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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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Current News
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    House District 72 vote-by-mail ballots due back Feb. 13

    Voters who vote by mail in the February 13 House District 72 Special Election, must return their voted ballots in time for them to reach the supervisor of elections office no later than 7 p.m. on election night, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner said today.

    01/16/2018 4:30 PM

  • Trash Bags on the street

    Newtown/Beverly Terrace community cleanup Jan. 27

    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/Beverly Terrace area from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 27.


  • Twitter Bird wearing a Fireman hat

    'Tweet from the Heat' take two

    Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) is kicking off the new year with another Twitter ride-along 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.


  • County Administrator Lewis

    Board names Lewis county administrator

    The Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously today to name Jonathan Lewis as Sarasota County Administrator.


  • 2017 Annual Report for Sarasota County

    County's Annual Report now available

    Sarasota County has released its 2017 Annual Report, which offers a comprehensive look at the county's most important projects, initiatives and accomplishments.


  • shelters

    Cold weather shelters open this weekend

    Sarasota County Emergency Management officials have again coordinated with the county's municipalities, the Salvation Army and faith-based partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need due to the predicted drop in temperatures this weekend.

    01/13/2018 11:30 AM

  • President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House, March 1966 (Photo: Yoichi Okamoto/Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum)

    County offices closed Jan. 15 for MLK holiday

    Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the national observance celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/09/2018 3:30 AM

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    Voter registration deadline nearing

    Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding citizens who reside within State House District 72 that Tuesday, Jan. 16, is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the district’s Special Election, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13.

    01/08/2018 1:30 PM

  • Games For Life, Ladies playing pickleball

    Gulf Coast Games for Life return in 2018

    Registration is now open for the 2018 Gulf Coast Games for Life, which will take place Feb. 10-17, 2018, in venues throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.


  • Cold Shelter Opening Sign

    Update: Shelter openings extended through Friday

    Cold weather shelter openings will be extended through Friday evening due to a predicted drop in temperatures to the mid to low 30s, Sarasota County Emergency Management officials announced Thursday.


  • Cold Shelter Opening Sign

    Shelters will open, use caution in cold weather

    A predicted drop in temperatures to the mid to low 30s has Sarasota County Emergency Management officials reminding residents to be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside.

    01/02/2018 4:00 PM

  • New Year's fireworks over Sarasota bayfront park

    County offices to close in observance of New Year's Day

    Most Sarasota County Government offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year's Day.


  • Surrey ride on the Legacy Trail

    Legacy Trail surrey rides return Jan. 9

    Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT), announced this week the start of the 2018 surrey ride program.


  • Nokomis Beach a view from the air

    Barefoot on the Beach returns to Nokomis

    Barefoot on the Beach at Nokomis Beach Plaza is back this winter and better than ever. Formerly the Barefoot Beach Bazaar, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has revamped the event and moved it to a new time.


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    House District 72 Special Election ballots scheduled for mailing

    Vote-by-mail ballots for the Feb. 13, 2018 House District 72 Special Election will soon be in the mail to voters who have requests on file with the elections office, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced.


  • Carolyn Brown, Director of Parks and Recreation

    Editorial: Fiscal challenges bring new opportunities for parks

    The county recently sent letters to the cities providing notice of termination of existing agreements for parks and recreation services. As we are faced with continued budget pressure, the county sent these letters to notify the cities of a potential change, amendment or the need for a new agreement

    12/21/2017 1:31 PM

  • Legacy Trail bike riders reading a trail sign

    Land acquired for Legacy Trail extension

    The Trust for Public Land and Sarasota County announced the purchase of 2.7 miles of former railroad right of way to extend the popular Legacy Trail toward downtown Sarasota.

    12/20/2017 4:30 PM

  • Land acquired for Legacy Trail extension


  • Santa Clause handing out gift to child

    Firefighters brighten kids' holidays with program

    Sarasota County Fire Department in, collaboration with the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund and Sarasota Safe Children Coalition, brought holiday cheer to 31 local foster children. On Friday, Dec. 15, the families were able to receive gifts from a special guest and tour the Fire Station No. 1.

    12/18/2017 12:24 PM

  • 3D Printer created a blue left hand

    Discover 'Creation Stations' at the Libraries

    Even though winter break is just around the corner, students can keep learning and exploring at Sarasota County Public Libraries' Creation Stations.


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