From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
June 8, 2018
Photo of the Week
Oh, the joy of experiencing life's simplicities, like playing in a water fountain, for the first time!
We caught up with 2-year-old Lachlan Hallberg, at the Children's Fountain at Bayfront Park on
a beautiful, warm morning this week.  This was little Lachlan's inaugural visit to the park with his mom and baby brother, having just moved to the Sarasota area from Chicago.  Welcome, Lachlan!  From the looks of it, the Children's Fountain is a hit!  By the way, summer hours are now in effect at the Fountain:  open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily, weather permitting.  


  • St. Armands BID
    Mon., June 11 - 8:30 a.m.

    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Citizens with Disabilities Advisory Board
    Mon., June 11 - 10 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • City Commission
    Mon., June 11 - 5 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Historic Preservation Board
    Tues., June 12 - 3 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Tree Advisory Committee
    Wed., June 13 - 3 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers

  • Planning Board
    Wed., June 13 - 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Community Workshop
    Thurs., June 14 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • Nuisance Abatement Board
    Thurs., June 14 - 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.
Commercial Plans Examiner
Computer Support Specialist II
Golf Course Attendant - Part-time
Golf Shop Attendant - Full-time
Graphic Layout Artist
Irrigation Technician I
Landscape Maintenance Tech II
Maintenance Tech - Municipal Building
Marketing & Audience Development Manager
Operations Manager, Business Improvement District
Parking Enforcement Specialist
Pension Plans Administrator
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Senior Pension Accountant
Senior Zoning Analyst
     Volunteer/Unpaid Intern

This Week's Items to Know:

Lido Beach - Update    Since last week, we've made good progress working with Florida Department of Environmental Protection to cut the red tape for Lido Key property owners to help get sandbags placed on the beach to protect private property. The City will be placing sandbags at key locations to help protect public infrastructure, if necessary, in a storm event.  
FDEP is modifying its own rules and allowing twice the standard amount of sand -- from 300
An example of trap bags.

cubic yards up to 600 cubic yards per property -- which is greatly appreciated.  The sand must be from an FDEP-approved beach quality source.  Also, much longer and larger bags, known as trap bags, are being permitted at some locations through Tallahassee on a case-by-case basis.  We've petitioned FDEP to authorize its regional office in Fort Myers to consider these permits rather than Tallahassee, and we're awaiting their decision.   
The Public Works Department has a limited number of trap bags from Hurricane Irma prep and we plan to place them around the concession and pool area soon to slow down possible damage. 
Our Emergency Manager, Todd Kerkering, is overseeing the day-to-day situation with the beach erosion and is keeping residents informed on the very latest as far as what FDEP is allowing.   
For information and clarifications, please contact Todd Kerkering: 941-363-5811.  And stay tuned to the Weekly Briefs. 
Buck-Leiter Lawsuit:  Update    During the City Commission meeting this past Monday, City Attorney Bob Fournier gave a status report on the Buck-Leiter lawsuit, in which a jury recommended a $49 million judgment.  This is a breach of contract case from over 10 years ago.
Prior to the jury's verdict, the City's legal team requested a directed verdict from Judge Erika Quartermaine, which essentially means she can review the case based on the law and findings of fact.  Judge Quartermaine has requested transcripts from the 4-day trial to review before making a decision.  The City Attorney expects the soonest that may happen is early July.   
Bobby Jones Golf Club: Community Meetings June 13 & 14     We're in the process of implementing a master plan for our historic municipal golf course, Bobby Jones Golf Club, and would like more input from the community. 
The public is invited to share ideas and thoughts about the future of Bobby Jones during a series of community meetings next week on June 13 & 14.  You don't have to be a golfer to attend -- everyone is welcome!
Golf architect Richard Mandell will lead each session and engage attendees to draw out more information from the community as we move forward envisioning how to improve the 45-hole facility and how to finance those improvements. 
Over a year ago, Richard walked the three courses with members of the public to experience the links firsthand.  He met with over 100 stakeholders including golfers, non-golfers, residents, neighbors and City staff.  
Richard Mandell walking the Gillespie Course with stakeholders in January 2017. 
Now we'd like to tease out more information about what the community would like Bobby Jones to look like after the improvements as we begin to celebrate its centennial in 2027.   
The Bobby Jones staff is hosting a total of four meetings over two days at various times and locations throughout the city, to help accommodate schedules and encourage participation: 
June 13:
  • 2 p.m. - Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 John Rivers St.
June 14:
  • 10 a.m. - City Hall Annex, SRQ Media Studio
  • 5:30 p.m. - City Hall Annex, SRQ Media Studio
In addition to consistently earning top marks over the past 20+ years as Sarasota's favorite golf course by Herald-Tribune readers, Bobby Jones is an environmental jewel that serves as a critical watershed and home to an abundant variety of wildlife.  We look forward to continuing this important community conversation.     
Lift Station 87 - Temporary Lane    As construction continues on  Lift Station 87 at Luke Wood Park, a temporary deceleration lane has been built next to Mound Street to help move large construction
The temporary deceleration lane
next to Mound Street. 
off the roadway quickly as they slow down to enter the construction site. 
A temporary deceleration travel lane like this one is a bit unusual and was requested by the contractor and approved by FDOT to facilitate the flow of traffic in the area as concrete trucks and other heavy machinery move about. 
Crews are continuing to demolish the existing structures and install sheet piles in preparation for construction of the lift station building, which is expected to start in September.  

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is a list of shows through December 2018.  To view the entire Van Wezel season, visit    

Friday Fest - Jah Movement 
Friday, June 22:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
FREE Concert

Reverend Barry & The Funk 
Friday, July 27:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Rebel Heart 
Friday, August 17:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Dr. Dave Band 
Friday, September 14:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Jah Movement will perform at
Friday Fest on June 22. 
FREE Concert

The Simon & Garfunkel Story 
Sat., October 27 - 8 p.m.

Doo Wop Spectacular 
Sat., November 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Brian Wilson Presents:  The Christmas Album Live 
Tues., December 11 - 8 p.m.

Celtic Thunder X 
Tues., December 18 - 8 p.m.

Moscow Ballet:  Great Russian Nutcracker 
Fri., December 21 - 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

The Sweet Caroline Tour 
Mon., December 31 - 9 p.m.

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail.   
For a complete schedule of events, visit

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Tom Barwin
City Manager