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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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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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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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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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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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Paddling and pancakes make for perfect Father's Day weekend near Ocala

Let’s start with the pancakes, because that’s how we began our Father’s Day jaunt north of Orlando. There’s a place called De Leon Springs State… Read more »

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What's SUP, Sarasota? Saturday paddle boarding races on Siesta Beach

Brad Ward won the Sarasota SUP Championships last year, and the year before that, but this Saturday doesn’t look so good. The Siesta Beach lifeguard… Read more »

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Walton Ranch needs a SCORR

Here’s my one-word review of mountain biking through the new Walton Ranch nature preserve down in North Port: “Meh.” It’s nice enough on a canopy… Read more »

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New view of Siesta Beach from Sun Deck

The new pavilion opened Thursday as part of a $21 million renovation. … Read more »

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Live updates: Siesta Beach Pavilion opens

Social media updates from the soft opening of Siesta Public Beach’s new food pavilion. … Read more »

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The Summer 50

A multitude of ways to defeat the summer doldrums…. Read more »

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Sarasota player hopes to move up in summer beach volleyball tournaments

Luke Paige took a break from beach volleyball to play rugby, of all things, but now he’s back on Siesta Beach. I caught him and… Read more »

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Triathletes race through transitions at Wilde Storm Challenge

Michele Schenk, a 60-year-old triathlete from Holmes Beach, let me pester her with questions before the Wilde Storm Challenge on Sunday. She doesn’t get nervous…. Read more »

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Ready for Bike To Work Day? Try these tips and avoid these mistakes

Last week, I did everything wrong on my practice ride, but now I can help you get everything right on Bike to Work Day. That’s… Read more »

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Boys of summer keep swinging in Manatee Adult Baseball League

The Manatee Adult Baseball League is a traditional game, a wooden bat game, but now most of the players use composite models that don’t break… Read more »

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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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