27 Mar 2020





Chesapeake, Va., company wins $12.7-million contract to dredge Big Pass for renourishment of Lido Key Beach

County commissioner criticizes Sarasota city manager’s proposal for ‘tent city’ to ensure homeless people have adequate protection and aid during public health crisis

Complaints aired about continued large gatherings on private Siesta Beach parcels near Beach Access 2 in spite of COVID-19 warnings about social distancing

Mote Marine’s two-year lease of county property at Benderson Park to begin after County Commission approval this week of necessary documents

Almost exactly eight months after ‘death knell’ sounded, Sarasota Y’s have been saved

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Economic Development Corp. asked to offer suggestions about potential use of Sarasota County’s Economic Incentives Fund to help businesses during virus crisis

Sarasota County Health Department director warns County Commission of severity of COVID-19 pandemic

Saying they prefer to continue meeting in person, county commissioners agree to compressed agendas on April 8 and April 22 in Sarasota

Public mostly abiding by local government directives to stay off beaches

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Photo essay: Oases of calm abound in turbulent times

Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Barancik Foundation launch COVID-19 response initiative

Health Department offering drive-through specimen collection for COVID-19 as of March 27, but physician referrals necessary

10th Street closure in Sarasota to be in effect from 6 a.m. March 29 to 6 a.m. March 30

Five Points Park closed as of March 23

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

City of Sarasota Building Division drop box to be available for plans, paperwork

All public fingerprinting services suspended at Sheriff’s Office facilities as of March 24