More Than 2 Million Unemployment Claims Were Filed Last Week

That brings the total number of unemployed Americans to more than 42 million.

06/04/2020 By Staff


FEMA Awards Florida More Than $250 Million for COVID-19 Operations

The funds are allocated to Florida for expenses from March 13 through April 30.

06/03/2020 By Staff

Summer school

How Virtual Learning May Help Kids Avoid the 'COVID Slide'

The SKY Family YMCA is offering child care services and summer camps that will incorporate virtual learning this summer.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Fresh-squeezed fun

Bradenton Fruit Farm Is Reopening With an Arts and Craft Fair

After closing its doors for two months, Mixon Fruit Farms is celebrating its reopening with a family-friendly craft fair this Saturday, June 6.

06/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Food Drive

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee to Conduct Mass Food Distributon

Food will be distributed to up to 1,000 families at the Ellenton Prime Outlets on Saturday, June 6.

06/03/2020 By Staff

The Reopening

Photos: Selby Gardens and The Ringling Museum Reopen

Both venues had been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/01/2020 Photography by Lauren Pritchard


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through June 5

The emergency order also extends the experimental street closures that began to help local restaurants and retail establishments impacted by COVID-19.

05/29/2020 By Staff

Good Deeds

Allegiant Private Advisors Donates More Than $50,000 to 12 Nonprofits

The funds support local organizations in the midst of the COVID-19.

05/29/2020 By Staff


Annual Survey Shows Drop in Area's Homeless Population

But there is rising concern about how the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to more homelessness.

05/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


All Faiths Food Bank Receives $225,000 to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

The food bank distributed more than 2 million pounds of food between mid-March and mid-April.

05/29/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department to Hold Two COVID-19 Testing Events Next Week

The tests are appointment-only and will be held in Laurel and North Port.

05/28/2020 By Staff


Mote, Bishop Museum Announce Reopening Dates

Mote will open June 5 and the Bishop Museum will open June 3, both with new public health guidelines in effect.

05/28/2020 By Staff


More Than 40 Million Americans Are Out of Work

New data from the Department of Labor shows that 2.1 million more people filed for unemployment benefits last week.

05/28/2020 By Megan McDonald

The politics of the pandemic

Sarasota's Supervisor of Elections Explains Why Voting by Mail Remains 'Safe and Secure'

Ron Turner walks us through how voting by mail works in Sarasota County.

05/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Embracing the Future

Indigenous Chef Steve Phelps on His Restaurant's Survival and Recovery

“I’m trying to figure out how to save the restaurant."

05/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Reopening

Photos: Sarasota Gyms Reopen With New COVID-19 Guidelines in Place

Here's how three local fitness facilities are coping within our new reality.

05/26/2020 Photography by Lauren Pritchard

High Impact

The Sarasota Heroes Mural Is Becoming a City Inspiration

Local nurses are snapping selfies, and a city official hopes for more murals like this one.

05/22/2020 By Susan Burns

Editors' Picks

What We're Watching to Take Our Minds Off the Pandemic

Looking for some non-COVID-19 entertainment on TV? Try these.

05/22/2020 By The Editors

First Person

'They Almost Lost Me Three Times': A COVID-19 Patient Shares His Story

Steve Hefler was hospitalized for 49 days after contracting the coronavirus.

05/22/2020 By Allison Forsyth