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.)

Good Neighbors

Arlington Park Comes Together for Porchfest

The second annual free event will feature 40 bands performing on front porches around the neighborhood.

09/06/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

The Year’s Highest Priced Residential Sale in Sarasota County?

It’s $9 million for a Gulf-front Sanderling Club property on Siesta Key.

08/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Free Family Day with Selby Gardens, Florida Studio Theatre and Sarasota Opera; Mote’s full moon kayak trip and more.

08/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 24-30

Reggae at the Van Wezel, a chalk fest in Englewood, Singin’ in the Rain and more.

08/23/2017 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Lighthouse Point Sees Its Biggest Sale in Five Years

A waterfront mansion in the gated Longboat Key community goes for $4.5 million.

08/23/2017 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 17-23

The Greatest Show on Earth screens at the Opera House, a Woodstock Revival at the Sarasota Farmers Market and more.

08/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Trail Mix

That Big New “Sold” Sign on North Tamiami Trail and 14th Street?

The vacant lot across from Whitaker Gateway Park eventually will be a mixed condo-retail complex called Whitaker Lofts.

08/17/2017 By Ilene Denton

Preview

MOD Weekend to Honor Architect Tim Seibert

The fourth annual midcentury modern architecture festival is Nov. 10-12, 2017.

08/16/2017 By Ilene Denton

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

Off the Clock

Scott Earl and His Dogs Are Flyball Champs

“We practice every Sunday morning and they know what that day is. When we’re loading the car to go to a tournament, they get excited.”

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