Members of the public welcome to participate remotely in October Sarasota City Commission meetings

Gov. DeSantis extends authorization through Nov. 1 for local governments’ use of communications media technology

The members of the Sarasota City Commission talk with city staff members on Aug. 17, via WebEx virtual meeting technology. File image

With local governments in Florida authorized to continue hosting meetings via video technology through the end of this month, Sarasota residents will be able to provide comments remotely when the City Commission meets Oct. 5 and Oct. 19, the city has announced.

Those interested in participating must pre-register by emailing their request to the City Auditor and Clerk’s Office (, a news release points out. Persons then will receive a link to complete an online registration form, and after they are registered, they will receive further instructions and links from city staff on when and how to access the meeting online and participate in it, the release notes.

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week issued an Executive Order that extended the authorization for local governments to meet remotely, using communications media technology, through Nov. 1, the release explains.

Anyone who wishes to participate remotely in the next city Commission meeting, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, must register via email by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, the release says.

Members of the public also may submit written comments in advance of the meeting by emailing or by using an online form. Further, public comments may be provided in person during the meeting, at a computer station set up and monitored by staff at City Hall in downtown Sarasota, the release adds.

For more information, read the city’s remote meeting protocols and process in effect during the COVID-19 emergency.

To view agendas and details for upcoming meetings of the City Commission or other city boards or committees, visit and click on “Meetings/Agendas/Video.” City Commission meetings may be viewed there via live stream or on Access Sarasota television (Comcast channel 19; Frontier channel 32).

For more information, contact the City Auditor and Clerk’s office at 941-263-6222 or email