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Mote Aquarium hosts sea of people for World Oceans Day. PAGE 17A.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Overlay discussion delayed Now you know: The Longboat Key Town Commission will continue its overlay discussion for Whitney Beach Plaza Thursday, June 21.

Photos courtesy of Mary Lou Johnson, Mary Lou Johnson Photography

+ Buried beach beauties relax Local photographer Mary Lou Johnson captured this group of four cousins on the beach in the 6000 block of Longboat Key. Instead of being waist deep in the waves, these girls had fun on the beach waist deep in sand.

+ Harry’s helps LBK Turtle Watch Last week, the Longboat Key Turtle Watch received a check for its primary fundraiser, “Fiesta De Las Tortugas,” held in May, at Harry’s Continental Kitchens. Hal Christensen, manager of Harry’s Continental Kitchens, presented the $945 check to Turtle Watch members. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Lazy Lobster, Pattigeorge’s, Square 1 Burgers & Bar, Kay Thayer at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and Mary Lou Johnson Photography helped raise additional money by donating items that were raffled off. The proceeds support field work, education projects and sea turtle-related work at Mote Marine Laboratory. 

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Nests...............................50 False crawls.....................35 2012 2011 Nests 125 62 False crawls 77 45

The size of the crowd Monday at Town Hall suggested that many residents knew last month’s Whitney Beach overlay district discussion would continue Monday night, because many audience members filled out forms indicating that they wanted to speak. At last month’s meeting, the

commission removed Whitney Beach references on first reading from proposed amendments to its Comprehensive Plan, eliminating the possibility of an overlay. At the Town Commission regular meeting Monday, following a motion by Commissioner Lynn Larson, the commission


added Whitney Beach back into the amendments, allowing for an overlay, but deleted language that would have made heights of up to 55 feet possible. Removal of height guidelines means that the properties’ heights would be regulated by their underlying zoning — a maximum of 30 feet for three

included properties and 40 feet for two properties. When the amendments were approved on first reading last month, the commission heard from many Village residents who spoke out against the overlay, particularly the possibility of structures of up to 55 feet. On Monday, the commission


by Robin Hartill and Kurt Schultheis | Observer Staff

Town manager presents balanced budget The budget presented does not include tax hikes for residents and cost-of-livingadjustments and merit increases for employees. SEE STORY / PAGE 2A Actual 2011-12 Budget 2011-12 Budget 2012-13 5,367,560 5,010,163 4,756,000 Beginning Balance Designated for Red Tide 0 50,000 50,000 0 250,000 250,000 Designated for Contingencies 0 1,000,000 1,000,000 Reserved for Pension 5,367,560 3,710,163 3,456,000 Unreserved Beginning Balance

$ Change -254,163 0 0 0 -254,163

% Change -5.07% 0% 0% 0% -6.85%

Revenues Taxes Franchise Fees Intergovernmental Charges for Services Local Business Tax Fines & Forfeits Miscellaneous Total Revenues Transfers: All Funds Total Revenues w/o Contingency Prior Year Surplus — Red Tide Prior Year Surplus — Contingency Total Revenues and Transfers

8,903,229 980,723 1,197,509 825,047 166,731 10,840 609,610 12,693,689 1,891,370 14,585,059 0 0 14,585,059

8,499,099 1,081,000 1,461,780 735,500 160,000 40,800 281,800 12,259,979 2,012,605 14,272,584 50,000 278,000 14,600,584

8,361,765 988,000 1,410,280 684,650 160,000 40,800 422,100 12,067,595 2,746,305 14,813,900 50,000 250,000 15,113,900

-137,334 -93,000 -51,500 -50,850 0 0 140,300 -192,384 733,700 541,316 0 -28,000 513,316

-1.62% -8.60% -3.52% -6.91% 0% 0% 49.79% -1.57% 36.46% 3.79% 0% -10.07% 3.52%

Expenditures Town Commission Town Attorney Other Attorneys Town Manager Town Clerk Human Resources Finance Department Information Technology Planning Zoning/Code Enforcement Police Department Fire Department Emergency Management Municipal Buildings Public Works Department Recreation Parks Department Streets Department Tennis Center Total General Fund Expenditures

39,368 412,394 80,556 645,648 324,663 111,833 497,356 657,444 581,151 2,265,741 3,987,114 24,964 134,792 478,266 72,654 81,696 507,134 497,467 14,942,456

34,000 384,800 62,500 369,539 320,094 107,268 485,232 665,526 535,203 2,296,941 3,833,205 19,550 115,000 548,526 35,755 85,095 502,289 426,093 14,596,784

30,150 347,000 62,500 352,280 317,291 106,951 485,096 611,892 508,907 2,165,390 3,716,692 8,500 110,875 536,873 34,143 80,050 485,246 469,000 15,113,900

-3,850 -37,800 0 -17,259 -2,803 -317 -136 -53,634 -26,296 -131,551 -116,513 -11,050 -4,125 -11,653 -1,612 -5,045 -17,043 42,907 517,116

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Classifieds ........ 26A Cops Corner....... 12A

Crossword.......... 25A Opinion.................8A

Real Estate........ 18A Weather............. 25A

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BUDGET FROM PAGE 1A 7% increase in employee pension costs. But, because of higher-thanexpected property values, the commission won’t have to take money out of the $1 million the commission reserved in the general fund to offset pension costs or use any of the unreserved fund balance to pay for pension contributions. The proposed budget does not include cost-of-living adjustments or merit increases for town employees, however, Bullock wrote that he “would like to revisit employee pay and total compensation during the upcoming year.” The budget identifies several areas for expenditure reductions, including: • Leaving a police officer position vacant, at a savings of $100,000; • Reduction of town attorney costs anticipated at $37,800; • Use of staff from a temptype agency to fill the position of a retiring information-technology employee and reducing computer software and professional services costs, saving $53,634; • Eliminating a weathersubscription service that costs $11,050. The commission will continue its budget discussions during a special workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Longboat Key Town Hall. A recommended budget will be presented to the commission by Aug. 1, and the budget will be adopted on second reading at a special meeting in late September.


heard from both supporters and opponents of the overlay. But a few residents weren’t sure if — or why — Whitney Beach would be up for discussion again. Before the Comprehensive Plan came up for discussion, during the public comments portion of the meeting, former Commissioner Gene Jaleski asked if the commissioners could take a poll to let the large audience know whether they planned to discuss the overlay. Mayor Jim Brown said it wasn’t time for the Comp Plan discussion. But when it was time for the Comp Plan, audience members didn’t just express support and opposition, but also, confusion. Resident Larry Grossman asked the commission why it was discussing language that had been removed. “Right now it’s commenting on the ghost that isn’t there,” he said of discussions. Attorney Dan Bailey attended the meeting at the request of Longbeach Village residents Craig Walters and his wife, Georgia. Earlier in the meeting, Walters gave a presentation about a “Village in the Park” concept that would be similar to Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue. Bailey said that, in this case, the process of a first and second reading had become confusing. “I think with the way this one has been handled, there is some confusion about the process,” he said. “The problem is that the notice that was published is broad. The way it’s been skinnied down by the discussion has lent confusion.” Possibly some residents stayed home, thinking that the commis-

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A public hearing about an overlay district for Whitney Beach Plaza will be continued at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Town Hall. sion had already “placed a stake in the heart” of the issue last month, Bailey said. Brown had trouble believing that the public didn’t know about the discussion. “Based on the comments I’ve heard tonight, I don’t think anyone knew it was taken out,” he said of the references to Whitney Beach. The statement drew both applause and jeers from the audience. “It was crossed out,” one audience member yelled. Like any deletion of Comprehensive Plan language, the Whitney Beach references were crossed out on the amendments published on the town’s website, The state requires that changes to legislative documents be distinguished to clarify what has been changed. Town Planner Ric Hartman explained what an overlay is and why it was unlikely to result in a rumored large hotel or any other massive development. He compared the uses of each property included in an overlay to pieces of a puzzle that can be moved around but can’t be expanded. “There is a set amount of land devoted to each use,” he said.

“You can’t expand that use if that isn’t allowed.” Hartman said that a developer would still have to go through the outline-development and siteplan processes to use an overlay district. Town Attorney David Persson told the commission that it had met its legal requirement by advertising that a public hearing on amendments to the future landuse elements of the Comprehensive Plan would take place, but he added a note of caution. “If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 3,000 years of practicing law, it’s that just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s right.” Persson suggested that the commission continue the public hearing if it wanted to add the language back to the amendments. Commissioner Phill Younger was hesitant about continuing the hearing and was supportive of voting that night. “I think this is a never-ending story,” he said. “This has been vetted very thoroughly.” But, just to be sure the public was properly notified about the discussion, commissioners voted to continue the public hearing to a 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21 meeting, at Longboat Key Town Hall.


