at 3318 Bayou Sound to Richard and Mary Godshalk, of Bethesda, Md., for $625,000. Built in 1981, the 2,675-square-foot home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a swimming pool. It last sold for $325,000 in October 1994.

Beaches of Longboat Key-South

Karen Inglett, of Marietta, Ga., sold Unit 902 in Phase I of the Beaches of Longboat Key-South, 775 Longboat Club Road, to Larry and Mary Dwyer, of St. Louis, for $960,000. Built in 1984, the 1,842-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It last sold for $640,000 in April 1999.

Emerald Harbor

Robert Kirk Jr. and his wife, Jayne Kirk, sold their home at 630 Emerald Harbor Drive to Frederick and Joann Gowan, 5920 Emerald Harbor Drive, for $675,000. Built in 1970 and remodeled in 1980, the 1,787-square-foot, canalfront home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a swimming pool. It last sold for $719,000 in June 2002.

Fairway Bay

John and Patricia Kramer, of Wheel-

ing, W.Va., sold Unit 632 at Fairway Bay III, 2120 Harbourside Drive, to Henry and Kristina Adomonis, of Raleigh, N.C., for $500,000. Built in 1988, the 2,039-square-foot unit has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $445,000 in January 1999. Also in Fairway Bay, Kenneth and Laura Berns and Deborah Lingwood, of Gainesville, sold Unit 446 in Fairway Bay II, 2020 Harbourside Drive, to William and Dorothy Gibson, of Deland, for $389,000. Built in 1984, the 1,270-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $454,000 in December 2002.

Seagrape Longbeach Village

John and Elaine Meshad, of Sarasota, sold Unit 12 at the Seagrape Longbeach Village, 7001 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Longboat Sunshine LLC, a Florida limited-liability company with a Cincinnati address, for $435,000. Built in 1974, the 1,170-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Islander Club of Longboat

Arthur Thurston Jr., of Duluth, Ga., sold Apartment 103-N at the Islander Club of Longboat, 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Charles and Rosalie Staloff for $425,000. Built in 1970, the 1,235-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It sold for $43,500 in February 1972.

Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club

Michael and Cynthia Seamon, 562 Norton St., sold Unit 1 at Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club, 4140 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Patricia Kelly, of Mohnton, Pa., for $373,500. Built in 1973, the 1,192-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It last sold for $321,000 in February 2007.

Harbour Villa Club at the Buccaneer

Karen Murray, of Parrish, sold Unit 114 at Harbour Villa Club at the Buccaneer, 615 Dream Island Road, to Donna Horn, of Lexington, Ky., for $309,000. Built in 1985, the 1,514-square-foot unit has two

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Cedars East

William Smith III, of Spring Hill, Tenn., sold Unit 40 at 817 Evergreen Way in Cedars East to Graham and Lynne Cherrington, of Marietta, Ga., for $219,000. Built in 1991, the 1,501-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. It sold for $330,000 in June 2004. Robert and Christine Sullivan, of Marshfield, Mass., sold Unit 104 in Building E of the 300-unit Longboat Harbour at 4350 Chatham Drive to Michael and Coreen Walther, of Liberty Township, Ohio, for $175,000. Built in 1969, the 667-square-foot unit has one bedroom and one bathroom. It last sold for $190,000 in April 2004.


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Permit Applicant Amount Alteration Alan Stone, trustee $168,944 Alteration Robert Dockery $30,000 Re-roof Cabana Beach Club $20,000 Alteration Ruth Strauss, trustee $15,751 Alteration Town of Longboat Key $14,700 Alteration Isabelle Gammon, co-trustee $13,258 Alteration Maurice Orlando $11,500 Alteration George Kelegher $8,000 Alteration Chart House restaurant $3,500 Alteration Zoltan Fried $2,300 Alteration Patricia Dockery $1,450 Temporary event Longboat Island Chapel $0

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February sales summary Longboat Key

Lido & St. Armands KeyS

Condominiums 2011 Total: 25 High: $2,635,000 Low: $210,000 Median: $504,600

Top transactions The following sales were the top transactions on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys during the month of February 2011.

Condominiums 2011 Total: Five High: $1,455,000 Low: $342,500 Median: $565,000

2010 Total: 18 High: $2.1 million Low: $117,300 Median: $537,000 Single-family homes 2011 Total: Five High: $1.05 million Low: $387,500 Median: $750,000 2010 Total: 10 High: $1.1 million Low: $190,000 Median: $415,000

The following is a summary of key residential realestate sales recorded for the month of February at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses. Data from February 2010 is also listed for comparison.

• $4.5 million, 623 Mourning Dove Drive, Bird Key • $2,635,000, Unit S-202, 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, La Firenza, Longboat Key • $1,675,000, Unit N-1201, 603 Longboat Club Road, Longboat Key Towers, Longboat Key • $1,575,000, Unit 904, 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Water Club, Longboat Key • $1.5 million, Unit B-604, 565 Sanctuary Drive, Sanctuary II, Longboat Key

2010 Total: Six High: $2,475,000 Low: $325,000 Median: $503,400 Single-family homes 2011 Total: Two High: $1.25 million Low: $440,000 2010 Total: Zero

Bird Key 2011 Total: Three High: $4.5 million Low: $407,000 Median: $750,000 Courtesy photo

Unit S-202 at La Firenza, 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold for $2,635,000 in February.


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“Kiss me, I’m Irish” pops up on T-shirts and various accessories.

“We don’t wear as much green as you wear in America,” Carroll said. “Basically, everybody wears a shamrock on the lapel of their coat, and kids wear a green ribbon with a medal.” Many children also wear heart-shaped badges pinned on their coats. Although most Irish people wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day, failure to do so won’t result in a pinch.

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“You must wet the shamrock.” Translation: “You must take a drink,” Carroll said. Chris Lynch said that a common toast is “slainte,” which means “to your health” in Irish.

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373 S Washington Dr St Armands 81’ of wide canal, over $200K in renovations, 4BD/3BA, pool $1,695,000

Last year on Longboat and its surrounding keys, we spotted green shirts, leprechaun hats, shamrock glasses, green jackets, bowties, vests and more. When it comes to going green, it’s best to play it safe: If you don’t wear green, you might get pinched.

the longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011




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+ Northern Trust announces Muir’s promotion Northern Trust announced that Diane Muir has been promoted to the role of senior vice president. Muir serves as managing director of the Longboat Key Northern Trust office, where she oversees trust administration, investment management services and banking and credit Muir services. She is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking and the Cannon Trust School. Muir joined Northern Trust in 1982.


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+ Perlman offers limo tour of keys to potential buyers Richard Perlman, sales associate with Michael Saunders & Co.’s Longboat Key South office, recently began offering limousine tours to prospective luxury homebuyers. Perlman, who took four clients to visit properties on Longboat, Lido, Bird and Casey keys last week, said that the offering is a new part of his business model. “It enables us to speak and discuss each home before we get there and after we see it in a conference room-like setting,” Perlman said.

+ D’Agostino joins Coldwell’s Longboat Key office Margo Urban D’Agostino has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Longboat Key office as a sales associate. D’Agostino is a former member of The Cover Girls, an international pop-dance group that opened for musical acts such as New Kids on the Block and Menudo, featuring Ricky Martin. D’Agostino joined the group in 1987 and later moved in the 1990s to Sarasota, where she hosted a local TV show, “Faces and Places,” before venturing into new condominium residence sales on Siesta Key. She is a lymphoma survivor who has raised more than $1.5 million for the Cancer Research Treatment Center in New York City. D’Agostino is a 17-year resident of Bird Key and will serve the waterfront and luxury-home markets of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

longboat Key, florida

longboat Key, florida

bayfront residence with smashing penthouse-like views

beautiful Custom Home on sailboat Water

Unrivalled contemporary bay front residence situated on 1-1/4 acres w/sweeping bayfront views of downtown Sarasota and sensational 180 degree views of the bay. Fabulous quality and luxury touches throughout: 4 en-suite bedrooms, 48' living room with 15 foot ceilings and walls of glass, elevator, limestone floors, pool & spa. Roof top deck w/360 degree views, privately owned beach access & boat dock. Not in MLS.

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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longboat Key, florida

Gorgeous bayfront Views

exquisite Marina bay penthouse

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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longboat Key, florida

on the beach at l'ambiance

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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+ Valarie Wadsworth joins MS&Co. St. Armands office 2009 & 2010 Top Individual Producer for Michael Saunders & Company’s Longboat Key Offices 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, longboat Key, fl 34228

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Valarie Wadsworth has joined the Michael Saunders & Co. St. Armands Circle office. Wadsworth is active in the Young Professionals Group, the Junior League of Sarasota and other non-profit fundraising activities. She has worked in real estate since 2000 and specializes in downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle and the barrier keys. — Robin Hartill


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Sarasota Open returns to Longboat Key Club By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

If you go Tickets for all tournament events are available at or by calling 809-8996.  Tennis and Art on the Bay When: 6 p.m. Friday, March 25 Where: Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota Tickets: $200  Tennis Under the Stars When: 6 p.m. Friday, April 15 Where: Main Street and Palm Avenue, downtown Sarasota Tickets: $30  Players Party When: 6 p.m. Monday, April 25 Where: Marina Towers Penthouse, Penthouse 1, 1233 N. Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota Tickets: $125  2011 Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament

When: April 23 through May 1 Where: The Longboat Key Club & Resort Tennis Gardens Tickets: $5 to $100

More than 27,000 people turned out to see Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori and other tennis pros from around the world sharpen their clay-court skills in the 2010 Sarasota Open USTA/ATP men’s professional tennis tournament. Last year’s tournament scored its highest attendance to date, and this year, tournament founder and Director Tony Driscoll is hoping to draw an even bigger crowd. “We’re hoping for more than 30,000 this year,” said Driscoll. This year’s tournament, which takes place April 23 through May 1, promises a schedule packed with highly competitive matches and fun-filled events. The participating players will not be officially confirmed until April 7, but Driscoll says he is hoping Nishikori, who defeated Brian Dabul, of Argentina, to take first place last year and is currently ranked 58th in the world, will be returning. “The location of the tournament at the Longboat Key Club and Resort certainly provides that je ne sais quois that makes the players want to come here,” says Driscoll. Local players will also have a shot to compete with the pros in the Wild Card Tournament, which will take place April 8 through April 10. The winner will get a wildcard entry into the qualifying of the 2011 Sarasota Open. New to the pre-event festivities this year is “Tennis and Art on the Bay,” which will take place Friday, March 25, aboard the Sea Fair, the second-largest private yacht in the world. The event will be the largest floating art exhibit in the world and will feature $500 million worth of art aboard the $40 billion yacht.

A total of 27,726 people attended last year’s Sarasota Open tournament and events.

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All proceeds from “Tennis and Art on the Bay” and other pre-tournament events will go to the Sarasota Open Foundation, which benefits sports programs for underprivileged children. Fifty percent of the tournament proceeds also benefits the Sarasota Open Foundation. For updated schedules and information, visit

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Deal Us In


Dealer: South Vulnerable: Neither

How to set up a winning defense Sometimes, a defender can direct his partner to a winning defense. At other times, a defender has to come up with the winning defense without help from anyone. I am not sure I would have opened the South hand with a bid of four spades. The distribution is unattractive, and South has too much defensive strength for a pre-empt. I would have just bid a one-spade opening bid, followed by a series of spade rebids. Had West come up with an opening heart lead or a heart shift at trick two that would have removed one of the dummy entries, this hand would not

have been interesting. West selected the king of diamond lead and then continued the suit after the declarer allowed him to win the first trick, and his partner played the four of diamonds. Declarer took the ace of diamonds and led a third round of the suit from the dummy. East sluffed a club, and declarer ruffed. He drew two rounds of trump, finessed the heart queen and ruffed another diamond to set up the suit. He returned to the dummy with the ace of hearts and sluffed a club on the last diamond. He lost only a trump, a diamond and one club.


East missed his opportunity to defeat the hand. When declarer led a third diamond, East should have ruffed with the queen. As the cards lie, this play gains a trick for the defense. If declarer does not over-ruff, he must still give up a trump trick and a club to West for down one. If he does overruff, West must play two trump tricks, plus the ace of clubs, also down one.


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WEATHER Sunrise/sunset



Mon., March 7 Tues., March 8 Wed., March 9 Thurs., March 10 Fri., March 11 Sat., March 12 Sun., March 13

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Month to date: 2011 1.50 in

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2010 7.61 in.

2011 5.68 in



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TemperatureS Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Tues., March 8 83 55.5 89 (1997) 41 (2010) 82.5 66 89 (1997) 47 (2005) Wed., March 9 Thurs., March 10 69.5 62 89 (1987) 47 (1982) Fri., March 11 65 52 88 (1987) 41 (1993) Sat., March 12 72 51 86 (1997) 47 (1988) Sun., March 13 71 47 89 (1997) 46 (1988) Mon., March 14 72 50 92 (1982) 48 (1985) Average Gulf water temperature: 67

Alan Thacker submitted this sunset photo, taken near Coquina Beach.

TIDE CHART Highs Thurs., March 17 11:59a 11:23p — Fri., March 18 12:15p Sat., March 19 12:21a 12:35p Sun., March 20 1:16a 12:57p Mon., March 21 2:12a 1:24p Tues., March 22 3:11a 1:56p Wed., March 23 4:20a 2:32p

Lows 6:07a 5:45p 6:42a 6:38p 7:13a 7:28p 7:40a 8:19p 8:04a 9:11p 8:25a 10:07p 8:41a 11:10p

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G N J Y N M I A 1. It’s a mad, crazy thing, but you can recognize a crisis because someone always

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 Antiques/Collectibles


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Boats 18/FT. 4 Winns Runabout 130HP Johnson. No trailer. Runs well, looks good. $6000 O/B/O. Longboat Harbour 941-387-8786. Boats Under 50K Are Selling Very Well. This season’s sales are extremely brisk. 15’ center consoles - 32’ Sea Rays. Island resident, references. 25 Boats sold in 49 days, many in less than 3 weeks. Business on a handshake. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489, Dave Struber.

YORKIE MINI CKC- Adorable Tiny Teddy Bears. Home Raised. SUPER Tiny Teacups Available Meet The Parents. We have a wonderful selection .941-322-6709 $495.-$995.

ESTATE SALE 9-2, FRI MAR 18th, 9-12, SAT MAR 19th 3910 WILSHIRE CIRCLE, SARASOTA LAKESHORE VILLAGE Off Clark Rd. just W. of Saunders Rd. Numbers given out by Millie’s restaurant sign in the adjacent shopping plaza from 7AM until 8:30AM when it is permissible to come to the house & park. Later customers can pick up #'s there. We are the last house in the only section that allows sales. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND PARK ONLY ON ONE SIDE AND NOT ON THE GRASS. Signs are not allowed. Antique 19th C. furniture & accessories: bow front chest, boot & umbrella rack, barometer, commode, wig stand, nest of tables, drop leaf tables, butlers tray table, shaving mirror; Porcelains: Meissen, KPM, Berlin, Royal Doulton, Derby type vase/lamps, Jacob Petit, Lenox, & others, George III caster set, brass candlesticks and buckets, & prints; paintings by Wuerner, Rinaldi, Bach, Engelhardt, Morgan, Smith, Hasbrouck, & others; OTHER: cut, Steuben, Venetian, Orrefors, stemware, & other glass, good & costume jewelry, silver, 3 good mirrors, slant front desk, cupboard, bookcase, 2 queen beds, triple dresser, dry sink, nice reproduction Federal sofa & tables, Windsor armchairs, love seat, lamps, sconces, Fr. provincial style sofa, books, hand tools, linens, kitchenware and much more. Sale by Julie McClure Pictures and last minute information: and Reserved Space

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BICHON FRISE PUPPIES- AKC. AdorableBorn Feb 1st. $800. Go to: to see videos & photos. Email: Health Certificates. (727)210-7521

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STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662 WANTED TO Rent- Garages for 2 cars. Anna Maria, LBK, Bradenton. May thru October. 941-383-1021

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9-2 SAT. MAR. 19, 12-3 SUN. MAR 20 3735 BENEVA OAKS WAY BENEVA OAKS—OFF BENEVA RD., JUST S. OF CLARK. The gate will be open for the sale. Get numbers from 7 to 8 at the Village Shopping Center at the SW corner of Beneva and Clark. After 8 we will be at the house.

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

Combining the 2 residences of the owner, the home is full; Art, antiques, sculptures & paintings: Bob Bennett, Pebworth, F. Brown Eden, Salmones, Chinese and Japanese bronze censors & mixed metal vase, Chinese scholars box, John Baldwin figure, marble female figure; OTHER: a lot of costume & good jewelry, rattan sofa & dinette set, stressless recliner, French style armchairs, white microfiber sofa, king & queen & twin bed sets, queen bed, leather sectional sofa, mahogany bookcases, swivel recliners, modern end tables, console, 2 desks, Italian provincial style dining table & 8 chairs, china cabinet, set of Noritake, large amount of patio items, baker’s rack, lamps, chests, dressers, 2 coffee tables, TVs, day bed, fabric roll lamps, lots of linens, closets full of clothes & accessories, garage items, kitchen,much more.

Condos/Apts. For Rent

Sale by Julie McClure. See a more complete list and pictures: WWW.APPRAISALS4U.BIZ OR WWW.ESTATESALES.NET

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

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

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No obstruction. Rent for 6 months or longer. $1500. 513-834-1410

Available May-Dec. 2011, Jan.- March 2012. 248-330-7675

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end unit. Covered parking, no trucks/ pets/ smoking. Condos/Apts. For Rent Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat FIRSTavailable. LIDO 1900 Large dock Avail. Ben April Franklin. 2nd. $1300/mo 1BR/2BA condo. Gulf view from all windows, annual lease +utilities. 734-425-8245. THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER No obstruction. Rent for 6 months or longer. Thursday, March 17, 2011 LONGBOAT KEY ANNUAL RENTAL- 2 $1500. 513-834-1410 bedroom, 2 bath. Turnkey furnished, bay Condos/Apts. RentimmediLBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR For furnished condo, views, recently updated. Available Longboat Harbour. Spectacular water views ately. $1,150 month 941-224-2659 or for FIRST LIDO 1900 Ben Franklin. call Large from every room, ground floor, end unit. seasonal rate. 1BR/2BA condo. Gulf view from all windows, Covered parking, no for trucks/ pets/ or smoking. No obstruction. Rent 6 months longer. SEAPLACE CONDO2/1 overlooking Gulf. Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat $1500. 513-834-1410 Nicely furnished.Avail. Steps to 2nd. beach. Annual dock available. April $1300/mo rental Will consider short term annual$1595 lease month. +utilities. 734-425-8245. LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR furnished condo, also. 301-529-5600 Longboat Harbour. Spectacular water views LONGBOAT KEY ground ANNUAL RENTAL2 from every room, floor, end unit. SPELL-BOUNDING FULL BAY VIEWS. bedroom, 2 bath. Turnkey furnished, bay Covered parking, no trucks/ pets/ smoking. Location is everything. Walking distance to views, recently updated. Available immediGulf/ private beach house access. Boat downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf ately. $1,150 month 941-224-2659 or call for dock available. Avail. April 2nd. $1300/mo beaches. Boating and 734-425-8245. fishing are only steps seasonal rate. annual lease +utilities. away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, SEAPLACE CONDO2/1 overlooking Gulf. covered parking, boat dock LONGBOAT KEY furnished, ANNUAL RENTAL2 Nicely furnished. Steps to beach. Annual included. Newly renovated pool. 55 bedroom, 2 bath. Turnkey furnished, and bay rental $1595 month. Will consider short term older $1200/mo. for 12 months views,community. recently updated. Available immedialso. 301-529-5600 or $1500/mo. for 8 months. Tenant pays ately. $1,150 month 941-224-2659 or call for electric. Please call Karin Stephan at seasonal rate. SPELL-BOUNDING FULL BAY VIEWS. 941-504-4435. Location is everything. Walking distance to SEAPLACE CONDO- 2/1 overlooking Gulf. downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTHNicely furnished. Steps to beach. Annual beaches. Boating and fishing only steps 2BR/2BA, 8th floor condo inarethis classic rental $1595 month. Will consider short term away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, building. Stunning unobstructed views, full also. 301-529-5600 covered parking, furnished, boat room. dock balcony, heated pool, exercise included. April Newly 55 and Available 1st-renovated November 1st. 3-month SPELL-BOUNDING FULL pool. BAY VIEWS. older community. $1200/mo. fordistance 12 months minimum. 941-554-4763 Location isCall everything. Walking to or $1500/mo. for 8 months. Tenant pays downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf Condos For Sale electric. Boating Please and call fishing Karin are Stephan at beaches. only steps 941-504-4435. away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, 3-BEDROOM BAYPORT Beach & Tennis covered parking, furnished, boat sq dock Club. Rarely available 3BR, 2100 ft ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTHincluded. Newly renovated pool. 55 and newly renovated, finest of everything. 2BR/2BA, 8th floor condo inforthis classic older community. $1200/mo. 12 months Tennis courts, olympic pool, fishing dock, building. Stunning unobstructed views, full or $1500/mo.beach. for 8 Unfurnished, months. Tenant pays bay-to-gulf $595K. balcony, heated pool, exercise room. electric. call941-383-6514 Karin Stephan at Please, noPlease realtors. Available April 1st- November 1st. 3-month 941-504-4435. minimum. Call 941-554-4763 LONGBOAT HARBOUR 1BR/1BA. Newly ST. ARMANDS Condos For Sale NORTHfurnished, updated, TOWERS remodeled kitchen. 2BR/2BA, 8th floor condo thisbeautiful classic Glass and screened lanai in with building. Stunning unobstructed views, full 3-BEDROOM BAYPORT Beach $180,000. & Tennis water view. Many amenities. balcony, heated pool, exercise room. Club. Rarely available 3BR, 2100 sq ft 941-383-7301. Available April 1st- November 3-month newly renovated, finest of 1st. everything. minimum. Call 941-554-4763 LONGBOAT KEY: 2BR/2BA, full bay and Tennis courts, olympic pool, fishing dock, boat dock views, $249,000. bay-to-gulfCondos beach. Unfurnished, For Sale $595K. SIESTAno KEY: 2BR/2.5BA, full bay and dock Please, realtors. 941-383-6514 views, $209,000. 3-BEDROOM BAYPORT Beach & Tennis LONGBOAT HARBOUR 1BR/1BA. Value priced to sell! 2100 Newly Club. Rarely available 3BR, sq ft furnished, updated, remodeled kitchen. Audrey Marten, Coldwell newly renovated, finest of Banker everything. Glass screened beautiful 941-587-5060. Tennis and courts, olympiclanai pool,with fishing dock, water view. Many amenities. $180,000. bay-to-gulf beach. Unfurnished, $595K. 941-383-7301. SUTTONno PLACE TOWNHOME2BR/ 2Bath Please, realtors. 941-383-6514 w/ garage. All new interior, Open floor plan. LONGBOAT KEY: 2BR/2BA, bayNewly and All new appliances/ AC.1BR/1BA. Afullmust see! LONGBOAT HARBOUR boat dock views, $249,000. Beach & Boat Access, Pool $318,000. furnished, updated, remodeled kitchen. SIESTAand KEY: 2BR/2.5BA, fullwith bay and dock 941-383-0993 Glass screened lanai beautiful views, $209,000. water view. Many amenities. $180,000. Homes FortoRent Value priced sell! 941-383-7301. Audrey Marten, Coldwell Banker 3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal front home 941-587-5060. LONGBOAT KEY: 2BR/2BA, full bay and with boat dock. Fully furnished. 5 minute boat dock views, $249,000. walk to beach/ restaurants. Annual rental: SUTTON PLACE TOWNHOME2BR/ SIESTA KEY: 2BR/2.5BA, full bay and 2Bath dock $1650/mo. or w/ garage. All new interior, Open floor plan. views, $209,000. 941-778-6601. All new appliances/ AC. A must see! Value priced to sell! BeachAudrey & Homes Boat Access, PoolBanker $318,000. For Sale Marten, Coldwell 941-383-0993 941-587-5060. DIRECT GULFFRONT +den, Homes For4BR/4.5BA Rent SUTTON PLACE TOWNHOME2BR/ 2Bath 3 car garage, pool/ spa, elevator, security. w/ garage. All2005 new interior, Openfront floorhome plan. Immaculate Mediterranean style 3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal All new appliances/ AC. A must see! architecture with Fully breathtaking Gulf views. with boat dock. furnished. 5 minute Beach & Boat Access, Pool $318,000. 5,146 tosq.ft. under roof on N.Annual Anna rental: Maria, walk beach/ restaurants. 941-383-0993 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000 furnished. $1650/mo. or Contact Owner/ Broker, 941-920-1699. 941-778-6601. Homes For Rent

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3BR/ 2BA Longboat Key canal front home WANTED SEASONAL Rental- 35 months with boat dock. Fully furnished. minute DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA +den, JanMarch 2012. 2bed/ walk to beach/ restaurants.2bath, AnnualInternet, rental: 3 car garage, pool/ spa, elevator, security. land No smoking, no pets. $1650/mo. or Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean style 941-778-6601. architecture with breathtaking Gulf views. ForonSale 5,146 sq.ft.Homes under roof N. Anna Maria, 12106 Gulf Drive. $3,500,000 furnished. Contact Broker, 941-920-1699. DIRECT Owner/ GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA +den, bright, charming 2BR/2BA first

Homes For Sale 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 Homes For Sale at closing. $474,900. MLS# M5819210. Lora Alfiero, Owner/Agent. Century 21 Advantage. 941-730-4465.

OPEN SUN 12-3PM 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. COASTAL LIVING style home in River Club, has 3500/sq.ft., marble fireOPEN 3-4BR/3.5BA, SUN 12-3PM place, French doors, plantation shutters, pool and spa and lots of extras. Cash back 6 OPEN HOUSES IN at closing. $474,900. MLS# M5819210. ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! Lora Alfiero, Owner/Agent. Century 21 ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Advantage. 941-730-4465. Gated, golf, clubhouse, tennis, No CDD Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. OPEN SUN 12-3PM STOP AT Rosedale Realty Office at 5415 87th St. E. for map. 941-751-9070


300’ of Beautiful Creek,  2BR House, ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! Mountains, park like setting, 1.25 +/- acres ROSEDALE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB $250,000. golf,Acres, clubhouse, tennis, No CDD 9½ +/Million Dollar Views,  Gated, several potential homesites, never before on Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. market. STOP $175,000 AT Rosedale Realty Office at 5415 Building on  2000 87th sq. St. E.ft.forCommercial map. 941-751-9070 6 OPEN IN Frontage, ½ Acre, 142’ major HOUSES 4-lane Hwy. ONE NEIGHBORHOOD! paved parking, also 600Property sq. ft antique log Out-of-State cabin with frontGOLF porch,&$325,000 ROSEDALE COUNTRY CLUB 5800 sq. ft.clubhouse, Commercial Building on 2/3  Gated, golf, tennis, No CDD FRANKLIN NORTH CAROLINA acre major Hwy, paved parking, AC Heat, Fees. SR70, BRADENTON. 2BR House, 300’ with of Beautiful Creek,  Awesome Property Super Income STOP AT Rosedale Mountains, park like Realty setting,Office 1.25 at +/-5415 acres $575,000 $250,000. 87th St. E. for map. 941-751-9070 Owner Financing on any or all above 9½ +/- Acres, Million Dollar Views,  properties. Rick Sellers 828-349-1449 several Out-of-State potential homesites, never before on Property Vacation/Seasonal Rentals market. $175,000 2000 sq. ft. Commercial Building on  FRANKLIN NORTH CAROLINA ½ LONGBOAT Acre, major Hwy.RENTALS. Frontage, 2 KEY BEACH 2BR 142’ House, 300’4-lane of Beautiful Creek,  paved parking, also 600 sq. 1.25 ft antique log Mountains, park like setting, +/- acres Off Season 2011, 2012. Updated 3BR/3BA, cabin with front porch, $325,000 $250,000. steps to sq. private beach, garage, unobstruct5800 ft. Commercial on 2/3  9½ +/Acres, Million Building Dollar Views,  ed Gulf views, no pets, 55+. $1950. and acre major Hwy, paved parking, AC Heat, several potential homesites, never before on Awesome Property with Super Income 2BR/2BA $1200. 941-232-1357 market. $175,000 $575,000 2000 sq. ft. Commercial Building on  Owner142’ Financing on any Hwy. or all above ½ Acre, major LANE, 4-lane 392 FIREHOUSE LBK.Frontage, Newer properties. Rick Sellers 828-349-1449 paved parking, also 600 sq. ft antique upscale & stylish Gulfside home. Stepslog to cabinVacation/Seasonal with front porch, $325,000 beach & pool. 2BR +loft.Rentals Annual or  5800 sq. ft. Commercial Building on 2/3 Seasonal. 941acre major No Hwy,pets. pavedOwner/Agent, parking, AC Heat, 2 LONGBOAT KEY BEACH RENTALS. 544-0214, Awesome Property with Super Income Off Season 2011, 2012. Updated 3BR/3BA, $575,000 Owner Financing on anyCASTILLIAN or allunobstructabove steps to private beach, garage, 3BRLONGBOAT KEY properties. Rick Sellers 828-349-1449 ed Gulfgulf views, nofurnished pets, 55+. $1950. and 2.5BA, front, condo. Available 2BR/2BA 941-232-1357 from May$1200. 2011 throughout Season 2012. Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Call 941-953-3438 or 941-266-9406 392LONGBOAT FIREHOUSE LBK. Newer 2 KEYLANE, BEACH RENTALS. upscale & stylish Gulfside home.2BR/2BA, Steps to A LONGBOAT Condo, Off Season 2011, KEY 2012. Updated 3BR/3BA, beachfloor, pool.beach, 2BRremodeled. +loft. unobstructAnnual or 10th completely Excellent steps to &private garage, Seasonal. No bay, pets. Owner/Agent, 941view of views, gulf/ beach, pool, & tennis ed Gulf no pets, 55+. $1950. and 544-0214, courts. Non-smoking. Available October2BR/2BA $1200. 941-232-1357 December 2011. 3 month minimum. LONGBOATLANE, KEY CASTILLIAN 941-377-4177 3923BRFIREHOUSE LBK. Newer 2.5BA, gulf front, furnished upscale & stylish Gulfside condo. home. Available Steps to from May throughout Season 2012.or BAYFRONT CONDOVIEWS beach & 2011 pool. 2BRPANORAMIC +loft. Annual Call 941-953-3438 or 941-266-9406 3BR/ 2BA Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Seasonal. No pets. Owner/Agent, 941Available 2011 & 2012. Private Beach, 544-0214, A LONGBOAT KEY Condo, 2BR/2BA, Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 941-383-7901 or 10th3BRfloor,LONGBOAT completely remodeled. Excellent 513-608-4320. KEY CASTILLIAN view gulf/ bay, beach, condo. pool, Available & tennis 2.5BA,ofgulf front, furnished courts. Non-smoking. Available OctoberBAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully from May 2011 throughout Season 2012. December 2011. direct 3 ormonth minimum. furnished 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, lanai, Call 941-953-3438 941-266-9406 941-377-4177 sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premiA KEYDSL Condo, um LONGBOAT cable tv, wireless & more.2BR/2BA, Monthly/ BAYFRONT CONDO- PANORAMIC VIEWS 10th floor,(954)565-9902, completely remodeled. Excellent seasonal. (954)647-2786, or 3BR/ 2BA Pelican Harbour & Beach Club view of gulf/ bay, beach, pool, & tennis Available 2011 & 2012. PrivateOctoberBeach, courts. Non-smoking. Available Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 941-383-7901 or December 2011. 3 month minimum. 513-608-4320. 941-377-4177

