Monthly Archives: October 2015

BRITISH COURSE REOPENS WITH NEW GREENS NOV. 5

 

 

For Immediate Release:  October 30, 2015
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The British Course at the Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Boulevard, will reopen to the public Thursday, November 5 with fresh, new turf on all 18 greens. Two putting greens also were revitalized. BJGC - new British green

“The new turf looks beautiful,” said Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager Sue Martin. “The seams of the sod are growing together very well which will give golfers a smooth, firm surface for putting.  We appreciate everyone’s patience during the temporary closure and we are certain that when players experience the greens firsthand they’ll see it was worth the wait.”

To accommodate the extensive improvements, the British Course was closed in late August, the slowest time of year at Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Funding for greens maintenance and refurbishment at Bobby Jones Golf Club was approved by the City Commission in the 2014-15 fiscal year budget, which just ended.

“Our low summer rates are available through November. For 18 holes with a riding cart, the rate is just $31 before noon and $22.50 after noon.  So, November will be an excellent time to check out the new greens at very good rates,” said Ms. Martin.

Bobby Jones Golf Club is a 45-hole golf facility featuring two 18-hole courses and one executive 9-hole course. For details and to book a tee time, visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

For more information about the new British greens, contact Sue Martin, Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 5800.

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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 HOLDS GARAGE SALE TO BENEFIT UNITED WAY OCT. 31

 

 

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota employees will donate gently used items and volunteer their time to host a garage sale to benefit the United Way Suncoast on Saturday, October 31 from 7 a.m. – noon at City Hall 1565 First Street, in the First Street parking lot.  The public is invited to shop at this charitable event.

“Every year, City of Sarasota employees voluntarily participate in the United Way fundraiser campaign,” said Marlon Brown, Deputy City Manager and United WayGarage Sale Suncoast Board Member. “Typically, the City hosts internal events just for employees, like a pancake and omelet breakfast or hotdog lunch, and the money raised goes to the United Way.  This year, the employee committee thought it would be fun to cast a wider net and invite the public to participate.  The garage sale will be a unique opportunity for residents to support the United Way and their agencies such as the Child Protection Center, and Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center.  We look forward to having a lot of customers.”

City of Sarasota employees will donate all the garage sale items, which will be in good condition and could include electronics, furniture, books, knick knacks and more. Items remaining at the end of the garage sale will be donated to Goodwill.

Via community partnerships, the United Way Suncoast provides funding to dozens of nonprofit organizations in DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

“Through strong partnerships with volunteers from organizations like the City of Sarasota, United Way Suncoast is changing the community story by coming together, having fun and raising awareness,” said Nancy Ostrander, Investor Relations Director for United Way Suncoast.  “It’s all in the spirit of working to make a difference.”

During the 2014 campaign, City of Sarasota employees raised nearly $19,000 for United Way Suncoast.

The United Way Suncoast released its annual list of the Top 100 Most Generous Workplaces last week and the City of Sarasota made the list at number 98. For workplaces in the Sarasota-area (Sarasota and DeSoto counties), the City of Sarasota ranks at number 16.

For more information about the garage sale please contact Michele Keeler:  941-365-2200 ext. 4212.

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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

3rd ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT AT RLTCC OCT. 30

 

 

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613                  jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:   The parking lot at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex (RLTCC), 1845 34th Street, will become a ghoulishly fun scene as the City of Sarasota hosts the 3rd annual Trunk or Treat on Fri., October 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  This is a free, family-friendly event.

Trunk or Treat

A ghoulish participant at the 2nd annual Trunk or Treat in 2014.

Vehicle trunks will be popped open and decorated, with prizes going to the best decorated trunks. Costume contest winners also will be awarded prizes.  Plus, there will be fun games, a bounce house for children, and tempting treats.

Vehicles for Trunk or Treat must be registered by Thursday, October 29. Click here to see a flyer and download a vehicle registration form.

For more information about Trunk or Treat contact Emily Oberlin, Recreation Facilities Supervisor:  941-954-4182 or visit www.SarasotaGov.com/RLTaylor.

