Sarasota Police plan crackdown on CBD vendors
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Sarasota Police plan crackdown on CBD vendors

Sarasota loves cannabidiol (CBD)– at least, one would think so given how more than two dozen stores have begun selling the product. CBD can be found for sale from pharmacies to gas stations, and that wide availability has begun to attract the attention of the…

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Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds
Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds.

Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds

Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds. Rep. Margaret Good filed a bill on Feb. 11 that will alter the Florida landscape: House Bill (HB) 737. Ten months earlier, at the Science and Environment Council Environmental Summit held at…

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New LGBTQIA+ guidelines spark parental concern at Sarasota School Board meeting
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New LGBTQIA+ guidelines spark parental concern at Sarasota School Board meeting

Taking an unprecedented step toward improving LGBTQIA+ inclusion in local schools, the Sarasota County School Board released new guidelines in late October to advise teachers and school staff on gender and sexuality-related issues. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, these guidelines sparked a heated debate at a…

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Passions are sparked at final gubernatorial debate
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Passions are sparked at final gubernatorial debate

In less than a week’s time, either Andrew Gillum, Democratic Mayor of Tallahassee, or Ron DeSantis, Republican former congressman, will be the Governor-elect of Florida. Both men have given no quarter to the other in this tooth-and-nail race, and the tension between them when they…

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Third Liberation Breakfast honors indigenous peoples
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Third Liberation Breakfast honors indigenous peoples

On Oct. 20 Answer Suncoast and The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) hosted their third Liberation Breakfast in Newtown Estates Park, focused on honoring indigenous peoples and discussing the history and current struggles faced by indigenous populations. The history of Indigenous People’s Day, both…

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Sarasota celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, crowds of rainbow-clad Sarasotans gathered in J.D. Hamel Park to celebrate Pride Fest 2018. A number of free activities were available to festival-goers. Flag-toting high school students and senior citizens alike lounged in lawn chairs and sat in the grass…

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SCF ends dual enrollment for highschoolers
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SCF ends dual enrollment for highschoolers

State College of Florida (SCF) will no longer offer dual enrollment courses on the campuses of Sarasota and Manatee County schools. Instead, on July 1, 2019 students who wish to enroll in a dual enrollment course will need to take the class online or on…

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