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Next chapter: Bankruptcy court Judge K. Rodney May will hear from parties in the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort this week in a Tampa courtroom.

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+ Sawyer gets close look at a snook On Saturday, Sawyer Welch Michel caught a 28-inch snook off the bridge located on Harbourside Drive near the Winding Oaks subdivision. Proud to witness this happy event were his sister, Ava, and grandmother, Joyce Welch. Sawyer is the son of Geoffrey and Brenda Michel, who own The Met Day Spa and Salon on St. Armands Circle.

On Wednesday, May 2, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May will hear arguments from the Partnership that ran the Colony — i.e., Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and other entities — and the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association in a Tampa courtroom in the Association’s appeal of U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday’s October rulings that

favored the Partnership. It’s unlikely that May will rule at Wednesday’s hearings. Instead, he’ll hear arguments from various parties laid out in recent court filings. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Trustee William Maloney filed a March 26 motion in which he argued in favor of restoring the Partnership and awarding damages of

$7,751,470 — one of two damage scenarios outlined by Merryday. The alternative determined by Merryday was $20,646,312 for the Partnership with no return of units; Merryday also sent the Association’s counterclaims back to May. The motion states: “The Trustee believes that the Association has failed to maintain the units and common ele-

ments even to the limited extent provided in the Association’s plan of reorganization. Upon information and belief, the units are essentially abandoned and most do not have electric power or other utilities.” Maloney referred to town code-enforcement proceedings initiated against the property and the extension of the tourism use of the property to Dec.

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+ Last chance to submit applications The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Small Business, Rookie Small Business and Non-Profit Business of the Year Awards. Nominations will be accepted through May 7. Awards include Rookie Small Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees), Small Business of the Year (11 or more employees) and NonProfit Charitable Organization of the Year. The winners will be announced at the awards breakfast Thursday, June 14. Call the chamber office at 383-2466 for information or visit longboatkeychamber. com.

+ Mother, may I vote in a contest? The submissions are in, and voting for The Observer’s online Mother’s Day photo contest takes place now through May 6. Click on the “Contests” tab on the homepage of YourObserver.com to vote for your favorite photo. The winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from their choice of contest sponsors, and the winning photo will be published in the May 10 edition of the Observers and Pelican Press.

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After being treated at Save Our Seabirds for nine days, Vicki necks her mate, Henry, after being reunited at the Harbor Links pond. Swankeeper David Novak says the reunion was “off-the-charts spectacular.” However, Novak believes Vicki has a 50/50 chance of survival after battling a prolonged infection. For the story and more photos, see page 7A.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Town, firefighters head back to bargaining table Pay raises, benefits and pensions will be part of the discussion this week as the town and its firefighters come together for negotiations. The town and its firefighters will find themselves in a familiar place this week: the bargaining table. The latest round of negotiations between the town and the Longboat Key International Association of Firefighters Union

are scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, May 4. Town Manager David Bullock declined to comment about what positions the town would take in upcoming negotiations. “Under collective bargaining laws, we’re required to conduct

our negotiations publicly,” he said. “It’s important that I respect that.” Longboat Key Fire Rescue District Vice President Brandon Desch could not be reached for comment. The town met with firefight-

ers for negotiation March 28, according to Bullock, during which firefighters didn’t present a contract proposal but discussed their concerns with the town. According to the town’s human resources manager, Lisa Silvertooth, raises and pensions were the two major areas of concern.

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COLONY / FROM PAGE 1A 31, 2012, that town commissioners have said they would be unlikely to extend without a compromise between parties. “In the event that the favorable zoning of the property is lost through the inaction of the Association, the permissible zoning of the property will be reduced to less than 100 units from the current density of approximately 240 units, which would effectively foreclose any possibility of restoring the hotel operation forever,” he wrote. But in an April 27 response, attorney Jeffrey Warren disputed Maloney’s assertions, describing them as an “impermissible and untimely collateral attack on the Association’s bankruptcy plan” and the court’s confirmation order. Warren wrote that as a Chapter 7 trustee, Maloney is charged with liquidating the Partnership and “has no authority to operate any business of the Partnership … ” The response also challenges Maloney’s arguments about the maintenance of the property, stating that it “fails on the grounds that the Unit Owners have taken substantial and costly steps with respect to the restoration of The Colony since the Ejection Judgment was entered, including entering into a binding development agreement with a redevelopment partner. To disrupt such progress would be manifestly unfair and inequitable.” Warren also raised issues with a March 23 letter to Town Attorney David Persson, in which Charles Bartlett, attorney for Klauber and other entities he owns and/or controls, wrote that he is also special counsel to Maloney, whom the response suggests is “seeking to benefit Dr. Klauber and not the actual creditors of the Partnership, including the Unit Owners whose filed claims exceed $15 million.” To recap, in 2007, in the midst of a nearly two-year-old dispute over who should pay for the repair and improvement of the resort’s common elements, the Partnership sued the Association for damages. The Association argued at the time that

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a 1984 agreement improperly ceded authorities to the general partnership and was, therefore, ultra vires. The Association later filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which brought the case to May’s Tampa courtroom. In August 2009, May ruled in favor of the Association, finding the 1984 agreement ultra vires and the Partnership’s damage calculations to be purely speculative, while also declaring moot other Association counterclaims and third-party claims. The Partnership appealed those rulings. In a separate case, it also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Then, in August 2010, May approved a request from the Association to convert the Partnership’s bankruptcy from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7, which ultimately dissolved the Partnership, converted the Colony from a hotel resort to a condominium association and gave unit owners control over their units. Last October, Merryday outlined both damage scenarios for the Partnership and directed May to choose one and consider the Association’s counterclaims previously declared moot. Klauber expressed optimism earlier this week in advance of the hearing. “I feel that the bankruptcy judge has two choices written by Judge Merryday, I’m really waiting to find out which one they choose,” he said. The Association, however, will pursue counterclaims that address the management and accounting of money at the Colony and could substantially impact any damage scenario. The ongoing allegations highlight one obvious fact: A May 1 deadline set by unit owners present at their annual meeting last month has passed without any settlement regarding three acres at the center of the property controlled by Klauber and his entities. According to Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association Board President Jay Yablon, the Association will work to submit a 15-acre site plan for the 18-acre property to the town.

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One down, many more to go This isn’t an April Fools’ joke: A legal dispute involving the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort has been resolved. The bad news is, the resolution of this dispute probably won’t open the doors to the resort and its 237 units any sooner. Longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber confirmed to the Longboat Observer that he and W. Andrew “Andy” Adams, whose Breakpointe I LLC was foreclosing on overdue bank loans for Klauber’s residential unit and beachfront Vagabond resort unit, reached a confidential settlement last week in mediation. As of Monday night, Klauber remained listed as the owner of two high-rise Colony units and the beachfront unit in Sarasota County property records, and no transfer between the parties was recorded

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Consultant receptive to DAS network TE Connectivity Networks Inc. consultant Scott Wierson told the P&Z Board that he believes DAS ‘would provide better service’ to the town than a cell-phone tower. The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board dialed TE Connectivity Networks Inc. consultant Scott Wierson at its May 1 meeting by conference call — not cell phone. And when board member Walter Hackett asked him to rank the top three options for improving north-end telecommunications, Wierson gave what was, for many, a long-awaited answer. “I think the tower and the DAS (distributed antenna solution) both have merits,” he said. “In my opinion, DAS would provide better service because the antenna would be closer to the user.” Wierson repeated the input on a cellular tower that he had given at an earlier Longboat Key Town Commission workshop: A tower would be more strategically located for serving the north end at the Longboat Key Public Works compound than at the Longboat Island Chapel property, although its

setback requirements need further consideration, according to Wierson. A DAS network system is a small-cell technology that would require the installation of multiple hub stations on FPL lines that would send signals through fiber-optic cables. The item was on the P&Z Board’s agenda for discussion, but the board wasn’t considering any legislative action at Tuesday’s meeting. Board members, who received the report late yesterday afternoon, said that they hadn’t been able to review the TE Connectivity report at length. Wierson had also made an April 19 presentation to the commission during which he gave an overview of both options: A DAS network would cost $590,000 to construct and would start out with three carriers, according to the study. A cellular tower could include five carriers and would likely

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cost $400,000 to construct but at a higher environmental impact. Jim Eatrides, owner of Alpha-Omega Communications Inc., who with his business partner, Ridan Industries II President Kevin Barile, have an application pending with the town to bring a 150foot cell tower to the chapel’s properties, disagreed with Wierson’s statements about solutions for the north end. But Eatrides argued that a tower on the chapel site was the best solution and said that although the chapel and Public Works properties would be similar in the coverage they would provide, the Public Works site is too small. He also disagreed with TE Connectivity about the technological feasibility and costs of a DAS network but asked to return to a future commission workshop after reviewing the report released the day before. “Models are estimates of re-

ality,” said Eatrides. “We don’t disagree with TE on all of their models. We don’t agree with the cost. We do want to go in and get all of the information and properly address all of these issues and do so in a timely manner.” In an April 24 memo, Town Planner Steve Schield suggested to Town Manager David Bullock that existing telecommunications codes should be reviewed based both on the report’s technical recommendations as well as policy concerns of the community. Attorney Michael Furen, who represents Gus Sclafani and Doreen Erickson, whose home is adjacent to the site of the proposed tower, told the board that the review is needed. He argued that any related changes to the zoning code should be fully vetted by the community and urged the board not to take any action that would “expressly or implicitly recognize cell towers.”

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

The Gulf Beach near the 360 North condominiums, left, continues to erode.

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Sand loss prompts warning for north-end Ongoing north-end erosion has prompted Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock and Public Works Director Juan Florensa to warn owners at the nine-unit 360 North condominium that just 30 to 50 feet of dry beach remains between their buildings and the Gulf. “Once this remaining sand is eroded, there may be overwash in times of high surf that might impact the grounds or buildings of the nine units located on the site,” Bullock wrote in an April 26 email to the Longboat Key Town Commission, referring to the $4.5 million emergency beach project that deposited 133,000 cubic yards of sand as a temporary fix last summer. When the project was completed, just about a year ago, the area’s beach spanned approximately 150 feet. According to Florensa, high

Just 30 to 50 feet of dry beach remain between the nine-unit 360 North condominium and the Gulf. winds and waves from storms that occurred a week-and-ahalf ago exacerbated erosion. Charlie Sweeney, president of the 360 North condominium association, had headed to his Indiana home before the storms and wasn’t aware of the level of erosion until he participated in a conference call with Bullock and Florensa. Sweeney expressed disappointment that the town doesn’t plan to put additional sand in place for the summer. “It seems to me that we’re no further in pursuit of an acceptable goal than we were a few years ago,” he said. “We’re at the mercy of nature, and the town is going to leave us in that position.” Florensa, however, said it was unlikely that the town

would place more sand in the area. “I think putting more sand in that area is not sustainable or a wise use of taxpayer dollars,” he said. Florensa said the condominium doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy and the conference call was intended to keep homeowners up to date about the shrinking beach because many are seasonal residents. The Longboat Pass Inlet Management Study, commissioned jointly by the town and Manatee County, concluded that the long-term solution for controlling erosion should include a terminable groin on Beer Can Island and two permeable adjustable groins on the north end. However, the process of per-

mitting, designing and building any structures and placing additional sand in the area will likely take between 24 and 36 months. The commission reached consensus to move forward with the permitting process for the structures recommended by the Longboat Pass Inlet Management Plan but hasn’t yet voted on whether to accept them. The Manatee County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the design and permitting recommended in the study. Sand dynamics cause much of the north end’s erosion, with sand along the northern part of the Key moving northward opposite Gulf-beach sand, which typically moves toward the south.

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P&Z begins to crack town codes Recommendations for zoning code changes get unanimous vote from P&Z Board. The Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board voted unanimously at its May 1 meeting to recommend various changes to the town’s zoning code. The proposed changes would give the districts their own standards, like other districts, independent of the Outline Development Plan. The proposed changes replace the Planned Development District, GulfPlanned Development District and Negotiated Planned Development District with the Bay Isles, Islandside and Promenade/ Water Club Mixed-Use Community districts. Assistant Town Attorney Kelly Fernandez wrote in an April 17 memo that the changes were proposed “to ensure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and address issues raised by the court’s ruling last year in the writ of certiorari case involving the Key Club.” The changes would also clarify that applicants don’t need to file applications for a site plan and ODP concurrently, eliminating the need for the P&Z Board and Longboat Key Town Commission to make written findings of fact. Both the board’s recommendations and the commission’s are to be “based on competent, substantial evidence of record.” The changes would clarify that modifications to applications post P&Z Board review do not need to be remanded to the board. Other changes include the provision of criteria for granting lot coverage and building height and requirements for when final site-plan approval must be sought. Judge Charles E. Roberts ruled in favor of the Islandside Property Coalition and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations in their challenge of the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s $400 million proposed Islandside redevelopmentand-expansion plan at the end of 2011. In his ruling, which favored IPOC and the associations on all seven of their claims, he laid out what many felt showed the need to update and/or clarify town codes. The ruling stated that the development order, by which the commission approved the Key Club plans, violated the town’s zoning code because it permitted uses on lands not previously designated for such uses and did not include required findings of fact about departures granted, and because the fourth revised application the commission approved didn’t go back to the P&Z Board for review. The proposed changes drew both supporters and opponents. Resident Terry Gans spoke in favor of the changes, saying that communities need to evolve. IPOC President Bob White spoke against them, taking issue with many changes, including the elimination of the need for the commission and board to make findings of fact. He said that parties on both sides of an issue would likely be able to present evidence to support their cases. Resident Gene Jaleski also spoke against the changes, describing it as one of the largest changes to the town he had witnessed since he began coming to the island in 1978. Key Club Associates attorney John Patterson, however, said that the definitions would bring more certainty. Board member Leonard Garner expressed satisfaction with the process at Tuesday’s meeting. “We’re cleaning up our act,” he said. “I think it’s a worthwhile project for us to approve this.”


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+ Dry Dock owners file application Dry Dock Waterfront Grill owners Eric and Cynthia Hammersand filed an application for site-plan review last week with the Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department. The application states that the Hammersands hope to enclose the area directly above the restaurant’s existing roof, which is used to cover a portion of its outdoor dining area, and construct and enclose a walkway that will lead from a new elevator. The plan would add 1,107 square feet to the restaurant, allowing the Hammersands to reconfigure the existing first and second floor dining areas to allow for more tables to overlook the water and allow for more space between tables. The request would not change Dry Dock’s seating capacity or parking requirements.

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Commission will hold a special workshop meeting to discuss the 2012-13 fiscal year budget 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Town staff is preparing for a 3% drop in ad valorem tax revenue combined with a 10% hike in health-insurance costs and 12.7% in required pension contributions. Sarasota and Manatee County property appraisers typically distribute property-tax estimates June 1.

+ City staff investigates St. Armands benches City staff presented the St. Armands Landowner’s Merchants and Residents (LMAR) with data Thursday, April 26 showing the location of the Circle’s benches in an effort to pinpoint which of the benches are in need of repair and/or replacement. St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID) Board of Directors Chairman Marty Rappaport said many of the benches are in terrible shape and that city staff will look into what funds can be used to repair or possibly replace the damaged benches. There are a total of 65 benches within or just outside the Circle, which includes 35 twoseat benches, 26 three-seat benches and four regular benches.

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Longboat Pass plans face opposition Chamber to go the A group of plans aimed at inlet management and the stabilization of Longboat Pass is being challenged by Siesta Key residents worried about erosion. The town of Longboat Key, Manatee County and the West Coast Inlet Navigation District are all facing opposition from Siesta Key residents about their plans to manage erosion of Beer Can Island and slow the drift of Longboat Pass. The Siesta Key Association has tapped Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash to help it in its mission to stop the plans, which will include groins and dredging that they say will cause erosion problems south of Longboat Key. Capt. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the SKA and founder of the Sarasota Boaters Coalition, says three groins included in the Longboat Key Inlet Management plan threaten to set the flow of Big Pass askew and possibly accelerate erosion of Lido and Siesta beaches. “People want to put groins in but they’re very dangerous,” he says. “There are always unintended consequences.” The intended consequences are to trap sand drawn southward slowing sediment displacement. The problem, van Roekens says, is that beaches further south don’t receive natural sand accumulation — taking one region’s erosion woes and passing them on to another. The West Coast Inlet Navigation District, which helps plan and implement waterway projects, approved LBK - 2010 the -K and LBKendorsed - 2010 - K plan. It’s also backed by research conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. A deeper concern for SKA is that an

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The Longboat Pass Inlet Management Plan calls for installing a terminal groin at Beer Can Island, pictured, and two groins on northern Longboat Key to control Longboat Pass erosion. approval could fast track plans being floated by the City of Sarasota and the Corps of Engineers for Lido renourishment. Big Pass and New Pass are the two inlets that are being considered for dredging, further amplifying potential negative consequences for Siesta Key. Nora Patterson, a Sarasota County Commissioner who serves as the treasurer of WCIND, says the Corps of Engineers is studying the effects of potential dredging on the two inlets. However, she says Longboat’s inlet project will have little bearing on the study or solutions suggested for that potential project. “These groins don’t look like they will damage Lido,” she says. Two sand traps cut for dredging Longboat Pass are also included in the plan, under the supervision of WCIND. They could yield roughly 90,000 cubic yards of sand to renourish Longboat beaches, according to an April 2 permit filed by the organi-

zation. The Manatee County Commission voted 6-1 in favor of the inlet management plan March 27, with one dissenting vote coming from McClash. A Feb. 10 correspondence between Manatee Deputy County Attorney Rodney Wade and McClash explored questions about the deed binding “Beer Can Island” to the county. One of the restrictions outlined in the document is that the property be kept in its “natural state” and that “no man-made alterations or structures shall be constructed or placed on the property.” The terminal groin bound for the island could be a violation, the letter stated. McClash has also petitioned the Army Corps of Engineers for a public hearing on the inlet management plan and an environmental impact statement to comply with the National Environmental Protection Act, due to its use of federal funds.

