Archive for January, 2005

01/1/2005

Seduced by Citrus

There’s a reason why a plump, succulent orange is front and center on Florida’s official license plate. Citrus is big business in this state-$9 billion annually. But there’s more to our love affair with Florida’s favorite fruits than money. For generations of new residents, an orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime tree in the back yard […]

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01/1/2005

From the Editor

I remember driving down to the Everglades in the ’60s with my best friend and her parents to visit a Seminole Indian camp. My friend’s father, a Fort Myers native, knew some of the Seminoles and had even learned their language. I’d like to report that I seized the chance to meet some of the […]

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01/1/2005

Fun at the Beach

Why do tourists come to Sarasota? Why did many of us move here in the first place? Why do friends elsewhere envy us our life here? The beach, that’s why. Yes, of course, our arts and culture, good education, growing business opportunities and a delightful climate all contribute to the strong attraction our community offers. […]

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01/1/2005

Neighborhood Watch

Strolling through The Meadows The Meadows was way ahead of its time when British developer Taylor Woodrow created it in the late 1970s. One of the region’s first master-planned communities, it embraced nature and achieved aesthetic harmony with winding streets, wooded trails, vast expanses of green space and groundbreaking underground utilities. Today, the north Sarasota […]

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01/1/2005

Warm Front

Wendy Ross has confidently predicted the weather for ABC affiliate WWSB-TV for nearly a decade. But the atmospheric conditions in her very own living room defied explanation. "This was the room we walked by but never used," says Ross. "No matter how we entertained, the living room was totally avoided. Guests looked in, but they […]

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01/1/2005

Homefront

Aiming Sky high A major player has a new role in the Sarasota real estate market. Sky Real Estate Co., founded a year ago by Brandyn Herbold and Chad Roffers, has become part of the Sotheby’s International Realty franchise network. The company will now do business as Sky Sotheby’s International Realty. Says Roffers: "Sotheby’s is […]

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01/1/2005

Churches of Cholula

Like most people who love Mexico, I have my favorite town. And, no, it’s not Cancun (although Cancun can be a lot of fun.) And, no, it’s not San Miguel Allende, either, where all the rich Americans live. It’s not even Merida, which is so exotic that one theory says the indigenous people there are […]

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01/1/2005

In the Swing

If Dionysus could have joined a golf club, it would have been The Oaks, a perfect place to indulge in wonderful golf, gourmet food, vintage wine, and the warm company of wonderful members and guests. Located off U.S. Route 41 in Osprey, The Oaks is one of the most expensive clubs in our area; and […]

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01/1/2005

Right Now

Palm Sunday If money is cool, then hip can’t be far behind for Palm Beach. The aptly named Worth Avenue is a cross between Miami’s Shops at Bal Harbour and Lincoln Road, with virtually every luxe brand available. Off Worth are the "vias," cooler and more affordable, particularly Via Bice (where the excellent Italian chain […]

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01/1/2005

Dreams to Dine On

Mangrove Grill is located in Palmetto, but with its casual island d├ęcor, relaxed waterside setting and breezy menu, it might as well be Margaritaville. The restaurant is owned by Michael Carter and Sean Murphy, the latter known for fine-dining venue Murphy’s Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island. Mangrove Grill is a friendly neighborhood hangout for […]

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01/1/2005

Vintage Success

When Yellow Bird Antiques owner Joann Carmel waves her elegant, graceful fingers across the glass encasing a spectacular jeweled brooch, it’s easy to imagine her reigning over cocktail parties during the glamorous glory days of ’50s-era Manhattan, when Carmel and her husband, New York couturier Morris Carmel, mingled with celebrities and fashionistas. International jaunts were […]

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01/1/2005

How Safe is Your Hospital?

In November, Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment that finally gives patients the right to review the records of any healthcare facility’s or provider’s adverse medical incidents, including those that could cause injury or death. Previous law prohibited the practice. The vote came in a year when Sarasota hospitals had made headlines for several […]

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