28 May 2021




Emergency order prohibits lawn irrigation with potable water in Sarasota County, and burn ban put into effect (free)

Siesta Chamber proposes amendments to island zoning regulations to allow for 75-room boutique hotels as compromise to proposals for larger facilities

SWFWMD Governing Board gives unanimous approval to Bobby Jones Golf Club water quality project

Siesta Key Coalition seeking meetings with county commissioners to discuss need for comprehensive analysis of impacts four hotel projects would have on the barrier island

Number of county-issued building permits on track to set new record this fiscal year, and most major revenue funds coming in higher than anticipated

County Public Works staff provides commissioners updates on efforts to keep roads in good shape, including preservation program

Conversion of Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility on schedule and ‘on budget,’ Public Utilities director tells county commissioners

Branded as ‘OnDemand by Sarasota County,’ new SCAT service to begin on June 5

Mote Aquarium to stand in ‘Special Planning Area’ at Benderson Park, as outlined in proposed county Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments

‘Hotel houses’ the focus of new Siesta Key Association effort to persuade county to crack down on illegal short-term vacation rentals

OPINION (free):


Cartoon of the Week

Non Sequitur

OTHER NEWS (free):

Photo essay: Color conveys the beauty of Florida

County staff already processing 682 applications submitted for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Kids’ Summer Beach Runs to begin again on June 8

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign underway in conjunction with Memorial Day holiday period

City and county administrative offices to be closed on May 31 for Memorial Day observance

With June 1 the official start of hurricane season, residents advised to be prepared