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open in September. The new CVS will be located where the Longboat Key Shell station once stood. As of Monday afternoon, Publix demolition was ongoing. Publix and Avenue of the Flowers Acquisition have obtained a combined building permits for the project. The total implicated cost of all permits is $5,544,708. — Robin Hartill

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

Photos courtesy Lou Newman and David Novak

Beverly sits on her nest.

Swan life on Longboat Key called into focus Vicki the swan has been to Save Our Seabirds twice in one month; her survival is now in question. Friday, April 20, swan keeper David Novak took Vicki in for her second visit. “She was exhibiting her original symptoms, and I wasn’t going to wait until the very last minute,” Novak said. “She was getting worse.” In early April, Vicki was taken to SOS because she wasn’t swimming normally, incessantly shaking her tail and showing signs of digestive issues. She seemed back to normal and was returned to home a week after SOS administered fluids and antibiotics. But it didn’t last for long. “If I hadn’t pulled her out in the next couple of days, she would have been dead,” Novak said. When she arrived to Save Our Seabirds for the second time, she had a fever and digestive problems. They gave her a more intensive treatment of antibiotics, fluid and cleaned her digestive tract. Results of a blood test indicated she may have more permanent damage due to a prolonged infection. She was released nine days later when she seemed stronger. “She couldn’t truly be a swan in the wild (at SOS), so we took her back,” Novak says. She was returned to the nest, where she and her mate, Henry, then necked for 30 seconds. The second reunion was “off-the-charts spectacular,” according to Novak. He believes she has a 50/50 chance of survival. “She’s either going to make it or not going to make it. We can’t do anything medically for her,” Novak says, “It’s sad, but that’s just the way it is.” Novak asks that people make a donation to Save Our Seabirds in Vicki’s name in honor of the work the nonprofit organization has done and its pledge to continue swan life on Longboat Key. In other swan news, life continues. Wendy’s and Beverly’s nests should hatch any day. Each nest has approximately six eggs. Both of their mates, Stan and Alan, remain close to the nests — a sign hatching could be any day.

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Reviewing codes long overdue It’s beginning to sound a lot like Normal. Or, it’s certainly heading that way. Let’s feel good for a change, or at least better. Economic growth — vis-a-vis the contractions of 2009 and 2010 — is definitely under way. You might even say it’s official: Sarasota and Manatee counties’ economies experienced a strong High Season. Great when compared to two and three years ago. Certainly that’s the consensus you hear from retailers, restaurateurs, hotel operators, Realtors and other business operators. And Gov. Rick Scott continues to report positive momentum for the entire state. In March, the state’s unemployment rate declined from 9.4% in February to 9.0%, the largest monthly unemployment-rate drop in 20 years. Florida added 10,800 jobs in March. Since Scott took office in January 2011, Florida’s private sector has added more than 100,000 jobs; the governor is 1/7th of the way toward his goal of creating 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Sure, there are still lagging sectors — commercial real estate and construction being among them. Nonetheless, compared to the dour looks on people’s faces in 2009 and 2010, this Season’s momentum is building confidence in local consumers and business operators that improvement will continue. None of the experts is expecting a boom, mind you. And that’s a good thing. We all know what follows a boom. And because of 1) the lingering effects of the recession; 2) the never-ending fiscal disaster in Washington, D.C.; and 3) everyone’s fear of what may happen after the national election (i.e. the largest tax increase in American history), economic growth and business confidence are not likely to rise much higher than it is now. Here is another truism about Florida’s economic health: Historically, population growth has fueled Florida’s economy. In that vein, we need baby boomers (or, call them the “Zoomers” — active adults) to be able to sell their homes up north so they can move to Florida. In the good ol’ days, Florida added 350,000 new residents a year, the leading factor Florida was always among the fastest-growing states for population and job growth. Last year, population growth was only a third of that and isn’t expected to increase much beyond the 103,000 net new residents in Florida in 2011 compared to 2010. But at least the state is growing again. So as we head into the traditional slow season here, let’s smell the gardenias and jasmine and enjoy for a while the economic rebound we experienced in our region. Maybe with some determination, we (the private sector) can keep it going.

+ What if we were at war?

Our government at work. Put yourself in the shoes of the residents of the 360 North condominiums on the far northwest tip of Longboat Key. About two weeks ago, blustery weather whooshed away more sand from Longboat Key’s beaches, leaving for the residents at 360 North about 30 to 50 feet of dry sand between their condos and the Gulf of

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Mexico. Now this isn’t quite like the situation that existed about five years ago at the Islander Club on the south end. Before the town installed the permeable groins there, it was getting dicey. There was virtually no beach, and one good hurricane blowing from south to north easily could have taken the Islander swimming pool. It’s not quite that desperate at 360 North. But you know what those residents are thinking: We’re heading into hurricane season; we haven’t had a bad hurricane season in seven years (the last one to come close to us was Wilma in 2005); you have to expect this could be the year. They’re thinking: It won’t take much before we’ll be in trouble. And there’s no way we’ll be able to sell our units for what we paid without some stable protection. In their minds, this is urgent. Now. In the minds of government, urgent is 24 to 36 months. Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa says it is unlikely the town would spend thousands more to dump more loads of sand that would immediately be washed away — the ol’ “good money after bad.” Instead, it looks like the town and Manatee County are moving forward to prepare all of the documentation for state and federal agencies. As always, no one can move a spec of sand without their permission or without a permit. But … 24 to 36 months for a permit?

THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco

Come on. Would it take that long to marshal our national resources for war? Would it take that long to respond to the destruction of a hurricane? Charlie Sweeney told Observer City Editor Robin Hartill: “It seems to me that we’re no further in pursuit of an acceptable goal than we were a few years ago.” Let’s do the math: “A few years ago” (that’s three years) plus 24 to 36 months adds up to five to six years. The goal is clear: build groins. But six years to build?

+ You need a leader

One of the pleasures of the winter season in Greater Sarasota is how this region manages to attract some extraordinary speakers and experts. The Ringling College Library Town Hall Series is always rich with compelling speakers. Among them this year: former first lady Laura Bush, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and “Freakonomics” author Steven Levitt. But over the past three weeks, Sarasota’s Argus Foundation, a not-for-profit business organization that focuses on improving the region’s business climate and communication between the private and public sectors, has hosted two guests whose separate messages coincidentally pointed in the same direction. One of those guests was part-time Longboat Key resident, Dr. Phil Kotler, the world-renowned professor at Northwestern University, textbook author and expert on marketing. If you’ve ever studied marketing, no doubt you have read at least one of Dr. Kotler’s books. The other Argus speaker was Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. Before being elected lieutenant governor, Abramson spent nearly 15 years as mayor of Louisville. Kotler’s presentation focused on one of the subjects of one of his textbooks: “place marketing,” specifically what Greater Sarasota can do to draw more visitors Phil Kotler and businesses and create a worldwide brand identity. Dr. Kotler handed out a treasure trove of specific suggestions. For one, he says, “All sectors (of the community) must work together if you want to have something really great.” And: “Sarasota needs a strategic plan. It needs to develop a unique tagline” that encompasses what Sarasota has to offer, as he says: “excellent weather and natural beauty with high-quality arts and culture. No other city can make that claim.” Lt. Gov. Abramson, a few days later, told the story of how the city of Louisville shook its complex as a second-tier city and took steps to become an equal, if not ahead of nearby rivals Nashville and Cincinnati. Its main step: It consolidated its county and city governments into one — and united the community behind that concept. In both presentations, there was a similar message about one of the key ingredients necessary to success in place marketing and making government work. They both said you need a leader — a strong, elected mayor.


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Commission to bring members on boards The Town Commission will make appointments to four town boards at its regular meeting May 7. Serving on a town board doesn’t come with the instant claim to fame that a seat on the Longboat Key Town Commission brings. But, although they may spend less time in the spotlight, board members play a key role in town issues. Before Publix and the Longboat Key Club and Resort made their cases for redevelopment to the commission, they went before the Planning & Zoning Board. Fail to cut your grass or follow turtle lighting requirements? The town’s code enforcement will usually work with you, but if you don’t comply, you’ll find yourself before the Code Enforcement Board (CEB). The commission will determine who will serve on four seats of the town’s boards at its Monday, May 7 regular meeting. Competition is stiffest for the Planning & Zoning Board, which has drawn six applicants for three seats. Seeking reappointment are current board members Phineas Alpers, an architect for more than 30 years; Leonard Garner,

who works in real-estate development, management and construction; and John Wild, who previously served as council member and mayor of Wildwood, Mo. Also seeking P&Z terms: Semiretired Alexandria, Va., city planner Larry Grossman, who also applied for re-appointment to the Citizens Oversight Tax Committee (COTC); Ed Krepela, who works as a sales-andengineering manufacturer’s representative and has also served as mayor and police commissioner of Ocean Beach Fire Island, N.Y.; and current Zoning Board of Adjustment member Andrew Aitken, a pilot and environmental consultant, has applied for seats on the P&Z Board and ZBA but has indicated that P&Z is his top choice. Gaele Barthold, an attorney who also serves as co-president of the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee, and Thomas Bijou, who wrote on his application that he is a retired manager and has extensive construction experience, have both applied for reappointment to the ZBA.

Kenneth Gorman, who wrote that his occupation was in finance and is an owner/investor in the media industry, has applied for the ZBA, Code Enforcement Board or any pension board. Current CEB Chairman Robert Krosney Jr., who listed his occupation as president/CEO of Madison Detective Bureau, applied for reappointment to both the CEB and COTC. Glenn Peterson, an engineer, also applied for reappointment to the CEB. Burt Rosenfield, a retired insurance-company president, has also applied for re-appointment to the COTC. Many past and present commissioners made their Town Hall debuts on town boards: Mayor Jim Brown and Vice Mayor David Brenner both served on the P&Z Board. Commissioner Pat Zunz was a ZBA member. Commissioner Phill Younger served on the CEB. And Commissioner Lynn Larson was a police pension board trustee. And, although a board seat doesn’t bring the same level of fame that a commission seat carries, it promises similar fortune: Like commissioners, board members make $0 per year, with no cost-of-living adjustments.

Like other town employees, firefighters haven’t received pay increases since 2008, a factor they have said hurts morale and the department’s competitiveness with other departments. The last session included a discussion on which municipalities the town should use as comparables to consider salaries and benefits and agreed to include the cities of Tampa, North Port, Clearwater, Winter Park and Marco Island and Hillsborough and Sarasota counties. Firefighters also expressed interest in high-deductible, health-savings accounts, according to Silvertooth. Pensions will likely be discussed at greater length during Friday’s meeting. Currently, the town provides for normal retirement for firefighters after 25 years of credited service, regardless of age, or after 10 years of service for those 55 years or older with a multiplier of 3.5%, according to the current contract, meaning that a 55-year-old employee with 10 years of service would receive 35% of the average of the last five years’ worth of pay. Firefighters are currently working under a contract ratified last May that became

retroactively effective Oct. 1, 2009, and expired Sept. 30, 2011. During the negotiations that led up to that contract, the town agreed it wouldn’t impose a mandate to not count vacation and sick leave as compensation when determining a final payout for retired employees. That means that a firefighter who earned $60,000 during the last five years of employment and accrued $30,000 worth of vacation and sick leave would have the payout added in, which would bring the average to $66,000. Firefighters agreed that they would not receive pay raises for the 2009-10 fiscal year and accepted a “me too” clause for the 2010-11 fiscal year in which they would only receive the step and cost-of-living allowance increases, if any, that non-bargaining town employees received. The town also eliminated its 401k match for firefighters in its most recent contract. Contract negotiations begin at 9 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Longboat Key Town Hall, and are open to the public, as required by Florida laws.

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Writing’s on the wall 8:42 p.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Vandalism. Police found graffiti on the bathroom wall of a recreation center that contained writing in permanent marker about wanting to get back with a girlfriend.

April 21 Not one to take it lightly 8:37 a.m. — 5100 block of GMD. Public Service. A woman reported seeing 15 evenly spaced, slow-moving balls of orange light from her condominium unit. She told police that she was unable to contact air-traffic controllers at the local airport but said that she would report the incident to the National UFO Reporting Center.

April 21 Unwanted visitor 2:43 a.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Trespassing. Hotel-goers complained after a woman began knocking on doors in an attempt to find a guest. Police tried to convince the woman, who appeared intoxicated, to take a cab or call a friend for a ride home, but placed her under arrest after she continued to insist on finding the guest. Although she had told police that she had no money for a taxi, police found $59.62 in her purse along with two small bottles of Pinot Grigio.

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April 24 Gone adrift? 11:02 a.m. — 6900 block of Bayside Drive. Lost/Missing Property. A man told police that he discovered his kayak was missing two days earlier. Police were unable to determine whether the kayak was stolen or had drifted away.


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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Officer Nagell assumes marine-patrol position Officer Shawn Nagell takes on a new assignment — and the wheel of the Longboat Key police boat — after assuming marine-patrol responsibilities from Officer Dennis Silverio Jr.

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Longboat Key Police Officer Shawn Nagell now spends most of his work day patrolling the waters surrounding the Key.

“It’s more dynamic,” he says. “With cars, you basically have both vehicles come to a stop. But with a boat, you can come to a stop but it’s still moving.” It’s also different because he’s out on the water by himself, unlike road patrol in which it’s easy to call for backup. Although summer typically brings a slower pace for most people on Longboat Key, Nagell is preparing for his busy season as boaters take to the water. And, if he could provide one piece of advice to all those boaters, it would be this: Take a boating course. “You wouldn’t try to get in the cockpit of a plane without knowing what you’re doing,” he said. “It’s a totally different environment.”

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Behind the Science: Exploring the Bay — takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Explore Sarasota Bay using seine and dip nets. Findings will be identified and discussed. Cost is $8 for members; $10 for non-members. Call 388-4441, Ext. 514 for more information.  Classic Corvettes on the Circle — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park. In its 13th year, this show is the third-largest classic Corvette car show in Florida. More than 200 Corvettes from 1953 to the present will be on display. Free. Call 388-1554 for more information.

Harry’s Wine Tasting Taste a variety of wines from around the world and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. The Longboat Key Turtle Watch will benefit $5 from every ticket sold. When: Takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 Where: Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive Cost: $10 Info: Call 383-0777 Thompson Parkway. Experience Mote Marine Laboratory’s groundbreaking research in a program introducing marine animals and environments that is geared for all ages. Cost is $8 for members; $10 for non-members. Call 388-4441, Ext. 514 for more information.

Second Annual Food and Wine on Pine — takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. This event will provide food, wine, art and music from the area provided by 20 of the area’s locally owned and independent restaurants. Wine glasses and plates cost $3; tickets for food and beverages are $1 each. Call Caryn Hodge at 778-8705 or chodge@chilesgroup.com.

Sunday, May 6 Longboat Key Triathlon Sprint Event — starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, 220 Sands Point Road. This sprint event, leading up to the Oct. 28 Longboat Key Triathlon, will feature a sprint triathlon (1/4-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run) and duathlon (1-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run) event. Cost is $65 to register. Call 809-8996 or visit lbktriseries.com. Ski-A-Rees Performance — starts at 2 p.m. at the Ski-A-Rees Stadium, 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway. The Ski-A-Rees Water team will perform its weekly show. Free. Call 3881666.

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Saturday, May 12 Sister Keys Island Cleanup — Sarasota Bay Watch, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and the town of Longboat Key are joining forces to host a Sister Keys Island Cleanup. The event begins at 8 a.m. Meet at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway St. Volunteers will help cleanup the island then have lunch at Mar Vista. Participants will receive a complimentary Sarasota Bay Watch membership. Call 953-5333 for information. Behind the Science: Kayaking — takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Kayak with Mote through Sarasota Bay and discover the marine animals and plants that thrive in Florida’s costal waters. All equipment is provided. Cost is $20 for members; $24 for non-members. Call 3884441, Ext. 514 for more information. Sarasota Bay Cup — starts at noon at two different locations. More than 50 yachts spanning from Tampa Bay and Naples are expected to compete in the oldest sailboat race on the bay. Cost is $30 entry fee per boat. Contact Bill Jacobs at 356-3568 for more information and registration or visit birdkeyyc.com and click on Sarasota Bay Cup.

