Monthly Archives: August 2017

Administrative Offices Close for Labor Day; Garbage Collection One Day Later

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2017

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

Sarasota, FL: City administration offices will be closed Monday, September 4 in observation of Labor Day.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected one day later:

  • Monday collection will be on Tuesday, September 5
  • Tuesday collection will be on Wednesday, September 6

    Hours of operation at City of Sarasota recreational facilities will vary on the holiday: 

The Regular City Commission meeting will be held one day later on Tuesday, September 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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

 

 

 

 

Residential recycling comingling begins Sept. 2; Commercial businesses required to recycle

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 25, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Comingling of recyclable materials will be allowed for residential curbside pickup effective Saturday, September 2. Plastics, paper, aluminum, steel, glass, cardboard etc. — all can be placed into the same recycling bin for residential collection.

“Eliminating the requirement to sort materials will simplify the recycling process for residents,” said Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager. “We anticipate by making it more user friendly, more residents will participate in the City’s curbside recycling program. That will benefit our community by cutting the amount of waste going to the landfill, reducing landfill fees, and preserving the environment and precious landfill space.”

Over the years, comingling recyclables at the curbside collection point has become an industry standard. The City’s new residential recycling vendor, Waste Pro, effective September 2, has procedures in place to accommodate curbside comingling.

The current residential recycling contract with Waste Management expires September 1.

For commercial businesses within the City of Sarasota, each entity is responsible for establishing collection with a private hauler. (By Florida state statute, municipalities cannot provide commercial recycling services.) Prospective customers are encouraged to shop around for service and quotes. The City does not endorse any company and a company not being included on the list does not imply prejudice or impropriety.

Waste Management recently announced it will no longer offer recycling collection to some commercial businesses in the city limits and is in the process of notifying its commercial customers. As a result, some commercial entities which currently are Waste Management customers will need to contract with a new recycling hauler.

A list of local private contractors offering commercial recycling collection can be found here.

Labor Day Collection Schedule: There will be NO residential recycling, yard waste and garbage pick up on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. Regular Monday collection will one day later on Tuesday, September 5. Regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, September 6.

For more information contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works 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 crews begin yard waste collection Sept. 2; No changes to collection

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 25, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: City of Sarasota Public Works crews will begin residential yard waste collection effective Saturday, September 2.  Collection days and the kind of materials collected will remain the same.

“We want residents to know they will see different work crews in different trucks collecting yard waste in neighborhoods,” said Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager. “We also want to remind everyone that yard waste is defined as landscape plant material that includes tree branches, palm fronds, leaves, plant clippings, grass clippings etcetera. It does not include tree stumps, brick/concrete pavers, dirt or soil, lawn furniture, pots, household waste or recycle materials.”

Helpful tips to ensure residential yard waste is collected:

    • Place yard waste at the curb (not in the street) before 7 a.m. on your collection day
    • Keep a minimum distance of 5-feet from mailboxes, streetlights, street signs, water meters and fire hydrants
    • Do not comingle yard waste with other disposal items such as recycling or household items. Keep them separated.
    • Place materials in a container or bundle into 4-foot lengths or less
    • Bundles need to weigh 50 lbs. or less. NOTE: If you can’t carry it to the curb from your backyard, mostly likely it is over 50 pounds.
    • Special Pick Up: For large piles over 50 pounds, please call 941-365-7651 to arrange a special pick up. There is a minimum fee of $26.24 for a special pick up. This policy has been in place for years and is not new.

There is NO additional fee for yard waste that is properly prepared.

   

 

 

 

 

The current private contract for yard waste collection expires Friday, September 1.

Information regarding yard waste collection recently was included in utility bills for City of Sarasota water customers.

Labor Day Collection ScheduleThere will be NO yard waste, recycling and garbage pick up on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.  Regular Monday collection will one day later on Tuesday, September 5.  Regular Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, September 6.

For more information contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works 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

2018 Legislative Priorities

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, BBA, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Charter Audit Executive
941-954-4160, Pamela.Nadalini@sarasotaFL.gov

Sarasota, FL: – At the Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting of August 21, 2017, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota approved the City’s 2018 Legislative Priorities.

The following are the Major Priorities, as approved by the City Commission:

  • Support a broad exercise of home rule powers granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution
  • Support for Communications Services Tax and Local Business Tax Protection
  • Support Funding for Homelessness Programs/Mental Health Initiatives/Sober Homes
  • Oppose Limitations on Red Light Cameras
  • Support Equitable Transportation Funding and funding for the extension of the Legacy Trail
  • Support the ability of Local Counties and Municipalities to regulate Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (dispensaries)
  • Oppose a proposed 2018 increase in the Homestead Exemption

In addition to the Major Priorities, the City Commission identified a number of Other Important Priorities and Federal Priorities for the City of Sarasota. The priorities will be presented by Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at a meeting in the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.

There was consensus among the City Commission to ensure focus is placed upon the Home Rule Authority granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution and to establish this as a major priority in their 2018 Legislative Priorities. “The City Commission values the process of establishing its annual Legislative Priorities as they know how important it is to maintain effective dialogue with Local, State, and Federal legislators,” stated City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini.

For information regarding the priorities, please refer to the detailed document, brochure, or informational card, which will be presented to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation. You may also visit the Legislative Priorities page on the City’s website at www.sarasotagov.org.

Federal and State Legislators will be presenting separate updates to the City Commission at upcoming Regular City Commission Meetings concerning past Legislative Sessions and issues anticipated to be considered during the 2018 Legislative Session. Presentations by the Legislators have been confirmed, as follows:

Regular City Commission Meeting of September 5, 2017
Senator W. Gregory “Greg” Steube, District 23, Florida Senate

Regular City Commission Meeting of September 18, 2017
Representative Jim Boyd, District 71, Florida House of Representatives
Representative Julio Gonzalez, District 74, Florida House of Representatives

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the presentations to hear from the local Legislative Delegation members concerning issues of importance to the City of Sarasota at both the Federal and State levels.

For more information, please contact City Auditor and Clerk/Charter Audit Executive Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.

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Community invited to climate adaptation plan meeting Aug. 29

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL:  The public is invited to attend a community meeting on the City of Sarasota’s climate adaption plan Tuesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 John Rivers Street (formerly 34th Street).

During the meeting, results of a recently completed climate change adaptation vulnerability assessment will be presented. Over 200 City-owned assets, including drinking water, wastewater, transportation, stormwater, parks and shorelines, were evaluated for vulnerabilities to sea level rise, extreme temperature change, rainfall and storm surge. The assessments were based on local climate projections for 2050.

“If you’re interested in learning about climate change or sea level rise and the potential impact to the community, we encourage you to attend,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes. “With Sarasota being a coastal community, we’re especially vulnerable when it comes to sea level rise and potential impacts on the City’s infrastructure. We’re taking a proactive approach, planning now and we’d like input on how we can make Sarasota a more resilient community.”

The community meeting will include interactive web-based exercises. Attendees are encouraged to bring a web-based mobile device (cell phone, tablet). Wifi will be available.

For more information please contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4202.

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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