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- In regard to Michael Welly - there have been very few people that have become more of a friend to Longboat Key than Michael. His demeanor was always smooth, responsive, appreciative, supportive and completely in touch with our community. He was and is a visionary and he created and worked his vision so well for Longboat Key and the Key Club. Unfortunately dark forces prevented his vision from prevailing in the end, much to the disappointment of our community. But this was not the result of his personal commitment and leadership skills.
Michael never lost sight of his goals for the Club and put his substantial power into moving his vision forward. He enlisted some of the Key's strongest personalities to assist and inspired many of our citizens to support his efforts to improve the Club and as a by-product our entire community.
Lynn and he became community regulars and knew many of our islanders personally. He seemed to have time for everyone and still work on the success of his vision and to manage the Club with the help of a superb and empowered staff.
His personality and people skills worked wonders on the Club staff and Club members. Every member group dustup that occurred ultimately had a good outcome for all of the participants.
We are all glad that Michael decided to come to Longboat Key. He has certainly left the Club and this community much better off than when he arrived here.
Michael will be sorely missed, but he will always be remembered by the Community and honored for all that he did to support Longboat Key.
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition â€” Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull â€” and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book â€śGone Girl,â€ť by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.