Environment

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Reaches Agreement for Acquisition of Everglades Wetlands

The purchase would save 20,000 acres from oil drilling.

01/15/2020 By Staff

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Allegiant Private Advisors Promotes Two

Kristina Eastmond and Melissa Walsh have been named principals of the firm.

01/14/2020 By Staff

Business

World Direct Shipping Extends Port Manatee Agreement, Adds Vessel

Port Manatee officials say the extension could bring total value of the World Direct Shipping contract through 2026 to more than $8 million.

01/14/2020 Photography by Staff

Real Estate

Two Commercial Real Estate Sales

One sale was a 40-acre parcel of land in Palmetto for $5.3 million, the other was an industrial flex asset in Sarasota for $240,000.

01/14/2020 By Staff

Parks & Rec

New Accessible Playground Coming to G.T. Bray Park

Manatee County Rotary Clubs have raised nearly $200,000 so far to support construction at the first park, including a $90,000 donation from Neal Communities.

01/14/2020 By Staff

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Tampa Attorney Appointed to New College Board of Trustees

Ronald Christaldi will serve a five-year term. Additionally, Mary Ruiz will replace board member Audrey Coleman and serve on the board through Jan. 6, 2021.

01/13/2020 By Staff

Community Cleanup

Newtown Community Cleanup Set for Jan. 25

The free event will take place from 8 a.m.-noon.

01/13/2020 By Staff

Travel

Airport Traffic Increased 58 Percent in December 2019

Almost 2 million people used Sarasota Bradenton International Airport last year.

01/13/2020 By Staff

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Former Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CEO Appointed President of Premier Sotheby's

In her new position, Nancy Nagy will be responsible for leading all sales operations of the brokerage.

01/13/2020 By Staff

Economy

Economic Outlook is Positive, Says Florida Chief Economist

The state currently has a 3.1 unemployment rate; the probability of a recession has dropped to 21.2 percent.

01/10/2020 By Staff

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Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Randon Carvel will serve as the new board president.

01/10/2020 By Staff

Health News

Florida Surgeon General Urges Residents to Get Flu Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there have been at least 6.4 million cases of influenza so far this season.

01/10/2020 By Staff

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USF Sarasota-Manatee Names Senior Director of Development

Marrie Neumer began her new position on Jan. 2.

01/10/2020 By Staff

Construction

Halfacre Construction Company Completes Newest Group Home at The Haven

The new Mary Jane's House, a 5,329-square-foot group home, features eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

01/09/2020 By Staff

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Visit Sarasota County Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Christine Johnson of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has been named board chair.

01/09/2020 By Staff

Development

Developers Break Ground on Palmetto Sheraton

The eight-story hotel is expected to open in September 2021.

01/09/2020 By Staff

Art

Embracing Our Differences 2020 Exhibit Opens Jan. 18

The organization received 16,118 entries from 127 countries and 50 states in submissions for the 17th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity.

01/09/2020 By Staff

Education

Florida Graduation Rate Climbs to 86.9 Percent

High school graduation rates have increased by 27.7 percent since 2003-04.

01/09/2020 By Staff

Economy

Florida Chamber Chief Economist to Deliver State's 2020 Economic Outlook

Dr. Jerry Parrish will share his forecast for the coming year today at 10 a.m. via livestream.

01/08/2020 By Staff

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Manatee Chamber Hires Vice President of Public Policy and Small Business

Amy Farrington’s focus will include chamber policy development and advocacy efforts, as well as strategic resources for small businesses.

01/08/2020 By Staff