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                                                                                                       Sarasota, FL 34236
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CITY OFFICES CLOSE FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEB. 20

 

 

For Immediate Release:  February 17, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:   City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Weekly garbage, yard waste and recycling collection will not be impacted.

The Regular City Commission meeting will be held the following day, Tuesday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will have regular business hours (6 a.m. – 8 p.m.).

Bobby Jones Golf Club also will be open regular hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

For more information contact Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager: 941-954-2613.

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEET THE PLANNING DIRECTOR CANDIDATES FEB. 15

 

 

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The public is invited to meet the four finalists for the Planning Director position during a Candidate Open House Wednesday, February 15 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street.   Following a national search, the candidates are:

“We’re facing a time of unprecedented growth in Sarasota,” said City Manager Tom Barwin, who will make the final decision in the hiring process with input from residents and City of Sarasota staff members. “We understand the importance of striking a balance with smart growth strategies in the community in conjunction with affordable housing and mobility wherever possible. We want residents to have a chance to meet these four well qualified individuals and to discuss their thoughts on long range planning for Sarasota.”

The City Commission recently reinstated the Planning Director position after it was eliminated during the Great Recession when development slowed significantly. The new position will be strategic, focusing specifically on long range planning for the City of Sarasota.

The day after the open house four panels will interview each of the four candidates in separate rooms. The panelists will include City of Sarasota staff members, advisory board members, residents, representatives from the business community and academic arena. The panel sessions will be held at City Hall and will be open to the public.

For more information, contact Stacie Mason, Human Resources Director: 941-365-2200 ext. 3744.

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

NEWTOWN HISTORY MARKERS UNVEILED FEB. 18

 

 

Archival photographs, original maps, underreported stories and memorabilia point to the courage, dignity and determination of Sarasota’s African American community.

Over the last twelve months, a research team joined volunteers to search libraries, databases, cultural centers and personal collections for information about the 100-year history of Overtown and Newtown. Interesting facts and photographs uncovered in primary and secondary source documents combined with accounts from oral history interviews are included on 15 historic markers. The panels will be unveiled 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 18 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street.

As a Sarasota City Commissioner, Fredd Atkins began discussions about documenting the history of Sarasota’s African American community in 1985. “The community will not only learn about their history, they’ll also learn to respect the struggle of the early pioneers,” said Atkins.

The historic markers describe why African Americans came to Sarasota, their work life, education focus, social and religious traditions. Heritage trail brochures, integrated web pages, a mobile app and a companion website are also in production. “I believe the Sarasota community will be as proud as I am of leaders and ordinary citizens who did the hard work and sacrificed their lives for freedom. We are enjoying the benefits of their labor today,” said Vickie Oldham, consultant of the Newtown Conservation Historic District project.

Each 40 inches high X 30 inches wide, double-sided marker describes significant events and people who shaped the Overtown and Newtown communities. The fiberglass panels will be installed on city owned and private properties, churches and a school.

Oldham’s team consists of a cultural anthropologist, historical architect, architectural preservationist, photographer, finance officer and an appointed Newtown Citizens Task Force. Last year, the NCHD team completed a 360-page research report, oral history interviews and an inventory of historic resources.

For more information, please call (941) 962-8761.

News Release Development Application Notices

 

 

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive
941-954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotafl.gov

 

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICES
AVAILABLE VIA ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION

 

Sarasota, FL: – The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is proud to announce a new method for distribution of certain types of notices relating to Development Applications. This exciting news is intended to better serve the citizens of the City of Sarasota and keep them better informed regarding Development Applications which are submitted to the City for review.  The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk will begin to offer email subscription notifications in addition to the current practice of mailing notifications to neighboring property owners within 500ft of the subject property as currently required by the City of Sarasota Zoning Code (2002 Ed).  Notice of Filing of new Development Applications as well as Notice of Decisions for administratively reviewed applications will be sent via the City’s email subscription service to interested parties who have subscribed to receive such notices.

This will not replace the required method of mailing notices via the U.S. postal service to neighboring property owners within 500ft. Electronic distribution of these notices is not required by the Florida Statutes or the City of Sarasota Zoning Code but rather is being provided as a courtesy only to interested citizens.  Therefore, failure to receive a notice via the electronic mail subscription service will not invalidate any decision made by the City Commission, Planning Board, Historic Preservation Board, Board of Adjustment or the city administration in regards to a development application.

In order to subscribe to receive Notice of Filings of new Development Applications and Notice of Decisions for administratively reviewed applications, please click here and select Development Application Notices from the available lists.   Citizens will not be automatically subscribed and the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk will not maintain the electronic subscription list, this is a self-subscribe service only.  Citizens may also unsubscribe at any time if they no longer wish to receive these notices.

We hope the public will enjoy this new service which is designed to help keep them better informed of the Development Application activities within the City.

For more information please contact City Auditor & Clerk Pamela Nadalini:  941-954-4160.

MICROTUNNELING CLEARS HUDSON BAYOU AND BRIDGE

 

 

For Immediate Release:  February 7, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL: The Lift Station 87 microtunnel boring machine has successfully passed beneath both Hudson Bayou and the Osprey Bridge abutment. Microtunneling began Saturday, January 28, 2017, and has progressed at an average of 20 feet per day.

Inside the control room at the construction site where the microtunnel boring machine is being guided.

“This is a significant milestone,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “We are well on our way to the receiving shaft at Osprey Avenue and Mound Street. This leg of microtunneling should be completed in late February or early March.”

Microtunneling is a specialized trenchless construction technique for installing pipelines under waterways, wetlands and roadways. Once microtunneling under Hudson Bayou is completed, the microtunnel boring machine will be placed in a 30-foot deep shaft on the Lift Station 87 site and be guided westward to the shaft at Osprey and Mound.

Microtunneling work continues 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

After microtunneling is completed, the contractor will install the 36-inch wastewater main, pressure test the pipeline segments, place manholes and restore the area. That work should be completed this summer, and then the Osprey Bridge will re-open.

Work on Lift Station 87 is scheduled to begin in July. Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Once the entire project is completed, wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87.

For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to www.liftstation87.com or call our project information line at 941-356-8071.

Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — search “City of Sarasota”.

Media requests should be directed to Michelle Klase Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations: 727-580-9013 or MRobinson@Dialogue-PR.com

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com