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 9 Things to Do: April 4-10

Sarasota Film Festival and Chalk Festival return to downtown Sarasota, Free Day at the Ringling Museum and much more.

04/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Big Deal

Wow! A $1 Yard Sale Find Turns Out to Be Worth $30,000

A volunteer at The Exchange bought the rare Gio Ponti glazed bowl for just a buck.

04/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

The Ringling Hosts Blossoms Garden Party April 13

The soiree celebrates the legacy of Mable Ringling’s rose garden.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Ritz-Carlton Tower Residences Penthouse Sells for $5.4 Million

An all-cash deal for the luxury condominium tower.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Why I Care

Jane Watt Harnessed the Power of Collective Philanthropy to Create Impact 100 SRQ

Watt has seen membership soar to 107 women, each of whom contributes $1,000 annually.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

On the Homefront

Taylor Morrison Breaks Ground on The Heights, Bonaire Rises on Longboat Key and More

News and notes from the real estate industry.

04/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 4 Things to Do: March 28-April 3

Free Music in the Park with Passerine and more.

03/28/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: March 21-27

Cirque des Voix under the Big Top, Five Centuries of Florida History festival and more.

03/21/2019 By Ilene Denton

Historic Real Estate

Burns Court Bungalow Renovation Plans Unveiled

The bungalow at 442 Burns Court raised concerns when it was partially demolished.

03/20/2019 By Ilene Denton

Interior Design

National ASID CEO to Discuss Sustainable Design at Ringling College

His talk will focus on the impact of design on human health and well-being.

03/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: March 14-20

Disney’s "The Lion King" roars into the Van Wezel, WBTT presents a love letter to Aretha Franklin and more.

03/14/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Casey Key Property Sells for $5.3 Million

It’s the highest priced sale on the barrier island to date in 2019.

03/12/2019 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Winners Announced for 2019 Parade of Homes

The tour of 107 homes in six communities ends Sunday.

03/08/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 9 Things to Do: March 7-13

Last chance to catch Circus Sarasota, An Evening with Judy Collins and more.

03/07/2019 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Michael Saunders Named a Hero of History

The Historical Society of Sarasota County will honor the real estate pioneer at a luncheon March 20.

03/04/2019 By Ilene Denton

Uptown Downtown

A Surge of New $2-Million-Plus Condos Lifts the Sarasota Real Estate Market

A string of ultra-luxury condominium projects are filling in the downtown Sarasota skyline: Auteur, Blvd, Epoch, the Ritz-Carlton Residences at the Quay and, completed last season, 624 Palm.

02/28/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Feb. 28-March 6

The Sarasota Jazz Festival kicks off, David Foster at the Van Wezel and more.

02/28/2019 By Ilene Denton

Home of the Braves

The Atlanta Braves' New Spring Training Facility Opens March 24

The Braves, who have relocated from their 20-year home at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, will play their final spring training game of 2019 at Cool Today Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

02/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Remember When?

The People, Milestones and Game-Changing Events That Made Us Who We Are

A decade-by-decade look at Sarasota over the past 40 years.

02/25/2019 By Susan Burns, Pam Daniel, Ilene Denton, Cooper Levey-Baker, Kay Kipling, and Megan McDonald

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: Feb. 21-27

Spring training opens, the Italian Feast & Carnival spices up Venice, Sarah McLachlan returns to the Van Wezel and much more.

02/21/2019 By Ilene Denton