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Embracing Our Differences, outdoor art exhibit at Sarasota's Island Park teaches tolerance.


Sarasota, Florida -- An outdoor art exhibit in Sarasota paints a message of tolerance that's hard to miss. The Embracing Our Differences exhibit received more than 6,000 entries from across the world.

Set up in groups of three, 39 billboards along Sarasota Bay's Island Park display artwork that stirs the mind and the heart.

Sarasota Great American Cleanup on Saturday


Sarasota, Florida -- The 2014 Great American Cleanup will be held at various locations in Sarasota County, on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more than 20 years Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has participated in the Great American Cleanup, resulting in a cleaner, safer and more beautiful community. This event lets Sarasota residents volunteer to give back to their community.

'Veteran' officers of North Port PD under investigation

North Port, Florida-- 10 News learned Monday that two North Port Police officers are under investigation.  

While not many details have been released, conversations with the Mayor and all the City Commissioners revealed the officers' actions could have possible criminal implications.

Police remind Sarasota residents of jury duty scam

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is helping spread the word to residents about what is known as "the jury duty scam."

County residents have reported receiving phone calls from people claiming they are a court employee or with the "warrant department," and that an arrest warrant had been issued because they failed to report to jury duty. The scammer will then ask for payment to clear up the matter, typically in the form of a "green dot" credit card.

Siesta Key Beach getting popular with spring breakers

Siesta Key Beach, Florida -- Siesta Key Beach, one of Dr. Beach's #1 beaches in the country, may be turning into a new hot spot for spring breakers.

"If you're looking for a place to chill out and relax, it's nice," says 21-year-old Jimmie Cotter of Michigan State University.

About a dozen Michigan State University students chose Siesta Key for their spring break. They say they still like to have fun, but sometimes find some resistance on the key.

"I feel we are more of a nuisance at times. We do feel some animosity towards us when we're here," says Cotter.

Orioles to host food drive in game against Rays Thursday

Sarasota, Florida -- This Thursday, March 6, the Orioles will host their 4th annual All Faiths Food Drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

All fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.

Since 2011, 2,400 pounds of food and $3,500 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

Owner of Tube Dude company begins repaying grant

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The head of the Sarasota company Tube Dude has begun repaying a $56,000 grant that he received from the city in 2011.
    
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday that Scott Gerber agreed to repay the grant after a former employee and an investor alleged he misused the money.  The company creates colorful tube statutes that sit outside many Sarasota businesses.