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? WHY THEY MATTER FOR THE FUTURE OF LONGBOAT KEY: Read profiles on pages 3A through 11A

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+ Visiting family goes fishin’ Henry, Sam, Ivy-Reese and Amaya Kriser, grandchildren of Dan and Vicki Kriser, had a successful day of fishing recently near Longboat Key. The children, from Highland Park, Ill., went fishing with Capt. Warren Girlie and caught a family of fish.

+ SYC wishes employee ‘joy’


Joy Waugh, employee at the Sarasota Yacht Club for the past 14 years, is retiring and moving home to Branson, Mo., to begin a new chapter of her life. She started as a food server and later became dining room manager.

+ All Angels sees colorful new year On Saturday, Dec. 31, Ralph Garafola opened his one-man art show at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church gallery, 563 Bay Isles Road. The Ringling College of Art and Design instructor’s exhibit includes 11 paintings of various scenes from Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. The exhibit will be on display until Jan. 31. The gallery is open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

+ Salvation Army donations ring true The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key was rich with Salvation Army bell ringers this year. In fact, the kettle at Publix saw the highest amount raised at all kettles in Sarasota County. The grand total of the Longboat Key donations was $13,955.92. It was a $1,500 increase from last year’s bucket.

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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Key Club pursues options after judge grants writ petition Judge Charles E. Roberts described the Town Commission’s approval of a development order related to the Key Club’s expansion project as a ‘miscarriage of justice.’ Longboat Key Club and Resort officials are reviewing legal options after Sarasota 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Roberts granted a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by the Islandside Property Owners Coalition (IPOC) and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations in their challenge of a development order related to the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million redevelopment-and-expansion plan. In a 19-page ruling issued Dec. 30, Roberts wrote: “The Town Commission’s departures from the requirements of the Zoning Code infringed on Petitioners’ legitimate expectations under the Zoning Code and constituted a miscarriage of justice.” The Key Club released a statement Tuesday afternoon describing Roberts’ ruling as “surprising in light of the rejection of the same contentions by the Florida Department of Community Affairs (now the Department of Economic Opportunity), the agency charged with professional review of such Development Orders.” But IPOC President Bob White,

who said that he “felt justice was served” with the ruling, disagreed with that statement. “What we’re talking about is the law here,” he said. “The Department of Community Affairs is an administrative agency, so it’s not surprising that there could be a difference of opinion.” Key Club Associates attorney John Patterson described the ruling as a “setback” Tuesday evening and outlined two basic options: • The Key Club and the town could appeal the case to the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland. • Or the town could make changes to its zoning code, and, if necessary, its Comprehensive Plan, in which case the Key Club could submit a new application. The Key Club and town could also take both actions simultaneously. The timetable for an appeal would range from six months to a year, Patterson said, during which time the town could have changes to its code and Comprehensive Plan completed. Patterson said that the ruling highlighted the need for clarification to the town’s code.

“It basically met a stress test and it failed,” he said. Town Attorney David Persson echoed a similar sentiment in a Monday email to commissioners: “As we have discussed over the last several years and in particular as this application began, there is a need to clearly establish what is allowed and what is not allowed within the town under its Comprehensive Plan and Land Development regulations,” he wrote. “Thus, while disappointing and legally challengeable, this order should not come as a complete surprise.   And, frankly,  it can be viewed as a loud and positive call for the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations to clearly articulate the town’s goals and visions and how those goals and visions will be achieved through the Land Development Regulations.” Patterson pointed out how the provisions of the zoning code cited in Roberts’ order could be amended through clarifications. For example, Roberts wrote that the town’s zoning code sets forth uses permitted in each of the town’s zoning districts, including the Gulf-planned develop-

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ment (GPD) district. The code “requires that any uses permitted in the GPD be ‘designated’” and that “nowhere in the Zoning Code are commercial offices, meeting rooms, spas or commercial recreational uses such as the golf clubhouse set out, indicated or otherwise identified or made known to be permitted in the GPD” — which could be changed to include proposed uses. But White criticized the suggestion of amending town codes. “The judge sided with us on all seven counts,” he said. “This is a pretty big smack down of the town’s actions. The town has already gone overboard in trying to amend the Comprehensive Plan for the departure.” White said that IPOC is now reviewing its options in its de novo challenge of the plan in which it is now the sole plaintiff, following the L’Ambiance and Sanctuary associations’ voluntary dismissal of the case last month, to determine whether it now wants to pursue the challenge or if it should be amended or modified. Patterson declined to give a timetable for the Key Club’s decision but said that action would be “prompt.”

Code claims Judge Charles E. Roberts ruled in favor of IPOC and the L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations on all seven of their claims: • The development order approves uses not permitted by the zoning code by permitting uses such as a meeting center, administrative offices and spa/health facility on the north parcel; • The development order violates the zoning code because it permits new, nonresidential uses on lands not previously designated for such uses; • The development order violates zoning codes because it does not include required findings about the departures granted; • The development order violates zoning codes because it doesn’t include required findings; • Permits are insufficient for off-street parking; • Parking garages for the hotel and meeting center exceed the permissible size for accessory structures; • The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board did not review the fourth revised application, which the commission acted on.

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TOWN MANAGER: BULLOCK DIRECTOR OF PZ&B Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock received a one-year contract for the position in October, but his role as town manager is likely to continue.


The Longboat Key Town Commission has a decision to make by Sept. 15, 2012: Extend David Bullock’s one-year town manager contract or choose another candidate for the position. But, for now, it’s clear that Bullock is the commission’s likely choice for long-term town manager. After 14-year Town Manager Bruce St. Denis resigned in September, the commission reached consensus to move forward with a plan outlined in a letter by Mayor Jim Brown for the town-manager selection process: Appoint a town department head to serve as acting town manager for a couple days or weeks. Then, appoint an interim town manager to serve for six to eight months while beginning a national search to find a longterm replacement. The commission directed town attorney David Persson to begin the interim search process and appointed Longboat Key Police Chief Hogle as acting town manager. Less than two weeks later, Persson made a suggestion to the commission: Bullock, who was in his 14th year as Sarasota County deputy administrator and had worked for the county since 1994. On Oct. 3, the commission approved a one-year contract with a $180,000 salary for Bullock. But they also heard from approximately a dozen residents who worried about the speed of the selection process. Several wondered why Hogle wasn’t being offered the position. At the time, Brown stressed that the commission would consider other candidates for the long-term position. But he said that the town needed to appoint an interim manager sooner rather than later to “get



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Town Manager Dave Bullock’s contract with the town expires in September. At that time, the commission can choose to extend it or search for another candidate. the town out of the turmoil that it’s in right now.” In his first two months on the job, Bullock has garnered praise from commissioners for studying up on the big issues such as beach renourishment and pension plans. He’s also gotten praise for working on the smaller issues such as working to fix the screeching microphones at Longboat Key Town Hall. “From the perspective of this commissioner, his ability to latch onto the intricacies of complex issues has been quite impressive,” Vice Mayor David Brenner said. Mayor Jim Brown agreed.

“So far, I think he’s done a wonderful job,” he said. Brown admitted mid-December that the town is currently unlikely to advertise the town manager position. Instead, Bullock will receive quarterly reviews from the commission and will likely have his contract extended at some point before Sept. 15 if he continues to impress commissioners with his performance. “Right now, I’d say it’s probably his job to lose,” Brown said. Commissioner Lynn Larson, who expressed concerns about the selection process in October and suggested a contract of six months rather than one year, described Bullock as a “real asset” to the town and said that a long-term contract was likely. “The contract is laid out to be a permanent position,” she said. “But, in this case, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.” Bullock has spent his first two months on the job learning from citizens. He keeps a list of the names of citizens with whom he has met. As of Jan. 3, 2012, the list included 66 names. While Bullock has impressed commissioners with his homework on issues, the new town manager has also been impressed with citizens’ knowledge of key issues. He points to a utility study that resident Lenny Landau has been working on for the town and beach-renourishment data compiled by Commissioner Phillip Younger. Pointing to Younger’s chart, he said with a smile: “This is like having a whole other level to staff.” As for whether he wants the position in the long-term, Bullock said that he has never considered a job short term. “I’ve never had any job that you’re just a caretaker at it,” he said. “You get 100%.” — Robin Hartill

DOGS: LONGBOAT BEACH ACCESS? Max Goldner doesn’t know that he’s been the subject of Longboat Key Town Hall debates and front-page newspaper articles. But the 5-yearold Wheaton terrier’s owners, Nelson and Laurin Goldner, are aware of the pup’s growing prominence. Take Laurin Goldner’s recent trip to the Longboat Key Post Office. An employee spotted the name “Goldner” on the parcel and asked, “Are you Max’s mom?” Max has become the face of the most dogged debate to hit Town Hall this year: Should dogs be given some form of access to Longboat Key’s beaches? And in 2012, Max and other dogs could get a “yes” or “no” answer from the Longboat Key Town Commission. The debate began after Nelson Goldner emailed Vice Mayor David Brenner in July about the fun Max was having on the beach at his summer home on Long Island, N.Y., and suggested that he would enjoy the beach at home on the Key. Brenner agreed to put the idea on a future workshop agenda. Max and his quest to sniff out beach access made the front page of the Longboat Observer. And, soon after, residents were hounding commissioners with emails both in support of and against the idea. At an Oct. 20 workshop, the

>> Fast fact:

The Longboat Key Town Commission considered creating a dog park at Joan M. Durante Park in 2007, but put the decision on hold. Dogs are allowed at the park and have access to doggie water fountains but are commission agreed to form the Dog Beach Feasibility Committee to study the issue. After the workshop, the commission agreed to remove itself from the issue and allow the committee, which consists of seven residents, including both supporters and opponents, to report back to the DELVE commission a sugINTO with gestion. But Max clearly isn’t the only canine with a dog in the fight for beach access. Havanese dogs Tia and Kirby appeared with their mom, Jackie Salvino, on local TV news to express support for allowing dogs on the beach. John Wild expressed support to the commission wearing a T-shirt that read: “He’s not my Pet, I’m his Human” — a likely reference to his beagle, Ripley. And Shannon Gault held her miniature pincher, B.B., and spoke to the com-


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Shannon Gault and Peter Swain, members of the LBK-9 Club, pose with Key pooches near a Longboat Key beach access. mission on B.B.’s behalf: “She promises to be a very, very good girl on the beach.” But to other animals, the dogs may be barking up the wrong Key. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission say that dogs can adversely impact shorebird nesting; Mote Marine Laboratory scientists say that turtle-nest predation has been problematic on other beaches on which dogs have been allowed. Opponents have also argued that dogs can create health-and-safety issues and that some dog owners might not clean up after their pets. According to Goldner, a committee member, the committee is researching all issues involved to make sure

that commissioners have all the information they need to make their decision. She estimates that the committee could have a proposal to take to the commission by February. As for Max, he recently got a day at the beach when his parents took him to Fort de Soto beach in Pinellas County on Thanksgiving Day. He ate turkey-and-sweet potato treats there and even shared with the other dogs. Laurin Goldner said that he would enjoy spending next Thanksgiving Day at a Longboat Key beach. “Even though he loves to go in the car, he would like to go to the beach without the hour and 15 minute car ride,” she said. — Robin Hartill

Wanted at Longboat Key Town Hall: Someone “collaborative, diplomatic, a team player, highly energetic, affable, assertive.” Someone with extensive knowledge and experience in municipal land-use and planning along with superb judgment and communication skills. “The candidate must possess the ability to navigate through complex issues, including but not limited to developing and implementing a comprehensive urban land-use and development plan consistent with the town’s mission statement and core values. The successful candidate must demonstrate a proven ability to efficiently allocate resources among staff.” Translation: That someone will have a heavy workload. The town is currently advertising the position of Planning Zoning & Building director to replace Monica Simpson, who resigned in December after 10 years in the department, including five years as director, and continues to work as a consultant for the town. The new PZ&B diDELVE rector will have a key role in INTO guiding the town through the many complex issues that the island has faced in recent years, including the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million Islandside project, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort redevelopment, wireless communications issues and Publix plans for a new Avenue of the Flowers store. The director will also face issues that are relatively new to the town, such as a potential expansion of town code to encompass aesthetic and maintenance issues not currently addressed by town code. The town’s current advertisement for the position expires Jan. 20. In the meantime, the department continues to operate as it has since Bullock took on the role of town manager, with Town Planner Steve Schield handling planning issues and Building Official John Fernandez being responsible for building issues — an arrangement reached at the suggestion of employees. At the time of Simpson’s resignation, Town Manager David Bullock expressed confidence that the town could find a skilled professional to take on the role. “I think that this is a good time to be in the marketplace looking,” he said. “A lot of municipalities and cities in the state are basically shrinking their staffs. I think there are a lot of folks who would be interested.” — Robin Hartill


>> Fast fact: The town’s advertisement lists the annual pay range as $76,024 to $117,728 and requirements such as a bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, engineering, building construction or related field and a minimum of eight years in building construction, land development or planning with at least three years in a supervisory or public administrative position.

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+ Fish kills sign of mullet season Fish kills that have been reported at the north end of Longboat Key are likely a by-product of an active commercial fishing period, according to an email from Town Manager David Bullock. The email states that the dead mullet fish have been reported around Longboat Pass, where most mullet fishing is taking place. Town staff continues to monitor the fish and remove them as they accumulate.

+ Town receives reimbursement The town received a check totaling $1,033,411.50 last week as a partial reimbursement for beach erosion sustained by the town’s shoreline during Tropical Storm Fay. According to a Dec. 23 email from Public Works Director Juan Florensa, FEMA and the state disbursed the funds after reviewing invoices submitted by the town’s finance department. Fay came ashore near Naples in

August 2008 and brought little wind or rainfall to Longboat Key at the time. But the island suffered massive sand loss when the storm turned back around and entered the Gulf again near the Panhandle, with damages totaling approximately $2 million. Florensa wrote that the town expects a second reimbursement of $172,235 in the near future.

+ Kiwanis Club seeks award nominations The Longboat Key Kiwanis Club is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the Longboat Key Kiwanis Foundation’s second annual Valentine’s Ball Feb. 14, at the Harbourside Dining Room. The deadline to submit Citizen of the Year nominees is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Send your nominee’s name, along with a description of why the nominee should be considered, to Kiwanis Club President John Wild, at

or to Box 8097, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228. Tickets to the Valentine’s Ball and award presentation will be limited to 105 couples at $85 per person. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund. To obtain tickets to the Valentine’s Ball, contact Bob Gault, 387-8458, or email You also can purchase tickets at SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. The ball is black-tie optional and will feature the 42nd St. Big Band from Tampa.

+ Griffin’s novel makes magazine’s Top 10 list Longboat Key resident H. Terrell “Terry” Griffin’s latest suspense novel, “Collateral Damage,” was named one of the 10 best mystery/suspense novels of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. The list included five New York Times bestsellers. “Collateral Damage” was

Meetings agendas


 Code Enforcement Board meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9  Town Commission regular meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9  Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12  Town Commission regular workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19

released nationwide Dec. 5. The book is Griffin’s sixth novel.

+ Planning & Zoning meeting canceled The Jan. 17 Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

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The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort remains mired in legal issues, but the association of unit owners says that won’t stop them from moving forward with redevelopment.


The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was once so prominent it was known as Longboat Key’s Ellis Island — i.e., the place where many residents got their first glimpse of the new world that would become home. But in August 2010, the historic resort closed as the result of a legal battle that stretched back to 2005 between longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and the Colony Beach & Tennis Association. Here’s what hasn’t changed at the Colony in the past year: The property’s decay continues. The legal battle rages on. And the 232 units that were once filled with guests — many of whom went on to become Longboat Key homebuyers — remain empty. And here’s what has changed: In July, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday reversed key rulings made by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May that ultimately gave unit owners control of their units. In October, Merryday ordered a bankruptcy court to determine damages for the partnership that ran the Colony, along with Klauber and other lessors of a recreational lease, while also ruling that the bankruptcy court judge could consider the Association’s counterclaims. Merryday also ordered the parties into mediation, which has not yet resulted in resolution. Another round of mediation is scheduled forLBK Thursday, Jan. - 2010 - 5.I The Association is determined to move forward legal issues — LBK - despite 2010 -pending I even if moving forward requires it to develop the approximately 15 acres it controls around Klauber’s property.


The Longboat Key Club and Resort unveiled its Islandside renovation project in April 2008 with plans for the final phase of construction to begin in early 2012. But with legal battles ongoing, ground hasn’t been broken yet on the project — and it’s clear that won’t be how the Key Club rings in the new year. At the start of 2012, Judge Charles E. Roberts dealt a blow to the project, granting the Islandside Property Owners Coalition (IPOC) and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary associations a writ of certiorari in their challenge of a development order related to the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million redevelopmentand-expansion plan. In a 19-page ruling, Roberts wrote that the commission “departed from the essential requirements of law in approving the Development Order” and that the commission’s “departures from the requirements of the Zoning Code infringed on Petitioners’ legitimate expectations under the Zoning Code and constituted a miscarriage of justice.” Now, two courses are possible: The Key Club and town could appeal the ruling. Or the town could amend its code to clarify the uses allowed. Both courses could also be pursued at the same time. “Roberts’ ruling does underscore the need for the town to review and amend Zoning Codes that do not clearly represent the town’s intentions,” said Michael Welly, general manager of the Key Club, in a Jan. 3 prepared statement. The Key Club’s statement said that the ruling “is a disappointing setback for the community, the town and the club.” “The vitality and vibrancy of the com-



The board has partnered with Club Holdings Venture LLC, a joint venture formed by the Broomfield, Colo.,-based Club Holdings LLC and the Windemerebased Miller Development Group, to redevelop the Colony. In December, the company held its first meet-and-greet with unit owners — 75% of whom need to approve of a plan for it to move forward — while also meeting with town staff for feedback. Club Holdings representatives estimated that the Colony could be functional again with an investment of two years — six months of permitting followed by a yearand-a-half of building — and $84 million. Klauber, however, insists that the Association can’t move forward without his approval. In a Dec. 14 letter to Town Manager David Bullock, Klauber wrote that, according to town codes, the association cannot proceed with redevelopment without Klauber’s signature or an affidavit acknowledging his consent. Klauber said that he would be willing to move forward with a redevelopment plan irrespective of settling legal issues “provided that they present a plan I’m proud of for this island” and provided he receives “a decent buyout.” But the town’s clock is ticking. The parties will have to present a progress report to the Longboat Key Town Commission in March as the result of a continuance granted by the commission in May to extend the town’s tourism abandonment requirement for the Colony to Dec. 31, 2012. (Without the extension, the property could have lost 85 of the resort’s units by Aug. 15, 2011 — exactly one year after the resort closed — because the units were built on the property before town code limited tourism units to six per acre.) — Robin Hartill

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When Florida lawmakers convene next week for the 2012 session, conventional wisdom says they will be almost totally consumed with protecting their turf — that is, the boundaries of their legislative districts. And, oh yea, they’ll have to figure out how to cut another $2 billion or so from the state budget. Those issues will dominate their time. But there also is increasing momentum for lawmakers to address — yet again in Florida — a proposal to open the state to a select number of “destination casinos.” If they do, the issue in all likelihood will become a really amusing … what? … Fiasco? To be sure, it will be hypocritical. It will be another classic example of a Republican-dominated Legislature, alleged “conservatives,” who always rail against too much government regulation, wanting to regulate and constrain an industry and at the same time wanting to control more of your personal behavior. It’s laughable. What makes it even more laughable is the fact “the state,” our own government, operates the largest gambling enterprise in Florida — the Florida lottery, generating $4 billion a year in revenues. And to pile on even more hypocrisy, the state has its own legislatively sanctioned monopoly on the lottery business. And yet, many of these conservative legislators are fretting about whether to permit a few “destination casinos” to enter the state. Casinos have been a long-running moral debate in Florida. Florida teemed with gambling houses and bolita operations (a type of lottery) in the 1920s and 1930s, even into the 1940s. Miami and Tampa were the state’s centers of chance. But the do-gooders who were convinced gambling would lead to social destruction rose up and year by year put stricter controls on gambling. Prior to becoming governor, state Rep. LeRoy Collins led the fight in 1937 to shutter all slot machines in the state. By the 1960s, all of the state’s casinos were gone — outlawed, and what remained was tightly controlled betting at horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons and on cruise ships. In the mid-1970s, though, pro-casino groups resurfaced. They wanted voter approval in a statewide referendum to create a 16-mile casino alley stretching from Dade to Broward counties. But longtime Floridians will remember a strong coalition of opposition rallied against the measure. Gov. Reubin Askew, entertainer Anita Bryant and her Christian followers, business interests led by the Miami Herald’s CEO, Alvah Chapman, and Walt Disney World and cruise-ship operators combined forces and money to defeat the 1978 referendum. Subsequent efforts to legalize casinos in 1986 and 1994 ended up the same way. And now, once again, the same groups that have always had the most to lose to increased competition are at the fore-

than nongamblers to forsake responsibility. Indeed, one Swedish study found no relationship between gambling and crime, marital instability or the degree of participation in community activities. In another survey, the economist Reuven Brenner of McGill University noted that there is ‘little evidence to support the view that the majority of gamblers squander their money recklessly, whether it is money spent on stakes or money earned from winnings.’”

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front of defeating this year’s efforts for the destination casinos. Opponents include Walt Disney World, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Miami Heat owner and Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Micky Arison, Fontainebleau Miami Beach owner Jeff Soffer and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. The arguments are always the same: Casinos will turn Florida into a social cesspool of gambling addicts that will breed even more crime, drugs and detritus than Florida already has. What’s more, the argument goes, the jobs that come with new casinos will be low-paying jobs that Florida’s business and policy elites say we don’t want. It’s all too funny.

Other side of the dice

But as with most controversies, there are two sides. Let’s take the “social cesspool” threat first. Go back to 1999, and in a Cato Institute report on “Gambling America,” author Guy Calvert wrote: “People who gamble in casinos are not crazed, welfare-dependent casino desperados; they are (by contrast with lottery players) in many respects better off than the average American. “A recent industry study found that while the median age of casino players is similar to that of the U.S. population (about 48 years), they have more schooling — they are more likely to have done some college and more likely also to have graduated from college. Moreover, the average household income of casino players is 28% higher than that of the U.S. population.” Calvert went on to write “the behavioral portrait of a gambler is striking. An earlier Federal Gambling Commission report declared that gamblers ‘watch somewhat less television than nongamblers, read more newspapers and magazines and read about as many books.” The commission report further said, “Gamblers devote more time to opera, lectures, museums, nightclubs, dancing, movies, theater and active sports. They also socialize more with friends and relatives and participate more in community activities.” Does gambling breed crime? When Calvert researched whether casinos increased crime levels in Atlantic City, he found the answer was no. “At a more fundamental level, there is no evidence that gamblers are any more likely

THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco

As these issues often do, they revolve around special interests — legislators and social do-gooders who think they know what is best for us and businesses that want protected turf. The do-gooder lawmakers believe individuals cannot be trusted to make decisions and face the consequences when those decisions turn out badly. So they want to protect us from ourselves. But that thinking has gotten us exactly where we are today and where all of these Republican legislators say they don’t wnt to go — with the state regulating every behavior in our lives (salt, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, meat, saturated fats, etc.). What makes it right for them to dictate our values, to say how much and where we can gamble? What makes it right for them to decide who gets to operate gambling casinos? It makes no sense to allow Seminole Indians to monopolize the casino gaming industry and makes absolutely no sense to allow “the state” to be the sole operator of the lottery. Ever since casinos were banned, over the subsequent 50 years, Florida has moved bit by bit toward the way it used to be with fullblown casinos. The camel’s nose has pushed further and further into the tent — with at least two legs and a hump now in the tent as well. Many Floridians would gasp in horror at the idea of an open, laissez-faire market for casino operators and developers. Walt Disney World cringes at the idea of turning the world’s largest family vacation destination into an adult-entertainment casino center. But why not open the gates? Let the market determine what works. Balance and equilibrium eventually will prevail. Consumers will benefit from the competition, and state and local government coffers will grow. Frankly, we’re not much for casinos, slot machines, lotteries, horse and dog tracks, jai-alai or bingo. But that’s a choice, and we should be able to make that choice. As Calvert said in his closing on gambling in America: “Philosopher John Stuart Mill famously declared, ‘Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.’ To depart from that standard is to put at risk our inheritance, the tradition of individual liberty upon which America was founded. And that would indeed be a reckless gamble.” Over the next 90 days, we shall see, we shall see whether lawmakers are true to their alleged principles or typical legislative hypocrites. What do you bet?

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CELL TOWER Debate about a proposed 150-foot cellular tower will continue to ring through at Town Hall.


“Sick and tired of important phone calls being dropped.” “This is a safety concern.” “Third-world countries have better cell coverage.” Those are a few of the comments collected by Jim Eatrides, owner of the Longboat Key-based Alpha Omega Communications LLC, and Kevin Barile, president of Ridan Industries II in Tampa, in support of a cellular tower. “I believe the tower will be an eyesore and negatively impact property values.” “Anyone concerned with their service can install a booster system.” “Cell towers are going the way of the 78 RPM records.” Those are a few of the comments made in opposition to a cell tower in emails and statements to the Longboat Key Town Commission and Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board. Debate over the proposed 150-foot stealth tower on the Longboat Island Chapel property rang through the island in 2011 and will likely continue to cause static in 2012. The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board voted 8-1 to recommend an ordinance for an outline development plan (ODP) for the proposed tower at its Oct. 18 meeting. The board was also scheduled to consider a special-exception use for the chapel property and a site-plan amendment at the meeting but held off after attorney Charlie Bailey filed an appeal challenging the applications’ completeness on behalf of Ralph and Sheri Trine, owners of the Grand Mariner condominium, which would overlook the proposed tower. The Trines say that the proposed tower could interfere with sales of at least half of the units at the 14-unit Grand Mariner, which they purchased for $9.5 million in April from Bank of America. Accursio “Gus”



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Sclafani and his wife, Doreen Erickson, whose home is also close to the site, have also challenged the applications. At the Nov. 10 Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, Eatrides and Barile agreed to accept all appeal points and submit detailed construction drawings and soilengineering plans in what they described as a strategic decision. “Getting reasonable cell coverage is an important issue for the residents, visitors and workers of Longboat Key,” Eatrides said at the time. “We want the application and the process to be just right, just like the town staff does and the opposition does. This has been going on for three, now going on four, years. Redoing the ODP hearing and adding a month is not going to kill us.” At the same time, Erickson said that she and her husband would continue to challenge the plan even if the applications are determined to be complete. “We’re fighting for our property,” she said. “This doesn’t belong in an area like this.” At press time, the application had not been deemed complete by town staff. When the application is complete, it will restart a “shot clock” that gives local governments 90 business days from the date a cell-tower application is deemed complete to approve or deny it. Eatrides and Barile agreed to stop that clock at the ZBA hearing and say that they’re inclined to hold off on restarting it until a consultant that the town hires completes a study of wireless communications issues on the island. An evaluation committee ranked the Minnesota-based TE Connectivity as its top choice for the wireless communications study — a choice that drew concerns from some residents because the company is a DAS vendor. But in a Dec. 21 email to Town Manager David Bullock, a company representative defended its services and wrote that it would provide “recommendations wholly defined by the test results and with no predisposed bias toward any specific solution or product.” Despite the conflict surrounding the proposed tower, both sides say they support the study, which could be completed in March or April. Eatrides and Barile estimate that they could return to the P&Z Board after that and then go before the commission in May or June. — Robin Hartill

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The Lakeland-based supermarket chain plans to present residents with a new shopping experience before Christmas 2012.

Here’s what Publix representatives say they’re cooking up for residents by Christmas 2012: a rebuilt 49,533-square-foot Avenue of the Flowers shopping center. The bakery will be sweeter, and the meat selection will be a cut above — similar to what you would find at a butcher shop. The new store will offer enhanced selections of pre-made foods, wine and cheese, international foods and organic fruits and vegetables. Publix officials have said that the concept will draw customers who will linger at the shopping center to take advantage of indoor and outdoor seating and a town center-like shopping center with redeveloped retail space along with a new CVS. “This is truly going to be a unique store and a special store,” Publix agent Michael Leeds, of RMC Development Services, told the Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board Dec. 13. The plan is likely to move forward, but it isn’t in the bag yet. The P&Z Board recommended the site plan and three outline development plans (ODPs) for the property owned by the Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Inc. and two adjacent properties that Publix is under contract to purchase. The three ODPS and site plan are on the agenda for the Jan. 9, 2012 Longboat Key Town Commission regular meeting. For the most part, residents have embraced Publix plans, which were first outlined in detail in July, when the chain filed a preliminary application with the chain. Rumors have been circulating about the company’s plans for its aging Longboat Key store since 2008, when it purchased


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the Avenue of the Flowers shopping center. But some details of the plans have raised concerns. Representatives of the Bay Isles Master Association feel that the proposed vegetation buffer along Bay Isles Road is insufficient and have hired attorney Michael Furen as their representation as the project moves forward. “Our client has some very serious concerns about the visual impact the project will have,” Furen told the P&Z Board. “While we are in support of the redevelopment, we have the concern that it would not be adequate in shielding views.” P&Z Board members have also voiced concerns, especially about the traffic plan and vegetation, which the board forwarded in its comments to the commission. Publix proposes closing its existing store in April, tearing it down in May and opening the new store in December. But for the eight months in between, residents will find themselves without a grocery store on the island for the first time in more than half a century. (CVS will remain open during the construction of its new store and will likely carry an enhanced grocery selection during the Publix construction. Harry’s Corner Store, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and the soon-to-be-open Quik-n-Easy, 4032 Gulf of Mexico Drive, also carry grocery items.) Publix officials have expressed confidence that their plan can move forward within the planned timeline. “The last thing Publix wants is to not be opened for the holidays,” a representative said at the Nov. 19 Federation of Longboat Key Condominium Association meeting. — Robin Hartill

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Community center MEDICAL center Voters defeated a community center plan in 2004, but many residents want the plan back on the drawing board.

In 2012, voters could deonce DELVE cide again whethINTO er they want a community center at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. It’s an idea that nearly two-thirds of voters rejected in March 2004. But Mayor Jim Brown, who chaired a community center development committee at the time, believes that voters might feel differently now. “There was a lot of anti-Town Hall sentiment at the time, and the community center just got caught up in the negativity,” he said. “I’ve been surprised now by the number of people in support of it.” The Longboat Key Town Commission discussed the issue at a May workshop. They talked about using such a facility for health screenings, art classes and exercise and, potentially, as a site to host wedding receptions, community associations and large meetings. In the event of a hurricane, it could be used as a place for town officials to regroup. The commission also discussed the costs, estimated in a memorandum sent by then-Town Manager Bruce St. Denis at approximately $7 million for the project in addition to $200,000 to $300,000 in annual maintenance costs. At that meeting, the commission directed St. Denis to begin the process of hiring a design professional in accordance with the Consultant’s Competitive Negotiations Act (CCNA) using a 2003 building plan designed by architect Lisa Wannemacher as a starting point for discussion. After putting the plan out to bid, the commission approved a contract with


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Recreation Center building served as the activity center for the former Far Horizons resort, now the Vizcaya condominiums. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber donated the building to the town in the early 1980s.

Wannemacher’s firm in November to develop a prospectus for the potential project. Also in November, the commission approved the $452,500 purchase of a .71acre parcel located in between Bayfront Park and Pattigeorge’s that could enhance the community-center concept, because past studies found that the town was short of the land it needed for the project. Former Commissioner Gene Jaleski argued against the purchase at the time and said that the proposed community center could harm efforts to create a town center at the Avenue of the Flowers shopping center. “Listen to the rabbi (Jonathan Katz) who said we should aggregate our resources in one spot to attract tourists and residents to one area,” Jaleski said. “Tourists aren’t going to go to Bayfront Park, and residents probably aren’t going to go to the Publix, except to shop. We need to find some way of aggregating everything to attract a core of people into a social cluster.” According to Town Manager Dave Bullock, the town will hold two community meetings in January to gather community input. If the project moves forward, the referendum question could be placed on the ballot in the August primary or November general election. — Robin Hartill

The Longboat Key Healthcare Foundation is ready to explore models for a proposed medical center on the island. Dr. Pamela Letts described the difficulties of practicing medicine on Longboat Key to a crowd of approximately 75 in April. On a winter day, as many as 30 patients come to her clinic, the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care; a slow summer day often sees as few as three patients. Letts spoke about the challenges at a community discussion entitled, “The Future of Healthcare on Longboat Key,” and told the crowd about the formation of the Longboat Key Healthcare Committee, which she formed to explore alternative non-profit models of medicine for the Key. Resident Joe Curl described another model of providing services, one that he and others formed, the Bay Isles Health Care Committee, to explore: partnering with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to create a satellite clinic. “Longboat Key sends $3.6 million per year in tax dollars to Sarasota Memorial Hospital,” Curl said at the meeting. “For that, we get the opportunity, if we have to, to use that fine hospital. Our committee thought we ought to DELVE have more than that.” INTO Now, the two groups have joined together to form the Longboat Key Healthcare Foundation. They’re moving forward with plans to create a medical center — and they aren’t waiting for SMH. Letts said that the foundation has met with Gulf Coast Community Foundation senior philanthropic adviser Scott Anderson, who has given members “valuable input.” It has also revised its business plan and is ready to submit 501c3 forms for a foundation to


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Dr. Pamela Letts, at her Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care, has spoken out about the challenges of practicing medicine on Longboat Key.

the IRS. Before the foundation can move forward, it will need to raise $8,000 of seed money through a loan or gift. The medical center could take one of two forms, according to Letts: a for-profit clinic that is affiliated with a foundation with a scope broader than medical care alone or a non-profit medical center with its own fundraising foundation. For now, Letts said, the regimen for the medical center is to keep things simple. She is focused on maintaining the clinic as it is but could eventually look at expanding and moving. Letts said that the island is losing medical services — a trend she hopes she can begin to reverse in 2012. “What I want to do is stabilize that downhill slide,” she said. — Robin Hartill

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The town budgeted a total $2,855,980 for employee pensions in the 2011-12 fiscal year — more than 15% of its total budget. That amount keeps the town on track in making payments, but it doesn’t eat into the unfunded liability for the town’s three pensions that total more than $26 million. Currently, the firefighter pension fund is 45% funded. The police pension fund is at 50%; the general employees fund at 53%. In March, a Public Interest Committee (PIC) Pension Committee, comprised of five Key residents who are retired businessmen, held a public information session. At that meeting, Committee Co-Chairman Ed Adams described the plans as “huge, outdated, voracious dinosaurs.” Co-Chairman Dick Antoine warned that taxpayers could eventually be on the hook for $4 million to $6 million per year as the town pays liabilities. The town is far from alone in its pension woes. The National Center for Policy Analysis claims the un-

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League of Cities report released in August stated that the town of Longboat Key is one of just six cities in the state in which required pension contributions exceed 50% of police payroll costs for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The town is also one of 19 Florida cities in which required firefighter pension costs exceed 35% of payroll costs, according to the report.

funded state and local unfunded pension liability is more than $1 trillion. The July study also notes that all states underestimate the unfunded pension liability by using an unrealistically high assumed rate of return — often 8% or higher — in calculating the value of pension plans. The Longboat Key Town Commission met throughout the summer in executive sessions, which are closed to the public, to discuss the growing pension problem. The last executive session was held in October, and the



commission will likely resume these discussions in early 2012. Town Manager David Bullock said that addressing the firefighter pension fund is the top priority because of contract negotiations. The town and its firefighters agreed to a tentative contract in May that expired Sept. 30. The firefighters continue to work under that contract, and negotiations will resume in the early part of the new year. Both police and firefighter pension negotiations will be subject to collective bargaining; General employees are considered “at-will” and are not represented by a collective-bargaining unit. “It’s a large liability for taxpayers, and we’ll be looking at options for getting it funded,” Bullock said. “We’re going to meet the obligations that we have. There’s no other choice. It’s the law.” — Robin Hartill

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The town will look at possible solutions for retaining sand, including groins, to protect the eroded north-end beach.

A $4.5 million emergency beach project deposited 133,000 cubic yards of sand along the north end last year. But that sand — deposited from just south of Broadway to just north of the North Shore Road beach access toward Beer Can Island — wasn’t meant to be a long-term solution to north-end beach eroDELVE sion. The INTO sand was intended to last approximately one year to help the beach survive the summer storm season while providing protection to the 360 North condominium. As of late October, approximately 77% of that sand remained, although some is now under water, where it still offers storm protection. Much of the erosion is the result of the sand dynamics of the area, with sand along the northern part of the Key moving northward opposite the sand along most of the Gulf beaches, which typically moves toward the south. In 2012, the Longboat Key Town Commission will discuss long-term solutions for north-end erosion. One option is the construction of three groins — one terminal groin at the northern tip of Greer (aka Beer Can) Island along with two permeable adjustable groins at the north end, according to Coastal Planning & Engineering representatives, who presented in November the findings of the long-awaited $125,000 Longboat Pass Inlet Management Plan Study, which was jointly funded by the town and Manatee


County. CP&E suggested that these structures, combined with the relocation of the Longboat Pass navigation channel, the extension of Anna Maria Island’s terminal groin and dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway would together work to solve ongoing erosion problems. The commission hasn’t voted on the structures but reached consensus to begin immediately the Joint Coastal Permitting process for the groins, which typically takes a year. The commission will hold a joint meeting with the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Feb. 14 to discuss the study. But, even if the commission does approve the structures, Longboat Key won’t see new groins in the next year. The town would likely receive permits midNovember. After obtaining permits, the town would have a three-month period of bid advertising and negotiation, followed by two months of contractor mobilization, meaning that the earliest start date would be April 2013 — if construction will be allowed during the sea turtle-nesting season. The town’s next major beach renourishment project will also be discussed this year. Although the next project was originally scheduled for 2014, the project could happen sooner if the Oslo-based Port Dolphin LLC moves forward with plans to place a liquid natural-gas pipeline to the north of Anna Maria Island, which would run through a town sand source. The company agreed to help pay for the town’s removal of sand and its permitting costs prior to the pipeline placement. Port Dolphin deferred the project last March and has until 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. — Robin Hartill

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Whitney Beach Plaza remains largely vacant and in need of repairs, but owner Brian Kenney is still optimistic about its future.

Brian Kenney gets it: Residents are frustrated with the state of Whitney Beach Plaza. They’re eager for a place to grab a cup of coffee on the north end. On a busy day in season, the drive to the nearest coffee shop can easily take a half-hour. They want a place to buy alcohol along with shops and restaurants. One year after his company, the Bostonbased Juliani Kenney Investment Capital LLC, purchased the shopping center and liquid assets for $3.7 million in a commercial short sale, the plaza remains mostly vacant and in disrepair. Kenney gets the frustration because he, too, is frustrated. He has also heard the rumors that he is walking away from the plaza Rachel S. O’Hara or that it’s going into foreclosure and wants Brian Kenney hopes to secure a lease residents to know that those are false. “I’m as committed as I was the day that with a national chain restaurant to anchor the plaza. I got here,” Kenney said. “No one wants this done worse than we do. We know that it’s taking a long time, but we’re extremely tenants who are interested in leasing space, grateful for Longboat Key (residents) for including a coffee shop, deli and real-estate office. He hopes to bring a 90- to 120-unit their patience and for bearing with us.” A year ago, Kenney hoped to bring in boutique hotel to the north end as well and Walgreens as the anchor tenant for the is under contract to buy lots to the north of 12,000-square-foot space formerly occu- the plaza. Kenney said that he is currently working pied by the Market and Whitney Beach Deli & Wines. He spent nine months working on to secure a construction loan for the propthat deal before it ultimately fell through erty and has received bids from two contractors on the renothis summer. vation project. He “We were certain still plans to begin that Walgreens was goconstruction on the ing to come,” Kenney plaza after securing said. “We were shocked the anchor tenant. when they backed off.” “The biggest Now, Kenney said, mistake we could he is close to securing make would be to a lease with a national build and then have chain to bring an upDELVE to change things scale restaurant to the INTO around,” he said. anchor site. He also — Robin Hartill said that he has several




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Dec. 19 Not-so-silent surrender 5 p.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported that three people appeared to be fighting but walked away after she yelled at them.

Dec. 20 Case closed 11:34 a.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Property Found. A Public Works employee turned in a brown-leather zipper case that workers found alongside the road.

Holiday happenings 4:23 p.m. — 4300 block of Falmouth Drive. Disturbance. A woman reported that two men, who are housekeepers at a condominium, were throwing stones toward boats docked in the bay at the community. The woman said that the men began using foul language when she and her husband told them to stop and attempted to knock a holiday bow from a pillar.

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ter a resident called police to report that the vessel had been tied to his boathouse without permission. The man told police that he tied up the vessel for safe harbor from the cold while fishing and agreed to leave.

8:22 a.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. A man told police he didn’t know why his driver’s license was suspended and said that he paid his last two tickets online. Police confiscated the man’s license and released his vehicle to his co-worker, who has a valid license.

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4:49 p.m. — 2800 block of GMD. Dog on the Beach. Police warned a man who was taking photos of his three dogs about the town’s ordinance prohibiting pets from the beach.

7:26 p.m. — 5200 block of GMD. Welfare Check. A man asked police to check on his daughter, whom he hadn’t heard from in several days. The 30-year-old woman was in bed sleeping and told police that she had been sick and would contact her father.

Dec. 22 No dogs allowed 11:16 a.m. — Greer Island. Dog on the Beach. Police issued a summons to a woman who had her dog on the beach. The woman said that she and her friends had brought their pets there before.

Bicycle accident 7:25 a.m. — 2200 block of GMD. Bicycle Accident. A bicyclist fell while riding in a group but refused medical care.

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Dec. 24 6:51 a.m. — Jewfish Key. Noise Disturbance. Longboat Key Fire Rescue took police to Jewfish Key by boat to respond to a complaint of loud music coming from a vacation residence. The occupants were not at the rental home, so police unplugged the outdoor speakers, although they could still hear music coming from inside the residence.

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Long run 2:37 p.m. — 100 block of Sands Point Road. Missing Person. A woman reported that her 15-year-old son hadn’t returned from his jog after more than four hours. Police found the teen, who said he wanted to go to the end of the island and didn’t think it would take that long.

Dec. 26 State your business 1:58 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Person. A woman reported a man leaving the area of a vacant business on a bicycle.

4:32 p.m. — 2100 block of GMD. Trespassing. Police warned two young males and a female that they could not fish on private property.

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Lenobel remembered as family ‘rock’ Hazel Lenobel, 82, died Dec. 29, 2011, after a 21-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Hazel Lenobel bought a white dress with black flowers a year ago with plans to wear it when her granddaughter, Jessica Lenobel, wed Ian Carrington. Her family isn’t certain where she bought the dress, but they assume it was probably Bealls. Few believed she would get to wear the dress. In April 2010, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a prognosis so grim that the average patient survives just five to eight months after diagnosis. But Lenobel, wife of Commissioner Hal Lenobel, who cherished her family and spoke every day on the phone to her two grown children, was determined to see her granddaughter marry. Lenobel, 82, died Dec. 29, 2011 — two-and-a-half months after she donned the white dress with black flowers and watched Jessica Lenobel become Mrs. Ian Carrington. For most of her life, Lenobel’s hair naturally formed a perfect Dorothy Hamill bob that was always the topic of conversation. She lost her hair during chemotherapy, but by the wedding, it

was growing back. “She looked absolutely beautiful,” said her daughter, Sandy Robinson. Born June 16, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she graduated from New York University and attended graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University and Hofstra College. She was just 20 when she met her future husband, Hal, on a blind date. “I think we went to the movies,” Commissioner Lenobel said. “That’s all I could afford then.” “She was perfect,” he said. Commissioner Lenobel recalled in a 2002 Longboat Observer article how he proposed on the third or fourth date on the front porch of Hazel’s home. She said yes, although he later learned that her mother was skeptical of him. The Lenobels married in 1949, and in 1951, their son, Jeffrey Lenobel, was born. They moved in 1953 from Brooklyn to the Long Island, N.Y., house that would become their home for the next 39 years. In 1955, their daughter, Sandy, was born. Mrs. Lenobel was a stay-at-

home wife and mother who volunteered as her children’s classroom mom and her daughter’s Brownie troop leader, while her husband practiced dentistry. She cooked fabulous pot roast and brown potatoes, kept the neatest closet anyone had ever seen and chauffeured her children and their friends around in the red Ford Galaxy convertible her husband bought her as a gift in the early 1960s. “She was the hippest mom there was,” Robinson said. “She was the rock of our family,” Jeffrey Lenobel said. The Lenobels put a deposit down on a Longboat Harbour unit in 1969 and used it as their vacation home for 23 years, before moving in 1992 to the Key permanently. At Longboat Harbour, Lenobel regularly attended bridge and Mahjongg games. “We saw each other every other Wednesday,” said Jayne Forstenzer, a friend and neighbor of Lenobel, who played bridge alongside her at Longboat Harbour. “She was so friendly and always just a pleasure.” She was an avid reader and golfer, even scoring a hole-in-one at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

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Hazel Lenobel was an avid volunteer and was devoted to her family and friends.

She filled much of her time with volunteer work. In New York, she had been active with the National Council of Jewish Women and the Association for the Health of Retarded Children. Living on Longboat Key, she became a dedicated volunteer with the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC). “She was very pleasant company and well-versed in a number of subjects,” said David Young, a friend of the Lenobels for 20 years. “She was very interested in SPARCC and worked in their thrift

store for a number of years.” Friends and family say that the Lenobels did just about everything together, although when it came to Longboat Key politics, Mrs. Lenobel preferred to let her husband, currently serving his sixth term on the commission, go it alone. “My mother was extremely supportive of all that he did,” Jeffrey Lenobel said. “But she wanted nothing to do with the limelight … She was like the perfect first lady.” Still, there were some times that Mrs. Lenobel couldn’t avoid the spotlight — such as the festivities leading up to her granddaughter’s Oct. 15 wedding. The weeklong celebration kicked off with a welcome dinner. There, Jeffrey Lenobel introduced his mother and told the crowd of 200 that it was a miracle that she was there to celebrate. The lady who avoided the limelight received a standing ovation. Mrs. Lenobel is survived by her husband of 62 years, Commissioner Hal Lenobel; son, Jeffrey Lenobel; daughter, Sandy Robinson; and grandchildren Jessica Carrington, Alexandra Lenobel, Kyle Robinson and Nathaniel Robinson. Mrs. Lenobel’s family received visitors Monday, Jan. 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, N.Y., 11714.

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Four more flavors of dance. There is also a new instructor at Bayfront Park. Jared Falgowski will be teaching five days a week at 5 p.m. — ballroom on Monday, Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday, Latin on Wednesday and salsa on Friday. New options from Barbara Anderson. Anderson has tweaked the schedule of classes that she offers year-round. The 8 a.m. time slot, formerly designated “Burn ’n’ Build,” will now be “20/20/20” on Tuesdays — equal parts of cardio aerobics, time strengthbuilding circuits and core and stretch. On Thursdays it is “Cardio Blast,” a high-energy workout to improve total body strength with a balanced blend of aerobics and strength training. She continues to teach “Power Hour Plus” on Saturdays, but the “plus” 30 minutes is now optionally available as a “Dynamic Stretch” class. The last half-hour is $4 for members and $6 for non-members. The rest of the schedule. Sherry Fideler’s tai chi class has moved from Monday mornings to 3 p.m. Mondays. Her “Muscles and More” and “Young at Heart” sessions continue in their established time slots, as do Nia with Gail Condrick and my own Pilates and Joy of Stretch Yoga classes. The nuts and bolts. Rec Center classes are “walk in” — no reservations required. Fees range from $8 to $10 for members and $13 to $15 for non-members. Membership for one year is $25 for individual residents; $35 for non-residents; $45 resident couples; and $60 family.

