Benevolent Bling

Online Jewelry Retailer Takes Steps to Reduce Harmful Plastic Pollution

Sarasota's Ornata Jewelry partners with TerraCycle recycling program to help eliminate unnecessary waste.

11/18/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Sand Stars

Meet the Winners of the 10th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic

This year's competition drew seven teams of two and nine solo artists from around the world.

11/18/2019 By Megan McDonald

Shark Tracking

North Atlantic White Shark Makes Her Way to the Gulf Coast

Unama’ki, a tagged North Atlantic white shark, has made her way into our watery backyard. She weighs more than 2,000 pounds and is 15.5 feet long.

11/07/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Fast Track

Sarasota Conservationist Named President of TREE Foundation

Elizabeth Moore's three-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2020.

11/05/2019 By Staff

Meetings

Council of Neighborhood Associations to Discuss Celery Fields

The meeting will take place at the Waldemere Street Firehouse meeting room on Friday, Nov. 8.

11/04/2019 By Staff

Green Places

Local Organizations Launch New Sustainability Initiative

Partners for Green Places is a collaborative movement and grant program designed to inspire organizations and nonprofits to implement sustainable measures.

10/16/2019 By Staff

Environment

New Report Details Local Auto Emissions Trends

Emissions from driving in the Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., metro area grew more slowly than population between 1990 and 2017, which means emissions per person have decreased.

10/14/2019 By Staff

Last Straw

What You Need to Know About Sarasota’s City Ordinance Banning Plastic Straws and Polystyrene

Sidewalk café businesses must begin following the ordinance on Jan. 1, 2020; for those who hold special event permits the ban begins on Aug. 19, 2020; and for those who lease city-owned land on the date their lease renews.

10/01/2019 By Megan McDonald

Bay Watch

Annual Monofilament Cleanup Will Take Place October 5

Monofilament—or fishing line—is a genuine threat to the survival of our local birds.

09/12/2019 By Staff

Guide to Giving

Francis Folkers Doesn't Mind Getting Dirty at Oscar Scherer State Park

Folkers agonizes over the loss of Florida’s habitat to development.

09/02/2019 By Olivia Letts

Down a Lazy River

At Ginnie Springs, Commune With Friends—Not Just Nature

It’s a little like Deliverance, but instead of hearing dueling banjos you’ll hear "Old Town Road" blasting from someone’s Bluetooth speakers.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Down a Lazy River

How a Spring Is Born—and Endangered

Florida’s ancient geology of cracks, caves and tunnels eventually fills to the brim when we get enough rain and the surplus spills onto the surface, creating our system of freshwater springs.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Down a Lazy River

Your Guide to Tubing on Four of Florida's Coolest Spring-Fed Rivers

Take a day off, head north and float down a lazy river in a low-tech inner tube.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Down a Lazy River

Ichetucknee Springs Is a Nature Lover's Tubing Experience

In 1970, the state of Florida turned what would have been a polluted phosphate mine into the crown jewel of Florida’s springs.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Down a Lazy River

Weeki Wachee Springs Offers Family-Friendly Floats

It's an ideal spring to bring the kiddos, with three huge slides that shoot swimmers into the clear water of Buccaneer Bay.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Down a Lazy River

Rainbow Springs State Park Is the Fourth-Largest Spring Formation in Florida

And you'll share the water with a lot of critters.

09/01/2019 By Isaac Eger

Captains Courageous

Sarasota Youth Sailing Has Taught Generations of Kids to Sail

Today the nonprofit serves 450 students, ages 5 to 18, in summer and spring camps and on racing teams.

09/01/2019 By Pam Daniel

A Rare Breed

A Myakka Woman Wants to Save the Akhal-Teke

Prized for their shimmering, almost metallic coats, the breed dates back 3,000 years ago and still maintains its distinct bloodline.

09/01/2019 By Hanna Powers

Bookmarks

Where to Find the Latest Info About Hurricane Dorian

Where to get sandbags, how to determine your "evacuation level" and other important information as Dorian draws nearer.

08/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Safe mode

How to Prep Your Kitchen Before Hurricane Dorian Arrives

Chef Judi offers tips on how to preserve and use your frozen and refrigerated foods if the power goes out.

08/30/2019 By Judi Gallagher