April 2015

Spring Arts Festival.

Once again the weather cooperated nicely  and we had two days of glorious weather for the Art Fest. I attended on Saturday and the attendance was excellent, however, I was rather disappointed in the number of signs prohibiting photography of their booths. I understand the need  to protect the artists work from plagiarism and I will comply with their request, their loss is the fact that I cannot promote their art or their websites.

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Many locals brought their pets with them for the outing, which provided a good photo opportunity.

To see more pictures and find out more about the event,  check out website at http://englewoodfl.us and follow the link on the first page to the Art Fest.

 Addendum to List of Restaurants.

It was a forgone conclusion that I would omit listings of restaurants in my last post, so without any further ado let me see if I can rectify the list. First off it would seem that the Vienna Cafe is no longer open (or are on an extended vacation) so let’s move on to the ones I did not include

Cafe 776.       Cafe 776941-475-0819

Open Tuesday thru Saturday   11:30 – 8 pm. American food, platters, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Located North of Howards at:

138 North Indiana Ave.  (SR 776)

Donna’s Naked Food Company
Naked Foods941-475-2253

Take out Bake Shop and Deli.

Open Mon – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm,
Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm.

2550 Placida Road.


Smokehaus Pub & Grill

Specializing  in German – American food, ribs, wings. chicken, pulled pork, fish and burgers. Chailett

31 Chailett Road, Rotonda West.
(off Placida Road).


 Lake View Restaurant.   Lakeside
941 697-9200

Greek – American Food.

Open 12 noon – 9 pm in season.        Call for hours off-season.

5605 S. McCall Road.

Superday.                  Superday

Not only a gas station but takeout food as well.  Chicken, pizza, ribs, subs, cheesecake and salads are all available.

Superday is located at the intersection of SR 776 and Placida Road.


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November. 2014

Computer Issues.

I am sorry that it has been quite a time since the last update, however massive computer failure has required a replacement of 2 computers and a realization that I have to rewrite the entire website. It also brought to mind the Blog content for this issue which is going to be Restaurants in Englewood.  We are fortunate in this area in that we have an abundance of family owned restaurants with chain establishments in close by towns such as Venice and Port Charlotte.  I have decided to leave out the sandwich shops, such as Subway, McDonalds, Hungry Howies and the like but included pizza joints and chinese pickups.

The Old becomes New.      Howards.


Howards has been a family favorite in Englewood for many a year operating out of their location south of Beach Blvd. on South McCall Rd. Approximately six months ago they acquired the building formerly housing the Sassy Snapper and started a complete renovation of the building. The net result is a super sharp facility with lots of parking for patrons at 70 N. Indiana Ave, a block north of Dearborn Street. Howard’s still serves its very popular all you can eat crab legs 3 days a week and all you can eat basa 3 days a week. Mondays they are closed.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling :

{941} 473.0171.


Other restaurants, starting at the north end of town.

Norma Jeans.  Sports Bar and Grill. DSC_0007s

Located in Lemon Bay Plaza across from Englewood Isles, Norma Jeans specializes in regular bar food and have different specials every night.

Call 460-8860.

Boca Royale            475-6464          Boca Royale

Boca Royale has opened their dining facilites to the
general public.
Lunch   Mon – Sun.  11 am – 3 pm
Dinner   Wed. – Fri.  5 – 8:30
Sun Brunch   10 –  2    in season only.
1601 Englewood Road.

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Hard to find, no signs, Snooks is located in the Royal Palm Marina at the end of Wentworth Street. When Zekes moved to Dearborn St. many assumed that the place closed. Far from it, a great place for casual dining and enjoying an excellent view of Lemon Bay.

Compadres.       475-4010                                                             Compadres small

Compadres offers authentic Mexican food.

Javier & Wendy Nunez invite you to a unique

dining experience in downtown Englewood.

398 West Dearborn Street.

Ole Time Cafe                     474-4141Olde Time Cafe.small

Breakfast and lunch dining under the great oak tree on Dearborn Street.

Home made bread baked daily along with a breakfast and lunch menu worth experiencing.

Vino Loco                         473-8466             Vino Loco small


Vino Loco offers tapa dishes made from the freshest ingredients available including organic produce, cheese, meats, oils and spices.

