SARASOTA, Fla. (March 18, 2020) – Sarasota County has waived water service shutoffs through April 13 for utility bills as part of its ongoing response to the coronavirus.

The city of Sarasota has also promised not to shut off your water.

Following state guidance, motor vehicle, driver’s license and tax transactions also must be completed online.

Deadlines have been extended to renew driver’s licenses, commercial driver’s licenses and identification cards that are expiring between March 16 and April 15.

These licenses will be valid an additional 30 days and renewals during that period will not have delinquent fees charged. Vehicle registrations, due on the owner’s birthday, and 2019 tax payments due by March 31 can be paid online or through the mail.

The Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is urging the community to continue practicing social distancing by utilizing online services, pay-by-phone, or mail service.

The Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office is also closing all three office locations to the public on Friday, but will remain staffed. Online services, telephone operations, electronic and physical mail will remain available and reviewed by property appraiser staff.

“Our No. 1 priority is the health and well-being of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve,” said Bill Furst, the property appraiser.

The county has also launched an opt-in text alert system for information about county updates related to COVID-19.

To receive the alerts, text “SRQCOVID19” to 888-777.

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Source: Herald-Tribune (03/18/20) Fanning, Timothy
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