Sarasota children receive books and ice cream from police at 2019 Books and Badges event

  Man recovering in Sarasota after a severe rattlesnake bite in North Port

HELP NEEDED! SunCoast Blood Bank Asked to Offer Aid Post Hurricane Barry

  Suncoast residents traveling to aid in Tropical Storm Barry

  The number of manatees being killed by boats is steadily increasing in Florida

  New health care facility opens in Lakewood Ranch

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First 15 minutes after it rains is most dangerous for drivers

  North Port YMCA will not receive funding from city

  Now easier to operate a food truck in North Port

  New affordable housing plan in Manatee County

  Anna Maria Island uses infiltration systems to capture storm water

  Local job fair happening on Thursday

  SPD asking citizens to pack patrol car with school supplies

Sarasota Police Department (SPD) wants your help to pack the patrol car with school supplies for the upcoming school year.

  New gated community being planned for Venice

The City of Venice is considering building 1,300 new homes.

  Bay Project development meeting planned

The Sarasota Bay Project Planning Team is hosting two community outreach meetings to inform and provide updates on their plans for the Bayfront.

Support services facility groundbreaking on Monday in Nokomis

On Monday, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for a new support services facility in Nokomis.

  Manatee County Animal Shelter hosts pet adoption event

  North Port Freedom Festival at Cool Today Park

Suncoast 4th of July: Where to watch the fireworks

  Free MCAT bus rides July 4 through 7 off Anna Maria Island

  Crowds begin to arrive for Fireworks on the Lake at Benderson Park

  Before you go swimming, make sure you know what Cryptosporidium is

  North Port YMCA child care center closing

Dozens of working parents are now scrambling to figure out what to do about child care after the Sky family YMCA announced it will be closing its facility in North Port.

  100 new laws are now in effect, but how do they affect the Suncoast?

100 new laws are now in effect, here are some that affect the Suncoast

  City leaders consider turning Bobby Jones Golf Club into preserve

In early June, City Commissioners took another step forward on a near $17 million proposal to renovate all 45 holes at the historic course. But now the City Manager has officially announced he’s also looking into a new partnership with a conservation foundation.

  Is growth in Manatee County inevitable?

On Thursday, Manatee County leaders and local developers discussed how they’re keeping up with the rapid growth in the county.

Venice Public Library is officially the most technologically advanced library

The new Venice Public Library is now officially the most technologically advanced library in the county.

9-day Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kicks off Saturday

The 9-day Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kicks off Saturday, June 29 with the 4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Gold Classic at the Meadows Country Club.

  First Watch building 39,000-square foot headquarters in Manatee County

First Watch, a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant that has been open for more than 30 years on the Suncoast, plans to move their corporate headquarters to Manatee County.

  Over 600 students enrolled in education based summer programs

More than 600 students are participating in fun summer programs on the Suncoast that are focused science and reading.

  June 21st marks the first day of summer - here are some tips for pool safety

June 21st marks the first day of summer - here are some tips for pool safety

  New study shows technology use could be causing “head horns”

New study shows technology use could be causing “head horns”

  Sarasota recycling facility unveils Florida’s first recycling robot

Single Stream Recyclers is a 100,000 square foot facility that separates, bales and ships the materials you recycle. Sounds simple, but there is a lot that goes into this and the biggest threat to the facility’s flow is contamination.

  Summer Safety: Water Wisdom

On Friday, June 21, 2018 will mark the first day of summer! Although... it feels like summer all the time in Florida!

  GOOD NEWS: Venice Museum and Archives reopen

Good news for you history buffs the Venice Museum and Archives is reopened to the public.

  Two libraries in Sarasota County could soon re-open on Sundays

Two libraries in Sarasota County could soon re-open on Sundays

  VIDEO: Sarasota City’s Transportation Master Plan: What’s your vision for traffic?

Before you read this article: Do you live, work or travel in Sarasota? If yes, then you need to take this survey called “Sarasota in Motion.”

  City of Sarasota launches new security measure at Commission meetings

City of Sarasota launches new security measure at Commission meetings

  MCAS: 6-month old puppy found in dumpster now up for adoption

A dog found in a dumpster last week in Manatee County is now up for adoption.

  City of Bradenton announces Bradenton Riverwalk is expanding

Changes are on the way for Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk. The city endorsed an expansion plan this week, that it hopes will draw more people to the area, and add to the economy.

  Mote cares for corals rescued in front of the path of deadly disease

Mote cares for corals rescued in front of the path of deadly disease

WEAR BLUE! Manatee Memorial wants to bring awareness to men’s health

Manatee Memorial Hospital wants to encourage everyone to wear blue to bring awareness of men’s health.

  Seaweed washes ashore on Venice Jetties

This week we received reports of a smelly situation out at the Venice Jetty’s.

  Manatee County educators work to add new programs for elementary schools

Manatee County educators are working hard to add new programs to local elementary schools.

  FDOT installs new medians and improves the turn lane on U.S. 301

FDOT installs new medians and improves the turn lane on U.S. 301

  Meals On Wheels Plus looking for volunteers

The Food Bank of Manatee County’s program Meals on Wheels Plus says they are going to “sack” summer hunger.

  Local organization helping provide students with food throughout the summer

For kids, summer means no more pencils, no more books, but also the end of free regular meals.

