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Sarasota surfers honor 'Shark Lady' in ceremony on Turtle Beach

On Sunday evening, they gathered on Turtle Beach. Surfers in board shorts. Environmentalists in bright shirts. Old men in black shoes and socks. They hugged…. Read more »

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Best place to celebrate Earth Day? Sunday at Oscar Scherer State Park

Earth Day? Does anybody still care about Earth Day? And does everyone agree that the best place to celebrate this Sunday is Oscar Scherer State… Read more »

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Rediscovering the Robinson Preserve with a newcomer to the Bradenton park

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Robinson Preserve for a Twilight 5K, but it was raining in Bradenton, so I turned around and went… Read more »

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Beach tour starts at Siesta drum circle and ends at Anna Maria Island piers

We should have gone camping. We should have gone camping last weekend when my daughters came to visit. We should have gone camping when that… Read more »

After Midnight 

Nighthawks at the laundromat

“I used to be scared to come here,” she says. “But then I realized, hey, people are just here to do their clothes.”… Read more »

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The mark-it market at Southern Hellfire tattoo parlor

Past midnight is when the artists, and the freshly adorned, really begin to show their stuff…. Read more »

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Gulf Coast surfers head for the beach when winter cold fronts reach Florida

Just after a cold front, when a stiff breeze has the rest of us zipping windbreakers, local surfers head for the shore. Have wet suit,… Read more »

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Sarasota cyclists take swing at bike polo on Thursday nights

  When John Burgess breaks loose, lifting his mallet for another shot on goal, James Mitchell hustles back on defense, pedaling furiously. He skids to… Read more »

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Skate night at Riverwalk

The boards are rolling from dusk till dawn at Bradenton’s Riverwalk Skate Park… Read more »

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Full Moon means music under the stars at Myakka River State Park

If you’re going to Friday’s Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park — and you should — make sure you arrive before dark. Then… Read more »

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Grand Canyon hikers share steep trails, sore calves and spectacular scenery

We started our hike in the cold and finished our hike in the snow. In between, there was the Grand Canyon — spectacular scenery going… Read more »

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Manatee Parks call on RIP Squad for Wednesday morning volunteer work

The Manatee County volunteers work their way through the Ungarelli Preserve, pulling shrubs, lopping branches and plucking trash from a salt marsh off Palma Sola… Read more »

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With cheap gas and brisk weather, RV campers roll into Lake Manatee

With temperatures falling and gas prices dropping, Florida RV campers feel like they’re on a roll. Sonny Hardee rolled his travel trailer south from the… Read more »

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Need a Christmas break?

12 things to do if you need to get away from the holiday bustle before you say “bah, humbug!”… Read more »

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Corn field maze leads kids of all ages through Myakka's Dakin Dairy Farms

Am I the only grown-up who finds a corn field maze irresistible? Maybe it’s the fresh weather of fall. Maybe it’s the idea of wandering… Read more »

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