Category: Columns

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Dear Donnarose

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, I cannot tell you how many times I've gone against my intuition to do something, and allowed my ego to once again send me on the wrong path. As a result, I've lost time, money and relationships. What will it take to listen to my intuition and stop going on all these […]

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Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Forecast for June 2017

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

June will find Sarasota beaches lined with anglers in search of the ultimate gamefish, tarpon, especially early in the month.  Catching these giants is really not complicated.  Rig a 25 lb. spinning outfit with 36” of 80 lb. flourocarbon leader and a 5/0 hook, then position the boat 100 yards off the beach and cast […]

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The Most Unlikely Tackle Shop Owner

The Most Unlikely Tackle Shop Owner

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Aledia Tush Investing in a bait and tackle shop is a pretty unconventional wedding present to give your daughter, but my father didn’t see it that way. I was one year out of college and working in a bank in Louisville, Kentucky. On the last day of a family vacation in Sarasota, Florida, he […]

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Crystal Sand views and strong rental history in iconic building

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Rodger Drouin Crystal Sands is an iconic community, easily recognizable by the S shape of it’s 12-story high-rise on the beach. Located right on Crescent Beach, in addition to 131 one and two-bedroom units in the high-rise, there are 22 villas in the luxury community. Units rarely come on the market, with only four […]

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Off Key

June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Fancy Kitchens to Ruffled Feathers “I Got Thumped…” That was Martin Hyde’s reaction in the press after his out-of-the-money finish in the recent Sarasota city commission race that pitted him against eventual winners Jen Ahearn-Koch and Hagen Brody in a three-way race for two open at large seats on the board.  […]

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Notes from the Island Fishmonger

Notes from the Island Fishmonger

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Soft Shell Crab 101 One of the sweetest, most tender and mouthwatering foods in the world is the white succulent meat from a Crab. Sometimes you have to work for it but a mouth full of butter dipped crab meat is one of life’s greatest pleasures. As of May 15th we Floridians say goodbye to our […]

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Through the eyes of a Veteran

Through the eyes of a Veteran

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Diana Colson  Walter Hamer was born in 1932 in Puerto Cortes in the Republic of Honduras. His mother was American, but his father was British, and so, according to the laws of the time, he became a British subject. This fact influenced his later career in the United States Air Force.  Walter’s dad was […]

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Off Key

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Low Speed Pursuits to Circular Logic Fore! I got a chuckle out of the news report that the Downtown Improvement District has provided the Sarasota Police Department with a $9,000 grant to buy golf carts to help patrol certain areas of the city. Remember the breathless concern a few years back […]

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Sand Castles

Sand Castles

May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

New construction just off the Key By Roger Drouin When Lou Cerchio and his wife purchased their villa in Esplanade by Siesta in May, 2015, it was after an exhaustive search. Cerchio initially was looking at condos on Siesta Key, including Peppertree Bay, where they could stroll to the beach. But the Esplanade villa offered […]

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Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Forecast April 2017

Capt. Jim Klopfer’s Fishing Forecast April 2017

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Mother Nature has been kind to us this “winter”. I use that term loosely as it has averaged ten degrees above normal and fishing has been great! April should offer incredible fishing for a variety of species. Big Pass and New Pass will be alive with fish migrating in and out of the bay this […]

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The Island Fishmonger

The Island Fishmonger

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Eat like a King Although the month of Lent ends with Easter weekend, that is no reason to stop eating fish on a religious schedule. As a matter of fact, with the health benefits and delicious taste factors, I can’t think of any reason to discontinue your heart-healthy fish diet. First of all, April fishing […]

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Dear Donnarose

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Q: Dear Donnarose, I’m 21 and have returned to college. I have a boyfriend who's also in school, but I guess he isn't your typical clean cut guy. My mother doesn't approve of him just because of his appearance. And on top of this, she is non-stop with pressuring me to make it through college […]

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