This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, February 4, 2024

On Monday, the City of Sarasota will discuss expanding vacation rental regulations, ending the cannabis civil citation program, and providing legal defense expenses to Commissioner Battie over the fallout from a fake-news incident. On Tuesday, there will be a “Ban Bridget” protest before the Sarasota School Board meeting.


Monday (02/05)

City of Sarasota Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Proposed private-public partnership for Ken Thompson Park (on City Island); discussion of citywide regulations for vacation rentals; reaffirming anti-discrimination policies and approving legal expenses for Commissioner Battie’s defense, over fake-news fallout; public hearing about termination of the city’s cannabis civil citation program.

9:00 AM

City Hall

1565 First Street, Sarasota, Fl 34236


City of Palmetto Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: While not on the agenda, there might be follow-up on the investigation into the death of Breonte Johnson-Davis after a police beating and the last commission meeting’s public input and a commissioner’s apology.

7:00 PM

City Hall

516 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221


Tuesday (02/06)

Sarasota County School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: “Ban Bridget” protest at 5 pm before meeting; public comment; purchase of 20-acre property at Lakewood Ranch to build a school.

6:00 PM

Auditorium at The Landings

1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231


Wednesday (02/07)

City of Sarasota Development Review Committee (agenda)

Highlights: Resubmittal of “The Icon” luxury condos on N. Washington Blvd., resubmittal of Payne Park Townhomes on S. Washington Blvd.; regulations for solar utilities.

9:00 AM

City Hall

1565 First Street, Sarasota, Fl 34236


Thursday (02/08)

Manatee County Planning Commission (agenda)

Highlights: University Lakes/Lakewood Ranch land development plan change, upsizing hospital from 150 to 300 beds; rezone of 21 acres of agricultural land in Ellenton to build a subdivision of 191 homes.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building

Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, first floor

1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton


Friday (02/09)