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Note from Lourdes Ramirez

"I've endorsed two candidates for Sarasota County Commission because I believe they will listen to the citizens and will vote against overdevelopment.  These two candidates are:

District 1 (Northeastern Sarasota County):  Alexandra Coe

District 3 (Southwestern Sarasota County: Tom Knight

Their opponents were former Planning Commissioners who voted for the mega-hotels in 2023.  I want to be sure we don't elect those who will vote for hotels again.

I hope Sarasota County residents support Alex Coe and Tom Knight for County Commission

on August 20!"



In 2023, Lourdes successfully challenged Sarasota County's decisions to allow mega-size hotels on our fragile and crowded barrier island!   But it's not over!  The developers proposed to change Siesta Key's decades-old protective laws that will increase density on Siesta Key. 

Help continue to support the legal effort to protect Siesta Key from mega-hotels!  Visit to contribute to the cause!

About Lourdes

"For too long, local politicians have put special interests such as developers over Sarasota County residents.  I've dedicated two decades to volunteering to protect neighborhoods from incompatible development and for the preservation of our natural environment.  

~ Lourdes Ramirez 

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Neighborhood Advocate

  • Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Association (CONA)

    • President, 2011-2014

    • Board member 2010


  • Siesta Key Association 

    • President 2005-7, 2009-11

    • Zoning Committee Chair 2003-2011

    • Board member 2003-11

  • Siesta Key President's Council member 2007, 2009-2011


  • Co-founder of the Barrier Islands League 2009

  • Lead since 2014​​

  • Citizen of the Year Awards

    • 2014 by Sarasota Council of Neighborhood Associations.

    • 2012 by Control Growth Now

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member since 2003


  • Sarasota County Citizen's Academy graduate 2005

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A strong career in Business

  • A Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Iona College​

  • Currently a small business owner

    • Online Resource website

    • Business and Nonprofit Development Consulting

  • Sales and Marketing Experience in:

    • Metals​

    • Specialty Chemicals

    • Semiconductor wafers (computer chips)

  • Business Development Consultant

    • Semiconductors​

    • Retail


  • Former owner of a successful small specialty retail store

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