Monthly Archives: May 2017

Lift Station 87 microtunneling completed

 

 

For Immediate Release:  May 26, 2017
Contact:  Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013
mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL:  The second and final microtunnel segment of the Lift Station 87 project was completed this week, marking a significant milestone for the project. This 560-foot long tunnel under Luke Wood Park connects the Lift Station 87 site with the 36-inch wastewater main previously installed by microtunnel under Hudson Bayou.

The boring machine arriving at the receiving shaft.

The two microtunnels are critical to the success of the Lift Station 87 project. This work was scheduled first, ahead of other project components, to protect the City’s investment and minimize risks.

“The City is pleased that these microtunnels are completed and this phase of work is nearly finished,” said Michael Crumpton, P.E., City of Sarasota utilities engineering manager. “We want residents and business owners to know that the project team appreciates their patience, and that we are working hard to restore and re-open Osprey Avenue this summer.”

Work remaining on this phase of the project includes installing the wastewater main inside the protective casing that was put in place during the second microtunnel drive and pressure testing the new pipeline. In June, crews will begin restoring Osprey Avenue curbs, sidewalks and asphalt. Once the work zone is safe, Osprey Bridge will be re-opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge will re-open to vehicular traffic in July.

Work on Lift Station 87 is scheduled to begin later this summer. 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 https://www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp

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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

 

Memorial Day parade to be held May 29 at 10 a.m.; Ceremony to follow at 11 a.m.

 

 

For Immediate Release:  May 24, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov 

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Sarasota on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

The parade will start at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and conclude at J.D. Hamel Park, located at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue, where a ceremony will be held at approximately 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

The theme for the 2017 ceremony is “Celebrate, Honor, Remember”, as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway is recognized. The Battle of Midway occurred June 4-7, 1942 six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. A decisive U.S. victory, it marked the turning point in the Pacific theater.

Sarasota Military Academy students will lead the parade carrying an American flag flown at the Battle of Midway, followed immediately by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard.Memorial Day Parade Image

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James D’Angelo a local retired hematologist/oncologist who founded the Midway Memorial Foundation in 1992. His tireless efforts to recognize the significance of the Battle of Midway resulted in the 105th U.S. Congress designating the Midway Atoll as a national memorial. Dr. D’Angelo authored the book ‘Victory at Midway: The Battle that Changed the Course of WWII’, which will be published in late 2017. A military veteran, Dr. D’Angelo served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.

Prior to his address, Dr. D’Angelo will present a sterling silver Battle of Midway commemorative coin to retired Captain Robert O’Neill, 91, a Pearl Harbor survivor who lives in Bradenton.

In December 1941, O’Neill was a 16-year-old U.S. Navy seaman fresh out of boot camp in transit to serve in Australia with a layover in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He recalls walking to breakfast on the military submarine base just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941 when the first horrific attack occurred. 75 years later, the images of Japanese pilots approaching the base are still very vivid. He also remembers how he spent the next 30 hours: in a rescue boat pulling countless survivors and casualties from the oil slicked infernos raging on the water. O’Neill went on to serve honorably in the Navy for 37 years. He will turn 92 years old two days before Memorial Day.

Media:  Retired Capt. Robert O’Neill and Dr. James D’Angelo will be available for interviews before the start of the parade at Sarasota Military Academy. For arrangements please contact Jan Thornburg: 941-954-2613.

For more information, please contact Sarasota County Veterans Services: 941-861-2899.

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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 offices close for Memorial Day; Parade held at 10 a.m. May 29

 

 

For Immediate Release:  May 22, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will not be impacted.

Other City of Sarasota holiday hours:

The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Sarasota starting at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. The parade will conclude at J.D. Hamel Park where a ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m.

Memorial Day Events:

  • Parade:  10 a.m. – Main Street/Osprey Avenue
  • Ceremony:  11 a.m. – J.D. Hamel Park (Main St./Gulfstream Ave.)

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

10TH STREET BOAT RAMP CLOSES MAY 23-25

 

 

For Immediate Release:  May 17, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL:  The 10th Street Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed starting at 11:59 p.m. (just before midnight) on Tuesday, May 23 – noon on Thursday, May 25 while the Centennial Park parking lot is resurfaced. All boat ramps at 10th Street will be closed during this 36-hour period. Weather permitting, the area will reopen at noon on May 25.

“We’re putting the final touches on this project,” said Neil Gaines, project manager. “In order to repave and restripe the parking lot, which is needed, the area has to be closed for approximately two days. We encourage boaters to use the ramp at Ken Thompson Park during that time.”

Other public boat ramps in the Sarasota area can be located by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website and using the ‘Public Boat Ramp Finder’: https://public.myfwc.com/LE/boatramp/public/CountySearch.aspx

Repaving the parking lot will conclude a much needed capital improvement project at Centennial Park. During the past three months, all four boat docks were removed and replaced while maintaining public access to the boat ramps.

The nearby boat basin dredging project will continue as scheduled, removing built-up silt in the basin to improve the health of Sarasota Bay and boat navigation.

For more information, contact Neil Gaines, Capital Projects Coordinator: 941-365-2200 ext. 6309.

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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 COMMISSIONERS SWORN INTO OFFICE AND MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR SELECTED

 

 

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, MBA, BBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Chief Audit Executive, 941-954-4160, pamela.nadalini@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota’s two newly elected At-Large City Commissioners, Jen Ahearn-Koch and Hagen Brody, were sworn into office this afternoon during a Statutory City Commission Meeting held at 12:00 noon in the City Commission Chambers.  The State of the City Address was given by outgoing Mayor Willie Charles Shaw during the meeting.

Following the swearing in ceremony, District 3 Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie was selected by the City Commission to serve as Mayor for the next year, while District 2 Commissioner Liz Alpert was selected to serve as Vice Mayor for the next year.

The first Regular City Commission meeting for the new Commissioners will be held Monday, May 15, 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m., in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Today’s meeting, including the State of the City address and the swearing in ceremony will be replayed on Access Sarasota and can also be viewed online at www.sarasotagov.com.  You may also wish to view the City’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) containing this information.

For more information contact: Pamela Nadalini, City Auditor and Clerk, at (941) 954‑4160.

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