+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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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.