Public invited to participate in meetings this month as county staff works on Resilient SRQ program to meet remaining county needs in aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Events planned on three dates at county libraries

The public is invited to participate in Sarasota County’s newly launched Resilient SRQ survey, to provide comments for the forthcoming action plan and potential use of funds to support recovery efforts countywide from the impacts of Hurricane Ian, county staff has announced.

The survey is available at through June 28, a news release says. Paper copies also are available at county libraries, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension and Sustainability Sarasota office at Twin Lakes Park on Clark Road, and several community centers and parks, the release notes.

In addition to the survey, community members may provide remarks during one of the Resilient SRQ public meetings at the following locations and times, the release adds:

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 21, at the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, standing at 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice.
  • 6 to 8 p.m., June 22, at the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, located at 2801 Newtown Blvd. in Sarasota.
  • 2 to 4 p.m., June 24, at the Shannon Staub Public Library, standing at 4675 Career Lane in North Port.

County staff will use information from the survey and public meetings, along with data from federal, state and local sources, to develop an action plan over the next several months, the release explains. That plan will include details of projects and programs planned to best fulfill the unmet needs identified in Sarasota County, the release adds. Projects will be designed to primarily assist low- to moderate-income households; the initiatives will within the categories of housing, restoration of infrastructure, economic revitalization and mitigation, the release points out. The Resilient SRQ program was created for an anticipated $201,535,000 allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, the release notes.

The plan will require approval from the Sarasota County Commission and HUD prior to the county’s taking receipt of the funds, the release says.

To learn more or be notified about program updates, events and information, visit or call 311.

More information on future participation opportunities will be released as additional events are scheduled, the release points out.