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Suncoast community mourning the loss of popular Sarasota High School football coach

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The football community -- and the entire community -- is saddened over the death of Elton Strawderman. “It’s a big loss for our community, but what I’m hoping that happens is a lot of people understand who he was,” said Brody Wiseman, head football coach for Sarasota High School. “A lot of people are inspired to make that type of impact that he was making in his life here in his area.”
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Man injured after falling from ladder on Longboat Key

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WWSB) - A man was injured Friday when he fell from a ladder, Longboat Key fire officials said. The incident happened at about 1:15 p.m. The victim fell from an appreciable height, officials said, but was conscious and alert when rescue crews arrived. He taken to Blake Medical Center.

‘Armed and dangerous’ Sarasota murder suspect has ties to Perry

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Sarasota Police Department says it is searching for an armed and dangerous murder suspect who has ties to Perry. The suspect is 22-year-old Johnny D. Evans, who is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 170 pounds, SPD says. Evans is wanted in connection to a murder that happened on Jan. 6 in the 1900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Sarasota, the department says.

One-vehicle crash in North Port

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - On Thursday, a one-vehicle crash in North Port caused damage to a building on S. Biscayne Dr. and U.S 41. The truck was filled with pool supplies. This is a developing situation, we will continue to update as information comes in.
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Challenger enters Manatee County School Board race. ‘I know what questions to ask’

Susan Agruso, a former New York superintendent and a longtime financial watchdog for Manatee County schools, has entered the District 2 school board race. She spent decades as a teacher and administrator in South Carolina and New York before she moved to Bradenton and volunteered her time on the Manatee County School District’s Audit Committee. Now, Agruso said she hopes to bring her passion for education, transparency and fiscal responsibility to the school board.

Florida is a Collection of Kingdoms – The Sunshine State is Deliciously Diverse

When I told him I was headed across Alligator Alley to Naples in southwest Florida, he playfully proclaimed, “Oh man. Naples is boring!”. Florida is often painted with the broad brush of being the “Sunshine State,” but there’s more in the air than sea-scented breezes and humidity. A wide-swath of cultures and preferences awaits those who wish upon a star to visit – from Disney-area vacation home rentals to white glove boutique and brand name hotels. Even the bed-and-breakfast experience can be had.

Florida Freeze is on for the weekend

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The coldest air of the season is set to move in behind a powerful storm system which will bring up to two feet of snow over parts of the NE U.S. on Saturday. This bomb cyclone has prompted the National Weather Service to issue numerous warnings and advisories for our area through the weekend.

Oshima Brothers Bring Infectious Pop to Fogartyville in Sarasota

Maine-based indie duo, Oshima Brothers’ have been creating music together since childhood. The brothers blend songs from the heart with blood harmonies to produce a “roots-based pop sound that is infectious.” (NPR) On stage, Sean and Jamie offer lush vocals, live looping, foot percussion, electric and acoustic guitars, vintage keyboard and bass – often all at once.

Apartment landlord rids complexes of unsavory characters

Mathieu Rosinsky is a study in luxury versus gritty contrasts when it comes to his commercial real estate portfolio in Sarasota. On one side, his West Palm Beach–based firm, Belmont Associates, is one of the largest landlords on tony St. Armands Circle. Purchase prices are at an all-time high on the Circle — with some recent deals going for over $1,700 per square foot. Monthly lease rates, following that valuation, are some of the highest of any shopping destination in the region, $150 or $200 per square foot for some stores. Belmont has 10 properties on St. Armands with 17 tenants, and has held property there since the 1990s. The list includes the firm’s most recent purchase: it paid $3.1 million, or $1,631 per square foot, for 361 St. Armands Circle, which houses boutique gift shop Garden Argosy. The purchase, an off-market 1031-exchange, closed Jan. 7. “It’s an A plus plus property,” Rosinsky says.

Venice man found in DeSoto County after Silver Alert

VENICE, Fla. — Update: Wesley Croteau was found in DeSoto County and was reunited with his family. The Silver Alert has been canceled. The previous story is down below. Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for a missing elderly man out of Venice. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's...

Boat show, despite weather challenges, sets new attendance record

ST. PETERSBURG — The 44th Annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, held Jan. 20-23, attracted thousands of boating enthusiasts to St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, with organizer Informa Markets saying attendance grew by 30% despite cool, blustery weather conditions. “The reconfiguration of the show enabled us to host...

A Colorful Coral Reef-Inspired Sculpture May Be Heading to the Fruitville Road Roundabout

No matter how you feel about roundabouts, at least putting public art in them can offer eye candy. Following a call to artists last year, the City of Sarasota's Public Art Committee yesterday selected one of three artists' work to recommend to City of Sarasota commissioners. The commissioners will then officially select a finalist and the artwork will be installed at the center of the roundabout circle at Fruitville Road and Tamiami Trail.