Monthly Archives: March 2017

FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE SERVICE STARTS MARCH 29

 

 

For Immediate Release:  March 28, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  The much anticipated free downtown shuttle service, i-Ride Sarasota, will begin operating tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m.

This free service will be available to the public daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. As part of the launch, i-Ride will operate during the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

A free ride can be secured three ways:

  • Hail a vehicle on the street
  • Telephone: 941-444-2585
  • COMING SOON – Free mobile app – Gotcha Ride

The i-Ride Sarasota service area will include the downtown area and Rosemary District with the following travel boundaries:

  • North: 14th Street
  • South: Mound Street
  • West: The Bayfront
  • East: School Avenue

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” said Mark Lyons, Parking General Manager. “We’re connecting people and places. We’re encouraging people to leave their cars behind and catch a free environmentally-friendly i-Ride. With the popularity of on-demand ride sharing services, we expect our free i-Ride Sarasota service will be popular and will lessen some of the traffic congestion we experience during peak periods.”

Gotcha (Green Operated Transit Carrying Humanity Around) Ride is an eco-friendly business with a focus on sustainability. A fleet of of seven low speed electric vehicles will operate throughout the i-Ride district.

In February, the City Commission unanimously approved funding for a 2-year pilot program with Gotcha Ride. The goal is for the program to pay for itself through advertising displayed on the vehicles.

The first local i-Ride Sarasota sponsor is CitySide, a new 228-unit apartment community in the Rosemary District. Advertisements for the new apartment community will be wrapped on the exterior of the i-Ride Sarasota vehicles.

“We are excited to bring our transportation solutions to a beautiful city like Sarasota,” said Gotcha Media Holdings CEO Sean Flood, a Tampa native. “Our experience in other densely-populated communities with parking and transportation challenges is a perfect fit. We look forward to making a positive impact on residents, businesses and visitors.”

For more information, contact Mark Lyons, Parking General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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About Gotcha Ride and Gotcha Media Holdings: Gotcha Ride is a division of Gotcha Media Holdings, a bi-coastal company focused on collegiate, event and community-based marketing. Gotcha Media brings integrated, targeted opportunities to brands and the communities they want to reach. In addition to branded Gotcha Ride and Bike solutions, they offer owned media on campuses nationwide, plus large-scale product sampling, youth and family engagement, and more.

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

FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE SERVICE NAMED; MEDIA INVITED TO PREVIEW MARCH 28

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2017

Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  i-Ride Sarasota is here! Media representatives are invited to experience Sarasota’s new free downtown shuttle service, i-Ride Sarasota operated by Gotcha Ride, during a special preview on Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

Media: Please meet on First Street in front of the City Hall steps.

A Gotcha Ride shuttle service vehicle on display at City Hall in February.

 i-Ride Sarasota electric vehicles will be available for the media to enjoy a ride around downtown Sarasota and learn about this new service.

“This is the official unveiling of i-Ride Sarasota, along with the accompanying logo,” said Parking General Mark Lyons. “In a simple manner, both the name and logo convey the purpose of this pilot program: to connect people with places. We’re excited to offer the media a sneak peek and the opportunity to experience a ride prior to the public launch of the service the following day on March 29.”

The following individuals will be on site and will talk about i-Ride Sarasota:

  • Mayor Willie Shaw
  • Tom Barwin – City Manager
  • Mark Lyons – Parking General Manager
  • Sean Flood – CEO, Gotcha Ride LLC

 Starting the following day, Wednesday, March 29, i-Ride Sarasota will be available to the public.

A free ride with i-Ride Sarasota can be secured three ways:

  • Free mobile app – Gotcha Ride
  • Telephone: 941-444-2585
  • Hail a vehicle on the street

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

The service area will include the downtown area and Rosemary District with boundaries being: 14th Street to the north; Mound Street to the south; School Avenue to the east; and, the Bayfront to the west.

“We are excited to bring our transportation solutions to a beautiful city like Sarasota,” said Gotcha Media Holdings CEO Sean Flood, a Tampa native. “Our experience in other densely-populated communities with parking and transportation challenges is a perfect fit. We look forward to making a positive impact on residents, businesses and visitors.”

Gotcha (Green Operated Transit Carrying Humanity Around) focuses on sustainability and will operate seven low speed electric vehicles to shuttle people, and reduce the number of cars on the roads.

In February, the City Commission unanimously approved funding for a 2-year pilot program with Gotcha. The goal is for the program to pay for itself through advertising displayed on the vehicles.

The first local i-Ride Sarasota sponsor is CitySide, a new 228-unit apartment community in the Rosemary District. Advertisements for the new apartment community will be wrapped on the exterior of the i-Ride Sarasota vehicles.

“We could not pass up the opportunity to support an eco-friendly initiative that will help alleviate traffic in the city we call home,” said Bruce Weiner, CitySide developer/owner. “Our residents are very excited about the i-Ride Sarasota service”.

