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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, November 26, 2023

On Tuesday, the Sarasota County Commission will be discussing a workaround that would allow developers to build high-density hotels in Siesta Key. 

Monday (11/27)

Sarasota Public Hospital Board (agenda)

Highlights: President David Verinder’s report, chief financial officer’s report, public comment.

2 PM

Old Board Room/Auditorium, 1st Floor, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1700 South Tamiami Trail



Tuesday (11/28)

Sarasota County Commission meeting (agenda)

Highlight: Item 37 on the agenda – commissioners will discuss a workaround that would allow developers to build high-density hotels on Siesta Key. See memo here.

9:00 AM

1660 Ringling Blvd.

Sarasota, FL


Bradenton City Council special meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Event Review Committee discusses New Year’s Eve celebration, Pittsburgh Pirates block party, and LECOM 5k Run the Riverwalk.

9:00 AM

101 Old Main St.


City of Venice Council regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: First full event for two newly elected council members; election of vice mayor; federal legislative priorities 2024; shade meeting with Neal Communities discussing settlement of a lawsuit against the city; rezoning of the 300-acre Sawgrass Community; shrinking 2023-24 budget by $16 million.

9:00 AM

401 W. Venice Ave.



School Board Work Session (agenda)

10:00 AM

1980 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231


Reorganization of the School Board and Financing Corporation (agenda)

5:45 PM

1980 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL 34231


Sarasota School Board regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Superintendent’s report, hearing of citizens, approval of teachers’ collective contract.

6:00 PM

1980 Landings Blvd.

Sarasota, FL


City of North Port Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Sarasota County Commission Chair Ron Cutsinger gives update; ordinance prohibiting smoking in public parks; rezone of more than 300 acres of agricultural land north of I-75.

6:00 PM

4970 City Hall Blvd.

North Port



Wednesday (11/29)

City of Sarasota, Ad Hoc Van Wezel Purple Ribbon Committee (agenda)

Highlight: Discussion of more engineering studies requested for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, particularly regarding flooding and sea level rise. This sets the parameters for the cost involved in keeping the half-century old, city-owned building. Draft document here.

5:30 PM

1565 1st Street



Thursday (11/30)



Friday (12/1)