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OUR TOWN + Nocks celebrate Valentine’s gifts For Eugene and Jessica Nock, of Sleepy Lagoon, there’s a lot to love about the month of February. That’s because their son, Garrett Trumble Nock, was born on Valentine’s Day in 2008. One year and nine days later, his sister, Lauren-Taylor Nock, was born. Now, as Garrett and Lauren-Taylor prepare to turn 6 and 5, respectively, we can see there’s lots to love about both.

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New mall shops for Circle merchants St. Armands BID Chairman Marty Rappaport said Benderson officials are willing to buy Circle merchants out of their leases if they commit to moving to the Mall at University Town Center. The Mall at University Town Center currently consists of mounds of dirt, beams of steel and tons of concrete that are poured at the interchange of University Parkway and Interstate 75. But St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota officials

worry that it’s already a threat to their retail destinations miles away. Even though Benderson Development and Taubman Centers don’t expect to complete the 888,000 square-foot, high-end Mall at University Town Center until October, officials say time

is of the essence to preserve their established shopping destinations near the Gulf. That’s because St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District Chairman Marty Rappaport and Ernie Ritz, chairman of Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District, say that

leasing agents for the mall are actively pursuing their tenants and trying to get them to pack up and head east. “Benderson (leasing agents) has already gone around to St. Armands Circle merchants, and

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+ Better late than never for couple A friend fixed up Howard Temkin and Barbara Koren back in 1975 in Massachusetts. They became friends, went out again in 2001, then officially became a couple in December 2012. Nearly four decades after their first meeting, Temkin is happy he’ll be spending his second Valentine’s Day with Koren and their first Valentine’s Day on Longboat Key. He asked us to help him send a message to his sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, so here it is: “Happy Valentine’s Day. Looking forward to many more. I love you.” Howard

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Commissioner Phill Younger and his mother-in-law, Blanca DiCecco, cheer on model Fanny Younger after her walk down the runway at the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show Feb. 5 at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. For more photos from the fashion show, see pages 1B and 2B.

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Town focuses on two sand structures The town can’t build a groin on Beer Can Island — and that’s fine by town officials, who never wanted to build a third sand-holding structure in Longboat Pass. It was always the town’s intent to build two sand-holding groin structures on the north end of the Key. That’s why the settlement the town reached last month with Joe McClash and the ManateeSarasota Sierra Club is advantageous, according to town offi-

cials. As part of the settlement, the town agreed not to build a long terminal groin made out of rocks that would have attached to Beer Can Island and jutted out into Longboat Pass. In return, McClash and the Sierra Club won’t object to the

town’s plan to permit two permeable adjustable groins made out of concrete near Longbeach and 360 North condominiums. And that’s what the town planned to build all along. When town staff began the permitting process more than two years ago, the Department

of Environmental Protection’s stance was that the town had to build the terminal groin on Beer Can Island along with the other two groins. But neither town staff, nor the Longboat Key Town Commis-

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sion wanted to build the third groin. That’s because Beer Can Island is a swatch of sand owned by Manatee County that is constantly gaining or losing sand because of currents in the area. In a Sept. 24, 2012 presentation to the commission, Bullock presented commissioners with several options for the eroded north end, noting at the time that it would cost approximately $6.2 million to construct all three groins and place sand in the area. “At the time DEP wanted all three groins,” Bullock said. “But commissioners expressed to town staff they wanted to separate the two permeable adjustable groins from the terminal groin if it was possible to do so.” So, town staff worked with DEP officials, who eventually reached the conclusion the town could permit the two groins on town property first and would have the option to build the terminal groin near the pass if needed at a later time. Now, the option for the third groin in the pass has been removed from the permit language, per the settlement agreement. And that’s fine with Bullock and Public Works Director Juan Florensa. “It turns out McClash and the Sierra Club didn’t want that third groin and neither did the commission,” Bullock said. “We took the settlement because it meets the primary objectives of our beach management plan.” Florensa agreed. “The two groins protect the

agreed to jointly apply for the multi-year permit. The agreement also allows the town to take dredged sand from the pass for placement on the north end. Ideally, if the town receives the groin permit in the next six months, the town could bid the project by the end of the year and start construction on the groins in summer 2015. Taxpayers have already approved a beach project with a cost of up to $16 million. The project could also include placement of sand in other higherosion areas near the two mobile home parks mid-Key and near Privateer South. Waiting for sand and erosion control structures for yet another year and praying for no storms through another hurricane season, though, is not a comfort to residents of Longbeach and 360 North condominiums. “We’re one storm away from losing buildings,” said Longbeach President Bob Appel. Florensa and Bullock recently met with Longbeach residents to address their concerns. The condominium has hired a beach engineer and is considering extending its seawall further south to protect the Periwinkle building from Gulf waters that are inching closer to the structure. 360 North currently has no seawall, and a seawall in front of its buildings could also provide protection. “We will do everything in our power to help assist those residents as we work toward a permanent solution for the north end,” Bullock said.

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Liquor store on tap for Whitney Beach Key Club North end residents could get a liquor store within 60 to ON THE MARKET Ian Black Real Estate agents Nick DeVito II and Deborah Anglin are the listing agents for Whitney Beach Plaza, located at 6840 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Total space available: 25,588 square feet Available spaces: 785 square feet to 10,138 square feet Monthly rent: $1,046 to $13,517 Rental rate: $16 per square foot, annual

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A sign appeared over the weekend in Whitney Beach Plaza announcing a new liquor store.

CURRENTLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS The following businesses are currently open in Whitney Beach Plaza: • Bayou Tavern, 6814 Gulf of Mexico Drive Type of business: Italian restaurant and bar • Caswell Legal Longboat Key office, 6842 Gulf of Mexico Drive Type of business: Law firm focusing on wealth planning, estate administration, business law and real estate transactions • Design 2000, 6840 Gulf of Mexico Drive Type of business: Hair and nail salon • Engel & Volkers Longboat Key, 6824 Gulf of Mexico Drive Type of business: Real estate agency • Linen Locker, 6826 Gulf of Mexico Drive Type of business: 24/7 laundry and dry cleaning kiosk

The Longbeach Village has had a long dry spell. It has been without a liquor store since late 2010, when Longboat Key Liquors closed. But that dry spell could end within two or three months. Bradenton real estate and banking attorney Ryan Snyder, who co-owns the northend Whitney Beach Plaza with Rich Juliani, principal of Boston-based JKI Investment Capital LLC, said he plans to open a liquor store in the building where Longboat Key Liquors originally operated next to Tiny’s of Longboat within the next 60 to 90 days. “Knock on wood,” Snyder said. “I know for the past two years or so, people have been hearing 60 days, 90 days. “It’s been a slow process getting that place to where it’s supposed to be,” he said, describing renovations at the plaza. Contractors began renovating the interior of the space last week after the town issued building permits. Now, a sign in the building windows advertises that LBK Liquors is coming soon. Attorneys are in the process of activating the liquor license for the prop-

erty that’s been in escrow since 2010. Manatee County Realtor Glen Schloneger will operate the liquor store that Snyder is temporarily calling LBK Liquors — although he is open to suggestions. “It should be good for the plaza and hopefully good for Longboat,” Snyder said, noting that the closest liquor stores to the north end are Publix Liquors, located mid-Key, and Hurricane Liquors on Holmes Beach. “There’s about a 10-mile void there without any liquor store.” Of course, Key barflies are constantly abuzz about the possibility of Tiny’s reopening. But Snyder plans to focus on the liquor store — for now. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest at the plaza, but folks have been reluctant because they’re waiting to see what’s happening,” he said. Last June, Juliani told the Longboat Observer he was in discussions with two potential partners for a bar venture but said he couldn’t yet disclose names until they signed a lease. Snyder is optimistic that a liquor store will increase traffic to the property and draw more interest in the

bar space. The property’s liquor license allows for both a liquor license and bar as long as they share an entrance. Contractors will install coolers in the space this week. Snyder anticipates that renovations will take four to six weeks. Upon completion, the store will offer a beer cave, largerthan-usual wine selection, cigarettes, lottery tickets and mixers such as CocaCola and cranberry juice in addition to spirits. Attorneys are also researching whether the store could legally make deliveries to boaters and Jewfish Key in a pontoon boat. Longbeach Village Association President Michael Drake was pleased to learn about plans to open a liquor store. “I know the Villagers will be excited to see something sustainable go in there,” he said. Longtime plaza tenants Design 2000 and Bayou Tavern continue to operate in the plaza. In the fall, Engel & Volkers Florida, Linen Locker and attorney Christopher Caswell moved into the plaza. Juliani’s company purchased the shopping center and assets in a commercial short sale for $3.7 million. In November 2012, he formed a new corporation with Snyder that owns the plaza. In the past year, the property has gone through approximately $2 million worth of renovations.

owners buy Helmsley Sandcastle The 177-unit hotel was once owned by a dog — but now is owned by the owners of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Ocean Properties Ltd. announced Tuesday that it’s the new owner of the former Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Beach. The Delray Beach-based company also announced a new name for the hotel, the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Located at 1540 Benjamin Franklin Drive, the hotel has 177 units and was built in 1953. It’s best known as the hotel that real estate mogul Leona Helmsley bequeathed to her Maltese dog, Trouble, when she died in 2007. The dog died in 2007, at the Sandcastle, which reverted the hotel’s ownership to the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Commercial brokerage firm CBRE listed the hotel in late 2013 and emphasized the property’s potential for multifamily development, stating that its zoning allows for 108 residences and that Lido Beach condos are priced as high as $900 per square foot. But, in a news release, Ocean Properties stated that the beachfront property “will continue to offer the casual and relaxing beach vacations, corporate retreats and beachside social events and weddings the resort is renowned for.” “...This purchase reflects the long-term commitment of ownership to the local community and the substantial investment that will continue to support economic development in the region...,” said Andy Berger, vice president of Ocean Properties, in a news release. The sale price was not available through property records at press time. Ocean Properties owns more than 100 hotels, including the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, Lido Beach Resort and Holiday Inn Lido Beach.

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It’s not the final draft, but at least it’s something. Right before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Planning, Zoning and Building Director Alaina Ray received a draft of the Urban Land Institute study that commissioners have been seeking for weeks. The $125,000 study was due no later than Jan. 31, and commissioners have grown frustrated they don’t have a final copy. The final copy, though, is still in limbo. Ray informed commissioners the draft they received is still requiring input from staff and commissioners before it’s sent back to ULI with revisions on Friday. A final copy will be delievered at a later date. The draft copy reiterates much of what was already outlined by ULI officials at a public meeting in October. The draft copy confirms the thought process of Mayor Jim Brown, Vice Mayor David Brenner and Commissioner Pat Zunz. “They gave us all the information we need,” Zunz said. “There really won’t be anything new in the report that they haven’t already informed us about.” Brown agreed. “I’m not worried about it,” Brown said. “They told us all this information already.” Brenner said the town already knew “what the content will be about.” Ray has been trying to get a final copy of the study, even just an advanced electronic copy, for weeks. ULI staffers informed Ray 10 days ago the report is at the printer, and they were seeking an aerial photo of Longboat Key

for the report’s cover. Commissioner Terry Gans, whose former career also involved publishing annual reports, told Ray at the commission’s Feb. 3 regular meeting that the news should have meant the report is ready. Ray attempted to get that copy to no avail, and when the town still hadn’t received the report last week, Gans and other commissioners became more frustrated. “I have to count to 10 and remind myself the value of the process and the final report is not determined or diminished by this very disappointing delay in ULI’s finalizing of the study,” Gans wrote in an email to the Longboat Observer. “ULI created the expectation that we would receive the report around the end of December, then January, then…Unless the contract we have with them provides a wide latitude, I believe we should negotiate an adjustment in the fee.” Commissioner Phill Younger, who questioned spending money for the study to begin with, said ULI “has failed to deliver on a product we paid them for” in a timely manner. “The fact they used the check-is-in-themail approach doesn’t speak well of their professionalism,” Younger said. Commissioner Lynn Larson called the waiting “frustrating” and said she now questions whether the entire process “was a waste of time.” Calls and an email to ULI officials regarding the report were not returned as of press time. Ray said she has already found some errors in the report that need addressed.

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Cumming sheds light on common scams the rise, thieves place skimming devices at gas station card readers to steal credit and debit card information. “I always tell people, it’s rare that any gas station employees are involved,” Cumming said. “Usually, it’s done by freelancers.” Thieves are more likely to target pumps that aren’t visible from the cash register, so Cumming suggests using pumps directly in the sight line of the cashier when paying with a credit or debit card. Another high-tech scam directs Internet users to an official-looking website that claims to represent the IRS, FBI, Interpol or another agency. It infects the computer with a virus that locks the computer and tells the users that they have illegal material, such as child pornography, on their hard drives and orders them to pay a fee to avoid prosecution. To avoid becoming a victim, don’t open unfamiliar attachments or click on pop-ups, and make note of the addresses of the phony website to report the scam to the actual agency that the scammers claim to represent. Traveling thieves often appear in Florida during the peak-season winter months and take a low-tech approach.

Often, one individual asks to use a phone or for some form of assistance — or they intentionally distract the resident, sometimes by confusing him or her. While the resident is distracted, another thief enters the home, usually through a back entrance and steals cash, jewelry and other small valuables, within a matter of minutes. Cumming suggests calling police if someone comes to the door seeking help — in which case, police can help the individual if he or she genuinely does need help. One scam that Longboat Key police haven’t seen in two or three years is the “grandparent scam,” in which a caller claims to be the resident’s grandchild in need of money for an emergency and asks the victim to wire money. If you’ve been a victim or attempted victim of a monetary scam, police suggest filing a report with the town and contacting the National Consumer League Fraud Center at fraud. org. Cumming said the most important rule for spotting scams is to trust your gut. “Throughout my career, I’ve found that most people, when they’re giving their report, they’ll say, ‘I just knew something didn’t feel right,’” he said.

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A man who claimed to be from Paraguay called Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming on his town cellphone Monday morning to notify him that he would send him a check for $800,000. All he would have to do is disclose personal information, including his name, address and email address. The call was, of course, a scam. Unsolicited callers who tell you that you’ll receive reward money or prizes from lotteries or sweepstakes that require personal information or an upfront fee are just about always fraudulent. But the fact that the scammer called the police chief illustrates a common tactic. “They’re just everywhere,” Cumming said. “The theory behind it is, 99% of the time it won’t work, but if something sticks, they’re going to make some money.” Cumming recently spoke with the Longboat Observer about common scams that law enforcement agencies encounter not just on the Key but throughout the United States and even globally to remind residents to always be on alert. His No. 1 tip to avoid becoming a victim: “If something doesn’t look right, call the police,” he said. In one new scam that’s on

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS Longboat Key police frequently investigate incidents involving suspicious individuals and possible scams. Here are a few recent examples compiled from police reports.

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5:40 p.m. — 2000 block of GMD. Harassing Phone Call. A caller told a woman she won a Publishers Clearing House drawing. The same man called again and told her she would win $5 million from the Florida lottery if she sent him $899. He hung up when she told him her next two phone calls would be to Publishers Clearing House and the police.

1:51 p.m. — 500 block of Spinnaker Lane. Harassing Phone Call. A woman received four phone calls over five days from a person who claimed to represent American Express and asked her for personal information. She researched the phone number and learned it was linked to an identity theft scam.

NOV. 27 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 saw delete file warnings flash up on the screen and couldn’t turn her computer off. A Verizon representative told her the calls were probably scams.

JAN. 25 TRAVELING THIEVES 10:32 p.m. — 700 block of Longboat Club Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A “European-type gypsy” woman got on the elevator with three condo residents and followed them to their units. The woman pulled out a necklace with a peacock jewel on it and told them they were part of the peacock jewel game. She said she is trying to get to the next level of the game and that the man’s driving drew her to him. She called the man by name before leaving, which concerned him, because he did not give her his name.

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The lost will to work Surely you’ve felt a little nauseous and angry when you’ve read or heard the reports that Obamacare and its subsidies continue to provide incentives to millions of Americans not to work. Likewise, it was outrageous to hear Obama spokesman Jay Carney and others say that health-insurance subsidies will now liberate all those people who are stuck in jobs because all they wanted was the company-paid-for health insurance. Liberate them? Never mind the fact MATT those numbskulls in ConWALSH gress have had the choice and freedom for seven decades to change the laws that supposedly chain all those people to their miserable jobs. If Congress would simply treat health insurance the same for businesses as for individuals — an equally deductible expense or taxable benefit — the shackle around these supposedly enslaved employees’ necks would have been removed. But rather than reduce the role of the state, Obama and his party opted to go all the way and coerce Americans to buy what’s not good for them nor what they want — Obamacare. We are now seeing how Obamacare is further destroying the culture that once made America exceptional. That is, a culture that thrived and prospered on the virtues of work, industry and ambition. A culture that emphasized making it on your own and with your families, not today’s culture of dependency. (See: ‘No jobs? No, no skills, no will’ and Walter Williams’ column below). The outcomes from today’s environment and culture cannot possibly lead to a pros-

perous outcome. At least not until conditions become so intolerable that we reverse course or destroy ourselves altogether. If only everyone could see … or listen to Arthur Brooks. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, a voice for liberty and free enterprise. A former classical musician, he is one of the most eloquent speakers and writers on work and happiness. No surprise they are intimately connected. Brooks wrote in December how researchers have determined that we inherit genetically about 48% of our happiness. Another 40% comes from one-off events — a raise, new job, getting married. But this happiness is short lived and out of our control. The remaining 12% of our happiness, Brooks wrote, is under our control. As he wrote in the New York Times: “Choosing to pursue four basic values of faith, family, community and work is the surest path to happiness. “Empirical evidence that faith, family and friendships increase happiness and meaning is hardly shocking,” Brooks wrote. But work — a requirement for happiness? “Along the way, I learned that rewarding work is unbelievably important, and this is emphatically not about money,” Brooks wrote. “Economists find that money makes truly poor people happier insofar as it relieves pressure from everyday life. But … once people reach a little beyond the average middle-class income level, even big financial gains don’t yield much, if any, increases in happiness. Concludes Brooks: “Work can bring happiness by marrying our passions to our skills, empowering us to create value in our lives and in the lives of others. Franklin D. Roosevelt had it right: ‘Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.’ In other words, the secret to happiness through work is earned success.”

+ No jobs? No, no skills, no will The Wall Street Journal reported a week ago one in six men (17%) between the ages of 25 and 54 in the United States is out of work — 10.4 million altogether. More than two-thirds of these men, said the Journal, were not even looking for work. Now contrast that with information in our sister newspaper, the Business Observer. In a special report on manufacturing in Florida, the Business Observer reported Florida manufacturers are expanding and hiring at a rapid pace. “The picture is really bright,” said Nancy Stephens, executive director at the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Stephens said Florida manufacturers currently have 6,000 unfilled jobs. Nationwide, at the end of 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4 million job openings in the United States. Why is there such a huge discrepancy between those 10 million men and the number of unfilled jobs? As Stephens told the Business Observer: “Our biggest challenge is we can’t find enough qualified workers to fill jobs. If we can fill those jobs, we’d be doing much better.” Talk to any employer, that is the common refrain: They can’t find qualified applicants. But it’s not just the lack of people with the necessary skills. Employers also will tell you they increasingly find a lack of work ethic, the lack of people willing to exert the effort required of a job. This is noticeably evident among “millenials” — the under-30 generation, the group whose parents raised them to believe you don’t have to try hard to win a trophy. Everyone wins one no matter what. Or, as is also common today: Why work when the federal government will pay for your food and health care and pay you not to work?

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America’s poverty is poverty of the spirit There is no material poverty in the United States. Here are a few facts about people whom the Census Bureau labels as poor: Dr. Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, in their study “Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America’s Poor” (tinyurl. com/448flj8), report that 80% of poor households have air conditioning; nearly three-quarters have a car or truck and 31% have two or more. Two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have WALTER one or more computWILLIAMS ers. Forty-two percent own their homes. Poor Americans have more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France or the U.K. What we have in our nation are dependency and poverty of the spirit, with people making unwise choices and leading pathological lives aided and abetted by the welfare state. The Census Bureau pegs the poverty rate among blacks at 35% and among whites at 13%. The illegitimacy rate among blacks is 72%, and among whites it’s 30%. A statistic that one doesn’t hear much about is that the poverty rate among black married families has been in the single digits for more than two decades, currently at 8%. For married white families, it’s 5%. Now the politically incorrect questions: • Whose fault is it to have children without the benefit of marriage and risk a life of dependency? • Do people have free will, or are they

governed by instincts? very long. There may be some pinhead sociologists Since President Lyndon Johnson who blame the weak black family structure declared war on poverty, the nation has on racial discrimination. But why was the spent about $18 trillion at the federal, black illegitimacy rate only 14% in 1940, state and local levels of government on and why, as Dr. Thomas Sowell reports, do programs justified by the “need” to deal we find that census data “going back 100 with some aspect of poverty. In a column years, when blacks were just one generaof mine in 1995, I pointed out that at that tion out of slavery … showed that a slightly time the nation had spent $5.4 trillion on higher percentage of black adults had mar- the War on Poverty, and with that princely ried than white adults. This fact remained sum, “you could purchase every U.S. factrue in every census from 1890 to 1940. tory, all manufacturing equipment and Is anyone willing to every office building. With advance the argument that what’s left over, one could the reason the illegitimacy buy every airline, trucking ‘What we have rate among blacks was lower company and our commerand marriage rates higher in cial maritime fleet. in our nation are earlier periods was there was If you’re still in the shopdependency and less racial discrimination and ping mood, you could also poverty of the greater opportunity? buy every television, radio No one can blame a person and power company, plus spirit, with peoif he starts out in life poor, every retail and wholesale ple … leading because how one starts out is store in the entire nation” not his fault. (http://tinyurl.com/kmhypathological lives If he stays poor, he is to 6es). aided and abetblame because it is his fault. Today’s total of $18 trillion ted by the welfare Avoiding long-term poverty spent on poverty means you is not rocket science. First, could purchase everything state.’ graduate from high school. produced in our country Second, get married before each year and then some. you have children, and stay There’s very little guts in married. Third, work at any kind of job, the political arena to address the basic even one that starts out paying the minicauses of poverty. To do so risks being mum wage. And finally, avoid engaging in labeled as racist, sexist, uncaring and criminal behavior. insensitive. It turns out that a married couple, each That means today’s dependency is likely earning the minimum wage, would earn an to become permanent. annual combined income of $30,000. The Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Census Bureau poverty line for a family of distinguished professor of economics at two is $15,500, and for a family of four, it’s George Mason University and a nation$23,000. By the way, no adult who starts ally syndicated columnist for Creators out earning the minimum wage does so for Syndicate.


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JAN. 29 TEMPORARY HOUSING 7:14 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Public Service. A drug store employee called police about a homeless woman stranded at the store. The woman said she did not have any money or a ride off the island but did have a friend in Palmetto who would let her stay with her until she gets her Social Security check. Police gave her a ride to her friend’s residence.

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JAN. 31 WE DIDN’T MAKE A PEEP 7:09 a.m. — 2200 block of GMD. Noise. A man complained about construction noise at the property next door. An electrician at the property said the noise came from a garbage truck.

something dead in the wooded area near his home. Police discovered a dead opossum and removed it.

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NONSTOP NOISE 3:11 a.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Public Service. A woman’s alarm system kept beeping, and she could not turn it off. Police helped her reset it.

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JAN. 31 THE LAST WORD 9:16 a.m. — 4800 block of GMD. Harassing Phone Call. A condo manager reported that one of his employees constantly receives harassing phone calls from his ex-girlfriend, who lives in Canada. The employee said he has gotten approximately 448 calls from her on his cellphone and work phone in the past two months and worries she will try to sabotage his attempts to become a U.S. citizen, as she has done in the past. She called while police were speaking to the man, and police told her that she could face an arrest warrant next time she visits the United States if she continues to call. She agreed to stop.

10:19 p.m. — 500 block of Bayview Drive. Public Service. A man flagged down police because he was locked out of his home. Police helped him call his cleaning lady, who has an extra key. She arrived at the scene to unlock the door.

that two suspicious men were pulling a kayak and paddleboard. The men told police they decided to return to shore for safety reasons after thick fog developed. Police did not see anything suspicious.

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10:49 p.m. — 600 block of Bayview Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman heard several loud knocks on her door but was not expecting visitors. Police believe she heard one of several fireworks that were discharged on her street around the same time.

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2:58 p.m. — 2100 block of Harbourside Drive. Lost/Missing Property. Police helped a 99-year-old woman search for her handicapped parking permit but were unable to locate it.

5:07 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Lost/ Missing Property. A woman lost a silver cigarette case with her driver’s license, cash, credit cards and Social Security card. She needed a police report to get a new license.

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5:11 p.m. — 600 block of GMD. Public Service. A man reported that there was

6:38 p.m. — 100 block of Sands Point Road. Suspicious Person. A man reported

10:29 p.m. — 600 block of Cedar Street. Disturbance. A man said someone has been knocking over small wooden poles that line the corner of his property and throwing yard waste in the same area. He placed the poles in the yard to stop people from driving and parking on his lawn and said a neighbor and her friend have threatened him and forced him to clean up debris in the three months since then. The neighbor told police she has no idea who was knocking over the poles and placing debris in the yard and said everyone in the neighborhood has trouble with the man.

Dear Editor: On the evening of Friday, Jan. 10, my wife and I arrived on Longboat Key for the first time to visit friends from Pennsylvania, who spend their winters in the community of Spanish Main Yacht Club. We had driven 575 miles from Florence, S.C. It was dark, and we were lost and late. We stopped in a service station just north of St. Armands Circle to ask directions and met Longboat Key Police Officer John Thomas. Thomas not only directed us, but he also escorted us to our friends’ home eight miles to the north. What a warm and congenial welcome to a couple of weary travelers. I wanted you to know of this sincere act of kindness. William M. Wieterer Florence, S.C.

FEB. 4 STINGING STEP 3:47 p.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Rescue. Firefighter/paramedics treated a woman who stepped on a stingray.

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HOME & GARDEN

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Tour showcases varying styles of Longboat Key Four homes and one garden will be open to the public at the 38th annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour. There’s no need to tune into HGTV to see one-of-a-kind homes and lush gardens, because the 38th annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour is back March 1. In 1976, the tour began as an effort to further the club’s philanthropic impact, but, today, it has evolved into a special peek into home-and-garden gems on the island. How are these beautiful homes and gardens chosen? By admirers, of course. The club asks for recommendations from its members to gather a wide range of homes Someday you’ll stop working, atat Someday you’ll stop working, andand at that point, you’llyou’ll Someday you’ll stop working, and that point, you’ll Someday you’ll stop working, and atthat thatpoint, point, you’ll with unique features. Whether it’s a memhave to to depend on retirement income. 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light to create a comfortable and casual environment. The tour continues with a visit to the Lyons home at 701 Hideaway Bay Drive in Sleepy Lagoon. The home blends old and new with antique furnishings and fine architectural details. The third home, owned by the Wofseys, is located at 724 Dream Island Road. It combines Old World charm and Oriental accents to create a truly unique dwelling, according to the Garden Club’s newsletter. Fourth on the list is the Whites’ home at 771 Old Compass Road in Emerald Harbor. This 6,000-square-foot awardwinning “green” abode offers everyday living — or grand entertaining. The tour ends with the Boehmes’ garden at 580 Neptune Ave. Mature trees and carefully planned landscaping make this colorful garden a sight to see on Longboat. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Waterfront 7 Realty, Exit Art, Design 2000 Hair Salon and Sarasota Yogurt Co., or on the day of the tour at the featured homes.

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As volunteer coordinator for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services, Kristen Little sees her fair share of heartwarming stories. One of her most memorable moments came recently, she says, when a stray dog the agency had taken in, named Sanders, kept her company for two weeks in her office. “He was my assistant,” she says. “When his new mom showed up to take him home, I just started bawling. He was a good boy, and I really miss him. But, she sends me updates, so it’s good.” Little began volunteering for the shelter three years ago, and she says she fell in love with it and its mission. When a full-time position opened up, she says she was more than happy to take the opportunity. The shelter deals mostly in rescuing strays and attempting to find the best possible matches for adoptions. After a dog or cat enters Animal Services, employees and volunteers train them and keep them active, and they hold weekly adoption events. Little says she’s noticed common misconceptions about rescue dogs, and part of her job is to

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CIRCLE SOLICITATION ISSUE IS NOT VIOLATING CODES St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) board of directors learned from city staff Tuesday that a woman who has been soliciting donations for Haitian children and their families since October around St. Armands Circle isn’t doing anything illegal. In January, BID board members expressed concern with the woman, who sets up card tables and a cooler in various locations around the Circle. Circle merchants take issue with the solicitation because they pay $1,500 a month or more to lease Circle space and receive if a fine if they make a homemade sign or solicit business directly outside their shops. The woman doesn’t have a permit and the Sarasota Police Department and Director of Neighborhood and Development Services Tim Litchet confirmed she doesn’t need one. “She is not violating any city code or obstructing the walkway,” Litchet said.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Tavern & Whiskey Bar. Members will discuss the Valentine’s Las Vegas Casino Dinner Dance. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 Republican Club of Longboat Key — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside Dining Room, 220 Sands Point Road. Armando Linde, former deputy secretary of the International Money Fund, will speak. Cost is $25 for members; $28 for nonmembers. Call Ruth at 383-5349. Longboat Library Valentine’s Day Open House — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Enjoy light refreshments, and survey the library’s books, books on CD and new DVD collection. Call 3832011.

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Marine Immunology Program, will present “Toxins in Turtles: a Cause for Concern?” Cost is $12 for Mote members; $15 for nonmembers. Call 3740081 or visit mote.org/lecture.

DON’T MISS Kiwanis Club Valentine’s in Las Vegas Dinner Dance & Casino Party

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 Longboat Island Chapel Bingo — meets every week from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second floor at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call 383-6491.

What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Las Vegas style. The Las Vegas Express Band will perform as guests play blackjack, roulette, three-card poker and craps. Prizes include a getaway to Las Vegas, a Universal Orlando VIP experience and more. The event raises money for scholarships and local children’s charities. Cost is $95. For tickets, call Jim Larson at 383-1660. When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 Where: Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 ‘All the Latest and Greatest at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’ Presentation — takes place at 11:30 a.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. David Verinder, chief operating officer of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, will speak. Lunch will follow. Call 383-8161 if you plan to stay for lunch.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Dock Party — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marina Jack’s dock, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Take a tour of Kathleen D Sailing Catamaran and enjoy food, drinks and libations. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 383-2466.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 University of South Florida SarasotaManatee Biology Open House — takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway. The event will allow the public to explore USFSM’s two new teaching labs at Mote and learn about the new biology major. For information, contact Ruth Lando at rlando@sar.usf.edu.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15, THROUGH SUNDAY, FEB. 16 32nd annual Cortez Fishing Festival — takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the shoreline of the historic fishing village of Cortez. The event will feature live music, more than 50 artists, marine life lectures, children’s activities and a wide variety of seafood. Cost is $3; chil-

dren under 12 are admitted free. Call 708-6120 or visit cortez-fish.org.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian Concert — begins at 4 p.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Deborah Berioli and Mary Jeanne Moorman’s performance will pay homage to St. Valentine. Call 383-8833.

MONDAY, FEB. 17 Mote Marine Laboratory Special Lecture Series — begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Justin Perrault, postdoctoral fellow in the

Longboat Key Historical Society — meets at 7 p.m. at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Retired Longboat Observer Senior Editor Dora Walters will speak. Visit longboatkeyhistory. com.

MONDAY, FEB. 24

All Angels by the Sea Memoir Class — takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. David Rice, a graduate of Yale and a teacher for more than 20 years, will hold the free class. Call 383-8161.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25

Longboat Island Chapel Memoir Group Writers Roundtable — takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Anyone who is interested in writing is invited to attend. Call 447-7475 or email kko2637@hotmail.com. Longboat Key Garden Club — meets at 7 p.m. at Windward Bay’s clubhouse, 4888 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Karen Bell, owner of A.P. Bell Fishing Co., will discuss the history of the Cortez Village. Call Jackie at 345-4300.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27

Yoga in the Bird Garden — takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. at Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway. Cost is $10; free for Save Our Seabirds members. Call 388-3010. Longboat Key Rotary Club — meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Court Room of the Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens, 3100 Harbourside Drive. Sydelle Pittas is seeking individuals who are interested in forming a new Rotary Club on Longboat Key. RSVP by emailing SydelleLaw@aol.com.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Community Health Fair — takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longboat Island Chapel’s Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Various professionals will provide information and tests. Call Donna at 383-6493.

38th annual Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various homes throughout the Key. This year’s tour features four homes and one garden. Tickets are $25. Contact Jackie Salvino at jandjsalvino@gmail.com.

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It’s an unexpected relationship — a midlife second marriage for both. Earl LaChance managed the campaign for the couple to win the Love Story contest. her husband, Vickie LaChance keeps him After missing the deadline last year, g kin ma by y Earl, happ Earl LaChance encouraged his coworkll tba sof his d an ers at Target, where he works in the photeammates to center, to vote. es. ich sandw He wrote the persuasive entry and pooled votes from family members. The 29 entries in the contest received 3,531 total votes. The LaChances’ story received 1,099 votes to make them the winner. The LaChances will celebrate Valentine’s Day together with a romantic dinner on the rooftop at CasAntica Italian Restaurant in downtown Sarasota, a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota and a pair of earrings from Carats Fine Jewelry & Watches. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity,” Earl LaChance said. When the couple first met, Earl LaPhoto by Josh Siegel Chance had to win his wife’s love by earning the affection of her three children from her first marriage. “I wasn’t looking for anyone,” Vickie LaChance said. “Who would want a woman with three kids?” Earl and Vickie LaChance brought VickEarl LaChance took a chance on love when ie’s children — a high school-aged boy and two girls in seventh and third grades courting his wife, Vickie. Today they thrive — on their first date to a Boston Red Sox in a relationship based on communication, game. sacrifice and, of course, sandwiches. On the third date, the couple went bowling with Vickie LaChance’s children AST COUNTY — A career sports “She didn’t think I was funny or hand- in tow. Earl LaChance, a high school bowlreporter and editor, Earl LaChance some,” LaChance said. er and overall athlete who plays softball, gave unbiased reports from the LaChance returned a few weeks later. pulled his groin. world of boxing and high school athletics “How about a kiss?” LaChance asked, The children admired how Earl Lafor the Patriot Ledger newspaper. revealing a chocolate Hershey’s Kiss in his Chance fought through the injury and But one day in 1998, on a rare break to palm. bowled strikes. the deli, LaChance could not withhold his “It was love at first bite,” LaChance said. “Earl made my children feel a part of affection for the lady behind the counter. Now, Earl and Vickie LaChance, of Par- everything,” Vickie LaChance said. “I was enamored,” LaChance said. rish, are happily married. After four years of dating, Earl LaChance The woman, Vickie Earl, served LaThe creativeness and humor of Earl La- proposed over dinner — alone. Chance a tuna sandwich. She prepared it Chance’s courtship, which won them the He excused himself from the table and like any other, without favoritism, without most votes in the Observer’s Love Story returned with a miniature treasure chest extra tuna and even without potato chips. Contest, also defines their relationship. with a ring inside.

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+ St. Mary men swing in for tee time The St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church Men’s Club held its first golf outing Jan. 20 at Manatee County Golf Course in Bradenton. Twenty-eight members enjoyed lunch and 18 holes of golf.

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Barbara Jean Swartz, 82, of Longboat Key, died Feb. 1. Born Dec. 11, 1931, Mrs. Swartz was a former resident of Syracuse, N.Y. She was the founder and president of the Quaker Sports Boosters and was responsible for the sports programs of Orchard Park High School in the late 1970s. Mrs. Swartz is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jack; sons, John, James and Jeffrey Swartz; daughter, Jennifer Herreid; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or your local hospice. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Howard Swartz, 86, of Longboat Key and New City, N.Y., died Feb. 9. Born Jan. 24, 1928, in Albany, N.Y., Mr. Swartz married Goldie Brenner Sept. 3, 1950, and the two lived in the Albany area, where he worked for the New York State Department of Labor until 1964. In 1972, Mr. Swartz formed and became president of In-

dustrial UI Services, an unemployment insurance cost control firm, where he served until 1989. He then retired and moved to Longboat Key. Mr. Swartz loved baseball, basketball and bicycle riding. He rode up to 40 miles a day and went on several major bicycle trips in the United States and Europe. Mr. Swartz and his wife established the Goldie Brenner Swartz and Howard Swartz Scholarship Fund at University at Albany, the State University of New York. The scholarship provides assistance to disabled students, primarily to those with vision impairments. Mr. Swartz was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie; sisters, Sylvia and Anna; and brother, Billy. He is survived by sons, Mark, of New City, and Barry, of Clarence, N.Y.; three grandsons; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the University at Albany Foundation, UAB 226, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12222. Include Swartz Scholarship in the memo portion of the check.

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Maruta Miluns and Jinny Johnson More than 200 people gathered to sample favorites from local restaurants and experience fine fashions at the Longboat Key Garden Club’s Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show Feb. 5 at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. Attendees enjoyed samples from 10 island restaurants before sitting down

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Jeff Mayers collects a few donations from the crowd during his runway walk. B.J. and Dave Bishop

FAIRWAY BAY – BAYFRONT

BAY LAKE ESTATES Behind gates of Longboat Key Club Harbour. Spacious & Beautiful lake front home located on a corner lot with private 2BD/2BA overlooks Sarasota Bay. Split floor 1,463 square feet, 3BR, 2BA with a split floor plan, foyer plan, partially furn. Beach club memberships available. entry, spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, large master $359,900 suite w/walk-in closet and screened lanai overlooking the lake. Great rental opportunities. $184,500

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Irwin and Sylvia Pastor with their son, Scott Pastor, center SUNSET HARBOR BAYFRONT Enjoy spectacular sunsets and endless water views from this direct Bay front lot with deeded boat slip located in private and gated community. $699,000

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COMING SOON - MANGO BAY

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

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IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE AND THAT'S THE POINT.

DESTINATION INFINITY JUST 11. That’s it. Eleven opportunities to live a spontaneous, free-spirited lifestyle wrapped in an extraordinary coastal contemporary design. It’s a rare combination never before seen on Longboat Key, a chance to customize your surroundings in a place where golden sunsets are the currency of life. n Smartly designed 3,380 – 5,500 sq. ft. three-bedroom/den, four-bedroom and penthouse new-construction residences n Nestled on over three acres with 240 ft. of pristine beachfront immediately outside your door n Distinctive interiors, sumptuous finishes and floor-to-ceiling glass doors looking out to breathtaking views New fully finished residences from $2,900,000 to $4,950,000

Discover coastal contemporary style in an unforgettable setting. Discover limitless luxury. Discover Infinity.

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Cheryl Loeffler, MBA Realtor 941.302.9674 Premier Sotheby’s Top Producing Agent

GOLDEN GATE POINT FROM $3,495,000 AQUA offers eight beautifully appointed full-floor residences directly on Sarasota Bay ranging from 3,800 to 6,700 square feet under air, each with a private two-car garage and an individual boat slip. With a full-time concierge, luxurious state-of-theart amenities and proximity to downtown, AQUA redefines elegance, prestige and gracious living.

BIRD KEY

$7,800,000

BAY ISLES – LONGBOAT KEY

$3,995,000

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES

$1,299,000

MARINA BAY – LONGBOAT KEY

$1,249,000

BEACHPLACE

$645,000

THE MEADOWS – SARASOTA

$169,900

Bayfront estate features 7,000+ SF of quality detailing and finishes. 300’of seawall, 5 bedrooms, home theatre, 4-car garage and huge views.

Fabulous location one in from the open bay, providing dramatic views and protected boating. Renovate or raze to build new.

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Sunny and bright south-facing 8th floor condominium home with full gulf and bay views.

Fantastic new home in the Harbor section with almost 6,000 SF. Truly special custom detailing and design – perfect protected boating.

Light and bright corner unit with over 3,000 sq. ft. of spacious living and enormous wrap around terrace. Panoramic bay views.

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2 bedroom Florida cottage on oversized corner lot in the Village. Room for pool.

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L’Ambiance 9th floor Sabal residence - 12’ ceilings, furnished. Outrageous views of Gulf, sunsets and city lights.

This corner residence provides loads of light and sparkling views of the Gulf, Bay and reflecting pool. A great beach getaway or investment.

Immaculate and delightful townhome with loads of charm and wonderful privacy. Updated and perfect.

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Top 1% Producer in Real Estate Sales for Sarasota & Manatee County!

REID MURPHY Luxury on the Water www.reidmurphy.com

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by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Call REID Today! 941.232.3304

SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT ESTATE

Gated 10,000 sq. ft. 5 Bedroom Masterpiece Direct Bayfront. Views of Sarasota Bay and Sarasota skyline plus dock. $8,700,000

BAYFRONT POINT 4BR ESTATE $8,200,000 One private acre+ separate guest house. Boat docks.

Photos by Kelsey Grau

Virginia Steagall and Ruth German

Church Women honor Rev. Barnes at chapel

WESTWAY ESTATE ON NEW PASS $8,500,000 4BR home + 4BR guest house. 210’ frontage with dock.

Sandra Holley with the Rev. Jack Barnes

$3,795,000 LIGHTHOUSE POINT SPECTACULAR $5,500,000 BEACH FRONT ESTATE Private master + 3 guest suites. Fabulous in- 100’gulf front estate plus guest house. Beach sunsets & superb privacy. door/outdoor living.

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Church Women United of Manatee County held its Human Rights Celebration Friday at Longboat Island Chapel in honor of the Rev. Jack Barnes. This year’s theme, “We are in God’s Hands, and we are God’s Hands,” embodied Barnes’ six months as a missionary in Zimbabwe. After brunch, attendees congregated in the chapel to hear about his accomplishments and the people who supported him throughout his career.

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LIGHTHOUSE POINT CUSTOM HOME $3,599,000 SLEEPY LAGOON BAYSIDE ESTATE $2,525,000 Exquisite 5,000 SF waterfront 4BR home w/ dock. Approximately 2 acres, gated drive, tennis, deepwater dock.

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Longboat Key South • 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,495,000 DREAM ISLAND ROAD $1,624,500 4BR custom home w/designer finishes. Deepwater 4BR canal home on sailboat water w/dock & lift. dock w/lift.

BEACH RESIDENCES - enjoy sunrises, sunsets and city lights from this southwest corner gulf front residence. Three bedrooms. 3.5 baths,great room, formal living and dining rooms all exquistely finished and decorated. 4100 sq.ft. Pets welcome. Offered furnished. This is a Ritz Carlton managed property....................................................................................$3,895,000 LONGBOAT KEY - charming 3/3/waterfront home across from a 7 acre preserve.....................SOLD... $515,000 WINDWARD BAY - 2/2 direct bay front with amazing bay views and a peak of the Gulf. 2 pets allowed. Many community amenities. Offered furnished ................................................................................................................................$285,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch. ........................................................................................................................................................... SOLD........$275,000

GRAND MARINER BAYSIDE $1,600,000 - $2,400,000 HIDEAWAY BAY SAILBOAT WATER $1,500,000 Luxury 3,200 - 3,600 SF 3BR condos with boat docks. 5BR custom family home w/dock for 50’ boat.

LONG BEACH - Elevated Longboat Village home with 4 car garage, vaulted ceilings and lush landscaping... SOLD...$375,000 BLACKBURN POINT WOODS - Beautifully appointed maintenance free 4/3 villa with its own pool in an attractive neighborhood close to Casey Key. Amenities include tennis, community pool and clubhouse. .........................................$349,000 WINDWARD BAY - corner villa with a screened porch, carport, full size laundry room and a beautiful yard. 2 pets allowed.............................................................................................................................................................................$279,000 WINDWARD BAY - 2/2 with expansive view of Sarasota Bay. Community amenities include 2 pools, tennis,clubhouse, boat docks and deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed. ...........................................................................PENDING........ $257,900

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON LONGBOAT KEY Wide canal lot on Dream Island Rd. $889,000 Deep water canal in Sleepy Lagoon $600,000

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Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL (941) 388-4447

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WESTON POINTE WITH BOAT DOCK $1,075,000 Stunning 3/BR bright & open w/private outdoor living area.

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Patty Dunham wears a denim lace shirt for her walk down the runway.

Photos by Kelsey Grau

Evey Huntington models a blueand-green outfit from Patchington.

Beverly Sutton, Bennie Dods, Janet Tuscher, Lutie Uihlein, Karen Fors and Linda Weiss

Christ Church women show model behavior

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Stephanie Lund sports a beachy white tunic.

More than 150 women gathered Monday at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian for its Women’s Club’s fashion show. Models sported colorful styles from Patchington, hair by Design 2000 and makeup by Mary Kay on the runway. The event benefited one of the church’s missions, Learn to Fish Recovery Center.

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Sue Wertman and Janet Banks

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For Buyers & Sellers

Anna Maria Island • Bird Key • Bradenton • Bradenton Beach • Holmes Beach • Lido Key • Longboat Key • Sarasota • St. Armands • Siesta Key

No stairs to climb as you enter this unit. Lots of potential with this two bedroom, one bath condo. First floor view of the Gulf. Perfect for an Investment Property, Second Home, or a Vacation Getaway. Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo MLS#: A3990198 T JUS

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Based Income Property – 5 Units Spectacular Ocean views from every apartment - corner lot! Great opportunity to live in one unit and make money renting the other units This is a must see for any experienced or new investor! Current Tenants have expressed a desire to remain MLS#: A3988421

Windward Bay

$379,000

Longboat Key Canal Front Villa Fully Furnished, Move-in ready 3BD, 2BA, Split Plan Attached Carport, Separate Inside Utility Room Windward Bay Offers: 2 Pools, 2 Tennis Courts, Fitness Ctr. 2 Marinas with available Boat Docks MLS#: A3978884

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Unit is priced to sell! Two bedroom, Two Bath unit Boat Slips available for rent on property. Perfect for an Investment Property, Second Home, or a Vacation get away. Windward Bay Assoc. Longboat Key Condo MLS#: A3990197

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$499,000

Siesta Key… Florida living at its finest! This 2 bedroom/2 bath condo looks out over the gorgeous beach. This unit offers many updates/upgrades. Whether you are looking for a primary home, second home or a great investment opportunity, you have found it here! MLS# A3989534 IVE T ACTNTRAC O /C

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This is the one you have been looking for! Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (G6 Building) Partially Updated, Move-in ready 2BD, 2BA Seaplace Offers 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, 2 Hot Tubs, 3 Tennis Courts, and more! MLS#: A3985138

Direct Gulf View!

$430,000

Great Price! Covered Parking! Great Opportunity! Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (G6 Building) Many Updates, Move-in ready 2BD, 2BA Offered Turnkey Furnished, Seaplace Offers 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, 2 Hot Tubs, 3 Tennis Courts, and more! MLS#: A3987966

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Gorgeous Condo

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2BR/2Bath fully Renovated Condo with a Great Gulf View! Granite in the Kitchen & Bathrooms, Stainless Steel Appliances Upgraded Cabinets Throughout Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (Top Floor, Desirable M1 Building) Offered Turnkey Furnished MLS#: A3989071

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by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Brandy Coffey

ABR,CIPS,CLHMS,CRS,RSPS,TRC Licensed Real Estate Broker Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

Ann Weber displays a picture of Andy Williams at the piano while she entertains the crowd with classics such as “Moon River.”

Bird Key Yacht Club rolls out red carpet for Oscars

9230 BLIND PASS ROAD, SIESTA KEY Enjoy the splendors of paradise! Incredible package of homes available on Siesta Key! Main home is 4B/5.5BA/2CG at 8,230 sf $4,999,000. Two other guest homes reside on the property both include their own private dock and bay access and also a gulf front vacant lot. Each parcel can be sold separately if interested. $10,188,000

The Oscars took over Bird Key Yacht Club Saturday as members dressed up as their favorite actors and actresses for a night on the red carpet and posed next

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sive estate nestled amongst the trees of The Oaks Bayside. 8,000+ sq ft w/ Neff designed kitchen, hand carved white onyx bar, home theater, 8 car garage, 1,400 bottle wine cellar, terrace fire pit, Light Touch system, and art-deco inspired designs. $4,699,900

ence the Ritz Carlton lifestyle at The Beach residences w/ 400 ft of gulf frontage. 9th floor unit w/ open floor plan with 2 BR+den. Spectacular light and bright condominium w/ volume ceilings. Private elevator, gorgeous wood flooring, and serene water views from every angle. $2,795,000

Betty and Bob Gorree

7840 MANASOTA KEY ROAD Absolutely stunning Gulf front views from this 4 Bed/3 Bath + 2 Bed/1 Bath In-law Suite home situated directly on beautiful Manasota Key beach. This residence is surrounded by lush vegetation providing privacy and serene views. $3,400,000

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Rebecca Taylor greets partygoers at the door as Marilyn Monroe.

to a life-sized Oscar statue. Posters of film favorites such as “The Godfather” and “Easy Rider” adorned the yacht club walls for the Hollywood-style celebration.

Clark and Laura Brink with Annette and Bill Lloyd

1611 BRIDGE STREET Great opportunity to own a 2+ acre gated tropical oasis on the bay! The main home is a remodeled 3/2 home with a bonus room +2 car garage. The guest house is a remodeled 2/2/2 car garage home with a large lanai and plenty of privacy. $1,595,000

ROSEDALE

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290 N WASHINGTON “Gioiello Sull Baia”

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was built like a modern-day castle, yet offering refined and graceful spaces. Commanding views of Sarasota Bay and direct access to the bay and gulf waters. Built in 2008 6,000 sq ft w/ boat dock.

Location, luxury, and lifestyle. This is a gorgeous 5B/5.5BA/3CG custom built pool home within the gates of Siesta Estates is in close proximity to the world famous Siesta Key Beach! Bring your beach bag and your flip flops and stay a while!

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5 Lighted “Har-Tru” Tennis Courts | Recently Renovated Clubhouse & Dining Facility

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MAINTENANCE FREE LIVING $319,000 2BR/2BA/Den/Pool/Golf View

603 LONGBOAT KEY TOWER Rare opportunity to own a 3 bedroom end unit on Longboat Key with gorgeous gulf to bay panoramic views! Relax as you gaze at the emerald green Gulf of Mexico all day long. Longboat Key Towers has 600’ of beach front.

POOL AND PRESERVE $359,000 2/2/den MOVE IN READY!

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DECORATOR PERFECT/2400 SQ. FT. $449,000 2BR/3BA/DEN/Lake

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Water Club I - Pied-á-Terre Have a slice of paradise! Fully turnkey furnished, 1BR/1.5BA apartment in a great location with easy access to the beach and amenities ready for immediate enjoyment, a rare opportunity! $569,000

Laurel Oak Estates - Lake Front Custom built 4,300 SF home with 3 bedrooms and a possible 4th bedroom in the attached guest house with full bath. Pool & spa area with summer kitchen looks out to long lake and lush golf course views. $995,000

La Bellasara - Best Downtown Views Completely turnkey furnished 8th floor residence with 3 full bedrooms + study, 12 foot ceilings, summer kitchen and private garage. $2,695,000

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

Grand Bay III - Incredible Views Never lived in custom-designed 2BR + office/3BA apartment on the 3rd floor with sparkling Bay and city views. Private Beach Club membership included. $1,249,000

Grand Bay II - Stunning Views Sunrises and sunsets from this beautifully furnished two bedroom plus den apartment at Grand Bay with gorgeous water views. Includes two valuable garage spaces. Shows like a model. $1,299,000

Lido Regency - Bay and City Views Choice south corner two bedroom two bath apartment on the 10th floor with tons of space, oak wood floors, and spectacular Sarasota Bay and city views! $499,000

Ringling Pointe - Historic Sapphire Shores Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock. $3,740,000

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VALENTINE’S VENTURES

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

www.WagnerRealty.com

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. $239,900 Mary Moore & Dia Wilson #M5835428

NEWLY UPDATED 1ST FLOOR 1BR/1BA W/ LANAI Water view, four pools, fitness ctr., clubhouse, beachside facility w/restrooms, shower & storage. This condo is rented Jan.15 to Apr. 15, 2014. $220,000 Kelly Belisle #A3984549

Linda and Mounif Seamaan with Lynette and Hans Salheiser and Dianna and Wellington Davenport

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry! $379,900 Marc Turner #A3926740

ISLAND STYLE INSPIRED 2BR/2BA UNIT Great rental income property was completely renovated in 2005. New kitchen & bathrooms. Oversized screened lanai for maximum garden view. $389,000 Mary Moore & Dia Wilson #M5835441

AMAZING VIEW! Gorgeous white sand beach & Gulf view as you walk thru the door. Nicely furnished w/lg. screened lanai. Gulf to Bay community w/ heated pool, tennis & cabana w/BBQ. $550,000 Teresia Bradford #M5812253

CHARMING POOL HOME with 3BR/2BA, vaulted ceiling in great room, chef’s kitchen w/ SS appl., wood burning fireplace, built-in bookcases & more! Walk to beach, bay, boat ramp & fishing pier. $604,900 Lissy LaFlamme #M5843715

SPECTACULAR 3BR/3BA canal front pool home in Sleepy Lagoon. Deeded beach access and upgrades galore including a home warranty. $799,900 Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5841430

For property management, call Bonnie Wiedeman 941-383-5577

5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Suite 101, in the Centre Shops, Longboat Key

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ticipating in a recommitment ceremony led by 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Nancy Donnellan. The night ended with dinner and music by the Lounge Cat Band.

