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A comprehensive guide Peter Amster lifts to the Longboat Key Noël Coward’s Home & Garden Tour. ‘Fallen Angels’ out of obscurity. INSIDE

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election Q&A

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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.




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-



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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Longboat Observer


following the money

neighborhood watch

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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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

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

Gulf of Mexico


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, 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

+ 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.

Meetings agendas


 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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WWII veteran recounts the battle of Iwo Jima

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.

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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


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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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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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.


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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.

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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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9:36 a.m. — 1100 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. Police were unable to locate a suspicious person, described as a man on a bicycle checking out houses.

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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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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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

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.

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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 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




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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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,

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!

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Wednesday Eucharist and Anointing 10 a.m. The Rev. David L. Danner, D. Min., Rector

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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


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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:

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.

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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.


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St. Armands Key Lutheran Church On the Circle

40 North Adams Drive


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St. Mary, Star of the Sea,

A non-denominational, traditional church


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.

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9 AM —Children and YouthSCHEDULE Church School WINTER MASS

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Temple Beth Israel


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Friday Evening, 8:00 pm 941-778-0414 Avenue, Fourth Friday of512 the Pine Month, 5:30Anna pm Maria Saturday Morning, 10:00 am Please visit our Judaica Shop 941.383.3428

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Sermon on Sunday, March 4: “Is There Hope? Jesus - Resurrection”

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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 The Reverand Mark A. Bernthal


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Steven Levitt Monday, March 5th Morning Lecture: 10:30 am | Evening Lecture: 7:30 pm

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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.


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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


BiRd kEY Direct bay view! Four bedrooms, open floor plan, upscale finishes and soaring ceilings. $3,295,000



GRaNd BaY In Bay Isles, full-bay view with over 185’ of water frontage. Open floor plan. $1,995,000 Rarely available 4BR penthouse. Exquisitely finished and furnished, direct Gulf and bay views. 2 car garage. $2,895,000 Tuscan-style home looking down the canal toward the bay. Major landscaping and interior renovation. $799,000 Charming 3BR/2BA on deep water canal has been lovingly updated. $599,000 Lovely 3BR on one of Bird Key’s best streets. New seawall and cap, open pool and charming home. $1,095,000 4BR/3BA garden home in Sarasota’s most popular community. Vaulted ceilings in family room overlooking pool. $659,000


HaRBOUR LiNkS 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 Incredible value! Dover 3BR/3BA plan with wood floors. Expansive garden views. Furnished. $899,000 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 Ascot plan offers Gulf and pool views. 3BR/3.5BA plus bonus room. $1,595,000 3BR/3.5BA plus den in Harbor Section. Recently updated, elevated ceilings. Wonderful waterfront. $1,525,000 Furnished; overlooks marina, downtown, golf course; 2 parking spaces. $1,495,000 Deep water dockage. 4BR with sunny southern exposure. $1,195,000 Over 5,000 sf. overlooking the golf course. A short distance to shopping, dining and beaches. $990,000 Lovely and ready to enjoy! Family room, new kitchen, sunny pool area. $699,000


SEaPLaCE Completely renovated, 2BR/2BA with walk-out to beach. Ready to enjoy. Furnished. $349,000 Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the popular G-4 building. $299,000

PENDING Ideal location in Bldg 4; marina, bay, city and Gulf views! Furnished. $1,495,000 Downtown Sarasota. Studio, residence, or commercial venture. 2BR/2BA plus garage; ample parking. $424,000 3BR/3.5BA, Antigua with views of bay, pool, golf course, and downtown from wraparound terraces. $1,095,000 Biscayne residence with endless views of Sarasota Bay... no buildings in your way! Beautiful finishes. $899,000 Direct bay 2BR/2BA Aruba floor plan with lovely southern city, golf course and bay views. $549,000


76939 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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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

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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

Donna Purves

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

Harbour Oaks II

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.

Visit our website to read more transactions and to see a map.

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


James Eccleston


530 Birdie Lane


Keith Charles, trustee


644 Spanish Drive N.


Carole Preston


615 Marbury Lane


Sumac Investments Ltd.


523 Juan Anasco Drive


James Altizer


4311 GMD


Michael Welsh


777 Old Compass Road


777 Old Compass Road LLC


534 Sutton Place


Lowell Lakritz


7073 Longboat Drive N.


Rose Rappaport


542 Ranger Lane


Billy Gray


6750 GMD


Marjorie Berger


3390 GMD


William Bishop


5000 GMD


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.

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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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+ Sterling Anvil on Anna Maria to close

Longboat Key Club & Resort | From the low $200’s to $1,000,000’s

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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FIRST FLOOR 2BR/2BA TKF condo w/lake view, glass enclosed lanai, W/D, Murphy bed for guests, new A/C, water heater & refrigerator. Active clubhouse, pool, shuffleboard, boating & kayaking. Dorothy Cook $ 159,000 #A3956133


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furnished condo on beautiful Longboat Key. 40ft deeded boat slip, updated master bath, heated pool, tennis courts, community boat ramp. Marcia Bayard $ 350,000 #M5818656

Bay. Assigned boat slip. Retreat to paradise. Luscious landscaping, 2 minutes to beaches on Anna Maria Island. Fish heaven! Debra Ibasfalean


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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

BIRD KEY Surrounded by water with 100’ directly on the bay and 150’ on the canal. Spectacular, newly renovated Spanish sytle home, beautifully landscaped, just across from the Bird Key Yacht club with sunset views to lenghten your perfect day. $2,200,000

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.

Carole and Ira Singer with John Clay

Longboat Key Democratic Club President Murray Blueglass, hostess Lillian Sands and Chairwoman of the Sarasota County Democratic Party Rita Ferrandino

ST. ARMANDS Spacious 4BD/3BA custom built home

with elegant marble entryway set on a wide canal, just steps to shopping and dining in world renowned St. $2,190,000 Armands Circle!)


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.

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

SEAPLACE – Tastefully furnished SAND CAY – 2BD/2BA with Gulf & 2BD/2BA with lush garden views, ready Bay views, fully furnished, great rental to move into at the popular Seaplace property! $324,900 $299,000 Gulf front complex.

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

Coral Cove - Bay Front Beauty Mainland Mediterranean Perfection with 130’ of waterfront, 5BR, theater, library, family room, infinity edge pool/spa, dock, jet-ski lift and 4-car garage. $3,195,000

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

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

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

Ritz Tower – Bay & City Views PENTHOUSE residence with 4,704 Sq. Ft., 4 BR plus family room and 4.5 bathrooms offers incredible views, wood & marble floors, granite & stainless gourmet kitchen, 10’ ceilings. $3,595,000

Water Club I - Gulf & Bay Views 6th floor 3BR/3BA newly designed & furnished apartment with beautiful water views, private elevator, and two terraces for viewing sunsets. Gated community with excellent amenities. Furnished. $1,475,000

Water Club II - Gorgeous Views Gulf, Bay & City lights views from this premier 9th floor Dover model. 3 full BR+den/4.5BA, 10’ ceilings, Saturnia marble floors, private elevator foyer. 2 parking spaces. $2,395,000 G NEW LISTIN

Ritz Tower – Downtown Sarasota Sophisticated Simplicity with Style! 8th floor 2,799 SF residence with 3BR/3BA in wood, granite & stainless offers a neutral color pallet & gorgeous Bay, Marina, & City views from every room. 2 prkng spaces. $1,448,000

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

Water Club I – Direct Gulf Front Gorgeous 7th floor apartment with 3BR/5BA and 3,400 sq. ft. Amazing water & sunset views! Oak wood floors, unique interior finishes, 2 parking spaces & excellent amenities. $2,700,000

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

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

San Remo Shores - Deep Yacht Basin On 160’ of waterfront has 5BR/5.3BA & 7,582 SF of luxury. Home theater, office, media room and rooftop widow’s walk. Private dock & 4-car garage. $4,150,000

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

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

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

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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MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay Views 3BR/3.5BA 3,382 Sq. Ft. Building 1 LA BELLASARA - Bay, Marina & City Views

6th floor new in '06 3/BR + study 4.5BA RITZ TOWER - Downtown Sarasota #806 3BR/3BA 2,799 Sq. Ft. LA BELLASARA - Golden Gate Point PENTHOUSE 4BR/5BA 5,585 Sq Ft LONGBOAT KEY - Gulf Front Lot 293 x 114 Directly on the Gulf!

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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

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



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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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Bellagio at Osprey Harbor $799,000 Alinari Rosemary Place $304,000

360 nOrTh - North end of LBK 3BR townhome overlooking the beach and gulf. A3956001 $995,000

BeaChPLaCe - Prime gulf front location corner 3BR condo within gate community. A3952088 $1,150,000

eL COnQUISTaDOr - Water view Spanish style 5BR hacienda estate on 1 acre w/ 2 level pool area. A3946054 $995,000



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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!

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: (No phone calls please.) 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.

Sporting Goods

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: 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, 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: 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, 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:

WANTED SEASONAL Rental: 3 1/2 months December 15th, 2012 through March 31, 2013. 2BR/2BA, Internet, land phone. Non-smoking. 317-341-0404,

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SARASOTA RANCH CLUB: 3BR/4BA, Brand New! Turnkey Furnished, 5,000 sq/ft., 4/5CG, Theater Room, 10 Acres, Call for more details! $2,950/mo. Call 941-928-1542.

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

Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACH-TO-BAY CONDO at Bayport BTC Newly decorated 2bed/2bath. First floor, end unit. Free local phone, cable, Wi-Fi. Monthly rentals beginning May 2012. Contact owner at 615-376-9448. EFFICIENCY. Year lease $700/mo. Water and gas paid. Walk to beach. Small pet allowed. 941-792-0411, 941-565-1401. GOOD NEWS! LBK still available - 2BR/2BA, totally updated, first floor corner unit, granite counter tops, flatscreen TV, internet. Looks like a million dollar house inside. $3495/mo. March & April. For pictures: Call 941-321-8848. LONGBOAT KEY - ON THE BEACH AT THE PIERRE: Fabulous views. 2,410 sq/ft. 2 bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom. 3 baths. Available 8/16/12. 3 month min. Looking for Fall Rental. Annual available. Photos: 248-310-8308 or LONGBOAT KEY CONDO FOR RENT. Penthouse 1,482 sq/ft. 2BR/2BA, Bay and Gulf views, Boat Access, Pool, Tennis Courts and Fitness. On the water, across from beach. Call Jon at 908-727-4275. SPELL-BOUNDING FULL BAY VIEWS. Location is everything. Direct on the bay overlooking Ringling bridge and downtown Sarasota. Walking distance to downtown, St. Armands Circle and the Gulf beaches. Boating and fishing are only steps away. 2 bedroom condo, ground floor, covered parking, some furniture is available/unfurnished, boat dock included. Newly renovated pool. 55 and older community. No pets. $1200/mo. annual. Tenant pays electric. Karin Stephan at 941-504-4435.

Annual, Seasonal & Vacation Rentals Available Dependable rental & property management services. Longboat/St. MICHAEL SAUNDERSArmands & COMPANY LP # 76785 941.383.5502 Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch 941.907.9595 Sarasota/Siesta Key 941.966.8000 IMG Academies 941.752.2682 Heritage Oaks 941.926.8844

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Items Under $200 For Sale Homes For Sale CORTEZ CANAL front home with covered boat lift, room for 2 boats, 2/2/2, private quiet lots, open plan. $259,900. Katharine Pepper, RoseBay International, 802-9363-99773.

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

WATERFRONT BUILDING SITE South facing canal lot five lots from bay on Jungle Queen Way. Plans for 2600 ft. custom home included. For sale by owner $299,000. Call 612-723-6437


This week’s Cryptogram answers 1. We used sine language to answer the trigonometry problem. It was a test that was timed by the teacher and there wasn’t a precious secant to lose. 2. A proton was dating an electron: a good pairing. It was a classic case showing that opposites attract.

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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 Thursday, March 1, 2012 Vacation/Seasonal Rentals BAYFRONT CONDO, Longboat Arms, Mid-key, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, very clean and beautifully furnished, heated pool, tennis, fishing, boat ramp, private beach access just steps away, fantastic views from 30ft wide screened lanai. Available May to Dec. 2012 one month min. Available 2013 winter season, 3 month min. Rates from $2500 to $3850/month. For pictures and details, E-mail: or call 603-692-6445. BAYFRONT CONDO- PANORAMIC VIEWS: LBK 2BR/2BA + Den, Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Available Seasonal or Yearly. Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. Call: 513-608-4320. BEACHFRONT LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Rare 3BR/2.5BA with beautiful views of Gulf of Mexico. Remodeled kitchen and baths, W/D, pool, tennis, spa, photos available. or 941-953-3438 BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749


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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 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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LBK: BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1000. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844.

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LBK: SEAPLACE, 2BR/2.5BA Town House. Partial Gulf views, nicely furnished, lanai+ terraces, full kitchen, living, ding area, beach club access (sauna, gym, tennis, w/pool), walk out to the beach, breathtaking sunsets. Rental: Jan.-May $3900. June-Dec. $1500. 2 mo. min. Full year $2350/mo.

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“Where People Return Year After Year” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available May-Dec., 2012 & Jan., Feb., March 2013. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

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.

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

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939

WINDWARD BAY AVAILABLE MARCH 2013 SPECTACULAR Bay Views Throughout! 2BR/2BA remodeled condo. W/D in unit. Steps to pool/beach access, tennis, WiFi. 941-228-5671.

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

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Auto Service AUTO STORAGE New facility in Sarasota storing classic and exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and more. Over 11,000 sq. ft. Climate Controlled. 24 Hour Surveillance. Call (941)404-9676. WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

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Cleaning BEST CLEANING Best Price. Do Not Miss This! Call Joan Today, 941-445-5844. CLEANING BY Pauline. Housesitting, etc. Great references. Longboat Key. 941-358-0563.

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“He’s a joy to be around,” says Asolo Rep Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards of director Peter Amster, above. “He’s fun and bright and inspires confidence in the actors.”

Prim and improper Peter Amster might be a Yankee in Noël Coward’s court, but his attention to nuance and spontaneity has made him the go-to director of high British comedies. His silly streak continues with this month’s ‘Fallen Angels’ at the Asolo Rep. Peter Amster has a big black binder filled with everything he needs to know about “Fallen Angels,” the three-act comedy by Noël Coward that outraged critics when it opened on Broadway 87 years ago.

In the binder is a list of words that were used to describe the show, all of them different ways to express discontent. Amster decided to include the list in his production notes. It reminds

him that he’s handling racy material, even if it’s tame by today’s standards. Opening his binder, he rattles off the insults with the kind of pride and irony that only a seasoned director of high British satire can display.



