Sports

Atlanta Braves Reps to Discuss Spring Training Relocation Tuesday

Representatives from Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves will attend the next Sarasota County Commission meeting to "publicly introduce themselves and express their desire to relocate spring training operations to Sarasota County."

01/23/2017 By Staff

Beer

Brewery Taking Over and Converting University Town Center Bar

Sarasota's JDub's Brewing Company last week announced that it will take over the University Town Center World of Beer bar and restaurant.

01/23/2017 By Staff

Deals

Partners Purchase Osprey Space for New Italian Restaurant

Giovanni Migliorini, Carlo Piras and Maurice Connaughton recently purchased a unit at the entry of the Bay Street Town Center, 3976 Destination Drive, Osprey, for $310,000.

01/20/2017 By Staff

Education

Chef Partners with Culinary Program for Global Food Demos

The London-born chef James Arnsby recently launched a new program in which he offers international cooking demonstrations at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's Culinary Innovation Lab.

01/20/2017 By Staff

Health Care

Sports Commission, Health Care System Forge New Partnership

Visit Sarasota County earlier this month announced a new partnership between the organization's Sarasota County Sports Commission and the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

01/19/2017 By Staff

Marketing

Tourism Agency Unveils New Branding

Elements include a new logo and images and videos intended to convey the feeling that Sarasota County is a place where visitors can feel “at ease.”

01/18/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Winning Rowing Mascot Name Announced

After a public vote, organizers behind the 2017 World Rowing Championships announced Wednesday the winner in its contest to name the event's pelican mascot: Scully.

01/18/2017 By Staff

Sports

Baseball Team in Negotiations to Bring Spring Training to South Sarasota County

The Atlanta Braves are currently in exclusive negotiations with Sarasota County to possibly bring its new spring training complex to south Sarasota County.

01/17/2017 By Staff

Food

Restaurant Chain Announces 2016 Growth Figures

The University Park-based breakfast and lunch company First Watch this week announced that it grew traffic and sales in 2016.

01/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Picks Landscape Design Firm to Develop Master Site Plan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently selected the landscape design studio Olin to develop a master site plan and establish different uses for the gardens' 15-acre property for the next 25 to 30 years.

01/13/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Visit Sarasota to Unveil New Ad Campaign

Visit Sarasota County, the county's tourism promotion agency, will unveil its new advertising campaign, shaped by new market research.

01/13/2017 By Staff

New Business

New Rosemary District Barbershop Opens

The Barber, a new barbershop owned by Francisco Jiménez, opened last week.

01/12/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Rowing Mascot Name Contest Enters Final Round

The contest to name the pelican mascot of the 2017 World Rowing Championships concludes Sunday.

01/10/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Local Airbnb Hosts Earned $9.5 Million in 2016

Florida hosts using Airbnb to rent out properties earned $273 million in supplemental income and hosted 1.5 million visitors in 2016.

12/29/2016 By Staff

Tourism

Ecotourism Nonprofit Launches New Trips

The Sarasota-based ecotourism nonprofit Ecko recently announced a new series of trips, including excursions on Sarasota Bay, the Myakka River and the Manatee River.

12/28/2016 By Staff

Transportation

Airport Authority Picks Chairman

The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority last month unanimously elected commissioner John Stafford as the group's chairman for 2017.

12/27/2016 By Staff

Transportation

Gas Prices Rise

The average price of a gallon of gas in the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area has risen by 20.6 cents—9.9 percent—in the past month, according to numbers posted by AAA.

12/15/2016 By Staff

Tourism

Panel Focuses on Top Events for 2017

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is hosting a roundtable discussion about top local events in 2017.

12/14/2016 By Staff

Transportation

Anna Maria Island Companies Launch Bike Share Program

Three companies recently launched a new bike share initiative for Anna Maria Island residents and visitors.

12/12/2016 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.

12/12/2016 By Su Byron Photography by Salvatore Brancifort