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Read his lips: no new taxes. Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock distributed a proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget to commissioners Friday, June 1, that is flat compared to last year’s budget and, as expected, includes no tax increases. Based on the town’s current millage rate of 1.8872 mills, the town would generate $8,362,000 in ad valorem revenues, or $137,000 less when compared to a year ago. One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget was prepared based on an estimated 1.7% drop in ad-valorem property values, a smaller decline than the 3% for which town staff initially prepared. Nonad valorem revenues, meanwhile, are estimated to be approximately $55,000 lower when compared to last year’s adopted budget. Many Key residents who have properties with a homestead exemption, though, will see increases in their property values. Additionally, the town is preparing for a $93,000 drop, or 8.6% reduction, in franchise fees, mostly from FPL, much of which has been attributed to a mild winter. The total operating expenditures budgeted for next year is $13,939,177 — about 0.2% less than last year’s budgeted $13,966,784. The balanced budget comes in the middle of several cost increases the town will experience in the next year, including a 13% hike in required pension contributions and a




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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Town, Key Club make cases to appeals court The town of Longboat Key and Longboat Key Club and Resort asked the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland to grant a review of a ruling that favored the Islandside Property Owners Coalition and two condominium associations.

The Longboat Key Club and Resort has yet to break ground on its proposed $400 million Islandside redevelopment-andexpansion plans in the four years since it was unveiled, but the plan is definitely going places. First, it went to Temple Beth Israel for 22 public hearings. Then, it was off to the Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center. The latest stop happened Tuesday, June 5, at the Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Courthouse in Lakeland, where the Second District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the town’s and Key Club’s second-tier challenge of a decision by Sarasota Judge Charles Roberts. Roberts had granted a writ of certiorari to the Islandside Property Owners Coalition and L’Ambiance and Sanctuary condominium associations in their challenge of the development order approved by the Longboat Key Town Commission in June 2010.

Judges Nelly Khouzam, Edward LaRose and Robert Morris Jr. heard the case, in which both sides had 20 minutes to present arguments. In its petition, the town asked the appeals court to quash the circuit court’s order. The Key Club is paying for all town costs associated with the appeal. Tampa attorney Sylvia Walbolt, shareholder of Carlton Fields, argued on behalf of the town that the 12th Judicial Circuit essentially reweighed evidence from the commission hearings in granting the writ. The court singled out testimony from the town’s former Planning Zoning & Building Director, Monica Simpson, that supported disapproval of the project without mentioning a

“mountain of evidence” that would have supported its approval, Walbolt said. As an example, Walbolt said that town codes’ had a clear formula for determining the site’s parking needs; however, the court, instead, focused on town staff testimony in which they expressed concerns about parking during special events. “What is cited is always evidence that is contrary to the approval,” she said. In his December ruling, Roberts found that the development order approved commercial uses that weren’t spelled out as a permitted use in the Gulf-planned development district, which allows for a mix of residential and nonresidential uses. However, Walbolt cited testimony from Simpson in which she said that anything without an “R” in front of it — i.e. “resi-


dential” — was typically understood as the undefined “nonresidential” under town code. Nonresidential was understood to mean a number of uses, including tourism, commercial, office and marina, according to the testimony. In the town’s petition and in court, Walbolt argued that the Circuit Court should only have looked at whether there was competent substantial evidence to support the town’s issuance of development order and that local zoning regulations should be applied and constructed to favor property owners when possible, according to principles of Florida law. But Robert Lincoln, who represents IPOC and the condominium associations, argued that the key issue was the appeals court’s jurisdiction. For the court to grant second-tier review, he argued, it would have to deter-


’TIS THE SEASON by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Commission to come together for Dry Dock meeting A quorum of commissioners agreed to meet at the end of the month to consider a request from the Dry Dock.

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Cousins Noah Crisp and Griffin White learn a hands-on lesson during World Oceans Day Saturday, June 2, at Mote Marine Laboratory. For the story and more photos, see page 17A.

developing relationship

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Colony board wants to meet its match Three developers who have submitted past proposals for the Colony have expressed interest in trying again. Last month, the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association’s board voted to end its relationship with development partner Club Holdings Ventures LLC. Now, at least three former suitors — i.e., developers who submitted past proposals for redeveloping the 237-unit shuttered resort — are hoping to woo the board, once again, and secure a role in the property’s future: W. Andrew “Andy” Adams’ AdamsMark L.P., the Naplesbased Coral Hospitality and Longboat Key resident Manfred Welfonder’s MW Corp. have expressed interest in redeveloping the property. Adams, a longtime unit owner and for-

mer board member, has a growing stake in the Colony. According to the Sarasota Clerk of the Court’s website,, his Colony Beach Investors LLC has purchased 42 units since March. Additionally, Adams has three units listed in his name, according to property records. Adams’ Breakpointe I LLC was foreclosing on overdue bank loans for longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s residential unit and beachfront Vagabond resort unit, however, the parties reached a confidential settlement during mediation in April. Adams expressed interest in his company being a developer and operator of

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the Colony in an email Monday to board President Jay Yablon. AdamsMark was one of four final contenders for the redevelopment last year. In his email, he wrote that his company would be willing


You know the seasons of Longboat Key: There’s tourist season, then turtle-nesting season, most of which overlaps with hurricane season. But, there’s another season that you might not have heard about: planning season. It runs from September through June. But the town’s charter prohibits action on site-specific plans during July and August. Four Longboat Key town commissioners — the number needed for a quorum — agreed to come together one last time for the planning season on June 28 or June 29 to consider an application for a siteplan amendment submitted by Dry Dock Waterfront Grill owner Eric Hammersand. Hammersand wants 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. Approval of Hammersand’s request would allow him to add 1,107 square feet to the restaurant, enhancing its waterfront dining, but it wouldn’t change the restaurant’s seating capacity or parking requirements. The application is scheduled to go before the town’s Planning & Zoning Board at its 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 meeting. Town Manager David Bullock told the commission that if it heard the application at its Thursday, June 21 special meeting, the town would have just one day to advertise the plan. The commission discussed the possibility of advertising the hearing in advance, however, the plan that the town would advertise a related hearing could change during the P&Z hearing. Without the meeting, Hammersand would have had to wait until September to get commission approval, which, according to Mayor Jim Brown, could cause him to miss out on tourist season. Hammersand sought commission input at an April workshop, during which commissioners encouraged him to file an application.

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+ Former manager pleads not guilty Former Sand Cay Manager Judy Paul has pleaded not guilty on charges of first-degree grand theft in the amount of $100,000 or more and a scheme to defraud in the amount of $50,000 or more. Paul is accused of stealing more than $216,000 and allegedly depositing more than 50 unauthorized checks, funneling the majority into a personal account. A jury trial has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5.

+ Commission moves zoning changes forward The Longboat Key Town Commission voted 6-1 Monday, June 4 on first reading to move forward with changes to the town’s zoning code recommended by the Planning & Zoning Board in May. The changes eliminate the requirement that the commission issue findings of fact and clarify uses of certain districts and aspects of the planning process. Commissioner Hal Lenobel voted

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+ Town Hall braces for summer storms The town will hold a public outreach meeting about hurricane season from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, June 15, at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Officials from the police, fire rescue and Public Works departments will have information about how to prepare for hurricane season and flood awareness and will also have new county flood-insurance rate maps. For information, contact James Linkogle at 316-1988.

WEEKLY PUBLIX PROGRESS REPORT Publix continues to reach new heights, weekly, as concrete masonry blocks are stacked higher in the construction of the new store’s walls. The store closed in April and is scheduled to re-open in December. The store’s closure during hurricane season prompted Public Works Director Juan Florensa to remind residents during the Monday, June 4 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting that, as a result, they might have to alter their plans for buying emergency supplies. At the meeting, Florensa also accepted a proclamation designating June Flood and Hurricane Awareness Month.

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Swan turf tour goes swimmingly

I was under the impression that cygnets were “ugly ducklings.” This picture proves that is not the case.

David Novak gives Alan, Beverly and two cygnets feed. The cygnets can’t quite bottom feed. The parents get the protein pieces that sink to the bottom, and the cygnets swoop the floating corn pieces off the top. He took me toward the new swan pair that has temporarily taken over Vicki and Henry’s spot, because Vicki isn’t currently swimming. Novak knows the dividing line between every pair’s territory. But, the new pair didn’t come when they were beckoned like Alan and Beverly did. Novak is going to let nature take its course with this pair, which would relieve Novak from additional swan duties. Nesting is a big responsibility: feeding, vaccinations, cleaning the nest to prevent predators. The list goes on. Novak has spent a great deal of time with the Longboat Key swans during his daily visits; beLBKa full-time 2010 ing swankeeper is like job.

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Here is the new swan pair. Did you know that too much protein gives the swans what are called angel wings, and that angel wings prevent them from flying? I didn’t, until now. The female swans on Longboat Key have angel wings. Novak has special feed that keeps cygnets from getting too much protein. He shared all kinds of interesting info on our ride.

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One of the first things I learned about my responsibilities in covering Longboat Key was that I’d be writing updates on the resident swan population. Little did I know that once nesting season started, swan updates, from swankeeper David Novak would be my most highly anticipated emails. “I have breaking news for Vicki the swan!” I’d shout across my office. Vicki went through an intestinal infection that brought her to Save Our Seabirds on two separate occasions. It was a race for her life. “Any word on Vicki?” I’d regularly ask Novak. Luckily, she seems to have rallied and is in slow recovery. She’s gained some weight, but Novak still has to coax her into the water to get proper hydration. Once the cygnets hatched, Novak offered to take me on a bike tour of their turf. Last week I got to see Alan and Beverly’s two cygnets feed — they were so cute! But Alan and Beverly noticed me and started swimming away until they heard Novak’s familiar voice calling for them. He’s the swan whisperer. (Check out Novak’s swan prowess for yourself in the video I took at Two out of five of Alan and Beverly’s kin “made it.” Parent swans often weed out the weak cygnets, says Novak, who has a wealth of knowledge on the topic. He should — he’s been developing it since 2007.


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a bouquet of fresh fruit. At the time, I thought what a great idea.” The idea remained with him. He remembered it was an edible fruit arrangement. Noble checked and found franchises were available in Sarasota. “I really wanted to do something new,” he said. “So seven years ago, Cindy and I became entrepreneurs. It has been a real learning experience.” Fresh fruit is delivered daily, and the assembly crew comes in at seven a.m. Recently, the franchise went to a seven-daya-week operation. “That kind of stretches it for us,” he says. What does Noble like best about his new career? “Definitely my employees; they are kind of like my foster kids,” he says. “We help them with education programs and we have a strict work policy. You can’t be late or absent without a reason and can’t violate any health-department requirements.” Initially, Noble did all deliveries, but as the business has grown, up 400%, he has delivery trucks and a crew of drivers. “I have difficulty making hospital deliveries,” he says. “I forget I can’t enter the doctorsonly door but have to go to de-


Like so many other residents of Longboat Key, George Noble retired here with only thoughts of enjoying the good life. After a 34-year practice of neurology/ ophthalmology in Providence, R.I., he was ready. Noble and his wife, Cindy, first came to the Key as guests at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort in 1979 and became Colony owners in 1983. In 1995, they moved to Cedars East and became fulltime residents when he retired in 2002. Tennis buffs, the couple enjoyed playing the courts on the Key. Noble became an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key. For six years, he was a member of the Code Enforcement Board and served as chairman for three years. But, one day at 2:30 in the afternoon, having read at least two newspapers and played a couple of sets of tennis, Noble was asked himself, “What do I do now?” In 2002, he was hospitalized with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which left him bedridden for two weeks. His recovery took more than four months. “I remembered a nurse walking by my door carrying what I thought was a bouquet of flowers and several people were following her,” Noble said. “I was told it was something new,

After coming out of retirement to start a new business, Longboat Key resident George Noble is looking toward another change.

KEY CLUB / FROM PAGE 3A mine that one of three things occurred during first-tier review: that the court violated due process, departed from the essential requirements of law or failed to have findings supported by substantial evidence. The appeals court would have to find that not only did the Circuit Court misapply the law but did so in a particularly egregious manner, Lincoln argued. He said that the court found that the town’s codes were not unclear or ambiguous. “The court did an exemplary job of systematically emphasizing what the codes actually said,” Lincoln said. In her rebuttal, Walbolt said that the court must give the broadest interpretation possible to the code.

COLONY / FROM PAGE 3A to discuss a management agreement with Coral Hospitality, which was also among the four finalists. Adams wrote that his company is willing to show evidence of a $20 million letter of credit from a “reputable regional bank that has operations in Sarasota, Fla.” Coral Hospitality Chairman John Ayres Jr. sent a letter last week to Yablon expressing interest in his company becoming the Colony’s consultant/developer. In his letter, Ayres suggests that Coral Hospitality’s approach could involve renovating existing facilities and villas, a new hotel tower and beginning “immediately to solve the compliancy issues by putting our engineering team on site to begin the remodeling process of the beachfront villas and amenities.” Welfonder, whose company was one of six finalists, hasn’t given up on redeveloping the Colony since his proposal was eliminated last summer. He has contin-


“Does that mean I need to disregard a dictionary definition?” Judge Morris asked. The court shouldn’t enforce a code that is contrary to its intent, Walbolt said. The hearing lasted a little more than 40 minutes. If the court rules in favor of IPOC and the associations, it could issue a per curiam affirmed ruling, in which it would essentially uphold the lower court’s ruling and deny the town’s and Key Club’s petition without a written ruling. The court will issue a ruling if it finds in favor of the town and Key Club and could do the same if it upholds the granting of the petition to IPOC and the associations. A per curiam affirmed ruling could come in as little as two weeks. If the court writes an opinion, it could take anywhere from a few months to a year.

ued to make the case directly to unit owners for his proposal, which would include a complete rebuild. His company has submitted three proposals to the board since the end of 2007. In March, he and Sarasota developer Jay Tallman, president of Ascentia Group LLC, announced that they had teamed up in hopes of redeveloping the Colony. Welfonder wrote in a letter to Yablon that MW Group hopes to have a conceptual site plan and 3D renderings to the board and Klauber, as a representative of the “three-acre ownership group.” (Klauber retains control of approximately three acres at the center of the property.) The board had a four-hour conference call meeting Monday, which included a lengthy discussion of rehabilitation and rebuild options along with talk of how to move forward with the selection of a development partner. The board will likely pursue an expedited selection process that could include a deadline in the next few weeks for submitting proposals, according to Yablon.


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Catholic giant is awakened Rare is the occasion when the Sunday bulletins at Catholic Churches forfeit their normally pastoral cover pages for a message like the one on the front of St. Martha’s bulletin this past Sunday (see box). But the Catholic giant is fuming at Barack Obama and his abortion-contraceptive mandate, and this powerful giant is going to keep raging until it crushes the mandate and those in government who are leading the coercion. For the second time since this controversy erupted in March, Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank J. Dewane issued a letter to his Gulf Coast flock, castigating the mandate and exhorting Catholics “to be doers and defenders of the Faith.” We are reprinting Bishop’s Dewane letter below. We hope you read it. More important, heed it. He frames the issue mastefully. This is a test of our religious rights and freedom. It must be stopped. As he states: “If we do not act, this intrusion into our basic rights and freedoms will go unchecked, and who knows what might be next.” Indeed. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I come to you, once again, regarding the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate. As you recall, despite religious and moral objections, the mandate still requires all employers to provide, through their health insurance plans, abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives. Unfortunately, the government has continued to defend this egregious violation of religious liberty, despite the outrage of Catholics, Protestants, Jews and other people of good will. Most recently, 12 lawsuits were filed by 43 Catholic institutions from around the country stating that this radical, unprecedented infringement on religious liberty will not be accepted. After all, this great nation was founded upon religious liberty and freedom of conscience, not government intrusion. The government has overstepped its role by forcing upon the Church a strangling definition of what makes an institution “religious” enough. Members of the Catholic Church are being treated like second-class citizens with second-class rights. Nobody should be forced to violate his deepest moral or religious convictions! First and foremost, as your Bishop, I ask that you continue to pray and fast so that policymakers who have influence over the mandate will have a change of heart. These prayers must also be turned to action. This past Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, reminds us that the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and strengthened them in Christ. As Scripture states, many of those Apostles were later martyred. While possibly not called to be martyrs, we are called to be doers and defenders of the Faith. Let us send the message, loud and clear, that the Church will neither tolerate government intrusion nor will it be coerced into a political agenda! Now is the time for action! Two rallies for religious freedom, as part of a nationwide effort, will be held in the Diocese of Venice, both on Friday, June 8,

DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RALLY Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank J. Dewane last Sunday urged Catholics to take action and participate in the national rally for religious freedom, protesting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health-plan mandate for abortion drugs and contraceptives. Time: Noon Date: Friday, June 8 Place: U.S. 41 and John Ringling Causeway intersection

at noon. One is being held in Sarasota at the corner of U.S. 41 and the John Ringling Causeway, and the other in Naples at the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Highway 4. Having spoken at the March Rally in Sarasota, I will be speaking at the Naples Rally. It would be good to see you there. If Naples is too far, go to Sarasota, where a priest will speak on my behalf.

It was inspiring to hear of the positive response from the reading of my first letter to you on the issue of religious freedom. Your presence is needed now! And your voice must be heard! IT IS TIME FOR ACTION! My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us be united. If we do not act, this intrusion into our basic rights and freedoms will go unchecked, and who knows what might be next. This opportunity is taken to extend to all of you my continued consideration and prayers. Sincerely yours in Christ, Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice

+ New tone in LBK’s budget

On completing the first, quick reading of Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock’s 2012-2013 budget, you almost want to give the guy a raise. What a departure from history. Instead of the tone of “woe unto us, we need to raise taxes because the propertytax sky is falling,” Bullock’s budget conveyed the tone of a town manager who calmly faced reality, figured out how to make his town government operations more efficient and is getting the job ac-

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complished. Mind you, we recognize the conditions Bullock faces now are not as challenging as they were a year ago, when the town’s property-tax revenues were expected to contract 4.5%. Still, in Bullock’s proposed budget, even with property-tax revenues contracting another 1.5%, he delivered a budget with no need even to talk about increasing tax rates or millage rates. Contrast that with recent years when the Town Commission and town manager frequently partnered up for the annual do-si-do over whether to raise the millage rate. Bullock instead proposed a $13,939,177 operating budget that cuts $27,607 from the previous year’s total. What’s more, he has proposed that in the face of a $192,384 drop in total operating revenues. In years past, it often seemed like a dental drilling to read through the town’s bad-news budgets, often peppered with the figures of falling tax revenues and rising pension and health-care costs. Those three things are still expected to occur, but Bullock obviously took measures to ameliorate their effects. Check out some of these entries in his proposed budget book: • Town Commission — (-$3,850, -11.3%) — “The reduction in the Town Commission budget is primarily due to the iPhones that were purchased in the previous fiscal year.” • Town Attorney — (-$37,800, -9.8%) — “The town attorney … anticipates that based on the town manager’s efforts to keep legal costs to a minimum, there will be a significant reduction next year.” • Police — (-$131,551, -5.7%) — “The town manager and police chief have decided to leave the unfilled police officer position vacant for the next year. The crime statistics and other factors will be reviewed to determine if the position should be filled for the following year.” • Emergency Management — (-$11,050, -56.5%) — “The weather subscription service was eliminated as it was deemed to be redundant since there are many ways to get the same information at no cost. The Ready Alert system was also not being used enough to justify its cost and there are other ways to communicate this information at a lower cost.” On this latter expense cut, when was the last time you actually heard of a government agency eliminating an expense becasue it was “redundant” or “not being used enough to justify its cost”? We just about fell out of our chair. All of this positive direction is not to overlook a few trail crumbs that Bullock dropped in his budget message. He noted, for instance: “There are no cost-of-living adjustments or merit increases for employees … I would like to revisit employee pay and total compensation during the upcoming year.” In a similar vein, he indicated there likely is to be a new beach tax in the coming fiscal year to cover the debt service for the issuance of up to $16 million in beach bonds. And conspicuously absent was any discussion of more taxes to cover those unfunded pension liabilities. For now, though, we’ll just enjoy the new budget tone.

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Bain Capital orchestrated financial disaster This is in rebuttal to the May 31editorial entitled “Don’t fall for steelworker’ sob.” The facts presented are from politifact. com produced from Tampa Bay Times. There are two points I’d like to cover. First, the writer’s description of classic ’60s, sophomore, free-market economics theory and, second, facts regarding the Bain Capital purchase of GST Steel. Readers are encouraged to check facts and conclusions stated here at During the late ’50s and early ’60s, as I emerged from college with a bachelor’s degree in business, we were taught that capitalism would rule and the weak would go away or survive only by forward-thinking management. This is akin to what we then called “the law of the jungle,” whereby the stronger lions, tigers and other predator animals prey on weaker, slower or sick animals such as baby antelope for food to survive. This has been going on for millions of years and is considered a natural phenomenon. Intellectual society based somewhat on global isolationism at the time has moved from this, rather simplistic, capitalist view to one that recognizes what happens worldwide can and will have an impact on the people of the United States, both economically and socially. Remember, back in the ’60s our economics professors did not envision China becoming the importer of anything of importance: “ ... so they import rice; we don’t grow rice in this country.” How many of you remember seeing a neigh-

borhood Oriental restaurant? How many of you remember a McDonald’s in 1969? How many remember when we had a thriving, manufacturing job market producing refrigerators and television sets? How many envisioned Detroit and Nagasaki, Japan as they are today? The world has evolved far beyond the textbook capitalism theory taught when we were much younger. Now we come to Bain Capital’s acquisition of GST Steel, a Kansas City specialty steel maker, started in 1888. Having lived in Pittsburgh in the mid-to-late ’60s, working for an engineering company specializing in modernizing the steel industry, it was not hard to realize the steel mills were in trouble by not being able to modernize due to a chronic shortage of cash. Even Wall Street could predict the need for massive retrenchment. That was 25 years before the Bain purchase of GST Steel in 1993. By 1993, China had made significant inroads with cheap steel products, as well as setting the trend of imports of many other products. So, in 1993 Bain bought GTS Steel for $75 million. Bain put up 11%, or $8 million of its own money. Less than a year later Bain borrowed $61 million. The next year — 1994 — Bain borrowed $125 million, paying $65 million to stockholders, which included themselves. Although we do not know the stockholders’ total investment, it is safe to conclude that stockholders received much of their investment, if not all, in the form of this div-

idend. Bain, as the majority stockholder (more than 50%) at the time, probably received the “lion’s share” of the dividend. There is no mention in the article of who the bondholders were, what the maturity date of those bonds was and the risk rating. But it is easy to think the bondholders were those loyal GTS employees interested in saving their company. Bain announced a $98 million modernization program, investing $16.5 million of its own money, which was really from earlier dividends and issued another $125 million in debt. At this point in time, Bain now had no net cash investment in this company. To date, Bain had invested $24 million of its own money and realized a gain of $50 million. As for the $98 million modernization program, Bain used the money to purchase another steel company in South Carolina. By 1995, the debt had risen to $378 million. Profit that year was $32 million. This is clearly a company now burdened with excessive debt. To put this into perspective, visualize a person earning $32,000 a year and having a mortgage and other debt totaling $378,000. This is totally an out-of-the-ballpark hit in terms of conservative credit management. As sophisticated investors, Bain was well aware of the direction steel and every other American heavy manufacturing industry was headed, yet they burdened this company with excessive debt to pay its fees and dividends. Bain’s business is financial management, so making decisions to

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2012 Summer Camp Program Campers will spend their days swimming, fishing, sailing, and exploring wildlife as well as decorating cookies and making crafts. Ages: Children ages 5 to 16 When: Runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday for three two-week sessions: June 18 to June 29; July 16 to July 27; and July 30 to Aug. 10. Cost: Children ages 5 to 7, $500; children ages 8 to 16, $550 Info:

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Travel to Mote’s Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key, in the Florida Keys, during this overnight camp that includes snorkeling, kayaking and lessons about marine life. Ages: Students entering seventh grade through eighth grade When: June 25 to June 29; July 9 to July 13; and Aug. 6 to Aug. 10 Cost: Members $955; nonmembers $1,005 Info:

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The style show May 24, at Bird Key Yacht Club, was just another day at the beach, sans the beach. Men and women strolled down the runway in Tommy Bahama fashions. The pace of the show was unhurried, relaxed and everything one could expect from Tommy Bahama’s island luxury wear. Monique Bell and Marcia Hupp celebrated birthdays at the style show, and fit in with the island theme by sporting blue leis. Tommy Bahama, 300 John Ringling Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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4:05 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Dog Rescue. Police found a car parked at a beach access with the windows cracked and a dog inside. The owner returned to the car and told police that she took the dog to the beach, unaware that dogs are prohibited, and had placed the dog in the car while she gathered the rest of her belongings.

May 25 Something’s screwy 3:56 p.m. — 1900 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A woman who had an ongoing dispute with a condominium employee about payment for work she hired him to complete said that the employee approached her group as they were leaving the pool and became angry after her son told him that it wasn’t a good time to talk. The woman also said that the flowers planted outside her door had been cut without her permission and that her son found approximately 20 sheet-metal screws with the tips pointing up near his vehicle. The property’s security guard told police that the screws on the ground were accidentally spilled two weeks earlier.

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6:58 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A man reported that a storeowner refused to allow his daughter’s registered service dog to enter the business. Police were unable to locate the storeowner.

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Dog’s day of summer 2:24 p.m. — 100 block of N. Shore Road. Dog on the Beach. A man who was unaware of town ordinances received a written warning for having his dog on the beach.

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4:25 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. Police saw a cooler filled with Corona beer at a park picnic table and noticed two men fishing nearby. The men confirmed the beer belonged to them. The men received a written warning and voluntarily left the area.

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3:05 p.m. — Off the Key. Larceny. A man reported that an unknown person cut a cable and stole his tandem kayak sometime between April 26 and May 10. Police agreed to look for the missing vessel but said that it would be difficult to find because of the time lapse.

9:32 a.m. — 500 block of Lyons Lane. Disturbance. Police didn’t hear any noise after receiving an anonymous complaint about construction noise at a home. The resident of the home told police that a crew had cut a wood beam in his driveway but would not cause additional noise.

Paddling pup 12:06 p.m. — One block of Winslow Place. Dog Nuisance. A man complained that his neighbor’s dog barks continuously during the neighbor’s twice-a-day swims. The neighbor said that his dog swims and occasionally barks during that period. Police provided both men with copies of the town’s noise ordinance.

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Saturday, June 9 Sea Turtle Walk — starts at 6:45 a.m. at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort pool area, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Take a leisurely hour-and-a half, 1.5-mile walk on Longboat Key to learn about endangered green sea turtles and threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Free. Call 388-4441 for more information. 11th annual St. Armands Craft Festival — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and runs through June 10 on St. Armands Circle, 411 St. Armands Circle. Enjoy window


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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Medical Benefits Settlement Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP”). Go to for more information, including information on how to file a claim.


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The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and (2) certain people who resided in specific geographic areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements. com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in one of these zones. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@ to find out if a geographic location is included.


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The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include: (1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and (3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system. Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.

hoW to get Benefits from the medical Benefits settlement You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You can get a copy of the Claim Form

by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-9926174. Claims can be submitted by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance. The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval” and any appeals are resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property Damages Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for a payment from that settlement.

your other oPtions If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the Court to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of 6% of the value of the benefits actually provided under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement and the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.


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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Economic and Property Damages Settlement Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses

Who is included in the economic & ProPerty damages settlement? The Economic and Property Damages (“E&PD”) Settlement Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil spill. The website has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@ to find out if a geographic location is included.

What does the economic & ProPerty damages settlement Provide? The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3) Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage, (7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.

hoW to get Benefits from the economic & ProPerty damages settlement You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-9926174. Claims can be submitted online or by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance.

The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22, 2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval” and any appeals are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals). Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved, beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.

your other oPtions If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain economic and property damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees, costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.



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Marion F. Gange, of Venice, formerly of West Haven, Conn., Dayton, Ohio, and Longboat Key, died May 25. She was 90. Ms. Gange was born Sept. 23, 1912, in West Haven, Conn., the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Gangi. She attended Yale School of Music in New Haven, Conn. As a talented guitarist and professional musician, she played with the Ina Ray Hutton Orchestra, one of the best-known all-female bands in the mid1930s. Later, Ms. Gange formed her own trio with Barbara Carroll as a steady pianist. Ms. Gange’s reputation in the musical world continued to grow and led to her selection as the “Gibson Girl” for Gibson guitar’s advertising campaign. She accepted the opportunity to bring music to World War II veterans, and her trio became part of one of the first USO hospital units to provide entertainment for veterans. Knowing the entertainment world well led her to move to Dayton, Ohio, where she produced and directed WHIO TV. She retired to Longboat Key for the beautiful weather and musical contacts in the area. Ms. Gange was preceded in death by her brothers James, Frank, John, George, Albert and William; and sisters Josephine Loomis, Theresa Williams and Mae Krachenfels. She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Saggio; and several nieces and nephews.

David Lichtenstein

David Lichtenstein of Longboat Key and formerly of New York, died May 24. He was 97. Mr. Lichtenstein was born Jan. 15, 1915. He was a graduate of The City College of New York where he received a bachelor’s degree in science in 1936 and a master’s in science in 1938. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. After the war, he was employed as a health inspector for New York City until 1980. Mr. Lichtenstein and his wife, Adele, moved to Longboat Key where he served as the chairman for the operating committee and a member of the board of directors at Longboat Harbour. Mr. Lichtenstein is survived by his wife of 25 years, Adele; son, Michael; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. The funeral was held Tuesday, May 29, at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Alice-Jean McFarlin

Alice-Jean McFarlin, of Longboat Key, died May 31. She was 83. She was born June 24, 1929.

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WORSHIP SERVICES • All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, Sunday worship services are at 9 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 3838161. • 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. 3838833. • Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. 3836491. • St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will 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. 3881234. • St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 5 p.m; Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m; and daily Masses at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Msgr. Gerad Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255. • Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles road, will hold Shabbat services at 5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. Call 383-3428.

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merly of Bloomington, Ill., and Longboat Key, died May 19. He was 86. Mr. Miller was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Ash Hill, Mo., to Gilbert and Clara Miller. He graduated from high school in 1945 and worked in the trucking industry for more than 40 years. Mr. Miller lived in Bloomington, Ill., for many years where he met his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1986. Mr. Miller retired in 1992 from management with Consolidated Freightways in Bloomington. Mr. Miller and his wife moved in 1996 to Longboat Key where they managed the Beachcomber condominium until 2008. They then retired to their home in Sun City Center where they enjoyed golfing and many friendships. Mr. Miller was the president of the Caloosa Point Homeowners Association and founded the Nine and Dine social group. He was preceded in death by his son Greg. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary; brothers Franklin, Keith and Marvin; sisters Doris, Sue, Thelma and Ruth; children, Steve Miller, Bonnie Dison, Wendy Strack, Tim Miller, Jeff Miller, Jeni Boehmer, Amy West, Laura Boehmer and Tracy Boehmer; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the First Christian Church, 1707 33rd St. S.E., Sun City. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family will be gifted to the Hospice in Defiance, Ohio. Mr. Miller’s son Greg lost his battle with ALS in 2007 while under their care. Visit the family’s online guestbook at

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Nada Meeks paints Amber Reynolds’ face.

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Tidal wave of fun It was a Dr. Seussthemed day June 2 for World Oceans Day at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. There was not just one fish or two fish, but a whole sea of people at Mote eager to learn about all the creatures that fill our world’s oceans. There were sea-themed crafts, face painting, a dunk tank, educational displays and games in addition to Mote’s usual stingray petting, turtle and shark spotting and jellyfish viewing. But, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” And next year’s World Oceans Day promises to be just as fun as this year’s!

Julia Norman learns a hands-on lesson.

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Bird Key home sells for $2.96 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between May 21 and May 25. A home on Bird Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. James and Arloa Torok, Lakewood Ranch, sold their home at 574 S. Spoonbill Drive to George and Cheryl Pintea, Sarasota, for $2.96 million. Built in 1990, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,349 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,995,000 in 2006.

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Kevin and Patricia Millard sold their Units 244 and 245 condominiums at 2185 Gulf of Mexico Drive to U.S. Bank, trustee, for $2.05 million. Built in 1996, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 4,918 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,702,500 in 2007.

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Bruce Fischer and Nancy Vanore, of Rosemont, Pa., sold their Unit 606 condominium at 1241 Gulf of Mexico

Drive to Robert and Barbara Libby, Longboat Key, for $1,295,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,650 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,445,000 in 2008.

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Constance Olson, personal representative, sold the Unit 304 condominium at 3115 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Robert and Susan Mikulay, of Whitefish Bay, Wis., for $600,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,433 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 1994.

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David Dixon, Sarasota, sold his Unit 104-N condominium at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Robert and Kathryn Gibby, of Bloomfield, Conn., for $470,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,235 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $475,000 in 2007.

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This home at 574 S. Spoonbill Drive has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. It sold for $2.96 million.


Bernard Warren sold his Unit M1-509H condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Ewen Dyce and Ann Dyce, of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, for $465,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,265 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 1988.

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Janet and Leonard Ross, of Cummaquid, Mass., sold their Unit 1904 condominium at 2008 Harbourside Drive to Minel Braun and Marina Gliner, trustees, of Akron, Ohio, for $447,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,097 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $264,000 in 1994.

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Morton and Gerda Smith, Atlanta, sold their Unit 34 condominium at 3467 Winding Oaks Drive to Raymond and Antoinette Maloney, of Water Mill, N.Y., for $445,000. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,073 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $335,000 in 1998.


Samuel and Ahida Cascio sold their Unit 502 condominium at 1115 Gulf of Mexico Drive to David and Janice Roach, of Richland, Wash., for $439,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,392 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $65,000 in 1994.

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Sylvia Shapiro, trustee, sold the Unit 301 condominium at 6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive to David and Janice Franklin, Tampa, for $425,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,305 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $200,000 in 1983. Terry Segal, of Gloucester, Mass., sold his Unit 151 condominium at 6750 Gulf of Mexico Drive to David and Patricia Purnhagen, of Bayport, N.Y., for $240,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,449 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $63,800 in 1978.

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Julie Deroin, Chicago, sold her Unit 202 condominium at 4401 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Michael and Denise Tremper, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., for $365,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 961 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $360,000 in 2001.

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Charles and Nancy Drawdy, Riverview, sold their home at 640 Fox St. to Bonnie Dallinger, of Wapiti, Wyo., for $240,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,113 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $138,000 in 1998.

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Richard Goddard, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit B-207 condominium at 3804 Gulf of Mexico Drive to John and Margaret Oberst, of Louisville, Ky., for $211,400. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,133 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $82,800 in 1993.

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Elizabeth Rowntree, trustee, of Toronto, Canada, sold the home at 302 Bird Key Drive to Kathleen Bavley, Sarasota, for $1.8 million. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,151 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.45 million in 2011. Stephen and Eilene Hutton, Palm Beach Gardens, sold their home at 565 S. Spoonbill Drive to Bruce and Mary Ling, of Sharon, Conn., for $930,000. Built in 1962, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,163 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $475,000 in 2001. Kenneth and Julie Hocker sold their home at 404 E. Royal Flamingo Drive to Robert Adams and Kathleen Adams, trustees, Sarasota, for $680,000. Built in 1962, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,988 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $712,500 in 2010.

& Motion Studio. Plus an open invitation to attend Club activities as well as use of Marina Village amenities and some tennis privileges. Call today for details and to schedule your private tour.

Enjoy the magnificent beachfront setting with pristine white sand & warm Gulf waters.

Play a match at our USTA award-winning Tennis Gardens.

Reenergize mind and body at our 9,000 sf Island House Spa.

Dine at six very distinctive, elegant to casual, onsite rstaurants.

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Daniel and Barbara McDermott, Sarasota, sold their Unit 404 condominium at 350 S. Polk Drive to Jean Pagani, New York, for $299,000. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,036 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $172,000 in 1999.

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of May 25 through May 31, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

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4976-4980 GMD


Richard Hodder


535 Sanctuary Drive


Joel Chase


435 L’Ambiance Drive


John Bonina


780 Emerald Harbor Drive


Craig Weiss


725 Norton St.


Robert Boyatt


6700 GMD


Mark Alexander


4621 GMD


Stephen Shea


7130 Longboat Drive


Sarazona Limited


4311 GMD No. 504


Helen Burns


700 Marbury Lane


Arthur McGroary


1211 GMD


Water Club II


590 Bowsprit Lane


Paul Jaffe, trustee


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

FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY! - 4BD/4.5BA canal front home on deep sailboat water. Stunning foyer, gourmet kitchen & game room with bay views.


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

with elegant marble entryway set on a wide canal, just steps to shopping and dining in world renowned St. $1,899,000 Armands Circle!)


Congratulations CASTILLIAN 2 BD/2BA Direct Gulf Views, New Carpet, Tile and Paint, fully furnished, move right in. $549,000

PLAYERS CLUB – Wonderful Gulf views from the 30’ long open balcony; w/southern exposure. Tastefully furnished 2BD/2.5BA $649,000 condominium.

LONG BEACH - Beautifully remodeled 3BD/3BA, 1,350 Sq. Ft. home in Longboat Key’s Historic Village of Long Beach, renovated in 2006 with new kitchen and baths, tile flooring, hurricane shutters, tropical $369,000 landscaping, and more.

SEAPLACE – Direct Gulf views from this tropical stunner! Impecably decorated and maintained with loving care this 2 BD/2 BA fully furnished condominium home is being $489,000 sold at an incredible price.

SEAPLACE - Rarely available Townhouse, 2BD/2.5BA with attached garage and spacious terrace overlooking tropical garden views. $489,000

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

LONGBOAT HARBOUR – Long SAND CAY – 2BD/2BA with Gulf & views down the canal from this Bay views, fully furnished, great rental charming 1BD/1BA fully furnished property! $324,900 condominium home on the bay with $184,900 deeded beach access.

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CASTILLIAN - Direct Gulf views from this 2BD/2BA fully furnished condominium home with beautifully updated lobby, tropical grounds, secured entry, pool and tennis for your pleasure. $489,000

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Direct Bay Front Estate-Size Property Comprised of Three Buildable Lots. $3,249,000

Bayfront Elegance! Almost 4,000 SF of Open Living Space in This Fabulous Sarabande Residence. Dramatic Sunset Views! $1,999,000


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Tranquil and Private Resort-Like Beachfront Estate on Longboat Key. $4,495,000


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Beautifully Updated 3 Bedroom Island Getaway w/ Tranquil Bay Views and Boat Dock. $1,699,000

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setting sail


by Dora Walters | Senior Editor

SSS celebrates Memorial Day with a splash It was a day of fun on the water — and land — for participants in the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s annual Race Around Lido and barbecue held Memorial Day. First-time event organizers were the Luffing Lassies, a group of lady sailors based at the squadron. Chairwoman Linda Tiffan said there was a record-breaking number of entrants, including 45 water crafts ranging from surfboards to inflatable kayaks, Sunfish, Lasers and paddleboards. Because of the gusty winds, the course was altered, and crafts raced only in Sarasota Bay. Participants also stopped at Lido Beach for refreshments and beach games before continuing back to the squadron. The first racer to ring the finish-line bell was Al Hodges on a windsurfer.

Photos by Dora Walters

Mathew King and Evan Lemole race in a Sunfish.

Two-year-old Josh Felvig had his first boat ride, and, judging by his smile for his mom, Jen, he’d do it again.

Ben Kalish rings the finish-line bell.

Doug Fisher and Club manager Craig Bridges

Donna Farnum and Alan Keston were the official race timekeepers.


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THE GRANDE - Exquisitely appointed gulf front Penthouse residence, 3260sf 3BR, 1450sf terrace w/ a two car garage. A3955033 $1,950,000

ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Experience the view from this sophisticated furnished 2550sf 3 BR Penthouse overlooking the gulf & city skyline. A3953612 $1,695,000

OVER AN ACRE 4/BR home plus 2/BR guest house. Amazing bay views EXQUISITE, EXCLUSIVE and PRIVATE $8,400,000


LbK bAyFRONT ESTATE LOT - 100’ frontage bIRD KEy - 3BR garden home w/ pool in great condition and well maintained. A3954462 $550,000 to build dream home w/deeded beach access. A3937319

WATER CLUb - Coveted southern exposure on the 7th floor w/ beautiful city, gulf and bay views elegantly furnished. A3919693 $2,495,000

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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

NEW LUXURY CONDOMINIMUMS GRAND MARINER on the Bay. 3/ BR 3,200 - 3,400 square feet. $1,700,000 to $2,400,000


LIGHTHOUSE POINT GULF SIDE 5BR 196 ft. Gulf front with private beach & Gulf side pool. $8,900,000 COUNTRy CLUb SHORES – Canal front new construction residence will contain 3,300sf, 4BR, office and upgrades. A3958487 $1,395,000

TROPICAL BAYFRONT ESTATE Gated 5/BR home on one acre with private beach access, deepwater dock & lift. Spectacular views. $3,500,000

EXQUISITE TROPICAL BEACH HOUSE 3/BR home + 3/BR guest house. Tropical pool, lush landscaping. $6,895,000

L’AMBIANCE NEW LISTING 6th Floor Royal largest floor plan. Southern exposure. Former model. Outstanding views plus upgraded finishes. $2,800,000 NEW LISTING 4 BR/4.5 BA custom home. Gorgeous setting on wide canal with great boat dock. $1,625,000 NEW 4BR HOME Boat dock on wide canal. Views to bay w/ privacy. $2,385,000 ORCHID BEACH GULF FRONT SPECTACULAR! 7th floor. Gorgeous Gulf, beach & sunset views plus bay vistas. 3,600 SF 3 BR 3.5BA. $2,675,000 SEA GATE Gulf Front Split Floor Plan 2BD/2BA. Sunsets, tennis & beach. $749,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - INN ON THE BEACH Gulf front 2BR $995,000; Gulf front Club Suite $445,000 EXQUISITE CUSTOM Open floor plan flows to outdoor living area w/private views. Large master suite plus 3 guest suites. $4,250,000 SABAL COVE Spacious 4BR w/first level master suite. Lakefront & deeded beach. $1,695,000

BEST BUY ON THE BEACH Gulf front estate 1+ acres. Gated w/private boardwalk to beach. $4,470,000

HIDEAWAY BAY HOMES Custom 5,000 sq. ft. canal home. Deep water dock . $1,995,000 Exceptional home, full bay views. $2,249,000 OLD FLORIDA CHARMING 4,400 sq.ft. home w/193 ft. unobstructed Bay vista. Dock your boat. $3,250,000 TROPICAL BEACH PARADISE Private 1 acre estate on the beach w/ 4,000 SF 4BR home. $4,790,000 UNIVERSITY PARK Dan Najjar model. Gorgeous 3BR/3BA in private lakefront setting. $950,000 DIRECT BAYFRONT NEW MEDITERRANEAN 5BR MASTERPIECE Magnificent home. $8,700,000 HARBOUR VILLA CLUB Fantastic 2/2 Bayfront Penthouse. New windows & decorating. Fabulous views. 40 ft. boat dock $550,000 or 2/2 End Unit $495,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE 10th floor views of Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Marina Jack. Southeast corner $2,595,000 SARABANDE 8th FLOOR corner w/ views of Sarasota Bay, Marina, city skyline & Gulf sunsets. $1,595,000 WESTON POINTE Stunning 3BR w/ private courtyard around pool. Boat dock. Beach access. $995,000


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Fishing for clues

As the play-of-the-hand develops, Declarer is constantly on the lookout for the clues, which will point to the right line of play. But, these clues don’t always come gift-wrapped; sometimes, Declarer must go fishing. Against 6♥, West tries a Heart lead and Declarer draws trumps in two rounds. It’s a fine slam but not quite ironclad. There’s a Spade to be lost, and the key to success is not to lose a Diamond. How would you play the hand, looking only at the N-S cards? If Diamonds are 2-1, then Declarer is home free, but Th suppose that the suit is 3-0. Now, Declarer has a guess. If he thinks that West is more likely to hold three Diamonds, then he’ll play his K♦ on the first round, later finessing against West’s Queen if East does indeed show out. Conversely, he’ll play Dummy’s A♦ first if he suspects that East might have the three Diamonds. Which do you choose? At this point, it’s a complete guess, so, before playing on Diamonds, Declarer goes fishing. He concedes a trick to the A♠, and let’s say that West returns a Club. Declarer ruffs that, then cashes Spades and reels in a whopper of a clue when East shows out on the third round! Ha! Now Declarer knows that East started with four cards in the majors and West with eight. The odds have changed dramatically. If one of the defenders has three Diamonds, it’s surely East. So, Declarer plays Dummy’s A♦ on the first round and says a silent “yippee!” when West shows out. That’s 12 tricks if Declarer delays the Diamond play and first looks for clues in the other suits.

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

La Firenza - Direct Beach Front Built in 2007, private southwest corner 3,521 SF residence with 3BR + den/family room and varying 11 & 12 ft. ceilings has endless unobstructed Gulf views and sought-after $2,795,000 enclosed two-car garage.


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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. $3,690,000


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

Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car garage. $3,950,000


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

Sleepy Lagoon–-Villa DirectD’Este Gulf Front Beautiful Prestancia BeautifullyStyle updated two bedroom denft Hampton 4 bedroom/3 bath homeplus on 100 maintenance free villa featuring new paint & carpet, of pristing beach front. Renovated, down to the high ceilings, bamboo flooring, upgraded kitchen studs, in 2007. Wood garage. & marbleGolf floors, outdoor & master bath. 2-car community. $ $3,690,000 jacuzzi and 2-car garage. 349,000

San Remo Shores - Deep Yacht Basin On 160’ of waterfront has 5BR/5.3BA & 7,582 SF of luxury. Home theater, office, media room and rooftop widow’s walk. Private dock & 4-car garage. $3,995,000

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

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

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

LLSA Chamber members quench their networking thirsts The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosted a small gathering of local business representatives Thursday, May 24, at Lido Key’s Helmsley Sandcastle. The members enjoyed appetizers and drinks while they got to know each other. Photo courtesy of

The Bridge Street Market showcases restaurants, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, fine artwork and local food.

Leslie Harris-Senac, with Visions Unlimited Video Productions; Robert Dinan, with TRVST; Susan Tower, with Company Peas Design; and real-estate agent Howard Rooks Photos by Mallory Gnaegy

Bonnie Schiavone, with Take Shape for Life; and Tammy Halsted, with Touch of Africa

Dawn Mims, with the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce; Yvonne Schloss, with Sunglass Express Optical; and Steve Sweeney, with Consider It Done


You can see forever with the spectacular views of the gulf, beach and sunsets from this penthouse with 30 ft balcony which extends the length of the living room and master bedroom. Unfurnished 2BR/2BA with Mexican tile foyer and kitchen, white newer carpet throughout. Gated community, 3 tennis cts, Jr Olympic size heated pool and wading pool, clubhouse with fitness club. A3958081 $795,000 84446

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601 Longboat Club Rd. — Gulf front condo with direct beach views in largest 2 bedroom corner unit with 1560 spacious sq. feet, enjoy sunrises and sunsets in newly upgraded Longboat Key Towers. ............. $880,000 PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD Bayou Sound Grand Islander Bayou Sound Grand Bay Bay Islander Bayou Bayou Bayou Sound Sound Sound Siesta Dr. — Grand Grand Grand Bay Bay Bay Islander Islander Islander Bayou Sound Grand Bay Islander 762 Siesta Key Bayfront home, 4800 sq. feet, including $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $999,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $1,250,000 $999,000 $500,000 PENDING SOLD PENDING $999,000 SOLD PENDING PENDING SOLD SOLD SOLD PENDING SOLD attachedPENDING guest house. Wonderful water views in this Boater’s dream house Sabal QueensHarbor Harbor SabalCove Cove Queens Sabal Sabal Sabal Cove Cove Cove Queens Queens Queens Harbor Harbor Harbor Sabal Cove Queens Harbor $1,194,000 $975,000 $1,194,000 $975,000 $ $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $1,194,000 $975,000 $975,000 $975,000 ......................... 2.2 million with pool overlooking deep water dock and lifts $1,194,000 $975,000 1211 Gulf of Mexico $769,000 Staghorn in Deer Creek $469,000 Reduced $30,000


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The Bridge Street Merchants have attempted to extend their season from November into May and June, but decided the heat is hard to beat. But organizer Melissa Enders found a solution: a market at night. On Sunday, June 2, the Bridge Street Merchants Association hosted its first night market. The group began in 2006 as a nonprofit group of merchants dedicated to promoting historic Bridge Street. It showcased Bradenton Beach restaurants, gourmet desserts, handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, fine art and fun. Approximately 35 vendors were present for the after-dinner experience. Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue will be present at


Debbie Lamb, with Signs Now; and Mary Ann Frees, with Bank United

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Boats Boats Boats are selling very well. 62 this year, many in

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General Merchandise

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Condos/Apts. For Rent

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Condos For Sale

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“I was always of the mindset that you do what you love while you can,” says Matt Coombs. “You’ve only got so many days. How do you want to spend them?”

