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.

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

Happy 70th to Pines of Sarasota

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

Last day contractors bid for G-Wiz Museum demolition

Waterfest 2018 expected to draw large crowds this weekend in Englewood

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto 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

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

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.

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

Parents of students at a Venice private school are fighting to lower the nearby speed limit. It was 45 mph, and while Sarasota County lowered it over the Summer, parents say speeding is still a problem.

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

Some members of the Jewish community said they’ve seen violence and hatred due to their religion in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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.