"Happy Father's Day to the Big Enchilada," the card read in a playful font.
Manatee County businesses have been blessed with a terrific 2012 tourist season experiencing a 13% increase in economic impact to the county during the first quarter of the year.
As one of the instructors with our Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency Response Team, I spend most of my time helping our neighborhood volunteers stay prepared to respond should a major storm or other disaster threaten our area.
Over the course of the past week, a single phrase has been stuck in the back of my mind: "School's out for summer."
It's hard to believe I arrived in the East County community seven years ago, almost to the day.
Last week, former Managing Editor Michael Eng left the East County Observer for a new role as the managing editor for Plant City Observer. Read the community's response to the news.
Enjoy this week's Castaway cartoon.