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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, May 19, 2024

On Monday, the Sarasota City Commission is expected to approve paying architecture firm Renzo Piano to design a new performing arts center in the Bay Park. On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission will discuss a new approach to indigent healthcare. Also, the Sarasota School Bard will discuss to approve a controversial for-profit school as a charter school. On Wednesday, the Sarasota County Commission will discuss regulations for vacation rentals.


Monday (05/20)

City of Sarasota Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: $1.4m more from state for Lido Beach renourishment; approve Renzo Piano as architect for a new performing arts center at the Bay Park.

9:00 AM

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


Tuesday (05/21)

Manatee County Commission work session (agenda)

Highlights: Manatee County comprehensive plan rewrite; transitioning from a hospital-based to a community-based healthcare model for indigent patients.

9:00 AM

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


Sarasota County School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Discussion about repeal of policies on emergencies, dating violence, and suicide prevention, which are now covered by updated policies; discussion about approval for a Classical Preparatory Academy as a charter school. This for-profit school has been controversial, it has yet to find a location, and the superintendent has questioned its projected numbers. At a work session that begins at 10 am, there will be discussion about the capital improvements budget, student code of conduct, a strategic plan update, and policy reviews.

3:00 PM

Landings Administrative Complex, 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota


Wednesday (05/22)

City of Bradenton Council regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Approval for three affordable-housing renovation projects; indoor amusement center and lounge at 412 12th St. in downtown; microbrewery and sidewalk café at 1008 4th Ave. W.; private school at 817 Manatee Ave. W.; enforcing school-zone speed limits; levying a property tax on medical buildings to fund indigent care.

8:30 AM


Sarasota County Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Discussion about regulation of vacation rentals; pick applicants for post-disaster HUD funding; upzone requests on DeSoto Rd., east of Lockwood Ridge Rd., to build a church and a school; upzone for a property on Fruitville Rd., east of I-75, to build a church and a school.

9:00 AM

Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota


Thursday (05/23)

Manatee County Commission land-use meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Changes to the 1,100-acre Tara development; rezone of 58 acres of agricultural land in Parrish; approving a 190-acre public park on the Manatee River in east Manatee County.

9:00 AM

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


Public meeting on 10th St. and Blvd. of the Arts complete streets projects (agenda)

Highlights: Open house, presentation, Q&A.

5:00 PM

SRQ Media Studio, City Hall Annex Building, 1565 First Street, Sarasota


Friday (05/24)