+Projected budget deficit: $6 million
Rising pension costs make up a large part of the city deficit. The city manager and finance director seek ways to trim costs.
+Willowbrook residents sued for defamation
DueAll Construction, a contractor that is repairing damaged homes in Willowbrook, an East County condominium community, alleges two homeowners published defamatory statements about the company.
+Iwo Jima veteran envisions statue next to Unconditional Surrender
Iwo Jima Navy veteran Harold Ronson envisions the famous 1945 monument sitting next to Unconditional Surrender.
+'LUCKY' BREAK: The Lucky 6
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is in the spotlight, as students from Ringling and FSU/Asolo collaborate on a feature film project.
+Pine View unofficially breaks Guinness World Record
Students spread soy butter and jelly on 5,721 sandwiches breaking the Guinness World Record of amount of sandwiches made in an hour.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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.