Sarasota County is actively monitoring the beaches and cleaning in accordance with beach policy. To report a fish kill, call 800-636-0511.

Find current beach conditions at Mote Marine Daily Beach Conditions. Find updates on the county’s beach cleaning efforts at Red Tide Status.

Charles D. Hines, Esq., was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2012, and served as its Chairman in 2014.
He is a practicing Florida attorney and has been practicing law in Sarasota County since 1991. In addition to his practice of law, he has additional business experience as a previous co-owner of United Health Care Services, Inc., a regional medical supply company. Prior to the Commission, he served local government through the City of Venice's ADA advisory committee, Sarasota County's Surtax Oversight committee, and on Sheriff Tom Knight’s advisory committee. 
His past or current community and civic association activities include: the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Sertoma Club of Venice,  United Way of South Sarasota, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Venice Touchdown Club, and the Venice Little League. He also coached numerous youth football, baseball and soccer teams.
Mr. Hines currently serves on the West Coast Inland Navigation District, the Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, the Criminal Justice Commission, the RESTORE ACT - Gulf Consortium Board of Directors, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Board, and is the Chairman of the Tourist Development Council.

He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Sarasota Bar Association. He lives in Nokomis with his wife, Susan, who is with Sabal Trust Company. They have three children.


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.