Visionary, entrepreneur “Murf” Klauber dies at 91

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Visionary, entrepreneur “Murf” Klauber dies at 91
By Gayle Guynup - Herald Tribune

They are still there — footprints up and down Longboat Key’s beach, where every morning, Dr. Murray Klauber (better known as “Murf” or “Doc”) began his day at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort with a walk on those famous sands.

While the waves may have washed the actual footprints away, the visions of the man remain — part of the history of Longboat Key — as pertinent today as they were when he arrived more than 50 years ago.

Klauber died Thursday at his home on Longboat — just a few steps from his beloved Colony Beach & Tennis Resort — surrounded by his wife Sue Bassett-Klauber and four generations of family members. He was 92.

Until very recently, he was as active as his age would allow, even traveling with his wife Susie, son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Terri, on a photographic safari to Africa last year. Whenever he would appear at local events, he would almost always be dressed in his trademark shorts, a colorful, tropical shirt, with loafers and no socks — the epitome of the Longboat Key lifestyle. And while he acknowledged in a recent conversation that he was slowing down, just a bit, he still loved walking that same beach every morning, “though not as early as I used to,” he said.

Murf Klauber was a Renaissance man — originally an orthodontist by trade, entrepreneur, developer, visionary and founder and chief executive officer of Longboat Key’s famed Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, which, ironically, was demolished on Wednesday, the day before he died. Continue Reading

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