08:33 pm | Ocean Properties and the Longboat Key Club held its annual charity event recently that featured a golf tournament and a grand finale on Saturday night that benefited area and national charities. The event...

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02:30 pm | Town Commission voted unanimously Monday to have town staff work on possible changes to the code to allow the temporary sales structure for the St. Regis. Condominiums....

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02:27 pm | The vote will decide whether the plan, which includes remodeling the pavilion into a 200-seat restaurant along with a tiki bar and rented cabanas, is compatible with the neighborhood....

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02:24 pm | The Medical Director for Longboat Key and all of Sarasota County, Dr. Steve Newman, retired this week....

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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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02:01 pm | Longboat Town Code does not allow sales offices on site without a building permit. Developer Chuck Whittall seeks to amend the rules so sales can begin at former Colony....

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01:58 pm | Sea turtles laid a near-record number of nests during their 2018 nesting season....

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01:56 pm | City staff says the project should take three months and sand dredged from New Pass will be used to buttress the shoreline....

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11:29 am | The commission approved in a unanimous vote to cut the percentage of funding used to promote Sarasota and draw visitors in order to pay for millions of dollars in repairs to Ed Smith...

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02:26 am | The Shore Restaurant, located on the north end of Longboat Key, broke out in flames at 9:44 p.m. on Oct. 24....

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02:02 am | The long-closed gas station will be remodeled and must accommadate possible roundabout....

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09:17 am | The approval is to assist Mote in establishing a new Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) on about 12 acres in the Nathan Benderson Park, within a rapidly growing nexus for Sarasota and Manatee...

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08:59 am | Whittall said that the sales office is intrinsic and instrumental to facilitate pre-sales of the condominiums he won approval to build last March....

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08:56 am | The team, including Mote scientists, discovered a concentration of white sharks, enabling innovative studies....

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08:53 am | The Sarasota City Commission was told it would be irresponsible and unconscionable to install paid parking on St. Armands Circle and not Downtown at the same time....

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08:50 am | Longboat Key has been named one of the top 5 safest cities in Florida in a 2018 report published by The Home Security Advisor. “In our experience, the towns, cities and communities listed...

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10:22 am | The 1974 Versailles building was toppled to make room for EPOCH, a boutique condominium community of 22 residences to be located between South Palm and Gulfstream Avenues in Downtown....

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10:11 am | Thomas T. Walsh, after a lifetime building a family-owned hotel and resort empire that includes numerous Longboat and Lido resorts, passed at age 88....

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10:05 am | The Gulf of Mexico has been churning, creating some of the biggest waves seen at Lido Beach in the past six years, ranging from 4 to 6 feet high. That wave action pounded...

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10:02 am | In a clinical world discovering a new mania for guidelines, it’s important to ask about the “standard of care.” ...

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09:50 am | “This will accentuate the sense of arrival to the resort and golf course, but also for the owners of the numerous residences behind the gates.”...

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09:47 am | Beatrice Friedman, one of Longboat Key’s and Sarasota’s most generous philanthropists and patron of the arts, died Thursday in Sarasota at the age of 98....

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Major Headlines

Town pursues code tweak for St. Regis condo sales »

Town pursues code tweak for St. Regis condo sales 02:30 pm | Town Commission voted unanimously Monday to have town staff work on possible changes to the code to allow the temporary sales structure for the St. Regis. Condominiums....

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Lido Pavilion plan vote set for Jan. 14 »

Lido Pavilion plan vote set for Jan. 14 02:27 pm | The vote will decide whether the plan, which includes remodeling the pavilion into a 200-seat restaurant along with a tiki bar and rented cabanas, is compatible with the...

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Medical Director Steve Newman steps down »

Medical Director Steve Newman steps down 02:24 pm | The Medical Director for Longboat Key and all of Sarasota County, Dr. Steve Newman, retired this week....

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Commission to decide on St. Regis sales office »

Commission to decide on St. Regis sales office 02:01 pm | Longboat Town Code does not allow sales offices on site without a building permit. Developer Chuck Whittall seeks to amend the rules so sales can begin at former...

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Despite red tide, sea turtle nesting remains strong »

Despite red tide, sea turtle nesting remains strong 01:58 pm | Sea turtles laid a near-record number of nests during their 2018 nesting season....

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Emergency sand Lido bound »

Emergency sand Lido bound 01:56 pm | City staff says the project should take three months and sand dredged from New Pass will be used to buttress the shoreline....

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County favors stadium repairs over selling Sarasota »

County favors stadium repairs over selling Sarasota 11:29 am | The commission approved in a unanimous vote to cut the percentage of funding used to promote Sarasota and draw visitors in order to pay for millions of dollars...

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Fire delays opening of Shore Restaurant »

Fire delays opening of Shore Restaurant 02:26 am | The Shore Restaurant, located on the north end of Longboat Key, broke out in flames at 9:44 p.m. on Oct. 24....

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North-end gas station approved for future restaurant, retail venue »

North-end gas station approved for future restaurant, retail venue 02:02 am | The long-closed gas station will be remodeled and must accommadate possible roundabout....

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Sarasota County and Mote agree on terms for new Aquarium land; transfer of 12 acres public property in proposal »

Sarasota County and Mote agree on terms for new Aquarium land; transfer of 12 acres public property in proposal 09:17 am | The approval is to assist Mote in establishing a new Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA) on about 12 acres in the Nathan Benderson Park, within a rapidly growing...

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Planning Board says ‘No Sale’ to St. Regis developer’s request »

Planning Board says ‘No Sale’ to St. Regis developer’s request 08:59 am | Whittall said that the sales office is intrinsic and instrumental to facilitate pre-sales of the condominiums he won approval to build last March....

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White Shark hotspot confirmed »

White Shark hotspot confirmed 08:56 am | The team, including Mote scientists, discovered a concentration of white sharks, enabling innovative studies....

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St. Armands merchants in uproar over paid parking disparity »

St. Armands merchants in uproar over paid parking disparity 08:53 am | The Sarasota City Commission was told it would be irresponsible and unconscionable to install paid parking on St. Armands Circle and not Downtown at the same time....

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Longboat Key Recognized as One of Florida’s Safest Cities »

Longboat Key Recognized as One of Florida’s Safest Cities 08:50 am | Longboat Key has been named one of the top 5 safest cities in Florida in a 2018 report published by The Home Security Advisor. “In our experience, the...

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The fall of Sarasota’s Versailles makes way for modern EPOCH »

The fall of Sarasota’s Versailles makes way for modern EPOCH 10:22 am | The 1974 Versailles building was toppled to make room for EPOCH, a boutique condominium community of 22 residences to be located between South Palm and Gulfstream Avenues in...

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Family man, founder of Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88 »

Family man, founder of  Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88 10:11 am | Thomas T. Walsh, after a lifetime building a family-owned hotel and resort empire that includes numerous Longboat and Lido resorts, passed at age 88....

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Waves take a toll on Lido Beach »

Waves take a toll on Lido Beach 10:05 am | The Gulf of Mexico has been churning, creating some of the biggest waves seen at Lido Beach in the past six years, ranging from 4 to 6 feet...

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Key Club adding “Grand Entrance” to South Longboat Islandside Resort »

Key Club adding “Grand Entrance” to South Longboat Islandside Resort 09:50 am | “This will accentuate the sense of arrival to the resort and golf course, but also for the owners of the numerous residences behind the gates.”...

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Longboat, Sarasota say “goodbye” to Bea Friedman »

Longboat, Sarasota say “goodbye” to Bea Friedman 09:47 am | Beatrice Friedman, one of Longboat Key’s and Sarasota’s most generous philanthropists and patron of the arts, died Thursday in Sarasota at the age of 98....

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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...

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Residents seek fertilizer ban in face of red tide »

Residents seek fertilizer ban in face of red tide 09:33 am | During last week’s Sarasota City Commission meeting, more than a dozen residents asked the city to support a ban on fertilizers to help reduce future K. Brevis blooms,...

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City introduces Form-Based Code to combat urban sprawl »

City introduces Form-Based Code to combat urban sprawl 09:31 am | City of Sarasota Manager Tom Barwin said he was “excited” that a draft of the new form-based code is complete and available online for review by the community....

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City to hold Lido Pavilion plan vote on a future Saturday to be determined »

City to hold Lido Pavilion plan vote  on a future Saturday to be determined 09:29 am | The plan to develop the Lido Beach Pavilion and Pool into a waterfront restaurant and tiki bar packed the City of Sarasota Commission chambers last month when the...

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Resident dumps fish in roadway to protest red tide policy, politics »

Resident dumps fish in roadway to protest red tide policy, politics 01:57 pm | “To not mention in recent talks and press releases that global warming and climate change are part of the puzzle is simply despicable.”...

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Future could include expansion of Payne Park Tennis in City »

Future could include expansion of Payne Park Tennis in City 01:41 pm | There is interest in adding practice courts and training courts for students as well as a center court....

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Colony fire ruled “Suspicious,” investigation closed »

Colony fire ruled “Suspicious,” investigation closed 01:25 pm | A fire on the top floor of the mid-rise building at the former Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Saturday, Sept. 22, will not be further investigated and...

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Residents roiled over island coyotes »

Residents roiled over island coyotes 07:24 am | Longboat can either learn to live with the coyotes and educate residents, or trap, tranquilize and then euthanize the animals....

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Longboat to debate divorcing Manatee County »

Longboat to debate divorcing Manatee County 07:09 am | Economics and efficiency are in many ways driving the quest by the Town of Longboat Key to effectively adjust its boundaries to eliminate Manatee County....

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Bayfront redevelopment wins support »

Bayfront redevelopment wins support 06:48 am | After more than five years in the making, the master plan to develop 53 acres of City-owned land along the Bayfront has been approved by the Sarasota City...

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Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November »

Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November 06:38 am | Last week, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously voted to allow Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin to execute a contract for almost $4 million in sand slated for the...

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Longboat Red Tide update »

Longboat Red Tide update 08:38 am | Red tide conditions continue to persist in Southwest Florida. The Town recognizes Longboat Key is experiencing red tide conditions and is monitoring conditions daily. Users are advised to...

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Opinion

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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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...

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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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Now — you must use drugs »

Now — you must use drugs

10:02 am | In a clinical world discovering a new mania for guidelines, it’s important to ask about the “standard...

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Destroying Brett Kavanaugh »

Destroying Brett Kavanaugh

09:59 am | ‘This is the kind of thing Democrats do when they think Roe v. Wade is at stake.’...

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To Dig or Not to Dig – That is my question »

To Dig or Not to Dig – That is my question

09:55 am | Does a small affluent seasonal community, of mostly retirees, require two super high capacity fiber optic networks?...

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Will Florida take a left turn? »

Will Florida take a left turn?

09:27 am | A Gillum victory would reshape the debate undermining the claim that a progressive candidate can’t develop broad...

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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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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 November 9, 2018 »

02:19 pm | The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. Oct. 27 Coyote sighting 9:59 a.m. Officer Smith was dispatched to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a reported sighting of a coyote. Officer Smith arrived and the coyote was...

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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 9, 2018

Family man, founder of Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88 »

10:11 am | Thomas T. Walsh, after a lifetime building a family-owned hotel and resort empire that includes numerous Longboat and Lido resorts, passed at age 88....

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Family man, founder of  Ocean Properties, Tom Walsh passes at 88

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?

Real Estate

Town pursues code tweak for St. Regis condo sales

Town pursues code tweak for St. Regis condo sales »

02:30 pm | Town Commission voted unanimously Monday to have town staff work on possible changes to the code to allow the temporary sales structure for the St. Regis. Condominiums....

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — November 2, 2018 through November 8, 2018

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — November 2, 2018 through November 8, 2018 »

02:17 pm | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Commission to decide on St. Regis sales office »

Commission to decide on St. Regis sales office

02:01 pm | Longboat Town Code does not allow sales offices on site without a building permit. Developer Chuck Whittall seeks to amend the rules...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 25, 2018 through November 1, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 25, 2018 through November 1, 2018

11:41 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 17, 2018 through October 25, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 17, 2018 through October 25, 2018

02:04 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 6, 2018 through October 17, 2018 »

Longboat, Bird & Lido Key latest sales, contracts — October 6, 2018 through October 17, 2018

08:23 am | Longboat Key latest sales, contracts — September 29, 2017 through October 4, 2017...

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The fall of Sarasota’s Versailles makes way for modern EPOCH »

The fall of Sarasota’s Versailles makes way for modern EPOCH

10:22 am | The 1974 Versailles building was toppled to make room for EPOCH, a boutique condominium community of 22 residences to be located between...

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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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