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Sarasota and the arts share a history. John and Mable Ringling made Sarasota their home in 1911, building a mansion/museum that now houses a superb collection of famed paintings from around the world. Famous authors, syndicated comic strip artists and movie stars live here right alongside the locals. The city is also home to the Ringling College of Art & Design, which produces highly sought animators and graphic artists, and New College, frequently named among the nation's best private colleges. Downtown Sarasota bustles with art galleries, outdoor dining, retail shops and playhouses.



Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  


Welcome to the 300th edition of 83 Degrees Media

To honor the 300th edition milestone and our 6th birthday coming up later in November, 83 Degrees presents authentic and sincere testimonials from a few of our readers. See if you agree with what they think about the stories we tell.

Roundabout at Orange and Main in Sarasota.

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

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.


Innovation drives biofuel industry investments in Tampa Bay region

The growth of green industries throughout the Tampa Bay area in recent years is igniting a local surge in biofuel innovation -- an important step toward providing consumers with cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional fossil fuels.

Edwards Island Sarasota.

Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge: Strengthen blue economy of Florida Gulf Coast

The marine ecosystems in the swaying sea grasses of the Gulf of Mexico and the mangroves growing among the quiet waterways curling inland along the Gulf Coast are ripe with economic opportunity.

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

Check this: Where to find Lightning watch parties; what to do near Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa

If you're suffering from an outbreak of Lightning fever and need a cool place to gather with friends to watch the race for the Stanley Cup, check out these watch parties and sites to see in and around downtown Tampa. 

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

Key to building affordable housing for artists is educating public policy makers about the role of the artist in urban vitality.

Zach Hunter takes a bucket of clams underwater after harvesting. The clams will sit on the bottom for two days to further filter themselves.

From tide to table: Local family cultivates sustainable shellfish farming in Florida bays

Fresh Florida clams are showing up again on local restaurant menus and at farmers markets thanks to fish farmers like Two Docks Shellfish, a family-owned entrepreneurial business that harvests the bivalves in the waters of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.  


Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

Create, collaborate and, of course, drink coffee at cool Tampa Bay coworking spaces. Shared workspaces continue to grow in 2015, attracting members to the dedicated desks and community tables cropping up throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota region. Here’s the 83 Degrees 2015 Guide to Coworking in Tampa Bay.

Minneapolis skyline

Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

Minnesota leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at why, including strategic ideas that are replicable in Tampa Bay area cities.

The Sarasota Collection Home Store.

Creative energy reshapes Sarasota Design District

Community leaders in Sarasota’s Rosemary District and the coincident Sarasota Design District are eager to forge a pioneering identity in the city’s new urban redevelopment -- and they plan to do so with style. 

The Picasso Dali exhibit at The Salvador Dali Museum in St Pete.

Springtime in Tampa Bay means must-see art is in full bloom

The Tampa Bay region is alive with major “must-see” art exhibits this spring. From the grand masters and American classics to the cuttingest edge modern art, there really is something for everyone. You won’t want to miss out.


For Good: Military vets find peace in yoga classes

Charitable donations and foundation support enable Garden of the Heart yoga studio in Sarasota and Goodwill Manasota Community Center to offer free classes to military veterans seeking peace of mind and wound recovery. 


Meet 3 Tampa Bay area women redefining communications within new media

Thanks to the advent of social media and 24/7 Internet access, the local media landscape looks very different than it did a decade ago. In the Tampa Bay region, these visionary thought leaders are staying ahead of national trends and propelling communications full speed ahead.

Dr. Eugenie Clark in her office at Mote Marine Laboratory. - Julie Branaman

BLUE Ocean Legacy Award goes to Sarasota's famous Shark Lady

When the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit looks for living legends to honor with its prestigious Legacy Awards, Dr. Eugenie Clark of Sarasota quickly surfaces as one of the winners for a lifetime spent bridging Gulfs in international marine research.
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