The Pandemic

Here's What You Need to Know About the Covid-19 Vaccine in Sarasota-Manatee

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Education

Sarasota Educator Named 2022 Florida Teacher of the Year Finalist

Kari Johnson is a kindergarten teacher at Fruitville Elementary School.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Politics

DeSantis Signs Into Law Controversial New Voting Bill

The new law limits the use of ballot drop boxes and restricts vote-by-mail procedures. Republicans say it cracks down on potential fraud; Democrats say it's voter suppression.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Grants

New Film Company Receives $300,000 Gift

Wingspan Productions works with the community to target and identify issues that young people are grappling with in their daily lives.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Imports

Port Manatee-Based World Direct Shipping Adds Vessel

The latest addition to the WDS fleet can carry as many as 1,800 20-foot-equivalent units of containerized cargo.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Grants

Venice Cat Coalition Receives $12,000 Grant

The funding will be used to to help with veterinary care, medicine and other support that is targeted to save more than 300 cats and kittens this year.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Awards

Visit Sarasota County Recognizes 'Voice of Sarasota'

Historian and author Jeff LaHurd is the recipient of the award.

05/06/2021 By Staff

Survey Says

The Bay Park Releases 2020 Annual Report and Park Visitor Survey

The inaugural annual report highlights park progress, environmental, operational and financial sustainability.

05/05/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

DeSantis Announces $1,000 Pandemic Bonus for Florida First Responders

Approximately $208 million has been allocated from DEO for more than 174,000 first responders across the state.

05/05/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Manatee School District Names Two New Administrators

Monica DeLesline has been named the next principal at Palmetto High and Dr. Laurie Breslin has been named the director of secondary curriculum for the school district.

05/05/2021 By Staff

Veterans

Goodwill Manasota Expands Veterans Program Into South County

The program will now be staffed at Goodwill's North Port and Rialto locations.

05/05/2021 By Staff

Politics

New Rules for 'Hotel Houses' Receive Final Approval

The new rules limit the number of guests who can spend the night in a vacation rental and require the owners of the properties to register with the city.

05/05/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Grants

All Faiths Food Bank Receives $65,000 Grant

The funding will help support the food bank's nutrition education, Snap application assistance and hunger relief programs.

05/04/2021 By Staff

The military

The Push for Justice for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault May Soon Succeed

New legislation championed by Sarasota's Nancy Parrish and Protect Our Defenders could dramatically change how allegations of sexual assault in the military are handled.

05/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Fast Track

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Appoints Two New Members to 2021 Board

Diane Mayer and John Giglio join the foundation's 22 other board members.

05/04/2021 By Staff

The courts

Local Lawsuit Tests Sex Discrimination Rules for Religious Institutions

Christie Leonard says a Bradenton church fired her because of suspicions that she was a lesbian. Was that against the law?

05/04/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Jobs

University Town Center Job Fair Set for May 11

Participating businesses include upscale and fast-casual restaurants, fashion boutiques, fitness studios and hotels.

05/03/2021 By Staff

Groundbreaking

Selby Gardens Master Plan Groundbreaking Set for June 3

The gardens is also raising money to complete Phase 1 of its Master Plan.

05/03/2021 By Staff

Technology

The Ringling Acquires New Preservation Technology

Filmic FI-16 allows analog films to be converted to digital, as well as preserved and corrected. High-resolution photos can also be captured from the films.

05/03/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Gov. Ron DeSantis Ends Local Covid-19 Restrictions

The order comes after DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 2006, which will allow the governor to override local emergency orders.

05/03/2021 By Staff