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Follow Sarasota County Gov on Facebook!

Follow Sarasota County Gov on Facebook!

Sarasota County, FL-- Sarasota goes social? That's right! 

To make sure you don't miss a single Sarasota County thing, be sure to friend "Sarasota County Government Community Connections" on Facebook

They post business news, Sgov news, traffic news and more!

Chamber gets new solar panels

Chamber gets new solar panels

Sarasota, Florida -- On Thursday morning, Oct. 19, the Greater Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce unveiled their new solar panels.

The chamber is the one of the first in the southwest region to take advantage of producing its own power utilizing solar thanks to Blue Sky Solar Group. 

The company recently installed a 10,000-watt solar roof and awning mounted installation that will supply the building with over 10 percent of its power needs and greatly lower its carbon footprint.

Business look-up feature now available on City website

Business look-up feature now available on City website

North Port, Florida -- The City of North Port has announced its website has a new feature that allows anyone to find helpful information on every business, contractor and professional service that is registered with the City.

So that means anyone looking to hire a building contractor and wants to know if a contractor has paid their annual business tax and whether their required professional license is active, you have place to look!

Waldo cruising for red tide

Waldo cruising for red tide

Sarasota, Florida -- Researchers from Mote Marine Laboratory launched an underwater robot Friday several miles offshore of Englewood.

During the next two weeks, the torpedo-shaped glider nicknamed Waldo will cruise back and forth through red tide bloom gathering information. It will send its finding to Mote scientist at the Lab each time it surfaces.

Satellite images provided by USF early this week suggested the bloom stretched from Sarasota County to offshore Collier County and new images and results from water samples are expected in coming days.

New interactive gives North Port residents a voice

New interactive gives North Port residents a voice

Venice, Florida -- Want to see a new project, program or service -- or have thoughts on how to improve a service...and want to be heard? The City of North Port has a way for you to do it. 

The city has launched a new interactive website that allows residents to vote, comment, share and pitch new ideas. With a strong call to action -- "Achieve Anything, North Port!" -- the City is asking residents to be part of shaping the future of their community.

County website to launch with new content and features

County website to launch with new content and features

Sarasota, Florida -- On July 16, Sarasota County will launch its new website with a whole new user-friendly design to provide quick and easy access to information.

If you want to check it out ahead of time, you can click on the home page banner on www.scgov.net.

SMS technology teams shine in national competition

SMS technology teams shine in national competition

Sarasota, Florida -- Two teams of technology students from Sarasota Middle School took second and third place in their categories at the National Technology Student Association Conference June 21-25 in Nashville.

More than 5,000 students from middle schools and high schools from 48 states qualified for the national competition by winning state contests.