3 car garage, spa,Wanted elevator, security. Real pool/ Estate Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean style architecture with breathtaking views. WANTED SEASONAL Rental- Gulf 3 months 5,146 sq.ft. under on 2bath, N. AnnaInternet, Maria, Jan- March 2012. roof 2bed/ 12106 Gulf Drive. furnished. land phone. No $3,500,000 smoking, no pets. Contact Owner/ Broker, 941-920-1699.

BAYPORT, CONDOLONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully BAYFRONT PANORAMIC VIEWS furnished direct Gulf view, lanai, 3BR/ 2BA2BR/2BA, Pelican Harbour & Beach Club sundeck, tennis, fitness center,Beach, premiAvailable 2011 pool, & 2012. Private um cable tv, wireless DSL & more. Monthly/ Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 941-383-7901 or seasonal. (954)565-9902, (954)647-2786, or 513-608-4320.

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BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premi-

floor condo near Centre Shops,Rentals restaurants. Vacation/Seasonal In-unit washer/dryer. Sunsets, pool, tennis, BEACH FRONT-clubhouse, Sunset Beach, fitness center, fishing LBK. pier. 2BR/2BA, Pool, spa, no pets. 2 month rental., 941-383-6650. Available May-Dec. 2011, Jan.- March 2012. 248-330-7675 BEACHPLACE

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

BEACHFRONT, 3BR,BANYAN UPDATED, BAY #103. Full Gulf views! Walk right onto beach LBK. from DECORATED. BEACHTASTEFULLY FRONT- Sunset Beach, bright, charming 2BR/2BA first floor GULF & BAY VIEWS. 2BR/2BA, Pool, spa, no pets. 2 month rental. condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. AVAILABLE IN SEASON & March ANNUAL Available May-Dec. 2011, Jan.2012. In-unit washer/dryer. Sunsets, pool, tennis, 248-330-7675 fitness CALL center, clubhouse, fishing pier. CYNTHIA 407-492-5749, 941-383-6650. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY #103. Full Gulf views! Walk right onto beach from BEACHPLACE bright, charming 2BR/2BA first floor condo near Centre Shops, CASA DELrestaurants. MAR 3BR, UPDATED, In-unit washer/dryer. Sunsets, pool, tennis, BEACH RESORT DECORATED. fitness TASTEFULLY center, clubhouse, fishing pier. GULF & BAY VIEWS., 941-383-6650. WEEKLY RENTALS AVAILABLE IN SEASON ANNUAL GULF FRONT/&GULF VIEW BEACHPLACE CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC 3BR, UPDATED, Fax: 941-383-7925 TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY “Take our videoVIEWS. tour at” CASA DEL MAR AVAILABLE IN SEASON & ANNUAL


CALL CYNTHIA Office Open 7 Days,407-492-5749 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 GulfWEEKLY of MexicoRENTALS Drive GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Longboat Key 34228 Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC WASHER/ DRYER IN DEL EVERY UNIT CASA MAR Fax: 941-383-7925 BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS BEACH RESORT

LARGE HEATED POOL “Take our video tour at” WEEKLY RENTALS GULFSIDE GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW FREE Wireless High Speed Internet Office Open 7941-383-5549 Days, 9 a.m. Visa/ - 5 p.m. Reservations: MC 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Fax: 941-383-7925 “Where People Return Year After Year” Longboat Key 34228 “Take our video tour at” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” WASHER/ DRYER IN EVERY UNIT BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS POOL OfficeLARGE Open 7HEATED Days, 9 with a.m. - 30’ 5 p.m. COVERT II 2BR/2BA glass GULFSIDE 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive screened enclosed lanai on the gulf. Heated Longboat Key pool, non-smoking, no 34228 pets. Available FREE Wireless High Speed Internet weekly starting May 2011. Also available DRYER EVERY Jan,WASHER/ Feb, March and IN April 2012 UNIT monthly. “Where BEAUTIFUL People Return Year After Year” KITCHENS 513-871-9120 or 513-702-0418 LARGE HEATED POOL “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” GULFSIDE DIRECT GULFFRONT: 2BR/2BA condo. Nicely furnished, small upscale building. FREE Wireless High 1Speed Non-smoking. No pets. monthInternet minimum. COVERT II 2BR/2BA with 30’ glass Available 6/1 to 12/31, 2011. 201-694-9222. “Where People Year Year” screened enclosedReturn lanai on theAfter gulf. Heated pool, non-smoking, no pets. Available “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” weekly starting May Rentals 2011. Also available Exceptional Vacation Since 1994 Jan, Feb, March and April 2012 Homes & Condominiums monthly. 513-871-9120 or 513-702-0418 Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden COVERT II 2BR/2BA with 30’ glass DIRECT GULFFRONT: 2BR/2BA condo. Service & screenedExcellent enclosed lanai on theStaff gulf. Heated Nicely furnished, small upscale building. pool, non-smoking, no pets. Available Non-smoking. NoMay pets.2011. 1Castle month minimum. Now Offering Beach Resort weekly starting Also available Available 6/1 to 12/31, 2011. 201-694-9222. Nightly andApril Weekly Jan, Feb, March and 2012 monthly. 513-871-9120 or 513-702-0418 FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION Exceptional Vacation Rentals Sincecondo. 1994 DIRECT GULFFRONT: 2BR/2BA Homes & Condominiums Nicely furnished, small upscale building. Studios topets. Six Bedrooms 941-387-9709 Non-smoking. No 1 month minimum. Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Available 6/1 to877-705-2460 12/31, 2011. 201-694-9222. Excellent Service & Staff Now Offering Beach Castle Resort Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, Nightly and Weekly & Condominiums 2BR/2BA.Homes Elegantly furnished, heated pool, Studios to Six Bedrooms tennis court, covered parking, exercise FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden room. Available May 1st. through Dec. 31st. Excellent Service pets. & Staff Also 2012. Non-smoking/ By owner. 941-383-1884. 941-387-9709 Now Offering Beach Castle Resort 877-705-2460 Nightly and Weekly LBK CONDO: 3320 GMD, 2BR/2BA, end unit on bay. Pool, tennis, boat dock & FLORIDA CONNECTION launch, stepsVACATION to beach, kitchen, W/D, LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, carport. No smoking/ pets. 815-978-2958. 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, 941-387-9709 covered parking, exercise room. Available877-705-2460 May 1st. through Dec. 31st. Also 2012. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, LBK CONDO: 3320furnished, GMD, 2BR/2BA, end 2BR/2BA. Elegantly heated pool, unit oncourt, bay. Pool, tennis, boat exercise dock & tennis covered parking, launch,Available steps May to beach, kitchen, room. 1st. through Dec. W/D, 31st. carport. No smoking/ pets. 815-978-2958. Also 2012. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884. LBK CONDO: 3320 GMD, 2BR/2BA, end

dock, screened lanai, wireless internet, cable, phone, plasma TV, no pets/ smoking. Walk to beach. November- April $4500 month. Owner 941-504-1927 LBK: SEAPLACE. Steps to the beach/ pool, 2BR/2.5BA condo. Garden view, for 2012. Vacation/Seasonal Rentals or call Marsha, 423-646-4699. LBK, CC SHORES, loverly home, 3/2/2, beautifully decorated, W/D, heated pool, LBK: Condos, dock, TIFFANY screenedPlaza lanai,Beachfront wireless internet, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, walk out to beach. cable, phone, plasma TV, no pets/ smoking. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered Walk to beach. November- April $4500 Vacation/Seasonal Rentals parking. 1 mo. 941-504-1927 min. 941-383-3338. month. Owner

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LBK, CC SHORES, loverly home, 3/2/2, LBK: SEAPLACE. Steps to the beach/ pool, beautifully W/D, heated pool, LIDO decorated, BEACH CONDOMINIUMS 2BR/2.5BA condo. Garden view, for 2012. dock, Weekly screened lanai, wireless internet, Monthly Seasonal or call Marsha, cable, phone, plasma TV, no pets/ smoking. 423-646-4699. Walk to Resort beach. Properties, November- Inc. April $4500 month. Owner 941-504-1927 Licensed Real Estate Broker LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, walk out to beach. LBK: SEAPLACE. Steps to the beach/ pool, 941-388-3921 888-388-3921 Beautifully furnished, -heated pool, covered 2BR/2.5BA condo. Garden view, for 2012. 941-650-1857 parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338. or call Marsha, Visit us at: 423-646-4699. LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, Weekly - Vacation Monthly -paradise. Seasonal & 2 LIDO BEACH 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, walk out to 1beach. bedroom condos overlooking Beautifully furnished, heated pool,beautiful covered Resort Properties, Inc. Dorset. Lido Beach. rates. Lido parking. 1 mo. Weekly min. 941-383-3338. Licensed Real Estate Broker Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 LONGBOAT DIRECT BeachfrontLIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS 941-650-1857 2 bedroom, 2 bath Rental.-$1800 per month. Weekly - Monthly Seasonal Visit us at: Call 727-501-3675

