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ULI study: worth $133,816.35? Residents and business owners sound off on whether the Urban Land Institute study was worth every penny or a waste of money.

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+ B.J. Webb now a Bishop Say goodbye to B.J. Webb … and meet B.J. Bishop. B.J. and Dave Bishop married Oct. 19, in the garden of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. The couple met June 8, 2011, when Webb was at a book store looking for a book a grief counselor told her to read. Bishop asked if he could help. They learned that they had both lost their spouses in 2009. They had coffee and, 11 months later, Bishop asked Webb to marry him.

What kind of advice can you buy for $133,816.35? For the town of Longboat Key, the answer is: Build a community together and focus on “loving Longboat.” Adapt to a changing market (which means redoing the Com-

prehensive Plan and codes) and focus on the future. Relax rental restrictions, and implement early actions at opportunity sites. Complete a Town Center around Publix and locate a community/cultural center there.

Improve mobility along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Did Longboat Key get the bang for its bucks? Those are the basic recommendations an eight-member Urban Land Institute panel presented to the town in October af-

ter a five-day, $125,000 study that cost an additional $8,816.35 in panelist trip expenses. The panel will present its final report to the town by the end of the year, but already residents and stakeholders have mixed opinions about whether the town got its money’s worth.

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+ Gault wins award for service Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key member and past president Bob Gault was presented the Walter Zeller Fellowship award for his service to the community at his club’s Oct. 31 weekly breakfast meeting. The Zeller award, which comes with a lapel pin and medallion, is one of Kiwanis’ top two awards. Gault was eligible for the award by donating at least $1,250 to the Kiwanis International Foundation, which helps to prevent infants from dying from maternal and neonatal tetanus. “Bob has clearly elevated our club to a much higher level of service to children through events like the upcoming Gourmet Lawn Party and Valentine’s Day dance, and has been immeasurable in raising the brand awareness of Kiwanis,” said Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Secretary and Lt. Gov. John Wild.

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Peter Rodeniys and Shelia Marie Martin attended the Republican Club of Longboat Key’s monthly meething and Veterans Day tribute Friday, Nov. 8, at Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. For more photos from the event, see page 5B.

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Sunshine group scrutinizes BID emails Citizens for Sunshine seeks to scan the personal computers of BID directors as part of a public records request. Add the St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) to a growing list of Sarasota city commissioners or city-affiliated groups targeted for Sunshine Law violations at Sarasota

City Hall. At the BID’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, at City Hall, BID organizer and Chairman Marty Rappaport announced that he and his directors are now being

“targeted” as part of a public records request. The matter has frustrated Rappaport to the point of considering resigning from the BID. Rappaport noted that he’s

worked for the BID since its inception in 2003 without pay and he’s considering stepping down concerning this matter, depending on how the process plays out. “I’ve spent years volunteering and dedicating my time to the city and now find myself in the

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ULI / FROM PAGE 1A The Longboat Observer asked residents and business owners from across the Key a question: Was the ULI study a good use of $125,000, plus additional expenses, in taxpayer funds? Country Club Shores resident and former Planning and Zoning Board member Brad Saivetz thinks it was a waste of money. “When you go to a surgeon’s office they are gong to cut something out of you,” he said. “But when commissioners go to town funds to confirm what they want to do, that’s not right. I like Longboat Key as it was, and I hope we try to attract the same people who came here and not the casual tourists. It was boilerplate stuff. The town gave ULI the answers they were already looking for.” Alan Moore, co-owner of Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, agrees that the study wasn’t worth it, but for different reasons. “It was the biggest waste of money the town has ever spent,” Moore said. “Look at the first two paragraphs of the study. They tell us to get rid of the Comp Plan and relax the rental restrictions. I could have given them that advice for five bucks.” Ann Roth, who was co-president of the recently dissolved Public Interest Committee (PIC), disagrees. “It energized the process,” Roth said. “We already knew some of this stuff from the Vision Plan process, and we went through a lot of it before. But nothing is easy. We needed the perspective and now we have work to do.” Country Club Shores resident and former Commissioner Randall Clair thinks it’s a good idea to work on less controversial issues, such as sprucing up entryways and adding recreational amenities to Bayfront Park. “In view of everything that has transpired before and all the negatives, having the ULI come in was the right thing to do — to have people disinterested in

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the process tell us what we should do,” he said. But, for many stakeholders, the answer to the question of whether the study was worthwhile gets a definite “maybe.” “It’s worth the money if they would listen and actually make some changes,” said Cannons Marina owner David Miller. “It could have been gotten for a lot cheaper,” said Bay Isles resident David Novak. “But what price do you put on getting us out of gridlock? To me, the Town Commission for years has been driven by people coming to them and addressing their problems versus doing things for the betterment of the community. If they can use this as cover or impetus or a tool for these people to use, then it’s a worthwhile effort.” Spanish Main Yacht Club resident Tom Freiwald, who served on the subcommittee that formed for the ULI visit, also thinks the study’s value has yet to be seen. “If the town embraces this and does something with it and it brings together the community to move forward and do something, then it’s the best $125,000 we ever spent. But if the town kills all the good ideas and nitpicks it to death, then it’s the biggest waste of town money and energy, and we will have wasted the opportunity,” he said. Bayou resident and District 3 Commission candidate Ray Rajewski takes a different perspective. “There are two ways to answer that,” he said. “It was worth it, because we now understand we have almost a perfect island. The recommendations they came up with for the most part are so farfetched I don’t know how you implement anything. We already have a town center. It’s called St. Armands Circle. That’s where you go to walk around, see residents and get a cup of coffee. The other way to answer is, it’s a waste of money. If that’s all they can come up with, it tells me we have a pretty nice place with not a lot to improve upon.”

BID / FROM PAGE 1A position of having someone trying to extort money while looking through my personal computer,” Rappaport said. “If you volunteer for this city, you’re at risk. If need be, I’ll resign because my time is too valuable and the exposure is too great.” Citizens for Sunshine attorney Andrea Mogensen, through a letter from paralegal Michael Barfield, is seeking any email on private or personal email accounts from BID directors containing the words “restaurant,” “retail,” “Business Improvement District” or “Bob Gibbs.” Barfield also wants any email BID directors sent to St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan. Corrigan, though, she is not subject to the Sunshine Law through her affiliation with the BID. The records request, which will involve rifling through Rappaport’s personal computer and most likely the computers of other BID directors, was prompted when BID and the Downtown Improvement District (DID) met to revisit the possibility of limiting the space restaurants occupy on the Circle and in downtown Sarasota. At that meeting, Rappaport mentioned the BID had hired urban retail planner Robert Gibbs to study St. Armands Circle in 2005, noting that Gibbs praised the Circle as a shopping destination but warned retail tenants were being overshadowed by restaurants. After that study, the BID suggested restricting restaurants from occupying the first floor of buildings; that effort was unsuccessful. Rappaport estimates that 55% of retail space on the Circle is used for food purposes, up 10% since 2005. Although city attorneys warned there were a host of legal issues involved with restricting land use, Rappaport said it was a cause worth pursuing. Members of both boards agreed, voting to put out a request for proposal that would bring in a consultant like Gibbs to investigate whether the number of restaurants within the BID and DID was problematic.

Rappaport noted Tuesday that his mentioning of Gibbs Oct. 8 did not mean he was pushing for the BID and the DID to hire Gibbs again. Rappaport also told city Purchasing Manager Mary Tucker weeks ago that to avoid any conflict, he would not be a part of a selection committee that hired a consultant to perform the work. Rappaport and others expressed concern and frustration with the public records request Tuesday. “I’m not concerned about being out of the Sunshine in any way,” Rappaport said. What’s frustrating to Rappaport and other city volunteers, they said, is they are being forced to turn over personal computers because their personal emails have been used in the past to conduct business. Even if city employees send a notice of a meeting to a personal email, their personal computers could be scanned. BID directors also expressed concern with what they perceive as a frustrating city email policy. “It’s easier to use our personal emails than try to log into the city system,” said Rappaport, who has since started using only the city email system for Circle business. Rappaport noted the only way for directors like him to be completely safe from public records requests in the future would be for the city to pay for city computers. Corrigan also expressed frustration. “Now BID directors are being harassed for not just work email, but personal emails,” Corrigan said. “It’s out of control.” At a special Sarasota City Commission meeting Nov. 7, the City Commission approved a second settlement offer in response to an ongoing lawsuit that will acknowledge the city violated the state’s Government in the Sunshine Law for an undisclosed amount. “Unless something is done and the city takes a stand, the city is putting themselves open for lawsuit after lawsuit,” Rappaport said. “These minor claims can cost thousands of dollars, and they’re driving volunteers like me from wanting to participate in the process any longer.”

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North end: Getting younger? Some families with school-age children say they’re seeking the close-knit environment Longboat Key has to offer.

“There are no kids there.” That’s what Stephanie Fischer first thought four years ago when she moved her family, including sons Noah and Miles, now 12 and 14, to Longboat Key. At the time, she noticed Anna Maria Island changing after living there for six years. “It was great, it was beautiful and we loved it,” Fischer said of Longboat’s northern neighbor. “But it was really starting to turn a little more commercial, and it wasn’t as many residents.” Fischer was drawn to Longboat after hearing what a close-knit community it had for young families. “There are definitely older people, but they’re just so welcoming to young families,” Fischer said. “I definitely feel like there are some younger families.” Young families? On Longboat Key? It’s not an oxymoron. The island’s median age was 70.4 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census, but 199 of the Key’s 6,888 full-time residents were under age 18. In October, Sleepy Lagoon resident Craig Altizer highlighted issues that affect the youngest residents when he told the Longboat Key Town Commission about swelling class sizes in Anna Maria Elementary School and the increasing number of families with school-age kids that are moving to the north end of the Key. He named 11 children to the Longboat Observer in his neighborhood alone who are elementary and middle school ages. His wife, Marta Altizer, a Realtor for Michael Saunders & Co. who first told Fischer about the north end, said families are increasingly drawn to Longboat Key.

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A group of approximately a dozen children trick-or-treated in the Longbeach Village on Halloween night. “Because we don’t have (short-term) rentals here, when you let your kids go outside, you know who your neighbors are,” Marta Altizer said. But, according to current School District of Manatee County records, just 13, or 4.92%, of Anna Maria Elementary School’s students have Longboat Key addresses. So, where are all the children? According to Marta Altizer, many students attend private schools such as St. Stephen’s Episcopal School or Bradenton Christian School on the mainland or are home-schooled. She believes some students at Anna Maria Elemen-

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tary who live on the Key might not have up-to-date addresses registered with the school. She also finds that some families bring their children to the Key part time, mostly for summers and weekends. “There’s like this little subgroup of kids who don’t get counted,” Marta Altizer said. Commissioner Pat Zunz, whose district includes the north end, recently met with Anna Maria Elementary PTA President Monica Simpson to discuss school-related issues. Zunz has noticed more kids on the Key in recent years; she points to the number of trick-or-treaters this year in the Longbeach Village. She plans to continue tracking issues in the school system. “We would like to be a force to facilitate some positive change in the system rather than to be critical,” Zunz said. Still, Emerald Harbor resident Helen Smith, whose children Zac, 12, and Sarah, 14, attend Bradenton Christian School, hasn’t noticed a major influx of kids on the Key since her family relocated from Clarkesville, Ga., three years ago — not that her kids seem to mind. She lists the activities they participate in, including sailing at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, fishing and tennis at Cedars Tennis Resort. “I think they’re in paradise,” Smith said. “I knew about Longboat Key for years, but I don’t remember a lot of kids ever being on the island. But my kids

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Sarasota based-Bush Ross, P.A., responded to Tannenbaum’s letter Oct. 25, stating the association won’t adhere to Tannenbaum’s request. Kelly noted the Colony is a resort condominium “with a bankrupt and dissolved operator,” doesn’t have access to recreational facilities and “experts in resort properties have advised the board that even if fully repaired, the buildings are functionally obsolete and cannot support a profitable resort.” “The board continues to move forward aggressively in trying to reach an agreement with a developer acceptable both to the board and the owners,” Kelly wrote. “Until that process is completed, expending substantial sums to repair any building, would, in the business judgment of the board, be imprudent and a waste of limited resources.” Association President Jay Yablon told unit owners in a Nov. 10 email that unit owners are in the middle of the voting period for a proposed legal settlement that, “if approved by the owners and then by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May, will end the core legal disputes that have made progress impossible at The Colony.” “We need to show that at a time when it counts more than ever, the Colony Association can agree upon a settlement that is essential in ending the logjam and start to move forward,” Yablon wrote. May will review the proposed settlement and a series of motions Nov. 22, in his Tampa courtroom.

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Telecommunications, boat parking top workshop agenda

Brown: ‘We are being punished’ by insurance

Residents planning to attend the Longboat Key Town Commission’s regular workshop at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, should bring a snack and plan for a long afternoon. Several items that pique the curiosity of residents all over the Key are on the agenda. Below, the Longboat Observer recaps items of particular interest to Longboaters:

Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, works to suspend an act that has wreaked havoc on insurance rates for property owners living close to the water.

• Telecommunications ordinance

Nothing packs Town Hall like a discussion about telecommunications. The ordinance under consideration states an applicant can seek 100 feet to 110 feet of height for a tower. However, the planning board suggests an amendment that would allow applicants to seek a waiver for additional height. The new ordinance also includes a hierarchal method for approval, calling for applicants to show that other preferred forms of less intrusive technologies are not feasible.

The new ordinance changes the allowed uses at the Longboat Key Public Safety Complex site and makes a cell tower an allowed use with the exception that a camouflaged tower is the only kind that would be permitted. The current rules allow towers only in institutionally zoned properties.

“We are being punished, it’s going to devastate our state.” Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown made that statement to more than 75 constituents who attended an insurance roundtable discussion Nov. 8, near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Brown explained rising insurance rates are causing financial hardships for barrier island residents and forcing some to consider moving to the mainland. Congressman Vern Buchanan, RLongboat Key, heard Brown’s concern and the concerns of others at the roundtable he called to discuss the rising cost of insurance and the impact it’s having on the area’s economy. “It’s just not acceptable to lose your home over rising insurance costs,” Buchanan said. Buchanan invited Brown and Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti to speak on the panel that also included real estate and insurance professionals. No one on the panel had good news to report. Brown reported that his wind insurance rose from $9,600 to $55,000 before he was able to negotiate a $23,000 annual premium. “Congress has got to look at this,” Brown said. “My wife and I want to sell our house and we’re not sure we will be able.” The Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) went through

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Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, said “it’s just not acceptable to lose your home over rising insurance costs” last week at an insurance roundtable.

an overhaul after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast last year and caused major destruction, both to the area and the NFIP. That overhaul, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, is now costing property owners and diminishing their ability to stay in their homes. Buchanan, who supported the act’s approval when it passed in July 2012, is now trying to get the act suspended to return rising insurance hikes back to normal levels while alternative modifications are made. Buchanan plans to hold a delegation meeting Nov. 21 to discuss the issue. Buchanan has co-sponsored a bill “to fix this.”

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The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board recommended a revised ordinance that would prohibit boat owners from anchoring their vessels on front lawns Keywide. Longbeach Village residents have opposed the town-wide ordinance, saying that a ban on boat-and-trailer parking in a historic boating community in which many lots don’t have waterfront access is unfair. Commissioners will review the ordinance in front of a crowd of Village residents who are expected to attend.

Also at its regular workshop, commissioners will: • Review a proposed resolution that allows the town to provide a defined contribution plan for the 11 members of the Longboat Key Police union as part of a three-year contract that also freezes the underfunded police pension plan. • Discuss modifying the town’s noise ordinance to include muffling equipment for lawn equipment. • Discuss town staff’s recommendation to dissolve the Zoning Board of Adjustment and assign its duties to either the commission or the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. The recommendation is being made because the ZBA has not been able to obtain a quorum and hold a meeting for several months. • Set dates for early voting and the municipal election date for the March election. • Discuss Town Manager Dave Bullock’s annual performance. All seven commissioners submitted satisfactory evaluations with marks that ranged from satisfactory to excellent.

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Johnson’s book shows ‘Lure of Longboat Key’ Mary Lou Johnson’s new coffee table book features 150 photos she took on the Key during the past 10 years. Mary Lou Johnson’s summer project actually took four summers to complete. A few years back, as her photography became more known, she started receiving the question: “Do you have a book?” In some cases, people owned five or six of her canvas photographs and were out of wall space, but still wanted photographs. So, four summers ago, she started working on the project during the slow off-season. She compiled photographs, made lists of shots she wanted to take and, in many cases, went back and reshot images. The completed project is “The Lure of Longboat Key — Sunrise to Sunset.” It features approximately 150 of Johnson’s photos from the past 10 years. Asked if she has a favorite photo in the book, Johnson laughs. She culled the collection down from thousands of images, often making difficult decisions about what photos she liked best. “That’s why it took so long,” she said. One of her favorites, though, is the cover image, which she took Feb. 8, 2008, during a beach stroll with her daughter, Erica. On the first page of the book, Johnson explains the book’s title, asking what exactly is the lure of Longboat. It’s a question many guests or residents will struggle to answer, as they explain the emotional pull of the island, she writes. It’s a feeling Johnson knows well.

She and her husband, Bill, honeymooned on the island 34 years ago and kept coming back. They finally moved 10 years ago to the Key. She previously worked as a privatepractice marriage-and-family counselor and taught high school and college English and psychology, before moving to the Key and pursuing her passion for photography professionally. Johnson hopes to pursue other book projects. She’s thought of other sites that could be good photography book subjects, such as Boca Grande, the Caribbean and Europe. She’s also considering another Longboat Key project. “It’s a beautiful place to be. I love to travel everywhere, but I love coming home here,” Johnson said. “The Lure of Longboat Key” includes a timeline. The first chapter is titled “Break of Dawn;” the final chapter is “Evening Tranquility.” Other chapters feature bird and marine life, beach scenes, gardens and more. The book ends with beachfront portraits Johnson has taken on the Key and a suggestion of things to do on the island. Books are $65 and are available to order on Johnson’s website, maryloujohnsonphotography.com, and various locations throughout Longboat Key and St. Armands Circle.

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Odds are in your favor if you want to help local children by purchasing a Kiwanis Foundation raffle ticket. Odds of winning at Powerball: one in 175,223,510. Odds of winning the grand raffle prize of a 2013 Ford Fusion or $10,000 cash at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s Gourmet Lawn Party: one in 400. Sure, the Powerball prize is bigger. (The Nov. 9 estimated jackpot was $87 million.) But the payoff of the Kiwanis Club raffle goes beyond the prize: Even if you’re one of the 399 raffle entrants who doesn’t walk away with the car, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped local students through the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation. Second prize is a painting of an Italian village scene by Marco Island artist Malenda Trick. Third prize is a weekend stay at the Usepa Island home of U.S. Rep. Vern and Sandy Buchanan. “ … Longboat has a charitable soul, and every year we’ve held the raffle, we’ve ended up selling all the tickets. This year, we’re doing what we can to raise more money as our foundation’s identity is becoming more public from our past successes,” wrote Kiwanis Club Secretary John Wild in an email to the Longboat Observer.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS Downtown Sarasota: Observer Media Group, 1970 Main St., Third Floor Longboat Key: BP Station, 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Sun Trust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road; Ace Hardware, 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Lazy Lobster, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive St. Armands Circle: Edward Jones, 443 John Ringling Blvd. (above Starbucks)

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Not a betting man (or woman)? Still plan on attending the Lawn Party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Islandside golf course, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. You’ll get to sample signature dishes from 30 local restaurants, along with beverages provided by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Sysco, Premier Beverage, Coca-Cola and Southern Wine & Spirits, plus creations by Exotica Florist for $25 ($30 at the gate). But you don’t have to think of the raffle as a bet. Every ticket is also a donation to the Kiwanis Foundation — that just so happens to come with a chance to win a prize. Last year’s event raised approximately $50,000, but Kiwanis members hope to top that by raising $75,000 this year. One way the club will raise additional revenue is by expanding its reserved seating at the luncheon, from 26 tables last year to 40 this year. And response to the expansion shows why you have to act fast when it comes to this event: As of Oct. 31, all reserved seats had sold out.

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“If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.” Friedrich Hayek “Road to Serfdom,” 1944 Editor / CEO / Matt Walsh mwalsh@yourobserver.com Publisher / Lisa Walsh lwalsh@yourobserver.com Chief Digital Officer / Emily Walsh ewalsh@yourobserver.com Executive Editor / Kat Hughes khughes@yourobserver.com Deputy Executive Editor / Jessica Luck jluck@yourobserver.com Managing Editor / Kurt Schultheis kschultheis@yourobserver.com News Editor / Robin Hartill rhartill@yourobserver.com Managing Editor/Diversions-Season / Stephanie Hannum, stephanie@yourobserver.com Managing Editor/Design / Nancy Schwartz nschwartz@yourobserver.com Arts & Entertainment Editor / Mallory Gnaegy mgnaegy@yourobserver.com Black Tie Assistant Editor / Heather Merriman hmerriman@yourobserver.com Director of Advertising / Jill Raleigh jraleigh@yourobserver.com East County Advertising Manager / Lori Ruth lruth@yourobserver.com Sales Manager / Penny DiGregorio pdigregorio@yourobserver.com Sales Manager / Rosemary Felton rfelton@yourobserver.com Senior Advertising Executive / Laura Ritter lritter@yourobserver.com Advertising Executives / Patti Duff, pduff@yourobserver.com Beth Holman, bholman@yourobserver.com Beth Jacobson, bjacobson@yourobserver.com Robert Lewis, blewis@yourobserver.com Suzanne Munroe, smunroe@yourobserver.com Robyn Didelot, rdidelot@yourobserver.com Brand Marketing Manager / Leslie Gnaegy lgnaegy@yourobserver.com Sales Coordinator/Account Managers / Lori Downey, ldowney@yourobserver.com Susan Leedom, sleedom@yourobserver.com Rachel Livingston, rlivingston@yourobserver.com Classified Advertising Sales Executives/ Maureen Hird, mhird@yourobserver.com Deedie Parker, dparker@yourobserver.com Director of Production and Information Technology / Kathy Payne, kpayne@yourobserver.com Assistant Production Manager / Brooke Schultheis, bschultheis@yourobserver.com Advertising Graphic Designers / Monica DiMattei, mdimattei@yourobserver.com Marjorie Holloway, mholloway@yourobserver.com Jim Knake, jknake@yourobserver.com Chris Stolz, cstolz@yourobserver.com Luis Trujillo, ltrujillo@yourobserver.com Director of Digital Sales / Kathleen O’Hara kohara@yourobserver.com Interactive Art Director / Caleb Stanton cstanton@yourobserver.com Digital Marketing Consultant / Brandon Steinert bsteinert@digitalobservermedia.com Digital Fulfillment Specialist / Jordon Stone jstone@digitalobservermedia.com Digital Content Producer / Alex Mahadevan alexm@yourobserver.com Chief Financial Officer / Laura Keisacker lkeisacker@yourobserver.com Controller / Lisa Schwenk lschwenk@yourobserver.com Office Coordinator / Donna Condon dcondon@yourobserver.com

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In denial of the bell curve The world is a bell curve. Our nation is are many. But in broad terms, you can point to three unconnected phenomena a bell curve. Americans are a bell curve. that eventually come together in a cosCollectivists, statists, and, let’s be honmic collision. A matter of time: est, way too many Democrats refuse to • 110 years of a cultural shift away from accept this indisputable fact. From the beginning of biblical times to the nation’s roots — from the 1900s of Teddy Roosevelt to Obama; today, there have always been poor peo• The human frailty of those who ple, middle-class people and rich people. pursue power and the law to force us to There have always been really sick or handicapped people, healthy people and behave according to their mores; • And perhaps most important, our super-healthy people. There have always been failure to educate the past three generations about our national, historical roots. below-average intelThere are lessons in all of this. ligence people, average The cultural shift: From the adoption intelligence people and of the U.S. Constitution in 1789 to the really smart people. There have always been Civil War, historians write that Americans embraced the culture of freedom — inlazy people, average dividual freedom, freedom of religion — achievers and extraorand limited government. They lived the dinary achievers. vision of the Founding Fathers. And there always will But after the Civil War and for the next be. MATT 50 years, thanks in large part to immigraAnd yet,with all of WALSH tion and the industrial revolution, the their being, the colU.S. economy grew at an extraordinary lectivists, statists and Obama-ites act with the pace. And human nature being what it is, as free-market capitalism produced invincibly ignorant delusion that by tiltdeserved wealth for the most brilliant ing the world with laws and government innovators and producers, as well as coercion — by using the force of prison undeserved wealth for some overzealous or a gun at your head — they can turn bell curves into flat lines so that everyone actors; as it also spread wealth among more than ever before, beneficiaries of is equal and all misery is eliminated. the producers; there also arose the few This is the belief behind Obamacare. who sought government power to reguThis is the belief behind governmentlate, intervene and control capitalism’s controlled public education. This is why winners and losers. we have 43% income-tax rates and why Indeed, from the presidency of Teddy politicians advocate $15-an-hour miniRoosevelt in 1900 through that of Barack mum wages. Obama, one president after another, and (Side note: If a higher minimum wage one Congress after another ushered in will lift people out of poverty, why stop more and more government intervention at $15 an hour? Why don’t we go all the way? Why not make it $200 an hour, $300 and expansion. The only exceptions in that 110 years: Calvin Coolidge and, to an an hour, $500 an hour? Then no one extent, Ronald Reagan. would be poor!) The most remarkable thing of all is that Why the worst get on top the majority of American voters bought This nearly unbroken trend of governand are buying this massive con: that the ment growth is federal government, aptly described in by coercive decree, Friedrich Hayek’s can provide equal “The Road to material well-being Serfdom,” in the to all. chapter he entitled Please think about “Why the Worst Get the following serion Top” (see box ously: What rational, above). In short, logical evidence exHayek describes the ists to convince anytactics of modernone that our federal day politicians, government could certainly those taccreate a “market” tics of our current that would adminpresident: Promise ister and manage the gullible “stuff” health insurance +2 -1 +1 +2 Mean they want; drum and high-quality Score SD SD SD SD it into their minds health care serincessantly; and vices for 300 million portray the opposipeople in an orderly, efficient, low-cost tion as the mortal, economic system? evil enemy. Really? But of all of the reasons for today’s Surely, you might think an intelligent, Obamacare predicament, the one for rational person would dismiss that idea which all of us should shoulder responsijust on the basis of the monumental fact bility is lack of education. A lack of eduour federal government spends more cating our children and grandchildren on than $3 billion a year than it takes in and our Founders’ principles; the meaning of is $17 trillion in debt. How does that not individual freedom versus altruism; and register? true capitalism versus statism and crony And yet, in 2010, 219 Democrats in capitalism. the U.S. House of Representatives and Generations have been taught in pub60 Democrats in the U.S. Senate — no lic education to place the group ahead Republicans in either house — voted of the individual; government ahead of to impose the “Affordable Care Act” on capitalism, leaving many unaware that the American public. What’s worse, they those positions limit their freedom and did it without reading the law they were opportunities. adopting. If you read the McGraw-Hill middle This would be unfathomable were it school and high school textbooks on not the norm. American history, there is nary an explanation of the merits of capitalism 110-year shift versus other socio-economic systems. How does this happen? Nowhere will you find that capitalism has How does something so truly and obvi- increased the wealth and condition of ously implausible and so destructive of more people than any other governmenindividual freedom become “the law” of tal or economic system in the history of the land? the world. There is no single answer. The reasons To the contrary, the narrative is always

‘WHY THE WORST GET ON TOP’ “It is, as it were, the lowest common denominator which unites the largest number of people. If a numerous group is needed, strong enough to impose their views on the values of life on all the rest, it will never be those with highly differentiated and developed tastes — it will be those who form the ‘mass’ in the derogatory sense of the term, the least original and independent, who will be able to put the weight of their numbers behind their particular ideals. “ … In the second negative principle of selection: He will be able to obtain the support of all the docile and gullible, who have no strong convictions of their own but are prepared to accept a ready-made system of values if it is only drummed into their ears sufficiently loudly and frequently … “… The third and perhaps most important negative element of selection enters. It seems to be almost a law of human nature that is easier for people to agree on a negative program — on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off — than on any positive task. The contrast between the ‘we’ and the ‘they,’ the common fight against those outside the group, seems to be an essential ingredient in any creed which will solidly knit together a group for common action. “It is consequently always employed by those who seek, not merely support of a policy, but the unreserved allegiance of huge masses.” Friedrich Hayek “Why the Worst Get on Top” “The Road to Serfdom”

in the frame of how government comes to the rescue, how it steps in, as stated in McGraw-Hill’s “The American Vision,” “to ensure the interests of private concerns did not hurt public interest.” Capitalism is always bad. Or, progressives’ “efforts expanded democracy and improved the quality of life for millions of Americans.” In “The State of State U.S. History Standards 2011,” published by the Thomas Fordham Institute, education scholars Chester E. Finn Jr. and Kathleen PorterMagee write: “… We have mounting evidence that American education is … creating a generation of students who don’t understand or value our own nation’s history.” In the book’s ranking of state’s history education standards, 28 states earned D’s, 13 earned F’s. Florida earned a C.

No turning of the trendlines

In an interview with historian David McCullough for the Bradley Project on American National Identity, McCullough offered this somber conclusion: “The next generation of Americans will know less than their parents about our history and founding ideals. And many Americans are more aware of what divides us than of what unites us.” Put it altogether, and you can see the future and the lessons we should be learning: There appears to be no reversal at the federal level of the trendlines toward greater government intervention and expansion and less individual and economic freedom. It’s painful to think we must live three more years under the collectivist vision of the current president. Unless future generations know otherwise — that freedom and capitalism create more wealth and higher standards of living than servitude and statism — that bell curve will indeed be flattened. But we all will be much poorer and less free for it. Guaranteed.


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9:04 a.m. — 400 block of GMD. Property Damage. A manager reported that a woman struck a pillar in the carport. The woman said she didn’t contact police when she hit the pillar because she contacted her insurance company to file a claim for damages to the vehicle and pillar.

10:18 p.m. — 500 block of Ranger Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. A man noticed someone walking in the house across the street with a flashlight. The resident inside the home said he was having problems with his lights.

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+ Backflow-prevention devices land on the ugly list Dear Editor: Ms. Friedmann’s lengthy and detailed letter in last week’s Longboat Observer certainly would offer firm evidence that she is qualified to be the lead negotiator for the town in any matter regarding the crummy cell phone reception pervasive in the north end of Longboat Key. However, cell phone antennae do not necessarily have to be “ugly” towers. Many exist almost unseen on the tops of tall buildings and provide adequate short-range functionality. As far as avoiding ugliness, let me remind Ms. Friedmann that every house or building on Longboat Key has an ugly back-flow preventer, usually in the front yard. Two buried in-line check-valves could provide the same degree of back-flow safety without the existing ugliness. We have the ugly aboveground variety because the thentown manager insisted the state required them. My son lives in Volusia County; I visit him frequently and have yet to see a single back-flow preventer anywhere in Volusia County. Weldon G. Frost Longboat Key

ICAN’T FIND IT 9:44 a.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Lost/Missing Property. A man discovered his iPad was missing after vacationing on the Key over the weekend. He received an alert through his FaceTime account that the iPad had been turned on.

they didn’t think they were being loud, which the officer confirmed.

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2:22 p.m. — 3200 block of Bayou Road. Domestic Violence. A man called police because his wife locked him out of the house after an argument. He wanted to get his medications so that he could stay at their other residence for a few days. The wife said her husband suffers from mental illness and has been obsessing about her sister coming to the home. She plans to have her sister give him a call in a few days so that they can work out their differences.

NEIGHBORLY APPROACH 9:03 p.m. — 700 block of St. Judes Drive. Disturbance. A man found that his neighbor removed a sign he placed on his property telling people the street is a dead end and said the neighbor has been antagonistic toward him and his wife. The neighbor told police she will continue to enforce the rules of her association’s board and referred to the man as “garbage.”

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10:29 p.m. — 600 block of Cedar Street. Disturbance. An officer went to a home twice after the same caller complained twice about noise from a party. The second time, the group noticed the officer and said

8:37 a.m. — 4200 block of GMD. Public Service. A woman learned from her credit card company that someone charged more than $2,000 to her card at a Kay’s Jewelry in New York City.

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Dear Editor: Regarding “Hot Air” reported in the Cops Corner column of the Nov. 7 issue of the Longboat Observer. We read and enjoy the paper and the Cops Corner column is nothing, if not entertaining, at times. How fortunate we consider ourselves to reside on Longboat Key. I am disappointed that this incident was not fully reported, and I would like to set the record

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straight. The balloons in front of the Centre Shops were tied loosely, and some of them were on very long ribbons. As I approached on my bicycle, the breeze blew several of the balloons clear across the sidewalk. The ribbon and balloons blew across my neck and face. As the report (correctly) stated, I am 71 years old and endeavor to err on the side of caution when riding my bicycle. I applied the brake and stopped as the balloon was completely blocking my vision and the ribbon was wrapped around my neck. Fortunately, I did not fall or run into something. I collected myself, wrapped the ribbon around my handlebars and proceeded to ride through the shops looking for someone in charge. No one appeared, and the vendor whom I asked simply stated that he didn’t know the name of the person in charge. I left the Centre Shops with the balloon tied to my handlebars and proceeded to finish my ride. As they say, the rest is history ... or someone’s version of history. Two of Longboat’s police officers stopped and questioned me. I explained exactly what had happened and that I had entered the Centre Shops to warn someone of the danger of the balloons. The officer responded that he would have to go back and check before he could comment on the hazard. I encouraged him to do so and gave him the balloon. I clearly communicated that the balloons were a danger blowing all the way across the sidewalk. He advised me it was a “civil matter.” We parted ways and I returned immediately to the Centre Shops to take pictures (which I have) of the balloons blowing across the sidewalk right of way. I also spoke with the “organizer of the event” as she quickly attempted to retie the balloons. Clearly, the officers saw the reality of the situation and requested that she do so. I regret the report that was published did not include the pertinent facts in respect to why I had the balloon. The ribbon broke as it wrapped around my neck. Friends and family here now refer to this as the “balloon caper.”  As a television icon that portrayed a police officer for many years stated, “Just the facts.” Vicki Anderson Longboat Key

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Welcome Back Traffic jams, car carriers and crowds. They’re all sure signs that summer is over — and season is here. They’re small prices to pay for living in paradise with the friends who flee the North each winter. By those measures, season is in full swing. Summers on Longboat Key have a reputation for being slow. But here at the Longboat Observer, we’ve found that news during the so-called slow season pours in as surely as the afternoon showers. Here, we’ve compiled all the big news you missed while you were at your summer homes, traveling the globe or enjoying lazy summer days at the beach. It’s our way of saying, “Welcome back.”

// MAY // + L’Ambiance penthouse sale breaks county record A L’Ambiance penthouse sold for $6.75 million — the highest price recorded in property records for a condominium unit in Sarasota County history. Cheryl Loeffler, of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, represented the buyer and seller. The unit went under contract just 19 days after it was listed.

+ Commission selects new town attorney The Longboat Key Town Commission selected Maggie D. Mooney-Portale, of Lakewood Ranch-based Persson & Cohen, P.A., as its new town attorney. Commissioners cited both Portale’s experience and the institutional knowledge that comes with hiring an attorney from the same firm as outgoing attorney Dave Persson, who served the town for 23 years. Persson, who is now the attorney for the city of Venice, has returned to serve the town until January while Portale is on maternity leave.

+ FDOT seeks Cortez Bridge feedback More than 150 people attended an openhouse meeting April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, to learn more about the Cortez Bridge’s future and give feedback to FDOT officials as part of a two- to three-year study. The meeting revealed the results of surveys showing the public is split between

+ Tropical Storm Andrea brings floods Tropical Storm Andrea was the Key’s first and only brush with storm season to date this year. The June 6 storm didn’t cause destruction or major sand loss, but it flooded many north-end streets in Longbeach Village and Sleepy Lagoon. favoring a new bridge and a rehabilitation of the existing structure. Repairs to the bridge to extend its life will begin next year while plans for a new or rehabilitated bridge are explored.

+ Turtles got an early start on season Nesting season begins May 1, but turtles hit the beach a day early this year on Longboat Key. Sanctuary Manager Sheila Connell and maintenance supervisor Fred Boessel found Sarasota County’s first nest of the season near the condominium early April 30, while checking the property’s lighting in preparation for nesting season. Nesting numbers for Longboat Key were slightly ahead of last year’s, with 639 documented nests, compared with 628 in 2012. Mote Marine Laboratory reported 2,240 nests in its 35-mile patrol area this year, just behind last year’s record-breaking 2,462 nests.

+ Lee Fox leaves Save Our Seabirds Save Our Seabirds founder Lee Fox sent a news release May 9, announcing that the organization’s board terminated her. Board members disagreed with Fox’s claims, saying she received an offer to extend her employment for a year at her $28,000 salary, provided that she operate out of her smaller home-based facility in Wimauma.

Dr. Michael Crosby took on the role of Mote president/CEO in May.

+ Crosby assumes leadership role at Mote Dr. Michael Crosby took on the role of Mote Marine Laboratory president/CEO, three months after longtime president and CEO Dr. Kumar Mahadevan announced his retirement and transition to the role of president emeritus. Crosby leads a staff of more than 190, of which 31 hold Ph.Ds. He joined Mote’s staff in May 2010 to lead the lab’s scientific endeavors.

+ Stone crabs scarce in season Stone crab claws were tough to crack earlier this year. The season, which ended May 15, was one of the slowest in recent memory for many local restaurant owners. A lack of cold fronts most likely contributed to the scarcity because stone crabs don’t burrow in warmer water temperatures, making them vulnerable to predators.

+ Colony lands a ‘lucky’ break The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort received a “lucky” break. No, litigation involving the property

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Stan and Wendy’s six cygnets continue to thrive around the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside golf course.

+ Swan family continues to grow Swans Stan and Wendy’s nest yielded six healthy cygnets, while Alan and Beverly hatched five baby swans. Stan and Wendy’s cygnets continue to thrive but, sadly, Alan and Beverly’s cygnets died, with four falling prey to a river otter. The swan family had other happy news in May: Two young swans have officially paired. Unofficial swankeeper David Novak named them Sully — in honor of retired U.S. Airways Capt. Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York City — and Suzie, in honor of two Key residents: Susan Coyne, who has supported the Regal Swan Foundation, in Kissimmee, which has assisted with the swans’ care in recent years, and Sue Gilchrist, Novak’s partner of 21 years. didn’t end this summer, but the shuttered property was the site of filming for “The Lucky 6,” a comedy-drama film about six employees of a Sarasota tech startup who win $120 million in the lottery. It was the inaugural project for the Summer Feature Film Program, a collaboration between the Ringling College of Art and Design and FSU/Asolo Conservatory, in which Ringling students produce films and Asolo students act. Shooting took place from May 20 through June 13.

// JUNE // + Chiles nixes Mar Vista plan Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub owner Ed Chiles announced during the

June 3 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting that he would not pursue a plan to use the historic Rufus P. Jordan House for receptions and meeting space. The plan had drawn opposition from residents of the Longbeach Village, who complained about noise and parking at the restaurant. The commission had already approved the application on first reading in April, but the town realized residents of nearby properties weren’t properly noticed about the hearing.

+ Property values increase by 2.1% Longboat Key property values rose for

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from Superstorm Sandy. The sole bidder told the town his company would leave the Northeast for six to eight weeks for the project only if the town paid $5 million to move the dredge to the Key. The town declined the offer.

the 2010-11 fiscal year, but Town Manager Dave Bullock insisted in a July 8 letter that there was no agreement that the town would continue to pay that amount in the future. In August, the county finally hit the brakes on sending bills to the town.

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Susan Smith assumed the role of finance director of the town May 28. Smith previously served as finance director for Thomaston, Conn., and Wethersfield, Conn. She was hired for an annual salary of $95,000.

The Sarasota City Commission ordered city staff to investigate claims made by former Save Our Seabirds (SOS) volunteers at the commission’s July 1 meeting that the facility had rats and mold and that birds were being mistreated. After five unannounced inspections, staffers reported back to the commission that none of the accusations appeared to be founded.

+ Town postpones sand project The town postponed a summer beach project until next year, after the only bid the town received came in more than 40% higher than expected, at more than $13 million. Town Manager Dave Bullock attributed the price tag to demand to rebuild the Northeast’s coastline after damages

// JULY // + Town puts brakes on trolley funds The town held firm as Manatee County continued its quest to collect $84,000 to fund the island’s trolley route. The town paid the county $42,000 in

+ Key celebrates festive Fourth of July Community members painted the town red, white and blue July 4, for Longboat Key Freedom Fest. The event, which many longtime attendees say boasted a record crowd, included a parade around Bay Isles Road and games in Bicentennial Park. Town Manager Dave Bullock was so impressed by the Blaise Fluker, 21 months, rides in a wagon artwork of young parade-goers that in the parade during the Fourth of July he snagged a painting to hang in the Freedom Fest Parade. Town Hall art exhibit. One thing that made this Fourth of July different from past celebrations: There were no fireworks at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub later that evening. Owner Ed Chiles opted to nix annual events at the restaurant after hearing complaints from Longbeach Village residents about noise and parking at the restaurant when he submitted redevelopment plans for Mar Vista.

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+ Long Bar Pointe meeting ends in compromise The Manatee County Commission voted to approve a 250-room hotel for the 463-acre Long Bar Pointe property, but nixed a proposed 300-berth marina. Commissioners voted around 2 a.m. Aug. 7, at the end of a meeting that stretched more than 12 hours. Longboat Key officials monitored the application for the west Bradenton bayfront property closely because of concerns that the marina could damage Sarasota Bay and the nearby coastline. The commission’s decision means developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman will have to draw up a new text amendment and reapply to the county.

// AUGUST // + DeFuria retires from bench after 11 years The Hon. Rick De Furia retired Aug. 1, after 11 years as a 12th Judicial Circuit Court judge.

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+ Commission approves DROP, early retirement

WELCOME BACK / FROM PAGE 12A De Furia, a Longboat Key resident, told the Longboat Observer that his greatest rewards as a judge came from helping to rehabilitate young people and those struggling with addiction.

The Longboat Key Town Commission approved both a five-year Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP) window and an early-retirement incentive for general employees Aug. 14 in a 4-3 vote. The decision allowed eight employees to enter DROP. All eligible employees chose the option. DROP allows employees to retire and begin receiving their pension benefits for up to five years. Benefits plus interest are put into a separate account that the employee can collect when he or she no longer works for the town. Both the DROP and early-retirement incentive will cost an estimated $1,937,190 amortized over 30 years.

+ Swan keeper unveils swan family planning effort Same-sex unions are the future of the Bay Isles swan family — but not because of any U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Swans will pair off with a same-sex partner if they’re placed together in the same territories. Unofficial swan keeper David Novak will work over the next five to eight years to establish a same-sex pair for each of the Key’s six swan territories, while relocating other cygnets using his contacts at the Regal Swan Foundation to avoid overpopulation.

+ License cameras start to snap The long-awaited license-plate recognition camera system went live during the second week in August. In the first month of operation, the cameras flagged approximately 5,000 vehicles. Those stops included registered owners of vehicles who had an arrest warrant, suspended or expired driver’s license or expired tag and tags that came from stolen vehicles. Police have had to prioritize which drivers to stop. In August, police made double the number of traffic stops than they made in August 2012.

+ Insurance rates are on the rise The price of paradise includes rising insurance costs.

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+ Hilton submits $24 million plan Ocean Properties Ltd. submitted plans for a $24 million redevelopment-and-expansion plan for the Longboat Key Hilton Beach Resort in September that could begin in the first or second quarter of 2014. The plan calls for redeveloping existing Hilton buildings that are home to 102 rooms and seeks 85 additional tourism units. If approved, the resort would become the first applicant to take advantage of a town-wide pool of 250 tourism units that voters approved in 2008.

+ Nechtem expands corporate headquarters

Longboat Key property owners who don’t use their island homes as a primary residence are seeing 25% increases in their flood insurance as the result of an overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Association’s National Flood Insurance Program. The program also stopped writing new policies for homes built before 1975 while insuring homes built before that date with existing policies at a higher premium. The overhaul came after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Northeast last year, resulting in $3 billion in flood losses.

Charles “Chuck” Nechtem, president and CEO of Charles Nechtem Associates, announced plans to double his office space from 3,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet in Mediterranean Plaza and add seven associates, bringing his total Longboat Key staff to 23. The company provides employee-assistance programs and manages mentalhealth programs and customer-service programs for companies and municipalities throughout the country.

+ Loefgren returns to Longboat Key Chamber The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors announced Aug. 23 that Gail Loefgren would return to her role as president. Loefgren served as chamber president from 1993 to 2008. During that period, the chamber grew from 285 members to more than 600 members and was named Best

// SEPTEMBER // + Brenner won’t seek third term Vice Mayor David Brenner announced he won’t seek a third and final two-year term in March for the District 3 seat he holds on the Longboat Key Town Commission. Brenner, 78, made his final decision after spending 10 days in France with his wife, Maggie. He was elected to the commission in March 2010.

+ Mar Vista application stalls … again Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub owner Ed Chiles submitted a fourth application for his restaurant that eliminated the controversial plan to restore the Rufus P. Jordan House, but sought to build a tree house and add 11 seats to the restaurant. The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board was scheduled to review the application Sept. 16, but postponed the hearing after Longbeach Village resident Corinne Ragheb submitted an objection to the plan the afternoon before the hearing. The objection stated that the special exception the board recommended and the Longboat Key Town Commission approved in 2010, allowing for 11 additional seats, had expired Nov. 16, 2011. Town Attorney Maggie Mooney-Portale agreed the exception had expired and Chiles would have to request a new exception. Chiles has not submitted a fifth application yet.

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to transform the historic, five-acre Villa Am Meer parcel at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive into a 16 luxury residential condominium site. The $60 million project will likely come before the Longboat Key Town Commission in January or February.

+ Landowners approve BID extension St. Armands Circle landowners voted to approve a 10-year extension of the St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID). Fifty-four of 69 ballots were cast in favor of the special taxing district. The first official business for the BID is a $50,000 St. Armands parking feasibility study that’s been supported by the Sarasota City Commission and will be paid for solely with BID funds.

+ Board recommends boat-parking ordinance The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board recommended a revised ordinance that would prohibit boat owners from anchoring their vessels on front lawns. Longbeach Village residents have opposed the ordinance, saying that a ban on boat-and-trailer parking in a historic boating community where many lots don’t have waterfront access is unfair. The Longboat Key Town Commission will discuss the issue this week.

Former Sand Cay manager Judy Paul spoke on her own behalf at her sentencing Sept. 13.

+ Former Sand Cay manager sentenced Former Sand Cay Manager Judy Paul was sentenced Sept. 13 to three years in prison followed by 10 years of probation on a charge of scheming to defraud. Judge Thomas W. Krug also ordered Paul, 49, to pay $200,000 in restitution to Sand Cay. Krug allowed Paul to post a supersedeas bond of $100,000 while her attorneys appeal the case on the conditions that she live with her parents in Ohio and doesn’t take a job that involves handling money while her case is pending. purchased the resort last year. Capital investments at the Key Club include upgraded golf courses, a newly renovated spa, new pool deck furniture, new golf carts, new landscaping, new menu offerings, new restaurant equipment and more.

+ Ocean Properties: $4 + Developer proposes million worth of upgrades Villa Am Meer project Resort at Longboat Key Club General Manager Jeff Mayers detailed the $4 million upgrade the property has undergone since Ocean Properties

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+ Commission approves 10% millage hike The Longboat Key Town Commission approved a millage rate of 2.0760 mills, an amount that’s 10% higher than the rate of 1.8872 mills that was in effect since 2010. Commissioners opted to raise the millage rate after Town Manager Dave Bullock explained rising pension costs called for an increase, either this year or the following fiscal year.

+ PZ&B director Robin Meyer resigns Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer resigned Sept. 26, effective immediately. Meyer, who was hired in May 2012, received three months’ severance pay, according to Town Manager Dave Bullock, who described Meyer’s departure as a resignation, but said he determined severance “was appropriate in this situation.” Bullock appointed town planner Alaina Ray to lead the department in the interim.

+ Klauber, Association confirm settlement The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association board of directors and longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber signed a tentative agreement Sept. 25 that would give Klauber $3 million through a “Klaub-

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+ Chart House blaze causes $25,000 in damage An early morning fire at the Chart House Restaurant resulted in $25,000 worth of damage Oct. 22. The fire was limited to the decking area and didn’t damage the structure. The state is investigating the cause of the blaze, including the possibility that it resulted from a tossed cigarette.

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The town also reached an 11th-hour agreement with the Longboat Key Police Union in October on a contract that will freeze the police pension plan and set up 401(a) accounts for police officers. The union rejected an offer similar to the FRS agreement the town reached with firefighters because of concerns about the FRS plan’s rising costs.

+ Old Publix plaza comes down Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets Inc. demolished the last remaining part of the old Avenue of the Flowers plaza to make room for additional parking. The company originally planned to tear down the plaza in Easter but ran into scheduling issues.

+ Colony severs relationship with developer The Colony Beach & Tennis Association board terminated its relationship with development partner JHM Financial Group Oct. 16, after the parties couldn’t reach an agreement. It’s the second time the association has parted ways with its developer. In May 2012, the board voted unanimously to end its relationship with Club Holdings LLC.

+ Whitney Beach Plaza welcomes first new tenants The mostly vacant Whitney Beach Plaza received its first new tenants in October: Linen Locker, a 24/7 laundry and drycleaning kiosk, and a second Engel & Volkers Longboat Key real estate office. According to listing agent Debbie Anglin, of Ian Black Real Estate, leases have been signed for a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant and an attorney’s office.

+ Town to budget pension debt

Longboat Island Chapel hired Donna Dunio for the new position of executive director of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center (AIPRC). Dunio is the nonprofit organization’s first paid employee and was chosen from a pool of 102 applicants. She previously served as senior director of resource development for American Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter.

The town doesn’t plan to ask voters to approve a bond to pay down pension debt. Town staff and the Investment Advisory Committee recommended the town budget each year to pay more than its required contribution toward pension debt. Staff and committee members agreed it doesn’t make financial sense to pay off all the debt at once through a bond because of rising bond market interest rates.

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The town froze its firefighter and general employee pension plans Oct. 1, as anticipated, at the start of the new fiscal year. Twenty-nine of the town’s firefighters enrolled in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) plan, while five firefighters declined to enroll, opting instead to enter the Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP). Firefighters agreed to split the required FRS contribution with the town and cap the town’s required contribution at 13% of their salaries. The town set up defined-contribution 401(a) accounts for general employees, who are eligible for a town match of up to 13% of their salaries.

An Urban Land Institute panel suggested the town toss its codes and Comprehensive Plan and start from scratch when it presented its recommendations to the Longboat Key Town Commission Oct. 25, after a five-day study of the Key. Other recommendations from the $125,000 study: Relax the 30-day rental restriction mandate during off-season (the commission already nixed this idea); make Bayfront Park a recreational hub for outdoor activities but don’t build a community center there; and encourage a town center concept for the area around Publix. The panel will submit a formal report to the town later this year.


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COPS CORNER Drugs, DayGlo thongs, dogs on the beach — they’re all part of the beat for Longboat Key police. As usual, officers handled cases that ranged from serious to strange and sometimes silly. Here are our favorite Cops Corners from the summer.

YOU CAN’T MISS HIM 8:04 p.m. — 700 block of Bayport Way. Suspicious Circumstance. A 5-foot, 4-inch, dark-skinned, black-haired man wearing a DayGlo orange thong who spoke with an accent sat next to a woman on the beach and asked her to take several pictures of him. She felt uncomfortable and asked another beachgoer to walk her home.

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I’M NO DOPE 10:31 p.m. — 6300 block of Gulfside Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A man said a couple started banging and kicking on the front door. After police found the pair, the man said they stopped at the home because his girlfriend wanted to visit her friend. After police spoke to the couple for a few minutes, a woman walked outside and said, “I wasn’t buying any dope.”

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OH, SHERRY 11:41 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police observed a man parked on the sidewalk with the engine running. When police asked for his driver’s license, the man looked disoriented and was obviously sweating. After being monitored by firefighter/paramedics and noting that he drank cooking sherry by mistake, he took a cab home.

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YOU CAN’T STAND UNDER MY UMBRELLA-ELLA-ELLA 2:03 p.m. — 3200 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. A woman was lying out on the beach under her umbrella and went back inside her condo for a half-hour but returned to find her umbrella missing. She then found a man and woman lying under her umbrella to the south of where she had left it. The man said he had just borrowed it and offered her $5 for it. Police told the man and woman they were on private property and suggested they move to the public beach approximately 500 feet away.

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GIRLS INTERRUPTED 1:10 p.m. — 2000 block of GMD. Domestic Violence. During a cab ride back to their vacation rental, a 22-year-old man got into an argument with his father about girls he had met at a bar. When they arrived, the man jumped out, grabbed his

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BRUSH UP THOSE LYRICS 4:58 p.m. — 3400 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. A man pulled his family’s car next to another vehicle to park at a beach access and saw a man inside brushing his teeth; the man then became verbally aggressive. The man who matched the description said he hadn’t spoken to anyone but possibly someone heard him singing a song and didn’t like the lyrics.

father from behind and began choking him. His father said his son drank too much and that the girls his son met were going to take his money, but his son kept screaming that his father had ruined his chance with the girls. The man was arrested and taken to jail.

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HOME RUN 12:14 a.m. — 500 block of Harbor Cove Circle. Public Service. A woman who appeared intoxicated walked to her community’s guardhouse to ask for help after a cab dropped her off at home, then turned around and started walking home. She told police everything was fine and she was just walking home. Police accompanied her back to her residence.

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OPEN AND SHUT CASE 12:26 a.m. — 2100 block of GMD. Public Service. A condo resident called police because he accidentally locked himself on his balcony. A maintenance worker told police where to find the key to let him back inside.

OCT. 2

LAID-BACK WORKER 1:02 p.m. — 600 block of Spanish Drive N. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman found a maintenance worker sleeping on a woman’s couch. The man said he checks the house for the owner but felt sick and laid down for a few minutes. The owner confirmed the arrangement but asked police to trespass him.

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FILMING FIGHT 3:22 p.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Battery. A Ringling student said his professor grabbed him by the arm a few weeks ago while shooting a film at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort after he didn’t return from the grocery store with groceries. He filed a complaint with the school and called police because he wants to file charges against his professor.

9:57 a.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Disturbance. A couple didn’t realize a bathroom at Bayfront Park was occupied, which angered a man whose wife was inside. He told them that they must be from Europe, but in this country, it’s common courtesy to knock before entering. The man admitted to pointing a spray bottle filled with vinegar at the woman because the couple blocked his car in with their motorcycles. Police gave him a trespass warning.

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THIS ONE’S A HEAD-SCRATCHER 8:31 p.m. — 600 block of Longboat Club Road. Suspicious Person. A man with a German accent was looking for his shirt and kept scratching his head with a piece of driftwood. He sternly said that he didn’t drink when someone offered him a beverage and kept walking south on the beach. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Read more Best of Cops Corner entries

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James “Jim” Greer, 89, of Longboat Key, died April 19. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Bronze Star for his service, and went on to become general agent for Aetna Life & Casualty. Greer moved in 1983 to Longboat Key. He was an avid golfer and supporter of the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s proposed Islandside project. He attended Mass daily at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.

H. Kermit ‘Kit’ Green Jr.

H. Kermit “Kit” Green Jr., 78, of Longboat Key and Point Pleasant, N.J., died April 20. He served as a specialist in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and spent much of his career self-employed as a manufacturer’s representative for companies in the tabletop industry. He was a member of the Saalam Shrine in Livingston, N.J., volunteered as a “shepherd” in his retirement, making more than 100 trips driving children to receive medical treatment.

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Helen Linton Schweyer, 96, of Longboat Key, died April 26. After an early career on Wall Street at the Bank of New York, she became a stayat-home mother. She moved in 1975 to Longboat Harbour, where she was the longtime head of recreation. She loved passing afternoons at the bridge table and ending it with the perfect Manhattan — rocks on the side.

Eugene Eckman

Eugene Eckman, 83, of Sarasota and formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died May 1. He worked for many years at Longboat Key Publix after retiring from General Motors in Buffalo, N.Y.

David Schmidt

David Schmidt, 86, of Longboat Key, died May 1. Schmidt was a World War II veteran and an attorney who was admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He had a career in the FBI, specializing in criminal cases, and retired with the rank of inspector. Schmidt served as director of the Survey & Investigations Staff of the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives. In retirement, Schmidt was the first owner elected to the board of directors at Inn on the Beach and served as president for four years.

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Lynne Sklover, 94, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 4. She was a former resident of Hewlett Harbor, N.Y., and lived in Longboat Key and Sarasota for more than 25 years.

Helene Diener

Helene Diener, 76, of Longboat Key and formerly of Brewster, N.Y., died May 5. Diener was an established business owner in the Brewster community for more than 30 years. She retired to Longboat Key in 2008.

Marcelyn Jean Henrikson

Marcelyn Jean “Marcy” Henrikson, 79, of Elgin, Ill., and Longboat Key, died May 11. She enjoyed playing tennis, baking pies, hiking mountains, volunteering for the local, regional and national Presbyterian Church, sewing clothes and Halloween costumes and teaching. She and her husband, Hal, enjoyed wintering at their condominium on Longboat Key.

Paul Grodner

Paul Grodner, 90, of Annapolis, Md., and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 20. He earned his CPA at the University of Pittsburgh and became regional controller assistant to the president at Clark Equipment Co. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was deployed to the Panama Canal during World War II. Grodner was active in all of the Jewish communities in which he lived and served as treasurer of Temple Beth Israel.

Lydia Hawes

Lydia Hawes, 93, of Longboat Key, died May 23. She was a schoolteacher in Massachusetts who was married to her high school sweetheart, Melvin, for 68 years. She volunteered at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and was a longtime member of Sarasota Yacht Club.

Joyce Harsche

Joyce Harsche, 71, of Longboat Key, died May 24.

Dr. John ‘Jack’ O’Brien

Dr. John “Jack” O’Brien, 79, of Longboat Key and North Kingstown, R.I., died May 25. Originally from Cork, Ireland, O’Brien served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander based out of Bethesda Naval Hospital for two years and went on to found what is now Rhode Island Medical Imaging, which has offices throughout the state. In retirement, he pursued his passion for tennis, competing in and winning several championships at the Longboat Key Club and Resort and the Warwick Heights Tennis Club in Rhode Island

Donald Sayre FitzGibbon

Donald Sayre FitzGibbon, 88, of Longboat Key and Frederick, Md., died May 25.

George Edward Frost

George Edward Frost, 95, of Sarasota, died June 2. He practiced law in Chicago before serving as director of the Patent Law Division of General Motors Corp. from 1966 to 1983. He taught law at the John Marshall Law School and University of Chicago Law School. Frost was a member of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church.

Harold ‘Pete’ Vonachen Jr.

Harold “Pete” Vonachen Jr., 87, of Peoria, Ill., and Longboat Key, died June 10. Mr. Vonachen served in the U.S. Navy


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during World War II. He became president of Peoria Blacktop Inc. in 1970 and purchased the Peoria Chiefs in 1983. He earned a number of honors, including Sporting News Professional Baseball Class A Minor League Executive of the Year, Midwest League Executive of the Year, National Society of Fundraising Executives Philanthropy Award, and Ambassador of Baseball for the State of Illinois.

Joyce Kolligian

Joyce Kolligian, 76, of Longboat Key and formerly of Winchester, Mass., died June 11. Kolligian served as executive director of the Simmons Leadership Conference for the past 13 years and established J.K. Carlyle Associates, a boutique marketing and communications consulting firm. She was an avid golfer and member of the Longboat Key Club who scored a hole-inone in 2008.

Rita Murphy

Rita Murphy, 66, of Longboat Key and formerly of Longwood, died June 16.

Dale Elizabeth Herbst

Dale Elizabeth Herbst, 66, of Kansas City, Mo., died June 17. She was a former lay minister at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church and Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

Barbara Arau

Barbara Arau, 83, of Sarasota, died June 18. She began a long writing career as an editor at Outdoor Life and Prentice Hall Publishers. She went on to work in the direct marketing business and as a writer in a public relations firm. After moving to Sarasota, Arau published her first novel, “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah,” a food and crime novel set in

the Florida Keys. She continued to write personal essays and travel stories for national magazines and newspapers.  She was a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, as well as Selby Women’s Writers. 

Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Smith

Elizabeth “Lib” Smith, 100, of Longboat Key, died June 21. Smith taught music for seven years at Shawnee Mission Junior High School, in Louisville, Ky., and later worked for many charitable organizations, including the Red Cross, Junior League and her local church in Indianapolis. She moved in 1973 to Longboat Key and volunteered at the Longboat Island Chapel and taught classes in crewel embroidery and needlepoint for many years.

Cynthia Segrest Hamilton Dunn

Cynthia Segrest Hamilton Dunn, 80, of Charlotte, N.C., and formerly of Longboat Key and Punta Gorda, died June 24. A native of Baton Rouge, La., she attended Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She had a successful career as a realestate broker in Louisiana and Florida. She loved the genealogy, history, the outdoors, golf and captaining her boat, “The Mistletoe.”

Cyrus ‘Cy’ Bispham

Cyrus “Cy” Bispham, 87, of Sarasota, died June 26. His family had deep roots on Longboat Key. His father, Jackson Bispham, was a former Longboat Key farmer who relocated to the mainland after a 1921 hurricane wiped out his crop. In 1950, Bispham helped relocate the dairy farm to the Gulf Gate area, then to property east of town in 1952, where it continued to operate until 1987. Bispham devoted the 12 years leading up to his retirement to developing 383 acres of the family’s 1,150-acre farm into

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Hart Wurzburg

Former Longboat Key Mayor A. Hart Wurzburg, 92, of Plymouth Harbor, died June 26. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He went on to own and operate Minna Hart, a ladies’ specialty shop in Winnetka, Ill., for 35 years. Wurzburg was elected to the Longboat Key Town Commission in 1987, after campaigning to “continue the progress that has been made in slowing the rampant growth on the island.” He went on to serve four years on the commission, including one year as mayor from 1990 to 1991.

Louis Flanzer

Louis Flanzer, 93, of Longboat Key and Scarsdale, N.Y., died June 30. Flanzer served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant and refused a promotion to stay with his men. After the war, he rejoined Flanzer & Son and expanded the business for his father and brother-in-law. He later became a successful real estate investor, avid golfer and philanthropist. He conquered his fear of flying in the 1960s by becoming a licensed pilot and then giving flying lessons to both of his children.

Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins, 91, of Longboat Key, died July 3. Perkins served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a self-taught musician who began his career in education as a music teacher at Sarasota Junior High School. He retired as principal of Booker

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Pamela Allen Levenson, of Longboat Key and formerly of Newton, Mass., died July 18.

Dr. Thomas Vincent Getchell

Dr. Thomas Vincent Getchell, 73, of Longboat Key and Lexington, Ky., died July 20. Getchell earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Wayne State University and the University of Kentucky, he trained many graduate and postdoctoral students and received numerous awards for his research in neuroscience. He also served as assistant dean of the graduate school at Wayne State University and associate dean for Research and Basic Science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Rae Ferguson Reasoner

Rae Ferguson Reasoner, 81, of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died July 22. She moved in 1938 to Longboat Key and attended the old school in the Longbeach Village. Reasoner was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, Selby Gardens, the Bradenton Country Club and the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. She was a former board member of the Junior Science Museum, the South Florida Museum, Manatee County Agriculture Museum, a life member of Entre Nous and a sustaining member of the Service Club of Manatee County.

Arthur ‘Art’ Falls

Arthur “Art” Falls, 86, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died July 27. He retired from a career in Illinois government and in 1978 purchased the Sea

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DeAnn Davis

DeAnn Davis, 72, of Bradenton, died July 28. She taught at Anna Maria Island Elementary School for 34 years until she retired in 2010.

Marjorie Hammer

Marjorie Hammer, 94, of Longboat Key, died July 31. She was an avid reader, Mahjong player and needlepoint artist who enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, Robert, although Longboat Key was the place they loved most. They built their dream house on the Key, where they lived for more than 30 years.

Charles Van Winfree

Charles Van Winfree, 96, of Longboat Key, died July 31. He became an orphan when he was 14 at the start of the Great Depression and struck out to find work after just eight years of schooling in the grocery busi-

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ness, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and National Guard. He joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in 1940 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He rose through 18 vertical promotions to become vice president of MetLife, which was the largest insurance company in the world when he retired in 1974.

Christopher Kevin Landry

Christopher Kevin Landry, 69, of Boston and Longboat Key, died Aug. 1. Landry served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1966 to 1974 . He worked at TA Associates from 1968 to 2013, becoming general partner in 1972, managing partner in 1982, CEO in 1984, chairman in 2007 and senior adviser in 2012.

Jeanette Helen Schoener

Jeanette Helen Schoener, 87, of Longboat Key and formerly of West Orange, N.J., died Aug. 5. Schoener was retired from Lord & Taylor in Milburn, N.J., where she worked for 25 years, and also worked at the Holiday Inn. She lived on Longboat Key for the past 26 years.

Sherwin ‘Sonny’ Welson

Sherwin “Sonny” Welson, 84, of Longboat Key and West Hartford, Conn., died Aug. 5. He graduated from Colby College in Maine and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mildred Yasuna

Mildred Yasuna, 95, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Aug. 5. She graduated from Boston University with a law degree in 1940. Yasuna was an avid tennis player and golfer who loved the ocean.

Elizabeth Poss Colebrook

Elizabeth Poss Colebrook, 90, of Aurora, Ohio and Longboat Key, died Aug. 10. She moved to Longboat Key in 1991 and loved playing tennis, gardening and writing. She compiled her writings into a book called “Digging Up Grandpa” that was published in 2011.

Rosalie Cubbon Kobiela

Rosalie Cubbon Kobiela, 74, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 10. She grew up in Crewe, England and moved to Sarasota in 1962, then to Longboat Key in 1976.

Grace Douglass Marlow

Grace Douglass Marlow, 90, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Aug. 12. She moved in 1968 to Longboat Key and then in 2005 to Sunnyside Village.

Vivien Marie England

Vivien Marie England, 101, of Falmouth, Mass., and Longboat Key, died Aug. 14. She was a longtime resident of Winchester, Mass., who spent summers at her lakeside cottage in New Hampshire and winters on Longboat Key.

Thomas Bramble

Thomas Bramble, 101, of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died Aug. 17. Bramble worked in various capacities for the Tuberculosis Foundation and became a high school counselor upon his retirement. He played tennis well into his 90s on the Key.

Gershom Ralph Cohn

Gershom Ralph Cohn, 97, of Sarasota, died Aug. 18. He was a Bird Key resident who raised funds for a building to house the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, the Jewish Community Center and was a member of the Jewish Housing Council.

Orville ‘Ditto’ Andrews III

Orville “Ditto” Andrews III, 78, of Long-

boat Key, died Aug. 19. Formerly a dedicated Northeasterner, he found bliss the first time he drove over the Longboat Pass Bridge more than 30 years ago and made Longboat Key his permanent home

in 1984. He was a licensed real estate broker in Florida, a member of Kiwanis, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (including the Committee of 100), Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and Florida Property Managers Association.

Marjorie Morris

Marjorie Morris, 91, of Lafayette, Ind., and Longboat Key, died Aug. 22. She spent her winters on Longboat Key and was involved with many activities on the Key and in Lafayette.

Margie Kallmeyer

Margie Kallmeyer, 85, of Longboat Key, died Aug. 28. She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. as a service representative and retired in 1980 to Longboat Key. Kallmeyer was a member of Longboat Island Chapel and an avid tennis player who played on the Tri City Team for Cedars Tennis Club.

Constance ‘Connie’ Pla

Constance “Connie” Pla, 73, of Sarasota, died Sept. 3. Originally from Attleboro, Mass., she proudly spent the last 21 years cooking and housekeeping at the rectory of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.

Merle Warner Huntington Jr.

Merle Warner Huntington Jr., 92, of Longboat Key and Brevard, N.C., died Sept. 9. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and took a sales-engineering position with Plymouth Stamping in 1953 in Plymouth,

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Jill Felix Colton

Jill Felix Colton, 69, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 19. Colton began her real estate career a residential agent in Chester County, Pa., then moved on to commercial real estate with Philadelphia developer Bill Rouse. She custom-developed the Great Valley Corporate Center with tenants and persuaded Rouse to expand the business into Europe. She went on to become CEO and the first nonacademic leader of the Philadelphia-based University City Science Center in 1997.

Thomas Jacob Beckett

Thomas Jacob Beckett, 80, of Bradenton, died Sept. 20. He practiced accounting in Ohio, then worked for 15 years for a national CPA firm in Tampa before opening his own office in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. He was a founding charter member and elder at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, and served as treasurer for the past seven years.

Dr. Donald Eugene Taggart

Dr. Donald Eugene Taggart, 78, of Osprey and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 22. Taggart practiced dentistry for 38 years in Bellvue, Ohio. He retired in 1998 and moved to Longboat Key, where he became a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Di Cecco

Anthony “Tony” Di Cecco, 90, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 25. Born in Letino, Italy, Di Cecco became an American citizen in 1940 and worked at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey during World War II. After 33 years of service at Washburn Wire Co. in New York City, he and his wife, Blanca, moved in 1989 to Longboat Key. He volunteered with Meals On Wheels and Mote Marine and also worked at Longboat Key’s Publix for a few years.

Marcella Hazan

Marcella Hazan, 89, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 29. The acclaimed cookbook author was known as the “godmother of Italian cooking.” Born in Cesenatico, Italy, she held doctorates in biology and natural sciences. She didn’t speak a word of English and had never cooked a meal in 1955, when she married her husband, Victor, and moved to New York. Hazan learned to cook and eventually began teaching cooking classes, one of which led to a fortuitous meeting with New York Times food writer Craig Claiborne in 1970. She went on to publish six cookbooks that sold more than 1 million copies combined. She was a Promenade resident since 1997.

Thomas ‘Tom’ Halpin

Thomas “Tom” Halpin, 88, of Naperville, Ill., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 4. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an attorney for Northern Trust for more than 40 years.

Evelyn Mader Cote

Evelyn Mader Cote, 103, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5, one week after celebrating her 103rd birthday. She was widowed in 1964 and moved in 1969 to Longboat Key, where she built a home that became the hub of many family gatherings. During the next two decades, she traveled worldwide, owned and operated an art store and became an avid golfer and accomplished watercolorist.

Leila Gompertz

Leila Gompertz, 94, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5. The noted philanthropist was a founder of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 1980 and key supporter of Planned Parenthood, Florida Studio Theatre and other organizations. She actively recruited other supporters wherever she went, including by the pool at her former Seaplace home. Gompertz received the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Robert ‘Bob’ Tate

Robert “Bob” Tate, 89, of Sarasota and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5. The community activist and philanthropist was one of five founders of “Mobility Now,” a citizens action committee that formed in 2003 to oppose the city’s plans to narrow the downtown highway corridor from four lanes to two lanes that later called itself the “Old Coots Lunch Bunch.” Tate served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He then returned to his native Baltimore and expanded his family’s business, Tate Engineering Inc., from a small marine parts supplier and into a major supplier of engineering components throughout the industry.

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George Peters

George Peters, 81, formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 11. He and his wife, B.J., cruised 50,000 miles in U.S. waters and the Bahamas. Later, they began traveling in an RV and visited every state on the continent and nearly every Canadian province. Peters served as commander of the Sarasota Power Squadron and was a member of the Longboat Key Coast Guard Flotilla. He was serving as president of the Plymouth Harbor Residents Association this year.

Rosemarie Mildred Wagstaff

Rosemarie Mildred Wagstaff, 71, of Plaistow, N.H., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 11. Wagstaff worked as a supervisor in the central files department for Wang Laboratories in Lawrence, Mass. She was a threetime cancer survivor who loved cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.

Lois Winett Katz Rose Miles

Lois Winett Katz Rose Miles, 83, of Lido Key and Longboat Key, died Oct. 22. She was an avid tennis player, benefactor of Israel Tennis Centers, a 2,000-hour volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the former owner of Key Island Properties Inc.

Alan Stone

Alan Stone, 84, of Longboat Key and Chicago, died Oct. 25. Stone was a veteran of the Korean War and a designer and wholesaler of children’s apparel. Stone purchased Harbour Links original swan pair George and Gracie for his wife, Beverly, as an anniversary gift in 1994. Their progeny now includes four adult mated pairs and new cygnets each spring. One of those mated pairs is named Alan and Beverly.

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This wonderfully updated, oversized townhome features sweeping city and bay views at every turn, floor-to-ceiling triple pane windows throughout, new hardwood flooring and a spacious layout. Perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Sarasota, this residence lives like a single family home while also offering first-rate amenities and security. The layout is ideal for any gathering and enhances privacy for overnight guests. One master suite plus a media room comprises the entire first floor and a second master, guest suite, eat-in kitchen, expansive living/dining room and two terraces are on the second level. The two secure parking spaces included also provide direct access from the garage to the residence.

Longboat Key, FL • 7100 Longboat Drive East • 3,280 sq. ft. • $1,395,000 • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths • www.7100LongboatDriveEast.com

Sarasota, FL • 1233 N. Gulfstream Avenue, Residence 304 • 3,980 sq. ft. • $1,499,000 • 3 bedrooms, bonus room, 3 1/2 baths • www.MarinaTower304.com

Roger C. Pettingell, Waterfront Luxury Specialist 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Suite 1, Longboat Key, Florida 34228 office: (941) 387-1840 cell: (941) 586-6668 fax: (941) 827-9444 website: longboatrealestate.com bestsarasotarealestate.net blog: blog.longboatrealestate.com e-mail: roger@longboatrealestate.com

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IT’S READ EVERYWHERE Lou and Sandi Bury, who took their East County Observer with them to Costa Maya, Mexico, won the grand prize in the 2013 ‘It’s Read Everywhere’ photo contest. What a ride it’s been. We asked you to take us along on your travels for our 2013 “It’s Read Everywhere” contest by packing a copy of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press and sending us photos of your adventures. Here’s what happened when a whopping 141 readers submitted their photos with their hometown newspapers in hand. We reached great heights at Mount Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. We savored the spotlight during the filming of the “Today” show in New York City, at Buckingham Palace the week that Prince George was born and during the presidential inauguration earlier this year. We experienced magic at both Disney World and Disneyland. We went to the Land Down Under twice, swam the Dead Sea twice, visited the Taj Majal, took too many African safaris to count and traveled to every continent except for Antarctica. We don’t even know all the places we’ve been: Marines stationed on the U.S.S. Kearsage sent us their photo but couldn’t reveal their location. (That was classified in-

formation.) But the readers have spoken by voting 5,098 times at YourObserver.com. And, that’s why the grand prize goes to East County residents Lou and Sandi Bury, who took their East County Observer with them to Costa Maya, Mexico, during a cruise — they received 3,659 votes. “We took the paper along with us on our side tours and while shopping,” they said. “We love the paper, because it keeps us informed of local news and what is going on in the community.” To all who participated, we’d like to say, “Thanks for the ride.” Although traveling during this year’s contest has been quite the journey, we’re glad you’re back here on the homefront. And we’re sure you’ll agree when we say, “There’s no place like home.”

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Volunteers collect 21 bags of trash at cleanup Volunteers collected 21 garbage bags of trash, recyclable material and fishing line during the second Shoreline Cleanup on Coon Key Saturday, Nov. 9. Twenty Plymouth Harbor residents, staffers and family members participated

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339 BOB WHITE WAY - 4BR/3BA furnished pool home with 540 sq. ft. Florida room situated on a garden lot. $849,000

603 LONGBOAT CLUB ROAD #802 - Stunning 8th floor, 2BR/2BA residence with views over Gulf, Islandside Golf Course, Bay and downtown from its east and west balconies. $990,000

GRAND BAY #344 - Outstanding bay, golf and mooring views from this 2BR+Den/3Full/2Half Bath, 4th floor residence with over 3,300 sq. ft. of open living. $1,090,000

Gulf Front Listings

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LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS - #1003S 2BR/2BA residence on the south tower’s 10th floor with endless views. $995,000

530 HARBOR POINT RD - Freshly manicured canal front lot in Bay Isles Harbor Section. $1,495,000

SEAGATE - #14D, 2BR/2BA with direct, elevated Gulf views from this 14th floor, finely detailed home. $749,000

1400 HARBOR SOUND DRIVE - Vacant lot with picturesque waterway view to the Bay. $1,395,000

SEAPLACE - #G3-102, 3BR/2BA ground floor, corner residence with a tropical westerly view. $529,000

GRAND BAY #354 - 3BR/3FULL/2HB, 5th floor residence with panoramic views to the east and west. $1,195,000

SUNSET BEACH - #1401 Furnished 2BR/2BA, 4th floor home with poolside and Gulf views. $499,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 572 Ranger Lane - 2BR+Den/3BA canal front pool home with boat dock. $769,000

BEACHPLACE - BLDG 11-#202 2BR/2BA unfurnished residence with 1 covered/1 uncovered parking space. $429,000

2377 HARBOUR OAKS DRIVE - Fantastic, renovated 3BR/2.5BA villa with views over the Harbourside greens. $549,000

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2043 HARBOUR LINKS DRIVE - 3BR/2.5BA courtyard villa with 2-car garage and pleasant golf course views. $539,000 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - The west coast’s largest marina has a 45’ slip just for you! $74,500

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YOUR NEIGHBOR | Steve Branham

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is father never told him to follow in his footsteps, but Rear Adm. Steve Branham always felt a pull toward the Coast Guard. “It was a natural thing,” Branham said. “My brother joined as well, so, between the three of us, I think we’ve Neighborhood: got a total of 106 years Longboat in the Coast Guard.” Shores In 1973, Branham entered the U.S. Coast Your neighbor since: 2011 Guard Academy. After spending four years there as a cadet, he was assigned to his first ship for a two-year tour. Altogether, he served six tours of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, totaling 12 years of sea service in the Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean regions. He spent those years on various cutters, ranging in size from 95 feet to 378 feet, and provided drug law enforcement, migrant interdiction, search and rescue, marine safety and pollution cleanup. His dedication and leadership moved him up the

ranks, culminating at the senior executive level as a two-star admiral. Today, he is the vice president of government relations at Witt O’Brien, a disasterresponse company formed in January. It mainly handles man-made and natural disasters, including oil spills, hurricanes and floods. Branham has lived on Longboat Key for nearly two years since marrying Susan Phillips, a longtime resident and assistant to the town manager. The pair is involved in the community, with Phillips serving on the board of the Longboat Key Garden Club and Branham as director of the Sarasota Yacht Club’s Charitable Foundation. Although they enjoy membership in other organizations on the Key, they’re always looking for more ways to support the community they love. “I’m happy to be here on Longboat Key,” Branham says. “I’m involved in a few things now, but I’m really just starting to get rolling.” — Kelsey Grau

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “Life in the military has its challenges, but it’s a good career. It was good to me, and it was good to my family.” — Steve Branham

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Bill and Susan Echols

Stacey Green, Zach Raymond and Anna Pepgjonaj

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Karen Neilinger, Kathie Pokoik, Neal Neilinger and Lee Pokoik

Bacchus on the Beach savors a flavorful start The Bacchus on the Beach festival kicked off Friday, Nov. 8, with a night of food and fine wine at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. “Dinner with the Masters” featured wines from the Hess Collection, Silver Oak Winery and Fritz Winery, with complementary cuisine by Executive Chef Edward Geyfman.

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Beautiful waterfront home with view of Tidy Island bird sanctuary in a tropical setting. Gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, wood burning fireplace, garage has separate A/C and generator, dock with 10,000 lb boat lift and 5,000 lb boat davits with 100’ of sea wall. Sold partially furnished. Great rental opportunities. $699,000

GRANDE OAKS PRESERVE

Magnificent contemporary Penthouse residence in Grande Oaks Preserve. Largest plan with enclosed Summer Suite, rich cabinetry, granite counter tops, crown moldings, tray ceilings and large tile flooring in a spacious layout. Customized unit has been tastefully upgraded and shows like a model. Sold partially furnished. $435,000

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Pamper yourself in the amazing comforts this home has to offer including a chef’s dream kitchen, 2 wet bars, wine refrigeration, Ralph Lauren paint techniques, large terraces, outdoor summer kitchen, infinity edge pool, spa, and dock. $1,350,000

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West Indies inspired residences to be constructed on Longboat Key. Enjoy island living at it’s best in these custom designed estate sized homes. Eco friendly with over 3,000+ SF conveniently located on a canal with direct bay access and private beach access. Preconstruction pricing starting at $1,595,000

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Christina Bowman, Alexis Jenkins and Danielle Hester

Republican Club honors veterans The Republican Club of Longboat Key gathered Friday, Nov. 8, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room for its monthly meeting. The group enjoyed lunch and listened to guest speakers Christina Bowman, of the Sarasota Military Academy, and Danielle Hester, a volunteer service specialist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the club was then treated to the national anthem, sung by Alexis Jenkins, and a tribute to veterans for their service. Republican Club President Phyllis Black also spoke to the group concerning upcoming events and club announcements.

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At Mosaic, our 3,000-plus Florida employees understand that watersheds are the lifeblood of our drinking water supply, estuaries and coastal economies. In planning our phosphate operations, we use state-of-the-art technology and hydrology modeling to verify how surface and groundwater flows before, during and after mining. Working with regulators, we can design reclaimed landscapes that provide flow to preserved floodplains — thereby replenishing flows that may have been impacted decades before mining. Join in Mosaic’s promise at www.mosaicco.com/promise.

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party perfect

Lynne Koy

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Grand Bay welcomes start of a new season Grand Bay celebrated the return of many of its residents with a welcome back party Monday, Nov. 11. A variety of hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served in the condominium’s clubhouse, which was filled with patriotic floral arrangements to celebrate Veterans Day. Partygoers were later treated to a colorful sunset over the water as the evening came to a close.

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Saltwater Fishing Class — takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and continues for three consecutive Thursdays, excluding Thanksgiving, at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Charter guide Capt. Wayne Genther will teach about fishing in local waters. Cost is $75 for members; $85 for nonmembers. Call 383-8811.

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Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys — meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, at Café L’Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle. For information, visit rotarysarasotakeys.com.

Longboat Key Garden Club — meets at 7 p.m. at the Windward Bay Clubhouse, 4888 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. Outreach Coordinator Marjorie Singer will talk about these animals and how they transform lives. For information, email madjosey1@juno.com.

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Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Tavern & Whiskey Bar. This week’s speaker is Marc Dosogne, executive director of the Manatee County Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847.

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Wine Tasting — takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive. The event benefits the Longboat Key Garden Club. Cost is $20. Call 383-0777.

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Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking @ Noon — takes place at noon at the Chart House Restaurant, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. Call 383-2466.

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Irwin and Pat Kaplan attended last year’s Gourmet Lawn Party.

Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party What: Join the citizens of Longboat Key for an afternoon of food and fun at the Gourmet Lawn Party. The event features signature dishes from 30 local restaurants and a raffle grand prize of $10,000 cash or a 2013 Ford Fusion. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Visit YourObserver.com/lbklawnparty for more information. When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 Where: The Resort at Longboat Key Club Islandside driving range, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive

SATURDAY, NOV. 23 St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Women’s Guild Christmas Bazaar — takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Stella Maris Activity Center at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The event will feature baked goods, hand-crafted jewelry, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free. Call 383-1255.


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DISTINCTIVE PROPERTIES FOR SALE

Jenine Meyer • 941-266-8303 Michael Saunders & Company

Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

Erin Reid • 941-356-0818

Sylvia Zimmerman • 941-350-5022 Michael Saunders & Company

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Pam Hagan • 941-400-6682 Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

BAY HARBOUR $410,000 Longboat Key south. 3 bedroom 1,575 square feet. Totally renovated. MLS A3968129

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INCOME PRODUCING GULFFRONT $349,000 Stay and relax in a resort environment when you can, and make money when you can’t. Two bedroom with impressive revenues. MLS A39769

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SUTTON PLACE $219,000 Light & Bright 2/2 townhome 1 car garage, Beach Facility, Boat Docks, 2 Pools. Great Mid Key Location MLS A3941718

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Jenine Meyer • 941-266-8303 Michael Saunders & Company

Jenn Flanders • 941-232-0788 Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

Larry Seigler • 941-228-2612 Michael Saunders & Co.

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THE BEST BAY ISLES VILLA $595,000 Designer updated & furnished 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath villa. MLS A3986250

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FABULOUS 1 ACRE ESTATE $589,000 5 Bed/3.5 Bath home in family friendly neighborhood. Three bedrooms upstairs and two situated within the attached in-law suite. MLS A3982986

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PRIVATEER SOUTH $529,000 Bay, City, & Gulf Views 2/2 behind the gates of MLS A3974667 Longboat Key Club.

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BAY FRONT SOUTH LONGBOAT KEY $459,000 The comfort of a 3 bedroom island home with the convenience of a well managed condo! Boat Docks!

QUEENS HARBOUR $895,000 Designer elegance with a total wow factor in this furnished 2,866 sq. ft. professionally decorated home. Beautiful details and updates. MLS A3970247

Martina Coppenrath • 941-724-3339 Coldwell Banker

Sylvia Zimmerman • 941-350-5022 Michael Saunders & Company

Pat, Tom & Spencer Hanly • 941-388-2331 Hanly and Associates LV7109

Michael Yawitz • 941-587-8091 Michael Saunders & Company

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $874,000 Lovely updated 3 bed/3 bath home sitting on a deep water canal with its own dock and caged pool. Enjoy beach access to beautiful Longboat Key

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LONGBOAT KEY - SEA TWIG $645,500 Rarely available direct Gulf front updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. MLS A3986854

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DOWNTOWN SARASOTA $629,900 Beautiful luxury condo in the heart of downtown Sarasota, with sweeping bay and skyline views and high end finishes. MLS # A3986138

Julie Klick • 941-780-6001 Michael Saunders & Company

Michael Yawitz • 941-587-8091 Michael Saunders & Company

Linda Harrington • 941-780-4329 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Michael Moulton • 941-383-7591 Michael Saunders & Company

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WATER CLUB $2,500,000 Direct Gulf front 3,400 sq. ft. 3BR furnished condo in a premier complex. A3957287

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19445 GANTON AVE. $2,095,000 Former Designer Showcase Home Custom built Pruett home with 5 bedrooms, 4 car gar., elevator, his & her offices, home theater on 3/4 acre homesite. MLS# A3987001

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GATED BAY ISLES TOWNHOME $999,000 Rarely available Marina Bay 3 bedroom 3.5 bath 2,933 square foot townhome with atrium and amenities. Private dock. MLS A3972270

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PET FRIENDLY GRAND BAY CONDO $899,000 Three bedroom Grand Bay condo in Bldg. IV with gorgeous views of marina and Sarasota Bay. MLS A3983643

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SANDERLING ON SIESTA $5,500,000 Rare over one acre 200’ gulf front estate in a private gated community. MLS A3981404

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LONGBOAT KEY $4,890,000 Gated bayfront estate, over 7,000 sq. ft. with guesthouse and deeded beach access. 5BR/5BA, summer kitchen & 14 car enclosed garage. MLS A3980709

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POSITANO GULF FRONT $3,950,000 3BR/3BA south exposure corner penthouse with three terraces. Gulf to bay views. 3,319 sq. ft. directly on beach. 10 ft. ceilings, marble floors, olympic pool and spa.

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Women’s Golf Association hosts annual fall lunch The Resort at Longboat Key Club Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association held its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Harbourside Dining Room. The group started the day on the course before enjoying lunch and club announcements from President Arleen Klein.

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BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME $950,000 BEACH FRONT ESTATE $3,795,000 Wide canal lot on Dream Island Rd. A boater’s paradise. 100’gulf front estate plus guest house. Beach sunsets & superb privacy.

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GRAND MARINER BAYSIDE $1,600,000 - $2,400,000 BAYFRONT POINT 4BR ESTATE $7,650,000 Luxury 3,200 - 3,600 SF 3BR condos with boat docks. One private acre+ separate guest house. Boat docks.

HIDEAWAY BAY HOME $1,995,000 Fishing pier, lift & dock on Sailboat water w/ exceptional bay views.

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Key Niners swing into a new season The Key Niners, a staple of the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside Women’s Golf Association, celebrated its season opening Tuesday, Nov. 5, with a luncheon and golf scramble. President Gwen Watson and Vice President Bunny Skirboll welcomed members new and old to the event. The winners of the scramble were Paula Norwood, Carol Meese and Pat Lonsdale. The group was established in 1983 and continues to keep the tradition of playing nine holes alive every Tuesday morning on the course.

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Christ Church celebrates start of a new season Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian members gathered for a welcome-back picnic Saturday, Nov. 9. The night consisted of potluck-style starters and desserts, along with a dinner made by the church’s staff.

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by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

All Angels welcomes returning members All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church members came together Sunday, Nov. 10, for a welcome-back brunch in celebration of their members’ return to Longboat Key. Patrons shared laughs and caught up with friends over a variety of breakfast foods and drinks. The church’s kitchen recently underwent extensive renovations; this marked the first event in which many members made use of the revamp.

Bill Hamilton with Carol and Fred Fillmore

Heidi Thomas and the Rev. David Danner

Michael Chester and Wiley Osborn

Karen Fors

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Bennie Dods and Nancy Cardin

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Pat Webb, Tom Thomas and Joan Colwell

David and Catherine Burke

The Rev. William Rizer and Peter Reisewitz

Jane Perin and Pat Anderson

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1980 Mobile Home for sale in an active community with deeded beach access and a Marina. Dia Wilson & Mary Moore $134,900 #M5841236

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NEWLY UPDATED 1ST FLOOR 1BR/1BA with lanai. Water view, four pools, fitness center, clubhouse, beachside facility w/restrooms, shower & storage. This condo is rented Jan.15 to Apr. 15, 2014. Dorothy Cook $220,000 #A3984549

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BRAND NEW W/DIRECT GULF VIEWS! 3Br/Den/2.5Ba w/full renovations & redesigned flr plan, pvt elevator, custom cabinets, walnut flrs, quartz, granite, mother of pearl art, glass tile, balcony & garaged pkg in gated comm. on LBK w/amenities! Offered at $2,250,000

PENTHOUSE WITH VIEWS! 3-4Br/3.5Ba/2CG overlooking bay & city vistas w/diagonal tile, crown moldings, wood cabinets, granite, SS appls. & 2 pvt balconies in an inclusive downtown bldg w/ full amenities & great location in cultural district! MLS#A3982043 $800,000

with private oversized garage in active tennis community is offered turnkey furnished. 10 Har-True tennis courts, 24 hour fitness center & Jr. Olympic pool. Mary Moore & Dia Wilson $244,900 #M5839653

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FANTASTIC INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! This is the only unit offered for sale in this complex. Updated, directly on the beach. Turnkey with upscale furnishings. Weekly rentals available. Dia Wilson & Mary Moore $249,900 #M5835428

SPECTACULAR 3BR/3BA CANAL front pool home in Sleepy Lagoon. Deeded beach access and upgrades galore including a home warranty. Dia Wilson & Mary Moore $849,000 #M5841430 PROTECTED DEEP WATER! Mainland 3-5Br/3.5Ba/3CG w/teak, mahogany & bamboo flrs, tile, granite, marble, detailed ceil., builtins, custom finishes, wood cabinets, aquarium glass, butlers pantry, gourmet kitch., comb fam rm, saltwater pool/spa & summer kitch on loggia, dock & lift MLS#A3971649 $1,694,000

FRANCES CARLTON Downtown 1-2Br/1Ba w/historic designation, Lr, Dr, den/study, wood flrs, ceramic tile, carpet, custom cabinets, French doors, Palladian windows, pvt laundry & pool views in secure bldg w/ amenities; courtyards, pool & assigned parking! MLS#A3974837 $184,000

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Cindy Clay, Larry Steagall, Island Chapel board of trustees, Virginia Steagall and Pat Joyner, board of trustees

Chamber finds sanctuary at chapel On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business After Hours, a networking opportunity for local business owners, at the Longboat Island Chapel. The event allows professionals to come together in a relaxed setting to swap stories and business cards.

For results, call Barbara! RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES SARASOTA Grand Bay II - Stunning Views Sunrises and sunsets from this beautifully furnished two bedroom plus den apartment at Grand Bay with gorgeous water views. Includes two valuable garage spaces. Shows like a model. $1,299,000

Siesta Cove - Waterfront Short Sale An incredible opportunity to live in a premier neighborhood, on a superb waterfront lot in a gorgeous 4,869 SF home. Open waterfront $1,805,000 views.

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Phillippi Landings - Waterfront Value! Turnkey furnished 2BR+ den/2BA Penthouse level apartment originally purchased for $773,100 includes private single car garage and premium deeded boat $419,000 dock.

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Country Club Shores - Direct Bay Front Lovely 3,700+ SF waterfront home at the end of a cul-de-sac with 3 bedrooms plus study/4th bedroom, stunning open Bay views, infinity-edge pool and two $3,500,000 car garage.

Below pre-construction price! Best downtown price per SF of 3,751. 6th floor corner furnished apartment with gleaming wood floors 3BR + Den/3BA. 2 terraces for beautiful sunsets.

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Ringling Pointe - Historic Sapphire Shores 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, $3,490,000 private dock.

Whispering Sands - Siesta Key Amazing Sunsets from this Southwest corner 2BR/2BA beach front residence completely renovated directly on one of Siesta Key’s most unique $785,000 beaches.

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On the Gulf - Longboat Key Gated privacy on 1.69 acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. 10,000SF, 7BR/6.5BA with attached guest wing, plus 5,000 air-conditioned SF of play $9,400,000 Annual $2,900 Per Mo. and storage area.

Seaplace - Longboat Key Completely renovated, fully furnished rental. Largest two bedroom, two bath ground floor apartment in a beachfront building.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

L’Ambiance condominium sells for $1,675,000 BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

Kelsey Grau

Unit D-506 at L’Ambiance has two bedrooms, two-and-two-half baths and 2,634 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,675,000. The following residential real estate transactions took place between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. A condominium in L’Ambiance at Longboat Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. James Hoffman, of Boulder, Colo., Jeffrey Hoffman, of Merion Station, Pa., Andrew Hoffman, of Manheim, Pa., and Daniel Hoffman, of Fredericksburg, Va., sold their Unit D-506 condominium at 415 L’Ambiance Drive to Arnold and Bette Hoffman, of Longboat Key, for $1,675,000. Built in 1992, it has two bedrooms, two-and-two-half baths and 2,634 square feet of living area. It pre-

viously sold for $1.15 million in 1999.

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Suzanne Lauer, trustee, and Jerry Lauer, of North Canton, Ohio, sold the Unit 13 condominium at 7001 Gulf of Mexico Drive to John O’Connor and Emily Jung, of Longboat Key, for $455,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,170 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $460,000 in 2002. YOUROBSERVER.COM // See a map of this week’s incident locations.

Address Permit New single 3271 Bayou Road family home 6832 Pine St. Alteration Re-roof 4134 GMD 5055 GMD Alteration 5231 GMD Alteration 775 Longboat Club Road Doors and windows 1211 GMD Alteration 500 Outrigger Lane Alteration 3543 Mistletoe Lane Alteration 849 Evergreen Way Siding 2173 Harbourside Drive Bathroom alterations 2120 Harbourside Drive Hurricane shutters Kitchen alteration 415 L’Ambiance Drive 2364 Harbour Oaks Drive Pool cage 525 Cutter Lane Dock 585 Yawl Lane Pool resurfacing 3445 Winding Oaks Drive Entry doors Windows 3471 Bayou Sound 3710 GMD Windows and doors 690 Penfield St. Garage door 676 Tarawitt Drive Pool resurfacing 2045 GMD Concrete repair 618 Buttonwood Drive Garage door 2912 GMD Porch enclosure Fire sprinkler alteration 2105 GMD

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Kathleen Sweeney $601,420 Sherry King $316,200 Harbor Square $63,000 Kevin Hart $50,000 Judith Burke $40,000 Patrick King $34,443.18 Jay Potoff Morton $25,000 Dorothea Bilder $24,000 Ervin Sande $20,800 Robert Menson $16,600 Zane Kaminsky $15,000 Gabriel Rosica $14,057 Linda Schneider, trustee $12,000 Frederick Leahy Jr. $8,000 Jennifer Fischley Revocable Trust $7,802 Michael Cichon $7,383 Susan Levine $4,021 John Dixon $2,500 Iris White $2,246.57 Mark Aronow $2,165 James Holbrook $2,100 John Wussow, trustee $2,000 Paul King $1,931 James Armstrong $1,500 Lesley Huber, trustee

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1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr # B308 #A3977399 $849,000 David Simon

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1777 Irving St #A3985909 $849,000 Susan Fox

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1145 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3984416 $795,000 Ian Addy Pa

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2301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 23N #A3984508 $699,000 Susan Fox

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415 L Ambiance Dr # A201 #A3980072 $2,795,000 Christine Del Monte

411 Burns Ct #A3926009 $645,000 Tak Konstantinou

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4311 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 101 #A3958082 $599,000 Sandi Layfield

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2352 Harbour Oaks Dr #A3986250 $595,000 Lawrence Zeigler

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1485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A401 #A3980645 $554,000 Christina Landry

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1100 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 412 #A3983820 $548,900 Barbara Najmy

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888 Blvd Of The Arts # 406 #A3981731 $529,000 Audrey Singer

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The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences # 809 #A3981649 $2,795,000 Michael Moulton

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578 Bayview Dr #A3978163 $515,000 Bobbi Banan

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1000 Longboat Club Rd # 603 #A3968910 $499,500 Catherine De’Ath

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450 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # B101 #A3970985 $459,000 Diana Kryszak

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448 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A106 #A3968129 $410,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

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2301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 65N #A3985611 $369,000 Robert Lindeman

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1930 Harbourside Dr # 124 #A3982406 $359,900 Saint Cacchiotti

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225 Sands Point Rd # 6204 #A3985969 $349,000 Terri Derr

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744 Jungle Queen Way #A3986398 $339,900 Rory Jaret

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By Robin Hartill | News Editor

+ Lena White named vice president of marketing

+ Engel & Völkers opens Whitney Beach plaza office Engel & Völkers Longboat Key Realty opened its new real estate office in Whitney Beach Plaza at 6824 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The company was the first new tenant to confirm it would open in the north-end shopping center following the center’s recent $2 million renovation. Engel & Völkers Longboat Key’s previous office was in Mediterranean Plaza.

+ Five Longboat Key Coldwell agents honored at gala Five Longboat Key agents were honored for ranking in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate sales associates in Florida for 2012. Barbara Ackerman, Judy Kepecz-Hays, Lynne Koy, Bruce Myer and Roger Pettingell were recognized for their performance at a gala at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples,

4960 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3979213 $309,500 Diane Otis Stirling

541 Golf Links Ln #A3965064 Diann Thelen

6750 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 148 #A3978064 $300,000 Tammy Mast

2550 Hibiscus St #A3987361 $255,000 Elizabeth Pitts

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1104 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 619 #A3977457 Diann Thelen

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which more than 100 of the company’s associates attended.

+ MS&Co. showcases its properties at Hurlingham Club Michael Saunders & Co. showcased some of its most luxurious properties at London’s Hurlingham Club Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, at an invitation-only viewing. According to the company’s blog, thesaundersblog.com, London is an ideal setting for reaching premium international buyers because of its influence on Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Russia.

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1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 601 #A3986043 $3,895,000 Bobbi Banan

4430 Exeter Dr # 107 #A3968147 $269,900 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

637 Spanish N Dr #A3976185 $244,900 Maruta Miluns

531 Yardarm Ln #A3980172 $1,699,000 Maureen Horn

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101 Ben Franklin Dr # 9N #A3980634 $1,518,000 Douglas Parks

Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-400-9087

101 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 10S #A3953612 $1,499,000 Michael Moulton

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572 Gunwale Ln #A3980750 $1,499,000 Jenifer Schwell

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601 Longboat Club Rd # 201S #A3987049 $1,495,000 Hannerle Moore

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3347 Sabal Cove Way #A3976159 $1,350,000 Nora Johnson

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7175 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 24 #A3978960 $1,089,000 Sandi Layfield

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210 Sands Point Rd # 2702 #A3978290 $960,000 Ian Addy Pa

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3010 Grand Bay Blvd # 415 #A3983643 $899,000 Julie Klick

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813 Hudson Ave #A3976540 $889,000 Julia Mcclung

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Lena White has been named vice president of marketing for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. She will oversee all aspects of the company’s marketing divisions, including advertising, communications, creative design and strategic White planning. She will also focus on marketing initiatives for new development projects for The Lutgert Companies, Premier Sotheby’s parent company.

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SECTIONAL SOFA: Thomasville brand, ivory, like new. Moving sale. $2230 new. Sacrifice for $225 o/b/o. Denny, 941-780-8789.

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LBK CONDO: turnkey, for sale by owner. 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor unit overlooking the Bay, nicely furnished. $270,000. John, 352-751-4343.

LONGBOAT KEY: 561 Golf Links Lane, Country Club Shores V, Sat., November 16, 9a.m.-4p.m. Great quality. Worth the trip!

General Merchandise ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 ELECTRIC BBQ: Char-Broil Patio Bistro, porcelain round grill and cover, $75. 941 383-0379. FREE ORGAN: Allen 603-D Church Organ, dual keyboard, full pedal board and chimes. Full size bench, 9 speakers, voice cards, owner’s manual. Local pickup from Longboat Key, 941-383-6491. ROCKING CRADLE: Antique Solid Wood, from England. Excellent Condition, $185.00. Call 941-383-1210. THULE TWIN Bicycle Car Roof Rack, $50. Electric Chainsaw, Lawnmower, Edger/Trimmer, Blower $150. 941-383-3337

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THE WESTCHESTER GULF FRONT 2BR/2BA, open, direct views, tennis court, 2 heated pools, steps away from the sand. Recently remodeled. 941-228-5671.

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TIFFANY PLAZA 2BR/2BA Condo: Recently renovated, full gulf view, walk out to beach. Ground floor. N/S. Available 12/1/13 to 1/15/14. $1150 per week, 2 week minimum. 317-374-7373.

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT her friends. Racey is just as magnetic off stage as he is on stage — although hats and batons don’t magically fall into his hands in real life as they do in his production. He’s easygoing, but with high energy — what you see is what you get. Racey slouches comfortably on one of the Asolo Rep lobby’s benches eating a granola bar, cracking one-liners whenever he can fit one into the conversation. How does he spend his time? He sits alone and knits a sweater for his cat, Djembe. Is this what he’s always wanted to do? No, he was going to be Phil Collins, but taller. How’d they wrangle you into choreographing “Show Boat?” “They stole one of my children,” he says — Racey doesn’t have children. Just like when he’s dancing, Racey doesn’t miss a beat. Go figure his career started with drumming. If you’ve seen “PULSE,” which highlights rhythm and hand drumming, it all starts to make sense. His rhythmic nature started at a young age. He grew up in Seattle in a family full of “the kinda people who just love to boogie and shake their ass,” he says. Racey was a ‘C’ and ‘D’ student, probably because he couldn’t sit in his seat long enough to concentrate. Then he joined theater, and with the benefit of the constructive outlet, he got a 3.0 grade point average. He attributes his start in show business to his high school the-

HOP ABOARD ‘SHOW BOAT’ There are three licensed versions of “Show Boat:” The original, The Hal Prince and the Goodspeed Opera House. Noah Racey originally choreographed the third licensed version of “Show Boat” for the Connecticut-based Goodspeed Opera House (where “Man of La Mancha,” “Shenandoah,” and “Annie” were conceived). It was reworked for the 21st century and a smaller-scale musical typically known for its large-scale grandiosity. It employs one-third ater teacher, Ruben Van Kempken, with whom he still stays in touch. Van Kempken taught him his first tap step and dedicated his lunch breaks to teaching a young Racey the basics of ballet so he wouldn’t be scared to take a ballet class. And, it’s a good thing he learned to dance, because these days there’s less of a demand for a taller Phil Collins. Luckily for Racey, what there is a demand for is a classic song-and-dance man. He highlighted those talents in his show “PULSE,” which made its way to Sarasota upon the suggestion of Jeff Calhoun. Calhoun, Racey’s long-time friend from their home base of New York City, directed the Asolo Rep’s production of “Bonnie & Clyde” before directing its debut on Broadway. With his past positive experience of the Sarasota venue, Cal-

of the cast of the original version and has smaller sets. It simplifies it to place the focus on the relationships of the characters. Racey says it carves away some of the extraneous business of the original to leave the audience with a more poignant story. He says the Sarasota production is the same choreography he used at Goodspeed, but better because he got to do it again and made the changes he would have made the first go-around. houn suggested it’d be the perfect place to unveil Racey’s “PULSE.” Racey learned Calhoun was right. He says Asolo Repertory Theatre nurtures baby productions and that the staff was willing to do whatever he needed to make it happen. It’s one of the reasons Racey wants to come back as soon as possible. He’s gracious about what Asolo Rep has done for him. He greets the guys backstage by name. He knows everyone, from the guy who pulls the flys to the people in the back corner office without a window. And, he loves Sarasota. The staff at Toasted Mango Café recognize him because he’s a regular the six weeks he’s in town — his favorite is the Sarasota omelet. His experience in Sarasota was and is continuing to be positive,

Nothing is impossible if you try / you’ll be sure to work it out by and by / If you never say quit, never say die / nothing is impossible if you try – Noah Racey sings a song from his first musical, “The Electric Sunshine Man,” which he performed in middle school. and he hopes to work with Asolo Repertory Theatre in developing new productions in the future. Specifically, he wants to work more with Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. As far as “PULSE’s” future — conversations are in the works. Following the Sarasota run, the production became enhanced, meaning there’s a financial backer. Now all he needs is a location. Will he continue to be the leading man if it goes on tour? “No, it’ll be ‘Noah Racey’s PULSE’ starring Tony Danza,” he says sarcastically with a laugh. One thing he doesn’t make jokes about is wanting to come back to Sarasota if “PULSE” goes on the road. “I would really like that,” he says. “It would seem only right because we were kind of given birth here.”

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Art Center Sarasota hosts successful season launch Art Center Sarasota bustled with foot traffic at its first show of the season Nov. 7. Four new exhibitions opened: CUBEMUSIC, Pulp Culture: Of and About Paper, Art Center Sarasota Instructor’s Show and Miniatures. Gallery One featured artist Craig Colorusso’s light and sound installation. Six metal cubes, each containing a light and sound source, sat in the space. Each cube projects a different four-note chord and shape into the room creating a blanket of sound one person described as aliens landing, and another as the sound of night — something unique and new for the art center.

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Jake Mills becomes the Strangely Flatulent Although it’s a comedy, “Spamalot” made Jake Mills cry. The actor saw the comedic musical based on slapstick movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” when it first opened in London, and he laughed for the duration of the production — until the confetti cannons went off. “I’ve seen the saddest of plays and never cried,” Mills says, shaking his head in shame. Just like the bursting cannons, he couldn’t hold it inside. It’s something he has only ever told his wife, Samantha Mills. Mills doesn’t think Florida Studio Theatre will have confetti cannons for its production opening Nov. 13. Mills plays Sir Bedevere The Strangely Flatulent, the not-so-smart brains of the bunch of misfit Knights of the Round Table. And as the name implies, his brain isn’t the only thing full of gas. In fact, in his entrance, he walks out on stage, lifts a cheek to suggest he’s tooting and then airs out his tunic. “It’s a talent I don’t like to brag about,” he says — joking about how he doesn’t need to improvise and could let one go on command. His wife is not only a saint for having to endure what smells to be typecasting, but she’s also a dancer. They met at the Williamsburg, Va., Busch Gardens in a Halloween production in which Jake Mills played a vampire lead singer, and Samantha played one of his backup dancers. She joined the “Spamalot” cast late in the production, and Mills loves getting to perform with her again. It’s

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cause he gets to pretend to be someone who isn’t shy in real life. Because of his apprenticeship, FST staff invited him to teach at its summer camp. He worked with the special needs VIP Kids. His wife also taught at the summer camp, and they share a favorite memory. A 6-year-old boy in a wheelchair didn’t understand the concept of being quiet during performances, so the Millses would take him beyond backstage during perfor-

mances and attempt to keep him occupied. Instead of coloring per usual, Mills and his wife gave him an adventure one day: They told him they would give him three quarters to buy a soda, if the camper could raise the fourth. “He was backstage yelling ‘Does anyone have a quarter?’ and everyone could hear it on stage,” Jake Mills recalls. It’s remained a running joke. His apprenticeship ended mid-

August, and now Mills is what he refers to as “a paid, cool actor guy.” He’s willing to go wherever the job takes him, and wouldn’t mind staying in Sarasota. Ideally, he will be back in New York City. Before Sarasota, The Millses lived there and Jake Mills sold tickets to Broadway productions as a side job while auditioning. Upon moving here, the couple temporarily bunked at the home of Mills’ Sarasota-based grandparents, William aka “Poppers” and Barbara aka “Moppers” Mills. Moppers always wants her grandson to break out into song, and his wife in dance, he explains. Always. “Whenever she sees me,” Mills explains with a laugh. “I always tell her to come see a show.” And he thinks everyone in Sarasota should join Moppers in seeing “Spamalot.” “Because it made me cry, and it’s going to make you cry,” he says. Either from the smell, or with laughter.

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ack in 1926, just as John Ringling was developing St. Armands Key as the epitome of Florida glamour, he — along with architect Dwight Baum — built three houses to function as model homes. The Spanish-style residences were designed to lure potential buyers to the charms of the elaborate community-to-be, ringed by canals and anchored by a circle of fashionable shops and restaurants. The dream turned out a little different. Boom turned to bust, then to boom again. But now, almost 100 years later, no one can deny that St. Armands has become what its builders originally intended: one of the premier neighborhoods in Florida. And what of the model homes? Have they vanished, replaced by much larger and more elaborate mansions? Surprisingly, two of them are still there, still sitting next to each other on South Washington Drive. And the one owned by Jeff and Joyce Hart has become a jewel box of Sarasota style and history. It’s been in the family since 1968. That’s when Hart’s parents bought it and moved to escape the cold Ohio

winters. Joyce, a graduate of Sarasota High, spent her teenage years in the house. Her old bedroom, on the ground floor, is now a sophisticated den/media room that forms a suite with the adjoining master bedroom. Joyce attended Ringling College of Art and Design, studying interior design, and she met fellow Ringling alum Jeff Hart. They began a partnership in life and later, business, working together at Robb & Stucky until the furniture retailer closed in 2009. They then established their own design business, J. Hart Interior Design. Married since 1975, they have a daughter, Jessica, born in 1982. In 1996 Joyce’s mother decided she wanted a simpler lifestyle, so the Harts bought the house from her and constructed a guest apartment over the garage so that she could remain close. The couple assumed their prized collection of French art deco furniture would look wonderful in the old house. They were wrong. “Art Deco didn’t work,” Jeff recalls. After some soul searching and a great deal of research, they came up

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// HOME&GARDEN with a new approach: Palm Beach in the 1920s. “It’s Mediterranean, but with a French influence,” Jeff explains. The result is an elegant Palm Beach palazzo, small in scale but big on glamour. The home still retains its original layout, with very minor changes to improve circulation and add closets (the lack of which is always the bane of 1920’s houses.) The Harts added a pool, updated the kitchen and bathrooms and replaced most of the windows, which, over the years, had been switched out to jalousies. But the original wood and tile floors are still there, plus the beams that support the vaulted ceiling in the living room. The tiles that surround the fireplace are the same ones found in the Cà d’Zan (also designed by Baum) and the French doors that open from the dining room to a walled patio have never been replaced. All this takes effort, but as Joyce explains, “It’s a good thing that I’m the daughter of a painting contractor. I scrape and repaint every other year.” The couple furnished their home with finds from all over the world. In the foyer is a cabinet they stumbled across in a Parisian flea market and shipped home via Cunard Lines. In the master bedroom furniture that has been in Jeff’s family for generations blends comfortably with newer pieces. There’s even a Victorian pier mirror, a gift from a client who was planning to throw it out. With their many ties to Sarasota’s art and design community, the Harts have been collecting paintings for years. Most are by local artists. An exquisite Syd Solomon, from his “Shoreline” series, hangs in the foyer, and a portrait of Jessica Hart by John Dineen adds warmth to the living room. Some of the smaller paintings peek out at you from unexpected places — nes-

 Wooden gates from John Ringling Towers add a colorful note of local history. tled on little stools under a sideboard or tucked away in odd corners. One, in the bar, is hidden in such a way that it can only be seen reflected in a mirror. The Hart home is not large, but it has an intriguing layout. Large rooms flow into small rooms, and there are patios and garden spaces everywhere. A tiny sunroom overlooks the pool, which is sheltered from the street by high Palm Beach-style hedges. The third bedroom is located on the second floor, the only room up there, with furniture and window treatments done in a crisp black and white toile. There are even some intriguing pieces of Sarasota history to be discovered. The wooden gates that lead down a tiled path to the back garden come from John Ringling Towers and are instantly recognizable to old-time Sarasotans. These days the Harts are busier than ever. Sometimes they work jointly on a project, sometimes separately. Joyce, who admits to being the more traditional of the two, is excited about a garden house on St. Armands she is currently decorating, and Jeff, with a more contemporary aesthetic, has his hands full with a slew of remodeling projects. “People are always interested

 Original touches in the living room include wood floors, a beamed ceiling and a fireplace decorated with the same tiles found in the Cà d’Zan. Most of the paintings are by local artists. in location,” he says. “There are a lot of 30-year-old homes and villas in great locations that need bringing up to date.” When not working, Jeff and Joyce love to entertain. They are both cooks, with Joyce giving her husband the edge. “I specialize in French country cooking, cassoulets and such,” she says, “but Jeff can cook anything.” Their formal dining room, light and airy, is the scene of many dinner parties for eight, with friends they’ve made from all walks of life during their decades in Sarasota. And invariably, their home makes any evening memorable. China and silverware glow in the candlelight, and a soft breeze from the Gulf wafts in through the open French doors. It’s a scene that would make John Ringling proud — his vision for St. Armands, better than ever after all these years.

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e were having our lunch the other day at Fresh Start Café, and we started talking to Rochelle Seldin who, with Hanna Schneider and a great team of cooks and servers, runs the lovely indooroutdoor space on South Orange Avenue. We’d seen her and waved hello in the past but we’d never had an in-depth conversation. We knew she and Hanna ran a great place for breakfast and lunch, and we felt festive and had fun when we went there. What we didn’t know was that Rochelle used to be at the famous Manhattan cabaret, EightyEights. She and Karen Miller were the longest-running team in the cabaret/piano bar world — some 20 years — and, when the place closed down in 1998 (it was Halloween), they said their goodbyes with dozens of deliriously dizzy cabaret stars who’d come to pay tribute with songs and humongous

bouquets of flowers. One article said it all, “Rochelle did several solo sets, each of which was met with prolonged cheers and more than a few moist eyes. She was in sensational voice, but it was hard to hear her perform so many longtime favorites for the last time in Eighty-Eights.” Life goes on, and Rochelle has made a “Fresh Start” and is now doing a lot of everything (except singing) at Fresh Start: cooking, busing tables, greeting customers, serving food and making sure we all feel at home. She says she misses singing, something to which I can relate. But cooking and creating home-baked pastries, heart-warming soups, spicy jalapeno chili and baked-to-order frittatas is another great way to be artistic and, who knows … maybe if we beg a little, we’ll get a song from this legendary songstress.

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or the last four or five years I lived in New York City, I belonged to the James Beard Foundation and was able to visit the famous chef’s former home — a beautiful townhouse in the Village — for luxurious lunches and dinners, complete with matching wines, made by celebrity chefs from all over the world. Last year, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour came to Sarasota for the first time, was completely sold out and was such a success, it’s returning Dec. 11 with a five-course meal at Darwin’s on Fourth. Chef Darwin Santa Maria has personally selected some of his favorite internationally renowned chefs to collaborate on a Peruvian/ Latin-themed meal. You’ll meet Steven Meese of PBS’ “A Chef’s Journey;” the Miami Mandarin Oriental’s Diego Oka; Anthony Lamas, who is known as “the leader of the Latin food revolution,” from Louisville’s Seviche; and Sarasota’s own Steve Phelps, who reigns at Indigenous,

starting at 11:30 a.m. And dinner service begins at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Libby’s has rolled out its new winter menu, which features both small and large plates, soups, salads, desserts and all sorts of inventive drinks. Big or little, the plates are pretty inventive, too, from pigs in a pretzel blanket to several noodle dishes and my favorite salad: the iceberg wedge with prosciutto, Moody blue cheese, applewood bacon, tomato and onion frites.

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PUT A FORK IN IT Tickets have gone on sale for the seventh annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, which is slated to take place Jan. 24 through Jan. 27. This four-day culinary festival includes The Grand Tasting in the beautiful courtyard of the Ringling Museum. Kate Atkin, executive director of Sarasota-Manatee Originals, tells us: “Because these tickets are the most sought-after in town, we recommend that people buy their tickets early.” Last year, they sold out in a matter of hours but, being optimists, we’re hoping there are still a few available — for the whole event, itself, if not for The Grand Tasting. The Originals have gone to great lengths to bring together a vast array of guest vintners and breweries from France, Italy, South America, New Zealand, California, Oregon and Washington. And, this year, there will be a silent auction of fine wines to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. “Raising money for area nonprofit groups is a vital element of this event,” Atkin says. For more information, visit dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks or call 365-2800.

in Towles Court. The tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at the historic James Beard House to cities around the country; past chefs have included Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse and Jacques Pepin. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation but, as you can imagine, seating is limited, so we suggest you make a reservation quickly by calling 343-2165.

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 The Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden transformed into a magical jungle Thursday, Nov. 7, for the donor preview event.

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and YourObserver.com … At the helm … Wendy Merriman has taken on a new title: regional director of Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida. “I am thrilled and honored to be part of such a wonderful organization,” says Merriman … Years of brunching … More than 1,000 people converged on the campus of USF SarasotaManatee to enjoy bites from 19 area restaurants. Michael’s On East, Mattison’s and Ophelia’s were presented with bronze bowls to recognize their involvement in all 20 years of Brunch on the Bay. The event has raised more than $1.3 million for endowment over the past 20 years and has provided 1,000 scholarships.

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“The residents of Sarasota Bay Club are such a talented, successful, and culturally thirsty group. I absolutely know I made the right choice in moving here. My cup runneth over!” Barbara Gochman Sarasota Bay Club Resident

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Full-Service Retirement Living On Sarasota Bay You Are Invited To Our December 12th Luncheon & Tour! Call Today To Reserve Your Spot: (941) 552-3284 (Space is limited) Join us for lunch and discover the value Sarasota Bay Club has to offer.

1301 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236 (941) 366-7667 • www.SarasotaBayClub.com

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Please Call To Attend Our Luncheon Event Or Schedule Your Personal Tour Today! Linda Ware or Dana Moe (941) 552-3284

CirCus sarasota presents

Photos by Heather Merriman

Dottie Fisher, Marilyn Reynolds and Stephanie Burger take on the shoe department at the Nordstrom Rack pre-opening party.

high-flying | exquisite | humorous

Direct from Quebec and for the first time ever, comes this interactive, quirky, avant-garde circus.

FRI NOV 15 –SUN DEC 1, 2013 Westfield Sarasota Square Mall

The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c) 3 non-profit performing arts educational organization

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CIRCUSARTS.ORG • 941.355.9805

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Words to live by: “Shoe love is true love.”


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DIVERSIONS

YourObserver.com

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

CasAntica

HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

“REAL ITALIAN FOOD FINDS A HOME IN SARASOTA”

CasAntica Restaurant is a refined and exclusive Italian culinary haven, located in the charming historic theater district of Sarasota, Florida. Owner and operator Pietro Migliaccio incorporates an intimate restaurant within this quaint Mediterranean style home. Pietro was born and raised on the small remote Isle of Ischia, Italy. This beautiful Island is nestled off the volcanic coast of Naples where Mount Vesuvius is royally viewed on the distant horizon. Pietro moved to America when he was 18 years old where he gained extensive restaurant knowledge and experience and has worked in some of New York’s finest restaurants. In 1968 Pietro opened his very first Italian Restaurant with his brother Giorgio. The very successful “Mamma Lucia’s” located in Brooklyn has hosted big names such as Isabella Rossellini, Robert De

Niro, Martin Scorsese and Luciano Pavarotti all who praised the culinary excellence, attention to detail and service on national television. In 1980 the New York Times named Mamma Lucia “Restaurant of the Year” and later Mimi Sheridan, famous food writer and critic gave Mamma Lucia Four Stars. In 2003 Pietro found the pristine setting of Siesta Key to be very similar in foliage and climate to his native Ischia where he opened his restaurant “Gabbiano’s”. Pietro has recently ventured away from Siesta Key moving his attention and talents “back home” to a more intimate and exclusive downtown setting. CasAntica translates to “Old House”. As you step into this rustic yet elegant historic home you feel immersed in CasAntica’s charm. Pietro’s desire was to reproduce a familiar atmosphere bringing him back to the beginning of his career, when he learned to cook at home with his mother, Lucia. In fact his family recipes can still be found within all of his previous restaurants. CasAntica features a spacious outside dining area where the gentle bay breeze and scent of salt air adds to the created ambience. This historic

“ I hope that you enjoy every minute of your dining experience with our family.”

home hosts a warm welcoming wine bar as you enter, a cozy dining room with the glow of an antique fire place, exclusive dining rooms where your family occasions can be privately celebrated and converted upstairs rooms for intimate dining are all part of this Italian home cooking experience. CasAntica truly is the perfect setting…exclusive, romantic and intimate. “I started my career at home and I am ending my career at home.” Says Pietro. “This beautiful small historic house provides me the opportunity to meet and engage all of our patrons each evening. My goals are to provide a personalized, exceptional quality dining experience to everyone that enters my home and more importantly to have fun again doing what I love most…serving people. I hope that you enjoy every minute of your dining experience with our family. The most perfect place to end your day…Home”

Peter & Susan Migliaccio invite you to experience the warmth, comfort & world-class food at their NEW, downtown Italian Restaurant. Valet or private Parking offered

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Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-11:00pm Closed Sunday’s | 1213 N. Palm Ave. | Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941 - 366 - 1840 www.casanticarestaurant.com | casanticarestaurant@aol.com

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