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City announces security screening measures for meetings

Post Date:06/13/2019 3:29 PM

Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988;


Sign prohibiting firearms at City Commission meetings, per Florida statutes.Sarasota, FL:  Beginning Monday, June 17, the state law prohibiting firearms at meetings of governing bodies will begin to be actively enforced in the City of Sarasota.

It is suggested citizens attending City Commission meetings plan to arrive a few minutes earlier than in the past to allow for security screening before entering the commission chambers at City Hall.

“This is simply a precautionary step to ensure all those attending our public meetings will be safe and secure at all times while exercising their rights as citizens,” said City Manager Tom Barwin, following consultation with Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.

The precaution will remain in place until further notice.

For more information on City meetings, visit


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live 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 www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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