+Projected budget deficit: $6 million
Rising pension costs make up a large part of the city deficit. The city manager and finance director seek ways to trim costs.
+Willowbrook residents sued for defamation
DueAll Construction, a contractor that is repairing damaged homes in Willowbrook, an East County condominium community, alleges two homeowners published defamatory statements about the company.
+Iwo Jima veteran envisions statue next to Unconditional Surrender
Iwo Jima Navy veteran Harold Ronson envisions the famous 1945 monument sitting next to Unconditional Surrender.
+'LUCKY' BREAK: The Lucky 6
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is in the spotlight, as students from Ringling and FSU/Asolo collaborate on a feature film project.
+Pine View unofficially breaks Guinness World Record
Students spread soy butter and jelly on 5,721 sandwiches breaking the Guinness World Record of amount of sandwiches made in an hour.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.
Paint the town red and green
This year, we won’t just be on the lookout for the most festive holiday lights on the Key. We’ll be on the prowl for anything that embodies the happiness of the holidays with our new “Spirit of the Season” contest.