Lawmakers to tackle sports betting in special session Monday

The state is expected to receive at least $2.5 billion within five years

SRQ sets another passenger traffic record

Suncoast residents dealing with lack of available fuel at local stations

CDC gives thumbs up to no masks

  Manatee County preserves history with headstone cleaning

8-year-old dies in crash involving a school bus in Citrus County

  Pleasant weather to move in behind front

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DOH-Sarasota to hold Pfizer vaccine clinic for 12-15 year olds

Manatee County experiencing building boom east of I-75

Nokomis man sentenced to 27 years for child exploitation offenses

Suspect in custody after shooting into vehicle in Venice

FDOH reporting statewide positivity rate of 4.41%

Gas stockpile, SUV go up in smoke

Florida jobless claims below 15,000

An estimated 14,872 first-time unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida, down from the average over the past three months as the state pushes to get people back into the workforce during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

Woman hit in face with 10-pound ‘log of prepackaged meat’ during fight at Walmart, South Euclid police say

A Cleveland woman was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for her role in a fight at the South Euclid Walmart.

Holmes Beach to hold pop-up J&J vaccine clinic May 27

The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Holmes Beach City Hall

Alcohol-to-go now permanent part of Florida law

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill Thursday in a restaurant in Ormond Beach

Polk County elementary school counselor arrested for DUI

Sarasota sheriff’s strategic plan to focus on communication, growth

  Cold front will pass today and change weekend weather

Missing Sarasota teens found safe in Georgia, police say

Sarasota schools town hall meeting turns raucous over masks, race

After parking lot birth, local family reunites with emergency responders

  State petroleum leaders confirm there’s plenty of fuel: No need to panic

Several gas stations across the Suncoast are beginning to feel the impacts of a surge in demand for fuel following the news of the shutdown and cyber hacking at the Colonial Pipeline.

  Cold front to bring only a few showers

Don’t expect too much from this “cold” front as it will only drop temperatures a couple of degrees through Saturday morning.

Suncoast nurses hope to help with India’s devastating COVID-19 situation

With India now having a more than 23 million Covid cases and suffering thousands of deaths, a group of nurses and doctors from the Suncoast are wanting to help.

Times Square shooting suspect arrested in Florida

The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and did so on the condition of anonymity.

Emergency rental assistance program in Sarasota provides update one week after becoming available

Approximately one week after applications opened Sarasota County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has approved the first payment from the ERAP funds.

FDOH reporting no new COVID-19 deaths in Manatee or Sarasota counties

The Florida Department of Health says there are 3,190 new cases in its Wednesday update.

Sarasota announces plans for Fourth of July parade, fireworks

The parade will begin at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks on the Bayfront

Humane Society of Sarasota County to celebrate National Pet Month

The Humane Society of Sarasota County will be working to educate and boost adoptions for “National Pet Month,” celebrated throughout May.

Wildlife officials eye shark encounters

State wildlife officials are trying to better understand increased encounters between sharks and people fishing in Florida waters.

State ready to reinstate unemployment work search requirement

Starting June 1, people filing for unemployment benefits will have to apply for five jobs a week

Text scammers have new ploy posing as the DMV, Manatee officials say

Text scams are on the rise, the Manatee County tax collector says

AAA says ‘panic buying’ causing most gasoline supply issues in Florida

The Colonial Pipeline is still down, but Florida is well supplied with fuel. AAA says that panic buying is the root cause of fuel outages at gas stations.

Florida consumers urged to report gas price gouging

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging Floridians to notify her office

Pair arrested after odd behavior in Port Charlotte

Both suspects were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia

Dunkin’ employee charged in death after allegedly hitting customer over slur

A Dunkin' employee allegedly punched a customer for using a racial slur

Missing 11-year-old girl has been found and is OK, sheriff’s office says

The girl had been missing since Sunday

Judge to hear arguments today against cruise ship restrictions

Florida seeking a preliminary injunction, arguing the CDC overstepped its authority in imposing the restrictions

  Hot and humid today but changes come tomorrow

With the exception of a few more fair-weather clouds, today should be very similar to yesterday’s weather with high humidity, temperatures near 90 and “feels-like’ temps close to 100

Anti-mask protestors have voices heard ahead of Manatee County’s School Board meeting

Anti-mask protest in front of the Manatee County School District headquarters.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency over Colonial Pipeline cyberattack

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency over the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

  Weak cold front to bring some changes

Cold fronts become less and less frequent visitors to our area as we get closer to June. The ones that do move through are usually fairly weak and that is what we are expecting on Thursday

Tiger Woods to bring new PopStroke locations to Sarasota, Tampa

Tiger Woods’ PopStroke will be adding several new locations including one in Sarasota and one in Tampa.

Manatee County repeals mask requirements inside libraries, public buildings

County Commissioners in Manatee County voted to direct the County Administrator to remove all COVID-19-related restrictions imposed in county properties

Businesses across the Suncoast desperately searching for workers

Jobs a plenty on the Suncoast and hiring managers like Nicholas Jones are doing what they can to hire on qualified applicants in our area.

