+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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16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
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Resident receives U.S. citizenship
For one Longboat Key resident, facing the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance held special meaning at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s April 3 breakfast meeting.
Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.