How to Vote in Manatee County, Florida, in 2024

Whether you're a first-time voter in Manatee County or an old pro who simply needs a refresher, here's everything you need to know.

06/24/2024 By Staff


How to Vote in Sarasota County in 2024

Everything you need to know—from how to register to how to track your vote-by-mail ballot.

06/24/2024 By Staff

Affordable Housing

New Affordable Housing Incentives Will Allow Triple Density Along Some Sarasota Thoroughfares

City commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to expand developer incentives in exchange for affordable units to address the city's affordability crisis.

04/03/2024 By Kim Doleatto

The New Sarasota

Is Sarasota Changing for Good?

Our region is becoming more populated, more conservative and more polarized, and many residents are wondering: Is it for the best?

01/17/2024 By Elizabeth Djinis

No Holds Barred

Liz Cheney Issues Dire Warning About Donald Trump and the 2024 Presidential Election

Cheney kicked off this year's Town Hall lecture series by calling Trump's actions on Jan. 6, 2021, not just a "dereliction of duty," but an act of "depravity."

01/16/2024 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

How Cinderella’s Castle Became the Latest Battleground in the Culture Wars

Is it changing from something aspirational and inspiring to something darker and even dangerous?

11/03/2023 By Robert Plunket

Let's Get Together

Filmmaker Damon Gameau Headlines a Sarasota Conference on Nature and the Environment

December's EcoSummit and Green Living Expo will stimulate audiences with a wide range of speakers and activities, including talks by Gameau and novelist Carl Hiaasen.

10/17/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

So Long, Smoke

Smoking at Sarasota County Parks and Beaches Is Now Banned

Citing safety and environmental impacts, the Sarasota County Commission created a new ordinance to ban cigarettes in county-owned spaces.

10/02/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Ukraine 2023

A Sarasota Photojournalist's Latest Images From Ukraine Depict Both Devastation and Resilience

Allan Mestel has traveled to Ukraine repeatedly since last year's Russian invasion. In a new interview, he discusses his most recent photographs.

09/29/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Beach Battle

In 1990, Sarasota Waged War on Thongs, Leading to Outrage, Protests and National Media Attention

Three decades ago, the city was divided in two by a narrow wedge issue: bare bottoms on beaches.

09/29/2023 By Kim Doleatto


New Voting Rules Prompt Workarounds in Sarasota, Manatee

Critics of SB 7050 say the new law creates unnecessary hurdles for voters, including increasing penalties for clerical errors made by third-party voter registration groups and forcing voters who want to vote by mail to reapply before every election.

09/18/2023 By Jim DeLa/Community News Collaborative

Strike Up the Banned

Bookseller Tiffany Razzano Relishes Dealing in Banned Titles

Razzano's store, This Bookstore Kills Fascists, has set up shop in Sarasota with a selection of “anything they don't want you to read in school.’’

08/31/2023 By Jim DeLa/Community News Collaborative

Q & A

A New Nonprofit Wants to Rehabilitate Hundreds of Acres of Local Oyster Habitat

“Anything I can do in my power to improve the fisheries and water quality, I’m pushing hard to do it,” says Oyster River Ecology founder and executive director Damon Moore. “We’re not aiming small."

08/14/2023 By Matthew Gutierrez

Generation Climate

A New Organization Is Recruiting Florida Retirees to Fight Climate Change

With the launch of the Florida chapter of an organization called Third Act, older Americans are taking action to preserve our state's natural resources.

08/08/2023 By Matthew Gutierrez

Fast Track

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Adds Two New Team Members

Plus: Manatee County has a new acting administrator, Selby Gardens selects a new chief operating officer and more new hires and promotions.

08/07/2023 By Staff

Affordable Housing

New State-Wide Affordable Housing Act Draws Doubts from Local Experts

Key incentives include height and density bonuses and speeding up the application process for developers.

07/06/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Hot Topics

What Florida's Six-Week Abortion Ban Means for Women

Physicians say the new law, if enacted, will prevent pregnant women from receiving needed care.

07/05/2023 By Elizabeth Djinis

No Go

School Board Rejects Proposal for Consultant Review

School board members voted 3-2 to not move forward with a contract with Vermilion Education, a fledgling company with conservative political ties.

04/19/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Fair Food

Sarasota's Fair Food Standards Council Was Featured on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Its work was highlighted on an episode about the plight of migrant workers.

04/18/2023 By Isaac Eger

In Memoriam

Remembering Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert

The longtime Florida politician passed away this week at age 78.

04/06/2023 By Kim Doleatto