Archive for the ‘Sarasota Government’ Category


Honore Avenue Palmer Ranch

September 9, 2009

The county began construction of Honore Avenue years ago as a third North/South road in addition to Tamiami Trail and I75. The road was intend to run from Manatee County south to State Road 681. To date most of the road has been completed with the exception of the portion between Bee Ridge and Fruitville and the portion south of Central Sarasota Parkway in Palmer Ranch. With political climates and economic realities having changed these projects are set to move forward. Construction costs have decreased dramatically since the end of the housing boom of 2003 to 2005 and the county is now able to complete these projects for a fraction of the original cost. Construction is expected to be complete in 2012. The portion in Palmer Ranch will be funded in part with impact fees from planned development in the lands along the new road.


Five Points Roundabout

May 21, 2009

This Summer the City of Sarasota will begin the work of installing a roundabout at Five Points on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota.  Additional roundabouts will also be created at the corners of Orange Avenue and Alderman Street and at Ringling Boulevard and Palm Avenue.  The total cost of the three Roundabouts are expected to be $1.5 million.  Fund will come mainly from the Florida State Department of Transportation.  Some funds will also come from sales taxes collected in the City of Sarasota. These improvements to our intersections will make our streets more pedestrian friendly. Possibly more importantly these projects will can be seen as a beautification. Sarasota is already a beautiful place and further improvement and beatification to roads and neighborhood areas is a welcome idea. Take a moment to navigate the embedded maps.




Declaring Homestead in Sarasota

December 21, 2006

New buyers wishing to declare homestead in Sarasota will need to make the home their permanent residence on or before January 1st, 2007 to qualify for the $25,000 Homestead Exemption.  Buyers who do not use the home as their primary residence at the beginning of the year will not qualify for the exemption even if they move in just a few weeks later.  Conversely, owners who use a home as a primary residence on January 1st and later move out will enjoy the benefits of homestead exemption for the entire year.  Buyers should be aware that if they purchase a home from a seller who is currently a permanent resident the tax bill will likely go up as the 3% Save Our Homes cap is removed and the home is assessed at the new market value.  The deadline for completing the application for homestead exemption is March 1st, 2007.  For more information visit


Sarasota, FL Tourism & Rentals

December 18, 2006

The Sarasota County Commissioners and the Sarasota City government have reached agreement to raise the current 3% tax on short term vacation rentals in Sarasota to 4%.  The increase is expected to bring in an additional $1.2 million per year which will be used to increase tourism marketing and to pay down the $54 million bond posted for the new baseball spring training facility & stadium.  The economic impact of the new statdium has been estimated to be in the area of $100 million annually. 


Sarasota Area Hospitals Rank in Top 100

December 7, 2006

Sarasota Memorial HospitalSarasota Memorial Hospital, Blake Medical Center in Bradenton and Venice Hospital were recently listed among the top 100 hospitals for Cardiac Care in the nation.  Solucient, a private company that assesses the quality of care provided by hospitals has ranked Sarasota Memorial in the top 100 each of the past 5 years.  This year Venice Hospital and Blake Medical Center have joined the list.  Sarasota Memorial Hospital was also ranked among the top 5o in the areas of heart and heart surgery, cancer care, digestive disorders, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and gynecology by U.S. News & World Report.


Dick Cheney in Sarasota

October 6, 2006

hyattdickandgeorgeVice President Dick Cheney is in town today to speak at a luncheon fundraiser in support of Vern Buchanan a local business man running for Congress.  The fundraiser is to be held at the Hyatt in downtown Sarasota.  Our town is been accustomed to hosting such figures.  President Bush was in town visiting one of our schools on September 11, 2001.  Last year I had to opportunity to attend a lunch meeting at the Ritz which included another figure in the news lately; Denny Hastert.  With so many notable figures in politics and entertainment visiting Sarasota it is safe to assume that Sarasota has officially on the political and cultural map.


City Budget approved for 2007

September 22, 2006

The proposed Sarasota City budget for 2007 has been approved. The new budget which will total $21,822,568 represents an increase over last year of 28.95%. Because of the rapid increase in taxable values, the millage rate charges to each property will actually be adjusted downward by 0.3% to 2.9996 mils. The taxable value of properties in the city have increased 27.98 percent over last year and about 50% over that of just two years ago. The taxable value of City properties is now just under 10 billion.