From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
March 1, 2019

Over 15,000 new recycling carts were delivered to the Public Works campus on 12th Street this week as we prepare to officially roll out residential single-stream recycling using one large cart.  Starting next week, the new carts will be delivered to residences.   With approximately 1,000  dropped off curbside each day, we expect all to be delivered within a few weeks.  Then, the new recycling program using the single cart will begin April 1.  Much more on this exciting environmental initiative below in Weekly Briefs!

 Lido Beach Pavilion : Update

Following the recent decision to terminate the Lido Beach Pavilion lease, staff is starting to move forward to secure ongoing concessions at the facility and modest restoration plans within the current building footprint.

Latest actions:
  • The current concessionaire has agreed to a six-month extension of the current use permit as we prepare a Request For Proposals to solicit a new concessionaire agreement.
  • A fresh appraisal is being secured to guide our compliance with FEMA regulations for any future renovations.
  • Staff is researching repair to the venting/hood system in the concession area, which has become a public health and safety concern.
  • Our continuing services architectural firms are touring the building and will give us cost estimates and ideas for their appraisal to prioritize repairs to the facility which will consider the need for bathroom upgrades, roof repairs, possible kitchen improvements, and a review of the lifeguard facilities -- with these improvements to be paid through funds available within the City budget and/or donations.
  • Contingency plans are being contemplated for a food truck vendor if the venting/hood system cannot be repaired for a reasonable fee and, if necessary, for a period during any building renovations.
We will keep you updated.

The Lido Beach Pavilion - February 2019


  • City Commission
    Mon., March 4 - 1:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Downtown Improvement District
    Tues., March 5 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Development Review Committee
    Wed., March 6 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Planning Board
    Wed., March 6 - 6:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Newtown CRA Advisory Board
    Thurs., March 7 - 5:30 p.m.
    Robert L. Taylor Community Complex - 1845 John Rivers St.
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This Week's Items to Know:

New Recycling Carts - Coming Soon!   Starting next week, the Solid Waste Division will begin delivering new, large recycling carts with wheels as the City officially transitions to user-friendly single cart recyclin g in April. That means all recyclable items can be deposited into the one cart.   
It's expected it will take most of March to deliver the approximately 15,000 carts to residential customers.  Then, in April, you'll be able to use the new cart for all your recyclables -- and leave the old small
bins curbside for pickup.   
The April 1 start date coincides with the termination of the recycling contract with Waste Pro and the service will be brought in-house with City crews taking over collections. 
To help pay for the new carts, City staff applied for and received a grant for over $100,000 from The Recycling Partnership. Great work!  Sarasota is just one of six cities selected to receive this Coastal and Waterway Community Recycling Grant, which includes funding for recycling education, outreach and litter cleanup.   
As we focus on being good environmental stewards of our special coastal community, we expect the new carts will be a win-win for Mother Earth.  First, residential recycling volume and quantities typically go up with a single-cart program, which means less going into the landfill.  Second, with lids on the new recycling carts, the chances of plastics and other harmful materials blowing into our waterways will be reduced.   
While the single cart makes it easier for residents to recycle, it's important to recycle properly and know the Dos and Don'ts.
DO Recycle 
  • aluminum/steel cans
  • food/beverage cartons
  • glass bottles/jars
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plastic bottles 
DON'T Recycle
  • plastic bags
  • pizza boxes
  • clothing
  • diapers
  • aluminum foil
  • wires, hoses, chains
  • plastic toys
  • needles
Recycling carts contaminated with non-recyclable items could end up damaging sorting equipment, injuring a worker or shutting down the recycling process -- all of which could reduce production and increase operating costs. So, please be mindful of what you place in your new cart.  
Frequently Asked Questions in English and Spanish can be found here.   
For more information please visit SarasotaFL.Gov/BeCartSmart or contact the Solid Waste Division:  941-365-7651.
Great American Cleanup - April 13    We're excited to announce that part of the $100,000 grant we received from The Recycling Partnership will help us participate in the Great American Cleanup on Sat., April 13.

Our goal is to have 100 volunteers picking up litter in Centennial Park, Pioneer Park and along the mangroves near Boulevard of the Arts.  
Here are the details: 

What:  Great American Cleanup

When:  April 13 -  8-11 a.m.

Where:  Meet in the Van Wezel parking lot near the Coast Guard station

Sign Up:  Click this link to register -- and please make sure you select the following cleanup location:  "Bayfront Cleanup/10th Street to Blvd. of the Arts (meet in Van Wezel parking lot)".

The City will participate in the Great American Cleanup
on April 13 with a Bayfront cleanup.

Please arrive with close-toed shoes, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle (which you can refill on site).  Gloves and other clean-up supplies will be provided. 
This community cleanup will be hosted during the first full month with residents using the new lidded recycling carts, which will help keep recyclables in their place and prevent them from winding up in the waterways.  

The cleanup is being held in conjunction with many community partners including:  The Recycling Partnership, Sarasota Bay Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol Division, and Rethinking Plastic.  Thanks to one and all!      

