+Sunshine complaint filed against city's State Street decision
The legal action alleges that the scoring and ranking of bidders on the $7.3 million State Street Parking Garage was changed outside of a public "sunshine" meeting.
+Lakewood Ranch gun club gets second letter of intent to approve
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman issued her second letter of intent to approve a special permit for the Ancient Oak Gun Club March 11.
+Capt. Mark Kelly speaks about background and background checks
Retired U.S. Naval Captain Mark Kelly voices support for the second amendment, and support for mental background checks.
+'American Ninja Warrior' performs parkour at SRQ
Sarasota resident and American Ninja Warrior competitor Sean Morris performs parkour at the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport as part of a marketing video by SRQ and Be Creative Studios.
+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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10 Sarasota Singles Society Salutes the Sunset!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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.