Charlotte County asks for help in locating hospital patient

There is no threat to the community, officials say

DeSantis signs controversial school voucher bill

The state has created a series of voucher programs since the 1990s and the bill will lead to a partial restructuring of the programs.

Missing endangered adult is found unharmed

The Manatee Sheriff's Office asked the public to help locate the woman

Visit Florida backs show to boost Tampa Bay

Florida’s tourism-marketing agency is the co-producer of a streamed television show designed to attract people to the Tampa Bay region as part of COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

AAA: Suncoast should not see immediate fallout from tanker hacking incident

After a cyber attack caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down, AAA is telling residents of Suncoast that our area should not see spikes in gas prices due to the hacking incident.

  ABC7 Sarasota meteorologist has best excuse for being late: an alligator

ABC7′s morning meteorologist John Scalzi is normally incredibly punctual.

National Police Week: Suncoast law enforcement honor the fallen

Law enforcement officers from across the area came together to honor their brothers and sisters in blue who have died in the line of duty.

Sarasota teens still missing, mother seeking answers

The mother of a missing Sarasota teen is hoping that someone who has information on the whereabout of her daughter will come forward.

Manatee County to host hurricane prep town halls

After officials relay preparation tips, lines will be open for questions from the public

Most Florida nursing homes in compliance with new backup power regulations

The state mandated emergency backup power after Hurricane Irma in 2017

  First Alert Weather: Summer like weather for the Suncoast today

The atmosphere is a bit more humid today and some patchy fog has formed under light winds and fairly clear skies

Local fisherman see an abundance of dead seagrass in Manatee County

Seagrass has been dying near Holmes Beach and local fishermen say the source of this problem is from blue-green algae

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature set to debut renovated manatee habitat in June

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will soon upgrade its facility to aid in rehabilitating manatees

  A few inland storms possible Tuesday

It’s back! The humidity that is, as winds stay basically out of the SW on Tuesday which will bring the dewpoint temperatures up into the low to mid 70′s.

DeSantis committee hauls in cash

In a show of force, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised nearly $14 million in April as he prepares for a re-election campaign next year --- and as speculation builds about a possible bid for president in 2024.

Sarasota Police: Suspicious encounter at bus stop was false report

A 15-year-old female told police she had been walking to her bus stop when she was approached from behind by an unknown man.

Charlotte County corrections officer dismissed after investigation into inmate death

An internal investigation into an inmate’s suicide at the Charlotte County Jail has ended in the termination of a corrections officer.

15-year-old arrested in Siesta Key shooting

Deputies said they found shell casings and a 9mm Glock handgun at the scene

FDOH reports new statewide COVID-19 positivity rate of 5.01%

The Florida Department of Health says there are 2,296 new cases in its Monday update.

Sidewalk repairs, repaving underway at Whitaker Gateway Park

Starting Monday, May 10, 2021 repairs will begin at Whitaker Gateway Park.

Lightning sends chunk of I-10 pavement through truck’s windshield in Florida

Upon impact, the lightning strike sent a chunk of the interstate’s pavement flying through the air before hitting a truck. Both occupants were transported with injuries.

Ex-congresswoman’s fraud conviction overturned

The court ruled a juror was improperly removed because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.

Bradenton police looking for suspected vandals

Vandals have damaged the restrooms at the Bradenton Riverwalk

Arcadia man sentenced to 14 years after attempted drug buy

The suspect tried to buy a kilo of meth from an undercover officer in Punta Gorda

DOH-Sarasota operating its combined first and second dose clinic

The Department of Health-Sarasota is currently operating its combined first and second dose walk-up vaccination clinic at the Sarasota Square Mall.

Sarasota Police nab two suspected drug dealers

Police found more than 50 grams of cocaine, a loaded pistol, and pills

DeSantis signs bill on gun regulations

Amid a legal battle that could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a measure that will ratchet up a ban on local gun regulations.

Woman critically injured in State Road 72 crash

The crash happened near Lorraine Road

Motorcycle passenger dies in crash in Lee County

The crash remains under investigation

Boating accidents spiked in Florida in 2020, report says

Manatee and Sarasota counties were mentioned in the report

  First Alert Weather: A dry and seasonably warm week for the Suncoast

A high-pressure building from the Atlantic will provide a calm and quiet weather pattern for the next few days. Temperatures will be slightly above the normals and rainfall will be sparse and inland

Pipeline attack should not affect Florida gas supply

Cyber attack could affect other states

Olympic qualifying skater brings new addition to Payne Skate Park

Payne Skate Park will soon be getting a new addition to the park with the help of a future Olympian.

Manatee County proposes Sunshine Skyway Bridge boat ramp

Manatee County has proposed an alternative to a reduction in parking spaces near Palmetto’s boat ramp.