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Caldwell concedes to Fried, who will be Florida’s next Agriculture Commissioner

After undergoing a manual recount, the race went to Democrat Nikki Fried. Fried won with 50.04 percent of the more than 8 million votes to Caldwell's 49.96 percent. The candidates were separated by just 6,753 ballots.

  Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

Sarasota City Commission to discuss potential short-term rental changes

76-year-old woman who reportedly died after being pushed by husband identified

The Latest: Scott leads Nelson as Florida finishes recount

First Alert Traffic: 54-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash

Group releases clams into Sarasota Bay to reduce red tide

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School District of Manatee County names principals for new schools

Gillum ends campaign for Florida governor after recount shows DeSantis still ahead

Opening night of The Music Man at Asolo Theatre in Sarasota

Manual recount happening at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections

Organization pushing hard to get greyhounds adopted

First Alert Traffic: Identities of two killed in I-75 North accident released

  First Alert Traffic: Identities of two killed in I-75 North accident released

According to Florida 511, emergency vehicles have responded to the incident and are blocking all lanes. No further information was provided. Seek alternate routes if available.

Friend remembers Sarasota drag racer killed in crash at racetrack in Sebring

Friend talks about 24-year-old Katarina Moller following fatal drag racing accident.

  A cold start to Saturday and then warmer weather moves back in

A Florida Winter start to the weekend with lows in the upper 40s inland and low 50s right on the water. Look for another day of sunshine throughout the day on Saturday with winds out of the NE at 5-10 mph.

Friends Demanding Answers as the Search Continues for the Fatal Hit-and-Run Driver in Venice

Troopers are still searching for the driver that crashed into a motorcycle last Friday night - killing a Port Charlotte man.It happened at the intersection of Jacaranda Boulevard and U.S. 41 in Venice.

  Commission recommends approval for development of the Siesta Key Promenade

Deputies: Man arrested for throwing slice of pizza, screwdriver at vehicle

Happy 70th to Pines of Sarasota

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

Deputies say 11-year-old boy admitted lying about being abducted

Detectives identify man’s body found burning along Manatee County roadway

  Detectives identify man’s body found burning along Manatee County roadway

A witness found the body of a black male burning on the west side of M-J Road around 11:15pm in Myakka City. The witness called authorities.

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.

Federal investigators looking into suspicious package at Sarasota company

The chemical spill occurred around 9:30am at My-Us Shipping Store on Express Lane. The fire department responded with a HAZ-MAT team and the building was investigated.

Woman charged with child abuse after 13-year-old special needs son found running in traffic

Woman charged with child abuse after 13-year-old special needs son found running in traffic

First Alert Traffic: Tractor trailer fire on I-75 causing delays

According to North Port Police, I-75 northbound is down to one lane by exit 170 at Kings Highway.

Deputies release how 24-year-old Sarasota woman died in drag racing crash

Katarina Moller, who went by Kat, passed away after an accident during a race exhibition in a jet dragster Thursday night. The 24-year-old was making her first run in the car at Sebring’s regular drag racing event, according to the raceway’s Facebook page.

  First Alert Weather: Suncoast will be cooler than normal for several days

Cooler than normal days for the Suncoast

Florida governor’s race seems settled after recount; U.S. Senate race headed to second review

Some counties, such as the Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County, have warned that they may not be able to make the deadline. Lawsuits that could spur further delays are still swirling, including one filed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Democrats that seeks to set aside the looming deadline.

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.

Fundraising Begins to Add Solar Panels to The Venice Public Library

It would make it the third government structure in Sarasota County to use solar energy.

City Council Changes Sidewalk Regulations in Downtown Venice

They say these two ordinances have always really been in place, but this time, they will be closely monitored by code enforcement officers.

Local gang member swept up in arrest of 39 people on drug and trafficking charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday, saying "Operation Blackjack" had led to various federal firearms and drug violations dozens of people, including one man from Palmetto.

Florida orders statewide manual recount in U.S. Senate race

The Sarasota County Canvassing Board said Thursday that the Secretary of State ordered a statewide manual recount. The board will meet at 9am on Friday at the Supervisor of Elections Office to conduct the recount.

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.

First Alert Weather: It’s Here! Cold weather invades the Suncoast overnight

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SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Suspect allegedly steals from local produce market

Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify a male suspect that allegedly stole from Rosie's Produce Market.

15-year-old arrested on vehicle burglary charges, detectives looking for accomplice

A 15-year-old male was arrested last week for a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of October 26th.

Uber driver leads deputies to pawn store theft suspect

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office posted a photo of two suspects in a November 6th theft at Lone Star Pawn in Port Charlotte on their Facebook page and say that within an hour, a man contacted the sheriff's office. He told detectives that he was an Uber driver, was not involved in the crime but

VIDEO: Hundreds of birds take off from beach on Siesta Key

Mark Vance shared this video with us on our Facebook page. He took the video on Siesta Key, south of the public beach.

Authorities stop massive smash and grab theft ring in Florida

Five people have been arrested and one man is still wanted in connection to a massive smash and grab theft ring in Florida.

First Alert Weather: The cold front has arrived and cooler weather is on the way!

Our much advertised cold front has finally arrived. Our winds have shifted and rains, at the time of this forecast, are diminishing. Temperatures will only rise slightly this morning before starting to fall this afternoon. The cool air will continue to move in tonight and winds will be breezy.

Demonstration at SCF focuses on product that detects explosives

It was somewhat of an explosive demonstration today at the State College of Florida. A Sarasota-based company is showcasing how their product can detect explosives.

  Man shot in North Sarasota, deputies looking for witnesses

Deputies responded to 18th Street in North Sarasota Wednesday night on reports of a shooting.

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

A recent study by Care.com 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.

RED TIDE REPORT: High concentrations increasing on the Suncoast

Red tide concentrations remain high along the Suncoast in the latest red tide report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Mote Marine Lab names the director of their new red tide institute

Mote Marine Lab hired a scientific director to manage its new red tide institute. Dr. Cynthia Heil has an extensive background studying Florida red tide, including working with NOAA and the FWC.

‘Worst dreams comes true’: 4-year-old breaks collar bone in bus crash

Several students were injured in Tuesday's crash, including a 4-year-old girl who is recovering at VCU Medical Center.

Deputies: Suspect attempts to rob Bradenton gas station

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect involved in an attempted armed burglary.

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.

PETA posts two billboards in Columbia, blaming hurricane-related animal deaths on meat-eaters

Two billboards showing pigs braving floodwaters urges Columbia residents to "Stop eating meat!"

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

Two people arrested in Sarasota found unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by drugs

Two people arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office were found unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by drugs, a weapon, and several credit cards. On Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded the 2900 block of Executive Drive in Venice after a hotel manager reported finding the two people in o

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

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Florida woman steals live lobster from Red Lobster, sheriff says

Live lobster stolen by woman kicked out of restaurant

HEARTWARMING VIDEO: Former Sgt. sings to homeless taking shelter during cold

A local police sergeant sang a gospel song to the people taking shelter for the night out of the cold at the Stewpot Opportunity Center in Jackson.

Deputies: Teacher bit by Manatee County Deputy K9

A Deputy on his way to work pulled into the car lane at Imagine School to drop off his son, when a teacher opened the rear side door of the MCSO marked K9 vehicle – the K9 exited and bit the teacher, causing two minor punctures to his abdomen.

The Latest: Gov. Scott to step down from elections board

Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission. The commission is a three-member panel that officially signs off on election results in state and federal races.

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Passes Away

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Sr. passes away.

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

November is Manatee Awareness Month. Carol Knox, who leads the agency’s imperiled species management division, said boaters who look out for manatees and follow protection zones are contributing to the conservation of the threatened species.

Convicted felon arrested on drug trafficking charges

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a convicted felon following a search warrant that yielded a loaded gun, cash, and trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine and oxycodone.

First Alert Weather: Transitioning to cooler temperatures into Thursday

Most of today will be similar to the weather of the last few days with the exception of a few more clouds and perhaps and additional showers or two in the first half of the day. Our high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80′s, depending on when the sky fills with clouds.

New lawsuits may extend Florida’s recount deadline

From overheating machines, to new federal lawsuits, determining three very important election results may still be days away.

Clean hits in high school football

New rule changes and technology are helping to make the game of football safe.

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.

Louisiana man shot, killed just two days into job as pizza delivery driver

Just two days of working at Domino’s Pizza, Lester McGee’s mother, Cheryl Harris, says her son was more than a delivery driver.

New ‘Skim Reaper’ device helps stop thieves from stealing credit card information

Swiping your card at a gas station could cost more than just a tank of gas. According to The University of Florida,credit card skimmers is a multi-billion dollar problem. To fix the issue, researchers have created a new device called a 'skim reaper' to catch credit card thieves.

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.

Broward County elections supervisor known for missteps in recount cross hairs

Since Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has been in office, there seems to be a long list of these mistakes.

Email threatens to blow up schools in Charlotte County

Charlotte County received the threat through their food service department at 5:15am. The message threatened that if the school did not promote the sender's group to area media within three hours, they would blow up 40 schools across the state.

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.

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

Trump tweeted out Tuesday morning, "When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to 'find' enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!" Nelson is narrowly losing his re-election bid to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has also accus

Cost of city’s lift station now nearing $50 million with latest setback

According to the City of Sarasota, this is what the case cost taxpayers: $3.3 million in attorney fees. $2.9 million in expert witness fees. $718,000 in litigation costs.

Names of two people killed in head-on collision in North Port released

Our crews are currently on their way to investigate the scene on River Road, near East River Road.

Suncoast makes list of metro areas with highest positive job growth

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area was #24 on their list. The Suncoast saw an increase of 48,037 jobs over a five-year period for a growth of 15.9 percent. Professional and business services added 12,400 jobs while leisure and hospitality service grew by 9,500 and 8,500 jobs, respectively. The m

Get ready to pack your bags, Allegiant Air is now offering nine new routes ahead of the holidays

Nine new routes added to SRQ Airport