+'We Won 'Em All!'
Gans narrowly beats Pastor by 27 votes. Brown and Younger retain seats.
+Chapman, Atwell and Dorfman advance to runoff
Susan Chapman, Suzanne Atwell and Richard Dorfman all qualify for a runoff election. The runoff election will be held Tuesday, May 14.
+Longboat Key intends to freeze police pension
Town staff met with the Longboat Key Police Department Union to propose a three-year contract that caps town responsibilities and shifts officers into a state-offered pension plan.
+Sarasota County seeks input on Sarasota 2050
County officials will collect public comments on potential changes to the long-range planning component of the Comprehensive Plan at two open houses this month.
+Local firefighter finalist in weight-loss contest
Lakewood Ranch Business owner and East Manatee Rescue fireman Joe Griffith has dropped 50 pounds in 90 days.
+Patron Saints: Karen and Michael Gardiner
Sarasota is arguably the cultural capital of Florida. The arts thrive here, and it's because of one group of people — the supporters.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Resident receives U.S. citizenship
For one Longboat Key resident, facing the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance held special meaning at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s April 3 breakfast meeting.
Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.