+Manatee County Schools to cut 150 staff positions
According to Bill Vogel, the leader of new Superintendent Rick Mills' transition team, the cuts would save $11 million.
+Colony units can't be fulltime residences
The town manager made it clear for Colony Beach & Tennis Resort unit owners this week what the use of their tourism-owned properties is under the town's zoning code.
+Former candidates issue double endorsement of Atwell, Dorfman
Linda Holland and Kelvin Lumpkin endorse Suzanne Atwell and Richard Dorfman in run-off election.
+New College names Shannon Duvall as vice president for advancement
Shannon Duvall will be responsible for all aspects of the fundraising program, including major and planned giving, the annual fund and an ongoing capital campaign called the New College Promise.
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- HELP. Any Info on Renourishment of LBK and AMI Beaches. Thank you Alan
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.