Archive for October, 2008

10/1/2008

And Justice for All

After years of discussion, debate and even a failed referendum, Bradenton at last has a handsome judicial center, one that sits proudly in the center of its downtown, honoring the city’s history while providing state-of-the-art courtrooms, offices and support systems. The site, next to the dignified, white-columned historic courthouse at Manatee Avenue West and 12th […]

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10/1/2008

Street Smarts

Ben Appel began Appel Horticultural Services in 2000, using the botanical expertise he honed while working for Tropi-Flora and MarieSelbyBotanical Gardens. His own garden, on Main Street near downtown Sarasota, is a striking testament to his passion for orchids and other exotic species—and for creating inviting outdoor retreats. I start every project by meeting with […]

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10/1/2008

Hot Seat

Local political candidates know a Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial board endorsement carries weight—and in the lesser-known races can determine an election. The Herald-Tribune interviews every candidate on the ballot from Manatee to NorthPort, and its endorsements reach a daily readership of up to 269,000. We asked Tom Tryon, who’s directed the Herald-Tribune’s endorsements since 1990, about […]

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10/1/2008

Civic Discourse

It’s appropriate to launch this column as an extraordinary election year nears the home stretch. Election campaigns are the ultimate example of civic discourse—the all-out exercise of the American system of talking things out. Reduced to its simplest terms, it’s “elect me, don’t elect him/her, and here’s why,” endlessly debated for six months (two years […]

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10/1/2008

The Rename Game

In July, when 17-year-old Alex Yoder learned state and local legislators had decided to rename the Ringling Bridge after businessman Gil Waters, who had advocated for the new span, the shy, self-described “news geek” turned into an activist. Local Ringling landmarks, including the bridge, had inspired Yoder to research his hometown’s history, and he wanted […]

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10/1/2008

Calling Design 911

I was desperate, totally desperate, or I never would have done what I did. I got off the elevator in our building, saw the most prominent designer in town coming out of her office, ran over and blurted, “Anne—help—I’m having a design emergency!” “Design emergency” was an understatement. I was mired in a renovation that […]

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10/1/2008

The Fixers

No matter how beautiful your home or gracious your lifestyle, life happens. Your kids make lariats out of the weights on your grandfather clock; a tropical storm pushes the bay onto your newly refinished oak floors; movers puncture your treasured Norman Rockwell painting. Whether it’s due to an accident or simply the passage of time, […]

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10/1/2008

Tropical Punch

Talk about a dream tenant. John Wheeler lived in the sweet little clapboard cottage on Anne and Frank Folsom Smith’s two-acre bayfront property for 10 years, and over the course of the decade he transformed the acreage into a tropical wonderland. It helps that former tenant Wheeler is a landscape designer who works on some […]

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10/1/2008

Local Color

“Color is everything,” says interior designer Pat Bibbee of Charleston, W.Va., and she proves her point in the 100 Central condominium she designed for Charleston-turned-Sarasota residents Ann and Paul Moran. Bibbee and her clients collaborated on their vivid new condo, choosing a fresh tropical palette of coral, lime and white. The results show that “you […]

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10/1/2008

The Road Home

Sarasota’s streets are much more than places to live. They are a refuge and a welcome, a living archive of the town’s history, a setting for our lives. And many times that setting is a thing of extraordinary beauty. Here, a few of the ones we love the most.  Artfully scattered mid-century modern homes peek […]

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