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Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce ‘Nooner’ Luncheon — takes place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 101, Sarasota. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Call 383-2466.
21st Annual Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament — begins at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort Islandside golf course, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded for highest gross, longest drive, closest to the pin and most accurate drive. The tournament features a 50/50 raffle and other golf prizes. Call 383-2466.
Mote World Ocean Day Family Festival — takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Mote Marine Aquarium courtyard, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. The event includes ocean-themed activities such as crafts, face painting, games and more. Local environmental and conservation groups will have informational materials available. Call 388-4441, Ext. 365.
Gulf Coast Writers — meets at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Members will read their writings. Call 778-7631.
Sarasota Tiger Bay Club — meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. This month’s program features the moderated panel discussion “Our Criminal Justice System: It’s Complicated.” Cost is $21 for members; $26 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 925-2970 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longboat Classic Car
and Bike Show
What: Whitney Beach Deli and Wines presents this car-and-bike show to benefit the Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund. Cruise in for cars, bikes and 50/50 raffle drawings. For registration or information, call 383-7180.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31
Where: Whitney Beach Plaza, 6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive
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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.