TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's qualifying period for this year's election is over and some politicians earned new terms in office.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a high-tech effort to battle crime, the Tampa Police Department recently launched a free smartphone app.
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Thousands were looking to the sky Sunday to enjoy the sight of dozens of airplanes flying overhead, as aircraft of all types roared into the Punta Gorda Airport for the 2014 Florida International Airshow.
DUNEDIN, FL - Several homes have been evacuated in a Dunedin neighborhood after a sinkhole swallows part of a home.
SARASOTA, FL - Tourists are visiting the state of Florida in record numbers.
Mr. & Mrs. S. Thomas (Suzanne) Pitera, of Sarasota, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Marie Pitera to James Wyatt Howard, III. Jay is the son of Mr. & Mrs. James W. (Carrie) Howard, Jr., of Weston, Florida.
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials are investigating two North Florida girls after a video posted online showed them lighting a threatened gopher tortoise on fire and stomping it to death.
SARASOTA, Fla. - MAXhealth physicians and staff hosted a Health Fair at Truvine Missionary Baptist Church today as a tribute to Eleanor Ball, Director of Ministries at Truvine Church, who was tragically killed on April 19, 2014.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest."
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A duckling is recovering after being rescued by a Sarasota police officer.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Many volunteers spent their Saturday making the Suncoast a cleaner place to live. The Sarasota Bay Guardians visited the Bowlees Creek Island to remove debris.
SARASOTA COUNTY - High school students in Sarasota County outperformed their peers around Florida and the U.S., on average, in this year's Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Local students scored higher than national and state averages in all three sections of the SAT: mathematics, critical reading, and writing skills:
SARASOTA, FL - The State Board of Education released grades for elementary and middle schools Friday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 40-year-old Tampa skateboard park that's on the National Register of Historic Places will be demolished and relocated to another location in the city.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside.
SARASOTA, Fla. – The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County celebrated youths involved in the arts on Saturday. The event at Five Points Park downtown Sarasota showcased more than 500 students and their talents. Two outdoor stages were set up that featured 28 performances from local school groups and youth programs. The event also raised awareness for this coming Tuesday's vote in Sarasota County on the School District's one-million dollar referendum. Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Jim Shirley, said this coming referendum “means about 41 million dollars a year to our school system. It helps us continue the arts, it helps us continue sports programs and it's so important to maintain the quality of school that we have." Shirley said he hopes Saturday's showcase of amazing artistic talents of the local schools will inspire the community to ensure the arts remain an essential part of a complete education for local students.
BRADENTON, Fla. - On Monday, September 9th, the Manatee County School Board (MCSB) approved new three year contracts that would provide pay increases to teachers, paraprofessionals, and a broad range of other school district employees.
MANATEE COUNTY, FL - Interest in the proposed Long Bar Pointe project continues to grow.
ST. PEERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The police chief in Clearwater has been selected to head St. Petersburg's police force.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who snatched a red nose pit bull from a 7-year-old boy while they were out for a walk.
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. - Leaving a dollar bill on the walls of the Mar Vista Restaurant is a tradition that goes back to its fish camp days.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- A Bradenton man is facing aggravated battery and stabbing charges after he stabbed another man who stepped in to stop a fight.
VENICE, FL- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance identifying the man seen in surveillance photos using a credit card cloned with the victim's account number.
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - A "no swim" advisory for Venice Beach has been lifted this afternoon. The advisory, announced Thursday, June 26, was lifted by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County after officials received testing results today.