This week’s Breakfast Meeting was held at the Harbourside Tavern and Whiskey Bar. Breakfast was served at 7:15am. Jim Larson collected the Happy Dollars, and then sold the 50-50 raffle tickets. Sean McGrath was the winner but he failed to draw an ace from the deck. The pot continues to grow with only 32 cards left in the deck and all 4 aces still waiting to be drawn.
President Joe Walsh rang the bell to start the meeting at 7:50am. Dr. Jim Whitman led us in the singing of “America the Beautiful” which was followed by The Pledge of Allegiance. Sean McGrath said the prayer. There were 23 members present, plus visiting Kiwanian David Sunter and two prospective members, Manuel Sindell and Jorge Rinardi.
Secretary John Wild gave a brief report. He announced the attendance for today. Susan Phillips then spoke about “The Dinner and a Movie”, the combined event with the Longboat Key Garden Club, which is scheduled for April 30th. The posters and and the tickets are now available . The cost is $65.00 per person, and only 200 tickets will be sold.. The Raffle Grand Prize is a 5-night trip to The Sundance Festival, and included is admission to the Opening Night Celebration featuring Robert Redford. Airfare is included. Raffle tickets are $50 each. Besides the Grand Prize, there will be other raffle prizes, and there will also be a silent auction.
Michael Garey reminded us of the Meet and Mingle Luncheon at the Lazy Lobster on Longboat Key, Sunday, April 17th at 12:30pm. Bring your spouse or significant other, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Michael at 941-383-0440. The cost is $12.50 which includes the gratuity.
Lt. Gov. Richard Crawford announced that the Kiwanis One Day event was held on April 2 @ 2315 Washington Court at the Habitat for Humanity project. Our crew of 25 people spent over 4 hours putting up facia boards and the first plywood course of the roof. Once the rest of the roof boards is completed, it will look like housing. There’s lots of work still to be done, and they will be looking for more volunteers. The next District event is the Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast on May 4th.
Pictured below, some of the Kiwanians at work:
(Shown below, on the right, Glenn Peterson working on the roof.)
Tayna then introduced our guest speaker, Jay Tallman from Ascentia Development Group, the developers of the Aria condominium complex on Longboat Key. He gave a powerpoint presentation of the various projects that his company has been involved in on Longboat Key and on the mainland. The company prides itself on working with integrity, and where customer service is their top priority. They have a passion for what they do. They developed Vizcaya in the mid-90’s, with its Mediterranean architecture. Then it was En Provence with architecture from the south ofFrance. All the units were sold for approximately $2-1/2 million each in about 8 weeks, and then there were still 44 people on the waiting list for units.
Ascentia then developed Beau Ciel in downtown Sarasota, next to the Hyatt Hotel. Partners in the development were the owners of the hotel, and more than $2-1/2 million was spent on site improvements. Then it was on to Lido Key where they developed the Orchard Beach Club, 54 residences with British West Indies architecture. Then back to the main land again to build the Founders Club on Fruitville Road east of I-75, 262 homesites.
After building Highline Ridge in Colorado, they have been working in Clearwater building the Elan, 44 residences all with boat slips. Currently they are developing City Side in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, 228 units of affordable housing.
The Aria has only 16 residences, even though the zoning would have allowed for 30. The building is four-stories over parking, each with 4 residences. Eight of the 16 are premium residences with extended terraces, and 3 have private pools. All 16 have private elevators, and smart-home technology. Each unit has over 4,000 sq. ft. of living space.
The history of the property created a dilemma. There was a 1935 stone-clad house on the property, seaward of the new building. The architect called for a more contemporary building for the complex, but it had to blend with the existing. And then each residence had to have an ocean view. The existing house was restored and became the clubhouse. The average price of a residence is $4,000,000 and each has it’s own 2-or 3-car garage. There is a wellness center on the road side of the facility.
Next week’s speaker is Mary Jo, Circus Arts Conservatory. Her subject: Engage and educate children using unique and innovative learning programs. To measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30am.
Contributing writer: Reg Ware
Tayna Vy, 941-955-2224