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+ Jessica Korda featured in magazine Teenager Jessica Korda just won the 2012 Women’s Australian Open — her first LPGA Tour title. Golf Digest Woman magazine will be featuring the young athlete in an upcoming edition and did a photo shoot last week with her and photographer Walter Iooss at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Korda comes from an athletic family — her father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open tennis title. She and her parents practice at Longboat Key Club and Resort — when Korda isn’t traveling the world winning golf tournaments, that is.
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+ Longboat Harbour goes West The residents at Longboat Harbour don’t usually wear spurs and leather chaps, but when they got together for a Western-themed party Thursday, Feb. 23, that’s exactly what they did! Fake mustaches and sparkly cowgirl hats were just two Westerninspired accessories.
+ All Angels to host creative afternoon All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, is hosting a Flower Arranging 101 demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The demo will highlight techniques for creating arrangements for the home and gifts. Cost is $15, with proceeds going to the food pantry at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Call 3838161 to RSVP; seating is limited.
SEE OUR TOWN / 16A
Vice Mayor David Brenner believes Longboat Key is a residential community that needs a mix of tourism.
Ray Rajewski is seeking the District 3 Commission seat because he believes residents need an alternative.
Vice Mayor David Brenner has been at the dais as Longboat Key history has unfolded over the past two years: There was the 2010 approval of the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s $400 million renovation-and-expansion plan, the hiring of Town Manager David Bullock in 2011 and, just last month, the approval of plans for a new Publix. But Brenner’s proudest moments on the commission haven’t generated as much public attention. He considers some of his most noteworthy accomplishments to be obtaining funding for the trolley; making inroads with Sarasota and Manatee counties through his seats on both county Economic Development Corporations and the Sarasota Tourist Development Council, along with his attendance at Manatee County Tourist Development Council meetings; and the adoption of the Vision Plan last year. And, if re-elected, one of his top priorities will be to implement the document, which outlines goals “to improve a resident’s quality of life” such as
Ray Rajewski calls himself “the residents’ representative.” He doesn’t mean he’s antibusiness. He points to Harry’s Continental Kitchens and Lazy Lobster Longboat Key as examples of businesses that have managed to be successful by providing value. He doesn’t mean he’s antiredevelopment. He thinks the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort should have redeveloped years ago. He points to the Longboat Key Club and Resort as an example of a property that has redeveloped to the point that it’s a Four Diamond resort. Rajewski, 68, thinks he’s typical of many residents who want the island to retain the character it had when they bought their properties. “I think we all moved to Longboat Key because we could,” he said. “I’ve lived all over the country, in places where I’ve had to live because of a job … People moved here for what it could be. They want it to stay that way.” For two decades, Longboat Key was Rajewski’s favorite es-
David Brenner Age: 75 Hometown: Philadelphia Residence: Islander Club Education: Degree in economics from the Wharton School; CPA license from the state of Pennsylvania. Career: Retired certified public accountant and managing partner of Arthur Young; former commerce-andfinance director for the city of Philadelphia Interesting fact: Brenner is acquainted with another David Brenner — i.e. the Philadelphia comedian of the same name. The Longboat Observer published a picture of both Brenners together in February 2007. encouraging redevelopment of tourism facilities and strategies that would enhance retail ameni-
SEE BRENNER / 6A
Ray Rajewski Age: 68 Hometown: Boston Residence: The Bayou Education: Degree in business from Burdett College in Boston Career: Former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Paramount and CBS television stations based in Los Angeles Interesting fact: Rajewski’s first visit to Longboat Key was on a guys’ long weekend in 1983. Since then they’ve made it an annual tradition and recently held their 28th long weekend. cape from his hectic career as a TV executive. A U.S. Army veteran, he earned a business degree from Burdett College, in Boston, where he got his start at a local
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INDEX Bridge Bites....... 10B Briefs....................4A
Calendar............ 12A Classifieds ........ 12B
Cops Corner....... 10A Crossword.......... 11B
Opinion.................8A Weather............. 11B
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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
following the money
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Firefighter alleges collusion Island home burglaries fall, in handling of pension plan vehicle larcenies rise in ’11 Statistics released by the Longboat Key Police Department showed that total crime fell slightly in 2011.
Board members agreed that problems exist with the pension plan, but they weren’t convinced that a crime occurred. Firefighter/paramedic Matt Taylor believes he has evidence of collusion in the handling of the town’s three pension plans and presented his evidence to fellow firefighter-pension board members at a Wednesday, Feb. 22 meeting. Other board members weren’t convinced that a crime occurred, but they voted 4-0 to put out a request for proposals for the board’s actuary and attorney firms. Taylor outlined his allegations in a letter to the board’s attorney, Pedro Herrera. He wrote: “I think that there is enough evidence to support Foster & Foster, the former town manager and past commissioners colluded to underfund the towns three pension plans with the intent of closing them out by floating a pension bond. The commission was well aware of pension-funding requirements and intentionally lowered millage rates to create budget shortfalls with the intent to harm the plans … ” Taylor told pension board members Wednesday that they had been lied to by their actuary, Foster & Foster, which he said gave different information to the Longboat Key Town Commission about the investment-return assumption that allowed the commission to reduce the town’s contribution to the plans, thus, increasing the unfunded liability. Taylor’s presentation included more than 75 pages of supporting documentation, along with audio from commission meetings that dated back to March 2008.. Shannon Gault, who holds one of two resident seats on the board, argued that
Crime statistics released by the Longboat Key Police Department show that home burglaries on Longboat Key fell 45.8% in 2011 from the previous year, while auto burglaries rose by 32.1%. Overall crime dropped for the second consecutive year, with 110 non-violent crimes reported in 2011, compared to 119 in 2010. Violent crime numbers were low, as usual, with just two violent crimes recorded last year. Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle said that he believes the Longboat Key Town Commission’s decision to allow the department to return to full patrol levels of four squads of three officers and one supervisor has helped to control crime by increasing visibility. The department is currently one officer below full patrol due to the recent retirement of an officer, Hogle said, however, the department will soon hire another officer. Hogle pointed out the difficulty of drawing any larger conclusions about crime on Longboat Key because of the low numbers
the math used by the actuary yielded assumptions in line with historic rates aside from the past 10 years. “If we go after Foster & Foster, you would have an entire profession against you,” Gault said. Board Chairman Keith Tanner, who is also a firefighter, expressed skepticism of Foster & Foster and the advice the board has received. But he said that the major cause of the pensions’ problem was underfunding. “The town has not put in proper money,” Tanner said. “That’s just the facts.” Herrera said that the board would need to “connect a lot of dots” before it could think about a possible lawsuit. But he said that there was another issue. “If you don’t trust your professionals, then you should get rid of them,” he said, referring to both actuaries and attorneys. The board then voted to put out an RFP for both actuarial and attorney firms. The board also accepted an offer from Finance Director Tom Kelley to use the town’s resources for help in drafting the RFPs. The board will meet again in late March or early April to evaluate the RFPs. Kelley said that he hadn’t seen what would amount to discrepancies but said that the town was trying to take a “big picture” approach to Taylor’s allegations. “The basis for his concerns is fairly valid,” Kelley said. “We know we’ve got pension issues to deal with. We’re not so focused on the past as we are working with the commission to solve pension problems moving forward.”
in any given year. “Just a couple of numbers in one direction or another can skew the entire year,” Hogle said. In fact, Longboat Key’s crime numbers are so low that after the department releases the town’s crime statistics, Hogle typically gets a call from a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) official who needs to verify that the numbers are accurate. Many of Longboat Key’s crimes occur in strings that can drive up numbers for the entire year. For example, police investigated nine vehicle break-ins and two home burglaries on Sept. 29, 2011, after which three Bradenton men were arrested. Police frequently remind residents to stay safe by locking home and vehicle doors. Hogle is also continuing to work to bring a license-plate recognition camera system to both ends of the island that would snap photographs of license plates of vehicles entering and exiting the island and send the data immediately to the Florida Crime Information Center.
CRIME BREAKDOWN Offense Aggravated assault Residential burglary Total larceny Vehicle larceny
2008 1 8 66 18
2009 2 13 149 79
2010 0 24 94 28
2011 1 13 97 37
Total Non-violent Violent Domestic violence
2008 83 1 6
2009 170 2 10
2010 119 1 13
2011 110 2 9
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Colony Association drafts site plan The Colony Beach & Tennis Association outlined a draft site plan in a letter to unit owners. The Colony Beach & Tennis Association Board released a draft conceptual site plan to unit owners that includes 13 more units than the property’s current 237 units. The proposed conceptual site plan was included in an eight-page outline sent Tuesday to unit owners and the town, along with a four-page letter to unit owners and a letter sent to Town Manager David Bullock in preparation of the status update the Colony parties will give to the Longboat Key Town Commission March 5. The status update was a condition given by the commission in May when it voted to extend 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. The draft site plan includes the entire 18-acre property, although both the board and its development partner, Club Holdings LLC, have repeatedly stated that they are willing to move forward by building around three acres controlled by longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and other entities. The eight page letter states: “The plan includes a multimillion-dollar restoration and rebuild of the residential units, amenities and resort. Our improvements and operating standards will be at four-star quality and offer a choice between whole ownership, fractional ownership and traditional hotel use.”
Highlights of the plan include “promptly” embarking on the restoration of 12 existing beachfront units, which “will allow The Colony to begin accommodating owners and attracting guests and will serve as a valuable marketing tool for future owners and guests.” The plan includes 174 tower residences, located toward the back of the property near Gulf of Mexico Drive, along with 64 bungalow-style villas. The draft also includes a welcome center with meeting, banquet and conference space located directly above; full-service spa; expansion of the former Monkey Bar, restaurant and beach pool and construction of a second adult pool; private beach cabanas; and a tennis and fitness club that would include nine courts, a stadium court, tennis retail shop and celebrity tennis plan; and the possibility of a second signature restaurant and additional units. The proposed plan suggests limiting vehicular traffic to the perimeter of the prop-
erty with pedestrian walkways and gardens within the resort, with parking directly beneath units. The separate, four-page letter outlines three options for unit owners: whole ownership, one-eighth fractional ownership or sale — either to a private party or Club Holdings Ventures. The letter states that Club Holdings isn’t interested in owning the new units at the Colony, but rather would transfer those units to other individuals. The company would run the Colony through a management agreement. The letter outlines a two-tier pricing system of “founder pricing” for existing owners of a unit for the purchase of a new unit at the actual cost of construction and “retail pricing,” meaning the price of units after construction. Board Association President Jay Yablon said that the pricing structure provides an incentive for interested parties to buy out owners in the early stages of the project.
The conceptual master plan diagram shows the entire 18-acre property, although the board and Club Holdings Ventures have said they will proceed with 15 acres if necessary. Courtesy rendering
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by Robin Hartill | City Editor
County agrees to one-time Longboat library grant The Sarasota County Commission agreed to give the Longboat Library a one-time grant of $20,000 for capital improvements. The latest chapter for the Longboat Library is a happy one. The Sarasota County Commission approved a one-time grant of $20,000 for the independent, not-for-profit library for capital improvements. The board agreed on the grant at a Thursday, Feb. 23 meeting, during which library representatives presented details about its history and operations. The board had discussed the funding request last month but directed staff to bring back the item for discussion with details about its budget. Commissioner Joe Barbetta, who met with library representatives in January, told fellow board members that the request would be a onetime capital expense added in hopes that the Longboat
Key Town Commission would add the library as a line item. Commissioner Nora Patterson made a motion for a one-time transfer for the library. “For me, there’s reluctance to support an additional library when we are shortening libraries for the rest of the county,” she said before making the motion. “I also have sympathy because it’s hard to get to the nearest public library. I can support $20,000 in capital needs as a one-time deal, because it’s coming from you guys working hard for the benefit of the community, and Longboat, frankly, asks for very little.” Library board member Hazel Steskal was pleased with the grant. She said that the top priorities for the funds will be to make the
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The Longboat Library will use its one-time, $20,000 grant from the Sarasota County Commission for the following projects: Replacement of air-conditioner................................................................ $7,000 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms................................. $6,000 Replacement of roof facia....................................................................... $4,000 Updates to computers............................................................................. $1,200 Replacement of fence............................................................................. $1,000
restrooms more handicap-friendly and to replace a rotting fence and roof facia. The library will also replace its air-conditioner, which is at least 10 years old, and update its seven- to eight-year-old computers. “These are things that we’ve put off because we don’t have the funds to do them,” said Steskal, who has said that the library is currently dipping into its reserves at a rate
of approximately $7,000 a year and has no options to cut costs other than to stop buying books. Steskal said that most of the updates will likely be completed by December. But, before that, the library will start on its next chapter: approaching the Town Commission for funding when budget hearings begin later this spring.
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+ Wireless survey now available
A 14-question telecommunications survey is now available on the town’s website, longboatkey.org. The survey seeks information about which cellservice providers survey takers use and what their experience has been with coverage and service on the island. The survey is part of TE Connectivity’s wireless-communications study of the island. The survey must be taken by April 4. TE Connectivity will gather additional public 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.
The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Residents seek voice in Art Center future” (Feb. 22) 2. “In the Kitchen with: Ron Pantello” (Feb. 20) 3. “Brenner lays cards on the table at forum” (Feb. 22) 4. “Candidate forum to take place tonight” (Feb. 20) 5. “Buchanan to host Longboat Key town hall meeting” (Feb. 23)
to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bring a picture ID with a signature. For information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 316-1999.
that focus on bay education and restoration and bay-friendly landscaping. Past Key recipients include the Windward Bay Condominium Association, which expanded its saltwater bioswale and added more native plants, and the Beachplace Association Inc., which expanded and upgraded its storm-water detention pond. For applications, visit sarasotabay.org.
+ IPOC, associations file their responses The Islandside Property Owners Coalition and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium association filed a response to the joint petition filed by the town and Longboat Key Club and Resort’s appeal of the writ of certiorari granted in the approval of the Key Club’s Islandside project. The response, filed Wednesday, Feb. 22, argues that the petitioners overstated the weight the court was required to give a local government’s interpretation of an ordinance and that the Circuit Court did not reweigh evidence when it did not accept the legal interpretation of the zoning code offered by the planning director and others.
Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, March 5 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8 Code Enforcement Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, March 12 Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
+ Longboat Key building inspector to retire
+ Early voting begins March 10
Early voting for the town’s General Municipal Election will take place from March 10 through March 16, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Early-voting hours will be 9 a.m.
+ Bay Partner grant applications due March 1
Bay Partner Grant Projects applications are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The grants are awarded to projects
Longboat Key Building Inspector John Fernandez will retire in April. Fernandez has worked for the Planning Zoning & Building Department for 16 years. He will be recognized for his service at a future Longboat Key Town Commission meeting.
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Congressman Buchanan warns against rising debt U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan kicked off a Longboat Key Town Hall meeting by warning against the ‘Tidal Wave of Debt.’ Marty Samowitz is presented with a certificate from Matt Walsh.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, began a Town Hall meeting Saturday with a warning about rising U.S. debt. He began the meeting by unveiling two posters. One, titled “Tidal Wave of Debt” projected that if current policy continues, debt could skyrocket to nearly 800% of the total U.S. economy by 2081. The second poster depicted the $3.5 trillion 2010 federal budget in a pie chart — and showed that only $666 billion of that pie consisted of discretionary non-defense spending. “The reality is, if this country doesn’t deal with debt and the deficit, this country is going to end up like Greece,” Buchanan said. Approximately 20 people attended Saturday’s meeting at Longboat Key Town Hall to discuss current issues with Buchanan, who was elected to Congress in 2006. One audience member expressed concerns about health-care reform. “You haven’t put out a real program to take care of the health-care problem in our country,” he said. “If we’re going to compete in a fair economy, we’ve got to have a fit population.” Buchanan said that recent proposed legislation hasn’t addressed the issue of making health care affordable for small businesses. Key resident Dr. James Whitman suggestLBK Buchanan - 2010 - propose I ed that legislation to make Federal Insurance Contributions Act LBKtaxes - 2010 - I from income tax. (FICA) deductible Buchanan said that Congress needs to look at all aspects of the tax code, which he said hadn’t been substantially modified
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On Feb. 23, 1945, after four days of brutal warfare, six U.S. Marines raised the first American flag on Mount Suribachi. The month-long battle was crucial in the victory over Japan for the Allied Forces in World War II. During the battle, more than 6,800 Americans were killed, and 20,000 were injured. Longboat Key resident Marty Samow-
itz, 97, is the oldest-living Marine survivor of Iwo Jima. On Feb 23, he spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key at the Tavern at the Longboat Key Club about his experience. He also discussed what it was like to run Marty’s Shoes, a retail shoe chain. The club presented him with a certificate for his service.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan showed the audience two charts depicting federal debt and the budget.
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BRENNER / FROM PAGE 1A ties for residents. Brenner believes that Longboat Key is a residential community that needs a healthy dose of tourism to maintain on the island amenities. “There are lots of things that time has eroded over the years,” Brenner said. “But I think one of the greatest things about Longboat Key was always that you didn’t have to go off it to do almost anything.” That characteristic — along with the beach and the tennis — were one of the things that first drew Brenner to Longboat Key. He and his family first visited the Colony in 1967 and purchased a unit at the newly developed resort in 1974. Brenner and his wife, Maggie, bought their unit at the Islander Club in 1999 and became fulltime residents in 2001. Brenner, a certified public accountant, retired in 1983 at age 47 but left retirement behind three years later, when the mayor of Philadelphia asked him to become his director of commerce. Brenner served on the staff for three years but later returned in 1991 when he was asked to return as the city’s finance director. But even on Longboat Key, retirement wasn’t totally in the cards for Brenner: He first got involved with town politics when he and other Islander Club residents began showing up at Town Commission meetings, asking the town to install two groins to control severe erosion at the property. Brenner served a three-year term on the Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board beginning in 2006 before winning the District 3 seat in a race against incumbent Commissioner Peter O’Connor in 2010. After two years, Brenner is eager to continue his work on the commission if reelected. “I think I’ve got the qualifications and I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said. If elected, what would be your top three priorities? Implement the Vision Plan, some of
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which is ongoing now. The management of the town; I think we can do better on efficiency in certain areas. And to put to bed the pension issue. What role should the Town Commission play in cellular service on Longboat Key? The first step is to set the game plan as to what makes the most sense in a fastmoving, technical area. My preference would be to smooth away the edges and then let the private sector run the system. What’s your position on placing a 150foot cell tower on the Longboat Island Chapel property? If the town consultants recommend it, would you vote for it? If they say to us that that’s the only way to go, there would have to be some serious consideration. But there would have to be an unambiguous provision that says that as soon as technology allows it to come down, it does. Would you vote for or against extending a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort if you don’t see progress by the Dec. 31 deadline? If these guys haven’t figured out the answer by the end of the year, I think we need to take it away from them. What should the town do to fix erosion at the north end? My view is, I’d put the groin in on the south side, but I’m not so sure I’d rush to put in the other two. If you look at the pictures from over they years, Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind about where the sand goes. Why make an investment that doesn’t seem to be necessary? What is your view of the town’s historical practices of conducting major beach renourishment projects every seven to eight years and its current practice of addressing hot spots? The past practice of doing the whole beach, as we have learned, is not the most efficient or effective way to go. Deal with
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the hot spots and maybe every 15 to 20 years redo the whole beach, it seems, is the right way to go. What is your position on mixed-use development for the Whitney Beach area? If I could give you a nice, definitive answer, I would develop it myself. What doesn’t work is this retail strip. I think what we’ve got to do is make sure this strip supports a creative solution. What steps should the town take to address its $26 million to $27 million unfunded pension liability? What would you recommend to eliminate that? We’re still kicking this around in executive session and aren’t permitted to discuss what goes on in there. That having been said, the solution is going to cost the taxpayers of Longboat Key some money. There’s interest on the part of some in the idea of issuing the debt, then paying off the debt because interest rates are so low. When you get into collective bargaining, there are trade-offs. The town will soon begin a review of its zoning code and Comprehensive Plan. Do you support this? If so, what are some specific changes that need to be made? Yes. The judge in the Longboat Key Club appeals process highlighted something that we all thought made sense but he didn’t. He had some real problems with the definition of a PUD and what is nonresidential. What is your position on a new community center? I would like to know more about this proposed center. I think the way we’re going to get an answer is, if we could get a collaboration between the Arts Center and Education Center, what would go in the community center? My instincts say, if it’s sold as purely to entice visitors, it’s not going to fly. If the citizens want it, I think most of it should come from the private sector, and the town’s contribution would be through land.
What letter grade would you give to the new town manager based on his first three-and-a-half months in the position? It’s tough because it’s such a short period, but I don’t have any problem giving him a B-plus. Where do you stand on whether to continue searching for a permanent town manager or offering the position to the interim town manager? If you give him a couple more months, he will have been on board for almost a year, and I think it will be clear whether to take the current arrangement and make it more permanent or take on a search. Property values will likely drop one more time, requiring more permanent budget cuts. How, specifically, would you expect the town manager to address the situation? Start with the point that the millage isn’t going to change. Just observing, I think there’s enough efficiency he’s creating that we can accomplish that goal. Given the likelihood of budget cuts, where do you stand on pay raises for town employees? Barring a miracle, I think their compensation is going to stay where it is. Would you sign a pledge to oppose and vote against any tax increases? No. We’re living in the real world, so if that is the only answer, I don’t think you can take that off the table. Why do you want to be a commissioner, and why are you better for the Town Commission than your opponent? I’m enjoying what I’m doing, and I think that’s critical. I think I’ve got the qualifications to do what I’m doing. I don’t know what my opponent stands for other than the Key Club, which he was dead-set against. The difference is vision. His vision is: “Leave everything alone and it will take care of itself,” or that’s my perception of it.
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RAJEWSKI / FROM PAGE 1A TV station. He worked in executive positions in San Francisco, Buffalo, N.Y., and Cincinnati, before taking a job with Paramount as chief operating officer of its TV stations. The company later merged with CBS, and he became executive vice president and chief operating officer of CBS and Paramount TV stations based in Los Angeles. But in the midst of his career, in 1983, his friend bought a Harbourside condominium sight unseen. Rajewski visited for a guys’ week and loved it so much that he returned year after year. Finally in 2004, after he took early retirement, he found himself wondering what he was still doing in Los Angeles when he wanted to be on Longboat Key. So, he packed up his dog, Birdie, bought his home in the Bayou, and moved there full time. Rajewski has been critical of what he sees as changes to the town code to accommodate the Key Club’s proposed Islandside redevelopment. His platform also includes fiscal responsibility, including control of pension-plan and beach-management costs through considering alternatives and preserving Longboat Key as an “upscale second-home, vacation and residential community.” Rajewski has served as president of the Bayou Association and is a member of the Citizens’ Oversight Tax Committee. But the commission race is his first real foray into politics. He waited until the last week to turn in his candidate papers to the Supervisor of Elections Office because he wanted to see if anyone else would step up — and when no one did, his choice was made. “I wouldn’t be running if everything was going the way I thought it should be,” he said. If elected, what will be your top three priorities? Beach renourishment and how we finance that. Pension plans. The third thing would be Whitney Beach Plaza and what we do about that.
What role should the Town Commission play in cellular service on Longboat Key? Cell service has become a necessity to a lot of people. I think the town has done something correct by having its communications engineer in place. If you put a tower there … when new technologies come forward, that tower is going to stay there. There’s got to be technology coming forward, either with Verizon’s fiber-optic cables or receptor antennae placed on phones. What’s your position on placing a 150foot cell tower on the Longboat Island Chapel property? If the town consultants recommended it, would you vote for it? I don’t think so. You’ve seen towers around town and they’re ugly. I think it would negatively affect property values of the people who live around there, and that’s wrong. Would you vote for or against extending a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort if you don’t see progress by the Dec. 31 deadline? I would (vote for a continuance), but I would put a deadline on it. What should the town do to fix erosion at the north end? The groins that they’ve put in at the Islander Club seem to work just fine, although to the south of the Islander, there is more erosion on the beach than is normal. What is your view of the town’s historical practices of conducting major beach renourishment projects every seven to eight years and its current practice of addressing hot spots? I think you have to do it, although I’d like to hear more of what people have to say about it, especially people who live on the Gulf side. What is your position on mixed-use development for the Whitney Beach area?
I think mixed-use would be fine. You could have something like the Rosemary District with restaurants on the first floor as long as it wouldn’t go very high. I wouldn’t have a problem if it’s something that could be done tastefully for the people of the Village. What steps should the town take to address its $26 million to $27 million unfunded pension liability? What would you recommend to eliminate that? It’s only an unfunded liability when you have to start paying it out. But, before you handle that, you have to handle it going forward by preserving the obligations you made to people and with new hires and new contracts, going forward with defined contributory plans, like 401ks. The town will soon begin a review of its zoning code and Comprehensive Plan. Do you support this? If so, what are some specific changes that need to be made? No. In 2007, the Town Commission and town attorney made revisions to the Comp Plan. It seems to me that we can’t keep revising the Comp Plan every three, five, six years. It’s served us well for the past 20 years or so, so why are we addressing it now? What is your position on a new community center? We’ve got pension liabilities, beach renourishment and property values that aren’t going anywhere. Most condominiums have community centers. We would be spending $7 million and we don’t know what the costs of maintenance would be. What letter grade would you give to the new town manager based on his first three-and-a-half months in the position? For me to give someone like that a grade isn’t fair. There really haven’t been any results. There have been a lot of ideas. I’m not crazy about him coming in and telling us to do the Comp Plan, but I like what he’s doing with cell service. Certainly not a C and certainly not an A.
Where do you stand on whether to continue searching for a permanent town manager or offering the position to the interim town manager? I thought the idea was that we would do a search. We may have the best person there is, but we should be hiring a search firm. Property values will likely drop one more time, requiring more permanent budget cuts. How, specifically, would you expect the town manager to address the situation? Longboat Key people can afford more than in many areas and expect a certain level of service. We need to come to an agreement of how much money is needed. The millage rate is the only flexible part of the equation. If property values go down and the millage rate goes up proportionally, the amount of taxes stays the same. But (Longboat Key) is only 12% of the equation. We should be in their banging on the supervisor’s door in Sarasota County about that other 88%. Given the likelihood of budget cuts, where do you stand on pay raises for town employees? I find it hard not to give the employees the COLA. Money’s not always the greatest motivator but it’s the greatest de-motivator. Would you sign a pledge to oppose and vote against any tax increases? I would sign it. Absolutely. Why do you want to be a commissioner, and why are you better for the Town Commission than your opponent? If I thought everything was hunky-dory, I wouldn’t be running. I think Mr. Brenner is more inclined to the more commercial, tourist development than I am. I think I put more emphasis on the residents. Commercial enterprises on Longboat Key are there to support the residents. If everything were going the way I thought it should, I wouldn’t be running.
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Immoral corporate welfare Maybe a good roundhouse to their proboscises might knock some sense into them. We’re speaking of the Sarasota
Now let’s say you own a medical-billing company in Sarasota REMEMBERING IWO JIMA County; you’ve been operating here for more than a decade; you’ve paid property, tangible and County Commission members. intangible and corporate income Over the past two years, they taxes all that time; and you have confiscated $10 million of haven’t taken one dime of subsiSarasota County taxpayers’ money, dies from the government. and, in exchange for promises by How can Robinson, Barbetta business owners to create new and Huey possibly justify a handjobs, the commissioners have out to the out-of-state company? passed taxpayers’ money into the There’s more: hands of those business owners. With the typical arrogance of With that pig pot about dry, government do-gooders, Robinthey voted last week to replenson, Barbetta & Co. are presumish it with another $6 million of ing they are smarter than all of us Sarasota County residents’ money. on how best to spend or invest the The vote was 4-1, with Commis$16 million they are confiscating sioner Nora Patterson dissenting. from taxpayers. Instead of allocating $6 million, In effect, they are saying: “If we Patterson only wanted to take $3 Mallory Gnaegy let you control your own money, million. Longboat Key resident Martin Samowitz, 97, is thanked you are not as smart as we are With this action, once again, the and congratulated by Matt Walsh Feb. 23, at the Kiwanis creating new business ventures commissioners, along with their Club of Longboat Key breakfast at the Tavern at the that will generate as many jobs “economic development” experts Longboat Key Club. as we will or the kind of jobs we — none of whom, by the way, has want when we take your money achieved any venture capitalist Shame on us. Shame on all of the news media. and invest in, say, Sanborn Stuor business status of remarkable Feb. 19, 1945, was “D-Day” for the Battle of Iwo Jima dios.” merit — have decided which comagainst the Japanese in World War II, and Feb. 23, 1945, The commissioners can see the panies among many have the best was the day U.S. Marines raised the American flag on companies that come to them for ideas, plans, products and services Iwo’s Mount Suribachi — commemorated in that iconic a welfare check. But they cannot to be worthy of taxpayers’ money. photograph by photographer Joe Rosenthal. see the unknown entrepreneur, In the free market, they call Apparently, none of the news media commemorated either maybe even the next Steve Jobs, this process “government picking day (we plead guilty), and Longboat Key resident Martin who is denied capital because of winners and losers.” And always Samowitz was disappointed. the taxation that occurs. (i.e. Solyndra), the taxpayers are Samowitz, 97, is the oldest surviving U.S. Marine from That may sound far-fetched. the losers. the Battle of Iwo Jima. A corporal then, he was among the But it reminds us of the often There is no moral or economic second wave of Marines who stormed Iwo Jima’s beaches on told story by the late, great justification whatsoever for govthe second day, “D-Day Plus One,” as he put it. economist Milton Friedman. ernment to take your wealth (by Samowitz recounted his days on Iwo Jima last Thursday, After Mercedes-Benz won a $350 force of a gun, mind you, aka taxathe 67th anniversary of the raising of the flag on Mount million subsidy to build an auto tion) and transfer it to a privately Suribachi, for the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. He also plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., from the owned enterprise that competes talked about his subsequent years as the founder and owner Alabama Legislature, Friedman in the free marketplace. of the famous Northeast retail chain, Marty’s Shoes. was asked whether this was a wise People such as Commissioners Asked what it was like to “walk” to the top of Mount investment. Think of all the new Joe Barbetta and Christine RobSuribachi, Samowitz snapped: “Walk!? He made it as most jobs being created now and in the inson and Mark Huey, president Marines did — on his knees, elbows and belly. — MW future, he was told. of the Economic Development Responded Friedman: “Think Corp. of Sarasota County, see this of all of the jobs not being created as “economic development” — becoming the next MGM. When it applied by the Alabama people who had providing corporate welfare under for another $500,000 in taxpayer money, to give Mercedes that $350 million. Ask the the guise of “public policy” to improve the widow on the fixed income in little Chicasaw, local economy. The idea, of course, is to hand the county’s economic development officials had enough sense to turn it down. Ala., on the Gulf Coast if she cares about the out capital to companies so the businesses There were other losers — Sunovia Energy Mercedes jobs in Tuscaloosa.” can expand and hire more people — obtainTechnologies, for one ($50,000). And the One more time: Stop the corporate weling an (alleged) advantage over their comjobs created from 28 “grants” to various fare. It’s wrong. It’s immoral. Focus instead petitors. This in turn is expected to create a on reducing the burdens of taxation and spillover effect that will result in the creation companies have totaled 1,039 compared to 2,323 promised (44%). It’s still early in some regulation. Create a climate where it’s a joy of more new local jobs. cases. Companies received their money in and easy for all to do business. The economic development experts say just the past few months. this process is executed under rigorous + Try using Longboat talent But even if the jobs materialize — highly examinations and follow-up to make sure Here’s one for the Town Hall suggestion taxpayers are receiving the proper “return on unlikely — there still is no justification for box: Before the town of Longboat Key issues taxpayer money financing the expansions of investment.” businesses favored by commissioners and so- a request for bids from consultants to help But as we have seen in Sarasota County, the Town Commission decide whether and called “economic development” experts. it’s a “learning” process. The expected ROI is Taxpayers should be outraged by this stuff. how to change the town’s comprehensive often mythical. Our version of Solyndra was plan and zoning codes, how about looking Consider this one: Sanborn Studios, one of the county’s more for that guidance from among the smart Commissioner Robinson is all excited notorious economic development flubs. The residents who live on the Key? about the $400,000 the county promised county gave Sanborn $650,000 with the Citizen committees are often disasters, recently to an out-of-state medicall billing expectation that Sanborn would create 117 but we would bet there are many individuals company that employs 148 people and “is movie-production jobs in three years. on the Key (i.e. Lenny Landau, chief among expected” to hire another 215 more over the Sanborn outfitted a 20,000-square-foot them) who would do a better job for a lot less next two years, according to the Sarasota studio in Lakewood Ranch, but has since money dissecting what needs to be revised Herald-Tribune. The company was deciding abandoned it, laid off several employees and than would so-called expert consultants. between Sarasota and Hillsborough County. doesn’t exactly appear to be on its way to
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
by Walter Frank
Best future for Israel is a strong America led us into the Iraq War. The Iraq War may be characterized by history as the worst blunder by the United States in the 20th century. We leave Iraq after a cost of billions of dollars a virtual failed state. Iraq prior to our invasion was the greatest counterbalance to Iran. Only by destroying Iraq has Iran been able to gain its current balance of power. The failure in Iraq resulted in a major drop of prestige and respect in the region. The billions of dollars wasted is in part the cause of the economic problems we now face. By moving the focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, we lost a winnable war, which is another source of the view that U.S. is a waning power. Mr. Stephens is correct in saying that Iran is the current major threat to Israel. It is a major stretch to say, as he implies, that Iran could ultimately be a military threat to the United States. This is the kind of reasoning the NeoCons have traditionally used. It is questionable to believe that it would be in Iran’s interest to attack Israel. In fact, it would be suicidal for the current regime. It is true that Israel today is in the most hostile environment in its recent history with virtually no alliances left in the region. The likelihood is that the region will be
dominated by the Islamists, who will be hostile to Israel. Mr. Stephens, in pointing this out, also does not acknowledge the deep division in Islam by the intense hostility between the Sunnis and Shiites. The fact that Iran is the lone Sunni state in the region puts it in an isolated position. Mr. Stephens is correct the United States must maintain itself as the strong leader of the world. The United States has become, since World War II, the equivalent of a modern empire. This position was not as much a matter of choice but one imposed on us by the accidents of history. As with all empires, the risk is of over-reaching. There are limits to our power. We will need a strong military, but more power will need to come from approaching the world as a chess master rather than the Dr. Strangelove approach of the NeoCons. We will need to build alliances, exploit rivalries and recognize our limitations. Realistically, I do not think that if President Obama or Gov. Romney become are elected there will be much change in foreign policy. I believe Jews should vote for the man who they believe be the best leader for the United States not for who will do the most for Israel. The best future for Israel is a strong America.
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On July 15, Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist of the Wall Street Journal, gave a persuasive presentation to American Jewish Committee Chapter of the Sarasota area, arguing that the United States is wrong in not backing the Netanyahu government in attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. In fact, he feels the United States should be the attacker. It is not important to argue the chances of success or failure of such a mission but to recognize what are the possible consequences. The probability is that any military action against Iran at this point will, in all likelihood, drive the price of oil to $300 a barrel or higher. Without any military action, there is already a $20 to $40 risk premium in the price of oil. The world today is in the most fragile economic condition since the 1930s, a price spike of any magnitude would plunge the world into the worst depression in modern times. This would unleash the greatest anti-Semitic surge in history. The depression would be blamed on Israel which would be seen as the instigator. It is interesting to listen to the well-crafted arguments of Mr. Stephens, who is obviously a bright and well-educated individual. The arguments are strongly reminiscent of NeoCon points, which
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Feb. 16 Search effort 10:41 p.m. — 3300 block of Bayou Sound. Suspicious Person. A man called police after his teenage son called him to report that a man who used to do landscaping work for them had come by their house and tried to get someone to come to the door before leaving the property on his bicycle. The man said that he did not want the landscaper coming near his home because of his history of drug use. Police checked to make sure the teen and his sister were OK and searched the area for the man but were unable to find him.
employee turned in an Amazon Kindle she found in the store.
2:40 p.m. — 5900 block of Emerald Harbor Drive. Soliciting. Police received a report of a full-sized truck throwing fliers into driveways but were unable to locate the solicitors. Police picked up a flier and called the number listed to inform the company that soliciting is illegal on Longboat Key.
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11:15 p.m. — 400 block of GMD. Security Check. Dispatch located a business’ key holder after police found its door unlocked.
Property found 12:58 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Property Found. A grocery-store
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2:08 p.m. — 400 block of Firehouse Court. Dog Found. A man found a dog wandering through his neighborhood and put the animal in his backyard. The man told police he would keep the dog for a while before contacting an animal shelter.
Car break-in 3:47 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Larceny From Vehicle. A woman said that she returned to her vehicle from the beach and found that her side window had been broken and her purse was taken. Police found that the window appeared to be punched or pried open with a small tool and dusted the vehicle for fingerprints.
12:05 a.m. — 600 block of Cedar St. Noise Disturbance. Police received two separate complaints of loud people in a swimming pool. A woman who said she was renting a vacation unit apologized for the noise and said that she and her guest would go inside.
Feb. 19 Hose down 11:30 a.m. — 200 block of N. Shore Road. Suspicious Circumstance. An anonymous caller reported that three youths were using his hose to cleanup after going to the beach. The group apologized and agreed to stay off of private property.
Abandoned bicycle 5:05 p.m. — 3300 block of Harbourside Drive. Property Found. Police took a bicycle reported as abandoned into evidence but were unable to find any record of it being stolen.
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2:39 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Larceny. A manager reported that a man entered a store and took a Foster’s beer without paying. The man left the store before police arrived. Police reviewed camera evidence, realized they had encountered the man earlier that morning and issued a capias request.
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“Is the United States Going Bankrupt?”
Dr. Somersan will review the federal budget, look at the causes of the deficit and offer a list of changes to bring the deficit under control. She will also look at the total debt of the U.S. and identify components that should be of concern to policy makers and the public alike. Dr. Somersan came to the University of Wisconsin - Madison from Istanbul, Turkey on a Fulbright Scholarship, in 1965. She earned her PhD in International Economics in 1969. Dr. Somersan served as the Dean and Director of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, the University’s outreach to communities, farms, businesses, families and youth. In her administrative capacity she directed the work of 600 faculty members from across the disciplines and managed an annual budget of $60 million dollars. Dr. Somersan has spoken to thousands of people across the country on the American and world economy. Her stock rises as economic conditions worsen. Her claim to fame is making economics understandable and enjoyable. Dr. Somersan lives in Sarasota with her husband Ergun. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: Jane Albaum 362-0520 Luncheon reservations must be prepaid by Thursday, March 8th Please mail this form with check for $23 per person to: Longboat Key Democratic Club P.O. Box 8025, Longboat Key, FL 34228 Important Notice: Lunch site is Harborside Dining Room at Longboat Key Club
1:21 a.m. — Off the Key. Unsecured Boat. A Bradenton Beach patrol unit contacted police about an adrift sailboat that had become lodged against the Longboat Pass Bridge. Police contacted a Coast Guard officer, who advised that a marine unit would investigate further.
2 p.m. — 6900 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man reported that two males were taking pictures of a possibly underage female wearing “provocative” clothing at an abandoned gas station. The female told police that she had asked her friends to take pictures of her for personal use. Police found that all subjects were of age and properly clothed.
9:20 a.m. — 500 block of Halyard Lane. Code Enforcement. A man wanted to be sure that the owner of a motor home parked in a driveway near his property was aware of a town ordinance limiting parking for motor homes. The man wanted police to note that it was day one of the vehicle’s parking time. The motor home owner’s wife told police she knew about the ordinance and said that arrangements had already been made for the vehicle’s storage.
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10:04 p.m. — 4300 block of Falmouth Drive. Noise Disturbance. Police responded to a report of loud noise and found that the sound was coming from a company that was cleaning up a large water leak that damaged several condominium units.
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Thursday, March 1
Saturday, March 3
Wednesday, March 7
‘Lonely Man of Faith’ Viewing — starts at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. This documentary highlights the life and thoughts of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, a legendary figure of modern Judaism who transformed modern orthodoxy. Free. Call 3833428.
Tingley Memorial Library Annual Book Sale — takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Call 779-1208.
Lenten Series: Ximena Granada — takes place at 2 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Ximena Granada will speak about Tidewell Hospice. Free. Call 3835259.
Sunset Soiree and Silent Auction — takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway. This event will feature wine, beer and food stations and a silent auction. The guest of honor is Kevin Carroll, who developed Winter the dolphin’s prosthetic tail and also prosthetic legs for rescued birds at Save Our Seabirds. Cost is $35. Call 388-3010.
Monday, March 5 Mote Lecture Series: Charles ‘Flip’ Nicklin— starts at 7:30 p.m. at Immersion Cinema at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Nicklin is an award-winning contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine and founder of Whale Trust. He wrote “Among Giants: a Life with Whales,” which features his history and experience studying whales. Cost is $15 for members; $12 for non-members. Call 388-4441or register online at www.mote.org/lecture.
Thursday, March 8 LBKCA Annual Juried Exhibition Opening Reception — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. “Illuminated Nature” is the theme of this juried exhibit. Featured artists’ work and photographs incorporate water, light or nature. The exhibit runs through March 29. Free. RSVP required; call 383-2345.
Friday, March 16 Republican Club of Longboat Key Monthly Meeting — takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. This will be Attorney General Pam Bondi’s first speech in Sarasota since taking office in 2011. Breakfast will be served, and Bondi will speak from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $20. Call Ruth Strauss at 383-5349.
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 3834818 Where to buy tickets: • Circle Books, St. Armands Circle, 478 John Ringling Blvd. • Davidson Drugs, 5124 Ocean Glvd. 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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When: Early bird sale, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 2; regular sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Where: St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, Stella Maris Activity Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive Cost: Preview sale, $5; regular sale, free.
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Business After Hours — takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Broadway Promenade (in the Community Room) 1064 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours allows friends and business associates to network over hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for guests. Reserve online at longboatkeychamber.com or by calling 383-2466.
FST Improv at the Education Center — takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Interact with the actors of Florida Studio Theatre and learn the craft of improv. Cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Call 3838811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GEORGE HEITLER “I sang in (so many) plays and musicals for all the years,” he says. “I used to try to imitate Ezio Pinza in ‘Some Enchanted Evening.’” Heitler abruptly halts the conversation and breaks out into a passionate rendition of “Lovely to Look at” by Jerome Kern in the Broadway musical, “Roberta.” He uses his right hand to emphasize the flowing notes and slightly lifts his brow as if he’s performing on stage. “Is quite my most impossible scheme come true/Imagine finding a dream like you/ You’re lovely to look at/It’s thrilling to hold you terribly tight/For we’re together, the moon is new/ And, oh, it’s lovely to look at you tonight.” As quickly as he jumps into song, he stops and says, “Oh, I know what else I should tell you,” as if the display of talent never happened. He has been leading a “birthday bash” in the retirement community for 11 years. Once a month, he celebrates the Plymouth Harbor residents’ birthdays with song. He also leads weekly singalongs at area retirement homes, assisted-living facilities and Alzheimer’s units with help from friends Don and Peggy Wallace. “I’m a ham!” he says with a big grin. But for anyone who meets
George Heitler performed in Don Wallace’s “The Scam on the 17th Floor” Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Plymouth Harbor. him, that’s common knowledge. Don Wallace, a playwright, also lives at Plymouth Harbor and has created a series of original plays in which the residents take part. So far, Heitler has been in “Dog on the 17th Floor,” “The Ghost on the 17th Floor” and, now, “The Scam on the 17th Floor.”
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However, it’s apparent, even in a small role as the announcer in ‘The Scam on the 17th Floor” — Heitler was made for the stage. — Mallory Gnaegy
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Retired lawyer George Heitler had a hand in drafting the Blue Cross plans. But the 96-and-a-half-yearold Plymouth Harbor resident doesn’t want to talk about business — he brushes it aside. He wants to talk about the “fun” stuff. “I’ve been singing all my life,” the basso profundo says with a tinge of a New York accent. His mother, Celia, was a talented pianist and singer and tried out for the Metropolitan Opera Company when she was 16, but instead of pursuing it professionally, she eloped with Heitler’s dad, Jacob. Heitler grew up singing Broadway duets with his mother. He started at age 7 when he sang in the temple choir, and by age 12, he was starring in “The Student Prince.” He was also in the glee club throughout his schooling. In Chicago, he secured the leading roles in two readingplay groups. After moving to Connecticut, he was the president of the Summer Songsters, and he sang with the Heritage Singers and also Morning Musicale. He used to give several performances at Whitney Beach after moving there in ’82 and used to lead a sing-along at Bayfront Park Recreation Center once a month.
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TBI celebrates local operatic sensations The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel hosted the annual Temple Beth Israel Opera Night Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the temple. Members of the Sarasota Opera’s 2012 Studio Artists Program performed popular operatic pieces and Broadway show tunes for a large crowd. Following the performance, those who attended were invited to talk with the performers over refreshments.
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Island Chapel members dig in to ‘simple supper’
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Longboat Key Island Chapel members and guests gathered Feb. 26, to enjoy a “Simple Sunday Supper.” They enjoyed a choice of four homemade soups, along with Chairwoman Alma Cockerham’s special salad, featuring gorgonzola cheese and a secret dressing. Dessert was a selection of brownies, cookies and frosted cakes. After dinner, trivia games were played, led by Board Chairwoman Sue Reese. The suppers will be held monthly. Photos by Dora Walters
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+ German consul general attends talk at Temple Beth Israel
The Longboat Key Fire Rescue staff recently took on the task of painting the north station interior as a cost-saving measure. As part of the project, firefighter paramedics Rob Jacobs and Jason Coats hand painted a mural with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue logo.
On Feb. 23, Sonia Pressman Fuentes spoke to Temple Beth Israel about a trip she took last fall to Germany, and Belgium, and the truth she uncovered there. She discussed how on the trip, she learned information that exposed Robert de Foy for arresting, deporting and blocking the immigration of hundreds of Jews — including an attempt to block Fuentes’ family from immigrating. De Foy had been recognized by Yad Vashem in 1975 as a “righteous Gentile,” and Fuentes asked for him to be stripped of his designation. German consul general in Miami, Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy, was present to hear Fuentes’ talk.
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Bird/Lido Key The Beach Residences $2,950,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Sunsets & turquoise wtrs. 3BR+den. Imagine & enjoy Ritz Carlton lifestyle. SHF#A3902833 Bird Key $2,795,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 A luxuriously appointed waterfront home beautifully situated on Bird Key. SHF#A3953665 Lido Beach $2,500,000 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Beautiful 3/3 home on deep wide boating water. Partial bay view. Pool. SHF#A3953693 The Beach Residences $1,700,000 Carolyn Donnelly, 941-350-9900 3BR Ritz condo w/bay views. Beach access & Ritz membership included. SHF#A3948400 Lido Beach Club $649,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Furnished 2BR/2BA condo w/3 balconies & views of the gulf, Lido & downtown. SHF#A3933011 Lido Ambassador $625,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Beach front condo with full gulf views. Renovated 2/2. Walk to St. Armands. SHF#A3951810 Lido Beach Club $497,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Bright, turnkey 2BR/2BA Lido Beach Club condo, walk to St. Armand’s Circle. SHF#A3945206
Beaches of Longboat Key $849,000 Jo James, 941-388-3966 Gulf view Bougainvillea Place $1,290,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 West of 2BR/2BA condo. Entertaiment size living room plus large balcony. the Trail 4000 sq. ft. Tudor revival with separate guest house. SHF#A3954919 SHF#A3954083 Prestancia $588,900 Louis Wery, 941-387-1816 European style home with Marina Bay $799,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 First floor 3BR/3BA residence 2BR/possible 3BR/2.5BA w/lake & golf course views. SHF#A3946882 with 3,300 square feet of living on the bay. SHF#A3951325 University Park $469,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Custom lakeIslander Club of Longboat $799,000 Jeff Mann, 941-388-3966 Set your sights front home with screened pool, 4BR/3BA & 2 car garage. SHF#A3945128 on luxury in this exceptional 2BR/2BA condo. Lovely details. SHF#A3953344 Sarasota $429,000 Sharon Klein, 941-928-7447 This 5 acre 4BR/2BA home Players Club $799,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Cottage appeal in this features resurfaced pool, fireplace, & wood floors. SHF#A3931034 updated & furnished 2BR/2BA gulf front condominium. SHF#A3954048 Serenoa $424,900 Louis Wery, 941-387-1816 Custom 4BR/3BA+office on Emerald Harbor $649,900 Lisa Morreale, 941-388-3966 Beauty of the block. half-acre lot in gated community with lake views. SHF#A3953498 Deluxe 3BR/2BA home with mature plants and tile roof. SHF#A3952740 Broadway Promenade $299,900 Martina Coppenrath, 941-724-3339 SweepCountry Club Shores $599,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Great value ing views of downtown & Sarasota Bay with the feel of pure luxury. SHF#A3947159 3BR/2BA on deep water. Southern exposure. SHF#A3932805 Broadway Promenade $279,000 Martina Coppenrath, 941-724-3339 Fabulous Laguna Yacht Village $549,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Custom designed bay & city views, almost new, under $300,000. Now that’s a deal! SHF#A3949761 3BR/2.5BA home with private dock and deeded beach access. SHF#A3949007 Oak Ford $264,900 Sharon Klein, 941-928-7447 Live the lifestyle of wide Beachplace II $549,000 Taube Levitt, 941-388-3966 Dramatic condo. Beautiful open spaces 1 ac golf course comm home! SHF#A3948809 2BR/2BA residence. Walk-in closet, central air. SHF#A3951722
Sarasota $469,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-323-0033 Nicest garden lot on the Shore Condo $525,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Beachfront island. Near clubhouse & tennis. SHF#A3940485 enclave! Island elegance, spacious 2BR. Large pet welcome. SHF#A3955570 University Park $794,900 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8592/ Lido Surf & Sand $448,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 2/2 TKF condo. Beachplace $519,000 Maggie Hicks, 941-387-1860 Furnished 2BR/2BA 941-266-7740 Private lakefront/preserve views w/3BR/3BA, granite, office, den, pool/spa. SHF#A3950197 Gulf front, heated pool and jacuzzi. Walk to St. Armand’s. SHF#A3943096 condo on LBK. Amenities include tennis, fitness & pool/spa. SHF#A3922591 Lido Surf & Sand $415,000 Lynn A. Luken, 941-388-3966 Delightful 2BR/2BA Beachplace I $489,000 Maggie Hicks, 941-387-1860 Coveted southern University Place $284,900 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8592/ 941-266-7740 3BR/2BA Great room plan. Beautiful kitchen w/granite counters/ condo, lovely details, exercise rooms and garage. SHF#A3955109 exposure & the largest 2BR 1st floor walk-out. SHF#A3953797 black appl. SHF#A3946199
Fairway Bay $429,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Bay views corner Riverwalk $229,000 Martina Coppenrath, 941-724-3339 3BR/2BA, 2000 sf updtd & furn to perfection 2BR+offc residence w/bch access. SHF#A3941131 home in quiet community, soaring ceilings & open floor plan. SHF#A3949639
Longboat Key $2,800,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Prime bayfront homesite! 18,000 + sf with 309 ft wtr front with beach access. SHF#A3930758 Castillian $419,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Fully furnished w/direct gulf views, 2BR/2BA w/updated kitchen appliances! SHF#A3951734 Water Club $2,395,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Bay, city & gulf Fairway Bay $399,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 Panoramic bay views. views from this 3BR/4.5BA Dover floor plan w/3,273 SF. SHF#A3949045 2BR/2BA, updated, turnkey furnished, covered parking. SHF#A3953888 Bay Isles $2,099,000 Linda Weber, 941-504-2000 Boaters dream-custom Sand Cay $324,900 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA 3800 sf deep waterfront home 4BR/5BA w/100’ dock. SHF#A3933263 condo in a gulf front community. SHF#A3940462 Dream Island $1,599,900 Jennifer Horne, 941-388-3966 A world of luxury Seaplace $299,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 This 2BR/2BA is just awaits you in this tile-roofed 4BR/4BA residence. SHF#A3948193 steps from the beach. Amenity rich, secure community. SHF#A3944993 Villa Di Lancia $1,499,999 Patrick DiPinto, 941-323-0033 Direct gulf front! Seaplace $249,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Enjoy tranquil garden views Villa Di Lancia ‘walk down’ residence. 3BR/3BA. 2,455 SF. SHF#A3955494 from this 2BR/2BA in a gated, gulf front comm. SHF#A3946018 Grand Bay $1,495,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 The best views on Boathouse on Longboat $55,000 Don Vercauteren, 941-228-3894 Boatslip the bay. Marina, city and bay. 2 Parking. SHF#A3951577 on third level 31.6ft in length, beam is 8.6ft, 9ft 10in height. SHF#A3955254 Grand Bay $1,195,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Sunrise & sunset Mainland Sarasota views flourish from this 9th flr/3BR Cayman. 2 pets OK. SHF#A3945618
Siesta Key Blind Pass Estates $1,799,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-323-0033 Lot is fully permitted with all necessary county & state permits in hand. SHF#A3951388 Gulf & Bay Club $725,000 Charles Offer, 941-388-3966 High quality condo overlooking Siesta Key beach, outstanding resort commun. SHF#A3949213 Harbor Towers Y & R $429,000 Joe Boguszewski, PA, 941-388-3966 2BR/2BA Penthouse with dramatic views. Lots of amenities, priced to sell. SHF#A3901152 Harbor Towers Y & R $399,500 Joe Boguszewski, PA, 941-388-3966 Fabulous 2BR/2BA penthouse. Lots of amenities. On site rental. SHF#A3953921
St. Armand’s Key Sarasota Harbor West $239,000 Babette Paige, 941-388-3966 Bay front condo 2/1.5 with deep water dock available. 55+ maintenance free. SHF#A3941092
Country Club Shores $899,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Big bay San Remo Estates $4,150,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 5BR/5.3BA Sarasota Harbor $189,000 Inger Lill, 941-388-3966 Cheerful waterfront condo. views, vaulted ceilings and easy beach access from this 3/3. SHF#A3951482 residence built in 2005 on 160’ of wide open yacht basin. SHF#A3950270 Elevators. Dock. Community swimming pool. SHF#A3951587
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Come ‘sale away’ at Christ Church It’s the first time Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian is hosting a rummage sale. Members have been collecting items since November. Items featured range from things such as holiday dish sets, a three-wheel tandem bike, clothing, a picnic basket from England, like-new bikes, kitchen accessories and sporting equipment. The money raised will go to the church’s mission projects, and any unsold goods will be donated to charity.
IF YOU GO When: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10 Where: Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost: Free Info: Call 383-8833
obituaries Robert Merrill
Robert Merrill, of Sarasota, died Feb. 16. He was 93. Mr. Merrill was born July 25, 1918, in Gorham, Maine. Mr. Merrill, a civil engineer, retired to Sarasota 32 years ago from the Maine Department of Transportation. He was a 1940 graduate of the University of Maine and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Merrill was master sergeant in the U.S. Air Corps in World War II and was a member of Sarasota Sahib Shrine Temple Bagpipe Band and the First Congregational UCC. He is survived by his wife, Judith; brother, Richard; and son, John. A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at the MacNeil Chapel at Plymouth Harbor.
Edward A. Mulhare
Merle Huntington helps organize items for the sale.