For more information, contact Mark Lyons, Parking General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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 About Gotcha Ride and GotchaMedia Holdings: Gotcha Ride is a division of Gotcha Media Holdings, a bi-coastal company focused on collegiate, event and community-based marketing. Gotcha Media brings integrated, targeted opportunities to brands and the communities they want to reach. In addition to branded Gotcha Ride and Bike solutions, they offer owned media on campuses nationwide, plus large-scale product sampling, youth and family engagement, and more.

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 UNVEILS WEBSITE FOR U.S. 41 AC WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

 

For Immediate Release:  March 22, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

 Sarasota, FL:  A new website providing information about a significant upcoming project in the Alta Vista and Arlington Park neighborhoods is now available.  The website can be found at:  www.US41WaterMainSRQ.com

During the U.S. 41 AC Water Main Replacement project, over 3.5 miles (20,000 linear feet) of aging utility water mains along U.S. 41 and nearby side streets will be replaced with larger pipes.

Currently, to replace failing water mains traffic lanes must be temporarily closed, often causing traffic disruptions. City staff also must receive Florida Department of Transportation approval for some of the replacement work along U.S. 41, since it is a state road.

Most of the new water mains will be located along less travelled City-owned streets parallel to U.S. 41, improving the reliability of the City’s water delivery system while enhancing access to those pipes when necessary.

The construction work will be split into seven phases, which currently are being determined. By working in phases, the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods will be minimized while maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.

Construction is expected to begin in May. Residents are encouraged to check the new website for regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

“The City has a continuing program of replacing old and failing infrastructure and these pipe lines are in need of an upgrade,” said Bill Swick, City of Sarasota Project Manager.  “We understand there will be a level of inconvenience and we’ll do our best to minimize the impact. We’re reaching out to residents now so the community is aware of this pending project.”

To minimize motorists’ inconvenience, the City is taking extra measures to confine the construction activities to localized areas, to phase construction, and use the least disruptive construction techniques as much as possible.

The dedicated website, www.US41WaterMainSRQ.com provides an overview of the proposed project, construction schedule and frequently asked questions.  A link to the website is posted on the City of Sarasota website www.SarasotaGov.com and can be found by clicking the construction hard hat on the homepage.

 

For more information, contact William Swick, who is overseeing the management of this project: 941-365-2200 ext. 6310.

 

 

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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

 

 

OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS AVAILABLE

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive
941-954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota – Based on official results for the City Commission At-Large election held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and certified by the Supervisor of Elections, three candidates will advance to a runoff for the two At-Large City Commission seats: Jen Ahearn-Koch, Hagen Brody and Martin Hyde.  The runoff will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

The official election numbers are listed below and are posted on the Supervisor of Elections website at www.sarasotavotes.com.   The total number of ballots cast was 7,194.   Each ballot could have a maximum of two votes; therefore the relevant percentage is the percentage of voters (not votes) who cast one of their two available votes for each of the candidates.  If more than 50% of the voters cast one of their two votes for a particular candidate, then that candidate would be elected.  If no candidate receives the support of a majority of voters, then the top three candidates proceed to the runoff.

Candidate Votes Percentage of voters who cast 1 of 2 votes for this candidate
Jen Ahearn-Koch 2,719 37.80 %
Fredd “Glossie” Atkins 1,760 24.46 %
Hagen Brody 2,515 34.96 %
Susan Chapman 1,822 25.33 %
Patrick Gannon 1,486 20.66 %
Martin Hyde 1,877 26.09 %
Mikael Sandstrom 357 4.96 %
Matt Sperling 302 4.20 %

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. and will take place at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane. For more information on early voting call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8600 or visit www.sarasotavotes.com.

The At-Large Commissioners will be sworn into office at noon on Friday, May 12, 2017 at City Hall, 1565 First Street

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

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FIRST LIFT STATION 87 MICROTUNNEL COMPLETED

 

 

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

The microtunnel boring machine emerging into the receiving shaft.

Sarasota, FL:  The first Lift Station 87 microtunnel, which crossed under Hudson Bayou and Osprey Avenue, has been successfully completed. Tuesday night, the microtunnel boring machine arrived at the receiving shaft on the corner of Osprey and Mound.

“Data collection, accurate engineering and a sound construction plan all contributed to the success of this microtunnel,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “With this significant hurdle passed, we will continue working to keep our aggressive schedule and retire Lift Station 7 by the end of 2020.”

Microtunneling is a specialized trenchless construction technique for installing pipelines under waterways, wetlands and roadways.

For the first microtunnel segment, crews are removing the microtunnel boring machine from the receiving shaft and will then place the 36-inch wastewater main inside the steel casing installed by the microtunnel machine. Once the wastewater main is installed, crews will pressure test the pipe, place manholes and restore the area. That work should be completed this summer, and then the Osprey Bridge will re-open.

The second microtunnel segment is scheduled to begin in April. It will start at the launching shaft at the Lift Station 87 site and will be guided westward under Luke Wood Park to the receiving shaft at Osprey and Mound.

In order to meet project deadlines, the contractor will be working from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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 http://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 mailto: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