Sarasota County Commission Sarasota Commissioners Approve Controversial Redistricting Plan By Steve Newborn • Nov 22, 2019 Sarasota County Sarasota County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to move forward with a plan to redistrict local elections on a map that was drawn up by a former head of the local Republican Party. But a legal response may be on the horizon. Movement In Mote Aquarium Proposal By Jeslyn Santiago • Nov 1, 2018 Mote Marine Laboratory Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s planned facility is one step along in the approval process. The Sarasota County Commission has signed off on some of the terms to put a new aquarium in Nathan Benderson Park. Mote Expands Land Request For New Aquarium By Jeslyn Santiago • Oct 12, 2018 Mote Marine Laboratory Mote Marine Laboratory is working with Sarasota County to lease, and eventually own, 27 acres of land for a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. Sarasota County Delays Ban On Recreational Marijuana By Eillin Delapaz • Oct 11, 2018 Libreshot The Sarasota County Commission has rejected a preemptive ban on recreational marijuana because of an error found in the ordinance.