Circuit judge dismisses most counts brought by Kinnan

MANATEE- A circuit judge dismisses seven of the eight counts of a lawsuit that former Manatee High Football Coach Joe Kinnan brought against the school board and former school officials. The Herald Tribune reports Judge Lee Haworth dismissed all claims against the district except for one of negligence. The district general counsel told the newspaper the district will continue to defend this matter. Kinnan resigned in 2014 after 29...

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Braves make North Port new Spring Training home

North Port- The Atlanta Braves are officially relocating their spring training to a new stadium complex in North Port. The commission was more divided after reviewing the final legal development agreement, narrowly voting 3-2 to approve the last major piece needed to finalize the $100 million deal. The approval paves the way for initial construction work to begin on the site almost immediately. The stadium and training campus is set...

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Jewish Suncoast residents prepare for holidays with PJ’s Library

SARASOTA – PJ’s Library is a twist on your typical bedtime story. “The PJ Library is a literary and engagement program for families raising their children Jewish,” Andrea Eiffert of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee said. One book each month gets delivered straight to a subscribing family’s front door. “They always have either a Jewish value, or are about a Jewish holiday, or some Jewish spin,” Eiffert said. The program...

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Rowers experiencing the Suncoast

SARASOTA- Rowers from 69 countries are excited to spend two weeks on the Suncoast. But what’s there to do? Sarasota PR professional, Kim Livengood, says downtown Sarasota offers craft cocktails and almost every place has a happy hour. On the food side, Sarasota resident John Chapman says don’t overlook “tourist” spots like Shore and Tommy Bahama on St. Armand’s Circle. And for rowers looking to locally shop, Larry Jordan says Morton’s...

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Trulieve medical cannabis dispensary holds grand opening

BRADENTON- Suncoast Patients will now have easier access to medical cannabis with the Grand Opening of Trulieve’s Bradenton Dispensary, the first dispensary on the Suncoast. And the dispensary opened to a packed house of customers. “We’ve been open and delivering to patients since July of last year,” Kim Rivers said. “And so we knew that this area definitely had a strong patient base, and wanted to give patients an in-store option.”...

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2018 Budget for Sarasota Government Causes Drama

SARASOTA-Sarasota city and county governments endorse 2018 budgets with a bit of drama. According to the Herald Tribune, county leaders decided to scrap their plans for a new excise tax designed to balance the county’s next $294 million general fund, while city leaders only narrowly approved Sarasota’s $202 million annual budget for 2018. The so-called public service tax would have been a new 5 percent excise levy on gas, electric and...

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