+Project partner trims beach costs
The town will perform a hot spot beach project this summer to restore sand to high-erosion areas.
+Sarasota Police SWAT team ends late night standoff
Officers extracted a man threatening to harm himself from an apartment on Old Bradenton Road, during an altercation that began just before 12 a.m. Thursday, April 18.
+District asks schools for money
Manatee County schools are being asked to find money from their internal funds to help the school district recover.
Has it been 10 years since you went to prom? If so, we want to see your photos. Submit your photos from April 16 to May 9 and vote on your favorite May 10 to May 17. Each registrant may vote 10 times per day. Prize package includes gift cards or services from our Prom-A-Palooza sponsors.
+Memories with Mom Contest
Tell us about the day she taught you the secret family recipe, or how she knew how to build the perfect fort, or the look on her face when you told her she was going to be a grandmother. Tell us your Memories with Mom in 200 words or less, and enter for a chance to win a prize package from our advertisers.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
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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.