1 May 2020




Plaintiffs in redistricting lawsuit seek permanent injunction in effort to prevent new boundaries from being in effect for 2020 election

New Democratic challenger files for District 1 seat Moran seeks to retain this year

Army Corps of Engineers pinpoints July 6 as date for dredging to begin in Big Pass as a Siesta Key nonprofit contends many requirements of the FDEP project permit remain unfulfilled

Over past year, Sarasota County Fire Department reports show significant drop in number of homeless individuals needing medical assistance

New Downtown Cooling Plant, which will provide air conditioning for jail and courthouses, expected to be completed in summer of 2021

Almost twice as many cabbage palms illegally removed from right of way by Siesta Key homeowner than originally believed, county staff finds

Study shows recycling success after one year of single-stream program in the city of Sarasota

Cosentino files appeal of judge’s final order in consolidated cases involving vacation of part of North Beach Road and Sarasota County Charter amendments

Two individuals reappointed to county’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee and one person given second term on Board of Adjustments

Three years after it was initially discussed, proposal for new public parking lot on South Midnight Pass Road to undergo first review by county Planning Commission

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Lounging on county-operated beaches to be allowed as of May 4, with parking lots reopening

Sarasota Police Department enhancing patrols on Lido Beach after city leaders receive reports of large gatherings on that shoreline, which remains closed

Suspension of water service shut-offs extended through May 31 for county customers

Curbside permitting services offered by county staff as of April 30 at Sarasota Center Boulevard and 4000 S. Tamiami Trail locations

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With sea turtle nesting season underway, Sarasota County staff reminding the public of steps to take to help hatchlings survive

Given scarcity of rain, Southwest Florida Water Management District board puts public on alert about potential for watering restrictions