From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
September 4, 2015
'Prometheus Bound' is one of the original statues John Ringling strategically placed around St. Armands Key when it was developed in the 1920s.  Located along the public right of way on Boulevard of the Presidents at S. Washington, it's made of limestone and owned by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  You can see how a scene like this has helped nurture Sarasota's renowned reputation as a noteworthy cultural arts community.


  • City Commission
    Tues., September 8 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Stakeholders
    Wed., September 9 - 4 p.m.
    Bayfront Community Center - 803 N. Tamiami Trail
  • Planning Board
    Wed., September 9 - 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers

  • Bobby Jones Golf Club Study Cmte
    Thurs., September 10 - 4 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
City Career Opportunities
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.
Police Officer, 2nd Class
Rec Attendant
  Windows System Administrator    

This Week's Items to Know:
Remembering Sen. Bob Johnson     We're remembering a great civic leader this week.  Former state Sen. Bob Johnson passed away Monday night in the town he loved and helped shape into what it is today.   Serving as a staunch advocate for Sarasota in Tallahassee and supporting many local cultural arts and civic organizations, he had a tremendous impact on the community.  Upon hearing
Former state Sen. Bob Johnson's legacy will live on for many generations in Sarasota. 
the news of his friend's passing, Mayor Willie Shaw issued this statement:

"We express our sincere sympathy to the family of statesman Bob Johnson, long active on the political scene of our state and city of Sarasota.  I thank our King eternal immortal for allowing this person into each of our lives and the impact he had on everyone he came in contact with."  - Mayor Willie Shaw

On a personal note, my wife, Mar, and I got to know Bob and his wife, Pat, over several meals and coffees. When Sarasota became our home three years ago, Bob helped me understand the City by sharing local history, including stories about his Friday night dinners with former City Manager Ken Thompson and former Sarasota Herald-Tribune editor Waldo Proffitt.  These discussions resulted in the City making great strides, including gaining public support for and funding the acquisition of South Lido Park, now named Ted Sperling Park.

It was generous and kind of the Johnsons to welcome us to Sarasota and share their experiences about how changes were accomplished.  A strong and effective advocate of higher education, the environment, public spaces and the Sarasota community, Bob's legacy will live on for many generations to come. 

Memorial Service:
Thurs., September 10 - 1:30 p.m.
Church of the Redeemer - 222 S. Palm Ave.   

Labor Day - City Offices Closed Sept. 7   Administrative offices will be closed this coming Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.  Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected as usual. 

Although City Hall will be closed, some departments will have limited
Labor Day is Mon., Sept. 7. 
staff working to cover critical functions like public safety, and water/sewer monitoring. Also, recreational facilities including Bobby Jones Golf Club and the Robert L. Community Complex will be open. 

We appreciate all our employees who will be working on the holiday helping to ensure the city runs smoothly.

Children's Fountain - Fall Hours  The day after Labor Day -- Tuesday, September 8 -- marks the beginning of fall hours
Fall hours start Sept. 8:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. 
at the Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children's Fountain at Bayfront Park. 

From Sept. 8 - Oct. 31, hours will be 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily (weather permitting). 

The Children's Fountain continues to be a fun, popular place for families to relax and cool off at no cost. 
Osprey Nest - Successfully Relocated   In last week's edition, we mentioned that the City of Sarasota was granted a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove an inactive osprey nest at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex as we prepare to build a new multi-purpose athletic field.

Rather than remove the nest and build a new one as the permit allowed, City staff opted to preserve the birds' habitat as much as possible and relocate the
Using a crane to relocate the inactive osprey nest. 
existing nest from one light pole to an adjacent one (which, coincidentally, is on Osprey Avenue).  I'm pleased to report the relocation went well. 

A platform with a perch, custom-built for the ospreys, was installed on top of the new location. The branches, twigs etc. comprising the nest were carefully removed and placed into an over-sized bag.  Weighing approximately 100 pounds, the bag was transported 300 feet to the other side of the athletic field and hoisted another 55 feet up in the air where the nest was reassembled atop the new platform. 

Ospreys are federally and state protected migratory birds.  The two at RLTCC left for the summer in May.  We're optimistic they will return in the fall and settle into their new location.

In the meantime, enjoy highlights of the relocation with this video produced by Sr. Communications Manager Jan Thornburg:

YouTube Video:  Inactive osprey nest relocation. 
Bobby Jones Golf Club - Urban Wildlife    While we're on the subject of urban wildlife....we have some new residents at our historic municipal golf course, Bobby Jones Golf Club.  Baby gators -- between 16 and 18 -- have been spotted on the American Course with their proud parents close by.  We believe the little ones probably are just a few weeks old since gator eggs typically hatch in mid-August. 

This isn't the first time baby gators have hatched at Bobby Jones.  In fact, for years, papa gator has been seen occasionally sunning on the American Course  --  never bothering any humans.  Golfers, visitors and staff all coexist with the reptiles without issue. Being outdoors and enjoying our vast urban wildlife -- from gators to birds of prey to otters -- is just part of the special experience of playing at Bobby Jones.   
Some of the baby gators at our municipal golf course Bobby Jones Golf Club. 
Bobby Jones Golf Shop - Summer Sale    For those who like a good deal (and who doesn't?), the annual Summer Sale is now going on at the Bobby Jones Golf Shop.  Regular priced merchandise with the coveted Bobby Jones logo is now 20 percent off.  The sale runs through September.  Stop by the Golf Shop at 1000 Circus Boulevard!
The Golf Shop Summer Sale is underway!  20 percent off regular priced items
with the Bobby Jones logo now through the end of September. 
Robert L. Taylor - Punt, Pass & Kick   The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will be a local host site for the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition.  Boys and girls ages 6 -15 will compete in varying age divisions to show off their fundamental football skills. 

The event will be held Mon., September 21 at 7 p.m. at the athletic field at RLTCC.  While the competition is an opportunity for local winners to advance to a sectional tournament and ultimately a chance to compete at a Tampa Bay Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium, all participants at RLTCC will learn about the importance of having a positive attitude and practicing their athletic skills.

For more information, including how to register your child or grandchild, visit or contact Mark Hamilton at RLTCC:  941-954-2694. 

Upcoming Events 
  Serenity in Motion 
Bayfront Community Center
Sun., September 6
10 a.m. - Noon

Folk Dancers 
Bayfront Community Center
Wed., September 9
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Senior Ballroom Dancing

Bayfront Community Center
Thurs., September 10
10 a.m. - Noon

Scottish Dancers 
Bayfront Community Center
Thurs., September 10
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Jazz in the Park 
Fredd Atkins Park
Thurs., September 10
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Electrify the Island 
Mote Marine Laboratory - 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sat., September 12
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 
Van Wezel seats

Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul
Featuring The Hellacious Horns
Fri., Sept. 18 - 5 p.m. 
Free Outdoor Concert

John Cleese and Eric Idle
Beauty and the Beast will be at the Van Wezel on Oct. 14.
Thurs., October 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Fri., October 2 - 7:30 p.m.

Shen Yun Orchestra 
Tues., October 13 - 7:30 p.m. 

Beauty and the Beast
Wed., October 14 - 8 p.m.

Rick Springfield
Thurs., October 15 - 8 p.m.

The Ultimate Doo Wop Show
Sat., October 24 - 8 p.m.

Lewis Black:  The Rant is Due:  Part Deux
Fri., November 13 - 8 p.m.
Straight No Chaser will be at the Van Wezel on Nov. 19.

Straight No Chaser
Thurs., November 19 - 8 p.m.

Craig Ferguson:  The New Deal Tour
Tues., December 1 - 8 p.m.

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Wed., December 2 - 8 p.m.

Moscow Ballet:  Great Russian Nutcracker

Mon., December 28 - 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert
Sun., January 3, 2016 - 7 p.m.

Masters of Illusion - Believe the Impossible
Thurs., February 4, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.

The Book of Mormon
February 9 - 12, 2016:  8 p.m.
Sat., February 13, 2016:  2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sun., February 14, 2016:  1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Kristin Chenoweth
Sat., February 27, 2016 - 8 p.m.

Linda Eder with Robert Cuccioli
Thurs., March 24, 2016 - 8 p.m.

Subscriptions are on sale for the upcoming 2015-2016 season of Broadway, dance, and orchestra performances. The digital edition of the 2015-2016 Subscriptions Brochure can be viewed by clicking here

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail. 

For more information visit

I'd like to thank Steve Owen for the beautiful photo of the marina at the top of the newsletter.  Steve is an Engineering Tech with the City of Sarasota and also a city resident.  In his spare time, he likes to view Sarasota from behind a still camera lens.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!  Remember:  Although City Hall will be closed on Monday, garbage and recycling will be picked up as usual.

We'll be on hiatus next week.  Weekly Briefs will return on Sept. 18th.

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Tom Barwin
City Manager