Travel & Outdoors

Weather

Tropical Depression Fred Is Heading Our Way

Fred is expected to stengthen into a tropical storm in the next day or so.

08/13/2021 By Bob Bunting

Nature

Free Admission to Warm Mineral Springs Offered Saturday

Florida's only natural warm spring is free for all Sarasota County residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

08/13/2021 By Staff

Travel

Allegiant Announces New Nonstop Service from Sarasota to Cedar Rapids, Tulsa

Flights to Cedar Rapids begin Nov. 19, 2021, and flights to Tulsa begin Dec. 15, 2021.

08/10/2021 By Staff

Bird's Eye View

Ecologist Meg Lowman Will Discuss New Memoir at Bookstore1

Global pioneer in forest canopy ecology, author and speaker Meg Lowman, aka "Canopy Meg," will be talking about her new memoir, "The Arbornaut," next week.

08/03/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Rock Out

'Sarasota Rocks' Rock Painting Group Brings Smiles to Locals

The popular group has more than 8,000 members on Facebook.

08/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Water quality

Red Tide Continues to Affect Sarasota's Beaches and Wildlife

Experts say drought conditions and the Piney Point disaster have combined to create a red tide bloom that may linger.

08/02/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Travel

Survey: 76 Percent of Floridians Are More Comfortable Traveling Now

A new report shows that traveler confidence has surged from 40 percent in Q1 to 76 percent in Q3.

07/22/2021 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

Red Tide

Mote Tests New Method to Kill, Bury Red Tide Cells

The process involves spraying the surface of the water with clay particles and sea water, which can combine with red tide cells to kill and bury them in sediment.

07/16/2021 By Megan McDonald

Grants

Grant Spurs More Urban Forest Growth in Venice

The $100,000 matching grant will be used to continue southward expansion of the urban forest, including planting scrub oaks and removing invasive vegetation.

07/15/2021 By Staff

Travel

SRQ Reports Record-Breaking Number of Passengers in June

The airport recorded 312,909 passengers last month—a 492 percent increase over June 2020.

07/12/2021 By Staff

Red Tide

Red Tide Is Back in Sarasota-Manatee

Suncoast Waterkeeper's Justin Bloom says the Piney Point crisis played a major role.

07/12/2021 By Megan McDonald

Aging

Senior Living Center Launches Nature-Inspired Therapy Program

Sarasota's Sunnyside Health and Rehabilitation Center recently installed a therapeutic horticulture garden.

07/09/2021 By Staff

Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 8-14

Florida Studio Theatre and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens both offer two new shows, plus Venice Theatre's "Young Frankenstein" and more.

07/08/2021 By Kay Kipling

Weather

Here’s the Latest on Tropical Storm Elsa

Peak storm conditions in Sarasota will begin late Tuesday afternoon.

07/05/2021 By Bob Bunting

Tropical Storm Elsa

Here's Your Fourth of July Tropical Storm Elsa Update

Sarasota climate scientist Bob Bunting, CEO of the Climate Adaptation Center, says the storm center will be close to the Sarasota coastline starting Tuesday.

07/04/2021 By Bob Bunting

Tropical Storm Elsa

DeSantis Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa

State officials are urging Floridians in Elsa's forecast path to begin preparing for potential impacts as early as Monday.

07/03/2021 By Megan McDonald

Fido Free

City of Sarasota: Dogs Prohibited on Lido Beach

The city is focusing on the unintended consequences of dogs at the beach, including harmful impacts on wildlife and water quality.

07/02/2021 By Staff

Hurricane Elsa

Hurricane Elsa Is a Growing Threat

The storm, which has 85 mph winds as of Friday, July 2, is intensifying rapidly.

07/02/2021 By Bob Bunting

Hurricane Season

Will Tropical Storm Elsa Threaten Sarasota?

The tropical storm is on a forecast path toward Florida.

07/01/2021 By Susan Burns