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Will Movie Theaters Survive the Pandemic?

Movie studios have delayed the release of blockbuster films and customers are scared of Covid-19, leaving local theaters reeling.

09/25/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Another 870,000 People Filed For Unemployment Last Week

The news comes as the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 this week.

09/24/2020 By Staff


Sarasota County Launches CARES Act Assistance Dashboard

As of Sept. 21, $20,000 of the county's $14.5 million allocated funds had been disbursed.

09/21/2020 By Staff


America’s Former Surgeon General Discusses Loneliness, Isolation and Covid-19

Dr. Vivek Murthy is the author of a timely new book titled "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World."

09/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Photo Essay

Six Months of Covid-19: A Review of Our 'New Normal'

Few of us anticipated how different our world would be right now.

09/21/2020 By Staff


Tidewell to Host Stress First Aid Webinar to Support Community During Covid-19

The webinar will be presented by well-known traumatic stress psychologist Dr. Patricia Watson.

09/17/2020 By Staff


Unemployment Claims Fell to 790,000 Last Week

But that's still higher than the 665,000 in March 2009 during the height of the Great Recession, the country’s last economic downturn.

09/17/2020 By Staff


CDC Head Says American Life Could Return to Normal By Third Quarter 2021

CDC director Robert Redfield also told the Senate that masks are "‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have."

09/16/2020 By Staff


CARES Act Funding Applications Now Available in Sarasota County

A total of $18.9 million in CARES Act funds is available for individuals and businesses for expenses dating back to March 1, 2020.

09/16/2020 By Staff

Online Class

New College Offers Covid-19 Course to Students and Public

New College has started an online class for students and the public, teaching about the history of pandemics, biology of the coronavirus and how Covid-19 has impacted our society.

09/16/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Restaurant Industry on Track to Lose $240 Billion This Year

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 3 million food service employees are still out of work because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

09/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 18

Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in city limits whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained.

09/11/2020 By Staff


Florida Bars Can Reopen on Monday

The new rule applies to bars, breweries and other alcohol vendors.

09/10/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


More Than 850,000 People Filed For Unemployment Last Week

The unemployment rate was at 8.4 percent, and nearly 30 million people were receiving some type of unemployment benefits in the week ending Aug. 29.

09/10/2020 By Staff


Orioles to Host Food Distribution Drive at Ed Smith Stadium

The first event will take place this Saturday, Sept. 12, in the stadium's East Lot.

09/09/2020 By Staff


Meals on Wheels Plus, Bradenton Kiwanis Partner For Food Drive

The event will take place on Sat., Sept. 12, at Renaissance on 9th/Bradenton Dream Center from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

09/08/2020 By Staff

Public Safety

Safety 4 SRQ Launches Online Directory for Business Health Safety Practices

The directory is available for Sarasota- and Bradenton-area businesses to post their health safety practices.



City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 11

Additionally, the city's face mask mandate is in effect through Oct. 28.

09/04/2020 By Staff


Florida Housing Approves Additional $45 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds

The funds will be disbursed to local governments to provide those impacted by Covid-19 with rental and mortgage assistance.

09/04/2020 By Staff


More Than 825,000 People Filed For Unemployment Last Week

It's only the second week since the pandemic began that unemployment claims have dropped below 1 million.

09/03/2020 By Staff