Author Archives: Jan Thornburg

Public invited to review St. Armands parking meter options Jan. 12 & 13

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 11, 2018
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Demonstration parking meters will be on display and available for public review and testing on Friday, January 12 starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. on St. Armands Circle. The display will be located at the Seven Virtues statues along John Ringling Boulevard across from St. Armands Circle Park.

The first parking meter review on St. Armands Circle was held in November 2017.

Six styles of parking meters will be available for testing: three multi-space pay stations and three single-space meters.

Those participating in the test will be asked a series of questions regarding functionality, including their preference for a multi-space system or single space. They also will be asked to rate the equipment design, including the screen size, visibility in sunlight, screen clarity, keypad size, descriptive display messages, and exterior design and size.

Similar demonstrations were conducted on St. Armands Circle in November 2017.

Parking meters have been approved by the City Commission as part of a larger public parking plan that will finance construction of a new parking garage on St. Armands.

Public feedback will be considered when procuring parking meters for St. Armands.

For more information, contact Parking Manager Mark Lyons: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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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 finishes; Yard waste rules reinstated

 

 

For Immediate Release:  November 17, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Residential storm debris collection from Hurricane Irma concluded today, Friday, November 17, with over 60,000 cubic yards collected throughout the city limits during the past two months.

Crews are grinding the storm debris into mulch.

The debris is now staged in large mounds at a storm debris disposal site in Sarasota.   Crews are grinding the tree limbs, branches and stumps, which ultimately will be hauled to a nearby certified disposal site.

“We’re pleased with the overall result, removing such a large volume of storm debris from the curbsides, as scheduled based on the contractor’s initial projection,” said Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat. “Over 60,000 cubic yards is close to what our Public Works crews would collect over two years when it comes to yard waste. To do two years’ worth of work in two months is a significant undertaking. The City of Sarasota had a strong emergency contract in place prior to the hurricane making landfall. Contractors didn’t leave the City and additional subcontractors were added to ensure the debris was picked up in a timely fashion.”

City staff will continue to work closely with FEMA representatives to ensure the City is reimbursed by the federal government for residential storm debris collection costs, which are estimated to be $1.5 million.

With the collection of storm debris concluded, regular yard waste rules have been reinstated. Residents are reminded to properly prepare and adhere to City of Sarasota residential yard waste rules:

  • Place material in a container or bundle into 4-foot lengths or less
  • Bundles must weigh 50 pounds or less
  • Do not comingle with household garbage

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

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

Free trees available to residents via tree mitigation program

 

 

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: Within the City’s recently revised tree ordinance to protect and grow the urban canopy, City of Sarasota residents may receive a free tree as part of a developer’s tree mitigation plan.

The new program allows replacement trees to be located within a 1,000-foot radius of a removal site or in the same neighborhood. To be included on a list of potential recipients of free, mature canopy or palm trees, residents may register online via the Public Tree Request Form.

Homeowners registering online can specify which kind of palm tree they would like to receive, or the type of canopy tree, ranging from magnolia to gumbo limbo to jacaranda. The varieties posted online are suggested tree types and do not guarantee a resident will receive that species or any tree.

Once City staff determines a developer is eligible to mitigate off-site, the Public Tree Request List will be reviewed to try to pair a nearby homeowner with a tree. The developer will be responsible for delivering and planting the tree, and the homeowner will be responsible for caring for it for a minimum of one year.

The City Commission adopted a revised tree ordinance in June 2017, which allows developers to mitigate off-site and give trees to nearby homeowners.

To learn more about the developer tree mitigation program, visit www.SarasotaGov.org/Trees

For more information please contact Mark Miller, Arborist: 941-365-2200 ext. 4345.

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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

Climate Vulnerability & Adaptation Plan available for review; Public comments accepted through Nov. 27

 

 

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2017
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL: The Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan is now available in final draft form for public review and comment at www.SarasotaFL.Gov/SGC. Comments will be accepted through Monday, November 27.

Input may be submitted via a user-friendly online form at www.SarasotaFL.Gov/SGC or email to: Stevie.Freeman-Montes@SarasotaFL.Gov

The draft report is the culmination of months of detailed analysis by a team of City staff members and a consulting firm, HDR, which studied the City’s infrastructure and identified vulnerabilities to future sea level rise, storm surge, flooding and temperature projections. Over 200 manmade and natural infrastructure assets were considered including shorelines, parks, water supply facilities, wastewater facilities, stormwater management facilities and transportation.

“This study is a critical starting point in making Sarasota more resilient,” said Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager. “It is about making smart investments that consider science in our long-term infrastructure decisions. Collaboration and partnerships will play important roles in implementing the plan. So, we want to ensure the community has an opportunity to review the report and provide thoughtful input at this stage.”

The most current, credible and reliable local projections related to climate change were used as a foundation to develop the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Plan. By using the most recent information available, the City will be able to properly plan and adapt for climate change and help protect the short and long term interests of residents and businesses.

“Local businesses, residents, academia, government institutions, and community foundations all have roles to play to contribute ideas and take ownership of a visionary future that moves climate adaptation projects and funding forward,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “By planning smart today, Sarasota will be better prepared for tomorrow.”

After public comment is received and reviewed by staff, the final draft of the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Plan will be presented to the City Commission for consideration on Monday, December 4.

For more information, 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

Public invited to review St. Armands parking meter options Nov. 8

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL:  A variety of parking meters will be available for the public to review on St. Armands Key, where meters have been approved by the City Commission as part of a larger public parking plan that will finance construction of a new parking garage on St. Armands.

The demonstration meters will be on display and available for testing on St. Armands Circle Wednesday, November 8 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The display will be located at the Seven Virtues statues along John Ringling Boulevard across from St. Armands Circle Park.

Six styles of parking meters will be available for testing: three multi-space pay stations and three single-space meters.

Those participating in the test will be asked a series of questions regarding functionality, including their preference for a multi-space system or single space. They also will be asked to rate the equipment design, including the screen size, visibility in sunlight, screen clarity, keypad size, descriptive display messages, and exterior design and size.

This will be the first of a few scheduled parking meter demonstrations on St. Armands Circle.  Public feedback will be considered when procuring parking meters for St. Armands.

For more information, contact Parking Manager Mark Lyons: 941-365-2200 ext. 4059.

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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