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Summer improvements coming to Downtown and North Sarasota

Summer improvements coming to Downtown and North Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida -- The City of Sarasota is embarking on two significant improvement projects this summer which are expected to improve walkability downtown, improve landscaping and create a more user friendly travel experience.  One project will occur downtown and the other in North Sarasota in the Bayou Oaks neighborhood.  Both projects will start Monday, July 8, and both are expected to temporarily impact motorists and pedestrians during the construction period.  Upon completion, though, the City anticipates these tandem projects will improve the overall quality of life i

Sarasota County libraries adjust popular reserve and hold policy

Sarasota County libraries adjust popular reserve and hold policy

Sarasota County, Florida -- In an effort to respond to the high demand of new and popular titles, as well as an increase in requests for items to be reserved for pickup, Sarasota County libraries have adjusted the number of days that reserved items will be held to seven business days (Monday-Saturday).

The ability to place a reserve online and select a pickup location is among the most popular services provided by the Sarasota County Library System. The number of reserve requests has increased steadily, from 163,000 in 2009 to 186,000 in 2012, a 12 percent increase.

Most county offices to close for Independence Day, July 4

Most county offices to close for Independence Day, July 4

Sarasota, Florida --Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Thursday, July 4, to observe the national Independence Day holiday.  

However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m.  

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will not operate on July 4.  

Sarasota County earns distinguished budget presentation award

Sarasota County earns distinguished budget presentation award

Sarasota County, Florida -- The Sarasota County Office of Financial Management has once again received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" for its fiscal year 2013 budget.

The award is the highest professional recognition in governmental budgeting and is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The county has won the award for 23 consecutive years. National recognition is based on how well a budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and a communications device, and is rated based on 27 specific criteria.

Sarasota County Libraries Begin Youth Summer Reading Program

Sarasota County Libraries Begin Youth Summer Reading Program

Sarasota, Florida-Now that school is out for the summer in Sarasota, students can use the time to brush up on their reading. Sarasota County libraries will begin their youth summer reading programs at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the North Port Library, 13800 North Tamiami Trail, North Port, with a performance by the Tampa Taiko Drums.

North Port Library begins youth summer reading programs

North Port Library begins youth summer reading programs

North Port, Florida -- Sarasota County libraries will begin their youth summer reading programs at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the North Port Public Library, 13800 North Tamiami Trail, North Port, with a performance by the Tampa Taiko Drums.

Construction on Sarasota's New Gulf Gate Library Begins in June

Construction on Sarasota's New Gulf Gate Library Begins in June

Sarasota, Florida -- The new Gulf Gate Library is one step closer to being built. The Sarasota County Commission approved a $7.7 million contract amendment for construction of the new library at the site of the existing library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota.

The new library will be a two story building measuring 25,800 square-feet. Construction should start in June and be completed by the summer of 2014.

The library has been temporarily relocated to the southern end of the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail.