Florida Senate OKs bill for firefighter cancer benefits

  Manatee County discuss ordinance to ban retail sales of puppies and kittens

  What’s being built in the City of Sarasota

  Holmes Beach Police install five new license plate readers

  Venice Fire Department Officially Taking Over EMS Service from Sarasota County

  Vice Mayor wants to promote “legacy” businesses in Sarasota

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  Deputies in Sarasota County targeting school zones this week

  Do you have expired or unused prescription drugs? Bring them to Sarasota PD

All Sarasota County athletic fields closed Friday

  Habitat for Humanity is set to build affordable housing in Samoset

  Sarasota looking into adding an affordable housing fund

Suncoast residents remember Notre Dame in Paris after fire

  Sarasota: New Student Registration and Existing Student Re-Registration for the 2019-20 School Year

Sarasota County is registering new and existing students for the 2019-2020 school year.

  Nokomis resident took photos two days before Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris

A Nokomis resident says he took photos two days before the Nortre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris today.

  City of Sarasota giving away free trees

The city of Sarasota is giving away hundreds of free trees and you can sign up today!

Sarasota Sheriff’s set to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is set to celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week from April 14 until April 20.

  Social media digital defense in North Port

  Warm Minerals Springs master plan gets green light in North Port

  Sarasota recognized for litter reduction

Sarasota County puppy mill ban going into effect in July

  There’s a critical need of unopened, non-perishable food donations in Manatee County

  Lakewood Ranch continues to grow, but will the roads be able to withstand the traffic?

  Food bank calling for community to donate food for children in need

The Food Bank of is asking for the residents of Manatee County to donate any unopened, non-perishable food items for students who are in need.

  Pilot program launched by Sarasota County Fire Dept. already helping to save lives

Sarasota County Fire Department launches new pilot program already helping to save lives

  Bradenton Police Department names new K-9 puppy

The Bradenton Police Department is welcoming a new addition to the force and let’s just say he’s pretty adorable.

  Homeless artist in Sarasota uses rocks to carry out passion

Even if you miss this man in the beauty of the Sarasota skyline, chances are you won’t miss his works of art.

  Chalkboard Champion: Clesha Allen of Booker Elementary School

ABC 7's Ray Collins, Emma E. Booker Elementary School Teacher Clesha Allen and Sandep SIngh of Gettel Automotive.

New bill could mean power lines in Florida would be buried underground, at the cost to customers

New bill could mean power lines in Florida would be buried underground, at the cost to customers

  Florida Center honors those who go “above and beyond”

The Florida Center for Early Childhood passed out awards for area residents, foundations and professionals who have gone 'above and beyond' to help Children. The event was held Thursday morning at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

Neighbors rescue nine ducklings inside a sewer in Sarasota subdivision

Imagine walking your dog and a large duck starts flying towards you and screaming. What is your first reaction? Are you scared or do you run away?

Free internet for Sarasota County students to bridge “homework gap”

If you attend a Sarasota County school, free internet access will soon be available to help you finish your homework!

  Biologists rescue two dolphins with cut fins in three weeks

Biologists rescue two dolphins with cut fins in three weeks

  VIDEO: Old MCAT bus turned into Manatee County ambulance bus

Manatee County now has a new way to respond to major medical emergencies.

  Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed As Busy Season Ends on the Suncoast

“We have to find these drivers. We need full-time residents that will meet that need because our snowbirds are leaving,”

  Commissioners look to fixing Longboat Key’s parking issues

It seems like anywhere you travel along the Suncoast this time of year it's difficult to find parking. The Town of Longboat Key Commissioners said they are trying to fix that problem on the north end of the island around Broadway Street.

  Change for homeless people may be underway after Sarasota City Commission meeting

It’s been about 5 years since the city of Sarasota started their homeless outreach teams to manage the number of people who are homeless in the city.

  Manatee County man named Florida’s crossing guard of the year

A longtime school district employee left retirement to help students feel safe now he’s getting recognized across the state.

  FEMA releases new Manatee County flood zone maps updated after decades

FEMA releases Manatee County flood zone maps newly updated after decades

  Potholes in Sarasota cause one neighbor to speak out

One neighbor speaks out after sinkholes in his neighborhood continue to get worse.

Congressman Buchanan offers mobile office hours in Manatee County

On Monday, Congressman Vern Buchanan announced a staff member will hold mobile office hours in Manatee County starting in April, according to a release from his office.

  Campaign against Summer Hunger walk in Sarasota

The all-faiths food bank kicked off its First annual “Campaign against Summer Hunger” with a walk across the Ringling bridge over the weekend.

Baby hawk sparks attention at the Wild Life Center of Venice

Well, at the Wild Life Center of Venice a picture posted of one of their several baby hawks received over 130 likes on Instagram.

  Growing heart leaves positive messages on Casey Key beach

Growing heart leaves positive messages on Casey Key beach

Coquina Beach parking lot closing for improved construction project

The southern portion of Coquina Beach parking lot will close Monday, April 1, for several months while Manatee County improves conditions for stormwater drainage and parking.

  Governor DeSantis allocates nearly $2 million in grants to expand the trade field

Governor Ron DeSantis has just allocated $1.75 million in grants to help grow apprenticeship programs in trade fields.

  VIDEO: Mote Marine Coral Restoration

A severe coral disease is spreading through the Florida keys decimating most of the coral reefs in the area.

  Venice Area Mobile Wheels needs more clients

Do you know someone who could use a meal delivered 6-days a week by a smiling face in Venice?

