Archive for February, 2004

02/1/2004

Design Yearbook

In the last decade or so, as more and more people with means and imagination have decide to build the home of their dreams here, Southwest Florida has gained a reputation as a design hotspot. Architects, builders and designers are redefining contemporary luxury living with homes that show off a host of new ideas and […]

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02/1/2004

A Wedding Planner

I do, I do It’s All About The Dress Linda Marconi, director of Nello’s Bridal Salon in Sarasota, says that 90 percent of the gowns she sells are strapless. "And soft ivory is the shade; very few brides want that bright white anymore," she observes. "Brides are selecting body-hugging silhouettes with flat-fronts, no pleats. They’re […]

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02/1/2004

The Dating Game

Yes, you can be happily single in Sarasota, if you’re accomplished, confident and know who you are and what you’re looking for. We found five high-achieving, high-style Sarasota singles, dressed them up and asked them about life, love and tales from the hunt. Box next part and run somewhere, maybe towards end? MORE FUN AND […]

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02/1/2004

Field of Dreams

The Boys of Summer are back in town. All over Florida, baseball teams are unpacking for another spring training, every one of them thinking: This is going to be the year. They call it the Grapefruit League. In Sarasota, this means the Cincinnati Reds are setting up camp again at Ed Smith Stadium. And in […]

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02/1/2004

Politics as Unusual

In our February 2004 issue, author N.M. Kelby’s search for a liberal enclave in Sarasota led her to an group called Forum 2004. Some of their major concerns are a seeming over-eagerness by government officials to resort to war, ignore established international protocol, increase the federal budget deficit and erode civil rights and environmental protection […]

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02/1/2004

No Rain on this Parade

Everyone loves a parade-of homes, that is. Every year the Sarasota and Manatee Home Builders Associations present a showcase of more than 100 luxurious new homes to the public. It’s the perfect venue for culling ideas from builders, landscapers, pool companies and interior designers. This year the parade starts February 21 and runs through March […]

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02/1/2004

Lingo Polo

If you thought the tony game of polo was just for the Royals (or the stuffed shirts up in the Hamptons), guess again. The game is gaining surprising popularity among the middle class, in much the same fashion as golf over the past decade. According to the United States Polo Association, polo may be the […]

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02/1/2004

A Harmony of Frogs

Squirrel treefrogs are found throughout Florida and the American Southeast. Often mistaken for green treefrogs, they are smaller and lack the green’s vivid white side-stripe. During summer months they congregate by the thousands and breed in freshwater marshes and seasonal ponds. Males serenade prospective mates with a startlingly loud "Kwonk!" that female squirrel treefrogs find […]

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02/1/2004

Medical Mile

Sarasota’s reputation as a center for contemporary architecture has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. The glory years of the Sarasota School of Architecture, when the nation’s top architectural talent was based here, turning out notable designs for residences and schools, have passed. The current inventory of domestic buildings certainly does not […]

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02/1/2004

Homefront

Heavyweight Realtors Unite There’s a new star on the local real estate horizon, and it’s got double wattage. Annette Rogers and Michael Moulton, top-producing associates at Michael Saunders & Company’s Longboat Key South office, have merged their talents and 50 combined years of real estate experience into a residential real estate sales partnership. Consistently the […]

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02/1/2004

A Match made in Heaven

The couple had diverse backgrounds but they felt an immediate connection. Despite the hurdles and challenges they faced, they shared wonderful moments together and glowed with happiness at the beautiful results of their partnership. A bad romance novel? No, a good relationship between interior designer and client that resulted in a stylish and comfortable home. […]

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02/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Rare pearls in Oyster Bay Oyster Bay is an exclusive enclave west of Tamiami Trail and loosely bounded by North and South Lakeshore Drives. The community offers gracious homes, boating water, winding tree-lined streets and an easy walk to the very private Field Club. Soaring property values have prompted some homeowners to sell, […]

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02/1/2004

Gardens in the Sky

Going into your garden can be extremely relaxing, even when it’s a tiny haven 100 feet up in the air. Just ask long-time gardening enthusiasts John and Sue Michel, who turned an ordinary 10-foot by 20-foot patio into a lush rooftop terrace at their new Library Mews townhouse in downtown Sarasota. Hundred-year-old Chicago bricks and […]

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02/1/2004

Balancing Act

"A lot of people think it’s a fictitious family," says Tino Wallenda, a third-generation member and head of the Flying Wallenda troupe. "They’re surprised to learn we ever really existed." But the Sarasota-based family of circus aerialists is as real as its well-known tragedy, when a seven-person pyramid came crashing down Jan. 30, 1962, in […]

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02/1/2004

In the Swing

If you fly into Sarasota Bradenton Airport during the winter months, you’ll notice a big advertisement in the lobby for Oak Ford. Oak Ford’s also advertised in local newspapers and other publications. The trouble is, many golfers skip over the ads with their eyes because the last thing they need is another car. Yes, golfers […]

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02/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

When Bob Blanchette began working with acrylic furniture, he soon was staying up all night, so immersed in projects that his wife had to phone and remind him to come home. Eleven years later, Blanchette’s passion has simmered down to an absorption that keeps him happily creating seven days a week in the workshop of […]

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02/1/2004

Beating the Clock

"There’s only so much time in a day," Dr. David Shoemaker of Sarasota’s Center for Sight says from a cell phone as he waits to board a flight to Los Angeles, where he’s attending a medical conference. Like many doctors, the ophthalmologist works between 80 to 100 hours a week, and he is wearily acknowledging […]

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02/1/2004

Where Are You, Paul Wellstone?

I miss liberals. After living in Minnesota for more than 20 years, I miss the pitter-patter of Birkenstocks, the vegan potlucks, the scent of patchouli, and the campaign fund raisers where people in earth-toned sweaters swill 3.2 beer and argue for the right of 14-year-olds to vote. It’s difficult not to get nostalgic about such […]

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02/1/2004

Bliss on the Beach

The nation’s No. 1 tennis resort has always focused on good food as much as it does on good tennis. That’s why on any given night, The Colony’s Gulf-front dining room will be filled almost equally with vacationers and locals. You’ll often know which is which. Locals don’t bring children; they consider The Colony a […]

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02/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemaker MOTHER LOVE Manhattan’s Janeen Pernigotti makes the Sarasota architectural scene. Janeen Pernigotti’s raging red hair and outrageous fashions make her impossible to ignore. But the sassy 35-year-old and her firm, MOTHER, are also getting attention for her dazzling design of The Backlot, a futuristic arts, entertainment and education destination planned for the corner of […]

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