First Alert Weather: Thursday, November 26, 2020 - A strong cold front to bring big changes to the Suncoast early next week

Patchy fog to kick off Friday with skies becoming bright and sunny. Highs will top out in the low-80s. Winds will be light out of the northwest at 5-10 mph as a high pressure moves overhead.

First Alert Traffic: 1 taken to hospital following crash involving motorcycle

First Alert Traffic: 11 cars involved in multiple crashes on I-75 in Manatee County

DeSantis extends order blocking business shutdowns

Missing 18-year-old from Massachusetts found dead in Florida

Sarasota Sheriff’s Office hoping someone will turn in priceless keepsake

  Warm Thanksgiving Weekend, with a little morning fog!

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

The Salvation Army providing free Thanksgiving meals

  Big changes coming our way after Holiday weekend

FDOH reports new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday’s dashboard

Yoder’s pie tradition a little different due to the pandemic

House fire in North Port leaves family displaced, firefighters save dog’s life

FWC releases more information related to Saturday’s boating accident

An unmanned boat was involved in the accident that killed Ethan Issacs.

  First Alert Weather: Afternoons will warm and humidity rises but skies stay dry.

Today the area of cooler high pressure, that built behind this week’s cold front, will begin to move into the Atlantic.

Family and pets survive Bradenton house fire

Fire burns down mobile home, but all who were inside are safe.

  Beautiful weather expected through Thanksgiving

Enjoy it while it lasts, that is the warm weather as a powerful cold front is going to move through on Monday. This front will bring the coolest air of the season our way to start the work week next week.

Police: Sarasota man accused of sexual battery and kidnapping of Orlando woman

Florida Department of Health reports 8,085 new COVID-19 cases in Florida

Bradenton man charged with animal cruelty in death of dog

CCSO reminds residents to not be an easy target, lock your vehicle

2020 Manatee Tax deadline approaching

  Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ concert film coming to Disney+

Former Sarasota Mayor, retired educator Rev. Jerome Dupree dead at 88

Family members confirm to ABC7 that the former mayor of the City of Sarasota, Rev. Jerome Dupree passed away Monday evening.

Fire Marshal investigating after North Port house fire

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating following a fire that broke out at a North Port home over the weekend.

Traffic projects underway in the Suncoast for 2021

Construction on the Suncoast can be a big factor in your daily drive, and many local drivers want to know when these road projects will wrap up.

How to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year

With Covid-19 cases on the rise, the CDC said the safest way people can celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with the people they live with or virtually.

Manatee Co. Jail selling Poinsettias to benefit inmates

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be selling Poinsettias for the holidays to benefit the inmates.

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

After your belly is full of your Thanksgiving meal and you’re looking to find some great Black Friday deals online, you can easily help Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County.

  First Alert Weather: Sunny skies and dry weather for the Suncoast

Very dry air has moved into the Suncoast and will provide several days of sunny and low humidity afternoons for the area.

Some Longboat Key homeowners recovering from Eta, town officials continue to assess beach erosion impact

Eta storm damage on Longboat Key.

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

Second Chance Last Opportunity says they are nowhere near enough food for the thousand families they're expecting to feed this Thanksgiving.

A little cooler start for your Tuesday

Something all of us will be thankful for this week is the weather. We are looking at beautiful weather through Thanksgiving and beyond. Lows have been in the upper 60′s to near 70 lately but not on Tuesday morning as we will see upper 50′s to low 60′s.

FWC continues to investigate sailing accident that killed a child

Upon further investigation, the FWC has learned that two additional juveniles were injured during this incident and both juveniles received medical care for their non-life-threatening injuries.

Woman charged with Attempted Murder following break-in

27 year-old woman breaks into her co-worker's home and attacks co-worker's husband.

FDOH reports more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a 7.01% positivity rate on its Monday COVID-19 dashboard update.

FDOH shares preliminary COVID-19 vaccination plan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a COVID-19 vaccination plan template to assist with the development of a jurisdiction’s COVID-19 distribution. The Florida Department of Health has made the state’s plan available to the public.

Arrest made in 1990 Charlotte County homicide

An arrest has been made in a 1990 Charlotte County homicide.

2021 Gasparilla Festival in Tampa postponed

Out of an abundance of caution, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest are postponing the Gasparilla Parade.

Mote Marine Laboratory caring for cold-stunned turtles

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital is currently caring for six juvenile, cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

Toy Story’s Woody has a friend in Tampa International. Airport is searching for toy’s owner.

Has your family flown through Tampa International Airport lately? Is anyone missing their cowboy?

How seniors can cope with loneliness over the holidays

Although the holidays are a time to gather with loved ones, because of the pandemic many seniors are staying isolated.

GM will recall 5.9 million vehicles for air bag issue

The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Sarasota awarded $55,000 grant to help city’s trees flourish

The City of Sarasota has been awarded the 2020 Managing Community Forests Grant.

No injuries reported in weekend house fire in North Port

The City of North Port Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 3700-block of Basket Street for a fully involved structure fire, with flames above the garage area.

Florida man saves puppy from alligator’s jaws

A wildlife camera captured the moment a Florida man rushed into the water to wrestle an alligator and save his dog’s life

  First Alert Weather: A cool front brings us a pleasant Thanksgiving

Moisture will be sufficient to produce some patchy morning fog. As the fog lifts, partly cloudy skies will linger before giving way to mostly to partly sunny skies

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, November 22, 2020 - Weak cold front arrives tomorrow bringing lower humidity for a few days

Skies will start out mostly cloudy with fog reducing visibility by several miles for the morning commute. A weak front will move through the area during the late morning ushering in dry air with highs topping out in the upper-70s.

