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Sarasota County media relations team members are in office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and rotate on-call and after-hours response. Media outlets may submit queries through email or phone. General public should utilize the county contact center for questions and information.

Contact Us:

 Media requests and after hours:  941-861-NEWS (6397)
 General public queries:  941-861-5000

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  •   Learn about Scherer Thaxton Preserve improvements

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    12/04/2019 9:00 AM

  •   Breakfast with Santa returns to Newtown Estates Park

    Children 12 and under and their families are invited to attend the 15th annual Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Saturday, Dec. 21 at Newtown Estates Park. Hosted by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

    12/03/2019 10:00 AM

  •   Community input on bike and pedestrian planning

    Motorists, bicyclists and runners are invited to offer suggestions during a trio of upcoming public meetings as Sarasota County works to update our Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The county contains nearly 2,000 miles of bike lanes and sidewalks, and everyone who shares the road is welcome to g

    11/25/2019 9:04 AM

  •   Emergency Services partners with Schools

    Through a collaborative effort with Sarasota County Emergency Management, Sarasota County Schools has received a $1,057,700.00 grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management to make improvements to select schools currently serving as hurricane evacuation centers. The grant also provides fun

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Meet The Team

 County Media Relations    County Media Relations
Drew smiling at camera Drew Winchester
Office: 941-861-5455
Cell: 941-284-7124
20170303_BrianneGrant_SD_EPHONE_02 Brianne Grant
Office: 941-861-5453
Cell: 941-363-1127

Emergency Services Media Relations SCAT Communications
Sara Nealeigh
Office: 941-861-2260
Cell: 941-275-9969
20190111_LisaPotts_WEB_01_SD Lisa Potts
Office: 941-861-5103
Web: SCAT Bus Service
UF/IFAS Communications Florida Department of Health Sarasota PIO
KevinO'HoranWEB Kevin O'Horan
Cell: 941-320-2282
Web: UF/IFAS Sarasota
20190111_G.SteveHuard_WEB_01_SD Steve Huard
Office: 941-861-2852
Web: FL Department of Health

Municipalities and Local Agencies

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City of North Port   State Fire Marshal
Web:    Web: Florida State Fire Marshal 
City and EMS/Fire PIO
Josh Taylor
  Communications Office/
Rotating PIO
P: 941-740-2815   P: 850-413-2842
E:   E:

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City of Sarasota    Sarasota County Schools 
Senior Communications Manager
Jan Thornburg
  Director of Communications 
Tracey Beeker 
P: 941-365-2200 x 4411   P: 941-927-9000 x 31134
E:   E: 
City Communications Specialist
Jason Bartolone 
  Media Relations Specialist 
Kelsey Whealy 
P: 941-365-2200 x 4412
  P: 941-927-9000 x 31138
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City of Venice 
  Sarasota County Sheriff's Office   Web:
City and Fire/EMS PIO 
Lorraine Anderson 
  Community Affairs Director
Kaitlyn Perez 
P: 941-882-7401   P: 941-861-4927
E:    E:
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Town of Longboat Key
  Sarasota Police Department
Town PIO 
Susan Phillips
  Law Enforcement PIO
Genevieve Judge 
P: 941-374-5819
  P: 941-954-7094

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Manatee County 
  Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Web:   Web:
Information Outreach Manager
Nick Azzara 
  SMH Communications 
Kim Savage 
P: 941-745-3771
  P: 941-893-7649

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