Monthly Archives: September 2017

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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Bobby Jones Golf Club to completely reopen Saturday, Sept. 23

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 21, 2017

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

Sarasota, FL:  The American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club will reopen this Saturday, Sept. 23. At that time, the golf complex will be completely reopened after Hurricane Irma.

The storm downed or severely damaged 19 trees, none of which are blocking the courses. The British Course and Gillespie Executive Course are already open for play.

For more information contact Susan Martin, Manager of Bobby Jones Golf Club: 941-365-2200 ext. 5800.

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City continues to fast track emergency building permits; Fees waived

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL: As the Sarasota community recovers from Hurricane Irma, the Building Division will continue to waive fees and fast track emergency permits related to the storm for as long as necessary.

Individuals seeking an emergency permit are encouraged to photograph the damage which requires emergency repair as soon as possible.

Emergency permits will be issued for:

  • Remasting on buildings
  • Electric meter cans
  • Sewer lines on private property
  • Roofs
  • Fences
  • Tree removal
  • Signs

There are two ways to apply for an emergency building permit:

  • In person: 1565 First Street (Annex Building)
  • Fax: 941-954-4178

Due to varying requirements with permits, individuals are encouraged to visit the Building Division in person to work with a staff member on any application.

To qualify as an emergency, the application must state that the work is related to Hurricane Irma damage.

“We strongly encourage people to take photos of the damage now so there is no question that it was Irma related,” said Tim Litchet, Neighborhood Services Director. “That will help ensure the emergency permit is approved in a timely manner and the associated fees waived.”

Since announcing on September 13 that all storm related emergency building permits would be expedited and fees waived, 19 emergency permits have been issued.

For more information please contact any of the following staff members:

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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

 

Storm debris collection begins Sept. 18

 

 

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: As part of the ongoing Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, contractors for the City of Sarasota will begin debris collection and removal on Monday, September 18th. Unlike regular yard waste pick up, there will be no specific scheduled days for storm debris collection. Residents are encouraged to place the material curbside as soon as possible.

Standard yard waste rules are suspended for Hurricane Irma storm debris. To ensure debris is collected, Residents are asked to follow these rules:

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

All debris must be placed at the curb in the public right-of-way. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to bring the debris to the curb and properly separate it. At this time, debris removal crews will not enter onto private property to collect or remove debris.

The City appreciate residents’ cooperation to help make this debris removal operation proceed smoothly and ensure that the community recovers as quickly as possible.

For more information please contact Doug Jeffcoat, Public Works Director: 941-365-2200 ext. 6101.

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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

 

 

Boil water advisory lifted for barrier islands

 

 

For Immediate Release:  September 15, 2017

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

Sarasota, FL:  The boil water advisory issued on Monday, Sept. 11 for the barrier islands including Bird Key, Coon Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Key, has been lifted.

The water in affected areas was tested for bacteria and the results indicated that the water is safe to drink. Water customers will receive a phone call notifying them that the advisory has been lifted.

For more information contact Utilities Dispatch: 941-955-2325.

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