The Sarasota County Commission recently met at the R.L. Anderson Administration Center to discuss Warm Mineral Springs. The Administration Center has two buildings and is the overcrowded home to the County Commission chambers, three courtrooms and the offices of the state attorney, public defender, clerk of the courts, supervisor of elections, tax collector and property appraiser.
When the R.L. Anderson Administration Center was built in the 1980s, southern Sarasota County was a much different place. For one thing, there weren’t nearly as many people around. So the Anderson complex could accommodate myriad county services — from the tax collector to the courts.
Today, nearly half of all county residents live down south and the Anderson complex is no longer big enough to meet demands. This is especially true of court services.
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