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1 hospitalized, 1 in custody after shooting in Sarasota
The Sarasota Police Department is investigating after a shooting left a person injured Sunday evening.
Construction set to start on Bayfront Park playground
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of Sarasota has approved a plan to build a new playground at Bayfront Park and construction is set to begin soon. This playground will replace the Allen Playground and children’s fountain with new features that are ADA compatible. The plans were approved in a vote on Sept. 19, 2022.
Realtor Accused of Defrauding Lululemon of $200,000 in Athletic Apparel
A Florida realtor has been arrested for allegedly defrauding renowned designer brand Lululemon out of nearly $200,000 worth of athletic apparel in a complex scheme involving online orders, fake identities, and double credit returns.
Police investigate shooting in Sarasota
The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) responded to a Sunday shooting after 5 pm in the 1800 block of John Rivers St.
DOH-Sarasota confirms case of malaria
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County has confirmed a case of malaria. The individual who tested positive spent extensive time outdoors. The patient responded well to treatment and has recovered. Aerial and ground mosquito spraying is being conducted in these areas to mitigate the...
Sarasota ranked Florida’s sixth-most charitable county
If you’ve ever felt like folks in the Sarasota area were kinder and more generous than people in other places in Florida, well, as it turns out, you were right. And now there’s statistical methodology to back up that intuition. A new study from SmartAsset, a financial technology...
‘Learn From This’: Bicyclist Ticketed Several Hundred in Florida
Cover photo for illustrative purposes only.Photo bydaveynin | Flickr. Considered one of the more cycling-friendly states in the world, cyclists in the Sunshine State have access to a multitude of cross-state trails and roadways. However, what you might not know is that they can also be ticketed just like the motorists they share lanes with. Officers with the Sarasota Police Department have taken to their Instagram page to warn fellow bikers about the law, by way of sharing a recently issued citation.
Sarasota County defines Nokomis holes as “deep geological strata”
NOKOMIS, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota County is referring to the holes in Nokomis as “deep geological strata” and officials say they are using it as a general term to differentiate the Nokomis holes from sinkholes. The county released the following statement to ABC 7 about the definition of...
These Queer Kids Aren't Going to Let Ron DeSantis Ruin Their College
Last week, K.C. Casey stood on a small stage dressed in gold Rocky Horror Picture Show shorts and a see-through blouse to give their college commencement speech. It was a speech that wasn’t supposed to happen, and it almost didn’t. The ceremony, which took place in front of hundreds of the New College of Florida’s graduating students and their family members on May 18 at the Sarasota Art Museum, wasn't the school’s official commencement event, but an alternative graduation, organized by students as an act of exuberant defiance.
Tickseed in bloom at Myakka River State Park
The Myakka River is one of three rivers in Florida with the “wild and scenic” designation. Myakka River State Park, just a few miles east of Sarasota, boasts 12 miles of the river within its borders. Florida’s state flower, tickseed, or Coreopsis leavenworthii, is in bloom now, putting...
Manatee County deputies go on DUI patrol before Memorial Day. Here’s how many arrested
The next patrol is in June.
Sarasota pays tribute to the fallen heroes on Memorial Day Parade
The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, hosted the annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in downtown Sarasota on Monday. The parade concluded with a ceremony at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began during the American Civil War when...
Fee hike proposed on downtown restaurants with sidewalk seating
Downtown restaurants with sidewalk cafe permits will likely soon have to pay more to help keep sidewalks clean. At its May 15 meeting, the Sarasota City Commission voted 4-1, with Erik Arroyo opposed, to instruct staff to prepare an ordinance that increases the fee on restaurants with outdoor dining to pay to clean sidewalks more often.
City of Anna Maria is throwing 100th birthday party. See vintage photos of Florida island
Take a look at how the area has changed over the years with historic photos to celebrate Anna Maria’s 100th birthday.
Traffic operation nets several arrests, citations in Manatee County
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit conducted a monthly DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, May 26. As a result, two impaired drivers were arrested and three other drivers were taken in on misdemeanor charges. Deputies also issued 59 citations and issued 27 warnings.
Sip and Socialize: Join Sarasota & Manatee's Coffee Club for Ladies 40+ at First Watch!
Are you a coffee lover looking for an opportunity to socialize and connect with like-minded women? Look no further than the upcoming Coffee Club event at First Watch on Fruitville Road.
Bay Runner trolley hours change for offseason
Going into the slower summer season, the Bay Runner trolley service between downtown Sarasota and South Lido Key is changing its hours of operation. Starting June 1, new hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The new hours reflect an adjustment to service as part-time residents and visitors decline in the summer. It also offers an opportunity for riders to reach their place of employment prior to 8 a.m.
Sunday's letters: Honor valor, service and sacrifice on Memorial Day
On Memorial Day in America, we the people are so thankful for the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces and died during all our wars. As we perpetuate the memory of the heroic dead, remember to honor them for their valor, service and sacrifice. Remind...
GOOD DEEDS: Builders in Lakewood Ranch will give back $100 from each sale
The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has launched its Builders Give Back program, through which builders make a $100 donation per closing to the LWRCF in the name of the new homeowner. The builders currently participating are Anchor Builders, AR Homes, Homes By Towne, John Cannon Homes, Lee Wetherington Homes, Pulte...
Tribute to Heroes Parade draws thousands to Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
Rich Greenberg, president of the Association of Veterans and Military Supporters at Del Webb, salutes during the Star Spangled Banner. Gill Ruderman, of Braden River VFW Post 12055, enjoys his ride as the Tribute to Heroes Parade grand marshal. The parade honored veterans such as School Board Member Richard Tatem...
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