News & City Life

Politics

The Sarasota County School Board Votes Out Superintendent Brennan Asplen

At last night's meeting, board members voted 4-1 to move forward with a separation agreement with Asplen.

12/14/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Conservation

Conservation Foundation’s Myakka Headwaters Preserve Grows by 69 Acres

The newly conserved land is adjacent to the existing 363-acre Myakka Headwaters Preserve—conserved in October 2020—where seven streams converge to create the Myakka River.

12/12/2022 By Staff

Grant Report

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Nearly $180,000 in Grants

Plus, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium receives support from the Manatee Community Foundation and more local grants.

12/12/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Sarasota Chamber Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Plus, the Sarasota EDC presented its annual awards and impact report and Turning Points was named Sarasota-Manatee Neighborhood Champion by Bank of America.

12/12/2022 By Staff

Travel

AAA Estimates Nearly 6.3 Million Floridians Will Travel Over the Holidays

That’s an increase of nearly 108,000 people over last year and a new record-high for the year-end holiday travel period in Florida.

12/12/2022 By Staff

Loop-de-Loop

The New U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Roundabout Is Finally Here

Located at the base of the Ringling Bridge in downtown Sarasota, the new roundabout will welcome motorists beginning Dec. 17.

12/12/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Play Ball!

Longtime Sarasota Resident Hoyt Wilhelm Threw the Most Mystifying Pitch in Baseball

The unassuming Wilhelm was known for the unusual pitch.

12/06/2022 By Clayton Trutor

Article

Sarasota Opera Receives $60,000 Arts Appreciation Grant

Plus, All Faiths Food Bank receives 51,000 cans of food for Hurricane Ian relief.

12/05/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Kelley Lavin Named Interim Director of Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Plus, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board names new officers and the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation announces four new inductees.

12/05/2022 By Staff

Tools

Sarasota EDC Launches Virtual Resource Center for Business Owners

Its Business Ecosystem Website Tool allows users to leverage the free and low-cost business assistance that exists in Sarasota County.

12/05/2022 By Staff

RIP

The Tennis World Reacts to the Death of Nick Bollettieri

The sport's greatest coach launched the tennis careers of greats like Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and more. He was 91 years old when he died.

12/05/2022 By Kim Doleatto

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

Trees, Please

Sarasota County's First Micro Forest Has Macro Impact

Local groups are fighting climate change by planting micro forests. You can see the first local one at the Celery Fields, where it doubles as an outdoor classroom.

11/29/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Travel

SRQ Airport Reports 12 Percent Increase in Passengers Year Over Year

The 12-month activity through October 2022 totals 3,779,254 passengers, which is a 39 percent increase over the same period last year.

11/28/2022 By Staff

Grant Report

Three Local Donors Give $1 Million for Hurricane Ian Relief

Plus, more grants and donations from local organizations.

11/28/2022 By Staff

Fast Track

Selby Foundation Names Susie Bowie Its New CEO

Plus, Ringling College Library Association hires Lauren Kurnov as executive director and Project Pride SRQ and Sarasota Pride merge.

11/28/2022 By Staff

Giving Thanks

How Sarasotans Affected by Hurricane Ian Plan to Keep Thanksgiving Traditions Alive

From Thanksgiving reversals to cooking for the community, these Gulf Coast residents carry on the spirit of the season.

11/22/2022 By Laura Paquette

Hurricane Ian

FEMA Extends Deadline to Apply for Hurricane Ian Federal Disaster Assistance

The new deadline is Jan. 12, 2023.

11/21/2022 By Staff

Good Deeds

Hurricane Ian Destroyed a Myakka Woman's Property. Then a Stranger Stepped in to Help.

Luc Dierens, the owner of Eco Pro Outdoor Solutions, stepped in to help a neighbor who needed tens of thousands of dollars in post-Hurricane Ian work.

11/21/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Fast Track

Arts and Cultural Alliance Names Hayley Peace Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate

Plus, Sarasota Art Museum names a new senior curator and Gov. Ron DeSantis makes two local judicial appointments.

11/14/2022 By Staff