Archive for December, 2004

12/1/2004

Super Shopping

Browsing, snacking, strolling, sipping, buying, packing-realizing you need a much bigger suitcase. That’s what shopping here is all about. Although we’re renowned for our beautiful beaches, the variety and quality of our shopping venues always come as a pleasant surprise. Shopping in our suburban malls, beach villages, artist’s studio neighborhoods or downtown enclaves is both […]

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12/1/2004

Pretty in Pink

One January morning, my husband and I packed our photography gear and drove to J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, which is known for its birding and exotic animals. The tide level on this morning was perfect, and large flocks of roseate spoonbills and white pelicans were feeding in the lagoons along […]

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12/1/2004

Main Attractions

There’s so much more to Sarasota than the beach. Visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and along with its rare and spectacular orchid collection, you can view research that may one day help to save the rainforest. At Mote Marine Laboratory, a nationally recognized center of marine research, sharks feed in frenzies and the kids can […]

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12/1/2004

Welcome, Traveller

Here at SARASOTA Magazine, we’re embarking on a new adventure; and it all started, as so often has been the case, when a visitor discovered Southwest Florida. Let me explain. Last February, Bill Curtis, CE0 of CurtCo Media, checked into the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. From its headquarters in Malibu, Calif., CurtCo publishes a collection of magazines […]

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12/1/2004

Living Large in Your Backyard

There’s nothing like the feel of your very own tropical island resort. Southwest Florida homeowners are pulling out all the stops to create their own backyard slice of paradise with multi-level landscapes, opulently outfitted outdoor rooms and elaborate lagoon-like waterscapes. It’s not unusual, says Lee Miller of Florida Design Concepts, for homeowners who’ve bought multimillion-dollar […]

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12/1/2004

Good Medicine

Before Dr. Joseph Halton built the county’s first medical center in 1921, doctors who served Sarasota performed surgery on back porches or kitchen tables by light of lanterns. Rudimentary instruments consisted of folding metal pieces tucked inside wooden boxes and contraptions that seemed inspired by a Jules Verne novel. Since antibiotics did not appear until […]

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12/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

The most awful thing has happened. I got cancer! Well, not really cancer. It’s more like skin cancer, and the survival rate is something like 105%, but still . . . I haven’t been this upset since my hair plugs fell out. And it was discovered in the strangest way, through vanity. There I was […]

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12/1/2004

A Home for the Holiday

Most visitors come to Southwest Florida for sun and fun, not real estate. But after they’ve spent a few days enjoying our water views and balmy weather, many of them pack up their beach blankets and start cruising through local neighborhoods with a real estate agent. That’s how one Cleveland-area couple, he a financier and […]

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12/1/2004

Venice and Englewood

There was a time in Florida when the crowds were sparse, the beaches virtually deserted and a table at a restaurant easy to find. To find that laid-back ambience today, head south on I-75 or take the scenic route down Tamiami Trail and past Old Spanish Point to the charming towns of Venice and Englewood. […]

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12/1/2004

The Name Game

1. Sarasota’s brush with Civil War history is commemorated with a marker at 10th Street and North Tamiami Trail near the spot where Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State of the Confederacy, fled from Union troops. Benjamin, known as the "brains of the Confederacy," was hidden aboard a sailboat and headed for the Bahamas and […]

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12/1/2004

Lido and Longboat Key

Beautiful and accessible, Lido and Longboat Key offer miles of beaches, vacation homes and some of Sarasota’s most popular parks and tourist attractions. Lido provides an escape hatch for local residents during high season’s influx of visitors. There’s always a parking space somewhere, the beach concession serves beer (and the best hamburgers in the county), […]

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12/1/2004

Game Plans

Water, water everywhere, and what a playground it makes for visitors and residents in Southwest Florida. From windsurfing to boating, kayaks and canoes, our bays, rivers and inlets are impossible to resist. Keep your eyes on that deep-green surface; you’ll see dolphins, manatees and exotic birds skimming and surfacing there. If you need a closer […]

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12/1/2004

Cultural Pursuits

Sarasota’s endless variety of theater, music and performing arts offers something inspiring and entertaining nearly every night of the year. Savvy social butterflies clutch detailed calendars to keep all the dates straight. One of the season’s highlights is the Sarasota Film Festival, which brings the Hollywood glitterati to town for more than a week of […]

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12/1/2004

Information, Please

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police/Fire/Medical Emergency 911 HOSPITALS Sarasota Memorial Hospital 917-9000 Bon Secours-Venice Hospital 485-7711 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 342-1100 Manatee Memorial 746-5111 Blake Medical Center 792-6611 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION The following airlines directly serve the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport just off north U.S. 41. Most international lines listed in the phone directory’s Yellow Pages operate from Tampa […]

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12/1/2004

Downtown

Urban attractions and the beautiful bayfront enliven Sarasota’s cultural and business center. In the last decade, downtown Sarasota has evolved from a barren echo chamber to a bustling collection of some of the most sought-after real estate in the country. Once-empty Main Street storefronts have been replaced by vibrant new shops, trendy restaurants, a big […]

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12/1/2004

Holiday Inns

If home is where your heart is, welcome to Sarasota, where spaces abound to fulfill every heart’s desire. You can escape to the balmy, tropical tradewinds of our barrier islands, or immerse yourself in stylish hotels and national chains mere moments from galleries, shopping, fine dining and attractions for the entire family. Some adjoin nationally […]

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12/1/2004

Mad About Manatees

As the winter sun set on the Gulf Coast on Dec. 2, 2002, a chill wind rippled across the Caloosahatchee River and swirled through the streets of downtown Fort Myers. Just after 6 p.m., about 3,000 people surged through the doors of the city’s riverfront convention center. Some waved signs: "Don’t Tread On Me!” "Don’t […]

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12/1/2004

Advertisement for HARRIS BANK

On page 28 of the January issue of SARASOTA and Page 11 of Sarasota/Manatee Business , there is an error on the advertisement for HARRIS BANK. The advertisement should read:. "For a confidential appointment, please call Martha Honey, Market President, at (941) 364-9977 Related Articles: Insider: My World: All Faiths Food Bank’s Sandra Frank

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12/1/2004

Visions of Diana

Princess Diana is a little passé at the moment. There’s nothing more dated than the celebrity of a decade ago. We’ve moved on to other concerns, and the celebrity’s look, once so fresh and startling, has become as stale as an old TV show. But in the long run I don’t worry about Diana. She’s […]

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12/1/2004

Hot Tickets

December 2004 Through Dec. 8: Festival of Trees at the Historic Crosley Mansion. 776-0796. Through Dec. 12: FSU/Asolo Conservatory presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona. 351-8000. Through Jan. 1: Asolo Theatre Company presents Peter Pan. 351-8000. Through Jan. 8: Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret presents G.I. Jive. 366-9000. Through Jan. 9: Surrealism and Modernism: 20th-Century […]

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