Breaking News

Florida Judge Strikes Down DeSantis' Ban on Mask Mandates in Schools

More Florida children are hospitalized with Covid-19 right now than at any other point in the pandemic.

08/27/2021 By Megan McDonald

Hurricanes

Hurricane Ida Eyes New Orleans and the Mid-Gulf Coast

Ida will likely go through an explosive development cycle and strike Louisiana late Sunday as a major hurricane—the second in the Gulf in the past two weeks.

08/27/2021 By Bob Bunting

Development

What's Up With Quay Sarasota?

Here's a peek at what's to come for the downtown Sarasota waterfront property.

08/26/2021 By Susan Burns

Breaking News

Sarasota Police Chief James Rieser Announces Retirement

City of Sarasota manager Marlon Brown has announced that Deputy Chief Rex Troche will take over as interim chief of police.

08/25/2021 By Staff

Education

Florida Scholarship to Help Bullied Kids May Now Go Toward 'Covid Harassment'

The Hope Scholarship helps bullied children transfer schools. Now, the taxpayer-funded Florida program may help children transfer to a private school if they are bullied for wearing—or not wearing—a mask at school.

08/20/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Building Up

St. Armands Circle's Hotel-Grocery Project May Have Competition

City of Sarasota commissioners voted this week to consider other offers to purchase the Fillmore parking lot.

08/18/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Podcasts

Sarasota Teens Launch Sex Education Podcast

The podcast is hosted by two Sarasota County teens, Brianna Nelson and Kenna Bartlett, who participated in Planned Parenthood's Peer Education Program.

08/17/2021 By Staff

Weather

Sarasota’s Climate Adaptation Center Updates Its 2021 Hurricane Forecast

Three climate factors will keep this an active peak season.

08/16/2021 By Bob Bunting

Honors

Chamber of Commerce Names 'Outstanding Leadership' Award Recipients

Four local leaders were honored at an event held last week.

08/16/2021 By Staff

Essential Intelligence

The Long, Complicated Story Behind Sarasota's New Lift Station

Ever wondered what that new brick building on Mound Street is? Here's what you need to know.

08/16/2021 By Kim Doleatto

The law

New Radio Show Will Answer Legal Questions and Cover the Justice System

Legal Aid of Manasota, a nonprofit that provides legal services at no cost to those in need, is starting a new monthly radio segment on WSLR 96.5.

08/13/2021 By Staff

Data

Census Shows Sarasota and Manatee Counties Growing, Becoming More Diverse

Our area's population grew more quickly than the nation as whole over the past decade, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures.

08/13/2021 By Staff

Construction

Gulfstream Roundabout Traffic Shift Will Start Monday

The City of Sarasota and the Florida Department of Transportation are warning drivers to expect stop-and-go traffic and changing lane conditions on Monday evening.

08/13/2021 By Staff

Team Sarasota

Here's How Our Sarasota Athletes Did at the Olympics

Nelly Korda won a gold medal for golf, and Emma Weyant and Mary Tucker both won silver medals for swimming and rifle, respectively.

08/09/2021 By Emma Lichtenstein

Fast Track

Charles D. Hines Joins The Bay Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors

Hines is an attorney who's practiced for more than 30 years and a former Sarasota County commissioner.

08/04/2021 By Staff

Clean Sweep

Newtown Community Cleanup Set for Aug. 7

The cleanup will take place from 8 a.m.-noon.

08/03/2021 By Staff

Breaking News

Sarasota African American Coalition Sets Plans for Museum in Motion

CEO Vickie Oldham will present updated facility plans in a city commission meeting on Monday, August 2.

07/30/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Publix Will Require Employees to Wear Masks Again

The change is effective Aug. 2.

07/30/2021 By Staff

Construction

Downtown Sarasota Lanes Closed Until 6 A.M.

FDOT crews are removing the existing curb, median and HAWK pedestrian crossing at First Street in preparation for roundabout construction.

07/29/2021 By Staff

On Guard!

The Best Lifeguards in Florida Descended on Siesta Beach This Week

A glimpse in photos of this week’s steamy Siesta Key lifeguard competition.

07/22/2021 Photography by Chad Spencer