April 24, 2020
3:45 p.m.
Local emergency declaration extended through May 1
Building permit fees to be waived for COVID-19 modifications
Lido Beach to remain closed
Van Wezel closure extended through June 15
Upon consultation with Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Attorney Bob Fournier, City Manager Tom Barwin extended the local public health emergency for one week through Friday, May 1.

The emergency order also waives building permit fees for established businesses that make improvements to adapt to the COVID-19 health concerns during the recovery period.

Under the order, Lido Beach also will remain closed while COVID-19 testing results are monitored by City officials in consultation with local public health officials.

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is offering another round of neighborhood testing in North Sarasota on Tuesday, April 28 . Anyone currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or works in a health care setting is eligible for testing.

T o make an appointment please call 941-861-2883 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers will be screened using CDC testing criteria.
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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

Resources for small business owners and employees impacted by COVID-19:

Project Resurrection Survey (Sarasota Chamber of Commerce)

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)

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.

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, boat ramps, Bird Key Park parking lot, parks facilities and amenities, including playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts, are closed.

All shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are canceled through May 3. Staff are working diligently to reschedule shows. Visit www.VanWezel.org 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.