+Sunshine complaint filed against city's State Street decision
The legal action alleges that the scoring and ranking of bidders on the $7.3 million State Street Parking Garage was changed outside of a public "sunshine" meeting.
+Lakewood Ranch gun club gets second letter of intent to approve
Manatee County Hearing Officer Lori Dorman issued her second letter of intent to approve a special permit for the Ancient Oak Gun Club March 11.
+Capt. Mark Kelly speaks about background and background checks
Retired U.S. Naval Captain Mark Kelly voices support for the second amendment, and support for mental background checks.
+'American Ninja Warrior' performs parkour at SRQ
Sarasota resident and American Ninja Warrior competitor Sean Morris performs parkour at the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport as part of a marketing video by SRQ and Be Creative Studios.
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2 3rd annual 'Power of the Girl' Business Breakfast
2 French apÃ©ro evening
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
2 'Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou' Pre-Party Kiki
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Observer adds new staff writers
Jessica Salmond, staff writer, is a Missouri native and graduated in May from the University of Missouri. Amanda Morales, staff writer, is a native Floridian who has lived on both coasts.
Arts festival raises awareness
The 20th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Fair takes place Oct. 4 and 5, at Five Points Park and Central Avenue.
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.