From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
June 1, 2018

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:  Shoreline/Beach Erosion

Following reports of as much as 7 feet of shoreline being lost just over the past week due to Subtropical Storm Alberto, I conducted a walking inspection of south Lido Beach this past Wednesday with Kelly Cramer from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Fort Myers office. As shown in this video, the situation is dire along portions of south Lido Beach.  Facing ongoing threats of further erosion as we enter a lengthy hurricane season, a State of Emergency for Lido Beach erosion was declared with the concurrence of Mayor Liz Alpert.  More information below in Weekly Briefs.

NOTE: The State of Emergency does not impact the concession stand, pavilion or adjacent public beach, but aides the effort to protect private property and public infrastructure. All areas are open to the public and all businesses remain open with access to the Gulf.   


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This Week's Items to Know:

State of Emergency:  Lido Beach Erosion    After inspecting the severely eroded portions of Lido Beach on a stormy Wednesday afternoon this week, a local State of Emergency for Lido Beach and shoreline erosion was declared.  It appears the deceptive Subtropical Storm Alberto eroded 5 to 7 feet of shoreline in most areas.  By invoking this declaration, the City is seeking to qualify for any available emergency assistance, including regulatory and financial help, from the state and federal government. 
FDEP has now authorized larger volumes of sand, up to 600 cubic yards per permitted property, to protect private property.  Sandbags
Walking with FDEP rep Kelly Cramer along south Lido Beach where the heavy, pounding surf is moving sandbags placed to protect private property. 
will be allowed to remain for up to one year or until the emergency beach renourishment project is completed this fall.   
Two areas are included in the State of Emergency:  south Lido Beach from marker R-37 to R-44.2, which is roughly from the City concession stand area to Ted Sperling Park; and the tip of north Lido Beach from marker R-31 to R-33.
Property owners interested in placing sandbags on private property to help slow down the erosion still need a permit, but they will be expedited by Kelly Cramer, the FDEP official who inspected the beach and witnessed the severe erosion firsthand.  For an expedited permit, please email Ms. Cramer: 
In the meantime, we're continuing to pursue both short-term and long-term restoration solutions and hope to have new sand on Lido to help protect the shoreline by the fall. 
It's important to note that the traditional public beach, which still has large areas of sand, remains open and enjoyable. Also, the concession stand and pavilion are open for business.  Sales, though, have been impacted by so many rainy days associated with Alberto.  So, we encourage you to visit the concession stand and partake in their tasty lobster rolls and many other delicious items while enjoying Lido Key and the Gulf. 

Chapter 13 of the City's Code of Ordinances gives the City Manager the authority to declare a local State of Emergency with concurrence of one City Commissioner.  Mayor Liz Alpert, the District 2 City Commissioner, has signed the declaration,which will remain in place through the hurricane season. 
Hurricane Season:  June 1 - Nov. 30    Hurricane season is officially underway, and with Subtropical Storm Alberto whipping by hundreds of miles offshore last weekend, it was an excellent reminder for families in Sarasota to be prepared.
A first-in response team heads over the Ringling Bridge to clear roads immediately after Hurricane Irma passed - Sept. 11, 2017 

Make sure your supplies are restocked now and can fit into one or two plastic travel containers.  Have enough water and non-perishable food items on hand for your family and pets for at least three days Prescription medications should be in your storm kit as well.   
Other items to include:   
  • battery operated radio
  • flashlight
  • extra batteries 
  • first aid kit
  • manual can opener
  • cell phone and charger and backup battery
  • moist towelettes
  • cash
  • sleeping bag/blanket
  • matches in waterproof container
  • mess kit (plates, cups, utensils, paper towel) and games/books
More information about preparing an emergency kit is available on FEMA's webpage:  
Also, it's important to note Sarasota County, which is responsible for opening and maintaining hurricane evacuation centers, announced recently that should it be necessary to open any centers, all of them throughout the County will open at once, and all will be pet-friendly.  This decision was made following an extensive county-wide after-action review of Hurricane Irma.   
While the City maintains an Emergency Operations Center to respond to situations within the Sarasota city limits, we will continue to coordinate closely with our partners at Sarasota County to ensure residents have the best information available to make decisions for their families.   
CodeRED - Register Now    We encourage all residents to sign up for the County's emergency alert system, CodeRED, which is utilized in coordination with the City.   Simply by providing your contact information you can receive critical local messages via text, phone call or email from the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center.
In addition to weather alerts such as tornadoes, flooding and severe weather, CodeRED also sends localized notifications about boil water advisories, hazardous material incidents, and missing children.
No hurricane plan is complete without registering for CodeRED. To register for this free service visit .    
The Bay:  Boater Open House - June 6  The 10th Street Boat Ramp is an integral part of the ongoing community discussion to create an inviting open space destination park along the Bayfront.  As work continues with the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization and Sasaki, the planning firm brought in to imagine the possibilities and create a master plan for The Bay, boaters are encouraged to participate.
The Bay recently partnered with an engineering firm to conduct a boating survey to help determine the best way to integrate the 10th Street Boat Ramp into the master plan and create a desirable sense of place for the boating community.
Boaters are invited to a community meeting on June 6th to learn more about the recent survey and provide thoughts, suggestions and concerns.   
Boating Open House
Wed., June 6
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Sarasota Garden Club - 1131 Blvd of the Arts
Those interested in attending are encourage to RSVP via this link.  
Blue + You = Free Movie Night: June 9   To help kick off summer vacation, SPD will host a  free movie night on Sat., June 9 on the lawn of the SPD Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane.
The featured movie will be the family-friendly film "Deep," which tells the tale of animated deep sea creatures. As part of the event, Mote, Florida Audubon Society, Save Our Seabirds and Florida Fish and Wildlife will have educational booths for the little ones (and also those a bit older).
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 8:30 p.m.  Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Hope to see you there! 

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.
Dr. Dave Band will perform at
Friday Fest on Sept. 14.

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