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.)

Top Sale

Anna Maria Island Notches Highest Bayside Home Sale Ever

A Key Royale home in Holmes Beach sells for $3.725 million.

06/06/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: June 6-12

Summer Circus Spectacular, "Around the World in 80 Days" at the Asolo Rep and more.

06/06/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 30-June 5

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week and the Sarasota Music Festival begin, and more.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Essential Intelligence

USRowing Nationals Returns to Sarasota

Fifteen hundred elite high school rowers from across the country will descend on Nathan Benderson Park this month.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

And They're Off!

Free One-Mile Beach Runs Begin This Month

Hundreds of families turn out for the free weekly one-mile fun runs.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Grand Getaways

Grand Florida Hotels

Indulge at Florida's finest historic hotels.

05/27/2019 By Kay Kipling, Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, and Ilene Denton

Grand Hotels

The Don CeSar Recalls a Romantic Era

The "Pink Palace" is a wedding cake of a resort hotel that has towered over St. Petersburg Beach since 1928.

05/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 23-29

Memorial Day at the Myakka River Blues Festival, Patriotic Pops at CoolToday Park and more.

05/23/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 16-22

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s ‘70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium, a jazzy Garden Music concert at Selby Gardens and more.

05/16/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Manatee Rare Fruit Council’s Annual Rare Fruit Tree Sale is May 19

More than 5,000 trees will be available for purchase.

05/15/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

“Unbuilt Rudolph” Exhibit Opens at Center for Architecture Sarasota

The exhibit runs through June 15 at CFAS’ McCullough Pavilion.

05/15/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 9-15

Sarasota Orchestra plays Ed Smith Stadium, Harvey Milk Festival returns and more.

05/09/2019 By Ilene Denton

Home View

What $335,000, $730,000 and $7.4 Million Will Buy You in Sarasota

In the market for a new home? We've got options.

05/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 2-8

"Sweeney Todd" comes to the Asolo Rep, Gauguin Nights at Selby Gardens and more.

05/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Best of Sarasota 2019

Our Editors' Picks for the Best New Restaurants, Shopping and Services in Sarasota-Manatee

We celebrate the best in dining, shopping, the arts and attractions.

04/30/2019 By Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Kay Kipling, Ilene Denton, and Giulia Heyward

Top Sale

A Longboat Key Mansion in Regents Court Sells for $7.5 Million

The beachfront estate is the highest MLS sale on Longboat in five years.

04/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Posy Power

Meet Floral Manager Jerry Bonvissuto—and Learn How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Bradenton snowbird Bonvissuto is a volunteer in the fall and winter and a full-time floral arranger for a couple with a 35,000-square-foot, 300-acre grand estate in the spring and summer.

04/29/2019 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Models in Lakewood Ranch, the Preserve at West Villages, The Founders Club and More

Real estate industry news and notes.

04/29/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: April 25-May 1

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Rosanne Cash and Whoopi Goldberg at the Van Wezel and more.

04/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Grand Opening

St. Armands Parking Garage Grand Opening Set for April 29

The four-story garage includes 484 parking spaces, with 23 additional spaces available in the surface lot adjacent to the garage.

04/25/2019 By Staff