Page 1

Rich Kane

March/April 2009

The Real Estate Issue $25,000,000 Avila Estate




(813) 684-3639

Call us at “Where quality and price meet.”

Ask about our free DVD.


Designed D si e and Manufactured anu c r d in n Italy Ital by b SICIS SI I

Flower Power Mosaic Collection

New Ne Showroom Sh wroom opening openi g April A rl 3421 4 1 W. Kennedy Ke nedy Blvd.

Marla Davidson TILE T E & STONE S ONE CO. 5801 Benjamin Center Dr., Suite 108, Tampa 813.890.7200 w marlad vidso ti e o e.c m




fe a t u r e s C ARS 28



High Octane Saturday Mornings by Eric V. Kennedy

H OME 40 46

by Gale Steves The Grand Entrance On Guard

R EAL E STATE 50 54 56



Timeless Manor Home in Tampa Bay by Elizabeth McCann Mediterranean Manor Beachfront Luxury by Janan Talafer Exquisite in the Details by Janan Talafer

28 6





departments 14


THE B AY by Janan Talafer and Nicole Waters


S T YLE by Elizabeth McCann


H EALTH & B EAUT Y Losing Weight, Changing Lives by Eve Padgett


D ISH Chef Roy Yamaguchi in Action by Sam Claxton

66 14


R ESTAUR ANT REGISTRY Where to Eat Around the Bay


W INE Spring Tastings by Jeffrey DiMaio





90 92

by Jeff Ellis Gee Whizz New Fashioned Luxury


B ACK PAGE Art Heaven by Nicole Waters



Real Estate Issue Dear Reader, You are holding the fifth annual Real Estate issue of the duPont REGISTRY™ Tampa Bay. A lot has changed in the real estate market over the last five years. Prices have gone up and prices have gone down and they will go up again. On our cover is an incredible home in Avila. I am sure there is nothing else quite like it in the Tampa Bay area. The home is over 28,000 square feet, sits on over five acres, and the asking price is twenty-five million dollars. If it is something you might be interested in, give Mitzi Gill and Dina Sierra Smith of Smith & Associates a call. No matter what the price of real estate is, one thing has remained constant over the last five years—the Tampa Bay area is a great place to live and people will continue to want to live in one of the most livable cities in the United States. While Tampa Bay was basking under the national attention of the Super Bowl in early February, I realized how lucky we were to not only host the Super Bowl for the third time, in recent years, but our Tampa Bay Rays were in the World Series as well. How many cities can make the same claim? Not many. In addition to sports, Tampa Bay can claim three firstclass performance halls, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. It seems that every night something is going on in one of these great local venues. The friendly competition between the venues brings a constant stream of quality shows to our area. Don’t forget to check out our Events guide for the very latest in Tampa Bay happenings. Enjoy the next few months as these are some of the best months of the year in Tampa Bay.

David H. Kenny Jr. Editor-in-Chief

On the Cover: English country manor home in the gated community of Avila. Photography by: Harvey Smith Photography, 10







duPont Publishing, Inc. CHAIRMAN/PUBLISHER Thomas L. duPont CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven B. Chapman COMPTROLLER Lauren Osekowski Purse, C.P.A. CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER Manuel O. Obordo PRODUCTION MANAGER Tony W. Alvis ASSISTANT TO CHAIRMAN/PUBLISHER Tina Nyp ASSISTANT TO CEO Anne Tuohy RECEPTIONIST Gwendolyn Cheramie GENERAL COUNSEL J. Douglas Baldridge CORPORATE ADDRESS 3051 Tech Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 727.573.9339 • Fax 727.489.0210 • 800.233.1731 Subscription Inquiries: 800.746.3975

PRINTING Quebecor World, Midland, Michigan—Contact Slice W. Meier at 513-527-1195 The duPont REGISTRY™ is copyright 2009 by duPont Publishing, Inc. ISSN 0890-362X. All rights reserved. duPont REGISTRY™, duPont REGISTRY Luxury Living in Tampa Bay, the Steering Wheel design,™, and various titles and headings herein, are trademarks of duPont Publishing, Inc. and may not be reproduced without written consent. Printed in the U.S.A. Published 6 times per year. Single copies available at your newsstand or call our publishing office for shipping information. Canadian GST not included in cover price. The pictures for sale and the written offer for sale are the responsibility of the individual advertiser. duPont REGISTRY™ and duPont Publishing, Inc. make no representation or warranty for accuracy or content. All photos become the property of duPont Publishing, Inc. when printed unless otherwise agreed to by the Publisher.

Tampa Bay’s Betty Carroll

“Exceptional Dental Care for the Quality Conscious”

Changing People’s Lives – One Smile at a Time Dr. Angela Rasmussen 3500 E. Fletcher Avenue | Suite 221


Dr. Rasmussen is pleased to offer a wide range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services in a personalized and professional atmosphere. Beautiful smiles designed and created by Dr. Angela Rasmussen and Suncoast Ceramic Studio. 11


for mentioning this ad


Tampa’s finest new restaurant featuring exquisite Northern Italian cuisine perfect for a special occasion or any event. 813.221.4900 700 SOUTH FLORIDA AVENUE Tampa, Florida 33602

TA M PA M A R R I O T T WAT E R S I D E 10% DISCOUNT ON SPA SERVICES for mentioning this ad

Welcome to Spa Waterside. We invite you to rejuvenate your body, enrich your mind and soothe the spirit in our unique setting Waterside. Select from our varied array of personal spa treatments utilizing leading edge facial and body products from around the world. Our salon offers services and treatments that will indulge your senses and fulfill your passions. Spa Waterside invites you to book services daily. The Spa fitness facility is available to Tampa Marriott Waterside guests 24 hours every day of the year. For reservations, please call 813.204.6300 12

Buying Coins and Bullion Highest Prices Paid. Free evaluations and offers, never any obligation to sell.

Buying offices open: 9-6pm daily 9-5pm Saturday Closed on Sunday

since 1972

1350 West Bay Drive Largo, Fl 33770

727-585-4502 13

dR AROUND THE BAY By Janan Talafer and Nicole Waters

Pampered Pooches Pamper your pooch at Best Buddies, a fun, new dog boutique and bakery in downtown St. Petersburg filled with everything you could possibly want for your four-legged best friend. The dog bakery offers delicious-looking, preservativefree, all-organic pastries and cookies, as well as little decorated chocolates, actually carob, a safe, nontoxic treat that dogs can enjoy. Check out the fake potty grass, the upscale dog carriages and the boxing gloves dog chew. There’s plenty of great clothing, too, like the bikini pictured to the right. Owner Alan Ronay says he’s the only shop in town carrying the Skooperbox, small biodegradable cartons made out of recycled paper—just scoop and toss. Look for Sunday brunch in the near future. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-289-7156 or JT

From Russia With Love Yelena Podolsky says it’s only fitting that an authentic Russian restaurant is now open in downtown St. Petersburg given the city’s history. The family-owned Yammy Mamma’s Food Kafe & Marketplace is a complete redo of the old Mansion by the Bay with a new modern green and yellow color scheme, beautiful wood floors, and highly polished wood tables. A traditional Russian menu offers Chicken Tabaka, Pelmeni, Lamb Kebob and more, as well as a variety of Russian wine and beer. Walk out the side door to the little market, which offers rows of everything Russian, from newspapers to rye bread, fresh sausage, dried fish, imported chocolates and china, as well as prepackaged frozen lamb dumplings and blintz. 145 4th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg; 727-388-1904. JT

World of Art Some 7,000 works of art from around the world can be found at the Paintings of the World, downtown St. Petersburg’s newest art place on Beach Drive. Owned by Charles Keysock and managed by artist B.C. Woo, the gallery features more than 30 local artists, from Woo to Mark Levasseur and Cha Cha Despanza, as well as investment pieces, like the Peter Max, Salvador Dalí and Picasso prints. You’ll also find unique reverse oil-on-glass art from the Croatian Naïve Art Gallery, now housed at the Paintings of the World. On Saturdays, look for artists like Woo painting outside where you can watch. Future plans include a “spoken word” performance of poetry and stories on Friday evenings. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 727-432-0204 or JT   


Turn Back the Clock You can be Younger, Trimmer, Fitter, and Mentally Sharper

EMPOWERING YOU TO OPTIMAL HEALTH Dr. Masley’s Optimal Health Center (OHC) provides a state-of-the-art physical, nutritional, and longevity evaluation. This comprehensive and holistic assessment surpasses the typical disease oriented yearly physical—as we also explore:

Steven Masley,


President & Medical Director Masley Optimal Health Center

For over 20 years, Dr. Masley has empowered thousands to lose weight, get fit, improve cognitive function, and tap into unsuspected energy. He has won acclaim for reversing Type!! diabetes and cardiovascular disease in his patients.

Empowering you to care for your greatest asset—YOU Dr. Masley is a board certified nutrition specialist with the American College of Nutrition, an award-winning patient educator, a chef, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. He was formerly the Medical Director of the Pritilan Longevity Center and Carillon Executive Health. Dr. Masley is the author of three books, including, Ten Years Younger. His work has been featured on the Today Show and the Discovery Channel.

⽧ Fitness and strength ⽧ Physiologic age ⽧ Optimal mental function ⽧ Hormonal balance ⽧ Artery plaque growth ⽧ Nutritional intake ⽧ Bone health ⽧ Biochemical needs

We use advanced medical testing integrated with holistic strategies to optimize physiological function, thus preventing and/or reversing problems before they develop. With your results in hand, we develop a plan to realistically achieve your goals and dreams.


Hours of one-on-one physician time to address your concerns Up to 10 typical medical visits scheduled into a single day Over 100 measures of wellness Immediate results No waiting A realistic action plan to set and accomplish your goals The support you need to succeed


900 Carillon Parkway, Suite 300 | St. Petersburg, FL 33716 | 727.299.9007 15

Latin Flair Table Restaurant and Mesa Lounge adds a spicy South AmericanCaribbean-Atlantic Rim flair to the growing line-up of venues in downtown St. Petersburg. The restaurant hosted a grand reopening late last year, after tweaking the menu slightly and lowering prices, says general manager Joe Moledo. A favorite still on the menu is the amazing Wahoo Ceviche Cone—Florida Keys Wahoo blended with citrus vinaigrette in a blue corn tortilla cone. Come early for happy hour and stay for dinner. Inside, a chic, modern décor features low decorative lights, curving couches and intimate tables. Or, sit outside at the sidewalk cafe. Groups can book a private dining room, VIP living room or rooftop party space. 539 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-823-6372 or JT

A Touch of Paris Alexandre Hambert’s delightful accent is the first clue that Le Moulin Jaune is the real thing. Originally from Lyon, Hambert was a

Gas Up in Style A former car wash has been transformed into the new Snell Isle Marina, a satellite of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. While the permanent boat slips are for Yacht Club members only, the marina is open to the public. Pull up by car or boat Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for gas, snacks and beverages, as well as frozen and live bait. The marina is the first step in a planned $30 million mixed-use retail, office, condo project approved by the city a few years ago. The site is prime property at one end of St. Petersburg’s upscale Snell Isle neighborhood. 1305 Snell Isle Boulevard. NE, St. Petersburg; 727-895-8142. JT   16

chef in Sarasota before coming to Gulfport to open his own place. Everything is made from scratch in this new French bistro and bakery, which features what he calls a European-style short menu with dishes changing frequently depending on what’s fresh and in season. Dinner choices might be swordfish and pesto, duck with honey balsamic sauce and traditional coq au vin. For dessert try strawberry soup: fresh strawberries marinated in red wine and served with vanilla ice cream. Come for the Tuesday evening wine and cheese tasting or the Thursday evening wine and chocolate pairing—pure International decadence. 3121 Beach Boulevard. South, Gulfport; 727-946-0778. JT

Quality furniture and famous name brands at the lowest prices in the area!

At Livingston Furniture you can choose from the most up-todate trends available from leading furniture suppliers, such as Artistica, Bernhardt, Bradington Young, FFDM, Habersham, Hooker, Legacy Leather, Lexington-Tommy Bahama, Maitland-Smith, Sam Moore, Sherrill, Stanley Furniture, Theodore Alexander, Vanguard Furniture, and Wesley Hall.

Livingston FURNITURE

a tampa tradition since 1947 4013 S. Westshore Blvd. | South Tampa (2.5 miles south of Kennedy Blvd.)

