From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
June 15, 2018

11-year-old Ethan Scott prepares to follow through with his developing golf swing during Junior Golf Camp at Bobby Jones Golf Club this week.  Ethan lives in Sarasota and was part of the June camp, where youngsters were introduced to the game of golf, a recreational activity they can enjoy for years to come.  More on Junior Golf Camp below in Weekly Briefs.  By the way,  this nicely composed Photo of the Week was captured by our Communications Intern, Rebecca Slezak, who is studying photojournalism at Ball State University.   Additional information about the City's summer internship program is in the Briefs.


  • General Employees' Pension Plan Board of Trustees Mon., June 18 - 8:30 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • City Commission
    Mon., June 18 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Special City Commission
    Tues., June 19 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Firefighters' Pension Plan Board of Trustees
    Wed., June 20 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Development Review Committee
    Wed., June 20 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
  • Community Workshop
    Wed., June 20 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Room 112
City Career Opportunities
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.
Accountant I - Van Wezel
Commercial Plans Examiner
Irrigation Technician I
Maintenance Tech - Municipal Building
Parking Enforcement Specialist
Pension Plans Administrator
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Rec Attendant/RLTCC
RLTCC Lifeguards
Senior Pension Accountant
Senior Zoning Analyst
     Volunteer/Unpaid Intern    

This Week's Items to Know:

Lido Shoreline Protection - Federal Funding    We were excited, relieved and heartened to learn this week that $13.4 million in federal funds has been approved and set aside by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Lido Beach shoreline stabilization and protection.
The City already has been permitted to complete a short-term beach renourishment this fall from damage caused by Hurricane Irma.  We are moving forward with this limited quick fix as soon as possible.   
By this fall, we expect to see the shoreline stabilized with approximately 200,000 cubic yards of accreted sand from the New Pass area.
Then, the long-term project in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers' funding, is planned to get underway in Spring 2019.   We fully anticipate to have the City's infrastructure protected and the shoreline restored to historical norms by the next hurricane season, subject to ongoing litigation. 
Lido Beach - June 14, 2018

This news is a relief for residents and visitors as well as City staff members who have worked doggedly on this critical issue for many years.  City Engineer Alex Davis Shaw has been an integral part of the discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers and helped navigate us through the extensive permitting and funding process.  Immediate past Mayors Shelli Freeland Eddie and Willie Shaw, have been very effective advocates of this critical initiative both in Tallahassee and Washington D.C.  Thank you, all!   
In the meantime, our regional Florida Department of Environmental Protection representative, Kelly Cramer, continues to expedite permits for sandbags for those who submit a request.   
Bobby Jones Golf Club - Master Plan Meetings   The City hosted a series of community meetings this week to gather more feedback about the future of Bobby Jones Golf Club, our historic, municipally owned golf course.

About 100 residents - golfers and non-golfers alike - attended the meetings and shared their input on the Golf Course Master Plan that was developed for the City last year by Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, Inc.  Mandell and the staff from Bobby Jones presented the Master Plan's recommendations for potential improvements to be made to the course, then heard from the attendees about what they'd like to see done there going forward.

Bobby Jones Golf Club was established in 1927 and has played a vital role in solidifying Sarasota as arguably the "cradle of golf" in the United States. It has also been an important economic driver, an environmental gem and a community asset for our City.  But, aging infrastructure and the delaying of necessary improvements due to Great Recession budget cuts have led to declining conditions at the course.

City Commissioners have asked Mandell and City staff to return in the next 60 days (August time frame) with an update on this latest round of comments and suggestions they heard from the community regarding renovations for all 45 holes at Bobby Jones.  Thanks to all who took the time to share their opinions and took part in walking tours of the course throughout this process.  

Bobby Jones Golf Course Manager Sue Martin engages with citizens during a recent community meeting about future renovations to the course.
Bobby Jones Golf Club - Jr. Camp    Our summertime Junior Golf Camp experience at Bobby Jones Golf Club kicked off this week with over a dozen youngsters learning about putting, chipping and driving as well as golf course etiquette.
Our two PGA Professionals, Christian Martin and Dan Benedetti, instruct the kids and grandkids for 3-days in a relaxed, fun manner on the links.  Camp is designed for children ranging from 8 to 18 years old.  
PGA Professional and Assistant Golf Course Manager Christian Martin
demonstrating putting skills during Junior Golf Camp. 
Two more camps will be held this summer: 
  • July 10, 11, 12:  9 a.m. - Noon
  • August 7, 8, 9:  9 a.m. - Noon

Each 3-day camp is $100 per child and includes a kid-friendly lunch.  To sign up, stop by the Golf Shop or call 941-954-4163.

Internship Program    Over the summer, you may encounter some young, up and coming members of the workforce at City Hall and our satellite offices.  Once again, the City's Human Resources Department has developed a summer internship program for individuals looking to learn more about a prospective career.
Twelve students will be with us through the end of July working in a variety of areas including Communications, Development Services, Human Resources, Parks & Rec, Public Works, Police and Utilities.
One of our interns is Devin Beede, who the City Commission recognized last fall for earning the impressive rank of Eagle Scout. 
Top left: Ariana Mitchell, Utilities; Courtney Carico, Human Resources Risk Management; Michael Sullivan, Public Works and Engineering; Rebecca Slezak, Communications; Devin Beede, Sustainability; James Hayes, Parks and Rec;  Middle left: Piper Ledwith, SPD; Taliyah Williams, Utilities; Nina Troche, HR Risk Management; Brady Jackson, Development Services; Front left:  Jonah Richard, Finance; Jesse Dubreuil, Public Works Fleet

Internships are an important aspect of learning and growing in a profession.  Thanks to the HR Department for coordinating the program, which includes weekly training sessions on need-to-know information such as how to handle challenging workplace situations.  
Welcome, all...and good luck!   
Advisory Board Openings  - Opportunities to Get Involved with the Future of Our Community!

With over two dozen advisory boards established by the City Commission to provide input and recommendations on specific subject matter, at any given time there are opportunities to volunteer your time and expertise for the community.
All advisory board members are appointed by the City Commission. Requirements vary depending on the board, with some requiring city residency and others very specific professional expertise.
If you've ever thought about the rewarding experience of giving back to our community through voluntary engagement, we'd encourage you to consider submitting an application for one of the many advisory board positions that are currently open:
For details and specific requirements for each advisory board opening click here.
Also, the Bobby Jones Advisory Board will be reinstated soon, so look for updates as to when applications will be accepted. 

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