Archive for October, 2013

Sarasota news

Up & Down the Trail

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Stan Zimmerman Condos want to join the DID Up to now the Downtown Improvement District is composed of owners of commercial property within a defined district. But in September five condominiums knocked on their door and asked to be let in too. Ron Rayevich is chairman of the residential portion of the Plaza at […]

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Downtown and Beyond

Downtown and Beyond

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Downtown is booming again By Paul Roat The bust has boomed — finally — in Downtown Sarasota. After six stagnant years of faltering or non-existent development in the city’s core, developers are well in the process of bringing the heart of the city back to life again. Scores of new condominiums, restaurants, hotel towers and […]

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Siesta Key News

Siesta Key News

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

by Stan Zimmerman Sacred sand at risk The sacred sand of Big Pass is on the altar of beach renourishment. Last month the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed – for the first time in history – the dredging Big Pass. The sand would be used to renourish the beach at Lido Key to the […]

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Who’s Playing Tonight…or this morning??

Who’s Playing Tonight…or this morning??

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

 Siesta John (Sollazzo) by Mike Sales Two very cool things happen on Sunday mornings in September; I get to sleep in and enjoy another glorious day of summer/fall hiatus and the Siesta Key Farmer’s Market, in Davidson’s Plaza, is once again, open for business. The market features, fresh produce, of course, and a massage chair, […]

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Off Island

Off Island

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Chefs, flooding, palm trees on islands north, south of us By Paul Roat Anna Maria Island had a distinguished chef stop in for a visit a few weeks ago. Emeril LaGasse, owner of a slew of restaurants pretty much all across the country, stopped in at Sean Murphy’s Beach Bistro place in Holmes Beach. He’s […]

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Meet the Natives

Meet the Natives

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Bats for Halloween fun, even on Siesta Key By Paul Roat With Halloween just around the corner, it only seems appropriate to mention the unnecessarily spooky elements of the holiday: bats. And bats are pretty much everywhere, even Siesta Key. Basically, bats are our friends, according to the Nature Conservancy, an international nonprofit group that […]

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Coming Soon! A Mall Siesta Key can call its own!

Coming Soon! A Mall Siesta Key can call its own!

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Robert Frederickson F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped that there are no second acts in American life. Well, Westfield Group – owners of Westfield Southgate Mall in Sarasota – must not have gotten the memo. Second only to Sarasota’s tony St. Armand’s Circle in terms of upscale shopping appeal, the venerable shopping plaza turned mall […]

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Gillespie was the town of Sarasota’s first mayor

Gillespie was the town of Sarasota’s first mayor

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

By Paul Roat Col. John Hamilton Gillespie took office as Sarasota’s first mayor Oct. 14, 1902. By all accounts, he was one helluva man. Gillespie was born in Scotland and came to Sarasota in 1886 to salvage what was left of his father’s land development company, the Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., Ltd. The company […]

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

October 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Natalie Wagoner from Venice playing the harp for a beach wedding. Looking on are Jaydin from North Port, Cooper (8mos) and Jace from Sarasota.  For more info on Natalie, please go to: www.harpsoup.com. See who else came to play in our little corner of paradise.  (Photos by Sarasota Photography) Be sure to check back each month for our updated […]

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