Holiday closings, energy rebates, much more

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Presidents Day closings
Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, to observe Presidents Day. Here is a complete list of closings, along with two centers that will remain open.  

Test our new website!
We're updating our website,scgov.netTake a look around, then take our survey and tell us what you think.  

Energy rebate program ends
Barely six months after Sarasota County began helping local homeowners install energy efficient upgrades, the "Get Energy Smart" retrofit program is ending with $1 million awarded. 

One man's trash
AuctionFeel like freeing up some space while you make a little cash? Bring it to Sarasota County's community garage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Englewood Sports Complex.

Wheels keep on turning
The Legacy Trail celebrates its fourth anniversary with a "Tour de Parks' ride Sunday, March 25. Bike 20 miles on fully paved trails, or try the 35 or 65-mile rides on trails and public roads. Breakfast is sponsored and served by First Watch. Register by March 11. 

Closing the book on 2012's 'One Book, One Community'
One Book One CommunityThe Library System turns the page on another successful campaign with events throughout February. Author appearances, book discussions, lectures and presentations ... read all about it here.

New online vendor registration
financial transVendors who want to do business with Sarasota County will be able to use a new, free online procurement system beginning in March. Read how eProcure will simplify the vendor process in Sarasota County.

Comp plan amendment
Public Meeting logoSarasota County is seeking public input for a possible Comprehensive Plan amendment guiding free-standing commercial uses in major employment centers containing industrial light manufacturing and warehouses.

Warm Mineral Springs' future
Warm Mineral SpringsHow do you see the future of Warm Mineral Springs? North Port has startedan internet survey, and Sarasota County has launched an online wiki. Give us your feedback on this valuable natural asset.

Beat the high price of gas 
If you commute from North Port, SCAT offers express service for just $2.50 one-way (or $5 round-trip) with limited stops.Find complete routes and pick-up times here.

Want your very own piece of paradise?
Download color and black and white versions of Siesta Key Beach's new No. 1 sign.
Friday, Feb. 17
Sixteen new firefighters will be sworn in to the Sarasota County Fire Department. The ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. in the Sarasota County Board Chamber, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Public Meeting logo
What's your vision for Gulf Gate Library?
Tell us during a community open house Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota.
2012 Legislative Session, Week 5
Your up-to-the-minute report onlegislative actions affecting Sarasota County.
How are we doing?
Sarasota County libraries want to know. Get a survey online, or complete a "Voice of the Customer" survey at any Sarasota County library between Feb. 13-18.
January 2012
Economic Report 
Sarasota County's economic report for January 2012 has been released.
Commission Reports
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