Up to Bat

Ecologist and Educator Dr. Katherine Clements Shares Nine Fun Facts About Bats

Peek into local bat life at the Venice Audubon Society and Rookery.

10/20/2021 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Construction

Firmo Construction Breaks Ground on Fairfield by Marriott in North Tampa

The Sarasota construction group will collaborate with AP Architecture on the project.

10/20/2021 By Staff

Pedal Power

BLVD Bike Rides Returns Nov. 2 for Mobility Week

The ride will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, starting at 5:15 p.m in the Rosemary District.

10/20/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Local Broker Elected to Statewide Board

Nick DeVito II has been elected to serve as chapter admissions chair for the Florida chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

10/20/2021 By Staff

Education

USF Center Director Lands Historic $8.5 Million Arts Learning Grant

Denise Davis-Cotton has been named principal investigator the grant to strengthen arts educational programming in the nation’s educational system.

10/20/2021 By Staff

Philanthropy

Target CEO Donates $10 Million to Sarasota Memorial Behavioral Health Pavilion

Brian Cornell and his wife, Martha, have deep roots in the Sarasota area.

10/20/2021 By Staff

Trade

Port Manatee Reports Record Container Trade for Fiscal Year 2021

The port's containerized cargo trade grew more than 53 percent and total cargo tonnage also reached an all-time high.

10/19/2021 By Staff

Politics

Home Sharing May Soon Be Allowed in the City of Sarasota

That would mean homeowners can rent out a portion of their home while they're on site.

10/19/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Grants

Community Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Conservation Foundation

The funding will be used to upgrade the Conservation Foundation's CRM platform.

10/19/2021 By Staff

Rankings

Sarasota Named 'Best Place to Retire'—Again

Our city ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's annual list for the second year in a row.

10/19/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

WBTT Professional Selected for Fall 2021 Gulf Coast Board Institute

Travis Ray is Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's associate managing director.

10/18/2021 By Staff

Education

Girls Inc. Launches STEM-Based Program at New College

The intensive five-year "Eureka!" program is for girls entering the eighth grade.

10/18/2021 By Staff

Government

North Port Receives $1.69 Million Florida Job Growth Grant

The funding will be used for the installation of water and wastewater infrastructure across 500 acres at the Panacea Activity Center.

10/15/2021 By Staff

Networking

Downtown Improvement District to Present 'Fresh Fridays' Event Initiative

The inaugural Fresh Friday event will take place on Friday, Nov. 5, from 8-11 p.m. on Lemon Avenue between First Street and Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park.

10/15/2021 By Staff

Shop Talk

Rosemary Night Market Rebrands as RADD Night Market

The market will run Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 and continue through April 21, 2022.

10/15/2021 By Staff

Awards

Our Story 'Who Owns Florida’s Beaches?' Just Won a National Award

Our article about the privatization of Florida’s shoreline was one of our top-awarded and read stories this year.

10/15/2021 By Staff

Sidewalk Science

This Manatee County Teacher Is Bringing Science Experiments to Local Parks

Alex Martin is the founder of the Sidewalk Science Center, which offers free science experiments for kids at Bayfront Park in Sarasota and the Riverwalk in Bradenton.

10/15/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Conservation

Conservation Foundation Protects 228 Acres in Old Miakka

The land is a critical link between Sarasota County’s Old Miakka Preserve and the Conservation Foundation’s Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve.

10/14/2021 By Staff

Elections

Early Voting Set for Nov. 2 City of Venice General Election

Early voting will run Monday, Oct. 25, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 30.

10/14/2021 By Staff

Environment

Are the Public's Concerns About the Future of Piney Point Being Heard?

Environmentalists say the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Manatee County are stifling public engagement rather than encouraging it.

10/14/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis