Unity Awards

Mary Tavarozzi Gives LGBTQ Youth a Place to Socialize

"I wanted to make sure Florida youth didn’t become a statistic in terms of self-harm or addiction or homelessness. I want them to know they can live life out and proud here.”

01/04/2022 By Megan McDonald

Chic Sneaks

Four Pairs of Sneakers That Don't Sacrifice Style

If two years of a pandemic—and working from home—have taught us anything, it’s that comfort is key.

01/01/2022 By Megan McDonald and Lauren Pritchard

Recipe

These Almond and Orange Blossom Crinkle Cookies Taste Like Sunshine

If you love the flavor of orange, these delicious—and simple—cookies are for you.

12/23/2021 By Megan McDonald

Making Spirits Bright

Homemade Irish Cream Is an Excellent (and Easy) Holiday Gift

Make this, then bask in the knowledge that you're the best gift-giver of the year.

12/20/2021 By Megan McDonald

Bragging Rights

Our Editor Cooper Levey-Baker Releases His Debut Novel Today

And Sarasota readers will recognize some familiar themes in "Dead Fish Wind."

12/10/2021 By Megan McDonald

Health News

SMH Oncology Tower Opens; Dick Vitale Among First Patients

The tower is the second phase and centerpiece of several facilities that make up Sarasota Memorial’s Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute.

11/16/2021 By Megan McDonald

Architecture

Sarasota Architecture Makes a Splash in Travel + Leisure

Our city has racked up another accolade.

10/25/2021 By Megan McDonald

Lemur Love

Meet the Winners of the Lemur Conservation Foundation's Juried Art Exhibition

Plus, vote for your favorite piece for the Community Award.

10/25/2021 By Megan McDonald

Trend Report

Four Stylish Fanny Packs—Yes, Fanny Packs!—You'll Wear Forever

If you thought fanny packs had their moment in the ’90s, think again. They’re back and, dare we say, more stylish than ever, with chic options that can take you from the beach to happy hour.

10/04/2021 By Megan McDonald With Lauren Pritchard

Hot Sips

Sarasota's Best Coffee Shops

Get your caffeine fix at one of these top spots.

09/29/2021 By Megan McDonald

Good Deeds

Mote Releases Adorable Sea Turtle Hatchlings Into the Wild

The turtles had been hospitalized after being recovered from pools.

09/24/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Chiropractor, Mask Exemption Events Make National News

According to CNN, more than 1,200 people attended a Venice event this past weekend, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who now lives in Boca Royale.

09/16/2021 By Megan McDonald

Education

Despite DeSantis Appeal, Judge Rules School Mask Mandates Can Continue

In addition to allowing school districts to require masks, Judge John Cooper's decision ends the state's sanctions against 13 districts, including Sarasota County, that previously enacted mandates.

09/08/2021 By Megan McDonald

Education

Sarasota School District Updates Face Mask Exemption Policy

The district is now only accepting exemption forms from MDs, DOs and nurse practitioners. The move comes after Venice chiropractor Dan Busch signed more than 500 medical exemption forms.

09/01/2021 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Florida Judge Strikes Down DeSantis' Ban on Mask Mandates in Schools

More Florida children are hospitalized with Covid-19 right now than at any other point in the pandemic.

08/27/2021 By Megan McDonald

STEAM

Library Foundation For Sarasota County Purchases 400 'MakeDo To Go' Kits

The kits encourage young people to imagine, design and create with a basic cardboard box.

08/26/2021 By Staff

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Feeling Burnt Out? Make Time for a Getaway

A lot of us are struggling these days. Sometimes the best prescription is completely and totally unplugging. Bonus points if there's a lake involved.

08/25/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Will Roll Out Next Month in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that boosters will be available for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

08/18/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial's Covid-19 Patient Census Is the Highest It's Ever Been

Of the 239 Covid-positive patients in the hospital, 52 are in the ICU and 34 are on ventilators; 89 percent of them are unvaccinated.

08/17/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Reports Record Number of Covid Patients

The hospital currently has 201 Covid-positive patients—the highest number since the pandemic began last March.

08/10/2021 By Megan McDonald