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Child pronounced dead after being hit by car at South Fishing Pier

We are receiving reports into our newsroom that emergency units are on scene of a major accident on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near the South Fishing Pier.

10-year-old sends touching letter to Bradenton mayor about road safety sign for her neighborhood

  Acting Manatee County Administrator gives ABC7 inside look at Piney Point site

  Suncoast businesses hold roundtable on lost workforce

Bradenton Police: Substitute teacher in Bradenton hits 12-year-old student

Manatee County Schools employee charged with possession of child pornography

  Heavy rain begins after weekend is over

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First Alert Traffic: Deputies investigating deadly traffic crash near West Villages Parkway

  Red tide is not appearing yet as a result of Piney Point

Manatee High names former Gator as interim head coach

Crash stalls I-75 traffic at Toledo Blade Road

Englewood drug raid ends in 4 arrests

State infrastructure projects get federal boost

City of Sarasota extends emergency order for another week

The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining

Police seize nearly a pound of meth at North Port home

The investigation lasted several months

18-year-old arrested in connection with drive-by shooting in Bradenton

A home in the 400 block of 59th Avenue Terrace West was hit by at least 12 bullets shortly after midnight April 4

New College to host walk-up vaccine clinic for local community on Monday

New College of Florida will host a community-wide COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus at 5845 General Dougher Place.

GRAPHIC: Bradenton man arrested for animal abuse after allegedly poisoning and shooting dog

Veteran who died with no family in Florida will be returned to rest in his old Kentucky home

Capitol Watch: April 16, 2021

Highway Heroes: Attorney General Moody enlisting truckers in fight against human trafficking

State asks schools to make masks optional

  Red tide is on the rise along Siesta Beach

  Stormy weather pattern begins late Sunday

Get ready for more rain moving in for our area. It looks like it will be a stormy week with the possibility of heavy rainfall mainly Monday through Wednesday.

  Naming contest held for school formerly known as Lincoln-Memorial Academy

The process for choosing a new name for the former charter school known as Lincoln-Memorial Academy will kickoff next week with two special live events – one virtual and one in-person.

Realtors confident real estate market won’t affecting homeowners near Piney Point site

The housing market is still good near the Piney Point site

Salvation Army to host free Moderna vaccine clinics in Bradenton

Free transportation is available for those in need

  Manatee birth surprises, delights crowd at Siesta Harbor

Video of the event was captured and sent to Mote Marine Laboratory

Port Manatee shattering cargo records, data shows

The port is on pace to break its full-fiscal-year record set in 2020

Two deputies injured as traffic stop turns into drug bust

The suspect is charged with seven felonies

Capitol Watch: April 15, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Senate signs off on repealing no-fault auto insurance

The proposal would require that motorists carry bodily injury coverage

Florida Legislature passes bill to make ‘Cocktails To-Go’ permanent

On Wednesday evening, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to make “Cocktails To-Go” permanent.

Manatee deaths on the rise in Florida: Lack of seagrass could be to blame

649 Florida manatees have died already in 2021

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause impacts some community health centers and pharmacies

Six women in the U.S. reportedly developed blood clots, weeks after getting the shot.

  Frontal boundary brings slight risk of showers

The weather is looking good once again for Thursday with just a small increase in cloudiness as a frontal boundary makes it to N. Central Florida.

School District of Manatee County announces administrative changes for 2021-2022 school year

The School District of Manatee County announced administration changes for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday.

North Port Police arrest suspected drug trafficker

A police officer observed the car's passenger moving “tenaciously,” along the center console and floor

Bradenton city buildings to reopen to the public April 19

The city of Bradenton said city buildings will reopen on Monday, April 19.

Charlotte County teen charged after arson in school bathroom

A juvenile was arrested after he allegedly set fire to the boy’s bathroom at Lemon Bay High School.

Sarasota PD: Injured dog found on road after giving birth has died

Animal Services determined the dog most likely had puppies just prior to being hit

Bradenton man charged with robbing local bank

The Manatee County Sheriffs Office says they have made an arrest in the April 9. bank robbery of the Ameris Bank in Bradenton.

Sea turtle nesting season means lights out near the beach

Residents are urged to keep lights out at night and remove unused beach furniture

North Port man dies in one-vehicle crash

The driver was not using his seat belt, troopers say

FDLE issues missing child alert for girl, 13

A Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 13-year-old girl in Tallahassee. Nevaeh Kenyon was last seen in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

Florida Senate could scale back election bill

The bill would make changes to the state’s vote-by-mail process and restrict ballot drop boxes

Capitol Watch: April 14, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Residents and environmentalists share relief at news that Piney Point will be shutting down

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans will be created to completely shut down the former phosphate processing facility

  A slight risk for rain later this week

Beautiful weather expected to continue on Wednesday as high pressure keeps skies generally sunny throughout much of the day. A frontal boundary will drift our way late Thursday which will bring a very small chance for some late day rain.

Publix suspends the administering of J&J vaccine

Florida residents can still sign up on the Publix website for the Moderna two-shot vaccine

U.S. Coast Guard shows what can happen to a boat without an engine cut-off switch

- Since April 1, all vessels 26-feet and under are required to have an engine cut-off switch. The Untied States Coast Guard wants to remind you of this with a video taking off the shores of Miami-Dade.

Bill would force CDC to cancel cruise industry’s no-sail order

The CRUISE Act would revoke the CDC’s current no-sail order

Car burglar caught napping in Venice driveway

The suspect was charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and first-degree petit theft

DeSantis will pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Florida at CDC’s recommendation

During a press conference in Palmetto addressing the situation at the Piney Point former phosphate plate, the governor answered a question about concerns over the Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine.

Mote’s 35th Annual Race for the Turtles goes virtual

Registration is now open for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s 35th Annual Run for the Turtles.

DeSantis: Piney Point site will close for good; HRK to be held accountable

State officials say the former phosphate processing site will be closed for good

Capitol Watch: April 13, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Ellenton woman killed in one-car crash on I-275

The car left the roadway and struck a light pole, police say

  A couple of dry days ahead

After a stormy weekend things have calmed down for a few days. Look for a fast moving high pressure to move west to east across our area bringing delightful weather through Wednesday.

  Local elected officials endorse the removal of downtown Sarasota’s SCAT transfer station

Sarasota City Commission has reached an agreement that it would like to see the Sarasota County Area Transit facility removed from the property at the intersection of 1st Street and Lemon Avenue.

  ‘American Idol’ contestant Alana Sherman, back home in Lakewood Ranch

American Idol contestant, Alana Sherman, back home in Lakewood Ranch

Manatee County officials say water is good to drink despite discoloration

Manatee County officials have said they are aware of some discolored water coming out of taps in Parrish and Palmetto.

Four million gallons of water added to Piney Point from weekend storms

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says that around 4 million gallons of water were added to the Piney Point reservoir from the storms over the weekend.

Woman arrested for making multiple false 911 calls

Police say the suspect called 911 eight times.

Reminder: Vaccine registration system to cease operation today

Current registrants will still be able to view their account

National Weather Service confirms tornado near IMG Golf Course Saturday

Several houses in Bradenton have severe damage from a strong line of storms that impacted the area Saturday evening.

Highway Patrol to focus on pedestrian safety Tuesday in Bradenton

The FHP says that area of Cortez and 20th Street West is prone to incidents

Sarasota County to consider removing downtown SCAT station

Commissions would like to see the property developed

FHP: At least 1 dead after crash in Punta Gorda

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a report of a crash on Bermont Road around 10:48 a.m. Monday.

Anti-protest bill clears House after intense debate

The bill would create a new crime of “mob intimidation” and enhance penalties on existing riot-related offenses

Capitol Watch: April 12, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Check this out: Viewers submit pictures of impressive weather

As the severe weather rolled into the area on Saturday many of our awesome viewers grabbed their cameras and took some amazing photos!

Strong to severe storms possible again today

Look for another round of storms to roll through later this morning through the early afternoon as another disturbance in the Gulf sends some big energy our way. Similar to Saturday’s line of storms one or two of them could turn severe with winds up to 60 mph along with some dangerous lightning.

SRQ airport sees record-high month

The month of March was the busiest month of all-time at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

People enjoying 18th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival this weekend

18th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival.

SPD respond to a boat on fire on Sarasota Bay

Sarasota police, as well as fire and rescue crews, are responding to a boat on fire in Sarasota bay.

  Scientists weigh in on Piney Point’s impact on fishing

Fishermen continue to cast their lines in wake of the Pine Point spill. Now scientist are weighing in their thoughts on consuming fish from Tampa Bay.

Piney Point situation continues to improve, some nearby residents still concerned about future issues

Piney Point one week later.

Dredging set to begin at Bradenton Beach

In recent months, boats have been getting stuck in shallow water off Bradenton Beach, and Manatee County is set to solve that problem in early April by dredging the Sarasota Bay.

Vaccines move quickly at Bradenton’s Turning Points pop-up site

Turning Points partnered with the Manatee County Department of Health for the event

Piney Point discharges end; cleanup continues

DEP continues to monitor and sample surrounding waterways