+Lakewood Ranch named top retirement community
Lakewood Ranch will be one of 50 communities recognized as a great place to retire by Where to Retire magazine later this month.
+Emergency chief sends storm reminder
Sarasota County’s emergency management chief urges storm season preparation, reminding officials of Hurricane Charley in 2004.
+Mar Vista hearing canceled
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub owner Ed Chiles will not submit an application before the town's summer hiatus.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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.
Paint the town red and green
This year, we won’t just be on the lookout for the most festive holiday lights on the Key. We’ll be on the prowl for anything that embodies the happiness of the holidays with our new “Spirit of the Season” contest.