NORTH PORT —  West Villages neighborhoods want out of North Port. The group backing a deannexation from the town presented 1,314 petition signatures of registered voters within the West Villages Improvement District to the City Clerk of North Port on October 28th for certification.

Petitions now get forwarded to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, for a second round of certification. Upon certification, a feasibility study period will begin. Those findings would get reviewed by North Port commissioners, who would then grant or deny the deannexation request. It’s a six-month process

If successful the deannexation, and would place thousands of North Port homes within unincorporated Sarasota County.

The effort is being spear headed by West Villagers for Responsible Government.