Tidewell to Host Stress First Aid Webinar to Support Community During Covid-19

The webinar will be presented by well-known traumatic stress psychologist Dr. Patricia Watson.

09/17/2020 By Staff


Unemployment Claims Fell to 790,000 Last Week

But that's still higher than the 665,000 in March 2009 during the height of the Great Recession, the country’s last economic downturn.

09/17/2020 By Staff


CDC Head Says American Life Could Return to Normal By Third Quarter 2021

CDC director Robert Redfield also told the Senate that masks are "‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have."

09/16/2020 By Staff


CARES Act Funding Applications Now Available in Sarasota County

A total of $18.9 million in CARES Act funds is available for individuals and businesses for expenses dating back to March 1, 2020.

09/16/2020 By Staff

Online Class

New College Offers Covid-19 Course to Students and Public

New College has started an online class for students and the public, teaching about the history of pandemics, biology of the coronavirus and how Covid-19 has impacted our society.

09/16/2020 By Allison Forsyth

You Are Not Alone

Covid-19 Is Fueling America’s Loneliness Epidemic

The pandemic has left millions of Americans cut off from other people, and public health experts say the consequences could be dire.

09/15/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Restaurant Industry on Track to Lose $240 Billion This Year

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 3 million food service employees are still out of work because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

09/14/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 18

Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in city limits whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained.

09/11/2020 By Staff


Florida Bars Can Reopen on Monday

The new rule applies to bars, breweries and other alcohol vendors.

09/10/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


More Than 850,000 People Filed For Unemployment Last Week

The unemployment rate was at 8.4 percent, and nearly 30 million people were receiving some type of unemployment benefits in the week ending Aug. 29.

09/10/2020 By Staff

Public Safety

Safety 4 SRQ Launches Online Directory for Business Health Safety Practices

The directory is available for Sarasota- and Bradenton-area businesses to post their health safety practices.



City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 11

Additionally, the city's face mask mandate is in effect through Oct. 28.

09/04/2020 By Staff


Florida Housing Approves Additional $45 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds

The funds will be disbursed to local governments to provide those impacted by Covid-19 with rental and mortgage assistance.

09/04/2020 By Staff


More Than 825,000 People Filed For Unemployment Last Week

It's only the second week since the pandemic began that unemployment claims have dropped below 1 million.

09/03/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Schools to Open Covid-19 Testing Centers

The district is also developing a digital dashboard to track cases within schools; Manatee County just launched its own tracker.

09/03/2020 By Staff

What's Next?

A Leading Florida Economist Pictures Life After Coronavirus

UCF’s Sean Snaith says he was “shocked” by the spring shutdown and that it “bulldozed the economy.”

09/03/2020 By Pam Daniel

Self Care

How Six Sarasotans Are Taking Care of Themselves Right Now

From exercising to baking to reading, here's how they're coping with the effects of the pandemic.

09/02/2020 By Heather Dunhill


DeSantis Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium

He also plans to re-open nursing homes to visitors; the facilities have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic.

09/01/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Sept. 4

The order also extends the city’s temporary street closure program through September in order to allow additional space for outdoor dining.

08/28/2020 By Staff


Step Up Suncoast Expands Program to Provide Parent Educator Toolkits

Bank of America's $25,000 grant will enable the Parents as Teachers program to provide families with toolkits containing essential materials and supplies.

08/27/2020 By Staff