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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, May 5, 2024

On Monday, there will be a City of Sarasota Commission meeting with a packed agenda. Among others, Vice Mayor Ahearn-Koch would like the commission to rescind a vote that added attainable-housing incentives to the comprehensive plan. At the Sarasota School Board meeting on Tuesday, Bridget Ziegler will argue the school district should push back against the federal government’s inclusion of transgender students in Title IX protections. On Wednesday, the City of Bradenton will vote on the creation of a fund for indigent healthcare, and the City of Sarasota Planning Commission will weigh Benderson Development’s mixed-use application for the Southgate Mall property.

 

Monday (05/06)

City of Sarasota Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: $1 million contribution from city housing funds to affordable housing project on N. Tamiami Trail; city submits candidates to public housing board (will there be an actual public housing tenant among them, as required by statute?); adoption of Housing Authority’s request for higher density on land in Newtown for more public housing; prohibiting use of plastic bags for yard waste; Commissioner Jen Ahearn wants discussion re taking back April 1 vote on attainable-housing comp plan change and a possible re-vote; developer’s appeal to denial of McAlpin House teardown; discussion re LGBT+ rights in Sarasota (“Municipal Equality Index”).

9:00 AM

City Hall, commission chambers, 1565 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

 

City of North Port Commission workshop (agenda)

Highlight: Discussion of changes to the chapter about natural resources in the Unified Land Development Code.

9:00 AM

4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, FL 34286 

 

Tuesday (05/07)

Sarasota County Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Adding $12.5 million to the current budget; adopting new waste management agreements that may trigger higher garbage fees.

9:00 AM

Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, Commission Chamber, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL

 

Sarasota County School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Increase in fees for before/after school care; Barancik Foundation pays for the salary of a teacher recruiter; policy changes for staff-student communications; Bridget Ziegler wants the school district to push back against the federal government’s inclusion of transgender students in Title IX protections.

6:00 PM

Landings Administrative Complex, 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota

 

Wednesday (05/08)

City of Bradenton Council regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Ordinance allowing to install speed checking systems in school zones; ordinance creating a fund for indigent care (“Local Provider Participation Fund”), by taxing properties owned by hospitals.

8:30 AM

City Hall council chambers – 101 Old Main St., Bradenton

 

City of Sarasota Planning Commission (agenda)

Highlights: Comprehensive Plan amendment for Southgate Mall property for mixed-use project by Benderson Development; rezone for Beneva Road Townhomes; Harvest Tabernacle Church’s major conditional use application to build housing on its 17th St. property.

1:30 PM

City Hall, commission chambers, 1565 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

 

Thursday (05/09)

Manatee County planning commission (no agenda yet)

Highlights: ?

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building, Patricia M. Glass Chambers, first floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 

Friday (05/10)

None