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Be careful! 8 people injured by lightning strike on Clearwater Beach

A man in his 40′s struck by lightning suffered cardiac arrest and is in critical condition, according to reports.

  Bradenton Police Chief appointed to Governor’s Task Force

  Ringling Redskins are making a comeback

  North Port officials looking into 911 funds

  Huge victory for Conservation Foundation, 543-acre Murphy Marsh preserved and protected from development in East Manatee County

Panhandler arrested for allegedly pulling a knife on a business woman

  Manatee County Animal Services experiencing serious overcrowding

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Mote tracks green sea turtles as record nest numbers hit the Suncoast

Fl Deputies: Brothers in custody after man found shot in Bradenton

Fire rescue gives all clear signal in North Port

Sarasota man sentenced to prison for child pornography

  Multiple families in Bradenton temporarily without their homes after a fire that happened on Thursday evening

Local group says mailed Social Security letters are legit

  Meters are free on Main St. for 10 minutes, but not St. Armands

Sarasota Parking Director Mark Lyons watches as a driver operates one of the new paid parking machines on Main Street near Orange Avenue.

  FWC increasing patrols to protect manatees

The FWC is increasing patrols across the state to better protect manatee conservation and public safety.

  Siesta Key trolley is expanding hours of operation

The Siesta Key Breeze Trolley is extending its hours.

  Teacher from Sarasota named finalist for Teacher of the Year Award

A Sarasota teacher made it to the last round of the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year Award.

Police investigating traffic crash that happened on Friday morning involving a police motorcycle

  CPR training now required for Florida school bus drivers

  Englewood planning a community cleanup for Saturday

  Study shows kids are more likely to gain weight during summer months

Opening to North Port’s Aquatic Center is delayed

  Manatee County leaders tackle animal welfare issues

Deputies searching for missing 75-year-old man last seen in Bradenton

Deputies are searching for a missing 75-year-old man in Bradenton.

  Sarasota couple arrested for allegedly zip tying 13-year-old child to plywood and limiting food

A Sarasota couple has been arrested for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old child by binding him to plywood and limiting the food he could eat.

  Former teacher speaks out amid Lincoln Memorial Academy controversy

A former teacher at Lincoln Memorial Academy is speaking out, claiming the school owes her thousands of dollars of unpaid salary. This comes as more controversy surrounds the financially troubled charter school in Manatee County.

Service restored in Bird Bay area after water spill that occurred on Thursday

Service has been restored in the Bird Bay area in Venice after a reclaimed water spill took place on Thursday afternoon.

E-cigarette use among teens jumps around 700 percent

Thursday afternoon local law enforcement officials along with the Florida Attorney General will talk about e-cigarette usage among teens. They will have a meeting at 1:45 p.m. at Riverview High School.

  Yes, It’s Real: Almost 5,000 seniors in Sarasota County receiving letters for cost-saving programs on their Medicare coverage

Are you or your parents receiving a letter inquiring about cost-saving programs on their medicare coverage? Well, you might want to respond.

‘The waters became extremely rough after the severe evening thunderstorms,’ said man after overnight water rescue in Venice

Around 1:07 Thursday morning, Venice’s Rescue Boat was called to the waters off Longboat Key for a vessel in distress. The crews were able to find the 16-foot-Hobie Cat with boat owner 55-year-old Jay Connelly of Sarasota sitting on the capsized hull.

  Recruitment efforts for teachers increase in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties

School resumes in a few weeks and this year both Sarasota County School District and Manatee County School District have increased their recruitment efforts for new teachers.

  Venice Regional Bayfront Health lays off employees, reports say

A Venice hospital is reporting layoffs as a result of the Florida legislature doing away with the state’s certificate of need law.

  Former Sarasota lawyer convicted for child porn after images found on his phone

A former lawyer convicted of possession and viewing of child pornography in Sarasota.

  Manasota Youth Soccer League pushing hard to play again on their home field in Palmetto

Soccer organization in Palmetto pushing to get their field back.

  Typical P.M. summer storms continue through the weekend then changes Monday

With a nice southeast wind to start the day on Thursday we will see mostly sunny skies to start the day. Once again a sea breeze will kick in and bring a good chance for late day storms, some of which could be strong to severe.

  Roughly half of paid parking stations activated in Downtown

That includes the Judicial District that started last week, as well as a portion of Main Street.

  Florida Department of Education urging school district address the Lincoln Memorial Academy Controversy

The district received a letter from the Florida Department of Education on Tuesday which urged the district to address the issues at Lincoln Memorial Academy that they say threaten the health, safety and wealth of the students. If nothing changes, the Commissioner of Education said he will take mat

  Sarasota man worked as engineer on Apollo 11 Mission

It’s been 50 years since the spaceflight that first landed humans on the moon and a local man was part of bringing about the Apollo 11 mission.

  Sarasota Public Art Committee choose art sculptures for roundabouts

Over the past several years, a number of art structures have been installed at roundabouts throughout the City of Sarasota.

  Experts shed light on rattlesnake attacks after bite victim fears he’ll never walk the same again

After a second surgery Tuesday, Earl Hjertsdedt fears he’ll never walk the same again. On top of that, Wednesday is his wife Dihanna’s due date. She’s supposed to have their second child at Sarasota Memorial Hospital - the same place her husband is now recovering from the bite.

Lightning strike causes roof to catch fire in Venice

On Tuesday, Venice, Nokomis and Sarasota County Fire units responded to a house fire at the 150th block of Medici Terrace.

Officials: Due to several violations, SKY Family YMCA Pool closed until further notice

The pool had three unsatisfactory ratings with violations and a timeline for correction documented, according to the city. Last Friday, July 12, 2019 the Department of Health documented the previous violations were not corrected.

Police investigating credit card fraud in North Port

North Port Police Department (NPPD) is working with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in regards to recent reports of debit card fraud.

  Some Siesta Key residents concerned over lack of notification of sewage spill

That’s where 36,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled on Tuesday. While nearly 15,000 gallons have been cleaned up, some residents, like Horne, are concerned they were not told about it.

  IMG Academy student wins at Wimbledon and makes history

A 16-year-old teen is celebrating after his big win at Wimbledon.

  Manatee deputies receive large donation for outreach program

The money will go to the Flight to the North Pole Foundation, a program that started in 1985 that program provides families throughout the year with medical supplies needed and an event is held each year in December. The annual Christmas event provides children and families with a fun-filled day the

Police: Suspect on the loose for attempted vehicle burglary in North Port

Police say the incident happened on Grobe Street on Monday, July 8 around 3 a.m. Police wrote, “This is what happens when you lock your car doors at night. It’s an attempted burglary, without success. Lock. Your. Doors."

  No Swim Advisory Lifted for Palma Sola South

The “No Swim Advisory” has been lifted for the Palma Sola Beach South access in Manatee County.

  Woman captures mind blowing, slow motion lightning video in Sarasota Springs

Last night, a woman captured a mind blowing lightning video in Sarasota Spring in slow motion.

  VIDEO: Lightning spreads through the night sky

Alyssa Yoder took this insane slow-motion video of lightning spreading across the night sky in Sarasota Springs.

Sarasota County temporarily closes parking lots at five parks

Before you head out the door for a nice summer walk with your water in your backpack!

  What to do if you see a shark or stingray in the water?

In the wake of recent shark attacks, what would you do if you saw a shark up close? Experts say you're less likely to be attacked by a shark if you're with a group of people. Swimmers want to make sure that they avoid going in the water in the dark as well because that's when sharks are more activ

  Bradenton man offered a panhandler a job and he refused

A Bradenton man is shining a light on the area’s panhandling problem.

  Credit card skimmer found at gas station in Punta Gorda

A credit card skimmer found at a gas station in Punta Gorda has residents on high alert. The Circle K is located at 6117 Duncan Road.

  Neighborhood University in Sarasota aims to educate residents about their homes, classes are free

Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services Team is re-introducing Neighborhood University. A program specially designed to help residents make informed decisions in their neighborhood.

  Florida’s smaller counties worry property taxes could rise due to the proposed Medicaid expansion

Some of Florida’s smaller and poorer counties are worried that expanding medicaid access to low-income adults without children could force them to raise property taxes.

  FHP: Two people involved in accident on I-75 in Sarasota

Around 1 a.m. on Fruitville road, FHP says there was an accident involving 19-year-old Elijah Gyesky, who was driving a 2000 Honda, and 53-year-old Alfonso Guzman, who was driving a 2007 Toyota.

