A Look Back

The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2022

Hurricane Ian, the ongoing pandemic, controversial locals and more—here's a look back at the year that was.

12/30/2022 By Megan McDonald

The Climate Crisis

What Is Coastal Resilience and Why Is It Crucial for Sarasota?

Hurricane Ian decimated parts of the Gulf Coast. Now, local leaders are sharing insights into how we can rebuild in a sustainable way.

10/24/2022 By Laura Paquette

Here We Go Again

Red Tide Has Been Detected at Sarasota County Beaches

The beaches include Turtle Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty, Venice Beach, Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, and Caspersen Beach.

10/19/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricane Ian

Sarasota and Manatee Counties Will Shut Off Water to Barrier Islands Ahead of Hurricane Ian

In both counties, water will be shut off between 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 27.

09/26/2022 By Megan McDonald

Hurricanes

DeSantis Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

The governor also requested a federal pre-landfall emergency declaration.

09/24/2022 By Staff

Hurricane Season

Do You Know Your Evacuation Zone?

Use Sarasota and Manatee counties' interactive tools to find evacuation levels and routes, shelters and more.

09/24/2022 By Megan McDonald

Boom!

A Guide to the Downtown Sarasota Condo Boom

From the Rosemary District to Golden Gate Point and the bayfront, Sarasota’s skyline will never be the same again.

09/12/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Nowhere to Go

Inside Sarasota's Affordable Housing Crisis

In Sarasota, rent increases are exceeding wage increases—and local agencies have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking homelessness services.

07/11/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Design

Public Design Contest for New City of Sarasota Seal Opens May 1

The existing seal dates back to the city’s incorporation in 1902.

04/25/2022 By Staff

Tourism

A Record Number of Tourists Visited Florida in 2021

In 2021, Florida had nearly 118 million domestic visitors—the highest number in state history.

02/16/2022 By Staff

Events

'Control Growth Now' Group to Host Annual Luncheon

The event will be held on March 19 at Mattison's Forty-One.

02/14/2022 By Staff

Holidays

Sarasota County Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day events and festivities have been canceled by the Greater Newtown Community Redevelopment Corporation due to surge in Covid cases.

01/14/2022 By Staff

Government

Sarasota County Launches '2021 Year in Review'

The report is the county's annual summary of its projects, programs and accomplishments.

01/12/2022 By Staff

From the Editor

Elected Officials Are Putting Sarasota's Character and Natural Assets at Risk

More than ever, we need enlightened leaders who had the strength and vision to maintain a balance between unchecked growth and stagnation.

12/01/2021 By Susan Burns

Tourism

It Was an Unprecedented Year for Sarasota County Bed Tax Revenue

The 2021 fiscal year saw more than $30 million collected from short-term vacation rentals.

11/12/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Real Estate

Sarasota Ranked Among Top 20 Housing Markets in the Country

It's also the fastest-growing, according to the Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com report.

11/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Tourism

Red Tide and Covid Didn’t Hurt Summer Tourism

Thanks to the great outdoors and an "open for business" atmosphere, June, July and August all saw gains over pre-pandemic numbers.

11/01/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Rankings

Sarasota Named 'Best Place to Retire'—Again

Our city ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's annual list for the second year in a row.

10/19/2021 By Staff

Red Tide

Sarasota DOH: Red Tide Is Present in the Gulf (Again)

Elevated levels of red tide have been detected at most Sarasota County beaches.

10/07/2021 By Staff

Behind the Buildings

Meet the Women Behind Six Iconic Local Buildings

Sarasota architecture wears the names of women from our past. Here are six to know.

09/01/2021 Photography by Robert Plunket