Tropical Storm Nicole

Sarasota, Manatee County Schools Will Close on Thursday, Nov. 10, Due to Tropical Storm Nicole

Schools plan to reopen on Friday, Nov. 11.

11/09/2022 By Megan McDonald

Red Tide

Sarasota Health Department Reports Elevated Levels of Red Tide at Area Beaches—Again

The beaches with elevated levels of red tide include Venice Beach, Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, and Caspersen Beach, Manasota Key, and Blind Pass.

11/01/2022 By Megan McDonald

Here We Go Again

Red Tide Has Been Detected at Sarasota County Beaches

The beaches include Turtle Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty, Venice Beach, Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, and Caspersen Beach.

10/19/2022 By Megan McDonald


Hurricane Ian Was a 'Worst-Case Scenario' for Florida

“If we’re going to protect our Florida way of life, we’re going to have to build our infrastructure to survive our Florida way of life,” says meteorologist Bob Bunting.

10/17/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

'Operation Blue Roof' Is Coming to Sarasota

The federal program provides fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

10/05/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Relief

All Faiths Food Bank Holding Large-Scale Food Distribution at Van Wezel Tomorrow

All who are in need are welcome.

10/04/2022 By Megan McDonald

Beam Me Up

Starlink Receivers Help Keep Sarasota County Connected After Ian

The state is also continuing to work to get generators to gas stations in Sarasota County and distribute meals and water.

10/03/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Photos: A Look at South Sarasota County After Ian

While Sarasota was spared a direct hit, the damage in the south of the county, in particular, is devastating.

10/03/2022 By Megan McDonald Photography by Hannah Phillips

Hurricane Ian

Sarasota Schools Closed 'Indefinitely' Due to Hurricane Ian Damage

The county has also announced a group of donation sites where the community can contribute to those in need.

10/02/2022 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Flooding Between North Port and Englewood Closes I-75

The Myakka River has risen and closed the highway between mile markers 179 and 193.

09/30/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Sarasota to Open Four 'Neighborhood Points of Distribution' for Ian Relief Supplies

The sits will be available to county residents who need water, ice, food or tarps due to Hurricane Ian.

09/30/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

North Port Is Experiencing Major Flooding

"This is not something we've ever seen before," North Port city manager Jerome Fletcher said.

09/30/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Sarasota County Schools Closed 'Until Further Notice'

Manatee County schools will remain closed on Monday, Oct. 3.

09/30/2022 By Megan McDonald

Recovery Efforts

Keep These Health and Safety Tips Top of Mind as You Recover from Hurricane Ian

Use caution with generators, food and candles as you wait for the power to come back.

09/29/2022 By Megan McDonald

In Ian's Wake

Photos: More of Ian's Aftermath Around Sarasota

As Hurricane Ian moved away from Sarasota-Manatee late last night, local residents weren't sure what to expect when they opened their eyes this morning.

09/29/2022 By Megan McDonald Photography by Kim Doleatto

Hurricane Ian

Shelters Close; Ringling and North Siesta Bridge Open With Limited Access

Sarasota County has moved to a red, yellow and green-level system to inform the public about risks associated with venturing out.

09/29/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses and more.

09/29/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Ian Finally Moves Away From Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota County will send out its Tactical First-In Teams on Thursday morning to begin evaluating damage.

09/29/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Ian Is Still a Category 2 Hurricane

The storm is now 135 miles south-southwest of Orlando, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

09/28/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Here's A Look at the Moment Hurricane Ian Made Landfall

Plus, an update on Sarasota County's storm response.

09/28/2022 By Megan McDonald