Guide to Giving

How mega-donor MacKenzie Scott transformed six local nonprofits. Plus, six salty adventures, a glimpse of vanishing Florida, revisiting Sarasota's war on thongs and more.

In this issue:

Arts & Entertainment


Sarasota Native Lois Duncan Wrote 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'

The book went on to become a popular slasher film in 1997.

09/19/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Beat Goes On

Celebrated Percussionist Gerardo Veléz Brings Rhythm and Style to Sarasota

Veléz has been a percussionist for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Spyro Gyra, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, and Nile Rodgers and Chic.

09/07/2023 By Andrea González

Eat & Drink

Restaurant Review

Owen’s Fish Camp in Lakewood Ranch Is a Worthy Successor to the Downtown Original

Turns out, the towering banyan tree canopy and historic downtown cottage are not necessary components of the formula that makes Owen’s a consistent hit.

08/15/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Fashion & Shopping

Precious Metals

Trend Report: Metallics

Metallics add a jolt of energy to any outfit.

09/07/2023 By Elizabeth Djinis

Health & Fitness

Purity Test

How Clean Is Our Drinking Water?

We sent out four samples from different water sources throughout Sarasota to a private lab that specializes in analyzing environmental data to find out exactly what we are putting in our bodies.

09/21/2023 By Isaac Eger

Home & Real Estate

Home View

The Fascinating History of Laurel Park's John L. Early Home

If you’ve ever strolled through the neighborhood, it’s likely you’ve stopped to admire the oaks and flowers that precede the Dutch colonial facade. 

09/05/2023 By Kim Doleatto

News & City Life

Under Pressure

Can Historic Towles Court Survive the Real Estate Boom?

As property values soar and demand for downtown real estate hits an all-time high, it’s hard not to wonder if a historic community like Towles Court can endure.

09/07/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow Photography by Hannah Phillips

The MacKenzie Scott Effect

How Billionaire Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Transformed Six Sarasota Nonprofits

In more than one case, the Scott grant was the largest individual gift in the nonprofit’s history.

08/29/2023 By Elizabeth Djinis

Travel & Outdoors

Wet and Wild

Six Saltwater Sports You Have to Try

Here's everything you need to know to book a rousing day on the water.

09/05/2023 By Hannah Wallace

Once Upon a Time in Florida

A Journey Through Old Florida With the State’s Last Cowboys

The seven-day, six-night reenactment offered 350 people on horseback the chance to push 500 head of cattle through 80 contiguous miles of Florida that few people ever get to see. 

08/31/2023 By Isaac Eger