Archive for April, 2004

04/1/2004

Saving the Cityscape

When was the last time a new social services building made an architectural statement, here or anywhere? As a rule, these structures express their function in deadly dull form. Seldom do they lift the spirits of the casual observer, the employee or the beneficiary of the services dispensed within. It may be that the agencies […]

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04/1/2004

And So Went Sarasota

In 1979 Sarasota was still very much a circus town. True, the winter headquarters were now down in Venice but circus people were everywhere. You could still see retired Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz shopping at Publix. But as the century drew to a close, so did the circus’s presence here. That all began […]

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04/1/2004

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER HORSE PLAY Erika Lane has a whacking good time with polo. When she was just four years old, Erika Lane’s parents sat her atop a horse, and by the age of eight, she was competing in show jumping. She started playing at the Sarasota Polo Club five years ago, and today the diminutive 25-year-old […]

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04/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

As you can see by the accompanying photos, the Pug Parade is on the verge of getting out of hand, cute-wise. This year there were well over 100 entries and the costumes boggled the mind. Best in parade went to Pudge as Donald Trump. He is owned by Mike and Crissy Smith of Brandon and […]

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04/1/2004

A Big Win

Loud, animated and never, ever, at a loss for words-that’s how sports fans all around the nation describe basketball commentator Dick Vitale. And the TV dynamo brings the same vociferous enthusiasm to any conversation about the new home that he and his wife, Lorraine, just completed in Lakewood Ranch. "I pinch myself every time I […]

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04/1/2004

Twenty-five Years Later

Where were you 25 years ago? In this 25th anniversary issue, we ask that question of 25 Sarasotans, who range from world-famous celebrities to obscure retirees; and their answers tell the story, not only of their own lives, but of our evolving city. Some were born here; others struggled to cross oceans, borders and ferocious […]

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04/1/2004

Letter from the Publisher

Twenty-five years ago, this magazine was born. Its purpose then was the same as its purpose now: to give the Sarasota area a monthly chronicle of our community’s life. In the past 25 years we’ve documented, as well as participated in, the dynamic change that this community has experienced. And you’ve been with us all […]

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04/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Plum Door Gallery. Home Is Where the Heart Is, featuring paintings by Debbie Dannheisser, continues through April 10. Also on view: work by Patricia Gawle, Zoe Von Averkamp, Elizabeth Van Riper and Ellen Kaiden. Information: 362-0960. Tampa Museum of Art. CrossCurrents at Century’s End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Corporate Collection ends April 11. […]

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04/1/2004

Star Bites

Silver Cricket, a chic downtown establishment formerly serving Asian fusion meals, has repackaged itself as a gourmet tapas bistro. I stress the "gourmet" word in the restaurant’s self-description, because this is a place where beauty and originality of presentation are just as important as culinary ingredients. If we eat with our eyes, we are eating […]

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04/1/2004

Camelot on Siesta Key

Bob Boulette builds home for a living. So when he asked his wife Donna Hart what kind of house she wanted him to construct for them, she jokingly replied that she had always wanted to live in a castle. A year later, in true knightly fashion, Boulette carried his wife over the moat and working […]

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04/1/2004

Sarasota Classics

Sarasota is known as a hub of arts and culture in Florida, but restaurants also play center stage in our reputation. For that, we can thank generations of tourists and snowbirds, whose appetite for dining out long provided enough business during the season to keep restaurants alive during the slow summer months. Until recently, the […]

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04/1/2004

Spicing up the Kitchen

The wall-to-wall windows in the living room overlook an incredible 180-degree view of the bay. The back windows admit spectacular Gulf views. In between, however, this two-level ’70s-era condominium needed help. The dull, inefficient, outdated kitchen definitely didn’t make the grade for gourmet cooking or entertaining. The new owner of this second home on Siesta […]

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04/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Country Club Shores, Ahoy Golf vernacular meets boat-speak in south Longboat Key’s waterfront Country Club Shores, where Halyard, Bowsprit and Outrigger lanes cross Bogey, Putting Green and Chipping lanes. Developed in the mid-1960s, Country Club Shores sports 400 properties, most of them waterfront, on seawalled canals that offer easy boating access to Sarasota […]

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04/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

Walking into Gary Shapiro’s office on Northgate Boulevard, you can’t resist looking up-and gasping. That’s exactly the reaction Shapiro, owner of Florida Custom Ceilings & Walls Inc., hopes for when clients first glimpse the gorgeous examples of tin tiles that adorn the ceilings of his office. From this 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and showroom, Shapiro’s staff […]

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04/1/2004

Vintage Sarasota

Sarasota’s Joseph Steinmetz illuminated decades of American life, both through his pioneering style of documentary wedding photography and his carefully posed images of everyday life. His subjects ranged from the wealthy to the weird, but even when he was shooting ordinary people, he set himself apart from the mainstream by his technical brilliance-every single negative […]

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04/1/2004

Short and Sweet

If you faithfully read my course reviews, you know that I don’t just feature the most luxurious clubs in or near our city, and God knows Sarasota has some of the best for miles around. In fact, just last month, I wrote about Laurel Oak, a truly first-class country club, and in upcoming issues I […]

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04/1/2004

La Vie En Roses

No flower has more symbolic meaning than the rose. Throughout time, roses have been treasured by kings and queens, revered by poets, esteemed by gardeners, and have epitomized love in all its forms. Nothing quite equals the rambling, untrammeled sensuality of a garden engulfed by the form and fragrance of roses rising onto trellises, sprawling […]

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04/1/2004

Sun Burned

When Andrea Lancaster moved to Sarasota four years ago from Providence, R.I., a rash of red swatches erupted on her legs. Two years later, the rash had spread so far that she was embarrassed to be seen in shorts, she made an appointment with a dermatologist. Dr. Anne McBride of Intercoastal Medical Group examined the […]

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04/1/2004

Keeping it Low-Key

Life has gotten too hectic. You’re flirting with burnout. You need a weekend retreat. But the insanity of regular Florida destinations like South Beach or Key West will only make it worse. Where to go, you say? Captain Florida has just the spot. It’s a place you’ve probably been to many a time, and probably […]

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04/1/2004

Trailer Park Tales

For this anniversary issue, we decided we would reprint one of our all-time favorite stories from the past 25 years. There were so many contenders, but when it came time to make the choice, this piece, from the December 1990 issue, topped all our lists. The story grew out of letters that the late novelist […]

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