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‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
North Port leads surge of rising property values
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Property values are on the rise in the county, with North Port leading the way, according to preliminary estimates released Friday. According to North Port City Manager … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to garner public input on homeless
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY —The community will have two opportunities this week to join in on the conversation about homelessness in Sarasota County. Last year, Texas-based consultant Dr. Robert Marbut recommended a … Find out how to read more online.
Murder victim ID’d
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Cesar Ramonzajac McClatchy, 43, reportedly died Thursday at the hands of a 22-year-old homeless man, Nicholas Robert Ryan Luciano — someone with whom McClatchy was “friends” on … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless figures point to summer ‘season’
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
Imagine, if you will, a season that never ends, when visitors and spending abound year-round. It may sound like wishful thinking, but as the area jobless rate continues to fall, … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities seek suspect in Bealls armed robbery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials said they need the public’s help in finding a suspect who robbed a woman in the parking lot of the Bealls department store … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT head calls for discount program overhaul
Fri  May 22 2015 10:53AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Thirty-seven percent of the people who ride Sarasota County Transit Authority buses could lose their discounted bus passes as the county looks for new ways to save … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota sees high returns on tourism investments
Thu  May 21 2015 04:26PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — It’s a simple cycle: Visitors come to Sarasota County and, if they spend the night, there’s an extra 5 percent added to the bill. The county then … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Careless drivers cause crashes
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
Three car wrecks during a rainy rush hour Tuesday — including one hit-and-run — slowed traffic throughout North Port on U.S. 41, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. Reports state the … Find out how to read more online.
Mobility fee workshop next week
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is looking for public input on replacing impact fees. Mobility fees are similar to the impact fees that residential and commercial property developers pay counties … Find out how to read more online.
County moves to acquire Little Salt
Thu  May 21 2015 02:55PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners will move forward with the acquisition of Little Salt Spring directly from the University of Miami. County commissioners agreed in June 2013 to begin … Find out how to read more online.
Cops seek info in truck theft
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
Authorities are seeking information about how a pickup missing from a driveway in Murdock ended up in a canal in North Port. The black 2006 Dodge 1500 was reportedly stolen … Find out how to read more online.
North Port among top 15 cities for bartending
Wed  May 20 2015 09:35AM
NORTH PORT — We’ll drink to that: The consumer website ValuePenguin has ranked the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota metropolitan statistical area No. 13 on a list of top spots to be a … Find out how to read more online.
Authorities target elder fraud
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
Senior citizens have long been targets of fraud and theft, especially in Florida, where about one in five residents is over the age of 65, according to U.S. Census data. … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Future looks bright for Blue Economy
Thu  May 21 2015 10:34AM
For generations, our local economy relied on the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. “At the turn of the last century, commercial fishing was ‘king,’ the leading industry in Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Vessel sinks after burning; sailor safe
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — A quick-thinking sailor jumped into a 7-foot dinghy before abandoning his 46-foot sailboat after it caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. Venice Fire Department Lt. Steve Worobel … Find out how to read more online.
Bullard Street area to see water service interruption
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A temporary interruption in water service for the Bullard Street area will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The North Port Utilities Department will be … Find out how to read more online.
Free water offered for hurricane prep
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — To remind everyone about the need to prepare for hurricane season, the city of North Port is inviting residents to get a free case of water by … Find out how to read more online.
Rising fast in a fast-rising sport
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Scott Tingley had just finished giving a free pickleball clinic to members of the YMCA in Punta Gorda on a recent Tuesday and was headed down to Gilchrist Park. Workers … Find out how to read more online.
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Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
FHP searches for hit-and-run suspect
Sat  May 23 2015 12:13PM
VENICE — Authorities are searching for an SUV driver who struck a car Friday night on Center Road, then fled the scene. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, shortly … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged with murder
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is investigating a homicide near the Warm Mineral Springs community after first locating a suspect covered in blood, then finding the victim’s … Find out how to read more online.
Dad seeks help for son’s surgery recovery
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Corey Brandeberry, 23 months, was born without a left hip socket and struggled to learn to walk. It didn’t stop him, though. “How that boy was running … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD assistant chief retiring
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After 24 years with the North Port Police Department, Assistant Chief Anthony Sirianni is retiring from his position, to turn the page on his long career with … Find out how to read more online.
Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s … Find out how to read more online.
Trendy discount store coming to North Port
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A $5-and-under store catering to teens and ’tweens is setting up shop in North Port’s Cocoplum Village Shops. Five Below is a retail franchise that offers “extreme … Find out how to read more online.
Census: North Port population sails past 60K
Wed  May 20 2015 09:35AM
NORTH PORT — The U.S. Census Bureau released 2014 population estimates this week, and they show North Port reached a total population of 60,380 people last year. City officials and … Find out how to read more online.
Problems could impact school opening in fall
Wed  May 20 2015 09:35AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If the Florida Legislature fails to pass a budget by the end of June, the Sarasota County School District would still be able to function … at … Find out how to read more online.
North Porter named state ‘Youth of Year’
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port 18-year-old has won a state Boys & Girls Club award, and now advances to a regional competition. Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club member … Find out how to read more online.
County trims projected 2017 budget gap
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A measure approved by Sarasota County commissioners Tuesday cut the projected budget gap for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to less than $1 million. Transfers, grants and various … Find out how to read more online.
Postcard views at Bay Preserve
Wed  May 20 2015 09:35AM
Many tourists, and even some Southwest Floridians, drive through Osprey without stopping. There are, however, several attractions including the Bay Preserve at Osprey, which sits on the picturesque Little Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
City responds to fire complaints
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While in the midst of settling negotiations for North Port’s fire contract with union members, the city’s Fire Rescue division is also handling the complaints of two … Find out how to read more online.
Investigation continues into baby shot by brother
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH VENICE — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office offered few new details Monday into last week’s shooting of a 1-year-old girl in the parking lot of a preschool. The baby … Find out how to read more online.
14U Huskies win championship
Tue  May 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Huskies 14-year-old-and-under youth football team finished an undefeated spring season with a 25-12 victory over the Tampa Bay Lions in the championship game Saturday … Find out how to read more online.
USF to host educator leadership summit in North Port
Mon  May 18 2015 01:06PM
NORTH PORT — Colleen Lord, chair of the advanced educator program at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee North Port Instructional Site, learned a valuable life lesson years ago when … Find out how to read more online.
Summerlike weather continues
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect some temperatures in the 90s and rainy afternoons this week, making it feel like summertime. Temperatures are “a little bit above normal” Monday through Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor dodged kamikazes while on destroyer duty in WWII
Mon  May 18 2015 08:30AM
Glen Johnson spent two years as the throttleman in the forward engine room of the USS John Rodgers (DD-574), a Fletcher-Class destroyer, that took part in many of the major … Find out how to read more online.