public-notice Public Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SARASOTA/MANATEE, FL, August 21, 2020 – NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN that the Barrier Island Traffic Steering Committee (BITS) will meet at 09:30 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020. Meeting materials and information regarding technology and access is posted on the MPO website at

For the protection of the community, all Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meetings will be available to the public online and by telephone to avoid convening more than ten people during the current COVID-19 State of Emergency from March 9 to October 1, 2020.  Public access and public comment opportunities will be provided as permitted in Executive Order 20-69 for local government meetings, allowing the use of communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing.

There are four (4) ways for the public to participate:

The MPO rules of procedure, decorum, and policy governing the public comment period, shall be followed and enforced in the same manner as if the meeting were held in person.  During the public comment period, the Chair will ask the public to speak based on the written requests to speak in the order they are received. 

Any person with a disability requiring assistance, auxiliary aids, and services for this meeting should notify the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at least seven (7) days in advance of the meeting by calling (941)-359-5772.