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If you have questions, requests, comments, compliments or concerns about Sarasota County you can connect with us in multiple ways.


Access Sarasota

Provides live coverage of county/city Commission meetings and work sessions as well as programming about county/city programs and services.


Media Requests

For media inquiries, please call 941-861-NEWS (6397) or email  The public should call 941-861-5000 for information about any county business. Sarasota County government routinely advises the media of upcoming meetings, events and news.


Public Record Requests

For information about public records or to make a request, call 941-861-5886 or contact


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.


Current News
  • FL Department of Health Logo

    Florida Health in Sarasota Promotes Heart Health with FREE Program

    The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and the Newtown Community Health Action Team are promoting heart healthy strategies in the community with the use of 100 free blood pressure monitoring kits.

    05/14/2019 10:12 AM

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    County hires new Libraries and Historical Resources director

    Renee Di Pilato has been named as the new director of Libraries and Historical Resources, and she is expected to assume the role in July

    05/08/2019 11:54 AM

  • Legacy Trail Sign

    Sarasota County Legacy Trail bonds earn AAA rating

    Sarasota County's general obligation (GO) bonds, issued for the Legacy Trail project, recently earned a "AAA" rating from S&P Global Rating and Fitch Ratings, reflecting the county's continued financial stability and pragmatic practices.


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    Sarasota County hosting Water Quality Summit

    Sarasota County will host a free and open to the public Water Quality Summit from 1-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. The summit, which will be in the Riverview High School auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, is an effort to bring the community together with organizations working to protect area watersheds

    04/11/2019 3:50 PM

  • County approves land agreement with Mote

    Sarasota County Commissioners approved the omnibus agreement with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on Wednesday, Jan. 30, which serves as the overarching document for all subsequent agreements with Mote, including the short-term lease and conveyance of land near Nathan Benderson Park.


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    Sarasota County to host flood zone workshops

    Sarasota County will host a series of educational flood zone workshops throughout 2019 at several county libraries.


  • Sarasota County earns Green Supply Chain Award

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

    01/04/2019 12:54 PM

  • Two county commissioners sworn in

    The Board of County Commissioners recognized newly elected Christian Ziegler and welcomed back Alan Maio, who will be serving his second term, on Tuesday morning during a swearing-in ceremony.

    11/20/2018 10:45 AM

  • Megaphone symbolizing big announcement

    Next director named for Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources

    Nicole Rissler has accepted the offer to become the new director of Sarasota County's Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. Rissler has served with Sarasota County Government since 2016, when she was hired as the department's deputy director. She previously worked with Visit Sarasota

    11/08/2018 3:51 PM

  • County hires new Libraries and Historical Resources director

    Renee Di Pilato has been named as the new director of Libraries and Historical Resources, and she is expected to assume the role in July.

    05/09/2019 9:19 AM

  • Sarasota/Manatee MPO wants to hear from you!

    The community is invited to participate in the Transform Tomorrow 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan General Survey. Feedback from the public will help the Sarasota/Manatee MPO understand the community’s transportation concerns, needs, and desires.


  • In the News

    Tune in each week to discover what's trending in the news and find resources in the library to help you better understand the world around you.

    02/28/2019 9:48 AM

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    2019 NEST Calendar now available

    Sarasota County's 2019 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. It cultivates a strong conservation ethic in the


  • Charles D. Hines, Sarasota County Commissioner, District 5

    Hines chosen as 2019 county commission chair

    The Board of County Commissioners selected Charles Hines, District 5, as chair and Michael Moran, District 1, as vice chair for 2019 during its annual retreat Friday. Alan Maio, District 4, will serve as Pro Tem.


  • Aerial graphic outline of term sheet for proposed MOTE aquarium at NBP

    County and Mote agree on terms for proposed aquarium site

    Sarasota County Commissioners approved a term sheet with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on Wednesday that outlines details to locate a new aquarium at Sarasota County's Nathan Benderson Park

    10/24/2018 1:36 PM

  • County earns national parks accreditation

    Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has earned accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), joining only 22 other agencies in Florida to earn the same honor.


  • 'No Swim' advisories issued for two beaches

    As a precaution, Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for the following beaches: • Venice Pier Beach • North Jetty Beach


  • IFAS

    Annual Extension plant sale Oct. 13

    Circle Oct. 13 on your calendars so you don't miss the chance to get great plants and advice for your landscape and to learn how Sarasota County Extension can help you.


  • "No Swim" Advisory Lifted for Longboat Key Beach


  • "No Swim" advisories lifted for Lido and Venice Pier beaches


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