+182 Manatee teachers lose jobs
The cuts are part of a plan to save $20.6 million to help the school district replenish depleted reserves.
+Sarasota woman arrested for stealing from employer
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman for defrauding her Tampa employer of more than $56,000.
+Commission approves second phase of bayfront mooring project
Commissioners also voted to uphold a maintenance-dredging ordinance but requested a report on ways to improve the ordinance.
+Whitney Beach receives award
A Longboat Key beach has received notification it meets a national environmental certification program.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
19 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
Program to honor Sally Shapiro
Longboat Key resident Sally Shapiro loved music, and a special musical program her husband, Sam, organized will honor her memory.
Key of Sea seeks new voices
Key of Sea Chorus, which sings at assisted-living and retirement homes in the Sarasota area, is inviting new members to join.
Learn more about LBK Foundation
Want to know more about the Longboat Key Foundation, which is embarking on a $1 million fundraising drive, as reported in the Dec. 18 issue of the Longboat Observer?