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Bay Front Project Caused Turmoil in Sarasota

By: Ann Shank, former Sarasota County Historian

Long before the September 1967 demolition of City Hall at the Hover Arcade, there was much ado surrounding the re-routing of U.S. 41.

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Bee Biz a Sweet Deal for Mivilles

By: Mark D. Smith, former County Archivist

East of the South Tamiami Trail, off Clark Road, Shagri-La Groves were owned and operated by A.J. "Pat" and Betty Miville. Originally from Canada, Pat Miville arrived in Sarasota County in the late 1930s. He and his father had been in the export business in New York, exporting honey and jam products.


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Bee Ridge Community

By: Ann A. Shank, former County Historian

Construction of the Bee Ridge Hotel in 1914 symbolized the growth of the Bee Ridge Community in the second decade of the 20th Century. Pioneer families had been living in the area since the Civil War, but it was not until 1912, with the platting of the “Town of Bee Ridge,” that the area was promoted for speedy development.

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Bee Ridge Turpentine Camp

By: Ann A. Shank, former County Historian

Before becoming a sample of Sarasota's commercial growth, congested highways and abandoned railways, the intersection of Clark Road, McIntosh Road and the Seaboard Airline Railway was the site of one of this area's early industries.

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Bee Ridge's Tatum House

By: Lorrie Muldowney, Historic Preservation Specialist

Tucked away in the historic community of Bee Ridge there remains a simple wooden home that provides a link to Sarasota's early rural history.

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Beloved Sarasota High School

By: Public Records

The red brick and glazed terra cotta, Late Gothic Revival, three-story with a 4 ½ -story entrance tower building located at 1001 South Tamiami Trail, was designed by architect M. Leo Elliott as the Sarasota High School in 1926. The school was completed in 1927 and the first senior class graduated in 1928. Designed in the "Collegiate Gothic" style, the rectangular, irregular plan masonry wall structure was set on a high base of limestone and concrete laid in imitation of limestone. The flat roof surfaces were protected by flat parapets ornamented with label-enframed and cusped crenellations. At the east elevation appeared a two-story wing which was parallel to the three-story west elevation.

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Bertha Palmer Adds Cowboy to her Estate

By: Chicago Journal

The Chicago Journal has the following article on “Big Bill” Ferguson, who has taken charge of Mrs. Potter Palmer's ranch along both sides of the Myakka River: A cowboy chaperon has been called as Cerberus for the citrus groves and white-sanded beaches upon Mrs. Potter Palmer's small southern kingdom at Osprey, Fla.

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Bickel Helped Keep Florida Beautiful

By: Mark D. Smith, former county archivist

Whether it was running her own business or her crusade to keep Sarasota and the state of Florida beautiful, Helen Madira Bickel certainly left her mark. As the wife of the president of United Press Association, Karl Bickel, Madira Bickel traveled around the world during the 1920s and early 1930s. It was during these travels that she began her career in the jewelry business. While touring China and Japan, Bickel became interested in the fine detail work in semiprecious stones. She would search the shops for semiprecious stones to bring back home to the United States.

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