Sarasota County is actively monitoring the beaches and cleaning in accordance with beach policy. To report a fish kill, call 800-636-0511.

Find current beach conditions at Mote Marine Daily Beach Conditions. Find updates on the county’s beach cleaning efforts at Red Tide Status.

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


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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


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.


Current News
  • BudgetAward

    County earns 28th Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

    Sarasota County recently earned the national Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).


  • 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.

    07/05/2018 11:15 AM

  • 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.


  • Beach University classes at Siesta Beach

    Beach University, the free environmental education program, continues at Siesta Beach through December. Held on the first Saturday of each month, classes cover a variety of environmental topics and provide hands-on opportunities to learn from instructors for how to best care for the ecology.


  • HearingTech

    Libraries install Hearing Loop assistive tech

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda and Fruitville libraries have become the fifth and sixth Sarasota County libraries to receive a Hearing Loop, which is an assistive listening system that transmits sounds directly into hearing aids or implants, resulting in an enhanced experience for audience member.


  • Libraries launch convenient mobile app

    Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources has launched a new all-in-one library mobile app, offering a new way to streamline your library experience.


  • Fertilizer restricted season underway

    Sarasota County is reminding the community to skip using nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer on your lawn and landscape from June 1 through Sept. 30, as part of an effort to keep the community's waterways healthy.


  • Energy Upgrade logo

    Energy-savings program to help low-income residents

    Low-income residents could cut their energy and water costs by more than $150 per year under a new Sarasota County program launching this summer.


  • Kids Beach Run

    Free Kids' Summer Beach Runs return

    The Kids' Summer Beach Runs are offered every week this summer beginning Tuesday, June 5, at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key; and Wednesday, June 6, at Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice. The free event continues weekly until Aug. 7, at Siesta Beach and Aug. 8, at Brohard Beach.


  • Civics 101 a great way to beat the summer heat

    Beat the heat and activate your brain power this summer with Sarasota County's Civics 101. This citizen's academy is an opportunity for residents to get a closer look at their local government with presentations, tours, and hands-on activities.


  • Best Water in the region

    Drinking Water Quality Report now available

    05/24/2018 2:30 AM

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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