07:12 pm | Why not just drop some speed bumps on St. Armands Circle as if throwing nail strips in front of sea turtles to slow them down as they try and crawl home? ...

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06:54 pm | “I think getting rid of this (US 41 and Gulfstream) roundabout is one of the most important things we can do.”...

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06:52 pm | Sarasota Commission votes to cut Bobby Jones to 27 holes and create 136-acre park....

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06:46 pm | “Now with the restaurants being built beer trucks and food trucks come roaring down Broadway. I implore you to do permit parking.”...

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06:09 pm | Investigation shows the police officer was driving 84 mph just prior to the crash. Also, the view was blocked by construction equipment left in the right of way. Litigation could ensue....

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06:00 pm | STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Following years if not decades of frustration emanating from the experience from having their community overrun with evening restaurant patrons, Village residents are pushing for a resident-only...

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05:54 pm | The request emanates from Mote’s plan to build a Science Education Aquarium at Benderson Park near the University Parkway and I-75. ...

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07:24 pm | City Commission cites red tide as major reason to object to net pen of 20,000 fish....

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07:18 pm | Traffic is bad this year and next year may be worse says Town Manager Tom Harmer. He is working on many fronts....

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07:12 pm | Residents and neighbors opposed what was slated to be 3 to 5-story buildings on the perimeter of the property. ...

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07:05 pm | Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan had the ability to move and emotionally connect with everyone with whom he spoke....

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02:46 pm |   US 41-Fruitville Rd. Roundabout traffic changes begin Feb. 16 Work is progressing with the US 41-Fruitville Road roundabout project and new traffic patterns are expected to begin Sunday, Feb. 16. There will...

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01:34 pm | Parking garage cut by 40% in height, restaurant only to be open during visiting hours of Selby Gardens and cut to 110 seats. Selby says vision of Master Plan still intact and should...

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01:23 pm | City to close lanes on Ringling Bridge for recreation trail The City of Sarasota is ready to build what it calls the Coon Key MURT project — a 10-foot-wide multi-use recreational trail on...

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01:21 pm | Longboat Key is poised to spend more than $500,000 to transform the 4.81 acres it bought for a community cultural center into a passive park setting. ...

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01:09 pm | Longboat Key’s $5.895 million plan to construct a new South fire station and renovate its north station appears to be about on budget according to estimates. ...

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11:03 pm | Maintaining value in the top-tier locations means a constant act of reinvention, staying current in a market driven by an appetite for new experiences. ...

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01:28 pm | In the past week alone, Longboat Key’s Town Manager, Sarasota City Commissioners, Longboat Key Commissioners, the St. Armands Merchants Association President and numerous residents have implored the City of Sarasota and the...

January 31, 2020 / 3 comments / Read More »

01:19 pm | Numerous groups and individuals are wary of a proposed fish farm that will be supplied by hatchlings from Mote Marine due to what they fear are environmental and red tide implications....

January 31, 2020 / No comment / Read More »

09:52 am | Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is back in City Hall and in the community with a scaled-back redevelopment plan....

January 19, 2020 / 1 comment / Read More »

09:44 am | The Town has a goal to dredge canals within the community to keep them navigable and to maintain property values. But as in all policies, there is a cost....

January 19, 2020 / No comment / Read More »

11:52 pm | The operation and control of the once famous Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unraveled over years — first out of court, and then in perpetual litigation. The Colony, once firmly controlled by Chairman...

January 13, 2020 / No comment / Read More »
Major Headlines

Longboat ramps up roundabout rebellion »

Longboat ramps up roundabout rebellion 06:54 pm | “I think getting rid of this (US 41 and Gulfstream) roundabout is one of the most important things we can do.”...

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City says more park, less golf »

City says more park, less golf 06:52 pm | Sarasota Commission votes to cut Bobby Jones to 27 holes and create 136-acre park....

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Town to entertain resident-only parking program in LBK Village »

Town to entertain resident-only parking program in LBK Village 06:46 pm | “Now with the restaurants being built beer trucks and food trucks come roaring down Broadway. I implore you to do permit parking.”...

February 23, 2020 / No comment / Read More »

News Worthy week ending February 21, 2020 »

News Worthy week ending February 21, 2020 06:42 pm |   US 41-Fruitville roundabout traffic pattern change coming in early March As part of the US 41-Fruitville Road roundabout project, custom-made materials to help improve stormwater flow have...

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Officer not at fault in Barancik’s fatal crash »

Officer not at fault in Barancik’s fatal crash 06:09 pm | Investigation shows the police officer was driving 84 mph just prior to the crash. Also, the view was blocked by construction equipment left in the right of way....

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Village people push for resident parking mandate »

Village people push for resident parking mandate 06:00 pm | STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Following years if not decades of frustration emanating from the experience from having their community overrun with evening restaurant patrons, Village residents...

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Mote falls millions short in request for funding from Manatee County »

Mote falls millions short in request  for funding from Manatee County 05:54 pm | The request emanates from Mote’s plan to build a Science Education Aquarium at Benderson Park near the University Parkway and I-75. ...

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News Worthy week ending February 14, 2020 »

News Worthy week ending February 14, 2020 05:40 pm | US 41 and Fruitville Roundabout Update A custom-made box culvert designed to improve storm water flow beneath US 41 to Sarasota Bay has been manufactured and soon will...

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Sarasota opposes Mote Marine fish farm plan »

Sarasota opposes Mote Marine fish farm plan 07:24 pm | City Commission cites red tide as major reason to object to net pen of 20,000 fish....

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Longboat Town Manager talks traffic and building a beach »

Longboat Town Manager talks traffic  and building a beach 07:18 pm | Traffic is bad this year and next year may be worse says Town Manager Tom Harmer. He is working on many fronts....

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Commission tosses cold water on Bath & Racquet Club plan »

Commission tosses cold water on Bath & Racquet Club plan 07:12 pm | Residents and neighbors opposed what was slated to be 3 to 5-story buildings on the perimeter of the property. ...

February 10, 2020 / No comment / Read More »

Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan moved spirit in Sarasota, Longboat Key »

Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan moved spirit in Sarasota, Longboat Key 07:05 pm | Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan had the ability to move and emotionally connect with everyone with whom he spoke....

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News Worthy week ending February 7, 2020 »

News Worthy week ending February 7, 2020 02:46 pm |   US 41-Fruitville Rd. Roundabout traffic changes begin Feb. 16 Work is progressing with the US 41-Fruitville Road roundabout project and new traffic patterns are expected to begin...

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Selby details new master plan »

Selby details new master plan 01:34 pm | Parking garage cut by 40% in height, restaurant only to be open during visiting hours of Selby Gardens and cut to 110 seats. Selby says vision of Master...

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News Worthy »

News Worthy 01:23 pm | City to close lanes on Ringling Bridge for recreation trail The City of Sarasota is ready to build what it calls the Coon Key MURT project — a...

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Longboat to spend a $550K developing passive park »

Longboat to spend a $550K developing  passive park 01:21 pm | Longboat Key is poised to spend more than $500,000 to transform the 4.81 acres it bought for a community cultural center into a passive park setting. ...

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Fire stations closer to fruition »

Fire stations closer to fruition 01:09 pm | Longboat Key’s $5.895 million plan to construct a new South fire station and renovate its north station appears to be about on budget according to estimates. ...

February 3, 2020 / No comment / Read More »

The key to building a future through resort renovation »

The key to building a future through resort renovation 11:03 pm | Maintaining value in the top-tier locations means a constant act of reinvention, staying current in a market driven by an appetite for new experiences. ...

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Sarasota traffic fuels frustration, fear and numerous explanations »

Sarasota traffic fuels frustration, fear and numerous explanations 01:28 pm | In the past week alone, Longboat Key’s Town Manager, Sarasota City Commissioners, Longboat Key Commissioners, the St. Armands Merchants Association President and numerous residents have implored the...

January 31, 2020 / 3 comments / Read More »

Offshore fish farm facing protests at Mote hearing »

Offshore fish farm facing protests at Mote hearing 01:19 pm | Numerous groups and individuals are wary of a proposed fish farm that will be supplied by hatchlings from Mote Marine due to what they fear are environmental and...

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Selby scales back plan to appease residents, City Hall »

Selby scales back plan to appease residents, City Hall 09:52 am | Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is back in City Hall and in the community with a scaled-back redevelopment plan....

January 19, 2020 / 1 comment / Read More »

Longboat’s canal plan: what to dredge, who will pay? »

Longboat’s canal plan: what to dredge, who will pay? 09:44 am | The Town has a goal to dredge canals within the community to keep them navigable and to maintain property values. But as in all policies, there is a cost....

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Colony consolidation dominates courtroom as ownership battle continues into 2020 »

Colony consolidation dominates courtroom as ownership battle continues into 2020 11:52 pm | The operation and control of the once famous Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unraveled over years — first out of court, and then in perpetual litigation. The Colony,...

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Commission approves new Village parking ordinance »

Commission approves new Village parking ordinance 11:35 pm | On Monday, Longboat Key Commissioners approved the new Village parking ordinance. The ordinance includes a speed limit reduction on Broadway of 20 mph, a 15-foot parking setback requirement...

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Longboat to gauge satisfaction level of residents via a survey »

Longboat to gauge satisfaction level of residents via a survey 11:28 pm | Resident satisfaction is something the Town of Longboat Key will be evaluating in the upcoming months....

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Longboat ranked among the best places to live in Florida »

Longboat ranked among  the best places to live in Florida 11:17 pm | With perfect weather and gorgeous beachfront living, Florida is definitely one of the best states to live in the U.S. Florida also has diverse attractions for nature enthusiasts...

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Longboater’s daughter raises funds, awareness for trip to Africa »

Longboater’s daughter raises funds, awareness for trip to Africa 10:43 pm | The daughter of Longboat Key residents has raised both community support and excitement about her planned mission trip to Zambia. So far, an online yard sale and a...

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Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time »

Man who donated $200K to Longboat and shot up a condo, avoids jail time 10:38 pm | STEVE REID Editor & Publisher sreid@lbknews.com Ryan Flanzer was arrested in Sarasota after he fired three rounds from his semi-automatic pistol into a condominium unit at 1350 Main...

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Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach »

Year in Review – Renourishing Lido Beach 10:01 pm | The plan to renourish the highly eroded Lido Key shoreline with sand dredged from Big Pass has faced years of court challenges primarily from opponents on Siesta Key....

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Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts »

Year in Review – City of Sarasota places roundabouts 09:59 pm | Longboat Key leaders have long voiced concerns that the roundabout planned at US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue will slow traffic, create back-ups along the bridge and possibly impede...

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Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City »

Year in Review – Selby Gardens development plan moves back to City 09:57 pm | The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens began its request to amend the City Comprehensive Plan and Code to allow the redevelopment of its Bayfront property. The City has heard...

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Opinion

What Sarasota traffic, the FDOT, Tom Barwin, the Baron of Botox & DC Sniper have in common »

What Sarasota traffic, the FDOT, Tom Barwin,  the Baron of Botox & DC Sniper have in common

07:12 pm | Why not just drop some speed bumps on St. Armands Circle as if throwing nail strips in...

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The indignity of traffic on St. Armands Circle and Ringling Bridge »

The indignity of traffic on St. Armands Circle and Ringling Bridge

11:09 pm | It is clear the FDOT and the City of Sarasota have no grasp on what traffic does...

January 13, 2020 / 3 comments / Read More »

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key »

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

02:29 pm | The City Manager made some critical errors this past year, but he did do one thing right....

December 25, 2019 / No comment / Read More »

Conflict on the menu at Selby Gardens »

Conflict on the menu at Selby Gardens

11:11 am | To allow a restaurant to be leased and open late into the evening is simply cramming a...

November 4, 2019 / 3 comments / Read More »

Another take on immigration? »

Another take on immigration?

10:49 am | America has been granted an extraordinary stroke of luck: a big dose of youth and energy just...

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Pelosi’s permanent impeachment »

Pelosi’s permanent impeachment

09:52 am | It helps to compare what’s being done to Donald Trump to how it’s been done before. ...

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The frozen cat I betrayed and then buried »

The frozen cat I betrayed and then buried

11:40 am | Thoughts raced through my head: Is there a rabid raccoon nearby? What’s wrong with Popsicle? Should we...

September 22, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

The BMW that changed my life — Part III »

The BMW that changed my life — Part III

10:06 am | I worried that we would drive off with the money and I would end up slit throat...

September 22, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

My Highway to Hell through the Midwest in a BMW — Part II »

My Highway to Hell through the Midwest in a BMW — Part II

09:24 am | It seems celebrities and criminals go by single names — Sting, Oprah, Eminem, Jeter, and then of...

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How a SCAT bus destroyed my Mercedes and fueled an eBay and BMW addiction — Part I »

How a SCAT bus destroyed my Mercedes and fueled an eBay and BMW addiction — Part I

09:07 am | SCAT drivers are the most aggressive New York cab school of driving jockeys I have ever witnessed....

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East primary season gives Trump an edge »

East primary season gives Trump an edge

07:25 pm | The president may enjoy another tactical advantage. There’s a good chance that a significant independent or...

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51 Ways to Leave Your Lover »

51 Ways to Leave Your Lover

09:00 am | Some years ago Paul Simon popularized a song entitled, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” The 51st...

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Call Iran’s bluff with an offer of nuclear power »

Call Iran’s bluff with an offer of nuclear power

08:56 am | “No enrichment, but other countries could supply the fuel rods for peaceful production of energy.”...

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American needs to rediscover tact »

American needs to rediscover tact

09:14 am | “I want to kick away from the daily and get to something larger....

September 6, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Longboat should partner with Ringling Circus next time around »

Longboat should partner with Ringling Circus next time around

05:20 am | We should fault the Mayor and Vice Mayor for their late-game torpedoing of our community and arts...

July 20, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Does Longboat really have to deport baby peacocks? »

Does Longboat really have to deport baby peacocks?

05:12 am | Some residents agree with the internment and deportation of the females. They cite late night shrieking and...

July 20, 2019 / 3 comments / Read More »

How to contain Iran »

How to contain Iran

05:06 am | A deal would put Iran’s nuclear program back in a box, making it easier to tackle all...

July 20, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Longboat Key undergrounding issue »

Longboat Key undergrounding issue

05:30 am | If the town goes ahead with its fiber project, neighborhoods will see taller metal poles replace the...

July 18, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

A Kosher Fourth of July »

A Kosher Fourth of July

08:13 am | “Two hundred forty-three years ago, a new nation was inspired by the Old Testament.”...

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Trump militarizes Mexico »

Trump militarizes Mexico

05:23 am | Blowing up the North American economy to solve the migration crisis never made sense....

July 17, 2019 / No comment / Read More »

How Democrats can avoid losing »

How Democrats can avoid losing

10:16 am | ‘Trump is beatable in 2020, but only if his opponent appeals beyond the base.’...

June 20, 2019 / 1 comment / Read More »

Socialism vs. ‘the Person’ »

Socialism vs. ‘the Person’

02:48 pm | ‘We are more than simply individuals, because it is in relation with one another ‘as persons’ that...

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Longboat heading down wrong path with light poles, technology »

Longboat heading down wrong path with light poles, technology

12:29 pm | Do Longboat leaders really believe they and Waterleaf and the build-out of a defensive telecommunication network will...

April 21, 2019 / 3 comments / Read More »


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06:42 pm |   US 41-Fruitville roundabout traffic pattern change coming in early March As part of the US 41-Fruitville Road roundabout project, custom-made materials to help improve stormwater flow have been fabricated and are en route to Sarasota.The process to place these concrete box-culvert sections five feet beneath US 41 will begin soon. When the initial stage...

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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending February 21, 2020 »

06:35 pm | The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy. Feb. 15 Suspicious person 6:22 a.m. Officer Tillman responded to Whitney Beach plaza in reference to a suspicious person in front of one of the businesses. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with...

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Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan moved spirit in Sarasota, Longboat Key »

07:05 pm | Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan had the ability to move and emotionally connect with everyone with whom he spoke....

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Rev. Monsignor Gerard Finegan moved spirit in Sarasota, Longboat Key

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 14, 2020 through February 20, 2020

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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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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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Life on the edge

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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 souls as she says that have not crossed...

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