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Yoga: The addition of a new class on Thursdays means there is yoga every weekday morning at the Education Center. Emme Shapiro is the instructor. Her “Gentle Kripalu Yoga” class covers meditation, breathing techniques and relaxation as well as standard yoga postures and is appropriate for all levels. The Friday yoga class also has a new instructor and format. Dotti CibottiMOLLY SCHECHTER McCourt teaches “Integral ® Yoga,” a synthesis of the various branches of the art. This is a gentle hatha approach for all levels. Yoga enthusiasts will want to know about “The Bhagavad Gita — a Universal Approach to Resolving Life’s Most Difficult Questions.” Author and educator Bob Waxman will teach this new four-class series at 1 p.m. Wednesdays starting Feb. 1; $75 for members, $85 for non-members. Workshops: Elizabeth Bergmann is new to the Education Center faculty. She is offering two intriguing workshops. Monday, Jan. 9 she will present “The Legacy of Martha Graham — Genius of the 20th Century,” $15 for members, $20 for non-members. On Saturday, Jan. 14 there is “Movement for Life,” based on Feldenkrais principles and focused on developing core strength. It is appropriate for all levels; $30 for members, $35 for non-members. Bergmann recently retired as dance director at Harvard University. Dance. Beginning in late January, there will be a new class with Felipe Cava, the area’s Latin and dance aerobics expert. The schedule is being finalized, but it will start in late January. Lovers of Zumba and its kin will not want to miss this opportunity. The nuts and bolts. Advance registration is required for Education Center classes and

seminars. The winter term runs from Jan. 4 through Feb. 29; fitness classes are typically $88 for members and $104 for non-members for the eight-week term but they may be taken individually. Register in person, by phone at 383-8811 or on the website, www.

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It’s a ‘classy’ season for Longboat fitness offerings Residents, snowbirds and visitors have lots of options for staying in shape this season. Public classes are offered at the Longboat Key Education Center and the town’s Bayfront Park Recreation Center. The following are some highlights.



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by Dora Walters | Senior Editor

Villagers celebrate at holiday open house Kip O’Neill’s annual Holiday Open House Dec. 29 was a delightful gathering of new residents mingling with long-time Villagers. It was also an occasion for snowbirds to catch up on the latest news on the Key.

Usually a number of peacocks gather on O’Neill’s lawn to join in the festivities, but, on this evening, there wasn’t one in sight. Someone must have forgotten to update the peacocks’ social calendar. Gail Condrick and Shirley Noyes

Andrea Moriarty, Luke Moriarty, Kip O’Neill and Terry Petesch

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OBITUARIES Irving Raphael Isaacs, of Pittsburgh and Longboat Key, died Wednesday, Dec. 28. He was 84. He was born Oct. 19, 1917, in Indianapolis. Mr. Isaacs was preceded in death by his wife, Martha. He is survived by his brother, Emanuel; daughter, Marjorie Newman; sons, David and Jeffrey; and three Isaacs grandsons. Graveside services and interment were held at West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation, in Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Forbes Hospice, 4800 Friendship Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15224, or to Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UPMC, 200 Lathrop St., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213-2582.

Mahesh Mirchandani

Mahesh Mirchandani, of Bradenton and formerly of India, died Saturday, Dec. 31. He was 57. Mr. Mirchandani was the owner of Longboat Resort Wear and had run

the store at The Centre Shops with his wife, Harvinder, for approximately 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Harvinder “Noni”; daughter, Juhi; and son, Simron. A private service was held Tuesday, Jan. 3. A prayer service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, in Tampa.

William R. ‘Bill’ Newhouse

William R. “Bill” Newhouse, of Boulder, Colo., and Longboat Key, died Nov. 27. He was 85. Mr. Newhouse lied about his age in order to enlist in the Navy during World War II, during which he became a submariner and eventually witnessed personally the signing of the peace treaty with Japan. He returned home from the Pacific Theater and came within a couple of credits of graduating with degrees in engineering and architecture from the University of Wisconsin. Instead, he took advantage of an opportunity and started his own business, NewCo Inc., as a construction materials consultant. He continued with the business until his 82nd birthday. In 1967, Mr. Newhouse became president of Optimist International and traveled the world, including a

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Wednesday communion and anointing services at 10 a.m. Sunday worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 3838161.

trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., where the Optimist International float won the Judge’s Award. Mr. Newhouse is survived by his daughters, Jane Newhouse and Anne Newhouse Byrne; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at the First Congregational Church in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Optimist International, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63108. M.P. Murphy and Associates Funeral Directors of Boulder is handling the arrangements.

Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 595 Bay Isles Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the minister. 383-6491. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234.

Johnny Overstreet

Johnny Overstreet, of Arthur, Ill., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Dec. 22. He was 55. Mr. Overstreet was born May 27, 1956. He was a professional painter. He will always be remembered for his generous heart, infectious laugh and ability to make everyone smile with his jokes. He is survived by brothers, Gary and Terry; sister, Janna; and his companion, Susan Kelly. A memorial will be held at a later date. Covell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 4 and 6 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Daily Masses are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Shabbat services at 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Rabbi Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. Call 383-3428.

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After first visiting Art Basel Miami Beach six years ago, the Energetic Travelers return to the wondrous world of art to report on all the exhibit has to offer.

He is so perfect, he wonders why there are not more like him.

It’s been six years since we reported on our excursion to the bewildering world of Art Basel Miami Beach. We just reviewed our writings from that time and — with no fear of being charged with plagiarism — will borrow freely from those opening paragraphs. Art Basel in Switzerland is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious art exhibitions in the world. The “son of” Art Basel is now a 10-year-old spinoff that continues to change. An article in the Wall Street Journal notes that today’s event “stealthily evolved from a simple trade fair into a holy gathering on the annual pilgrimage route of the super rich.” There is a question whether there are more private jets or $200,000 sports cars in attendance. The Miami locale is the perfect home for such an event and is a kaleidoscope of languages, smells, colors and every manner of visual excitement. Serious collectors and exhibitors from all over the world were attracted but, surprisingly, a majority came from the Americas this year. Although the original show is held in June in Basel, Switzerland, the neophyte takes the stage during the first days of December, giving both shows the advantage of lovely weather for indoor and outside venues. We returned last month to Miami and found that it still provided a full

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Above right: Any way you put this “Table with Two Legs on the Wall” by Weiwei Ai, it will cost about $250,000. SEE ART BASEL / PAGE 6B Above: “Yes, We Have Some Bananas” is a fresh exhibit with a stale Volkswagen.


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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Three-bedroom Water Club condo sells for $1,975,000 Ingrid Leitzen, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 708 condominium at The Water Club II, 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Paul and Lisette Jacobs, New York, for $1,975,000. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 3,273 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.1 million in 2002. This week’s residential real-estate transactions took place between Dec. 12 and Dec. 23. Of 16 sales for the last two weeks, two topped $1 million — one on Longboat Key and one on Lido Key.

It previously sold for $540,000 in 2003.

Fairway Bay

H. Stephen and Justine Fletcher sold their Unit 103 condominium at 1900 Harbourside Drive to Eva Kendeffy, Miami, for $380,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,626 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 1991.

Cedars East

Michael and Barbara Maloney sold their Unit 10 condominium at 806 Evergreen Way to Frank and Sibylle Dannhoff, of Guetersloh, Germany, for $295,000. Built in 1991, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,440 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $257,500 in 2003.

Corey’s Landing

Joseph and Christine Gonnelli, trustees, sold the home at 3540 Mistletoe Lane to Paul and Lisa Giusti, Pittsburgh, for $975,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,165 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.15 million in 2008.

Tangerine Bay Club

Nancy and James Curtis, Longboat Key, sold their Unit 525 condominium at 380 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Nina Duane, trustee, Tampa, for $850,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,255 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $410,000 in 1996. Valerie Haddon sold the Unit 412 condominium at 370 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Kevin and Lois Lindahl, Longboat Key, for $750,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,380 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $370,800 in 1994.

Beachplace III

James and Sylvia Kennedy, trustee, sold the Unit 604 condominium at 1045 Gulf Mexico Drive to Robert Safron, of White Plains, N.Y., for $650,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,503

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Unit 708 condominium at The Water Club II, 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 3,273 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,975,000. square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,345,000 in 2006.

Seaplace III

Jerome Wexler, trusee, Chicago, sold the Unit G4-211-B condominium at 1975 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Winston and Jane Wong, of Eldersburg, Md., for $617,500. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,492 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $89,900 in 1977.


Lena Ambrose sold her Unit 505 condominium at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive to K Rao Holdings LLC for $550,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,598 square feet of living area. It previ-

ously sold for $260,000 in 1986.

The Shore

Theodore Birnkrant Jr., Sara Jacobs and Gary Saretsky, trustees, of Woody Creek, Colo., sold the Unit 306 condominium at 5757 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Andreas and Hildegard Krainer for $510,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,561 square feet of living area.

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Richard and Cathleen Beyrer, of Mahopac, N.Y., sold their Unit M2-411G condominium at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jane Gonzales, Sarasota, for $450,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,076 square feet of living area.

Richard and Maureen Myhill, of Norfolk, United Kingdom, sold their Unit 104 condominium at 600 Sutton Place to Timothy Smalley and Nancy Caven, of Edina, Minn., for $245,000. Built in 1973, it has one bedroom, one bath and 992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $190,000 in 2000.

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William Greene and Eileen Burke, Sarasota, sold their Unit 223 condominium at 3453 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Linda Adrian, Longboat Key, for $220,300. Built in 1960, it has one bedroom, one bath and 368 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in 2005.

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Eugene and Constance Kahn, St. Louis, sold their Unit 1007 condominium at The Beach Residences, 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Arlene Barsumian, of Cookeville, Tenn., for $1.8 million. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 3,057 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,140,000 in 2005.

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St. Armands

Susan Tillman, Chicago, sold her Unit 121 condominium at St. Armands Towers North, 1 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Charles and Darlene Mansur, of Annapolis, Md., for $716,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,389 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $540,000 in 2003.

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Dec. 15 through Dec. 21, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit Applicant Amount 6341 GMD Alteration O. Wayne Rollins III $887,336 580 De Narvaez Drive Alteration Glen Boodram $243,000 Windward Bay 4600 GMD Alteration Condominium Association $101,345 2110 Harbourside Drive Alteration Michael Blaney $54,409.23 3578 Fair Oaks Way Alteration Fred McWilliams, trustee $44,600 4485 GMD Alteration John Steinhafel $29,000 5125 GMD Re-roof Georgia Tsarnas $19,970 639 Bayview Drive Alteration Michael Kimball $18,643 573 Norton St. Alteration Sherri Keiler-Lane $17,220 583 Spanish Drive S. Alteration Dennis Stoudt $13,644.78 615 Dream Island Road Alteration Laurie Edelmayer $13,000 500 Gunwale Lane Alteration Kevin Pozulp $8,560 585 Cutter Lane Alteration Armando Linde $7,178 2721 GMD Alteration Nancy Guthoff, trustee $6,639 2721 GMD Alteration Robert Wakefield $6,639 710 Penfield St. Alteration Anthony Rich $6,230 100 Sands Point Road Alteration Christopher Dubs $4,453 3740 GMD Re-roof Ciro Scalera $2,505 475 GMD Alteration Islandside Development $2,488 1000 Longboat Club Road Alteration Herbert Zaretsky $2,460 380 GMD Alteration Helen Sherman $2,390 725 Penfield St. Alteration Mark Stratton $2,215 350 GMD Alteration Vernon Boozer $700 3235 GMD Alteration Raymond Hurd, cotrustee $0 660 Russell St. Alteration Thomas Barnum I n/a 5311 GMD Re-roof Beach Castle condominium n/a 1611 Harbor Cay Lane Vacant site Tampa Downtown Investment Ltd. n/a

BIRD KEY - 4 BR/3.3BA Location! Location! This beautiful custom home has it all - fabulous downtown views across Sarasota Bay, granite kitchen with milk-glaze cabinetry, “Morning Room” with 8 Step crown molding, gorgeous pool, dock & lift. The first floor master suite has stunning Bay views and the second floor “Great Room” has “forever” Bay views from the terrace.$3,690,000

BEACHPLACE – Direct Gulf Views! 2BD/2BA Split

plan,meticulously care for, w/2 deeded parking spaces. This residence is being sold furnished and features Beachplace sanctioned Rolladen hurricane shutters. $629,000

PLAYERS CLUB – Wonderful Gulf views from the 30’ long open balcony; w/southern exposure. Tastefully furnished 2BD/2.5BA condominium. $649,000

LAGUnA YACHt ViLLAGE – 3 BD/2.5 BA Beautifully furnished, with your own private dock. Community pool and deeded $579,000 beach access.

LOnG BEACH - Beautifully remodeled 3BD/3BA,

1,350 Sq. Ft. home in Longboat Key’s Historic Village of Long Beach, renovated in 2006 with new kitchen and baths, tile flooring, hurricane shutters, tropical landscaping, and more. $399,000

LOnGBOAt KEY tOWERS – Beautifully remodeled, with direct gulf views 2BD/2BA and two covered parking spaces. $795,000

SEAPLACE – Completely remodeled and beautifully furnished, 2BD/2BA with NW gulf views and spectacular sunsets. Every creature comfort is waiting for you, just bring your $529,000 bathing suit.

SEAPLACE – Beautiful “Loft” Condominium with Direct Gulf Views! Fully furnished, fabulous investment $475,000 opportunity.


BEACHPLACE - Priced to Sell! Unfurnished 2BD/2BA residence w/ Partial Gulf views w/new paint and carpet! Seller will hold mortgage @ $449,000 5.5% w/$100,000.

KEY tOWER SOUtH – Great Views of the Gulf, Downtown Sarasota and the John Ringling Bridge from this 2BR/2BA updated condominium $499,000. home.

CAStiLLiAn – Direct Gulf Views! Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with recently renovated grounds, lobby and garage. $429,000 Spectacular Sunsets!

SEAPLACE – Tastefully furnished SAnD CAY – 2BD/2BA with Gulf & 2BD/2BA with lush garden views, ready Bay views, fully furnished, great rental to move into at the popular Seaplace property! $324,900 $339,000 Gulf front complex.

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Longboat Key WindWard Bay - Watch manatees gather around the docks with this 2/2 penthouse that has unobstructed views of Sarasota Bay. This popular community has tennis, 2 pools, docks, beach access and allows 2 pets.........................$269,000 SLEEPy LaGOOn On SaiLBOaT WaTEr - 4 bedrooms plus office, pool, dock lift. All set amidst tropical landscaping. .....................................................................................................................................................$885,000 HarBOUr LinKS - An awesome lifestyle awaits you in this corner villa with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den and a 2 car garage, located on the Harbourside Golf course at the Longboat Key Club. The community is pet friendly and offers Beach Club membership. . ............................................................................................................................................................$399,000 yOU WiLL EnJOy Bay & Marina ViEWS from the living room, master bedroom & the screened porch of this 2/2 condo located at the south end of LBK. The community offers a heated pool, boat docks, fitness facility. Furnished...........$319,000 Banyan Bay - Beach to Bay complex. This charming 2 bedroom condo is designed for seaside living. Tennis, pool, fishing pier. Pet Friendly................................................................................................................................................................$269,900 BayfrOnT PEnTHOUSE - This 2/2 penthouse has outstanding bay views as well as gulf views. The community is pet friendly and has tennis, fitness facility, pools, docks and beach access.........................................................................$259,000 UniqUE 1 bedroom, 2 bath ground floor at Whitney Beach. Great amenities. 2 Pets allowed. fUrniSHEd.........$199,500 arTiSTiC Key West style home in historic Long Beach Village at the north end of Longboat Key. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace, 2 bedrooms, den and loft ................................................................................................................................................$425,000 WHiTnEy BEaCH 1 bedroom condo with an unobstructed view of Bishop’s Bayou. This is a beach to bay community with pools, tennis and boat docks. 2 dogs permitted; no size restriction ..................................................................$225,000

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SEAPLACE - Tastefully updated 2BD/2BA condominium with clean lines and a modern edge are the focus of this 1,257 Sq. Ft. residence with $499,000 garden views.

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Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

Overall winners 1. Helen Schweyer and Larry Auerbach 2. Jayne Forstenzer and Dale Neuhaus 3. Erika Beyer and Birgit Berry 4. Connie and Don Howard



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Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club

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Overall winners 1. Gail Sugar and Betty Tilton 2. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 3. Julie Woods and Cotton Stephenson 4. Erika Beyer and Lenore Miller





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Dec. 14

Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club

North-South 1. Ann and Earl Mumford 2. Barbara Struth and Bette Hoffman 3. Hannah and Dan Casden East-West 1. Fran Nitschke and Corrine Schaffer 2. Frema Jane Wolfson and Linda Klein 3. Laota Myers and Carolyn Albrecht

Bird Key – Waterfront Opportunity Long wide views of Sarasota’s protected Bay front from almost every room! 4BR/4BA home with many upgrades & an incredible 4,000 square feet under A/C. Screened pool/spa deck and large dock with extra seating area & boat lift, generator, $ hurricane protection. 1,899,999

Sanctuary II – One of a Kind! Direct Gulf front walk down with private plaza deck off the patio for sunset entertaining. Largest 3BR with 3,115 sq. ft. Gulf/beach views from all rooms. Unique opportunity. $ 2,100,000

Water Club I – Direct Gulf Front Gorgeous 7th floor “Island Style” apartment with 3BR/5BA and 3,400 square feet. Amazing water & sunset views from almost every room! Oak wood floors, unique interior finishes, 2 parking spaces & excellent amenities.$2,700,000

Water Club II - Gorgeous Views Gulf, Bay & City lights views from this premier 9th floor Dover model. 3 full BR+den/4.5BA, 10’ ceilings, Saturnia marble floors, private elevator foyer. 2 parking spaces.

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

La Firenza - Direct Beach Front Stunning sunsets over the Gulf and partial Bay views from this SW corner 3,521 SF apartment with varying 11 & 12 ft ceilings. Built in 2007 with 3BR+ family room and den/3.5 BA, full bar and summer kitchen. Oversized private 2-car garage. $ 2,998,000

Dec. 15

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

Overall winners 1. Betty Tilton and Gail Sugar 2. Dorrie Rosenberg and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Julie Caron and Gary Harris 4 (tie). Sandy Silverberg and Alice Weston 5 (tie). Lois Kaufman and Charles Greenhouse 6 (tie). Joani Ross and Cotton Stephenson



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

GRAND BAY II – Direct Bay Views! South Corner 3BR/3BA 2,925 Sq. Ft. $1,395,000 BEACHPLACE - Direct Gulf Front #302 2BR/2BA $670,000 LONGBOAT KEY - Boater’s Fantasy 114’ Deep Water Canal 3,435 Sq. Ft. $995,000 OYSTER BAY - Vacant Lot Red Rock Park 80’x197’ $399,000 HARBOR ACRES - Estate Sale 3BR/3BA 3,826 Sq. Ft. $549,000 SORRENTO SHORES - Rancho del Sol Bay front 1.24 acres 5BR/4.2BA $2,495,000 UNIVERSITY PARK - Custom Lakefront 3BR + Den 12’ Ceilings NEw PRICE $469,000 SANCTUARY II - Beautiful Views 4th Floor South Facing 3BR/2.5BA $899,000

Ritz Hotel Residences - 12th Floor Water views from all rooms! 2,011 SF w/ wood floors, custom-fitted closets, & unique Venetian plaster walls. Large master suite with sitting area & marble bath. $ 1,098,500

Promenade Penthouse Prestancia – -Villa D’Este Beautifully plus 2,612 den Sweeping Gulfupdated and Bay two viewsbedroom with sunsets. maintenance freew/villa paint &wet carpet, luxurious sq. ft. 10 featuring ft ceilings,new fireplace, bar, high ceilings, bamboo flooring, upgraded kitchen granite & marble baths, garage. 2 terraces, 2 valuable & master bath. 2-car Golf&community. garage parking spaces included. $349,000 $ 899,000

Grand Bay I – 9th Floor Bay Front Best of both worlds, sunrises on the Bay and sunsets on the Gulf! 3BR/3.5BA with private elevator foyer, 11 ft. ceilings, his & her baths and two large terraces. Many unique interior finishes! $ 1,095,000

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 dock & 4-car garage. $ 4,495,000

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. $ 1,475,00

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La Bellasara - Downtown Bay Front Outstanding Bay, Marina, & City views! Built in 2006 3BR/4.5BA + study or 4th BR, 3,370 SF. w/ summer kitchen, private elevator lobby, 2-car garage Turnkey furnished. $ 2,150,000 Annual lease available

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

Dec. 17

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club

Overall winners 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Juddy Solomon and Alice Weston 3. Lori Brickman and Jean Simon 4. Barbara Fleisher and Steve Sills



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This is it! 2BR/2BA bright end unit w/ updated kitchen, new carpet, paint, A/C, water heater, move-in ready. Heated pool, clubhouse, billiards & tennis. Teresia $109,000 Bradford #M5824880


from this 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished condo. Updated kitchen, W/D, newer air, 2 pools, 2 lighted tennis courts, beach access, only $12 a month for boat slip. Two small pets permitted. Dorothy Cook $ 249,000 #A3939881


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

SPACIOUS AND DESIRABLE 2BR/2BA CONDO Great view of Sarasota Bay, turnkey furnished, tile floors, central vac, upgraded kitchen, 2 pools, tennis, boat docks only $12 a month. Beach access. 2 pets OK. Dorothy $ 295,000 Cook #A3950932


Totally renovated, tropical gardens, upgrades too numerous to mention. Heated pool-spa, only 53 residences in this well maintained complex. Pets welcome. $ 629,500 Marc Turner #A3943874


Sailboat water w/40’ dock, davit & 1300lb. lift. 3BR/2.5BA & office. High ceilings, completely renovated. Huge pool & patio, walk to beach. Jerry Cunningham/Marta $ 749,624 Altizer #A3952051

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ART BASEL / FROM PAGE 1B palette of fun. Good, bad, ugly and bizarre abounded. Every possible material and form was represented. As reporters tend to do in any field, we admit to enjoying some of the astounding “ugly” as much as admiring the “good” and relishing the “excellent.” We were fortunate on this tour to be accompanied by some friends who are serious collectors; they tried to explain that some bedraggled creation was really worth a few hundred thousand dollars. Indeed, another remarkable feature was the price range. Our rule of thumb quickly became that everything was four times as expensive as our highest guess. The majority of works that we priced ranged from $60,000 to $400,000. However, a small glass display case measuring perhaps 8 inches by 17 inches and filled with a halfdozen dusty shot or wine glasses by Joseph Cornell raised our eyebrows to a new level with a $580,000 price tag. Although we somewhat understand the high prices of masterworks, it is harder to put a price on corrugated cartons, bricks, paper boats, wastebaskets, broken mirrors, paving stones, wood scraps and similar materials that were fashioned into “art.” We were intrigued by the amount of installation art, for which the creator or artist must come to your home to install the wall pieces or arrange stones on your floor or any number of similar personalized creations. One such art piece featured more than 100 paper boats spread around a small broken wooden end table (“Sadie, turn off the fan!!”). Many others looked like the back lot storage area behind the MGM studios. Street art and graffiti were starting to be exhibited with new respect. We did find many magnificent art pieces, although some failed to excite our personal taste and all were beyond


Yes, it’s a broken table and 100 paper boats (“Sadie, Turn Off the Fan!”).

Collectors of Joseph Cornell’s works value this box at $580,000.

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Emerald Harbor $699,900 Lisa Morreale, 941-388-3966 Beauty of the block. University Park $498,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Custom lakeDeluxe 3BR/2BA home with mature plants and tile roof. SHF#A3952740 front home with screened pool, 4BR/3BA & 2 car garage. SHF#A3945128

Bird/Lido Key

Bird Key $1,795,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Direct bayfront home Beachplace $695,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Direct Gulf front River Club South $369,000 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-383-6411 exquisitely remodeled by best-selling author! SHF#A3950041 2 bedroom/2 bath residence on the third floor. SHF#A3939568 3BR/3BA/3C garage, oversized lot w/pool, granite counters. Recently updated. Tower Residences $1,495,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Bay, Aquarius Club $579,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Inviting upon entry, this SHF#A3944032 Marina & SRQ views. 3BR+den w/ 24hr Ritz concierge. 2 pets welcome. 2BR/2BA home offers partial gulf and bay views. SHF#A3952704 University Place $299,500 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-383-6411 SHF#A3945786 Islander Club Of Longboat $549,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 The 3BR/2BA great room plan. Beautiful kitchen w/granite counters/black appl. Bird Key $1,199,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Flowing 5/4 home on Wow factor! 2BR/2BA 10th floor home, designer remodeled 3.5 years ago. SHF#A3946199 deep water, with high ceilings in great condition. SHF#A3946438 SHF#A3952332 Anna Maria Island $275,000 Michelle Musto, 941-383-6411 Direct Bayfront! Key Tower South $799,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Southwest Promenade $499,000 Michelle Musto, 941-383-6411 Gulf views, 2BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, 1079 sq ft, furnished, pool & comm boat dock. SHF#A3941364 corner on the beach. Magnificent Gulf views. Almost new. 2BR. SHF#A3951998 1585 sf, furnished, concierge, tennis & heated pool/spa. SHF#A3950319 Riverwalk $229,000 Martina Coppenrath, 941-383-6411 3BR/2BA, 2000 sf Lido Ambassador $625,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Beach front Seaplace $475,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Direct Gulf and beach views home in quiet community, soaring ceilings & open floor plan. SHF#A3949639 condo with full gulf views. Renovated 2/2. Walk to St. Armands. SHF#A3951810 from this ‘Loft’ condominium w/1,100 Sq. Ft. SHF#A3952379 Lido Surf & Sand $448,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 2/2 TKF Condo. Beachplace $449,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 New paint & carpet with Boca Grove Condo $197,000 Monica Roche, 941-383-6411 Beautifully appointed, Lakewood Ranch CC condo on golf course. 2BR/2BA. SHF#A3951076 Gulf-front, heated pool and jacuzzi. Walk to St. Armand’s. SHF#A3943096 lake & Gulf views from this 2BR/2BA condominium! SHF#A3952097 Palms at Shorewalk $115,000 David/Wendy Leventhal, 941-383-6411 2BR/2BA Lido Shores $299,000 Michelle Musto, 941-383-6411 Great location! Great Fairway Bay $439,900 David/Wendy Leventhal, 941-383-6411 Light & bright. value! 2BR/2BA, turnkey frnshd, 4th flr w/Gulf views. SHF#A3945835 1st floor condo overlooking the tropical lakes & close to the pool. SHF#A3931387 2100 sq ft, 3BR/3BA, 2 car garage & fireplace, corner townhouse. SHF#A3947959

Longboat Key Castillian $429,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Fully furnished w/direct Gulf views, 2BR/2BA w/updated kitchen appliances! SHF#A3951734 Longboat Key $8,450,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-383-6411 Extraordinary estate adorned with every convenience & luxury imaginable. SHF#A3951509 Seaplace $409,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Drop dead gorgeous! Beautifully renovated 2 years ago, sold furnished! SHF#A3952316 Longboat Shores $7,950,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-383-6411 151’ of direct Gulf frontage, fully permitted. Begin construction now! SHF#A3950962 Inn On The Beach $239,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Outstanding golf course view from this club suite at the Longboat Key Club. SHF#A3951362 Water Club $2,495,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Bay, City & Gulf views from this 3BR/4.5BA Dover floor plan w/3,273 SF. SHF#A3949045 Sea Horse Beach Resort $220,000 Jackie Kleppinger, 941-388-3966 Appealing waterfront condo. Central heat/air. Community swimming pool. Country Club Shores $2,399,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 3BR/3+BA bayfront w/views! Deep sailboat water. Deeded beach access incld. SHF#A3952937 SHF#A371944

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Queens Harbour $2,295,000 Mike Greve, 941-383-6411 4BR/3+BA, pool, Canal Villas $750,000 Baskind Warren Team, 941-388-3966 Tropical Island private dock & Bay views in this Queens Harbour home. SHF#A3931140 living in this new 4BR/2BA pool home. Walk to Siesta Beach. SHF#A3933041 Bay Isles $2,249,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 Boaters dream - custom 3800 sf waterfront home w/pvt 100’ deep water dock. SHF#A3933263 Prestancia $588,900 Louis Wery, 941-383-6411 European style home with 2BR/possible 3BR/2.5BA w/lake & golf course views. SHF#A3946882 Bay Isles $1,495,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 4BR/4.5BA Boater’s home with pool, two docks, lift and 160’ of seawall! SHF#A3949645 Condo On The Bay $329,900 Martina Coppenrath, 941-383-6411 Fabulous views of SRQ Bay, lights of John Ringling bridge at night & LBK. SHF#A3944526 Inn On The Beach $1,100,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Spectacular Gulffront 2BR w/income fully renovated & ready to enjoy! SHF#A3941919 Broadway Promenade $279,000 Martina Coppenrath, 941-383-6411 Fabulous bay & city views, almost new, under $300,000. Now that’s a deal! SHF#A3949761 Sabal Cove $1,049,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 3BR/3BA+den estate home w/private setting. Great pool/lanai for entertaining. SHF#A3894897 Sunset Towers $250,000 Ellen Orlop, 941-388-3966 Settle serenely in this noteworthy 2BR/2BA condo set on the waterfront. SHF#A3921821 L’Ambiance $999,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Enjoy Gulf views from this 3BR/3BA condo with 700 ft of wraparound terraces. SHF#A3922196 Casa Del Sol $119,950 Anita Caravello, 941-716-0381 Totally upgraded & Longboat Key $995,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Boaters fantasy! remodeled 2BR/2BA close to shopping & beaches. SHF#A3952395 2-story with 3,435 sq ft and 3 slips. SHF#A3938728


Siesta Key Siesta Key $2,295,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Contemporary 3 BR plus den directly on Siesta Key beach. SHF#A3951503 Blind Pass Estates $1,799,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-383-6411 Lot is fully permitted with the necessary county & state permits in hand. SHF#A3951388 Gulf & Bay Club $750,000 Charles Offer, 941-388-3966 High quality condo overlooking Siesta Key Beach, outstanding resort commun. SHF#A3949213 Siesta Key $659,000 Babette Paige, 941-388-3966 Well maintained duplex. Walking distance to beach & village 3/2 per unit. SHF#A3941972 Harbor Towers Y & R $449,000 Joe Boguszewski, PA, 941-388-3966 2BR/2BA penthouse with dramatic views. Lots of amenities, priced to sell. SHF#A3901152 Midnight Sea $350,000 Janet Dugan, 941-388-3966 Outstanding Siesta Key location 3BR/2BA condo. Near the world famous beach. SHF#A3927761

St. Armand’s Key Sarasota Harbor $284,900 Inger Lill, 941-388-3966 Sarasota Harbour Doll House, 2BR/3rd fl w/gorgeous bay views. Price to sell. SHF#A3904847 Sarasota Harbor West $260,000 Babette Paige, 941-388-3966 Bay front condo 2/1.5 with deep water dock available. 55+ maintenance free. SHF#A3941092 Sarasota Harbor $189,000 Inger Lill, 941-388-3966 Cheerful waterfront condo. Elevators. Dock. Community swimming pool. SHF#A3951587


Beaches of Longboat Key $849,000 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 exquisite 3/3 condo in a gated comm. A gorgeous ambiance and so much more! University Park $794,900 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-383-6411 Private lake- Oaks $414,500 Monica Roche, 941-383-6411 3BR/2+BA residence in a gated SHF#A3945194 front/preserve views w/3BR/3BA, granite, office, den, pool/spa. SHF#A3950197 community on an extra large lot. SHF#A3946198

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LONGBOAT KEY Stunning 3BR/2.5BA contemporary on

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ART BASEL / FROM PAGE 6B our budget for the month. Feasts for the mind and eye continued from one aisle to another. Calder mobiles soared overhead. Works by Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, architect Frank Gehry, Joan Miró and Andy Warhol were scattered like confetti. Almost lost in the mind-boggling array of fine and foolish was one wall in a booth near the entrance that featured genuine works of three true masters: Miro, Picasso and Fernand Léger. The spectacular array at ABMB enticed collectors from all parts of the world and varying interests. The difference of dress was another form of art show. Sales were significant and belied the weak economy. It was reported that actor Michael Douglas spent $17 million (yes, million) there. Our collector friends did buy two items for considerably less. The main stage for Art Basel Miami Beach is in the centrally located Convention Center, a large and slightly tired building. The adjacent Design Miami exhibition provided another enticing venue of new and varied designs of all types. However, the city of Miami is home to another large area that features slightly less costly and sometimes more interesting art. Art Basel Miami Beach is now one of the major presentations on the American and international art scenes. This annual event is highly recommended for both avid enthusiasts

When someone asks, “Who’s got the button?” this spinning wheel has them all. and anyone interested in seeing what is really good, bad and ugly. Of course, when it comes to art, one person’s good is another person’s ugly. Stuart and Lois Scheyer bracket the 80year mark and are residents of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles a year. They will be pleased to answer any travel questions and can be reached by email at Travel Easy – Travel Light – Travel Now




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athlete of the week



by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor


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LIZZY MILLER Lizzy Miller has always been active. When she lived on Long Island, N.Y., and her children were young, she would tuck them in bed, pack her gym bag and get in a workout. Until she got breast cancer, she was running six miles a day. Now she does some type of activity six days a week. What sports do you play and why do you stay so active? Tennis, 9-hole golf (which used to be 18-hole golf until I tore my rotator cuff), spinning, kickboxing and yoga. I walk the bridge with my dog every afternoon. I gotta move, ya know? What’s your favorite sport and your favorite part about playing it? I don’t have a favorite. I play for fun. If I miss a shot, no big deal. If the ball goes in the

water, no big deal. The best part of having sports available is just being with all of your friends.

Number of members on the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center Team that made it to the USTA state regionals in Daytona. Team members were: Beth Smith, Jewell Emswiller, Kathy Powers, Nancy Kane, Betty Aden, Janet Melowic, Joan Dempsey, Kip O’Neill, Bonnie Marcuson, Fanny Younger, Bonnie Geyman, Ann Zaltman, Carole Regan and Kenda Smith.


What’s the hardest part about playing sports? I don’t take it that seriously, so, for me, it isn’t difficult. I enjoy my friends and the time we spend together. When that stops, I’ll stop playing.

The place the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center team finished in the USTA League Fall 2011. The team is captained by Joan Kelly.

Why is it important to stay active? I need to stay healthy, and I feel exercise and my diet keep me feeling the way I feel and looking the way I look.

Points the first-place team, Seagulls, made for the Bird Key Yacht Club Bowling League Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Where is the prettiest place you’ve played a sport? If the sun is shining and you’re feeling good, everywhere is beautiful! — Mallory Gnaegy



Number of boats that participated in the Hangover Regatta Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

Tennis pro known for a certain spark Tennis pro David Sparks is leaving the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, where he has worked since its inception. He says it’s because he isn’t a teenager anymore. “It’s a young guy’s job,” he says. Sparks is one of the few remaining original employees of the Tennis Center. When it opened in November 1998, Sparks joined the Public Tennis Center employees as one of two of its pros. “It was an unbelievably great experience,” he says of his past 13 years. He’s seen it all: a small shed-like building transformed into a 1,750-squarefoot, two-story building housing the pro shop office, restrooms and showers and the center growing from six to 10 courts. “The Tennis Center has done more for our community for Longboat Key than anything else,” he says. But the bigger facility wasn’t what made the huge impact on Sparks — it was the people. He says he will remember most the individuals he has worked with and for. “It is just a special place,” he says. “It really brings people together.”

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Celebration for David Sparks When: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 Where: Gulf Drive Café, Anna Maria Island Cost: Free Info: Call 316-8367 Sparks says he will visit Longboat Key often. “He’s been here since the beginning ... he’s part of the center,” says Kay Thayer manager of the Tennis Center. “He won’t be easily replaced.” The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center has already courted a new pro, Eric Hinchman, who has started giving lessons. Hinchman worked as the tennis pro at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort from 2006 to its close. “I’m happy to be back out on Longboat!” Hinchman says.

It turns out, my students need more than books. The fact is, people have less than they did just a few years ago. And, sadly, the need continues to grow more profound every day.

Our community is struggling. With your help, the Season of Sharing provides funds to help families and individuals avoid homelessness as the next solution to the financial crises they face.

Even if you give a little, it means a lot. Everyone can be a philanthropist and, because of support from Season of Sharing partners, all of your donation – 100% – goes directly to the cause.

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games | bridge bites

By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League

A good attitude Against 4♥ West leads the ♣10, won by East’s Ace. A Diamond shift is clearly called for, and the standard play from that holding is the 10, the so-called “top of an interior sequence.” Is that your choice or are there other considerations? If West has Ace doubleton in Diamonds, then East can envisage a trump promotion if West also has the right trump holding. But, as it happens, West has ♦A, Q, and the danger is that West

will win the ♦Q on the first round of the suit. That would be the right play if East held a trump honor but not the ♦K, but it would be disastrous on the actual layout, killing the chance of a trump promotion. In the middle of the hand (starting at trick two), many partnerships play “attitude leads,” whereby shifting to a low card usually shows a high card in the suit and shifting to a high card is either from a weak holding or

from the top of a sequence. So, reasoning that it is more important to advertise his ♦K than it is to make an ambiguous interior sequence lead, East shifts to the ♦2. Of course, West must be alert and majestically squander his Ace on that trick. Then, back comes the ♦Q overtaken by East’s King, and the third round of Diamonds promotes the setting trump trick. Nice defense! What a spectacular deception! Next, imagine that West holds ♦A, Q, 9 and East ♦K, 10, 2. Again the opening lead is a Club to East’s Ace and again a low Diamond comes

back. West, who is a shockingly devious fellow, wins with his Ace and returns the ♦Q. East overtakes that and sends back a third Diamond. Naturally, Declarer ruffs high, and later finds out to his chagrin that trumps are 4-1 and that he has just gone down in a cold contract! Visit for more about the game of bridge or email

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♠ 10 9 6 ♥ 10 9 8 2 ♦ AQ ♣ 10 9 8 5

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ISTANBUL. The Longboat Observer is off to a running start this year. Longboat Key resident Chantal Diem middle, and her sister, Madeleine Durand, right, and Sandi Joseph read their Observer while standing on the Bosphorus Bridge while waiting for the Istanbul marathon to start. Diem and Durand completed the 15K and Joseph completed the 8K.



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ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: (No phone calls please.) DELL COMPUTER (mini tower) with 17” flat LEARN HOW TO HAND PAINTexcellent TILE AND SINKS. screen monitor, XP, MS Office, condition, For information visit: $175. 941-224-6050. WWW.HANDPAINTEDTILES.COM DINING TABLE: Beveled Glass top, Wood Or 60x42 call 941-266-1239. base shell motif, $175. Call 941-357-6883.

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Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BRADENTON BOAT CLUB celebrates great success with their state of the art Cat 5-300 boat capacity. High and Dry Boat Storage and Marina. Wow! Only $11 Per ft. Unlimited use. “Snow Birds, 6 Mo. Term OK” Excellent location. Extremely friendly service. Our Customers say "The Best Place To Keep Our Boat On The Planet" We also offer Unsurpassed Mechanical Service-Detailing and Consignment Display with "Island Boat Sales." We invite you to stop by and take a look. 12160 Cortez Rd. 2/10ths mile over the bridge. ** Join us by JAN 31st & 1st month $200, any size boat.** 941-795-3625, LBK MOORINGS: 45' boat slip for rent 45 foot O-03 for rent; $450/mth plus electric. Call 603-475-2986 or E-mail:

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Creative Empowerment Pat Kaufman is as influenced by feminism as she is red high heels and babies. The prolific artist makes sense of her quirky influences and rich portfolio.


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Sometimes there are babies. The mother of two grown daughters, Kaufman adores babies. “But I’m glad I don’t have grandbabies,” she says. “I’d be obsessed with them, and it would be so distracting.” A tiny woman with a shock of red hair that’s slowly turning gray on one side, Kaufman is a hidden gem in the local arts community. She resides in a spacious bungalow with funky second-hand furnishings off a sleepy street behind the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Perhaps you’ve seen her paintings hanging in the Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery in downtown Sarasota or at Art Center Sarasota, where she’s participated in the organization’s “Artists at Work” fundraiser. A modern-day Renaissance woman, Kaufman’s portfolio is so immense and so diverse that even she — an artist and writer for nearly four decades — has a hard time recollecting all the things she’s created. There have been plays, novels, commissioned portraits, collages, silk screens and experimental paintings on Plexiglas. Her subjects have ranged from ordinary (her daughters) to provocative (women who marry prisoners). Of her work, Kaufman says: “It’s figurative. It’s political. It’s free, and the women are stronger than I am.” Her latest project — the 60page graphic novel “Alura & Nestor Take a Trip” — is about a parrot and a shy librarian who embark on a memorable tropical vacation. Like the artist herself, the tale is capricious, a little mischievous, a tad ironic and surprisingly prag-


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Pat Kaufman’s paintings are filled with symbolism, words and images of women. matic. (The paperback comes with a packing list.) Published by the Sarasotabased New Chapter Publisher, the story was inspired by a trip the artist took two years ago to Key West. It’s filled with cheerful illustrations Kaufman created using pen, paint and mixed media. “I don’t want this to sound obnoxious,” she says, “but I think my ideas are revealed to me mysteriously. I think I choose instinctively. I don’t know which side of my brain is working. I can tell you it’s not the side that does math.” Kaufman works out of a sunny back porch filled with piles of paint tubes, boxes of fabrics and cluttered corkboards tacked with layers of newspaper and magazine clippings. “I move on quickly and then I forget,” Kaufman says. “It’s not that I don’t care about what I’ve

done. It’s that I’m ready to move onto the next thing.” She gestures to a painting of a redheaded woman standing in a circus ring, wearing nothing but a smirk and red high heels, a lion’s outstretched paw reaching to claw the woman’s face. “It’s a wish that I could tame lions and tigers,” Kaufman says. “But I can’t.” This is a typical Kaufman statement: short, honest and to the point. Some artists are able to verbalize their art in flowery run-on sentences. Other artists let the work speak for itself. Kaufman falls into the second category. “A friend of mine said my work has the ‘charm of the messy,’” she says. “I thought that was nice.” An unapologetic feminist, Kaufman grew up in New York City unafraid of standing out in

a crowd. As a girl she remembers quarreling with her father, a sensible businessman, over an image she had painted of a man with a blue face. “He asked, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” Kaufman recalls. “Apparently, I didn’t see like other people.” During her freshman year at Scripps College, a liberal arts women’s college in Claremont, Calif., Kaufman switched her major from art to English to avoid learning cookie-cutter techniques from whom she calls an especially “domineering” art professor. In the early 1970s, when New York City’s SoHo neighborhood was still an abandoned industrial quarter, Kaufman worked out of a 3,300-square-foot loft above an old doll factory. During this time she was a member of the New York Radical Feminists and the Women’s Project — the country’s oldest and largest company dedicated to presenting work by female playwrights. The organization, which launched the careers of countless female playwrights, including Eve Ensler (“The Vagina Mono-

logues”), produced dozens of Kaufman’s written work. To prove it, she unearths two cumbersome binders stuffed with playbills and reviews. “It was a different time then,” Kaufman says of her early days as an artist and playwright. “Women were not taken seriously. I was a member of several groups, and I was always trying to shore up women’s egos.” She never thought there was life outside of New York ­­— until she moved four years ago to Sarasota. Even though she continues to split her time between New York and Florida, Kaufman is finding lately that she’d rather be here. “Sarasota is the most social place I’ve ever been,” she says. Lived-in and packed with so much of Kaufman’s art, the onestory house functions as a gallery. Everything vies for your attention, from the artist’s painter palette earrings to her collection of polka dot bikini liquor glasses. “I don’t care about the drink,” Kaufman says of the stemware she started collecting recently from a bar in Tampa. “I just like the glasses.” And, just like that, when you think you’ve pegged Kaufman for an unabashed feminist, she does something that breaks character. She paints red high heels or gushes about bikini-bottom wine glasses. “I don’t consider myself an optimist,” she says. “But I do see the humor in most things.” She reaches her hand into a bowl of fat purple grapes. Popping one in her mouth, she retracts the statement. “On second thought,” she says, “maybe that makes me an optimist after all.”

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+ Hermitage couple brings work to LBKCA Artist Rebecca Allan and composer Laura Kaminsky have been together for 10 years, yet they’ve never worked together on a joint project. That is until they landed residencies last year at The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key. “Horizon Lines,” which was composed by Kaminsky in 2011, was inspired by the coastal landscape surrounding the quiet retreat. A multidisciplinary work, the piece was written for oboe, bassoon and piano. Commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, it includes paintings by Allan and a digital film by John Feldman. On Friday, Jan. 6, the New York-based ensemble O3XYGN

will perform the piece at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The program, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., also includes a performance of “Multiple Oneness,” a live painting by Ken Cro-Ken with accompaniment by oboist Matt Sullivan. Allan and Kaminsky arrived at the Hermitage shortly after Christmas. As with most New York artists who set up shop in Florida, the couple was instantly captivated by what Allan calls the “maritime light.” “We live on the Hudson River,” Allan says. “It’s Northeastern river light. Here my work has had a radical shift because of the tropical landscape. Maritime light has a clear and brilliant quality. We literally and metaphorical see things differently here.”

‘Once in a Lifetime’: This satire by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart follows a trio of down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers who decide to get out of Dodge (i.e: New York City) and head to Hollywood as the entertainment industry transitions from silent films to “talkies.” Misadventures ensue. The play runs Jan. 6 to Feb. 29, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For more information, call 351-8000 or visit ‘Lobby Hero’: A young security guard for a Manhattan apartment building attempts to rebuild his life after being tossed out of the military. Along the way he gets embroiled in a murder investigation involving crooked cops. Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, “Lobby Hero” is a character-driven suspenseful cop drama with comedic flair. Performed by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, it’s up now through Jan. 22 in the Cook Theatre. For more information, call 351-8000.

+ Boyhood band nerds star in FST show As a former clarinet-playing band nerd, I find this back story from Florida Studio Theatre’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll!” to be especially touching. Two of the show’s musicians, Eric Scott Anthony and Jonathon Brown, have a history that goes back further than most people’s closest friendships. The two met as preschoolers in St. Louis, and from there they went on to attend the same public elementary school. In fourth grade they joined the school band. (They were both saxophone players.) In high school they formed a band. (They wanted to be rock stars.) And after high school they started working in musical theater, touring with the show, “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a musical about four men who work at a gas station and croon down-home country tunes. Now 36, they’re performing

together again in FST’s musical tribute to the legends of early rock-and-roll. The show, developed by Richard and Rebecca Hopkins and Jim Prosser, is a revue of tunes by Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers, to name a few. It opened Jan. 4 in the Goldstein Cabaret. The all-male cast includes New York actors Dominick Cicco and Casey Gensler and percussionist Tony Bruno from the 2010 production of “Night Train to Memphis.” Anthony and Brown are thrilled to bring their camaraderie to Sarasota. “All of our early musical memories were with each other,” Anthony says. And, they’ve stayed true to their hometown roots. When they’re not on the road for work, they play acoustic coffee shop gigs around St. Louis, covering Top 40 hits from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Susan Angermann is unwas finding the right kind flappable. There’s really no DID YOU KNOW? of fringe for the costumes other word for it. in this summer’s country • Susan Angermann If you walk past the cosmusic comedy, “Cowgirls.” designed the costumes tume shop at Florida StuWhen shopping proved for this season’s cabaret dio Theatre, chances are futile, Angermann resortproductions, “That’s Life, you’ll catch Angermann ed to cutting long strips Again” and “Shake, Rattle up to her elbows in fabric, of white vinyl, which she and Roll.” listening to Michael Buble, sewed in varying lengths to Astor Piazzolla or George a red vest, shirt and skirt. • Angermann worked as a Gershwin. The outfits were timecostume designer at The Sometimes she cranks consuming, but when she Players Theatre for nine The Black Eyed Peas. was finished they were exyears. “It depends on the taste actly what Angermann had • In addition to her job of the interns and what the envisioned: appropriately at FST, Angermann runs volunteers will tolerate,” hokey. an image-consulting busiAngermann says. “You’ve “When people come to ness that specializes in got to have fun in here. If see a show, they shouldn’t cleaning out closets and it’s not fun, nobody is inthink about the work overhauling people’s wardterested.” that goes on behind the robes. What you probably scenes,” she says. “They won’t see is Angermann should just experience it. It flustered. should be seamless.” If doing back-to-back A soft-spoken costume shows that each require designer with a South40 costume changes — “I ern accent, Angermann Love You, You’re Perfect, learned to sew out of neNow Change” followed by cessity. As a young girl, she “The 39 Steps” — doesn’t danced with a small ballet frazzle her, nothing will. company in South Caro“I work well under preslina. When the company sure,” Angermann says. “I had no money to buy cosThe hats from this sumhave a lot of patience. Intumes, she and her fellow mer’s “Cowgirls” musical. terruptions and questions ballerinas would sew their don’t bother me. I’m good own tutus, a chore that at problem solving, and I like to take short- sparked an interest in the young dancer. cuts.” After graduating from high school, AnFor three years Angermann has worked germann went on to study at the French as FST’s costume shop manager. The posi- Fashion Academy in New York, where, in tion has made her the department’s unof- addition to dressmaking classes, she studficial den mother. ied costume design as well. With ease and grace, she juggles a laundry For seven years she worked as a freelance list of responsibilities, including shopping, designer for small theater and opera comordering and designing the company’s cab- panies in New York. The gig led to several aret costumes, as well as running fittings film and television projects, namely afterand supervising costume production for school specials and a few B-rated horror the theater’s main stage shows. movies. “It’s my job to get the designs from the de“Have you ever heard of ‘Toxic Avenger?’” signer to the stage,” Angermann says. “The Angermann asks. thing I love most is working with a variety of No, actually. people. The clothes are just secondary.” A quick Google search reveals that the To build the wardrobe for a show, Anger- film was a 1984 campy horror flick that mann will scour the Internet, local thrift spawned three sequels, a stage musical and stores and high-end department stores. a children’s TV cartoon. She’s just as likely to hit up Goodwill as she The movie is about a 98-pound nerd who is Saks, although in her personal life she falls into a pool of toxic waste and transrarely browses the aisles of used clothing forms into a malformed monster with sustores. perhuman strength. “I don’t thrift-store shop for fun,” she It’s hard to imagine Angermann on the says. “The thrill of the bargain doesn’t do it set of a gory, low-budget horror movie — for me. It’s more the challenge that thrills until she starts giggling at the memory of me … when I’m on a mission to find a par- the fake blood. ticular item.” “It was totally trashy,” she says. “But, One of her most challenging missions again, lots of fun.”

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MUSIC The Perlman Music Program: Works in Progress


So, what makes a major career in music? Talent, charisma, energy, ambition, luck, drive, temperament and tenacity, guidance, contacts and connections, advocates, mentors and not just a little bit of luck. Predicting a future superstar musician is about as easy as betting on the winner of the Kentucky Derby. On paper everything may look right but, suddenly, the sure thing is left in the dust, and the dark horse, the quiet recluse, charges across the finish line. Hearing a succession of brilliant young string players from The Perlman Music Program’s Sarasota Winter Residency had us all making silent bets on the best of the best, until we remembered this wasn’t a musical marathon or string competition. Rather, the PMP concert of mini-recitals by mini-recitalists held at Harvest Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch was an important opportunity for these super-talented students to gain experience and confidence. Once we got out of the inevitable rut of competition fever and put the evening of music-making into perspective, we realized this was more for the students than for us. We were, literally, lending our ears so they could try out

their party pieces and see how they could improve them for the next time. That’s one of the reasons The Perlman Music Program is such a great gift. It gives incredibly talented kids the opportunity to study with some of today’s greatest living musicians and then to perform, giving them much needed experience and us a glimpse into what may make or break a future. The half-dozen or so string players we heard in recital with their piano “collaborators” from the PMP staff were as different from each other as the proverbial apples and oranges we’re reminded not to compare. Some gave vibrant accounts of well-known crowdpleasers such as the Mendelssohn violin concerto and Ravel’s “Tzigane,” while others chose more introspective works such as the gorgeous viola sonata by Rebecca Clarke and Samuel Barber’s romantic violin concerto. What they played was as illuminating as the way they played it. And it showed something about the listeners, too. It’s a great temptation to cheer the big, the flashy and the dazzling and give less of an ovation to the thoughtful, the contemplative and the sensitive. We hope the performers don’t make the mistake the audience makes and, tempting though it may be, make comparisons that are meaningless. The Perlmans have the right idea: Treat each child with an experience that is adapted his or her needs. That’s the way to inspire growth, confidence and progress. These recitals (and students) are more than works in progress — works in process. Where will it lead? Come back and see next year. — June LeBell

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Alexander Fehling) falls in love with Lotte (Miriam Stein) in “Young Goethe in Love.” Courtesy photo

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Was it unrequited love that launched Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s career as a celebrated poet and playwright? That is the implication in director Phillip Stolzl’s new literary period piece, “Young Goethe in Love.” Set in 1772, we learn that the 23-yearold Goethe (Alexander Fehling) “talks a lot and drinks no less.” After failing his law exams in Frankfurt, Germany, his father banishes him to the not-so-happening Wetzlar, Germany. Working as a legal apprentice, he meets and falls in love with Lotte (Miriam Stein). Smitten with him and his talent as a poet, Lotte’s feelings are mutual. Tragedy ensues when Lotte’s father forces her to marry Goethe’s boss, Albert (Moritz Bleibtreu), due to financial woes. When it’s discovered that the young couple had consummated their love, Albert challenges Goethe to a duel. Goethe lands in jail. Despondent, he exorcises his despair by writing “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”

After marrying Albert, Lotte secretly has Goethe’s novel published. It becomes a huge success as well as a testament to their enduring love. Fear not. You don’t have to know anything about Goethe to enjoy this romantic romp. Stolzl (“North Face”) seduces his audience with sumptuous German landscapes, a scrumptious score and fine acting. Most importantly, he implies that what we witness on screen shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The film’s structure seems factional, peppered with actual facts and some of invention. It works beyond well. As a footnote, it’s indicated that the publication of “The Sorrows of Young Werther” was so inspirational, it set off a wave of suicides. But in Stolzl’s version, it doesn’t make sense. In fact, his Goethe seems to care little about losing Lotte once he gains notoriety. So much for true love.  In “Young Goethe in Love,” we see Goethe as a glib young man, obsessed with his first romantic encounter and how the pain of that loss resulted in success. We like this guy. You want to hook up and party with him. It’s almost unimaginable that this feckless chap eventually spent half his life eking out one of the greatest works in German literature — “Faust.” — Pam Nadon


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‘Classics on Parade’ Suncoast Concert Band 3 p.m. at Payne Park Auditorium | Tickets $5. | Call 907-0935.

‘The Diversity of Play: Folk Toys, Dolls & Games from Around the World’ South Florida Museum 10 a.m. at South Florida Museum | Runs through Jan. 22. | Call 746-4131.

Les DaCosta Quartet 5 p.m. at Polo Grill and Bar Tickets $5 to $8. | Call 3661552.

Sarasota Orchestra Association presents Classical Conversations 10:30 a.m. at David Cohen Hall | Tickets $10. | Call 685-0425. Art After 5 5 to 8 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art | Tickets $5 to $10. | Call 3595700. Gallery Walk and Talk: Josef Albers’ ‘Color’ 6 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art | Tickets $5 to $10. | Call 359-5700. Watercolor and Wine 6 to 8 p.m. at Art School, Gift & Framing Gallery of Colleen Cassidy | Tickets $30. | Call 924-1200. ‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll!’ 8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre | Runs through March 25. Tickets $24 to $29. | Call 3669000. ‘Lobby Hero’ FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training 8 p.m. at Cook Theatre | Runs through Jan. 22. | Tickets $28. Call 351-8000. ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’ 8 p.m. at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre | Runs through Feb. 5. Tickets $43. | Call 366-5454.

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Friday, Jan. 6 Jazz at Two featuring Jim Wellen   Jazz Club of Sarasota 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Tickets $5 to $12. | Call 366-1552. Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza: The Show 6:30 p.m. at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre | Tickets $5. Call 366-5454.

‘Once in a Lifetime’ Asolo Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. at Mertz Theatre | Runs through Feb. 29. | Tickets $28 to $74. | Call 351-8000.

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The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s Celebration Concert 5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House | Tickets $35 to $75. | Call 955-4942. Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. Call 953-3434.

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Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. Call 953-3434.

Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 2:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. | Call 953-3434.

Recital Series ‘Sweet and Seductive’ Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater | Tickets $35 to $40. Call 360-7399.

Monday, Jan. 9 Monday Night Movies at the Ringling ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ 7 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater | Tickets $7. | Call 360-7399. GuitarSarasota International MiniConcert Meeting Series: Galestro-Smith Duo 7:30 p.m. at ArtCenter Sarasota | Call 362-2991. Mike Markaverich Trio 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Church | Tickets $10 to $15. Call 922-7595. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sarasota Concert Association Great Performers Series 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Art of Food: Mable’s Table 4:15 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tickets $70 to $85. | Call 3583180.

STILL PLAYING The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus runs through Jan. 6. ‘Next to Normal’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through Jan. 14. Call 366-9000. ‘Love, Sung in the Key of Aretha’ at the Westcoast Black Theatre runs through Jan. 16. Call 366-1505. ‘The Last Romance’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through Feb. 12. Call 366-9000. ‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll!’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through March 25. Call 366-9000. ‘The Diversity of Play: Folk Toys, Dolls & Games from Around the World’ at the South Florida Museum runs through Jan. 22. Call 746-4131. ‘Lobby Hero’ at Cook Theatre runs through Jan. 22. Call 351-8000. ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’ at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre runs through Feb. 5. Call 3665454.

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Chung-Yon Hong and Daniel Jordan were married this summer. The second marriage celebration took place in Santa Fe, N.M., where both play in the illustrious Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. A small

crowd of well-wishing friends from the Sarasota Orchestra who weren’t already performing at Santa Fe flew out to celebrate with the couple. “We party a lot with our colleagues,” Hong says. And, like most musicians, they love good food. So, who does the cooking in their household? “I do,” Hong says with authority. “I’m good with breakfasts and lunches, but CY does most of the dinners,” chimes in Jordan. In fact, his recipe for Jordan Family Cottage Cheese Pancakes has been in the family for at least three generations. Are their dinner parties musical? “We’ve had a few chamber music parties, but, even though our friends are mostly from the orchestra, when we get together, we like to eat,” Hong says. “I’m always looking for things to make for our friends.” And that’s how she came up with her recipe for Sweet Potato Croquettes. “Our friend, Laura Stephenson, who plays second clarinet with us, was telling us how much she loves sweet potatoes, so I thought when we were having her to dinner, I’d do something special for her,” she says. This recipe has a couple of Asian touches: Hong uses a wok to fry the croquettes and she uses panko bread crumbs. What music should you listen to while cooking these dishes? It’s obvious: “The Wedding March” from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (For a real thrill, listen to it in the Liszt/ Horowitz transcription.)


Jordan Family Cottage Cheese Pancakes Yields: 12 to 16 small pancakes

1/2 cup flour 6 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for griddle

INGREDIENTS 4 large eggs 1 cup (8 ounces) cottage cheese


Beat eggs in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add cottage cheese and whisk in flour. Add melted butter to mixture. Heat lightly-buttered pan (or individual pancake griddle) and drop rounded spoonfuls of batter. Flip when golden brown on one side. Remove to warm plates when done, and serve hot with syrup.

CY’s Sweet Potato Croquettes Yields: 16 to 20 croquettes, enough for 8 people

2 large eggs Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) Canola oil (should be enough for about one and a half inches in wok or frying pan) Salt, to taste White pepper, to taste

INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet potatoes (scrubbed but with skin still on) 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 cup peas (thawed frozen peas work best) 1 large sweet onion, chopped finely

DIRECTIONS • Boil the sweet potatoes, skins on, until tender. While cooking potatoes, whisk eggs until fluffy in a separate bowl. Pour enough panko crumbs onto a flat plate or paper towel. Put aside. • When tender, carefully remove potatoes from pot with slotted spoon and allow to cool enough to handle. Remove the skins. Mash the potatoes in a bowl. Add mayonnaise and whisk thoroughly. Add chopped onion and mix. Add thawed green peas and mix gently. With a teaspoon, mold the mixture into small ovals. Dip molded potato mixture into eggs. Coat evenly with the panko crumbs. • Heat oil on low/medium heat. (Test to see if the oil is hot enough by splashing a drop of water into oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready.) Carefully add croquettes to the wok or pan and fry until golden brown, turning once or twice to be sure all sides are evenly cooked. Remove croquettes when done, and place on a few layers of paper towels to drain. • Enjoy with soy sauce, mustard or ketchup.

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Daniel Jordan and Chung-Yon Hong may be newlyweds, but they’re hardly new faces to Sarasota Orchestra audiences. Jordan, the orchestra’s concertmaster, joined the ensemble in 1998, and Hong, “CY,” as she’s lovingly known, followed in the violin section just four years later. Their wedding took place this past summer — twice! The “official” one was in Chicago, with both families in attendance, and featured two ceremonies, one in Western dress, the other in Korean “hanboks,” an elegant style of clothing for men and women that features curved lines, brilliant colors and scads of material.


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Sarasota savors new supper option RECIPE

Chorizo Mashed   Potatoes Yield: 4 servings Start to finish: 30 minutes

2 pounds peeled potatoes and quartered 1/4 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon kosher salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 cup soft chorizo (Spanish sausage)

Directions Place the chorizo into a small pan and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly until slightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside. Simmer the potatoes until soft, place them together with the butter in the mixer at slow speed for about 30 seconds, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure that no big lumps are left on the bottom. Add the cream and mix for another minute until well combined. Add the cooked chorizo, salt and pepper and mix for few more seconds. Remove from the bowl and keep warm.

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 Hours: Breakfast/lunch 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday; dinner 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday food. Main dishes are classic, while side dishes and sauces make extensive and creative use of Latin ingredients. Filete Adobado is prime filet mignon with a smoked poblano chili demi glace accompanied by chorizo mashed potatoes and squash cazuela (casserole). Ancho-seared salmon is crusted with the mild pepper and served with a tuna tamalito (little tamale), a salad of radish and chayote (a Latin relative of the cucumber) and a cilantro crèma. Savory’s lobster ravioli is in a yellow tomato-achiote (a tropical fruit also known as annatto) cream. Mushroom risotto is made

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Jim Lampl, Claudia Johnson and Gino Calleja with shitake and oyster mushrooms and huitlacoche, the mushroom-like fungus that grows on corn. The familiar and the Latin coming together in a single dish is a consistent theme of the Savory @ Night menu. The restaurant’s approach to dessert is a trio of trios.

The idea is a little taste of everything for everyone at the table. “Grandma Favorites” is carrot cake, all about chocolate cake and tres leches (three milks) cake — all recipes from Johnson’s family. “Fun Tasties” is mango crème brulée, guava napoleon and hazelnut dacquoise. “Choco-Citrus” is opera torte, Key lime mousse and tiramisu. Dinner is served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, and reservations are accepted. From all appearances, Savory Street is going to be as successful at night as it is during the day. Left: Filete Adobado with smoked poblano demi, chorizo mashed potatoes and squash cazuela.

