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Draft ordinance excludes cell towers In response to the commission’s November request, town staff dropped cell towers from the telecommunications ordinance.

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Town staff and its planning consultants have heard the Longboat Key Town Commission loud and clear. The commission stated on the record in November that it doesn’t want a tower built on the Key. So town staff’s latest draft of a controversial telecommunications ordinance doesn’t even include a category for cellular tow-

ers. All references to a tower in the text have been struck through or deleted. The ordinance also includes stringent height restrictions for other cellular technologies, noting that alternatives such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell technologies must adhere to the height restrictions for zoning districts and that in

WHAT IS SMALL CELL TECHNOLOGY? / PAGE 2A no instance can the technologies be higher than 50 feet from the ground. Antennae placed on buildings can’t be higher than 30 feet above the highest point on the structure.

“The intent of the new ordinance is to focus on alternative technologies like small cells,” said Planning, Zoning and Building Director Alaina Ray. The ordinance includes pictures of various technologies, explaining that permitted wireless facilities are allowed in all zoning districts except for preserve and single-family zoning districts. Small cells sit on a pole or a

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Sand project to begin in early May Rather than wait months for dredging to start to bring sand to the north end of the Key, town officials worked to expedite the project. Town Manager Dave Bullock announced last week that sand is coming to the eroded north end of the Key earlier than expected. In an April 24 email to the Longboat Key Town Commission, Bullock explained he met

with West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) officials and learned a sand project will begin in weeks instead of months. At the April 23 WCIND board meeting in Venice, the board approved a motion to expedite

the project at the request of the town. The motion passed unanimously. “The project is moving along quickly with the contractor ready to begin mobilization in the coming weeks once final notice to proceed is issued,” Bullock

wrote. “Based on the schedule discussed, I expect equipment placement to begin within two weeks, followed quickly by dredging and sand placement.” The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete, depending on the weather.

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WHAT IS SMALL CELL TECHNOLOGY? Small cells are low-powered radio access nodes that can sit on a pole or a building to expand cellular coverage outward by a few miles in areas that have poor cellular reception. Small cells provide improved cellular coverage for homes and businesses. Types of small cells include femtocells, picocells, metrocells and microcells – broadly increasing in size from femtocells (the smallest) to microcells (the largest).

to Ray and Town Manager Dave Bullock that the draft ordinance has had enough vetting with the planning board and should come before the commission. But in an April 28 email to Brown, Mooney-Portale recommends the draft ordinance go back to the planning board for another review. Noting that the draft ordinance “is a whole new draft ordinance,” MooneyPortale said Florida statutes require “a local planning agency” to review such ordinances. “In the event the ordinance is subject to a future legal challenge, giving PZB an opportunity to review the newly drafted zoning ordinance avoids potential technical arguments that could be raised as to whether or not the local planning agency properly considered this ordinance,” wrote Mooney-Portale in her email. The draft ordinance is a direct result of the commission’s direction at a Nov. 13 regular workshop. Bullock said he doesn’t expect any major changes to the ordinance before it’s reviewed by the planning board next month.

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Dr. Pamela Letts will retire May 5, but she believes maintaining long-term medical services on the Key is vital.

FAREWELL TRIBUTE Dr. Pamela Letts’ longtime patient Richard Mittenthal recently wrote this poem in honor of her retirement.

A mystery: How “Letts” Became “I’d rather not…” or did she By Richard Mittenthal Doctor Letts has spoken — The message is ambiguous, Her name itself, “let’s…let us”, Suggests the plural, positive community. Yet her pending retirement Was announced in the Longboat Observer On April 1, April Fool’s Day When the printed word is No more than a practical joke, So I ask, on behalf of other grateful Patients, “Stay the course.” Your ministrations will be missed. Continue to diagnose our ills, Bandage our wounds, recommend specialists Your choices have proved exceptional. Allow us to express our gratitude And admiration for your work. But she thinks about her patients when she describes why she is sad about retirement. “I say multiply that sadness by 1,700 patients, and that’s what I feel,” she said. “I enjoy the patients I see and I will miss them dearly.” A Staten Island, N.Y., native, Letts knew she wanted to become a doctor from the time she was 5 because of two events that occurred that year: The first was a traumatic tonsillectomy she underwent. Hospital staff wouldn’t let her see her parents or hold her stuffed toy horse. She decided there had to be a better way to do things and that she would find it. The second occurred when her father, Bill, had a major heart attack in his late 30s. She saw him in the ICU hooked up to machines and recognized the power of medicine. He survived, thanks

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Dr. Pamela Letts treated an average of 1,700 patients year-round at the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care. in part to good medical care, and went on to live into his 80s. Letts graduated from Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pa., with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and then, from the University of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada, for her master’s degree in cell biology. She opted to stay at the University of Toronto for medical school because earning an M.D. in Canada is significantly cheaper than in the U.S. Letts earned her M.D. in 1979 and practiced in Canada until 1995, also serving as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto from 1982 to 1995. She moved to Sarasota in 1995 to be closer to her parents and began her six-and-ahalf years at the former Bay Isles Medical Group on Longboat Key in 1996. (Letts can legally practice and prescribe medication in both countries and considers her knowledge of both the U.S. and Canadian health care systems an asset for her patients.) Later, in 2003, she opened the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care. She experienced many season-

al struggles familiar to Key businesses beginning in 2004, when the Holiday Inn closed. Business took another hit in 2010, following the BP oil spill. That was the first year Letts saw her income drop from the previous year. But the hurdles went beyond declines in tourism. In 2011, her practice was one of 11 businesses that were victims of a payroll company embezzlement scheme. Letts’ practice lost a quarter’s payroll. The owner of the company was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and victims received no compensation, according to Letts. She also lost a significant source of revenue when pharmacy chains began offering flu shot voucher programs. Letts has concerns about the impact of not having a primary care physician. She frequently sees elderly patients who seldom drive off the Key and who might try to self-treat or self-diagnose if they have to visit a physician on the mainland. She believes firefighter/paramedics and EMTs, along with local ERs, will feel the impact. Still, Letts looks forward to the

opportunity to pursue other opportunities in retirement. She wants to travel more and possibly live in France for a summer, volunteer to hug babies at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and pursue her love of choral music (she is a member of Key Chorale). She is considering teaching a hypnosis for pain management seminar at a Clearwater-area birthing center and might also do shift work. She wants her longtime patients to know they can still reach her at pjlettsyourmd@ comcast.net or on her cellphone. While Letts worries about the impact of her retirement, she also believes it could serve as an impetus. She continues to discuss possibilities for other physicians to take over the practice. She also believes the Longboat Key Foundation, which has expressed willingness to help a future practice with startup costs, is doing valuable work. “I think people will realize that medical care was really a necessary service, and hopefully, they will think that it was a valuable service and see a need to get people out here and pay them properly,” Letts said.

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Dr. Pamela Letts has a reputation for talking tough to patients. One patient recently stopped by and told her he didn’t like her or what she told him at first, but he had changed his mind. “I have learned to respect you and to really understand that you care about your patients,” he said. Letts told him: “Then, I have accomplished my goal.” Letts, 69, owner of the Centre Shops Family Practice and Urgent Care, will retire May 5. She doesn’t consider her practice a financial success; it currently runs at a deficit of approximately $30,000 a year. Instead, Letts considers her practice a success in terms of her patients. She averaged 1,700 patients annually and has treated at least 10,000 patients on the Key. She believes she succeeded in bringing her superior diagnostic skills, in spending extra time with her patients when necessary and in her focus on patients instead of the bottom line. Weldon Frost, one of those longtime patients, stopped by the Longboat Observer office Tuesday on his way to Letts’ office to get one last bit of advice about his health before the practice closes and explained why he values her as a physician. “She listens,” Frost said. “That’s the No. 1 thing that has kept me coming back.” Letts has spoken about her impending retirement for at least four years. She has told the community about the difficulties of providing medical services year-round on the Key, given its seasonal nature. She hoped to recruit another family practice physician, possibly one who could receive support from a nonprofit foundation. The tipping point that led Letts to retire this year was the looming Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA)-set deadline of October 2015 for converting to the ICD-10 diagnostic code — a change that increases the number of codes from 16,000 to 90,000, at a cost of between $56,000 to $83,000 for a solo practitioner. “I decided to retire because I did not want to go bankrupt during my last year of business,” Letts said.

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NEWSBRIEFS + Randy Thompson receives Officer of the Year honor Longboat Key Police Sgt. Randy Thompson was named the department’s Officer of the Year for the third time. Thompson, a Key police officer for 20 years, was honored for a Dec. 12 incident in which he restrained a suspect who was threatening several neighbors with a gun in the 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. When the suspect began to back his way into his home, Thompson holstered his weapon and engaged the suspect physically, preventing the suspect from entering the home. Thompson was then able to restrain the suspect.  Backup officers, whom Thompson called before engaging the suspect, stated the suspect had a gun on him and guns inside his home.  “Sergeant Thompson’s quick action and willingness to place himself in harm’s way prevented the situation from escalating further,” wrote Deputy Police Chief Frank Rubino in a Feb. 27 nomination letter to the Venice-based Sons of the American Revolution.  The organization honored Thompson along with officers of the year in other area departments. Thompson was also named the department’s Officer of the Year in 2007 and 2009.

+ Officer Lee Smith receives letter of commendation Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming issued a commendation to Officer Lee Smith April 17 for his work during the past year to ensure the Key is secure. Cumming praised Smith’s “outstanding work” during the past year in his commendation letter, noting that Smith was called upon to assist with a threat assessment for

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the town. Smith also compiled important data for the assignment. “You assumed the role as a team leader and worked tirelessly until the job was complete,” Cumming wrote. “You have become a role model for others in the department and officers like you make Longboat Key a safer place to work and live. The safety of our residents is of utmost concern and your continued efforts are greatly appreciated.” Smith joined the Longboat Key Police Department in November 2012.

