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FDOH reports 10,360 new confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 254,511 positive COVID-19 cases and 4,197 deaths of Florida residents related to the virus in Saturday morning’s update.

Lakewood Ranch restaurant cook dies from COVID-19

Local Hospitals Helping Minority and Low-Income Communities get Masks and Resources to prevent COVID-19 Infection

Sarasota Memorial Hospital offering experimental COVID-19 treatment

Gov. DeSantis announces more electric charging stations along major roadways

Manatee Co. Schools employee arrested for possession of child pornography

Over 350 Manatee County School employees impacted by COVID-19 since March

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Man charged with murder in connection with the death of his father

North Lido Beach re-opens after military marking round discovered

Lucky Pelican cook dies from COVID-19, restaurant closes

  First Alert Weather: Better rain chances for the next few days

  Fay forms off Carolina coast

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium holds sign-up for virtual run

Missing children featured on gas station TVs in Florida

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is working with San Francisco-based advertising agency Muhtayzik Hoffer to feature missing children on gas pump video screens in markets across the U.S. during the month of July.

SMH, Manatee Memorial report number of COVID-19 patients

Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee Memorial have both released the number of coronavirus patients currently being treated in the two facilities.

SunCoast Blood Centers searching for convalescent plasma donors

SunCoast Blood Centers and the hospitals they serve are putting out an urgent call for convalescent plasma to treat patients with life-threatening cases of COVID-19.

Missing Seoul Mayor’s body found after massive search

Police say the body of the missing mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, has been found. They say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him. Park’s daughter had called police on Thursday afternoon to

  U.S. Attorney’s Office releases more info on Bradenton church arrests

Florida DOH reports 48 new COVID-19 deaths

Heat advisory in effect: here’s how to avoid heat stress

  First Alert Weather: Heat Advisory in effect

  Tropical Storm Fay forms off coast of the Carolinas

  Families Urging State to Re-Open Visitation in Nursing Homes

  Federal agencies, hazmat crews respond to Florida church selling COVID-19 ‘miracle solution’

Multiple agencies were called to the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton in connection with search warrants.

Former Florida governor, Wayne Mixson, dies at 98

Wayne Mixson, a North Florida farmer who served two terms as lieutenant governor and a brief stint as governor, died Wednesday at his home in Tallahassee.

All DOH COVID-19 testing appointments filled in North Port for Wednesday and Thursday

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH Sarasota) announced on Wednesday morning that all testing appointments have been filled for Wednesday and Thursday.

20 named storms predicted for 2020 hurricane season

This is the earliest the Colorado State University research team’s prediction was this high.

Lakewood Ranch Medical updates visitation rules for inpatient nursing units

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center announced Wednesday that visitors will not be allowed in Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s Inpatient Nursing Units, effective Wednesday, July 8 until further notice.

Elder care facilities on the Suncoast continue to take necessary precautions following spike in coronavirus

Long term care facilities precautions.

  Manatee County has five zip codes that are COVID-19 ‘Red Zones'

In Manatee county, the zip code 34208 has the highest number of Coronavirus cases.

Bank of America to temporarily close several locations in the Suncoast

Several Bank of America branches in Florida will temporarily close due to the spike in coronavirus cases. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of the bank staff.

Police: Jogger finds decomposing head during morning run

Law enforcement is investigating a human head that was found on the side of a roadway in St. Petersburg.

DeSantis expects better jobs outlook

Gov. Ron DeSantis expects Florida to see “positive” jobs numbers next week when a June unemployment report is released.

  Emergency order issued to reopen all Florida public schools in August, Suncoast School Districts begin preparing

The order requires school districts and charter school governing boards to open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students in the fall.

Volunteers work to free turtle from hole on Anna Maria Island

Volunteers with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch followed tracks to discover a sea turtle trapped in a hole in the sand.

  First Alert Weather: Developing low with tropical potential slowly drifts away from the Suncoast

The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure, now centered over Georgia, which is drifting away from the Suncoast. As it moves away it is allowing an area of high pressure to build over the Suncoast from the south and brings in slightly drier air.

Southbound lanes of I 75 near Laurel road back open after a fatal crash Tuesday morning

Fatal crash closes portions of I75

  City of Sarasota abruptly removes Confederate monument

The only Confederate Monument in the city of Sarasota was removed. The city says they removed it after a concerned resident brought it to their attention.

International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.

  Governor Ron DeSantis wants to increase anti-body testing for COVID-19, says new median age is now around 36-years-old

Governor's coronavirus update.

Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise in Children on the Suncoast

Hundreds of children, 17 years and younger, are now testing positive for coronavirus. There are now a total of 11, 515 kids in Florida infected. Here on the Suncoast, there are 332 in Manatee County and 103 in Sarasota County.

SCFD on scene of a garage fire in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) is responding to a garage fire that has taken place at a home in Sarasota.

  WNBA announces seven players test positive for COVID-19, teams arrived at IMG Academy on Monday

The WNBA announced on Monday that seven of the league’s players have tested for the coronavirus.

City of Venice to start distributing cloth face coverings on Wednesday

The City of Venice announced on Monday the free cloth masks and face coverings will begin being offered to the public starting on Wednesday.

  Sarasota County sheriff’s car broken into outside his home

Authorities say the department issued vehicle driven by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight was broken into overnight.

Florida’s largest county closes restaurants as virus spikes

Florida’s largest county is again closing its restaurants to sit-down dining, gyms and other indoor venues just weeks after they reopened because a spike in coronavirus cases.

41-year-old motorcyclist killed during fatal crash on University Parkway and Kentucky Street on Sunday

A 41-year-old man was killed in a fatal traffic crash on Sunday evening in Sarasota while he was traveling on a motorcycle.

  First Alert Weather: A low pressure area to the north brings good rain chances today

Warm, moist and unstable air is over-top of the Suncoast today. This combines with an area of low pressure across north Florida. With those features in place the chance for showers is good today

  Free Yoga classes for active duty military and veterans

Sarasota Non-profit provides free yoga classes for Active Duty Military and Veterans.

  First Alert Weather: Sunday, July 5th, 2020 - Scattered to numerous showers & storms to start the work week

An onshore flow will allow scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms that develop in the Gulf of Mexico to move onshore and across the Suncoast. It will be a warm and steamy afternoon with temperatures topping out in the low 90s, with feel-like temperatures ranging anywhere from 101-105°.

Police investigating a shooting that has occurred in Bradenton

The Bradenton Police Department is investigating a shooting that has taken place in Bradenton.

7-year-old boy dies in Florida ATV accident near Tampa

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 7-year-old boy died and five others were injured, including children 2 and 4, when an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a grass field.

  Disney World passholders upset with company after being charged payments for several months during COVID-19 pandemic

Some Disney World annual passholders are pretty perturbed after they were incorrectly charged hundreds of dollars this month.

  Black Lives Matter protest on the 4th of July

BLM Protest on the 4th of July

  First Alert Weather: Saturday, July 4th, 2020 - Multiple rounds of showers and storms will continue to stream in from the Gulf of Mexico

An onshore flow will continue which will allow scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms that develop in the Gulf of Mexico to move across the Suncoast. Models indicate a few locations seeing up to 1.5 inches through Sunday evening. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

John Ringling Causeway Bridge has re-opened

The John Ringling Causeway Bridge has re-opened in Sarasota and police have removed the roadblocks that were in the area.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

Walt Disney World says it’s suspending the Disney College Program indefinitely amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

  First Alert Weather: Friday, July 3, 2020 - Rain chances increase for the holiday weekend

For the 4th of July, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible as atmospheric moisture begins to gradually increase across the Suncoast. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s, with feel-like temperatures ranging anywhere from 100-104°.

  A breakdown of COVID-19 cases on the Suncoast

As we head into the holiday weekend health officials are urging people to remain cautious by washing their hands and wearing a mask when social distancing isn't possible.

Florida Bars with Food Licenses Allowed to Re-Open As Holiday Weekend Begins

Just a week ago, bars were told they could not sell alcohol on their properties, but now, the Florida Department of Businesses changed that amendment saying those that serve alcohol and food can re-open just in time for July 4th weekend.

Fourth SCFD employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Sarasota County Fire Department has confirmed that another employee has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the confirmed case count in the department to four.

Amendment allows some Florida bars to re-open

The Florida Department of Business amended its order to let places who are licensed to sell both alcohol and food re-open so long as social distancing guidelines are still followed.

Sarasota, Manatee County beach parking lots filling up quickly

Officials in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties are reporting that beach parking lots are quickly filling up as beach-goers kick off their July 4th holidays.

SPD to crack down on boaters under the influence with Operation Dry Water

The Sarasota Police Department Members will be cracking down on those who operate boats under the influence.

UTC, Robert Taylor testing sites to close for Fourth of July holiday

The COVID-19 testing sites at the UTC Mall and Robert Taylor will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day.

County officials urge caution as beaches remain open for the Fourth

Officials with Sarasota County Government are urging residents and visitors to practice social distancing if their holiday weekend plans include a trip to the beach.

‘Fireworks on the Lake’ presented by ABC7, Nathan Benderson Park sold out

Tickets are sold out but you can still experience the fireworks!

Hillsborough State Attorney charges more in looting

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced that dozens more looting and rioting charges have been filed in connection to civil unrest in Tampa.

  First Alert AM Weather: Friday, July 3, 2020 - Onshore flow continues bringing early rain chances across the Suncoast

An onshore flow will continue meaning showers and thunderstorms that develop in the Gulf of Mexico will move onshore during the morning and early afternoon hours. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s with feel-like temperatures ranging anywhere from 101-104°.

Some residents in one Bradenton neighborhood have concerns over Sarasota Bay water quality

Water concerns for some Bradenton residents.

  Better chance for storms over Holiday weekend

A stationary front draped over N. Florida will keep high pressure down to our south which will keep the west winds over us through Monday.This pattern will keep a chance for an isolated shower or two along the coast around sunrise and then they will move inland during the late morning and early p.m.

Vice President Pence meets with DeSantis in Tampa to discuss coronavirus response

Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSanits held a press briefing Thursday in Tampa to discuss the recent spike in coronavirus cases and reaffirm their commitment to fighting the virus.

  All state-run Covid-19 testing centers continue to experience a high volume of traffic

State-run Covid-19 testing centers continue to experience a high volume of traffic. Some Suncoast residents are having to travel further, in search for 'free' Covid-19 testing.

COVID-19 Restrictions Impacting July 4th Weekend on the Suncoast

The City of Sarasota, the City of Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key are requiring masks to be worn inside and outside - with the hope that less people will roam around, shop or even dine in the area. Plus, Long Boat Key has closed its beach parking lots.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota updates visitation policy

While the hospital continues to have very few COVID-19 patients, the virus continues to spread in the community, resulting in a need for extra precautions.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Longtime television personality and newscaster Hugh Downs passed away Wednesday at the age of 99.

Manatee Co. releases revised schedule of 2020 graduation dates

The School District of Manatee County has announced its rescheduled dates for 2020 graduation ceremonies.

Longboat Key passes mask ordinance

Following other cities in the Suncoast, the Town of Longboat Key Florida passed a mandatory mask ordinance.

Video: Florida police laugh after shooting rubber bullets

Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday that shows Florida police officers laughing and celebrating after shooting rubber bullets at a protest last month in which a Black woman was shot in the face and seriously injured.