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Artspace begins developing plans for artist community

By Leigh Barber   With a thriving art scene and rich culture, Sarasota beckons to all kinds of artists. It is home to several museums and performing arts centers that draw crowds from all across the globe. Unfortunately, the phrase...
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Cops hand out teddy bears to distressed kids

By Leigh Barber   As a stark contrast to a slew of new Humvees, the Sarasota Police Department has recently received over 200 teddy bears. While this may seem strange, these cuddly plush toys are not for the officers. Instead,...
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Medieval Fair expected to have largest turnout

With a turnout of 62,000 people and 116 vendors at last year’s event, the Sarasota Medieval Fair organizers were under a lot of pressure not only to maintain the attendance for the 2014 festival, but to exceed it. The fair...
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Bee populations decline due to vicious mite

Since 2007, the decline of an extensive part of the bumble bee population has prompted scientists and beekeepers alike to seek out solutions to what is being called “colony collapse disorder.” Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of...
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Sarasota Police buys military surplus humvees

The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) is the proud new owner of two military humvees. The armored vehicles, bought at a low price from a government surplus program, will be used for search and rescue missions. The former U.S. military vehicles...
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Asking for change: Parking meters may benefit homeless

As the city grapples with a rising homeless population, the solution may lie forgotten in a storage unit somewhere. Unused parking meters, installed and decried by members of the downtown Sarasota community, may be an enterprising way of collecting funds...
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