Saturday, January 16, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

County Comprehensive Plan - info sessions

Sarasota County's Comprehensive Plan sets the goals and aims of the county across a wide range of our daily lives, from water to transportation to housing and development. Here's a chance to inform learn about it, and then to tell the County what you think before it's approved.

Comp Plan Draft Release
The draft Comprehensive Plan will be released online on
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A 30 day review period will follow the release of the draft document. There are a four ways to get involved.
1. Draft Release Information Sessions
Come find out how the Comprehensive Plan has changed. At the orientation session, staff will help you navigate the new structure and point out some highlights of the Plan. This meeting is aimed at helping you review the document on your own more effectively. Both sessions have the same content.

Wednesday, January 20
6 pmWoodmere Park 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd.Venice, FL 34293

Thursday, January 21
6 pmCounty Administration Building1660 Ringling, 2nd Floor Conference RoomSarasota, FL 34236
2. Chapter Executive Summaries
Can't make the information sessions? Check out the short synopsis of what's changed for each chapter to help you navigate the new Plan.
Available Online: January 192016 
3. Deep Dives
Schedule 1:1 time with staff and Subject Matter Experts to go over the goals, objectives or policy language specific to your interests.  Groups and individuals are invited to reserve a time block during a "Deep Dive" day. This opportunity is available through reservation only; call 861-5000 or email to secure your appointment.

County Administration Building
1660 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
  • Monday, January 25 reservations available 8am - 5pm
  • Tuesday, January 26 reservations available 1pm - 8pm
  • Monday, February 8 reservations available 8am - 5pm
  • Tuesday, February 9 reservations available 1pm - 8pm

RL Anderson Building
4000 S Tamiami Trail, Venice
  • Monday, February 1 reservations available 9am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 2 reservations available 1pm - 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 16 reservations available 1pm - 7:30pm
  • Wednesday February 17 reservations available 9am - 4pm
4. Public Hearings
Planning Commission Hearings in April, 2016 
Board of County Commissioners Hearings in June and October, 2016
Thank you for your role in shaping 
a better Sarasota County.
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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Year of the Neighborhood

Flu shots, Barefuoot Beach Bazaar, Advisory Council Volunteers

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us
With the arrival of cooler weather, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) reminds people to get their annual
flu vaccine.
A new customer service desk is officially open at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, as part of ongoing efforts to better serve visitors.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources' Barefoot Beach Bazaar arts and crafts shows are back at Nokomis Beach for the 2016 season.
Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory council opportunities, including the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program Affordable Housing
Advisory Committee.
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