First Person

What It's Like to Visit The Ringling as a Young Black Woman

Jessika Ward asks herself how the world sees her—and is surprised to find answers at The Ringling’s “Being Seen” exhibit.

07/08/2020 By Jessika Ward

Awards

St. Armands Garage Recognized for Sustainability

The garage was lauded for its LED light harvesting system, electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle parking and bike repair station, state-of-the-art rooftop solar panel and more.

07/02/2020 By Staff

#SOURQ

Sarasota Chamber Launches 'Support Local' Campaign

The campaign focuses on driving customers to local small businesses, particularly in the restaurant and retail industries.

07/01/2020 By Staff

Elections

Voter Registration/Party Change Deadline Nears For August 18 Primary

The last day to register to be eligible to vote or change party affiliation is July 20.

06/30/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Holmes Beach Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order

The city says the ordinance is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially as daily numbers continue to shatter records.

06/26/2020 By Megan McDonald

Hunger

All Faiths Food Bank Prepares for Hurricane Season During Pandemic

The food bank has secured extra emergency supplies and leased additional warehouse space to store emergency meal boxes for deployment in the event of a major storm.

06/24/2020 By Staff

Elections

Poll Workers Needed for 2020 Elections

Workers are needed for both the Aug. 18 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election.

06/23/2020 By Staff

Data

USF Researchers Find Black and Hispanic Americans Much More Likely Than Whites to Fear Police Brutality

Two University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee researchers have found that Black Americans are nearly five times more likely than whites to worry "a lot" about police brutality.

06/22/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Travel

Airlines Bring Back, Add Flights at SRQ Airport

SRQ leadership says the airport is beginning to see signs of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/22/2020 By Staff

Restock

Anna Maria Island-Wide Beach Renourishment Project to Begin in July

Island beaches, from Holmes to Coquina, will be restocked with fresh, white sand.

06/22/2020 By Staff

Adapting to Climate Change

The CEO of Sarasota’s Climate Adaptation Center on Science and Hope in a Hotter World

Scientist Bob Bunting outlines how Florida and our region will change and how we can respond and benefit.

06/18/2020 By Bob Bunting

Design

Sweet Sparkman Will Design 'Touchless' Bathrooms at SRQ Airport

The move will help the airport continue to modernize and improve its restrooms and inhibit the spread of germs.

06/18/2020 By Staff

Call to Action

FSU/Asolo Conservatory Students Charge Racism

Five current black students accuse the Conservatory, Asolo Rep and Florida State University of institutional racism in a letter signed by dozens of supporters.

06/18/2020 By Kay Kipling

News

How Safe Are Bean Bag 'Bullets'?

A Sarasota man was hospitalized after being shot by this “less lethal” option during a protest march in Tampa.

06/17/2020 By Isaac Eger

Vote

Candidates Qualify for District Election

With more than two candidates qualifying for District 2 and District 3, a first election for those seats will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

06/12/2020 By Staff

Sustainability

Partners for Green Places Awards $161,379 in Matching Funds

The funds will help 10 local environmental and human service agencies to implement water and energy efficiency upgrades at their facilities.

06/12/2020 By Staff

Good Deeds

Oaks Club Raises $13,000 for Sarasota County Firefighters

Nearly 200 members of The Oaks Club contributed to the 'Gifts of Gratitude' fund.

06/12/2020 By Staff

'This Is An Incredible Time in History'

Sarasota's Mayor Says the Time for Anti-Racist Action Is Now

Jen Ahearn-Koch discusses the protests that have rocked America, how Sarasota city government should respond and whether we need to 'defund the police.'

06/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Science

Mote Announces Plans for Additional Coral Nursery, International Coral Gene Bank

The organization plans to build an additional land-based coral nursery in Islamorada and a new coral gene bank at its new location in Sarasota County.

06/10/2020 By Staff

Black Lives Matter

A New Facebook Group for Black Businesses Takes Off

The group now has more than 10,500 members.

06/10/2020 By Jessika Ward