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2017 Annual Report

Sarasota County's annual report of the projects, programs and initiatives undertaken during the previous year, along with financial information to demonstrate the county's stewardship of taxpayer funds, is now available.

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Archived News
  • Hurricane

    Sign up today for hurricane updates

    Now that hurricane season has arrived, should the area be threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane, Sarasota County Government will suspend publication of its regular e-newsletters and begin sharing important storm updates via a separate e-newsletter.

    05/23/2018 11:15 AM

  • USFlag

    Government services closed for Memorial Day

    05/22/2018 3:07 PM

  • SeaTurtles

    Keep light out of sight during sea turtle nesting season

    As summer approaches and trips to the beach become more frequent, Sarasota County is reminding all visitors and residents to keep light out of sight during sea turtle nesting season.


  • HurricaneTransportation

    County implements transportation plan

    Sarasota County now has a transportation plan in place to assist residents with getting to a hurricane evacuation center if they do not have a means of transportation or cannot drive themselves.


  • Residents encouraged to register for CodeRED

    Sarasota County is encouraging property owners, both year-round and seasonal, to sign up for the CodeRED alert notification system.


  • Sarasota County lifts recreational burn ban

    Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier has lifted the countywide recreational burn ban that was put in place on April 4.


  • 'No Swim' advisories issued for Sarasota County Beaches

    As a precaution, Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for the following: Turtle Beach, Venice Beach, Venice Fishing Pier Beach and Manasota Key Beach.

    05/17/2018 4:30 PM

  • Volunteers counting the seagrass

    2018 Seagrass Survey a success

    More than 100 volunteers took part in the fourth annual 2018 Seagrass Survey, an event that provided a hands-on opportunity to identify seagrass species and collect data for Sarasota County's Seagrass Monitoring Program.


  • TrashBags

    Community Cleanup set for May 19

    It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other garbage as Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Proctor/Wilkinson neighborhood from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19.


  • MidCountyBuilding

    Celebrate grand opening of new mid-county office

    A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Mid County Tax Collector Office at 6100 Sawyer Loop Road will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 2.


  • news_thumb_2

    County highlights 'Neighborhood Stories'

    Residents who are looking for inspiration and guidance on their next neighborhood project need look no further: Sarasota County has announced a series of "Neighborhood Stories" to do just that.


  • SCATBus

    Try Transit Day on April 20

    Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses for free on Friday, April 20.


  • Precautionary outdoor air quality health notice issued

    Sarasota County has issued an air advisory for elevated ozone levels and/or the potential for elevated ozone levels that fall within the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" category, per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national ambient air quality standards for public health.


  • Lee Hayes Byron selected as UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability director

    Lee Hayes Byron selected as UF/IFAS Extension director

    Lee Hayes Byron has accepted a conditional offer to become the new director of Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability, it was announced Wednesday.

    04/05/2018 8:46 AM

  • Siesta Key Breeze Trolley

    Breeze celebrates 250,000 passengers on April 9

    Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Siesta Key Breeze trolley by honoring the 250,000th passenger on Monday, April 9.


  • Fire burns in Sarasota brush

    Dry conditions prompt a recreational burn ban

    arasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier has issued a countywide recreational burn ban effective immediately due to the dry weather conditions and an increased chance of wildfires.

    04/04/2018 12:47 PM

  • New charging stations

    More public charging stations added

    Sarasota County has added three publicly available electric vehicle charging stations at county facilities, as part of a comprehensive strategy to support the adoption of electric vehicles and encourage sustainable transportation choices.

    03/23/2018 8:24 AM

  • Fitch affirms 'AA+' utility system bonds rating

    Fitch Ratings recently affirmed an "AA+" credit rating for Sarasota County's utility system revenue and refunding bonds, indicating a healthy financial position and a stable outlook.


  • Best Water in the region

    Sarasota County wins best tasting drinking water

    The best tasting drinking water can be found in Sarasota County.


  • Siesta Breeze SCAT Trolley Bus

    Siesta Key Breeze celebration postponed

    Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is postponing the one-year anniversary of the Siesta Key Breeze service originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, due to expected inclement weather.