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ULI changes: in the shade or sunshine? The dust from the shake up of the town’s Urban Land Institute Implementation Advisory Committee hasn’t settled a week after the commission revamped the group.

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+ Resident keeps eye on the pie Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist. Supported by her husband, John, and essentially anyone who ever tasted her tangy pie, Manning’s idea led to the opening of a new business, Goodly Delights Bakery in Sarasota. While the Key Lime Pie may be a favorite at this local establishment, there’s something for the chocolate lover, as well. Kim’s Chocolate Delight is a combination of dark, milk, and white chocolate with some peanut butter and Heath Bar brittle thrown in for good measure. The treats from Goodly Delights are featured at many Sarasota restaurants including Geckos Grill and Pub, Patrick’s 1481 and Caragiulos. Manning hopes they’ll be available in grocery stores soon. For your made-to-order pie, call the bakery at 3553600.

+ Show us your spirit this season Judgment days are upon us. This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights. We’re searching for anything — indoor and outdoor decorations, costumes, Christmas sweaters and more — that embody the holiday spirit. Winners will receive a prize that Santa’s helpers will announce in next week’s issue of the Longboat Observer. Photo submissions are welcome. For suggestions, email Robin Hartill at rhartill@yourobserver.com.

Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board Chairwoman B.J. Bishop learned she was no longer part of the Urban Land Institute Implementation Advisory Committee through a Longboat Observer story, and later, through an email Mayor Jim Brown sent through his personal account to her personal account Dec. 2.

The next day, Bishop forwarded Brown’s email to the town clerk’s office with an attachment that read: “In violation of Sunshine Law, this was sent to my personal account. Please advise your commission that town business cannot be sent there. I will not lose my personal equipment to such an error.”

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Bishop also sent the following response to Brown that was also forwarded to Granger: “Jim: Please do town business on my town email only. A phone call telling me you were doing that and a call telling me of the action would have been appreciated. Finding out from the press was not pleasant, and it is certainly

not how I treated volunteers when serving as mayor of my city.” The email exchange stemmed from an item Brown added to the agenda at the Dec. 2 Longboat Key Town Commission regular meeting. He said he made a mis-

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Marty Samowitz, 99, survived the Battle of Iwo Jima to become a businessman and philanthropist. He died Dec. 6.

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arty Samowitz didn’t pay much attention when he saw five Marines and one Navy corpsman raise the U.S. flag over Mount Suribachi. It was Feb. 23, 1945 — the fourth day of the battle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Troops had reached the top of the mountain, so they raised the flag in what seemed like an ordinary scene to Samowitz, who sat smoking with the Marines he served alongside. He didn’t know that the scene, captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, would go on to become what Samowitz later called “an iconic symbol of the worst war in history.” In February 2012, on the 67th anniversary of the battle’s beginning, Samowitz shared his stories from World War II with the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key. “We were just fooling around because we were happy to get to the top,” Samowitz said. Someone asked: “What did it feel like to walk to the top of Mount Suribachi?” That caught Samowitz’s attention. “Walk!?” he scoffed. “We crawled up on our elbows and knees.” Martin “Marty” Samowitz, a

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Marty Samowitz, pictured in February, holds a photo of himself taken when he was a 27-year-old enlistee. Longboat Key resident and the oldest known Iwo Jima survivor, died Dec. 6. He was 99. “He packed so much life into those 99 years,” said Lynn Weddington Welly, who befriended Samowitz when her husband, Michael Welly, was general manager of the Longboat Key

Club. “It’s not just that he lived to be 99. It’s what he did in those years.” Born Oct. 28, 1914, in New York City, he was 27 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He enlisted a short time later with the Air Force and fought in the Pacific as part of

the 7th Fighter Command, 20th Air Force but volunteered to attach to a Marine unit in preparation for the battle of Iwo Jima. He was nearly a decade older than most of the Marines he fought with, most of whom

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SAMOWITZ / FROM PAGE 1A were in their teens and early 20s. Decades later at Iwo Jima survivors’ reunions, Marine veterans would sometimes ask him, “Remember me? We shared a foxhole.” In truth, their young faces blended together. As the troops prepared for the invasion, a general told them it would take two days, tops. Instead, the battle raged on for 36 days. When the war ended, Samowitz had to wait a few months to return home because there weren’t enough ships to bring all the troops home at once. When he was finally discharged on the West Coast, he and a few buddies bought new clothes, threw away their military uniforms and took the train back home to New York. Upon his return, he began working at his father’s business, Perry’s Shoes. He sold the business in 1970 but contracted to continue to work there. In 1971, he noticed a young woman named Paulette interviewing for a position. “Marty had an interview room with an open glass. He said to his office manager, ‘I don’t care what she does. You hire her,’” said Paulette Samowitz, his wife of 40 years. “That was the beginning of us.” In 1974, Samowitz founded Marty’s Discount Shoes, which grew to more than 70 stores by 1997; he later sold the business in 2006. The Samowitzes purchased their unit at Grand Bay in 1998, after searching throughout the state for a retirement home. But

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Clockwise bottom, Marty Samowitz celebrates with granddaughter Gia Haynes, daughter and son-in-law Lani and Chad Haynes, granddaughter Kayla Haynes and wife, Paulette Samowitz. even as Samowitz grew older in years, he didn’t seem to age in real time. He read New England Centenarian Study founding director Dr. Thomas Perls’ “Living to 100,” then called Perls to tell him about how he was a “young lad” in his 80s who still rollerbladed and skied. Intrigued, the doctor flew from Boston to meet Samowitz. Samowitz typically read three or four books at a time and five newspapers per day. “He found life so interesting,” Welly said. “He was always reading and absorbing.” Last year, before the Wellys moved off the Key, they took the

Samowitzes out for a goodbye dinner. Samowitz had a confession: He shook his head and admitted that, at 98, he’d just started watching TV. In his later decades, Samowitz became active with Iwo Jima survivors’ groups that grew as veterans retired. “For years and years and years, I didn’t think about Iwo Jima,” Samowitz told the Longboat Observer. “It was only later that you think about what it was and what those days were.” Still, he declined to go on charter flights to Iwo Jima with other survivors on anniversaries.

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“I didn’t like it the first time,” he told them. “I’m not going to like it the second time.” In recent years, the number of Iwo Jima survivors began to grow slim. In August 2010, Samowitz attended what the Iwo Jima Survivors Association called its 65th Final Reunion — the “final” because the number of survivors was dwindling so low. The final reunion had a candlelight service in honor of members’ comrades who lost their lives on Iwo Jima and the survivors who had since died. A table remained empty in honor of those who were unable to attend. On Oct. 3, 2010, Samowitz reflected on the final reunion in an email to fellow survivors that he called “Idle thought on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Atlantic City, N.J.” The Journal of the Iwo Jima Survivors published it. It stated, in part: “Can you believe it’s been over 65 years since D-Day when we stormed the beaches on that godforsaken black sand island off Japan and lost almost 7,000 of our comrades? The candlelight service for our departed, who lost their lives then, and in the intervening years, was so moving that these hardened eyes of mine could not help but shed a tear.” Samowitz gathered with friends and family members in his Grand Bay condominium Oct. 28, to celebrate his 99th birthday. He reflected on his life in a “My View” column published that week in the Longboat Observer. In the column, he wrote that

he’d been rich and he’d been broke, but his greatest accomplishment was providing support for dozens of charities through the Martin A. Samowitz Foundation he’d established in 2004. One of those gifts was a $1 million pledge to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s ENVISION initiative he and Paulette made last December. In the column, he described his efforts through the Samowitz Foundation as his greatest accomplishments and quoted Andrew Carnegie, who said, “He who dies rich dies disgraced.” He also paraphrased a Scottish philosopher whose name he didn’t remember: “Those who help others will always live in the hearts of his countrymen.” Samowitz received a surprise at his party: The Betio Bastards, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge made a video to wish him a happy birthday. The Marines told him they were honored to serve in the same Marine Corps he served with on Iwo Jima and wished him “hoorahs” and “semper fi” from their ship. This time, Samowitz paid attention to the young faces as they spoke through the screen of the MacBook Pro laptop — and raised his right hand for a final salute. Samowitz is survived by his wife, Paulette; daughter, Lani Haynes; and two granddaughters. Paulette extends thanks to his physician, Dr. Dean Hautamaki. A celebration of life will take place in January. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

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Judge questions Klauber payment A bankruptcy court judge denied a request from Colony Lender LLC to hold a foreclosure sale of its assets. He also questioned a $3 million payment to Klauber. Tampa-based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May announced Dec. 4 he’s wrestling with confirming a settlement plan that gives $3 million to longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, while Colony Lender LLC is left in limbo. May announced he will schedule a date in January to make his final ruling on both the proposed settlement and the Chapter 11 reorganization plan for Klauber-owned entities. In the meantime, he expects Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association attorney Jeff Warren to reassess the settlement when it comes to the money Klauber receives. “One thing that still bothers me is if I confirm the plan, Klauber and investors get money that’s spendable and protected from collection,” May said. “That’s taking a right away from Colony Lender.” In the proposed settlement, a U.S. bankruptcy Chapter 7 trustee receives $2.3 million. An amendment to the settlement proposed Dec. 3 revealed that Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owner and developer Andy Adams and his entities have agreed to resolve issues with the proposed settlement. That agreement also calls for giving $400,000 to be paid to creditors, $75,000 to Carolyn Field through the Field Trust and $25,000 to Adams through Breakpointe LLC. Klauber receives a separate $3 million payment as part of the settlement. Colony Lender, the case’s largest affected creditor, is still left wondering what it receives and when it receives it. Colony Lender principal David Siegal told the judge Dec. 3, “It can’t be right to sell all the assets, not pay your debts and leave with $3 million,” referencing Klauber receiving $3 million as part of the settlement. On Dec. 4, May agreed with Colony Lender. “It seems to me if Klauber is getting paid as a consultant, perhaps thought should be given to not paying him until the pie comes out of the oven,” May said. Although Warren noted that Colony Lender would either receive fair-market cash value for its assets within a year of the settlement closing in March or be signed over the deed to 2.3 acres of land in the middle of the shuttered resort, Colony Lender LLC attorney Michael Assaf said there was still a fairness issue that needs to be resolved. “This is like someone saying they are going to buy your house eventually, but not tell you what they are going to pay or when they are going to pay you,” Assaf said. Wareen disagreed.

Above: Town Manager Dave Bullock recommends Colony buildings be torn down because they are a nuisance and a threat to the health and public safety of the general public during a wind storm. “Approval of this plan is in the best interests of the overwhelming majority of creditors,” Warren said. May struggled with the issue. “If approved as is, Colony Lender is deprived of control and an opportunity to collect against other sources,” May said. “I have to think that through. That’s the biggest single issue here remaining in the case.” May gave both sides 14 days to file briefs for his review. Warren told May he “will address the Klauber issue” in his brief. “We will have a date in January to pull all this together,” May said. “This won’t go on forever. None of us can tolerate that.” The decision led May, though, to announce he wouldn’t allow Colony Lender to hold a foreclosure sale of its assets in Sarasota that was scheduled for Dec. 6, while he reviews the materials. He will decide next month whether to approve the settlement and a reorganization plan. “This is an important matter,” May said. “You all have informed me as well as I can be informed. I just need some time now and don’t want to take the easy way out.”

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NEWSBRIEFS + Longboat Key Fire Rescue honors staff at annual awards Longboat Key Fire Rescue announced the recipients of its annual awards Monday. Firefighter/paramedic Brian Kolesa received the Firefighter of the Year Award. Last December, Kolesa was on his way to work when he saw a car crash at the intersection of Cortez Road and 75th Street in Bradenton and stopped to help. Kolesa performed CPR on a 5-year-old girl who was in cardiac arrest and revived her before the ambulance arrived. The child survived the accident and was reunited with Kolesa in July. Deputy Chief Matthew Altman was honored with this year’s Officer of the Year Award. A 19-year department employee, Altman is responsible for the training that paramedics receive ensuring they’re all trained in the most up-todate life-saving techniques. This past year, Altman instructed personnel on pediatric advanced life support, advanced life support, and CPR. Firefighter/paramedic Brandon Desch received this year’s Chief’s Award. He ensures the department is stocked with the appropriate amounts of supplies and mediciations. In the past year, Desch assisted in the department’s annual report and established an informational social media page for the fire department.

+ Police promote three longtime employees COMMISSION REVIEWS COLONY WEDNESDAY The Longboat Key Town Commission will will review a 67-page staff report and a recommendation from Town Manager Dave Bullock that requests existing units at the resort be torn down. Bullock notes the buildings are a nuisance and a threat to the health and safety of the general public during a storm. He suggests that Colony structures be torn down as a condition to attaining the grandfathered tourism uses on the site in the future. Colony owners and Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association President Jay Yablon say the request isn’t legal. Commissioners, which meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday and review Colony matters at a special meeting after their workshop, will also review a request from the association to ask for another extension of the grandfathered tourism uses at the shuttered resort. The resort contains 237 tourism units on 18 acres. But, because the hotel and resort buildings were built before the town created its tourism resort commercial classification, 129 of the resort’s 237 units are considered grandfathered, or legally nonconforming.

Longboat Key police recently promoted the following employees: Chris Skinner was promoted from sergeant to patrol captain; Randy Thompson was promoted from officer to sergeant; and Tina Gohl was promoted from senior dispatcher to communications supervisor.

+ Town collects items for Toys for Tots drive Santa Claus is coming to the town of Longboat Key. Toys for Tots boxes are currently located at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, and the Longboat Key Police Department, 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to either location to help a needy child have a merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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The town is no longer talking trash. Town Manager Dave Bullock had been negotiating a seven-year garbage and recycling contract with Waste Management at the direction of a bid review committee consisting of town staffers. But Bullock ended those negotiations at the recommendation of a separate protest committee, also consisting of town staff. The protest committee formed after Clearwater-based Progressive Waste Solutions of Florida informed the town in a Nov. 20 email it was protesting the weighted criteria used to evaluate and rank bids for trash and recycling services for the town. Three companies bid for the Key’s service, and the committee rated Waste Management higher than Progressive. The bid review committee declined to allow the companies to make presentations on their bids in November. Instead, it ranked the companies through a criteria system that selected Waste Management as the company the town should begin negotiations with for a new contract. Progressive challenged why the company’s bid wasn’t ranked higher in the Nov. 20 email. The protest led to the formation of the protest committee. “Progressive feels strongly we submitted the most cost-effective bid for the town,” said Progressive Government Affairs Manager Ian Boyle in an email to the Longboat Observer. Boyle said the bids, which are being presented again later this month at the recommendation of the committee, show that Progressive was “24% to 28% lower in aggregate cost for single-family, multifamily and commercial customers” than Waste Management’s bid. “There is a savings of $2.5 million to $3 million over the life of the seven-year contract to the Longboat Key community, depending on which option is picked,”

TRASH NUMBERS Clearwater-based Progressive Waste Solutions of Florida claims its prices for a new seven-year contract were cheaper no matter what option the town selected for its bid. Below is a look at the protest information Progressive sent to the town: Based on multifamily/commercial data collected by Progressive it was the lowest responsive bidder in aggregate price in each option on an annual basis: Option 1 — $431,706.18 lower* Option 2 — $434,597.70 lower* Option 3 — $368,574.66 lower*

Over the seven-year life of the contract the total dollar savings to the Longboat Key community with Progressive’s proposal is as follows: Option 1 — $3,021,943.26 Option 2 — $3,042,183.90 Option 3 — $2,580,022.62 * Than Waste Management

Boyle said. The information was sufficient for the protest committee to recommend that Town Manager Dave Bullock stop negotiations with Waste Management to provide an opportunity for the two companies to make presentations to the bid review committee. Bid review committee members will evaluate the bids again and listen to the presentations Dec. 20 before awarding a new bid.

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Lido, Siesta residents want their voices heard The Army Corps of Engineers met with Lido Key and Siesta Key residents last week in separate meetings about the Lido Key beach renourishment project.

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Before the Dec. 5 Siesta Key Association meeting with the Army Corps, President Catherine Luckner said she hoped the meeting would be an opportunity for residents to get involved in the conversation surrounding a proposed project that would dredge Big Pass. At the meeting, residents did get involved with the conversation — often talking over representatives from the Army Corps and the city of Sarasota to voice their concerns about the proposal. The meeting crystalized the unease many Siesta Key residents have with the proposed project. Several residents said they were upset the project had progressed to the point it has without any public hearing or peer review of the Army Corps’ information. Mora stressed that the proposal had not been finalized, and once it was submitted, the process of getting the state to approve it would take about a year. “It’s not a plan that’s set in stone,” Mora said. “It could definitely change. It’s an early start to the process.”

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a beach to come to,” Lambert said. “What are people going to come to, rocks? Ben Franklin Drive?” Another resident suggested hiring a public-relations specialist to provide outreach on Lido Key’s behalf. Lido Key Residents Association President Carl Shoffstall said the association’s board would consider the idea. At the very least, he said, the group had to ramp up its communication efforts. Board members have met with individual Sarasota County commissioners to communicate their support for the proposed beach renourishment. Lambert said attendees at Friday’s meeting should email the commission with messages backing the project, as well. The proposed project is still in its planning stages, and it will be more than a year at the earliest before federal funding for the renourishment efforts can be secured, according to Army Corps Project Manager Milan Mora. Still, Lido residents said they have to coordinate their outreach strategy now to get the project off the ground. “We’re going to have to get a game plan going here,” Shoffstall said.

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At a meeting Friday, Lido Key residents wondered what they had to do to get the spotlight shone on them. During an informational session with the Army Corps of Engineers, Lido Key residents stressed the importance of a proposed Lido Beach renourishment project. Beyond that, they began to consider how to better communicate their feelings on the project, which would be a joint effort between the Army Corps and the city of Sarasota, to the general public and local officials. Residents were concerned about detractors of the project on Siesta Key drowning out supporters of the project on Lido. The meeting came the morning after a contentious Siesta Key Association meeting with the Army Corps, during which Siesta residents aired a series of concerns about the potential impact of the project. The proposed project would renourish the Lido shoreline, which the state has evaluated as critically eroded, with sand taken from Big Pass, which has not been dredged before. Army Corps representatives said models showed negligible effects on Siesta Key as a result of the proposed dredging, but several Siesta residents said they believed the project is far riskier than engineers say. John Lambert, a member of the Lido Key Residents Association board, said a compelling argument in support of the project could be made about the economic impact of Lido Beach. If the beach continued to erode, Lambert said, the tourism revenue derived from the area would quickly dissipate. “Tourist development shows Lido Key as

Mora said the full projected impact of the project on Siesta Key wouldn’t be known until February, when a feasibility study will be finished. Still, he said a study from 2004 forecasted a minimal impact for the project, and the proposal was in keeping with a county-approved inlet management plan. Many residents were not satisfied with that response. One of the most outspoken audience members at the meeting was Cynthia Scheider, a resident who lives off Big Pass. She was worried about the effect the project would have on her own home, but she said her greater concern was about any potential impact on Siesta Beach. Despite what the Army Corps was saying, she believed its engineers didn’t truly understand the dynamics of the area. “It looks great on a computer, but they don’t know what damage they’re going to do,” Scheider said. “They shouldn’t do it.” Mora said he felt the meeting went pretty well, and he said the Army Corps would continue to be in communication with Sarasota citizens. He said he understood the concerns of Siesta Key residents, but that dredging Big Pass was the most feasible option for renourishing Lido Key. “It’s a hard process,” Mora said. “If there were sand offshore that I could use, then I would not be here.” Luckner said the meeting was more contentious than it ideally could have been. Now that people have been engaged, she said, she hopes future conversations surrounding the project will be more productive in addressing the concerns of Siesta Key residents. “When people are afraid, they get mad, that’s pretty natural,” Luckner said. “What I’m hoping now is that energy will now be directed into some of the efforts that it takes to get to where we want to go.”


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A site plan submitted to Town Hall last week for a Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort renovation-and expansion project states: “The Longboat Key hotel must be completely redeveloped and modernized to attract the affluent, upscale visitors that historically supported the local economy of Longboat Key. All of the existing buildings and facilities will be demolished with the exception of the five-story hotel tower on the north side, which shall be refurbished with completely renovated guestrooms and rebuilt infrastructure. The resort will include a new five-story south tower to complement the existing north tower, providing a total of 187 guest rooms supported by an expansive, 165-seat restaurant offering gorgeous, secondstory views of the beach and a beautifully redesigned pool area. In addition, 3,000 square feet of meeting space is integrated within the same building as the restaurant and other staff services to provide outstanding support for expanded business retreats and conferences. The revitalization will reposition the property as one of the most outstanding destination beach resorts in Southwest Florida.”

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Griffin releases killer novel Longboat Key novelist H. Terrell Griffin’s latest book, ‘Found,’ features murder, mayhem and main man Matt Royal. On the real Longboat Key, the last time a murder occurred was in June 2000. On Matt Royal’s Longboat Key, there have been at least 15 murders or violent deaths on the Key since novelist H. Terrell “Terry” Griffin published his fist novel, “Longboat Blues,” in 2005. Five of those deaths take place in his newest book, “Found,” released in October by Longboat Key-based Oceanview Publishing. “I felt like Longboat was too quiet, so we had to jazz it up,” Griffin said. “I realize a lot of the murders are a bit outlandish. When you’re writing murder mysteries, you write murders that are in odd places.” In “Found,” Longboat Key’s tranquility is shattered once again by a murder and the disappearance of an elderly resident. Royal’s love interest, Longboat Key Police Detective Jennifer Diane “J.D.” Duncan, springs into action. But a text message with a current photo of a college friend, who was presumed to be dead, interrupts the investigation. You won’t find any spoilers here, but Griffin offers this hint: He’s never killed off one of the good guys. “I have only killed people who needed killing,” he said. Griffin never knows how his books will end when he begins writing. “Characters take on a life of their own,” he said. “When I’m writing, I never really know how it’s going to end two or three chapters into the future.” Often, he writes multiple endings to make sure the story wraps up thoroughly,

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R.I.P. PIC Shortly after being appointed to the Longboat Key Town Commission, Commissioner Terry Gans spent weeks educating himself on Longboat Key history and issues by reading 35 years of Longboat Observer archives. As Gans will tell you, one of his key findings of that project was this: Throughout that threeand-a-half-decade history, the issues on Longboat Key haven’t changed much — if at all. Longboaters have always complained about development; the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort has almost always been involved in controversy; and town commissioners always manage to create whistling-teapot tempests for themselves (i.e. who’s serving on the Urban Land Institute committee). We all know the cliche: The more things change, the more they stay the same. But an aberration to that bromide occurred last month when directors of the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee decided to dissolve the 27-year-old organization. This is a historical change. For nearly three decades, the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee was a community institution. As many longtime Longboaters know, “PIC,” as it became known, wielded a lot of political influential. Its endorsement — or lack of one — for Town Commission elections often determined winners and losers. And for a time, it wouldn’t be too far off to say that many Longboaters would identify themselves to each other as either being a PIC backer or opponent. You were either anti-development and commercialism (pro-PIC) versus those who favored development (anti-PIC). Through The Voice, PIC’s green-paper newsletter, Longboaters often waited to see how PIC would skewer — sometimes nastily — commissioners who disagreed with PIC’s positions. PIC held no pretenses about its feelings toward the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce — it despised it. And in its earliest years, it almost seemed as if PIC and the Longboat Observer were mortal enemies, with PIC decrying growth and the Longboat Observer supporting it. In his book, “From Calusas to Condominiums,” Longboat Observer founder Ralph Hunter reported that in PIC’s articles of incorporation, the organization forbade anyone from becoming a PIC member if he “is a member of any chamber of commerce anywhere in the state of Florida.” PIC also originally excluded anyone “who … owns, controls, or has any interest in … any business … in Sarasota or Manatee

counties …” PIC took obvious aim at the Longboat Observer in every issue of The Voice by reminding its members and readers that the purpose of PIC was “to publish the truth about the issues that confront our island … because of so much distortion of the truth on our Key.” According to Hunter’s book, in 1991, in a deposition for a lawsuit involving the town, then Mayor Hart Wurzburg was asked why PIC was formed: “It was very simple,” Wurzburg answered, “because there was only one method of disseminating information on Longboat Key, and that was Ralph Hunter and The [Longboat] Observer, and to the best of my knowledge he didn’t tell the truth then and subsequently he hasn’t told the truth at any time that I know of since then … ” The diametric philosophies and visions of PIC and this newspaper and chamber of commerce contributed to an awkwardness and chill that hung over town affairs for nearly two decades. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s, when Ron Johnson and Joan Webster — members of PIC — became mayor successively that PIC’s strident and icey anti-development, anti-business, anti-tourism stance began thawing. Lo and behold, this new wave of PIC leadership finally realized that Longboat Key’s reputation for having the worst climate in the region for business and construction worked too well — and actually was hurting the island. Without enough steady tourism, businesses one after another shut down. Whitney Beach and Avenue of the Flowers became retail ghost towns. To their credit, Johnson and Webster took steps to have PIC and chamber leaders actually talk to each other. To many longtime Longboaters’ surprise, there was detente. Then the unthinkable. PIC’s new leaders and board members, among them Ann Roth, Gaele Barthold and Lenny Landau, actually began collaborating with the Longboat Observer as co-partners on community and candidate forums. And talk about shockers: When the

Longboat Key Club and Resort attempted to obtain approval for its proposed $400 million expansion and renovation, PIC’s board supported the project. And in the 2013 Town Commission elections, PIC endorsed three incumbents, each of whom embraces the belief Longboat Key needs more tourism and business. The metamorphosis was complete. Over the past eight years, we watched PIC evolve from being a pitbull against business and development to embracing a balance of business, tourism and residences — a position that virtually everyone on Longboat Key, including this newspaper, embraces. In effect, over time, it lost its initial raison d’etre. To be sure, the old PIC and the old wars between PIC and its adversaries added spice to the life and conversations on Longboat Key. They made this newspaper more interesting to read. But now, in PIC’s absence, there is more harmony. And that’s good for the town. As we absorb PIC’s history, we can’t help but note its dissolution, to a great extent, reflects an admission that its early members’ philosophy is a failed philosophy. It provides a great lesson for all communities: To block economic growth and development is to sentence yourself to economic stagnation and deterioration. While, oddly enough, government regulations affecting political action committees brought PIC to its organizational end, its “anti-” philosophy ultimately brought about its demise. To their credit, PIC’s most recent leaders recognized that if stop growing, your community dies. We welcome PIC leaders to the other side — for seeing what’s best for the Key’s future is a balance of visitors, businesses and residents alike.

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We have to agree with most everyone but the mayor. Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown didn’t need to change the makeup of the Longboat Key Urban Land Institute Implementation Advisory Committee. That is, the one that had himself or his appointee, the chair of the planning and zoning board and five citizens. (See page 1A.) It now has two commissioners, two planning board members, two holdovers from a previous ULI committee and three citizens — four Town Hall insiders. This is exactly why so many Longboaters snort about Town Hall being a closed club — closed to ordinary taxpayers. Sure, Mr. Mayor, the insiders are “citizens,” too. But let’s hear some fresh points of view. SARASOTA

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Marty Samowitz, a Longboat Key resident who died Friday night at age 99, is another great American tale, a life that should be held up to younger Americans of what our country and its people are all about — or, what we used to be about. Samowitz was a self-made, successful entrepreneur and business owner-operator of the Marty’s Shoes retail chain; devoted to his family; loyal friend; generous philanthropist; and a red-white-and-blue American patriot to the end. On top of all of these attributes — which came from the choices he made and experiences in his life — Samowitz possessed a remarkably sharp mind and wit until his final days. At his 99th birthday party, his body failing, Samowitz was as alert as ever, still an insatiable reader and conversant on every issue of the day, be it local, national or international. At ages 97 and 98, he traded regular emails and phone calls with former Longboater Lynn Welly on all of the books and newspaper articles he devoured by the day. He was especially in tune then with presidential politics.

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ULI / FROM PAGE 1A take last month when he voted in favor of forming a new committee to implement ULI recommendations. That committee consisted of himself or his appointee, Bishop (the planning board chairwoman) and five citizens. Instead, he explained that after reconsidering, he believed the original committee that formed to prepare for the ULI’s visit — consisting of Commissioners Jack Duncan and Pat Zunz, PZB members Walter Hackett and George Symanski and citizens Tom Freiwald and Larry Grossman, both of whom are on the new committee — should continue. He made a motion to continue that committee and add three new additional citizens — Roger Leibin, David Novak and Jered Whitehead — while removing himself and Bishop. Bishop told the Longboat Observer that the only time an item should be added to an agenda “is if it were an immediate issue of health, welfare and safety.” “The public has the right to know what the public agenda is that their elected officials are acting on,” she said. Bishop said the committee should be a citizens committee. “It’s unfortunate the makeup of the committee has taken a lot more energy than what the committee is going to do,” Bishop said. “When commissioners forget they are here to do the public business and keep them informed, they forget who they serve.” Bishop also expressed concern with personal emails being sent from Brown. “Town business should be done on

town emails,” Bishop said. “If they are not careful, the taxpayers could get hit with a huge bill to pay.” Bishop — who noted that she, Brown and the rest of the former ULI committee recently sat through a half-hour Sunshine Law video tutorial warning town officials to use town emails for town business — said she’s contemplated filing a Sunshine Law complaint but hadn’t done so as of press time. Brown said he had a number of reasons “for going back to the original committee.” “I really felt the original committee had a good rapport and was really built on a group that has very little in common,” Brown said. “Don’t fix something that’s not broken.” Brown, though, admitted that he “made a couple of mistakes.” “I should have waited and advertised the discussion for another meeting even though I was allowed to do what I did,” Brown said. Brown also said he wished he would have asked the town manager to inform Bishop before the meeting of his decision to bring the discussion up at the meeting. Brown doesn’t believe his email to Webb, though, violated the Sunshine Law. Brown said he also “doesn’t buy the argument” that the original committee is

not a good representation of the Key as a whole. “You’re still a citizen even if you’re elected,” Brown said. The committee discussed its altered makeup when it met Tuesday. But Brown questioned why the discussion was continuing. “I think you’re making a political football of it,” he said. The new committee members agreed they could work together. But planning board member George Symanski, one of the committee’s new appointees, took issue with Freiwald serving as the committee’s chairman. That’s because when Commissioner Lynn Larson, who voted against committee changes, asked Freiwald for his opinion at the commission’s Dec. 2 meeting, he opposed the changes, although he described the original committee as a “terrific group.” “It seems to me you were putting your personal stuff out there,” Symanski said. “I don’t know how you’re going to represent the four of us if you don’t want to be on the committee.” But Commissioner Jack Duncan and other committee members defended Freiwald. “A commissioner asked you, and you gave your opinion,” he said. “I think it was

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When Mark Meador met Donna Callahan, he knew right away she was a catch. It was Oct. 21, 2011 — the night of the Longboat Key Historical Society’s Fish Fry. Casa del Mar always reserves a table for the event. Reservations Manager Kate Eiseler’s husband couldn’t go, so she asked her sister, Callahan, to take her place. “Right away, I knew she was gorgeous and caught my eye,” said Meador, who was the resort’s assistant manager at the time but has since been promoted to general manager. He later asked Eiseler for Callahan’s phone number, and the couple began dating in January 2012. On Friday, Dec. 6 — 777 days after Meador got hooked at that chance Fish Fry meeting — the couple stood on the resort’s beach at sunset and became husband and wife. The groomsmen were Casa del Mar Reservationist Elton Arellano and Maintenance Manager Juan Cavazos. The bridesmaids were Eiseler and Callahan’s sisterin-law, Cindy Phillips. The wedding coincided with Casa del Mar’s annual holiday party for unit owners. “The owners have all been second family to me for half my life,” Meador said. He was 23 when he began working at the resort in 1985. He and the resort’s longtime manager, D.M. Williams, who retired last year, were performing with the Cripple Creek Cloggers at the Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio, when Hurricane Elena stuck.

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Williams returned to find 3 feet of dirt deposited outside the resort’s buildings and needed help, so he called Meador and offered him a job. After Meador was promoted to general manager last year, he had to move into the manager’s unit on the property. He had to introduce the board to Callahan when she moved in with him. “From the moment I introduced her out by the pool, they made her feel like family,” he said. “I said, ‘Let’s just have a small family wedding.’” Although the couple got married at Casa del Mar, they don’t plan to honeymoon there. Mr. and Mrs. Meador will head to New Jersey in December to visit her daughter, then take a trip to Key Largo in January.

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BEATING THE CHARGE 3:22 p.m. — 6300 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. A caller reported that people were apparently staying in a motor home. The people who were renting the residence where the motor home is parked said they were staying in the house and keep the motor home plugged in to keep the batteries charged. Police didn’t find any violations.

NOV. 27 SUSPICIOUS BOATER 3:01 a.m. — 6700 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man tied his fishing boat onto a woman’s boat house dock. Police saw a man wearing a blue raincoat on a fishing boat moving slowly away from the dock. He sped away in his boat when police ordered him to stop. Police were unable to locate him.

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9:24 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Lost/Missing Property. A woman placed her purse on a bench before weighing herself at Publix and forgot to pick it up when she left the store. Police and store employees were unable to find the purse.

