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.

Breaking Food News

New Nancy's Bar-B-Q Opens Next Week

The second Nancy's Bar-B-Q opens in Lakewood Ranch next week, with a name that distinguishes it from the downtown original: Li'l Nancy's at the Ranch.

12/08/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beach Eats

Our Concession Stand Favorites

Where to grab grub on the beach.

12/01/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Chad Spencer


Tourism Beat: Vow Factor

Destination weddings boost the local tourism economy.

10/30/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Tourism Beat: Where's Waldo?

New technology allows us to know where the tourists go and what they do.

09/04/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Real Estate

Rosemary Rising

With eight new planned projects, Sarasota's Rosemary District's long-delayed promise may be coming true.

09/04/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison


Tourism Beat: Heat Wave

Summer tourism continues to sizzle in Sarasota.

06/15/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Suncoast Waterkeeper Executive Director Justin Bloom on Our Region's Water Problems

Suncoast Waterkeeper executive director Justin Bloom shares his thoughts on the problems our Gulf and bay face.

06/11/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


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


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


Tourism Beat: Protect Your Rep

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

04/01/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Our Town: Sarasota Community News, March 2015

Hot topics, talk and history.

02/27/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Tourism Beat: Checking In

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

02/03/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


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


Biz(941) Tourism Beat: Turbulence Ahead?

How Airbnb is impacting the hotel industry.

01/08/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker


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


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


Homelessness Shadows Downtown Sarasota's Rosemary District

Hot topics, talk and history.

09/30/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Should Denser Development Come to the Rosemary District?

Hot topics, talk and history.

06/26/2014 By Cooper Levey-Baker


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