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38 Travel: Northern

Hospitality (Part 1): Terrific Toronto

by David Warner

24 Home: Let’s Get Small by David Warner

26 Home: Counter Points

40 Travel: Northern

Hospitality (Part 2): Niagara-On-The-Lake

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42 Auto: Rolls-Royce Cullinan 28 Fashion: What To Wear with a Margarita


72 Dining Guide: What’s New and Noteworthy

by David Warner

76 Dining Spotlight:

Armani’s /Oystercatchers by David Warner

78 Wine: Hotter Days Call For Rosé

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80 Calendar

by Tracy Negoshian

45 Real Estate: Most 32 Health: Strokes Can

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36 Travel: Head for the Hills by Megan Padilla

Expensive Homes in Tampa Bay

66 Neighborhoods:

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70 Pets: How Dunedin Went To The Dogs

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83 dR Party 88 Back Page: Special People with a Special Story

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FROM THE PUBLISHER Dear Reader, I am most pleased to announce the appointment of David Warner to the post of EditorIn-Chief. David comes to us with over 30 years of experience in publishing, degrees from Harvard University (BA) and Villanova University (MA), and extensive contacts throughout the Tampa Bay area. David’s job is not only to provide editorial leadership, but to refine the delivery of that editorial. To that end, we have begun what is now called “continuous visual improvement.” I hope that you like our evolving emphasis on our subject matter and an enjoyable and engaging format. One way or the other, your comments are welcome. While we also endeavor to refine the process for delivering our print media, our internet (digital) platform continues to grow at an almost alarming rate, even with the slower summer months. Our new website is thriving and with new “web-only” content we are able to provide stories and information in a more timely manner than ever before. User engagement and traffic to our site continues to enjoy a steady growth rate and it is our intention to fill with as much current information as possible. This will make it the go-to site for what to do or know about next in Tampa Bay, without waiting for the presses to run. Print is, of course, the equivalent of our bricks and mortar, and every article and ad will be repurposed and optimized on our website and social media platforms. AND, we have a weekly podcast, the duPontCast, that so far has attracted significant numbers of followers to our simultaneous Facebook Live, as well as our recorded and archived interviews on Soundcloud and iTunes. As our reputation remains strong and our products grow (see the ”Outsert” program on page 31), we hope to give you interesting and stimulating stories and reporting. Especially, and regularly appearing, is our BACK PAGE feature. It’s all about people “doing good for others” (pardon the English) here in the Tampa Bay area. We hope that these philanthropic vignettes inspire you to reach out “and lend a hand,” too. Real estate for sale is always a hot topic. We continue to expand our coverage and want to provide you (the reader) with the opportunity to take a look at the very best examples of high-value homes in the Bay Area. From Tarpon Springs to Belleair and Belleair Bluffs, our top three features showcase the grandest single family homes around. Take a look. Our fashion section is one of our key areas for “continuous visual improvement.” Tracy Negoshian is our contributor this issue and promises to provide you with unique, wearable (usable) and fun fashion. Have a Margarita and enjoy. David, the editor, opines on the A to Z of luxury lifestyles and will continue to write and solicit stories on the finest travel, dining, design, arts and entertainment and more. I will provide oversight and inspiration, plus receive any comments that you might have. We have room for you, too, if you would like to be a part of the area’s leading media platforms for print, digital, social and event strategies. Call me and join us, it’s going to be a great ride … probably more often than six times per year in print, every week via “duPontCast,” every day on the internet and events as often as possible. Happy Living Tampa Bay,

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FROM THE EDITOR It’s a luxury just to live here, isn’t it? I was thinking that to myself one day recently while walking our dog in St. Pete’s hilly, leafy Roser Park neighborhood, on one of those glorious spring days when the weather was as close to perfect as it gets anywhere in the world. I was pondering the nature of luxury because at dR we were in the midst of planning this issue’s A to Z list — and, well, because I’d recently become editor of a magazine whose stated subject is “Luxury Living in Tampa Bay.” This is in some ways a leap from my previous gigs. I was editor in chief of Creative Loafing Tampa for 14 years, and, before that, editor of the Philadelphia City Paper and a columnist at Vermont’s Seven Days — all firmly ensconced in the now-dwindling category known as the alternative newsweekly: publications known for irreverent, passionate coverage of politics, food, music and the arts, often (but not always) with a distinctly leftward bent. So I’ve gone from alt to haute. From weekly to bi-monthly. From newsprint to glossy. And it feels great! At duPont Registry Tampa Bay, I feel like I’m surrounded by people who are as committed as I am to making this magazine not only a one-of-a-kind destination for readers who want info about what’s top of the line (and advertisers who know what an exclusive bunch our readers are); they also want to publish a magazine that readers want to keep on hand because the stories are so good, and because the graphics and the photos are so appealing that it just looks so good. We’ve got a ways to go, and you will continue to see changes as we work out the hows and the whys of the magazine’s future development. And as Tom said in his Publisher’s Letter, we will bring renewed attention to, our online home — with daily changing content and ample opportunities for your feedback. And starting with this issue, I’m proud to be able to say you can contact me at

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or decades now, duPont REGISTRY™ magazines have showcased the finest automobiles, boats, and real estate from all over the U.S. and the world. But duPont Registry Tampa Bay, which published its first issue in the fall of 2000, was created with a different mission — to highlight the many everyday luxuries we get to enjoy right here in Tampa Bay. Eighteen years later, we’ve accumulated so much expertise on living the high life hereabouts that our knowledge is downright encyclopedic. We could write a book! Well, OK, not a book exactly, but we did come up with a pretty hefty list: “A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List,” our first-ever comprehensive compendium of the best our region has to offer for fans of luxury living. The list is organized by category: D is for Dining, R is for Resorts, etcetera — and, in honor of our sister magazine, A is for Automobiles. (No Real Estate,

though; to find the best in that category, turn to page 45.) Under each of the letter umbrellas, we single out three or more stellar examples that represent the top of the line in their category. Of course, not all luxuries come with a price tag. For instance, one of our categories is Q, for Quiet Places — because in these noisy times, quiet can be a luxury, too. We know that, given the opportunity to select your own categories, you could come up with an entirely different A to Z. Believe me, we considered a lot of options in choosing the categories we did, so we know the possibilities are infinite. Which means that, if you like this year’s summer blockbuster, you might just be in for a sequel. Anyone up for “A to Z II: The Return”? Please send suggestions, complaints, bouquets and brickbats to Well, maybe not brickbats.

2019 BMW i8.



Driven to drive the best? The 2019 BMW i8 lives up to its rep as “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Finished in crystal white with a full leather interior in BMW blue over ivory white, it’s $150,295 at Fields BMW, with annual fuel cost of only $1,350 — because it's a hybrid! Looking for a machine that’s lean and green? The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT ($198,615 at Crown Eurocars) will turn heads with its raceworthy Green Hell Magno exterior. Need speed? Consider the 812 Superfast Ferrari. The fastest road-going Ferrari built to date can go 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph ($364,852 at Ferrari Tampa Bay). And for the ultimate luxury ride, there’s the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom: Andalusian white pearl outside, seashell and black leather inside, 563 hp and a rear theater. ($553,875 at Dimmitt Rolls Royce).


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HOME ENTERTAINMENT To turn your home into a state-of-the-art home theater, visit the experts at Rick’s Electronics Boutique, whose 50-plus years in the biz also make them the go-to guys for repairs. Or follow the buzz to Hive, whose team cannot only upgrade your audio, they can make your whole home smarter, providing the latest in security and automation.


QUIET PLACES In this noisiest of times, finding peace and quiet is a true luxury. We recommend your local library or bookstore (perhaps more quiet than they’d like to be); Sunken Gardens (a jungle in the heart of the city); Boyd Hill Nature Preserve (for the birds); the Upper Hillsborough (see Outdoors); and when life’s getting way too loud, step inside a church.

ESCAPES Need to get away? How about a 14-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Spain? Closer? Try remote Little Gasparilla Island or the sybaritic South Seas Island Resort on Captiva. Closer still, Sarasota’s Ringling Museum and Selby Gardens are serenity incarnate. Or if you truly want to break out, try fleeing to an Escape Room in Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater.

NEIGHBORHOODS Walkable streets, distinctive architecture, verdant greenery, and nearby shops and restaurants? Who’s got all that? Belleair Bluffs and St. Pete’s Old Northeast; Tampa’s Hyde Park and Davis Islands. And the most happening neighborhoods of all, Downtown St. Pete and Downtown Tampa.


GOLF COURSES Who will ever forget the 2018 Valspar Championship – and the return of Tiger Woods! — at Palm Harbor’s Innisbrook Resort. (Four courses that you can play, too.) In St. Petersburg, the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with over 900 palms, along with pines and live oaks. Get lost in the woods! And southeast of Tampa near Fort Meade, there’s the incredible Florida beauty of the Streamsong Resort: two 18’s, with challenging fairways and fast greens. Go for the night and play both courses.

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BEAUTY Looking to pamper yourself — and feel prettier in the process? Reset, renew and recharge at the Pallavi Spa; book head-to-toe spa packages at the Don CeSar; beautify from your roots on down at Sandpearl’s spa and salon; or make an appointment with Dr. Adam J Scheiner, who’ll restore, reveal and reclaim your inner you with facial plastic surgery and non-surgical treatments.

MUSEUMS We’re in a Museum Golden Age hereabouts. In St. Pete alone, there’s the stunning new James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art; world-class studio glass at the Imagine Museum; endlessly inventive exhibitions at The Dali; and fresh thinking at the beautiful MFA. Across the bay the vital Tampa Museum of Art and the always-interesting Florida Museum of Photographic Arts brighten the riverfront, and the newly expanded Tampa History Center is finding fun ways to illuminate the past.

INTERIOR DESIGN From penthouse to beach house, you’ve got a trove of Tampa Bay design talent to choose from: Decker Ross Interiors’ decades of experience; the Rob Bowen Design Group’s sleek urban chic; mid-century modern galore at Furnish Me Vintage; the enduring quality of Ethan Allen; or the unique vision of ZaZoo’d’s David Fischer. Decker Ross Interiors.





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Make your yard the oasis you’ve dreamed about. Call on the award-winning designers of Phil Graham Landscape Architecture, who’ve done everything from public to private, from Sandpearl to Signature. Tap into the versatile talents of Tommy Todd Landscape & Design, or let the Argentine Group engineer a shining transformation.



Phillips Custom Concepts.


From here to infinity pools, you’d be hard pressed to find better builders than the three we’re featuring on our luxury lifestyles list. Whether you’re going for rustic or pristine, freeform or architectural, you’ll find what you need at Landmark Pools, Phillips Custom Concepts, or Sekas Custom Pools.

How do you do outdoors? Daredevil? Try Treehoppers. Sharp shooter? Take aim at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays. Hot for hot wheels? Race over to Grand Prix Tampa. Want to go up the lazy (Hillsborough) river? Rent an electric boat from eBoats Tampa. And Florida CraftArt’s St. Pete Walking Mural Tour will open your eyes to some great outdoor art.

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For special weekends or special guests, your first resorts should be one of these: the Don CeSar, as grande a dame as ever; Sandpearl Resort, a mix of high style and beachy comfort; the Patel family’s magnificent Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach; and the Renaissance Vinoy, whose new Paul’s Landing expansion provides a whole new view of St. Pete’s waterfront.

For expertly made cocktails plus unique ambience, try Mise en Place for drinks as sophisticated as the cuisine: The Collection at The Hall on Franklin, because cocktail guru Ro Patel is a genius; Hotel Bar, for classic recipes from hotel bars; Room 901, for literate decor and masterful mixology; and Mandarin Hide, the bar that kick-started cocktail culture in St. Pete and is about to storm Tampa with its new Mandarin Heights.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.