10:42 a.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. A man and woman said they were woken up by voices in their garage. Police found the garage deadbolted and secured from the inside. The man said he saw a man walking a dog as he was calling the police.

NO STOPPING HER 12:57 p.m. — Intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Gunwale Lane. Emergency Message. The driver of a red truck made a quick turn in front of a bicyclist, causing the bicyclist to have to brake immediately and lose control of his bicycle. The driver kept moving and didn’t stop. Police located the driver who said she didn’t stop because the cyclist was yelling at her.

WILL HE GET A PASS? 1:41 p.m. — 300 block of GMD. Property Damage. An Islandside resident got out of his vehicle and physically removed a gate when he couldn’t get his vehicle’s gate pass to work after three attempts. The homeowners association president initially wanted to press charges but later said he wanted to speak to the resident first before deciding whether to seek charges.

4:52 a.m. — 600 block of Emerald Harbor Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported that a suspicious boater had been traveling slowly up the canal and appeared to be shining a light on other boats on the davits along the canal. An officer believes he saw the boat further south, but its operator continued into the bay when the officer shined his spotlight on him.

CYBER SCAM 2:24 p.m. — 600 block of Old Compass Road. Fraud. Solicitors called a woman twice in two days. The first time, the caller disabled the woman’s computer. The second caller told her she had viruses on her computer and tried to sell her packages to fix the problem. She said she wasn’t interested, then saw delete file warnings flash up on the screen; she couldn’t turn her computer off. A Verizon representative told her the calls were probably scams and suggested she make a police report and take her computer to a repair facility.

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DAMAGE IS DONE 3:56 p.m. — 200 block of Sands Point Road. Property Damage. An unknown person backed into a woman’s car, causing damage to the rear bumper. She parked the vehicle in the morning at a hotel and discovered the damage when she returned to the vehicle eight hours later. Police found no debris on the ground near the vehicle, which indicated that the damage took place in the hotel lot.

DEC. 2 KARMA DRAMA 9:58 a.m. — 600 block of Sutton Place. Civil Disturbance. A Sarasota couple got in a dispute with a Longboat Key woman concerning the removal of cabinets from the woman’s home. The Key woman said the Sarasota woman threatened to break her hip. The Sarasota woman had already told police she hopes the Key woman breaks her hip and said she was not threatening the other woman but does believe in karma.

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11:02 a.m. — 3500 block of Bayou Pointe. Burglar Alarm. A homeowner called police after his alarm company called to tell him that his alarm had been activated. Police found the door open and a small dog walking around the yard. The homeowner said he had just left and would return to lock the door.

9:31 a.m. — 700 block of Emerald Harbor Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A man’s boat disappeared from the lift with the keys inside. A civilian noticed the boat adrift and contacted the Coast Guard. Police believe the boat was carried away by the tide and current.

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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. Doug Staley, executive director of the Child Protection Center, will speak. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847.

Cortez Lighted Boat Parade What: Don’t be afraid to go overboard with lights and decorations for the Cortez Lighted Boat Parade. The parade begins at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and ends at the Seafood Shack Marina with an awards party. The grand-prize winner will receive $500, but there will also be prizes for the best decorated boats in each category. Entry fee is a new unwrapped gift or a donation to “Toys for Tots.” Register at cortezyachtcluborg.

Longboat Key Chamber Holiday Breakfast — takes place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce office, 595 Bay Isles Road. Blue Dolphin Café is the event sponsor. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 383-2466.

THURSDAY, DEC. 12 THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 15

When: A Longbeach Village pre-party begins at 3 p.m. Santa arrives at Moore’s at 4 p.m. The lighted boat parade leaves Moore’s dock at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

14th annual Observer Challenge — begins with a cocktail party the evening of Thursday, Dec. 12, and the tournament starts Friday, Dec. 13, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. Entry fee is $25. Call 316-8367 for more information or to register for the tournament.

Where: Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, 800 Broadway

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Porsches in the Park — takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Armands Circle Park. Suncoast Motorsports will host the event. Contact Margharita Komyati at 921-8007.

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Holiday Party for the Birds — will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway. Bring the family to decorate a small, live red cedar tree with edibles that birds will relish. Then, take it home and plant it in your yard for wild birds or donate it to Save Our Seabirds. Call 388-3010.

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Temple Beth Israel Broadcast — Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the program starts at 8:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel,

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Republican Clubs of Longboat Key and Sarasota Holiday Party — begins at 6 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need. Cost is $38 per person. Reservations close Dec. 13. Visit SarasotaRepublicanClub.com or call 888325-3212 for reservations.

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Third-generation resident Mark Wickersham was ‘an island guy’ Longboat Key native Mark Wickersham died Dec. 4. He was 58.

Maria Island Elementary as a child and left the Key in 1969 to attend Tennessee Military Institute. He went on to attend and play football at the University Third-generation Longbeach of Mississippi, aka “Ole Miss,” Village resident Mark Wicker- before attending the University of Florida. sham died Dec. 4. He was 58. He returned to the Key in the According to a Longboat Key police report, he was found 1970s and established C&M Construction with his dead Wednesday afterbrother in 1981. noon from a self-inflict“Most people ed gunshot wound to thought we were the head. nuts,” Chuck WickerLater that evening, sham said about gowhen the Longbeach ing into business with Village Association held his brother 32 years its monthly meeting, the ago. “But I lost my best group observed a mofriend, my partner and ment of silence in his Wickersham my brother all in one honor. Wickersham grew up on a day.” Many of Wickersham’s friends Key with “sandspurs, rattlesnakes and one or two cop cars were other longtime Key busiwe could outrun,” according to ness owners. Harry Christensen, owner of his brother Chuck, his business partner in the Longboat Key- Harry’s Continental Kitchens, met Wickersham in 1973, just based C&M Construction. Chuck moved away from after he moved onto the Key. He the island years ago, but Mark relied on Wickersham’s compaopted to stay on the island and ny any time he needed renovaraise his family in the house tions to his home or business. “They’re local people who next door to where he grew up. “He was an island guy,” grew up here and really went Chuck Wickersham said. “He out of their way,” Christensen loved everything about the wa- said “Friendship-wise, he was a wonderful, wonderful friend.” ter and the beach.” “I’ve known Mark for more Wickersham attended Anna

than 30 years,” said Rusty Chinnis, who is also a contractor and Longbeach Village resident. “I always thought of him as a friend rather than another contractor.” He loved fishing, boats and had the best-kept yard in the neighborhood, according to Chinnis. He was also a loyal Florida Gators fan who enjoyed hosting football parties at his home and an avid supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project, according to his family. “He was a fixture in the neighborhood,” Chinnis said. “He will be missed.” Wickersham is survived by his father, Reb Wickersham, of Oregon; wife of 27 years, Ella; children Lindsey, C.J. and Kristi; siblings Chuck, of Myakka, Melanni Fowler, of Bradenton, Karri Nicosia, of Colorado, and Cindy English, Kody Wickersham and Charlsie Nagel, all of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org, National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami. org, and the Wounded Warrior Project, support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

OBITUARIES Stanley Adelman

Stanley Adelman, 88, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 3. Born Jan. 25, 1925, in Syracuse, N.Y., he met his wife, Francine “Fran,” on a blind date after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He began his career in the New York City textile-converting business with Lowenstein & Sons, eventually founding his own business, Townley Manufacturing, with partner Irv Mendelsohn. Mr. Adelman felt lucky that he

retired in 1990, shortly before the downfall of the U.S. textile industry. He raised his family in Merrick, N.Y., and spent his retirement in Pittsfield, Mass., and Longboat Key. Mr. Adelman is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fran; sons Larry, of San Francisco, Jim, of Waban, Mass., and Jon, of Ossining, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood, plannedparenthood.org.

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, holds Sunday worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. Wednesday communion and anointing services are at 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, holds Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, holds Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Vincent Carroll is the minister. 383-6491. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, holds contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m.; fellowship and education at 10 a.m.; and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 3881234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, holds Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday Masses are at 5 p.m. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the priest. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, holds Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 5:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. Call 383-3428.

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Bird Key Yacht Club celebrates colorful holiday tradition. PAGE 23A

Three-bedroom St. Armands Towers condo sells for $1.35 million. PAGE 26A

WEATHER Sunset trio takes in another night in paradise. PAGE 28A

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t. Armands Circle transformed into a perfect winter wonderland Friday, Dec. 6, with bright lights, classic holiday decorations and innumerable red Santa hats during the 35th annual Holiday Night of Lights. The entertaining evening was filled with music, dancing and, of course, Christmas cheer. After the opening performance by the Cuban Ballet School, the crowd joined in for a Christmas carol singalong to welcome Santa and his sleigh. The Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of six horses, led Santa and Mrs. Claus to the lighting of the 51-foot Rocky Mountain pine Christmas tree. St. Armands stores extended their hours for local holiday shopping. Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Crab & Fin, the event benefited Toys for Tots and the All Faiths Food Bank.

A group of children gathered around Mrs. Claus as she handed out chocolates.

Gabrielle Robinson Leggett plays violin by the storefronts on the Circle.

Marley, a pug owned by the Gordons of Lido Key, sports reindeer antlers.

Lisa Singeisen paints Stella Misantone’s face with snowflakes.

The Wells Fargo stagecoach, pulled by a team of six horses, leads Santa and Mrs. Claus to the tree-lighting ceremony.


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On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Frosty Frolic event brought the Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association and the Key Niners together for the annual holiday party, themed All That Glitters. Each group first played golf on their respective courses and then enjoyed lunch at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. Members from both groups brought gifts for children in need, which will be donated to SPARCC, Sarasota’s Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center.

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Bird Key Yacht Club held its annual blessing and Lighting of the Fleet ceremony Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s event fell on the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. After a moment of silence and remembrance, the Rev. Michael Szyska, of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, blessed the fleet. With the boom of a canon, thousands of lights lit up the dock, and Susan Pinzino sang “America the Beautiful.” The evening ended with dinner and a Christmas performance by the Ditchfield Family Singers.

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St. Mary welcomes the holidays with a concert

Representatives from each table gather to light 14 unique menorahs.

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Hanukkah festivities light up Temple Beth Israel Temple Beth Israel members came together Wednesday, Dec. 4, to celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, with a traditional dinner and the lighting of the candles. Sponsored by Beth Israel Women, the dinner featured potato latkes with applesauce, brisket and other customary favorites.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church celebrated the start of Advent and the Christmas season Wednesday, Dec. 4, with a concert and party. The event, sponsored by both the Men’s Club and Women’s Guild, began with music from Michelle Giglio and Lee Dougherty Ross. “This concert was the best Christmas gift ever,” said Joan Stewart after the performance. Refreshments followed in Stella Maris Hall. Fair-trade items, along with any remaining Christmas decorations from last week’s bazaar, were sold at the event.

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Lee Dougherty Ross, the Rev. Edward Pick and Michelle Giglio

Joyce and Sherman Cooper

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Mary Elizabeth Carey claps after Michelle Giglio’s performance.

