City-owned boat ramps, tennis courts to reopen
UPDATED: May 5, 2020
Contact: Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist 941-928-3988; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarasota, FL: The City Commission on Monday voted to reopen City-owned boat ramps at Centennial Park and Ken Thompson Park to the public, effective Tuesday, May 5.
The commission also approved reopening the tennis courts at City parks and facilities beginning May 15. Use will be limited to singles play only, with players also asked to adhere to safe playing recommendations suggested by the United States Tennis Association.
These actions have been memorialized in an amended emergency order.
Citizens are advised to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safe social distancing in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. City residents are also strongly urged to wear protective masks when leaving home under the City’s local public health emergency declaration.
Lido Beach remains temporarily closed at this time. The City Commission voted to revisit the beach status at its May 18 meeting, with the City continuing to monitor daily local COVID-19 testing data and the trend of positive cases within City limits.
Other City recreational facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, also remain closed at this time.
Although City buildings remain 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.
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.
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.