17 Apr 2020




County commissioners agree not to hold fall referendum on proposed Mental Health Care Special District

U.S. District Court judge agrees to delay of redistricting lawsuit trial until May 11

Through February, ‘bed tax’ revenue continued to boom

Affidavits of Violation issued by county staff in response to owners’ failure to remove fencing on private beach property on Siesta Key

Following Siesta Key Association protest, FDEP modifies Lido Renourishment Project permit to eliminate construction of groins during sea-turtle nesting season

Through May, County Commission to continue conducting meetings in person at Sarasota Administration Center

Arrests down during early weeks as COVID-19 cases began climbing in Sarasota County, sheriff reports

Sarasota County ends up spending only about $245,000 more for Manasota Key Beach Renourishment Project after obtaining easements so pipeline could be placed across property not included in the initiative

2019 Annual Report offers wide array of statistics and narratives to showcase Sheriff’s Office’s accomplishments for the year



Percentage of deaths among Sarasota County residents testing positive for COVID-19 twice as high as state figure, county Health Department representative says

County to seek $500,000 in CARES Act grant to assist the homeless and those in danger of losing their homes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

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Photo essay: Another world

Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 roundabouts in city of Sarasota

Memorial Day Parade in Sarasota canceled because of COVID-19 emergency

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training partner on virtual ‘Shakespeare in the Gardens’ experience