+City receives settlement offer on State-Street Sunshine complaint
Citizens for Sunshine made a settlement proposal to the city April 23 that would allow the city to move forward with the parking garage.
+Officials OK 10th and 14th street roundabouts
The project is entirely funded, but construction work is still at least four years away.
+Bearadise Ranch preserves bears' history
On 15 acres off a rocky road in East Bradenton sits Bearadise Ranch, a preservation home for 14 brown bears with Hollywood ties whose heritage began in Norway.
+Amateur sculptors carve their niches
The Siesta Key Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest returns for its 41st year.
Has it been 10 years since you went to prom? If so, we want to see your photos. Submit your photos from April 16 to May 9 and vote on your favorite May 10 to May 17. Each registrant may vote 10 times per day. Prize package includes gift cards or services from our Prom-A-Palooza sponsors.
+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
Traveling somewhere? Don't forget to pack your Observer newspaper! Bring along the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer or Pelican Press; snap a photo of you with your newspaper on your vacation; submit to win!
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16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Resident receives U.S. citizenship
For one Longboat Key resident, facing the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance held special meaning at the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s April 3 breakfast meeting.
Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.