813.839.5577 Monday–Saturday 10–5:30 | Sunday 12–5 17

Photo courtesy of Warehaus

Luxurious Lounging Bay area partygoers have found an exciting, new home in Aja, the ultra-modern club, which opened its doors in late January after months of anticipation. Located in the Towers of Channelside, the high-energy hot spot brings the infamous styles of New York, Chicago and Miami to Tampa’s Downtown. With more than 35 specialty martinis, 12,000 square feet of space and a sleek design featuring 27 individually sculptured acrylic pendant lights, patrons are raving. Aja also offers national entertainment, from well-known DJs to celebrity guest appearances, making it the place to see and be seen. 290 South Meridian Avenue, Tampa; 813-373-2633 or NW

Cinderella’s Carriage For a romantic evening, nothing beats a ride in Cinderella’s Carriage through downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks, especially with Duke, a gorgeous Belgium horse with green-glitter painted hoofs in the lead. Duke and Henry, a Clydesdale who pulls a more traditional carriage, are quite the sight waiting for customers almost every day of the week. And they’ll soon be joined by a third horse and buggy—a six-seater “limo,” says Leland Allenbrand of Surreys at the Pier. The carriages are popular for weddings, birthday parties, girls’ night out, romantic dates, and Christmas light tours of nearby neighborhoods. Because the carriages are licensed just like a gasoline-powered limo, alcohol and snacks are okay. The horses wear plastic horse shoes, like “flip flops” that absorb the shock as they stroll the streets. 6080 94th Avenue, Pinellas Park; 816-215-8613 or JT   18

Let Them Eat Little Cakes Which one would you choose? The Chocolate Elvis, a banana cupcake with peanut butter-butter cream icing, topped off with a dollop of chocolate fudge. Or Better Than…, a dense chocolate cake with rich cream cheese icing. Cupcakes are the hottest new trend across the country and now they’ve arrived in downtown St. Petersburg, thanks to Nicole and Doug Longo, who opened their shop, The Cupcake Spot, in January, building on the reputation of their other location in Palma Ceia. “They’re all family recipes or from friends,” says Doug, of the 16 different flavors they offer. The location is cool, too. The door to the shop is inside the entryway to the Snell Arcade, the historic, 1920-era building on Central Avenue. 405 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-825-0572 or JT

Taking Flight Arrive in style to your next five-star weekend getaway with Walkabout Air, a full-service aviation company offering aircraft charters to Bay area travel connoisseurs. Overbooking frustrations and waiting in long lines are replaced with personal service, the utmost attention to detail, and privacy in planning your flight schedule. With jets located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Walkabout Air recently expanded into Orlando, with the addition of a Gulfstream III and a brand new Hawker 750, giving the company one of the most diverse fleets in the state. But if for some reason Walkabout Air doesn’t manage the type of aircraft that suits your needs, their staff will locate the perfect jet for you through their network of qualified operators. Now that’s the way to fly. 1540 North Franklin Street, Tampa; 813-221-5150 or NW

Swing Vote Master the green not only with your stroke, but with your fashion sense as well by visiting Oldsmar’s Performance Golf. With 4,500 square feet stocked full of golfing apparel, clubs, hats, golf balls and more, the golfer’s paradise carries brands such as Titleist, Ping, Nike, Cleveland, and Callaway. Take advantage of the store’s two simulation areas, allowing you to practice your swing while be fitted for your custom clubs. Open for less than six months, Performance Golf also offers a putting green, women’s apparel and accessories, books, and a flat-screen television broadcasting the Golf Channel. Now the only thing left to do is schedule a tee time. 4022 Tampa Road, Suite B, Oldsmar; 813-749-0856. NW

Bottoms Up Lodge Restaurant & Bar touts itself as the place where patrons can come and just be themselves. Whether you’re looking for delicious food, tasty martinis or live music, Lodge is the destination. Relax on the breezeway patio listening to the beats and enjoying the specialty, Grandma’s Sweet Tea, made with sweet tea vodka, water and fresh lemon. With lunch and dinner menus filled with American comfort food including the must-try taters, Lodge also offers Saturday and Sunday brunch finished off with a mouthwatering Mimosa. 516 South Howard Avenue, Tampa; 813-251-5634 or NW dR


Prepare to be

Inspired! UNIQUE



Kitchens Bathroom Tile Home Offices Outdoor Living Media Centers Bathroom Vanities Backsplashes Wine Storage Fireplaces Pool Waterline Tile Bath Tubs

Leading the way in environmentally friendly and Green Tile and Cabinetry SWANN METRO CENTER 2511 W. SWANN AVENUE TAMPA, FL 33609 MITCHELL KEITH TILE & BATH COLLECTION 813-879-7773





In Full Bloom

Photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

By Elizabeth McCann

1. Lustrous black enamel and sparkling diamonds are paired for a glamorous effect in these new drop earrings from Tiffany & Co. Black enamel concentric circles structure a trellis for platinum boughs and diamond florets. $20,000, available at Tiffany & Co. in Tampa or


2. Need an intensely pink way to take a relationship to the next level? This new Amorique diamond engagement ring from Mayors Jewelers offers intensely pink pavé diamonds, set in a handmade eighteen-karat pink gold band, that culminate in a one-carat cushion-cut diamond center. Price upon request. Available at Mayors Jewelers in Citrus Park, Tampa, and Brandon or 3. Just as the cherry blossoms mark the unofficial start of spring in Washington, D.C., you can make Glashütte Original’s new SpringBlossom timepiece your own rite of spring. Part of the German watchmaker’s FourSeasons line, this watch is a work of art, with hand-engraved cherry blossoms in its shimmering mother-ofpearl face and more than two carats of handset clear white or natural pink diamonds. Its polished white gold case houses an automatic Caliber 90 movement. $44,000, available through Hess Fine Art in St. Petersburg or www.glashuette


3 23



4. While those up north are lamenting April’s showers, we are anticipating the blossoming dogwood trees. American designer Alexis Bittar’s new cuff bracelet makes a spring statement with one enormous Lucite dogwood blossom, like a perennial corsage for a prom date. $395, available at the boutique at Robb & Stucky in Tampa.

6. Daisy chains aren’t just for kids anymore. From Iridesse’s new Moments collection, pavé diamond daisies interspersed with cultured Akoya pearls and more diamonds are chained together in an eighteen-karat white gold necklace that’s 36 inches long and offers a total of 5.1 carats of diamonds ($12,500). Or string the Daisy pendant ($1,250), also featuring a cultured Akoya pearl and pavé diamonds set in white gold, on shorter eighteen-inch diamond bezel chain of white gold ($2,150). Finish the look with matching pavé diamond Daisy earrings ($1,800). Available at Iridesse in Tampa or dR



Beth Reynolds

5. It’s flowery tabletop bling that’s functional. The hand-blown Seated Flower by Tampa Bay glass artist Chuck Boux holds enough water to float your garden’s latest bloom. The big flower’s bowl also can serve as a candy dish or a fancy candlestick. With other Seated Flowers in pinks, blues, reds, and other colors, you can arrange a tabletop bouquet that will remain in constant bloom. $45, available at the Beth Ann Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. 25

26 27 29 31

Specializing in Luxury and Waterfront Residences

A beautiful 2003 built home on one and a half waterfront lots with forever wide-water views! Designed for entertaining, this 4 bedroom home enjoys great spaces for family gatherings or elegant parties. Just 5 minutes to the beach, shops, restaurants, and golf. Offered at $2,250,000

On 208 feet of Tampa Bay waterfront and almost an acre of land in historic Snell Isle, this beautiful, open, and airy home has 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths and over 6,000 square feet of charming elegance. Offered at $3,650,000

A new home directly on the beach that was built with high ceilings, huge windows, and banks of doors to take in the views and spectacular sunsets. Over 5,000 square feet of top-of-the-line construction, designer interiors, and fabulous entertaining spaces. Offered at $3,220,000

727.580.4447 • 727.442.7000 • 727-363-2576 32

The Merritt Portfolio Carole Merritt

Your Most Valuable One-Stop Resource for Luxury Homes in the Tampa Bay Area Over $45,000,000 in Sales 2007–2008 Highest Priced Sale in South Pinellas #1 Coldwell Banker Realtor in South Pinellas for 2007 and 2008 #1 Realtor Pinellas County 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008 International President’s Premier Top 1% Realtors Worldwide National Luxury Estate, Executive, and Corporate Relocation Specialist

A brand new, fabulous waterfront home directly on the open water of Pass-A-Grille channel. Built to the highest standards of design and function, the home offers a main house with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths plus a separate waterside guest house. Just blocks to shopping, restaurants, and 1 block to the beach. Offered at 3,499,000

2003 builder’s model home with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and spectacular sunsets. Open, great room with “entertainer's” kitchen, custom media room, and impressive master suite. Offered at $1,295,000 Cynthia Schoenberger

727.580.4447 • 727.442.7000 •



Losing Weight

Changing Lives By Eve Padgett


hen 38-year-old Lisa Brown of St. Petersburg couldn’t keep up with her active 3-year-old daughter at the playground, or even bend over to tie her little one’s shoes, she knew it was time to shed the extra weight. But when a ruptured appendix landed her in the hospital for a week, it was the wakeup call she needed to make drastic changes for the better.

“I was tired of being fat, to be quite blunt,” the mother of three recalls. “There I was, overweight and lying in the hospital. I knew the weight had to come off. I wanted to be the healthiest I could be.” More than 100 pounds overweight, Brown was at risk for serious medical conditions associated with obesity, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, gallbladder disease,

Dr. Cesar A. Lara, Center for Weight Management

and respiratory problems. An estimated two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese and the epidemic continues to rise. In Florida alone, medical expenditures related to obesity total more than $3.9 billion, according to the Florida Department of Health. While there’s no magic bullet for weight loss, it does boil down to simple   

Yo u g e t m o r e than what you pay for… Outstanding Properties at Incredible Values

Ta m pa

(813) 254-6444 Tr e a s u r e I s l a n d

(727) 363-6444

In every industry, there is one company that distinguishes itself from its peers. Fiercely independent and totally obsessed with performance. In real estate, that company is Wingate & Associates. The guiding tenents of our company, honesty, true service and innovative thinking, are simple and unalterable, concepts that embolden us for the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s residential and commercial real estate marketplaces. A PRIZED JEWEL IN WESTSHORE YACHT CLUB This 3,500 square foot residence is impeccably detailed with gorgeous cabinetry throughout, wood floors, wonderful moldings and designer finishes. The home includes an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa and sperate guest suite. . With an expansive Bay Club and 149-slip marina, WYC presents the splendor of living by the water. Sold in 2007 for $1,150,000. Now offered at $750,000. Call Kathleen Wingate (813) 254-6444 for more information.

MAGNIFICENT 5,700 SQUARE FOOT 5-BEDROOM home was designed and executed with incredible attention to detail. The interior of this never occupied home boast gorgeous stone flooring, amazing ceiling detail, crown molding, custom cabinetry, and exquisite lighting. The fabulous outdoor entertainment area includes a stainless grill, prep sink, fireplace, stone pavers and sparkling pool & spa. And is located on a lovely 1 acre pond home site in a gated community. Originally priced at $2,250,000. Now offered at $1,650,000. Call Kathleen Wingate at (813) 254-6444 for more information.

TOTALLY SOUGHT AFTER HOME ON ONE OF A KIND cul-de-sac lot. 220 ft. mol this corner lot offers privacy from neighbors yet gorgeous water views from all directions! This boaters paradise is just minutes from Johns Pass with easy access to the gulf. The home is light and bright with sliders that open to the picture perfect screened pool and lanai. Newer tile roof, water heater, A/C ducts. New seawall in 2000. 9,000 pound boat lift and new dock with electric and water. You will not be disappointed! Shawn Byrne 727-692-6672

CUSTOM BUILDER’S PERSONAL HOME WITH 5-ACRES OF FENCED & GATED LAND! Odessa "French Country" Estate, close to everything, in area of upscale homes. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. Six car garage, theater/game room, 12 foot high ceilings throughout. All floors have 20 x 20 porcelain tile. There are 4-bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, den, living room, formal dining room, family room, with 4,567 square feet of living area. realtor/owner call for pricing Larry and Robin Taylor (813) 695-6512, (813) 695-6511


The resource for properties that rank among the very best buying opportunities in our area. 35

arithmetic: burn off equal or more calories than consumed and you’ll maintain or lose weight. But it’s easier said than done. Brown had tried diets in the past, but with little success. Determined to shed the weight and improve her health, she enrolled at a medically supervised weight loss center. There are numerous physician-supervised centers in the Tampa Bay area that promise success where other programs fail. But are the claims true? Thousands of patients have enrolled at the Dr. Cesar A. Lara Center for Weight Management since it opened in 2002. About half of all new patients are 50 pounds overweight and already have a weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. “The other 50 percent are in a risk category but not necessarily affected yet,” says Lara, a board-certified family physician. “They are beginning to feel some of the consequences of having forgotten about

themselves. They have to be the mother, the worker, the wife. They have very little time to take care of themselves.” Whether they need to lose 15 pounds or 200, most of his patients—women and men—have tried other diets but failed, says Lara. “I am helping change people’s lives, and more importantly, putting them in the driver’s seat of their own lives,” he notes. The approach to weight loss at many medical weight loss centers includes a thorough medical examination, individualized diet and exercise plans, and individual and group support. FDA-approved appetite suppressants can be prescribed and their use monitored by a physician. Some centers offer vitamin and mineral supplements, including weekly Vitamin B injections. Support, encouragement, and accountability are important components of the program at Success by Design, a weightloss center supervised by Debra

Success by Design’s Sherri Morrison, RN and Dr. Debra Figueroa

Figueroa, M.D., in Pinellas Park. Patients receive weekly individual counseling with a medical professional. “My patients tell me they feel like they’re visiting family. They aren’t going to be beaten up. They are not going to be criticized,” says Figueroa, a board-certified family physician. Medical experts agree that a twopound weight loss per week is healthy, although many patients often lose more initially. That’s what happened with Lisa Brown, who eventually lost nearly 100 pounds in seven months under Figueroa’s care. “I lost 12 pounds the first week. That gives you that high and that mental energy. You feel like you can do it,” recalls Brown. “I’m very excited and proud of myself. I’m a whole different person.” Janet Thompson of St. Petersburg felt the same way after losing 40 pounds at a weight loss center. “I had tried every diet under the sun, but I always failed. Having the support and knowing that I would be weighed every week kept me motivated,” she recalls. The busy professional and mother of two kept the weight off for six months after completing the program, but began gaining weight after holiday and stress-related binge eating, she admits. “I gave away all my size 16 clothes when I lost the weight, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to replace them. I know how to lose the weight. I just have to do it.” Lara’s program incorporates a transition phase to help reinforce healthy eating and exercise habits patients have maintained during the weight-loss portion of the program. Most patients who complete the transition have maintained their desired weight for at least six months, he reports. “The majority of people who tend to fail look at it as ‘I have to get there and then I’m done’. But it’s a lifelong journey. It’s a lifestyle change,” he explains. “It’s like anything in life—it’s something you need to continue. Most people who have gained weight do so because they aren’t taking care of themselves.” dR


Yo u r H o m e V a l u e


ustom designs, from C traditional mahogany to elegant brass and glass, as well as chair lifts and dumbwaiters are available. Prices start as low as $16,000.

UÜ|Çz|Çz | z Çxã x {x|z{àáá àÉ çÉâÜ É Ü {ÉÅx É x ätÄâx4 Äx 800-279-3538 727-587-1245 7 -5 -1 5 813-273-1169

HASLEY, CEO of RE/MAX ACTION FIRST, IS LAUNCHING NEW COMPANY DESIGNED TO RETURN PROFITABILITY TO REAL ESTATE INVESTING! Steve Hasley, founded RE/MAX Acton First in 1986. Over the past 22 years, he has developed them into one of the largest and most successful real estate companies in Florida, with sales OVER ONE BILLION and a title company with over 800 million in sales. He has earned the well deserved respect of the real estate profession for his knowledge, success, integrity and ethics. A business partnership with a man of Hasley’s track record and reputation, in a business which involves

the purchase of properties, at prices lower than their appraised and mortgage values. Participation in this once in a lifetime business opportunity, can be purchased in minimum investment increments of $100,000. Millions of dollars were made in the RTC days of the 90s! That same opportunity exists today! Don’t be left out. You are invited to call Steve Hasley at (727) 466-0800, to meet with him and review this program.

