Sarasota History Alive 18th Edition

By | February 8, 2012

St. Armands Key has its roots firmly planted in John Ringling’s vision of becoming a beautiful residential area, with a centralized shopping and park feature to attract the well-to-do. What’s more, he knew that imported European statuary would add greatly to making this a reality. St. Armand’s has an interesting history.  

New Trends in Kitchen Remodeling

By | February 2, 2012

Mulling over a kitchen remodel but want to keep costs low? You’re au courant with today’s trends that emphasize options and high-tech wizardry at affordable prices.   Trend #1: Remodeling scales back A new focus on moderation and value has entered the remodeling mind-set. Trends that are likely to show up in your kitchen next year include: You’ll repair your existing appliances instead of replacing them, extending their … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 17th Edition

By | February 1, 2012

In 1907 Dr. Wilson purchased the home located on the southeast corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Orange Avenue from Edgar Ferdon, a local architect. The house was not only the Wilson home, but also Dr. Wilson’s medical office. He and his wife Fannie (the daughter of Sarasota pioneer C.L. Reaves) had two sons who were born in the home. The Wilson house, listed in the National Register … Read More! »

February Events in Sarasota

By | January 27, 2012

Our winter season is in full swing. Take time to enjoy one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of February: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Feb. 1st Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach Nokomis Nokomis Beach Drum Circle Feb. 3rd Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 16th Edition

By | January 25, 2012

This week we explore a Mediterranean Revival structure designed by architect Dwight James Baum as the Broadway or El Vernona Apartments. It became part of the Broadway Complex that Owen Burns developed in 1926. Today it is know as the Belle Haven. The complex consisted of the El Vernona Hotel (later John Ringling Hotel, the Broadway Apartments, the Sarasota Times Building, and Owen Burns Realty Office (later Karl … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 15th Edition

By | January 18, 2012

Today, many people look at the Marina Jack restaurant and boat docks and think they have always been here. Not so…They are just beyond where the Scots landed and built our first pier. It wasn’t much at first, and it has evolved over the years to become the park and marina we have today. Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for December 2011

By | January 12, 2012

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of December. They report that for the full year 2011, property sales of members of the Association jumped by 8.2 percent to 8,224, achieving the highest level since 2005. The surge in sales was accompanied by stabilization in the median sale prices, which now stand at $155,925 for single family homes and $156,800 for condos … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 14th Edition

By | January 11, 2012

Southside School opened its doors to 170 students January 11, 1926, one of several schools built in Sarasota County’s land boom of the 1920s. These schools included two richly ornamented Mediterranean Revival style elementary schools along the new Tamiami Trail, Southside and Bay Haven. They were inspired by Italian and Spanish Renaissance architecture, and both were the work of Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott, who also designed the … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 13th Edition

By | January 4, 2012

Established in 1899 the Sarasota Times was the only newspaper at the turn of the century in Sarasota. It moved from its original location on 241 Main Street to 1216 1st Street in 1926. For most of its life, the publication was run by an enterprising woman named Rose Wilson. Her husband, C.V., passed away, and she was faced with producing a weekly newspaper, selling advertising and producing … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 12th Edition

By | December 28, 2011

Just before Christmas, Santa Claus jumped out of a plane and landed in a Sarasota family’s backyard! This goes to show he doesn’t always shimmy down a chimney to deliver good cheer – in this case yummy candy canes. Santa took footage of his own jump and we are happy to present it for you to experience what it is like for him during his hectic season. Every … Read More! »