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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, December 10, 2023

On Tuesday, the Sarasota County School Board will hold its first meeting since Chair Karen Rose and board member Tom Edwards called for the resignation of Bridget Ziegler. There will be a rally and press conference by Ziegler opponents before the meeting.

Monday (12/11)

Board of Trustees public meeting

Counsel Bill Galvano will present initial terms of land agreement with Sarasota Airport Authority and talk about a 9-acre parcel in Manatee County; Provost Brad Thiessen will provide an update about “classical online liberal arts degree”. Followed by a shade meeting at 5:00 PM.

4:00 PM

Virtual: https://ncf.zoom.us/j/98522005908?pwd=N2tlZFpGdUgrV2JZcGFBVDdDN3FZZz09, Passcode: 738710


Tuesday (12/12)

Sarasota County Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Discussion about distribution of $65,000 in funding for juvenile programs; approval for the Sarasota County 2024 federal legislative program; Siesta Key big-hotel developers ask to speed up approval of their proposals; adopting an ordinance that will effectively allow to build at lower flood elevation; construction of Legacy Trail overpasses at Bahia Vista and Beneva Roads; adding $37 million to creation of 17th Street regional park; Commissioner Moran discusses mental health reimbursement pilot program.

9:00 AM

Robert L. Anderson Administration Center

4000 S. Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34293

Manatee County Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Approving incentives package to lure a small manufacturer (“Project Helix”); purchase of Crooked River Ranch for land conservation; Commissioner Rahn discusses CASL workforce housing project on US 41; election of chair for 2024.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building

Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor

1112 Manatee Avenue West


City of Venice Council regular meeting (agenda)

Approve Venice Blues Festival March 22-23; discussion of several zoning amendments.

9:00 AM

City Hall

401 W Venice Ave.

Venice, FL 34285

Manatee County School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Approval of North River Charter Academy; discussion of school board member area map.

10:00 AM

The Walter E. Miller School Support Center

215 Manatee Avenue W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

Sarasota County School Board work session (agenda)

Update of several policies. Followed at 3:30 by School Board executive meeting on safety and security.

1:00 PM

Landings Administrative Complex

1980 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

Sarasota County School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Updating school policies to reflect new laws, from bathrooms to social media use. First meeting for board member Bridget Ziegler since news broke that her husband is accused of rape; Chair Karen Rose and board member Tom Edwards have asked her to resign. In the hour before the meeting, local group Support Our Schools scheduled a rally and press conference outside the auditorium.

6:00 PM

Landings Administrative Complex

1980 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231


Wednesday (12/13)

City of Bradenton Council regular meeting (agenda)

Discussion of land-use amendments for The Met, a 200-unit affordable housing project in downtown, to pay the owners $2.78 million in cash.

8:30 AM

City Hall Council Chambers

101 Old Main St.


City of Sarasota Panning Board (agenda)

Highlight: Roers Tamiami Apartments developer wants 35% higher density than allowed, thanks to plans of graywater use.  (proposal here).

1:30 PM

City Hall,

1565 First Street



Thursday (12/14)

Manatee County planning commission meeting (agenda here)

Highlights: 606-unit apartment complex, 25% affordable, off Lena Road; 259-home development off I-75 and 29th St. in Ellenton.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building

1112 Manatee Avenue West



Friday (12/15)