Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through May 22

The emergency order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Grants

Small Business Grant Program Opens for Applications May 19

To be eligible, a business must have a physical structure located in the city limits with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Philanthropy

Hermitage Artist Retreat Meets $100,000 Matching Pledge

The Hermitage has also received a $50,000 pledge from a group of supporters to extend this matching challenge.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Jobs

Nearly 3 Million More People Filed for Unemployment This Week

Those numbers bring the two-month total to nearly 36.5 million, according to new stats from the Department of Labor.

05/14/2020 By Megan McDonald

Philanthropy

Tidewell Hospice Receives $40,000 Grant to Enhance Telehealth Technology

The funds will allow Tidewell physicians and clinical staff to deliver care remotely when necessary.

05/14/2020 By Staff

Philanthropy

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Receives $20,000 Donation

The funds will provide several weeks' worth of meals to those in need.

05/14/2020 Photography by Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota Wants to Help Restaurants Expand or Add Outdoor Dining

Restaurants in the City of Sarasota can apply for a "temporary outdoor café permit" that allows more seating outside.

05/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Corona Q & A

Ask the Expert: An Infectious Disease Doctor Answers Your Coronavirus Questions

SMH’s infectious disease expert on the “second wave,” wearing a mask and grandparenting.

05/14/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Couch Cuisine

Where to Get the Best Takeout in Sarasota Right Now

Because of COVID-19, many of us are ordering takeout more often than ever before. Here are our current go-to destinations for an at-home feast.

05/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Allison Forsyth

Victory is sweet

Honey Company Offers Virtual Farmers' Market

The Suncoast Victory Market includes vendors selling everything from freshly baked bread to raw milk and local produce.

05/13/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Sarasota County Provides Updates on Events, Chemical Collection, Library Services

The county is following CDC, Florida Department of Health and governor's office guidelines to reopen.

05/12/2020 By Staff

Education

Community Day School Receives $50,000 for Scholarships

Funds from the Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse Family Foundation will support students whose families have been impacted financially by COVID-19.

05/12/2020 By Staff

Good Deeds

Medallion Home Donates Meals to Local Hospitals

The homebuilder provided 200 meals to hospital staffs.

05/11/2020 By Staff

Philanthropy

Barancik Foundation Grants More Than $3.2 Million to Local Nonprofits for COVID-19 Relief

The grants aim to help fortify nonprofit infrastructure this time of unprecedented economic upheaval.

05/11/2020 By Staff

#SarasotaHeroes

You're Invited: Our Virtual Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate 'Sarasota Heroes,' Our Mural of Gratitude

The mural is dedicated to our local health care professionals and their tireless work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/11/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Restaurant Employment Plummets

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 598,000 restaurant jobs have been lost in Florida alone.

05/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grants

Foundations Have Awarded More Than $2.7 Million in Grants for COVID-19 Relief

The grants will help fund services including virtual mental-health counseling, childcare for first responders, and food and financial assistance.

05/08/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Restaurants Adjust to Newly Loosened Dining Rules

Some Sarasota restaurants have already seen a boost in foot traffic, while at other restaurants it has not increased much.

05/08/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Ask an Allergist

Know Thy Sneezes: The Difference Between Seasonal Allergies and COVID-19

Sarasota allergist Dr. Hugh Windom breaks down the difference between seasonal allergy and coronavirus symptoms. (His answers will make you feel better!)

05/08/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Coronavirus

More Than 20.5 Million Jobs Were Lost in April Alone

The unemployment rate is a staggering 14.7 percent.

05/08/2020 By Megan McDonald