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RVA buys Cedars and Barrier Island Realty. PAGE 3A


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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.

Dora Walters

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


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.



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+ 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!


Dora Walters

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


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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


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-


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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

Meetings agendas


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.


“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:

David Brenner

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

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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.

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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


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Saturday, March 10 Sale Away — takes place from 8:30

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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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TOUR DE FORCE by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

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.

Julie Trigg sold her bonsai trees during the tour.

Mary Torrez and Kathy Wells check out the view at the Trine home.

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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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People flock to Save Our Seabirds for inaugural event

Members of the event planning committee included Ann Anderson, Valerie Thackray and Nancy Curtis.

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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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.

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Dalia Kirk bought a clown for her garden.

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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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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.

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WATER CLUB LUXURY LIVING The Water Club is a Premier Gulf front community on south Longboat Key. Gated and secured, these concierge buildings offer the ultimate beach front lifestyle. The floor plans, each with private elevator entry, are spectacular and spacious. The community amenities, including the 18,000 square foot club house, are unparalled.

PENTHOUSE LIVING Truly the most private beachfront home in the sky! Exquisitely furnished and finished and offering four true bedrooms. Gas fireplace and cooktop as well as a private two-car garage are among the unique features. Water Club Building II • 3,435 square feet • four bedrooms • three and one-half baths • $2,895,000 • fully furnished •



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Live the Water Club beach front lifestyle from this Dover residence which wraps around the corner of the building. Light and bright with lovely landscape views, this spacious two bedroom plus den residence is offered completely furnished. Water Club Building I • 2,965 square feet • two bedrooms plus den • three baths • $899,000 furnished •

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Allan Luke loves to compete on the Pickleball court.

Four-bedroom Lido Beach home sells for $2.75 million. PAGE 2B

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See this week’s weather photo contest winner.

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Debbie Dean and Sylvia Babineau

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Joan Biller, Jean Griffin, Angela Stowe and Dee Pinksi

Setting a new record

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Jackie Mitchell, Gloria Bergman and Lizzy Miller

Event Co-Chairwomen Andi Munzer and Rosalie Bergman

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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)

Queens Harbour

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.

Pelican Harbour and Beach Club

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.

The Water Club II at Longboat Key

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.

Bay Isles

Regions Bank sold the home at 3341

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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.

Sunset Beach on Longboat Key

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.

Sands Point

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.

Bird Key

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.

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

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By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor were long-time associates at the former Maus & Hoffman clothing store on St. Armands Circle.

+ 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

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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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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

By the numberS

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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Israel Tennis Centers children displaying smashing skills The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation visited Longboat Key Thursday, March 1. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the social, psychological and physical development of Israeli children through tennis. The children from a handful of the 14 tennis centers across Israel showed off the tennis skills they acquired through the program and shared their stories at a dinner after the exhibition. The event was held at the Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens and also at the Harbourside Dining Room. Nadine Fahoum, a Muslim Arab from Hafia, Israel, attributes much of her success to the doors the Tennis Centers opened for her. She will be graduating from Duke University, where she is on athletic scholarship, and is its No. 1 singles player for tennis.


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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 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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BAYVIEW 1BR/1BA CONDO IN SUTTON PLACE DOWNTOWN W/DIRECT BAY VIEWS! 3-4Br/3Ba/2CG w/pvt elevator, detailed & high ceil, crown molding, marble, builtins, gas fp, granite, imported cabinets, MBa w/jetted tub & bidet, state-of-theart sys, 2 balconies in secure bldg w/ amenities! MLS#A3943537 $1,375,000

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

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

GATED BAY FRONT COMM! FUR 3-4Br/3.5Ba/3CG w/views, Lr/Dr, eat-in kitch., MBa w/jetted tub, elevator, bonus rm, plantation shutters, sec & cent vacuum sys, balcony & heated lap pool in exceptional location next to CC amenities & IMG academy! MLS#A3955851 $750,000

great view of Sarasota Bay, furnished, tile floors, upgraded kit., 2 pools, tennis, boat docks only $12 a month. Beach access. 2 pets OK. Seller pays $5,000 toward main. fee for 2012. Dorothy Cook $ 289,000 #A3950932

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


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BEAUTIFUL BAY VIEWS! 3Br/3Ba/2CG w/upgrades; ceramic tile, granite, raised panel cabinets, quality appls., ceiling details, MBr w/2 walk-ins & jetted tub plus pvt balcony in gated comm. w/amenities; pool, tennis, kayak, dock/fishing pier & more! MLS#A3947207 $345,000

MODERN DOWNTOWN BAY FRONT! 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/marble, granite, Corian, tile & bamboo flrs, furniture quality cabinets, built-ins, architectural elements, fp, updated eat-in kitch. & baths, pvt balcony & laundry, secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3942652 $400,000

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

FULL BAY VIEWS Located at the very end of the street, offers unobstructed Sarasota Bay views, and canal access for boating. 2BR/2BA duplex, could convert to single family res. Great mid Key location. Teresia Bradford $ 975,000 #M5824461




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

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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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Sheldon Paley, Cheryl Loeffler, Sales Manager David Kovalsky, Marian Kovalsky, Signature Sotheby’s International Realty President Judy Green and Janet Bassett


+ 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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OXYMOROnS FOR nOnMOROnS by Gary Cooper

Edited by Timothy E. Parker


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71 Out-and-out 73 ___ gin fizz (bar order) 74 Progress in the garden 77 Split asunder 78 One of the four cardinal directions 81 Serenaded 82 Couple’s possessive 83 Prefix for “scope” 84 Cookie favorite 85 “What ___, a mind reader?” 86 Arts and crafts stickum 90 Restaurant-bill computation 91 Silent signals 93 In front of others 94 Hidden and mysterious 97 Record producer nicknamed “Babyface” 98 Far from lenient 99 Bottom layer? 100 Existed once 101 Feed the pot 102 One-masted sailboat 103 Long-tailed parrot 106 Obviously at sea 112 Shopping hub of old Athens 113 Last word in church 114 Sophomore and junior, e.g. 115 Like a famous Ranger 116 Hot winter drink 117 Links numbers 118 Volcano of Sicily 119 From square one


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Items Under $200 For Sale

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

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

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.

