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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09:36 am | Engineer recommends to study the existing intersection with the triple left turn lane for one year....

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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 week....

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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 an end on Feb. 19...

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09:24 am | Sarasota City commissioners are giving away control of an unparalleled asset, 53 acres — one of America’s prized waterfront parcels, for parking meter change....

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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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09:44 pm | The property is currently zoned commercial and has no assigned residential density....

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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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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, she ended up confessing.”...

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

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09:06 pm | The issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly hits home on Longboat Key with First Responders within the Fire and Police Departments....

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Major Headlines

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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Applicant seeks to end Lido pool plan »

Applicant seeks to end Lido pool plan 08:07 pm | Mark Walsh offers to donate $175,000 to the City if the City maintains control of the park and simply renovates the existing facility to standards the community can...

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Reaching the pinnacle of real estate success »

Reaching the pinnacle of real estate success 02:51 pm | Roger Pettingell reaches the top-tier of the real estate market. How does he do it?...

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Opposition mounts as Lido Pool/Pavilion plan vote looms Monday in Sarasota City Hall »

Opposition mounts as Lido Pool/Pavilion plan vote looms Monday in Sarasota City Hall 10:38 am | The opposition to the Lido Beach Pool & Pavilion plan continues to mount with more than 5,000 signing a petition opposed to the City allowing the public beach...

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Judge sides with Unicorp in Colony case Round One »

Judge sides with Unicorp in Colony case Round One 10:30 am | Judge Hunter Carroll denied the request by Andy Adams, who owns about 25 percent of the original Colony units, to dismiss Unicorp’s plan. Case is on “expedited” schedule....

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Langley withdraws from Town Commission election run »

Langley withdraws from Town Commission election run 10:25 am | “I do want to sit on the commission and plan to run but I do not see the wisdom in opposing someone who, in my view, seems to...

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Sarasota City Clerk Nadalini asked to resign »

Sarasota City Clerk Nadalini asked to resign 10:10 am | Clerk offered 90 days pay if she agrees not to litigate. ...

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Colony ownership showdown heads to court »

Colony ownership showdown heads to court 10:00 am | Unicorp owner Chuck Whittall hopes to terminate once and for all the Association of Unit Owners and compel the sale of the remaining units....

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Divisive Lido Pool plan vote Jan. 14 in City Hall »

Divisive Lido Pool plan vote Jan. 14 in City Hall 09:29 am | It’s a vote that will shape both the atmosphere and experience of the Lido Beach Pool, Pavilion and surrounding neighborhood for the next three decades....

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Lido Pool & Pavilion Plan stirs Sarasota community throughout 2018; final vote next »

Lido Pool & Pavilion Plan stirs Sarasota community throughout 2018; final vote next 09:24 pm | The Lido Beach Public Pool and Pavilion was the focus of community consternation throughout 2018. The City of Sarasota, which operates the publicly-owned facility that sits on an...

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Colony demolished, St. Regis approved as ownership battle continues into 2019 »

Colony demolished, St. Regis approved as ownership battle continues into 2019 09:17 pm | For years, it appeared as if the legal battles between the ownership interests of the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort were eclipsing any real progress toward redevelopment....

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Mote to move aquarium to I-75 »

Mote to move aquarium to I-75 09:13 pm | The Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved this year a term sheet for a lease and eventual transfer of public property to Mote Marine Laboratory. The approval is to...

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Opinion

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,...

November 11, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

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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Trump’s California water relief »

Trump’s California water relief

01:54 am | A major water storage and delivery project hasn’t been completed in California’s north for decades. The President’s...

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Elections matter and justice issues should count »

Elections matter and justice issues should count

09:57 am | It is a sad fact that our justice system is accessible primarily by those with enough money...

October 26, 2018 / 1 comment / Read More »

Why Central American stays poor »

Why Central American stays poor

08:47 am | A sad tale to show us how our Latin American friends can often be victims of their...

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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 March 8, 2019 »

08:58 am | The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. March 2 Acts of nuisance 12:54 p.m. Officer Reno while on marine patrol spotted three juveniles jump from the Longboat Pass Bridge into the water below. Officer Reno beached his boat and...

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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 — February 21, 2019 through February 27, 2019

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — February 21, 2019 through February 27, 2019 »

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Spirit of Reflection »

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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