Commissioners vote on map to redistrict Sarasota County

Though the chambers were packed with hundreds of people opposed to the move, Sarasota County Commissioners voted Tuesday to redistrict.

  Community responds to Superintendent Todd Bowden’s offer to resign with new allegations

  Sarasota County School Board and Superintendent Todd Bowden reach mutual separation agreement

  Free services being provided for veterans on the Suncoast

  After nine years as the Mayor of Venice, John Holic eyes seat on the County Commission next

Ahearn-Koch selected as next Sarasota mayor, Eddie selected as vice mayor

  “The most humble” teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

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  Neighbors fear driving through Lakewood Ranch intersection they consider dangerous

  ABC7 EXCLUSIVE: Sarasota Superintendent Todd Bowden shares his perspective following special board meeting

  Selby Gardens staff vow to find new option for expansion

  Sarasota County School Board gives Superintendent Todd Bowden 30 day notice for possible discipline

  Board gives Sarasota superintendent 30-day notice, which could lead to his suspension or termination

  Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce addresses a “desperate need” for new insurance employees

  Manatee Literacy Council plans first fundraiser for programs that teach adults English

Volunteers teach Manatee County residents from 38 different countries to read and write through two programs that offer free, weekly one-on-one tutoring at the office for the Manatee Literacy Council on Cortez Road in Bradenton.

  Organizers plan ‘Last Stand for Celery Hill’ protest Saturday morning

Organizers plan ‘Last Stand for Celery Hill’ protest Saturday morning

  Commissioners decide not to ban retail pet sales in Manatee County

Six months ago, county commissioners asked the county's attorney's office to research possible options for an ordinance that would restrict the retail sales of puppies and kittens.

  Commissioners vote to move forward on two maps redistricting Sarasota County

The chamber was packed with residents, many who voiced strong disapproval of redistricting.

  Neighbors frustrated after new Nokomis gun range causes them to hear “constant gunfire”

  Questions remain over Sarasota superintendent’s role in sexual harassment allegations that led to resignation of COO

  Sarasota County School COO resigns after report concludes he sexually harassed his assistant

  District to fire Sarasota County School COO after report concludes he sexually harassed his assistant

  Chalkboard Champion: Elementary school teacher described as the “most patient and caring teacher”

  Experts use National Cyber Security Awareness month to warn against using public WiFi

  After Former President Jimmy Carter takes second fall this month, experts give tips on fall prevention

Staff at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center said falls are among the most common injury, second only to injuries from car crashes. Doctors see about 4,000 injured patients at the Trauma Center per year and about 60 percent of them involve falls.

  Report concludes Sarasota County School District COO sexually harassed his assistant

A third party was hired by the Sarasota County School Board to investigate the claims made by Cheraina Bonner against her boss, COO and assistant superintendent, Jeffrey Maultsby.

  After 94-year-old man allegedly kills wife with dementia, officials remind community resources are available

The Senior Friendship Center has multiple locations in Sarasota County, and each has its own caregiving services. There are dozens of resources that they can connect you with for support, as well as an adult daycare to give caregivers a break when they need it.

  Investigation into Sarasota County School District’s Assistant Superintendent expected to be complete this week

The Sarasota County School Board hired a third party back in June to investigate the claims made by Jeffrey Maultsby’s then-assistant, Cheraina Bonner.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher recognized for going “above and beyond for his students”

School is back in session and so is the ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprise squad. Each month, we recognize a teacher who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students.

  Manatee County considering new “Main Street” development in Parrish

In August 2018, Manatee County contracted with the Mellgren Planning Group to draft this proposal. The 137-page ‘Parrish Village Neighborhood Action Plan’ lists three primary goals: economic/business development, placemaking, and infrastructure improvements.

Census and other Sarasota employers to hire hundreds on Wednesday morning at job fair

On Wednesday, Sarasota and Bradenton’s top employers will be hiring on the spot in all fields at the Sarasota JobLink Job Fair.

  Community meeting scheduled next week for Bobby Jones Golf Club future

You have a chance to voice your opinion on the future of the Bobby Jones Golf Club.

‘Community Canopy’ program offering free tree trees to reduce energy bills is underway

The “Community Canopy” program which offers free trees has returned to the City of Sarasota. This is the sixth program of this sort for the city.

  After thousands of strangers show up for an unclaimed veteran, experts shed light on seniors who are aging alone

Thousands of strangers show up for an unclaimed veteran, but what about the seniors who are still alive and alone?

  Thousands attend service of veteran who died with no immediate family

Tuesday afternoon, thousands of people came from near and far to pay their respects for 80-year-old Edward Pearson at Sarasota National Cemetery. He was a Naples man who died on August 31 without any family, but Tuesday, that changed.

  Study says Sarasota is in top five places people want to live

A move to the area must be a smart one or at least a popular one, because a lot of people are doing it.

  Experts shed light on resources after police say caregiver killed her 30-year-old grandson with disabilities

Lillian Parks, 87, is accused of killing 30-year-old Joel Parks. Bradenton Police said the man’s sister discovered his body Sunday afternoon at the Carlton Arms apartments.

  Manatee County deputies and rehabilitation centers address significant uptick in opioid overdoses

There’s been a substantial increase in overdoses on the Suncoast this year. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said it has seen 494 overdoses and 57 deaths in 2019, so far.

  Sarasota asking for input on Newtown redevelopment

On Tuesday, a meeting will take place in the City of Sarasota to talk about the future of Newtown.

Local law enforcement sees uptick in overdoses

Focusing on the numbers from the summer alone, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said there’s been a big spike in overdoses compared to last summer. From June to August of 2019, there were 26 overdoses where six people died. Last summer, there were only 13 overdoses with no deaths.

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

  After another Sarasota man is killed, troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

After another Sarasota man is killed, Troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

  Bradenton church provides mobile showers for homeless

In Manatee County, one Bradenton church rolled out a new way to help the local homeless population start their day off fresh.

  After two months of paid parking in Downtown Sarasota, the community has mixed reactions

After two months of paid parking Downtown, the community has mixed reactions

  Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

  Suncoast veteran near the Pentagon on 9/11 remembers the lives lost

Suncoast survivors of 9/11 face painful memories

  Affordable housing to be built in Rosemary District in Sarasota

Affordable housing is coming to the Downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District.

  Manatee County Meals on Wheels impact study released

Meals on Wheels has been helping families in our area since 1972 and the non-profit is releasing their recent statistics.

  Troopers identify woman killed in four car crash on University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge

Troopers say around 8pm, as three vehicles heading eastbound were turning left onto Lockwood Ridge Road, 34-year-old David Buncik of Sarasota, who was driving westbound, ran a red light, hitting all three vehicles.

  Manatee County Chamber of Commerce opens new office

Our crews were on scene on Friday for the ribbon cutting at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s new office in Downtown Bradenton.

City of Sarasota to training sessions on new bid solicitation program

Sarasota will be transitioning to a new bid solicitation program that will help improve the procurement for the ‘Purchasing Division’ and any vendors who do business with the City.

  Addiction recovery expert, cannabis doctor weigh in on Sarasota marijuana ordinance

Commissioners said the ordinance is an effort to free law enforcement agencies to address more serious crimes in our community.

  Non-profit organization being created in honor of Jabez Spann

In memory of a life lost too soon, a non-profit organization has been created to help families like those of Jabez Spann.

  City of Sarasota decriminalizes marijuana; approves new public art for roundabouts

Next, the Commission talked about marijuana. They voted unanimously to approve a new Cannabis Civil Citation Ordinance. This decriminalizes marijuana in the City of Sarasota, turning it instead to a civil matter.

Sarasota County crews and residents prepare for potential flooding from Dorian

Sarasota County crews and residents prepare for potential flooding from Dorian

  Sarasota County Commissioners to redistrict county despite opponents crying foul

Opponents accuse the Commission of wanting to redistrict for political reasons, but County Commissioners insist the purpose is to even out the population among districts.

  Hours of operation for county offices on the Suncoast for Labor Day

Here’s a reminder that county offices and services won’t be open on Labor Day.

