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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Friday, March 29, 2024

On Monday, the City of Sarasota Commission will hear a report on the state of Sarasota Bay and establish a budget for the Sarasota Bay Resiliency Initiative, and hear an appeal from a developer after the city’s denial to raze the historic McAlpin house. On Tuesday, the Sarasota school board is expected to approve a myriad of policy changes; the meeting will be preceded by a protest. On Wednesday, the City of Sarasota Development Review Committee will discuss a return of the tallest-tower-in-downtown proposal, a big public housing project in the Rosemary District, and the request of a condo tower developer for the city to abandon an alley.


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.


City of North Port Commission special meeting (agenda)

Highlight: Discussion and possible action regarding funding options for the new police headquarters.

9:00 AM

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


Tuesday (04/02)

Manatee County Commission work session (agenda)

Highlight: Discussion of financial performance in 2023.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building, Manatee/Osprey Rooms, Fifth Floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton


Sarasota School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: “Stop the Circus” protest by SEE Alliance before the meeting. New classroom policies for use of AI; Revision of school safety protocols and incident reporting; changes to AIDS instruction, to align with state statutes; adding parental notification before grade forgiveness and when inviting community speakers; changes to exceptional student education and disciplining of students with disabilities; revision to employees-with-guns regulations.

6:00 PM

Landings Administrative Complex, 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota


Wednesday (04/03)

City of Sarasota Development Review Committee (agenda)

Highlights: The developer behind the rejected Obsidian project is back, with a luxury tower that will still be the tallest in downtown. Payne Park Townhomes resubmittal. Housing Authority presents Lofts on Lemon 2. Illinois developer wants city to abandon alley off N. Tamiami Tr.

9:00 AM

City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First Street, Sarasota, FL


Thursday (04/04)

Manatee County Commission land-use meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Approval of final plats for expansions of five subdivisions; approval of $142,000 incentive for an aviation company that promises 71 jobs; rezones of 36 acres of agricultural land in seven projects.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building, Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton


Friday (04/05)