VIDEO: North Port’s Solid Waste Division releases 12 Days of Garbage

The city released a video titled, “12 Days of Garbage", an original parody song written, sand and lip-synched by North Port’s solid waste staff.

  Sarasota County Commissioners approve Siesta Promenade project

Gettel Automotive donates over $30,000 worth of bikes for Toys for Tots

Sarasota County Begins Plans to Build New High School in West Villages

First Alert Weather:Chance for thunderstorms Sunday, possibly severe

Higher concentrations of lead found in three Sarasota Co. schools

December Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Capt. Goodman from Sarasota Military Academy

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Oyster Creek Environmental Park Bridge Closed

17-year-old found shot on sidewalk in front of Palmetto High School

Cold weather shelter available in Manatee County with 60 additional spaces

Englewood Water District set for water shut down next Tuesday

Retired research monkeys find new home in Florida

Road closure in Venice apart of the East Gate Phase 1 Project

Sarasota Police Department set to hold news conference Tuesday regarding 1988 cold case

The Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino is set to hold a news conferee on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, in the 2nd Floor Community Room regarding a 1988 cold case.

Water issued to shut off Wednesday in some areas of Manatee County

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 water will be shut off from 10 p.m. until 7 p.m. by the Manatee County Utilities Department.

High school seniors can apply for this scholarship program

Do you know a high school senior? Comcast is seeking applicants from high school seniors in Sarasota for it annual Leaders and Achievers college scholarship program.

The Salvation Army in Manatee County sees significant spike in need

The Salvation Army in Manatee County sees significant spike in need

DRIVER ALERT: Road Closures Time Change for Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade

More murders in Sarasota and Manatee counties in 2018 than last year

Salvation Army Red Kettle 20 for 20 campaign in Sarasota County

Cold weather shelters open in Sarasota and Manatee County

Murphy Oaks Development Gets Declined by the City of Venice

Local commissioners name meeting chambers after the first-woman elected to the County Commission

Missed out on the Skyway 10K? Try the virtual run!

The Skyway 10K is hosting a virtual run that will allow runners anywhere across the country to register and help raise money for a worthy cause. The Armed Forces Families Foundation supports military families who are in need and all funds remain local.

Ringling College cuts ribbon on state of the art post-production facility

The ribbon was cut on an 11,000 square foot Studio Labs Post-Production Facility at Ringling College of Art and Design. It’s a facility that will help bring movie magic to life.

“Reopen Beach Road” controversy continues in Sarasota County

A longtime controversy over Beach Road on Siesta Key was supposed to be settled in November. That’s when people voted to reopen the private road to the public. Now, some people feel like their vote didn’t matter.

Bowls of Hope returns to Ed Smith Stadium on December 2

Tickets are still available for All Faiths Food Bank’s Bowls of Hope event, which will be returning this year to Ed Smith Stadium on December 2, 2018 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

First Alert Traffic: Road closures for Sarasota holiday parade

First Alert Traffic: Road closures for Sarasota holiday parade.

Sarasota man says this will be the last year of his handmade Christmas village display

For many, the day after Thanksgiving signals the green light to start putting up Christmas decorations, but one man in Sarasota spends all year working on his. And he said crowds of up to 500 people come to the Saralake Estates neighborhood just to witness it.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office holds holiday toy drive

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office holding their 2nd annual holiday toy drive.

Wreaths Across America still needs help for wreaths for Sarasota National Cemetery

The local branch of Wreaths Across America is asking for help as they get closer to reaching their goal of laying wreaths on all the grave sites at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

North Port church serves Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds in the community

As holidays continue to play a huge part in American culture, so is the spirit of giving.Waking up with little to no food to eat, no place to go or family to reach out to are the harsh reality for some people. Even the “working-poor” as one volunteer called it during our interview.

Suncoast residents flock to local stores on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is always a big boost for local businesses on the Suncoast.

New route directions for Venice holiday parade

ABC 7 will be participating in the 2018 Venice Holiday Parade and want to make sure everyone is aware of the released changes for Saturday.

Sarasota County Sheriff Sgt. helped connect woman with father on Thanksgiving

One woman received a surprise on Thanksgiving that was made possible by a Sarasota County Sheriff Sergeant.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office provides Thanksgiving meals for 52 families around their community

As the Community Policing Unit in Pinellas County patrol the community for safety, these officers noticed certain members in the community who could use some support this Thanksgiving.

Manatee County School District collects supplies for Hurricane Michael victims

The holiday spirit continues to thrive as the Manatee County School district adopts a school district affected by Hurricane Michael.

November Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. Galletta from Electa Lee Middle

We head to Bradenton for November’s Manatee County Chalkboard Champion. ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Electa Lee Middle School to meet Theater Director Starloe Galletta.

The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving meals to those in need

The Salvation Army in both Sarasota and Manatee County served around 1,500 people a warm Thanksgiving meal.

Still feeling the impact from the red tide, local businesses hope for a strong Small Business Saturday

Some local businesses are still feeling the affects of this year's red tide bloom, with some Downtown Sarasota shops down 25% compared to this time last year.

Renourishment project underway to fix major erosion problems on Lido Beach

185,000 cubic yards of sand is being pumped in to fix the major erosion that has plagued the Sarasota beach. The sand is being dredged from New Pass.

Opening night of The Music Man at Asolo Theatre in Sarasota

A wonderful show that had won numerous Tony Awards on Broadway is premiering tonight in Sarasota. The Music Man opens up to a packed house at the Asolo Theatre.

Venice boy scout troop set to collect nonperishable food items for the South County Food Bank

The holiday time is filled with family, fun and also giving for people in need. The Venice Boy Scout troop 77 will collect food items at the Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24 for the South County Food Bank.

Commission recommends approval for development of the Siesta Key Promenade

After over 10 years of sitting vacant, Benderson Development wants to build the Siesta Promenade, a series of condos, shops, offices and restaurants, at U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. Right now, it’s an open lot where a gas station and mobile homes used to sit.

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Women incarcerated at Tutwiler prison now have a place to express breast milk.

  Happy 70th to Pines of Sarasota

Pines of Sarasota held a ceremony to mark its 70th anniversary.

No turkey for Thanksgiving? Join 5 local churches who will be serving Thanksgiving dinner

Five Churches will prepare Thanksgiving meals for families around the area.On Thursday, November 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. volunteers from the local Rotary Club will prepare turkeys, stuffing and potatoes.

Last day contractors bid for G-Wiz Museum demolition

Friday 11/16/18 is the last day for local contractors to submit bids for the demolition of the former museum G-Wiz.

Waterfest 2018 expected to draw large crowds this weekend in Englewood

The offshore racers and thousands of spectators are ready for this weekend. Waterfest is always one of the biggest and most fun events here on the Suncoast.

Tips to remember before cranking on the heater for this cold front

The first cold front of the season is here! There are some important things to remember before cranking on the heater for the first time.

Study shows Sarasota ranks third in state in demand and pay for child care services

A recent study by based on statistics from the Center for American Progress shows that the demand for reliable child care continues to grow across the nation.

Help a senior by giving the gift of the holiday spirit this year

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee is holding the 13th annual Shoe Box Reception and Holiday Mart on December 2 from 5-7pm. There will be complimentary appetizers and desserts, a cash bar, an auction, 50/50 raffle, a magician and complimentary photo booth, and vendors at the holiday mart.

Local Businesses Filling The Plate to Help Those in Need this Thanksgiving

There are dozens of local organizations that try and make it happen for those families, but they can’t do it without our help.

Are you ready for Santa? Join Palmetto for a free Christmas event

"A Storybook Christmas” located at Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515-10th Ave. West, Palmetto. on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be free to the public.The event will offer the following for participants themed around the Christmas holiday: Decorations

40 Pay Stations and 20 Parking Meters reported for installation in Sarasota

40 pay Stations and 20 Parking meters will be installed along St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. The stations and meters will be installed sometime around the second week of December, but they will not become active until the completion and opening of the St. Armands Parking Garage, which is expected

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Passes Away

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Sr. passes away.

After Fatal Accident on River Road, Residents Are Demanding Safety Changes

They’ve urged authorities to widen the two-lane road into a four to six-lane road. Other concerns are that the speed limit is still at 55 miles per hour and at night – unless there are bright lights, you can hardly see past a few feet in front of you.

