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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Manatee predictions, pet sales ban, Superbowl predictions


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“That’s the question: Do we want a larger park that is quiet, or a bigger park that is animated?” — Developer Mark Kauffman on Pineapple Park


Manatees pick ‘em

Every year since 2008, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s resident manatees, Hugh and Buffett, have made their picks for that year’s super bowl winners. Buffett has the upper hand with a 7-1 record, over Hugh’s 5-3, but it’s anyone’s guess who will successfully pick the 2016 champions.

Visit Thursday to see which team Hugh and Buffett think will win the 2016 Super Bowl, airing Sunday.


5% – The amount by which Visit Sarasota County projects the number of visitors to Siesta Key will increase in fiscal 2016.

$260,000 – The amount Hembree and Associates paid for the land adjacent to Pineapple Park. The City Commission approved the sale 3-1 Monday.


Survey says: Nearly half of young professionals consider leaving Sarasota

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group recently released a housing survey of its membership in which nearly half of the approximately 100 respondents said they are considering leaving the area.

More than half of respondents, 62%, said they need one- to two-bedroom housing that cost less than $1,000 per month.

Of the 46% of survey-takers who said they were thinking of leaving Sarasota now, the majority consisted of the same individuals who indicated they needed housing that costs less than $1,000 per month.

According to Mimi Cirbusova, YPG coordinator, the survey is an initial step in a series of surveys on housing the group seeks to produce.

YPG has approximately 450 members.


Siesta Key Association meeting – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Room F, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass, Siesta Key

Sarasota County Commission meeting – 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice


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