Welcome to Sarasota!
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Comcast Service Center:
8201 S Tamiami Trail
5205 Fruitville Road
214 West Miami Ave
Florida residents enjoy living in a state that imposes very few taxes. The majority of revenue is derived from sales/use tax and intangible and corporate income tax. The sales tax rate in general is 6%. Each retail sale, admission charge, storage, use, or rental is taxable, along with some services. Some items are specifically exempt. Some counties impose an additional tax. Floridians do not pay a personal income tax. How sweet is that? For more information on taxes in Florida, call or write:
Tax Information Services
Department of Revenue (DOR)
1379 Blountstown Highway
Tallahassee, FL 32304-2716
Toll free 800-352-3671
If you purchase a home in Florida, you will pay ad valorem or “property” tax based on the taxable value of the property. Ad valorem taxes are assessed by the county property appraiser and collected annually by the tax collector’s office.
To reach the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office by telephone during office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm EST)
tel: (941) 951-5650
2001 Adams Lane. Sarasota, FL 34237
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Hunting and fishing licenses are available through the county tax collector’s offices and other agents like sporting good stores or retailers that sell outdoor equipment. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission allows you to purchase your hunting or fishing license by dialing a toll-free number and using a credit card. You can also go online to purchase a license. There are two different licenses for fresh and saltwater. There are quite a number of piers around the bay. Piers offer anglers a chance to fish waters that cannot be reached from shore or wading....and fishing from many piers is free. No license required. Sweet!
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Boating in Florida
If you want to operate a power or sailboat in Florida no boating license is required. However personal watercraft regulations and boating safety requirements do apply and the captain of a boat is well advised to make himself familiar with those rules.
In order to operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater, Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC. No person under 14 years of age may operate a personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski and WaveRunner) on Florida waters.
Pet License in Sarasota
Do I need a license for Fido and Tiger in Sarasota County? The answer is simple and straight forward: Yes, you do. "The Owner of a Dog or cat four months of age or older in Sarasota County shall obtain a License Certificate and License Tag for such Dog or cat each year, which shall be valid for one year from date of issuance.
Owners choosing to vaccinate Animals with approved triennial rabies vaccine must purchase an annual Rabies License Certificate and License Tag. The fees for License Certificates and License Tags shall be established by the Board. It is a violation of article II (animal control) for the Owner of a Dog or cat to refuse or fail to obtain a License Certificate or License Tag for the Dog or cat as required by this section."
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA
2331 15th St.
SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY
6781 San Casa Drive
ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION
47 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
2542 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
Driver's License and Vehicle Registration
If you have a vehicle you’re bringing into Florida from out of state, you’ll need to have it registered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and obtain relevant license plates. In the state of Florida, your vehicle is required to be registered within 10 days of when you either:
- Become employed.
- Place your children in public school.
- Establish residency in the state.
For more information please, visit Car Registration in Florida
Once you’ve moved, you must obtain a Florida driver’s license within 10 days of becoming a resident. If you fail to drive with a valid Florida driver's license after this time, you could risk receiving a fine if you're pulled over by law enforcement.
Schools in Sarasota County
Voter Registration in Florida
If you’ve just moved to Sarasota and wish to vote in the next election, you will need to re-register within the state. Your out-of-state voter registration does not automatically transfer to Florida when you move.