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“Vicious, vile, disgusting, degenerate, shocking, nauseating, obscene … ” Amster closes the binder and grins. Chances are when the show opens next week at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, few people will leave muttering “degenerate” under their breath. “From a socially conservative point of view, it was probably shocking for 1925,” Amster says. “It deals with sexuality with a certain penetrating understanding.” Before you wonder if Amster’s use of the word “penetrating” is a Freudian slip, you should know that the director is a master of nuance and innuendo, having already directed many of Coward’s plays, including “Hay Fever,” “Private Lives” and “Present Laughter.” If you didn’t know better, you’d think he was British. “Noël Coward is Peter Amster’s sweet spot,” says Asolo Rep Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “He’s an incredibly stylish and humane director. He’s got a tremendous sense of language, and he’s brilliant with comedy.” It’s no surprise, then, that when the rights to “Fallen Angels” were finally released after sitting for decades in relative obscurity, Amster’s name was at the top of many artistic directors’ lists. Amster received three offers to direct the play from companies in Indiana, Ohio and California. He chose to direct it at the Asolo Rep, where he’s now in his fourth season and where his commute to work is less than 10 minutes. (He and longtime partner, Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati, sold their place in Miami


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Hillary Clemens and Kate Hampton in “Fallen Angels.” last year and moved into a condo in downtown Sarasota.) “The living is easy here,” Amster says. “Miami was fine, but I had to leave town in order to work. It’s exciting here. Michael (Edwards) says there are more people per capita working in the arts in Sarasota than in any other city in the country, except for New York. The synergy of that is wonderful. It’s gratifying to know what we do matters to so many people.” Given its timeless subject matter, “Fallen Angels,” though it may be a lesser-known Coward play, should matter to Sarasota audiences. According to Edwards, the Asolo Rep is one of only a handful of theaters to perform the play since its 1956 Broadway revival. Regarded as the 1920s version of “Sex and the City,” “Fallen Angels” revolves around two married women, best friends who

IF YOU GO “Fallen Angels” runs March 9 to May 13, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For tickets, call 351-8000 or visit in one drunken night relive the affairs they had with the same Frenchman before they got married. “They each get a postcard from a man named Maurice,” Amster says. “And all these feelings emerge; things you’d imagine you’d feel if someone you had a fling with years ago suddenly reappeared in your life.” He says the subject matter is something everyone can relate to, “whether they’re willing to admit it or not.” Even Amster, who has been in a committed relationship with Galati for 41 years, isn’t exempt

from dredging up emotional baggage. “I had a past,” he says mischievously. “Of course, with Facebook it makes it easier to see what happened to your past. Most of the time I’m like, ‘Why do they look so old?’ ‘What happened to their hair?’” A 62-year-old New York native, Amster got his start performing in musicals in Chicago, where he got his Ph.D. in performance studies at Northwestern University. A dancer, he was athletic, built for lifting and jumping in all the usual big musical productions — “1776,” “Damn Yankees,” “Show Boat” and “Oklahoma,” to name a few — until a poorly landed grand jeté sidelined his career as a performer. It proved a fortuitous accident. Amster was a natural at directing. Many of his productions in Chicago were nominated for theater awards, including “Once on this Island,” “The World Goes Round, “The Rothschilds” and “Pride and Prejudice.” He even worked as a choreographer on Galati’s Broadwaybound “Grapes of Wrath.” An intuitive director, he often uses feedback from the actors to drive a scene, an approach that makes his characters pop rather than blend into the milieu, which is especially important when audiences are familiar with the material. “I like to find these little crannies in polished characters,” Amster says of direction. “Sometimes it means finding things that aren’t in the script, exposing the innermost recesses of these characters until you find the beating heart

PLAYING FOR KEEPS Peter Amster weighs in on his three favorite playwrights.

Jane Austen

“Using the smallest gestures of everyday life, she manages to create a whole world of feeling. Her (stories) sometimes sound hopelessly domestic, but within that domestic setting there are such riches.”

Oscar Wilde

“‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ was a silly, topsyturvy play. (Wilde) talked about important things, but he did it with a gloss of silliness. His main comic weapon was inversion. Just when you thought you knew where an idea was going, he would reverse it.”

Tom Stoppard

“One needs to be a mental acrobat to follow his work. ‘Arcadia’ is absolutely brilliant and dazzling in terms of intellectual language.”

under the gleaming surface.” In other words, the director isn’t afraid to put his mark on a play, even though he stepped out of the spotlight years ago. “People say I’m a tasteful director,” he says, “which raises my hackles a little bit. I don’t think my shows are successful because I’m tasteful. They’re successful because they’re true.”






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+ Playwright program swimming in scripts If you think you’ve got too much work on your plate, try sitting at Adam Ratner’s desk at Florida Studio Theatre. The FST teaching artist and improv comedian is up to his waist in new submissions for the “Under Six” competition in this year’s WRITE A PLAY program. Written by children in kindergarten through sixth grade, the plays are cleverly titled (“How the Evil Alien Became Nice,” “Oreo, the Lifeguard Dog,” “Bob the Donkey’s Job Search Adventure,” “Clean

Your Dirty Desk” and “The Puppy Who Stole the Police Car”) and have come from all corners of the world. The theater even received one from a blind child that was written in Braille. At last count, more than 3,000 playwrights submitted scripts, 10 of which will be performed this spring by professional actors in FST’s Keating Theatre. (I’m crossing my fingers for the donkey on a job search.) In May, the winning playwrights and their families will be honored at the Young Playwrights Festival. May the best scribe win!

