All Faiths Food Bank kicks off annual new walk to end summer hunger

The All Faiths Food Bank will kick off the Campaign Against Summer Hunger with a walk across the Ringling Bridge.

  Funding is the Next Hurdle Venice City Council Faces with Future Police Station

Early voting dates released for Longboat Key and Holiday Park elections

Residents pushing for safer roads following deadly motorcycle accident near dangerous curve

Parking Enforcement has begun in downtown Venice

Sarasota County Teacher’s Union and community respond to new Superintendent contract

Literacy Council of Sarasota Hosts 12th Annual Literacy Matters Luncheon

Continued Coverage

  Commissioners vote to terminate contract with Lido Pavilion developers

A Mardi Gras Parade will once again roll through Manatee County

Contract for Sarasota County Superintendent sparks new controversy among School Board

ABC7’s Morning Roundup: 7 Things to know before walking out the door

A new show on Netflix might be the reason there’s an uptick in donations on the Suncoast

Sarasota County 2018 annual report released, includes a fund extension of the Legacy Trail

  Proposed housing and commercial development in Parrish will now go in front of Manatee County Commissioners

380 homes and 175-thousand square feet of commercial space could call 138 acres in Parrish home in the very near future.

Thunder by the Bay returns to Sarasota

The 21st annual Thunder by the Bay is back for the second year at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Organizers for the event say though it isn’t the bay, the fairgrounds makes sense because the event has gotten bigger throughout the years, outgrowing downtown, and a bigger venue was needed.

Scheduled Water Outage in Venice next Tuesday, residents required to boil water

A water outage is set to take place in Venice on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

This weekend on the Suncoast: The circus, fishing festival, Orioles Sarasota Springfest Training and more

Let’s have fun this weekend on the Suncoast with the top 7 events.

Four areas in the City of Sarasota named ‘Opportunity Zones’ for investment

Local Sarasota artist honors Parkland shooting

New Non-stop flights at SRQ Airport Released

Chalkboard Champion: Ms. Heather Camarda

Port Manatee seeing exponential growth in the last five years

Booker High School holds remembrance to remember the lives lost in Parkland one year later

Water outage in Venice due to repair in water main

Venice residents will experience a water outage throughout the city until 4 p.m. today.

Road closures may be ahead for upcoming construction on Orange Ave. and MLK Way, Community meeting in Sarasota

If you’ve driven down Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Way an upcoming water main replacement project could soon take place after voices are heard during a community meeting.

Expert: Sarasota paying 2-3 times too much for architectural services at Bobby Jones Golf Complex

Taxpayer and golf course owner Neal Neilinger, who recently rehabbed “The Palms at Forest Lakes,” says City Commissioners are poised to spend two to three times too much, based on his knowledge of the golf industry.

Plan to open new public pool in Palmetto is put on hold

A big set-back for the plan to build a community pool in Palmetto.

Manatee County libraries set to introduce Living Library Programs

Libraries in Manatee County are starting a Living Library Program where customers will have the opportunity to check out and converse with selectively special community members in 20-minute intervals to discuss social, educational, or health issues.

Free movie ticket if you give blood during drive scheduled at North Port Bank on Friday

OneBlood Inc. will be holding a blood drive at the North Port office of Charlotte State Bank and Trust on Friday, Feb. 15. OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will be in the bank parking lot from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.

St. Armands merchant upset about paid parking; employee parking

The City of Sarasota's new parking garage on St. Armands Circle officially opens on Tuesday morning.

VIDEO: Atlanta Braves Spring Training Block Party in Venice

The City of Venice and the West Villages teamed up Saturday night to say ‘Welcome’ to the Atlanta Braves.

VIDEO: 2019 Bradenton Area River Regatta Powerboat Superleague Race Results

The 2019 Bradenton River Regatta Powerboat Super-league results are in!

VIDEO: Rep. Vern Buchanan hosts Town Hall meeting in Sarasota

At the 11am meeting, citizens shared their concerns with Buchanan, who also shared his legislative priorities for 2019, which include fighting red tide, battling the opioid crisis and supporting veterans.

WEEKEND EVENTS: What’s on your weekend planner?

What’s on your weekend planner?

St. Armands Garage opening on Tuesday

The parking rate in the new garage is 50 cents per hour Monday through Saturday except for on holidays that are recognized by the City of Sarasota. Visitors can pay by credit card, debit card, coins or using the ParkMobile app.

Sunrise beach walks set to return to Siesta, Nokomis Beaches

The sunrise beach walks are returning to Siesta and Nokomis beaches.

Home security systems continue to evolve with the time, but does they also become more affordable?

Home security systems continue to evolve with the time, but does it become more affordable?

Sarasota Greek Festival opens Thursday on the Suncoast, celebrating its 35th anniversary

The Sarasota Greek festival begins on Thurs. Feb 5 located at the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on N. Lockwood Ridge Road.

Around half of the stores in DeSoto Square Mall are empty

The mall’s website states that they have 78 stores open, but a reporter from ABC 7 walked around the mall and counted 83 stores with 44 of them that were closed and one that is currently closing.

County seeks feedback about parking, traffic on Siesta Key

The county has set up a feedback form on their website that allows the public to chime in about traffic and parking. Form submissions are being accepted through Feb. 17.

Dredging of New Pass to renourish Lido Beach around 75 percent done

The City of Sarasota is near halfway mark for its emergency lido beach renourishment project

Why The Westfield Sarasota Square Mall has seen a number of store closures

The mall’s website states that they have 51 stores open, but a reporter from ABC 7 walked around the mall and counted about 15 stores that were closed.

Paid Parking at St. Armands Circle Set to Begin Next Week

Most of the time when visitors head to St. Armands circle, they’re biggest worry is… where are they going to park? So, the City of Sarasota is implementing this new project to help ease that situation.

Water outage scheduled for Venice on Wednesday

A water outage is scheduled for the city of Venice on Feb. 6, and will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

4.5 million dollar Anna Maria City Pier Construction Project Underway

ABC 7′s Russ Yodice went live at the Anna Maria Pier and discussed the construction of the pier was delayed by red tide.

Suncoast puppies in need of foster homes

A local animal shelter is in need of foster families.

Historical film shown in honor of Black History Month at North Sarasota Public Library

The entire conference room was filled at the North Sarasota Library to celebrate Black History Month.

Renowned Faith Leader speaking in Sarasota for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, a faith renown leader will visit the Suncoast to provide the 21st-century ideals of justice and equality.

Top 7 Weekend Events in Sarasota and Manatee County

What are your top seven events in Sarasota and Manatee County? Here at ABC7 we have them list below.

Mote aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park takes important step forward

On Tuesday, the county commission unanimously approved an agreement that would allow Mote to build the aquarium. But there are still several steps before the aquarium becomes a reality and it may be years before you see an aquarium at the park.

MANATEE COUNTY: FREE events return for the 5th Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta Feb. 9

The Fifth Annual Bradenton River Regatta returns to the shores of Manatee River on Feb. 9, with a FREE all day event.

HUGH AND BUFFETT: Mote Marine Manatees predicting this year’s Big Game winner

ABC7′S Russ Yodice covered Mote Marine Manatees predicting for this year’s Big Game winner.

Community with disabilities call on City of Sarasota to use different materials downtown

Community with disabilities call on City of Sarasota to use different materials downtown

Officials and Communities Come Together on Planning Ways to Improve our Transportation

Participants mapped out what all our future roadways could look like with separate lanes for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation, self-driving cars and all green infrastructure – something that in 25 years will possibly be the norm.

Overnight partiers and people camping out leaving Palma Sola Park and Causeway a mess

When it gets dark at the Palma Sola Park and Causeway, especially late at night or during the overnight hours that’s when the city of Bradenton is running into a problem with people trashing this beautiful place.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Sarasota-Manatee Events cancelled due to inclement weather for Sun. Jan 27

Due to inclement weather event organizers are canceling events and some will not have re-scheduling dates.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Several Suncoast events canceled due to expected storms

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals and its annual Forks & Corks Grand Tasting event has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 5 due to inclement weather.

City of Bradenton consider Riverwalk Fishing Ban, residents comment on the issue

The city of Bradenton is considering new rules that would limit fishing to its pier.

Sailboat grounded in sand at Siesta Key

On Friday. Jan. 25 a sailboat grounded in sand at Siesta Key beach.

The West Villages Area Continues to Grow and Is Not Slowing Down

Plus, Sarasota County Schools confirmed to us today that they are in the talks of building one elementary school, one kindergarten through eighth grade school and one high school in the area.

Local community bands together to raise $4,000 for unpaid Coast Guards

Local community bands together to raise $4,000 for unpaid Coast Guards

Local businesses help federal government employees affected by shutdown

Local businesses are stepping up to help federal government employees that are not getting paychecks because of the shutdown.

Manatee County Commissioners approve 11 new lifeguard towers

Manatee County Commission approves 11 new lifeguard towers

Sarasota focuses on a series of events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr day

Sarasota focuses on a series of events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr day

City of Sarasota nears halfway mark for its emergency Lido Beach renourishment project

The City of Sarasota is near halfway mark for its emergency lido beach renourishment project

Sarasota set to be named one of the five destinations on the US Civil Rights Trail, on MLK Day 2019

On Mon. Jan. 21, Sarasota will be named a destination on the US Civil Rights Trail as one of the five locations in the country.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scheduled events in Sarasota for 2019, Renee Gilmore hosting MLK Breakfast

On Mon. Jan 21, marks the 36th year President Ronald Reagan signed a bill in 1983 designating a federal holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be observed on the third Monday of January.

MANATEE COUNTY: New and gently used blankets and towels needed for Animal Services

As the cold weather continues to hit the Suncoast we want to make sure our furry friends have the chance to stay warm!

Supervisors Graduate Command Officers Development Course in Sarasota County

Two lieutenants and one sergeant graduated on Friday from the 83rd Command Officer’s Development Course.

Five local student-athletes nominated to play in the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games

Local student-athletes right here in our community were nominated to play in the most recognizable basketball tournament in the country.

MANATEE COUNTY: New public art presented at Bradenton Riverwalk from Jane Seymour

Actress and artist Jane Seymour is spending several days here on the Suncoast.

VIDEO: Let’s have fun at the Sarasota Seafood Festival this weekend

If you are looking for a weekend event, ABC7 was able to stop by the Sarasota Seafood Festival as while vendors were setting up.

Meet Chalkboard Champion Mrs. Katherine Choate!

Mrs. Katherine Choate is this month's Manatee County Chalkboard Champion!

Venice Area Will Soon Be Getting An Upgrade With Two, State-Of-The-Art Hospitals

The Sarasota Memorial Venice Hospital will break ground in just a few months, and is expected to open its doors in Fall of 2021. The construction for the replacement Venice Regional Hospital will begin this Summer and it should be finished within 3 years.

Food Bank Mobilizes to Serve Community During Government Shutdown in Sarasota

All Faiths Food Bank Mobilizes to Serve Community During Government Shutdown in Sarasota County.

UPDATE: Manatee County Commissioner determines the cause of brown water in Bayshore Canal

On Saturday, a source delivered a news tips to ABC7 about a canal filled with brown rusty water in a residential community. The water went from clear, to green, then a coffee color, according to residents along the Bayshore Canal, which leads to the Sarasota Bayfront.

Sarasota County Commissioners give the green light for new Venice Regional Hospital

Sarasota County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of a new hospital in Venice.

Pilot opioid program gets support by Manatee County Commissioners for new funding

Pilot opioid program gets support by Manatee County Commissioners for new funding

Suncoast Man Hosts Church Safety Training Using Personal Experience As Main Motivator

Jim Howard was just 16 years old when his father shot and killed a deacon of a church in Texas.Since then, he’s devoted his life to learn how to identify warning signs and potential threats around him.

City of Sarasota Will Officially Terminate Lido Pavilion Project Agreement

Developer Gavin Meshad is frustrated about opposition to the Lido Key Pavilion project that he says the City of Sarasota initiated in the first place.

Public hearing on proposed Venice hospital to be held Tuesday

Tuesday Sarasota County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss a new hospital in Venice.