Buzz Kill

Medical Marijuana Usage is Soaring, But Arrests for Recreational Pot Are, Too

Arrests for recreational usage (under 20 grams) have soared in Sarasota County, up nearly 35 percent last year compared to 2010. And so far this year, arrest rates are still rising. What gives?

06/27/2018 By David Hackett

Gone to the Dogs

Service, Support and Therapy Canines Go Everywhere—and Not Everyone is Happy

Dogs that aren’t adequately trained cause problems for legitimate service dogs and their owners.

06/27/2018 By David Hackett

My Body, My Self

Two Sarasota Women Become Outspoken Voices in a National Debate About Gender Equality and Outdated Views of the Female Body

Bailey Davis and Lizzy Martinez grabbed headlines in The New York Times and the Washington Post—among other national media—earlier this year for, well, having female bodies.

06/27/2018 By Dyllan Furness

Department of Bad Behavior

Eight Sea Turtle Nests Harmed on Siesta Key

An ATV or golf cart dislodged stakes marking existing nests and drove across a newly laid, unmarked nest.

06/26/2018 By Megan McDonald

Environment

New Mote Study Tests Possibility of Mitigating Red Tide

Researchers are launching a new study to test whether filter-feeding animals and seaweeds can mitigate the effects of Florida red tide.

06/26/2018 By Staff

Philanthropy

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Picks New Board Chair

The foundation's board of directors recently elected Judy Cahn as chair and Scott Collins as vice chair.

06/26/2018 By Staff

Climate Catastrophe

A Historian Looks Back at Transformative Florida Weather Events

In the Sunshine State, epic hurricanes and killer freezes have wrecked economies and changed the landscape. Here are some that stand out.

06/25/2018 By Gary R. Mormino

Training

Business Alliance Offers New Leadership Development Series

Applications are due this Friday, June 29, for the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance's next leadership development series.

06/25/2018 By Staff

Education

Nonprofit Family Center Selects New Board Members and Leaders

New board members include Kevin Cooper, Susan Sakhai and Susan Travers.

06/25/2018 By Staff

History

North Port May Finally Be Taking Steps to Limit Damage to Prehistoric Sites

For decades, the city of North Port allowed damage to occur to these sites. But things may be changing now, thanks to an ordinary-looking marsh and a small group of activists.

06/25/2018 By Brad Edmondson

From the Editor

Why Hurricanes Don't Scare Us Away

“Human psychology doesn’t give much weight to low probability with serious consequences.”

06/25/2018 By Susan Burns

Finance

Bank Co-Founder Returns as Senior Relationship Strategist

PNC recently hired Susan Brennan, one of the early founders of the bank's Sarasota office.

06/22/2018 By Staff

Environment

State Approves Re-Nourishment Plan for Lido Beach

The state recently gave final approval for a permit that will allow the City of Sarasota's plan to restore Lido Beach shoreline to go forward.

06/21/2018 By Staff

Leadership

Young Professionals Summit Set for Aug. 10

Voalte founder and CEO Trey Lauderdale will serve as keynote speaker at the event, discussing the balance between work and life.

06/21/2018 By Staff

Mark Your Calendars

The Ninth Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Takes Place November 9-12

In 2017, the festival welcomed more than 60,000 attendees and brought in $9 million in economic impact from tourists.

06/21/2018 By Vanessa Blankenship

New hires

Former Vern Buchanan Aide Joins Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota recently hired Danny Bilyeu as the organization's construction administrator.

06/20/2018 By Staff

Nonprofits

Nonprofit SCOPE Shutting Down

The organization was created 20 years ago to study local issues and provide comprehensive data and reports to local leaders.

06/20/2018 By Staff

Shark Tale

Mote Locates Five Whale Sharks in Southwest Florida Waters

All five of the polka-dotted gentle giants were found offshore of Longboat Key and New Pass.

06/20/2018 By Megan McDonald

Deals

Private Equity Firm Buys Nebraska Telecommunications Company

Sarasota's Grain Management is acquiring Great Plains Communications.

06/19/2018 By Staff

Education

Governor Appoints Real Estate Broker to New College Board

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed Garin Hoover to the Board of Trustees of New College of Florida.

06/19/2018 By Staff