From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
December 15, 2017
Sarasota residents Luisa Imelda Lopez Cruz and Saul Roberto Valdez Herrera enjoy cooler temperatures against the backdrop of our beautiful skyline. Located on City Island near Mote Marine, Ken Thompson Park offers striking views of the John Ringling Bridge and the many sailboats that line the horizon. It's just one of more than 50 parks available to our residents here in Sarasota. 


  • Community Workshop
    Mon., December 18 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Development Review Committee
    Wed., December 20 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Room 112


City Career Opportunities
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.
Accounting & Payroll Systems Supervisor
Building Inspector Multi License
Chief Transportation Planner
Deputy City Auditor & Clerk
Engineer Tech III - Utilities
Financial Accountant
Golf Course Attendant
Landscape Maintenance Tech II
Maintenance Mechanic Solid Waste Collection - Part-time 
Manager Maintenance Service
Operations Manager, Business Improvement District
Parks Service Worker - Part-time
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Rec Attendant (RLTCC)
Refuse Equipment Operator - Temporary Full-Time 
  Senior Pension Accountant
Senior Planner 
Transportation Planner
   Volunteer/Unpaid Intern     

This Week's Items to Know:

FDOT - U.S. 41 Update   Starting next week, expect to see noticeable road work along U.S. 41 as FDOT begins removing the median between 10th St. and 14th St.  The median demolition is necessary as crews prepare to shift traffic to widen U.S. 41, expand sidewalks, and construct roundabouts at 10th St. and 14th St.   
To keep traffic impacts to a minimum, the work will be done at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the week of December 18 and the first week in January.  Crews plan to begin removing the median at 10th St. and work northward.  
A temporary asphalt lane will take the place of the median to create a traffic shift.  That shift will affect southbound traffic.   
The median will be removed to make way for a temporary lane shift. 
FDOT's contractor, IBT Construction, expects the lane shift will be in place by the second week in January.  It's important to note the lane will be temporarily reduced from 12 to 10-feet wide. Drivers with large vehicles, especially semi tractor trailers, are encouraged to use U.S. 301 as a detour.      
When the median is restored by the end of the project, it will be wider, uninterrupted, and will provide more green space.   
As this work gets underway, we recommend adding some extra time for your drive to the Van Wezel to catch a performance.  Another exciting and packed season is getting underway, and we don't want anyone to miss a single moment.   

Ready for 100 - Kickoff Meeting 12/20   You may recall in June, the City Commission unanimously supported joining the Sierra Club's 'Ready for 100' campaign to move to 100 percent renewable energy sources.
Two goals are central to this significant sustainability initiative:  (1) Powering City of Sarasota operations with 50 percent renewable energy by 2024 and 100 percent by 2030; (2) Powering all community-wide energy with 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. 
We're taking the first step as a community with a kick-off meeting on Thurs., December 20 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.  
For this initial meeting, our Sustainability Manager, Stevie Freeman-Montes, will provide an overview of Sarasota's current energy use and existing State of Florida and utility policies. Those in attendance will be asked for their suggestions on how we can reduce our energy profile and ultimately achieve our objective to use 100 percent renewable energy sources. 
Several follow up meetings are already scheduled:  
  • February 21, 2018 - 6 p.m.
  • April 18, 2018 - 6 p.m.
  • June 20,2018 - 6 p.m.
Led by the Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition, more than 2,000 people signed a petition last summer supporting the 'Ready for 100' campaign.  We anticipate there will be great interest in these meetings and how we, as a community, approach this critical issue, which will have a lasting impact on generations to come in Sarasota.  

Eastwood Park Improvements Our Parks and Rec team is hard at work improving Eastwood Park located off of Fruitville Rd. by constructing a brand new soccer field and playground. 

The Eastwood Park improvements began with a resident reaching out to Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie after hearing about the creation of the City's Park's and Recreation Department. The Mayor, along with City staff, conducted a survey and scheduled a meeting at Eastwood Park to discuss the needs of residents. Overwhelmingly, the residents requested a soccer field and playground. 
Crews begin construction of a
soccer field at Eastwood Park.

