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ACLU sues Sarasota PD over cell phone tracking

Sarasota, Florida -- Your cell phone privacy could be at risk. The ACLU says Sarasota Police can listen in on your calls using a spy tool without your knowledge or permission.

The ACLU has sued the department.

Sarasota Police to add 24 body cameras for patrol officers and SWAT team

Sarasota, Florida - We've seen the video of officers caught on tape making an arrest, but what we seen doesn't always tell the whole story. The Sarasota Police Department plans to add body cameras for officers to use while on patrol.

Beginning this fall, the next time Sarasota police respond to a call, the officers might be recording you by using a small, bullet-shaped camera.

"It's part of the digital age to be more transparent," says Sgt. Bryan Graham.

H&M to Open New Location in Sarasota

H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), one of the world's largest fashion retailers known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics at affordable prices, is excited to announce a brand new location at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Florida. The new store is set to open in the fall of 2014.

Sarasota noise ordinance moves forward

Sarasota, Florida -- UPDATE: Sarasota city commissioners decided Monday night to move forward with a public hearing in the fall to further discuss the issue.

About a dozen people spoke on the issue at Monday's meeting and some commissioners even mentioned wanting to discuss considering lower decibels than recommended in the ordinance.

At the public hearing, at a date not yet announced, an attorney is also expected to provide a report regarding special use permits.

New noise law may bring $15,000 fines

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota is considering sweeping changes to its noise laws that could slam business owners with fines of up to $15,000 a day.

Several new condo towers have gone up in the Five Points area of Downtown within the past 10 years. A lot of the people who live there say they expected the city's quiet downtown to stay that way when they moved in. To them, a strip of bars on Main Street -- open late and sometimes loud -- don't belong.

And they're sort of right.

Canadian builder plans 11,000 homes in North Port

NORTH PORT, Florida (AP) - Canada's largest home builder plans to team up with a Sarasota developer and land buyer to construct more than 11,000 homes in southern Sarasota County.

Sarasota City Commissioners to tackle noise ordinance

Sarasota, Florida-Sarasota City Commissioners will tackle a proposed noise ordinance on Monday one that may leave some downtown businesses making a lot of noise against it.

While the decibel levels would remain the same, the proposed ordinance bans any "plainly audible" noise heard within 200 feet between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Basically if one can hear it it's too loud and they would be in violation.

The fines would change from 250 dollars to as much as 5-thousand dollars a day.