Our network

Holmes Beach city leaders pass alcohol ban


Holmes Beach, Florida -- Holmes Beach has voted unanimously to ban alcohol on the beach.

Manatee County and its city beaches all have the same rule: no alcohol on the beach. But Holmes Beach left out an important word that created a loophole that has tied officers hands for decades.

Previously, Holmes Beach's city ordinance only banned the consumption of alcohol. You could still put a 6-pack beer, or bottle of wine, in your cooler and head to the beach.

Some vets call for resignation of VA Secretary


Sarasota, Florida -- As we remember the men and women who have served and died for our country this Memorial Day, many vets are still fighting for benefits and delayed hospital care.

"Hey, guys, quick! Look this way," said photographer David Taylor as he used his camera to capture memories of a veteran riding in Sarasota's Memorial Day Parade down Main Street.

Lifeguards begin longer hours on Sarasota beaches


Sarasota, Florida -- Starting on Saturday, lifeguards will be working longer hours to keep you safe on Sarasota beaches.

The extended hours will be in place from May 24 until Labor Day. Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. until 6:45 every day. But this is only on the county's guarded beaches, which are:

Drivers worry about UTC mall's traffic impact


Sarasota, Florida -- A new mall and new housing developments are signs the economy is rebounding, but the growth comes with a price for the area of Lakewood Ranch just off I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The cost: traffic and lots of it.

The Mall at University Town Center, set to open Oct. 16, will feature 880,000 square feet of shopping and dining with a more than 100 stores.

I-75 in Sarasota back open after gravel spill


UPDATE: All lanes are back open on Interstate 75 in Sarasota. Northbound lanes were shut down earlier on Monday near mile marker 205 due to a gravel spill. Traffic was being diverted onto Clark Road, but the interstate has since been cleared.


Sarasota Key, Lido Key at odds over dredging sand


Lido Key, Florida -- A line has been draw in the water at Big Sarasota Pass between Lido Key and Siesta Key.

And it's all over sand.

One has a lot of it and the other not nearly enough. Some people living on Lido Key worry the erosion problem may soon endanger some structures.

"It's a beautiful, beautiful beach," says John Reutelshofer. He has been staying at the Sarasota Sands Resort on South Lido Key for more than 30 years. During that time John says he recalls seeing the sand come and go.

Dogs rescued from hanging vehicle


Sarasota, Florida -- Several dogs had to be rescued from a crashed van in Sarasota.

The van's driver crashed through the railing of a bridge over a small creek on Shot Club Drive, which led to the vehicle teetering over the side.

Ten dogs used for rehabilitation were inside.

Crews brought in cables to stabilize the van so it wouldn't tumble into the creek.

The woman driving the van said her foot slipped off the brake and accidentally hit the gas.