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LONGBOAT HARBOR 2011-2012 Season. Licensed Real Estate Broker 2BR/2BA, bay view, private beach,1 W/D, LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. & 2 second floor. Non-smoking. No pets. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 410-984-4435, Lido Beach. Weekly rates. 941-374-2099, Lido Dorset. 941-650-1857 Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. Visit us at: LONGBOAT Gulf front, pool on LONGBOAT KEY. DIRECT Beachfrontbeach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, 2LIDO bedroom, 2 bath Rental. paradise. $1800 per 1month. BEACH Vacation & 2 sleeps 4, king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or Call 727-501-3675 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful 617-328-7145. Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. LONGBOAT HARBOR 2011-2012 Season. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. MILITARY Book now for W/D, next 2BR/2BA, DISCOUNT: bay view, private beach, season. Longboat Key, direct beachfront. second floor. Non-smoking. No pets. LONGBOAT DIRECT 941-383-3844. Beachfront3BR/3.5BA and 1BR/1BA. 410-984-4435, 941-374-2099, 2 bedroom, 2 bath Rental. $1800 per month. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Call 727-501-3675 Nicely furnished, cable, phone, kitchen, LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front,fullpool on LONGBOAT HARBOR 2011-2012 Season. living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, 2BR/2BA, bay through view, private beach, W/D, Monthly. May January. $1600/mo. sleeps 4, king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or second floor. Non-smoking. No pets. 351-5101. 617-328-7145. 410-984-4435, 941-374-2099, PLAYERS CLUB - Direct MILITARY DISCOUNT: BookGulf! now Upscale for next 2BR/3BA.Longboat Available 1, 2011. season. Key,December direct beachfront. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool on Four month minimum. 941-383-3844. No smoking. 3BR/3.5BA and 1BR/1BA. beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, 847-634-1991 sleeps kingw/pool. pillowtop. ON THE4,Gulf 1BR 617-973-7552 condo, sleeps or 4. SUNSET BEACH LBK. 2012 Season. Large 617-328-7145. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, 2br/2ba first floor large living, dining area, with W/Dwalkdown in building.from Weekly or MILITARY DISCOUNT:pool Book now for next terraces overlooking & gulf. Garage Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. season. Key, Call direct beachfront. parking. Longboat Elevator also. 863-660-2931. 351-5101. 3BR/3.5BA and 1BR/1BA. 941-383-3844. View at: PLAYERS CLUB - Direct Gulf! sleeps Upscale ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, 4. WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully fur2BR/3BA. Available December 1, 2011. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, nished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Four montharea, minimum. No smoking. living, dining in building. or Cottages. Beach W/D to Bay. On-site Weekly manage847-634-1991 Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. ment. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: 351-5101. SUNSET BEACH LBK.for 2012 Season. Large information and 2br/2ba first floor with walkdown from large virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. PLAYERS CLUB - Direct terraces overlooking pool &Gulf! gulf. Upscale Garage 2BR/3BA. Available December 1, 2011. parking. Elevator also. Call 863-660-2931. Four minimum. No smoking. ViewWeekly/ at:month Monthly/ Seasonal Rates 847-634-1991 Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between WEEKLY RENTALS. fullyLarge furHouses or Luxurious, Condos SUNSET BEACH LBK. 2012 Season. nished 1 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and 2br/2ba first floor with walkdown from large Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site 941-383-6127 terracesReservations overlooking pool & gulf.manageGarage ment. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: parking. Elevator Visa/ also.MC Call 863-660-2931. for information and 800-352-0367 View at: virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suitefully 101 furnished 1 Longboat - 4 bedrooms. and Key,Condominiums FL 34228 Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Cottages. Beach Bay. manageRental officeto9a.m. -On-site 5p.m. Rates M-F Beachfront, and Inslips. Between ment. Pools, Bayfront tennis, boat Visit: Houses or Condos for information and Ask about our special rates! virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. Wagner Realty Reservations Since 941-383-6127 1939 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367 Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Houses or Condos Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC Ask about our special rates! 800-352-0367 Wagner Realty 1939 5360 Gulf ofSince Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty

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Adult Care Services


Home Services

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

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 clients’ 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 Laura now at 941-302-3992.

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.

Seasonal Rentals on the Gulf!



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

SEW ELEGANT- Professional Tailor. Seamstress, Custom Work, Alterations. By Appointment, Jenni Taylor 386-503-3360


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

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

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2BR/2BA, open, direct views, tennis court, 2 heated pools, steps away from the sand, breathtaking sunsets. 941-228-5671.

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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.


All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls Grout Cleaning & Sealing Service Available

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PERSONAL TRAINER- I come to you! 10+ years experience. Weight-loss, Strength-training, Motivation. Improve your health and mobility! 941-807-2219




Floors, bathrooms, showers, backsplashes, patio and pool decks.


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

THE EAST COUNTY PRIVATE CAREGIVER with OBSERVER references from Longboat Key. Flexible hours. Call Lucy at Thursday, March 17, 2011



Waterfront Property

Personal Services

Telephone: 941-749-5646



SPECTACULAR Bay Views Throughout! 2BR/2BA remodeled condo. W/D in unit. Steps to pool/beach access, tennis, WiFi. 941-228-5671.

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.




CNA- LICENSED with Experience. Available immediately. Great references. All Certifications completed. Call Angie at 941-993-2480



VACATION RENTAL for 2012. Upscale condo wanted for rent February and March 2012, January also possible. Must be directly on the Gulf. South of Avenue of the Flowers preferred. Would like to view during March if possible. Email

Adult Care Services

Specialist in Medical Hypnosis

Medicare Certified Physical Therapy at the Centre Shops. Call 941-387-8450


WATERFRONT FOR TRADE- Will trade LBK gulf front, 2BR/2BA, upgraded Condo for AMI Gulffront condo. Make offer. 217-493-6216

Dr. David Sewell AP

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


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


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.

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464 Golden Gate Point, PH9 Once upon a time the most beautiful top floor Penthouse imaginable was created, perfectly positioned above the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay. This sumptuous condominium overlooks the city skyline & marina with sunset views extending to the Gulf of Mexico. Peg Davant 941.356.4552 $6,850,000

$2,190,000 941.302.9674

3010 Grand Bay Boulevard, 436 Joan Koplin

8 S Washington Drive Cindy Migone & Mike Migone

$1,299,000 941.812.7438

301 N. Shore Drive Cheryl Loeffler

102 49th Street Teresa Hayes


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5415 Azure Way Judie Berger

$1,299,000 941.928.3424

708 Granada Avenue Stephen L. Lingley

$849,800 941.809.7580

3332 Sabal Cove Lane Darlene Gamble

1919 Grove Street Joel Schemmel

$845,000 941.587.4894

364 El Greco Drive Terry Herschberger

$769,000 941.468.8439

858 Hillcrest Drive Courtney Green

419 Huntridge Drive Melissa Caldwell

$639,000 941.266.8829

700 Penfield Street Fernando Viteri

$625,000 941.400.7676

1322 Tuscany Boulevard Bob Linthicum

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Longboat Observer - Thursday, March 17, 2011

Longboat Observer - Thursday, March 17, 2011  

Longboat Observer - Thursday, March 17, 2011