Tourism

Powerboat Festival Returns June 24-July 4

Last year's Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival generated $37.2 million in economic impact for the area, according to the nonprofit that produces the event.

05/25/2017 By Staff

Tourism

'Dr. Beach' Picks Siesta as Country's No. 1 Beach

Stephen Leatherman, popularly known as "Dr. Beach," announced Thursday that he ranks Siesta Beach as the country's No. 1 beach.

05/25/2017 By Staff

Sports

2021 Super Bowl Moved From Los Angeles to Tampa

The National Football League announced Tuesday that Super Bowl LV will be relocated to Tampa after originally being planned to take place in Los Angeles.

05/24/2017 By Staff

Planning

North Port Approves Plans for New Aquatic Center

The North Port City Commission on Monday approved plans for a new aquatic center with a lazy river, water slides, a lap pool and more.

05/23/2017 By Staff

Hospitality

Wedding Planning Company Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Sarasota wedding planning company NK Weddings is commemorating its 10th anniversary this week.

05/18/2017 By Staff

Hospitality

Restaurant Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Landings location of Gecko's Grill & Pub is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its opening with a party that benefits Sarasota County's 4-H foundation and clubs.

05/17/2017 By Staff

Food

Palmetto Company Completes New Commercial Kitchen Space

The food producer Slow Foods Kitchen recently completed construction of its new commercial kitchen space in Palmetto.

05/16/2017 By Staff

Sports tourism

BMX Track Hosts State Tournament

Sarasota BMX is hosting the largest BMX event in Florida in 2017, the SSA Florida Cup Series Finals.

05/15/2017 By Staff

Data

Manatee County Tourism Up in 2016

Manatee County drew in almost 3.1 million tourists in 2016, a 2.7 percent increase over 2015.

05/15/2017 By Staff

Tourism

County Allocates $21.2 Million for Braves Spring Training Facility

The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday approved a proposal to allocate $21.2 million in Tourist Development Tax revenues to help fund the construction of a new spring training stadium for the Atlanta Braves in south county.

05/10/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Music, Art and Theater Festival Returns

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.

05/09/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Seafood and Music Festival Comes to St. Armands Circle May 20-21

The event will include food from local restaurants, drinks and live music.

05/08/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Bradenton Nonprofit Launches New Interactive Exploration Site

Realize Bradenton recently launched WalkBradenton.com, a new website that highlights places in Bradenton to eat, shop, visit and more.

05/08/2017 By Staff

Retail

Mall Hosts Pre-Mother's Day Event

The Mall at University Town Center is holding its first All About Mom event from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

05/04/2017 By Staff

Hospitality

Restaurant Chain Plans 260-Plus New Locations By 2022

The Univesity Park-based restaurant chain First Watch announced plans to open a minimum of 110 franchise restaurants by 2022, in addition to 150 planned company-owned restaurant openings.

05/01/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Panel Discusses Sports Tourism May 4

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is hosting a panel discussion on Sarasota as an "international sports mecca" at Michael's on East.

04/28/2017 By Staff

Construction

Bradenton Beach Restaurant Finishes New Outdoor Bar and Waterfront Deck

The Chiles Restaurant Group recently completed construction of the Beach House's new outdoor bar and waterfront deck, the final phase of a four-phase project that has taken nearly four years.

04/26/2017 By Staff

New hires

Restaurant Group Selects New Sales and Marketing Director

TableSeide Restaurant Group recently named Melissa Darpino, a Los Angeles catering and events specialist, as its new director of sales and marketing.

04/24/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Suncoast Boat Show Returns

This year’s show will be the largest in the event’s history.

04/18/2017 By Staff

Food

Restaurant Chain Opening New Location

University Park's First Watch, the breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant, will open its newest restaurant in Riverview, Florida, on Monday, April 17.

04/11/2017 By Staff