From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
March 24, 2017
Photo of the Week
There's a lot of activity going on along the right-of-way on John Ringling Causeway across from Bird Key Park.  Crews are prepping the area to construct the MURT (Multi-Use Recreational Trail) extension that will connect Bird Key to Coon Key.  This will be a significant addition to our community offering residents and visitors a safe area to walk, run, and bicycle and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.  When this section of the MURT, including new landscaping and irrigation, is finished by the end of June, the trail will run from Marina Jack to Coon Key.  


  • Board of Adjustment
    Wed., March 29 - 1:30 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
City Career Opportunities
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.  

Director of Utilities
Electrical Maintenance Mechanic
Golf Course Attendant (Part Time)
Landscape Maintenance Tech I
Maintenance Mechanic II
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Supervisor - Landscape Maintenance
System Integrator  


This Week's Items to Know:
Downtown Shuttle Service - Update   The launch of the much anticipated free downtown shuttle service is imminent!  Our Parking Operations Division is coordinating very closely with the service
Shuttle service vehicle on display at
City Hall in February.

provider, Gotcha (Green Operated Transit Carrying Humanity Around) Ride.  They're making good progress, hiring and training drivers, marketing, and preparing for the official launch. 

A fleet of seven low speed electric vehicles will connect people to places in downtown and the Rosemary District. To begin, the hours of operation will be 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. 

Stay tuned!    

Boat Basin - Viewing Area Closed  The viewing area of the 10th Street Boat Basin, where people pause for lunch or take in the scenery between appointments, is now temporarily closed as crews prepare to dredge the basin.  This is the area on the south side of the boat basin, adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
A perimeter fence is now erected and the area will be used for equipment staging during the dredging project, which is expected to run at least through July 4th.  During the temporary closure, Sarasota Bay will receive some much needed TLC to improve its health and maintain marine navigation.

The 10th Street Boat Basin viewing area now has a perimeter fence and will be closed to the public during the dredging project. 

Throughout the project, dredging crews will work around boaters.

In the meantime, the other improvement project in the area -- the replacement of the decking of the docks at the 10th Street Boat Ramp -- is coming along well and is on schedule for completion in mid-May.

Men's Sr. City Championship: Deadline March 27   Reminder:  The deadline to register for the 22nd Annual Men's Senior City Championship is rapidly approaching!  Registration closes at the end of the day on Monday, March 27. Entry fee is $150 per player. Bobby Jones Logo

The tournament will be held the weekend of April 1 & 2 and is open to all amateur male golfers who will be at least 50 years of age on April 1.  This will be the first time both the American and British Courses will be played.   

For more information please contact the Golf Shop:  941-954-4163 or visit

Saprito Pier: Closed March 29-31 (Daytime Only)  The City has contracted with an engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive structural inspection of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier.

The 24/7/365 exposure to Mother Nature, including extreme
The Tony Saprito Fishing Pier will be temporarily closed March 29-31 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

temperatures, pounding surf and high winds can take its toll on structures like the pier, and we want to have a full analysis of its condition.  The inspection will include scuba divers working under the pier checking the structural integrity, as well as crews working topside. 

During the surface inspection, the pier will be closed to the public during daytime hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on March 29, 30, 31. 

We understand the pier is a popular fishing destination and have limited the closure, so anglers will still be able to enjoy early morning and night fishing.   

U.S. 41 AC Water Main Project   The Utilities Department is gearing up for a significant improvement project that will temporarily impact some streets in the Arlington Park and Alta Vista neighborhoods.

Over 3.5 miles of aging utility water mains, under and adjacent to U.S. 41, will be replaced during 7 phases of this project.  We want residents to be aware of the project, why it's necessary, and what the City is doing to minimize the construction impact.

A dedicated website providing an overview of the project and answering frequently asked questions is now available:  

Project team members are giving presentations to neighborhoods, including the upcoming CCNA meeting on April 1 to provide residents with the information they need about the project. Also, a notice will be included in water bills.

Construction work is expected to start in May.  Residents will receive notices prior to work beginning.

Currently, water mains run on the edge of U.S. 41, a state road, making them dangerous to repair. Those lines were installed many decades ago -- well before the current levels of traffic.  Now, to replace a failing water main, traffic lanes must be temporarily closed along this busy road. Ultimately, with this improvement project, the goal is to improve the capacity and quality of pipes and move the water distribution system safely away from conflicts with U.S. 41. traffic.        

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through March 2017.  For more information visit    
Fri., March 24 - 8 p.m.
Sat., March 25 - 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sun., March 26 - 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
Mon., March 27 - 8 p.m.

Momix - Opus Cactus 
Tues., March 28 - 8 p.m.

Sarasota Concert Association - Piano Duo 
Thurs., March 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