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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - There are numerous new condos and townhomes under construction in Downtown SARASOTA, but can everyone afford them? A new study by the Economic Policy Institute estimates it costs a family of four living in Sarasota and Manatee counties over $80,000 to live adequately, ...
Both single-family home sales and prices rose in the first two months of the year in Sarasota and Manatee counties as the supply of homes available to buy continued to shrink. "There's an ongoing shortage of housing inventory in many markets across Florida," said Florida Realtors President ...

After announcing its celebrity guests and opening and closing night films Friday, Sarasota Film Festival unveiled its full lineup Wednesday. The 20th annual film festival, which takes place April 13-22, revealed the films it will show, many of which are screening shortly after their Sundance Film Festival ...
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota Police are asking for your help in finding a man who robbed a SARASOTA hotel. Surveillance video captured him robbing the Quality Inn just after midnight Wednesday morning and it also got him on video heading to the Days Inn just up the road for an attempted robbery.
Sarasota's is a small affair and I've never been much for a midway. But when a reader wrote to say there was something there I should not miss, I decided a hit of nostalgia might not be a bad thing. I have a long history with fairs, dating back to my pre-teen years in Michigan when I belonged to "horse ...
It's up for debate whether Florida truly qualifies as part of "the South," but local leaders are definitely excited about a new ranking that lists Sarasota as one of the gems of the region. Readers of Southern Living magazine voted Sarasota No. 9 on its list of "The South's Best Cities." Sarasota did even better ...

A home in Sarasota Beach tops all transactions in this week's real estate. Siesta Properties LLC sold the home at 680 Beach Road to Siesta Dunes LLC for $2,525,000. Built in 1978, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 1,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.9 million in 2014.
SARASOTA COUNTY -- A SARASOTA man has filed a complaint with the SARASOTA County Sheriff's Office and the SARASOTA County Commission asking for an investigation and an apology for the actions of three deputies who he claims pointed their pistols and yelled obscenities at him -- ...
Florida's population is close to surpassing a record 21 million, with growth in Sarasota and Manatee counties and other mostly coastal communities contributing steadily to the Sunshine State's appeal to newcomers. According to U.S. Census data released today, the nation's population topped 325.7 ...
SARASOTA -- As the first election results streamed in Tuesday evening from the school tax referendum in SARASOTA County, School Board member Jane Goodwin called political committee chairman Dan DeLeo and breathlessly told him the initial numbers from the Supervisor of Elections office downtown. schools
SARASOTA — The Sarasota Police Department partnered Thursday with NASCAR driver and avid cyclist Scott Lagasse Jr. to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety in an effort to reduce fatalities amid a significant rise in local crashes. Lagasse, promoting the state's “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” pedestrian ... schools
Herald-Tribune reporter Barbara Peters Smith won an economics coverage award from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers for her series on the disparate economic recovery in Sarasota County. The October 2017 series, "Catching Our Drift: How Sarasota County's fortunes are changing, ... schools
The inaugural Sarasota Balloon Festival is scheduled for liftoff throughout weekend at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch. The festival will feature as many as 25 hot air balloons that will compete for prize money, participate in a “Night Glow″ display and be available for patrons to ride in. schools
Growler's Pub, the popular Sarasota craft beer bar known for its trivia and open mic nights as well as booking bands, has been sold. Local restaurateurs Tyler Yurckonis (The Starlite Room) and Mark Caragiulo (co-owner of Caragiulos and Owen's Fish Camp who opened Veronica Fish and Oyster in 2015) ... schools
Sarasota County voters will decide a very important issue when they go to the polls March 20. They will choose whether or not to renew the one-mill, local-option property tax first approved in 2002 that provides extra funding for elementary, middle and high schools in our district. That funding will yield ... schools
Earnings dipped in the fourth quarter but jumped for the full year at Intertape Polymer Group Inc., the Canadian packaging company with executive headquarters in Sarasota County. Intertape on Thursday posted net earnings of $21.31 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, for the three months ending Dec. schools
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects involved in a shooting at a family park that happened today on Thursday, March 8. Deputies say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at Urfer park, off Honore Avenue. Reportedly the suspects ... schools

