Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Otters Exhibit at Mote Marine Aquarium

I remember laughing and marveling at the smart and funny otters showing off to visitors at the Staten Island Museum when I was a child. 

Now those clever, water-loving mammals are back, in a new, expansive and naturalistic exhibit at Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota FL. These otters are rescues, all raised and trained by humans. 

Pippi, the otter, at Mote Marine Aquarium, Sarasota FL
“Otters & Their Waters” is open during normal hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week, at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota, Fla. The exhibit will be located at Mote’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center. Purchase tickets to visit Huck, Jane and Pippi here.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Boomers Relocating to Sarasota: Recommended Local Service Providers

A friend from out-of-state recently bought her first house in Sarasota. As she finishes up business in her current location and gets ready to move across the country, I've been recalling my own learning curve about how to manage my daily life and property when I bought my house here years ago.

I didn't realize at the time how many local service providers make up the "village" that helps us keep everything going. 

To give my friend a head start, I put together this list of professionals that I can recommend from my own experience. Maybe you'll find it helpful, too.