Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. We’ve probably all heard that theory by now – and it certainly holds merit to a large degree. Of course, we’re all individuals. Some more than others, are particularly headstrong and unshakeable inContinue Reading

Red Tide at Swordfish Grill


I know, I know, Red Tide. Not exactly breaking news lately for those of us in Cortez, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Siesta Key and Sarasota. But here’s a hot take for you: The fish aren’t the only things floundering, so are our businesses. 

While the causes of and long-term solutions to red tide are incredibly important to question, talk about, and work together towards— it’s also imperative that we work on short-term solutions: lifting up our local economy.

Shown at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival, "Eighth Grade" opens Nationwide: Enjoy the Horrors and Humors of Teenagehood


A few months ago, I got to see an early viewing of ‘Eighth Grade’ at the Sarasota Film Festival. I’ve been a massive fan of Bo Burnham’s comedy for the last 10 years so I was anxious to see his directorial debut. I became even more excited when we were surprised with Burnham in attendance for a panel before and after the film. With equal parts earnest heart and uneasy honesty, ‘Eighth Grade’ is brilliantly written, executed, and delivered.

Teen-Movie Legend Molly Ringwald even called ‘Eighth Grade’ “the best film about adolescence I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever.”

Tampa Bay Lightning announce 2018-2019 Schedule


With free-agency talks open, trades underway, and lots of signing rumors throughout the sports community – it’s clear that hockey off-season still leaves plenty to follow even during summertime. Unfortunately, it’s still a few months until we get to put on some jerseys and head to a Tampa Bay Lightning game. 

Become An Explorer with the Cortez Passport


On May 16th, members of the media got a sneak peek at an exciting new initiative for the city of Cortez – The Cortez Passport. This cooperative neighborhood initiative was created by local Cortez merchants in support of the Florida Maritime Museum (FMM). Kristin Sweeting, Florida Maritime Museum Supervisor, believes this will introduce more people to this historic village-  learning about where it’s been and helping support where it’s going.

2018 Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Fest


It’s that time of year! When Sutton Park in Palmetto is flooded with the sounds of fun live music, the sights of the Manatee County community coming out en masse, and the smells of the area’s best food. Get your eating bib and your party pants on, it’s almost 2018 Heintz & Becker De Soto Seafood Fest. 

Looking for 100 Good Men: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast


A local chapter of a national charity is already making a lifelong difference. But to expand their impact, they need a few good men… or 100 good men.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Sun Coast’s vision is for all children to achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted the lives of 1,869 children in our community in 2016-17.  

Allegiant Air offering cheap flights to SRQ


There’s a new path to paradise from the Midwest with Allegiant Air’s partnership with the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

On Tuesday, Allegiant announced Sarasota-Bradenton will offer year-round service to Indianapolis International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, and Pittsburgh International Airport. Starting in April, this ultra-budget airline will offer cheap, direct flights to these locations that will bring in a lot more visitors to the small local airport and a lot more tourists from the Midwest to the area.

A Game-Changer for Youth Football


 A new league for youth football is coming to the Bradenton/Sarasota area and it promises to offer more opportunities for its players.

The G57v7 Football League Powered by Manatee PAL & Adidas, will introduce children from kindergarten to 8th grade to the 7v7 style of playing the game. This league created by NFL quarterback, Adrian Mcpherson and MCSO Deputy Ralph Bryant Officer Bryant, recognizes the importance of keeping children off the streets, out of the hands of negative influences, giving them hope for their future and creating awareness of the amount of talent in communities.