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Siesta Key Beach updates

by Roger Pettingell

Retaining its Number 1 National Ranking

Facility and parking updates are key project elements

Siesta Key Beach pavilion
The recently completed Siesta Key Beach pavilion.

It was a warm Sunday recently with plenty of sunshine. So it was no wonder that the beaches would be crowded. But this was Siesta Key, once rated the number one beach in the nation by Dr. Beach. On this day canopied tents could be seen nearly side-by-side in each direction with seemingly unlimited numbers. The sands were also rated as best in the world as a result of the Great International Beach Challenge in 1987. The sand made of white quartz reflects nearly all of the sun’s rays making it a pleasant experience to walk on.

Over the years many factors came into play that began to erode the condition of the beach facilities. Siesta Beach continued its fantastic ride for tourism though and in 2015 was named the number one beach in the United States by TripAdvisor and AARP.

The beach with its facilities are now poised to retain its ranking as the best beach to be found in the nation, and the world. A $21.5 million restoration project started when the citizens of Siesta Key approved the Surtax III Economic Stimulus Program, which implemented a penny sales tax. Plans were set out to complete a project that would enhance the aging facilities built in the 1950s and expand the parking lots.

The designs in 2012 also included an east and west 15-foot wide esplanade of light-colored pavers that reflect the rays of the sun. They also planned for upgraded restrooms. A sheriff and lifeguard building is state of the art. The historic pavilion was restored as a public gathering place. Other improvements were made, a concession stand area was elevated to 19 feet creating a spectacular sunset viewing area, earning its name as the Sunset Deck.

Walkway to the shoreline
Access to the shoreline - An enhanced walkway was worked into the plans for easier access to the beach. Note the line of canopies in the background.

The parking lot was made easier to navigate and increased from 837 parking spaces to 980. Access from Beach Road was also improved. Over 1,300 palm and canopy trees that are native to the area replaced pine trees for aesthetics and less maintenance. Siesta Key Beach continues its tradition as a family-oriented park with new picnic tables and a children’s playground. Most of the park is handicapped accessible with ramps to upper areas and a long travel mat with access to the beachfront.

Siesta Key Beach is one of the safest in the world for families too. On its 100 acres of county-owned property there are highly trained lifeguards with the latest in life-saving equipment posted throughout the year. The shallow waters near the shore make it great for smaller children. Harmful currents are reduced since these depths are consistent along the shoreline.

The beach will continue its annual traditions. The annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic will begin November 11, 2016. For five days spanning that weekend sand-sculpting artists from around the world compete in this outdoor art gallery. There is an opening party on that Tuesday before the competition so you can meet the 24 participating artists. Some of the amateur artists that compete at Siesta Key Beach in an annual May contest go onto their professional careers from there. The Classic attracts over 17,000 visitors from outside of the area according to chamber of commerce statistics, nearly half of the 35,000 sand sculpting attendees.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition is held in November each year.

This year the 7th annual Fiesta on Siesta Key collegiate volleyball tournament was held in April. In that tournament 35 colleges from mostly southeastern United States competed. Siesta Key also participates in the Dig the Beach volleyball series of eight stops in Florida, with two stops held here in mid-May and early July. In this series professional and amateur teams of two compete for prize money and scholarships.

Last week I listed a country-club lifestyle home for sale in Stanhope Gate. I followed that up with marketing my Sarasota homes for sale in my Thursday REALTALK™ #95 video. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of this University Park Country Club home or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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7043 Stanhope Place $710,000   Photo Slideshow

 

Simple property searches

by Roger Pettingell

New property searches based on lifestyles

Find your dream home quicker with designed pages by area

Navigate to Property Listings, Lifestyles and the area
New searches - Navigate to Property Listings, Lifestyles and the area desired.

Searching for your dream home or residence in the area just got easier. Last week we launched a series of web pages that are designed for searches by an area of lifestyle. For the past couple of years you could perform a search by community such as Grand Bay or Bird Key. Now, let’s say you want to live on the beach of Longboat Key but haven’t decided on a community, or even if you have narrowed your search to a penthouse or single-family home. Under Property Listings at the top of the page, navigate to Lifestyle and select Gulf Beachfront. We have two pages of property searches for homes that are on the Longboat Key Club championship golf courses. Considering Bay Isles for its beach access? There is page devoted to all the communities with deeded access behind the manned gates of the Bay Isles Beach Club. Since Bay Isles has a large list with a wide price range, we’ve broken it down further and have selections to fit your budget. Here is a list of the lifestyle areas, with more in the plans.

The first is downtown Sarasota. New construction is apparent on almost every street increasing inventory in one of the most cultural cities in the country. Within walking distance you can see an opera, ballet, symphony orchestra or a world class event at the Van Wezel performing Arts Center. There are smaller venues for theater and comedy within the downtown district. Moor your boat at Marina Jack on Sarasota Bay or stroll over to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to explore the splendor of our plant-life. The Vue Sarasota dominates new construction in the area with 141 residences on 19 floors. New condominiums are also on Golden Gate Point and on the concentric streets that encircle Bayfront Drive. The Ritz-Carlton continues its excellence downtown with private residences. For value-driven buyers, consider getting in on the ground floor with new construction pricing. There is much to see and do in downtown, just waiting for your leap into luxury living.

Whether you are looking for a single family home or a high rise condominium, nothing is better than walking out to the white sands of Longboat Key on the Gulf of Mexico side and gazing at a spectacular sunset. Single family homes on the beach are clustered at the mid-mark and north end of the island. If maintenance-free living is your lifestyle choice, there is a vast selection of residences to choose from including properties at the ground level to luxurious penthouse suites. Many of these communities are close to fine dining, shopping and the diversity of cultural arts in Sarasota. Live with your toes in the sand in sunny Florida.

Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles - There are many properties for sale behind the two manned gates of Bay Isles so we broke out pages further by price range.

Residents of Bay Isles on Longboat Key enjoy privacy and the security of 24-hour manned guard gates. They also receive the amenities of their communities and deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. Outside the gates are the conveniences of grocery shopping, fine restaurants and services that complement their luxury lifestyle. There are several communities from which to live, from the maintenance-free living of single-family homes in Queens Harbour and Corey's Landing to the townhouses, homes and condominiums of Fairway Bay. Enjoy the luxury lifestyle of Grand Bay with six buildings of residences behind its own manned gates located on the Harbourside Golf Course and near the marina of the Longboat Key Club Moorings. Boat docks for yachts in the marina are sold on the Multiple Listing Service and they appear on the properties page that are for sale under $500,000. Homes in Bay Isles are highly desirable, including this home that was sold the day I listed it last week at 3541 Fair Oaks Lane in Queens Harbour.

Overlook Longboat Key Club's championship Harbourside Golf Course in a single family home or a high rise condominium. We have a good selection of homes in Queens Harbor and Corey's Landing to residences at Grand Bay and Fairway Bay. Owners of the properties here have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club and the beach facilities on Longboat Key, Florida. Play three sets of nine courses at Harbourside outside your front door including the White Egret, Red Hawk and Blue Heron. Nearby on the course is the Longboat Key Club Moorings marina and the Portofino Restaurant and Grill.

The best of many worlds with the Gulf of Mexico white sands out your front door and the championship golf course Links on Longboat (formerly Islandside Golf Course) out your back door. Complement that lifestyle with the renowned St. Armands Circle nearby and membership in the Longboat Key Club for tennis, socializing and more fine dining. These properties on the beach are for sale as high rise condominiums at the Sanctuary, L'Ambiance, Longboat Key Towers, the Pierre or are available as single family homes. Add the many features of Longboat Key, Florida and the cultural arts center of Sarasota and you will never want to leave.

South Lido Key condominiums
Beachfront residences on south Lido Key

Enjoy the luxury lifestyle on the Gulf of Mexico in maintenance-free living with these residences for sale on the white sands of the beach. Close to world renowned St. Armands Circle and the ecosystem of Ted Sperling Park, 100 acres for kayaking and trail-blazing with 640 liner feet of Gulf beach on south Lido Key. Walk out to the beach from a ground-floor residence or enjoy one of many spectacular sunsets from a top-floor penthouse. You will have prime viewing for the annual Power Boat Grand Prix held each year over the Independence Day weekend.

The history of St. Armands Circle started when circus magnate John Ringling had a vision for creating an island atmosphere of homes that linked Sarasota to Longboat Key. Today the Circle is a display of the history that is surrounded by fine dining, boutique shopping and an active nightlife. Single-family homes dominate the surrounding area. Homeowners play on the circle or cross the Ringling Bridge for the cultural arts that Sarasota provides. Updated luxury homes co-exist with quaint homes that reflect the prosperity of the times when other civic leaders took over Ringling's vision and made it a renowned world landmark. Some homes around the circle toward Lido Beach have docks on water with direct access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Find your dream home quicker, then please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell.

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* 3541 Fair Oaks Lane $999,000    

 

* Sold the same day it was listed on MLS.

 

Third annual lionfish derby

by Roger Pettingell

Invasive species dealt with at Mote Marine

Three days devoted to lionfish with derby and education

Lionfish measurements at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on July 10
Lionfish measurements - Although this wasn't the largest lionfish caught at the derby on Saturday, volunteers who were measuring said it was close.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has multiple offices around the state and has scientists in the field all over the world. So it was fitting that the organization that promotes education and research of the world’s oceans sponsor one of many lionfish hunts, an invasive species that threatens other species in the waters around us. Three days were devoted to the lionfish, starting with a captain’s meeting on Friday and concluding yesterday with an awards ceremony and lionfish cook-off by local chefs.

In the wild it is a beautiful fish to look at with its orange, black and white colors. It floats on the floor of salt water oceans and is spectacular to see with its wide pectoral fins spread out to each side. The beauty ends there. Its colorful dorsal fin is a series of 18 spines that contain poison to ward off natural predators. It consumes fish at a voracious rate that threatens the health of reefs. The fish also breeds at an incredible rate, sometimes producing 30,000 eggs every four months and reported to lay up to 2 million eggs a year.

So now it has become an enemy of the state. First spotted in the United States off the east coast in the 1980s, this natural predator indigenous to Indonesia has found its way around to almost all areas of Florida’s saltwater. They are proliferating, the Wall street Journal reported last week that breeding clusters are now off the coast of Turkey and Cyprus.

Volunteers dissect a lionfish
Lionfish research - Volunteers at Mote Marine dissect one of the lionfish brought in by one of the four-man teams to log its maturity and sex.

We may be curbing their proliferation here. Divers in the derby yesterday said they had to go 30 miles out in 100 feet of water, when in the past they had found them closer to shore and in shallower waters. This is the third annual lionfish hunt at Mote but beyond the derbies divers are encouraged to harvest the fish at every occasion. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation, or REEF, an organization that was founded in 1990, sanctioned the event yesterday. It claims derbies like this have removed 12,000 lionfish since it held its first one in 2009 in the Bahamas. The next one on their schedule will be this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale.

The team entered by the name We Be Dreamin’ brought in 349 lionfish during the derby on Saturday for the most caught and turned in the largest at 384 mm. A total of 429 fish were captured among six teams. One of the sponsors of the derby was the ZooKeeper, manufacturers of a holding tube for captured lionfish, created by local diver Allie ElHage. Spearfishermen collect lionfish and stack them in the Lionfish Containment Unit (LCU) for safe transport back to the boat. The standard size can hold up to 60 lionfish at a time. Team ZooKeeper turned in the smallest fish among competitors on Saturday at 112 mm.

