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Thursday, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

candidate forum

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Brenner lays cards on the table at forum Vice Mayor David Brenner wouldn’t bet on a millage increase. And a recent reference to casinos? He says it’s not in the cards.

+ Elusive screech owl is a hoot For years, a screech owl has lived in the backyard of Martin and Deborah Brookses’ residence. Martin Brooks finally managed to capture it on film!

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+ Tea to Tequila goes Cuban

The Tea to Tequila book club met Feb. 15, with an incredible 37-person turnout at Marcia and David Gutridge’s home. This month’s book was “Waiting for Snow in Havana” by Carlos Eire about life in Havana before and after Fidel Castro. Three guests spoke about their own personal experiences on this subject matter, including Longboater Carol Siegler and book club member Maria Losey. They ended the night with a Cuban dinner and movie.

+ Putterman tells his real age It’s not a lie when Sol Putterman tells people he’s really 21 years old — not 88. On Feb. 29, he will be celebrating his “22nd” birthday. He was born on Feb. 29 and is a Leap Year baby.

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Vice Mayor David Brenner gives his final remarks to a crowd of more than 50 people Tuesday. A 2012-13 fiscal year mill- ski were invited to the foage increase? Not likely. rum, however, Rajewski deCasinos on Longboat Key? clined, telling the Longboat No way. Observer that, “If it was just And could the Longboat the newspaper, I probably Key Town Commission would accept” and said vote to discontinue that he has “a problem The Colony Beach & with PIC’s agenda.” DISTRICT 3 Tennis Resort’s tour- COMMISSION The forum came ism continuance? exactly one month It’s a possibility. before Brenner and These were a few of Rajewski will face off the issues Longboat Key in the March 20 election Vice Mayor David Brenner and included the followdiscussed Monday, Feb. 20, ing questions from PIC, the at a District 3 Candidate Fo- Longboat Observer and the rum co-hosted by the Long- audience: boat Key Public Interest Committee and the LongHow do you propose makboat Observer. Both Brenner ing a decision on cellular and challenger Ray Rajew- and wireless coverage for


Longboat Key? That decision will be based on the findings of the consulting firm (TE Connectivity Networks Inc., which is currently conducting a Key-wide wireless communication study). What we’ve learned over the past three years is that town staff didn’t have the expertise available to fully study the issue. The technology is changing all the time. TE Connectivity is going to come back with some recommendations, and we’re going to give the findings a lot of credence.


growing pains by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Residents seek voice in Arts Center future The Arts Center has a plan that could bring in a larger audience. But some Village residents feel ignored in their own backyards. In its 2010-11 season, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, attracted 2,932 people to its programs, which included lectures, workshops, concerts, openings, classes and more. But despite the revenue generated from programs, along with memberships, the numbers don’t add up for the Arts Center, according to Executive Director Jane Buckman. The Ringling College has been the Arts Center’s primary source of support since a 2007 merger, Buckman said at a Feb. 16 neighborhood meeting. “That can’t be sustained,” Buckman told a crowd of approximately 25 residents. “We need to create programming that will allow us to support ourselves, but we also want to be good neighbors.” The Ringling College has a plan for the Arts Center’s future that would culminate in the 2016 completion of a new two-story building that could be used for flexible retreat space. “The idea is having workshops where artists could come in and provide various types of programs within a cultural framework,” Buckman said. “That could give us the opportunity to have people not only from Florida … but what could be a national, or even international audience.” But several residents of the Longbeach Village, where the Arts Center is located, said that they wanted a stronger voice


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Arts Center Executive Director Jane Buckman spoke about the need for the Ringling College division to become financially viable.

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BRENNER / FROM PAGE 1A What’s your position on placing a 150foot cellular tower on the Longboat Island Chapel property? If that’s the only way we’re going to do to improve coverage, then I think we’ve got to give it some serious consideration. But I don’t think we’re going to find that that’s the only way. I’m a layman on this, but about two years ago Verizon laid down some fiber-optic cables. Secondly, on Bradenton Beach, they’re exploring the idea of a tower on the new marine station … my guess is, once you start to fill in some of these patches, it will help. The Longboat Key municipal pension plans, although strategic, seem to have slipped through some crevices and are now facing a crisis. What will you be looking at and planning to come to terms with this crisis? I’m not sure it’s a crisis. It will be a crisis if we don’t do anything. We have undertaken a series of executive sessions to understand what the problem is. Of the three municipal plans, two — police and firefighters — will be subject to collective bargaining. It is my hope that by the end of the year we will have at least met with the firefighters for an agreement or understanding of where we want to go. But we need to recognize that whatever the solution is, it will cost us all some money. Would you support a $26 million or $27 million bond issue to eliminate the town’s unfunded pension liabilities and convert from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan for town employees? I think one of the things that will influence us is what’s going on in the markets. With interest rates being so low, some people would say a bond issuance would be the way to go. What is your response to your opponent’s recent comment that you want “to pave the way for more expansive develop-


ment, more tourists and — casinos?” He seems to think I live someplace else. For those of you who don’t know, I live on Longboat Key. The casinos comment came because I was on the board of Claridge Atlantic City and at one point was its chairman. A casino made sense in Atlantic City … A casino on this Key anywhere doesn’t make sense. It would change our way of life. What is your vision of beach renourishment and maintaining our beaches? Beach management has been a sore spot with me for quite a while. I first got involved with town affairs because at The Islander Club, where I live, there was enormous erosion. To keep dumping sand there was futile; it needed a permanent fix. Now we have two groins there. The real resistance came from the beachengineering firm. You need multiple opinions. No two scientists will agree on what’s making the sand shift. I think the direction we’re going of three firms (that will have contracts with the town) is good because you’ll have three firms that know that they don’t have a blank check. What is your position on issuing bonds for a new community center? I think a referendum is probable. But there should be a second source of funding and that should be a substantial contribution base. I don’t think the community center should be run by the town. As commerce director in Philadelphia, I invited a private firm to take over the management of a civic center. Within a year, they turned a loss into a profit and attracted all sorts of entertainment (including Frank Sinatra, who gave a concert there.) The owners and operators of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Longboat Key Education Center are concerned about the effects of a new community center on their facilities. How do you reconcile their existence juxtaposed against

a new community center facility? I think this is an opportunity so that they can get the best of what they have to offer and the best that a community center has to offer. Make it a collaboration, not a competition. What do you see as the best ways the Planning and Zoning Board can facilitate the Town Commission’s decisions. Do you see any revising of the process? P&Z is the starting point for many of the things that come through to the Town Commission. They make a recommendation, and then we have a first reading and second reading. There is an element of repetition, but they get into a lot of the nuts and bolts that we don’t usually get into. It’s a protective device. It’s not a perfect device, but I’m not sure there’s any other better way. Knowing what you know about our interim town manager, where do you stand today on whether to continue searching for a permanent town manager or offering the position to the interim town manager? Based on his first 100 days, I would take what you’re saying and put it off to the side. He can’t walk on water, but he’s about as well organized as you can be. I would use the whole year and make the whole assessment on him. We have heard a few residents suggest the town use eminent domain to condemn and acquire the property where the old service station sits at the corner of Broadway and Gulf of Mexico Drive. What’s your position on that specifically? I am reluctant to use eminent domain unless we’re really desperate. Once we use eminent domain it’s ours. We’ve heard from developers that one of the biggest expenses is removing the pumps. I would only use eminent domain as a last, last resort. Some people said that the Town Com-

mission changed the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s expansionand-redevelopment plan. What is your response? I don’t view it as a change in the game, but better defining what the rules are. Non-residential uses are really very unclear. Using Whitney Beach Plaza as an example, the last thing a developer needs is to not understand what the rules are. Property values may drop one more time. This would require more budget cuts — against the backdrop of town employees continuing to go without raises in recent years. What would be your expectations for how the town manager deals with that? We didn’t increase the millage last year, and I think it’s safe to say we won’t increase the millage for the budget coming up. Slowly but surely we’re becoming more efficient. I don’t think $1,000 bonuses (given last December to full-time town employees as a one-time payment that did not increase base salaries) are going to happen again. You’ve got to be nimble and see what’s going on and how things are changing. But I don’t think it’s going to be coming out of town employees’ hydes. The commission voted last year to extend a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement. If the parties don’t show progress, are there steps the commission should take? I hope all of them will find out that there’s a better solution than giving all of their money to their lawyers. I am prepared to pull the plug in December. Have any of you looked at the Colony property lately? This is the Longboat Key executive in me talking, but it’s a disaster for Longboat Key. Would you be willing to relax the sign code in any way? I think the sign code works pretty well. I’d leave it alone.


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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Larson raises contract questions Commissioner Lynn Larson raised questions about whether Town Manager David Bullock’s contract gives him sufficient independence. Commissioner Lynn Larson raised two questions at a Thursday, Feb. 16 workshop discussion of Town Manager David Bullock’s first quarterly review: Is the town manager’s contract in compliance with the town’s charter? And does the town manager’s contract give him the degree of independence he needs to do his job — and, if necessary, make difficult decisions? The town’s charter states: “The town manager may be removed from office upon the affirmative vote of five (5) members of the town commission.” During the term of Bullock’s contract, a five-commissioner vote is needed to terminate the agreement. However, a provision in Bullock’s contract, which extends through Sept. 15, states that the contract will automatically extend for one year unless a majority of the commissioners decided otherwise — meaning it would take four commissioners to vote not to renew Bullock’s contract. Town Attorney David Persson wrote in a Feb. 21 letter that he believes the contract does comply with the town’s charter. “These provisions accomplish different goals,” Persson wrote. “The decision not to extend the contract does not terminate the town manager, but it does, however, provide a final date for his contract. If during the term of the contract, the Town Commission wishes to terminate the manager, it needs five (5) votes under both the charter and the current contract. Because the majority vote provision does not apply to terminating the manager during the term of the contract, there is no conflict between the method of allowing the contract to end and Article III, Section 2 of the Town Charter regarding termination of the town manager.” But Persson wrote that just because the contract is legal doesn’t mean it’s the best policy. He wrote: “Legality of the contract does not address the other portion of your question concerning independence of the town manager, nor does it address the policy questions to be considered in a contract in


KEY SURVEILLANCE by Robin Hartill | City Editor

License cameras moving slowly toward Key Two years after Police Chief Al Hogle first began researching the camera systems, the town continues to move forward with the plan.

Town Manager Dave Bullock’s contract is set to expire Sept. 15. order to secure that independence. “A traditional fixed-term, multiple-year contract would remove the issue of whether non extension of the manager’s contract should be by majority or super majority vote. My observation is that Mr. Bullock faces challenges within the town that will take several years to complete. The desirability of a fixed-term, multiple-year contract would be an interesting discussion by the Town Commission assuming that the commission continues to be satisfied with Mr. Bullock’s services.” Larson said that she believes the commission should enter into a longer-term contract with Bullock that would require five votes for dismissal. “There’s a lot of issues that the town is facing,” she said. “There’s a lot of issues that he is involved with and he may have to make some unpopular decisions as a town manager. It should not be a popularity contest.” But other commissioners contacted by the Longboat Observer indicated that the discussion was premature. Commissioner Hal Lenobel, who had

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not read Persson’s letter Tuesday afternoon, said he didn’t see any need to change the contract at the moment. Commissioner Pat Zunz said that more discussion was needed. “This is an issue that we would need to discuss in a public meeting the pros and cons of,” she said. Vice Mayor David Brenner had not yet reviewed Persson’s letter Tuesday afternoon; Commissioner Jack Duncan did not return a phone call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment. Mayor Jim Brown didn’t seem worried about the current contract. “The only reason I would be concerned is that we’ve found a good guy and want to give him an incentive to stay,” he said. But Brown said that he believes that both a town-manager evaluation and contract review should be done annually by the commission. “I approach every job the same,” Bullock said. “I understand who I work for, and in this position, you’re called upon to make a variety of decisions. That contract will not compromise that in any way.”

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Cell tower at top of Comp Plan concerns The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board voted to hold off on making recommendations for proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments until it can learn more about the findings of a wireless-communications study. A proposed cellular tower was the 150foot elephant in the room at the Tuesday, Feb. 21 Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board meeting. The town currently doesn’t have a completed cell-tower application on file, Town Planner Steve Schield confirmed to the board at its Tuesday, Feb. 21 meeting. But the word “tower” — one word of a sentence proposed for a Comprehensive Plan that currently totals more than 200 pages — was the focus of much of the meeting. The amendment to Policy 1.1.10 to the town’s Comprehensive Plan states: “Height restrictions for each category shall not apply to antennae, enclosed mechanical equipment areas, chimneys, house of worship spires or towers, but the town land-development regulations shall limit their height.” Attorney Charlie Bailey, who represents Grand Mariner owners Ralph and Sheri Trine, who oppose the proposed tower, echoed the argument he made in November, when the Longboat Key Town Commission voted to transmit changes to its Comprehensive Plan to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. He said that the town should hold off on making the changes until the consulting firm TE Connectivity Inc. could complete its


Down to the wire(less) As part of its wireless communications study, TE Connectivity Inc. will gather feedback at two public meetings scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. wireless-communications study, which will likely occur in April. “To make this change now would be premature and, perhaps, conflict with the recommendations of TE Connectivity,” Bailey said. The proposed changes wouldn’t eliminate height restrictions on the structures listed, but, instead, would limit them through the town’s land-use regulations instead of its Comprehensive Plan. But Bailey argued that those regulations must be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and that the P&Z Board should wait until it has the data and analysis needed to make changes. P&Z Board Chairwoman B.J. Webb made a motion to continue the discussion of proposed Comprehensive Plan

amendments at its March 27 meeting. But several board members worried that the board was holding off on taking action because of minor concerns about language. “All we’re trying to do is determine the intent of the future land-use policy,” board member Leonard Garner said. “I don’t see any point in not moving forward.” The motion passed 5-4. But some board members had concerns that they still wouldn’t have the information they need to make decisions about the Comprehensive Plan by the next meeting. They agreed that they would submit questions to Schield to transmit to TE Connectivity over the next week. To observers of the Comprehensive Plan process, the scene at the P&Z Board meeting may have seemed like déjà vu all over again. That’s because the Comprehensive Plan changes discussed required the P&Z Board make recommendations, which go to the Town Commission for two public hearings, which are then transmitted to various state and local agencies, which then forward their suggestions. The amendments then head back to P&Z for another round of recommendations before going back to the commission, which adopts them after two hearings.

