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What should replace Applebee’s in downtown Sarasota?

UPDATED OCT. 1: The chain restaurant’s downtown Sarasota location is now available. … Read more »

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Bar Tab: Sarasota Brewing Company

A craft beer original since 1989, this brewpub is a survivor. … Read more »

Isabella’s Italian Grill has new owners, new menu, wine pairing dinner Sept. 27

Restaurant has new owners, a revamped menu, and a new executive chef and culinary team…. Read more »

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Mozzarella Fella starts serving breakfast Saturday

Makers of beloved sandwiches now serving Italian-style omelets, skillets, crepes and more. … Read more »

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Walking out on 'A Walk in the Woods'

“A Walk in the Woods,” Bill Bryson’s delightful Appalachian Trail book, is now an excruciating motion picture. You should not go see this movie. You… Read more »

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Full Moon Yoga? Fans gather each month on beautiful Lido Beach

Once a month, people gather on Lido Beach for what’s called Full Moon Yoga. It’s so beautiful, with the moon rising on shore and the… Read more »

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Play: Bradenton Riverwalk at sunset

Riverfront park welcomes skateboarders, cyclists and strollers. … Read more »


Ballet receives major gift

Contribution from long time donor kick-starts $2.5 million campaign…… Read more »

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Softballs and hard knocks in the Sarasota Co-Ed Softball League

Did I ever tell you about the softball team I joined when I first moved to Florida? Our sponsor was the Bayshore Recovery Center, or… Read more »

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Play: Lakewood Ranch vs. the Village Idiots

Let bikers have Hidden Trail in Lakewood Ranch…. Read more »

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BAR NEWS: Office Bar replaces Evie's in downtown Sarasota

New craft cocktail and craft beer bar replaces Evie’s Tavern on Ringling. … Read more »

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UPDATED 8/17: Restaurants taking summer vacation

UPDATED 8/17: Add an iconic downtown Sarasota restaurant and Village of the Arts landmark to the list…. Read more »

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In Tampa, Bayshore Park is a breeze, but new Selmon Trail falls short

A bike trail beneath an expressway. How does that sound? Well, I thought it was intriguing — shade is at a premium in Florida —… Read more »

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18 Free Things To Do in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Anna Maria

Fun activities that cost nothing in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Anna Maria…. Read more »

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Play! Embracing flooding at Myakka River State Park

Historic palm cabins rise above flooding at Myakka River State Park… Read more »

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Weird Florida? Try Koreshan Site and celibate cult of 'cellular cosmogony'

If you’re looking for a day trip, or an excuse to travel south along the Gulf Coast, try the Koreshan State Historic Site near Fort… Read more »

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Restaurant News: Don Pablo's closed

Tex-Mex restaurant, reopened in 2012, has shut its door again “permanently” … Read more »

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House guests warm up at Siesta Beach and cool off at Ellenton Ice Complex

When my sister and her family showed up for a Sarasota vacation, the first thing they wanted to do was swim at Siesta Beach. Done…. Read more »

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Robert Irvine filming 'Restaurant: Impossible' in Bradenton

Food Network and its celebrity chef are taping an episode of “Restaurant: Impossible.” Volunteers wanted. … Read more »

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Bring a buddy for Freedom Swim, Charlotte's Fourth of July tradition

OK, here’s my annual pitch for the Freedom Swim down in Charlotte County, which remains the best Fourth of July tradition on the Gulf Coast…. Read more »

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