Rochelle McKinney, Michaele McKenna and Beth Waldman

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

HARBOR ACRES BAY FRONT! 4-5Br/3.5Ba/2CG w/Lr, Dr, fam rm, lg kitch. w/ctr island, bkfst nook, fp, wood flrs, quarry tile, vault ceil., crown moldings, built-ins, hurricane windows & doors, French doors, 2 lanais, deck, pool, spa & 2 SBW docks/lifts! MLS#A3984895 .......................$2,150,000

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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 #M5835428 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

BURNS COURT VILLAS! Downtown 3Br/2.5Ba/1CG townhome w/pvt elevator, granite, wood cabinets, travertine tile, wood flrs, crown moldings, 10FT ceil., fp, built-ins, Viking ss appls (gas), penthouse level Mbr w/jetted tub in gated comm. w/ amenities! MLS#A3988579 $800,000

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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

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Chamber celebrates the holidays at annual party The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce celebrated the season Thursday, Dec. 5, with its annual holiday party at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Light refreshments and cocktails were served while attendees networked with

other local professionals and listened to the Sarasota High School Chamber Choir. Many members brought ornaments that reflect their business or product for the chamber Christmas tree, which is on display at the chamber office.

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John Wojtyna, Aqua Plumbing and Air; and Annabelle Newland, Yorkshire International Property Management

Gail Loefgren, president of Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce; Juan Florensa, Longboat Key public works director; and Stephanie Dluzneski, Take Shape for Life

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TESSERA - Downtown bayfront 3 bedroom furnished residence rarely available. A3988085 $1,500,000

CASEY KEY - Spectacular extensively remodeled gulf to bay residence on 1.25 acres. A3968932 $4,650,000

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

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Remodeled canal front 4BR residence on an oversize lot. A3975981 $1,695,000

BIRD KEY - Stunning remodeled, pristinely maintained 3BR canal front residence. A3985864 $1,575,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Canal front lot in this desirable south end LBK neighborhood. A3986400 $575,000

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Corey Schaul, Morgan Stanley; Tammy Halsted, St. Armands Travel; and Mike Gray and Sam Asfur, both of Century 21 Beggins Enterprises

Nancy Taussing, Barefoot Weddings, helped with the sign-in sheet and raffle.

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601 LONGBOAT CLUB ROAD #804S - Elevated 2BR/2BA end residence with open floor plan and panoramic views. $1,195,000

280 N. SHORE ROAD #6 - Three levels of detailed splendor positioned amid the northernmost beach of Longboat Key. $995,000

Gulf Front Listings

Bayside Listings

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

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS - #802N - Stunning 8th fl, 2BR/2BA residence with east and west balconies. $990,000

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

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

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

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

GRAND BAY #344 - Bay, golf and mooring views from this 2BR+Den/3Full/2Half Bath, 4th floor residence. $1,090,000

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

BIRD KEY - 339 Bob White Way - 4BR/3BA furnished pool home with 540 sq. ft. Florida room, situated on a garden lot. $849,000

BEACHPLACE - BLDG 11-#202 2BR/2BA unfurnished residence with 1 covered/1 uncovered parking space. $419,000

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

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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. $499,000

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SHORT SALE - 1646 Laurel Street - 1920’s Renovated home in downtown’s Historic Laurel Park. $599,000

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BUILDING PERMITS

St. Armands Towers condo sells for $1.35 million

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address

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2295 GMD

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Ronald Horner

$310,848

2251 GMD

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BBC Key LLC

$236,487

4215 GMD

Alteration

Cypress Lakes Holdings LLC

$95,000

761 Lands End Drive

Alteration

Ellen Haft

$38,500

597 Spanish Drive N.

Re-roof

Jane Oaks

$16,875

5655 GMD

Alteration

William Mattey

$15,738

590 Wedge Lane

Pool

Deborah Cook, trustee

$11,500

5010 GMD

Re-roof

Shervin Korangy

$9,390

670 Old Compass Road

Pool

Eve Kommell

$8,440

Harriet Sokmensuer

Unit 10-S at St. Armands Towers, 101 Benjamin Franklin Drive, has three bedrooms, three baths, and 2,550 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.35 million. The following residential real estate transactions took place between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. A condominium in St. Armands Towers tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Gavriel and Catherine Salvendy sold their Unit 10-S condominium at 101 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Christopher and Susan John, of Norton, Mass., for $1.35 million. Built in 1968, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,550 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.6 million in 2009.

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Elliott Hilsinger, trustee, of Cincinnati, sold the Unit N-1104 condominium at 603 Longboat Club Road to David Namey, of New Kensington, Pa., for $1,075,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,560 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $975,000 in June.

and Sigita Zibas, of New York, for $565,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,957 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2011.

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Renate Spaeth, trustee, of Covington, Ky., sold the Unit 205 condominium at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jura Zibas

Teri Kleinmann, of Loudonville, N.Y., for $309,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $235,000 in 2001.

Philip and Barbara Carangelo sold their Unit M1-402F condominium at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joel Howard and

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6338 Laguna Dr #A3957942 $719,000 Audrey Singer

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

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101 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 86 #A3987953 $679,000 Douglas Parks

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1281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 1104 #A3963869 $1,995,000 Hannerle Moore

1085 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 602 #A3988701 $649,000 Jenifer Schwell

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800 Ben Franklin Dr # 709 #A3986052 $600,000 Elizabeth Pitts

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1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 603 #A3972159 $599,900 Sandi Layfield

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6821 Hughes St #A3982781 $575,000 Dana Westmark

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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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1281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 703 #A3982353 $1,849,000 Julie Jordan

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2612 Mulberry Ter #A3983179 $499,900 Anna Kaminski

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

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7260 N Serenoa Dr #A3982070 $499,000 Ann Martin

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690 Linley St #A3967460 $390,000 Tama Traberman

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

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615 Dream Island Rd # 306 #A3969421 $349,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

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4621 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 13B #A3971415 $349,000 Richard Perlman

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225 Sands Point Rd # 6103 #A3984812 $349,000 Ian Addy Pa

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2002 Harbourside Dr # 1601 #A3931062 $339,000 Eileen Burke

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RE/MAX Platinum Realty recently moved to larger quarters in Suite 100 of 500 John Ringling Blvd., on St. Armands Circle, and is now a full RE/MAX franchise instead of a branch office. Broker-owner Bryan Guentner said in a prepared statement that converting to a full franchise is one step toward the company’s goal of expanding its reach into Longboat Key. “Only full franchises are shown as office locations on REMAX.com and Global.REMAX.com, which will give our St. Armands agents more exposure,” he said. “As our expansion continues, we are looking forward to attracting more Longboat Key agents and clients. We want to continue to position our company as the premier international luxury real estate brand in Sarasota and beyond.”

+ SAR reports median sale prices rose in October Median sale prices rose in Sarasota County in October 2013 compared to last October’s numbers, according to the Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR). Single-family home prices were up 11.6%, with a median price of $185,776 this year compared to $166,500 last year. Condo prices rose 20.7%, with a median price of $175,000 this year, compared to $145,000 last October. The county had 818 total property sales in October, up slightly from the 793 sales recorded for the same month in 2012.

769 John Ringling Blvd # 36 #A3974912 $338,500 Michelle Ann Wilde

4800 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 201C #A3986823 $324,500 Sharon Freeman

2633 Pursell Cir #A3986454 $249,900 Sherri Mills

+ Premier Sotheby’s attends Contemporary Art Sales Premier Sotheby’s International Realty representatives, including Judy Green, president and CEO, and Lena White, vice president of marketing, attended the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sales held from Nov. 9 through Nov. 13, in New York City. The sale total was more than $380 million, with the top lot of the evening sales “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” by Andy Warhol, which sold for $105,445,000. It was a new world auction record for the artist and the secondhighest price ever paid at auction for contemporary art.  “Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s unique association with the storied Sotheby’s Auction House provides us with access to extraordinary opportunities, including this event, to showcase our listings among an exclusive audience of qualified buyers,” Green said in a prepared statement. “Such opportunities are part of the many benefits to our clients of our strong national and international reach.” 

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“There was definitely a shift in October toward single family and away from condos,” said SAR President Roger Piro in a news release. “That might be a function of the price escalation, which was far more pronounced in the condo category. Also in October, there were fewer properties on the market priced under $200,000 than last year and more priced above $200,000. So bargain hunters have had to adjust their sights upward, where there are more deals to be found.”

1350 Main St # 1702 Sarasota #A3950341 $6,000-$7,500/month, 30 day min 941-552-4200 Lisa Gullick 941-321-6973

7180 Gulf Of Mexico Dr Longboat Key #A3979830 $4,300-$8,300/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

4700 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # D202 #A3986790 $285,000 Bobbi Banan

4350 Chatham Dr # 105 #A3988751 $212,000 Michael Bruno

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3532 Mistletoe Ln #A3981859 $1,795,000 Marcia Salkin

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-6121

561 Spinnaker Ln #A3975981 $1,690,000 Michael Moulton

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-928-3559

475 E Royal Flamingo Dr #A3983861 $1,690,000 John August

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-320-9795

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

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-780-0968

1739 Waldemere St #A3978759 $1,325,000 Leonard Giarrano

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-0690

3349 Sabal Cove Way, Bay Isles #A3971449 $1,175,000 Judy Nimz

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

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

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-961-8850

523 Juan Anasco Dr #A3979558 $950,000 Marta Altizer

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-544-4437

1713 Hawthorne St #A3987459 $930,000 Sophie Cantin

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-914-6020

383 Firehouse Ln #A3988309 $849,000 Maureen Horn

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-539-3384

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-2659

Longboat Key 941-966-8000 941-320-3229

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1916 Harbourside Dr # 803 Longboat Key #A3979871 $3,000-$4,500/month, 60 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 433 Meadow Lark Dr #A3981613 $5,995,000 Deborah Beacham

Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 Main Street 951.6660 • Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444

Bird Key 941-383-7591 941-376-2688

White Sands of Longboat whitesandsoflongboat.com 800.230.2428

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OBSERVER WEATHER

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TEMPERATURES

Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Tuesday, Dec. 3

77

59

87 (1991)

36 (1935)

Wednesday, Dec. 4

82

62

86 (1994)

31 (1989)

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64

86 (1994)

33 (1974)

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65

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38 (1987)

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64

86 (1972)

30 (1937)

Sunday, Dec. 8

86

64

87 (1978)

30 (1937)

Monday, Dec. 9

83

64

86 (1978)

30 (1984)

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 Niki Muller submitted this sunset photo, taken on Holmes Beach.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Condos/Apts. For Rent LBK: SANDS POINT 1BR/2BA, annual, unfurnished. Non-smoking, No Pets. $2000/month. 941-383-3702

Dec. 26th

Service Directory deadlines Dec. 17th at noon ClassiďŹ ed Ads deadline Dec. 18th at noon

LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, W/D in units, walk out to beach. Furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338.

Jan. 2nd

RITZ CARLTON Marina: 3BR/3BA townhome, 2 car garage, 3 balconies, large boat dock. N/P, N/S. $3500/mo. 970-948-6815

Service Directory deadlines Dec. 18th at noon ClassiďŹ ed Ads deadline Dec. 19th at noon The Observer ClassiďŹ ed Dept. will CLOSE Dec. 23rd at 5pm for the holidays. We will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 8:30am 

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Happy Holidays To You and Yours!

Condos For Sale

Items Under $200 For Sale

Boats

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 BED FRAME: Queen size, metal, new, $25.00. Call 941-400-9099.

LBK BOATERS..SELLING OR buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales (877)901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com

FREE WOODEN SWING SET. Slide, fort and 3 swings. Call for time to pick up and remove from Sarasota backyard. 302-3079. KITCHENAID ARTISAN Series 5-Quart Mixer, white. New, still in box. $200.00 firm. 603-759-6598. XMAS TREE: artificial lights/ornaments, $60. 4 Teapots, $40. Office chair, $50. Knife set, $25. 941-383-6297.

Autos For Sale 2003 MERCEDES E320. Beautiful classic black, leather, garage kept, 125,000 miles with another 125,000 to go! Call 349-4835 to see, $11,999.

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale 45’ BOAT Slip for rent: Longboat Key Moorings. 941-812-3395 HIGH & DRY, indoor boat slip for sale or rent. Fast, easy, access to Gulf and Bay. Owner financing available. Why rent when you can own? Call 941-544-5597. LONGBOAT KEY: Indoor boat slip for rent. Top Level, 30/ft. length x 8/ft 6� beam x 9/ft. 10� height. 941-806-8500.

SLIP RENTAL- LBK Moorings. By Owner. M18, premier slip, 58 ft. $600 month. 941-316-9372

Boats Boats are selling very well. We need your boat! Please visit, www.Islandboatsales.net Buy-Sell-Consign-Donate. “Business on a Handshake� Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489.

General Merchandise THRIFT SHOP: Longboat Island Chapel, 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9a.m.-1p.m. Volunteers welcome! 941-383-6491.

Jewelry EXQUISITE JEWELRY Engagement Ring. Outstanding 3.03 ct., Fancy Yellow. Emerald cut VVS center stone with 2 plus kt. side stones in 18 kt. white gold mounting. Appraised over $50k. Sell now $23k. Fabulous ring, must see. Also 8 kt. Tennis Bracelet, white gold. $6500. 941-650-8080.

Merchandise Wanted BUYING VINTAGE Sports Cards and Memorabilia, American Flyer and Lionel Trains, pre-1970. Leave message 941-928-5908. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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

Help Wanted CONCIERGE POSITION available Monday through Friday, 4pm-6pm or 4pm-7pm. Need some to start immediately. Please contact Debbie Fulton 941-383-4223 or aquariusclublbk@gmail.com

Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACHPlACE, lBk. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available June through December, $2000/mo. Also available January through March, $5000/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950.

BEACH SIDE of street. 2 bed 2 bath Condo. $299,000 CLUB REALTY. Call 941-726-2677 Brooke O'Malley

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Your Seasonal Guests? Introduce your guests to a tropical winter stay at an unforgettable haven on the beach.

FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com INN ON THE BEACH: LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. By Owner. Private club suite, turnkey, tennis, Golf course view, 650/sq.ft. $349,000. 708-267-6704. LBK CONDO: For sale by owner, 2BR/2BA, 3rd floor unit, bay front, fully updated, $380,000. 941-374-0060. MARINA BAY: Largest condo under 1 million. 3BR/2.5BA, 3,100 sq. ft. Incredible views. Brooke O’Malley, CLUB REALTY. 941-726-2677

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LIDO SHORES: Waterfront home 3BR/3BA. Lagoon Pool/Spa, Dock, Private Beach access. Walking distance to world class shopping and restaurants! Furnished or unfurnished. Annual rental. $4500/month. Call 941-928-1542. LONGBOAT KEY: beach facing, 3BR, $1900/mo. +utilities. Updated, granite/ stainless kitchen, garage, patio, 55+. 941-232-1357.

Lots/Acreage For Sale BIRD KEY. Prime Sarasota Bay lot. SSE exposure. Waiting for your dream house. For sale by owner. No brokers please. 631 Mourning Dove. See our lot on www.forsalebyowner.com. $2,800,000. 941-388-7832

Charming Gulf-to-bay cottages 'ULFOF-EXICO$RIVEs,ONGBOAT+EY s7HITE3ANDS/F,ONGBOATCOM

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367

Real Estate Wanted

5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939

For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

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email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Find Treasure! Reserved Space LP Reserved Space

Want to find a great deal on something you’ve always dreamed of?

3 BEDROOM Longboat Key beach rental. Seasonal ($3200/ mo. includes tax). Across from private beach. Garage. Unobstructed views. Updated, patio, fully furnished, 55 +. March and April plus off-season. (941) 232-1357. LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LIDO KEY Beachfront condo: 3BR/2BA, covered parking, nicely furnished. Seasonal rental: $3500/mo. or yearly lease at $2750/mo. 613-722-7767. E-mail: lainecooper@cooperhr.com

This week’s Crossword answers

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This week’s Sudoku answers

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ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232 HEWES REDFISHER 21, 2004,Yamaha 250 HPDI, 575 hrs. Jack plate, Minkota trolling mtr, poling platform and push pole, power pole, cover, trailer. Lowrence GPS/ fishfinder, stored at hgih and dry, $20,500. Longboat Key Fl. 941-444-7181.

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This week’s Cryptogram answers

1. Santa has reluctantly agreed to reduce spending a little. He moved to a smaller place in the Arctic and is insisting on sootless chimneys this year to save on dry cleaning. 2. The reindeer found a way to harness moonlight to power Santa’s sleigh. It may be a starry-eyed concept but they reduced their carbon footprint!


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BEACH PLACE: 3BR/2BA, fully furnished, elevator, gated security, pool, walk out to beach. Available January 1st, seasonal or annual. 631-765-3162 Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FloRIDA VACATIon ConnECTIon www.Flvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 877-705-2460

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BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $60, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342.

Computer Services Cmagik - LBK resident, servicing our island year round for over 12 yrs. Bachelors Degree with 20 yrs. experience, PC or MAC. Professional help with computers, iPad/iPhones and tutoring. References upon request. Call Cort: 383-3878, 587-5588 cmagik.com

Provides home healthcare from as little as 4 hours to 24/7 care. For more info Phone: 941-809-3725 License #230506 & #30211577

OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

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GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

20 years design background. Licensed - Insured - LBK Resident References upon request. 941-383-2659

Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

JOHN GUBERNAT SERVICES Residential/ Commercial. Handyman Repairs, Roof Repairs, Coatings, Painting, Power Washing, Property Management, Home Watching. LBK Resident. Lic./Ins. 941-962-4867.

Catering HHHHH BLUE DOLPHIN CAFE

LBK SEAPLACE Town House at the beach for rent. Beautiful TH with 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1 powder room, terrace, screened lanai, direct access to tropical garden, at the beach, 2 pools, tennis, club, gym, sauna, hot pot, etc. Completely equipped, 2 car parking spaces. Available from June to December, 2013. Ask for availability 2014, info about price etc. at: mandalka@gmx.de

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Fully equipped 2BR/2BA condos with washer and dryer, and wireless internet in each unit.

OUR GUESTS RETURN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.

Painting/Wallpapering CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience. RICK STEAKLEY PAINTING. Interior/Exterior. Pressure Washing. Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repairs. Reasonable. Reliable. Professional. 30+/years experience. References available. Free Estimates. Lic./Ins. 941-228-7605, rlsteakley60@gmail.com

CLEANING: HIGHEST quality, low cost. Punctual, honest, fast, very careful. References. Call Esperanza, 536-6733.

Adult Care Services

Office Open 7 Days, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228

Extra Large Heated Gulf View Swimming Pool!

Cleaning

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FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS ARE BACK AT OUR LONGBOAT KEY CENTRE SHOPS LOCATION!!

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Pressure Cleaning PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-756-4570.

Transportation ISLAND SEDAN Serving Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, West Bradenton and St. Armands Towncar Service Rates: To or From: Tampa International Airport: $80 St. Pete/Clearwater Airport: $75 Sarasota/Bradenton Airport: $35 Call for rates to other locations Gratuities not included. 941-730-8803 islandsedan@gmail.com www.islandsedan.com

Grout Cleaning & Sealing Service Available Call Ashdown Flooring, Inc. LICENSED (941) 726-3077 INSURED

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COMPOSER OF NOTE Sarasotan Lera Auerbach’s life is composed of unique opportunities that led her to become a composer and concert pianist in high demand.

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“I love this place,” Lera Auerbach says of The Hermitage. “I think it’s one of the jewels of not just Florida, but it is an incredibly important residency in the U.S.”

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT composer is in high demand internationally to compose works for famed groups such as the Royal Danish Ballet and the National Symphony Orchestra. The 2009 visit sold Auerbach on the area, and she bought a vacation home here a month prior to her residency that year at Hermitage Artist Retreat. It’s a place where national artists of all disciplines are nominated to live and work in the serene setting of Manasota Key. Coincidentally, the home she bought was just down the road from the Hermitage. And, when her New York home and studio — including her piano and manuscripts — burned down the last day of her fourweek work residency, it was as if the world was telling her something: Just stay put. The more time she spent in Sarasota over the next four years, and the more fresh Gulf air that filled her lungs, the more she felt at peace. This fall, she bought a new permanent home here with her husband, Rafael DeStella, their dog, cat, ferret, guinea pig and an eventual aviary for birds.

Personal independence

It’s not the only time in Auerbach’s life that greater forces took her somewhere new. It’s how her career took off in the first place. Auerbach came from a family where generations of musicians preceded her, on both sides of her family. The same time Auerbach learned to read in her hometown, Chelyabinsk, Russia, she learned to notate. And at age

4, as a child would, she’d dream up stories, but hers were illustrated with sounds. She remembers one tragically romantic story she wrote based on a poem by Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov about a sinking ship. By age 12, her community staged an opera she wrote. At age 17, before the Soviet Union dissolved, she won a cultural exchange contest that granted her the opportunity to travel to the United States and perform a tour of concerts. Before this trip, she had never traveled anywhere, she spoke no English, had no money, and the only person she knew of in the United States was an acquaintance of her mother’s. During the trip, her isolation continued as she traveled under the guard of a KGB group, where one untrusting man wouldn’t let her talk to fans following a performance. Feeling a surge of independence, she proudly told the man that America is a free country and she can talk to whomever she wants. So, when the other teens on the tour got to New York, and the rest of the group went shopping, they forbid Auerbach from going, instead leaving her in the hotel room. But, things have a way of working out for her. “I had this sense, this feeling of freedom,” she says. “I sensed it so strongly and felt I needed it as air. I had this gut feeling that this is the place for me.” With that gut feeling, Auerbach called her mother’s acquaintance, introduced herself

IF YOU GO Lera Auerbach featuring cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan In partnership with Hermitage Artist Retreat and The Ringling’s Art of Our Time When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road Cost: Tickets $5; free to museum members, same-day ticket holders and students Info: Call 360-7399

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Narek Hakhnazaryan and asked to be introduced to other musicians. After this friend called another, Auerbach ended up playing for faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, which was closed at the time. She played an uncustomary informal audition and was accepted on the spot. Within one day’s time, Auerbach learned she could either stay in New York or return home, stifling the opportunity — and her protective parents gave their blessing for whatever choice she made. “The whole trip was a miracle,” she says. “…If I didn’t take (the opportunity) it wouldn’t have repeated itself.” Without knowing when she would be able to see her fam-

ily again, if ever, she made the leap. It was the Fourth of July, and Auerbach marks it her own day of independence. She transferred to Julliard the following year and was able to see her family five years after leaving her homeland.

Future compositions

Today, Auerbach’s plans for the future consist of finishing the pieces she commissions six years out. She’s working on a 21st century take on the opera “Eugene Onegin,” named “Tatiana,” for choreographer and director of Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. He’s one of the first big names to begin commissioning Auerbach, and they’ve been collaborating for 10 years. The other big ballet they collaborated on, “The Little Mermaid,” won the 2012 Echo Klassik award for best DVD recording. The award is the European equivalent of the Grammy’s.

Before she can get to that piece, she’ll perform at Historic Asolo Theater. It wasn’t until a recent trip to Sao Paulo, where Auerbach is the composer in residence at the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, that she picked up a guest soloist for her Hermitage program. The Brazilian orchestra performed a three-day profile of her work, in which Auerbach also performed. She performed one of her own pieces, “Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 69” with cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Hakhnazaryan won the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, making him one of the most in-demand and sought after cellists of recent time. “It was as if he grew up with this music,” she says. And as fate (and fortune) would have it, he didn’t have a concert on Dec. 12 and decided to join her program. Life always seems to work out for Lera Auerbach; she always seems to strike the right note.

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Greatest whittle show on Earth The Circus Museum wood carvers are part of the only living exhibit at The Ringling. They carve on-site every Thursday morning, but their camaraderie is the best part of the display.

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A few of the The Ringling’s woodcarving shop’s volunteers: Don Welch, Nora Sellmer, Marty Rosen, Martha Kelley (painting volunteer), Don Haynie and Manfred Klatt

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Regularly asked questions and the typical responses you will hear:

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What is it? It’s a giraffe. It’s a camel.

proud of their scars and sores. And if Manfred Klatt hears you ask, he might show you his two missing finger tips.

3 — numbers of new members in the past six years

Is it made of fiberglass? No. Once they are painted, they might look like they aren’t made of wood — they are indeed made of wood.

surviving circus wagon was built. You can see it in the circus museum.

Does it have a name? No. Not yet, but they are open to any child’s suggestion. What kind of wood is the camel? Linden wood. How long have you been working

on it? Since Lincoln was in office. We don’t remember. For three years. Did it start out as one piece of wood? No, it started in segments of wood based on a model form. Do your fingers ever get sore? No, and most wood workers are

1879 — the year the oldest-

1979 — the year the newest circus wagon, The Griffin, was built. You can see it at the Circus Museum.

18 – number of tassels on the camel

20 – average hours it takes for one tassel

12 – hours it takes to complete an ornament

Manfred Klatt works on carving the tassels earlier this year in June.

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4 – people it takes to complete an ornament (one cuts it out, one carves it, one designs it, one paints it)

Above: Marty Rosen holds the sign they use to recruit new wood carvers. They aren’t currently seeking volunteers. Inset: A hibiscus Rosen carved in his free time.

Haynie carved 1,020 Santa Claus ornaments as an artisan on display. All of the volunteers started with woodworking experience. Marty Rosen, 75, the designated camel project manager and designer of the majority of the ornaments, was in advertising and would rush home daily at 5 p.m. to carve furniture and other decorative carvings in his garage. The other men have similar stories; they are retired industrial arts teachers, a policeman, a dentist, a commercial banker, and there have been a couple of FBI agents, to name a few of the careers from which they are retired. They all wear volunteer lanyards with their names, and most of them have additional

merits designating “1,000-plus hours” or even “5,000-plus hours.” They’ve had three new members in the past six years. The newest volunteer and only female carver, Nora Sellmer, started two years ago. It’s a difficult position to get — the group is not actively seeking new volunteers. But when it is, there’s an interview process that involves seeing a craftsman’s work. Sellmer had to take a cabinet door she made off of her own kitchen cabinets to demonstrate her ability. She was a professional sign maker in Vermont and one of few who actually comes in with detailed, hand-carving experience in addition to woodworking. The large-scale works are a great opportunity for woodwork-

ers. “We can make these things (ornaments) at home in our garage, but where are you going to do that?” Dick Dorn asks, pointing to the camel. “Most woodworkers would give their right teeth to come in here (and work on that).” But, most of the guys come for the craftsmanship and stick around for the camaraderie. They occasionally socialize outside of the shop and will go to dinner or on other field trips. They went to see an art show in Venice that featured one of Marty Rosen’s wood sculptures. And there’s always something to talk about in the shop — it’s never quiet. “But we don’t talk politics,” says John Haynie with a laugh.

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the elephant, but his name was left off the plaque on the base of the completed carving that lists the names of men who work on them. But, Haynie created the textural folds in the elephant’s skin. “I said, ‘How come my name isn’t on it?’” Haynie says. “And they said, ‘Kid, we didn’t have room!’” It made him mad, so he started making tree ornaments — before that time they didn’t make any smaller carvings. Prior to his time at The Ringling, in Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May, N.J., a living history museum with a similar woodcarving exhibition,

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ings on the sides of circus wagons, chariots and animal cages. They re-created a 1902 Ringling Bros. Griffin wagon, which they completed in 1979. It was the group’s biggest project, re-created using photographs. It’s on display at the museum along with the rest of the bigger pieces the men today create. The group of carvers you’ll find on Thursdays these days is the second generation, although a couple of them (Graham Barkhuff and Don Welch) came around when the first-generation carvers were still carving. After the Griffin wagon and wagon carving in the early ’90s, the carvers started producing the large carousel animal sculptures. These parade outside the wood carving shop and, when completed, become a display in the Circus Museum. Wood carving is a way to demonstrate the old circus art form as a way to prevent it from becoming a lost art. The first sculpture was “Ringo’s horse.” In fact, Barkhuff claims one of the legs as his handiwork. “I got the tail,” Don Welch says, chiming in. The horse was completed in 1999. Then came the baby elephant in 2002 and the tiger in 2008. They’ve been working on the camel for three hours a day, one day a week since 2008. They expect it’ll take another three years. The tree ornaments they make (tigers, snowmen, Santa, elephants, lions and camels — oh, my!) started in 2002 out of spite. John Haynie tells the story. He was around when they started carving


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Lucky audience sees unveiling of first full-length feature film by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor There was a full house of Ringling College of Art and Design film students, donors, faculty and interested parties at the producer’s cut screening of “The Lucky 6” Saturday, at the college. A panel of those involved in the creation of the first full-length feature film produced by Ringling College spoke about the process in between four 10-minute segments of film. It wasn’t the final product, but it was enough to wow the audience — especially with a budget of less than $60,000. The production quality involved “a lot of movie magic,” says Producer June Petrie. “It’s all Tony Stopperan’s fault,” says Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. Stopperan was responsible for the collaborative effort between Ringling College and FSU/Asolo Conservatory For Actor Training — if you’re curious, you can read a profile The Observer produced about Stopperan online at YourObserver.com. Although they can’t say if the collaboration on a full-length feature film will happen again in the future, it has already opened a lot of

Executive Producer Tony Stopperan and Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson

doors. In fact, Stopperan nodded to the fact that famed director Roman Coppola has shown interest in bringing a movie production to the campus. It hasn’t been announced or confirmed, but considering the attendance and vocal outpouring of support from Sarasota Film Festival Board President Mark Famiglio, it might be safe to assume you can see the final product of “The Lucky 6” in the Sarasota Film Festival in April. At least, that’s what the producers hope.

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THEATER // ‘White Christmas’ It’s snowing at The Players. Stage snow, of course. The occasion: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Dewayne Barrett is the director and choreographer of this sentimental holiday favorite. It’s a musical — and mostly music. The production offers a snappy revue of 16  Berlin standards: “I Love a Piano,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep),” “How Deep is the Ocean” and “White Christmas,” to name a few. Berlin’s tunes are familiar, even to baby boomer ears. The man was a hit machine. The story, thin as it is, basically functions as a setup for his tunes. Said story was lifted whole-hog from the 1954 Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye musical. In case you missed the rerun on Turner Classic Movies, the musical unfolds in the post-World War II period. Two Army buddies (Bob Wallace, played by John Andruzzi, and Phil Davis, played by Joseph Strickland) are now a song-and-dance team. (Highly successful headliners on “The Ed Sullivan Show!”) But, instead of opening in Miami, they wind up going to Vermont to save their general’s dilapidated country inn by putting on a show in the barn out back. (For some reason, this always seems to work in musicals.) Along the way, they fall in love with a sister act (Alana Opie and Tahlia Byers). Do the brothers win their hearts? Do they save the general’s inn? Does it snow? Does Godot show up? The outcome is never in doubt. Barrett directs this period piece with period flair. His high-energy production honors the style of the times. Think tap-dancing chorus lines and four-part harmonies in an alternate theatrical universe where Bob Fosse and Andrew Lloyd Webber had never been born. As to the high-energy performers: Wallace and Strickland make a believable comedy team; they riff off nicely against each other and make you buy it. Opie and Byers alternate between screwball patter and heartwarming moments as the Haynes sisters. In supporting roles, George Naylor makes a suitably crusty General Waverly; Mary Wickes is a scene-stealer as the desk clerk with a Broadway background; Kaitlyn Cairo is endearing as a wannabe child star who

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Heroes and villains, con men and a pop star — they’ve all called this Lido Shores mansion home.

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as the official residence of the college president. The idea proved impractical, however, so the house was sold to the Count de Rohan, a French nobleman and film producer. The count glamorized the house, adding an elevator and its signature circular room. He sold it to another Frenchman, Francois Gardinier, a gofor-broke entreprenuer and wine baron who at one point owned U.S. Phosphoric and many of the old resorts on Longboat Key. Gardinier renovated the home to suit his lavish lifestyle; he added a 12-foot-by-12-foot walk-in safe complete with a bank vault door (to accommodate his $20 million art collec-

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tion) plus a four-bedroom guesthouse. And then came Dale Murray. Court papers from one of his many legal wranglings described his life as “a Greek tragedy.” Sarasota knew him in his heyday, when, as owner of Chris-Craft, the famous boat builder, he dazzled the town with his deals, private jets and political connections. At one point, he was building ultra-fast boats for the Colombian drug cartel while building even faster ones for the U.S. Coast Guard. This conflict of interest lead to a contract on his life, which accounts for the home’s extraordinary security system, installed with the help of the FBI. But Chris-Craft went bankrupt during the BCCI banking scandal in the late 1980s, and the downward slide accelerated. Murray made the news one last time in 2002 when he was sentenced to prison for failing to support the il-

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Top: In the security command post, the remnants of the FBI-installed 1980s security system. Bottom: The entrance gates to the property were once the doors to a Mexican Colonial church.

