+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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Mote-tagged shark swims toward Sarasota
A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark is currently heading eastbound toward Sarasota.
Police get a wheel deal from anonymous citizen
An anonymous citizen recently contacted the town with an offer to buy the Longboat Key Police Department a new bicycle.
Surprise daytime turtle encounter
On his evening beach walk, Longboat Key resident Mike Haycock was in for a big surprise when he spotted a sea turtle coming out of the water Sunday.