09:47 am | “This is a perfect storm of incompatibility. Lido Pavilion is being robbed.”...

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09:39 am | City offers Tennis Supervisor post to Tumeka Harris. Plans to upgrade facility in works....

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09:34 am | ‘We ought to evaluate with a full season of traffic, before proceeding.’ ...

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08:49 am | A giant experiment is now getting tried on the public, driven by political passion and fabulous profits – three Exchange traded funds already exist for stocks of marijuana companies....

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08:42 am | All residents of Longboat Key reside in a Level A Evacuation Zone. This means that Longboat Key is in a low-lying area....

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09:50 am | The prospect of any road design that could impede exiting the island is troubling....

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09:47 am | Town staff has cleared the entire Gulf side as well as the Bay side canals on an as-needed basis....

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09:43 am | “She repeatedly struggled to swim on her own, showed no interest in food, and was being treated for pneumonia, parasites known as nasotrema, and gastric issues.”...

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08:36 am | The noxious odor of red tide that infused the Sarasota region with its vomitous cloak of death has temporarily lifted....

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08:29 am | City Staff is recommending approval while more than 3,200 residents are petitioning for denial of the plan....

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08:23 am | Sand trucks will start arriving on Wednesday and the sand will be spread on the beach from North Shore Road north....

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07:55 am | “The excess land-based nurtients flowing into Florida estuaries and coastal waters in stormwater runoff, rivers and creeks exacerbate the growth of harmful algae blooms.”...

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07:50 am | The long-term project to stabilize the Lido Key shoreline is predicated on dredging a portion of the accumulated sand in Big Sarasota Pass and depositing it on about 1.6 miles of south Lido...

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09:11 am | The behavior of the coyote is critical to how the town responds. Police Chief Pete Cumming says that the town has no intent to either capture or euthanize the animal....

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09:06 am | Longboat Key staff are quantifying how many tons of fish are being removed on a daily basis from canals and beaches. ...

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09:33 am | Part of the contention, especially for Longboat Key residents, is the specter of a roundabout that is not only planned, but already funded....

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07:52 am | The City is about to remove the Australian pines between the Ringling Bridge and St. Armands Circle. A lane of traffic will be closed....

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07:48 am | Contractors ripped off a few dilapidated wooden balconies mainly as a symbolic gesture for the crowd of reporters and interested onlookers. On Tuesday, Unicorp did consolidate final ownership of the outstanding commercial interests...

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07:30 am | A Coyote on Longboat Key lurks around Colony and Catholic Church....

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06:57 am | The revised sign code regulates all commercial, institutional and residential signage on Longboat Key. ...

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06:53 am | A sea turtle nest was damaged July 5 on Nokomis Beach by suspected poachers; three individuals dug into a nest marked with stakes and left one broken egg on its surface. It is...

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Major Headlines

City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan »

City Planning Board votes against Lido Pavilion Plan 09:47 am | “This is a perfect storm of incompatibility. Lido Pavilion is being robbed.”...

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City takes control of Payne Park Tennis, hires Harris as new Supervisor »

City takes control of Payne Park Tennis, hires Harris as new Supervisor 09:39 am | City offers Tennis Supervisor post to Tumeka Harris. Plans to upgrade facility in works....

September 16, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Longboat to fight FDOT data for Downtown roundabout »

Longboat to fight FDOT data for Downtown roundabout 09:34 am | ‘We ought to evaluate with a full season of traffic, before proceeding.’ ...

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Marketing medical marijuana »

Marketing medical marijuana 08:49 am | A giant experiment is now getting tried on the public, driven by political passion and fabulous profits – three Exchange traded funds already exist for stocks of marijuana...

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Longboat Chief stresses storm safety »

Longboat Chief stresses storm safety 08:42 am | All residents of Longboat Key reside in a Level A Evacuation Zone. This means that Longboat Key is in a low-lying area....

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Longboat may hire consultant over feared Sarasota roundabout »

Longboat may hire consultant over feared Sarasota roundabout 09:50 am | The prospect of any road design that could impede exiting the island is troubling....

September 11, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Scent of red tide diminishes on island »

Scent of red tide diminishes on island 09:47 am | Town staff has cleared the entire Gulf side as well as the Bay side canals on an as-needed basis....

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Three stranded Pygmy whales die »

Three stranded Pygmy whales die 09:43 am | “She repeatedly struggled to swim on her own, showed no interest in food, and was being treated for pneumonia, parasites known as nasotrema, and gastric issues.”...

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Life in the wake of red tide »

Life in the wake of red tide 08:36 am | The noxious odor of red tide that infused the Sarasota region with its vomitous cloak of death has temporarily lifted....

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Controversial Lido Pool & Pavilion plan heads back to City »

Controversial Lido Pool & Pavilion plan heads back to City 08:29 am | City Staff is recommending approval while more than 3,200 residents are petitioning for denial of the plan....

September 11, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

North Longboat beach about to get bigger »

North Longboat beach about to get bigger 08:23 am | Sand trucks will start arriving on Wednesday and the sand will be spread on the beach from North Shore Road north....

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Residents, Mote react as red tide ravages tourism and marine life »

Residents, Mote react as red tide ravages tourism and marine life 07:55 am | “The excess land-based nurtients flowing into Florida estuaries and coastal waters in stormwater runoff, rivers and creeks exacerbate the growth of harmful algae blooms.”...

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City lends final approval to Lido sand project; emergency beach building to start in Fall »

City lends final approval to Lido sand project; emergency beach building to start in Fall 07:50 am | The long-term project to stabilize the Lido Key shoreline is predicated on dredging a portion of the accumulated sand in Big Sarasota Pass and depositing it on about...

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Coyotes continue to prowl Longboat »

Coyotes continue to prowl Longboat 09:11 am | The behavior of the coyote is critical to how the town responds. Police Chief Pete Cumming says that the town has no intent to either capture or euthanize...

September 10, 2018 / No comment / Read More »

Longboat battles fish kills as red tide washes ashore »

Longboat battles fish kills as red tide washes ashore 09:06 am | Longboat Key staff are quantifying how many tons of fish are being removed on a daily basis from canals and beaches. ...

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Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor »

Roundabout, Quay to transform Downtown Sarasota corridor 09:33 am | Part of the contention, especially for Longboat Key residents, is the specter of a roundabout that is not only planned, but already funded....

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Pine tree removals could snarl traffic heading to St. Armands »

Pine tree removals could snarl traffic heading to St. Armands 07:52 am | The City is about to remove the Australian pines between the Ringling Bridge and St. Armands Circle. A lane of traffic will be closed....

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Colony demo starts slowly as Unicorp buys final 5% »

Colony demo starts slowly as Unicorp buys final 5% 07:48 am | Contractors ripped off a few dilapidated wooden balconies mainly as a symbolic gesture for the crowd of reporters and interested onlookers. On Tuesday, Unicorp did consolidate final ownership...

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Coyotes target Colony, Catholics »

Coyotes target Colony, Catholics 07:30 am | A Coyote on Longboat Key lurks around Colony and Catholic Church....

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Longboat adopts revised sign code »

Longboat adopts revised sign code 06:57 am | The revised sign code regulates all commercial, institutional and residential signage on Longboat Key. ...

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Sea Turtle nest damaged by suspected poachers in Nokomis Beach »

Sea Turtle nest damaged by suspected poachers in Nokomis Beach 06:53 am | A sea turtle nest was damaged July 5 on Nokomis Beach by suspected poachers; three individuals dug into a nest marked with stakes and left one broken egg...

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New sea turtles hit the beach »

New sea turtles hit the beach 06:29 am | Longboat Key and Venice see first hatchlings of 2018 Sea Turtle season....

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Longboat Key properties star on HGTV »

Longboat Key properties star on HGTV 06:29 am | Three Longboat Key properties were featured on a July 16 episode of HGTV’s House Hunters, and the hit show offered millions of viewers a glimpse of Longboat Key...

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Parking meters to circle St. Armands »

Parking meters to circle St. Armands 06:24 am | City Commission votes 3-2 to pay $400K for meters....

August 27, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Revised sign code on the agenda »

Revised sign code on the agenda 06:21 am | The Town Commission came to consensus last May in a workshop to allow a maximum of two temporary signs per property. ...

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Mote scientists tag two whale sharks off Sarasota »

Mote scientists tag two whale sharks off Sarasota 06:18 am | “It is not uncommon for whale sharks to be spotted feeding in the Gulf this time of year, but the duration of their stay is longer than in...

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PattiGeorge’s demolished; Colony clearing comes next »

PattiGeorge’s demolished; Colony clearing comes next 05:37 am | The demolition is to make way for a new waterfront restaurant by the owners, the Columbia Restaurant Group. ...

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Longboat officer who shared gruesome pics resigns »

Longboat officer who shared gruesome pics resigns 01:19 pm | He texted a photo of a brutal pedestrian fatality that occurred on LBK say police....

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Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall »

Latest Bayfront developments: Sarasota Orchestra to exit stage as Van Wezel plans new hall 01:13 pm | The Master Plan to redevelop 53 Bay front acres in downtown Sarasota to reach Commission in the fall....

July 5, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

LBK Rotary passes the gavel »

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...

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Lifelong family friend buys Longboat Cleaners & Linen Services »

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...

July 5, 2018 / No comment / Read More »
Opinion

Five years on (now eight) »

Five years on (now eight)

09:26 am | Something about learning from the past, eh?...

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Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide »

Lido Pavilion Plan and the Sarasota Commission reek worse than red tide

09:22 am | We love Sarasota a lot more than we love politicians. The three will be known as the...

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The ‘Era of Trump’ Remakes the GOP »

The ‘Era of Trump’ Remakes the GOP

09:11 am | His involvement in primaries represents a departure from  the 2016 campaign, when Mr. Trump often acted more...

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Notable & quotable: McCain »

Notable & quotable: McCain

08:18 am | “I was in solitary confinement when my captives offered to release me  I knew why.  If...

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Why Republicans Can’t Get Enough Trump »

Why Republicans Can’t Get Enough Trump

12:23 pm | Mr. Trump has managed to increase the intensity of support he enjoys....

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America’s NATO allies are stepping up »

America’s NATO allies are stepping up

07:23 am | But for all NATO has achieved, we cannot be complacent. Facing the most complex and dangerous security...

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Think Positively »

Think Positively

07:14 am | I must admit that my own long-held opinion that things generally are not done so well around...

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A message to friends… »

A message to friends…

06:08 am | There is, however, a new wave crashing on our island shore, one with which I, at least,...

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Don’t binge on bridge-building »

Don’t binge on bridge-building

12:51 pm | Predictable spending on infrastructure would vastly improve its quality....

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Andrew Coumo’s wind farm won’t fly without fracking »

Andrew Coumo’s wind farm won’t fly without fracking

01:23 pm | “The irony here is colossal. Mr. Cuomo, who banned hydraulic fracturing despite the economic boon it...

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Trump’s Mexico problem »

Trump’s Mexico problem

01:20 pm | ‘Donald Trump has cultivated a contentious relationship with the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nie.’...

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Standing up to ‘The Donald’ »

Standing up to ‘The Donald’

01:18 pm | Europe is rich and capable. Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that America can be an...

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Turks and Caicos Islands »

Turks and Caicos Islands

01:14 pm |   PETER O’CONNOR Staff Columnist oconnor@lbknews.com Recent front page news brings these islands to the attention of...

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Why is Russian gas in Boston Harbor? »

Why is Russian gas in Boston Harbor?

02:01 pm | Blocking natural-gas pipelines needlessly inflates consumers’ energy bills and destabilizes the electrical grid....

June 18, 2018 / No comment / Read More »

Will Longboat step-up turtle light enforcement? »

Will Longboat step-up turtle light enforcement?

11:08 pm | In 2016 the town of Longboat Key finally adopted a series of measures to protect endangered sea...

April 19, 2018 / 2 comments / Read More »

VFW is committed to ending hunger and sequestration »

VFW is committed to ending hunger and sequestration

11:04 pm | I’ve written on the subject of sequestration in these pages. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the...

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The Democrats abandon Catholics »

The Democrats abandon Catholics

10:42 pm | “If you value religious education or life’s sanctity, you’re not welcome in the party.”...

April 19, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide? »

Can Andy Adams be shamed into selling his Colony units or will the courts decide?

01:29 pm | From the mid-rise Klauber ran the operation like a benevolent dictator with his Sperry Topsiders, snug white...

April 1, 2018 / 3 comments / Read More »

Government spending discourages work »

Government spending discourages work

01:23 pm | European countries trail the U.S. in working hard and controlling taxes, and their economies....

April 1, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Time for sensible gun regulation »

Time for sensible gun regulation

01:20 pm | Rational gun regulation is not, as the NRA would have us believe, the first step down a...

April 1, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

America – Putin’s oligarchy in the making? »

America – Putin’s oligarchy in the making?

10:14 am | Russia’s key oligarch has gone beyond enriching himself. As commander in chief President Putin has ordered the...

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Lessons from the rise of America’s Irish »

Lessons from the rise of America’s Irish

10:09 am | Whether this kind of upward mobility is still possible today given the changes to our economy and...

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Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth »

Longboat Key and the Colony are the greatest shows on Earth

03:24 am | We are right now the land of two divine spectacles: The Town Commission election and the approval...

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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 September 14, 2018 »

09:14 am | The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. Sept. 8 Burglar alarm 1:25 a.m. Officer Vogt was dispatched to Publix in reference to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, dispatch advised it was coming from the customer service area. Officer Vogt...

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Pedestrian struck in roadway had passion for writing, teaching »

03:24 pm | Roberts was hit at 6 a.m., say Longboat police, by two vehicles on Gulf of Mexico Drive....

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Pedestrian struck in roadway had passion for writing, teaching

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

CPR initiative goes to heart of saving lives »

09:21 am | “Our goal is for people to do something before we get there with ambulances.”...

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CPR initiative goes to heart of saving lives

Real Estate

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — September 6, 2018 through September 12, 2018

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — September 6, 2018 through September 12, 2018 »

09:09 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 30, 2018 through September 5, 2018

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 30, 2018 through September 5, 2018 »

09:15 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 24, 2018 through August 29, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 24, 2018 through August 29, 2018

08:07 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 16, 2018 through August 23, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 16, 2018 through August 23, 2018

07:32 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 9, 2018 through August 11, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 9, 2018 through August 11, 2018

09:22 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 1, 2018 through August 9, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — August 1, 2018 through August 9, 2018

09:13 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — July 5, 2018 through July 11, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — July 5, 2018 through July 11, 2018

07:07 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Key Life

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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Saturday Night Fever »

Saturday Night Fever

03:52 pm | Saturday night came to life on Longboat Key when actor John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston arrived by boat at Portifino at...

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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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Spirit of Reflection

Spirit of Reflection »

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Key Recreation