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We invite you to join us in keeping our beaches “Turtle Friendly”.

• If you encounter a nesting turtle, remain quiet and observe from a distance.
• Shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October.
• Close drapes after dark and put beach furniture far back from the water.
• Fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water.
• Place trash in its proper place.
• Do not approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles.
• Do not use flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach.
• Do not encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water.


Posted August 10, 2013 by aj4srq in Uncategorized


Posted July 26, 2013 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

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Posted July 16, 2013 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

A Season for Turtles   Leave a comment

Loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles regularly nest on Florida beaches… from March through October. All three are federally protected and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission will heavily fine anyone tampering with a nest or turtle.

A female digs her nest in the sand with rear flippers and lays approximately 100 leathery ping pong ball-size eggs. After covering, the eggs are left to incubate from 45 to 60 days with hatchlings emerging from April through November.

Commission experts say one way to help sea turtle hatchlings is to turn off or shield home or business lights that face the ocean. Hatchlings may confuse artificial (nighttime lighting) with the sparkle of seawater, and often go in the wrong direction when leaving the nest. Hatchling deaths occur from dehydration, cars, fire ant attacks or raccoons.

PLEASE report anyone disturbing a sea turtle nest. If you see a dead turtle, or one that is being harassed or injured, call the commission’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922.

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Posted April 8, 2013 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

Spring is in the Air…&… Major League Baseball is HERE!   Leave a comment

With temps reaching the 70’s & 80’s, it’s time to head to Sarasota/Tampa Bay for an early spring fix at one of our multiple baseball parks.

15 teams will train beneath the palms of Central and South Florida and many parks are literally within minutes of each other…

Sarasota hosts the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium while Bradenton’s Pittsburgh Pirates play at McKechnie Field and let’s not forget our exciting Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte.

Unlike northern Stadiums, the stands are intimately wrapped around the infield and seats are within earshot of players chatting to teammates. The back row literally feels like the fourth or fifth row of any major league stadium.  The weather is almost always PERFECT, the beer and hot dogs are cheaper and everything – parking, tailgating, finding your seat, standing in line for food – is just a LOT more laid-back.

Unlike “season”, the ballplayers are relaxed and have little concern for that slump or losing streak and most don’t even mind signing those autographs.   

Spring training has been a longtime Florida tradition.  The Detroit Tigers who train in Lakeland – between Tampa and Orlando at Joker Marchant Stadium – have been in that area since 1930. The Philadelphia Phillies have played in Clearwater since 1947 and the Pirates have called Bradenton’s McKechnie Field home for the past 43 years while Dunedin hosts the Toronto’s Blue Jays since the team started in 1977.

The Yankees have had a Florida presence since 1919 and you’re welcome to catch a game at Tampa’s Steinbrenner Stadium.

Fortunately, these ballparks are all within the Sarasota/Tampa Bay Area providing multiple game opportunities.  It’s best to buy TICKETS on-line and the weekend games sell-out early.


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Non-baseball fans, take heart…

There are plenty of delightful pleasures… from award winning Beaches to St. Armand’s Circle Shopping, cultural events, museums and Sarasota’s close proximity to Central Florida’s theme parks!



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Posted February 11, 2013 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

Perfect Winter Happenings in FLA   Leave a comment

Beyond our beautiful beaches, ‘natural attractions’ abound and are perfect choices this time of year …state parks, rivers and natural springs.


Bike Hike & Kayak our State Parks, Rivers and Natural Springs…

The 18 mile Legacy Trail travels through Oscar Scherer State Park, home to gopher tortoises, foxes, bobcats and scrub jays. With water views from trestle bridges over Donna and Roberts Bays the paved trail concludes at Caspersen Beach.  Be sure to collect a few fossilized sharks teeth then head to Venice’s downtown for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat.

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Visit with the Manatees

With the onset of dropping temps, Manatees like to head to rivers and inlets for winter warmth.  The best place for viewing is: Tampa Electric Company plant.  The company set up a Manatee Viewing Area to accommodate our animal tourists. The manatee season here is Nov. 1-April 15. Up to 300 manatees come here when the bay is cold.
6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach, FL
(813) 228-4289



Winter is best for this activity as the bird population explodes with winged visitors.  A great place for viewing is the Celery Fields where early morning and late afternoons are prime.  Go to: for more locations.


Observe our Nesting Shore Birds

This great birthing spectacle occurs during the winter and spring breeding periods. Great White Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Anhinga are the dominant species occupying the majority of nests. Occasional Black Crested Night Herons, Palm Warblers, Yellow Butted Warblers and Red Winged Blackbirds are among the other birds identifiable in the area.

January is the kick-off month for the great blue herons as they gingerly balance on bushy branches to attend to their nests.  Head south on US 41 (just north of Jacaranda Boulevard), then right on Annex Road between the Venice Administration Building (at 4000 S. Tamiami Trail) and the State Highway Patrol. Head to the welcome center followed by parking, pavilion, picnic tables, and viewing area. Off South Tamiami Trail, Venice. Information @: 941-496-8984

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Florida Wineries are one of the state’s best kept little secrets. Of the 31 wineries and vineyards in Florida there are four in our area, with some featuring a sampling of Florida’s rural side.