420 W. Dearborn Street.

Bobarino’s Pizzeria             473-0000              Barbarino small

Family owned and operated, Bobarino’s serves the freshest ingredients in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Hand tossed pizza baked in a brick oven – authentic New York style.


Englewoods on Dearborn    475-7501     Englewoods small

Choose your atmosphere ……. Patio dining on Dearborn Street ……. air conditioned indoor dining or escape to our tropical courtyard.

861 W. Dearborn St.

Mango Bistro.                       681-3500          mango's small

Mango Bistro combines excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere.  All natural ingredients, 100% fruit smoothies, wine & beer, catering for groups, indoor and outdoor dining plus Wi-Fi internet access.

301 W. Dearborn Street

La Stanza Ristorante           475-1355         LaStanza small   

If you enjoy Italian food, then savor the La Stanza difference.

Every dish is prepared to order individually, ensuring that you are receiving the highest quality of food possible.

285 W. Dearborn Street.

Zeke’s Uptown Bar & Grill.   460-9353  Zekes small

Olde Englewood’s casual, creative eatery…..

where ho-hum, just won’t do.

115 W. Dearborn Street.


China One.                       473-8867       China 1 small

Located in the Olde Village Shopping Center, next to Publix, China 1 provides orders to take out – New York style.

Hours of operation: Mon – Saturday   11 am – 10 pm

45 N. Indiana Ave.   Corner of Dearborn Street.

Vienna (Formerly Food is Love) 473-9939   Vienna small

Located next to China One in the Olde Village Shopping Center Vienna serves Austrian food.

91 N Indiana Ave,   Corner of Dearborn Street.


Maria Restaurant            460-6063      Maria small

Open for breakfast and lunch Maria specializes in authentic Mexican food.

The owners wish to thank their customers for their continued support.

60 S. Indiana Ave.

Stefano’s Family Restaurant    475-0868

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Traditional homemade pizza.  Italian, American and Greek cuisine.

401 S. Indiana Ave.


Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro.    474-9500
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Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm serving a new healthy
Gourmet menu featuring a variety of wraps (salmon, chicken) sliders (Kobe beef, Andouille sausage) Bison burgers and salads.

1350 Beach Rd.

Flounders.                      460-8280              

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At one time this was the establishment of Crabby  George and is like having 3 restaurants in one. Live music afternoons and evenings make this a lively  place.

197 S, Beach Road.

Lock and Key.                      474-1517                   Lock & Key small

A crowd favorite with lunch and supper menus.

Lunch primarily sandwiches, burgers and fried

baskets.  Supper –  Steaks and Seafood.

2045 N Beach Road.   Opposite main beach.

 Gulf View Grill.                    475-3500  Gulf View Grill small

Steaks, Chicken, Seafood, Veal and Pasta.
Come and experience breathtaking sunsets, freshly prepared food in a casual atmosphere.
Reservation are recommended during holidays.

2095 N. Beach Road.


 Ephesus                   681-2343     DSC_0028 s

Authentic Turkish Cuisine.   Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Mondays). Located in the Cornerstone Plaza across from Merchants crossing, serving healthy food for a healthy life.

Dine in or Carry out.

1720 S. McCall Road.

Good Times

Good Times Diner.                    473-1411

Serving breakfast, lunch and supper.   Good food at reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

1500 Placida Road.
(near Publix at Merchants Crossing)

Blue Lagoon.                       475-1030Blue Lagoon s

Fine dining in a delightful atmosphere.

Located on Placida Road, south of the High School.

Angelo’s Pizza.                  474-2477                       Angelo's




2611 Placida Road.

Paraiso Mexican Grille & Bar       460-8081Paraiso

Formerly Parrotfish Grill.

Authentic Mexican Cuisine.  Serving breakfast, lunch and supper 7 days a week.

2639 Placida Road.

New Faull Inn.                 697-8050        New Faull

Open 7 days a week. Different daily specials including barbeque ribs, chicken wings, pot roast, fish & chips and pizza.

2670 Placida Road.

Pings Kitchen Chinese Take Out  698-9973    Pings 1

Open Tuesday through Sunday.


2710 Placida Road.

Ricaltini’s Bistro.           828-1591  Ricaltini's 2

 Open 7 days a week, Ricaltini’s offers an expansive menu and a full service bar. From starters, entrees, salads, pizza, burgers and more, there is something for everyone at reasonable prices.

1997 Kentucky Ave.

Island Taste                  828-1873
   Island Taste
Jamaican Restaurant.

Open Monday through Saturday serving authentic Jamaican food including jerk chicken and pork, oxtails, curried chicken and goat. Other more traditional are available.


Prime Time Steak & Spirits          697.7799   Prime Time

Award winning steaks , prime rib, southwest cuisine and margaritas.
Available for private luncheons and off premises catering.

5855 Placida Road.

Placida Grill.                  828-1437    Placida Grill

Open Tuesday through Saturday serving fresh seafood, steaks and chops, vegetarian options and a made from scratch philosophy.

6800 Placida Road.    By Fiddlers Green.

Leverocks Restaurant.        698-6900.      Johnny Leverocks

Appetizers, Seafood Features, Combinations,
Specialty Entries and Pasta Offerings.
Leverocks can host your occasion and reserve private indoor or outdoor waterfront dining.

7092 Placida Road.

Zydeco Grille.                    828-1472      Zydeco Grill

Cajun. Creole Southern Cookery.
Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Crawfish Boil, Etouffee. Daily Seafood Specials.Life is too short for Dull Food.
Tuesday – Saturday  11 am – close. Sunday 10 – 9

8501 Placida Road.

Villa Capri.                   697-1313                     Villa Capri

Fine Italian Dining using only the best ingredients.  Their menu includes calamari, mussels, clams, lobster ravioli, chicken, veal scaloppini, steak and rack of lamb to name a few. Open from 2pm -10pm daily.

8501 Placida Road.

Waterside Grill,                697-0724       Waterside Grill

Located by the Gasparilla Marina, the Waterside grill is open 7 days a week 6:30 am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specializing in sandwiches, burgers, fish baskets and breakfast items.

located at 15001 Gasparilla Road.

The Cove.                           828-1492.    The Cove

Traditional German, American and Italian food.

Hours of operation 3 pm – Close Tuesday thru Sat.

8300 Wilshire Blvd.


Mc. Call Road south of Placida Road

Beef O’Brady’s                         473-8776            Beef O'Bradys

A family sports bar serving burgers, baskest and bowls, game time pizza, fresh salads and burrito & wraps.

Under 12 younger sports fans menu.

1951 S McCall Road.

Flatbread Pizzeria                  460-8044    


 Flatbread pizza, salads and desserts.

Open 7 days per week.  Sun. – Thurs.  11.30 – 9:00
Fri   &  Sat.      11:30 – 10:00


951 S, McCall Road.

Country Hound Cafe.              474-7767      Country Hound

Open 7 days a week at 6:30 am serving breakfast, lunch and supper – except Sunday breakfast and lunch only. A large selection of dishes including sandwiches, chicken, steaks, seafood and south of the border specials.

In the Palm Plaza.  1951 S. McCall Road.

Great Wall Buffet                   475- 8838 Great Wall Buffet

Open 7 days a week for lunch and supper.

Eat in or take out. Lunch and dinner specials, Chef’s specials.  All you can eat buffets and Buffet to Go boxes.

1951 S. McCall Road. #13.

Farlows on the Water.            474-5343     

Tropical dining with a Caribbean  flair along with
good Southern Style cooking such as Chicken
Picatta, Corn Pudding and Fried Green Tomatoes.

2080 S. McCall Road.

Koos Kitchen.          460-0728     Koos Kitchen

Open 7 days a week. Large choice of Chinese dishes.

Located in Tiffany Square.

2828 S. McCall Road

Papa John’s Pizza.                  473-0100  Papa Johns

Taste the Papa John’s difference.

2828 S. McCall Road.


Nicola’s Italian Kitchen.       474-6195      Nicola's

Full Italian menu including Chicken, Pasta, Veal, Seafood, Panini, Pizza, Stromboli and Calzones.

Eating at Nicola’s is like eating with Family.

