From the Desk of the
City Manager
August 15, 2014
Contractors painted the new concrete water storage tank on 12th Street adjacent to Orange Ave. this week.  As you can see, it's a big paint job!  The crew expected to use just over 200 gallons of antique white paint to cover the tank and dome.  This is a good sign the project is nearing completion, which is on schedule to be done by the end of the month.  The tank will be filled with water and chlorinated before undergoing tests by the Health Department.  By early September, it should be fully operational, holding two million gallons of water before it's piped to the adjacent water treatment plant and placed into the City's water distribution system.


  • General Employees' Pension Board Meeting
    Mon., August 18 - 8:30 a.m.

    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • General Employees' Pension Board Special Meeting
    Mon., August 18 - 10:30 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • City Commission
    Mon., August 18 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Downtown Improvement District
    Tues., August 19 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Community Workshop 14-CW-14  
    Tues., August 19 - 5:30 p.m.

    City Hall - Room 112  
  • Development Review Committee
    Wed., August 20 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • State Street Garage Update
    Wed., August 20 - 1 p.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • City Commission Workshop
    Wed., August 20 - 2 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Independent Police Advisory Panel
    Wed., August 20 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Planning Board Special Workshop
    Wed., August 20 - 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
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This Week's Items to Know:
Payne Park Plaza    Construction is underway for a new 8,300 square foot retail and office space building in downtown.  Known as Payne Park Plaza, the building will be located at 242 S. Washington
Construction is underway for Payne Park Plaza. 
Blvd., adjacent to the UPS Store and across from the Sarasota County Terrace Building.  The building space is being developed by Dr. Mark Kauffman, who, over the years, has been involved with many developments which helped define our downtown.  We're looking forward to this latest endeavor coming to fruition and having a lasting positive impact on the community.  We also hope it will be a catalyst for more infill development along this gateway to our community, which, with collaboration with our Urban Design Studio team, could help spur landscape, sidewalk and streetscape improvements in that area. 
An artist's rendering depicting Payne Park Plaza. 
SPD Reminder:  Back to School Aug. 18    School starts next Monday, and the SPD is reminding drivers to be especially vigilant and watch for school children crossing streets.  12 public and private schools are located within the city limits, so expect to experience increased traffic on the roads during the early morning hours and the afternoon.  Allow extra time for the extra traffic.  And, please adhere to the posted speed limit near schools.  SPD has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to speeding in school zones, and, as always, they will be on patrol to help the kids and grandkids make it to and from school safely.

For the second year, the City has an agreement with Sarasota County Schools to provide school resource officers (SROs) at designated schools.  With officers on campus, they're able to interact with students every school day, which helps build trust between the SROs and students, and, ultimately, helps keep our schools and children safe.  We have three SROs, with one assigned to Booker High, Sarasota High and Brookside Middle.  All three officers attended Sarasota County schools.  Get to know each SRO by watching brief profiles on the SPD YouTube channel:
Officers Kevin Schafer and Bruce King monitoring traffic last year as students returned to school. 
Lockwood Ridge/12th St. Drainage Project    With the repaving of portions of 12th Street and Lockwood Ridge this past Monday, that drainage improvement project is substantially completed.  Crews installed a new curb and gutter, a new portion of sidewalk, and repaved the nearby lanes -- all while maintaining traffic flow.  Permanent striping will be applied after the pavement has cured, which should be in about three weeks.  By managing the flow of rainwater better, we expect these improvements will have a considerable positive impact on pedestrians and drivers who traverse that area.
Repaving 12th Street near Lockwood Ridge earlier this week. 
Annual Street Repaving - Project Continues    Meanwhile, the annual street repaving project is continuing, as nine miles of streets are milled and paved.  Starting next week (August 18), crews will mill and pave the following streets:

-  S. Boulevard of the Presidents
-  Taft Drive
-  McKinley Drive
-  Bowdoin Circle
-  Gulfstream Avenue 
-  Kentucky Lane 
-  Elder Lane 

Contractors repaving Hillview Ave. last week. 
The work will be done in the daytime while maintaining traffic.

Please note:  In October, night work will be scheduled while crews resurface John Ringling Blvd. near St. Armands Circle, as well as Boulevard of the Arts near U.S. 41.  Once that schedule is solidified, we'll pass it along.  To see a map showing the streets currently scheduled to be milled and resurfaced click here.

Bobby Jones - Run 4 Beer    The 4 mile competitive Run 4 Beer race that was held last Friday evening at Bobby Jones Golf Club was so successful, plans already are in the works to host another similar event.  The race attracted 110 runners and 20 walkers from the surrounding area with participants ranging from 3 to 76-years-old.  With the British Course closed for scheduled maintenance, hosting the event was a win-win allowing a different group of sports enthusiasts to be introduced to our municipal golf course, with minimal staff time required. 

The overall race winner was Diana Sitar, 28, from Palmetto with an impressive 24:37 run time.  She edged out Corey Peyerk, 31, from Sarasota, who was the male winner with a 24:44 finish time.  Congratulations to the winners and all the participants for gutting out a strenuous 4 mile run in the Florida heat and humidity.  And, thanks again to our staff at Bobby Jones for facilitating the race.

Now, race organizers are talking about Bobby Jones hosting another 4 mile run around the fairways, bunkers and greens --- plus, a 5K.  Bravo!
Overall winner Diana Sitar approaching the finish line.

Jr. Golf Camp Concludes   The Bobby Jones staff shifted gears from hosting runners to teaching golf clinics for children.  The third and final Junior Golf Camp of the summer was held this week -- and the
PGA pro and assistant golf course manager Christian Martin demonstrating proper stance to 10-year-old Tim Williamson.
3-day camp was extremely popular -- so popular, staff made arrangements to accommodate the unexpected influx of children.  20 students enrolled, ranging from 7 to 16-years-old.  Some had previous golf experience, while others had never held a club before.  Our PGA professionals taught them about golf etiquette, sportsmanship and the fundamentals of driving, chipping and putting, all while making it fun.  Our PGA pros make it look easy!  Thank you, Christian Martin and Daniel Bailey, Jr., for your patience and dedication introducing the younger generation to a sport they can play for a lifetime.

Upcoming Events

Bayfront 20:20 Fundraiser 
Michael's Wine Cellar - 1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Mon., August 18
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop 
Silver Star - 180 N. Lime Ave.
Thurs., August 21
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Down Payment Assistance Program Workshop  
City Hall Annex - 1565 First Street
Thurs., August 21  
9:30 a.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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