+Project partner trims beach costs
The town will perform a hot spot beach project this summer to restore sand to high-erosion areas.
+Sarasota Police SWAT team ends late night standoff
Officers extracted a man threatening to harm himself from an apartment on Old Bradenton Road, during an altercation that began just before 12 a.m. Thursday, April 18.
+District asks schools for money
Manatee County schools are being asked to find money from their internal funds to help the school district recover.
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+Memories with Mom Contest
Tell us about the day she taught you the secret family recipe, or how she knew how to build the perfect fort, or the look on her face when you told her she was going to be a grandmother. Tell us your Memories with Mom in 200 words or less, and enter for a chance to win a prize package from our advertisers.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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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.