You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.
Kay Siebold and Barbara Bostic refuse to act their age. INSIDE
RVA buys Cedars and Barrier Island Realty. PAGE 3A
Thursday, MARCH 8, 2012
parties of progress?
The pink ladies raise record funds for Susan G. Komen. PAGE 1B.
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Commission warns Colony parties Commissioners warned the interests of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort that they could lose grandfathered units if they don’t reach a resolution.
Andy Youngs, Esther Cook, Jane Vorel and Jane Johnston
+ Group celebrates Royal birthday
Mayor Jim Brown asked the long-feuding parties at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort to picture something: Imagine it with only six units per acre, Brown said of the 18-acre, 237-unit shuttered resort.
If the parties don’t work something out by December, a six-unitper-acre Colony could be a reality. Commissioners heard from the interests in the Colony dispute at their March 5 regular meeting. The status update was a requirement
of the extension the commission approved last May that extended a continuance of the town’s tourism abandonment requirement for the Colony to Dec. 31, 2012. Without the extension, the property could have lost 85 of the resort’s units by
Aug. 15, 2011 — exactly one year after the resort closed — because they were built on the property before town code limited tourism units to six per acre. Commissioners heard from all parties about why they wanted a redeveloped Colony, the complexities of the
SEE COLONY / PAGE 2A
Esther Cook’s birthday coincided with the date of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Royal Rummage sale preview Friday, March 2. But that didn’t deter volunteer Jane Vorel from celebrating. Before the doors opened for the sale, Cook shared her birthday cake with her fellow volunteers.
+ Casa del Mar treated to concert On Feb. 23, Amanda Lubin performed a piano program at the association apartment at Casa del Mar. The first concert she ever performed was when she was 8 years old — seven years ago — in the very same place. She is now 15. Lubin has been coming to Casa del Mar yearly since she was born because her grandparents have been vacationing on Longboat Key for more than 30 years. Every year she performs a concert, and this year the attendance was upward of 75 people.
+ Don’t forget to spring forward
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. Though we lose an hour of sleep, don’t forget to change your clocks!
SEE OUR TOWN / 16A
St. Armands Business Improvement District Chairman Marty Rappaport and Sarasota Vice Mayor Terry Turner unveiled a plaque Friday, March 2, recognizing the completion of a 10-year improvement project on St. Armands Circle. The project was a joint venture between the BID and the city of Sarasota. Part of the project was the renovation of all four medians into landscaped, park-like settings with benches, sidewalks, curbs and lighted pathways. Brick-paver crosswalks were also installed. Rappaport said new goals are adding public bathrooms, more parking spaces, additional landscaping from the bridge to the Circle, burying power lines and installing new signs at entrances to the Circle from Longboat Key and Sarasota. “The goal,” Rappaport said, “is to make St. Armands the No. 1 tourist spot.”
follow the money
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Campaign contributions show sources of support Vice Mayor David Brenner has inched ahead of challenger Ray Rajewski in fundraising. But the differences between the candidates clearly go beyond the numbers. Money talks, and if it could comment on the race for the District 3 Longboat Key Town Commission seat, it might say: This race is a close one. The latest campaign treasurer’s reports released by the
Town Clerk’s office showed that Vice Mayor David Brenner has pulled ahead of challenger Ray Rajewski slightly in terms of fundraising, bringing in a total of $11,665 in campaign contributions through
Feb. 24, compared to the $11,151 Rajewski brought in during the same period. So, where is all that money coming from? Brenner’s donors include former
mayors George Spoll and Jeremy Whatmough, current Commissioner Pat Zunz, Key Club attorney
SEE CONTRIBUTIONS / 6A
INDEX Bridge Bites....... 10B Briefs....................4A
Calendar............ 12A Classifieds ........ 12B
Cops Corner....... 10A Crossword.......... 11B
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COLONY / FROM PAGE 1A legal cases and the unsuccessful attempts at mediation. What they didn’t hear, they said, was evidence of progress. “I think we called this meeting to hear what has been resolved,” Commissioner Hal Lenobel said. “So far, nothing. It’s still up for grabs. We’re sitting here and we’ve heard nothing substantial.”
Perceptions of progress
Typically presentations at Town Commission meetings are limited to 20 minutes. Colony Beach & Tennis Association Board President Jay Yablon asked for 30 minutes in a letter to Town Manager David Bullock because of the case’s “great importance of The Colony redevelopment to the town and the complexity of those involved.” Commissioners knew about the case’s complexity. In August 2010, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May had given owners control of their units after a longstanding dispute with longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, but, last July, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday overturned the rulings and later recommended damages for Klauber and other parties. Brown didn’t think they’d need the extra 10 minutes. “We’re not here to talk about the history of the Colony or how much we enjoyed raising our families there,” Brown said. “We’re here to find out what progress has been made between the parties to move forward with the redevelopment of the Colony.” Yablon told the commission of plans to create a “new, modern Colonyinspired resort” on the property and praised the commission’s avoidance of taking sides in ongoing disputes. Next up was developer Glenn Miller, of Miller Group Development, who was followed by Scott Anderson, who, if the Association’s plans are successful, would lead the Colony’s marketing, sales and operations efforts. Anderson
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outlined the progress that had been made. “We have not waited to begin in terms of creating the vision and the strategy and the marketing plans and the pricing for the new Colony,” Anderson said. “We have made significant progress in the direction we want to go.” Then Stacy Miller, who would serve as project executive, told the commission that a unit owners’ meeting was scheduled for April 2 and April 3 to present the proposal and prepared to show the commission a site plan. She invited architect Tim Baker up to the podium to assist in the presentation. Then Brown cut in. “This evening has been reserved to see what progress has been made toward resolving the issues at the Colony and not toward making an architectural presentation,” he said. “I don’t want to cut you short, but we really have to stay on that issue.” Stacy Miller told the commission that owner approval was needed for the project to move forward. Commissioner Lynn Larson jumped in and recalled meeting with the Association and its partners in December. She said that she had the impression that the Association would talk with owners shortly. Brown expressed frustration and referred to the presenters’ estimate that a redeveloped Colony could generate $10 million in revenue. “The way I see it, the year we granted you has already cost us $2 million,” he said. He asked if any commissioners disagreed with him. “No,” Larson said. “It seems like we asked for an update and we’re getting excuses.” Glenn Miller stepped back to the podium. “Do you want to look at the site plan?” he asked. “No,” Larson said. “I don’t know what we would look at it for,” Brown said.
Heat is on
Commissioners heard from others involved with or representing those involved with the dispute, including longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s attorney, Charles Bartlett, Association attorney Jeffrey Warren and Colony Lender LLC partner David Siegal. Bartlett said that the deal was “doable” and said that the most viable scenario would be for the Association to buy out the assets of the other interests. By the end of the meeting, commissioners weren’t optimistic. Vice Mayor David Brenner told the parties to get their acts together, saying what’s happening “now turns my stomach.” “By God, if you don’t do it between now and the end of December, I for one, will not vote on an extension,” he said. Commissioner Jack Duncan said he wouldn’t either. “I, for one, don’t see a resolution in the off hang between now and December,” he said. Larson wondered if they could determine an abandonment of the use right then and there. They couldn’t. But she went on to say that the issue wasn’t just about the parties, saying that she has neighbors who can’t sell their home because of the blighted property down the road. “You’re not only hurting yourselves but everybody’s property values,” she said. Town Attorney David Persson told commissioners that when and if it came time for the commissioners to vote in a quasi-judicial hearing, they would have to base their decisions on the evidence presented during the hearing rather than what they had just heard during Monday’s meeting. “We don’t know where any of this is going,” he said. “I don’t think anyone in this room knows where this is going.” But he described the mounting pressure on the parties: “They’re all in the same bath tub, and the water is getting hotter and hotter,” he said.
Colony dispute sent back to Tampa The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out an appeal filed by the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Friday, sending the legal dispute back to Tampa-based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May for further hearings. The decision further delays a resolution to the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort development unless an agreement can be reached among all parties involved. In the ruling, the Court of Appeals granted Colony Beach & Tennis Club Inc.’s motion to dismiss the association’s appeal of the bankruptcy judge’s rulings “for lack of jurisdiction.” In essence, the Court of Appeals said it’s premature for such an appeal and sent the matter back to May for further review and more hearings. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort attorney Charles Bartlett said the decision means “the 11th Circuit agreed with us that the matter is not right for appeal because the judgment Judge (Steven D.) Merryday entered requires us to go back to bankruptcy court for a final determination.” Colony Beach and Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon said the decision only means a final resolution in the court system will take longer. “We had hoped that everybody could avoid the expense and the delay of everything going back to Judge May,” Yablon said. “More than anything, this ruling means that if anybody is looking to the courts to provide a final resolution at the Colony, they are going to have to wait an awfully long time and spend quite a bit of money.” Colony Lender LLC partner David Siegal told the Longboat Observer the Court of Appeals decision means that now more than ever all parties involved need to make a deal. Bartlett and Yablon also believe that’s the most ideal outcome for the Colony to be rebuilt any time soon. — Kurt Schultheis
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RVA purchase nets Cedars and Barrier Island Realty The Longboat-based RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, purchased the resort and real-estate firm from Randy Langley for an undisclosed amount. A new owner has checked into the Cedars Tennis Resort facilities. The Longboat Key-based RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, announced in a prepared statement that it has purchased Cedars Tennis Resort, along with Barrier Island Realty Group Inc., which owned and managed the resort. The purchase includes the resort’s rental management, real-estate sales, tennis and health club facilities and the Cedars Bar and Grill operations, according to the statement. Tony Veldkamp, broker and managing director of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, will oversee Barrier Island Realty operations. The purchase price was not immediately available through Manatee County court records. Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA, said that the parties are contractually prohibited from discussing the price. Starr said that former Cedars and Barrier Island Realty owner Randy Langley approached him about the possibility of the purchase months ago. Starr got his start in Longboat Key vacation rentals when he bought a company in 1988 called Longboat Acquisitions. Starr was familiar with Cedars: In the early 1990s, he bought four units and lived in one during the construction of his home. “When the opportunity came up, we thought it would be the perfect acquisition for us,” Starr said. “I think it’s one of the finest developments on Longboat Key. “It has a health club and the tennis facility, the pro shop, and Randy has built it up to include kayak rentals and free bicycles for guests. It’s one of the few resorts on Longboat that can rent on a short-term basis and offer so many amenities in the process.” Langley, who purchased the resort for $1.05 million in May 2008, said that his time at Cedars was his first foray into the resort industry and that his time there has been “a great learning experience.” “I think I was a mediocre resort man-
Cedars Tennis Resort currently has 93 units, approximately 60 of which are rented.
ager,” Langley said. “I think I brought it to a ‘C’ level, but I have no doubt (RVA) will bring it to an ‘A’ level.” Cedars Tennis Resort, formerly known as Cedars East, was constructed between 1988 and 1991 by The Hunt Group, which owned the resort until Langley’s purchase. Starr said Monday that some changes have been discussed that would “elevate the resort to the next level,” although he said nothing is concrete at the moment and that any major alterations would
have to wait until after season. Starr, whose company manages approximately 600 vacation rental units, about 500 of which are on the Key, said that the acquisition of Barrier Island Realty allows RVA to enhance its operations. The real-estate company will continue to sell and rent units within Cedars, along with properties throughout the Key and Anna Maria Island. Of Cedars’ 93 units, which are individually owned, approximately 60 are currently part of the resort’s rental program, a number that Starr hopes to grow. Langley said that he will continue to work in real-estate development, both locally and in Orlando, where most of his business is based. He remains one of two partners of Colony Lender LLC, which purchased a $10 million bank note owned by longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and the Colony, along with a 15% interest in the Colony’s recreational/resort property.
sand source by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Port Dolphin asks for one-year extension Port Dolphin Energy LLC has again extended its proposed pipeline project by a year, bringing its anticipated commencement date to July 1, 2014, according to a Feb. 28 letter to the Florida Department of Environment and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from Port Dolphin Vice President German Castro. Last year, the Oslobased company also requested a one-year extension. The extension also pushes back the town’s deadline for sand removal to June 2014. The town agreed in September 2009 that it would not object to the pipeline placement if Port Dolphin would help remove sand for the island’s next beach renourishment project and help pay for its removal and permitting costs. Initially, the town opposed the placement of the proposed 42-mile pipeline, which will run to the north of Anna Maria Island, because it would run through the same white sand that Longboat Key has used as a high-quality white sand source. “In a way, it helps us because it gives us the flexibility of not having to rush to get the sand,” Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa said. The town has received state permits for excavation but is still waiting on federal permits, which are needed because the sand site is in federal waters, according to Florensa. Port Dolphin is also waiting on permits before it can pursue the project. Castro’s letter lists seven authorizations the company has received for sand removal but states that permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, along with a federal submerged lands lease. “Despite the fact that Port Dolphin is diligently pursuing these permits and authorizations, we cannot at this time accurately predict when the final permits and authorizations may be issued,” the letter states. “Due to this uncertainty related to the outstanding permits and authorizations, we are forced to postpone the schedule for construction for another year.” The town received $500,000 from Port Dolphin last December as reimbursement for its costs associated with developing and permitting sandborrow areas in the Gulf of Mexico in advance of the placement of the $1 billion liquid natural-gas pipeline. If Port Dolphin moves forward with the pipeline, the town will be eligible for up to an additional $5 million pending FDEP approval of the project.
by Robin Hartill | City Editor
Commissioners question long-term contracts Three commissioners who are part of the Audit Committee paid close attention to a recent recommendation of the town’s auditing firm. The town’s contract with Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. continued for 14 years before the Longboat Key Town Commission reached consensus to put its beach-engineering work out to bid in November. The town also used the same auditing firm, Shinn & Co., for 14 years before selecting the firm of Carr Riggs & Ingram as its new auditing firm. Carr Riggs & Ingram will most likely finish its audit of the town in March, but one of the firm’s findings, thus far, caught the attention of the three commissioners who sit on the Audit Committee and met with CPA Charles Whetstone Thursday, March 1: The town has had many long-term contracts that haven’t gone out to bid in years. Vice Mayor David Brenner said at the March 5 commission meeting that the town needs to look at many of its long-term contracts. Brenner told the Longboat Observer that the town should probably review its contracts every three to five years, citing the example of the beach-engineering firm. Brenner also said that he would like the commission to look at its town attorney agreement. (The commission hires the town attorney, but the parties don’t have a
TOWN CONTRACTS Total FY ’11 Length of time vendor Last competitive bid Vendor disbursement Contract for ’11 has provided service for contractor Jay Cashman Inc. $3,888,880 Yes 90 days 2010 Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. $1,024,120.27 Yes 15 years Bid in process Persson & Cohen, P.A. $471,210.15 No 15 years Hired by Town Commission RTD Construction $410,451.26 Yes One year 2009 Piggyback with Manatee County contract SAK Construction LLC $112,105.23 Yes 2008-9 and two emergency repairs Kassboher All-Terrain Vehicles $60,000 No One time Return of cash bond for beach rake-BP oil spill Benchmark Financial Services $50,000 Yes 2010-11 Pension investigation 2010-11 Foster & Foster Inc. $44,421 No Two years Pension Actuary-Town OPEB agreement Alan Jay Ford Piggyback contract with Florida Lincoln Mercury Inc. $43,385 Yes One time Sheriff’s Association bid Bay Area Environmental Services $40,824.25 No One month Emergency purchase for Emerald Harbor cleanup
contract.) “I think most us are pretty pleased with the services, but I think we can both do him (town attorney David Persson) and us a favor to make sure that we’re both comfortable with the agreement,” Brenner said. Commissioner Jack Duncan said he believes most contracts should go out to bid every three years ago, although he stressed
the difference between putting projects out to bid and changing vendors. For example, he said that changing auditors every three years or so is good practice and generally the norm in business; the town may want to review its town attorney agreement periodically, however, without changing attorneys. “You don’t want to change town attorneys every three years because the town attor-
ney brings with him or her a tremendous amount of knowledge,” Duncan said. Commissioner Lynn Larson said that she would like to see contracts reviewed every three years. She told the Longboat Observer that she would like to see contracts with vendors “that have been there the longest and the ones that are being paid the most” go out to bid first.
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+ Commissioner Younger recovering at home Longboat Key Commissioner Phillip Younger was discharged from Sarasota Memorial Hospital two weekends ago and is now resting and recovering from an illness at home. Although he did not attend the Monday, March 5, commission meeting, Younger Younger will return to the commission “in due time,” according to his wife, Fanny. Younger was appointed to the commission in 2010 and holds one of two at-large seats.
+ Cellular tower materials submitted to PZ&B
+ Town’s early voting begins Saturday Early voting for the town’s General Municipal Election begins Saturday and will continue for one week, through Friday, March 16. Voting hours will be 9 a.m. 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.
The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Colony Association drafts site plan” (Feb. 29) 2. “Colony dispute sent back to Tampa” (March 2) 3. “PIC to hold north-end revitalization forum” (March 1) 4. “Longboat Key couple to set sail around eastern United States” (Feb. 22) 5. “Election Q&A: David Brenner” (Feb. 29)
+ Anonymous donor helps a good claws
Zoning & Building Department. Town staff is currently reviewing the materials to determine if the application is complete. Eatrides and Barile agreed to submit additional materials at a November Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting in response to an administrative appeal that challenged town staff’s previous determination that the application was complete.
An anonymous donor has provided funding for Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program to pay for sea-turtle patrol materials such as T-shirts, training materials and other supplies. Previously, because of budget cuts, volunteers had been asked to pay a small fee to offset the costs. Mote President and CEO Dr. Kumar Mahadevan wrote in a letter to volunteers that because of the donation, turtle-patrol volunteers will not be charged for participation and that Mote hopes to publicly thank the donor at the
Town Commission Regular Workshop — 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15 Town Commission Statutory Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 Planning & Zoning Board Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, April 2
All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted.
April 7 Sea Turtle Run on Siesta Beach.
+ Code Enforcement meeting canceled
Jim Eatrides, of the Longboat Keybased Alpha Omega Communications LLC, and Kevin Barile, of Ridan Industries II in Tampa, have submitted revisions to their application for a 150-foot cellular tower to the Planning
The Code Enforcement Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 12, has been canceled because no cases were scheduled to be heard. The next meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, April 9, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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Emerald Harbour residents Community meetings to lend northern exposure talk on the wild side It isn’t quite lions and tigers and bears. But Emerald Harbor has raccoons and poison ivy and Brazilian peppers (oh my). Three Emerald Harbor residents spoke at the Monday, March 5, Longboat Key Town Commission meeting to ask the town to address issues in the neighborhood. Emerald Harbor Association Vice President Bob Craft appeared before the commission primarily because he wanted to clarify the zoning of a 3.9-acre piece of town-owned land just south of the neighborhood (see sidebar). But Craft also had a related request: “Please cut back your Brazilian peppers,” he said, addressing the town. “They’re choking out our palm trees and cedar trees.” Emerald Harbor resident Pat Mankes was also fed up with the plot’s upkeep. “There’s all kinds of dead trees in there,” she said. “There’s poison ivy. I’ve taken care of it, and I’ve gotten so much poison ivy, and I’m not doing it anymore.” Mayor Jim Brown assured her that something would be done about the problem and that the town manager would look into it. Mankes’ husband, Ed, called attention to a critter that has left major paw prints on the neighborhood: raccoons. Mankes said that approximately two years ago, his neighbor was bitten by a raccoon while he was walking his dog. Frequently, he said that neighbors are frightened to walk their dogs in the neighborhood, which often draws more raccoons than the rest of the island LBK because - 2010of-itsKproximity to three resLBK - that 2010 - outdoor K taurants have dumpsters. Emerald Harbor resident Weldon Frost, who did not attend Monday’s meeting, brought the raccoon issue before the com-
Three meetings have been scheduled to discuss the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force-facilitated community-planning effort for the north end of the Key. Three meetings scheduled for the month of March will have the same starting point: the north end of Longboat Key. But the road map from there will depend largely on the ideas of those who join in on the discussions. The meetings will focus on a northend community-planning effort facilitated by the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force. The effort began in January, when New College freshmen, under the direction of sociology professor Dr. David Brain, conducted interviews about the north end with approximately 40 stakeholders. The stakeholders then attended a planning charrette in which they were divided into four groups and asked to envision what they would like to see at the north end in 10 years. “What was neat about the exercise was that with four groups not knowing what the others were talking about, you still had a lot of agreement,” said Michael Drake, acting president of the Village Association. Three teams of three architects each then held a sketching session in February to visually represent the ideas. The March community meetings are the next step of the process. “These are not recommendations, they are not conclusions, they are simply ideas being presented,” Task Force Chairman George Spoll said. The first meeting is for members of
Public meeting North-End Revitalization Public Interest Committee Forum When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 Where: Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive the Longbeach Village Association and will take place Wednesday, March 7. Gary Hoyt, architect for the Longboat Key Publix project, will speak at the event, along with landscape architect Phil Smith, Key architect Robert Rokop and retired architect Richard Levin, a Village resident. The second meeting will be hosted by the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee (PIC) and is open to the public. The meeting will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The third discussion will be the program at the annual meeting of the Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Longboat Harbour condominium, 4454 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Although the meeting is typically limited to delegates of condominium members, the meeting is open to residents of condominiums whose associations are Condo Fed members.
ZONING QUESTION At Monday’s meeting, Emerald Harbor Association Vice President Bob Craft wanted the town to address the zoning of a 3.9-acre parcel of town-owned land that he confirmed was designated as open space before he bought his property. However, a town master plan classifies the space as residential. “What you basically did is give me a 30-page written proof at taxpayer expense that basically proves I am right,” Craft said. Town Attorney David Persson agreed to look into the issue. mission in November 2010. The commission’s reaction frustrated him at the time; commissioners’ joking suggestions included distribution of raccoon condoms, reading town ordinances to animals or bringing in bald eagles to “take care of the problem.” According to an October 2010 email written by former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis in response to Frost’s concerns, animal control is the county’s role, rather than the town’s. St. Denis wrote that Manatee County doesn’t trap and/or relocate raccoons and that such animal complaint calls are referred to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which usually doesn’t get involved unless an animal is injured. Brown told Mankes that there wasn’t much the town could do about raccoons. But Mankes disagreed. “If there were alligators walking around Longboat Key, I think the town would do something about it,” he said.
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CONTRIBUTIONS / FROM PAGE 1A Brenda Patten and Cannons Marina owner David Miller, who is currently board chairman of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. Rajewski has received contributions from former commissioners Gene Jaleski and Peter O’Connor, along with many supporters of the Islandside Property Owners Coalition, including its president, Bob White. Of the 83 contributors listed on Rajewski’s latest report, just more than half — 43 — listed addresses located behind the Islandside gates of the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Rajewski said that he frequently hears concerns while campaigning that the town’s codes will be changed to accommodate developers. (The other things he said he hears most on the campaign trail? Residents do not want dogs on the beach or cell towers.) “These are the people that are most affected by changing the town’s code,” said Rajewski, referring to his Islandside support and concerns about a potential review of the town’s zoning code and Comprehensive Plan related to the Key Club’s proposed $400 million Islandside redevelopment-andexpansion project. “My supporters are the residents. My opponent’s support seems to be coming from the commercial interests. The lines have been drawn.” But Brenner denied that the bulk of his support comes from commercial interests. “I know that my support comes from a wide range of residents,” he said. Brenner’s supporters cite his experience on the commission in their decision to contribute. Whatmough said that he has been impressed by Brenner as a commissioner. “I think he has evolved into being one of the very best commissioners,” he said. “He looks to do what is right in the long-term.” “I think he’s done a great job,” said Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub owner Ed Chiles. “I think he’s brought that new focus on implementing the Vision Plan (which) is the most thorough survey ever conducted of Longboat Key.” But Rajewski’s supporters cite his vision for the Key.
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“I believe it’s very important how we go about rejuvenation,” Jaleski said. “I believe that Mr. Rajewski wants to go about it without turning it into a tourist community. I think that the market has told us that we don’t want any more retail than we have. Ray is simply saying, ‘Let’s be smart about what we’re doing.’” L’Ambiance resident Larry Merriman, who contributed to Rajewski’s campaign, said that he sees the Key the same way that Rajewski does. “I think Longboat Key is a jewel,” Merriman said. “I feel strongly that it’s exactly what I want. I don’t think it needs to be modernized.” The Longboat Key Public Interest Committee (PIC) voted to endorse Brenner over the weekend at a meeting. That choice didn’t surprise Rajewski, who declined an invitation to appear at a candidate forum co-sponsored by PIC and the Longboat Observer and who declined to answer six questions that PIC sent in writing to both candidates. Rajewski wrote in an email to PIC representatives that he declined to participate in the forum “due to PIC’s involvement and commercial bias.” However, he wrote that he had met with the Longboat Observer and “responded to many of the issues you raised” and that the responses would soon be published. (Profiles of both candidates were published in the March 1 issue of the Longboat Observer.) PIC Co-President Gaele Barthold said that the board was able to see both candidate profiles before voting. Voting board members unanimously chose Brenner. “We were very disappointed that (Rajewski) declined to participate,” Barthold said. “Those who voted felt that Mr. Brenner had done a good job and deserved a second term.” Rajewski, who describes himself as the “residents’ representative” wasn’t worried by PIC’s endorsement. If anything, he believes not appearing at the forum helped, rather than hurt, his campaign. “I think PIC has become a commercial interest group, not a public interest group,” Rajewski said. “They should change their name to the Commercial Interest Group —
Campaign Treasurer’s Report Summary The following individuals contributed to District 3 candidate campaigns between Feb. 11 and Feb. 24, according to campaign reports:
Robert Dods............$500 Larry Greenspon......$500 John Leffler.............$500 Leslie Leffler...........$500 Myrna Whatmough ............................$316.77 David Miller.............$300 Diane Gans..............$250 Nancy FoggJohnson..................$250 Richard LaRoche Jr..$250 Angelo Furgiuele......$200 Brenda Patten.........$200 Richard Pelton.........$200 Patricia and Edward Zunz...........$200 Bryan Crino.............$150 George Spoll............$148 Lawrence Coleman...$100 Antonia Gilberti.......$100 Leonard Landau.......$100 William Levine.........$100 Frederick Obear.......$100 Judith O’Neill..........$100 Ron Platt.................$100 Hein Rusen.............$100 George Symanski.....$100 Michael Trahan........$100 Robert Coyne.............$50 Charles Diecidue........$50 Jim Greer..................$50 Marlene Horwitz........$50 Daniel Idzik...............$50 Richard Kaleida.........$50 Seymour Klionsky......$50 Kathleen Osborne......$50 David Rothgaber........$50 David Sanders...........$50 Christa Fineshriber.....$35
A. & L. Carroll.........$200 Robert Clark............$200 Arthur Cohen...........$200 Herman Frankel.......$200 J. and A. Higgins.....$200 Arnuto Hoffman.......$200 Leonard Munowitz...$200 Martin Rich.............$200 Burton Sack............$200 Richard Seidel.........$200 Ron Smythe............$200 Ronald Yonoven.......$200 Dimitar Georgiev......$150 James Andorneito....$100 Don Bernstein.........$100 Marvin Black...........$100 W. Carter.................$100 William Centers.......$100 Joel Chase...............$100 Frank Child.............$100 Tony Ciliberti...........$100 David Decken..........$100 Michael Esposito.....$100 Frank Fleister..........$100 Mike Franklin..........$100 Steven Frumkes.......$100 Paul Glosser............$100 Julian Hansen.........$100 Gene Jaleski............$100 Michael Klein..........$100 Lois Lesser..............$100 Claire Mazen...........$100 Rita Norrett.............$100 Robert Plunkett.......$100 Ben Price................$100 Don Semisch...........$100 Ronald Smythe........$100
CIG.” Both Brenner and Rajewski have the same plans for the two weeks leading up to the election: getting out and talking to voters. But, although they’re speaking to voters, Brenner and Rajewski have barely spoken
David Stowe............$100 Bern Susman..........$100 James Thomas.........$100 Douglas West...........$100 1220, Carmel............$50 Malcolm Barry...........$50 Rochelle Bernard.......$50 Steve Cohen..............$50 Bill Flinter.................$50 Don Goldsmith..........$50 Joel Hamouit.............$50 Ellen Jacob...............$50 Charles Jennings........$50 C. Kiamos.................$50 Suzanne Lutkoff........$50 Joseph Mendels.........$50 Tom Myers.................$50 Pat O’Connor.............$50 J.B. Pinski.................$50 Harold Ronson...........$50 Marsha Roth..............$50 Paul Rudder..............$50 Sam Shapiro.............$50 Karam Skaff..............$50 Alan Stone................$50 Halan Timm..............$50 Fred Wohlfahrt...........$50 Martin Rich..........$42.25 Paul Rudder.........$42.25 Robert White........$42.25 Wilbur Bauman..........$25 Mary Ann Fair............$25 Hope Meiselman........$25 Samuel Seager..........$25 Stanley Shapiro.........$25 Mary Ellen Totten.......$25 Leonard Weiner.........$25
to each other. They haven’t debated, and at press time, no debates had been scheduled. Brenner said that he and Rajewski were introduced briefly at a Sarasota Tiger Bay Club meeting in January. They said hello to one another — but not much more.
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Town issues occupy retired planner’s time Larry Grossman’s T-shirt reads “Occupy Longboat Key,” but he’s not talking about being a 99-percenter. The T-shirt’s words are a play on words — not a protest. He had it made by a company in McLain, Va., as a joke. The T-shirt features a boat, sun and palm tree. It promotes occupying Longboat Key because it’s a nice place to occupy — as residents and visitors. But Grossman has plenty of ideas for making it nicer and frequently steps to the podium during the public to-be-heard segment of town meetings. Ask “Are there any questions?” during a community forum and you can count on his hand shooting up. Lately, he’s often been seen wearing his “Occupy Longboat Key” shirt. He retired in the early 2000s after 30 years in the planning department of Alexandria, Va., where he frequently saw plans submitted by Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown, an architect. He worked in commercial real estate until 2008. He retired that year, and moved with his wife, Patricia Curran, who worked as a planner in the private sector, to Longboat Key. But he said he has too much experience to just sit back and watch things happen in town. “A scout comes back and has to report on what he’s seen,” he says. “In this case, I’m saying I see a lot, because that’s what I do.” Grossman began reporting on what he saw in the proposed Longboat Key Club and Resort plan, testifying as a planner at some of the 2010 public hearings. He saw it as a massive project that had no rules or consensus.
But Grossman was just getting started. He spoke out in favor of removing 57 bicycle signs along Gulf of Mexico Drive that he saw as distracting, but he worries that Gulf of Mexico Drive isn’t pedestrian-friendly and has pushed for pedestrian improvements from Sarasota to Anna Maria. He was involved in the Vision Plan process and has ideas for a proposed community center and beaches. In October, when the Town Commission discussed the idea of allowing dogs on the beach, he stepped to the podium and demanded equal access for his two cats. (He was kidding. But, jokes aside, he opposes the idea of dogs — and cats — on the beach because of the potential impacts on nesting sea turtles, shorebirds and other wildlife.) He visited at least 20 Publix stores leading up to the commission’s approval in February of a new Avenue of the Flowers store and brought back ideas and concerns to the commission. It disappoints him sometimes that he’s part of the less than 1% — one of the few residents who shows up at Town Hall and makes himself heard. He was the only resident who spoke during the final Publix hearing who wasn’t a resident of Bay Isles, the neighborhood closest to the shopping center. So, does the man so frequently heard from the podium want to be heard from a different platform — say, the commission dias? He laughs when asked if he wants to someday run for Town Commission. He doesn’t answer yes or no but, instead, points out that a seat on the commission would make him just one of seven voices. But, regardless of whether he’ll someday seek a seat, he’ll continue to take a stand because he can’t imagine staying quiet on town issues. “It’s too much fun,” he says.
Larry Grossman spent 30 years as a planner in Alexandria, Va., and now frequently gives input at town meetings.
Larry Grossman enjoys occupying Longboat Key — as a resident, not a protestor.
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Profile in leadership: Brenner This week marks one of our annual rites of spring (or almost spring): assessing the candidates running for Longboat Key Town Commission. Part of this annual rite is the pleasant acknowledgement that Longboat Key voters are lucky. Lucky, almost always, to have good, intelligent candidates — in this year’s race it’s incumbent Vice Mayor David Brenner and challenger Ray Rajewski. We know already that Brenner serves the voters well and represents Longboat Key’s interests well in the greater community. And judging from conversations and interviews with Rajewski, he likely would do the same if elected. He is yet another Longboater who had a distinguished business career. But as it always is with David Brenner this annual rite, there are differences that provide a contrast for voters. This year’s contrast appears pretty clear. Perhaps a succinct way to put it is this: Brenner wants to continue moving the Key forward, on several fronts; Rajewski is more reticent about moving forward. Brenner believes Longboat Key’s continued prosperity hinges to a large extent on revitalizing the deteriorating visitor traffic and the Key’s deteriorating commercial properties. Rajewski, in contrast, told us most people chose to buy and live on Longboat because of what they saw and liked … “They want it to stay that way.” Or, as he told us this week: “I’m not against redevelopment; I’m against development.” Perhaps the contrast is as succinct as this: Rajewski does not support the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s redevelopment and expansion; Brenner does. That one issue clearly frames the contrast. Certainly there is more to consider. Start with history and tradition. From Longboat Key’s incorporation in 1955, town voters pretty much have accepted an expectation that commission candidates must pay dues. They must come up through the ranks, the farm system, if you will, having served a few stints with such groups as the code enforcement board, a town-wide citizens’ committee, the planning and zoning board or some organization that raises their public persona to the point they are a familiar name. This is how the candidate establishes trust and a track record. Rare is the candidate who wins by jumping into a commission race as his first exposure to town politics and government. Another tradition is Longboaters will reelect commissioners so long as they don’t do anything irksome. We can think of a handful of incumbents over nearly 20 years who lost their seats because of arrogance toward voters; becoming advocates of the town over citizens; or voting to hike taxes. On these traditions, Brenner is solid. Rajewski, as history goes, hasn’t played long enough in the farm system. In truth, Brenner’s record of service, accomplishment and leadership in the town before being elected to the commission and during his first term as commissioner
THE COLONY UPDATE
As it was coined months ago: What a spaghetti ball. Bottom line: The two sides — Colony owner Murf Klauber and the unit owners’ board — are still deadlocked over price — the price it would take to buy out Klauber’s three of the 15 acres of Colony property. Attorneys Charles Bartlett and Jeffrey Warren — Barlett representing Klauber and the Colony and Warren representing the Colony Association board — agreed the dispute can be settled, but only until the association or its developers, Club Holdings, pays Klauber and his lenders a lot of money. Warren says they have to give some and not expect to receive what they want. Meantime, the dispute is heading back to bankruptcy court, where, according to Bartlett Monday night, the bankruptcy judge has two choices: either reinstate the partnership between Klauber and the association, with the association paying Klauber about $10 million in damages, or pay Klauber about $25 million in damages and then attempt to redevelop. Bartlett and Warren say that likely wouldn’t end the litigation. It likely would go on three to five more years. “Get your act together,” admonished Vice Mayor David Brenner. Commissioner Lynn Larson scolded the parties for the condition of the Colony damaging Longboaters’ property values. Next week: What’s next.
easily merits his re-election. For nearly a decade here, he has been a force for good — for the residents, taxpayers, visitors and businesses. His track record is long and deserves some recounting. Brenner’s involvement started in earnest when he was president of the Islander Club’s homeowners association. That highrise might be on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico were it not for Brenner’s persistence in engaging the town and state ultimately to install permeable groins there. When Brenner served on the town’s planning and zoning board in 2007 and 2008, he spearheaded two efforts that began a long process, which continues today, of convincing Longboat residents they better begin thinking about steps to ensure Longboat’s long-term prosperity — or there would be no prosperity or no long term. One of those efforts led to Longboat Key voters overwhelmingly approving charter amendments that would bring back up 250 tourism units that were previously lost and would allow residents to rebuild their existing structures at existing densities and size in the event of natural destruction. The latter was huge. So many of Longboat’s structures are non-conforming, meaning that without this charter amendment, many of today’s condominiums no longer would be rebuilt at present size and density. These two charter amendments marked
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a 180-degree turning of the attitudinal tide on Longboat Key. Brenner, along with George Spoll, triggered and led that change. Then there was the vision plan. Brenner was instrumental with that, too — particularly in persuading the Town Commission to follow through with it and not let it sit on a shelf. This, too, has become one of the impeti shaping Longboat Key’s future. Read it. It’s what Longboaters heartily embrace for the future — what Longboat Key was in the heydays of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort and before, only better. As a town commissioner, Brenner also distinguished himself by pushing former Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to make the town bureaucracy less bureaucratic and more efficient. When St. Denis neglected to show the commission how he could tighten town operations in the face of the recession, Brenner led the effort to create teams of citizens who examined how every department operated and how they could save money and become more efficient. This led to cost savings and less budget cutting — and also to the conclusion that the town had reached the point of needing new leadership. Brenner: the catalyst again. Throughout his term, Brenner has been an unabashed supporter and facilitator doing whatever he could to help Publix Super Markets redevelop Avenue of the Flowers. Many Longboaters don’t know it, but Brenner has been involved in that project for years, having numerous conversations with Publix and the town staff to make that process as smooth and as unconfrontational as is possible on Longboat Key. Likewise with the owner of Whitney Beach Plaza. Rajewski has interpreted these efforts and Brenner’s support of the Key Club’s plans as being an aggressive proponent of increased commercialism on Longboat Key. But Brenner has been explicit in public and any time you ask him that “I live on Longboat Key. I don’t want that anymore than anyone else.” What Brenner wants is what Longboaters have embraced: A balance. They know their property values and quality of life are absolutely tied to Longboat Key’s ability to attract a steady flow of affluent visitors. And this cannot happen unless the Key has the level of facilities to accommodate them. So there it is — the unequivocal case for why David Brenner deserves a second term as the District 3 town commissioner. This is not to say Ray Rajewski is a strident dissident to Brenner’s vision for the future of Longboat Key. They really are not that far apart. What’s more, Rajewski has a lot to offer. He is of the caliber that makes Longboat Key a great place to live. He should stay engaged. Brenner, however, clearly has demonstrated a level of proactive leadership — on all fronts — that has been in the minority among town commissioners over the past two decades. Through his actions, Vice Mayor Brenner has demonstrated what Longboat Key needs at this crucial time: If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Longboat Key, especially now, needs to keep moving forward. We recommend: David Brenner for District 3 Town Commission.
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The latest mullet season was the best in memory for many fishermen, but for local residents, the season came with a catch: Fish houses didn’t have the capacity to process the number of fish caught by commercial fishermen, and, as a result, fishermen left dead fish behind in the water, many of which washed up on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island beaches. Male mullet are often discarded in strong seasons because they are less valuable than roe-containing females. A “mullet run” like the latest one is a naturally occurring event that occurs every 10 to 15 years, Holmes Beach Commission Chairman David Zaccagnino said at the Feb. 15 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting. But local officials have developed a plan that could be a net benefit to the community: The next time a mullet run occurs, local food banks will coordinate an effort to encourage fishermen to bring extra fish to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage in Cortez. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office could also assist with storage efforts. Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown said at the meeting that he supports the efforts proposed but questioned if there were also enforcement options for fishermen who discard fish in the water. But Zaccagnino said that law-enforcement agencies would have difficulty enforcing regulations in a mullet run like the most recent one, which attracted many non-local fishermen. But at least one local restaurateur isn’t waiting for a mullet run to net the benefits of the fish. Ed Chiles, who owns Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub on Longboat Key, BeachHouse Restaurant on Bradenton Beach and Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria, enhanced mullet selections on his menus last season and plans to do so again later this year. Although mullet season typically runs between October and January, Chiles will add the fish back to menus as soon as the fish get fat enough. In fact, he said that mullet often taste best earlier on, before they produce roe. Chiles believes that there could be other uses for mullet, such as extracting oils for fish-oil supplements. “There is a lot more value to be derived from mullet than has been derived in the past,” he said.
Dear Editor: The best thing about Longboat Key is the beach. When I first moved to Florida, I lived near the airport. One day I was teaching a class and a student, a woman from Boston who had known me for a long time, said, “Anne, I’ve found your beach.” Together we went to Whitney Beach, which I fell in love with — with its wide expanse of white sand and many birds and sand dollars. The other reason I love this beach is that there is no one on it most of the year. It is a truly quiet and remote beach. Siesta Key may have the best beach according to the experts, but there are too many people towelto-towel on the sand for my taste. My friend knew the kind of beach I liked. Unfortunately, the last renewal of sand was terrible. The sand is dark and it is eroding too quickly. The water is now taking down the bushes trying to hold back the erosion, and a cliff is forming, which makes it difficult for me to get down to the beach. Because beautiful sand is being put on the beach just north of Whitney Beach, I am hoping that soon that sand will come to us. But the only way I can keep some sanity in this strange world is to look at the beach from my condo and know that the real world is still there, the ocean, sand and sky. I can’t imagine what else people would move here for. Anne G. Arsenault Longboat Key
eering begins. Elected delegates do not want to lose their (expensively) won seats by upsetting voters with anything decisive. No president has any opportunity to push forward his policies for which he had an electoral mandate. Short-termism is the order of the day in finance, economics and foreign policy. This basically un-democratic system needs to be reformed. Why not let the representatives and senators of any party choose their leader? They should be able to judge the candidates better than the public. Then limit the pre-election campaigning periods to six weeks. And cap the expenditure allowed on electioneering so that the biggest purse does not buy the victor, with all the implications of corruption that goes with that. Think what could be done in the economy with those funds which are now going into the coffers of the media industry. I’m not saying the rest of the world knows better, but perhaps a different “spin “is worthwhile. Ian Spofforth is a part-time resident of Longboat Key and England.
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U.S. elections guarantee short-sightedness As a seasonal visitor to Longboat Key from Europe, I naturally take an interest in the politics and economy of the United States. One of the surprising aspects of American politics is that the elected president with powers to initiate reforms by a popular mandate can have these powers negated by the lack of a majority in the Congress and/or Senate. I can think of no other democratic country where this happens. In most instances, a party is elected to power and that party leader takes over the reins of power with the support of an elected majority in the legislature. That leader can fall and be replaced by his party if he loses their support but otherwise holds office for a maximum fixed term. Here it seems the leader of the free world can be elected on a popular platform but have no powers to carry his policies through. Even if he did, nothing radical can be achieved because the love of constant elections over his fixed term deters any decisive action. No sooner has the new incumbent got his feet under the desk than mid-term election-
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Feb. 18 Reckless driver 9:51 p.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Reckless Driving. Police were dispatched to a reported reckless driver in a gray truck heading southbound, but were unable to locate the truck.
Feb. 21 Blame game 8:01 p.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Property Damage. A resort guest drove a golf cart into a pond and yelled at a manager, saying it was the resort’s fault for not showing him how to operate the cart. Police were unable to reach the guest but left him a message.
Feb. 22 Under pressure 12:33 a.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Noise Disturbance. Police received a complaint about loud pressure washing being done at a restaurant and told three employees who were washing equipment in the parking lot to stop washing for the night.
Exit strategy 3:53 a.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Welfare Check. A security guard called police after a possibly intoxicated guest arrived at a hotel by taxi. The guard said that the guest had a wake-up call scheduled for 6:30 a.m. and a scheduled flight and was worried that the man would try to drive himself to the airport. Police told the guard to call them if the man attempted to leave and/or appeared too intoxicated to drive.
Missing wallet 10:15 a.m. — 4600 block of GMD. Lost/
Missing Property. A man reported missing his black wallet, which contained his driver’s license, medical card, AAA card, Medicare card and $66 cash.
Check, please 11:51 a.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A shopping-center owner said that a new restaurant tenant, whom he allowed to access a unit so that she could make alterations, opened for business without his knowledge. He said that after he confronted her, she wrote him a check and then canceled it. The tenant told police that she traded out repairs for free rent and that she canceled the check after the agreement was made. The woman had agreed to move out and signed a document giving up tenant rights to the unit but didn’t want to give it to the landlord until she had removed her property.
to bring back a camera that belonged to the complex. The man didn’t want to return the camera without a written receipt, but the manager wanted the man trespassed. Police got the receipt written and issued the man a trespass warning.
Feb. 23 Unlocked door 12:37 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Security Check. Police contacted a restaurant owner after they found the business unlocked.
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12:29 p.m. — 5700 block of GMD. Soliciting. Police stopped two men in a grocery vehicle who were selling food items door-todoor and warned them about the town’s soliciting ordinance. The men agreed to leave the island.
Security check 12:34 a.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Security Check. A restaurant owner responded to secure his door after police found it unlocked.
Let’s call it a night 11:06 p.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive N. Noise Disturbance. A man reported that he could hear a group of people talking loudly outside. The resident of the home where the group was gathered agreed that she and her friends would go inside for the night.
6:42 p.m. — 2000 block of GMD. Fire. Police investigated a smell of smoke and learned from firefighters that the smell was caused by a diesel generator, which was activated due to a loss of electricity.
3:20 a.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive N. Noise Disturbance. A woman called to report loud music coming from a home on her street. The home’s occupants said they didn’t know that their music could be heard with the windows and doors closed.
picious Vehicle. Police located a pickup truck that a restaurant owner reported had driven in and out of the parking lot several times in a suspicious manner. The man and woman in the truck said that they had eaten at the restaurant earlier, and the woman believed she left her cell-phone charger in the bar area but wasn’t sure, which was why they drove back to the restaurant. The man said that he used to live above the restaurant next door and wanted to show the woman the location, which was why they were driving around the area. Police decided their explanations were not suspicious and had no further cause for concern.
9:31 a.m. — 1000 block of Bogey Lane. Fire. Police arrived at a home in reference to a burning smell and were told by firefighters that an electrical short circuit occurred in the home’s fluorescent lights.
7:26 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and North Shore Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that an object that looked like a handgun fell out when his daughter grabbed a beach towel from a chair. The object turned out to be a purple-and-orange toy water gun. Police gave the water gun to the man’s children.
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Issue comes into focus 9:42 a.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Disturbance. A man who had been fired the day before from a condominium got into an argument with the manager when he returned
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Thursday, March 8 Networking at Noon — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive. Choose either a chicken Caesar salad, a mahi sandwich or a pulled pork sandwich at this business networking event hosted by the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $20 members; $25 non-members. Call 383-2466. Introduction to Digital Photography — takes place at 1 p.m. at Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. This is the first program of three from Friends of the Island Branch Library offered by photographer James Corwin Johnson. “Introduction to Lighting” will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and “Introduction to Portraiture” will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Free. Call 778-6341. 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, which runs through March 29. Featured artists’ work and photographs incorporate water, light or nature. Free. RSVP required. Call 383-2345. Kayaking with Mote — full moon paddle takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Join Mote experts for an evening paddle as they explore Florida’s coastal waters. All kayaking equipment is provided and class begins with basic kayaking instruction. Members $20; non-members $24. Call Gina Santoianni at 388-4441, Ext. 514.
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Sunday, March 11 Winter Concert Featuring Lorraine Wallace — starts at 4 p.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Lorraine Wallace, co-principal cellist of the Northbrook Symphony and member of the Lake Forest and Highland Park Strings, will be playing a concert. Free. Call 383-8833. Belle Canto Signers Concert — starts 5:30 p.m. at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive. The all-women Belle Canto Singers will perform a concert. Cost is $10. Call 388-1234.
Monday, March 12 Our Love Affair with Film: Bradley Battersby — takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Cultural Media Room at Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Bradley Battersby, chairman of the digital filmmaking department at Ringling College of Art and Design, will lecture on the art of filmmaking and why imagination and storytelling through visual images captivates and records our history and each other. Cost is $35. Call 383-2345. Mote Lecture Series: José Castro — starts at 7:30 p.m. at Immersion Cinema at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. José Castro, Ph.D., with Mote’s Center for Shark Research and fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will recount more than 25 years in shark research. Cost is
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What: This will be Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi’s first talk in Sarasota since taking office in 2011. A continental breakfast with Pam Bondi will take place starting at 8:30 a.m., and she will speak from 9 to 10 a.m. She will update attendees on the lawsuit to repeal Bondi Obamacare and the most recent lawsuit in which Bondi joined six other attorney generals to defend Americans’ religious freedom in a lawsuit filed against a federal government mandate that requires religious employers to offer health-insurance coverage. The breakfast will be hosted by the Republican Club of Longboat Key in conjunction with four other Republican clubs in Sarasota County.
Longboat Key Democratic Club Luncheon Meeting — starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club Harborside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. Ayse Somersan, Ph.D, a retired professor emeritus of economics and dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Extension, will be speaking on, “Is the United States Going Bankrupt?” Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m.; lunch begins at noon. Cost is $23. To RSVP, call Jane Albaum at 362-0520. ‘Rat Pack’ Re-imagined — starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Remember the days of Rank, Dino and Sammy featuring musicians John Rinell, Anthony Castellano Jr., Bruce Wallace, Scott Blum, Gary Listort and Glenn Listort. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call 3832345.
Wednesday, March 14 Still on Island Time — takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This cooking class will cover cucumbers Martinique, grouper Jamaican with yucca and onion sauce and planters cake. Cost is $60. Call 383-3633.
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Lenten Series: Teresa Bowman — starts at 2 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Teresa Bowman, an elder lawyer with Boyer and Jackson, P.A., will focus on legal and financial issues relating to long-term care. Free. Call 383-5259.
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DORIAN AND JANINE IRIZARRY It was August 1997, and Garth Brooks was playing a free concert in Central Park. “It wasn’t the typical New Yorkers jammed into Central Park,” retired New York Police Capt. Dorian Irizarry says. He was off-duty, and his wife, Janine, was on-duty, riding Herman the quarter horse. “She always wanted to see how fast he could run,” Dorian Irizarry says. Fortunately, Central Park West was closed for the concert, which gave the couple a runway on which to test-drive Herman. “I remember thinking, ‘This is not good. We have a department horse and a department car, what if something happens?’” Dorian Irizarry says. But they did it, anyway. Dorian drove next to the horse at the same speed it was galloping to gauge how fast Herman could run. They marked him at 35 miles per hour. “All the cowboys at the concert were yee-hawing as I rode this horse,” Janine remembers. The couple met when Janine was a newly appointed sergeant and Dorian was a newly appointed captain; he needed a date for special functions the police captain would get invited to, such as the Grammys. Once, she was working in the mounted unit at the stables,
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Garden Club’s annual Home and Garden Tour highlights Key homes Six unique homes on Longboat Key and Lido Shores were featured in the Longboat Key Garden Club’s 36th annual Home and Garden Tour Saturday, March 3. Docents filled each room of the home giving a guided tour about art, furniture and architecture. In addition, merchants sold art, bonsais and other handmade crafts at each location.
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>> Continued from Page 1A Mary Angioletti with Simba and Sammy, Joan Smith with Honey, Pauline Young with Katie and Rosemarie Hodges with Elliott
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The men responsible for Winter the dolphin’s prosthetic tail: Kevin Carroll and Dan Strzempka, with Hangar Orthopedc Group. Carroll donates time and prosthetics to Save Our Seabirds and was honored at the event.
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On Thursday, March 1, Save Our Seabirds hosted an elegant and sold-out “Sunset Soiree.” Its walkways were lined with tiki torches and candles, and people sipped cocktails and enjoyed appetizers served by Longboat Key Club and Resort staff. A string duet played while accompanied by squawking serenades from the birds. “Bird” was definitely the word at this event; the soiree and auction was a fundraiser to spread awareness about the non-profit facility and its injured birds, rehab and release efforts. The evening also featured prosthetic expert Kevin Carroll, known for his collaboration efforts for creating a prosthetic tail for Winter the dolphin. Carroll donates prosthetic legs to sand hill cranes at Save Our Seabirds. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the work he has done.
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denim and diamonds
by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor
by Dora Walters | Senior Editor
BKYC members put on their best Western On Saturday, March 3, the members of Bird Key Yacht Club ditched their normal classic outfits for something with a little more glitz and glam. Members put on
their best denim, their best diamonds and even some diamond-covered denim for a Western-themed “Denim and Diamonds” evening of dinner and dancing.
A plush pup has found a new home with Heidi Erickson.
Dalia Kirk bought a clown for her garden.
Eager shoppers unearth treasured finds at sale Jerry Beck and Trudy Gremp
Tony and Eileen Massaro
As usual, the lines formed early and quickly lengthened at the annual St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Royal Rummage Sale’s early-bird preview sale March 2. There was a $5 admission fee. The rummage sale continued March 3, when there was no charge. First in line this year was Loretta Ludka. She arrived at 8:30 a.m. but left to attend 9 a.m. Mass and returned to the same posi-
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tion. Ludka said she wasn’t shopping for anything in particular and just likes to shop. Before the doors opened, there were more than 200 eager shoppers in line. Jewelry, kitchen items, collectibles and books were popular items being sought. Proceeds benefit various church-related programs. Royal Rummage Sale CoChairwomen were Ingrid Wisniewski and Penny Joerner.
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Beachplace golf event lands some winners The sixth annual Beachplace golf outing was held March 1, at the Bent Tree golf course. More than 40 golfers took part in the event, chaired by Sid Friedman and Ron Stephani. After the outing, participants gathered at the clubhouse for an informal hot dog and burger supper. Assisting the cochairs was a large committee of volunteers.
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TBI hosts function to inspire new members
George Richard ‘Dick’ Donahue Jr.
George Richard “Dick” Donahue Jr. died Dec. 26. He was 78. Born July 27, 1933, in Lafayette, Ind., Mr. Donahue was the son of Dr. George Richard and Mary Cecile Watson Donahue. He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and the University of Notre Dame. After serving in the Air Force, he continued his education at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago where he met and married Chicagoan Sheila Marie Callan. They returned to Lafayette and resided there for more than 30 years, raising two children. After spending the winters on Longboat Key for many years, he retired, and they moved there in 1990. His wife, Sheila, preceded him in death in 1999. In 2005, he moved back to Indiana. Mr. Donahue is survived by his second wife, Sandra Allende; sister, Sheila Donahue Higgins; daughter, Megan Donahue; son, Dennis Donahue; and one grandson. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 31. Interment will be held at a later date on Longboat Key. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or The American Heart Association.
Temple Beth Israel hosted an open house Thursday, Feb. 23, at Sarasota Yacht Club. Members spoke about their personal experiences and involvement with the temple and also socialized with potential members. Appetizers and drinks were served at the event.
Marty Katz, Ruth Engman, Linda Baker and Elise Galinsky
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Four-bedroom Lido Beach home sells for $2.75 million. PAGE 2B
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Event Co-Chairwomen Andi Munzer and Rosalie Bergman
The Susan G. Komen Go for the Cure events on Longboat Key have set a new record. After totaling proceeds of Game Day, Mind in Motion Casino Night and the most recent Sports Day, held Feb. 28, at the Longboat Key Club, Co-Chairwoman Andi Munzer reported $103,000 had been raised. Last year’s total was $84,000. Munzer said a record 196 golfers, 9-hole and 18-holers, and tennis players took part in Sports Day. The event was dedicated to the memory of Bea Rapowitz, a co-founder of the first Go for the Cure event held 12 years ago. “That first year we held a single event, an afternoon of golf and raised about $50,000,” Munzer said. A second event — Game Day — was added, and two years ago a Casino Night was added. It proved to be a success as well. At the luncheon held at the Harbourside Dining Room, Munzer and her co-chairwoman, Rosalie Bergman, had special thanks for the Auction and Raffle Committee of Susan Levine, Betsy Granite and Gloria Bergman. Thanks also went the Longboat Key Club staff for their cooperation. Planning the events is a year-long process. After reviewing this year’s events, committees will be formed, and plans will begin for 2013. Funds raised go to the Susan G. Komen/ Florida Suncoast affiliate, which serves the surrounding area.
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real estate | transactions
By Adam Hughes | Research Editor
Lido Beach home sells for $2.75 million William and Diane Wakely sold their home at 137 S. Polk Drive, in the Lido Beach Division of John Ringling Estates Inc., to Susan Kilman, trustee, Sarasota, for $2.75 million. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,758 square feet of living area. This week’s residential real-estate transactions took place between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24.
BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 24 through March 1, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)
Dana Ash, trustee, Philadelphia, Brent Ash, trustee, of Eureka, Mo., and Marni Zenkewicz, trustee, Chicago, sold the home at 3620 Fair Oaks Place to Mayer and Deanna Wainstein, Longboat Key, for $1.75 million. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,665 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,725,000 in 2004.
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Kenneth Bennett, Longboat Key, sold his Unit 501 condominium at 4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Richard Beaumont and Deborah Hinckley, of Point Pleasant, Pa., for $859,000. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,660 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,235,000 in 2005.
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Carolyn Glenn and Earl Glenn sold their Unit 804 condominium at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive to The Earl Douglas Glenn Trust for $853,900. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,054 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,245,000 in 2011.
Regions Bank sold the home at 3341
Unit 804 condominium at The Water Club II has three bedrooms and four baths. It sold for $853,900.
Bayou Sound to Howard and Tena Tessler, of Lake Bluff, Ill., for $675,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 2,421 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $695,000 in 2001.
Emerald Pointe South
Thomas Bijou, Longboat Key, sold his Unit 9 condominium at 1916 Harbour Links Circle to Charles and Carla Nash, of Ridgewood, N.J., for $655,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 2,180 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2008.
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Cynthia Marty, trustee, of Tucson, Ariz., sold the Unit 1501 condominium at 2109 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Roy Dukesherer, of Benton Harbour, Mich., for $535,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,358 square feet of living area.
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Address Permit Applicant Amount 3010 Grand Bay Blvd. Alteration Mark Tobias $115,000 4234 GMD Alteration Marion Kelly $59,000 Jewfish Key 7140 La Lenaire Drive Alteration Preservation Association $41,950 6701 GMD Re-roof Herbert Gold $26,760 750 Russell St. Re-roof Stephen Garrod $7,000 5461 GMD Alteration Edmund Adams $3,600.39 549 Sloop Lane Alteration Mark Antos $2,499 3710 GMD Alteration John Monahan $800 780 St. Judes Drive N. Alteration Steven Schield $750 775 Longboat Club Road Alteration David Justice n/a 500 Schooner Lane Alteration Kelly Sullivan n/a It previously sold for $280,000 in 1997.
Howard Goldstein Family LLC sold the Unit 323 condominium at 100 Sands Point Road to Truman and Francesca Becker, Sarasota, for $375,000. Built in 1966, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,941 square feet of living area.
Shlaine and Richard Milligan, Altamonte Springs, sold their home at 604 Mourning Dove Drive to David Sylvester, Sarasota, for $1.65 million. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.85 million in 2006. David Pomier, trustee, sold the home at 536 Blue Jay Place to Alfonso and Eudora
St. Armands Division of John Ringling Estates Inc.
Brian and Lynda Merritt sold their home at 58 S. Washington Drive to Chris and Tracey Hostetler, of Brookings, S.D., for $725,000. Built in 1977, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,467 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,587,500 in 2005.
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San Remo Shores - Deep Yacht Basin On 160’ of waterfront has 5BR/5.3BA & 7,582 SF of luxury. Home theater, office, media room and rooftop widow’s walk. Private dock & 4-car garage. $4,150,000
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
Bird Key - Outstanding Waterfront Opportunity Built in 2007 on a wide protected boat basin. Home has 8,071 square feet, 5BR/5.5BA, guest wing with separate entrance and more! Infinity edge pool, boat dock, and 4-car garage. $3,850,000
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
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
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
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
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
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. Johnsonestatelongboatkey.com $11,500,000
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
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 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
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
MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay Views
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' PROMENADE - Penthouse 3BR/3.5BA 2,612 Sq. Ft. UNIVERSITY PARK - Custom Lakefront 3BR + Den with 12 Ft. Ceilings
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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
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
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+ SYC makes a splash with water-sports program
The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce held its most recent Business After Hours March 1, at the Broadway Promenade, in Sarasota. Host for the event was Bank United. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres were served. Held monthly, the informal event provides an opportunity for members to network and become better acquainted.
Sarasota Yacht Club rolled out a kayak and paddleboard water-sports program March 5. Members will be able to rent kayaks and paddleboards. They will also be able to take lessons, fitness classes and take eco-tours. Prices range from $25 to $35 for half-days, and $30 to $50 for full days. There will also be a paddle clinic monthly during which members will be able to try the equipment for free. Part of the proceeds will benefit Mote Marine Laboratory.
+ Cool pool on Longboat Key receives recognition
Nelson Martin and Harold Freeman recently opened a new store called Martin Freeman, located in downtown Sarasota.
Lucas Lagoons Inc. of Sarasota won a bronze award in the Residential Restorations category for a Longboat Key pool it installed. The judges for the Florida Swimming Pool Association selected the Key winner from a “pool” of candidates for its waterfall, landscape and stonework with vegetation.
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Longboat Key $869,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Boaters fantasy! University Park $599,000 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8592/ 2 Story with 3,435 sq ft and 3 slips. SHF#A3938728 941-266-7740 3BR/4BA Pool home, outdoor fpl, bonus room, wet bar, office, wine room. SHF#A3922087 Beaches of Longboat Key $849,000 Jo James, 941-388-3966 Gulf view 2BR/2BA condo. Entertaiment size living room plus large balcony. SHF#A3954083 One Watergate $595,000 Kathy Hoonhout, 941-388-3966 Spectacular water views, great downtown location. 2/2 Plus den total update. SHF#A3952080 Grand Bay $839,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Sunrise & sunset views of Sarasota Bay and Sarasota city skyline. 3BR. SHF#A3956097 Serenoa $424,900 Louis Wery, 941-387-1816 Custom 4BR/3BA+office on half-acre lot in gated community with lake views. SHF#A3953498 Islander Club of Longboat $799,000 Jeff Mann, 941-388-3966 Set your sights on luxury in this exceptional 2BR/2BA condo. Lovely details. SHF#A3953344 Secluded Oaks $409,900 Leah George, 941-780-0597 4/3 Almost 200k under purchase price. Pool, lake view, great location. SHF#A3954208 Sunset Beach $799,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Outstanding 2BR/2BA condo. Walk-in closet, central H/A. Garage. SHF#A3956070 Green Acres $99,900 Angie Campbell, 941-320-1834 Short Sale - Big Value! Longboat Key Towers $790,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Updated 2BR/2BA Sold ‘As-Is’. Location speaks lounder than words! SHF#A3944222
Bird Key $1,397,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Completely updated condo w/direct gulf views & 2 covered parking spaces! SHF#A3947223 4BR/3.5BA Canal front home! Homeowner warranty included! SHF#A3951179 Beachplace $519,000 Maggie Hicks, 941-387-1860 Furnished 2BR/2BA Lido Beach Club $700,000 Angie Campbell, 941-320-1834 Relax & enjoy condo on LBK. Amenities include tennis, fitness & pool/spa. SHF#A3922591 beachfront living in this 2/2 condo w/private terrace. SHF#A3951921 Islander Club $499,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 The Wow factor! Sarasota $459,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-323-0033 Nicest garden lot on the 2BR/2BA 10th floor home, designer remodeled 3.5 years ago. SHF#A3952332 island. Near clubhouse & tennis. SHF#A3940485 Inn on The Beach $495,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Magnificent Lido Surf & Sand $415,000 Lynn A. Luken, 941-388-3966 Delightful 2BR/2BA gulf and beachfront views. Wonderful buyer rental opportunity. SHF#A3956180 condo, lovely details, exercise rooms and garage. SHF#A3955109 Beachplace I $489,000 Maggie Hicks, 941-387-1860 Coveted southern exLido Towers $378,500 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Picture yourself in this posure & the largest 2BR, 1st floor walk-out. SHF#A3953797 charming condo in a gated community. 2 Bedrooms. SHF#A3956548 Beachplace $449,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 New paint & carpet with Lido Harbour South $350,000 Angie Campbell, 941-320-1834 Classic 2BR/2BA lake & gulf views from this 2BR/2BA condominium! SHF#A3952097 glassed lanai overlooking gulf views. TKF & a perfect value. SHF#A3945580 Club Longboat $424,500 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 3BR/2BA Home w/ Lido Towers $350,000 Barbara Miller, 941-388-3966 Feel right at home in views of beautiful gulf waters & access to sandy beaches. SHF#A3922117 this delightful condo in a gated community. 2 Baths. SHF#A3956263 Seaplace $419,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 2/2 Updated kitchen, granite Pelican Gardens $219,000 Jonas Forslund, 941-266-1761 Updated studio counters, solid wood cabinets, SW gulf views. SHF#A3941459 villa across from Lido Beach, near Lido Park & St. Armands. SHF#A3908408 Bayport Beach & Tennis $399,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Gulf views and deeded beach access are yours from this 2BR/2BA beach retreat. SHF#A3956445 Longboat Key
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Siesta Key $659,000 Babette Paige, 941-388-3966 Well maintained duplex. Longboat Key $8,450,000 Patrick DiPinto, 941-323-0033 Extraordinary estate Seaplace $299,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Tastefully decorated 2BR/2BA Walking distance to beach & village, 3/2 per unit. SHF#A3941972 w/garden views of lushly landscaped grounds! SHF#A3950476 adorned with every convenience & luxury imaginable. SHF#A3951509 La Siesta $339,000 Nikki Boguszewski, 941-302-4676 Spectacular gulf Bay Isles $5,900,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 Beautiful designed Seaplace $275,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Priced for quick sale! Furnished views from top floor condo in Siesta’s best location. SHF#A3933018 2BR/2BA home in Seaplace’s G6 building. SHF#A3955646 custom built wtrfrnt home in gated Harbour section. 5BR. SHF#A3956139 Bay Isles $2,295,000 Mike Greve, 941-806-9444 Stunning custom wtrfrnt Inn on The Beach $239,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 Outstanding golf course view from this club suite at the Longboat Key Club. SHF#A3951362 home in prestigious Harbor section of Bay Isles. SHF#A3953976 Sea Horse Beach Resort $220,000 Jackie Kleppinger, 941-388-3966 Queens Harbour $2,150,000 Mike Greve, 941-806-9444 4BR/3+BA, Pool, Appealing waterfront condo. Central heat/air. Community swimming pool. private dock & bay views in this Queens Harbour home. SHF#A3931140 SHF#A3952937 Sanctuary II $1,985,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Direct gulf front Mainland Sarasota walk down w/private plaza deck. Largest 3BR w/3115 sq. ft. SHF#A3951964
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Sarasota Harbor $189,000 Inger Lill, 941-388-3966 Cheerful waterfront Bay Isles $1,495,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 4BR/4.5BA Boater’s home Sarasota $1,395,000 Louis Wery, 941-387-1816 Stunning 4-ac estate nestled condo. Elevators. Dock. Community swimming pool. SHF#A3951587 with pool, two docks, lift and 160’ of seawall! SHF#A3949645 among oaks w/452 ft on river. OK to develop. SHF#A3952882
Pierre $899,900 Michael/Mary Nell Moore, 941-321-8592/941-266-7740 Ritz Carlton Residences $1,098,500 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 3BR/3BA With gulf, bay, golf views. Tennis/pool/spa/fitness and guest suites. Water views from almost all rooms! 12th Floor, 2BR/2BA with 2,011 sq ft. Sarasota $2,495,000 Barbara Ackerman, 941-387-1820 Rancho del Sol - bay SHF#A3951455 front 5 BR + guest cottage on 1.4 acres. SHF#A3948516 SHF#A3934324
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PAMPER YOURSELF and live on the beach at the Beach Residences, a Ritz Carlton managed property. This 4100+ sf residence has 3 bedrooms, a family room, formal living room and dining room. It is exquisitely finished and decorated and has remarkable views of the Gulf, the Bay, and downtown Sarasota.....................................................Furnished $3,895,000 SLEEPY LAGOON, SAILBOAT WATER - 4 bedrooms plus an office and a loft, caged heated pool, dock with lift. Beach access. ................................................................................................................................................$845,000 WINDWARD BAY - 2 penthouses with amazing bay views, tennis, 2 pools, boat docks, deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed .................................................................................................................................................$269,00 and $239,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch ...................................................................................................................................................................................$319,000 WhITNEY BEAch - a 1/1 with views of Bishops Bayou and a 1 bedroom, 2 bath with a view of the beautifully landscaped grounds. Beach, bay, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Pets allowed.......................... $225,000 and $199,900 BANYAN BAY - a very relaxed atmosphere for this ground floor 2/2 designed for island living. Tennis, pool, beach, fishing pier, pet friendly. ...............................................................................................................................................................$259,900 hARBOUR LINKS - 3/3 corner villa with double garage on the golf course at the LBK Club. Beach Club membership. Pet friendly...........................................................................................................................................................................$379,000 LONG BEAch - 2 charming homes in historic Longboat Village. This is truly a family neighborhood in walking distance to the Art Center, beach, fishing pier and restaurants................................................................. $395,000 and $399,000 BOBBIE BANAN, REALTOR® 356-2659 • 383-2659
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Some of the men from the Wednesday morning tennis group pal around with their mascot, Racket: Frank Quiriconi, Bob Coyne, Steve Clark, Larry Straff and Larry Coleman.
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Every Saturday and Sunday there are four courts reserved at the Longboat Key Club and Resort Tennis Gardens. Armed with rackets, a group of 16 men ranging in age from early 50s to late 80s play. Some of the guys play on Wednesdays and Thursdays together, too. The younger, athletic guys play the older, more experienced players, but everyone is skilled. It’s a group that’s been playing together for about 10 years. There are no arguments over points and lines or frustrated cursing when a match doesn’t go as planned. But there is some yelling. “You gotta watch out for this guy,” one tennis player warns from the middle court. A similar comment is made a few minutes later, when the organizer of the group is getting his photo taken. “Uh oh, Larry! Now they’re going to recognize your post office photos,” another player yells to organizer Larry Straff. The guys all chuckle when Straff fumbles a serve. “I hope she got that one on camera!” one of the men says. Judging by the smiles on their faces, Straff’s group is clearly a serious bunch. Seventy-one-year-old Straff walks over to the sidelines while the group is taking a water break. His dog, and the group’s mascot, Racket, perks up and runs over to him. “You know the nice part about the group?” he asks with a completely serious face. “We’re all not allowed near school yards.” All the men start laughing. They were right; you do have to watch out for Straff. Straff originally started playing with Bob Ruff’s tennis group, but they didn’t play on Sundays. Bob Burns had a group of four guys who played on Sundays, and when Burns couldn’t lead the group any longer, Straff took over. Ten years later, there are four times the number of members. A handful of original players are still around, but they are 10years older now. “The group grows and changes; guys leave, guys come back, (new) guys come in, guys get better, guys move on, guys get hurt. It’s just like everything else, life changes,” Roberta Straff, Larry’s wife, explains of the group’s evolution over time. Even the mascot has changed over time. The Straffs’ dog, Tennis, used to be the mascot and would sit on the sidelines every day. After Tennis died, Racket, a Cockapoo, was initiated into the group. Sometimes, they will play with complete strangers who are visiting Longboat Key and staying at the Key Club resort and want to play tennis for a morning. Straff says one of the group members who was visiting Longboat a year ago played when
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2 — Hours the tennis group plays in a day 4 — Courts reserved on Saturday and Sunday 16 — Number of players who participate Saturday and Sunday
24 — Number of players involved in weekly tennis matches
50 — Youngest age in the group 71 — Larry Straff’s age 88 — Mort Mandle’s age, the oldest member of the group
they needed another player. The stranger ended up moving to Longboat Key, called Straff and joined the group. “In the summer time, I’m the official sub,” Roberta Straff says. “They are so much fun, and they are just absolute gentleman and some absolutely great tennis players.” When Straff started playing with the group, he was one of the younger guys, and the more experienced, older players would hit with him. At least three of those guys are still playing with the group, but now they are in their 80s. And the older players now return the favor. “We run them around a little bit,” says Mort Mandle in regard to the young guys. Mandle is 88 years old and is the oldest member of the tennis group. “It’s very good quality tennis,” Mandle says. “And there’s a lot of camaraderie. No one takes it too seriously.” Mandle says Straff keeps him playing. He has a good sense of humor, which he enjoys. Sometimes after the games, the group will go out to lunch together. “We’ve become both tennis friends and social friends,” Straff says of the group.
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athlete of the week
Allan Luke started playing hockey when he was old enough to walk across the street to the ice rink. He played until age 50. He’s also played softball and coached both AAA division hockey and high school girls fast-pitch softball. In 2004, he and his wife, Virginia, moved to Longboat Key. They took up pickleball, and he now plays three to four times per week on Anna Maria. Pickleball is a sport played with a ball similar to a wiffle ball and a paddle.
What sparked your interest in pickleball? (Virginia and I) stopped in the Villages and were visiting some friends. They have 110 Pickleball courts, and we watched it. I looked online and saw that Anna Maria had courts. What is your favorite aspect of pickleball? Competition. Competition. Competition. And the people. It was a great way for us to meet a lot of people.
If you could have a superhero power,
Ron Troxel’s rank for the 2012 Non-Formula Windsurfing Regatta Feb. 25 and 26, at Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Top bridge score of Alex and Marlene Lancaster Feb. 28, for Sarasota Yacht Club’s couples bridge group.
Number of years the Windsurfing Regatta has taken place at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
for the first-place 17 Points Pheasants team for Bird Key Yact Club bowling league Tuesday, Feb. 28. Team members were Ray Hutchins, Beverly Harlfinger and Bob Petersen.
Women’s highscratch game score made by Ginny Rosenhaus for Bird Key Yacht Club bowling league Feb. 28.
How close Linda Weber was to the pin at the Susan G. Komen Go for the Cure Women’s Golf Association event held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.
what would it be? Well, two of (Virginia’s) sisters have had breast cancer. So, I would have the power of healing. Why is it important for you to keep active? Things in motion stay in motion. Things that rest die.
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What is the breakfast of champions? Two cups of coffee, a banana and sometimes yogurt. (Long pause). And three Sweet Sixteen donuts.
What is the hardest element of playing pickleball? Realizing that you’re getting older and your reflexes and reaction times aren’t what they used to be. If you could play a game of pickleball with anyone in the world, with whom would you play? Probably Bill Wilson — he’s the best at Anna Maria Island (Community Center). Though, I should have said my wife.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
REAL ESTATE REPORTS
Ian Addy & Gail Wittig
By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor
Luxury real-estate firm Signature Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated its grand opening at 546 Bay Isles Road. Sales Manager David Kovalsky hosted the event along with his team of 21 agents. More than 100 clients and guests enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres. The company is continuing to expand by opening a new office this month in Lakewood Ranch.
+ Andrew Bers Earns Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation Andrew Bers of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation. It was offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing in recognition of Bers’ experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury-home market. This designation signals to affluent buyers and sellers that Bers has expertise and experience in the luxury-home marketplace and also gives him marketing tools and networking capabilities that benefit this type of client.
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+ Koy thanks current and past clients Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate agent Lynne Koy hosted 70 of her past and current clients Feb. 25 at her home. Drinks and catered food from Bird Key Yacht Club were served to her guests. It was the first afternoon cocktail party celebrated in honor and appreciation of her clients.
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games | bridge bites By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League
One finesse too many It’s great when our finesse works, but against a cunning opponent, when we try that same finesse a second time, we sometimes get an unpleasant surprise. After that artificial (and strong) 2♣ opening, the rest of the auction was natural. West leads a trump against your slam — how do you propose to make 12 tricks? It may be too late already,
but let’s do this one without peeking at the E-W hands. The opening-trump lead has knocked out your entry to Dummy, and you must use that entry to take one of those red suit finesses. Which one? Surely it must be right to finesse in Hearts because, if that loses to West, you’ll have a Heart entry back to the board for the Diamond finesse.
So, the Q♥ is led from the board, and it holds. Yippee! Now Dummy’s A♣ is cashed (pitching a Diamond), and the winning Heart finesse is repeated. Oops! This time that dastardly West fellow produces the King. Even worse, Declarer now has no way of avoiding a Diamond loser also. Down one! When the first Heart finesse worked, Declarer took his eye off the ball. He must realize that a second Heart finesse is unnecessary. After the Q♥
wins, the 100% safe line is to cash the A♣ (pitching a Heart), ruff a Club high (just in case there is an overruff in the cards), then draw trumps and give up a Diamond.
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IT’S READ EVERYWHERE SAIPAN. Longboat Key resident John “Maddog” Wallace reads his Longboat Observer on the Banzai Cliffs on Saipan, northern Mariana Islands. At the end of World War II, Japanese soldiers and their families jumped from the cliffs into the sea to avoid capture by American forces. Wallace visited Saipan to run the Saipan Marathon — Wallace’s 355th marathon in his 113th country — a world record! Wallace also accomplished another goal at the Saipan Marathon — he now holds the record as the first person to complete a marathon in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the four U.S. territories.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Items Under $200 For Sale
Condos/Apts. For Rent
Homes For Rent
3.5 Tao Digital Photo Frame/Clock (Mahogany), New in box, $50. 941-953-5222.
ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092.
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 email@example.com
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.
BIKE STORAGE Rack: Aluminum Tension pole holds 2 bikes, use indoors or garage, $60.00. 941-587-5060.
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.
Lost & Found
BRICKMAN 2 Burner Propane Grill $25. Call (941)918-9043 between 9AM & 7PM.
FOUND: LADY’S NECKLACE in Bay Isles area, Call to identify. 941-383-9199.
COLOR LASER Printer/Copier/Scanner Samsung CLX-3185. Brand new. Box never opened, $119. 216-262-0021.
ETHAN ALLEN Old Tavern Muffin Stand. Made in Vermont, $85. 941-924-5093.
SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.
TV/VCR COMBINATION: 21"color with operating instruction booklet. Excellent picture quality. $65.00 obo. 941-383-4177.
GUN & KNIFE SHOW: Bradenton Auditorium, March 10th & 11th. 941-746-7937.
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 1999 MERCEDES SL500, 2 Seat Convertible, Separate Hard Top. Only 34,806 Miles! White/Grey Leather, $15,000. 941-383-6417. 2002 LINCOLN Continental. Cabriolet top, mint condition, low mileage. Call Frank. 863-899-2523. 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 BOAT SLIP: Longboat Key Marina, 58x20, $122,000. Call Bob Baker, 941-704-4628. 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 Maintenance Detailing. Includes Exterior wash, interior wax, upholstery and stainless. $100-$250** Special 20'-28' ** Let your boat sparkle! 941-228-3489. Boats are selling very well. Over 24 sold this year, many in less than 2 weeks. 16 Year Island resident, many references. Excellent location, new high and dry marina, just over the Cortez Bridge. Keeping it real simple, “I do business on a handshake.” Let’s talk about selling your boat. 941-228-3489. Dave.
Sporting Goods Investor Wanted INVESTOR WANTED Sarasota based company established over 33 years ago. Owner is a graduate of Ringling College of Art. Family owned company holds signed contracts totaling over 900K+ plus a large amount of accounts receivables. Looking for short term working capital. I have small amounts of collateral. Please contact Scott at 941-544-6949, Thank you.
Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.
Business Opportunities IF YOU need a Housekeeper, give me call. 941-879-1989 Mirian.
Help Wanted ADVERTISING SALES The Sky’s the LIMIT. Advertising sales positions rarely open at The Observer Group. Because our sales executives know the sky really is the limit. There’s no limit to what they earn. All it takes is...the right person. To fly successfully in our limitless sky, you will need: - Experience selling top-of-the-line, quality services or products - Impeccable Integrity - Record of calling on decision makers - Boundless energy to prospect consistently - Record of success in a fast-paced environment - Desire to reach the sky What’s the payback? Personal satisfaction. Professional satisfaction. Financial satisfaction. Great work environment.
DRIVERS-EXPERIENCED OTR: $1500 Sign-On. 7-10 days out. Apply Online: www.heyl.net 800-973-9161. Heyl Truck Lines, Inc.
KING BEDROOM set includes head/ foot boards and frame, 2 night stands and large dresser. Raspberry wing chair with ottoman. 4 Deluxe white beach chairs. Lightly used queen mattress. Sony TV and DVD player with stand. 941-383-3755.
HHA/COMPANION AVAILABLE Caring, gentle and knowledgeable Home Health Aid/Companion available to care for your loved one. Over 18 years experience. CPR and first aid certified. Call 941-356-1712 and ask for Mary.
This week’s Sudoku answers
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.
HOUSE CLASSIFIEDS LP # 56736
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. Mark, 941-383-4381, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. $950/mo. annual. Tenant pays electric. Karin Stephan at 941-504-4435.
Condos For Sale
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: http://www.pfretour.com/archive/3492 Call 941-321-8848.
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.
Lots/Acreage For Sale 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
Out-of-State Property ENERGY EFFICIENT, unique 2BR/1.5BA home on 7 well managed woodland acres, 1300 feet of road frontage and brook, in VERMONT. $450,000’s. See at: email@example.com or call (802)348-6613.
Out-Of-State Rentals BREVARD, NC Cool Mountaintop House with View. 2BR/3BA, Pet Friendly. No Smoking, $2,000/mo. Owner: 941-383-6844.
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.
Real Estate Wanted
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.
HOUSING + $20.00 Hr. Seeking bedroom with private bath in home of senior, executive, or professional. 10 years experience gated estates, private homes, condos. Married Couple – No Kids. 941.330.5882.
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.
Homes For Rent 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.
LIMITED TIME OFFER. ACT TODAY. Send your qualifications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consignments ALWAYS BUYING: Fine antique 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Art and Collectibles. Call Ren Selby, 941-822-9092.
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.
Annual, Seasonal & Vacation Rentals Available Dependable rental & property management services. Longboat/St. Armands 941.383.5502 Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch 941.907.9595 Sarasota/Siesta Key 941.966.8000 IMG Academies 941.752.2682 Heritage Oaks 941.926.8844
ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: email@example.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com/classifieds (No phone calls please.)
LIVE IN Position Wanted. 10 years experience working for senior couple and executive. Polished Professional. Personal Assistant, Companion, Cook, Housekeeper, Driver. Married Couple No Kids. 941.330.5882.
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This week’s Crossword answers
HOUSE CLASSIFIEDS LP # 56733
This week’s Cryptogram answers 1. When the mystical ancient sculptors had fully completed their immense creation, it was a relief! 2. A lovable golfer said he used to consider himself indecisive at the game but now he wasn’t too sure.
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Real Estate Estate Wanted Wanted Real WANTED WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL ANNUAL RENTALS RENTALS LUXURY For Qualified Qualified Waiting Waiting Clients Clients For Sarasota Luxury Luxury Rentals Rentals Contact -- Sarasota Contact 941-356-5610 941-356-5610 email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com email: WANTED SEASONAL SEASONAL Rental: Rental: 33 1/2 1/2 months months WANTED December 15th, 15th, 2012 2012 through through March March 31, 31, 2013. 2013. December 2BR/2BA, Internet, Internet, land land phone. phone. Non-smoking. Non-smoking. 2BR/2BA, 317-341-0404, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 317-341-0404,
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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Rentals Vacation/Seasonal CASA DEL DEL MAR MAR CASA BEACH RESORT RESORT BEACH RENTALS 44 NIGHT NIGHT MIN. MIN. RENTALS GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Visa/ MC Reservations: Fax: 941-383-7925 941-383-7925 Fax: “Take our our video video tour tour at” at” “Take www.casadelmar.net www.casadelmar.net Office Open Open 77 Days, Days, 99 a.m. a.m. -- 55 p.m. p.m. Office 4621 Gulf Gulf of of Mexico Mexico Drive Drive 4621 Longboat Key Key 34228 34228 Longboat
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3BR, UPDATED, UPDATED, 3BR, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. DECORATED. TASTEFULLY GULF & & BAY BAY VIEWS. VIEWS. GULF CALL CYNTHIA CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 407-492-5749 CALL
Exceptional Vacation Vacation Rentals Rentals Since Since 1994 1994 Exceptional Homes & & Condominiums Condominiums Homes Studios to to Six Six Bedrooms Bedrooms Studios Beachfront, Intercoastal Intercoastal or or Garden Garden Beachfront, Excellent Service Service & & Staff Staff Excellent FLORIDA VACATION VACATION CONNECTION CONNECTION FLORIDA www.FLvacationconnection.com www.FLvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 941-387-9709 877-705-2460 877-705-2460 LBK BEACHPLACE BEACHPLACE Condo. Condo. Beachfront, Beachfront, LBK 2BR/2BA. Elegantly Elegantly furnished, furnished, heated heated pool, pool, tennis tennis 2BR/2BA. court, covered covered parking, parking, exercise exercise room. room. Available Available court, May-Dec., 2012 2012 & & Jan., Jan., Feb., Feb., March March 2013. 2013. May-Dec., Non-smoking/ pets. pets. By By owner. owner. 941-383-1884. 941-383-1884. Non-smoking/ LBK SEAPLACE SEAPLACE -- Available Available January-April. January-April. LBK Lovely 2BR, 2BR, fully fully equipped, equipped, W/D W/D in in unit, unit, lanai, lanai, Lovely garden view, view, steps steps to to beach, beach, pool, pool, tennis, tennis, full full garden clubhouse amenities. amenities. Great! Great! Non-smoking/pets. Non-smoking/pets. clubhouse 770-314-6321. 770-314-6321. LBK: TIFFANY TIFFANY Plaza Plaza Beachfront Beachfront Condos, Condos, 1st 1st floor, floor, LBK: 2BR/2BA, W/D W/D in in units, units, walk walk out out to to beach. beach. 2BR/2BA, Furnished, heated heated pool, pool, covered covered parking. parking. 11 mo. mo. Furnished, min. 941-383-3338. 941-383-3338. min.
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LBK, BAYFRONT, BAYFRONT, Longboat Longboat Arms, Arms, 2BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, LBK, updated, nicely decorated, clean, fully furnished updated, nicely decorated, clean, fully furnished condo, high high speed speed Internet, Internet, heated heated pool, pool, tennis tennis condo, court, fantastic fantastic water water views views from from 30ft 30ft court, screened/glass enclosed enclosed lanai, lanai, private private beach beach screened/glass access steps steps away. away. Available Available May May 2012 2012 through through access April 2013. 2013. Monthly Monthly rates rates starting starting at at $2500. $2500. April 603-692-6445 or or firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 603-692-6445 SHORES. Gorgeous, LBK, C.C. C.C. SHORES. Gorgeous, beautifully beautifully LBK, furnished home, home, 3/2/2, 3/2/2, W/D, W/D, heated heated pool, pool, wireless wireless furnished highspeed internet, internet, plasma plasma TV, TV, cable, cable, lanai, lanai, dock dock highspeed and more. Walk to beach. No pets/ smoking. and more. Walk to beach. No pets/ smoking. Sleeps 5. 5. $4000/mo. $4000/mo. Owner, Owner, 941-504-1492. 941-504-1492. Sleeps BAY. LBK, FAIRWAY Available 2013 Season. Season. LBK, FAIRWAY BAY. Available 2013 Gated community, community, private private beach beach access, access, Gated swimming pools, pools, walking walking paths, paths, exercise exercise room. room. swimming 2BR/2BA, canal/ canal/ mangrove/ mangrove/ bay bay views, views, extended extended 2BR/2BA, patio, secure secure garage garage parking. parking. Non-smoking. Non-smoking. patio, No pets. pets. Competitive Competitive rates. rates. 863-651-1905, 863-651-1905, No 863-439-1304. 863-439-1304. LBK/SEAGATE Fabulous Fabulous Gulf Gulf views; views; 2bd, 2bd, 22 ba, ba, 22 LBK/SEAGATE balconies, steps steps from from beach, beach, pool, pool, tennis tennis courts, courts, balconies, other amen; amen; avail avail May-Oct., May-Oct., 33 mo. mo. minimum, minimum, other $3500-$4500 + + tax/mo; tax/mo; 201-659-0956 201-659-0956 or or email email $3500-$4500 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com LBK: BAYFRONT, BAYFRONT, 2BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, clean clean turnkey turnkey LBK: furnished condo, condo, recent recent upgrades. upgrades. Spectacular Spectacular furnished water views views from from every every room, room, ground ground floor, floor, end end water unit. Covered Covered parking, parking, 55 pools, pools, tennis, tennis, fitness fitness unit. center. Gulf/ Gulf/ private private beach beach house house access. access. No No center. trucks/ pets/ pets/ smoking. smoking. LB LB Harbour, Harbour, 4440 4440 Exeter. Exeter. trucks/ Mid April April through through November: November: 88 months months $800/mo. $800/mo. Mid +utilities. Also, Also, 1BR 1BR unit, unit, $700/mo. $700/mo. or or $12,000 $12,000 +utilities. year round. round. 734-216-6622. 734-216-6622. year LBK: SEAPLACE, SEAPLACE, 2BR/2.5BA 2BR/2.5BA Town Town House. House. LBK: Partial Gulf Gulf views, views, nicely nicely furnished, furnished, lanai+ lanai+ terterPartial races, full full kitchen, kitchen, living, living, ding ding area, area, beach beach club club races, access (sauna, (sauna, gym, gym, tennis, tennis, w/pool), w/pool), walk walk out out to to access the beach, beach, breathtaking breathtaking sunsets. sunsets. Rental: Rental: the Jan.-May $3900. $3900. June-Dec. June-Dec. $1500. $1500. 22 mo. mo. min. min. Jan.-May Full year year $2350/mo. $2350/mo. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Full LBK: SEASONALLY SEASONALLY OR OR ANNUALLY: ANNUALLY: DROP DROP LBK: DEAD GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GULF GULF VIEWS VIEWS from from every every DEAD window of of large, large, updated, updated, handsomely handsomely window decorated, 2BR/2BA 2BR/2BA condo condo right right on on beach. beach. decorated, Plasma TV. TV. No No Brokerage Brokerage Fee. Fee. Available Available Plasma starting 2013 2013 Season. Season. Call Call 941-349-0432 941-349-0432 or or starting 941-284-2002. 941-284-2002. LIDO BEACH BEACH CONDOMINIUMS CONDOMINIUMS LIDO Weekly -- Monthly Monthly -- Seasonal Seasonal Weekly Resort Properties, Properties, Inc. Inc. Resort Licensed Real Estate Broker Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Service Condominium Condominium Management Management Full 941-388-3921 -- 888-388-3921 888-388-3921 941-388-3921 941-650-1857 941-650-1857 Visit us us at: at: resortproperties.pro resortproperties.pro Visit LIDO BEACH BEACH Vacation Vacation paradise. paradise. 11 & & 22 bedroom bedroom LIDO condos overlooking overlooking beautiful beautiful Lido Lido Beach. Beach. condos Lido Dorset. Dorset. Rental Weekly rates. rates. Lido Rental condo. condo. Weekly 1-800-734-3370. 1-800-734-3370.
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LONGBOAT KEY. KEY. Gulf Gulf front, front, LONGBOAT on beach, beach, 1BR/1BA 1BR/1BA condo, condo, on dining, sleeps/4, sleeps/4, king king pillowtop. pillowtop. dining, 857-939-1049. 857-939-1049.
heated pool pool heated full kitchen, kitchen, full 617-328-7145, 617-328-7145,
ON THE THE Gulf Gulf w/pool. w/pool. 1BR 1BR condo, condo, sleeps sleeps 4. 4. Nicely Nicely ON furnished, cable, cable, phone, phone, full full kitchen, kitchen, living, living, dining dining furnished, area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. January. $1600/mo. $1600/mo. 351-5101. 351-5101. through RARELY AVAILABLE AVAILABLE RARELY RESORT STYLE STYLE LIVING LIVING RESORT Private beach, tennis, heated pools, Private beach, tennis, heated pools, 2BR/2BA, Whitney Whitney Beach, Beach, Longboat Longboat Key, Key, 2BR/2BA, downstairs, Bayou/ Bayou/ dock dock frontage. frontage. downstairs, 941-724-3519 941-724-3519 SEAPLACE: 2BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, NON-SMOKING. NON-SMOKING. Garden Garden SEAPLACE: view, 2 parking spaces, queen MBR, twin beds view, 2 parking spaces, queen MBR, twin beds 2nd BR, BR, turnkey turnkey furnished. furnished. New New A/C. A/C. Local Local phone phone 2nd service and and all all utilities utilities included. included. Available Available service September, 2012 2012 through through May, May, 2013. 2013. 22 month month September, minimum. 3 months or longer, better rates. May be minimum. 3 months or longer, better rates. May be seen March March 2012 2012 or or after. after. Call Call Saul Saul Coplan, Coplan, seen 941-727-4774 or or 941-350-9843. 941-350-9843. 941-727-4774
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