Local News

Supervisor of Elections announces temporary polling location changes in Sarasota County for primary election day

  A Parrish teen living with Cystic Fibrosis gets her wish “granted”

DOH Sarasota announces a drive-thru testing site for Thursday in Englewood

  Local organization hosts school supply drive-thru

  Early voting begins on the Suncoast

Suncoast congressman backs bill to extend telehealth for seniors

Continued Coverage

  City of Venice to hold hybrid meetings

  USF to begin Phase 2 of their re-opening plan

  Suncoast residents and business owners excited about sales tax holiday this weekend in Florida

  Most of the storms inland this weekend

  Former Sarasota long-term care facility worker facing additional charges for credit card theft of residents

  ‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin according to NOAA and Colorado State University

Independent restaurants urge Congress to pass relief bill

A powerful ad by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, voiced by Morgan Freeman, is urging Congress to pass the Restaurant Act to help save the industry.

The 2020 Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in Florida

The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in the Sunshine State.

Palmetto man facing second degree murder charge after mother of children was found fatally stabbed in the family’s home

A Palmetto man is facing second degree murder after police say they found the mother of his children stabbed to death in their home, while their four young children were asleep.

Man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting teenage girl and holding her against her will

Deputies arrested a Bradenton man for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and holding her against her will in Manatee County.

The two boys reported missing out of Bradenton earlier have been located safely

City of Sarasota extends public health emergency until August 14

  State health department responds to discrepancies in COVID data reporting

  Better chances for storms this weekend

  A major success for Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific coral restoration efforts

Local leaders create ‘Mask up Manatee Coalition’

  Extreme hurricane season predicted

With the heart of hurricane season still two weeks away looks like there will be plenty more storms to keep us on our toes between now and Nov. 30th.

Contactless thermal temperature scanner kiosks now available at SRQ

Contactless temperature scanners now at SRQ.

  Fatal deputy-involved shooting victim’s family say ’there’s got to be a better way’

The family of Adrean Stephenson speaks about the night of the deputy-involved shooting that killed her.

  Hurricane season is in full swing: Why you should review your homeowners insurance policy to see if you are completely covered

Isaias impacted the east coast as a Category 1 Hurricane, which serves as a reminder on why it is important to check your homeowner’s insurance to see what it covers.

SRQ Airport increasing safety measures as part of ‘Fly Safe’ program

The Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ) Airport is ramping up safety measures as part of it’s ‘Fly Safe’ program.

Vice President Pence makes Faith in America campaign stop in Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence visited Tampa as apart of the Trump administration’s ‘Faith In America’ campaign.

  OneBlood is currently hosting a blood drive outside of the Venice City Hall

OneBlood is hosting a blood drive outside of Venice City Hall right now.

Sheriff: Florida man strikes waitress while yelling about the ‘Aryan” nation

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man for allegedly striking a waitress and disturbing the peace at a restaurant in Nokomis.

  Morning coastal showers again possible

All this summer it seems we have been dealing with heat advisories and lack of cooling storms in the afternoon to cool things down near the coast.

National Stop On Red Week

During National Stop On Red Week advocates on the Suncoast raise awareness of the importance on stopping at red lights.

  Doctors say face shields or glasses in addition to masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Masks are still the primary way of protection from spreading COVID-19, but now doctors say if you can, you should also be protecting your eyes, like wearing a face shield. Especially if you’re in the healthcare field, a first responder or in places with close, consistent exposure like in schools.

Man allegedly suspected of committing murder in Idaho captured in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man that is allegedly suspected of committing a robbery and murder in Idaho in 2016.

Suncoast doing well considering the midst of a Pandemic

Tourism on the Suncoast is doing better than many would expect in the midst of a Pandemic.

Sarasota man sentenced to federal prison for theft of government property and smuggling goods

A 69-year-old Sarasota man has been sentenced to two year and nine months in federal prison.

MCSO employee arrested following investigation for using a computer to solicit illegal acts

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announced on Tuesday that one of their employees has been arrested in Hillsborough County for his alleged role in an online chat investigation.

Bicyclist killed during fatal crash on North Tamiami Trail on Monday night in Osprey

A 68-year old man was fatally struck after colliding with a van on Monday night in Osprey.

All north and southbound lanes have re-opened between U.S. 41 at Bayshore Gardens Parkway in Manatee County

All northbound and southbound on U.S. 41 at Bayshore Gardens Parkway and U.S. 41 at 63rd Avenue West have re-opened in Manatee County.

  Rain chances on the way up

Isaias continues to wreck havoc along the Mid-Atlantic coast states. Tropical storm warnings are up from South Carolina to Maine as it will bring flooding rain and dangerous tropical storm force winds over the next few days.

2-week-old baby who was missing out of Broward County, found safe

An Amber Alert has been issued for a newborn boy out of Broward County.

What will be the protocol for Suncoast teachers or staff that contract COVID-19?

As of right now, Florida does not cover teachers until workers compensation. The Florida Education Association has petitioned the state to extend coverage under workers comp to include teachers for coronavirus, but unless that happens, teachers will have to use their own sick leave.

City of Venice passes first reading needed for mask mandate

The City of Venice is now a step closer to making masks mandatory.

13 polling location changes in Manatee County on Primary Elections

Primary Elections will be different this year due to Coronavirus concerns.

Frozen taquito and chimichanga products recalled due to foreign material

The U.S.D.A Food Safety and Inspection Service hhas issued a recall alert for frozen beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas.

Deputies: Man turns himself in, charged with attempted murder

Deputies in Manatee County are searching for a suspect in an attempted murder that happened on Aug. 1.

