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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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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 Park? I wasn’t sure about ... Read more »

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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 home. That was dumb. It ... Read more »

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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 cold front left behind a ... Read more »

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