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Home Showcase XXIII - Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Four unique residences on Longboat Key

Something for everyone looking for a part of paradise and easy lifestyle

This month we devote our Home Showcase series to Longboat Key and four residences for sale there. They are in the wonderful communities of 360 North Condominium, Grand Bay, Islander Club and Beaches of Longboat Key Club. All are splendid properties with their unique features, something for everyone looking for a good location on Longboat Key.

Completely renovated residence on the north shores of Longboat Key

260 North Shore Rd
260 North Shore Rd, #4

The first in the 360 North Condominium community at 260 North Shore Rd, #4 has been renovated from top to bottom. Beachfront living at its best, this charming neighborhood is located on Longboat Key's northern end, minutes from Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island. This rarely-available 3BR townhouse residence is located directly on Longboat Key’s pristine Gulf shores, offering stunning modern upgrades. Walk in and immediately fall in love with the picture-perfect beach views, 20’ cathedral ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring, newer electric and plumbing, impact windows and sliders, eat-in kitchen and rooftop solarium, listing for $1,999,000. This is beachfront living at its best, on the far north end of the island in perfect seclusion.

Many amenities in the community of Grand Bay overlooking Sarasota Bay

3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #285
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #285

Enjoy the ideal bayfront lifestyle at this charming Grand Bay #285 residence with beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and downtown that stretch on forever. This wonderful community offers its residents on-site management, 24-hour security and manned guard gate, dynamic clubhouse activities, library, social and game rooms, fitness center, four Har-Tru tennis courts, bayside heated swimming pools and spa. The south-facing, light and bright 2BR layout of this residence features 20x20 oversized tile flooring, a neutral décor ready for you to move right into and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass sliders that open to the impressive, extended wraparound terrace from every room listed at $929,000. Grand Bay is a socially-active neighborhood located behind the gates of Bay Isles, where residents enjoy access to private beach.

Islander Club residences, centrally located on Longboat Key

2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #71N
2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #71N

Simply waiting for you, this updated, direct Gulf-front residence at Islander Club offers Bamboo wood flooring, renovated kitchen, newer bathrooms and unmatched beach and sunset views. Endless vistas of the Gulf of Mexico greet you as soon as you enter this corner, seventh-floor residence. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to the lanai from every room for optimal enjoyment. Islander Club is in a prime, central location on the island of Longboat Key. This lovely community offers residents upgraded amenities including a brand-new lobby, on-site management, clubhouse with library, game room and fitness center and heated swimming pool overlooking azure waters of the Gulf. Also, includes one deeded, covered parking space at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #71N, offered for sale, $849,000.

The Beaches, secure behind the gates of Longboat Key Club Islandside

775 Longboat Club Rd, #705
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705

Gorgeous beach-to-bay views welcome you at the Beaches of Longboat Key Club, 775 Longboat Club Rd, #705. This charming 2BR residence is situated in a private corner on the seventh floor. New floor-to-ceiling sliders open to the generous wraparound terrace, where you can enjoy stunning sunrises and crimson evening sunsets, with panoramic vistas that stretch on forever, all for an asking price of $849,000. Residents adore life at the Beaches. This direct Gulf-front community is conveniently located behind the exclusive gates of the renowned Longboat Key Club Islandside. First-rate amenities include on-site management, 24-hour concierge, updated lobby and hallways, newer clubhouse with catering kitchen and social rooms, fitness, tennis, heated swimming pool and spa, with a boardwalk down to enjoy pristine Gulf shores. Also offers plenty of covered parking for guests.

In addition to the residences on Longboat Key listed in this article, last week I placed on the market a three bedroom residence in The Savoy on Palm community in the heart of downtown Sarasota, within walking distance to the best that the city has to offer. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
401 S. Palm Ave, #402 $2,300,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Urban legends and Florida myths

by Roger Pettingell

The quirks and laws that shape Florida

State laws for real estate and insurance, hurricane prep, animals and legends

Homestead exemption - 639 Mourning Dove
Real estate myths - Homestead exemptions, down payments and inspections debunked

Each state has its own set of myths and legends, so Florida has its own too. I have collected a set of urban legends, some have been confirmed or disputed by scientific research. What continuously occurs in nature can be studied, while infrequent phenomenon is left to the imagination and a legend is created. I have assembled a few of these laws, myths and legends that help make Florida a great state to live in.

Nearly 80 percent of home buyers on Longboat Key make an offer based on paying cash at closing. It simplifies the process even though they may seek a loan after the sale. If you seek a loan, is 20 percent required in all cases? That is the myth but by making a large down payment you decrease the monthly payments and some lending institutions require Private Mortgage Insurance if 20 percent is not put down. Experts do agree though that you should not exhaust your savings to reach that level. Either look for a less expensive home or deal with the consequences. You’ll need some savings for emergencies.

I have also heard that some home buyers are bypassing a home inspection hoping that the appraisal will be enough to uncover any defects of the home. A few things work against you with that mind set. First, the appraisal is not used for determining the condition of the house. With an inspection, consider a four-point or wind mitigation inspection to reduce your insurance premiums. You can also use the inspection report to negotiate repairs, even if the sale is "As Is."

Many people believe that a home has unlimited protection from seizure based on the Florida Homestead Exemption law. It is true that homes in Florida have greater protection under the law, but it is not absolute. Time in the state and the value of the home in bankruptcy have a bearing on protection, as well as any liens that may be put on the estate. Also, if the home is used for illegal activity the state has the right to seize and sell the home. There is a current case on Longboat Key where the homeowner has used his property in the commission of a crime. Although he is claiming homestead, the state is proceeding with the confiscation. Homestead begins the day of your acquisition, assuming your intention is to have the home as your primary residence. To get credit for taxes though, you must file for exemption through the county.

Here are some myths about Florida’s no-fault insurance law. The law states that all owners of cars registered in Florida are required to carry $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection. There are some complications to the administration of the law, but the basics are that PIP will cover up to $10,000 of your injuries or lost wages as the result of an accident. The insurance company may file proceedings to go after the other driver in order to recover that amount. If you are injured or your car damaged as the result of another driver’s negligence, the other driver through their insurance company is responsible, which is why liability insurance is essential.

white cars in the parking lot
You can have any color of car as long as it's white

In review of the cars on the road it appears that you can purchase a Lexus in any color of your choice as long as it is white. Florida owners of white cars are in abundance because white reflects the rays of the sun better. Although that may be the case, does it really translate into a more comfortable drive. The science, backed up by research is enough evidence that a black car is hotter than a white car after sitting in the sun. But, the studies also report that over time in the sun that both cars will have the same temperature inside. Either way, you still will hear news reports of someone who leaves their pet or child in a hot car with the windows up. The temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels.

Here are some myths about hurricane preparation. Some think that bottled water will remain indefinitely without the formation of bacteria. Although this may be true of bottles filled in the production process, filling a used bottle with tap water should be consumed that day or within two weeks if refrigerated. Go ahead and fill your bath tub with water but don’t drink the water. The water can be used for personal hygiene but that won’t last long. In preparation of a hurricane you may see masking or duct tape on windows. This is not a good idea, glass that is not hurricane rated will break and the larger pieces actually create a greater hazard than if they just shatter. While some also open their windows in preparation of the storms, an open window will cause more home damage with water and wind. Also, candles and lanterns are not a good idea if your home uses gas for appliances. The consequences could be deadly.

Florida has a healthy population of black bears, estimated at more than 4,000 in mostly wetland forests. Despite what you may think as a good procedure in a bear encounter, there are some things you should know. Do not try to outrun a bear. They can travel as fast as 30 MPH. In comparison, Olympian Usain Bolt has recorded the quickest human speed in a sprint running at 27.8 MPH. Bears can climb trees too. Their curved claws make them very adept at climbing. When they stand on their hind legs it is not a sign of aggression, the bear is just trying to get a good view of the area. So the best thing to do in a wild bear encounter is to slowly back away and seek the shelter of a car or home.

Ghostly haunts and legends in Florida
Check out the Ghost Tour through downtown Bradenton

Ghostly haunts have their presence in Florida. Those entombed under the oldest bar in Florida haunt Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West. It is believed that the ghost of Michaela Penalber is present in the Pensacola Lighthouse where she was murdered by her husband Jeremiah Ingraham in 1855. If you are in haunted Hammock Park in Port St. Lucie, look for the Devil’s Tree where it is said that two teenage girls were murdered and buried under the tree in 1971. You can continue the party for the devil by placing full beer cans near the brick chair Lucifer uses at night in the Cassadaga cemetery. Return the next morning and find the cans empty but the tops unopened.

The former funeral home of Karl Riddle in West Palm Beach is reportedly haunted by a young man who hung himself in the attic. Florida has its Bigfoot legend too. A foul smelling ape-like figure, seven feet high and 450 pounds has been recorded on video in the swamps of the Myakka River. Given the name Skunk Ape, there is a law to protect this beast, last recorded on video in 2013. Robert the Doll is a museum display at Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, believed to be possessed and would hold conversations with his original owner, Robert Otto. Dating back to the Civil War and the murder of newborn babies by a local midwife in Wauchula, the Bloody Bucket Bridge legend was started. The midwife would carry the bodies in a bucket and dump the remains in the waters under the bridge.

Explore paranormal activity in Bradenton, which has its ghost tours through downtown starting on the Riverwalk at the Pier 22 restaurant, Tuesday through Saturday. The guided tour of Main Street, Hampton Inn, Manatee County Court House and the old Manatee Players Theatre unfolds a history of hauntings in the city. Presented by the Paranormal Society of Bradenton, this organization also investigates unexplained activity by request. Full Moon Tours at Historic Spanish Point examines the strange stories in Sarasota and throughout the state. The Halloween Tour there takes you on a 5,000-year review of history and ghostly encounters. These tours require advance registration.

One of the best Florida legends is the Fountain of Youth, a legend that has been passed down from generation to generation. Although the legend is thousands of years old, it became prominent when the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, went looking for it in Florida. During his travel to Florida in 1513, he was told by local Native Americans that the fountain actually existed but that it was on the island of Bimini in the Caribbean. There is a plaque for the Fountain of Youth on a freshwater well near the road to the South Bimini Airport and the Healing Pool on North Bimini has some healing properties due to the flush of minerals in a mangrove swamp there. If there is a spring in Florida that restores your youth, it has not been found or is secretly guarded. With all its quirks, Florida is a great state in which to live. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Good news and announcements at Mote Marine

by Roger Pettingell

Many things to many ocean species

Since 1955 this organization has been at the forefront of marine research

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - The Aquarium was added in 1980 for a public view of the research.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has been in the news a lot lately. The base campus and aquarium on City Island is notably the most visible of their research facilities but there are four other facilities in Florida that research on the oceans is an ongoing effort. The Mote Aquaculture Research Park on Fruitville Road, Mote Boca Grande, Mote Eco-Discovery Center in Key West and the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in Summerland all have different perspectives on the Mote ocean research mission. These are the field stations that support research that is ongoing in all seven continents.

And now we are pondering what happens to City Island if Mote Marine moves its aquarium to a proposed site that is between the rowing lake of Nathan Benderson Park and the new Mall at University Town Center. For Mote it is in an ideal location for the view of 43 million travelers each year on Interstate 75. The announcement in February caused a stir in the community that Mote was abandoning Longboat Key. An article in the Longboat Observer newspaper on April 1 reported plans that the laboratory and aquarium would be replaced by a 400,000-square-foot modern shopping complex. Please note the publication date of the news article before writing any letters or emails.

In any event though Mote Marine is not abandoning their facility on City Island when the new aquarium opens, expected to be in 2021. Instead the new aquarium will expand again and add a sixth facility to its field centers. The new aquarium will be a highly visible tourist attraction for Sarasota while the research laboratories on City Island will be transformed into attracting more scientists that have been looking for space to conduct their lab research.

Most research as reported by Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Dr. Michael Crosby, Mote Marine President and CEO - "This study reflects our dedication to innovative and meaningful research," on the AZA report.

Since its beginning in 1955, Mote Marine has been a leader in marine research and is the oldest such facility in Florida. In 1980 the aquarium was added to give a public view of the scientific examination of oceans, from the smallest to largest creatures that live underwater. In March Mote Marine was recognized the second highest research production among the 228 non-profits in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). On April 2 the same organization awarded Mote Marine accreditation as a leader in providing animal care and a meaningful experience for visitors. Mote Marine applies for this distinguished award every five years before an audit and inspection. This is the fourth accreditation since its first in 2003.

Mote Marine has extensive data on manatees, sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, coral reefs, and more than most on just about anything else under the sea. Recently Mote Marine scientists published a new procedure for taking the temperature of manatees, oral thermometers are just too impractical for this procedure. Trained resident manatees Hugh and Buffett were involved in this study. Mote Marine maintains a statewide catalog of manatees and shares that information with two other organizations in Florida.

To celebrate and raise funds for protecting nesting turtles Mote Marine this month held its 32nd annual Run for the Turtles. Turtle nesting season runs from May 1 to October 31. Residents are asked to help in the protection of eggs through a series of requirements so the turtles have a safe journey to the nesting area and that the hatchlings can safely make their first entry into the Gulf of Mexico. Education flyers and kiosks provide information on ways to help and laws that are enforced during this period. In 2017 new rules were announced to increase the safety of nesting turtles. Turtle watch organizations supported by Mote Marine identify and mark the nesting areas during the season. They also report this information, the 2017 summaries are available online at the Mote Marine website and also reported in local news organizations.

One of the many exhibits at the aquarium open to the public
Educational Exhibits - High quality displays at Mote Marine provide a vast amount of information.

Mote Marine researcher Dr. David Vaughan, executive director of the Summerland coral field office reported this week in the Yale Climate Connections a new procedure for growing coral. His discoveries in the lab are now transferrable to the world’s oceans. Mote Marine has also developed other methods to speed the expansion of slow-growing brain, boulder and star corals through micro-fragmentation and fusion. Mote Marine has planted 20,000 of the faster growing staghorn corals into the reefs of the Florida keys. Last year Dr. Erinn Muller was the first to report the effects of low pH on the increase of a world epidemic of black band, a disease affecting 42 different species of coral.

Scientist Carl Luer is researching the intensifying evidence that sharks have the potential to save human lives by examining their metabolisms. For decades scientists have looked at the ability of sharks to heal their wounds. Over the years shark fin has been sold by Japanese herbalists to promote well-being but their finning process of catching sharks only for their fins has been criticized world-wide.

Over the years Mote Marine scientists have given testimony and reviewed pending legislation before congress. The Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act was reviewed by Dr. Bob Hueter, senior scientist at Mote Marine. Dr. John Reynolds was appointed to lead the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission from 1991 to 2010. He passed away on December 23, 2017. This commission was responsible for manatees, whales and polar bears. Dr. Kevan Main served as president of the World Aquaculture Society.

Sarasota Lionfish Derby
Sarasota Lionfish Derby - Volunteers weigh and measure this invasive species at the 2016 derby.

There are many programs offered at Mote Marine to educate the public on the world oceans. The problems of marine debris presentation will be held at 6 PM today. The Environmental Summit by the Science and Environment Council kicks off with a keynote address by Jack Davis, author and professor at the University of Florida. The keynote will be held at 5:30 PM on April 25 at Mote Marine while the summit runs April 25 to 27 at New College of Florida. World Oceans Day is celebrated June 2 with an all-day family festival. A three-day Sarasota Lionfish Derby that begins July 6 is one of education, collection and research on this invasive species of fish. A list of events for fundraising and education is available on the Mote Marine website.

Mote Marine receives its funding through donations and fund-raisers, with door and event gate receipts. It also receives a portion of its operational funding through grants. Memberships and venue rentals add to the revenue of this non-profit. Volunteers are needed to support the staff and help with educational programs. Valuable training is also given to volunteers. Contact the office to get involved with this valuable program that means so much to this community.

It's Festival Time in Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Upcoming events in the next two weeks

Featuring Film, Whiskey, Chamber Music and Shark’s teeth festivals

Sarasota Opera House
The four concert programs of the 2018 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, now in its 32nd season, will be held at the Sarasota Opera House.

Sunday closed on a very successful Sarasota Wine Festival Auction to benefit organizations that support children. By the end of this week four more festivals will be in full swing featuring film, whiskey obsession, music and even a celebration of shark’s teeth. There should be something for everyone. There are many single-day celebrations so you can stay busy for the next few weeks. Below is information on the four festivals in the order of their start date, with links and times for the major events of each festival.

La Musica International Chamber Music Festival begins tonight with Program I

There are four full symphony concerts during the days of the La Musica International Chamber Music Festival beginning tonight at 8 PM with Program I, a concert of two string quintets and a piano trio conclusion composed by Schubert in E flat major. In Program II on Thursday a Mendelssohn string quartet is featured, with a Popper composition, Requiem in F# minor concluded with a dramatic piece from Rachmaninoff. Composers Paganini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Shostakovich will be featured in a Sunday matinee at 3 PM. The concluding program on April 18 begins with a Bernstein piano trio concerto, a Brahms viola version followed by a Schubert composition string quintet in C major for the conclusion of this year’s festival.

Two rehearsal dates have already been completed for the 32nd season of the festival, this year under the direction of Bruno Giuranna, a Milan Italy born accomplished musician and artistic director. Rehearsals are open to the public, see the schedule below. Also open to the public is a free panel discussion with three musicians and composer Jerry Bilik, tomorrow at 4:35 in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the New College of Florida campus. The associate director Derek Han, who has performed piano concerts in prestigious halls of five continents, will be among those attending a musician greeting in the Dolphin Aviation Hanger at the SRQ airport on Wednesday. Go to La Musica Festival for more information and ticket purchases.

Monday, April 9

Start time Event Location
8:00 PM Program I Opera House, Sarasota

Tuesday, April 10

Start time Event Location
9:30 AM Musician rehearsals Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota
4:35 PM Musician panel discussion Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota

Wednesday, April 11

Start time Event Location
9:30 AM Musician rehearsals Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota
5:30 PM Meet the musicians Dolphin Aviation Hanger, Sarasota

Thursday, April 12

Start time Event Location
8:00 PM Program II Opera House, Sarasota

Friday, April 13

9:30 AM Musician rehearsals Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota

Saturday, April 14

Start time Event Location
10:00 AM Musician rehearsals Mildred Sainer Pavilion, Sarasota
6:00 PM Musical Chefs (sold out) Michael's Wine Cellar, Sarasota

Sunday, April 15

Start time Event Location
3:00 PM Program III Opera House, Sarasota

Monday, April 16

Start time Event Location
9:00 AM Musician rehearsals Felding Hall, Opera House

Tuesday, April 17

Start time Event Location
9:30 AM Musician rehearsals Felding Hall, Opera House

Wednesday, April 18

Start time Event Location
8:00 PM Ballet Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Michael's on East, Sarasota
8:00 PM Program IIII Opera House, Sarasota

Whiskey Obsession Festival, four days of tastings and classes for a local charity

Whiskey Obsession Festival
The kickoff dinner for the Whiskey Obsession Festival will begin the tastings and classes at the Sarasota Yacht Club and ends here with one of the final events on Saturday, the Women of Whiskey Brunch.

Starting Wednesday with a Bartender Academy at the Aloft Hotel, the Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off four days of social events, classes, whiskey tastings and parties. The timing is perfect for child abuse prevention month, as the proceeds benefit the Child Protection Center. But this is not a festival to chug down glasses of whiskey in a style typically associated to a frat party, this is serious business with 18 events devoted to connoisseurs of fine whiskeys and scotch liquors.

The Master Classes are presented as a means to learn about different blends, the first is a focus lunch of fine dining and class at The Francis in downtown Sarasota on Thursday. An intimate dinner discussion with Raj Sabharwal of 16 guests follows at 5 PM. The discussions continue at The Francis with a distinguished panel of international whiskey experts including distillers, academics and distributors. On Friday the classes change venues for the Pre-Show Premium Master Class at Michael’s Wine Cellar, featuring tastings of single malt scotch. The Master Classes continue at Michael’s on East at 8 PM, for those with a more professional approach, divided into four sessions of seasoned professionals.

There is time to let loose a little and enjoy some social interaction. The first best time for that is the after party at MADE Restaurant in downtown Sarasota that starts at 10:45 PM on Friday. Saturday is a day devoted to the Women of Whiskey Brunch, beer, bourbon and cigars at the Gator Club at 4 PM and concludes with a free block party at Lemon and Main in downtown Sarasota, starting at 6:30 PM. For more information on the festival go to the Whiskey Obsession Festival website.

Wednesday, April 11

Start time Event Location
1:00 PM Bartender Academy Aloft Hotel, Sarasota
6:30 PM Kickoff dinner Sarasota Yacht Club

Thursday, April 12

Start time Event Location
12:00 PM Master Class - Breckenridge Bourbon The Francis, Sarasota
5:00 PM Panelist Dinner with Raj Sabharwal The Francis, Sarasota
7:00 PM The Panel of Whiskey Experts The Francis, Sarasota
10:00 PM Brand Showcase The Gator Club, Sarasota

Friday, April 13

Start time Event Location
5:00 PM Pre-show Premium Master Class Michael's Wine Cellar, Sarasota
7:30 PM Grand Tasting and Master Class Michael's On East, Sarasota
10:30 PM After Party MADE Restaurant, Sarasota

Friday, April 13

Start time Event Location
5:00 PM Pre-show Premium Master Class Michael's Wine Cellar, Sarasota
6:30 PM Grand Tasting and Master Class Michael's On East, Sarasota
8:00 PM Master Classes Michael's On East, Sarasota
10:30 PM After Party MADE Restaurant, Sarasota

Saturday, April 14

Start time Event Location
11:30 AM Women of Whiskey Brunch Sarasota Yacht Club
4:00 PM Beer, Bourbon & Cigars The Gator Club, Sarasota
6:30 PM Street Party Lemon Avenue and Main Street, Sarasota

Sarasota Film Festival celebrates 20 years

50 Words film
Look for films with a Sarasota theme including 50 Words created and starred in by local actress Kathryn Parks.

Don’t let Friday the 13th scare you for the start of the Sarasota Film Festival. This is ten days for devoted fans of the art and this year celebrates the 20th year of the festival. The opening night film of Class Rank sets the tone for this year, a film by director Eric Stoltz. You can catch a glimpse of the director on the red carpet of the Sarasota Opera House starting at 6:30 PM. There are two parties opening night, a kickoff party at Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton and the block party at Selby Five Points Park in Sarasota starting at 9 PM. Stoltz will be available on Saturday for a noon discussion at the Florida Studio Theatre. There are more discussions at the Florida Studio Theatre on Saturday with film stars beginning with Steve Guttenberg at 11 AM, Virginia Madsen at 1 PM and Rory Kennedy at 3 PM.

This year we celebrate locals who have created films or there are films about Sarasota. Sarasota resident, Kathryn Parks, created, wrote and stars in the film, 50 Words, as Lilly Green, who is presented with many admirers after writing a personal ad and finds the one she has been pining for. It is one of eight films in the Shorts II: Florida Showcase. A short film of 12 minutes follows the professional orchestra in preparation of out-of-town concerts in Sarasota Orchestra: A Week in the Life. There are two showings of both films, 3 PM on Sunday and 11 AM on April 21 in the Art Ovation Hotel. A Frenchman in Florida on April 19 at 8:45 PM in the Art Ovation Hotel is a mystery film about a suspicious man in a Sarasota hotel that may be linked to the disappearance of two young girls.

Be prepared to sit for long periods of time to enjoy all the films and screenings, mostly at the Regal Hollywood II Cinemas. The red carpet rolls out the final day for coach Nick Bollettieri and director Jason Kohn at 1:30 PM for the movie, Love Means Zero, a documentary about local famed tennis coach, Bollettieri, a founder of IMG Academy in Bradenton. The main feature on closing night is the movie, Above and Beyond, NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow. Director Rory Kennedy and Producer Mark Bailey will be on the red carpet starting at 5 PM for the 6 PM showing.

Party Out of This World from 8 PM to midnight in the ballroom of the Art Ovation Hotel on April 20, it is the anniversary party for the film festival. Chill Under the Stars on Saturday night at Selby Five Points Park starting at 6 PM. Planned is a Brazilian Samba Parade, fashion show and live bands. For ticket information and movie schedules go to the Sarasota Film Festival website.

Friday, April 13

Start time Event Location
6:00 PM Bradenton Kickoff Party Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton
6:30 PM Opening Night Film, Class Rank Opera House, Sarasota
9:00 PM Opening Night Block Party Selby Five Points Park, Sarasota

Saturday, April 14

Start time Event Location
12:00 PM Media Brunch Panel Fogartyville Community Center, Sarasota
12:00 PM In Conversation With, Eric Stoltz Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
6:00 PM Through the Tunnel, screening Art Ovation Hotel Ballroom, Sarasota
10:00 AM Through Womens Eyes Regal Hollywood II Cinema, Sarasota

Sunday, April 15

Start time Event Location
5:45 PM Hollywood Nights Regal Hollywood II Cinemas, Sarasota
6:00 PM FACEing Mental Illness premiere Art Ovation Hotel Ballroom, Sarasota
7:00 PM Hollywood Nights Regal Hollywood II Cinemas, Sarasota
Films Through Womens Eyes Regal Hollywood II Cinema, Sarasota

Wednesday, April 18

Start time Event Location
7:00 PM Riverview Awards Show Art Ovation Hotel Ballroom, Sarasota

Friday, April 20

Start time Event Location
8:00 PM Out of This World, party Art Ovation Hotel Ballroom, Sarasota

Saturday, April 21

Start time Event Location
11:00 AM In Conversation With, Steve Guttenberg Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
1:00 PM In Conversation With, Virginia Madsen Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
3:00 PM In Conversation With, Rory Kennedy Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota
5:00 PM Closing Films, Red Carpet Opera House, Sarasota
6:00 PM Closing Films, Above and Beyond Opera House, Sarasota
6:00 PM Chill Under the Stars, closing party Selby Five Points Park, Sarasota

Sunday, April 22

Start time Event Location
11:00 AM Sensory-Friendly, LU Over the Wall Regal Hollywood II Cinema, Sarasota

A celebration festival of shark's teeth on the airport fairgrounds in Venice

Shark teeth
With a Florida Snow Shovel (straining basket on the end of a pole) and a keen eye you can pull small fossilized shark teeth out of the sand at the Venice shoreline. Keep a watchful eye out for a megalodon tooth. Divers like the depths between 18 and 35 feet for their search.

Maybe this festival starting on Friday the 13th may frighten you. Venice has been known by locals, travelers and scuba divers as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. There are several theories as to why you can gather many teeth on the shoreline or in the depths off the coast of Venice. Some predict there were ocean waters that converted to land masses, then flooded in a process of the ice age over millions of years. Estimates are that sharks lose and replace nearly 10,000 teeth in a lifetime, adding to vast numbers of this deposit. The sharks died in the shallow waters, their teeth preserved and fossilized by the land that filled in the seas. As the seas once again encroached what is now Florida, a gradual slope to deep waters around Venice held these fossils in place.

Most teeth you find will be dark colored, the fossilization process converts white teeth to black. The early earth masses that extended out to the Gulf may explain why you can find an occasional fossilized bone of some land animal. Don't dismiss any dark object that resembles a bone, it could be that of a fossilized ground sloth or whale. There are other theories too, depending on which local you speak with. Now, find a megalodon tooth and you have a true treasure.

In order to celebrate its namesake, for the past 25 years Venice has thrown a festival in honor of the teeth that lie in the Gulf of Mexico surf. The Shark's Tooth Festival starts Friday at 4 PM on the airport festival grounds in Venice. The Gator Creek Band performs at 6 PM on the main stage Friday night. Look for booths that display their shark teeth for sale. A large 6-inch megalodon tooth might be on sale for hundreds of dollars. Among the food vendors and activities, there are also a Special Olympics Fishing Presentation at 2 PM and Special Olympics Weight Lifting Demonstration on Saturday. The Curry Creek Cloggers perform from 10 to 10:45 AM on Saturday. Also on Saturday The Rockin Rogues start at 11 AM, the Beatles tribute band the Glass Onion takes the stage at 12:45 PM, followed by Maiden Cane from 6:30 to 8:45 PM. Paisley Craze starts the festivities on Sunday morning at 11:15 AM. The Boogiemen are set to perform for three hours starting at 2 PM to close the show. Go to the Shark's Tooth Festival website for more information.

More upcoming events and three new listings last week

FSU Center for the Performing Arts
FSU Center for the Performing Arts - The final Inside the Studio series of the Sarasota Ballet this year will be here April 18, Bugaku, Blending Subtlety and Strength.

The Sarasota Ballet Principal Film Series and Inside the Studio series started late last year concludes with its final presentation April 18, Bugaku, Blending Subtlety and Strength. Inside the Studio at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts gives patrons a look at the rehearsal and interpretation process of upcoming performances. The final Program 7 of the 2017-2018 ballet season is set for April 27-28 at the Opera House, Great Masters of Dance: Tudor, Balanchine & Ashton.

Updated on most Thursdays in time for the weekend, our upcoming events page features over 400 festivals, expos, plays, concerts, cultural arts and musicals from the Manatee Performing Arts Center in the north, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch venues, and the Venice Performing Arts Center in the south. Nearly every show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is on the schedule with tickets available through their online box office. The highly acclaimed musical, Jersey Boys, is currently running there through Thursday. Plan your days with this upcoming events schedule, now with listings through April 10, 2019.

Check out my three new listings last week at Beachplace, a buildable lot near Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key and a townhome on Evergreen Way on Longboat Key. 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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Florida Winefest Auction Starts Thursday

by Roger Pettingell

Four days of wine, food and good times

Support good children charities through ticket and auction proceeds

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Winefest Events - Some Florida Winefest events will be held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

We love our festivals here in Sarasota. There is typically one every weekend at this time of year and most center on seafood or drinks. The vintners and chefs are gearing up for this week’s Florida Winefest Auction that begins Thursday with four days of events that features the Pique Nique Sur la Baie Winefest Style, Banquet on the Block of Lemon Avenue and the Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction on Saturday.

Two events starting at 11 AM on Thursday kick off this year’s Winefest. The Bayfront Consumer Lunch Tasting is open to the general public at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. A tent will be set up on the bayfront grounds where four of the Winefest events will be held. Enjoy good food, an excellent wine selection and music from Steel Pan Dave. Half of the $50 ticket cost is tax deductible. At the same time the Business Trade Tasting is by invitation only to those in the trade with licenses.

The Winemaker Dinner Party at Sunset on Thursday features the wine tastings from over eight wineries and chef preparations from four of the finest local restaurants on Longboat Key, Siesta Key and in Sarasota. The party starts at 6:30 PM and costs $125 each. Sunset is at 7:50 PM, enough time for dining and listening to the music of the Souls on Soul band. The signature cocktail during the wine reception hour is served in a souvenir Tervis Tumbler.

Souls on Soul band
The Souls on Soul band will perform at sunset on Thursday during the Winemaker Dinner Party.

One of the main events of the four days occurs on Friday, the Pique Nique Sur la Baie (Picnic on the Bay), Winefest Style. Walk the grounds of the south lawn of the Van Wezel starting at 11 AM with a sparkling wine reception and continue with good conversation, and seating at noon with fine dining and some of the best wines that Florida has to offer. Half of the $175 ticket cost is tax deductible and provides scholarship funds for the New College Foundation, a partner of this event.

Dining follows at 6:30 PM in downtown Sarasota with a table seating 200 guests on Lemon Avenue. A six course dinner of local seafood and cuisine will be prepared by some of the area’s best chefs from six fine restaurants, some of which participated in the sunset dinner party on Thursday. Tickets are $200 each.

Create fond memories with new friends while supporting good charities at the Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction, a Winefest signature event Saturday morning. The festivities begin at 11 AM with the Grand Tasting and Brunch. Wine will be served from over 65 wineries and dishes prepared by chefs from local restaurants. The brunch and auction tickets are $125 per person.

Longboat Key sunset
Winefest Sunsets - Enjoy the start to your evenings with the sunset events at the Florida Winefest Auction.

The charity auction begins at 1:30 PM with an entertaining David Elswood of Christie’s London as auctioneer with wines from over 42 vineyards. There will also be a silent auction that coincides with the wine auction and feature exotic get-aways to places like Grand Cayman Island, Aspen, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Vermont Lake or NASCAR races and even the Indianapolis 500. Or bid on some tangible collectibles such as sports memorabilia, sunken treasure artifacts or even a slate-top billiards table.

Wine on the Water at the Van Wezel Bayshore is the finale event of the Winefest this year. Dance to the upbeat blues and jazz ensemble Kat Crosby Band starting on Sunday at 1 PM. This event is free to the public unless you want to participate in the tasting under the tent, a cost of $25 per ticket. BulGoGi Korean BBQ and Mother Truckin Good will serve luncheon plates for a cost.

Proceeds from the Winefest benefit the New College Foundation scholarship fund and 84 charities assisting children with special needs, which has provided 8.3 million dollars over the past 27 years since 1991. The charity funds are provided by a portion of the event tickets and auction, 50 percent of ticket costs are tax-deductible. More information and tickets can be purchased online at Florida Winefest Auction. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.



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