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June 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

County approves potion of Braves funding The City of North Port could be playing ball soon, as plans for a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves have advanced. The plan is to transform a 70-acre vacant lot into a state of the art spring training facility. It's a project with a $75 million dollar […]

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May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Orioles attendance second highest The weather is heating up, and Spring Training season has come and left Sarasota. But 2017 was a good season for the Orioles, which have played seven in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles attracted a total of 119,742 fans for 17 home games in Sarasota — the second-highest spring […]

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April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Large biomedical center receives initial OK A biomedical center that could include medical research, office buildings, educational facilities, a hotel and conference center, and residential, retail and commercial buildings at State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd. has cleared a hurdle. The biomedical center project earned an initial approval vote in a 6-1 Manatee County […]

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March 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin Downtown shuttle gets rolling A free, on-demand circulator will be rolling in the heart of the city. The new transit shuttle service was slated to make its debut in downtown Sarasota after the City Commission voted 5-0 Feb. 6 to approve a contract with The Gotcha Group, a Charleston, S.C.-based transportation company […]

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February 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin City Commission race underway The race for two at-large Sarasota City Commission seats is on, and it is a full house. On Jan. 13, the field of candidates for the March 14 Sarasota City Commission was finalized — with eight individuals running for two at-large seats on the board. The candidates in […]

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Off Key News

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson Fake Sales? First it was fake news. Now with the recent holiday shopping season we’ve been hearing about fake ‘sales.’ California’s AG has taken legal action against Sears, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s for the retail equivalent of those fake news items that popped up during the presidential race with headlines like […]

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January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Downtown gateway signs in the works Downtown could be getting a touch of simple hospitality. Three of the main entrances to downtown Sarasota are slated for new gateway signs soon — announcing to motorists, including tourists, they are entering the heart of the city. The Downtown Improvement District (DID) is pursuing a project to install […]

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Key stories to watch in 2017

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin In the upcoming New Year, some unresolved issues are going to take center stage, and several proposed projects could mean significant changes for the island. Siesta Sand takes a look at Eight Big Stories to watch in 2017 — from the question of what’s going to happen to Big Pass, to a […]

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December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

At the center of attention A second roundabout sculpture is in the works downtown, and it is already drawing attention. The city’s Public Art Committee decided Nov. 1 that a sculpture by local artist Jorge Blanco should be featured at the center of the planned roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue downtown. The approximately […]

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Off Key

November 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Millenials on the Move to Justice Down the Tubes? A New Option for Millennials Imprisoned in Parents’ Basement? With statistics showing that young adults age 18 to 34 are for the first time more likely to live at home with their parents than with a roommate or romantic partner close to […]

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October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Paid parking — it’s back. Parking meters are coming back. Four years after the city of Sarasota’s last brief attempt to implement a paid parking plan downtown, the City Commission approved a plan to install meters on 468 parking spaces on Main Street, Palm Avenue and part of Ringling Boulevard. The meters will be installed […]

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Off Key

October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Parking Madness to Revenue ‘Enhancement’ Where Bad Ideas Never Die… It’s said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Which leads us to Sarasota’s city commissioners once again voting to move ahead with plans to install paid parking meters on downtown […]

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