On June 8, City of Sarasota to seek public comments on proposed zoning text amendment regarding entertainment-oriented establishments

Focus to be on such businesses as restaurants, bars and nightclubs

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, the City of Sarasota will host a virtual public comment session regarding a future zoning text amendment dealing with regulations for entertainment-oriented establishments such as restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the city has announced.

The current regulations for those businesses “are somewhat unclear within the City of Sarasota Zoning Code” in regard to intensity issues such as live sound, amplification and operating hours, a news release points out. “A zoning text amendment will help to provide clarity,” the release adds.

“The meeting will address certain challenges with the existing Zoning Code language,” the release continues. Among those are the classification of restaurants that are being operated as nightclubs late into the evening and establishments classified as nightclubs that do not operate as such, the release says.

The regulation of outdoor bars and the creation of suitable zoning districts and permitting processes are among the additional topics to be discussed, the release notes.

The meeting will be held via Zoom. Registration is required, so a person participating may ask questions and provide comments, the release says. The meeting also will be live-streamed on the city’s website, but for viewing purposes only.

Questions and comments may be sent to communityworkshops@sarasotaFL.gov.