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. 1-7

Last chance to catch the Summer Circus Spectacular and more.

08/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: The Longboat Key Ritz-Carlton

The luxury hotel, dreamed up by circus impresario John Ringling, was never fully realized.

07/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

Heat Index

Luxury Sales Get Real

The ultra-luxury home sale market is sizzling.

07/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: July 25-31

New plays at Urbanite Theatre and FST, WBTT’s Soul Man Send-Off Soirée and more.

07/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Coming to Lakewood Ranch

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch Nears Debut

Kolter Homes will launch sales in October with 10 model homes.

07/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

New Models in The Lake Club, Palmer Ranch and More

News and notes from the real estate industry.

07/25/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 18-24

Rebel Heart at the Van Wezel, more improv comedy at FST, the Smothers Brothers reunite at McCurdy’s and more.

07/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture News

A Rare Sarasota School of Architecture Home Hits the Market

Designed by Victor Lundy, the home on south Siesta Key last sold in 1973.

07/12/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 11-17

Lots of laughs at FST’s Improv Festival, Dig the Beach volleyball tourney and more.

07/11/2019 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Lakewood Ranch Recognized Nationally for “Best Wellness Environment”

The community’s new brain health initiative was cited as central reason for award.

07/08/2019 By Ilene Denton

Coming to Lakewood Ranch

Taylor Morrison Announces Plans for 1,750-Home Community in Lakewood Ranch

Azario Lakewood Ranch will be located off State Road 64 on Lorraine Road.

07/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: July 5-10

Powerboat races, Splashin’ Saturdays at Selby Gardens, Play in the Park Day at CoolToday Park and more.

07/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Just Add Water

Dive Into These Three Prize-Winning Swimming Pools

Thinking about building a backyard swimming pool? Before you take the plunge, take inspiration from these three Sarasota-area pools that took home awards at the 2019 Florida Swimming Pool Association Design Awards.

07/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Treasure Hunter

How to Find Garage Sale Treasures

Garage sale guru Karin Gustafson shares her top tips.

07/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: June 27-July 4

Fireworks! Big racing boats! A kayak festival at Snook Haven! And much, much more.

06/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Making Waves

Christina Unkel Believes in the Power of Sports

She is one of only three FIFA-licensed female referees who represent the United States Soccer Federation in the U.S., Canada and across South America and the Caribbean—even as far away as China.

06/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture News

Local Architects Win Awards in 2019 Florida/Caribbean Design Competition

Among them is a Siesta Key condo makeover by Halflants + Pichette.

06/24/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 20-26

Free outdoor concert at the Van Wezel, summer solstice yoga at the Ringling and more.

06/20/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: June 13-19

Ari and The Alibis at Selby Gardens, Father's Day "orienteering" at Oscar Scherer State Park and more.

06/13/2019 By Ilene Denton

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