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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12/1/2003

Creative Impulses

For Sarasota’s plethora of galleries and world-class museums, thank the entrepreneurs and artists who have been drawn here from around the world. Some came for the beautiful quality of the light; others for the seaside setting and seclusion; still others for the creative company they knew they’d find. You can also thank an audience of […]

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12/1/2003

Crystal View Persuasions

To some, the beach is merely a playpen for a day, its sugary sand a nuisance to be swept away before heading home. But think of a beach only as an afternoon’s amusement, and you miss one of nature’s greatest creations. From the hovering seabirds picking off glittering fish in an ebbing tide to the […]

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12/1/2003

Rooms Without Walls

Florida homes have taken the design party outside. Lavishly appointed and leviathan in scope, outdoor living spaces now boast a world of comforts, as any tour of the region’s luxury model homes will show. Designers have gone all out on these new outdoor rooms, seamlessly integrating interior and outdoor spaces with disappearing sliders and decorating […]

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12/1/2003

Top Tickets

Who says the luxury market is crumbling? In other parts of the country, the uncertain economy and billowing national deficit may be moderating consumer spending, but here in Sarasota, plenty of people are still pampering themselves with a wealth of luxury items. They’re just continuing a proud tradition, says Dr. Fred Strobel, Selby professor of […]

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12/1/2003

The Spirits of Sarasota

You know you’re really on vacation when you’re finally served a tall, cool tropical drink. Exotic island fruits, sandy beaches, delicious indolence and a hint of romance-all that and more is packed into that icy glass topped by a paper umbrella, and with just one sip, everyday stresses and obligations start to slip away. Most […]

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12/1/2003

The Back Country

The battered pickup slalomed down a muddy rut, became briefly airborne, then landed with a bone-bruising thud. Park ranger Marcus Campion winced and gunned it clear. "Sorry ’bout that," he said. "No problema," I said, hoping I sounded more gung ho than I felt. Actually I was glad he had a heavy foot; the backcountry’s […]

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12/1/2003

The Rules of Attractions

Who needs animatronics and technological wizardry when our attractions offer dazzling displays of natural beauty, from the rare and spectacular orchids of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Jungle Gardens’ languorous pink flamingos? Sure, the beaches top everyone’s list of "Things to Do," but do make time to explore our state parks and science and aquarium […]

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12/1/2003

Hot Tickets for 2004

December Through Dec. 7: Grease onstage at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115. Through Dec. 12: Dark Shadows and Curious Circuses on view at Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design. 359-7563. Through Dec. 14: The Competition onstage at FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Cook Theatre. 351-8000. 3: The National Dance Company of Siberia performs at the Van Wezel. […]

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12/1/2003

Homes for Your Holidays

Sarasota is known as much for the quality and diversity of our resorts as we are our natural attractions. If you crave the relaxation of balmy, sub-tropical breezes, look to those on our barrier islands and beaches. If the cultural circuit is more your taste, we’re blessed with stylish hotels and national chains just moments […]

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12/1/2003

Calling All Connoisseurs

You’re familiar with the expression "think globally, act locally." In this resort town, that sentiment can aptly be applied to the enjoyment of shopping. Because this part of Southwest Florida is an international playground, shopping just naturally assumes a cosmopolitan character. You’re vacationing in the perfect place to acquire 18K gold and diamond jewelry creations […]

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