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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
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    Portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way to close for railroad track replacement

    A small section of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way will close starting Monday, June 24 for a railroad track replacement project that will run through Friday, July 12

    06/24/2019 10:00 AM

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    Sarasota County "No Swim" Advisory Lifted for Venice Fishing Pier

    The "No Swim" advisories issued Thursday, June 20 for Venice Fishing Pier has been lifted.

    06/21/2019 4:30 PM

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    'No Swim' advisory issued for Sarasota County Beach

    As a precaution, Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for the Venice Fishing Pier.


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    Annual Drinking Water Quality Report now available

    The Sarasota County Drinking Water Quality Report for 2018 is now available online. The report, which details the high quality of Sarasota County's drinking water, includes a summary for the county's customers, gives information about where the county's water comes from, what it contains and how it


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    Annual Seagrass Survey returns June 15

    Sarasota County's Seagrass Survey returns this month for the fifth year of educating the community of the importance of seagrasses.


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    County to host special historical exhibit

    Beginning Friday, June 7, Phillippi Estate Park will be home to a special exhibit dedicated to examining the growth of Sarasota and the impacts Nettie Keith, Bertha Palmer, Mable Ringling and Marie Selby had on Sarasota.


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    Residents Urged to Get Measles Vaccine

    With the increase in measles cases across the US, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is urging Floridians and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated.


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    Fertilizer restricted season is underway

    Sarasota County reminds the community to skip using nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers on lawns and landscapes from June 1 through Sept. 30, as part of an effort to keep the community's waterways healthy

    05/29/2019 12:00 PM

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    Kids' Summer Beach Runs return June 4

    The annual Kids' Summer Beach Runs return to Siesta and Brohard beaches this June. The one-mile fun runs are an opportunity for kids and families to participate in healthy activities together over the summer.


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    Sarasota County encourages water safety for children, families

    Drowning is the leading cause of preventable deaths in children ages 1-4 years old, since it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown. Sarasota County encourages residents to be vigilant around water, as children can be victims of silent drowning since they do not make a splash sound when they

    05/24/2019 9:46 AM

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    Water Quality Summit speakers announced

    More than 30 speakers and exhibitors from around Florida are scheduled for Sarasota County's Water Quality Summit on June 5, joining the discussion of how to protect one of our most important resources.


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    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

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    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

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    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

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