Archive for December, 2003

12/1/2003

Affairs of the Arts

Sarasota serves up an intoxicating brew of theater, music and performing arts for those with a thirst for culture. Something inspiring, entertaining or both is happening just about every night of the year, at a variety of venues and price points as well. Our small city has an outsize reputation for exceptional arts organizations, including […]

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12/1/2003

Seriously Funny

Mike Peters’ tiny home office was a mess one recent morning, strewn with dozens of discarded sketches from the last few hours. Sarasota’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of the popular comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm had been working on a sketch about one of President Bush’s statements the day before. Bush had […]

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12/1/2003

Company Comin’

Sometimes a spare room isn’t enough. We all know that changing your zip code to a warmer climate magically multiplies your roster of would-be visitors. And when people who already had a wide circle of family and friends move to Sarasota, they often decide that adding a guest house is more necessity than indulgence. Some […]

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12/1/2003

We’ve Got Games

Not surprisingly, Sarasota is renowned for its water sports. From windsurfing to sailboating, kayaks and canoes, our bays, rivers and inlets allow you to explore our beautiful city from beyond its shores. Along the way, you’ll encounter dolphins, manatees and exotic birds in their natural habitats. Itching for something "deeper?" Your ticket to ocean adventure […]

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12/1/2003

Not Just Another Roadside Attraction

It was the time before Disney World, when there were no interstates and much of the coastlines still sat as undeveloped as the inland cattle ranches. Florida was a completely different state. And it was less than 40 years ago. It was the era of the roadside attraction. Driving past their empty parking lots now […]

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12/1/2003

Climbing Jelks’ Ladder

Every morning, despite rain, arthritis and a broken back, Dr. Mary Jelks, a 74-year-old retired pediatrician, climbs a ladder to the roof of her modest home on Clematis Street to collect samples for meteorologists and universities throughout the state. She also receives samples by mail from Miami and Tallahassee. ("They have tremendously interesting spores up […]

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12/1/2003

Information Please

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police/Fire/Medical Emergency 911 HOSPITALS Sarasota Memorial Hospital 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 […]

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12/1/2003

City of Health

It took three special sessions to pry a medical malpractice reform bill out of the Florida legislature last summer. As with similar bills that have passed across the country, its stated purpose was to keep doctors from fleeing the state. But an August study by the General Accounting Office shows that doctors are not, in […]

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12/1/2003

Bottoms Up!

In our ever-zealous pursuit of investigative journalism, we recently invited some of the town’s top bartenders to create a drink that captures the color and flavor of our city. We held our "Ultimate Sarasota Cocktail Contest" (see page 150) poolside at Longboat Key’s Colony Beach & Tennis Resort with the Gulf of Mexico shimmering in […]

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12/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

If you’re like me, you’re getting a little sick of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Now it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, let me tell you-10 years ago it was a bunch of ugly houses from the ’50s in such disrepair that you couldn’t give them away. I’m not saying it’s over-rated or […]

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