Sarasota County voters urged to return vote-by-mail ballots promptly

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner wants to remind voters who have requested vote-by-mail ballots for the August 18 primary election to vote and return those ballots promptly so they are received in time to be counted.

  WATCH: Splash Mountain tourists have to jump ship as boat sinks

When Skyelar Ingersoll visited Disney World, she didn’t expect that Splash Mountain would be less “splash” and more “submerged.”

Woman killed in shooting involving a Sarasota Co. Deputy

One person has died following a shooting involving a Sarasota County Deputy.

  Some morning coastal showers possible Monday

Isaias continues to brush the east coast of Florida heading toward the Carolina’s late Monday and Tuesday morning.

Southeastern Guide Dogs changed the way they are training service dogs

the non-profit is working to get puppies to those who need them most in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Suncoast businesses still having difficulty hiring back staff

Some businesses have re-opened and welcomed customers as much as possible. While others, have chosen to keep their doors closed. Many owners saying they may be able to hire all of their staff back, but not all service industry employees feel ready to be back in close contact with the public.

  Meals On Wheels is still in need of volunteers in Sarasota County

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Meals On Wheels volunteers from delivering food to home bound residents, but they still need volunteers.

Isaias continues to skirt along east central Florida

Isaias is looking much more symmetrical today as the center stays just offshore of the east coast of Florida. It will continue to move NW to N through the day. As of the 11 a.m. advisory it is still a tropical storm and looks to stay that way as it heads to the NNW at 8 mph.

More than 7,100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Florida

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 487,132 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 62 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Sunday morning’s update.

  Sarasota Farmers Market reopens after being shutdown for nearly 5 months

After being shut down for nearly 5 months the Sarasota Farmers Market is back!

  Deputies: 30-year-old man arrested for breaking into home in Manatee County

In Manatee County, a man is under arrest for allegedly committing armed burglary.

  Isaias to impact Florida over the weekend

The forecast over the weekend will be determined how close the center of Isaias will get to Central Florida.

How unemployed Floridians will be impacted by the expiration of federal unemployment benefits

The $600 weekly checks that millions of unemployed Americans have been receiving through the CARES Act have expired. Despite the expiration, congress has not made a decision on a new stimulus package.

BREAKING: Hurricane Warning For SE Florida

The latest forecast is now calling for a shift to the west. The National Hurricane Center has put all of SE Florida in a hurricane warning.

Yard waste collections to resume in Sarasota County

Starting Monday, Aug. 3, curbside collections of yard waste will resume in Sarasota County following a temporary suspension due to the staffing issues.

Attorney General Ashley Moody expands price gouging hotline as Hurricane Isaias approaches parts of Florida

During a storm-related declared state of emergency, state law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment, needed as a direct result of the event.

Homicide investigation underway in Manatee County following shooting

Officials with the Manatee County sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting a shooting Thursday night.

President Trump to visit Tampa Friday

President Donald Trump will be visiting Tampa Friday afternoon to discuss COVID and weather preparedness.

Death of North Port woman attributed to natural causes

A woman reported missing in May died of natural causes, the North Port Sun reports.

Sarasota County voters urged to return vote-by-mail ballots promptly

The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections is urging voters who have requested vote-by-mail ballots for the August 18 primary election to vote and return those ballots promptly so they are received in time to be counted.

  Isaias to dry things out a bit for Suncoast

Looks like we are going to miss this storm as it passes near or just offshore of the east coast of Florida.

UPDATE: Testing sites on Florida’s west coast will remain open

As Tropical Storm Isaias shifts its track to the east, state-run COVID-19 testing sites on the state’s west coat will remain open.

More CARES Act assistance available for residents of the City of Bradenton

A second round of Manatee CARES Act funding assistance will be made available for individuals who have experienced financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and need help paying overdue rent or mortgage.

Florida hits another record spike with 253 new deaths reported

The Florida Department of Health says new COVID deaths hit a new record Thursday.

Manatee Co. Schools hoping to implement rapid COVID-19 testing

Following the approval of their plans to return to school, Manatee County School officials will approach the topic of rapid COVID-19 testing in schools.

1 dead after crash in Manatee County

One person is dead following a crash Wednesday evening that involved a box truck.

No injuries reported after car crashes into animal clinic

Speed is being blamed for causing an early morning single-vehicle crash in Manatee County.

CDC guideline changes isolation period from 14 days to 10 days

This shortening of time from the original 14 days was decided because the latest scientific data shows most people are no longer contagious 10 days after the infection begins – even if you had symptoms.

  Tropical cyclone to move toward Florida

A poorly organized system is heading for the mountainous terrain of the Island of Hispaniola tonight and Thursday. That can sometimes spell doom for a storm. We shall see what emerges on the other side of the big island on Thursday. It will be a weaker storm for sure.

Suncoast Blood Bank hosts blood drive to find more convalescent plasma

Over 70 people have signed up to donate blood at the Suncoast Science Center

Dozens of positive COVID-19 cases being reported at multiple long-term care facilities on the Suncoast

Dozens of positive COVID-19 cases are being reported at multiple long-term care facilities on the Suncoast.

SCSO jail deputies resign from positions amid investigation appearing to show them falsifying time cards

Two Sarasota County Deputies could face criminal charges after an investigation appeared to show the two falsifying time cards for hours they never work.

Blake Medical Center receives certification as a comprehensive stroke center

Blake Medical Center is the first hospital in Manatee County to receive certification as a comprehensive stroke center.

Sarasota County asking for input from local non-profits regarding CRF/ CARES Act funds

The local non-profit community in Sarasota County is being asked to provide input on how federal CARES Act funding should be distributed.