+PHOTO GALLERY: Tropical Storm Andrea | Longboat Key
Longboat Key received some flooding in low-lying areas at high tide today from Tropical Storm Andrea. Town officials report no major damage.
+PHOTO GALLERY: Tropical Storm Andrea | Sarasota
Tropical Storm Andrea continues to track toward Florida's Big Bend Thursday afternoon, sending bands of wind and rain to flood streets and test seawalls on Siesta Key.
+Sarasota Police investigate Rosemary stabbing
The Sarasota Police Department arrested a homeless woman who stabbed another woman during a fight in the Rosemary District Wednesday, June 5.
+Manatee County to allow backyard chickens
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-2 yesterday to approve a new ordinance and changes to the county Land Development Code, allowing residents to keep four female chickens
+Florida's key fruit
When someone visits our area, it’s likely they'll order Key lime pie as the perfect ending to his or her meal (usually consisting of fresh fish)..
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
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8 GNC Center for Building Hope Race Series
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
8 Polo Under the Palms
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12 LWRBA March Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12 March Membership Luncheon
15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. Sunday, so be sure to set your alarm accordingly.
The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.