Paul Caragiulo was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2014 and elected Chair in 2016. He served as a city of Sarasota Commissioner from 2011 to 2014. During that time, he used his perspective as a small business owner to advocate for strong economic development in the area.
Born in 1974, Paul is the youngest of six children. His father, a baker who emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1958, and mother. a homemaker and volunteer for the Board of Elections, have made their home in Sarasota for more than 25 years. Paul grew up on Long Island's South Shore, a few miles outside of New York City. At a young age, he became interested in public service and civic affairs and was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1990 shortly before moving to Sarasota.
After graduating from Sarasota's Cardinal Mooney High School, Paul attended both Monmouth College in New Jersey and Manatee Community College. In 1997, he left to study music at the Academia Verdiana in Busseto, Italy, where he was a student of the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi. Since returning to Sarasota, he has been involved in the family's restaurant business with his four brothers. Paul's civic involvement in Sarasota began as the Secretary of the Palm Avenue Association, an organization which represented merchants.
Paul was recognized by The Business Review in 2013 as one of the area's “Best Bureaucrats”. He was voted “Best City Commissioner” by SRO Magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014, “Best County Commissioner” in 2015 and “Best Elected Official” in 2016. In addition, Sarasota Magazine recognized him as one the “25 Most Influential Men and Women in Sarasota”.
Paul and his wife, Nikki, a graphic designer, live in the Granada neighborhood with their two daughters, Sophie and Caroline, both of whom attend Sarasota County Schools.
Boards and Organizations
City Of Sarasota District Two Commissioner
City Of Sarasota Civil Service Board
City Of Sarasota Bobby Jones Golf Club Advisory Board
Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
Board Member, Sarasota County Tourist Development Council
Sarasota County Canvassing Board
Board Member, Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority
Sarasota County Council of Governments
Sarasota County Agricultural Fair Board
Board of Directors, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
Committee Member, Florida League of Cities - Committee for Finance Taxation and Personnel
County Commission Liaison, Sarasota County Veterans Commission
Board Member, Sarasota County Value Adjustment Board
Precinct Clerk, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections
Board of Directors, Artist's Series Concerts
Board of Directors, Crowley Museum and Nature Center
Secretary, Palm Avenue Merchants Association
National Eagle Scout Association
Kiwanis Club of Sarasota
Sarasota Tiger Bay Club
United States Golf Association
Florida State Golf Association
Congress for the New Urbanism
Sarasota Gun Club
Downtown Sarasota Alliance
National Rifle Association
Theodore Roosevelt Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Boone and Crockett Club
National Sporting Clays Association
Commissioners are elected at large for four-year terms. Sarasota County is divided into five districts and commissioners are designated by the district where they live.