Archive for June, 2004

06/1/2004

Power Golf

Surrounded by project managers, golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin hovered over blueprints spread out on the hood of a sport utility vehicle. Developer Kevin Daves pointed toward a gap in the wilderness and described for guests the route of a meandering stream. Real estate magnate Michael Saunders stood nearby and spoke of being […]

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06/1/2004

Winging It

Some birds fish and some fish fly, but some creatures, like Florida’s anhinga, do a little of both. The anhinga is found in Southern lakes, rivers, and swamps. It’s sometimes mistaken for Florida’s other aquatic bird, the double crested cormorant, but can be recognized by its straight, dagger-like bill, which it uses to stab fish. […]

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06/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemaker BRUCE ALMIGHTY A Selby Gardens researcher goes where the wild things are. Selby Botanical Gardens’ manager of collections Bruce Holst chafes at comparisons to Indiana Jones, but how else to describe someone who braves mountains, rapids and poisonous snakes in search of rare plant species? Holst is currently enmeshed in a 20-year project to […]

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06/1/2004

Birds of a Feather

When I visited Sanibel and Captiva this winter, I noticed they were doing the strangest thing. They were tearing up the road for a new sewer system. This meant the main road was one lane in several sections, with those guys holding those revolving "Slow" and "Stop" signs. How bizarre for a town in Florida […]

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06/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Yes, perhaps I do on occasion "overdo" my feminine side, the sherry-sipping, opera-loving intellectual who’s a little too interested in Joan Rivers jewelry and those fabulous new Louis Vuitton purses in the bright pastel colors. But believe me, I have a masculine side, too. I like long moody silences and I wear my underpants until […]

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06/1/2004

Homefront

The Metropolitan When a development costs $150 million to build, you can bet that even the sales gallery (4,022 square feet) is sumptuous. Construction begins on The Metropolitan Sarasota Bay (beside the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, on nearly three acres at U.S. 41 and Gulf Stream Avenue) by the end of this year. The sales gallery includes […]

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06/1/2004

Daydream Believer

Maynard Hiss, 56, lives in Gainesville these days; but his influence only continues to increase in Sarasota, where he grew up on Lido Shores, son of developer and Sarasota School of Architecture advocate Phillip Hiss. An often barefoot minimalist who’s been known to show up for dinner parties carrying his own granola mix, Maynard mounted […]

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06/1/2004

Leaders of the Parade

A successful Parade of Homes is a practical and fun guide for folks thinking about moving to this part of Florida, as well as for longtime residents desiring to move up or determined to downsize. Spend two or three days touring neighborhoods of beautifully furnished models, and you soon understand how and where you want […]

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06/1/2004

Cool Waterscapes

Dean and Susan Maggio have a strong affinity with water-Dean is a professional yacht captain and Susan is his purser-so when they settled on Siesta Key a little more than a year ago, they chose a waterfront location. "We both love the water, and the vista is beautiful," Susan says. "But the property needed something […]

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06/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Art Uptown. Continuing through June 4, a show of photography by Carl Keeler and abstract collages by Sharon Stewart. Information: 955-5409. Art Center Sarasota. Continuing through June 5: the Spring Members Show. Opening June 15 (reception 5-7 p.m. June 24) to run through July 24: an Open Juried Photographic Show. Information: 365-2032. Ringling Museum […]

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06/1/2004

The High Life

THE GOLD TREATMENT It wasn’t sand, sunsets or turquoise waters that brought the Pullen family of Victoria, B.C., to Sarasota and a 16th- floor apartment at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. It was soccer. Canadian venture capitalist Kim Pullen and wife Jayne had decided to give each of their three children (and themselves) a year of adventure, […]

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06/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

The pretty, established neighborhood of Cherokee Park runs alongside Osprey Avenue between Siesta Drive and McClellan Park, behind a low white stucco wall dripping with bougainvillea vines. Here, children walk down the street to Southside Elementary School and neighbors gather for poolside barbecues on summer evenings. Most of the homes were originally built in the […]

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06/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

When you visit K.C. Higgins and his girlfriend, JoAnn Westbrook, it’s hard to get past the front door. That’s not because they aren’t hospitable; with their affability and teenage-sweetheart demeanor around each other, the pair is a pleasure to visit. It’s because their front door, adorned with carved wooden vines and luscious bunches of grapes, […]

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06/1/2004

Gentlemen’s Quarters

There is old and charming. And then there is old and ugly. Ancient oaks and mature landscaping are beautiful things. Dated wallpaper is an eyesore. Antique furnishings and rich old Oriental rugs are keepers. Dull metal bathroom stalls circa 1962 are not. Hand-painted tiles from the 1920s are good. Plumbing fixtures untouched for 30 years? […]

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06/1/2004

Let the Good Times Roll

Want to eat like you’re in New Orleans without leaving town? Then investigate Bayou Bleu, a new Sarasota chain restaurant that pledges a New Orleans experience-and they don’t just mean the food. The culinary adventure starts by climbing stairs, because this eatery is above the street level. Sometimes there’s even a staffer on the sidewalk, […]

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06/1/2004

Bring on the Life

It was one of those ridiculously beautiful Southwest Florida spring mornings, and striding out of the gym after an invigorating workout, I felt full of youthful energy and high spirits. On the way home, I stopped at a little antique shop, where I came across some ’50s-style, pastel-colored, square plastic plates. "Do you know how […]

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06/1/2004

Sage Advice

Fred Astaire once said, "Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young." The good news is, even if you haven’t made plans for your senior years, it is never too late to start. In July, local geriatrician Dr. Kevin O’Neil and estate planning attorney Renno Peterson […]

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06/1/2004

No Missing Link

You can get here from there. It’s called the American Dream. For Sarasota art dealer and collector Frank Breuer, "there" was a tough, working-class neighborhood in the South Bronx; and "here" is a beautiful home in McClellan Park where he lives with his wife, Liz, and a thriving business, the Missing Link Gallery, which specializes […]

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06/1/2004

Top Doctors

Nobody knows more about Sarasota doctors than Sunny Olsen. As a physician liaison at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Olsen spends anywhere from two to six hours with every new doctor who joins the staff. After 13 years of guiding them through the maze of hospital services, she’s gained a unique perspective on how they interact with […]

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06/1/2004

Better Than New

The mark of a city’s maturity may be the use it makes of its older buildings. This maxim applies not only to historic preservation of landmarks, admirable as that is, but also to the re-use of "everyday" structures that have outlasted their original purpose. In this way, decommissioned schools might become art centers, empty banks […]

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