+182 Manatee teachers lose jobs
The cuts are part of a plan to save $20.6 million to help the school district replenish depleted reserves.
+Sarasota woman arrested for stealing from employer
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman for defrauding her Tampa employer of more than $56,000.
+Commission approves second phase of bayfront mooring project
Commissioners also voted to uphold a maintenance-dredging ordinance but requested a report on ways to improve the ordinance.
+Whitney Beach receives award
A Longboat Key beach has received notification it meets a national environmental certification program.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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