In anticipation for the Sarasota Down Payment Assistance Program's opening Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting a workshop Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m. at 1565 1st St., City Hall Annex, Sarasota.
Sarasota County will hold its ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Registration is open to the public, and advanced registration is encouraged.
Sarasota County Government values the participation and input of its residents in the decision-making process. To further that goal, the county has more than 30 citizen advisory boards, councils and committees, with members appointed by the County Commission. The following committees have open positions:
Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee (BPTAC): 9 vacancies (5 at large, plus Longboat Key, City of North Port, City of Sarasota, School Board representatives)
Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals: 4 vacancies
Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation: 4 vacancies
General Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 6 vacancies (engineer; general contractor; residential contractor; 3 at large)
Health Facilities Authority & Industrial Development Revenue Bond Citizens Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
Mechanical Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 5 vacancies (architect; master electrician; trade alternate; 2 at large
Waterways Advisory Council: 2 vacancies
For a complete description of committees and how you can serve, visitwww.scgov.net (keyword Advisory Council).
Monday, April 10,2017 7:00 p.m. surplus lands andcommunity treasures - crucial decisions -a town hall examination On Monday, April 10, 2017 please join CONA for a town hall examination of our surplus lands policies and zoning processes that are putting lands considered community treasures in danger, perhaps irreversibly. Such crucial decisions require public participation. The current offer to sell public lands adjacent to the Celery Fields for a construction waste processing facility has drawn the focus of adjacent neighborhoods, environmental groups, conservationists, and many concerned individuals. The issues will be examined to determine what should drive decisions about public lands and how policies may be changed to assure protection of our community treasures while making appropriate decisions about development and preservation.