+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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24 Christmas Eve Family Service
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24 Christmas Eve Traditional Service
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25 Christmas Traditional Service
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12 Scramble for SPARCC
Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
River Club’s Cheryl Kaufman says she’s still pinching herself.
A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.