+ Longboat Library begins summer hours in May The Longboat Key Library’s summer hours begin May 1 and run through Nov. 1. During this time, the library, 555 Bay Isles Road, will be open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. New books, CDs and DVDs will continue to be added to the inventory. For information, call 383-2011. Those interesting in training to become a volunteer at the library this summer can call 383-2011 or stop by the library.

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Saputo receives DAR Medal of Honor Gold Coast Eagle’s Col. John Saputo becomes one of about 1,500 people awarded the prestigious honor for military service.

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broadcaster Tom Brokaw, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and 2000 Miss America Heather French. “This award is extremely important and is, I would say, validation that my 32 ½-year affiliation with the U.S. Marine Corps was worth the sacrifice that I put myself and my family through,” Saputo said. “For the DAR to honor me, they are also honoring my wife and my four daughters.” Mary Lou McFate, honorary regent of the Sara DeSoto Chapter of DAR, spent three months assembling Saputo’s nomination for the award. Its 75 pages included four required essays on how Saputo demonstrates key charac-

ter traits of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism — the traits on which the award is based. “The recipient has to have done something unusual and lasting — contributions to American heritage by truly giving of his or herself, and in Col. Saputo’s case, the world,” she said. “He’s been involved in securing peace. He has impacted the lives of people in the United States. One-third of his 165 employees are veterans. He has contributed every year to more than 600 charities and events.” At the DAR ceremony, Saputo also will be awarded the Department of Defense’s Employer Sup-

SAPUTO ATTRIBUTES VETERANS FOR SUCCESS Col. John Saputo leads his troops in business as he would in combat — with loyalty, focus and perseverance. It’s only fitting, then, that Saputo, owner of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, hires likeminded employees. Thirty-eight percent of Gold Coast’s roughly 160 employees are military veterans. Saputo says the statistic isn’t coincidence. “Their attitudes are normally very upbeat, positive,” Saputo said. “They’re very can-do and mission-oriented.” When Saputo looks at new hires — veterans, in particular — his hands first reach for their DD2-14 forms to see if they advanced in rank during their four-year enlistment or if they earned any awards, particularly any for good conduct. Then, Saputo looks at veterans’ military specialties. “The military is the absolute best trainer for technical skills,” he said. “It’s also the No. 1 trainer for leadership skills. I know (these veterans) have been under maximum pressure and won’t break.” Such qualities, Saputo said, are essential for the beverage distribution industry, which sometimes requires long hours, dedication and followthrough.

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In Sarasota and Manatee counties, Col. John Saputo’s name is synonymous with two things: beer and patriotism. And although the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand, Saputo has made both his business. Saputo, a Longboat Key resident and the owner of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, served more than 32 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. His military background provides the framework for Gold Coast’s growth from securing 53% marketshare to about 68.5%. And his employees — 38% of whom are military veterans — carry his mission forward. The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Saputo’s military service, philanthropic efforts, character and commitment to his country and to supporting veterans May 1. At the Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota, Saputo will be awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. Since the creation of the Medal of Honor in 1972, the DAR has awarded only 1,555 medals across its 3,000 U.S. and 26 overseas chapters. DAR awarded only 10 medals of honor in 2013, and has only awarded two in 2014, to date. Former recipients include

port of the Guard and Reserve Seven Seals award. Saputo was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marines in 1972, and was on his way to combat in Vietnam when President Richard Nixon signed the Paris Peace Accords. He served three years in active duty before serving in the Marine Corps Reserves for about 29 years. During that time, he worked on intelligence projects and he saw active combat during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm conflicts. During his military career, Saputo earned military honors including the Bronze Star for valor, a Defence Meritorious Service Medal and the Humanitarian Relief Medal, among other accomplishments. In the last two decades, Saputo’s company has supported more than 600 charities annually in Sarasota and Manatee counties and donated more than $6.8 million in scholarships to students through the Step Up for Students program. Saputo said his nomination by DAR for the Medal of Honor is more embarrassing than surprising. “Everything I did in my career was because I had serving with me a tremendous group of officers who served underneath me,” Saputo said. “I owe this entire accolade that I’m receiving to them. I do it in honor of them and the Marines in my career who I knew and passed away in battle.”

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Tony Musca, Ryan Roberts and Sam Von Duhn have quite the shark tale. On April 23, they caught a 692-pound shortfin mako shark approximately 20 miles off of Longboat Pass in 100-foot water during a fishing trip with Double Nickel Charters that left out of Marina Jack in Sarasota. The 12-year-olds, who were vacationing with their families from Bay View, Ohio, were catching amberjack when they spotted the shark. They rigged a shark line and used the amberjack as bait before they finally reeled in the ferocious fish after a 30-minute fight. “We were surprised by how big it was,” Tony said. The charter boat returned to Cortez Bait & Seafood late that afternoon, and the shark was weighed at Cortez Kitchen nearby. The famed “Jaws” quote, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” did not apply here, because the group was on board a 42-foot Buddy Harris. A week before the catch off of Longboat Pass, three men caught a 805-pound mako shark near the Panhandle. Charter boat Nick Froelich said it’s the third shark Double Nickel Charters has caught this year.


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Here we go again. The Villagers are astir. And the root of their angst and irritation? Hmm, you’ll never guess: “Moore-Vista” — the two restaurants that have been part of the Village from, oh, say, the beginning of time? They’re attracting as many patrons and as many cars as they always have. And, well, the cars are increasingly a pain. They’re parked on the street too close to driveways all hours of the night. They’re blocking residents from parking in front of their own homes. They’re parked on both sides of the side streets, making the twoway streets one way. And they’re parked on both sides of Broadway, making the broad way narrow. So when a group of Villagers appeared before the Longboat Key Town Commission to voice their displeasure at these conditions, you could sense their underlying wish is that these two Longboat Key institutions would just go “poof!” and be gone. You can be sure there have been times when Alan Moore and Ed Chiles, proprietors of Moore’s Stone Crab and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Bar, respectively, would like to be gone, too. But it’s just not that easy. They’re not going to shutter their doors and walk away. So now it falls to the Town Commission and town administration to figure out how to mollify the Villagers while still respecting the restaurants’ rights to operate. The challenge is to figure out where to put all of the cars when, in fact, the only reason they are parked on the streets is a shortage of parking to begin with. And if the town restricts parking on the (“public”) streets, that will merely exacerbate the shortage — creating even fewer spaces, pushing restaurant patrons to park farther away or discouraging them from coming to the restaurants at all. The latter effect just may be the ultimate strategy anyway: Crimp the parking to the point the restaurants are no longer economically viable. Which is not exactly an outcome that would benefit Longboat Key’s image and unique sense of place. As with most neighborhood disputes, however, compromises exist. On the narrow side streets, sure, parking only on one side is a likely way to start; you can argue that on the basis of safety. Broadway, however, is called Broadway

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for a reason; it can accommodate parking on both sides and still have room for twoway traffic. Don’t mess with Broadway. Another option exists across the street from the Mar Vista, at 771 Broadway. As the red rectangular area in the map above shows, it’s a vacant lot whose owner happens to be the Mar Vista. Chiles says he would love to use the lot for parking. Likewise, there is another vacant lot kitty-cornered to Mar Vista on the northwest corner of Broadway and Lois. That, too, could be purchased and used for parking. But to no surprise, town zoning codes forbid such a use. Surely, this could be remedied. Of course, it’s never easy on Longboat Key. You can predict if the Town Commission took steps to rezone those lots for parking, inevitably neighboring Villagers would protest. After all, what homeowner wants a parking lot next to his $800,000 home? But as economist-philosopher Thomas Sowell once said, “There are no solutions, only choices.” If the overflow of Mar Vista patrons parking on the streets so distresses nearby Village residents, it seems that confining the overflow to designated lots could be an acceptable compromise.

Longboat Key is losing an important person and important asset at the end of this week. Dr. Pamela Letts, Longboat Key’s primary-care physician for the past dozen years, is closing her practice. This is a loss, to be sure. Dr. Letts filled a vital need on the Key, showing remarkable perseverance and loyalty in a community whose seasonality adds strains beyond the usual challenges of operating a medical practice. Not only did Dr. Letts faithfully serve her patients, she was involved in the community. Letts served many years as a director of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and was always a ready volunteer at chamber and community events. Thank you, Dr. Letts, for your care and compassion. We wish you the same.

+ What would Founders say?

When our government starts stockpiling ammunition for law-enforcement purposes; when our government punishes law-abiding citizens for political purposes; when our government snoops our every move; and when the executive branch blatantly ignores the constitutional rule of law, citizens worry. This worry is neither Republican nor Democrat. And it is growing. A fascinating expression of this worry — albeit raw in places — came to us last week via email. We have excerpted a portion of it below. It’s going “viral” because it expresses how millions of Americans feel about the direction of their country. We encourage you to read it in its entirety.

FINAL PUSH FOR FOOD Don’t forget the Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Take your non-perishable food and cash donations for All Faiths Food Bank to the Longboat Key and St. Armands Key fire stations. Deadline: May 10.

