21 May 2021




After more than 80% of speakers voice support for Single-Member Districts, Charter Review Board chair says bylaws prevent May 19 discussion

New state law raises contribution limit from $200 to $1,000 for persons seeking seats on Sarasota city and county commissions

On May 25, Sarasota leaders hope Water Management District Governing Board will agree to grant for water quality project on Bobby Jones Golf Club property

Neighborhood associations encouraged to join Florida League of Cities initiative on local government control, as legislators ramp up efforts to pre-empt ‘home rule’

Change in state campaign finance regulations renders moot future legal challenges like those that happened during 2020 Sarasota County Commission races

Question about Single-Member Districts voting system to be on 2021 Sarasota County Citizen Opinion Survey

County Commission takes first step to sell downtown Sarasota Administration Center property to help pay for new facility at 1301 Cattlemen Road

County’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues decline at same time demand for vaccine remains at lower level (free)

EPA program expected to provide up to $132 million in low-interest loan for conversion of Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility to advanced treatment status

New group leading Siesta Key incorporation initiative asking residents to fill out survey and contribute funds for feasibility study

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Sarasota Memorial opening doors to more visitors as of May 21, thanks to continuing decline in COVID-19 cases and uptick in vaccinations

Traditional July Fourth events returning to Sarasota bayfront this year

Sarasota Police Department detectives seeking public’s help in investigation of May 17 suspicious incident

Selby Gardens receives another $1 million for Phase I of the master plan for the downtown Sarasota campus