Monthly Archives: April 2017

CITY ANNOUNCES FREE TREE PROGRAM

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL:  As part of its Arbor Day celebration this morning, the City of Sarasota announced a new environmental initiative to give away trees to City residents to help expand the urban canopy while reducing energy bills.

Known as the Community Canopy program, the City of Sarasota in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation, will provide 125 trees to residents at no cost. City residents can reserve their free tree at www.ArborDay.org/Sarasota. On the website, residents can use a calculator tool to estimate the annual energy savings from planting a tree in the most strategic location on their property. One tree per household can be reserved. The tree will be delivered to the house in a one gallon container. Participants are expected to care for the tree and plant it in the location specified by the online tool.

Four types of trees will be offered: dahoon holly, red maple, wax myrtle and yaupon holly. All are native, locally sourced trees.

“This program benefits the environment and can help community members save money on their energy bills through deliberately planting trees for maximum shading,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes. “The Community Canopy program is a simple idea and helps meet residents’ requests for more trees while simultaneously helping with our climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.”

To see a flyer on the Community Canopy program click here.

The program is financed by the City’s recently adopted tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs.

The Community Canopy online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Services’ i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the calculator also estimates other advantages, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved stormwater management.

For more information about the Sarasota Community Canopy program, contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 6202.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization one million members strong, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information can be found at www.ArborDay.org.

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

MICROTUNNELING UNDER LUKE WOOD PARK BEGINS

 

 

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL: The Lift Station 87 contractor began installing the second and final microtunnel segment this week. This work connects the Lift Station 87 site with the previously installed 36-inch wastewater main under Hudson Bayou and is critical to the success of the Lift Station 87 project.

Crews launched the microtunnel boring machine from a 30-foot deep shaft at the Lift Station 87 site in Luke Wood Park. The contractor uses precise instrumentation to guide the boring machine westward to a tunnel shaft adjacent to the intersection of Mound Street and South Osprey Avenue. The two pipelines will meet at this shaft where a large manhole will be installed. The first microtunnel pipeline was successfully completed on March 14, 2017.

The microtunnel operation under Luke Wood Park is anticipated to last three to 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 is a specialized trenchless construction technique for installing pipelines under waterways, wetlands and roadways. 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 inside the tunnel, which is approximately 30 feet below the park surface.

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 towww.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

 

BOBBY JONES GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCES SUMMER LOYALTY PROGRAM

 

 

For Immediate Release:  April 25, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  Bobby Jones Golf Club is offering a new summer bargain for year-round golfers who like to save some green on their greens fees: a Summer Loyalty Club. Participants pay a flat fee and can golf as often as they want May 1 – October 31.

The Summer Loyalty Club costs $295 for 6 months and includes all greens fees. Participants also will enjoy many other perks, including:

  • Free summer clinics
  • One junior (age 15 and under) golfs for free after 11 a.m. with a Loyalty Club participant
  • Free range basket each visit
  • Tee times available one week in advance
  • 10 percent discount on regularly priced merchandise with the Bobby Jones Golf Club logo

Loyalty Club participants are responsible for cart fees only, unless walking, then a discounted walking rate will apply.

“The savings really add up, especially for those who golf several times a week,” said Daniel Bailey, Bobby Jones Golf Club Assistant Professional. “For example, if someone golfs three times a week with a cart, over six months they will save over $700 as a Summer Loyalty Club participant. That’s a substantial savings. And, if they golf more, they’ll save more.”

There are no food or beverage purchase requirements with the Bobby Jones Golf Club Summer Loyalty Club. All three courses comprising the 45-hole complex will be available to Summer Loyalty Club participants: American, British and the executive 9-hole Gillespie Course.

To download a Summer Loyalty Club application, click here.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, is a community favorite and has been voted Sarasota’s top public golf club in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards 19 times over the past 21 years.

For more information, contact Daniel Bailey, Bobby Jones Golf Club Assistant Professional: 941-365-2200 ext. 5802 or call the Golf Shop: 941-954-4163.      

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

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PINEAPPLE PARK FEEDBACK SOUGHT DURING FARMERS MARKET APRIL 29

 

 

For Immediate Release:  April 25, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL:  As the process continues for the development of a master plan for Pineapple Park and Lemon Avenue Streetscape in downtown, two preliminary proposals will be on display and available for the community to review and comment during the Farmers Market on Saturday, April 29. The public is encouraged to visit the display near Pineapple Park from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and provide feedback.

Pineapple Park in downtown Sarasota.

“Two large renderings will be on display and the community will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts,” said Public Works General Manager Todd Kucharski, the project manager. “We’d like to hear from visitors to the park on what they believe would enhance their experience.”

Mr. Kucharski, along with the landscape architect for the master planning process, David Conner with David Conner and Associates, will attend the Farmers Market event to listen and respond to questions and comments.

One concept maintains the existing public art and fountain in the park, while the other option offers a modification for an improved sense of place within the park parcel, Lemon Avenue, and the surrounding area which has grown and changed over the past 20 years.

With the opening of the State Street Garage and construction underway for The Mark nearby, reactivation of Pineapple Park is expected as residents and visitors seek healthy and positive outdoor activities in an urban setting. The master plan will include possible enhancements to the park, fountain, and streetscaping along Lemon Avenue from Main Street to Pineapple Avenue.

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

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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 HOSTS ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION; UNVEILS NEW COMMUNITY CANOPY PROGRAM

 

 

For Immediate Release:  April 24, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

 Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota will continue its longstanding tradition of celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m. at the historic Bidwell House, 1260 12th Street, with a tree planting ceremony.

Mayor Willie Shaw, as well as the area forester for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will discuss the significance of Arbor Day and the importance of maintaining a healthy tree canopy.

This is the 31st year the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Sarasota as a Tree City USA.

During the Arbor Day celebration, an exciting new tree giveaway program will be unveiled. Sponsored by the City of Sarasota, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the Community Canopy program will offer a limited number of trees free to city residents starting Friday, April 28. Residents will be able to request one of four species. Also, using a web-based tool, they will be able to strategically locate where to plant the tree on their property to gain optimal energy savings. The tree will be mailed to the property in a one gallon container. It is estimated 125 trees will be given away. Each tree will be native and locally sourced.

The program is financed by the City’s recently adopted tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs.

A white Geiger tree will be planted at the Bidwell House during the Arbor Day ceremony. A representative from the Historical Society of Sarasota County will receive the tree and discuss the importance of trees, history, and the Bidwell House in the community.

For more information, contact Frank Murray, Arborist: 941-365-2200 ext. 6204 or Stevie Freeman-Montes: 941-365-2200 ext. 6202.

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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