Archive for January, 2003

01/1/2003

Real Estate Gossip

Successful Merger The welcome mat is finally in front of their Ritz-Carlton doorway as Pasqualina and Robert Peterson move into their new home. The philanthropic Petersons were among the original lottery winners when residences at the Ritz came on the market and they bought one…and then one more. Enter Anne Folsom Smith and a team […]

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01/1/2003

A Healthy Addition

Sarasota is not famous for fine commercial architecture. Even the late, lamented Sarasota School produced few iconic business structures. Schools, yes; residences, yes; a nifty City Hall, but relatively little in memorable commercial buildings. Unfortunately, recent development has produced almost nothing of which we can be proud. A lot of Mediterranean Revival stuff, some of […]

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01/1/2003

The Cosmetic Surgery Boom

There was a time when all you saw an eye doctor for was a glaucoma test and a prescription to treat your nearsightedness. If you had crow’s feet or a sagging jowl, you’d consult a plastic surgeon. Not anymore. Once the dominion of specialists, cosmetic surgery is now part of many physicians’ practices. Today you […]

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01/1/2003

Hot Tickets

Art, Music and More Ringling School of Art’s "Strength of Community" series unfolds a number of events this month. Celebrated African-American artist, illustrator and author Faith Ringgold (best known for her painted story quilts) is the focus of a retrospective show at the school’s Selby Gallery (opening Jan. 10 to run through Feb. 15); she’ll […]

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01/1/2003

CORRECTION: Top Performers

The shoes that appeared on page 81 are from Saks Fifth Avenue. We indicated otherwise in the printed edition of the magazine. Related Articles: Joel Ellzey Delicious Mischief SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Look Your Best

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01/1/2003

In the Swing

MIND GAMES When I was senior instruction editor at GOLF Magazine, I would occasionally receive telephone calls from disgruntled golfers, complaining about not getting help at a golf school they had paid thousands of dollars to attend. More than one reader uttered this remark about instructors on our "Best Teachers in America" list: "If teachers […]

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01/1/2003

Top Companies

The year 2002 was edgy and uncertain, as terrorism, accounting scandals, a sinking stock market and fears of war haunted national and regional companies. "We all thought we saw recovery happening last year," says Kathy Baylis, vice president of the Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development. Now, she says, "The whole landscape has changed. I […]

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01/1/2003

On the Road Again

The first tipoff that a book tour isn’t total glamour is when a bookstore schedules two simultaneous events, and the local psychic over in the New Age section outdraws you 20-1. The second tipoff is the hecklers. I didn’t know they had hecklers at book signings, so I asked around among my author friends, who […]

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01/1/2003

Top Companies – Annual Ranking

$100 Million Plus 1. Tropicana Products, Inc. (Manatee) World’s leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices President: James E. Dwyer Annual Sales: $2.3 billion ($2.3 billion) Employees: 5,200 worldwide; 3,200 in Manatee/Sarasota Founded: 1947 Web Site: www.tropicana.com Tropicana is the No. 3 brand in U.S. grocery stores and is sold in 30 countries worldwide. […]

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01/1/2003

Street Talk

You’re so lucky I’m here “You’re so lucky I’m here,” Sarasota City Manager Mike McNees told a Downtown Association audience recently as he marked his first year in the city. “When I got here, this town was a real mess.” The usually far more restrained McNees warmed to his subject as the audience started to […]

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01/1/2003

The Greatest Little Show on Earth

Almost all of us have spent an afternoon under the Big Top, squirming hip to hip on wooden benches under a canvas tent, inhaling the pungent aroma of sawdust and fishing slightly burnt popcorn out of paper bags with salty, cotton-candy-sticky fingers. We’ve sat up straighter as the lights dimmed, the drum rolled and the […]

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01/1/2003

Prime Time Players

The secret is out-Florida isn’t just about the beaches anymore. Although the state built its reputation as a haven for snowbirds and retirees with its white sand and calm surf, that isn’t quite enough these days. Residents want more to do, and tourists need more reasons to choose Florida over equally exotic destinations. Sports are […]

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