04:13 pm | The Commission has made clear, as has the community, that it prefers lower light poles for aesthetic reasons. The catch is that the taller poles will transmit cellular signals more effectively. and at...

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04:11 pm | The Town hopes the Center becomes a hub of resident activity and connectivity....

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04:07 pm | The Sarasota City Commission is slated to vote on agreement spelling out the costs and responsibilities of the City and Bay Park Conservancy in the endeavor to redevelop 53 publicly-owned acres. ...

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03:40 pm | As the rye grass pokes its head out of the empty 18-acre site on Longboat’s Gulf of Mexico Drive, the only movement toward redevelopment is the ebb and flow of pleadings and arguments...

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02:24 pm | No issue facing the City of Sarasota is of greater import than the redevelopment of its 53 acres that surround the Van Wezel and sprawl along the Bayfront. The Commission wants more time...

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02:16 pm | Florida’s coral reefs are facing an unprecedented, deadly and rapidly spreading coral disease outbreak — putting them at risk of functional extinction....

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12:48 pm | “They need an answer on lighting height today or else the project will be held up. So if we have to stay through dinner; we will not, not finish this item.”...

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12:44 pm | When Mar Vista Restaurant’s valet service parks a car, things can get creative....

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12:38 pm | Following a struggle, the raccoon fell off its perch on the marker and attempted to flee the scene....

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10:43 am | Sarasota Orchestra CEO Joseph McKenna faced more of a verbal firing squad than a standing ovation at a community meeting last week....

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10:38 am | Scores of Longboat Key residents implored the Town Commission to regulate or control in some fashion the parking by restaurant patrons on public streets in the Village....

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11:31 am | When I heard of the plan for the Sarasota Orchestra to move to Payne Park, I wanted to shout out in joy. Instead, my heart ached....

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11:16 am | What is the value of 17.2 acres situated on Longboat Key and boasting one of the best Gulf-front beaches in Florida? ...

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11:04 am | Commission voted last week to cut the black box theatre and about $7 million in cost from the plan....

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10:31 am | Commissioner Brody says too many resources are spent making arrests. His plan is to allow police to write civil citations as an option....

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10:25 am | The plan and the lease that would have allowed a waterfront restaurant and bar at the Lido Beach Pool and Pavilion is officially terminated. But it came at a great cost and with...

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08:49 am | The proposed new concert hall calls for the demolition of the existing Tennis Center and its reconstruction in another part of Payne Park....

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08:44 am | “If you want truly decorative poles on Gulf of Mexico Drive, the community could end up with 50 or 100 more light poles than if it went with the taller options.”...

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08:40 am | Longboat Key writer and resident Terry Griffin had a knack for fictionalizing the myriad of friends in his life. In fact, he was so possessed and beholden by the beauty of Longboat key...

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03:34 pm | “For months I asked for documents regarding this lease agreement and nothing came forward. Then suddenly we had an executed agreement. It was very Machiavellian and done in secrecy. We need to get...

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03:18 pm | The conundrum is at what cost, what size is appropriate and realistic, and last but certainly foremost, who will pay for it?...

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02:19 pm | Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus on Thursday to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans...

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Longboat’s underground movement starts soon »

Longboat’s underground movement starts soon 04:13 pm | The Commission has made clear, as has the community, that it prefers lower light poles for aesthetic reasons. The catch is that the taller poles will transmit cellular...

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Stage set for Longboat community arts center fundraising »

Stage set for Longboat community arts center fundraising 04:11 pm | The Town hopes the Center becomes a hub of resident activity and connectivity....

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Sarasota’s ‘The Bay’ plan back on agenda for vote »

Sarasota’s ‘The Bay’ plan back on agenda for vote 04:07 pm | The Sarasota City Commission is slated to vote on agreement spelling out the costs and responsibilities of the City and Bay Park Conservancy in the endeavor to redevelop...

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Judge sets key dates in Colony case »

Judge sets key dates in Colony case 03:40 pm | As the rye grass pokes its head out of the empty 18-acre site on Longboat’s Gulf of Mexico Drive, the only movement toward redevelopment is the ebb and...

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Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers »

Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers 02:24 pm | No issue facing the City of Sarasota is of greater import than the redevelopment of its 53 acres that surround the Van Wezel and sprawl along the Bayfront....

