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25th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade brings joy to the Suncoast

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The 25th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade kicked off Saturday, Dec. 4, and started at 7 p.m. Streets along the Main Street parade route have been closed since Saturday morning; some as early at 9 a.m. These side streets will not reopen until Sunday afternoon. Vehicles not removed from these areas by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.
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Tree lighting ceremony returns to downtown Punta Gorda

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Downtown Punta Gorda is decorated to the treetops and Friday evening they’re hosting their annual lighting ceremony. It’s an event that draws thousands, and like many others, it was canceled last year because of COVID-19. The tree lighting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Marian Avenue. Gatherings are something people are especially thankful for this year.
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Punta Gorda rings in the holidays

Punta Gorda Council members and Santa ring in the holidays in the downtown City Marketplace. City Council Member Mark Kuharski (left to right), Vice Mayor Debby Carey, Mayor Lynne Matthews, and City Council Member Melissa Lockhart hit the switch to turn the Christmas tree lights on around 7:15 Friday night.

Things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay

🏛 Museum pro tips: A Bank of America card gets you free entry to participating museums around Tampa Bay and the U.S. the first weekend of each month — AKA this weekend.Plus, did you know you can get free museum passes at the library? Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Lakeland and Manatee all have them.🎶 Uke It Out Fest: Hear everything from reggae and bluegrass to Americana and rock on ukes at this two-night festival. Plus ukulele lessons, a Muddy Waters of the Ukulele contest, an open mic and a Beatles and Tom Petty jam.Friday 7-11:30pm at New World Brewery in Tampa...
Bradenton Herald

Better bus service is coming soon to Samoset and Manatee County. Here are the changes.

The bus routes in and between Manatee and Sarasota counties are getting more frequent service starting this weekend, the Manatee County Area Transit announced Friday. Starting Saturday, Route 99, which links Manatee and Sarasota counties via U.S. 41, is getting additional service between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with buses arriving every 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes, a MCAT news release said.

Hundreds attend The Haven's Jingle & Jog 5K

SARASOTA COUNTY (WSNN) - The jingle bells were ringing Saturday morning, as hundreds ran during one of Sarasota’s holiday traditions. The Haven hosted its 24th annual Jingle &Jog 5K race at its location in Sarasota. It’s a flagship fundraiser for this non-profit that offers programs and services for children, teens,...
Longboat Observer

Developer advances plans for Lido Key hotel site

The redevelopment of the Gulf Beach Resort Motel on Lido Key is set to include about 65 condominium units, according to a presentation at Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s Development Review Committee. The developer, Naples-based The Ronto Group, offered limited specifics about its intentions for the property at 930 Benjamin...

Operations center keeping Sarasota schools safe

OSPREY, Fla. (WWSB) - On this Thursday following the school shooting in Michigan, the Operations and Communications Center in Osprey remains a busy place. There can be any type of emergency at any moment. They are the eyes and ears for the Sarasota County School District when it comes to security and safety, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Manatee bus service to expand beginning Saturday

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County Area Transit is adding more buses to two busy routes, beginning Sat., Dec. 4, officials announced Friday. Route 99, which connects Manatee and Sarasota counties via U.S. 41, will increase service frequency during peak hours between 5-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Both MCAT and SCAT buses will operate on the new schedule, with buses arriving every 20 minutes during these peak periods instead of every 30 minutes.

Proposed new county regulations regarding development of upper-story residential units in commercial shopping centers to be focus of Dec. 7 commission hearing

Measures seen as means of encouraging more construction of affordable housing. In early March 2017, Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio and then-Commissioner Charles Hines set the stage, so to speak, for an amendment to county zoning regulations that the board members will address on Dec. 7. A speaker during a...

Clydesdales to neigh in holidays

PUNTA GORDA — To help ring in the holidays this year, the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales will be touring the city of Punta Gorda. This is the first time in eight years that the Clydesdale hitch — made up of eight-horses and rig — have come to the city. Their arrival...

Street closings announced for Dec. 4 Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade

Police Department to enforce restrictions with towing, if necessary. The 25th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in downtown Sarasota, organizers have announced. More than 4,000 participants are expected, the nonprofit’s Facebook page says. Among the entries will be lighted floats...

Potential City of Sarasota sale of part of Paul Thorpe Park to settle lawsuit produces uproar among residents

City Commission to discuss issue during its regular meeting on Dec. 6. Community outrage has arisen over a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against the City of Sarasota that would entail the city’s selling part of Paul Thorpe Jr. Park to the plaintiffs for $275,000, so a food court could be created, The Sarasota News Leader has learned.

North Port holding several events in December

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - There will be several events in North Port this December. The City of North Port along with the police and fire departments will be helping out with the following events:. 12 Days of Giving Food and Toy Drive. The city will be accepting non-perishable food...