+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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3 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
19 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
21 Taste of the Keys & Fashion Show
8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
7:00 am - 6:00 am
Program to honor Sally Shapiro
Longboat Key resident Sally Shapiro loved music, and a special musical program her husband, Sam, organized will honor her memory.
Key of Sea seeks new voices
Key of Sea Chorus, which sings at assisted-living and retirement homes in the Sarasota area, is inviting new members to join.
Learn more about LBK Foundation
Want to know more about the Longboat Key Foundation, which is embarking on a $1 million fundraising drive, as reported in the Dec. 18 issue of the Longboat Observer?