+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
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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20 Santa Jaws at Mote Aquarium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
Pete Cumming: Bell-ringer in chief
Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming took on a shift that didn’t involve police work Tuesday, serving as Salvation Army bell-ringer at Longboat Key Publix.
Turtle T-shirts: Always in season
Need a gift for the turtle-lover in your life?
PHOTO GALLERY: Seaplace holiday party
Seaplace residents celebrated the holidays on Dec. 10.