Cold Water Threatens Manatees

Marine wildlife officials are closely monitoring water temperatures off the Sun Coast. That’s because of new information that as many as 25 percent of manatees who were found dead over the last two winters were killed by cold water. Manatees need to live in water that’s warmer than 68 degrees and as we’ve reported here […]

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Scott Named to Education Foundaton Post

Longtime community leader Susan Scott has been named exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion of Sara­sota County. Board Chair­man Mike Bryant says Scott was the unanimous choice to replace Cindy Kaiser, who left to deal with fam­ily health issues at the end of October. Scott was Sara­sota County government’s deputy admin­is­tra­tor from 2003 to 2010, […]

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Punta Gorda FD Seeks Medical Response Upgrade

Punta Gorda Fire Department is asking Charlotte County to approve an upgrade in the medical treatment skills the department can offer. By state statute, Charlotte County oversees emergency medical services in the county. The request is to allow the Punta Gorda department to become certified to provide advanced life support services. The fire department says […]

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Sarasota To Study NC City’s Murder Decline

Looking for pointers in High Point. Sarasota police are readying a fact-finding trip to the city of High Point, North Carolina, in hopes of finding out how that community’s success in cutting homicides in volatile neighborhoods could translate here. Police looking to stem the alarming rise in murders in the Newtown community after a series […]

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