Parks to Play In

Enjoy Robinson Preserve, a Rare Coastal Habitat, by Boat or on Foot

Formerly agricultural cropland, the preserve is being restored as salt marsh, one of the rarest coastal habitats.

11/01/2020 By John McCarthy

Parks to Play In

Slip Away Into Nature at Scherer Thaxton Preserve

This 287-acre preserve off Honore Avenue is adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park.

11/01/2020 By John McCarthy

Parks to Play In

Five Wonderful Preserves to Explore

It’s great to live in a community with places like this to still the mind and stir the soul.

11/01/2020 By John McCarthy Photography by Everett Dennison

Parks to Play In

Hike or Bike Through Rothenbach Park's Gorgeous Oak Hammock

A series of trails at the site of the former county landfill provides access to some of the nicest woodlands around.

11/01/2020 By John McCarthy

Parks to Play In

Enjoy Robinson Preserve, a Rare Coastal Habitat, by Boat or on Foot

This 62-acre preserve along the south shore of the Manatee River is a popular place to hike, kayak and paddleboard.

11/01/2020 By John McCarthy

Parks to Play In

Hike—or Drive—to Emerson Point Preserve, a Native American Temple Mound

A highlight is the sandy shoreline at the westernmost tip, with Robinson Preserve and DeSoto Memorial across the river and Anna Maria Island and the Sunshine Skyway in the distance.

10/31/2020 By John McCarthy

Events

The Greater Sarasota Chamber Announces 100th Annual Meeting and Luncheon

This year's event will take place virtually.

10/26/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Doug Holder Appointed to Florida Horse Park Board

Doug Holder is also a former state representative and is an original partner of the Legis Group, a consulting and lobbying firm.

10/09/2020 By Staff

Best beers

The Best Breweries in Sarasota-Manatee

With a dozen breweries to choose from, our region’s craft beer scene has never been better. Here's what's on tap.

10/07/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Taking a Detour

Local Food Trucks Adapt to an Industry Radically Altered By Covid-19

“We’re trying to adjust and adapt. It’s nothing like it used to be.”

09/22/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Neighborhood guide

Where the Locals Eat in Lakewood Ranch

The Lakewood Ranch and University Town Center area offers a bevy of great dining options.

08/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Out East

Nine Reasons to Love Lakewood Ranch

For more than 20 years, a new city has been rising to the east. Here are nine reasons to celebrate that right now.

08/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Open up

Manatee County Has the Chance to Create a New Land Conservation Program

If voters approve a new measure this fall, the county could acquire land to protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat, preserve environmentally sensitive land and create public parks.

08/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go for a Hike at Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park has many shaded trails that are perfect for hiking, biking and viewing wildlife.

08/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Gift Guide

Gift Guide: Cool Local Father’s Day Finds for Dad

He's sure to love these.

06/17/2020 By The Editors

Palmer Ranch Neighborhood Guide

Active Lifestyles Thrive in Palmer Ranch

Golfing, bicycling the Legacy Trail, swim clubs and more—there’s lots to do for all ages.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Done Deal

Conservation Foundation Hits Fundraising Goal to Preserve Orange Hammock Ranch

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has secured the $1.5 million it needs to permanently preserve 5,777 acres of land in North Port.

05/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through May 22

The emergency order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Couch Cuisine

Where to Get the Best Takeout in Sarasota Right Now

Because of COVID-19, many of us are ordering takeout more often than ever before. Here are our current go-to destinations for an at-home feast.

05/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Allison Forsyth