Why I Care

Why I Care: Gene Rose Feeds the Homeless

An encounter with a homeless man caused Gene Rose to start volunteering at the Salvation Army.

04/26/2017 By Ilene Denton

Fairy Godmother

Christine Mayer Helps Girls' Prom Dreams Come True

Mayer spends much of prom season in a room in a school board building she calls “The Closet,” helping hundreds of girls find the dress of their dreams.

04/26/2017 By Pam Daniel

Mr. Chatterbox

Our Humor Columnist's Picks for the Best of Sarasota 2017

Joe Gruters, Steve Bannon, Jesse Biter, Betty Schoenbaum and Katherine Harris all make Mr. C's list.

04/26/2017 By Robert Plunket

Act II

A Local Singer Discovers Her Half-Brother—and Revives Her Career

Twinkle Schascle Yochim and her half-brother Tony LeClerc make beautiful music together.

04/26/2017 By Dennis Maley

On the Hook

Freedom is Sweet for the Liveaboards Off Bradenton Beach

Living's not easy, though.

03/31/2017 By Isaac Eger

Incredible Journey

A Local Sailor Crosses the Atlantic With His 14-Year-Old Grandson

Joe Barnette and his grandson, Robbie, sailed from the Bird Key Yacht Club to England.

03/31/2017 By Ilene Denton

What the Carpenter Built

Joe Volpe Has Big Plans for Sarasota Ballet

Joe Volpe rose from the bottom to lead the Metropolitan Opera. Now he's laying plans for Sarasota Ballet's future.

03/29/2017 By Scott Vogel

Mr. Chatterbox

Our Humor Columnist Shops for Trump Merchandise

Mr. C sets out to examine some important questions about Trump merchandise: Is it any good? What does it say about the family that has created it? And where can you buy it in Sarasota?

03/29/2017 By Robert Plunket

The Art of Ashes

Sarasota-Based Eternal Ware Creates Pottery Out of Human Remains

A rise in cremations sparks a business opportunity.

03/29/2017 By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

Drone Ranger

Tim Nilson Makes Parts for Drones

Former Sony Music CTO Nilson's Sarasota-based company offers high-performance components for drone-racing pilots.

03/29/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Change Agent

Can the "Prince of Darkness" Become a Beacon of Hope?

The 48-year-old Venice accountant has a reputation as the money man behind scores of Florida political campaigns.

03/29/2017 By David Hackett

Why I Care

Carol and Mort Siegler Fund Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council

"We need to make statements and be proactive.”

03/29/2017 By Ilene Denton

Time Is a Lie

Ethan Hawke Discusses Success, Failure, Art at Ringling College

"Feeling like you don't belong or there isn't a place for you is very common, and it's not permission to not take a step forward."

03/09/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Smoke Gets in His Eyes

On a Barstool at Memories Lounge, a 91-Year-Old Reveals His Secret of Longevity

"Mr. Phil," as he's known, is at Memories Lounge from 10 p.m.-closing every night.

03/01/2017 By Isaac Eger

Heat Index

Employment Recruiter Doug Warrington Helps a Local Youngster Thrive

Warrington reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in 2013. The rest is history.

03/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Get Into the Groove

Meet Walker Lukens, the Excellent Austin Singer Who Headlines the Next Ringling Underground Concert

"Bands don't go to Florida very often, but it's actually a great place to build a fanbase because of that. Audiences are a little more appreciative of people coming."

02/17/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Girl Interrupted

A Local Syrian Student is Derailed by War

We spoke to former New College student Racha Masara shortly after President Trump's travel ban, affecting Syria and six other Middle Eastern countries, went into effect.

02/15/2017 By Pam Daniel

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Why Millennials Struggle in Sarasota

The good news: Not all young people hate Sarasota. The bad news: The obstacles to keeping them here are bigger than most people realize.

02/14/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison

The Rest of Your Life

How to Retire to Sarasota

Forget about driving your golf cart into the sunset. Boomers want more from retirement.

02/07/2017 By Ilene Denton