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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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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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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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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 »

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Top 5: Things to do today

Baseball, a new brew spot, spring break action and more. … 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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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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