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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 something like that. I figured ... Read more »

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

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

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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 Myers. It’s a beautiful spot ... Read more »

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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. They loved it — who ... Read more »

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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. It’s gloriously disorganized. It’s thoroughly ... Read more »

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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 Park. It has a ... Read more »

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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 suffers from a pinched nerve ... Read more »

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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 road called Shady Lane, but ... Read more »

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

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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 his partner playing another local ... Read more »

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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. She doesn’t worry about winning. ... Read more »

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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 Friday, by the way, which ... Read more »

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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 so often. The crack of ... Read more »

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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. They hung leis around each ... Read more »
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