Merchandise Wanted

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.

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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.

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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.


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, 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.

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EFFICIENCY. Year lease $700/mo. Water and gas paid. Walk to beach. Small pet allowed. 941-792-0411, 941-565-1401. GOOD NEWS! LBK still available - 2BR/2BA, totally updated, first floor corner unit, granite counter tops, flatscreen TV, internet. Looks like a million dollar house inside. $3495/mo. March & April. For pictures: Call 941-321-8848.

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: 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.

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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.

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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


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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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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: 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, 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 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


“Where People People Return Return Year Year After After Year Year”” “Where “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” BETTER” “INTENTIONALLY BEACHPLACE BEACHPLACE RESERVE YOUR YOUR VACATION VACATION NOW!! NOW!! RESERVE LUXURY BEACH BEACH RENTALS…COTTAGES RENTALS…COTTAGES TO TO LUXURY CONDOS…ONE TO TO FOUR FOUR BEDROOM…LOOK BEDROOM…LOOK CONDOS…ONE NO FURTHER FURTHER THAN THAN FLORIDARENT.COM FLORIDARENT.COM NO DISCOUNTED RATES RATES 20-40%...CALL 20-40%...CALL TODAY!! TODAY!! DISCOUNTED PLEASE MENTION MENTION CODE CODE OBS2011 OBS2011 PLEASE 941 383 383 3117 3117 941 800 331 331 7293 7293 800 392 FIREHOUSE FIREHOUSE Lane, Lane, LBK LBK -- Newer Newer upscale upscale 392 Island home. home. Steps Steps to to beach beach & & pool. pool. Furn. Furn. 2BR 2BR + + Island Loft. Annual Annual or or short short term. term. No No pets. pets. No No smoking. smoking. Loft. Owner Agent. Agent. 941-544-0214. 941-544-0214. Owner BAYFRONT CONDOCONDO- PANORAMIC PANORAMIC VIEWS: VIEWS: LBK LBK BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA + + Den, Den, Pelican Pelican Harbour Harbour & & Beach Beach Club Club 2BR/2BA Available 2012 2012 & & 2013, 2013, Seasonal Seasonal or or Yearly. Yearly. Available Private Beach, Beach, Pool, Pool, Tennis, Tennis, Dock. Dock. Private Call: 513-608-4320. 513-608-4320. Call: BEACH FRONT FRONT SUNSET SUNSET BEACH, BEACH, LBK. LBK. 2BR/2BA. 2BR/2BA. BEACH Pool, spa. spa. No No pets. pets. 2-3 2-3 mo. mo. rental. rental. Available Available Pool, May-Dec., 2012. 2012. Jan-March Jan-March 2013. 2013. 248-330-7675. 248-330-7675. May-Dec., BEACHFRONT LONGBOAT LONGBOAT KEY KEY CONDO CONDO BEACHFRONT Rare 3BR/2.5BA 3BR/2.5BA with with beautiful beautiful views views of of Gulf Gulf of of Rare Mexico. Remodeled Remodeled kitchen kitchen and and baths, baths, W/D, W/D, Mexico. pool, tennis, tennis, spa, spa, photos photos available. available. pool, or or 941-953-3438 941-953-3438 LBK BEACHFRONT BEACHFRONT 1BR 1BR & & 3BR 3BR condos, condos, heated heated LBK pool, furnished. furnished. Starting Starting at at $1000 $1000 weekly. weekly. pool, Outrigger Resort, Resort, 941-383-3844. 941-383-3844. Outrigger


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 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. Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Rentals Vacation/Seasonal

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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 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 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. 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: 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


2BR/2BA, open, open, direct direct views, views, tennis tennis 2BR/2BA, court, 22 heated heated pools, pools, steps steps away away from from court, the sand, sand, breathtaking breathtaking sunsets. sunsets. the 941-228-5671. 941-228-5671. WEEKLY RENTALS. RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished furnished Luxurious, fully WEEKLY bedrooms. Condominiums Condominiums and and Cottages. Cottages. 11 -- 44 bedrooms. Beach to to Bay. Bay. On-site On-site management. management. Pools, Pools, tennis, tennis, Beach boat slips. slips. Visit: Visit: for for boat information and and virtual virtual tours. tours. 800-333-7335, 800-333-7335, information 941-383-3117. 941-383-3117.

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


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Bay Views NEWSPECTACULAR BAYFRONT VILLA'S OnThroughout! Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA condo. W/D instarting unit. in Deeded beachremodeled access. Only 4 available Steps to pool/beach the low $200's. Best keptaccess, secret intennis, a 55+WiFi. community. Owner says 941-228-5671. SELL! All reasonable offers will be considered. Financing Available! Dia Wilson, 941-284-3667. Leslie Russell, 941-330-7006. Barrier Island Realty, Inc. Property Waterfront PALMABAYFRONT SOLA BAY LAND: acres of waterfront NEW VILLA'S3.9On Longboat Key. approvedbeach for 7access. homes Only and 5 docks or starting use as in a Deeded 4 available single $1,499,000. Will consider the lowestate. $200's. Best kept secret in a 55+exchange commufor or Sarasota waterfront home. nity.income Ownerproperty says SELL! All reasonable offers will Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285. be considered. Financing Available! Dia Wilson, 941-284-3667. Leslie Russell, 941-330-7006. Barrier Island Realty,VILLA Inc. BOATERS DREAM! SINGLE FAMILY Deep Water, Extra Wide Canal w/Dock. 1,516 SF PALMA SOLA55+ BAYCommunity LAND: 3.9 on acres of waterfront 2/2 in Active LBK. $469,000 approved for 7 homes and 5 docks or use as a OBO. 941-383-9236. single estate. $1,499,000. Will consider exchange for income property or Sarasota waterfront home. Adult Care Services Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285. SINGLE FAMILY VILLA BOATERS DREAM! LENDING HAND,w/Dock. INC. 1,516 SF Deep Water,AExtra Wide Canal Hourly 24/7$469,000 Care, 2/2Caregivers/Companions, in Active 55+ Community on LBK. Transportation, Social Outings, Dr. Appts., OBO. 941-383-9236. Housekeeping, Meal preparation, Respite Care. Phone: 941-809-3725

