Suncoast Vaccine Tracker: Growing list of pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine

Across the Suncoast and the state, here are the pharmacies distributing COVID-19 vaccine

Sheriff responds to newspaper’s criticism over controversial photo

Peppa Pig theme park set for Legoland Florida Resort in 2022

Nik Wallenda’s Daredevil Rally to return to Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park

State adds 16 species of nonnative reptiles to ban list

  Chalkboard Champion: Former retired teacher, teaching and making a difference again

Englewood police looking for trailer thief

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Hearing set to discuss Citizens’ rate hike proposal

Manatee’s new automated vaccine appointment system goes online today

  First Alert Weather: Humidity on the rise and temperatures climbing

  The heat is on for the weekend

  Some teachers and unions react to COVID-19 vaccination plan

Push continues to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities on the Suncoast

Vaccines coming to ALL 730 Publix pharmacy locations in Florida

COVID-19 vaccines are coming to all 730 Florida locations, the company confirms to ABC7.

Mobile home owner in Charlotte County narrowly escapes fire

The mobile home owner escaped his home moments before it becomes engulfed in flames.

Car collides with building after 4 vehicle crash

Firefighters prevented catastrophe following a multi-vehicle crash that ended with one vehicle smashing into a commercial vehicle and puncturing its gas tank.

More pop-up vaccine sites are coming to the Suncoast as positivity rate dips to 5.23%

The Florida Department of Health reports a 5.23% positivity rate as Gov. DeSantis announced that Florida will soon be receiving more doses from Johnson & Johnson.

DUI suspect: ‘Thanks for arresting me. I could have killed someone tonight’

Bradenton woman arrested after allegedly throwing man into fire hydrant

Southwest to add seasonal flights from SRQ to Milwaukee, Chicago

Van Wezel among pop-up vaccine sites in Sarasota County

First Alert Traffic: Gas leak closes part of Osprey Avenue

DeSantis: Johnson & Johnson vaccines coming, details on distribution for 50+ teachers and LEOs coming soon

Sarasota, Bradenton Winn-Dixie locations to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

Two area Winn-Dixie pharmacies have been added to the list of stores to offer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Driver flees from deputy, crashes in North Port

A fleeing suspect from Charlotte County seriously injured when his vehicle jumped a canal and crashed in North Port, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  First Alert Weather: Typical February weather becomes much warmer than normal by weekend

Cool and crisp nights followed by mild and sunny days will become increasingly more humid and warmer as we move into the weekend

School safety app swamped by spam

An online “suspicious activity reporting tool” set up to bolster school safety has been inundated with false reports.

Golfers and Suncoast residents react to vehicle crash involving Tiger Woods

Reaction to crash involving Tiger Woods.

  Clear skies and smooth sailing into the weekend

This delightful weather will continue through the weekend and beyond it now looks like. With high pressure firmly anchored over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico we can expect a string of warm sunny days with the only downside being some morning fog on Friday and Saturday.

  Venice paramedics providing COVID-19 vaccines for homebound residents

Right now, Venice EMS is administering about 20 doses a day.

Local professor lays out benefits of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Local professor lays out benefits of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Gov. DeSantis stops by World Golf Championship in Lakewood Ranch

This morning Gov. DeSantis was at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton Fla for a press conference.

  Palm Beach County, Fla., refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.

Statewide positivity rate dips again in Wednesday’s dashboard update

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a statewide positivity rate of 6.5%, Tuesday, which is a slight dip from Monday’s report.

Suncoast Congressman Buchanan asks for reinstatement of ‘Operation Talon’

Suncoast Congressman Vern Buchanan has voiced his concern after a large operation that targeted sexual predators in the U.S. was ended.

Disney, Carnival continue sailing suspensions

Two major cruise lines have announced they are extending the moratorium on new departures this spring.

Sarasota PD promotes two Lieutenants to the rank of Captain

Sarasota Police Cheif Jim Rieser announced the promotion of Lieutenant Scott Mayforth and Lieutenant Ken Rainey to the rank of Captain.

Coast Guard rescues 5 migrants stranded for 16 days

The US. Coast Guard Southeast were able to rescue 5 Cuban migrants who had been at sea for 16 days. The rescue happened this weekend off the coast in Miami.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

Sarasota, Manatee scheduling new vaccine appointments Wednesday

Additional COVID-19 vaccination appointment notifications are going out Wednesday in both Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Flags at half-staff at the state Capitol in honor of Rush Limbaugh

Gov. Ron DeSantis has now issued a formal direction for flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh.

State lawmakers aim to crack down on pandemic fraud

A bill scheduled for a hearing Monday would allow police to charge pandemic-related fraudsters with felonies.

Florida vaccination list expands to include teachers, police over 50

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said teachers and law enforcement officers age 50 and older will have access to COVID-19 vaccine.

  First Alert Weather: Near record temperatures by the end of the week

High pressure will expand across the area and bring a north wind to the area today. This will keep us in the dry air but, will full sunshine, the temperatures will rapidly climb into the 70′s today

  Warming up as we roll toward the weekend

It doesn’t get much better than this, does it? Low humidity plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures expected through the rest of the work week here in late February.

  Gas prices rise after Arctic blast

The gas pumps continue to hurt the wallet as prices per gallon rise.

Sarasota Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo says confusion surrounds the end of mask mandate

Sarasota Vice Mayor Erik Arroyo says confusion surrounds the end of mask mandate

Manatee County sheriff looking into commissioner’s alleged manipulation of vaccine list

The Manatee County Sheriff’s office is looking into the actions of Commissioner Vanessa Baugh and two pop-up vaccine sites in Manatee County.

