Monthly Archives: July 2017

City awarded State historic preservation grant for Federal Building

 

 

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota was awarded a $296,948 historic preservation grant from the State of Florida to fund improvements to the City-owned historic Federal Building, 111 South Orange Avenue.

The grant, awarded by the Florida Division of Historical Resources, will go toward hardening the Federal Building with removable protective hurricane screens for 63 windows.  Also, a new variable air volume box will be installed to provide improved air cooling, the balustrades will be restored, and the building exterior will be cleaned.

Constructed in 1934 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration job creation program, the structure originally served as a U.S. Post Office. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

87 applications were considered by the State for possible grant funding. Just 16 grants were awarded, including the Federal Building preservation project.

“This is a significant grant for the City,” said Assistant City Manager John Lege. “With these funds we’ll be able to further preserve this architectural treasure. Thanks to our grants writer, Laura Wittenbauer, who assembled and submitted the application and successfully landed another sizeable grant for the City.”

The City will provide a match of $148,474.  In total, $445,422 will be invested to preserve this historic structure.

Last year, the City was awarded a $500,000 historic preservation grant for renovations to the historic Municipal Auditorium and Bayfront Community Center.  Both construction projects are scheduled to begin soon.

For more information contact Laura Wittenbauer, Grants Coordinator: 941-365-2200 ext. 4285.

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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 employees volunteer to clean up Lido Beach Sat., July 22

 

 

Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota employees will volunteer their time to remove litter and clean up Lido Beach Saturday, July 22 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the beach pavilion, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, around 8 a.m. The media is invited to attend.

The first volunteer beach cleanup with City of Sarasota employees.

This is the second beach cleanup employees have hosted since adopting Lido Beach in January 2017.

During the first cleanup in April, 14 employees collected 25 bags of trash, weighing a total of 162 pounds.

The beach adoption gives volunteers a chance to help preserve one of the City’s most treasured natural assets while connecting and building relationships with other employees.

For more information contact Jan Thornburg, Senior Communications Manager: 941-650-9693.

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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

Lido Pool temporarily closed for repairs following lightning strike

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 20, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Lido Pool is temporarily closed following a lightning strike.

Sarasota, FL: Lido Beach Pool, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, is temporarily closed while crews repair pool equipment damaged by a recent lightning strike.

The electrical panel, which controls the pool pumps and chemical levels, was damaged. Maintenance crews are assessing the extent of the damage and determining a timeline to complete the necessary repairs and reopen the pool.

For more information contact Judy Soenneker, Parks & Rec Administrative Supervisor: 941-954-4182 ext. 3304.

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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

Orange Ave./Hillview St. closure begins July 17

 

 

For Immediate Release:  July 14, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: To facilitate infrastructure improvements, full and partial road closures at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Hillview Street will be in effect Monday, July 17 through Friday, August 11.

The planned schedule:

July 17 – 26: Full intersection/road closure

During the full closure, new concrete traffic signal poles will be installed and a sanitary sewer line will be rehabilitated.

July 27 – August 11: Partial road closures

Intersection of Orange Ave. and Hillview St.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Orange Avenue while new traffic signals are installed as well as new curbs and sidewalks.

To help ease traffic congestion, the Orange Avenue/Hillview Street intersection closure was coordinated to occur during a non-peak time of year and with the reopening of Osprey Avenue.

For more information contact Georges Nicolas, Project Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 6367.

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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 Manager among 3 Good Samaritans to subdue attempted robber

 

 

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

 Sarasota, FL: Three Good Samaritans, including City Manager Tom Barwin and two construction workers, subdued an aggressive, unstable individual who attempted to rob an elderly woman at St. Martha Catholic Church, 200 N. Orange Avenue, Thursday afternoon in downtown Sarasota.

City Manager Tom Barwin

“Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and the guy was unarmed,” said Mr. Barwin, a former police officer. “My training from years ago kicked in and with the help of the two construction workers, together, we were able to subdue and hold him until officers with the Sarasota Police Department arrived. Clearly, he was very unstable. I’d like to thank both men who jumped in to help. It was a team effort to subdue the guy.”

Mr. Barwin was bicycling to lunch near Orange Avenue and Second Street around 12:30 p.m. when he observed a shirtless man walking down the middle of Second Avenue toward oncoming traffic, screaming and pounding on car windows as vehicles passed. At least one driver pulled over to call the authorities.  As Mr. Barwin dialed the Sarasota Police Department, the man made his way toward St. Martha Catholic Church at the same time a woman exited the church.  Mr. Barwin observed the suspect follow her around the corner into the church courtyard, when loud shouting ensued, and the suspect allegedly attacked the woman.

Concerned about the man’s erratic behavior and the woman’s safety, Mr. Barwin jumped off his bicycle, ran into the courtyard and tried to detain the suspect by stepping in front of him and calmly talking to him, including asking if he was okay.  As the man tried to leave, two Good Samaritan construction workers arrived, having heard the commotion, and together the three men subdued the individual until SPD arrived a few minutes later.

Jason Perez, 28, of Sarasota, was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and battery on a victim over 65 years of age.

Mr. Barwin has been a public administrator for over 30 years.  In September, he will mark five years as the Sarasota City Manager.  In the early 1980s, he was a police officer in Warren, Michigan, where he received law enforcement training.

“It all came right back to me,” said Mr. Barwin.  “We just worked together to do the right thing and get this guy off the street.  And, from what I observed, he would benefit from mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. This incident highlights the need for increased funding for treatment programs in Sarasota, the state and throughout the country. I travel the country quite a bit and it’s becoming more common to see delusional individuals wandering the streets in cities big and small. It’s a real problem which needs to be addressed with appropriate funding. I continue to call upon everyone and anyone to partner to address the very real and challenging problem.”

For more information contact Senior Communications Manager Jan Thornburg at 941-954-2613 or Administrative Assistant Kathy King at 941-954-4102.

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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