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JOYCE TAPPAN When Joyce Tappan isn’t on Longboat Key, you’ll find her at the tracks, in Kentucky, watching her seven thoroughbred horses train. She used to go religiously at 6:30 a.m. every weekday, but now, she doesn’t make it out as much. Not many horse owners take the time to do this, but Tappan enjoys investing in the whole process: buying, training, racing and winning. She’s been in the thoroughbred racing business for 30 years. At age 5, she would accompany her father, Joseph Dillion, to the tracks. He owned trotters and pacers. Now she is an owner. “I remember being put on the horse box and being told what number to yell for,” she says. In 1972, Tappan and her husband, Chip, moved to Kentucky, the horse capital of the world. “I figured, why not own some thoroughbreds?” Tappan says. She started by buying claimers — where one enters a horse for a price but could potentially lose the horse after the race to another owner. She them moved on to partnerships. Since then, she has moved from one partner with one horse to five partners with 12 horses. She currently has five horses and seven 2-year-olds in training at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Tappan says she dreams of sending a colt to the Kentucky Derby.

Joyce Tappan doesn’t just horse around — she has 48 winning pictures.

“We thought we’ve had prospects, but, so far, it hasn’t happened,” she says. A horse must be 3 years old to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Out of the average 20,000 horses bred each year, only 20 make it to the Kentucky Derby. But Tappan attends many other stakes races and has 48 winning pictures (considered a win). And she’s been to the Kentucky Derby plenty of times. “I’ve got hats in every color,” says Tappan. She certainly has her race-watching routine down: She holds the binoculars in her left hand and never puts them around her neck. For most of the race they are glued to her face. People know not to stand near her right side because when she gets excited, she rapidly waves her righthand fist in a circular motion as if she’s winding up a Jack-in-the-box. All the while, she is screaming, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” “It’s just fireworks inside. You just explode,” she says about the feeling she gets when the horses are let out of the gate. Even if her new horses don’t make it to the Kentucky Derby, she said her experience has been a winning one. “I’ve had a whole lifetime of (winning pictures),” she says. “Every one of them is a joyful event.” — Mallory Gnaegy

Above: Joyce Tappan loves cheering on her thoroughbreds at stakes races. Left: Casey’s Jet has had six winning pictures and is Tappan’s favorite horse.

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Pulitzer pretty in print On Thursday, April 26, the Lilly Pulitzer of St. Armands team arrived at Bird Key Yacht Club in a pink floral-printed Jeep, a signature of the brand. The style show featured an array of preppy dress-

Robert S. Bernard

Robert S. Bernard, of Longboat Key and formerly of Albany, N.Y., died Tuesday, April 24. He was 80. Mr. Bernard was born in New York City and attended New York University. In 1964 he moved to the Albany, N.Y., area to begin his career in law. He founded the Law Firm of Bernard, Overton and Russell, which represented more than 40 hospitals and banks in upstate New York. He later became an administrative law judge in New York City, a position he held for more than five years. Mr. Bernard was also an arbitrator for the National

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Wednesday eucharist and anointing services at 10 a.m. Sunday worship services are at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Earl Nichols is the preacher. 383-6491.

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hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Rabbi Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. Call 383-3428.

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Association of Security Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Bernard was active in the community, serving leadership positions on many local boards. He was a member of numerous non-profit organizations. He served as president of the Sanctuary Condominium Association on Longboat Key, a docent at the Ringling Museum and a trustee for the Longboat Key Firefighter Pension Board. Donations can be made to the Roskamp Institute (Alzheimer’s Research), 2040 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, Fla., 34243-8195. Arrangements were handled by Goldstein Funeral Chapel Inc., in Edison, N.J.

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The Ski-A-Rees build a 10-person pyramid.

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Caleb Ross, 11, performs on shoe skis.

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees waterski performance is bound to wow some socks (or skis) off. At one point during the Sunday, April 29 Ski-A-Rees show, a little boy was invited to the announcer’s deck, where two skiers jumped out of the water — and over his head — and landed gracefully in the water. The Ski-A-Rees waterskiing troupe performs 30 free shows every Sunday during season at its stadium off Ken Thompson Parkway. The troupe’s members range in age from 7 to 81, and many of the skiers are siblings — the performers’ parents attend every show and practice. The acts range from swivel skiers and barefoot skiers doing jumps and tricks, doubles, triples, ballet and pyramids. Each act builds momentum from the one before it. The boat drivers are equally impressive because maneuvering 360-degree spins with five skiiers attached to the boat is no easy feat. The team was founded in 1957 and is in its 55th season. Since its start, the team has won 11 state championships and 13 Southern Regional Champion titles. The skiiers hope to win their 14th regional title in June and are practicing four times a week in preparation.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between April 16 and April 20. A home in Queens Harbour tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Michael and Helen Donovan sold their home at 3564 Fair Oaks Lane to Hans-Juergen Naumann, of Chemnitz, Germany, for $2 million. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,925 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.4 million in 2005. Courtesy photo

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Charles and Jeannette Gehrie, Longboat Key, sold their Unit 301 condominium at 1425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to JDBM LLC for $950,000. Built in 1983, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 2,107 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $500,000 in 1991.

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Ted and Sharon Sowder, of Bloomington, Ind., sold their Unit 5-F condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Keith and Judy Greene, Debary, for $700,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,513 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $575,000 in 2003.

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Robert and Tammy Springer sold their home at 513 Outrigger Lane to Michael and Marjorie Wilson, Longboat Key, for $650,000. Built in 1963, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,162

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Ira Kushnir, trustee, of Greene, Ohio, sold the Unit 626 condominium at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd. to Gary and Lynn Massel, of Glencoe, Ill., for $561,100. Built in 1995, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,270 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $309,000 in 1995. Paul and Marian Rizzo, of St. James, N.Y., sold their Unit 625 condominium at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd. to Richard and Deborah Cronin, Longboat Key, for $495,000. Built in 1995, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,276 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $770,000 in 2005.

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Marvin Ferguson, trustee, Indianapolis, sold the Unit 231 condominium at 1932 Harbourside Drive to Dean Hopkins, of Nova Scotia, Canada, for $387,500. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,442 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $216,000 in 1997. Joseph and Susan Vicari, of Rockford, Ill., sold their Unit 212 condominium at 1932 Harbourside Drive to Joann Goldwater, of Quebec, Canada, for $295,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,192 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $371,500 in 2003.

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Irene Gaide of Highland, Mich., sold her Unit 702 condominium at 1001 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Mark and Lana McGorry, New York, for $350,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,224 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $120,000 in 1982.

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University Park - Custom Lakefront Beautifully maintained 3BR + Den home with 10ft ceilings, his & her bath, quality built-in’s, & expanded great room overlooking the pool/spa and lake. Two car garage. $449,500

BANK OWNED Bird Key - Outstanding Waterfront Opportunity Built in 2007 on a wide protected boat basin. Home has 8,071 square feet, 5BR/5.5BA, guest wing with separate entrance and more! Infinity edge pool, boat dock, and 4-car garage. $3,850,000

Grand Bay III - Beautiful Water Views Light and bright 3BR/3.5BA residence in Building 3 with nine foot ceilings, spacious floor plan and wrap around terraces for enjoying views of Sarasota Bay. $799,000

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

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Sarasota Yacht Club bestows blessing on its fleet of boats The Blessing of the Fleet weekend at the Sarasota Yacht Club was action-packed. Activities began Friday, April 27, and on Saturday there was a barbecue in the evening. Sunday morning saw a breakfast buffet, with the highlight of the weekend, the Blessing of the Fleet, beginning at 2 p.m. Twenty-seven boats left the dock for a half-hour cruise to Lido Key and back, and

BIRD KEY - 4 BR/3.3BA Location! Location! This beautiful custom home has it all - fabulous downtown views across Sarasota Bay, granite kitchen with milk-glaze cabinetry, “Morning Room” with 8 Step crown molding, gorgeous pool, dock & lift. The first floor master suite has stunning Bay views and the second floor “Great Room” has “forever” Bay views from the terrace.$3,690,000

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passed the center dock in formation for the blessing. The Rev. Mark Gibbons, FirstSarasota, The Downtown Baptist Church, and the Rev. Peter Wilson, of St. Martha Catholic Church, gave the blessing. Also taking part were Sarasota Yacht Club officers. Concluding the event was a casual gathering poolside where Jam Band Lite, made up of club members, entertained.

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by George Rauch | Contributing Columnist

The givers and the takers People can be divided into two groups: givers and takers. By nature, the takers are more interested in control and, hence, power, than the givers. The takers continue to take more from the givers by complaining that the givers don’t give enough. That’s where we are today.  Our country is run by takers, not by givers. Whatever we may think of what the Republicans or the Democrats stand for, we ought to be able to agree that they both stand for large government.  BeGEORGE cause they agree upon RAUCH large government, then they have not agreed, by definition, upon limited government, either. They sell all of the same programs differently, but all programs remain “managed by government.” Nothing gets terminated, and no large program receives a funding cut except the military. The military budget is in third place — billions of dollars less than Social Security, and hundreds of billions of dollars behind Medicare/Medicaid. Ask yourselves these questions:  • Do you believe the Constitution is the best document under which man can live?  • Do you think government should get out of most of the programs in which it is involved? • Do you believe in a separation of powers and a limited government? • Do you believe government should borrow money only in the event of national peril?   If you answered all four of those questions with “yes,” then you are to the right of most congressmen and senators. That is the state of our representation, and it is why this country currently has problems.  We can expect our problems to become worse

in the future, unless these two political parties, with identical philosophies, can reverse what they’ve done the last 50 years.  More importantly, it is not likely the stock market will prosper further without a radical change in the behavior, and philosophy, of the major political parties.   Can’t government help right some wrongs and fix a few things? All government does is prop one thing up at the expense of another and, hence, make all of us dependent upon government. The government should prop nothing up and do nothing more than the Constitution says it should. The government kills, or controls, the competition. Competition creates a balance of power in industries, in markets and among governments.  The desire and aim of socialistic governments is to control competition through rules and regulations, which inhibit production and efficiency. Entire industries become dependent upon politicians to ensure a continuation of the rules, or a change of them, to favor a certain position favored by the industry.  Industry lobbies for regulations that support them.  Politicians control business through rules and regulations. They control the votes of those people who do not want to work by promising them anything they want for free, without sacrifice, work or effort, which makes that 50% of our taxpayers who pay no taxes dependent upon big government.  

Evidence of private sector problems

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portantly, tomorrow.  Income gains come from productivity increases that raise the standard of living for everybody.  Productivity increases come from the private sector, not from the government sector (the private sector gives, and the government takes). Productivity increases are what’s made this economy great.  And productivity increases can’t be realized without private investment.  Private investment is down because our economy’s cash is going to pay interest on the public debt instead of being reinvested in the economy. It costs government about $400 billion a year just to pay interest on the debt. Imagine our economy if that money went into business investment annually. Like Japan, over the last 15 years, U.S. public debt has soared; continued increases in government debt plague the future. The Japanese savings rate has gone from a high of 26% in 1989 to 0% now because of tax demands to service the debt accumulated by its government. This is exactly the direction in which we’re headed. And the Japanese stock market is less than 1/3 of its value more than 20 years ago. Since 2009, each household’s share of the public debt has almost doubled to $201,000.  Every five minutes of our lives, the federal government increases national debt by $7.5 million. What? Yes: See USDebtClock.org.  The deficit has averaged almost $1.5 trillion a year the last five years, and the national debt has increased almost $7.5 trillion, accounting for about half of our current national debt of $15.7 trillion. Five banks hold 56% of the deposits in our economy. The president promised to break up the “too big to fail policy.”  The banks have, instead, consolidated their power and increased their deposit base. This is further evidence of how the consolidation of power among large institutions undermines the private sector. The reason the government

won’t use the anti-trust laws to break up the banks is that those banks are the primary source of campaign money. Moreover, those banks own a considerable amount of stock in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which is the bank that sets the interest rates. About 10% of our population remains unemployed, and the real-estate market cannot be substantially improved with high unemployment. Money going to pay interest on the deficit goes to bankers in interest payments instead of to industry to create more jobs.  

What to do with investment funds?

The stock market is likely to continue to go nowhere. The fundamentals of this recession suggest the market ought to be much lower than 13,000 points.  Whenever the market sells off, however, we have another QE (printing money), which props up the stock market. To stay even with inflation, and to compound your money, is a difficult undertaking.  Real assets, like gold, silver and real estate, are likely to do best in a highly indebted, highly regulated economy.  Gold and silver act as a hedge against currency purchasing power deterioration from debt build-up, but they pay no dividends. Real estate, particularly income producing, can be an investment that will increase in value with inflation, and perhaps advance ahead of inflation.  High-grade companies with a record of increasing dividends annually, when priced right, can be a good investment in an economy like ours. The following high-grade stocks are currently priced right, with yields of 3% or more: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Chevron, Emerson Electric, Philip Morris and Sysco. The rest of the market has so much risk attached to it that for the conservative investor, non-dividend paying stocks are best avoided.  Caveat Emptor. George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief executive officer of Bradenton-based General Propeller and a former Wall Street investment banker.

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By Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

ALEX LANCASTER

St. Armands Key resident Alex Lancaster is a workers compensation and personalinjury lawyer. He’s lived in the Sarasota area for 40 years and has been a member of Sarasota Yacht Club for eight years. He enjoys skiing more than any other sport, but also plays bridge, does water sports, plays pool and bocce ball. He and his wife, Maureen, participate in monthly bocce ball tournaments. He’s even won a few of them. What got you started playing bocce ball? (It started by) joining the club. We do this just for fun. What’s your favorite part of playing? Companionship, fun and camaraderie. What’s the most difficult aspect or the most frustrating? It’s not hard, it’s just fun. Sometimes the unevenness of the ground makes it hard. If you hit a big divot, then it can push the ball off track. Where’s the prettiest place you’ve ever played bocce ball? Sarasota Yacht Club. What is the breakfast of champions? Omelets with cheese and ham. If you could play bocce ball with any person dead or a live, who would it be and why? Abe Lincoln, because I admire him. If you could have any superhero power what would it be? Swaying all judges with a single quote.

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Time John Dowd and his crew on the boat, Iguana, finished on a 4.68-mile course for the Sunday Night ‘A’ Series April 6 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The team took first place in the multi-hull division.

Place Jim and Ann Johnson took in couples bridge Tuesday, April 24, at Sarasota Yacht Club.

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By Brian Gunnell | American Contract Bridge League

The power of deduction This is not the most swashbuckling auction ever to appear in Bridge Bites, but the deal does provide a test for Declarer’s powers of deduction. Cover up the E-W hands if you would like to test your own powers. West leads the J♣ won by East’s Ace, and it takes half a nanosecond for East to find the Q♥ shift. You could duck Hearts twice, hoping that West has the doubleton A♥, but that would give East five Hearts, and he would be un-

likely to sell out to 1♠ in that case. So, you hopefully play the K♥, taken by West’s Ace. Two more Hearts are won by East’s JT♥, then a Club, which you win. The A♠ and K♠ are cashed, followed by the J♠ to East’s Queen (West following). Back comes East’s last trump, and decision time has arrived! You’ve already lost five tricks, and must avoid the loss of two Diamonds if you are to make your contract. A Diamond

to the Jack? Or a Diamond to the King? Do you have your guessing shoes on? Guess? What guess? Let’s reflect upon East’s bidding. Oh, that’s right, he didn’t bid — which is the whole point of this hand. So far, East has shown up with A♣, QJ♥ and Q♠. That’s nine highcard points (HCP). Can East also have the A♦? Absolutely not! He passed originally; that A♦ would give him 13 HCP and too much for said pass. So, you lead a

Diamond toward the board, West smoothly plays low, and you rise majestically with the K♦, making seven tricks thanks to a little deduction. Post Script: Upon winning the A♥, West would have done better to shift fiendishly to a low Diamond, putting Declarer to the test in that suit before all the clues had been collected! Visit www.acbl.org for more about the game of bridge or email marketing@acbl.org. Contact Brian Howard, owner/ director of the Bridge Center of Bradenton, at 795-8981.

BRIDGE HAND Vulnerable: Both

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IT’S READ EVERYWHERE INDIA. George D. Ritchie attempts to read his Longboat Observer at the windy Bay of Bengal in southern India. It may be a 10.5-hour time difference between Longboat Key and the Tamil Nadu province, but Ritchie still kept up with his hometown news.

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EL CONQUISTADOR - Water view Spanish style 5BR LBK BAyFRONT ESTATE LOT - 100’ frontage hacienda estate on 1 acre w/ 2 level pool area. A3946054 $995,000 to build dream home w/deeded beach access. A3937319 $1,975,000

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BAy ISLES RESIDENCE – Beautifully designed 6,000 sf 5BR residence in this exclusive neighborhood w/ deep water dockage. A3959515 $3,799,000

COUNTRy CLUB SHORES – Canal front new construction residence will contain 3,300sf, 4BR, office and all the upgrades. A3958487 $1,395,000

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Items Under $200 For Sale BRIDGE SETS: Samsonite (2): table and four chairs. Blue! $100 for each set! 941-383-2120. DOG STROLLER for 1 or 2. Perfect. Must. see. Was $175. Now $65. 941-383-9770. FAX MACHINE: Brother, $30. New sofa bed, white, $169. 941-383-8733. LADIES ITALIAN Bike, 20 in. Bike also folds, easy transportation, $25. Phone 941-488-3843.

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. BRADENTON BOAT CLUB -- HIGH AND DRY STORAGE LONGBOAT AMENITIES WITH CORTEZ PRICING. Only $11.00 per ft., per month 12 months, $11.50 per ft, per month 6 months. Located on Cortez Rd, 1600 ft. of the most beautiful, peaceful canal in West Florida, lands you in the Intercoastal waterway. Unlimited daily use of the facility and launching to include: engine flushing and boat washdown. Full mechanical service, Detailing Service and boat sales. COME SEE US NOW, 1st month $200.00 regardless of size of boat. We have grown 250% in the last year and will soon be at full capacity. Call 941-795-3625 doug@bradentonboatclub.com FOR SALE OR RENT, fantastic high and dry boat slip, superb S. Longboat location. Call 941-371-1866. LBK MOORINGS Slip Rental, 65’ Open Water View (R/8) Dock, $500/per month annual. 813-500-0566. SLIP ON Longboat Key. $11/ft Secure environment, scenic Buttonwood Hbr area. 941-302-3440.

Boats 36’ HYDRASPORT 2008: Triple Yamahas, 100 hours, Amazing boat. New Bradenton High & Dry, 12160 Cortez Rd. $129K. Dave, 228-3489. Boat Cleaning. *Wash, Hand Wax Interior. Stainless, Upholstery+, $100-$200 or Full Detail “The Works” available. 941-228-3489. We actually show up! Boats are selling very well, many in less than 2 weeks. Let’s talk about selling your boat. 10K - 100K+. I buy boats too. Keeping it simple. “Business on a Handshake”. Island Boat Sales. 941-228-3489. SEARAY AMBERJACK, Sport Cruiser. 38/ft. includes bow pulpit and swim platform. Beam: 13’5”, gas MerCruiser motors, port motor 100 hours, starboard motor 1,000 hours. Asking price $82,000. 612-840-5640.

DID WE get your attention? You bet we did! Make your ad us stand out withatCOLOR. Visit online Only in The Observer Classifieds. www.yourobserver.com Call 941-955-4888 to advertise.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales MOVING SALE 9a.m.-2p.m. - Sat., May 5 301 72nd St. Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island Between Palm & Holmes Blvd. La-z-Boy recliner sofa and 2 matching recliners, twin bedroom set, queen bedroom set, 4 rattan bar chairs, pair of twin beds, light wood dining set, coffee and end table set, 44" Sylvania flat panel TV, area rugs, fireplace tools, beach chairs, computer table, lamps, stemware, Compound mitre saw, hand tools, circular saw, router table, table saw, yard tools, gas grill, patio set, linens, full kitchen, & lots of small appliances.

Condos For Sale 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. FULL AND UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW of Gulf and beach from every room and both balconies. Sunsets are viewed year round from both patios. One balcony offers views of Ringling Bridge, Sarasota and its night lights. 2/2 behind the gates in Privateer North, all amenities. Priced to sell quickly at $599,900, 941-587-8572. LIDO BEACH Penthouse, 3BR, 2BA. City and bay views. $749,000. David or Lois Trotochau, Yacht Harbor Realty, 941-388-6400. LONGBOAT KEY Club. By Owner. Private club suite, tennis, view, 650/sq.ft. $299,900. 708-267-6704.

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SALE BY JULIE MCCLURE Pix: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.estatesales.net

3 BED 3 bath Home, 900 feet from Siesta Beach access. $2900.00 month. 1st, last, and security. Annual 941-320-6000.

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.

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BEACHPLACE, LBK. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available April through December, $2000/mo. Also available January through March, $5000/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950. LBK BEACHPLACE Delightful 3 BR/ 2BR corner apartment. Two balconies with private walk-down access. Tastefully furnished, parking, heated pool, tennis courts, exercise room. Non-smoking, by owner. Available year-round $3500/mo or monthly (negotiable depending on season). Call 847-431-1822 or email lissacolby@aol.com

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals BEACHFRONT LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Rare 3BR/2.5BA with beautiful views of Gulf of Mexico. Remodeled kitchen and baths, W/D, pool, tennis, spa, photos available. lburton177@aol.com or 941-953-3438 BEACHPLACE 3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749

FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION 16TH FAIRWAY MISTY CREEK COUNTRY CLUB. 11 Room Executive Home 4BR/3BA, Brazilian cherry cabinets kitchen & baths. Stainless appliances, granite countertops, customer interior decorating, cherry hardwood floors. Heated pool & spa. Huge lanai, 3 car garage. $629,000. 941-780-2993. COREY'S LANDING VILLA 3 BR/3BA- 2,480 sq. ft. Golf Course and Lake View with Southern Exposure, Har-Tru Tennis Courts and Heated Community Pool -Beach Club. Offered Furnished @ $529,999 Barbara Shapiro, Broker/Owner, Sarasota Style Realty, Inc. 941-388-2135.

www.FLvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 877-705-2460 LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available May, Oct., Dec. 2012 only. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884.

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941-225-1356 UNIVERSITY PARK C.C. Upscale renovation on unique custom courtyard home w/separate guest suite & 3 car garage. Gutted in 2007 & rebuilt with quality finishes. Ray Routh custom cabinetry, 24" travertine thru out, exotic granites & marble. Private courtyard pool/spa. $799,900. Owner/Agent 941-544-0214.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR: Fall 2012 through Feb. 2013. 2BR/2BA, Bay View, Private Beach, Second floor. Non-smoking. No pets. 410-984-4435, andytanchel@verizon.net

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

BEACHPLACE CONDOMINIUMS for Rent, special summer rates on Longboat Key! Units are: 2 bedroom, fully furnished, with covered parking, WiFi and cable included. Seeking tenants looking for a Summer or Fall-stay, rates are negotiable. Steps to the beach and minutes from St. Armand's Circle. To view the properties, please email kimberley@kpaa.ca

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DIRECT GULF Front. Large 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, desirable location. Full Gulf views from every room. No Smoking. No Pets. 201-694-9222.

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

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.

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

3BR/2BA Longboat Key canal front home with boat dock. Unfurnished. 5 minute walk to beach/ restaurants. Annual rental: $1800/mo. dwestbamberg@aol.com 941-778-6601.

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COMMERCIAL LOT with boat dock. 407 Pine Ave Anna Maria $399k or build to suite 2000/SF commercial space @ $4/month and/or 3BR/2BA apartment $1,900/month. Great investment on best street in Anna Maria. 813-340-4420.

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Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 WASHER/ DRYER IN EVERY UNIT BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS “Take our video tour at” LARGE HEATED POOL www.casadelmar.net GULFSIDE

Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE Wireless High Speed Internet 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 “Where People Return Year After Year”

WASHER/ DRYER IN EVERY UNIT “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS LARGE HEATED POOL GULFSIDE LBK SEAPLACE - Available January-April. Lovely FREE 2BR, Wireless fully equipped, W/D Internet in unit, lanai, High Speed garden view, steps to beach, pool, tennis, full clubhouse Great!Year Non-smoking/pets. “Whereamenities. People Return After Year” 770-314-6321. “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal LBK SEAPLACE - Available January-April. Lovely 2BR, fully equipped, W/D in unit, lanai, garden view, steps to beach, pool, tennis, full Resort Properties, Inc. clubhouse amenities. Great! Non-smoking/pets. Licensed Real Estate Broker 770-314-6321. Full Service Condominium Management 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly 941-650-1857 - Monthly - Seasonal Visit us at: resortproperties.pro Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom Full Service Condominium condos overlooking beautifulManagement Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 1-800-734-3370. 941-650-1857 VisitKEY. us at: resortproperties.pro LONGBOAT Beautiful full view, 2BR/2BA, on bay, across street from beach. Prefer 3 or 4 month rental. Call Bob, 502-216-5255. LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Beach. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, Lido heated pool Lido Dorset. Weekly rates. condo. on beach, 1BR/1BA condo,Rental full kitchen, 1-800-734-3370. dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful full view, 2BR/2BA, on bay, across street from beach. Prefer 3 or 4 month rental. Call Bob, 502-216-5255.

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www.yourobserver.com Vacation/Seasonal Rentals LONGBOAT KEY: SUNSET BEACH condo: beachfront, direct Gulf, 3BR/2BA, 3 balconies, gated community, heated pool. 2 month min. Available January 1 - April 30. $6500/mo. By owner, 860-633-3545 or 860-633-2502.

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ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely Vacation/Seasonal Rentals furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May LONGBOAT KEY: SUNSET BEACH condo: through January. 351-5101. beachfront, direct$1600/mo. Gulf, 3BR/2BA, 3 balconies, gated community, heated pool. 2 month min. PLAYERS CLUB - Direct Gulf!30. Upscale 2BR/3BA. Available January 1 - April $6500/mo. By Available December 1st. No smoking. 4 month owner, 860-633-3545 or 860-633-2502. minimum. 847-634-1991. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely SEAPLACE: 2012.living, January, furnished, cable,DECEMBER, phone, full kitchen, dining February, 2013. 2BR/2BA, floor, May fully area, W/DMarch in building. Weekly or first Monthly. equipped. Non-smoking. month minimum. through January. $1600/mo. 2351-5101. $3500/mo. 941-383-9246. PLAYERS CLUB - Direct Gulf! Upscale 2BR/3BA. Cottage The Sandpiper Charming newer home Available December 1st.- No smoking. 4 month on LBK. 1 block to beach. No busy roads to cross. minimum. 847-634-1991. 2BR +Loft. Nice decor. Heated community pool. No pets. No Smoking. 3 mo. min. or long term. SEAPLACE: DECEMBER, 2012. January, Owner/Agent, 941-544-0214. February, March 2013. 2BR/2BA, first floor, fully

equipped. Non-smoking. 2 month minimum. TOWN HOUSE in SEAPLACE Condo, complete $3500/mo. 941-383-9246. and nicely furnished 2BR/2.5BA, steps to the beach, spacious lanai+- terraces, kitchen, Cottage The Sandpiper Charming full newer home living, dining area, (sauna, gym, on LBK. 1 block to beach beach.club No busy roads totennis, cross. w/pool), walk to the beach, breathtaking 2BR +Loft. Niceout decor. Heated community pool. sunsets. for pictures if interested. No pets. Ask No Smoking. 3 mo. min. or longRental: term. Jan.-May $3,950, June-Dec. $1,900, 2 mo. min. Owner/Agent, 941-544-0214. Full year $2350/mo. mandalka@gmx.de TOWN HOUSE in SEAPLACE Condo, complete WEEKLY Luxurious, fully furnished and nicelyRENTALS. furnished 2BR/2.5BA, steps to the 1 - 4 bedrooms. beach, spacious Condominiums lanai+ terraces,and fullCottages. kitchen, Beachdining to Bay.area, On-site management. tennis, living, beach club (sauna,Pools, gym, tennis, boat slips. for w/pool), walk Visit: out towww.FloridaRent.com the beach, breathtaking information 800-333-7335, sunsets. Askand for virtual picturestours. if interested. Rental: 941-383-3117. Jan.-May $3,950, June-Dec. $1,900, 2 mo. min. Full year $2350/mo. mandalka@gmx.de WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4Weekly/ bedrooms. Condominiums andRates Cottages. Monthly/ Seasonal Beach to Bay. On-site management. tennis, Beachfront, Bayfront and In Pools, Between boat slips. Visit: www.FloridaRent.com for Houses or Condos information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

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

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Caregivers/Companions  Hourly 24/7 Care Phone: 941-809-3725 Toll Free: 877-507-4040 License #230506/ #1194 ALTERNATIVE TO nursing home. Beautiful, private room/ bath available in private care home in Sarasota. Alzheimer's and Hospice Caregivers/Companions Care  Hourly patients welcome. Excellent local 24/7 references. 941-350-7907.Phone: 941-809-3725 Toll Free: 877-507-4040 License #230506/ #1194 CARING COMPANION SERVICES Dr. Appts., Shopping, Social Outings, ALTERNATIVE TO nursing Cooking, home. Laundry, Beautiful, Daily Walks, Housekeeping, private room/ bath Bookavailable Reading in private care home in Sarasota. Alzheimer's and Hospice patients welcome. Excellent local references. www.caringcompanionservices.com 941-350-7907. Lic. #232533 Bonded and Insured Free in-home consultation CARING COMPANION SERVICES 941-320-9111 or 941-320-4886 Dr. Appts., Shopping, Social Outings, Daily Walks, Housekeeping, Cooking, Laundry, Book Readingavailable P/T-F/T. EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER Private care for loved ones. Excellent background www.caringcompanionservices.com and references. 941-735-7769. Lic. #232533 Bonded and Insured FreeCARE in-home consultation GOOD LIFE Affordable Homemaking 941-320-9111 or 941-320-4886 owned, and Companionship, Locally/privately 941-822-0092, www.goodlifecare4u.com Because you deserve GLC! HCS#232400 EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER available P/T-F/T. Private care for loved ones. Excellent background and references. 941-735-7769.

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WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! GOOD LIFE CARE Any Affordable Homemaking Any Make, Any Model, Condition. andTitle Companionship, owned, No - No Problem! Locally/privately Bank Lien - No Problem! 941-822-0092, www.goodlifecare4u.com Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at Because you deserve GLC! HCS#232400 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive WE VEHICLE!!! yourWANT car to TO the BUY NorthYOUR and back. 941-713-1596. Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Cleaning Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL/ Resorts/ 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298. Schools/ Churches/ House Checks. We take pleasure pleasing our customers. AutoinTransport 941-756-4570. RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car toComputer the North and back. 941-713-1596. Services

Visa/ MC Ask about our special rates! 800-352-0367 Wagner Realty 1939 5360 Gulf ofSince Mexico Dr., Suite 101 www.wagnerrentals.com Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F

Cmagik - LBK resident, servicing our island year Cleaning round for over 12 yrs. Bachelors Degree with RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL/ Resorts/ 20 yrs. experience, PC or MAC. Professional help Schools/ Churches/ Houseand tutoring. Checks. with computers, iPad/iPhones We take pleasure in pleasing our customers. References upon request. 941-756-4570. Call Cort: 383-3878, 587-5588 cmagik.com

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ROGER SELLS WATER CLUB The Water Club is one of the most desirable Gulf front communities on the south end of Longboat Key. From the wonderful beach, pool and clubhouse to the tennis courts and excellent security, this is resort-style living at its best. The floor plans vary in size, though all offer generous terraces, high ceilings and luxurious finishes. Views may include the Gulf, heated pool, the bay or downtown Sarasota.

waterclubnorth1102.com Enjoy direct Gulf and bay views from this rarely available 4BR penthouse that includes a private, 2 car garage. Exquisitely furnished – including original art. $2,895,000

ROGER SELLS HARBOUR LINKS

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Surround yourself in luxury behind the gates of Longboat Key’s Bay Isles. Harbour Links residences are everything that represents luxury southern living.

BAY ISLES COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Bay Isles is a private, bayfront com- 601yardarmlane.com munity located behind the Harbourside Just three in from the bay, this 3BR/3BA has vaulted ceilings, INGoutdoor living NDglorious gates of the Longboat Key Club. PE and big views of the bay. $849,000

1857morrillstreet.com Downtown Sarasota. Studio, residence, or commercial venture. 2BR/2BA plus garage; ample parking. $424,000

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561harborcovecircle.com Full-bay view with over 185' of water frontage. Open floor plan. $1,995,000

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1125bogeylane.com Tuscan-style home looking down the canal toward the bay. Major landscaping and interior renovation. $759,000 512cutterln.com Charming 3BR/2BA on deep water canal has been lovingly updated. $599,000

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Secluded southwest facing golf course villa with a 2 car garage! 3BR plus den, lovingly updated. Pet-friendly. $699,000

ROGER SELLS 360 NORTH

regencyhouse404.com Terrific downtown oversized 2BR/2BA in the heart of Sarasota. Walk to Marina Jacks. Spacious rooms, lots of storage. $379,000

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521harborcaydrive.com 3BR/3.5BA plus den in Harbor Section. Recently updated, elevated ceilings. Wonderful waterfront. $1,525,000

360 North is a quiet, charming community of beachfront townhomes located on north Longboat Key’s stretch of pristine white sandy beach with stunning azure waters.

3969robertspointroad.com On one of Siesta’s most coveted streets, this deep-water home offers lovely views and great space. $1,495,000

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grandbay446.com Furnished; overlooks marina, downtown, golf course; 2 parking spaces. $1,495,000 grandbay466.com Ideal location in Bldg 4; marina, bay, city and Gulf views! Furnished. $1,395,000 grandbay261.com 3BR/3.5BA, Antigua with views of bay, pool, golf course, and downtown from wraparound terraces. $1,049,000

3386bayoulane.com Overlooking Harbourside Golf Course and its lakes, this 4,500+ sq. ft. home is ready for you and your family! $875,000

seaplaceg7109.com Completely renovated, 2BR/2BA with walkout to beach. Furnished. $359,000

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Direct Gulf, 3BR beach house in small, private community on north Longboat Key. Swimming pool and elevator. $1,095,000

SANCTUARY 545sanctuarydrivea201.com Ascot plan offers Gulf and pool views. 3BR/3.5BA plus bonus room. $1,599,000

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seaplaceg1211.com Spacious 2BR/2BA with separate upstairs living area. Light and bright and literally steps to the beach. $349,000 3440bayousound.com seaplaceg4204.com Lovely and ready to enjoy! Family room, Terrific value, this 2BR is located in the new kitchen and sunny pool area. $699,000 popular G-4 building. $299,000

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