Archive for May, 2003

05/1/2003

Day of the Dolphin

Bottle-nosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) are often seen riding boat wakes or fishing in shallow inshore waters. During one diving trip, seven had been with us all day. Twice we anchored and slipped into the water, and both times, they fled. "Let me try alone," I asked the others. In an instant, six adults and a […]

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05/1/2003

Real Estate Go$$ip

Island Idyll About once a week, agents Bobbie Banan and Mel Goldsmith of Michael Saunders & Company shed suits and dress shoes for rubber boots and foul-weather gear and pilot a Carolina skiff across Sarasota Bay to show their most unique listing. The Polynesian-style home, boasting separate pods, sits on an island, surrounded by the […]

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05/1/2003

Hot Tickets

Comedy The Sarasota Comedy Festival has moved to May, and promises a week of laughs in a variety of venues, May 10-17. The event kicks off with a "Doo-Dah Parade" down Main Street the morning of May 10 and continues with a comedy film showcase at Burns Court, a FunnyBones luncheon May 12, humor workshops […]

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05/1/2003

Homefront

Old World Art There’s something new and extraordinary on Palm Avenue: a shop full of beautiful, handmade frescoes imported from Italy. Rainer Scheer and his wife, Asuncion de las Heras, have opened up Design O Fresco, a family-run enterprise, to market the old-world frescoes created in their studio in northern Italy. Scheer said his firm […]

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05/1/2003

The New Mansions Out East

The cows at the old Moore’s dairy farm on Upper Manatee River Road in Manatee County still munch away as though nothing has changed. But their days are numbered. Million-dollar homes are rising right next door at the luxury community Waterlefe Golf & River Club; and pretty soon, Moore’s green pastures and cows will make […]

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05/1/2003

Lightning Rod

For years conservatives have complained that the media has a raging liberal bias, with left-leaning reporters and columnists bringing their slant to the news. Whether that’s true or not, many Sarasota conservatives have been happier with their hometown paper lately, since metro columnist Rod Thomson began preaching the gospel of limited government, fiscal sobriety and […]

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05/1/2003

Simply Irresistible

Sandwiched between the Helmsley Sandcastle to the south and the future site of the Ritz-Carlton’s swanky new beach club to the north is the unassuming Mark Twain condominium complex on Lido Beach. Artist Lynn Byers bought one of the 16 units for investment purposes and hired Susan Mignone of Panache Interiors Inc. to ready the […]

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05/1/2003

Tea Chi

Forget everything you’ve read about the dangers of caffeine, at least in tea. Apparently, the favored beverage of many Asian cultures and most of America may have been getting a bad rap all these years. Sure, it can stain your teeth and leave you wide-eyed and bushy-tailed if you drink caffeinated tea too late at […]

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05/1/2003

Bistro Fair

Menu and decor compete for attention at the new Main Street Bistro; and, happily for diners, both come up winners. Owner Michael Jacobson will tell you he’s inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Jacobson (a 30-year veteran of corporate America, first working for American Express and more recently for The Zenith) especially admires the artist’s Starry […]

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05/1/2003

Street Talk

Senator Harris? Yes, it’s true. Sources in the local Republican Party say our own Congresswoman Katherine Harris has locked up the contributors and the funding needed to run for Sen. Bob Graham’s U.S. Senate seat next year. As you may have guessed, and what makes this interesting locally: The Republicans are already lining up for […]

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