12 Nov 2021




Redistricting timeline for Sarasota County could have been less compressed if staff had kept up with Census Bureau announcements about timing of data release

Majority of Sarasota Charter Review Committee members endorse popular election of mayor

With little public beach property on Siesta Key, and increase in ‘No Trespassing’ signs on private beaches, public asks where guests of high-rise hotels will go

Because of county requirement to save ‘grand tree’ on Siesta Key parcel slated for another hotel, Dec. 2 Planning Commission hearing cancelled

Sarasota County Charter allows for recall of county commissioners, but only for specific criteria outlined in state law

‘Bed tax’ revenue sets new record in 2021 fiscal year with more than $30 million in collections

COVID-19 positivity rate down to 2.61% in county as of Nov. 11, CDC reports (free)

Citizens group urging County Commission to adopt consultant’s redistricting map on Nov. 15

Sarasota County Legislative Delegation vote on whether to allow Siesta Key incorporation initiative to proceed expected during week of Dec. 13

New property rights chapter for Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan sent to state officials for formal review, with County Commission adoption hearing tentatively set for Dec. 7

Arroyo becomes youngest Sarasota mayor in history

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More than $5 million out of $13 million dispersed by county through Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive planned by Sheriff’s Office for children who have been removed from homes because of neglect or abuse

Siesta Key Crystal Classic to get underway on Nov. 12

Public art survey launched by City of Sarasota

Department of Health in Sarasota County first local agency in U.S. to be recognized as Age-Friendly Public Health System by Trust for America’s Health

Sarasota Memorial receives straight A’s again for patient safety, as noted in Leapfrog Group report