Sarasota Herald Tribune

Articles from January 6, 2016

Amy Berlin of the Table and Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar
CHEF TALKAmy Berlin, the assistant vice president for The Table Creekside and Phillippi Creek Village Oyster Bar (5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 921-9465; tablesrq.com), takes her front-of-the-house role to another level. A hospitality veteran since...
Another Option for Drug Disposal | Pouches Offer Safe Way to Neutralize Unused Medication
MANATEE COUNTYMANATEE COUNTY -- A task force combating drug abuse is participating in a nationwide pilot program to get Manatee County residents to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription pills.The Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition...
Bee Ridge Work Set to Start | Repairs and Safety Fixes Mean Lane Closures Ahead
TRANSPORTATIONSARASOTA -- Road improvement work along Bee Ridge Road from South Osprey Avenue to Dunn Drive is slated to start Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation said.The construction work will fix drainage areas along Bee Ridge where stormwater...
Board Rejects Earlier Calendar | Sarasota District Won't Push First Day of Fall Semester Back a Week
EDUCATIONSARASOTA -- School will not begin a week earlier during 2016-17 and 2017-18 after the Sarasota County School Board rejected a proposal to change the schedule as allowed under a new state law.The 4-1 vote against the calendar change Tuesday night...
Bucs Need to Add Pieces to Puzzle | Team Has Similarities to Panthers' Rise
commentaryLovie Smith stopped a few yards short Monday of pulling a Joe Namath. In his wrap-up press conference to the 2015 season, the Bucs head coach said his team should make the playoffs next season.Not a "will'' or "no doubt about it'' anywhere...
Fighting Urban Sprawl | Emphasis on Mixed Uses, Including Workforce Housing
MANATEE COUNTYMANATEE COUNTY -- While new development continues to sprout in East Manatee, vacant stores and empty lots in the urban areas provide building opportunities that are being largely ignored.County Commissioner Betsy Benac, a former planner,...
Finding Fiction in Family History | Acclaimed Author Amy Tan to Speak Tonight in Sarasota
TOWN HALL SERIESA conversation with best-selling author Amy Tan is a bit like being lost at night in the streets of 19th-century Shanghai, with curious window displays, unsavory characters, dead-ends and circling back around to a place you'd been five...
Heritage Barbeque Co. Updates the Fred's Legacy
CHEAP EATSWhen Fred's opened on Cattlemen Road last year, it seemed a good fit for a space that had played host to an array of hearty, comfort food restaurants over the past decade. The combination of Southern standards and buffet-style service slotted...
Holic Aims to Finish What He Started | Will Seek Third -- and Final -- Term as Mayor
VENICEVENICE -- John Holic says there is too much unfinished business for him to leave City Hall.Holic, who in two terms as Venice mayor has made bold proposals, and sometimes struggled to get them approved, said Tuesday that he will seek a third and...
Home Prices Rise 12.8% over Year
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MARKETHome prices continue to climb at double-digit levels in Southwest Florida, outrunning state and national gains.In November, single-family home prices jumped by 12.8 percent over the year in the Sarasota-Manatee region, data provider CoreLogic...
Make One Soup, Take Home Several
LINDA BRANDTI had planned for today's column to be about soup swaps (close relatives of cookie swaps) because National Soup Swap Day falls on Jan. 16 this year. I began to have second thoughts when temperatures remained in the 80s through December, but...
Manatee Complex Sells for $70.5M
REAL ESTATE DEALBRADENTON -- In one of the largest deals of 2015, a major real estate investment company bought the Yacht Club at Heritage Harbour for $70.5 million.An affiliate of Northland Investment Corp. acquired the 392-unit apartment complex on...
Manatee Improves as Sarasota Schools Slip
GRADUATION RATESWhen the Florida Department of Education announced 2014-2015 graduation rates on Tuesday, the Manatee County School District had reason to celebrate.Sarasota and Charlotte counties, not so much.The Manatee district, which five years ago...
Meeting of Minds
EDUCATIONSARASOTA -- The catchy name is "C4," the clunky one is the "Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast."But whatever the label, the idea is for four local colleges to join forces and transform the North Tamiami Trail area into a vibrant college...
Mustangs Roll Past Sailors | Disruptive Defense Key to Lakewood Ranch Win
GIRLS BASKETBALL: CLASS 7A-11SARASOTA -- Sarah Fazio poked the ball loose near midcourt, sprinted to the basketball and netted a layup Tuesday night.Less than a minute later, Fazio, Lakewood Ranch High's sophomore point guard, came up with another steal....
New Senate District Numbers Have Local Impact
FLORIDA REDISTRICTINGTALLAHASSEE -- A new numbering system for state Senate seats will have consequences for local politics.Complying with a new redistricting plan approved by a circuit judge last month, Florida Senate staff members on Tuesday reassigned random...
New Spot for Growlers, JDub's Adds Brews
BEER NEWSCraft Growlers To Go & Tasting Room will open FridaySarasota-Manatee is getting its first growler-focused beer spot, and it's opening in Lakewood Ranch.Craft Growlers To Go & Tasting Room plans to open Friday at 8141 Lakewood Main St., No. 103,...
Numerals to Consider at Halfway Point of Season
COMMENTARY: NUMBERS GAMEAll of us here at Numbers Game would like to wish you a Happy New Year and hope the next 12 months of your life are filled with joy and prosperity.And numbers, of course. We hope your year -- and ours, as well -- is full of digits...
Plans for New Hotel Moving Forward
CASEY KEY AREANOKOMIS -- Plans for a Hilton Home2 Suites near Casey Key are moving forward as developers closed last week on the sale of the vacant lot at the southwest corner of the Tamiami Trail-Albee Road intersection.Casey Key Hospitality LLC bought...
Roundabout Sought for Rye Road and SR 64
EAST MANATEEEAST MANATEE -- The intersection at Rye Road and State Road 64 could be converted into a roundabout as early as 2018.Although it still needs to get public input about the idea, the Florida Department of Transportation has budgeted $1 million...
Sarasota District Won't Push First Day of Fall Semester Back a Week
SARASOTA COUNTY School Board rejects idea of starting year earlierSARASOTA -- School will not begin a week earlier during 2016-17 and 2017-18 after the Sarasota County School Board rejected a proposal to change the schedule as allowed under a new state...
Sarasota Schools Slip; Manatee Sees Improvement
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATESWhen the Florida Department of Education announced 2014-2015 graduation rates on Tuesday, the Manatee County School District had reason to celebrate.Sarasota and Charlotte counties, not so much.The Manatee district, which...
Turner Lesds Cougars to Victory | Cardinal Mooney Captsin Scores Four for Sixth Hat Trick of Season
SARASOTA -- Captain Alex__ Turner had four goals for his__ sixth hat trick of the season to__ lead Cardinal Mooney to a 5-4__ win over Braden River in a boys__ soccer match. Turner raised his__ season goal total to 19.__ The Cougars (11-2-1) played__...
Weighing How to Spend $450 Million | Sarasotans Have Practical Spending Plans for Winnings
POWERBALL JACKPOTSARASOTA -- The allure of a $450 million Powerball prize no longer has ticket buyers dreaming of big houses, exotic vacations or retirement.Sarasota hopefuls for the sixth-largest jackpot drawing ever in North America have practical...
Woman Charged in Boy's Death
ENGLEWOODENGLEWOOD -- As 270-pound James "Rick" Dearman pinned his 6-year- old son into couch cushions, the 31-year-old's girlfriend, Ashley Cole, did not intervene, even as the child screamed that he could not breathe and urinated on himself, authorities...
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