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Best of Sarasota

The Best of Sarasota 2023: Readers' Choice

We polled our readers and asked them to name their favorites in dozens of categories. Here’s what they had to say.


Growing Up Macho

How Sarasota Shaped the Life and Career of 'Macho Man' Randy Savage

For a time in the late 20th century, there was no more famous Sarasotan than Savage.

05/02/2023 By Clayton Trutor

Best of Sarasota

The Best of Sarasota 2023: Editors' Picks

Our editors name their favorite new food, shopping, arts experiences and more.

05/01/2023 By The Editors


ALSO Youth Starts New Summer Camp for LGBTQ Youth and Allies

Kids ages 10-14 are invited to register for ALSO Youth's free summer camp and connect with others in an inclusive, fun environment.

05/01/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Head Above Water

Could the Catastrophic Flooding in Fort Lauderdale Happen in Sarasota? 

As Sarasota’s skyline looks more like Miami's with each passing year, can we avoid the same flooding issues that beset Florida’s southeast coast?

04/27/2023 By Isaac Eger

News Feed

Community News Collaborative Launches with Four Reporters, Editor

The news team will cover a variety of stories in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

04/27/2023 By Eric Garwood

Health Care

What Florida's Six-Week Abortion Ban Means for Residents and Out-of-State Patients

"For women in the South, this is really devastating," says Stephanie Fraim, the president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

04/24/2023 By Elizabeth Djinis

Trees, Please

Where to Get a Free Tree for Earth Day

The benefits of trees are many—from lessening the impacts of climate change to increasing happiness.

04/20/2023 By Staff


Photos: Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner

This year's dinner honored Greenfield Prize winners Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris and Sandy Rodriguez.

04/19/2023 Photography by Lori Sax

Earth Day Delights

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Sarasota-Manatee

From a scrub jay festival to tree giveaways, these events provide inspiration—or a sapling that will keep the celebration going year-round.

04/19/2023 By Bethany Ritz

No Go

School Board Rejects Proposal for Consultant Review

School board members voted 3-2 to not move forward with a contract with Vermilion Education, a fledgling company with conservative political ties.

04/19/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Fair Food

Sarasota's Fair Food Standards Council Was Featured on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Its work was highlighted on an episode about the plight of migrant workers.

04/18/2023 By Isaac Eger

Grant Report

Barancik Foundation Grants $250,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties

Plus, grants to Meals on Wheels, Selby Gardens and more.

04/17/2023 By Staff

Fast Track

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Names New President and CEO

Phillip P. Lanham currently serves as the chief philanthropy officer at Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

04/17/2023 By Staff

Center Court

A Weekend at the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open

The tournament provides an intimate encounter with professional tennis that no other one offers. 

04/17/2023 By Isaac Eger

Public Art

Check Out the Public Art Concepts for the Fruitville Road Roundabout

The community is invited to tomorrow evening's online meeting to share input.

04/17/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Rum Tum Tugger

Going to See Cats This Week? Consider Adopting a Homeless Kitty to Take Home After the Show.

Cat Depot is partnering with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall to help adoptable cats find their forever homes.

04/17/2023 By Megan McDonald

Burning Question

Should We Restore Midnight Pass?

Dr. Dave Tomasko of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program highlighted the pros and cons of restoring Midnight Pass to the Sarasota County commission this week.

04/12/2023 By Isaac Eger

Just for Kids

20 Summer Camps We Love

Fun activities that keep kids healthy, happy, sharp and social while school is out.

04/11/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Fast Track

Bay Park Conservancy Names New CFO

Plus, Sarasota County names a new director of general services and Forty Carrots Family Center breaks ground on its new mental health/parenting services building.

04/10/2023 By Staff