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CAREGIVER: I have a 100% unique gift to share A LENDING HAND, INC. with you. I was a 24/7 caregiver for my mother Caregivers/Companions, Hourlyuntil 24/7her Care, through all stages of Alzheimer's recent Transportation, Social Dr. Appts., death. I have a gift to give.Outings, Do you need me? Call Housekeeping, Meal preparation, Respite Care. Mark 941-524-7712. Phone: 941-809-3725

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AUTO STORAGE New facility unique in Sarasota CAREGIVER: I have a 100% gift tostoring share classic and exotic cars, caregiver motorcycles, boats and with you. I was a 24/7 for my mother more. Over 11,000ofsq.Alzheimer's ft. Climateuntil Controlled. 24 through all stages her recent Hour Surveillance. (941)404-9676. death. I have a gift Call to give. Do you need me? Call Mark 941-524-7712. WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Auto Model, Any Condition. Service No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! AUTO STORAGE Newfor facility in Sarasota Paying up to $30,000 Vehicles. Call AJ storing now at classic and exotic motorcycles, boats and 813-335-3794 for a cars, Free Quote or 813-531-4298. more. Over 11,000 sq. ft. Climate Controlled. 24 Hour Surveillance. Call (941)404-9676. WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

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

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

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

SUNCOAST TRANSPORTER Long Distance Delivery. “Snowbirds” I drive your car door to door! One Inclusive price. Auto Transport Mike 941-993-0236 RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. 941-713-1596.


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“We’re the kind of retired people who want to keep living it up,” says Kay Siebold, right, with Barbara Bostic, left. “What else would we be doing during all day? Going out to eat? How many times can you go out to eat?”

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Whether they’re tap dancing in sequins or getting down to Lady Gaga, Kay Siebold and Barbara Bostic are proving the Sarasota Silver Stars are much too young at heart to be a senior theater troupe. If retirement is meant for playing, then Kay Siebold and Barbara Bostic are at the top of their game. As members of the Sarasota Silver Stars, Siebold and Bostic are actresses, singers, dancers and poster girls for agelessness.

Tall, fit and dressed in matching black leggings, it’s easy to see why the two friends and fellow performers spend so much time at the Players Theatre. They love the spotlight — and the spotlight loves them.

“We want the community to see how much fun we have,” Siebold says. “And we need men,” Bostic adds. The two women giggle, and Bostic blushes.



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“Oh, you know what I mean,” she says. “We could use more men in the group. The group needs men. Not us.” Not every female performer can coerce her husband to go on stage, as Siebold has done with her husband, Wayne, a retired elementary school principal. He is among only a handful of men on the Silver Stars roster and will appear as a bumbling magician in the troupe’s March 17 show. “My husband never thought of himself as an actor,” Siebold says. “Then, all of a sudden he’s in all these skits. I see it all the time. People are afraid to say they’re actors. And then they start pulling it out of themselves.” The women are seated at a table in the lobby at the Players Theatre, kvetching about the Academy Awards: who looked frail (Angelina Jolie) and who looked adorable (Michelle Williams). They say the theater feels like their second home. Bostic jokes that without it, she’d constantly be in her kids’ hair. To sit at a table beside these women is invigorating. Even their director and choreographer, Berry Ayers, who moonlights as Sarasota’s favorite foulmouthed drag queen, Beneva Fruitville, says Siebold and Bostic keep him “on his toes.” Named after Sarasota Senior Theatre founder Irene Silver, the Silver Stars was born in May out of the blending of two local theater troupes: The Sarasota Senior Theatre, which Silver founded more than 12 years ago, and The Players Follies, for


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Kay Siebold and Barbara Bostic, far left, dressed to kill in the “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” which Siebold served as dance captain. A nonprofit organization comprised of about 60 members ages 50 and up, the Silver Stars meets three times a week and stages two main stage productions and several lobby shows a year. “I don’t have any formal training because growing up we couldn’t afford it,” Bostic says. “I used to sing and dance at home to all the big musical numbers, dreaming that one day I’d be able to dance on stage. (Silver Stars) has given me the ability to live out a fantasy.” A former Miss Rhode Island, Bostic, a Longboat Key resident, is a self-effacing mother-of-two who once represented her home state in the 1966 Miss Universe pageant. “There was no talent portion,”

IF YOU GO The Sarasota Silver Stars will perform “The Golden Age of Broadway” at 7 p.m. March 17, in the lobby at the Players Theatre. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 365-2494. she explains. “Miss Universe was beauty, face, figure, then brains.” A pageant girl to this day, she placed first in the swimsuit competition at the “Ms. Longboat Key: 50 and Fabulous” contest held seven years ago during the town’s 50th anniversary celebration. A former flight attendant for the now-defunct Eastern Airlines, Bostic spent most of her

career working as a beauty consultant for Elizabeth Arden and Estée Lauder cosmetic companies. Siebold, however, has tapdanced her entire life. A trained dancer and teacher, she taught tap and jazz for 16 years in Saudi Arabia, traveling with her students all over the country before moving in 1997 to Sarasota. She came to the Players four years ago to perform in the theater’s Broadway musicals, landing roles in “The Producers,” “Oklahoma,” “Seussical,” “Anything Goes” and “Dear World.” It’s no wonder she has the musculature of a woman half her age. “We try to avoid the term ‘senior,’” Siebold says. “We like to say we’re ‘experienced.’ I mean … look, the Silver Stars goes to senior centers and assisted-living facilities to perform.” Siebold has a point. And in case you missed it, her neon orange pedicure and stiletto heels should remind you: She’s no old lady. In fact, the self-described “glamma” (not grandma) is so loath to share her age that she refrains from ordering discounted coffee at McDonald’s. And when filling out forms at doctors’ offices, she likes to write “contemporary” in the age blank. To illustrate how contemporary she really is, Siebold reaches for a photo album and flips open to a snapshot of herself, Bostic and four other Silver Stars dressed in black fishnet stockings, corsets and garter belts ­­— the costumes from their

Siebold can still squeak out a tap in stilettos.

