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Citywide public health emergency extended through May 1

Permit fees waived for building modifications to adapt to COVID-19

Post Date:04/24/2020 3:15 PM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988; jason.bartolone@sarasotafl.gov

 

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through May 1 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency order issued Friday by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, also waives building permit fees for construction necessary to rehabilitate structures and make them compatible with social distancing practices. The change is intended to facilitate building modifications such as installing new air conditioning equipment with better filters, removing a wall or other changes meant to help prevent the spread or recurrence of coronavirus in the city.

Under the order, Lido Beach will remain closed while the City continues to monitor local COVID-19 testing results and the advice of public health officials.

The closure of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has also been extended through least June 15, and all shows, performances, rentals and other events scheduled to occur during that time are canceled. For more information, visit vanwezel.org.

The public is very strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home to conduct essential activities, and to acquire protective masks if they have not already.

Florida citizens are to remain in their homes except to conduct essential activities under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safer at Home” executive order. Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited on public and private property in the City of Sarasota.

Although City buildings are closed to the public, most City operations and services are still available. The public can conduct City business either online via www.SarasotaFL.gov or by phone at 941-263-6000.

Additional resources

Information and resources for businesses and employees, including Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans and other assistance programs, can be found on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County’s webpage at www.edcsarasotacounty.com/business-assistance/covid-19/

A Sarasota-specific call center for questions and concerns about COVID-19 is now available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County:  941-861-2883. Subject matter experts are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The most current, official information on COVID-19 in Florida can be found at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19.  A 24/7 hotline is also available:  1-866-779-6121.

For more information, contact Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist:  941-928-3988.

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by U.S. News and World Report as the 18th Best Place to Live in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 56,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov

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