Archive for June, 2005

06/1/2005

In the Swing

I had been meaning to review Calusa Lakes, a semi-private golf club in nearby Nokomis, for some time. Some fishing buddies, who also travel around playing different courses, had told me "The Lakes" is very "player-friendly," and I was curious to see whether this was true or not and why. Well, now having visited, I […]

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06/1/2005

Street Talk

Hot Seat Roger Birkel is the new director of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens-an interesting change from his last job as director of the Baltimore Zoo. Originally from St. Louis, where he got his start in zoos beginning at the bottom, Birkel comes across as smart, open and at times, very funny. He may be exactly […]

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06/1/2005

Gunning for Jane

Jane Fonda’s back, and I’m worried about her. I’m not quite sure she understands the depth of feeling people have about her. To many she remains a wartime traitor. And even to her admirers she’s far from perfect-hectoring, humorless, the archetype of the silly actress who gets in over her head. With all these strong […]

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06/1/2005

Homefront

MOVE OVER, MICHELANGELO Sarasota ceilings-and walls, and more-are getting the Sistine treatment thanks to the partnership of an Italian fresco studio and its Sarasota spin-off, Design O’Fresco. The studio’s Palm Avenue showroom sells original wall hangings in addition to specializing in custom fresco and Venetian plaster designs for the home. All the materials are imported, […]

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06/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

Neighborhood Watch SITTING ON SAN REMO ESTATES Spanning the gap between mainland Sarasota and north Siesta Key, the quietly exclusive waterfront enclave of San Remo Estates boasts gleaming stucco houses, many of them redos of original homes dating back to the 1950s. Fashionably west of the Trail, San Remo is bounded on the west by […]

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06/1/2005

Top Docs

Forget beachfront property or downtown real estate; the most valuable commodities in the world are time and health, and they can depend on each other. It takes time to find the right physician, and the problem is exacerbated in Sarasota, where seasonal visitors and newcomers may not have established a relationship with a doctor when […]

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06/1/2005

Critical Mass

When Sarasota resident Shirley Darling was a little girl, her mother made her sleep without a pillow to keep her posture arrow straight. "She was always telling me and my brother to sit up," recalls the 80-year-old former nurse. So when Darling noticed her spine starting to curve about eight years ago, she headed straight […]

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06/1/2005

Focus on Flavor

Bob’s Place, a small, unassuming hangout on Central Avenue, serves good, no-frills meals in a storefront setting full of framed circus photographs. But on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Bob’s magically morphs into Ray’s, an intimate café of candlelight and decorous drapes where the chef serves a fixed-price supper of four courses for $34. He […]

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06/1/2005

Car Guys

Sarasota is home to a unique group of auto enthusiasts who share a passion for everything high-performance. The group calls itself the Café Racers and gets together twice a month at lunch to talk about cars. Participants cross all socioeconomic and cultural lines, and interest levels run the gamut from hot rods and racing to […]

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06/1/2005

Million-Dollar Babies

This year’s Parade of Homes, produced by the Home Builders Associations of Sarasota and Manatee counties, offered fewer homes than last year for the public to tour but more than made up for it by unlocking the doors to no less than 24 model residences that sell for more than $1 million. The top priced […]

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06/1/2005

June Events

Summer Airs Classical music students and faculty alike have been tuning their instruments lately for the 41st annual Sarasota Music Festival, running through June 18 with performances at the Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall, and offering free student concerts and lectures as well. (The Student Postludes following the Friday Festival Concerts are considered a […]

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06/1/2005

Made In Sarasota

It was a case of boy meets girl. Two Englewood artists enjoying a smooth latte (and an even smoother conversation) discovered they had much in common. Ideas were tossed around, cups were refilled, and by the time they finished their third cup of coffee, the creative duo had entered into a concrete partnership-and Davidson/Schlake Design […]

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06/1/2005

Get on the Bus

The test for any civic architecture is its functionality. Design excellence is important, to be sure, but handsome modern architecture that doesn’t accomplish the purpose for which it was commissioned is worse than useless-it’s a hollow monument and a waste of money. Private commissions such as residences, corporate offices and commercial businesses are often the […]

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06/1/2005

Shall we dance?

Observing snowy egrets on a recent trip to Sanibel Island’s J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge was like watching a choreographed dance on water. These birds cannot swim and generally hunt for food by walking in shallow water, but on this day they were fishing in greater depths. The snowy egrets took turns flying just […]

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06/1/2005

Mr. Chatterbox

Wasn’t it strange the way everybody important died at the same time? The Pope, Sandra Dee, Prince Rainer, Terri Schiavo. It’s almost too much to absorb. Do you think God is trying to tell us something? Or was he just getting backed up? One of the things on God’s agenda is clear-get a Living Will. […]

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06/1/2005

The Medical Maze

This "Top Doctors" issue, which includes medical researchers Castle Connolly’s listing of the best local specialists, always generates inquiries from readers; and after trying to help my mother navigate a recent medical crisis, I know why. We all realize that finding the right doctor can mean the difference-literally-between life and death; and most of us […]

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06/1/2005

Working on the Railroad

After 20 years of championing the restoration of the Venice Train Depot, Rollins W. Coakley, 83, received a fitting honor this spring: The 3.25-acre public park surrounding the depot was named the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park. "I feel a great sense of pride and humility" over the honor, says Coakley, who retired with his […]

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06/1/2005

SARASOTA’s 10 Best Spa Treatments

1. The Ritz-Carlton Members Spa Club. Emphasis: pampering. "Spa" is an acronym for sanitas per aquas, or health through waters, and The Ritz offers a full complement of hydrotherapy and other luxuries. The Aromatic Algae Soak and Hydro Massage can relax, detoxify, slenderize or just plain revitalize. And then there’s a massage with hands that […]

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06/1/2005

A Beach Too Far

Before the civil rights cause awakened much of the country, a unique clash over segregation and integration played out right here in Sarasota. At the center of the story were a brave black war veteran and a famous local author. To many readers, the language and tone used in this story may seem biased and […]

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06/1/2005

Top Docs-The List

America’s Top Doctors ($29.95 for softcover) may be ordered from its publisher, Castle Connolly (which provided Sarasota’s regional list of top doctors) by calling toll-free (800) 399-DOCS or by visiting the company’s Web site, www.AmericasTopDoctors.com. THE PROCESS Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the […]

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