Shade-y Spot

Only in Sarasota: The Shrine to Lost Sunglasses

A rusty chain-link barrier held a row of sunglasses—perhaps washed ashore by the waves and assembled by an artistic beachgoer

12/03/2019 Illustrations by John Pirman

How High Can You Jump?

Debbie Stephens Can Jump Higher Than Any Other Female Horse Rider

For the last 37 years, Stephens, now 69, has held onto the outdoor Ladies’ High Jump record.

12/02/2019 By Hanna Powers

Awards

Community Day School Selects Sue Rosin for Goldie Feldman Award

Rosin will be recognized for her years of volunteering with the school's literacy program.

12/02/2019 By Staff

Plant This

A Venice Beautification Project Helps Fight Climate Change

When completed, the new Venice Urban Forest will cover nearly 1.8 miles and provide shelter for insects, birds and other animals.

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Gossip Girls

The Life and Times of a Sarasota Mermaid

It turns out that Sarasota, like the rest of Florida, has a thriving “mermaiding” culture.

12/02/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

The Artists' Way

The Artists Who Made Sarasota Famous

For decades, visual artists have lived, worked and dreamed in Sarasota. The legacy they’ve left us is irreplaceable.

12/02/2019 By Kay Kipling

Fine Feathered Friends

The Sarasota Audubon Society Prepares For Its Annual Christmas Bird Count

Sarasota is known for some of the best bird watching in Florida.

12/02/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Green Light

Manatee County Clerk of Court Assists Hundreds of Residents During 'Operation Green Light'

Operation Green Light is a one-week driver's license reinstatement event.

12/02/2019 By Staff

Müv-ing Up

A Retired Lakewood Ranch Executive Is a Major Player in the Smoking-Hot Cannabis Industry

“We’re real pioneers,” Michael Smullen says, “but we’re just scratching the surface of what this could really look like.”

12/02/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coffee Klatch

What's Brewing at Burns Court's Project Coffee?

The new café has embarked on a social experiment.

12/02/2019 By Isaac Eger

Flashback

Flashback: Fishermen at The Bay Island Hotel

The three-story, 65-room hotel on the north end of Siesta Key welcomed visitors from 1912 all the way up to the early 1950s.

12/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Fast Track

Williams Parker Adds Beth A. Collins as Chief Operating Officer

Collins has more than two decades of management experience in the legal industry.

12/02/2019 By Staff

Cat Fight

The Story of the Florida Panther Is Worth Telling

Journalist and author Craig Pittman writes about the big cat's survival in his new book.

12/02/2019

Horse Power

Fox Lea Farm Is Bringing in Riders, Horses and Dollars

The 46-acre farm hosts 42 events every year.

12/02/2019 By Susan Burns

A New Day for the Arts

Sarasota Art Museum Opens Its Doors to the Public

The Sarasota Art Museum opens its doors to the future in buildings reimagined from the past.

12/02/2019 By Kay Kipling

What a Ball

Competitive 'Joggler' Barak Hirschowitz Juggles and Runs, Mostly for Joy

"I like to feel like I’m getting people in a better mood,” he says. “I’m just having fun.”

12/02/2019 By Susan Burns

From the Editor

From the Editor: A Very Good Year

We know there are plenty of reasons to feel despondent, anxious and irritated. But you’re in a place that people all over the country admire and aspire to.

12/02/2019 By Susan Burns

Housing

Youth Advocacy Team Doubles Housing Subsidies

The group is now able to subsidize housing costs for 23 local youth who otherwise would be homeless.

11/27/2019 By Staff

Transportation

Sarasota County Area Transit to Host Series of Network Redesign Open Houses

The county has been exploring mobility redesign concepts in order to better meet the needs of the community.

11/27/2019 By Staff