Daily Headlines — APRIL FOOLS!
+Professional mime group proclaims 'silence is golden'
Silence is Golden Theatre, the non-profit educational and performing-mime group, plans to open in early November.
+SMR adds 'green' to its portfolio
SMR Farms is shifting crops to meet Florida's medical marijuana demand.
+Colony to be demolished
The town of Longboat Key has approved a special-use permit to allow a monster-truck show to demolish the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
+Swan, peacock hybrid ruffles residents' feathers
Schnoodles and Maltipoos inspired a resident to breed designer hybrid birds known as sweacocks.
+Adult bookstore has city turning pages
Following a 3-2 vote last month, which denied a 98,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter in the Ringling Shopping Center, city commissioners are now considering a proposal for a new tenant: Hardbound, a fast-growing Tampa Bay adult-bookstore chain.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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