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P&Z Board OKs Publix’s plans with modifications. PAGE 3A

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Colony developers not waiting for settlement Club Holdings and the association board are intent on building mostly new units — even without Klauber’s three acres.

Johnny Vasco de Gama, the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, underwent rehabilitation after being stranded in the Netherlands — thousands of miles away from home. He was rescued in November 2008. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Mote Marine Laboratory received him, gave him a brief physical exam and moved him to a medical pool. He was under the weather, and after two-and-a-half years, he soon will be under the water.

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+ Bill Bowe makes a soaring eagle Bill Bowe and his wife, Debbie, were golfing recently at Longboat Key Club Harbourside Golf Course, and on the last hole, Red No. 9, Bill hit his stride. He chipped his second shot of 143 yards for an eagle.

+ Robert Frost nips at your nose Jack Frost won’t be in attendance, but Robert Frost poems will be at Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra’s concert Sunday, Dec. 18. The night will feature Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce President Tom Aposporos as its narrator for “A Classical Holiday” at 2 p.m. Sunday, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Chris Tivey, founder and senior vice president of the Tour Club; Ben Addoms, founder and chief marketing officer of Club Holdings LLC; Jay Yablon, Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Board president; Glenn Miller, president of Miller Group Development; Stacy Miller, president of LaunchPad Development; and Scott Anderson, founder of Dream Catcher Retreats Two years and $84 million. Legal battles, zoning issues and infighting aside, that is what it will take before guests and unit owners can check in at a redeveloped Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. So says Glenn Miller, one of the principals of Club Holdings Ventures LLC, the entity chosen by the Colony Association board to rejuvenate the shuttered Longboat Key icon. Ben Addoms, founder and chief marketing officer of the Broomfield, Colo.,-based Club Holdings LLC, doesn’t seem deterred by all of the obstacles. In his more than 20-year career, Addoms says, nothing worthwhile has come about on the first try. Nor is Scott Anderson, also of Club Holdings, deterred. He points out all that is good about the Colony is often lost in discussions of the negativity: the history, the culture and, of course, the location. “You just can’t replace 18 acres

WHO’S WHO OF CLUB HOLDINGS VENTURES LLC? / PAGE 2A on the beach,” Anderson said. Miller, Addoms and Anderson were among five representatives of Club Holdings who discussed the company’s plans and vision for a new Colony Monday during a 90-minute session in the library at the Longboat Key Club’s Inn on the Beach. Monday marked the start of a series of meetings this week Club Holdings and the Colony Association board arranged with Longboat Key town commissioners individually, members of the Longboat Key Revitalization Committee and Colony unit owners to preview Club Holdings’ vision for a new Colony. Jay Yablon, president of the Colony Association, made the groups’ intentions clear, repeating the theme: “We’re going to move for-

ward with the 15 acres we have,” he said. “Having urban blight on Longboat Key is simply not an option.” Last year, Club Holdings, parent company of three vacation networks, partnered with Miller, president of Miller Development Group and an original Colony owner, along with his daughter, Stacy Miller, president of LaunchPad Development Inc., to form Club Holdings Ventures LLC to develop a plan to restore the Colony. In September, the Colony Association board voted unanimously to recommend Club Holdings as the firm to redevelop and operate the resort. On Monday, when they described their vision, they used a familiar term — “casual elegance” — a description that longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber has often invoked.

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Klauber says developers need his approval Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber appeared pleased and laughed in delight Tuesday morning when he heard that representatives of Club Holdings Ve n t u re s LLC wanted to create the ambience of “casual elegance” at a newly redeveloped Klauber Colony. “Those are my words,” he said, smiling. But that was the only thing that pleased Klauber. Told that the Colony Association (unit owners) and Club Holdings Ventures representatives are talking of redeveloping the Colony even if they don’t get control of Klauber’s three acres of the resort property, Klauber said: “They can’t move forward.” Then he showed a copy of a letter he sent Monday to Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock. It stated Klauber doesn’t consent to a redevelopment as proposed by the Colony Association (the unit owners) and that, according to town codes, the association could not proceed with a redevelopment without Klauber’s signature or an affidavit acknowledging his consent. Klauber’s letter also specifies 14 individual pieces of property Klauber or one of his companies owns within the Colony’s confines. Among them are three acres of land crucial to any redeveloped Colony — including the tennis courts, swimming pool, the Colony Restaurant and portions of the mid-rise hotel building. One of Klauber’s specific objections to a tentative as-

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COLONY / FROM PAGE 1A Addoms added: “barefoot elegance.” He said his group still wants to attract family weddings on the beach where men and women are in tuxes and gowns but barefoot. Club Holdings representatives also hope that when guests check-in to a rebuilt Colony, it will have a new pool, restaurant with a Monkey Bar-like experience, world-class tennis program, spa and fitness program and enhanced conference space — which, according to Anderson, will be key to boosting occupancy off-season. The group is still finalizing plans, but its representatives think it’s likely that guests and unit owners will someday check into a property that consists of mostly new units in a campus-style similar to the style of the old buildings. According to Club Holdings reps, the mid-rise unit, which includes Klauber’s living quarters, would be relocated to maximize the views of the Gulf and Sarasota Bay. They hope the new Colony will consist of 17 acres, although they intend to proceed with the 14 acres currently controlled by the association if they can’t reach an agreement with Klauber and other entities for the remaining three acres.

Status quo must change

Meanwhile, 16 months have passed since the last guests and unit owners checked out of the Colony, and Club Holdings representatives and Yablon believe that must change soon. “The status quo at 1620 cannot remain as it is,” said Yablon, referring to the property’s address on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Yablon credits the Club Holdings team for its willingness to deal with the complexities of the Colony. And it has received valuable insight on the property from Miller.

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Miller smiled slightly and shook his head when asked why he chose to get involved in the Colony. “I have no idea,” he said. “I never wanted to get involved.” Miller’s relationship with the Colony goes back to 1974, when he was involved as an appraiser in the original financing for the Colony. He purchased a unit there in 1974. His daughter, Stacy Miller, was one of the so-called “Colony kids.” “I grew up in the kids’ program building sandcastles and drinking Shirley Temples on the beach,” Stacy Miller said. Glenn Miller said he spoke with Klauber a couple of years ago about how to proceed with the issues surrounding the Colony. He wasn’t sure where the situation was headed and eventually consulted Club Holdings, of which he is a founding investor. Addoms said that company representatives liked the idea of building long-term relationships with unit owners, whom the company would treat as customers. According to Addoms, Club Holdings is not a party in the Colony’s legal disputes, although the company is looking for ways to mitigate risk. And although the company is a development partner in the resort, it seeks to keep the property owned by individual unit owners. Within 30 days, according to Stacy Miller, Club Holdings could submit a visual representation for public viewing. Ultimately 75% of unit owners must approve any plan. Glenn Miller estimates that the permitting process will take six months, while construction would span a year-and-a-half.

Klauber opposes plan

Meantime, Klauber remains in steadfast opposition to the association’s proposed redevelopment plans without his consent. In a letter Monday to Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock, Klauber said town codes require the signature

of every property owner on a development-plan application. Klauber said neither he nor any of the Colony entities he controls has signed any forms, applications or affidavits “joining in or consenting to any plan for redevelopment of the Colony.” Added Klauber: “Approval by the town of any plan for redevelopment of the Colony to which I do not consent will result in substantial financial damages to me and the entities I control.”

Next chapter

As the association tries to move forward with Club Holdings, it is still trying to resolve several outstanding legal disputes with Klauber. A court-ordered mediation is expected to reach its deadline at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Charles Bartlett, Klauber’s lawyer, said Tuesday he was not optimistic the two sides would reach a settlement before the deadline. Yablon said he can’t disclose specific offers that have been made in mediation. But he said the association is willing to offer Klauber “a dignity package that would more than account for his needs” while allowing him to have input in the resort’s future — provided that he is willing to settle the existing disputes. “Nobody’s looking to have him eat crow,” Yablon said. “If he’s willing to settle the disputes, he could have a big role, though nobody is going to hand him back the keys.” In response to Yablon’s comment about offering Klauber “a dignity package,” Klauber said: “I want a realistic deal from them. I don’t need dignity. I have dignity. They don’t.” Said Yablon: “I’ve been involved in six years of legal warfare. I will never for a minute take credit away from Murf for what he has done at the Colony.” But he said it’s crucial that the Colony redevelopment move forward. “The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is bigger than one person,” Yablon said.

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Who’s who Ben Addoms

Addoms is a board member, founder and chief marketing officer of Club Holdings LLC. Previously, he served as president of Excite@Home’s mediaand-marketing services and managed its subsidiary, MatchLogic. He also served as vice president of Polk Co., one of the nation’s largest database marketing businesses.

Scott Anderson

Anderson founded Dream Catcher Retreats, a destination club that merged with Quintess in 2006. He will likely serve as the general manager of a redeveloped Colony.

Pete Estler

Estler is a board member, founder and CEO of Club Holdings LLC. He began his career at Bell Laboratories, specializing in telephony systems and systems architecture, and later joined EDS. He went on to found dbINTELLECT Technologies, a marketing information warehouse firm, and MatchLogic, an Internet advertising company. (Estler was not present for the Longboat Observer’s interview.)

Glenn Miller

Miller is president of Miller Group Development. He bought a Colony unit in 1974 and was involved as an appraiser in the initial financing for the Colony. He has more than 35 years’ experience as an owner and developer of investment properties. He will serve as the senior project leader, responsible for securing financing and overseeing project execution.

Stacy Miller

Miller is president of LaunchPad Development and will serve as the project manager and will be in charge of securing appropriate approvals and contracts and managing day-to-day project execution.

Chris Tivey

Tivey is founder and senior vice president of the Tour Club, one of three vacation networks owned by Club Holdings LLC. He brings an extensive background in fractional ownership.

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Publix receives P&Z recommendations The supermarket chain’s site plan and three outline development plans will move forward to the Longboat Key Town Commission. It took nearly six hours for Publix Super Markets Inc. to reach checkout time at the Dec. 13 Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board meeting, but the Lakeland-based supermarket chain ultimately got each item on its shopping list. The P&Z Board voted to recommend a site plan and three outline development plans (ODPs) with amended departures for plans for the site owned by Publix, along with two adjacent parcels currently owned by Bay Isles Enclave Acquisition LLC and W. Howard Rooks, which Publix is under contract to purchase. The site plan and ODPs will move forward to the Longboat Key Town Commission for approval with P&Z recommendations. Publix agent Michael Leeds, of RMC Development Services, spoke about the plan, which he said was the product of more than two years of working with town staff. He listed the special features that the rebuilt supermarket will have such as in-house foods prepared by chefs, a salad bar, food court with outdoor seating and enhanced wine-and-cheese offerings. “This is truly going to be a unique store

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and a special store,” he said. But board members had questions about the plan, particularly when it came to parking, traffic and landscaping issues. P&Z Board Chairwoman B.J. Webb asked Joel Freedman, of Freedman Consulting & Development LLC, about the amount of parking proposed for the site — 407 off-street spaces compared to the 247 required by town code. “I don’t think you’re going to see a population explosion by Longboat Key, so I’m surprised by the increase,” she said. But Freedman said that Publix had already reduced the five spaces per 1,000 square feet of retail space it typically requires to 4.2 and said that the shopping center would offer a new shopping experience that would entice shoppers to linger. “Think about where you know of a Publix that has an outdoor café,” he said. “People are going to stay there. This is going to be a great place to hang out.” Publix agreed to amend its request for a departure in town code from the parking setback adjacent to Bay Isles Parkway, removing its request for a departure be-

tween Gulf of Mexico Drive and the first property entrance after hearing concerns that it would reduce the landscape buffer along the roadway. Attorney Michael Furen, who represents the Bay Isles Master Association, said that his client supports a redeveloped Publix but had concerns about the visual impacts of the plan. He asked that as a condition of approval, the board recommend requiring a landscape maintenance bond to ensure that Publix maintains its landscape buffer. Board members rejected that request, pointing to a new town zoning code that requires the replacement of landscaping if damaged. Board members also worried about potential hazards in a proposed travel corridor that would run through the center of the parking lot with two lanes and angled parking that would result in cars backing into incoming traffic. “As a board, I think we should go on record as saying we’re opposed to this,” board member Leonard Garner said. Leeds agreed to address traffic concerns further with Publix officials but said that he could not agree to changes with-

Glass is half full? Michael Leeds, of RMC Development Services, told the Planning & Zoning Board that the most common question he gets about the Longboat Key Publix is this: “Will it have a liquor store?” Leeds couldn’t give a definite answer at the Dec. 13 P&Z meeting, but he said that a liquor store would most likely be somewhere in the shopping center, although he didn’t say if it would be a Publix liquor store. A liquor store inside the supermarket would not be possible due to state laws, Leeds said. out further discussions. The site plan will require one commission meeting and public hearing, while each of the ODPs will require two commission meetings and public hearings. Publix proposes closing its existing store next April, demolishing it in May and reopening before Christmas of 2012.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

First response Longboat Key Fire Rescue Lt. Rocky Parker was surfing the Internet one day last year when he came across a YouTube video about the Firefighters for Israel Emergency Volunteer Project (EVP). But amid the images of exploding missiles and sounds of emergency vehicles that provide a glimpse into a country at war, what got Parker’s attention was this: “Firefighting is not about politics,” a volunteer said on the video. “It is not about reliAccording to gion. It’s about the Emergency saving lives.” Volunteer Project’s “It’s a brothwebsite, evp. erhood that org.il, after the goes beyond Second Lebanon borders,” ParkWar, emergency er said. services and local Israelis are municipalities required to were severely serve in the Isshort staffed. EVP, raeli Defense which is funded Forces (IDF); solely by donamost firefighttions was formed ers and other in collaboration emergency with emergency personnel services and local would be called municipalities to to service in a locate and recruit time of war. So, volunteers who the EVP, a group can be deployed funded entirely at short notice to by donations, provide emergency trains volunservices as needed teer teams of in Israel. firefighters and other professionals, such as those in the medical field, social workers, psychologists, municipal maintenance professionals and other types of community volunteers, who, in an emergency, can deploy to Israel to provide vital services. Parker contacted the organization through its website, evp.org.il and trained in New York City for a week. At the end of September, he traveled for a week-and-ahalf to Israel, where he trained alongside Israeli firefighters to learn how he could

When Lt. Rocky Parker learned about the Firefighters for Israel Emergency Volunteer Project, his first response was to offer his services as a firefighter.

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Longboat Key Fire Rescue Lt. Rocky Parker has been a firefighter for 27 years, 12 of which he has spent on the Key. help in a time of crisis. “Because I’m a firefighter and I can use my skills, I thought it was a thrilling thing to do,” Parker said. He found that departments in Israel run differently than those in the United States. The department Parker spent most of his time with consisted of nine firefighters serving a population of 150,000. Israeli departments don’t offer medical services

and have the sole responsibility of responding to fires and road hazards. They also don’t operate by the stringent safety regulations the United States has in place, making the job much more dangerous. Parker, a 27-year firefighter who has spent the last 12 years with the Longboat Key department, is the first EVP firefighter volunteer from Florida; most, thus far, have come from Texas and New York.

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Parker hopes to encourage more Florida firefighters to participate in the future. Parker said that he was surprised at what he saw in Israel. Most of the country was safer and more Americanized than he expected. And the people were grateful — even surprised — that the team was there. “People go to Israel as tourists or they go to Israel for the religious sites,” he said. “Not too many go for the people.”


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Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP). The Windward Bay Condominium Association expanded its saltwater bioswale and added more native plants. The Beachplace Association Inc. expanded and upgraded its storm-water retention pond. Grant applications for the current fiscal year are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012. Download applications at sarasotabay.org.

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Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15  Code Enforcement Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9  Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9  Zoning Board of Adjustment — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. 

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+ FDOT begins Longboat Pass Bridge project The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is in the beginning phases of a $1.1 million repair project of Longboat Pass Bridge, according to FDOT public information officer Trudy Gerena, with contractors currently preparing equipment and doing work underneath the bridge. The majority of work will take place at night, with lane closures controlled by flaggers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays. Lane closures will not take place Friday through Sunday or during holiday periods, including Dec. 23

+ Commission to discuss pension study funding The Longboat Key Town Commission will discuss a resolution at its Dec. 15 regular workshop that provides additional funding to expand its pensionplan study to include the firefighter pension plan. In January, the commission authorized funding for a study to analyze costs for alternatives going forward for both the general-employeeand police-officer pension plans.

through Jan. 2, and Jan. 13 through Jan. 17. Quinn Construction Inc. is responsible for the project, which will include bridge repair and painting, in addition to sidewalk reconstruction.

+ Key condos complete Bay Partner Grant Projects + Sea turtle released from Two Longboat Key condominium LBK 2010 - J Broadway Beach Access associations recently completed Bay Jeffrey, a green sea turtle who

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The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Commission talks role in Colony dispute” (Dec. 7) 2. “P&Z to check out Publix plans” (Dec. 7) 3. “Simpson resigns as P&Z director” (Dec. 3) 4. “PHOTO GALLERY: Rep. Jon Huntsman’s Daughters Campaign at the Republican Club” (Aug. 21) 5. “Commission to discuss $1,000 bonus for town employees” (Dec. 5)

was rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, was released Monday, Dec. 12 from the Broadway Beach Access. Jeffrey was rescued April 30 after he got caught in a trawl net placed before a drudge. The net was intended to keep marine animals away from the dredge, allowing them to be relocated and released. Jeffrey received laser surgery at Mote for fibropapilloma tumors.

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Commission plugs into Port Dolphin funds north-end power issues refuel town coffers Commissioner Pat Zunz questioned the frequent power failures that occur at the north end of the island and affect hundreds.

The town received a $500,000 reimbursement check from the Oslo, Norway,-based company.

Commissioner Pat Zunz has been keeping track of power failures and outages in her neighborhood. In November alone, Zunz, a northend resident, counted at least four failures. “I’m not talking about outages when there is a storm,” Zunz said at the Dec. 5 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting. “I’m talking about when there isn’t a leaf moving and the sun is shining.” Often, when she calls Florida Power & Light (FPL) about outages, she hears that 751 homes are affected. So Zunz offered a suggestion to Rae Dowling, FPL’s area manager for external affairs, who updated the commission about FPL projects at Monday’s meeting. “I think that at the very least, FPL should be asked to put surge protectors on those houses at no cost to us,” she said. “We are paying for but not getting the same level of service that other people are getting.” Dowling said that at least three out of four momentary outages on the Key relate to trees. “What we see, and what

For the town, a $500,000 check from Port Dolphin LLC has been in the pipeline — i.e. an escrow account — since April. But last week, the town got the check from the Oslo, Norway,based company, which reimburses the town for its expenses related to developing and permitting sandborrow areas in the Gulf of Mexico in advance of the placement of a $1 billion liquid natural-gas pipeline. “It’s a significant development because it reimburses the town for money that it has already spent, and it sets in motion the next potential reimbursement that could be made after we place the sand,” said Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa. The town initially opposed the placement of the proposed 42-mile pipeline, which will run to the north of Anna Maria Island, because it would run through the same white sand that Longboat Key has used as a highquality white sand source. The Florida

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lines, just as a part of their life cycle, they lose those palms,” she said. The palms often strike the power lines, resulting in outages. FPL has trimmed palms at the request of many northend residents, Dowling said. But Zunz asked Dowling why the north end experiences more power outages than the rest of the island, which is also lined by trees. Dowling agreed to look into the issue further. After the meeting, Dowling said that FPL does offer surge protectors to customers at a cost of approximately $10, but that FPL would rather “get to the root of the problem.” During the meeting, Commissioner Lynn Larson asked if burying power lines would be a possibility for the Key in the future, pointing out the damage they can cause during a hurricane. “Just think about all those trees you wouldn’t have to trim,” she joked. But Mayor Jim Brown remembered discussions from years ago about placing the power lines underground. The price tag: $80 million.

Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will not allow a pipeline to be placed over valuable sand that could be used to restore and protect state beaches. In September 2009, the town agreed that it would not object to the pipeline placement if Port Dolphin would help remove sand for the island’s next beach renourishment project and help pay for its removal and permitting costs. The town is eligible for an additional $5 million pending FDEP approval of the Port Dolphin project. The funds have not yet been deposited into an escrow account. Although Port Dolphin obtained permits and licenses necessary for the project, Port Dolphin decided last March to delay construction of the project. The company has until the end of March 2012 to defer the timeframe for another year, move forward with the project or cancel the project. The current deadline for the town’s removal of sand from this burrow area is June 2013.

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Public desires and Publix plans What do Longboat Key residents want in the proposed new Publix store that the present store doesn’t carry, and what does Publix propose to deliver on the residents’ wishlist? Let’s do the wishlist first. Far and away the most popular response in an informal poll of full- and part-time Longboaters is “more prepared foods, like Whole Foods has.” Dorothy O’Brien, of Islandside, would like “ready-totake-home, already completed, single-serving sizes.” She thinks that’s especially important at the south end of the island. It’s much more than a long 5-iron shot from Harry’s Deli. Lana McDonald, of Longboat Cove, observes that “when you’re by yourself, it’s hard to cook single portions.” And Sherry Linhart, of Sabal Cove, likes prepared meals “for when you don’t want to cook.” Another popular request is for a coffee shop. Not the runof-the-mill kind in many supermarkets but in the words of my wife, Cindy, “a European-style coffeehouse with tables and chairs and fine pastries.” So would Laurin Goldner, of Buttonwood Harbour. She’d like “an upscale place where people would gather.” Gaele Barthold, of Longboat Key Estates, sug-

gests a gelato bar. Bev Shapiro, of Windward Bay, would “have one of their wonderful bakery items and compare shopping lists there with friends.” McDonald also likes the idea of the coffeehouse hosting cooking demonstrations and seminars, where she could meet other people. Goldner hopes for larger floral and organic fruit and vegetable selections. Larry Linhart’s wishlist adds “a better selection of seafood, something like at Whole Foods, and more fish variety than at the new Publix store in Sarasota.” One of our town officials, who requested anonymity, endorsed “a wider meat selection.” Jinny Johnson would like more variety in wines. O’Brien touched on a preference no one else mentioned: greater choices for specialty diets, such as more gluten-free products. She and Johnson promoted improvement of the deli section. O’Brien thought that the current Publix “used to have a fairly nice deli section.” It seems to her that the choices have been narrowed and she wonders why. Madelyn Spoll, a self-professed “big fan of salads,” would opt for a larger salad section. She also would like an outdoor

café, to gather in the morning and talk to friends. If yours truly has a vote, I would have a much wider variety of cheeses to avoid the trek to Morton’s to fetch that wonderful pecorino from Tuscany that the Morton’s cheese mistress says she can “hardly keep in stock.” Finally, we cannot omit my wife’s other suggestion for the new store — the convenience of a mailbox. So, which items on the wishlist does Publix plan to provide? At the Longboat Key Condominium Association presentation Nov. 19, Publix’s answer to a question about upscale features included “the meat counter, bakery and prepared food areas.” For more detail, we pursued Shannon Patten, Publix’s media and community relations manager for Central and Southwest Florida. Here’s Patten’s report on what the store will have. A wide array of prepared foods and floral, organic, seafood, meats, wine, gluten-free bakery and deli, salad and cheese products. The prepared foods (appetizers, entrées and side dishes) will be created by in-house culinary chefs. The organic foods will include “a selection

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of exotic choices from around the world.” The seafood section will have an expanded sushi counter. The salad bar will highlight more than 20 fresh salad selections and a soup bar with gourmet soups and PanAsian favorites, “a great stop for lunch or dinner.” The cheese department, staffed by a certified cheese specialist, will offer more than 100 varieties of artisan cheese. So far, Publix, “Bravo!” But which of the residents’ wish-list items did not make the Publix list? The coffeehouse, the gelato bar and the mailbox. The coffeehouse, says Patten, is a victim of space limitations: a 49,000-square-foot store is not big enough. “We will offer coffee,” she adds, “and there will be a seating area inviting customers to sit, relax and enjoy their breakfast, lunch or dinner.” All of which raises a few questions for Publix and our town officials. Can the store footprint be enlarged slightly to make room for a coffeehouse? Would Publix be willing to do it? If Starbucks can cram coffee shops in oversized closets, such as on St. Armands Circle, would it really make that much of a difference space-wise? Let’s go for it!

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+ Circle decorations a top-notch job Dear Editor: I would like to compliment those responsible for doing an excellent job at the Circle for the layout, sidewalks and landscaping on all four medium strips. The landscape architect did a great design job. The Christmas decorations add a beautiful finishing touch. I have always considered the Circle the gateway to Lido and Longboat as we all funnel through it, and I must say the providers have done a superb job. Now, if only we can find out why most all of the new green benches have the green paint peeling from the galvanized metal bench  supports at the Circle. Paul Ahern Longboat Key

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Lost and found 11:12 a.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Property Found. A woman stopped police to tell them that she found a wallet at a table at the nearby tennis courts but was unable to locate the owner. Police located the owner, who had been playing tennis and confirmed that nothing had been taken from the wallet.

8th annual Cortez Yacht Club Holiday Lighted Boat Parade — starts at 5:30 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Dec. 17, in the basin between Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and continues to the Seafood Shack Marina Grill, in Cortez. Contact Laura Ritter at 780-3547. Miniversity Field Trip to Dali and Holocaust Museums — takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. This field trip will travel to St. Petersburg for a tour of the Dali Museum, lunch and then a tour of the Florida Holocaust Museum. Cost is $50. RSVP to 383-3428.

Dec. 4 Expiration notice 1:05 a.m. — 200 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police stopped a man who was driving 55 mph down Gulf of Mexico Drive and found that his license had expired earlier that year. Police issued a citation to the driver and warned him not to drive until he renewed his license.

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Drop the oranges and no one will get hurt 1:49 p.m. — 6800 block of Longboat Drive S. Trespassing. Police warned two men after they walked onto a property and one of them picked four oranges from a tree. The property owner told the man to drop the oranges and then called police to ask that the incident be documented, although he did not want police to issue a trespass warning.

Working orders 4:11 p.m. — 600 block of Juan Anasco Drive. Code Enforcement. A resident complained that a group of four teenagers was going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. Police found one of the teens and told him about the town’s soliciting ordinance. The teen said that he would notify his boss of the requirement.

Special delivery 5:11 p.m. — 600 block of Emerald Harbor Drive. Code Enforcement. A Houston man told police that he and several others were dropped off on the island to sell magazines door-to-door. The man told police that he would inform the others that they need a permit to solicit orders and that they could not work past 5 p.m.

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Sidewalks now line each of the Circles’s four medians.

Vice Mayor Terry Turner has urged the Sarasota City Commission to consider a parking garage for St. Armands Circle as part of the city’s two-year goals.

Medians project 99% complete St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) Chairman Marty Rappaport announced Tuesday that a $450,000 Circle median project is 99% complete. The project installed sidewalks along the Circle’s four medians,

St. Armands Circle merchants moved one step closer to checking off the final item on their capital-improvement project wish list Monday when the Sarasota City Commission agreed to look into the feasibility of a parking garage near the Circle’s fire station. At the commission’s Monday informal workshop, Vice Mayor Terry Turner received support from commissioners to add the feasibility of a multi-story parking garage on the Circle as part of the commission’s two-year goals. “Merchants want a garage and are willing to pay for it with a special assessment tax,” said Turner, who said it makes sense to have sketches drawn up and see what the project would cost. “If it’s workable, we should do it.” A multimillion dollar garage could be funded by a combination of merchant special-assessment taxes and parking-meter revenues. The item was added to City Manager Bob Bartolotta’s list. A final list of two-year goals will be brought back before commissioners to review and approve in January. Merchants are also hoping exposed power lines can be buried as a part of the project. St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) Chairman Marty Rappaport was pleased to hear the news at the BID’s Board of Directors meeting Tuesday. “It’s the last major project for the Circle, and once it’s built, it will satisfy the residents, Circle merchants and the entire Sarasota community as a whole,” Rappaport said. “I’m pleased to see the city moving in this direction.” Rappaport said the BID wants to begin planning for the garage next year. “Once it’s complete, we would be able to implement a valet service that’s free for customers and be in position to support the advertising and promotion St. Armands deserves,” Rappaport said. Also at the BID meeting, the board of directors noted there are no vacancies on the Circle; what’s vacant is under contract for stores that can’t be announced yet. “What we have been able to do in a terrible economy with not a lot of money over the last nine years is amazing,” Rappaport said. “It’s beneficial to both St. Armands and downtown Sarasota as a whole to keep moving forward with the garage project.”

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

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Key Club women frolic at wintry celebration Putting over the lakes and through the palm trees to the Harborside Dining Room they go. There were six snowwomen spotted Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Longboat Key Club and Resort Harborside Golf Course. At the next hole, there were six Mrs. Clauses. And, the group of naughty-andnice elves driving golf carts would have been a sight to see if only its golf carts were being led by the

team of reindeer women! These holiday characters were the 18- and 9-hole Women of the Women’s Golf Association dressed for their annual Frosty Frolic. The get-together celebrates the season with a game of golf followed by brunch prepared by the chefs at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Each woman brought an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

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Wine tasting attendees Sea Gals transform into remain in good spirits Florence fashionistas The weather outside may have been frightful, but the people at Harry’s Continental Kitchen’s wine tasting were delightful Wednesday, Dec. 7. Winds from the stormy weather knocked over entertainer Howie Banfield’s tent and forced the crowd under two tents. But, attendees remained in good spirits, regardless of the rain. Five dollars of every attendee’s entrance fee profited the Longboat Key Historical Society.

The Bird Key Yacht Club Sea Gals have never hosted more than 100 people for their holiday luncheon, but this year, they had 150. The Sea Gals and the style show committee combined forces for a Florentine fantasy luncheon and informal

fashion show featuring evening dresses from L. Boutique. Yacht Club member Annette Lloyd designed the jewelry that accompanied the dresses. Interior designer Karen Jones gave a lecture on Florence, Italy, design during dessert.

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Cozy sweatshirts donated to Children’s Guardian Fund

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What started as a combined effort of L’Ambiance residents’ donations turned into a charity luncheon four years ago. They have selected different charities over the years, and this is the first year the Children’s Guardian Fund was selected as the charity recipient. L’Ambiance collected sweatshirts and hoodies to be donated to the children involved in the program.

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Historical Society docents honored at luncheon

Organizers of the event Angela Stowe and Sylvia Pastor

It’s not often that the Longboat Key Historical Society docents hear, “thanks.” So, that’s why the board of directors treated the docents to a lunch Thursday, Dec. 8, at Lazy Lobster — to show appreciation for all they do.

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Robert Edwin Blumenthal, of Longboat Key and formerly of Philadelphia, died Dec. 5. He was 77. Mr. Blumenthal was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Logan, Pa. He attended Olney High School and studied at Temple University. He joined his family’s business, the Penn Emblem Co., located in Philadelphia. His father, Frank Blumenthal, founded the company in 1940. Mr. Blumenthal was chairman and president of the corporation for 60 years. Mr. Blumenthal was a Renaissance man who had a passion for his family and friends. He was an accomplished watercolor painter, enjoyed jazz music and cheering for his beloved Phillies. Mr. Blumenthal was devoted to his Penn Emblem family. He was active in several organizations, including Young Presidents Organization, PPO, industry trade associations and numerous charities, including The Federation of Jewish Agencies, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Wellness Center and The Van Wezel. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ima Blumenthal; sisters Shirley Carroll and Joanne Ameci; three daughters, Randi Joseph, of Penn Valley, Pa., Ellen Churchill, of Malvern, Pa., and Tina Small,

There were appetizers, barbecue and dessert — oh, my! — at the St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church parish picnic Saturday, Dec. 3. Parishioners brought their favorite side dish or sweet treat and dined on Port-A-Pit Bar-b-que fare. The parking lot was stacked with tables and chairs. There was also a penny auction with holiday items, too.

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Mary Lou Reesey, of Longboat Key and Youngstown, Ohio, died Dec. 1. She was 80. Mrs. Reesey was born Nov. 2, 1931. She is survived by her husband, Dr. W. Clare Reesey; brothers Seth Gaugh, of Webster, N.Y., and Richard Gaugh, of Savannah, Ga.; daughters Dr. Cynthia Thorne, of Bristol, Ind., Melissa Ware, of West Farmington, Ohio; son, Trea, of Canfield, Ohio; and 34 grandchildren. Services will be held in Youngstown. Arrangements were made by Toale Brothers Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Reesey’s name to: Team Garrett Inc., c/o Huntington Bank Champion Banking Office, 4349 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, Ohio, 44843; or to The Butler Institute of American Art, The Beecher Center, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio, 44502.

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Above: First place for a single-family home goes to 681 Emerald Harbour Drive. Left: First place for a commercial business goes to Café L’Europe. Above: The Saputo home at 10 Lighthouse Point Drive wins Publisher’s Choice.

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udolph’s nose isn’t the only thing glowing this year, because our island decorated full-out. Oh, little town of Longboat Key, how bright we see you shine with palm trees decked with ornaments, lawns mounted with glowing reindeer, trees gleaming with red, green, white and even blue. It just goes to show, there are no humbugs here. Every year, we judge the radiant beams from the Key’s holiday light displays, because there’s nothing like a spirited competition to put a holiday bounce in one’s step. Though winners aren’t getting an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle (because we were worried they’d shoot their eye out!) — they did receive something special. We now present the winners of our “Light up the Keys” contest with glad tidings of great joy.

Publisher’s choice

10 Lighthouse Point Drive — Hark! the herald — wait a minute, wrong paper — the Longboat Observer publisher sings, “Glory to, all the lights that can be seen!” Driving over the New Pass Bridge at night, the cheery light display at the

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Saputos’ Lighthouse Point home is such a warm welcome. The columns, dock and palms at the home are wrapped in classic white lights, and white icicle lights are draped from the perimeter of the property. Each year this house tops our list as one to watch — and it should top your list as well!

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The commercial category made it almost too close to call as to who would make it on our “nice” list this year. Honorable mention goes to the blue icicles covering the ceilings at McCarver and Moser; Crab and Fin’s red, green and white trio of trees; and the decorated boat at Cannons Marina. First place: Café L’Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle: Three wise men (or women!) must have decorated Café L’Europe. With a huge “NOEL” sign on the roof with strings of lights trailing down toward the restaurant, you can’t miss this display. It’s the first year Café L’Europe has put up this display of lights, and

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Cafe L’Europe owner Betsie Coolidge and the man responsible for the “Noel” decoration, David Boyce.

Bob Lachmann in front of his home at 681 Emerald Harbor Drive.


WINNERS / FROM PAGE 19A it clearly proved its decorating prowess. They even dodged a potential decorating mishap when the 5-foot wreath they ordered was only 4 feet tall — but sent in a 5-foot box. Second place: Plymouth Harbor, 700 John Ringling BLvd.: Oh, Christmas palm, Oh, Christmas palm, your lights are bright and merry! Plymouth Harbor won Publisher’s Choice in 2009, and this year it remained a standout. Every leaf of the large palm tree that sits in a median in the circle drive is decked-out with green lights; the trunk is wrapped with white lights; and there is a canopy of red-and-white lights stemming from the top of the tree to the ground. They did the job bright. Third place: St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive: Leave it to St. Armands Key Lutheran Church to have a “key” display. Our third-place winner’s modest and pretty lights cover the bushes surrounding the church, lights twinkle up the trunks of the palms and a star shines bright above a well-lit nativity scene.

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It’s been a miracle on Gulf of Mexico Drive — almost every condominium was glowing, making it a tough decision for the Observer team. Our honorable mentions go to Tangerine Bay Club’s forest of palms and a bushel of lights in its display. Also on our list are the fantastic displays at Positano, Sea Grape Inn and Beach Castle Resort. First place: Promenade, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Up on the housetop, the reindeer pause, and on the tip of the roof is good

ol’ Santa Claus in our first-place winner’s display. Promenade won the Publisher’s Choice in last year’s competition, took second place in 2008, and this year it was awarded first place. The elegant display never ceases to amaze us — and put us in the holiday spirit! Second place: Turtle Crawl Inn, 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Turtle Crawl Inn is crawling with lights this year, enough to garner it second place. The condo went above and beyond, because every floor of the building has icicle lights hanging from the balconies. Third place: Beachplace, 1109 Gulf of Mexico Drive: Beachplace is having a blue Christmas, but it’s not so sad when third place is involved. The bushes and tree trunks on the property are decked with white strands, and at the top are blue lights. Blue icicle lights adorn the roof of the security office, complete with a waving Santa, sleigh and reindeer on top. Santa hats off to Beachplace.

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Dashing through the Key in a horsepower-driven car, we passed great looking lights, for which people clearly spent a lot of time dressing their houses in their holiday finest. The honorable mentions go to many of the houses along Gulf of Mexico Drive that were festively fun. First place: 681 Emerald Harbor Drive: And then it happened: We stopped the car suddenly and exclaimed, “Oh, holy lights!” The home at Emerald Harbor Drive glowed brighter than the rest — possibly because the homeowners forewent normal lights for the LED kind. They have candy canes and an angel, the gutters are lined with icicle lights and the bushes are alternately draped in colored

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First-place winner for condominiums was Promenade. lights and white lights. Although there are a lot of components to the display, everything works in perfect harmony. Second place: 7061 Longboat Drive E.: Our second-place winner proves lights can be quaint and pretty. The Village home on Longboat Drive East features window boxes of red flowers containing white lights, spiraledlight Christmas trees in the yard and three glowing reindeer. The home’s decorations are simple and sweet. Third place: 6901 Poinsettia: Our third-place winner is pretty as a present wrapped with a big red bow. The home, appropriately located on Poinsettia Drive in the Village, has a white picket fence adorned with red holiday bows and classic-white lights. There were red velvet bows on the trees and on the front door. Not to mention, the red flowers planted in the yard matched perfectly.

Above: Plymouth Harbor remains a repeat entry on our best holiday decorations list. Left: The men responsible for Promenade decorations: Jovan Ignatovski, Dave Hagman, Lenny Vesvucci, President of the Board Ron Lucchino and Manager Bob McFarlane.

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Permit Applicant Amount Alteration Albert Small Jr. $70,452.05 Demolition W.R. Kribs, cotrustee $17,120 Alteration Warren Malmquist $16,042 Alteration John Kalas $15,600 Alteration Sonia Daoud $12,600 Alteration Laurie Champion $12,500 Re-roof Eugene Hickey $11,450 Alteration James Sherer $8,500 Re-roof Alfred Riedinger $7,350 Alteration Pasquale Alberga, trustee $6,000 Alteration John Frisoli Jr. $3,906 Alteration Russell Meloche $3,800 Alteration Harold Cullison $3,000 Alteration Michael Levine $2,499 Alteration Michael Chester $2,350 Alteration Wilmer Hergenrader $2,000 Alteration Judith Gove $1,830

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Michael and Diane Mullihan, of New Berlin, Wis., sold their Unit 102 condominium at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Dan and Karen Muehlenbein, Indianapolis, for $520,000. Built in 1975, it has three

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FAIRWAY BAY 2BR/2.5BA updated townhouse FAIRWAY BAY - 2BR/2BA partially furnished and with canal view and dock. $394,500 updated home with great bay views.$329,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 3BR/3BA Canal front FAIRWAY BAY - 2BR/2.5BA 2-story condohome w/large caged lanai & pool $799,000 minium with boat dock. $449,000

his Unit 123 condominium at 100 Sands Point Road to Thomas and Elizabeth Dubbs, New York, for $525,000. Built in 1966, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,941 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2009.

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Mann Clan LLC sold the Unit 207 condominium at 450 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Bruce Goldstein, trustee, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., for $250,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,250 square feet of living area.

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Lauren Wichman, trustee, of Soldiers Grove, Wis., sold the Unit 203 condominium at 605 Sutton Place to Frank and Vivian Demaio, of Oradell, N.J., for $216,500. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $460,000 in 2005.

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Water Club I - Gulf & Bay Views 6th floor 3BR/3 full BA newly designed & furnished apartment with beautiful water views, private elevator, 10’ ceilings and two expansive terraces for viewing nightly sunsets. Gated community with excellent amenities. Furnished. $ 1,599,00

Pierre – Longboat Key Gulf Front Third floor 3BR/3BA with large terraces for taking in gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. Apartment is a blank palette ready to be made into your dream beach getaway. $ 749,000

Coral Cove - Bayfront Beauty Mainland Mediterranean Perfection with 130’ of waterfront, 5BR, theater, library, family room, infinity edge pool/spa, dock, jet-ski lift $ 3,495,000 and 4-car garage.

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Ramona Kent and Lizabeth Hafer, of Golden, Colo., sold their Unit 207 condominium at 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Viorel and Dana Herescu, of Ontario, Canada, for $195,000. Built in 1970, it has one bedroom, one bath and 675 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $420,000 in 2005.

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Martha Altamirano and Jorge Crespo sold their home at 600 Owl Way to Peter and Marcia Ramah, of Saginaw, Mich., for $473,900. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,892 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $570,000 in 2004.

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San Remo Shores - Deep Yacht Basin On 160’ of waterfront has 5BR/5.3BA & 7,582 SF of luxury. Home theater, office, play room and rooftop widow’s walk. Private $ 4,495,000 dock & 4-car garage.

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Siestas Bayside – Deep Water Canal Gorgeous waterfront home fully updated. 2,641 square feet, three bedrooms/ two baths and a large tropical patio area with pool/spa, boat dock with lift and floating jet-ski dock. Includes 12 sunset cruises! $ 849,900

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

Players challenged in annual tennis tournament One hundred twenty-four people took the physical challenge at the 12th annual Observer Challenge at Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, but only 16 people came away champions Sunday, Dec. 11. The weekend started off with a kick-off cocktail party Thursday, Dec. 8, at Sarasota Yacht Club. The tournament took place Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11, with awards given out Sunday. The teams consisted of four players: two men and two women. The men played each other, and the women faced off on the courts to see which team would come out on top. Winners will get their names printed on the Observer trophy, which is on display all year at the Public Tennis Center.

WINNERS • Division 1 winners: Peter Hankins, Bea Uzielli, Jimmy Tarsy and Janice Longhurst • Division 2 winners: Sybille Petereit, Joe Salvino, Bob Dreyfus and Dominique Kohlenberger • Division 3 winners: Nancy Sartori, Dorian Irizarry, Jeanine Irizarry and Anthony Manifold • Division 4 winners: Terry Schonhoff, Ted Bowen, Roz Kline and Barbara Dziedziech

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GONE FISHING

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011

by Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor

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“I no longer look at a fish like it’s just my dinner,” Linda Heath says. “I stare at the details, and I’m amazed by the colors. I think it’s Mother Nature’s best work.”

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It used to be that Linda Heath fished for her dinner. Now she spends more time fishing for her subjects. The emerging Gyotaku artist explains the surprisingly odorless practice of fish rubbing. Some artists turn to beautiful women for their muses. Linda Heath turns to fish. She loves the scales. The fins. The colors. The eyes. Oh, how she loves the eyes. She spends hours sometimes peering into the glassy pupils of her slippery subjects.

A budding Gyotaku artist and a seasoned angler, Heath always finishes her work by painting a white dot in the center of each fish’s eye, that way, when the piece is up on a wall, its gaze can follow you around the room. This can be especially disconcert-

ing when you’re in Heath’s studio, where every fish eye appears to be fixed on you. “Some people believe painting the eye gives the fish its soul back,” Heath says. “Because, as you know, the eyes are the windows to the soul.”

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FISH TALES Heath’s cool catches Mahi-mahi

“Mahi-mahi light up when you catch them, but within five minutes their color fades. You have to take a photo right away.”

Tarpon

“The scales are humongous. They’re as big as the palm of my hand.”

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“They have no scales. They’re like manatees. You really have to think about how you’re applying the ink to get that Gyotaku impression.”

HEATH / FROM PAGE 1 If this is true, then Heath, a commercial and residential real-estate broker by trade, is surrounded by some pretty significant saltwater souls. There’s the 35-pound black grouper that she caught deep drop-fishing 800 feet over a hole near Key West; the 80-pound Cubera snapper that placed first in this year’s De Soto Fishing Tournament; and, of course, the swallowtail bass that was so rare it was sent off to an ichthyologist to be studied. “The only known swallowtail is in a jar of formaldehyde somewhere,” Heath says. “When my husband was asked if he would send it in to be studied, he said, ‘Sure, but my wife is an artist and she has to rub it first.’”

Heath is always talking about fish, such as the 80-pound Cu“rubbing” fish. The first few times bera snapper, it can require brute you hear her say it, the term strength. sounds sort of peculiar. Like she’s Says Heath: “It’s not for the faint a fish masseuse. of heart.” “It’s a happy feel-good thing,” Looking around Heath’s studio, she says of the hobby. “I’m able to you’d never know she has just beintegrate art into the one thing I’ve gun working with Gyotaku. You’d loved to do my whole life: fish.” also never know she was entirely A plucky 53-year-old with a self-taught. Southern drawl, Heath’s earliest In just a year-and-a-half she’s memories are of catching bluegill exhibited work in six shows, inwith her father in Kentucky. cluding last weekend’s Winterfest She first came across Gyotaku on Anna Maria Island. — the Japanese art of making fish In addition to donating pieces rubs — in the 1980s when she was for fundraising events at Mote working for the U.S. Department Marine, the South Florida Muof Commerce and traveling to seum and the Boys & Girls Clubs countries in Asia. of Manatee County, Heath is also Fish rubbing, which dates back represented by a gallery in Key to the mid-19th century, origi- West, where she’s generated most nated as a way for fishermen to of her big-ticket sales. record their catches. These days She recently sold an original the tradition is regarded as more rub of a 50-pound tarpon to of an art form than a recorda couple that runs a bed and keeping system. breakfast in a castle in Eng“Fishermen would make land. impressions of their catches “When you hit your midso the fishmongers would 50s I think it’s common to pay them,” Heath says. “It ask, ‘What is it that gives was a way to document the me great joy?’” Heath says. actual size of the fish.” “I’m just wondering why One thing this took so long to rattle is for sure: out of me.” It’s not for She works girlie girls. out of a In a nutr e n ov a t e d shell, the ranch home process inon a sleepy volves catchbayou along ing a fish, the Manatee cleaning it, pinning River. She inherited it, slathering it in the property from sumi ink and rubher mother, whom The swallowtail bass bing its imprint on she says would have is so rare it was sent rice paper. been proud to see to a lab to be studied. It’s a dirty job, her develop as an A photo of the fish was and in the case of artist. published in two fishing a monster game Her first-floor magazines.

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Heath is usually able to get more than one print off a fish. studio, which occupies the home’s original kitchen, is equipped with easels, movable gallery walls and clotheslines from which rice paper in varying sizes dangles like silent tissue-paper wind chimes. It is surprisingly odorless. As Heath likes to point out when friends crinkle their nose at her new enterprise: Fresh fish doesn’t smell fishy. “It’s not as easy as it looks,” Heath says of the technique. “Invariably, at the last second I’ll poke a hole through the paper with a fin. It’s delicate tissue. One false move and you smudge the ink everywhere.” The first fish Heath ever rubbed was a hogfish. It started off as a dinner table bet. When a friend announced that he intended to catch a hogfish, Heath offered to rub it. Both parties came through on their promises. “He’s my favorite so far,” Heath

says presenting a to-scale replica of a gnarly-looking orange fish with teeth and a snout. “The details are fantastic.” The hogfish has become her signature print: Heath’s Mona Lisa pulled from the sea. A bottomfeeder that can only be speared, the hogfish is also her favorite fillet. That’s right: Heath uses watersoluble ink so she can eat her subjects when she’s done painting them. She gestures in the direction of a sheepshead. Silver with gray stripes, the sheepshead has a cuter face than the hogfish. Heath has just finished painting the eye. “I pan-coated him up with a little Key lime aioli sauce,” she says. “He was delicious.” To see more of Linda Heath’s work, visit lindaheathgyotakufishrubs.com

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+ La Musica lures in ladies; Rivolta rejoices Ah, Piero Rivolta, you unabashed ladies man, you: Your honesty is so refreshing. At an otherwise standard La Musica press conference last week, Rivolta, president of the organization’s board of directors, announced that the 26-year-old chamber music festival had finally succeeded in capturing the attention of younger audiences — in particular, younger, female audiences. “I always look the audience up and down,” said the Italian sports car magnate-turned real-estate developer-turned novelist. “You know me, I always look for beautiful ladies, and (last year) I saw a lot of beautiful ladies. That will give us a potential future.” It was a harmless non sequitur, even though it made Associate Artistic Director Derek Han cringe. Wanton observations aside, here’s what chamber music fans can expect from next year’s festival: The theme — “Something in the Air” — includes the regional premiere of Academy Award-winning composer Roberto Sierra’s “Songs from the Diaspora” sung by Dina Kuznetsova (fresh from her Metropolitan Opera debut),

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Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht,” and Brahms’ “String Sextet in B flat major.” Musicians include violinists Federico Agostini, Anne Schoenholtz, and Laura Zarina; violists Daniel Avshalomov, Bruno Giuranna and Nokuthula Ngwenyama; cellists Julie Albers, Emilio Colon and Eric Kim; double bassist Dee Moses; and pianists Derek Han and James Winn. The festival runs April 5 through April 18, at the Sarasota Opera House. As usual, rehearsals will be open to the public at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the New College campus. For tickets, call 346-2601 or visit lamusicafestival.org.

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There’s only one more week left to catch the run of “My Fair Lady” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For all the fuss that was made over presenting a two-piano version of the musical, the show has generated as much hoopla as some of the theater’s bigger-budget musicals. You can thank Music Director Doug Peck for that. Peck and fellow pianist Ian Weinberger are so good at what they do it’s easy to forget there isn’t a full pit orchestra accompanying the singers. “Its one of the best two-piano versions out there,” Peck says of the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical. “It languished in obscurity for a while, but since it’s been revived, it’s been tremendously successful.” Not only is Peck getting awesome feedback off stage, he’s getting it on stage, too. At a show earlier this month, when a technical difficulty required some scenes to come to a halt during Act Two, Peck actually engaged in conversation with a woman sitting in the front row. “She said she had the best seats in the house,” Peck says. “You usually get people talking to you after the show. I’ve never had anyone actually talk to me during the show.” If you’ve not had a chance to see this feelgood musical, get your tickets now before the curtain falls Dec. 23. Who knows, if you get really good seats, you might be able to initiate small talk with Peck. Doug Peck Courtesy photo

'Amahl and the Night Visitors' and a Holiday Celebration: With a program summarized as “a story of wonder, miracles and love for children from six to 96,” how could you not see this show? Directed by Sharon Ferguson, Photo courtesy of by Don Walker it stars Stevie Lee Stevie Lee Romero and Romero, Dianne Dianne Dawson in “Amahl Dawson, Ben Turoff and the Night Visitors” and Michael Bajjaly. The show is a double bill with a second act featuring a musical revue of classic holiday standards performed by Sharon Lesley and Philip Alexander. It runs Dec. 13 to Dec. 22, at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. For tickets, call 366-5454 or visit thegoldenapple.com.

+ Nokomis man peddles his cigar box guitars Two trends should help drive up Steve Cinnamon’s cigar box guitar sales this Christmas: shopping local and going green. Cinnamon, a Nokomis resident, has been making cigar box guitars for more than a year now. The former advertising executive from New Jersey has become a regular at local tobacco shops, not because he’s itching for a smoke, but because he’s browsing the merchandise for creative materials. Believe it or not, you can turn an ordinary cigar box into an instrument by rigging it with three strings and machine heads and fastening it to a wooden slat. Sometimes Cinnamon uses old sink drains as resonators. His creations have become popular among ragtag jug-band musicians and cigar aficionados alike.

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In “Take Shelter,” Michael Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, whose life unravels after he suffers from recurring nightmares about an apocalyptic storm.

>> ‘Into the Woods’ at Booker High School Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is much more than a musically fantastical fairy tale. It’s the paths we take in our lives, into the woods, wandering, losing ourselves and those we love, struggling in the dark, stumbling, falling, scraped and scratched by scary trees, fighting giants and, perhaps, seeing the light ahead and emerging from the forest stronger for the journey. It’s also one of the most musically, rhythmically and dramatically difficult American musical theater pieces of our time, but the students at Booker High School did it, and they did it with professionalism and an almost unbelievable amount of vocal and theatrical talent. “Careful the things you say, children will listen,” says Sondheim. These Booker students, under the direction of Scott Keys with music director and conductor Johnnie Mnich, have listened and learned, for “Into the Woods” teaches us, through fractured fairytales, what life is and what, if you have the imagination and ethical grit, it can be. In Ken Wiegers’ brilliant stage set of pillars, giant books used as stepping stones, a movable, raked turntable that takes us deeper and deeper into the woods and flying clouds that look like wheat Chex, this cast of fairytale characters teaches us parables and lessons as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, Rapunzel lets down her hair, Jack trades his beloved cow for a giant of a beanstalk and a witch, a wolf and others we know all too well enter the woods and spin into the wrong story, sometimes dying, sometimes living to tell the tale and grow stronger, wiser and, perhaps, a little sadder. Booker’s enormous cast is an incredibly

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Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is one of the most musically, rhythmically and dramatically difficult American musical theater pieces of our time.

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cohesive ensemble, as good as we may find in professional Equity theaters. Of the twodozen different characters, there were some standouts but, in naming them, we don’t deflect attention from all the others. The two princes, Zach Herman and Sam Garvin, were charming and lecherous in their “Agony” duets. Ellie McCaw’s Cinderella was beautiful in spirit and voice, growing into a wise young woman before our enchanted eyes. Rachel Henry, as Little Red Riding Hood, had the right mix of innocence and insouciance with a Kristin Chenoweth-like voice; Brian Finnerty’s Baker was brilliantly sung and acted; Becca Leap, as his wife, was disarmingly charming; and Matt Robertson’s Jack was exuberant. Madeleline Kaus, as the witch who loses her power and presence to become human, cast a vocal and emotional spell that could lift her, magically, onto a Broadway stage. The next time you see that Booker High is producing a show, go! It’s the best investment you’ll make in a city filled with culture. — June LeBell

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I make it a rule to see any film which Michael Shannon chooses to grace with his presence. In the quietly terrifying new film, “Take Shelter,” Shannon’s wrenching performance will leave you breathless. Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, a loving father whose life is unremarkable, yet comfortable and happy. When he begins having recurring nightmares about an apocalyptic storm, his life slowly unravels. His terror is so overwhelming that he actually feels physical pain long after having awakened. Curtis becomes obsessed with building a storm shelter, much to the bewilderment of his wife, Samantha (the amazing Jessica Chastain). His unsettling behavior begins to border on paranoia, eventually resulting in the loss of his job, his standing in the community and his wife’s trust. Director Jeff Nichols (“Shotgun Stories”) plays his cards close to the chest. Is Curtis losing his mind or chan-

neling omens of impending disaster? The audience never knows for certain. We’re caught in the same dilemma as Curtis. We see what he sees, but is he really seeing it? The implied terror, the suspicion of a looming catastrophe and our sympathy for Curtis assault our senses throughout the entire film. We want Curtis to be right because he’s a good man. But if he’s right, everyone is doomed. That’s why “Take Shelter” is such an exceptional piece of filmmaking. There’s no escape hatch. You’re in it for the long haul. Nichols’ subtle but extremely effective camera work can spark panic with droplets of oily rain and birds flying in eerie formations. An ominously scant score is instrumental in intensifying the horror. Curtis’ nightmares will become fodder for yours. Shannon’s portrayal of a man sinking into insanity is a gift to behold. It’s reminiscent of his powerful work in “Revolutionary Road.” It’s Oscar-worthy in every respect. Curtis’ fear parallels the paranoia in our world today. We identify with it because it’s real. — Pam Nadon

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Party girl Circus legacy aside, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art wasn’t always the hottest spot in town for a party. Those of you who make your rounds in cocktail gowns have probably noticed the 100-yearold art institution has let its hair down over the last few years. Last season’s Hip-Hop Lounge, anyone? The Ringling International Arts Festival seems to have served as a catalyst for fresh programming, although the addition of a modern and contemporary art curator and a posh party planner has certainly helped. The posh party planner has a more formal title, of course. Her name is Christina Fraser, and she’s the museum’s public functions coordinator. A 38-year-old mother-of-two from North Port, Fraser is responsible for organizing some of the museum’s biggest events of the year: RIAF’s opening-night party, the museum’s annual Holiday Splendor event, Ringling in Bloom and this month’s Greet the Light Solstice Celebration in the Courtyard. The Dec. 22 party will mark the opening of James Turrell’s hotly anticipated Skyspace exhibit, a 3,000-square-foot room covered by a 35-foot-high canopy with an aperture that opens to the sky. Several years in the making, it is Turrell’s largest Skyspace

To kick off this month’s new Skyspace exhibit, Christina Fraser organized a courtyard fête that should be one of the museum’s most enchanting parties yet. IF YOU GO Greet the Light: Solstice Celebration in the Courtyard runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 22, in the courtyard at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call 360-7339 or visit ringling.org.

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The job has forced me to be much more organized,” Christina Fraser says. “You can’t slip up, because everyone’s reputation is on the line, not just mine.” to date and the only one in the state. Designed to manipulate the viewer’s perception of the sky, Turrell installed LED lights synchronized to change directions with the seasons and time of day. Fraser is among only a handful of people to step inside the space since construction began on the project last year. “I felt pretty honored,” she says plopping down on a bench

facing the courtyard. “It’s very mysterious at this point to a lot of people.” The lip of the canopy can be seen poking out from the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing wing. When Fraser points it out, it looks like she’s picking out a UFO lifting off from Earth. “I think it’ll be a big draw for a lot of people,” she says. “To celebrate the solstice here will be really special.”

Planning a party that revolves around something this significant might seem like a lot of pressure, but Fraser is the consummate planner, a compulsive list-maker and a DIY-crafter with Martha Stewart-like instincts. “I’ve always kind of led the fun committee,” Fraser jokes. A Port Charlotte native, Fraser operated a handmade soap business at the Sarasota Farmers Market before joining the Ringling Museum staff three years ago. A business degree from the University of South Florida has helped make her resourceful. Faced with pulling together chic events on a budget, Fraser has learned to cut corners without compromising her vision. For the Hip-Hop Lounge Party that coincided with the museum’s “Beyond Bling” exhibit, Fraser sorted through bins of re-

cycled spray paint cans provided by Sarasota County. In keeping with the urban/ bling theme of the evening, she painted the cans metallic silver and purple, covered them in rhinestones and placed them in the center of each table. When her friends turned out for the event, they instantly recognized the centerpieces as Fraser’s creations. “The satisfaction of seeing people enjoy themselves is huge for me,” she says. “I guess I’m a hostess wherever I go. Even at my own wedding I was like, ‘That’s it. I’ve had my three drinks. Now let’s make sure everyone else is having fun.’” And she’s not afraid to get her kids in on the project. She recently employed her 10-year-old son to help her tackle the decorations for the Skyspace party. For $2 he stripped all the leaves off a heap of branches Fraser cut from a tree in the family’s backyard. She intends to paint the branches shades of silver and blue, which she’ll illuminate with upward-facing lights in the museum courtyard. “I’m playing with a lot of glitter right now,” Fraser says, a mischievous grin spreading across her face. “I’m hoping to create my own personal wonderland.”

