A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Flashback

Flashback: Acrobats at the Circus Hall of Fame, 1973

Filled with circus memorabilia and daily live performances, the privately-owned museum operated from 1956 till 1980.

05/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Test of Time

Historic Preservation Groups Launch Sarasota 'Six to Save' Initiative

The new program shines a spotlight on six historic properties we’re at risk of losing.

05/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Siesta Beach Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest, 1976

A free, family-friendly tradition for 46 years on America’s No. 1 beach.

05/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coping with COVID-19

When Her Sightseeing Trolley Tours Stopped Rolling, Tammy Hauser Created The ChillMobile

"At least I can do something. I had the ice cream. I had the truck. And I had the time."

05/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

1,300 More New Homes Coming to Venice

Neal Land & Neighborhoods to develop the as-yet-unnamed community between Laurel and Border roads.

05/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

The Oldest Tree in Parrish is For Sale

And so is the ranch-style home it surrounds.

05/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

For Sale

A Guy Peterson-Designed Cherokee Park Residence Enters the Market

The price tag: $4 million.

05/14/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Old Heidelberg Castle, 1972-1995

With its Tyrolean show band and plenty of German brew, it was one of Sarasota’s liveliest restaurants.

05/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coping with COVID-19

Michael Saunders & Company Launches Facebook Open House Event

MS&C real estate agents to participate in real time from their listings this Sunday afternoon, May 17.

05/12/2020 By Ilene Denton

Architecture

The Zigzag House Wins State Architecture Award

Seibert Architectures rescued the midcentury-modern Lido Shores residence from years of neglect.

05/12/2020 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

First 13 Homes Out of An Eventual 6,000 Sell at North River Ranch

Centex Homes premieres two model homes in the mammoth Parrish community.

05/11/2020 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

Lakewood Ranch to Welcome One of Florida’s First Single-Family Rental Communities

Estia Lakewood Ranch will consist of 230 residences, with model homes opening this summer.

05/08/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coping with COVID-19

All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank on Feeding our Neighbors in This Time of Need

‘People have to eat, and if they don’t have the resources, where are they going to get food?’

05/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Perfect Gift

On Mother’s Day, Walk This Way to Payne Park

The city park is beautiful, easy to access, and—important right now—has plenty of room to roam.

05/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Things To Do

Learn to Row at Nathan Benderson Park

The four-day course starts May 16.

05/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Media Picks

These Were the Top 5 E-Books Borrowed at Sarasota County Libraries in April

Murder, mayhem and old-fashioned romance ruled—online, of course.

05/04/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coping with COVID-19

When Will Tourism Return to Sarasota County, and in What Form?

Virginia Haley on how Visit Sarasota is planning for the near future.

05/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Floridaland, 1960

A "rootin’, tootin’"tourist attraction once thrived on the site of Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club.

04/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

More Media Picks

What We're Watching, Reading and Listening To: Round 2

Friends, neighbors, and a few famous people—including Mandy Patinkin and Bob Woodward—weigh in.

04/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

Stop and Smell the Roses

The Ringling Museum Rose Garden Gets a Makeover

Its first since 2004, says curator Kai Sacco, who explains why.

04/28/2020 By Ilene Denton