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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

FUTURE DETOUR PLANS ON LIFT STATION 87 MEETING AGENDA

 

 

For Immediate Release:  October 19, 2015
Contact:  Michelle Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations 727-580-9013
Email:   mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL: The Lift Station 87 project team will review proposed maintenance of traffic plans for Phase 1-Lift Station 87 Microtunneling on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lift Station 87 construction office, located at 824 S. Osprey Ave., and residents are invited to attend.

Project engineer McKim & Creed will present the proposed maintenance of traffic plan, Davidwhich was prepared to address community concerns voiced throughout the course of the project. Residents can see the proposed plan on the project web site, www.liftstation87.com. Additionally, a community outreach meeting on the proposed traffic plan is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street, Sarasota.

During the first phase of construction, the Hudson Bayou Bridge will be closed, so portions of Osprey Avenue will be closed. To minimize inconvenience to the community, the project team will provide advance notice of road closures and detours, and will require the contractor to maintain adequate signage to direct traffic throughout the area.

Future project team meetings at the construction office will be open to the public on a quarterly basis. Advance notice of those meetings will be posted on the project web site.

The new Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87, located in Luke Wood Park. Lift Station 87 construction will be completed in three phase. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2016 and be completed by the end of 2020.

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 @CityofSarasota.

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“HEARING INDUCTION LOOP” LISTENING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AVAILABLE IN CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS AND SRQ MEDIA STUDIO

 

 

For Immediate Release:  October 1, 2015
Contact:  Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk, 941-954-4160                pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota is pleased to announce the installation of the “hearing induction loop” listening assistance system in the City Commission Chambers and SRQ Media Studio at City Hall, located at 1565 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Installed in two of the City’s most highly utilized public meeting spaces, the installation of hearing loops will benefit the hearing impaired by interacting with individuals’ T-coil devices to provide a heightened sense of hearing, thus eliminating the need for headphone devices.  Additional advantages of the hearing loop system include limited maintenance, the ability to service an unlimited number of users, and no interference with other hearing aids that lack the T-coil.  At the September 8, 2015, Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting, the City Commission unanimously voted to approve the Hearing Induction Loop Project.  Mayor Willie Charles Shaw stated, “Ensuring accessibility for each of our citizens is of great importance, and the City Commission wholeheartedly is proud of the City of Sarasota’s efforts in addressing the needs of the hearing impaired community.”  Prior to 2014, aging audio/visual equipment in the City Commission Chambers placed restrictions on the ability to support a hearing induction loop; however, enhancements to the equipment have made the installation possible at this time.

“The installation of the Hearing Induction Loop affords individuals with 106199_Complete Hearing_HLA_14x7hearing loss the opportunity to actively participate in our City government proceedings and meetings.  We are proud to be part of such an important project, which complements currently available audio/visual and closed captioning services offered by the City,” said City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini.  “The new system also includes portable audio loop receivers to assist citizens whose hearing aids or implants do not have the T-coil technology.”  Signage regarding the hearing induction loop will be displayed at the entrance of the City Commission Chambers and SRQ Media Studio to provide notice of the available technology in those facilities.

Also known as an “induction loop” system, the technology magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants with telecoils (T-coils), which receive speech in a clear, crisp manner, with background noise eliminated. In its simplest form, an induction loop system uses a copper wire, installed around the perimeter of a room, and connected to an amplifier to create a magnetic signal. The T-coil, a small coil of wire inside a hearing aid, then receives the signal.  City Senior Planner Dr. Clifford Smith expressed, “I can attest from personal experience the difficulty the hearing impaired face when straining to hear what is said by the Commissioners and others during a meeting. As staff, I have been in a position of trying to address a question voiced by a Commissioner and not being sure what the question was as I could not hear them clearly. The Hearing Loop System makes all the difference. I walked into the Chambers today and set my hearing aids to the T-coil and the music was playing in my ears! Clear sound for the first time ever. Again, thank you, what a great step forward for all.”

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 48 million Americans have reported hearing loss and an estimated 71 percent of hearing aids and all cochlear implants in the country have the T-coil function, which is activated through a button on the hearing aid.

For more information regarding the City of Sarasota’s Hearing Induction Loop Project, please contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.

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