Coronavirus

Sarasota County to Open Beaches With Restrictions; Lido Beach to Remain Closed

Sarasota County beach parking lots will stay closed and group activities are prohibited; Manatee County beaches and Lido Beach will also remain closed.

04/22/2020 By Staff

From the Front

'It's Purposeful to Me': A Local Nurse's Story of COVID-19 Testing

Renee Turner shares her first-person account of helping patients at a drive-through testing site in Manatee County.

04/22/2020 By Kay Kipling

Philanthropy webinar

Missed Our Webinar With Global Fundraising Expert Bob Carter? We Recorded It For You

Learn how nonprofits can meet today’s challenges.

04/22/2020 By Susan Burns

Two birds, one stone

New College Economist Says a Massive 'Green Stimulus' Could Boost the Economy

"It has never been cheaper to invest in the green economy we need," says Mark Paul.

04/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Bradenton Farmers Market Begins Offering Online Orders

Orders must be placed by late Wednesday to be picked up on Saturday.

04/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Two Out of Three Restaurant Workers Have Lost Their Jobs

A new survey from the National Restaurant Association estimates that the restaurant industry will lose $80 billion in sales by the end of April.

04/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Unemployment Benefits

Wondering About Your Unemployment Benefits? So Are a Lot of Other Floridians

Hundreds of thousands of Florida residents, desperate for help, have been unable to get it.

04/20/2020 By David Hackett

Coping with COVID-19

‘I’m Not Waiting Around for Things to Happen:’ The View from a Small Business Owner

Daniel Milks turns to delivering for Instacart while he strategizes what his travel company will look like when it reopens.

04/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coronavirus

DeSantis Suspends 'Actively Seeking Work' Requirement for Unemployment Claimants

The governor's office says that the suspension is on an emergency temporary basis to respond to the spread of COVID-19.

04/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended; Public 'Very Strongly Urged' to Wear Protective Masks

The new emergency order is in place at least through April 24.

04/17/2020 By Staff

Local Produce

You Can Still Go Blueberry Picking at Albritton Fruit Farms

Pick fresh blueberries, then use your bounty to make blueberry pancakes. You won't regret it.

04/17/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Coronavirus

Free COVID-19 Testing to Be Offered in Newtown on April 17

Tests will be given by appointment only for healthcare workers and those experiencing symptoms.

04/16/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota Restaurants Shift to Support Those in Need

During the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have been feeding hungry kids, police officers, front-line health care workers and many more.

04/16/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Here's What You Need to Know About the Federal Stimulus Payments

When will your check arrive? And how much will you get? We've got answers.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Unemployment Claims Total More Than 22 Million

More than 5.2 million people filed for unemployment this week, bringing the unemployment rate to an unprecedented 8.2 percent.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Bank of America Foundation, Academy at Glengary Collaborate to Support Mental Health

The academy received a $10,000 Workforce Development grant from the Bank of America Foundation to support members who have lost jobs or are in search of employment.

04/15/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

New Report Shows Biggest Retail Sales Drop in 30 Years of Record-Keeping

Advance estimates show an 8.7 percent decline over the previous month.

04/15/2020 By Staff

Viral Vocab

Know Thy Masks: A Primer to Face Covers

Do you really know the difference between an N95 respirator and a surgical mask?

04/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Coping with COVID-19

Cat Depot’s Foster ‘Parents’ Come to the Rescue

When the nonprofit shelter closed temporarily, dozens of volunteers responded.

04/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Coronavirus

'It's Been Like Hell': How the COVID-19 Shutdowns Have Hurt a Local Dairy

Dakin Dairy Farms is being forced to dump 7,000 gallons of milk a day because of lost sales.

04/15/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker