+PHOTO GALLERY: Tropical Storm Andrea | Longboat Key
Longboat Key received some flooding in low-lying areas at high tide today from Tropical Storm Andrea. Town officials report no major damage.
+PHOTO GALLERY: Tropical Storm Andrea | Sarasota
Tropical Storm Andrea continues to track toward Florida's Big Bend Thursday afternoon, sending bands of wind and rain to flood streets and test seawalls on Siesta Key.
+Sarasota Police investigate Rosemary stabbing
The Sarasota Police Department arrested a homeless woman who stabbed another woman during a fight in the Rosemary District Wednesday, June 5.
+Manatee County to allow backyard chickens
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-2 yesterday to approve a new ordinance and changes to the county Land Development Code, allowing residents to keep four female chickens
+Florida's key fruit
When someone visits our area, it’s likely they'll order Key lime pie as the perfect ending to his or her meal (usually consisting of fresh fish)..
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
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17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.
Mar Vista dollars to benefit local teen
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub’s walls and ceiling are covered with dollar bills, signed and decorated by patrons. Every few years the restaurant removes the bills for a good cause.
'We Are The Marines'
That is how Maj. Brian Dix introduced “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps July 4, at Avery Fisher Hall.