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  • COVID_19_Update

    Citywide public health emergency extended

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 10 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    04/03/2020 5:07 PM

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    At-Home Spring Projects & Contests

    The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is busy posting daily at-home crafts, health & wellness tips, contests and more, on social media

    04/03/2020 4:21 PM

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    City suspends development permit expirations, extends Van Wezel closure

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced that all time periods regarding the expiration of any valid and outstanding development permits previously issued by the City or currently under review are tolled for the duration of the State of the Emergency in Florida.

    03/30/2020 2:41 PM

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    Boat ramps, Bird Key Park parking lot to close March 29; City-by-city testing reports urged

    The City-owned boat ramps, 10th Street Boat Ramps and City Island Boat Ramps, as well as the Bird Key Park parking lot will close to the public effective Sunday, March 29 at 6 a.m. as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/28/2020 4:34 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    City extends public health emergency declaration for COVID-19

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through April 3, prohibiting social gatherings in groups of 10 or more and authorizing the issuance of a citation for those who do not voluntarily comply. Residents also are strongly urged to stay at home e

    03/26/2020 3:30 PM

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    City’s playgrounds, park amenities to close Wednesday

    Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and other amenities at City of Sarasota parks will be closed to the public effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, as part of the latest emergency orders issued for the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/24/2020 5:30 PM

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    Building Division drop box to be available for plans, paperwork

    In an effort to keep the construction industry moving during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Sarasota’s Building Division will have a drop box available to the public for plans and other transmittals.

    03/23/2020 4:07 PM

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    Selby Five Points Park to close for repairs

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced the closure of Selby Five Points Park as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/23/2020 12:42 PM

  • COVID19

    City buildings to close March 23; Most services, operations to continue

    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.

    03/20/2020 2:46 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    Lido Beach to close: City restricts on-premises alcohol sales

    The City of Sarasota on Thursday temporarily ceased the sale of beer, wine and alcohol at restaurants each day after 9 p.m. as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    03/19/2020 5:45 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    City extends public health emergency declaration for COVID-19

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency, originally issued last week, in order to continue to protect the health and safety of the community and position the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19.

    03/18/2020 5:17 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    City recreational facilities to close this week; Public meetings scaled back

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced the suspension of organized events and activities at the City’s recreational facilities and a scaling back of upcoming public meetings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    03/16/2020 5:50 PM

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    City declares a public health emergency for COVID-19

    To protect the health and safety of the community and position the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19, the City of Sarasota has declared a local citywide public health emergency.

    03/13/2020 1:52 PM

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    Spring Swim Lessons at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

    This spring, the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming for youth by offering swim lessons at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

    03/02/2020 11:53 AM

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    Transportation open houses set for March 10

    The public is invited to join the City of Sarasota in realizing the vision for the future of transportation in our community by attending one of two open house meetings on Tuesday, March 10.

    03/02/2020 8:39 AM

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    Fruitville Road closure begins week of March 1st

    Next week the second phase of construction for the US 41-Fruitville Road Roundabout Project will begin and will include the closure of westbound Fruitville Road from Cocoanut Avenue to US 41.

    02/28/2020 10:30 AM

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    Paul Thorpe Jr. Park/Lemon Ave. grand re-opening set for March 6

    The community is invited to a block party to celebrate the grand re-opening of Paul Thorpe Jr. Park and Lemon Avenue on Friday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Paul Thorpe Jr. Park, 135 S. Pineapple Avenue. The free event will feature live music, refreshments and guided tours of the improvements

    02/28/2020 9:20 AM

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    Sarasota chosen for LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced the City of Sarasota is among 20 new cities and counties selected to participate in the 2020 LEED for Cities and Communities Grant Program.

    02/25/2020 3:29 PM

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    City Hall to observe Presidents Day holiday

    City administration offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in recognition of the Presidents Day holiday.

    02/10/2020 10:00 AM

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    City, credit union to host open house, car sale

    The City of Sarasota, in partnership with nonprofit financial institution Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, will host an open house aimed at educating residents about the low-cost financial services available to them, including the Reliable Ride Transportation Initiative.

    02/05/2020 1:42 PM