A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 18-24

Rebel Heart at the Van Wezel, more improv comedy at FST, the Smothers Brothers reunite at McCurdy’s and more.

07/18/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture News

A Rare Sarasota School of Architecture Home Hits the Market

Designed by Victor Lundy, the home on south Siesta Key last sold in 1973.

07/12/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 11-17

Lots of laughs at FST’s Improv Festival, Dig the Beach volleyball tourney and more.

07/11/2019 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Lakewood Ranch Recognized Nationally for “Best Wellness Environment”

The community’s new brain health initiative was cited as central reason for award.

07/08/2019 By Ilene Denton

Coming to Lakewood Ranch

Taylor Morrison Announces Plans for 1,750-Home Community in Lakewood Ranch

Azario Lakewood Ranch will be located off State Road 64 on Lorraine Road.

07/03/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: July 5-10

Powerboat races, Splashin’ Saturdays at Selby Gardens, Play in the Park Day at CoolToday Park and more.

07/02/2019 By Ilene Denton

Just Add Water

Dive Into These Three Prize-Winning Swimming Pools

Thinking about building a backyard swimming pool? Before you take the plunge, take inspiration from these three Sarasota-area pools that took home awards at the 2019 Florida Swimming Pool Association Design Awards.

07/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Treasure Hunter

How to Find Garage Sale Treasures

Garage sale guru Karin Gustafson shares her top tips.

07/01/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 8 Things to Do: June 27-July 4

Fireworks! Big racing boats! A kayak festival at Snook Haven! And much, much more.

06/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Making Waves

Christina Unkel Believes in the Power of Sports

She is one of only three FIFA-licensed female referees who represent the United States Soccer Federation in the U.S., Canada and across South America and the Caribbean—even as far away as China.

06/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Architecture News

Local Architects Win Awards in 2019 Florida/Caribbean Design Competition

Among them is a Siesta Key condo makeover by Halflants + Pichette.

06/24/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 20-26

Free outdoor concert at the Van Wezel, summer solstice yoga at the Ringling and more.

06/20/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: June 13-19

Ari and The Alibis at Selby Gardens, Father's Day "orienteering" at Oscar Scherer State Park and more.

06/13/2019 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Anna Maria Island Notches Highest Bayside Home Sale Ever

A Key Royale home in Holmes Beach sells for $3.725 million.

06/06/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: June 6-12

Summer Circus Spectacular, "Around the World in 80 Days" at the Asolo Rep and more.

06/06/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: May 30-June 5

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week and the Sarasota Music Festival begin, and more.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Essential Intelligence

USRowing Nationals Returns to Sarasota

Fifteen hundred elite high school rowers from across the country will descend on Nathan Benderson Park this month.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

And They're Off!

Free One-Mile Beach Runs Begin This Month

Hundreds of families turn out for the free weekly one-mile fun runs.

05/30/2019 By Ilene Denton

Grand Hotels

The Don CeSar Recalls a Romantic Era

The "Pink Palace" is a wedding cake of a resort hotel that has towered over St. Petersburg Beach since 1928.

05/27/2019 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: May 23-29

Memorial Day at the Myakka River Blues Festival, Patriotic Pops at CoolToday Park and more.

05/23/2019 By Ilene Denton