And thus the sun set on 2008 at Siesta Key Beach Wednesday evening.
Puppy protesters line up along U.S. 41 in Sarasota. They want you
to adopt a pet from the Humane Society or the like rather then buy one
from a pet store. They are protesting in front of a dog store. 12-08
A 72 year old man on a motorcycle ran a red light at the Clark Rd.
I-75 intersection and was killed by the tractor trailer Friday afternoon.
Hundreds of black hawks descended on Sarasota Sunday. The sound was
deafening as they swirled overhead. Why they came in such masses is beyond
Van Wezel gets new electronic sign. It's just a sign of the times:)
The Casey Key Fish House holds it's grand opening of it's American Indian
Tiki Hut. These huts are exempt from government regulation.
It's a full moon getting ready to set this morning behind some trees in
The Presidential election is a done deal. We hope
our nation and our politicians will come together to make our
nation stronger in many ways.
We caught this strange barge type building being pushed by a tug
boat down the Sarasota intra-coastal waterway Sunday.
This new American Indian Tiki hut was the salvation for the Casey
Key Fish House who lost the ability to use their old Tiki Hut after the
County found the old hut which had been there for decades never had a
valid building permit. The new Casey Key Tiki hut opened for business this
You say this is a boring picture, yep. But, word has it that the second
story with the window was a brothel in the 1940's in Sarasota. And that
Frank Sinatra used to visit the establishment.
This photo shows Midnight Pass when it was last open in 1983. The clear
coral waters soon disappeared after it closed. The county at that time
made the hideous decision to let famous painter Syd Solomon bulldoze in
front of his home which caused the pass to close.
Photo:Courtesy Sarasota County
Eric Troyer, right, survived a lighting strike on Siesta Key while
Cratty on the left saved his life with CPR. Photo: scgov.com
Pro ballroom dancers at the Ritz-Carleton performed Friday and Saturday evening. info:
And the costumes were, oh well, you can see for yourself.
This young man won
$25,000 and donated it to Mote Marine.
Read about an amazing local young man.
You got it right it's a man on the beach with his rubber ducky in North
Charlie (Crist) do you
really want to bring oil drilling to the Florida coast?
Sarasota Memorial Hospital gets their message across on U.S. 41 with numbers. While
only about 40% of the population gets a daily paper over 65,000 people
travel U.S. 41 daily.
Mote staff and volunteers
ready a sick pygmy whale for a CT scan.
Five day old Dolphin photo
was taken by Ph.D. student Katie McHugh, a student.
The Mom has been tracked by Mote Marine since 1991. You can still see the
folds on her back from being in the Mom's womb.
Talk about dangerous,
this young rider on 41 drives in-between two cars. It's not the first time
we have seen this nor probably you.
We call this photo of a
egret flying over a small lake 'In flight'.
Over two and a half
inches of rain in two days was much welcomed after what seemed like almost
a month with no rain. 5/20/08
A medium strength tornado
touches down in the path of our OurTown50 Georgia tour over the weekend.
Here I-75 is blocked by fallen trees. 5-08
Panthers in Sarasota? Yep, this shot was
taken on Palmer Ranch sub-division by one of our readers. We also spotted
one in the Gulf Gate Woods sub-division.
A new sign for a neighborhood does a lot to spruce it up. Gulf Gate Woods
is an established deed restricted neighborhood since 1973
These ladies busted over the weekend say
they will run for Sheriff and Fire Chief positions in Sarasota.
It's April 1st, get it.......
Third grade Fruitville student, Abigail Kroneberger publishes her
Sunrise Easter Service at Siesta Key Beach had all the ingredients except for a sunrise with a sun. An
interesting note from the pastor: "it will be another 220 years before we
have Easter this early again" Easter is the first full moon on or
after the day of the vernal equinox.
Amish ladies prepare to cross U.S. 41 by Selby Gardens.
Space shuttle Endeavor lights up the night
sky last night as it blasts off.
Sarasota Elementary Teacher of the Year - Jeanette Schwaed from Bay Haven
We couldn't help but publish this photo for you.
It was submitted by a reader. The face on the photo is quite obvious.
A para-sailer cruises along
Siesta Key Beach before sunset.
Road work along U.S. 41 north of
Sarasota Memorial Hospital slows traffic. You can
see our photo was taken through our dirty car windshield.
The OurTown50.com tip of the
week: Large ripe local tomatoes from Albritton's @
only $1.59 a lb. Whoof, their sweet. Ok, we couldn't resist some citrus
while we were there:)
The Sarasota 'boys of winter'
finish up their T-Ball league with trophies for
everyone and a large chocolate chip cookie.
After 70 cars crashed along I-4
one of the big questions is how did the brush fire that
helped cause the accidents get out of control. A 15
mile portion of I-4 is closed again today.
Photo Fox 13
It's not a flying saucer, it's our camera taking a photo of the
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office helicopter as it flew over a neighborhood
in the 7000 block of S. Tamiami Trail New Year's eve apparently tracking a
We caught the moon last night as it aligned with Venus and Neptune
a rare occurrence. However, our camera couldn't pick up the two stars
without zooming in and losing the moon.
It has been clear blue skies perfect temps
and windmills blowing in the wind type weather this week. More ahead. We
caught this windmill along Bee Ridge Rd. in the cattle fields.
Where old Florida meets new Florida at Oscar Scherer Park along the
South Creek. Watch for our pictorial tour of Oscar Scherer Park. With just
under 1400 acres of land for hiking, biking, swimming, camping, picnicking
it is one of our local crown jewels.
Jimmy Dean, the charismatic former Publisher of Sarasota Magazine who
lost his job with an unintentional semantic slur. He is now Publisher of a
Charlotte magazine published by the Venice Gondolier newspaper group.
We thought maybe a dwarf lived at this Sarasota house with the
short mailbox or maybe they had a dwarf for a mailman? Not, it's what they
call a "Ruth Goldberg", meaning a hodgepodge, makeshift attempt at
We counted 45 newspaper and magazine racks at one corner in
Sarasota. All of them wouldn't fit in the picture frame. It is the largest
collection in the area we have seen. Perhaps it will become a museum
You could hear the roar of the crowds on Saturday as local football
league players rolled on the field.
This Sarasota man readies to head home from a convenience store on his
150 miles per gallon gas bike. Try that one on for size:)
The 5 year olds Rays baseball team from Sarasota gets in a T-Ball
game with the Cubs. Hey, it's equal opportunity with pink batting hats for
Sarasota woman, Diana Cloud got a $30,000 ride in a fast jet in Africa,
but that didn't stop her from signing up for a ride in space with
Branson's spaceship for $200k.
Kids have fun over the summer with this music and drama class held at
an area church.
grad, Casey Kelly, gets signed by Boston Red Sox.
House built for midgets in the 1930's in Sarasota goes on market for
Local 4 year old having fun taking a picture of himself with a digital
Sarasota Allstars 11 and under head to state playoffs.
helicopter takes off from Ft. Myers Airport headed to Naples on Friday
for a 4 hour fundraising visit. A local OurTown50.com exclusive. 6-08
This 75 year old Sarasota man set
swim records for his age group. Actually, this picture was from his UM
swim days. Burwell Jones is a retired dermatologist who still swims
Oh my, I think my ladder
fell off my truck on U.S. 41. Good thing I don't have a rear right fender,
it could have gotten hurt.
I-75 temporary fix
completed Sunday evening, eliminating need to detour off I-75 at
Ellenton. Southbound traffic will be a slow go as speed limits will be
lowered to 45 MPH in this area.
Casey Kelly a Sarasota
H.S. grad was drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
We caught this butterfly
zipping around Saturday. The moon to the right we added for effect:)
It's small surf but this young man finds a way to ride it on his skim
board at Siesta Key Beach Friday.
A lone fisherman watches
the last of the sunset at Siesta Key beach.
It only happens once a
year. The magnificent Jacaranda tree blooms in it's glorious violet
Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron signs
autographs for participants at the Sarasota Film Festival.
This car tooting around Sarasota was enough to make you want to
sell your Toyota.
Sonic booms from Endeavor's re-entry scared the B-Jesus out of Sarasota
residents last night. Endeavor made it's re-entry just south of Tampa.
Homes and windows shook.
Credit AP Images / Paul
It's hog heaven in Lakewood Ranch. This hog
was caught to stop him from destroying lawns in Lakewood Ranch. The
Ranch's developer is encouraging employees to kill them.
A wise owl once said, 'quit cutting down
our environment'. We caught this owl sitting in a tree this week on a
Sarasota County preserve. The county has taken a pro-active stance in
helping to preserve our trees and land.
Tourists can't seem to help themselves when
it comes to feeding the seagulls at the beach. Unfortunately, the feeding
creates a nuisance for beach goers who live here:)
The first dolphin in the world, "Winter", to
receive a full tail prosthetic swims in Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter
had been kept for a few weeks at Mote Marine while the Clearwater facility
was being remodeled.
Dan Strzempka, Sarasota, rear left, tan shorts,
takes a new tail mold of Winter so he can build a larger fin for Winter.
As Winter grows she needs new prosthetic tail fins.
Middle School Teacher of the Year - Melanie Taylor from Sarasota Middle
Meet the next Sarasota student artist to hit the
big charts, Adam Varga, his painting sold for $11,000 at the
Red Hot &
Blues fund raiser. The Sarasota Education Foundation contributes over
a million dollars a year to educational projects.
Wilde Lexus to help fund new local
Center for Autism Resources and Education program (C.A.R.E)
Photo: R-L Mary Ann Wilde,
CEO of the Wilde Automotive Group, and Dr. Kirstina Ordetx,
CEO of the Center for Autism Resources and Education, with
two children who are benefiting from the program.