Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the City of Sarasota’s Newtown Alive mobile application and  integrated web pages and reviewing our privacy policy. We will collect no personal information about you when you use the mobile application or web pages unless you choose to provide that information to us.


E-mail addresses are public records pursuant to Section 668.6076, Florida Statutes, and are not exempt from the public disclosure requirements of the Florida Public Records Act. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to release pursuant to a public-records request do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact us by telephone (941) 365-2200 ext. 3220 or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the mobile app, web pages, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, “”) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our app and web pages;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our app and web pages;
  3. The date and time you access our app and web pages;
  4. The pages you visit of the app and integrated web pages; and
  5. If you linked to the web page from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help in making our app and web pages are more useful to visitors — to learn about the number of visitors to our app or web pages and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an e-mail to staff, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our app or web pages — we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We treat emails the same way we treat letters. We are required to maintain many documents for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you.  However, information we receive may be considered public information, which is subject to disclosure upon request under Florida law.  Except for information disclosure required by Florida law, we only share the information you give us with another government agency, if your inquiry relates to that agency. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide, or provide such information to any private organizations.  Information is not gathered for commercial marketing.

Protection of Minors

We are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are providing personal information online. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information online – on our mobile application, on our web pages or any other site — and recommend parents always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the City of Sarasota’s mobile application or web pages, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.

Cookie Use

A cookie is a tiny piece of text that, with your permission, is placed on your computer’s hard drive. If your browser is set to notify you before accepting a cookie, you will receive a request for a cookie to be stored on your computer. This cookie, by itself, only tells us that a previous visitor has returned. It doesn’t tell us private information about you, unless you want to give us the information; it’s your choice.

A cookie is used to retain your personal preferences on how you want to access the mobile app or web pages. We do not use a cookie to store your personal information

We want to be sure you understand that accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you.