New County Web site, Giant Garage Sale in Englewood, more...

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We're changing our website
Take a look around, then take our survey and tell us what you think. We're also holding two focus groups to collect input about how we can continue to enhance the site's contents:
  1. Friday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Both sessions will be held at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringlng Blvd., Third Floor Think Tank. If you'd like to participate, email Kim Backus,  

One man's trash
AuctionSATURDAY: Feel 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.

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.

Author has a way with words 
Mark Mustain, recipient of the 2011 Florida Book Award for his novel "The Gendarrme," comes to the Sarasota Library series, "A Way with Words" Friday, March 2.
Photo credit: Katrice Howell

County approves field name 
Sarasota County has approved the naming of a baseball field designated for children with disabilities. The new field, located in Longwood Park, will be called the Orioles Pirates Miracle League Field of Manasota.

Dental care for North Port kids
Low-income and uninsured children from five North Port elementary schools will soon receive preventive dental care through a 3-year, $95,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation.

Englewood cleans up
Sarasota County will hold its annual community cleanup in the Englewood area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The cleanup is for residential customers only.

District 1 community forum 
Join your District 1 city and county commissioners, along with local experts, March 8, for an important panel discussion on the current state and future of community safety and the evolving structure of education.

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. 

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.
Public Meeting logo
What's your vision for Gulf Gate Library?
TODAY: Sarasota County will holda community open house  at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota to discuss the future of Gulf Gate Library.
New videos this week 
Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness talks about what Sarasota County can expect in 2012.
Sarasota Business Today - Interview with Dr. Sean Snaith, Part 1
Sarasota Business Today - Part 1

Sarasota Business Today - Interview with Dr. Sean Snaith - Part 2
Sarasota Business Today - Part 2
2012 Legislative Session, Week 6
Your up-to-the-minute report onlegislative actions affecting Sarasota County.
Commission Reports
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Speakers Bureau
Request a member of our Speakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.


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