4343 S. Access Road just off South McCall Road.

Beyond the Sea.  Restaurant & Supper Club.By The Sea

Open for breakfast, lunch at supper.  Fresh seafood, Award winning steaks.
Early bird specials 3:30 – 5:30.

3555 S. Access Road.

Bay Pointe Grill.         460-0500     Bay Pointe Grill

Family restaurant. 7 days a week.

Open Tuesday – Saturday  7 am – 8 pm.
Sunday & Monday   7 am – 2 pm.

3502 N. Access Road.

Spinnaker Cafe.               475-2238    Spinnaker Cafe

Eat In or Take Out.  Open 7 days a week.

Hours 6 am – 8 pm.

3542 N. Access Road.
Joe’s  Pizza                        698-1717      Ray's Pizza

New York Style Pizza, Dinners, Heros, Appetizers & Salads.

Open daily at 11:00 am.

13435 S. McCall Road.  Gulf Cove Plaza.

China Wok.                     697-8886       China Wok

Food to Take-Out.All dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients.
Open 7 days a week.  Mon.- Thurs.  11 am – 10 pm.
Fri. – Sat.      11 am – 11 pm.
Sunday       12:00 – 10 pm.
13435 S. McCall Road.






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April 3, 2014

Art Festival.

The Spring Arts Festival was held on March 29 & 30. Saturday was a rainy day, however, the show still went as planned except that the event closed at 2 pm due to lightning in the area. According to vendors there was a nice turnout and sales were good in spite of the weather.

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Overnight the weather cleared and Sunday was a beautiful day and lots of folks were on Dearborn Street to support the artists. A visitor, above, admires artwork on the outside of a exhibit booth. About 100 artists were on display including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork and ceramics. Visit www.englewoodfl.us to see more photographs from the show.

Cleanup on Dearborn Street.

Former Gas Station

The storm water drainage system seems to be completed and one of the first buildings that has been demolished is the old (really old) gas station that used to be on the corner of Dearborn Street and South McCall Road. The fact that the lot is “clean” makes a surprising difference – now we will wait and see what is going to be built in it’s place. When that takes place I will update this blog.

Floating Crane at Park

A floating crane passing through Lemon Bay in April experienced a problem with the wind and weather and decided to take shelter at the Bay Heights park seawall. Unfortunately the draft of the vessel was greater than the depth of the water and the crane was stuck for some time. A number of power boats attempted to tow the crane into deeper water but they were underpowered for the job and I believe they had to send for a tugboat to get it underway.

 Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix.

April 11 – 13 brings super boat racing to Englewood. On the 11th the action is down in Punta Gorda with a parade followed by a display of the boats.  On Saturday, the 12th, activity moves to the Englewood Beach, with entertainment, Bikini and Beefcake contests, and Super Boat testing.
Sunday 13this Race Day with the Festival opening at Englewood Beach at 9 am and 1st race starting at 12 Noon and the 2nd race at 2 pm.  Awards are presented at 5pm.

Parking will be at various places around Englewood – there will be no parking on the beach, however, air conditioned buses will take you to the race village.






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New Year’s Resolutions.

I am not much in the way of New Year’s resolutions, however, this year I am planning to post more blogs than last year.  One of the things I plan on emphasizing is to urge Englewood residents to do business with local merchants when they can.

Lemon Bay Fest.

Starting on Feb 1st and continuing on through Feb 8 is the week of the Lemon Bay Fest, a celebration of the history of Englewood. The following is a list of the events during the week:

Feb. 1.

10 am – 2 pm    Open house tours of the 1928 Historic Lampp Home.
10:30 – 11:30   Manatee Insanity.  Talk at the Charlotte Co. Library
10:30 – 11:30   Elsie Quirk Library.
2 pm – 3 pm.     Manatee Insanity.  Elsie Quirk Library.

Feb. 3.

9:30 – 1 pm      Open House.   Historic Lemon Bay Woman’s Club.
9 am – 10 am   Hatha Yoga.   Englewood Sports Complex.
10:30 – 11:30  Placida History.     Elsie Quirk Library.
2 pm – 3 pm     Pirates, Rogues and Broadsides.  Elsie Quirk Library
5 pm – 6 pm     A Sense of Place.  Elsie Quirk Library.

