May 8, 2020
12:45 p.m.

Public health emergency extended through May 15
Online information available for City's small business grant program

The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through May 15 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Issued today by City Manager Tom Barwin in consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Robert Fournier, the emergency order also strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home.

Information about the City's COVID-19 Small Business and Safety Assistance Grant Program is now available online at:

On the webpage, interested parties can register to receive updates about the process and when the application period opens.

For more information and questions about the program please email: CitySmallBusinessGrant@SarasotaFL.Gov
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All Faiths Food Bank
Meals On Wheels
Senior Friendship Centers
United Way
Call: 2-1-1 or Text zip code to 893211

Sarasota County Health Department:
941-861-2883 (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Florida Department of Health
1-866-779-6121 (24 hours/7 days a week)

Boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces remain open to the public. Proper social distancing, as directed by the CDC, must be followed with no gatherings of 10 people or more.

Payne Park Tennis Center is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m. with limited hours.

The Sarasota Police Department is providing public safety services around the clock and will respond to emergency calls as usual. For other non-emergency calls, Chief DiPino has instituted a temporary Telephone Reporting Unit that will be operated by a sworn officer daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Lido Beach, Bird Key Park parking lot, parks facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, are closed.

All shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are canceled through June 15. Staff are working diligently to reschedule shows. Visit for updates.

All City of Sarasota buildings are closed to the public. Most operations and services are continuing with staff working remotely and a limited number of employees on-site.

To conduct business with the City, please send inquiries via email . Contacts and email addresses are available on www.SarasotaFL.Gov . Or call: 941-263-6000 .

City buildings are closed to the public. Please request services online at www.SarasotaFL.Gov or via the following phone numbers:
Building Permits

City Commission Office

City Manager Office

Code Compliance

Development Services

Economic Development
Parking Division

Parks & Recreation

Sarasota Police - Front Desk

Solid Waste/Garbage Collection

Van Wezel - Box Office

Water Billing
941-263-6260; 941-263-6261
For questions regarding Sarasota County services including SCAT, please contact the Sarasota County Contact Center: 941-861-5000.