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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Sebly orchids and found hounds


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“Help us replace our sad sign!” — The South Gate Homeowners Association GoFundMe page. (14A)




Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is celebrating its 40th anniversary with The Orchid Show.

Along with displays in the conservatory and throughout the gardens, guests will have the opportunity to learn from orchid experts through lectures and workshops.

@indianaballerina poses in front of Selby’s selfie wall.
@indianaballerina poses in front of Selby’s selfie wall.

Among the displays is a selfie wall filled with bromeliads and orchids. Guests are encouraged to take selfies in front of the wall and share their photo using #SelbyGardens and #MSBGOrchidShow.

Orchid Evenings will give guests a chance to explore the gardens after hours Wednesdays starting Feb. 17 through the end of the show March 27. Orchid Evenings will amplify the experience with a cocktail hour and live music.


Daring dog found near Salty Dog

Andy the escapist is safely back with the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

The shy hound dog, who was being fostered on Siesta Key, climbed a tree and jumped a 12-foot fence last week in a daring escape. Siesta Key Association President Michael Shay sent an email asking for help locating the dog, and people began calling his foster mom, Jeanne Francisco.

Residents spotted Andy, appropriately enough, near the Old Salty Dog restaurant, and he was captured using humane traps Feb. 17. He was in good health, according to Francisco.

“He looked really great for his 10-day vacation on Siesta,” she said.

Andy is still up for adoption, Francisco said. His future owners should want a high-energy pet and, hopefully, won’t mind his penchant for climbing.

If you’re interested in giving Andy a forever home, contact the Humane Society at 955-4131.


$120,000 – The annual salary of Doug Logan, city director of special initiatives on chronic homelessness, who announced his resignation Friday. 

700,000 to 800,000 – Cubic yards of sand will be placed on Turtle Beach during an upcoming renourishment project. 

More than 380 – People renewed their vows on Valentine’s Day at Siesta Key’s annual Say “I Do” Again ceremony.

2 – New York-style Jewish delis Solomon Shenker has opened in the past three months. Shenker opened Sol’s NYC Deli Tuesday at the Hollywood 20/Main Plaza complex. He is no longer affiliated with Sol Meyer’s New York Delicatessen. Read more at


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