Travel & Outdoors

Nature

Manatee County Parks Will Celebrate Arbor Day with a Scavenger Hunt

UF/IFAS Extension and Manatee County Parks will host a community-wide scavenger hunt for native trees.

01/07/2022 By Staff

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

Energy

New College Student Awarded Federal Grant for Solar Carport

Antonia Ginsberg-Klemmt invented GismoPower, a portable, solar-powered carport.

01/04/2022 By Staff

Consider the Shrimp

Wild Gulf Shrimp Are the World’s Best, But the Future May Be in Aquaculture

Award-winning food and travel writer Alexander Lobrano pens a love letter to Gulf shrimp—and ponders its future.

01/04/2022 By Alexander Lobrano

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

Conservation

New Project Launching to Benefit Manatees in Southwest Florida

The initiative will connect locals to a manatee habitat restoration in the Warm Mineral Springs Creek and Salt Creek areas.

12/21/2021 By Staff

Free & Freeish

Great Things to Do in Sarasota for Under $10

Sometimes the best things in life are free (or freeish).

12/21/2021 By The Editors

Event

Sarasota Tiger Bay Panel Will Discuss the Growing Privatization of Local and State Public Beaches

Some people have been arrested for walking on Sarasota beaches they’ve used for years. Why is this happening—and is it legal?

12/17/2021 By Staff

Travel

SRQ Passenger Numbers Up 203 Percent in November 2021

In November, 321,643 passengers traveled through the airport.

12/15/2021 By Staff

Travel

AAA: 109 Million Americans to Travel for Year-End Holidays

In Florida, more than 5.9 million people are predicted to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2—35 percent higher than in 2020.

12/14/2021 By Staff

Conservation

Jelks Family Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to Conservation Foundation

The funding will be used for conservation of priority land in Manatee County.

12/14/2021 By Staff

The Party's Over

What Happened to the Longboat Key Peacocks?

Only 10 to 12 males remain

12/14/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Conservation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $62,500 Grant to Conservation Foundation

The funding will help fund the creation of a new Nature Interpreter position and program.

12/08/2021 By Staff

Travel

Allegiant Adds New Nonstop Service to Appleton, WI, from SRQ

It's the airport's 53rd nonstop destination.

12/07/2021 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

Sound Off

Is Biden Worse on Climate Change than Trump?

Biden has just approved the largest number of Gulf drilling leases in history.

11/29/2021 By Isaac Eger

A Sailing Sisterhood

The Luffing Lassies Celebrate 50 Years of Women on the Water

“Isn’t this great? All these crazy women out playing?”

11/29/2021 By Susan Burns

Nature

Kids Can Participate in This Year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Too

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is hosting a pair of bird count events for kids ages 5-10 in December.

11/24/2021 By Staff

Tourism

Florida Visitation Tops Pre-Pandemic Levels in Q3

A total of 32.5 million travelers visited the state between July and September of this year.

11/23/2021 By Staff

Travel

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Renews Airport Health Accreditation

Since the start of the pandemic, SRQ has worked with its tenants and the TSA to implement multiple cleaning and safety measures.

11/22/2021 By Staff