17 Dec 2021




Public pleads for County Commission to boost allocation for affordable housing efforts out of $84.2 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds

Sarasota’s elected mayor would have at-large seat on the City Commission for four years and be able to vote on issues, Charter Review Committee majority decides

Chief Regnier leaving Sarasota County Fire Department to become assistant chief on Longboat Key

‘Bed tax’ revenue up 58% for October, compared to figure for same month in 2020

Sarasota city commissioners should make $40,000 a year, and mayor elected by voters should get $45,000 a year, Charter Review Committee members decide

On 4-1 vote, County Commission approves four-unit condominium complex at 636 Beach Road on Siesta Key

42-year-old former Mote Marine employee charged with 30 counts of possessing child sex abuse material

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport passenger count up 203% in November, compared to November 2020 figure

County’s COVID-19 positivity rate at 3.29% in latest CDC report, but case rate up 27.23%, compared to figure for prior seven-day period (free)

About 140 Mini Reefs installed in Siesta Key’s Grand Canal over past year, as Siesta Key Association team has worked to improve water quality

Maio to serve third time as County Commission chair

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Photo essay: The Florida manatee

2022 Sarasota County NEST calendar with student artwork available at county facilities

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s educational program to expand, thanks to $100,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Jelks Family Foundation awards $25,000 grant to Conservation Foundation of Gulf Coast

Sarasota Police Department partnering with Robert Taylor Community Complex and Gulf Coast Lions for K.O.P.S. program during school district’s winter break

Gulf Coast Community Foundation accepting scholarship applications for 2022-23 school year