What's Next?

A Leading Florida Economist Pictures Life After Coronavirus

UCF’s Sean Snaith says he was “shocked” by the spring shutdown and that it “bulldozed the economy.”

09/03/2020 By Pam Daniel


City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 4

The order also extends the city’s temporary street closure program through September in order to allow additional space for outdoor dining.

08/28/2020 By Staff


Rent Assistance Available for Sarasota Residents Impacted by Covid-19

Residents who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and have experienced unemployment or underemployment may apply for rental assistance to prevent eviction.

08/27/2020 By Staff


State Unemployment Claims Once Again Top 1 Million Last Week

For comparison, weekly claims topped out at 665,000 in March 2009 during the Great Recession, the country’s last economic downturn.

08/27/2020 By Staff

Travel and Leisure?

What It's Like to Travel to Key West During a Pandemic

Things are different, to be sure, but many shopkeepers and tour guides agreed this was a rare opportunity to visit the Keys without hordes of other tourists.

08/26/2020 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson


City of Venice Approves Mask Ordinance

The ordinance follows those currently in place in the city of Sarasota and on Longboat Key.

08/25/2020 By Staff


Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Awards $2.7 Million

Funding focuses on supporting health and human service needs, building equity for communities of color, and protecting the environment.

08/24/2020 By Staff


University Town Center Covid-19 Testing Site Now Offering Antibody Tests

There is a total capacity of 200 antibody tests per day; additionally, the site will continue Covid-19 testing, with a capacity of 1,200 tests per day.

08/21/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Extends Mask Ordinance

Face coverings are required at indoor and outdoor public places in the city where social distancing is not possible through Oct. 28.

08/21/2020 By Staff


Florida Covid-19 Deaths Top 10,000

Florida is the fifth state in the country to pass the grim milestone, behind New York, New Jersey, California and Texas.

08/20/2020 By Staff


Jobless Claims Jump Back Above 1 Million

After dipping below the million mark for the first time since March, jobless claims rose again last week—a sign of the market's fragility, experts say.

08/20/2020 By Staff

Return to vendor

The Sarasota Farmers Market Is Back. Here's How Things Are Going.

Since the market reopened on Aug. 1, customers have flocked to downtown Sarasota to get their hands on food from local vendors.

08/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grand reopening

Newtown Farmer's Market Reopens This Week

After being shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the market will return on Friday and Saturday with new social distancing rules in place.

08/17/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Aug. 21

The city's emergency order also allows the Newtown Farmers Market to reopen next weekend.

08/14/2020 By Staff


SMH Begins Enrolling Healthy Adults in Experimental Covid-19 Antibody Trial

The trial aims to find out whether a lab-created antibody cocktail is effective at preventing and treating the novel coronavirus.

08/13/2020 By Staff


For First Time in 20 Weeks, Unemployment Claims Dip Below 1 Million

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 963,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

08/13/2020 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Seasaon

Peak Florida Hurricane Season Is Here

Atmospheric scientist Bob Bunting updates his predictions on the extreme storm season ahead.

08/13/2020 By Bob Bunting


Colleges Are Reopening in Sarasota This Month

We ask administrators and students how they’re approaching learning during a pandemic.

08/13/2020 By Giulia Heyward


Jewish Federation Provides Second Round of Emergency Grants

The funding aims to help the Jewish community during the Covid-19 crisis.

08/12/2020 By Staff


Meals on Wheels Shifting Food Distribution for Manatee County Families

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has seen need spike because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

08/10/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker