13 May 2022





Environmental Appeals Board orders Southeast Region of EPA to clarify finding that proposed ‘fish farm’ off Sarasota County’s coast would not harm the Gulf

County commissioners fully in support of $20 million allocation for Benderson Park boathouse/indoor sports complex, with funding to come out of ‘bed tax’ revenue

County staff stymied so far in trying to hire new contractor to take over stalled construction on Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Street

FDOT’s filing of ‘road swap’ documents leads to Second District Court of Appeal giving Siesta Promenade attorney more time to file answer in litigation over stoplight planned at Avenue B and C

‘Bed tax’ revenue sets yet another record for March, exceeding $5 million for one month for first time in county history

COVID-19 positivity rate up to 15.19% in Sarasota County, CDC reports, with transmission level raised from ‘Low’ to ‘Medium’

Leaders of Siesta Key incorporation initiative optimistic about success with second attempt

With 2 new stop signs approved at Ocean Boulevard intersections in north Siesta Village, commissioners direct staff to work on plans for new trolley turnaround in same vicinity

Suspect arrested in one May 5 shooting in Sarasota while Police Department continues to investigate that case and second shooting the same day

May 24 the date for final public hearing on expanding Sarasota County seat to incorporate site of new North County Administration Center on Fruitville Road

Speed cushions installed just north of Siesta Village on Ocean Boulevard

Multi-use recreational trail to be constructed at Ted Sperling Park on South Lido Key

OPINION (free):

Cartoon of the Week

OTHER NEWS (free):

Library Foundation for Sarasota County raises $125,000 for pop-up mobile library for underserved communities

Sarasota Memorial continues its straight A safety streak in Leapfrog Group report cards

Conservation Foundation announces virtual Summer Photo Contest with multiple categories, including one for youth age 15 and under