  Sarasota votes to increase city water and sewer bills by 46% over 11 years

Sarasota City Commissioner Hagen Brody is against a plan to charge users the cost of a $300 million dollar water and sewer infrastructure upgrade.

  Woman in hospital after overnight crash in Bradenton

It happened at around 11 p.m. on 75th St. and 18th Avenue. Police say the driver of a white Maserati SUV hit another car from behind and pushed it into a pole.

  Hiring program for disabled and disadvantaged adults in Manatee County

Manatee County is offering a helping hand with jobs and opportunities to veterans, people with autism, learning disabilities and the homeless.

  Will the afternoon and evening storm pattern continue on Wednesday?

You can say we are into a typical summer pattern now as high pressure is located to our north and east. This brings in the SE wind flow which pumps up the moisture and collides with the sea breeze bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Suncoast during the late afternoon and early eveni

  Say Something initiative approved in Sarasota County Schools

The Sarasota County School Board has given the green light to programs to help keep the kids and the schools safe.

Small group rallies against sexual harassment in front of the Sarasota County School District headquarters

Small group rallies in front of the Sarasota County School District about sexual harassment.

  City Commission moves forward on bond application for Bobby Jones

City Commission moves forward on bond application for Bobby Jones

  The Bay Project releases updates to Phase 1 of the Bayfront plans

The Bay Project releases updates to Phase 1 of the Bayfront plans

Crash on Lockwood Ridge Road closes lanes in both directions

All northbound and southbound lanes are blocked on Lockwood Ridge Road at 8th Street following a traffic crash.

  City of Sarasota plans to start using electric vehicles sooner than later

City of Sarasota plans to transition all vehicles to electric

Sarasota children receive books and ice cream from police at 2019 Books and Badges event

On Tuesday, the Sarasota Police Department partnered up with the Sarasota Housing Authority for their yearly Books and Badges Literacy event.

  75-year-old Sarasota man wins scratch off for $1 million

Today, 75-year-old Stephen Lyons claimed his $1 million by playing the $5 MONOPOLY™ JACKPOT Scratch-Off game.

Two-inch gas line hit in Sarasota

Officials received the call around 12:33 pm. and Sarasota Fire crews responded to the incident on the 2500 block of Waldemere St.

Officials: Gas line hit in Venice, CodeRed sent to citizens

The city says a Code Red was sent to residents cautioning people to avoid the area while the gas line was shut off and repair work completed.

Deputies: Manatee County woman arrested for selling U.S. Gold Eagle coin

One woman is in hot water after the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says she sold a gold coin that wasn’t hers.

  City approves Residence Inn east of downtown

The City of Sarasota approved plans for a new four-story Residence Inn near Fruitville and East on a two-acre lot. The project includes a restaurant, conference area, fitness room and swimming pool.

Affordable ways to cool off this summer along the Suncoast

Are you looking for ways to cool off in this summer heat? Both Sarasota and Manatee Counties offer affordable ways to do so!

  Nokomis man back behind bars on weapon charges

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Troy Ulrich, of Nokomis, around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

  Pit bull attacks dog in downtown Sarasota, dog and three people recovering from injuries

Pit bull attacks dog in downtown Sarasota.

  Man recovering in Sarasota after a severe rattlesnake bite in North Port

Earl Hjertsdedt said it happened in North Port just outside of the new Braves stadium at about 10 a.m. There was no rattle and no warning.

  SCAT looking to design a new cost efficient transit plan

Sarasota County Transit officials continue to look for better ways to get around. Part of that plan may include a county-wide car service that could cut travel time in half.

  Florida nurse helps save patient’s life on airplane, Terrell Owens snaps viral photo

This is a story you would only see in a movie, but it was real-life for three medical professionals who sprung into action to save a mans life on an airplane headed to Los Angeles.

  City votes Tuesday night on spending up to $20 million on Bobby Jones golf course

The City of Sarasota is poised to spend up to $20 million dollars to improve the 45-hole Bobby Jones Golf Complex. Some taxpayers call it a waste of money.

SRQ Airport to receive almost $9 million grant

Big renovations are ahead for the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.