+Gas station owner arrested for welfare fraud
According to the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, the owner illegally used food assistance cards at the store.
+Charlie Christ to speak in Lakewood Ranch
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ will speak at an awards dinner March 15.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's movie reviews by Popcorn Bob.
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+ Three-day event celebrates James Bond
The annual Sarasota Exotic Car Festival revs up this evening, offering residents plenty of opportunities to ogle some of the world's most luxurious vehicles for a good cause: United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida, Inc.
+Selby Gardens Annual Plant and Garden Festival
Show off your green thumb this weekend at the 38th annual Selby Gardens Plant and Garden Festival.
+Observer Group Cup
This weekend's polo match starts at 1 p.m.
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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.