Planning

Sustainable Communities Workshop Returns This Fall

The event will feature a talk by former astronaut Nicole Stott, plus discussion of plastic pollution, habitat restoration, food systems and more.

08/03/2018 By Staff

WTF

Poachers Suspected of Damaging a Sea Turtle Nest on Nokomis Beach

Reminder: tampering with or harming sea turtles, their eggs or their nests nests is illegal.

07/11/2018 By Megan McDonald

Planning

County Explores Buying 3 Acres of Bayfront Land

Sarasota County is hosting an open house to gauge community support for the purchase of a property at 1710 Vamo Drive, Sarasota.

07/09/2018 By Staff

Disasters

Researchers Reduce Number of Predicted Atlantic Hurricanes

Researchers at Colorado State University are reducing the number of Atlantic hurricanes they are predicting for this year from seven to four.

07/02/2018 By Staff

Female Factor

Erinn Muller is in a Race to Save Florida’s—and the World’s—Coral

Muller—one of a small percentage of women to get an advanced marine science degree—won a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Mote that gave her two years to build her own coral research program.

06/27/2018 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Going Naked

This Cortez Resident Lives Without Air Conditioning. Yes, Really.

"We do fine," she says.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

The Weather Man

Bob Harrigan Reflects on Three Decades of Sunshine and Storms

“People come to Florida for the weather. It’s a big factor in what they do every day. It’s also a point of pride—they love to tell friends back home about the weather.”

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

A September to Remember

Thanks to Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, There's Never Been a Hurricane Season Like 2017

Though conditions were favorable to storm development all summer, September was the month everything changed.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

Good Day, Sunshine

Major Hurricanes Rarely Hit Our Region. Here’s Why.

Because of the shape of Florida’s land mass and atmospheric factors related to the rotation of the earth, hurricanes tend to make landfall to the south and travel east across Florida, or to curve north and hit the northern Gulf Coast.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

Good Day, Sunshine

Golden Heat Built Our Fortune, Inspired Our Art, Plagued Our Summers and Made Us Who We Are Today

You could argue that everything good that’s happened here has been tied to our glorious weather.

06/27/2018 By Robert Plunket

Department of Bad Behavior

Eight Sea Turtle Nests Harmed on Siesta Key

An ATV or golf cart dislodged stakes marking existing nests and drove across a newly laid, unmarked nest.

06/26/2018 By Megan McDonald

Climate Catastrophe

A Historian Looks Back at Transformative Florida Weather Events

In the Sunshine State, epic hurricanes and killer freezes have wrecked economies and changed the landscape. Here are some that stand out.

06/25/2018 By Gary R. Mormino

From the Editor

Why Hurricanes Don't Scare Us Away

“Human psychology doesn’t give much weight to low probability with serious consequences.”

06/25/2018 By Susan Burns

Environment

State Approves Re-Nourishment Plan for Lido Beach

The state recently gave final approval for a permit that will allow the City of Sarasota's plan to restore Lido Beach shoreline to go forward.

06/21/2018 By Staff

Mark Your Calendars

The Ninth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Takes Place November 9-12

In 2017, the festival welcomed more than 60,000 attendees and brought in $9 million in economic impact from tourists.

06/21/2018 By Vanessa Blankenship

Shark Tale

Mote Locates Five Whale Sharks in Southwest Florida Waters

All five of the polka-dotted gentle giants were found offshore of Longboat Key and New Pass.

06/20/2018 By Megan McDonald

Disasters

New State Website Created to Help Businesses Prepare for Hurricanes

The site includes information on resources available to Florida businesses before, during and after natural disasters.

06/08/2018 By Staff

Environment

Fertilizer Restrictions Now in Effect

Sarasota County restrictions on the use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on lawns went into effect last week.

06/07/2018 By Staff

A Whale of a Tale

Group of Whale Sharks Spotted Off Anna Maria Island

See one? Call Mote Marine Laboratory ASAP.

06/07/2018 By Megan McDonald

Gator Watch

Essential Info About Florida Alligators

Gators by the numbers.

05/30/2018 By Ashley Cooper