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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