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Most county offices to close for July 4 holiday

USA flagMost Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe the national Independence Day holiday. However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m. (MORE)
Stay safe while enjoying Independence Day fireworks

Every year people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries from fireworks at celebrations of July 4, Independence Day. The best way to stay safe is to go to public firework displays at sanctioned community events. The community fireworks events are bigger and brighter since the federal government bans the sale of the largest fireworks to the general public, and many states ... (MORE)
'Hope for Homeowners' free event on July 16

Hope for Homeowners
Sarasota County homeowners who need help with foreclosures, bankruptcy and credit problems can attend a free "Hope for Homeowners" seminar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. (MORE)
County offers surplus equipment in online auction

Sarasota County is launching an online auction website that will make it possible for people to bid on surplus county office equipment and other items.

The website, located, will replace the public auctions used to dispose of county surplus materials. (MORE)
Candy-flavored tobacco resolution passes

Flavored tobaccoThe Sarasota County Commission on June 28 passed a resolution urging local vendors to cease the sale and marketing of all candy-flavored tobacco products. The resolution also urges residents not to purchase or use candy-flavored tobacco products in Sarasota County. (MORE)
Sarasota County offers small business assistance

Small business
Sarasota County government is offering small business owners assistance with development processes and other business needs.
The county's business assistance efforts include connecting small business owners with county departments to address their concerns and assist with regulatory and permitting issues.(MORE)


Anonymous said…
I can't believe that so many people that live in Lake Sarasota have no regard for the law about fireworks.I cringe every time I hear all the booms and see the ones that explode in the sky. What part of illegal do they not understand. Thank God for the rain that will help with any fires that could start. I really wish the police would be riding around in this neighbor tonight.

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