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Editorial Letters – Week ending January 4, 2019

Longboat Key News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Second opinions

To: Public Works Director Isaac Brownman

Isaac, given the track record of our beach consultants, it might be advisable to get a second opinion. So far, I have been 100 percent right and the beach consultants have that 100 percent wrong, when predicting how the groins would function. I believe that putting in more groins will simply worsen the problem. As far as I can see each groin will starve a down drift groin. Storms will eat out the sand between the grind and there is not enough sand budget to replenish them. Additionally, the onshore currents will be altered by the groins and may move the disasters erosion at Long Beach Condominiums somewhere else up the coast, perhaps Beachplace. Given how the existing groins have functioned, how can you logically expect additional groins to behave differently, adjacent to a large fast moving inlet?

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Comparitive Examples of Noise Levels

To: Code Enforcement Officer Chris Elbon

Chris, the speed boats were here again, as they are usually, after the Mar Vista on weekends, with their loud engines, reving them and gunning them as they leave. My take is that the speed boat exhaust noise is at least twice as loud as any lawn mower engine I’ve heard in my neighborhood. These boats leave a long wake of loud noise all the way down Sisters Keys, as they head back to Sarasota.

Looking at the attached chart, lawnmowers are listed as making 90 decibels of noise, which exceeds Florida code, which I sent you yesterday.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Statutes & Constitution View Statutes

To: Commissioner Ed Zunz

I have an SPL (noise meter) which I will gladly loan to the town if it means that the town will protect village residents from the too loud (>90 dbm) cigarette boat exhausts at the Mar Vista restraunt. Of course the Mar Vista could be good neighbors and 86 any loud boats which would save the town staff time monitoring the too loud boats.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

The Preserve

To: Commissioner Ed Zunz

I would like to set up a meeting with you to discuss several issues as they relate to building codes and code enforcement, especially as they relate to The Preserve project currently under construction at the former Art Center property. Please call me to set a date and time. Thanks in advance for your response.

Michael Riter

Longboat Key

 

The Preserve

To: Michael Riter

I left you a telephone message yesterday in response to your understandable concerns about construction issues at the Preserve, in which I referenced the actions being taken by the town, including a stop work order.  Please let me know if you would like to discuss these matters in greater detail.

Ed Zunz

Commissioner

Longboat Key

 

To: Town Manager Tom Harmer

For years I have been asking the town to look into providing our residents with low cost internet. The current minimum cost for medium speed internet on Longboat is$60 a month for 50 Mbps. I believe the town could provide equivalent service for $10 or $15 a month, and still make money, while saving the community over a quarter million dollars a month.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Frontier Fiber Talks

To: Town Manager Tom Harmer

I believe enough time has passed since out last meeting to have some sort of dialogue to have developed between Frontier and the town concerning existing fiber optics on the island. It is my hope that the town and Frontier will find a way of providing our community a specialized fiber system at a fraction of the cost the taxpayers will pay producing a second and perhaps redundant fiber optic system.

Please update me on what has transpired between the town at the frontier. Additionally I am interested to know where the town stands with pinpoint second vendor for the fiber-optic system.

Gente Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Community Leaders to speak at Sarasota Middle School

To: Vice Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

The Education Foundation is hosting an immersive learning event at Sarasota Middle School.  I’ve inserted a summary of the program below.  We supplement these learning events with speakers from the community to discuss related subjects, facilitate workshops or discuss their career and career journey.  One of our teachers asked if we could include someone who could explain the law making process and current pesticides and water issues facing upcoming legislative sessions in our state. Is this something that you or someone on your staff would be interested in and able to do?

Details:

Where: Sarasota Middle School, 4826 Ashton Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Grades: 6 – 8

Number of students per session: 22 – 55

Dates: January 7 – 10

We are totally flexible so any of the date/time slots above will work for SMS.

Thanks so much for your consideration!

Sarasota Middle School immersive learning program:

The theme of the SMS 2019 immersion is a historical crop duster plane wreckage or scrapping that may be impacting the resident watershed. Students will return to campus after break to discover a containment and excavation team analyzing the scene, removing artifacts and processing the area much like a real hazmat, first responder, EMS department, research group or the like would do. Several plane artifacts, fuel barrels, fertilizer drums and assorted items will be “discovered” underground on campus. The immersive event functions as an all-school collective exercise that serves as a malleable inquiry instrument through which cross curricular content can be delivered. The instruction becomes all the more meaningful and real to the students as they work to better understand and work through the development on campus with the social, academic and intellectual skills they have available. Diverse content conveyance, college and career awareness, grade level reading, multidisciplinary collaboration and much more are all accomplished via these exciting scenario based learning experiences.

Lori Aberle Gentile

Career Readiness Middle Schools

 

To: Lori Gentile

Thanks for reaching out to me about this. I have copied the City’s Sustainability Manager, Stevie Freemon Montes along with the City Manager Tom Barwin on this email as they will know best how to respond to this request and to whom it should be directed. Thanks for reaching out to me on this and I do hope you are directed to someone who is best suited for this!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Lemon Avenue Streetscape update

To: Vice-Mayor Jen Ahearn Koch

Per your request I am sending you an update on the project. An open house was held December 17th to update the public on the design.

