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Pension costs rise to $3.26 million Taxpayer costs for three frozen pension plans could rise from $2.76 million to $3.26 million if pension boards lower rates of return to appease Tallahassee pension officials. The Longboat Key Town Commission stopped the bleeding when it froze its three pension plans, but now it is dealing with the budget nightmare of paying off more than $27 million in unfunded liabilities. At its Feb. 18 workshop, Town Manager Dave Bullock explained

the town’s three pension boards are working to reduce the estimated rate of return for the frozen plans to a more reasonable 7% rate of return at the request of Tallahassee pension officials. “We all understand and believe that the rate of return for the frozen plans needs to be

lower than it was for the active plans,” Bullock said. “But the lower you make your rate of return, the higher the amount we have to pay back. The General Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees has already reduced that plan’s rate of return from 7.75% to 7%.

The boards of trustees for police and fire plans will meet later this week to discuss and finalize new rates of return. But lowering those rates has big budget and taxpayer implications.

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SAND SHIFT

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Commission debates federal funds for sand

+ Griffin reaches top-shelf status Longboat Key author H. Terrell Griffin can now call himself bestselling author H. Terrell Griffin. Amazon featured his 2011 thriller “Collateral Damage” as its “Daily Deal” Feb. 18 for $1.99. Late that afternoon, it climbed to No. 1 slot for Kindle’s paid bestseller list and stayed there until mid-afternoon Feb. 19.

Federal dollars would save money, but the town would have to give up control over future beach project decisions. Longboat Key’s taxpayers have paid for their beach projects for years because they’re picky about the way their coastline looks. By using two taxpayer-approved beach assessment taxing districts to pay for projects instead of using federal dollars for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach projects, the town gets sand onto the island at a faster pace. That process also allows the town to select the type of sand it wants. But that could change if the Longboat Key Town Commission decides it wants to use federal dollars for future beach projects. At its Feb. 18 workshop, Town Manager Dave Bullock told commissioners that he met with Corps officials at a beach conference two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of becoming eli-

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John Wild and Richard Crawford

+ Wild: A Kiwanis man of all trades There’s only one John Wild and without him, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key would be lost. At the club’s Feb. 13 weekly breakfast meeting, Kiwanis Club President Richard Crawford surprised Wild when he announced during his weekly remarks that he had created a new award called the President’s Award for Wild’s service to the club. “Without all of the little things and big things this man does to keep this club moving in the right direction, this club wouldn’t keep moving forward the way it has been,” Crawford said. Club members gave Wild a round of applause.

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Tom Vitro and Gerry Sullivan donned masks for the Longboat Harbour Mardi Gras party Saturday, Feb. 22. Attendees enjoyed a dinner of gumbo, blackened chicken and bread pudding before taking over the dance floor. For more photos, see page 20A.

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Federal beach projects restore sand at no extra cost if the sand is washed away from a storm.

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PENSION / FROM PAGE 1A Currently, the town is estimating an annual required contribution for those pension plans of $2,760,020. But if all three frozen plans reduce their rates of return to 7%, the result will be a $500,563 pension cost increase for the upcoming fiscal year. That increases total annual pension costs for taxpayers to $3.26 million. Making matters worse, the commissioners are already looking at a $1,625,559 budget deficit the town is facing this summer because of inaccurate revenue estimates. Bullock told commissioners the town is looking at higher pension costs “for the next three critical years” before the pension liabilities are paid down and the pension budget line begins to reduce. Commissioners expressed both frustration and resolve when they heard the news. “We stepped up and did what we had to do,” said Commissioner Jack Duncan. “And now it’s time to pay the piper.” Duncan said town staff must work to prepare a report that taxpayers can review for the next three years that shows why pension costs are rising.

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“We need to put in place an explanation for this over a period of time,” Duncan said. “Taxpayers need to be prepared to know what’s going on.” Commissioner Phill Younger noted the town “should be nibbling off the big chunk of this debt every year.” “This is good stuff and it’s preparing us for reality,” Younger said. “The goal is figuring out how long we want to take to pay it down so the amount doesn’t keep increasing.” Bullock said he is working with the pension boards to address the town’s concerns. He said he brought the issue forward to the commission as an update and to start a discussion to come up with a multi-year strategy moving forward to pay off the debt. Although the pension boards are supposed to set annual rates of return without worrying about cost implications for the town, Bullock said the boards are aware of the issue the town is facing. “The pension boards don’t have a fiduciary duty to be concerned about the town’s overall budget, but there’s a reason why we put 15 taxpayers on these new frozen pension boards,” Bullock said. “They know their actions affect your budget.”

IMPACT OF BUDGETARY CHANGE IN ANNUAL REQUIRED CONTRIBUTIONS (ARCS) FOR PENSION PLANS WITH ASSUMPTION RATES AT 7% Pension Plan

Current ARC

Increase

Future ARC

Police

$633,590

$31,322

Fire

$1,526,725

$364,431

$1,891,156

General

$599,705

$104,810

$704,515

TOTAL

$2,760,020

$500,563

$3,260,583

$664,912

* Increase creates a potential 0.11 millage increase and a 5.3% tax increase impact. (Source: Town of Longboat Key)

SAND / FROM PAGE 1A gible for federal beach dollars. Corps officials informed Bullock that their department evaluated the Key 20 years ago and established the island was eligible for federal dollars at that time. The problem is, it takes three years for the Corps to perform the study that results in attaining money for a federal project. A north end sand and structure project wouldn’t be eligible for federal dollars. The Corps will know in a month if it has money in its budget to perform an updated study for the island, which would result in Corps officials coming before the commission for a special workshop to discuss the three-year study. Commissioner Phill Younger expressed frustration that beach engineers have previously told the commission it would take 10 to 15 years to be eligible for a project. “We’ve been eligible and could have started this process six years ago and been eligible for the upcoming project,” Younger said. “We kept being told it would take too long and that’s not the case.” When Mayor Jim Brown asked Bullock if the commission was misled by previous consultants, Bullock said, “I think coastal engineers and the Corps are in constant competition with each other… that’s all I’m going to say about it.” But if the commission moves forward with the Corps study, Bullock warned commissioners of several contingencies that must be met to attain federal dollars. The amount of funding the town would receive for a project is contingent on its number of beach accesses and parking spots. “Public access is a big, big deal with the Corps and we have less accesses than other islands,” Bullock said. Bullock also noted the Corps “is not necessarily in the fine white sand business.”

SAND SHARING Town Manager Dave Bullock told the commission at its Feb. 18 workshop that he is working with city of Sarasota officials for a future sand sharing agreement for dredging New Pass. The city has agreed to share the sand that could be deposited on Longboat Key and Lido Beach when federal money becomes available to dredge New Pass, which is expected in the next two years, Bullock said. “You have to buy up to get whiter sand,” Bullock said. Last but not least, Bullock said you have to wait for money. “We can’t pay for a project and be reimbursed for it,” Bullock said. “We’re stuck waiting for them to come perform projects on their timetable once the project is funded.” Bullock said the city of Sarasota is still waiting for a Lido Beach project to be funded that was originally brought forward in 1999. “They are still waiting on construction money, to show you how long it can take,” Bullock said. Bullock also outlined advantages to using the corp for future projects. The Corps pays for 55% to 60% of a federal beach project. “That funding share goes up if a federal channel contributes to the loss of sand,” Bullock said. “We certainly fall into that category.” And if a storm is responsible for loss of sand after a Corps project has already been performed, the Corps fully funds a future project to restore the beach. Commissioner Pat Zunz said taxpayers might have issues with the town aligning itself in the future with the Corps. “There has historically been resistance in our community not to pursue the Corps because of beach accesses, more parking and concern we would no longer have control,” Zunz said.

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LONGBOAT KEY

LARGEST 2013 SALE: $5 million, 703 Casey Key Road

SIESTA KEY

LARGEST 2013 SALE: $6.8 million, 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive

LARGEST 2013 SALE: $10 million, 3410 Flamingo Drive

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Casey Key, Siesta Key and Longboat Key are known for their white sand beaches, but each has a unique lifestyle because of development and restrictions. KEY COMPARISON See how Casey Key, Longboat Key and Siesta Key compare.

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Single-family homes median sale price: $1.75 million

Single-family home median sale price: $582,500

Single-family home median sale price: $644,500

Condominium price (single sale recorded in past six months): $317,500

Condo median sale price: $428,750

Condo median sale price: $353,500

Approximate number of year-round residents: 7,000

Approximate number of year-round residents: 6,565

Length: 10.8 miles

Length: 8 miles

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Approximate number of year-round residents: 400 Length: 8 miles Notable residents: Rosie O’Donnell, Stephen King

that property owners successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature to pass in the early 1970s. The act designated most of the island as a wildlife and marine sanctuary and restricts the use of that land to single-family residences. Meanwhile, development on Longboat Key is difficult because of the restrictive codes and Comprehensive Plan the Longboat Key Town Commission adopted in the 1980s due to fears the Key would become overbuilt. Today, with just more than 400 resi-

dences on Casey Key, supply is scarce and prices are generally higher than on Longboat and Siesta keys. But many Casey Key properties have another unique feature: the ability to own Gulfto-bay-land. “Homes are mostly on the bayside, so you can cross the road and have a cabana and your own private beach,” said Nick Herron, of the Herron Group at RE/ MAX Alliance Group. Many residents are drawn to the fact that Casey Key doesn’t have commercial

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When Casey Key residents want to go to the grocery store, a restaurant or the doctor’s office, they have to leave the island. That doesn’t mean they have to drive far — there are a handful of businesses on the two roads that lead to the island, including the Casey Key Fish House, Casey Key Food Mart and Casey Key Marina. But the only businesses physically located on Casey Key are a few mom-and-pop hotels. Approximately 12 miles north of Casey Key, Siesta Key is bustling with businesses, including restaurants, shops, a fitness center, offices, grocery store and drug store. Tourists flock to Siesta Beach, which Dr. Beach named the No. 1 beach in America in 2011. Another nine miles to the north of Siesta Key is Longboat Key, where residents can do their grocery shopping, pick up prescriptions and go out to eat, but often have to venture onto the mainland for errands and events. It’s also popular with tourists, but beach accesses are harder to find and have limited parking. The island has also experienced a drop in tourism units over the past decade. What model do real estate buyers prefer? The answer depends on the buyer. “Privacy” is a word you’ll often see on Casey Key real estate advertisements. The island doesn’t have public events and has just two public beach accesses — which means less seasonal traffic. The lack of commercial development and high-rise condos on Casey Key is the result of the Casey Key Conservation Act

development or large condos. “There are a lot of artsy people and mostly people who aren’t really joiners who aren’t looking for a Longboat Key Club,” Heron said. “It’s not an inconvenience to those who live there,” said Michael Moulton, of Michael Saunders & Co., of Casey Key’s isolation. As for the less secluded islands of Siesta Key and Longboat Key, agents say there are differences in the typical buyer. “Seldom do I have a buyer for Siesta who is also a buyer for Longboat,” said Cheryl Loeffler, of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. According to Loeffler, young professionals are often drawn to Siesta Key, including its downtown-like Village, while Longboat Key attracts more retirees who are drawn to its relative seclusion. “People are drawn to Siesta Key for a number of factors,” Moulton said. “Rental timeframes are more lenient than on Longboat Key, so someone who is looking for a condo to generate income would tend to look there….The Village is both a turn-on or turnoff depending on who you talk to.” Longboat Key continues to explore the role of commercial property and tourism on the island. Town officials continue to discuss the possibility of a town center in the Bay Isles area near Publix. Loeffler believes the town center could have a positive impact, but she doesn’t find that Key buyers are concerned about its current amount of commercial development. “I really believe that the balance we have now is pretty much in line with what people expect,” she said.


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Legal challenges levied against an application for sand-saving structures on the north end cost taxpayers $150,000 at a time when the town is facing a budget deficit. Challenges by former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, Longbeach Village resident Gene Jaleski and the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club led to a $150,000 budget transfer to pay for legal fees associated with the challenge. The Longboat Key Town Commission expressed frustration at its Feb. 18 regular workshop when Town Manager Dave Bullock asked commissioners to forward a budget allocation ordinance to their March 3 regular meeting. The balance transfer of $150,000 covers litigation costs directly related to the north end groin project. As part of a settlement brokered last month with McClash and the Sierra Club, the town agreed not to build a long terminal groin made out of rocks that would have attached to Beer Can Island and jutted 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. In a memo to commissioners, Bullock announced the town was billed $100,000 for litigation-related services through Feb. 6 in regards to the north end structure per-

mit. “The town estimates an additional $50,000 may be necessary for future costs associated with the litigation,” wrote Bullock in his memo. Commissioner Jack Duncan asked if the challenges from all of the parties, including Jaleski’s dismissed challenge, led to the $150,000 cost. While Bullock noted that Jaleski’s challenge was deemed untimely and dismissed, he said the town still incurred costs when it filed motions to dismiss it. “There were legal fees associated with the Jaleski challenge and another separate challenge that was deemed untimely,” Bullock said. Commissioner Phill Younger questioned the bill from the Washington, D.C., law firm the town hired to respond to the challenge. “This doesn’t feel right,” Younger said. “The bill seems excessive.” Younger plans to review the attorney bill before the commission discusses the ordinance on first reading and public hearing in March. Bullock also asked commissioners for $100,000 for anticipated consulting and legal services to prepare revisions to 1992 beach ordinances, which authorize the levy of millage dedicated to beach nourishment and maintenance projects in the future.

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Judge could rule on Colony settlement Wednesday Colony Beach & Tennis Resort parties continue to wait for a ruling after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May pushed back a scheduled hearing by a day. You won’t find the details about U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May’s rulings on a Colony Beach & Tennis Resort settlement in this week’s issue of the Longboat Observer. That’s because May pushed back a hearing that was scheduled for Feb. 25 to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in his Tampa bankruptcy courtroom. Visit YourObserver.com Wednesday evening to learn what happened in court. In the meantime, we answer 10 commonly asked questions about the Colony. An earlier set of 10 commonly asked questions about the Colony is also available online at YourObserver.com.

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What is May expected to rule about on Wednesday? May is expected to rule on both the proposed settlement between longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association and the Chapter 11 reorganization plan for Klauberowned entities. That settlement would give $3 million to Klauber through a consulting agreement and distribute $2.3 million to a U.S. bankruptcy Chapter 7 trustee to pay creditors. The settlement also absolves the association of a $25 million judgment for damages Klauber won in a bankruptcy appeals court in 2012. Colony Lender LLC, the largest

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How many days worth of hearings has Judge May held since Klauber and the association announced the proposed settlement? Seven: Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 22, Nov. 25, Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Jan. 27.

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The Longboat Key Town Commission will discuss the fate of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort property and its buildings March 4. affected creditor in the case, has opposed the settlement because it isn’t included in the agreement.

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What is the status of the other litigation surrounding the Colony? May canceled Colony Lender’s scheduled foreclosure sale of resort assets in early December; Colony Lender appealed the decision. The association sued the town last month, seeking relief in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court from a town resolution that mandates the association increase the bond that the town can use to maintain the dilapidated property from $50,000 to $250,000. Judge Charles Williams has not yet ruled in that case.

Additionally, Sheldon and Carol Rabin, owners of two beachfront units, announced they could file an injunction in circuit court against the association, citing its failure to maintain existing buildings on the property.

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Will May’s ruling be the last word on the settlement? Not necessarily, because the parties can appeal. In fact, May told the parties in November that his rulings “will only be appealed” when urging them to reach a settlement.

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Who will be responsible for paying a settlement? The settlement will come from assessments that unit owners pay.

Why is the Longboat Key Town Commission holding a March 4 hearing about the Colony? In December, Town Manager Dave Bullock and Building Official Wayne Thorne told the commission that the buildings are a nuisance and a threat to the health and safety of the general public during a storm. The commission scheduled the hearing to review building-bybuilding evidence about whether each structure is a public nuisance and the town needs to take action through its code process to have the buildings demolished.

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What is the status of the property’s tourism use? The commission extended the property its third extension in December until April 30. Losing the grandfathered status would mean that the resort could lose its 134 nonconforming units. The commission considered making the demolition of Colony structures a condition of the extension but learned in December it couldn’t legally do so.

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Has the town ever drawn on the $50,000 bond the asso-

ciation originally posted? No, although Bullock told the commission the town “went right to the edge of it on at least one occasion.” Bullock’s original request was that the commission increase the bond from $50,000 to $100,000, but the commission opted to increase the required amount to $250,000 at a December workshop. The association argues in its petition for a writ of certiorari that “there was no competent substantial evidence indicating how the $250,000 was determined.”

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How many units does longtime unit owner Andy Adams now own? At least 60. Adams owns the units personally and through entities Colony Beach Investors and Breakpointe LLC. Colony Beach Investors purchased three of those units in 2014.

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Are trespassing and vandalism still a problem at the Colony? At press time, the last incident recorded in Longboat Key police reports occurred Jan. 21, when unknown individuals kicked the door of a unit open and broke fixtures and also made holes in the walls and doors. Longboat Key police released statistics for 2013 that revealed that vandalism and trespassing offenses rose 54% and 32% respectively in 2013 compared with a year ago — an increase Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming attributes to incidents at the Colony.

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Gans wants to keep serving in a new seat Commissioner Terry Gans believes the Urban Land Institute’s recommendations could jumpstart a town center concept. When At-large Commissioner Terry Gans switched races in November, he made it known he would rather run against challenger Ray Rajewski in the District 3 race than against challenger Armando Linde. On Nov. 13, Gans said he was preparing to seek re-election to his at-large seat when he read the e-edition of the Nov. 14 Longboat Observer. In a Nov. 14 story titled “ULI study: worth $133,816.35?”, Rajewski said there were two ways to answer the above question. “It was worth it, because we now understand we have almost a perfect island,” Rajewski said. “The recommendations they came up with for the most part are so farfetched I don’t know how you implement anything.”

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Gans wrote his master’s thesis on Bob Dylan. The thesis was published in 1982, making Gans a published author. He was paid for 200 copies. When Gans read those comments, he said he knew he wanted to run against Rajewski instead of Linde. “We need to have

open eyes, preserve what we have here and realize that some changes need to be made to stay a competitive premier community,” Gans said. “That’s why I switched races.” A Grand Bay resident since 2005, Gans said Longboat Key is the only place that “truly fits” for him and his wife. Gans said he wants to be re-elected to continue what he and his fellow commissioners are working on, including changes to the codes and Comprehensive Plan. “The only way we go downhill as an island is if we let ourselves go downhill,” Gans said. “Whether we want to be or not, we are in competition with other communities. The good get better and the bad get worse. We will be attractive only as long as we deserve to be.”

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Terry Gans is confident Longboat Key can continue to attract to future buyers if it changes its code and Comp Plan to allow for redevelopment.

QUESTION ANSWER with Terry Gans Was the ULI study worth $125,000? What has it accomplished so far? Whether it was $40 or $125,000 or $400,000, it is worth it if we take the important things they have shown light on and act on them. I don’t think they have told us anything we didn’t know already. You can have a Cadillac or the finest car in the world, but you still need a push if you’re stuck. I sense an excitement about the concept and the town because of the study. Do you support a town center concept for the Bay Isles area? How much of a player does the town need to be to make it happen? Yes. The ULI study has jumpstarted this town center idea. Whether it’s used for theater or music, I see a place for a small auditorium for people to congregate. The town can’t rule out buying property to create one or a town center concept. If the desire and necessity is there to accomplish this, it’s an avenue to consider if that’s the direction we want to go without levying extra charges on the taxpayers. What amenities should Bayfront Park Recreation Center offer? Do we need something better than the current recreation center? The town has a plan. The initial plan is to redo the recreation center. The town manager is working diligently with Sarasota County to continue and expand the park. I’m hopeful we will get working on that. It’s a good piece of land to make more enjoyable.

sort’s grandfathered tourism use for the third time. If you don’t see signs of progress before the current April 30 deadline, would you vote to extend the deadline again? It’s the cart-before-the-horse question. We have done a good job of yelling at attorneys and threatening the loss of tourism density. It served a purpose to some extent. Is there any more we can do as a town? I would like to see a tourism use on that property. If we know that’s what it is, why not say that’s what it is to attract investment and density? I think the ultimate thing we need to do is consider an overlay district there, which states what we want there. Is the town overstepping its boundaries by holding a hearing next month to consider tearing some of the buildings down? No. The question is if there’s a true public nuisance there. It’s a silly argument to say there’s no issue with those buildings. Neighboring properties are potentially threatened. We would be irresponsible if we didn’t address this. Do you support eliminating the Zoning Board of Adjustment? If so, how would you reassign the board’s duties? I’m not sure the history of why it was established. If we can get dedicated people to handle matters expeditiously, we wouldn’t have a problem. If we can’t get applicants and board members to show up, then there’s got to be another way.

Should the town pursue an offer from Sarasota County to take over emergency dispatch services? We are in our due diligence portion of that process. I want it to play out. We know how we want our needs addressed. Can we be assured the county will address our need for the snake-in-the-toilet calls and if our dispatch jobs will be protected and incorporated into the county? We’ll have to wait and see.

Now that all three town pension plans are frozen, how should the town address the plans’ unfunded liabilities? We have a good finance committee now that’s productive. One of the things that’s come out of that is we missed the bus on the bond market and it might be unpleasant, but we have to dedicate earmarked amounts from our budget to pay this off. If the bond market improves, maybe we can have a mix of annual earmarked funds and issuing bonds for a portion of it.

The commission voted in December to extend the Colony Beach & Tennis Re-

Town employee benefits: Do you think they’re too high, too low or about right?

They are not as generous as they were in the past. That’s not unique. I would like to give my kids everything I want, but I can’t afford it and the town is in the same position with taxpayer money. If you’re a good employer, you constantly evaluate your costs and your employee costs. Residents of the Longbeach Village and Country Club Shores disagreed strongly about the issue of boat and trailer parking. With that in mind, would you support the general concept of creating overlay districts so that restrictions could be made for certain communities without creating a town-wide ordinance? Where does it stop? On the boat and trailer issue, I was convinced it was a problem for a small segment. Country Club Shores wanted the town to address the issue. We heard loudly and clearly the Village was OK with boats and trailers. Overlay districts have to serve a purpose. When you have power to legislate, you have to be careful. It was a potential overuse of town power in that instance that wasn’t needed. What, if any role, should the town play in encouraging wireless carriers to improve their service on Longboat Key? The town has already taken a role. The town manager is moving on this and having conversations with carriers. What, if any role, should the town play in encouraging commercial development on the north end of the Key? The town created the overlay district up there. But you don’t have a single owner. I’m not overly impressed with the development of Whitney Plaza. I wish the owner the best, and the property looks better, but I’m concerned that he may not be successful. A traditional strip center is not the way to go. Right now, the property is in the hands of a business

owner who has the right to succeed or fail. Is the town heading in the right direction with its beach management plan? What kind of beach project do we need? I’m impatient and living in the real world. We were fully prepared to do a beach nourishment, but the cost to get a dredge got way too high. The idea of trucking sand may become more attractive. Protecting sand with sand that’s going to wash away won’t work. What, if any, changes should the town make to its codes and Comprehensive Plan? I’m in favor of making changes. People say the 1984 codes and Comp Plan served us well. I guess they did back then. But we have buildings that are 30 to 50 years old and are locked in to what they are today because they are nonconforming. We have to stop restricting uses just to the envelope of that property. Is the town operating as efficiently as it should be? If you’re doing the best you can, you’re kidding yourself. We have good leadership. We are down a lot of staff positions and things are going OK. We can always do better and re-examine what we’re doing constantly. If you could change any one thing about Longboat Key, what would it be and why? What’s your vision for the Key? I want Longboat Key to continue to be a premier balance of residential, tourism and just the proper amount of retail to serve those needs. We have to attract people. But we have to make sure we have what people want to buy our houses someday. That’s my ambition. To keep the things that make us great and attract new people while preserving a good balance for this island.


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Rajewski wants to preserve the Key and its codes District 3 commission challenger Ray Rajewski doesn’t think the town needs to change its codes or Comprehensive Plan. Bay Isles resident Ray Rajewski wants to attain a Longboat Key Town Commission seat to fight for what he believes. What he believes is Longboat Key’s codes and Comprehensive Plan have served the town well since 1984 and continue to serve the town RAY RAJEWSKI well. Rajewski, though, AGE: 69 says he’s not antiFORMER OCCUPATION: development or antiChief operating officer business. of television stations He points to Harry’s FAMILY: Divorced with Continental Kitchthree children and ens and Lazy Lobster seven grandchildren Longboat Key as examples of businesses HOMETOWN: Boston that have managed to HOBBIES: Golf, bicybe successful by procling and traveling viding value. He thinks the ColINTERESTING FACT: ony Beach & Tennis Rajewski served as Resort should have reexecutive vice presideveloped years ago, dent of CBS. although he’s not sure if the property needs to redevelop as a tourism property for the island to continue to be viable and support current businesses. “There’s plenty of tourists on the island without the Colony being open,” Rajewski said. Rajewski began visiting Longboat Key in 1983, at the invitation of a friend who had purchased a unit in Fairway Bay. He later purchased his home in the Bayou section of Bay Isles in 2004. “This is a wonderful place to live, and it needs to be preserved,” Rajewski said. “We have to be careful with our actions and preserve codes that have served us well.”

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District 3 commission candidate Ray Rajewski doesn’t necessarily think the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort property needs to stay a tourism use for the Key to maintain its vitality.

