The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center Braces for an Uptick in Emergency Calls

'We're definitely concerned,' says SPARCC executive director Jessica Hays, 'because people are really isolated right now.'

04/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Images of Hope: The Sarasota Hope Photo Project

We're inviting the community to submit photos that remind us why we love Sarasota and the surrounding areas, and show works of beauty or acts of kindness in these troubling days.



‘I Support Local’: A T-Shirt Company Rallies Around Local Restaurants

“We will look back on these times and realize we all got through this together.”

03/27/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Save Our Y Rebrands, Takes Ownership of Former Sarasota YMCA Properties

The $4.4 million real estate transaction took place earlier this week.

03/26/2020 By Staff

Public Health

City’s Playgrounds, Parks to Close Wednesday

Outdoor park areas will remain open for walking, jogging and exercise; however, citizens are urged to follow guidelines about social distancing and public gatherings.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald


Elite Motor Works Offers Free Oil Changes for Healthcare Workers

'We see how hard healthcare workers are working, so we decided to help out,' owner Jamie Caldwell says.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

All Florida State Parks to Close

Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity have not resulted in the reductions needed to protect public health, park leadership said.

03/23/2020 By Megan McDonald

Best of Sarasota

Introducing the Sarasota Hope Photo Project

We invite you to submit photos that are uplifting, remind us why we love Sarasota and the surrounding areas, and show works of beauty or acts of kindness in these troubling days.


Breaking News

Sarasota, Manatee County Beaches Closed

The closures took effect in Manatee County at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 20, and in Sarasota County at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

03/19/2020 By Megan McDonald

City News

County Waives Shut-Offs for Water Services Through April 13

The county is also encouraging the community to practice social distancing by using online, phone and mail bill-pay services.

03/18/2020 By Staff

Public Health

New Harvard, ProPublica Report Asks Whether Hospitals Are Ready for COVID-19

Maps and interactive data—including for the Sarasota region—show the urgency of "flattening the curve."

03/18/2020 By Megan McDonald


Sarasota County Libraries Closed; Will Offer Curbside Services

Residents can also apply for a digital library card to access the online catalog.

03/17/2020 By Megan McDonald


Organization Creates Campaign for More Accessory Dwelling Units

The plan is in response to the region's affordable housing crisis.

03/17/2020 By Staff


Historic Spanish Point, Bishop Museum to Temporarily Close

The museums join the ranks of other area organizations in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

03/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Florida Primary

After Serving Her Time in Prison, a Sarasota Woman Goes to the Polls

Betty Riddle voted for the first time in her life at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex this morning.

03/17/2020 By Isaac Eger

Public Health

City of Sarasota Closing Recreational Facilities, Suspending Meetings

Parks and beaches are currently open, but residents should adhere to social distancing and public gathering recommendations.

03/16/2020 By Megan McDonald


Selby Gardens Closes Until Further Notice

Gardens CEO Jennifer Rominiecki said the gardens would continue to pay its employees throughout the duration of the closure.

03/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

The Ringling Closes, Effective Immediately

The museum does not have an official reopening date.

03/16/2020 By Megan McDonald


Visit Sarasota County Closes Visitor Centers, Boosts Virtual Support

Visitors can call or email, or check in with the organization on social media.

03/16/2020 By Staff