FHP remembers a fallen Trooper by naming a road after him

A section of a Manatee County highway is now changed in remembrance of a fallen Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant.

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County to host mass food distribution

  The city of Sarasota is looking to bring its first Black Cultural Center

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming retires

Blake Medical Center hosts Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back Day on Oct. 24

Thunder by the Bay on as scheduled

Monty Andrews Arboretum named a Certified Butterfly Garden

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Florida DCF receives nearly $5 million for Crisis Counseling Program

How to check wait times at early voting sites in Sarasota County

Tampa Bay Rays set to take on L.A. Dodgers in World Series

  21-year-old leads Manatee County Sheriff deputies on a wild chase in Bradenton

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa hosts blood drive for OneBlood

Selby Gardens sets goals for diversity and inclusion

The organization released a statement developed by Selby Gardens' Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. The organization says this statement will guide the effort to ensure that all in the community - regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or financial status - feel welcome.

3 in 4 Americans would live in a van to retire comfortably

Van living is a potential way to save money.

Lakewood Ranch will gain a Winn-Dixie store in November

The store will replace a Earth Fare store

Sarasota Police Department to partner with state organizations to take part in White Cane Day demonstration

The Sarasota Police Department is partnering with Alert Today Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) to educate the community on the importance of avoiding distracted driving.

Over 20 restaurants participate in Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Set the Bar Cocktail Week

Hunsader Farms Kicks Off Its 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival

South County Regional Park Pool Closing Early Oct. 14

The Venice Police Department will participate in Drug Take Back Day

Amazon Prime Day is expected to be the #1 shopping day in Quarter 4

A sound-wave emitting buoy that kills algae will soon be tested in Florida

Largest off-road park in Florida to open this weekend in Punta Gorda

The grand opening of Sandlot Off-Road Adventure Park opens Oct. 9. The park is formerly known as Florida Tracks and Trails and will reopen under different ownership.

Students make ‘Thank You’ cards for Sarasota Police

National Faith and Blue Weekend aims to bring together hundreds of houses of worship across the country to organize local activities with their community’s law enforcement professionals.

Meals On Wheels is inviting the community to donate for the holiday season

It's never too early to start thinking of holiday giving!

Foreclosure lawsuit filed against popular farm in Manatee County

Synovus Bank out of Georgia has filed foreclosure papers against Hunsader Farms, Inc.

And the winner is...

Venice, FL Wins 2020 National America in Bloom Award

Companies hiring for over 200 jobs will participate in local job fair

Over a dozen companies are looking to fill more than 200 openings are participating in the Sarasota JobLink job fair on Thursday, October 15th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 8270 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Manatee County Historical Records Library Celebrates Family History Month

October is Family History Month and during the week of October 12 – 17, 2020, from 9:00 am – noon, the Manatee County Historical Records Library is presenting special appointments that focus on local genealogy and historical research.

The Sailor Circus announces seat naming opportunity

he Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) has launched its first ever, limited-opportunity fundraising program to name seats in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena. This is the first such opportunity in the 71 year history of the Sailor Circus program.

Sarasota County wants community input about Siesta Key road

The intersection of State Road 758/Midnight Pass Road at Beach Road on Siesta Key is programmed for improvements in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year work plan.

Sarasota and Bradenton Regal Hollywood movie theatres will close

Regal will close hundreds of movie theatres. Those theatres include two located in Sarasota and Manatee County. The Sarasota-Manatee locations are Regal Hollywood Stadium 11 in Sarasota and Regal Oakmont 8 in Bradenton.

Sarasota Art Museum Expands Inclusion Efforts Through ‘Pay What You Can’ Day at Sarasota Art Museum and Hiring of Visitor Experience Associates

he Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the re-launching of the monthly Pay What You Can (PWYC) day at the Sarasota Art Museum. The museum will also begin hiring multilingual Visitor Experience Associates (VEAs) to enhance diversity and inclusion training.

The City of Venice to improve Venezia Park and wants public input

The park, located in the Venezia Park Historic District, was part of the original John Nolen design for the City of Venice in the 1920s. The intent is to place the improvements around the existing trees, and minimize any disturbance to the trees.

