County launches neighborly competition

Program designed to encourage measures to enhance quality of life

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Sarasota County staff is challenging neighborhoods to be greener, healthier and more involved.

Sarasota County’s University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and Sustainability Department, the Florida Department of Health and the county’s Neighborhood Services Division have collaborated on a tool that will help neighborhood leaders enhance the quality of life for residents, a news release explains. The online aid is a portal designed to track residents’ participation in programming “that promotes greener, healthier and more involved lifestyles,” the release adds. A companion resource guide offers details on where to find information on such programs.

Neighborhood leaders are encouraged to register through the portal to participate in Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Challenge 2017, the release notes. Participants will earn points for designated initiatives, with the highest-scoring neighborhoods recognized at the conclusion of the challenge, the release says.

For more details on the Neighborhood Challenge, visit (keyword: Neighborhood Challenge), call 861-5000, email or check out the hashtag #SRQChallenge on social media.