Archive for April, 2012

04/1/2012

Top Teacher

  Sarasota County Teacher of the Year Victor Fernandez says he owes his achievements to two people: the man who taught him (for free) to play the violin when the 13-year-old Fernandez and his family emigrated from Cuba; and his mother, a school crossing guard who encouraged his passion for music. Now he nurtures the […]

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04/1/2012

Top of The Market

More robust real estate news: January’s top-selling home went under contract in just four days at $110,000 over list price. The three-story home at 636 Beach Road on Siesta Key sold for $4.1 million after a list price of $3,990,000. With 4,163 square feet, it has four bedrooms, four baths and plenty of beach-front terraces. […]

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04/1/2012

Neighborhood Watch

Homebuyers yearning for peace, quiet and a whole lot of land—a minimum of five acres, to be exact—often look east of I-75 at Gator Creek, Saddle Creek and Saddle Oaks, says Lee Byron of Michael Saunders & Company: “They’re especially appealing to buyers from Connecticut, Virginia and other parts of the country who are accustomed […]

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04/1/2012

On The Homefront

If price, size, location and amenities are comparable, it’s common sense that most prospective condo buyers would prefer a glamorous new building over one that’s beginning to show telltale signs of age. Enter the condo board: the volunteers who’ve pledged to look after you. Ever since Jerry Seinfeld’s folks moved to Florida, community associations have […]

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04/1/2012

The Luxury Home

Open House A new dream home in Sarasota Polo Club has become the highest-rated LEED Platinum residence in the world. We asked builder Josh Wynne how that happened. This architecture looks contemporary. What’s “Cracker” about it? The clients wanted a design that would be at home in Florida—a house that could be open to the […]

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04/1/2012

Food & Wine: Sarasota’s Best

With spring—and some of Sarasota’s most beautiful weather—upon us, we have visions of sitting poolside, cocktails in hand, dancing in our heads. So we decided to find the best tropical cocktails in Sarasota (we know, our jobs are awesome) and enlisted our 4,500-plus Facebook fans and the knowledgeable bartenders of Sling Bar Company, LLC, a […]

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04/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

For Florida’s oenophiles and more casual—but no less enthusiastic—wine imbibers, April in Paris has nothing on April in Sarasota, where it’s Florida Winefest month again. This year’s extravaganza, which annually raises tons of sorely needed cash for local children’s charities, runs from April 12-15 at venues as varied as fabulous private homes and on the […]

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04/1/2012

Good Deal

The place: Annie’s Bait & Tackle, 4334 127th St. W. (a stone’s throw north of the bridge), Cortez, (941) 794-3580. The fare: Hot grub and cold beer for fishermen and adventurous diners in on the secret. The bottom line: This really is a bait shop (the only air conditioning comes courtesy of a breeze off the […]

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04/1/2012

Food & Wine

Good news! Chef Darwin Santa Maria, the founding chef at Main Street’s Selva Grill, has returned to downtown Sarasota with a very fine restaurant called Darwin’s on 4th. The gifted Peruvian chef’s latest venture occupies in style the building that once housed Rustica and more recently Mad Crow Brewery.  It’s clear that the chef’s reputation […]

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04/1/2012

Only In Sarasota

For 56 years, the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees have been thrilling onlookers with world-class waterskiing. The homegrown troupe regularly wins state and national awards, and it’s often a family affair, with generations of parents and kids involved in every aspect of the sport. You can catch a free performance every Sunday at 2 until May 20 at […]

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