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.

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

  Manatee County Emergency Communications Center gets new 911 software

  Need a new toilet? Manatee County offers toilet rebate program

  Bradenton moves forward on Riverwalk extension, releasing renderings

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

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

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

  Chalkboard Champion: Changing lives one student at a time

The Next Decade of Healthcare: Brain Mapping for Autism

  Does school choice sabotage public education in Florida?

  The Bay Project remembers late philanthropists at groundbreaking for Mangrove Bayou

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

  Mother who can’t afford fair for six daughters encourages their new business venture

Mother who can’t afford fair for six daughters encourages their new business venture

  Sarasota County Commissioners move forward on $20 million commitment to new Mote aquarium

Sarasota County Commissioners move forward on $20 million commitment to new Mote aquarium

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher combining love of teaching with passion for community service

A Sarasota County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  Sarasota County Commissioners approve hunting program to stop feral hog damage

In the United States, they cause about $1.5 billion in damage to agriculture every year. Sarasota County is no exception. To help, County Commissioners just approved a pilot program that will allow managed feral hog hunting on Pinelands Reserve.

  City Commission approves new restrooms in St. Armands Circle

  Sarasota City Commissioners discuss potential redistricting ahead of 2020 Census

  Sarasota City Commission starts to discuss ways to implement new vaping laws

  Sarasota woman catches suspect who stole her car hours earlier

  Airport staff say potential measles exposures in major U.S. airports aren’t affecting SRQ travelers

Chalkboard Champion: Teacher known on campus as “the balloon man” awarded $500

  Sarasota Brady Chapter holds vigil to honor lives lost to gun violence and encourage “sensible” gun laws

Sarasota Brady Chapter holds vigil to honor lives lost to gun violence and encourage “sensible” gun laws

  Manatee County Commissioners approve syringe exchange program

Tuesday, Manatee County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the program, which Twill replace any drug user’s dirty syringe with a new one in an effort to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and offer them resources.

  Local Pop Warner cheerleading team set to compete for National Championships

A local cheerleading team will represent the Suncoast on the national stage.

  Sarasota Police remind residents to protect homes against porch pirates

Sarasota Police remind residents to protect homes against porch pirates

  Journalism teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

A Sarasota County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  Project managers detail storm water improvements in The Bay Project

Project managers detail storm water improvements in The Bay Project

  Sarasota County School District gets 150 new devices that could help a choking child

The district is calling it another tool in their toolbox to address a nationwide issue. One child will die every five days from choking on food.

  Local senior living community gifts residents new dog park

One local senior living community gave their residents an early holiday present on Monday. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods unveiled their new dog park as part of National Mutt Day.

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport sees record breaking number of travelers

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport sees record breaking number of travelers

  11-year-old Sarasota girl aims to get law passed mandating infant cardiac screenings in Florida

Nico was born with a rare condition called Transposition of the Great Arteries, meaning his pulmonary artery and aorta switched while he was in the womb. This deprived him of oxygen when he was born.

  New traffic pattern now in effect on U.S. 41 in Downtown Sarasota

Construction crews say the work on U.S. 41 in Downtown Sarasota is ahead of schedule. It’s a project that will add roundabouts at 10th street, 14th Street and Fruitville Road.

  Bradenton community rallying around fisherman who police say was intentionally hit by car; driver charged with attempted murder

Investigators say the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation. The sheriff’s office says around 8pm on Monday, Fred Gilliland went to a friend’s home on 101st Street West in Bradenton to pick up some furniture when he got into a verbal argument with 56-year-old David Nichols.

  Several businesses on the Suncoast team up for invasive cleanup of Sister Keys on Saturday

Multiple businesses across Sarasota County came together on Saturday for an invasive cleanup of the Sister Keys.

  Chalkboard Champion: High school teacher recognized for giving to students and beautifying campus

A Manatee County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  School resource officer says Sarasota Schools retaliated after she reported teacher to police, leading to his arrest for allegedly inappropriately touching students

Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton, was arrested Monday afternoon on two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Over 18. Guss is currently the business teacher at Brookside Middle School and has been placed on administrative leave.

  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.

  North Port hosting ‘Adopt and Shop’ program during the holiday season

Thanksgiving only a week and half away and to get into the spirit of the holidays, North Port is hosting three programs that remind the community this is the season of giving.

  County staff work with railroad company to remove tracks on proposed Legacy Trail

Back in June, Sarasota County acquired the railroad corridor to use for connecting the trail and staff said the railroad company is in the process of removing the tracks along the corridor.

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

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

The Sarasota County School Board and Superintendent Todd Bowden have reached a mutual separation agreement that if approved by the board will result in Bowden’s tenure ending on December 31.

  Free services being provided for veterans on the Suncoast

For veterans who need legal services, Bay Pines Legal Services and the V.A. Healthcare System are joining forces.

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

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

At-Large Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch has been selected to serve as the next Mayor of the City of Sarasota for the next year.

  “The most humble” teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

"I am speechless and I usually talk nonstop," said Donna McGarry. That was her response when ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprised her classroom with $500.

  Neighbors fear driving through Lakewood Ranch intersection they consider dangerous

As more and more people move into this area, neighbors said they now consider this intersection deadly. Thursday morning, there was another crash there where a semi truck flipped over.

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

The day after a blistering special meeting of the Sarasota County School Board, Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden came to ABC7 to share his perspective as he awaits a decision by the board on what, if any, disciplinary action he should face over his handling of sexual harassment allegations.

  Selby Gardens staff vow to find new option for expansion

The $92 million project needed the approval of the City Commission for proper zoning before it could move forward.

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

At a special meeting of the School Board on Tuesday, board members voted to give superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden 30-day notice before a December 10th meeting where they will decide if any disciplinary action, including a reprimand, suspension or termination, will be taken against him.

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

The report found Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden “did not take prompt or appropriate steps to investigate Bonner’s claims” of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, retaliation and threatening behavior.

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

Longtime insurance workers say their workforce is aging and it’s hard to fight a misconception that insurance is all about sales.

  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”

Their neighborhood is right behind the gun range, about 0.2 miles away. The owner of the range said his building is soundproof and beyond code compliant, but from the neighborhood, gunfire can be heard from off in the distance.

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

Sproat Workplace Investigations was hired by the School Board in June, examining the claims that a district employee Bonner was being sexually harassed by her boss, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Maultsby.

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

A school board member tells ABC7 that the district’s COO and assistant superintendent Jeffrey Maultsby turned in his resignation to Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden on Monday, who accepted the resignation.

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

The Sarasota County School District has notified its chief operating officer that his contract will be terminated after a months-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations was finalized.

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

For the month of October, Stacy Freeman was chosen at the Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County and received a $500 check from Gettel Automotive.

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

It’s common knowledge to be careful of scams, but many don’t realize the risk they take when connecting to public WiFi networks in places like coffee shops and the airport.

  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