Sarasota County Commissioners created the Festival Steering Committee to direct about $1 million in bed-tax money toward a festival or several arts events.
The city of Sarasota previously committed $100,000 to the RIAF, and the Manatee County Commission said it would provide $250,000 if Sarasota County did.
But local arts groups feel left out of the equation. They feel that some of the county’s bed-tax money should go to local arts organizations, because they draw many of those tourists staying in hotels.
The Festival Steering Committee recommendation goes to the Tourist Development Council, which will then make its recommendation to the county commission.
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24 What are you doing on Christmas Eve?
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26 Lights In Bloom
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3 FREE 5K Fun Run
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3 Historical Trolley Tour
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Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.