Education

Sarasota County Schools, Newtown Alive Partner to Honor Dorothye Smith

Smith was the first African-American principal hired within the integrated school system in Sarasota County.

11/06/2019 Photography by Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Sailor Circus, 1952

Sailor Circus began as a Sarasota High School gym class in 1949.

10/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: At Sea With the Ringlings

Ringling used to take potential financial investors on pleasure cruises along Sarasota Bay.

10/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Events

Selby Gardens Will Host 'Newtown Alive' Program

The panel discussion and Q&A will look back at Sarasota's black history.

09/17/2019 By Staff

Meetings

Next Council of Neighborhoods Meeting Will Take Place Sept. 13

The focus will be the benefits and economic impacts of historic districts and historic designations.

09/11/2019 Photography by Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Westgate Publix, 1956

When it opened on April 3, 1956, it was the very first Publix in either Manatee or Sarasota counties—and the 34th in all of Florida.

09/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

History Buffs

A Sarasota Duo's Historical Experiences Educate and Entertain

Offering everything from live events to a podcast, Compass Rose will lead you down a rabbit hole of Sarasota history.

08/30/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Flashback

Flashback: The Longboat Key Ritz-Carlton

The luxury hotel, dreamed up by circus impresario John Ringling, was never fully realized.

07/31/2019 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Celery Fields, 1930s

The rich muckland in east Sarasota has been important agriculturally and ecologically for more than 100 years.

06/30/2019 By Kay Kipling

It's Lit

Bookstore1 Sarasota Wants to Celebrate Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday With You

The local bookstore's staff will be reading Whitman's seminal Leaves of Grass aloud tomorrow—all day along.

05/30/2019 By Giulia Heyward

History

Flashback: Sarasota's Sun Debs

Starting in 1949, young, single women in Sarasota (14-24) could be selected to pose for photographs the city used to tout its beaches, both locally and nationally.

05/30/2019 By Kay Kipling

Architecture

I.M. Pei Left His Mark on Sarasota

The architect, who passed away this week at age 102, designed the dormitories at New College of Florida.

05/17/2019 By Megan McDonald

Festivals

Rosemary Square to Host 'Overtown Heritage Day' and Grand Opening Celebration on May 19

The day will feature performances, speakers, food and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rosemary Square's new mixed-use development.

05/06/2019 By Staff

History

Flashback: Nokomis Beach Pavilion

Sarasota County’s first beach pavilion was built in 1954.

04/29/2019 By Kay Kipling

Get Out Your Weber

How to Conquer a Classic Florida Dish: Smoked Mullet

History rarely tastes this good.

04/03/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Only in Sarasota

Only in Sarasota: The Selby House

Illustrator John Pirman sketches the historic Selby House.

04/02/2019 Illustrations by John Pirman

What I've Learned

Retired General and Venice Resident Gerald E. McIlmoyle Played a Major Role in the Cuban Missile Crisis

"I’ll never forget President Kennedy telling me eyeball to eyeball, ‘I’ll never be able to thank you enough for bringing back those pictures and allowing me to peacefully settle this crisis.’"

04/01/2019 By David Hackett

40th Anniversary

The Best of Mr. Chatterbox: A Bizarre Look at Sarasota History (from 1986)

Anna Bird Schooncraft. Remember that name.

02/26/2019 By Robert Plunket

Remember When?

The People, Milestones and Game-Changing Events That Made Us Who We Are

A decade-by-decade look at Sarasota over the past 40 years.

02/25/2019 By Susan Burns, Pam Daniel, Ilene Denton, Cooper Levey-Baker, Kay Kipling, and Megan McDonald

Mr. Chatterbox

Eight Sarasotans Who Shaped Our Past

The secret lives only Mr. Chatterbox knows.

02/25/2019 By Robert Plunket