Spotlight on Neighbor - Genia and Al Urbont
Residents of Golden Gate Point have long enjoyed the diverse flowers and plants in front of Majestic Bay. The garden was initially designed by Genia Urbont, a resident of Majestic Bay who moved to GGP in 2005. Genia is an ASID designer who operated a thriving design company in Larchmont, New York, when it was less common for women to have their own companies. She designed builders’ models for new homes and condos as well as other projects.
The garden in front of Majestic Bay was Genia’s passion. She selected the plant material, designed it, and tended to it personally for many years.
Genia’s son Al Urbont was an art director in New York and later sold printing products for many years until he moved to Florida to help take care of his mother. Al is the GGPA Building Captain for Majestic Bay. Al designs flyers, signs and the cover of the annual GGPA directory for the Association and works with the landscaping committee.
As Genia’s ability to care for the garden diminished, Al took it over as a labor of love. Genia’s health needs are such that she is now in assisted living and is not here everyday to appreciate her lovely garden. We are thankful to Genia and Al for their contribution to the attractive appearance of GGP.
Spotlight on Neighbor - Charlotte Hedge
GGPA member Charlotte Hedge and her husband Tom bought a unit in Pier 550 in 1992. Charlotte was one of the founding Board members of the Golden Gate Point Association when a community association on GGP was revitalized in 2001. She has served as GGPA Vice President, and continues to volunteer to this day as building captain for Pier 550.
Charlotte’s husband Tom is the Golden Gate Point Association’s representative to Bayfront 20:20, and keeps the GGPA Board up to date with the Bayfront development progress. Charlotte, Tom and their son Tom, Jr. are realtors in town, and have a long history of volunteering in many Sarasota community organizations. In particular, they’ve been past Presidents of the Sarasota County Boys & Girls’ Club.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County provides afterschool and summer programs for children and teens from ages 6 to 18, at five locations in the county. Two of those locations are in Sarasota: one at the Lee Wetherington Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, and another at Newtown Estates Park on Newtown Boulevard.
Charlotte is an accomplished craftsperson, and has been an avid knitter for many years. Nine years ago Charlotte founded an afterschool program, a knitting club, in the Fruitville branch of the Boys & Girls Club. The knitting club attracts about 15 girls and boys (yes, boys too) to get together each week, learn a craft and talk. Charlotte, as well as a few dedicated volunteers, meet with the knitting club once a week. Kids have made all kinds of knitted and other fabric crafts, such as blankets using fleece as well as yarn. Part of the fun for the kids is sitting around and talking with others in the club as they work on their projects. Charlotte welcomes any GGP craftspeople or others who may have time to volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club. More information about their programs is available by Clicking Here.
Charlotte is an avid photographer as well as knitter. She enjoys taking photographs locally and makes note cards with her photographs.
Spotlight on GGP Neighbor - Cathy Antunes
GGPA member Cathy Antunes has been a longtime political commentator in Sarasota. She’s written monthly articles in SRQ daily, an online news site, since 2011, and writes her own blog at www.thedetail.net. Cathy has now become a radio personality as well. Her show, “The Detail”, is on Fridays at 2 p.m. on WSRQ, 98.3 FM, 106.9 FM and 1220 AM. She began her show last June and all of her interviews can be heard on podcasts accessible at www.sarasotatalkradio.com/the-detail.
Cathy’s interviews grapple with a range of issues of local and regional concern. She’s explored subjects relating to property development and land use, traffic, the Sarasota Charter, moneyand influence in elections, ballot amendments and voting rights, lawsuits involving Sarasota, beach assets, and school board issues-- to name just a few. Her guests are elected officials from Sarasota city and county, as well as other city, county and state representatives, along with business people and local activists.
Cathy is active in the GGPA, and presently serves as its Vice President . She also keeps GGPA’s board up to date on activities of regional neighborhood associations. These include CCNA (Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations), DSCA (Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association) and CONA (Council of Neighborhood Associations).
Cathy and her husband Jose Antunes, an endocrinologist, live in the Renaissance (378 GGP).
• Jim Smith