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2018 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.


Archived News
  • UFIFAS - Plant Sale Icon

    Explore Your World backpack kits available

    You and your family can make amazing scientific discoveries in your yard, your neighborhood or just about anywhere you venture, with our new "Explore Your World" backpack kits, at Sarasota County public libraries.

    01/17/2020 8:00 AM

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    County offices will be closed Jan. 20

    Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the national observance celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr

    01/15/2020 10:04 AM

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    Newtown Community Cleanup set for Jan. 25

    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 Newtown area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25.

    01/10/2020 9:05 AM

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    Florida Surgeon General Urges Flu Vaccination

    DOH-Sarasota is strongly encouraging residents older than six months of age to follow the Florida Department of Health's recommendation that all unvaccinated residents get their flu shot as soon as possible.

    01/09/2020 4:37 PM

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    Sunday hours return to two county libraries

    Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources will reinstate Sunday operating hours at Selby and Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Libraries starting Jan. 26. These libraries will be open from 1-5 p.m. every Sunday

    01/08/2020 10:04 AM

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    Single-stream recycling collection begins Jan. 6

    Residents living in unincorporated areas of Sarasota County are reminded to begin using their new single-stream recycling carts beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 6. Recyclable materials placed at curbside after Jan. 6 in the red and blue bins will no longer be collected.

    01/03/2020 10:04 AM

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    Fire Fest returns with controlled burn demonstrations

    Sarasota County's Fire Fest returns for its seventh year to T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve in Venice on Saturday, Jan. 25.

    01/02/2020 10:33 AM

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    2019 Year-End Close Out: A letter to residents from Commissioner Hines

    As out-going Chairman I wanted to give a summary of 2019 by highlighting how your County government worked diligently to support our set strategic goals. This past year we strived to provide exceptional county services aligned with our resources, develop a high-performing county team, foster world-c

    01/02/2020 9:38 AM

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    "No Swim" Advisories Lifted for Nokomis & North Jetty Beaches

    The "No Swim" advisories issued Tuesday, December 24th for Nokomis Beach and North Jetty Beach have been lifted.

    12/27/2019 11:00 AM

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    DOH-Sarasota Identifies Hep-A

    DOH-Sarasota conducted an epidemiological investigation and have determined an individual who worked at Beef 'O Brady's, located at 1037 Sumter Blvd., from November 30 to December 20 may have been infectious.

    12/20/2019 6:00 PM

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    Winter Reading Challenge returns in January

    Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources will accept the Winter Reading Challenge, a national reading competition, for the third year starting in January. Penguin Random House's U.S. children's publishing divisions, Random House Children's Books and Penguin Young Readers will...

    12/17/2019 10:06 AM

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    Sarasota County earns 2019 Green Supply Chain Award

    Sarasota County Government Materials Management team has earned the Supply and Demand Chain Executive Award for the third consecutive year

    12/16/2019 9:07 AM

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    Register now for the 2020 Gulf Coast Games For Life

    Registration is now open for the 31st Annual Gulf Coast Games for Life, which take place January and February at locations throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    12/13/2019 2:43 PM

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    Moran chosen as 2020 commission chair

    The Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners selected Michael Moran, District 1, as chair and Alan Maio, District 4, as vice chair for 2020 during its annual retreat Friday. Christian Ziegler, District 2, will serve as Pro Tem.

    12/13/2019 10:45 AM

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    2020 NEST Calendar now available

    Sarasota County's 2020 NEST Calendar is now available at county facilities, while supplies last. Each year, the Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team (NEST) produces the calendar, which supports the county's goal of environmental stewardship.

    12/11/2019 10:10 AM

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    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

    11/22/2019 2:05 PM

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    Hepatitis A identified in food service worker

    The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Sarasota. DOH-Sarasota conducted an epidemiological investigation and have determined an individual who worked at P.F. Chang's, located at 766 South Osprey,

    11/19/2019 5:45 PM

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    DOH reminds you to protect yourself from flu

    The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of the upcoming flu season. Flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. The best way to avoid the flu this season is by getting a flu shot soon.

    11/01/2019 10:33 AM

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    Two Libraries to close temporarily for maintenance

    In November and December, two public libraries will temporarily close while undergoing structural and cosmetic maintenance and upgrades. These changes are being made to enhance the library user's experience and maintain the integrity of the buildings.

    10/30/2019 9:00 AM