For more information, contact

Steve Hasley—CEO and President RE/MAX Action First

Steve Hasley, RE/MAX Action First—Offices in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville 727-466-0800 • 727-522-4122 • 37

BellArte on the Gulf - Premier Beachfront Residences


his Florida community is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico’s white sandy beaches near Tampa and St. Petersburg in Madeira Beach. Built in 2007, the Bell Arte on the Gulf consists of 17 residences in three buildings, with only one home per oor, private elevator lobby, climate-controlled two-car garages, and access to the buildings via a security system. A luxury clubhouse features a heated swimming pool and spa, as well as a sauna and quality exercise equipment in the gym.

Inside, the 3 bedroom with den, 3.5 bathroom, 3,458 square foot home includes top-quality ďŹ nishes made from natural stone, hardwood ooring, crown molding, granite countertops, custom wood cabinets, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Bosch appliances, a 132 bottle wine cooler, ice maker, high ceilings, accent lighting, a central vacuum, and all bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms. Large balconies and verandas provide 180-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico for beautiful sunsets. Starting at $1.29 million. Michal Winiarek 813-258-9000.



Finest Real Estate in Tampa Bay

Harbour Island: 3 bedroom 2/1 bath 1,999 square foot 2-story townhome. Well-maintained, original owner, situated on a walking path, doesn’t back up to main street or another property. Inviting oor plan, custom ďŹ nishes: built ins, plantation shutters, hardwood oors, ďŹ replace, large paver patio. $525,000. Trudy Stracey 813-766-3680.

Hyde Park: Perfectly preserved bungalow in the heart of Old Hyde Park, near Hyde Park Village and 3 blocks from the scenic waterfront of Bayshore Blvd. 1,423 square feet, 3 bedrooms plus ofďŹ ce, 1.5 baths, single car detached garage, fenced back yard. Original wood oors, coffered ceilings, wood burning ďŹ replace. $499,000. Michal Winiarek 813-258-9000.

Tierra Verde: Fabulous new Italianate home next to deep water. High ceilings, wraparound balconies. Enjoy Tampa Bay breezes and views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or downtown St. Pete from every room. Meticulous attention to every detail. Low maintenance dock area and vanishing-edge pool. $3,658,500. David Newsome 727-744-5838.

St. Petersberg Beach: Exclusive gated community – a tropical paradise across from white sandy Florida beaches. See romantic sunrises and sunsets from east and west balconies with wide open bay views. Spacious luxury corner unit with private garage and elevator, custom kitchen with granite, stainless steel, slate. $750,000. Marlies Fischer 727-804-2204.

Kissimmee: Venetian style home offers ďŹ rst class Mediterranean-like living. Located on the lake, minutes from Disney. Amenities include screened porch with private pool and spa, private boatlift, exquisite landscaping, state-of-the-art kitchen with granite, and ďŹ rst class appliances. Marble vanity tops in bathrooms. $550,000. Sara Maddocks 321-402-2217.

Venetian Isles: A luxurious waterfront community in the heart of Tampa Bay only minutes away from the culturally rich St. Petersburg and Tampa. Located on the prestigious street of Carolina Ave. NE; the home consists of 2,451 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and pool. $850,000. Lou Vaccaro 727-710-0123.

St. Petersburg: Restored 1925 Mediterranean 5 bedroom, 4/1 bath 3,060 square feet. Woodburning ďŹ replace, hardwoods. Gourmet kitchen with professional appliances, beautiful cabinets, granite. Detached 2 car garage with guest apartment, central heat and air. House includes two extra lots for $987,000. Douglas Swain 727-430 2578 or Jan Kokernot 727-460 2956.

Redington Beach: Stunning Key West home on intracoastal built in 2008; Gulf of Mexico views. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, den/ofďŹ ce. 3+ car garage. Elevator; Spanish hickory 5â€? hardwoods and travertine oors. Delicatus granite, commercial grade appliances. Fireplace and wine cellar. Pool/spa, 400 sq. ft. rooftop terrace. 1 block to beach. $1,599,000. Steve Kepler 727-647-6696.

St. Petersburg Beach: With expansive Boca Ciega Bay views as a backdrop, watch the dolphins while enjoying cool breezes on a private terrace in this classic contemporary Bella Grande condominium in St. Petersburg Beach. Manhattan sophistication meets the waterfront beauty of Florida. Embrace the lifestyle you deserve. $1,650,000. Diane Gaffney 941-705-0096.



By Gale Steves

The Grand


Your entry door is the first area that attracts attention to your home. It should make a statement. Is yours sending the right message?


Pinecrest Doors, the Rolls-Royce of fine entry doors, has over 900 styles from which to select. Their Manorgate doors are fire-rated as an option and clad with hand-forged steel for visual appeal and extra protection. 800-443-5357 or


our front door really sets the tone for the rest of the house. The more attractive the front entrance, the more it can add to the perceived market value of a house. Research by NFO WorldGroup has finally proven what realtors have long known. Ed Bailey of Artistic Doors in Tampa adds that “a great-looking door is like a smile; it greets friends and family.” Most entrance doors are available in insulated steel, maintenance-free fiberglass, composite materials, or wood. Each has its own selling points, depending on


your needs and budget. At the luxury end, wood is definitely the material of choice for its classic good looks and curb appeal. “The look and feel of a well-crafted wooden door as well as the substantial weight adds to an inviting sense of home and a feeling of security,” reports Russell Underdahl Sr. of Pinecrest Doors.

It’s All about Appearance

The key thing is style. Your entry door makes a strong statement about your taste as well as your home. “The door or doors should be in harmony with the   

NEW INDIVIDUAL STORAGE CONDOS FOR YOUR MOTORCOACH • COLLECTOR CARS • BOATS • ETC. • Unit sizes 50’ x 16’ / 46’ x 16’ • Hurricane rated (130 mph winds) • Huge doors (16’ x 14’) • Air conditioned and heated individually • 100 amp service • Individual private waste drains • Security cameras with access via Internet • Floor drain • Smoke/CO2/LP detectors • Exhaust fans • Fire sprinkler system • 24-hour security gate • Large turnarounds • Only 13 units left! • Blowout ownership pricing starting at only $120,000!

Contact Andrew Denis

727.410.5483 1970 Belcher Rd., S., Largo 41

Artglass Studios in Clearwater can turn your entry into a unique work of art. Working with designers or clients, they work in traditional beveled as well as contemporary designs. High impact glass on the exterior of the door protects it. 727-461-4901 or

Artistic Doors in Tampa creates one-of-a-kind products in tropical hardwoods such as Brazilian oak or mahogany. This spectacular double door creates a breathtaking entrance for any luxury home. 813-855-6155 or 42

Architectural Traditions, another upscale custom door manufacturer, can create whatever you imagine. This raised-panel door crafted in knotty alder gives an entirely different elegant look to your main entry. 520-574-7374 or   

architecture of your house,” suggests John Rosende of The Molding Depot in Tampa, dealer for Jeld-Wen doors. There is nothing worse than seeing a Victorian style door on a more contemporary home. “No one wants to have the same door as their neighbors,” declares Cal Reynolds of Art Glass Studios in Clearwater. “They are looking for unique designs.” Many door manufacturers offer an extraordinary number of custom choices, so you can select a style that appeals to you and still modify it to complement the exterior of your home. Doors are available up to 10 feet high, 4 feet wide and 3 inches thick with a variety of side light panels or transom or round tops. Decorative glass panels let in natural light and allow for a view. With your architect or designer’s counsel, you can literally create whatever suits your home. Expect to start at $4,000 without side lights and transoms and head up over $12,000 and a lot more as you add special design features.

Security is An Issue

In these uncertain times, more attention is being paid to safety measures. Wrought iron decorative features are having a comeback with exterior grilles and wrought iron screens and huge escutcheon plates. The added benefit is they help protect even-tempered impact glass. With full light glass doors, also plan to have a double-keyed deadbolt lock or a multi-point locking system installed. Hurricane-proof glass is yet another option as are glass that limits UV rays or reduces heat loss. The State of Florida mandates tempered impact glass in their Building Codes for new houses, and with more persistent hurricanes and storms, this is a necessity for your family’s well being. This laminated glass offers greater security against forced entry as well. Be sure to check that this is part of your new door. dR

Artistic Doors 12901 West Hillsborough Avenue Tampa 813-855-6125

Artglass Studios 321 South Missouri Avenue Clearwater 727-461-4901

The Molding Depot 3707 West Carmen Street Tampa 813-348-4837 43


“Professional Glass 1982” “ rofess las Artists t t Since S 2”

727-461-4901 See our brochure at

Showroom: 321 S. Missouri Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33756 44

French Country Estate Luxurious 8,226-square-foot estate including 6 bedrooms, guest apartment, bonus/play room, media/billiards room, exercise room and more. Gourmet kitchen with limestone counters. Exquisitely designed around private gardens, terraces and pool with old-world ambiance. Impeccable details throughout! Offered at $2,950,000

Traditional Southern Estate Classically designed estate home for elegant Southern living. 6,107 square feet on over an acre rich in luxury appointments. 5 Bedrooms plus office, craft center, bonus room, gourmet kitchen, pool, spa, and more! Rich traditional details including wood floors, elegant built-ins, and exceptional mill work. Offered at $1,499,000

Elegance with Golf Course Views Located in the gated, golf course community of Cheval, this classic-traditional 5-bedroom home enjoys sweeping golf course views with a private conservation setting on one side. Custom built with nearly 4,000 square feet, the home is filled with hardwood floors, beautiful mill work, cherry cabinets in the kitchen, granite counters, an incredible master suite with private office a four-car garage, pool, and more! Offered at $899,900.

JEAN JARMAN, GRI Cell: 813-240-9651 3450 Buschwood Park Drive Tampa, FL 33618

L U X U RY H O M E S S P E C I A L I S T R E L O C AT I O N S P E C I A L I S T 45



Guard By Gale Steves

The Brink’s Home Security keypad incorporates new equipment features designed to improve ease of use and reduce false alarms.

Every 8 seconds, a residential burglary is committed in the U.S., and most of us think our houses are invulnerable. How secure is your home?


hefts at home are crimes of opportun-ity. A door left unlocked, an open garage door or window, or even a dark house are all indicators that a house is vulner-able. “The sinking economy usually means that crime rate goes up,” says Richard Chace of the Security Industry Association. “To reduce the risk of break-ins, the latest generation of home security systems offers homeowners peace of mind.”

Safe House Today’s technologically-advanced home security system offers full services beyond potential break-ins. Kurt Sonnenberg, Director for ADT Custom Home Services in Florida, notes “a fully-protected luxury home is three times less likely to be burglarized.” Many of his customers, who are multiple homeowners, prefer to use one dedicated security system to integrate their homes with just one code. Select a reputable home security company offering a central monitoring system available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The system should be easy to use and equally easy to monitor, no matter where you are. Some offer alerts to your PDA and /or your computer. Also essential is that the system has a backup battery unit in event of power failure, so important   during the stormy season.  46

Schlage LiNK, the first and only wireless-controlled and Z-Wave enabled door lock, can be controlled and monitored using web-enabled mobile phones or computers 24/7.™

Modern M dern & Traditional Trad ti nal Rugs R gs Specializing Specializ ng inn custom ustom area a ea rugs rug inn all styles....

Oriental Orie al Contemporary te pora y Hand Woven Machine-Made


Shouldn’t your high-end table be, well ... high-end?

Rug Gallery

For a pool table as unique as your are, there’s only one choice:

1120 1 20 W. W Kennedy Kenne y Blvd. Bl . | Tampa, T mp , FL 33606 33 0 Mon–Sat Mon– a 10am–6pm 10 m 6p & Sun u 12pm–5pm 2p –5 m 813.254.RUMI 8 3. 54 RUM 866.966.RUMI 8 6. 66 RUM WE BUY OLD RUGS! w w miru lle Restoration, R st ration, Cleaning Cl aning and Repair Repai

Trade-Ins Welcome

Hurricane Custom Billiards, Inc. Premier Builders of Fine Custom Pool Tables and Accessories Hurricane Custom Billiards, Inc. Corporate Headquarters and Prototyping 278 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North St. Petersburg, Florida 33705 727.894.9706

Your one stop for all your natural stone needs. Travertine Marble Pavers Granite Mosaics Pre-cast Plus much more

Beautiful stone imported straight from Turkey and delivered to your home!

FACTORY DIRECT PRICES 4900 W. Rio Vista Avenue • Tampa, Florida 33634

813.885.6900 • 47

Central to any good alarm system is an intelligent keypad. It should have graphic interface which can arm and dearm your system but also can control lights inside and out, receive voice mails, access internet and become a speaker phone. These keypads can do it all, except serve you coffee in bed. If your home has been remodeled or your system is over 10 years old, then you should have it re-evaluated and updated, suggests Bob Carroll, Florida Regional Director for Brink’s Home Security. The size and layout of your house and property should be taken into consideration in the design of any system.

computer or upgrading an existing one, consider automatic paging, remote operation, special codes for occasional users, silent panic signals when you are home alone and audio monitoring”, Elkins adds. The hottest new features are hidden camera surveillance for indoor and outdoor use. The advent of wireless models enables you to place the camera wherever you wish. A permanent security camera should have varifocal lenses (to zoom in and out), auto iris (adjusts for changing light conditions), and an infrared illuminator (capture good pictures in complete darkness). Make sure the cameras are compatible with your security system.

Secret Agents

Lock Up

“The new technological advances in the past few years make it easier for you to use and for your family to feel secure”, says Bob Elkins of EEI Security in Tampa. Most alarm systems can monitor for smoke, fire, floods and carbon monoxide as well as home protection. “Whether you are installing a new system, which is like a mini-

Home security is more than solid doors and locks. A new generation of wireless controlled lock systems that can remotely control and monitor access to your exterior doors is now available. Using Z-wave two-way wireless technology, you can integrate your doors with up to 232 other enabled home automation and security

Hidden or visible, these security cameras are a strategic part of ADT’s Custom Home Services’ Gold Standard service using advanced technology.

system devices in a single system. This technology also applies to your garage door opener as well. “Garage doors, which is the real entry door for many families, continue to prove to be an area of vulnerability,” according to Chris Long, executive director, International Door Association. Garage doors paired with open-door alert systems, miniature key-ring remote controls, and numerically coded keypad entry systems keep unwanted visitors out of your home. Check out for more ways to improve home safety. dR

The new Z-wave enabled idrive Pro garage door opener from WayneDalton can activate garage door, outdoor or indoor lights, thermostat controls and more.™

The Best of the Beaches Belleair Shore, Florida Beautiful beachfront home is superbly located with 102 feet on the white sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Custom built in 2004 by Alvarez, exceptional detail and quality is evident throughout the 6,390 square feet of living area. Designed for elegant living and informal enjoyment, this home offers the best beachfront lifestyle. Offered at $6,450,000

Call Mary Ann for every real estate reason


Belleair Office 575 Indian Rocks Road N. Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770



Timeless Manor Home in Tampa Bay

By Elizabeth McCann c Photography by Harvey v Smith S


hat’s trendy in luxury homes today are features that all buyers of a certain demographic clamor for. You know, the master suites with spalike baths, gourmet kitchens, great rooms, lavish finishes, to name a few. Beyond the prerequisite laundry list of luxuries is the trifecta of great architecture, proper siting, and a desirable location that makes a luxury home a great property. One such property that delivers on all points is a 28,893-square-foot home, built in 2004 and set on 5.9 acres in Tampa’s Avila, a private gated community. Currently, it happens to be the area’s priciest at $25 million and the largest singlefamily home on the market, according to

listing agents Mitzi Gill and Dina Sierra Smith of Smith & Associates in Tampa. “We feel like the house justifies the price,” says Gill. Indeed, 21st-century Florida meets 17th-century England in this elegant country manor home, designed by British architect Peter Shaw, of Architects Co-Partnership in Sarasota. It offers a way of life that has been coveted for centuries, says Shaw. The style, featuring steep gables, bay windows, and colonnades, was the height of fashion when King James I reigned, Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Galileo stargazed, and the first colonists settled in Massachusetts and Virginia. Shaw’s inspiration was the Jacobean country manors found in the Cotswolds region of England. “I’ve been around this style of architecture my whole life,” he says. The amazing amount of detail and sheer grace   speak of his cohesive view for the 51

property’s architecture, interior, and grounds. Like the Cotswold manor homes, this one is also clad in stone, though here it’s vein-cut Romanian marble rather than English limestone. The vein-cut marble also extends to the terraces, the garage, the cabana, the pool deck, and the foyer. Fit for a large family that entertains grandly, among its features is a great hall with a minstrel gallery, rooms that open to terraces, guest and staff quarters, a pool area, and a marble athletics court. Perhaps most lavish are the customdesigned Murano glass chandeliers, the antique English fireplace mantles, and the Austrian crystal chandeliers that grace the second-floor master suite and one other bedroom. The great hall alone is approximately 3,000 square feet, large enough to serve as a ballroom when all the furniture has been removed. It’s a room that has held 400 people for a political fundraiser. Also, parties with 400 guests have been held outdoors, around the pool. And most rooms have French doors to access the balustraded marble terraces that wrap around the entire house. No doubt about it, the house is huge, but the architect favored having spacious rooms rather than numerous ones.


Materials were selected to harmonize throughout, so the rooms are familiar and inviting. For example, the marble staircases, columns, and fireplace mantles are from the same Romanian quarry as the exterior cladding and floors, and the marble’s tones are picked up in the home’s baths and granite countertops. Colonnades, paneling, ornate ceilings, and dentil molding as well as fourteen fireplaces add intimacy to the home and its generously proportioned rooms. The ten bedrooms offer privacy and views of the parklike grounds, which flank Avila’s golf course, recently redesigned by Jack Nicklaus. “The golf course makes the property feel much bigger than it is,” observes Gill. A colonnade walkway connects the main house with the four-car garage with guest quarters above. The estate also offers an Italianate cabana with his-andher baths and a sizable outdoor kitchen to serve the pool and spa area. “Typically lords of English manors had little follies,” says Shaw. “I wanted to introduce something Tuscan to the property.” This estate is offered at $25 million and is listed by Mitzi Gill and Dina Sierra Smith of Smith & Associates in Tampa, 813-3344989 or dR

DONNA NETTESTAD Camelot Realtors 2719 State Road 580 Clearwater, FL 33761


Exceeding Expectations

Reminiscent of an Italian Villa



This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath estate offers a 1.5-acre parcel with a private dock on Old Tampa Bay. The entire perimeter is fenced and a front wall with security gate offers privacy. The kitchen offers Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances with unobstructed views of the extended screened lanai, spill-over spa, and waterfall flowing into the oversized pool. The master suite offers luxury complete with steam shower in the master bath. Granite countertops, marble, Travertine, oak floors, and many quality touches are found throughout. Call Donna for more information. Offered at $1,499,000

Private Premium Preserve Lot in Gated Community!

Great Curb Appeal in Safety Harbor!

Quality, Comfort, Privacy, and Great Waterview!

All of this and more found in this 4-bedroom, 2bath home with over 2,700 square feet of open living. A large amount of space is provided by the living room and dining room combo which looks out onto a screened lanai, inviting pool and the preserve beyond. A large master suite offers a sitting area and a soaking tub with walk-in shower. An open kitchen/family room. Offered at $430,000

This 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2-car garage home offers plenty of space with over 2,700 square feet. A large lot offers room even with the screened pool/lanai. The updated master bath offers a walk-in shower, wood vanities, decorative tile, and dual sinks. The kitchen offers newer stainless appliances, and opens to the family room which has French doors and a fireplace, and more. Offered at $405,000

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage with over 2,200 square feet is located at the end of a cul-desac and has a rear yard that provides a calming view of a pristine pond. A screened enclosed porch offers an oasis with tiled flooring and grill. The kitchen has Miele, Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Thermador appliances with granite countertop and a GE Profile wine cooler. The master bath has been totally updated with new tile, shower and cabinets. New carpet, crown molding, fireplace and more. Offered at $399,900 53




his is the home that builder Keith Grindley of Hammerscotts Homes built for his wife, Bernadette, three years ago. It is opposite the golf course within the country club setting that is Belleair. But, it's the home the couple will leave to move closer to their son and granddaughter, who reside in South Pinellas County. It is, after all, what Realtor Rafal Wazio describes as a true "Hacienda" aesthetic hard to find on the West Coast of Florida, let alone Belleair. Plus, it's a superbly detailed residence with symmetrical arches, volume and pitched wood beam ceilings, style appropriate moldings, exquisite ironwork, and timeless hardware. Its 6,100-square-foot layout includes four bedrooms, five baths, formal living room and dining rooms, a great room, home theatre, and elevator. "As far as I'm concerned, the home is beyond charming. It has a great location,


amazing cross views of the golf course , and the Tuscan-inspired courtyard." And the finishes are well beyond today's building standards,” says Wazio. Directed by General Contractor, Scott Pavlik, who devoted vast time, energy, and pain-staking attention to detail, the home was finished in 2006. "What separates this home from other newer homes in the area is the ‘self-contained’ nature of this property," says Grindley. There is very little exterior

maintenance needed, and the structural integrity is evident. Grindley and his wife, Bernadette, built the home to their specifications using the finest granites, tiles, and marbles along with professional series, commercial grade appliances available to them. There is a non-repetitive characteristic throughout the home with elegant, contrasting color palettes for the flooring, cabinetry, and built-ins. "What I'll miss most is the scale and

scope of the rooms and the immediate proximity to Belleair Country Club where I play tennis several times a week," says Bernadette Grindley. I'm rather fond of this home. This property is offered at $1,850,000 and is listed by Rafal Wazio of Sand Key Realty Sales & Rentals, Inc., 727-424-4629 or dR 55


Beachfront Luxury Lux ry


By Janan Talafer magine it’s January and freezing up north. You’ve invited friends from home to visit your beachfront resort home, where the view out your living room window is an endless stretch of white powdery sand and turquoise water. And after sunset, you can retire from the tropical scenery by sinking into the leather swivel media chairs, around the 50-inch flat screen TV and enjoy the electric fireplace. This is a house that offers the best of both worlds—a relaxing hideaway or the perfect place for entertaining friends and family. Word is that Miley Cyrus spent many of her childhood vacation days at this very home. The current owners completed renovating this Sunset Beach waterfront home in 2007. The main living area, with two large balconies overlooking the gulf, invites you in with the warm earth tone colors, highly polished travertine tile floor, tiered ceiling and white crown molding, giving the home an elegant but comfortable feel. The living room and dining room flow into each other, so this spacious area seems even larger. Top-of-the-line insulated windows and doors exceed code for impact resistance, but what I noticed most was the total silence. The windows are a complete barrier to any sound filtering in from outside, a welcome retreat after a hard day. Hunter Douglas shades and plantation shutters provide privacy. A custom kitchen is just off the dining room and features

hardwood cabinets, granite countertops, decorative lighting, and state-of-the-art Electrolux appliances. Best of all, a window over the sink gives you a direct ocean view. On the opposite end from the kitchen, you’ll find the family room / billiard room, “A great place for the guys”, says Realtor Paula Pierce. There’s a large pool table, bar and a 42-inch flat screen TV. Shoot some pool, watch the game, or step outside onto the balcony to enjoy the view and your favorite cigar. While travertine is the flooring of choice in the kitchen, living and dining room, bamboo is found in the billiard room and on the third floor, where three bedrooms and the laundry room are located. Bamboo is popular for its durability and attractive wood grain, but also because it’s considered “green.” Upstairs, the master bedroom feels like a private suite with its own fireplace, 42-inch flat screen TV, surround sound, and beverage bar. Wake up in the morning to panoramic views of the gulf. Grab a cup of coffee and step out onto your private balcony to take in the sea air. The backyard is planted with mature palm, cypress and pine trees, which provide privacy, but also allow for breathtaking views. A California-style walk-in closet gives plenty of space for both his and her clothing, while the master bath has a double vanity with granite countertop, a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Lay back and soak in the tub while watching the overhead flat screen. or take in the sunset gulf view, from the large private picture window. The guest bedrooms are designed with a beach cottage feel, complete with Tommy Bahama furnishings, making your guests feel they are in a tropical resort. Few beach houses have much backyard, but this home is unique in that the outdoor patio is surrounded by a manicured lawn and a wide gulf front of sand and natural sea oats. Easy maintenance, with a sprinkler system, that can be regu-

lated while you are away. A path leads directly to the beach, with the water just steps away. You can shower off before coming inside and put away your beach toys, in the good-sized storage closet on the first floor cabana room. This room is big enough for casual dining; it has a half bath, media area, and a bar that includes a beer tap. No need to go thirsty on a hot day or night. The home features the latest electronic sound, video and lighting package, with programming from every room or

even from your office PC. The security system is monitored 24 hours and complete with exterior cameras. An outdoor stairwell and interior elevator provide you easy access to all floors. The home is in a great location, with popular places like the historical Don CeSar and John’s Pass just minutes away. Visit the Virtual Tour at www.8708gulf .com. It is offered fully furnished at $2.7 million and listed by Paula Pierce of The Toni Everett Company, 727-599-3111 or e-mail dR

Waterfront and Luxury Property Specialist

ASTONISHING WATERFRONT ESTATE MINUTES TO THE GULF BY BOAT!! HARBOR BLUFFS — Built to Cat. 5 hurricane specifications, this brilliant 5-bedroom, 5 bath, 5993-square-foot residence includes fully equipped media room, elegant office, luxurious living and family rooms, oversized elevator, indoor sauna and 2 fireplaces. Fine cherry wood flooring, generous use of granite and marble, luxury fixtures, outstanding sound system and gorgeous designer lighting are a sample of this majestic home’s amenities. Fabulous gourmet’s kitchen includes concealed commercial grade appliances, warming draw and pantry. Thick crown molding, flawless faux and Venetian plaster finishes, custom glaze coffered ceilings and fine plantation shutters throughout. Enjoy amazing Intracoastal views that stretch for miles. Dock/moorings support large cruiser. Fantastic opportunity near downtown Clearwater. — Offered at $$2,850,000

ONE-OF-A-KIND KEY WEST STYLE ESTATE ON 300 FEET OF WATERFRONT! TREASURE ISLAND — Graceful finishes throughout this amazing home are complemented by extraordinary landscaping and an enormous waterfront footprint on a full 2/3 acre! Solid maple flooring, wood ceilings, elegant contours, plantation shutters, extensive lighting and superb house-wide sound system. Master suite encompasses entire upper level, delivering big, wide-water views on 3 sides. Brilliantly finished master bath features a wave-shaped tumble-tile shower, luxury tub encased in beaded wood, elegant vanities and private rest room. Dedicated media room is great for movies/entertainment. Home boasts large office and fitness center. Semi-circular seawall and dense landscaping give the effect of living on your own private island. Huge open spaces feel like a park and are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Large dock includes full utilities. — Offered at $1,550,000 58

1 Century 21 Realtor in the State of Florida


YACHT CLUB ESTATES—6,169-Square-foot, 5-bedroom, 4.5-

ST. PETE BEACH—Outstanding equity opportunity! One of the

bath estate situated on cul-de-sac with 143 feet of seawall facing open Intracoastal water. Luxurious Travertine, tumbled marble, stone, cherry wood and faux finishes.The chef’s commercial grade kitchen astonishing. Media, communication, and monitoring electronics throughout. Includes pool/spa,deep-water dock,lifts and stone finishes.— Offered at $2,650,000

widest and most private residential beachfront properties available anywhere in Tampa Bay.Fabulous 140± feet of beachfront in St. Pete Beach, with one-of-a-kind 5092-square-foot residence and pool, is home to brilliant sunsets. — Offered at $3,299,000

SUNSET BEACH—Fabulously luxurious 2600-square-foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, beachfront residence in quiet, secluded Sunset Beach. This newly built piece of paradise is finished with the best of everything; granite, marble, commercial appliances, high contoured ceilings, extensive custom woodwork, huge deck, spa, fireplace, and many other very fine amenities. — Offered at $1,690,000




Value: 2965-Squarefoot, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, executive estate has 100 feet of seawall on wide-open Intracoastal water. With 100% top-tobottom 2008 renovation, virtually everything new and up to hurricane code. Just 5 minutes to the Gulf by boat. Premier point property in prestigious Isle of Capri. — Offered at $1,395,000

237± feet of seawall directly on John’s Pass delivers spectacular multi-million dollar panoramic open water views. Custom Mediterranean-style home in prestigious Isle of Capri,this open and split floor plan, with 2900 square feet, features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, large formal dining room, caged pool, and numerous amenities. Deep sailboat water is supported by dock, lift, and utilities. Terrific opportunity. — Offered at $1,390,000


Century 21 Jim White and Associates

value in this high-quality luxury waterfront in Treasure Island! Magnificent finishes and superior craftsmanship are present throughout this remarkable 3279-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath estate. Kitchen, baths, master suite, and great room completely remodeled with travertine marble. Tumbled marble, stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, custom cabinetry, and fine woodworking. 10 Minutes to the Gulf from your dock. — Offered at $1,195,000

This estate is priced at an astonishing $1.5M below recent comparable land sales.

