April 16, 2021 Edition

 


TOP STORIES:

 

City of Sarasota prevails in Siesta Key Association appeal regarding removal of sand from Big Pass to renourish Lido Key Beach


Maio seeks quick County Code change to prevent future delays of hearings regarding proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments, referencing March 23 situation involving Hi Hat Ranch


Red tide algae found in greater concentration this week in Sarasota County, with respiratory irritation reported at Siesta Beach


EPA’s Region 4 office in Atlanta given until June 1 to provide status report on Ocean Era proposal for ‘fish farm’ off Sarasota County coastline


‘Bed tax’ revenue down about 20% in February, compared to amount collected in February 2020


Fire Department has multiple options for dealing with traffic congestion in the county, fire chief explains


Two nearby beach communities and Monroe County have short-term vacation rental regulations that could be considered as basis for new Sarasota County laws, staff says in report to commission


Groundbreaking held for new Fire Station 9 on Bee Ridge Road, along with ribbon cutting for new fuel facility on the same site


With City and County of Sarasota commissioners reviving years-old discussions, downtown Sarasota bus station site potentially could go back to city


Cosentino maintains during oral arguments in Appeal Court case that County Commission’s North Beach Road vacation violated Sarasota County policy


Siesta Seen


OPINION (free):

 

Cartoon of the Week


Non Sequitur


Guest Column: Prepare now for hurricane season


OTHER NEWS (free):

Photo essay: Thoughts for Earth Day 2021


Educational sculpture to be unveiled at Siesta Public Beach on April 17


With sea turtle nesting season approaching, Sarasota County staff urging public to ‘keep light out of sight’


Children First recognized as one of top 50 nonprofits to work for nationwide


Gulf Coast Community Foundation recognized as one of ‘Best Nonprofits to Work For’ in U.S. for second consecutive year