A TAXI DRIVER’S LAMENT: WHAT WOULD THE FOUNDERS THINK? Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “The Pig Trap,” a blog by a Florida taxicab driver. To read the entire article, go to: taxicabdepressions. com/?p=1193. So in the context of the early 1770s, what would the Founders think about the government secretly and illegally trafficking thousands of military-grade arms to criminals, brigands, and pirates, knowing full well that those criminals will kill thousands of innocent people with said arms, as a ploy to disarm their own citizenry …and when caught redhanded in this criminal and despicable act, the governmental appointee responsible for executing this disgraceful policy lies, dissembles and stonewalls and suffers no sanction or penalty? What would they think of the government reading, and oftentimes copying and warehousing, every single letter of their correspondence, their diaries, their conversations, their most private and intimate of communications? What would they think of government agents standing on rooftops and street corners, monitoring and documenting the comings and goings of every citizen every day of his life, whom they speak with and

associate with, and what they purchase and from whom? What would they think about their government spying on journalists, town criers, and pamphleteers and swearing out false oaths to judges to have them surveilled? What would they think about government tax agents given specific orders to harass, intimidate, penalize and obstruct any person who speaks for peaceful, legislative reform of the government or is critical of the government, even demanding that they document the content of their prayers? What would they think about a government that routinely ignores laws already on the books solely for material and political gain, a government that creates punitive laws through specious methods, and then exempts themselves from being subject to those laws, and when their agents, officials and appointees are caught in serious crimes and malfeasance, they are simply reassigned and protected by the government, never to face trial or pay any penalty for their acts or the harm they inflict on ordinary citizens? I’ll tell you what I believe … I believe the shooting would have already started. It’s not that I want something terrible to happen, it’s that I am positively

astonished that something terrible hasn’t already happened. The Founders set out to create a limited government. They did not create a Constitution that spelled out what the government may not do, they created a Constitution that detailed exactly and precisely what the federal government MAY do, and nothing more. This far, and no further. All other powers were specifically and deliberately left to the individual states, and to the people themselves. The Bill of Rights was added at the insistence of several of the Founders to protect the individual citizen from future tyranny and avaricious government. Yet today, our government has no compunctions about monitoring all my communications, tracking my movements, deterring my business success with punitive taxes and onerous regulations, accessing my banking records, compelling my participation in an ill-conceived healthcare system that will most assuredly give me substandard care and higher prices and may violate my personal wants and perhaps even my religious beliefs, and regulating almost every aspect of my dayto-day life, right down to the type of the car that I may drive, the lightbulbs I am allowed to buy, and the kind of toilet I am permitted to [blank] in … So tell me again … just what are the limits of my so-called limited government? — Taxi Hack


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LETTERS TO THEEDITOR + The loss of Dr. Pamela Letts is a black mark for the town

Dear Editor: This week, our long-term family physician, Dr. Pamela J. Letts, is going to retire. She has been our family physician on this island for more than a dozen years and we have welcomed the readyavailability of her urgent-care office. She has provided us with sound medical services directly, rapid access to specialists and surgeons, as well as access to useful imaging and laboratory functions. She has performed a very, very much appreciated medical service to our family over these years. I confess to being more than mildly dismayed because, over a period of four years, our elected town officials, as well as other prominent citizens, have not been able to work out an arrangement that would provide a continuation of an urgent-care medical practice on this island, particularly one that would provide compensation for Dr. Letts as she leaves her practice. I have not been privy to all of the discussions and decisions over the past four years, but the fact that we end up now without an urgent-care facility on this

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island is just another very black mark against the town of Longboat Key. The list of black marks grows longer and longer each year and no one seems intent on doing anything about them. Weldon G. Frost  Longboat Key

Public Works Director Juan Florensa expects equipment to be placed at the Broadway beach access in the first or second week of May (see sidebar). WCIND is dredging an area of the boat channel, trapping 88,000 cubic yards of sand from northwest of Jewfish Key. WCIND agreed to contribute $500,000 toward the project, with the town making up the remaining cost. WCIND will dredge the area to install flood shoal sand traps there. The traps, once installed, will trap sand that is swept off the north end of the Key and deposited in a large sandbar near Jewfish Key. The town will get 100% of the sand dredged for its shores, with Manatee County receiving 100% of the sand the next time the site is dredged. Future projects will receive a 50/50 split between the county and town. Sand will be placed south of the severely eroded beach near Longbeach condominiums to just north of North Shore Road. Bullock told the commission he is optimistic that some sand will still be in place in 2015, when construction of two groins will begin, barring major storms this summer. “As you know, the beach has

+ Road to the White House for Jeb Bush will be tough

Dear Editor: I enjoyed your “Why Jeb Bush will win” My View and the accompanying history of voter transitions. However, two items are worth mentioning. First, in 1992, when Clinton ousted Bush, the primary reason was not the infamous “no new taxes,” but the third-party candidacy of Ross Perot, who siphoned off 19% of the popular vote, primarily away from Bush, and (for better or worse) gave us Bill Clinton. Second, although I would like to think that Jeb Bush (or anyone) could beat Hillary Clinton, the voting demographics are against it.  Women are the biggest voting block in the country and they have supported the Democrat candidate 55% to 45% in the last few elections. Add to that their not-sosecret wish to see a woman in the White House, plus the overwhelming support of (and indoctrination of the public by) the “mainstream media,” and you have a formidable hill for any opponent to climb. Archie Urciuoli Nokomis

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WHAT’S NEXT? Public Works Director Juan Florensa said he expects a contractor to begin placing sand dredging equipment at the Broadway beach access during the first or second week in May. During that time, there will be limited beach access at Broadway and potentially no beach access there for a short period of time. Large trucks will then piece together a large pipe that will be used to suck sand from a dredge in Sarasota Bay to the north end of the Key. The North Shore Road beach access will be closed during the sand project, which will be completed in July. Florensa said there will be no sand pumping at night so north end residents aren’t disturbed.

eroded dangerously close to buildings in the area of north Longboat Key,” Bullock wrote. “Expediting this project is of high importance as we enter storm season and the schedule will allow placement of sand in these areas before late summer, which is the most active storm time for us.” Public Works Project Manager James Linkogle will oversee the town side of the project, coordinating with Longboat Key Police and Fire Rescue crews, because the project will cause some hazards for boaters. The commission is poised to sign an agreement for the cost-sharing sand project at its May 5 regular meeting. Vice Mayor Jack Duncan thanked Bullock and his staff for working to bring sand to

the north end before hurricane season in an April 24 email. “I’m sure this news will bring a real sense of relief to our north end residents,” Duncan said. “I know you and staff have worked around the clock to expedite this process and for that, and I hope I speak for our north end residents, you have my praise and thanks.” Florensa, though, urged residents to realize the sand is nothing more than a stop-gap measure until groins can be installed the following summer to hold sand in the area. “This sand won’t be staying on the shore for long,” Florensa said. “But it’s an emergency protection measure that’s needed for north end residents.”

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Sarasota, Siesta Cove $1,490,000 4/5 The Barbara Ackerman Group 941-387-1820 MLS#A3991251 77468

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also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Federici’s parents wanted their son to become a dentist, so he told them he had enrolled in dental school in California but continued to work nearby at the New York Daily News. His parents discovered the charade after his father flipped open the newspaper to a feature story about the history of the New York police officer’s Billy club with the byline “William V. Federici” while Federici was visiting. “How’s dental school?” his father asked his son, who hadn’t known his editor had

His reporting also led to the arrest of Richard Speck, a serial killer who murdered five nurses in Chicago. In the mid-1970s, Federici served for two years as press secretary to the Nadjari Commission that was formed to prosecute corruption in the criminal justice system before returning to the New York Daily News as its Brooklyn editor. Federici received three Pulitzer Prize nominations and 34 journalistic awards, including the George Polk Award for excellence in local reporting. He left newspapers in 1981 to become public relations director for the Brooklyn Union Gas Co., where he served until retiring in 1996. In retirement, Federici’s neighbors often saw the qualities that made him a topnotch reporter. Loren Lysen, his next-door neighbor at Harbour Links for 10 years, said Federici pursued a good story whether he was on the golf course or the dinner table. “He used to say, ‘Here’s something coming from left field’ and ask that question that would be able to satisfy everybody,” Lysen said. “I could see it was his inquisitive nature.” Federici was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Linda, sons, the Rev. William and Robert Federici; stepson, Anthony Vulpi; brother, Ted; and three grandsons.

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published the story because his editor planned to surprise him with his first byline. “I thought my brother was going to faint right there,” Ted Federici said. But his parents accepted his career choice, and Federici went on to become a nationally recognized crime reporter. Notorious mob boss Joe Colombo allowed Federici to shadow him. Federici reported on the assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Charles Manson trials. Federici became the news when he recovered the 100.32-carat DeLong Star Ruby after Jack “Murph the Surf” stole it with two others in October 1964 from the American Museum of Natural History. According to the New York Daily News, an unidentified person holding the gem contacted Federici seeking $25,000 in ransom. After philanthropist John D. MacArthur agreed to pay, Federici was told to go to a phone booth in Palm Beach Gardens and wait for a call. The caller told him to face the door, reach up and he would feel the ruby. The Sept. 3, 1965 cover of the New York Daily News featured a photo of Federici reaching up into the phone booth with the headline “HERE’S RUBY!” Federici’s coverage of child abuse in New York State helped change state laws.

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Three-bedroom La Firenza condo sells for $2.1 million. PAGE 22A

COMMEMORATION Communities unite to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day. PAGE 19A

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VILLA Jay Tallman and his Ascentia Development Group held an open house April 24, at the recently restored Villa Am Meer home. The event marks the beginning of the group’s construction of the 16-unit Aria condominium project on the property. The historic 79-year-old home will be used as a sales office first and, eventually, as a community clubhouse. Tallman hopes to begin construction on the condominium in June and complete the project in fall 2015.

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TUESDAY, MAY 6 Birds & Bears Exhibit Opening — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Plymouth Harbor’s Mezzanine Art Gallery, 700 John Ringling Blvd. The exhibit showcases the wildlife photography of Lou Newman. Call 365-2600.

THURSDAY, MAY 8

Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Call 3832466.

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DON’T MISS Fourth annual Food & Wine on Pine What: Experience culinary and cultural treats at the Fourth annual Food & Wine on Pine. The culinary event features local foods, wines and craft beers as well as art and music. Admission is $2, with children under 12 free. Tickets for food and beverages are $1 each. Event proceeds will benefit local art and children’s charities. Call Caryn at 778-8705 for more information. When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3 Where: Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria

— takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Longboat Key Club’s Spike ’n’ Tee’s, 361 Longboat Club Road. This event serves as an opportunity to mingle with elected officials. Cost is $15. RSVP at 383-2466.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Sister Keys Cleanup — takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway. Participants will travel by boat to the mangrove islands to remove trash and debris. Volunteers receive free lunch at Mar Vista after the cleanup. To register, visit sarasotabaywatch.org.

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• A Limited-Edition Lido Key Community • Coastal contemporary style with eco friendly materials • Expansive 2,450 sq. ft. open floor plans • Penthouse residences include 2,250 sq. ft. roof-top terrace

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LIDO KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION • Three bedroom and Three full baths • Desirable single floor living • European kitchen and bath designs • Highest quality craftsmanship and finishes

• Two parking spaces available per owner • Flexible rental terms & welcoming pet policy • Amenities area complete with resort-style pool spa, fire-pit, & cabanas • Artisan BBQ grill on each residence terrace

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS - Priced from $1,050,000 - Call Patrick for more information at 941-323-0033

Lots From $2M Longboat Key $7,950,000 Longboat Key $2,249,000 Lido Key $2,099,000 Longboat Key Gorgeous Sarasota Bay front estate. 9,000 sf of luxury awaits you in this Country Club Shores - 4,200 sf residence of pure luxury with 5 BR / 3.5 BA, to Ritz Carlton managed Beach Residence, professionally designed 3BR/3BA home, Small enclave of lots available on the Gulf of Mexico. Rare opportunity to build your own home & be a part of this private gated community of only 9 homes! newer built masterpiece situated on 1 full acre of pristine land! be built to all of the newest hurricane codes. Deeded Beach Access. with incredible views & all of the luxurious amenities of resort style living!

Prices, plans & specifications are subject to change without notice. Offer void where prohibited by law. Broker cooperation welcome. Oral representation cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representation of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to this brochure & to the documents required by Section 718.503, Florida Statutes, to be furnished by a developer to buyer or a lessee. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Longboat Key $1,299,000 Best priced waterfront home on the Island! Beautifully remodeled Mediterranean home in Emerald Harbor. Oversized lot w/ 105’ of sailboat water frontage, extra wide canal & direct bay access. Private beach short walk across Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Bird Key $1,274,000 Lowest priced sailboat waterfront home! Only two lots in from SRQ Bay. This 4,000 sf home needs updating but has tons of potential with room to grow! Minutes to Sarasota Bay.

Longboat Key $679,900 Players Club - Location! Location! Southern LBK. Popular Denia Bldg, 2BR / 2.5BA home w/spectacular sunsets. Private & gated enclave on the Gulf of Mexico.

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One Watergate - Downtown Sarasota Rarely available 2BR/2BA ‘A’ floor plan is ready to be customized to your personal vision. Spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and the Marina from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The perfect downtown location! $449,000

Grand Bay I - Views Views Views Turnkey furnished, updated 9th floor Cayman plan residence with 3BR /3.5 BA, soaring 11’ ceilings, and new wood floors. Enjoy sunrises on Sarasota Bay AND glorious sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico! $1,575,000

Corey’s Landing - Beauty on the Bay Rarely available stand alone home with 3 bedrooms+ family room, 3.5 baths with 18’ ceilings directly on Sarasota Bay. Bring your boat to your new private boat dock. 2-car garage. $1,729,000

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

Fairway Bay Atruim - Direct Bay Front Sweeping Bay views from this completely redone 3BR/2BA partially furnished residence at the Atrium. Walk down right to the pool from your private waterfront terrace! Granite surfaces, Porcelean tile floors, custom lighting and wood built-in’s. $839,000

Mainland Sarasota - Waterfront Value Beautiful custom built 3BR residence with study and rec room is set back on a 1/2+ acre lot and has water views from most every room! 3-car garage and private dock. $875,000

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

On the Gulf - Longboat Key Gated estate on nearly 2 acres with 150’ of pristine beach front on the Gulf of Mexico, built in 2007. 7 BR/6.5 BA, elevator, 2-story library, separate attached guest wing, 4-car garage. $8,900,000

Promenade - Longboat Key Gulf Front Style, Sophistication, Simply a WOW on the Beach! Completely redone with sweeping Southwest views of the Gulf & Sarasota city skyline. Located on the 8th floor, 2BR/2BA & a 23’ terrace. $998,000

Longboat Beach House - Direct Gulf Front Updated first floor corner location. 2BR/2BA, fully furnished, walk out to the beach or enjoy nightly sunsets from your lanai! $545,000

Phoenix - Golden Gate Point Stunning sunsets, style, and sophistication from this 3,785 square foot Bay front residence with three full bedrooms plus a media room, three full baths and a powder room. Rarely available! Being sold completely furnished. $2,395,000

Beachplace III - Bay Gulf and Golf Course Views The perfect beach getaway! Southeastfacing, turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA 5th floor corner residence has wood floors, tasteful furnishings, lovely décor & 2 valuable parking spaces. $569,000

Westway Drive - Vacant Lot Build your dream home! Gorgeous lot on 113’ of seawall is fenced & gated and has large private dock with water & electric. Rarely available! $5,000,000

Lido Regency - Bay and City Views Choice south corner two bedroom two bath apartment on the 10th floor with tons of space, oak wood floors, and spectacular Sarasota Bay and city views! $469,000

Grand Bay III - Incredible Views Never lived in custom-designed 2BR + office/3BA apartment on the 3rd floor with sparkling Bay and city views. 2 garage parking spaces included. $1,149,000

Sleepy Lagoon - Longboat Key Stunning waterfront home on Marbury Lane with 4 bedrooms + den / 4.5 bathrooms totaling 2,702 square feet. Completely renovated, new appliances, pool, boat dock and even a putting green out back! $948,000

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All Angels holds Southern celebration for snowbirds The congregation of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church enjoyed a farewell party with a Southern hospitality theme April 23, at the Bay Isles Beach Club. The evening included views of the water and a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and more.

Barb MacLean, Jane Perin, Diana Emrich and Elaine Smith

Marcy Gobell and Marilyn Watsey

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Kay and Keith Tschannen with Ginny Dreher and Ev Randlett

Jan and the Rev. Paul Eckel, Christ Church interim pastor

Congregation of Christ Church bids fond farewell to snowbirds Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian parishioners gathered for a farewell party April 26. Attendees enjoyed homemade hors d’oeuvres and desserts as they said goodbye to friends until next season.

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Lynne Koy

by Kelsey Grau | Community Editor

Community observes Yom HaShoah at Temple Beth Israel After extreme brutality and suffering, some find comfort in silence. But, even greater comfort and clarity can be found in honoring the fallen with shared stories, not only of the sorrow and anguish, but also of the instances of selflessness and humanity. This sense of sharing was a common theme throughout this year’s community observance of Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, April 27, at Temple Beth Israel. The SarasotaManatee Rabbinical Association and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee organized the gathering. A connected community was evident throughout the afternoon of observance as people from across Sarasota and Manatee counties joined together in remembrance. The Kings String Quartet from Pine View School provided music during the ceremony, while Cantor Cliff Abramson moved the audience with his rendition of “Ani Ma’amin,” or “I Believe,” before the six memorial candles were lit. Each candle represented 1 million Jews whom the Nazis and their collaborators killed. A seventh candle was lit in memory of other prisoners and soldiers who died. Local Holocaust survivors and their family members, Paul Molnar, Jack Boardman, Hilde Mandel, David Grace, Margot Colville and Renate Kirshenbaum, lit the candles during the service after sharing their experiences with the Holocaust. Molnar was taken to Auschwitz at 14 and survived the death march by escaping into the mountains. He moved to the U.S., got married and founded a successful business. “Those monsters didn’t win,” Molnar

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said. “Because I recreated a whole family.” Paul Bartrop, professor of history and director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, spoke about the “Goodness During the Holocaust: Acts of Helping Amidst the Horror.” “The Holocaust was a time when living space, food, sanitation facilities and medicine were at a premium,” Bartrop said. “Those who hid Jews from the Nazis risked their own lives and … the lives of their families. Given the enormous risks in undertaking these rescue efforts, it’s remarkable that these initiatives took place at all.” A Yom HaShoah essay competition, which the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association sponsored, was also part of this year’s commemoration. With nearly 70 essays submitted, Justin Hartshorne, a 10th-grade student at North Port High School, won first place.

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The grand entry leads to a spacious living room with large Anderson hurricane windows with built-in entertainment center and the formal dining room is adorned with hand painted murals. The chefs dream dine-in kitchen offers granite throughout, custom cabinetry, Wolf gas range/Subzero refrigerator, and prep island.

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Enjoy the cozy fire pit, heated pool(15 x 40)/spa + pool bath all just steps to the beach. This home has a 3-door side entry 10+ car garage with ample storage for boats, canoes, jet skis and your collectables. Every attention to detail has been included in this luxurious beach front property. Must be seen to be fully appreciated. It is truly a 'one of a kind' home on Florida's west coast. MLS #A3984182

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2204 HARBOUR COURT DRIVE - Spacious 3BR+Den/3.5BA villa with Intracoastal and partial Bay views. Private dock. $999,000

Bayside Listings

VIZCAYA #3C1 - 4BR/4.5BA Gulf front with private pool, walk down to beach & oversized 2-car garage. $3,995,000

SABAL COVE - 3BR+Den/4.5BA home with wide open floorplan and views over lake of Harbourside Blue golf course. $1,995,000

SANCTUARY II #B205 - 3BR/2.5BA home with direct Gulf views. Offered furnished. $1,595,000

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

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS #804S - Elevated 2BR/2BA end residence with open floorplan and panoramic views. $1,149,000

ATRIUM #535 - Furnished 3BR/2.5BA remodeled condominium home with open bay views and 2 parking spaces. $1,299,000

360 NORTH - 280 N. Shore Road #6 - Three levels of splendor amid the northernmost beach of Longboat Key. $849,000 LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS #802N - Stunning 8th fl, 2BR/2BA residence with Gulf to Bay views. $970,000 SANCTUARY IV #303 - 2BR+Den/2.5BA furnished home with partial Gulf views from large wrap around terrace. $890,000 LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS #803S - 2BR/2BA residence offer$849,000 ing Gulf, Bay, golf course and downtown views.