Proponents of lionfish hunting have wondered what to do with the fish once they are pulled from the sea. The fish reportedly has the same texture as grouper so recipes have emerged with similar cooking styles. Once the spines are removed they pose no threat for consumption. Four restaurants were represented at Mote to demonstrate how they prepare lionfish.

Chef Steve Phelps of the Indigenous Restaurant was on hand. He says the lionfish is similar to hogfish and yellowtail snapper, and claims it is good as sushi or cooked. Although it is not specifically mentioned on the menu at the restaurant , it may be part of the Hook to Fork special on any given night. Indigenous Restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday at 239 S. Links Ave in Sarasota.

Representing its three locations in Sarasota and its catering business, chef Paul Mattison prepared lionfish at one of the tables. Although it isn’t on the menu at the City Grille, Bayside or Forty-One restaurants, you may have to ask if they will prepare one for you on any given night.

The culinary director for the Beachhouse Restaurant at Bradenton Beach, Erik Walker, was on hand to cook his favorite lionfish recipe. It is not on the menu there, nor is it on the menus of their sister restaurants, the Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island or the Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key.

German born executive chef from the Seafood Shack in Cortez, Gerard Jesse, represented the fourth restaurant. You might “catch” it on their Fish of the Day menu served with Spanish rice and seasonal vegetables, but ask first.

You might want to check out Trash Fish Sarasota at Louies Modern on August 7 starting at 6 p.m., also in its third year. Lionfish will be served featuring preparations by the chefs above and chefs from other local restaurants. Other fish that you thought you may never eat such as rudderfish and Sarasota sturgeon are also on the menu, along with beer from sponsors Big Top Brewing Co. and J Dubs Brewery. Portions of your ticket price will benefit the Chefs Collaborative.

Finding lionfish specifically called out on the menu of any local restaurant is difficult. The Big Water Fish Market at 6641 Midnight Pass Rd on Siesta Key is holding Eat the Enemy Parties every Friday through August 12. They are serving lionfish dinners from 6 to 9 p.m. on those party days. REEF has a list of Florida restaurants that serve lionfish off the menu, mostly in the south and in the keys. There are two in Fort Pierce on the east coast and one on Marco Island.

Dolphin training at Mote Marine Aquarium
Training at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

Last month Florida Whole Food Markets began selling lionfish in their seafood departments for $9.99 per pound. If you are really ready to try a recipe on your own, contact the local store at 1451 First Street or call the seafood department first at (941) 316-4700. Their team members will clean and fillet them for you.

If you have never been to Mote Marine and Aquarium on City Island you will find there is a lot going on there for marine research. The aquarium is fascinating and specimens of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and sharks can be seen up close. There are education programs too that provide a good insight into the research Mote scientists perform for a better understanding of the oceans and the reefs.

The lionfish derby is just one of many fascinating events in Sarasota and on Longboat Key. I listed a house on a sailboat deep-water canal of Bird Key last week, a wonderful home at 646 South Owl Drive. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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646 South Owl Dr $1,750,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

Fireworks Tonight

by Roger Pettingell

Spectacular Independence Day fireworks

The best of local celebrations from North Port to Palmetto

Fireworks on Monday
Fireworks off Bayfront Park in Sarasota, part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this year.

I hope your holiday weekend has been enjoyable and safe, but it’s not over yet. There’s fireworks tonight. You won’t have to drive far from your home to find fireworks today and you may be able to sit on your terrace to catch a spectacular display. I’ve seen some great locations from L’Ambiance on Longboat Key or downtown residences in which to catch one of the best displays in the area, the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay. If you want to avoid the traffic, consider taking a boat and anchoring south of the Ringling Bridge for the explosions emanating from Bayfront Park. You can expect a 9 p.m. start for all the fireworks, so allow plenty of time for traffic and set up early for the better lawn chair viewing locations.

The Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay signals the final end of the 32nd Annual Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix Festival with racing on Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds from festival events such as the “Grand Prix by the Sea” kickoff party last Tuesday benefit production of the fireworks and Suncoast Charities for Children. This non-profit organization provides funding support to Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc. and has served the special needs community since 1985.

Marie Selby Gardens, near Bayfront Park, will hold its All American Barbecue before the fireworks show. This is a ticketed event that includes four barbecue pit masters and music from the Lauren Mitchell Band. There are different levels of ticket prices and there is VIP seating available for purchase of this event that starts at 6 p.m.

You can stay downtown all afternoon and keep your car in a good location for the fireworks. At 4:30 p.m. the choral artists of Sarasota, Gloria Musicae, will present their Patriotic Spectacular! at First United Methodist Church. The group’s Artistic Director Joseph Holt will lead the chorus in songs by Irving Berlin, John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohan and will include a salute to our armed forces. Call for tickets at (941) 387-6046.

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people are expected at the Siesta Key Fireworks Display, if the weather holds. These fireworks are in their 26th year and will go off north of the volleyball courts. Again, those fortunate to go by boat can view from the intracoastal or the Gulf of Mexico. A lawn chair on the beach will also provide prime viewing locations. Thank the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce for hosting these fireworks put on by Zambelli Fireworks. The chamber is actively seeking local donors to continue this Independence Day tradition.

If you live in Manatee County there are two locations to catch fireworks. As part of its Fourth Festival in Palmetto, good viewing of Fireworks over Manatee River can be seen from either side of the river. A free concert starts at 5 p.m. in Sutton Park and features two successful bands, Big Daddy and Smash Mouth. The party starts at 4 p.m. with food vendors and children’s activities. Across the river the Pier 22 Restaurant has its annual Pig Roast starting at 6 p.m. through the time of fireworks with VIP viewing. Reservations are required for this limited seating venue. Also in the county the Sandbar Restaurant on the north end of Anna Maria Island will hold its annual Fireworks Spectacular. Beach viewing is free but there is VIP limited seating in the outside pavilion. The Chamber of Commerce offers free trolley service up the island so you can park away and ride to the restaurant.

Sandbar Restaurant fireworks, Anna Maria Island
Be safe on the 4th - Florida allows some backyard fireworks without a permit. Although having your own fireworks display may be fun, it also poses potential problems. Sparklers, fountains, snakes and glow worms are permitted by Florida law.

Southern Sarasota County residents might want to head to Venice for the fireworks that are set off from the south beach jetty. Thousands line up for this spectacular fireworks display. If you are looking for something to do in Venice before the fireworks there are two events to consider, the Myakka Kayaka Jam Blast and America the Beautiful performance. The Jam Blast starts at 8 a.m. with free admission at Snook Haven. This festival features watercraft by paddle, music and beer, but ends at 4 p.m. America the Beautiful, a Patriotic Celebration at the Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, begins at 7 p.m. for the concert starring Brian Gurl and featuring Michelle Pruyn and Katherine Alexandra. Tickets are required so call (941) 488-2258 for availability.

The annual Freedom Festival will shoot off its fireworks after a fun day that begins at 6 p.m. at the North Port High School stadium. Lawn chairs will be good to see the fireworks. This is a family event that features kid’s activities, food vendors, gladiator joust and live music by Zombie University. Note that Price Boulevard in North Port will close about a half hour before the fireworks.

Whether by car or boat, allow some time to get to the venue of your choice. Be aware there will be no SCAT mass transit bus or trolley service today in Sarasota County. Manatee County service will be restricted and has no fixed route traffic. Taxis and the ride sharing services of Uber and Lyft may be available but will be very busy. Traffic is monitored at www.FL511.com or through mapping programs such as mapquest.com. FL511 also has a free mobile app to download.

So wherever you live in Sarasota and Manatee counties you should be able to find something good for the entire family. I have a list of fireworks and community celebrations below. Enjoy your holiday and please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Fireworks Tonight

Event Location City
Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay Bayfront Park Sarasota
Siesta Key Fireworks Display Beach Siesta Key
Fireworks over Manatee River Sutton Park Palmetto
Venice Fireworks South Jetty Venice Beach
Fireworks Spectacular Sandbar Restaurant Anna Maria Island
Freedom Festival High School Stadium North Port

 

Independence Day Community Celebrations

Event Location City
Longboat Key Freedom Fest Bicentennial Park Longboat Key
All-American BBQ Marie Selby Gardens Sarasota
Patriotic Spectacular, Gloria Musicae First United Methodist Sarasota
Liberty Day Regatta and Fest Sarasota Sailing Squadron City Island
Manatee River Festival Sutton Park Palmetto
Privateer's 4th of July Parade Island parade route Anna Maria Island
America the Beautiful, performance Presbyterian Church Venice
Myakka Kayaka Jam Blast Snook Haven Venice
Freedom Festival High School Stadium North Port

 

Sarasota PowerBoat Grand Prix 2016

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota Grand Prix Festival is this week

More excitement and block party added to annual event

Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday
Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in the final round of races last year.

The Sarasota Music Festival ended on Saturday, on Sunday one of the largest festivals of the year began. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, now in its 32nd year, has changed in the past two years eliminating some events and replacing them with events that better fit the vision of the nine-day event production by Suncoast Charities for Children. Thousands flock to Sarasota for the excitement and festivities associated with powerboat racing. There are so many visitors that the economic impact is tremendous, pouring over $32 million into the local economy and generating nearly $443,000 in local and state taxes.

For the first time last year CBS Sports broadcast the racing live from coast to coast. This year the racing is sanctioned by sanctioned by Powerboat P1, USA Superstock P1 National Championship and AquaCross (AquaX). For two days Lido Beach becomes a haven for race fans on Saturday and Sunday to catch the best view of the action.

Also added this year is a downtown block party, “Boats on Main” on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. featuring Luna Blue, a well-known central Florida classic rock band. This event replaces the power boat parade but visitors still have a good opportunity to meet the drivers earlier in the day on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency ballroom.

The festival actually began on Saturday with the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic at Laurel Oak Country Club. On Sunday there was a car show in Lakewood Ranch, a shotgun start at Marina Jack that kicked off the watercraft fun run and a “Ride in the Park” motorcycle ride that benefited Suncoast Charities for Children. This is a non-profit organization that provides services for children through adults with special needs.

It picks back up tomorrow night on Tuesday with the festival kick-off party, “Grand Prix by the Sea”. Tickets can be purchased for $100 each online through noon on Tuesday with proceeds going to Suncoast Charities for Children. The party will be held at the Sarasota Yacht Club from 6 to 10 p.m. and feature the popular band, Kettle of Fish. There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. The next public event is on Wednesday, “Fan Fest” from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fleming’s Steak House on Siesta Drive.

Qualifying races for the P1 SuperStock and AquaX divisions runs on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Sarasota event for P1 SuperStock racing is part of an international series that moves to Gosport in the United Kingdom on July 9-10. Two-man crews control 28-foot boats of 250 horsepower and higher and travel at speeds over 70 MPH on flat, open water. The AquaX series began in London in 2011 and features jet ski sprints of 10 minutes each and enduro races that put competitors together in three classes of 200 through 300 horsepower sit-down watercrafts. The finals for AquaX professional racers start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the amateurs at 9:45 a.m.

