Giving Tuesday, ABC7 teams up with Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, join us for GIVING TUESDAY, a global day of philanthropy, in support of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank as we come together to feed those in need..

3rd Annual Florida Turkey Trot ensues despite COVID-19

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County has a way to support them while you shop this Black Friday

  A Newtown non-profit is asking for food donations to help families in need this Thanksgiving

  A new Aquatic Center is coming to the city of Palmetto

Sarasota Film Society closes two Suncoast movie theatres due to COVID-19

All Faiths Food Bank recognized as one of top 4 (of 200) food banks in the Feeding America network

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Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center release skunks back to the wild

Gettel Foundation donates $50,000 to local food banks

Manatee County Library will not charge fines for overdue books

  Chalkboard Champion: Fostering normalcy in abnormal times

Local retirement community says they were ready for Tropical Storm Eta

Mote Marine Laboratory announces new projects for the Florida Red Tide Mitigation & Technology Development Initiative

  A Suncoast business has a sweet use for unwanted political campaign signs

The Sarasota Honey Company is asking for unwanted campaign signs for a sweet cause.

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Fund Drive launches

Mayors’ Feed the Hungry is asking schools, businesses, community associations, service clubs, and organizations to collect money that will be used to purchase $10 food gift cards for families in need.

Parrish Fire District referendum passes

The referendum helps increase fire resources in Parrish.

All Faiths Food Bank hosts turkey distribution effort on Nov. 7

All Faiths hopes to provide 9,000 turkeys and 4 million meals to feed children, families, veterans and seniors this holiday season and community members who are facing hunger.

  How to cope with ‘Election Stress Disorder’

  Man charged with BUI after Bayfront Park boat crash caused thousands worth of damages

Meal on Wheels Plus of Manatee helps feed hundreds of families on the Suncoast during Saturday morning event

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

  FHP remembers a fallen Trooper by naming a road after him

Florida’s humdity causing problems for some Suncoast voters

Make-a-Wish Foundation builds dream playhouse for Port Charlotte

Make-a-Wish made a big dream come true for a Port Charlotte kid.

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

The city of Sarasota is looking to showcase Black Culture by creating its first Black Cultural Center.

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming retires

Longboat Key Police Chief retires.

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

Community members are invited to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.

Thunder by the Bay on as scheduled

Proceeds raised from Thunder By The Bay provide financial support to Suncoast Charities for Children impacting six area local non-profit agencies serving over 5,000 children, teens, and adults with special needs.

Monty Andrews Arboretum named a Certified Butterfly Garden

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) names the Monty Andrews Arboretum in West Blalock Park in Venice a Certified Butterfly Garden. The certificate confirms the garden/habitat provides resources to increase the world’s butterfly population

Florida DCF receives nearly $5 million for Crisis Counseling Program

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) received a nearly $5 million emergency grant to implement a Crisis Counseling Program to help Floridians respond to the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to check wait times at early voting sites in Sarasota County has real-time wait times for Sarasota County polling locations.

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

Rays and Dodgers will meet in Arlington, Texas for the World Series.

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

A police chase caught on a front door camera.

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for patients who are depressed.

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

All donors will receive a free Halloween t-shirt and a wellness checkup to include blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. Additionally, a free COVID-19 antibody test is available for all successful donors.

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

Enjoy discounts at various Sarasota-Manatee restaurants.

Hunsader Farms Kicks Off Its 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Hunsader Farms kicks off Pumpkin Fest amid foreclosure

South County Regional Park Pool Closing Early Oct. 14

South County Regional Park pool, 670 Cooper Street, in Punta Gorda will be closed at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 for a swim meet.

The Venice Police Department will participate in Drug Take Back Day

The Venice Police Department will join several law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day so citizens may properly dispose of prescription medications.

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

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual sale event exclusively for Prime members. It features two days of special savings on thousands of items across all product categories. Amazon confirmed on September 27 that Prime Day will be held on Oct. 13-14, 2020. The deals will go live starting at midnight PDT.

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

The buoys are designed to kill single cell algae, thus removing the need for chemical algae killers such as copper sulfate.

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.