Entertainment

Wine Company Launches In-Home Tasting Events in Sarasota

Sarasota's Darlene Nicholson was recently named a wine consultant for The Traveling Vineyard, a national business that organizes in-home wine-tasting experiences.

09/01/2016 Research by staff

Why I Care

Wayne Hoitt Restores Vintage Boats for Historic Spanish Point

Hoitt scrapes, patches, paints and repairs the two boats at Historic Spanish Point.

08/31/2016 By Ilene Denton

Chick Lit

The Existential Value of Raising Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens can change your life.

08/31/2016 By Isaac Eger

InstaSarasota

Our Favorite Photos on Instagram This Week - 8/17/16

Birds, beaches, and Sarasota Bay--here's what we loved on Instagram this week.

08/17/2016 By Margo Rometo

Planning

County Exploring North Trail Park Possibilities

Sarasota County's Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department is asking for community input on a future neighborhood park at the corner of 46th Street and North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

08/10/2016 Research by staff

Tourism

USF Research Suggests Low Chance of Red Tide This Year

Conditions suggest that we should not expect red tide outbreaks along Florida's west coast this year, according to new research.

08/10/2016 Research by staff

Environment

Neighborhood Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Mirabella, a community of paired villas in Bradenton, and Synergy Building Corp. recently earned the LEED for Homes Platinum certification.

08/09/2016 Research by staff

Prehistoric Predators

What We Can All Learn From the Disney World Alligator Attack

The best way to encounter a Florida alligator, writes Robert Bowden, is at an attraction the puts a wall between you and the animal.

07/29/2016 By Robert Bowden

Only in Sarasota

Only in Sarasota: Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Selby Gardens

John Pirman sketches an iconic Selby Gardens tree.

07/29/2016 Illustrations by John Pirman

Oh, Florida!

Award-Winning Writer Craig Pittman on Sarasota, the Environment and His New Book

Writer and frequent Sarasota contributor Craig Pittman on his new book, Oh, Florida!, which was just released to glowing reviews.

07/28/2016 By Pam Daniel

Legal

Bradenton Volkswagen Dealership Posts Lawsuit Settlement Resources

Bradenton's Boast Volkswagen recently launched a website and hotline for assistance with the settlement program created in response to lawsuits filed against the company for cheating on emissions tests.

07/27/2016 Research by staff

Environment

Waste Pro Opens New Manatee County Recycling Facility

Waste Pro, a waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal company, will celebrate the grand opening of its new SRQ Material Recovery Facility on Wednesday.

07/26/2016 Research by staff

Environment

Jupiter Company Completes Longboat Key Sand Deliveries

Stewart Materials has successfully supplied 307,000 tons of custom beach sand to Longboat Key as part of the town's beach renourishment project, completing its work two months ahead of schedule.

07/22/2016 Research by staff

Environment

State Offers Loans to Businesses Affected By Algal Blooms

Gov. Rick Scott last week activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for businesses affected by the presence of algal blooms in nearby waterways.

07/19/2016 Research by staff

Stink Bomb

Selby Gardens Prepares to Make a Big Stink

The corpse flower, known for its putrid scent, is set to produce two blooms at Selby Gardens from late July through early August.

07/15/2016 By Margo Rometo

Environment

Sustainability Discussion Comes to Fogartyville Tuesday

Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence will launch the first leg of its 2016 Sustainability Road Show at the Fogartyville Media and Arts Center on Tuesday, July 12.

07/11/2016 Research by staff

Giving

This Week's Good Deeds

Middle school literacy volunteers, grants for parenting education and conservation, and other examples of locals giving back.

07/07/2016 Research by staff

Turtle Power

Local Sea Turtle Nests are Breaking Records

Just two months into nesting season, local nests have surpassed last year's total.

07/07/2016 By Hannah Wallace

Honors

Landscaping Employees Earn Certifications

ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design's Amy Crutcher and Patrick Riordan have each earned certification from the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

07/06/2016 Research by staff

Park It

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Celebrate with fun upcoming events at Sarasota County parks.

07/05/2016 By Megan McDonald