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their technical skills and adorable stage personas. Padilla whipped off multiple fouetté turns that included double pirouettes Ice skaters, ballerinas and cowboys, oh in between each fouetté. Honea performed my! One would think the three wouldn’t an amazing piqué turn manèges that mix, but, oh, how enjoyable a mix in the included a double-piqué turn that started Sarasota Ballet’s recent production that with one arm in fifth position and ended included Sir Frederick Ashton’s winter-won- with the opposite arm in fifth position that derland piece, “Les Patineurs,” Christopher finally ended with a fouetté into attitude. Wheeldon’s lyrical homage Red Girls Danielle Brown to America’s bread basand Christine Peixoto ket, “The American,” and seemed to have their musiAgnes DeMille’s Western cality off in the beginning fantasy, “Rodeo.” of their duo but later dem“Les Patineurs” opens onstrated grand movements with four Brown Couples with incredible high extengliding onto the stage, sions in devéloppés. arms interlocked in a series As the Blue Boy, Logan of slow arabesque chugs Learned impishly entered in a circle. The dancers the stage throughout the proceed to emulate icepiece with diminutive skips, skating with precision with but right before he left the steps such as chassés, stage he wowed the auditwirling turns with their ence with enormous skills partners and a multitude such as high-jumping entreof fouetté arabesque jumps chat six and no-handed in star-shaped formations. cartwheels manèges. He Their thighs had to be literally brought the curburning, but all their faces tain down with his chugfeatured pleasant smiles ging grand pirouette à la Kate Honea and Miguel … just like those you’d seconde. The curtain rose Piquer in Christopher find on the faces of famiagain to show that Learned Wheeldon’s “The American.” was still turning, and the lies skating at Rockefeller Center. audience erupted into Those smiles and skatapplause as the curtain ing-like proficiency remained even when a came to a final close. He stole the show. near-disaster almost occurred during a trafWheeldon’s “The American,” is a beaufic jam during one of the fouetté arabesque tiful ballet set to the music of Antonin jump diagonals between two dancers, but Leopold Dvorák. The ballet is meant to the bump-into was barely noticeable. highlight America’s prairies and plains at Blue Girls Kate Honea and Nicole Padilla different times when the sun and moon skipped across stage en pointe in and out illuminate them. The entire cast of this of the ballet and wowed the audience with ballet consisted of principals, soloists and

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coryphée with the exception of Yoohong Lee, who is a member of the corps de ballet, so from the start you knew you were in for an impeccable performance, which it was. Brown, aided by the strong partnering skill of Octavio Martin, demonstrated a passionate and fluid pas de deux, while the entire cast, with their individual pas de deuxs, pas de trois and multiple couple vignettes, seemed to ooze with deliciousness like that of warm syrup. In plain speak: “The American” was quite perfect. DeMille’s “Rodeo,” was downright fun. Choreographed in 1942, DeMille was at the forefront of contemporary choreography among the likes of Jerome Robbins. “Rodeo” combines folk dancing, Broadway show-style dancing and ballet set to the allAmerican score of Aaron Copeland. Elizabeth Sykes was charming as the Cowgirl. Displaying a perfect combination of naiveté and humor, Sykes kept up with the Cow-Hands during her pursuit of the

Head Wrangler, Martin. Ricardo Rhodes proved that dancers can call a square dance scene. And Rita Duclos displayed beautiful lines in plunging arabesque penchées during her pas de deux with Martin. But, yet again, Learned stole the show as the Champion Roper. Not only does Learned have a multitude of talents, technical skills, fabulous tricks, amazing acting abilities, but he can also … tap. Yes, tap. And in cowboy boots, no less! Tapping is incredibly difficult for ballet dancers, because in tapping you must relax your feet as opposed to keeping them pointed at all times. Learned dazzled the audience with his newfound ability and, in the end, won the heart of Cowgirl Sykes. Learned’s exceptional abilities were acknowledged during the curtain call, when Director Iain Webb made a surprise announcement that he was promoting Learned to principal dancer — a welldeserved recognition. — Anna Dearing

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Molly’s Potato Pancakes (Latkes) Start to finish: Approximately 45 minutes; Servings: 6

6-8 potatoes, either Russet (Idaho) or Russet/Yukon gold mixed, about 2.5 pounds, peeled and cut into chunks 2-3 onions, peeled and quartered 2 eggs, extra large, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons Matzo meal 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt White pepper to taste Vegetable oil for frying Applesauce and/or sour cream as accompaniments

DIRECTIONS: • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. • Place a colander over a large bowl. Grate or finely shred potatoes and onion in food processor or by hand and put in colander. Press down hard to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. (Alternatively, line the colander with a clean dish towel, wrap around shredded potatoes, twist and Potato latkes as served at Jimmy’s squeeze potatoes as dry as Sandtrap Restaurant. These are possible.) Grating potatoes and made with a combination of finely onions together helps keep chopped and grated potatoes at a potatoes from turning brown. ratio of one onion to two potatoes. Let the liquid settle in the bowl for a few minutes. Carefully pour off the watery part, reserving the potato starch that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl. • In a clean bowl, combine potato mixture with remaining ingredients and add the reserved starch. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to combine. • Heat vegetable oil, about 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, in a heavy skillet. Drop potato mixture into hot oil, about 2 tablespoons per pancake. Fry, turning once, until pancakes are golden on both sides. Put cooked pancakes on cookie sheets covered with paper towels to drain and hold in oven while you make remaining pancakes, adding oil if needed. Serve latkes as soon as possible after frying; they will become soggy after about 15 minutes. • Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.

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For the love of latkes There are three important things to know about latkes, the famous Jewish potato pancakes of the Hanukkah season. The first is best understood by a story from another lifetime when I was an advertising biggie. A delightful client by the name of Roland W. Watters Jr. had a weekend place not far from my own in New Jersey and would stop by for supper en route home. He loved latkes, and one night asked, “If there are any leftover latkes, may I have some to take home?” He was my client, so I let my late husband break the news: There is no such thing as a leftover latke. Attribute No. 2: Latkes are best served straight from the fry pan, not made ahead. This assertion will no doubt elicit howls of protest from the legions who make them ahead, drain them carefully on paper towels and refrigerate or even freeze them to reheat and serve later. They will argue that their latkes are every bit as good as ones served immediately. I will challenge anyone to a comparison of the two methods. In that aforementioned other lifetime ,when my weekend kitchen was larger than my weekday apartment and equipped with a six-burner gas range, I invited 50 friends for a Hanukkah party and served the latkes straight from the stove. I only did that once.

Finally, latkes are to Jewish cuisine what Bolognese sauce is to Italian and fried chicken is to Southern. There are as many ways to make them as there are cooks who do so. The potatoes can be coarsely grated or finely shredded, or a mixture. (Jimmy Galanis, of Jimmy’s Sandtrap Restaurant, whose latkes are pictured at left, uses both.) You can use Russet baking potatoes, one of the waxier boiling types or a combination. You can use matzo meal or flour to bind the mixture. The variations are literally endless. Paper-clipped together in my file is a collection of latke recipes from my New Jersey neighbor Judy Weinstein’s Hanukkah potluck, to which everyone was invited to bring his recipe — and his results. A m o n g the ingredients: scallions (versus the standard onions), lemon juice, parsley flakes, baking powder and carrot. One recipe leaves the potatoes unpeeled. Another calls for separating the eggs and beating the whites into stiff peaks. One brave soul even contributed the side panel

from a box of Manischewitz potato pancake mix. Some people season, bind and fry up leftover mashed potatoes and call them “potato pancakes.” I call them “croquettes.” Latkes can be a side dish to accompany braised brisket of beef or stuffed cabbage, for example. In my life, they are most often a main dish served with applesauce, preferably homemade and a bit chunky, and sour cream. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Tempe of Jerusalem, when there was only enough undefiled oil to keep the sacred menorah burning for one day, but it miraculously lasted for eight days. Thus, Jews enjoy foods fried in oil at this season. Latkes are unquestionably the best known. Another favorite is sufganyiot, a jellyfiled doughnut. The recipe at left is how I make latkes. It is derived from Mimi Sheraton’s “From My Mother’s Kitchen,” published in 1979, which reminds me that I have been doing this for an extremely long time. There are still no leftovers. Enjoy!

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+ Spread the love … Mondays are “Dog Days” for SNN News 6 personality Marsha Panuce. For three-and-a-half years, the station has been running her brief segment featuring a dog up for adoption from the Humane Society of Sarasota County. It has found new homes for an amazing 300-plus dogs, and only recently did Marsha learn that she was working with hard-to-place animals. If a pet for yourself or someone else is part of your holiday plans, please investigate what’s available from HSSC, other shelters or a breed rescue program. If that’s not on your agenda, perhaps you could help consider helping Marsha with her newest pet project — a shelter she is building near Myakka. It’s named Donte’s Den after her adored Schnauzer, Donte. Check it out at www.DontesDen.org.

+ Tidbits Yara who? … Unless they know something BT doesn’t know, the Mad Hatter program got ahead of itself naming her Yara Michaels Shoemaker. Soon enough, soon enough … Oops … the Asolo gala described in last week’s column as “Ragtime Revisited” is correctly “Ragtime Revival” … Girls Inc. honors … “She Knows Where She’s Going” awards to Flori Roberts and Pam Truitt, “Girl of the Year” to Shayla Brown and the “Donna Brace Ogilvie Visionary Award” to Susan Jones, all to be presented at the 24th annual Celebration Luncheon Tuesday, March 20, at the Ritz …

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