From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
November 3, 2017
With cooler temperatures, Marilyn Chapman and a group of other female golfers are stepping out for a round and some fresh air at Bobby Jones Golf Club.  The historic, municipal golf course is open 365 days a year.  In addition to regular daily rounds, Bobby Jones hosts several tournaments throughout the year.   Details below on last weekend's popular Men's Better Ball Championship. 


  • City Commission
    Mon., November 6 - 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Downtown Improvement District
    Tues., November 7 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Community Workshop
    Tues., November 7 - 5:30 p.m.
    City Hall Annex - SRQ Media Studio
  • Firefighters' Pension Plan Board of Trustees
    Special Meeting

    Wed., November 8 - 9 a.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers
  • Public Art
    Wed., November 8 - 1 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers

  • Planning Board
    Wed., November 8 - 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.
Chief Transportation Planner
Director of Utilities
Engineering Technician III - Public Works
Manager Maintenance Service
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Rec Attendant (RLTCC)  
Recreation Specialist   
Senior Pension Accountant
Supervisor, Digital Media VWPAH
Treatment Plant Operator C - Wastewater
   Volunteer/Unpaid Intern     

This Week's Items to Know:

Veterans Day - Observed Fri., Nov. 10   City administrative offices will be closed next Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day.   
Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be picked up as usual.  
The annual parade will be held the following day, Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. (Details on the parade below.) 
While administrative offices will be closed, many other services will be operational including public safety and recreation.  Please note some hours may vary:
* Bobby Jones Golf Club: Open every day of the year

* Lido Pool:  Regular hours
-  Friday 11/10:  10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
-  Saturday 11/11:  10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

* Robert L. Taylor Community Complex
-  Friday 11/10:  6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
-  Saturday 11/11:  9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

* Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
             -   Friday 11/10:  Box Office open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
                 * Will host the Sarasota Orchestra at 8 p.m.

             -   Saturday 11/11:  Box Office open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
                              * Will host the Sarasota Orchestra at 8 p.m.    
Veterans Day Parade - 11/11 at 10 a.m.   Everyone is invited to come downtown on Saturday, November 11 as the Sarasota community continues its longstanding tradition of honoring our military veterans.
2016 Veterans Day Parade 
The parade route moves from east to west on Main Street with the start at Osprey Ave. at 10 a.m. and the end at Gulfstream Ave.  Then, a ceremony will begin at approximately 11 a.m. at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, recognizing the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918 ending World War I.  
The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee selected the theme
C.J. Bannister will be the keynote speaker.

"We Can Do It" this year to honor women who served abroad and at home during World War II.  This year's keynote speaker, C.J. Bannister, will address these significant contributions and Sarasota's role during the war.  Ms. Bannister is a former U.S. Air Force Sergeant who now serves as the Director of Veteran Services for Goodwill Manasota.
To be included in the women's "We Can Do It" recognition, please co
Public Parking - New Parking App   Parking just got easier
thanks to a new mobile app called Parker. The app helps drivers find available public parking in downtown Sarasota, Southside Village, St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach. It's free and now available for Apple and Android cell phones and tablets. 

Developed by the company Streetline, the app collects data from sensors near parking spaces and provides a real-time map on your mobile device showing on-street parking availability.  
For an overview of the app, check out this video:  

Parker also provides useful data for our Parking Operations Division, allowing enhanced management of public parking.  Plus, it's a great way to cut down on congestion, reduce carbon emissions and make parking easier than ever before. 

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.  Or visit: 

Newtown Alive - Mobile App Available   One of the elements of a long term project to preserve the history of the 100+ year old Newtown community is now complete.  A free mobile app, called Newtown Alive, is now available for download on your smart phone or tablet.
The app is a companion piece to the Heritage Trail that was recently unveiled in Newtown with 15 markers providing information about historic aspects of the community from healthcare to commerce to education and athletics.
A detailed timeline depicting the history of Newtown is available on the app.  Also, lifelong residents of this predominantly African-American neighborhood share their memories of family, community and integration. 
The Newtown Alive app is available at the Apple App store and Google Play at no cost.
In 2015, the City Commission provided funding and created the  Newtown Conservation Historic District Task Force to work with a consultant to ensure Newtown's history would be preserved.  This community project included compiling information and photos, plus conducting extensive video interviews with many longtime residents    
Bobby Jones Golf Club - Men's Better Ball Champs    
Congratulations to Dave Perna and Phil Walters, the 2017 Men's Better Ball Championship team.  Phil and Dave held on to a one stroke lead to clinch the title last weekend after playing 36 holes at our historic municipal golf course, Bobby Jones Golf Club.  They finished with a total of -14 under par.  K.C. Fox and Brad Knight came in at -13 under par.  Another exciting finish to this popular amateur tournament!
Tournament champs Dave Perna (L) and Phil Walters (R) with Bobby Jones Golf Club Assistant Manager and Golf Pro Christian Martin 

Kudos to the players and tournament coordinators for persevering through Mother Nature's torment, with rain Saturday afternoon and blustery conditions on Sunday.   
The next tournament will be for the senior men!  The 3rd Annual Men's Senior Better Ball Championship will be played the weekend of November 18 & 19.  Registration is $190 per team.  Deadline to register is Mon., November 13.  

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is a list of shows through Dec. 2017.  To view the entire Van Wezel season visit 

So You Think You Can Dance 
Fri., November 3 - 8 p.m. 
Doo Wop Spectacular
Sat., November 4 - 7:30 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra
Fri., November 10 - 8 p.m.
Sat., November 11 - 8 p.m.
Sun., November 12 - 2:30 p.m.

Celtic Thunder Symphony 2017
Wed., November 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Straight No Chaser
Thurs., November 16 - 8 p.m.
Celtic Thunder Symphony will perform Nov. 15.

Decades Rewind 
Fri., November 17  - 8 p.m. 
Three Dog Night 
Sat., November 18 - 8 p.m. 
Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour 
Tues., November 28 - 8 p.m.

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story 
Fri., December 1 - 8 p.m.
Tues., December 5 - 8 p.m.
An Irish Tenors Christmas 
Sat., December 2 - 8 p.m.
Leann Rimes - Today is Christmas Tour 
Sun., December 3 - 7 p.m.
The Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will perform Dec. 29.

Sarasota Orchestra 
Fri., December 8 - 8 p.m.
98 Degrees Christmas
Mon., December 11 - 8 p.m.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
Sun., December 17 - 2:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Reminder:  In conjunction with Keiser University & CareerSource Suncoast, the City will host a job fair next Thurs., November 9 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.  50+ employers are expected to be on site with many conducting immediate interviews.   
Weekly Briefs will be on hiatus next week.  Have a good week and enjoy our special city!  
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Tom Barwin
City Manager