Suncoast 2037

Looking 20 years ahead on the Suncoast

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A 74 year old man riding a bicycle was killed Saturday morning when he was struck by a hit and run driver.  The Florida Highway Patrol says Gary Kittle of Palmetto was hit by the driver of a 2016 Nissan Murano at 9:30 am on the southbound side of US 41 south of Buckeye Road.

The Alzheimer's Association projects the cost of health care, long term care and hospice care for Alzheimer’s disease  will increase from more than $230-billion dollars in 2016, to more than $1 trillion dollars in 2050.

Let's take a look at 20 years into the future,  to see what might be done to stop this debilitating disease by the year 2037.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - The lack of affordable housing in our area is a popular topic in both the Sarasota and Manatee area and Bradenton councilman Patrick Roff is leading the movement to clean up and refurbish the historic district of Wares Creek neighborhood.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) – The State College of Florida (SCF), Manatee-Sarasota, has already seen a lot of change over the past seven years and officials believe there is much more to come.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - Road work is a major concern for both residents and developers over the next twenty years in Venice and city officials say the future of road construction continues to be up in the air.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - In our special series of Suncoast 2037 we look into the future of the environment, more specifically, the future of sea grass along the Gulf Coast.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - All month long, we're looking ahead to the future of the Suncoast in the year 2037. That includes Sarasota's prominent arts and theater community. The Sarasota Opera House has been an attraction for visitors and locals for almost six decades.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - A Sarasota-based facility known all around the world Mote Marine Laboratories is a research center that studies everything from sharks to sea grass, but what could the future hold for Mote Marine two decades from now?

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Traffic! It is the bane of our existence. With people moving to the Suncoast in droves, Dave Hutchinson, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, tells me it only figures to get exponentially worse.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) - Ancient ice is melting and our oceans are rising. That much we know. What we don't know yet, precisely, is how much our seas will rise here on the Suncoast and when it will happen in our future. But fortunately, a younger generation is ready for the challenge.

SUNCOAST 2037: (WWSB) – What will the dance and entertainment industry look like on the Suncoast and in the sunshine state two decades from now?

(WWSB) -- North Port is the largest city in Sarasota County, both geographically and by population. Mayor Jacqueline Moore explains there is a detailed process into keeping the market competitive so people want to move to the city.