+Atwell, Chapman win runoff election
All three City Commission candidates spent the day greeting voters at polling locations in what was expected to be a close election.
+Mar Vista approval attracts opposition
Longbeach Village residents flooded commissioners' inboxes over the weekend.
+Desoto Speedway welcomes new owners, name
New owners hope to revive the South’s 'fastest short track.'
+Foodie feasts in Southside Village
Southside Village is the "west of trail" neighborhood that stretches from Hyde Park Street north to Prospect Street and from South Tamiami Trail west to Osprey Avenue.
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+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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Commission savors the sunshine
The weather on Longboat Key was cloudy on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Longboat Key Town Commission stayed in the sunshine, as far as the Longboat Observer could tell.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.