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Jet-skiers and dog-lovers enjoy splashing in shade of Palma Sola Park

On the drive out to Anna Maria Island, my wife’s new favorite place, I always get a kick out of Palma Sola Causeway Park. People… Read more »

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A ‘crazy’ badminton marathon

Four people will try to set a Guinness World Record by playing 34 hours straight…. Read more »

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For the coolest time at the beach, follow an afternoon thundershower

Instead of whining about the weather, which I do all the time, let me suggest one way you might beat the heat. No, it’s not… Read more »

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Ancient sport of hurling takes hold in Lakewood Ranch

At Lakewood Ranch High School, Austin Rushnell was a skateboarder. Now, as a history student at the University of South Florida, he’s embraced the ancient… Read more »

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Lakewood Ranch artist/adventurer wins iPhone Photography Contest

Where to start with Julio Lucas? He’s a 32-year-old illustrator, web designer and Ringling School of Art graduate who won first place in the 2014… Read more »

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Saturday afternoons offer a sneak peek at 21,000 acres of Duette Preserve

The Duette Preserve is so big — some 21,000 acres — that it’s hard to take a bite out of the darn thing. So here’s… Read more »

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It's time for Tuesday (and Wednesday) Summer Beach Runs for kids, families

The good news is that next week I’m heading to Oregon for a road trip that will include hiking at Crater Lake. The bad news… Read more »

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Bikers, joggers and strollers join rowers and crew teams at Benderson Park

For Mother’s Day, we started with a crawfish omelette and finished with a family bike ride around the rowing lake at Benderson Park. Two or… Read more »

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Women on Wheels cycling event will roll through Lakewood Ranch May 17

Next Saturday, more than 50 women (and no men) will take a 60-mile ride (not a race) out of Village Bikes in Lakewood Ranch. Women… Read more »

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Birds rule at new Scherer Thaxton Preserve

Bald eagles, scrub jays and ospreys are known to frequent Sarasota County’s newest park,… Read more »

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Summer season sets low rates for tennis at Payne Park and private clubs

Attention, tennis players and bargain hunters: Payne Park summer memberships – five months for $150 – start today. That seems like a pretty good deal,… Read more »


Time to Ride the Beaches

Sunday event in Venice offers food, exercise and more…. Read more »

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Uninhibited runners will lace sneakers, lose clothes for Caliente Bare Dare 5K

Running can get boring, so race directors try all kinds of bits to keep things interesting. Glow runs. Mud races. Costume contests. Obstacle courses. Color… Read more »

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Hydrophobic runners and cyclists say 'Those who can't tri, du'

Add Philip Jones of Lakewood Ranch to a long list of triathletes who became duathletes. “I just didn’t want to put time into training for… Read more »

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Just how peaceful is the camping at Arcadia's Peace River Campground?

For years I’ve been raving about the Peace River Campground, but some of my friends think the place has been overrun by noisy four-wheelers. Last… Read more »

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