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Preliminary city millage rate stays flat
Despite a $3.6 million general fund deficit, the Sarasota City Commission voted to keep the property tax rate level, opting to explore other avenues for balancing the budget.
Vandals damage 33 Colony units
Police don’t know who is responsible for the latest incidents at the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.
Manatee County School District to host public hearing on budget
The Manatee County School District will discuss its 2014-2015 school year budget in detail at a public hearing slated from 5:45 to 8 p.m., July 31.
Sarasota 2050 changes advance to County Commission
After three hours of public comment, the Sarasota County Planning Commission unanimously approved proposed amendments to Sarasota 2050.
25 Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village
25 Sarasota Singles Society Presents "Bastille Day Celebration"
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
25 Martini Madness Dance Party!!
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
26 NRA Pistol Safety
8:00 am - 12:30 pm