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Sarasota 2020

February 2020 –

  • Grand opening of the new West Coast Black Theatre facilty.
    * Sarasota County and the Florida Health Department are mum on corona-virus information. 
    * Florida legislature looks at taking over Sarasota’s New College.
    * People on Sarasota man’s hit list want help from the local courts. 
    * Real estate remains strong with more sales than last year.
    * Spring training starts in SW Florida for the Braves, Orioles, Rays and Pirates.
    * Sarasota ties for almost last place of affordable beach towns. 
    * 107 year old Sarasota driver featured on ‘Inside Edition’.

January 2020 –

  • Sarasota County Commissioners unanimously voted to take $20 million from tourist funds and give it to Mote Marine to build a new facility at Lakewood Ranch. The Sarasota tourist bureau is not happy with that.
    * Amazon to build a new distribution center in Venice.
  • Selby Gardens and Sarasota Orchestra continue to look for a new home. The Players Theatre, Circus Sarasota and Mote Marine have committed to move to Lakewood Ranch. 
    * DNA leads to arrest of a man for a murder committed in 1988.
    * Ex-Sarasota church leader accused of sexually molesting boys for the past 20 years.
    * Passenger traffic at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport was up 58% in December as the airport adds many new airlines.
    * New USF program to speed up the supply of nurses.
  • Man who crashed his pickup truck into a car rental counter at Sarasota airport remains in a coma.
    * Sarasota residents continue to fight Benderson development at U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road with a lawsuit.