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Recent Articles by Jackie
Selby Gardens to present updated master plan to planning board
After nearly a year of working on changes, Selby Gardens will go in front of The City of Sarasota’s Planning Board Tuesday to present their new master plan.
Published September 22, 2020 at 9:14 AM
Sarasota/Manatee MPO releases “Transform 2045” long range transportation plan
After nearly two years of planning, The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization has unveiled their “Transform 2045” long range transportation plan.
Published September 21, 2020 at 8:55 AM
Everything you need to know about voting by mail in the general election
With 46 days until the November election, hundreds of thousands of voters have already requested their vote by mail ballot in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Published September 18, 2020 at 5:42 PM
How local organizations are helping Hurricane Sally victims
The Suncoast was spared from Hurricane Sally, so now local organizations are coming together to provide relief to those impacted by the storm.
Published September 17, 2020 at 6:11 PM
Sarasota County School Board votes in favor of extending face mask policy
Sarasota County school board members will decide whether or not to extend the district’s current face mask policy for staff and students Tuesday.
Published September 15, 2020 at 12:08 PM
Florida bars and breweries reopen at 50% capacity
Florida bars and breweries can now reopen. The restriction lifted Monday allows bars and breweries to open at 50 % indoor capacity
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Published September 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Retired FDNY firefighter shares his 9/11 story
Friday morning Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association held a virtual memorial service honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who were killed on September 11th, 2001, along with the survivors.
Published September 11, 2020 at 2:08 PM
School Based Health Center opens at Manatee Elementary School
Manatee County School District through a partnership with MCR Health opened a school based health center at Manatee Elementary School Thursday.
Published September 10, 2020 at 1:34 PM
Venice City Council Members discuss extending face mask ordinance
The City of Venice may be extending their current face mask ordinance.
Published September 8, 2020 at 2:34 PM
Changes to nursing home restriction changes have many relieved
Florida is beginning to loosen up restrictions for nursing home visitors. If a facility has no COVID-19 cases for 14 days straight then family and friends can visit loved ones inside their facility.
Published September 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Sarasota County students head back to school
Sarasota County Schools are officially back in session. This year students are either learning in person, brick and mortar style or through E-learning.
Published August 31, 2020 at 5:34 PM
The principal of Kinnan Elementary says he was temporarily suspended for violating COVID-19 procedures
The principal of Kinnan Elementary said in a newsletter sent out to the school that he was temporarily suspended from because he had violated Manatee County School District’s COVID-19 policy.
Published August 28, 2020 at 9:37 PM
Suncoast Blood Bank asking for donations to help Hurricane Laura victims
The Suncoast Blood Bank is asking people to donate blood and convalescent plasma to help Hurricane Laura victims.
Published August 27, 2020 at 1:44 PM
MCR Health no longer offering COVID-19 drive-thru testing in Bradenton
MCR Health will no longer offer its two drive-thru testing sites in Manatee County.
Published August 26, 2020 at 1:47 PM
Fall semester begins for multiple Suncoast colleges
Two colleges on the Suncoast had their first day of school Monday. The University of South Florida and The New College of Florida both opened their doors with improved safety conditions for students and staff.
Published August 24, 2020 at 12:57 PM
North Port man pretends to have cancer and fraudulently receives over $85k in donations
A North Port man is behind bars after allegedly pretending to have cancer to scam people into giving him money.
Published August 21, 2020 at 2:27 PM
Bradenton city council members revisit topic of horseback riding on The Palma Sola Causeway
Bradenton City Council members have revisited the topic of horseback riding on The Palma Sola Causeway.
Published August 20, 2020 at 1:02 PM
An individual tests positive for COVID-19 at Parrish Community High School
Parrish Community High School sent out a voice message Tuesday notifying students and staff that someone on their campus tested positive for COVID-19.
Published August 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Manatee County Schools not accepting face shields as a face mask replacement
Manatee County Schools now say all staff and students must now wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at schools this year.
Published August 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM
How Manatee County Schools plan to keep buildings clean this year
The Manatee County School District is laying out how they will clean schools this year to keep people safe.
Published August 10, 2020 at 2:16 PM
Local leaders create ‘Mask up Manatee Coalition’
Manatee County officials have announced the creation of the Mask up Manatee Coalition.
Published August 6, 2020 at 9:32 AM
How unemployed Floridians will be impacted by the expiration of federal unemployment benefits
The $600 weekly checks that millions of unemployed Americans have been receiving through the CARES Act have expired. Despite the expiration, congress has not made a decision on a new stimulus package.
Published July 31, 2020 at 7:23 PM
City of Venice does not move forward with face mask requirements
At a city council meeting Tuesday, the City of Venice decided not to move forward on creating an emergency mask wearing ordinance.
Published July 14, 2020 at 1:20 PM
Over 350 Manatee County School employees impacted by COVID-19 since March
Over 350 Manatee County School District staff members have been impacted by COVID-19 since March.
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Published July 10, 2020 at 10:59 AM
Emergency order issued to reopen all Florida public schools in August, Suncoast School Districts begin preparing
The order requires school districts and charter school governing boards to open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students in the fall.
Published July 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Last day for SCSD parents to submit district reopening survey
To help decide how best to reopen Sarasota County School District, parents and guardians of students are asked to complete a survey.
Published June 30, 2020 at 8:36 AM
Everything you need to know about sunscreen this summer
In the U.S. more than 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
Published June 29, 2020 at 9:12 AM
What precautions to take when eating at a restaurant during COVID-19
Although stores and restaurants have opened back up, doctors remind people the first wave of the virus never ended.
Published June 26, 2020 at 7:26 AM
Summer fertilizer ban in Sarasota County
If you plan to garden this summer, a reminder that Sarasota County has a ban on the sale and use of any fertilizer with nitrogen or phosphorus in it.
Published June 25, 2020 at 10:27 AM
Who should get tested for COVID-19
As testing along the Suncoast becomes more readily available, at what point should an individual get tested for COVID-19?
Published June 24, 2020 at 11:34 AM
Tampa International Airport to offer COVID-19 testing
Second HD Custom Homes owner turns himself in
Bolts to bring home the Stanley Cup!
First Alert Weather: After thunderstorms cooler weather will move in
Large sports venues in Florida could soon have fans, many high schools are at 25 percent capacity at their sporting events