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  Sarasota County releases 2018 annual report

The 2018 report breaks down the county's most important projects, initiatives and accomplishments. It focuses on how local government works for the taxpayer and lists how tax dollars are being spent.

The City of Sarasota nears halfway mark for its emergency Lido Beach renourishment project

Troopers work with two sheriff’s offices to stop kidnapping of 2-year-old girl

Aspiring Suncoast filmmakers pitch ideas to Hollywood professionals

The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota hosts Annual MLK Day of Service

Sarasota set to be named one of the five destinations on the US Civil Rights Trail, on MLK Day 2019

First Alert Weather: A cool week ahead with multiple cold fronts

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MANATEE COUNTY: Cold shelters set to open at the Salvation Army in Bradenton

Martin Luther King Jr. Scheduled events in Sarasota for 2019, Renee Gilmore hosting MLK Breakfast

MANATEE COUNTY: New and gently used blankets and towels needed for Animal Services

VIDEO | Multi-vehicle crash on I-75 North in Manatee County

JUVENILE FOUND: 15-year-old missing in Manatee County located

Millions of federal dollars set aside for suicidal veterans goes untouched in 2018

TRAFFIC ALERT: Fair traffic clogging State Road 776 in Charlotte County

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office advises you to AVOID State Road 776 in the area of the fairgrounds due to traffic congestion.

Two men arrested, accused of holding three Domino’s employees at gunpoint, other suspects still wanted

Police took 18-year-old Trionte Bellamybey of North Port into custody Friday night and arrested 19-year-old Rick White of North Port Saturday morning.

One woman dies after crashing into house, two mailboxes and five reflective roadway markers in Sarasota

A fatal accident was declared after one driver crashed into a house, two mailboxes and five reflective roadway markers before stopping in the grass.

Supervisors Graduate Command Officers Development Course in Sarasota County

Two lieutenants and one sergeant graduated on Friday from the 83rd Command Officer’s Development Course.

Five local student-athletes nominated to play in the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games

Manatee County Fair utilizes cameras, law enforcement as part of security fleet

Crash sends two vehicles into pond off University Parkway

First Alert Weather: Chance for severe weather and small chance for isolated tornadoes Sunday morning for Suncoast

As Red Tide Lingers on the Suncoast, Tourism Leaders are Working on Keeping Visitors Here As Well

MANATEE COUNTY: New public art presented at Bradenton Riverwalk from Jane Seymour

Two men accused of bringing deadly heroin and fentanyl mix to Manatee County

The State Attorney General says in December 2018, an accomplice of 23-year-old Christopher Lavant and 34-year-old Jeffrey Richardson started working with law enforcement. Both were put under surveillance and detectives found the pair delivered 474 grams of methamphetamine and 532 grams heroin mixed

VIDEO: Let’s have fun at the Sarasota Seafood Festival this weekend

If you are looking for a weekend event, ABC7 was able to stop by the Sarasota Seafood Festival as while vendors were setting up.

VIDEO: Bobcat visits patio of Bradenton home

Lenny says every six months or so, he sees a bobcat in his backyard in University Place, just north of the The Mall at UTC. But this was the first time getting a bobcat on camera that wasn't visiting in the middle of the night.

VIDEO: Dozens of stingrays pass close to Siesta Key Beach

Ben said it was "crazy awesome" even though he had to get in the cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico to take video.

Forty Carrots Family Center celebrating two big milestones

Forty Carrots Family Center is celebrating 25 years and helping 40,000 families.

Manatee County Fairgrounds opens its gates for the 103rd year

Manatee County Fairgrounds opens its gates

  COLD CASE: Deputies searching heavily wooded area for body of woman missing since 1995

Christine Flahive of Punta Gorda was reported missing by her father on January 5, 1995, the day after she went missing. The 42-year-old has not been seen in the past 24 years.

SBA loans are helping local businesses get back on their feet after months of intense red tide

It's been over six months since red tide returned to the Suncoast, costing local businesses millions of dollars in combined losses.

Meet Chalkboard Champion Mrs. Katherine Choate!

Mrs. Katherine Choate is this month's Manatee County Chalkboard Champion!

Sarasota County School District moving ahead with investigation into teacher altercation with student

Brookside Middle School teacher and coach John Russo remains on paid administrative leave tonight, even though battery charges against him have been dropped following an altercation with a 14-year-old student last year at the Sarasota school.