Push for solutions to coyote issue on Anna Maria Island

Coyotes are now being spotted on Anna Maria Island a lot more often. Island officials are trying to figure out the best solution to the problem.

Flag raising ceremony held at Freedom Elementary school in honor of Veteran’s Day

On Tuesday morning, Freedom Elementary School invited parents, teachers and veterans around the community to celebrate the service many men and women have devoted for the United States.

Manatee Commissioners request increased FHP presence on SR 70 & SR 64

Manatee County Commissioners are asking for the Florida’s Highway Patrol’s help after several fatal crashes in east Manatee County.

Overcrowding at Venice High School Prompts Sarasota County School District to Discuss Options

Venice High School is now overcrowded. It was only intended to have 2,100 students, and currently has about 2,400.

  Local organizations continue to search for a cure to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As we honor our nation's veterans, it's important to remember that for many the battle continues. And even though they no longer live in a war zone, a great number of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

Venice High School student battling cancer granted wish to E! People’s Choice Awards

Sydney Hampton, an 18-year-old Osprey resident who has undergone chemotherapy and surgery for a rare form of cancer, was pulled from class this morning to begin her wish to be a VIP at the E! People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

North Port woman’s murder leads to changes at 911 centers around the country

It was the kidnapping, rape and brutal murder that shocked Sarasota County back in January of 2008. Nearly eleven years later Denise Amber Lee, a North Port mother of two continues to be on the minds of a lot of people, especially her husband Nathan Lee.

Political author argues City Commisioners' decision to extend their terms is undemocratic

The City of Sarasota is changing the date of elections which will extend the current commission's terms by 18 months.

8 teams compete for world renown sand sculpture competition during Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The festival on Friday, Nov. 9 is The Crystal Classic between master sand sculptors and also features live music, food, drinks and more. A three-day “Quick Sand” competition, free sand sculpting lessons, demos and an amateur competition on Saturday will allow the beach community to have more fun in

Free HIV and STD testing in upcoming clinics in Sarasota

The free testing will be held on November 7 from 6-8pm at Bethel Christian Methodist Church located at 1719 22nd Street in Sarasota.

Local non-profit ‘Waves of Hope’ holds fundraiser to raise money for grieving parents

Local non-profit ‘Waves of Hope’ holds fundraiser to raise money for grieving parents

More parking meters coming to downtown Sarasota

Parking meters are making their way back to Downtown Sarasota along with a couple other parking changes that will start as soon as January.

Diving Deeper: Cigarette Butts Are Worse for the Ocean Than Plastic Straws

You’ve probably heard about the growing effort to ban plastic straws, but according to experts, there’s an even worse pollutant - also made of plastic - that has caused harm to our beaches and our environment for years... cigarette butts.

Food Bank of Manatee hosts Manatee’s ‘Longest Lunch Table’

The Food Bank of Manatee County wrote on their Facebook page, “Enjoy this symbolic meal of soup and bread as we unite at one table to envision hunger-relief together in Manatee County.”

Venice residents demand road changes where four bicyclist were hit and injured

Venice residents from six communities and a bicycle club join forces to demand road changes where four cyclist were hit and injured October 30th.

School District plans Digital Town Hall to discuss new mental health initiatives

School District plans Digital Town Hall to discuss new mental health initiatives

Early voting for general election ends Saturday

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Six polling locations are opening Monday morning for early voting.

North Port Police hoping to win grant money

North Port Police want your help to win grant money.

All Faiths Food Bank collaborates with Ringling students

All Faiths Food Bank Works with Ringling Students to Creatively Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community.

Two Lakeview Elementary brothers spark Halloween effort to help victims of Hurricane Michael

For most kids on Halloween night, the main priority is candy. But that's not so for Kennedy and Avery Cole.

Manatee County Sheriff Deputies knock on doors of sex offenders and predators this Halloween

Manatee County Sheriff's Office check up on sex offenders on Halloween to make sure they're not luring kids in

Seafood and Music Festival coming to Lakewood Ranch

A new tradition is coming to Lakewood Ranch.

Hundreds come out to vigil in Sarasota remembering lives lost in Pittsburgh

Hundreds of people from all different faiths and political backgrounds came together as one, remembering the eleven people brutally murdered Saturday by a gunman shouting anti-semitic remarks at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.