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Sarasota County to accept proposals for surplus lands sale

Sarasota County to accept proposals for surplus lands sale

Sarasota County, Florida -- Beginning Aug. 1, Sarasota County will accept proposals on the possible sale and use of land parcels deemed to be surplus property.

County monitoring rising waters near North Port intersection

County monitoring rising waters near North Port intersection

Venice, Florida -- Heavy rains in recent days have Sarasota County Emergency Management officials monitoring a canal near the intersection of Tropicaire Boulevard and Van Camp Street in North Port for possible flooding.

Officials are recommending that residents in 33 homes located in the Woodland subdivision be prepared to shelter in place in their home and to plan any travel in or out of the area accordingly.

In the event the intersection does flood, Emergency Management officials are warning homeowners that the street may become impassible to emergency vehicles.

Commission approves projects to help water quality

Commission approves projects to help water quality

 Sarasota, Florida - The Sarasota County Commission has awarded construction contracts totaling $5.9 million for improvements to Beach Road drainage and Hudson Bayou water quality.

According to the county, the Beach Road project is designed to protect public health and safety by improving water quality at Siesta Beach. Plans call for improving the stormwater treatment system. The project includes the construction of a new one-acre detention pond. That project should be completed in November.

Zoning change approved for new Englewood homes

Zoning change approved for new Englewood homes

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Commission has announced it has cleared the way for a 75-home development in Englewood by approving a zoning change for nearly 25 acres east of State Road 776 and south of Stoner Road.

Keyway Place will feature sidewalks and a recreation center with a pool. Future plans for the site include a nature preserve with a lake. The developer is Neal Communities.

Gulf Gate Library gets ready for move to Westfield Square Mall

Gulf Gate Library gets ready for move to Westfield Square Mall

Sarasota, Florida -- The Gulf Gate Library will close its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in anticipation of reopening in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, next to J.C. Penney.

The County says the mall location is expected to open on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and will serve as the library's temporary home while a new Gulf Gate Library is built at the Curtiss Avenue site. The new Gulf Gate Library is anticipated to open in 2014.

Mote to open Boca Grande office

Mote to open Boca Grande office

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory is expanding its reach, by opening a new office in Boca Grande.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will take place on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The office is located at 480 East Railroad Avenue, Unit 7, Railroad Plaza.

The new satellite office aims to increase the knowledge and support of the region's marine environment. Eventually, it's hoped Mote and the community will partner in tarpon and other marine research.

Sarasota's Housing Office receives national award

Sarasota's Housing Office receives national award

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota's Office of Housing and Community Development has announced it recently received the National Community Development Association's Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award.

The Housing Office was recognized for its use of Community Development Block Grant funds in the Newtown neighborhood to improve neighborhoods, homes and families' quality of life.

The grants helped the city invest $60.6 million in public money to improve the following 12 projects in the Newtown community: