New Sarasota County welcome center has made its debut

Customer service desk opens in Administration Center in downtown Sarasota

Volunteers staff the new county welcome center. Photo courtesy Sarasota County
Volunteers staff the new county welcome center. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

A new customer service desk officially has opened in the Sarasota County Administration Center, located at 1660 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota, as part of an effort to better serve the public, the county has announced.

Customer service representatives who can provide information and help direct visitors will staff the welcome center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, a news release says.

“This new improvement to the building is part of Sarasota County’s overall commitment to providing excellent service,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer in the release. “In our most recent Citizen Opinion Survey, respondents gave us high marks for customer service and responsiveness, and having a new welcome center will provide one more way for Sarasota County to serve and positively interact with the public.”

The addition is part of a larger plan to renovate the downtown building, the release notes. In late 2014, the exterior of the structure was painted, and overgrown landscaping was replaced by Florida-friendly, native plants, the release adds. Further improvements are planned for the remainder of the lobby in 2016, the release notes.

“It’s been exciting to see these renovations come to life at our downtown building,” Harmer said in the release.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit