Archive for December, 2002

12/1/2002

Mr. Chatterbox’s Sarasota Vacation Guide

Since this is our annual Visitor’s Issue, I was told by the "People Upstairs," i.e., our sales staff, that I had to come up with the town’s top 10 tourist attractions, and that they better include a lot of advertisers. Well, you know me. I will not be intimidated. So I’ve come up with another […]

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12/1/2002

High Art

Southwest Florida’s natural beauty and ever-shifting light attract artists-and art lovers-from around the world. As a result, we have a rich concentration of galleries and several outstanding museums. Many of these galleries are concentrated in the downtown area, a situation that creates marvelous walking tours. The first Friday of every month, Palm Avenue galleries extend […]

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12/1/2002

Be Their Guest

In Sarasota, three things are certain: death, taxes, and houseguests. According to U.S. Travel Data Center, over one-third of travelers spend vacation time in the guest rooms of friends and family, and anyone who lives here would say that estimate is low. Yet how much attention have you given to your visitors’ home away from […]

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12/1/2002

Information, Please

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police/Fire/Medical Emergency 911 HOSPITALS Sarasota Memorial 917-9000 Bon Secours-Venice Hospital 485-7711 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 342-1100 Manatee Memorial 746-5111 Blake Medical Center 792-6611 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION The following airlines directly serve the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport just off north U.S. 41. Most international lines listed in the phone directory’s Yellow Pages operate from Tampa International […]

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12/1/2002

The Sporting Life

The Florida Gulf coast is an angler’s playground, rife with game fish and charter captains eager to introduce you to your first rolling tarpon or mahi dolphin catch. Sarasota also has ample opportunities to view our coastline by sea, whether your tastes run toward the adventurous (as in windsurfing) or the sedate (as in sailboating). […]

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12/1/2002

Luxury Lodgings

You’ll find a variety of accommodations for your Sarasota holiday. The resorts that rim Sarasota’s barrier islands promise balmy, sub-tropical breezes, unlimited water sports and relaxing rope hammocks slung beneath swaying palms. On the mainland, you can choose from stylish hotels to national chains that provide real value and roomy spaces perfect for the entire […]

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12/1/2002

Beach Magic

For many, the beach is the epitome of comfort, a warm cradle of sugary sand where you can soak up the sun until your body collapses into absolute calm. Most summer days, the beaches are strewn with vestiges of childhood: plastic shovels and sand pails, miniature floats and flip-flops the size of small teacups. Other […]

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12/1/2002

Events

At press time, a collaboration including SARASOTA Magazine was in the works to bring a central cultural ticketing kiosk to Southgate Plaza. Many of the organizations whose events are listed here will participate in this convenient new option for concert and theatergoers. Stop by the kiosk to find out more. December 2002 Through Dec. 8: […]

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12/1/2002

A Healthy Holiday

Sarasota is an exotic mixed bag of adventures that draws millions of visitors every year, but year-round residents know there’s a price to pay for living in paradise. For example, our sublime sub-tropical weather is a prime breeding atmosphere for pesky fire ants and spectacular lightning storms. Our seductive waters are a boater’s dream, but […]

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