Monthly Archives: March 2016

URBAN FORESTRY GRANT UTILIZED AT N. LIDO BEACH

 

 

For Immediate Release:   March 30, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota recently completed an urban forestry improvement project at North Lido Beach utilizing a grant awarded by the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forest Grant Program.

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Workers discussing the tree removal and replacement program at N. Lido Park in 2015.

In 2014, the City received an Urban and Community Forestry grant for $10,000 to remove invasive Australian Pines and plant  native trees at North Lido Beach. The City matched the grant with slightly more than $10,000 to complete the project.

The City of Sarasota is committed to taking a proactive approach when it comes to growing and maintaining the extensive urban public forest within the City. For the past 29 years, Sarasota has been recognized as a Tree City USA community.

Funding for the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is provided by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service.

For more information, please contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager, at 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

 

ADVISORY BOARD APPLICANTS NEEDED

 

 

– REVISED –

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2016
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk: 941-954-4160
pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The City Commission of the City of Sarasota is seeking individuals willing to serve on the following Advisory Boards:

Affordable Housing Committee

Three seats with the following requirements:

  • One seat for a citizen who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in  connection with affordable housing
  • One seat for a citizen who is actively engaged in those areas of labor actively engaged in home building in connection with affordable housing
  • One seat for a citizen who represents essential services personnel; as defined in the Local Housing Assistance Plan

Board of Rules and Appeals

Four seats with the following requirements:

  • Licensed mechanical contractor
  • Licensed fire alarm contractor
  • Licensed plumbing contractor
  • Licensed electrical contractor

Citizen Oversight Committee of the Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning

One seat for a city resident

Civil Service Board

Three seats with no requirements

Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Advisory Board

Three seats with the following requirements:

  • Individual involved in planning or design in the redevelopment area
  • Representative of the Economic Development Corporation
  • Individual involved in Finance and Banking

General Employees Pension Fund Board of Trustees

One seat for a city resident

Human Relations Board

One seat with no requirement

Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Advisory Board

One seat with no requirement

Planning Board/Local Planning Agency

One seat for a city resident

Police Complaint Committee

One seat for a city resident

Sarasota Housing Authority

Four seats with no requirements

St. Armands Business Improvement District Board of Directors

One seat for an individual subject to ad valorem taxation within the District

Preference is given to persons who reside or own property in the City of Sarasota. To receive an application for appointment, please contact the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk, 1565 First Street, Sarasota, Florida, 34236, telephone number (941) 954‑4160, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The application may also be obtained from the City’s website at www.sarasotagov.com and selecting City Advisory Boards.

 

For more information on advisory board vacancies, contact City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini: 941-954-4160.

PARKS & REC DIRECTOR SELECTED

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: Jerry Fogle, who currently serves as the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex Manager, has been promoted to Parks and Recreation Director. Fogle will oversee operations, maintenance and programming at the City’s 49 parks plus recreational facilities.

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Jerry Fogle is the new Parks and Recreation Director.

“Jerry Fogle has an impressive background in recreation and we’re pleased he’s embracing this opportunity to take on more responsibility and shape the future of our community’s parks system and recreational activities,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “A significant part of the success of the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex is Jerry’s vision, compassion, and leadership with both operations and programming. With his extensive work experience and higher education degrees, Jerry has the knowledge and skills to create the outstanding parks and rec department our special city needs and deserves. There were several standout finalists for this position, and we’re happy to be able to promote from within the organization.”

Mr. Fogle, who is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and an Aquatic Facility Operator, has been the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex manager since the facility opened in 2011. Prior to joining the City of Sarasota, he was a parks and recreation manager in Davenport, Iowa; Kissimmee, Florida; and Tampa, responsible for the maintenance of park grounds and facilities, and recreational programming including youth and adult sports leagues and tournaments.

“I’m very grateful and humbled by this amazing opportunity to work closely with our residents to improve our parks and recreational services throughout our vibrant city,” said Mr. Fogle.

Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Mr. Fogle was personally impacted by the community’s parks and recreation staff and activities. He tells how at the age of ten he was at a crossroads in his young life and the kindness of a parks and rec employee helped steer him away from trouble – and, ultimately, toward a career to have a positive influence on many others in the same field.

“A parks and rec attendant made all the difference in Jerry’s life,” said Mr. Barwin. “So, he has a terrific perspective to make a positive difference in many lives in Sarasota. He believes in the mission with a passion.”

As Mr. Fogle transitions into his new role and responsibilities, his office will continue to be based at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.

In the 1980s, during challenging economic times, the City of Sarasota’s Parks and Recreation Department was eliminated. Since then, the number of parks and recreational facilities and program requests has blossomed prompting the need for a centralized department to focus on operations, maintenance, programming and long range reliable funding at these many and varied amenities our residents value so deeply.

For more information, contact Jerry Fogle at 941-954-4182 or Tom Barwin at 941-954-4102.

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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

 

BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB HOSTS MEN’S SENIOR CITY CHAMPIONSHIP APRIL 2 & 3

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: Bobby Jones Golf Club, Sarasota’s historic municipal golf course, will host the 21st Annual Men’s Senior City Championship the weekend of April 2. This competitive event is open to any amateur male golfer who will be at least 50 years of age by tournament time.

The Men’s Senior City Championship is a 36-hole tournament played on the British Course over two days: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Championship play will begin each day at 7:30Bobby Jones Logo a.m. on the #1 and #10 tees.

The registration fee is $145 per golfer and includes greens fees with a riding cart each day, tee gift, prizes, refreshments and awards dinner.

For participants 70 years of age and over, a “Super Senior” division is available.

90 players participated in the 2015 Men’s Senior City Championship and a similar size field is expected this year.

The field is limited to the first 120 paid entries and the deadline to register is Monday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

To download a registration form click here.   Completed forms should be dropped off or mailed to:

Bobby Jones Golf Club
1000 Circus Boulevard
Sarasota, FL   34232

The Bobby Jones Golf Club is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota and offers three courses with a total of 45-holes.

For more information visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com or contact Daniel Bailey, Bobby Jones Golf Club Assistant Professional: 941-365-2000 ext. 5802.

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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