The powerboat Sarasota Invitational Classes of Unlimited, Super Cat, Super Vee, Pro Am 1, Pro Am 2, Cat Light and Super Vee Light powerboats have open practice on Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The unlimited class may be the most exciting powerboat racing with speeds of 200 mph. The engines are the same as those that power Chinook military helicopters and throw rooster-tails as high as 300 feet. On Sunday the powerboats conduct their races starting at 11 a.m. and except for a brief intermission to refuel the helicopters, continue to 3:15 on Sunday. The SuperStock division completes all racing at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The best viewing for all the races is on a stretch of land on the Lido Key beaches west shore. There are two concerns that the county addressed with ordinances. The first is the issue for the protection of nesting turtles. Therefore, police will be looking for glass bottles, pets at any time or walking on to the beach before sunrise and after sunset. Security is another issue. Unattended personal items will be confiscated and temporary canopies left overnight will not be permitted. Police will post signs with these holiday weekend restrictions. Online tickets are available for a special VIP race view from Sandcastle Resort on Lido Key, Saturday's VIP race view advance tickets are purchased here while Sunday's viewing are online through this ordering page.

Grand Prix Fireworks on Monday
Return to downtown Sarasota for the fireworks at Island Park on Monday.

The boats will enter Sarasota Bay through the Centennial Park boat ramp and cross over the bay to the Gulf through the New Pass inlet. At midnight on Thursday through 6 p.m. on Sunday Centennial Park will be closed for parking except those with special passes. Centennial Park is across the street from Publix on Tamiami Trail at 10th street. Boat traffic will be restricted at New Pass during race times.

Stay for the award presentations at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Centennial Park, then return Monday night for one of the area’s best fireworks displays from Island Park. Whatever your plans are for the holiday I wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Hurricane Preparedness

by Roger Pettingell

Preparing for storms helps in the recovery

Create a Hurricane Preparedness Kit and devise a plan

REALTALK™ #92
Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance shares some ideas on protecting your valuable assets in REALTALK™ #92.

On this first day of summer we also head into the peak season for potential damaging weather, including hurricanes. And although the National Hurricane Center in Miami is getting better with advance warnings, there are certain items on the emergency checklist that should be carried out now while you have time to plan and prepare. Although we haven’t had a named hurricane hit Florida in 11 years, the steps in an emergency situation require advanced planning, action and recovery.

Although most of these discussions involve hurricane preparedness, some disasters are more sudden and you may have no time or little time to respond. Flooding and large scale fires are emergencies that if prepared for a hurricane, may be implemented in any emergency evacuation.

In REALTALK™ #92 last week Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance discussed the steps that are necessary to ensure that your documents are safe in an emergency. He told us that his office keeps good records for clients but you can’t rely on every insurance office to be so prepared. Even with his office on Longboat Key, in an evacuation he would relocate to a safe facility in Sarasota. Besides insurance records, it is not a bad idea to scan important homeowner paperwork and tax records back seven years. This information should not be stored on a local drive but possibly in the cloud where you have access to it anywhere. Care should be taken for paperwork that requires an original document such as car and boat titles, or passports. You can have these on a checklist to pack to take with you in an evacuation.

In planning for the worse, you should also consider a realistic plan to pack keepsakes that may not be able to be replaced at any cost. Keep a list of 20 to 30 items that are irreplaceable such as photo albums, family heirlooms and original artwork.

Prepare a list of emergency numbers for government, utilities, hospitals and the American Red Cross. Make sure your ICE list is up to date. Law enforcement know to look for the ICE file on your phone in an emergency so they can get word to relatives.

You will also want to establish a communication plan with your family and have a good location to meet if separated. There is no guarantee that cell phone service will be available so locate an emergency shelter or relative, a safe meeting place inland. Longboat Key is in a Category I evacuation zone in Manatee and Sarasota counties, notices through the media will be sent out for winds expected over 74 mph. Keep your cell phone charged as evacuation notices are also sent out through Wireless Emergency Alerts. These are messages that target a geographic area with information such as evacuations, national terror threats, chemical spills, Amber and silver alerts. Not all phones have this ability so check your phone manufacture, and consider upgrading if the phone does not accepts these types of calls. A spare phone charger in your car should also be considered.

Plan ahead for an emergency shelter and there are dozens on the main land of Sarasota. American Red Cross shelters will not take pets so locating a shelter that will is important. Consider a pet-friendly hotel for pooch. Six of the 38 shelters in the county accept pets. Here is a list of shelters in Sarasota County and shelters in Manatee County, three of which accept pets. Remember to bring pet food for two weeks, leash and they may require proof of vaccination. If they stress during storms consider seeing a veterinarian for medicines that will help.

Loose Sailboat
Don't forget your boat - Thicker or extra moorings lines may be necessary in a storm to prevent sailboat damage such as this recent one on Bird Key Park.

Your boat is an investment worth protecting from high winds. In an impending storm seal all hatches with duct tape, moor with thicker lines, protect the lines with chafing gear, make sure bilge pumps are in proper working order and check for good battery life. Either store or secure any Biminis and ensure that objects in the boat are fastened so they do not become a flying hazard.

In hurricanes there is a great amount of water to create flooding situations. The combination of heavy rain, high tides and sea water surges is potentially hazardous to your home and to you. When tropical storm Colin hit the area a couple weeks ago officials opened sand bagging stations. The station on Holmes Beach had a ten bag limit at the Police Department.

You set your communications plan, prepared your evacuation route and the emergency shelter that meets your needs, what’s next? Whether going to a shelter or some other location you will want to prepare your survival kit. Water and non-perishable foods are basic items you will want in your kit, enough to last two weeks. Even if you are given three-days notice, lines at the grocery stores will be long and products will be limited. It is therefore recommended that you have a good supply on hand before the first storm announcement.

These are other items recommended for your hurricane preparedness kit:

  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit with antibiotic ointment for cuts
  • Towelettes
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Prescription medicines
  • Over the counter medicines and hygienic supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Cash
  • Local maps
  • Change of clothing
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and cot for an evacuation center
  • Books, playing cards or games
  • Sterno fuel and cookware
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils and cups

I’ve seen pre-made kits on the market starting at $70. With the proper planning and action, recovery will be easier in this paradise we call home. Welcome to summer.

Longboat Key History

by Roger Pettingell

History of Longboat Key through poetry

Light and lively account by Mary Kay Ryan

Listing at 603 Longboat Club Road, #503
History of Longboat Key - Longboat Key Towers is mentioned in this poem where we have a listing.

Our director of customer care, Mary Kay Ryan, wrote us a poem describing the history of Longboat Key. It says a lot about the legacy that the founders left for us in a whimsical rhythm that I urge you to read. She is not new to poetry, as she once wrote poems for her business by a company named Poetry in Motion. You know her from the REALTALK™ series. Mary Kay even works in a reference to Longboat Key Towers, where we have a listing at 603 Longboat Club Rd, #503.

 

In the year of fifteen thirty-nine,
Hernando DeSoto spent some time,
Navigating waters near Sarasota Bay,
With his scout Juan Anasco guiding the way.

They came upon an island the Indians found
Evidenced by seeing many shell mounds.

This barrier island named Longboat Key,
Has a very interesting history.

Originally settled by Thomas Mann,
Who settled with family on the north end.

At the turn of the century, the land was sold,
And building began on this soil of gold.

A man named John Ringling’s vision swelled,
He began building a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Located on the famed New Pass,
His grand building plans would not last.

With money gone, and resources few,
The hotel was torn down in 1962.

Another visionary of ALCOA fame,
Arthur Vining Davis was his name,
Would be next in line with a talented team,
And continued John Ringling’s development dream.

Longboat Key Towers was first out of the ground,
This piece of paradise soon would be found,
By snow bird and annual residents, too,
It took decades before building was through.

Today a Town and communities thrive,
Up and down Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The Bay to the East, and Gulf to the West,
Longboat Key is truly the best of the best.

I hope you have enjoyed this poem. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

Sarasota Music Festival month

by Roger Pettingell

Music Festival celebrates 51 years

Month of June devoted to chamber music in Sarasota

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the events for the 2016 Sarasota Music Festival will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

We love our festivals here in Sarasota. And when it involves an orchestra we support it generously. So when the Sarasota Music Festival begins this week you can be certain there will be an enthusiastic fan base in attendance. For the next three weeks you can expect performances of artist showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies and student recitals. These are internationally renowned artists who visit Sarasota to learn, teach and perform some of the best chamber music on the planet.

The festival is a program of the Sarasota Orchestra, now in its 51st year, begins today with Master classes that are open to the public. For the remainder of the Festival, 60 students are selected from hundreds who audition during the year attend and work with 40 masters, including some of the best alumni members attending previous festivals as students.

Three Thursdays of Artist Showcases

Thursdays the performances begin with an Artist Showcase, the first is this Thursday honoring a Festival faculty member, Joseph Silverstein, who passed away in November of last year. A violinist, he went on to become the Boston Symphony Concertmaster, a position he held for 22 years. Festival faculty will perform chamber works from Bach, Schubert, Dvorak and Brahm. This sold out performance begins at 4:30 in Holley Hall with a reception one hour before the music begins.

Tickets are still available for the following Thursday Artist Showcase, Magnus Opus. The Julliard School faculty member Timothy Eddy starts the program with a Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. He is followed by pianists Michael Adcock and Jonathan Spivey for a composition by Satie. Mozart’s Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major and Blanc’s Scherzo Tarentelle from Septet conclude the evening of music.

The third Artist Showcase celebrates the 90th birthday of Paul Wolfe, who founded the festival in 1965. The Artistic Director Laureate of the Festival is honored with an evening of six pieces beginning with Charles Neidich on clarinet and Nancy Goeres on bassoon performing Duo No. 1 in C Major from Beethoven. Some students will filter in for the evening that concludes with a Hommage a Paul Wolfe performed by violinist James Buswell and Robert Levin on piano. Levin has been the Festival artistic director for the past 10 years.

Friday Festivals with students and faculty together

Friday nights are reserved for three Friday Festivals, each that begins at 8 p.m. in the Opera House. This series features student and faculty performing together, the first of which is A Potpourri of Passions and includes two student ensembles. Other performances include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 5 in D Major, Les Citations by Duttilleux and the Piano Trio in G Minor by Smetana.

Seven pieces comprise the second Friday Festival on June 17, Contrast and Parallels. Throw in a Beatle tune Penny Lane and contrast that with Schuman’s difficult Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Levin plays the piano in both compositions to draw a parallel between the two. Performances by student ensembles, a Finale from Wind Quartet and Dvorak’s String Quintet in G Major round out the evening.

On the final Friday it is Back to the Future and includes two more Beatle selections, In My Life and She’s Leaving Home with Levin once again on piano with six other faculty members. Students filter in with Charles Wetherbee, violin for Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major. The talents of Thomas Robertello on flute and James Buswell on violin will combine with one student on viola to perform Reger’s Serenade in G Major. Levin returns on piano for the finale, an energetic performance of Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor composed by Faure and includes violinist Buswell, Robert Vernon on viola and Brinton Smith on cello.

The best in chamber music, the Saturday Symphony

Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and former Festival student Noah Bendix-Balgley combines with Larry Rachleff, conductor, Alexander Kerr, concertmaster and Australian soprano Susan Lorette Dunn for the first Saturday Symphony, Tour de Force. The program begins with a Brahms’s composition, with variations on a Haydn theme. Dunn takes the stage for Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and concludes with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Saturday Symphonies begin at 8 p.m. in the Opera House.

Europe Meets America is the theme for the second Saturday Symphony with former Festival student and world renowned Moran Katz on clarinet as a featured artist for the evening. Katz performs Coplands’s Clarinet Concerto, which instills memories of a lost love. Hugh Wolff is the featured conductor and David Coucheron is the featured concertmaster June 18 that includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 86 in D Major and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major.

The Festival concludes on Saturday, June 25, with a salute to Mozart and Levin. Featured artists are Levin, Nicholas McGegan, conductor and Charles Wetherbee, concertmaster performing Concerto in F Major by Vilvadi, Symphony No. 6 in C Major by Schubert and Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor by Mozart performed by Levin.

Lectures and Sunday student recitals

The first two Sundays are reserved for Student Recitals starting at 3 p.m. in Holley Hall. These recitals are chamber music works selected by the students. Festival lectures by Levin the first two Festival Saturdays begin at 1 p.m. in Holley Hall.

The fine culture and arts draw many people who want to vacation and live in Sarasota. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Legacy of John Ringling

by Roger Pettingell

John Ringling, his legacy in Sarasota

Tuesday is his 150th birthday celebration at The Ringling

Lush landscaping
Lush landscaping - Mable Ringling designed much of the landscaping on the grounds around Ca' d'Zan.

In the soul of John Ringling there was an entertainer. On the surface there was an elite businessman, art lover, world traveler and visionary. If he would have been alive tomorrow, he would be celebrating his 150th birthday. There will be celebrations and The Ringling will light up tomorrow to honor the man that once owned nearly a quarter of Sarasota land mass.

John the entertainer grew up in Iowa with seven siblings, five of which formed a musical group in which John would play the bass viol. At the age of 18, he was the youngest member of The Yankee Robinson and the Ringling Bros. Double Show. They would tour the countryside traveling great distances to perform.

The band transformed into a circus act. John was the act’s clown, but his business savvy had served him well and he became the advance man for the Ringling Bros. Circus. By 1907 he had learned the art of investing quite well, with his brothers purchasing the Barnum & Bailey circus that year. His investments were wide and included the Madison Square Garden in New York city.

In the 1920s he was part of the Florida land grab in which speculators were buying land at record paces. It was his vision to make the Sarasota area an attractive winter resort. It began with the purchase of 20 acres in northern Sarasota but eventually grew to include Bird Key and Lido Key. Myth or truth, it was said that he used his circus elephants to transport materials to build what is now the Ringling Bridge. This bridge would serve as the causeway between the main island and the two keys that he owned at the time.

At the same time he was building his wealth in the circus and purchased the American Circus Corporation in the same year the stock market crashed in 1929. It was also the same year that his beloved wife of 24 years, Mable, had died of diabetes and Addison’s disease. It was the beginning to the end of a great legacy.

Center for Asian Art
Grand Opening - The Center for Asian Art was designed to resemble jade sculptures.

John and Mable had amassed great wealth, building the famous home in which they lived. Mable was born in a small farm town between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. The town is hard to locate on a map, either under the name of Buena Vista or Moons. While they were constructing their mansion on Sarasota Bay, Mable was heavily involved in the construction decisions. Their home on the expansive grounds of The Ringling, Ca’ d’Zan, is open for tours. Ca’ d’Zan is Venetian for The House of John. In 2001 the home underwent a major $15 million restoration, funded with generous public donations.

The two had also amassed a great collection of art work by the masters. They would travel the world to purchase directly from art owners or through auctions. The auction houses they frequented the most were around 636 Fifth Ave, New York, their northern home and now the site of Rockefeller Center.

Today, much of the grounds around the home remain as they were when John died of pneumonia in 1936. After years of neglect, Ca’ d’Zan was restored to its original grandeur. Also on the grounds is The Museum of Art, a dedication to the art collection of John and Mable. His education in art was formed with his association of dealer Julius Bohler and through his book collection that now makes up a large portion of the library within the museum. This month a special Center for Asian Art opened at the end of the museum. The 25,000 square foot, three story pavilion has a lecture hall with 125 seats and will display a rotation of art work.

Walker House
Special Paul Rudolph recognition - A replica of the Walker guest house was built on the grounds.

In 1948 the circus museum was opened with a collection of Ringling memorabilia, much of which was donated by circus performers who had moved to Sarasota when Ringling relocated the headquarters here from Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1927. When you visit the Circus Museum, be sure to catch the film Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling, narrated by the actor Hal Holbrook. A circus model of 44,000 pieces, special exhibits and an interactive gallery complete with high wire walk help celebrate the grand age of circus while John was The King of the Sawdust Ring.

The Historic Asolo Theater was built with décor from a theater built in 1798 in the Italian town of Asolo. The original theater was in Queen Caterina Cornaro’s castle near Venice. The queen had been married to the King of Cyprus.

Last year a replica of Dr. Walter Walker’s guest house on Sanibel Island was constructed on the grounds to demonstrate the skills of the Sarasota School of Architecture students and renowned architect Paul Rudolph. The original Walker House is still in use by the Walker family as a beach house where it was built in 1952 on Sanibel Island.

150th birthday celebration in the courtyard
Courtyard celebration - The 150th birthday celebration will be held May 31 in the courtyard.

Possibly one of the most important structures on The Ringling grounds is one that many visitors don’t see. It is the headstones of John and Mable in their burial grounds behind the Secret Garden. For 55 years the couple had been interred in different eastern United States cemeteries before they were moved to The Ringling grounds in 1991. John’s sister is also buried on the grounds.

The birthday celebration of his life will take place in the courtyard of the Museum of Art tomorrow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are required by calling (941) 358-3180 or visiting the website through the link here.

Hope you are celebrating a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. My new listing last week is new construction on the Gulf of Mexico beach. This 5BR/5.5BA estate is on target for an August completion date but ready now to make final design decisions. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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Bay Isles and its Amenities

by Roger Pettingell

Security and beaches for Longboat Key

Deeded beach access granted to Bay Isles homeowners

REALTALK™ #53 talk about Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles Beach Club - In REALTALK™ #53 we discuss beach access and club amenities.

I have an alert for Longboat Key home buyers! There is a secure neighborhood on the island with 24/7 manned guard gates, golf, tennis, swimming, a private Gulf of Mexico beach club and with a selection of single-family homes, maintenance free homes, villas, condominiums and townhouses on the market. With this much variety and amenities you may wonder how you may have overlooked this community.