PRIVATEER #1002N - Beautifully renovated 10th floor 2BR/2BA Penthouse, furnished turn-key. Gulf to Bay views $699,000

Longboat Key’s Top Realtor

• First in Number of Homes Sold • First in Sales Volume of Homes Sold • First Class Results Source: Mid Regional MLS for Longboat Key,, 2012

1400 HARBOR SOUND DRIVE - Vacant lot with picturesque waterway view to the Bay. $1,249,000 GRAND BAY #354 - 3BR/3Full/2Half Bath, 5th floor residence with panoramic Gulf and Bay views. Includes 2 covered parking spaces. $1,149,000 GRAND BAY #344 - Bay, golf and mooring views from this 2BR+Den/3Full/2Half Bath, 4th floor residence. $999,000

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

GRAND BAY #145 - 3BR/3Full/2Half Bath, beautiful, turn-key furnished with golf course & Bay views. $889,000

BEACHPLACE BLDG. 8-202 - Direct Gulf residence with awesome beach to water views. $712,500

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

PRIVATEER #1002N - Beautifully renovated 10th floor 2BR/2BA Penthouse, furnished turn-key. Gulf to Bay views. $699,000

2043 HARBOUR LINKS DRIVE - 3BR/2.5BA courtyard villa with 2-car garage and pleasant golf course views. $499,000

ISLANDER CLUB #22S - 2BR/2BA, furnished home with $525,000 pleasing Gulf views and one carport.

LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - The west coast’s largest marina has a 45’ slip just for you! $74,500

THE SHORE #213 - 2BR/2BA with garden, pool and Gulf views. $429,000

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SEAPLACE M1 #105 -Updated, furnished 2BR/2BA. $399,000


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REID MURPHY Luxury on the Water

Here’s a roundup of reader-submitted photos from events around the Key. To submit photos for this new weekly feature, email Kelsey Grau at kgrau@yourobserver.com.

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SLEEPY LAGOON ESTATE

Bayside Estate

On Approximately 2 Acres Newly renovated four bedroom home, gated drive, private tennis court, deepwater dock with direct bay access. $2,265,000

Submitted by Shirley Myers

LONGBEACH VILLAGE ARTISTS. The Longbeach Village artists gathered April 9, at Bradenton Country Club, for their end of season luncheon.

Submitted by Roger Goldstein

TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL BARBECUE. The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Israel held its closing barbecue April 6, at the Bay Isles Beach Club. More than 70 temple members attended and dined on hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, all of which they grilled on-site. Judy Goldstein and Russel Kennedy provided the music, but attendees were invited to come up to the mic and sing, as well.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,670,000 Beautifully decorated living area. Tropical pool, deepwater dock, canal & bay views.

LOCATION! LOCATION! $1,200,000 3 BR/3 BA Country Club Shores on sailboat water. Close to everything!

3BR PENTHOUSE CORNER LOCATION $362,000 Two large private porches, no shared walls in Gulf to Bay community w/ beach, boat dock & fishing pier.

POSITANO GULF FRONT PENTHOUSE $3,950,000 3BR/3BA + den. Superb amenities & finishes.

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

LIGHTHOUSE POINT SPECTACULAR $5,500,000 Private master + 3 guest suites. Fabulous indoor/outdoor living.

Submitted by Phyllis McGuire

ST. MARY WOMEN’S GUILD LUNCHEON. The St. Mary Star of the Sea Women’s Guild installed new board members at a luncheon April 8, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Pictured are Pat Stusek, treasurer; Jo Franz, recording secretary; Jane Cronon, corresponding secretary; Vivian Leahy, president; and Eileen Hassel, vice president.

941.383.5577

www.WagnerRealty.com

FABULOUS 2BR/2BA meticulously maintained property is ready for immediate occupancy. Light, bright & plenty of room for company. The updated beach decor makes this home move in ready! $149,900 Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5843678

JUST STEPS AWAY FROM THE TENNIS COURTS. Jr. Olympic heated pool & fitness center. This 2BR/2BA unit is offered turnkey furnished w/open floor plan, oversized garage & screened lanai. $239,000 Mary Moore & Dia Wilson #M5842540

SPECTACULAR PANORAMIC VIEW of mangrove preserve and Sarasota Bay from this beautiful 2BR/2BA 3rd floor condo in Windward Bay. Great mid-key community with tons of amenities. $265,000 Kelly Belisle #M5843015

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. $594,500 Lissy LaFlamme #M5843715

2BR/2BA FABULOUS FULL GULF FRONT condominium is completely remodeled. Great income rental potential. Turnkey furnished and ready for immediate occupancy. $619,900 Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5842686

SPECTACULAR 3BR/3BA CANAL FRONT pool home in Sleepy Lagoon. Davit for 25’ boat.. Deeded beach access and upgrades galore including a home warranty. $799,900 Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5841430

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

139666

DISTINCTIVE HOME Unique 2014 custom home in award winning CONRAD BEACH on LBK. 3BR/3BA w/upgrades too numerous to list. Coastal theme architectural design, community pool and walk to beach. $1,200,000 Peter & Gina Uliano #M5841410 For property management, call Bonnie Wiedeman 941-383-5577

$8,200,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,250,000 BAYFRONT POINT 4BR ESTATE 4BR custom home w/designer finishes. Deepwater One private acre+ separate guest house. Boat docks. dock w/lift.

GRAND MARINER BAYSIDE $1,600,000 - $2,400,000 Luxury 3,200 - 3,600 SF 3BR condos with boat docks.

DREAM ISLAND ROAD $1,623,000 4BR canal home on sailboat water w/dock & lift.

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON LONGBOAT KEY Wide canal lot on Dream Island Rd. $875,000 Deep water canal in Sleepy Lagoon $600,000

SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT ESTATE $8,700,000 5BR 10,000 sq. ft. masterpiece. Views plus dock.

Developers Realty Inc. Lic. R.E. Broker • 1266 1st St., Suite 9, Sarasota, FL 34236

139563

NICE AND COZY 2BR/1BA 1980 Mobile Home for sale in an active community with deeded beach access and a marina. $119,000 Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5841236


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BUILDING PERMITS

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

La Firenza condominium sells for $2.1 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between April 14 and April 18. A condominium in La Firenza tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Steven and Caryn Silver and Robert and Veronica Kaslander sold their Unit S-201 condominium at 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Peter Jacullo III, trustee, of Ridgefield, Conn., for $2.1 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,521 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,216,600 in 2007.

Grand Bay

Anthony and Catherine Buckingham, of Kent, United Kingdom, sold their Unit 165 condominium at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd. to Geoffrey Thompson and Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., for $915,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $925,000 in 2013.

Sea Gate Club

Pearlie Rabin, trustee, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., sold the Unit 14-B condominium at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Ana Tenreiro, of Clark, N.J., for $608,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $191,800 in 1984.

Address 744 Jungle Queen Way 3475 GMD 415 L’Ambiance Drive 2295 GMD 1540 Harbor Cay Lane 1935 GMD 1485 GMD 4835 GMD 850-858 Spanish Drive S. 3320 GMD 5230 GMD 1109 GMD 3330 GMD 618 Cedars Court 3710 GMD

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Unit S-201 at La Firenza, 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has three bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths and 3,521 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.1 million.

Country Club Shores

KDL Investments LLC sold the home at 597 Cutter Lane to Thomas and Cheryl Mueller, of Paupack, Pa., for $1 million. Built in 1963, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,963 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $825,000 in 2011.

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of April 18 through April 24, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Permit Addition Re-roof Windows Sliding glass doors Re-roof Sliding glass doors Alteration Sliding glass doors/windows Re-roof Sliding glass doors/windows Windows and entry door Awning Windows Garage door replacement Windows

Applicant John Rattigan Jr. 3475 GMD LLC LKC Holdings Ltd.

Amount $30,575 $27,295 $25,847

Ronald Horner Timothy Clarke, trustee

$23,948 $23,715

John Ernst $17,456.50 Michael Arnold Life Estate $15,800 William Krugler Barry Napiecek

$12,490 $11,500

Kevin Hollister

$10,694

Richard Kent Beachplace Condo Assoc. Richard Leslie

$9,942 $9,800 $9,000

Stephen Hopkins Alteration

$1,017 $1,000

Harbour Oaks at Longboat Key Club

Joan Kelly, of Minneapolis, sold her Unit 1401 condominium at 2185 Harbourside Drive to Jean Aime and Lisa Buttenheim, of Longboat Key, for $495,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,219 square feet of living area.

Bayport Beach and Tennis Club

Stephen and Teresa Dix sold their Unit F-1 condominium at 843 Bayport Way to Ravi and Shirley Venkataraman, of Cookeville, Tenn., for $325,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,260 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $105,000 in 1988.

Pelican Harbour and Beach Club

Carl Jamison and Priscila Jamison, of Downers Grove, Ill., sold their Unit V-2 condominium at 4234 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Gary and Nancy D’Alonzo, of

Lutz, for $312,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,150 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2010.

Windward Bay

Pauline Ney, trustee, of Longboat Key, sold the Unit 305 condominium at 4500 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Lance and DeEva Copperman, of Longboat Key, for $242,500. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,096 square feet of

living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 2013.

