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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, March 24, 2024

On Tuesday, the City of Venice Council will meet with the lawyers of Neal Development, after the company sued the city. Also on Tuesday, the Sarasota Public Hospital Board will have its monthly meeting; City of North Port commissioners will discuss how to pay for new police headquarters; and there will be a City of Sarasota community workshop about an affordable housing project on Rhodes Ave. 


Monday (03/25)



Tuesday (03/26)

City of Venice Council regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Nature-based flood mitigation pilot project with Florida Department of Environmental Protection; final plat for Phase 2 of two Magnolia Bay developments; city’s $2.3 million purchase of 8 acres on Knight’s Trail for a fleet facility; “shade” meeting with lawyers of Neal Development lawyers, which sued the city; presentation about what to do with the historic Lord-Higel House;

9:00 AM

Council Chambers, 401 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285


Sarasota Public Hospital Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Expect extended public comment. Bad debts/charity care; Finance and Mission and Planning Committee reports; president’s report. The meeting is preceded the same day by a finance committee and mission & planning committee meetings, as well as a review of finances, and a closed board meeting.

2:00 PM

Old Board Room/Auditorium, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota


City of Sarasota community workshop (agenda)

Rezoning of 1.35 acres on Rhodes Ave., near Fruitville Road, allowing Habitat for Humanity to build 16 affordable apartments in two buildings.

5:30 PM

Selby Library conference room, 1331 First St., Sarasota


City of North Port Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Approve plats for two more subdivisions at Wellen Park; discussion over how to pay for new police headquarters.

6:00 PM

City Hall chambers, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, FL 34286


Wednesday (03/27)

City of Bradenton Council regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Water quality update by Sarasota Bay Estuary Program; upzoning request for five lots on Riverside Drive and eight lots on 9th St.; removing 14 lots on 9th St., 8th St, and 3rd Ave. E from the Antiques Overlay District; new public works & utilities director.

8:30 AM

City Hall Council Chambers, 101 Old Main St., Bradenton


Thursday (03/28)



Friday (03/29)



Monday (04/01)

City of Sarasota Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Report on state of Sarasota Bay after Hurricane Ian; homelessness report 2024; establish a $2.58 million budget for the Sarasota Bay Resiliency Initiative; $135,000 for the redesign of the city website; Sarasota Housing Authority wants increased density for two parcels (up to 750 units on 15 acres) in Newtown; developer appeals city’s denial to raze the historic McAlpin house.

9:00 AM

City Commission Chambers, 1565 First Street, Sarasota.