From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
November 18, 2016

Photo of the Week

With the temperature dropping to a pleasant 60 degrees, there were some
happy hounds and humans at the Arlington Park dog park earlier this week.  Gus, a Staffordshire terrier, was enjoying a far off stare from atop a picnic table.  Dog parks
are special in that they help create a sense of community where canines and humans alike can socialize.  Here at Arlington, we encountered a group of regulars who like to catch up on neighborhood issues, and other matters, while their pooches play.  The Parks and Recreation Department has received input from residents throughout the
city and staff is currently reviewing options to possibly add more dog parks to our community. 


  • City Commission
    Mon., November 21 - 2:30 p.m. & 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.  

Application Developer
Commission Reporter
Inventory Technician
Landscape Maintenance Tech II
Landscape Maintenance Tech I (Part Time)
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Senior Pension Analyst          
Utility Mechanic I - Water Distribution

This Week's Items to Know:
Thanksgiving Holiday - City Hall Closed Thurs. & Fri.  Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is next week!  City Hall will be closed on Thurs. November 24 and Fri., November 25 for the holiday. 

Please note
Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day:

* Regular Thursday collection will be on Fri., November 25

* Regular Friday collection will be on Sat., November 26

Bobby Jones Golf Club will host the 8th Annual 'Turkey Shoot' on Thanksgiving Day with a special 8:45 a.m. shotgun offer: $23 for 18 holes riding plus a discounted breakfast buffet at the on-site restaurant, Libby's Greenseide.  As our staff members at Bobby Jones like to say, "Don't be a turkey, join the fun!"

Lido Pool will be open regular hours both days.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will be closed on Thanksgiving and open Friday 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

A special thank you to our dedicated City employees -- including many in SPD, Utilities and Parks & Rec -- who will be working on the holiday to ensure the community is safe and City operations continue.

We hope you and yours have an enjoyable holiday weekend!
Garbage Schedules - New Software Coming   The Public Works Department soon will unveil a new tool to help remind you about solid waste, recycling and yard waste collection dates.

Called ReCollect, the software will allow residents to view a calendar showing the collection dates at their specific address.  There's also an option to sign up for weekly reminders.  Throughout the year,  collection days change a handful of times due to holidays.  So, this could be a helpful tool to be reminded about any changes.  Residents will have the option to receive those reminders via text message, email or phone call.

Also, an interactive section called "Be Cart Smart" allows residents to learn which items can be recycled and where hazardous waste drop-off sites are located.

A sneak peek of what the calendar will look like --  tailored to your specific address. 

In addition, the Public Works Department will be able to share messages about recycling events, recycling education and other information related to solid waste.

Several cities in Florida already are using the software, including St. Pete.  

We look forward to launching it next month via the City of Sarasota homepage.  We'll keep you posted.

Sarasota School of Architecture - Bay Plaza  Earlier this week, the community paid tribute to the Sarasota School of Architecture with visits from renowned architects Victor Lundy and Tim Seibert.  Mr. Seibert was the special guest of residents at Bay Plaza -- one of his
With Harold Bubil and Tim Seibert at Bay Plaza 
signature designs.

Mr. Seibert and Harold Bubil, a writer with the Herald-Tribune, discussed the history of Bay Plaza and the profound impact well done architecture can have on a community.  We certainly can see many positive examples in our special community which have improved the environment.

Thanks to the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and Janet Minker for coordinating the SarasotaMOD Weekend, including the Bay Plaza discussion and the Victor Lundy tribute.  All these engaging events were helpful reminders about Sarasota's notable status in the realm of world class architecture.

Periscope - Featured Broadcast   We entered a whole new sphere on social media last week when our live Periscope feed of the Veterans Day parade was a featured broadcast on Periscope.  That
The Periscope logo.
means Periscope recommended it be watched by its 2 million active daily users.

Over 26,000 viewers around the world tuned in live on their smart phones, tablets and computers to watch the parade.  Another 2,000 viewers watched the recorded version later in the day. That's a total of 28,000 viewers -- a phenomenal reach. And, it was accomplished just using a cell phone, tripod and the Periscope app.

Using hashtags and keywords, the scope was noticed
and promoted by Periscope as a featured broadcast.

The live broadcast highlighted Sarasota's community spirit, unity and patriotism.   And, being a featured global scope was a particular honor for our local military veterans on their special day.

In this new technology age, Periscope is another excellent tool to have in our communications toolbox, especially during an emergency when we, as a government organization, need to convey important information. 

If you're interested in learning more, download the Periscope app on your smart phone or tablet -- it's free.  Our handle is @CityofSarasota.  Also, look for the Sarasota Police Department - @SarasotaPD.

Bobby Jones Golf Club - Reader's Choice Award   18 out of the past 20 years, our historic municipal golf course has received the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Readers' Choice award for best local golf course.  What an impressive record!

Now you have the opportunity to weigh in this year!  Just visit  Select Best Local Entertainment.  Then vote for Bobby Jones!

With two 18 hole courses and an executive course, Bobby Jones is an oasis for the urban golfer.  And, now with the new greens on the America Course receiving great reviews, we anticipate that will be even more reason why our hometown newspaper readers will rank Bobby Jones number one!

With the arrival of cooler weather, tee times are filling up quickly.  Visit to book a round!


Upcoming Events 

Men's Sr. Better Ball Championship 

Bobby Jones Golf Club
Rd #1:  Sat., November 19 - 8 a.m.
Rd. #2:  Sun., November 20 - 8 a.m.
Starters List

Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival  

Selby Five Points Park
Sat., November 19 & Sun., November 20
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ALSO Turkey Trot
Ringling Bridge
Thurs., November 24
6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through 2016. For more information visit    

Mannheim Steamroller
Fri., November 18 - 8 p.m.

Decades Rewind
Sat., November 19 - 8 p.m.
A Christmas Carol will be at the Van Wezel on Dec. 21.


Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016
Fri., November 25 - 8 p.m.

Tosh Saves the World
Sat., November 26 - 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio
Sun., November 27 - 7 p.m.

Jim Brickman
Tues., November 29 - 7:30 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra - Masterworks: The New World
Fri., December 2 - 8 p.m.
Sat., December 3 - 8 p.m.
Sun., December 4 - 2:30 p.m.
Tickets - Sarasota Orchestra

Fame The Musical
Wed., December 7 - 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas
Sat., December 10 - 8 p.m.

Beach Boys 'Christmas'
Mon., December 12 - 7:30 p.m.

Garrison Keillor
Tues., December 13 - 8 p.m.
  Cinderella will be at the Van Wezel on Dec. 27 & 28.


The Sarasota Ballet - George Balanchine's Jewels
Fri., December 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 17 - 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets - Sarasota Ballet

A Christmas Carol
Wed., December 21 - 8 p.m.
Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Tues., December 27 - 7 p.m.
Wed., December 28 - 7 p.m.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Thurs., December 29 - 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

42nd Street
Fri., December 30 - 8 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

Weekly Briefs will be on hiatus until after Thanksgiving.  We're thankful to be entering another holiday season in our special community.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tom Barwin
City Manager