The staff was using typewriters and Sarasota was called Clubhouse when editorial director Pam Daniel first signed on. Since then, she’s not only made the switch to computers (though the IT people might question that) but helped steer the magazine through major expansion and shelves full of awards. Still excited by the city and its never-ending stories, she loves how the digital universe has expanded Sarasota’s reach. A nature lover and thrift-store addict, she has a cute Siesta cottage filled with way too many finds, and by the time he was 5 had trained her grandson Alan to bargain at yard sales. (His biggest scores? A stuffed owl for $8 and a vintage clock radio—it works!—for  a dime.)

Insider's Guide 2017

The Drum Circle is a Siesta Key Beach Institution

Siesta’s Drum Circle offers free-flowing fun at sunset.

11/30/2017 By Pam Daniel

Into the Wild

Volunteers from All Over the Country Help Keep Myakka Running

Some are locals who sign up for a few hours or days a month; others—mainly retirees—come in their campers from all over the country and live in the park for months on end.

11/29/2017 By Pam Daniel and Kay Kipling

Into the Wild

Deep Hole is Home to Hundreds of Alligators

The park’s No. 1 attraction is a prehistoric predator.

11/29/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

From the Editor: That Myakka Magic

Myakka is much more than just a bunch of trees.

11/29/2017 By Pam Daniel

Proceed With Caution

Florida’s I-4 is America’s Deadliest Highway

Between 2011 and 2015, more than 150 people died on the 132-mile interstate between Tampa and Daytona Beach.

11/17/2017 By Pam Daniel

Tiki Time

Plans for a New Restaurant and Tiki Bar at Lido Beach Spark Protest

Should the City of Sarasota partner with private businesses to add a 200-seat restaurant and tiki bar to Lido Beach?

11/07/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

From the Editor: Life Without Art

Pam Daniel on the intersection of art, politics and freedom.

10/30/2017 By Pam Daniel

Mutt-opia

Elaborate Pet Funeral Services Aren't Uncommon in Sarasota-Manatee

You'll find everything from traditional Jewish burials to circus-themed celebrations of life.

09/27/2017 By Pam Daniel

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: Siesta Key

Your guide to the nation’s best beach and the community surrounding it.

09/25/2017 Edited by Pam Daniel

Hurricane Harvey

Of Houston and Harvey

Here in Florida, we understand the power of hurricanes all too well.

08/29/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

Our Snooty, Ourselves

Remembering the South Florida Museum's beloved manatee.

08/07/2017 By Pam Daniel

Home Dream Home

Must-Haves for the Buyer Who Has Everything

What does the 1 percent really want in a home? We'll tell you.

07/26/2017 By Pam Daniel

Heat Index

How Frequent Are Local Shark Attacks?

Florida leads the nation in attacks.

07/26/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

Dear Reader—Who Are You?

Stats about our readers.

07/26/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

From the Editor: Listening to Muslims

This month, we meet with Sarasota's Islamic community

06/28/2017 By Pam Daniel

Best Burgers

What Condiments Take a Good Burger Over the Top?

Four local chefs share their favorites.

06/27/2017 Photography by Pam Daniel

Backyard Bedouins

Step Inside a Sarasota Couple's Kazakhstani Yurt

Wayne and Patti Eastep's backyard yurt is a reflection of their time spent with a nomadic Bedouin tribe.

06/01/2017 By Pam Daniel

From the Editor

A Gator Tale

In Florida, gators can be the biggest of all pests

05/26/2017 By Pam Daniel

Pastry Perfection

Tom Gumpel Dreams Up Great New Goodies for Panera

"Wherever flour flies, you'll find me."

05/25/2017 By Pam Daniel

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