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Siesta Key

With all the buzz surrounding MTV's "Siesta Key," SRQ360 created this fun video that may be a little closer to Siesta Key reality... 

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Over 430 teams will play on 60 courts in a six day span at the Junior Beach Tour Championships, which have arrived and start this Thursday, July 20-25, with the Under 14 and Under 12 Boys, and Under 16 and Under 12 Girls open and club divisions. The JBT Championships will host hundreds of teams from 12-and-under to 18-and-under at Siesta Beach.

Thousands are expected to attend the event which is open to the public. The tournament is the final stop for the Junior Beach Tour, a U.S. tour that started in January. The top three winners of each division from 90 tour locations earned a spot in the championship’s open division. Players who did not make it to the open division can play in the club division.

Admission and parking are free.

Event

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The Suncoast is known as Florida's Cultural Coast for offering some unique, world-class arts and cultural experiences in a relatively small area. Now an extensive national study is revealing just how much of an economic impact these organizations are having on the Suncoast.

Sarasota County’s arts and cultural leaders have long insisted that investing in the arts is one of the best ways to keep the area’s post-recession economy booming. Now they have fresh numbers to back up the argument. Sarasota and Manatee counties together are pumping almost $350 million into the local economy every single year. Not only that, but the arts and culture scene is creating thousands of full time jobs and drawing millions of visitors to the area.

Beaches aside,

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This summer promises to be a hair-raising event when Feld Entertainment brings Bello Nock back to the Sarasota stage. Bello, the world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics. 

"IncrediBello" is a family friendly event at the Historic Asolo Theatre, The Ringling. Performances run through July 28. See the link below for more information and tickets.

https://www.ringling.org/events/incredibello

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The Sarasota-Manatee area has been recognized by the National Civic League with an All-America City Award at a conference here.

Begun in 1949, the All-America City Awards recognize efforts that bring together different sections of a community to tackle pressing issues. The award is given to 10 communities each year, ranging from major cities and regions to towns, villages, counties, neighborhoods and tribes.

This year, the awards focused on communities engaged in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is being implemented in more than 300 regions and more than 40 states across the country. That campaign works to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.

The National Civic League

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According to an article by John Hielscher, staff writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, home sales perked up again in Southwest Florida last month, as more owners have decided to put their properties on the market.

Buyers closed on 2,702 existing single-family homes and condominiums in May in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, 149 more than the year before, according to data released Wednesday by the Florida Realtors trade group.

That 5.8 percent increase followed a modest sales slump during April, as the region marked the end of the peak buying-and-selling season.

To read the full article, click here.

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Siesta Key Breeze

line-height="12px" ;The long-awaited Siesta Key, FL trolley, nicknamed Siesta Breeze, recently made its debut in March of 2017 and is now one of the best ways to get around the island since it is totally free!

With traffic and parking often being challenging on Siesta Key, the free trolley is expected to lower congestion while improving the walkability of the entire island.

The launch of the trolley is part of an effort from local leaders to get more people to use public transportation on Siesta Key. The previous Route 10 bus service that the trolley replaced had a relatively low number of riders, with many preferring other modes of transportation.

The trolley runs from 8:00 a.m. to midnight with 20-minute service

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a 45 percent chance of the hurricane season that begins June 1 being above normal, a 35 percent chance of a normal season and a 20 percent chance of a below normal season. An average season is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

Hurricane season officially starts Thursday. Are you ready? Do you have enough water and non-perishable food to last three days to a week? Do you have a flashlight, batteries and radio?

Florida had a nice long run of 11 years without a hurricane making landfall. Our luck ran out last year when Hurricane Hermine hit the Panhandle in September and Hurricane Matthew swept across the east coast in October.

In the days and hours before the

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    If arts and cultural experiences are important components of your lifestyle, there isn't a better place to live than Sarasota Florida. Sarasota, Florida, named the "#1 Small City in the Nation for the Arts," is the center of Florida’s arts and cultural scene. Sarasota, with its performing arts theatres, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Orchestra and too many art galleries and museums to mention rivals the arts environments of many of the biggest cities in the United States.

    The genesis of the arts in Sarasota began with John and Mable Ringling when, in 19 24, their first Sarasota project was construction of their magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic mansion, the Cà d’Zan. The Ringlings collected a significant number of

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