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Sarasota Farmers Market ceases all operations due to coronavirus outbreak

The Sarasota Farmers Market Board of Directors has decided to stop all operations of the market until more funding is obtained.

  A Suncoast family found a unique way to have family dinner

Suncoast restaurants hoping they can remain open during stay-at-home order

  Houses of worship classified as essential, many taking action to assure safety comes first

  Storm system to bring some clouds on Sunday

  Many are having issues filing for unemployment due the technical problems on the Dept. of Economic Opportunities website

The City of Sarasota to extend public health emergency

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  A lack of rainfall leading to an increase in allergy symptoms on the Suncoast

Manatee County votes to create temporary curfew

UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital latest coronavirus cases

Inmates to face quarantines as they transfer

  Sarasota County Fire Rescue to wear ‘Proper Protective Equipment’ on all calls

Suncoast Humane Society makes history amid the coronavirus pandemic

How Sarasota police plan to enforce the ‘stay-at-home’ order

Florida's 30 day 'stay-at-home' order in now in effect. This means residents are not supposed to leave their house unless it's for an essential reason.

  ‘Stay-at-home’ order: clarifying what’s considered essential

The statewide 30 day ‘stay-at-home’ order begins Friday April 3 at 12:01 a.m. It requires everyone in Florida to “limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home."

Nurses protest saying they don’t have enough protective gear during coronavirus pandemic

Nurses protest on the Suncoast and in seven states.

  One snowbird’s getaway has been a little different due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but has plans to get home

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted travel plans for many snowbirds who are currently residing in the Suncoast.

Amid Hopes for Potential COVID-19 Drug, Other Patients Facing Shortages of Vital Hydroxychloroquine

The 2020 hurricane season could be an active one

UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial latest COVID-19 cases

Manatee County to consider curfew

April is child abuse awareness month

Dozens of FHP employees self-isolating amid virus

Nurses at Blake Medical Center protest their working conditions

Nurses at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton are speaking out about their working conditions amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

  125-pound giraffe born at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne

Zoo officials say the giraffe was born on Sunday in Melbourne.

Man fleeing police crashes into car, killing woman, child

The Florida Highway Patrol says a man fleeing a police officer stop hit another car, killing a 31-year-old woman and her 7-year-old niece.

A North Port food pantry is seeking help amid coronavirus pandemic

The New Hope Food pantry in North Port is feeling the effects of COVID-19 and are doing what the organization can to stay ahead.

Apply here: How to spend $2.2 trillion-and rescue economy

President Donald Trump hopes to shovel $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy over the coming weeks to try to cushion its free fall.

Governor Ron DeSantis issues executive order for Florida residents to stay at home

Stay at home order issued for Florida.

  Chilly start to the day on Thursday

Well finally a cold front moved through the Suncoast. It only took 23 days! March is in the record books as the warmest March ever for the Suncoast since records began in 1911.

  COVID-19 Patient’s Remarkable Recovery Prompts Florida Officials to Consider Hydroxychloroquine for Treatment

Rio Giardinieri decided that even though this drug hasn't been proven to cure the Coronavirus, he had nothing to lose by taking it at that point. He had been fighting for his life for more than a week. Within 10 hours of taking it, he felt like a new man.

  U.S. Census Bureau making operational changes to adjust to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the U.S. Census Bureau to suspend field operations for a month, from mid-March to mid-April. That’s when the hiring process would be ramping up for for an estimated 500,000 temporary census takers nationwide.

State looks to ‘Make the Most’ of light traffic

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants about $2.1 billion in road projects sped up across the state to lessen the economic damage from the novel coronavirus.

Suncoast Humane Society is looking for foster homes for its furry pets

In a statement released today, the organization needs to get as many animals out of the shelter as soon as possible.

SMH suffers 4th and 5th COVID-19 related deaths

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) says the fourth and fifth patients to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the hospital have passed away.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

The coronavirus outbreak prompted other sports like professional baseball and soccer to postpone seasons.

Missing 75-year-old woman last seen in Bradenton found safely

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the 75-year-old woman who was reported missing in Bradenton has been found and she is okay.

Congressman Vern Buchanan fully supports Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

Today Congressman Vern Buchanan of Sarasota announced he fully supports Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Stay-at-Home’ order.

Deputies searching for suspect(s) responsible for grand theft and burglarizing RV trailers in Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is searching for a person or group of people responsible for burglarizing multiple RV trailers in Bradenton.

Bradenton man arrested for sexual battery and false imprisonment

Deputies say Amaury Fernandez sexually battered a woman and beat her until she was unconscious.

  Florida teacher 3D prints dozens of face shields for healthcare workers

A Manatee County School District teacher is doing his part to help healthcare workers amid a PPE shortage because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has 3D printed more than a hundred face shields already.

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

Census Day arrives Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

OneBlood to start collecting plasma from those who are recovering from coronavirus

OneBlood in Florida will soon begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus so it can be transfused to people with life-threatening cases of COVID-19.

Airports impacted after airlines announce dramatic cuts to their flights because of COVID-19 pandemic

Airlines cutting flights during pandemic.

  Much cooler weather moves into Suncoast

Winds will whip around to the NW at 15-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph once the front moves through early Weds. morning. A small craft advisory is in effect for Suncoast waters through 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Sarasota County School District to Begin Online Classes on Wednesday, April 1

Sarasota County's Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs plan is the new way for teachers and students to connect and transition into distance learning. Lesson plans have been changed to include project-based exercises and programs that can be done throughout the day.

  SAD NEWS: Baby Ospreys Lido and Anna Maria passed away

Just a day after their names were released and nearly two weeks since their hatching the baby Ospreys didn't make it.

SMH says third patient has died who tested positive for the coronavirus at the hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has announced that a third patient that tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the hospital has passed away.

  Suncoast Science Center creates protective gear for healthcare workers not working in hospitals

The Suncoast Science Center is creating protective gear for healthcare workers that are not working in hospitals or medical centers.

Series of webinars to help small businesses amid coronavirus pandemic

The Small Business Administration South Florida District will host a series of webinars twice a day through April 3, with information regarding economic recovery.

Portion of 15th Street West in Bradenton closed off due to hazmat incident

15th Street West between 4th Avenue West and Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton is closed off due to a hazmat situation that has occurred.

Sheriff’s office looking for help identifying woman suspected of stolen credit card

Charlotte County Sheriff’s office is asking the public for help identifying a woman accused of stealing a credit card near a Prime Steakhouse on March 24.

By the numbers: Coronavirus

The Florida Department of Health released updated numbers Tuesday about the coronavirus in the state.

Sarasota man arrested for child pornography

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 50-year-old Sarasota man Monday for Possession of Child Pornography.

New area code approved for Tampa area

An additional area code, the state’s 20th, was approved for the Tampa region Tuesday as numbers in the decades-old 813 area code are running out.

School District of Manatee County launches online eLearning for students

The School District of Manatee County launched its new ‘Coronavirus & eLearning’ program for its 50,000 students that will allow them to effectively continue their education online.

  Suncoast kid wants to educate others about COVID-19

An 8-year-old Suncoast student wants to help spread awareness of all the ways people can stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Health officials worried changes could thwart additional funding

An additional $1.6 billion in Medicaid funding is expected to flow into Florida after Congress agreed to increase the amount of money the federal government spends on the safety-net program as the economy sours.

Florida releases updated information on its fight against COVID-19

The state of Florida provided multiple updates on the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Sarasota County coronavirus drive-thru testing site to reopen on Tuesday

Coronavirus drive-thru site reopening in Sarasota County.

  Finally some changes heading our way!

After 30 days of no rain we may end the month by getting some. A storm system moving across the deep South will bring a cold front our way moving in to the Suncoast Tuesday night.

AARP seeks answers about COVID-19 infections

AARP’s Florida director has asked state officials to explain why they are keeping the names of the facilities from the public.

63-year-old woman fatally struck in traffic crash on Monday in Sarasota

A pedestrian was killed on Monday in a fatal traffic crash in Sarasota.

DeSantis, wife Casey announce birth of baby Mamie

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey announced on Twitter on Monday morning the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. And then he crossed the state to update Floridians on the coronavirus.

Spring means “Alligator Season" in Florida

Warmer weather means alligators become more active and visible.

Sarasota police urge pedestrians, cyclists to follow social distancing guidelines on Ringling Causeway Bridge

Sarasota police took to social media to remind cyclists, joggers and other pedestrians to follow social distancing and recommended traffic patterns to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Florida gas prices ‘Plummet’ to below $2 a gallon

Demand for gasoline and other oil-based products has dropped in recent weeks, as the novel coronavirus keeps many people home.

USF-Sarasota-Manatee campus unveils food pantry and fund program for students amid coronavirus pandemic

The campus will open a new food pantry today, March 30, to address food insecurity among some students.

Florida Power & Light will cut cost of power bills during coronavirus pandemic

Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will slash May electric bills as customers grapple with the novel coronavirus.

  Sarasota Company creates a “Suncoast Virtual Farmers”

Sarasota Honey Company is bringing together Suncoast farmers and vendors through their virtual farmer's market called the “Victory Market”.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says second patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says that on Sunday a second patient who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) died.

Officials: Florida boy, 15, plays with gun, shoots teen dead

Florida sheriff deputies have detained a 15-year-old boy who they say shot a teenager dead as he played with a handgun.

Boat ramps and Bird Key parking lot closing on Sunday in response to COVID-19

The City of Sarasota has announced that the city-owned boat ramps and the Bird Key parking lot will be temporarily closing on Sunday in wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Winn-Dixie extending shopping hours for healthcare workers and first responders

Winn-Dixie is extending its shopping hours for healthcare workers and first responders.

Heart-warming parade for students and teachers from Virgil Mills Elementary School

The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.

Sarasota County firefighter tests positive for coronavirus

Sarasota County firefighter tests positive for coronavirus.

Manatee Sheriff’s Deputy Tests Positive for COVID-19 after Orlando Vacation

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Department spokesman has confirmed to ABC7 News that a Deputy Sheriff who was recently on vacation in Orlando has tested positive for COVID-19.

New Executive Order for Florida recreational boaters

There has been a lot of violations of the 6 ft. rule and groups less than 10 on some of the sandbars and islands on Suncoast waters lately. Thus Governor DeSantis, has released an executive order for boaters for Florida.

  Suncoast resident stuck in India hoping to get back home

Earlier this week India’s Prime Minister implemented a 21-day national lock-down in the hopes to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Sarasota resident Kendra Simpkins has been there over a month, and has witnessed the ongoing effort to keep people in doors.

Two children reported missing out of Hardee County have been found and are safe

Tristin Joshua Rodriguez, 5, and Triniti Marie Rodriguez, 7, were last seen with Brian Michael Rodriguez, 28, around 12 p.m. today.

  Mote Marine Lab says marine reptiles can still be met virtually

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota would like to take your kids on a fossil learning journey while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.