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The Ringling and Selby Gardens Reopen to the Public May 27

Both venues have been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will reopen with some new practices.

05/22/2020 By Kay Kipling

Awards

Carol Schoff Wins Sir Speedy Sales Awards

Schoff was one of only 28 salespeople who received Platinum-level status, and one of only 17 salespeople to be selected into the Million Dollar Club.

05/21/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

E.J. Ledesma Named CEO of 360 Orthopedics

Ledesma brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience.

05/21/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Hospital Board Appoints New Member

Sarah Lodge currently serves as associate vice president for RBC Wealth Management in Sarasota.

05/21/2020 By Staff

Signal boost

School Buses Are Providing Internet Access to Students Who Don't Have It at Home

The School District of Manatee County has converted 25 of its buses into Wi-Fi hotspots that park at community centers and churches.

05/21/2020 By Jessika Ward

Grants

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Issues Nearly $4.5 Million in Grants in Two Months

Funds provide nonprofit organizations support to address immediate needs in response to COVID-19 pandemic, plus evolving short-term and longer-term initiatives.

05/20/2020 By Staff

Awards

Sarasota Military Academy Director Recognized with Rotary Vocational Service Award

Christina Bowman was recognized with the award as a special surprise during the Rotary Club’s monthly meeting, held via video chat.

05/20/2020 By Staff

Conferences

CareerSource Suncoast Announces Open Registration for 'State of Talent' Virtual Conference

The conference's aim is to help attendees better understand the state of workforce talent in the community.

05/20/2020 By Staff

Good News

Conservation Foundation Permanently Protects Felts Audubon Preserve

The 29-acre public preserve is known for its walking trails and bird-watching opportunities.

05/20/2020 By Staff

Flashback

Flashback: Siesta Beach Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest, 1976

A free, family-friendly tradition for 46 years on America’s No. 1 beach.

05/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Fast Track

Crews Bank & Trust Adds Trust Officer

Dotti Girardi will be based in the bank's new downtown Sarasota office.

05/19/2020 By Staff

Economy

Port Manatee Announces $3.9 Billion Annual Economic Impact

The port also directly and indirectly generated 27,156 jobs.

05/19/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Wendy Kraszewski Named Executive Director of Connexis Medical Services

In her new role, Kraszewski will lead all aspects of Connexis, including palliative care services.

05/18/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

All Star Children’s Foundation Adds New Clinical Team Members

Each clinician has expertise in childhood trauma.

05/18/2020 Photography by Staff

Baby Bird Spotting

For Many Birds, Nesting Season Is Here

We asked the Sarasota Audubon Society chapter what birds we might see and hear on our nature walks.

05/18/2020 By Kay Kipling

Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through May 22

The emergency order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Grants

Small Business Grant Program Opens for Applications May 19

To be eligible, a business must have a physical structure located in the city limits with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Philanthropy

Hermitage Artist Retreat Meets $100,000 Matching Pledge

The Hermitage has also received a $50,000 pledge from a group of supporters to extend this matching challenge.

05/15/2020 By Staff

Finance

PGTI Reports 2020 First Quarter Results

Net sales increased 27 percent, to $220 million; CEO Jeff Jackson says the company saw a slowdown in orders entering Q2 as a result of COVID-19.

05/14/2020 By Staff