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Florida Amendment 2 Hurts Workers & Small Businesses

Nathaniel Santiago began working at a McDonald’s in Fort Lauderdale for $8.56 an hour, Florida’s minimum wage, six months ago. He lost a previous job in a warehouse because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which wiped out roughly $1,500 of his savings, and he was forced…

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Florida Small Businesses, Employers & Workers Oppose FL Am. 2

Minimum wage column: The whole story First off, let me say I love Gecko’s restaurant. It has been one of our go-to places for years. They have a good thing going and appear to be very successful. As does Anna Maria Oyster…

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Smacks Burgers & Shakes Officially Closes Its Doors and an Era

SRQ was saddened to hear yesterday the news of Smacks Burgers & Shakes closing its doors for good on Friday, September 18 after seven delicious years serving the community. It has not been a kind year to many of our…

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Favorite Salads in Sarasota-Manatee

Siesta Salad From Gecko’s 6606 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 248-2020; 7228 55th Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 727-8988; 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, (941) 923-6061; 351 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 378-0077; 1900 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2929; geckosgrill.com During Southwest Florida’s…

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Dockside Waterfront Grill Top 10 Restaurants for Dining Outdoors on the Water

Dockside Waterfront Grill 509 N. Tamiami Trail; 941-218-6418; geckosgrill.com/dockside-waterfront-grill Part of the Sarasota-based Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Dockside Waterfront Grill places diners in a fun, Old Florida setting overlooking Roberts and Dona bays. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. popular…

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Gecko’s Safety Protocols Are a Recipe for Guest Trust

Anne Rollings, the manager of corporate office for Geckos Hospitality Group, said that the company has purchased electrostatic foggers for each of six locations — including the two in East County at Twelve Oaks and Braden River plazas — so…

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill featured in Gay Sarasota: our travel guide to our favorite restaurants in Sarasota

Dry Dock was our favourite restaurant in Sarasota for fresh fish. It's also unique for its location right by the riverfront on Sarasota Bay. It's won numerous Open Table Diner's Choice Awards including “100 Best Most Scenic Restaurant in America”…

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Smacks Offers Up “Best Plant based Burgers” in Sarasota

This Sarasota favorite has a “Build Your Own Burger” menu with a Beyond Meat option. A flavorful, plant-based patty is grilled up with your choice of cheese, bun and toppings. If you’re searching for something more veggie-tasting, try the black bean burger,…

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Gecko’s & Dockside are great places to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

Bring Dad in for lunch or dinner to a Gecko’s Grill & Pub location, or sister restaurant Dockside Waterfront Grill in Venice, on Sunday and enter to win a gift card for $50. Just drop a note into the fishbowl…

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill among Best Waterfront Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

Named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2019” by OpenTable, Dry Dock occupies a prime spot at the Boathouse marina on Longboat Key, providing panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. for lunch…

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