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Sarasota News Leader March 22, 2013 Page 60 SARASOTA COUNTY WEBSITE WINS ���SUNNY AWARD��� FOR TRANSPARENCY Sarasota County���s website,, has been named a ���Sunny Award��� winner by the editors of Sunshine Review as one of the most transparent government websites in the United States, the county has announced. The county���s website scored an A- transparency grade on Sunshine Review���s transparency checklist, a county news release says. Only 11 of 67 Florida counties received an A category grade, the release adds. a procedure for public records requests, as well as local tax information and property tax allocations,��� the release notes. Sunshine Review is dedicated to state and local government transparency. The nonprofit organization collects information and uses a 10-point ���Transparency Checklist��� to evaluate the content of every state website and more than 6,000 local government websites, the release points out. Additional information about the rankings is available from the organization online at ���The website scored high marks for providing budget information, meeting schedules and agendas, contact information for elect- For more information about the Sarasota ed officials and administrators, online bids, County website, contact the Sarasota County financial reports and audits, building permits Call Center at 861-5000 (TTY: 711) or visit the and zoning information, public records and website at NEW COLLEGE HOSTING PROGRAM ON SEA LEVEL RISE IN FLORIDA On March 27 at 5:30 p.m., New College of Florida will host a program titled, Sea Level Rise in Florida: Is it Time To Start Building the Ark? ���Vellinga and Pollack will share their knowledge and experience with examples from the Netherlands, Australia, Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, the cities of Venice and London and the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United World-renowned climate scientists Pier Vell- States,��� the release notes. inga and Henry Pollack will discuss the latest Vellinga is a professor in climate change and science and predictions for sea level rise in flood risk at Wageningen University and in Florida, a news release says. They will include climate change and societal implications at information about the factors that affect sea the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Pollack level and how those factors produce changes is professor emeritus of geophysics at the Unithat are different from place to place, the re- versity of Michigan. lease adds. The program will be in the Mildred Sainer Pa���If sea levels continue to rise in Florida as pre- vilion, located at 5313 Bay Shore Road. Tickdicted, how might we adapt to or mitigate the ets are $15 for the public; the program is free risks to our natural and built environments? for New College students, faculty and staff. What approaches are being tried in other parts Reserve space online at of the world?��� the release says. or call 487-4888.

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