ST. ARMANDS Sarasota Harbour East

Jerry and Charlotte Richaeson, of Benton, Ky., sold their Unit 21 condominium at 769 John Ringling Blvd. to Angelo Bettera, trustee, of Niantic, Conn., for $295,000. Built in 1965, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 938 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 2001.

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

1445 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 502 #A3989515 $975,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

575 Sanctuary Dr # 403 #A3993941 $949,000 Carol Cohen Pa

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-356-3829

1045 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 403 #A3989080 $775,000 Janis Collier

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-313-1212

545 Rountree Dr #A3996752 $769,000 Michael Yawitz

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-587-8091

580 Chipping Ln #A3992292 $3,200,000 Marcia Salkin & Stacy Hanan

2425 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 12 #A3995797 $747,000 Mel & Jan Goldsmith

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

1212 Ben Franklin Dr # 202 #A3990339 $696,000 Douglas Parks

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

2105 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 3204 #A3995170 $690,000 Susan Fox

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-544-6648

1085 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 602 #A3988701 $639,000 Jenifer Schwell

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

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

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

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

2525 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 4B #A3993027 $619,000 Tom Delaney

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-387-3990

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 1095 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 103 #A3993340 $609,000 Klaus Lang

267 Benjamin Franklin Dr #A3993989 $3,195,000 Stephanie Church

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-320-1223

1926 Harbourside Dr # 1301 #A3991171 $599,000 Jennifer Putnam

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-539-6768

Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

2109 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 1201 #A3957661 $549,500 Hannerle Moore

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

3436 Winding Oaks Dr # 44 #A3995390 $549,000 Nina Dearing

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-809-0038

5265 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 308 #A3989789 $485,000 Eileen Burke

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

3440 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 6 #A3996889 $475,000 Susan Smith

Longboat Key 941-383-5502 941-302-3440

1770 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 206 #A3986006 $399,999 David Simon

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-400-8764

1930 Harbourside Dr # 124 #A3982406 $339,000 Saint Cacchiotti

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

225 Sands Point Rd # 6204 #A3985969 $334,000 Terri Derr

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

4600 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 203 #A3993106 $324,000 Sharon Freeman

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


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michaelsaunders.com Explore now on your phone or tablet.

By Robin Hartill | News Editor

Courtesy photo

The home at 232 Seagull Lane has an Infinity pool that overlooks Sarasota Bay.

offer new-pool construction. The Holmes Beach-based company has offered pool maintenance, equipment repair and replacement, resurfacing and full-service cleaning since 2007. “Our customers made me decide to start building,” said Tom Sanger, commercial pool contractor, in a news release. “We continuously get calls asking us to build pools and to make custom backyard spaces. My biggest motivation is the industry I’m in and the endless capabilities there are with pools. I want to be known as a leader in my field.” Sanger and his crew use design software Pool Draw to customize pools according to client preference.

+ $6.1 million sale is top Bird Key transaction since 2008 + Manatee County’s property A Bird Key home at 232 Seagull Lane tax payment plan approaches sold April 11 for $6.1 million.

The sale was the highest transaction recorded on Bird Key since January 2008, when the home at 643 Mourning Dove Drive sold for $6.9 million. Douglas and Cynthia Tibbetts, of Sarasota, were the sellers of the home, and Mark and Ellen DiZio, also of Sarasota, were the buyers, according to Sarasota County property records. Cheryl Loeffler, of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, was the listing agent. Lynn and Michael McDonald, of Coldwell Banker, represented the buyer. Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths, a pool and 7,287 square feet of living area, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s website, sc-pa.com.

Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr.’s Office announced that April 30 is the deadline to participate in the 2014 installment plan for property tax payments. The application is for the 2014 tax year and does not apply to unpaid 2013 taxes, which are now delinquent. Manatee County taxpayers can apply at taxcollector.com. To participate, the application must be filed by April 30. The first installment must be paid no later than June 30. For more information, call 750-9566.

5444 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3997003 $4,250,000 Richard Perlman

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-228-8580

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

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

35 Watergate Dr # 1606 #A3990187 $2,100,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-350-3743

8900 Fishermens Bay Dr #A3992099 $1,995,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-350-5022

609 Triton Bend #A3990694 $1,774,900 Barbara Najmy

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-705-1158

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

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

6413 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3994801 $1,299,000 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

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

3565 Mistletoe Ln #A3996149 $999,000 Julie Klick

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-780-6001

600 Yardarm Ln #A3994184 $995,000 Annette Rogers

Longboat Key 941-383-7591 941-284-7373

3060 Grand Bay Blvd # 124 #A3979353 $890,000 Linda Thompson

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-400-0805

250 Sands Point Rd # 5401 #A3921919 $599,000 Gail Wittig

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

+ LaPensee expands to offer new-pool construction LaPensee Plumbing and Pools recently expanded its swimming pool division to

4600 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # E204 #A3996916 $295,000 Bobbi Banan

4540 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 202 #A3979332 $254,900 Sharon Freeman

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

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

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RE N TA L

4310 Falmouth Dr # 206 #A3996934 $289,000 Sandi Layfield

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

2050 Benjamin Franklin Dr # A301 Sarasota #A3974539 $7,800-$8,500/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

2301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 81 Longboat Key #A3964751 $4,000-$5,500/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

4400 Exeter Dr # 202 #A3983983 $289,500 Sharon Freeman

3465 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 105 #A3983303 $224,900 Ian Addy Pa

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

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

RE N TA L

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

5135 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 203 Longboat Key #A3961760 $4,000-$6,500/month, 30 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L S 5871 Gulf Of Mexico Dr #A3996985 $7,900,000 Christina Landry

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

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White Sands of Longboat whitesandsoflongboat.com 800.230.2428

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TEMPERATURES

Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Tuesday, April 22

77

57

94 (1974)

49 (1978)

Wednesday, April 23

77

64

91 (1965)

46 (1993)

Thursday, April 24

79

61

92 (1999)

45 (1986)

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80

63

92 (1958)

48 (1998)

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86

65

91 (1958)

47 (1983)

Sunday, April 27

86

67

91 (1971)

45 (1926)

Monday, April 28

89

70

92 (1974)

45 (1977)

Average Gulf water temperature: 77

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MAN’S BEST FRIEND by Dennis E. Mitchell

Edited by Timothy E. Parker

2. J S I B

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54 Cinema’s Mr. Tibbs 56 Summer yard chore 58 ___-serif (type style) 60 “... and pretty maids all in ___” 62 Created 64 Suit to ___ 66 Attach by hammering 67 Hiding the gray, in a way 70 Didn’t hesitate 71 Employ 72 ___ Gay (WWII bomber) 74 Clean a blackboard 76 Antarctic bird 79 Authorize by law 81 Plant of the lily family 82 Jamaican music genre 84 Every man for himself 86 Jewish house of prayer 87 Boy Scout activity 88 Lawn greenery 90 “Green” emotion 92 Bookworm 95 Compete 97 Antenna housings 99 Affirm to be true 101 Pointing, as with a gun 102 Irritated moods 103 Easter basket filler 106 Eagle nest 108 Sage of India 110 Handle the food for a party 111 Twitter message 112 Beetle Bailey’s nemesis 114 City map 116 Bagel’s center 118 “Ten Most Wanted” agcy. 119 Computer network acronym 121 Suffix for “Hallow” 123 Lennon’s wife

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END TABLE: $100. Sofa table, $100. Contemporary, glass tops with bronze metal bases. Call 407-310-4446.

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.

BEST KEPT SECRET ON LONGBOAT KEY. Spanish Main Yacht Club, cozy artist’s villa, $285,000. 941-383-0285.

G.E. WASHER and Dryer, excellent condition, $199 for both. 941-962-4884. OAK PEDESTAL dining table 42" square with 4 padded chairs. $150. 941-383-3301. TV STAND/ÉTAGÈRE: honey colored, rattan, 72”hx30”wx17”d. Very good condition, $65. White wicker clothes hamper, $15. 383-3193.

Autos For Sale 2004 INFINITI G35 Sedan: 153,000 miles, runs great, garage kept, $5,700. (941) 448−5207.

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

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOAT SLIP Rental Wanted. Dry dock for 18’ boat. Yearly rental. 941-225-2170.

LBK MOORINGS; 45’ slip, P-4, near bay for rent by owner. $450/mo. Monthly or longer. 941-383-3103 or 469-556-7651.

LONGBOAT HARBOR: 2BR/2BA, elegant top floor, furnished, bay/harbor views, W/D and whirlpool in unit, 4/pools, tennis, activities, exercise room, clubhouse, private beach, beachhouse. May-Dec. or Annual $1500/mo. plus utilities. Non-smoking. No pets. Call 941-544-4509.

Condos For Sale BY OWNER: LONGBOAT KEY CLUB: INN ON THE BEACH. Private club suite, turnkey, tennis, Golf course view, 650/ sq.ft. $339,000. 708-267-6704. 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 GORGEOUS VIEWS. Penthouse Condo 2/2. Updated kitchen & bathrooms, new carpet and tile. Steps away from the beach. $405,000. (941) 275−6266 www.sarasotacoastalliving.com

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Room For Rent 2BR/2BA LONGBOAT Key. Private, Furnished, Queen bed, bath, laundry. 1ST, Last, Security. No Smoke, Pets. Bungalow 55+ only resort. 941−809− 8770 Ronna. Long term $670/mo.

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HEALTH SCOOTER: Hardly used. New battery, armrest, basket. Paid $1750. Sell for $495 o/b/o. Call 941-921-5687.

Pools/Spas HOT TUB seats 5, with lounger, 110 or 220 volt. Never used. Can deliver. Sacrifice $1895. 941-462-0633.

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May 3rd. @ 3p.m. 5736 63rd St. E., Bradenton Silver coins, old paper money. Lots of tools, lawn mowers, furniture, jewelry, poker table, art & more. For pictures: www.afraac.com All Florida Realty & Auction Co.

