Insider's Guide 2017

Meet the Threatened Florida Scrub Jay

The population has declined 90 percent since the turn of the last century.

11/29/2017 By Rick Morgan

Food Forest

Rolf Hanson Starts Sarasota County Schools' First Sustainable Food Forest

At Bay Haven elementary school, learning grows on trees.

09/27/2017 By Rick Morgan

Burning Question

How Can Sarasota Attract More Young People?

We take to the streets to find out.

09/27/2017 By Katherine Flanders, Stephanie Hagan, and Rick Morgan

The Sandmen

Siesta Key Beach Sand is Prized Around the Globe

International Sand Collectors Society members collect sand from all over the world.

08/25/2017 By Rick Morgan

Crazy in Love

Ringling College Graduates' Animated Short Goes Viral

The short animated film about a boy with a crush on another boy has captivated the internet.

08/07/2017 By Rick Morgan

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Aug. 3-9

A Dog Days Theatre opening, a back-to-school bash at Jungle Gardens and more.

08/03/2017 By Ilene Denton

Memories

Remembering Downtown Sarasota's Short Stop Market and Deli

Four regulars share their memories of Ali Molavi's beloved downtown market, which closed in June.

08/01/2017 By Rick Morgan Illustrations by Regan Dunnick

No Frenzy Necessary

Want to Help Mote Staff, Learn Something and Have Fun? Try Shark Encounter.

Shark Week came and went, but the infatuation with these fascinating predators is year-round. Mote's Shark Encounter allows visitors to help Mote staff by feeding sharks.

07/31/2017 By Rick Morgan

Gone But Not Forgotten

The Fight for a Snooty Statue in Downtown Bradenton

In the wake of Snooty the manatee's tragic drowning, one local man wants to immortalize the famous sea cow in downtown Bradenton. He has the signatures, but will they be enough?

07/27/2017 By Rick Morgan

Laws of the Jungle

A Walk Through the Wild at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

There's a little bit of everything at the Jungle Gardens.

07/27/2017 By Rick Morgan

Kid-Friendly Cuisine

Eight Great Restaurants to Take Your Kids

Want a great dining experience that won't bore your kids? They can be themselves at any of these eight restaurants.

07/26/2017 By Rick Morgan

No Screens Allowed

Typewriter Socials are the Perfect Mix of Nostalgia and Hipster-Cool

Typewriters aren't dead. Just ask Harry Styles—or the retirees at Alderman Oaks.

07/24/2017 By Rick Morgan

The Beast Within

Sensational Spirited Contenders Compete to Star as Sea Cow Snooty

In a quest to achieve lasting glory and fame, three contestants auditioned this week for the role of Snooty the Manatee.

07/18/2017 By Rick Morgan

At the Car Wash

It's All in the Details: Johnny's Car Wash Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Johnny's Car Wash focuses on maintaining a car's value and staying environmentally friendly. Find out what you can learn from the 60-year-old business.

07/12/2017 By Rick Morgan

Lionfish Safari

This Weekend's Lionfish Derby Combines Hunting and Environmental Conservation

Mote is hosting a derby this weekend to help clean our reefs of this invasive species.

07/07/2017 By Rick Morgan

Don't be a Hammerhead

Mote's Shark Days: Get to Know Our Ocean's Misunderstood Predators

Mote's weeklong program of fun events seeks to educate the public and stress conservation efforts.

06/29/2017 By Rick Morgan

Namaste on the Beach

Go to the Beach or Practice Yoga? Why Not Do Both?

Ava Csiszar's yoga class on Siesta Beach offers sun, sand and stretching.

06/20/2017 By Rick Morgan

Slice of Knowledge

What Your Butcher Can Do for You

Greg Snyder, owner of Southern Steer Butcher, explains the importance of building a lasting, fulfilling relationship with your local meatmonger.

06/20/2017 By Rick Morgan

Monster Mash

Kevin Smith Films Latest Horror Movie in Sarasota

It was all hands on deck at Nathan Benderson Park last night for Smith's new project Killroy Was Here.

06/15/2017 By Rick Morgan

Welcome to the Jungle

An Unused Plot of Land Becomes a Thriving Food Forest at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus

Bay Haven science teacher Rolf Hanson is using a sustainable food forest to teach valuable lessons to students.

06/13/2017 By Rick Morgan