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


'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


New College Receives $28,000 COVID-19 Response Initiative Grant

The funds will be used for emergency and critical needs relief for students.

04/14/2020 By Staff


Local Hotels Donate Rooms to Healthcare Workers

Hilton-owned hotels throughout the Suncoast will donate rooms to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families.

04/14/2020 By Staff


United Way Suncoast Begins Distribution of More Than $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funds

Fourteen human service agencies serving 194,407 families throughout the region have been awarded emergency funding from United Way Suncoast's COVID-19 response fund.

04/14/2020 By Staff

Virtual Reality

Sarasota County Libraries Are Helping Us Stay Busy and Connected at Home

Miss taking trips to the library? There's a whole digital world to explore.

04/14/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Our New Normal: Scenes From Sarasota During COVID-19

What does Sarasota look like with social distancing and "safer at home" guidelines in place? We took to the streets to find out.

04/14/2020 Photography by Barbara Banks and Gigi Ortwein

Free Webinar

How Philanthropists and Volunteers Can Help Their Favorite Charities in the Midst of COVID-19

Join us and global nonprofit expert Bob Carter for a free webinar April 21.

04/14/2020 Edited by Susan Burns


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended; Memorial Day Parade Cancelled

The emergency order strongly urges citizens to wear protective masks in public.

04/13/2020 By Staff


SRQ Passenger Traffic Down 23 Percent in March Due to COVID-19

Airport leadership says traffic is expected to be down by a whopping 95 percent in April.

04/13/2020 By Staff


Restaurant Association Says More Help for the Industry Is Needed

After the pandemic passes, the National Restaurant Association warns, nearly all American restaurants will be "in desperate need of cash."

04/13/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


SunCoast Community Blood Centers Participates in an Experimental New Therapy for COVID-19

A recovered doctor becomes the first person in Sarasota to donate plasma to COVID-19 patients.

04/10/2020 By Susan Burns

Good Deeds

Tammy's Alterations & Dry Cleaning Donates Masks to All Faiths Food Bank

Tammy's team members donated 50 cloth masks for food bank staffers to wear while working at the office in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

04/10/2020 By Staff


How to Up Your Wine Education During the Pandemic

From expert certifications to casual virtual tastings, there are a number of ways to learn more about wine while you're stuck at home.

04/10/2020 By Bob McGinn


Expert Bartender Begins Offering Video Cocktail Tutorials

Unable to tend bar because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rob Boyland has begun teaching people how to do it themselves.

04/10/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Tide 'Loads of Hope' Available for Sarasota First Responders

The program offers medical personnel, police officers and firefighters free laundry services.

04/09/2020 By Staff


Another 6.6. Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

That brings the current total number of unemployed U.S. residents to a staggering 16.78 million, according to grim new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

04/09/2020 By Megan McDonald


How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Sarasota's Homeless

“It's real tough to shelter in place when you don't have a place," says Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin.

04/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker