Local Group Contacts

ANSWER Suncoast

A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a national coalition of anti-war and civil rights organizations.

Contact: Juliana Musheyev; Bryan Ellis

Better Government Association

Mission: to promote good government in Sarasota County by enhancing public support for those measures that benefit our society and our neighborhoods.

Contacts: Ayse Somersan and Wade Matthews
Next meeting: THE VUE: MODEL OR MISTAKE? Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St., Sarasota

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 2:00-4:00PM

Citizens for Sarasota County

Purpose: to promote ethical, responsive government that preserves and enhances Sarasota's unique natural environment and cultural heritage while building a sound local economy based on effective stewardship and innovation. 



Contact Persons: Cathy Antunes, Tom Matrullo, Bill Zoller

Control Growth Now

Mission: To promote reasonable controls on urban sprawl and traffic congestion; to protect our neighborhoods and the environment and to make growth pay its own way.

Contact: Dan Lobeck

League of Women Voters of Sarasota County

Mission: encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, influences public policy through education and advocacy

Next Meeting: Monday, Jan. 30, 11:30am – Community Foundation of Sarasota, 2635 Fruitville Rd. 

Speaker: Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections - $15


Contacts: Phyllis Vogel, President 2016-2018; Lorraine Livingston, VP– lwvsrq@gmail.com


Dedicated to protecting the public's health and preservation of the environment. 


Contact: Glenn Compton; (941) 966-6256; manasota88@comcast.net

Manatee NAACP

Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club

Goals for the Year: 100% Renewable Campaign, Oppose Phosphate Mining, Climate Justice

General Meetings: 2nd Thursday of the month 7pm - 9pm Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts

Website: http://www.sierraclub.org/florida/manatee-sarasota
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Manatee-Sarasota-Sierra-Club-186754528016133/
Office: 2127 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229, Phone: 941-966-9508
Representative: Lynn Nilssen

Newtown Nation

Mission: to propose and advocate for those programs which will advance and improve the lives of the Newtown community. 


Contacts: Deanie Bergbreiter, Valerie Buchand, Lou Murray

Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations

Mission: to protect neighborhood interests and to provide a voice for all of the neighborhoods in Sarasota County. 


Monthly meetings: 2nd Mondays of the month, 7pm; Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts. 

Representative: Kafi Benz - contact.cona@gmail.com

Stand Up Fight Back SRQ

An activist group that Informs and educates the public about social justice and environment through knowledgeable speakers, media and protests. https://www.facebook.com/StandUpFightBackSRQ/

Contact: Mark Manning, markinsarasota@gmail.com


Our goal is to preserve Sarasota’s quality of life and return the citizens’ voice to the development approval process.

Contacts: Mike Lasche, Kate Lowman, Jennifer Ahearn-Koch

Suncoast Waterkeeper

Aim to protect and restore the Florida Suncoast’s waterways through enforcement, fieldwork, advocacy, and environmental education.


Contact: Justin Bloom; (941) 275-2922; jbloom@suncoastwaterkeeper.org

The Nation Discussion Group

Discuss current events and to find ways to improve our nation. 

Meetings: 1st Thursday of the month, Selby Library, 10am

Contact: Tom Walker, nationtalk@gmail.com

Transition Sarasota

Mission: Transition Sarasota improves overall quality of life by building community, revitalizing our local food system, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and strengthening our local economy. 


Contact: Darryl McCollough, info@transitionsrq.org | (941) 702-GROW (4769)