We have received the 60 percent plans which have been reviewed by City staff and are addressing details regarding ADA ramps, hardscape, tree health issues, plant variety in the parks, truck turning radii, etc.

We have requested that the Contractor, Jon Swift Construction, provide a cost estimate to relocate the existing utility infrastructure to accommodate canopy trees within the corridor, of which existing conditions preclude the installation of certain tree species. Included with this proposal will be best management practices to insure years of healthy growth. The impacts on the construction timeline will also be included.

In order to stay on track with a construction start date of mid-May, 2018, we will need to make the January 22 Commission meeting date for approval of the design.

Richard Winder

CIP Project Coordinator

City of Sarasota

 

To: Project Coordinator Richard Winder

Thanks for getting back to me. I do have some simple questions about the plans I was provided. Perhaps we could schedule a quick meeting before the January meeting? I would just need half an hour.

I have copied Diane Taylor on this email along with other City staff with whom I have previously discussed some of my questions.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Epoch development

To: Lucia Panica

As a 13-year resident of South Palm Ave., what is one of the city’s finest streets, I find the architectural renderings submitted by the developer of Epoch to be not only incompatible with the beautiful visual flow of this street, but, quite frankly,

evidence of a complete disregard for this street’s fine character. Here, I’m talking about the tall, sheer wall that is proposed as the Epoch’s rear facade presented towards S. Palm Avenue. It’s astonishing to see something like this; it’s also very disappointing. The city must not approve this design as being compatible with the neighborhood. It is totally incompatible.

I urge you to require the developer to re-examine his plans and provide the residents of this beautiful street a more fitting view of his building. On this street we need setbacks such as seen at Sarabande and Tessera as well as stepbacks as also seen at these same two buildings. The Epoch should provide nothing less than these features.

Please know that I am in favor of saving as many trees as possible on the Epoch’s lot.  Every effort must be made to assure that they remain.  Possibly redesigning the shape of the building could allow for this and now is the time to make such a change.

I encourage you strongly to seek every means of protecting these trees.

And, lastly, this building needs to provide guest parking for its residents.  Tessera has six such parking spots of which one is designated handicapped. With the same number of units in Epoch as in Tessera,  it would be advisable to have the same number of guests spaces provided (6). My experience is that six is a number proven to function very well at Tessera. Thank you for the opportunity to convey to you my serious concerns with regard to this pending development. I trust the planning department will consider my suggestions with serious regard.

Barbara Campo

Sarasota

 

To: Lucia Panica

Would it be possible to schedule a site visit? Let me know when you can and Diane can schedule it.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor, City of Sarasota

 

GWIZ Demolition Permit

To: Planning Director Steve Cover

Although Dr. Smith responded to let me know that the demolition permit had been signed off, my follow up question was:

How can the public examine the demolition application and subsequent staff review notes?

Would you be able to respond to this or should I direct the question to another official?

Thanking you for your assistance.

Selma Goker Wilson

Int’al Assoc

 

To: Planning Director Steve Cover

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Could you please copy me on the response to Ms. Göker’s questions?

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor, City of Sarasota

 

To: Selma Goker Wilson

I believe Dr. Clifford Smith responded in a previous email.  In addition, the City is not in violation of the City Code.

Steve Cover

City Planning Director, City of Sarasota

 

GWIZ Demolition Permit

To: Purchasing General Manager David Boswell

I did get your automated reply but thank you for letting me know personally.

Although Steve Cover never responded on the issue, I did find out the status of the permit during the Historic Preservation Board meeting yesterday when Dr Smith announced towards the end of the meeting that the permit had been administratively approved.

It is my understanding that this in violation of the City Code section İV-824 in particular the City Document: Demolition-Florida Master Site File Structures – Application Package which outlines the application and approval process.

How can the public examine the demolition application and subsequent staff review notes?

Selma Goker

Sarasota

 

GWIZ Demolition Permit

To: Purchasing General Manager David Boswell

I saw that the GWIZ demo permit has come online. Since I can not see its status until a phase is complete I wanted to ask.    At what stage is the permit currently, relative to the Florida Department of State Division of Historic Resources announcing its eligibility to the Register of Historic Places.? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Selma Goker

Sarasota

 

Tarp needs repair

To: Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Fogle

I hope you are well and had a lovely holiday.

I wanted to bring to your attention, if you are not already aware, that there is tarp hanging down at the skate park near the entrances. I think it is the cover for part of the breezeway and might have fallen during recent storms. I have been asked by a number of park-goers about the status of its repair, so if you could kindly update me when you can, then I can pass that information along.

Thanks so much and happy New Year.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Farmer’s Market Potential Restrooms

To: Mayor Liz Alpert

First, thanks so much for coming tomorrow morning and saying a few words at 10:00am.  I’ll get with you prior, but it should be fairly brief, maybe just thanking Peter for the 40 years he has been at the market.

I’ve included some information on the possibility of farmer’s market restrooms.  Maybe you can take a look at some of the information attached put together by architect Thomas Denslow. Please notice these are not public restrooms, but would be used Saturdays for the farmers market and would be available for any other organization to use at a small fee.  The market would generate funding for the project and would ask if the city would lease the space for the potential restrooms. Tom has come up with a great plan using Exeloo that is small in size and able to be craned in once the platform and utilities are available.

I’ll print out some of the information attached and we can talk for a few minutes tomorrow, but would like to move forward with discussions if this could happen.

Phil Pagano

Executive Director, Farmer’s Market

 

Farmer’s Market Potential Restrooms

To: City Manager Tom Barwin

Phil Pagano sent over some ideas for restrooms for the Farmer’s Market and other events. I don’t know if it is something we can or want to do, but wanted to bring it to your attention for input.

Liz Alpert

Mayor, City of Sarasota

 

Farmer’s Market Potential Restrooms

To: Mayor Liz Alpert

We are aware, support this need and are looking at options for the inclusion of restrooms and a pavilion. However, I must share that space at the Park is extremely tight whereby we will have to sacrifice green space for including what is shown by Phil. Once we have more info from our team I will share with everyone on the best way to handle this request. Thanks Mayor.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager, City of Sarasota

 

Request from Vice Mayor

To: Systems Administrator Charlie Joy

Vice Mayor Ahearn-Koch would like all of her emails listed in her inbox under  “Lido Pav CC Mtg 2019” be sent to Shayla Griggs & Attorney Fournier to see if they would like them added to the Jan 14th Special Lido Beach Pavilion Meeting Packet. Is this something you can do for her?

Diane Taylor

Administrative Assistant

City Commission Office

 

Request from Vice Mayor

To: Diane Taylor

Yes this should be possible. I’ll let you know when it’s done.

Charlie Joy

Systems Administrator, City of Sarasota

 

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

To: Mayor Liz Alpert

The Wyland Foundation in partnership with the National League of Cities and the U.S. EPA  invites the city of Sarasota to participate in the 8th annual National Mayor’s Challenge taking place during the entire month of April, Earth Month, where you will join mayors of such prominent cities as Dallas, San Diego, Denver, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and many more who have lead their cities in the National Mayor’s Challenge.

Last year alone residents pledged to save 3 billion gallons of water! A new report from The Untied States Conference of Mayors states that local governments are carrying the cost of nearly 98% of it’s water infrastructure. With that in mind, water conservation can save your city millions in future costs to replace and repair.    

Participation in the Challenge takes place at mywaterpledge.com where residents go to select from pre-populated pledges to conserve water and other natural resources on behalf of their city. To begin the pledge, residents select their city and there they see a quote and or video from their mayor or sustainability leader sharing the city’s personal message on conservation. Click this link to see what Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had to say in the 2018 Challenge http://www.mywaterpledge.com/map/?mode=&the_campaign=national-campaign&the_location=3224.

In addition to providing a zero-cost platform for city leaders to communicate with their residents, an electronic toolkit is provided containing everything you will need to publicize the Challenge to you residents. Press releases, digital artwork, text for social media, banners for websites, and much more. National and local promotion including display ads, television promotions, live events, and more is also provided by the Wyland Foundation and our partners including Toyota, The Toro Company, ECOS Earth Friendly Product, and Conserve irrigation.

Winning city residents are eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 for a resident to pay for utilities for a year; and a community grand prize of a 2019 Toyota Hybrid for one lucky non-profit nominated by city residents.

The 2019 Challenge takes place April 1st-30th. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wylandfoundation.org/mayors. A written statement of support and videos can be submitted to mayorschallenge@wylandfoundation.org anytime up until about a week before the Challenge begins. If additional information is desired, our team at the Wyland Foundation is available to do a 15- minute Webex presentation.

The National Mayor’s Challenge is designed to create awareness, promotes resource resiliency, protect our watersheds and ecosystems, save on costs for consumers, and save on infrastructure and operating costs for cities. The 2018 Challenge had participation from 4,800 cities across all 50 states for a projected water savings of 3 billion gallons.

The mission of the Wyland Foundation is to bring people together for clean water and a healthy ocean. Your efforts to help your city and our nation conserve water truly make a difference for this generation and every generation to follow.

Cameron Knuth

Wyland Foundation

 

Mayor’s Challenge for Conservation

To: City Commission

I wanted to let you know that I have a call set up next week with Cameron at the Wyland Foundation to learn more about the details of being involved in this initiative. At first glance to me, it seems doable and easy to participate.

I will see how/if you’d like to move forward after I relay the information I gain next week and we can discuss next steps.

Jan- cc-ing you as the majority of this work ultimately may be more of a PR campaign for the month of April to get citizens to participate and pledge on this platform (and with the Mayor providing a supporting video).

Stevie Freeman-Montes

Sustainability Manager

City of Sarasota

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