Sarasota Teen Named 2021 Southeast Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Jorge Hernandez-Perez was awarded a $20,000 scholarship.

06/11/2021 By Staff

Listening to Black Voices

Dr. Nancy Boxill on Creating Change and How Racism Affects Black Families Through Generations

“I’m not so sure we’re spending much time on structural changes, and that’s where the hard work is, in my view."

06/08/2021 By Heather Dunhill

In Conversation

Tihda Vongkoth on Anti-Asian Hate, the Music World and the Risk of Speaking Out

'It is possible to be your authentic self, pursue the music that you really believe in and be anti-racist.'

05/25/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

No Fear

Meet Monster, a Beloved Neighborhood Cat Who Lives Up to Her Name

The stealthy neighborhood feline uses her nine lives to keep dogs and their walkers on their toes.

05/21/2021 By Kim Doleatto

On the Road

A Sarasota Couple Is Helping People Embrace 'Van Life'

Nomads Rob Thorington and Stephanie Jaramillo remodel vans for other wanderers.

05/12/2021 By Jessika Ward

Listening to Black Voices

Étienne Porter on Music, Black Lives Matter and His Humanitarian Efforts in Mozambique

"Real inclusivity is not scrambling to find it, but rather cultivating friendships with people of color in a meaningful way."

05/11/2021 By Heather Dunhill


Visit Sarasota County Recognizes 'Voice of Sarasota'

Historian and author Jeff LaHurd is the recipient of the award.

05/06/2021 By Staff

The military

The Push for Justice for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault May Soon Succeed

New legislation championed by Sarasota's Nancy Parrish and Protect Our Defenders could dramatically change how allegations of sexual assault in the military are handled.

05/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto

The courts

Local Lawsuit Tests Sex Discrimination Rules for Religious Institutions

Christie Leonard says a Bradenton church fired her because of suspicions that she was a lesbian. Was that against the law?

05/04/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

JFCS of the Suncoast Hires New CFO

Todd Garnier succeeds Philip Pohlmeyer, who announced his retirement in December 2020.

04/29/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Jewish Federation Names New CEO

Shepard "Shep" Englander will succeed Howard Tevlowitz, who is retiring after 20 years as the federation's CEO.

04/29/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

All Faiths Food Bank Hires New Chief Program Officer

In her new role, Maria Jose "MJ" Horen will integrate community health concepts into all of the food bank’s programs.

04/28/2021 By Staff


All Star Children’s Foundation Founders Recognized With Key to City of Sarasota

The couple was honored for their longstanding commitment to protecting vulnerable children.

04/22/2021 By Staff

Real Estate Junkie

A Look at Boca Royale, Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's New Home

Flynn and his wife just paid $545,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home in the golf course community.

04/22/2021 By Robert Plunket

Fast track

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hires New Volunteer Recruiter

The nonprofit recently named Teresa Taft as its new community volunteer recruiter.

04/21/2021 By Staff

The courts

Sentencing in College Admission Scam Case Involving Bradenton Man Postponed

Former IMG Academy employee Mark Riddell was supposed to appear in court Thursday, April 15, but the appearance was pushed back.

04/16/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Listening to Black Voices

Conductor and Minister Jamal Sarikoki on Music and Keeping Faith in the Face of Racism

Sarikoki, who moved to Sarasota in 2018, is a minister at Venice Presbyterian Church and associate conductor for Key Chorale.

04/13/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Mini masterpieces

Visit the Free Little Art Gallery in Sarasota's Southgate Neighborhood

Artist Judy Robertson built a box gallery outside her home where people can give and take small pieces of art.

04/13/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Varsity Blues

Local Man Involved in College Admissions Scam Set to Be Sentenced Thursday

The strange case of Mark Riddell will come to a conclusion later this week.

04/12/2021 By Allison Forsyth


A New Nonprofit Connects Young People with Disabilities

Trevor Kelliher, who has cerebral palsy, created All Friends Network during the pandemic, a free app and social network for those with developmental disabilities who want to make friends.

04/05/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis