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Commercial property owners responsible for storm debris pickup

 

 

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

Commercial property owners are responsible for storm debris pickup.

Sarasota, FL: As crews complete the first pass through residential neighborhoods collecting storm debris from Hurricane Irma, commercial property owners are being reminded that storm debris collection is the responsibility of the commercial property owner.

Commercial property owners are advised to consult their property insurance coverage regarding storm debris removal or contact the FEMA Small Business Program for assistance.

FEMA will reimburse the City of Sarasota only for costs associated with residential storm debris collection.

For information about residential storm debris collection, please contact the Hurricane Irma Storm Debris Removal Hotline: 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

 

State Street between Lemon Ave. & Pineapple Ave. closes to vehicular traffic Oct. 21

 

 

For Immediate Release:  October 18, 2017
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:  As part of a development agreement approved by the Planning Board and City Commission in 2006, State Street between Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue, will close to vehicular traffic permanently starting Saturday, October 21.

State Street, between Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue, will close permanently to vehicular traffic starting Saturday, October 21, 2017.

State Street will close early Saturday morning for the Downtown Farmers Market and will not reopen to vehicles.

Originally approved as City Place at Pineapple Square, the development is now named The Mark, and includes transforming State Street between Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue into a pedestrian mall.

The development plans include 157 condominiums and townhomes, 35,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 11,000 square feet of commercial office space.

The Mark is projected to be completed by Fall 2019.

For more information contact David Arent, Kolter Urban LLC: 941-254-6455.

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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

 

Green yard waste collection suspended; Green vegetation & bulk waste must be separated from storm debris

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL: Due to FEMA restrictions and limited resources, collection of fresh, green vegetation is suspended. To qualify for federal reimbursement of monies expended for Hurricane Irma debris collection, the debris picked up must be associated with the storm. New, green vegetation will not be eligible.

Do not comingle green vegetation with storm debris.

“Monitors working on behalf of FEMA are observing the debris loads as they’re delivered to the debris management site,” said Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager. “Green vegetation comingled with storm debris will be ineligible for reimbursement. With well over $1 million in reimbursements at stake for the City of Sarasota, it’s important for residents to avoid comingling new yard waste with older storm debris.”

For now, residents should place green vegetation curbside in a separate pile. Public Works crews will collect it as soon as possible.

Currently, Public Works crews are focused on assisting contractor crews picking up storm debris. The first pass through all the neighborhoods is expected to be completed by Friday, October 20. Based on this projected timeline, staff is compiling a schedule for when regular yard waste collection will resume.

In addition to separating new green vegetation, residents are advised to separate bulk waste. Do not place bulk waste or green vegetation on top of storm debris piles. Collection crews cannot separate the materials.

For more information contact the Hurricane Irma Storm Debris Removal Hotline: 855-428-4526 or visit www.SarasotaGov.com

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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

 

Residents advised to be alert with contractors

 

 

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

Sarasota, FL: Residents are advised to be alert and cautious when hiring contractors following Hurricane Irma.

“Over the weekend, we received word that flyers are being placed on storm debris piles in neighborhoods advertising removal at ‘reasonable rates’”, said Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat. “The City of Sarasota is providing the storm debris removal service at no additional cost. Residents do not have to pay a private contractor for storm debris removal.”

Before hiring a contractor for any work, residents are advised to follow these helpful tips:

Be aware of solicitors:

  • Going door to door in an unmarked vehicle
  • Offering an unusually low fee
  • Refusing to provide a written estimate
  • Requiring payment prior to work starting
  • Requiring resident to secure permits
  • Asking for a signed work authorization prior to hiring the company

For more information visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation or call the Customer Contact Center: 850-487-1395.

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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

 

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