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Venice voter registration deadline nears

Venice voter registration deadline nears

VENICE, Fla. -- Anyone who wants to vote in the November 8 Venice General Election only has a few more days to register.

Sarasota County officials set the voter registration deadline for 5 p.m. on October 10. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by that date.

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Commission accepts Town Manager's resignation

Commission accepts Town Manager's resignation

Longboat Key, Florida- During a special meeting called for Monday afternoon, commissioners accepted the resignation of Town Manager Bruce St. Denis.

St. Denis, signed a letter of letter of separation last Friday. He'd been town manager for 14 years, but recently a majority of commissioners had expressed dissatisfaction with his work.

Commissioners named Police Chief Al Hogle Acting Town Manager. It's likely commissioners will select an interim manager and then look for a permanent replacement for St. Denis.

Proposed Town budget available online

Proposed Town budget available online

Longboat Key, Florida - Final decisions on the Town's budget won't be made until this fall, but that gives residents several weeks to peruse the proposed budget line by line.

The 2011-2012 recommended budget is on the Town's website.

The budget prepared by Town Manager Bruce St. Denis calls for a 1.8872 millage rate.

There will be a budget hearing Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

County financial officer quits following audits

County financial officer quits following audits

Sarasota County's top financial officer resigned Monday morning following two county audits.

Jeff Seward stepped-down as Chief  Financial Planning Officer after allegations that more than two dozen county employees side-stepped the competitive bidding process. Audits revealed 10 bids for county work had been rigged to automatically qualify just one company for the job.

Sarasota County Administrator Terry Lewis placed Seward on leave just days before Seward resigned.

Sarasota Commissioner receives Presidential Advocacy Award

Sarasota Commissioner receives Presidential Advocacy Award

Sarasota County, Florida -- The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has awarded Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson with the Presidential Advocacy Award. The Presidential Advocacy Award is presented to those commissioners who show a commitment to protecting local control and advocating on behalf of home rule in Tallahassee.

“I am very honored to be recognized by my peers for making a difference on county issues.,” said  Commissioner Robinson. “It is vital that our county voices are heard as we rebuild our economy.”

Commissioner Robinson is considered to be an invaluable asset to FAC and its mission to preserve and protect home rule.  As a new commissioner in Sarasota County, she jumped right in to FAC and Sarasota’s advocacy efforts, speaking with local legislators on the importance of local control, according to FAC officials. She also helped the association make contacts with key legislators.

Sarasota County to hold open house on pain management clinics

Sarasota County to hold open house on pain management clinics

Stakeholders and other people interested in pain management clinics will have an opportunity to comment on proposed ordinances regulating these clinics during an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota.

Drafts of the ordinances will be available for people to review and make comments or suggestions. In addition, staff will be available to answer questions. For those unable to attend the workshop, written comments will be considered and may be sent or delivered to Sarasota County Health and Human Services, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Suite 2001, Sarasota, FL 34240, or emailed to drugfreesarasota@scgov.net.

The Sarasota County Commission will consider the ordinances for adoption during a public hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the Commission Chamber at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S.Tamiami Trail, Venice.

HART to discuss light rail Monday

HART to discuss light rail Monday

HART is having a Special Board of Directors Meeting on Monday at 9 a.m. to discuss the future of light rail in the county.

As Pinellas moves forward with rail in its long-term plans, Hillsborough is at a crossroads.  According to our sources, some of the directors want to keep working toward it, others want to give up on it once and for all.

What do you think about light rail in Hillsborough? Would you use it?

Stay with us at 10 News for more on this issue.