+'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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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.