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.)

Babcock Ranch Neighborhood Guide

The Technology Behind Babcock Ranch

"Powered by the Sun" isn't simply a slogan.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Babcock Ranch Neighborhood Guide

Seven New-Home Neighborhoods Come to Babcock Ranch

Building has begun in earnest in this master-planned community.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Babcock Ranch Is America's First All-Solar Town

Coupled with 9,000 acres of bicycle and hiking trails and interconnected lakes, it is to be a town that celebrates health, wellness and technology.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

New Luxury Riverfront Development Slated for Palmetto

Water’s Edge at Sanctuary Cove will have 15 homes, five of them on the Manatee River.

07/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a Casey Key Modern Beach Retreat Will Cost You

Plus, a 988 Boulevard of the Arts condo in downtown Sarasota and a Palmer Ranch residence.

07/22/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy: Baking Through the Pandemic

A 25-pound bag of flour is a sweet distraction for this novice baker.

07/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Making History

City of Sarasota Receives Grant to Support Newtown

It’s the only Florida entity to receive one of 18 "Underrepresented Community" grants from the National Park Service.

07/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Things To Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 16-22

Outdoor Yoga at The Ringling, a national exhibit opens at Art Center Sarasota and more.

07/16/2020 By Ilene Denton

Trend Report

Kitchen Designs That Sizzle

Tips from area kitchen designers, from ovens we can turn on from our phones to bigger refrigerators to stock up for staying at home.

07/14/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy: I 'Walked' Across Italy

Reaching my 10,000 steps every day is how I'm surviving the pandemic.

07/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Longboat Key Estate Breaks Sale Record at $13 Million—and One Dollar

The all-cash deal is the highest residential real estate sale ever recorded in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, by a buck.

07/09/2020 By Ilene Denton

Things To Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 9-15

A virtual FST Improv Festival, a Sarasota Ballet performance on TV, a healing soak in Warm Mineral Springs and more.

07/09/2020 By Ilene Denton

Small is Big

A Tiny Home Community Debuts in Tampa

Escape Tampa Bay Village joins the movement toward compact living.

07/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $975,000 Gets You in The Lake Club

Plus homes for sale in Baywood Colony and University Park Country Club.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: North Manatee County

Your guide to fast-growing Parrish, Ellenton, Palmetto and Terra Ceia.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Welcome to North Manatee County

Tremendous growth and country charm mark this appealing region.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

North Manatee County Neighborhood Guide

New Home Communities Come to North Manatee County

With 23,918 new homes permitted for construction, north Manatee County is booming.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Outdoor Fun Abounds North of the Manatee River

From county parks and preserves to boating on the Manatee River, there’s plenty to enjoy.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

A $3.5 Million Golden Gate Point Condo Goes Under Contract—In Five Days

Another big sale for the exclusive downtown Sarasota neighborhood.

06/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Eagle Point Club, 1925

Sarasota County’s very first winter resort was at this Venice waterfront enclave.

06/26/2020 By Ilene Denton