’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.

  Annual memberships to Selby Gardens given to underprivileged kids

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

  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

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

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

Continued Coverage

  Battle of the Bridges regatta asking for public’s feedback

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

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

  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

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

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

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

  Community provides input on new Palmetto Police Station

  Push to save both Sarasota YMCAs, town hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday night

  The Children’s Closet Reopens Just In Time For Back to School

  Seven of eight new speed humps have been installed in St. Armands Circle, but they’re only temporary

  Chalkboard Champions helping local teachers pay for classroom supplies

ABC7 has teamed up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers on the Suncoast - calling them “Chalkboard Champions." The community nominates a teacher and ABC7 selects two winners each month - one for Sarasota and Manatee County.

  Opioid use issue in Manatee County discussed at panel

The 12th Judicial Circuit hosted a panel discussion on Thursday about opioid disorder awareness.

BPD announced as finalist for “Why We Serve” Grant Program

Bradenton Police Department (BPD) has announced that they are a finalist for the Aftermath Why We Serve Grant Program.

Sarasota Military Academy students raise $1,950 to build home for family in Haiti

In a release, the school said thanks to the support and assistance of the Southside Rotary club, SMA Prep Interact Club members and staff raised $1,950 for the Haitian Health Foundation organization to construct a home for a family in Haiti.

  Manatee deputies say goodbye to mounted patrol horse

Deputies say ‘Pete’ was a kind and wonderful spirit who was always there for his rider.

  First of its kind “Community Care Court” works to tackle homelessness

The court takes on cases of homeless people charged with minor criminal activity. Those who opt into the court are diverted into programs for mental health screening, drug and alcohol assessment and employment.

  Homeless court in Sarasota County looks to help the community

The city of Sarasota is marking it’s six-month anniversary of the first homeless court in the state.

  Back-to-school sales tax holiday at UTC set for August

School is right around the corner for student on the Suncoast ans so is the back-to-school sales tax holiday at the Mall at University Town Center (UTC).

  New “farmers market” will open soon in Bradenton, but there’s more to it than fresh produce

There’s a brand new Farmer’s Market coming to town. Local vendors will soon be filling 115 spots inside the old Winn Dixie location on 15th Street East in Oneco.

  Washington Post investigation reveals significant opioid use on the Suncoast

Washington Post investigation reveals significant opioid use on the Suncoast

Mote tracks green sea turtles as record nest numbers hit the Suncoast

Mote tracks green sea turtles as record nest numbers hit the Suncoast

  Siesta Key trolley is expanding hours of operation

The Siesta Key Breeze Trolley is extending its hours.

  Englewood planning a community cleanup for Saturday

Englewood will be hosting a community clean-up on Saturday.

  Yes, It’s Real: Almost 5,000 seniors in Sarasota County receiving letters for cost-saving programs on their Medicare coverage

Are you or your parents receiving a letter inquiring about cost-saving programs on their medicare coverage? Well, you might want to respond.

  Sarasota Public Art Committee choose art sculptures for roundabouts

Over the past several years, a number of art structures have been installed at roundabouts throughout the City of Sarasota.

  Experts shed light on rattlesnake attacks after bite victim fears he’ll never walk the same again

After a second surgery Tuesday, Earl Hjertsdedt fears he’ll never walk the same again. On top of that, Wednesday is his wife Dihanna’s due date. She’s supposed to have their second child at Sarasota Memorial Hospital - the same place her husband is now recovering from the bite.

Sarasota County temporarily closes parking lots at five parks

Before you head out the door for a nice summer walk with your water in your backpack!

  Neighborhood University in Sarasota aims to educate residents about their homes, classes are free

Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services Team is re-introducing Neighborhood University. A program specially designed to help residents make informed decisions in their neighborhood.

  City Commission moves forward on bond application for Bobby Jones

City Commission moves forward on bond application for Bobby Jones

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

On Tuesday, the Sarasota Police Department partnered up with the Sarasota Housing Authority for their yearly Books and Badges Literacy event.

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

Earl Hjertsdedt said it happened in North Port just outside of the new Braves stadium at about 10 a.m. There was no rattle and no warning.

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

During Hurricane Barry, blood banks near the area could not receive blood and is now reaching out the Suncoast for help.

  Suncoast residents traveling to aid in Tropical Storm Barry

ABC7′s Duhane Lindo tells us fact, the American Red Cross have deployed 14 volunteers and employees from both regions to aid during severe weather.

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

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

  New health care facility opens in Lakewood Ranch

The 12,000 square foot, six million dollar facility is on State Road 70 at Lorraine Road. It includes internal medicine and pediatrics primary care as well as Obstetrics, Endocrinology and other specialties.

First 15 minutes after it rains is most dangerous for drivers

Tips for driving safely in inclement weather

  North Port YMCA will not receive funding from city

Another decision was made on the future of a YMCA service in North Port this week.

  Now easier to operate a food truck in North Port

There’s some good news for foodies on the Suncoast and in particular in Sarasota County.

  New affordable housing plan in Manatee County

In Manatee County, leaders are tackling the affordable housing problem. The county’s population is expected to surpass Sarasota County’s by the year 2035.

  Anna Maria Island uses infiltration systems to capture storm water

On a rainy day like Tuesday, Anna Maria Island is especially prone to flooding. But city staff said an island-wide project is helping eliminate the large amounts of water known to drown the main road through town.

  Local job fair happening on Thursday

A job fair on Thursday at the Hyatt Place in Sarasota from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

  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

All pet adoptions will be half off through July 14, through animal services.

  North Port Freedom Festival at Cool Today Park

The city’s annual freedom festival is being held at the new spring home of the Atlanta Braves. Red, white and the ball park. That’s the plan for thousands this July 4th in North Port.

Suncoast 4th of July: Where to watch the fireworks

Get your red, white, and blue sparklers ready. Independence day is right around the corner. Here is a list of some of the events the Suncoast has to offer for your fireworks viewing.

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

Manatee County Area transit is trying to ease traffic this weekend.

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

Tomorrow is Independence Day but the celebrations are already underway. Nathan Benderson Park is holding its 3rd annual fireworks show this evening.

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

It’s a microscopic parasite that’s found in human’s fecal matter. It causes the disease Cryptosporidiosis, but both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.”

  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.