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.)

Sneak Preview

The Parade of Homes Opens Doors to 101 Model Homes Feb. 22-March 15

Home builders in seven area communities will participate in the 2020 Parade.

02/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

Walker Guest House Replica to be Auctioned at Palm Springs Modernism Week

The full-scale replica of Paul Rudolph’s iconic vacation home had been on display at the Ringling Museum from 2015-2017.

02/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Aquanauts to Astronauts

Mote Plans Livestream to Encourage African-Americans to Pursue STEM Careers

The partnership with The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes place Feb. 27.

02/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Feb. 13-19

Orioles Spring Fest, Mandy Patinkin in concert, Thunder by the Bay Music and Motorcycle Fest and more.

02/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

Here's What $1.5 Million Will Buy on Siesta Key

Plus, homes for $350,000 and $1.95 million in Lakewood Ranch.

02/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

All Natural

A Midcentury Home in the Sanderling Club Is Redesigned to Bring the Outdoors In

The home is set on a very private acre framed by gigantic live oaks, stands of bamboo, banyan trees and rhapis palms. Take a peek inside.

02/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota: Feb. 6-12

Circus Sarasota, “Dali: Gardens of the Mind” at Selby Gardens, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more.

02/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Family Fun Guide

Great Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota

From toddler art to untamed nature, a guide to under-the-radar adventures.

02/05/2020 By Pam Daniel and Ilene Denton

Architecture Events

CFAS Trolley Tours Resume for Season

Tours of historic neighborhoods and architecturally significant buildings take place every Thursday through April.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Preview

Junior League of Sarasota Tour of Homes is Feb. 28-29.

The 43rd annual tour takes you inside five notable residences in Oyster Bay, Siesta Key and more.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

To the Rescue

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Will Go On After All

A circa-1916 residence in Bungalow Hill is replacement after original home falls through.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards

Robert Rogers Started the Conversation With LGBTQ Elders About Loss and Legacy

“I’m a better person because of the generosity of all these people who’ve chosen to talk to me.”

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton


Flashback: Kentucky Military Institute, Circa 1947-1951

The institute opened its winter quarters in downtown Venice in 1933.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Kristen Chenoweth at the Van Wezel, free outdoor movie night at Nathan Benderson Park and more.

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Master Plan 2.0

Selby Gardens Unveils Revised Master Site Plan

The plan addresses neighbors’ concerns while upholding the integrity of the project, says executive director Jennifer Rominiecki.

01/27/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

'Everybody Wants the Shiny Penny': An Update on the State of the Local Luxury Market

Sarasota and Manatee's top-selling real estate agent Roger Pettingell shares his insights.

01/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

BeachWalk by Manasota Key, With 1,675 Homes, Is Coming to Englewood

DiVosta Homes to develop the coastal-inspired mainland community two miles from Manasota Beach Park.

01/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Jan. 23-29

Loads of laughs with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner at the Van Wezel, and more.

01/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Sneak Peek

Take a Look Inside the New Mark Sarasota Condominiums

The complex in the heart of downtown Sarasota is welcoming its first residents.

01/21/2020 By Ilene Denton

Architecture Awards

Tetreault-Pirman House Wins National Award for Seibert Architects

The modern home was singled out by the Society of Registered American Architects.

01/20/2020 By Ilene Denton