From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
March 6, 2015
"Hello!  Who goes there?
Extra eyes are watching over the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in North Sarasota!   A few months ago, a family of ospreys decided they liked the neighborhood and proximity to Sarasota Bay enough to build a nest atop the outdoor field lights at the RLTCC campus.  Although the birds are perched on the light pole, their presence currently isn't interfering with recreational activities.  No word at this time on whether any little ospreys are expected.


  • Lift Station 87 - Project Team Meeting
    Mon., March 9 - 10 a.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • St. Armands BID
    Tues., March 10 - 8:30 a.m.

    City Hall - Room 109
  • Bayfront 20:20
    Tues., March 10 - 9:30 a.m.
    Center for Arts and Humanities - 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
  • Historic Preservation Board
    Tues., March 10 - 3 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Bobby Jones Golf Club Study Cmte
    Tues., March 10 - 3:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Board of Rules and Appeals
    Wed., March 11 - 3 p.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • Special City Commission
    Wed., March 11 - 4 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Community Workshop
    Wed., March 11 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • Planning Board
    Wed., March 11 - 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
City Career Opportunities
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

Coordinator, Facilities Projects
IT - Manager, Professional Business Services
Landscape Maintenance Technician II
Lifeguard I
Police Officer, 2nd Class
Rec Attendant  
School Crossing Guard
Treatment Plant Operator C 
       Utilities Engineer (Contract)   

This Week's Items to Know:
Historic Preservation - New Markers    Traveling along Osprey Ave. in the South Poinsettia Park neighborhood, you may notice two new historical markers designating the former site of the Westmore Tenant House & Smith/Freeman Home.  Constructed in the 1920s at 1913 Datura Street, the house was given a local historical designation in 1995 for its architecture as a Spanish Eclectic Style Bungalow, built by the reputable Logan and Currin Construction Company.
Historic markers at Osprey Ave./Hibiscus, and Osprey Ave./Hyde Park indicate
that the Westmore Tenant House & Smith/Freeman Home once stood on nearby. 
Last August, a new property owner asked the Historic Preservation Board for permission to raze the structure.  That request was granted with a condition:  a historical marker must be erected to memorialize the history of the house and its builder.  The developer, Larry Starr, offered to put up two signs:  one at Osprey Ave. and Hyde Park St. and the other at Osprey and Hibiscus St., with the thought being that two would provide greater visibility for the neighborhood.

We appreciate Mr. Starr going above and beyond the Historic Preservation Board's requirement to remember our local history. 

Officer Warren Jones - Honorary Street Dedication    Within the next month, signs will be erected on Adams Lane providing an honorary street dedication in memory of SPD Officer Warren Jones. 
SPD Acting Deputy Chief Pat Robinson, Sgt. Lori Jaress and Deputy City Engineer Daniel Ohrenstein addressing the City Commission Monday night. 

Officer Jones was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 5, 1975 as he approached two men siphoning gasoline on Mango Ave.  He was just 25 years old and a member of the SPD family for two years.  With plans to be married the following month, Officer Jones had traded shifts with a fellow officer that fateful night so he could accrue more time off to celebrate his wedding.  The suspected gunman subsequently killed himself in Ft. Myers before he could be arrested.

Monday night, the City Commission approved the placement of two honorary street signs on Adams Lane, between Links Ave. and East Ave., adjacent to the SPD Headquarters.  The dedication will be a visible and thoughtful reminder of Warren Jones.

A big thank you to Sgt. Lori Jaress for taking the initiative to ensure Officers Jones' life and service is honored in this special way.   And, thanks to the Southwest Florida Police Benevolence Association for funding the costs involved with the project.

We hope to unveil the signs within the next few weeks in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Officer Jones' death in the line of duty.
SPD Officer Warren Jones was 25 years old when he was  
killed in the line of duty on April 5, 1975. 
Entrepreneurs - CEO Intro to Business Development Course    Are you, or someone you know, interested in launching or expanding a business?  To succeed, it's important to be knowledgeable about how to operate and market a business.