Edward A. Mulhare, of Longboat Key and formerly of River Edge, N.J., died Feb. 24. He was 85. He was born in 1926, in Kingston, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had also served in the Merchant Marines. Mr. Mulhare earned a
bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He enjoyed a successful career as an investment professional, having served as a vice president of Prudential Financial; as an executive vice president of Republic Bank; and as the founding chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch Interfunding. He also served on the board of directors of several privately held companies. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, USAF Maj. Ross Mulhare. Mr. Mulhare is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Kinross Mulhare; sister, Mary Lockwood; sons Keith and Drew; daughter, Lisa Sanderson; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A reception will be held at Beaugard’s Funeral Home in River Edge, N.J. Donations may be made in memory of Edward Mulhare to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org.
J. Alexander ‘Alex’ Rogers
J. Alexander “Alex” Rogers, of Bradenton, Longboat Key and Wales, died Feb. 23. He was 58. Mr. Rogers was born April 13, 1953. He is survived by his wife, Kath-
563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key All are welcome. Please join us in worship!
Harbour Square 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #210 Longboat Key, FL 34228
8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday Eucharist and Anointing 10 a.m. The Rev. David L. Danner, D. Min., Rector
Roser Community Church
Love is the doctrine of this church… Come join us as you travel your journey of faith.
10:00 a.m. Worship Service The Rev. Charlie Shook
Celebrating 100 years of Service in 2013
Aging in Paradise Resource Center www.aginginparadise.org
Gary Gary A. Batey, Pastor Pastor A non-denominational, traditional non-denominational, traditionalchurch church
Sunday 9Sunday, AM and AM —Traditional Worship 1011 am – Traditional Worship 9 am –Sunday Adult Sunday 10 AM —Adult SchoolSchool & Book Study 10 am – Children and Youth Church School 9 AM —Children and Youth Church School
We are proud sponsors of two Habitat for Humanity houses. 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Florida 34228 Telephone: 383-6491 web: www.islandchapel.com
Helen M. Thorkelsen, of Longboat Key and formerly of Philadelphia, died Feb. 15. She was 72. She was born July 6, 1939. Mrs. Thorkelsen was a lifelong hospitality employee, spending many years as a waitress at the Gulf Drive Café on Bradenton Beach. Through the years she had established many relationships as a result of that association. Mrs. Thorkelsen and her husband, Bill, developed a strong bond with their neighbors on Bayview Drive and entertained often. Friends and family were the focal point of her life. Mrs. Thorkelsen is survived by her husband, William K. Thorkelsen, of Longboat Key; sister, Marie Swiacki; children Deborah Michael, Charles Griffith Jr., Bob Griffith, Don Griffith, Julia Mele and Bob Mare; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to your local Hospice chapter or affiliation.
The Episcopal Church on Longboat Key
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Helen M. Thorkelsen
All Angels by the Sea
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leen Rogers; son, Jamie Condon; and one grandson. A celebration of life will be held at noon Monday, March 5, at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave., Sarasota.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
St. Armands Key Lutheran Church On the Circle
40 North Adams Drive
Sunday Worship Schedule
What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?
Roser Community Church
Gary A. Batey, Pastor
St. Mary, Star of the Sea,
A non-denominational, traditional church
A SERMON SERIES BY DR. BRUCE PORTER
CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday 9 AM and 11 AM —Traditional Worship
Come and join us for an engaging series of sermons based on Martin Thielen’s best selling book. This series is sure to be a help to seekers and a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning assumptions from their past. Join optional small groups to discuss topics at the heart of the Christian Faith.
Welcomes toSchool Mass 10 AM —you Adult Sunday & Book Study
9 AM —Children and YouthSCHEDULE Church School WINTER MASS
LENT: M-F 9 and 11:30 am / Sat 9 am Confession before all weekend Masses Msgr. Gerard Finegan, Pastor
Temple Beth Israel
Located at 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive
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A Center of Jewish Life and Learning in the Sarasota Area
Temple Beth Israel
Saturday: 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 am
Friday Evening, 8:00 pm 941-778-0414 Avenue, Fourth Friday of512 the Pine Month, 5:30Anna pm Maria Saturday Morning, 10:00 am www.roserchurch.com Please visit our Judaica Shop 941.383.3428 www.tbi-lbk.org
567 Bay Isles Road • Longboat Key, FL
4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 383-1255
Sermon on Sunday, March 4: “Is There Hope? Jesus - Resurrection”
Services at 8:30 & 10:00am • 383.8833 • www.christchurchoflbk.org
Contemporary Service of Joy • 9:00 a.m. Sunday School (Youth & Adult) • 10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Celebration • 11:00 a.m. 941-778-0414 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria www.roserchurch.com The Reverand Mark A. Bernthal
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
Town Hall 2012 Proudly Presents:
Steven Levitt Monday, March 5th Morning Lecture: 10:30 am | Evening Lecture: 7:30 pm
For more information, please call 941.925.1343
Thanks to all of our generous sponsors:
The Steven Levitt lectures are sponsored by:
Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation Community Foundation of Sarasota County Robert W. Baird & Co. The Observer Group Oberndorf Family Foundation Gulf Coast Community Foundation Sun Hydraulics Corporation Harris Private Bank SunTrust Longboat Key Club & Resort Sabal Trust Company
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
It’s Starting to get Fun Again. Buyers are coming into the market and buying well-valued properties to enjoy as their new homes. The investors who only wanted steals have seen those opportunities dry up. Sellers with appropriately priced homes are finding liquidity again. Days on the market are shorter and inventory is decreasing. In 26 years of selling Sarasota property, I have never had so many sales in such a concentrated period of time. Since the first of this year, I have sold or contracted on $22,451,500 in properties. That’s over $22 million! If you are a buyer, know that things are selling. If you are a Seller, we are in the middle of a strong season; this is the time to have your property on the market! Call me today for a complimentary market analysis on your home.
Roger’s 2012 Activity Sales 100 South Warbler Lane Water Club 602 654 Mourning Dove Drive* Grand Bay 211 1930 Wisteria Lane Seaplace M2 412 551 Yardarm Lane
Sold Price $3,300,000 $2,212,500 $950,000 $925,000 $815,000 $650,000 $590,000
Pending Contracts 611 Mourning Dove Drive 9250 Blind Pass Road 200 Bird Key Drive 604 Mourning Dove Drive Grand Bay 172 8419 Midnight Pass Promenade 402 530 Wedge Lane* 552 Ranger Lane Seaplace 109
List Price $3,295,000 $2,195,000 $1,795,000 $1,650,000 $899,000 $849,000 $829,000 $599,000 $549,000 $349,000
* Represented the Buyer & Seller
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES
BiRd kEY 611mourningdove.com Direct bay view! Four bedrooms, open floor plan, upscale finishes and soaring ceilings. $3,295,000
561harborcovecircle.com In Bay Isles, full-bay view with over 185’ of water frontage. Open floor plan. $1,995,000
waterclubnorth1102.com Rarely available 4BR penthouse. Exquisitely finished and furnished, direct Gulf and bay views. 2 car garage. $2,895,000 1125bogeylane.com Tuscan-style home looking down the canal toward the bay. Major landscaping and interior renovation. $799,000 512cutterln.com Charming 3BR/2BA on deep water canal has been lovingly updated. $599,000
658mourningdove.com Lovely 3BR on one of Bird Key’s best streets. New seawall and cap, open pool and charming home. $1,095,000 432partridgecircle.com 4BR/3BA garden home in Sarasota’s most popular community. Vaulted ceilings in family room overlooking pool. $659,000
HaRBOUR LiNkS waterclub204.com Delightful 3BR Brighton plan with over 3,000 sf. Furnished. Sunset Gulf views. $1,275,000
Light and bright southwest villa facing golf course with two car garage! Everything in this 3BR plus den has been lovingly updated. Pet-friendly. $695,000
360 NORTH CONdOmiNiUmS
waterclub-208.com Incredible value! Dover 3BR/3BA plan with wood floors. Expansive garden views. Furnished. $899,000
280northshoreroad9.com Direct Gulf, 3BR beach house in small, private community on north Longboat Key. Comes with it’s own swimming pool and elevator. $1,095,000
545sanctuary201.com Ascot plan offers Gulf and pool views. 3BR/3.5BA plus bonus room. $1,595,000
521harborcaylane.com 3BR/3.5BA plus den in Harbor Section. Recently updated, elevated ceilings. Wonderful waterfront. $1,525,000
grandbay446.com Furnished; overlooks marina, downtown, golf course; 2 parking spaces. $1,495,000 520harborcaylane.com Deep water dockage. 4BR with sunny southern exposure. $1,195,000 3386bayoulane.com Over 5,000 sf. overlooking the golf course. A short distance to shopping, dining and beaches. $990,000 3440bayousound.com Lovely and ready to enjoy! Family room, new kitchen, sunny pool area. $699,000
SEaPLaCE seaplaceg109g7.com Completely renovated, 2BR/2BA with walk-out to beach. Ready to enjoy. Furnished. $349,000 seaplaceg4204.com Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the popular G-4 building. $299,000
grandbay466.com Ideal location in Bldg 4; marina, bay, city and Gulf views! Furnished. $1,495,000
1857morrillstreet.com Downtown Sarasota. Studio, residence, or commercial venture. 2BR/2BA plus garage; ample parking. $424,000
grandbay261.com 3BR/3.5BA, Antigua with views of bay, pool, golf course, and downtown from wraparound terraces. $1,095,000 grandbay172.com Biscayne residence with endless views of Sarasota Bay... no buildings in your way! Beautiful finishes. $899,000 grandbay626.com Direct bay 2BR/2BA Aruba floor plan with lovely southern city, golf course and bay views. $549,000
601yardarmlane.com Just three lots in from the bay, 3BR/3BA has vaulted ceilings, glorious outdoor living and big views of the bay. $899,000
5BR waterfront home with high ceilings and open floor plan. $1,199,000
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REAL ESTATE Three-bedroom Bird Key home sells for $3.2 million. PAGE 2B
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Fashion ensemble NOT SO BLACK-AND-WHITE
White House Black Market on St. Armands Circle featured clothing, accessories and shoes in the Bird Key Yacht Club style show Thursday, Feb. 23. The clothing was structured, for the most part, with a few silky pieces in between. The color palette was the store’s classic black and white with accents of red and leopard print. Most of the pieces were solid colors, but a few had bold graphic prints, such as the pencil skirt worn by Lucinda Dasta. The trends the store currently carries include ’50s
by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor
retro styles and pleats, such as the polka-dot dress Donna Purves modeled. The safari jacket Purves wore is another example of a classic reinvented. The store’s motto is “clothes that can transition from business to the weekend.” The matte jersey wrap dress featured on Debi Chapman is the brand’s signature knit. It can be dressed up with heels, or one can add a jacket to make it wearable to work or to transition from a luncheon at the club to dinner and dancing.
DESIGNER DETAILS Model Debi Chapman, White House Black Market fashion show
Jet/Crystal Earring — $28
Chunky Jet Necklace — $54
Leopard Hair Calf Belt — $54 “I love the belt with this dress,” says Debi Chapman
Rebecca Taylor, Anita Pihl, Judy Harms and Joan Sprouse Red Exotic Tri-Fold Clutch, $44
Vachetta/Black Tri-fold Clutch, $48, with matching ‘“Daniela” Vachetta/ Black Heel $108
Enamel Crystal Bangle Set — $54
Matte Jersey Wrap Dress — $138
“Camdyn” Exotic Slingback Shoes — $98
Patty Lowe and Lucinda Dasta
Jan Matson and Pam Rennie
Remodeling By Design...
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
real estate | transactions
By Adam Hughes | Research Editor
Construction & Design
This home at 100 S. Warbler Lane has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,780 square feet of living area. It sold for $3,225,000.
Three-bedroom Bird Key home sells for $3,225,000 CBC1251443
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John and Charlotte Suhler, of Darien, Conn., sold their Unit 3A4 condominium at 2399 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Lynne Cosler, trustee, Winter Park, for $2,475,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,060 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.75 million in 1998.
GRAND MARINER New luxury condos in gated deep-water, naturally protected yacht harbor. Slips up to 80 feet with all amenities.
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ORCHID BEACH GULF FRONT SPECTACULAR! 7th floor. Gorgeous Gulf, Beach and sunset views plus bay vistas. 3,600 sq. ft. 3 BD 31/2 BA. Master suite beach side. Incredible designer finishes throughout. Walk to St. Armands. Private 2 car garage. $2,675,000
David and Michelle Sylvester, Sarasota, sold their home at 100 S. Warbler Lane, on Bird Key, to Elizabeth Rowntree, trustee, of Toronto, Canada, for $3,225,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 5,780 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.5 million in 2010. This week’s residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 13 and Feb. 17. Of this week’s 15 sales, four were for $1 million or more.
Margaret Varnell, of Argyle, Texas, Ria Kofoed, of Charlotte, N.C., and Harry Cotros, of Little Rock, Ark., sold their Unit L-307 condominium at 435 L’Ambiance Drive to Charles and Constance Cotros, Longboat Key, for $1.56 million. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,385 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $640,000 in 1994. Paul and Marilynn Crisp, Sarasota, sold their Unit K-305 condominium at 435 L’Ambiance Drive to James and Deborah Libby, of Gibsonia, Pa., for $1.5 million. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, two baths, two half-baths and 2,634 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.3 million in 2002.
BEST BUY BEACH GULFFRONT ESTATE 1+ acres gated &
private boardwalk to beach. 5 BD plus lg. family/game room area. Kitchen, living area & downstairs master open to beachside pool & deck - spectacular Gulf, beach & sunset views. Gorgeous details. Total privacy. 8 car garage! Bring Offers $4,500,000
Country Club Shores
Warren Standafer, Longboat Key, sold his home at 536 Hornblower Lane to Composter Investments Inc. for $699,000. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,963 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $162,000 in 2007.
EXQUISITE CUSTOM Open floor plan flows to WESTWAY ESTATE – 210 FT. DIRECTLY on New
Pass, views to Gulf, outstanding sunsets. 4 BR main home plus 4 BR guest house. Gorgeous courtyard pool, dock, private beach access. The ultimate in designer finishes! $8,900,000
LIGHTHOUSE POINT GULF SIDE 196 ft. Gulf front w/private beach plus Gulf side pool. 5 BD/master downstairs. Incredible design finishes, high volume windows maximize water views. Boat dock & private sitting beach. $8,900,000 110 FT. BEAUTIFUL WHITE BEACH with four income producing cottages on 1.4+ acres nestled among native palms and pine trees. Continue as rental property; private family enclave; or build a beachfront estate. $3,590,000 SABAL COVE Spacious 4BR w/first level master suite. Exquisite lakefront! Bay Isles subdivision, deeded beach. Close to tennis $1,695,000 EMERALD HARBOR NEW HOME on wide canal. 4 BD/ Master bedroom downstairs, plus 3 suites upstairs. Top of the line finishes. Exercise rm., kayak launch pad, deepwater dock & pool. Lots of privacy w/bay views, plus deeded beach access. $2,395,000 HARBOUR VILLA CLUB Fantastic 2/2 Bayfront penthouse. New windows & decorating. Fabulous views. 40 ft. boat dock. $550,000, 2/2 end unit $495,000 BAYPORT 3 BD Gulf view corner condo - split floorplan. 3 terraces. Totally private, no one above this fabulous corner location. Tennis, large pool, bayside pier and beach. $595,000
OLD FLORIDA CHARMING 4,400 sq.ft. Home w/193 ft. unobstructed Bay vista. Dock your boat and launch your kayak from your own private beach. $3,250,000 BAYFRONTESTATEGated, Private, 1 acre estate w/5,000 SF 5 bedroom home on deepwater channel. Spectacular Bay vistas. Private beach access. Boat dock & lift. BAYFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST! $2,500,000 WIDE CANAL WITH NEW BOAT DOCK 3 in from Bay. Great 3 bedroom home with new finishes. Large pool. $895,000 WESTON POINTE Stunning 3 bedroom home with boat dock! Living area is centered around pooltotal private outdoor living area. High ceilings, lots of windows - bright and open with beautiful finishes. Located behind the gates near tennis with beach access. $1,039,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE 10th floor views of Sarasota Bay to Big Pass, and views of Marina Jack. Southeast corner with two large terraces and morning sun. $2,595,000 DIRECT BAYFRONT NEW MEDITERRANEAN 5BR MASTERPIECE Magnificent pool/patio bayside, plus a large patio off master suite. Designer finishes. Gated with BOAT DOCK. $8,700,000
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Joseph and Nicholas Lardieri sold their Unit 86 condominium at 1 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Cynthia Elitzer, Sarasota, for $640,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,389 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $567,000 in 2004.
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Coastal Investments Corp. sold the Unit 5-A condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Karen Benoit, trustee, of Portland, Ore., for $480,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,513 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $75,000 in 1976.
Diane Kennedy, trustee, of Commerce Township, Mich., sold the Unit 206 condominium at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Todd Miner, Orlando, for $430,000. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,456 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,000 in 1980.
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Judith Christian and Edward Christian, trustees, Longboat Key, sold the home at 2309 Harbour Oaks Drive to Dylan James Properties LLC for $400,000. Built in 1986, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,306 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2003.
Fernando Satrustegui and Patricio Satrustegui, of Madrid, Spain, sold their Unit B306 condominium at 3240 Gulf of Mexico Drive to William and Sharon Collins, Lakeland, for $350,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,519 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1994.
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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 17 through Feb. 23, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)
pool w/outdoor living area & private water views. Lg. downstairs master plus 3 guest suites upstairs - 2 w/ private terraces overlooking water views. Exceptional architectural details. Great boat dock. $4,250,000
St. Armands Towers North
Permit Applicant Amount
532 Ranger Lane
530 Birdie Lane
Keith Charles, trustee
644 Spanish Drive N.
615 Marbury Lane
Sumac Investments Ltd.
523 Juan Anasco Drive
777 Old Compass Road
777 Old Compass Road LLC
534 Sutton Place
7073 Longboat Drive N.
542 Ranger Lane
Hoyt Barnett, trustee
511 Harbor Gate Way
Daniel Kane, trustee
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L’Ambiance Walk-Down w/ 3 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths Plus Den. 3380 SF $2,395,000
Gorgeous enProvence unit w/3 Bedrooms Plus office. Full Gulf Views, Generous Terraces and Private 2-car Garage. $2,990,000
Award-Winning, Florida Green Certified Contemporary Masterpiece on Cocoanut Bayou w/ Over 6200 SF of Amazing Living Space Plus Guest Apartment. $4,900,000
Very Impressive Conrad Beach Beauty Just Steps to the Beach. $999,000
Beachplace Direct Gulf Front Unit with Recent Updating and Wide Beach Views. $799,500
Bayfront Elegance! Almost 4,000 SF of Open Living Space in This Fabulous Sarabande Residence. Dramatic Sunset Views!
Exquisite Alinari 15th Floor Unit w/ Magnificent Views of Bay Out to Gulf! $499,000
Tranquil and Private Resort-Like Beachfront Estate on Longboat Key. $4,495,000
Beautifully Updated 3 Bedroom Island Getaway w/ Tranquil Bay Views and Boat Dock. $1,699,000
Peacock Bay Estate w/ 5 En-suite Bedrooms, Guest Suite, Superb Views and Unparalleled Architectural Finishes! $8,595,000
Magnificent Bay and City Views! Spacious Orchid Beach 3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath Unit That Feels Like a Private Home! Turnkey furnished, too! $1,695,000
LONGBOAT KEY Four bedroom, 3 Bath Gem in Country Club Shores w/ New Boat Dock/Lift and Wonderful Updating.
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Historical Society lecturer makes his point known Dan Lawrence, with Lawrence Residential, and Sylvia Millar, with Wells Fargo
Suzy Lysen, with Jude Connally, Diana Corrigan, executive director of St. Armands Circle Association, and Mary Czernyk, with Jude Connally
Circle Association gets down to business The members of the St. Armands Circle Assocation met Tuesday, Feb. 21, to discuss business. Sunglass Hut hosted the event and provided coffee and breakfast to the Circle business representatives.
Items discussed ranged from the buskers (street performers) performing on the Circle and the parking meter discussion, which took place last week at City Hall.
Robert Dinan, wth Trvst Security, Bill Carman, with St. Armands Circle Association, and Troy Grieco, with Trvst Security
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Charlotte Wuepper with Alice and Jerry Deck
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Taylor Withers and Ryan Cromwell, of Sunglass Hut
Evie and Merle Huntington
Kent Chetlain, who was originally scheduled to speak at the Longboat Key Historical Society Feb. 21 meeting, could not attend. Instead, Dennis Kauser filled in. For the second lecture of the Historical Society’s speaker series, Kauser spoke about Historic Spanish Point. The lectures take place at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Kauser is a docent and a member of the speakers bureau at the Historic Spanish Point Museum.
Historical Society Vice President Bud Freeman and President Shirley Beachum
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+ Daiquiri Deck celebrates first birthday
The Sterling Anvil on Anna Maria Island is closing after 40 years of business. The store has been open since 1971, but is closing its doors May 1. Customers must use their gift certificates by May 1.
+ (Chef) hats off to Joe Santangini Chef Joe Santangini at Bird Key Yacht Club has recently been inducted into the Resort Food Executive Committee. This group is made up of resort executive chefs who maintain the highest culinary standards. This accomplishment marks Bird Key Yacht Club as the first private club in America to be part of the organization. Santangini has been preparing food for the past 25 years for U.S. presidents and politicians, Santangini world leaders, celebrities, resort guests and Bird Key Yacht Club members.
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On Feb. 18, Daiquiri Deck, 325 John Ringling Blvd., celebrated its one-year anniversary at its St. Armands Circle location. In other Daiquiri Deck news, the restaurant is now open for breakfast and will be serving from 7 to 11 a.m. daily. The menu features items such as lobster Benedict, raspberry-stuffed French toast and vegetarianfriendly items. On Sundays, there will be a Bloody Mary bar included with breakfast. They are also featuring breakfast coffee cocktails, mimosas and bellinis.
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+ Michael Saunders & Co. announces top selling agents and teams Michael Saunders & Co. finished 2011 totaling $1.52 billion in total sales, an increase of 6%, over 2010. The top-selling agents were Hannerle Moore, Michael Moulton, Saint Cacchiotti, Jenifer Schwell, Maureen Horn, Richard Perlman, Bobbi Banan, Diane Otis Stirling, Carol Cohen, Linda Thompson, John August, Cathy Meldahl and Sylvia Zimmerman. The top-selling team was Ian Addy and Gail Wittig. The top-producing agent for the eighth-consecutive year was Linda Dickinson. The top-producing team for the second consecutive year and fourth time overall was Kim and Michael Ogilvie. The top specialty team was Joan Dickinson and Beth Afflebach. And Susan Goldstein was the top-performing agent for the company’s commercial division.
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Longboat Key Democratic Club raises more funds BIRD KEY - 4 BR/3.3BA Location! Location! This beautiful custom home has it all - fabulous downtown views across Sarasota Bay, granite kitchen with milk-glaze cabinetry, “Morning Room” with 8 Step crown molding, gorgeous pool, dock & lift. The first floor master suite has stunning Bay views and the second floor “Great Room” has “forever” Bay views from the terrace.$3,690,000
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The agenda for the Longboat Key Democratic Club is simple: re-elect President Obama and elect Keith Fitzgerald to Congress. Its meeting Monday, Feb. 22, at Lillian Sands’ home was a fundraiser. Proceeds benefit a variety of activities that allow the Democrats to reach out to both Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Since 2008, the group has sent buses from Newtown to the polls to get people to vote — regardless of their political party. The fundraiser also featured speakers Rita Ferrandino, chairwoman of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, and Richard O’Brien, chairman of the Manatee County Democrats.
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LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE – 3 BD/2.5 BA Beautifully furnished, with your own private dock. Community pool and deeded $579,000 beach access.
PLAYERS CLUB – Wonderful Gulf views from the 30’ long open balcony; w/southern exposure. Tastefully furnished 2BD/2.5BA $649,000 condominium.
LONG BEACH - Beautifully remodeled 3BD/3BA, 1,350 Sq. Ft. home in Longboat Key’s Historic Village of Long Beach, renovated in 2006 with new kitchen and baths, tile flooring, hurricane shutters, tropical $399,000 landscaping, and more.
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LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS - Beautifully remodeled, with direct gulf views 2BD/2BA and two covered parking $790,000 spaces.
SEAPLACE - Tastefully updated 2BD/2BA condominium with clean lines and a modern edge are the focus of this 1,257 Sq. Ft. residence with $447,000 garden views.
KEY TOWER SOUTH – Great Views of the Gulf, Downtown Sarasota and the John Ringling Bridge from this 2BR/2BA updated condominium $499,000. home.
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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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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
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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
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SIESTAS BAYSIDE - Deep Water Canal Updated waterfront 3BR/2BA 2,641 Sq. Ft. OYSTER BAY - Vacant Lot West of the Trail" Red Rock Park 80' x 197' BEACHPLACE - Direct Gulf Front #304 2BR/2BA, 1,502 Sq. Ft. PROMENADE - Penthouse 3BR/3.5BA 2,612 Sq. Ft. UNIVERSITY PARK - Custom Lakefront 3BR + Den with 12 Ft. Ceilings
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Bird key - Outstanding Waterfront Opportunity Built in 2007 on a wide protected boat basin. Home has 8,071 square feet, 5BR/5.5BA, theater room, guest wing with separate entrance and more! Infinity edge pool, boat dock, and 4-car garage. $3,850,000
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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JUST THE STATS
By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor
Mel Taub plays golf three times a week and tennis about four times a week, and he tries to exercise every day. He has been playing tennis for about 30 years and favors it to golf. He plays 18-hole golf at the ongboat Key Club and Resort (where he has been a member since ’87), but plays 9-hole golf with his wife, Cheryl, almost every week.
The number of matches to be played in the 2012 Sarasota Open.
Place Ron and Helen Rayevich took in the Sarasota Yacht Club couples bridge game Feb. 21.
What got you started playing tennis? Well, I used to play basketball, but the group I was playing with was getting younger I wanted to find another physical activity, so I decided to try tennis with some friends and really liked it. What got you started playing golf? Living on Longboat, a lot of my friends play golf — a lot of them played golf instead of tennis because of injuries. I like the game a lot. It’s a wonderful game, but the only downside is it’s not physical enough.
The number of tennis balls used in the 2011 Sarasota Open.
Score of Mary Agen, who got the woman’s high-scratch game for Sarasota Yacht Club Bowling League Wednesday, Feb. 22.
What’s your favorite aspect of tennis? The competition and the guys. I’ve met some wonderful people on Longboat, from all over the place, and they’ve become good friends. And, of course, the exercise.
you’ve played tennis? It’s here, on Longboat Key. I’ve played tennis a lot of places, even Hawaii. But tennis is beautiful here.
What’s the most difficult part of tennis? That would be losing. And over the years, I’ve had my fair share of physical issues: a knee replacement in ’05, and four months ago I had a hip replacement. (Three or four weeks ago) I was back in my regular games. And nobody pities me! I still have people drop-shotting, lobbing and making me run!
What’s the breakfast of champions? Coffee and juice. I like to come back from playing to go to the brunch with Cheryl. Who is your favorite person to play golf with? Cheryl. I’d like to get my wife to play 18 holes.
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Originally from Pittsburgh & a graduate from The University of Miami, Linda spent 20 years with USAirways in customer service management; weekends were spent racing sail boats in the summer out of Erie, Pa & skiing all over the country during the winter months. In 1980 she & her husband Emmett moved back to Florida & found their way to Longboat Key in 1985. She hung her skis up for golf clubs where you can now find her in her spare time at The Longboat Key Club, or cruising the warm waters of Florida on their boat.
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games | bridge bites By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League
Finesses are easy Of course finesses are easy! You just lead toward the AQ or KJ or some such holding, and, when fate is kind, an extra trick materializes. But, if they can, experienced players will avoid the whims of fate, as in this deal. West leads the Q ♥, and Declarer can see a certain loser in Hearts and another in Diamonds. So, if 4 ♠ is to make, then Declarer must
avoid losing two Clubs. Any ideas? One way to play Clubs (after drawing trumps) is to finesse the 10, hoping that West has the King and the Queen. That’s somewhat unlikely (about 25%). Another possibility is to finesse the 8 and later finesse the 10, hoping that West has K9 or Q9. That’s a 37% chance. Or, Declarer might run the Jack, giv-
ing himself the extra chance that West might neglect to cover with his honor. Which finesse will you choose? The correct answer is that you don’t care for any of these finesses — you much prefer the 100% method! Draw trumps, cash the red suit winners and exit with a Heart (or a Diamond). The defenders can take their Heart and Diamond tricks, but now their goose is cooked. If they lead another red card, then Declarer pitches a Club loser from one
hand and ruffs in the other hand (the so-called “ruff and sluff”). And if they break open Clubs, then Declarer will lose only one trick in the suit. Yes, finesses are easy, especially when you can avoid taking them!
BRIDGE HAND Vulnerable: Both
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ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: email@example.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com/classifieds (No phone calls please.) BIKE STORAGE Rack: Aluminum Tension pole holds 2 bikes, use indoors or garage, $60.00. 941-587-5060. BRICKMAN 2 Burner Propane Grill $25. Call (941)918-9043 between 9AM & 7PM. ETHAN ALLEN Old Tavern Muffin Stand. Made in Vermont, $85. 941-924-5093.
Antiques/Collectibles ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092. WANTED MILITARY ITEMS I collect bayonets, swords, medals, old guns, helmets, military items. CASH, 941-685-3003
Autos For Sale 2002 LINCOLN Continental. Cabriolet top, mint condition, low mileage. Call Frank. 863-899-2523.
Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ALWAYS LBK’S BIGGEST & BEST! ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE V ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA 4280 Gulf of Mexico Dr. SAVE THE DATES Friday, March 2, 1p.m.-5p.m. $5 Admission Saturday, March 3, - 9a.m.-3p.m. Free Admission ANNUAL FLEA MARKET, Saturday, March 3, 9a.m.-3p.m. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Dr. South off Cortez Rd. Baked Goods, Clothing, Jewelry, Linens, Books, White Elephants, Furniture. HUGE SALE! Christ Church of Longboat Key. 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Saturday, March 10, 8:30 - 2:30. Clothing, jewelry, housewares, electronics, books & more.
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.
Merchandise Wanted SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.
2004 VOLVO S60 Perfect Condo Car. Champaign/Tan Leather. Only 53000 miles. Excellent Condition. Sunroof. Non smoker. Dealer maintained. 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.
Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.
Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOATHOUSE ON Longboat unit for sale on east end, second level. $35,000, reasonable offers welcomed. Call Mike, 941-952-0308. FOR SALE OR RENT, fantastic high and dry boat slip, superb S. Longboat location. Call 941-371-1866.
Boats Boat Washing and Maintenance Detail. Great clean up + interior wax and stainless. Excellent work. $100-$200 Special 20'-28' ** 941-932-0828. Boats are selling very well. Over 18 boats sold this year, many in less than 2 weeks. 16 Year Island resident, many references. Boats to Yachts, “Big or Small, I sell them all.” Business on a Handshake. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489. Dave.
Consignments ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092.
Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802)348-6613.
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. NEW ON MARKET Beachplace - Large 2BR/2BA + Unique Home Office - Nice Views Under Building Parking. Offered at $499,500. 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. Barbara Shapiro, Lic. RE Broker/Owner-Sarasota Style Realty, Inc. Call for Photos/Details 941-388-2135. 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, email@example.com SUNNY SOUTHERN exposure, water views, boating and beach access. 2BR/2BA, new a/c & more in amenities-rich Longboat Key complex. $274,900. Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899 Michael Saunders & Company.
GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Bradenton Auditorium, March 10th & 11th. 941-746-7937.
Homes For Rent
RARE QUEST Elevation (Sport Bikes) His & Hers. Ebay $160/ea. Sold as pair, $225 Firm. 941-383-1302.
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.
Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.
Help Wanted DRIVERS-EXPERIENCED OTR: $1500 Sign-On. 7-10 days out. Apply Online: www.heyl.net 800-973-9161. Heyl Truck Lines, Inc.
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DIRECT GULFFRONT: Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, tastefully decorated beach condo. Updated with many fine features. Call for details and view photos on seaplace.net, M2-Unit 111. $499,900. A MUST SEE! 941-383-9578 or 248-640-5230.
SEEKING BEDROOM with private bath in house, condo or estate. Experience gated estates and private homes. Driver duties, computer guy, home repairs, landscape design, butterfly gardens and stone work, outdoor lighting, irrigation systems, prepare homes and condos for real estate market. Full time or part time. Personal Assistant, Cooking, Housekeeping. Married Couple No Kids. 941.330.5882.
WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-356-5610 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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LBK SEAPLACE - Available January-April. Lovely 2BR, fully equipped, W/D in unit, lanai, garden view, steps to beach, pool, tennis, full clubhouse amenities. Great! Non-smoking/pets. 770-314-6321. 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. 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 email@example.com 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.
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LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. 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. RARELY AVAILABLE RESORT STYLE LIVING Private beach, tennis, heated pools, 2BR/2BA, Whitney Beach, Longboat Key, downstairs, Bayou/ dock frontage. 941-724-3519
THE WESTCHESTER GULF FRONT 2BR/2BA, open, direct views, tennis court, 2 heated pools, steps away from the sand, breathtaking sunsets. 941-228-5671.
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.
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Waterfront Property 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. 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.
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