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Bird Key Park parking lot reopens to public

Post Date:05/19/2020 4:57 PM

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

 

COVID_19_UpdateSarasota, FL:  The parking lot at Bird Key Park will reopen to the public, effective 9 a.m. Wednesday, following an emergency order issued by City Manager Tom Barwin, in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch.

Open spaces at the park, 200 John Ringling Causeway, have remained available throughout the COVID-19 local health emergency for walking, jogging, exercise and outdoor relaxation for people and pets.

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, the City’s tennis courts, boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces are open to the public.

Arlington Park Aquatic Complex is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 29.

City park facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, remain closed.

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

The City of Sarasota’s COVID-19 Small Business and Safety Assistance Grant Program will open for applications at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19.  Information can be found online at www.SarasotaFL.gov/business-resources/CitySmallBusinessGrant. For questions or more information, email CitySmallBusinessGrant@sarasotaFL.gov.

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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