+Low voter turnout a trend in city elections
Two former city commissioners point to different factors for low voter turnout in Sarasota. One says a date change would bring more voters to the polls.
+Camera increase ramps up enforcement citywide
U.S. 41 and University Parkway's cameras take the crown for the most red-light violations.
+Manatee Schools honor educators, support staff
The Manatee County School District hosted its annual EdVantage Education Awards event March 6.
+Villa Am Meer presentation takes place tonight
Joy Baker will discuss her research on the Villa Am Meer property at tonight's Longboat Key Historical Society meeting.
+View from the Top: Sandy Loevner
In her 15th year as board president, Sandy Loevner is helping one of the country's largest non-profit charity events continue to soar.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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Trevor Kunk is the chef de cuisine at Blue Hill in New York City’s Greenwich Village, which the James Beard Foundation just named "most outstanding restaurant."
Sarasota native and resident Bri Oliva made her TV debut May 7, on the "Rachael Ray Show." Oliva was selected to participate in a segment called "Hidden Dangers on the Playground."
Key to the city
More than 100 community members and leaders, friends and family surprised Paul Thorpe, one of the founding members of the Downtown Association of Sarasota, April 25, at The Gator Club, to show their appreciation and celebrate the strides he’s made for Sarasota over the past four decades.