Placida waterfront has new owners with big plans

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – A Boca Grande couple has plans for the waterfront Placida Historic Fishing Village. Jay and Cookie Potter-Feinberg’s Placida Point LLC  bought the property out of foreclosure for $6 million, according to the Herald Tribune. They plan to build an Old Florida style development with a 150-room boutique hotel and a 55-and-older gated community. They also plan to seek a variance from the Charlotte County planning...

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Legislator oversight may leave homeless without money

TALLAHASSEE – A key omission may affect money spent on homeless people in the state. The Florida budget that kicks in July 1 includes $4 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. Legislators, however, omitted language that makes it mandatory for the state to actually spend the money. As a result, 27 homeless agencies in the state may lose as much as $350,000. Some of this money is used for homeless to pay...

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Fees for public records be challenged

SARASOTA – If you ever made a public records request in Sarasota, you may have paid too much. At least that is what bulldog paralegal Michael Barfield is claiming. Barfield is making this accusation after he feels he was given the runaround by the Sarasota County School district after paying for records, but not getting them after nearly 4 months. Within hours of filing a lawsuit, Barfield got most of his request. According to the...

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Suncoast trash fees to increase due to China decision

SUNCOAST – A policy in China may be the reason that Suncoast residents pay more for a rise in their trash fees. The cities of Sarasota and Venice may see rate increases for trash and recycling pickup after China’s decision to extend its ban on more than 24 types of solid waste, which would increase the cost to dispose of waste. Sarasota is proposing an increase from $22.66 to $24.55 a month for residential customers and a 5 percent...

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Hospitalized 2-year-old suffered leg injuries in tractor accident

MYAKKA CITY – A tractor accident has  sent a 2 year–old boy to the hospital with leg injuries. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s office, Sunday evening, a man in Myakka City had his 2 year–old son sitting on his lap while he cut the grass of a field on a tractor. At one point, the father went to stop the tractor to hand off the boy to his mother, but the tractor lunged forward and the toddler fell to the ground. The boy’s legs...

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2 Sarasota daughters share their heartfelt Father’s Day stories

SARASOTA- In honor of Father’s Day, two Sarasota families shared their heartfelt stories about a special man in their lives. It’s a special relationship between father and daughter for Jennifer and David Woodford. “I just feel very lucky that I know that people wanted to adopt me,” Jennifer said. David and his wife traveled to China to adopt a baby girl. He called it a life changing moment. “When we first saw Jennifer’s picture we...

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