+Sarasota Police arrest homeless man for burglaries
Fingerprints link convicted felon David Radney to burglaries at Dozier & Dozier and Horizon Mortgage.
+Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in jeopardy
A festival representative told Sarasota County commissioners March 19, that a funding shortfall could nix the 2013 boat races and Fourth of July bayfront fireworks.
+Longboat Key mayor and vice mayor selected tonight
The Town Commission will certify last week's election results and four commissioners will take an oath of office for additional service tonight.
+Sarasota County Public Hospital Board votes for Sarasota Memorial
Ponder & Co. determined the hospital system is worth between $425 million and $475 million, but Sarasota County Public Hospital board members vote to keep it public.
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1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.