Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash.

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

Residents attempting to save house on stilts on Sarasota Bay in Cortez

There are 9.9 million Americans who are not up-to-date on their rent or mortgage payments. Here’s how you can get help now

  Another cold front Sunday night

How to trick or treat safely this year

CDC lifts cruise ban

Continued Coverage

Venice man charged with kidnapping a North Port man

Last weekend of early-voting in Sarasota County

First Alert Traffic: N. Washington Blvd fire causing traffic issues

CCSO: CNA steals credit card from client with stage 4 cancer

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

Florida Highway Patrol holding seven-hour DUI detail in Manatee County

  The Latino vote and how much weight it holds for a presidential candidate to win Florida

We’re a few days away from the General Election and many including candidates have their eyes on Latino voters.

FWC officers remove large Burmese python from under car hood

Officers with Florida Fish and Wildlife showed once again why they are the best in the business.

Lincoln Park COVID-19 testing site relocated to convention center

Florida Emergency Management officials announced that they will be relocating the COVID-19 test center from Lincoln Park in Palmetto to the Bradenton Area Convention Center starting Friday.

Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Ocala Police Chief

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Friday to honor Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, who died in a plane crash Sunday.

Supervisors told felons should cast regular ballots

  First Alert Weather: The Suncoast enters a period of dry weather starting today

  Cold front to bring some changes for Friday

Rain cuts Biden rally in Tampa short

  Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

DOH-Manatee Issues mosquito-borne illness advisory

DOH Manatee encourage residents to “Drain and Cover”.

3 county commissioner candidates could potentially face criminal charges

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is recommending criminal charges for three candidates running for county commissioner.

Miami mother indicted in drowning of son

The woman accused of drowning her autistic son in a canal near a golf course has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder.

Trump expresses confidence in campaign, Florida victory

As he spoke to a large crowd at Raymond James stadium, President Trump told supporters that he was confident that he would win in Florida.

Tallahassee police cruiser crashes into coffee shop

A Tallahassee Police Department cruiser crashed into a coffee shop Wednesday night.

CCSO: Woman “hides” Meth in same location as previous arrest, newborn inside the vehicle

Landron faces three charges and also received two traffic infractions.

  Black leopard mauls Florida man who paid $150 for ‘full-contact experience’

Detectives with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the savage attack happened in an enclosure at a South Florida home

  WATCH: Timelapse captures eerily calm eye of Zeta moving over NOLA

About halfway through the video, the eye passes over, revealing a stunning pink-orange sunset.

More than half of voters have cast ballots

More than 50 percent of Florida’s registered voters have cast ballots by mail or at early voting sites, as turnout continues to surge ahead of Tuesday’s elections.

Florida DOH reports 4,198 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 4,198 COVID-19 cases in its Thursday morning dashboard update.

  Florida woman goes into labor, stops to vote before going to hospital

A pregnant woman in Florida was on her way to the hospital to give birth, but she made a detour to cast her vote in the 2020 election.

What to know before you vote in Sarasota!

If you are voting in-person, the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections has some tips to help you before you head to the polls.

Tampa takes center stage with dueling presidential rallies

Tampa is taking center stage as both presidential candidates arrive to campaign in the battleground state of Florida.

  First Alert Weather: Much cooler air is on the way

Much cooler air is on the way for the Suncoast with a one-two punch of successive cold fronts. With the month on the way to being in the top one or two hottest Octobers on record and the long range winter outlook for a warmer winter than normal, many will enjoy the cooler weather

Missing endangered adult in Bradenton

Missing endangered person alert in Bradenton.

  Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

Combined with early, in-person voting, at least 71.5 million votes have already been cast, more than the total number of advance votes four years ago.

New I-75 bridge over State Road 70 in Manatee County opening Thursday night

New I-75 bridge opening in Manatee County.

Zeta racing toward the Mid Atlantic coast

Slightly cooler and drier weekend ahead

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

David L. Stephens sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 murder of Judith Elaine Doherty

Sarasota Police report DNA evidence was the silent witness for 32 years.

  Swells from Zeta creating a high risk for rip currents tomorrow and possibly Friday

Hurricane Zeta made landfall just after 5:00 pm and it has increased the waves along Suncoast beaches. Areas with piers and jetties are more likely to have a higher risk for rip currents compared to other gulf coast beaches without these structures.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana reports current weather conditions

Hurricane Zeta is knocking down trees and power lines in Louisiana.

North Port softball team thrown a curve ball after their headquarters was vandalized

The softball team has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the damages.

Sarasota man wins $1 million in the Florida Lottery

Sarasota man receives $1 million ‘treat’ this Halloween playing the fastest road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game

Nearly 48 percent of voters have cast ballots

More than 6.9 million Floridians had voted as of Wednesday morning, with six days remaining before the Nov. 3 general election. In all, 6,921,358 people had cast ballots, nearly 48 percent of the registered voters in the state.

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers.

Hurricane Zeta, now a category 2, heading toward landfall in Louisiana

Hurricane Zeta regained this morning with winds at the center of the storm back up to 90 mph.

Florida man arrested for changing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voter registration

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Anthony Steven Guevara on charges of unauthorized access of a computer and altering a voter registration without consent.

Department of Health reports 66 new COVID-19 deaths

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 4,115 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 66 new deaths following Tuesday’s update.

Sarasota County teachers to receive pay raise and increase to starting teacher salary

Sarasota County school teachers will soon receive a pay raise.

Venice mask mandate to end Oct. 31

After the switch of one single vote, the City of Venice’s mask mandate will be allowed to expire.

Tampa International Airport to expand COVID-19 testing service

Tampa International Airport and BayCare Health System are expanding its COVID-19 testing program after a successful launch earlier this month.

FHP: Pedestrian killed in motor vehicle accident

A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a car in Bradenton, FL.

  FHP remembers a fallen Trooper by naming a road after him

A section of a Manatee County highway is now changed in remembrance of a fallen Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant.

  First Alert Weather: As Zeta intensifies we get hot days, rip currents and breezy days

Hurricane Zeta continues to show signs of intensification as it lifts north in the central Gulf waters. I is on an unchanged track for the northern Gulf coast. Swells propagating outward will increase our rip current risk for several day on the Suncoast beaches

Thrift store in Englewood vandalized

Vandalism outside thrift store in Englewood.

What’s on the Ballot? Your guide to this year’s election on the Suncoast

In “Your Voice, Your Vote”, we are days out from the 2020 election day. The ABC7 team wants to make sure you are prepared when you fill out that ballot because there’s way more to vote for than just the presidential candidate.

Amendments 1, 3 & 4: Impacting future voters and elections

There are a total of six amendments on this year’s ballot, but three of them will directly impact voters and how they’ll vote in future elections.

T-Mobile Project 10Million to Provide Students Free Internet Access

Project 10Million will provide free internet access to K-12 students in Florida who participate in the national school lunch program for low-income families.

  Zeta getting better organized in the Gulf

Zeta is looking to gain hurricane status once again in the very near future as it moves over warm waters in the south central Gulf of Mexico over the next 12 hours. It’s going to make landfall near SE Louisiana or near Mississippi tomorrow late afternoon as a category 1 hurricane with sustained win

SCSO: Pipe found in woman’s bra as she was booked into jail

Woman charged for smuggling drug paraphernalia into jail, according to officials.

Ivanka Trump campaigns in the Suncoast on behalf of her father

Ivanka Trump made a stop in Sarasota to campaign on behalf of her father, President Donald Trump.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigates thrift store vandalism

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials are seeking information on vandals who destroyed the non-profit Project Phoenix thrift store over the weekend.

DOH reports 4,298 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 4,298 cases of COVID-19 since Monday’s update.

Voters urged to send out their vote-by-mail ballots

With just one week until Election Day, people who are voting by mail are urged to send out their ballot by Tuesday, October 27th.

Battleground state of Florida receives campaign visits in final days before election

As the clock ticks down to the Nov. 3. general election, the state of Florida is receiving visitors from both the Trump and Biden campaigns. President Trump also confirmed that he will vote in the state on election day.

Here’s how to attend Ivanka Trump’s rally in Sarasota today

Ivanka Trump will be holding a “Make America Great Again” rally Tuesday in Sarasota.

Sarasota City Commission to resume in-person meetings

The Sarasota City Commission will resume in-person meetings next week with limited capacity.

Sarasota County parents sue school district over face mask mandate

Following a decision to extend the mask mandate in the Sarasota County School District, parents have filed a lawsuit against the school board.

  First Alert Weather: Building high pressure ties temperature records for the Suncoast

Yesterday we tied the all time high temperature record for the day and today the record is in jeopardy. High pressure over Florida is building and expanding, keeping tropical cyclone Zeta away from the Suncoast, and directing our winds out of the southeast

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports fatal car collision

Medics reporting 1 victim is deceased on scene|

Memorial grows for 17-year-old killed by a drunk driver in Ellenton

Memorial set up for 17-year-old killed by an alleged drunk driver in Ellenton.

Florida’s humdity causing problems for some Suncoast voters

Some voters have received their vote-by-mail ballot's return envelope sealed.

Zeta becomes 11th hurricane of the season

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - It has been an wild year for everything this year including tropical cyclones. We have seen 26 named storms and an amazing 11 hurricanes. We have also had 11 named storms make landfall into the the continental U.S.But the most wild thing about all the storms this year is th

What’s on the ballot: Amendment 5 would extend “Save Our Homes” Portability period

Right now, homeowners have two years - after selling their home - to transfer and claim homestead tax benefits from one property to another under the “Save Our Homes” Act. Amendment 5 would extend that period to three years.

A section of Lime Ave is closed due to a water main break

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Hurricane Zeta heading to the Yucatan, then on to Louisiana (again!)

Zeta is now a Hurricane and the 11th of the 2020 hurricane season

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

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