Fact is, if you were looking to buy in places like the Harbor Section, Sabal Cove, Queens Harbour or Grand Bay you were looking at real estate that has deeded access to one of the most encompassing clubs on the island. Bay Isles on the southern end of Longboat Key is a neighborhood of communities behind a southern gate that serves communities such as the single-family homes in the Harbor Section or the townhouses and residences of Fairway Bay. The north gate near the Publix grocery provides access to the single-family homes in Sabal Cove, Weston Pointe, the maintenance-free homes in Queen’s Harbour and Coreys Landing, or the condominiums of Grand Bay.

Besides the security of this gated community, members of the Bay Isles Beach Club also have access to the private white sands of the Gulf located at 2111 Gulf of Mexico Drive. With your personal key card you open the gates to the beach with its outdoor pavilion, showers, restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic facilities and beach volleyball.

Also behind the north and south gates are the facilities of the Longboat Key Club, which expands your horizon with access to the moorings marina and Portofino Restaurant & Grill. Members of the Longboat Key Club can enjoy a challenging round of golf on the championship course at Harbourside Golf Course. This tree-lined course opened in 1982 and now consists of three nine-hole courses, the White Egret, Red Hawk and infamous Blue Heron.

Bay Isles Beach Club
Beach Access - Residents of Bay Isles have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.

All of these neighborhoods are near some of the finest shopping and dining that is available on Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. Opera, orchestra, musicals, ballet and plays add to the thrill of living at Bay Isles. And no visit to Sarasota would be complete without a tour of the Ringling Museum of Art and the home of John and Mable Ringling, Ca’ d’Zan.

In the mid-70s Arvida Corporation, a developer that was responsible for a large portion of the southern end of Longboat, Bird and Lido keys, recognized the potential for this area of the island. In 1976 the company filed documents with the state of Florida under the chapter name, Bay Isles, realizing the market was in need of a secure neighborhood with amenities. What formed were the homes and residences that followed. Here is a look at some of the communities of the Bay Isles Beach Club.

Harbor Section: Take a right turn past the southern gate to navigate through the Harbor Section of Bay Isles. Each lavishly landscaped single-family home backs to a canal structure that leads to Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico open waters. You can review the current set of CMAs and the inventory that is available in this section.

Fairway Bay: A community of 288 residences comprised of mid-rise buildings and townhouses in three separate associations. The community shares a pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and exercise room. Fairway Bay residences are access through the south gate along Harbourside Drive and is across the street from Harbourside Golf Course.

Emerald Pointe: Three homes of its total 16 have been sold this last year in the community of Emerald Pointe. Emerald Pointe is a pet-friendly community consisting of mostly two-story villas built around the year 2000 on Harbour Links Drive, easily accessible through the south gate. Properties also back up to the Harbourside Golf Course.

Marina Bay: Near Fairway Bay and Emerald Pointe is Marina Bay, 60 condominiums on Sarasota Bay in three buildings constructed in the early 1990s. Residents have access to a heated pool, spa, fitness facilities and tennis courts centrally located near the middle building. One small pet is welcome.

Weston Pointe: Weston Pointe, Winding Oaks, Bayou, Sabal Cove, Queen’s Harbour and Coreys Landing are mostly single-family homes located around a series of canals and lakes inside the north gate. Each single-family home owner in Weston Pointe has deeded rights to their own private boat slip on a canal that leads out to Sarasota Bay. This community is located within a short walk of the Publix and Amore By Andrea Restaurant, which serves some of the finest Italian cuisine on Longboat Key.

Winding Oaks: Continue up Harbourside Drive inside the north gate and you will find the community of Winding Oaks. Many of these single-family homes built on two small lakes were built in 1988 but have been updated for a more modern lifestyle.

Sabal Cove: Directly across the street Sabal Cove homes offer many of the luxuries that comes with a single-family home ownership. Harbourside Golf Course winds its way around the lake that backs up to the homes in Sabal Cove built in the early 90s. Some homes on the interior face a cul de sac, offering more privacy. The listing I have at 3340 Sabal Cove Lane faces the lake and greets you with manicured landscaping and a brick-pavered driveway.

Queen’s Harbour: Many of the homes built in Queen’s Harbour were constructed between 1995 and 2000 but have also been updated with modern technologies, appliances and building codes. Homeowners here can enjoy a good second home in the winter, as most of the exterior maintenance and landscaping is handled by the local association. Many of the homes in Queen’s Harbour have their own private dock on a canal that leads to Sarasota Bay.

Coreys Landing: Most of the exterior maintenance of homes in Coreys Landings is also the responsibility of the association. As with Queen’s Harbour some owners with homes on Mistletoe Lane have their own private boat dock on a canal that winds out to Sarasota Bay. Coreys Landing residents enjoy a community pool with spa and tennis courts.

3040 Grand Bay #215
Grand Bay #215 - Our new listing overlooks Harbourside Golf Course.

Grand Bay: Continue up the road to its end to find another set of 24/7 manned guard gates at the six-building community of Grand Bay, a masterful collection of residences that overlook Sarasota Bay. Grand Bay is the highlight of condominium living on the bay with many amenities starting with on-site management. The heated pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness center, clubhouse, path structure and picnic areas exist with the community that is wonderfully landscaped and well maintained. The 271 luxury condominiums were built between 1994 and 1999. The inventory is rich, check the history and pricing through our current CMAs.

I have my most current listing here at Grand Bay, a wonderful three bedroom, 3.5 bath Biscayne floor plan in building II at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #215. Enjoy a wrap-around terrace facing the Blue Heron nine of the Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay on the west side of the building. I also listed a stunning Beachplace residence atr 1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, $503 that is offered furnished on the fifth floor. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #215 $829,000 Video Photo Slideshow
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