June 2016

There are 4 blog entries for June 2016.

One of the more interesting Sarasota communities to have watched over the years is the Rosemary District. Neighbors with Gillespie Park, Rosemary has long shown the promise of expanding downtown living to the area north of Fruitville, and it's experienced a number of surges in popularity and controversy in the process. Yet, today, Rosemary seems to be on the rise again.

Early on in Sarasota history, the area prospered from the African-American community and was named Overtown in the '20s. As the properties became more valuable during the real estate boom, the community developed, and the African-American community migrated further north to Newtown. In 1994, the area was renamed the Rosemary District in honor of the Rosemary Cemetery, which was

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Some of the best places in downtown Sarasota are ones that many people don't even know exist. But they ought to know! Whether you're new in town or are a local who loves to discover, I'd like to share with you a few oddball, unique, and retro places that add a lot of charm to the Sarasota's downtown community.

For starters, you've got to have at least one breakfast at the Waffle Stop at 660 S. Washington Boulevard. If you've already driven by, you probably know that Elvis ate there, and Edith Barr Dunn is still there to tell the tale of how Elvis and his pals showed up in a pink Cadillac for two mornings in a row when he was playing at the Florida Theatre (now the Sarasota Opera House) and ordered three eggs with bacon, pan-fried potatoes, toast,

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Every now and then -- actually, fairly often in Sarasota -- I run across a home that just makes my jaw drop. It's not always the biggest and most elaborate houses that have this effect. Sometimes it's much more about the home's design and what it brings to the neighborhood.

Granted, with 3,323 square feet of living space west of the Trail, 1833 North Lake Shore Drive is larger than your average home, but even more spectacular is the way the home is laid out, and how beautifully the .36 acre lot embraces it. This quintessential mid-century modern has maintained its original 1952 design and later addition by Jack West, who also designed the Sarasota City Hall. It's located in Oyster Bay Estates, considered by many to be in the Golden Triangle of

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Though the weather indeed gets warmer, that doesn't mean you should hide out indoors! There is still plenty to do in Sarasota in June.

To cool off a bit, take the family to World Oceans Day at Mote Marine Aquarium on June 4 from 10 to 1 p.m. The event is free with regular admission, which is $19.75 for adults and $14.75 for kids of ages 4 through 12. In addition to the games and crafts focused on green practices, marine science, and conservation (all honoring the day's national theme of "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet") the event will also feature performances by The Garbage-Men, a local group that plays their tunes on homemade instruments made out of trash and recycled materials.

Music aficionados: Be sure to catch some of the performances at

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