  Pet Owners: Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Updates Rules on Animals in the Terminal

If you travel with your pet, the updated rules from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport will be effective immediately.

  Columbia Restaurant owners fulfill lifelong dream of owning entire building

A big step forward for a culinary icon on the Suncoast. For decades, people have enjoyed eating at the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle in a building they’ve always rented. Now they can call it their own.

  Critical need for all blood types on the Suncoast

Blood banks across the Suncoast are in critical need for all blood types.

  Hundreds of people show up for ‘Global Wellness Day’ in Sarasota

Hundreds of people show up for ‘Global Wellness Day’ in Sarasota

  North Port Aquatic Center to open this summer

The City of North Port is aiming for a July grand opening of its aquatic center.

Sarasota PD cancels free community BBQ this weekend due to inclement weather

Sarasota Police will be hosting a community barbecue this weekend.

  Sarasota man is shocked to find out his home is being used in a rental scam

Sarasota homeowner made aware of a rental scam involving his home.

  Six Australian Pines removed from Coquina Beach in Manatee County

So far, six Australian Pines were removed from Coquina Beach in Manatee County.

  New Costco store coming to Manatee County

A new option will soon be available to shoppers in Bradenton.

  UPDATE: Sarasota’s Legacy Trail Expansion

What’s the update on Sarasota’s Legacy Trail Expansion?

  Police: Sarasota charter fisherman holds group hostage, threatens to shoot them

Sarasota Police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to 2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota after receiving calls from passengers aboard a charter ship saying the captain, 36-year-old Mark Bailey, was intoxicated, had fired off rounds from a handgun and was refusing to bring them to shore.

  Humane Society bring dogs to City of Sarasota Offices

It’s Hump Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a new furry friend?

City of Sarasota discusses Transportation Master Plan during community meeting

Two public workshops were held at Bayfront Community Center on Tuesday discussing the transportation master plan.

  Wrestling coach at Sarasota High School passes away

Coach Tracy Lee will be remembered by students, athletes, staff members and people from the community.

  Fl: “Are you the next star?”American Idol set to hold auditions in Tallahassee

If you think you’re the next star, you might have your chance in Tallahassee.

  CoolToday Park Has Events On Deck All Summer Long

Although the Braves won’t be back here until next year, CoolToday Park, won’t be empty until then.

  Non-profit organization awards scholarships to high school graduates stepping into the medical field

Non-Profit organization award scholarships to high school graduates stepping into the medical field

Kids eat for free in Manatee County this summer starting June 3rd

The Summer BreakSpot program and Manatee County Schools Food and Nutrition is preparing to feed students across Manatee County again this summer.

  Suncoast residents urged to get vaccinated against measles

The new numbers from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention pushed the U.S. tally higher than the 963 illnesses reported for all of 1994. The nation last saw this many cases in 1992, when more than 2,200 were reported.

A Very Unofficial Poll: The Best Burger on the Suncoast

We asked our fans on Facebook and Instagram and received more than 150 comments. We decided to tally those comments up to figure out who had the best burger in a very unofficial way.

  Crackdown on drunk driving in North Port

As thousands across the Suncoast were enjoying the holiday weekend the North Port Police Department was on the roads keeping an eye out for those driving under the influence.

  Five-acre foster care campus being built in Sarasota

Hundreds of Suncoast children in foster care will soon be getting a new home. The All Star Children's Foundation is building a five-acre foster care campus on 17th Street between Beneva and Lockwood Ridge roads.

City of Venice shows fishing pier progress on 90-day project

The City of Venice posted on their Facebook page two images on the progress of the fishing pier.

Students and staff members honor recent Southeast High School graduates who were killed in Peru during a motorbike crash

Students and staff members honor two graduates of Southeast High School in Bradenton who were killed Friday after a crash while exploring Peru.

  During barbecues and parades, a Sarasota veteran serves as a reminder that many return from war with new battles to face

Amid celebrations and parades, one veteran serves as a reminder that many return from war with new battles to face

  Police: South Lido Key parking is full on Memorial Day

Are you headed to South Lido Key this Memorial Day? Sarasota Police say South Lido Key parking is full.

  Suncoast resident celebrates 100th birthday with over 200 family members who traveled to see her

One Suncoast resident received the surprise of a lifetime after 200 family members traveled from all over the United States to celebrate her 100th birthday.

2019 Suncoast Memorial Day events

A list of Memorial Day events on the suncoast.

  Chalkboard Champion: Elementary school teacher who always arrives early, stays late

Chalkboard Champion & 5th Grade Teacher, Kara Carney (middle) poses with ABC 7's Ray Collins, Gettel Automotive's Roy Smalls, student Christian Vann, her mother Michelle Vann and Principal Pat Stream at Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School in Manatee County.

  91-year-old still working as a gas station attendant in Bradenton shares the secret to life

Salvatore “Sal” Laurie never thought at this age he’d still be working, but not only does he clock in 40 hours a week, he does it willingly and with a huge smile.

  Helping children cope with death and other forms of grief

Crisis response counselors are on campus to help them get through the hard time, but how do you explain death to a child?

  Sarasota Bay project receives $2 million donation for phase one of the master plan

The much talked about and highly anticipated Bay project received a nice boost Tuesday. This comes in the form of a hefty donation.

  73-year-old Venice man graduates college after 56 years

A Venice man is is graduating college after 56 years from starting his journey in higher education.