Labor

Manatee School District Strikes Tentative Deal with Teachers' Union

If the agreement is approved, the salary for a beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree would rise from $38,285 to $39,094.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales Up Again After Hurricane Slump

Sales of single-family homes in Florida totaled 20,543 last month, up 2 percent when compared to October 2016.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Data

Three Americans Now Have More Wealth Than Bottom Half of the Country

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett together now have more wealth than 160 million Americans, or 63 million households.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Construction

Intersection at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue to Close Monday

Construction on a new roundabout there is expected to be completed by next May.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Networking

Business Groups Hold Expo Nov. 28

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present the East Meets West Regional Business Expo.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Data

Students Say Area Has Job Opportunities, But Few Plan to Stay

Sixty-nine percent of high school students say the area has enough job opportunities, but only 16.7 percent say they plan to stay, according to a new survey.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Sarasota Travel Agent Named Top Specialist for Southern Africa

Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel was recently named a travel specialist for the 14th consecutive year by Condé Nast Traveler.

11/20/2017 By Staff

New hires

Bradenton Law Office Adds New Estate, Probate Attorney

Gerling Law Group recently hired Scarlett Guy.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Nonprofits

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Vice President Honored for Literacy Efforts

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Veronica Brady is being recognized for her advocacy for the Reading Recovery program.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Trade

Ecuadorian Officials Discuss Strengthening Port Manatee Ties

An Ecuadorian trade commissioner and business development manager recently visited Port Manatee.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Politics

Early Voting in State House Democratic Primary Begins Nov. 25

The special election was called because of the resignation of former state Rep. Alex Miller, R-Sarasota, who quit after serving less than a year in office.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Hit New High

The Sarasota County tax collector's office collected almost $21.3 million in Tourist Development Tax money during its most recent fiscal year.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Retail

69 Percent of Americans Plan to Shop This Weekend

That portion includes shoppers who plan to spend on Cyber Monday.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

World Rowing Championships Generated $18.7 Million in Local Economic Impact

Organizers had predicted that the event would generate $25 million in economic impact for the region.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Politics

U.S. House Passes Tax Cut Plan

The bill cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, eliminates the estate tax in 2024 and drops many personal deductions, among other things.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Philanthropy

Foundation to Support Nonprofits' Startup Plans

The Patterson Foundation is helping the Humane Society of Manatee County, the Peace River Wildlife Center, the Prospect Riding Center and Satchel’s Last Resort.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Media

Sarasota Political Activist Contributes to Book Analyzing 2014 Elections

Edward James III co-wrote a chapter in the just-published Races, Reforms, & Policy: Implications of the 2014 Elections.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Retail

Mall Christmas Attraction Returns

The Mall at University Town Center's holiday attraction, Santa's Flight Academy, will run through Christmas Eve.

11/15/2017 By Staff

Health

New Venice Fitness Center Opens

The new Planet Fitness takes up 20,000 square feet and offers cardio machines and strength equipment, specialty training equipment and more.

11/15/2017 By Staff

Technology

New App Helps Drivers Find Parking Spots

Parker helps drivers find public parking spaces in downtown Sarasota and Southside Village, at Lido Beach and on St. Armands Circle.

11/15/2017 By Staff