+Twelve former Sarasota mayors endorse Susan Chapman
At a press conference scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Federal Building, Susan Chapman will announce that 12 former city of Sarasota mayors have endorsed her candidacy for an At-Large seat on the Sarasota City Commission.
+Cuban defector Edward Gonzalez joins Sarasota Ballet
One of seven Cuban defectors in the corps de ballet of Cuban National Ballet will join Sarasota Ballet's company.
+Sarasota County Commission increases Grand Prix funding
Commissioner Joe Barbetta spearheaded motions during an April 10 meeting, to earmark $79,200 of tourist development funds for the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix.
+Colony workshops scheduled at Town Hall
Commissioner Jack Duncan requested a special workshop to discuss issues with the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
+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.