Monthly Archives: September 2017

RLTCC serves as FEMA Registration Center through Oct. 4

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 29, 2017

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988
kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:  Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are stationed at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, to help individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma register for Individual Disaster Assistance.  

The FEMA program offers assistance to individuals and families whose homes were damaged as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster, including Hurricane Irma.

Representatives will be available at RLTCC from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, September 29 through Wednesday, October 4, excluding Sunday.

Individuals can also register online by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or over the phone by calling 1-800-621-3362 (711/Video Relay Service), TTY 1-800-462-7585.

To register, the following information will be needed:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Current telephone number
  • Address where you can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

RLTCC remains open for all regular hours and activities.

For more information visit https://www.fema.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362 (711/Video Relay Service), TTY 1-800-462-7585.

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10th Street Boat Ramp temporarily closes Oct. 9-12

 

 

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: As the contractor dredging the 10th Street Boat Basin advances toward the boat ramps, all six boat ramps at the 10th Street Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed Monday, October 9 – Thursday, October 12. All ramps are scheduled to reopen Friday, October 13.

The 10th Street Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed Oct. 9-12, 2017.

Prior to the brief closure, the number of boat ramps available for use will be temporarily reduced beginning Monday, October 2. Access will be limited to 2-4 of the six ramps.

Boaters are encouraged to use the next closest boat ramp in the city limits at Ken Thompson Park.

Over the years, the 10th Street Boat Basin has filled with silt and needs to be dredged for the health of Sarasota Bay and to maintain marine navigation.

The project is approximately at the halfway point and is expected to be completed in January 2018.

For more information, contact Bill Nichols, Project Manager: 941-329-6138.

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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 make a splash to benefit United Way Suncoast  

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 28, 2017

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988
kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:  At the Van Wezel’s upcoming free Sunset on the Bay event, attendees will have the opportunity to take aim at select City employees for a good cause.

SPD Officer Danny Robbins taking aim at Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown sitting in the dunk tank to benefit United Way Suncoast in 2013.

A fun dunk tank to benefit United Way Suncoast will be open on the bayside lawn at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Saturday Sept. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m.  Bring cash — each throw costs $1 or $3 for five throws.

All proceeds go directly to benefit United Way Suncoast, a non-profit organization that focuses on ending poverty through youth programs and financial counseling. Last year, the City of Sarasota ranked among the United Way Suncoast’s “50 Most Generous Workplaces in the Sarasota Area.”

Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown and Assistant City Manager John Lege are among the four daring City employees volunteering to sit on the tank and take a dunk for United Way.

                 Schedule of Dunk Tank Participants

David Walker                      Van Wezel Box Office Manager                      4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dennis Baker                      Human Resources Coordinator                     5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
David Walker                      Van Wezel Box Office Manager                      5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Marlon Brown                     Deputy City Manager                                      6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
John Lege                            Assistant City Manager                                  6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
David Walker                      Van Wezel Box Office Manager                      7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The free Sunset on the Bay event will welcome guests from the World Rowing Championship to enjoy a sunset and live entertainment against the backdrop of Sarasota’s Bayfront.

For more information contact Cheryl Garrett, Senior HR Generalist: 941-951-3638.

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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

Crews collecting storm debris 7 days a week; 178 loads collected to date

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 26, 2017

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988
kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Contractors and City crews are working north to south throughout neighborhoods 7 days a week collecting storm debris with 178 loads collected.

“Our emergency contract remains in place,” said Doug Jeffcoat, Public Works Director. “At this time, no crews or vehicles have left the city limits.”

Since the collection process began on Sept. 18, contractors have collected 178 loads of debris in neighborhoods translating into 5,700 cubic yards. In addition, City Public Works crews have collected nearly 1,300 cubic yards of storm debris. In total, nearly 7,000 cubic yards have been picked up.

Residents are asked to follow these rules for storm debris collection:

  • Do not mix household waste, bulk waste or recyclables with storm debris.
  • Place vegetative debris at least 3 to 5 feet away from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, light poles, fire hydrants and trees. This will provide adequate room for heavy machinery to pick up debris.
  • Do not place debris in the street or on top of storm drains.
  • Do not park vehicles in front of debris.
  • Do not bag debris or place in a container. Bagged debris will be picked up; however, it may not occur during the first collection cycle.

For a list of storm debris Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Residents also are encouraged to use the Hurricane Irma Debris Removal hotline: 855-428-4526.

To directly receive news releases and the City Manager’s weekly newsletter, register by emailing CityNews@SarasotaFl.gov. Updates also are posted regularly on the City’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Storm debris collection underway

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 22, 2017

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988
kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Contractors are simultaneously working in several different areas of the city collecting storm debris. City crews are providing additional support in the process.

Unlike regular yard waste pick up, there are no specific scheduled days for storm debris collection.  Residents are encouraged to place the material curbside as soon as possible.

“We’re relying on residents to assist with recovery and properly prepare their debris,” said Doug Jeffcoat, Public Works Director.

Residents are asked to follow these rules for storm debris collection:

  • Place vegetative debris at least 3 to 5 feet away from mailboxes, water meters, street signs, light poles, fire hydrants and trees. This will provide adequate room for heavy machinery to pick up debris.
  • Do not place debris in the street or on top of storm drains.
  • Do not park vehicles in front of debris.
  • Do not mix household waste, bulk waste or recyclables with storm debris.
  • Do not bag debris or place in a container. Bagged debris will be picked up; however, it may not occur during the first collection cycle.

Contractors are also removing downed or leaning trees from public rights of way, but will NOT go onto private property.

Residents can also bring storm debris to the Sarasota County landfill.  All fees are waived through Sept. 30. For more information visit: https://www.scgov.net/government/irma-storm-debris

For a list of storm debris Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

A Hurricane Irma Debris Removal hotline also has been established: 855-428-4526.

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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

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