Archive for March, 2002

03/1/2002

The Wild Myakka

Usually when you paddle past an alligator, it watches you go by without blinking an eye. Not this ‘gator. It slid from the bank and splashed into the water, sending a wake toward the canoe. Maybe it was ornery. A hunk was missing from its tail, recently torn out by another alligator. This was on […]

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03/1/2002

The 10 Best Bars in Florida

I’m often asked, “What are the best bars in Florida?” To be more precise, I’m never asked, but why split hairs? Bars hold a special place in our hearts and minds. Probably because they’re places of mystery and intrigue. Bars are usually dark, somewhat exotic and, thanks to the miracle of modern alcohol, just crammed […]

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03/1/2002

City of Health

Somewhere in Sarasota tonight, a doctor will worry about a patient he admitted to the hospital several hours earlier complaining of a cough and chest pains. Preliminary tests were inconclusive, and it will be hours before the radiology department will receive the X-rays that will allow further diagnosis. Finally, around midnight, the doctor will get […]

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03/1/2002

Adventures in Sarasota

In the immortal words of Ed Sullivan, we’re proud to bring you a "really big shew"-er, issue-this month. At 319 pages, it’s our largest Visitor’s Annual ever; and if you ask me-okay, I admit I’m slightly prejudiced-it just may be our all-time best. Published at the peak of the tourist season, the annual reaches thousands […]

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03/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

The first time I visited Cà d’Zan must have been 25 years ago. I was but a wee lad, of course, in Sarasota for a vacation, never dreaming that I would one day end up living here. Back in those days the main function of the Ringling Museum was to give tourists something to do […]

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03/1/2002

Back to the Future

I’ve always had a weakness for "World’s Fair" architecture. As a child, I was fascinated by the trylon and perisphere, symbols of the 1939 fair held in Flushing, Long Island. After a family visit to the site, I poured over photographs of the futuristic buildings, believing that such structures would rise in a new world […]

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03/1/2002

See How They Glow

Service? What service? Not from that clueless clerk behind the counter talking on her personal cell phone. Not from the harried airline ticket agent who won’t take the extra minute to find you another flight so you don’t have to spend the night in a strange city. Not from the indifferent receptionists and customer service […]

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03/1/2002

The Voodoo Cure

After Sept. 11, the new red badge of courage became, of course, how soon you would get on an airplane again. I had some friends who were fearless, raring to get on the next Delta jet and saying not only were they not afraid but any adult who was was some panicky hysteric-a bad soldier, […]

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03/1/2002

Forever Tony

Is there anybody hotter-or cooler-than Tony Bennett? Now 75, he maintains a performing schedule that would make a 20-year-old faint. He has a new record ("Playin’ With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues") that hit gold within a few short weeks of its release, and is one of few stars of the ’50s, ’60s and […]

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03/1/2002

Brain Power

What do you do after you graduate from Harvard, marry into a glamorous family, win a Pulitzer, help transform the New York Times Company into a billion-dollar media giant and get close and personal with media icons like Art Sulzberger, Katherine Graham and Bill Paley? Retire to Sarasota and become a volunteer, of course. Jack […]

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03/1/2002

Street Talk

A thousand new downtowners? That’s the concept consultant Chris Brown laid out for the Sarasota City Commission recently-and no, he doesn’t work for the city, but for William Morris, who has developed some New Urbanism-style communities on Florida’s east coast. After a trio of Sarasota’s land-use lawyers, dressed in their best black suits, threatened “to […]

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03/1/2002

Garden Parties

Alley Cat Cafe is near downtown Sarasota but so tucked away that first-timers can get frustrated finding it. It’s worth the hunt. This is a place where you can make a garden party out of a meal. The setting is both lovely and calming, and the pace of service is Southern leisurely. Under rambling trellises […]

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