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Personals *ADOPTION*: Actress, Former, yearns to be Future At-Home-Mom. Financially Secure & Very Loving. Expenses paid. Trish* 1-800-552-0045 FLBar 42311.

Office Open 7 Days, 9a.m. - 5p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Fully equipped 2BR/2BA condos with washer and dryer, and wireless internet in each unit. Extra Large Heated Gulf View Swimming Pool!

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BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810.

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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.

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2015 SEASONAL GULFFRONT CONDO. lonGBoAT TERRACE 2BR/2BA condo. Tastefully decorated. 321-279-3610. A BEACHPLACE LBK Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, internet access, heated pool, covered parking, exercise room. Available Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec., 2014. Nonsmoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff

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Condos/Apts. For Rent 2BR/2BA LONGBOAT Key Longboat Harbour mid Key. Fantastic Bay to Gulf Complex with wonderful amenities and boat slips for only $360/yr. Furnished or Unfurnished. NS/NP $1,800. (435) 901−0300. BEACHPLACE RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, great views. Available August through December 2014. For info call 563-543-2787. BEACHPlACE, lBk. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available April through November, $2500/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950.

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Reservations 941-383-6127 Visa/ MC 800-352-0367 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101 Longboat Key, FL 34228 Rental office 9a.m. - 5p.m. M-F Ask about our special rates! Wagner Realty Since 1939 www.wagnerrentals.com

LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 941-351-5101. SUMMER AT the Beach. Private home with large pool and spa. Longboat Key. Beach access. Sleeps 6. Pet friendly. Long or short stays $2200/mo. Owner. 941-374-3642.

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COMPUTER TUTORING & Repairs. Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones. Setups and repairs, Internet Browsing and Shopping. Social Media, Skype, Email Setups, etc. For appointments, call 941-807-0471. 20% Discount for Seniors. OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

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With career sales volume in excess of $1 billion, Roger has been named: #1 Realtor on Longboat Key and Bird Key in 2013, 2012, 2010 & 2008 #1 Realtor for all of Sarasota in 2013, 2012, 2010 & 2008 #1 Single Coldwell Banker agent in all of Florida in 2013, 2012, 2010 & 2008

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650SouthOwlDrive.com Terrific waterfront value! 100 ft of water frontage, pool deck and dock. New roof in 2009.

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GrandBay265.com Spectacular views from this fully furnished 3BR Biscayne floor plan. Southern exposure and bayfront vistas overlooking the bay to downtown Sarasota. Two parking spaces.

GrandBay324.com Enjoy views of Sarasota’s bay, downtown and Harbourside Moorings Marina in this 3BR/3½BA Cayman in Building III.

HAWKS HARBOR 7038HawksHarborCircle.com The epitome of luxury living rests in this 2-acre private island on the bay. Customdesigned 4BR/4½BA home included, may be purchased without the home. $5,995,000

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BAY ISLES HARBOR 530HarborGate.com New, 4BR contemporary home with 200' of water frontage. Italian porcelain tile, custom lighting and audio/visual system, Teak summer kitchen. $4,395,000

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3613FairOaksPlace.com 2BR+den/2BA, open pool deck, lake views. 2-car garage. Private beach access. $879,000

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629RountreeDrive.com Located on deep sailboat water with newer dock and seawall. This spacious 3BR/3BA home offers formal living and dining rooms. Deeded beach access. $1,749,000

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RITZ RESIDENCES RitzPenthouse1701.com Exceptional Ritz penthouse! Stunning bay and city views from every room. Offers 4 terraces with almost 5,000 sq. ft. of living space. Includes Gold membership to Ritz Members Club. $3,500,000

RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES TowerResidences503.com Enjoy lovely sunsets and an ample layout that this exquisite 3BR/3BA residence in the heart of downtown offers. Ready to move right in! Furnished. $1,299,000

RITZ BEACH RESIDENCES BeachResidences303.com Lido beach's premiere community offers this lovely 2BR+den/2BA with a great layout and spacious Gulf terrace. $1,095,000

AQUARIUS Privateer906.com LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER II AquariusClub402.com Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and beach views from this beautiful, direct Gulf front 2BR/2BA Wonderful 2BR/2BA beach getaway. You will LongboatBeachcomber11.com adore Gulf sunsets from the terrace. $529,000 Walk out to the beach. 2BR/2BA ideal retreat residence. Furnished. $799,000 or rental. Furnished. $649,500

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ate in April 2013, students filled the seats of Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre. Students from Booker High School, Sarasota Military Academy and Sarasota High School watched their peers participate in a spoken-word poetry competition, or poetry slam. Teens spoke about failed suicide attempts, modern racism, abandonment, divorce or death of a parent. Some spoke about happier topics, such as young love and coming of age. This competition was one element of last year’s events leading up to PoetryLife Weekend. PoetryLife is a weekend-long celebration of poetry with educational initiatives leading up to it. This year’s PoetryLife weekend takes place May 2 and May 3, at various locations and will include readings by famous poets Kevin Young and Mark Doty, a community poem reading, a young voices reading featuring winners of the student contest and more. PoetryLife’s mission is to promote poetry in education. After last year’s competition,

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There are 1,100 students at Booker High School. Seven of these students participate in “Slam,” the inaugural spoken word club. Spoken word is like written poetry, but more visceral. Emotionally, it’s in the moment, and it’s often improvised. Slam founder Chandler Powell, 17, is one of these seven students. She founded the club with the encouragement of her teacher, Hellen Harvey, following last year’s poetry slam. Before she found spoken word, she says she wasn’t a talker. Today, Powell has a blog dedicated to spoken word, which she up-

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Georgia Co dates daily. She stands up to read a poem to her peers at the weekly Slam meeting. “Did you write that?” one of her peers said in disbelief. This year, Powell will participate in PoetryLife’s poetry slam contest for the second year. She uses poetry as a positive outlet for self-expression, and she thinks other students could use it, too. She says it has helped her become a positive leader.

Poetry sneaks into curriculum

Through PoetryLife, poet Alexis Orgera and poetry slam professional Cedric Hameed offer three workshops of varying levels that teachers can volunteer to attend. They become poets in these sessions and tap into their own creativity. Hameed also does weekly poetry outreach for students in their classrooms for two months prior to PoetryLife. In addition to the spoken word contest, students are encouraged to write and submit their traditional poetry for a contest. The 20 winners read in the Young Voices Poetry Reading. Angela Hartvigsen, fine arts program specialist for Sarasota County Schools, is glad to witness

the spark PoetryLife is beginning to create. “Poetry meets students where they are,” Hartvigsen says. “If they have issues with punctuation or limited English language skills, it can sometimes be less threatening, yet very rich in what a student can gain from it. “When we look at what employers look for in attributes for potential job candidates, creativity is way up there on that scale,” she says. Poetry helps build this creativity, which students can use later in life to solve problems and think outside of the box. Poets, she says, are the types of thinkers we want running the world. Aside from educational components, Hartvigsen believes poetry builds resilience in a person. It helps people find ways to talk about the difficult and unexplainable parts of life.

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Georgia Court, founder of PoetryLife and owner of Bookstore1Sarasota, was inspired to emphasize the educational component when she met writing teacher Joanna Fox. Fox walks barefoot among the kitchen tables and chairs that make up her classroom at Booker

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Middle School. Instead of fluorescent overhead lights, soft-glowing decorative lamps light the room. The classroom wall is cluttered with handwritten lines of poetry, two snakeskins, magnetic poetry and dragonfly exoskeletons. Fox, with her eclectic, homey classroom, creates a setting that invites poetry. Fox thinks PoetryLife is the perfect name. “Poetry is the condensed language of life,” she says. “The poet looks at what everyone else looks at, but sees what others miss and then helps others to see what they missed.” She points to a bumper sticker on her doorframe that reads “Metaphor be with you.” Fox thinks understanding metaphor helps students gain a deeper understanding of the other nonpoetry text and literature they read. Through writing poetry, her students learn to write concisely and apply the word choices and arrangements they use in poetrywriting to their other classes. In addition to reading poetry daily and writing poetry in her classes, all of Fox’s middle school students participate in Dragonfly Café, a nickname for their live poetry readings. This explains her dragonfly earrings, necklace and

sporadically placed dragonfly decor. At last year’s PoetryLife event, Fox’s Dragonflies performed menu-inspired “Pop-Up Poetry” at four downtown restaurants. For instance, one girl performed a coming-of-age piece about how now that she’s 13, chicken fingers can’t exist in her world. Through poetry, she helps students discover what they believe and stand for and how to voice it. It also teaches them to tune in and notice the subtle nuances of human nature. Fox takes her students into nature to count the 27 shades of green they see, to notice the fuchsia portulaca, to hear birds in conversation. The students — like the birds — learn to listen to each other, and develop a sense of community through poetry. Sometimes, when one student reads his or her poetry, another might cry, relating to it. Through poetry, she has seen students climb through the dark — whether they’re dealing with broken families, drugs or normal hormonal angst — and into the light. “When you share your poetry, you’re sharing the thumbprint of your soul,” she says.

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Sir Frederick Ashton Festival Sarasota Ballet At Historic Asolo Theater and Sarasota Opera House Runs through May 3. Call 359-0099, Ext. 101.

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Borgia acts as Asolo Rep’s hero IF YOU GO ‘Hero’ When: 8 p.m. Friday, May 2 Where: Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: Tickets $21 to $76 Info: Call 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org.

