Monthly Archives: February 2016

FUTURE OF FRUITVILLE RD. TO BE DISCUSSED MARCH 1

 

 

For Immediate Release:  February 23, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL: The public is invited to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, March 1 to learn about possible enhancements to Fruitville Road (between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41) and to provide input. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

Fruitville Rd

Eastbound Fruitville Road near Goodrich Ave.

A significant gateway into the city limits and downtown business district, Fruitville Road currently conveys the character of a suburban thoroughfare. The proposed Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement project would modify the road so that it would more closely reflect an urban boulevard.

The goal is to slow down traffic along Fruitville Road (between U.S. 301 and U.S. 41) without negatively impacting the current rate of service, while boosting pedestrian connectivity between downtown and the nearby Gillespie Park and Rosemary District neighborhoods.

During the community meeting, existing conditions along Fruitville Road will be discussed. Also, possible modifications will be reviewed including travel lane width, parking, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, turning lanes, and landscaping.

To learn more about the Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement project visit www.SarasotaGov.com  On the homepage, click the construction hat icon then ‘Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement’.

For more information contact Steve Stancel, Senior Planner:  941-365-2200 ext. 4229.

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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

 

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL INITIATIVES ON CHRONIC HOMELESS RETURNS TO PRIVATE SECTOR

 

 

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:   Doug Logan, Director of Special Initiatives on Chronic Homeless, is returning to the private sector.

The City of Sarasota and Mr. Logan agreed to a mutual separation after it was determined his endeavors to help create a private nonprofit Housing First organization would be legally challenged under current interpretations of the Florida law.

“Although his tenure as a City employee was brief, Doug Logan’s positive impact hasDavid been significant,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “I do not believe it’s a coincidence that there has been a decrease in homelessness since Doug’s initiative began.  Unfortunately, legal restraints under interpretations of Florida law limit Doug’s ability to advance the efforts to raise significant amounts of Housing First capital and organize initiatives within the constraints of governmental employment.”

To read a letter from City Manager Tom Barwin click here.

Mr. Logan was hired in June 2015. During his tenure, he made significant progress with the chronic homeless issue in Sarasota helping to shape an emphasis on Housing First and initiating conversations with potential donors to address this challenging social problem and quality of life issue.

“I want to thank the members of the Commission for their support and guidance through these past few months,” said Doug Logan. “They embraced me personally, encouraged my initiatives and, I believe, they have served their constituents ably.”

To read a letter from Doug Logan click here.

Over the next two weeks, Mr. Logan will assemble a list of key Housing First contacts, and completed research as he prepares to return to the private sector.

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

 

IMPROVEMENTS SCHEDULED FOR PINEAPPLE PARK; PARK TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED STARTING FEB. 16

 

 

For Immediate Release:  February 12, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:   Beginning Tuesday, February 16, Pineapple Park in downtown Sarasota will be temporarily closed to the public to perform the following work: pressure wash the concrete plaza, brick repairs, bench repairs, and pressure washing, repairs and painting of the two planter walls.  This work is expected to be finished and the park reopened by Friday, March 11.

Once the improvements begin, the park will be closed to the public including duringPineapple Park -ws the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market management has been notified of the pending closure.

There will be no fountain repairs at this time.  Staff is currently preparing fountain repair specifications to be included in a bidding package.  Information on the actual fountain repair project will be provide at a later date.

For more information contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 6303.

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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

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT CITY HALL

 

 

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2016
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk: 941-954-4160
pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT CITY HALL

For the eighth consecutive year, educational materials will be on display at City Hall, 1565 First Street commemorating Black History Month. The displays include photographs and newspaper articles charting African-American trailblazers in Sarasota and their achievements as athletes, elected officials, military personnel, teachers and others, as well as the history of racial integration in Sarasota County.

The exhibit will be open to the public the entire month of February, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A 30 second PSA has been produced by the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk’s Office and can be viewed on our website, www.sarasotagov.com, as well as Access Sarasota (Comcast Ch.19, and Verizon Ch.32).  To view the PSA, click here.

The City also thanks Sarasota residents Dorothye Smith and Mary Edmunds for preparing the displays again this year.

For more information contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini: 941-954-4169.

‘LOSE BIG, WIN BIGGER’ FITNESS CHALLENGE BEGINS FEB. 29

 

 

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

 Sarasota, FL: The 3rd annual “Lose Big, Win Bigger” fitness challenge to help promote healthy lifestyles will kick off on Monday, February 29 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street.

The 8-week fitness challenge will begin with a weigh-in at RLTCC. Over the coming weeks, participants will be challenged and encouraged to get fit and lose weight through diet and exercise.  Prizes, including a Garmin Vivosmart HR, Ninja Blender package, and a $150 gift card to Fit2Run, will be awarded to those who lose the largest percentage of body weight.

The final “weigh-out” for the challenge will be held on Monday, April 25.

The entry fee for the challenge is $25 per person and includes a 3-month full access pass to RLTCC, three complimentary fitness classes per week (Blend Zone, Zumba and yoga), gait analysis by Fit2Run, and a 10 percent off discount card to Fit2Run.

Pam Allen 1st Place

Pam Allen took first place in the 2015 ‘Lose Big, Win Bigger’ fitness challenge.

Registration is open now at the RLTCC front desk until the weigh-in begins.  Entry fees are due at the time of registration.  To view a ‘Lose Big, Win Bigger’ flyer click here.

The 2015 ‘Lose Big, Win Bigger’ champion, Paula Allen, lost 11.39 percent of her body weight during the challenge.

‘Lose Big, Win Bigger’ is sponsored in part by Fit2Run.

RLTCC is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota.

For more information contact Jerry Fogle or Emily Oberlin at 941-954-4182 or visit www.RLTaylor.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