August 23, 2019 Edition


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County utility rate increase proposed over 5 years to pay for $158-million upgrade of Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility to advanced treatment status


New 40-bed secured facility for treating offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues wins County Commission support on trial basis


Redistricting consultant scheduled to present findings to County Commission on Aug. 27


County commissioners voice vexation over senior staff members refraining from telling them about need for major improvements to wastewater systems


Interlocal agreement for pedestrian/bicycle pathway on west side of Sarasota High campus and ADA improvements on east side wins City Commission approval on 4-1 vote


Ban on polystyrene and plastic straw use for sidewalk cafes on city property to go into effect in January 2020


New agreement approved between City of Sarasota and Florida Department of Environmental Protection for state funding of long-range Lido Renourishment Project


Almost 43 million gallons of treated water spills from storage pond at county’s Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility as of morning of Aug. 22


On another 3-2 vote, City Commission approves 3.5% water/sewer rate increase, starting Sept. 1


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Sarasota County libraries to close Aug. 23 so all employees can participate in training


14th Annual Sarasota County Sustainable Communities Workshop to be held on Nov. 14


Lift Station 87 project marks another milestone


Sarasota Police Department encouraging people to sign up for Fall Citizens Academy


‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative underway, enforcing zero tolerance of drunk driving


Booker Middle once again recognized as College for Every Student Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction