Losing Our Country

Rural Hi Hat Ranch Gets Closer to Becoming a Major Development

Despite protests, Sarasota County commissioners approve an allowable density amendment for the sprawling Hi Hat Ranch.

06/10/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

High Stakes Decision

Sarasota County Commission to Consider Turning Hi Hat Ranch Into Large Housing, Commercial Development

It's another battle in the fight between the preservationists who want to keep some of the region’s land rural and the developers who want to maximize its profit.

06/09/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

On Location

New Movie Being Shot in Sarasota Tells the Story of Influential Black Golfer Ann Gregory

Playing Through is about Gregory, the first Black woman to play in a U.S. Golf Association event, and the fictional Babs Whatling, a white woman from the South.

05/28/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Networking

A New Nonprofit Connects Young People with Disabilities

Trevor Kelliher, who has cerebral palsy, created All Friends Network during the pandemic, a free app and social network for those with developmental disabilities who want to make friends.

04/05/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Up for the Challenge

New City Manager Marlon Brown on a New Commission, New Projects and the Challenges Ahead

Brown was named Sarasota’s city manager in January, after serving as deputy city manager since 2009.

03/04/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Politics

Legislative Preview: What to Watch for as Lawmakers Meet in March

Here are the five issues we’re keeping our eyes on.

01/15/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

My Octopus Friend

'The Octopus and Me': One-on-One With Mote's Curious Mollusk

The life of this octopus is structured around play—it needs to keep its mind active.

01/01/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Holidays

Covid-19 Has Upended Beloved Holiday Traditions

But some have chosen to look at the pandemic as a way to get creative.

12/23/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Coronavirus

Are Snowbirds Flocking to Florida This Year?

Forty-four percent of snowbirds said they're not going away this winter because of the pandemic—but of the ones who are, 50 percent are coming to Florida.

12/22/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Holiday Travel

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s How to Do It Safely

Traveling during the pandemic is a different beast, psychologically, emotionally and logistically.

11/19/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

A Match Made in Heaven

Mote, Waterlust Partner to Create Eagle Ray-Themed Workout Gear

Turns out, eagle rays' distinctive spots make perfect patterns.

11/10/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

'I Will Never Go Away'

Becky Ayech Fights for Old Miakka’s Rural Way of Life

For decades, Ayech has been battling government and developers over zoning issues, pollution and the need to protect the watershed.

11/01/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Get Out the Vote

Local Creatives Launch T-Shirt to Spread the Word About Voting

The Camilyn Beth x Shannon Kirsten 'Vote' shirt has been a hit with some of Instagram's most ubiquitous influencers.

09/28/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Shop Talk

Designer Carley Holtsinger Brings Her Beachy, 'Florida Grandma Chic' Accessories to Sarasota

Sparkle Diva is inspired by Holtsinger's Florida upbringing and many trips to thrift stores.

09/17/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis