+Low voter turnout a trend in city elections
Two former city commissioners point to different factors for low voter turnout in Sarasota. One says a date change would bring more voters to the polls.
+Camera increase ramps up enforcement citywide
U.S. 41 and University Parkway's cameras take the crown for the most red-light violations.
+Manatee Schools honor educators, support staff
The Manatee County School District hosted its annual EdVantage Education Awards event March 6.
+Villa Am Meer presentation takes place tonight
Joy Baker will discuss her research on the Villa Am Meer property at tonight's Longboat Key Historical Society meeting.
+View from the Top: Sandy Loevner
In her 15th year as board president, Sandy Loevner is helping one of the country's largest non-profit charity events continue to soar.
+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!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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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.