Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.

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A Look at Benderson Development Company's Impact on our Region

A by-the-numbers look at the real estate giant's presence in Sarasota and Manatee.

05/04/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Should Government Provide Economic Incentives to Businesses?

Plus, this month's Vintage Sarasota and what we overheard at a Tiger Bay Club debate.

04/30/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Tourism Beat: Protect Your Rep

Customer reviews can be fatal, so manage your digital shadow.

04/01/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Our Town: Sarasota Community News, March 2015

Hot topics, talk and history.

02/27/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Tourism Beat: Checking In

How will downtown Sarasota's new hotels impact the market?

02/03/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Your Guide to Sarasota Specialty Grocery Stores

Staffers at Sarasota specialty grocers pick the items they love most.

01/28/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Biz(941) Tourism Beat: Turbulence Ahead?

How Airbnb is impacting the hotel industry.

01/08/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Sarasota's WSLR Radio Station Finds Its Voice

How Sarasota's community voice, WSLR, became the little station that could.

10/30/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Amendment 1 Aims to Aid Conservation Efforts

Amendment 1 would require the state to dedicate 33 percent of the excise tax on documents to “acquire, restore, improve and manage conservation lands." Plus, this month's Vintage Sarasota.

10/30/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Homelessness Shadows Downtown Sarasota's Rosemary District

Hot topics, talk and history.

09/30/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Should Denser Development Come to the Rosemary District?

Hot topics, talk and history.

06/26/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Our Town: News and Notes from the Community, May 2014

The battle over Big Pass, the history of downtown's U.S. Garage Building and more community news.

05/01/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal? Sarasota Experts Weigh In

Should medical marijuana be legal? John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan and other Sarasota experts weigh in. Plus, this month's Vintage Sarasota and more.

03/01/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Inside Chef Derek Barnes’ New Bradenton Restaurant

Restaurateur Derek Barnes is rethinking what diners want with his new Bradenton Derek's.

01/31/2014 Photography by Alex Stafford By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Can Millenials Live the American Dream in Sarasota?

Millennials face more economic hurdles than previous generations.

01/02/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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The New Sarasota: A Diverse Group of Young Adults is Redefining Our City

Cooper Levey-Baker takes a look at how the millenial generation is adapting to--and changing--Sarasota.

01/02/2014 Photography by Everett Dennison By Cooper Levey-Baker

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SCAT, MCAT to Merge? Plus More Sarasota City News

Hot topics, talk and history.

01/02/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Five Fun Spots Where You Can Shake It in Sarasota

Cooper Levey-Baker reports back on five fun Sarasota nightclubs.

11/01/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Sarasota City News: October 2013

Hot topics, talk and history.

10/01/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker