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Citizens’ Academy returns for 2019

Post Date:10/18/2018 9:50 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


Sarasota, FL:  City of Sarasota residents, property owners and business owners interested in learning more about their local government are encouraged to register and participate in the upcoming Citizens’ Academy, an interactive, eight-week educational course. Most sessions will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 24. Space is limited to 25 participants.

The Citizens’ Academy shows participants how municipal government operates through interesting, interactive learning sessions, with a different City department featured each week. Participants will get a chance to see how our Utilities Department treats and maintains healthy drinking water; visit the Robert L. Taylor Community Center and learn what it takes to operate city parks; step on stage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and see how Broadway shows are brought to Sarasota; and get a hands-on demonstration of how the Sarasota Police Department protects our community.

DavidColorHiRes“We are excited our Planning Department is once again able to offer this great course after a five-year hiatus,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “This is an excellent opportunity for our residents to become more engaged with their local government and experience all the ways the City of Sarasota is serving the community.”

There is no charge for the eight-week course, but participants are asked to commit to attending the eight sessions. A graduation ceremony will be held during the March 18 City Commission meeting.

View the full Citizens’ Academy schedule and complete an online application at

For more information, contact Neighborhood Planner Nancy Kelly at 941-954-2612.


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov

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