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Public meetings to be held on Legacy Trail Extension

Posted by on November 5, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Sarasota County will host two public meetings about the Legacy Trail extension, allowing the public to provide input about the design and amenities along the extension.

The project will extend the trail and enhance connectivity from North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota. The Legacy Trail, which opened in 2008, is a safe, recreational trail for walking, bicycling, and running.

The meetings will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13th, and Thursday, Nov. 14th, at Payne Park auditor...

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Sarasota City Commission Candidate Forum

Posted by on February 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This video was recorded at the Sarasota Democratic Club Forum on Saturday, February 11th.  Only 5 of the candidates participated in this event - Fredd Atkins, Hagen Brody, Patrick Gannon, Susan Chapman, and Jennifer Ahearn-Koch.   Other candidates running are Matt Sperling, Martin Hyde and Mikael Sandstrom.

How are Sarasota city officials elected?

Posted by on January 26, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

City Elections will be held in March in Sarasota, North Port, and Longboat Key. City elections are non-partisan, so all voters regardless of party affiliation can vote in this local election.


​The first Sarasota City Commission election is scheduled for March 14th with a run-off election scheduled for May 9th. If none of the candidates gets a majority of the vote, the top three vote-getters advance to the runoff.


There are two at-large seats up for ...

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