City buildings to close March 23; Most services, operations to continue
Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager 941-650-9693
Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota buildings will close to the public effective Monday, March 23 to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19. Most City operations and functions will continue with reduced staff working on-site or remotely.
The City Auditor and Clerk will not accept development applications until further notice. Applicants with questions regarding the current submittal process are encouraged to call 941-263-6222 or email the Development Applications Coordinator at Sean.Wilkins@SarasotaFL.Gov.
The public is advised to conduct business with the City either online via www.SarasotaFL.Gov or by phone at 941-263-6000.
Garbage, recycling and yard waste will continue as normal. Public safety, drinking water, sanitary sewer treatment, plans reviews, building permits and other services will continue.
Public parks, boat ramps, open spaces and fishing piers in the city limits remain open.
Lido Beach and all county beaches are scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 21, as announced by Sarasota County yesterday.
The City of Sarasota remains in a public health emergency, declared last week and extended through March 27.
A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County: 941-861-2883. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The most current, official information on COVID-19 in Florida can be found at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. A 24/7 hotline is also available: 1-866-779-6121.
For more information, contact Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager: 941-650-9693
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 56,000 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