IF YOU TAP Kay Siebold is teaching a tap workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 12 through March 15, at The Players Theatre. Price is $50.

version of “Chicago’s” “Cell Block Tango.” “Oh, look at us,” Bostic says. “It’s funny because I was never one to stand up in class and do a monologue. I’d have rather faked a sickness and gone to the nurse’s office.” Now she’s covering Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” in racy costumes, often of her own design. “It helps to keep yourself together,” she says of flaunting her body after 50. “Of course, we’re always trying to out-do one another,” Siebold adds. “Yeah, and you’re always winning,” Bostic groans. See a video of Kay Siebold and Barbara Bostic dancing.

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+ Ringling students grab Academy Award And the Oscar goes to … now serving his second term as whoever got lucky enough to academy president, spoke to hold the statue last Friday students in the college’s digital during Tom Sherak’s tour of filmmaking and computer aniRingling College of Art mation programs. and Design. In addition to waxSherak, the presiing inspirational about dent of the Academy his own journey, Sherak of Motion Picture explained that students Arts and Sciences, can find a bounty of was in town last internship and grant week to give a preopportunities on the sentation to Ringling Academy Awards’ webCollege donors and site. clients of PNC Wealth Tom Sherak And, then, he pulled Management. out an actual Oscar. Following his lecture According to RCAD developThursday night, Sherak and ment officer Mary Lee Richey, his wife, Madeline, toured the the statue was bigger and RCAD campus Friday morning heavier than she imagined in the company of President Dr. — 8.5 pounds and 13 inches Larry Thompson. tall, to be exact. The actor/producer, who is “All my life I wanted to carry an Academy Award,” Richey says. “It was a great surprise. We didn’t know he was going to bring it.” Prior to Sherak’s tenure, the statue was routinely kept under lock and key. However, in an effort to make the Academy seem less stodgy, the president has begun to travel with the award. Courtesy photos Fortunately for Sherak, Oscar Ringling College seniors is a light dresser. TSA screenTingting Li and Cassie Otte rub ers rarely have to ask him to elbows with Oscar. remove his shoes or belt.

God bless the USA and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. On Monday, the company announced the lineup for it 54th season, and all I’ve got to say is red, white and blue never looked so colorful. Next fall, the company will kick off a five-year project focused on American theater. Dubbed the “American Character” project, the series will celebrate, over the course of five seasons, the people, culture and history of the United States. First on the patriotic program: the Founding Fathers’ musical “1776,” directed by Frank Galati.

+ Ballet nabs second Kennedy Center gig The Sarasota Ballet will continue its Washington, D.C., hot streak next year, when the company performs in June 2013 as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Ballet Across America” program. One of nine companies invited to dance in the festival, Sarasota Ballet will likely perform a work by British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, whose work has helped the company stand out in the American ballet industry. In October, the organization danced George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” with the Kennedy Center’s resident company, Suzanne Farrell Ballet. “Next year we’ll be there in our own right,” says Director Iain Webb, who met the festival’s organizer, Meg Booth, during his time last fall in Washington, D.C. The news comes after Webb

If you think Galati’s interpretation of Victorian-era London was spot-on in “My Fair Lady,” wait until you see him recreate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The original Broadway production opened in 1969 and went on to win three Tony Awards — that’s one more Tony than Galati has on his mantle. Best of luck to resident hair and makeup artist Michelle Hart, as she begins the tedious task of customizing powdered wigs. The theater also announced its 2013 shows, starting with Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ode to wacky/lovable American

families (“You Can’t Take it With You”); David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ode to real-estate greed (“Glengarry Glen Ross”); Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prizewinning ode to feminism (“The Heidi Chronicles”); and Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning ode to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (“Clybourne Park”). Throw in Ken Ludwig’s murder mystery “The Games Afoot,” one to-be-announced world premiere and a new dance musical helmed by “Bonnie & Clyde” director Jeff Calhoun, and you’ve got one roaring repertory season. I know the expression is “united we stand,” but, in this case, I’d say “united we sit” sounds about right.

announced this week that the company would stage a circusthemed “Nutcracker” by Matthew Hart, the British choreographer behind this year’s season-opener, “Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Fantasy.” The new “Nutcracker,” which will be set to live music by the Sarasota Orchestra, will be staged Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and play Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater. What else can we expect next season from Webb and company, aside from a Ringling-esque “Nutcracker” and another Kennedy Center engagement? The season leads off Oct. 26, with a guest spot by the New Yorkbased Paul Taylor Dance Company at the FSU Performing Arts Center, followed by a performance in November of one of Taylor’s most popular works — “Company B,” a modern take on America on the verge of World War II.

The 2013 season begins with three back-to-back premieres of Ashton ballets, including the choreographer’s full-length masterpiece, “La fille mal gardée,” (“The Wayward Daughter”) in April at the Van Wezel. In keeping with the popularity of its “Theatre of Dreams” program, the season will end in May with an original program choreographed by principal dancers Ricardo Graziano and Kate Honea at the FSU Performing Arts Center. According to Webb, Honea’s piece will be set to live music by a local performingarts organization. And, if that’s not enough, the director is gearing up for 2014, when he will undertake one of his most ambitious projects to date: an international festival devoted entirely to performing Ashton’s work. “It’ll be 25 years since Ashton passed away,” Webb says. “We’re going to try to (dance) it all ourselves.”

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“It’s a good thing and a curse, too,” says WBTT house manager Myllanna McKinnon of the troupe’s close-knit vibe. “Sometimes you can get too comfortable. It’s good for performers to go out and experience how other theaters are run.” still come to your shows even though your chairs are uncomfortable,” she says. “We hope to get better chairs someday.” Like many WBTT performers and crew members, McKinnon started with the company as a teenager, having grown up performing for founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs when he was a theater teacher at Sarasota’s Westcoast School for Human Development. She notched her first WBTT production when she was 13

IF YOU GO “Sammy Tonight! A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.” runs March 9 through March 31, at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building at 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. For tickets, call 366-1505 or visit years old. Cast as a lead dancer in Langston Hughes’ gospel musical/play, “Black Nativity,” McKin-

non went on to dance in several more WBTT productions before deciding she was better suited for backstage work. “Once I was on stage and I saw all the people at work behind the scenes, I found out I liked helping out,” McKinnon says. “Plus, I know what dancers have to go through to succeed. I love to dance. I’m just not the person who drops everything to move to New York and live in a shoebox.” Resourceful and accommodating, McKinnon is the kind of person who loves to take care of people and solve problems. She’s the middle child in a family of three sisters, all who have gravitated toward careers in the arts. Her older sister is a stagehand and wardrobe supervisor for the troupe, and her younger sister is a violinist. After McKinnon bowed out of performing, she began picking up the slack backstage, working as a prop master, stagehand and dresser at a time when the company was still struggling to stay on its feet. At one point, she even stepped in as stage manager for “Jar the Floor,” which played for two weeks to a packed house at Art Center Sarasota during the troupe’s 10th anniversary season. “I’ve seen the troupe though times of struggle,” McKinnon

CONCESSION CONFESSIONS The top-five sellers at the WBTT concession booth: • Peanut M&Ms • Hershey’s chocolate with almonds • Wine • Cheez-Its • Coke says. “Sometimes you have to go through hardship before you can appreciate coming out the other side.” In July 2010, the company finally found its home and McKinnon her niche. As WBTT’s house manager, she’s tasked with stocking concessions, cleaning the theater, arranging for volunteer ushers, setting up and breaking down chairs and, most important of all: keeping audiences happy. If that means running out to buy caffeine-free beverages to keep patrons from getting too jittery late at night, then McKinnon makes a drink run. “You do what you can to keep the patrons comfortable,” McKinnon says. “They’re the ones keeping you in business.” As much as she’d like to replace the chairs with cushioned theater seats and add a few more stalls to the restrooms, she says she’d also like to see one thing stay the same: the intimacy of the company’s 160-seat theater. “Almost every seat is the best seat in the house,” McKinnon says. “Anywhere you sit, you can see everything.”


It’s pretty easy to stay on Myllanna McKinnon’s good side. Just arrive on time and don’t spill your wine. Oh, and try not to rearrange her chairs. Just because they’re not bolted to the floor doesn’t mean you should move them to your liking. “It’s not safe,” says McKinnon. “They’re too tightly packed in for that.” The 24-year-old house manager at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has noticed several things since the company moved into its new theater space off Orange Avenue. To start: Gillespie Park residents sometimes amble into the lobby in the middle of a production. McKinnon understands their curiosity. Where there was once a vacant warehouse with an empty parking lot, there’s now a lively theater that sells out almost every show. If you heard live covers of Aretha Franklin pouring out of a nondescript building in your neighborhood, you’d want to poke your head in, too. Here’s something else McKinnon has noticed in the last two seasons: Audience members have started bringing pillows to shows, not because they’re planning to fall asleep, but because the seats aren’t padded enough. “It’s a good sign when people


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Don’t get bamboozled For a long time in my horticultural career, I avoided bamboo like the plague. All I knew about it was that it grew impossibly high and that it spread like wildfire. I always imagined canes growing to stratospheric levels — way out of the typical suburban landscape — and sending up shoots at random, invading existing trees, shrubs, groundcovers and turf. And, for some Bambusa species, this is an accurate picture. When a client expressed an interest in using bamboo in his landscape, I did an internal, exaggerated eye-roll. Nevertheless, I thought, this will give me a chance to learn something. When I approached a nurseryman about the idea, he knowingly pointed out a massive stand of 50-foot bamboos swaying in the breeze in an adjacent lot. He did an external, exaggerated eyeroll and said, “You want to plant that?!” Once again, my thoughts turned against the idea. Another thing he knew for sure about bamboo was that it is expensive. However, he promised to get me a price list with descriptions of various species that were available. The first thing I learned was that bamboo comes in two types: running and clumping. The running types were the ones I knew well. The clumping types had the attractive characteristic of pretty much growing and maturing where they were planted. Suddenly, I realized that I could now utilize bamboo’s unique grace

The Fernleaf bamboo plant can be pruned into a hedgelike shape. and fascinating canes to use as a screen, focal point or counterpoint to formal hedges and shrubs. And what a wondrous variety from which to choose. There are huge canes that clack in the wind, colorful canes that are black or striped canes that display blue, green or yellow hues, canes that swell at the nodes suggesting Buddha’s belly. And the foliage can vary from fernlike and weeping to stately and rigid. The mature heights of bamboos can range from the 12-foot Fernleaf to the 55-foot Giant Timber. There are many intermediate species that range in the 20- to 30-foot height that can be used to enhance buildings of two stories or higher. Almost all varieties can

The Giant Timber Bamboo is originally from China. withstand below-freezing temperatures — Fernleaf as low as 15 degrees. This is good news in our subtropical climate. So, you can pick the bamboo that suits your needs. Select the size, color and shape of your dreams and rest assured that they will stay in their place. Shoot, nobody wants to get bamboozled.

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By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor

Interior designers race to showcase skills The Sarasota Chapter of the Interior Design Society challenged its members to take a commercial space at 100 Central Ave. and, in less than four weeks, turn it into a move-in-ready, loft-style live/work space, featuring living and dining rooms, a master suite, art gallery, library and artist’s studio. Since its inception in 2002, the chapter has raised more than $17,000 for local charities and student scholarships.

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This closet showcases what you can do in a small space through shelving, drawers and hanging items at different heights.

Photos by Loren Mayo

Bright and colorful Lilly Pulitzer fabrics give the master suite a Caribbean feel.

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by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

The Royalty of Fresh

Beginner gardening books would have you believe that growing something involves little more than putting a seed in a piece of appropriate earth and giving it food and water. But as any 8-year-old who has ever emptied a packet of carrot seeds will tell you, there is a great deal more to it than that. Move the undertaking up to even a small-scale commercial level, and you have a marvel of complexity. I was reminded of all this in a golf cart ride around King Family Farm, a 104-acre spread in Bradenton. This family operation grows a dazzling variety of produce with the idea of selling it fresh, as in on the day it is picked. The lettuce you buy on Tuesday is picked on Tuesday. (If it doesn’t sell, the price is reduced on Wednesday.) It is an agricultural tour de force to grow dozens of varieties of dozens of species to ripen and harvest the right amount on a daily basis. And in these days of ethylene-ripened, long-distance-shipped red rocks claiming to be tomatoes, it is a real treat to eat an heirloom variety picked just hours ago. At the King Family Farm market, cards displayed with the produce tell you how often it is picked, and the farm stand prices will come as a pleasant surprise. No lettuce is more than $2 a head, including beautifully grown red leaf lettuce, Little Gem romaine and an irresistible maroon baby crisp head cultivar called Rhazes. Arugula is $2 a bunch (probably not for much longer — it is getting too warm). Italian and Japanese

Photos by Molly Schechter

The king and queen of fresh: Ben and Shelby King eggplant are $1.75 per pound. Broccoli is $3; and cauliflower is $3.50 (white and purple). The lime green Italian Romanesco broccoli will start cropping soon. The stand sells mustard greens, various kinds of kale, collards and beautiful, baby rainbow chard. My guide for this tour is Shelby King, who tells me, “Everybody wants ‘baby,’” while taking a phone order from a local chef who wants tender young beet greens. She headed to the fields to find them as I was leaving. The King Family Farm uses sustainable agricultural practices, but it is not organic. This comes not from lack of belief in organic growing practices, which are enthusiastically practiced, but from distaste for the associated politics and, frankly, costs — to the grow-

er and to customers. For many crops, including some two-dozen heirloom tomato varieties, the farm even saves its own seeds. The heirloom tomatoes are a specialty (you can buy an assortment at Morton’s). Another is peaches; the Kings grow two freestone types and two clingstones. The fruits have just been pruned to eight inches to 10 inches apart for size, and the Kings expect to start harvesting as early as the end of March. They also grow 20 acres of blueberries at a separate location in Myakka City. This is a place of constant learning and experimentation. Ben King (Shelby King’s husband) is in charge. At the moment, he is doing a trial of lettuce growing on “salad tables” raised about 2.5 feet off the ground. The results

are fewer bugs, less tip burn and a cleaner head of lettuce, which is a big plus for restaurant chefs. The farm supplies several directly, including Sonia Diner, Ortesia and Sweet Eats in Bradenton; Tommy Klauber’s Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch; and Station 400 in Sarasota. The Kings have about a third of their Bradenton acreage under cultivation. Much of the rest is occupied by the homesteads of various family members. The Kings have three children: Lily, 12; Jeb, 10, and Reid, 8. Altogether, there are nine cousins of that generation living on the property. King Family Farms is located on Caruso Road (60th Street East) off of State Road 60, just west of I-275 in Bradenton. It is less than 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota. Its season typically runs from the third week in October to the second week in June, and the farm market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Kings keep bees and sell honey. Their market sells potatoes from Jones Potato Farm, dairy from a farm in Myakka, bread from Bavarian Bread Co. in Sarasota and strawberries from O’Brien Family Farms. On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, there is a mini festival featuring pulled pork and other ’cue, the food products of other local artisans and growers (fresh, of course) and music. Everything seems to grow well at the King Family Farm. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a rare fox squirrel with a big bushy tail.

Heirloom green plum tomatoes are green when ripe.

Baby round Italian eggplant

Little Gem baby romaine growing in the elevated bed experiment.

Long, thin Japanese eggplant

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Black Tie

INSIDE: Sixth annual Hearts Afire benefit. PAGE 20

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Tyeann Dillon and Joe Sutherland Photos by Loren Mayo

Vladislav Tsarkov received several rounds of applause from the audience.

Project runway BY Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor

Victoria Roach, Joseph McEleavy and Olivia Roach

Larry Hietbrink

Co-Chairs David and Monica Verinder with Diana and David Napoliello

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Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers, family and friends were the stars of the show in the Neuro Challenge Foundation’s third annual Cause 4 Fashion gala March 1, at Michael’s On East. The gala, co-chaired by Dr. David and Monica Verinder, featured spring lines from Dream Weaver Planet, Exit Art, Lafayette 148, Lilla P, Lilly Pulitzer, Peace of Cloth, Robert Graham, T. Georgiano’s and Tommy Bahama. Co-hosting the evening were Sarasota personalities Cliff Roles and Heidi Godman, with special guest appearances from New York fashion designer Alex Garfield, along with Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell. One of the highlights of the evening were per for mances by brothers Vladislav and Vladimir Tsarkov, of Circus Sarasota, who dazzled guests with their extreme hula-hoping and juggling skills. Proceeds from the event benefit Parkinson’s disease programs and research in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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10th Annual Junior League of Sarasota Sustainers Legacy Luncheon featuring Kati Marton


Tuesday, Feb. 28 | Michael’s On East


March 8, 9 & 10, 2012 Preview Party & Sale Jazz Trio & Hors d’oeuvres

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Marie Peterson and Donna Cailor

Rachael Irving and Diane Ronis

A Benefit for Charity

Special Event -The Longboat Observer

Kathy Halenda. Photo by Alan Ferguson.

“Worth seeing twice”

Beth Knopik, Leslie Jones and Kim Cornetet

Nina Bratchikova with Torsten and Kveta Peschke

“A rollicking ride...” -Sarasota Herald-Tribune

IN THE GOMPERTZ THEATRE 1241 N. Palm Avenue Downtown Sarasota



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black tie tales by Loren Mayo and Molly Schechter | Observer Staff

+ Never a dull moment

Since 1951, it’s been a place where girls and boys have learned their social graces. What started with just a few parents interested in teaching their children and friends the practice of social etiquette through chaperoned events evolved into The Cotillion Club of Sarasota, Inc., which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Generations after its inception, the program is comprised of nearly 1,000 students in grades eight through 12 from schools across Sarasota County. Membership includes a mandatory etiquette session and seasonal semi-formal dinner dances. Visit for information.

Not only are women making sure their men are outfitted in the most stylish patterned jackets at black-tie events, but Judith Barzilay is taking it one step further. She’s buying her husband, Sal, unusual ties to keep him entertained while he’s out and about. Sal sported a Nat Nast tie at the Enchanted Evening: A Salute to Strings benefit Feb. 28. On the outside, it appears to be just your average elegant tie, but if you twist the edges a little bit, a beautiful woman can be seen smiling back at you.

+ The luck of the draw Neuro Challenge Foundation held its second annual “Cause 4 Fashion” gala March 1, at Michael’s On East. Janet Augello was in charge of about two-dozen models who were Parkinson’s patients and family members of those with Parkinson’s. The lucky ones who modeled Peace of Cloth were given their outfits by owner Alex Garfield, who was seated at the table of foundation Photos by Loren Mayo President and CEO Doreen Doreen Sutherland, Alex Garfield and Diana Napoliello Sutherland, her husband, Dr. Dean Sutherland, and their family. Also among the guests: Roger and Alisa Pettingell, Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs (Circus Sarasota provided the entertainment), Scott Hinckley, Dr. Don and Susan Negroski, Mary Saionz and Lisa Intagliata. See photos on page 15 and online at

+ Tidbits Funny guy … during the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series luncheon Monday, guest speaker and economist Steven Levitt, author of “Freakonomics,” really got the crowd laughing. “He didn’t say one word about economics, but he was funny!” said one couple in attendance ... 80 is the new 60 … and all three of Sally Yanowitz’s daughters made it to Sarasota for the celebration of her natal anniversary Feb. 18. All good wishes to one of the Sarasota community’s star supporters! … Abundant and affectionate get-well wishes … go to long-time BT favorite gentleman and philanthropist, J. Robert Peterson … Who knew? … that Gerri Aaron was a serious student of modern and jazz dance? That delicious tidbit came to light at the spectacular performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Van Wezel. It turns out that Aaron took master classes with Ulysses Dove, the choreographer of “Episodes,” one of the dances the troupe performed.

+ He’s back The Black Tie scene just wasn’t the same without Scott Anderson, of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, who was missing in action starting Gulf Coast Community Nov. 15. Three eye surgeries later, Foundation president and CEO Teri Hansen and Gift Planning he reappeared Officer Scott Anderson at the Asolo Theatre Arts Youth Educational luncheon Feb. 9, looking good as new and seeing better than 20/20. The former he credits to the ministrations of partner Michael Scott and to Renee Hamad and BJ Creighton, who delivered dinners, and the latter to Dr. Charles Gremillion.


Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Reception at 5:15

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Polo Grill, Lakewood Ranch Co-sponsored by The Jewish Club at Lakewood Ranch & AJC West Coast Florida

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 3:00 p.m. - BERLIN 36 Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

7:00 p.m. - DOLPHIN BOY Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

WED., MARCH 14 3:00 p.m. - MABUL Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus

7:00 p.m. - REMEMBRANCE

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Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Ragtime Revival

Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Co-sponsored by AJC West Coast Florida

6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard Tickets: $275, $500 or $1,000 (VIP) Contact: Laura Wood, 351-9010, Ext. 4712 or Laura_ Co-Chairs Carolyn Keystone and Jim Meekison and their committee will take you back to the early 1900s, where you’ll dine on fare prepared by Michael’s On East and dance underneath the night sky to DeLeon Orchestra. Live-auction lovers are in for a real treat, because it includes an excursion to the Toronto Theatre and a weekend in London’s West End; a walk-on role in one of Asolo Rep’s 2013 productions; a day of shopping at Neiman Marcus; or a private champagne lunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

7:00 p.m. - MABUL Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus


Beatrice Friedman Theater, Federation Campus Co-sponsored by Jewish Family & Children’s Service

All Films presented in pArtnership with TickeTs: $7 each FesTival Pass: $36 (includes 6 films) PaTron Pass: $50 (includes 6 films & ReseRved seating)

Visit or call 941.371.4546 ext. 119 a discussion will Take Place aFTer each screening. Federation is seeking Film Festival sponsors! Contact geneve kallins at 941.371.4546 ext. 105 or The Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota FL 34232 941.371.4546 •


+ Diamond anniversary

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Enchanted Evening ‘A Salute to Strings’  Tuesday, Feb. 28 | Michael’s On East


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Suncoast Art Tour Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 2012 10 am to 4 pm

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Ken Abt with Pat and Jim Maguire

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Lauren Ann Walsh Right: Flora Major with Ric and Gina Gregoria

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Eleanor Williams and Victoria Leopold




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Desiree and Curtis Forbes

Phyllis Stephenson and Alan Blackburn

Michelle and Richard Perrone

Co-founders Rhonda and Joe Pecoraro with Vilma Vega

SIXTH Annual Hearts Afire Benefit


Friday, March 2 | Michael’s On East

Ron Hitzel, Sandy Gillette and Ken Brooke

Photos by Loren Mayo

Molly Crawford


Please join MD Anderson Cancer Center for two unique Sarasota events Saturday, March 24, 2012

205 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL (by City Hall)


Call us to discuss your next project at 941.366.7280

Making Cancer History® Seminar Hyatt Regency Sarasota 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, Florida

8:30 a.m. Doors open. Breakfast is served. 9 a.m. Program on the latest in cancer care followed by a panel discussion with presenting doctors. Free to the public. Seating is limited.

