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.)

To the Rescue

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Will Go On After All

A circa-1916 residence in Bungalow Hill is replacement after original home falls through.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards

Robert Rogers Started the Conversation With LGBTQ Elders About Loss and Legacy

“I’m a better person because of the generosity of all these people who’ve chosen to talk to me.”

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton


Flashback: Kentucky Military Institute, Circa 1947-1951

The institute opened its winter quarters in downtown Venice in 1933.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Kristen Chenoweth at the Van Wezel, free outdoor movie night at Nathan Benderson Park and more.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Master Plan 2.0

Selby Gardens Unveils Revised Master Site Plan

The plan addresses neighbors’ concerns while upholding the integrity of the project, says executive director Jennifer Rominiecki.

01/27/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

'Everybody Wants the Shiny Penny': An Update on the State of the Local Luxury Market

Sarasota and Manatee's top-selling real estate agent Roger Pettingell shares his insights.

01/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

BeachWalk by Manasota Key, With 1,675 Homes, Is Coming to Englewood

DiVosta Homes to develop the coastal-inspired mainland community two miles from Manasota Beach Park.

01/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Jan. 23-29

Loads of laughs with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner at the Van Wezel, and more.

01/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Peek

Take a Look Inside the New Mark Sarasota Condominiums

The complex in the heart of downtown Sarasota is welcoming its first residents.

01/21/2020 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Awards

Tetreault-Pirman House Wins National Award for Seibert Architects

The modern home was singled out by the Society of Registered American Architects.

01/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design

2020 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse Canceled

Difficulty in obtaining permitting caused the cancellation.

01/17/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Jan. 16-22

The Naked Magicians visit the Van Wezel, Mozart and Mahler with the Sarasota Orchestra and lots more.

01/16/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Jan. 9-15

"Murder on the Orient Express" at Asolo Rep, Guitar Sarasota starts its season and more.

01/09/2020 By Ilene Denton


Flashback: Pavarotti at the Van Wezel, 1978

Pavarotti sang at the hall in 1978 and again in 1980.

01/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

This New Old House

An Antebellum-Style Home Makes Its Mark on the Manatee River

Old Grove is meticulously detailed.

01/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Just Like Old Times

The Pace of Life is Languid Along the Manatee River

And that's just how residents like it.

01/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Jan. 2-8

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Itzhak Perlman at the Opera House, "The Book of Mormon" at the Van Wezel and more.

01/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Venice Neighborhood Walking Tours Commence for Season

The Venice Museum & Archives offers two tours: Grand Homes and Venezia Park.

01/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Sapphire Point Comes to Lakewood Ranch

Pulte Homes will develop the 472-home community, expected to debut this fall.

01/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Sailor Circus holiday shows, the New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop party and more.

12/26/2019 By Ilene Denton