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What you need to know in Sarasota-Manatee, Tuesday, July 14 – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Catch up on today’s latest news in Sarasota-Manatee and across the state.

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We will update this story throughout the day with the latest news from around the area, as well as updates about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects in Sarasota-Manatee and across Florida.

TODAY IS TUESDAY

As of Tuesday, 291,629 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19, and there have been 4,409 deaths. You can also track coronavirus cases by ZIP code in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

TOP STORIES

11:18 a.m.: More Sarasota-Manatee homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments

The number of Sarasota-Manatee homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages has spiked amid the broad economic downturn from the coronavirus crisis.

11:13 a.m.: Detwiler’s confirms COVID-19 cases, will pilot online ordering

Detwiler’s Farm Market said it has had 11 associates test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived in Southwest Florida, and that seven of those cases have occurred in the month of July.

11:11 a.m.: 9,194 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Tuesday

The Florida Department of https://bt-hypnotise.com/ announced 9,194 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday, a second day of declines after Sunday’s record of 15,300. Florida now has 291,629 coronavirus cases across the state. The number of reported deaths of Florida residents rose by 132 to 4,409.

10:29 a.m.: North Port commission candidates weigh in on deannexation

The six North Port City Commission hopefuls at Monday night’s North Port Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Facebook Live forum for Districts 2 and 3 faced several typical questions and one bombshell.

9:55 a.m.: Police: Suspected credit card skimmer found in Sarasota gas pump

A suspected skimming device, designed to stealing bank account information, was found inside a Sarasota gas station’s pump this week, police report.

9:44 a.m.: FHP: Wrong-way driver dies in University Parkway crash

A wrong-way driver was killed and another driver injured in a crash early Tuesday on University Parkway in Manatee County, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

6:20 a.m.: SEIDMAN: Will pandemic’s surge in cyclists mean more conflict or courtesy?

Whether inspired by fitness, environment or virus avoidance, many new cyclists are inexperienced, unconfident or ignorant of the rules of the road. Pairing them with drivers who may be elderly, unfamiliar with their routes, distracted by cellphones or too aggressive, can be a deadly combination.

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YESTERDAY’S TOP STORIES

School Boards to finalize reopening plans

Parents, teachers and students will have a clearer picture of what schools in Sarasota and Manatee may look like in August with both school boards scheduled to meet Tuesday to approve reopening plans.

Street corner protesters shout calls for equality in Sarasota

The “Stand Up For Your First Amendment Rights” peaceful protest was intended to raise awareness for racial equality and to call on the public to join the fight to improve the community.

North Port to ask county for parks agreement extension

Faced with the prospect of spending more than $1.3 million annually when the city ultimately assumes maintenance of all parks within the city limits — currently targeted for July 1, 2021 — North Port City Commissioners plan to ask their counterparts in Sarasota County for at least a three-month extension as well as Zoom meeting to talk about the agreement.

COVID-19 aid applications open Tuesday for Manatee County small businesses

Starting July 14, small businesses impacted by COVID-19 in Manatee County can apply for up to $5,000 to help continue operations safely.

Sarasota School Board’s thoughts on superintendent candidates

The Sarasota School Board will select the district’s next superintendent on Tuesday.

Sarasota daredevils Bello and Annaliese Nock on ‘America’s Got Talent’ return

A father-and-daughter daredevil duo who live in Sarasota and perform internationally, including on “America’s Got Talent,” will return to the NBC competition show on Tuesday.

Critic and Music Mondays leader Edward Alley dies at 85

Edward Alley, the musician and conductor who became actively involved in the Sarasota arts scene as a music critic, board member and host of the popular Music Mondays program for the Sarasota Institute for Lifetime Learning, died Monday at 85.

Braves to hold opening weekend celebration concert at CoolToday Park

As Major League Baseball gets ready to kick off an amended version of its 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Atlanta Braves plan to celebrate at their Sarasota County spring training stadium.

After smashing coronavirus record, Florida’s day after also bleak

Florida added another 12,624 coronavirus cases Monday, with the state’s second highest 24-hour toll coming only a day after a record-smashing 15,300 cases were reported.

Mote releases mammoth loggerhead with satellite tracker

Mote Marine Laboratory biologists are hoping a satellite tags will provide more details about about what male sea turtles do in the ocean.

Record COVID-19 hospitalizations at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has again broken a record for COVID-19 patients.

Sarasota-Bradenton passenger traffic increases in June

June was Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport’s busiest full month since COVID-19 started, but passenger traffic was still down 64% compared to the same month in 2019.

Here’s where money for Sarasota city elections is coming from

A Herald-Tribune analysis of campaign finance records shows how well Sarasota City Commission candidates are courting donors during the global health crisis.

12,624 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on Monday

The Florida Department of https://bt-hypnotise.com/ announced 12,624 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, a decline after Sunday’s record of 15,300.

Finalists named for Sarasota Chamber’s Berlin Small Business awards

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards.

Drive-thru COVID-19 tests offered in Venice

The Florida Department of https://bt-hypnotise.com/ in Sarasota is scheduling appointment only COVID-19 tests, from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday at the Venice Community Center.

Anderson: No coronavirus cure, only federal charges

The miracle cure was manufactured in a backyard shed, strong enough to kill, suspicious enough to question.

AltMed’s virus-proof growth market

Two weeks ago, a mile or so off Interstate 75 in Lakewood Ranch, AltMed opened the doors of its 23rd Florida dispensary, its 11th this year. Its aggressive expansion mirrors the state’s burgeoning medical cannabis patient database.

Pandemic boosts telehealth into widespread use

A few months ago, when news was breaking about the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, Dr. Stephen Nicholas recognized the threat. He huddled with colleagues and devised a plan to start providing telehealth to some patients. The advantages of “virtual visits,” like seeing the doctor online through Zoom or FaceTime, are many, starting with the convenience of being able to stay home.

Low key celebration for 100-year-old Sarasota veteran

Today, Ralph Franklin will take a rare (these days) excursion away from his residence at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch to celebrate his 100th birthday. He was one of the Marines in the first wave of the Bougainville invasion in World War II.

Bank of America closes Southwest Florida branches over virus concerns

The largest bank in Southwest Florida temporarily closed 32 of its local offices last week due to coronavirus concerns.

North Port to discuss city manager’s annual review

For the second consecutive year, North Port City Manager Peter Lear graded out as “highly effective” or better on his annual evaluation from four of the five city commissioners, all of whom will discuss his job performance at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

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