Manasota Key, FL

Man admits he illegally dumped 900 lbs of storm debris in Englewood East

A man was arrested Thursday after deputies say he illegally dumped 900 lbs of storm debris on a property in Englewood East in November. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Latherio Leonard, 28, was arrested after deputies went to an address on Winchester Blvd. at around noon on Nov. 26 after being called with an illegal dumping complaint. A man told deputies that someone had dumped around 900 lbs. of both exterior and interior residential debris on his property the night before.
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Buchholz rallies, falls short to Venice

In a game that saw Buchholz battle back from a major hole, it was the hometown Venice football team that came out on top on Friday. The Bobcats fell behind 28-0 in the FHSAA Class 4S state semifinal round before erasing the deficit, but Buchholz (10-3) came up short, 42-35, in its second straight final four exit.

North Port woman found after being reported missing

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A 19-year-old woman reported missing has been found and is safe, North Port Police say. The family of 19-year-old Daniella Broslav was concerned for her whereabouts. There was no indication that she was in danger.

No Rays spring training in Port Charlotte this year

The Tampa Bay Rays said they will not be hosting spring training at Charlotte Sports Park this year because of significant damage from Hurricane Ian. The destruction the Port Charlotte stadium sustained during the Category 4 storm is too significant to have it ready in time for the spring training season, according to a joint statement from the baseball team and Charlotte County. In the coming weeks, the county and the Rays said they will develop a restoration plan for the stadium, which sits on El Jobean Road.

Inside Englewood Beach: When Normalcy Means The OPA Worlds

If you’ve ever survived a natural disaster, you wonder when life will be normal again. The basics of survival such as water, food, power and simply having a roof over your head—things you take for granted every day—seem miraculous when they return. Things like roads you can drive to supermarkets that actually have fresh food, without requiring a lifted four-wheel-drive truck and a chainsaw, are blessings you rarely notice until they’re gone.

Tampa Bay Rays Cancel Spring Training in Port Charlotte

ST. PETERSBURG — Due to damage caused by Hurricane Ian, the Rays will not be able to hold Spring Training in Port Charlotte next year. The Rays and Charlotte County announced the decision in a joint statement on Thursday night. Charlotte Sports Park has been Tampa Bay’s Spring Training home since 2009.

Red tide conditions improve Saturday

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Red tide conditions improved slightly Saturday afternoon. No dead fish were reported at Siesta Key Beach or our Manatee County beaches. Siesta Key also reported no respiratory irritation and on other beaches only had slight irritation. We will see the return of average winds pushing onshore for the next few days. That could increase the effects of red tide. Our dry weather pattern means no more nutrient runoff to feed the red tide bacteria, but this problem will only improve slowly.

Tampa Bay Rays won’t host 2023 spring training at Charlotte Sports Park

Damage from Hurricane Ian to Charlotte Sports Park has the Tampa Bay Rays seeking a new spring training location for 2023. Following a joint assessment of the damage to the Port Charlotte stadium that has been home to the Rays since 2009, the team and Charlotte County officials determined there isn’t adequate time before spring training is slated to begin to get the park in suitable condition to host games. The team and county intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.

Chamber Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Reopening of Bank of the Islands

Bank of the Islands and the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce gathered Nov. 30 at the bank’s Sanibel office to celebrate the return of full banking services at the Sanibel and Captiva offices. The Bank’s CEO Geoff Roepstorff, President Robbie Roepstorff, Asst. Vice President/Office Manager Susan Schulte, and Lead Teller...

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival is back

A re-discovered treasure was found on Siesta Key this weekend. The annual Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival is back and better than ever. The event features a unique blending of seafood, music, and lots of entertainment. “It's an absolutely gorgeous day, skies are blue, little bit of clouds are...

‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Florida to Fully Open to Public Saturday, December 17, 2022

‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Florida to Fully Open to Public Saturday, December 17, 2022. Captiva Island, FL – ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa announces that the legendary Captiva Island beach resort has received approval to welcome all guests with valid lodging reservations. The resort is located at 15951 Captiva Drive, with ‘Tween Waters consistently ranked among TripAdvisor’s top Captiva destinations.