Outside of Rico’s Pizzeria in Gulf Gate, an alligator statue sits on the sidewalk. We happened to catch this gator with a pizza slice hanging from its mouth, which Rico’s owner, Mark Riley, says helps to reel in customers with its cheesy aroma. However, it also reminds patrons that the gator isn’t an ashtray.
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26 4th Annual Sarasota Mystic Faire
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FYI Friday — Your weekly news roundup
Catch up on the week's most important and most interesting news stories from Sarasota, Longboat Key and East County with FYI Friday.
Sarasota Memorial names new CEO
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board named former Sarasota Memorial Chief Operating Officer David Verinder as CEO in a unanimous vote Friday. Verinder has served as interim CEO since the departure of Gwen MacKenzie in May.
Preliminary city millage rate stays flat
Despite a $3.6 million general fund deficit, the Sarasota City Commission voted to keep the property tax rate level, opting to explore other avenues for balancing the budget.