Monthly Archives: June 2016

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY SHOWS SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY REDUCTION

 

 

For Immediate Release:   June 29, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL: The combination of cleaner energy and more efficient energy usage has led to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the Sarasota city limits since 2003, according to a recent inventory conducted by the City of Sarasota. The overall decrease in CO2 emissions is an impressive 22 percent.

“A 22 percent reduction is significant,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, City of Sarasota Sustainability Manager. “It highlights our community’s interest and commitment tEarthLogoo reducing our carbon footprint and becoming a more sustainable city. The Environmental Protection Agency equates that 22 percent reduction to removing 40,000 cars from the road for one year or taking 20,000 houses off the electrical grid. That’s good news for Sarasota and our environment, including Sarasota Bay, because cleaner air translates into cleaner and healthier waterways.”

The Sarasota community decreased emissions in several key categories, including: electrical use in residential, commercial and industrial sectors; water and wastewater processes; stationery fuel combustion and solid waste.

“As a community, we’re generating less emissions,” said Freeman-Montes. “There are two key reasons: first, the energy citizens and FPL is using is cleaner. Second, a new solid waste program implemented last year at the Sarasota County landfill is having excellent success converting methane gas to electricity. Because of that innovative program, the City’s share of solid waste emissions from the landfill alone have dropped 87 percent over the past 12 years. Considering these large system changes in our energy and solid waste sectors, I’m hopeful that in the future we can see similar positive strides with energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation.”

CO2 emissions were down across the board in the city limits with one exception: vehicle emissions. Although vehicles are considered more energy efficient today, 10 percent more miles were driven in Sarasota in 2015 than in 2003, leading to 2.5 percent more emissions.

“The Sarasota community cares about being a good steward of our planet,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “This substantive report underscores the need for our continuing focus on sustainability and education, particularly with transportation. We need to continue to evaluate viable multi-modal alternatives and concentrate on moving people rather than just vehicles. Staff members in engineering, planning, sustainability and the Urban Design Studio are all working toward that singular goal. Whether it’s a solar powered shuttle service, bicycle paths, bus rapid transit, or wider sidewalks to encourage pedestrian travel, we need to continue to explore all viable options that will simultaneously lower our carbon footprint and ease traffic congestion.”

To better understand climate impact, the City of Sarasota conducted its first greenhouse gas inventory in 2003 with a follow up in 2007. Those results were used as baselines for the 2015 study. A national standardized methodology, known as the U.S. Community Protocol for Accounting and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, was used to perform the inventories.

The recent inventory was conducted by Jeff Vrendenburg, a City of Sarasota intern and recent college graduate with a Master’s Degree in sustainability science. “The national protocol used for the 2015 greenhouse gas inventory report emphasized data-driven methodology and scientific rigor in calculating the chemistry and physics behind Sarasota’s emissions,” said Jeff Vrendenburg, City of Sarasota sustainability intern. “The report provides great insight and shows that at such a large scale, small changes can really add up to large difference at a city-level.”

To read the 2015 Greenhouse Gas Inventory executive summary click here.

For more information about the City of Sarasota’s green initiatives visit www.SarasotaGreenCity.com or contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 2202

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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

 

PARKING REMINDERS FOR JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

 

For Immediate Release:   June 29, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:   With the upcoming 32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix and July 4th holiday weekend celebrations, the City of Sarasota Parking Operations Division is offering parking reminders to boost safety and reduce the chances of receiving a Parkingparking violation.

Please consider these parking reminders:

  • Drive lanes must remain open and clear (Do not obstruct traffic)
  • Park in the direction of traffic
  • Park 20 feet clear of a crosswalk
  • Park at least 30 feet from a stop sign
  • Remain clear of fire hydrants
  • Do not block visual range for other vehicles near intersections
  • Parking is not permitted on the sidewalk

There is no fee to park legally on a City of Sarasota street or right-of-way. Hundreds of parking spaces are available on South Boulevard of the Presidents and the south parking lot on S. Adams Drive on St. Armands Key.  Please respect the neighborhood and environment where you park. 

To help mitigate traffic congestion, the public is encouraged to consider carpooling or using alternative transportation to view the Grand Prix at Lido Beach.

On Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4, a $5 cash-only pay on entry fee will be collected at the Palm Avenue Garage and State Street Garage.

More public parking information, including a downtown parking map, can be found at: www.SarasotaGov.com

To learn more about July 4th holiday weekend parking, please contact Mark Lyons, Parking Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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 CO-HOSTS INAUGURAL 2-MAN NORTH SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP JULY 16-17

 

 

For Immediate Release:  June 28, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL:   Bobby Jones Golf Club, the City of Sarasota’s historic municipal golf course, will co-host the inaugural Bradenton/Sarasota 2-Man North South Championship next month, with River Run Golf Links, the City of Bradenton’s municipal golf course. The tournament will be played over two days the weekend of July 16-17, Bobby Jones Logogiving golfers the unique opportunity to play two popular local municipal courses during one event.

River Run will host the first round on Saturday, July 16 and the tournament will conclude the following day, Sunday, July 17, at Bobby Jones.

“This is a unique partnership,” said Christian Martin, Bobby Jones Golf Club Assistant Manager and PGA Professional. “It’s an opportunity for regular players at River Run to play Bobby Jones — and vice versa — and possibly for us to attract new, returning customers at both courses. With summer being the slowest time of year at both courses, this is a good time to try something new and introduce local golfers to different venues.”

The tournament will be a 4 – Ball combination; Better Ball, Scramble, Modified Alternate Shot & Florida Shamble. The entry fee is $115 per player and includes greens fees for 36 holes, riding cart, shirt and continental breakfast both days and dinner following play on Sunday.

The tournament field is limited to the first 64 paid teams. Deadline for entry is BJGC_NorthSouth_TournamentWednesday, July 13. To download an entry form, click here.

Registered participants will be eligible for one practice round (18 holes with a riding cart) at River Run GC for $14.99 & Bobby Jones GC 11:00-3:00 $17.76. Offer is valid Saturday, July 9 through Friday, July 15.

River Run Golf Links is an 18-hole public golf course owned by the City of Bradenton and is located on the west bank of the Braden River at 1801 27th Street East. Visit www.RiverRunGolfLinks.com for more information.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Boulevard, is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota and offers 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 2-Man North South Championship, contact Christian Martin, Assistant Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 5801.

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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

AMERICAN COURSE AT BOBBY JONES TEMPORARILY CLOSES JULY 1; GREENS REVITALIZED

 

 

For Immediate Release:   June 27, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

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A Junior Golf Camp participant putting on the American Course in June 2016. The greens have deteriorated to the point they need to be replaced.

Sarasota, FL: The American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club, will be temporarily closed starting Friday, July 1 while all 18 greens are revitalized with new turf. It is anticipated the American Course with new, lush greens will reopen to the public in early October.

Diamond zoysiagrass, the same turf used last year to revitalize the 18 greens on the British Course and two practice greens, will be installed.   Known to tolerate high traffic and shady conditions, diamond zoysiagrass also maintains its vibrant green color, which is a key consideration for many visitors who choose to golf at Bobby Jones.

“With the success of the new greens on the British Course, it’s time to turn our attention to our other 18-hole course, the American,” said Sue Martin, Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager. “The American greens are deteriorating to the point where improvements need to be made. When the new greens were installed on the British Course last fall, we immediately saw a renewed interest in the course and received a lot of positive feedback from players. We expect there will be similar excitement with new greens on the American.”

To limit inconvenience, the course improvements were scheduled to occur during the slowest time of year at Bobby Jones Golf Club. All golfers will be accommodated on the 18-hole British Course or 9-hole Gillespie Executive Course.

American Course

The American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Removing the greens will be a lengthy process and will involve ensuring the old and invasive turf cannot grow, stripping it, tilling and sterilizing the soil, and then rolling out the new sod.

The new greens are a stop gap measure while a master plan for capital improvements at Bobby Jones Golf Club is developed.

Bobby Jones is the City of Sarasota’s historic municipal golf course and 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 American 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

 

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSE FOR JULY 4TH; GARBAGE COLLECTION ONE DAY LATER

 

 

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: City administration offices will be closed Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day.July4

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will be collected one day later: 

  • Monday collection will be on Tuesday, July 5
  • Tuesday collection will be on Wednesday, July 6

Hours of operation at City of Sarasota recreational facilities will vary on the holiday: 

  • Bobby Jones Golf Club: Regular hours – 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Children’s Fountain: Closed
  • Lido Pool: Regular hours – closed
  • Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Regular City Commission meeting will be held one day later on Tuesday, July 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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

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