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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