+Shannon Snyder selected as city of Sarasota mayor
Commissioners applaud Turner; at-large commissioners Atwell and Chapman are sworn in.
+Attrition won't cover all Manatee Schools staff cuts
An unknown number of Manatee County teachers are likely to lose their jobs as the district looks to cut positions.
+Heritage Harbour ends lawsuit
The Heritage Harbour South Community Development District and Stoneybrook Investors ended Thursday night a longstanding legal dispute.
+Crosby begins Mote leadership role
Dr. Michael Crosby took the helm of Mote yesterday following the retirement of Dr. Kumar Mahadevan.
+Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic
Enjoy this week's Movie Magic reviews.
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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.