City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee Invites Public Feedback

The city charter outlines the basic organization, functions, powers and procedures of the city government.

08/26/2021 By Staff


Gov. Ron DeSantis Named Sarasota GOP's 'Statesman of the Year'

Previous Sarasota "Statesmen of the Year" honorees include Donald Trump, Lindsay Graham, and Dick and Liz Cheney.

08/05/2021 By Staff

Real Estate

City Approves Increased Residential Density for New Bath & Racquet Development

The Sarasota City Commission voted 4-1 in favor of a change that will allow the eventual property owner to add up to 70 more residential units to the project.

07/09/2021 By Kim Doleatto


DeSantis Appoints Sarasota Attorney to Judicial Nominating Commission

Ashley Hodson of Shutts & Bowen LLP has been appointed to the nominating commission for the 12th circuit.

07/08/2021 By Staff


Trump to Hold Rally in Sarasota Next Week

The event will take place on Saturday, July 3, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

06/24/2021 By Staff


Sarasota Launches New Online System to Make it Easier to Comment on City Issues

The new program, eComment, allows people to indicate whether they support or oppose items on the commission's agenda and leave comments.

06/24/2021 By Staff


DeSantis Appoints Michael Kessie to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

Kessie is the New College of Florida Police Department’s chief of police.

06/21/2021 By Staff


Sarasota Chamber to Host Online Campaign School and Leadership Training

The no-cost, nonpartisan three-day program is open to everyone and recommended for elected officials, candidates, campaign workers and more.

06/15/2021 By Staff

rainbow road

The City of Sarasota Still Wants to Light the John Ringling Bridge With a Pride Rainbow

Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody says he is "optimistic" that the bridge lighting may eventually take place, despite a previous denial by the Florida Department of Transportation.

06/14/2021 By Emma Lichtenstein

Diverse Voices

Tihda Vongkoth on Anti-Asian Hate, the Music World and the Risk of Speaking Out

'It is possible to be your authentic self, pursue the music that you really believe in and be anti-racist.'

05/25/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker


DeSantis Signs Bill to Preserve Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits

The law takes effect July 1 and maintains that as long as the predominant use of a property is for nonprofit purposes, the property should remain tax exempt.

05/21/2021 By Staff

Fast Track

Jack Bispham Appointed to Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board

Bispham is the owner/operator of Myakka City's Red Bluff Plantation and Paul’s Parrish.

05/17/2021 By Staff


DeSantis Signs Into Law Controversial New Voting Bill

The new law limits the use of ballot drop boxes and restricts vote-by-mail procedures. Republicans say it cracks down on potential fraud; Democrats say it's voter suppression.

05/06/2021 By Staff

The military

The Push for Justice for Survivors of Military Sexual Assault May Soon Succeed

New legislation championed by Sarasota's Nancy Parrish and Protect Our Defenders could dramatically change how allegations of sexual assault in the military are handled.

05/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto

The Pandemic

Gov. Ron DeSantis Ends Local Covid-19 Restrictions

The order comes after DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 2006, which will allow the governor to override local emergency orders.

05/03/2021 By Staff

Rescue Plan

Restaurants Can Start Applying for Revitalization Fund Money on Monday

Grant money can be spent on payroll, mortgage or rent payments, utilities, maintenance, supplies and other expenses.

04/30/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker


A New Book From a Sarasota Native Tells the Story of the Fight to Save the Everglades

Amy Green's "Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar" was recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

04/19/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Crisis in Palmetto

DeSantis, State Officials Plan to Close Piney Point Facility

Full cleanup and closure costs could top $200 million.

04/13/2021 By Staff

Piney Point

Environmentalists Warn That Piney Point Pollution Could Affect Sarasota Bay

More than 200 million gallons of wastewater have been discharged into Tampa Bay. That could have major effects on the health of Sarasota Bay.

04/09/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Environmentalists Call for Complete Cleanup and Closure of Piney Point

Organizations say that at the current rate of wastewater discharge, nearly 500 tons of nitrogen are on track to be released in the course of about a week.

04/07/2021 By Staff