The license-plate recognition cameras, if installed, will capture information on license plates entering the Key in approximately 250 milliseconds. The process of putting those cameras in place, however, takes much longer. The town will issue a request for proposals this week, according to Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, who first discussed the idea at a Longboat Key Town Commission workshop in February 2010. But Hogle is still determining where the cameras will be placed and plans to lobby the Florida Department of Transportation to place the cameras on its rights of way. The ideal location for the cameras would be on an overhang on Gulf of Mexico Drive on each end of the island, Hogle said. But in an Oct. 30 email to town officials, FDOT stated that the only law-enforcement cameras permitted in its rights of way are red-light and toll-violation cameras. “In the absence of specific legislative authorization, permits for other types of camera systems, such as license-plate readers and surveillance cameras that are used by law enforcement, are not allowed within the FDOT right of way,” the email states. “Additionally, no permits will be issued to use FDOT rights of way for the purpose of connecting cables from license plate readers and surveillance camera equipment located outside the right of way, into FDOT traffic controllers, cabinets, or signals.” Hogle hasn’t found any communities in his research for which FDOT has made exceptions to its policies on such camera systems. Placing the cameras on poles on the side of the road is possible but would make it more difficult for the cameras to capture information. Hogle, however, has studied other communities where licenseplate cameras are used without access to FDOT rights of way. He visited Lighthouse Point, in Broward County, which has 20 cameras in operation along side streets. The proposed system would take a picture of the rear quarter of each passing vehicle, capturing images of license plates, but not drivers, of vehicles entering and leaving the island and send the data immediately to the Florida Crime Information Center, which would notify the department if any of the images taken contained information about a stolen vehicle or relating to a wanted or missing person alert. Hogle believes the system would benefit the Key. “If there’s a lost or missing person or a crime takes place, we would be able to identify that person,” Hogle said. “I think it would increase safety to the community.”

Camera closeup According to a January 2011 memo from Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, the license-plate recognition camera system uses optical character recognition to read license plates on vehicles and takes a picture of the license plate. The information is then run through a current database provided by the Florida Crime Information Center and Federal Crime Information Center. The database would be maintained as evidence by the Longboat Key Police Department and made available only for criminal investigations.

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+ Colony interests to give status update

Stakeholders in The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort will give a status update to the Longboat Key Town Commission March 5. The status update was a condition the commission set in May when it extended a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement for the Colony to Dec. 31. 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 they were built on the property before town code limited tourism units to six per acre. Town Manager David Bullock recommended in a Feb. 9 letter that the parties make a coordinated presentation and asked that the parties submit any documentation they plan to use to the town by Feb. 28.


The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Quick-n-Easy opens at old 7-Eleven site” (Feb. 13) 2. “Key’s future at center of race” (Feb. 15) 3. “Appeals Court grants oral arguments to town” (Feb. 17) 4. “Businesses stock up for Publix closure” (Feb. 15) 5. “Advisory Council gets creative for future” (Feb. 15)

in its appeal of a writ of certiorari issued by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in the challenge of the Town Commission’s approval of a development order for the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s proposed $400 million Islandside renovation-and-expansion project. Town Attorney David Persson told the commission at its workshop that the Islandside Property Owners Coalition, which is challenging the project, will have to produce a response this week.

+ Bullock recommends three engineering firms

of the town’s departments. The information is updated several times a week and is provided through the “Budget Live” program. The town will hold informational meetings to educate the public about using the tool.

The town will move forward to enter into contracts with the coastal-engineering firms of Olsen Associates Inc., Tetra Tech/Coastal Tech, a joint venture, and Coastal Planning & Engineering (CP&E), after the Longboat Key Town Commission reached consensus at its Thursday, Feb. 16 workshop at the recommendation of Town Manager David Bullock. Bullock said that having three contracts would allow the town to determine work accommodations by qualification and price while remaining in compliance with the state’s Consultants

Meetings agendas


 Police Officers’ Pension meeting — 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22  General Employees’ Pension meeting — 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22  Firefighters’ Pension meeting — 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22  Town Commission regular meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, March 5  Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8

Competitive Negotiation Act. Commissioner Jack Duncan dissented, citing concerns with CP&E, the town’s long-term coastal engineering firm.


+ Budget module now available

A new module that allows users to track the town’s budget is now available at Users can track expenditures in 39 categories and each

+ Appeals court grants town oral arguments

The Second District Court of Appeals has granted oral arguments to the town

+ Correction

Marty Rappaport suggested that two Business Improvement District board members sharing ownership of one or more properties within the district cannot serve on the board.

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Retiring deputy chief Town to determine leaves big boots to fill scope of code work Longboat Key Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Skip Falcone is retiring after 31 years as a firefighter. The former teacher has continued helping to educate others.

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Deputy Chief Skip Falcone worked as a health teacher before becoming a firefighter more than 30 years ago. many of Longboat Key’s firefighter/paramedics and lieutenants. Altman said that although he and Falcone work opposite shifts, he has always been able to count on him and recalled a major fire that occurred three years ago. Falcone wasn’t working that day, but Altman called him and he was on scene in minutes. Dezzi said that Falcone’s background as a teacher shows in his work. “If he sees that he can show someone how to do something better, that’s what he does,” Dezzi said. “He’ll tell you he’s a natural educator. I think former chiefs saw that in him.”


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Longboat Key Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Skip Falcone sums up his feelings about his upcoming retirement in a single word: “melancholy.” Falcone, who will retire March 2, thinks of firefighting as a brotherhood, one that he’s been part of for more than 30 years and one that requires its members to do things that go against common sense — such as run toward a burning building or bleeding person. For 19 of those years, he’s been part of Longboat Key Fire Rescue, living and working 24 hours every third day alongside his fellow Longboat Key firefighters. “I’m most proud of the people I work with out here — their dedication and their loyalty, not just to me, but to the organization,” Falcone said. “He’ll be a tough one to replace,” Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi said. “We’ve got some big boots to fill.” Falcone never planned to become a firefighter. He and his wife, Karen, moved in 1980 to Florida, where both became teachers. Falcone was teaching highschool health when a friend suggested that he become a firefighter. He spent 12 years as a Bradenton firefighter before joining the Longboat Key department in February 1993. According to Deputy Chief Matt Altman, who has worked with Falcone for 17 years, Falcone brought a wealth of experience from Bradenton and has trained

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Candidate Fitzgerald: Can he teach and run? New College professor Keith Fitzgerald’s candidacy for Congress has raised questions among administrators and trustees about his ability to maintain his teaching duties. Keith Fitzgerald is a full-time, cal without pay … This would have tenured professor of political sci- been the best course of action for ence at New College of Florida in New College and Keith’s students.” Sarasota. He is also running for But Bob Johnson, chairman of Congress, which is generally ac- the New College Board of Trustcepted as a full-time job as well. ees and a former Republican state The combination has caused senator, said there is nothing the some New College trustcollege can do, and it is ees to question whether a no-win for it to try to Fitzgerald should retain force anything. his full-time state job and “Keith Fitzgerald has salary while running a tenure,” Johnson said. campaign for national of“He has a union agreefice — particularly as Gov. ment. As long as he does Rick Scott has urged uninot inject his campaign versities to be more careinto the college, I’m not ful and accountable with concerned about the their financial resources quality of his work,” Keith Fitzgerald and student outcomes. Johnson said. “I’ve talked So Fitzgerald is discussto Keith. He’s pledged a ing with college administrators the positive campaign.” possibility of reducing his teaching State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Brarole in the fall semester, or even go denton, holds a similar view. so far as to choose teaching or the “My personal feeling is that campaign, at least for the duration teaching college is not really a fullof the campaign. time job anyway,” Bennett said. “Professor Fitzgerald’s … deci- “But he’s entitled to (run). I wish sion to curtail some of his teaching more people would run for office.” obligations and run for a seat in the But state Rep. Ray Pilon, R-SaraU.S. Congress is a disappointment sota, sees it differently. Pilon deto me,” said New College Trustee feated Fitzgerald in 2010 to win the John Saputo in a written state- House seat he now holds and quesment. “Running for U.S. Congress tioned at the time how Fitzgerald is a demanding, distracting and could be a paid state legislator and time-consuming task. I was hop- full-time state college professor at ing that when Keith decided to run the same time. for political office ‘again’ that he “When he was in the Legislature would take a six-month sabbati- being paid, he was also being paid

by New College,” Pilon said. Further, Pilon also was a state employee as the director of communications for the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. During his first session last year, Pilon took an unpaid administrative leave from his state job because he could not do both at once. He has since resigned from the state job and is an independent consultant. “I did not get paid for two state jobs,” he said. Fitzgerald, a Democrat who is paid an annual salary of $70,077 at New College, declined to be interviewed, but issued the following statement: “Keith Fitzgerald, Ph.D, continues teaching in the Political Science Department at the New College of Florida as he has since 1994. In addition to his course load, he maintains regular office hours, assists colleagues and consults with his advisees.” Fitzgerald, during his time in the Legislature, had students go to Tallahassee for some part of the nineweek session when he had to be there full time, having them write papers on what they saw. He did not have formal class sessions for those months. Some of the concern about Fitzgerald’s duties has been prompted by an Oct. 11, 2011, let-

LEGISLATURE CONSIDERS BAN This is not the 55-year-old Keith Fitzgerald’s first foray into politics. In 2005, he won the Florida House District 69 seat by beating Republican Laura Benson 51% to 49%. He won one re-election before losing to Ray Pilon in 2010. That arrangement also required altered treatment by New College for Fitzgerald because the Legislature meets full-time for nine weeks in the spring each year. Provost Miles said that Fitzgerald took a 25% reduction in duties and pay during the spring semesters while he was in the Legislature. Then in the summer, he was given a temporary administrative appointment assisting the provost (not Miles at the time) with curricular planning. In one year, the summer work allowed him to maintain his full-time salary, in another year it did not, Miles said. This type of situation — and others that appeared to be quid pro quos — prompted the Legislature to look at banning university employees from being legislators.

A Senate ethics bill doing that recently passed the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections on a 7-6 vote. The bill bars lawmakers from taking positions with universities within two years of leaving the Legislature. The bill is in response to several years of news stories on legislators and their state college jobs. The most controversial stories were on Rep. Ray Sansom, a Destin Republican who helped funnel millions of dollars to Northwest Florida State College and then left the Legislature to work for the college. The bill is sponsored by Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, who thinks having lawmakers on the payroll of colleges creates the perception of a conflict of interest because the Legislature funds the colleges. “It’s been the subject of a lot of concern,” Thrasher said during the subcommittee meeting. Members of the Legislature are already prohibited from lobbying lawmakers for two years after leaving the Legislature. The bill does not affect Fitzgerald’s run for Congress.

