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For Good: Scallops, clams return to Sarasota Bay thanks to serious cultivation, cleanupRead Article

Next time you order local seafood, scallops or clams, consider what it takes to keep them healthy and sustainable in Florida bay waters. And what you can do to help.
Sara Hand is Founder of the 3.0 Leaders Conference.

Sarasota County launches solar energy co-op program for homeownersRead Article

New solar energy co-op in Sarasota County pools purchasing power, knowledge to qualify for discounts, lower energy costs.

Sarasota scholar helps make ancient history accessible through modern technologyRead Article

A Sarasota academic and historian hops across time zones and plugs into the cloud wherever he goes, diving deep into ancient history to keep the past alive for modern scholars.

For Good: American Cancer Society, Tervis team up to create Hands of HopeRead Article

The American Cancer Society in collaboration with Sarasota County-based Tervis create an exclusive series of tumblers and water bottles with designs that feature the handprints of cancer patients and their families.

Book excerpt: Seafood Lovers Florida by Bruce HuntRead Article

What is your favorite seafood place in Florida? Author Bruce Hunt shares his top picks in a new book that takes readers on a culinary tour of the state.

TEDxSarasota champions innovation, collaboration at full-day event in VeniceRead Article

TEDxSarasota invites innovators and creatives to explore the "many facets that make a whole life, and the whole world a better place to live."

For Good: Sarasota Hackathon seeks computer science mentors for teensRead Article

The Sarasota hackathon's three-day immersion experience pairs students with tech mentors to build a web or mobile app that positively impacts the community.

University of Florida prepares to launch Innovation Station in Sarasota CountyRead Article

The University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering will open the first physical extension of the college’s Florida Engineering EXperiment Station (FLEXStation) in Sarasota County.

City of Sarasota issues call to artists for public art at downtown roundaboutRead Article

The City of Sarasota’s Public Art Committee plans to acquire and install landmark sculptures at the center island of each new roundabout in a placemaking effort spearheaded by the City Commission to highlight Sarasota’s identity as a hub for the arts on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, BradentonRead Article

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 

Sarasota's historic DeMarcay to reopen as luxury condo towerRead Article

Downtown Sarasota's Historic DeMarcay hotel is set to reopen as DeMarcay at 33 South Palm, an 18-story luxury condo building. The unique tower will feature rooftop amenities including a pool, outdoor kitchen and fitness center. 

Sarasota creates roundabouts to improve safety, enhance traffic flow in urban neighborhoodsRead Article

The city of Sarasota plans to add 16 more roundabouts on urban streets, including nine in the downtown core by 2023. Why? The simple answer is greater safety and efficiency of movement.
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Vibrant historic circus town, coastal center for the visual and performing arts, top-ranking beacon for higher education, and home to the nation's top beaches: Sarasota's reputation as one of Florida's most sought-after coastal cities is well-earned.  

Modern Sarasota owes much of its cityscape and character to John Ringling, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus mogul, who made Sarasota the circus' winter headquarters in the 1920s. Ringling and fellow 'Florida Land Boom' developers, Chicago socialites Owen Burns and Bertha Palmer, modeled much of Sarasota's own development after luxury resort towns of the Roaring Twenties. 

Today, Ringling's love of the arts defines Sarasota in The Ringling galleries, which feature Ringling's personal collections of Renaissance and Baroque Art, as well as provocative special exhibitions. Sarasota is also home to a diversity of performing arts centers and concert halls, including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Studio Theatre, the Sarasota Opera, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, and the Urbanite Theatre -- earning Sarasota its nickname, "Florida's Cultural Coast." 

Walkable downtown districts including Burns Court, Towles Court Artist Colony, Rosemary Court and the Sarasota Design District are home to scores of Zagat-rated restaurants, independent cinema, and shopping -- and are located adjacent to the charm-steeped historic neighborhoods of Laurel and Gillespie Park, and breathtaking vistas at Bayfront Park. Minutes from downtown, the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team makes Ed Smith Stadium their springtime home training base. 

St. Armand's Circle on Lido Key is a world-class destination for luxury shopping and dining. Lido Key is also home to world-renowned beachside neighborhoods like Lido Shores, a treasure trove of midcentury modern houses from the Sarasota School of Architecture. Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach are ranked annually among the top beaches in the United States by Dr. Beach. 

The Ringling College of Art + Design is frequently noted among the nation's top small private arts colleges, particularly for its film production and animation programs, while New College, Florida's public honors college, ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. Sarasota is also home to USF Manatee-Sarasota, and UF CityLab Sarasota.

Not to be overlooked, south Sarasota County offers an abundance of 'Old Florida' charm, affordable living, and pristine coastal nature in the communities of Osprey, Nokomis, Venice, North Port and Englewood.

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3.0 Leaders innovation, investment conference returns to Bradenton


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 Jessi Smith is a feature writer for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.

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