+Developer pitches Main Street hotel
County officials are slated to meet with a development firm interested in developing the Main Street property currently used as a parking lot.
+Sarasota Film Festival announces 2013 lineup
More than 200 films come to Sarasota as part of the 15 season of Sarasota Film Festival
+Museum without walls: Bayfront sculptures
Sarasota Season of Sculpture Board Chairwoman Susan McLeod believes most people don't realize a free outdoor museum comes at a price.
+Intracoastal dredging occurring behind Longboat Key
The Intracoastal Waterway is being dredged this week to allow boats better navigation access.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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3 FREE 5K Fun Run
7:00 am - 8:00 am
3 Historical Trolley Tour
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
6 Feast of the Epiphany offers beautiful close to Christmas season
6 SILL Global Issues Lecture
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Couple celebrates 54th anniversary
Carol and Jules Green met at a summer camp where Carol was a junior counselor and Jules was a waiter.
Officers welcome holiday backup
The Sarasota Police Department is on the lookout for an elf who goes by the name of Officer Elf on the Shelf.
Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.