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ter to all state university and college presidents, in which Gov. Scott requested a list of measurements to determine how well professors are teaching, students are learning and young people find employment in their field. “I want Floridians to have the opportunity to obtain the best education for which Florida taxpayers are willing to pay,” Scott wrote to the universities and colleges. “I have always believed the only way to ensure increasing levels of performance is by measuring outcomes using objective, data-driven criteria in a fully transparent environment.” The letter is part of the governor’s drive to improve state universities and ensure accountability. Saputo said he thinks Fitzgerald’s decision to keep teaching while running for Congress is counter to the governor’s goals. Fitzgerald, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, is not the only college teacher who is, or has been, in the Legislature. Rep. John Tobia, R-Melbourne, is a professor at Valencia Community College. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, is a professor at Tallahassee Community College. And Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, is an instructor at the University of Florida. Haridopolis was, for a few months last year, in the same situation as Fitzgerald now. The Merritt Island Republican was hired in 2010 by the University of Florida to be a general education lecturer. After starting his Senate campaign, he dropped out of the race last June so he could focus on being Senate president. “I truly believed I could handle both jobs. But I was wrong,” he said in a video announcing the end of his campaign. But as long as Fitzgerald can show up to teach his classes and any other duties, he must be allowed to keep his position and salary under his union contract. Professors at New College and Florida’s other 10 universities are unionized, represented by the United Faculty of Florida, which is part of the American Federation of Teachers under the AFL-CIO. Sarah Hernandez, head of the New College chapter of United Faculty, was adamant that neither Fitzgerald nor any-

one else should get special treatment. “The union would object to any special deal for individuals,” said Hernandez, a professor of sociology at New College. But she added that the union is there to protect Fitzgerald’s rights under the contract. Under the union contract, Fitzgerald must teach his two courses and any tutorials each semester to retain his full salary. As long as he does that, he is free for other pursuits. New College administrators are looking for a way to make sure students get appropriate attention while allowing Fitzgerald the freedom to pursue Congress in accordance with his union contract. “We expect him to fully discharge his duties,” said Steve Miles, New College provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It will be a great amount of work for him.” Miles has been in discussions with Fitzgerald and said the professor is continuing his normal teaching courses in the spring semester, is off for the summer as normal and then may cut his teaching in half for the fall semester running up to the November election. That fall reduction would include some sort of reduction in salary also. But Fitzgerald is not just a unionized state employee, he is a tenured college professor. “Tenure’s importance is that you will not lose your job unless you do something so outrageous it does not warrant continuing your employment,” Hernandez said. Tenure, she said, is designed to protect free speech for professors. Plus, the union contract allows for professors to take time off for other pursuits. For instance, every six years, professors are given six months of paid leave called research assignments, or sabbaticals, to pursue some study in their field. As a political science professor, Fitzgerald could consider his work in Congress — or perhaps even running for Congress — as research for political science. He has not said he will do that. Miles said that while Fitzgerald’s tenured position would have to be renewed every two years if he is in Congress, it could be renewed continually. While he would be in Congress, New College would hire a temporary replacement professor to teach those courses until Fitzgerald returned.

ARTS CENTER / FROM PAGE 1A in the Arts Center’s future. They expressed disappointment that no Village residents were appointed to the Arts Center’s new Advisory Council and decried the fact that the Longbeach Village Association hasn’t been able to hold its monthly meetings in the Arts Center since the merger. At one point in the meeting, Buckman said that Arts Center memberships were about half what they once were, with many residents expressing dissatisfaction with the Ringling merger — a fact that Village resident Corinne Ragheb cited when she shared her thoughts on the Arts Center. “It’s very telling that you only have about half the membership that you used to have,” she said. “Before you sink money into this, perhaps you should try to get some of that friendliness back that you used to have.” But Christine Meeker Lange, Ringling special assistant to the president for media and community relations, pointed out that it was the Arts Center that first approached the Ringling College about the merger. She compared the relationship between the organizations to that of a couple in which both individuals have children from a prior marriage and need time to blend their worlds. “I would ask you to be patient with us and let’s start dating because we have to start somewhere,” Lange said. Longbeach Village Association Past President/Acting President Michael Drake urged other attendees to remember that the plan is now only conceptual. But he warned Ringling officials that the second story of the building was the “elephant in the room.” “I think that’s gonna be your biggest pushback,” he said. Another Village resident worried about the parking for the plan and said that cars were parked throughout his street during the most recent


Room for retreat? What exactly does the Ringling College mean by “retreat space”? Arts Center Executive Director Jane Buckman said that the term is still being “loosely defined” but could bring 15 to 20 people for master workshops that could run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. anywhere from one to five days. The retreat space would not have sleeping arrangements but Buckman said that the Arts Center could work with hotels by arranging for block reservations.

Arts Center event. The plan calls for reducing parking to 61 spaces from its current 65, with bicycle racks added to offset the lost spaces. Toward the end of the meeting, Ringling officials agreed that the Arts Center would host the Village Association’s March 7 meeting and share further plans with residents. The Ringling College will likely submit plans to the Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department in March in which it will seek an amendment and extension of its existing site plan, which the Longboat Key Town Commission approved in 2003, four years before the Ringling College and the Arts Center merged. The plan was later amended in 2009, extending the deadlines for the issuance of a building permit for plans to June 30, 2012, and for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy to June 30, 2013.

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Who will bomb Iran? In the normal swirl of the days in our little bitty slice of the world, it’s easy to become engrossed in such grave concerns as the harsh brightness of the new landscaping lights on St. Armands Circle; whether dogs should be allowed on Longboat Key’s beach (we heard a few dog owners are planning a 100 Mutt March on Town Hall); if Longboat Key should tax teachers at the Longboat Key Education Center; or where Longboaters will get their groceries while Publix is closed for remodeling. It’s natural to be myopic and live in our own little worlds. Thankfully, there are people on Longboat Key with broader perspectives. People like Longboat resident Lois Stulberg and the American Jewish Committee. They sponsored the visit last week to Longboat Key of Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal. We wish Stephens would have had a national audience. His message was a foreboding combination of grave, scary and infuriating — a loud, ominous siren we wish all Americans would heed. Here’s the sound bite, in our translation: Before the presidential election in November, either Israel or the United States — most probably Israel — will bomb Iran. Another war is Bret Stephens inevitable. It’s all about whether Iran should have nuclear weapons. Stephens is adamant it should not. If Iran is bold and crazy enough to send terrorists to blow up a Washington, D.C., restaurant without possessing nuclear weapons, Stephens said, what will it do with them? If Iran’s leaders have no qualms about killing 100,000 of its own children in minefields in the 1980s, to think of “containment is ludicrous,” Stephen said. Said Stephens: “We should be very alarmed that Iran will cross the nuclear finish line.” To listen to Stephens describe the volatile portrait that exists in the Middle East is to feel the intense passion that makes him one of this country’s most cogent, connected and knowledgeable observers of the Middle East. As former editor of the Jerusalem Post, he has seen and lived that world firsthand. Even from his office in New York, he spends his work days talking to Middle East leaders, business executives and scholars at the highest levels. He travels the region frequently. If you heard him at the AJC’s Lunch and Learn event Feb. 15 at the Longboat Key Club, you had to walk away rattled by his analysis of what’s ahead for our country and the world over the next nine months. To begin with, Stephens noted, while major news-media organizations heralded with joy the “Arab Spring,” it was much more of a cold, dark, Arab winter. From Tunisia to Libya to Egypt — all struck with revolutions — the anti-West, fundamentalist Islamic Brotherhood has taken control. There are no democracies and freedom. Those countries remain cauldrons of instability and sympathetic to the “wipe-outIsrael” mantra of Iran.


Commonsense prevails. Susan Goldfarb, executive director and owner of the Longboat Key Education Center, informed us that Longboat Key Interim Town Manager David Bullock agreed that taxing Goldfarb’s instructors as businesses was … well, how shall we put it … absurd. As Goldfarb told us, Bullock made the issue go away. Forever, we hope. Woo-hoo. Progress on Longboat Key.

On top of this, with the United States’ military withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, the message and perception throughout the world, especially among the radical Islamicists, is the United States is in retreat. We are perceived as weakening and in decline. Worse, we’re viewed as untrustworthy. Stephens says our longtime allies don’t know if they can count on us. More gloom: The Obama administration has been extraordinarily naïve. Trying to talk with and imposing sanctions on Iran have done nothing — except give Iran more time to develop its nuclear capabilities.. So we are fast approaching checkmate: the decision to destroy those nuclear capabilities. Stephens argues they must be destroyed. If not, the alternative is a scary, scary proposition. Nuclear weapons in Iran will mean nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East — in Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and on and on. And it will spread while Europe continues to decline economically. For Stephens and other Mideast watchers, the unanswered question is this: Who will bomb Iran — the U.S. or Israel? As Stephens sees it, the “day after” is worse if it is Israel. Stephens says the militant Hezbollah in Lebanon has 200,000 missiles aimed at Israel. It will launch them, triggering what Stephens said could be a second 1967 Six-Day War or a more protracted 1973 Yom Kippur War (19 days). This could get bloody, messy and complicated. Unknown is how all of Iran’s sympathetic sovereigns will respond, including Russia. And how will the United States respond? Stephens argues a better scenario is for the United States to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. The U.S. has far more might and power than Israel, and the ayatollahs know it. The Iranians would be far less likely to retaliate immediately in a full-scale response because they know they could be wiped out. But here’s the biggest question of all: Will Barack Obama order the strike? Stephens doesn’t believe he has the will. Come summer, we’ll have far more concerns than where to buy groceries or the brightness of the lights on St. Armands Circle.

+ Speaking of the Circle …

The nature of news is to focus on the unusual and extraordinary. And as we all have learned in this modern media era, that usually means the bizarre begets the biggest headlines, or the badder the news

THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco

the bigger the story. But a lot of media outlets, including ours, have gotten the message: Celebrate the good. Here is one of those good-news stories: the St. Armands Business Improvement District. This is the special taxing district that St. Armands landowners created, via the Sarasota City Commission, to impose an extra tax on themselves to fund physical improvements around St. Armands Circle. It’s not a sexy story — full of dramatic heroism and feats. But it’s a story of Aesop’s famous race, “The Tortoise and the Hare” — slow and steady wins the race. You may have seen last week in the Longboat Observer the long list of the BID’s accomplishments over the past 10 years, the most noticeable, of course, being the most recent — the four lushly re-landscaped medians. It was also behind the installation of new street lights and 122 outdoor Bose speakers, new and repaired sidewalks, brick-paved crosswalks and the funding of a long-range master plan for the Circle. All of this may not seem like much, but if you think back 10, 12, 15 years ago, slowly and steadily a ragged-around-the-edges St. Armands Circle has been showing continued improvements. The BID was a smart idea, and its three board members — Marty Rappaport, clearly its champion, Michael Valentino and Gavin Meshad — should be recognized for their positive contributions. We know merchants feel they are ultimately responsible for providing the property-tax dollars to the BID via the merchants’ rental payments. But another way to view that is this: The landowners could eliminate their taxing district and divert that BID money to other uses than the Circle. With the BID, dollars are forced to flow back into the Circle. Everyone benefits — landowners, merchants, the city and surrounding property values. Clearly, it would behoove the landowners to extend the BID another 10 years. That is especially so because the work of the BID is not finished. There are two more crucial projects that need to be accomplished: • A parking garage, with public restrooms; • And, an extension of the new landscaping to create dramatic entrances to the Circle from Sarasota and Longboat Key. Knowing how the city of Sarasota operates, no one can expect instant miracles. But if the St. Armands Business Improvement District, St. Armands merchants and St. Armands residents continue in the vein they have over the past 10 years, to be sure, slow and steady will win the race.

+ Ahh, the market at work

When Longboaters heard their Publix Super Market would be closed during the summer, many fretted: Ugh, we’ll have to drive to Sarasota or Anna Maria. We took delight, however, reading on our front page last week how marketresponding entrepreneurism is already at work. Harry Christensen, Reed Savidge and Nazeela Rahman-Shaw — three independent Longboat Key retailers — are planning to fill the void. Capitalism at work: Selfish interests that will benefit us all.


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Now that’s a potential plan, at least the start of one. But I’m here to submit a bigger — complementary — idea. Let’s market Longboat Key for what it already is: a tennis mecca. Can you see it now? “Longboat Key, Florida’s Tennis Center.” “A Tennis Player’s Paradise.” Tennis players may not be as liberal with the bar tab as golfers or eat grouper in green Augusta blazers, but they are a respectable lot. We already have a regional tennis magazine, Totally Tennis. We have the $100,000 Sarasota Open, for pros, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort in May and we have superb tennis facilities. Our award-winning Longboat Key Public Tennis Center has 10 HarTru courts and plenty of court time and programs for visitors in the off-season. The Cedars has 10 more Har-Tru courts. They’re available for tourists who rent one of their townhouses on a weekly basis. The Longboat Key Club and Resort has its own USTA-honored Tennis Gardens, on whose 20 courts its hotel guests can and do play. The IMG Academies, only a 30-minute drive away in Bradenton, has ongoing adult tennis programs that’ll improve the game of any tourist. And let’s hope that one day soon the warring tribes will cease fire and halt the conversion of the Colony into the Baghdad of West

Coast Florida. That would free up redevelopment and dozens more tennis courts for tourist use. In times past, the Bollettieri Tennis Academy (now IMG) introduced many of us to Longboat Key by offering at the Colony reducedrate condo rooms for Bollettieri customers. Some of us liked Longboat so much we bought condos here. Marketing the Key as a tennis mecca would take money, marketing skill and the collaborative effort of the town (as owner of the public tennis center), the Key Club, Cedars, IMG, the chamber of commerce, the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, the mom-and-pop motels, the restaurants and the revitalization task force. The project may have to await the Colony’s resuscitation, but it could help incite the building of a boutique hotel. You’d market for the off-season when there’s more court availability. You’d create tennis packages of rooms, tennis and dining. You’d advertise in Tennis magazine, on the Tennis Channel and in tennis clubs around the eastern half of the United States. That’s my solution. Let the planning begin, so that we can insure that we keep Eric mixing mojitos behind the HayeLoft’s lovely bar on a year-round basis. Ed Adams is a resident of Longboat Key.

