+Sarasota Police seek homeless man for robbery
Police allege 35-year-old Gregory Thompson threatened a teller at a downtown Sarasota Fifth Third Bank Wednesday, April 10, and fled on foot.
+Residents protest Benderson project
About 100 residents have signed a petition. Benderson Development Co. still needs a zoning change before it can start construction.
+Manatee Planning Commission to vote on amending code to allow chickens
The Manatee County Planning Commission will vote today on whether to modify a land-development code amendment that will remove "chickens/poultry" from the definition of farm animals.
+Plover nesting season is off to a rough start
From fire to fire ants, and predators to vandals, the dunes on Siesta Key beach have been a hazard to the threatened species.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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12 Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
17 L'Europe UnCorked!
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.