Feb. 4

10:30 – 11:30   Music of Old with Dave.     Elsie Quirk Library.11:00 – 12:00   Florida Environment History.      Charlotte County Library.
2 pm  –  3 pm    Music of Old with Dave.       Charlotte County Library.
2 pm  –  3 pm    Florida Environment History.     Elsie Quirk Library.

Feb. 5

8:00  –  10:00   Sunrise Bird Walk.      Lemon Bay Park.
10:00 – 11:30   Pickleball Workshop    Englewood Sports Complex
10:30 – 11:30   The Devil in the White City.     Elsie Quirk Library.
2 pm  –  3 pm    Turn Back Time Band    Elsie Quirk Library.
2 pm  –  3 pm    Englewood History Presentation.      Charlotte County Library.

Feb. 6.

10:30 – 11:30   Adam Miller Folk Singer.      Elsie Quirk Library.
10:30 – 11:30   History of Valentine’s Day.       Pavilion #3 on  Englewood Beach.
2 pm  –  3 pm.   Adam Miller Folk Singer      Charlotte County Library.


Feb. 7.

9 am  –  12 pm       Pine Needles Baskets       Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay.
10:30 – 11:30         The Roaring 20’s in Charlotte County.   Elsie Quirk Library.11:00 – 12:00        Pirates, Rogues and Broadsides      Charlotte County Library.
1:00   –   4:00        Boondoggles.      Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay.
2:00  –    3:00        The Roaring 20’s in Charlotte County.   Charlotte County Library.
2:00  –    3:00        Sea Shells Extraordinaire.       Elsie Quirk Library.

Feb. 8.

10:30 – 12:00       Florida Birds of a Feather        Elsie Quirk Library.
10:00 – 4 pm        CRACKER FAIR                    Pioneer Park on Dearborn St.3 pm   – 8 pm        Open House                              Open Studio on Old Englewood Rd.

For more information and contact numbers, check their website by clicking here

Restaurants worth talking about.

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We have whipped by this place on numerous occasions and finally pulled in to this delightful restaurant for lunch.

The Cove Bistro is located off Placida Road (8300 Wiltshire Drive) close to the entrance to West Rotonda Blvd.

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The Cove Bistro combines a menu of German, American and Italian dishes so there is something on the menu for everyone. There is indoor dining as well as an outdoor patio area.
Live entertainment is provided on certain nights. For more information visit their website at: http://www.thecovebistro.com/

A closure was The Egg and I after 28 years on Placida Road, however it was only a few days before another sign went up advising customers that they were now joining forces with Beyond the Sea.  The Placida Road location will remain closed and breakfast will now be served at Beyond the Sea, off S. McCall Road.

Refer to http://englewoodfl.us to keep informed on what is happening in the Englewood area.





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December 2013


I have been producing this webside, http://englewoodfl.us , for close on 10 years now in an effort to promote the area as a excellant place to visit, winter, retire or relocate. I returned to this area after a long absence, over 30 years, and found that little had changed over that period of time. True there were more residents, more snowbirds every winter, more stores, more development, and so on, however there were some things that still remain the same and that is we do not support our local merchants. The same thing can also be said of the local merchants who would rather do business with vendors outside of Englewood feeling that they are getting a better “deal”. I find it interesting that a significant number of people I talk to have never been “downtown” to Dearborn Street, and prefer to go to Venice or Port Charlotte to shop.  A few years ago my wife and I used to enjoy a cup of coffee at the Village Cafe and watch potential clients tug at the locked doors of American Pie 30 minutes after they were supposed to open. They, and numerous other businesses, have closed their doors only to be replaced by the continuing cycle of new businesses moving in and failing after six months or so. The property between the old hardware store and Deborah’s was sold well over a year ago and now is fenced, waiting for what? Some others have “summer hours” others extended vacations, all of which are not healthy.  On the other hand I bought a trailer from Two Morrows and found out that the majority of owners buy their trailers on the internet from dealers in Georgia. I am not sure whether they are aware of the cost of gas to go and get the trailer or have it shipped. Two Morrows does get all the maintenance work because it is tough to take it back to where they bought it.  Disappointed in the Chamber of Commerce who awarded a contract for a promotional film on Englewood to a Tampa company. Do we not have anybody in this area who could do this? How many members do we have from Tampa.   A restaurant on Dearborn Street smugly told me recently that they used a Sarasota web design firm to do their website ….. I am sure that they will get a lot of business from the Sarasota area.

