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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free HIV and STD testing in upcoming clinics in Sarasota

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

More parking meters coming to downtown Sarasota

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

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

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

  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

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

Seafood and Music Festival coming to Lakewood Ranch

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

Despite Improvements, Speed Limit Causing Concern for Parents of Venice Christian School

Jewish community says anti-Semitism is a problem on the Suncoast

  VIDEO: Elderly man in electric cart picks up other’s trash

Tammy Poelsma-Pogar was stopped at an intersection on Sunday when she had to pull out her phone to record something she found remarkable.

Local Jewish leader: “Now is not the time for quiet Jews”

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - The Al Katz Center in Bradenton, named after Holocaust survivor Al Katz, held a memorial Sunday to honor the victims of the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh. The memorial wasn't just to honor the victims, but also served as a reminder that the Jewish community should stand in unity during hard times.

Tips to make Halloween a sweet holiday for kids with all abilites

SARASOTA/MANATEE COUNTIES, FL (WWSB) - While handing out treats on Halloween, you may come across a child with verbal or sensory issues. By doing some planning, you can make Halloween a sweet holiday for everyone.

Oldest living member of the PGA passes away in Sarasota at age 107

SARASOTA, FL  - Gus Andreone, the oldest living member of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA), died Saturday. He was 107.

Suncoast residents react to synagogue massacre

"It's just heartbreaking, there's not much you can say other than oh my God," said Howard Teflowitz, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Teflowitz is reacting to the news of the shooting massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that claimed the lives of many people and injured many more including police officers.

October Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. McMahon from Rowlett Academy

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - ABC7 is teaming up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers in our community – we’re calling them the Chalkboard Champions.

  Bradenton seniors go on new adventures, including skydiving and flying to outer space

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Thursday, a 77-year-old's wish to see the world was granted.

Venice Officials Look Into Adding Lightning Detector Systems in City Parks

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - A plan is coming together in the City of Venice to invest in a way to track dangerous weather – specifically thunderstorms with lightning.

Program teaches kids what a personal boundary is and when to know it’s being crossed

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Every 107 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted and every nine seconds an act of domestic violence happens.

Sarasota County School District releases new guidelines for transgender students

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota County School District officially released its guidelines for how it will handle gender diverse students in the District.

Sarasota County School District releasing new guidelines for gender diverse students

New guidelines for gender diverse students in the Sarasota County School District has school board chair Bridget Ziegler all fired up, saying the school board and the community were not involved in the creation of these guidelines.

Manatee County deputies will be giving shoplifters a free “sleigh ride” to jail this holiday season

MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is working to  cut down on shoplifting ahead of the upcoming holiday season, looking to cuff perpetrators and take them off in what they call a free sleigh ride down to the county jail.

Venice Make A Difference Day 2018

VENICE, FL (WWSB)- You can plan to be a part of Venice make a difference day this Saturday, October 27th.

Names of two high schools to be discussed at a Town Hall

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - The School District of Manatee County will hold a Town Hall meeting this Wednesday, October 24, to discuss the renaming process for North River High School and for residents to submit name nominations for the new high school.

Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Launches Homeless Outreach Team

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) -There are around 1,400 documented homeless people throughout Sarasota County.

Toyota of Sarasota and local organization hope to fill hunger gap at Fruitville Elementary School

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Children on the Suncoast continue to face hunger each weekend when out of school, some not knowing where they're next meal will come from.

Call to Artists: Sculpture ideas needed for two Roundabouts in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) -  Construction on two roundabouts being built along U.S. 41 in Sarasota still has a long way to go, but the city is already asking artists to start brainstorming.

North Port Launches Canal Neighborhood Watch Group

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - The City of North Port has about 85 miles of canals that all lead out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Future of former Colony Beach Resort is in the hands of a one judge

LONGBOAT KEY, FL (WWSB) - A pending lawsuit and turtle nesting season are the only two things in the way of one developer's plan to build a St. Regis Hotel and Condominiums.

Businesses look to locals during red tide bloom to stay afloat

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL (WWSB) -- It's too early to tell if red tide has subsided, but beach-goers are stepping on sugar white sand, and swimming in clearer water.

Want to donate to victims of Hurricane Michael? Find the full list of donation sites here

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - On the Suncoast, the community is coming together to help those in need. Numerous organizations are collecting donations to send to the Florida Panhandle.

Local food bank hopes to feed 50,000 people in the Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Michael

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Several local organizations are lending a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Michael.

  Controversy Begins Over New North Port Parking Ordinance

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - A new parking ordinance has people talking in North Port. It was put in place because some homeowners are parking their boats in their driveways. That's when the City of North Port came to the conclusion that residential parking had become problematic.

Hundreds attend 19th Annual Morton’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Hundreds attended the 19th Annual Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off.

Manatee County School District Accepting New Name Recommendations For North River High School

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB)- Manatee County School District's North River High School has not even opened. Yet, some community members are already demanding the school be renamed.

County Commissioners Delay Decision for Proposed Venice Regional Hospital

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The fate of a proposed Venice Regional Hospital remains unknown after Sarasota County Commissioners put off making the decision yet again.

Trolley company to launch guided themed tours of Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Tammy Hauser moved to Sarasota three years ago and says she was surprised there were no guided trolley tours of Sarasota like you'd find in similar cities like Savannah or Charleston.

Local American Red Cross volunteers traveling to help victims of Hurricane Michael

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Dozens of American Red Cross volunteers from the region have packed their bags and are making the trip north to aid the victims of Hurricane Michael.

