+Atwell, Chapman win runoff election
All three City Commission candidates spent the day greeting voters at polling locations in what was expected to be a close election.
+Mar Vista approval attracts opposition
Longbeach Village residents flooded commissioners' inboxes over the weekend.
+Desoto Speedway welcomes new owners, name
New owners hope to revive the South’s 'fastest short track.'
+Foodie feasts in Southside Village
Southside Village is the "west of trail" neighborhood that stretches from Hyde Park Street north to Prospect Street and from South Tamiami Trail west to Osprey Avenue.
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+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.