Archive for May, 2008

05/1/2008

Top 10 Reasons

Remember how your heart fluttered when you first drove across the John Ringling Bridge and saw aquamarine waves dancing under a bright blue sky? Remember your first bite of stone crab claws at The Colony? Or standing barefoot on the cool, soft sand of Siesta Beach at twilight and watching the setting sun paint the […]

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05/1/2008

The Best of 2008

Real estate is falling, the economy is stalling and those presidential candidates seem to have been duking it out for decades. But let the rest of the country complain about 2008: Here in Sarasota, we’re still busy counting our blessings, from year-round sunshine and technicolor sunsets to sumptuous Sunday brunches overlooking sparkling waters. That’s the […]

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05/1/2008

Homefront

HEALTH AND WELLNESS From bottled water at work to that filter on your kitchen tap at home, you already take great care with your drinking water. Why not protect the outside of your body from tap-water contaminants the same way you protect the inside? Sarasota’s Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, which caters to industry professionals […]

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05/1/2008

Comfort and Joy

The original La Tosca in Osprey has, in less than two years, established itself as a local favorite. Now chef Gianluca Di Costanzo is sharing the love with a second La Tosca, this one way north in a Lakewood Ranch shopping center. It’s a welcome addition to the emerging dining scene in this thriving made-from-scratch […]

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05/1/2008

Under the Influence

Dan and Denise Hutchins (not their real names) are baby boomers in their early 50s, active in their church and community. Dan is a lawyer; Denise a former grade-school teacher who volunteers for community nonprofit groups. They raised their son and daughter, Jack and Danielle, in the nurturing shelter of an upper-middle-class family. Jack was […]

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05/1/2008

May Events

On Exhibit Tale of a Boar A boar creating havoc in the kingdom of Calydon is the focus of the mythological tale that unfolds on this enormous canvas in Gallery 13 of the Ringling Museum. Seventeenth-century Flemish artist Jan Fyt placed a wounded dog almost directly in the center. Tossed on his back, the dog […]

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05/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Lido Beach grows up. The boutique real estate known as Lido Key is a quiet enclave of private residences and tony condominiums that’s famous for its sugary white-sand beach and leafy public park at the south end. In the past few years, ultra-luxury condominium projects such as The Ritz Beach Residences and Orchid […]

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05/1/2008

Designing Mind

Interior designer Jessica Holmes grew up on Holmes Beach; in fact, the island was named for her great-grandfather. The bedroom she created for this spring’s Symphony Designer Showcase—a mix of antiques with a modern twist—was a Showcase standout. Designers are using antiques: Because they add texture and dimension. But don’t think heavy brown furniture with […]

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05/1/2008

One Great Room

With its soft Mediterranean architecture, unusual footprint and sea island-inspired interiors, the Capriano model at The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch is part of a national trend toward a new rendition of the casual lifestyle, says builder Mark Wilson, president of London Bay Homes. “The opulence of the 1990s is giving way to a friendlier […]

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05/1/2008

Palm Island Idyll

If you were Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, retired and longing to give your grandchildren a taste of your blissfully carefree youth, you’d build a home at Palm Island Resort. There would be no bridges connecting your remote paradise to the Cape Haze mainland. Instead, you’d hop a ferry to get there, pretending it was […]

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