7 Aug 2020




In County Commission District 1 race, Hutchinson advocates for stricter controls on land development while incumbent Moran has taken in considerable amount of money from developers and real estate firms

Weeks after dredging began in Big Pass, FDEP finally posts compliance reports, following repeated Siesta Key Association requests for transparency

Total number of vote-by-mail ballots requested ahead of Aug. 18 Primary already about 30% higher than previous record, set for November 2018 General Election

Sarasota County voters urged to return vote-by-mail ballots promptly for the Aug. 18 Primary

Sarasota County Area Transit launches online survey

Supervisor of elections to voters: ‘Please consider voting early!’ for Aug. 18 Primary



Suspect in vandalism at synagogues released on $45,000 bond

City Commission keeps millage rate at same level for 2021 fiscal year

Campaign finance reports detail backing for District 2 candidates in Sarasota City Commission race

County commissioners offer to take steps staff can suggest to speed up improvements to Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility

On split vote, City Commission accepts — but refuses to adopt — transportation master plan proposed by staff and consultant

Water rates for customers of Sarasota County Public Utilities to rise 1.5% starting Oct. 1 and another 2% in the 2022 fiscal year

With Commissioner Brody protesting the action, City Commission increases fines for noise violations

Proposals for two new Siesta Key hotels also call for changes in residential density calculations for Sarasota County’s barrier islands

39 arts and cultural organizations to benefit from about $1.7 million in county grants for the 2021 fiscal year

Site adjustment planned for Mote Science Education Aquarium at Benderson Park, with county administrator authorized to execute changes to county’s agreement with nonprofit



Sarasota County staff seeking comments from local nonprofits regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund/CARES Act funds for which they may be eligible

Hines again seeks action regarding use of face coverings to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Mandatory mask ordinance in City of Sarasota amended to allow use of face shields, but proposal to require children under 18 to wear face coverings fails

Eight new COVID-19 cases reported among Sarasota County employees

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Early voting scheduled for Aug. 18 Primary

As of July 20, Waste Management suspending curbside collections of yard waste for up to three weeks for customers in unincorporated Sarasota County

Sarasota County Extension launches virtual rain barrel classes and contactless purchases

$50,000 grant to facilitate efforts to win designation of Newtown Conservation Historic District on National Register of Historic Places

Sample ballots for Aug. 18 Primary available online

$27-million radiation oncology center unveiled on Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s University Parkway campus

Sarasota County earns SolSmart ‘silver’ honor for success in promoting use of solar energy