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The Sarasota County Commission has rejected a preemptive ban on recreational marijuana because of an error found in the ordinance.

Courtesy of the Sarasota County Fire Department / WUSF Public Media

Paramedics in Sarasota County are turning away from opioids to treat patients in pain.

Instead, they will primarily use nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas.

Mote Marine Laboratory

The worst of the red tide in Sarasota County may have passed. That's the word from county officials, who say fewer dead fish washed ashore Thursday.

State Signs Off On Two Hospital Projects

Jul 17, 2018

Florida’s top health-care regulator gave final approval last week to a pair of new hospitals for southern Sarasota County. 

Tom Matrullo

Fresh Start for the Celery Fields, a group concerned about having development coexist with one of the birding areas in Sarasota County, chose four options to use the public land Wednesday. The group presented the picks to Sarasota County Commissioners.

Wildlife officials want to know who ran over eight sea turtle nests on a South Siesta Key beach.

NOAA.gov

Authorities say lightning struck and killed someone on a Florida beach.

Hillsborough County

With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

USF Sarasota-Manatee

In the next 30 years, figures show the fastest growing demographic in the Sarasota-Manatee region will be people 80 or older. In addition, just 31 percent of the nurses currently there have baccalaureate degrees.

The University of South Florida Health College of Nursing hopes to remedy both of those issues by offering its program at its Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

A coalition of 50 homeowners presented a report to Sarasota County Commissioners on Wednesday suggesting potential land-uses surrounding Celery Fields, which is one of the most important bird-watching spots on Florida's Gulf Coast.

In November, after a split commission rejected plans to build a recycling center near the fields, the group was given six months to create a proposal for how the land should be used.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Manatee and Sarasota Counties have seen overdose deaths from drugs like heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil spike in the past few years. At the same time, the number of children being removed from their homes and placed into the area’s foster care system has skyrocketed. There’s a connection between the increases.

Florida Storms

A man was found face-down dead in water next to his wheelchair after heavy rains flooded a Florida neighborhood.

Sarasota County

Sarasota County planners will hear a request Thursday afternoon to rezone land for a scrap recycling center next to what has been called the best bird-watching spot in the county.

Justices Will Hear Hospital Funding Dispute

Jul 6, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 5 in a long-running dispute about a 2003 state law that directed Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for indigent care, according to an online docket.

Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Inc., Englewood Community Hospital Inc., and the former Venice Regional Medical Center took the issue to the Supreme Court after the 2nd District Court of Appeal last year ruled that part of the 2003 law was unconstitutional.

Courtesy of Sarasota Co. Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations

Sarasota County has become among the first counties in Florida to be able to accept text to 911 emergency messages. But Emergency Operations Manager Kris Adams stresses that if you can speak, it's still best to call though.

Justices To Weigh Doctor's Care Before Patient Suicide

Aug 17, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a medical-malpractice dispute that focuses on whether a family physician provided adequate care before a patient committed suicide.

The court released a schedule Thursday that said arguments in the Sarasota County case will be heard Sept. 2. The case stems from the October 2008 death of Jacqueline Granicz, who was a patient of family physician Joseph Chirillo and had been treated for depression.

Village of the Arts

Sarasota is known around the world for its arts scene. Can Bradenton and Manatee County become a destination for the arts? 

Federal officials were in Sarasota County this week helping residents get ready for new flood maps. It’s part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA nationwide initiative to update the country’s flood maps.

The $137 Million Sarasota Deal That Got Away

Oct 28, 2014

Since its inception, Sarasota County's business growth plan — like many around the state — has had mixed success luring employers like this. But in the competitive world of economic development, where job-starved communities use promises of cash incentives and tax breaks to reel in corporate spending, this was kind of prey that local officials could not help but chase. This was one that got away.

Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.

Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.

Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It's in the same family of bacterium that causes cholera.

Sarasota County Fires Administrator Randall Reid

Oct 24, 2013

No single fault or dramatic misstep doomed Randall Reid, who has overseen about 2,100 Sarasota County employees and executed the commission's policies for less than two years. One commissioner said Reid had moved too slowly on projects. Another said he'd failed to enforce county policies. A couple cited low morale among employees.

Thursday was a day of weather extremes for the Tampa Bay area. 

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reports Tampa and Sarasota both set new high temperature records for May 24 with highs of 96 and 95 respectively. Both Brooksville in Hernando County and Bronson in Levy County posted highs of 97. 

Then, thanks to that heat and humidity, strong storms popped up along the sea breeze Thursday evening. 

Landlords in Sarasota County appear to be discriminating against minorities and those with disabilities, according to a study by the firm Mullin & Lonergan Associates.

Minority and disabled investigators posing as prospective renters were quoted higher prices or were asked for more income information than white, non-disabled investigators. Rentals sometimes were available for whites but not for minorities.

The study found that Sarasota County landlords discriminated in two of five disability tests, and in three of four racial tests.