First Alert Weather: A warming trend through Saturday and then a cold front blasts through

After a winter chill here along the Suncoast things will return to more normal weather on Friday. Lows to start the morning will be closer to average right around 50, still cool but not like we have seen recently.

Car burglaries in Manatee County skyrocket in 2018

Car burglaries in Manatee County skyrocket in 2018

Venice Area Will Soon Be Getting An Upgrade With Two, State-Of-The-Art Hospitals

The Sarasota Memorial Venice Hospital will break ground in just a few months, and is expected to open its doors in Fall of 2021. The construction for the replacement Venice Regional Hospital will begin this Summer and it should be finished within 3 years.

SUSPECT WANTED: Man caught on camera breaking into unlocked cars in Manatee County

A man was caught on camera breaking into unlocked vehicles in Palmetto.

State lawmaker wants to map, inspect septic systems across Florida

Septic tanks are designed for use in low-population rural communities where a central sewer system is not feasible. However, for decades in many parts of Florida, developers have often used septic tanks as a cost-cutting measure when building new homes, even in more urban environments.

Bank held up on Fruitville near Cattlemen in Sarasota

It happened around 3:30pm at the Centennial Bank on Fruitville near Cattlemen Road. Deputies remain on scene investigating.

Manatee County Economic Breakfast in Bradenton

ABC7 attended the Manatee County Economic Breakfast in Bradenton this morning.

Brookside Middle School teacher remains on Administrative leave following an altercation with a student

A social studies teacher and coach at Brookside Middle School will remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the school district’s investigation into his behavior involving a student.A social studies teacher and coach at Brookside Middle School will remain on administrative leave pend

Suncoast school students won’t go hungry despite shutdown

Manatee and Sarasota County students won't go hungry during the government shutdown.

Local couple giving jackets and blankets to the homeless during 40 degree weather

With this morning's temperatures in the 40s, Julie and John Ferguson of Sarasota collected jackets and blankets to pass out to an appreciative group of homeless people in the Rosemary District.

Food Bank Mobilizes to Serve Community During Government Shutdown in Sarasota

All Faiths Food Bank Mobilizes to Serve Community During Government Shutdown in Sarasota County.

24-year-old woman arrested for Child Pornography in Sarasota County

One woman was arrested for allegedly uploading images of child pornography on social media.

  Thieves hit Bradenton woman’s home twice in two weeks

Thieves hit Bradenton woman’s home twice in two weeks

Manatee County man allegedly shot an osprey and could be facing charges

A Manatee County man could be facing serious charges after witnesses say he shot an osprey.

Florida organ donors could get free decals under a new proposed bill filed

Florida organ donors could get free decals for their cars, minivans or trucks under a bill filed Wednesday for consideration during the 2019 legislative session.

How the government shutdown could impact HOPE Family Services in Manatee County

The effects of the government shutdown are hitting close to home. Organizations like HOPE Family Services in Manatee County, who help victims of domestic violence, may have to furlough workers.

First Alert Weather: Average temps returning as storms approach on Sunday

Clear skies, dry air, and calm winds will produce the last cold morning on the Suncoast for several days. Suncoast weather watchers reported morning temperatures in the upper 30′s and low 40′s being fairly widespread.

Braves fans in North Port have a rough time finding spring training tickets

Braves fans in North Port have a rough time finding tickets

Grant program to help bring more apartments to downtown Bradenton

Downtown Bradenton could soon become even more appealing for people to live and play. City council approving the Upstairs Residential Conversion Grant Program.

First Alert Weather: One more night of cold weather then a warmer forecast for only a couple of days

The cold weather we have experienced here along the Suncoast will come to an end by Thursday afternoon. Temperatures have been running some 7-10 degrees below average lately.

Generation Z brings unique perspective to the workplace

If your child was born between 1995 and 2010, they’re technically part of Generation Z. That means the oldest members are graduating from colege and working alongside Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers.

Deputies seek man who stole two cash drawers from cellphone store

Just before 8:30am, the man broke the lock on the front door of the Metro PCS on South U.S. 41 Bypass, removed two cash drawers then fled in a silver Volvo sedan.

After more than two years at a shelter in Manatee County, this dog has finally found her ‘furr-ever’ home

After more than two years at a shelter in Manatee County, this dog has finally found her ‘furr-ever’ home

Deputies find boat of man who they believe accidentally drowned

Manatee County investigators are searching for a boat after the body of its owner was found floating in the Manatee River on Sunday.

SILVER ALERT: 83-year-old Sarasota man with dementia may be trying to travel to Ohio

William Ferris suffers from dementia and does not have a cellphone. He's likely driving a beige 2010 Honda Odyssey van with the Florida license plate of DHUZ64. The van does not have GPS.

UPDATE: Manatee County Commissioner determines the cause of brown water in Bayshore Canal

On Saturday, a source delivered a news tips to ABC7 about a canal filled with brown rusty water in a residential community. The water went from clear, to green, then a coffee color, according to residents along the Bayshore Canal, which leads to the Sarasota Bayfront.

Shaq visits Sarasota

Shaq stops in Sarasota.

Florida may crack down on undocumented workers

Bills have been filed in advance of the upcoming Florida legislative session that would require employers to utilize a federal data base that would electronically verify the immigration status of workers. The system is better known as 'e-verify,' Several other southeastern states are using it.

Two men rob North Port pizza shop, hold employees at gunpoint for more than 20 minutes

Police in North Port are looking for two men who held employees at gunpoint for more than 20 minutes during an armed robbery.

First Alert Weather: Strong cold front to bring a chance for storms over the weekend and then much colder Monday

Big changes are in store this weekend as a much stronger cold front is set to move through Sunday morning. This front will bring rain unlike the last 2 cold fronts which brought the chilly weather to the Suncoast.

Sarasota County Commissioners give the green light for new Venice Regional Hospital

Sarasota County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of a new hospital in Venice.

Pilot opioid program gets support by Manatee County Commissioners for new funding

Pilot opioid program gets support by Manatee County Commissioners for new funding

Bill aims at using newly-retired teachers as substitutes during shortage

Suncoast schools are short dozens of teachers as we begin the second half of the school year.

School bus carrying students collides with truck in Sarasota

It happened late Tuesday afternoon at Wilkinson and McIntosh Road. EMS crews evaluated the children on board and said there were no injuries.

Suncoast Man Hosts Church Safety Training Using Personal Experience As Main Motivator

Jim Howard was just 16 years old when his father shot and killed a deacon of a church in Texas.Since then, he’s devoted his life to learn how to identify warning signs and potential threats around him.

Dog that spent more than 2 years in animal shelter finally gets adopted

Just over two weeks into 2019, it happened. Ember, a 7-year-old female American Staffordshire Terrier mix, is heading to her forever home with a new family.

Benefit bill could help firefighters during life-threatening cancer battle

Firefighters put their lives on the line around the clock to protect families. Surprisingly, it’s not always the direct flames that injure or kill the first responders. Firefighters may not learn about the true dangers associated with their battles for years.

Developer frustrated at ‘mob mentality’ against Lido Pavilion project

Developer Gavin Meshad is frustrated about opposition to the Lido Key Pavilion project that he says the City of Sarasota initiated in the first place.

Man accused of using fireworks to blow up two mailboxes in North Port

Gregory Bryant II is charged with one count of criminal mischief and two felony counts of destructive device make/throw/possess with intent. Additional charges are pending.

Retailers come up with new ways to attract customers in digital era

Forbes magazine calls it a “digital disruption,” with the number of online shopping transactions expected to double by the year 2023. While retail experts don’t expect brick and mortar stores to be phased out any time soon, they need to be more creative to attract shoppers to their stores.

Public hearing on proposed Venice hospital to be held Tuesday

Tuesday Sarasota County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss a new hospital in Venice.

Sarasota County School District considering ban on cell phones during school day

Some Sarasota County School board members are pushing for a ban that would prohibit any cell phone use during school regardless of their age or grade, while others would grant cell phone access based on grade level.

First Alert Weather: Cool couple of days and then a warm-up before stormy Sunday

Sweater weather will stick around through Wednesday as highs will only be in the mid 60s normally we warm to 71.

Murky, brown water in Bradenton canal concerns residents

Murky, brown water in Bradenton canal concerns residents

Sarasota City Clerk refuses to step down, will be terminated

Sarasota City Clerk won't step down from her position.

Suspect on the run after man gunned down in Bradenton

The Bradenton Police Department needs your help finding the suspect Miguel Angel Alvarado who allegedly shot and killed a man in Bradenton.

HAZ-MAT situation forces evacuation of amusement center in Sarasota

Fire crews responded to what some witnesses described as a gas-like odor coming from Livingston's Amusement Center on Clark Center Road.

After backlash, redevelopment of Lido Pavilion in question

The developer, Lido Beach Development LLC, asked Sarasota City Commissioners for a continuance and the request was approved.