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.

Missing Bradenton teen found safe

Local food pantries continue seeing increase in demand but less supply

Chalkboard Champion: Paying bills and providing computers for students learning from home

Manatee Strong: ‘This is how we roll’ parade celebrates end of school year

North Port Parks and Rec to stream July 4th fireworks

“No Swim” advisory lifted for Brohard Beach

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Suncoast Strong COVID-19 resource guide

Officials save two lives during rescue of pregnant manatee over Mother’s Day weekend

  Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton passing out free food until May 23

  Chalkboard Champion: Sewing masks by hand during a pandemic

ABC7 celebrates our Suncoast moms this Mother’s Day

Sarasota County asks residents to ‘keep light out of sight’ during sea turtle nesting season

  Florida hospital employees celebrate doctor’s road to recovery from COVID-19 with favorite song

A family whose loved one has been battling COVID-19 got to celebrate along with the staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, by serenading their loved one with one of his favorite tunes.

  The Bradenton Farmers Market goes virtual

The Bradenton Farmers Market has turned into a virtual market. Now you can shop online to get your fruits, veggies and dairy.

  How to properly utilize U.S. 41 roundabouts from 10th Street to 14th Street in Sarasota County

The Florida Department of Transportation have installed roundabouts at the intersections on U.S. 41 at 10th street, and 14th street. Travel lanes at U.S. 41 and 10th street will be changing to a two-lane roundabout configuration by Friday, April 17, and at U.S. 41 and 14th street by Sunday, April 19

Meals on Wheels Sarasota in need of donations, volunteers

An organization that helps those in need could use a little help.

  Bishop Museum celebrates ‘Manatee Appreciation Day’

  Chalkboard Champion: Unsung hero of the hallway

  Suncoast physicians and nursing homes work to protect seniors from coronavirus

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

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Council unanimously voted to take another step towards construction on the first and second phase of the Riverwalk extension.

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

She said the driver was screaming at them that they weren’t allowed to be on the road and at one point he’s even seen in the video pulling in front of them, then slamming on his brakes, almost causing them to run right into the back of his car.

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

In a new survey posted online, officials are asking residents to consider funding a new mental health district for services and programs.

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

It’s music to the ears of teachers who were just given a grant by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation to expand a new program called “Modern Band.” The funding will help implement Modern Band into nearly 30 of the 42 traditional public schools in the District.

  Chalkboard Champion: Changing lives one student at a time

A Sarasota County parent has credited a teacher for the transformation that has been seen in her daughter over the last six months.

The Next Decade of Healthcare: Brain Mapping for Autism

While there’s no cure for autism, early diagnosis and certain types of therapies have been proven to help a child function in the real world which is why researchers are learning new non-invasive ways to fight autism at the source instead of just treating the symptoms. A local organization is using

  Does school choice sabotage public education in Florida?

New charter schools are popping up all over the state, but there’s still some dispute over whether or not state funding should be used for vouchers or scholarships to help pay for students to attend private schools.

  The Bay Project remembers late philanthropists at groundbreaking for Mangrove Bayou

A number of stakeholders joined in on the celebration, kicking off the start of construction on the project that will completely transform 53 acres of the Bayfront over the next 10 to 15 years.

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

Jill Bergeron is the newest ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive Chalkboard Champion and recipient of $500.

  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

Monday night, they approved a proposal to build three new, unisex public restrooms in the western median closest to Lido Beach.

  Sarasota City Commissioners discuss potential redistricting ahead of 2020 Census

Sarasota City Commissioners discuss potential redistricting ahead of 2020 Census

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

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

  Sarasota woman catches suspect who stole her car hours earlier

Amy Callow first reached out to ABC7 to say that her car had been stolen early Thursday morning. Little did she know, just hours later, the man who stole her car would pull up right behind her at a stop sign.

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

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

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

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