Up for the Challenge

New City Manager Marlon Brown on a New Commission, New Projects and the Challenges Ahead

Brown was named Sarasota’s city manager in January, after serving as deputy city manager since 2009.

03/04/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Real Estate

City of Sarasota, Legal Aid of Manasota to Host Title Assistance Webinar for Homeowners

The free event will take place online on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m.

02/11/2021 By Staff


City of Sarasota Offices to Observe New Year’s Holiday

Trash and recycling schedules will be affected.

12/29/2020 By Staff


Pat Robinson Named Interim Deputy City of Sarasota Manager

Robinson, Sarasota's deputy chief of police, was selected by interim city manager Marlon Brown to assist with the leadership transition.

12/10/2020 By Staff

Taking Care of Business

Online Permitting Now Available in City of Sarasota

The city has also launched an integrated voice response (IVR) system that allows contractors and property owners to schedule, reschedule and cancel inspections.

12/04/2020 By Staff


City Offices Will Close for Thanksgiving

City of Sarasota offices will be closed Thanksgiving day and Friday, Nov. 27.

11/20/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Administrative Offices to Close for Election Day

Residential garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup and commercial garbage collection schedules will be unaffected.


Free Trees

Sarasota’s Free Community Tree Giveaway Starts Oct. 5

Four species of native Florida trees are available to city residents.

10/05/2020 By Ilene Denton


Citizens Can Now Participate Remotely in Sarasota City Commission Meetings

Those interested must pre-register by emailing their request to the City Auditor and Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to each meeting.

09/02/2020 By Staff


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


City of Sarasota Receives National Award for Historic Preservation Efforts

The award recognizes outstanding efforts and achievements by local preservation, historic district, and landmark commissions and boards of architectural review.

08/05/2020 By Staff


Applications for Small Business Grant Program Due Aug. 7

Eligible small businesses are encouraged to apply for a $5,000 grant as part of the City of Sarasota’s ongoing COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

07/30/2020 By Staff


City Launches Online, Mobile Options for Building Permits, Inspections

The new services will help customers do business within the city, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

07/09/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Now Requires Masks in Public

The city received hundreds of phone calls and emails about the proposed ordinance in recent days.

06/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett

'This Is An Incredible Time in History'

Sarasota's Mayor Says the Time for Anti-Racist Action Is Now

Jen Ahearn-Koch discusses the protests that have rocked America, how Sarasota city government should respond and whether we need to 'defund the police.'

06/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


City, Credit Union to Host Open House, Car Sale

Through the city’s partnership with the credit union, Sarasota residents of all credit levels can qualify for a low-interest vehicle loan through the Reliable Ride initiative.

02/05/2020 By Staff


City, Credit Union Partner to Provide Residents Access to Financial Services

The services and programs will benefit city residents who are unbanked or underbanked, and underserved.

12/30/2019 By Staff


City of Sarasota Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Waste collection schedules will also be affected by the holiday.

11/26/2019 By Staff

Throwing Shade

City Pilot Program Encourages Homeowners to Plant Mature Trees

Trees provide significant benefits including saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cleaning the air and providing wildlife habitat.

11/21/2019 By Staff

City News

Citizens’ Academy Returns for 2020

The Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for participants to see how municipal government operates through interactive learning sessions, with different City departments featured each week.

11/17/2019 By Staff