1. The sexiest part of the new Bradenton Area Convention Center hotel? A rooftop bar. It’s a first for the Bradenton area.
  2. For the final time, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus closed the curtain in May. The circus was too expensive to run, said executives from the circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment. But it wasn’t expensive enough to prevent the company from giving executives a combined $1.5 million in raises.
  3. President and CEO of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Rick Piccolo isn’t at fault for a lack of new air service at SRQ. He got a glowing review from the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority again this year, despite drops in passenger numbers.
  4. In May, we started reporting on restaurant and food establishment inspections using data posted weekly by state agencies. The grateful response from our readers has been overwhelming.
  5. I followed up on a story we did last year about abandoned and derelict boats in Manatee County and how much taxpayers end up paying to remove them. A new law was passed to address the issue, but at least one business owner is still struggling with loose boats drifting near his property.