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Sarasota County highlights “Neighborhood Stories”

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SARASOTA COUNTY – Residents who are looking for inspiration and guidance on their next neighborhood project need look no further: Sarasota County has announced a series of "Neighborhood Stories" to do just that. With help from its partners, the county's Neighborhood Services team will present the realities of neighborhood projects from a variety of perspectives: the subject matter expert, the financial backer and the residents that made it happen.

The first four "Neighborhood Stories" will be presented during the months of May through August at the UF/IFAS Extension building, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, and will each feature a different type of project. Sessions will be held from 4-5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 2 – Canopy Road at Myakka Valley Ranches
  • June 13 – Disaster Preparedness at IslandWalk
  • July 11 – Butterfly Garden at Gillespie Park
  • Aug. 8 – Pond Aeration at Sherwood Forest

A common denominator for the projects was their utilization of the county's Neighborhood Initiative Grant program, which offers up to $10,000 in matching funds for neighborhood improvement projects. Any neighborhood interested in applying must have a resident who has completed an application seminar. The last seminar for the upcoming cycle, which will be awarded in October, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

If you are interested in helping neighborhoods turn their project ideas into reality, the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Advisory Committee is currently seeking a new member to fill its District 3 vacancy.

More information on the grant program is available on (keyword: Grants). To register for an application seminar or apply for the Advisory Committee, call 941-861-5000 or email