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On a morning more suited to hot chocolate than Gatorade, hundreds of runners turned out for the Andrew Monroe Memorial 5K on Siesta Beach.

Sarasota's year in pictures: 2018

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

On a morning more suited to hot chocolate than Gatorade, hundreds of runners turned out for the Andrew Monroe Memorial 5K on Siesta Beach.

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Sarasota resident Lori Davis makes an, um, impolite gesture to TV’s Joel McHale on ABC’s “Match Game’’ in its Jan. 3 debut.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Sarasota resident Lori Davis makes an, um, impolite gesture to TV’s Joel McHale on ABC’s “Match Game’’ in its Jan. 3 debut.

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A bucket truck holds a flag 81 feet off the ground to demonstrate the height of a proposed seven-story building on the property of the Bath and Racquet Club.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

A bucket truck holds a flag 81 feet off the ground to demonstrate the height of a proposed seven-story building on the property of the Bath and Racquet Club.

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The question of School Avenue, which bisects the campus of Sarasota High, is still being discussed.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

The question of School Avenue, which bisects the campus of Sarasota High, is still being discussed.

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Democrat Margaret Good won a special election to the state house, defeating Republican James Buchanan for the District 72 seat vacated by Alex Miller. Good won re-election in November, and Buchanan won his own seat in District 73.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Democrat Margaret Good won a special election to the state house, defeating Republican James Buchanan for the District 72 seat vacated by Alex Miller. Good won re-election in November, and Buchanan won his own seat in District 73.

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Lovebirds love to flock to Siesta Beach for the Day of Love celebration, and the 2018 version was no exception.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Lovebirds love to flock to Siesta Beach for the Day of Love celebration, and the 2018 version was no exception.

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Students across the region – and the nation -- paused to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 115th birthday to do what came naturally – read one of his classic rhyming tales.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Students across the region – and the nation -- paused to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 115th birthday to do what came naturally – read one of his classic rhyming tales.

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Students in Sarasota took part in a national walkout to protest school violence in the wake of the mass shooting a month earlier at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Students in Sarasota took part in a national walkout to protest school violence in the wake of the mass shooting a month earlier at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

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No bets were made, but plenty of everyday dogs hit the track at Sarasota Kennel Club during the facility’s annual Mutt Derby.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

No bets were made, but plenty of everyday dogs hit the track at Sarasota Kennel Club during the facility’s annual Mutt Derby.

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At least one person complained to City Manager Tom Barwin about the foolishness of tolls on the Legacy Trail. Gotcha! The Observer April Fools issue strikes again.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

At least one person complained to City Manager Tom Barwin about the foolishness of tolls on the Legacy Trail. Gotcha! The Observer April Fools issue strikes again.

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Reporter Katie Johns joined a beekeeper on a mission to relocate a hive.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Reporter Katie Johns joined a beekeeper on a mission to relocate a hive.

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Reporter Katie Johns joined a beekeeper on a mission to relocate a hive.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Reporter Katie Johns joined a beekeeper on a mission to relocate a hive.

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This week we learned that a small family of monk parakeets loose on Siesta Key is likely a colony of released pets that have made themselves a “cheep” home on local utility poles.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

This week we learned that a small family of monk parakeets loose on Siesta Key is likely a colony of released pets that have made themselves a “cheep” home on local utility poles.

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The production company for PBS’ Antique Roadshow came to Sarasota to tape an episode, receiving more than 15,000 requests for 3,500 pairs of tickets. The show will air in February.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

The production company for PBS’ Antique Roadshow came to Sarasota to tape an episode, receiving more than 15,000 requests for 3,500 pairs of tickets. The show will air in February.

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Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel performed at the 36th annual Suncoast Boat Show on April 20 as part of her farewell retirement tour. Twiggy made several performances during the two-day event at Marina Jack.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel performed at the 36th annual Suncoast Boat Show on April 20 as part of her farewell retirement tour. Twiggy made several performances during the two-day event at Marina Jack.

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Palm Avenue neighbors celebrated the life of a dog whose cheery disposition endeared her to many. Dora, an 8-year-old Doberman, was ill and heading back up north for the summer – likely the last time her friends would see her.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Palm Avenue neighbors celebrated the life of a dog whose cheery disposition endeared her to many. Dora, an 8-year-old Doberman, was ill and heading back up north for the summer – likely the last time her friends would see her.

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Inspired by word that Sarasota County drinking water scored well in a recent taste test, we decided to find out for ourselves.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Inspired by word that Sarasota County drinking water scored well in a recent taste test, we decided to find out for ourselves.

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Teens, adults, and some kids spent hours on Siesta Beach sculpting a lot more than just castles during the annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Teens, adults, and some kids spent hours on Siesta Beach sculpting a lot more than just castles during the annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest.

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Ice cream trucks and vendors had a hard time in the city until discussion began focusing on why the once-ubiquitous staple of Americana was not allowed on city streets.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Ice cream trucks and vendors had a hard time in the city until discussion began focusing on why the once-ubiquitous staple of Americana was not allowed on city streets.

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About 2,700 seniors from nine schools around Sarasota County walked the stage and graduated in cap and gown ceremonies.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

About 2,700 seniors from nine schools around Sarasota County walked the stage and graduated in cap and gown ceremonies.

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Through the drizzle of a late-May morning, hundreds paid Memorial Day respects at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Through the drizzle of a late-May morning, hundreds paid Memorial Day respects at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

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We asked, and kids delivered -- pictures of Dad, that is.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

We asked, and kids delivered -- pictures of Dad, that is.

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In an effort to improve the water quality of Sarasota Bay, the Sarasota Bay Watch embarked on restoration efforts over the summer of southern hardshell clams.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

In an effort to improve the water quality of Sarasota Bay, the Sarasota Bay Watch embarked on restoration efforts over the summer of southern hardshell clams.

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Thousands gathered for the big Fourth of July show at Siesta Beach and weren't disappointed. A downpour hours before cleared in time for fireworks and plenty of good times.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Thousands gathered for the big Fourth of July show at Siesta Beach and weren't disappointed. A downpour hours before cleared in time for fireworks and plenty of good times.

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Longtime residents of Novus Place were surprised to learn that, technically, they weren’t actually living there. During a review of land records.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Longtime residents of Novus Place were surprised to learn that, technically, they weren’t actually living there. During a review of land records.

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Cardboard and water typically means your package got left out in the rain. But in this case, the two disparate materials added up to fun when the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota embarked on the Rock the Boat Regatta.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Cardboard and water typically means your package got left out in the rain. But in this case, the two disparate materials added up to fun when the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota embarked on the Rock the Boat Regatta.

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Beginning Aug. 3, county officials began responding to what longtime residents have described as a particularly strong red tide bloom.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Beginning Aug. 3, county officials began responding to what longtime residents have described as a particularly strong red tide bloom.

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Shane Hale thought he had lost Harley forever when the 5-year-old dachshund floated off during a boating emergency in the Gulf.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Shane Hale thought he had lost Harley forever when the 5-year-old dachshund floated off during a boating emergency in the Gulf.

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With the plan to redevelop 53 acres of city-owned bayfront, attention turned to how, how much and when.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

With the plan to redevelop 53 acres of city-owned bayfront, attention turned to how, how much and when.

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Superheroes, such as Lucas and Lilly Schaeffer with Skye and Paxton Schermerhorn, joined villains, witches, fairies and robots in taking over Ed Smith Stadium for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Superheroes, such as Lucas and Lilly Schaeffer with Skye and Paxton Schermerhorn, joined villains, witches, fairies and robots in taking over Ed Smith Stadium for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular.

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Coyotes showed up in Sarasota neighborhoods.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Coyotes showed up in Sarasota neighborhoods.

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Voters approved package of referendums, one of which authorized funding to extend Legacy Trail toward Downtown.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Voters approved package of referendums, one of which authorized funding to extend Legacy Trail toward Downtown.

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Patriotic people young and old crowded Main Street to pay tribute to those who served in uniform.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Patriotic people young and old crowded Main Street to pay tribute to those who served in uniform.

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Patriotic people young and old crowded Main Street to pay tribute to those who served in uniform.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Patriotic people young and old crowded Main Street to pay tribute to those who served in uniform.

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Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus, made their climactic arrivals in Sarasota during the annual Downtown Holiday Parade, the annual extravaganza down Main Street that ceremonially kicks off the holiday season.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus, made their climactic arrivals in Sarasota during the annual Downtown Holiday Parade, the annual extravaganza down Main Street that ceremonially kicks off the holiday season.

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City Commissioners decided to go all in on renovations to the municipal golf course along Fruitville Road -- Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

City Commissioners decided to go all in on renovations to the municipal golf course along Fruitville Road -- Bobby Jones Golf Club.

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After months of discussion, application, revision, opposition and a few more "ions," County Commissioners in a series of votes approved the plan to build Siesta Promenade, at the corner of Stickney Point Road and Tamiami Trail.

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 |

After months of discussion, application, revision, opposition and a few more "ions," County Commissioners in a series of votes approved the plan to build Siesta Promenade, at the corner of Stickney Point Road and Tamiami Trail.

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