Archive for October, 2004

10/1/2004

Night Crawler

The pale longjawed orbweaver is slender, elegant, and exquisitely creepy, the Vincent Price of the spider world. Like most spiders, it has eight eyes, and a hard exoskeleton, which it has to shed from time to time in order to grow. It lives on cattails and low branches overhanging creeks and rivers, which makes it […]

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10/1/2004

Things We Love

No more digging behind shelves piled with cans for the elusive jar of macadamia nuts. Instead, check out this pullout rotating chrome shelving unit. One flick of a wrist and everything’s visible, and your kitchen looks practical and hip at the same time. The Pull Out Rotating Pantry Unit by Companucci. Available locally at Lube […]

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10/1/2004

The Comfort Factor

Creative young architects like to shudder at the Mediterranean Revival-style houses sprouting up in Sarasota’s new communities-"Levittown with tile roofs and higher ceilings," one calls them-and to urge builders and buyers to embrace more "progressive" designs. But after spending an afternoon looking at some models in Lakewood Ranch, I think they’re missing the point. These […]

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10/1/2004

Parks’ Place

Architect Dale Parks, a downtown renter for a dozen years, needed a home of his own when his apartment at the Carlton Arms was slated to become a pricey condo. Determined to remain a Sarasota urbanite, Parks transformed a 1,500-square-foot duplex in the Laurel Park neighborhood, taking it from sad to sassy while maintaining his […]

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10/1/2004

A Question of Balance

Judging by the hubbub we’ve been hearing lately about both the downtown and the cultural district master plans, it seems clear that we’re blessed with an intelligent and articulate citizenry. Many have begun to react with considerable energy to the specifics of both plans, one faction calling for the preservation of the small-town character they […]

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10/1/2004

Paradise Lost

Thirty-five years ago, Frank Gamsky fell in love with 10 acres of wild Florida jungle when he spied an eight-foot king snake glistening in the treetops. The lanky, bespectacled Gamsky had already owned gas stations and a repair shop in Milwaukee, Wis., when he convinced his wife, Elaine, to let him turn his newfound paradise […]

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10/1/2004

Brunch and Beyond

Ever notice the strange mélange that people assemble at brunch buffets? You’re apt to witness piled-high pairings of eggs, hot chicken, smoked salmon or carved roast beef, starchy salads, surprise vegetable casserole creations hidden under molten cheese-and then there’s all that raw shellfish. You suspect those paying the bill are simultaneously fueled by desire and […]

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10/1/2004

Aftermath

The winds of Hurricane Charley came and went with astonishing speed. It was a quick climax to the long day spent in front of the TV, as we watched the storm gather strength and direct its wrath right toward us. Where would it hit? The suspense was real-and terrifying. Sarasota and Venice missed Charley’s fury, […]

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10/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Take back your opera. Forget the ballet. The art form of the moment in Sarasota is . . . architecture. I guess all this publicity about the Sarasota School has raised people’s consciousness to the boiling point. We really do have an architectural heritage. Plus a little army of hip young architects and designers who […]

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10/1/2004

Hot Tickets

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing on view through Oct. 9: 4×4 (x4): Miniatures by the Faculty of the Ringling School of Art and Design. A show featuring smaller works by staff members also continues in the school’s new Center for Innovation and Collaboration Gallery. Opening Oct. 15 to run through Nov. 13: Constructing Realities, Part I, […]

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10/1/2004

Homefront

High life The world of glamorous high-rise condominiums is growing by leaps and bounds, as evidenced by three new local projects: Presales will start this fall for the U.S. Tower Division of Taylor Woodrow’s Meridian Towers V and VI at The Oaks Preserve in Osprey. The 17 three- and four-bedroom luxury condominiums will range in […]

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10/1/2004

How to Make Money in Sarasota Real Estate

Slowly cruising 16th Street between Central and Cocoanut on a cool October morning, I spotted the house I was after. Peeking out from behind a big oak, it looked like a Sarasota High School outbuilding-white with bright orange trim, a little rundown. It was a small, poorly landscaped frame house, set in the middle of […]

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10/1/2004

Before & After

Sometimes a simple remodeling job takes on a life of its own. Tom and Linda Jones of St. Louis, Mo., disliked the dark and dreary kitchen in their Longboat Key condominium. Six months and quadruple the budget later, they walked back into a 4,000-square foot penthouse with gleaming new bathrooms, gorgeous ceilings, redesigned bedrooms, updated […]

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10/1/2004

Street Talk

You Make An Interesting Point Now how’s that for a line you never hear anymore? In our split-right-down-the-middle, polarized society, most folks seem to see only friends or enemies-never somebody who just might have a fresh take on the war, the Presidency or even the trees along Main Street. Public relations specialist and music critic […]

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10/1/2004

Right Now

SoMa Sells With the new Farmer’s Market and an influx of restaurants and boutiques, South of Main Street, or SoMa, has become downtown’s coolest new place to shop, dine or design. Now you can live there, too, and not only in the tiny cottages of Laurel Park or along pricey Palm Ave. The apartments in […]

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10/1/2004

Down at Willow Oaks

In 1970, Kay DeFrances and her husband, Larry, had been married just two years and were living in Tallahassee. The young bride never dreamed that her future was about to be forever altered by a historic old Sarasota house. But that’s just what happened when that year, Larry’s father, Reno DeFrances, died, and Larry inherited […]

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10/1/2004

It’s Vegas, Baby

You know how it is-life drags by and you get older and older. You sit home alone, thinking you’ll never find a mate, much less a soul mate. True, same-sex marriage has greatly enlarged the dating pool, but still . . . like so many of us over 50, you’re a big loser. Then, out […]

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10/1/2004

In the Swing

I heard a rumor that the Sarasota Golf Club was not in good shape. Well, just in case you’ve had some negative comments whispered in your ear, ignore them. The course, originally designed by Wynn Treadway in 1960, received a face-lift quite recently, with most of the work involving resurfacing the greens. And the investment […]

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10/1/2004

In the Garden

Flamboyant and fabulous, more graceful than other plants yet prized for their quirky humor and extraordinarily fanciful shapes, orchids are the sophisticates of the horticultural kingdom. Often mistakenly thought of as temperamental beauties that required the ultimate in kid-glove care, they are in fact the undemanding divas of the garden. Ask anyone who becomes attached […]

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10/1/2004

Now You’re Cooking!

The Oscars. The Olympics. The Grammys. You name it. A host of special awards celebrate strong performance and style in a wide range of categories. And kitchen design is no exception. National and local associations recognize exemplary kitchens for their talent in combining beauty with performance, even under the pressure of the final act of […]

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