07:24 am | Soon, two groins will be built to help hold the new sand. The fight over the project has cost millions in legal fees....

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07:18 am | Sarasota has been honored by U.S. News & World Report research as the No. 1 best place to retire in the entire country and the 16th best place to live. Congrats to all...

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07:05 am | STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Close relationships, ceremonies filled with feeling and sentiment, and shared memories are the hallmarks of small-town life. Nowhere were the emotions of appreciation and respect more present than when the...

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06:49 am | Identifying migration pathways and areas frequently used by male sea turtles is important for a number of reasons, especially in the face of climate change....

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06:12 am | Consultant says age of condos and strong competition from Downtown Sarasota market are not helping......

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06:05 am | City police will soon buy 122 cameras and each officer will start recording by mid 2021....

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06:03 am | Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming’s last day before retiring is Oct. 23. On Monday, he will be recognized for his years of service to the town at a commission workshop. Cumming has...

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05:57 am | Unconditional Surrender has a theme-park quality to it, straddling the line between amusement park attraction and midbrow art. But this is Florida, where theme parks are welcome....

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05:49 am | The Island areas of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key are popular destinations. Their cool ocean breezes and beautiful white sand beaches attract people from near and far.  Not to mention the...

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05:18 am | The penthouse has been sold for just shy of $20 million at $1,800 per square foot....

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05:14 am | The town is trying to find that balance between the commercial interests and the residents....

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05:11 am | The dredging of Sarasota’s Big Pass to renourish Lido Key Beach is about two-thirds complete and should finish in November. The dredging contractor is adding about 7,000 cubic yards of sand each day...

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05:09 am | Longboaters need no convincing. They know intrinsically the island is a paradise of sorts — close to culture, surrounded by warm turquoise waves and beautifully peaceful. But now it has been ranked officially...

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05:05 am | Voters believe they can tell this by how candidates look and act under pressure. It all counts. What kind of a golfer is Trump? How many pushups can Joe do? ...

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11:08 am | If passed, new rules will allow lightning rods to extend six feet above the maximum allowed home height....

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11:03 am | Town has option to buy/restore “sensitive lands” as a more costly alternative....

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10:58 am | “While online surveys are non-scientific, and some individuals may attempt to skew the process, the intent was to collect general community sentiment.” — City Manager Tom Barwin...

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10:54 am | The Town continues to take a bizarre — and wavering —position to increase the height restrictions for questionable, and possibly unsafe, 6 foot high lightning rods....

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10:33 am | Buchanan announced that Barwin told him in a meeting the statue would remain at its present location due to popular demand. This has since been walked back....

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10:30 am | Reid and his wife played a key role in establishing one of Sarasota’s oldest African American churches....

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10:24 am | Piccolo was proud to report that SRQ was the fastest-growing airport in the United States before the pandemic hit this spring....

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06:44 pm | We do not need Unconditional Surrender on our Bayfront. We have a much better display in our community — the ever increasingly bizarre performance art of watching Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin in...

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Major Headlines

Lido Beach nearly built despite fight from Siesta »

Lido Beach nearly built despite fight from Siesta 07:24 am | Soon, two groins will be built to help hold the new sand. The fight over the project has cost millions in legal fees....

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U.S. News & World Report says that Sarasota is best Place to Retire »

U.S. News & World Report says that Sarasota is best Place to Retire 07:18 am | Sarasota has been honored by U.S. News & World Report research as the No. 1 best place to retire in the entire country and the 16th best place...

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Pete Cumming honored for service in ceremony »

Pete Cumming honored for service in ceremony 07:05 am | STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Close relationships, ceremonies filled with feeling and sentiment, and shared memories are the hallmarks of small-town life. Nowhere were the emotions of appreciation and respect...

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Where in the world are Mote’s tagged sea turtles? »

Where in the world are Mote’s tagged sea turtles? 06:49 am | Identifying migration pathways and areas frequently used by male sea turtles is important for a number of reasons, especially in the face of climate change....

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Longboat responds to decline in property values »

Longboat responds to decline in property values 06:12 am | Consultant says age of condos and strong competition from Downtown Sarasota market are not helping......

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Sarasota to spend $3.6 million on bodycam program »

Sarasota to spend $3.6 million on bodycam program 06:05 am | City police will soon buy 122 cameras and each officer will start recording by mid 2021....

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Longboat Key Police Chief to be honored by Town »

Longboat Key Police Chief to be honored by Town 06:03 am | Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming’s last day before retiring is Oct. 23. On Monday, he will be recognized for his years of service to the town at...

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Public art precipitates controversy »

Public art precipitates controversy 05:57 am | Unconditional Surrender has a theme-park quality to it, straddling the line between amusement park attraction and midbrow art. But this is Florida, where theme parks are welcome....

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Longboat St. Regis sales hit $200 million »

Longboat St. Regis sales hit $200 million 05:18 am | The penthouse has been sold for just shy of $20 million at $1,800 per square foot....

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Manager talks Covid, parking law, and island’s underground movement »

Manager talks Covid, parking law, and island’s underground movement 05:14 am | The town is trying to find that balance between the commercial interests and the residents....

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Lido beach building should finish in November »

Lido beach building should finish in November 05:11 am | The dredging of Sarasota’s Big Pass to renourish Lido Key Beach is about two-thirds complete and should finish in November. The dredging contractor is adding about 7,000 cubic...

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Longboat and its resorts wow Conde Nast »

Longboat and its resorts wow Conde Nast 05:09 am | Longboaters need no convincing. They know intrinsically the island is a paradise of sorts — close to culture, surrounded by warm turquoise waves and beautifully peaceful. But now...

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Longboat lightning rod issue returns for a vote »

Longboat lightning rod issue returns for a vote 11:08 am | If passed, new rules will allow lightning rods to extend six feet above the maximum allowed home height....

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LBK faces $242k fine for summer sewage spill »

LBK faces $242k fine for summer sewage spill 11:03 am | Town has option to buy/restore “sensitive lands” as a more costly alternative....

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City Unconditional Surrender survey results say voters want Bayfront site »

City Unconditional Surrender survey  results say voters want Bayfront site 10:58 am | “While online surveys are non-scientific, and some individuals may attempt to skew the process, the intent was to collect general community sentiment.” — City Manager Tom Barwin...

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Longboat leaders to weigh resident-only parking plan »

Longboat leaders to weigh resident-only parking plan 10:33 am | Buchanan announced that Barwin told him in a meeting the statue would remain at its present location due to popular demand. This has since been walked back....

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Preserving the memory of Sarasotan Leonard Reid »

Preserving the memory of Sarasotan Leonard Reid 10:30 am | Reid and his wife played a key role in establishing one of Sarasota’s oldest African American churches....

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SRQ President talks latest airport news »

SRQ President talks latest airport news 10:24 am | Piccolo was proud to report that SRQ was the fastest-growing airport in the United States before the pandemic hit this spring....

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Barwin, Buchanan befuddle Unconditional Surrender relocation conversation »

Barwin, Buchanan befuddle Unconditional Surrender relocation conversation 10:51 am | Buchanan announced that Barwin told him in a meeting the statue would remain at its present location due to popular demand. This has since been walked back....

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Longboat Flip Flops on Lightning Rod Height Rule, Again »

Longboat Flip Flops on Lightning Rod Height Rule, Again 09:13 am | Mayor Schneier said that he was a little put off because the applicant for the taller rods was a promoter and a salesman who didn’t live in the...

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John Short: He Served Longboat Key Well »

John Short: He Served Longboat Key Well 08:58 am | For the hundreds of Longboaters who over the years drove religiously each morning to arrive at 7:30 a.m. sharp for their arranged match — John Short’s efforts...

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Longboat Key seeks to add perspective to sewage spill »

Longboat Key seeks to add perspective to sewage spill 03:17 pm | What happened and when, the Town’s response, the cost of the clean-up and steps to prevent a repeat......

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Town seeks 150% spike in parking fines »

Town seeks 150% spike in parking fines 03:13 pm | Based on their review, the Chief recommends the fine for parking in time-restricted areas, unlawful parking and parking in handicap spots be increased from $30 to $75....

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New rule a lightning rod issue for island residents »

New rule a lightning rod issue for island residents 03:12 pm | The issue caused significant controversy last spring when property owner Boris Miksic installed a lightning protection system that loomed far above the maximum building height...

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A False Sense Of Security: Covid Numbers Don’t Add Up »

A False Sense Of Security: Covid Numbers Don’t Add Up 03:10 pm | Fortunately, the disaster I predicted in early spring didn’t develop in LBK. But this is not the time to be complacent....

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Longboat hires new Chief »

Longboat hires new Chief 02:56 pm | After considering more than 60 applicants including Longboat Key’s own Deputy Chief, Town Manager Tom Harmer has offered the position of Police Chief to Kelli Smith....

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Selby Gardens returns with revised master plan »

Selby Gardens returns with revised master plan 02:53 pm | Selby has cut the parking structure height by 40%; hopes compromise will spell success....

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Despite battering from waves, turtle nesting stays strong »

Despite battering from waves, turtle nesting stays strong 02:48 pm | the greatest threat is ambient light streaming from condominiums that all but ends their chance to make it to safety....

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Racing on Ringling Bridge fuels City Manager reaction »

Racing on Ringling Bridge fuels City Manager reaction 02:42 pm | The complaint is that motorists and motorcyclists use the stretch from US 41 to Bird Key as an opportunity for extreme speeding especially at night when traffic is...

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FDOT says Gulfstream roundabout beats the alternative »

FDOT says Gulfstream roundabout beats the alternative 02:25 pm | Longboat Key has long fought the coming roundabout fearing it could impede traffic from the barrier islands that rely on an efficient exit in everyday activity, but especially...

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A beach is born on South Lido »

A beach is born on South Lido 02:06 pm | The sand placement portion of the Lido Beach renourishment project is about a third of the way complete....

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Debates are never about the issues »

Debates are never about the issues

05:05 am | Voters believe they can tell this by how candidates look and act under pressure. It all counts....

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Town Commissioners are Disregarding Science and Public Opinion »

Town Commissioners are Disregarding Science and Public Opinion

10:54 am | The Town continues to take a bizarre — and wavering —position to increase the height restrictions for...

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Welcome to the Barwin & Buchanan Bayfront Circus starring Unconditional Surrender »

Welcome to the Barwin & Buchanan Bayfront Circus starring Unconditional Surrender

06:44 pm | We do not need Unconditional Surrender on our Bayfront. We have a much better display in our...

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50 Bucks Says Biden Wins Florida »

50 Bucks Says Biden Wins Florida

02:02 pm | I placed this bet on Predictit, a political betting site, not because I want Biden to win,...

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The coming apocalypse: “Vote-by-Mail” »

The coming apocalypse: “Vote-by-Mail”

12:49 pm | It will be a mess. Pennsylvania is already being sued by both Republicans and Democrats since the...

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How to eradicate Covid-19 »

How to eradicate Covid-19

12:41 pm | Closing wet markets and changing cultures will be expensive, but rich countries should pay the price. It...

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Trump’s October surprise: A vaccine, but the pandemic will go on for years »

Trump’s October surprise: A vaccine, but the pandemic will go on for years

11:56 am | I realised that he was the ultimate salesman. He was born to be that way. His Tower,...

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Covid-19 and AIDS: Parallels »

Covid-19 and AIDS: Parallels

09:56 pm | MATTHEW EDLUND, MD, MOH Guest Columnist Edlund@lbknews.com The past is never past. As I wrote two months ago, the bungled political...

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Our Children are our future ­— except during a pandemic! »

Our Children are our future ­— except during a pandemic!

09:30 pm | Nurses and doctors face the pandemic. And grocery store workers, police, firemen and other essential workers put...

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Covid-19: Normalizing Fear »

Covid-19: Normalizing Fear

02:23 pm | Perhaps Americans just feel a roll of the dice is what’s life’s all about, as when Clint...

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Medicare is Great: Why Can’t We All Get It? »

Medicare is Great: Why Can’t We All Get It?

02:19 pm | In the midst of the pandemic of the century and the greatest medical crisis this country has...

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Let’s celebrate success! Why don’t we see this on CNN? »

Let’s celebrate success! Why don’t we see this on CNN?

12:44 pm | Do the math. 130,000 deaths divided by 2,773,000 cases equals a 4.6% death rate. 2,643,000 are still...

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Media is damaging our nation with pandemic mania »

Media is damaging our nation with pandemic mania

05:37 pm | It is not just liberal or conservative media — it is an entire nation stoking each other...

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Longboat home height and size rules under assault »

Longboat home height and size rules under assault

05:33 pm | The Town Commission and especially the community should be wary of two changes to Longboat Key’s building...

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Death by a thousand cuts: A call to arms — Saving our paradise »

Death by a thousand cuts:  A call to arms — Saving our paradise

05:23 pm | Will this contribute to the beauty of the town and its eventual prosperity and quality of life?...

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Shoppers and tennis players fight over masks, misplaced coughs during Coranivirus »

Shoppers and tennis players fight over masks, misplaced coughs during Coranivirus

11:44 am | There we were — a hobbling collection of knee replacements, back braces and patella straps all clustered...

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Don’t erase our history; our past is what created our today… »

Don’t erase our history; our past is what created our today…

11:41 am | As I see our young people defacing monuments of the Confederacy, I have to ask — do...

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Deja vu 1968: Can Trump now become the law and order candidate he always wanted to be? »

Deja vu 1968: Can Trump now become the law and order candidate he always wanted to be?

10:41 am | If these underlying conditions persist, protests will flare up again with the slightest provocation....

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As Florida reopens, peddlers of fear continue to fan flames »

As Florida reopens, peddlers of fear continue to fan flames

08:50 am | It is time to get on the bandwagon and enthusiastically support the governor’s plan and to support...

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Trump can’t be reelected without winning Florida »

Trump can’t be reelected without winning Florida

08:35 am | BLAKE FLEETWOOD Guest Columnist blake@lbknews.com No Republican in 95 years has won a presidential election without winning Florida. In...

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The mask is the wrong symbol for this pandemic »

The mask is the wrong symbol for this pandemic

07:55 am | The damage done by our projection of fear will do permanent damage to our social connections. We...

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Sweden’s Human Sacrifice of 3,300 Has Not Worked »

Sweden’s Human Sacrifice of 3,300 Has Not Worked

07:50 am | Until we have widespread, quick result testing and contact tracing and a vaccine is developed, this pandemic...

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A new beginning at the former Colony Resort on Longboat Key »

A new beginning at the former Colony Resort on Longboat Key

03:19 pm | Perhaps I am an optimist, but we have finally traveled through the looking glass and Klauber, Andy...

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05:00 pm | Both controversial code changes were approved by the LBK Planning and Zoning Board. Commision to debate on Tuesday...

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How high and how big should we build?

On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 23, 2020 »

06:42 am |   The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. Oct. 16 Crosswalk 2:16 a.m. Officer Smith was dispatched to Bogey Lane to meet with the complainant. He wanted to make it a matter of record that at 7:30 p.m. a...

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Wall Street leader, family man passes on Longboat »

08:04 am | Jacobs served as CEO and Chairman of Bache & Company, a pillar of post-war Wall Street, until the firm merged with Prudential in 1982....

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Wall Street leader, family man passes on Longboat

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

How to Stop a Global Pandemic »

08:56 am | The most ferocious recent human epidemics – AIDS, SARS, Ebola, MERS, Sars Cov 2, have been viral epidemics that “jumped” from other species....

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Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 23, 2020

Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 23, 2020 »

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Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key real estate activity

Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key real estate activity »

05:49 am | The Island areas of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key are popular destinations. Their cool ocean breezes and beautiful white sand beaches attract people from near and far.  Not...

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Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 9, 2020 »

Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 9, 2020

04:57 am | Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 9, 2020...

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Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 2, 2020 »

Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 2, 2020

10:46 am | Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through October 2, 2020...

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Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through September 25, 2020 »

Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through September 25, 2020

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Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through September 18, 2020 »

Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through September 18, 2020

08:44 am | Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key latest sales through September 18, 2020...

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Three Sarasota Condominiums compared: Marina Tower, Plaza at 5 Points and 1350 Main »

Three Sarasota Condominiums compared: Marina Tower, Plaza at 5 Points and 1350 Main

02:04 pm | In this comparison we are looking at Average Sales Price and Days On Market according to Stellar MLS in a snapshot over...

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Life on the edge »

Life on the edge

09:10 am | Tree clinging to the edge of City Island. Photo by Steve Reid...

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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...

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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...

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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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Easter Abounds »

10:27 am | Easter abounds at the home of Longboat Key News....

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