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Lido Pool closed Jan. 18 and 19 due to cold weather

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 17, 2018

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988

kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:  Lido Pool, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, will be closed Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 due to anticipated cold weather.

The pool is expected to reopen Saturday, January 20 for regular hours, 10 a.m.- 4:45p.m., although the closure could extend beyond Friday should the cooler temperatures continue.

Staff with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will make the final determination the evening prior.

For more information contact Emily Oberlin, Recreation Supervisor for the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: 941-954-4182 ext. 3315.

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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

 

Ceremony held Jan. 13 to reveal Newtown home rehabilitated by the Brotherhood of Men in partnership with the City

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 11, 2018

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

Sarasota, FL: The City’s Office of Economic Development will join the non-profit organization the Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group Inc. in a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, January 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 2953 Links Ave. to reveal the first of several residential properties to be rehabilitated in the Newtown community. 

In this pilot program, the City Commission granted the Brotherhood of Men four vacant City-owned residential properties as a vested interest in the community to be rehabilitated and resold or rented to citizens of the community. The Brotherhood of Men has cleared debris from the other three properties and will begin work on those projects over the next several months.

“This is an exciting and unique project that benefits the community in so many ways,” said Rowena Elliot, who is monitoring the project for the Office of Economic Development.  “Not only does the project repair homes in need, but it also adds affordable housing to the market and provides the youth of the community with the long-term skill sets they need to be successful.”

Established in 2007, Brotherhood of Men is a non-profit organization, focusing on at risk youth, ranging from 8 to 25 years of age in the Newtown community. The goal is to educate and train its members, providing necessary skill sets to enter the work force and adulthood.

Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie, District 1 City Commissioner Willie Shaw and Brotherhood of Men President Dominic Harris will join the young men who have cleaned, painted and restored this home in presenting it to the public at Saturday’s ceremony. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Rowena Elliot: 941.365.2200 ext. 3220.

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New Electric Vehicle charging stations installed; Several existing EV charging stations updated

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 9, 2018

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

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota, in partnership with Florida Power & Light, recently added three new electric vehicle charging ports and updated seven existing ports in parking garages and surface lots around the City. 

Like the original EV charging stations which were installed in 2011, these new and updated stations came at no cost to the City thanks to the renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy sustainability agreement that is part of the 30 year franchise agreement with FPL.

Here are the locations of the new or updated EV Charging Stations:

  • City Hall Parking Lot (1565 1st St.)

1 port added, 1 port updated

  • Palm Ave. Parking Garage (1289 N. Palm Ave.)

2 ports added, 4 ports updated

  • St. Armands South Parking Lot (58 Fillmore Dr.)

2 ports updated

EV charging ports are also available in the State St. Garage and Bayfront Park parking lot and will be available at the St. Armands Garage once constructed.

In total, the City currently offers 16 EV charging ports to residents and visitors at no cost.

The new equipment, created by a company called ChargePoint, uses a screen-based operating system to connect drivers to a network of more than 40,000 other EV charging stations across the country.

This is a part of the City’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, expand the use of renewable energy resources and create a sustainable community.

For more information contact Mark Lyons, Parking Operations Division Manager: (941) 954-7058 ext. 4059

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City admin offices close for MLK Day Jan. 15  

 

 

For Immediate Release:  January 8, 2018

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

Sarasota, FL:  City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 15 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup will continue as regularly scheduled.

The regularly scheduled City Commission meeting will be held the following day, Tuesday, January 16 at City Hall’s Commission Chambers at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, Lido Pool, the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will have regular business hours on MLK Day.

The 37th Annual Sarasota MLK Day Celebration, presented by the MLK Celebration Committee in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Temple Emanu-El, will feature several events on Monday, January 15, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

  • MLK Memorial Breakfast: The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, featuring entertainment, speakers and more. The event costs $20/person. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee college scholarship fund. Contact Jetson Grimes with questions or to register: 941-780-4060.
  • Unity Walk: The 1-mile walk from RLTCC to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2601 Cocoanut Ave, will begin immediately following the breakfast. Shuttles will be available for those unable to walk.
  • MLK Celebration in the Park: The walk will be followed by a celebration in MLK Park, beginning at 12 p.m. and featuring entertainment, food, community booths and more. Admission is free

A full guide to MLK Day activities and events in Sarasota is available here.

For more information contact Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist: 941-928-3988.

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