Monthly Archives: January 2017

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT CITY HALL

 

 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk / Chief Audit Executive: 941-954-4160
pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

For the ninth 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 60 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.

MICROTUNNELING UNDER HUDSON BAYOU BEGINS

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 30, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL: The Lift Station 87 contractor began microtunneling under Hudson Bayou this week. This much-anticipated work installs segments of a 36-inch wastewater main under Hudson Bayou and Luke Wood Park and is critical to the success of the Lift Station 87 project.

Microtunneling is underway using this microtunnel boring machine.

“This is where the rubber meets the road,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “We scheduled this work first to protect the City’s investment and minimize risks. Our microtunneling expert, Staheli Trenchless, is on site, and we look forward to completing this crucial phase of work.”

Microtunneling is a specialized trenchless construction technique for installing pipelines under waterways, wetlands and roadways. Crews launched the microtunnel boring machine from a 30-foot deep shaft on the south side of the Osprey Bridge. The contractor uses a control room to guide the boring machine to a tunnel shaft north of the bridge and to monitor all facets of the operation. Once microtunneling under Hudson Bayou is completed, the machine will be placed in a 30-foot deep shaft on the Lift Station 87 site and be guided westward to the shaft on the north side of the bridge.

The heads on the end of the boring machine cut through the earth, which is removed as the tunnel is created. The microtunnel boring machine advances 20-40 feet per day, depending on underground conditions. As the tunnel is created, a 60-inch diameter protective steel casing is put in place. The new wastewater main will be installed after the tunnel, which is approximately 8 feet below the bottom of Hudson Bayou, is created.

The microtunnel operation under Hudson Bayou is expected to last four weeks. The contractor will work 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Microtunneling under Hudson Bayou and Luke Wood Park is scheduled to be completed in June. Work on Lift Station 87 is scheduled to begin in July. Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Once the entire project is completed, wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87.

For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to www.liftstation87.com or call our project information line at 941-356-8071. Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — search “City of Sarasota”.
Media requests should be directed to Michelle Klase Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations: 727-580-9013 or MRobinson@Dialogue-PR.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

 

WALK-THROUGHS SCHEDULED FOR BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB JAN. 25-27

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 23, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:   Alongside the golf course architect spearheading the master planning process for the Bobby Jones Golf Club, the public is invited to walk all 45 holes of the three golf courses, which comprise the complex. For three days, starting Wednesday, January 25, architect Richard Mandell will walk all the greens and fairways – and he is encouraging public participation and input.

“The key to the successful future of Bobby Jones Golf Club is meeting the needs of golfers and the surrounding community,” said Richard Mandell, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture Principal. “I prefer to design based on your needs and concerns, but if I don’t know what they are, I am on my own.  I am a firm believer in collaboration, so here is your chance.” To read a letter of introduction from Mr. Mandell click here.

The schedule for the walk-throughs is:

  • Wednesday, January 25th at 12:00 noon:     Gillespie Course
  • Wednesday, January 25th at 2:30 p.m.:         American Course
  • Thursday, January 26th at 6:45 a.m.:             American Course
  • Thursday, January 26th at 2:30 p.m.:            British Course
  • Friday, January 27th at 6:45 a.m.:                  British Course
  • Friday, January 27th at 2:30 p.m.:                  American Course

“Bobby Jones is a community treasure and we look forward to residents getting involved with the master planning process by walking the courses with the architect and pointing out what they like and what improvements they would like to see,” said Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager Sue Martin.

Members of the public interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register at the Bobby Jones Golf Shop, 1000 Circus Boulevard, prior to each walk-through or call 941-954-4163.

Bobby Jones Golf Club is an historic 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 contact Susan 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

 

 

News Release Candidates Qualify

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 13, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive
941-954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotafl.gov

 

CANDIDATES OFFICIALLY QUALIFIED FOR
2017 CITY MUNICIPAL AT-LARGE ELECTION

Sarasota – The candidate qualifying period for the 2017 City Commission Municipal Election for two At-Large seats ended at noon on Friday, January 13, 2017.  Eight candidates have fulfilled the requirements and are officially qualified.

The following candidates will appear on the ballot for the election to be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

To view each candidate’s webpage on the City of Sarasota website containing the qualifying documents and contact information, click on each candidate’s name above.

The First Election will take place Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Early voting for the First Election will be held Monday, March 6 through Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota, Florida.   For more information on early voting call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8600 or visit www.SarasotaVotes.com

A Second Election or runoff, if required, would occur Tuesday, May 9, 2017.   Early voting for the runoff will be held Monday, May 1 through Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The City Commission adopted Resolution No. 17R-2617 at its Regular Meeting on January 3, 2017 calling for the First Election and Second (Runoff) Election, if needed and setting forth the location of polling places.

To view the City’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) regarding Election information and the qualified candidates please click here.

For more information please contact City Auditor & Clerk Pamela Nadalini:  941-954-4160.

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CITY OFFICES CLOSE FOR MLK DAY JAN. 16

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 9, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:   City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Weekly garbage, yard waste and recycling collection will not be impacted.mlk-day-closure

Bobby Jones Golf Club and Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will be open regular business hours.

The community is invited to participate in a MLK Unity Walk and Celebration   11a.m. – 5 p.m. The walk will begin at noon at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, and conclude at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Cocoanut Avenue. The festivities are expected to wrap up at 5 p.m.  To see a list of other activities and events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. click here.

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