Archive for the ‘Sarasota Accolades’ Category


Flemmings Restaurant Sarasota

September 23, 2009

The other day my wife Opal and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Flemmings Steakhouse.  We wanted to thank our client that sent us the gift certificate.  I am blessed to have a wife like Opal and also to live,work and play in a town with so many excellent restaurants and things to do.  The Sarasota life style is great.


Suncoast Off Shore Grand Prix

May 29, 2009

This year the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival will celebrates its 25th anniversary. The races held in Sarasota’s one of the longest running race venues in the country. During the last the races and related events have raised over 14 million dollars for the benefit of the mentally and physically handicapped. Proceeds this year will benefit the Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped. This year’s festival events will begin June 27 and run thru July 5th. For more information visit


Siesta Beach Ranked 2nd Best in the Nation.

May 26, 2009


Stephen P. Leatherman of the Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research has recently released his annual report of the best beaches.     Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach was ranked second only to Hanalei Beach on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.  If you prefer your beaches without volcanic activity you might want to check out  Siesta Key.  A quick Google search of the term “Hanalei Hawaii shark attacks” may also help you choose which beach is your personal favorite.

  1. Hanalei, Hawaii
  2. Siesta Beach, Sarasota
  3. Coopers Beach, Southhampton
  4. Coronado Beach, San Diego
  5. Hamoa Beach, Maui
  6. Main Beach, East Hampton
  7. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks
  8. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne
  9. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod
  10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

February 3, 2009

Forbes Magazine recently published a report that lists Sarasota Memorial among “America’s Safest Hospitals”. Our local hospital was ranked number 19 according to size among the top 50 hospitals in the nation. The report was compiled using data from HealthGrades which is an independent rating company. The highest scoring hospitals were ranked according to mortality and complications rates. according to the report, Florida is home to 38 of the safest 270 in the country.  This is the second time in the past two years that Sarasota was recognized as “safest”.

  • Click here to see the complete list of top hospitals.

New College, Sarasota

January 12, 2009

USA Today and the Princeton Review has named Sarasota’s New College as the second best value among all public colleges.


It’s a Balmy Christmas in Sarasota

December 25, 2008

While much of the north is experiencing the coldest holiday season in five years we have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather here in Sarasota. Currently it is 77 degrees in Sarasota and as I wright this post it is 15 degrees in Chicago. Check out the video from December 18th’s post to see what you are missing.


Preserving Sarasota’s Heritage

November 20, 2008

Ringling House

Sarasota is the thirteenth Florida city to receive the “Preserve America” designation, a program which recognises community efforts to protect and preserve historic buildings for economic development and community revitalization.  The program is meant to encourage people to learn about their local historic resources and heritage through educational and heritage tourism programs.  The designation makes Sarasota eligible to matching grants up to $250,000.  Sarasota has many historic buildings including the John Ringling home, the Terrace Building, the Federal Building and the Opera House.  Click here for more information.