All Faiths Food Bank expanding to meet the growing need due to COVID-19

According to the All Faiths Food Bank, hunger has reached a crisis point. In an effort to meet the increasing need of the community due to the financial impact of the Coronavirus and find and serve the hungry, All Faiths Food Bank has adjusted its operations, added staff, trucks and food distributio

Van Wezel announces changes to 2020-21 season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has made some changes to its 2020-2021 season.

3-year-old Suncoast boy has special friendship with neighborhood sanitation workers

Every Monday and Wednesday morning, 3-year-old Leo Caceres is waiting excitedly until he hears the wheels of his neighborhood waste collection trucks.

Florida DOH updates its latest COVID-19 totals, 6K+ new cases reported

The Florida Department of Health has released its latest COVID-19 totals. The state has confirmed 557,137 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 6236 cases since Wednesday.

  Meals On Wheels is still in need of volunteers in Sarasota County

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Meals On Wheels volunteers from delivering food to home bound residents, but they still need volunteers.

Manatee Co. Schools hoping to implement rapid COVID-19 testing

Following the approval of their plans to return to school, Manatee County School officials will approach the topic of rapid COVID-19 testing in schools.

Teen recovering, still facing surgery after lightning strike at Siesta Key

A Texas teenager is continuing to recover after being struck by lightning at Siesta Key last week.

Gov. DeSantis announces more electric charging stations along major roadways

Governor Ron. DeSantis announced that the state will take settlement funds from Volkswagen to create more electric car charging stations across the state.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium holds sign-up for virtual run

Mote’s 34th annual Run for the Turtles has gone virtual this year and here’s how you can sign up.

County officials urge caution as beaches remain open for the Fourth

Officials with Sarasota County Government are urging residents and visitors to practice social distancing if their holiday weekend plans include a trip to the beach.

Missing Bradenton teen found safe

A missing 14-year-old girl last seen in Bradenton on Thursday has been found safe, Bradenton PD reports.

Local food pantries continue seeing increase in demand but less supply

"If anyone has some money that they can help meet this urgent need to help feed hungry people and children in our communities. We need help, and we need it now."

Summer meal programs in Sarasota County

About 50% of the students who attend Sarasota County School District are eligible for free or reduced meals. During the summer months those students rely on summer meal programs to stay fed.

  Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County holds mass food distribution

The wet weather did not stop Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County in their mass distribution on Saturday morning.

Chalkboard Champion: Paying bills and providing computers for students learning from home

A Manatee County teacher is being recognized as a Chalkboard Champion for going above and beyond for her students during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Manatee Strong: ‘This is how we roll’ parade celebrates end of school year

The School District of Manatee County will celebrate the end of the school year with a county-wide school convoy, which will include schools buses, principals and personnel.

North Port Parks and Rec to stream July 4th fireworks

The City of North Port will be streaming their July 4th fireworks-only display!

“No Swim” advisory lifted for Brohard Beach

Sarasota County health officials have lifted the “no swim” advisory at Brohard Beach.

Suncoast Strong COVID-19 resource guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our daily lives, but residents in the Suncoast are committed to rebuilding and coming back stronger than ever. ABC7 is working to keep you informed and safe. We have created a COVID-19 resource guide that will provide information on ways to stay healthy and

Officials save two lives during rescue of pregnant manatee over Mother’s Day weekend

Video captured over Mother’s Day weekend shows marine biologists and law enforcement working side by side to save a pregnant manatee.

  Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton passing out free food until May 23

The Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton is still passing out free food until Saturday, May 23.

  Chalkboard Champion: Sewing masks by hand during a pandemic

In times of social distancing in the middle of a global pandemic, ABC7 and Gettel Automotive Chalkboard Champions surprises have gone virtual.

ABC7 celebrates our Suncoast moms this Mother’s Day

As we approach Mother’s Day, ABC7 wanted to take a moment to honor the women who have walked through this life with us and who have made us who we are today.

Sarasota County asks residents to ‘keep light out of sight’ during sea turtle nesting season

Sarasota County wants to remind residents and visitors that sea turtle nesting season starts May 1.

  Florida hospital employees celebrate doctor’s road to recovery from COVID-19 with favorite song

A family whose loved one has been battling COVID-19 got to celebrate along with the staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, by serenading their loved one with one of his favorite tunes.

  Manatee County School Resource Officer passes out meals on his birthday

A Manatee County School Resource Officer (SRO) gave back to his community on his birthday.

  The Bradenton Farmers Market goes virtual

The Bradenton Farmers Market has turned into a virtual market. Now you can shop online to get your fruits, veggies and dairy.

  How to properly utilize U.S. 41 roundabouts from 10th Street to 14th Street in Sarasota County

The Florida Department of Transportation have installed roundabouts at the intersections on U.S. 41 at 10th street, and 14th street. Travel lanes at U.S. 41 and 10th street will be changing to a two-lane roundabout configuration by Friday, April 17, and at U.S. 41 and 14th street by Sunday, April 19

Meals on Wheels Sarasota in need of donations, volunteers

An organization that helps those in need could use a little help.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee to continue limited service during COVID-19

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee released in a statement that its organization will continue its Home-delivered Meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Bishop Museum celebrates ‘Manatee Appreciation Day’

If you find yourself needing to home-school your kids or to keep yourself entertained, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is hosting Facebook lives to help.

  Three ways you can help Meals on Wheels PLUS: volunteering, donating food and items, or giving money

In the last few days, Manatee Meals on Wheels PLUS says they have received a high-volume of inquires about volunteering - and that’s a good thing because volunteers are needed!

  Chalkboard Champion: Unsung hero of the hallway

Guidance counselors are often the unsung heroes in the schools but often times goes unrecognized.

  Suncoast physicians and nursing homes work to protect seniors from coronavirus

To help prevent the spread along the Suncoast, a number of assisted living facilities are taking the necessary precautions to protect our seniors.

Teacher at Southeast High School is being recognized for his work as a teacher and a coach

A teacher and coach at Southeast High School in Bradenton is the latest recipient of $500 and being named a Chalkboard Champion.

  Manatee County Emergency Communications Center gets new 911 software

It’s thanks to a new, first-of-its-kind state grant that was just given to Manatee County’s Emergency Communications Center to upgrade the 911 system with a new program called Radius Plus.

  Need a new toilet? Manatee County offers toilet rebate program

The program is an effort to conserve water. If the toilet at your home or business was installed before 1995, it might be using too much water.

  Bradenton moves forward on Riverwalk extension, releasing renderings

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Council unanimously voted to take another step towards construction on the first and second phase of the Riverwalk extension.

  Bicyclists make plea to drivers after traumatic road rage incident in Bradenton caught on camera

She said the driver was screaming at them that they weren’t allowed to be on the road and at one point he’s even seen in the video pulling in front of them, then slamming on his brakes, almost causing them to run right into the back of his car.

  Experts leading the effort for mental health say there’s an urgent need in Sarasota County

In a new survey posted online, officials are asking residents to consider funding a new mental health district for services and programs.

  New music program gets funding for expansion in Sarasota County School District

It’s music to the ears of teachers who were just given a grant by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation to expand a new program called “Modern Band.” The funding will help implement Modern Band into nearly 30 of the 42 traditional public schools in the District.

  Chalkboard Champion: Changing lives one student at a time

A Sarasota County parent has credited a teacher for the transformation that has been seen in her daughter over the last six months.

The Next Decade of Healthcare: Brain Mapping for Autism

While there’s no cure for autism, early diagnosis and certain types of therapies have been proven to help a child function in the real world which is why researchers are learning new non-invasive ways to fight autism at the source instead of just treating the symptoms. A local organization is using

  Does school choice sabotage public education in Florida?

New charter schools are popping up all over the state, but there’s still some dispute over whether or not state funding should be used for vouchers or scholarships to help pay for students to attend private schools.

  The Bay Project remembers late philanthropists at groundbreaking for Mangrove Bayou

A number of stakeholders joined in on the celebration, kicking off the start of construction on the project that will completely transform 53 acres of the Bayfront over the next 10 to 15 years.

Chalkboard Champion: Learning manners and life skills through Family and Consumer Science class

Jill Bergeron is the newest ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive Chalkboard Champion and recipient of $500.