+New roundabouts planned for U.S. 41
The Metropolitan Planning Organization will vote next month on two proposed additions.
+Village crosswalk lighting receives green light
Merchants and residents helped design the project to aid pedestrians and cars.
+Pastry Art owner passes the cup
After owning Pastry Art for five years, Forrest Shaw sold the café to Chip and Katie Beeman, who own two local eateries, Main Bar, in Sarasota, and Katie’s Café, in Bradenton.
+No Laughing Matter: Pam McCurdy
Pam McCurdy is the set-up to Les McCurdy's punchline — she's the reason that McCurdy's Comedy Theatre will celebrate 25 years of laughs. The McCurdys tell the story of how they met and opened a comedy club.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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.