+Town manager seeks $300,000 in budget cuts
Town Manager Dave Bullock warned the commission to expect another year of revenue shortfalls and rising pension costs.
+Half-cent sales tax would cover indigent health care
Manatee County's administrator promises three things in the 2013-14 budget: raises for county employees, non-reduction of services and lower property taxes.
+Surging Tsunami: Jillian Santiago
Thirteen-year-old Jillian Santiago began swimming for the Sarasota Tsunami one-and-a-half years ago. Now, she’s one of the top-ranked swimmers in the nation for her age group.
+Teenager composes a promising future
Nicholas Lewis has played violin since the age of 6, composed music since age 13, and, now, at 18 years old, he's playing conductor to a real orchestra.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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10 Sarasota Singles Society Salutes the Sunset!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12 Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
17 L'Europe UnCorked!
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.