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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

Trending County News:


  •   Libraries to close Aug. 23 for staff training

    All 10 Sarasota County libraries will be closed Friday, Aug. 23, for staff development day, a full-day training session for all library employees.

    08/19/2019 12:00 PM

  •   Learn about fire protection services and assessment rates

    Sarasota County Emergency Services invites the community to learn about fire assessment rates and requests for improvements to fire stations and department equipment for the 2020 proposed budget, which includes an assessment increase of 1.1 percent.

    08/19/2019 9:00 AM

  •   No Swim" Advisory Lifted for Blind Pass Beach

    The "No Swim" advisories issued Thursday, August 15 for Blind Pass Beach has been lifted.

    08/16/2019 2:00 PM

  •   Drain and Cover to Protect Against Mosquitoes

    With all the rain our area has seen so far this summer, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services reminds everyone to do their part in preventing mosquito breeding and mosquito-borne illness.

    08/16/2019 9:35 AM

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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
While we're in the hiring process for
this vacancy, all Emergency Services
media queries should be directed to or 941-861-NEWS.
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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