Researchers Estimate Hurricane Irma Wind Damage at $19.4 Billion

Insurance companies are expected to pay $6.3 billion of that total.

09/22/2017 By staff


Over 24 Percent of Local Homes, Businesses Still Lack Power

Almost 42,000 Florida Power & Light accounts in Manatee County still lack power, while more than 66,000 accounts in Sarasota County remain without power.

09/14/2017 By staff


Power Still Out for One-Third of Those in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Florida Power & Light expects to have power restored "to essentially all customers" on the Gulf Coast by Friday, Sept. 22.

09/13/2017 By staff


Holing Up at the Aloft Sarasota During Hurricane Irma

The Aloft Hotel in downtown Sarasota took in Sarasotans—and their furry family members—who were seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma.

09/12/2017 By Susan Burns


World Rowing Championships a Go After Hurricane Irma

The international rowing races will go on as planned thanks to minimal damage from Hurricane Irma.

09/12/2017 By Megan McDonald


Community Foundation Establishes Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has established a disaster relief fund that will help those whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Irma.

09/12/2017 By staff


More Than 150 Shelters Still Open in Florida

As of Wednesday morning, more than 150 Hurricane Irma shelters remained open in Florida, housing more than 20,000 total residents.

09/12/2017 By staff


Total Damages From Hurricane Irma Estimated at $100 Billion

The weather forecasting site AccuWeather is estimating that Hurricane Irma has caused roughly $100 billion in damages.

09/12/2017 By staff


Riding Out the Storm at the Sarasota Magazine Office

It felt safe and scary at the same time.

09/12/2017 By Kay Kipling


"I Survived a Category 5 Hurricane"

Sarasota's Loren Mayo thought she was taking a group on a relaxing, rejuvenating fitness retreat to St. Martin. What wound up happening was a nightmare.

09/12/2017 By Megan McDonald


Updates on Selby Gardens, Mote and Historic Spanish Point After Hurricane Irma

The Sarasota area is slowly coming back to life after the wildest weekend we can remember. We checked in with three cultural institutions to see how they fared.

09/12/2017 By Ilene Denton


Do You Know Your Evacuation Zone?

Use Sarasota County's "Know Your Zone" map to find evacuation routes, shelter and hospital locations, and more.

09/06/2017 By Megan McDonald


How to Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Current tracks show Irma, a dangerous category 5 hurricane, making landfall in the U.S. this weekend.

09/06/2017 By Megan McDonald

RIP Snooty

Snooty's Death Was a "Preventable Accident," South Florida Museum Says

Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio apologizes for his death.

08/31/2017 By Megan McDonald


Tickets for Creative All-Day Conference Go on Sale Friday

Tickets for this year's PINC (People, Ideas, Nature and Creativity) conference go on sale at noon on Friday, Sept. 1.

08/30/2017 By staff


City's Climate Change Plan to Be Discussed Tuesday

The city has projected that global warming could raise daily high temperatures by as much as 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.

08/28/2017 By staff

Only in Sarasota

Only in Sarasota: Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach on a summer afternoon.

08/28/2017 By John Pirman

The Sandmen

Siesta Key Beach Sand is Prized Around the Globe

International Sand Collectors Society members collect sand from all over the world.

08/25/2017 By Rick Morgan

Something Wild

Wildflowers Offer an Alternative to Traditional Wedding Bouquets

Annie Schiller wants to change the florals game with her William's Wildflowers.

08/25/2017 By Megan McDonald