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ing on, she drove from New Jersey to Ithaca, N.Y., to be with her family, then drove back to call the evening show the next night. “Hero” has been particularly exciting because it’s a new musical. “It’s exciting to be apart of something as it’s being created because there are so many unknowns,” she says. “…There’s no reference … It didn’t exist until you were in the room creating it.” For instance, the set can rotate and four years have passed. Or, maybe it’s Christmas one minute, and 40 seconds later it needs to be Easter — she gets to help figure out all the details. The hope is that the production will have success in Sarasota so other theaters, even Broadway, will pick it up. “Everyone believes in the work they are doing right now, but it’s also really high stakes because they want it to move and go on,” she says. “I think it’s incredible and people are going to love it.”

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Booker gets its gun Originally, Booker VPA acting teacher and director Scott Keys wanted to present “Chicago.” He even persuaded the head of the magnet arts program to approve the racy Vaudeville-style musical. But, when they couldn’t get rights to it, he went with the classic American musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” It runs through May 3, at the Booker VPA Theatre. The production follows the true story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley’s life and love af-

fair with fellow marksman Frank Butler. They used to travel in Wild West shows, but their story is fictionalized and dramatized in this musical. Many of the Irving Berlin songs are recognizable, such as “There’s No Business like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.” The leading performers include senior Ellie McCaw in the title role, junior Ryan O’Dell as Frank Butler, senior Sam Anthony as Col. Buffalo Bill Cody, senior Gianni Damaia as Charlie Davenport and junior Zoe Verbil as Dolly Tate. Booker VPA’s acting pro-

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by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor started letting me help them when they were busy. Then it morphed into letting me cook.

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in West Virginia, my grandfather had a garden. I remember going out and picking scallions or spring onions with him, walking around with a saltshaker and we’d (sprinkle it on) and eat them right there.

WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF? Staying current, and keeping the locals of Sarasota interested in what we’re doing. Also, keeping the menu exciting and seasonal.

SO WHAT KIND OF MENU DEVELOPMENTS ARE YOU MAKING NOW? Right now, I’m working on

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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Morgantown, W. Va.

WHAT JOB DID YOU HAVE BEFORE

WHAT IS YOUR CULINARY BACKGROUND? Living in West Virginia, I

WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU PREPARED A MEAL FOR SOMEONE? I started out as a dishwash-

started working at The Greenbrier hotel for about six years. After that, I joined the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. I was cooking in local restaurants, and didn’t know what

er. I can remember trying to see what the guys on the line were doing and trying to get involved. They’d say, “Come on over,” and

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ON THE MENU? The Sarasota Ci-

oppino, $26. It’s very Jack Dusty. It’s one of our signature dishes.

IF THERE WERE AN INGREDIENT OR ITEM ON THE MENU THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR PERSONALITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I’d say the Jack Dusty

make-your-own s’mores because

WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT OUTSIDE OF JACK DUSTY? We just had our

second child, and while my wife was pregnant she always wanted me to take her to Drunken Poet Café to get the coconut curry soup.

YOUR DREAM CUSTOMER (DEAD OR ALIVE) COMES IN — SHE WANTS TO MEET THE CHEF — WHO IS IT? I’d say America’s

first celebrity chef, Julia Child. I’d love for her to come in and talk shop. It would be such a generational gap, so it would be neat to talk about the development of food from when she was cooking and in the scene until now.

DESCRIBE JACK DUSTY WITH ONE SONG: Beethoven’s “Ode to

Joy.” It’s from the period correct to our character Jack Dusty and his lifestyle. Plus, everyone who has ever worked in a restaurant has had a moment when they’ve been in the zone and have had that song come in their head. Sometimes (work is like) a beautiful symphony. Other times, you have a rail full of tickets and it’d be a heavy metal song … or maybe The Beatles’ “Help.”

GIVE US TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE ABOUT YOURSELF — YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL US WHICH IS WHICH. 1. I love being a father to my kids, Scarlett, 2, and newborn, Grace. 2. I listen to and collect vinyl records. 3. I’m good at lying.

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by Heather Merriman Black Tie Assistant Editor Children First’s 14th annual “The Fairytale Ball” was nothing short of spectacular. Ivy roped with string lights, deep purples and elegant silver silk linens, tree branch awnings and classic fairy tale melodies transformed Michael’s On East into an enchanted forest, just like those heard about in fairy tales. Upon entering the enchanted atrium the evening of April 26, guests enjoyed a signature cocktail, “The Mad Hatter,” a lemon vanilla martini, and spent time mingling and bidding on silent auction items. The enthusiasm for the suggested attire was extraordinary — from elegant gowns suited for queens to ball gowns with wands, more than 300 guests dressed in the theme. There were even some dressed in character — Dr. Anne Chauvet dressed as Rapunzel, Wayne and Mindy Rollins dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf and Gary and Debbie Knoflick dressed as Mickey Mouse

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and Minnie Mouse. Following the cocktail reception, guests gathered in the enchanted ballroom for dinner and the live auction. DJ Jonathan Cortez played fairy tale tunes and serenaded guests with his live performances. Guests spent the remainder of the night dancing at the ball, until the clock struck 12. The sold-out event was a huge success for Children First. “There was so much excitement for the event. Throughout the entire night people were dancing and having fun with a party feel all night,” says Children First Major Gifts Officer Angie Stringer. “The evening had a lot of enthusiasm with people wanting to support Children First.” Dr. Heidi Anderson and Dr. Paul Brannan, Matt and Lisa Walsh, Stan and Jo Rutstein and Larry and Nola Hietbrink co-chaired the event.

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AMONG CHILDREN FIRST’S ENCHANTED FOREST …

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he whole evening April 26 at Children First’s Fairytale Ball was spectacular. The theme was seen all over the transformed Michael’s On East ballroom — from the lighted vines hanging from the ceiling, the story book pages gracing the walls and the costumes and fairy tale fashions. Wayne Rollins not only donned a big bad wolf tail, but also fabulous patent leather spiked Christian Louboutins, Dr. Heidi Anderson showed off a “Wicked” handbag, Chris Voelker was kissing frogs that evening — husband Kirk had his face painted as the token addition to fairy tales and Jenn Stutler stood out in a custom gown she purchased at 530 Burns Gallery’s “Where Art Meets Fashion” event featuring designer Marisu Miranda. However, the award of best dressed goes to Renee Phinney, who looked stunning in her custom gown by Eric Cross. Phinney had the idea of wearing a storybook dress made from im-

ages from classic fairy tales — and the best to construct? Cross, who is known for his creative creations that have sashayed down the iConcept runway. He spent more than 15 hours constructing the dress, using bubble wrap, plastic sheeting and paper.

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It’s a boy! … Heather Dunhill and Ted MeekS ma hosted a Champagne TIDBIT toast for their new puppy, Carlos. The “puppy shower” allowed friends to mingle while enjoying Champagne and food catered by Fete. Seen cooing over the new fur baby: Kyla Weiner, Kim Livengood, Amy Sussman, Crystal Lahners, Barbara Banks, Terry McKee and Shelley Sarbey … Here comes the bride … Deb Knowles and Larry Kabinoff have been talking about the possibility of marriage for the larger part of their three years together. But she was in no hurry, and he didn’t push. The big breakthrough came a few weeks ago in as unromantic a place as you could imagine — their attorney’s office. Discussing a tax matter, the lawyer said, “This would be much simpler if you were married.” When it happened a second time, Larry hummed “Dum, dum, da  dum …” (the opening bars of the Wedding March from Lohengrin) resulting in the official engagement unofficially announced in Black Tie & Tales a few weeks ago … Meet my Mack … apparently, this column gave cupid a little nudge when we published that Mollie Nelson and Mack Harper had changed their respective Facebook statuses to “in a relationship.” They are

now officially engaged, an announcement made by dear friend and longtime neighbor Bill Wise at a “Meet My Mack” dinner April 22, at Michael’s Wine Cellar. The table favors were little tins of M&M’s monogrammed “Mack and Mollie,” of course … West meets West to feed local kids … Olivia Boutique on St. Armands is hosting a dual trunk show 4 to 7 p.m. May 1 and 2. It will feature personal appearances and made-inAmerica merchandise from California apparel designer David Klein and Sarasota’s own fine jewelry designer Marion Strickland of MK Designs. A portion of proceeds will go to All Faiths Food Bank’s “Campaign Against File photo Summer Hunger,” sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to assure that the 21,000 kids who rely on school meals don’t go hungry when school is out … Oops! Correcting an error in last week’s column: Paul and Doris Wolfe … Galileo to go … Dr. Fritz Faulhaber and his wife, Ping, hosted a reception April 21 to announce the Faulhaber Foundation’s plans for a Suncoast Science Center. They treated the assembly of about 100 elected officials, educators and potential supporters to the kind of “hands on” learning experience the center will provide by way of a demonstration of how four balls of dramatically different weight hit the floor simultaneously when dropped. And they sent guests home with a set of the balls to play with. The center needs all kind of help: donations, volunteers and advisors. To learn more, visit suncoastscience.org.

CVA BOARD PUTS ONE OVER ON THE BOSS

Attendees at the alwayssold-out April 22 Community Video Archives luncheon were treated to some charming insights beyond what was in the video biographies of this year’s inductees. Dan Kennedy: “Excellence in a school happens not in the front office, but in the classroom.” Alexandra Quarles: quoting Gary Lew, “This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” Sam Shapiro: “I’m happy to be here; at my age, 95, I’m happy to be anywhere.” And Gerri A sAfer ro Aaron: “Sarasota wouldn’t Applause allow a critical cable TV antenna to be built in the city so my husband (Comcast founder Dan Aaron) bought a pig farm on Fruitville and Honore for $10,000, where it remains today.” The more things change … Shapiro suggested in his comments that founder Annette Scherman should herself be nominated to the Video Hall of Fame and just a few minutes later, former CVA Board President Bob Johnson announced that is precisely what will happen next year. It took some doing; a board meeting that was minus one member. And he acknowledged, “She will come kicking and screaming.” Gotcha, Annette. Time to smile and gracefully accept so we can all applaud your induction in 2015.

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