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Past articles by Rebecca:

Amendments 1, 3 & 4: Impacting future voters and elections

There are a total of six amendments on this year’s ballot, but three of them will directly impact voters and how they’ll vote in future elections. → Read More

What’s on the Ballot? Your guide to this year’s election on the Suncoast

In “Your Voice, Your Vote”, we are days out from the 2020 election day. The ABC7 team wants to make sure you are prepared when you fill out that ballot because there’s way more to vote for than just the presidential candidate. → Read More

Safety and tourism this Labor Day Weekend on the Suncoast

Just yesterday, Governor DeSantis announced a new initiative encouraging travel throughout the state. He says not only will this help people feel comfortable being out again, but it can bring thousands of hospitality jobs back to the Florida and the Suncoast. → Read More

Governor DeSantis extends ban on evictions and foreclosures for the 5th time since COVID-19 pandemic began

Those that can’t pay their bills because of their situation during this pandemic, now have a new expiration date - October 1st. → Read More

Future of bars and breweries still uncertain on the Suncoast

Lawyers across the state have gone to court challenging these forced closures, but so far, Florida attorneys are telling us that all the judges that have held hearings are siding with the restrictions. → Read More

Suncoast Residents Making Masks at Home to Help Shortage During Pandemic

Right now, the biggest need is actually protecting those on the front lines inside our hospitals and clinics. Healthcare workers are desperately short of crucial protective gear to protect them against the highly contagious coronavirus. → Read More

North Port Police Using Drone to Solve Crimes and Save Lives

This technology can not only help find missing persons, but help officials see what kind of damage a storm might have caused in some areas or what roads are now blocked – before sending officers into the danger zone. → Read More

3 members of Massachusetts family killed in Florida crash

The crash happened Tuesday evening. Lt. Kim Montes says the family’s van was struck from behind by a pickup truck, causing the vehicle to overturn. → Read More

Purchasing Without Problems: When To Use Cash, Credit Cards of Debit Cards

However, nowadays there’s more than just cash, credit or debit. We also use things like PayPal, Venmo, or checks - which can be risky since so much of your information is available. → Read More

182 lots in North Port being auctioned off by Sarasota County

All across the City of North Port, 182 lots are being put up for sale in an auction. Some are in remote areas that are still not developed, but others are lots in between houses in central neighborhoods. → Read More

Hog Trail Murders: New Technology Helps Create Sketch That May Help Identify Potential Victim

In February of 1994, 26 years ago, a man was found dead in the woods in Punta Gorda. He had no clothing, no teeth and absolutely nothing to identify him or even know what happened to him. Since then, he’s been known as John Doe and the first of many bodies discovered from the Hog Trail Murders. → Read More

Where did the homeless in North Port go?

When volunteers got to Veterans Park in North Port - where homeless are known to camp out - they found no one. It didn’t just happen there. It happened at mostly all of the usual camps throughout the city. They were only able to give the survey to four homeless individuals. → Read More

North Port Preparing For Start of Spring Training Season at CoolToday Park

With all this excitement, also comes preparation. The city and West Villages have been working hard to make sure everything is set to go before that first pitch. → Read More

Middle school teacher in Venice sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting multiple underage students

A middle school teacher teacher in Venice was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday for molesting multiple underage students. → Read More

Amazon building new distribution center in south Sarasota County

Land is currently being cleared in Venice on commerce drive off of I-75 and Jacaranda Boulevard where the future Amazon Distribution Center will be located. → Read More

7 facts about Betty White, who is celebrating her 98th birthday today

Actress Betty White is celebrating her 98th birthday Friday, and her decades-long career in television and film is being celebrated by many to mark the occasion. → Read More

New Accelerated Program at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee Campus To Help Fill Gap in Nursing Shortage

“We’re going to have an even further shortage of nurses coming on because as we all know, we’re opening up new facilities in Venice, and that’s going to add to the demand." → Read More

Make less than $66K a year? Here’s how to get your taxes filed for free

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from the start of tax season. → Read More

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Electronics Stolen From Sarasota Boat Marina

It happened overnight on Saturday at the Phillippi Harbor Club in Sarasota. All types of electronics from about 30 boats were taken. → Read More

Development Approved for Former Circus Arena Property in Venice

The future of what used to be the home of the Ringling Circus in Venice is finally clear. Venice City Council unanimously voted to allow a new, 75-year lease is now happening with Michigan developer, Kent Jacoby, who wants to build a hotel, medical offices and a restaurant. → Read More