Archive for October, 2001

10/1/2001

Street Talk

We’re different here Sarasota Police Chief Skip Jolly was boasting. “We make 42 times the national average arrests for prostitution,” the chief announced to the city commission one day. “Now that doesn’t mean we have more prostitutes than other cities,” the chief quickly added. “We’re just vigorously enforcing our quality-of-life ordinances. In fact, our enforcement […]

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10/1/2001

The Last Great Deals

Anyone who’s been saving his money with a dream of living on the water in Sarasota must have screamed in horror last spring when Stephen King paid a record $8.9 million for a Casey Key Gulf-front home. Just a few years ago, a million-dollar price tag was a shocker in Sarasota; now prime waterfront properties […]

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10/1/2001

Going back to School

There’s a story architects love to tell about Ralph Twitchell, the ringleader of the young architects who came to Sarasota after World War II and began building clean-lined, modern structures that came to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Constructed of such then-innovative materials as concrete, steel and aluminum, the buildings used sweeping […]

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10/1/2001

Glorious Gardens

With two new gardens to explore and admire and a classic that gets better every year, Palm Beach County is the place for garden enthusiasts this fall. Let’s start with the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The 16-acre, $3.5-million Roji-En is the new backyard of the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach. Both the garden and […]

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10/1/2001

Treasure of the Caribbean

From her teeming, shadowy streets to her sunny plazas, Havana is charming, proud and shabby, like a high-priced courtesan at the end of her career. With few exceptions, her façade is crumbling, dingy and decrepit. Beneath more than 40 years of neglect, though, her bones are still impressive. And those few exceptions are simply magnificent. […]

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10/1/2001

Guiding Light

When fledgling architect Joe King started dating a young woman who lived in west Bradenton eight years ago, he found himself frequently driving by a house on Riverview Boulevard that intrigued him. This was not one of those grand mansions spread out over a lush lawn sloping toward the river; it was a small, flat-roofed […]

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10/1/2001

BINGO!

If the spirits of Ralph and William Zimmerman, luminaries of the Sarasota School of Architecture, were searching for the perfect house to haunt, they’d glide right into an unpretentious bungalow in Lido Shores recently refreshed by Providence, Rhode Island, couple Dr. Lee and Kathryn Edstrom. The couple didn’t even know about the Sarasota School of […]

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10/1/2001

Drought Fishing

The little pond had almost disappeared. Another week or two and it would dry up completely, victim of the worst drought in Florida’s history. I was shocked and saddened to find it in this condition; I was expecting the same perfect microcosm I’d chanced upon many years ago, an obsidian pool hidden deep in the […]

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10/1/2001

Going to Graceland

I think Paul Simon said it best. "I’m going to Graceland for reasons I can’t quite explain." Yes, the trek to Elvis’ home in Memphis has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for us Baby Boomers, and the reason why has never been adequately explained. Some say it’s for the kitsch factor. Some say it’s for […]

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10/1/2001

Table Talk

Leaf Glory Transitional in styling (which means it will go with just about anything), this luxurious whitewashed table seats six without the leaf and up to 10 with the extender. The carved leaf motif on the cabriole legs is repeated on the backs of the matching chairs for a graceful flourish. The table is 46 […]

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