Politics

Education

The Sarasota County School Board Wants Superintendent Brennan Asplen Gone

At a special meeting on Tuesday, members voted 4-1 to begin negotiations with Asplen for his resignation.

11/30/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Civil Rights

Recent Voter Fraud Arrests Threaten to Keep People Away From the Polls

Critics say the arrest of 20 former felons for voting could have a chilling effect on Florida voter turnout this year.

11/01/2022 By Isaac Eger

Conspira-Sota

Eight Sarasota-Centric Conspiracy Theories That Range From the Very Absurd to the Very Real

From the Skunk Ape to We Build the Wall, Sarasota has played a role in conspiracies both real and imagined.

09/13/2022 By Isaac Eger

Sexist Standards

Dress Codes vs. the Student Body

Four years after the story of a Bradenton girl receiving a dress code violation went viral, students say little has changed.

08/26/2022 By Chloe Nelson

Before You Vote

What Will Sarasota County Commission Candidates Do to Address Our Beach Access Crisis?

We asked candidates to tell us what they think needs to be done to resolve the tension between beachgoers and property owners.

08/22/2022 By Isaac Eger

Q & A

Former Republican Stalwart Ron Filipkowski Is Using Twitter to Shine a Light on the Far Right

Filipkowski used to be the president of the Republican Club of South Sarasota County. Now he monitors extremists and conspiracy theorists and posts what he finds to his nearly 500,000 followers.

08/22/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Vote!

How to Vote in Sarasota County

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

08/10/2022 By Staff

Sitting Empty

Who Killed the Florida House?

Jostling between a construction industry trade organization and multiple governmental bodies has left the house in limbo.

07/25/2022 By Isaac Eger

War in Ukraine

These Pictures Tell the Story of the Ongoing Russian Attack on Ukraine

Bradenton photographer Allan Mestel recently traveled to the war-torn country to share the stories of civilians whose "lives are on hold," he says.

07/21/2022 By Kim Doleatto

On the ballot

Local Officials Want to Make It Harder for Citizens to Change the County Charter

To draw attention to the issue, County Commission candidate Mike Cosentino wore a red, white and blue cowboy hat, a muscle-padded suit and a red cape to a public hearing on the topic.

07/13/2022 By Isaac Eger

Citizen Hyde

Everyone Hates Martin Hyde, and He Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

Isaac Eger interviews the self-professed bully who just can’t stay out of trouble.

07/05/2022 By Isaac Eger

It's That Time Again

Poll Workers Are Needed for Election Season

Deputies and inspectors will be paid $175-$300 for both the Aug. 23 and Nov. 8 elections.

06/27/2022 By Staff

Breaking

What the End of Roe v. Wade Means for Florida

A ban on abortions after 15 weeks is set to go into effect in Florida at the beginning of July.

06/24/2022 By Elizabeth Djinis

The Latest

Mira Mar Plaza Avoids the Wrecking Ball, for Now

The City of Sarasota's Historic Preservation Board voted unanimously to deny a permit to demolish the 100-year-old Palm Avenue buildings.

06/15/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Planning

City Approves Affordable Housing Measures, But Scraps Changes to Building Height Rules

If implemented, the changes could add an estimated 2,000-3,000 more affordable housing units to the city.

05/17/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Mr. Chatterbox Returns

Mr. Chatterbox Makes His Own List of Banned Books

Perhaps the following books once had some merit, but in these “woke” times they constitute a clear and present danger, and they need to be “canceled” ASAP.

05/10/2022 By Robert Plunket

Fast Track

DeSantis Appoints Canada West to Florida Rehabilitation Council

West, of Sarasota, is the senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Division of Vocational Rehab

05/06/2022 By Staff

Politics

Support Our Schools to Host Forum on Censorship

The event, which will take place at Fogartyville Media and Arts Center, is free and open to the public.

05/05/2022 By Staff

Politics

Photos: Planned Parenthood's 'Save Roe' Protest in Downtown Sarasota

The rally—a response to leaked documents indicating the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade—was held at the Sarasota County Administrative Building.

05/04/2022 By Megan McDonald

No Choice

What Florida's New Abortion Restrictions Mean for Patients and Providers

"There is a real threat to people having access to care."

04/29/2022 By Elizabeth Djinis