museum’s largest luncheon + SMOA nets sculptor the crowd yet: 117 people. at ARTmuse luncheon Echelman, a Harvard grad, is the museum’s third guest artist Wondering what’s shaking this season. Her unique publicwith the Sarasota Museum of art sculptures, created using Art since it unrolled its bannets, are an example of the ners on Sarasota High kind of contemporary work School? that will one day grace the Well, the museum conSMOA campus. tinues to host dynamic According to President new artists at its regular Wendy Surkis, the ARTmuse programs. museum, which will Last Thursday, sculptor operate as a division Janet Echelman paid a Echelman of Ringling College of visit to the future site Art and Design, has now raised of the museum — i.e., the former Sarasota High School build- more than $14 million toward its $22 million fundraising goal. ing — where she spoke before

As a native of Buffalo, N.Y., I can’t let Nik Wallenda’s impending wire walk over Niagara Falls slip by without at least one mention in this column. Last fall, the Sarasota daredevil submitted a proposal to walk 1,800 feet between the American and Canadian sides of the Falls; a spectacle he assured officials would draw more than 120,000 spectators and at least one major television special on the Discovery Channel. Hip to the merits of a good publicity stunt, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo immediately approved legislation Wallenda File photo authorizing Niagara Falls parks officials to approve the walk. The Canadian side, however, was slow to warm to the idea. In December, the Niagara Parks Commission in Ontario turned down Wallenda’s proposal, prompting Wallenda to embark on a relentless lobbying mission that finally paid off two weeks ago. On Feb. 15, Canadian commissioners approved the act on the basis that “stunting” has always been a part of the “history and promotion of Niagara Falls.” Wallenda is scheduled to cross 60 to 70 feet above the Niagara River Gorge sometime this summer. The date of the walk will be finalized by the end of this month. According to a recent story in The Buffalo News, Wallenda says his dream is to parlay the stunt into a permanent summer attraction, which would mean making Niagara Falls “his second home,” marking the first time anyone from Sarasota has relocated to (and not from) Western New York.


‘Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom’: Sarasota’s favorite scorned princesses are back. After a successful (and raucous) run in October, the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre has decided to bring back its ‘Bitches’ for a second round of royal

fury. The show returns Feb. 28 and runs through March 25. If you’ve ever scoffed at “happily ever after,” this is the musical for you. Snow White has never looked so angry … or empowered. For tickets, call 366-5454 or visit

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Supporting Role When Florida Studio Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Hopkins hired Phyllis Silverman in 1994, the Pennsylvania native had no previous theatrical experience, except for a love of tap dancing. It didn’t matter. Silverman had something better: a warm personality and outstanding customer-service skills, traits carried over from her previous job as the owner of a Hallmark card store in Pittsburgh, Pa. “I told (Hopkins) during the interview that when I ran my store, my goal was to make every customer smile before they left,” Silverman says. “Anyone can ring up a card, right? To have good conversation and make someone feel good, it sets you apart from the rest. I think that’s what got me the job.” And it’s likely that’s what’s kept her on the theater’s payroll for 18 years. When Silverman, 71, came on board, the FST campus and its staff was half the size it is now. There was no Goldstein Cabaret or Gompertz Theatre. Everyone worked out of the Bea Friedman Room. “We were on top of each other,” Silverman recalls. “It made for wonderful cooperation.” It’s hard to tell if she’s being sarcastic. For a woman who claims to have no acting chops, she’s quite the entertainer. A North Sarasota resident, she spent her first five years tending to box office and bookkeeping

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“I enjoy working with young people,” says Phyllis Silverman. “It keeps me busy and it keeps me young.” duties, until Rebecca Hopkins (she and Richard Hopkins got married last year) was promoted in 1998 to managing director and Silverman was promoted to her assistant. The two women are close, even if Hopkins is always juggling 100 things at once. “We go out to lunch a lot,” Silverman says. “It seems like the only time I can get her undivided attention.” Hopkins oversees FST’s administrative, business, marketing and development departments, in addition to serving as a liaison to other arts organiza-

Silverman has already begun sorting through subscription renewals for next season. tions. A co-creator on many of the company’s cabaret revues, she also works as a head writer for FST’s “Laughing Matters” series. As a result, her job is demand-

ing, so Silverman, like any personal assistant, is tasked with everything from feeding her boss’ cats to picking up new scripts. Last year, when Hopkins was planning her wedding, it was Silverman who helped get the invitations in the mail on time. As the mother of three grown sons she never had the opportunity to participate in the frou-frou side of wedding planning. “I think of her as my second mother — my Jewish mother,” Hopkins says. “She kind of watches out for me here. When I’m sick, she brings me soup. She thinks part of her job is telling me I work too hard.” An expert multitasker, Silverman is constantly helping out other departments when they’re short-staffed, which means it’s not uncommon to find her manning her old post in the box office or hand-sewing fringe on clothing in the costume shop. “I always fill in the cracks if any department is in crisis,” Silverman says. “There are certain skills that come after 18 years. I might not always be able to solve the problem, but I’ll know who to ask.” She’s become FST’s resident den mother. When the company’s 83-yearold bookkeeper retired recently after 25 years of service, Silverman, who has 10 grandchildren, became the oldest full-time employee. At 4-foot-8, she’s diminutive,

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but that doesn’t stop her from treating the theater’s red staircases like her personal treadmill now that she’s had a knee replacement. “I’m afraid to retire,” she says. “I don’t play bridge or golf well enough to retire.” In 13 years, she says she and Hopkins have only butted heads once: When Hopkins insisted Silverman participate in her senior improv program. Despite her inherent sense of humor, Silverman balked for days leading up to the first class. Although she participated begrudgingly and eventually grew to enjoy the experience, she failed to overcome her stage fright and to this day refuses to perform on stage in front of a crowd. “It was one of those things where she griped and complained the whole time,” Hopkins says. “But I know she had a blast.”

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that’s around. I’m not too picky. “After a show, my top pick would be to go to Crab & Fin. They have the best seafood ever! My favorites on the menu would have to be the chilled king crab and the lobster. Both are extremely delicious! But my meal wouldn’t be complete without raw oysters and a Caesar salad to start with.” Maria not only speaks in exclamations points — she lives them!! A ball of energy, she eats everything from Caesar salads and lobsters to chocolate and pizza without a thought about calories or carbs. Like a playful puppy, she appears to be on springs with the kind of energy that burns fuel like a torch. Whether it’s ice-skating or singing, she’s ravenous. “It’s close,” she admits, “but ice

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skating always makes me hungrier. It takes so much concentration, and you use your entire body all the time so you get pretty hungry after a long session!” There are, however, a couple of caveats. “Lucky for me, dairy doesn’t really affect my voice the way it does other singers, so I don’t really have to stay away from that. But when it comes to skating and, even in some degree with singing, eating too much can be bad. As long as I don’t eat to the point my stomach hurts, or drink soda — which could cause an embarrassing moment on stage — I’m pretty much fine with anything!” Teenagers, even the ones with talent and happy homes, need comfort food. “A good slice of pepperoni pizza and something chocolaty makes everything better!” Maria says. “I love chocolate and my voice teacher, Alan Corey, makes the best chocolate cookies, ever!” Although Jeaneen Wirries does almost all the cooking at home, Maria manages to make her presence known around the stove and fridge, too. “When I’m cooking or in the kitchen making a mess, I love listening to the ‘Mama Mia’ soundtrack,” Maria says. “Maybe it’s because Meryl Streep played the incredible chef, Julia Child. All I know is that groovy ABBA music just makes everything more fun!” With all the energy and exuberance Maria has, she also has a thoughtful side, and that comes


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growing up and making choices and not being sure if they are right or wrong. And, in the end, breaking free and discovering what the world has to offer. Even though it may be scary, just knowing that you have one life means you should live it and not hide in a cage.” Certainly not one to hide in a cage, Maria — on stage or off — has a wonderful depth that’s rooted in simplicity. And, like the girl, herself, her favorite recipe is simple. “I love my mother’s sautéed tilapia,” she tells us. “She really doesn’t cook with recipes. Really, it’s just tilapia filets sautéed in butter with some herbs served on top. We eat it frequently, and it’s really good after a long day at school!”


Maria Wirries is only a couple of years into her teens, but she has definite ideas about everything from singing to skating to eating and, without being obnoxious about it, she makes her feelings known. “My favorite restaurants in Sarasota? I have so many,” she says. “Crab & Fin, Millie’s, Michael’s On East, Olive Garden and Steak ’n’ Shake.” If you think her taste in restaurants is eclectic, take a look at what she does. Maria is a superstar in these parts, but she doesn’t do it in just one area. She’s smart, eloquent, beautiful and graceful. And she puts all that to good use on the ice and on the stage. But let’s go back a bit in Maria’s comparatively short life. Born in Haiti, her father, a white American missionary worker, died when Maria was just 4 months old. Her aunt, Jeaneen, flew to the island and brought the infant back to live with her, first in Myakka City and, more recently, in Bradenton. Jeaneen, who is in her 70s, may, technically, be Maria’s aunt, but in every other way she’s her mother. “My mom definitely does the cooking in my family,” Maria insists. “She is very good and can cook pretty much anything.” Good thing, too, because beneath her svelte figure, Maria loves to eat, and between the skating, singing, dancing and acting, she works up quite an appetite. “Before a show, I eat a lot!” she says. “Doing shows takes a lot out of you so, generally, I eat anything

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orchestra to play with an elegant transparency that made the old Grieg new again. The individual solos in the first movement by bassoon, flute, horn and clarinet were stunningly played with lovely rounding of phrases that echoed what Weiss was sculpting at the piano. The horn solos, performed by coprincipal Joe Assi, demonstrated world-class playing. This is a work that could be hackneyed, but this performance was anything but. The third movement had a wonderfully driven, propulsive quality, without being rushed, and the well-deserved ovation at the end led to an encore by Weiss of a well-known Grieg “Nocturne” that was equally exquisite. Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 was a fitting finale for Bjaland. The first movement was played with optimism and nostalgia, but his reading of the Scherzo was absolutely riveting. Many conductors stretch out of proportion the “poco ritard” that’s written in the score, turning this light, airy, dance-of-amovement into a ponderous musical statement. Bjaland did just the opposite, staying with what Schumann wanted, slowing down just enough to breathe and making this normally difficult transition sound like a breeze. Even the coda that followed was as light as a froth of Mozart. This was a ravishing, eloquent performance, and the finale, with its grand “Amen” written into the final chords, sang a most appropriate farewell to Bjaland. — June LeBell

>> Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks with Bjaland and Weiss The Sarasota Orchestra’s recent Masterworks Concert marked the grand finale of Leif Bjaland’s 15-year tenure, and he couldn’t have gone out with a finer, more fitting program. His conducting of Wagner’s prelude to “Die Meistersinger” was majestic and lush in a tempo, so slow and measured, it seemed he didn’t want to finish it. That didn’t mean it was sluggish. In fact, this deliberate pace became taut in its control and vibrant in a stately, regal reading. What followed was just as impressive but for different reasons. The Grieg A Minor Piano Concerto is a warhorse-of-a-work that has been put on a back burner in recent years because, I suppose, it became too popular for its own good. It was wonderful to hear it again, like welcoming back an old, dear friend. In the hands of Orion Weiss, who was recently named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, we heard a fine technique combined with an exquisite sensitivity and a beautiful touch. Together, Weiss and Bjaland inspired the

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Would you have believed Pat and Bob Baer if they told you they didn’t coordinate their outfits for Asolo’s Starry Night Dinner Series highlighting “Hamlet, Prince of Cuba?” Pat bought her blouse on Main Street and wore it to her son and daughter-in-law’s rehearsal dinner in 2009, at the Pat and Bob Baer Carnivale restaurant, in Chicago. Bob just happened to pluck this Coogi sweater from his closet — a gift from his wife years ago when the two went to see a comedy show at Comedy Castle, in Los Angeles. “Nonsmoking was right by the stage, so we sat up front,” Pat said. “He got picked on for that sweater by the first comedian, and everybody else who came on after that picked on him. When we left, all other patrons kept saying ‘Goodnight Bob.”

They saw 2-by-4s — and that’s exactly what Asolo Rep Production Manager Victor Meyrich did to officially dedicate the theater’s Robert & Beverly Koski Production Center. Meyrich is a bit of a legend in the theater world; young designers are afraid of him but end up loving him for making their ideas work. He reminisced about his early days when the Asolo scene shop was only 10,000 square feet and “we built the sets sideways because we didn’t have Victor room to stand Meyrich them up.” There’s room now! See more about the new facility in Scene & Heard, page 3.

Tim Cameresi and Jennie Famiglio were two standouts at Van Wezel’s 35th Anniversary Gala Saturday night. Tim pinned a modern silver and quite prickly looking Dream Weaver brooch on his suit jacket that, if it were larger, would look fabulous hanging in a museum or home. Jennie, looking radiant in a multicolored dress with a slightly eye-deceiving pattern and tattered bottom layers, took the not-so-“extra” material that her children accidentally ripped off and turned it into a floral-like ornament for her violet necklace.

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Sarasota/Naples Chapter 2012 Annual Dinner Special Guests: “The Pride of the Technion” Monday, March 12, 2012 4:30 pm Patrons’ Reception Michael’s Wine Cellar - $1,000 per person including the dinner and program 6:00 pm Dinner and Program Michael’s On East - $250 per person 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota

Outwater and Gomyo

The Pride of the Technion

Delight in passionate works by four great Russian masters spectacularly realized by two of classical music’s freshest superstars: guest conductor Edwin Outwater and guest violinist Karen Gomyo. Be astounded by Karen Gomyo’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Celebrate Russian life and folksong with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

What better way to learn about the Technion than from those who work and study there? The American Technion Society is privileged to welcome Professor Zalman Palmor and two exceptionally gifted students who will present a program that might have you yearning to be back in the classroom, and most certainly have you swelling with pride.


Prof. Zalman Palmor,

March 9 - Neel March 10 & 11 - Van Wezel

Mechanical Engineering and Deputy VP for Academic Affairs

Tickets from $29

To RSVP or for more information: (941) 378-1500


Come as you are. Leave different. | 941-953-3434

Providing support for the Technion Israel-Institute of Technology



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William Kittinger with Danae DeShazer

Silverberg Jewelry founder Jane Silverberg is pictured with her son, Ed Silverberg.

The observer cup finals

Sunday, Feb. 26 | Sarasota Polo Club

Mallory Gnaegy performed the national anthem.

Chris Michaud enjoyed her first polo match with Judy Kozlowski and friends.

Helen Forde Gander & Mary A. Baldwin Charitable Trust

72626 The Michel family came out in full force. Pictured clockwise from front left are Ava, Geoffrey, Brenda and Sawyer, with their dog, Ruby.

Photos by Pam Eubanks

Donna and Dave Balcom

Erica Howard brought her dog, Chanel.

FSU/ASOLO CONSERVATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING PRESENTS You are cordially invited to attend the 8th Annual

R o b bers b The

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March 20th Featuring Chefs from local Premiere Restaurants, select Wines, old fashioned fountain Egg Creams, Live/Silent Auction and Live Music

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Pay What You Can Tuesday:

Longboat Key Club & Resort


this New … year Golf e leng Chal

LEARN MORE AT ASOLOREP.ORG/CONSERVATORY FSU Center for the Performing Arts • 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

J B Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars Tuesday, March 6 • Players Theatre

Bill Watrous & The Sarasota Jazz Project

Thursday, March 8 • Players Theatre

Warren & Allan Vaché Brothers Swinging Quintet

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.

Friday, March 9 • Players Theatre



Islandside under the tent.

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Saturday, March 10 • Players Theatre



The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s

Dick Hyman & Derek Smith

For information and tickets contact Audrey Marten at 941-587-5060,

Longboat Key Club & Resort


CALL 941-351-8000

The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium SALUTE! Restaurant Sarasota Bay Club Sarasota Coffee & Tea Sarasota Cupcake Company Sarasota Yacht Club Selva Grill Soma Diner Tasti D Lite Toasted Mango Too Jay’s Gourmet Deli Viking Culinary Center Whole Foods

Other Festival Happenings: Jazz in the Park March 4 • Phillippi Estate Park Jazz Caravan by Trolley • March 7 • 941-366-1552


Golf Challenge Shotgun Start 12 Noon Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting 6:00pm

February 21

Evenings: 28 • Matinees: $27 • Students: $14 $


Tuesday March 20th


Feb. 21-March 11

Golf Challenge Shot Gun Start 12 Noon Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting 6:00 pm Tickets start at $85 per person Andrea’s Breakfast House Bridge Street Bistro Café Americano Café L’Europe Chart House Restaurant Cosimo’s Brick Oven Healthy Chocolate Libby’s Cafe & Bar Longboat Key Club & Resort Mi Pueblo Michael’s On East Polo Grill & Bar Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Two brothers battle for love and power in this sprawling epic by a titan of German theater.

Dick Hyman





Cheryl Loeffler and Deborah Beecham

Claudia Cardillo shops for earrings.

Frankie Alvarez and Andhy Mendez

2012 Renaissance Luncheon Chairwoman Norma Cohen, featured speaker Gina Barreca, Women’s Resource Center CEO Janice Zarro and Board Chairwoman Lydia McIntire

Photos by Loren Mayo

Hosts Mollie and Robert Nelson

Women’s Resource Center

Leanne McIntire and Renee Hamad

Roxie Jerde and Margaret Wise

Starry Night Dinner Series

‘Come Laugh with Gina Barreca’

Thursday, Feb. 23 | Home of Robert and Mollie Nelson

Thursday, Feb. 23 | Michael’s On East

Rae Ceil Schwartz and Carolyn Spizzirro Left: Rachel Schaeffer, Michelle Katz and Susan Schaen

Photos by Loren Mayo

Jane Margulies and Anne Silverman

Gisela Chipe

Esme Carroll with Margie and Chuck Barancik and Chris and John Currie




2012 SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE Public Always Welcome Every Sunday at 1:00 pm Now through April 8th Gates Open at 10:00 am Admission: $10 each Under 12 Free

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2 0 1 2 S A R A S O TA P O L O S P O N S O R S

Do you want a new and exciting experience? No riding experience needed to play. To learn more please call Juan Martinez-Baez at 314.496.5481. 71751


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Trey Desenberg, Eli Herschberger, Paul Mattison and Sandy Loevner

Florida Winefest and Auction

Balloon Glow Dinner

Friday, Feb. 24 | Herschberger Ranch

Photos by Loren Mayo

Carol Angelotti

Marjorie Floyd and Chip Gaylor with Mary and Doyle King


Left: Chris Flannagan and Katie Raines

speciAl MArch events At

Longboat Key Center for the Arts CALL TO ARTISTS!

Clint Hummon, Bryan Hodges and Susan Mitchell Right: Gianna, Michelle and Eric Mattison


The Sarasota Concert Association presents

Submit your 2D/3D artwork and photography incorporating our 2012 theme of Water, Light or Nature. Photography will be judged separately from 2d/3d work.

Award-winning violinist

Receiving Date: Monday, March 5 • 10 am to 2 pm Pick-up Date: Friday, March 30 • 10 am to 2 pm


Limit 4 entries per person: Member Entry Fee = $17.50 • Non-Members Entry Fee = $25.00 Photography Prizes:

Minnesota Symphony Orchestra

1st = $300 2nd = $150 3rd = $75

LBKCA Annual Juried Exhibition

Durante Gallery & Cultural Media Room • March 8 – March 29, 2012 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8 • 5 – 7 pm

for exhibition requirements visit lBKcA or go to entry forms will be available on the receiving Date.

conducted by

Maincourse: LECTURE/LUNCH:

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chair - Digital filmmaking Department ringling college of Art and Design Monday, March 12 • 11 am to 1:30 pm Cultural Media Room • $35 (includes lunch)

Tue., March 13th 7:30 pm $20 Advance $25 Door Durante Gallery



Osmo Vanska Wednesday, March 7 8 p.m.

at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

for more information, go to our website at register for our weekly community arts classes, Master classes, buy tickets, or rsvp to any of our events by calling 941.383.2345.

Tickets: $35 • $45 • $55 • $60


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Daniela Kirvin, Cheryl Hamblin, Francesca Duran, Brigid HewesSaah and Nancy Cason

Fashion, Flowers and Food: Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday, Feb. 25 | John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Photos by Loren Mayo

Lauren Ann Walsh

Missy Rubin and Rachel King

Lida Shackelford and Margot Moore

Allie Smart and Johanna Glover


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