Archive for April, 2012

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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04/1/2012

April Highlights

Art Art Sarasota. International Fine Art Expositions’ second annual event aboard the megayacht SeaFair, docked at Marina Jack, continues through April 2, with 28 galleries presenting paintings, sculpture and more. Go to expoships.com for more info. Venice Art Center. The Members-Only All-Media Spring Show continues here through April 6; it’s followed by a Photography & […]

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04/1/2012

Health Report

Breathe Easy Could your mouth be causing your sleep problems? There’s an often overlooked connection between sleep apnea and dental issues, according to Dr. Jill Morris. She says sleep apnea, TMJ and other conditions can often be linked to underdeveloped dental arches. When the dental arches don’t reach adult width, the result is a narrower palate […]

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04/1/2012

Fashion I.Q.

Is it a gloss? Stain? Lipstick? On every beauty editor’s must-list, this intensely pigmented lip color comes in 18 shades and promises staying power even after nine hours. The long-winded name is Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stains—I vote just ask for the new “glossy stain.” Saks Fifth Avenue, $32 […]

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04/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox

Socialized medicine is the one thing you’re not allowed to say anything good about—at least not in this country. But how bad—or good—can it be? Well, I recently found out, and here’s my report. Notice I just report the facts. I’ll let you draw the appropriate conclusions. It all happened on my recent trip to […]

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