Daily Headlines — APRIL FOOLS!
+Professional mime group proclaims 'silence is golden'
Silence is Golden Theatre, the non-profit educational and performing-mime group, plans to open in early November.
+SMR adds 'green' to its portfolio
SMR Farms is shifting crops to meet Florida's medical marijuana demand.
+Colony to be demolished
The town of Longboat Key has approved a special-use permit to allow a monster-truck show to demolish the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
+Swan, peacock hybrid ruffles residents' feathers
Schnoodles and Maltipoos inspired a resident to breed designer hybrid birds known as sweacocks.
+Adult bookstore has city turning pages
Following a 3-2 vote last month, which denied a 98,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter in the Ringling Shopping Center, city commissioners are now considering a proposal for a new tenant: Hardbound, a fast-growing Tampa Bay adult-bookstore chain.
+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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Paint the town red and green
This year, we won’t just be on the lookout for the most festive holiday lights on the Key. We’ll be on the prowl for anything that embodies the happiness of the holidays with our new “Spirit of the Season” contest.
Pettingell tradition is as sweet as pie
For the sixth consecutive year, Pettingell delivered pies from Yoder’s Restaurant in Sarasota to his customers at Thanksgiving.
Former Key Club manager takes on new role
Former Longboat Key Club & Resort General Manager Michael Welly has a new gig.