+County considers new tax
Manatee County officials are considering an ordinance calling for the public to vote for a sales tax hike to fund indigent health care.
+Benderson expands former Circuit City
A national retailer new to the area will occupy the 35,000-square-foot building once it's finished.
+'A storybook ending'
Longboat lovebirds Vicki and Henry are together again at their new home — in Lakeland.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.