2013 Top 10 Stories

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    1. The Summer 50

    For many people who needed something to do during the sultry summer months, this list was their first stop. It might not have been everything for everyone, but even experienced locals could find at least a few surprises to fill their summer vacation. – Brian Ries

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    2. Best Kept Secrets 3

    Our third installment of this annual guide highlighted 20 local spots that often fly under the radar, from dancing at THROB Nightclub to biker culture at Peggy’s Corral, from ice cream at Nokomis Groves to the suites at Hotel Ranola. Considering how many people perused it, none are very secret any more.  – Brian Ries

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    3. Biggest party of the year: Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix

    If the popularity of everything about this summer spectacular at ticketsarasota.com is any indication, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix is the biggest event of the year. Maybe it’s the beautiful and dangerous boats, maybe it’s the parade and parties, and maybe (probably) its the astounding bikini contest. – Brian Ries

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    4. Restaurant Review: P.F. Chang's

    Maybe it’s sad that the opening of a chain restaurant garnered so much public interest, but P.F. Chang’s friendly pan-Asian cuisine is geared towards the masses. And, admittedly, it’s a pretty place, although perhaps not worth the multiple-hour wait for a table that was common during the first few months. – Brian Ries

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    5. Hundreds of gators gather at Deep Hole in Myakka River State Park

    Tom Becnel’s story about this hidden sinkhole in Myakka – a two-hour hike from the road – caught reader attention, although the excellent photographs by Dan Wagner showing a multitude of scaled backs and pre-historic snouts probably had a lot to do with it. – Brian Ries

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    6. Old School Bar & Grill to open Sept. 5 in downtown Sarasota

    The announcement of a cool, casual new player in downtown Sarasota offering live music plus a full bar and food served seven days a week (with slices of pizzas for sale until the 2 a.m.) created a surprising buzz when I broke the story Sept. 2. – Wade Tatangelo

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    7. REVIEW: Bob Dylan disappoints in Tampa

    Dylan Disappoints: Most critics, including myself, are huge fans of Bob Dylan’s amazing catalog of music. Unlike most critics, though, I couldn’t give the rock poet a pass when he turned in a sad, frustrating headlining performance June 28 during the Americanarama Festival at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Judging by local and international feedback, many others have endured similar Dylan concert experiences in recent years and were just waiting for someone to publish an honest review. – Wade Tatangelo

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    8. Pastimes Pub closes its doors

    Its website is still there, as is its motto “A Dive Music Bar,” but the doors on Gulf Gate’s Pastimes Pub were closed in late March ... with no public explanation. With it went a void for punk-n-roll, rockabilly and a host of other genres in Sarasota ... music that often was played up until closing at 2 a.m. every night.  - Gerry Galipault

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    9. Spring Break Hotspots

    From Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island, we assembled a list of the hottest spots to drink, dance and hook up – all within stumbling distance of the area’s world-famous, sugary sand beaches. We then presented our March 7 Ticket cover story online as a slideshow with even more pictures of young, firm, half-naked people. Yeah, the photos probably helped with pageviews. – Wade Tatangelo

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    10. Uncle Kracker to play Seafood Fest

    DeSoto Seafood Fest had been one of Bradenton’s most popular annual events for decades. The addition of genre-hopping pop star Uncle Cracker played a huge role in helping this April’s festival draw even more attendees, especially from beyond Manatee County, and keep people from complaining about the new admission charge (a measly $2). – Wade Tatangelo