For 13th Straight Week, Unemployment Claims Top 1 Million

Though the numbers are decreasing from an all-time high in April, experts say weekly filings are still more than twice the worst week of the Great Recession.

06/18/2020 By Staff


Sweet Sparkman Will Design 'Touchless' Bathrooms at SRQ Airport

The move will help the airport continue to modernize and improve its restrooms and inhibit the spread of germs.

06/18/2020 By Staff

Call to Action

FSU/Asolo Conservatory Students Charge Racism

Five current black students accuse the Conservatory, Asolo Rep and Florida State University of institutional racism in a letter signed by dozens of supporters.

06/18/2020 By Kay Kipling


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Receives Multiple Grants

The funding totals $35,895.

06/17/2020 By Staff


CGI Commercial Adds First-Ever Non-Impact Products to Portfolio

CGI Commercial is part of the Venice-based PGT Innovations family of brands.

06/17/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Vimvest Names New National Sales Director

Stephen McLeod will direct all of the activities related to advisors seeking to simplify, amplify, and solidify their businesses through Vimvest’s financial technology offering.

06/17/2020 By Staff


How Safe Are Bean Bag 'Bullets'?

A Sarasota man was hospitalized after being shot by this “less lethal” option during a protest march in Tampa.

06/17/2020 By Isaac Eger

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

Now in Progress

Will Community Theater Seasons Go On? And How?

Artistic leaders have needed to be flexible in adapting to COVID-19 restrictions.

06/17/2020 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota Memorial, Suncoast Blood Centers Urge Blood Donations

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says it has seen a "slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations."

06/16/2020 By Staff


Halfacre Construction Company Begins North River Church Expansion

The $2.4 million project is scheduled for completion at the end of October 2020.

06/16/2020 By Staff


USF Invests $20 Million in Student Aid Due to COVID-19

The university has begun awarding the We Got U-SF Scholarship and Waiver to nearly 22,000 eligible undergraduate and graduate students

06/16/2020 Photography by Staff


Buchanan Names Congressional Teacher Award Recipients

The awards, which recognize outstanding local teachers, are now in their sixth year.

06/16/2020 By Staff


Barnes & Noble to Open at Mall at University Town Center

The store opens June 17 at 10:30 a.m.

06/16/2020 By Staff


Flanzer Philanthropic Trust Expands Sarasota Area Non-Profit Matching Funds Program

In the program’s next phase, the trust will seek contributions from private donors, with a goal of increasing the total annual match and making the program available year-round.

06/15/2020 By Staff


Education Foundation Names In-Demand and Ritchey Legacy Scholars

Raeanna Michael, Dea Hadziabdic, Jasmine Urzua-Alba and Myles Woodard each received scholarships.

06/15/2020 By Staff


Selby Gardens Moves to Phase Two Reopening, Extends Dali Exhibit

In this phase, select indoor areas at both campuses will be open to the public.

06/15/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Sarasota Military Academy Teacher Wins Army Instructor of the Year Award

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Morris "Ben" Weiss was honored for his effectiveness and dedication to the classroom and the community.

06/15/2020 By Staff

The Future Was Female

Who Was the Celebrated Pioneer Who Gave Palmer Ranch Its Name?

Bertha Honore Palmer was a famed Chicago socialite—and so much more.

06/15/2020 By Kay Kipling and Ilene Denton

A Home with History

Pioneering Bertha Palmer’s Circa 1918 Siesta Key Cottage is Reborn

Along with a brand-new main residence and outdoor living area, it forms a charming Point of Rocks estate.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton