+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 Lakewood Ranch Republican Luncheon
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
24 BOO Fest-Lakewood Ranch
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
25 Ellenton Sunday Market
28 Wine, Dine and Make a Difference
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
On the calendar
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.
Ticket sales for the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch’s first Uncorked food-and-wine pairing fundraiser have begun, and so has a chance to win a one-karat diamond.