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It was October 2008 when I wrote my first Black Tie & Tales column, and I am going to take this opportunity to tell you just how much I have loved doing it and maybe get a few things off my chest. I get kidded a lot about getting paid to party. Trust me; it is work. That Nikon is heavy. When you have gone home to sleep, I have gone home to my computer, praying that I can read my own writing, that I correctly spelled all your names and that all systems are go so you can see your photos online as soon as possible. There is unarguably some frivolity in reporting on the social scene, but there is substance as well. I don’t think of myself as a “Gossip Girl,” though I loved reading what Bob Plunket once wrote under that headline. This beat as I defined it is the humaninterest side of philanthropy and its role is to energize the fundraising activities that provide muchneeded support for Sarasota charities. If it is legitimate work, this job has also been more fun than you can imagine, thanks in large part to the people I have met who are amazingly active and generous. There are the ladies who have chaired multiple events in a season: Myrna Band, Veronica Brady, Dottie Garner, Nikki Nilon, Chris

by Molly Schechter | Black Tie Editor

+ Turning the page Effective with next week’s Diversions, Loren Mayo will take the reins as Black Tie Editor. She has held several positions during her five years with The Observer Group, most recently community editor of the Sarasota Observer. Loren is as comfortable with multimedia as she is with newsprint; she is as pleasant to do business with as she is smart, savvy and stylish; and I know you are going to love reading her column. I Photos by Peter Acker am going to love reading her column! She is covering events starting with the Perlman & Pearls Celebration Concert and Gala this weekend. Going forward, photographer Peter Acker will be shooting for her on occasion. A tip: When you see Loren, check out her shoes. She has some of the best personal pedestals in town and wears them superbly.

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Pfahler (before she got a paying job), Mary Ann Robinson, Tana Sandefur and Sally Schule, who has done wonders for the image of Saks. And there is Margaret Wise, who is in a class by herself. There are women who have chaired an event year after year: Anne Folsom Smith for the Sarasota Orchestra, for example, Mary Kenealy-Barbetta for Catholic Charities and the team of Marilyn Naiditch and Naomi Wertheimer for Technion. The town continues to attract such folks: Peggy Abt, in town only two years, is chairing three events this season and serving on at least that many more committees; Beverly Bartner, even newer to Sarasota, has chaired many events for the Asolo Rep. Most heartening is the emerging younger generation of such committed individuals, including Susan Jones, Nikki Taylor, Kyla Weiner and the Observer’s own Emily Walsh Parry. In what other line of work would I have come in contact with the likes of Gerri Aaron, Beatrice Friedman, Bev Koski, Lee Peterson, Betty Schoenbaum and Ulla Searing, grandes dames all? What about the hybrid donor/ volunteers who do so much of the work? Jewel Ash and Carolyn Michel, the girls who can’t say no, top that list. Lest I be accused of chauvinism, it has been a joy to associate with creative, commit-

+ Looking forward I am not disappearing, just appearing less. As I have told many of you, I want to get up one morning, have a cup of coffee and go back to bed! I will continue as food editor writing the weekly

ted guys such as Warren Coville and Harry Leopold. Those lists make no pretense of being complete, so please don’t fuss. The Black Tie section does not, I am happy to say, get many complaints. The one we hear most often is that we run the same peoples’ photos too often. We try not to do that, but when you look at the extensive activity of folks such as these, you will understand how it sometimes happens. If there is a cohort that deserves more visibility I call it the stalwarts … the folks who dress up and show up night after night to benefit the organizations they care about. Among my personal favorites are Jorgen and Gudrun Graugaard who support many different performing-arts organizations. In parting, a word of thanks to the people who helped me learn this job. It was Marjorie North who told me that success would have more to do with what I did not write than what I did write. And in the beginning, Emily showed up at my house one Sunday, plopped a Mac down on the desk of a committed PC user, walked me few a through things and breezed out saying, “It’ll be just fine.” Thanks to all of you, it has been wonderful, and I can borrow a line from Moss Hart and “exit laughing.”

“Edibles” feature and as the fitness writer with the monthly “Aerobic Grandma” column in the Longboat Observer, which begins its 16th year with the column in this issue. Wow! I will be a contributing editor for Black Tie and help Loren with column input and whatever she asks of me.


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Because Sarasota’s social and charitable scene is jam-packed every week with fun parties and soirees benefiting notable causes, BT has compiled an abbreviated 2012 Black Tie social calendar featuring 12 don’t-miss events that we’re looking forward to this year. >> SEE MORE 2012 EVENTS / PAGES 12 and 13. Sunshine from Darkness Gala Honoring Patrick Kennedy

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

When: Lectures take place from January through March Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall The Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series, now in its 30th year, has brought in world leaders, artists, journalists, entertainers, authors, political figures and more to speak before thousands of Sarasotans. This year’s series kicks off Jan. 7 with the by-invitation-only platinum dinner and lecture featuring Tina Brown, one of the most widely known magazine editors in the world. Brown is the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and currently serves as editor in chief of The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Other speakers in the se-

For the past 15 years, Sunshine from Darkness has not only raised more than $5 million for mentalhealth research, but it has also honored numerous notable people with the Luminary Award, such as Dorothy Hamill, Patty Duke, Joe Pantoliano, Art Buchwald and Mike Wallace for their work in stopping the stigma of mental illness. This year, Sunshine from Darkness will honor former congressman Patrick Kennedy for his work as the author and sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The gala is the culmination of an entire day of events, following Sunshine from Darkness’ Journey to Wellness symposium that will

ries include former First Lady Laura Bush (Jan. 11); Harvard ecnomics professor Roland Fryer (Feb. 1); four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Feb. 13); “Freakonomics” and “Superfreakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt (March 5); and 30year journalist and FOX News show host Bill O’Reilly (March 21). This year’s Town Hall Lecture Series chairwoman is Kristine Nickel. Tickets are $200 to $600. Call 925-1343 for information.

focus on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Drawing from its subject matter and this year’s Luminary, the evening will be full of patriotic elegance featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous feast by The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota culinary team. A special performance by the Sarasota Military Academy will be a highlight of the evening in addition to numerous honorable military veterans and notables in attendance. Finally, guests will dance the night away to Scott Blum & Friends — this band had many on their feet all night last year. The black-tie optional evening is chaired by Lee Peterson and Emily Walsh Parry. Tickets are $250 and available by calling 308-MIND or by visiting its website:

Left: Peter and Connie Woodruff at the 2011 Sunshine from Darkness Gala.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women and Medicine Luncheon When: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Where: Sarasota Yacht Club

Co-Chairwoman Kitty Cranor, special guest Cherie Blair and Co-Chairwoman Kathleen Weiner at last year’s Town Hall Platinum Dinner.

The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is presenting an inaugural event detailing new frontiers in medicine — “Women and Medicine — Envisioning New Frontiers” luncheon. The panel discussion on neurodegen-

erative disease features Dr. James Schumacher, with the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Dr. Ole Isacson, with Harvard Medical School; and Penelope Hallett, Ph.D., from Cambridge, England. The event is chaired by

Ann Charters, SMH Foundation President and CEO Alex Quarles and foundation board Chairwoman Margaret Wise. Tickets are $50 per person. For information, call 917-1286.

Palm Ball ‘An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil’ When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Bay Preserve at Osprey If you’ve seen this year’s invitation to the Palm Ball, with its charcoal shadows and smoky glows set on a jet black background, then you know it’s probably going to be a slightly spooky evening. The fifth annual Palm Ball, themed “An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil,” is chaired by Ariane Dart, Pauline Joerger, Amie Swan, Margaret Wise and honorary Chairwoman Cornelia Matson. Proceeds from the outdoor event benefit the critical land-conservation initiatives on our bays, beaches and barrier islands. Tickets are $350. Call 918-2100.

Anita and Sidney Holec with Honorary Chairwoman Cornelia Matson at last year’s Palm Ball.

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Couture in the Courtyard

Cooking for Wishes

When: 11 a.m. Monday, March 12 Where: South Florida Museum

When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 Where: Michael’s On East You may just want to take the entire day off from work, because for the first time, there will be an exclusive Cooking for Wishes “after-party” at Michael’s Wine Cellar. The second interactive luncheon, cochaired by Terri Klauber and Denise Mei, has the goal of raising $63,000 this year — enough to grant about nine wishes. The fourcourse luncheon features tables of eight and a live auction that includes a wish auction. The event has raised $59,000 to date. Tickets are $150. Call 952-9474. Right: Michelle Butler and Susan Jones at Cooking for Wishes 2011.

Corinthian Gala ‘Supper Club & Speakeasy’ When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Bathtubs filled with gin. Cigarette girls. Police officers. The Corinthian Gala — an event that happens only once every three years — is going all-out this year. The evening, which benefits the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation, begins with cocktails and piano music in the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The party will first move into the ballroom, staged as the “Peacock Supper Club” during dinner, which afterward will be transformed into the Corinthian Club Speakeasy. The transformation effect will be pulled off through fabulous lighting and furniture reflecting the time period. Tickets are $350. Call 917-1286.

A Madcap Evening ‘Animal Crackers’ When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Where: Senior Friendship Centers This year’s "Madcap Evening" will be a truly “ducky” party. For the third consecutive year, Harold Ronson will chair the event. Honorary cochairs are Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert and Harry and Victoria Leopold. The party will feature great moments from Groucho Marx’s famous TV series, “You Bet Your Life,” and famous movie characters such as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush and Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding. Singers from the Sarasota Opera will return to add beauty to all the levity, and, as always, there will be a few surprises in store. Dinner will be presented by Phil Mancini, of Michael's On East. Tickets are $150. Call 556-3205. Above: Andi Munzer and Jan Feidelman at last year’s Madcap Evening.

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Alexandra Albrecht, Kameron Partridge, Debbie Partridge and Maureen Fasoil at the 2011 Couture in the Courtyard fashion show.

An Epicurean delight in the heart of the Theatre & Arts District

Sunday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 p.m. “Sweet & Seductive” TRIO CON BRIO – COPENHAGEN Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; Jens Elvekjaer, piano HAYDN Trio in G Major “Gypsy” MENDELSSOHN Trio in C minor ARENSKY Trio in D minor

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. “Legendary Broadway” LEE ROY REAMS, song & dance man ALEX RYBECK, piano The New York Times hails him as “Broadways song-anddance man nonpareil” for his leading roles in 42nd Street, Hello Dolly! The Producers, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast...just to name a few.


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Celebration Luncheon When: 10:30 a.m. boutique shopping; 11:30 a.m. luncheon Tuesday, March 20 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota You had better tune in to the 24th annual Celebration Luncheon presented by Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, because it promises to inform, educate and entertain while focusing on the theme “media literacy.” With six powerhouse co-chairwomen, including Louise Bruderle, of West Coast Woman; Kelley Lavin, of Gulfshore Media; Lisl Liang, of SRQ Magazine; Diane McFarlin, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Julie Milton, of Scene Magazine; and Lisa Walsh, of the Observer Group; the event is sure to send out strong messages about the current status of the media and its impact on girls. This year’s She Knows Where She's Going Award winners are strong, smart and bold — Flori Roberts and Pamela Truitt. The Donna Brace Ogilvie Board of Trustees Award will also be given to Susan Jones, of JCI Chemical Inc., and the Jones Family Foundation. The Girl of the Year Award will be presented to 13-yearold Shayla Brown. Call 366-6646, Ext. 211 for information.

Leslie Juron, Jay Price and Patty Bettle at the 2011 Girls Inc. Celebration luncheon.

Tom and Kristy Cail at last year’s Celebration Gala.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Michael’s On East We’ll meet you at the Tropicana! The Children First Celebration Gala has become so popular over the past few years that the sellout event has moved from the Sarasota Yacht Club to a new location — Michael’s On East. Last year’s aquatic-themed event was a complete hit with guests and so was the auction, which included a trip to Costa Rica. This year’s theme is “Meet Me at the Tropicana.” The event is chaired by Mindy and Wayne Rollins, Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert, Jo and Stan Rustein and Drs. Heidi Anderson and Paul Brannan. Proceeds from the event fund the daily services provided to 600 children from 12 locations in Sarasota County. This is the organization’s largest event of the year. Tickets are $200. Call 953-3877, Ext. 124. Right: Brad Hogreve and Jeanne Medawar at last year’s gala.

Men Who Cook When: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15 Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort Harbourside Dining Room Will John Currie bring back his Mexican lasagna for another go at this year’s Men Who Cook dinner? Will any of these chefs convince someone else to prepare their dish? You’ll just have to wait until April to find out! Nearly 25 of Sarasota’s leading men will showcase their favorite recipes at the second extravaganza, featuring food, food and more food. Each chef will prepare 20 portions of his signature dish and also have his recipe featured in the Men Who Cook cookbook. And, just like last year when Scott Greer raised more than $3,000 selling cakes, the event will feature an old-fashioned cake auction, plus a parade of chefs, live music and Men Who Cook memorabilia. Co-chairing the event are Beverly Bartner, Molly Schechter and Margaret Wise. Tickets are $150. Call 351-9010, Ext. 4712.

Gulf Coast Cheese Fest: The Cheese Ball When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Fête Ballroom The crème de la crème of the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest events, the first official Cheese Ball will be held in the Château de Fromage, otherwise known as the Fête Ballroom at the Polo Grill. Dress camera ready and be ready to “c’est cheese” for the paparazzi while you float between the fabulous food stations and elegant passed hors d’ oeuvres and twirl to lavish entertainment. The event benefits G.WIZ—The Science Museum. Tickets are $100. Call 309-4949.

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Temple Beth Israel Gala Benefiting: Temple Beth Israel When: 5 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chair: Dr. O. David Solomon Contact: 383-3428 Price: $190

7 ‘Perlman and Pearls’ Gala Benefiting: The Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Barbara Brizdle and Debbie Haspel Contact: Clarke Dvoskin, 350-2338 Price: $500

27 Circus Sarasota Gala ‘Year of the Dragon’ Benefiting: Circus Sarasota When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Under the Big Top Contact: 3559335 Price: $175

 Liz Barzell, Fran Lambert and Debbie Haspel at The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s “Perlman and Pearls” Gala in January 2011.  Simon Mumme, Paula Clemow and Ricardo Graziano at last year’s On Pointe Luncheon.

10 On Pointe Luncheon Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Yvonne Sultan Contact: Sandra Timpson, 366-5406 AFMDA event featuring Frida Ghitis Benefiting: American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Gila Meriwether, 320-9297 Price: $75

14 Sunshine From Darkness Gala Benefiting: Sunshine From Darkness When: 6 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chair: Lee Peterson and Emily Walsh Parry Contact: Marlene Hauck, 504-6717 Price: $250

18 30th Anniversary of Women in Power Benefiting: National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Jan Segal, 617-642-3394 Price: $65 20 Women and Medicine Luncheon Benefiting: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chairs: Ann Charters, Alex Quarles and Margaret Wise Contact: Lisa Intagliata, 917-1286 Price: $50 21 Starry Night Dinner, highlighting ‘Yentl’ Benefiting: Asolo Repertory Theatre When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Home of Chris and Aimee

Cogan Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson and Margaret Wise Contact: Laura Wood, 351-9010, Ext. 4712 Price: $250 Red Hot Event Benefiting: Suncoast Communities Blood Bank When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Gisele Pintchuck, 954-1600, Ext. 1032 Price: $125 Beertopia Benefiting: Junior League of Manatee County When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Chairs: Diana Rutland and Jacquelyn Weed Contact: Kim Murawski, 748-0101 Price: $50

29 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival: The Grand Tasting Hosted by: SarasotaManatee Originals Benefiting: American Red Cross When: Noon Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art courtyard Contact: 955-3663 Price: $75

 Monica and Michael Klotz at the Forks and Corks: The Grand Tasting event in 2011.

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16 Scramble for SPARCC Ladies Golf

Tournament Benefiting: Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center When: 11:30 a.m. Where: The Oaks Country Club Chairs: Florence Jensen and Cerita Purmort Contact: Jessica Hays, 365-0208, Ext. 106 Price: $150

28 Catholic Charities Ball Benefiting: Catholic Charities of Sarasota and Manatee Counties When: 6 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chairs: Mary KenealyBarbetta, Julie Delaney, Bridgett Spiess and Linda Whitacre Contact: Jeanette Wozniak, 355-4680, Ext. 311 Price: $250







Sunrises, sunsets, 80-degree weather and a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift card.

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This Week Only INTERNATIONAL COIN COLLECTORS are in Sarasota & Longboat Key! Paying Cash for all Coins and anything Gold or Silver!

International Coin Collectors Association ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If your’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit

Here’s How It Works: • Gather items of interest from your attic, safe deposit box, garage, basement, etc. There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring • No appointment necessary • You get 100% of the offer with no hidden fees


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Longboat Observer 01.04.11  

Longboat Observer 01.04.11