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This week in local government

Written by on Sunday, June 16, 2024

It’s budget season. The Manatee County Commission will hold three workshops this week, beginning Monday. The Sarasota County Commission will follow with three more workshops, from Wednesday through Friday. The Sarasota County Commission will end the week on Friday with a special meeting trying to assess “the impacts of illegal immigration”.


Monday (06/17)

Manatee County Commission budget workshop (agenda Mo., Tue. and Wed.)

Highlights: Presentation of capital improvement projects, utilities department.

9:00 AM Mon., Tue. and Wed.

Manatee County Administration Building, Chambers, First Floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton


City of Sarasota community workshop (agenda)

Highlight: Construction of a day dock for 18 visiting boats in The Bay park.

5:30 PM

Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.


Tuesday (06/18)

City of Sarasota Development Review Committee (agenda)

Highlights: Comprehensive plan amendment for Temple Beth to build a 280-unit housing complex next to the synagogue on S. Tuttle Ave.; “The Sanctuary” complex of 13 single-family homes on Old Bradenton Road; addition to the Art Ovation hotel on N. Palm Ave.

9:00 AM

City Hall, 1565 1st St., Sarasota.


Sarasota School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Public comment, in presence of a documentary film crew following school board conflicts in Florida. State funding for mental health program; contracts with mental health service providers; superintendent evaluation and contract renewal. The regular meeting is preceded by a work session at 10 am about student progress, a comprehensive reading plan, and policy and budget updates.

3:00 PM

1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota.


Wednesday (06/19)

Sarasota County Commission budget work session (agenda Wed., Thu. and Fri.)

Highlight: Three-day discussion of proposed 2025 budget. Includes budget presentation by departments and elected officers, and about capital projects.

9:00 AM, Wed., Thu. and Fri.

Sarasota County Administration Building, third floor Think Tank, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota.


Thursday (06/20)

Venice City Council budget workshops (agendas Thu. and Fri.)

Highlights: Two days of discussion of 2025 budget.

8:30 AM, Thu. and Fri.

City Hall, 401 West Venice Avenue, Venice.


Manatee County Commission land-use meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Rezoning 39 acres of agricultural land near the Lakewood Ranch area (“Lakewood Springs”) to planned development; rezone for Tunnels-to-Towers veterans housing project; denial of two rezone applications (Tara and Oaks at Rutlands Ranch); Port Manatee master plan update; rezone of 14 acres in west Palmetto to build a 276-unit apartment complex (“Palmetto Apartments”); turning 68 acres of county-owned land into Crooked River Preserve.

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building, Chambers, First Floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.


Friday (06/21)

Sarasota County Commission special meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Reports on “Impact of illegal immigration” by Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney, Sarasota Doctors Hospital, Florida Englewood Hospital, Sarasota School Board.

11:00 AM

Sarasota County Administration Building, commission chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.