+Education meets fun at Rainforest Garden
Following a lead gift from Al Goldstein, Selby's children's garden is now under way.
+Developer plans condo and hotel
Preliminary plans outline 144 luxury condos and a 275-room hotel on a 2.9-acre vacant parcel.
+Siesta Key deputies stay alert for youth influx
Cool weather has pared crowds of students spending spring break on the island, but law enforcement remains bolstered.
+Lakewood Ranch gun club gets approval
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman officially approved a special permit for the long-debated gun club in Lakewood Ranch when she issued her final order yesterday.
+Leno delivers award to Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Longboat Key resident John Saputo's Gold Coast Eagle Distributing was among 15 out of 675 distributors to receive the award.
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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.