FASHION For one-stop shopping, you’ll find everything you need at International Plaza (Gucci, BOSS, Neiman’s, Nordstrom) or the newly resurgent Hyde Park Village (from J. McLaughlin to SuitSupply). Looking for uniquely Florida fashion flair? Find it at St. Pete-based Tracy Negoshian. One-ofa-kind wearable art? Clearwater’s Lina Teixeira is tops. Menswear with a difference? Visit St. Pete’s Gray Space.

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Those Wine Spectator folks know which local restaurants are doing it right in the wine department. Our faves from among the WS top scorers include the granddaddy of ‘em all, Bern’s Steak House; St. Pete’s elegant Rococo Steak; the amazing Annata Wine Bar; the deep selection (and the cheese!) at Haven; and the wonders from the wine towers at Sea Salt.

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THEME PARKS Sure, theme parks appeal to all ages, but there’s plenty of upscale grownup fun at hand, too. At Disney Springs, the steam-punky Edison is practically a theme park in itself, and Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian remains a 5-star destination. Universal’s new Aventura Hotel opens this summer, and at Busch Gardens through Aug. 5, you can ride, dance and dine till 10 p.m.

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Why shell out a thousand-plus bucks for the 10th anniversary iPhone? Depends on how much you care about ultra-high resolution, facial recognition, the 5.8-inch screen, the all-glass body, or the magical unicorn that comes with every purchase. (Just kidding on that last one… for now.)


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VENUES Whether you’re thinking big-city swank or DIY, there’s a home for your event. We like the of-the-moment energy at Nova 535 in St. Pete; the grand spaces of Tampa’s riverfront Armature Works; the brick-walled intimacy of Ybor’s CL Space; the high-ceilinged elegance of Downtown Tampa’s The Vault. And for nostalgic over-the-topness, it has to be Clearwater’s Kapok Special Events Center.


DINING The fine-dining landscape keeps evolving, but these five remain at the top of any list: the refined Italian fare at Il Ritorno; the deliciously inventive Rooster & the Till; the unstinting quality of Cafe Ponte; the high standards (and unmatched views) at Armani’s/Oystercatchers; and the mix of fresh seafood and fresh thinking at Sea Salt.



At Olde World Cabinetry, Plumbing & Hardware, talented designers can help you realize every element of your dream kitchen (even if it’s outdoors). At Elements Design Co., the international knowhow of owner Vince Winteregg guarantees inspired professionalism. The geniuses at Downing Designs promise you a gorgeous custom kitchen that won’t look like anyone else’s. And at Kitchen & Bath Concepts, the Zajacs tap years of experience to come up with elegant kitchen solutions. An outdoor kitchen from Olde World Cabinetry, Plumbing & Hardware.



SPORTS If you’re a Lightning fan but don’t need to slap the glass, the Amalie’s got some sweet luxury suites for rent. So does the Trop: Where better to root for Rays rookies? If you want to gussy up your Bucs experience, try the new East Stadium Club. As for the Rowdies, you can sport your green and yellow sox in a VIP Box at Al Lang.



We’re high on Tampa Bay higher ed: the accomplishments and ambitions of USF (including its lively bayfront campus in St. Pete); the growth and depth of UT; the forward thinkers of Florida Polytechnic; the Frank Lloyd Wright showcase at Florida Southern; the environmental awareness at Eckerd. Why would you want to study anywhere else?

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You can talk to the animals — or at least see them up close and personal — at the newly renamed ZooTampa at Lowry Park, where attractions now include the Roaring Springs water park. If your favorite animals are the ones that live in the water, then check out Tampa’s multi-faceted Florida Aquarium, or pay a visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the place for meeting aquatic celebrities like Winter the Dolphin.

YACHTS So many ways to sail away in style. The sleek 52-foot C52 Coupe from New Carver Yachts uses high-tech manufacturing techniques to create a first-class, highly functional vessel, available at Tom George Yacht Group starting at $1,150,105. The “e” in the brand new Ocean Alexander 70e stands for “evolution,” and this highly evolved yacht features four staterooms, a crew berth option, joystick steering, luxurious flying bridge and elegant foredeck entertaining space ($4 million+ depending on options, at Marine Max Yachts, Clearwater).

The C52 Coupe from Tom George Yacht Group.



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Bringing Millennials Home


eems like everybody has something to say about millennials. As defined by the Pew Research Center, millennials are people born between 1981 and 1996. Countless studies have theorized about their work ethic, lifestyle habits and even what they eat (avocado toast, please). But one myth — the notion that millennials are destined to be renters — is being debunked in a big way. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, this muchmaligned generation now makes up the largest share of American home buyers: 36 percent, with 65 percent of them being first-time home buyers. And guess where they’re looking to buy? A list recently released by Time magazine ranks the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater metro region among the top 25 cities where 22

millennials are moving. What makes the Tampa Bay area so attractive to this younger generation? Home sweet home for millennials means more than a place where wi-fi connects automatically. Millennials want to live and work in areas that are walkable and bikeable, with recreational facilities, public transit and proximity to research universities and incubators. They want thriving breweries, a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and an exciting nightlife. Tampa and St. Pete offer all that and more. Entrepreneurs are drawn to the area, thanks to a flourishing small business environment as well as the emergence of indie markets like Tampa Indie Flea at the Armature Works, which enable promising artisans to showcase their craft and create niche markets for themselves.

HOME Incubators and collaborative workspaces like Station House and CoWork Tampa help foster startups and encourage networking with like-minded professionals. Same-old, same-old office amenities won’t do: millennials don’t just want coffee, but yoga; not just printers, but exciting art on the walls. (Case in point: the yoga mats, air hockey games and locally-made artworks at St. Pete’s The Penny Hoarder, cited by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as 2018’s coolest office space.) Sustainable and green architecture are important, too, as are more spaces to congregate, glass walls (or no walls) and high ceilings. While many millennials are flocking downtown, a new trend suggests they are becoming more traditional in their homebuying habits. According to the NAR report, an increased share of millennials bought homes in suburban areas last year. Zillow economists agree that while millennials like urban core living, many will seek more affordable housing in the suburbs. And we know that Tampa Bay has plenty of those. G

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Let’s Get Small


he “FAQ” sign said it all. Placed outside the cottage-onwheels known as “Tiffany the Tiny Home” during the 2nd Annual Tiny Home Show last fall in Ruskin, the sign addressed a list of common questions, including: • Square footage: 270 • Electricity cost: $36 a month • And the all-important “No, we can’t smell each other’s poops.” These were just a few of the concerns expressed by the crowds who lined up at the Ruskin show and this spring at a similar expo in St. Pete. Reactions run the gamut, says Brian Zmich of Tampa Bay Tiny Homes, which helped put on both shows. “People go, ‘Omigod, my shoes wouldn’t fit in here!’ And then there are people who say, ‘This is all the space that I need.’” 24

Some come ready to mock the whole tiny-home endeavor, he says, with comments like, “I just wanted to make sure it’s as stupid as it looks on TV.” But TV — and a growing movement toward smaller-scale living — have helped to feed people’s curiosity, and Zmich’s business. His company, although only in operation since 2016, has already built nine such homes for a wide cross-section of customers. “We just finished up a build for a late 20s, early 30s couple,” he says. A house is in the works for a Tampa schoolteacher in her mid40s. And an older divorcee in New Port Richey downsized from her 3,500-square-foot manse to a 275-square-foot tiny home “in a beautiful RV park.” At the moment, because of zoning regulations and minimum size requirements, just about the only place you can plant your tiny home

HOME in Florida is an RV park. Debbie Caneen, who spearheaded the Ruskin show, is developing a community of tiny home rental properties in a former mobile home park in South Hillsborough, but such spaces are hard to find in densely built Pinellas. An interesting development was just announced as this issue of dR was going to press, however: the Tampa Bay Times reported that a developer is proposing to build a community of six tiny homes, no more than 700 square feet each, on a halfacre site in Midtown St. Pete where a condemned apartment building now sits. There is some resistance to tiny homes in residential areas, says Zmich, due to concern about who'll be living in them. “But these people aren’t transients,� he says. “They just don’t want the expense of a big house. They want a simple lifestyle.� That said, he acknowledges that tiny homes on wheels are “essentially RVs. We wouldn’t want to put them into a luxury [neighborhood] environment.� The challenges of getting settled into a tiny home aren’t limited to location. Financing can be a hurdle, too. Tampa Bay Tiny Homes has set up a mortgage program with Freedom Bank, however, and their website suggests a number of other alternatives. It’s worth

noting that you can get into a tiny house, particularly a ready-made model, for relatively cheap; the price of Tampa Bay Tiny Homes’ 28-foot move-in ready model is just $61,000. (Costs go up, of course, for a custom-made job.) But the biggest challenge — or at least the one that occurs to people worrying about shoe collections and poop aroma and such — is how do people live together in such a small space? Ask Tiffany. Her attractive young owners, Tim Davidson and Sam Cosner, publish a highly informative blog on this and other tiny-home subjects. The interior of their home, which was constructed by a builder in Orlando, is as ingeniously designed and beautifully compact as a Japanese bento box. And the couple’s devotion both to each other and to the lifestyle they’ve chosen is palpable. “Living with your boo in a tiny space inspires you to be more open and honest than living with someone in a big home,� writes Cosner. “I wouldn't have it any other way.� For more on building a tiny home or living in one, go to and

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Counter Points


y earliest countertop memories go back to the kitchen of my family’s home in Massachusetts, a Cape Cod ranch built in 1962. I think the material was Formica® — aqua, with gold flecks. What I remember most about that countertop was the burn mark – not just a mark but a wound, the laminate peeled upwards like a piece of skin, revealing brown cardboard below. I don’t recall who or what caused the burn. But I do know that my mother took the injury to her new countertop very personally, almost as if it


had been she, not the countertop, that bore the scar. Countertops matter. Whatever you choose to cover your counters with, that choice will define your kitchen (or your bathroom) for, like, ever. Having lately been in the process of buying a house myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about countertops, and have compiled (with the help of some local experts) five key points to think about when you’re making a decision about how to decorate wide swaths of your cooking, eating and living spaces.

HOME 1. Material, girl. You’ve got a lot more than Formica to choose from these days. Granite remains popular — “85 percent of my sales,” says Jeff Zajac of Largo’s Kitchen & Bath Concepts. (Having been in the business more than 30 years, he also remembers when DuPont™ Corian® had its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s.) The hottest 21st-century trend? Engineered quartz, says Vince Winteregg of Clearwater’s Elements Design Company. But there’s also concrete, glass and, for that Grecian temple feel, marble. And you don’t have to forgo Formica; laminates are still available, and economical, too.

5. Counter your pennies — or not. With this multitude of options comes a wide range of prices. Granite goes for approximately $65 per square foot, according to Kitchen & Bath Concepts; a white glass countertop can run from $150-$250 psf, says Downing Designs. The engineered quartz boom means prices have gone down; Winteregg says the average is $55$75 psf range. As for laminates, you can expect to pay $40-$65 psf with professional installation, according to In any case, you’ll want to shop around.

