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dR PUBLISHER’S LETTER Dear Reader, With every new year comes the chance to make a fresh start and build new opportunities. What are your goals this year? Do you want to travel, organize, improve, achieve, or spend more time with friends and family? In this issue you will find most everything to expand your horizons for 2013. In this annual real estate edition, you'll get tips from the experts on how to improve your curb appeal in dR HOME. For makeovers inside and out, you're sure to find ideas that will help you get the look you want. And if you're planning a soiree for the big game, we'll share football fare recipes that will delight even the pickiest of fans in dR ENTERTAINING. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we've brought you the latest, hottest gift ideas in dR Publisher's Picks. Find the perfect gift for that special someone, or check out dR Dish for ideas on dining at Aqua at the Westin Tampa Bay. Seeking a surprise trip to a secluded island? dR Travel takes you to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island for the getaway of a lifetime. If your new year's resolution includes the need for speed, dR Auto explores an exotic car driving experience where you can take to the track in a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and other supercars to put your driving abilities to the test. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do in bringing it to you. Join us if you can for Wine Weekend February 8th through the 10th, benefiting the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. And remember, you are all invited to Cars and Coffee the third Saturday of each month here at duPont Headquarters from 7-9 a.m. Hope to see you there.


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One-Of-A-Kind Gifts Cathlee Tomkow and Becky Taylor have opened Meridian, an upscale boutique with the slogan, “Where all things come together.” There is something for everyone here—hostess gifts, new babies, men, pets, even a pirate and collegiate section. Their diverse mix also includes furniture from Thom Downs Fine Antiques in Lakeland and accessories from laPink in Tampa. 37832 Meridian Avenue, Dade City; 352-567-4000.

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Transform Your Skin South Tampa’s new Aesthetic Skin Studio is where science meets luxury, says owner Zenith Nanavati, a medical aesthetician who’s achieved the top designation in skin care, a CIDESCO diploma. Originally from New York, Nanavati delivers the “Park Avenue experience” in an intimate boutique-like setting with clinical services that transform skin at the cellular level. 3601 W. Kennedy Blvd. Suite C, Tampa; 813-872-2729.

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HIBISCUS FIZZ The newest style from Mary Frances! The Hibiscus symbolizes delicate beauty, the tiered bead work is a great showcase of the elegant luxury and high-end fashion of this handbag giving it movement. The closure is gorgeously embellished with large beads and stones as well offsetting the bright pinkish orange color. $305. Mary Frances Accessories, Inc.

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ISLAND OF DREAMS By Susan B. Barnes Have you ever dreamt of living like a media mogul, jet setting across the world to exotic destinations? Dining in world-class restaurants? Enjoying the privacy and seclusion often afforded to the elite? Is this a dream of yours? It certainly is of mine! But it doesn’t have to be a dream. Necker Island—Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise—is 74 acres of pure heaven in the British Virgin Islands and can be yours, either exclusively or on an individual basis. If you’re really looking to wow your crowd, hire the entire island—accommodations can be made for between 16 and 28 people. Or, experience the island during Celebration Weeks, when individual rooms can be booked by singles or couples to enjoy the island “house party” style. However you choose to visit Necker Island, the staff will work with you to best accommodate you and your group. The six Bali Houses are built in authen-


Necker Island tic Balinese style, three of which sit atop a cliff in order to maximize stunning views, sea breezes and the sounds of the ocean. Another overlooks the beach, and the last two are in the middle of the island, overlooking a large, private pool. Temple House was built to Richard Branson’s specifications and features a freshwater pool. The house sits in the middle of the island with incredible panoramic views. Nearby is Love Temple, a private and amazing room with a covered but open air bathroom. A truly unique option is one of the four main cabins aboard the Necker Belle, a 105-foot luxury catamaran: the master suite, two double VIP guest cabins, and a double guest cabin. All cabins are fully air conditioned and have the latest in entertainment technology. After you’ve settled in, it’s time to explore the island, and there’s much to see

and do! As you can imagine, the island paradise offers plenty of ways to enjoy the Caribbean Sea. Necker Island is a water sports enthusiast’s dream come true, offering myriad adventures, including kite-surfing, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, power boat trips, snorkeling and more. Even if you’re not an avid waterman or waterwoman, give it a go and try something new! On-site, highly qualified instructors are ready to show you the ropes near Main Beach. The island also features four pools: the freeform infinity pool at Pool Pavilion in Main Beach with a swim-up bar; a freshwater infinity pool at Temple House; a private pool at Bali Lo & Bali Buah; and a plunge pool at Bali Hi, Bali Cliff and Bali Beach. Plenty to choose from! Back on solid ground, play tennis under the lights in the Main Beach area. If

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Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal By Erika Vidal Holmes

Curb appeal. You know it when you see it. It’s that idyllic home that makes you go, “Wow, I wish my house looked like that,” or “I’d like to live there,” even though you’ve never set foot inside. That’s the beauty of curb appeal—it makes a big impression. “A

house should look inviting when you’re just standing in front of it looking at it from the street,” says Kim Levell, owner of Exterior Design and Decorating. “It should have that cozy warmth before you even walk inside.” She believes the trick to achieving stop-

them-in-their-tracks curb appeal is proper planning and research. Whether you’re looking to get the full asking price for your home or you just want to give the neighbors a run for their money, here are several ways to give your curb appeal a boost.

Plant the seed.

recommends travertine. “It’ll truly add value to the home,” Ryan says. “If you make a $5,000 investment in travertine, you’re getting a true monetary value there.” According to Sachs, one of the benefits of using natural stone like travertine is that during the scorching Florida summers, your driveway and pool decks will stay relatively cool, rather than burning your feet. If you’re looking for a simple, weekend do-it-yourself project for a

quick curb-appeal boost, design a simple walkway made of pavers. Sachs says it’s a relatively simple project most homeowners can take on themselves.


The first rule of curb appeal is quality landscaping. Levell suggests starting with your home’s structure and location and using that as a jumping off point for design inspiration. “Let’s say (a house) has Mediterranean bones, then I might decide we’re going to take a real authentic, traditional Mediterranean feel.” Her goal when designing a landscape? Getting people driving by to slow down and look. According to Levell, many people are opting for classic designs, versus more elaborate, high-maintenance tropical themes because they’re easier to maintain and tend to stand the test of time. The best thing to do, she advises, is to find inspiration in magazines and online so you can articulate what you’re looking for.

Walk this way. The path to your front door should be intuitive, well-defined and inviting. Ideally, the walkway should extend from the front sidewalk to the front door, rather than from the driveway, says Levell. Choose a material that complements your home and the general landscape design. For added flair, frame the walkway with greenery, large stones, fencing, flowers or potted plants. Ryan Sachs of Stone-Mart, an importer and distributor of premium quality exclusive natural stone collections, 36

Light the way. For a dramatic kick to your curb appeal, explore the limitless possibilities of outdoor lighting. Nick Schriver, owner of Decorating Elves, says that if you’re going to choose one element to highlight, make it

Stone-Mart: Natural stone, such as travertine, will give you more bang for your buck.

the entryway. “Whether it’s a porch, portico or columns, it’s always very warm and welcoming to have a lit entryway,” he says. “It’s really the number one thing on the list when it comes to outdoor lighting.” From there, you may want to decide to highlight key architectural features

such as columns, windows or a decorative exterior wall. You can also choose to focus on your landscaping by spotlighting palm trees, oak trees and other vertical landscape elements. For that “postcard effect,” as Schriver likes to call it, make sure you add a little light on the ground

to show off key lower features such as elaborate flower beds or pavers and other walking surfaces. And here’s a tip: If you have steps on your walkway, add lights— not just for aesthetics, but also for safety. Lastly, for a truly low-maintenance lighting design, opt for an automated system

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that turns on when it gets dark and shuts off as day breaks.

Open-and-shut case. A new or updated front door can do wonders for your curb appeal and it can increase resale value. “It’s an invitation into your home,” says Ed Bailey, owner of Artistic Doors, a Bay-area company specializing in custom entryways. “It’s the very first thing people see, and it makes a statement about your life.” Bailey recommends choosing a door style that reflects the architectural structure of your home, whether it’s traditional, contemporary or more ornate. A leaded beveled art glass door is a classic, timeless choice, he says. Sidelight panels and glass door

inserts can also add a unique, more decorative accent to your entryway. If a brand new door isn’t in your budget, consider refinishing and painting it for a pop of color. Go bold with bright red or yellow, or choose a white or wood finish for a more classic look. Mark and Dianna Leek of DoorPro entryways, specializing in exterior doors and entryways, offer another a simple solution for homeowners looking for a simple update on a budget: If you have a fiberglass or steel door that’s in good condition, you may be able to add glass panels for a quick, affordable upgrade that can completely change the look of your entryway. Wrought iron is another trend that’s coming back in full force

according to these 25-year industry veterans.

Park it. Speaking of doors, don’t neglect your garage door(s) and driveway. Most garages are unavoidable, so put the same amount of thought into its appearance as you would your front door and entryway. If you want to minimize your garage, paint it so it blends in with the home and let any lighting scheme focus on the entryway. Consider adding architectural features to play the garage up or revamp your driveway with a unique paver design. And don’t forget the inside of your garage—yep, this can impact your curb appeal, too. If it’s been a while since you used your garage to actually park your vehicle, you may want to revisit your organization system. Freestanding shelving, peg boards and storage bins can help consolidate items and make things easier to find.

All in the details. Curb appeal is all in the details. Little things like a new mailbox, updated hardware and house numbers, paint touch-ups and potted plants can go a long way. Dress your door up with a seasonal wreath or add a few hanging plants and replace any outdated light fixtures. Most importantly, maintain your home exterior with regular lawn maintenance and general upkeep such as pressure washing, raking and sweeping any leaves or other dirt off walkways and driveways. dR

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A LARGER THAN LIFE EXPERIENCE The Samsung Electronics America’s introduction of the best-in-class ES9000 ramps up the demand for extra-large screen TVs. The 75-inch TV features a built-in camera, usable for video calling applications such as Skype, hidden within the top of the bezel, rendering it invisible and disabled when not in use; when in use, the built-in camera pops up. The ES9000 also comes with four pairs of 3D glasses, ensuring the whole family can enjoy an immersive experience. $9,999.

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ringing a large screen TV into your home starts the domino theory of redecorating. Suddenly the nearby upholstery doesn’t seem to work. The sofa needs replacing or no longer fits in balance with the new home entertainment area. If you have not been in the market for a sofa or even a sectional, there are few pointers to ponder. Michael Bush of Home Resource in Sarasota suggests, “The successful sofa purchase involves making sure it answers the comfort, and functionality needs as well as the color, and design of the piece. All these elements need to be considered.” Patti Newman of PJ Newman Fine Furniture feels, “The first consideration in choosing a sofa is the size. Most people take the width into consideration but forget that the depth is equally important. The sofa needs to be in ‘scale and balance’ within the space. Know the dimensions your space can handle before you start looking.” Sherri Johns of Annabelle’s Fine Furniture in Odessa adds further thought. “You should carefully measure your space, allowing 10-12 feet from the TV to the back of the sofa for the placement of your seating. Make sure you have 36 inches around the sofa for clear passage.” “Color and type of material can affect the long-term wear of your new sofa,” says Sophia Ivanov of Scan Design, Tampa. “White is perfect for Florida but consider a darker tone or a neutral shade or grey/beige if you are sharing the space with children or four-legged friends.” This good advice should help you make a better decision in your sofa purchase. Then sit back and enjoy your new TV!

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FREE FORM The latest from Italy in motion/ recliner/lounge/sofa/sectional has arrived in Tampa. The Stallone sectional has shift back motion seating in each seat AND the corner. This system takes a regular seat depth and extends it to a chaise lounge. Available in white and brown leather, the dimensions are 124 inches x 100 inches. Sitting depth is 23 inches with an extended depth of 38 inches. $8998. Scan Design, Tampa; 813-805-2777.

LOUNGE AROUND The Marley Sofa in denim blue slipcovers is for relaxed seating for a family that watches TV together. Like a pair of jeans, this sofa says casual living in a relaxed style with its loose back pillows and cushions and deep seating. It sits comfortably whether you are sitting upright or stretched out. The dimensions are 84-inches wide, 45-inches deep and 37-inches high. $1999. Ethan Allen, Inc., Tampa; 813-920-9696.

SHOWY SEATING This extra-long-sofa can define a room by its mere presence. Model # 3801 has a beautiful curved back and is fully upholstered. It creates a comfort zone wherever it is placed and can be a balance with the largest TV. A choice of fabrics will change its personality. The dimensions are 113-inches wide, 43-inches deep and 33-inches high. $3900. Casa Nova, Tampa; 813-837-8282. 41

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GROUP ACTION The new Gentry sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso, the Italian furniture manufacturer, has both industrial strength in its design but ultra-comfort in its seating. It blends perfectly with existing furniture and balances a big screen TV. It is ample enough for three or four people. The dimensions are 94-inches wide, 36-inches deep and 31-inches high. Pillows are optional. $10,500 (quilted fabric shown). Starting grade fabric $8420. Home Resource, Sarasota; 941-366-6690

STAND ALONE The gracious curves of the Oleander Sofa from Century Furniture and sexy back make this elegant shape perfect to float in a large room. This deep-seated sofa can help create a room within a room. It easily becomes casual or sophisticated depending on the choice of fabric selected. The dimensions are 88-inches wide, 43-inches deep and 39.5-inches high. $3800. Annabelle’s Fine Furniture, Odessa; 813- 920-3675. dR


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n intriguing proposition presents itself within this customized eighth-floor double Mirasol penthouse home at the Grande on North Sand Key Beach. A rare 5,300-square-foot floor plan allows for ample living space, all on one level with uncompromised panoramic vistas encompassing the Gulf of Mexico, Caladesi Island and Clearwater Harbor. The eighth-floor elevation affords its future owners a sublime connection to the shoreline, fourteen acres of lushly manicured plantings and the many resort-inspired amenities that further define the gracious Grandes. Vast, yet absolute exposures embrace the Southwest and Northwest sweeps, the far west horizon with yearlong sunsets and the dynamic nighttime lights over Downtown Clearwater. Artful interiors are graced with architectural pillars, Turkish marble flooring, striking murals, stone counters and marble master bath. Four bedrooms, two distinguished as ensuites, a formal living and dining room, family room and dedicated recreation area lend to a remarkable living environment. This magnificent penthouse home is listed for $2,495,000 with Rafal Wazio of Sand Key Realty, 727-424-4629, Virtual slideshow at dR


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The Mediterranean icon that is Belle Harbor presents this fabulous City Home...$569,000

Carlouel, the far north end of Clearwater Beach offers us an Art Deco Home situated on three open water lots...$2,395,000

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The contemporary Ultimar II entices us with this direct Gulf and beachfront 3-bedroom condo home… $879,000 Sand Key, FLORIDA

An extensively renovated and thoroughly updated modern home on Clearwater Beach awaits… 4 bedrooms, 2 ensuites and 3,200 square feet... $799,000 Clearwater Beach, FLORIDA


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Captivating and wholly unobstructed panoramas of the Gulf, Channel, Harbor and all of North Clearwater Beach are well evident within this 3-bedroom Delray at Belle Harbor…$905,000 Clearwater Beach, FLORIDA

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The charm of Provence meets the warmth of Sand Key Beach within this breathtaking Bella Rosa Penthouse...$1,695,000 Sand Key, FLORIDA

Striking Intracoastal Waterway views from this stunning Indian Rocks Beach townhome with private garage, elevator and boat slip...$724,900. Indian Rocks Beach, FLORIDA

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An iconic West Indies Inspired Complex offers a sublime Coastal infused 3 bedroom Harmony... $1,199,000

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The Residences at Sandpearl Resort offer an uncompromised Gulf & Harbor view from this 9th floor southside “C” floor plan with 2 bedrooms, a dedicated tech area and 2.5 baths... $1,123,000 Clearwater Beach FLORIDA

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uilt in 2007, this exquisite waterfront home offers an inviting "Old Key West" feel and architectural details interwoven with top-of-the-line modern amenities. Designer details enrich every room of this breathtaking 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 5,148-square-foot home with over 11,000 square feet under roof featuring walnut floors and extensive woodwork, white tongue and groove ceilings, wainscoting, and crown molding throughout. The magnificent gourmet kitchen offers commercial-grade appliances, Carrera marble counters, high-volume ceil-


ings enhanced with white woodwork and custom chandelier! Retreat to the grand main level waterfront master with sitting area and private balcony, or to the master bath with enchanting claw foot tub, his and her marble-top vanities and separate shower. Enjoy impressive sunset views from the upper-level living room and large deck on the front of the home, and sunrise views from the upper-level bedrooms with waterfront decks on the back of the home. This “smart” home is not only energy efficient... it offers Cat 5 wiring, multi-zone audio system, cameras/secu-

rity system, generator and elevator! The vacation feel continues with a short walk to the beach or in the exceptional outdoor entertainment area, heated pool with built in table and spill over spa, sound system and newer seawall with 103 feet of waterfront offering deep protected water... perfect for a large yacht! The enchanting home is presented by Tammy Campbell Plummer of Coldwell Banker Previews International, for $2,300,000. Contact Tammy at 727-4552351 or visit dR

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STUNNING WATERFRONT HOME IN EXCLUSIVE PYCC! Enchantment awaits in this 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 4,300-square-foot home! Kitchen updated with wood cabinetry, granite counters, full size stainlesssteel fridge and full-size freezer! Volume ceilings and hardwood floors continue into formal dining and bedrooms, each with full baths nearby. Roomy master boasts updated bath with separate shower, jetted tub and granite counters! Impressive 900-bottle climate controlled wine cellar! Entertain in pool/spa and outdoor bar adjacent to covered patio. 4-car plus garage, 13,000 lb. boat lift and jet ski lift on deep-protected water! Offered for $1,095,000.


6027 KIPPS COLONY DR Enjoy sunsets every evening from this magnificent waterfront home in Pasadena Yacht and Country Clubs. This impeccable 4-bedroom, 3,500square-foot (MOL) Mediterranean residence offers a newer metal roof, an impressive cathedral entry with Brazilian cherry wood staircase, volume ceilings and built in cabinetry, an expansive pool with spill over spa and large dock with lift and boat slip that can accommodate a 65-foot vessel! Offered for $1,575,000.





This grand 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath, 4,543-square-foot Tierra Verde estate boasts both panoramic open water views of the Skyway bridge and protected water! Double master suites with vaulted ceilings that open to the spacious waterfront upper deck. 2 Guest suites with walk in closets, en-suite baths and separate entrances, an office as well as formal living and dining rooms, an enormous family room with fireplace, high ceilings and walls of waterfront windows. Enjoy vibrant sunrises on the lanai surrounding the pool and spa! Home also has an elevator! Offered for $1,599,000.


TUSCAN-MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED 4BR/4.5BA, 4,561 SQUARE FOOT WATERFRONT IN TIERRA VERDE! Kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, solid wood cabinets and granite counters. Main level features family room with fireplace, formal living and dining rooms as well as media room/den! Master bath with separate shower, jetted tub and walk-in closet! Remaining 3 bedrooms have en-suite baths, walk-in closets and access to waterfront terraces! Lower terrace overlooks pool and spa! 2 Separate 2-car garages, large dock with boat lift and planned elevator shaft! Offered for $1,450,000.


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Designer custom details enhance every room of this breathtaking 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 5,148 square foot home featuring walnut floors and white tongue and groove ceilings. Commercial grade appliances, Carrera marble counters and vaulted ceilings highlight kitchen! Stately waterfront master boasts sitting area and balcony and master bath with claw foot tub, marble top vanities and separate shower. This tech savvy oasis offers Cat 5 wiring, cameras/security system, generator and elevator! Exceptional outdoor entertainment area features heated pool and spa and newer seawall with 103 feet of waterfront! Offered for $2,300,000.





Impressive architectural elements and water views begin the moment you enter this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 4,853 square foot masterpiece! This exclusive home was redesigned and expanded in '05 with appointments such as hardwood and travertine flooring, crown molding and raised volume ceilings throughout. The kitchen boasts rich granite counters, solid cherry cabinets, double stainless steel ovens, wine cooler and breakfast bar overlooking the waterfront living room with cozy fireplace and wet bar area. Master suite has a private balcony, "his and her" walk-in closets, double sided fireplace and luxurious master bath! Enjoy movie night in your own media room and card playing area. Entertain groups from the covered outdoor lanai with built in kitchen! Offered for $1,850,000.



Custom 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 4,000-square-foot waterfront home in exclusive PYCC! The gourmet kitchen is newly remodeled with custom solid wood cabinets, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and double ovens. Expansive master bedroom with generous seating area, his and hers walk-in closets, large windows overlooking the water and balcony, en-suite bath with garden tub and double sinks. Backyard boasts tranquil pool/spa and dock with lift! Offered at $1,695,000.



This 7,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4-full and 2-half bath home, entry showcases cathedral ceilings, water views, stone floors and sweeping staircase with ironwork. Kitchen features Viking, Subzero and Miele appliances finished in solid wood cabinetry and granite counters, a dining area with inlaid mahogany ceilings and family room with audio cabinetry, 50" plasma TV and projection system. Master suite features water views, sitting area, stone mantled fireplace and spectacular master bath. Cul de sac lot boasts a fire pit, outdoor pizza oven, a brilliant infinity pool/spa, and 195 feet of deep protected water. Offered for $3,500,000. UN DE RC ON TR AC T



The beauty of this 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 4,445-square-foot PYCC waterfront home will leave you speechless! No detail overlooked including marble and wood floors, 21-foot ceilings, glass walled study and fireplace. Gourmet kitchen features solid wood cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and granite counters with breakfast bar. Expansive waterfront master with sitting area offers balcony, double closets and luxurious bath! Entertain in the home theatre with stadium seating, or in game room with bar. Outdoors boasts heated pool/spa and 2 boat lifts and davit! Offered for $1,985,000.


Walking distance to beautiful St. Pete Beach, this 3/3 home was completely remodeled in ‘05. The remarkable courtyard pool area boasts outdoor kitchen and lanai… perfect for entertaining! Stunning custom kitchen with solid wood cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, gas cooking, and granite counters. From the raised ceilings with 7-inch crown molding to the porcelain floors and hurricane rated windows to the newer steel reinforced seawall and large boat lift...this is truly a must see to appreciate the quality and unique design of this gorgeous home! $1,049,000.

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KEYSTONE - LAKE TARPON AREA A spectacular palatial estate in a gorgeous country setting rests high atop the local hillside on a superbly landscaped 1.4 acres (MOL). This prodigious 7,943 square feet 5 bedroom, 7.5 half bath residence delivers massive luxury living space and breathtaking finishes throughout. Stunning mahogany and stone work are complemented by towering ceilings and magnificent appointments. Brilliant outdoor living space features a dazzling Pebbletec pool/spa with a remarkable stone waterfall edifice and fabulous SS kitchen and bar. Offered for $1,349.900.

CAUSEWAY ISLES - ST. PETE BEACH Resting on Big, Open Intracoastal Water, this Extraordinary Franco Pasquale/Neil Rais Spanish Villa-Style Estate is less than 10 minutes to the Gulf by Boat! Dazzling old world feel and soaring 22+feet foyer welcomes you to the pinnacle of waterfront luxury. Impressive blending of exotic hardwoods, stone flooring, venetian plaster, Walker Zanger tile, custom iron doors/railings and hand finished woodworking are complemented by barreled brick, coffered and tray ceilings, majestic arches and generous use of crown yielding a spectacular, distinctive architectural tour de force. Amazing multi-level Cypress and Travertine pool/spa deck. Huge list of features/extras. Offered for $1,899,000.

REDINGTON BEACH - BEACHFRONT Built in 2009, this 4012 square feet 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom beachfront home breathes uncommon elegance and refinement. Huge luxurious gourmet kitchen, large protected balconies, superb theatre room, top of the line finishes throughout and a stunning Pebbletek pool/spa. All en suite bedrooms are plush. Brilliant master suite features an opulent granite/travertine/cherrywood bath, and a private balcony that deliver beach and ocean views that seem to go on forever. The perfect, private luxury beachfront living experience. Offered for $1,749,900.

TREASURE ISLAND - BEACHFRONT Superbly built in 2000, this 4,203 square feet home features 3 huge bedrooms, 3.5baths, a game area, theatre room and two fine ocean-front balconies. Massive Gulf views are complemented by beautiful contemporary finishes and an inspiring floor plan. Enormous master suite offers 2 separate sitting areas. Remarkable kitchen is a functional work of modern art - with intricate combinations of Blue Corian and stainless steel, center island and sweeping six-seat breakfast bar. Rare "Under-the-Home" swimming pool is surrounded by an impressive, cosmopolitan brick paver deck and lush subtropical vegetation. Offered for $2,250,000

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KIPS COLONY - PASADENA YACHT BEACHFRONT – REDINGTON BEACH AND COUNTRY CLUB Superb, opulently finished 5,378 square feet residence on deep, wide oceanfront lot offers sweeping panoramic views 5,039 square feet 4 bedroom 4.5 bath Architectural Masterpiece located on beautiful water. Offered at $2,299,900. of the Gulf. Offered for $3,290,000.






CRYSTAL BEACH - PALM HARBOR 7,000+ square feet 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom Luxury Mediterranean Estate directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Offered for $2,499,000.



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NORTHEAST ST. PETERSBURG JUNGLE SHORES - ST. PETERSBURG REDINGTON BEACH PARADISE LANE - TREASURE ISLAND Astonishing Tuscan Mediterranean Masterpiece loaded with Luxurious 5,270 square feet 4 bedroom 3.5bath residence Private, magnificently finished 4 bed, 4/5 bath Key West style World-class luxury finishes and exhilarating waterfront an extraordinary array of features sits on beautiful wide overlooks 2 miles of big open intracoastal water. Offered for estate on the spectacular open waters of Boca Ciega Bay. views define this 3, 300 square feet home of beauty and subboating water! Offered for $1,649,000. stance. Offered for $1,499.000 Offered for $1,599,000. $1,600,000.








SUNSET BEACH - TREASURE ISLAND BAYWAY ISLES - ST. PETERSBURG BEACHFRONT - REDINGTON SHORES BOCA CIEGA ISLE - ST PETE BEACH Beautifully finished 3,395 square feet 4 bedroom 3.5 bath Wonderful, elegant finishes throughout this 4 bed, 4 bath Key Beautifully updated 3,864 square feet 4 bedroom 3 bath home 2008 Built - 3,160 square feet 3 bedroom 3.5 bath with soarhome located directly on the sand 100ft from the Gulf. West Style home with stunning pool on deep, open water. on big, deep protected water has easy access to the beaches ing panoramic Gulf Views. Offered for $1,200,000. Offered for $1,399,000. and Tampa. Offered for $1,250,000. Offered for $1,250,000.









ISLE OF PALMS - TREASURE ISLAND BRIGHTWATER BEACH ESTATES YACHT CLUB ESTATES TIERRA VERDE 2008-built 4,000 square feet, 4 bedroom 5.5 bath home enjoys Exceptional 4 bedroom 4.5 bath waterfront estate on overStriking Tuscan finishes and superb woodworking mark this ST. PETE BEACH remarkable luxury finishes and excellent boating water. sized private lot. Offered for $1,199,000 Luxuriously finished 2,786 square feet 4 bedroom 2.5 bath gorgeous 4 bedroom 3 bath home on deep intracoastal water. Offered for $1,200,000. home on huge open intracoastal water. Offered for $1,095,000 Offered for $1,070,000.

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Tampa Bay’s real estate market is making a strong come back. 2013 has already begun with a roar! There has been no slow start to the New Year. Sellers are receiving multiple offers on homes that are in good condition and priced correctly, and as a result, sellers are often enjoying sales prices above their asking price. The Pinellas Realtor Organization statistics show that single-family homes sales from November 2011 to November 2012 increased by 34.6 percent, and the total average sales price increased by 10.06 percent. However, single-family active listings are down 30.75 percent. The lack of inventory is pushing the average sales price higher, but Realtors are struggling to find properties for their clients. As the market shifts from a buyer’s market, buyers are at risk of losing out on their perfect home if they waste time submitting their offer, or “low-ball” a property that is priced correctly. Buyers and sellers will have an edge over their competition by working with an experienced, professional Realtor, serving as their advocate in navigating this rapidly changing market. RE/MAX Metro, with three offices in the Tampa Bay area, showed a strong 30-percent increase in closed volume and welcomed 23 new agents, closing over $359 million in 2012. They will open their fourth office early in 2013.

The luxury home market has also seen a remarkable turn-around, indicates Bonnie Davis, Managing Broker with RE/MAX Metro’s Downtown St. Petersburg office. Luxury homes no longer sit on the market with few showings. RE/MAX Metro’s listings priced over $1 million are receiving amazing buyer activity. The successful luxury agents with RE/MAX Metro often find homes not even listed on the market to show their clients - all a part of being connected and knowing the luxury market. Corporations are once again hiring and expanding, relocating executives in and out of our market. Tampa Bay’s luxury home market is seeing an influx of professionals ready to both buy and sell. The Johns Hopkins merger with All Children’s Hospital is bringing in many new doctors to the area with the goal of creating a world-class children’s hospital in St. Petersburg. RE/MAX Metro’s Luxelist Council of Agents consists of 28 agents who have all received the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation, achieved by less than 1 percent of Realtors nationally.

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WATER WORLD Five Things to Consider When Buying Waterfront Property By Erika Vidal Holmes


wning a waterfront home is on just about everyone’s bucket list—and with Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough River and the Gulf of Mexico staring us in the face on a daily basis, it’s nearly impossible not to aspire to a life on the water. Because these properties are so in demand, it’s a solid investment—one that goes far beyond financial if it’s where you plan to retire or vacation—it’s also significantly more expensive than landlocked property. But there’s one big benefit to shopping for a waterfront home today, according to Jane Floyd of Diversified Home Mortgage: historically low interest rates. Today’s rates have made buying a home on the water much more accessible, depending on the location. While living with a view has its undeniable perks, it’s important to be an educated buyer, whether you’re looking for a primary residence, a vacation home or investment property. Here are five things to consider when buying waterfront property. 1. Va va value. While more expensive, beachfront properties are typically the least affected in the roller coaster ride that is the property market, they’re also usually the first to start bouncing back. Waterfront homes are in high demand,

and “the bottom line is, they’re not going to make any more water,” jokes Floyd, who also happens to own a waterfront property. 2. Rental investments. Vacationers and snowbirds are willing to pay top dollar for homes or condos on the water. With the right business plan, you can make a notable return on investment before retiring in the home of your dreams. Be sure your rental rates are comparable to those around you. If you plan to use your new property as a rental, just know your interest rate may be a little higher and you’ll need a bigger down payment. 3. Water, water everywhere. Buying waterfront property can often mean greater flood risk, which means a larger investment when it comes to insurance. Before putting in an offer, research the area’s flood history and risk. Depending on where you’re buying, you may need to purchase other insurance plans in addition to flood insurance, such as a wind insurance policy and a general hazard insurance policy. Have your Realtor ask the seller if they have a recent elevation certificate, which you’ll need for insurance quotes.

4. Private property … or is it? It’s common for beachfront property to have an easement that allows others, such as beach-goers, to access part of the property. As part of your homework, find out if the land is all yours up to the water or if it’s open to the public. Your Realtor should be able to assist with this. 5. Dock dreams. If you want a dock, boathouse or slip but the property doesn’t come with one, make sure it’s something you’ll be able to add in the future. Do your due diligence and find out about any rules, guidelines or necessary permits. The last thing you want to do is have big plans you can’t bring to fruition. As you start to shop the market for waterfront properties, you may want to enlist a Realtor who understands the bay area in addition to waterfront property and all of its intricacies. While purchasing waterfront property may require a bit more research, money and patience, there’s nothing quite like having your own ocean, lake or bay view. From swimming and boating, to fishing and water sports, you’re sure to love your new playground. As Floyd says, “the view is just to die for.” dR

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at St. Petersburgʼs Parkshore Grill By Melinda Tam Orlando The food industry can be very damaging to the environment, so it’s refreshing to meet Tyson Grant, executive chef of Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg. Grant can’t talk about the restaurant without talking about his sustainability initiatives — and they are quite extensive. “My food philosophy revolves around sourcing the best products, and that means they must be sustainably raised,” Grant explains. Grant strives to use only the finest ingredients in creating the dishes at Parkshore Grill. He serves Niman Ranch beef, pork and lamb, all-natural chicken from Springer Mountain Farms and Ashley Farms along with organic salmon and sustainably fished seafood. In addition, he sources organic produce from local farms whenever possible. It’s this forward thinking about green practices that have locals taking notice, but Grant grew up knowing the importance of giving the finest things to your customers. It was a lesson he learned from his father. “My father owned a men’s clothing store on Beach Drive for 40 years,” Grant says. “And once he passed on, I knew it was my time to take over the downtown legacy so here I am.” A St. Pete native, Grant found a passion in the food industry early on by working in a gourmet market and learning about finer foods. “I think the first thing I remember cooking was probably chicken breasts stuffed with four cheeses,” Grant remembers. “A friend of mine and I would tear up our friends’ kitchens and just get creative.” And that kitchen creativity is not a thing of the past. Grant is always thinking of new, innovative ideas to bring to Parkshore Grill and his loyal clientele. For instance, Grant is working on adding the perfect square 80

meal to the menu soon. “It would be four ounces of really good protein, two vegetables and a type of starch,” Grant explains. “Customers can get really high-quality food for a reasonable price while still being health-conscious.” But until that’s added to the menu, there are certainly lots of contemporary American selections to choose from like the Filet Mignon and the Fresh Catch, the freshest fish available that day. But if it is your first time dining at Parkshore, Grant suggests you try the Mixed Grill, which features filet mignon, Berkshire pork belly and lamb chop. “There is a little bit of everything on that one plate,” Grant says. The dishes you’ll find on the menu have something in common with the dishes Grant chooses to make at home: simplicity in its finest form. Most dishes have two or three main components, and Grant’s kitchen skills help bring out those distinct flavors. “At home, I make things even easier,” Grant explains. “Anything on the grill is great, but I also make a lot of one-pot meals. I try to keep it easy, and I stay within my culinary style.”

Smoked Chili Maple Braised Niman Ranch Pork Belly Dry Rub Marinade 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground sweet smoked paprika 1 tbsp ground hot smoked paprika Pork 1 1/2 pounds pork belly, skin off Braising Liquid 2 Newcastle beers (or other brown ale) 2-inch cinnamon stick 6 ozs pure maple syrup 1/2 quart chicken stock

Dry Rub Marinade Combine all marinade ingredients thoroughly. Rub onto all sides of the pork belly, place in a pan and top with any remaining dry rub marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Place pork belly in a roasting pan. Braising Liquid In a large saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour hot braising liquid over pork belly. Cover tightly with plastic and foil and place in oven. Cook 4 hours or until completely tender when pierced with a fork. Note: The pork belly can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated in the braising liquid until ready to proceed. Strain off pan jus and skim off all fat on the surface. Reduce to a glacé to serve over pork belly. Remove the belly from the braise and cool. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut belly into 4 portions. Saute in a hot skillet with a little oil for two minutes, fat side down. Finish warming in oven for 5 minutes. dR

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AQUA By Brooke Palmer


n 2009, the Tampa Bay area welcomed a new luxury hotel to the market just in time for the big game here in Tampa. With it, came a restaurant, a down economy, and growing pains one would expect. But in 2011, Impact Properties, the ownership group of the Westin Tampa Bay, decided to take over the restaurant concept, rebrand it, and make something spectacular. AQUA was born. Led by General Manager Marshall Hamilton and accomplished Executive Chef Matthew Mangone, AQUA has reinvented itself as a seafood staple on the Tampa restaurant scene. With inventive menus, exquisite presentation, and delectable results, the restaurant’s rebirth has been nothing short of great. Now considered one of Tampa’s premiere waterfront restaurants it is inspired by the water in every sense. Your visit to the unique modern dining area will be one to remember. Enjoy the sunset and live music on the patio on weekend nights. Bask in the ambiance of their state-of-the-art interior space or kick back for waterside dining on the patio. Enjoy a delicious signature cocktail at the bar or peruse the menu for a


variety of cuisine fit to indulge any taste, from steak, to seafood, to vegetarian and beyond. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu speaks for itself. From flatbreads, mussels, stone crabs, fresh market fish, to osso bucco and filet, there is something for every palate. Using fresh ingredients from all over the country, Mangone has taken this opportunity to expand the culinary envelope when it comes to seafood. Coming from some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas and now here to Tampa Bay, Mangone has set a standard for AQUA that is reaping culinary rewards, including finishing second in the 2012 Dine Tampa Bay Celebrity Cook Off Chef Challenge.

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According to Hamilton, “We strive to create a memorable dining experience for every single guest. That’s why our food and service must be executed at the highest level.” Hamilton, formerly of the Peabody in Orlando, has made sweeping changes as well. From drink and wine list updates, to a more user friendly-lounge area, AQUA is surging to the top of the culinary charts. More recently, their roof top event space, BluVu reopened with great fanfare earlier this year. BluVu, located on the 16th floor of The Westin Tampa Bay hotel is unlike any event venue in Tampa. Offering 3,800 square feet of event space on the hotel’s rooftop, with a backdrop of stunning vistas of Old Tampa Bay from the floor to ceiling windows. In addition, BluVu also offers an adjacent 1,200-square-foot open-air outdoor terrace with breathtaking views of the downtown Tampa and Westshore skylines, complimented by magnificent water views and the delicious menu offerings of AQUA’s culinary team. AQUA is certainly worth the stop. Whether staying at the Westin, or looking

for a special night out, AQUA is sure to serve up a one of a kind experience. YELLOW PEPPER CIOPPINO 3 yellow peppers 1 stalk celery 1/2 bulb fennel 3 yellow tomatoes 1 yellow carrot 1 onion 1 leek 1-1/2 pounds clams 1-1/2 pounds mussels 1 pound shrimp shells 1 lobster body 1 oz white fish, chopped 1/2 pound fish bones 1 cup white wine, Chardonnay 1/4 cup Pernod 1 gallon water 1 tsp white peppercorn 1 tsp star anise 1 bay leaf 1 tsp fennel seeds, toasted 1 tsp coriander, toasted 1 lemon, juiced 2 ozs baby shrimp 2 ozs calamari 2 basil leaves, fresh and torn In stock pot steam open 1/2 of the clams, mussels, shrimp shells and lobster. Deglaze with wine and pernod; reduce by half. Add spices and water and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain through a chinois. Reserve stock. Yellow Pepper Stock: In another pot, sweat all vegetables with 2 ounces of oil until very soft—do not let brown. Add strained stock to vegetables. Let simmer for another 20 minutes. Puree in vitamixer and then strain through chinios. Should be yellow in color and bright; not dark and orange. In a sauté pan with 1 ounce of olive oil, saute 1 ounce of chopped white fish, four mussels and four clams. Add 1 small diced yellow tomato and cook for 30 seconds. Deglaze with white wine and 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon. Add 6 ounces of the yellow pepper stock and reduce by half. Add 2 ounces of baby shrimp and calamari and poach. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Use torn basil as garnish. Serves 1

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By Melinda Tam Orlando

For this year’s Super Bowl, throw a New Orleans–inspired gathering for family and friends. With New Orleans hosting Super Bowl XLVII, it’s the perfect excuse to bring some Big Easy style to your big-game celebration. So dust off those Marti Gras beads and get ready to host the party of the year.

Send Invitations Let guests know ahead of time that you are throwing a themed party by sending festive purple, green and gold invitations. Some popular invitation themes are masks, jesters, beads and gold coins. If the party includes a costume contest, be sure to let guests know in the invitation.

Set the Mood Get guests into the New Orleans spirit as soon as they arrive by placing a Mardi Gras flag outside—it’ll help people know they’re in the right place when they see the crisp purple, green and gold hanging at your party destination. Continue the colorful decoration inside. Place glass vases filled with Marti Gras beads at the center of your table for some added eye candy. Doubloons, aluminum coin-like objects featuring the insignia of the Mardi Gras float krewes, are also fitting to have on hand.

Create an Inspiring Menu New Orleans is known for its delicious cuisine, so incorporating some of the region’s signature flavors into your Super Bowl menu will set your gathering apart. Crowd-pleasers can include a classic Louisiana po boy sandwich with shrimp, lettuce, tomato and onion, spicy BBQ bacon-wrapped shrimp and voodoo scallops. Complete the menu with delicious sides and desserts like jambalaya or crème brûlée.

Add Entertainment The game will help keep all your guests in the football spirit, but what do you do dur86

ing timeouts and halftime? Make your guest feel like they are right in the French Quarter by loading up your iPod with favorite songs by Louis Armstrong and other well-known Louisiana musicians for a jazz interlude. You can also make your own New Orleans–inspired trivia game, and compete in teams. Hire a face painter or a jester if children will be present.

Give Party Favors Give your guests New Orleans–themed favors at the beginning of the party to add to the theme. Include traditional Mardi Gras masks and colorful Jester hats, and encourage your friends and family to wear them during the game. Additional favors could include feather boas, gold coins, beads, playing cards and themed candy.