Folks, I still believe that Englewood is a great place to live but a bit of advice I will keep repeating.  SUPPORT YOU LOCAL BUSINESS.



Looking for a great place to stay  while in the Englewood area? Sunrise Rotonda Management Service has a number of 3 and 4 bedroom villas, with pools, available for short or long term lease. So if you have family visiting, are planning to “winterize” but want to upgrade from last year’s accommodations, waiting for your new home to be completed or starting early for next year you need to look into nabbing one of these gorgeous villas in the Rotonda area. Visit their website at http://sunriserotonda.com .

Lance Hendershot is more than happy to give customers advice on local businesses, places to shop, the best local tradesmen, etc., you will have the advantage of a friend in your corner.

Winter Arts Festival.

Winter Art Show #18

The Olde Englewood Village Association produced this event and, as per usual the show produced a number of stunning artists in a variety of craft.  The weather cooperated for the visitors and artists alike.

Click HERE to be taken to the art show.

Taylor : People to People Ambassador 2014

TaylorTaylor has been accepted to join the People to People Student Ambassador delegation travelling to Europe in the summer of 2014. The planned educational journey will include Spain, France and Italy. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the People to People movement because he believed that ordinary citizens of different nations could solve their problems and live harmoniously. I was born and raised in South Africa and Nelson Mandela, a once in a lifetime man, was an example of President Eisenhower’s vision in this regard. Before settling down in Englewood I have been to 45 different countries, my wife has been to about 10, so our philosophies are in accordandance with the People to People program and we would like to have our grandchild have that experience.

What Taylor is doing to achieve these goals are:

Collecting used cell phones for recycling. Contact her Dad at 941-286-4444.

Collecting items locally that Rob can sell at auction or on the Internet. Call the number above for a pickup.

Cash donations can be made to Taylor Turner at P.O.Box 1471 Englewood. FL. 34295.

The goal is $7,500.  I will keep everyone informed of the progress made.









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October 2013

Buchan Fly In.

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A Maule amphibian shown departing the airport after enjoying breakfast at Buchan Airport. The Maule is based in Gasparillo Island. The fly in is an annual event and draws a number of aircraft including vintage and experimental models.  About 400 local enthusiasts showed up to meet the pilots, enjoy breakfast and look at the immaculately maintained aircraft.  To see more on the subject CLICK THIS LINK.

Changes on Dearborn St.

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For those who have been driving through the downtown area you will have come across the road construction that seems to be taking place all over the place.  This is all a part of the Storm Drainage project that is taking place in the downtown district. Hopefully this will all be completed by the end of the year, including the retention pond by Garrett Park, at the west end of Dearborn Street.

Coffee at Kathy’s

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Changes have been made to Coffee with  Kathy, since they purchased the business from the estate of of Shelley Stout who passed away recently.  There is new merchandise, coffee, pastries and ice cream with plans to have microbrewery beers available in the not-too distant future.

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The latest restaurant on Dearborn Street, opposite the Elsie Quirk Library, has opened to rave reviews. A diversified menu, with a full bar, and reasonable prices are a winning combination. The owner, Pete, insists that it is a restaurant with a bar (#1) and not a bar that serves food.

You owe it to yourself to give them a try and see what they can do.

Support your local businesses.

Real Estate presence on Dearborn.

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Florida Shores Real Estate has taken over the premises of Sandy Beach, across from Vino Loco.


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September 2013

Pioneer Day Parade    Sept. 2nd.

Enjoy a short video highlighting some of the participants in the parade.

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 Click here to view the video.





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August 2013

A visit with Pauline Fawcett.

Pauline 004Pauline Fawcett is one of the premier artists who live in Englewood on a full time basis. We sat down and talked at her home, which is also her studio, and I videotaped some of the conversation. Pauline is originally from Montreal, Canada, and lived on the east coast of Florida before she and her husband settled in Englewood. Her husband is an avid gardener and some of the paintings come from flowers that grow in her yard.

 Coffee at Kathy’s.

Kathy and Bill Schulte have purchased the Village Gifts and Gallery from the estate of Shelly Stout and are in the process of renovating the store to fit their ideas. The new name will be Coffee at Kathy’s, & Seaside Shop of Sundries. Kathy intends to sell quality items at a reasonable price along with coffee, tea, soft drinks, fresh baked goods, hot dogs, ice cream and lemonade.

Prior to moving to Englewood in May, the Schultes owned and operated a trucking business in California and ran a deck and fence company in Oregon before moving to this area to be near Bill’s father who lives in North Port.  Stop by the shop at 425 W.Dearborn St, and see the progress they are making with the transformation.

New Dollar General Store.

New building …. New store. A new Dollar General Dollar General
has opened on Placida Road (at the bottom of San Casa).

There are a number of “Dollar” stores in Englewood, one on the north side, one in the center of town, one to the south and now this one.

All of this brings up a point ….. Englewood has it’s fair share of excellent artists, stores, restaurants, plumbers, electricians, etc.
As a community, we need to support our local businesses in order for them to survive.






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July 2013

In Memory Of.

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Shelly Alane Stout.  Nov 4 1962     June 12 2013

Dearborn Street has lost one of it’s brightest stars to a battle with cancer on June 12th. Shelly was the owner of the Village Gifts & Gallery and Roasters Coffee Bar, served as Board Member of the Olde Englewood Village Association and was a booster for all of the store owners on Dearborn Street. Always smiling and cheerful, she was one of the mainstays of the downtown district. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Warm Mineral Springs.

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Warm Mineral Springs, located off US 41 in North Port, is the only mineral springs in the State of Florida. The primary water supply is a spring vent 207 feet beneath the pool’s water surface and discharges an estimated 20 million gallons ( 76 million liters) a day of warm ( 87 F / 30 C) mineralized water.

The 81 acre property was developed into a private resort and spa in the 60’s and soon developed a devoted following of bathers from all parts of the world who believe that the high concentrates of dissolved chloride and hydrogen sulfide in the water provide relief for a variety of ailments.

In December 2010 the property was purchased by the city of North Port and Sarasota County for $5.5 million. The agreement with the operator of the facility concluded at the end of June and the resort is now closed.  The two governments have argued for months over everything from ownership to day-to-day operations of the springs. They have agreed to search for a short-term operator, but finding one could take months, and re-opening the empty buildings surrounding the springs could take many more months.

Sarasota County leaders believe joint ownership of Warm Mineral Springs with the City of North Port will only result in “continued conflict,” however, neither side wants to sell to the other so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. In the interim, the facility is closed, approximately 60 persons have to seek employment elsewhere and a huge amount of revenue in the area is lost.

Sea Turtle Nesting.

Judging by the number of stakes on the beaches these days I would think that we are having a banner year as far as numbers are concerned. One item that is often neglected is the condition of the beach for the hatchlings. When we leave craters in the beach when we leave it becomes a hazard for the hatchlings when they are struggling to get to the water.  Check out more information on sea turtles by following this link.


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May 2013

LBHS pano

Lemon Bay High School Update.

A panoramic view of the Lemon Bay High School shows the progress that is being made at the school with finished buildings in the background.The large expanse in the foreground is the area that used to be occupied by the administration buildings, which were recently demolished and the rubble cleared. Currently the administration section is housed in the trailer located behind the bulldozer. Construction on the new administration building will begin in the near future.

2013 Spring Arts Fest

Click the link above to view the video.

A short video taken at the Spring Arts Festival. I have a verbal commitment from 3 top notch local artists for interviews in the summer and I am really looking forward to it.

 James Sears, bronze sculptures, wood carvings.

Ben Essenburg, Florida wildlife artist creates amazing paintings.

Pauline Fawcett, Floral artist with incredible beauty in her paintings.

Evening Farmers Market.

The Farmers Market is going to be continued during the summer months of May and June every Thursday evening from 4pm to 8pm on Dearborn Street. The location will be on the corner of Dearborn and Orange, on the north side of the street.




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