Dear Editor: It is sad to learn that smear tactics have been introduced into the Longboat Key Town Commission race. In his comments to the Longboat Observer, Ray Rajewski draws a ludicrous syllogism that because David Brenner was on the board of a casino operator and that because completely unrelated interests are interested in promoting casino legislation in Tallahassee, therefore A plus B must equal Q. In Mr. Rajewski’s bizarre thinking, casinos are around the corner in Longboat Key. “Don’t rule it out,” he says. By this logic, because Rajewski had a career in the broadcasting/communications industry and because communications interests are hoping to build a cell tower in Longboat, then we should be suspect of Rajewski’s ultimate plans as well. This is not the kind of discussion we should be having on Longboat Key and certainly not the manner of debate. Unfortunately, Mr. Rajewski elected not to participate in a face-to-face candidates forum, choosing to distribute nonsense, such as the above, as well as misstatements about Mr. Brenner’s role in commission matters.

Mr. Brenner was and is a calm, valuable, compromising and wise participant in commission business as opposed to Mr. Rajewski’s characterization of him as a single-minded agenda driver. How Mr. Rajewski would come to his conclusion is a mystery. If he was actually in attendance at the many, many public hearings in the Key Club matter, it must have been in a parallel universe to the ones the rest of us attended. Further, his attendance at commission meetings and workshops since announcing his candidacy can be measured in minutes. Mr. Brenner has a record and a vision. Mr. Rajewski, as measured by his current and past communications, has complaints. It would be good to know if there is more to his candidacy than nay-saying, but if he will only hide behind distortions and untruths rather than discuss the issues in an open forum, we will just have to judge him on what we have seen and read. You’re making it an easy choice, Mr. Rajewski. (Note: I am a supporter of David Brenner and a member of the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee Board of Directors. I have recused myself from any PIC decisions on candidates.) Terry Gans Longboat Key


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Solution: Make Longboat Key the world’s ‘tennis mecca’ I’m part of the problem, but I have a solution. What’s the problem? It’s people like me who inhabit Longboat Key three to four months per year and then motor north for the better part of the spring, summer and fall. That’s a problem, because when we’re gone, we aren’t swiping credit cards through the Key’s machines or occupying seats in its restaurants and salons. There just is not enough tourist business to take up the slack. When I told D’Arcy Arpke, coowner with her husband of Euphemia Haye, that their Haye Loft was my favorite place on the Key and that it’s jammed every time I’m there, she confessed that it’s hard to meet the payroll the months I’m gone. Since the teardown of the Holiday Inn and the demise of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, the tourist crowd has dwindled by tens of thousands. That’s business up and down the Key. When the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force chaired by George Spoll convened its charette Jan. 28, the assembled talked about the north end of the Key. Several consensuses emerged. One was that Whitney Plaza could use a boutique hotel backed up to the inlet behind the row of store fronts. The hotel could attract tourists and replace some of the lost business revenues.






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False alarm

Abandoned ship?

8:36 p.m. — 1500 block of GMD. Alarm. Police responded to a fire alarm caused by a malfunctioning fire sprinkler. Firefighters evaluated the damage to a condominium unit and common areas, which received a significant amount of water from the sprinkler.

8:57 a.m. — 6200 block of GMD. Boat. A church board member called police about a boat that has been tied up at the church’s dock since September. Police made contact with the boat’s new owner and asked him to call the board member to resolve the issue.

Feb. 10

Parking plea

10:50 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A couple reported that their neighbor followed them off the island and then drove by their home later that afternoon. The couple told police that they have received ongoing harassment from the neighbor.

Barking dog 10:57 a.m. — 500 block of Chipping Lane. Dog Nuisance. Police received a complaint about a barking dog but didn’t hear barking until they went behind the house. Police spoke to the tenant, who said that his dogs are generally quiet unless someone steps in the yard or other dogs walk in front of the residence.

Coward calls 2:13 p.m. — 3100 block of GMD. Neighbor Disturbance. A man said that he and his wife were walking down a street when a neighbor accused him of trespassing. The man denied trespassing and said that the neighbor replied, “You $#*! coward.” The man told the neighbor: “Watch your $#*! mouth.” The man told police that the neighbor believes his road is private, but current homeowner association rules allow him to travel on the road.

7:04 p.m. — 7100 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man reported that an unknown person asked to park at his residence in order to fish off a bridge. The man was concerned that the person could be in need of assistance, but by the time police arrived, the person had left.

Stranded boater 7:39 p.m. — 900 block of Spanish Drive North. Boat. Police contacted the U.S. Coast Guard after receiving a report of a disabled vehicle on a sandbar. Coast Guard officers reported that the boaters refused assistance because they wanted to remain on the boat until high tide or until another boat could tow the vessel.

Carted off 12:33 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Trespassing. A grocery store associate manager asked police to escort off the property an 81-yearold man he caught shoplifting but signed a waiver of prosecution.

7:57 p.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Harassing Phone Call. A woman agreed to sell her boat for $200 to a man, who then arranged to sell it to another man, who wanted the woman to complete title documents for the transaction. The woman then decided not to go through with the sale and told police that the man called her using profane language. Police contacted the man, who agreed to stop calling the woman and said he would take civil actions to resolve the dispute.

The price of not paying 8:25 a.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police checked the tag of a vehicle and found that its registered owner has a suspended driver’s license. The driver was the owner of the car and said that he knew he hadn’t paid a couple of tickets but didn’t know that his license was suspended. The driver had a Charlotte County warrant and was taken to Sarasota County Jail.

Feb. 14 Reckless driving Where’s the fire? 9:42 p.m. — 500 block of Putting Green Lane. Fire. Firefighters told police that a reported fire was most likely not an actual fire, but, rather, the result of residents turning on their heat and triggering their alarm.

Feb. 12 Code words 7:58 a.m. — 500 block of Dream Island Road. Code Enforcement. Police told a worker that the town’s codes prohibit construction on Sundays.

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3:19 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Dumping. A shopping-center owner asked police to closely patrol a part of his property where trash is frequently dumped illegally.

Feb. 13 Can you hear us now? 7:48 a.m. — 7100 block of La Lenaire Drive. Code Enforcement. A resident informed police of loud music coming from a Jewfish Key home. Police turned off the

10:48 a.m. — Intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Parkway. Reckless Driving. A woman reported that a black luxury sedan nearly struck her and her husband as they attempted to cross the street at a crosswalk.

Not-so-lucky number 11:54 a.m. — 2000 block of GMD. Fraud. An 88-year-old man told police that he sent in three payments of $200 each after receiving a fax at his Rhode Island home stating that he won the Mega Millions jackpot. After returning to his Longboat Key residence, the man began getting calls from a Jamaican man who told him to send additional money so that he could claim his winnings. The man sent an additional $1,500 in two separate transactions via Western Union. He received a letter and check from a Gary, Ind., couple for $8,000, but the check was declined. Police told the man not to send more money to Jamaica and to change his phone number.

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Thursday, Feb. 23 Networking at Noon — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Flemming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive. Have a long lunch spent networking with fellow businessmen and women hosted by the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $25 members; $30 non-members. Call 383-2466. Temple Open House — takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Temple Beth Israel is sponsoring a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception for those interested in learning more about the congregation. Free. Call 383-3428.

Sunday, Feb. 26 Kayak Trip at Bird Key/ South Lido — takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. around the bay at South Lido Park. The American Littoral Society, Southeast Region is hosting a kayak trip with all equipment supplied. Get an up-close experience with nature and have fun in the mangrove tunnels. Beginners welcome. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Call John Sarkozy 966-7308 for launch location and reservations.

Don’t miss Sunset Soiree and Silent Auction What: This event will feature wine, beer and food stations and a silent auction. The guest of honor will be Kevin Carroll, the man who developed Winter the dolphin’s tail and also legs for rescued birds at Save Our Seabirds. When: Takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 Where: Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway Cost: $35 Info: 388-3010, RSVP by Feb. 24. Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Vocalist and actor Bobbie Burrell will share the songs and stories of great jazz standards ranging from Rodgers and Hart to Cole Porter, Billie Holiday to Mae West. Cost is $15 members; $20 non-members. Call 383-8811 for more information.


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Tour of Kitchens — takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. in homes in Northwest Bradenton. Tour the kitchens of six Northwest Bradenton homes and taste some of participating chefs’ signature dishes, such as Euphemia Haye’s Chef Ray Arpke’s famous roast duckling with raspberry sauce and sage stuffing. Cost is $55. Call 751-7900, Ext. 2245 or visit TOK.pdf for tickets and information. Java, Jive and Jazz — takes place from 3 to 4:30, at The Longboat

Simple Supper — starts at 5:30 p.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This is the first monthly Sunday dinner with live entertainment. Cost is $5. Call 383-6491 to RSVP.

Monday, Feb. 27 Mote Lecture Series: Nick Whitney — starts at 7:30 p.m. at Immersion Cinema at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson

Parkway. Nick Whitney, Ph.D., with Mote’s Center for Shark Research, studies fine-scale movements of sharks using tags with motion sensing technology. Cost is $15 members; $12 non-members. Call 388-4441or register at www.mote. org/lecture. The Generational Force of an Ethical Will — starts at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 and Monday, March 5, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Rabbi Jonathan Katz will be leading a course on an ethical will, a document that seeks to transmit ethical values from one generation to the next. Free. Call 383-3428.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 Lenten Series: Suzanne Wernicke — takes place at 2 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Suzanne Wernicke, an RN, board certified case manager and certified guardian, will be talking about GPS care management. Free. Call 383-5259. David Leffel Artist Demonstration — starts at 5 p.m. at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. David Leffel is recognized internationally as a 21st-century old master and is the author of “An Artist Teaches.” He will give a demonstration in the Cultural Media Room. Cost is $15. Call 383-2345.

Thursday, March 1 ‘The Lonely Man of Faith’ — starts at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. This Miniversity session will feature the documentary, “The Lonely Man of Faith,” about Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, a legendary figure of modern Judaism. Free. Call 3833428.




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Dean Eisner devotes his time to education, business, recreation and the community.

Longboater Dean Eisner is a former Atlanta businessman who retired to Longboat Key at the ripe old age of 53. “Well, some people call it retired,” he says with a chuckle.

“I’m not working a nine-tofive anymore.” He is the former president and CEO of Manheim, a $3.8 billion leading automotive wholesale business. He now

does consulting work for other companies; he spends time with corporate boards, private equity firms and small businesses to help them plan for growth. He splits his time between “four buckets,” he says: business, community, recreation and education.


This retired businessman takes on a new job helping area students.

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act as a mentor, which will help them make their idea “business-viable.” “(The idea) will become sound enough, meaty enough and (they have put) enough thought into it to actually launch (their idea),” Eisner explains. Eventually he hopes to have offers from successful business people, who will help fund the students’ ideas. It was an idea spurred by a discussion called “Imagination Conversation” at Ringling. This type of encouraging mentorship is something his father did for him. “I don’t think I’d have as successful of a career without him,” Eisner says. “I think he would be proud I was helping others.” Eisner is the father of two children. His 21-year-old son, Matthew, attends Eisner’s alma mater, the University of Michigan, and is studying at the Ross Business School. And his daughter, Sarah, is turning 16. “I like helping kids, and I think college kids have formed where they want to go but don’t understand (how to get there),” he says. He hopes that this program will inspire a younger generation to become robust in the area and inspire a new voice in the community. “I believe in young people,” he says. “They are a critical part of the fabric of our community.” — Mallory Gnaegy



Although he’s lived here permanently for two years, he’s an active board member for upward of a half-dozen organizations in Atlanta and Detroit. He’s recently joined the board of Ringling College of Art and Design. For recreation, he sails, sees performing arts, plays golf and tennis, enjoys film and reading and likes to travel. Perhaps the most impressive “bucket” on his list is his selfless devotion to education. Not only does he give lectures on best business practices, but he works with students oneon-one at several universities around the country, such as University of Michigan, Georgia Tech and Ringling. “My hope is to give you a fishing pole, I’m not catching your fish for you,” he says. “(I plan) to open people’s minds, have them think for themselves and make introductions (they need).” Through these lectures and student meetings, he realized that they want to have their ideas developed. It was this realization that led him to beginning a new project. It isn’t the first program of its kind, but it would be the first in this area. It is just a concept at this point and is still in the early stages. Eisner will primarily focus on students at universities on the Gulf Coast, but it wouldn’t be limited to students. The project will take those with business ideas and set them up with a retired or active business executive to

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

Garden Club hosts annual home and garden tour HGTV has nothing on the Longboat Key Garden Club’s 36th annual Home and Garden Tour. On Saturday, March 3, tour-goers will see expertly decorated homes with unique furniture pieces, private art collections and stunning views. The variety of homes featured on this year’s tour range from a home so eye-catching that cars on Gulf of Mexico Drive surely slow to catch a glance; a charming fishingvillage home that produces a tranquil feeling upon entering; to an architecturally stunning ’60s-inspired home preserved to keep the charm of the era. Julie Trigg, former curator for the Sho Fu Bonsai collection at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will act as the Boutique de Maisons exhibitor and will present bonsai plants, techniques and tips at one of the homes. Also at each home, raffle tickets may be purchased to support scholarship and community projects. Look for a special section on each of the homes on the tour in the March 1 Longboat Observer.

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The kitchen of the Kepecz-Hays home.

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The Condrick home incorporates a peacock theme.

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IF YOU GO Longboat Key Garden Club’s 36th annual Home and Garden Tour When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Where: Longboat Key and Lido Shores; the Condrick home, the Trine home, the Bearden home, the Levine home, the Kepecz-Hays home and the Garvin home Cost: $20 donation Info: Call Jackie Salvino 383-1406 or Madelyn Spoll 383-4818

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Where to buy tickets: • Circle Books, St. Armands Circle, 478 John Ringling Blvd. • Davidson Drugs, 5124 Ocean Blvd. and 6595 Midnight Pass Road, on Siesta Key; 1281 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota • Design 2000, 6840 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Irene’s, 5308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach • LLSA Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Nosh-a-Rye, 23 Ave. of the Flowers • SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road • The UPS Store, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 150

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

Kiwanis Club members have a ball

Steve Branham, Susan Phillips and Phyllis and Jack Black

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New fiscal and monetary changes are occurring every day. With market interest rates at historic lows, how do you generate investment income?

Early Voting will take place at the Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles  Road, Longboat Key, FL for ALL Longboat Key registered voters. 

Come join us for a discussion of: • Dividends • Potential opportunities • Fixed income for rising income

March 10 through March 16, 2012  Saturday     9:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.  Sunday       9:00 a.m. ‐ 1:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday     9:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m. 

Tues., Mar. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Thur., Mar. 8, at 9:30 a.m.

The  following  schedule  has  been  established  regarding  the  Town  of  Longboat  Key  Canvassing Boards for the March 20, 2012 General Municipal Election.    

Location Robert W. Baird & Co. Two North Tamiami Trail, Suite 1200 Sarasota, Florida

LOCATION Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections   2001 Adams Lane   Sarasota, FL  DATES/EVENTS  February 29, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m. Logic &  Accuracy Test for Tabulating Equipment     March 19, 2012 @ 8:30 a.m. Canvassing of  Absentee Ballots    March 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm    Canvassing of Absentee Ballots     March 22, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.  Canvassing of  Provisional Ballots (if necessary)    March 26, 2012 @ 9:00 a.m. Manual Audit  

Jeff Tibbs, Vice President The Marrs Tibbs Group Jeff Tibbs, a former officer in the U.S. Navy, earned his B.S. from Georgia Tech and M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


To join us for this complimentary seminar, please contact Susan Kelly at 941-906-2839 or ©2012 Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Member SIPC. MC-34799.



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Income ideas in a 0% interest rate environment.

Seminar dates and times Tues., Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. Thur., Mar. 1, at 9:30 a.m.

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Helen March and Florence Begg

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verton thanked Kiwanis for the honor. The fundraiser for the Kiwanis Foundation, which grants scholarships and grants to local students and organizations, raised approximately $18,000 through raffle tickets sales. There was also a silent auction. Last year, the money went to 21 area scholarships and gave grants to local organizations.

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A red rose covered the table settings complete with red napkins, while the 42nd Street Band took the stage outfitted in black suits and red ties. The lights were dimmed and love was in the air on Valentine’s Day at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harborside Dining Room. But this wasn’t just a normal dinner/ dance – it was the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s Valentine’s Day Ball. During dinner, Sue Wolverton was honored as the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s Citizen of the Year. After a speech from Kiwanis President John Wild, Wol-

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Bird Key Yacht Club hosted many lovebirds Tuesday, Feb. 14, at its annual Valentine’s Day dinner/dance. Ann Weber played love songs on the piano during the cocktail hour, and Executive Chef Joseph Santagini and his crew presented a dinner enjoyed by candlelight. The Best of Times provided entertainment, and many of the club’s members enjoyed dancing with their sweethearts following dinner. Norm Weber with Jan and Blair McCracken Robert Gauthier and Jane Taylor join Bob and Ann LeClair on the clubhouse patio.

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Valentine’s Day at Twin Shores was celebrated with a dinner and dance at the clubhouse. Arrangements were made by Co-Chairwomen Jane Delande and Ann Dolan and a committee of residents. Before dinner, guests relaxed on the clubhouse patio. Music was provided by the Irish duo, Patsy and Magella. Decorations of red streamers and lacy hearts throughout the clubhouse set the mood for the evening.

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BKYC hosts switch from one ‘Bob’ to another It was a good year for Commodore Bob Baime, as he oversaw the remodeling of the Bird Key Yacht Club. As of Saturday, Feb. 18, new Commodore Bob Hunter has taken over the watch. A dinner and ceremony celebrated the outgoing and incoming officers and commodores. And, just like the tide, it’s out with the old and in with the new.

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The clubhouse at Grand Bay was packed full of people waiting to bid adieu to access guard Mel Wilson Friday, Feb. 17. Wilson is retiring after 10 years at Grand Bay. As soon as Wilson entered the room, he was bombarded by hugs and kisses from residents. “We’re just really going to miss him,” says Property Manager Bill Lutes. Whoever takes his spot will have some big shoes to fill.


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Bayport residents put their talents on display It’s apparent that there’s no shortage of craftiness at Bayport Beach and Tennis Club. That point was demonstrated by the paintings, photography, colorful jewelry,

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Shoppers rush to Angelic fashion show raises money for charity the Key for annual rummage sale All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church hosted its 17th annual fashion show, luncheon and card party Feb. 15, at Sarasota Yacht Club. The event drew about 140 people. The organizers raffled off prizes such as handmade jewelry, gift certificates and a gift basket from Dillard’s, which supplied the clothing and makeup for the event. The money raised benefits the All Angels Outreach Program, which donates 100% of its money to local charities.

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It’s that time of year again when people scramble to Stella Maris Activity Hall at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church for the Royal Rummage Sale. It’s a day when not only the parishioners rejoice, but bargain shoppers join in. The “early bird” preview sale takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. March 2, followed by the regular sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The preview sale is $5 and the regular sale is free. Last year, approximately 500 shoppers lined up for the pre-sale, and the sales total for that day exceeded $10,000. By the end of the sale, more than $25,000 was raised. It was the most successful sale the Women’s Guild has ever recorded. In addition to donating unsold items and goods, proceeds from the sale benefit organizations such as Catholic schools, Meals on Wheels, The Resurrection House and other charitable agencies as the Guild committee sees fit.

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Dr. Robert M. Bretches, of Bear Paw, N.C., and Longboat Key, died Feb. 13. He was 80. Dr. Bretches was a retired dentist and developer. He was a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry and practiced for many years in DeKalb County, Ga. He was also a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley B. Bretches; daughters Pamela Bretches Dimmitt, Amy Bretches and Gwen Bretches Worley; one granddaughter; and many friends, colleagues and extended family. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Atlanta. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 165 Hwy 64 W. Haysville, N.C. 28904 or Tidewell Hospice, 26th St. W., Bradenton, Fla., 34205.

Jeffrey T. Carleton

Jeffrey T. Carleton, of Sarasota, died Feb. 18. He was 53. Mr. Carleton was born Oct. 15, 1958, in Rockford, Ill., and moved to Sarasota shortly after college. He had a genuine passion for renovating houses, golfing, boating and especially for helping Carleton others. He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney Carleton, and his daughter, Anna.  He is survived by his mother, Doris Bushman, of Longboat Key; sister, Jodi Sittig; aunt, Carol Bunk; two

Evelyn F. Feldman

Evelyn F. Feldman, of Quincy, Mass., and Longboat Key, died Feb. 16. She was 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Feldman. She is survived by daughters Judy Tobman, Marjorie LeVie and Candy Gould; 11 grandchildren; and seven greatgrandchildren. Services were held Feb. 19, in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), 10400 Eaton Place, Fairfax, Va., 220330 or to Hadassah New England, 200 Reservoir St, Suite 103, Needham, Mass., 02194.

Edwin M. Wheeler

Edwin M. Wheeler, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key and Washington, D.C., died Feb. 18. He was 85. Mr. Wheeler was a veteran of the U.S. Army, with military experience from 1944 to 1952. He served as a second lieutenant from 1945 to 1947; first lieutenant from 1947 to 1952; and captain with honorable discharge until 1952. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law and was admitted Wheeler to the Kansas Bar in 1955. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosalie; sister, Suzanne Watt; sons Edwin and Christopher; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Interment will be in Marion, Kan., at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church or to St. Luke Hospital, in Marion, Kan. Toale Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie (Horton) Mathews

Marjorie (Horton) Mathews, of Longboat Key, died Feb. 9. She was 83. Ms. Mathews was born in 1928 in Quincy, Mass., graduated from North Quincy High School in 1945 and graduated from the Vesper George School of Art, in Boston, where she majored in commercial art. She and her husband, John F. Mathews Jr., moved in 1953 to Amherst, Mass., where they bought a store, which became Mathews Shoes.  She and her husband became property owners on Longboat Key in 1968 and for many years divided their time between their homes in Wilmington, Vt., and Longboat Key. In 2004, Mrs.

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WORSHIP SERVICES 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. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 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. 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. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Ash Wednesday services will be held at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 3831255. 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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Mathews moved back to Amherst to be closer to her children but still spent winters on Longboat Key. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by sister, Louise Ridge; daughter, Kathleen; sons, Michael and Edward; and three grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass., 01002.

nephews; and cherished dog, Sam. A memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota, Fla., 34236.


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Jean and Ron Schwied stand in their kitchen in front of a map of the route they will be taking. Their home is rented out, and they are ready to take off.

Setting Sail It will take approximately 10 months for the Schwieds to sail The Great Loop around the eastern U.S.

The longest sailing trip Ron and Jean Schwied took lasted for two weeks. But on March 4, they are setting sail for an approximately 6,200-mile circumnavigation of the eastern half of the United States — a trip that will take upward of 10 months. “I’m beginning to panic!” says Jean Schwied. Her husband assures her that what they are embarking on isn’t crazy. “We’ve been completing lists for our boat and home for months and have done planning for the trip for years,” he says confidently. And the retired couple certainly has plenty of sailing experience. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron members have both been sailing for approximately 40 years. And they are prepared: They have their home rented out, they have all the spare parts they will need; and they have set up wireless Internet onboard. The sailing adventure they will undertake is called The Great Loop, which hundreds of people have traveled before, and there are guide books and blogs full of tips from people who have completed their own trips. “He’s been talking about it for 20 years, but we’ve never been able to do it because of work,” Jean Schwied says.

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A map of The Great Loop shows the Schwieds’ route, which will take 10 months to complete.

It will take them about a year to sail because the boat will travel less than 10 miles per hour and the couple is planning to sightsee as much as possible. “(We’re) most looking forward to his-

torical sites along the way,” Ron Schwied says. They will dock up to spend time in Charleston, S.C., Annapolis, Md., the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, Cumberland Island, Ga., Chesapeake Bay and sailing the Hudson River near the base of the Statue of Liberty. They have some don’t-miss sites, but they are planning to travel based on word-of-mouth from the boating community. “(We’re also looking forward) to the camaraderie of other people doing the trip,” says Jean Schwied. “We will make friends and contacts in the boating community. It’s very tight-knit.” There is a group called America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, and the Schwieds will be passing through Norfolk, Va., in time to attend its annual meeting. They will cook onboard and even catch their own dinner once in a while. They have plenty of electronic and hard-copy of books and access to Netflix for entertainment. Jean is bringing watercolor supplies and hopes to teach herself to paint. But the couple will spend just about every day onboard together. “I’m pushing him off. He goes first!” Jean Schwied jokes about the possibility of getting sick of her husband. “Although he has the captain’s license.” They have family and friends planning to join them for a few days at a time along the way. And because the couple has six

BY THE NUMBERS 75 — percentage of time the sailboat will be under power (using motor).

6,200 — approximate miles of the

trip 7 — Average miles per hour the boat will be traveling 2 — times the sailboat’s mast must be un-stepped. It takes a crane to do this. 3 to 4 — times the couple will fly out throughout the year to see grandchildren and check on the house. 45 — average number of miles they will sail in a day

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grandchildren, they are planning to dock the boat and fly home once or twice to make sure they don’t miss too many swimming meets and gymnastics competitions. They will also use Skype and document their travels with a blog. They have no expected return date and are looking forward to playing it by ear. “It’s the journey; it’s not the destination,” says Ron Schwied. “It’s our bucket list.”


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Genevieve Simpson, of Albuquerque, N.M., sold her Unit 8-G condominium at Key Towers South, 1750 Benjamin Franklin Drive, to Richard and Kathryn Poulsen, of Watertown, N.Y., for $340,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,403 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $137,000 in 1992. This week’s residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 6 and Feb.10.

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Unit 23 at 7155 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for for $275,000.

Mexico Drive to Stephen and Lisa Knoop, Sarasota, for $220,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,150 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $187,000 in 1998.

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Lido Key Residents Association meets and greets at happy hour The Lido Key Residents Association took over the Lido Beach Resort Bar Thursday, Feb. 16,s for a sunset happy hour. The social time was spent laughing with friends, get-

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A couple of decades ago, something fell to the floor in a professional colleague’s office, and when I reached down to retrieve it, she said, “Well, at least one of us can still pick up something from the floor.” It’s true that as we age, we almost inevitably lose range of motion, just as we lose muscle mass. Similarly, there is a lot we can do to prevent that loss. It’s just that an awful lot of us don’t do it. Flexibility is the most underserved and even ignored aspect of fitness. We train for strength, for cardiovascular conditioning, for MOLLY a specific sport or outSCHECHTER door activity. But not many of us invest time and effort in protecting and enhancing range of motion. There are exercise modalities besides yoga that are especially good for range of motion but not a lot of them. Pilates immediately comes to mind. Another less well-known option is a system invented in the 1970s by Juliu Horvath, a Romanian dancer. Originally mat work known as Gyrokinesis®, there is now a version that includes various apparatus in which form it is called the Gyrotonic® Expansion System. It was brought to my attention by Lynn Hocker, well-known in the Sarasota area as a dancer and dance instructor. In my view, Gyrotonic is a fusion of bodywork and exercise. It is good for strength and coordination as well as flexibility. It features circular, continuous movements, designed to work with the body’s natural energy flow and, like yoga, seeks to balance body, breath and sensation. Spiraling movement is a hallmark; the photos describe it better than words can, and there are videos on the website ( The method is beloved of dancers and celebrities but has yet to gain a lot of traction in the fitness world. That’s too bad, because this work can have big benefits for regular folks, healthy or in a post-rehab phase. A question I always ask myself about any kind of exercise is, “For whom is this appropriate?” My answer for Gyrotonic turned out to be “anyone who is getting older.” Big market! You can experience Gyrotonic where Hocker discovered it, at the Pilates Body studio on Tuttle Avenue near Bahia Vista Street. Or you can study with Hocker in her Burns Court studio. Her decades of

Dancer and dancer instructor Lynn Hocker

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The Pilates Body & Gyrotonic Studio Joanne Hayashi

1071 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota 376-0088 teaching dance are a real asset. The Gyrotonic moves are simple but the more precisely you do them, the more you will benefit. And Hocker has long experience cuing people how to move their bodies. Hocker fell in love with Gyrotonic the first time she tried it and that is typical of her students. Either it feels good, you like it and you continue, or you don’t. That’s a good thing. One session is all it takes to determine if this is something you want to pursue, and one session a week is enough to derive the benefits of the practice. In many ways, Hocker is her own best advertisement. Yes, she is a dancer, but she has had her share of joint issues and remains lithe, limber and still dancing well into her 50s. Gyrotonic, it would appear, is a case where going around in circles is a good thing to do.

Molly Schechter is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a specialty in older adult fitness plus YogaFit Instructor Training, SCF Yoga Fundamentals and Power Pilates™ Mat Certifications. She teaches classes at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center and the Longboat Key Club. Email her at

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Grand Bay III - Beautiful Water Views Light and bright 3BR/3.5BA residence in Building 3 with nine foot ceilings, spacious floor plan and wrap around terraces for enjoying views of Sarasota Bay. $829,000

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

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Marina Bay - Gorgeous Bay Views Three bedroom, three and 1/2 bath apartment located in sought after building one with 3,382 square feet lives like a home with private elevator lobby. $1,085,000

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. $2,395,000

Sanctuary III - Beautiful Views South facing 4th floor apartment with 3BR plus den /2.5BA & wraparound terrace w/ views of Gulf and Golf Course. Incredible opportunity! $899,000

Sorrento Shores - Rancho del Sol Sprawling waterfront estate fully furnished on 1.24 acres and 224 feet of Sarasota Bay front! 5 BR/4.2 BA with separate 2 BR renovated historic guest house. Includes 350 foot deep water dock w/18,000 lb. lift. $2,495,000

Grand Bay-Bay, City, & Golf Course Views Sought-after south facing corner residence with 3BR/3 Full Baths, private elevator foyer, wraparound terrace, wood floors, stainless appliances, granite wet bar. $1,289,000

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

Ritz Tower Residences – Incredible Opportunity One of a kind 4th floor walk-down to amenity level with four bedrooms, 4 baths and 3,659 square feet of easy living space. Sought-after floor plan, marble floors, wood cabinetry and stainless appliances throughout. 2 valuable parking spaces incl. $1,595,000

Longboat Key – Boater’s Fantasy 3,435 SF home with 114 feet of DEEP water frontage! Extra large rooms, with living area on one level and tons of ground floor play space. Covered 45x20 slip and Jet Ski dock included. $869,000

Sanctuary II – One of a Kind! Direct Gulf front walk down with private plaza deck. View gives the feel of living on a Caribbean island. Largest 3BR with 3,115 sq. ft. Gulf/beach views from all rooms. Unique opportunity. $1,985,000

The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home exudes old world charm while offering today's modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,290,000

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6th floor new in '06 3/BR + study 4.5BA $2,150,000 CORAL COVE - Bay Front Beauty! NEW PRICE Mainland on 130' of Waterfront 5BR, Dock $3,195,000 RITZ TOWER - Downtown Sarasota #806 3BR/3BA 2,799 Sq. Ft. $1,448,000 LA BELLASARA - Golden Gate Point PENTHOUSE 4BR/5BA 5,585 Sq Ft $5,400,000 LONGBOAT KEY - Gulf Front Lot 293 x 114 Directly on the Gulf! $1,699,500



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Score of overall champions Evan and Jaclyn Fletcher and Marion and Irene Pye at the Couples Member/Guest 2012 Golf Tournament Friday, Feb. 17, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

Sherry Fideler has always been active. When she took an aerobics class with her sister, she realized it combined two of her favorite things — dance and aerobics. (Fideler had been a dancer since she was 3 years old.) After a while, the instructor asked if she wanted to become a teacher. It took her two seconds for her to say yes. She teaches strength training and tai chi at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, the Anna Maria Island Community Center and at the fitness center at the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. What got you into tai chi? (Ten years ago) my mother was getting older and I was concerned about her balance. I took her to a tai chi class, and she hated it — but I loved it! It’s wonderful and very gentle on your body. The strength you gain is great, and (it’s) a stress reliever. What’s your favorite aspect of teaching? My favorite part about teaching is helping my students to improve their own health and fitness. I give to them, and they give back to me. (I love) knowing that their quality of life has improved. It’s just to know I’m making a difference in their life and keeping the quality of their lives better for longer.

first time, you don’t want to lose them. But you also don’t want to lose the people who have already been taking the class (for months). Where is the most beautiful place you have practiced tai chi? When I was in Seattle visiting my brother, I found a quiet spot on Puget Sound. I was standing up on a huge hill, and it was completely covered with evergreens.


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What is the breakfast of champions? I have a cup of coffee, but I can’t eat a big breakfast when I teach classes because I can’t be bogged down. So I’ll eat a banana and some cereal or a granola bar.

Harlfinger’s 196 Beverly winning score for the high-scratch game for women for the Bird Key Yacht Club bowling league Tuesday, Feb. 14.


If you had any superhero power, what would you have? Since I was a child, I’ve wanted to flap my wings and fly. Skydiving was the closest I’ve gotten to it. But I’d want to fly.

What’s the most difficult part of teaching? Being able to work with a variety of fitness levels. If it’s someone’s


Alex and Marlene Lancaster’s score for couple’s party bridge Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Sarasota Yacht Club.

Doug Mampe’s score taking the men’s high-scratch game (and series at 522 points) for Sarasota Yacht Club Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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The score of the highest percentage game, played by Betty Tilton and Gail Sugar, Feb. 2 for the Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club at Bayfront Park Recreation Center.

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en PrOVenCe - Exquisitely furnished gulf front condo that feels like a private home on the beach. A3929322 $2,199,000

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VILLa DI LanCIa - Designer furnished 3BR condo w/staircase from your terrace to the pool & beach. A3950629 $1,575,000

BIrD KeY - 3BR garden home w/ pool in great condition and well maintained. A3954462 $575,000





SaraBanDe PenThOUSe - Come view this spacious 3 bedroom condo in the premier downtown bay front building. A3940572 $1,950,000

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ST. arManDS TOWerS PenThOUSe Experience the view from this sophisticated furnished 2550sf 3 BR Penthouse overlooking the Gulf. A3953612 $1,750,000

Magnificent subdivided parcel on LBK with 4 buildable lots, approximately 1.95+/- acres. $2,999,000 Purchase an individual lot w/plans to begin construction on a beautiful 4,000+ SF home. $2,895,000 Purchase the individual lot & build to suit. $700,000

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LBK BaYFrOnT eSTaTe LOT - 100’ frontage to build dream home w/deeded beach access. A3937319 $1,975,000


Car collector’s dream home with A/C garage to accommodate Enjoy amazing views of the Gulf, Bay, golf course and beyond in this 16+/- cars, 8,900+ sq. ft., overlooking the Bay on over half acre. 2,375 SF, 8th floor residence located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Sold Turnkey furnished. Endless possibilities await!

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Chamber members quench their networking thirsts The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosted a Thirsty Thursday happy hour Feb. 16, at the Lido Beach Resort bar. Members and guests rolled up their sleeves, loosened their ties and networked in the Sunset Terrace room overlooking Lido Beach. Left: Steve Boris and Christine Koch, both with Boost Studio

SEAPLACE - 2BR/2BA, furnished residence in popular Gulf front complex. $275,000


BIRD KEY - 3BR/3.5BA waterfront pool home PRIVATEER- 2BR/2BA, 8th floor home with views with dock on N. Warbler Lane $2,795,000 of the bay, downtown and Gulf. $449,000



PLAYERS CLUB - 2BR/2BA+Solarium furnished WINDING OAKS - 3BR/3BA home on golf course. HARBOUR CIRCLE - 2BR+Den/2.5BA open Gulf front home with flair! $799,000 BEST LOCATION IN THE COMMUNITY. $699,000 plan villa. Offered furnished. $399,000



TIFFANY PLAZA - 2BR/2BA furnished and AQUARIUS CLUB - 2BR/2BA, 5th floor residence tastefully updated Gulf front retreat. $579,000 with partial gulf & bay views. $549,000



VIZCAYA Furnished 2BR/2.5BA Gulf front home, FAIRWAY BAY - 3BR/3BA oversized 1st floor private elevator,2-car garage. $1,895,000 residence with private walk down. $599,000


ISLANDER CLUB -STUNNING! Remodeled 2BR/2BA, 10th Fl. condo. Must See! $499,000


SLEEPY LAGOON -2BR/2BA Bayfront home on end lot with direct water views. $1,195,000


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$102,500 on LongboAt Key? Where else will you find a 1BR/1BA with a gulf view for this price? At Twin Shores, that’s where! Here’s your Longboat Key getaway cottage with a sailboat water marina with no bridges to the Intracoastal and deeded private beach access in a very friendly 55+ community. Bayfront clubhouse and patio overlooking the marina and Buttonwood Harbour/Sarasota Bay w/ planned activities including shuffleboard court, additional parking space may be available for rent, and on-site laundry facilities.

MARINA BAY - 1st floor 3BR/3BA, 3,300 SF INN ON THE BEACH - Two Club Suites - #2202 BAY ISLES HARBOR SECTION 4BR/4.5BA home with 160’ of water frontage & additional dock and condominium directly adjacent to Longboat Gulf front for $439,000 and #5103 Golf Course $799,000 view for $239,000 . Plus, double unit w/lockout lift for up to 32’ boat. $1,495,000 Key Moorings. with great income potential for $1,025,000.




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FAIRWAY BAY - 3BR/3BA condominium with oversized garage and 3 terraces. $479,000

FAIRWAY BAY - 2BR/2.5BA 2-story condo- REGENT PLACE - Direct Gulf front 3BR/3.5BA minium with boat dock. $399,000 upper floor home with over 3,500 sf. $2,795,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 3BR/3BA Canal front CLUB LONGBOAT - Furnished 3BR/2BA tennis THE BAYOU Spacious 3BR+ Den/3.5BA canal home w/large caged lanai & pool $799,000 player’s haven on the Gulf! $424,500 home with 80’ dock and 25,000 lb lift. $1,499,000






QUEENS HARBOUR - Over 4,500 sq. ft. 4BR plus Den/3.5BA pool home w/Bay views. $2,150,000

335 Arthur Dr St Armands St Armands Circle & Lido Beach are blocks away from this 2/2 with oversized lot with room for a pool. $520,000

101 Ben Franklin Dr #91 & #22 St Armands Towers South Full Gulf views, walk to St Armands Circle & Lido Beach, pet friendly #91-$668,800 #22-$395,000

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1336 Ben Franklin #1F Mark Twain Directly on Lido Beach with full Gulf views and enjoy year round sunsets from the ground floor unit. $649,000

LIDO BEACH CLUB - 2BR/2BA, 4th floor condo- LIDO BEACH CLUB - Furnished 2BR/2BA, 10th minium with partial Gulf views. floor home with Gulf and city views. $649,000 Two offered: $497,000 and $510,000

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games | bridge bites By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League

A practice finesse The humble finesse is the first thing we learn, and we also learn that some finesses win, some lose. Later, we learn that some finesses are purely for practice and serve no useful purpose. Here is a case in point. West’s 2NT was the “unusual notrump,” showing both minors, and North eventually plunged (some would say recklessly) into slam. West leads a Club; your job is to make 12 tricks.

A Diamond loser is unavoidable, so you must guess the whereabouts of the Q♥ if this slam is to make. And, then, there is the small matter of the Club suit. Do you take the finesse? Surprisingly, it’s not necessary! We’ve already determined that you need to bring in the Hearts, and if that is the case then the fourth round of Hearts can be used to pitch the Club loser. OK, you hop up with the

A♣ and draw trumps, ending on the board. Who has the Q♥? Surely East! West’s bidding showed both minors (usually 5-5) and later he played three Spades. That doesn’t leave room for many Hearts! So, Declarer runs the J (hearts) around, and West predictably shows out. Another Heart finesse, the A♥ is cashed, over to the A♦, then the Club loser goes on the K♥, which makes 12 tricks, losing just a Diamond. Getting the Heart suit right did not require rocket

science. Realizing that the Club finesse was not needed? Not so obvious. The winning train of thought was: I must lose a Diamond … so I cannot lose a Heart … if I don’t lose a Heart, then I can park the losing Club on the fourth round of Hearts. Visit for more about the game of bridge or email Contact Brian Howard, owner/director of the Bridge Center of Bradenton, at 7958981.


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PANAMA CANAL. Residents at Spanish Main Yacht Club recently took a 10-day cruise together to the Panama Canal on the Holland America Zuiderdam. The residents take an annual cruise together, and we bet gathering the group together for a photo each time is now smooth sailing.

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short stories: DO A LITTLE DREAMIN’ DOWNTOWN W/DIRECT BAY VIEWS! 3-4Br/3Ba/2CG w/pvt elevator, detailed & high ceil, crown molding, marble, builtins, gas fp, granite, imported cabinets, MBa w/jetted tub & bidet, state-of-theart sys, 2 balconies in secure bldg w/ amenities! MLS#A3943537 $1,375,000

Gated boating community just across the street from the beach. Deeded boat slip. Build your dream cruise pad all for $183,632– lot only. Jerry Cunningham $ 183,632 #A3950841

FURN W/PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS! Downtown/2-3Br/2Ba/1CG w/faux & artisan finishes, crown moldings, wood cabinets, ceramic tile, granite, plantation shutters, walk-in closets, open-air balcony & pvt laundry in secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3929596 $450,000


Completely remodeled in neutral tones. Furnished & ready for you now! Boat slips, beach house, 2 heated pools, low fees, pets allowed. Marta Altizer $ 229,900 #A3953115


9th FLOOR WITH BAY VIEWS - DOWNTOWN! Custom remodeled 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/ wood laminate flrs, tile, modern cabinets, built-ins, crown moldings, 2 pvt balconies, hurricane shutters & personal laundry in secure building with full service amenities! MLS#A3951357 $775,000

FURNISHED - DOWNTOWN! 2Br/1Ba/ den + bonus rm, charming great rm plan w/hardwood flrs, ceramic tile, mirrored accents, recessed lights, Palladian windows, wet bar, Corian, custom cabinets, built-ins & secure parking in historic bldg w/amenities! MLS#A3953067 $325,000

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

SIESTA KEY, REMODELED & FURN! 2Br/2Ba/1CP w/bonus rm, den, raised ceil, tile, plantation shutters, granite, crown moldings, wood cabinets, & w/d included in Island Reef w/resort-like amenities; pools, tennis courts, docks, beach access & more! MLS#A3943588 $399,000

short stories: “jUST THE BEACH” A nice condo

on the first floor overlooking the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf. Ten unit complex, open floor plan, private lanai. Can be rented by the week. Jerry Cunningham $ 349,515 #A3955953


water access with no bridges. 3BR/2BA with pool in the amazing city of Cortez. Family living at its finest. Debra Ibasfalean $ 395,000 #M5826860 BEAUTIFUL BAY VIEWS! 3Br/3Ba/2CG w/upgrades; ceramic tile, granite, raised panel cabinets, quality appls., ceiling details, MBr w/2 walk-ins & jetted tub plus pvt balcony in gated comm. w/amenities; pool, tennis, kayak, dock/fishing pier & more! MLS#A3947207 $345,000

DOWNTOWN BAY VIEWS! 2Br/2Ba/1CG corner unit w/2 pvt balconies, tile flrs, Lr, sep. Dr, kitch. w/breakfast bar, MBr w/ walk-in closet and pvt bath; dual sinks & soaking tub, hurricane shutters & pvt laundry in secure building w/full service amenities! MLS#A3950907 $465,000

DOWNTOWN W/VIEWS! Completely remodeled 3Br/2Ba/2CG w/diagonal tile, granite, furniture quality wood cabinets, SS appls, pocket doors, modern MBa w/Roman shower & dual sinks, pvt balcony in Bay Plaza w/full service amenities! MLS#A3939930 $700,000

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished,

boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry. Marc Turner $ 399,000 #A3926740




CROSSWORD UPDATED DOWNTOWN BAY PLAZA W/ VIEWS! 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/bay views wood laminate flrs, tile, built-ins, crown moldings, granite, raised panel cabinets, new SS appls., hurricane shutters, pvt laundry & balcony in secure bldg w/full amenities! MLS#A3946299 $665,000

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platform 75 Strange 79 End of the Jewish calendar 80 Contempt 82 Feelings of anxiety 85 Large African antelope 86 Bit of bait 87 Word with “correctness” or “science” 89 Great white and tiger 91 “Hang on a ___!” 92 ___ serif (type style) 93 Olympian’s prize 95 River deposit 96 What ghosts do 98 On-again-off-again 101 Decorates a cake 102 TV studio sign 104 Very small amount 106 Madrid munchie 108 The Bolshoi, e.g. 113 Genetic duplicates 116 Adam and Eve’s son 117 Winter bird food 118 Beverage with whiskey and whipped cream 121 They were once spent in Salerno 122 “___ On Down the Road” 123 “I’m so bored” feeling 124 Parade vehicle 125 Disrespectful talk 126 Brewpub fare 127 Make judgments 128 Addresses in a browser

dOwn 1 Command to a firing squad 2 Pest you might slap at 3 “Beetle Bailey” canine

4 Hellenic masterpieces, e.g. 5 Hair goop 6 Cast-of-thousands movie 7 Engage, as gears 8 CBer’s vehicle, often 9 To the rear, at sea 10 Salary increase 11 Lovable 12 Viewed 13 Not at sea 14 Montana’s state bird is one 15 Leaning a bit 16 New staffer 18 Killer whale 19 Narrows to a point 23 Two-syllable foot 28 Scot’s “not” 29 Has the legal title to 33 Broad necktie 34 Cheese choice 35 Got along 37 Napoleon’s exile isle 38 Small glacial lake 39 Goes quickly 40 Genetic transfer material (Abbr.) 42 Border line 45 In the ___ of (surrounded by) 47 Teenage skin condition 48 D’Urberville damsel 50 Flat-bottomed boats 51 Christmas season 53 “Of ___ I Sing” 54 Georgetown player 55 Banana skins 58 Resting place 62 Holy hymn 63 “Pinafore” letters 64 Deeply piled 66 Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia 67 Bollywood costume 68 Aid to the stumped 69 Large yellow vehicle 70 ___ in Your Pants (game)

71 Benches for the masses? 72 Cosmetic plant 73 Buyers 76 Hungarian language group 77 A sock might cover it 78 Commits one of the deadly sins 80 Extend across 81 Steady 82 Excellent server, in tennis 83 Zilch, in Tijuana 84 Contented 88 “If you ask me,” in texting lingo 90 Eastern bug 92 Daughter of Tom Cruise 94 Chinese fruit tree 97 Theater walkways 98 The contiguous 48, e.g. 99 Close friend 100 Brief math course? 102 Verbal exams 103 Ancient Nile kingdom 105 Like most sumo wrestlers 107 Magic show exclamation 109 Aboard an ocean liner 110 Told a fish story 111 Shore eagle 112 Fork piece 114 Get an ___ effort 115 Flippered mammal 119 Math total 120 Sci-fi invaders, for short

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Condos/Apts. For Rent

Homes For Rent

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.) MALE BICYCLE: 21", TREK18 Speed, All Terrain Mountain Track. Little used excellent condition, $95. (941)383-0167. RATTAN SIDE Table w/Glass & Mirror, $65. Side Table & Lamp, $100. 941-383-3037. WINE ENTHUSIAST Refrigerator, Temperature Controlled. 50 Bottle Capacity, $199. Call 941-383-5346.

Boats are selling very well. Over 18 boats sold this year, many in less than 2 weeks. 16 Year Island resident, many references. “Big or Small, I sell them all.” Business on a Handshake. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489. Dave.

SPELL-BOUNDING FULL BAY VIEWS. Location is everything. Direct on the bay overlooking Ringling bridge and downtown Sarasota. Walking distance to downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf beaches. Boating and fishing are only steps away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, covered parking, some furniture is available/unfurnished, boat dock included. Newly renovated pool. 55 and older community. No pets. $1200/mo. annual. Tenant pays electric. Karin Stephan at 941-504-4435.

LARGE HOME FOR RENT: EXCEPTIONAL LOCATION Across street from the Gulf of Mexico On Longboat Club Road inside LBK Club (Island Side) 4700 sq/ft., 5 bdr, 4½ bath, pool, 3-car garage. Interior completely renovated in 2011. Available January-March 2013 $10,000/month. Mature non-smoking, pet-free couple only: Call 203-500-5666.

Condos For Sale

LOT FOR SALE. Single Family homesite for sale. 5500 block of GMD. Deeded beach access and deeded canal access 1/2 block down the road. FSBO. Year Round LBK resident. $208,000. Call 704-8913.


SARASOTA OPERA ARTIST CONCERT March 18th, 2 seats, 5th Row Center. Lucia Di Lammermoor, March 23rd, 2 seats, 4th Row Center. Illness prevents attendance, Phone 941-383-4460.

WANTED MILITARY ITEMS I collect bayonets, swords, medals, old guns, helmets, military items. CASH, 941-685-3003

Autos For Sale

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ANNUAL FLEA MARKET Saturday, February 25th, 8a.m.-1p.m., Palma Sola Harbour Condos, 9400 Cortez Rd. West. Appliances large & small, furniture, clothing, sporting equip., jewelry, bikes, plants, shells & a Broadway ORGAN. Lunch available. Info: 792-3475. FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, Feb. 25th, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, Feb. 26, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

General Merchandise

THRIFT SHOP: LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Hours: Mon., Weds., & Sat., 9a.m. to 1p.m. Non-profit. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738.

Health/Fitness/Beauty BEACH FITNESS 24/7. Senior personal training in facility and in home. Next to the Lazy Lobster! 941-778-0120.

2006 LEXUS SC430 Convertible Perfect Condo Car. Black/Camel Leather. Every option. Garage kept. Never wrecked. Non smoker. Senior daily driver. 70000 highway miles. All service done. 941.809.3260. 2009 PORSCHE Boxster, 15,000 miles, Midnight Blue/Tan Interior, Loaded. Navigation, SportCrono, Bose System. $40,500. Original price, $64,000. 941-387-1323.

PROARGI-9+ BY SYNERGY. Powerful antioxidant. Enhances production of nitric oxide which dilates arteries, enhances blood circulation, reduces triglycerides, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Promotes healthier cardiovascular function, greater mental clarity and energy. Call Bill Spence, 941-993-7994.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOATHOUSE ON Longboat unit for sale on east end, second level. $35,000, reasonable offers welcomed. Call Mike, 941-952-0308. 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 MARCH 1st & 1st month $200, any size boat.** 941-795-3625,

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NEW ON MARKET Beachplace - Large 2BR/2BA + Unique Home Office - Nice Views Under Building Parking. Offered at $499,500.

Barbara Shapiro, Lic. RE Broker/Owner-Sarasota Style Realty, Inc. Call for Photos/Details 941-388-2135.

Sporting Goods STATIONARY SCHWINN Spinning Bike (Evolution - SR). Like new. $350. 941-387-0496.

INVESTOR WANTED Sarasota based company established over 33 years ago. Owner is a graduate of Ringling College of Art. Family owned company holds signed contracts totaling over 900K+ plus a large amount of accounts receivables. Looking for short term working capital. I have small amounts of collateral. Please contact Scott at 941-544-6949, Thank you.

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

CAM WITH CMCA, AMS, PCAM designations seeking Condominium Association to manage. Excellent references. Please contact: or 941.685.0500

Condos/Apts. For Rent BAYFRONT CONDO- PANORAMIC VIEWS: LBK 3BR/ 2BA Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Available Seasonal or Yearly. Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 513-608-4320. BEACH-TO-BAY CONDO at Bayport BTC Newly decorated 2bed/2bath. First floor, end unit. Free local phone, cable, Wi-Fi. Monthly rentals beginning May 2012. Contact owner at 615-376-9448.

LONGBOAT KEY - ON THE BEACH AT THE PIERRE: Fabulous views. 2,410 sq/ft. 2 bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom. 3 baths. Available 8/16/12. 3 month min. Looking for Fall Rental. Annual available. Photos: 248-310-8308 or LONGBOAT KEY CONDO FOR RENT. Penthouse 1,482 sq/ft. 2BR/2BA, Bay and Gulf views, Boat Access, Pool, Tennis Courts and Fitness. On the water, across from beach. Call Jon at 908-727-4275.

Out-of-State Property ENERGY EFFICIENT, unique 2BR/1.5BA home on 7 well managed woodland acres, 1300 feet of road frontage and brook, in VERMONT. $450,000’s. See at: or call (802)348-6613.

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-356-5610 email: WANTED SEASONAL Rental: 3 months December 15th, 2012 through March 31, 2013. 2BR/2BA, Internet, land phone. No smoking, no pets.

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SUNNY SOUTHERN exposure, water views, boating and beach access. 2BR/2BA, new a/c & more in amenities-rich Longboat Key complex. $284,900. Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899 Michael Saunders & Company.

Homes For Rent CANALFRONT LBK: Old Florida charm, 2BR/2BA, porch, fenced yard, serene neighborhood. Pets welcome. $3500/mo. annual. 941-232-2000. SARASOTA RANCH CLUB: 3BR/4BA, Brand New! Turnkey Furnished, 5,000 sq/ft., 4/5CG, Theater Room, 10 Acres, Call for more details! $2,950/mo. Call 941-928-1542.

Help Wanted

Positions Wanted

Lots/Acreage For Sale

SEAPLACE: 3BR/2BA, RARE first floor corner unit. Beautiful Gulf and Garden views from every room, furnished, turn-key unit, new paint, new carpet, updated kitchen. Covered parking and another uncovered parking, 10/ft. ceiling in master BR. Lots of new furniture. $419,000. Mark, 941-383-4381,

DRIVERS-EXPERIENCED OTR: $1500 Sign-On. 7-10 days out. Apply Online: 800-973-9161. Heyl Truck Lines, Inc.

LBK: APARTMENT for rent. Surrounded by Durante Park. 941-758-8859. HOUSE CLASSIFIEDS LP # 56736

DISCOVER THE OTHER ISLAND, Tidy Island in Sarasota Bay. Great Bay front townhouse, 2/2/2 plus loft. Pet friendly. $390,000. Katharine Pepper, Rosebay Real Estate. 802-363-9973.

SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Investor Wanted

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

DIRECT GULFFRONT: Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, tastefully decorated beach condo. Updated with many fine features. Call for details and view photos on, M2-Unit 111. $499,900. A MUST SEE! 941-383-9578 or 248-640-5230.

Merchandise Wanted

Investment Opportunities

Autos Wanted

BUTTONWOOD COVE. Lovely water views from beach to bay complex on LBK. 3BR end unit, 2 enclosed lanais, under building parking, deeded boat slip, pool and tennis. Just steps to Gulf and private beach park. Just listed. Priced to sell, $365,000. Michael Saunders & Co., Craig Abbott, 941-383-1990 or Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899.

Grand Bay Penthouse - Panoramic Water Views of Sarasota's Skyline and Gulf of Mexico Sunsets. Over 9,700 sq. ft. of interior/exterior space. Offered at $2,999,999.

10% RETURN IN 6 MO -Bridge loan $100K+ to flip development property. Call Helmer (941)592-8853, Realtor. -Lic. R.E.Broker

BRABUS Limited production, special edition SMART car made by Mercedes Benz. Excellent condition, loaded, only 11,200 miles! GREAT gas mileage - perfect car for island living! Asking $14,900!! Call 941-730-2444.

BEACHPLACE: 2BR/2BA walkdown. Partial Gulf view, exquistiley furnished by a designer decorator. Coldwell Banker Residential R.E., LLC. Call Taube Levitt, 941-356-0743.

RESERVE YOUR VACATION NOW!! LUXURY BEACH RENTALS…COTTAGES TO CONDOS…ONE TO FOUR BEDROOM…LOOK NO FURTHER THAN FLORIDARENT.COM DISCOUNTED RATES 20-40%...CALL TODAY!! PLEASE MENTION CODE OBS2011 941 383 3117 800 331 7293 392 FIREHOUSE Lane, LBK - Newer upscale Island home. Steps to beach & pool. Furn. 2BR + Loft. Annual or short term. No pets. No smoking. Owner Agent. 941-544-0214. LBK, C.C. SHORES. Lovely remodeled home, 3/2/2, lanai, dock, heated pool, W/D, high speed internet, cable, phone, electric. Walk to beach. No pets/ smoking. Sleeps 5. Owner, 941-504-1492.

Annual, Seasonal & Vacation Rentals Available Dependable rental & property management services. Longboat/St. Armands 941.383.5502 Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch 941.907.9595 Sarasota/Siesta Key 941.966.8000 IMG Academies 941.752.2682 Heritage Oaks 941.926.8844


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This week’s Cryptogram answers 1. A man stole a few watches from a jewelry store. After being put in jail, he came before the judge and said his defense was he was only a small time operator. 2. House hunters passed on several homes, as they wanted a really small place. Their realtor recommended they view a condominimum.

Longboat ObserverOBSERVER THE LONGBOAT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

BAYFRONT CONDO, Longboat Arms, Mid-key, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, very clean and beautifully furnished, heated pool, tennis, fishing, boat ramp, private beach access just steps away, fantastic views from 30ft wide screened lanai. Available May to Dec. 2012 one month min. Available 2013 winter season, 3 month min. Rates from $2500 to $3850/month. For pictures and details, E-mail: or call 603-692-6445.

DIRECT GULF FRONT at Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, wireless internet. Available starting November 2012 through April 2013. 6 month minimum. Non-smoking. Call Diane or Mike 847-913-4562.

LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370.

RARELY AVAILABLE RESORT STYLE LIVING Private beach, tennis, heated pools, 2BR/2BA, Whitney Beach, Longboat Key, downstairs, Bayou/ dock frontage. 941-724-3519

BEACHFRONT LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Rare 3BR/2.5BA with beautiful views of Gulf of Mexico. Remodeled kitchen and baths, W/D, pool, tennis, spa, photos available. or 941-953-3438 BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749

CASA DEL MAR BEACH RESORT RENTALS 4 NIGHT MIN. GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228


Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 941-387-9709 877-705-2460 LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available May-Dec., 2012 & Jan., Feb., March 2013. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884. LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clean turnkey furnished condo, recent upgrades. Spectacular water views from every room, ground floor, end unit. Covered parking, 5 pools, tennis, fitness center. Gulf/ private beach house access. No trucks/ pets/ smoking. LB Harbour, 4440 Exeter. Mid April through November: 8 months $800/mo. +utilities. Also, 1BR unit, $700/mo. or $12,000 year round. 734-216-6622. LBK: BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1000. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844. LBK: SEASONALLY OR ANNUALLY: DROP DEAD GORGEOUS GULF VIEWS from every window of large, updated, handsomely decorated, 2BR/2BA condo right on beach. Plasma TV. No Brokerage Fee. Available starting 2013 Season. Call 941-349-0432 or 941-284-2002.

LBK/SEAGATE Fabulous Gulf views; 2bd, 2 ba, 2 balconies, steps from beach, pool, tennis courts, other amen; avail May-Oct., 3 mo. minimum, $3500-$4500 + tax/mo; 941/383-5469 or email

LONGBOAT KEY/FL: SEAPLACE, SPECIAL OFFER. Ask: 2BR/2.5BA luxury Town House for $1500 monthly. April to December. Nicely furnished, lanai +terraces, full kitchen, living, dining area, beach club access (sauna, gym, tennis, w/pool), walk out to the Gulf beach, breathtaking sunsets.

WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

Waterfront Property

ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101.

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367


5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939

WATERFRONT HOMESITES Sarasota's Most Exclusive Gated Waterfront Community Open Saturday & Sunday - 2p.m.-4p.m. Completely Private Priced from $1.250 Dock Included Non-waterfront from $600k w/dock. 14 community homesites. Only 6 remaining. Direct Bay Access Appointment Only Rita Ferrell Lasky 941-780-3579 Ferrell-Lasky-Team

LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal


Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Condominium Management

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

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

LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049.

941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 941-650-1857 Visit us at:

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PALMA SOLA BAY LAND: 3.9 acres of waterfront approved for 7 homes and 5 docks or use as a single estate. $1,499,000. Will consider exchange for income property or Sarasota waterfront home. Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285.

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Waterfront Property SINGLE FAMILY VILLA BOATERS DREAM! Deep Water, Extra Wide Canal w/Dock. 1,516 SF 2/2 in Active 55+ Community on LBK. $469,000 OBO. 941-383-9236.

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

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Auto Service

WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

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MATURE, RELIABLE, caring, friendly woman available as companion, aide, nanny for your needs. Experienced. Reasonable. Let me help. Marcia, 941-955-2225.

AUTO STORAGE New facility in Sarasota storing classic and exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and more. Over 11,000 sq. ft. Climate Controlled. 24 Hour Surveillance. Call (941)404-9676.

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ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOME Beautiful room and bath available in a private care home in Sarasota. Bed bound, Alzheimer’s & Hospice patients welcome. Also offering Respite Care, daily and weekly. Excellent local references. 941-720-8840.

COMPANION CARE. General companionship. Meal planning, shopping, transportation to doctor appointments/ social events, light housekeeping. Experienced. References. 941-462-9306, 941400-3940.

Computer Services OWN A MAC/IPHONE/IPAD? MacTutor offers 21 years experience. Unlimited free telephone follow up. (941)812-3887


A LENDING HAND, INC. Caregivers/Companions, Hourly 24/7 Care, Transportation, Social Outings, Dr. Appts., Housekeeping, Meal preparation, Respite Care. Phone: 941-809-3725

CNA with 20 years experience. Cleaning, Bills, Errands, Assisting Appts. Equipment experience. Good references. Call Gerri for more details, 941-780-1014.


Adult Care Services

CAREGIVER: I have a 100% unique gift to share with you. I was a 24/7 caregiver for my mother through all stages of Alzheimer's until her recent death. I have a gift to give. Do you need me? Call Mark 941-524-7712.

Cleaning CLEANING BY Pauline. Housesitting, etc. Great references. Longboat Key. 941-358-0563. CLEANING CHANGES LIVES. Local charity, Light Under The Bridge, raises funds by offering cleaning services to you. Get your home cleaned and help women in crisis get their lives back on track from Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Addictions, and more. Call for more info 941-567-4007.

QUICK, EASY, Affordable Training. Microsoft Certified Trainer. QuickBooks advisor. LBK Resident. Call 941-383-9458. RON@THECOMPUTERPERSON.COM * Your handyman for all things computer related * 30+ years professional computer experience * Tutorials - computers and software * Wireless/wired networking * Transfer of information * Setup new computers and software * In-home and office repair for most issues including "cleanup" * Reasonable hourly rates Email or call Ron 941.545.3466

Financial Services GOOD CREDIT? Bad credit? No credit? No problem! Are you currently employed? Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you need cash? We can help! Apply for a loan today! Call 1-888-823-8766.

Furniture Repair ALBERTO’S REFINISHING Of Fine Furniture, Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Rush, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: 941-296-5427.

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

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Computer Services

Cmagik -, LBK resident. Over 20 years experience PC or MAC. Computer service, setup, tutoring or web design. TV/ computer/ stereo integration. Digital camera, iPod/ iPhone help. Call Cort, 383-3878, 587-5588.

HANDYMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE Reliable & Prompt. 25 Years Experience 5 Years in Bradenton Area. Flooring, Masonry, Doors, Carpentry and Water Damage ... etc. Call Scott at 941-536-1770.

FOR “QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE� Floors, bathrooms, showers, backsplashes, patio and pool decks. 20 years design background. Licensed - Insured - LBK Resident References upon request. 941-383-2659


Personal Services NEED HELP?? Shop, Errands, Drive, House-sit, Computer aid. Mature, Multi-tasker. Call Peter 941-330-9120.

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/ Taxes I come to your home or office.

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Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns

Telephone: 941-749-5646

Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL. 24 Hour Daycare. Brown Avenue near Bee Ridge and 41 behind Sleep King (new owner). First day FREE. Grooming by Mark. Meet and greet and get a treat. 941-554-4620.


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Caring, Compassionate, Gentle and Kind Caregiver Provides activities of daily living, errands, shopping, transportation & light meal prep.

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Painting/Wallpapering CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience. STEAKLEY PAINTING. Interior/ Exterior. Pressure Washing. Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repairs. Reasonable. Reliable. Professional. 30+ years experience. References available. Free Estimates. Lic./Ins. 941-228-7605,


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All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.

Health Services PAIN RELIEF! Quality of life improves when pain is diminished. Patricia Emslie, DOM, AP, LMT, utilizes modalities of Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy to treat chronic or acute pain. Please call 941-504-2030. In home appointments for Massage available. AP2787, MA23639

CLEANING SERVICE Residential, Commercial, Vacation Rentals, Move-in/Move-outs. We do it all. Inside and out. Pressure washing on request., 941-587-1258 Cash/Check/Visa/MC

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CHRISTIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 778-3924


31 Years Experience, Prompt, Reliable Service,

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FREE Appraisals Throughout Sarasota FREE Appraisals Throughout Until April 30, 2012Sarasota Until April 30, to 2012 Will travel Florida Maine


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CGC1507388 Lawrence Barnett (941)526-7750

Dave McCarthy

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941.356.2435 $1,695,000

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3564 Fair Oaks Lane Jo Rutstein

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415 L’Ambiance Drive, 805 $1,945,000 Gigi Silverberg 941.993.3695

594 Bay isles Road Gigi Silverberg

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258 Golden Gate point Gigi Silverberg

222 Morningside Drive Shellie Young

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Longboat Observer 02.23.12  

Longboat Observer 02.23.12