Monthly Archives: September 2016




For Immediate Release:   September 23, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613

Sarasota, FL: After maintaining solid waste fees at the same rate for the past ten years, new rates for residential and commercial customers will begin Saturday, October 1, 2016 with a modest increase and no change to the current level of service.garbage-cart

Curbside residential rates will increase $1 on customers’ monthly utility bill. The current $21.66 fee will become $22.66.

Commercial rates will vary depending upon the container size and frequency of collection. The fee for commercial customers with a residential-size cart picked up twice a week will be $30.89. The tonnage collected from commercial customers and disposed at the landfill is double that of residential customers. The new rates were adjusted to reflect that higher level of service.

Over the past decade, the Solid Waste Division maintained the same reasonable rates due to technology efficiencies in the industry, and favorable contracts with Waste Management for commercial and recycling collection services. The modest fee increases are necessary due to increased hotel and multi-family residential construction which has required additional commercial collection staff, reduced recycling revenue, and the need to be fiscally responsible by maintaining a healthy operating reserve.

To review the solid waste fee schedule click here.

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


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For Immediate Release: September 9, 2016
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk at 941-954-4160

Sarasota, FL: – At the Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting of September 6, 2016, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota approved the 2017 Legislative Priorities.

The following are the Major Priorities, as approved by the City Commission:

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

In addition to the Major Priorities, the City Commission identified a number of Other Important Priorities and Federal Priorities for the City of Sarasota.  The priorities will be presented by Mayor Willie Charles Shaw to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation at a meeting in the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.  A date for the meeting of the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation has not yet been determined.

“The City Commission recognizes the importance of developing Legislative Prioritiesbrochure on an annual basis to maintain effective dialogue with local, state, and federal legislators in preparation for the 2017 State Legislative Session,” stated City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini.  For information regarding the priorities, please reference the detailed document, brochure, or informational card, which will be presented to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation.

Mayor Willie Charles Shaw stated:  “It was a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to develop the four Major Priorities which are of upmost concern to the City of Sarasota in the upcoming year.  I look forward to receiving updates from our Federal and State Legislators and to presenting each with the City of Sarasota 2017 Legislative Priorities.”

Federal and State Legislators will be presenting to the City Commission separate updates at upcoming Regular City Commission Meetings concerning the past Legislative Sessions and issues anticipated to be considered during the 2017 Legislative Session.  Presentations by the below Legislators have been confirmed, as follows:

Regular City Commission Meeting of September 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. – Representative Julio Gonzalez, District 74, Florida House of Representatives

6:30 p.m. – Congressman Vernon G. “Vern” Buchanan, Florida’s 16th Congressional District, United States House of Representatives

Regular City Commission Meeting of October 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. – Representative W. Gregory “Greg” Steube, District 73, Florida House of Representatives

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the presentations to hear from the local Legislative Delegation Members concerning issues of importance at both the Federal and State levels.

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





For Immediate Release: September 8, 2016
Contact: Jerry Fogle, Parks & Recreation Director 941-954-4182

Sarasota, FL: The public is invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebration at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex at 9am to celebrate the completion of the first public multisport artificial turf field in Sarasota.  As part of the grand opening there will be a “free” open house from 5pm to 8pm.  The open house will have a host of family activities, music, food trucks and sports demos.

The existing grass field was converted to an artificial Astroturf field.  The artificial turf field contains a concession stand, restrooms, bleachers, lighting, picnic tables with umbrellas, football and soccer goals, along with a host of other amenities.   

Come tour the new multisport artificial turf field at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.  The field will host public leagues and tournaments for youth and adults, as well as camps, clinics, school out day activities and more!  Here are some of the sports that will be played on the new turf field:  Football, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Kickball, Tee Ball and Whiffle Ball.

For more information please visit  or contact Jerry Fogle, Parks & Recreation Director:  941-954-4182





For Immediate Release: September 2, 2016
Contact: Jerry Fogle, Parks & Recreation Director 941-954-4182

Sarasota, FL: There will be a temporary closure of Selby Five Points Park from September 9th thru September 30th.  A landscape vendor will be working to remove dead turf material prior to the installation of new sod.

Weather permitting the work will be completed within 3 weeks. Due to the heavy usage of the park there will be one week period of non-use in the re-seeded area in order for it to properly root.

For more information, contact Jerry Fogle, Parks & Recreation Director:  941-954-4182