1. The Fiorelli Winery offers tours, samplings and lunch.


2. Keel & Kurley Winery is a change of pace offering “Blueberry wine” tours and Friday night sipping munching & music


3. Eden Vineyards has been around for more than thirty years offering daily tours and tastings.


4. If you like the unusual, don’t miss this place by sampling some of their tropical fruit wines… And don’t forget the carrot variety!

Wine tastings are available daily while tours are given upon request.



Award Winning

A number of Florida wines took top prizes at this year’s Indy International Wine Competition, the nation’s largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. Nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states were evaluated by 52 judges.

West of Orlando

  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards  is a recipient of many awards and much recognition. Each Saturday afternoon during the month of January, Lakeridge Winery holds its famous Music Series, featuring live bands on the outdoor stage. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.   (West of Orlando)


Museums/Performing Arts


If art is your passion… the Ringling Museum houses fine baroque period paintings including the oversized works of Rubens as well as numerous sculptures from John and Mable Ringling’s collection. Stroll the bay-front grounds and tour the rose gardens on your way to Ringling’s waterfront home, the Ca d’Zan. This is the last of America’s Gilded Age mansions. Constructed in 1924-1925, at a cost of $1.5 million dollars, this home is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. Then see memorabilia and artifacts at the nearby circus museum where visitors at any age are able to experience the magic of the center ring. Tickets are discounted on Thursdays after 5:00pm.

Head to Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture… an International Invitational Exhibit. The shaded walkway offers a series of large pieces along Sarasota’s Bayfront where huge installations are on display for only six months. This non-profit organization reviews and selects new artists every fall.

Sarasota and Bradenton also house two large artist communities called Towles Court and the Village of the Arts. Both locations feature a colorful collection of “Old Florida” bungalows housing galleries, studios and cafes. In neighborly fashion, these artists live, work and feed off the enthusiasm of their counterparts, in pursuit of their own unique style.

The Asolo multi-theatre complex is home to a leading regional theatrical company. Multiple stages provide a season of classic and modern drama including year round performances by the Florida State University’s graduate theatre program.

The Sarasota Ballet offers seven performances from September through April while the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Opera present a Winter Festival with four fully staged operas from February through March.

St. Petersburg

Housed in an exceptional structure along the bayfront of St. Petersburg is the Surreal Artistry of Salvador Dali. High-profile architect Yann Weymouth (who worked with I.M. Pei on the Louvre’s glass pyramid) created the design to pay homage to Dalí’s free-flowing imagination. Of the 18 so-called Masterworks produced by Dali, eight are located in St. Pete’s Dali Museum.

Also in St. Petersburg is the Morean Arts Center with a fine collection of Dale Chihuly. Make sure to plan a visit to the nearby hot shop where the art of glass blowing is demonstrated.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Fort Myers
Located on the Caloosahatchee River, visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the friendships, inventions and fascinating history behind two of the worlds’ most remarkable men. Thomas Edison’s laboratory is on display where generated electricity and the first incandescent light bulb were created.

Stroll 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory as well as the Estates Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries.

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Posted December 16, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized

Sarasota Arts & Entertainment   Leave a comment

            A complete list of Performances & Cultural Events for the 2012-2013 Season

Ringling Museum’s International Arts Festival

October 10-13 the museum grounds come alive with the artistry of New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. The format includes dance, music and theater as well as film. More details:

Sarasota Ballet

The ballet season begins October 26th with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing through the 28th.  Other performances are scheduled throughout season and into the first week of May.

Sarasota Orchestra

Enjoy innovative formats and traditional concerts, exceptional music by the great masters, all-time favorites and dynamic guest conductors. Performances are scheduled from September through May.

Asolo Repertory Theater

November 16th the Asolo opens with the play “1776”. Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were major figures addressing the formative years of U.S. history. Performances continue through December 22.

Regional Theater & Performance Schedules –                                     


Van Wezel

A broad spectrum of the world’s finest artists ranging from music and dance to theater and comedy are featured throughout the year.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

Two dozen large-scale sculptures from artists throughout the world are featured along the U.S. 41 (Bayfront Drive) portion of Sarasota’s Centennial Park. Installations are viewable from the first week in November through May.

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Sarasota’s Chalk Festival is the first in the U.S. attracting International street artists demonstrating three dimensional illusions that pop from the pavement.
November 6th is the kick-off for a week-long street painting event on South Pineapple Avenue in the historic area known as Burns Square.

Bradenton Blues Festival

Renowned Blues artists Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal and Dave “Biscuit” Miller will be belting tunes along Bradenton’s Manatee Riverwalk, Saturday December 1st.

Perlman Winter Residency – A two-week program of musical training & FREE performances at USF and the Sarasota Opera House for gifted students with concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.

Sculpture/Botanical Gardens –

A complete list with links and descriptions of Sculpture & Botanical Gardens throughout Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, Naples and central Florida.

Sarasota’s Selby Gardens offer an impressive collection of  bromeliads and orchids yet others to consider would be Bok Tower Botanical gardens as well as the Polasek Sculpture Gardens.

Museums – Plan a visit to Sarasota’s Ringling Museum, Skyspace by James Turrell, Circus Museum and the Ca d’Zan, Ringling’s home on the bay. Spend a day in St. Petersburg at the Salvador Dali Museum and Morean Art Center with works of glass by Dale Chihuly, then head to the Hot Shop and observe the art of glass blowing.

Check-out our impressive collection of central and south Florida museums.





Posted August 29, 2012 by aj4srq in Uncategorized