Partnered with CareerSource Suncoast and the City of Sarasota, once again, Comerica Bank and the SunTrust Foundation are sponsoring the Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) Introduction to Business Development Course.  This is a free 12-week course which helps individuals cultivate their business skills through classroom lectures, one-on-one counseling, and networking.  While there is no cost for the course, participants are expected to attend each week and participate with class discussion, research, and homework.

Classes will be held each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., March 10 - May 19 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.

To learn more click here.  Applications can be downloaded here.
The Spring 2014 CEO graduating class. 
City Election - Early Voting Through March 7   Early voting for the District 2 and District 3 City Commission seats wraps up tomorrow,
Early voting is taking place at the Supervisor of Elections Office until March 7 at 4:30 p.m. 
Sat., March 7.   Registered voters within those two districts can vote early from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane. 

District polls will be open on Election Day, Tues., March 10 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The candidates are:

District 2
Liz Alpert
David Morgan
Eileen Normile (Incumbent)

District 3
Shelli Freeland Eddie
Matt Wooddall
Stan Zimmerman (Incumbent)

Running unopposed, Willie Shaw already has been declared re-elected in District 1.

A candidate must have a majority of the vote to win.  If that does not occur, the two candidates with the highest number of votes in that district will move on to a runoff election on May 12.

For more information about early voting and Election Day, contact the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections at 941-861-8600 or visit

Bobby Jones Golf Club - Weekend & Walking Specials   Do you or someone you know like to golf early on the weekends?  Or maybe you prefer to walk the links late in the afternoon?  If so, we have a couple of deals for you!

The weekend Early Birdie Special at Bobby Jones Golf Club will get you 18 holes of play with a riding cart for just $32.00  -- as long as you're playing before 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  That's a $14 savings from the regular rate.
A foursome enjoying a round on the British Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club. 

The Winter Special is for golfers who like to stretch their legs and walk the course.  This offer starts at 3 p.m. every day.  It's just $11 to walk nine holes on either the American or British Course. (When Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8, the Winter Special start time will be one hour later -- at 4 p.m.) 

Walking or riding....these are good deals and a great opportunity to enjoy our historic municipal golf course.  Please share with your golfing friends!

For more info on greens fees visit

Upcoming Events
Pineapple Antique Show & Sale 
Municipal Auditorium
Fri. - Sun., March 6-8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Friday in the Park
Selby Five Points Park
Fri., March 6 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

     Luxury Living & Home EXPO 
Gulfstream Ave. & Main St.
Sat. & Sun., March 7 & 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

City Election    
District 2 & District 3 Precincts
Tues., March 10 
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

Upcoming Shows at the Van Wezel

Three Dog Night
Mon., March 9 - 8 p.m.
Jersey Boys
Anything Goes will be at the Van Wezel March 16.

Wed., March 11 - 8 p.m.
Thurs., March 12 - 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Fri., March 13 - 8 p.m.
Sat., March 14 - 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sun., March 15 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Anything Goes
Mon., March 16 - 8 p.m.

The Manhattan Transfer
Wed., March 18 - 8 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman
Sat., March 21 - 8 p.m.
Audra McDonald
Sun., March 22 - 7 p.m.
Cesar Millan LIVE! will be at the
Van Wezel on March 26.

Jackie Evancho

Tues., March 24 - 7:30 p.m.
Cesar Millan LIVE!
Thurs., March 26 - 8 p.m.
Sarah McLachlan
Fri., March 27 - 8 p.m.
For more information visit

The days are getting longer, and now it's time to spring forward!  Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead this Sunday, March 8 for Daylight Saving Time.

Did you know wild parrots live in the city limits?  They're bright green and flit around quickly.  Our contributing photographer Norm Schimmel managed to catch up with them recently as they took cover in a palm tree, as shown in this week's 'Sarasota Scene'.

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Tom Barwin
City Manager