At the beginning of the month, City staff hosted a second neighborhood meeting to present the schedule for construction of the field and to open  the floor for feedback about the type of playground the community would like to see installed. 
When all is said and done, the newly improved park will open to the public in April 2018 complete with a new soccer field, which includes new sod, irrigation, fencing and improved landscaping.

It's part of our larger goal to continue to enhance the beautiful parks and recreation facilities for our residents!   

Winter Break Camp    Looking for something fun to keep the kids or grandkids occupied during the holiday break?  Consider Winter Break Camp at our popular regional rec facility, Robert L. Taylor Community Complex!
Designed for children ages 6-12, the camp will run all day from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and will be filled with a variety of recreational activities.  Two sessions will be offered:
Session 1:  December 22, 27, 28, 29

Session 2:  January 2, 3, 4, 5
Each session is $45 per child.  Registration is underway now at the RLTCC front desk.  
A big thank you to Parks & Rec Director Jerry Fogle and his enthusiastic staff at RLTCC who offer engaging extracurricular activities year round in a safe environment for youth who otherwise might not have anywhere else to go.  
For more information please contact Emily Oberlin or Brittley Mayes:  941-954-4182. 

Bobby Jones Grille Open House     Last night was a festive evening at the historic, municipal golf course Bobby Jones Golf Club.  The new food and beverage manager held an open house for the public at the recently relaunched Bobby Jones Grille complete with complimentary appetizers, soft drinks and live music. The event had a great turnout and offered a first taste of this wonderful new amenity. 
Attendees enjoy complimentary appetizers and soft drinks at the newly relaunched Bobby Jones Grille.
The new vendor, called Landscapes Management Company, has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry and brings a great deal of quality and expertise to the table. 
So far, the company's team has worked with City staff to revamp the menu and to tailor the experience to golfers before, after and during their rounds as well as non-golfers. The grille is open everyday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering great food at a reasonable price. 
We look forward to continuing to enhance the entire experience at Bobby Jones. Thanks to all who came out to this great event! 

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

Van Wezel seats

The following is a list of shows through Jan. 2018.  To view the entire Van Wezel season visit 
Sarasota Ballet
Fri., December 15 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., December 16 - 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
Sun., December 17 - 2:30 p.m.
Catch "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 22.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Thurs., December 21 - 7 p.m.

A Christmas Carol
Fri., December 22 - 7 p.m.

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker
Fri., December 29 - 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Salute To Vienna New Year's Concert
Wed., January 3, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Ron White
Thurs., January 4, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Peter Cetera
Fri., January 5, 2018 - 8 p.m.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Sat., January 6, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Sun., January 7, 2018 - 3 p.m.

A Night with Janis Joplin
Mon., January 8, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Steve Soloman - Cannoli - Latkes
Tues., January 9, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli
Wed., January 10, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Catch 'A Night with Janis Joplin' on Jan. 8.


Sarasota Concert Association
Thurs., January 11, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.

Tango Fire
Fri., January 12, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Legendary 5th Dimension
Mon., January 15, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Renee Fleming
Tues., January 16, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune
Wed., January 17, 2018 - 8 p.m.

The Drifters, The Platters, & Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Thurs., January 18, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Musical Thrones:  A Parody of Ice & Fire
Sun., January 21, 2018 - 7 p.m.
Ringling College Library Association Town Hall
John Brennan
Mon., January 22, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Tapestry - A Tribute to Carole King
Tues., January 23, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz
Wed., January 24, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune will be at the Van Wezel on Jan. 17.

Paul Anka
Thurs., January 25 , 2018- 8 p.m.

Masters Of Illusion
Fri., January 26, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Sat., January 27, 2018 - 8 p.m.

Michael Feinstein
Sun., January 28, 2018 - 7 p.m.
Sarasota Concert Association
Mon., January 29, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Tues., January 30, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Wed., January 31, 2018 - 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

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Tom Barwin
City Manager