+'We Won 'Em All!'
Gans narrowly beats Pastor by 27 votes. Brown and Younger retain seats.
+Chapman, Atwell and Dorfman advance to runoff
Susan Chapman, Suzanne Atwell and Richard Dorfman all qualify for a runoff election. The runoff election will be held Tuesday, May 14.
+Longboat Key intends to freeze police pension
Town staff met with the Longboat Key Police Department Union to propose a three-year contract that caps town responsibilities and shifts officers into a state-offered pension plan.
+Sarasota County seeks input on Sarasota 2050
County officials will collect public comments on potential changes to the long-range planning component of the Comprehensive Plan at two open houses this month.
+Local firefighter finalist in weight-loss contest
Lakewood Ranch Business owner and East Manatee Rescue fireman Joe Griffith has dropped 50 pounds in 90 days.
+Patron Saints: Karen and Michael Gardiner
Sarasota is arguably the cultural capital of Florida. The arts thrive here, and it's because of one group of people — the supporters.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
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