Monthly Archives: April 2016

MAYOR WILLIE CHARLES SHAW AWARDED 2016 HOME RULE HERO AWARD

 

 

Sarasota, FL: – The City of Sarasota is pleased to announce that Mayor Willie Charles Shaw was recently honored by The Florida League of Cities for the second consecutive year with the 2016 Home Rule Hero Award in recognition of his outstanding advocacy for the protection of home rule powers and rights for the City of Sarasota’s constituents and citizens during the 2016 Legislative Session. “It is with the utmost honor and privilege to be acknowledged by The Florida League of Cities, along with such prestigious elected officials whom also serve with similar goals as legislative advocates for continuous protection of home rule rights to better serve our municipal constituents and valued citizens at-large throughout the State of Florida,” said City of Sarasota Mayor Shaw. Please click on hyperlink to watch message from Mayor Shaw.

Mayor Shaw earned the prestigious 2016 Home Rule Hero Award, along with nearly 70 other local government officials, including neighboring Bradenton Councilman Patrick Roff for their untiring commitment and support towards the efforts to protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities.

“Our Home Rule Heroes are the embodiment of local advocacy at its finest,” said Hawthorne Mayor and Florida League of Cities President Matt Surrency. “These dedicated municipal officials take time out of their busy schedules to build relationships with their legislators and help them understand the issues that are most important to their communities. Thank you for all you do to help protect Home Rule and preserve the quality of life in your city.” Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. The Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – both elected and nonelected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue, according to Capital Soup.

On behalf of the entire City Commission, Charter Officials, and 720 employees of the City of Sarasota, we salute and congratulate Mayor Willie Charles Shaw and the other local elected officials for being awarded the 2016 Home Rule Hero Award in recognition of their outstanding legislative advocacy for the protection of home rule powers and rights for citizens throughout the State of Florida.

For more information concerning the 2016 Home Rule Hero Award, contact Holly McPhail at 850-510-4377 or hmcphail@flcities.com.

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CITY ISSUES CALL TO ARTISTS FOR PUBLIC ART AT FUTURE ROUNDABOUT

 

 

For Immediate Release:  April 26, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: A Call to Artists is underway for the creation of an original landmark sculpture to be placed at a future roundabout at Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard and will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection.

Specific details about the project, including budget, the application process, and Davidselection process are posted at www.CallForEntry.org

Artists with a proven track record of creating significant outdoor public art commissions, which can withstand the Florida elements, are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2016.

While there is no central theme or stylistic preference for the sculpture, design criteria will help guide the selection of the piece by the Public Art Committee with final approval by the City Commission. Included in the overall design criteria:

  • The piece should be high quality and free standing
  • Complement the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout location
  • Require minimal maintenance (no water features)
  • Must be an original design
  • Can be appreciated from a distance (does not draw people toward it)
  • Must not exceed 20 feet in height
  • Must not display messages or contain signs, flashing lights etc.

The project budget cannot exceed $150,000.

Artists are required to submit qualifications, digital images and a brief description outlining their initial concept for the project.

Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at: www.SarasotaGov.com

Three finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee will make a recommendation to the City Commission, which will have final approval.

The current timeline for the roundabout sculpture, which is subject to change, is as follows:

  • Submission Deadline: June 5, 2016
  • Submissions Review by Public Art Committee: July 2016
  • Finalists’ Presentations to Public Art Committee: September 2016
  • Recommendation Presented to City Commission: November 2016
  • Artist Under Contract: December 2016
  • Installation: November 2017

Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating this public art project far in advance of the construction of the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout, to ensure the sculpture is ready for installation when the roundabout opens. Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin in Summer 2017.

For more information visit the Call for Entry website: www.CallForEntry.org or

contact David Smith, Neighborhood & Development Services General Manager:    941-365-2200 ext. 4175.

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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 CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY WITH EVENTS APRIL 27 & MAY 4

 

 

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota will mark Arbor Day by planting trees during two separate celebrations:

Arbor Day 2015

Planting a tree during the Arbor Day celebration in 2015 at Alta Vista Elementary.

Wednesday, April 27 – 10 a.m.: A tree will be planted in memory of long time City of Sarasota employee Bob Lemond. Bob worked in the Landscaping Division of the Public Works Department for nearly a decade. Known to co-workers as “Payne Park Bob” for his diligence in caring for the City’s crown jewel park, a red bay tree will be planted in Bob’s honor on the west side of the park near the Payne Park Auditorium, 2110 Adams Lane.  

Wednesday, May 4 – 10:30 a.m.: With the help of school children, a lychee tree will be planted in the courtyard at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, 2901 W. Tamiami Trail. The tree will produce a sweet fruit, which will add to the school’s existing garden.

The public is welcome to join the Arbor Day celebrations at each event.

For more information, contact Frank Murray, Arborist: 941-322-4193.

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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

PUBLIC ART INSTALLED AT ORANGE AVE./MAIN ST. ROUNDABOUT APRIL 17

 

 

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: A portion of the Orange Avenue/Main Street roundabout will be temporarily closed starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 17 while a new public art piece is installed. The southeastern leg of the roundabout will be closed and traffic flow in all directions is expected to resume by mid-afternoon.

Orange-Main Roundabout Sculpture

Artist’s rendering.

The sculpture, entitled “Embracing Our Differences”, fulfills a public art requirement for the recently completed Aloft hotel and One Palm condominium developments. The developer, One Palm LLC, partnered with Embracing Our Differences, a Sarasota-based nonprofit organization, to select an art design and artist. Accepted by the City Commission as a donation, the sculpture will be on public display 24/7 in the center of the roundabout.

Embracing Our Differences” was created by artist S. Blessing Hancock. It is a colorful abstraction of an infinity loop intended to emphasize unity in the community while celebrating differences, diversity and inclusion.

For more information, contact David Smith, Neighborhood and Development Services General Manager: 941-954-4175.

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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 AWARDED $500,000 HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT FOR MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota was awarded a significant historic preservation grant by the State of Florida for planned capital improvements to the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, to maintain the historic integrity of this community treasure.

A $500,000 grant was awarded by the Department of State – Division oflow angle Historical Resources for a Special Category Historical Preservation Grant. The grant requires a $279,000 match by the City, bringing the total project cost to $779,000.

The grant will cover the following costs: restoration of 18 windows, new exterior metal doors, rehabilitation of the existing restrooms, reconstruction of four flat roofs, repairing existing water damage and waterproofing the glass block.

“With over 1,720 Historic Places listed in the Florida National Register and 50 applications being submitted for this cycle of funding alone, this award is significant in that the Municipal Auditorium award represents the top one percent in Florida as a building of historical significance,” said Laura Wittenbauer, City of Sarasota Grants Coordinator. “The funding will rehabilitate and restore this unique and celebrated gem of Sarasota, thus allowing many generations the ability to enjoy and embrace this historic treasure for years to come.”

The required grant application was lengthy — 21 pages. An additional 100 pages of supporting documents were compiled and submitted by Ms. Wittenbauer in coordination with Debbie Perez, Municipal Auditorium Manager.

“Applying for a grant of this magnitude is a major undertaking,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “The City Commission supported the creation of a grants coordinator staff position just over year ago, so the City could be competitive with these kinds of grant applications. That foresight is paying off. Securing a $500,000 grant is significant and we’re very pleased with this successful grant writing effort.”

Renovation to the Municipal Auditorium is expected to begin as soon as July 2016.

Municipal Auditorium

An undated photo looking toward the Municipal Auditorium.

Built in 1938 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration, the Municipal Auditorium is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, it has hosted the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Miss Florida Pageant, high school proms, and a variety of concerts. Now it has become a popular venue for trade shows and exhibits. Throughout it all, the original Art Deco design has been maintained, and with the help of this grant will continue to be for generations to come.

For more information, contact Laura Wittenbauer, Grants Coordinator: 941-365-2200 ext. 4285.

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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