First Person

'There Aren't Enough Tests': A Sarasota Native Shares Her Experience With COVID-19

While returning to Sarasota from Egypt, Kirstin Whitmire began to develop a fever and a sore throat. At first, she thought it was just stress and exhaustion.

03/25/2020 By Megan McDonald

Florida Primary

After Serving Her Time in Prison, a Sarasota Woman Goes to the Polls

Betty Riddle voted for the first time in her life at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex this morning.

03/17/2020 By Isaac Eger

Awards

Zonta Club Honors Girls Inc. CEO Angie Stringer with 'Champion Award'

Zonta clubs provide funding towards efforts to empower women and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.

03/10/2020 By Staff

Retirements

Longtime Florida Center for Early Childhood CEO to Retire

Kathryn Shea, who has been with The Florida Center for the past 20 years, will stay in her role through June 30.

03/06/2020 By Staff

Fielder's Choice

It’s All About the Green for Matt Taylor, CoolToday Park’s Head Groundskeeper

Taylor has been named the best groundskeeper in the Southern League five times.

03/01/2020 By David Hackett

Fan-Tastic

For the Feduccia Family, There’s No Team Like the Orioles

"It’s peace and harmony; the ball park is the one place where everybody gets along."

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Booster

Baseball Is a Religion for Pirates Bradenton Booster Club Prez Mike Roteman

The Pirates Bradenton Booster Club is the only one in Major League Baseball that uses an all-volunteer group to serve as ushers, greeters and program hawkers.

03/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Face Off

Meet the Miccosukee Tribe’s First Female Alligator Wrestler

Looking back on those who doubted that women could wrestle gators, Jessie Cottone just laughs. “We sure as hell can do it,” she says.

02/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

Law Enforcement Director to Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Jay Romine, director of the Manatee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, also served as Holmes Beach chief of police for more than 20 years.

02/21/2020 By Staff

Celebrity News

Michael Kors Will Replace Debra Messing at This Year's CAN Red Ribbon Gala

Messing suffered an injury that's made her unable to travel.

02/19/2020 By Megan McDonald

Awards

Manatee Clerk Honored With Nonprofit’s Government Service Award

The Palmetto Youth Center's annual award honors public officials who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of people in their communities.

02/06/2020 By Staff

Wings of Hope

Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance Uses the 75th Anniversary of Holocaust Liberation as a Communitywide Teaching Tool

This year-long series will bring educational programs and events to the Sarasota-Manatee area.

02/03/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Travelin' Man

Guidebook Author and TV Host Rick Steves on Why Traveling the World Is a 'Political Act'

"When you travel, the most valuable souvenir you bring home is a broader perspective."

01/31/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

From the Editor

From the Editor: Do You Believe in Magic?

Some love stories coming with a sprinkling of pixie dust.

01/30/2020 By Staff

Unity Awards

Our 2020 Unity Award Winners Inspire, Connect and Transform

These 10 people have found a path away from the us-and-them zeitgeist.

01/30/2020

Unity Awards

Robert Rogers Started the Conversation With LGBTQ Elders About Loss and Legacy

“I’m a better person because of the generosity of all these people who’ve chosen to talk to me.”

01/30/2020 By Ilene Denton

Unity Awards

Phil Mockler Aids 'The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Those Who Put Their Life on the Line Every Day'

Everyday Heroes USA supports military and first responders.

01/30/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Unity Awards

Kevin Swan Raises Funds and Awareness to Benefit ALS Patients

Swan's A Life Story Foundation has raised $1.5 million for ALS research, awareness and education.

01/30/2020 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Unity Awards

Gabriel Ortiz Changes Young Lives Through the Power of Theater

“My life is about stories, tracing one point to the next. That’s what I say to my kids: ‘How do we take over our narratives?’”

01/30/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Unity Awards

John Annis Is a Connector For Community Change

“There’s a bunch of people out there who want to do good things. All they need to do is be asked.”

01/30/2020 By Hannah Wallace