City News

Citizens’ Academy Returns for 2020

The Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for participants to see how municipal government operates through interactive learning sessions, with different City departments featured each week.

11/17/2019 By Staff

Redistricting

Democratic Groups Oppose Redistricting Plan

The Sarasota County Democratic Party, Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus and Sarasota Democratic Hispanic Caucus are calling on county commissioners to move away from the plan.

11/14/2019 By Staff

Parks

Payne Park Skate Park to Temporarily Close Beginning Nov. 15

A request for proposals issued by the City last month resulted in no responses from parties interested in taking over the operations at the park, including the current vendor.

11/13/2019 By Staff

Awards

Argus Foundation to Host 18th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards

This year's honorees are former state Sen. John McKay and, posthumously, Mote Marine Laboratory founder Dr. Eugenie Clark.

11/12/2019 By Staff

Education

Superintendent Accepts School Board Exit Plan

If the Sarasota County School Board approves a new agreement at its next meeting, superintendent Todd Bowden will step down on Dec. 31.

11/12/2019 By Staff

Stats

Sarasota National Cemetery, by the Numbers

Sarasota National Cemetery opened in July 2009. It is one of 9 national cemeteries in Florida, and one of 138 in the U.S.

11/08/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Meetings

Public Invited to Legacy Trail Extension Meetings

The extension won approval last year and will connect the existing Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota.

11/08/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

DeSantis Appoints Jack Bispham to Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board

Bispham is the owner-operator of Red Bluff Plantation and will serve a four-year term.

11/07/2019 By Staff

Dog Days Are Over

The Last Days of the Sarasota Kennel Club

The racing greyhounds at the Sarasota Kennel Club are gone, and their trainers have quietly left the track, too.

11/04/2019 By Isaac Eger

Bullet points

Five Tips on How to Improve Your Community From Richard C. Harwood

The author and motivational speaker visited Sarasota last week to discuss his new book, Stepping Forward: A Positive, Practical Path to Transform Our Communities and Our Lives.

11/04/2019 By Olivia Epstein

Travel

SRQ Airport Opens New Cell Phone Lot

The new lot is designed to reduce congestion and allow traffic to move more smoothly around the terminal.

11/01/2019 By Staff

The Bay

The Bay Hires Jon F. Swift Construction as Construction Manager for Phase One

The construction firm has proven experience in building parks.

10/30/2019 By Staff

Grants

Barancik Foundation Grant Supports Harvest House Programs

The funds reinforce and support Harvest House's emergency shelter, transitional housing and Home Again programs.

10/24/2019 By Staff

Parking

Learn How to Use the City's New Parking App

Sarasota parking manager Mark Lyons and a representative from ParkMobile will demonstrate how to use the city's parking app on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

10/24/2019 By Staff

Construction

CareerEdge, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Partner with Selby Gardens, Willis Smith Construction

The program model provides job training to local community members who want to learn a trade and earn credentials.

10/23/2019 By Staff

Red Tide

Low Levels of Red Tide-Causing Organism Detected in Sarasota County

The concentration is so low that no adverse effects are expected; however, higher levels were found in Lee and Collier counties.

10/21/2019 By Staff

Construction

Orange Avenue Intersection Closures Expected This Week

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.

10/18/2019 By Staff

Mental Health

State Hires First-Ever Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator

In one of her first tasks, Darcy Abbott will be deployed to the Panhandle to assist with coordinating mental health services for those impacted by Hurricane Michael.

10/16/2019 By Staff

The Bay

Bay Park Conservancy Shares Fundraising, Site Plan Progress

The conservancy is two-thirds of the way to its $20 million private fundraising goal.

10/16/2019 By Staff

Neighborhoods

Council of Neighborhood Associations to Celebrate 58th Anniversary

A gathering will take place Nov. 1 at the Bayfront Community Center.

10/15/2019 By Staff