State budget vote coming Sunday

TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers are poised to vote on an $88.7 billion state budget in overtime Sunday. The budget was finalized and released at 1:40 p.m. Thursday starting the constitutionally required 72–hour waiting period before the House and Senate can vote on the spending plan, for the year beginning July 1. The budget includes $400 million for school safety and mental health improvements prompted by the Valentine’s Day shooting...

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Feel Good Friday: Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ Back to School Bash

SARASOTA — In this week’s edition of “Feel Good Friday,” SNN’s Grant Boxleitner spent some time at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. The longstanding attraction is getting ready for its Back to School Bash, offering free admission for up to three children with a paying adult on Saturday and Sunday. During the interview, curator Andrew Biddle shows off an Macaw and a young alligator. Catch “Feel Good...

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Dick Vitale delivers inspiring speech to Boys & Girls Club in Sarasota

SARASOTA- Dick Vitale delivered an emotional speech at the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. His scholarship ceremony this year was dedicated to his close friend and long time colleague at ESPN, John Saunders. Vitale’s message to the Boys and Girls club was to do things the right way…say thank you and I love you as often as possible. Because he says that’s how John Saunders lived his life. The 13 time hall of famer gave...

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Teen Court Volunteer Recognition Dinner is tonight

SARASOTA – A local non–profit organization is recognizing teen volunteers tonight. Teen Court helps teens get back on their feet without the pressure and consequences of criminal intervention. Volunteers act as attorneys, bailiffs, and jury members to mentor the young offenders who walk through the doors at Teen Court. Tonight these volunteers are being recognized with scholarship money, and it’s all donated from a...

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South Jetty cleanup Saturday

VENICE – Saturday is the Venice South Jetty underwater cleanup. Certified scuba volunteers will dive into the water at 9 A.M. on Saturday morning to help clean up the underwater environment at the Venice South Jetty. The Venice Police Department will also be there to help. Venice Jetty cleanups happen three times a year. The last cleanup was the 23rd of July. There will be a pre-dive briefing just before 9. All volunteers are...

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Feel Good Friday: Cake jars, cupcake eating contest

SARASOTA COUNTY — In this week’s edition of “Feel Good Friday,” SNN’s Grant Boxleitner spends time at Heavenly Cupcakes in Gulf Gate. The establishment holds weekly cake jar workshops and will conduct its annual cupcake eating contest on Aug. 13. Owner Becky Hayden talks about the upcoming events. Catch “Feel Good Friday,” in thhe 5 p.m. hour, only on SNN Suncoast News Network....

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