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    2020 Memorial Day Parade canceled

    This year’s downtown Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, organizers announced Monday.

    04/13/2020 3:03 PM

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    Citywide public health emergency extended through April 17

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 17 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    04/10/2020 2:08 PM

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    Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 roundabouts

    The City of Sarasota is sharing a series of informational videos to help educate motorists on how to navigate the new multi-lane roundabouts on U.S. 41 at 10th and 14th streets ahead of their planned opening next weekend.

    04/10/2020 8:47 AM

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    Virtual Aqua Egg Hunt

    Hunt for eggs in the Arlington Park pool, from the comfort of your own home, and win! The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is excited to bring citizens their Virtual Aqua Egg Hunt! It’s FREE to enter the hunt. Follow the rules below on how to win.

    04/09/2020 11:54 AM

  • COVID_19_Update

    Citywide public health emergency extended

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through at least April 10 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    04/03/2020 5:07 PM

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    At-Home Spring Projects & Contests

    The City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District is busy posting daily at-home crafts, health & wellness tips, contests and more, on social media

    04/03/2020 4:21 PM

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    City suspends development permit expirations, extends Van Wezel closure

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced that all time periods regarding the expiration of any valid and outstanding development permits previously issued by the City or currently under review are tolled for the duration of the State of the Emergency in Florida.

    03/30/2020 2:41 PM

  • COVID19

    Boat ramps, Bird Key Park parking lot to close March 29; City-by-city testing reports urged

    The City-owned boat ramps, 10th Street Boat Ramps and City Island Boat Ramps, as well as the Bird Key Park parking lot will close to the public effective Sunday, March 29 at 6 a.m. as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/28/2020 4:34 PM

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    City extends public health emergency declaration for COVID-19

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through April 3, prohibiting social gatherings in groups of 10 or more and authorizing the issuance of a citation for those who do not voluntarily comply. Residents also are strongly urged to stay at home e

    03/26/2020 3:30 PM

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    Sarasota man arrested and facing 40 counts of possession of child pornography

    James Sutton-Baines, 31, of 446 Shade Circle, Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing 40 counts of possession of child pornography. Additional charges are possible.

    03/25/2020 1:05 PM

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    City’s playgrounds, park amenities to close Wednesday

    Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and other amenities at City of Sarasota parks will be closed to the public effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, as part of the latest emergency orders issued for the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/24/2020 5:30 PM

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    Building Division drop box to be available for plans, paperwork

    In an effort to keep the construction industry moving during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Sarasota’s Building Division will have a drop box available to the public for plans and other transmittals.

    03/23/2020 4:07 PM

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    Selby Five Points Park to close for repairs

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced the closure of Selby Five Points Park as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    03/23/2020 12:42 PM

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    City buildings to close March 23; Most services, operations to continue

    City of Sarasota buildings will close to the public effective Monday, March 23 to reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19. Most City operations and functions will continue with reduced staff working on-site or remotely.

    03/20/2020 2:46 PM

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    Lido Beach to close: City restricts on-premises alcohol sales

    The City of Sarasota on Thursday temporarily ceased the sale of beer, wine and alcohol at restaurants each day after 9 p.m. as part of emergency orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    03/19/2020 5:45 PM

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    Sarasota Police Department Begins Temporary Telephone Reporting Unit

    Beginning today, March 18, 2020, the Telephone Reporting Unit will be operated by sworn law enforcement officers and will be in operation daily from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., eastern standard time.

    03/18/2020 5:33 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    City extends public health emergency declaration for COVID-19

    The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency, originally issued last week, in order to continue to protect the health and safety of the community and position the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19.

    03/18/2020 5:17 PM

  • COVID_19_Update

    City recreational facilities to close this week; Public meetings scaled back

    The City of Sarasota on Monday announced the suspension of organized events and activities at the City’s recreational facilities and a scaling back of upcoming public meetings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    03/16/2020 5:50 PM

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    Sarasota Police Department Closes Front Desk Access – Community can call or e-mail

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Sarasota Police Department Front Desk and Records Division access was closed Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice. This closure will not affect officers responding to calls.

    03/16/2020 12:50 PM

  • City declares a public health emergency for COVID-19

    To protect the health and safety of the community and position the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19, the City of Sarasota has declared a local citywide public health emergency.

    03/13/2020 1:52 PM

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