State constitutional amendments and Charter Review Board change to be focus of discussion

CONA to host presentations on Sept. 12 at the Sarasota Garden Club

Lourdes Ramirez. Contributed photo
Lourdes Ramirez. Contributed photo

On Monday, Sept. 12, the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) will host a discussion of the state and county amendments that will be on the November ballot for all county voters.

Lourdes Ramirez, chair of the Sarasota League of Women Voters’ speakers bureau, “will present unbiased information about the proposed amendments to the state Constitution and the proposal to change the fundamental nature of our county Charter Review Board,” the organization says in a news release.

Additionally, Gerry Swormstedt will present information about the jointly sponsored Solar Co-op Program involving the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club — which she chairs — the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the League of Women Voters, a news release notes.

The meeting will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentations at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Since videos of CONA meetings are posted quickly to its website and archived, the news release continues, “all of our 2016 candidate forums and discussions will be available through the election in November.”

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CONA holds its sessions at the Sarasota Garden Club, located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota. The building is at the street’s intersection with Tamiami Trail, south of the Municipal Auditorium. The parking lot and the entrance are reached from Van Wezel Way.