2. If you can’t take the heat… Get out of the kitchen? Not exactly. My mother learned the hard way that there’s a difference between heat-resistant and heat-proof — Formica and Corian are the former — but if you use a trivet under your hot pots, you should be fine. That goes for engineered quartz, too; because it’s 92-93% quartz combined with resin or acrylic, the heat can burn the resin. As for granite or marble, a slight discoloration could result, but otherwise stone countertops stand up well to heat. But don’t slam that pan down in a fit of culinary pique; you could chip the stone (not something to worry about with the synthetics). As for glass, one alternative is White Glass, aka Nano Glass; it’s lauded by Tampa-based Downing Designs as “by far the whitest, strongest, most stain-proof, UV-proof, cigarette and hot panproof, hair dye-proof, solvent-proof acid-proof material we have ever tested.” 3. Easy wipe! One gripe about granite and marble is that they’re hard to keep clean. That’s pretty much a myth; we use Meyer’s Clean Day (cranberry scent) on our granite countertops, and they clean up real good. It is true, though, that it’s harder to see dirt on a granite counter, particularly if it’s a darker color, than it is to spot the spots on a glass surface. Quartz may be the best of both worlds; it looks like marble, but it’s much easier to maintain, says Elements’ Winteregg. Nevertheless, he says if he were deciding on a counter for his own kitchen, he’d go with marble: “You just have to take care of it a little more, and know that it will show signs of wear. To me that adds some of the beauty of the natural stone.” 4. Hue are so beautiful. Another reason for the popularity of engineered quartz? “You have a lot more control over the color,” says Winteregg. “You could get a solid gray or a fire engine red.” But granite doesn’t have to go dark. The 250-plus varieties at Stoneworks Largo include hues all along the spectrum, including one called Moon White. And if glass is your choice, you can go pretty wild with color and design; Downing Designs is showing oceans of glass dramatically enhanced by LED lights. “Our glass casting process involves creating a custom texture for each piece,” says Jeff Downing. “It’s great fun and often our clients join us in the kiln carving at our studio where they get to see the final design come to life.” In the stormy swirls of a countertop like the one on the opposite page, clients might be tasked to "dot-the-eye,” says Downing, “thus personalizing their own CAT 5 hurricane.”



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Strokes can happen to her, too


r. Swetha Renati has a specific and unique skill: she knows how to save a person’s life and brain when they’re having a stroke. But Dr. Renati knows something else that most of us may not realize. Her patients are more likely to be women. Last year in the United States, an estimated 100,000 women under age 65 suffered a stroke. This is about twice the number suffered by men. “Each year, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke,’’ said Renati, a vascular neurologist at the Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center and an assistant professor of neurology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “Confounding this is that women often appear with more nontraditional stroke symptoms.’’ The reason women outnumber men in the stroke category is complex, according to a study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Women generally live longer than men, and so older women outnumber older men. Because the risk for stroke increases with age, women take the bigger hit. Other reasons women are at greater risk for a stroke include: Migraines: Women are more likely than men to suffer from migraines, and women who suffer from migraines with aura (visual disturbances such as flashing dots or blind spots) can be up to 10 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Birth control pills: Women who take even a low-estrogen birth control pill may be twice as likely to have a stroke. History of preeclampsia/eclampsia: Women with a history of this complication in pregnancy have an increased risk of future hypertension and stroke one to 30 years after delivery. Hypertension: Women with chronic primary or secondary hypertension, or previous pregnancy-related hypertension, have an increased stroke risk. Hormone replacement therapy: Women who take hormone replacement therapy may have a slightly increased stroke risk. Clotting disorders: Women who have had more than one miscarriage may be at higher risk for blood clots, which can increase their chance of a stroke.


Strokes are the leading cause of disability for women, and kill twice as many people as breast cancer. In fact, stroke ranks as the No. 4 cause of death, behind heart disease, cancer, and respiratory complications, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The TGH Comprehensive Stroke Center is equipped to care for stroke victims 24 hours a day. Its national certification means it has been recognized for a high level of expertise in the advanced fields of neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology. A hospital earning this certification has gone above and beyond the standard of ordinary stroke care, providing more advanced interventions for patients who suffer ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes. The Center’s staff includes vascular neurologists like Renati, surgeons, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. The idea is not only to treat and remedy the stroke, but get people back on their feet, Renati said: “Because after a stroke, you can be disabled, so it’s important to have that rehabilitation.’’ But rehab doesn’t mean much if a stroke victim isn’t treated quickly. From the first sign of symptoms, every minute that passes is critical. “A lot of the things we do to treat strokes are limited by time,’’ Renati said. “We say that ‘time is brain.’ That means the more time passes from the development of a stroke to treatment, the more brains cells are lost.’’ How do you know if you’re having one? Doctors use the acronym FAST to describe ─ and react to ─ a common stroke: Face, Arm, Speech, Time. This refers to facial drooping, numbness in one or both arms, slurred speech, and the importance of time to treatment. But a more specific list of symptoms may include: •Confusion •Difficulty breathing, walking, balancing •Vision problems •Fainting or loss of consciousness •Feeling weak all over •Hallucinations •Hiccups •Seizures •Sudden behavior changes or agitation •Vomiting or nausea Content provided by Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center

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re you aching to be outdoors without having to hide from the sun? Are you longing for a mountain hike that ends at a waterfall? Or how about dining alfresco while wrapped in a sweater (instead of sweat)? Asheville is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of two rivers in western North Carolina and has been luring visitors since the 1800s. It’s known as a vast outdoor playground and a place that attracts artists and craftspeople whose passion projects have blossomed to include all things edible. Mostly, though, people come to Asheville to feel renewed. Stay & Play This summer, see the work of the world’s foremost glass artist Dale Chihuly, with large-scale, colorful sculptures displayed throughout the walled garden of George W. Vanderbilt’s iconic, 19th-century Biltmore Estate. You can (and should!) tour both the house and garden. Admission with an audio guide is included in a special Chihuly package for guests of the 210-room Inn on Biltmore Estate. We recommend the $25 upgrade for Chihuly Nights, when the glass sculptures are showcased with dramatic lighting. Staying on site gives you round-the-clock access to the 8,000-acre estate and a surprising slate of outdoor activities as varied as fly fishing and horseback riding, or simply bike riding on the miles and miles of well-marked trails.

Eat & Drink All these outdoor offerings pair best with a picnic. The Rhu, from James Beard-nominated chef John Fleer, will pack you a picnic in a reusable hamper (you leave a deposit). Choose from the themed picnic menu that plucks the best from the bakery, pantry and farmer’s market ( If you’d rather be served, head to the 4th floor terrace at the Cambria Hotel downtown for some lechon asado sliders at Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, with a wide-open view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Quench your thirst at the hot Montford neighborhood watering spot, Little Jumbo, where the attention to detail is what gives craft cocktails their name.; Plan Your Trip Two top sites for inspiration and specifics are and

Hike & Restore Forest bathing – simply being in the forest – has become a form of preventative medicine in Japan. It’s easy to do in Asheville since it’s seated within half-a-million acres of the Pisgah National Forest. Asheville Hiking Tours offers a variety of options, including private tours, with plenty of scenic payoff (yes, waterfalls!) and lots of learning about wildlife, plants and the rich Appalachian history. Just want to soak in waterfalls? Check out Tumblestone Tours – they’ll take you straight there. Weekend warriors take note: the newly reopened (after almost 10 years) Skyline Trail, starting at Chimney Rock Park (, goes straight up. Pounding hearts and aching calves are the price for extraordinary views. Follow the River If you start downtown and first see the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, you may not realize it’s the name of the river that runs through Asheville. There are many outfitters to help you float, kayak, SUP or bellyac (a new sport, invented by an Asheville local) miles and miles of it. Download the RiverLink app to navigate your options. Otherwise, you can jog alongside it, dine overlooking it or simply fish its holes. Climb to the Stars Take advantage of the vertical opportunities that abound in Asheville and try your hand – and arms and legs – at climbing. Fox Mountain Guides work with newbies through advanced climbers, ensuring everyone has a bucket list-worthy mountain experience. All of their daytrips, with the exception of the two-hour lessons at Chimney Rock, are private so they can customize your climb. 37


Northern Hospitality (Part 1): Terrific Toronto

The double-decker tour bus stops in Dundas Square.

View of downtown Toronto from the CN Tower.


The Dog Fountain in Old Town’s Berczy Square.



ere, in the first part of our report on Southern Ontario, we give you our recommendations for a weekend in the bustling, beautiful metropolis of Toronto. In the second part (see p. 40), we take a look at nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, home to fine wineries, top restaurants and top-flight theater. See the sights The best way to get an overview of this multi-faceted city is to hop on one of the double-decker tour buses run by City Sightseeing Toronto. You can stop at the lively Harbourfront or disembark at spots like Dundas Square (reminiscent of NYC’s Times Square) and the Distillery District (a picturesque cobblestoned ’hood full of shops and restaurants). In Old Town’s Berczy Square we discovered our favorite Toronto landmark: the Dog Fountain, featuring 27 breeds of dogs spouting water toward a golden bone, plus one disenchanted cat. Tower of power Talk about an overview. A must-do for any Toronto first-timer is the CN Tower, Toronto’s “needle.” An 1,815-foot-tall communications tower built in 1976, the tower features a glass-floor observation deck, a revolving restaurant, and EdgeWalk, where you can walk the circumference of the main pod, 116 stories up (while wearing a harness, natch).

breakfast buffet, afternoon snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres with cocktails and wine, all in a well-appointed lounge. The service throughout the hotel was impeccable and extremely helpful, in particular our warm, well-informed concierge Vanessa. Eats from everywhere Toronto is a fabulous food town, its breadth of cuisines a reflection of its multicultural populace. You’ll find the biggest concentration of ethnic eats, from Mexican to Middle Eastern to Hungarian/Thai, at Kensington Market – not really a market but a neighborhood full of funky shops and cafes. St. Lawrence Market is an actual market, a culinary mecca known for Canada’s much-touted peameal bacon sandwich (which those of us from south of the border would call “Canadian bacon”). For dinner, we took the recommendation of the reliable Vanessa and found a very fine Italian restaurant just steps away from the King Eddy, Carisma, and for lunch we tried an outpost of David Chang’s Momofuku noodle empire, where we chowed down on fantastic ramen. Afterwards, we stopped by the self-serve dessert market upstairs, Momofuku Milk Bar, where we could not resist purchase of a Crack Pie, Chang’s insanely rich and aptly named cookie bar. (A note on where not to eat: We left a screening at TIFF and found ourselves on a block of King Street that was full of restaurants. Unfortunately, we chose one called Fred’s Not Here. Won’t go into detail, but to paraphrase an online review, Fred’s Not Here and you shouldn’t be either.)

CN Tower, Toronto's "needle," Museum marvels Like thousands of tourists and Torontonians, is an 1,815-foot-tall we waited in line for hours this spring outside the communications Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to see the mindblowing mirrored installations of Japanese artist tower built in Yayoi Kusama (who’s got a show coming up at the Tampa Museum of Art this fall). Also 1976. recommendable: the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada’s largest, focused on science, art and archaeology) and the Bata Shoe Museum (over 13,000 shoes and shoe-related objects — including Napoleon’s socks). See a show Did you know that Toronto boasts the third largest Englishspeaking theater district in the world? Dozens of working theaters are situated in the Entertainment District, where, come October, the biggest shows are on screen. That’s when the glittery Toronto International Film Festival takes over the sprawling, smartly programmed TIFF cineplex. Sleep with the King The most famous high-end hotel in Toronto might be the venerable Fairmont Royal York, but we opted for another downtown gem: The Omni King Edward (aka the “King Eddy”), a 1903 landmark that’s been updated and polished to a high sheen. The gleaming lobby mixes period touches with over-sized contemporary decor (the giant black chess pieces make for great photo ops), and our Premiere room was spacious and comfy. You can access the hotel’s Royal Club for an extra 30 bucks, and it’s worth it — ample

The Omni King Edward (aka the “King Eddy”). 39


Northern Hospitality (Part 2): Niagara-On-The-Lake

By the Shaw CafĂŠ, a statue of its namesake.

The elegant restaurant at Trius Winery.



Just 80 miles southeast of Toronto, NOTL is a popular tourist destination.

A city park overlooks Lake Ontario.

Stephen Fry's Mythos is a Shawfest highlight.



pilgrimage to southern Ontario is on many a theater buff ’s bucket list because two of the world’s most renowned theater festivals are headquartered in the area. The Stratford Festival, situated in the town of Stratford southwest of Toronto, was founded in 1952 with a focus on Shakespeare; Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival was founded 10 years later with a focus on, you guessed it, Shaw (as in George Bernard). The lineups of both festivals include not just classics but also contemporary plays and musicals, distinguished by diverse casting and cutting-edge stagecraft. We’ve visited both, but this year it was NOTL and the Shaw that called to us.

Where to stay — and where to walk Situated an easy 80-mile drive southeast of Toronto, NOTL is a popular tourist destination — you can tell just by the number of Bed & Breakfast signs. We stayed this year at Le Papillon, a delightful small B&B with delicious breakfasts and lively conversation every morning, and on our previous visit rented the quaint yet surprisingly roomy Swinton Cottage. Other accommodations range from the posh Post House Inn to the chic 124 on Queen (which has a terrific spa) to the venerable Prince of Wales Hotel, established in 1901. Just about any of these places is walking distance to Queen Street, the town’s main drag, and to the Shaw Festival theaters. You’ll want to walk because the street and the residential neighborhoods surrounding it are just so darned scenic — including, just a few steps away from the shops, a park with stunning views of Lake Ontario.

See a show This year’s Shaw Festival opened in April and continues through October 28 with a dozen shows running in repertory. The big event this summer is the world premiere of the Mythos trilogy, an epic solo project by the British actor/writer/raconteur Stephen Fry, an irreverent retelling of Greek myths. If you have only one other show to catch, we highly recommend The Magician’s Nephew, a new adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s beloved tales of Narnia, in which quicksilver ensemble work and imaginative use of cardboard boxes create a magical world of make-believe.

Where to shop The U.S./Canada exchange rate continues to favor the American pocketbook, which is a good thing in NOTL, because you’ll find any number of tempting shops in which to drop those loonies and toonies. Among our favorites: Leon Shoe Shop for stylish shoes and leather goods; Old Niagara Bookshop, the platonic ideal of the quaint indie bookstore; Irish Design, full of cable knits, Harris tweeds and other cures for anyone with sweater nostalgia; BeauChapeau Hat Shop, where I found (in Canada!) the perfect-for-Florida wide-brimmed straw hat; Greaves Jams & Marmalades, a dizzying array of fruity concoctions; Niagara Home Bakery, a must-stop spot for the quintessential Canadian treat known as the butter tart; COWS Creamery, where I’m partial to Caramel Moochiato, but you gotta admire the brazenness of an ice cream flavor called Udder Finger.

Where to Eat Trius Winery Restaurant: For an unbeatable evening, start with a winery tour; Trius Winery (formerly Hillebrand) makes some of the most acclaimed wines in Canada, and our affable tour guide not only taught us a lot about wine-making, he gave us plenty of tastes. Then, have dinner in the winery’s gorgeous restaurant overlooking the vineyard. Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine: There are lots of options on Queen Street, from the aptly named Niagara’s Finest Thai to good basic fare at Shaw Cafe (you’ll know it by its glorious floral borders and selfie-ready GBS statue). But the undisputed champ on Queen for quality of cuisine and elegant yet unpretentious presentation is Treadwell’s. Prince of Wales: We like the ambience in the Churchill Lounge, where you can get a big, reasonably priced burger and relax in big comfy leather chairs. Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club: Excellent food and killer views of the lake and North America’s oldest golf course — plus it’s fun to gawk when the convivial clubbers come to dinner in their pastel-colored golf gear.

Wineries, wineries everywhere… …and lots of drops to drink. In addition to Trius, you have, oh, about 100 wineries to choose from in NOTL and environs. The region between the Niagara escarpment and Lake Ontario boasts an ideal combination of terrain and climate for cultivating wine — including the area’s most famous export, ice wine, a divine concoction made from grapes partially frozen on the vine. With wineries come wine tours, and we were very pleased with our experience on Vintage Wine Tours, whose route included a diverse mix of wineries and concluded with dinner at the HobNob, an old-school fancy restaurant at the Charles Hotel.

A Trius Winery tour guide. 41


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ne of the last great estates on Clearwater Harbor, with views that are second to none. Old world charm meets contemporary design in the 14-bedroom, 12.5-bath mansion, built in 1915 on the site of an abandoned Seminole fort by the original developer of Harbor Oaks, and now the most opulent compound in Clearwater, recently remodeled using exquisite materials from around the world. Amenities include a movie theater, a beauty salon, a library, a gorgeous wood-paneled office, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Versace wallpaper, original marble and wood floors, a walk-in wine cellar, rugs, furniture, sconces, security cameras and walk-in closets. The property also features two pools, a jacuzzi, cabanas, a gym, a basketball court, a

tennis court, and the original fort, the top tower of which is currently being used as an art studio (the secondary tower is being used as a playhouse). The compound also includes a covered dock, a seven-car garage and a newly remodeled guest house with three beds, three baths and a living room. An exquisite piece of art for the most discerning buyer — because where else will you find a property that spans an entire block and is directly on the water with magnificent views? Terri Novitsky | 727-298-8888 Lauren Michaels Real Estate Partners 47


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ocated 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, this magnificent Mediterranean 16-acre estate encompasses a 21,000-square-foot main residence and a 6,200-square-foot guest house. Massive iron doors open onto the foyer. An elegant groin-vaulted ceiling arches up 26 feet high, the lower walls are made of pre-cast stone blocks, and the upper half features a silky Venetian plaster finish featuring a unique stencil pattern — all setting the tone of age and grandeur that carries through much of the house. Travertine marble floors are used in most of the public areas of the ground floor to complete the Old World effect. One of the many unique features of this family-focused home is The Village, a whimsical entertaining wing comprising a movie house with marquee, a pub, a poker and cigar room, loft-style music

lounge, an ice cream shop and a bookstore/library. Straight out of Jurassic Park, the pool has 14 tumbling waterfalls, a lazy river, a rope bridge, a water slide through the mountain and a swim-up Tiki bar. If that’s not enough, this fun-filled home also has a 1,200-bottle capacity sunken wine cellar, a gym containing full circuit fitness equipment and an attached spa with a choice of sauna or steam room, a six-car motor court, a 300kw generator and a private entrance gatehouse. In short, the amenities of this extraordinary property are endless. Diane Swainston | 727-688-8875 Premier Sotheby's International Realty Sotheby's International Realty 49


The Fortress on the Bluff




owhere on the Gulf of Mexico will you find a fortress like this. Built on a high bluff, with secure underground private parking and a protected waterway, it’s the ultimate in exclusive waterfront living, complete with luxurious master retreat, personal gym and fully permitted indoor gun range. Located in Harbor Bluffs overlooking the intracoastal waterway, this stately, sophisticated home boasts superior craftsmanship and designer finishes throughout, including custom millwork, coffered ceilings and designer lighting. Entertain on a grand scale with the indoor/outdoor bar, 250+ bottle wine cellar, game/media room and waterfront terraces. An outdoor sanctuary features an infinityedge saltwater heated pool and spa, a lap pool, a fire pit and terraces, a Jerusalem Stone lanai, and an outdoor kitchen with fireplace and cypress ceiling. The chef ’s kitchen is professionalgrade all the way, with superior appliances like Wolf, Sub-Zero and

Bosch, plus a well-appointed prep kitchen. The executive study features extensive millwork, sitting area and wet bar, and a large waterfront terrace. Spend blissful days on the water from a private deepwater dock 10,000lb. open and 25,000lb. covered lift (dredged). Additional appointments include Creston home automation, a state-of-the-art audio and media system, an elevator, a 50kw home generator, and A/V surveillance on the premises. And never fear the weather: From foundation to roof, the home has been designed and engineered to fully withstand the winds and flooding of a CAT 4 hurricane. Jennifer Zales | 813-616-5036 Jennifer Zales Tampa Bay Luxury Homes Coldwell Banker


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his unforgettable 5 bedroom, 6.2 baths, 18,670 total sqft original offers a stunning French Riviera interpretation of a timeless classic. Elegant portico, old-style brick pavers, gorgeous cast stone exterior trim work/balusters/handrails, travertine pavers, luxurious entries and built-to-last construction. Towering 22fthigh foyer opens to a lavish 900sqft+ waterfront living room – revealing an uncompromising scale and grandeur. Sumptuous gourmet kitchen, huge butcher block island, exotic tilework, distressed cabinetry, butler’s pantry, and wine room. Large waterfront dining is all wow! Dazzling 1000sqft multi-entertainment room features a gorgeous bar. Enormous master suite with plush balcony provides commanding water views. Glorious master bath is matched by posh his/her walk-in closet system. Exquisite fireplaces, superb travertine, wood floors, and finishes are all remarkable. Out back, be swept away by pure pleasure: 6000sqft travertine deck encases a huge pool/spa, “book-ended” by 500sqft pergola and lavish 600sqft gazebo with outdoor kitchen, bar and dining – all magnificently landscaped, all overlooking the waterfront. A singularly inspiring masterpiece! Offered for $4,199,000

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Crystal Beach Home & Gulf View


nter this Crystal Beach home & the Gulf view takes your breath away! Built 2003 by Reites & Associates-Over 6600 Sq. Ft., 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms-Chef ’s dream kitchen with natural gas-Elevator to all levels, Theater room, “House of Blues” game room, Family sanctuary with “Sunset Lounge” Superior concrete construction, 144 ft. dock -2 lifts, salt pool with spillover spa and custom rock slide. Poolside cabana-pool bar, putting green, exercise room, and club room add to the resort ambiance. 5 car garage with golf cart parking! Bike to the beach or Pinellas Trail! Offered for $2,695,000 Linda Alexander 727-224-8952 | Judy Shank 727-741-1242

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Harbor Bluffs


ew construction home in Harbor Bluffs featuring 4 beds, 3.5 baths, volume and trey ceilings, expert mill work, wood and travertine floors, granite counter tops, elevator, custom cabinetry, plus much more! The gourmet kitchen includes a center island, walk-in pantry, Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, and a six burner Wolf range with double ovens. The master suite has dual sinks, a large walk-in shower, walk-in closets, plus an additional office/study. Two large terraces overlook the resort-style backyard complete with a saltwater pool, spillover spa, travertine patio, deep water dock with lift, and a boathouse for a small boat or jet skis. Offered for $2,497,000

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Belleview Island


elleview Island 4/7.5 custom waterfront offers dynamic great room with fireplace, wet bar, gourmet kitchen with breakfast area, study, hobby room, superb master with his and her baths, new dock with lifts, heated pool and spa, “pool house� with outdoor kitchen and bath. Custom deep water dock specifically designed for this unique site. Offered for $3,295,000 Martha Thorn 727-432-9091

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his home is the perfect family compound or corporate retreat. With 7,500 square feet there is plenty of room for everyone. Set on a commanding waterfront location at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, is the one of the widest residential lots in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy 180 feet of water frontage and 2 private docks that can accommodate 4 vessels. Offered for $3,000,000 Kerryn Ellson 727-408-4888 Coastal Properties Group Christie's International Real Estate 55

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Pura Vida Residences Announces Groundbreaking

In photo from left to right: Kal Patel, Project Manager Housch Govace, Civil Engineer Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos Harish Patel, Officer Bryan Karsk, Architect


he enviable Florida lifestyle is about to reach new heights on Clearwater Beach with the construction of a new beachfront condominium community. Named Pura Vida Residences, the project is being marketed by Coastal Properties Group International and marks a milestone for beachfront development with many city officials on hand for the recently held groundbreaking ceremony including Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos. Heralded as the first and only newly constructed beachfront condominiums in the area since 2014, Pura Vida will usher in a lifestyle that is above and beyond the English translation of its name —‘the simple life’. “These luxurious units will offer a heightened standard of living made more impressive by its location on the shores of award-winning Clearwater Beach,” said Alex Jansen, Broker/Owner, Coastal Properties Group International. Earlier this year, Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. by the popular travel site, TripAdvisor. Strategically situated on the northern part of Clearwater Beach within walking distance to Pier 60 and an abundance of dining and shopping venues, Pura Vida comprises 22 luxury condominiums ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet. Each unit offers 3-bedrooms and 3 ½ bathrooms. Designed for the discerning luxury home buyer, residences are appointed with an array of sophisticated fittings and fixtures, high-tech features and private beach access. In addition to breathtaking sunsets, residents can enjoy on-site amenities such as pool, spa, fitness center and covered parking.

According to Pura Vida’s project manager Kal Patel, completion is expected by year-end 2019. Response to a long-awaited new construction project on Clearwater Beach has been impressive with more than half of the units already sold. “This is a rare opportunity to purchase a new construction residence in an area where many people dream about living,” said Laren Jansen, listing agent at Coastal Properties Group International. “The soft sugary white sands of Clearwater Beach combined with the luxurious details of Pura Vida Residences present a lifestyle like no other.” About Coastal Properties Group International Coastal Properties Group International is an elite affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. The invitation-only brokerage is comprised exclusively of multi-million dollar producers who specialize in luxury properties and estates. As Pinellas County’s fastest growing real estate firm, Coastal Properties Group International has 12 offices throughout the area serving prime waterfront, golf course, beach and luxury locations. The company is dedicated to providing exceptional service to its clientele while employing intelligent use of technology to market its portfolio of premier properties.

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1320 GULF BOULE VARD | BELLE AIR SHORE | $6,20 0,0 0 0 Cheryl Franzese | 727-744 - 4782

2256 MACKENZIE COURT | CLE ARWATER | $1,749, 50 0 Mary Hickok | 727- 422- 6463 | Mary Ann McArthur | 727- 460 -5906

605 OR ANGE STREET | PALM HARBOR | $3, 3 750,0 0 0 Margot Toomey | 727-515 -14 45

214 HARBOR VIE W L ANE | L ARGO | $4,999,0 0 0 Scott Ferguson | 727-74 4 - 0993

16606 HUTCHISON ROAD | ODESSA | $1,225,0 0 0 Margot Toomey | 727-515 -14 45

1227 OSOWAW BOULE VARD | SPRING HILL | $5,700,000 Scott Ferguson | 727-74 4 - 0993

421 BUT TONWOOD L ANE | L ARGO | $2 ,069,90 0 Susan Lube | 727- 480 -1890

3755 MULLENHURST DRIVE E | PALM HARBOR | $2 ,299,000 Catherine Williams | 727-543- 410 0

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18 01 COUNTRY L ANE | PALM HARBOR | $1,189,90 0 Catheerine Williams | 727-543- 410 0

501 MANDAL AY AVE #1002 | CLEARWATER BEACH | $2 ,375,000 Tara Beheshti | 727- 417- 6620

5247 ENCL AVE DRIVE | OLDSMAR | $849,000 Catheerine Williams | 727-543- 410 0

60 8 N OSCEOL A AVENUE | CLE ARWATER | $2 ,475,000 Tara Beheshti | 727- 417- 6620

3118 TIFFANY DRIVE | BELLE AIR BE ACH | $1,199,000 Cheri Boudreau | 727-560 -3157

2115 ALE XIS COURT | TARPON SPRINGS | $2 , 500,000 Tara Beheshti | 727- 417- 6620

110 HARBOR DRIVE | PALM HARBOR | $2 ,367,000 Laren Jansen | 727-510 -7153

849 BRUCE AVENUE | CLE ARWATER BE ACH | $1,250,0 0 0 Linda Ross Preston | 813-318 -240 8

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TREASURE LANE – TREASURE ISLAND A truly one-of-a-kind waterfront living experience. Beautifully landscaped and resting on two, deep, separately platted lots that provide a combined 150ft of waterfrontage, this 4626 total sqft Frank Lloyd Wright inspired “mid century modern” offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3586 sqft of exceptional living area. Its deep protected water is ideal for 100ft+ yacht. Offered for $1,700,000.

ISLAND ESTATES – CLEARWATER BEACH Located in a highly desired boating community rests this 5 bedroom, 3 ½ bath, 4405 total sqft waterfront home with wide open intracoastal waterviews and the beautiful skyline of downtown Clearwater. Massive great room with towering 18ft ceilings opens to a stunning pool deck overlooking the waterfront. Offered for $1,550,000.

ST PETE BEACH, FL 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath, 4856 total sqft coastal modern residence features a 28ft wide wall of glass that transitions to an impressive 31ft-wide covered waterfront balcony. Beautiful pool, huge composite dock with 19K lift, jet ski lift & mooring for a large cruiser. 5th level 350+ sqft observation deck delivers spectacular 360 degree panoramic waterviews. Offered for $1,599,000.


Located on beautiful open water, this gorgeous 4 Bedroom 3 Bath 4130 total sqft residence offers luxurious finishes and a fine, spacious everyday living appeal. Lush landscaping, alluring cherry floors, sumptuous chef’s kitchen and an inspiring master suite. Wonderful covered pool deck complements superb boat dock configuration. Offered for $1,349,000.

The Dania Difference • The Professional Difference • The Real Difference in Real Estate CENTURY 21 JIM WHITE AND ASSOC. • 10645 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706 60

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Located in an exclusive gated oasis overlooking Clearwater’s beautiful intracoastal waterway, this magnificent palatial waterfront estate is one of Tampa Bay’s finest. Spectacular ceilings, scintillating marble floors, regal columns, custom inlaid woodwork, elegant crystal chandeliers and impressive flying staircase adorn this stunning 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath 12,389sqft (under roof) home. Offered for $4,395,000.

A taste of Olde World Florida in a fabulous private boating enclave near the beach! Carved within a large, magically wooded lot, this incredible 8457 total sqft 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath coastal country waterfront estate is as unique as it is beautiful. 1700sqft of superbly finished covered balconies adorn this sophisticated & luxurious southern masterpiece boasting inspiring amenities throughout. Offered for $3,499,000.

BATH CLUB ESTATES – NORTH REDINGTON BEACH, FL This exceptional coastal contemporary luxury estate with a rare island ambiance boasts a huge 12,050 total sqft under roof. Stunning gourmet kitchen, beautiful covered balconies, remarkable master wing and superb pool/spa. Wide 135ft seawall supports deep water dock, dual boat lifts and floating dock. Offered for $2,750,000.


FORTUNE 500 EXECUTIVE ELEGANCE is yours across the sweeping private grounds and magnificent finishes of this extraordinary 5 Bedroom, 6.2 Bath Luxury Estate with 9412 sqft of pristine living area. Mammoth 23ft-high ceilings, fabulous theater/game room, plush CEO’s Office, Grand Master Suite, stunning 55,000 cu.ft. pool/entertainment deck screen enclosure, lavish overnight cabana and so much more. An absolute dream. Offered for $2,450,000.

Thank You Tampa Bay for a Record Breaking Year! CENTURY 21 JIM WHITE AND ASSOC. • 10645 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706




Once in a lifetime, a regal and palatial Gulf-front estate of such exquisite and refined features takes place on the Florida Landscape. Being 1 of only 2 lots with direct onsite access to your deeded boat slip. This disarmingly unique architectural masterpiece boasts a lustrous floor plan with custom features throughout. A grand master suite with a private fireplace includes a custom theatre room with a bar that is just part of the ingenious innovation that is felt throughout the entirety of this home. Amazing features throughout, including but not limited to dual elevators, a custom retro 1950s room, heated and cooled pool overlooking what is among the rarest of lots in this intimate coastal community. No expense was spared with private balconies accessed from each of the bedrooms and living quarters. Unique widows watch affords a 360-degree view of the most stunning of Gulf sunsets. This captivating property epitomizes the Florida Lifestyle! A commendable culmination of both the serene and refined provides every convenience expected by the privileged few who will live here. Take a virtual tour! Anthony Fonte | 727-255-0359

GULF HARBORS JEWEL | $ 976 , 4 0 0 A Boater’s Paradise! This beautiful renovated move in ready home in the water front community of Gulf Harbors. Enjoy dolphin watching from your back yard. This Spectacular home features a new roof, new stucco, new custom kitchen, new impact glass windows, 2 new HVAC systems, new electrical and plumbing, and so much more throughout the entire home. This home has close access via the North Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy Florida living at its best. With 81’ of seawall you have plenty of room to customize your dock for your boats in deep water. Enjoy the private beach for a minimum annual fee and you’re only minutes away from America’s best beaches. Jose Cardenas | | 281-827-0223 @luxurycollectionfl ©2018 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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429 SAINT ANDREWS DRIVE, BELLEAIR FL This gated Belleview Island 4 bedroom, 7.5 bath waterfront home boasts sprawling luxurious interiors and panoramic views. The superb master suite features his and her baths. There is a study with custom built-ins and a bonus hobby room. Outstanding outdoor amenities include a new dock with lifts, heated pool and spa and a “Pool House” with outdoor kitchen and bath. Offered at $3,295,000 |

12610 TRADITION DRIVE, DADE CITY FL Live like royalty, on nearly 4 acres of land, in this completely redesigned castle of an estate. Features include 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a glorious cabana style pool home and gym with pergola and full outdoor kitchen. The rolling green lawns surrounding this estate are immaculately maintained and designed. From the interior detail and style to the functional use of this home, this is the gem of Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Offered at $1,750,000 |

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Pete Krulder, manager of Caladesi and Honeymoon State Parks. Photo by Todd Bates.



Delightful Dunedin


t’s axiomatic: Dunedin is delightful. Also delicious. Often dazzling. And any number of other D words that don’t quite capture its (here comes another one) distinctive appeal. It’d be more apt, perhaps, to sum up Dunedin with “B” words (don’t worry, this alphabetical obsession won’t be hijacking future dR issues). Bicycles, for one. When the Pinellas Trail was extended through the center of Dunedin in 1992, a whole new era began for Dunedin’s Main Street, leading to its present incarnation as a bustling, pedestrian- and bike-friendly district of shops and restaurants. Beer, for another. Though the pioneering Dunedin Brewery opened way back in 1996, the town has seen the opening of six more microbreweries (and counting) in just the last decade. There’s beauty, both natural and human-born, in the creative ferment at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. There’s business sense, exemplified by pre-Trail establishments like Sea Sea Rider’s that are still thriving decades later. But first, if your visits to Dunedin have been confined to ice cream cones at Strachan’s or a romantic dinner at The Black Pearl, there’s another B word you might be surprised to discover: Beaches. Coast guardian: Pete Krulder Dunedin is more than just a charming Main Street. It’s also home to two state parks — including Caladesi Island State Park, regularly listed among the world’s best beaches by the likes of Trip Advisor and Dr. Beach. The man responsible for keeping the parks pristine and welcoming is Peter Krulder, manager of both Caladesi and Honeymoon Island State Park (the most visited state park in Florida) as well as Anclote Key and Egmont Key. He’s also the interim chair of the Greater Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, so he’s well-acquainted with the whole of Dunedin, both coastal and commercial. No surprise: He loves the place. He moved here with his family from Queens, NYC in 1973 when he was 16. Apart from 20 years travel with the Army, he’s been in Dunedin ever since — and he likes the park so much he lives there. It’s not all that solitary, he says. The assistant manager and another ranger reside in the park, too, and people are in and out of the area all day. But the evenings are nice and quiet. “It’s a pretty awesome location to live.” It’s also highly unlikely that anyone else will ever be allowed to live on Honeymoon Island. The islands’ stretches of unspoiled beach — sans condos, motels, and snack bars — constitute a good part of their appeal.

