Tourism

Anna Maria Island Festival Highlights Beaches, Food Trucks

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is holding the Beach 'n Food Truck Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

03/21/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Music, Art and Theater Festival Returns in May

The eighth annual Harvey Milk Festival will run May 11-13, culminating with a 10-band music festival in downtown Sarasota's Five Points Park on Saturday, May 13.

03/20/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Treetop Adventure Course Upgrades Harness, Belay Technology

Bradenton's TreeUmph! Adventure Course recently spent $200,000 on new full-body harnesses and Clic-It smart belay technology, investments intended to ensure optimum safety.

03/16/2017 By Staff

Transportation

Free Siesta Key Trolley Service Starts Today, March 20

Sarasota County's new open-air circulator trolley, Siesta Key Breeze, will begin operations today, Monday, March 20.

03/16/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Half Marathon Returns Sunday

The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon returns Sunday, March 19, for the 12th year. Last year's race drew 3,000 participants and added almost $3.5 million to the Sarasota economy.

03/16/2017 By Staff

Planning

City Shares Video Preview of New St. Armands Parking Garage

The City of Sarasota on Wednesday posted to Twitter a three-dimensional video rendering of the new parking garage planned for St. Armands Circle.

03/15/2017 By Staff

Data

St. Patrick's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Americans will spend more than ever when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to new survey results published by the National Retail Federation.

03/14/2017 By Staff

Honors

Sarasota Restaurant Picks Up 28th Straight Award From AAA

Sarasota's Michael’s on East was recently awarded its 28th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA.

03/13/2017 By Staff

Cottage Industry

Here's How Local Landlords are Cashing In on the Online Vacation Rental Biz

We check into the region’s home-sharing vacation rental economy.

03/10/2017 By Su Byron Photography by Salvatore Brancifort

Tourism

Busiest Spring Break Travel Date This Saturday

American tourists' top spring break travel date is this Saturday, according to a review of booked trips published last week by Allianz Global Assistance.

03/09/2017 By Staff

Tourism

New Company Offers Fitness, Food in Exotic Destinations

Sarasota's Loren Ann Mayo recently founded a new company, luxeFIT, that offers weeklong luxury fitness retreats to exotic destinations.

03/07/2017 By Staff

Deals

Laundry Company Acquires Venice Cleaners

Lakewood Ranch's All Star Laundry & Dry Cleaning recently acquired Carlson Cleaners of Venice.

03/03/2017 By Staff

Transportation

Free Open-Air Trolley Coming to Siesta Key

Sarasota County Area Transit recently contracted with the private company Ride Right Transit to operate an open-air transit vehicle on Siesta Key.

03/01/2017 By Staff

Food

New Honey Shop, Bee Education Center Opens

The Sarasota Honey Company recently opened the Honey Bee Education Center, Nursery, and Honey Shoppe in Sarasota.

02/28/2017 By Staff

Sports

Brewery to Offer Growlers at Baseball Stadium

Darwin Brewing Co. is launching a new partnership with LECOM Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Bradenton Marauders.

02/23/2017 By Staff

Honors

Cortez Bottarga Wins National Food Award

The Anna Maria Fish Company's Cortez bottarga recently won a 2017 Good Food Award in the Preserved Fish category.

02/20/2017 By Staff

Deals

Old Packinghouse Cafe Property Changes Hands

J.R. Garraus' Garraus-Nicolay, Inc. this week purchased the property that houses J.R.'s Old Packinghouse Cafe for $385,000.

02/17/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Tourism Hits New High

Florida set a new record for tourist visitation in 2016, according to new numbers announced by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

02/16/2017 By Staff

Food

New Sports Bar and Restaurant Looking to Hire 100-Plus

Duffy’s Sports Grill, a sports-themed restaurant and bar, is currently hiring more than 100 local residents to staff its first Sarasota location.

02/15/2017 By Staff

Design

Golf Club Dining Facility Places Second in National Ranking

The Lodge at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club recently received a national Golden Fork Award, an honor created by Golf Inc. magazine to recognize the best and most improved public and private golf club dining facilities.

02/15/2017 By Staff