From the Editor

Welcome to 'Listening to Diverse Voices'

Explore our powerful series that brings you the stories of our diverse community.

10/04/2021 Edited by Susan Burns

Beauty Hero

With Her New Foundation, Sarasota Hairstylist Dede Caldwell Helps At-Risk Women Look and Feel Their Best

The Beauty Bridge Foundation was founded by Caldwell and her daughter during the pandemic to provide hair styling services to local women in need.

10/01/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Awards

Venice Wins National 'America in Bloom' Award

The city was awarded the “Eye Popping Pots – Best Use of Containers in the Landscape” special award.

09/30/2021 By Staff

How We've Changed

How Covid-19 Has Changed Sarasota

From Zoom and Instacart to sweatpants and more, we found 28 ways life will never be the same since the onset of Covid.

09/29/2021 By The Editors

Flood Factor

Flood Insurance Rates Set to Spike for Some Florida Residents

Starting Oct. 1, the new program will for the first time take into account the size and proximity of a home to a potential flood source.

09/29/2021 By Kim Doleatto

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Florida's Minimum Wage Rises to $10 Thursday

The increase is the first step toward an eventual $15 minimum wage.

09/29/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Elections

Voter Registration Deadline Nearing for Nov. 2 Elections

Voters must be registered by Oct. 4 to participate in the City of Venice and Town of Longboat Key elections.

09/27/2021

Reentry

CenterPlace Health, Eyeglass World Partner With Project 180

The organizations will offer free medical, oral and eye care to men and women returning to the community after incarceration.

09/27/2021 By Staff

From the Editor

Can Nature Sue Florida?

If this sounds far-fetched, remember that corporations have been given rights and legal personhood.

09/27/2021 By Susan Burns

Construction

Phase II of Cattlemen Road Construction Begins in October

The project includes widening Cattlemen Road and Palmer Boulevard and reconstructing South Packinghouse Road from Cattlemen to Palmer.

09/24/2021 By Staff

Parks

DreamLarge Launches 'Friends of Rosemary Park'

The initiative is designed to drive awareness about the pocket park currently under development in the Rosemary District.

09/21/2021 By Staff

Transportation

Florida Gas Prices Jumped 10 Cents Last Week

The cost to fill an average-sized 15-gallon tank of gas is now $46.50.

09/20/2021 By Staff

Piney Point

What’s Going to Happen with Piney Point’s Toxic Wastewater?

Manatee County has approved injecting it deep into the aquifer. The public can weigh in on Oct. 6.

09/20/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

The Moore Method

Meet the Woman Who Wants to Save Florida

Moore has decided to use her wealth to keep the planet healthy—starting with her 1,143-acre Triangle Ranch in Myakka.

09/20/2021 By Isaac Eger

The Pandemic

Sarasota Chiropractor, Mask Exemption Events Make National News

According to CNN, more than 1,200 people attended a Venice event this past weekend, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who now lives in Boca Royale.

09/16/2021 By Megan McDonald

Closings

ITNSuncoast Suspends Operations

The organization's executive director said the pandemic has resulted in a shortage of volunteer drivers.

09/15/2021 By Staff

Island Time

Longboat Key Named Fifth Best Island in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure

The annual reader-sourced "World's Best" list invites Travel + Leisure's audience to vote on the best destinations and experiences worldwide.

09/15/2021 By Staff

Community Service

Bay Park Improvement Board Accepting Applications

The appointment will be for a two-year term.

09/13/2021 By Staff

Environment

Celebrate 'National Cleanup Day' in Sarasota This Weekend

North and South Sarasota County parks and beaches will have community cleanup events on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8-10 a.m.

09/13/2021 Photography by Allison Forsyth

9/11

Will We Ever Know the True Story Behind Sarasota’s Connection to 9/11?

How three journalists began to uncover Sarasota’s integral role in the events of that day—and how Sarasota might be the key to the true story of 9/11.

09/10/2021 By Isaac Eger