Recipes Besa Shrimp Po Boy Courtesy of Besa Grill, Clearwater ½ cup sugar

1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced 1 cup rice vinegar 4 ozs all-purpose flour 1 tsp each of coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and adobo 1 egg 1 cup heavy cream 51-60 peeled and deveined shrimp 3 ozs mayonnaise 1 oz each of sweet chili sauce and sriracha 1 hoagie roll each Lettuce, tomato and onion to your liking Boil sugar and rice vinegar. Add shallots and jalapeños, and set to the side to cool. Mix flour and dry seasonings. Mix egg and cream. Toss shrimp in egg mixture, and then flour and lightly fry until golden. Mix mayonnaise, sriracha and sweet chili. Toss cooked shrimp in mayonnaise mixture, and serve on a bed of lettuce,   tomato, and onion in a hoagie roll. 

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Crème Brûlée Courtesy of Besa Grill, Clearwater 1 quart heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 1 cup vanilla sugar, divided 6 large egg yolks 2 quarts hot water Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use. In a medium bowl, whisk together ½-cup sugar and the egg yolks until well-blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Divide the liquid into 4 parts and add desired flavorings to each then pour each flavor into (2-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake just until the crème brûlée is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Remove the crème brûlée from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining ½-cup vanilla sugar equally among the 21 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the crème brûlée to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Spicy BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Courtesy Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille, Clearwater Beach 8-12 shrimp Pepper bacon BBQ sauce Marinate the shrimp with the BBQ sauce for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from the sauce, and wrap each piece with one slice of bacon. Cook shrimp in sauté pan until bacon browns and is crispy. Finish shrimp in oven at 400°F for approximately 3 to 5 minutes until shrimp is cooked through. Drizzle with BBQ sauce before serving.

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Think of polo and Palm Beach, home of the International Polo Club, certainly comes to mind. There’s also the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch, started by the Schlitz beer family. But just 25 miles east of Tampa, there’s an equally outstanding, but more low-key experience for players. Since 2004, Dardo Iglesias has been saddling up the polo ponies at his 31-acre farm in Plant City, home of the best-kept secret in the world of polo—the DI Polo Tour, “There are three keys to successful polo; good horses, good fields and good friends and Dardo has been able to succeed in all three extremely well,” says Michael Batsavage, who has been playing polo since the 1980s and owns the Missing Piece, a high-end furniture consignment in South Tampa, with his wife, Barbara. 92

Polo has been described as the fastest game on four legs while the polo ponies are often compared to a fine-tuned, eliteracing car. The horses’ agility, speed, stamina and training are exceptional. The game—and the player’s safety—depends on it. Picture 1,000-pound horses racing across a grassy field at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, ready to turn at a moment’s notice or stop abruptly, while carrying an adrenaline-fueled rider packing a 52-inch long mallet. The mallet is used to drive a small plastic ball on the field into the opposing team’s goalpost. To do that, riders shift their weight and lean over one side of the horse, head down, focused on the ball. It not only takes good eye-hand coordination, but as Batsavage points out, it also requires a lot of trust in the horse.

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Batsavage used to have his own polo ponies, now he leaves that to Iglesias and the DI Polo Tour. Players can bring their own polo ponies or select from among the 32 polo ponies stabled on the grounds. “You only need to bring a mallet, boots and a helmet,” says Iglesias. Batsavage calls polo at the DI Polo Tour a friendly, gentleman’s game, but he’s also quick to say it’s definitely a competitive contact sport. The rules allow players to come up against each other “saddle to saddle” in order to “ride off” or push the other person’s horse away from the line of the ball. There’s a lot of jostling and the potential to get hit with a mallet. Helmets are mandatory. Goggles are a good idea. But beginners are welcome and Iglesias offers lessons. “It’s all about enjoying the game and having fun,” he says. “You don’t find too many clubs like ours, where it is small, private and relaxed; everyone knows each other.” The public is welcome to come and watch. Practices are held on Wednesdays, polo matches on Saturday and Sunday. After the game on Saturday, there’s a barbecue. Britain’s Princes William and Harry are avid polo players. So was Winston Churchill,

Douglas Fairbanks and Will Rogers, along with dozens of kings and noblemen throughout history. Polo actually dates back to the fifth century B.C. when the ancient Persians invented it as a training exercise for the king’s elite military troops. Some of the best professional players come from Argentina, which also hosts the top-rated polo tournaments in the world. In the U.S., there’s football or golf; in Argentina there’s horses and polo, says Iglesias, who is from Argentina himself. So are two professional polo players on his staff. Iglesias shares the vast acreage for the DI Polo Tour with his wife, Julie, who owns the “sister” farm, Sleepy Oaks,, a hunter jumper show horse and boarding facility. Christian Lanham, a Brookdale Senior Living vice president, is a former hunter jumper who fell in love with polo. “It’s a very addictive sport; high stimulation, high speed, high energy,” she says. “Dardo makes it very safe, but it’s a very physical, challenging game. You can’t think of anything else when you’re playing, which is one of things I like about it since I have a busy, stressful job. I can leave the job behind.” John Mangin, a South Tampa trial attorney, is another competitive hunter jumper who switched to polo. “My first time out, Dardo gave me a mallot and showed me the basics of the swing,” says

Mangin. “I missed the ball on the first swing. The second time I hit it. That was the beginning of the end of my plans for a decent retirement fund,” he jokes. What does he love so much about the sport? “The beauty about polo is there are so many things going on,” says Mangin. “There’s an enormous tradition, it’s a team sport so you’re competing against other people, but you’re also competing against yourself. It challenges your horsemanship like nothing else. It’s the original extreme sport, which has a lot of appeal to those of us who are adrenaline junkies. It demands 100 percent of your concentration.” dR 93


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For the past six years between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Rays Manager Joe Maddon, 717 South Owner Michael Stewart and a band of Rays employees shop, cook and serve a traditional meal of spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, perogies, salad, Italian bread and cake to hundreds of needy citizens throughout the Tampa Bay area. This year the event fell on December 7th at 717 South. The night featured a full-course dinner that Maddon creates, with celebrity guest bartenders Matt Joyce, David Price, Sean Rodriquez, Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, Coach Don Zimmer, TV personality Todd Kalas, and Warren Sapp. Also in attendance were John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, former Ray Fred McGriff, Detriot Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, and former Dallas Cowboys Ed “Too Tall” Jones. dR

FRANKIE’S FRIENDS Charitable Pet Foundation’s fundraiser, Hangin’ 10 for Frankie’s Friends raised in net of more than $56,000 to help Tampa Bay area pets. The money raised from the event will be used to help fund emergency and specialty life-saving treatment for pets dR whose families cannot afford it.

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In its second year, Clearwater Beach Uncorked attracted a record breaking crowd. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa amid an extensive group of restaurants, wines, spirits and national consumer brands brought culinary magic to the bayarea on November 17th and 18th leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. A portion of ticket sales benefitted The Abilities Foundation. dR

RYAN’S ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY PARTY  1. Santa Claus, Ginger Gadsden and Ryan Nece 2. Nicole Hyde, Tyler Hyde, Tim Moore, Santa Claus and Jonathan Davila, Ashley Moore 3. Nicole Scannell and Jim Parker 4. Melissa Johnson, Lisa DeBartolo 5. Bryan Glazer and Ryan Nece

Ryan Nece hosted his annual Ryan’s Rockin’ Holdiay Party to support the Power of Giving Holiday Celebration. Monetary contributions will go towards making holiday wishes come true for the adolescents who will spend  the holiday season residing with the Department of Children’s Services. The boys and girls in the program will enjoy separate activities alongside Ryan, and all the teens will receive gifts from the foundation on Christmas morning. dR 95


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Wine Weekend St. Pete 2013 Tickets are now available for a weekend of over-the-top events which help benefit education and outreach programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg! Friday–February 8th Midnight In Paris

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Sponsors and VIPs Only Exclusive Black-tie Gala Dinner featuring famed international vintner Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Boisset Family Estates, a family-owned collection of luxury wine estates from Burgundy to California

Saturday–February 9th International Wine Auction Renaissance Vinoy



Live Auction including rare vintages of fine wines from all the First-Growth and Grand Cru chateaux of France, luxurious trips around the world, Michelin-starred culinary experiences, and much more, followed by a culinary extravaganza (4 course wine pairing dinner with Staglin wines) featuring Shari and Garren Staglin, of the Staglin Family Vineyard, producing varietal wines of distinction from the family’s Rutherford estate, including their “Great Wines for Great Causes”

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dR EVENTS Through March 3 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition The Mahaffey

February 7-18 Florida State Fair State Fairgrounds, Tampa

Through April 27 Metropolitan Opera Series CinéBistro at Hyde Park Village

February 7 Through April 28 ‘S Wonderful The Straz Center

Through April 28 Shakespeare Exhibition The Dali Museum

February 8-10 Wine Weekend Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

January 9 Through February 3 Hay Fever Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

February 8 Winter on the Beach 6:30 p.m. Sandpearl, Clearwater Beach

January 19 Martinis and Matisse An Art Lottery FrankCrum Complex, Clearwater

February 9 Opera Tampa Gala 2013 Ferguson Hall The Straz Center

January 20 Sunshine Blues Festival 11:00 a.m. Vinoy Park

February 10 Rave On!: The Buddy Holly Tribute 2:00 p.m. Largo Cultural Center

January 20 Natalie Cole 7:00 p.m. The Mahaffey

February 14-17 Universoul Circus Raymond James Stadium

January 29 through February 3 Traces Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center January 31 through January 1, 2014 The Chihuly Collection Morean Arts Center February 1–2 Nights on Broadway at Tampa Prep 7:30 p.m. Smith Black Box Theater at Tampa Prep

February 14-17 Popera! Ferguson Hall The Straz Center

March 6 Daryl Hall and John Oates 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

February 22 Blues at the Crossroads 8:00 p.m. The Mahaffey

March 8 1964...The Tribute 8:00 p.m. The Mahaffey

February 23 Charity Polo Classic 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. DI Polo Club, Plant City

March 9 Fashion Funds the Cure 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Tampa International Jet Center, Hangar #4

February 28 through March 10 Strawberry Festival 10:00 a.m. Plant City March 1-17 The Producers Largo Cultural Center March 1 Sleeping Beauty 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 9 Bella Sera: Tampa Preparatory School Gala Auction and Dinner 6:00 p.m. A La Carte Event Pavilion March 12-17 Anything Goes Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

February 14 Sheryl Crow 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall February 15 Brian Regan, Comedian 8:00 p.m. The Straz Center February 17 Hooray for Hollywood 2:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

February 1 Robin Williams 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

February 19–24 Flashdance Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

February 2 Through April 28 To See As Artists See: Tampa Museum of Art

February 19 Travis Tritt 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre

February 2 The Emerald City Suncoast Hospice Ball 6:30 p.m. The Vinoy Hotel

February 21–24 International Combined Driving Event Little Everglades Steeplechase 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Dade City, FL


February 22 Jeff Dunham, Comedian 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum

February 14 Kenny Rogers 8:00 p.m. The Lakeland Center

February 1-5 Tosca The Palladium Theater

American Art from The Phillips Collection

March 3 Kodo Drummers 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 26 Gasparilla Parade 2:00 p.m. Bayshore Blvd., Tampa

February 21 Through March 3 Questions My Mother Can’t Answer Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

Natalie Cole

January 20

Nine-time GRAMMY award winner, singer, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole has proven to be one of the most beloved performers of all time. Her 1991 release Unforgettable…With Love, an album that included a duet with her late father, Nat King Cole, sold more than 14 million copies.

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April 30 through May 5

This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage.

Carrollwood Players Theatre Tampa, The Club at Treasure Island St. Petersburg, The Coliseum St. Petersburg, Dunedin Fine Art Center Dunedin, Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa, The Lakeland Center Lakeland, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Tarpon Springs Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, Mindy Solomon Gallery St. Petersburg, Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg,

March 13 through April 7 Much Ado About Nothing The Straz Center March 16 Chris Tomlin Burning Lights Tour 7:00 p.m. USF Sun Dome March 17 Regis Philbin and Pat Cooper 2:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 17 Moody Blues 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey March 20 through April 21 When the World Was Green American Stage Theatre March 20 Dennis Miller, Comedian 8:00 p.m. The Mahaffey March 22-24 Honda Grand Prix Downtown St. Petersburg March 23 The Baby Boomer Comedy Show 8:00 p.m. Largo Cultural Center April 4-6 Hair Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 5–6 14th Annual O.J. McDuffie Spring Celebrity Golf Classic Weekend VIP Reception: April 5 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL Golf Tournament: April 6 Heron Bay Golf Club Parkland, FL April 6 41st Annual American Invitational Gates open at 6 p.m. Raymond James Stadium April 7 Festival of Speed Straub Park, St. Petersburg April 9-14 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

April 16 Charity No-Limit Hold-em Classic Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino World Poker Tour Showdown Series Event 7:30 p.m. Hollywood, FL April 18 Lewis Black, Comedian 7:30 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center April 21 An Evening with Groucho Largo Cultural Center April 26-28 Shen Yun The Mahaffey

MOSI Tampa, North Straub Park St. Petersburg, Nova 535 St. Petersburg, Old Hyde Park Village Tampa, Palladium Theatre St. Petersburg, Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, St. Petersburg Little Theatre St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Museum of History St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, The Dalí Museum St. Petersburg, The Studio@620 St. Petersburg,

April 12 The Omelette Party 7:30 p.m. Contact UPARC Foundation 727-797-8712

April 27 Chill Under the Stars & Martini Shakedown 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Landon Plastic Surgery’s Outdoor Lounge Trinity, FL

April 12 ABBA 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 30 through May 5 War Horse Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

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April 12-14 Tampa Bay Blues Festival Vinoy Park

May 1-26 Behind the Gates Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

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