Protect Siesta Key’s Snowy Plovers

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Featured Image: Snowy plover chick, photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Siesta Key Public Beach is a small strip of land vital to a feathery friend you probably haven’t even heard of. Until I read Sarasota Magazine’s article on it, I hadn’t. It’s no secret that Florida is home …

Visit the Beach Market at Coquina

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I stumbled upon the market on accident one sunny Sunday afternoon. I was going to coquina beach to read, tan and, as the name suggests, dig in the sand to find coquinas. (Pretty, little shelled creatures that dig back into the sand. Super fun to watch). Anyways, that’s when I saw the mass of white tents and people, so I had …

Things you have to see at the Strawberry Festival

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It’s that time of year again. Strawberry festival. There are only four days left, so if you haven’t been to it yet…go. Every year it gets better and better. The festival is in Plant City, just a short drive from the Tampa area. And it’s worth the drive because there is a lot to do once you get there, and I …

See you at Parrish Heritage Day

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The great thing about living in the Bradenton area is that there’s always something to do. This week, I have three words for you: Parrish Heritage Day. The small town neighboring Ellenton, just a short drive from Bradenton, will be celebrating for all to enjoy this Saturday. Be prepared for a full day of fun. The town kicks off its …

New Sarasota Coffee Shop: The Reserve

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My veins course with more caffeine than they do blood, and that’s thanks to the second greatest love of my life, coffee. I love that you can find a Starbucks in every city, because there’s nothing wrong with knowing where you can go get a quick cup of coffee. But what do I love even more than that? A stand alone, charming, come take a …

Me and Anna Maria

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Everyone has a happy place. For some it’s in the woods; other’s it’s a mall. For me, it will always be a sandy stretch of beach on Anna Maria Island. All it takes to melt away the worries of the day is crossing that bridge. Once I’ve left the mainland, I’ve left all my worries behind, too. For those of …

Love Your Home

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Love is in the air, and it’s that time of year where we’re giving our loved ones a little extra special attention. But there still may be one relationship you’re neglecting. You and your home. It is, after all, just a house until you make it a home. Whether you’re trying to make a new house yours, or just not …

View Manatees in Apollo

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Winter weather is a wonderful thing in Florida. Any day below 80 is cherished, and any day that it drops into the 60’s us Floridians bundle up. Well, next cold snap, consider making the most of the chilly weather by going to see some gentle giants. I’m talking, of course, about manatees. The gentle slow-moving creatures, are common in Florida …

Spend a Day at the Dali Museum

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The building alone is a work of art. When you drive by The Dali Museum, you can’t help but admire the curving bubbled window that wraps around the side of the building. Spoiler: It’s just a hint of strange, surreal things you can find inside. As the name suggests, the museum celebrates the life and works of Salvador Dali. His work is …