+Fewer Sarasota residents vote early in city election
After a week of early voting, 198 fewer voters cast ballots compared to the 2011 City Commission election.
+Traffic Advisory Council to consider Village parking
The Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council will hear a request from a property owner to prohibit street-side parking on Avenida De Mayo.
+Manatee County to consider healthcare surtax
Manatee County commissioners will decide whether to move forward with a surtax to fund indigent health care in the community, during it's March 12 meeting.
+Black Tie Untied
Florida Studio Theatre held their annual Bag Ladies and Baubles luncheon Thursday, March 7 in the new John C. Court Cabernet at Florida Studio Theatre.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.