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Images of the City We Love

A portfolio of photos showcasing the stunning beauty of Sarasota.

05/02/2014 By Megan McDonald

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Share Your Sarasota Story

04/28/2014 By staff

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Sunsets and Shrimp Salad

After 20 years away, I came back to live a life that’s “real” Florida in every way.

04/25/2014 By staff

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Because of the Arts

Our city’s passion for culture helped inspire my career—and find the love of my life.

04/25/2014 By staff

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My Hermitage at the Hermitage

During a year at the artist’s retreat on Manasota Key, I reconsidered how to write—and live.

04/25/2014 By Megan McDonald

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The Two of Us

A partnership between a black artist and a white businesswoman helped fuel a local theater troupe’s success.

04/25/2014 By staff

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Hip-Hop in the Courtyard

It was my first big contemporary exhibition for The Ringling. Would people think we’d gone too far?

04/25/2014 By staff

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Alone on the Bus

More than 50 years later, I vividly remember the day I became one of the first black students at Sarasota High.

04/25/2014 By staff

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A Dolphin Tale

A Mote scientist on what he learned from nine-month-old dolphin Nellie.

04/24/2014 By staff

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No Mickey Mouse City

I thought Florida was about early bird specials and Disney. Then Ringling College called me about a job.

04/24/2014 By staff

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Remembering Brother Geenen

The head of Senior Friendship Centers on the visionary who founded them.

04/24/2014 By Megan McDonald

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My Sarasota Story: My Hidden Gem

I ran as far away from you as I could, Sarasota. But one place draws me back.

04/24/2014 By Megan McDonald

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My Search for John D.

In 1979, I’d never been to Sarasota. But the writer I admired most in America lived there—and so we set off.

04/24/2014 By staff

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My Christmas Miracle

A prominent philanthropist volunteers to be a Salvation Army bell ringer.

04/24/2014 By staff

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The Span of Life

With its 24/7 pulse of people, Ringling Bridge captures the beauty and energy of our town.

04/24/2014 By staff

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Summer of ’72

Novelist Clifford Irving spent a summer on Longboat Key before going to jail for the Howard Hughes hoax.

04/24/2014 By staff

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A Wrong Made Right

When baseball great Buck O’Neil finally got his due.

04/24/2014 By staff

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Trailer Park Tale

A reclusive newcomer in an Old Florida trailer park meets his neighbors at a dance.

04/24/2014 By staff

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The Beach Effect

I may not go to the beach every day, but there’s something magic about knowing it’s there.

04/24/2014 By Tony D'Souza

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Shakespeare at the Asolo

At the bejeweled Italian opera house, I savored the magic of language—and Sarasota.

04/24/2014 By staff