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Individual tickets at $175. Tables beginning at $2,500.

Proceeds support programs at MD Anderson.

3 p.m. Gates open. *4 p.m. Polo match begins. 6 p.m. Post-game soiree and silent auction bidding begin.

* General admission tickets to the polo match are available at the gate for a $5.00 minimum donation per person. Children 12 and under free.

To RSVP to the seminar and/or purchase tickets to Polo Under the Palms, email or call 866-262-9029.



Special thanks to Polo Under the Palms 2011 Royal and Queen Palm Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Red Armour • Bessemer Trust Company • Gettel Automotive • M&I Wealth Management Misdee and James Miller • Christie and James P. Uihlein • Mary and Jamie Uihlein






Judy Hanson, Sandy Meredith and Abbie Lomason

Leigh Simons and Suzanne Fugate


Sunday, March 4 | Sarasota Polo Grounds

Bill Meredith with his parrot, Pickles.

Harriet Prager and Miller

Hugh and Karen Miller


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Gregg Anderson with Karen and Michael LaPensee

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Tidewell Hospice ‘Compassion in Caring’ Luncheon Friday, Feb. 24 | Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Diane Muir and Kelley Lavin

Photos by Loren Mayo

Jerry and Roberta Sanchez with Ilene and Phil Lasco

Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Jet Port Reception

Jeff Silver and Deirdre Bischoff

Friday, Feb. 17 | Rectrix Aerodome — SRQ Airport

Photos by Loren Mayo

Beata Cook with Matt Buchanan and James Buchanan

Maddy Wehrley and Denise Pope

Lauren Dorsett

Johanna Fincher

Lauren Graham and Jeanne Graham

Keeping the Dream Alive Benefit Performance and Champagne/Dessert Reception Monday, Feb. 20 | Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Dan Paradies, Hillary Steele, Scott Anderson and Larry Haspel

Sidney and Helen Fagin with Audrey Kaplan

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Hundreds of People Cash In at the Treasure Hunters Event Yesterday! STAFF WRITER

Gold and Silver pour into yesterday’s THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow due to highest prices in 40 years.

THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow is not affiliated with or related to the Antiques Roadshow television series, PBS or WGBH

Archie Davis, a Treasure Hunters representative. “Broken jewelry and gold or silver coins add up very quickly. I just finished working with a gentleman that had an old class ring, two bracelets, and handful of silver dollars,… his check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in

Yesterday at the Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites, Homewood Suites, & Holiday Inn Express Bradenton West, hundreds lined up to cash antiques, collectibles, gold and jewelry in at the THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow. The free

“If you go to the event you can cash-in your items for competitive prices. THR’s representatives will be available to assess and purchase your items at the Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites, Homewood Suites, & Holiday Inn Express Bradenton West through Saturday in Venice, Sarasota, & Bradenton.”

“It is unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces and in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $712.37.” event is in Venice, Sarasota, & Bradenton all week buying gold, silver antiques and collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said “It’s unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces and in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $712.37. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.” Another gentlemen brought an old Fender guitar his father bought years ago. “Dad had less than fifty bucks in that guitar.” The THR specialist that assisted him, made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought the guitar for $5700.00. The seller continued, “I got another $150.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. It’s

Above • A couple waits with anticipation while a THR specialist examines their antiques and gold items. The Treasure Hunters are at the Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites, Homewood Suites, & Holiday Inn Express Bradenton West this week.

not every day that someone brings six thousand dollars to town with your name on it.” Jeff Parsons, President of THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow commented, “Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just don’t know where to sell them. Old toys, trains, swords, guitars, pocket watches or just

Our International Collectors Association members are looking for the following types of items. • COINS Any and all coins made before 1970. This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! • GOLD, SILVER & JEWELRY PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGHS! for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken Jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold Bars Canadian Maple Leafs, Gold, Silver, Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals, etc. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including broken jewelry. Early costume jewelry wanted. • WATCHES & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Hamilton, all others. • TOYS, TRAINS & DOLLS All types of toys made before 1970 including: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, battery toys, Mickey Mouse, all other toys - Train sets, all gauges, accessories, individual cars, Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains - Barbie Dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple, Characters, German, all makers accepted. • MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Civil, Revolutionary, WWI, WWII, etc. Items of interest include swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear, letters, etc. • ADVERTISING ITEMS Metal and Porcelain signs, gas companies, beer and liquor makers, automobile, implements, etc.

All sports memorabilia is in high demand including: Pre 1970’s baseball cards; autographed baseballs, footballs & basketballs; jerseys; signed photos; etc...

about anything old is valuable to collectors. These collectors are willing to pay big money for those items they are looking for.” This week the Treasure Hunter’s Event is the place to get connected with those collectors. The process is free and anyone can brings items down to the event. If the Treasure Hunter’s specialists

find items their collectors are interested in, offers will be made to purchase those items. About 80% of the guests that attend the show end up selling one or more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not the only items the Treasure Hunters are buying. “Gold and silver markets are soaring,” says

here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.” One gentleman holding his check for over $1250.00 in the lobby of the event yesterday had this comment, “I am so happy I decided to come to the THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow. I saw the newspaper ad for the event and brought in an old German sword I brought back from World War II and some old coins and here is my check. What a great thing for our community. I am heading home now to see what else I have they might be interested in.” The THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow continues today starting at 9am. The event is free and no appointment is needed.

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Gold and Coin Prices High, Cash In Now “It’s a modern day gold rush,” said Jeff Parsons of THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow.

Gold is now trading near 40 year highs, and you can cash in at THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow. All types of gold are wanted, including gold coins, Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, and other gold bars, etc. All gold jewelry, including broken jewelry is accepted. Anything gold and silver is wanted.


By Jason Delong THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow

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