Tree Advisory Committee seeking public involvement by scheduling evening meeting on May 23

Ad hoc group on schedule to provide recommendations to City Commission by fall

City Hall is located on First Street in downtown Sarasota. File photo

To encourage public engagement and to accommodate residents’ workday schedules, the City of Sarasota’s Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special evening session to gather public comments on the city’s tree protection ordinance, the city has announced.City H

The session will be conducted on Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 1565 First St. in downtown Sarasota, a city news release says.

“Anyone who has an interest in the city’s tree protection ordinance and what should remain or be changed should attend this meeting,” said Tim Litchet, director of the city’s Development Services Department and staff liaison to the Tree Advisory Committee, in the release. “The committee truly wants public input and is making a good faith effort by adjusting its regular afternoon meeting schedule so more people can attend and participate,” he added in the release.

To review the agenda click here.

The seven-member ad hoccommittee was appointed by the City Commission in 2017 to review the tree ordinance and make recommendations within 12 months on possible modifications to the regulations.

Since December 2017, the committee has met twice a month during the afternoon, the release explains. “It is on pace to finish its assignment on schedule and provide recommendations to the City Commission as soon as this fall,” the release points out.