Vote!

Scenes from Sarasota's First Day of Early Voting

From essential workers to retirees to first-time voters, here's who showed up today.

10/19/2020 By Megan McDonald Photography by Barbara Banks

Shop Talk

Sarasota Resident Blair Eadie Launches Fifth and Final Nordstrom Collection

The line is full of sweaters, dresses, pants and coats—all in Eadie's signature colorful style.

10/19/2020 By Megan McDonald

Hot Sips

Sarasota's Best Coffee Shops

Get your caffeine fix at one of these top spots.

09/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

They Inspire Us

Meet Seven Bold Women With Fresh Ideas and Big Dreams

Whether they’re running a billion-dollar business or starting a nonprofit on a shoestring budget, these women are challenging and shaping what we’ve always a...

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward, Megan McDonald, Giulia Heyward, Kay Kipling, Susan Burns, Allison Forsyth, and Ilene Denton

The Advocate

Laura Gilkey Is a Passionate Advocate for Pediatric Cancer Research

After losing her son, Benjamin, to cancer at just 9 years old, Laura Gilkey created a fund to support innovative oncology care for children.

09/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Fast Track

Lemur Conservation Foundation Names New Executive Director

Deborah Robbins Millman has more than 20 years of for-profit and not-for-profit experience in management, strategic development and animal advocacy.

09/11/2020 By Staff

Women's Rights

Talking With Jane Plitt, Former Head of the National Organization for Women

Plitt, who's also an author and entrepreneur, says women’s struggle for equality is still “deep and difficult.”

08/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Jobs

For First Time in 20 Weeks, Unemployment Claims Dip Below 1 Million

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 963,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.

08/13/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Expands COVID-19 Antibody Trial

On Monday, the hospital opened the trial to people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus, but who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized.

07/29/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Manatee County Issues Mask Resolution

The local medical community estimates that up to 48 percent of Manatee County residents may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and spreading the novel coronavirus.

07/28/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Sarasota's Museum of African American History and Culture Announces Location

The museum will be housed in the historic Leonard Reid home, currently located at Seventh Street and Cohen Way in the Rosemary District.

07/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Shop Talk

Local Designer Opens New Downtown Sarasota Boutique

Camilyn Leavitt has relocated her showroom to a new ground-floor space on Palm Avenue.

07/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Publix, Other National Retailers Will Require Shoppers to Wear Masks

The move comes amid a surge of COVID-19 infections in the South and West, including Florida, which on Thursday reported 13,965 new COVID-19 cases and 156 deaths.

07/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Holmes Beach Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order

The city says the ordinance is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially as daily numbers continue to shatter records.

06/26/2020 By Megan McDonald

Civil Rights

Activists Launch Petition to Rename Journalism School After Sarasota Resident

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist and civil rights leader, was the first black student to integrate the University of Georgia.

06/15/2020 By David Hackett and Megan McDonald

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

But Wait, There's More

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Has Arrived. Here's What to Expect.

What can we do to keep safe this season—especially as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic?

06/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

More Than 40 Million Americans Are Out of Work

New data from the Department of Labor shows that 2.1 million more people filed for unemployment benefits last week.

05/28/2020 By Megan McDonald

Designing Mind

Peek Inside Fashion Influencer Blair Eadie's Colorful Sarasota Home

Eadie's 1920s cottage is a reflection of its owner.

05/28/2020 By Megan McDonald Photography by Kylie Fitts

Coronavirus

Another 2.4 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

Even as all 50 states begin to reopen, most experts say recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown will take at least a few years.

05/21/2020 By Megan McDonald