8 May 2020




Judge rules for Sarasota County in redistricting case

Loans going to small businesses from Sarasota County EDC program expected to be distributed by May 16

Lido Key Beach Renourishment Project contractor can use staging area in county’s Ted Sperling Park after taking required insurance policy steps

Shoreline hardening discussion planned by County Commission while Hines still on the board, given his long record of dealing with homeowner requests for help to save property threatened by erosion



On split vote, Sarasota city commissioners agree to keep Lido Beach closed at least until May 18, when they hold next regular meeting

It takes two votes, but County Commission approves waiving of Temporary Use Permit fees through July 31 to help restaurants and retail stores spread outdoors to comply with governor’s last COVID-19 Executive Order

City of Sarasota grant program to offer up to $5,000 for small businesses with 25 or fewer employees

Nearly 2,900 people tested for COVID-19 in five days at site near Mall at University Town Center

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City-owned boat ramps, tennis courts reopen

Tax Collector’s Mid-County Service Center to reopen on May 11 for limited services

State COVID-19 drive-through testing site open near Dillard’s at Mall at University Town Center

Residents encouraged to register for Alert Sarasota County, which is replacing CodeRED

Visit Sarasota County opening Savor Sarasota to all Sarasota County restaurants

Sarasota Memorial maintains its straight A streak for patient safety, as reported in national study

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix postponed

Fitch, S&P give AA+ rating to county capital improvement project bonds

Sarasota Memorial Hospital resuming elective and non-emergency surgeries