We have an extensive network of government contact and information resources we are happy to share with you. Here are just a few of those related to your governments.
e-mail us for assistance at
Sarasota County government
departments and services (partial)
- Neighborhood Notification List: In order to obtain notification of zoning, comprehensive plan, or other important workshops and meetings, your association should register with the county Neighborhood Services Department
To register your association or to update contact information, click here. planning services (land use and comprehensive plan) link development services (zoning) link
- building permits contact: Greg Yartono (941) 861-6020
- zoning administrator: Brad Bailey (941) 861-6161
- health department contact: Diane Shipley (941) 861-2852
parks and recreation link
- parks and recreation contact: Carolyn Brown (941) 861-5483
historical resources - History Center link
- self-guided walking tour of county seat civic center and theatre arts district link
For a complete list of county contacts by subject matter, click here
Sarasota County Sheriff
emergency calls: 911
non-emergencies and information calls:
Sheriff Department dispatch: (941) 316-1201
crime mapping: to find information on a possible crime in your neighborhood, check on the Sarasota Sheriff's great crime map at their web site and click on the map.
Metropolitan Planning Organization
The metropolitan planning organization serving residents of
Sarasota is included in a two-county organization, the
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
MPOs are federally-mandated planning organizations for any
self-defined region of more than 50,000 residents.
They plan for the major roads and regional transportation for
an area through the actions of several boards that include elected representatives of the governments within the area covered, their appointed citizen representatives, and appointed technical representatives. Our MPO has several other boards and committees.
There is an extensive amount of material on the site, a blog, calendars, agendas,
meeting schedules, minutes, many videos, and many links. Join their mailing list
to keep well-informed and to be able to attend their meetings.
Strategic Mobility Plan
Representatives of the MPO asked to meet with the CONA board in April 2015. The MPO staff is seeking input from citizens and organizations about needs and issues with transportation. The MPO has established a web site (link below), to give citizens and organizations an opportunity to give input. The MPO intends to make this a continuing dialogue through the web site as they wrestle with the future of the two counties. Transportation networks and types are primary generators of patterns of development—a decision to build a road or a rail line, or a bus line, may have major implications for the form and type of development that will follow—and be assured, development will follow. We seem to have it backward around here, where transportation always is playing catch up to ill-planned development (e.g., diverging diamond interchange after the fact of a bad decision to allow the UTC with inadequate transportation—at a cost that will go to more than $100,000,000).
This is an opportunity for you and your organization, whether you are in Sarasota or in Manatee, to have a say ahead of time. Remember: with Sarasota County's doing away with many requirements to make development pay for the infrastructure needs it creates (once again, the UTC and the diverging diamond), we taxpayers will end up paying for most of these costs.
Agricultural Extension Service
municipal government informational resources
Sarasota Commissioners Corner
housing first solution to homelessness
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is an intergovernmental
partnership dedicated to restoring Sarasota Bay.
Their partners include Sarasota and Manatee counties, the
cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, the town of Longboat Key,
Southwest Florida Water Management District, Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, and the United
States Environmental Protection Agency.
The program is one of twenty-eight national estuary programs in the United States.
live camera feeds
and reports about
in our region
Smart Traffic web site
allows public access to
real-time camera footage
via more than 200 CCTV cameras from
Parrish to North Port
clicking one of its blue icons provides live stream video
(see details below)
Regional Traffic Management Center — Sarasota-Manatee RTMC
The Sarasota-Manatee Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) is the hub for operation, maintenance, and monitoring of advanced traffic management systems in the two-county region. RTMC staff monitors and reports on traffic conditions and incidents, and promptly makes any temporary traffic signal timing changes in response to ensure traffic flows more smoothly around affected areas. Follow the RTMC live camera feeds throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. This website is not to be used while driving. Always avoid distractions when you’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Red Tide exacerbation — Jon Thaxton at Fogartyville - October 6, 2018
Jon Thaxton provides a good introduction to the human factors that exacerbate red tide through the disruption of natural systems and allowing the avoidance of taking the known actions that would return the natural balance that would prevent the massive and protracted occurrences that are killing wildlife, disrupting lives and health, and devastating the state economy.