It was a busy week on mysuncoast.com. Here's what you might have missed:
36-year-old Ommy Irizarry and his young daughter, 9-year-old Oceana were walking along Caspersen Beach around 3pm when the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says the pilot a 1972 Piper Cherokee, 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor of Englewood, reported that his single engine plane couldn't make it back to the airport and he was going to try and land on the nearby beach.
Via Facebook, both the Suncoast community and those who knew the family share their prayers and thoughts. Sarah Musgrave writes: “Many prayers for you and your family. May God help you find comfort. Thinking of you."
"A very energetic child who came to school every single day, great attendance, solid grade point average. She probably was going to do something in the field of medicine when she graduated."
Manatee County Sheriff's deputies have made two arrests in the shooting death of a 17-year old girl, and we're learning more about the events that led to the shooting early Monday morning.
They certainly catch your eye, those elaborately-decorated bikes parked on downtown Sarasota streets or cruising along with Dr. Nik aboard.
It's called Vibrio vulnificus, but it's better known as "flesh-eating bacteria."
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation officials are seeking community input on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand -up paddleboards at county-owned beaches.
"Rent or food or clothing, light bill, water bill -- everything is so exorbitantly high but the salaries aren't increasing at all.”
The tide is about 50 miles offshore, between Dixie and Pascoe counties. It stretches 80 miles long and 50 miles wide—larger than the State of Rhode Island.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the lionfish was first introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, with populations booming in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat.