From the Desk of the
City Manager
August 1, 2014
With beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and the marina, Bayfront Park is a popular location for photo shoots.  And, that's where we spotted Vivian Palacios, posing for photos for her upcoming quinceanera, a traditionally Hispanic custom of a celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.  Despite the summer heat and humidity, Vivian was ready to show off her gown and strike a pose.  Best wishes, Vivian!   Bayfront Park is one of 49 city owned parks within the city limits.


  • Downtown Improvement District  
    Tues., August 5 - 9 a.m.

    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio   
  • Development Review Committee
    Wed., August 6 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • Public Art Committee
    Wed., August 6 - 1 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Independent Police Advisory Panel
    Wed., August 6 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio

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I'd like to correct some information included in last week's edition.  The City Commission's vote last week regarding the Bayfront 20:20 issue was not unanimous but 3-2, with At-Large Commissioner Suzanne Atwell and District 2 Commissioner Paul Caragiulo dissenting.   We apologize for the confusion. 

This Week's Items to Know:
State Street Garage Update     A lot of activity is going on behind the fence at the State Street Garage construction site, building the foundation.  More than half of the concrete pilings are in place, and we anticipate all 52
Heavy machinery is used to drill a hole where a piling will be installed. 
pilings will be installed within the next 2-3 weeks.  That will set the stage for the concrete piling caps to be poured, which is necessary prior to vertical construction.  In the meantime, Saturday work will continue at least through August.  Also, within the next couple of weeks, a new exit point for construction vehicles will be created on Lemon Ave., allowing  trucks to enter on Ringling Blvd., drive through the site, and exit on to Lemon Ave.  As a reminder, project updates are held every other Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at City Hall.  The public is invited to attend and ask questions and make suggestions. 
Contractors finishing a concrete pour Wednesday afternoon on a piling.

Drainage Improvements - Lockwood Ridge & 12th Street     Starting next Monday, as you drive near Lockwood Ridge and 12th Street, please be aware that crews will be working in the area making drainage improvements along 12th Street.  The road and sidewalk to the southeast of
A message board on Lockwood Ridge just north of 12th St. notifies motorists of the upcoming lane shift. 
the intersection are prone to flooding and it has become a public safety concern especially with pedestrians who walk in the road when the sidewalk is temporarily flooded immediately after a heavy rain.  Slight elevation changes will be made and a curb will be installed to help guide the rainwater to a nearby existing bioswale.  All traffic lanes are expected to remain open, but there will be a temporary shift.  The project is expected to wrap up in about two weeks and alleviate the flooding issues.

Orange Ave. Parking Lot Reopens    Speaking of drainage projects, the Public Works Department finished a much needed drainage improvement project this week near Orange Ave. and 2nd
The Orange Ave. Lot reopened this week with a fresh look. 
Street.  While making the necessary changes for better drainage flow, crews also improved the Orange Ave. surface parking lot.  It was resurfaced and striped and soon new signage and parking blocks will be installed.  If you haven't checked it out yet, consider parking in one of the 20 free spaces there when you visit the Farmers Market tomorrow.  It's just a short walk to Main Street.

Arlington Pool Update    The completion of the pool improvement project is nearing, but unfortunately, a delay with the delivery of the custom heaters and installation of the electrical system to the heaters has resulted in an extended delay in reopening the pool to
The Arlington Pool renovations are nearing completion. 
the public.  Both the competition and training pools are full of water, and the pumps and filters are working.  The new deck is finished and the new shower tower is installed.  The diving boards and competition start platforms are in place.  The last item to be completed is the electrical wiring and plumbing with the new heaters, which is much more extensive and complex than a standard residential pool system.  Staff is now exploring how soon the pool can be opened as the electrical work is being completed.  These are much needed improvements at the pool and, unfortunately, it is taking longer to complete than planned.  We appreciate everyone's continued patience.

SPD SWAT Water Training    With much of Sarasota located on the water, it's a wise practice to ensure our police officers are prepared for an emergency which could be water related.  At least once a year, the 21 officers who comprise the SPD SWAT team undergo rigorous maritime operations -- training in the event a special weapons and tactics response is necessary in the water.  You may have seen the training taking place last week at South Lido Beach.  The officers worked on a variety of scenarios, including hostage rescues, barricade resolution and boarding a vessel.  The training wrapped up with each officer swimming 1,500 yards, running two miles and completing a combination of numerous push ups and sit ups.  These officers are in excellent physical condition.  It's vitally important for our police officers to receive the training they need, like this, to help keep themselves safe while protecting our community. Keep up the good work, SPD!
SPD SWAT Training
SPD SWAT Team members undergoing rigorous training off South Lido Beach.

Gillespie Park Neighborhood - National Night Out    Residents are invited to come out next week for a neighborhood National Night Out (NNO) block party hosted by the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association and Sarasota Police Department.  The event will be held
McGruff - SPD
McGruff will be in attendance at the Gillespie Park NNO celebration. 
at Gillespie Park, 710  N. Osprey Ave., on August 5th at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  It's designed to be a casual neighborhood gathering, giving residents an opportunity to meet police officers one-on-one before our larger annual NNO event in the fall (tentatively scheduled for October 7 at Payne Park).  Always a family crowd pleaser, McGruff, the Crime Fighting Dog, will be on hand to greet the kids and grandkids.  Cake and lemonade also will be served.  These NNO celebrations dovetail into our community partnership policing philosophy, which encourages police officers and residents to build relationships and work together to help prevent and solve crimes.  We look forward to seeing you at NNO!

Bobby Jones Golf Club - "I Will Run 4 Beer"      That's a headline you may not have expected to see in a municipal government newsletter!  In a continuing effort to introduce more people to our municipal golf course, Bobby Jones Golf Club will host a competitive 4 mile run and 2 mile fun run/walk next Friday night (Aug. 8) called "I Will Run 4 Beer".  The event will take place along the cart path on the British Course which is temporarily closed for aerification, a regular part of golf course maintenance.  So, the timing is perfect to host a fun community event at Bobby Jones with an opportunity to generate some revenue.  The event is sponsored in part by Fit2Run which just opened a location on Main Street in downtown. To register visit  

Last fall, Bobby Jones hosted a high school cross country track meet which was very successful.  Bravo to golf course manager Sue Martin and her dedicated staff for continuing to think outside of the (tee) box for recreation at Bobby Jones.  
Upcoming Events

Greatness Beyond Measure 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
(Dr. MLK, Jr. Way and Cocoanut Ave.) 
Sun., August 3 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
National Night Out
Gillespie Park - 710 N. Osprey Ave.

Tues., August 5
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
"I Will Run 4 Beer"
Bobby Jones Golf Club - 1000 Circus Blvd.
Fri., August 8 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming Shows at the Van Wezel:

Friday Fest - SoulRcoaster
Fri., August 22 - 5 p.m.
FREE Outdoor Concert
Friday Fest - Adrian Ray
Fri., Sept. 26 - 5 p.m.
FREE Outdoor Concert

For more upcoming performances visit
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From sunny Sarasota,

Tom Barwin
City Manager
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