From the Desk of the Sarasota
City Manager
December 30, 2014


While City of Sarasota administrative offices were closed on Christmas Day, some staff members were on duty, including employees at our historical Bobby Jones Golf Club, where the 7th annual "Reindeer Games" was played on the British Course.   Thank you for making it a fun, festive day on the links!  (L to R:  Daniel Bailey, Doug Keil, Sue Martin, Bill Lowery, Roger Mendez and Gail Kolbe)

Our dedicated men and women in blue at the SPD were on duty patrolling the neighborhoods and helping those who needed assistance on Christmas Day.  And, employees in the Utilities Department were on hand to monitor water and wastewater pressure.  We appreciate each and every employee who is working in the essential services field this holiday season to ensure our community is safe and operating well.  

Hours of operation at some facilities will vary again this week as we approach New Year's Day.  Please check below for the holiday schedule. 
There will be no garbage, recycling, yard waste or bulk
   waste collection on New Year's Day - Thursday, Jan. 1

Regular Thursday pickup will be on Friday, Jan. 2

  Regular Friday pickup will be on Saturday, Jan.  3 

Holiday Hours 

City Hall 

Closed:  New Year's Day

Bobby Jones Golf Club


Lido Pool

Closed:  New Year's Day

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex

Open:   Dec. 31   6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed:  New Year's Day


City Commission
Mon., January 5 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. 
City Hall - Commission Chambers
Community Workshop
Thurs., January 8 - 5:30 p.m.
City Hall - Room 112

Nuisance Abatement Board 
Thurs., January 8 - 6 p.m.
City Hall - Commission Chambers

Bayfront 20:20 - Community Forum 
Sat., January 10 - 4 p.m.
Bay Brews, J Dub's Brewing Company - 1215 Mango Ave.

Bayfront 20:20 - Community Supper 
Sun., January 11 - Noon
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex - 1845 34th St. 

Upcoming Events 

Downtown New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop
New Year's Eve  
1 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

New Year's Eve Celebration 
Municipal Auditorium
New Year's Eve
7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Information:  941-954-4165

Upcoming Shows at the Van Wezel

Guys and Dolls 
Tues., December 30 - 8 p.m.
Vanessa Williams will perform at the Van Wezel on Jan. 2nd. 


Vanessa Willams 
Fri., January 2, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert 
Sat., January 3, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Sister Act 
Sun., January 4, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Menopause the Musical 
Mon., January 5, 2015 - 8 p.m.

The Beach Boys 
Tues., January 6, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg State Symphony 
Thurs., January 8 - 8 p.m.

Bill Engvall 
Fri., January 9, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Foreigner will be at the Van Wezel on Jan. 12th. 
Mon., January 12, 2015 - 8 p.m.

The Bronx Wanderers 
Sun., January 18, 2015 - 7 p.m.

David Feherty 
Tues., January 20, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Michael Bolton 
Wed., January 21, 2015 - 8 p.m.

ABBA the Concert 
Thurs., January 22, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Kathleen Madigan 
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. will perform at the Van Wezel on Jan. 28th. 
Fri., January 23 - 8 p.m.

An Evening with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons 
Tues., January 27, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. 
Wed., January 28, 2015 - 8 p.m.

Ballroom with a Twist 
Thurs., January 29, 2015 - 8 p.m.

For more information visit 

In this week's 'Sarasota Scene', our contributing photographer Norm Schimmel captured an amazing holiday performance of the Sarasota Sailor Circus, one of our treasured student performing arts programs in the community.  Their final Holiday Spectacular show, featuring over 100 talented students, is tonight (Tues., Dec. 30) at 7 p.m.

I believe it is safe to say that 2014 was a very good year to live, work or visit our special community.  Thanks to each and everyone who in their own unique way keeps Sarasota glowing and growing.  Best wishes to everyone for a great 2015, and we at City Hall look most forward to working with you to keep the positive momentum, community building and improvements going.  Happy New Year!
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From sunny Sarasota,

Tom Barwin
City Manager

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