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

  Manatee County considering new “Main Street” development in Parrish

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

  Community meeting scheduled next week for Bobby Jones Golf Club future

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

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

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  Thousands attend service of veteran who died with no immediate family

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

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

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

  Sarasota asking for input on Newtown redevelopment

Local law enforcement sees uptick in overdoses

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

  Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

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

  Affordable housing to be built in Rosemary District in Sarasota

  Manatee County Meals on Wheels impact study released

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

  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

  Community provides input on new Palmetto Police Station

Palmetto Police may be closer to building a new police department.

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

Push continues to save both Sarasota YMCA's.

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

With the new school year, comes long lists of supplies and other expenses. That’s why one North Port organization is making sure families know its doors are open to help - especially for this back to school time.

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

Seven of eight new speed humps have just been installed in St. Armand’s 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.