Recap: Bradenton Area EDC Annual Update

David Sessions will serve as the EDC's 2022 board chair and Rae Dowling received the 2021 Rick Fawley Economic Development Award of Distinction.

10/13/2021 By Staff

The Rental Market

Sarasota and Manatee Residential Rents Go Up—Again

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Sarasota County rental rates have grown by 25 percent and Manatee County's by 31 percent.

09/01/2021 By Kim Doleatto


Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch Announces Fundraisers

Heather Graham will preview her upcoming book, The Unknown, and Mary Walton will discuss the life of suffragist Alice Paul.

08/30/2021 By Staff

Sky High

Step Inside the Most Expensive Residential Listing in Manatee County

Chickens, pigs, goats and a working organic farm are included in the price tag.

08/25/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Breaking News

Manatee County School Board Approves Mask Mandate

The mandate will remain in place until Wednesday, Aug. 25, but children and employees will be allowed to opt out.

08/16/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Rental Market

Sarasota Rent Prices Just Keep Increasing

Despite a looming eviction crisis, rents increased by 20 percent in Sarasota County and 27 percent in Manatee County compared to July 2020.

08/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto


Manatee School District Seeking to Fill Positions

The school district will hold a job fair on Tuesday, July 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

07/22/2021 By Staff

Market Report

Realtor Association: Increased Home Sales Amid Record-Low Inventory—Again

One hundred percent of June home sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties closed at or more than the original list price.

07/22/2021 By Staff


New Campaign to Educate Families on Water Safety, Safe Sleeping

The grant will allow the Safe Children Coalition to launch a safe sleep educational campaign and give sleep safety and water safety kits to parents the organization serves in Manatee County.

07/21/2021 By Staff

Natural Dwellings

So You Wanna Own a Super-Small, Super-Sustainable Home?

Bid fast on Pearl Homes' 540-square-foot, LEED-certified unit. All proceeds benefit the Manatee Boys & Girls Club.

07/20/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Fast Track

Manatee Community Foundation Announces New Board Members, Officers

Jeanie Kirkpatrick has been named board chair; Garrett Shinn and Dr. Xavier Sevilla have joined the board for three-year terms.

07/02/2021 By Staff

The Rental Market

Sarasota Rents Are Skyrocketing Again

Since March of last year, monthly rents increased by 13 percent in Sarasota County and 19 percent in Manatee County.

07/02/2021 By Kim Doleatto


The Ringling Receives Grant From Manatee Community Foundation to Support New Exhibit

The $10,000 grant will help support The Ringling’s upcoming collaboration with artist Rhodnie Desir.

06/28/2021 By Staff


Manatee Schools to Hold Support Staff Job Fair

The event will take place Thursday, June 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wakeland Support Center.

06/15/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Manatee County Schools Fills Three Senior Leadership Positions

The roles include a new deputy superintendent of instructional services, a new chief operations officer and a new director of construction services.

05/21/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Manatee School District Names Two New Administrators

Monica DeLesline has been named the next principal at Palmetto High and Dr. Laurie Breslin has been named the director of secondary curriculum for the school district.

05/05/2021 By Staff


Manatee Schools Announces Administrative Changes for 2021-2022 School Year

The new positions are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021.

04/14/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Scott Hopes Named Acting Manatee County Administrator

Hopes will be responsible for overseeing the county's 1,900 employees and implementing the Manatee Board of County Commissioners’ policy decisions.

04/01/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Manatee Technical College Names Business/Industry Services Coordinator

In her new role, Koester will connect the local business community to more than 50 MTC workforce training programs.

03/04/2021 By Staff


Funding Awarded to Support Nonprofits Caring for Animals

More than $122,000 was awarded from the Bill and Maryann Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation.

03/02/2021 By Staff