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Citywide public health emergency extended through May 29

Some advisory board meetings to resume

Post Date:05/22/2020 1:45 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988;


Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through May 29 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency order issued Friday by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Robert Fournier, allows the following City advisory boards to resume meeting on these dates:

  • Police Officers Pension Plan Board of Trustees: May 22
  • Firefighters Pension Plan Board of Trustees: May 27
  • Employee Retirement Accounts Committee: June 4
  • General Employees Pension Plan Board of Trustees: June 15
  • Downtown Improvement District: June 2
  • St. Armands Business Improvement District: June 10
  • Board of Adjustment: June 24

Meeting times, locations and agendas will be posted to the City’s website as they become available. Additional details can be found in the emergency order.

The Planning Board will hold a workshop on June 10 to hear a presentation about the “Sarasota in Motion” citywide transportation master plan. The status of future Planning Board meetings will be addressed in a subsequent emergency order by the City.

The Development Review Committee (DRC) will meet June 17 and June 24. The status of subsequent DRC meetings will be addressed in a future emergency order.

The City will resume accepting development applications in June on a limited basis, only for re-submittals of applications that have previously been reviewed by the DRC but did not receive sign off from the committee, as listed here. The filing of new applications is expected to resume in July and will be addressed in a future emergency order.

Bobby Jones Golf Club will be reopened to the public for walking, running, bicycling, photography and wildlife observation daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 23. Golfing, fishing and other activities are prohibited, and visitors must adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by remaining six feet apart and limiting groups to no more than 10.

Friday’s emergency order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home, including in common areas of condominium and apartment buildings, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

Although City buildings remain closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct City business either online via or by phone at 941-263-6000.

Additional resources

Applications for the City of Sarasota’s COVID-19 Small Business and Safety Assistance Grant Program are now being accepted. Information can be found online at For questions or more information, email

A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County:  941-861-2883. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The most current, official information on COVID-19 in Florida can be found at  A 24/7 hotline is also available:  1-866-779-6121.

For more information, contact Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist:  941-928-3988.


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov
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