+Third suspect in violent Sarasota home invasion captured
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has captured the final suspect in a violent home invasion robbery that occurred about a year-and-a-half ago.
+Mills freezes all school spending
Facing a near-zero fund balance, Manatee County School District cannot spend any money through July 1, unless it affects safety and health.
+Properties have stake in new Mote turtle policy
Mote will only mark nests once a week on most of the beach, which will require many properties to help foot the bill.
+Patron Saints: Mitchell McKnight
After seeing a circus performance many years ago, he was inspired by the magic to get involved in a bigger way. But, it’s the programs that keep him donating every year.
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+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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12 Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
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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.