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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10/1/2002

Events

Art ArtCenter Sarasota. Our Members Remember Nine Eleven ends Oct. 5 here. It’s followed by the Broth Open Photography Show, running Oct. 11-Nov. 9, with a reception Oct. 17. Information: 365-2032. Apple & Carpenter Galleries. The galleries’ fall exhibition of American and European artists (circa 1850-1950) continues through Oct. 31. Information; 951-2314. L’Attitude Gallery. The […]

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10/1/2002

Art Plus

I used to go to Miami for kicks. The beach, the restaurants, the nightlife-they were all unique in the world; and I must admit, I took a little taste of each. I was like St. Thomas Aquinas-giving in to temptation in order to understand it better, then getting a book deal. But something happened. All […]

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10/1/2002

Real Estate Gossip

SAFE AT HOME Sarasota is remembering last September and conducting an over-the-shoulder analysis of how the tragic events affected our lives. Strangely, the same aftermath that shook the stock market and tumbled entrepreneurial empires may have given Sarasota’s real estate market a boost. "Many young couples who have experienced marvelous financial success and could choose […]

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10/1/2002

Food & Wine Sides

In October, style editor Marsha Fottler reviewed several new Sarasota restaurants. Two have shared some of their culinary secrets with us. Read on for their sumptuous recipes. Please note, some measurements are not exact, but then, culinary greatness is seldom measured in tablespoons! Tortellini Special, from Filippo’s Pizzeria Ingredients: 1 whole portobello mushroom, diced 1 […]

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10/1/2002

A Warm Welcome

Since 1965, Jane and Albert Wohlers have left Chicago’s winters behind for the white sands and soft breezes of Longboat Key. The couple has enjoyed a variety of residences, including a bayfront home and several different condominiums. But recently they sought something a bit more spacious. They decided they wanted room to entertain, a beautiful […]

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10/1/2002

Something for Everyone

The Saltwater Cafe has lots of things going for it-comfort, variety, value and size. It also has a nautical theme, including a long, colorful aquarium that parallels a line of booths. A dark, handsome bar (complete with old-fashioned black-and-white tile floor and brass boot rail) separates the two main dining areas from a private, glass-enclosed […]

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10/1/2002

Island Elegance

Steve Seidensticker, the 47-year-old CEO and general manager of Boca Grande’s famous Gasparilla Inn, may have the sweetest commute of any executive in America. He exits his 5,500-square-foot French Mediterranean home on fashionable Gilchrist Avenue, enjoys a Gulf-view stroll under sun and palms, and three minutes later is climbing the porch stairs of the old […]

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10/1/2002

Searching for Abraham

Bruce Feiler has gained renown with books that take the reader along on his international adventures, from Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan to Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. His latest is Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths; he’ll discuss that work […]

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10/1/2002

Made in Sarasota

Barbara Sela’s background is in fashion design, and her daughter Vanessa Winter’s is in computer animation. So what do the two do together? Design exquisite glass tableware, of course. "Go figure," says Winter, laughing. And this is no ordinary flamingoes-on-martini-glasses: One-of-a-kind Sela Miles plates and goblets adorn tables from Monterey to Martha’s Vineyard and grace […]

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10/1/2002

In the Swing

FIT TO PLAY Not all clubs are created equal. For decades, country club golfers have purchased brand-name clubs from their local professional, with standard lie, loft, length, shaft flex, and grip size features. But now many amateur players finally know what the top pros have known for years. Standard off-the-rack clubs are not for everyone. […]

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