Archive for June, 2002

06/1/2002

Open-Door Policy

Steven and Sharon Katzman comprise one of Sarasota’s most design-conscious couples. He’s a photographer whose work, whether it’s about tent revivals or prizefighters, shows a fascination with light, dimension and space. She owns Ioptics, where fashionable customers come to find eyeglasses that mesh function, structure and beauty. The couple collects art, spends vacations in galleries […]

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06/1/2002

Street Talk

Does money count any more? Not once but twice recently, Sarasota voters stunned the “experts” who preach that “money talks” and that money would decide both the strong mayor vote in the city and, a week later, the county-wide extra-mill referendum for our schools. The Chamber of Commerce and its big business buddies like Sarasota […]

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06/1/2002

Real Estate Gossip

RITZ REDUX Residences at the Ritz-Carlton were snapped up so quickly that many would-be buyers had to take a back seat and keep their fingers crossed. But now some original buyers are putting units on the market-about a dozen, at press time. Michael Saunders urges buyers to move quickly. "Interest is extremely high," she says. […]

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06/1/2002

The View from Mount Dora

I find myself thinking more and more about retirement these days. It used to be some way-in-the-future thing, a sort of end-of-life countdown. So many things would happen to me before then. Well, they’ve all happened. I had the boring job; I bought the series of increasingly expensive houses;, I put the little bit of […]

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06/1/2002

That Florida Flavor

If you’re among those travelers choosing to stay closer to home lately, you’re in the right state. From the Panhandle to Key West, Florida is filled with adventures and attractions. And with crowds at their year-round low, now is the time for residents to enjoy what makes this state so famous. Our editors sampled three […]

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06/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

Ogled by hundreds of amazed spectators, 92 of Sarasota’s cutest pugs gathered at Five Points for the fifth Annual Pug Parade. To the strains of "Who Let The Dogs Out" the little darlings waddled around the park, tongues hanging out, led by Grand Marshal Jessie, the hero search-and-rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero. Jessie […]

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06/1/2002

Retirement, Sarasota-Style

We do retirement differently in Sarasota. I knew that even before we began working on this issue, which has a special focus on retirement; but it really hit home a few weeks ago when I was invited to lunch by friends who have recently moved to the Sarasota Bay Club, one of that new breed […]

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06/1/2002

Sarasota’s Best Doctors

Alexis Simendinger, the White House correspondent for National Journal magazine, was in Sarasota for a board meeting at her alma mater New College of Sarasota, when she got an urgent phone call. Her mother had been diagnosed with a rare adrenal tumor and needed immediate medical attention. Right after the meeting, Simendinger went online, putting […]

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06/1/2002

The Little White House

John Ringling once dreamed that St. Armands would be the site of a Presidential vacation White House on St. Armands Key. Now, there is a white house of distinction on nearby Lido Key-the little white beach house of Joni Bergs, 45-year-old fashion model and Florida manager for Juliana Collezione, a line of upscale women’s clothes. […]

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