+ Downtown Sarasota construction continues
Main Street will be closed from the roundabout south of Five Points Park south to Mira Mar Court starting today for the installation of a brick crosswalk.
+ SCAT, MCAT to hold joint meeting
Manatee and Sarasota commissioners will meet to discuss the merger of both county transit systems and the possible privatization of the two services in a move to increase efficiencies.
+ Boat runs aground at Siesta Beach
A 40-foot boat ran aground at the north end of Siesta Beach Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies at the scene reported no one was injured.
On St. Armands Circle and in downtown Sarasota, some fear the growing presence of restaurants will harm the vibrancy of the districts. The BID and DID want the city to take action.
+ Officials share ULI study effects on other communities
Officials from three communities offer insight on the impact of the Urban Land Institute study and how it affected where they live.
+ Sarasota Police arrest man for armed robberies
Sarasota Police charge 22-year-old Joseph Serrano for two hotel robberies in September.
+ Volunteers held together by The Ringling glue
During Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF), there's a lot of foot-traffic and people to greet — volunteer Roberta Schaumleffel likes it best when it's busy.
+ In the Kitchen: Ophelia's on the Bay
This week we went in the kitchen with Kristina Grainger, general manager, and Chef Daniel Olson of Ophelia's on the Bay for seafood stew or also known as Cioppino. Learn how to prepare the dish and watch an instructional video in this week's "In the Kitchen."
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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?