+Downtown merchants welcome changes
Merchants hope streetscape improvements, less panhandling and the strengthening economy bode well for the downtown’s future.
+License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key
Contractors did a test run yesterday for the cameras that will capture license plate data from vehicles entering and leaving the Key.
+Creative Healing: Paula Kozak
Cancer patient Paula Kozak, an Out-of-Door Academy art teacher, led a project for her students to create art to benefit local cancer patients.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
+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.