+Downtown merchants welcome changes
Merchants hope streetscape improvements, less panhandling and the strengthening economy bode well for the downtown’s future.
+License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key
Contractors did a test run yesterday for the cameras that will capture license plate data from vehicles entering and leaving the Key.
+Creative Healing: Paula Kozak
Cancer patient Paula Kozak, an Out-of-Door Academy art teacher, led a project for her students to create art to benefit local cancer patients.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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25 Ellenton Sunday Market
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It’s time for feasting on candy and family fun.
Merchants on Lakewood Ranch Main Street continue to mourn the surprising loss of fellow business owner Rebekah Hatmaker, co-owner of Serendipity Boutique.