QUESTION ANSWER with Ray Rajewski ULI study: Was it worth $125,000? What has it accomplished so far? I thought the study was a good idea and I participated in it. But it didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. My opponent thinks it was worth it. I don’t. Do you support a town center concept for the Bay Isles area? How much of a player does the town need to be to make it happen? The whole concept of a town center and 30,000 square feet of retail is ridiculous. We don’t own the property. Who is going to build it? There’s a town center at Publix and it’s evolving. Publix built that plaza and is building a bank building across from it. We have banks, Town Hall, a library and Bicentennial Park. That’s our town center. The town shouldn’t play any role in a town center. We don’t own the land. What amenities should Bayfront Park Recreation Center offer? Do we need something better than the current recreation center? No. There’s a plan to explore cleaning up and preserving the rec center we have. It’s not high on my priority list to upgrade the park, but it’s on the list. The rec center building is fine the way it is. Should the town pursue an offer from Sarasota County to take over emergency dispatch services? Yes. They should consider it. Longboat Key residents are not willing to sacrifice the quality of dispatch services though. We need to get a consultant to develop the procedures we want to see in place if we outsource that service to Sarasota County. The commission voted in December to extend the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s grandfathered tourism

use for the third time. If you don’t see signs of progress before the current April 30 deadline, would you vote to extend the deadline again? It’s in the court’s hands. I don’t think we can do anything to pre-empt that. Given the town’s history on lawsuits, I wouldn’t risk threatening to remove tourism uses there. I sympathize with the people next door. It’s a great piece of property there. Something good will happen there eventually. It doesn’t matter if it stays a tourism unit though…I think we have enough tourism units. The Colony closed, the Holiday Inn is closed and traffic is still as terrible as ever. People are staying some place on the Key, and businesses we have are thriving in season. Is the town overstepping its boundaries by holding a hearing next month to consider tearing some of the buildings down? I think so. If there are 232 units and you start tearing down units, people are going to start suing. Do you support eliminating the Zoning Board of Adjustment? If so, how would you reassign the board’s duties? I don’t know. They don’t seem to be able to meet. Give the duties to a board that can handle it. Now that all three town pension plans are frozen, how should the town address the plans’ unfunded liabilities? I don’t think you take out a bond. Take out what you need from your budget to pay off what you can. But not the whole lump sum.

Town employee benefits: Do you think they’re too high, too low or about right? I don’t know the full benefit package. Free medical is pretty awesome. Salaries are good for a town this size, I know that. Residents of the Longbeach Village and Country Club Shores disagreed strongly about the issue of boat and trailer parking. With that in mind, would you support the general concept of creating overlay districts so that restrictions could be made for certain communities without creating a town-wide ordinance? Country Club Shores let their deeds and covenants expire and should put them back in place. This isn’t a town issue. What, if any role, should the town play in encouraging wireless carriers to improve their service on Longboat Key? I have Verizon, and I have never had a problem on the island. We shouldn’t be in the business of cell service, and I don’t think the town should get involved. What, if any role, should the town play in encouraging commercial development on the north

end of the Key? If property owners came to

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town with a proposal for mixed use, the town should look at it. There’s too much commercial space on the island. Is the town heading in the right direction with its beach management plan? What kind of beach project do we need? They have to do something on the north end. I don’t think we can wait for groins. They have to do something now or people are going to start losing homes. Why can’t we get the counties to help? What, if any, changes should the town make to its codes and Comprehensive Plan? ULI said change the whole thing. But the codes and Comp Plan have worked for 30 years. What doesn’t work is when someone wants to do something different. If someone has a specific change, it should be discussed. But a blanket change of codes doesn’t work. They have worked for 30 years and why change them? Is the town operating as efficiently as possible? I think town is operating fairly efficiently. We have cut back a number of positions. My only issue with budget is less than 15% of my real estate taxes go back to the town. Why don’t we start digging into where the money goes? Who is looking at where the other 85% goes? It’s a lot of money, and we should fight for some of it to come back here. If you could change any one thing about Longboat Key, what would it be and why? What’s your vision for the Key? Nothing. The Key is perfect the way it is. We just need to work to maintain what we have.


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School tax: Devoid of choice When parents decide where to live, they make choices. And more often than not, the school drives the choice. If a family doesn’t have the means to afford a private school, the parents search. They talk to other parents — at their church, their synagogue, their new place of employment. They research online. They inspect in person … in search of the best public school for their children. This is the power of choice. And this search for the right neighborhood with the right school shows the enormous, inherent hunger parents have for school choice. They want choices. And they want to be freed from an education system whose rulers — the state, legislators, school boards and, mostly, the unions — imprison teachers, students and families in chains of topdown, centralized, bureaucratic processes. Centralized schools that for decades have been costing more and delivering less, what “A Nation at Risk” called “the rising tide of mediocrity.” Choice. And freedom. And competition. These are the ingredients that are missing from the March 25 referendum in Sarasota County to extend for four more years a one-mill, local-option school property tax. To be sure, it is futile to present cogent and compelling arguments against this tax in Sarasota County. Voters overwhelmingly have approved and extended the tax three times. This fourth time will be no different. This is how it goes: With each referendum, Sarasota County Public School District officials and supporters of the tax and schools make the case that, in large part because of the tax ($45 million a year), Sarasota public schools can have more money than they otherwise would, allowing them to pay higher salaries to hire better teachers, which leads to better-performing students, which leads to Sarasota County having among the highestrated schools in Florida. In turn, this reinforces what Sarasota County’s voting retirees (more than 30% of the population) believe. They are products of what they remember as a successful public-school system. And though largely unaware of how political, intransigent and mediocre (at best) the “system” has become, they still believe funding public education to the greatest extent possible with their taxes is a civic duty and obligation and act of altruism. For them, the statewide test scores and “A” ratings give them prima facie proof that more money makes a difference. Add to all of that the analysis of independent consultants who say Sarasota public schools are among the best-run schools in Florida. It would take million-dollar embezzlements of school tax dollars to persuade voters to defeat the tax. So what if — even after the tax has generated more than $340 million for the school district since inception — math and reading scores in the district have barely moved up the trend line?

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What makes it difficult to refute the tax is what parents and voters don’t see. What they do see looks like it makes sense. When you look at how that $45 million is spent annually, it probably looks justified and well allocated. A sampling: • $10 million to continue funding the 30-minute longer school day; • $1.6 million to continue funding elementary science teachers; • $5.9 million for charter schools; • $3.3 million for guidance counselors and behavioral specialists; • $1.9 million for assistant principals in Title I elementary schools; • $4.7 million to continue funding a visual performing arts coordinator, Booker and North Port High performing arts technicians, gifted foreign language teachers, Young Marines program at Venice Middle, elementary school dance teachers; • $8.7 million to continue funding art and music teachers; • $2.1 million to continue funding tech-

WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE MEDIOCRE It’s the unions. To understand one of the impediments to innovation and improvements in education and the problems that arise from centralization and union control, you might take the time to read through the Sarasota County Public School District’s contract with the teachers’ union. Go to: 1. www.sarasotacountyschools.net/ 2. Click on “Human Resources” on the left side of the site. 3. Click on “Bargaining Agreements” on the left-side of the site. 4. Read them and weep. Unions rule; administrators do not.

nology support professionals. But here’s what the parents and voters don’t see: How that $45 million — or for that matter, the school district’s entire $470 million in total revenues — would be allocated if left in the hands of the consumers and customers to decide. How that $10,000 a year in tax dollars per student were to be applied to their children’s education if parents had the freedom to choose. Of course, the sheer notion of giving parents choice and vouchers and creating competition among the schools sends the system’s defenders into apoplexy. But if you step back from the educational forest and look at the overarching direction of education reform, choice is inexorable: • After Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, the city’s horrendous K-12 publicschool system had to be rebuilt. Today, more than 80% of its public-school students attend charter schools and the rest attend schools operated by the state-run “Recovery School District.” New Orleans no longer has traditional district schools. The results have been remarkable. Before Katrina, only 35% of New Orleans’ public school students passed state tests; now that figure is 60%. The graduation rate has climbed from 55% to more than 75%. • Today, more than 30% of American K-12 students do not attend their district’s public neighborhood school, according to Chester Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham

MONEY OR FEAR?

Rabbi Jonathan Katz of Temple Beth Israel last week in our letters to the editor advocated against a “go-slow” approach to developing a Longboat Key town center. “Why still momentum for something many feel has already been too long in coming?” Katz asked. We also loved his quote of architect Daniel Burnham: “Make no little plans. They have no magic Katz to stir men’s blood … Make big plans; aim high …” Hear, hear. And at the end, Katz asked the pertinent question: “At this point, is money the real issue, or fear?” It’s not fear. It’s money. And people. Three of the biggest differences between John Ringling and St. Armands Circle and a town center on Longboat Key are: 1) Ringling owned all of the land; 2) It was his vision; 3) And he controlled both — the vision and the land. If Longboat Key had one visionary owner for all of the property and that owner loved the idea for the community and not for the dollar, there would be no need to continue digging like a hedgehog. We would get a town center.

Foundation. Instead, they and their parents exercised the right to attend schools of their choice: public, private, and many a hybrid and variant.” Finn cited in a paper a dozen types of different school models that have surfaced in recent years, everything from your standard district public school to virtual schools to homeschoolng. • Today, there are more than 5,000 charter schools in America run by various civic, education, parent and business groups. • More than half of the states operate state-level virtual schools — Florida being one of the leaders. There also are about 200 “cyber charters” in 25 states with more than 100,000 students. This movement toward choice is unstoppable.

Technology: End of union power

And giving it even more momentum is technology. In his chapter in the book, “American Education in 2030,” Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, predicts in “A New Politics of Education” that technology will be “the single greatest force for school choice in the nation’s history: far surpassing the earlier movements for charters and vouchers, generating a vast array of attractive new options to regular public school classrooms — and causing students, money and jobs to flow out of these traditional union strongholds.” He foresees an explosion of online educational options — more private and public virtual schools and online charter schools catering to all children’s different needs. He predicts the rise of the “hybrid” school in which kids still “go to school” at a physical place and interact face-to-face with teachers and students and participate in art, music and sports. But they will take roughly 80% of their academic classes online. Teachers will no longer “have the job of teaching a standardized curriculum to classrooms of 30 kids; instead they [will have] a much more differentiated profession — some teaching online, some overseeing large numbers of kids in computer labs, some tutoring kids one-on-one … some in charge of software development, and on and on.” As technology rushes forward, Moe predicts, it will end the unions’ chokehold on education. Technology, Moe predicts, will generate “new data systems and sophisticated new methods of measuring performance, putting the spotlight on poor performance by schools and teachers, and stimulating powerful coalitions — particularly those speaking for disadvantaged kids in big urban districts — to rise up and oppose the unions for resisting productive change.”

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You can predict the coming titanic resistance to this monumental choice wave from Sarasota’s education establishment — the tradition-bound school board, administrators and unions. Especially the unions; they have jobs to protect. But they will lose. Choice and freedom and competition and technology will be more powerful. And that power, we predict, will make next month’s referendum the last of voters’ automatic renewal of the one-mill, localoption school tax. If the education establishment has the will to look to the future, it will begin shifting its way of operating — ratcheting down the teacher-seniority and jobprotection covenants in the bargaining agreements and embracing mechanisms that give school consumers greater choices and more control over how tax dollars are spent. We’re not going to advocate either for or against Sarasota County’s one-mill, fouryear school tax. To no surprise, it is earmarked to continue the centralized, unioncontrolled model of delivering education. If you’re happy with that, vote yes. If you’re not — and believe in more choice, send a message.


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Longboat Key Fire Rescue provides classes on automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10% reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life. Here on Longboat Key we have several condominiums and clubs that that have implemented an AED program. Also, all of the town facilities have AEDs, including the Longboat Key Publix Tennis Center, Longboat Key Town Hall, and the Public Safety Complex. To understand how AEDs work, it helps to understand how the heart works. The heart has an internal electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat. With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top of the heart

to the bottom. As the signal travels, it causes the heart to contract and pump blood. The process repeats with each new heartbeat. Problems with the electrical system can cause abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. Some arrhythmias can cause the heart to stop pumping blood to the body. These arrhythmias cause SCA. AEDs are lightweight, battery-operated, portable devices that are easy to use. Each unit comes with instructions, and the device will even give you voice prompts to let you know if and when you should send a shock to the heart. Learning how to use an AED and taking a CPR course are helpful. However, if trained personnel aren’t available, untrained people also can use an AED to help save someone’s life. You often find AEDs in places with many people, such as shopping malls, golf courses, businesses,

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ONLINE To learn about the signs of cardiac arrest and how to use an automated external defibrillator, visit YourObserver.com/AEDs. airports, airplanes, casinos, convention centers, hotels, sports venues and schools. You also can purchase a home-use AED. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are safe to use. There are no reports of AEDs harming bystanders or users. Also, there are no reports of AEDs delivering inappropriate shocks. If someone is having sudden cardiac arrest, using an AED and giving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can improve the person’s chance of survival. Longboat Key Fire Rescue provides CPR and AED classes and demonstrations either at your facility or at the fire station. Please contact Fire Chief Paul Dezzi at 941-316-1944 for more information. Paul Dezzi is chief of Longboat Key Fire Rescue.

Tranquility, Peace, Happiness

Dear Editor: I had to respond to Rabbi Jonathan Katz’s recent letter to the Longboat Observer concerning your editorial about a town center. Katz made the point that great vision is sometimes required to accomplish big things. He used Ringling’s building of St. Armands Circle as an example. Unfortunately, he neglected to mention that Ringling used private money in his enterprises. He took a financial risk, and it succeeded. Further, Katz’s notion that Ringling built St. Armands for its “social value” and “community asset” is naive at best. No, sir. Ringling built it to make money. And that’s just fine by me — his profit in no way diminishes the public benefit we obtained from his great vision. That’s how free enterprise works. Katz claims a town center is “generating a lot of inter-

est” and that “many feel (it) has been a long time coming.” Question: Is there a poll or other data with real numbers to support those statements? Perhaps you could publish (or republish) it? Lastly, if I understand him correctly, Katz is not talking about using private investment but public money — aka my money in an undertaking that may or may not result in success. If a town center is such a wonderful idea, surely some entrepreneur would be willing to take a risk — if Katz has someone in mind I’d willingly support that. Absent the far higher chance of success that comes with private interest rather than government taking the lead, I’m with you, dear editor. I want our revenues to continue to be as carefully husbanded by our town as in the past — in other words, I do not want them to ever forget that it’s not their money. M.S. Ellsworth Longboat Key

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12:06 p.m. — 600 block of Dream Island Road. Assist Other Agency. A man discovered his vacation home was listed for rent on Craigslist without his permission when a woman searching for a Longboat Key rental called him because she was suspicious that it was a scam. The man who claimed to be listing the unit provided her with the address of a home in St. Petersburg that belongs to a deceased individual and asked her to send a check by priority mail for $3,000. The woman did not send any money.

ROUGH RIDE 8:20 a.m. — Intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Tarawitt Drive. Rescue. The front wheel of a woman’s bicycle fell off the shoulder of the bike lane, causing her to fall. Another rider tried to avoid hitting her and fell off his bike. Firefighter/ paramedics treated the woman and released her and transported the man to a hospital because of a possible broken collarbone or arm.

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9:59 a.m. — 3500 block of Fair Oaks Lane. Public Service. A man hears a small dog across his canal barking throughout the day but does not know where the dog lives or who owns it. The man said it is annoying because he works from home. Police could not locate the barking dog.

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LOST AT SEA 2:02 p.m. — 600 block of Old Compass Road. Larceny From Boats. A GPS was stolen from a man’s boat. The man believes that suspect(s) stole the GPS in the last week and arrived by boat. Police obtained fingerprints and spoke to nearby residents, who said they did not see anything suspicious.

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8:18 p.m. — 1000 block of GMD. Traffic. A man reported two drivers were traveling at approximately 70 mph and nearly crashed. Police spoke to the driver of one vehicle, who said the other driver was swerving all over the road and was probably intoxicated. The driver said the other driver tried to pass him, but he refused to let him pass.

FEB. 15 LOST AND FOUND 10:10 a.m. — 600 block of Cedars Court East. Recovered Property. A woman found a black sweater and a wallet with a small amount of cash on a walkway in a condominium.

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PEACOCK GAME, ROUND TWO 11:38 a.m. — 500 block of Dream Island Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman with a French accent followed a couple to their condo three weeks earlier and said she wanted to follow them home because she crossed the white line on the road, and she was playing the “peacock game.” The woman asked them if they lived in the condo full-time. The couple thought the incident was strange but decided to report it when they read a Longboat Observer article about scams that mentioned a woman who claimed to be playing the “peacock game.”

FEB. 18 ARE YOU FOR REAL? 11:39 a.m. — 400 block of GMD. Assist Other Agency. Police helped customs agents who were searching for an individual for deportation at a restaurant. Prior to the officer’s arrival, the manager did not believe the agents were actual officers because of recent scams reported in the Longboat Observer. The agents found the information they were looking for and went to Sarasota to find the person.

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JAMIE UIHLEIN In 2004, Jamie Uihlein received a diagnosis that would change his life: tongue cancer. “I’ve never had a hot flash to my knowledge,” he says. “But when I found out I had cancer, I believe I had my first one. It was a real setback. I was frazzled, to say the least, and I just wanted to get on with the cure.” Uihlein immediately began scheduling radiation treatments, but at the advice of his family and friends, he decided instead to go to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is regarded as one of the leading cancer treatment centers in the country. He stayed in Houston for several months. The process was a hard time for his family, but Uihlein says it left him with a renewed sense of confidence. When he was declared cancer-free in 2009, he decided he wanted to do something special to give back, so he and his family created Polo Under the Palms, a fundraising event that benefits MD Anderson. “After treatment, the first thing I thought about was how

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by Robin Hartill | News Editor

Walters remembers stories behind the headlines Retired Longboat Observer Senior Editor Dora Walters spoke about the memorable people and events she covered during her career.

Dora Walters covered murders, interviewed former President Jimmy Carter and attended too many meetings and events to count. A crowd gathered to get the scoop from Walters about her biggest stories when she spoke Feb. 20 at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, to the Longboat Key Historical Society. But, before she spoke, she ordered the crowd to take a look at her dress. She got more than a few whistles. “I wore this dress when I had my first interview with Claire Hunter for a position at the Longboat Observer,” Walters said, drawing cheers from the audience. “Circa 1987.” Walters retired last year after a career in journalism that spanned more than six decades, including 26 years at the Longboat Observer. She spoke to the Historical Society about the stories that made headlines during her career, but many of her stories focused on the Key’s most memorable characters. The late Jim Durante, Walters said, was a “feisty New York attorney (and judge) who had an opinion on everything. You could tell where he sat at Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key meetings by the fresh bottle of ketchup on the table because Durante put ketchup

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Dora Walters wore the dress she wore for her first interview at the Longboat Observer. When she was hired, the newspaper operated out of a Gulf Bay Road house and used the bathroom as a dark room.

on his eggs, omelets, French toast and pancakes.” Joan M. Durante Park became a reality because of his $500,000 donation in honor of his late wife. One of the most memorable commissioners Walters encountered was the late Kit Fernald, a

dedicated conservationist who served as mayor and helped establish the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. She was the only woman on the commission at the time and could be good at manipulating. “Sometimes, I don’t think those boys even knew what was happening, but usually she got her way,” Walters said. Edith Barr Dunn, the former owner of Shenkel’s restaurant on the Key who is known for her Stetson hats, is about the same size as Walters and would sometimes stop at the Longboat Observer to give Walters some items after cleaning out her closet. “Edith had a penchant for bell bottoms and sequins, but I don’t have a penchant for them,” Walters said. “I made sure they got a good home.” Retired Longboat Key Police Chief Wayne McCammon — a “big bear of a man” with a booming voice who was the original author of the Observer’s Cops Corner — was a talented amateur actor. Both he and Walters acted together in a Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce production of “You Can’t Take it With You,” with Walters playing a Russian duchess working as a waitress and McCammon as the duke. Walters read novelist H. Terrell “Terry” Griffin’s first novel, “Longboat Blues,” before it was

published, after Griffin’s friend, He was critically injured when the late Miles Leavitt, plopped a his car collided with a tractor notebook that contained a draft trailer and became stuck underof the book in front of her at the neath it while he was driving to former Tiny’s of Longboat Key. a Kiwanis Club meeting early Griffin, who has now published one morning. He had planned a nine books, continues reunion of the 468th to name characters Bomb Group for after locals, like he did “Looking back, around that time. The in “Longboat Blues.” I can’t think of group still met for the Finally, in 2011, he reunion at the Colony anything else named a character in Beach & Tennis Re“Collateral Damage” sort, then boarded a I would have after Walters. to visit Edmundwanted to have bus “Don’t get too excitson at the hospital. done.” ed, the chapter is twoWhen Edmundson and-a-half pages,” — Retired Longboat entered the room, she said. Observer Senior Editor Walters said he was Dora Walters Florence Katz, a unrecognizable: His longtime Temple leg was in a splint, Beth Israel volunteer, and he was covered established a weekly luncheon with bandages and bruises. for homebound members who “Instantly, the minute he came could not get to the temple for into the room, every single one of events. She was recognized with those guys saluted and stood at the 2013 State of Florida Salute attention,” Walters said. “There to Senior Service Award and was was hardly a dry eye in the room.” honored Sunday at the temple. Walters finished her presentaWalters said Katz turned 98 in tion by updating the crowd on July and challenged the audience another Key character — herself. to guess how she celebrated. She is currently living with her “The day after her 98th birth- dog, Jake, in rural Georgia, where day, she got on the phone, called she does volunteer work for the Michael’s On East and reserved thrift shop of an organization that the ballroom for her 100th birth- gives Christmas gifts to children day,” Walters said. in need and also for the commuOne figure Walters admired nity theater. She also writes and was the late Gen. Jim Edmund- takes photographs for the local son, who served in the U.S. Air “underdog paper” on occasion. Force for 36 years that included But she remembers her career World War II, the Korean War and fondly. Vietnam War. His career includ“Looking back, I can’t think of ed 196 missions and nine plane anything else I would have wantcrashes. ed to have done,” Walters said.

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YOUR NEIGHBOR | Lucia Blinn After many successful years of producing advertisements and navigating life in big cities, Lucia Blinn decided it was time to write for a new client: herself. “I was writing commercials in New York Neighborhood: and in Chicago and Bayport Beach and my goal was always to Tennis Club write for myself when I retired,” Blinn said. “I Your neighbor didn’t know what that since: 2000 meant until I was invited to a poetry workshop and all these poems came marching out.” Blinn embraced her naturally creative spirit and talent for writing, transitioning from advertising to books of poetry and short stories brimming with wit, wisdom and life. At first, Blinn’s agents had trouble finding a publisher who liked both her stories and her writing style, but the poet never lost hope. “I kept writing and sharing my work,” Blinn said. “That’s a big part of what I do: writing and sharing. And you know, making people laugh and gasp. Not all my stuff is funny, but there’s humor in it. Even when I’m writing about the darkest issues, I leaven it with humor, and people respond to that. I’m having a fabulous career after the career.” Now, a decade after her first book, “Passing for Normal,” hit the shelves, Blinn is enjoying her success and the happiness this new venture brings. “This is a big, important, vital part of my life,” she said, smiling. “This is who really I am.” Her recently published fourth book, “Celadon,” is comprised entirely of poems and discusses more serious matters

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her generation faces. “I’m writing about an older time now, you know. My friends and I are crawling into a new stage of life and there are more and more issues facing us constantly. And I write about a lot of that.” “Celadon” is also unusual for Blinn in that it’s broken into neat categories: “Now,” “Then” and “Them.” The “Now” section focuses on issues presently being faced “right this minute” as Blinn puts it. “Then” is filled with topics of times past, and “Them” centers around people who have had an impact on her life. She continues to share her work at readings in Longboat Key and Chicago. Asked about the future, Blinn says there is no question it is full of poetry. “I’m always working, always writing … It’s a total joy for me,” she says. “I’ve been writing, well, forever, and I count that among my greatest blessings.” —Kelsey Grau

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TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY NOTICE OF QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 4, 2014, BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M. AND IF NOT COMPLETED BY 1:00 P.M. MAY BE CONTINUED TO A TIME AND PLACE AS DETERMINED BY THE TOWN COMMISSION DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING. THE HEARING SHALL BEGIN AT TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL, 567 BAY ISLES ROAD, LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA Notice is hereby given that the Longboat Key Town Commission will hold a quasijudicial public hearing to determine whether structures and buildings at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Florida 34228, are a public nuisance. The public hearing will be held on March 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, and will recess at 1:00 p.m. if not completed. The quasi-judicial public hearing may be reconvened, if necessary, on March 5, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, or as otherwise determined by the Town Commission during the public hearing. The hearing may be further continued as necessary. On March 4, 2014, the public hearing will take place at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida. Any continuance of the public hearing shall be to a date, time, and location, as determined by the Town Commission during the public hearing. The conditions of the buildings and structures that are alleged to constitute a public nuisance are defined in the Town of Longboat Key Code of Ordinances, Section 150.22, Procedure for buildings which are nuisances, Subsection (A), Unsafe Conditions, as related to the conditions of concrete (A)(2), Aluminum (A)(3), Masonry (A)(4), Steel (A)(5), and Wood (A)(6). In general terms the conditions include, but are not limited to, defects of exterior construction materials, deterioration of exterior construction materials, failing or detached connections, and deterioration of supports. The buildings and structures at 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive alleged to constitute a public nuisance are all the buildings and structures within the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, and commonly known as Beach Units, Lanais, Restaurant/Bar Complex, Vagabond, Beachcomber, Castaways, Mid-Rise (High-Rise, Clubhouse), Villa Building 1, Villa Building 2, Villa Building 3, Villa Building 4, Villa Building 5, Villa Building 6, Villa Building 7, Villa Building 8, Villa Building 9, Villa Building 10, Villa Building 11, Villa Building 12, Villa Building 13, Villa Building 14, Villa Building 15, Villa Building 16, Villa Building 17, Villa Building 18, Maintenance Building, Guard House, Sales and Marketing (Executive Office), Conference Center including Aerobics Center, Housekeeping including Flower Shop, Purchasing and Receiving, Accounting and Human Resources. Exhibit A is provided for additional reference. Pursuant to Section 150.22(G) of the Town of Longboat Key Code of Ordinances, the property owner shall be allowed to present testimony and evidence showing that the conditions do not constitute a nuisance. The Owner of the premises may appear either in person or by attorney. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to whether the buildings and structures are a public nuisance. Copies of the Building Official Report and related material may be viewed at the Office of the Town Clerk, 501 Bay Isles Road, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, prior to the public hearing or by visiting the Town’s website at www.longboatkey.org. Subsequent documents regarding this issue may arrive at the Town Clerk’s Office and appear on the website on a daily basis. No verbatim record by a certified court reporter is made of these proceedings. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at these proceedings upon which any appeal is to be based (see Section 286.0105, F.S.). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in advance of this proceeding. If you are hearing impaired please call 941-373-7002

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Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation Rock & Roll Gala — takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Performing artists are Rick Derringer, Larry Crane, Stormbringer and Dave “Bucket” Colwell. Tickets are $175 and include dinner and drinks. Call 365-4191.

Rotary Club of Sarasota — meets at noon at Marina Jack Restaurant, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Membership and weekly meetings are by invitation only. For more information, call 3021567 or email dpilston@excite.com.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Tavern & Whiskey Bar. The Rev. Vincent Carroll, pastor of Longboat Island Chapel, will speak. Cost is $10 and includes a breakfast buffet. Call Donna at 388-2847. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Open House — takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the chamber’s new office in the Centre Shops, 5390 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 102. The public is invited to check out the new location. Call 383-2466. 92nd Street Y Broadcast — begins at 8:15 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. The temple will host the broadcast of “LIVE” from New York’s 92nd Street Y. War correspondent Peter Arnett, veteran combat reporter Kimberly Dozier and author Pete Hamill will discuss well-known AP images of Vietnam. For information, visit tbi-lbk.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 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

Masquerade: Mardi Gras St. Armands Style What: The Fat Tuesday fun begins with a Mardi Gras strut around the Circle, led by the Dixieland band Joe Bruno’s New Orleans Hot Dogs, the Mardi Gras king, St. Armands “celebrities” and the Sailor Circus. Entertainment will continue on the Circle throughout the evening with face painting, tarot card readers, palm readers, jugglers, musicians and a healthy helping of restaurant specials. Call 388-1554. When: 6 p.m. March 4 Where: St. Armands Circle features four homes and one garden. The event raises money for the Garden Club’s scholarships, grants and educational programs. Tickets are $25. Contact Jackie Salvino at jandjsalvino@gmail.com. Community Juried Exhibition Opening — takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College & Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S. The exhibition is open to all artists in the region and runs through March 27. RSVP is required for the reception. Call 383-2345.

Sarasota Wildlife Art Show and Symposium — takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway. The two-day festival features a wildlife-inspired exhibition by more than 40 artists and a symposium of wildlife experts. Cost is $5; free for children under 12. The event benefits Save Our Seabirds and Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation. Call 840-1193.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Show — takes place at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 4, at Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Stadium, 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway. The live water ski show is free. Call 3881666.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 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 teach this free class. Call 383-8161. Mote Marine Laboratory Special Lecture Series — begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Kevan Main, manager for the Marine & Freshwater

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Longboat Key Government Community Open House — takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Longboat Key Public Safety Complex, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The event will include free document shredding, blood pressure screenings and wellness demonstrations from firefighter/paramedics, information about the budget, water conservation and Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, website demonstration, a chance to inspect town emergency equipment and vehicles and more. Call 316-1999.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Longboat Key Democratic Club — meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3000 Harbourside Drive. Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant will discuss “The Challenges of the 2014 Election Cycle.” Cost is $25. Reservations are required by March 6. Call Murray Blueglass at 383-4899.

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Chapel transforms garden into Downton Abbey grounds On Feb. 19, Longboat Island Chapel hosted a high tea inspired by the popular TV show “Downton Abbey.” Attendees donned period-themed attire and jewelry, and topped off their outfits with extravagant hats.

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+ Longboat ladies share Simmons College connection When the Simmons College Club of Southwest Florida held its winter meeting Feb. 14 at the Polo Grill & Bar, in Lakewood Ranch, at least nine Longboat Key residents were in attendance, including current club President Marion Levine and past President Bobbie Banan. Simmons College assistant professor Saher Selod spoke about “Collateral Damage: The De-Americanization of Courtesy photos Muslim Americans After 9/11.” The club has established an endowed scholarship for a student living in Florida. For scholarship information, contact Levine at harbourkey@aol.com.

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church held a parish golf outing Sunday at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside course. After playing 18 holes, the 106 golfers met in the dining room for dinner, prizes and the announcement of the winning team. In first place were Joe Bertazon, Mike Betazon, Frank Carpin and Al Feczko. Jim and Donna Pettinato and Nick and Diane Scandale won second place.

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After Robby Self closed the Longbeach Chevron in 2007, some residents went the distance, driving their cars to his Palmetto maintenance shop. Now, residents can save on time and gas and still take their cars to the longtime mechanic who operated on the Key for 17 years. Self now operates Grooms Motors & Automotive, at 5608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, where he provides auto repair and maintenance. Call 896-7898.

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+ Windward Bay residents have birds on the brain during Celery Fields trip Windward Bay resident Mark Davis, an Audubon-certified naturalist, recently used his eagle eyes to lead his neighbors on a birding trip to the Celery Fields, where he serves as a docent at the boardwalk. On Feb. 10, Davis led a group of approximately 10 residents on a two-hour tour, during which they spotted 26 species. They ended their morning by spotting approximately 15 roseate spoonbills flying over the water at eye-level and dazzling in the sunlight.

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3060 Grand Bay Blvd., #136

7038 Hawks Harbor Cir.

1015 Bogey Ln.

3060 Grand Bay Blvd., #121

1902 Harbour Links Cir., #16

511 Bowsprit Ln.

3030 Grand Bay Blvd., #324

2729 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #11

3080 Grand Bay Blvd., #542

1135 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #405

1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr., #303

1701 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #602

Light and open 4BR/4BA home situated directly on Sarasota’s bay front, 2-car garage, boat dock and lift. List price: $1,349,000 Website: www.3436MistletoeLane.com

Lido beach’s premiere Beach Residences community offers this lovely villa. Includes Ritz Members Club membership. List price: $1,095,000 Website: www.BeachResidences303.com

3613 Fair Oaks Pl.

4 Winslow Pl.

1701 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #402

384 Bunker Hill

5201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #103

Direct Gulf views, stunning sunsets, wraparound terrace from this 3BR/2½BA residence. List price: $1,299,000 Website: www.585Sanctuary304.com 4BR-plus-den newer home with views down the canal out to the bay. List price: $1,695,000 Website: www.1015BogeyLane.com Custom-built, newer 4BR/3½BA waterfront home situated on an oversized lot. Offers open layout, wonderful views, boat lift, newer seawall. List price: $1,095,000 Website: www.511BowspritLane.com

4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #MH2

Villa on the Beach! Rarely available 2BR beachfront Manor Home. Recently updated. Enjoy the beach just steps away. List price: $1,495,000 Website: www.PelicanHarbourMH2.com

3436 Mistletoe Ln.

2BR+den/2BA lake front home offers open pool deck and charming views. 2-car garage. Private beach access. List price: $899,000 Website: www.3613FairOaksPlace.com

3040 Grand Bay Blvd., #263

Beautifully upgraded 2BR/3½BA Cayman. Media room, wine storage, cook’s kitchen and custom features throughout. List price: $1,575,000 Website: www.GrandBay263.com

3030 Grand Bay Blvd., #361

Excellent Antigua with striking views, wraparound terrace and private beach access. List price: $1,395,000 Website: www.GrandBay361.com

Enjoy wonderful southern views from this 3BR/3½BA Antigua. Spacious layout, wraparound terrace. List price: $1,299,000 Website: www.GrandBay136.com Rarely-available 3BR/3½BA Antigua plan offers beautiful panoramic views at every turn. List price: $1,200,000 Website: www.GrandBay121.com Enjoy views of Sarasota’s bay, downtown and the marina from this 3BR/3½BA Cayman in Building III. List price: $999,000 Website: www.GrandBay324.com 2BR/2BA, 4th floor, Bimini abounds in custom details and views of the bay, golf course and downtown. Furnished. List price: $679,000 Website: www.GrandBay542.com

Charming, open 3BR/2BA bay front home in this secluded community. List price: $1,095,000 Website: www.FourWinslowPlace.com Beautiful, upgraded 4BR/3½BA home. A cook’s kitchen, formal living/dining rooms, custom details throughout. List price: $999,000 Website: www.384BunkerHill.com

The epitome of luxury living rests in this private island, almost 2-acres on the open bay. List price: $1,990,000 Website: www.7038HawksHarborCircle.com Secluded 3BR/3½BA villa. Private cabana. Two-car garage. Access to Bay Isles Beach Club. List price: $699,000 Website: www.EmeraldPointeSouth16.com Walk out to the beach in your “backyard.” 2BR/2BA ideal retreat or rental. Furnished. List price: $660,000 Website: www.LongboatBeachcomber11.com Gulf views welcome you in this 2BR/2BA, 6th-floor residence offering a beachfront terrace. Includes one covered parking space. List price: $760,000 Website: www.Beachplace2405.com Gulf views welcome you in this 2BR/2BA, 6th-floor residence offering a beachfront terrace, porcelain tile throughout. List price: $649,000 Website: www.AquariusClub602.com Wonderful 2BR/2BA beach getaway. You will adore Gulf sunsets from the terrace. List price: $575,000 Website: www.AquariusClub402.com The pristine shores of the Gulf are just steps away from this furnished 2BR/2BA residence in a quaint community. List price: $599,000 Website: www.GulfFrontCondo103.com

7890 Esperanza Cir.

Splendid Arthur Rutenburg lake front 3BR/4½BA home features a brand new kitchen and wonderful pool deck. List price: $749,900 Website: www.7890EsperanzaCircle.com

Roger has teamed with Coldwell Banker Previews to offer his listings the highest level of luxury marketing. This combination brings together Roger as the top-selling Realtor in Sarasota with Coldwell Banker Previews which is the top-selling real estate company in the world. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate owned and operated by NRT, LLC.

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by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle with Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby and his wife, Sharon Mote senior scientist Kim Ritchie, staff scientist Emily Hall, senior scientist Cathy Walsh and postdoctoral fellow Erinn Muller

Janet Ginn and Jennifer Vigne

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Giving Circle kicked off Friday with Tea for the Sea at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Dining Room. While enjoying high tea, attendees learned about the research leading female scientists are conducting at Mote and the women who founded it, Eugenie Clark and Anne Vanderbilt. All proceeds from the event benefit Mote’s research, education and outreach.

Cheryl Viera and Lynn Rosen

Photos by Kelsey Grau

Sally Trout, Kimberly Carreiro and Libby Dayani

RETURN TO THE RED SEA

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Mote founder Eugenie Clark and Rachel Dreyer

Before Eugenie Clark founded Mote Marine Laboratory, she studied fishes in the Red Sea. Clark will celebrate her 92nd birthday with a trip to the Red Sea from April 29 through May 6; the trip is open to the public. Participants will dive reefs in Israel and Jordan with more than 2,500 species of marine life and explore landscapes and cultures at some of the world’s most historic places. Cost is $5,295 per person based on double occupancy and an expected group of 20 participants. Single occupancy requires a $1,200 supplement. Cost per person will vary if there are fewer than 20 participants. RSVP is required by Feb. 28. Contact Becky Wilson at 388-4441, Ext. 348, or email bwilson@mote.org.

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Brandy Coffey

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

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

162 OSPREY POINT Private and exclu-

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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

BRANCHING OUT. Longboat residents Ed and Terry Kolodzieski read their Longboat Observer at the roots of a towering tree while at the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in Peru.

SRQ AIRPORT is the proud sponsor of the 2014 “It’s Read Everywhere” contest.

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

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

290 N WASHINGTON “Gioiello Sull Baia”

5582 SIESTA ESTATES, SIESTA KEY

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!

$5,990,900

4200 RIVERVIEW BLVD Over 1 acre on exclusive Riverview Blvd. 7600 sq ft 5 bed.+bonus room, in-law suite, boat dock, and spacious pool area with bar overlooking 300’ of frontage on the Manatee River, providing striking panoramic views of the Manatee River!

$2,990,000

941.383.5577 www.WagnerRealty.com

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

TROPICAL PARADISE ON BRADENTON BEACH Great income investment. Brand new furnishings. Pet friendly. Private beach access just steps away. Onsite cafe & gift shop. Daily rates available. $259,000 Mary Moore & Dia Wilson #M5835837

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

BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED TOWNHOUSE with 2 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, eat-in kitchen, LR w/ fireplace, 1 car gar. w/parking for 2 cars. Com. pool, tennis, exercise room and deeded beach access. $389,000 Margot Robinson #A3992563

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

$1,225,000

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. $1,579,900

22 S. Links Ave., Suite #204 Sarasota, FL 34236

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BIRD KEY - Sprawling Waterfront Estate with spectacular water views and breathtaking sunsets! Situated on an oversized lot, this contemporary masterpiece offers over 6,000 square feet of indoor living space! $2,875,000

941.387.1803

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SPICE BAY - Jewel Box construction on Siesta Key! British West Indies Antigua floor plan features 3BR/3.5BA, courtyard and pool. Builders - Perrone Construction. $2,200,000

At The Chart House on Longboat Key Broker/Associate, CRB, CRS, GRI Previews International Property Specialist Legends Society Involved Citizen: Sarasota Opera, SPARCC, Make-a-Wish, Meals on Wheels, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Breast Cancer Awareness

Global MarketinG: NYtimes.com Birdkeynews.com Coldwellbanker.com Worldproperties.com Trulia.com LynneKoy.com Rightmoves.com Greatwaterfrontliving.com Realtor.com Zillow.com

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS - 3BR/3BA Penthouse with BIRD KEY - 4BD/4.5BA Waterfront Estate with views breathtaking Gulf, Bay and City Views! $1,949,000 of the Bay and Siesta Key. Remodel or tear down and build new! $1,725,000

BAY ISLES - Fantastic lot available in Bay Isles, situated BAY ISLES - Gorgeous 3600+ sq ft custom home at the end of the canal with views into Sarasota Bay. located on golf course and lagoon. 3BD/3BA/2CG. $1,325,000 $1,395,000

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GRAND BAY - Panoramic views of the Bay, ICW, and LIDO BEACH - Canal front undeveloped lot - 12,785 golf course. Cayman floor plan - 2BR/2.5BA/den. sq. ft. and 75 ft. of waterfront! One block to Lido $1,299,000 Beach! $1,200,000

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REPORT CARD FOR 2013: 37.5 MILLION IN SALES VOLUME THANK YOU TO MY LOYAL CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Grande Dame of Real Estate 39 Years of Experience

Advising, Buying, and Selling with a Personal Touch! 941.284.7373 annetterogers@michaelsaunders.com

Michael Saunders & Company, 94064

Kendall Smith and his wife, Rear Commodore Lynn Smith, with Vice Commodore Martha Schantz and her husband, Curtiss

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

Bonnie McIntyre and Bill Noonan

Bird Key Yacht Club celebrates installation of new officers Bird Key Yacht Club held its annual Change of Watch Saturday, during which Lee Peakes succeeded David Powell as the

club’s commodore. After the installation of 2014 officers, attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner.

