Dr. Don Swerida, right, and his assistant, Ben Swerida following a successful surgery on a gator.

Dr. Don’s Animal Kingdom, Now in a Strip Mall

Kim Hackett

Dr. Don’s Animal Clinic is now located in Venice’s Plaza Venezia.


City’s Historic Banyan House B&B Closes

Kim Hackett

The Banyan House Bed and Breakfast is shuttered after 26 years in business.


Cheeseburger in Paradise: Authentic Cabbage Key

Robin Draper

  Welcome back to Authentic Florida’s Blog. It’s the laid-back paradise Jimmy Buffett made famous when he met the perfect cheeseburger, a piano and a cold beer after a day of awesome fishing. Cabbage Key is an “Old Florida” island where the inspired rocker is reported to have written the famed song “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Those who […]


It’s Florida Lobster Season

Robin Draper

  Fresh Florida lobster is in season and available in local seafood markets. If you’re lucky enough to “catch your own” from a trip to the Florida Keys, consider yourself fortunate. If you’re saving that experience for another time, you can still enjoy the delectable treat by cooking at home and following some simple directions. […]


Florida’s Coastal Nursery

Robin Draper

  Welcome back to Authentic Florida. As a Sarasota native, I love all things “Florida,” especially things that remind me of “real” Florida travel and living. I just got back from an amazing experience on Florida’s east coast. Here’s my latest blog. It was a pitch dark, warm August evening as a small crowd gathered […]