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Sarasota, Charlotte, Histories Interconnect

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By Morgan Simpson Staff Writer

SARASOTA — Sarasota County kicked off its Centennial Celebrations at the historic courthouse in Sarasota on Tuesday.

This event started the 100 days of celebrating and the countdown to the county’s 100th anniversary on July 1.

Speakers at the event spoke of the county’s history, the historical courthouse and the upcoming events to look forward to as the celebration continues.  MORE...

Sarasota County Announces 2021 One Book Selection 

Drumroll, please: After much discussion, the Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources system has announced its choice for its annual One Book, One Community program. And the winner is local writer-historian Frank A. Cassell’s Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota.. MORE...

Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Launches Partnership Program

In recognition of Sarasota County’s founding on July 1, 1921, Sarasota County Centennial 2021 has announced a year-long celebration. Established as a cultural and historical event for the region, the centennial celebration will feature a variety of activities, both in-person and virtual. The organization has also launched a partnership program, in which participating organizations can take advantage of publicity and branding opportunities at no cost. MORE...

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Charlotte, Sarasota get ready to celebrate 100 years

By STEVE REILLY Staff Writer, Updated Jul 13, 2020

Birthday candles may be in high demand next year as Charlotte, Sarasota, Hardee, Glades and Highlands counties prepare to celebrate their centennials.
Charlotte County Centennial partners is setting a planning meeting for 5:30 p.m. July 29 at Tringali Park Community Center, 3460 N. Access Road, Englewood. The meeting will include an update on plans to commemorate the April 23, 2021 Centennial anniversary, and the public is invited to find out what’s going on.
Community groups and organizations are also encouraged to share ideas for the centennial, or any projects they are working on and to coordinate activities with the county.  MORE...

County starts centennial celebrations

SARASOTA — The official history of Sarasota County began 100 years ago this week.

It was June 16, 1920.

“That was the date when a group of concerned city officials and Sarasota District business leaders first stated their case for breaking away from Manatee County to form a new county,” according to a news release from the Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Steering Committee.

It is headed by Frank Cassell and Marilyn Gerkin.

“Sarasota physician Joseph Halton gave the keynote address to a mass meeting on the many injustices suffered by Sarasota District residents at the hands of the Manatee County Commissioners. He told an enthusiastic audience that they were over-taxed and under-served by the commissioners, particularly when it came to building and maintaining roads and bridges,” the news release states.   MORE...