Downtown Parking - Plan Ahead, Arrive Early   We're in high season and with Sarasota being the place to be, downtown is bustling!  As a result, on any given day or evening, the State Street Garage, with almost 400 spaces available to the public, is filling to capacity.  
So, we're encouraging visitors to plan ahead when driving downtown. Consider parking in the nearby Palm Avenue Garage.  With approximately 700 spaces, parking is usually available anytime during the day and evening.  As with the State Street Garage, the first two hours are complimentary.  
In season, the State Street Garage is filling to capacity.

Opt to park on-street and walk a few blocks to your destination while enjoying the beautiful weather and downtown atmosphere.  For those parking on-street, we recommend downloading the Parker mobile app.  It identifies which areas are busiest by block and provides close to "real time" information for available on-street parking around downtown Sarasota.   
We encourage those coming downtown to arrive early and please contemplate different modes of transportation:  walk, bike, bus or carpool to our popular world-class city.
It's common for parking availability to fluctuate in a vibrant downtown, like Sarasota. These fluctuations, though, can be somewhat unpredictable, particularly when businesses, churches and nonprofits host private or unpublicized gatherings or events.      
There is ample parking within a short walk of your destination in downtown. We encourage you to plan ahead and please be patient. 

Parks & Rec:  Arlington Park - New Fitness Area   Arlington Park has a new outdoor cross fit exercise area, and last weekend it was unveiled in grand, healthy fashion!
Following a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, the dozens of residents in attendance were invited to test the new equipment as trainers with Real Fitness Sarasota provided demonstrations.  With the new cross fit equipment, you can lift weights, work on strengthening your core, arms, legs -- you name it!  And, directions are posted on how to use the equipment properly so you can get the most out of your workout. 
Already, the exercise area is a hit with neighborhood residents.  Looking to get in shape while enjoying the outdoors?  This is a great place to start!   
Congratulations to our Parks and Recreation staff who envisioned this cross fit workout area last fall when Sarasota County returned operations of the Arlington Park and Aquatic Center to the City.
The grand opening was a time to exercise and test the new cross fit equipment.
Bobby Jones Open    Congratulations to Spence Fulford, who became the 2019 Bobby Jones Open champion last weekend, after three days of play at our historic municipal golf course bearing the name of the tournament.
Spence, who hails from Davenport in Polk County finished with a combined three round total of 17 under par, edging out the runner up, Joseph Gunerman, by two strokes.     
L-R:  2019 Bobby Jones Open champion Spence Fulford with
Christian Bartolacci, West Florida Golf Tour Director
54 professional golfers playing on the West Florida Golf Tour participated in the tournament, which is a favorite with the players.  Over $22,000 in prize money was awarded.  Bravo to all!
Thanks to our team at Bobby Jones Golf Club for their diligent work behind the scenes to ensure the course was ready and the tournament ran smoothly over three days -- no easy feat!     

One  Book, One Community   Activities in association with the One Book, One Community program are continuing for the next couple of months throughout the Sarasota area.   
The 2019 selection is " Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann, which examines prejudices with Native Americans.  The book is a well researched account of the Osage Indians in northeastern Oklahoma who became some of the wealthiest people in the world per capita in the 1920s when it was discovered they were living on one of the largest oil deposits in the U.S.  When they began dying under mysterious circumstances, the newly formed FBI was called in to investigate.
The author was well received during recent presentations and discussions in Sarasota.
Upcoming One Book, One Community programs will include talks with FBI agents on the history of the FBI, genealogy programs to help find Native American ancestry and lectures on Florida archeology and early people.  Several free theatrical readings from " Killers of the Flower Moon" by the Asolo Rep Play Readers are also scheduled, including one on Thurs., March 7 at 11 a.m. at the Selby Library in downtown. A calendar of upcoming One Book events is available here.  


Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

To view the full Van Wezel season, visit 
Celtic Woman 
Sun., March 3 - 3 p.m.
Rain:  A Tribute to the Beatles 
Tuesday, March 5 - 8 p.m.
The Sarasota Ballet 
Fri., March 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 9 - 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Lion King 
Thurs., March 14 - Sun., March 31
The Lion King will be at the Van Wezel
March 14-31. 
All 23 dates and tickets

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Thurs., April 4 - 7:30 p.m. 

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Tues., April 9 - 7:30 p.m. 
Wed., April 10 - 7:30 p.m. 
Peter Gros
Sun., April 14 - 2 p.m. 
The Music of Cream 
Mon., April 15 - 8 p.m. 
The Second City:  It's Not You. It's Me.
Tues., April 16 - 8 p.m. 
Menopause the Musical
Wed., April 17 - 7:30 p.m. 
Boz Scaggs - Out of The Blues Tour 2018 
Thurs., April 18 - 8 p.m.
Alan Cumming - Legal Immigrant 
Sat., April 20 - 8 p.m.

Rosanne Cash and Band 
Thurs., April 25 - 8 p.m.

The Temptations and The Four Tops 
Fri., April 26 - 8 p.m.

Whoopi Goldberg 
Sat., April 27 - 8 p.m.
Catch Whoopi Goldberg April 27.

Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle 
Sun., April 28 - 7 p.m.
The Illusionists 
Tues., April 30 - 7:30 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