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 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 BOBBIE BANAN, REALTOR® 356-2659 • 383-2659

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Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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

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Dee Kropf and Barbara Chalson

Jan Peakes and her husband, Commodore Lee Peakes, with past Commodore David Powell and his wife, Marilyn

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.

Infinity Longboat Key | 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive | Longboat Key, FL 34228 | InfinityLBK.com | information@InfinityLBK.com | 941.744.7441 ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECT STATING REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS BY THE DEVELOPER, MAKE REFERENCE TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTE, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE.

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Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 GailWittig@michaelsaunders.com

• Leading Specialists at The Resort at Longboat Key Club • 67+ Years of Combined Real Estate Sales Experience • Team Sales Exceed A Quarter Billion Since 2005 • Top Sales Team for 4th Consecutive Year Michael Saunders & Company, Longboat Key

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240 Sands Point Road #4605/06 | Longboat Key | $1,150,000

The bowling teams of Bird Key Yacht Club and Sarasota Yacht Club gathered for their annual Bowl Off Banquet Feb. 18 at Sarasota Yacht Club. This year, Sarasota Yacht Club took back the trophy, after its team defeated the Bird Key bowlers 7,172-6,756.

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210 Sands Point Road #2702 | Longboat Key | $995,000

Margaret Ward, Doug Mampe, Debbie Duncan, Ron Ward, Mary Jean Mampe and Jeff and Jane Johnson hold the trophy.

749 Freeling Drive | Siesta Key |$3,600,000

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Dinner celebrates annual David Leffel workshop On Feb. 20, Adrian and Nancy Smith hosted a dinner for artists at their Gulfside home. The party celebrated master painter David Leffel’s annual Renaissance workshop at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design.

The Orchid Beach Club Mary Lou Johnson, Nancy Smith and Carol Raskin

Sarasota’s finest luxury residence with breathtaking City, Bay & Gulf views, soaring ceilings, world - class amenities, a Gulf front heated pool & spa, and even has a dog run. A short walk to St. Armands and a short drive to downtown. From 2950 sf to 6,000 sf under air starting from $1,995,000 to $5,995,000

Quite Simply … the Very Best Beachfront

Longboat Key Center for the Arts Executive Director Jane Buckman and Katherine Smith

Karen Geck, Carol Nicolai and Toni Maloney

My Realty Company 438A St. Armands Circle

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Louise Minges and Helen Chan

Mayor Jim Brown, Adrian Smith, Penny Diamond and David Leffel

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For Buyers & Sellers

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First floor condo with a view of the Gulf! $260,000

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

Anna Maria

$1,250,000

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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Penthouse Level condo with a view of the Bay! $299,000

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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OUR HOUSE AT BEACH

$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 G

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$399,000

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

$499,999

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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the finest services of real estate Betsy Sublette, Assistant 941.284.8483

Daniel Volz, Assistant 941.893.3757

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.

BAY ISLES – LONGBOAT KEY

$3,995,000

BAY ISLES – LONGBOAT KEY

$3,795,000

HOLMES BEACH

$2,750,000

HUDSON CROSSING – SARASOTA $1,791,000

MARINA BAY – LONGBOAT KEY

$1,249,000

JAMAICA ROYALE – SIESTA KEY

$1,095,000

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

Exquisitely finished and furnished 3 bedroom residence with 2-car garage, boat dock, cabana and tranquil water views.

$1,095,000

Gracious 5,300 SF pool home in Silver Oak 4 en-suite bedrooms, 3-car garage and complete privacy.

The essence of gracious waterfront living! Five bedroom home with pool, media room, in-law suite and protected boating.

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

$645,000

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

Elevated 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home on 2 Gulf beach lots Magical water views.

A Class Act on the Beach. Beautifully finished and completely updated to amazing standards. Sweeping Gulf views.

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The Plaza at Five Points | 50 Central Avenue | Suite 110 | Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941.308.6554 Cheryl.Loeffler@sothebysrealty.com | CherylLoeffler.com 134780

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

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by Robin Hartill | News Editor

Waterfront 7 Realty opens in Mediterranean Plaza Longtime Longboat Key agent Pam Hagan recently opened the independent brokerage with five agents. In the 31 years that Pam Hagan has worked on the Key, she has earned the nickname “Miss Waterfront.” She began her career with Arvida in 1981 doing timeshare sales on Lido Key, then moved to the company’s Longboat Key office in 1983. She became a licensed broker in 1985 and has worked for various companies on the Key. On Dec. 1, Hagan opened her own brokerage firm, Waterfront 7 Realty, in Mediterranean Plaza. It’s an independent brokerage that aims to offer boutique services and deal directly with owners and agents. Currently, the firm has five agents and a sixth agent who is in the process of earning her license. Pat Benak is director of operations. “We’re not going to try to be a big firm,” Hagan said. “We’re going to be the best at what we do, not the biggest.” Hagan said one of her taglines is “putting the handshake back in the deal.” Although Longboat Key is Hagan’s niche, the firm will also serve communities throughout the Sarasota area, and Hagan is focused on finding agents who have their own niche. Hagan is chairwoman of this year’s Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour and is active in Selah Freedom and Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast.

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by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

St. Armands Circle Association discusses upcoming events On Feb. 18, Steve and Carol Lawson hosted the St. Armands Circle Association February General Membership Meeting at their business, St. Armands Travel. The meeting is a monthly opportunity for association business owners and professionals to meet, network and discuss Circle happenings.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

L’Ambiance condominium sells for $2.5 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14. A condominium in L’Ambiance at Longboat Key Club tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Barbara DePaul, trustee, sold the Unit A-201 condominium at 415 L’Ambiance Drive to Maurice and Carolyn Cunniffe, of Greenwich, Conn., for $2.5 million. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths and 3,220 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.9 million in 2012.

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J. Donald and Sarah Morris, of Gainsville, Va., sold their Unit 166 condominium at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd. to Charles and Deirdre Schueppert, of Kent, England, for $1,395,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths and 2,781 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.1 million in 2000.

N.Y., for $725,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,503 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 1998.

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M&T Bank sold the Unit M2-115 condominium at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Steven Micheletti and Kimberly Matuck, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., for $385,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,076 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $580,000 in 2007.

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Ernest Enhorning and Corinne Townsend sold their Unit 108 condominium at 4350 Chatham Drive to Patricia Martini and Ciro Amato, of Califon, N.J., for $231,000. Built in 1969, it has one bedroom, one bath and 1,092 square feet of living area.

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Silvana Nandin and Antonia Gilberti, of Sarasota, sold their home at 561 Gunwale Lane to James and Marina Farr, of Longboat Key, for $1,342,500. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,506 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,182,500 in 2006. James McIntosh, trustee, of Mason, Ohio, sold the Unit 6-E condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Peter and Helga Biggs, trustee, of Winchester, Mass., for $785,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $520,000 in 2011.

Elizabeth Neupert, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 21 condominium at 535 Forest Way to Patrick and Mary Kondrat, of Longboat Key, for $215,000. Built in 1990, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,440 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $322,500 in 2004.

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Buckswild Properties LLC sold the Unit 307 condominium at 1770 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Diana Garcia, of Sarasota, for $500,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,207 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $410,000 in 2011.

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Lenore Asher, of Dedham, Mass., sold the Unit 404 condominium at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Judy Lighter, of Port Washington,

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Unit A-201 at L’Ambiance has three bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths and 3,220 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.5 million.

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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 Feb. 14 through Feb. 20, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit 6600 Bayou Hammock Single family Road home New single 830 Tarawitt Drive family home Alteration 3681 Bayou Circle 4835 GMD Kitchen alteration 560 Yardarm Lane Lift, seawall and dock 739 St. Judes Drive S. Alteration 551 Bowsprit Lane Seawall 3271 Bayou Road Pool 4825 GMD Alteration 6550 Bayou Dock Hammock Road 2339 Harbour Oaks Drive Deck screen enclosure 685 Spanish Drive N. Windows 690 Spanish Drive S. Windows 3740 GMD Alteration Alteration 380 North Shore Road 2252 Harbour Court Drive Window replacement

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2307 Cass St #A3985230 $289,900 Brigitte Von Kessel

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2525 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 4B #A3993027 $649,000 Tom Delaney

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HEALTHCALENDAR

opportunity to discuss issues related to personal and/or health concerns; give and receive emotional, spiritual and practical support; and exchange information in a confidential setting. Call 383-6491.

Dr. Joel Schwartz, a psychiatrist and board-certified psychoanalyst, will discuss the physical and emotional benefits of humor. Cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Call 383-8811.

All Angels by the Sea Longevity Journey Series — begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 26, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Liz Cupo, a mental health therapist, will speak on “The Psychologies of Growing Older and Living Longer.” Call 383-8161.

‘Laugh and Live Longer’ Lecture — takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. March 4, at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 212.

Shifting Sands Support Group — meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The group provides an

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Screenings are offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. daily, at Longboat Key Fire Rescue, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. On occasion, personnel may not be available to provide the service if they are out on a fire/rescue call. Call 316-1944.

Tai Chi Class — takes place at 10 a.m. Fridays through March 28, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Call 383-8161. Transitions Support Group — meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The group is free and open to individuals in the community who are experiencing changes in their lives. Call 383-8161.

ON THE

Community Cancer Support Group — meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The group welcomes cancer patients, long-term survivors and caregivers. Call 383-8192.

‘Marvelous Mind Games’ Workshop — takes place from 1:28 to 4:28 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Nick Kovalakides, a retired Marine Corps captain, will lead the workshop that is meant to enhance brain power.

To submit a listing for next month’s health calendar, email Kelsey Grau at kgrau@yourobserver.com by 5 p.m. March 13. Please include the time, date, location, cost and any other relevant information.

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Hannerle Moore • 941-387-7300 Michael Saunders & Company

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2069 HARBOUR LINKS DR, LBK $996,000 Emerald Pointe North. Coveted Bay Isles location & cherished privacy. Pool home, w/2,767 sq ft offers sophisticated details throughout. MLS A3992294

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FAIRWAY BAY TOWNHOUSE $389,000 2BR/2.5BA Living room fireplace, vaulted ceiling w/skylights, 1 car garage, heated pool, spa, tennis, clubhouse. Deeded Beach access. MLS A3992563

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REALTORS INVITED! NON MLS $347,800 Bay Club at Terra Ceia Bay! 3% Seller Paid Commission! 3Br/2BA+Den, 2120sf. Spectacular waterfront and sunset views! Low HOA fees. Views! Value!

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RESORT AT LBK CLUB $334,000 Own a Club Suite, gulf to bay, unabashed luxury, soothing sanctuary, toes in the sand, wind in your hair, yoga on the shore, income! MLS A3985969

Hannerle Moore • 941-387-7300 Michael Saunders & Company

Hannerle Moore • 941-387-7300 Michael Saunders & Company

Hannerle Moore • 941-387-7300 Michael Saunders & Company

Hannerle Moore • 941-387-7300 Michael Saunders & Company

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WATERFRONT BIRD KEY HOME $1,525,000 Beautiful Bird Key home w/121’ of seawall w/room for multiple boats. The classic interior includes 3,173 sq. ft. www.hannerle.com MLS A3991516

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LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS $1,495,000 Direct beachfront w/3 bedrooms & 2,593 sq. ft. This condo has walls of windows, crown moldings & builtins www.longboatlife.com for info. MLS A3987049

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GORGEOUS BAYOU $1,195,000 Overlooking Crane’s Bayou & Buttonwood Bay w/deep sailboat water, this 2-story, 4BR home is a boater’s paradise www.longboatlife.com MLS A3981543

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BEAUTIFUL BAYOU HOME $1,049,000 Remodeled w/new kitchen, baths & volume ceilings. Perfect for entertaining w/paver lanai & private pool area. www.longboatlife.com. MLS A3990373

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BRILLIANT CONTEMPORARY! $3,795,000 Mansion on acre bayfront with guest house located in the heart of Sarasota. Designed by award winning architect. 8011 Longbay Blvd. MLS A3964509

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PANORAMIC SKYLINE VIEWS! $1,855,000 Prestigious Lido Shores ~ 462 Bowdoin Circle. Build your waterfront dream home or live in existing home in world class St. Armands. MLS A3934801

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LBK 1,649,000 Waterfront w/ boat dock.Built 2005, it’s lowest priced home built after 2001 w/4000+ SF on deep water canal in south Country Club Shores. MLS A3980172


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ItemsUnder Under $200 $200 For Items ForSale Sale 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 BABY CRADLE: Antique Solid Wood, from England. Excellent Condition, $185.00. Call 941-383-1210. BEACH BIKES; 1 man's, 1 woman's. Good condition. $199. Call 941-993-8123. CAR TOP luggage carrier. $50 or best offer. 248-672-1646. GLASS TABLE: white wicker, 18”x48”x32”, $50. Exerciser: Pro Form, $50. 941-383-2269. TELESCOPE: 941-383-2444.

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

Boat Slips Slips For Rent/Sale Boat Rent/Sale 60’ BOAT Slip for Sale. Longboat Key Moorings. Slip H-12, prime location outside the restaurant. 713-552-1101, 713-725-3453. LBK MOORINGS: 73ft. Boat Slip $165,000. Easy in and out, unobstructed bay view, water, cable, wireless included. Owner Financing. Other slips available 45ft. to 194ft, from $1,274 per ft. Bettie R. Perry, Broker/Owner. Associated Realty LBK. 941-961-0372 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 Very well. Most within a couple of weeks. Let’s talk about selling yours. “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 UNIQUE, ERGONOMIC friendly Kayaks. www.wavewalk.com. Kayaks are now available on the Keys. Call Tom or Ari for your free Sarasota Bay demo. 941-524-7272.

Furnishings 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

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ALWAYS LBK’S BIGGEST & BEST! ROYAL RUMMAGE SALE VII ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA 4280 Gulf of Mexico Dr. SAVE THE DATES Friday, March 7, noon to 4p.m. $5.00 Admission Saturday, March 8, - 9a.m.-1p.m. Free Admission

ANNUAL FLEA MARKET Saturday, March 1st, 9a.m.-3p.m. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Dr. South off Cortez Rd. Baked Goods, Clothing, Jewelry, Linens, Books, White Elephants, Furniture.

Auctions SUPER INVESTOR AUCTION. Great cap rate on 3 homes & duplex on two different lots. 3/1/14 one at 10a.m. other 12:30p.m. Call for info & terms. AB923 AU1333. 941-746-5355. www.arfaac.com All Florida Realty & Auction Co.

Personals *ADOPTION*: Loving TV Sports Editor & Pharmacist, Music, Nurturing Family Values awaits 1st baby. Expenses paid. 1-800-552-0045 FLBar 42311 *Lyn & Bob*.

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

Help Wanted Help Wanted JANITORIAL P/T - Monday through Friday, 8a.m.-12. Background check is required. 941-383-4223.

Condos/Apts. For Rent Rent Condos/Apt. For 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.

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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:

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Call 203-984-8477 or email garment@optonline.net LBK PORTOBELLO BEACH FRONT: 2BR/2BA Condo on 4th floor. For details and Virtual Tour, visit: www.BeachAbodeLBK.com Phone 815-919-5357. 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. 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 For Sale Condos BY OWNER. Turnkey apartment, 2BR/2BA, corner unit, Gulf side. $550,000. Lots of furniture, lots of room, lots of view, feet from the beach. Call 941-383-1741. FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com GATED BEACHFRONT Community on Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen, appliances, granite in master, heated pools. $299,900. Brooke O’Malley, CLUB REALTY. 941-726-2677 LBK: BAY ISLES; By Owner. 2BR/2.5BA, 2 car garage, 2400/sq.ft., $565,000. Call 941-383-5944. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB: INN ON THE BEACH. Private club suite, turnkey, tennis, Golf course view, 650/ sq.ft. $339,000. 708-267-6704.

Homes For Rent Homes Rent LBK: FULLY furnished, beautiful, 3BR/3BA +office and media room. Pool, spa, private dock, deeded beach access. $5800/mo. includes pool and yard maintenance. 941-383-8278.

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Out-of-State Property Out-of-State Property JACKSON HOLE GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB. A VIEW TO LIVE FOR!! Single Family Cabin with spectacular views of the Tetons. At the edge of Grand Teton National Park. Great golf, tennis, swimming, world class skiing, fishing and superb dining. Wildlife abundant. 2BR/2.5BA. Designer furnished and decorated. Convenient to airport, historic Town of Jackson. Golf and tennis membership available. Offered at $1,250,000. Joseph Albano 941-400-8877.

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Vacation/Seasonal Rentals 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. W/D. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2015. No pets./Non-smoking. Call 309-689-0830. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff FloRIDA VACATIon ConnECTIon www.Flvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 877-705-2460

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GUlFFRonT: lonGBoAT TERRACE 2BR/2BA condo. Available starting April Tastefully decorated. 321-279-3610. 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: 941-504-1492, 941-504-1927. LBK: BEACHFRONT. BOOK NOW for your next season rental. 1BR & 3BR condos. Starting at $1250. The Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS. Beachfront condo behind the gates. Available winter 2015. 2BR/2BA, direct close-up Gulf view. Call 847-295-9252.

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Waterfront Property Waterfront Property WATERFRONT “Million Dollar View” - FSBO. Go to: www.tarawittdrive.com Brokers paid. Check it out.

Adult Care Services Adult Services MEDICAL ASSISTANT/NURSING ASSISTANT CERTIFIED - FT or PT. Light cooking & housekeeping, doctors appointments, shopping, free to travel anywhere, personal care. Overnights available. Own vehicle. Non-Smoker. References available. 4 languages. Kati, 941-228-4183.

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SET IN CONCRETE Jake Brady never considered himself an artist until everyone else started labeling him one. Now, he’s content signing his work.

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ake Brady’s art is everywhere around town, but its presence is not obvious. Walk into Social on First, the IceHouse or Art Center Sarasota, to name a few places where he currently has installations, and see if you spot it. Here’s a hint: It’s not hanging on the walls or sitting on a pedestal like art in a traditional sense. Take Social on First, for instance. In the restaurant, there’s a 12-foot-long concrete parsons table with “Be Amazing” written in red concrete. Stylishly dressed Sarasotans sipping specialty cocktails rest their elbows on a concrete bar, or they lounge outside around a concrete table with a flame stemming from its middle. Brady designed and created all of these specialty concrete pieces. Jake Brady Concrete by Design specializes in custom planters, bar tops, vanity tops, benches, fire tables, fire gauntlets and tables seen at many hot spots and developments around town. But, let’s get one thing straight

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 The Pearl project in Oyster Bay he made and donated them. He made large benches for the IceHouse’s audio-video room and common area of the new gallery, too. Last March, Brady hosted Art Off Palm at his studio in the Rosemary District. It featured his own concrete frame-encased paintings, a collaborative effort with Alaska-based artist Eric Miller. He invited artist friends to showcase their work in a shared opening. Nearly 400 people attended. But business has not always been so abundant. In summer 2008, when he first started his business (then called Concrete Countertops Etc.) he had to sell his motorcycle and a few other belongings to get it off the ground. He even had to moonlight as a waiter at Roesslers.

“I always said, ‘Someday, I’m going to have that motorcycle back,’” he says. Now, parked outside of his studio on Florida Avenue is a new red Ninja sports motorcycle. Because Jake Brady Concrete by Design is doing well, he has declared 2014 as the year he will venture even further in his artistic expression; he plans to focus more on his own personal art, rather than custom pieces. He has already started creating and selling concrete sculptural work. He just picked up a pink inversion table, which he will use to create concrete casts of women’s torsos. He also plans to create lightweight sculptural wall hangings. And he’s in the process of working out future collaborative efforts and outdoor installations with a few notable artists in

 Brady’s custom bench design  Brady’s first sculpture town. “It’s exciting to talk to artists like that and have them call me an artist,” he says. “It’s pretty cool.” Brady only recently started initialing his work. He still uses air quotes when referring to himself as an artist, but he’s getting more comfortable with the designation. Just as an artist would sign the bottom corner of his work, if you look along the sides or near the edges of his, you’ll find a small “J.B.” “I finally have that self-confidence and realization that it is art that I create,” he says. “And I feel very good about signing those pieces.”

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— it is not cement. Brady will politely correct you if you call his work “cement.” “Cement is the flour, and concrete is the cake,” he says. “Cement is merely an ingredient in the concrete.” His “cake” is made up of glass fiber, sand and water that he makes into any color of the rainbow. Because of the glass fiber, it’s relatively lightweight and customizable compared to material such as granite or marble that is used in similar fashions. He’s one of few people in the region who specializes in the art form, and with its surge in popularity in interior design, local developers and contractors keep him busy. Brady’s art is in Guy Peterson’s $22 million Ohana house on Longboat Key. He created every countertop in the awardwinning Josh Wynne’s The Pearl on Oyster Bay, which won NAHB Platinum Award for green-built home. Brady is currently working on what will be a similarly big-name project on Casey Key that he won’t disclose any more information about. But he can talk about the project he’s doing in Miami with Ian Schrager, the co-founder and co-owner of Studio 54 who partnered with Marriot to create a luxury boutique hotel in Miami. Brady is doing all of the hotel’s bars. The arts people around Sarasota appreciate his work, too. While visiting Art Center Sarasota in spring 2013, he noticed the venue had standard-looking Mediterranean benches in its sculpture garden, and thought it could use modern, industrial, sculptural benches more appropriate for their location. So,


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Ringling In Bloom Designer’s Preview 5 p.m. at The Ringling Exhibit runs through March 2. Tickets $25. Call 359-5700.

34th annual Jazz Festival: Alexis Cole Quintet 7:30 p.m. at The Players Theatre Tickets $30 to $35. Call 366-1552.

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Kevin Short champions Sarasota Opera’s casting process Interesting facts about Kevin Short: • Short started singing pop music, mimicking Michael Jackson and The Temptations as a boy. He first joined a choir his junior year of high school. • Short went to Morgan State University on a wrestling scholarship. One day, he decided to walk through the music department. A man, who turned out to be the music director, asked, ‘Can I help you?’ Short said he missed singing and was curious, so the director had him sing through a few patriotic songs. Because of what he heard, he offered Short a music scholarship. • Short is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for being an Outstanding American, an award given to wrestlers that earn international acclaim in a field other than wrestling.

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“Sarasota Opera does things traditionally,” Kevin Short says. “(It’s first about) ‘Can this person produce? Can they sing?’ and then it’s about the role. That’s why I love it here.” makes it somewhat easier, but if I were a tenor playing a love interest, I’d have an even harder time.” Short, who lives in Switzerland part of the year, has been successful abroad. It’s a trend among black male opera singers pursuing title roles. “In Europe, they turn opera over on its ear,” he says. “They look for things to jar what the stereotype would be.” But, it depends on each individual opera house. Short says he doesn’t make a big deal about it, and only discusses it when prompted because he says he understands the motive for some casting decisions, especially if

the piece is historical, such as King Philip II in “Don Carlos.” “It’s like doing a biopic of John F. Kennedy and casting Denzel Washington,” he says. He’s seen some men get frustrated with the same plight, but he’s not letting it affect him. He doesn’t even mind when they use makeup to lighten his skin at some places because he thinks it makes his expressions easier to read on stage. Plus, he thinks with the advent of high definition, anyone who doesn’t fit the physical “normal” stereotype faces similar prejudices. He has seen some of his overweight colleagues have weight-loss surgeries because of this. He’s noticed

opera companies have less of a problem with amplifying singers (which opera buffs consider cheating) if they have the right look. Or, if a role comes down to two singers, one with the right look and one who’s a better singer — the look typically wins. “You see it, and you may acknowledge it, but you can’t in any way let it affect you,” he says. “You have to keep casting your net and someone will buy it — you only need a few champions in your corner — that’s enough.”

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BOOKS // ‘Andrew’s Brain’ by E.L. Doctorow How to write about a book that is more concerned with process than with plot? The myriad concerns (written with a poetic hand) of an unlucky cognitive scientist regarding consciousness and self-estrangement; a book in the form of a conversation between two people — Andrew and Doc — that sometimes feels like three people (Andrew, Andrew, and Doc) recursive at every turn; hazy lines demarcating real and imagined life — a straightforward narrative these ideas do not make. Make no mistake: E.L. Doctorow’s newest novel, “Andrew’s Brain” has plot aplenty, but the way in which Doctorow unpacks Andrew’s story, through the filter of a man with a brain gone wild, is the real triumph of this odd little book. Tragedy seems to follow Andrew around — from his childhood dog kidnapped by a bird of prey on a walk to the accidental death of his newborn baby at his own hand to the death of his very young second wife during a national emergency — we are witness to a man convinced that his own existence causes harm to the ones he loves. Not only that. Andrew hears soundless voices, sees phantoms in the night. Andrew sometimes talks about himself in the third person. Andrew has dream visions that come to fruition. Andrew says things like, “How can I think about my brain when it’s my brain doing the thinking?” to his undergraduate students before running out of class. This is Andrew’s brain: dissociating from itself. “This too is the brain’s cunning,” he tells Doc, in what seem to be mandatory psychotherapy sessions, “that you are not to know yourself.” If Andrew doesn’t truly

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technical prowess and the kind of intelligence that was more “Don Giovanni” than singspiel. Chen is a muscular player, leaning into the sound and emitting pure vocalism. This was stylistically correct playing that reminded us that Mozart was, in every way, a virtuosic, assertive, fearless composer who would have cheered this performance. Sibelius’ second symphony has always been one of my favorites. Hearing it performed Saturday night with Tali at the helm made me realize why. It was a revelation. For all of the warmth of the music, there is a solid core of ice at its center, from its opening chords to its organic textures. In fact, the Saint-Saens organ symphony and the Sibelius second have much in common because they both surround you in sound, even though the Sibelius does not use that instrument. Sibelius was probably the greatest, and certainly best known, of Finnish composers. Finland and Estonia share a common neighbor: Russia. And, because of their geographic and historic commonalities, it is hard not to imagine the Estonian Tali does not have those icy blue storms in her blood. Perhaps that’s why this performance had a steeliness, an iciness, that made the symphony even stronger. The resolute pizzicato duet between the basses and the cellos in the second movement could have cut through the core of an iceberg and then lasered into the Titanic. The icy silences were as thunderous as the fortes. The scherzo-like third movement, marked vivacissimo, was like a Mendelssohnian nightmare. Finally, the thrumming of the basses through the finale, with the extremely Russian (think Borodin) themes, led to an all-embracing amen. When addressing the audience, Tali usually starts by saying, “Dear friends,” like a letter in person. For the encore, Tali’s dear friends were embraced by a passionate string serenade by Heino Eller. It was a simple “Homeland Tune” but, being played in honor of Estonia’s Independence Day, which is being celebrated this week, it was more of a revelation than a tune. — June LeBell

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isa Fulk says strawberries were her gateway drug. The Cornell University-certified master food preserver had a surplus of strawberries following a strawberry-picking trip with her children. So, she learned to make jam. Her interest has turned her into a full-fledged canning and preserving professional. Fulk runs a business, Sunshine Canning, from her Bradenton residence, where she and her husband also keep chickens, two rabbits and a well-kept vegetable garden. She’s the only master canner in this area and leads pickling, pressure canning and jam making at places such as Geraldson Community Farm, in Bradenton, and Jessica’s Organic Farmstand. She also teaches private classes. At first glance, the faint smell of vinegar (a smell her children hate) is the only clue in Fulk’s house that she is a canner. But upon investigation, you learn she has cans hidden everywhere — including underneath her queen-sized bed and strategically hidden in shelves in her dining room. In addition, her garage stores loads of supplies for her culinary craft. She’s set for an apocalyptic crisis with every-

thing from traditional dill pickle spears to vanilla-spiced pears, and beets pickled in red wine to chicken stock. The pickling started when she was a little girl, and she pickled a little with her grandma, Helene McHale, who had an acre-sized garden. Although, her grandma probably didn’t listen to rap and hard rock while pickled like her granddaughter does. Fulk finds that in her classes, there are a lot of people with stories about pickling with their grandparents. “Pickling skipped a generation,” Fulk says. “So there are people that want to do it again, but maybe there’s not someone around to teach them.” She thinks there’s a general trend of people wanting to lead a more simple life, eat more local food and know their farmers. By default, that’s led to an increased interest in pickling, preserving and fermentation. The trend has found its way to menus in Sarasota — Indigenous offers pickled peppers and State Street Eating House tops its burgers with pickled onions, to name a couple. Fulk says her classes typically sell out, and she has a diverse variety of students ranging from hip localvores to seniors hoping to

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Method: 1. Sterilize canning jars by putting them in a boiling water bath. Heat (but do not boil) the lids for sterilization. 2. Wash, trim and cut beans into four-inch pieces (make sure they fit in the jar). 3. Pack two strips of bell pepper, two strips of red jalapeno and the beans, lengthwise, into hot pint jars leaving one-fourth inch of headspace. 4. To each pint, add one teaspoon cayenne pepper, one clove garlic and one dill head brush up on their skills. She says it’s best not to trust any old recipe or process you find online because of the dangers of botulism, which can kill you. It’s important to understand the science and safety, which is what she teaches. Even if grandma has always processed her pickles in the dishwasher or oven and has never had a problem — it’s not safe. “Grandma doesn’t like hearing she isn’t right,” Fulk says with a

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or one teaspoon of dill seed. 5. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to boil. 6. Pour boiling liquid over beans, leaving half-inch headspace. 7. Remove air bubbles (You can use the handle of a wooden or plastic cooking utensil, but nothing metal). 8. Wipe jar rims to make sure no liquid is left. This helps prevent bacterial buildup.

9. Adjust lids. Process five minutes in a boiling water bath (with the rims on). 10. Let beans stand overnight, untouched in the rims. Take the rims off and let stand for at least two weeks before tasting to allow the flavor to develop. 11. Eat. These go great as a garnish on a bloody mary, as a nice addition to a cheese plate or straight out of the jar for a snack.

• Don’t pickle in any recycled jars. Only mason jars are made to withstand heat. • Don’t recycle the lids for pickling. Lids must be new each time to ensure the safest seal. • Don’t over process the cans or your product will turn to mush. • Use a pot that is tall enough to cover the cans with one or two inches of water. • Pay attention to every step in the process (even wiping the rims down) to achieve the safest method.

laugh. But, it’s true. Without using suggested methods, such as boiling the cans in water, there are hot and cold pockets and its unknown if the cans have reached the right temperature for the right amount of time during the processing step. And that’s just one of the safety considerations. Fulk recommends downloading the free “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” online to get safe-tested recipes. Or, you can

try her simple recipe for pickled green beans (above). For the most part, pickling is easy. Plus, there are plenty of pickling perks. Fulk says it’s convenient. She can open up a can of pressure-canned meat for tacos and have a side of canned glazed pickles for a quick and easy dinner for her children. She also says that in Florida, where there’s not much of a harvest in the summer time, you can pickle vegetables in the fall and winter when they are

in season, at the cheapest prices and have them year round. And, she says, they taste better canned at home than store-bought cans loaded with preservatives. The stores don’t carry the options Fulk creates. She likes trying interesting flavor combinations (for instance, she just pickled a jar of carrots, daikon radish and jicama). You can pickle any fruit and vegetable. Plus, she says: “It’s fun! Pickling is just interesting.”

• Don’t pickle in your microwave, oven or dishwasher. • Use a pot with a rack at the bottom. To create a makeshift rack, twisty-tie the lid rims together to make a rack. • Don’t put a hot jar directly on a flat surface. Put a cloth down first to prevent cracking. • Store your finished product with the lid rims off to prevent any bacterial build up. Don’t stack them, and keep them in a temperaturecontrolled environment. • If you hold a finished can by the lid, it should stay sealed. If it pops off, that means something went wrong in the process and the product isn’t guaranteed to be safe.

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It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago Bird Key was considered a bastion of genteel Midwestern retirement. Now, it’s transformed itself into a glamorous island of multimillion-dollar mansions and one of the best addresses in Florida. Many of Sarasota’s movers and shakers live here, plus an eclectic bunch of celebrities, including Jerry Springer and rocker Brian Johnson. The big attraction? What may very well be the best location in town. The beach is five minutes in one direction, and downtown is five minutes in the other. And everywhere you look lies an opulent Florida vision of the good life: beautiful homes, boating and tennis and the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay.

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Another example of the high end of the Bird Key market is this luxurious fourbedroom, seven-bath home on nearby Mourning Dove Drive. Built in 2002, it features a host of top-of-the-line amenities, including an elevator, a separate guest wing on the second floor with a media room and a full kitchen, a saltwater pool and spa with a travertine pool deck. And

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By now, practically all of Bird Key’s original homes have undergone extensive renovations to bring them up to speed, such as this stylish, canal-front residence that was updated in 2012. Situated on a beautifully landscaped and oversized lot, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths in 2,424 square feet. Attention to detail is impressive: You’ll find

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Laurel Park neighborhood featured in Historic Homes Tour For one day only, Sunday, March 2, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation will present the 24th annual Historic Homes Tour, which takes place in the historic Laurel Park neighborhood. The tour will feature nine homes, which include proper-

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To celebrate the appointment of Anu Tali as Sarasota Orchestra’s fifth music director, the organization held a celebratory event called “A-Nu Time” Saturday, Feb. 22, at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. President Joe McKenna, board chair and event Design Chairwoman Anne Folsom Smith and Co-Chairs Beathe Elden and Christine Isaac welcomed guests as they walked down the stairs into the grand foyer, which was decorated in stunning purple décor. The event began with a

cocktail reception on the Sunset Terrace, where more than 335 guests mingled amidst the fog that was rolling in off Sarasota Bay. Tali spoke a few words before the Masterworks performance, which included three works conducted by the new music director. Following the performance, guests returned to the grand foyer for the afterglow dessert reception, where they enjoyed desserts, a performance by the John Miller Jazz Quartet and the opportunity to mingle with Tali. Sally and Doug Wright

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MADCAP EVENING 2014 ‘MUSICALE & MUSINGS’  Joe Farrell’s surprise cake

ten Williams, Chris and Aimee Cogan, and Geoffrey and Brenda Michel. Joe Farrell got the “Surprise!” chant for his 60th birthday. Wife, Kristen, pulled off a “Wings and Fros” themed party held at Jesse

and Katie Biter’s — the theme came about because the Farrells own Wings and Afrohead wines. Joe’s daughter, Tess, 13, and her band even performed for the crowd. And, finally, to cap off his monthlong celebrations, Matt Brown was shocked to walk into Southgate Community Center with wife, Connie, and see 120 friends and family singing “Happy Birthday” (not the art gallery opening that he thought he was attending). After cutting the cake, friends stood up and told a memorable story about their experi-

Estonia to the United States, and another from Sten Schwede, consul general of the Republic of Estonia. Both dignitaries traveled from Washington, D.C., to see the concert and greet her afterward. On Saturday, there were flowers for her and for soloist Ray Chen, from the Sarasota Orchestra, arranged by board member Susan Sofia ... Missing in action … long-time supporter Jennifer Saslaw had to miss the “A-nu Time” gala due to a bee sting on her foot. It had swelled so much that she could not fit into any shoe and could hardly walk …

Sarasota style … There was plenty of it Saturday night, with Co-Chairs Beathe Elden and Christine Isaacs in black (by Craig Signer) and blue, Dr. Susan Weinkle in beige and black lace, and Unni Kaltenbacher in white Chanel … Warm wishes …to Gerri Laurino, creative director at 530 Burns Gallery and Yvan Maillet from Montreal, who married Feb. 16 at Lido Beach … I heart St. Jude … was the theme at a Feb. 20 kickoff luncheon at the home of Beverly Bartner. Bartner, along with Nikki Taylor and Montana Taplinger, hosted

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Martina Griffin, Bob Pretschner, Ricki Lindsay, Lon and Leslee Deckard, Mike and Mary Quillen and Robert Lindsay

2014 STATESMAN OF THE YEAR FEATURING U.S. SENATOR TED CRUZ Benefiting Republican Party of Sarasota | Thursday, Feb. 20, at Sarasota Yacht Club

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Anna Maria Island Art League presents the 26th Annual

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he glitz, the glam, the elegance — all that the 1920s embodies was seen throughout the weekend for the Sarasota Exotic Car Fest. The weekend-long event, which was themed “Gatsby,” kicked off Friday, Feb. 21, at Rectrix Aerodrome Center with the Jet Port Reception Party. The evening featured a runway show of 1920’s fashions — including custom designs created by local designer Alice Bee. Chairwoman Marilee Roberts approached the designer about creating custom gowns for the event — for the car models to wear, for

the runway show and also a custom gown for herself. There was not much research to be done for the gowns Bee would be creating for the event — the 1920s era happens to be her personal favorite. “It’s a very cool era, so much texture and richness,” says Bee. “It was all about excess.” When designing the gowns for the event, Bee’s intent was to create something “tastefully extravagant” that could be worn again — and she did just that.

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Marybeth and Bill Wallace

Amy Fryrear and Gary Fryrear

HOW THE COUPLE MET:

Michael Wallace and Ashley McCormick worked together at the Legacy Golf Club, in Lakewood Ranch, for years before Ashley got the courage to actually start a conversation with Mike. Their first date was a group dinner with people from work in downtown Sarasota — Mike and Ashley both showed up, but everyone else stood them up. To this day, the couple still doesn’t know if the group did this on purpose or not, but it worked out for the best.

THE PROPOSAL:

Since the earlier part of 2012, the couple had a family vacation planned at the Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach (with Ashley’s entire family, which is big, since she’s one of nine kids). While grabbing food on the evening of Dec. 4, Mike ordered three mini fish tacos and Ashley ordered Ahi tar tar. On a normal dinner date, Ashley reports that Mike would eat all of his food and help her as well. So, when he only ate one taco, she knew something was up. After she shot down his idea of a walk on the beach, they ended up on a balcony to watch the sunset. There, Mike got down on one knee and proposed. The couple was able to celebrate with her entire family on the vacation.

yard under the oak tree on the bay with a crystal chandelier hanging from the tree. The wedding party walked to an instrumental of U2’s “All I Want is You” and the bridal processional was an acoustic version of Coldplay’s “Yellow.” Ashley wore her grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand for her something borrowed. Following the ceremony, the couple wanted their guests to have a great time and party. There was not a single person not dancing the entire time, says the bride. A photo booth served as a fun addition, as well as the guest book. The reception ended with a sparkler exit and then the party continued with snacks and music at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Following their big day, the couple honeymooned at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Three years ago, the couple was on a boat in Sarasota Bay and when they passed the Charles Ringling Mansion, Ashley declared she would one day marry there. On Nov. 9, the couple’s dream wedding came to life. The ceremony took place in the backPhotos by Naomi Chokr Photography

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