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                                                                                                       Sarasota, FL 34236
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Administrative offices close for July 4th; Garbage collection one day later

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 23, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: City administration offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Tuesday garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will be collected one day later, on Wednesday, July 5. 

Hours of operation at City of Sarasota recreational facilities will vary on the holiday:

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

 

Junior Golf Camps offered at Bobby Jones Golf Club

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 21, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

 Sarasota, FL:  Enrollment is open for Junior Golf Camp at the City of Sarasota’s historic municipal golf course, Bobby Jones Golf Club. 3-day camps will be held each month this summer:

  • June 27-29
  • July 11-13
  • August 8-10

Bobby Jones PGA Professional Daniel Bailey providing instruction during a Junior Golf Camp last summer.

Each camp is tailored for students ages 8-18 at all skill levels and will focus on golf etiquette and the mechanics of driving, chipping and putting. The City’s PGA professionals, Christian Martin and Daniel Bailey, will provide instruction in a stress-free atmosphere.

To ensure individual attention, space is limited to 12 golfers. Registration is $100 per child per camp and includes a kid-friendly lunch.

For more information call the golf shop: 941-954-4163 or visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Boulevard, is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota and offers three courses with a total of 45 holes.

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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

City Commission supports renewable energy and climate reduction programs

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 20, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: With a focus on sustainability and quality of life in Sarasota, the City Commission unanimously approved yesterday joining two national climate reduction initiatives: the Sierra Club’s ‘Ready for 100’ campaign to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources, and the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda to uphold the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

Participation in both programs is voluntary with aspirational goals.

The ‘Ready for 100’ initiative, presented to the City Commission by the Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition earlier this month with 2,000 petition signatures supporting the measure, calls for City of Sarasota municipal operations to be powered by renewable energy sources by 2030. The program also includes a community-wide goal to convert to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

“The City of Sarasota is now just the third municipality in Florida to commit to the ‘Ready for 100’ initiative to address climate change,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “With this unanimous vote, the City Commission is strengthening Sarasota’s role as a leader on environmental and sustainability issues. These are ambitious goals and staff looks forward to seeking innovative renewable energy sources at City buildings and throughout the community to lower carbon emissions in Sarasota and ultimately help reduce the impact of sea level rise in our special coastal community.”

As the renewable energy industry grows, it is anticipated there could be economic development and employment opportunities in Sarasota.

The Commission also unanimously committed to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which supports the principles of the Paris agreement to reduce climate pollution. The goals are consistent with the City Commission’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, which includes environmental preservation and sustainability as top priorities. The Mayors National Climate Action Agenda calls for community-wide greenhouse gas inventories, and development of emissions reduction targets – both of which the City has completed.

“We’re ahead of the curve with many of the objectives,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes. “We’ve conducted several greenhouse gas inventories, the most recent in 2015, and emissions reduction targets are included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. We’re already in the process of conducting an extensive climate change vulnerability assessment and developing a climate adaptation plan – and that ties into the goals of the Climate Mayor’s network. Joining the network is an important reaffirmation of the City Commission’s commitment to addressing climate change and preserving our quality of life.”

For more information contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4202.

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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

 

City Commission moves toward supporting 100 percent renewable energy pledge

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 9, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The City Commission this week unanimously authorized proceeding to join the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources.

With community input, staff will draft a resolution calling for City of Sarasota municipal operations to be powered by renewable energy sources by 2030. A community-wide target to convert to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 also will be included. The City Commission is scheduled to give final approval to the resolution during its next regular meeting on June 19.

“The City Commission is sending a strong message that Sarasota is serious about seeking alternative energy sources to do our part to combat climate change and sea level rise,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “With this voluntary agreement, Sarasota will strengthen its role as an energy innovator and environmental leader, becoming a cleaner city with fewer carbon emissions, which experts say could slow the impact of sea level rise. This is critical to Sarasota, where sea level rise threatens our infrastructure.”

Environmental preservation and sustainability are top priorities in the City Commission’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, including establishing a climate adaptation plan and supporting renewable energy generation within City operations.

“Signing on to “Ready for 100” will solidify Sarasota’s commitment to sustainability and to implementing concrete, local solutions that decrease our carbon emissions, said Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager. “It will provide structure for the City to look seriously at how we can transition our community to 100 percent clean energy. We look forward to working with community members to identify strategies to reach this ambitious goal.”

The Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition approached the City about supporting the “Ready for 100” campaign. The City of Sarasota would become the third municipality in the Florida to join. St. Petersburg became the first last fall. Currently, 29 cities throughout the nation have formally supported the “Ready for 100” pledge.

Nearly 100 people attended the City Commission meeting at which petitions signed by 2,000 supporters of the movement were presented to support the unanimous action.

“The organizations, businesses, and nearly 2,000 people who signed “Ready for 100” are eager for Sarasota to become the next city in the United States to commit to 100 percent clean energy,” said Trevor Falk, representative for Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition. “The unanimous decision to move the resolution forward for discussion and a vote on June 19 illustrates the Commission’s understanding of the issues presented, and the Commission’s focus to growing the local economy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and investing in clean energy for current and future generations.”

The resolution will be on the 2:30 p.m. portion of the  City Commission agenda Monday, June 19.

For more information contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4202

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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 http://sarasotagov.org/#2

 

Finance department honored with prestigious budget award

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 6, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota Finance Department was honored recently with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for an impressive 27th consecutive year. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and was bestowed for the City’s annual financial plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is given to governmental entities which help make complex government budgets more user-friendly for taxpayers. Four categories must be met or exceeded: policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

While the Finance Department works as a team on the budget throughout the year, Budget Manager Michelle Valentich, Chief Financial Management Analyst Marjorie Holman, and Susan Dodd, Assistant to the Finance Director, were instrumental in producing the award winning document.

“We’re fortunate to have an impressive group of talented professionals working on this budget each year,” said Finance Director Kelly Strickland. “Two or three consecutive years of distinguished recognition for budget reporting is very impressive. But, 27 years is extraordinary and speaks volumes to the level of professionalism, consistency and institutional knowledge in the Finance Department.”

Nearly 19,000 government finance professionals are served by the Government Finance Officers Association in the United States and Canada. Approximately 1,500 received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

For more information contact Finance Director Kelly Strickland: 941-365-2200 ext. 4124.

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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