+ Observer to host candidates forum
The Longboat Observer will host a forum next week for District 1 commission candidates who will face off in a preliminary election Jan. 26. The candidates, Mayor Lee Rothenberg, Lee Pokoik and Lynn Larson, will be present to answer the public’s questions. The forum, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ cultural/media room, 6860 Longboat Drive South. For information call 383-5509.
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.