But for a few years just prior to WWII, Pete tells me, a man named Clinton Washburn set up shacks on the beach and marketed them to newlyweds as honeymoon cottages (hence the island’s name). “What a way to spend your honeymoon,” Pete muses. “On a tropical island living in a grass hut.” But, he adds, none of the couples who spent their two-week vacations there ever divorced. As for Dunedin’s other attractions, Pete is effusive. “There’s so many events that go on,” he says, mentioning Wines the Blues and Mardi Gras — just a few of the seemingly almost-weekly festivals in the town. He loves the restaurants and the breweries, and then returning to the peacefulness of the beach. “I’m a very happy man.” Beauty’s abuzz: Dunedin Fine Art Center A decade or so ago, Tampa Bay Times art critic Lennie Bennett called Dunedin Fine Art Center “the artistic equivalent of a village square,” a quote that’s been popping up in promo materials for the Center ever since. Nowadays the village feels more like a small city. The facilities have grown from 2,000 to nearly 50,000 square feet since its founding in 1975, with outposts in downtown Dunedin in addition to the main campus on Michigan Boulevard. DFAC’s programs are as multifaceted as its students, who range in age from pre-K to senior citizen and study all kinds of art from ceramics to painting to cuisine. Continued next page.

Lillian, a DFAC Summer Arts Academy attendee, working happily with clay.



Michael Massaro: Fait Accompli at DFAC.

The events calendar is equally diverse; on any given evening, you could attend a gallery opening, an art swap or a fashion extravaganza (see Calendar, p. 80). Or you might want to stop by just for lunch; DFAC’s Palm Cafe is becoming a destination in its own right (get the crab cake!). I’d been to DFAC for shows, but it wasn’t until recently, when VP/Communications Director Ken Hannon agreed to give me a tour, that I saw the full scope of the place. The two-story addition to the main building, completed in 2016 is home to classes in 21stcentury tech (a digital media lab) as well as age-old art practices (printmaking with copper plates or linoleum blocks). The addition also houses a faculty gallery, which gives students an idea of just how good their teachers are, and it’ll soon be the site of a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Throughout the complex on this summer day there was the joyful buzz of kids’ creative energy, whether making clay whatsits, trooping through the lobby, or dancing up a storm with an interactive video in the David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum. “There are 150 kids here as we speak,” said Ken. Children’s and teens’ classes in the Summer Art Academy are almost maxed out, but it’s worth checking for availability if only for the fun of exploring the camp’s weekly themes. (The Center was shocked this year, says Hannon, when the perennially popular Shark Week ran second in attendance to Fantabulous Foods!) Another good reason to visit the Center soon: the deeply engrossing shows running through Aug. 12 in its four gallery spaces. Triangulate, co-curated by Nathan Beard, Kirk Ke Wang and Eivind Natvig, brings together large-format photographs by nine artists from China, Norway and the U.S. whose subject matter reverberates across international boundaries. In I + Thou, six artists explore themes of identity, highlighted by Mason Gehring’s searing self68

portraits. Souvenir is a sweetly arresting invitational show, in which multiple artists offer their interpretations of the word. Most memorable of all, the somber, startling assemblages by human rights artist Michael Massaro in his show Fait Accompli evoke the struggles of refugees through coils of thick red rope, boards lashed together and a mannequin torso split in half. Worlds to discover, boundaries to cross, children to teach: It’s all inside DFAC, which feels uniquely reflective of the community where it resides. Hospitality lasts: Sea Sea Rider’s Back in 1990, when Sylvia and Artie Tzekas bought a two-yearold restaurant named after a vintage blues song in a tiny 1903 bungalow at the corner of Alt. 19 and Main Street, there wasn’t much else going on. “That was the Tumbleweed Era,” says Tzsekas, 52. Waterfront staple Bon Appetit was open, Kelly’s was a year old and Casa Tina (now the vibrant heart of Main Street life) wouldn’t open for another year. So what led a young couple with two small children (one not yet a year old) to take over a restaurant in such a lonely spot? “I guess ambition... and foresight,” says Sylvia. “Seeing the spot couldn’t stay like that, so close to the water [but] with an urban feel.” Sure enough, after the opening of the Pinellas Trail to Dunedin in 1992, that foresight paid off. Now, if you’re coming through Dunedin from Alt. 19 via car or the Clearwater Jolley Trolley, you can’t miss Sea Sea Rider’s, doubled in size since the early days and recently renovated. With ferry service between Clearwater and Dunedin beginning July 6 (and docking literally across the street from Sea Sea Rider’s in the Dunedin Marina), their visibility will only increase. So what keeps a restaurant going for 30 years? “Just a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication.”


The snazzy interior of Sea Sea Rider's and (inset) a nighttime view.

And one more key word: “Hospitality,” she adds. “You have to know what the word means. You have to be passionate about it.” (As someone who’s enjoyed dining at Sea Sea Rider’s more than once, I vouch that the staff does indeed know the meaning of the word.) She’s excited about the way Dunedin and the restaurant’s clientele have evolved over the years. “It’s awesome. The demographics have changed, more vibrant, more young. A lot more of the arts are involved. Between the trail, the golf course, we’re in the middle of it all.” So what’s in store for the next 30 years? “We’re renovating an old carriage house around the corner for a banquets and events space. I’m in the process of waiting for my permits as we speak.” And it wouldn’t be a milestone birthday without a party. “In September we’ll have a 30th anniversary celebration, with bands all day — a parking lot party. We’re the only ones that have our own parking lot around here.” As for the future of her town? “Dunedin hasn’t reached its peak yet,” she observes. “It’s moving in a slow but good pace, where it’s consistently changing for the better.” Giving back at Blur Speaking of parties, another longtime Dunedin business, Blur, is throwing a significant bash in the near future. Still under the ownership of Kathy Carlson and Virgel Kelly (they sold the neighboring Kelly’s and Chic-A-Boom Room last year), Blur has been a favorite clublife destination since it opened 11 years ago. The club is giving back with its 4th Annual Charity Bartender Auction Sunday, August 26th at 7 p.m. So far this year, 41 bartenders from all over Pinellas have agreed to take part, raising money via everything from dunk tanks to GoFundMe campaigns to support

the Clearwater-based Homeless Empowerment Program. On the night of the event, the competitors will bring their total funds raised to Blur and the winning bartender will be revealed. “This event has raised a combined $85,000 over the last three years,” says HEP Marketing Manager Rebecca Adams, “due to tireless fundraising efforts of all the participating Tampa Bay bartenders and the wonderful donations received for raffles and silent auctions!”

Andrew Forenza of Eddie's Bar & Grill in Dunedin, winner of Blur/HEP's 2015 and 2016 Charity Bartender Auction, with grand prize organizer Maribeth Kring of Cruise Mom Cruises.



How Dunedin went to the dogs


he mural on the side of Skip’s Bar in downtown Dunedin wasn’t always an homage to man’s best friends. It used to be a “regular mural,” says artist Anna Hamilton Fields, one that featured imagery typically associated with Dunedin: the Pinellas Trail, the marina, a bagpiper (in recognition of the town’s Scottish heritage). But in 2009, the wall started cracking at about the same time the economy did, so Anna got together with bar owner Skip French to figure out a way to raise money for a new wall and a new mural. Inspired by their mutual love of dogs, Anna came up with a plan to keep the mural funded and to make it a community fundraiser for Dunedin Doggie Rescue, from which they both had adopted pets. Anna started out in 2010 with just three dogs as her subjects, plus a sign inviting people to make a donation to get their pets included on the mural, too. Now the wall is crowded with well over 1,000 animals, using photos provided by owners. And not just dogs: Cats got in on the action, too, as did a handsome pet pig (perhaps jealous of the mural’s now-famous banner, “Welcome to Dogedin”). Now that the mural’s been up eight years, some of its subjects, inevitably, are no longer with us. “I see it all the time,” says

Anna. “People take pictures of their dogs that have passed.” Although she has stopped adding dogs to the Dogedin wall, she hasn’t stopped making murals. She began a nonprofit, Murals for Mutts, to continue raising money for pet rescue, spaying and neutering, and her dogs now occupy, among other places, the “House of Dogs” mural at the Dunedin House of Beer; Christie’s Coastal Properties in Dunedin, where their habitat changes with the seasons; and Gaspar’s Grotto in Ybor City, where they sail aboard a pirate ship. Anna is good friends with Dunedin’s other famous muralist, Steve Spathelf, who’s responsible for the town’s ubiquitous oranges (inspired by the labels on vintage citrus crates). Both have done murals on many other subjects, but their identity is forever fixed. “People will say there’s the orange guy and the dog lady,” she says. Which is ironic, considering that Ann’s first love is cats. “If I didn’t have a husband I’d probably have 20 cats,” she says. “We’re at the five-cat limit.” That’s right. The doyenne of Dogedin is really — a cat lady. Don’t tell your dog.G

The wall is crowded with well over 1,000 animals.



DINING GUIDE: What’s New and Noteworthy

Prost Kitchen + Bar’s Arancini and (inset) Brewer’s Sausage Board.


DINING GUIDE: What’s New and Noteworthy

Gauchos, Gossip and Guacamole

The 8-oz filet at Steelbach in the Armature Works.

Bar Asia Tampa A chic new Asian fusion spot in SoHo serving variations on the cuisines of Vietnam, Korea, and China, including sushi, banh mi and tacos (that’s where the fusion comes in). Tasty frozen cocktails, too. 122 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, Chismis & Co at Armature Works Is Filipino food the next big thing? Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P.) predicted as much, and now Tampa Bay gets its first mainstream Filipino restaurant with Chismis & Co, a new stall inside the buzzy Armature Works complex in Tampa Heights. Chismis means “gossip,” we hear — so the owners no doubt expect to hear some enthusiastic gossip about their menu, which features Filipino favorites like lumpia, arroz caldo, chicken adobo, longganisa, turon and ensaymada. 1910 N. Ola Ave, Tampa, Instagram @chismisandco. Hooch and Hive Billed as the University of Tampa area’s first “hive bar” (as opposed to dive bar, get it?), it’s a honey of a concept, with a menu featuring dishes and drinks infused with honey, plus heavyweight advisors like cocktail guru Kamran Mir. Live music, too. 1001 Cass St., Tampa. Look for Hooch and Hive on Facebook. Main Course Tampa Their July 4 opening celebration reputedly sold out, maybe because the food looks so tasty on Instagram: burgers, wings, fries, shakes, seafood, and what the restaurant calls “the best shrimp and

grits in town.” Plus, brunch favorites like chicken and waffles every Saturday/Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2139 W Main St., Tampa. Instagram @maincoursetampa. Prost Kitchen + Bar “Prost” is a traditional German toast, but Prost is not a traditional German restaurant, what with dishes like Italian arancini and Hungarian goulash on the menu. But there’s also potato pancakes, sausage platters and Jagerschnitzel, plus lots of beer, German and otherwise. 2802 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Rocco’s opened with a bang earlier this year in the former home of Blue Martini on International Plaza’s Bay Street, bringing Tampa a lively outpost of the popular West Palm Beach-based chain. Claims to fame include more than 300 varieties of tequila, house-made tortillas, tableside guac and good, fresh Mexican food. 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. Steelbach Creative Loafing’s restaurant critic called Steelbach “easily the crown jewel of Armature Works,” and we can’t disagree. The steak alone is worth a visit, up there with the best in town, but there’s also the popovers, and the sausages, and the cocktails, and the hummingbird cake — we could go on and on. But we won’t. Just go. 1902 N. Ola Ave., Tampa,


DINING GUIDE: What’s New and Noteworthy

Ready to carve at Terra Gaucha in South Tampa.

Terra Gaucha Carnivores, rejoice! Terra Gaucha is a churrascaria-style Brazilian steakhouse, where “Gaucho chefs” select, butcher, season and cook skewers of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and seafood (yes, pescatarians have a home here, too), then personally carve and present their handiwork tableside. There’s a serve-yourself salad bar, too, and Caipirinhas made from scratch. 1108 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, WTR Pool & Grill The Courtney Campbell gets a touch of South Beach with this addition to the Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas, with a new menu featuring fresh seafood and American fusion plus a “poolside menu.” Guests are welcome to patronize the outdoor bars or lounge in the 20-foot hot tub or 16 private cabanas. 7700 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, And there’s this: The St. Pete/Seminole Heights Exchange The Heights’ much-beloved Ichicoro Ramen opened an outpost last year in St. Pete that had ‘Burgers slurping with joy. Now St. Pete returns the favor. Two of the town’s most iconic spots, Bodega (home of the best Cuban sandwich in Tampa Bay, sorry no arguments) and Mandarin Hide (the craft cocktail pioneers — see our A to Z list) are partnering to bring their deliciousness to Seminole Heights. The site is the atmospheric indoor-outdoor complex that once housed the restaurant staple Viva La Frida, across the street from the new home of The Refinery (in the former Fodder & Shine). Mandarin Heights and Bodega Seminole Heights are looking at a summer opening; stay tuned. 901 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 74

Steelbach bartender Ryan prepares a tequila and amaro infused duo, mixed with strawberry, lime, basil and agave.

DINING GUIDE: What’s New and Noteworthy

Mighty Oaks, Fresh Fish Baytenders Oyster Bar & Steamer Oysters — raw, fried, Rockefeller — are the stars in a casual seafood restaurant opened by the folks behind I.C. Sharks. Freshcaught local fish, a smoky mahi spread and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating are among the other lures. 4400 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, Daydreamers Cafe & Grill A breakfast/brunch/lunch destination in the former home of Cello’s Charhouse in Safety Harbor, Daydreamers delivers creative (and tasty) variations on brunch favorites, like womelettes (an omelette crossed with a waffle) and mini pancake/cupcakes. Good lunch options, too. 143 Seventh Ave. N., Safety Harbor, Ford’s Garage/Yeoman’s Cask & Lion “The special relationship” between the U.S. and the UK is in full effect in the former home of the Rowdies Den. Ford’s is all about 1920s automotive nostalgia, with big burgers and towers of onion rings; neighboring Yeoman’s is a celebration of all things Brit, from bangers and mash to Queen Liz. Thanks to synergy (and World Cup aficionados), the corner of 1st & 2nd has become St. Pete’s newest party spot. 200 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. @fordsgaragestpete @yeomansstpete. Grand Hacienda Mexican Cuisine The second location of the popular St. Pete Beach restaurant makes for a busy new addition to the city’s burgeoning Mexican restaurant scene. Located in upscale environs at the corner of 4th St. and 11th Ave., GH serves all your favorites, from tacos to burritos, carnitas to chimichangas. 399 11th Ave. N., St. Petersburg,

cheesesteak eggrolls and crispy Gulf grouper BLT. 199 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Paul’s Landing The Vinoy opened up what is arguably the best restaurant vista in downtown St. Pete when it built this casual-dining delight just beyond the hotel’s pool. A short flight of steps up from Fifth Ave NE, it faces the marina across the street and the St. Pete skyline beyond, and the food is just as stellar as the view, including a fantastic shrimp toast with avocado, delicious brisket and biscuits, a seafood roast and finely rendered cocktails. Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, Trophy Fish Those busy folks from Mandarin Hide went fishing for a new restaurant idea and came up with… fish! As in a menu that changes daily according to the local catch and Thursday-Sunday opening hours so there’s time to reel in dinner specials the rest of the week. And as it’s from the Mandarin crew, expect interesting cocktails, too — so-called “boat drinks” with names like Fin & Tonic and Gone Fishin’. This fresh new addition to the Grand Central District opened June 1. 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, duPont Registry Luxury Living in Tampa Bay compiled this list with the help of indispensable intel from Creative Loafing, and

Iron Oak New American BBQ The talented team that has made such a success of The Black Pearl and The Living Room on Main in Dunedin have brought their skills to Palm Harbor, opening a new BBQ spot in the former home of Catcher and the Rye. Chef Christopher Artrip will likely cook up some inspired ’cue; we already hear tempting things about his brisket sandwich. 917 11th St., Palm Harbor, Oak & Stone The St. Pete outpost of a Sarasota favorite had its grand opening on July 9 on a newly enlivened corner — opposite The James Museum (and the future site of Datz, St. Pete) and part of the same block as the new Hyatt Place hotel and the ONE St. Petersburg condos. Expect artisan pizzas, craft beers on tap, 20 large flat-screen TVs, and hearty bar foods like Philly

Paul’s Landing at the Vinoy Renaissance.



Sea & Sky


here’s nothing quite like sitting at an Armani’s window table at sunset. Looking out at a grand expanse of water and sky from the 14th floor of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, it’s impossible not to feel a little bit romantic. Or a lot: According to Armani’s new General Manager, Jay Wisler, “We have proposals almost every night, sometimes multiple proposals in one evening.” Armani’s and its sister restaurant at the Grand Hyatt, Oystercatchers, have been doing some celebrating of their own lately. Besides bringing on Wisler and a new Chef de Cuisine, Jonathan Wilson, Armani’s has once again won a coveted Four Diamonds rating from AAA. And Oystercatchers, the acclaimed seafood restaurant, recently landed on the Tampa Bay Times’s Top 50 Restaurants list. It seemed a good moment to ask the folks who run these restaurants the secrets of their success. Excerpts from our email conversation follow. ARMANI’S GM JAY WISLER dR: Congrats on the 4 Diamonds. What are your goals for Armani's? We obviously want to continue the excellent standard Armani’s has set over the years, while growing with modern cuisine twists on classic Italian entrees. Armani’s is so much more than a place to celebrate special occasions. We have opened our lounge area at 5 p.m. now to accommodate our happy hour crowd and early diners as well. I've always wondered where the name comes from. It’s actually a simple story. When the hotel was being built back in 1986, two investors went to the top floor and decided they wanted it to be a really nice Italian restaurant. One asked the other, “What should we


call it?” The other guy happened to be wearing an Armani tie, and replied, “How about Armani’s?” And so, Armani’s was born. What distinguishes Armani's from its neighbor at Hyatt, Oystercatchers? Is there a friendly rivalry between the two? Oystercatchers is a fantastic seafood restaurant with some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had. We specialize more in Northern Italian cuisine and offer breathtaking elevated views of both Old Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa. However, yes there is a bit of a rivalry to see who can outshine the other, of course. ARMANI’S CHEF JONATHAN WILSON dR: What are some of the changes you've made or plan to make in the menu? We just put out our new menu in May, which has had nothing but great reviews. The dish I’m most excited about for the fall menu is squid ink lasagna. Yummy. What's the one dish Armani’s diners have to try? For me it would be our elk meatball, [with] fresh pasta, pomodoro sauce, three-year aged parm and fine herbs. OYSTERCATCHERS GM JUSTIN BEACH Seafood is clearly a strength of the restaurant. How do you maintain that quality? We receive our seafood fresh every day. Our chefs personally examine all seafood deliveries to ensure that it meets our high quality standards. What distinguishes Oystercatchers from its upstairs neighbor? While Armani’s is a fine dining restaurant that requires a dress code, our atmosphere provides the perfect environment for those guests looking to dress up for an occasion or have a more relaxed night out.

Now Accepting Clients Please join us August 18th for our Grand Opening Party!

609 South Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater 727.223.8998



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ow that summer heat is here, a chilled glass of rosé may be all you need to relax and cool things down. Whether you prefer your rosé during the heat of the day, or later on with friends on a balmy summer evening, you're sure to appreciate the variety of rosé wines on the market today. From clear pink quartz to glassy topaz, they're as beautiful as they are irresistible to the palate. Sales of rosé wines have grown from the bottom up, gaining fast in popularity among wine enthusiasts due to their unique and uncomplicated style. This emerging pattern of growth and demand is marking an evolution in this category of wine, as more and more complex rosés arrive on the scene. The very best examples of rosé tend to exhibit a complex range of fruit characters like strawberry, red currant, cherry, peach, rhubarb, pomegranate and floral notes. You don't really need to concern yourself too much about the correct way to serve; rosé wines are known to pair well with nearly any kind of entree.G


dR Rosé Recommendations Rosato, Morning Dew Ranch, Napa Valley Wolffer Estate Rosé, New York Jean-Luc Columbo Vape Bleue Rosé, France Oxford Rosé, Brightwell Vineyard, England Mumm, Brut Rosé, Napa Valley, California Santa Cristina Cipresseto Rosato Toscana, Tuscany Italy 7. Allure Bubbly Pink Moscato, Ceres, California 8. Bernardus Saignée de Pinot Noir Rosé, Carmel Valley 9. J.P. Chenet Frais ET Fruité Rosé, France 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.


FLORIDA STYLE! Join us as we celebrate Florida’s rich musical heritage and deep soul roots.

ALL SUMMER LONG! Jeremy Carter • Dukes of Juke & Blue Dice • Nate Najar’s Bossa Nova Guitars • Little Jake & The Soul Searchers • Jamie Perlow • The Rev. Billy C. Wirtz • Cannonball & Nancy • Damon Fowler Trio • Blues Hall of Fame’r Latimore! • Selwyn Birchwood Band • Girls Night Out • La Lucha • Lauren Mitchell Band



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JULY/AUGUST Jannus Live 200 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg,

7/20 7/26 8/12 8/16

Kim Walker-Smith Janelle Monae Steel Pulse Steel Panther Sunset Strip Live

Al Lang Stadium 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg,

7/29 Ms. Lauryn Hill 7/31 Counting Crows


MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve (and Everywhere Else) There’s always something wildly creative going on at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, whether it’s an installation in a PODS container (Contain It!) or an art-centric garage sale (Trashy Treasures) or students discovering how to express themselves in one of DFAC’s many classes. But the wildest and most creative event of all is the Wearable Art Fashion Show, in which local designers both professional and DIY dream up some of the most spectacular runway fashions you will ever see, much of it made from materials (balloons, welded metals, even stuffed animals) that you won’t find in any fabric store. Great showmanship, sound and lights make Wearable Art XIV one of the season’s must-dos. Sat. Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin,

MUSIC Amalie Arena 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa,

7/13 7/25 8/1 8/11 8/18 9/7

Sam Smith Smashing Pumpkins Panic! At The Disco J. Cole Journey & Def Leppard Paul Simon

Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater,

7/26 YES 7/28 Don McLean 8/14 The Alarm 80

8/17 8/18 8/25 8/30

Chick Corea Solo Piano Todd Rundgren The Fixx Beach Tour Boney James

Florida State Fair Grounds, Tampa,

7/20 7/21 7/25 8/3 8/7 8/9 8/10 8/26

Rascal Flatts Chicago with REO Speedwagon Dave Matthews Band Miranda Lambert Janet Jackson Pentatonix Imagine Dragons Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers

Ruth Eckerd Hall 1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater,

8/2 O.A.R. Just Like Paradise 8/4 Hippiefest 2018 8/24 Best in Show: Rick Springfield

Hideaway Café 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg,

Skipper’s Smokehouse

7/18 TC Carr & Bolts Blue 7/19/26 Open Mic with Rebekah Pulley 7/20 Justino & The Difference 7/24 Kirk Adams Band 7/25 Betty Fox Band 7/30 Someday Honey

910 Skipper Rd, Tampa,

7/20 7/21 7/28 7/29 8/3

Chris Duarte Halcyon & The Cheaters Summer Jam Suncoast Blues Society Dikki Du the Zydeco Crew


JULY/AUGUST The Ale & the Witch 111 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg,

7/28, 8/25 La Lucha 8/4 An Acoustical Tribute to the Life and Music of Jerry Garcia by the Florida Mountain Boys and friends The Attic at Rock Brothers Brewing 1510 E. 8th Ave., Ybor City,

8/11 Squirrel Nut Zippers The Palladium 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg,

7/27 7/28 8/3 8/4 8/16 8/17 8/25

Jeremy Carter: The Soul of Jazz Dukes of Juke & Blue Dice Nate Najar’s Bossa Nova Guitars Little Jake and the Soul Searchers Cannonball and Nancy Damon Fowler Trio Blues Hall of Fame’r: Latimore!

The Studio@620 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg,

7/13 The Oddysey Quartet

THEATER American Stage 163 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg,

7/11-8/5 Bad Jews. A family battle over faith, love and legacy in a critically acclaimed comedy by Joshua Harmon.

SCIENCE & ART Meltdown Florida-based artist Xavier Cortada is known for his work in much colder climes: the North and South Poles, where he has created installations meant to draw attention to the dangers posed to the rest of the world by melting ice in the Arctic. Now, in one of the most unusual arts events of the summer, he’ll be showing over 400 of his interactive, immersive artworks in a venue that’s also newsworthy: the former home of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. Located in the Pinewood Cultural Park alongside the Florida Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village, the building has found new life as the Gallery of Creative Pinellas under the leadership of the nonprofit arts agency’s executive director, Barbara St. Clair, whose offices are also headquartered in the park. Cortada’s goal is that his exhibitions, entitled “90N: North Pole Installations” and “Florida Is Nature,” will open our eyes to unseen dangers. “I want people to see this work,” says the artist, “and to get a sense of the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula.” Bonus: In addition to those two collections, he’ll be showing never-before exhibited Arctic ice paintings created during his 2008 North Pole expedition. Through 9/2. Gallery hours Fri.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 12-4; and by appointment. 12211 Walsingham Rd, Largo, 727-582-2242, mad Theatre of Tampa at the Straz

Jobsite Theater at the Straz

Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa,

Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa,

7/12-29 It Shoulda Been You. A musical comedy about a wedding where anything that can go wrong does.

8/15-9/9 Hedwig and the Angry Inch: A revival of Jobsite’s smash hit production of the rollicking punk-rock musical about love and identity.

freeFall Theatre Company

Innovocative Theater at Stageworks

6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg,

1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa,

St Petersburg Opera

6/22-7/15 The Musical of Musicals

8/9-19 Ugly Lies the Bone. A wounded

The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N.,

(The Musical!). A loving lampoon of musical theater traditions, with Ann Morrison and Matthew McGee.

combat vet returns from Afghanistan to her home in Florida.

7/1,3,5, 7-8 The Music Man. The classic “76 Trombones” musical about a con man who finds his heart.



JULY/AUGUST Museum of Fine Arts 255 Beach Drive NE,

Through 8/5 Magnetic Fields. Abstract art by African American women, from the1960s to today. 7/28 Sonic Abstractions. Composer Elizabeth A. Baker presents an afternoon of sonic experiences by African American women musicians and performers. Can I Get A Witness. The indelible photography of St. Pete-based Herb Snitzer. Through 9/23 We Do Not Work Alone. Contemporary Japanese ceramics.

FILM Hitchcock, Sinatra & A Spoonful of Sugar There’s no better place to while away a sultry Sunday afternoon than inside the airconditioned, beautifully renovated (now with more leg room!) Tampa Theatre, where the Summer Classic Movies Series is in full swing with a wonderfully eclectic lineup that includes a sugary-sweet Julie Andrews (Sing-Along Mary Poppins, 7/28-29) and a malevolent Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate, with Frank Sinatra, 8/12); gleeful raunch from Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, 8/19) and innovative suspense from Alfred Hitchcock (Rope, 8/5); a 1923 silent-film comedy (Safety Last!, 7/22, with live Wurlitzer accompaniment) and a 1988 slapstick classic (A Fish Called Wanda, 7/15). Throw in two obvious but beloved choices (The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca, 8/26 and 9/2), and all you need to add is popcorn. 3 p.m. Sundays, Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St.,


Duncan McClellan Gallery 2342 Emerson Avenue S. St. Petersburg,

The Attic: 7/14 Lea DeLaria Capitol: 7/27 Paul Reiser Amalie: 8/4 Kevin Hart The Mahaffey: 8/9 Penn & Teller The Palladium: 8/24 Girls’ Night Out

7/14-8/10 Summer Garden. Botanical themed glass sculptures by Duncan McClellan and contemporary glass artists


Through 7/28 Dolls and Where They Live. An international invitational featuring handmade dolls in created environments. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 400 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, Through 7/23 International Photography Competition Winners, 2018.

Chihuly Collection 720 Central Ave.,

6/8-8/31 Storytellers. Artists that utilize or imply narrative in glass


Tampa Museum of Art 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa,

Florida CraftArt 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg,

Through 7/22 Having A Ball. The meticulously painted baseballs of umpire/folk artist George Sosnak. Inspired by Nature: Vases, Birds & Flowers. More than two dozen artworks from a variety of media and time periods. Through 9/30 Vapor and Vibration The Art of Larry Bell and Jesus Rafael Soto. Two of the 20th century’s most innovative artists working in light and space.






Alice in Wonderland: Mad About TGH: Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala Over 750 people were “Mad About TGH” on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. The event, co-chaired by Dr. Tom Bernasek & Tammy King and Joe & Laura Williams, raised over $915,000 for TGH’s Children’s Medical Center and the Foundation’s Fund for the Future. 1. Carmen and Harry Barkett painted the roses red. 2. TGH President & CEO John Couris and wife Dianne meet Alice and the White Rabbit during the Patrons’ Party. 3. Honorary Chairs Gene & Patsy McNichols share their TGH connection. 4. Jeff & Penny Vinik and Tilda & John Brabson.





3 Storybook Ball 2018: Ronald McDonald House On May 19th at the Tampa Convention Center, chimney sweeps on stilts, a waddle of penguins and Mary Poppins herself swooped into a supercalifragilistic Storybook Ball. The 19th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities blacktie evening supported four houses open to families of children being treated in nearby hospitals. 1. Board of Trustees member Bob Sanders with date Dr. Lara Cavanaugh, Board of Trustees member Tom Powers with wife Susan. 2. WQYK Emcee Veronica Alfaro spoke with Ryan & Karen Steinke about their experience at Ronald McDonald House. 3. Emma Frost, Avery Frost, Trish & Chris Frost, John Frost (center), Jenny Frost, DeDe Frost, John Frost, Tracy Frost, Jack Frost. 4. Board of Trustees member Ruth Lynch and husband Fred Lynch (CEO of Masonite).

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3rd Annual Wings, Wheels, & Wine The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Wings, Wheels & Wine on May 11, featuring exotic and classic cars, airplanes, and fine wine. With Clearwater Airpark as the evening’s backdrop, over 300 guests, including presenting sponsor Siracusa Staffing & Leasing, gathered to support The Arc’s critical mission of providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. 1. Dawn Cooper, Diane Gobo, Melody Figurski and Louise Fischer 2. Carol Ewing and Peter Pappas. 3. Jamie Prince, Madison Orr Hauenstein, Jackie Orr, Jim Orr and Polly Stannard. 4. David King, Joe Cappello, Julie Brasier and guest.

duPont REGISTRY Cars & Coffee: Davis Islands The morning of May 19, 2018, was simply unbelievable. For the second year, the folks at the Tampa Airport Authority allowed us to take over the Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands in Tampa, FL for our Cars & Coffee event. Tampa’s first airport, for approximately 10 years starting in the mid1930s, is now home to private and civil aviation with an expansive tarmac that is the perfect spot for this huge event.



1 2nd Annual Denim & Diamonds The sold-out event benefiting Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay was held at Belleair Country Club on June 2nd. It was an inspirational luncheon with VIP guests, auctions and raffles raising much-needed funds. PureLife Medi-Spa was the presenting sponsor, helping raise over $115,000. 1. Ann Bailin, Amber McDonnell, Kelly Feldman, Julie Weintraub, Cherie Schonbrun, Larissa Colvin, Jennifer Porter, Angelea Waygood. 2. Dee Schuler, Steve Weintraub, Julie Weintraub, Melissa Dohme, and Chelsea Heavenridge.


1 2 Creative Loafing’s Meet the Chefs

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Chefs from 13 area restaurants served samples of their fare to 350 CL readers and guests at the Downtown Tampa events space The Vault on June 14. 1. Noble Crust Executive Chef Rob Reinsmith. 2. All smiles at Meet the Chefs. 3. Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion was represented by Executive Chef Eric McHugh and Private Dining Director Amy Kensinger. Photos: Nick Cardello



2 St. Pete Pride Reception


St. Pete Pride’s annual thank-you for over 300 sponsors and friends, was held June 20 at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. 1. John Tonnison, Executive VP and CIO, Tech Data, and Luke Blankenship, Executive Director, St. Pete Pride 2. St. Petersburg City Council Member Darden Rice, Mayor Rick Kriseman, St. Pete Pride Board Chair Scion Crowder and her husband, Bill Crowder. 3. Joanna Verga of Gayborhood City Guide and Chef Michael Baugh of Let Them Eat Cake.

1 9th Annual Seawall Rodeo Inshore Fishing Tournament and Captains’ Party Skip Cline Society of Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation held their 9th Annual Seawall Rodeo Inshore Fishing Tournament and Captains’ Party at Marina Cantina and Carlouel Yacht Club on June 1st and 2nd. Since the event began, over $200,000 has been raised for pediatric programs at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease. 1. DeLene Crown, Bob Crown, Bette Crown, Bill Crown. 2. Jaclynn Dimmitt, Chris Foley, Peter Dimmitt, Event Chair Dr. Krista Kant, Mike Sovie. 3. Ernestine Morgan, President & CEO of Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation, and Dr. Krista Kant, Event Chair, with Milan Fedorchak and team who caught the largest redfish and overall slam at the tournament.





Special People with a Special Story


ene and Patsy McNichols are a couple whose faithbased lives and generous hearts have had an enormous impact on the Tampa Bay Area. Behind their philanthropic leadership and continuous generosity is a story of resolve and leadership by example. Over 66 years ago, Bob McNichols, Gene’s father, founded McNichols Company, a specialty metals distribution company delivering “Hole Products” of perforated and expanded metal, wire mesh and other grating and floor products. After serving his country in World War II, Bob established the company according to a moral code dedicated to his employees and his customers. His faith in the Lord gave him confidence. Evidence of the source of his strength came in a message to his son, Gene, in July of 1980: “Please pray daily for help from the Lord for guiding the company. For within Him all things are possible.” Bob passed away in 1981, leaving Gene to run the company. Today, the McNichols family carries on Bob’s legacy. Gene and Patsy’s generosity has touched many organizations and causes within the Tampa Bay area. They are passionate about their giving and have coupled their gifts with endless hours of volunteerism, inspiring many to emulate them. They particularly like to challenge their communities by inspiring others to “get on board” and support the cause. They have also been inspired by other generous citizens. Their faith has led them to support Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, Joshua House, The Spring of Tampa Bay, The Salvation Army and The Florida Orchestra. Each initiative has focused on an effort to make the lives of those less fortunate better, one day at a time and one person at a time. Gene and Patsy have also reached out to support important


pillars of the Tampa Bay community. The Straz Center has been a continuing favorite, and the University of Tampa has benefited from Gene’s long and influential support. He is one of five Chair Emeriti. Tampa General Hospital has also seen the benefits of Gene and Patsy’s philanthropic leadership. In 2013 they received the James M “Red” McEwan Award given annually to a person or persons whose good works and dedicated service have contributed to the betterment of Tampa General. This year’s TGH gala would not have been a success without the leadership of the McNichols family and McNichols Company. The 2018 Alice in Wonderland “Mad about TGH” party was a recordbreaker. Honorary chairs Gene and Patsy McNichols were quick to take the mike and personally share their TGH story with the festive crowd. In a whole ’nother place, in a different time, there was a simple man named Jimmy Lee. Jimmy was in charge of maintenance at a private school in Wilmington, Delaware, where he inspired students every day with his faith and his commitment to his job. Jimmy lived by the philosophy found on a plaque placed in his memory in the front hall of the school for all to see:

“To look up and not down; to look forward and not back; to look out and not in; and to lend a hand.” Although they never knew each other, Gene and Patsy McNichols and Jimmy Lee had much in common. And all of us are better off thanks to their compassionate leadership and genorosity. G

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