Clockwise from above: The swimming pool has an adjacent four-bedroom guesthouse; the dining room seats 18, with a pin spot above each place setting; the living room boasts a marble fireplace mantel from China; the renovated master bath features floor-to-ceiling water views.

legitimate daughter he had with a topless dancer from Kentucky. His defense? He had run out of money. *** The current owners, Ralph and Sherri Trine, sometimes marvel at the unique history of their home. They’re successful entrepreneurs, too, but grounded in a no-nonsense Midwestern work ethic. They have turned the legendary Westway house into a private family retreat of peaceful relaxation, reunions and vacations. When the Trines bought the place in 2003, it badly needed updating and renovation. The bones of the house were excellent, with its modernist beginnings still in evidence. Designed on a grid of 13-foot sections, the rooms are

well-proportioned and complement each other, with a classic simplicity of white walls and glass doors and windows, most facing an extraordinary view of New Pass. The Trines installed a new kitchen and reconfigured the master suite, turning an adjoining bedroom into a spectacular bath overlooking the water. The three guest rooms in the main house are all exactly alike, a concept dating back to Gardinier’s ownership. “He didn’t want any of his guests to feel slighted about getting the second — or third — best room,” Sherri Trine explains. This has been a second home for the Trines. They run a familyowned manufacturing business in Indiana, where they are active

in local philanthropy. They are so active, in fact, that Ralph’s alma mater, Tri-State University, in Angola, Ind., recently changed its name to Trine University. “The house demanded elegance,” Sherri Trine says. She furnished it in white and neutrals so as not to distract from the blues and greens that flood in from the outdoors. The furniture, mostly from Baker, is in a style that suggests French art deco. Decorative items — including the white marble fireplace mantel in the living room — that come from the couple’s frequent trips to China, complement it. They’ve been more than 30 times. The circular room on the third floor still holds many memories of the house’s sixth owners, singer

Bobby Vinton and his wife, Dolly. It was here that Vinton wrote and recorded music. He added the granite-topped bar and a bath, plus a sauna by the pool. The house has provided a bridge between the Trines and the Vintons. The crooner serenaded Sherri Trine with a special version of “Happy Birthday” during one of his concerts, and, though now settled in another home on Manasota Key, he has been known to drop by and reminisce about his Lido Shore days. The Trines are moving on, to a smaller place on Longboat. Like the previous owners, they are leaving some of their own special touches behind. They have placed six marble benches facing New Pass, each incised with the

names of the colorful crew who previously owned the mansion. Sherri Trine says she fell in love with the house the first time she entered through the wooden gates, which were once the doors to a Mexican Colonial church. A row of palm trees leads to the front door, which opens to the home’s grandest room, a twostory entrance hall with a spectacular Waterford chandelier. The enormous window facing the view is framed by a pair of draperies, a relic that dates back to the Vinton days. And, yes — they’re blue velvet. 1415 Westway Drive is listed at $8.5 million. For more information, call Reid Murphy of Developers Realty at 232-3304.

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any restaurants have tried the space on First Street, around the corner from the Sarasota Opera House, but none has stayed open long. Now, a new contender that just may put down roots there is Roast, a restaurant and full bar, that’s taken the neighborhood by storm. In fact, we ate there when it first opened about a month ago, and when we tried to make last-minute reservations for dinner before a concert, we couldn’t get in. When we walked by, we saw a line at the door and a lively crowd at the tables inside and out, in the beautiful courtyard. Open for lunch and dinner, Roast features grilled and roasted meats, seafood, shareable plates, salads, soups and vegetarian and pasta dishes. It also offers catering — the main dining room downstairs and the courtyard area have a capacity of about 50 each — and it also has

a cocktail lounge and a smaller dining room on the second floor that can seat up to 30. Combined it could host a charming cocktail party for as many as 100 people. It’s a fun foodie place with beautiful surroundings. The chef/proprietor, Andrew Thompson, and General Manager Frank Zilleckis call it, “Modern American with a European influence.” Whatever they call it, it’s good and we hope it sticks around a long time.

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were a little smaller than usual (still huge, by most standards, though), so, without saying a word, four more were added to the iced tray, giving us an even 16 for the same price. The restaurant also added some incredible dishes that are packing in the customers for lunch and dinner. Among them is a lip-smacking lobster macaroni, piles of steamed mussels, a whole listing of steamed crabs from king to snow, and to-diefor seared ahi tuna.

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he Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch has not only refurbished and spiffed up its premises after a short closing this summer, it’s also hired a new chef. Tommy Klauber, the proprietor of Polo Grill, has brought in Stephane Pierre. “His mastery of cooking and his big, warm personality have won over many of our frequent customers and staff. Anyone who has the chance to come out, meet him and try his foods will truly enjoy it.” Pierre, 44, a Belgium native, has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary arts and fine dining. He started out as a fish cleaner at the Michelin-starred Devos Restaurant in Brussels and went on to receive an official appointment by the royal family of Belgium to serve the royal court. He’s racked up a bunch of impressive culinary awards from certified master chef to being named a disciple of the famous Auguste Escoffier and president of the Euro Toques Society.

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If you’ve been to The RitzCarlton, Sarasota since the restaurant became Jack Dusty, you know two of the people associated with the opening of J.D. were Patrick Bucko and Ruth Hardy. Now the pair is starting a new venture called Off the Hook Seafood Company with a trio of other foodies: Nick and Tracy Melone and Sean Dargin, who’ll oversee the bar. Off the Hook opened about a month ago in the restauranthappy Gateway Avenue — 6630 Gateway, to be precise — and they tell us the new venue is offering local seafood with weekly changes and a latenight menu. Bucko, who was born in Sarasota, has already spent some 30 years in the restaurant business. In fact, he started working at The Pub out on Longboat when he was just 15. Since 1993, Bucko’s been a server, bartender and manager of such important Sarasota landmark establishments as Euphemia Haye, Horse Feathers and the Cork and Bottleshop Restaurant. He’s also worked for Sean Murphy’s group at not only the Beach Bistro, but also the other Eat Here restaurants in our area. He got the Jack Dusty team going about a year ago, and now he’s got his own place with his friends. They are serving up seafood that’s, well, right off the hook. The new restaurant is open from 4 p.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday.

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The lighted dock and boats at the Sarasota Yacht Club set the perfect scene for SPARCCle on the Bay Sunday, Dec. 8. Carol Chairella, Pat Good, Sandra Lindqvist and Lisa Walsh cochaired the event, which benefits Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour with drinks and hors d’eouvres in the festively decorated lobby,

and some gathered on the patio to enjoy the warm December weather. SPARCC Board of Directors Chairwoman Susan Lanier and President and CEO Olivia Thomas welcomed more than 150 guests as they gathered in the dining room. The dance floor stayed busy the entire evening, with live music provided by Soul Sensations.

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The cookie gang … This gang gathers at Elisabeth Waters’ home every year to bake dozens of varieties of cookies — her recipes. Waters is reported to have more cookie sheets, silpats and other baking toys than Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table combined (and Santa hats for her guests). The most popular item among her bakers this year — includ-

and Tracy Knight, Rosemary Eure, Olivia Thomas, Emily Walsh and Anna Maria Troiano. Also spotted looking fabulous at the event was Jacqueline Morton, who recently suffered a broken kneecap. The injury even hindered her from wearing a custom Oscar de la Renta gown to her son’s recent wedding.

ing Heather Dunhill, Shelley Sarbey, Shirley Lascelle, Karin Silver, Sandy Chororos, Marina Bourantonis, Isa Lambert and Felice Schulaner — were the Rumkugeln (rum balls) … Congrats … Scott George, development director of Community AIDS Network, and John Mason, executive director of Historic Spanish Point, were wed in November in the first same-sex marriage to take place in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., where they

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he Sarasota Salvation Army celebrated the kickoff of its red kettle, 22-day holiday fund drive with “The Sound of Hope” kickoff party Dec. 5, at Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. Guests, including Dr. Arthur and Lynn Guilford and Glenda Leonard, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, photos with the kettle car and signed up to volunteer as bell-ringers. “This is the first year all of the bell-ringers are volunteers,” says

formerly lived.  The men have been a couple for more than 30 years … ’Tis the season … The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and new General Manager Damien O’Riordan hosted its annual Holiday Open House Dec. 4. Guests, including Minta Getzen, Anne Weintraub and Carolyn Ann and Doug Holder, admired the stunning (and huge!) Jack Dusty-inspired gingerbread ship, which was the product of more than 200 hours of

Glenda Leonard of Sarasota Salvation Army. The event was designed to attract more volunteers and sponsors. Also new this year is the “kettle car.” Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota has provided a smart car for the organization to use during the fund drive. The car is a “mobile kettle” and will drive around Sarasota accepting donations. Mercedes also has provided a Sprinter van that resembles a sleigh to promote the drive.

work by the Ritz-Carlton pastry staff … The calendar calls … BT is collecting events for the 2014 Black Tie social calendar — if we don’t know about it, we can’t cover it! Email event information to stephanie@yourobserver.com: name of your event; group hosting; group benefiting; time, date and place; ticket price; chairperson; contact name; phone number and email; website and event description.

There is a new designer on the scene at Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota. The store celebrated its launch of Manolo Blahnik with an exclusive first-look party Dec. 4, in the shoe department. Fashion columnist Heather Dunhill (rocking a pair of Manolos, of course!) hosted the event, and firstlook shoppers enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, such as white cranberry martinis, while trying on shoes from the Manolo Blahnik Resort 2014 Collection. “Manolo” men carried trays of Manolo pumps and offered guests compact mirrors wrapped in the Manolo Blahnik at Saks Sarasota launch logo. Pastries by Design created an incredible cake, a red Manolo pump atop a shoebox — it looked so real that a customer grabbed the shoe, breaking it in half.  Spotted shopping at the event were Lesley-Ann Morris and her mother, Dorothea, and Kyla Weiner (with cutie daughter Amara), who treated herself

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY MEN, WHISKEY & WATCHES Benefiting Child Protection Center Friday, Dec. 6, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Photos by Heather Merriman

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Key Chorale and Circus Sarasota present

Elizabeth Miller and Kristi Quarles

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Nick Gladding and Dan Bailey

Photos by Heather Merriman

Co-Chairs Mary Mapp and Jessica Richardson

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NOW OPE N!!

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Sat/Sun–December 21 & 22–7:30 p.m.

Broadway’s Original “ANNIE”

ANDREA McARDLE With Steve Marzullo, piano

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

A feast of holiday music also featuring baritone Todd Donovan, singers Maria Wirries, and Deborah Berioli, pianist Alan Corey, dancers from the Carreno Dance Festival, Le Voci di Venizia Singers ( Sat ) and Gloria Musicae Singers ( Sun)

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY 29TH ANNUAL POINSETTIA LUNCHEON Benefiting Sarasota Opera Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Michael’s On East

“Evocative... Stunning... all that and

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Join us for a one-night-only Cabaret: A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight Featuring the cast of SHOW BOAT Sun. Dec. 15 at 7pm Tickets: $18

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VISITING ARTISTS DINNER SERIES II: DAVID GREILSAMMER Benefiting Sarasota Orchestra Thursday, Dec. 5, at Darwin’s on 4th Photos by Heather Merriman

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// BLACK TIE: CAMERA READY ‘CHRISTMAS IN CANDY LAND’ Benefiting Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Suncoast Sarasota Region | Sunday, Dec. 8, at Michael’s On East

Sarah Robbins, Phil Mancini and Wendy Merriman

Felicity Stack with her twin boys, Walter and Amadeus

Arabella and Kandy Magnotti

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Codi and Kelli Elliot with Skyler Haber

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