Swim Advisory

Where Is It Safe to Swim in Sarasota Right Now?

Officials have detected fecal bacteria and red tide in our waterways. We spoke with an expert in Sarasota water quality to find out where it's safe to swim.

11/04/2022 By Isaac Eger

The Storm

How Has Hurricane Ian Affected Sarasota's Water Quality?

Environmentalists say things will likely get worse before they get better.

09/30/2022 By Isaac Eger

Making Waves

Mote’s International Ocean Film Festival Will Make a Splash This Weekend

Dive into ocean conservation with this year's lineup of films on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

09/07/2022 By Laura Paquette

Clamtastic!

Sarasota Bay Watch Granted State's First Underwater Aquaculture Lease Rights

The million clams slated to be released into Sarasota Bay this year will utilize their natural filtering properties to keep the water clean.

06/24/2022 By Dariela Delgado

Bay Watch

Help the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Check on Our Seagrass This Weekend

Become a citizen scientist by recording the health and quality of Sarasota Bay seagrass.

04/26/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Clam It Up

Sarasota Bay Watch to Release 120,000 Clams into Bay This Month

It's part of the organization's mission to release a million clams into the bay this year and help improve water quality.

04/15/2022 By Staff

Bird's Eye View

This Sarasota Videographer Is Using TikTok To Share Stunning Drone Footage

Besterman has more than 12,000 TikTok followers. Many say they traveled to Sarasota or even moved here because of his videos.

04/05/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Clamtastic!

Sarasota Baywatch Plans to Release 1 Million Clams Into Local Waters

Clams naturally filter excess nutrients that can contribute to red tide blooms and inhibit sea grass growth—a necessary food source for local marine mammals.

02/22/2022 By Staff

For Sale

A Sprawling Waterfront Property in Indian Beach Is on the Market for $22 Million

The listing has more than 700 feet of water frontage, historical homes and a fascinating backstory.

10/22/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Grants

Bay Park Conservancy Awarded $300,000 Grant

The funds come from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

08/31/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Charles D. Hines Joins The Bay Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors

Hines is an attorney who's practiced for more than 30 years and a former Sarasota County commissioner.

08/04/2021 By Staff

The Bay

Patterson Foundation Announces $4 Million Matching Challenge for The Bay

Each time a philanthropist donates $5 million to Phase 1 of The Bay, the foundation will contribute $1 million, up to a total of $4 million.

07/20/2021 By Staff

Red Tide

Local Waterkeepers to Host Community Forum on Red Tide

The talk will focus on causes, effects and solutions for harmful algae blooms; it will be held at the Bradenton Yacht Club.

07/19/2021 By Staff

The Bay

The Bay Park Reaches $20 Million Funding Goal

A $5 million match challenge from The Patterson Foundation helped The Bay Park Conservancy achieve its $20 million initial funding goal.

05/18/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Bay Park Conservancy Hires Chief Experience Officer

Jeannie Perales was previously vice-president for museum exhibits, learning and engagement at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

05/10/2021 By Staff

Survey Says

The Bay Park Releases 2020 Annual Report and Park Visitor Survey

The inaugural annual report highlights park progress, environmental, operational and financial sustainability.

05/05/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

All Faiths Food Bank to Hold Monthly Food Distributions at Van Wezel

The large-scale events will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month through October at the Van Wezel.

04/15/2021 By Staff

The Bay

The Bay Park's Mangrove Walkway Will Open to the Public April 10

The half-mile, 10-ft. wide sidewalk winds around the coastal wetlands in The Bay Park.

03/26/2021 By Staff

The Bay

Phase One of The Bay Park to Open This Year

The site plan was approved 4-1 by the Sarasota city commission on March 8.

03/11/2021 By Staff

The Bay

The Bay Reaches Next Fundraising Milestone

The Bay Park Conservancy has raised $15 million towards its $20 million initial funding goal.

11/17/2020 By Staff