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Mote battles unprecedented threat to Florida’s coral reefs; extinction a threat »

Mote battles unprecedented threat to Florida’s coral reefs; extinction a threat 02:16 pm | Florida’s coral reefs are facing an unprecedented, deadly and rapidly spreading coral disease outbreak — putting them at risk of functional extinction....

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Height of future Longboat light poles still up for debate »

Height of future Longboat light poles still up for debate 12:48 pm | “They need an answer on lighting height today or else the project will be held up. So if we have to stay through dinner; we will not, not...

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Valet parking stresses Village residents »

Valet parking stresses Village residents 12:44 pm | When Mar Vista Restaurant’s valet service parks a car, things can get creative....

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Ambitious raccoon rescued from channel marker by Mote, police »

Ambitious raccoon rescued from channel marker by Mote, police 12:38 pm | Following a struggle, the raccoon fell off its perch on the marker and attempted to flee the scene....

April 1, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Orchestra’s Payne Park plan starts on tumultuous note »

Orchestra’s Payne Park plan starts on tumultuous note 10:43 am | Sarasota Orchestra CEO Joseph McKenna faced more of a verbal firing squad than a standing ovation at a community meeting last week....

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Residents roiled by Mar Vista restaurant parking »

Residents roiled by Mar Vista restaurant parking 10:38 am | Scores of Longboat Key residents implored the Town Commission to regulate or control in some fashion the parking by restaurant patrons on public streets in the Village....

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Court weighs how to determine ‘true value’ of Colony property »

Court weighs how to determine ‘true value’ of Colony property 11:16 am | What is the value of 17.2 acres situated on Longboat Key and boasting one of the best Gulf-front beaches in Florida? ...

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Longboat closes curtain on plan for theater »

Longboat closes curtain on plan for theater 11:04 am | Commission voted last week to cut the black box theatre and about $7 million in cost from the plan....

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Sarasota to eye decriminalizing marijuana »

Sarasota to eye decriminalizing marijuana 10:31 am | Commissioner Brody says too many resources are spent making arrests. His plan is to allow police to write civil citations as an option....

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Lido Pool & Pavilion saved from bar/restaurant plan; what’s next? Watch the Video… »

Lido Pool & Pavilion saved from bar/restaurant plan; what’s next? Watch the Video… 10:25 am | The plan and the lease that would have allowed a waterfront restaurant and bar at the Lido Beach Pool and Pavilion is officially terminated. But it came at...

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Sarasota Orchestra eyes Payne Park for new home »

Sarasota Orchestra eyes Payne Park for new home 08:49 am | The proposed new concert hall calls for the demolition of the existing Tennis Center and its reconstruction in another part of Payne Park....

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Residents fear new street lights will mar Longboat community »

Residents fear new street lights will mar Longboat community 08:44 am | “If you want truly decorative poles on Gulf of Mexico Drive, the community could end up with 50 or 100 more light poles than if it went with...

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The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page »

The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page 08:40 am | Longboat Key writer and resident Terry Griffin had a knack for fictionalizing the myriad of friends in his life. In fact, he was so possessed and beholden by...

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Lido Pavilion plan takes a final dive in City Hall »

Lido Pavilion plan takes a final dive in City Hall 03:34 pm | “For months I asked for documents regarding this lease agreement and nothing came forward. Then suddenly we had an executed agreement. It was very Machiavellian and done in...

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Longboat Community Center plans under review on many fronts »

Longboat Community Center plans under review on many fronts 03:18 pm | The conundrum is at what cost, what size is appropriate and realistic, and last but certainly foremost, who will pay for it?...

February 24, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Rubio visits Mote to discuss threats to oceans »

Rubio visits Mote to discuss threats to oceans 02:19 pm | Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus on Thursday to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans...

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Longboat’s engineer says Sarasota roundabout not best plan for traffic »

Longboat’s engineer says Sarasota roundabout not best plan for traffic 09:36 am | Engineer recommends to study the existing intersection with the triple left turn lane for one year....

February 24, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Sarasota Judge sides with Siesta in latest round of Lido sand battle »

Sarasota Judge sides with Siesta in latest round of Lido sand battle 09:32 am | The ongoing struggle for residents of Lido Key and the City of Sarasota to dredge sand from Big Pass to Lido’s eroded shoreline ran into a snag last...

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City attorney recommends termination of Lido Pavilion plan for $206K »

City attorney recommends termination of Lido Pavilion plan for $206K 09:28 am | The plan by the owners of the Daiquari Deck to develop the Lido Pool and Pavilion into a 250-seat restaurant, tiki bar and private cabanas will come to...

