27 Dec 2019



On 3-2 vote, City Commission approves $352,000 expense for new downtown parking meters

Circuit Court judge rules that County Commission did not violate county regulations in approving Grand Lakes development planned near Clark Road

Lawsuit filed to try to halt construction of Siesta Promenade at U.S. 41/Stickney Point Road intersection

Save Our Siesta Sand 2 files complaint in federal court to try to prevent dredging of Big Sarasota Pass

Nadalini formally fired by City Commission


Approval of array of county agreements clears way for Mote Marine Aquarium project at Benderson Park

City Commission approves applicant’s withdrawal of proposal for Lido Pavilion and Pool improvements and agrees to $206,000 reimbursement

Acting chair of Republican Party of Sarasota awarded Sarasota County contract for feeding of personnel at Emergency Operations Center in event of a disaster

Public comment changes made official in County Commission’s Rules of Procedure


Detert proposes redrawing of County Commission districts before 2020 Census results available

Illegal short-term rental fine up to $5,000 wins County Commission’s unanimous approval

Sarasota County finance staff finally works out agreement for Manatee to repay sales tax revenue it mistakenly received

750-square-foot homes to be allowed in multi-family zoning districts, with doubled density called an incentive to developers to create affordable housing projects

CRA settlement with County Commission wins unanimous City Commission approval


Petland to cease operations in Sarasota by July 1

Sarasota County Commission agrees to join Charlotte County in Manasota Key Beach renourishment project

Audit by county’s Office of Inspector General identifies multiple problems with economic incentives program

The Bay agreement with nonprofit conservancy wins unanimous City Commission approval

City Commission majority shoots down staff proposals for major traffic changes on Fruitville Road


Director of county’s Public Utilities Department leaves position in early April

In four years, homeless population down 52% in city of Sarasota, annual survey shows

City Commission votes 4-1 to vacate section of School Avenue that splits Sarasota High campus

On unanimous vote, County Commission agrees it should redraw district maps this year

Payne Park will not be new home for the Sarasota Orchestra, City Commission decides in 4-1 vote


At long last, county staff wins railroad company agreement so improvements can be made to Myrtle Street crossing

University of Miami scientist links increase in incidence of algal blooms to development in Florida

Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility to be upgraded to advanced wastewater treatment status to significantly reduce amount of nitrogen going into waterways

Part of Big Pass sand borrow area between northernmost Siesta Key and Lido Key eliminated from proposed dredging plans for Lido project

County garbage and recycling assessments to rise over three years to cover increasing expenses, with 17% jump planned in 2020 fiscal year