Education

DeSoto County Joins Regional Grade-Level Reading Effort

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently expanded to DeSoto County.

02/13/2019 By Staff

Education

Half-Day Workshop Focuses on Creativity and Innovation

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is offering the workshop on Friday, Feb. 1.

01/16/2019 By Staff

Health

Teen Vaping Up in 2018

The number of American high school students vaping nicotine rose dramatically between 2017 and 2018, according to new survey results.

01/10/2019 By Staff

Finance

Accounting Firms Merge

Walters & Associates CPAs and Bobbitt Pittenger & Co. PA recently merged and will now operate under the name Walters & Associates, CPAs.

12/26/2018 By Staff

Retail

Bookstore Sales Up in October After Two Months of Declines

Bookstore sales totaled $699 million in October, up 7.7 percent from $649 million in October 2017.

12/17/2018 By Staff

Health care

American Life Expectancy Drops Again

Life expectancy dropped in 2017 for the third straight year, declining from 78.7 in 2016 to 78.6 last year.

11/29/2018 By Staff

Retail

164 Million Americans Expected to Go Shopping Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Twenty-one percent of shoppers plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day and 71 percent plan to shop on Black Friday, according to new survey results.

11/19/2018 By Staff

Data

American Consumer Confidence Rises Again

The Consumer Confidence Index stands at 138.4, near the survey's all-time high of 144.7, which was reached in 2000.

09/26/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Sarasota Home Sales Down

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County totaled 716 in August, down 1.2 percent from the August 2017 figure.

09/20/2018 By Staff

Retail

New Sporting Goods Store Opens

Dick's Sporting Goods recently opened in the University Town Center area.

09/17/2018 By Staff

Entertainment

Movie Rental Shop Closing

Video Renaissance, which houses a collection of more than 35,000 titles, is shutting down this Saturday.

08/30/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Sarasota County Home, Condo Sales Up Over Last Year

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County declined between June and July, but the July figure grew by 3.1 percent when compared to the July 2017 number.

08/22/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Number of Housing Starts Ticks Up

The number of new residential construction projects recovered slightly between June and July after dropping dramatically during the previous month.

08/16/2018 By Staff

Media

Book Publisher Sold

Washington, D.C.'s Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. last week purchased the Sarasota book publisher Pineapple Press.

07/16/2018 By Staff

Planning

New Downtown Crosswalk Activated

The City of Sarasota and the Florida Department of Transportation activated a new pedestrian crosswalk signal on U.S. 41 on Thursday.

06/28/2018 By Staff

Services

New Pet Resort Opens in Lakewood Ranch

Bayside Pet Resort recently opened its third facility in the area.

06/13/2018 By Staff

Environment

Fertilizer Restrictions Now in Effect

Sarasota County restrictions on the use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on lawns went into effect last week.

06/07/2018 By Staff

Data

Father's Day Spending Expected to Total $15.3 Billion

That number is down from last year's projection of $15.5 billion in spending.

06/04/2018 By Staff

Sports

Ranking Puts Florida at No. 17 for Producing Pro Athletes

Both IMG Academy in Bradenton and Sarasota High School were recognized as top high schools for young athletes.

05/30/2018 By Staff

Construction

New Road Resurfacing Project Begins in Late May

The City of Sarasota will begin resurfacing a 1.4-mile stretch of Osprey Avenue between Siesta Drive and Bahia Vista Street later this month.

05/11/2018 By Staff