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Jan. 9: Lily Wilson, 4, looks up at Alicesea, one of the performing mermaids.

Sarasota's year in pictures 2020

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Jan. 9: Lily Wilson, 4, looks up at Alicesea, one of the performing mermaids.

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Jan. 9: Carnival rides were part of the fun at the downtown New Years celebration.

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Jan. 9: Carnival rides were part of the fun at the downtown New Years celebration.

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Jan. 16: The King Charles Troupe performs before its induction into the Circus Ring of Fame.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Jan. 16: The King Charles Troupe performs before its induction into the Circus Ring of Fame.

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Jan. 23: Marchers delivered a message of unity and hope.

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Jan. 23: Marchers delivered a message of unity and hope.

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Jan. 30: Members of the Amish and Mennonite community have traveled to Sarasota since the early 1900s.

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Jan. 30: Members of the Amish and Mennonite community have traveled to Sarasota since the early 1900s.

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Jan. 30: Karen Bell tells Bucky the Clown, as played by Chris Allison, not to touch the Circus Conservatory's Circus Science Machine.

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Jan. 30: Karen Bell tells Bucky the Clown, as played by Chris Allison, not to touch the Circus Conservatory's Circus Science Machine.

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Jan. 30: Rikki Hettig-Rolfe Meaux performs with aerial silks.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Jan. 30: Rikki Hettig-Rolfe Meaux performs with aerial silks.

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Feb. 6: Neighbors came out to oppose a plan to redevelop Sarasota's Bath and Racquet Club.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Feb. 6: Neighbors came out to oppose a plan to redevelop Sarasota's Bath and Racquet Club.

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Feb. 6: Ground is broken on The Bay's mangrove walkway.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Feb. 6: Ground is broken on The Bay's mangrove walkway.

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Feb. 6: Jenna Maierholfer nears the finish of the Sarasota Music Half Marathon and Rockin' 10K.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Feb. 6: Jenna Maierholfer nears the finish of the Sarasota Music Half Marathon and Rockin' 10K.

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Feb. 20: Chip and Pat Mack take part in the annual Say I Do Again event on Siesta Key.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Feb. 20: Chip and Pat Mack take part in the annual Say I Do Again event on Siesta Key.

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March 5: Signs like this began springing up in March and became familiar just weeks later.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

March 5: Signs like this began springing up in March and became familiar just weeks later.

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March 5: Signs like this began springing up in March and became familiar just weeks later.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

March 5: Signs like this began springing up in March and became familiar just weeks later.

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March 12: Deb Hanson, Rebecca Barancik, Amar Hall, Lisa Hise, Wendy Roseth and Steve Barancik.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

March 12: Deb Hanson, Rebecca Barancik, Amar Hall, Lisa Hise, Wendy Roseth and Steve Barancik.

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April 9: A plunge in passenger traffic at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport gave managers time to perform needed parking lot maintenance.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

April 9: A plunge in passenger traffic at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport gave managers time to perform needed parking lot maintenance.

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April 9: Volunteers fired up sewing machines to help produce cloth masks when they were hard to find.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

April 9: Volunteers fired up sewing machines to help produce cloth masks when they were hard to find.

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April 23: Sarasota Cycle owner David Holme gives a customer's ride a close going over.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

April 23: Sarasota Cycle owner David Holme gives a customer's ride a close going over.

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April 23: First responders came to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to pay tribute to the physicians, nurses and others who were on the front lines of the pandemic.

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April 23: First responders came to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to pay tribute to the physicians, nurses and others who were on the front lines of the pandemic.

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April 30: Teachers at Sarasota High found a way to connect with graduating seniors.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

April 30: Teachers at Sarasota High found a way to connect with graduating seniors.

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May 7: Sidewalk dining became popular when state officials allowed restaurants to reopen with a fraction of normal capacity indoors and outdoor seating spaced six feed apart.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

May 7: Sidewalk dining became popular when state officials allowed restaurants to reopen with a fraction of normal capacity indoors and outdoor seating spaced six feed apart.

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May 21: Staffers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital take videos of an Air Force KC-135 flying over the city to honor them.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

May 21: Staffers at Sarasota Memorial Hospital take videos of an Air Force KC-135 flying over the city to honor them.

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June 4: Protesters took to downtown streets.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

June 4: Protesters took to downtown streets.

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June 4: Protesters took to downtown streets.

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June 4: Protesters took to downtown streets.

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June 18: About two dozen decorated cars and trucks took part in the Project Pride SRQ parade.

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June 18: About two dozen decorated cars and trucks took part in the Project Pride SRQ parade.

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June 18: The sway poles were a popular act for thrill fans to watch.

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June 18: The sway poles were a popular act for thrill fans to watch.

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July 23: Malik Bryant holds up his diploma from Sarasota High School.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

July 23: Malik Bryant holds up his diploma from Sarasota High School.

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Aug. 20: Supporters of the iconic Unconditional Surrender landmark rally in support of the statue.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Aug. 20: Supporters of the iconic Unconditional Surrender landmark rally in support of the statue.

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Aug. 27: A range of protective measures were taken to pave the way back to in-person learning.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Aug. 27: A range of protective measures were taken to pave the way back to in-person learning.

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Sept. 3: When students returned to campus, masks were mandatory.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Sept. 3: When students returned to campus, masks were mandatory.

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Sept. 3: Students were introduced to a range of new safety procedures to help protect from COVID-19.

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Sept. 3: Students were introduced to a range of new safety procedures to help protect from COVID-19.

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Sept. 10: Shawn McLoughlin paints a mural welcoming people to Siesta Key.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Sept. 10: Shawn McLoughlin paints a mural welcoming people to Siesta Key.

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Sept. 24: Work became evident throughout Sarasota to convert an abandoned rail line into more mileage for the Legacy Trail.

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Sept. 24: Work became evident throughout Sarasota to convert an abandoned rail line into more mileage for the Legacy Trail.

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Sept. 24: Artists Paul Lee and Julie Kanapaux work on a mural at Lido Pavilion.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Sept. 24: Artists Paul Lee and Julie Kanapaux work on a mural at Lido Pavilion.

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Oct. 1: Students stand for photos near the sunflower ribbon as part of fundraiser activities.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Oct. 1: Students stand for photos near the sunflower ribbon as part of fundraiser activities.

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Oct. 20: Dating in a pandemic need not involve a cardboard cutout of Zac Efron. But, as the Observer's Harry Sayer demonstrated, it's not the worst option.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Oct. 20: Dating in a pandemic need not involve a cardboard cutout of Zac Efron. But, as the Observer's Harry Sayer demonstrated, it's not the worst option.

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Nov. 5: U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan led the way for local Republicans on election day.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Nov. 5: U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan led the way for local Republicans on election day.

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Nov. 5: Cody and Olivia Donnelly brought baby Olivia out to St. Armands Circle for her first Halloween.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Nov. 5: Cody and Olivia Donnelly brought baby Olivia out to St. Armands Circle for her first Halloween.

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Nov. 25: Testing centers attracted crowds in November.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Nov. 25: Testing centers attracted crowds in November.

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Dec. 12: Chad Weiss, John Pether and Pat Ball inside the former studio of wood-boat builder George Luzier.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 |

Dec. 12: Chad Weiss, John Pether and Pat Ball inside the former studio of wood-boat builder George Luzier.

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