February 2012

Found 5 blog entries for February 2012.

ringling_in_bloom_2_718Ringling in Bloom brings floral art to the Sarasota Art Museum.  The Ringling Estate and Museum is one of Sarasota’s treasure.  The Ringling Museum is adored with artists floral creations. The florists are from area garden clubs and will also  include four professional florists, who will create masterpieces inspired by sculpture in the courtyard and on the loggia of the Ringling Museum which is located on the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Estate on Sarasota Bay.  The four professional designers will come from Beneva Flowers and Gifts, Botanica International Design Studio, Flowers by Fudgie and Suncoast Florist.

In addition to the floral artworks, Ringling in Bloom includes a Lilly Pulitzer fashion show and four presentations by master florist

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 South Lido Park is located on Ben Franklin Drive at the southern tip of Lido Key. The South Lido Park is surrounded by four bodies of water; The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou.  From the South Lido Park views of Sarasota’s downtown skyline can be had, especially the night time the Sarasota skyline is brilliant from the South Lido Park.  At the park you will find a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines.  At a separate facility at the north end of the park, visitors can enjoy a nature trail which includes scenic overlooks and boardwalks.  This is a great spot to land your kayak and explore the waters surrounding Lido Key.

  • The park's amenities include:
  • free parking
  • rest rooms
  • picnic tables
  • cooking grilles
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Sarasota has a new Lowes store.  The new Sarasota Lowes store is located on Central Sarasota Parkway, just east of Tamiami Trial and west of  McIntosh right in the Palmer Ranch development.  This is great news for those of us in south Sarasota.  This is a great location in Palmer Ranch easy access for those who live on Siesta Key, Casey Key,The Oaks, Southpointe Shores, Coral Cove, Prestancia, Turtle Rock, The Isles at Palmer Ranch,and the surrounding areas.   Along with this Lowes store in south Sarasota there are plans for a Home Depot store on Tamiami Trail no current word right now though.  The Home dsc_0003_2007Depot store  which will supplant a shuttered Kmart store  will be at 8195 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

A store like Lowes will certainly help the real

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Sarasota is getting closer to getting our own luxury mall.  The news out today is that the project has gained a new investor, the Michigan based mall developer, The Taubman Company, which owns several Florida Malls, including Tampa’s International Mall, Orlando’s Mall at Millenia & The Waterside Shops in Naples.  The mall proposal was tabled in 2008 during the recession, but now the plans are back on the table along with financing.  The plans are to start construction of the project in the second quarter of 2012 and have in completed by 2014.

The University Mall is posed to have anchor stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms.  This is great news for those of us living in Sarasota.  No more trips to Tampa or Orlando to visit these stores.  The Saks
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casey_key_tiki_bar_2761   Take a stroll down the Siesta KeyBeach, start from the Siesta Key Village walk to the beach continue down the beach past the many colorful homes along the way, feeling the soft sand on your feet.  Walk past the public Siesta Beach Pavillion down the end of Crescent Beach where Point of Rocks begins.  You will have accompolished your exercise for the day almost 3 miles.  All the way you get to enjoy the beautiful blue waters of the gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Enjoy the flavorful beach scenery, the colorful beach umbrellas scattered along the beach, the children playing in the water while other enjoy a good book.  Once you get to the end head up to Crescent Village and find a spot at the Sniki Tiki at Captain Curt’s at 1200 Old Stickney
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