Vote!

Voter Registration Deadline Nearing for Nov. 3 General Election

Voter applications must be returned by Oct. 5.

09/21/2020 By Staff

Oily Business

Ten Years After Deepwater Horizon, the Possibility of Offshore Oil Drilling in the Gulf Has Resurfaced

The eastern Gulf is considered a "golden trophy" for the oil industry.

08/31/2020 By Craig Pittman

Crime

Sarasota Man With Ties to Steve Bannon Arrested

Andrew Badolato was arrested Thursday and charged with wire fraud and money laundering, along with Bannon and two others.

08/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Open up

Manatee County Has the Chance to Create a New Land Conservation Program

If voters approve a new measure this fall, the county could acquire land to protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat, preserve environmentally sensitive land and create public parks.

08/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Data

USF Researchers Find Black and Hispanic Americans Much More Likely Than Whites to Fear Police Brutality

Two University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee researchers have found that Black Americans are nearly five times more likely than whites to worry "a lot" about police brutality.

06/22/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Reality check

Siesta Key Star Fired for Alleged Racist Social Media Posts

Alex Kompothecras 'will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key,' according to an MTV spokesperson.

06/17/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Vote

Candidates Qualify for District Election

With more than two candidates qualifying for District 2 and District 3, a first election for those seats will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

06/12/2020 By Staff

'This Is An Incredible Time in History'

Sarasota's Mayor Says the Time for Anti-Racist Action Is Now

Jen Ahearn-Koch discusses the protests that have rocked America, how Sarasota city government should respond and whether we need to 'defund the police.'

06/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Photos

Photos: People Take to the Streets to Protest the Killing of George Floyd

Chants of "Black lives matter," "No justice, no peace," and "I can't breathe" echoed through downtown Sarasota on Wednesday.

06/04/2020 Photography by Joe Lipstein With Cooper Levey-Baker

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Elections

Candidate Qualifying Period for City Elections Opens June 8

Qualifying packets are available for pickup by appointment only at the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk at City Hall.

05/27/2020 By Staff

The politics of the pandemic

Sarasota's Supervisor of Elections Explains Why Voting by Mail Remains 'Safe and Secure'

Ron Turner walks us through how voting by mail works in Sarasota County.

05/27/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Two birds, one stone

New College Economist Says a Massive 'Green Stimulus' Could Boost the Economy

"It has never been cheaper to invest in the green economy we need," says Mark Paul.

04/21/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Appointments

Florida Senate Confirms Appointments of Governing Board Members

Jack Bispham represents Manatee County; Joel Schleicher represents Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

04/03/2020 By Staff

Politics

Mike Bloomberg Opens Sarasota Campaign Office

The opening comes ahead of the March 17 Florida primary.

02/14/2020 By Staff

Elections

Sample Ballots for March 17 Elections Available Online

Voters may access sample ballots in both English and Spanish at SarasotaVotes.com.

02/11/2020 By Staff

Legislation

DeSantis, Health and Human Services Secretary Announce Advancement of Prescription Drug Import Plan

The plan aims to lower U.S. prescription drug prices.

12/18/2019 By Staff

Government

Moran Chosen as 2020 Sarasota County Commission Chair

Alan Maio will serve as vice-chair.

12/13/2019 By Staff

Awards

New College of Florida Receives National Awards for High Student Voter Turnout

In last year’s election, 64.2 percent of the New College student body voted, compared to 29.3 percent in 2014.

11/12/2019 By Staff

Politics

City Commission Appoints Mayor, Vice-Mayor

Jennifer Ahearn-Koch has been named mayor and Shelli Freeland Eddie vice-mayor. Ahearn-Koch replaces outgoing mayor Liz Alpert.

11/11/2019 Photography by Staff