Health care

Florida Uninsured Rate Down 8 Percentage Points Since 2010

Between 2010 and 2015, the percentage of Floridians lacking health insurance declined from 21.3 percent to 13.3 percent and almost 1.6 million Floridians gained health care coverage.

12/27/2016 By staff


Construction Company Building New Agriculture Department Facility

The 28,210-square-foot building will be used to protect local agriculture from non-indigenous insect outbreaks.

12/08/2016 By staff


Retail Trade Group Announces 2017 Legislative Priorites

The Florida Retail Federation supports state law that bans local regulations of plastic shopping bags and opposes any increase in the state's minimum wage.

12/06/2016 By staff


Civic Group Throws Holiday Party Next Week

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is throwing its annual holiday party at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

12/05/2016 By staff


Federal Agency Bans Smoking in Public Housing

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced Wednesday that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for residents.

12/02/2016 By staff


Court Ruling Blocks Overtime Expansion

A federal judge last week blocked an effort by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the number of American workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay.

11/27/2016 By staff


Housing Starts Up in October

The rate of privately owned American housing starts increased by 25.5 percent between September and October, and the rate increased 23.3 percent between October 2015 and October 2016.

11/18/2016 By staff


Bank Named Top Local Lender for Small Business Administration Loans

Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida announced Monday that it achieved the rank of top lender in dollar volume of U.S. Small Business Administration loans for the most recent fiscal year.

11/14/2016 By staff


How to Adapt Homes for Older Residents to Be Discussed Monday

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations will gather at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, for a discussion about age-friendly adaptations that enable one to continue to safely enjoy one's home while advancing in age.

11/09/2016 By staff


Civic Group Celebrates 55th Anniversary Nov. 10

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is celebrating its 55th anniversary at the Michael's on East Wine Cellar.

11/04/2016 Research by staff

Real estate

Homeownership Rate Ticks Up

The nationwide rate of home ownership ticked up slightly, from 62.9 percent to 63.5 percent, between the second and third quarters of 2016.

11/02/2016 Research by staff


Sheriff's Office Looking to Hire

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is holding a job fair for emergency communications positions on Saturday, Oct. 29.

10/14/2016 Research by staff

No Time to Rest

How This Supreme Court Marriage Equality Plaintiff Went From "Accidental" Activist to Just Plain Activist

"The opponents of equality know they're losing and they're lashing out in every way they can," says LGBT activist Jim Obergefell.

10/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker


U.S. Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs

The United States economy added 156,000 new jobs in the month of September and the national unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.

10/07/2016 Research by staff


County Commission Debate Set for Monday

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations will hold a forum for the two candidates campaigning to represent district one on the Sarasota County Commission.

10/04/2016 Research by staff

Health care

Congress Approves $1.1 Billion to Fight Zika

After months of inaction, Congress on Thursday approved $1.1 billion in federal funding to fight the Zika virus.

09/29/2016 Research by staff


Number of Americans Living in Poverty Decreases By 3.5 Million

The U.S. Census Bureau announced earlier this month that real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points.

09/26/2016 Research by staff


Median Incomes Up, Poverty Rate Down

New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that real median household income in the United States rose by 3.8 percent between 2014 and 2015, while the national poverty rate declined from 15.5 to 14.7 percent.

09/15/2016 Research by staff


Forum Dedicated to State, County Ballot Choices

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is hosting a discussion of the state and county amendments that will appear on the November ballot during its next meeting.

09/08/2016 Research by staff