+Revamped district office to lead Manatee Schools overhaul
Changes include 96 cuts to district office staff and the addition of five new positions, including a director of budget and a Chief Information Officer to run the technology department.
+Chiles drops Jordan House plan
Mar Vista owner Ed Chiles pulls site plan and special events from his Longbeach Village restaurant.
+Sarasota County Commission to consider tourism plan
The City Commission discussed plans for a State Street parking garage and a mixed-use project in the Rosemary District.
+Sarasota residents warned about potential flooding
Sarasota County Emergency Management announces a potential for widespread showers and thunderstorms that may affect Sarasota County.
+Circus Sarasota appoints new managing director
Former Circus Sarasota Marketing Director, Jennifer Mitchell, has been promoted to managing director of Circus Sarasota.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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Commission savors the sunshine
The weather on Longboat Key was cloudy on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 11, but the Longboat Key Town Commission stayed in the sunshine, as far as the Longboat Observer could tell.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.