Archive for June, 2006

06/1/2006

Shore Patrol

For almost 20 years, Will and Sally Collins patrolled Casey Key, marking and protecting sea turtle nests. They walked the shores every day from mid-May through November, looking for "crawls," the telltale tracks of a turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs. "In the old days, we’d verify it ourselves, dig down and touch the […]

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06/1/2006

The Social Detective

Before I was a suspense novelist with a cop series of my own, I just wanted to be Art Buchwald. Back in the day, Art hung around Vineyard Haven with a cigar in his mouth, and all he had to do was cough up a few words a week for the world to listen. Writing […]

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06/1/2006

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BACK TO NATURE AT SILVER OAK Silver Oak, in the 10,000-acre master-planned community of Palmer Ranch, features million-dollar Mediterranean homes overlooking 115 acres of lakes and nature preserves. It has attracted a former U.S. senator, a sports star, a famous author, the owners of several popular Sarasota restaurants, physicians who enjoy the proximity […]

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06/1/2006

Winds of Change

Andrew got our attention, but even though it reduced much of Dade County to crinkled metal and splintered wood, the storm fizzled out by the time it passed over Southwest Florida. Besides, that was 14 years ago, and many of today’s residents weren’t living here then. But in 2004, hurricanes started sweeping through Florida again-Frances, […]

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06/1/2006

In the Swing

No matter what private or public club I visit in our area, when the round is over and I’m eavesdropping on other players sitting at nearby 19th-hole tables, as is the golf writer’s job, almost without fail I’ll hear a golfer ask someone, "Have you played Waterlefe?" I understand why golfers get excited about this […]

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06/1/2006

Assassin!

Like most Americans, I first heard about John Wilkes Booth back in the third grade and haven’t given him much thought since. He was on that list of Presidential assassins, those troubled young men who take out their frustrations and psychological problems on the ultimate authority figure and have caused the country so much grief. […]

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06/1/2006

Top Doctors

Primary care physicians create continuity in health care. As your "family doctor," they deliver recurring, preventive care, document medical history and monitor health risks through time. They advise through life’s cycles and crises. And as gatekeepers, they guide their patients to specialists, therapists and other care providers. The dilemma in our growing Sarasota-Manatee community is […]

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06/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER BEHIND THE SCENES Writer Llywelyn Tudor Jones comes full circle at The Players Theatre. Born in London in 1968 and raised on Longboat Key, Llywelyn Tudor Jones absorbed every moment of his father, Alun’s, performances at The Players Theatre in the ’70s. “I remember how safe the theater seemed,” he says. “Going to watch […]

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06/1/2006

Mixed Blessing

It has become too customary lately to describe new projects in Sarasota’s downtown with the glib "good news, bad news" moniker. The unfortunate truth is that almost nothing that has happened in response to the new master plan is without signifcant drawbacks. In general, the good news relates to the immediate effect of some of […]

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06/1/2006

What if they just keep coming?

When it comes to hurricanes, I’ve always been an alarmist. It probably started with watching the Wizard of Oz as a little girl in Illinois. After seeing Dorothy and Toto fly around in that dark twister, I made, "And please, God, don’t let there be any tornadoes," the standard closing of every bedtime prayer. Moving […]

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