  A new Aquatic Center is coming to the city of Palmetto

An aquatic center is coming to Lincoln Park, Palmetto residents say they are excited to see a community pool is finally coming.

FWC confirms minor has passed away from injuries suffered during boating accident in Sarasota on Saturday

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed that a boy that was involved in the boating accident in Sarasota on Saturday afternoon has passed away from the injuries that were suffered during the incident.

  SUNCOAST STRONG: Honorary Officer

SPD makes young girl Honorary Officer. Four year-old has Rett Syndrome.

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - Isolated showers on Sunday and a weak cold front will arrive Monday evening

On Sunday, expect a mix of sun & clouds with temperatures topping out in the low 80s. There will be a chance for isolated showers to move in from the east, but rainfall totals will not be impressive and should remain under a 0.25′'.

Venice Avenue Bridge re-opens after being closed down due to inspection

The Venice Avenue Bridge has re-opened after being closed down earlier on Saturday afternoon.

John Ringling Bridge has re-opened

The John Ringling Causeway Bridge is currently closed down in all directions due to a boating accident that has taken place in the area.

Humphris Park to Re-Open Saturday

Humphris Park to re-open after Tropical Storm Eta cleanup

  NASA Research Scientist discusses Saturday’s Satellite Launch

Saturday, a U.S.- European collaboration will launch the first of two satellites that will track sea level height over the next decade.

  Weekend weather not as windy and warmer

The chilly Fall weather we saw earlier this week is long gone and now we warm up this weekend with highs in the mid 80′s inland and low 80′s near the coast. We should see a nice weekend with only a few late day showers developing inland and pushing toward the coast later in the day. The rain chanc

  Mote receives federal grant to help restore and save one of Florida’s iconic Coral Reefs

Earlier this week, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and NOAA awarded a grant of $5 million dollars to MOTE and its partners to help restore Eastern Dry Rocks, one of seven iconic reefs located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Former Sheriff’s Office employee charged with Scheme to Defraud

Detectives says the 41-year-old female employee collected more than $6,000 for hours she never worked.

Illinois teen charged in protest slayings posts $2M bail

Kyle Rittenhouse posted a $2 million cash bond in Kenosha on Friday. Prosecutors accuse Rittenhouse of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during an Aug. 25 protest against police racism and brutality in Kenosha.

Bradenton man charged with Animal Cruelty

Six dogs found abandoned, in distress, and malnourished at a home in Manatee County.

SunCoast Blood Centers form partnership with military

SunCoast Blood Centers has announced that it will be partnering with the U.S. military to supply blood products, including red cells and plasma, to a military hospital in Iraq.

U.S. House passes opioid bill supported by Congressman Buchanan

The House of Representatives passed legislation to provide states with resources to combat the opioid crisis.

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

Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch Theatre will close temporarily.

TPD Aviation Unit captures Rescue on Camera

A dramatic rescue was caught on camera by Tampa Police after a couple was stranded after a jet ski crash.

As COVID-19 cases rise, Suncoast Schools continue to update dashboards

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the Suncoast and schools prepare for Thanksgiving Break, both Manatee and Sarasota County Schools are continuing to update their COVID dashboards to keep families informed about cases within individual schools.

Florida State fraternity member pleads guilty in hazing death of Andrew Coffey

Clayton Muehlstein has entered a guilty plea in the hazing death of Andrew Coffey.

Sarasota PD’s K-9 gets her exercise in, the results are adorable

Sarasota Police posted video of K-9 officer Bobbi getting one of her workouts in.

Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Venice stops visitation due to COVID outbreak

- Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Venice has shut down visitation due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Do you want to foster a lonely pet for the holidays?

Would you like to host a lonely, homeless pet for the holidays?

Arrest made in Leon County hit-and-run that killed Sarasota man

A man has been arrested in connection to the hit-and-run that killed a 22-year-old Sarasota man.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has tested positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Manatee County Schools quarantine over 500 people this week from COVID exposure

This week Manatee County School District has had to quarantine over 500 people after being directly exposed to Covid-19.

  First Alert Weather: Warmer weather on the way for the weekend

We have begun the process of a weather change on the Suncoast with a northeast to east wind transporting Atlantic moisture across the state

Grandparents of 22-year-old Sarasota man killed by a hit-and-run driver react to his death

Sarasota couple remembers their grandson killed in a hit-and-run.

  Warmer weather for the weekend

Well that didn’t take long. Temperatures have gone back above average quickly here along the Suncoast. It was just 2 days ago we were in the mid 50′s! With a steady ENE wind persisting around an area of high pressure we can expect temperatures to stay slightly above average through the weekend.

  CDC pleads with Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans don't travel for Thanksgiving.

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

All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

  Off the Market: A mission to end Modern Slavery

Florida third in the U.S. for human trafficking and more than 11,000 were human trafficked in the U.S. in 2019

DeSantis announces plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that a plan for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine was coming soon.

Motion to discuss removal of county administrator comes out of left field at Manatee County Commission meeting

During a special meeting of the Manatee County Commission, a newly elected commissioner surprised everyone by making a motion to discuss the firing of County Administrator Cheri Coryea.