Uncharted Territory Matt Coombs isn’t afraid of the unknown. In fact, it defines most of his art. The Ringling College student discusses his love of mysterious spaces while he gears up for his first show at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Matt Coombs is sitting outside the new Beau Monde Collection on State Street, smoking a cigarette with his knees tucked under

his chin and aviator sunglasses Coombs looks like he could alshielding his eyes. The combina- ready pass for a jaded New York tion of nicotine, nonchalant pos- artist, except that he’s neither jadture and shades is deceiving. ed nor living in New York.



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At 24, he’s ambitious, inquisitive, business savvy and so passionate about making art that he has little time to do anything else, including play his guitar — his favorite pursuit outside of art. “Painting is my hobby, my job and my playtime,” Coombs says. “What makes me a good artist is that I’m never done finding new ways to say something a little more effectively.” Now in his third year as a finearts student at Ringling College of Art and Design, Coombs’ name might sound familiar to local contemporary art collectors. In addition to serving as the exhibition manager for Zig-Zag magazine, an underground art zine founded by his friends and fellow Ringling classmates, Brent Lindstrom and Van Jazmin, Coombs has shown his work at a variety of established and upand-coming galleries, including

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the Englewood Art Center, the Historical Society of Sarasota County, Clothesline Gallery in downtown Sarasota and Cayuga Community College near his small hometown in upstate New York. For a student artist, he’s had a lot of visibility. This, says Coombs, is not a fluke. “I have a good group of friends who are equally committed to pursuing things now as opposed to later,” Coombs says. “It’s an important part of the learning process, to establish yourself now while you’re still in school. A lot of people wait for their turn and that’s kind of a pitfall. The more shows you have under your belt, the more credibility you’ll have down the road.” For his next step toward credibility, Coombs will showcase his work alongside Ringling grads Mark Humphrey and Dustin Juengel this summer at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design. When that show, which opens June 26, comes down in the fall, Coombs will spend the first semester of his senior year at an artist residency hosted by the School of Visual Arts in New York City. “It’s a huge deal,” he says. “My goal is to end up in New York, so the fact that I’ll be there my senior year means I can begin to integrate and network before I even graduate.” For now, he’s happy to network in Sarasota, where currently his work can be seen lining the walls of Beau Monde, where Coombs’ oil paintings bring a sort of snap, crackle, pop to the white sunlit

COOMBS’ KINDRED SPIRITS Gerhard Richter “He was able to do every type of image-making without losing his original idea.” Neo Rauch “He came out of the New Leipzig School in Europe. His paintings are very elusive. They deal with buildings, architecture and space.” Dana Schutz “She’s a top-notch colorist.”

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“I have the ability to lock myself in a studio for long hours and shut the world out,” says Matt Coombs. In addition to painting, Coombs also creates digital collages and dabbles in video editing. gallery space. Like a lot of his recent work, his “Life on Mars,” which hangs in the store’s front gallery, is a dizzying arrangement of space and design. Rendered in bright oil paint and bold brush marks, at first glance the scene looks like someone’s outdoor patio. But from what angle? From inside the house? From outside the house? And where’s the floor? And is that an astronaut in the background? “Mars is one of those spaces that exists in the public imagination,” Coombs says, curling up cross-legged on the floor beneath the painting. “It exists, but we can’t go to it. My work is about exploring unknowable

spaces and scenarios, places that are matters of secrecy. I originally wanted to paint space women adjusting to a new world and then I realized you can’t see gender in a space suit, so it didn’t matter whether they were women.” Trying to make sense of Coombs’ work is like trying to make sense of the movie “Inception.” The beauty lies in the irrationality of the landscape, which is exactly the point he hopes to convey. “I read a lot,” he says. “Some of the concepts are pretty esoteric. I hope that doesn’t make me sound pretentious. I’m interested in the big questions, ya know? Like, why am I here? Why are we

all here?” He rises from the floor to turn down the music pumping through the gallery. “I hope you don’t mind,” he says, dialing the stereo down several notches. “I can’t think with that music on.” He resumes his post below “Mars” and explains that most of his friends back home are on completely different career paths. One friend is a journalist in the Army. Another friend installs lightening rods for a living. A couple guys went to school for business. None of them is surprised by Coombs’ commitment to painting. At 16, he was selling giclée prints to students and teachers. By his senior year he was exhibiting work at art festivals. “What inspires me is learning about the world,” Coombs says. “I’m forever exploring our different systems. The cluttered cities and structures ... these are just additive systems that become deranged over time. It’s like painting. To add something or change something you have to add more paint. You can’t just scrape away the whole thing and start over.” And, then, of course there’s New York City, a “system” that will undoubtedly inject further chaos into Coombs’ work once he begins working next fall from a studio in Brooklyn. “It’s not that intimidating,” he says of New York. “I walked the Manhattan Bridge at dawn with my friend, Walter, and we were the only two people on it. In a city of 8.3 million people, I might just be individual enough to have a chance.”

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First-time feature director Rupert Sanders (known for innovative TV commercials) was insistent about creating “a great world based on a great story.” And that he does in this magnificent piece of filmmaking. He creates dark, hallucinogenic realms as well as magical fairylands through CGI and genius art direction. A super-slick trick that Sanders employs is imposing the faces of such actors as Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Toby Jones on to small bodies to create the dwarves. These are not your whistle-whileyou-work blokes but, rather, nasty harddrinking thieves. One even gets killed along the way, reducing them to the original seven. This is definitely not your typical bedtime story. And, as for the pernicious queen, Theron nails depravity with a heavy, beautiful whack. Sumptuously clothed by costume designer extraordinaire Coleen Atwood, Theron's wickedness is only surpassed by her breathtaking beauty. She screams like a banshee, but it's almost like music to the ears coming from such a gifted actress. If there is a message one can glean from “Snow White and the Huntsman,” it's a universal and timeless one. Obsession about one's physical appearance can have dire consequences. But, if I'm not mistaken, Sanders was more concerned with the medium in making this wonderful film.  — Pam Nadon

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Robert Levin, artistic director of the Sarasota Music Festival, is probably one of the busiest musicians you know. From Boston to Sarasota, Berlin to Vienna and Australia to Utah, this peripatetic pianist barely has time to catch up with his own feet — no less set them down in front of the stove. Yet, like most performers, he finds time to cook creatively and eat enthusiastically before and after concerts. “In the years before I became the artistic director of SMF, I had some time to savor the many fine restaurants in the (Sarasota) area,” he says. “A favorite then was Yoshino in Burns Court, and I was heartbroken when it closed. I sampled offerings from Euphemia Haye and Café L’Europe, Carmichael’s, Michael’s On East, Mediterraneo and the Bijou Café, with an occasional jaunt to Phillippi Creek, Capt. Brian’s or Patrick’s. But, my schedule is so demanding that I rarely have time to do the wonderful Sarasota dining scene the justice it deserves.” Still, Levin feels that “no festival visit seems complete without a 1905 salad at Columbia.” Levin, and his wife, the pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, manage to eat really well wherever they are. “In Boston, Ya-Fei and I love Clio — one of the most imaginative cuisines around,” Levin says. “And its sister, Uni, has magnificent sashimi, and O-ya, in the Leather District … pricey, but unforgettable.” Lest you think they eat only Asian food while in Boston, Levin


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his pre-concert lectures, he speaks volumes. In fact, his restaurant run-down is like a musical travelogue. “We enjoy L’Espalier from time to time (important birthdays), but our favorite restaurant in the Freiburg area during our time there was Hirschen, in Sulzburg,” he says. “The Swabian chef, Hans Paul Steiner, and his French wife, the sommelier Claude Steiner, ran an exquisite establishment of warmth and supreme culinary imagination. They have retired, and their daughter and son-in-law have taken over. And, of course, almost anywhere in Italy are culinary experiences of a lifetime, such as the Enoteca Pinchiorri, in Florence. “What is wonderful about the ancient European traditions is the love for recipes, some of them

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ners. “Never classical music, which demands concentration,” he stresses. “If any music is on, it is likely to be early to swing-era jazz. But, even there, I hesitate because the inspired solos of individual players deserve the same attention and wonderment as classical music.” One of Levin’s favorite snacks is a batch of gooey, homemade, chocolate-chip cookies. Levin, who jokingly refers to himself as “Uncle Bob” when it comes to recipes, has given us his version of the traditional one we grew up eating.

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