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Final battle over Colony ownership rages in court »

Final battle over Colony ownership rages in court 09:53 pm | Nothing has died more slowly and with more waves of litigation than the once world-famous Colony Resort....

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Mote to ask LBK voters for new density »

Mote to ask LBK voters for new density 09:44 pm | The property is currently zoned commercial and has no assigned residential density....

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Town says ‘yes’ to sales office for future St. Regis residences »

Town says ‘yes’ to sales office for future St. Regis residences 09:40 pm | The majority of the condos will cost between $4 million and $7 million and penthouses about $10 million....

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Longboat housekeeper steals Prada wallet, pawns 90 items »

Longboat housekeeper steals Prada wallet, pawns 90 items 09:27 pm | “In the interview she tied herself verbally into knots and said she didn’t do anything. After we showed pictures of her taken from video of her pawning items,...

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Mote cinches deal with County »

Mote cinches deal with County 09:23 pm | Sarasota blesses plan to allow Mote land for aquarium along I-75 at Nathan Benderson Park....

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LBK Beach plan moves forward But will it be enough? »

LBK Beach plan moves forward But will it be enough? 08:55 pm | The ‘hot spot’ of beach erosion in front of Longbeach Condominiums and 360 North Condominiums has long been a challenge for Longboat Key beach engineers....

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St. Regis sales office meets approval from Longboat Planning Board »

St. Regis sales office meets approval from Longboat Planning Board 08:13 pm | “The code was written in the 1970s before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and changes in lending rules. It will accelerate the reconstruction of the Colony site by...

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National opinion doesn’t conform to party activists »

National opinion doesn’t conform to party activists

01:58 pm | This growth will not last forever but may continue through the 2020 electoral cycle....

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Sandra Day O’Connor’s lessons in leadership »

Sandra Day O’Connor’s lessons in leadership

12:33 pm | In nearly 25 years as a justice she was the most important vote on the U.S. Supreme...

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Gas shortages give New York an early taste of the Green New Deal »

Gas shortages give New York an early taste of the Green New Deal

10:34 am | “The State is dependent on imports even though it sits atop the abundant Marcellus Shale.”...

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Sarasota Orchestra needs to rethink plan to develop Payne Park »

Sarasota Orchestra needs to rethink plan to develop Payne Park

11:31 am | When I heard of the plan for the Sarasota Orchestra to move to Payne Park, I wanted...

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Ortasio-Cortez heralds a New Political Era »

Ortasio-Cortez heralds a New Political Era

08:52 am | ‘Socialism may not become America’s dominant ideology, but it’s likely to be around for a while.’...

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Medicare for all is a trap »

Medicare for all is a trap

09:38 am | “Candidates who can’t win this debate should find another line of work, and a party that ends...

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City Bayfront Plan needs far more review »

City Bayfront Plan needs far more review

09:24 am | Sarasota City commissioners are giving away control of an unparalleled asset, 53 acres — one of America’s...

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The new Beijing — Moscow axis »

The new Beijing — Moscow axis

09:17 am | China today is an export driven economic giant with ambitions for world leadership....

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The path forward in the Lido Pool plan »

The path forward in the Lido Pool plan

09:57 pm | The path forward in the Lido debacle is rife with wrong turns. We need to pay the...

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Your wireless world is about to change »

Your wireless world is about to change

09:30 pm | It’s like oxygen: You take it for granted until it’s gone –and panic sets in....

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U.S. Ship sails near disputed islands »

U.S. Ship sails near disputed islands

08:19 pm | The U.S. has responded by stepping up its patrols in the area and encouraging allies to...

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Baseball teams up with Castro »

Baseball teams up with Castro

09:52 am | Cuba says the deal blocks players from signing with major-league teams if they defect. They remain the...

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Reflections on impeachment, 20 years later »

Reflections on impeachment, 20 years later

09:30 pm | PETER O’CONNOR Staff Columnist oconnor@lbknews.com Declarations, By Peggy Noonan The Wall Street Journal (Saturday/Sunday, December 1-2, 2018) “A tragedy...

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The cat who terrorized Christmas »

The cat who terrorized Christmas

02:46 pm | I should have seen the foreshadowing when Mickey, our troublesome cat, started drinking the funky water from...

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Congress gets tough on the Saudis »

Congress gets tough on the Saudis

02:30 pm | It is wrong to suggest that maintaining U.S. alliances consists of mutually exclusive choices between choices between...

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The Flynn entrapment »

The Flynn entrapment

01:50 pm | Mr. McCabe and FBI officials ‘decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a...

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Klauber was our driving force in so many ways »

Klauber was our driving force in so many ways

09:47 pm | Dr. Murray Klauber and his early decisions and astute leadership made our area the great restaurant and...

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The toxic turkey that threatened our family »

The toxic turkey that threatened our family

03:32 pm | The home filled with an acrid and nauseating odor. I asked my father why it was so...

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Notable and quotable Dems »

Notable and quotable Dems

03:31 pm | But a closer examination of the data tells a different different story.  Ocasio-Cortez’s best precincts were highly educated, whiter...

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Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media »

Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media

02:36 pm | The fact is, big personalities win in an environment of mass media. Think Clinton, JFK, Trump, Eminem,...

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The risks of failing to see the sea »

The risks of failing to see the sea

02:32 pm | ‘Precisely because we depend on the oceans, we should pay closer attention to their security.’...

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Can addiction start in the ER? »

Can addiction start in the ER?

02:06 pm | Physicians treat the chart rather than the patient (some estimates put 44% of ER physician time as...

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What Is Elizabeth Warren? »

What Is Elizabeth Warren?

11:39 am | The conventional wisdom is that the DNA report backfired and may damage Ms. Warren’s standing as a...

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LBK Rotary passes the gavel »

01:02 pm | The gavel was ceremonially and literally passed by Longboat Key Rotary Club’s outgoing President, Jay Sparr, to successor Susan McGuire at a lively and laughter-filled dinner event at Cedars Café & Tiki Bar on June 12th. The assembled Rotarians celebrated their achievements in community service over the past year, roasted their outgoing President, enjoyed warm...

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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending April 12, 2019 »

04:02 pm | The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. March 31 Traffic violation 4:22 p.m. Officer Bergeron while at Bayfront Park observed a gray Nissan fail to stop at the lighted crosswalk. No one had entered the crosswalk as the vehicle...

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The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page »

08:40 am | Longboat Key writer and resident Terry Griffin had a knack for fictionalizing the myriad of friends in his life. In fact, he was so possessed and beholden by the beauty of Longboat key that he set the majority of his work in a mythologized Longboat Key landscape. Terry Griffin created in the genre of the...

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The man who fictionalized Longboat Key, beloved author Terry Griffin, turns final page

Lifelong family friend buys Longboat Cleaners & Linen Services »

12:59 pm | A plea from a sick friend entices a lifelong friend living in Brazil to come back home and take over Key Cleaners of Longboat Key. Dana, the previous owner of Key Cleaners & Linen Services, Inc., has recently become ill and has found it difficult to continue to manage her family business that has been...

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Lifelong family friend buys Longboat Cleaners & Linen Services

Can addiction start in the ER? »

02:06 pm | Physicians treat the chart rather than the patient (some estimates put 44% of ER physician time as spent on charting), and many electronic records are walled off from each other....

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Can addiction start in the ER?

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — April 4, 2019 through April 10, 2019

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Spirit of Reflection »

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Mote sets turtles free »

Mote sets turtles free

01:14 pm | Mote has documented more than 2,000 nests from loggerheads,...

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Waves of Light »

Waves of Light

02:01 pm | Night descends on Lido Shores. Photo by Steve Reid...

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Longboat’s favorite ticket for gourmet fun set for Saturday »

Longboat’s favorite ticket for gourmet fun set for Saturday

01:03 pm | The Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party, which is happening next Saturday, Dec. 3, brings out the very best in our community....

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Chef Angel joins Longboat’s Amore restaurant team »

Chef Angel joins Longboat’s Amore restaurant team

12:19 pm | Chef Angel Torres has arrived at Amore Restaurant on Longboat Key and is eager to share his vast culinary knowledge....

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Author chronicles haunted Manatee sites in new book

Author chronicles haunted Manatee sites in new book »

09:38 am | Auther tracks both the historical sightings of ghosts in Manatee County and the region at large as well as seeking out the souls as she says that have not crossed...

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Mote urges boaters to report whale shark sightings

Mote urges boaters to report whale shark sightings »

04:36 pm | Mote Marine Laboratory received a report of five whale sharks — Earth’s largest fish species — about 40 miles off Anna Maria Island last weekend. ...

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