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Sarasota City News Letters – Week ending November 10, 2017

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Sarasota attempting to revive plan to slow traffic on Fruitville Road

To: Town of Longboat Key Commission

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates made a big effort earlier this year to stop the Fruitville Road Streetscape Enhancement project, which would spend $10.2 million to slow down through traffic on Fruitville Road. The plan called for narrowing Fruitville Road all the way from US 41 to US 301. And, the staff’s preferred option of the plan called for converting Fruitville Road into two lanes, from Cocoanut Avenue to Lemon Avenue, with 3 single lane roundabouts.  In our effort, we got the support of the Lido Key Residents Association, the Bird Key Homeowners Association, The Town of Longboat Key, the Longboat Key Revitalization Task Force, the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and the Sarasota Observer. And, we succeeded in preventing it from being presented in March, as per its announced schedule.

But, it looks like City staff are trying to revive the plan. They are now proposing a meeting to discuss relegating cyclists to side roads as part of eliminating the bike lanes on Fruitville Road, as part of their revival of the Fruitville Streetscape plan. See the notice posted below.

First, I wanted to let you know that City of Sarasota staff are trying to revive the Fruitville Road plan. And, obviously, we hope that you will take steps to stop it over the coming months.   Through the grapevine, we hear that they want to bring this to the City Commission late this year. Second, I would like to ask that you send representatives to this meeting and speak out against the City’s plan. If you can send representative, please let me know.

Mike Lasche

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates

 

Possible City Park site

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

I have reached out to the realtors having information on two parcels of land on the adjacent corners of 12th Street and Lockwood Ridge Road, for possible consideration as a park.

I have previously met with Mr. Fogle and Mr. Cover to share my interest with them regarding this opportunity, and will be providing additional updates as I receive more information.

My emails to Realtor Quintenz have been distributed to the commission for information purposes, so I wanted to bring you up to speed in case you receive questions.

I’d like to meet with you to discuss this matter further when your schedule permits.

Shelli Freeland Eddie

Mayor

Sarasota

 

Public speaking on Lido Pavillion

To: City Clerk Pam Nadalini

I’d like to speak to the Lido beach Pavillion ITN today. Would I be correct in assuming that it’ll be possible to request to speak to the agenda item?

Martin Hyde

Sarasota

 

To: Martin Hyde

I hope all is well.

In response to your question, yes, public input is allowed up to three minutes during the afternoon portion of the agenda concerning ITN #14-69DB related to the Lido Beach Pavilion Lease Agreement.

For convenience, provided below is a hyperlink and attached is a copy of the agenda request and backup material concerning the matter.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance or if you have any questions. Thank you.

Pamela Nadalini

City Auditor and Clerk

Sarasota

 

 

Let’s see the agreement…

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Please provide the commission with a copy of the concession agreement that the current vendor is currently operating under (along with any extensions).

Shelli Freeland Eddie

Mayor

Sarasota

 

Lido Beach Pavilion lease

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Here are my questions regarding the Pavilion Lease:

If the initial lease period does not begin until after construction, where is agreement for what occurs in the interim, such as how construction is to be staged, the commitment to provide food service, etc.

The Tenant Can extend lease unilaterally? Where is the protection for the City should the Tenant not performed as promised regarding insuring open access for the public and other commitments?

How was lease amount determined?

How does the lease amount compare to other city leases?

What happens if the major conditional use zoning change is not granted?

Why does the zoning change submission come after the lease is signed?

There is a Typo in paragraph 6, second line. S/b “visitors” not “visitors”.

What savings does the City get by Tenant assuming all the maintenance costs that the City is paying now?

Where are provisions for how the pavilion should be run which insures public access?

ITN states that any responses submitted after the date due will not be considered, so can someone else now come in and submit their bid?

Please address the complaint that not enough people knew about the ITN or there would have been more submissions.

ITN says that negotiations can be terminated at any time. Would it be bad faith to terminate at this point?

Lease agreement was to have been presented within 120 days of the final selection. How does that affect this ITN?

ITN says that responders shall not have any communication with city commissioners. What if they have?

Liz Alpert

Commissioner

Sarasota

 

Safety and Setbacks

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown and City Clerk Pamela Nadalini

I write to inquire about the December 4, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting.  I have been told that the topics of Safety and Setbacks, will be included on the Agenda and wonder if you could please confirm this?

While both issues have broad implications for the entire city, they have had an immediate impact on my S. Palm Avenue neighborhood.  Thus, I would like to confirm and notify my fellow neighbors about the December 4th Agenda as soon as possible, so they can plan their schedules accordingly.   

