Archive for July, 2004

07/1/2004

Board Games

A hybrid of surfing that dates back to the 1920s, skimboarding is gaining muscle with young athletes, especially in Florida and California. Since it doesn’t require major waves, it’s a natural for the Gulf Coast, where legions of sinewy youngsters are defying gravity—and competing for titles. In addition to some home-grown skimboarding pros, we’re attracting […]

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07/1/2004

On Location

Hurray for Hollywood! Captain Florida loves movies, especially those about his home state. It’s a long, impressive list, from 1929’s The Cocoanuts, starring the Marx Brothers as operators of a Miami Beach hotel, to John Travolta’s The Punisher, just filmed in Tampa. There’s something special about seeing the Sunshine State on the big screen ("Hey, […]

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07/1/2004

In the Swing

Misty Creek Country Club, located off Bee Ridge Road east of I-75, is a private 18-hole facility built in 1985 by course architect Gary L. Smither. That’s not so long ago, yet I found the course to be very reminiscent of a classic and mature old-time layout such as Sara Bay, because of the clusters […]

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07/1/2004

Return to Snake Island

Our old air conditioner finally died this May; and for a few weeks, while we waited for the new one, we kept our windows open, waking before dawn to a noisy chorus of insects and birds. Pushing off the sweaty covers and listening to the mournful cooing of the doves and the rumble of thunder […]

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07/1/2004

Cause to Celebrate

Bellagio celebrated its first birthday last month. This young Italian restaurant, perched on the fringe of the Towles Court artists’ colony, pays culinary homage to an ancient and charming Italian town that sits at the foot of the Alps and at the top of the headland that divides Lake Como in two. Called "the Pearl […]

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07/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Art Center Sarasota. A National Photography Exhibition continues through July 24. Information: 365-2032. Selby Gallery. Multiple Visions V, focusing on art from Ringling School instructors since 1975, continues through July 30. Coming up: works by painter Melissa Miller and another artist TBA, Aug. 13-Sept. 11; and the annual Ringling faculty exhibition, Sept. 17-Oct. 9, […]

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07/1/2004

A Grand Voyager

The 106-foot yacht that Sarasota’s Norm and Susan Worthington bought last October in Fort Lauderdale for their young family came with a fancy name, Grand Cru, and glitzy interiors as well. But the Worthingtons wanted something more than a luxurious vessel for occasional showy cruises. They have a grand plan for the Grand Cru, one […]

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07/1/2004

People to Watch

Dr. Kirk Conrad Dr. Kirk Conrad isn’t new to Sarasota (he grew up wind-surfing in Brandon and summered on Casey Key), but the 36-year-old neurointerventional radiologist-one of only 150 in the country-brought new hope to stroke victims when he arrived at Sarasota Memorial Hospital a few months ago. In the past, many stroke victims weren’t […]

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07/1/2004

Mail Call

Mail is in Gay Moxley’s blood-or at least, her bloodline. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in education, but discovered teaching didn’t pay the bills and, at 21, followed her father, a career rural route carrier, into the postal service. In February, Moxley retired after 30 years of battling rain, sleet and […]

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07/1/2004

Street Talk

DANCING QUEEN Tahja brings the ancient art of belly dancing to Sarasota. Palmetto-born Cindy Harrison-or Tahja, as she says she’s been known since the age of 13-has a wandering spirit. After high school, it lured her to Spain (where she studied languages and became fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese), then on to […]

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07/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

When I first started coming here many years ago on vacation, flying down on People’s Express and sleeping on couches and mooching off relatives, I thought Siesta Key was Sarasota. I barely noticed the mainland. To me it was a big staging area for the key, like New Jersey is for Manhattan. And why not? […]

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07/1/2004

Class Acts

There’s something about awards that just grabs people. I suspect it’s always been that way. Perhaps prehistoric people competed in various categories of cave art: best bison, for example, or most realistic death by spear, dressing up in their finest animal skins to celebrate the handing out of ceremonial plaques etched in soft stone. We […]

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07/1/2004

See How They Run

Few politicians in the world are more famous than Sarasota’s Congresswoman Katherine Harris, who’s running for re-election this November to the U.S. House of Representatives as a first-time incumbent. Harris, by virtue of her role in deciding the outcome of the 2000 presidential election, holds a unique -and controversial-place in history. But political analysts generally […]

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07/1/2004

Auto Focus

As a fledgling intern in 1971, Dr. Harry Grabow of Sarasota Cataract and Laser Institute watched, frustrated, as patient after patient lost their eyesight to cataracts. He knew that as early as 1949, a British physician named Harold Ridley had inserted an acrylic implant into the left eye of a 45-year-old woman. "But at that […]

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