20 Mar 2020




Note: Because of the number of coronavirus-related articles, all of this issue is FREE.

County-operated beaches to be closed as of 6 a.m. Saturday out of concern about out-of-area visitors violating ‘social distancing’ guidelines

City of Sarasota closes park facilities through at least March 31 in effort to try to prevent spread of COVID-19

One day after Sarasota City Commission discussion about closing bars and restaurants, city staff receives direction it was hoping for from Florida’s governor

With funding from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, team at work on ‘Community Playbook’ to improve water quality in Sarasota County

Second District Court of Appeal limited to considering whether Circuit Court judge applied correct law in Siesta Promenade case, assistant county attorney argues

Neighbors bemoan destruction of tree canopy in Siesta Key neighborhood, including illegal removal of five trees on county right of way

Sarasota city and county leaders making array of coronavirus decisions, as federal and state guidelines have changed over the past week

Biden’s percentage of win in Sarasota County mirrors statewide result

Community arts and cultural organizations and attractions anticipate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars, with closings necessary because of COVID-19

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Cartoon of the Day

OTHER NEWS (free):

Tax Collector’s offices closing as of March 20

Emergency loan program for small businesses activated

Customers of Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller urged to use online, phone or mail service options through March 27

Sarasota Police Department closes Front Desk and Records Division access to protect the public from spread of COVID-19

Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office announces closing of all three physical locations as of March 20