Sarasota City News Letters – Week ending November 3, 2017

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U.S. Recycling/Central Cocoanut

To: Sarasota City Commission, City Manager Tom Barwin

Today is a gorgeous Florida day with nice cool weather and beautiful blue sky!  I would like to be able to enjoy it with my home’s door open. I would like to be able to enjoy it by taking my dog for a walk in our neighborhood!  I cannot because U.S. Recycling’s high pitched alarms have been ringing in the air most of the day. It’s an unpleasant high-pitched toggling sound that floats through the air loud and clear. It is sickening to me and I am really tired of hearing it everyday!  In the morning as soon as I open my doors this is what I usually hear-the high pitched toggling alarms! I can hear the alarms clearly out front or out back, anywhere outside of my home.  I just returned home from the park where I had to go to enjoy the weather outside because being in the vicinity of that noise here in our neighborhood is undesirable.  I opened the door of my vehicle and what did I hear?  The high-pitched toggling alarms.  I tried to walk my dog to the end of the block but had to return home because I couldn’t take it.  I returned to my home and immediately shut the door to shut out the disgusting noise of the high-pitched alarms from U.S. Recycling.  I have previously reported this to city officials so it has been documented.  It is what I consider to be a nuisance to the quality of life in this neighborhood.  I have audio recordings of the “alarms” which I would be happy to share, perhaps for the entire 3 minutes allowed at public input during a city commission meeting.  I would like to know how other people feel about being subjected to this just for three minutes…can you imagine for hours at a time? Or everyday? The high pitched toggling alarms emitted from U.S. Recycling in the Central Cocoanut Neighborhood are disturbing and unhealthy and not residential friendly.

Lori Sykora



To: Ms. Lori Sykora

I will request code enforcement visit your neighborhood and document the noise levels you are reporting for enforcement purposes. Thank you for taking the time to inform us.

Tom Barwin

City Manager 



Lido Pavilion

To: Editor

That figure of 200 seats is not a 25 percent increase. It is a 100 percent increase and doesn’t count seats in the cabanas or the tables in the splash pad area where they plan to have food and drink service. The pavilion currently uses about 90 seats. They are counting seats at picnic tables that Sarasota County dropped off one day in the lawn area adjacent to the patio that are not under the control of the existing licensee to arrive at a fake 150+ number. Also, the licensee doesn’t use or count the two large tables outside the women’s restroom as part of his service area which is also used as part of a seasonal Farmers Market every Thursday.

This is a huge giveaway of a public asset.

Dan Kriwitsky

Longboat Key


Dunnellon visit to Sarasota

To: Mayor Freeland Eddie

Mayor Walter Green from the City of Dunnellon reached out to me today because he said the two of you have been in contact with regards to his group’s visit on November 3rd to the Sarasota community. He suggested you might be interested in joining the group for all or part of their visit as they learn more about the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s 2 Generation Initiative and programs. We would be so honored to have you join us!

For the afternoon session beginning around 12:30, we’ve decided on small break-out style sessions with each of the community partners joining us. We expect to have about 5 partners with us. They will each give a short presentation to the whole group on who they are and what they do, then our guests will have the opportunity to decide with whom they want to sit and talk with to learn more. We believe this format will be most useful for our guests traveling from across the state as they learn about our work and take some ideas back to their communities.

Please let me know if you would like to join us for all or part of the visit. We would be so lucky to have you join us!

Rebekah Leopold

Initiative Consultant

Community Foundation of Sarasota


To: Rebekah Leopold

I’d like to attend the CFSC event.

As 2 commissioners have expressed an interest, I am copying City Attorney Fournier to determine if this matter needs to be noticed.

Shelli Freeland Eddie


City of Sarasota


To: Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie

I do not believe that this meeting would have to be noticed if more than one Commissioner decides to attend because the subject matter of any discussions that would take place does not seem to involve a matter that is reasonably foreseeable to come before the City Commission.

Robert M. Fournier

City Attorney

City of Sarasota


To: Parking Director Mark Lyons

Thanks for your thorough feedback. Very helpful in bringing me up to speed.

I’ll reach out if I have further questions. Have a great weekend.

Shelli Freeland Eddie


City of Sarasota


To: Parking Director Mark Lyons

I’ve been asked to provide a comment on pending state legislation that seeks to prevent garages statewide from requiring occupants to pull into parking spaces.

I’ve looked at our ordinances.  The closest thing I could find is Sec. VII-203 – General parking requirements.  Subsection (12) states “Reverse/back-in angle parking is permitted in off-street parking areas.”

Is this the section that precludes back-in parking?  If not, please provide the correct ordinance section.

Mark, please advise whether you support or object to this proposed ordinance, along with your rationale.

Shelli Freeland Eddie, Esq.




Flooding streets a major problem

To: Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch

I live at Watergate Drive, a posh address with a myriad of current and worsening traffic problems.

Last Monday night October 23rd, I went to dinner at 7 p.m. It was a lovely night. At 9 p.m. when it came time to come home, it was pouring the proverbial cats and dogs. When it seemed it wouldn’t let up, we just got into the car and tried to drive home.

And that’s when the trouble started. Driving west on Fruitville, the street was flooded as we approached US 41. Somehow we turned left to find ourselves in 12 inches of water with traffic held up and cars stalled all over the place. It was a mess! The water was over the median curb that runs down the center of the street and almost up to the door of Dino’s, the pizza place.

Yes, everyone knows there is minor flooding every time it rains at the corner of US 41 and Gulfstream and again at the signal at Golden Point approaching the Ringling bridge. But this time it was extreme. In just less than 2 hours, we had a serious traffic situation at a major city intersection; an emergency that was far too dangerous to just ignore.

I really don’t care whose problem this is – the city, the county, the state, the developers. It simply must get fixed. Please use the power of your position to convene all the necessary people to resolve this problem. And do so before the snow birds arrive and make matters all the more serious.

Maintaining the public roads seems to me one of the more important roles of government. And right now, I am delayed, restricted and/or endangered every time I leave or return my home when it rains.

Barbara Brizdle



To: Barbara Brizdle

I am sorry you were in such an awful situation and I couldn’t agree with you more. Something needs to be done.

I am copying the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, the Planning Director, and the Sustainability Manager on this email so we can look into this further.

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

Jen Ahearn-Koch




Civics 101

To: Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie

I note that you’re on a panel espousing community involvement and civic engagement this weekend which I applaud. What is a little hard to reconcile with that is anyone suggesting that a citizen not help police in the case of a missing 14-year-old boy.

Martin Hyde



To: Martin Hyde

Thanks for reaching out.

I have never suggested that, “a citizen not help the police in the case of a missing 14-year-old boy.”  I am not sure if you intended to direct this comment toward me, or rather if your intent was to make me aware of your belief that someone else has taken this view or action.

In any event, I am available to discuss your concerns in this regard.  Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss further. Thanks and have a good afternoon.

Shelli Freeland Eddie




Jabez Spann investigation

To: City of Sarasota Commission

Good afternoon everyone.  I just wanted to touch base and let you know that we will be conducting some neighborhood canvasses tomorrow in reference to the Jabez Spann case. We will be working in partnership with the FBI, FDLE, and ATF who will be out assisting us. We will be starting the canvass mid-afternoon and figure it will take us a few hours to complete depending on what we find.  We will be operating in a several block radius on the north side of town.  It is our hope that we will uncover some information that will assist us with the case.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Thank you.

Lieutenant Scott Mayforth

CID – Assistant Commander

Sarasota Police Department


To: Lt. Mayforth

Would it be possible to meet briefly with you and your team sometime tomorrow while you’re in the community? You’re welcome to stop by my law office or I can meet you wherever you designate.

Shelli Freeland Eddie




Ashes need to be addressed

To: Commissioner Liz Alpert      

We have a rather strange occurrence happening on Palm Avenue and I’m not sure who in the City to direct an inquiry toward to resolve this. At S. Palm we are getting rained upon by black ashes. It comes and goes and seems dependent on the direction of the wind. This has been going on for a number of years but appears to be getting worse. This month our landlord had our sidewalk repainted and the ashes are already adhering to the finish and discoloring it.  There is concern as to whether this ash is harmful. I’ve attached a few pictures of the strange material – some pieces are huge.  Can you please help to get this matter to the correct department? Thank you.      

Deborah Dart     



To: Deborah Dart

That is a strange occurrence!  I don’t know who to direct this to either, but I have copied the City Managers for their input and direction.  They will know what City department should look into this.

Liz Alpert

Vice Mayor



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