Keeping Heads Above Water

Hurricane Ian Put Triangle Ranch Underwater

How long will Hurricane Ian's effects be felt on properties by the Myakka River?

10/10/2022 By Isaac Eger

Conservation

Community Collaboration Permanently Protects 191 Acres in Sarasota County

The property is a birding hotspot, and a portion of the land is part of the largest floodplain marsh in the Myakka River basin, called Tatum Sawgrass Marsh.

09/02/2022 By Staff

Volunteers

Florida State Parks Foundation Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

The recognitions include volunteers in Sarasota-Manatee.

04/07/2022 By Staff

Nature

Myakka River State Park Purchases All-Terrain Wheelchair to Improve Accessibility

A grant from the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation made the move possible.

01/05/2022 By Staff

Free & Freeish

We Live in Paradise—Enjoy It With These Free Outdoor Actvities

From birdwatching to outdoor yoga to hiking, biking and swimming, there's an activity for every outdoor enthusiast.

12/01/2021

Conservation

Conservation Foundation Protects 228 Acres in Old Miakka

The land is a critical link between Sarasota County’s Old Miakka Preserve and the Conservation Foundation’s Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve.

10/14/2021 By Staff

Events

'Control Growth Now' Group to Honor Old Miakka Activist

The group will present longtime local activist Becky Ayech with its 2021 Citizen of the Year award.

10/11/2021 By Staff

From the Editor

Can Nature Sue Florida?

If this sounds far-fetched, remember that corporations have been given rights and legal personhood.

09/27/2021 By Susan Burns

Losing Our Country

Rural Hi Hat Ranch Gets Closer to Becoming a Major Development

Despite protests, Sarasota County commissioners approve an allowable density amendment for the sprawling Hi Hat Ranch.

06/10/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

High Stakes Decision

Sarasota County Commission to Consider Turning Hi Hat Ranch Into Large Housing, Commercial Development

It's another battle in the fight between the preservationists who want to keep some of the region’s land rural and the developers who want to maximize its profit.

06/09/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Take a hike

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Day to Visit a State Park

It's become an annual tradition for my family to head out to Myakka River State Park on Thanksgiving Day.

11/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Environment

Sarasota County Acquires 100 Acres for Conservation

The county recently acquired 20 acres along the Myakka River and 80 acres in the Old Miakka area.

11/20/2020 By Staff

Outdoor Adventures

It's Election Day. Let's Go Take a Hike.

Stop refreshing Twitter and recharge in nature at Oscar Scherer State Park or Myakka River State Park.

11/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

'I Will Never Go Away'

Becky Ayech Fights for Old Miakka’s Rural Way of Life

For decades, Ayech has been battling government and developers over zoning issues, pollution and the need to protect the watershed.

11/01/2020 By Elizabeth Djinis

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go Horseback Riding at Myakka River Trail Rides

The property's 40 acres of sprawling fields and shaded trails, along with purebred, trained horses, will have you feeling like a certified cattle wrangler in no time.

09/16/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Bear With Us

St. Petersburg Couple Marries With an Actual Bear as Their Ring Bearer

Animal lovers Rita Janecek and Joseph Schaar marry at Bearadise Ranch alongside Carol the bear, after plans to wed in Alaska fell through.

04/28/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Into the Woods

Photos: The Natural Beauty of Myakka River State Park

Let’s go exploring.

04/21/2020

Sneak Preview

Florida Artists Hall of Fame Photographer Clyde Butcher Opens New Myakka Exhibit at the Bishop Museum

Butcher also will join a panel of judges for Sarasota Magazine's Earth Day Photo Contest.

02/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Weekly Planner

A Cast Iron Cooking Class, a Downton Abbey-Themed Dinner and More of This Week’s Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: a night market and food truck rally and a sunset happy hour.

01/29/2020 By Rachel Suwak

A Rare Breed

A Myakka Woman Wants to Save the Akhal-Teke

Prized for their shimmering, almost metallic coats, the breed dates back 3,000 years ago and still maintains its distinct bloodline.

09/01/2019 By Hanna Powers