+Manatee school district to hire 85 teachers
The Manatee County School district will hire 85 additional teachers for the 2013-14 school year to match enrollment growth recorded in the first 10 days of the school year.
+Vehicle burglaries hit one Lakewood Ranch street
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to four vehicle burglaries Thursday on the 11000 block of Rivers Bluff Circle.
+TAC unit nabs burglars
The Sarasota Sheriff’s covert surveillance unit, operating off a tip Thursday, arrested three burglars in the act.
+City scraps State Street garage proposals
At a special meeting Thursday to consider proposals for retail space at the garage, city attorney Robert Fournier raised concerns about potential procedural issues.
+Weekends Best Bet: Steve Arvey Concert at Historic Spanish Point
Enjoy a free concert as the sunsets over serene Sarasota Bay at Historic Spanish Point.
+Weekend Best Bet: 67th annual Labor Day Regatta
The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is hosting the 67th annual Labor Day Regatta this weekend.
+Town and police union at odds over new contract
Mayor Jim Brown declined an invitation to meet with a police officer and union representative this week.
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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.