May 17, 2024 Edition


TOP STORIES:

 

County Commission calls for scrapping plans to construct Siesta roundabout at intersection of Beach and Midnight Pass roads


Circuit Court judge sets January 2025 trial date for lawsuit Siesta businessman has filed against Sarasota County over staff’s refusal to allow him to undertake hotel site preparation


On 4-1 vote, County Commission agrees to Future Land Use change for 107.4-acre parcel in Nokomis


Three County Commission policy priorities to be reflected in questions on 2024 Citizen Opinion Survey


With legal settlement winning County Commission approval, in regard to Bahia Vista pipeline project, construction expected to be finished by end of July


‘Bed tax’ revenue up nearly 9% in March, compared to total for same month in 2023


$75,000 estimate for consultant to work on feasibility of adding restrooms to Siesta Key Beach Access 7 cottage met with commission ire


With work underway on county pump station near University Parkway, North Lockwood Ridge traffic lanes to be closed for several weeks


Bay Runner trolley in Sarasota nearly notches total of 364,000 riders since its March 2022 launch


With Licensed Mental Health Pilot Program success already evident, county commissioners agree to tweak reimbursement process for participating nonprofits


Fire beneath refrigerator at Cottage restaurant in Siesta Village extinguished without property damage


OPINION (free):

 


Cartoon of the Week Times Two


Guest Column: Take the necessary steps to be prepared for hurricane season before it officially begins on June 1


OTHER NEWS (free):

May 21 information session planned for persons interested in applying for county’s Resilient SRQ funding for workforce development and training programs


League of Women Voters chapter in Sarasota County launches get-out-the-vote campaign ahead of Aug. 20 Primary Election


New conservation area in Florida makes possible increased funding opportunities for Southwest Florida landowners to protect property in perpetuity


Former Sarasota Memorial Hospital board chair Noonan to fill vacant, at-large seat until November election


Gulf Coast Community Foundation announces members of 2024 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute class


County Extension staff launches Neighborhood Best Practices online program