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.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 10-16

Classic Country Cabaret, the Y’s annual back-to-school Splash Bash and more.

08/10/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Top Sale: A Four-Million-Dollar Sand Castle on Lido Key

A Ritz Beach Residence tops July sales at $4.3 million.

08/07/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 3-9

A Dog Days Theatre opening, a back-to-school bash at Jungle Gardens and more.

08/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Award Season

A Sarasota Bayfront Home Wins Big at the Southeast Building Conference Aurora Awards

CompassHaus, built by Josh Wynne Construction, takes home the top Golden Aurora Award and six other awards.

08/02/2017 By Ilene Denton

Nearing Completion

Sneak Peek at the New DeSota Apartments

The complex opposite Whole Foods is slated for move-in mid to late August.

07/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

In the Doghouse

Local Architects, Builders Collaborate on Project for Humane Society of Manatee County

Creative interactive stations will be unveiled at “Barkin’ Brunch” Aug. 12.

07/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Architectural Accolades

Five Sarasota Architects Honored with AIA Florida’s Annual Design Awards

A major award also goes to Sarasota Architectural Foundation leader Janet Minker.

07/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 27-Aug. 2

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School performs, Art After Five at The Ringling and more.

07/27/2017 By Ilene Denton

Platinum 100

Singular Sensations from Sarasota's Platinum 100 Stores

Don't miss these fab finds.

07/26/2017 By Ilene Denton and Alicia King Robinson

Mad for Mangoes

In Praise of Mangoes, the Ultimate Summer Fruit

In praise of summer’s ultimate tropical fruit.

07/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: July 20-26

Snooty’s Birthday Bash at the South Florida Museum, Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, the Bradentucky Bombers and more.

07/20/2017 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

Margaritaville Moves to Bradenton

Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back island lifestyle is coming to the west Bradenton development of Harbour Isles.

07/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Luxury Living

Which Local Zip Codes Are Among Florida’s Priciest?

Here’s a hint: Think waterfront.

07/14/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 13-19

SoulRCoaster plays Selby Gardens, the Improv Festival returns to FST and more.

07/13/2017 By Ilene Denton

Mad for Mangos

Recipe: Mango Chutney

Just in time for mango season, a treasured family recipe from retired USFSM Chancellor Arthur Guilford.

07/12/2017 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

The Best Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota-Manatee

Your ultimate family fun guide.

07/11/2017 Edited by Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 6-12

Splashin’ Saturday, a summer art market at the Englewood Art Center and more.

07/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

Circus Days

Circus Arts Conservatory Goes to Washington

It stars in the 50th anniversary Smithsonian Folklife Festival through July 9.

07/05/2017 By Ilene Denton

Old Florida Flavor

Kick Back and Relax at These Waterfront Restaurants

These eight spots are filled with Old Florida flavor.

06/30/2017 By Ilene Denton

Just Listed

On Longboat Key, a $14.75 Million Beachfront Mansion Goes on the Market.

Villa Sena sits on two acres on the Gulf of Mexico.

06/29/2017 By Ilene Denton