Sand sculpting competition raises money for Mote

This year’s Crystal Classics sand sculpting competition was held at Siesta Key with Mote Marine as the event’s beneficiary. Hundreds of people enjoyed the velvety sand and the plethora of tents selling beer and crafts while the smooth, white sculptures loomed against the horizon.  Starting…

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Chalk this way: The International Chalk Festival

From 28 different countries, artists traveled to Venice, Fla. to participate in the annual International Chalk Festival. Remaining on their hands and knees for several hours on end, artists created breath-taking pieces of artwork under the sun. By the end of the day, every artist…

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Marijuana after midterms

Florida’s Amendment 2 – which would have legalized medical marijuana – was struck down, victim of a three percent difference between the 57 percent of the vote which it had and the 60 percent of the vote which it needed. In a midterm election dominated…

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NCF wins Turkey Bowl

With a truck loaded with free beer, Donal O’Shea wearing a jersey reading “Luck of the Irish” and a combination of Ringling and New College students and supporters watching on, the New College Null Set beat the Ringling Armadillos 30-0 in the 2014 Turkey Bowl.…

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Food, music and fun: Hispanic Fall Festival

Food, music, and dancing could all be found at the 12th annual Hispanic Fall Festival held by the St. Jude Catholic Church of Sarasota. The festival, which was held this past Saturday, Nov. 7, brought together the cultures of 15 Hispano-American countries for a day…

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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, they are for children in…

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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 held its opening weekend on…

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