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The Sarasota Orchestra wants to build a performance space specifically designed for its acoustics and to expand programming.
Sarasota Orchestra

The Sarasota Orchestra will look beyond the city limits for a new home. The announcement comes a week after Sarasota rejected the orchestra's plan to build a new music center at downtown Payne Park.

In a statement, the orchestra said "pressing calendar constraints and acoustic limitations at the six venues used by Sarasota Orchestra currently hinder growth and future achievement of its mission."

The issue is set to be discussed at the City Commission’s March 18 meeting.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

People caught with small amounts of marijuana or drug paraphernalia in Sarasota could soon avoid arrest.

On Monday night, the city commission will discuss the possibility of allowing law enforcement to issue civil citations instead.