Stunning, spacious luxury waterfront estate in elegant Kipps Colony, Pasadena Yacht and Country Club! Lavish stone, metal and woodworking flow seamlessly, artistically and to dramatic effect in this Majestic 3839square-foot home. Tranquil open-water views present throughout. Home features deep-water sailboat dock. — Offered at $1,649,900

10645 Gulf Blvd. • Treasure Island, FL 33706

Dania Perry Mobile: 727-215-2045 Office: 727-367-3795 59


Exquisite in the Details

By Janan Talafer


his three-story, luxury waterfront estate in the Kipps Colony section of Pasadena Yacht Club is like a commissioned work of art – well-planned, well-executed and impeccable down to the last detail. “This is truly a home for someone who is very discriminating and can appreciate all the time and attention that went into making sure everything was done to perfection,” says Realtor Dania Perry. The four-bedroom custom home features superb craftsmanship. Spectacular seven-layer Venetian plaster covers many of the interior walls. Rich mahogany, Italian travertine marble, cypress ceilings and soaring 30-foot ceilings give the home an elegant European feel throughout. A spacious open design allows the main living areas to flow into one another, while numerous large decorative arched windows let in plenty of light. Even the closets, the elevator, storage areas, laundry room, and three garages have the same finished look as the rest of the home And what a view. From nearly every area of the home, you can take in dramatic waterfront scenery, catch a glimpse of boats leaving the Pasadena Yacht Club, and watch beautiful sunsets. Mature royal palms line the property’s two-and-one-half miles of open water on Boca Ciega Bay. A unique aspect of the home is the sophisticated technology, says Perry.

Everything imaginable is automated, including the lighting, window shades, music, air conditioning and heat, all of which can be controlled individually, room by room, depending on the time of day, the homeowner’s mood and the activity. The large well-appointed kitchen is a chef’s dream, not surprising since the previous owner was a gourmet cook. This is a kitchen with dozens of extras— a warming drawer across from the extra large Wolf gas range, a refrigerated SubZero drawer (perfect for soda or bottled water), a built-in coffeemaker, two topof-the-line Miele Incognito dishwashers, three sinks, two built-in trash containers, a wine cooler and an ice maker. The limestone-tile hood over the stove is an eyecatching centerpiece of the kitchen. In the living room, beautifully finished floor-to-ceiling mahogany display cases with cypress inserts were designed to hold the previous owner’s art collection. The cases, along with a large flat screen TV, line one wall of the formal living room. Even the bathrooms have an abundance of style. Highly polished smooth dark leather tiles decorate the walls of the main guest bathroom on the first floor. Large pieces of travertine marble encase the deep tub in the master bath, perfect for soaking while you watch TV. Custom cabinets can be found throughout.

Downstairs on the ground level, you’ll find an entertainment area worthy of a four-star resort. An enormous recreation room with wall-to-wall sliding glass doors opens on to an impressive covered outdoor living area. Everything you could possibly need is here: fireplace, flat screen TV, outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen and granite bar, plus a commercial-grade grill. The previous owners once held a party for 300 with a live band and plenty of room to spare. The pool area with its 175-feet of seawall is a tribute to Florida’s tropical lifestyle. A Jacuzzi offers eight individually controlled jets so guests can select just the right pressure to soothe tired muscles. Follow the travertine tile right up to the edge of the dock, which has two boat lifts, one capable of handling a 60-foot, 30-ton yacht. Did we mention that one of the rooms downstairs is customized for anglers and their prize-winning catch? The home is offered at $5,795,000 and is listed by Dania Perry of Century 21, 727-3673795 or dR

• Prime and choice angus beef • 21 day aged beef (aged on premise) • Kobe beef • Homemade Italian sausage • Pork, veal, lamb, duck and poultry • Hawaiian fish flown in weekly • Fresh Florida shellfish

727-321-2400 2909 22nd Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713 62

“Business Built On Relationships” Molly Mateer Lucas and Peggy Mateer



Palm Harbor Beautifully appointed home in gated golf community. Over 4,500 square feet offering 4 bedrooms, a large office, and upstairs theater/bonus room and bar area with a big golf course view. Gorgeous kitchen with rich cabinetry and Viking appliance package. Travertine and hardwood floors and extensive crown moldings throughout. Oversized 3 car garage. Panoramic, rolling fairway views! $1,100,000

Dunedin “Contemporary Connecticut Barn” located on a lovely 1.2 acre lot. This design er’s personal home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and almost 6,000 square feet of volume ceilings and exposed beams. The giant family room has a stunning bar and room for bil liards. Within the space is a custom designed handicapped suite as well as a guest suite with a sitting room and kitchenette. Upscale renovated kitchen and master suite. Inviting $1,100,000 big screened porch, lets you enjoy the views of the expansive yard.



Safety Harbor Beautiful executive home offering the perfect Arthur Rutenberg floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a spacious office, and an area for billiards or just play. Every room views the big patio and tranquil pool. The kitchen and all baths have been tastefully updated and this home feels like new. Come enjoy the private, convenient neighborhood with big lots and green conservation. . $935,000

Clearwater Beach Close your eyes and imagine the perfect gulf front home for you and your family. It’s here…blue water, white sand, dunes, and sea oats. Renovated with casual elegance, it calls for fun for all ages. The maser suite is a special retreat spacious and luxurious where you can enjoy sunsets from its balcony or just read $3,750,000 by the fireplace. Everyday feels like a vacation here!

727.442.7000 • • 63

Luxury Real Estate

Carrollwood Village Golf Course Home

Highlands of Innisbrook

Tampa, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Stunning 4,974-square-foot home on golf course. Totally updated with the finest of finishes including Brazilian cherry and travertine floors, granite counters, 2 soaring fireplaces, stainless appliances, two-story living room and master closet, pool, sauna and more! Call now!

It’s a great place to live! You are surrounded by the famed and revitalized Innisbrook Resort. Enjoy golf in the morning and America’s #1 beach in the afternoon. Fine schools, quaint, historic nearby little towns, bicycle trails, and beautiful parks, all these for the “Good Life”. Luxury resale homes available from $900,000 to $2+ million. Beautiful lots available, starting at $270,000.

Offered at $795,000



Waterfront on Clearwater Bay

Bayway Isles

Clearwater Beach, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida

The panoramic views, 165 feet on sparkling open water and a 70-foot deep-water dock make this one of the most desirable waterfront properties in the area. The custom designed home is on a landscaped lot with charming gardens and pool with spa at bayside. Planned with attention to detail, the gracious floor plan creates a comfortable and elegant style ideal for entertaining and family enjoyment.

A beautiful, move-in ready waterfront home in a rare, gated community just 1 traffic light to I-275 and 5 minutes to the beach—“location, location, location”. Inside you’ll find designer finishes in this total remodel, with a floor plan that maximizes the waterfront views and is designed for entertaining inside and out.

Offered at $3,100,000

Offered at $1,060,000




Absolutely Stunning Spanish Revival Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

This totally remodeled and expanded waterfront home is just 3 minutes to Pass-A-Grille beach. With high ceilings throughout, 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, a spacious, gourmet kitchen with adjoining dining and family rooms, fabulous master suite and game room all overlooking the pool, dock and waterfront, this home is a great find!

One block from the water, this beauty offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a 2-car garage with a picturesque backyard. Magnificent wood floors throughout with baths beautifully maintained or enhanced baths. Updated kitchen with granite countertops and custom cabinets have glass panels for more beauty. An inside laundry and butler’s pantry, large family room with fireplace and French doors leading to side patio.

Offered at $1,495,000

Offered at $689,000



Beautiful Views of Bayshore Boulevard

Keystone Shores

Tampa, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Showcasing spectacular views of the city and bay this spacious 14th-floor unit boasts 3,287 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and not one but 2 balconies! Imagine watching the sunrise from your own balcony overlooking Bayshore Boulevard every morning! You will enjoy amazing amenities including: Fitness center, theatre room, billiard room, club room, heated pool and spa, guest suites and a gated entry with guard.

This magnificent 5,700-square-foot, 5-bedroom home was designed with incredible attention to detail. The interior of this never occupied home boasts stone flooring, amazing ceiling detail, crown molding, custom cabinetry, and exquisite lighting. The outdoor entertainment area includes a stainless grill, prep sink, fireplace, stone pavers and sparkling pool and spa. On a 1-acre pond site in a gated community.

Offered at $1,000,000

Offered at $1,650,000



Luxury Real Estate

Vina Del Mar St. Pete Beach, Florida

Photo courtesy Roy’s


Chef Roy Yamaguchi in Action prepare for a guest performance by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. They were expecting Roy to sit in on drums. “Just one song,” he said with a grin. “I’d rather be in the kitchen.” And, apparently, he’d rather be talking about food. Yamaguchi, clad in a

chef’s jacket and jeans, sat in a booth with duPont REGISTRY™ and described the finer points of his Roy’s Seared Ahi with Lilikoi-Shrimp Salsa, a dish that can be easily prepared in a home kitchen. The salsa—which Roy said works beautifully with white fish, salmon,   

Photo courtesy Roy’s


n the Tuesday before Super Bowl, super chef Roy Yamaguchi was commandeering the kitchen of his namesake restaurant in Tampa, where a large staff prepared a slew of appetizers for a charity event. On a small stage, musicians were running a soundcheck to

By Sam Claxton

Dundein, Florida ... “Best Place to Live” —CNN’s Money Magazine, June 2004

2,500–4,000 square feet plus Oversized Terraces

3- and 4-Bedroom Floor Plans

Enclosed 2-Car Garages Boat Slips

$985,000–$2.8 Million

Cathy L. Morgan Chase Real Estate 727-459-3334

Dunedin, Florida was named “Best Place to Live” in CNN’s Money magazine in June 2004 and “Best Place to Retire” in September 2008! Come see Dunedin’s newest and most luxurious waterfront homes, The Dunedin Grand. Discover maintenance-free living on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway of our Gulf Coast. Near Caladesi Island, voted #1 Beach in America by “Dr. Beach” in 2008. 67

Roy’s Seared Ahi with Lilikoi-Shrimp Salsa

1 ripe passion fruit, halved 4 ounces extra large shrimp (about 4) peeled, deveined, and diced 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 68

Scott Peterson ©2005

chicken or pork—starts with lilikoi, a Hawaiian passion fruit. Yamaguchi described the process he goes through in coming up with new recipes, this one in particular. “When I conceive a dish, I always come up with it mentally,” he explained. “I never just start cooking. I can picture a dish, and I can picture a taste. “So I say to myself, ‘OK, I want to do a tuna dish. I want to keep it rare and serve a salsa on the side. What kind of salsa do I want? Maybe passion fruit. It’s perfumey and sour in its fresh state. So what do I do to it? Let’s try and add palm sugar—it’s nice and creamy. But I don’t want the dish really sweet, so how do I cut it? How about Tabasco? It brings a little heat and it’s a little vinegary. It complements the sourness, and the sweetness of the sugar.’ “But that alone doesn’t have the body. So I add onions and green onions and then chip some cilantro in there for herb flavor. You get some roundness from the onions, and mixed with the passion fruit and Tabasco, it all sort of meets in the middle.” Ah, if it were only that easy for the rest of us. Yamaguchi said the Seared Ahi with Lilikoi-Shrimp Salsa tasted good on the first try, but he discovered something that will aid home chefs. “I found the salsa tasted better about an hour after I made it,” he said. “The juices from the onions seeped into the passion fruit, and the flavor of the [sautéed] shrimp seeped into the salsa. “If you let it sit too long, though, the shrimp starts to get overcooked from the acid, the cilantro gets too overwhelming. There’s a point in time where it all comes together, but it starts to fall apart after that.”

1/4 cup minced Maui or other sweet white onion 1 large Roma tomato, peeled, seeded, and finely diced 2 tablespoon finely diced scallion (including green parts) 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce Salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 ounces Ahi Tuna in 3-ounce blocks To prepare: Scoop the seeds and pulp from the passion fruit with a spoon and press it through a fine-mesh sieve. Reserve the juice (about 1 tablespoon) and discard the seeds and pulp. Put the shrimp in a small bowl and toss with the olive oil to coat. Set a dry stainless-steel sauté pan over high heat and, when hot, add the shrimp. Sear, turning often until evenly pink, about one minute. Transfer to a non-reactive bowl and add the reserved passion fruit juice, onion, tomato, scallion, cilantro, Tabasco

sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss well to combine. Cover and refrigerate. Put the ahi on a plate, coat with peanut oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set a dry cast-iron skillet over high heat for 2-3 minutes and, when hot, sear the ahi for about 30 seconds on each side for rare, or about 1-1/2 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer the ahi to serving plates and spoon salsa over the tuna, letting the juices from the salsa run onto the plates. Serves 4 as a main course Reprinted with permission from Roy’s Fish & Seafood: Recipes from the Pacific Rim by Roy Yamaguchi, ©2005. Published by Ten Speed Press.

Roy’s 4342 W Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 873-7697 69


Where to eat around the bay   BACKFIN BLUE CAFÉ 2913 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport. 727-343-2583 or People come for the baked-not-fried crab cakes, which are Maryland style, filled with jumbo lump blue crab and very little else. Owner and chef Harold Russell, who ran the kitchen at the Hurricane on Pass-A-Grille and Shula’s in Tampa before opening this spot in 1997, serves up hearty comfort foods and fish dishes in a charming bungalow, where cans of Old Bay Seasoning figure into the décor. Dinner only: Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Kids’ menu available.

 CENTRAL AVENUE OYSTER BAR 249 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-897-9728 or Oysters are the stars here, with freshly shucked Louisiana Selects served raw, fried, or baked on the half shell. Sit at the long, white marble bar and enjoy the lively banter in this neighborhood place. Or for a more formal dining experience luxuriate at a table. Wherever you choose to sit, though, the food, which also includes fish, steaks, pasta, and chicken, is as good as the big-city ambience. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.


Charley’s Steak House & Market Fresh Fish 70

10 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, 727-209-2302; 1502 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, 813-250-0203. Today it’s a mini chain with four locations. But when Ceviche first opened in Tampa in 1995, it had only a handful of tables. Thankfully, it still lacks chain ambience. Nothing feels canned, and nothing tastes bland either. A dizzying list of traditional tapas, pinchos, ceviches, paellas, and cazuelas are accompanied by more inventive little dishes, such as ceviche a la Rusa (an oyster ceviche topped with caviar and chilled vodka). Some warm dishes are drenched in sherry and cream and taste so divine that you wonder why they haven’t sparked a trend. You can wash everything down with sangria or Spanish wine, sherry, cider, or beer, take in Flamenco at the Flamenco Bar, and end the meal by splitting a towering torta de tres leches. The Tampa location offers poolside dining, and the St. Pete one occupies three separate restaurant spaces, really, at the Ponce de Leon hotel, and it’s a see-and-be-seen place. In Tampa: dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week; Sundays open for brunch. In St. Pete: breakfast, lunch, and dinner served seven days a week at Pincho; dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week.

 CHARLEY’S STEAK HOUSE & MARKET FRESH FISH 4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa. 813-353-9706 or Charley’s serves only the best USDA Prime and Choice cuts which come from three-year-old grain fed steers. The steaks are cooked on a 1,100-degree open pit fueled by oak and Florida citrus woods. Charley’s also offers an array of amenities—among them a private dining room and wine lockers. The overall ambience is unpretentious. It’s like home—except that you don’t have to flip the steaks yourself. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

Join us for a nightly celebration of food, wine & memorable times.

 CRAZY CONCH CAFÉ 1110 Pinellas Bayway South, Suite 206, Tierra Verde. 727-865-0633 or If people blowing past “downtown” Tierra Verde on their way to Fort DeSoto knew about Crazy Conch, they just might time their beach excursions with dinner here. Owners Michael Peel and Sally Herb are Tierra Verde locals with a local following. Chef Peel’s Gulf Coast menu is comfort food for the beach with Southern dishes mixed in. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa. 813-874-9463 or Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged Prime beef and discover new tastes with our unique wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Fleming’s gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

4322 Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa 310 874 WINE (9463) Across from International Plaza

New York Strip, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar 71

 GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE 614 Channelside Drive #215, Tampa. 813-229-8000 or Founded in 1927 in New York City, where it first served (and named) the New York Strip. The steaks, Prime, are dry aged on premises for three to four weeks, then are cooked over a charcoal fire. They live up to their reputation: well marbled, nicely crusted, boldly flavored yet tender. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 GRILLE ONE SIXTEEN 15405 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-0116 or It’s glamorous in a part of town that is so not glamorous that lounging in the elegant bar or dining in a stylish booth feels defiant. Yes, new American cuisine served in modern swank can change the world for a little while. Beyond the fancy, understated décor, though, the food is steak house and then some. Organic steaks and perfectly cooked fish tempt those in for more than just nibbling. Otherwise you can make a meal sharing appetizers, salads, and desserts. Side dishes are steak house standards, upscaled a bit and served family style. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 IRB SUSHI 416 - 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach. 727-593-2808 (next to Crabby Bill’s) Owned by Matt Loder Sr., owner of Crabby Bills and managed by Matt Loder, Jr., IRB Sushi is carrying on a 30 year tradition of serving the finest and freshest seafood you will find on the beaches, in a relaxing, laid back beach atmosphere. Matt Jr. and Sr. welcome all of you to an evening of fun and fine food. Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MALIO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746 or A luxurious offshoot of the fabled Malio’s Steakhouse, a Tampa institution. Malio’s Prime takes that 35-year neighborhood tradition and improves upon it, with an emphasis on friendly service and an innovative cuisine. Located on the bottom floor of a downtown high-rise that looks out over the Hillsborough River and the picturesque University of Tampa campus. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

ambience, as is the menu: with so many fish in the sea to choose from, you can thankfully be indecisive and dine tapas style. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Children’s menu available.

 MISE EN PLACE 442 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa. 813-254-5373 or A classy place in a classy part of town, Mise En Place oozes sophistication. Its chic décor complements its clientele of movers and shakers and beautiful people. The swanky lounge attracts the after-work crowd with elaborate cocktails, a top-notch wine list, and an extensive menu of small plates. This fine-dining restaurant is not just looks, though: its new American menu undergoes a weekly transformation based on what’s in season and the whims of chef Marty Blitz. For more than fifteen years, Mise En Place has been ground-zero for serious foodies that want to wow their palettes. Blitz takes inspiration from the world’s cuisines, using local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to not want to try more than one dish. Lunch and dinner: Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinner only: Saturdays. Reservations accepted.

 MOZAIC RESTAURANT 6101 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. 727-360-7700 or The intimate spot on Pass-a-Grille closed in favor of a bigger, hopping, touristy spot on St. Pete Beach. Breakfast and lunch cater to the visiting crowds in search of familiar meals. Dinner, however, stays the same with the tapas-style menu, packed with a mosaic of flavors from around the world, which gained it a local following. The prices are lower and because there are more tables, you feel better about lingering longer, enjoying the Egyptian hummus, and nibbling on this and that. Children’s menu available. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Seven days a week.

 MARLIN DARLIN KEY WEST GRILL 2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. 727-584-1700 or This fancy-but-casual seafood joint also serves steaks and like to keep the landlubbers happy. Fish foodies will be in their element, though. The décor is sport-fisherman chic with island 72


Asparagus roll up with curry-mayo sauce, Mozaic Restaurant

MYSTIC FISH 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-1800 or You’re lucky if you live in north Pinellas and can come often. No matter how far you have to drive to get to Mystic Fish, though, it’s worth the trip. Co-owner and chef Doug Bebell knows his fish and you’ll find seafood standards, like Maine lobsters, yellowfin tuna, and salmon cooked traditionally and with invention on the menu. For example, blackened Chilean sea bass is seasoned with ginger, soy, and seaweed, and the rare tuna gets Thai garlic-chili sauce and Japanese spices. Despite its name, Mystic Fish has a reputation among meat lovers, too. The steaks are hormone free, thankfully, and the New Zealand rack of lamb in a Guinness demi-glace has a following. The special menu dishes are truly special. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

 OISHI SUSHI & STEAK HOUSE 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-9202 Here you will find the art of Teppanyaki and the ultimate traditional Japanese food, specially prepared to pamper your palate, by professional chefs bent on spoiling you and making this a delightful feast you will long remember. One visit and you will be back for the best and freshest sushi you have ever tasted. Lunch specials and a full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week.

GALLAGHER’S. THE PLACE TO MEET. THE PLACE TO CELEBRATE. THE PLACE FOR GREAT STEAK. Choose our Trophy Room for your next event it’s vintage New York an impressive setting for groups up to 50 guests or combine with the Loft and have seating for up to 150 people. 615 Channelside Drive #203 | Tampa, FL 33602 | 813.229.8000 |

 RED MESA 4912 Fourth Street North or 128 Third Street South, St. Petersburg. 727-527-8728 or Technically Red Mesa is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s also one of the best seafood restaurants in the area, with grouper and gulf shrimp to remind you this is Florida. If there’s a wait, order a glass of sangria and savor the aromas from the kitchen as you deliberate between authentic Mexican, southwestern-inspired dishes, or ones with Caribbean, Cuban, or Asian influence. Guacamole and fundidos may tempt you to fill up on tortilla chips, but plan to save room for an entrée. And platanos Foster if you can. Lunch: Mondays through Saturdays. Dinner: Mondays through Sundays. Breakfast and brunch: Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more.

 SLOPPY JOE’S Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. 727-367-1600 or When you want to soak in a stunning sunset while sipping a beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150 and it’s the place to be, with music, vacationers, and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the favs from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key-lime pie, and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. 73



615 Channelside Drive • Tampa, FL 33602 • (813) 228-9202

Hours 11:30am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday 10:30 am-11:30pm Friday & Saturday

Opening in April from the owners of TAPS At Skypoint 777 North Ashley | Tampa, Florida 33602 | 813.463.1968 | 74

 TAPS WINE & BEER MERCHANTS 777 North Ashley Drive , Tampa. 813-463-1968 or Located at the base of the Skypoint condominium building on North Ashley is Taps Wine and Beer Merchants. There are over 60 bottles of wine available by the glass dispensed from high tech dispensing machines. And for the beer drinker the selection includes over 300 domestic and imported beers. The kitchen turns out a creative assortment of light meals. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Seven days week. Reservations accepted.

 TEATRO ON SEVENTH 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite C-201, Centro Ybor. 813-248-9400 or Centro Ybor's Teatro on Seventh honors the historical past of Ybor City. The beautifully restored brick building, originally built in 1892, provides a unique ambiance with its detailed tin ceiling, hard wood floors and floor to ceiling ornate windows, and a unique cigar terrace that overlooks the historic and lively Seventh Avenue. Teatro’s International fusion cuisine offers something for everyone. The menu provides signature dishes and cocktails that are distinctive and found only at Teatro. Valet parking is provided on 9th Avenue at the North end of Centro Ybor. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

Downtown Sykes Building 400 North Ashley Drive Tampa, FL 33602 813.223.7746

Valet Parking Corporate Events Private Rooms Outdoor Waterfront Dining | Reservations recommended

 WATER UNIQUE SUSHI 1015 12⁄ South Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-251-8406 or Sushi gets really Americanized in a good way here. Those that fear carbs, for example, can order sushi deconstructed (called “water bowls”) with Asian slaw or greens in place of the rice. And more traditional sushi rolls can be made with brown rice, and its “water rolls” replace the nori with rice paper. The healthy menu offers intriguing combos, such as the don’t-knock-it-until-youtry-it banana-eel roll and Asian guacamole served with wonton chips. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

 WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT & FINE CATERING 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. 727-393-3491 or Ted and Kai invite all of you to an evening of award-winning fine dining, with continental fare and European flair. Serving Tampa Bay for over 30 years with theme-designed rooms that reflect French, Swiss, Italian, and Spanish decor. The Wine Cellar has been awarded the Florida Trend "Golden Spoon Award" and the "Silver Plate Award" from the International Culinary Society on numerous occasions. Live music and dancing from 7pm in the Old World Lounge. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. 75



Sprin g

By Jeffrey DiMaio, CSW

If you view holiday feasts the way that I do, you know that they’re a great opportunity to serve some great wine. So, how limited are your choices if you’re serving either of the two traditional staples? Well, the news is good, because both foods are wonderful for showing wines.


et’s face it—hams are salty and, not to mention, fatty. While this may sound like a handicap, these are two qualities that work beautifully with certain wines. What we need is a wine with good acidity to cut through the fat. Another beverage trait that mitigates salt and fat is carbonation. This leads us easily to champagne or sparkling wines, which tend to be also high in acidity. Champagne is also a natural special occasion wine, so here’s the perfect excuse to pop the cork! Surely you’ve heard of “red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat.” These antiquated guidelines have become blurred in the modern age of wine and food pairing, but it’s time to introduce a new corollary to this old theory: Pink wine with pink meat! It may sound laughable, but when you start putting it to use, you’ll find that it truly works. Pink meat means salmon, carpaccio and, of course, ham. I can almost guarantee that any preparation of these foods with a good rosé will result in a


brilliant match. The reason is not because both the meat and the wine are pink. Perhaps coincidentally, each of these foods has properties that are complemented by all the best qualities in the rosé. With the ham, the sweetness of the glaze often matches the light berry fruit flavors in the wine. The spices that may be in the ham also complement these same flavors. Also, the crispness of the wine cuts through the salt-iness and fat in the meat. Of course, we can’t forget how well sparkling wine works, so why not go for some rosé bubbly? Lamb can be one of the most flavorful and intense meats you choose to serve. The important point to remember when pairing wine with lamb is the impact of the wine should match the impact of the dish. Basically, this means you have a perfect excuse to serve big reds. When we say “Big Reds” we mean those with a lot of body and tannin structure like top-notch Bordeaux or Rhone wines, well-structured American Cabernets, inky Australian Shiraz, Italian

Brunello di Montalcino, and other vinous powerhouses. You see, lamb’s gamy flavors can easily overwhelm more delicate wines like Burgundy, American Merlot and Pinot Noir. Bordeaux and lamb is perhaps the most classic pairing. In left-bank Bordeaux, Cabernet is the main component, and its full body matches the full flavor of the dish, while its ample tannins scrub the fattiness from the palette after each sip. However, we don’t need to limit ourselves to Bordeaux; we can use a fullbodied Cabernet from anywhere in the world to achieve a similar effect. One of my favorites is Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernets from this area have a terrific grace to balance all that power. Some even have an herbal eucalyptus quality that goes perfectly with the traditional mint jelly or other minty accoutrements that might be used to dress the lamb. For an excellent non-traditional pairing, look no further than a good Brunello di Montalcino. Brunello is made from

Sangiovese like many other Italian reds. The Brunello is a specific clone of the grape (Sangiovese Grosso) that yields a much more full-bodied and tannic wine than other types of Sangiovese,

giving it the ability to stand up to intense red meat dishes with gamy flavors. Truly Italian in style, Brunello can convey a mouth-watering liveliness on the palate that other wine styles cannot, bringing

Handley Brut, Anderson Valley 2003 $41.99. I’d put

Pax Rosé, Sonoma 2006 $24.99. Deeply colored with

this one up against any of the very best American Sparklers. Aromas include toast and hazelnuts. Exotic flavors of guava, granny smith apple, and vanilla make this a unique wine. Its acidity is unmatched by most sparklers made outside of Champagne. Medium to fullbodied with a lengthy finish.

aromas of rhubarb, raspberry, and rosewater. Big, ripe flavors of strawberry and raspberry tart and just a hint of vanilla. This is an opulent, very full style of rosé that benefits from some neutral oak ageing, but is balanced by the intense fruit flavors. A delightful and extraordinary blush.

out all the savory essence and flavors in the meal. dR Jeffrey DiMaio currently manages the wine, and beer department for Mazzaro’s Italian Market in St. Petersurg, FL.

Chateau Ste. Michelle “Indian Wells” Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2005 $17.99. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest values in cabernet sauvignon – period! Full-bodied, perfectly balanced, with notes of cassis, mocha, plum, and a hint of eucalyptus. It’s well-structured, yet supremely drinkable.

Antinori Brunello di Montalcino “Pian delle Vigne” 2003 $68.99. A modern-style, full-bodied blockbuster of a wine with sweet, ripe blackberry flavors and hints of tobacco and vanilla. Young, but very approachable with its soft tannins, this is a high wow-factor wine that shows again how Antinori made such a name for themselves. 77


AQUA-EVE AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM Aqua-Eve was another successful event this year with just under 1,000 in attendance. The highlights included spectacular fireworks at midnight, excellent live music, and scuba divers ‘chatting’ with guests using doodle pads and writing back notes while underwater.

Mike Rocha, Matt Britton, Caroline Cation, Kim Read, and Jenny Jones

Jeremy Canody and Dr. Christie Canody

William and Elaine Harrison, Nichole Lackmann and Sean Frans

Tampa Bay History Center Past Chairman and Capital Campaign Manager Tom Touchton, wife Lee, Marylib Howell, and Board of Trustees Chairman George Howell following ribbon cutting


City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio poses with 7-year-old National Anthem performer Gina Marie Incandela 78

The official grand opening of the Tampa Bay History Center was on January 17th. The 60,000-square-foot facility will be an attraction to both local and out of town visitors. The history center covers over 12,000 years of Florida and the region’s history. The center is located in the scenic waterfront channel district.

C. J. Roberts

Robyn Huber and Mike Stram

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, Maddy Krasne, Kevin Maddocks, and Sara Maddocks


Edie Rouse, Ashley Esposito, Don Rouse, and Maddy Krasne

Nearly 300 invited guests attended the grand opening event held at the Renaissance Vinoy Friday, Jan. 23 in celebration of the recent opening of the downtown St. Petersburg Engel & Voelkers property shop. Yachts docked at the resort's marina, exotic cars were displayed on the front lawn, and a fundraising event to benefit the Florida Orchestra, plus entertainment throughout the evening highlighted the event.

Frank Chivas, Jim Martin, and Charlane Martin

CHEF TOM PRITCHARD ROAST Former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst, current Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, Ken Lucci, and Chef Tom Pritchard

Over 600 friends and supporters of Chef Tom Pritchard came out to honor Chef Tom at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. Tom Pritchard’s many accomplishments and contributions to the Tampa Bay community were noted in the evening’s event. Proceeds from the event benefited the Abilities Foundation. 79

Estelia Mesimer, Chairman of the PARC Mardi Gras Committee and husband Reggie Mesimer, member of the PARC Board of Directors

PARC MARDI GRAS PARTY Close to 240 were in attendance for the PARC Mardi Gras party at the lovely waterfront estate of Fazal Fazlin. Nearly $77,000 was raised for PARC at the evening’s event.

Tom Frederick, President of Zeno Office Solutions, Title Sponsor of the PARC Mardi Gras pictured with wife, Jennifer Frederick

18TH NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS Feld Entertainment’s Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey® Circus presented the 18th Annual Night at the Circus at the St. Pete Times Forum. The event raised over $175,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TGH. The Don and Erika Wallace Family Foundation once again served as the Big Top Sponsor, SunTrust returned as the Three Ring Sponsor, and The Tampa Bay Lightning was once again the Patrons’ Party Sponsor. Fred Dobbins, TGH Foundation member Gwyn Schabacker, Jeff Dunn, and TGH Foundation Executive Director Robin DeLaVergne

Denise Sheffield, TGH Foundation member Lynn Fluharty, and Dr. Cedric Sheffield 80

Circus Chairperson Andrea Gramling with daughter Hilleary Gramling and son George Gramling, IV

SALVADOR DALÍ MUSEUM 27TH ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER A sold-out crowd of 200 gathered at St. Petersburg’s Salvador Dalí Museum for the 27th annual Benefit Dinner. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a lavish sit-down dinner in the galleries. Proceeds benefit the landmark museum.

Bill Wallace, Sally Wallace, Sally Habermeyer, and Bill Habermeyer

Carole Merritt, Diane Weatherell,and Karol Bullard

Laura Tillinghast, Hank Hine, Tom James, and Mary James


Chris Barber, Dina DeMaria, and Julia Cosma

Bryson Raver and Heather Shaw

Christa Watson and Tim Watson

A packed house filled Roy’s restaurant in Tampa to mingle with internationally acclaimed chef Roy Yamaguchi, founder of the Hawaiian hot spot, and Grammynominated artist Jordin Sparks for Up Close and Personal. The evening featured an intimate performance by Sparks, delicious appetizers, and live and silent auctions. The proceeds benefited Sparks Charities, Uplift Excellence Foundation and 1Voice Foundation. dR

Robin Adkins Vosler and Seth Joyner 81




Sunday, April 26, 2009 • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Renaissance Tampa Hotel, International Plaza



$100 p.p. inc. $50 silent auction coupon. No cash value. Only online advance reservations at Net proceeds donated to ACH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 82

Sponsorship Chairman Catherine Zito 813.486.2416 Auction Chairman Roy Wise 813.716.6327

Photo: Bazil Raubach.SXC Graphic Design: Ryan Morrison

Live Entertainment by Jazz Guitarist Les Sabler Reserved Ballroom Seating DJ Entertainment Open Bar Courtyard Reception Jack Harris-Master of Ceremony Complimentary Cookbook Live, Silent & Children’s Art Auction 83

dR EVENTS Through March 1 The Awesome ’80s Prom Ruth Eckerd Hall Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi Opera Tampa Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Through March 7 Gasparilla Film Festival Various locations Key for Two Carrollwood Players Theatre Werner Reiterer: Raw Loop; Faculty Focus: Florida Friendly USF Contemporary Art Museum Through March 14 Next Generation Tampa Museum of Art Through April 4 Drawing in Space: The Peninsula Project, Sculpture by John Henry Tampa Museum of Art Through April 11 Buck O’Neil: Right on Time Woodson African American Museum Through April 12 Albrecht Dürer: Art in Transition, Masterpieces from the Graphic Collection of the Hessian State Museum, Darmstadt, Germany Museum of Fine Arts It’s a Dog’s Life: Photographs by William Wegman; Sanctuary by Anna Tomczak Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Through April 19 The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance; Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Sculpture from the Sackler Collections Ringling Museum of Art Through May 10 You Be the Judge Ringling Museum of Art Through May 16 The Winter’s Tale Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota Through May 17 Waist Watchers: The Calorie-Free Musical Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Through June 7 Surrealism, Freud, and Dalí; (Catalan Book Show) Salvador Dalí Museum Through June 28 Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds 3; The Story of the Heart MOSI March 1 Smucker’s Stars on Ice 1:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum The Cleanup Woman, starring JD Lawrence 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Matt Dusk Free Riverwalk Concert 4:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 2–5 Global Lens Film Festival The Studio@620 March 3–8 Monty Python’s Spamalot Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 4 Paddy Maloney with the Chieftains 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 5 Billy Joel & Elton John: Face 2 Face Tour 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum Side Door Jazz: Al Downing 7:30 p.m. The Palladium March 6 Kodo Drummers 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 7 DalíFest 2009 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Salvador Dalí Museum

Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction 8:00 p.m. USF Sundome March 7–8 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Lykes Gaslight Square Park Verdi’s Requiem Stefan Sanderling conducts The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay The Florida Orchestra March 8 Britney Spears with the Pussycat Dolls: The Circus Starring Britney Spears Tour 8:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum March 9 Steve Forbert 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 10 Encore Chamber Series 7:30 p.m. The Palladium March 12 Daniel Bernard Roumain 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 12–22 Barrymore The Studio@620 Nobody Don’t Like Yogi Gorilla Theatre March 13 George Lopez 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 13–14 El Ritmo de La Vida Doc Severinsen, guest conductor The Florida Orchestra

March 13–April 5 Lysistrata American Stage March 13–May 23 Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Murderers Asolo Repertory Theatre March 14 FloriMezzo Chamber Music and More, Featuring Arabesque Winds 2:00 p.m. The Palladium Leahy 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 15 Bonnie Raitt with Ryan Shaw 8:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 16 Boston Pops: A Tribute to Oscar and Tony 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 19 Side Door Jazz: Stan Hunter Quartet 7:30 p.m. The Palladium George Benson: A Tribute to Nat King Cole 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Louis C. K. 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 19–April 5 Elizabeth and Edward Gorilla Theatre The Lieutenant of Inishmore Jobsite Theater Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 20 Between Takeoff & Landing 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 13–15 Antiquarian Book Fair The Coliseum

Ani DiFranco 8:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre

Arlo Guthrie 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre

St. Pete Cajun Zydeco Festival Vinoy Park

Artie Lange 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Doo Wop Reunion IX 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 13–29 On Golden Pond St. Petersburg Little Theatre

March 20–22 Tampa Bay Blues Festival Vinoy Park

Ravel’s Mother Goose Tedi Papavrami, violin Thierry Fischer, guest conductor The Florida Orchestra March 20–April 11 The Octette Bridge Club Carrollwood Players Theatre March 20–May 24 George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple Asolo Repertory Theatre March 21 Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci Teatro Lirico d’Europa 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall March 22 Orchid Festival 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunken Gardens Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey 2:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Jasper Johns, Targets, Flags, 1968.

Jeff Dunham 4:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum

Jesse Cook 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Jesus Christ Superstar 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 24 Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 26 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 30 Joe Piscopo 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Bach’s Birthday Bash Tampa Oratorio Singers 3:00 pm. Sacred Heart Catholic Church The Cause, Care, and Cure Circus Benefit for 1Voice Foundation 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue March 24–29 The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 25 Adolph Adam’s Giselle Moiseev Russian Classical Ballet & Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 27 Rodney Carrington 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 31 Encore Chamber Series 7:30 p.m. The Palladium

March 27–29 St. Pete International Folk Fair Vinoy Park

March 30–31 Dame Edna, Farewell Tour 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Always Amazing John Williams Richard Kaufman, conductor The Florida Orchestra

March 31–April 5 Late Nite Catechism Ruth Eckerd Hall

March 28 Festivals of Speed 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. North Straub Park

April 2 Festival of States & Honda Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade 7:00 p.m. Downtown St. Petersburg

Paula Poundstone 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Side Door Jazz: Nate Najar 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Chicago 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall April 3 Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 Stefan Sanderling, conductor The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Moving Current Dance Collective 7:30 p.m. The Palladium April 3–5 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Downtown St. Petersburg April 4 Best of Tampa Bay 2009 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Jasper Johns Prints: Things the Mind Already Knows

Through May 30

If this exhibit had a sound track it would be jazz. The collaborative and easily manipulated printmaking process inspired Jasper Johns to playfully riff on familiar objects, such as letters, numbers, targets, and American flags, as well as experiment with themes from his famous paintings. And like jazz, this exhibit, organized by the Beth Ann Morean Arts Center, is modern and cool. And fun. If you missed the exhibit of Johns’s works on paper at the Met in New York City that ended in February, you can see a selection of prints produced over forty years by the iconic pop artist, culled from the John and Maxine Belger Foundation’s collection, right in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. The Beth Ann Morean Arts Center

April 5 Celtic Woman 3:00 & 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Brahms A German Requiem Tampa Oratorio Singers 5:00 p.m. Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church 85

April 17 Mime Talk with Ian Beck 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 23 Regis Philbin & Don Rickles 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

April 17–19 Charles Gounod’s Faust Opera Tampa Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

April 24–29 Chicago Mahaffey Theater

April 17–May 24 Craft-ed: Selected works from the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts; Charles Parkhill; Kim Michelle Coakley Dunedin Fine Arts Center April 18 Festival of States Day Parade 10:00 a.m. Downtown St. Petersburg Festival of States Family Fun Fest Noon to 4:30 p.m. Keramu XXI Zoo Benefit 6:30 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo

Altar Boyz

April 17–May 10

It’s time to pack a picnic spread and head to Demens Landing again for American Stage in the Park. This year’s play, Altar Boyz, an offBroadway rock musical, should be a winner with families, even reluctant teens who’d prefer to be texting their friends. The musical comedy centers on a small-town Christian boy band that is performing its first big-time show in New York. Staged as a concert, it’s heavy on the song and dance, with five “heavenly” young men that prance and dance and parody the likes of ’N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. American Stage in the Park, Demens Landing

April 6 Jerrod Bogard’s Hugging the Shoulder Jobsite Theater Play Reading Series 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 7–12 Legally Blonde: The Musical Ruth Eckerd Hall April 8 Pratima: Reflection Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 9 Afro-Cuban All Stars 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center 86

April 11 Karla Bonoff 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Yanni Voices 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum April 14 Encore Chamber Series 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Midori 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 16 Side Door Jazz: Denise Moore and Then Some 7:30 p.m. The Palladium

Ybor City Cinderella Spanish Lyric Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center David Sedaris 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 18–19 Mainsail Arts Festival Vinoy Park Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 Katharine Young, oboe Stephan Sanderling, conductor The Florida Orchestra April 18–July 11 Bit, Byte, Dot, Spot: Post-digital Art Tampa Museum of Art April 20 Old School Freight Train 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 22 Crack Up Cancer Comedy Benefit by Cure on Wheels 7:30 p.m. The Improv Tampa

April 24–May 10 Little Mary Sunshine St. Petersburg Little Theatre April 24–May 16 Batboy: The Musical Carrollwood Players Theatre April 26 Taste of South Tampa 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Old Hyde Park Village Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra Spring Chamber Recital 2:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 28 Vegas Night Benefit for Ernest Giving and 1Voice Foundation 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue Encore Chamber Series 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Chris Botti 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall San Jose Taiko 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 28–May 17 The Fiddler on the Roof Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center April 29–May 3 Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco The Lakeland Center Sunscreen Film Festival Various locations around the bay April 30 Side Door Jazz 7:30 p.m. The Palladium May 1 The Original All Stars featuring John Lamb & Rose Bilal 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Experience Our Island Not Your Typical Meeting Spot… Where 10 acres of exclusive beach meet 390 comfortable guest rooms and suites, the Sheraton Sand Key puts forward everything to help you plan the perfect meeting. Whether you’re meeting for a conference, a celebration or just a weekend of soaking up the sun, we can accommodate you! We offer 24,000 sq.ft. of extensive conference facilities, a relaxing pool deck, nearby attractions, and extraordinary cuisine. Come see for yourself why both vacation and meeting planners prefer the Sheraton Sand Key Resort!


727-595-1611 • 87

Venue key May 1–3 The Kite Runner Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center May 2–3 Pinellas Living Green Expo Harborview Center May 3 Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra Spring Concert 2:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center May 3–July 15 Language of the Nude Ringling Museum of Art May 4 Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra Spring Chamber Recital 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

May 7–24 Shining City Stageworks Theatre Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center May 8 Time Tapestries 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center May 9 Spanish Lyric Theatre 50th Gala and Show 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center May 9–July 2009 More than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Archives of American Art Museum of Fine Arts

May 9–August 1 Picturing Eden Ringling Museum of Art

Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota, American Stage St. Petersburg, The Beth Ann Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg,

May 10 The Drowsy Chaperone 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Carrollwood Players Theatre Tampa,

May 12–17 Mother Load Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Dunedin Fine Arts Center Dunedin,

duPont Publishing has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of all program schedules. Call ahead to verify the dates and times of these events. For consideration in future issues, e-mail or fax 727 -489-0249. dR

The Coliseum St. Petersburg, Demens Landing St. Petersburg,

Gorilla Theatre Tampa, Harborview Center Clearwater, Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa, The Lakeland Center Lakeland, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Tarpon Springs Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, MOSI Tampa, North Straub Park St. Petersburg, Nova 535 St. Petersburg, Old Hyde Park Village Tampa, The Palladium St. Petersburg, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church Tampa, Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tampa, Saks Fifth Avenue, West Shore Plaza Tampa, St. Petersburg Little Theatre St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Museum of History St. Petersburg, St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Salvador Dalí Museum St. Petersburg, The Studio@620 St. Petersburg, Sunken Gardens St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Tampa, The Tampa Improv Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art Tampa, Tampa Theatre Tampa,

Romeo and Juliet

May 7–16

This Elizabethan classic, interpreted by director Bob Devin Jones, starts at the Capulet ball, rather than the street brawl because, Jones says, that’s what the audience is waiting for. Indeed, it’s the scene where Romeo meets Juliet, setting in motion the tragedy’s arc. The script manipulations are faithful to Shakespeare’s original play, he says, and should suit modern attention spans and aesthetics. With simple staging and modern costuming, the play about the impetuous, young couple whose love ultimately destroys them, uniting their families in grief, promises to be as hip as the Studio@620 itself. The Studio@620 88

USF Contemporary Art Museum Tampa, USF Theater 2 Tampa, USF Sundome Tampa, Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, Woodson African American Museum St. Petersburg,

Beautiful lakefront property nestled on a 100acre nature preserve. The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is conveniently located in the Tampa Bay area close to both Tampa and Clearwater International Airports. Spacious guest rooms, suites, and over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space make it easy to plan your next event. Meet in the Park and see for yourself why our guests voted us #1 in customer service out of all Hiltons in the Americas.

950 LAKE CARILLON DRIVE ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33716 727-540-0050 89




hink of Infiniti’s sexy new G37 sedan as a triple shot of espresso after a lifetime of drinking Sanka decaf. It’s like a Richard Simmons workout routine for all the little hairs on the back of your neck. As new cars go, this thing is more fun than a day at Disney, more of a thrill ride than SheiKra at Busch Gardens, and more addictive than Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. It’s what happens when you squeeze a new high-revving 3.7-liter 328-horsepower V-6 under the hood of this svelte four-door, and hook it up to a brand new seven-speed automatic. Count from one to five and a half and that’s how long it takes for the G-car to lunge from zero to 60mph—a tad faster if you opt for the shift-it-yourself six-speed manual transmission. Infiniti set the sports sedan world alight when it introed the original G35 back in late 2002. Here, finally, was a serious and credible rival to BMW’s benchmark 3-Series.


It got a major makeover in 2007, with a redesigned body and new interior, and for 2009 gets the latest and greatest 3.7liter ‘six’ and that new seven-speed auto. It still goes head to head with BMW’s 328i and Mercedes’ new C300. But the competition has grown to include the impressive new Cadillac CTS, the funky new Acura TL, and Audi’s terrific new A4. Prices kick off at $34,015 for the base G37 with the driver-focused G37 Sport coming in at $35,015. Planning to head to Minnesota any time soon? You might need the all-wheel drive G37x at $36,515. Most of the G37’s athletic genes come from its rear-drive chassis that’s developed from the one used in Nissan’s latest 370Z sports car. It provides the G with surgicallyprecise steering and the kind of poise and balance and sheer grip through curves that will steal your breath. Hit the brakes and you could ripple the earth’s crust.

Infiniti's new G37 is the closest you can get to a four-door sports car

By Jeff Ellis

And it’s as sporty inside as it is out. Opt for the Sport version and you get bodyhugging seats that might just be the most supportive and best-fitting I’ve ever sat in. While space up front is generous, legroom in the back is a little on the tight side. And while the trunk is verging on cavernous, the opening isn’t much bigger than a mail slot. But as a thrill-a-second driver’s car, the G37 is up there with the best—a fact not lost on the guys at Car and Driver who just voted it one of their 10 Best for ’09. Perhaps they should re-name it Gee Whizz. Test drive the new G37 at Lokey Infiniti in Clearwater, or Infiniti of Tampa. How Much: $34,015 to $36,515. Engine: 3.7-liter V-6. Power: 328 hp @ 7,000 rpm. Torque: 369 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm. Transmission: 7-speed automatic/6-speed manual. Fuel economy:18 city/26 highway. FOR: Four-door sports car.AGAINST: Subtle styling. dR

“Don’t Just Settle for Clean! Make it Pristine!!” We come to you or you come to us!

SERVICES Canvas / Upholstery

FL #s / Boat Names

Detailing / Fiberglass Repair

Yacht/Boat Detailing and Maintenance Boat Names and Custom Graphics Mechanical/Electrical Services Canvas Upholstery Fiberglass Repair Shrink Wrapping Transport Services Bottom Painting Dive Services •Underwater Hull Cleaning •Sea Wall and Piling Maintenance Captain Services

Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota

“I have had great experiences with Pristine Marine. Their quality, dependability, and customer service is truly a leap above the rest.” —Thomas L. duPont

Shrink Wrapping


Haul out services available for Yachts up to 160 feet


dR AUTO Hyundai’s new Genesis can go head-to-head with Europe’s finest

New Fashioned By Jeff Ellis


t’s grabbing more awards than Juno on Oscar night. It recently dethroned Lexus to win Consumer Reports’ coveted Best Upscale Sedan accolade. And the big shocker, it just got voted 2009 North American Car of the Year. We’re not talking about some ritzy new Mercedes-Benz, or ultimate driving machine BMW here. Nope, the car that’s grabbing the luxury car headlines is the new Hyundai Genesis. Pardon me while I lift your jaw off the floor. Forget all those preconceived notions of Hyundai being the builder of all things cheap and cheerful. With the Genesis, it can pretty much stand shoulder to shoulder with Lexus and the German luxo-car makers. The only difference; you pay around 25 percent less. That works out at $33,000 for the base 290-hp V-6, and $38,000 for the all-singing-and-dancing 375-hp V-8. OK, so there’s nothing too groundbreaking about the design. Its styling is a pick ’n mix assortment of other luxury car



makers’ design cues. That front end? Very Merc S-Class. Rear lights? Straight off a 5Series BMW. Side profile? Pure Lexus GS. But it all comes together in a sleek, elegant shape that’s as easy on the eye as Christie Brinkley in Lycra. It’s all very tasteful too, with just enough chrome to decorate and a color palette verging on the somber. Climb aboard and you’d think you were entering a Lexus LS. Soft-grain, double-stitched leather washes around the cabin with satin wood and techie satin aluminum for accents. It’s cavernous too, with Barcaloungersized front seats, more rear seat legroom than an S-Class Benz and a trunk that would get two thumbs up from Tony Soprano. And the quality, the fit and finish, is nothing less than staggering. From the vault-like ‘thunk’ of the doors as they close, to the rock-solid feel of everything you touch, the Genesis is a masterpiece of manufacturing.

Twist the key and the surprise and delights just keep on coming. The allnew 4.6-liter all-alloy V-8 powering our test car was smoother than Roger Moore in his 007 days. It’s quick too. Floor the gas and the big, rear-drive Hyundai will rocket from rest to 60mph in just 5.7 seconds and cruise all day at 100-plus in stealthy silence. No, it’s not as sporty or dynamic as a BMW 5-Series or Infiniti M45, but if luxury and refinement head your automotive wish list, the Genesis won’t disappoint. Test drive the new Hyundai Genesis at Crown Hyundai in St. Petersburg, Fitzgeralds Countryside in Clearwater, and Courtesy Hyundai in Tampa. How Much: $33,000 V-6, $38,000 V-8. Engine: 3.8-liter V-6 or 4.6-liter V-8. Power: 290-hp V-6, 368-hp V-8. Torque:264 lb-ft V-6, 324 lb-ft V-8.Transmission:6-speed automatic. Fuel economy: V-6: 18 city/27 highway, V-8: 17 city/25 highway.FOR: Low-price luxury car. AGAINST: A $38-grand Hyundai. dR

• Collision Repair • Fiberglass repair • Aluminum repair • Minor damage repair • Frame straightening • Overall and spot refinishing • ICAR & ASE Certified • All workmanship is guaranteed for as long as you own your car

• 40 Years of Satisfied Customers • Personalized assistance with insurance claims

State-of-the-Art Experience With Old-Fashioned Customer Service

Superior Auto Body CARSTAR Phone: 727.525.7885 • Fax: 727.527.4351 • 6700 49th St. N., Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 93

Photos courtesy of

What about you?

BOULEVARD CUSTOMS 3063 Tech Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33716

(866) 822-2583 Ask for Chris Bradley Custom Automobiles • Custom Audio & Video • Integration • Wheels • Tires Interiors & Whatever you can Imagine. 94


Aircraft, Automobiles, and Yachts Ambassador Limousine and Sedan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boulevard Customs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insane Limos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Majestic Coach Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pristine Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stingray Chevrolet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Superior Auto Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Museums and the Arts 73 94 69 41 91 9 93


Fashion and Jewelry Dillard's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


The Silver Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Financial Services Regions Morgan Keegan Private Banking . . . . . . . . . .

Florida Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Tampa Bay History Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Private Schools Berkeley Preparatory School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Home Builders and Home Improvement Artglass Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Marla Davidson Tile and Stone Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Irpinia Custom Cabinetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Landmark Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Mitchell Keith Tile & Bath Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Phillips Pools & Landscape LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Precision Elevator Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Stone-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Tampa Bay Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Interior Design and Home Furnishings Drexel Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Livingston Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Patio Land USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Rumi Rug Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Hurricane Custom Billiards, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Medical and Dental Services Cenegenics, Stephanie Bien, DO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Center for Weight Management, Cesar Lara, MD . . . .


Gentle Dentistry, Angela Rasmussen, DDS . . . . . . . . .


Masley Optimal Health Center, Steven Masley, MD . .



Professional Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Events and Benefits All Children’s Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Real Estate Camelot Realtors GMAC Realty, Donna Nettestad . . .


Century 21 Jim White & Associates, Dania Perry . . . .


Coldwell Banker Florida, Peggy Mateer and Molly Lucas


Coldwell Banker Florida, Carole Merritt . . . . . . . . . . .


Coldwell Banker Florida, Carole Merritt . . . . . . . . . . .


Coldwell Banker Florida, Mary Ann McArthur . . . . . . .


Dunedin Grand, Cathy Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Engel & Voelkers, Greater Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Keller Williams Realty, Jean Jarman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Palermo Real Estate Professionals, Debbie Zito . . . . .


RE/MAX Action First, Steve Hasley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sand Key Realty, Rafal Wazio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Stone Lake Ranch, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cover, 1

Wingate & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Resorts Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Marriott Tampa Waterside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sheraton Sand Key Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Restaurants Crabby Bill's Seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . .


Gallagher's Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Malio's Prime Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Mazzaro Italian Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Oishi Sushi Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Sloppy Joe's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Taps Wine and Beer Merchants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

74 95


Art Heaven By Nicole Waters

For the past 38 years, Downtown Tampa has transformed into an art Mecca every March for the annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and this year is no exception. On March 7th and 8th, nearly 300 national and international award-winning artists will showcase their work at the premier juried outdoor fine art and craft show, setting up shop throughout Lykes Gaslight Square Park and along Franklin Street. Considered one of Florida's premier cultural events, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts selects a number of accomplished artists and rising stars from around the globe to participate in this celebrated show. Artists vie for what is considered to be among the country's leading cash awards, including the coveted $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award. For the 2009 event, cash awards to artists have increased to an all-time high of $75,000. Some of the winners might include Scott Coulter of Sarasota with his impressionistic paintings that appear hyper realistic when viewed from any distance, or San Francisco-based sculptors Robbie Robbins and Lou Pearson whose powerful and graceful works are part of numerous private and public collections. Participating Tampa Bay artists are Glenn Woods and Keith Herbrand of Pottery Boys Clay Studio of Palm Harbor, Steven Schramek of St. Petersburg-based Tropical Glass Creations, jewelry designer Anne Kantor of Tampa, large-scale, mix media artist Carolina Cleere of Tampa, painter Joan Duff Bohrer of Dunedin, and photographer Larry Humphrey of Brooksville. With more than 250,000 people expected to attend, the

Keith Herbrand

free festival also features entertainment, food vendors and

Golden Ram is a lidded vessel assembled from hand-thrown pieces of white stoneware by local artist Glenn Woods. 96

hands-on children activities.


Landmark Pools • • • • •

Award-Winning Pool Designs and installations Exotic Lagoon Pools, creative spas and waterfalls Custom environmental integrations Custom stone work and mosaic artistry All quality construction by in-house staff 13253 Byrd Drive • Odessa, Florida 33556

813-792-1331 •

A Master Artist of Jewelry Design • 38 Years experience in creating unique one-of-a-kind platinum and gold masterpieces • Large diamonds and rare exotic gemstones • Extensive display of one-of-a-kind creations • Expert heirloom jewelry repair • Redesign your tired old jewelry • We purchase estate jewelry and gold • Have Robert design something special for you!

Robert says: “Lower prices, and you know why!”

28 Years in Belleair 250 N. Indian Rocks Road Belleair Bluffs, FL 727.584.1110

Jeweler Extraordinaire

duPontREGISTRY Tampa Bay March/April 2009  

duPont Registry™ Tampa Bay is the luxury lifestyle guide to the area. A showcase of anything and everything luxurious throughout Tampa Bay a...

duPontREGISTRY Tampa Bay March/April 2009  

duPont Registry™ Tampa Bay is the luxury lifestyle guide to the area. A showcase of anything and everything luxurious throughout Tampa Bay a...