Sarasota County

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 7

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES FLORIDA BAN ON SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Lawyer John Morgan filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying smoking marijuana is the best way to administer it to some patients. Morgan led the ballot effort that put medical use of marijuana in the state constitution with 71 percent voter approval. He said the language in the constitution […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 31

WEST INDIAN MANATEES GO FROM ‘ENDANGERED’ TO ‘THREATENED” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release Thursday that challenges remain to ensuring the species’ long-term future, even though the manatee population has increased over the years. The new status won’t diminish existing federal protections and the manatee will continue to be protected […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 20

FLORIDA’S 29 ELECTORS CAST VOTES FOR DONALD TRUMP IN TALLAHASSEE Florida’s 29 electors cast their votes for Donald Trump inside the state Senate chambers Monday as about 200 people protested outside the doors. Protesters shouted, “Love trumps hate” just before the vote took place, and “Vote your conscience” as the electors filled out their ballots. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 9

POLICE: HUMAN REMAINS IN GATOR’S STOMACH Lakeland police spokesman Gary Gross said Wednesday that the remains found inside the alligator during a necropsy matched the body found in its mouth Tuesday. Gross says detectives still don’t know if the unidentified man drowned or was killed by the gator. His body was decomposed, indicating he had […]

Red tide detected in Northwest and Southwest Florida

Red tide detected in Northwest and Southwest Florida

Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, were detected last week along Bay and Gulf counties in Northwestern Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. The red tide was detected by satellite images and an analysis of water samples in those areas. It was detected in low- to […]