7 Jan 2022




Siesta Key incorporation effort fails on 3-3 vote by members of Sarasota County Legislative Delegation

County terminates contract with Miami company hired to handle sewer pipeline project on Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Street

In spite of Commissioner Brody’s insistence on de-emphasizing roundabout projects as City of Sarasota transportation priorities, his colleagues vote to support staff recommendations

COVID-19 cases jump 195.5% in Sarasota County the last full week of December, state reports, with total hospitalized at Sarasota Memorial up almost four-fold since mid-December (free)

37-year-old Sarasota woman in jail under $1.1-million bond in connection with Jan. 1 murder on Main Street

City Commission approves agreement with Sarasota County to allow passengers of new Bay Runner trolley to use SCAT bus shelters and for SCAT to handle required federal reporting

County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has disbursed about 50% of $13.1 million (free)

Office of County Attorney contends Siesta resident Ramirez lacks legal standing to challenge commission approval of hotel planned on Calle Miramar

Amendment to county’s land-use and zoning regulations approved to foster affordable housing development in upper stories of old commercial centers

Investigation continuing into Dec. 30 shooting that killed one person at Ackerman Park

Maio signs sale and lease agreement with Benderson Development for County Administration Center parcels in downtown Sarasota

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Jan. 7 Fresh Fridays event in Sarasota to feature ‘Dance under the Stars’ theme

Suncoast Partnership seeking volunteers to help with annual Point-in-Time count of homeless individuals, set for Jan. 24

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ named Sarasota County’s One Book selection for 2022

Registration open for 2022 Gulf Coast Games for Life, with events beginning Jan. 15

New project being launched to benefit manatees in Southwest Florida

Public invited to learn about prescribed fires during Sarasota County’s Fire Fest on Jan. 29

Conservation Foundation to showcase artwork of Flo Singer Johnson through March

Sheriff’s Office’s 2021 toy drive for children enrolled in Guardian Ad Litem program exceeds 2020 contributions