City and county offices and facilities to be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Garbage and recycling collections will not be affected

This bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stands in the U.S. Capitol. Image from USCapitol via Flickr and Wikimedia

Most City of Sarasota and Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, for the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the city and county have announced.

However, the collection schedules for solid waste, yard waste and recyclables will not be affected by the holiday, news releases point out.

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses and the Siesta Key Breeze trolley will operate on normal hours on Jan. 18, the county release says.

The following county facilities will be closed:

  • The SCAT administrative offices.
  • Sarasota County’s chemical collection center located at 250 S. Jackson Road in Venice.
  • Libraries and Historical Resources’ branches and office.
  • Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources recreation centers and the Knight Trail Park pistol and rifle range.
  • The administrative office at the Central County Landfill, located at 4000 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis.
  • The Chemical Collection Center and the Re-Uz-It Shop, both located at 8750 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours of operation at City of Sarasota recreation and cultural facilities also will be affected, as follows:

City offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 19, on a by-appointment basis only, the city release stresses. City business also can be conducted either online via or by phone at 941-263-6000.

The regular City Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, which stands at 1565 First St.