  Neal Communities plans on building 900 homes on land east of I-75 in Sarasota County

Neal Communities planning on building 900 homes after purchasing 450 acres of land east of I75 in Sarasota County.

  Sarasota County starts new project to repave Beneva Road

Sarasota County starts new project to repave Beneva Road

  Preservationists upset about Burns Court rehab

Some preservationists are upset about the rehab project being done on a 1926 house in Sarasota's Historic Burns Court.

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital unveils lung cancer robot

A new robot is officially in use this March at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Bring your dogs to an egg hunt at Arlington Park in April

If you have a dog this might be a good time to register them for the egg hunt at Arlington Park.

  Ringling clown remembered on the Suncoast

Here on the suncoast, Jackie Leclair, known as the children’s clown is being remembered.

  Braves open new Spring Training home in North Port

On Sunday, the Atlanta Braves officially opened up their new spring training home in North Port, “Cool Today” Park, to the public.

  City of Sarasota discusses banning polystyrene products

The City of Sarasota is talking about possibly banning the use of polystyrene products, like Styrofoam to-go boxes, plates, and cups, on city owned property. That would include restaurants that operate on sidewalks as well as during special events and festivals.

Givers and Doers honored at the 14th annual Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon

The 14th annual Spirit of Manatee Awards Luncheon saw givers and doers fill 60 tables at the Bradenton Area Convention Center to the inspiration from a student, a nonprofit executive director, an attorney, a copier technology firm, and the retired owners of a car dealership.

  Manatee County agrees to front bill for roundabout on SR 64

Manatee County agrees to front bill for roundabout on SR 64

  Suncoast churches and mosque work to enhance security following New Zealand mass shooting

Suncoast churches and mosque work to enhance security following New Zealand mass shooting

  2019 health report ranks Sarasota County second in Florida for ‘health factors’

2019 health report ranks Sarasota County second in Florida for ‘health factors’

Owl with injured wing and leg rescued by patrol commander in DeSoto

On Wednesday, morning Patrol Bureau Commander, Captain Andrew Proudfit rescued an injured Barred Owl from the side of CR 761.

Meeting in Bradenton to discuss concerns about growth, traffic

On Wednesday, March 20 after 6 p.m. Commissioner Misty Servia will host a town hall meeting for District 4 residents at the Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center.

Plans to build community pool in Palmetto back to design phase

As summer approaches, the community pool in Palmetto is still in progress.

  VIDEO: Two sisters separated at adoption, reunited after 51 years in Venice

Imagine having a sister and not meeting her until 51 years later after you have settled into life.

UPDATE: 19-year-old out of ICU after critical hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

A huge update for the 19-year-old who was critically injured by a hit-and-run crash in Sarasota.

  Suncoast blood bank in critical need for O negative blood type

The Suncoast blood bank is in critical need for type O negative blood in our community.

  Church safety and security meeting in North Port

As the world is recovering from the massacre at two mosques in New Zealand last week, people on the Suncoast are getting proactive about safety at their place of worship.

  Manatee County Sheriff addresses controversial video of Bradenton SWAT arrest

Manatee County Sheriff addresses controversial video of Bradenton arrest

  VIDEO: New multi-use path in North Port for outdoor lovers

The city of North Port is planning to install a new multi-use path on the southside of Tropicaire boulevard, from Ponce de Leon Boulevard to Toledo Blade Boulevard.

  UPDATE: 19-year-old breathing on his own after critical hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

According to a Facebook group called “Jack Kelley #JackStrong”, Kelly is breathing 100 percent on his own now.

  VIDEO: Suncoast walkathon invites dogs from all over the community to one local Sarasota park

If you have a dog and missed the walk-a-thon this Saturday, you missed a treat!

Margaritaville celebrates groundbreaking on Anna Maria Sound

Margaritaville broke ground Friday for their new COMPASS hotel. The upscale boutique hotel will have a nature-themed design in its 131 guestrooms, as well as an outdoor pool area and a restaurant called Floridays.

State-wide library checkout access now available for Sarasota County residents

Library cardholders of Sarasota County will be able to check out books libraries across the Sunshine State today.

  Chalkboard Champions: Kindergarten teacher Loreena Durrance

Tara Elementary School Principal Laura Campbell, ABC 7 Anchor Ray Collins, Teacher Loreena Durrance and a representative from Gettel Automotive pose for this month's ABC 7 & Gettel Automotive 'Chalkboard Champion' for March in Manatee County.

  Siesta Promenade Project set to go underway despite petitions from citizens

The Siesta Project is set go underway and plans are slowly getting approved.

  Manatee County Utilities warns customers of new scam

Manatee County Utilities warns customers of new scam

  Manatee County kids eat free during spring break

Manatee County kids eat free during spring break

  UPDATE: Fire referendum fails in Parrish, but fire chief isn’t giving up yet

Just because voters said no to increase resources for the Parrish Fire Department last night, doesn’t mean they won’t continue to serve the community to the fullest.

  Spring Break Free Meals in Manatee County

While we have a bit of staggered spring break schedules here with Sarasota off next week and Manatee the week after.

  Influx of people on the Suncoast helps economy still recovering from red tide

Influx of people on the Suncoast helps economy still recovering from red tide

  Privatization of SCAT discussion stirs debate at Sarasota County Commission meeting

SCAT bus drivers and their union came to the Sarasota County Commissioner’s meeting this afternoon carrying signs and pushing to put an end to this discussion of privatizing the bus service.