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Management review of Sarasota Sheriff's Office released

Management review of Sarasota Sheriff's Office released

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has completed an 18-month evaluation of the recommendations made in the Management Review conducted when Sheriff Tom Knight took office in 2009.

The initial comprehensive review served as the basis on which Sheriff Knight made changes for the future of the agency and the community. The goal was to assess the systems and structure of the Sheriff's Office and to consider how to modernize the agency based on best practices throughout the nation.

Sarasota City Commissioners to use iPads

Sarasota City Commissioners to use iPads

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota City Commissioners have announced that they are ditching paper for iPads.

In an effort to enhance operational efficiencies while maintaining its focus on green initiatives, the City Commission will begin using the electronic tablet created by Apple, beginning at the Monday, April 4, 2011 Regular City Commission meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street. 

The iPads will replace large binders filled with hundreds of pages of supporting materials which are necessary for City Commission agenda items.   

Commissioners and Charter Officials will have complete access to all the backup materials with the tablets.

Sarasota County Commission agenda items

Sarasota County Commission agenda items

Sarasota County, FL -- The Sarasota County Commission will be discussing the following items at tomorrow morning's meeting.

Economic Development Incentive Grant (Item 22)
Sarasota County commissioners will discuss a request from Sanborn Studios for $500,000 in an economic development incentive grant to purchase additional postproduction equipment. In late 2010 Sanborn received a similar grant of $650,000 for expenses related to locating its operations in the county. Sanborn officials have indicated the reason for this new request is due to the expanded scope of their project.
Contact: Jeff Seward, chief financial planning officer, 941-861-7284.

Think you have better name for Venice Myakka River Park?

Think you have better name for Venice Myakka River Park?

Venice, FL -- Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory board will hold a workshop to take public input for suggestions regarding the renaming of Venice Myakka River Park.

The workshop takes place Monday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave.

Venice Myakka River Park is a 10-acre natural park with a kayak/canoe launch, restrooms and trails opened in 2010.

The name causes it to be mistaken with nearby Myakka State Park. All suggestions are welcome.

City Council votes to continue airing meetings

City Council votes to continue airing meetings

Venice, FL -- The Venice City Council voted to continue to tape its meetings for television airing.

In December and January, Mayor John Holic asked the public for input regarding whether the $18,000 annual cost to videotape meetings for television airing is a useful expenditure. Overwhelmingly, those who responded said they want their local government to continue this effort and make city council meetings more accessible for all.

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, after hearing those opinions, the council voted to continue with the service.

“It comes to about $1 per resident per year,” Mayor Holic stated. “That is a small price for a valued service.”

To further meet the goal of bringing government to the people, the city Web site, www.venicegov.com, will begin providing the audio of the past two city council meetings online next week. To access these recordings, click on “meetings” on the menu to the left, click on “calendar,” click on the date of the meeting to which you wish to listen, click on “audio.” At this time, only regular city council meetings will be available in this format.

New law requires voters to renew absentee ballot requests

New law requires voters to renew absentee ballot requests

Sarasota, FL -- Due to changes in federal and state laws, all standing requests for absentee ballots, made prior to November 3, 2010 have expired, according to a press release issued by the City of Sarasota.

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent advises that voters who wish to vote absentee in the City of Sarasota and Town of Longboat Key elections on March 8 and March 15, respectively, must renew their requests for an absentee ballot.

A request for an absentee ballot for the City of Sarasota Regular Election to be mailed must be received by the supervisor of elections office prior to 5 p.m. on March 2.  Requests for the Town of Longboat Key General Election must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 9.

Tucson tragedy has Buchanan concerned for constituents

Tucson tragedy has Buchanan concerned for constituents

Sarasota, FL -- Following the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz.,  Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, says he's more concerned for his constituents and democracy than he is for his own safety.


"Members of Congress need access to the constituents so we can better do our job," Buchanan said Monday night.


Buchanan was entertaining dozens of constituents at a meet-and-greet at his new district office in Sarasota's federal building. 


The event was similar to the one Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was hosting on Saturday when she was nearly shot dead.