Contests and Promotions
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their favorite photo, and the winner will earn a
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Enter the 2014 Weather Contest with pictures of beautiful sunrises, sunsets and photos of beautiful Sarasota and Manatee counties. Weekly winners will be published in your local observer paper, and online each week through the Observer's Facebook account.
MUSIC REVIEW: La Musica final program
La Musica ended its season last Wednesday with a wonderfully sculpted program it played with precision and beauty.
Weekend Best Bet: Siesta Key Village Easter Party
Meet the Easter bunny and hunt fun for eggs on Siesta Beach at the fifth annual Siesta Key Village Easter Party Saturday, April 18.
Sheriff's Office reports falling crime rate
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office released its annual report Wednesday, highlighting agency milestones and achievements.
State Street garage comes with $10.6 million price tag
The guaranteed maximum price to build the State Street parking garage is lower than a February estimate, but exceeds the original budgeted cost by $3.4 million.
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Blessing of the Animals
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
19 Good Friday Service
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
19 Founder's Day
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm