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

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