Archive for May, 2008

05/1/2008

The Social Detective

What were Sarasota’s most glitterati elite doing all dressed up in the middle of Main Street at 3 p.m. on a Saturday last March? All right, I’ll admit I made something of a commotion going through the police blockade to cut into the valet parking line. But heck, there’s not much you can do in […]

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05/1/2008

Fashion Statement—Michelle McKay

What are you wearing? A little Bill Blass, a little Prada, some South Sea pearls that my husband [former state Sen. John McKay] got me—I don’t know a woman who doesn’t like pearls—and a Lambertson Truex clutch. Where do you like to shop? In Sarasota, Saks—everybody there is so helpful and they have great things. […]

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05/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

I have no problem with nudity in the theater. In fact, I seek it out. And it doesn’t even have to be tasteful. Or relevant to the plot. It just has to be well lit. So when I heard that Hair and Equus were opening on the same night, you can imagine my feelings. Both […]

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05/1/2008

Shopping

Lower Main Street offers shopping as vibrant as its restaurant scene, an international smorgasbord of tastes, style and cultures. For every French, Italian, Oriental or Pan-American restaurant, we found equally delicious stores “serving” everything from boutique java or workout gear to fine jewelry and world-class art.  Puppy Pram When Fido’s personal four-wheel drive fizzles, a […]

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05/1/2008

Street Smarts

A campaign advisor for 22 years, Tom Nolan heads Bradenton’s the Nolan Group. He’s handled communications for many political clients, including Congressman Dan Miller and former state senator John McKay, as well as for mayors, city councilmen and special referendums. In all, he’s worked on more than 130 campaigns—and won over 85 percent of them. […]

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05/1/2008

Hot Seat

Gwen MacKenzie took the helm of taxpayer-funded Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2005, after the Florida legislature had decided to let it open clinics outside Sarasota County (but without using Sarasota tax dollars). The hospital’s plan to build an outpatient clinic in Manatee Memorial’s back yard has stoked controversy about fair competition, and the hospital is […]

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05/1/2008

Noisemaker

As new president of the NAACP Sarasota County Youth Chapter, Edward James III promised “to register as many young people to vote as possible.” In his first few months in office, he’s already signed up more than 50 new Sarasota voters, and he’s excited about seeing “young people all over the country voting in record […]

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