+Low voter turnout a trend in city elections
Two former city commissioners point to different factors for low voter turnout in Sarasota. One says a date change would bring more voters to the polls.
+Camera increase ramps up enforcement citywide
U.S. 41 and University Parkway's cameras take the crown for the most red-light violations.
+Manatee Schools honor educators, support staff
The Manatee County School District hosted its annual EdVantage Education Awards event March 6.
+Villa Am Meer presentation takes place tonight
Joy Baker will discuss her research on the Villa Am Meer property at tonight's Longboat Key Historical Society meeting.
+View from the Top: Sandy Loevner
In her 15th year as board president, Sandy Loevner is helping one of the country's largest non-profit charity events continue to soar.
+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!
+Find the Balloon Sweepstakes!
Search the pages of this week’s Observer to find the red hot air balloon, then enter online for a chance to win big prizes from the upcomingFlorida Wine & Balloon Festival! Enter the Page Number you find the red Observer hot air balloon, and you'll be entered to win a weekly prize giveaway.
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20 Santa Jaws at Mote Aquarium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
Joan M. Durante Park installs new playground
The playground is made from post-consumer recycled materials.
Pete Cumming: Bell-ringer in chief
Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming took on a shift that didn’t involve police work Tuesday, serving as Salvation Army bell-ringer at Longboat Key Publix.
Turtle T-shirts: Always in season
Need a gift for the turtle-lover in your life?