+Sarasota County Commission tackles tourist taxes
Commissioners will consider continuing an allocation of bed taxes for beach maintenance during an April 9 regular meeting.
+Aging Bird Key water main to be replaced next year
The water line has been slated for replacement, and the city's utilities department has coated the pipe with epoxy as a preventive measure
+Village streets repavement planned for this year
Repavement of several streets in the Longbeach Village will begin in late summer or early fall, according to Longbeach Village Association President Michael Drake, who updated residents about plans at the association's meeting last week.
+Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe buys venue
The performance group purchased the 2-acre site where it has been performing for the last three years.
+Black Tie Untied
More than 800 people attended Girls Inc.'s 25th annual Celebration Luncheon Thursday, April 4, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was transformed into a "Midnight at the Oasis" for the 32nd Orchid Ball Saturday, April 6
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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.