30 Apr 2021




With streamlining county’s permitting process a top County Commission goal this year, staff creates ombudsman position to help facilitate timely approval of construction applications

Five persons win appointments to serve on Surtax IV Task Force, which will seek public comments about projects penny sales tax could fund in coming years

Office of County Attorney proposes revised county sign ordinance to deal with ‘private beach’ signs

May 10 Neighborhood Workshop planned on redevelopment of Siesta Beach Resort in Siesta Village

60% of county residents eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have had their shots, county administrator reports to commissioners (free)

Two reappointed to county’s Human Services Advisory Council and two new members named after staff advertises for more applicants

May 4 hearing scheduled on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment related to timeline for County Commission to consider specific type of amendments

About $7.3 million allocated to more staff, new permitting software program and vehicles for county’s Planning and Development Services Department

Army Corps of Engineers contractor expected to be finished with Lido Project by May 1

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee sees 2 members reappointed and 1 new person seated

County Commission approves 25% decrease in developers’ fees relating to residential traffic generated by smaller homes

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Sarasota County to host May 5 virtual public meeting on Vamo Drive Park’s historic structures

Sheriff Hoffman expands ‘How We Serve’ campaign to highlight protocols for dealing with persons experiencing mental illness

Saprito Pier reopens with new look and amenities

164 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs collected by Sarasota Police Department on April 24

Fitch affirms AAA credit rating for Sarasota County