Travel & Outdoors

The Great Beyond

Eternal Reefs Offers a Unique, Eco-Friendly Way to Memorialize Your Loved Ones

The Sarasota-based company uses cremated remains to create reef balls that help marine life thrive.

06/30/2021 By Emma Moneuse

Staycation Days

Airbnb 'Experiences' Offer Less Traditional Vacation Activities

Check out these Sarasota locals who host experiences anyone can book online, tourist or not.

06/30/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Travel

Allegiant Adds New Service to Washington, D.C. from SRQ

The nonstop flights will begin on Dec. 18, 2021.

06/29/2021 By Staff

Beep Beep, Scoot Scoot

Sarasota Held Its First Vespa Parade This Weekend

On Sunday, the Sarasota chapter of the Vespa of America club joined other cities nationwide to celebrate the iconic scooters. It was adorable.

06/28/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Heat Reprieve

These Area Hotels Offer Pool Day Passes

No pool? No problem. Stay cool, meet out-of-towners and craft a staycation day this summer.

06/28/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Piney Point

Environmental Nonprofits Sue State, Property Owners Over Piney Point Disaster

The lawsuit charges that the state and the company that owns Piney Point ignored warnings about possible failures at the site.

06/25/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Save the Sea Cow

More Manatees Have Died in 2021 Than Ever Before

In the first half 2021, 841 manatees have died—that's more than ever recorded in Florida history. The culprits? Starvation from algal blooms, like red tide, and watercraft.

06/22/2021 By Emma Lichtenstein

Government

Sarasota County Fire Chief Lifting Recreational Burn Ban

Seasonal rain patterns have begun, and officials say they are seeing a reduction in the wildfire threat throughout Sarasota County.

06/17/2021 By Staff

Take a Dip

Lido Beach Pool Is Now Open

The pool is open Tuesday through Sunday, weather permitting.

06/17/2021 By Staff

Editors' Picks

Our Favorite Sarasota Summer Pastimes

June 20 is the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. Here's how our editors plan on spending their extra time in the sun this summer.

06/17/2021 By The Editors

Turtle Tragedy

How to Help Keep Sea Turtles Safe This Summer

A sea turtle that was hit by a boat recently washed up on Siesta Key. Mote Marine Lab offers tips for how to keep the animals safe.

06/16/2021 By Emma Lichtenstein

Hurricane Season

Three Rare Tropical Disturbances Are Brewing

Make sure you’ve got your hurricane plans in place.

06/15/2021 By Susan Burns

Sunny Days Ahead

An Ode to Lido Beach

At Lido, we come to rest and recharge.

06/14/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Travel

Southwest to Add Service to Washington, D.C., NYC and Austin

The new flights will begin in November.

06/10/2021 By Staff

Now Open

After a Year of Challenges, Sarasota Attractions Are Getting Back to Normal

Business is bouncing back at some of Sarasota's most popular attractions.

06/10/2021 By Allison Forsyth

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

Grass appeal

Volunteers Work to Restore Salt Marsh Habitat at Robinson Preserve

Planting bucketfuls of grass creates habitat for birds and shelter for other types of wildlife.

06/09/2021 By Allison Forsyth

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

Travel

Southwest Begins Service to Two New Destinations From SRQ

The airline will also begin service to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Grand Rapids, and Kansas City on June 12.

06/08/2021 By Staff

Dark Matter

Magical 'Queen of the Night' Flowers Are Blooming All Over Sarasota

The flowers bloom only after dark, and for only one night each year.

06/08/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker