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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…