Archive for October, 2002

10/1/2002

Orchids Alive!

Diana Folsom has worked with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota for nearly six years, but has been growing orchids privately since the late ’60s. Here are her tips for selecting and growing these spectacular plants in your home. "The easiest to grow is the phalaenopsis," says Folsom. "They have low light requirements, so they […]

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10/1/2002

A Manatee Update

I’d seen manatees in the wild before, but seldom one this tolerant of human company. Curious, I contacted the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI), located in St. Petersburg. I was directed to Lucy Keith, a scientist who monitors manatees in that area of southwest Florida known as the Charlotte Harbor watershed. She asked what color […]

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10/1/2002

Down on the Ranch

When Jeff Boyd of Northern Trust exclaimed over the enormous number of millionaires living in Lakewood Ranch’s zip code, he revealed his information came from Claritas, a market research firm headquartered in San Diego. Of course, the next step was to take a look at Claritas online (www.claritasexpress.com). Part of the web site is daunting, […]

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10/1/2002

Homefront

Soft Focus Some like simple and contemporary, others like ornate and classical; but architect Wm. Thorning Little has expanded into the special form he-like much of Sarasota-has embraced: the charming Mediterranean style. While Little is still busy with his regular architectural business, he opened a separate operation this year: the Mediterranean Villa Design Center, which […]

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10/1/2002

This Land is Your Land

I’d never seen a satellite tracking device before, so when one bobbed slowly up to me as I stood waist-deep in the Myakka River, it took a minute to figure out what it was. The giveaway was the little antenna on the top. For a high-tech contraption, it didn’t look like much, just a shiny […]

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10/1/2002

The Ranch Gets Ritzy

Blame it on Wilson Alvarez. Three years ago, the Devil Rays pitcher was the first to build a million-dollar-plus home in Lakewood Ranch-the master-planned community east of I-75 that just a decade ago was a flat, scrubby landscape dotted with hot, motionless cows. Soon, other folks hunting for the perfect place to build a dream […]

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10/1/2002

The Possum Always Rings Twice

Josie had spent the better part of the morning barking at the mailbox. That was puzzling; usually she was easygoing and mild-mannered. I figured whatever she was trying to tell me, it wasn’t that we had mail. The lid was down and the box was wide open. I put Josie in the house, tiptoed back […]

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10/1/2002

Luxury Garden

Robert Palmer nearly disappears when he starts walking and talking about orchids. Arms waving, gently swinging aside plants hanging on their hooks in the shade house-before you can catch up, Palmer is stalking away and already talking about another special plant he brought back from Thailand or Hawaii. You’ve got to hustle just to keep […]

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10/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox

True, those forest fires out West burned millions of acres and left thousands homeless; but even more tragically, they all but ruined my summer vacation. You couldn’t see any of the scenery; the famous mountains were hidden by something that looked like smog. And it did something to the air conditioning in my car. Apparently […]

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10/1/2002

Street Talk

DEVELOPING STORY Sarasota is the land of opportunity-or at least that’s what the chat on the street has been. The development business is roaring, and high-end, out-of-town developers keep wandering into City Manager Mike McNees’ office for a little chat. “Three or four have dropped in in the last couple of months,” McNees told me, […]

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