Author Archives: Jan Thornburg

Community presentation on park master plan and streetscape scheduled for August 16

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 9, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                   jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The public is invited to attend a community presentation on the master plan for Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park and the Lemon Avenue Streetscape on Wednesday, August 16 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 1565 First Street.

The proposed master plan calls for keeping the recently refurbished Mermaid Fountain and artwork in place while increasing the green space and providing shade trees for park visitors to enjoy.

To offer a more inviting open space for pedestrians, the curbing on Lemon Avenue, between State Street and Pineapple Avenue, will be removed providing a similar look and feel to the Lemon Avenue Mall between First Street and Main Street.

The proposal also includes sidewalk and street surface upgrades as well as enhanced landscape plantings and elements.

Click here to view the proposed plan.

For more information contact Parks & Rec General Manager Candie Pedersen 941-225-4869.

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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

Purchasing Division earns prestigious award

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 7, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613                       jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota Purchasing Division was awarded the 2017 Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award from the National Procurement Institute recently. This professional achievement recognizes national best practices in the field of procurement.

The City of Sarasota is one of just 24 recipients in Florida and one of 68 cities in the

The award winning Purchasing Division.

United States and Canada to be honored with this accolade known to purchasing professionals as the ‘pinnacle of procurement’.

 

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award is bestowed to government and non-profit organizations which earn a high score based on standardized criteria including outstanding performance with e-procurement, productivity, professionalism, leadership and innovation. This recognition encourages continual development and improvement with procurement.

“The award requires proof of growth, advancement and improvement in the procurement process and the Purchasing Division itself,” said Purchasing General Manager David Boswell. “We were awarded 135 points out of 200 with a requirement of 100 points needed to receive the award.  As the Purchasing General Manager, I do not look at this as being 35 points over the minimum requirement.  I see it as 65 points away from obtaining the desired goal.  The better our process, the more fiscally responsible we will be and in the end the taxpayer is the winner by cost savings and quality products and services.”

One recent process improvement is the implementation of vendor surveys. Twice a year, e-surveys are now issued seeking feedback on the City’s procurement process and how it can be improved.

The City’s Purchasing Division facilitates formal solicitations (bids, requests for proposal, invitations to negotiation) purchase orders (for everything from construction services to office supplies to professional services) and purchase card transactions.

This is the third consecutive year the Purchasing Division has been recognized with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award.

For more information contact Purchasing General Manager David Boswell 941-365-2200 ext. 4528.

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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 reopens today at 10 a.m.

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 2, 2017
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Lido Beach Pool, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, will reopen today, Wednesday, August 2 at 10 a.m. after being temporarily closed due to a recent lightning strike which damaged the pool electrical panel.

The panel, which controls the pool pumps and chemical levels, was replaced.

The lightning strike occurred the night of July 18 when the pool was closed.

Lido Beach Pool is a popular public facility and can accommodate up to five lanes for lap swimming.

Weather permitting, the pool is open to the public Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Daily fees are: $4 for adults; $2 for seniors; $2 for children under 12. Seasonal and annual passes also are available for purchase.

Visit www.SarasotaGov.com to learn more about Lido Beach Pool.

For more information about the pool reopening 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

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