Archive for January, 2003

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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01/1/2003

Lessons of a Long-Distance Commuter

Several years ago, when our company acquired Southwest Florida’s Gulfshore Life magazine, I didn’t realize I’d soon be whizzing up and down I-75 between our Naples and Sarasota offices. With modern technology to keep us connected, who needed to waste time on the road? And in fact, hundreds of e-mails do fly back and forth […]

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01/1/2003

Night Wings

Florida’s common barn owls are found on nearly every continent and go by many names. They’re known in some cultures as ghost owls. In others, white owls, or delicate owls-even monkey-faced owls. Because they dine primarily on rats and mice, they’re among the most valuable and beneficial of all birds of prey. A healthy adult […]

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01/1/2003

That Latin Flavor

At La Abejita Latin Market at the corner of Ringling Boulevard and Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota, customers are lined up at the cash register. Their arms are full of chayote, a squash from Costa Rica; yerba mate, an Argentinean tea; and Inca Kola, a Peruvian drink made from purple corn. "!Hola!," Lola Yengle says to […]

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01/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

Like so many of us, I was rather startled to hear on SNN that Roy and Susan Palmer are moving into a retirement home. I had no idea they were that old. They must have a very good plastic surgeon because they both look about my age. (OK, Roy looks about my age, while Susan […]

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