park politics

City Commission Rejects Proposal to Sell Section of Downtown Pocket Park

A New York City-based development firm had proposed turning part of Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park into a two-story food court and bar.

01/19/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Teed up

Plans to Renovate Bobby Jones Golf Complex Get the Green Light

After years of neglect and delays, the Sarasota City Commission approved plans to move forward with renovations and conservation of the 300-acre property.

01/11/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City

New Top-of-the-Line Lighting System Coming to Payne Park Tennis Center

The Sarasota City Commission voted Monday to spend $535,000 to upgrade the tennis center's lights in preparation for the Sarasota Open in April.

01/11/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Nature

'Fire Fest' Will Educate Public About Prescribed Burns

The family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29.

01/04/2022 By Staff

The Big Story

How the Brian Laundrie Case Hurt Florida

A manhunt, a dead body and a media frenzy over the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie tragedy have scarred Carlton Reserve, of our state's most beautiful parks.

12/31/2021 By Isaac Eger

park politics

Developer's Hopes to Build a Food Court on Downtown Park Property on Hold

Several residents spoke out against the plan at a Sarasota City Commission meeting on Monday.

12/07/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Wise Eyes

Meet the Laughing Buddha of Cocoanut Avenue

A homeowner in the historic neighborhood just north of downtown Sarasota installed a joyful Buddha to watch over nearby Pioneer Park.

11/23/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Environment

Celebrate 'National Cleanup Day' in Sarasota This Weekend

North and South Sarasota County parks and beaches will have community cleanup events on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8-10 a.m.

09/13/2021 Photography by Allison Forsyth

Awards

Sarasota County Parks Earns Two Awards from Florida Recreation and Parks Association

The awards are in recognition of annual report materials and volunteer contributions.

09/10/2021 By Staff

Neighborhood Vote

South Gate Association May Sell Historic Victor Lundy House

Association members are invited to attend an information session on June 22.

06/18/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Strong Babe Jewelry

Two Sarasota Artists Unveil New Jewelry Collection

Lorrie Dickinson and Karen Chandler invite you to Raine Studio for the unveiling of their ChandleRaine jewelry collaboration collection.

05/11/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Sell your home

Five Tips for Selling Your Home to City Slickers

Two Sarasota realtors share their best practices for making your home more appealing to home buyers from bigger cities.

03/17/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Editors' Picks

What We're Loving in Sarasota This Month

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, there's much joy to be found.

02/06/2021 By The Editors

Outdoor Adventures

Let's Go on a Snorkeling Trip to Egmont Key

Coastline Excursions offer guided tours from Anna Maria Island to Egmont Key.

12/30/2020 By Allison Forsyth

What Your Money Can Buy

What a New-Construction Residence in Gillespie Park Will Cost You

Plus a Manatee River mansion and a Lakewood Ranch model home.

10/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Future Was Female

Sisters Katherine and Daisy McClellan Built a Modern Neighborhood Back in 1916

To mark Amendment 19's 100th anniversary of giving women the right to vote, we're telling the stories of influential local women.

07/13/2020 By Kay Kipling

The Perfect Gift

On Mother’s Day, Walk This Way to Payne Park

The city park is beautiful, easy to access, and—important right now—has plenty of room to roam.

05/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Walk This Way

Gillespie Park Is Proof That Walkability Can Turn a Neighborhood Around

Check out the block of brightly colored cottages on Seventh Street between Goodrich and Orange avenues and you’ll see a neighborhood literally coming back to life.

03/05/2020 By Robert Plunket

The T-Shirt Wars

Inside the Bitter Fight for the Future of Sarasota

A series of hard-fought conflicts has created a situation in which you can tell by the color of someone’s T-shirt whether that person is an ally or a mortal enemy.

02/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Siegfried’s Friendly Beer Garden Offers Classic German Fare

The Gillespie Park restaurant's menu runs through a host of traditional Rhineland dishes.

01/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker