Holmes Beach Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order

The city says the ordinance is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially as daily numbers continue to shatter records.

06/26/2020 By Megan McDonald


Sarasota Memorial Hospital Is Restricting Visitors Again

The hospital says the changes are part of its ongoing effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of patients, staff and the community.

06/25/2020 By Staff


More Than 1.5 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

There are currently 19.5 million Americans collecting unemployment benefits.

06/25/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Giving Away Up to 50,000 Masks

The “Mask Mobile,” a city vehicle with a white surgical mask across the front grill, can also be found around town to promote mask usage in public.

06/25/2020 By Staff


COVID Cases Are Rising—and So Are New Treatments

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ICU physician Kirk Voelker explains the new medicines and what we should be doing now.

06/24/2020 Edited by Susan Burns


Bank of America Donates $20,000 to Meals on Wheels of Sarasota

The funds will be used to meet the rising local demand for food and resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/23/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing in Englewood Thursday

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this testing opportunity.

06/23/2020 By Staff

Real Estate

May Housing Market Down 43.5 Percent Over Last Year

Both Sarasota and Manatee counties saw a decline in sales and supply, causing median prices to rise again.

06/22/2020 By Staff


For 13th Straight Week, Unemployment Claims Top 1 Million

Though the numbers are decreasing from an all-time high in April, experts say weekly filings are still more than twice the worst week of the Great Recession.

06/18/2020 By Staff

Now in Progress

Will Community Theater Seasons Go On? And How?

Artistic leaders have needed to be flexible in adapting to COVID-19 restrictions.

06/17/2020 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota Memorial, Suncoast Blood Centers Urge Blood Donations

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says it has seen a "slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations."

06/16/2020 By Staff


Selby Gardens Moves to Phase Two Reopening, Extends Dali Exhibit

In this phase, select indoor areas at both campuses will be open to the public.

06/15/2020 By Staff


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through June 19

The emergency order also directs the reopening of Payne Park Skate Park on Tuesday, June 16.

06/12/2020 By Staff


DeSantis Announces School-Reopening Recommendations

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Richard Corcoran also emphasize that reopening is a locally driven decision.

06/12/2020 By Staff


Millions Still Filing for Unemployment Benefits

The Department of Labor reports another 1.5 million people filed unemployment claims last week.

06/11/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing in Englewood Next Wednesday

Testing—which will be held at the Englewood Sports Complex—is available by appointment only.

06/10/2020 By Staff


SRQ Passenger Traffic Quadruples in May

Passenger traffic rose from 9,742 in April to 39,988 in May, and airlines are starting to add flights to summer schedules.

06/10/2020 By Staff

Inhale, Exhale

Local Doctors Share Top Tips for De-Stressing

Feeling stressed? Take a deep breath and try one of these go-to solutions from local health care providers.

06/09/2020 By Staff


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through June 12

Playgrounds and basketball courts will reopen June 9.

06/05/2020 By Staff


Osprey Biotechnics Manufactures, Donates Hand Sanitizer

The donations are going to local institutions, frontline workers and essential workers in the U.S. food supply chain.

06/04/2020 By Staff