SARASOTA — The moderator for Thursday's Sarasota Tiger Bay Club meeting on the Sarasota County School District's upcoming property tax referendum extension faced an unusual dilemma: No one would speak publicly against it for the forum's panel. "We made a concerted effort to get an opposition ... schools
USF Sarasota-Manatee assistant biology professor Carlos Santamaria is grateful for once that his students didn't follow directions. As a result, they found a previously undiscovered species of isopods in Sarasota Bay's mangroves, a discovery that came after his students second-guessed him on where to ... schools
After attending the Sarasota Film Festival three years ago, Jane Seymour will return to the area, this time with a different art form. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning British actress known for the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” and hit TV series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” is also an avid visual ... schools
Vincent and Wendy Spiziri, of Duxbury, Mass., sold their Unit 1103 condominium at 1155 N. Gulfstream Ave. to James Ninivaggi and Barbara Sucoff, of Sarasota, for $1,275,000. Built in 2017, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,730 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,054,600 in ... schools
For the first time in Sarasota Military Academy's history, three cadets have been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in one year. Those students, Anastaisa Osborne, Lauren McMahan and Davis Ullrich, were honored Thursday morning at the school's daily formation assembly. The school's ... schools
A 16-unit apartment complex in north Sarasota recently sold for $1.45 million. The Ringling Apartments is a two-story complex at 5233 N. Tamiami Trail that was built in 1972. The property, renovated by the seller, sold before it was formally listed, said Phil Ginexi, director with NAI Tampa Bay who handled ... schools
SARASOTA, Fla. — At Lakeview Elementary in Sarasota, there's only one public entrance for parents and visitors. Also, there are fences that separate the classroom area from the parking lot. Principal Lisa Wheatley said it gives parents and staff members a sense of security. “There was no fencing around ... schools
In late February, Sarasota resident Christine Schlesinger sent an email to City Commissioner Liz Alpert, concerned about a change to the i-Ride Sarasota service she had just learned about. With a $338,000 city subsidy, i-Ride, a free, on-demand downtown circulator, launched in March 2017. The service ... schools
Joe Gruters is a man of many titles: State representative, Sarasota GOP chairman, former co-chairman of President Donald Trump's Florida campaign, former vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Now, Gruters is looking to add state senator to that list. Gruters, 40, announced Thursday he will run ... schools
An investor bought this house in Paver Park in Sarasota in 2013 for $85,000 and sold it in May 2014 for $199,000 after replacing the roof and renovating the interior. Last year in the Sarasota-Manatee region, 5.7 percent of all home and condo sales were considered flips — down 16 percent from 2016, ... schools
I'm always excited to see the results from the Herald-Tribune's annual Readers' Choice poll, which recently came out. Cheers to all the winners. Here are 10 of my favorites from the long list of recipients in the restaurant, bar and musical group categories. 1. Pier 22: The big winner again for Sarasota and ... schools
MANATEE COUNTY — A structure fire has been reported at the Manatee Processing Center at 850 Tallevast Road, north of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. A significant amount of black smoke was visible coming from the area. Employees of Manasota Processing Center were evacuated. The fire ... schools
February ranked as the warmest on record for Sarasota-Bradenton and many other areas in Southwest Florida and the rest of the state, according to the National Weather Service, which said the records date back to 1911. The average temperature for the month was nearly 72 degrees, well above the ... schools
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Angelo Bisbini and Michelle Frankford were arrested on fentanyl charges following a series of undercover drug buys. Detectives say Bisbini, 38, agreed to meet undercover detectives to sell them heroin on Feb. 20 and Frankford ... schools
Bay Haven School of Basics Plus kindergarten teacher Sarah Mickley works on an insect project with student Quinn Robbins. Overall, Sarasota pays its teachers more than most Florida districts, providing an incentive for high-quality educators to seek and maintain employment locally. Herald-Tribune staff ... schools
Blues music fans will want to be at the fourth annual Sarasota Fairgrounds on Saturday for this festival featuring a diverse lineup of six national acts with a roomful of awards among them: Monster Mike Welch/Mike Ledbetter Band, Lurrie Bell, Thornetta Davis, EG Kight, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, and James ... schools
One person died and two others were injured after they were thrown from a truck that overturned off Interstate 75 in Sarasota County early Friday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was hauling another vehicle on a car dolly behind it in the right northbound lane of ... schools
SARASOTA COUNTY -- The longest-serving horse is retiring from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for health reasons. According to the Sheriff's Office, Justice joined the agency in 1998. The 22-year-old Percheron has worked at many large events, including the Republican National Convention, Super ... schools
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Imagine seeing an 8-foot-long alligator strolling along a busy road. It happened to two Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputies early Friday morning. They spotted the alligator wandering along Jacaranda Boulevard. The gator was not very nice when deputies went ... schools
Construction is completed, underway or planned on projects that will bring more than 4,000 new apartments, condominiums and hotel rooms in and around downtown Sarasota. Developers and the lenders that back them are risking hundreds of millions of dollars that Sarasota can handle this explosion of ... schools
Mike Moran argues that the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County could not contribute funds to a political cause. Sarasota County commissioners this week debated whether the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, which gets taxpayers' money, can contribute funds ... schools
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 60-year-old Sarasota man has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with a January shooting. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, detectives connected Douglas Blanco to the crime using forensic evidence collected at the scene and ... schools
A man was arrested Monday after deputies connected him to a shooting that occurred Sunday night in a Sarasota neighborhood, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies initially responded to the 2600 block of 24th Street after a man flagged down deputies to report that his nephew, 22-year-old Stacy ... schools
According to Elizabeth Djinis, education reporter for the Herald Tribune, Sarasota school officials say they would use the money to give students an additional 30 minutes of instructional time, as well as to hire more teachers and pay their current ones better. Sarasota County teachers are already among the ... schools
Moon and Co. Eyewear in downtown Sarasota will celebrate its grand opening at 7 p.m. on March 10. The locally owned luxury eyewear retailer at 1500 State St. near Pineapple Park will offer frames made from high-quality titanium, hand crafted wood and heirloom buffalo horn milled by artisans from ... schools
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - PBS NewHour Anchor Judy Woodruff says it's not hard to find topics these days. Earlier today, the Junior League of Sarasota brought Woodruff to Sarasota as keynote speaker of the annual "Legacy Luncheon" at "Michael's on East." 00:00 00:00 ... schools
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - When Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour, spoke to the Junior League of Sarasota at their annual Legacy Luncheon, it was a reunion for her and ABC 7's Linda Carson. Linda was doing the weather and reporting news at WQXI-TV, the ABC Affiliate ... schools
DeSOTO COUNTY -- A driver was killed and a passenger injured when a sedan and semi crashed Sunday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. According to the FHP, Sean Darcy Driscoll, 30, of Sarasota was driving a Nissan Sentra east on State Road 70 west of NW Wuthrich Avenue at about ... schools
Tom Knight proposed a “quasi-security” force of retired law enforcement officers for local schools. SARASOTA — Details of a joint plan to use armed and trained retired law enforcement officers as marshals to protect students and staff from a would-be attacker were released Monday by the Sarasota County ... schools
Kevin Smith, who has been filming a movie in Sarasota over the past several months, said on social media that he has suffered “a massive heart attack.” The 47-year-old director said he was performing a stand-up show on Sunday in California when his chest felt heavy and he became nauseous and ... schools
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School is closed today because of a threat on social media. Messages were sent to parents about the school closure late Sunday night after a threat surfaced on social media. No other details about the threat have been released. Cardinal ... schools
The Sarasota Polo Club is in the midst of its 27th season with players, fans and families alike sharing in the thrill of the sport. Sunday's crowd for six chukkers ( each lasting 7.5 minutes) that comprise a polo match ran the gamut of fans. That is, there were plenty of regulars, newcomers and people showing ... schools
SARASOTA — In one of Southwest Florida's biggest stock sales, Sun Hydraulics Corp. raised $253 million in its recently completed public offering. The manufacturing company upped the offering from the original 4 million shares to 4.4 million shares of common stock, which sold for $57.50 each. Sun plans ... schools


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