Publix reopens vaccine reservation system for Manatee and Sarasota counties

Publix will start scheduling vaccination appointments again on Wednesday, Feb 24.

Statewide positivity rate slightly dips in Tuesday’s dashboard update

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a statewide positivity rate of 6.5%, Tuesday, which is a slight dip from Monday’s report.

Bill would protect reporters from hate crimes

A Tampa lawmaker has proposed a bill that would add journalists to the list of persons protected by hate crimes legislation in Florida.

Court focuses on ‘holy spirit’ remark in Brown appeal

A federal appeals court appeared divided Tuesday as it heard arguments about whether to overturn the conviction of former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who contends that a juror was improperly removed from her 2017 trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty of fraud

Motion to ask Baugh to resign as chair fails during Manatee County Commission meeting

Manatee County Commissioners are discussing whether or not to remove Vanessa Baugh as chair following controversy over COVID-19 vaccine availability in Lakewood Ranch’s more affluent zip codes.

Englewood man charged in Capitol riots to be held without bond

A Sarasota veteran arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol is being held without bond by the U.S. Marshals.

DOH-Sarasota: More vaccine notices going out today in the county

The Department of Health-Sarasota will be issuing more first and second dose appointment notices will be going out Tuesday.

Proposed pop-up vaccination site taps Van Wezel for drive through

Mayor Hagen Brody has confirmed to ABC 7 that Sarasota-DOH will be receiving the largest number of first doses of the COVID-19 (13,000) vaccine to date with 13,000.

An additional 11, 000 vaccines appointments to be made in Manatee County

Manatee County will contact 5,100 seniors Tuesday and Wednesday to make appointments for coronavirus vaccinations March 1-2 at Tom Bennett Park.

Local police officers honor Pinellas Deputy Magli

Bradenton and Sarasota police officers are on their way to Lutz, Fla. to pay respects fallen Deputy Michael Magli who was killed in the line of duty on Feb 17.

Local New College student working to help feed veterans

New College of Florida student, Garland Hanson, is looking to make a difference in the local community.

DeSantis hints at teachers, law enforcement officers coming up next in vaccine queue

Teachers and law enforcement officers over 50 could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines at federal sites in the coming weeks and months, Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Tuesday.

SCSO: Military recruiter charged with sexual battery of teen

A local Army recruiter has been arrested and charged with the sexual battery of a 17-year-old Sarasota teen.

Sarasota flags at half-staff to honor COVID victims

Flags will be flying at half-staff for the next five days at all Sarasota city facilities in remembrance of the more than 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

Ten issues to watch in Tallahassee this year

Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues in the session starting March 2, along with negotiating a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

  First Alert Weather: Picture perfect Suncoast weather

There is something for everyone in the 7-Day Suncoast forecast. Cool and crisp, dry and sunny, warm and balmy; we will have it all. In fact, our weather will be some of the best in the nation this week.

  Cold front brings rain overnight

Scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm possible through the early morning hours on Tuesday as a weak cold front pushes through the Suncoast. Not expecting anything too strong but some light to moderate rain can be expected over parts of our area through 3 a.m.

  Less than 100 days until 2021 hurricane season

The first of June will be here soon and a will you be ready for it as the 2021 hurricane season kicks off.

Suit blames Saudi Arabia for attack at Florida military base

The Saudi Air Force officer who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida in 2019 had accomplices who knew about plans for the shooting but did nothing to stop it.

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh releases statement on vaccine controversy after calls for resignation

After calls from both the Manatee County Democrats and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, for her resignation, Commissioner Vanessa Baugh released another statement on the controversy regarding vaccine distribution in affluent areas of Manatee County.

Manatee County vaccinations rescheduled to Thursday and Friday of this week

Manatee County vaccinations rescheduled to the end of this week

Flags to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of Pinellas County Sheriff

Gov. DeSantis has directed that the flags of the United States and Florida shall be flown at half-staff to honor the memory of a Pinellas County Sheriffs deputy.

Bradenton man arrested for illegal dumping

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says Vincent Roberts has been arrested for allegedly dumping over 500 pounds of paint and solvents.

Tampa Electric Company contractor killed at Big Bend Power Station

A contractor has died in an incident at TECO’s Big Bend Power Station, the company confirms.

COVID-19 positivity rates remain steady on Thursday’s update

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a statewide positivity rate of 6.82, showing a slight uptick from Friday.

Commissioner Fried to defy governor’s order on Limbaugh tribute

Earlier this week Gov. DeSantis proclaimed that the flags in Florida should be flown at half-staff in recognition of the late Rush Limbaugh.

Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years

The helmet-wearing French duo shared the news Monday in an 8-minute video called “Epilogue.”

Vaccine updates released for Sarasota, Manatee counties

Both Sarasota and Manatee Counties have released updates on the COVID-19 vaccine situation as of Monday.

Crist call for feds to investigate Florida pop-up vaccine site placement

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has asked for a Justice Department probe into Gov. Ron DeSantis' coronavirus vaccine distribution decisions.

Manatee Democrats call for Baugh’s resignation

The chair of the Manatee County Democratic Party has called for the resignation of County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh.

Crazy police chase caught on camera in Miami Beach

A crazy police chase in Miami captured pedestrians dodging a driver as he fled from officers.

Van Wezel changes 2020-2021 season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is making changes to the current season.

Construction crew hits gas line in Gulf Gates Estates

Sarasota County Fire officials are on scene after a construction crew struck a gas line.