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Noise crackdown throughout Tampa Bay

Tampa, Florida -- Once upon a time, you could take to the streets of Tampa and have your teeth jarred loose by the booming bass coming from cars. In June, Tampa lawmakers outlawed vehicular music that could be heard within 50 feet.

Sarasota understands. Today, lawmakers there scheduled a public hearing in March to consider a tougher noise ordinance than the one that currently exists after complaints about loud music coming from Bob's Boathouse.

"It's hour after hour, day after day, week after week," said one resident.

Ellenton toddler dies in apparent accidental drowning

Ellenton, Florida -- Sarasota deputies are investigating the death of a toddler in Ellenton.

The Sheriff's Office says 19-month-old Ellery Jackson was taken to the hospital after her mother, Alyssa Jackson, found the girl unresponsive in the bath tub.  Ellery was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Jackson was reportedly bathing Ellery and her 3-year-old brother when she left the two to get something from another part of the house. 

When Jackson returned, she discovered Ellery was underwater and called 911.  

Sarasota Police Department investigating suspicious death

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a body found in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 

Around 9:45 a.m. on February 20, police received calls of a woman's body found behind the Out Reach Ministry building. The cause of death is unknown at this time but it is being handled as suspicious. 

Detectives are asking anyone who saw something suspicious in this area in the last 24 hours to call the Sarasota Police Department. 

10 News will continue to update this story. 

Sarasota's tourism season up over last year

Sarasota, Florida -- All the cold weather up north is paying off for Sarasota tourism as officials report business is up.

Visit Sarasota officials say hotel occupancy in January increased by 12% and growing daily at an average of 4%.

December brought in 18% more in tourist development tax dollars over December 2012's record breaking figures.

Business owners also say this year is better than last year.

Sarasota County considers tougher noise ordinance

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Commissioners are moving forward with a new noise ordinance with a public hearing set for March 19.

Since Bob's Boathouse opened on October 30, many neighbor's along Phillippi Creek have been less than happy.

Bern's Steakhouse & local chefs picked as James Beard semifinalists

Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Bay is quickly becoming a hot spot for "foodies." Restaurants in Tampa and Sarasota are among the semifinalists for a prestigious James Beard Award, often considered the "Oscars for food."

Fatal scooter crash in Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- A scooter and a van collided at the intersection of Clark Road and Honore Avenue, resulting in the death of the scooter driver. 

According to reports, the scooter was traveling eastbound on Clark Road approaching Honore Avenue and the van was traveling westbound on Clark Road a little before 9 p.m. on February 15. The scooter made a left turn on a red light and pulled directly in front of the car. 

Upon impact, the scooter driver was ejected and died on scene. 

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