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  Peaceful protests on the Suncoast for George Floyd

  Repticon opens doors to reptile lovers on the Suncoast for this weekend

18-year old driver killed in fatal crash in Englewood, two others suffer serious injuries

  Drive by protest seek rent cancellations

Protesters seeking justice chant on the streets of Sarasota Saturday night

  Coronavirus Pandemic forces Sarasota Brewery to file for bankruptcy

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  Many hurricane supply items in Florida are tax-free from now until Thursday, June 4th

  3 tropical cyclones before the season even starts?

  More Flights Added for this Summer at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

City of Sarasota extends public health emergency until June 5

Chalkboard Champion: Paying bills and providing computers for students learning from home

City of Venice urges residents to donate blood

  Hurricane prep tax ‘holiday’ underway

Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season.

One man dead, one teen girl arrested in Bradenton shooting

One dead in Bradenton shooting.

Suncoast Counties Prepare for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

"It is going to present some challenges for whomever gets a hurricane this year in Florida, but we're prepared to continue to look for opportunities and ideas to make it even safer."

2 arrested in 2019 robbery, homicide

Two Suncoast men have been arrested in a 2019 murder and robbery.

1 person dead following shooting in Bradenton

USF adjusts its fall schedule due to COVID-19

Palmetto, Bradenton to move fireworks to Labor Day weekend

Sheriff: Registered nurse stole oxycodone

Sheriff’s department conducting death investigation

  Florida confirms 53,285 positive COVID-19 tests

Sarasota Co. Sheriff hoping someone recognizes attempted burglar

Officials with the Sarasota County Sheriff are hoping someone recognizes this man.

Manatee Strong: ‘This is how we roll’ parade celebrates end of school year

The School District of Manatee County will celebrate the end of the school year with a county-wide school convoy, which will include schools buses, principals and personnel.

  Rowlett Academy hosts parade celebration for graduating students

Students from Rowlett Elementary and Middle School are celebrating graduation this week.

  USF Sarasota-Manatee MBA students partner with Manatee County to promote mass transit

Students at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus in the MBA program are teaming up with local transportation leaders for a cause.

SpaceX watch party at Cool Today Park in North Port spoiled by launch being scrubbed

SpaceX launch postponed until Saturday.

  Rain chances increasing for the coast

Tropical storm Bertha has been downgraded to a tropical depression and has left us with thick sticky tropical air.

COVID-19 Postponing Fairy Tale Weddings for Suncoast Couples

As of right now, in Florida and on the Suncoast, you cannot have an event with more than 10 people. This has forced many couples to either have a smaller ceremony or move to an outside venue.

  Manatee County figuring out ways to help businesses and the unemployed

As the state re-opens local leaders are trying to figure out how to safely bring back the economy.

Manatee County announces summer camp registration, curbside library material pickup

Registration for Manatee County’s Summer Blast Camp is open!

SPD officer plays basketball with local kids while masked up

A Sarasota Police Department officer opted to bring some light and positivity in what has been a challenging week for many around our nation.

City of Palmetto postponing Fourth of July festivities

The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) announced on Wednesday that festivities that were planned for Independence Day have been postponed.

  Deputies investigating two burglaries that took place at two Bradenton businesses

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating two burglaries that occurred at two Bradenton businesses earlier this week.

Manatee County issues boil water advisory

The Manatee County Utilities Department has issued a precautionary boil water advisory due to a main break.

Disney World announces plans to re-open in July

Disney World announced Wednesday that it hopes to begin a phased reopening of its theme parks on July 11.

Former Suncoast congressman looking to donate stimulus check

Former Suncoast Congressman Tom Rooney is searching for an organization in need after he received a stimulus check for $3400.

Here’s what you need to know about rip currents

In the U.S. rip currents account for about 80% of beach rescues.

Mega Pantry drive-thru food distribution feeds hundreds of families

Hundreds of families in Manatee County will have food on their tables and it's all thanks to Feeding Tampa Bay.

  Another early tropical system developing?

An area of disturbed weather is being watched closely by the National Hurricane Center. An area of low pressure continues to spin near NE Florida and has a 30% chance of developing into the 2nd. tropical cyclone of the season.

  No decision made yet during emergency hearing for unemployment benefits

Several attorneys are asking a Tallahassee Judge to order the Department of Economic Opportunity to pay unemployed Floridians immediately.

Sarasota County releases guidelines for summer camps, recreation

Sarasota County officials released more information on outdoor and indoor recreation centers and summer camps going forward for the Phase 1 re-opening.

  Suncoast Colleges and Universities Creating Plans to Re-open this Fall

The State University System's Task Force has been working for several weeks now on a framework for all schools to follow. Universities are being asked to develop individual plans based on the guidelines. They will present their plans to the Florida Board of Governors on June 23.

  North Sarasota family with three graduates honors them with banner in the front yard of their home

Parents honor three graduates with banner in the front yard of their home.

Nik Wallenda staging Daredevil Rally Drive-In Thrill Show in June at Nathan Benderson Park

The Suncoast’s very own “king of the high wire,” Nik Wallenda, will be staging a Daredevil Rally Drive-In Thrill Show for back-to-back weekends in June at Nathan Benderson Park.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing site added in Manatee County

The Florida Division of Emergency Management will open a new walk-up COVID-19 test center in Manatee County on Thursday, May 27.

First Alert Traffic: Osprey Avenue closed at Hudson Bayou Bridge

Osprey Avenue at the Hudson Bayou bridge is now closed to thru traffic.

Manatee County Schools to continue food programs over summer vacation

The School District of Manatee County announced Tuesday that its Food and Nutrition Services will continue to feed kids this summer for free.

  Despite Memorial Day weekend visitors, local business says it’ll take a while to recover

Memorial Day weekend helped bring some customers back into stores that had their doors closed for the past few weeks.

  Weather impacts beach crowds and parking on Memorial Day

The clouds and rain showers affected beachgoers Memorial Day

Pizza restaurant in Sarasota having issues with their outdoor seating for dining

Restaurant in Sarasota having issues with outdoor dining.

Child drowns at Siesta Key Public Beach on Sunday, deputies conducting death investigation

Deputies have identified the victim that drowned on Sunday at Siesta Key Public Beach as a 10-year-old girl from Lake Wales, Fla.

  Final construction phases begin for the Robinson Preserve Expansion

On Monday, the final construction phases for the Robinson Preserve Expansion began.

  Memorial Day Tributes go virtual in the midst of the pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, Memorial Day 2020 is a little different. Tributes were taken to the virtual world for people to view on FB Live.

  AAA predicts more people will take road trips this summer

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. But when it comes to summer vacations, AAA said this year may look different.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds to Suncoast beaches

Memorial Day weekend got off to a hot start. Then came the rain and the clouds. While a few folks said they’d rather stay at home, others went to the beaches instead.

  North Port community coming together to help local veteran organization

North Port community coming together on Memorial Day Monday to help save a Veteran's organization who ran into financial trouble.

Huge alligator found outside front door of home in neighborhood in Venice

Imagine waking up to weird noises outside your home, and when you check what’s going on through your Ring doorbell you see a gator on your doorstep.

  Bradenton school surprises its graduating seniors with a drive-thru graduation

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton had a surprise for their graduating seniors.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: I-75 now re-opened after Brush Fire shuts down roadway

Fire along highway median shuts down both directions of Interstate 75 in Venice.

  Summer heat & storms over Memorial day weekend

They’re back! Dangerous thunderstorms have arrived right on time as we head into the holiday weekend. These storms will develop in the late afternoon and evening and bring periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous lightning at times.

  Venice restaurants allowed to expand their outdoor dining area

Restaurants in Venice allowed to expand outdoor dining.

North Port Parks and Rec to stream July 4th fireworks

The City of North Port will be streaming their July 4th fireworks-only display!

“No Swim” advisory lifted for Brohard Beach

Sarasota County health officials have lifted the “no swim” advisory at Brohard Beach.

  Florida unemployment rate jumps to 12.9%

The state of Florida’s unemployment rate rose to 12.9% in April in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FDLE explains why Floridians didn’t get a notification on Friday’s Amber Alert

An Amber Alert came to a tragic end when 9-year-old Alejandro Riley was found dead not far from where police say he was abducted, but many sleeping Floridians didn’t learn of the alert until they woke up.

TSA announces some changes for their security procedures at airports

TSA changing some of their security procedures for travelers.

  It’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer!

Memorial day weekend it typically thought of as the unofficial start of Summer. Well it got a jump start today as temperatures soared into the low 90′s and the heat index topped out into the mid to upper 90′s.

CDC now says COVID-19 ‘does not spread easily’ on surfaces; Suncoast businesses still taking precaution

This change will definitely help ease the anxiety and stress many people have over how contagious this virus is, but even so, businesses on the Suncoast say they'll continue taking extra precaution.

  Tidewell Hospice continues to honor and serve veterans during Covid-19 pandemic

One group of dedicated volunteers is continuing to safely recognize our veterans’ heroism during the pandemic. That group is Tidewell Hospice, who serves more than 400 veterans’ a month.

  DEO confirms ‘security incident,’ those affected have been notified

ABC7 has learned that there has been a security incident regarding re-employment assistance with the Department of Economic Opportunity website.

State approves Sarasota and Manatee Counties vacation rental re-opening

The state has approved Manatee County’s plans to re-open local vacation rentals under a set of health and safety protocols.

Siesta Key, Sarasota Bayfront Fourth of July fireworks cancelled

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Suncoast Charities for Children have announced the cancellation of this year’s July 4th Fireworks displays.

DOH-Sarsota: More drive-thru COVID-19 testing coming to Venice

The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday that they will conduct two more COVID-19 drive-thru testing opportunities next week at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S. on the island of Venice.

Sarasota sex offender arrested for possession of child pornography

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a registered sex offender on 96 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Florida DOH announces 48,675 positive COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health has updated its latest COVID-19 statistics, confirming 48,675 positive COVID-19 cases involving 47,381 Florida residents.

  Siesta Key hotel owner says he expects business to start picking up in summer

Memorial Day weekend is usually a busy time for Siesta Key Beach Resort, but this year it will look different.

  The heat is on for the Memorial weekend

Another beautiful day expected on Thursday with a high around 86 at the coast and around 90 inland areas. No real threat of any rain near the coast but there is a 20% chance for some scattered late day storms well east of I-75.

  Venice and North Port High School planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies

The school board is approving the plan this week.

  Suncoast Pediatric Hospitals Prepare for Rare Illness in Kids Linked to COVID-19

Symptoms include high fever, rashes, red eyes and lips and stomach pain that can last for more than five days. However, unlike COVID-19, this illness does have a cure.