18 Feb 2022




Political action committee linked to Republican activists in Tallahassee trying to sway Sarasota County voters ahead of March 8 Single-Member Districts referendum (free)

Developer of Lakewood Ranch to work with Sarasota County staff on new type of 2050 Plan development with streamlined planning process

Red tide researchers develop two indices to offer objective way to gauge severity of events

Reversing earlier decision, Sarasota Charter Review Committee votes to retain requirement for supermajority vote of commissioners to amend city’s Comprehensive Plan

Public invited to Feb. 19 open house featuring concept design for protected Quad parcels next to Celery Fields

County’s COVID-19 positivity rate below 20% in latest CDC update (free)

With 3-7 vote, Sarasota Charter Review Committee members decide to recommend no changes to ‘Investigations’ section of City Charter

County Commission could pursue policy change to allow for rebuilding of voluntarily demolished structures, such as deteriorating condominium complexes, with same residential density, staff says in report

Two Siesta Key organizations urging citizens to keep Single-Member Districts in place by voting ‘No’ on March 8 Special Election ballot

‘Bed tax’ revenue up 65% for December 2021, compared to same month in 2020, latest reports show

Circuit Court judge rules that developers of two hotels planned on Siesta Key may intervene in lawsuit filed by 2 island residents and 2 homeowners associations

About 4,000 gallons of fully treated, reclaimed water spills from county pipeline near Palmer Boulevard in eastern part of county

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Photo essay: Winter delights

Sample ballots for March 8 election in the mail this week to voter households

Library Foundation for Sarasota County raises more than $350,000 at annual ‘Love Our Libraries’ luncheon

SRQ airport begins 2022 by breaking another record

City and County of Sarasota offices and other facilities to be closed for Presidents Day observance

Children First receives nearly $180,000 in support of scholarships, family strengthening and sustainability

Samaritan Counseling Services awarded $20,000 grant from COVID-19 Response Initiative