  City Commission tables Bobby Jones decision after hours of discussing scaling down renovations

City Commission tables Bobby Jones decision after hours of discussing scaling down renovations

  New proposal for Murphy Oaks development in Venice

Changes have been made to the initial proposal to include a better noise barrier between the new homes and the farm. That plan will be presented to the council.

  Non-profit targets programs to Sarasota’s most at-risk community

A non-profit organization in Newtown is on a mission to empower people in crisis and a community that continually struggles with crime, drugs, domestic violence and unemployment.

  ’Modern Woman’ free wellness expo scheduled for September in Manatee County

Women are invited to take part in a free wellness expo called ‘Modern Woman’ in Manatee County next month.

Sarasota Police looking for people to join their Citizens Academy

Sarasota Police are making an all-call for people interested in taking part in the Department’s Citizens Academy.

  15 cars full of donations and $10,000 raised for teachers on the Suncoast

This year, we wanted to do more to help teachers on the Suncoast. On Friday, August 2, all six Gettel locations opened their doors to the community. ABC7 was there as donations poured in and many teachers, past and present, stopped by to give their thanks.

  Annual memberships to Selby Gardens given to underprivileged kids

Thursday was an exciting day for families in Manatee and Sarasota Counties where they were given annual passes to a local attraction.

All Faiths Food Banks receives $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota

All Faiths Food Bank has receive a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota in support of school pantries.

  Frontier Communications says it’s working to restore power after residents of senior housing are without phone service

Frontier Communications says it’s working to restore power after residents of senior housing are without phone service

Drivers, just stop! $271 fine will be given if you don’t stop for a school bus with signal lights on

All Drivers, please read! School is back in session and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is urging drivers to stop.

  Developers plan community workshop to discuss future of Sarasota Kennel Club land

New land owners plan community workshop to discuss future of Sarasota Kennel Club site

Manatee deputies give over 1,000 backpacks to students before school starts

This made my day! Take a look at a tweet from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

  Battle of the Bridges regatta asking for public’s feedback

A local regatta race is asking for your feedback.

  City builds new entrance for business owner who said he lost $50,000 due to construction

The day after ABC7 told you that a business owner has lost at least $50,000 in business due to construction, the City of Sarasota kept their promise to construct a new entrance for Zsolt Lele’s business.

A first look inside the new Parrish Community High School before classes begin Monday

Construction workers are putting the finishing touches on Parrish Community High School on Erie Road as teachers and staff are waiting anxiously for 7:30 a.m. Monday morning.

  Local law enforcement and training expert weigh in on ways to prepare for active shooter incident

Local law enforcement and training expert weigh in on ways to prepare for active shooter incident

  14 cars filled with supplies and more than $10,000 donated for teachers on the Suncoast

All day long, ABC7 was at the dealerships. Donors filled more than 14 vehicles with classroom supplies and gave more than $10,000!

What should Florida do about immigration? Here’s your chance to speak to state lawmakers

State Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Cord Byrd announced Thursday that they'll be embarking on a listening tour across seven cities in three days.

Universal Studios Orlando announces ‘Epic’ new theme park

Universal announces expansion in latest Orlando park wars.

Chalkboard Champions: Crusade for School Supplies

Every month during the school year, ABC7 honors an educator in Sarasota County and Manatee County as the “Chalkboard Champion" and now you can get involved!

  Florida Highwaymen art exhibit continues in Palmetto

In Manatee County, an 18 piece Florida Highwaymen art exhibit at the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will run through the end of August.

  Beaches in Sarasota County are becoming wheelchair accessible

Our beaches are one of the main attractions of the Suncoast, but it’s not always easy for some people to get out on the sand and into the water.

More than a thousand people attend meeting to try and save Sarasota YMCAs

More than 1,200 people came out to Wednesday night’s community meeting at the YMCA at Potter Park, scrambling to save this Y and the one on South Euclid Avenue.

  Selah Freedom teams with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to teach parents about sex trafficking on the Suncoast

Selah Freedom teams with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to teach parents about sex trafficking on the Suncoast