County to host March 5 open house on Floodplain Management Plan update

Event to be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota

Sarasota County will host an open house on Monday, March 5, to collect additional public comments on the county’s Floodplain Management Plan update, the county has announced.

Since August 2016, Sarasota County has been working with a consultant to update its Floodplain Management Plan, which helps identify flood safety initiatives following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s updated criteria, a news release explains. “The plan promotes awareness of the floodplain, assesses flooding issues and sets goals to make the community more resilient to flooding,” the release adds.

On Monday, March 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the public will have a chance to comment on the plan at the open house, which will be held at Suncoast Technical College, located at 4748 Beneva Road in Sarasota. Attendees may go to to (keywords: Floodplain Management Plan) to download and review the draft plan before the meeting. Comments also may be submitted to, the release says.

Sarasota County staff, along with representatives from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, will be present to discuss the proposed plan and answer questions.

The three main improvements in the updated plan are the organization of community resources to reduce or eliminate flood risks to people and property, the identification of strategies prior to a hazardous flooding event to reduce the impacts of a disaster, and the identification of priority projects and programs — with funding resources — to manage the floodplain.

For more information, call the county Contact Center at 861-5000.