Nature Lover

Rattlesnake Key Slated to Become a State Park

The Manatee County island, just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Terra Ceia Bay, is a slice of undeveloped Old Florida.

06/09/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Volunteers

Florida State Parks Foundation Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

The recognitions include volunteers in Sarasota-Manatee.

04/07/2022 By Staff

Dog Days

11 Dog-Friendly Local Parks to Explore

From Brohard Beach and Paw Park to Bayfront Park on Longboat Key, there's an abundance of dog parks and dog-friendly trails to explore in Sarasota.

03/25/2022 By Samantha Lane

Development

City of Venice Buys Land for $1.5 Million to Develop a Park

Engineering and permitting for the park will begin in October, with construction expected to begin 10 to 12 months after that.

03/23/2022 By Staff

Fishing Guide

Where to Fish in Sarasota-Manatee If You Don't Have a Boat

Cast a rod or net from Sarasota's beaches, bridges, piers and parks.

03/01/2022 By Staff

Love Notes

Five Easy Yet Romantic Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Head to the park or a beach, pretend you're a tourist at a local attraction, and more.

02/07/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Update

Plan to Improve Vamo Drive Park Gets the Green Light

Sarasota County leaders on Tuesday OKed a plan to upgrade the park with proceeds from the sale of one of the homes on the property.

01/26/2022 By Kim Doleatto

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

On Par

The Bobby Jones Nature Trails Have Reopened

The paths are again open to the public now that demolition to make way for future renovations has been completed.

07/22/2021 By Kim Doleatto

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

Real Estate

County Plans to Sell Historic Vamo Drive Home to Pay for Upgrades to Nearby Park

The plan calls for the preservation of a historic two-story lodge on the property that was built in 1900.

05/28/2021 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