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Grand Opening GOLF COURSE AND NEW GOLF COURSE HOMES

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THE WAIT IS OVER…

New Car!

Join us: Saturday, February 15th | Noon - 4:00pm It’s finally tee time at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch! Join us as we celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the golf course and our new golf floor plans and home sites. On February 15th from noon-4pm, enjoy great food, entertainment, prize giveaways and tours of our model homes. See for yourself the unmatchable amenities offered only at Esplanade. Register before 2pm, and you could win a BRAND NEW CAR! It’s a great time to buy a new home while prices and interest rates are still low – and there’s no better place to call home than Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch.

• Tour models, our newest golf course home sites as well as our state-of-theart amenities

• Enjoy the party atmosphere with our energetic and talented DJ!

• Entertainment and familyfriendly fun including a balloon twisting, face painting and more…

Directions: From I-75 take SR 70 east to Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Go north (left) and then east (right) at the first traffic light - Rangeland Rd. Follow to community.

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YOUR NEIGHBOR | Ralph Maxwell When Ralph Maxwell turned 74, he decided it was time for a change. “I was ashamed that I had let myself go to pot and disgusted that I wasn’t doing anything about it,” said Maxwell. “I decided then I was going to change my lifestyle.” Neighborhood: Twenty years later, Beach Harbor Maxwell continues to Club compete in track and field events, both loYour neighbor cally and around the since: 2011 nation. He recently returned from the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, where he earned medals in all his events and set three new records in the 50-meter sprint, triple jump and 800-meter run. Winning medals and setting records is not new for Maxwell, who holds six world records and 12 national records. But, a particular victory brings a smile to his face. “The one that stands out for me is when I turned 85,” Maxwell said. “I went to the National Indoor Meet in Idaho, and there I won my first title. It was the national record in the triple jump. And when they announced it over the loud speaker that Ralph Maxwell had set a national record, I was still there in the pit and I was just overwhelmed with a feeling of elation and joy. I had to turn away from the rest of them because the tears came. It was quite an eventful day for me.” Although he is sometimes the only entrant in the 90 to 95 age group, he still gets joy out of being a part of the event. “These guys that used to whip my butt all the time don’t show up anymore ... I’ve either outlasted or outlived them,” Maxwell said, laughing. Maxwell trains year-round and often runs on the beach. As fairly new transplants to Longboat Key, Maxwell and his wife, Liz, are enjoying the warm tempera-

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by Mark Gordon | Business Observer

Medical Moves

A boom has percolated in medical and health care commercial real estate. Brokers hope it lasts awhile. Commercial real estate broker Ken Hughes doesn’t claim clairvoyance, but he sure was onto something when he quit his job last summer. With 15 years in the business, Hughes, who had most recently worked for a health care-focused real estate investment trust, founded CNK Realty. It’s one of the few, if not the only, commercial real estate firms in the Sarasota-Bradenton market to focus solely on health care and medical space. That market is now one of the hottest things going in commercial real estate, both on the Gulf Coast and nationwide. One obvious reason is the federal health care overhaul: Despite the controversy about the reach of the bill, more people with health insurance creates a need for more medical services. That, in turn, facilitates a need for more space. “There has been a lot of pent-up energy and demand,” says Hughes. “Soon there will be less and less space available.” On a national scale, sales of buildings leased by doctors totaled $6.67 billion last year, according to a report from New York real estate data firm Real Capital Analytics. That’s the second highest total since 2000. And the average price per square foot for medical and health care properties is up, from $262 in 2012 to $270 last

year, the highest rate ever, Real Capital says. The Gulf Coast health care commercial real estate market is on a similar surge. In the Tampa market, Roxanne Kemph, a first vice president in brokerage services with CBRE, pegs a long-term trend building. Kemph, who has worked in Tampa and the surrounding area for more than 20 years, sees the growth in both doctors offices and large medical organizations. Leases she recently worked on in the region include a 50,000-square-foot expansion for laboratory services firm Quest Diagnostics and a 90,000-squarefoot addition for a health insurance firm. “The health care industry is one of our primary growth industries,” Kemph says. “We are betting that this will continue to grow.” Commercial real estate brokers for Sperry Van Ness in Sarasota, Bradenton and Fort Myers see the same growth Kemph sees. The Sarasota-Bradenton office, for instance, closed five health carerelated leases in the last few months of 2013. The leases surpassed more than 13,000 square feet. And Mark Alexander, managing director of Sperry Van Ness’ Fort Myers office, says 2013 was a breakout year for medical office values in Lee County.

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Ken Hughes founded Bradenton-based CNK Realty last year. The commercial real estate firm focuses exclusively on medical and health care properties. Industry data services don’t normally track the niche market of medical space, to the dismay of some brokers. Still, both Kemph and Bonita Springs broker Jay Crandall notice another trend in the works: The decline in medical reimbursements for doctors requires more patient visits, which fuels a need for greater visibility. So now some physicians seek retail space for their practice, and they will pay a little more for the strategy. Crandall, with Crandall Commercial Group, recently helped place a dermatol-

The health care industry is one of our primary growth industries. We are betting that this will continue to grow. — Roxanne Kemph, CBRE

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ogy practice in a retail center, for example. And a Manatee County optometry practice, In Focus Family Eye Care, signed a lease in January for an office on Main Street Lakewood Ranch. The office, in between a Scottish restaurant and a Raymond James branch, is on a popular retail and dining hub just east of Interstate 75. Hughes, meanwhile, only wants a piece of the growing health care real estate pie. He plans to hire his first employee later this year, someone to help with administrative tasks. “I think this year we will see some more movement from people who were waiting to see what happens,” says Hughes. “Once we get past the panic of health care reform and all the uncertainty, there is going to be some real expansion and growth.”

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By Robin Hartill | News Editor

preparation for the planned 16-unit Aria condominium at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Developer Jay Tallman’s Ascentia Group LLC is currently renovating the 5,000-square-foot main home on the property, also known as the Benedict Estate, and will use it first as a sales office and later as a community clubhouse. The site’s old rusty iron gates, complete with the image of a lion on them, will be preserved and attached to a future privacy wall that will sit off of Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The demolition was completed to prepare for the Aria project at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

+ MSC Foundation awards 2013 grants at LWR office

+ Benedict guest house demolished for Aria project

The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Michael Saunders & Co., awarded its 2013 year-end charitable grants Jan. 17 at its Lakewood Ranch office. Charitable grants are made possible

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Contractors demolished a guest house on the former Villa Am Meer property last week in

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by participating agents, who voluntarily donate a portion of their commissions on real estate transactions, and the company’s staff and leadership team, who opt to contribute through payroll deductions throughout the year. The latest cycle’s recipients are: ALSO Youth, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Children’s Guardian Fund Inc., Community Coalition on Homelessness/Manatee County, Community Youth Development of Sarasota County, Englewood Helping Hand Inc., Family Partnership Center, Feeding Empty Little Tummies (FELT), Foundation for Dreams Inc., Gator Wilderness Camp, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, HOPE

Family Services, ITN Sarasota, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Just for Girls Academy, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, Manatee Education Foundation, Miracle League Manasota, The Players Inc., Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), Selah Freedom Inc., Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club and Yummy Stuff Club Inc./Children’s Healthy Pantry.

+ Rogers Moore joins Coldwell Banker’s Longboat Key office Rogers Moore has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Longboat Key office. Moore has more than 30 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate in the Sarasota area. He is the former owner of Flory Real Estate and has been involved in more than $100 million in sales during his career.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Five-bedroom Bay Isles home sells for $2,425,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 27 and Jan. 31. A home in Bay Isles tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. James Lippert and Teresa Lippert, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 510 Harbor Pointe Road to J.A. Spencer, trustee, of Troy Mich., for $2,425,000. Built in 2002, it has five bedrooms, seven baths, a pool and 4,533 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.5 million in 2003.

for $305,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,145 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $130,000 in 1991.

Beach Harbor Club

Ioanna Beaverson, of Punta Gorda, sold her Unit C-301 condominium at 3806 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Roger McDonald, of Indian Orchard, Mass., for $225,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,062 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $75,000 in 1980.

The Water Club at Longboat Key

David and Kathryn Cyganowski, of Bronxville, N.Y., sold their Unit 703 condominium at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Martha Noyes, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $1.8 million. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,054 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.95 million in 2005.

The Promenade

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T. Christopher McLaughlin Jr., Catherine McLaughlin Castaldo and Elizabeth McLaughlin Hope, trustees, sold the Unit 712 condominium at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Frank and Michele Mandell, of Longboat Key, for $1.38 million. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,273 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 1997. Howard and Pearl Fishman, of Longboat Key, sold their Unit 102 condominium at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Richard Katz and Kathleen Katz, trustees, of Dekalb, Ill., for $630,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,100 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $339,000 in 1988.

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Jerry Bowles and Gay Bowles, trustees, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit 310 condominium at 5481 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Cherie

in 1978, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,610 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $805,000 in 2005.

Karola Schaich, trustee, of Holland, Mich., sold the Unit 6 condominium at 505 Forest Way to Deborah Richards, of New Baltimore, N.Y., for $218,000. Built in 1990, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,062 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $195,000 in 2000.

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BIRD KEY

This home at 510 Harbor Pointe Road has five bedrooms, seven baths, a pool and 4,533 square feet of living area. It sold for $2,425,000. Hamed, of Victor, N.Y., for $1 million. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,721 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 1997. Gerald McMullen and Virginia Stewart sold their Unit 101-N condominium at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Cindy Yancey, of Rochester, N.Y., for $600,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,235 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $850,000 in 2006.

Longboat Key Estates

Nicole and David Dellinger, of Panama City, sold their home at 3970 Royal Road to Edward Principe and Sharon Randall, of Marblehead, Mass., for $530,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,245 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $850,000 in 2006. Mary Jones, of Clearwater, sold her Unit 109 condominium at 7000 Gulf Drive to Susan Wadsworth, trustee, for $420,000. Built

Cedars East

Maureen Merrigan, trustee, of Chicago, sold the home at 450 Firehouse Court to Laura Forecki and Lynette Emmons, of Michigan City, Ind., for $396,000. Built in 1950, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,012 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1996.

Case Del Mar

Lionel Peltier, of Ontario, Canada, sold the Unit 3 condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Dean Favot, of Ontario, Canada, for $317,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 1993.

Sunrise Shores

C. Beatty and Helen Collins, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 585 S. Spoonbill Drive to Cathy Abrams, of Sarasota, for $730,000. Built in 1966, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,171 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $560,000 in 2002.

LIDO KEY

Lido Harbour South

Caren Beattie, trustee, sold the Unit 302 condominium at 2100 Benjamin Franklin Drive to John and Kathleen Kutz, of Kirtland, Ohio, for $375,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,248 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $130,000 in 1999.

William and Beverly Bredenfoerder, of Cincinnati, sold their Unit S-204 condominium at 5220 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jason and Molly Gerwe, of Lexington, Ky.,

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LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

550 Oakford Rd #A3985889 $549,000 Valerie Telfair

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-315-5488

1000 Longboat Club Rd # 1003 #A3974667 $529,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-266-8303

6628 Schooner Bay Cir # 6628 #A3990974 $525,000 Theresa Riordan

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-441-6644

4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 503 #A3979554 $499,000 Steve Magner

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-8559

4765 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A101 #A3974666 $3,150,000 Nell Leffel

5265 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 308 #A3989789 $499,000 Eileen Burke

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-266-8949

1770 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 406 #A3985351 $495,000 Marianne Lebar

Lido Key 941-951-6660 941-650-0337

523 S Palm Ave # 11 #A3989862 $495,000 John August

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-320-9795

5408 Eagles Point Cir # 203 #A3986375 $459,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

448 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A305 #A3965898 $440,000 Diana Kryszak

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-932-0032

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-993-4078

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # Ph6-f #A3989868 $415,000 Sharon Freeman

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-545-0899

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 2546 Marblehead Dr #A3991967 $409,000 Ruth Robinson

5144 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3986587 $2,895,000 Ann Martin

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-350-2344

8184 Nice Way #A3992127 $375,000 Diane Otis Stirling

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-320-4261

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-7717

1660 Wisconsin Ln #A3991937 $369,000 Julia McClung

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-6499

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

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-809-0787

225 Sands Point Rd # 6204 #A3985969 $344,000 Terri Derr

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-356-6694

4380 Exeter Dr # 206 #A3990374 $335,000 Maureen Doherty

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-993-3159

1490 Dorgali Dr #A3991993 $330,000 Cathi Reali

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-232-8200

750 N Tamiami Trl # 902 #A3990575 $329,000 Jeffrey Weller

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-266-8206

4822 Lake Breeze Ter #A3992124 $319,900 Maureen Horn

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-539-3384

5120 Treesdale Ct #A3979195 $319,000 Brigitte Von Kessel

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-266-2174


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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

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

6835 Wagon Wheel Cir #A3986845 $300,000 Marcia Salkin

637 Spanish N Dr #A3976185 $239,500 Maruta Miluns

Applicant Amount Lobo Restaurant $148,000 Kenneth Pozulp $98,733 Raul Ortiz $82,267 Charles Nechtem $73,000 Jolene Goldenthal $70,000 Micki Mam Khademi $30,000 Richard Guzewicz $24,500 Polymathic Properties Inc. $17,000 Lorraine Falivene $16,585 Arthur Wolcott $14,000 Dean Adair $12,980 Michael Demusis $12,440 Harold Christensen $11,610 Sutton Place Condo Assoc. $11,000 Bencion Moskow $10,375 Whitney Plaza LLC $9,800 Arthur Baer $7,120 John Hoskins $5,981 Ortiz Rodriguez $5,458 James Cox $5,000 Larry Paul Smith $4,500 Centre Shops $2,500 Richard Perlman $2,400 Bettie Cornette

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-376-6121

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-374-9702

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4830 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # V-11 #A3987845 $279,000 Bobbi Banan

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-256-6543

Permit Alteration Alteration Alteration Addition Alteration Alteration Re-roof Pool Pool Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Lift Re-roof Alteration Alteration Lift Pool Pool cage Addition Alteration Flood panels Alteration Mobile home replacement

1211 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 107 Longboat Key #A3985032 $4,500-$6,500/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

350 S Polk Dr # 301 #A3960137 Diann Thelen

$2,400

4390 Exeter Dr # 301 #A3983420 $279,999 Tama Traberman

3866 Pin Oaks St #A3991194 $165,000 Terri Derr

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1435 Westway Dr, New Construction #A3960472 $6,500,000 Stephanie Church

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

1830 Lincoln Dr #A3991998 $2,200,000 Susan Mcleod

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-928-4445

462 Bowdoin Cir #A3934801 $1,995,000 Michele C Burnett

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-928-1542

3532 Mistletoe Ln #A3981859 $1,749,000 Marcia Salkin

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

128 Golden Gate Pt # 202A #A3978317 $1,595,000 Peggy Mock

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-356-3584

3481 Bayou Sound #A3981543 $1,295,000 Hannerle Moore

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-387-7300

2110 Harbourside Dr # 512 #A3987428 $825,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-356-6673

250 Sands Point Rd # 5401 #A3921919 $699,000 Gail Wittig

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-228-1985

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

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

3080 Grand Bay Blvd # 522 #A3991522 $625,000 Kathleen Callender

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-321-3115

521 Ranger Ln #A3986400 $575,000 Michael Moulton

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

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-225-3351

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-356-6694

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Address 555 Bay Isles Parkway 524 Hornblower Lane 561 Ranger Lane 572 Schooner Lane 4430 Exeter Drive 5757 GMD 659 Marbury Lane 561 Ranger Lane 2073 Harbour Links Drive 1690 Harbor Sound Drive 877 Spanish Drive N. 702 Spanish Drive N. 7120 Longboat Drive 581 Sutton Place 518 Bayview Drive 6850 GMD 739 St. Judes Drive S. 570 Golf Links Lane 561 Ranger Lane 3740 GMD 4330 Falmouth Drive 5350 GMD 5412 Sandhamn Place 3710 GMD

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Sarasota $2,000-$4,500/month, 30 day min 941-552-4200

1925 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 8304 Longboat Key #A3986943 $2,000-$3,200/month, 60 day min 941-552-4200 Margaret Young 941-323-5774

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 6633 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3989550 $22,000,000 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

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-376-2688

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014

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TEMPERATURES

Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Tuesday, Feb. 4

83

65

85 (1974)

21 (1917)

Wednesday, Feb. 5

80

67

87 (1990)

24 (1996)

Thursday, Feb. 6

78

57

85 (1957)

28 (1996)

Friday, Feb. 7

68

53

84 (1989)

31 (1978)

Saturday, Feb. 8

70

59

85 (1957)

34 (1978)

Sunday, Feb. 9

74

57

86 (1994)

28 (1995)

Monday, Feb. 10

76

52

84 (1986)

32 (1995)

Average Gulf water temperature: 62

MOON PHASES

SUNRISE / SUNSET

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Thursday, Feb. 13

7:09a

6:20p

Friday, Feb. 14

7:09a

6:21p

Saturday, Feb. 15

7:08a

6:22p

Sunday, Feb. 16

7:07a

6:22p

Monday, Feb. 17

7:06a

6:23p

Tuesday, Feb. 18

7:05a

6:24p

Wednesday, Feb. 19

7:05a

6:24p

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6:44a

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12:51a

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1:37a

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YOU LOSE! by Gary Cooper ACROSS 1 It goes up in smoke 8 Sign on the ___ line 14 Spanish army hero El ___ 17 How many like their beer 18 Producing a deep, rich sound 20 Retro boot 21 Fight for a big man or woman? 23 “Clair de ___” (Debussy) 24 Gershwin or Levin 25 Loiter 26 It’s in it for the long haul 27 Hot dog (var.) 29 Exemplar of lightness 30 Zeno’s portico 31 Baby food 33 Opposite of frumpish 34 Impediment to smooth sailing 36 Blind official, in stereotypes 38 Small songbirds 40 Host at a roast 41 Nursemaid 43 Ocean 44 Yonder female 45 Medium’s claim 47 Put two and two together 48 Chinchilla’s coat 50 Sheer cotton fabric 52 Up to the time that 54 Indication of trouble 58 Small winning margin 59 “Without further ___ ...”

60 Activity for 65-Across 63 MacGraw of “Love Story” 64 Fourth mo. 65 Drunk tank regular 66 Needing a refill 67 Essential point 68 Christmas carol 70 Spain’s Costa del ___ 72 Crafty 74 A third of ninety? 75 Give employment to 76 As many as 77 Color property 78 Common Market letters 80 Hearty laugh sound 82 Always, with an apostrophe 83 Eat like a bird 84 Last word in movies? 85 Victim of the Bolsheviks 86 Fixed attitude 88 No longer squeaky 90 Beginning 92 ___ chi 93 Bristle of barley 95 Suffix of ordinal numbers 96 ET’s craft 97 Things on a list 99 Wet thud 102 Electric car maker 104 Flowing, at the bar 106 Take your pick 107 Lie in wait 109 Like some shoes and drinks 110 Congeal 111 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” author Roald

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Items Under $200 For Sale ADULT TRICYCLE, like new, made by Miami Sun. $199. Call 941-383-6416. 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 ANTIQUE CHINA: Theodre Haviland N.Y. Pink Spray. Full service excellent condition. $199, 631-258- 5353.

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. 89’ VOLVO 740 GLE: 100,500/miles, white, excellent condition. Great second car. Must sell. $1900 o/b/o. 941-383-5005.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

Condos/Apts. For Rent

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET Saturday, February 22nd, 8a.m.-1p.m., Palma Sola Harbour Condos, 9400 Cortez Rd. West. Appliances, Large & Small, furniture, clothing, sporting equip., jewelry, linens, books, bikes, plants, shells, Organ and pressure washer. Lunch available. Info: 792-3475. LARGER than last year.

BEACHPlACE, lBk. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available June through December, $2500/mo. Also available January through March, $5200/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950.

Weekly/ Monthly/ Seasonal Rates Beachfront, Bayfront and In Between Houses or Condos

L’AMBIANCE, LONGBOAT Key Club: Beach front 2/bedroom, 3/bath condo on high floor with 270° views over the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and LBK Club. Sunrises, sunsets over the water thru floor to ceiling windows in all rooms. View at:

Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367

ESTATE SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - 10a.m.-2p.m. 521 Armada Road S. – Venice 34285 Life long collector: Antiques -165 pc. cut glass, pressed, carnival, crystal, milk & depression glass; oak table & buffet, perfumes, mid century accessories, vintage Dairy Queen & Coke, old cameras, clocks, dishes & wicker; Other-jewelry, set of sterling & other sterling, silver plate, Kirman rug, telephone lamp, standing silver chest, corner cupboard, drop leaf table, cinnabar, bookends, mahogany chest & game table, rattan tables, 2 double beds, collectors plates, stemware, books, yard tools, Victorian style sofa, Hummels, 3 safes, books, washing machine, bikes, tools, linens & kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure Pix: www.estatesales.net

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

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale 60’ BOAT Slip for Sale. Longboat Key Moorings. Slip H-12, prime location outside the restaurant. 713-552-1101, 713-725-3453. BOAT SLIP for rent, Third level LBK Boathouse. Up to 29'. 941-444-7181. BOAT SLIP on Longboat Key, Boat House. Unit-2124, on first level. For Rent/Sale. $295/mo. Minimum 6/mos. 708-267-6704. DRY STORAGE BOAT SLIP. Indoor dry storage at Dry dock / Boathouse for boat up to 30’. Top rack. $275/mo. South Longboat. Call 941-350-6686.

LBK MOORINGS; 45’ slip near bay for rent by owner. Good monthly or longer rates. 941-383-3103. 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. NEW YEAR, New LOW rents from private owner in high and dry Marina. Excellent boating location. We will beat all prices! Call 941-544-5597.

Boats Boats are selling Extremely well. Let’s talk about selling yours. Keeping it simple, “Business on a Handshake.” We buy boats too. www.Islandboatsales.net 941-228-3489. ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232 HOBIE KAYAK: Tandem, peddle powered. Paddles included. $500 obo. 609-709-2824.

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810. PERSIAN AND Tribal carpets from our personal collection acquired over a 20 year period while living abroad. Room size carpets, runners, and smaller carpets. Photographs by E-mail. Carpets can be seen by appointment in Longboat Key. Cash only. E-mail: waa1204@gmail.com or vcabahrain@gmail.com

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FRENCH DECORATORS DREAM February 14, 15, 16 - 9a.m.-5p.m. Doors open at 9a.m., numbers go out at 8a.m. 3114 Heron Shores Drive, Venice Call 941-356-3318 This estate sale has paintings by listed artists, beautiful French clock and candelabras. Fabulous French Marquetry Vitrine, chest and 2 side tables. 3 Bedroom sets, computer desk, sofa and chairs. Carved Camphor chest on stand. Beautiful array of French glassware as well as other glassware. Nice rugs. Lamps, kitchenware, great decorating items. Bric-a-brac and more furniture. SALE CONDUCTED BY ANTIQUES AND CHATCHKES

Merchandise Wanted SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707. WE BUY Fine Quality Antiques Chinese Antiques; Jade, Porcelain, Ivory, Bronze, Coral, Paintings and other works of art. Fine art, watches, jewelry, and entire estates. We are now accepting consignments for future auctions. Manatee Galleries, Inc. 941.722.4800 or email us at: info@manateegalleries.com.

Personals *ADOPTION*: A Creative Financially Secure Home, LOVE, Laughter, Travel, Baking. Family awaits 1st baby. Expenses paid Jill 1-800-552-0045 FLBar 42311

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

Help Wanted JANITORIAL POSITION: Longboat Key Condominium, common area cleaning. Competitive pay, Liability Insurance. References, and background check required. 941-383-1498.

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LBK PORTOBELLO BEACH FRONT: 2BR/2BA Condo on 4th floor. For details and Virtual Tour, visit: www.BeachAbodeLBK.com Phone 815-919-5357.

Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939 www.wagnerrentals.com

LBK: SANDS POINT 1BR/2BA, annual, unfurnished. Behind gates at Islandside. Water view. Non-smoking, No Pets. 941-383-3702. 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. LUXURY CONDO available for season. Fairway Bay property on Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, 400 square foot walk-out, and walk-down overlooking the Bay. Wheelchair accessible and full amenities including washer/dryer in unit, Wi-Fi and cable services. Covered parking and full security, access to walking and biking paths from your front door. Unit is available in season at $6,200.00/month effective February 1st, and for a long-term rental price is negotiable. Non-smoking unit. If interested please email: kimberleynyc@hotmail.com SALE/RENT: TWO beautiful condos - water view: 3BR condo and 2BR condo. 941-925-2330 or 941-924-9533. WANTED IN NORTH LONGBOAT. Annual Rental from April 1st, 2014. 3 + bed house. 2+ Car Garage. Private Setting. Excellent credit and references for quiet gentleman with no pets. Phone Sarasota Luxury Rentals, 941 225 1356 or email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com.

Condos For Sale

BAYPORT BEACH: 2015 Season. First floor, 2BR/2BA, end unit, gym, nobody above, internet, 1650/sq.ft. 941-387-0070. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sundeck, tennis, pool, fitness center, premium cable TV, hi-speed wireless internet, more. Available December 2014-January 2015. 954-476-1137, bayportapt@gmail.com BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA condo behind gates of Longboat Key. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2015. No pets./ Non-smoking. Call 309-689-0830. DOWNTOWN BAY. Directly on Bay, Sunset Towers, near Ringling Bridge, 2BR/2BA, 1500sf, $3200/mo. 330-757-7849. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FloRIDA VACATIon ConnECTIon

DOWNTOWN BAYVIEW Built 2007. 2BR/2BA under 1100 sf, 2 garage spaces, all amenities. $245,000. 941-993-3351. FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com INN ON THE BEACH: LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. Private club suite, turnkey, tennis, Golf course view, 650/ sq.ft. $339,000. 708-267-6704. LBK: BAY ISLES; By Owner. 2BR/2.5BA, 2 car garage, 2400/sq.ft., $565,000. Call 941-383-5944. 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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www.Flvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 877-705-2460 LBK C.C. SHORES. 3BR/2BA/2CC. Vacation paradise home. Beautifully furnished, large heated pool, dock, laminated floors in bedrooms, king sized bed, screened lanai, Wi-Fi, plasma TV, phone and cable, W/D, walk to beach. No pets/non-smoking. Bring your boat. Sleeps 5 $4500/mo. Owner, 941-504-1927. LBK: BEACHFRONT. BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1250. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844.

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OUR GUESTS RETURN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY Club Beachfront: 1/BR, 2/Bath. Sands Point Condo with Gulf views, large living room, den and beautifully renovated kitchen. Call 203-984-8477 or E-mail: garment@optonline.net LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. MARCH. PRIVATE home with large pool and spa. 3 Minute walk to beach. Piano, luxury adjustable beds. $4500. Owner. 941-374-3642. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 941-351-5101.

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JOHN GUBERNAT SERVICES Residential/ Commercial. Handyman Repairs, Roof Repairs, Coatings, Painting, Power Washing, Property Management, Home Watching. LBK Resident. Lic./Ins. 941-962-4867. STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION

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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. CUSTOM PAINTING, Wallpaper Removal. Quality work at a reasonable price. Free Estimates. Established 1978. Call Daniel at L.L. Armstrong Contracting. Lic./Insured. 941-323-5074. 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

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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

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Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL/GROOMING. 24 Hour Daycare. FREE Daycare with groom (we are the best). 3925 Brown Avenue behind Sleep King. doggyhotel.net 941-554-4620. PERMANENT RESIDENT on Longboat Key. 25 years as a pet nanny. Long list of references. Would like to meet your 4 legged child. 941-552-8881, Cell: 404-985-1457.

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

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Longboat Key, Country Club Shores $1,110,000 3/2.5 Judy Kepecz-Hays 941-387-1825 MLS#A3991301 )79197

Osprey, Oaks $999,000 4/3.5 Roger Pettingell 941-387-1840 MLS#A3991368 )78644

Longboat Key, 360 North Condo $995,000 3/3 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859 MLS#A3988479 )74450

Sarasota, Bird Key $799,000 3/2 Lynne Koy 941-387-1803 MLS#A3989874 )74438

Osprey, Towns End Shores $989,000 3/3 The Barbara Ackerman Group 941-387-1820 MLS#A3991971 )79200

Find a location that fits your lifestyle. Enter your favorite places and search by travel time on FloridaMoves.com Mainland Sarasota Downtown Sarasota $299,900 Barbara Standish, 941-504-9458 Gillespie Park. 2/2+den on large lot. Walk to downtown. Move-in ready. MLS#A3986205 )79095 Renaissance $289,500 Jo Ellyn Yturraspe, 941-366-8070 A HomePath property w/water views. Shopping & dining w/in walking distance. MLS#A3991774 )82321 South Gate $289,000 David Jennings, 941-388-3966 A warm aura enlivens this impressive, fenced Ranch. 3BR/2BA. Garage. MLS#A3991527 )44946 Lake Tippecanoe $79,900 Glen Ridgeway, 941-388-3966 Secure a happy future with this welcoming 2BR/2BA condo. Rec facilities. MLS#A3991578 )44945

Longboat Key, Sea Gate Club $749,000 2/2 John Sloan Smith 941-587-0348 MLS#A3988257 )91226

The Keys Longboat Key $6,800,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Lead a grand life in this 6BR/6+BA waterfront residence. Tile roof. MLS#A3991526 )77473 Beach Residences $3,995,000 Judy Kepecz-Hays, 941-387-1825 RitzCarlton managed 8th floor corner home on the beach, luxurious finishes. MLS#A3986254 )74458 Coreys Landing $3,849,000 Linda Weber, 941-387-1863 A marvelous lifestyle is to be found in this waterfront 4BR/5BA home. MLS#A3991576 )79205 Coreys Landing $1,349,000 Roger Pettingell, 941-387-1840 Wonderful 3BR/3.5BA home on Sarasota Bay. Private dock & lift. Beach access. MLS#A3985168 )77476 Bay Isles $1,325,000 Lynne Koy, 941-387-1803 Gorgeous 3BR/3BA/2CG custom pool home located on golf course and lagoon! MLS#A3988794 )70061 Bird Key $849,000 Bruce Myer, 941-387-1859 4BR/3BA garden home with pool, circular drive, and 540 sq ft Florida room. MLS#A3986615 )78637

Longboat Key, Longboat Key Towers $849,000 2/2 Bruce Myer 941-387-1859 MLS#A3991333 )79194

Englewood, Manasota Land & Timber $729,000 4/3 Lucy McCulloch 941-383-6411 MLS#A3983050 )74443

Grand Bay $659,000 Linda Weber, 941-387-1863 Expansive bay views; 2BR/2BA condo features wrap-around glass & terrace. MLS#A3985672 )78632 Lido Harbour $424,000 Angie Campbell, 941-383-6411 Renovated 2BR/2BA villa, new roof & AC, enjoy sunsets by the Gulfside pool. MLS#A3976659 )79287 Diplomat $225,000 Marie Antinore, 941-387-1872 This 1st floor Gulf front studio is furnished and a great investment property. MLS#A3986770 )79204 Lido Towers $219,000 Angie Campbell, 941-383-6411 Enhance your life with this very special condo. Turnkey furnished. MLS#A3978881 )79287

Manatee Twelve Oaks $173,000 Lynn A. Luken, 941-388-3966 Tara 1st floor golf villa, membership included. 2BR/2BA + den. Maint. free. MLS#A3991212 )44947

Venice/Osprey/Nokomis Sarasota, Savannah At Turtle Rock $422,000 3/2.5 Monica Roche 941-387-1815 MLS#A3988498 )73035

Bradenton, Bay View $399,900 3/2.5 Jackie Kleppinger 941-388-3966 MLS#A3991533 )44943

The Oaks Preserve $395,000 Mirta Klauber, 941-387-1817 Golf course and exercise rooms. A charming aura comes with this condo. MLS#A3988065 )78645

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ne man wrote a critical letter to June LeBell after hearing her interview with choreographer and former artistic director of New York City Ballet George Balanchine. The man said she sounded slightly intimidated and star struck. LeBell wrote him back, saying, “When the day comes that I’m not intimidated and star struck by George Balanchine, then I shouldn’t be on the air.” He apologized after that. In the 30 years LeBell interviewed famous musicians and arts leaders on New York City’s WQXR, only two made her star struck: Balanchine and Walter Cronkite. Though it has been more than 10 years since LeBell, the first female announcer on a commercial classic radio station, has been on the air, she announced at the beginning of February that she’s making a comeback as host of a new Sunday afternoon program on WSMR beginning in October. LeBell, who is the Observer’s music reviewer and food columnist, says the new show will be like one of her former New York

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT programs, “Salute to the Arts.” She’ll book, host and produce the program and invite performers and musicians from around the world to speak about their talent. She’ll start the series with Marilyn Horne — her longtime friend, former co-host and world famous mezzo-soprano opera singer. The two have known each other for more than 30 years. The relationship led them to collaborate on a radio program produced by the Marilyn Horne Foundation. The program, “On Wings of Song,” featured a broadcast of live recitals for an audience. It may be fitting that Horne is the first guest on LeBell’s new program, but she’s got a lot more great guests in store as well. “Since I contacted my whole list of email friends and I went on Facebook, I’ve gotten calls from a whole bunch of people who want to be on the program, which is fine by me,” she says. Although LeBell has a pretty face more suited to broadcast television than radio, she has the perfect radio voice. In fact, voice is where it all started. LeBell first studied voice at The High School of Music and Art (the school “Fame” was based on) and later studied voice at Mannes College of Music and at Hartt College in Connecticut, from where she graduated. For two years she sold shoes for Pappagallo shoes. The owner, who was a huge supporter and lover of classical music, only hired young, pretty, classically trained singers. He built a stage in the store and

FAMOUS NAMES June LeBell interviewed five to 10 people a week, 50 weeks a year for 29 years. The following list is a sampling of the famous people she hosted on her show: Chef Julia Child Composer Aaron Copland Conductor Zubin Mehta Met Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes A WQXR Radiothon in 1982. June LeBell is the only female at the table. had a practice room downstairs that the girls had to reserve. The first year, each singer gave a recital in the store, but when The New York Times wouldn’t review the performances because they weren’t in a major concert hall, the owner booked Carnegie Recital Hall. It was exciting, she says. “I wanted to be a classical singer, and I started realizing I had a good voice and I was a very good musician, but I didn’t have the size voice for a major opera house and I wasn’t going to have a major career,” she says. LeBell was working at Lincoln Center, first giving tours and later managing visitors’ services, when someone approached her about the WQXR job. The hiring agent told her the station was looking for a minority announcer. Not knowing that they were approaching her to guage

New York City Ballet star Jacques d’Amboise “Today” show film critic Gene Shalit with LeBell in the 1980s.

her own interest (she didn’t realize minority meant woman), she recommended her black friend, who had an almost identical resume, audition for the job. Her friend trained at the station, but ultimately was more interested in performing than hosting a radio program. LeBell then asked the hiring agent if she could host the program — he replied that was what he wanted in the first place. “I realized I could use everything I had ever learned as a singer on the air,” she says. She could talk for long periods of time without getting a sore throat; she could pronounce the terminology; she could have her friends on the show; and she could use her musical knowledge. For the first seven years, she worked as a relief announcer, filling in when people couldn’t host. In 1980, the station gave her her

first full-time shift. It was the kind of job where she worked 14-hour days, seven days a week. But she loved it — every day was different. LeBell hosted a variety of programming. “Today in New York” was a three-minute program discussing events happening in New York. There was the hourlong program “Salute to the Arts.” “Kitchen Classics” took place 30 minutes a day, five times a week and featured recipes from famous musicians who love to cook and eat. She hosted live chamber music concerts and other live broadcast series. She booked guests, programmed the music, hosted and produced the programs without any help aside from the on-air engineers. LeBell, who says she wasn’t outgoing when she was young, says it was a great job for a shy person because she could ask all

New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow Daughter of Leonard Bernstein Jamie Bernstein Cabaret pianist/arranger Alex Rybeck Jazz pianist Dick Hyman Violinist Itzhak Perlman Met Opera Music Director James Levine the questions she wouldn’t normally feel comfortable asking if it weren’t her job. “You could ask questions you could never ask at a cocktail party,” LeBell says. But it was her love for music and passion for people that ultimately pushed her to venture out of her comfort zone. “Spiritually, God put us on this Earth to do something, and it wasn’t to be shy,” she says.

FOR THE RECORD June LeBell says she will continue her Musical Conversations series with Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning. In some cases, she’ll even use portions of her SILL programs on the WSLR program.

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26th annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Downtown Sarasota Alliance 10 a.m. at Main Street Free. Call 746-6615.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Heart to Hart’. Sarasota Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

Luncheon with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Bookstore1Sarasota. Noon at Florida Studio Theatre. Tickets $25. Call 366-9000.

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two wave frequencies lock together to make one waveform) … They studied different kinds of entrainment, and when two different people meet, hearts can actually entrain … This idea became kind of an interesting metaphor for the way in which these layers of marks spawned something in me (how I became entrained to them) … When you work as an artist the way I do, a lot of the work is intuitive as to why you decide to add a color, and I’ve been trying to locate ways to understand that.” Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Tickets $35 to $45. Call 306-1202. ‘Belles Sing the Blues’ Belle Canto. 8 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center Tickets $20. Call 552-5325.

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“That’s my life,” Caroline Williams says. “This is it. I get to do my passion and my love and my hobby and my everything.” to the U.S. for what was supposed to be a five-year contract. But, the Williamses never went back and made Venice their winter quarters, along with the rest of the circus performers. By growing up in the industry, Williams has acquired a lot of equine knowledge. For one, the circus stemmed from equestrian acts trick rider Philip Astley developed in 1768. And, sticking to tradition, this is also why equestrian acts lead the circus performances. The circus standard of performing in a ring 42 feet in diameter

also comes from equestrian. But she’s also learned a lot on the job. For one, she’s learned to secure her hair before performances. Once, she was supposed to pop a balloon with her bullwhip. Instead, the whip changed direction and grabbed a portion of her blonde wig. The whip pulled the wig off her head and dangled from the tip of the whip for the whole audience to see. “This performance, I have secured my hair,” she says with a laugh. “You live and learn and live and learn.”

