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

Newsflash

Stephen King Talks Writing, Covid, Piney Point and Red Tide on The Late Show

For such a small city, Sarasota sure seems to make the news a lot.

08/10/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Florida Breaks Covid-19 Hospitalization Records Again

Florida reported 12,408 hospitalizations today, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated.

08/04/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Florida Is Breaking Records for Covid Cases, Hospitalizations

On July 31, 2021, the state reported 21,683 new Covid-19 cases and more than 10,000 hospitalizations.

08/02/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

'We're in Pandemic Mode': Here's What's Happening With Covid-19 at SMH

"When you go through the ICU, it's an eye-opener."

07/29/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

CDC Issues New Mask Guidelines in Response to Surging Covid Cases

As of July 27, Florida was averaging 12,496 daily cases—a 124 percent increase over the previous 14 days.

07/28/2021 By Megan McDonald

Red Tide

Mote Tests New Method to Kill, Bury Red Tide Cells

The process involves spraying the surface of the water with clay particles and sea water, which can combine with red tide cells to kill and bury them in sediment.

07/16/2021 By Megan McDonald

Red Tide

Red Tide Is Back in Sarasota-Manatee

Suncoast Waterkeeper's Justin Bloom says the Piney Point crisis played a major role.

07/12/2021 By Megan McDonald

There's an App for That

Five Apps That Will Keep You Informed During Hurricane Season

These downloads will keep you aware of what's going on in your neighborhood in the event of a storm.

07/06/2021 By Megan McDonald