+ Observer to host candidates forum
The Longboat Observer will host a forum next week for District 1 commission candidates who will face off in a preliminary election Jan. 26. The candidates, Mayor Lee Rothenberg, Lee Pokoik and Lynn Larson, will be present to answer the public’s questions. The forum, open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ cultural/media room, 6860 Longboat Drive South. For information call 383-5509.
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17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Katharine the shark pings to east of Daytona Beach
Mote scientists tagged the 2,300-pound great white shark last August, near Cape Cod, Mass.
Vice Mayor Duncan won’t seek a third term
Vice Mayor Jack Duncan made the decision while on vacation in North Carolina not to seek a third and final term in March.
VIDEO: Mote's stranding program gets boost from grant
Thanks to a roughly $12,000 grant from the Sea Turtle Grant Program, Mote Marine Laboratory’s Stranding Investigations Program will no longer have to rely on Jet Skis for marine rescues and recoveries.