Monthly Archives: January 2016

CITY OF SARASOTA PROPOSED CHANGES TO ELECTION DATES

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 14, 2016
Contact:  Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk at 941-954-4160
pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: – At its Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting of January 19, 2016, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota will hold a public hearing to consider two alternative Ordinances to change the City election dates by amending the City Charter to hold the General Election for the Office of City Commissioner on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in all even numbers years and to place on the ballot at referendum one of the following Ordinances:

  • Proposed Ordinance No. 16-5154 provides for a first election to be held ten weeks before the General Election if three of more candidates qualify for a District Commission Seat or if four or more candidates qualify for the two At-Large Commission Seats.

Both proposed Ordinances would have the effect of changing the City’s current election date from the second Tuesday in March of each odd numbered year (with a runoff election in May) to November of each even numbered year.  The City Commission may adopt proposed Ordinance No. 16-5154 or proposed Ordinance No. 16-5155 to place on the ballot but if neither is adopted by the City Commission, the City Charter will remain unchanged.

The proposed Ordinances are available on our website, or in the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Interested persons are welcome to attend the Tuesday January 19, 2016, public hearing and speak if desired.  The City Commission will open the public hearings at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.

For more information, please contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.

 

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CITY OF SARASOTA 2016 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 12, 2016
Contact:  Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk, 941-954-4160                                                 pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: – At the Regular Sarasota City Commission meeting of September 8, 2015, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota approved the 2016 Legislative Priorities for the City of Sarasota.  These priorities were presented by Mayor Willie Charles Shaw to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation on Friday, October 2, 2015, in the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.

MAJOR PRIORITIES:

  • Support for Communications Services Tax and Local Business Tax Protection
  • Support Funding for Homelessness Programs/Mental Health Initiatives/Sober Homes
  • Support Pension Reform
  • Oppose Limitations on Red Light Cameras
  • Support Equitable Transportation Funding

The City Commission identified Other Important Priorities for the City of Sarasota and also took a position on a number of State Priorities and Federal Priorities.  “ThePriorities Brochure City Commission recognizes the importance of developing Legislative Priorities on an annual basis to maintain effective dialogue with local, state, and federLegislativePrioritiesBrochureal legislators in preparation for the State Legislative Session,” stated City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini.  The Florida State Legislative Session began today, January 12, 2016, and will continue through March 11, 2016.  For the list of local priorities and positions on State and Federal Initiatives, please click on the link below to see the City of Sarasota’s brochure and information card which lists local priorities and positions and which was presented to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation:

       http://www.sarasotagov.org/CAC/LegislativePriorities.cfm

Federal and State Legislators presented to the City Commission separate updates concerning the past Legislative Sessions and issues anticipated to be considered in the 2016 Legislative Sessions and also received the list of the 2016 Legislative Priorities of the City of Sarasota.

Representative Jim Boyd, District 71, Florida House of Representatives, at the September 21, 2015, Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting spoke regarding:

  • Cultural and Museum Grants
  • Sarasota Shore Protection
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Funding

Representative W. Gregory “Greg” Steube, District 73, Florida House of Representatives, also at the September 21, 2015, Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting addressed:

  • Communication Services Tax and Local Business Tax
  • Mental Health Funding
  • Local Pension Reform Bill

Congressman Vernon G. “Vern” Buchanan, United States House of Representatives, 16th Congressional District of Florida, spoke at the October 5, 2015, Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting concerning:

  • The proposed Highway Bill
  • The proposed Mental Health Bill and the issue of Homelessness
  • Concerns regarding Off-Shore Drilling

Senator Nancy Detert, District 28, Florida Senate, addressed the following issues at the December 7, 2015, Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting:

  • Support for Affordable Housing
  • Incentives for companies offering high-wage jobs to come to Florida
  • Support for the Film Industry

Mayor Willie Charles Shaw stated:  “It was, indeed, a privilege to have these distinguished Legislators take the time from their busy schedules to update the Sarasota City Commission and community residents regarding legislative issues and to receive the City of Sarasota 2016 Legislative Priorities.”

For more information or to obtain hard copies of the material which was presented to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation, please contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.

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CITY OFFICES CLOSE FOR MLK DAY JAN. 18

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 11, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:   City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Weekly garbage, yard waste andMLK Day - text recycling collection will not be impacted.

The Regular City Commission meeting will be held the following day, Tuesday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers in City Hall, 1565 First Street.

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