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.

Time Is a Lie

Ethan Hawke Discusses Success, Failure, Art at Ringling College

"Feeling like you don't belong or there isn't a place for you is very common, and it's not permission to not take a step forward."

03/09/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Chapters and Chow

New Book, Coffee, Sandwich Spot Opens Near Ringling College

A new North Trail business with a smart selection of used books and tasty snacks.

03/08/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Trips

Apalachicola Is a Seafood Lover's Town

Roughly 90 percent of Florida oysters and 10 percent of American oysters come from Apalachicola Bay.

03/06/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Exit Interview

Departing Commissioner Suzanne Atwell Sounds Off on City Government

"Commissioners should have more passion and courage. It’s sickening."

03/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wake Up

5 Great Sarasota Coffee Shops

Five of our favorite caffeine-capable coffee counters and their bodacious bean-based beverages.

02/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Party Foul

Judge Grants Injunction Against Dub Shack

The new University Parkway beer bar has been embroiled in a complicated court case since opening late last month.

02/22/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get Into the Groove

Meet Walker Lukens, the Excellent Austin Singer Who Headlines the Next Ringling Underground Concert

"Bands don't go to Florida very often, but it's actually a great place to build a fanbase because of that. Audiences are a little more appreciative of people coming."

02/17/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Why Millennials Struggle in Sarasota

The good news: Not all young people hate Sarasota. The bad news: The obstacles to keeping them here are bigger than most people realize.

02/14/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison

Coming Home

10 Bucks or Less: Bianca's Mexican Restaurant

After an extended absence, an old favorite returns to Sarasota.

02/08/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fabulous Flying Ford

Video: Flying in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Plane

The Experimental Aircraft Association brings the historic plane to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

02/03/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Made in SRQ

Made in Sarasota: Aso Bandages

Aso's east Sarasota HQ cranks out billions of wound-care products and oversees operations in the U.S., Mexico, the Philippines and Europe.

02/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Warriors

The Battle Over Beach Road

Mike Cosentino and Elizabeth Gomez-Mayo crusade to keep a beachfront stretch of road public.

02/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Best Restaurants 2017

Maison Blanche's José Martinez Moves Forward By Standing Still

Longboat Key's Maison Blanche is formal, private, hushed and leisurely.

01/31/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Settle Down

10 Bucks or Less: Chefs2U

A mobile food business opens a stationary hub.

01/31/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

A River Runs Next to It

Mattison's Returns to Downtown Bradenton

Paul Mattison recently took over the YachtSea Grille, overhauled the space and rebranded it as Mattison's City Grille.

01/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Land

Cleveland-Themed Eatery Plans April Opening

LeBron fans will soon have a new spot to call home.

01/25/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

New Era

In Sarasota, Dick Cheney Talks Trump, Iraq, Women's March

"I think what we did in Iraq was the right thing to do. I still believe that."

01/23/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Nice Slice

New Pizza Joint Opens Monday

California Pizza Kitchen is entering the Sarasota 'za market, with a new location set to open out near the University Town Center mall on Monday.

01/18/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Feast Mode

The 5 Best Things We Ate This Week - 1/17/17

Brisket tacos, grilled snapper and more of our favorite food finds.

01/17/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Ilene Denton, and Hannah Wallace

Beer Drops

New Bradenton Brewery Starts Pouring

Open since Thanksgiving, Bradenton's 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery last week tapped the first of its house brews.

01/11/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker