Reportedly the Village is notorious for peacocks. It is also the stepping-off point for taking a launch to Jewfish Key. I didn't see any peacocks but the drive around the land's end was pleasant. I was greeted affably by the many people out for their early morning walk with their dogs (which were sometimes surprisingly vocal).
This strictly residential area (single-family dwellings mostly, some low-rise apartment buildings) is a reminder that Longboat Key was not always the exclusive condominiums that mark the Island's southern end mostly developed in the early 1970s and thereafter. On the opposite side of Gulf of Mexico Drive from where I was this morning, there are other quaint residential areas reminiscent of what was at one time predominantly cottage country. Increasingly it is becoming developed for year-round residences, many of which are extravagant.
My purposeful dawdle having been accomplished I returned to Ace Hardware and made my purchase (a miniature toilet plunger - don't ask). Within moments thereafter we were ushered to our customary vibrating chairs at the nearby salon for manicures and pedicures. Afterwards we put on the nosebag at the Blue Dolphin Cafe ("casual American breakfast"). In each of those three emporia the staff are exceptionally attentive and professional, one of the many reasons we are so very comfortable here.
But the winning feature of Longboat Key for me is the beach. I headed there immediately upon our return to the condominium. Once again today I strolled along the beach to the pier near Aquarius condominium resort. The beach was magnificent; roaring surf, foaming waves upon the glistening sandy shore. I went for a swim in the clear jade water at the beach nearby the pier. The beach there was completely empty except for the occasional straggler to and from the pier. Not only was the water clearer today than yesterday, it was also warmer.
Early tomorrow morning we leave for Key West.