Florida Shatters Its Single-Day Record for COVID-19 Cases With 10,109

There were 106 new positive cases in Sarasota County and 160 in Manatee County. Sarasota Memorial Hospital also reported a record number of hospitalized patients, with 56, including 16 in the ICU.

07/02/2020 By Staff

Party Like a Patriot

What to Do on the Fourth of July in Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota fireworks displays may be canceled, but here are other fun ways to celebrate the Fourth this year, with social distancing and safety in mind.

07/02/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Another 1.4 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

However, the U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June, the Department of Labor reported, although those numbers were compiled before COVID-19 cases began rising in states including Florida.

07/02/2020 By Staff


SMH Reports All-Time High in COVID-19-Positive Patients

Hospital leadership adds that there has been a noticeable increase in younger people getting the virus from community spread.

07/01/2020 By Staff


Brain Health Initiative Seeks Nominations for Youth Scholar Program

Brain Health Scholars will work remotely with scientists and clinicians from the Brain Health Initiative for about 20 hours throughout the summer and fall.

07/01/2020 By Staff


Community Foundation Issues More Than $867,400 in Grants

The grants will provide support to serve those vulnerable populations who have been disproportionately impacted in the wake of the recent crises.

06/30/2020 By Staff


Voter Registration/Party Change Deadline Nears For August 18 Primary

The last day to register to be eligible to vote or change party affiliation is July 20.

06/30/2020 By Staff

Survey Says...

Survey Finds Most Floridians Think It's Important to Wear Masks in Restaurants

According to a new survey, eight in 10 Floridians say it's either "very" or "somewhat" important to don a mask while visiting a restaurant.

06/30/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Sarasota County Health Department Adds Second Day of Testing in South County

The second by-appointment drive-thru testing event will take place at Heron Creek Middle School on Thursday, July 2.

06/30/2020 By Staff


Child Protection Center Awarded Grant From COVID-19 Response Initiative

The $7,500 grant will support CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program.

06/29/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Now Requires Masks in Public

The city received hundreds of phone calls and emails about the proposed ordinance in recent days.

06/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett


The Oaks Women's Club Awards Scholarships to 16 High Schoolers

The 2020 awards are based on academic excellence, financial need, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and level of community service.

06/29/2020 By Staff


Stifel Adds Four Advisors, Opens New Office in Venice

The new hires represent $935 million in client assets.

06/29/2020 By Staff

The Future Was Female

Dr. Eugenie Clark Dove Deep Into Science and Founded Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota's world-famous "Shark Lady" spent much of her life underwater, also writing and teaching about fascinating sea life.

06/29/2020 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota Health Department Closes Main Immunizations Clinic Due to COVID-19 Exposure

The clinic is contacting clients who may have been exposed so they can watch for symptoms and get tested. It will reopen July 10 by appointment only.

06/29/2020 By Staff

Independence Day

How to Pick the Perfect Wine for Your Fourth of July Celebration

For a throwback experience, consider Madeira, a favorite drink in America before the Revolutionary War.

06/29/2020 By Bob McGinn

Fast Track

Manatee Clerk of Court Named President-Elect of Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

Colonneso will serve as a member of the executive committee, formulate and prepare future programs for implementation and serve as chair of the strategic planning committee, among other roles and responsibilities.

06/26/2020 By Staff


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 3

The emergency order again strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home.

06/26/2020 By Staff


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


Sarasota Memorial Hospital Is Restricting Visitors Again

The hospital says the changes are part of its ongoing effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of patients, staff and the community.

06/25/2020 By Staff