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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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

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New Sarasota City Commissioner Susan Chapman On "Brutal" Campaign

Susan Chapman won a hard-fought race. Now the real work begins.

07/01/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Exactly What To Do in Sarasota This Summer

We've scouted out some great things to eat, see and do while the snowbirds are gone and the Sarasota is ours.

06/27/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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The Bounty Hunter

Steve Phelps scours the landscape to bring diners at his Indigenous restaurant a taste of the Florida--specifically, Sarasota--wild.

02/01/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Sarasota After Dark: Bandwidth

These three bands are helping the local Sarasota music scene make a name for itself.

11/01/2012 By Cooper Levey-Baker