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Caroline Williams has bad days like in any profession. But her worst day is a little different than most — it consists of wearing muck boots in the pouring rain. Even then, she still has a smile on her face. “I’m still there with the horses, so it’s never really that bad,” she says. She recently discussed her background and Circus Sarasota performance on-site at The Big Top, where many of the performers live for the duration of the circus. She commutes between the circus and her home in Myakka, where she lives with her six horses, son and fiancé. She begins talking about her act: She enters the ring on horseback. Williams’ is going for a bad-to-thebone look in a heavy-metal-inspired black outfit with silver studs on her coat and bullwhip in hand. She’s a commanding first act of Circus Sarasota’s “Wonderstruck,” which runs through Feb. 23. She’s performing the first quick-change act on a horse ever. She’ll magically change through four costumes (each change takes 15 to 20 seconds). Each transformation changes the mood of the performance. The equestrian is petite and pretty, and aside from her horseprinted graphic T-shirt and a little dirt under her nails, she does not look like the type who would spend 24/7 in a barn. It’s more than a full-time job tending to, caring for and training her horses — there’s no vacation. But she likes to take her son to Disney World occasionally. She also gives private horse and rider training


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// ‘Daddy Long Legs’ “Daddy Long Legs” began life in 1912 as Jean Webster’s beloved young-adult novel. And, boy, does that novel have legs. There have been umpteen adaptations for the stage and screen, including Shirley Temple’s “Curly Top” (1935) and a vehicle for Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron (1955). Composer and lyricist Paul Gordon and scriptwriter John Caird’s musical adaptation is now striding the stage at Florida Studio Theatre; Caird also directs this two-person play. The plot: A ragtime-era millionaire (who prefers to remain anonymous) pays for a precocious orphan girl’s college education. His only condition? As training for a future writing career, she must write him long letters on a regular basis, expecting no replies. She does — and nicknames him “Daddy Long Legs,” based on a glimpse of his lanky shadow. Jerusha (Penny McNamee), the orphan in question, blossoms at college. Jervis Pendleton (Kevin Earley), the millionaire in question, becomes enthralled by the personality revealed in the orphan’s missives. He arranges to meet her on various occasions but doesn’t reveal that he’s “Daddy.” Jerusha assumes her benefactor is old and bald. He isn’t. So, they meet; flowering feelings are frustrated; complications ensue. Do they get together in the end? Hey, does Oliver Twist get more gruel? This sweet story is served up with deft directing, clever staging and winning performances. In addition to being a fine playwright, Caird wrote the book on directing (“Theatre Craft: a Director’s Practical Companion from A-Z”). He shows a sure hand in this production. On top of everything else, the play is technically demanding. (It’s a touring production, so much expertise came with the tour.) Set and costume designer David Farley inventively builds Jerusha’s transitory life out of rear-

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rangeable trunks and suitcases. Paul Toben’s original lighting design flashes fragments of correspondence on walls and helps move the narrative along. And Corinne Aquilina had her work cut out as musical director. In this musical, speech and song aren’t neatly cut and dried. Millionaire and orphan share the same stage in Caird and Gordon’s adaptation. The conceit is that they’re in separate cities. They don’t really meet until the end. Until then, Jerusha vocalizes her letters; Jervis responds. The result: a counterpoint between two overlapping monologues that occasionally harmonize — literally. The characters sing the unrhymed prose of their letters and thoughts — as in “Recitatif.” It’s all extremely clever, though it all tends to sound the same. No musical number stands out, but the music serves the story, and that’s as it should be. McNamee and Earley are both great singers. As actors, they nicely inhabit their characters, and put in deeply human performances in what would otherwise feel like so much dramaturgical artifice. But there are times the heavy machinery clunks. And Webster’s young-adult source material occasionally groans under the weight of the adaptation. The original was light-hearted, light stuff — an epistolary novel that was not big on plot. (See for yourself at gutenburg.org.) It’s more about Jerusha’s self-actualization at college; her joie de vivre, expressed in her letters. These, by agreement, are one-sided. “Daddy Long Legs” is implied, but not revealed until the end. Take Jerusha’s bubbly words out of her letters and put them in the mouth of a young actress and she just seems chirpy. Put the implied millionaire on stage and he seems feckless. And they’re both so relentlessly good. Ah well. Not every playwright can be David Mamet or Joe Orton. So, it’s a sentimental play, steeped in love for a more sentimental time. If that’s your cup of tea (and a very sweet cup of tea it is) you’ll love it. The opening-night audience did.

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OPERA // ‘Il Trovatore’

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Soprano Reyna Carguill, tenor Kirk Dougherty and baritone David Pershall in Sarasota Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” which runs through March 22. to be enveloped in sheer sound. Sarasota Opera is one of the few important companies in the country that delivers opera the way the composer envisioned it when it was first written. How do we know what Verdi wanted? Victor DeRenzi, the company’s artistic director and conductor, is a Verdi scholar and he’s gone back in time, figuratively speaking, to unearth original concepts, stagings, costumes, scenery and style. If you want to see and hear an opera as the composer intended it at the time he wrote it, Sarasota Opera is the place to be. As a result, the Sarasota Opera’s opening of “Il Trovatore” was stylistically right on the money. Leading the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, DeRenzi brought clean, controlled and beautifully Verdian sounds from the instrumentalists, offering solid support to the singers while never sagging the tempos or pushing the phrases.

(The fact that we have two orchestras of such excellence in town at the same time never fails to boggle my mind.) Michael Schweikardt’s scenery was perfectly appropriate for the time; it took us into stony castles and dank dungeons with just the right density and dust. Ken Yunker’s lighting captured the right time of day — mostly nighttime — with enough darkness to be somber and enough light in the right places to illumine the characters. And Howard Tsvi Kaplan’s costumes carried the look and weight of the period. Even Director Peter Sellars, who set Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” in a diner, “Marriage of Figaro” in Trump Tower and “Don Giovanni” in Spanish Harlem, would be hard-pressed to update or renovate “Il Trovatore.” Stage Director Stephanie Sundine stuck to tradition and, in doing so, gave us a taste of true 19th century

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grand opera, while still allowing the singers a modicum of freedom to express their characters without upstaging Verdi’s stunning music. The men in this cast were, vocally, somewhat superior to the women. Jeffrey Beruan set the tone of the evening with a stalwartly acted, well-sung Ferrando, giving us the background of the past 15 years with bravura singing from the chorus. In fact, the ensemble singing and clanging in the famous “Anvil Chorus” was so overwhelming in sound, I was almost pushing into the back of my seat. David Pershall, making his Sarasota Opera debut as the Count de Luna, was regal and vocally resplendent, vacillating (as Verdi intended) among emotions, from jealousy to love to murder, with the ease of the royal pawn he was fated to be. And, although Kirk Dougherty brought the role of Manrico a smaller voice than usually associated with this difficult part, he also showed a knack for spinning long phrases that almost took our breath away. His “Di quella pira,” while small in sound, was strong in intensity. Both Reyna Carguill as Leonora and Margaret Mezzacappa as Azucena have wide vibratos, verging on flutters. Mezzacappa was the more believable character because the depth and power of her low tones brought a profundity to Azucena’s music, from her opening, “Stride la vampa,” to her final declamation and coup de grace to the Count. Carguill’s Leonora lacked the vocal nuance and floating tones we’ve come to associate with her character’s avalanche of arias toward the end of the opera but, again, the music — which steeps us in one beautiful melody after another — stole the show. The soprano certainly has all the notes and had no trouble singing them, but she lacked emotional subtlety. Studio Artists Tania Maria Rodriguez and Thorstein Arbjornsson, and Apprentices Blake Hudson and Jared Esguerra sung smaller roles. This is an exhausting and exhaustive experience of “Il Trovatore,” but when it comes to grand opera, nothing can beat Sarasota Opera in authentic grandeur. — June LeBell


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of all artwork he could not possess. His enormous hatred for all that was precious is made abundantly clear in the film. Clooney assembles an amazing cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. But the lack of any real character development is bothersome. Moreover, some of the dialogue they’re forced to utter is, at times, lame. And what little action takes place in the movie leaves a distinct craving for more. “The Monuments Men” does soar in its gorgeous cinematography and perfectly pitched patriotic scoring. And Stokes delivers some exquisite and poignant oratories on the nature of art and its necessity to be preserved. A scene in which Matt Damon’s character returns a stolen portrait to an abandoned Jewish residence and hangs it on the wall is so powerful it speaks volumes, wordlessly. “The Monuments Men” does have its brilliant and humorous moments, but they are too few. It does stand as a tribute to the brave men who risked their lives (two died during the mission) to preserve and protect the achievements of mankind. In all, the Monuments Men saved 5 million pieces of artwork, the greatest collection in the history of the world. And that deserves recognition. — Pam Nadon

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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL Frank and Anne Folsom Smith have created an iconic Sarasota lifestyle in one of the oldest homes in town.

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A sculpture by David Windsor suggests the ancient spirits that once lived on the land, considered sacred by the Calusa Indians. Anne Folsom Smith’s second-floor library houses her collection of mysteries and thrillers.

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hour the Smiths decided to buy it. They had not even been inside, but it didn’t matter. The place was clearly a teardown. But as the demolition process began, so did second thoughts. An old plank on which the original builder inscribed the date, 1894, was discovered. Further research in the archives in Manatee County — Sarasota was a part of Manatee County back in those days — revealed the home was part of the almost forgotten Connecticut Colony, a group of Northerners who were Sarasota’s first snowbirds. But the property’s real history goes back much further. For thousands of years, the Calusa Indians considered Indian Beach sacred. Further research revealed an Indian midden on the land. “The ancient spirits spoke to us,” Frank says. “They said, ‘Don’t disturb the land.’” So, the Smiths changed their plans. The result is a home that

honors its past while living in a comfortable and stylish present. *** The Smiths kept the 20-by-30foot two-story farmhouse and, after extensive renovations, it remains the heart of their home. The original heart pine floors gleam under scattered area rugs; there’s a fireplace in one corner and, over by the stairway, a piano. “It’s a good place for an old Steinway,” says Frank. But the Smiths spend most of their time in the family room, which they added during renovations. It’s a large rectangular room, clad in cedar planking, with a fireplace at the north end, set against a wall of windows in a grid pattern — a design element that is used throughout the home. Against another wall is a large triptych by Syd Solomon, an old friend (he died in 2004) who was, perhaps, Sarasota’s most renowned painter during its “artist colony” heyday. The work was featured in the Solo-

An important work by Sarasota painter Syd Solomon adds a jolt of color to the expansive family room. mon retrospective at the Ringling Museum in 1973, and the Smiths bumped the wall out to form an alcove that perfectly framed the painting. Upstairs, a warren of little rooms was combined to form a large high-ceilinged master bedroom, with another large Solomon painting over the bed. Frank’s home office, appropriately cluttered with paperwork and books relating to his current architectural projects, is down a short hallway, but Anne has her own space, too. A corner of the master has been reconfigured as a tiny but deluxe library. No bigger than 9 feet square, its walls are lined with the mysteries and thrillers she devours in her spare time. A window seat overlooking the bay provides the perfect spot for reading, and there’s a fireplace for winter afternoons. The master bath completes the suite, and it is the most glamorous room in the house. The walls and floor are lined with

honed marble and the built-in cabinets reflect the sleek look Anne is known for; they feature the grid format found elsewhere in the home. Pieces of art, small sculptures mostly, decorate the bath’s shelves. The entire home is filled with art, most of it by local artists. There is a small guest room adjacent to the living room downstairs, but most guests — including three children and nine grandchildren — are accommodated in the three outbuildings tucked away behind the house. This way, nothing detracts from the house’s most glorious feature, the beautifully tended lawn that slopes down to a tiny private beach. A modernistic swimming pool — which Frank designed — occupies the top of the slope. Next to it, a woman with her arms outstretched — a sculpture by David Windsor — seems to echo the spirit of the Calusas. At the north border of the twoacre property, John Wheeler —

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SOCIAL STUDIES: CORNELIA MATSON Cornelia Matson, the philanthropist with an elegant southern drawl, opens up about the important milestones in her life and her insatiable passion for home remodeling.

A FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA,

who was marrying a friend of Dick’s from Harvard, introduced us. They arranged for us to go on a blind date, it was the 14th of July, Bastille Day, and then we married the next year. We bought a home on Longboat Key and moved to Sarasota permanently in 1983.

I INTERVIEWED a few places

along the coast for fundraising positions, but it wasn’t like it was in New York, so I thought, “what can I do?” So I opened a country French antique shop — “Peak of Amou-

IN 1993, I sold my shop and we

bought an apartment in Paris — in 1997, we bought a vineyard in France and just sold it this year to Mr. Wong from Hong Kong.

I REALLY LOVE redoing old

houses. We redid a chateau in France and decorated it with all French furniture. We celebrated our 35th anniversary on that property. We flew in our entire family for the event.

I ALWAYS LIKE to have a proj-

ect. I think the thing I’ve spent my most time working with is Planned Parenthood. I founded High Tide at High Noon 17 years ago — it was High Tea at High Noon until last year because it needed a refresher and nobody was wearing hats. I love hats; why don’t people wear hats anymore?

HAVING BEEN A PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER, I ap-

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someone to invest in something you believe in. When I’m raising money, I’m just asking someone to participate in something that may end up appealing to them, that I believe in. That’s what fundraising really is all about.

WHEN IT COMES TO PHILANTHROPY, I try to balance be-

tween the cultural activities and the human services — I try to do something whether it’s the orchestra or Ringling and the museum as well as those organizations that are directly helping people — and education, of course.

DICK AND I both love cooking

and wine. We are good cooks; we don’t go out as I think most people do. We cook very simple, French style, but simple and good. We like

to entertain and have friends over for a good time and simple dinner. If you like to eat, you can cook what you like to eat.

WE ARE NOW RENOVATING

a new home in North Carolina we bought up in Hound Ears, near Blowing Rock. “Rockwood” is the name of this new house. This is going to be “Cornelia’s last hurrah.” I like big houses. I like having the space, and I go visit the rooms — they don’t have to be occupied, I don’t have to live in all of them, but I like to visit them.

I’VE MOVED into my modern period. I’m selling my French furniture and buying vintage original mid-century modern and restoring it. I’m very sensitive to the architecture of a place, I think it

should be decorated and used in the sense that it was meant to be — everything must be correct. I keep all of the family things though, like that great big mirror in my foyer, which is more than 200 years old. It belonged to my great-great grandparents.

WITH THIS North Carolina house,

I get to go back to gardening. It’s actually more yard work than gardening. I’ve become a tree hugger, and now I’m a boulder hugger and a rock hugger. There are so many rocks on the new property and they are just gorgeous.

I REALLY LOVE everything that I do. And if I live as long as my Aunt Charlotte (who just celebrated her 105th birthday), I have a lot more to do.

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I BECAME VERY ACTIVE with Junior League — it was like a fulltime job. I also went into professional fundraising and was a PR account executive. I then became the development director for the YMCA of New York. That was fun, and at that time Mary Rockefeller was on the board. It was during that time that I met Dick [Matson].

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