Safety

Swimming Pool Association Wants to Reduce the Number of Childhood Drownings

The organization is asking for $200,000 in state funding to make swimming lessons accessible to all kids.

12/20/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Holidays

Manatee County Government Announces Holiday Hours

Offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, 2020.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Holidays

Sarasota County Government Offices to Close for Holidays

Offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, 2020.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Philanthropy

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Launches Upgraded Platform for The Giving Partner

The launch is in advance of the 2020 Giving Challenge.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Groundbreaking

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue Kicks Off $10 Million Campus Expansion Project

The changes will double capacity for dogs and increase capacity for cats by 25 percent, allowing Nate’s Honor to save about 4,500 animals annually.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Grants

Children First Receives More Than $45,000 in Grants

The funds will be used to support scholarships for high-risk children and classes and workshops at the agency’s Families First Institute.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Wage Gauge

Florida Supreme Court Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

If the amendment passes, minimum wage would increase to $10 per hour in September 2021, then by $1 per hour each September until 2026.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Manatee County Port Authority Elects Priscilla Whisenant Trace as Chairwoman

Whisenant Trace has served on the county’s commission and the port’s board since 2016.

12/19/2019 Photography by Staff

Memorial

Major Sarasota Philanthropists Die

Chuck Barancik and his wife, Margery, died in a car crash on Gulf of Mexico Drive.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Soul Cycle

DreamLarge, BLVD Bike Rides to Host Holiday Ride Today

The ride will include a stop at 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop.

12/19/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Names Chief Development Officer

Diana L. Dill will serve as the principal fundraising officer for the foundation.

12/18/2019 By Staff

Legislation

DeSantis, Health and Human Services Secretary Announce Advancement of Prescription Drug Import Plan

The plan aims to lower U.S. prescription drug prices.

12/18/2019 By Staff

Flower Power

Sarasota Orchid Society Hosts Annual Orchids in Paradise Show

Orchids in Paradise is perfect for avid collectors and hobbyist alike.

12/17/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Awards

'Lights in Bloom' Named to USA Today Top 10 List

Lights in Bloom was selected as a nominee in November by an expert panel, and the public voted for the finalists.

12/16/2019 By Staff

Travel Time

SRQ Traffic Growth Continues With 52 Percent Increase in November 2019

Year-to-date passenger numbers are also up 42 percent, with 1,738,935 passengers using the airport so far this year.

12/16/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Visit Sarasota County Names New Meeting Sales Manager

In her new position, Walker will help the tourism bureau better identify, attract and entertain conferences, meetings and groups.

12/16/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

David Bullock Named Interim CEO of Sarasota EDC

Bullock is the former Longboat Key town manager.

12/16/2019 By Staff

Limelight

Museum of Consciousness Fund Raiser

This inaugural event took place at the coming museum's site on Fruitville Road.

12/16/2019 Photography by Nancy Guth

Good Deeds

Darwin Brewing Company Partners With Grocery Stores, Distributors to Support Mote

The company's Revival Session IPA and Leatherback Lager are available at local Winn Dixie stores now.

12/15/2019 By Staff

Education

Million-Dollar Gift Benefits Sarasota County Schools Teachers

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County will administer $350 gift awards from Sarasota businessman Eric Baird by the end of the year.

12/15/2019 By Staff