Suncoast Blood Bank in urgent need of donations due to Hurricane Michael

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Suncoast Blook Bank has an urgent need for both blood and platelet donations, due to Hurricane Michael.

Holmes Beach offering sandbags to residents

HOLMES BEACH, FL (WWSB) - Holmes Beach, which may experience a 2- to 4-foot storm surge, is offering residents sandbags.

Manatee County offers free sandbags to residents as Hurricane Michael heads up the Gulf

MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - Even though Hurricane Michael is heading towards the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area, the Suncoast could still see effects of the storm.

Free dental, vision and medical care clinic this weekend in Bradenton

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Suncoast residents will flock to a free clinic in Manatee County this weekend that's offering dental, vision and medical care to uninsured individuals in the community.

Mote Uses New Machine to Test How Air Quality is Affected By Red Tide Toxins

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Even if you're not by the water, could the red tide toxins in the air be affecting your health?

Potential storm surge prompts officials to make sandbags available in Manatee County

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - With Hurricane Michael packing a potential four-foot storm surge for Manatee County, officials are making sandbags available Tuesday in three locations.

Student artist bounces back from adversity

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Nicole Colton is a student at Booker High School. She missed most of her middle school years while being sidelines with a rare stomach ailment.

Mote beginning to test air for red tide in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Starting Monday, Mote Marine, with funding support from the Florida Department of Health, will begin air testing in Sarasota County for red tide toxins.

VIDEO: Wildflower maze at Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Fruitville Grove's 30th Annual Pumpkin Festival is finally here and it's running every weekend through October.

City of Sarasota Pushes Back the Lemon Avenue Redesign Project Start Date Until After Busy Season

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Merchants along Lemon Avenue in Downtown Sarasota are breathing a sigh of relief.

  Sarasota survivor makes his life work helping the homeless

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - For the last seven years, through sickness and poverty, a Sarasota man has made it his mission to give back to the community.

Free tennis and swimming as city of Sarasota finishes installing computer software during transition

"I was really surprised today, when I came today to check in at the front and went to pay and they said it was free right now," said Amy Harper, a Sarasota resident.  "So I thought that's a great opportunity to get out there and play some tennis for free."

Local companies inspire close to dozens of MTC students for National Manufacturing Day

MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - It's National Manufacturing Day and students at Manatee Technical College got the inside scoop on what it means to work in the manufacturing industry from local companies with Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Crews replacing signals at 24 Sarasota County intersections, causing possible delays

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Drivers in Sarasota County will have to pay extra attention while approaching intersections over the next few days. Crews will be replacing 24 traffic signals into next week.

Midge Flies Take Over a Lakewood Ranch Condo Complex

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) - A new breed of pests are moving into a Lakewood Ranch community.

Mote experts say seagrass and benthic algae consuming parts of canal on Lido Key

Some residents on Lido Key have to live with a little bit of a mess.  Their canal near St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach filled with what Mote scientists say is seagrass and benthic algae.

The Salvation Army Says More Services Workers Are Asking For Assistance to Pay Their Bills

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- The fallout from red tide continues on the Suncoast. We learned just how much people who work in the service industry are suffering right now.

State College of Florida to no longer offer high school dual enrollment courses in Sarasota and Manatee counties

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Starting next school year, the State College of Florida will no longer be offering college-level courses in Sarasota and Manatee county high schools.

Players Centre in Sarasota sold to anonymous buyer

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota has been sold for $9.5 million.

Meeting on USF consolidation held at the Sarasota-Manatee campus

Students, faculty, staff, and community members went face to face on Tuesday with the USF Consolidation Task Force team. "The benefits of consolidation, which was pointed out by most of the people in the room, is opportunity for new courses, new opportunities and new resources for each campus," said Jonathan Ellen, Leader of the USF Consolidation Task Force Team.

Crews to replace docks at popular North Port park

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - Crews may start replacing the docks at Dallas White Park in North Port as soon as Wednesday morning.

Sarasota PD host National Night Out, protesters plan to rally during event

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Several Sarasota residents will be at the Sarasota Police Headquarters for National Night Out while others will be there for a different cause, a protest against police brutality.

Talks of Venice Fire Department Consolidating with Sarasota County Sparks Up Again

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Consolidation may be back on the table for the Venice Fire Department. The department is facing financial issues and the City could save money by joining Sarasota County. If not, the City would have to add a fire tax for residents, make major cuts in the department or even raise property taxes to continue funding an independent fire department.

City voting on local historic designation for 1922 Selby House

SARASOTA, FL, (WWSB) - Even though Selby Botanitical Gardens is planning a $67 million dollar construction project, complete with a 5-story parking garage,  administrators are still protecting their past.

Free tree for Sarasota residents

SARASOTA, FL. (WWSB) - The City of Sarasota is offering free trees to residents to help expand Sarasota’s urban canopy while reducing energy bills through its Community Canopy program.

City of Sarasota To Take Over Maintenance of Five County Run Parks

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - In just a few days, the City of Sarasota will be in charge of maintaining five new parks that were previously looked over by the county.

Bradenton restaurants get creative to combat red tide losses

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB)- Local businesses are getting creative to increase traffic as the red tide bloom continues to plague the area.

FAU researchers effort new studies to determine health affects of red tide

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Next week will mark one year since this red tide outbreak first hit.

Delta fixes 'technology issue,' flights no longer grounded

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says its IT systems have been restored and flights are no longer grounded due to the technology problem.

Sarasota Dog Dies After Stepping on Manhole With Wet Paws

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A Suncoast family is mourning the death of their family pet. They say their dog was electrocuted when he stepped on a manhole cover with wet paws.