Government

Sarasota County Launches '2021 Year in Review'

The report is the county's annual summary of its projects, programs and accomplishments.

01/12/2022 By Staff

Development

Benderson Development Acquires Sarasota County Administration Building for $25 Million

The deal allows the county to lease back the space in the building for another four years.

12/31/2021 By Staff

Holidays

Sarasota City, County New Year's Updates

City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, and select SCAT services will offer extended hours.

12/29/2021 By Staff

Centennial

Sarasota Centennial Committee Creates Bookmarks for Schools, Libraries

More than 4,000 bookmarks were delivered to 37 local schools.

12/29/2021 By Staff

Real Estate

Sarasota and Manatee Counties See Record-High Home Prices—Again

The latest data shows short inventory, high demand and more cash deals.

12/22/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Holidays

Sarasota City, County Offices Closed for Holiday

Most administrative offices and services will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's.

12/22/2021 By Staff

Going Up

Median Rents in Sarasota County Surpass $2,000 a Month for the First Time

According to a national monthly report on rental markets, based on October data, median overall monthly rents are now $2,051.

11/19/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Tourism

It Was an Unprecedented Year for Sarasota County Bed Tax Revenue

The 2021 fiscal year saw more than $30 million collected from short-term vacation rentals.

11/12/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Real Estate

Sarasota's Luxury Real Estate Market Is Booming

In a recent wealth and luxury real estate report, Sarasota was named among top three "Power Players."

11/08/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Tourism

Red Tide and Covid Didn’t Hurt Summer Tourism

Thanks to the great outdoors and an "open for business" atmosphere, June, July and August all saw gains over pre-pandemic numbers.

11/01/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Sustainability

Registration Open for Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

This year’s workshop, themed “Roots of Sustainability,” will be held virtually.

10/29/2021

Conservation

Sarasota County Votes to Purchase Conservation Foundation’s Recently Protected Land

Sarasota County commissioners approved the purchase of 228 acres in Old Miakka.

10/26/2021 By Staff

My Opinion

Sarasota Just Lost Some More of Its Public Beaches

Isaac Eger tells us about the new ordinance that further privatizes the Sarasota shoreline.

10/26/2021 By Isaac Eger

Happy at Home

Sarasota County's 2021 Citizen Opinion Survey Results Are In

Population growth was a top stressor—but an overwhelming majority of residents praised Sarasota living.

09/28/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Urban Sprawl

Hi Hat Ranch Density Changes OK'd by County Commissioners

Despite opposition from the public, county commissioners voted unanimously to adopt an amendment allowing up to six times more density on 10,000 acres of land.

09/09/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Labor Day

Sarasota City, County Offices Closed Today

Most city and county government offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

09/06/2021 By Staff

The Rental Market

Sarasota and Manatee Residential Rents Go Up—Again

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Sarasota County rental rates have grown by 25 percent and Manatee County's by 31 percent.

09/01/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Rental Market

Sarasota Rent Prices Just Keep Increasing

Despite a looming eviction crisis, rents increased by 20 percent in Sarasota County and 27 percent in Manatee County compared to July 2020.

08/04/2021 By Kim Doleatto

The Rental Market

Sarasota Rents Are Skyrocketing Again

Since March of last year, monthly rents increased by 13 percent in Sarasota County and 19 percent in Manatee County.

07/02/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Coronavirus

Rent Assistance Available for Sarasota Residents Impacted by Covid-19

Residents who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and have experienced unemployment or underemployment may apply for rental assistance to prevent eviction.

08/27/2020 By Staff