Holly Hinman

Sarasota

 

To: Holly Hinman

Good morning. Yes, construction methods, safety and setbacks are scheduled for the Monday December 4 City Commission meeting. If there are any changes I will let you know. Thanks for checking in.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

Sarasota

 

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Could I trouble you with one more request?  By any chance, do you know the approximate time slot that Safety and Setbacks will be assigned during the December 4, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting Agenda?

Holly Hinman

Sarasota

 

To: Holly Hinman

I believe it may be in the evening (after 6:00 p.m.). Both Bob and Tim are copied and can provide their thoughts.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

Sarasota

 

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Thank you all for your attention to this matter:

Is it possible to request that Construction Methods: Safety & Setbacks be assigned to an evening time slot on the December 4, Agenda?

Numerous citizens are concerned about these issues and an evening time slot would make it possible for them attend the Regular Commission Meeting without having to coordinate time off from work.  If you could confirm your decision soon, I would appreciate it, so that I can share the verified schedule with my neighbors.

Holly Hinman

Sarasota

 

To: Holly Hinman

Right now it is scheduled under unfinished business in the afternoon as it is a matter discussed by the Commission and asked to be brought back.

Timothy Litchet

City Planner

Sarasota

 

Boulevard of the Arts needs lighting

To: City Staff

I am so sorry to have to bother you again but we are all at our wit’s end. FPL has done nothing at all to turn on the streetlights on Boulevard of the Arts from the Hyatt to the Bay. We are walking at night with flashlights and people are going to the Van Wezel guided by the lights on their cell phones. This is a serious danger and we have made a concerted effort to get FPL to do something and they have done nothing. Can you help us? Thank you.

Barbara Pekow

Sarasota

 

To: Sarasota City Commission

When this was first reported in early October we checked on these lights and our records indicated that this is a city maintained circuit.  We also reached out to our facilities contact within the City of Sarasota, who confirmed that these light are City of Sarasota maintained. They indicated that there are no power issues, that in fact there was a burned wire under the roadway and that a directional bore was scheduled and they would resolve the problem. The City staff should have the latest information on the current status of the repairs. My apologies for the information not getting relayed back to you.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

Rae Dowling

Florida Power and Light

 

Status of Hyde-Frangioni case

Hyde-Frangioni case

To: City Attorney Robert Fournier

Please kindly advise of the final outcome of this matter.

Shelli Freeland Eddie

Mayor

Sarasota

 

To: Sarasota City Commission

At the hearing this past Tuesday, Judge Mercurio ordered that Sgt. Frangioni be re-instated to active duty by no later than 5 p.m. November 9, 2017. My understanding is that he actually returned to work yesterday, the day after the hearing.

Judge Mercurio also ordered the City to furnish back pay calculations to Sgt. Frangioni within ten (10) days and to cut him his check within fifteen (15) days. It is my understanding that both were accomplished yesterday, although Sgt. Frangioni may dispute the calculations, the City would pay him at the least the sum that the City agreed is due.  (The City is entitled to deduct wages Sgt. Frangioni has earned from other employment during the period of separation from SPD.)

Finally, the court ruled that if upon the expiration of 30 days that there are outstanding unresolved issues between the parties, that they are to meet within the next 30 days so that all issues are resolved within 60 days.  If there are still unresolved issues after sixty days, the parties must go back to the Arbitrator.

Robert Fournier

City Attorney

Sarasota

 

Martin Hyde-Frangioni case

To: Sarasota City Attorney Robert Fournier

As you have no doubt already heard the Frangioni case was ruled upon this afternoon with the inevitable black eye for the City. Whilst the phrases about not fighting City Hall are generally true for once the little guy won the day. The other adage about Justice delayed being justice denied also thankfully didn’t come true despite the City making the officer wait over 15 months after the arbitration award was handed down to do what was ordered.

The costs to the City have been substantial and frankly are entirely the fault of the City manager and the Chief of police.

Officer Frangioni has been poorly treated by the City in this matter as reflected by the order expediting the back pay and return to work.

What I’d hope is that going forward that City management takes a more common sense approach to what was frankly an outrageous waste of taxpayers hard earned money for the sole purpose of creating authority for the Chief.

What the Chief could learn from this is that authority is earned not demanded or coerced. All is well that ends well and this has ended well for Anthony Frangioni albeit at a cost North of $250k between back pay for 30 months plus legal fees to City Taxpayers. It does remind me that certain people unmentioned at City Hall couldn’t tell the difference between a “Fiduciary duty” and a bacon sandwich! Have a good evening and Happy Halloween.

Martin Hyde

Sarasota

 




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