Monthly Archives: August 2015

CITY OFFICES CLOSE FOR LABOR DAY; GARBAGE/RECYCLING COLLECTION NOT IMPACTED

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will not be impacted.David

The Regular City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, September 7 will be held the following day, Tuesday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

Other City of Sarasota holiday hours:

  • Bobby Jones Golf Club: Regular hours (6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Lido Pool: Regular hours – Closed (Closed every Monday)
  • Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: Facility open 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Pool closed
  • Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children’s Fountain: Regular hours (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) Please note: Fall hours at the Children’s Fountain will begin the next day, Tuesday, September 8: 10 a.m. – 5 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

 

CITY RELOCATES INACTIVE OSPREY NEST TO NEARBY OSPREY AVE.

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 28, 2015
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: With State of Florida approval, an inactive osprey nest is being relocated by the City of Sarasota from a light pole at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex (RLTCC) athletic field to an adjacent pole with an osprey-friendly platform designed and installed specifically for the birds. The final relocation, along North Osprey Avenue, is tentatively scheduled to occur Monday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at RLTCC, 1845 34th Street, weather permitting.

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An osprey roosts atop a light pole at RLTCC in March 2015.

Ospreys are a federally and state protected bird. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission granted the City of Sarasota a Migratory Bird Nest Removal permit with specific conditions to encourage the return of the migrating ospreys.

“With the permit, the City is not obligated to relocate the nest,” said Neil Gaines, Public Works Project Manager. “We could build a comparable nest in a nearby location. But, we want to preserve the ospreys’ habitat as much as possible, so we’re moving the whole nest — all 100 pounds of branches, twigs, and leaves – approximately 300 feet away to another pole where we’re assembling a custom-built platform and perch for the birds.”

The new location for the osprey nest parallels North Osprey Avenue.

An ornithologist, who was consulted about the proposed relocation and assisted with the state permit application, informed staff that ospreys tend to respond well to nest relocations of this nature, particularly when the new site is nearby, taller, and offers a perch – all of which the City is providing.

A new multi-purpose athletic field has been planned for the North Sarasota community since RLTCC opened in 2011. As the City was going through the procurement process to construct the field, the ospreys built the nest atop a light pole designated to be removed for the project. The nest has been inactive since May 2015.

“Many of us at RLT enjoyed watching the ospreys every day before they left for the summer,” said Jerry Fogle, RLTCC Manager. “It’s pretty neat to have them in such a busy urban area. Relocating the nest is a win-win for everyone. The community soon will have an impressive new multi-purpose field for soccer and football, and the ospreys will have a better vantage point — right along Osprey Avenue,” said Mr. Fogle.

The number of outdoor light poles for the new soccer and football field will be cut in half – from eight to four. Each of the four new poles will have an osprey-friendly platform and perch installed to encourage nesting on the platform rather than in the new LED lights.

Construction on the field is expected to begin in the fall.

For more information contact Neil Gaines, Project Manager: 813-365-2200 ext. 6309.

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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

FIRST STREET IMPROVEMENTS BEGIN AUGUST 24

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 20, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: To help create a more pedestrian-friendly environment along First Street in downtown Sarasota, much anticipated improvements on First Street, stretching from U.S. 41 to Pineapple Avenue, will begin Monday, August 24. Improvements will include widening the sidewalks, burying utility lines, installing ornamental street lamps, adding trees and landscaping, and accenting on-street parking spaces with brick pavers.

One lane of traffic in one direction will be open during most of the construction period. At times, westbound only traffic will be allowed. Then, asFirst Street Collage the construction progresses, eastbound only traffic will be allowed. The project is expected to continue through January 2016.

“We’ve been in touch with business owners in the area,” said Richard Winder, Public Works Project Manager. “We’re working with those along the First Street corridor letting them know what to expect regarding the timing of the project,” said Mr. Winder.

The project will significantly enhance the pedestrian experience by widening the sidewalks while simultaneously slowing down traffic by narrowing First Street. In addition to the streetscape improvements, aging water and sewer lines will be replaced.

“More good things are happening in Sarasota,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “First Street is a gateway into the downtown core from U.S. 41., and this project will be a major improvement for the area. By creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the First Street corridor, we anticipate motorists will slow down and people will feel more comfortable with their surroundings and will want to get out of their cars and stroll around downtown,” said Mr. Barwin.

Starting at U.S. 41, the contractor, Jon F. Swift Construction, will work in phases heading east to Pineapple Avenue. The one way direction of traffic on First Street will change as the project progresses. All phases of the project are expected to be finished by the end of January 2016.

Regular updates on the First Street improvement project, including directional traffic on First Street, will be posted on the City of Sarasota website www.SarasotaGov.com On the homepage, click the construction hard hat icon to review a list of major projects and to register for email notices.

For more information contact Richard Winder, Public Works Project Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 6302.

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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

 

SALES TAX HOLIDAY AT BOBBY JONES GOLF SHOP AUG. 7-16

 

 

Sarasota, FL:   Merchandise at the Bobby Jones Golf Shop, 1000 Circus Boulevard, will be eligible for the State of Florida Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 7 – Sunday August 16. All eligible merchandise, $100 or less, will be tax free.Bobby Jones Logo

Shirts, shorts, pants, hats, socks, belts, and spiked/cleated shoes are among the tax exempt items. (Golf gloves are not included.) Customers at the Bobby Jones Golf Shop will save 7 percent in sales tax. To view a list of tax exempt items prepared by the Florida Department of Revenue visit www.MyFlorida.com or click here.

The Bobby Jones Golf Shop is open every day 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, is a 45-hole course, which includes the British Course, the American and the Gillespie Executive. Bobby Jones is open 365 days a year. To learn more about the courses or to book a tee time, visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com or call 941-365-GOLF (4653).

For more information on the sales tax holiday and eligible merchandise contact the Bobby Jones Golf Club Golf Shop: 941-954-4163.

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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