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Editorial Letters – Week ending July 19, 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.

Peacocks in The Village

To: Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

Our family lives in the village and is unhappy with the current handling of the peacocks. The Public Works Department is actively trying to catch and remove 4 baby peacocks. While we have read up on the history of too many peacocks in the village and understand the risk-there is now a very low number with one adult female. Our concern is two-fold: we would like to see peacocks continue to be a part of village life for years to come and the treatment of these very young birds. Attached is a letter from my son. Is there anything we can do to stop their removal at this time?

Ali Foster

Longboat Key

 

Please keep the baby peacocks

To: Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

My name is Brice. I am 11 years old and live in the Longbeach Village. I love watching the peacocks. They are beautiful and even a bit hilarious. It’s down to only 7 now; 6 males and 1 female (though most people think there are still 2 females).

So I was delighted when they had 5 babies bringing the number up to 12. But since then the Public Works Department has said they plan to remove the babies. I understand that we cannot have 100 peacocks-that would be a disaster-and that their population will have to be controlled in a kind way. But I do not want this to be the end of the peacocks and I want these babies to be allowed to grow up.

Brice Claypoole

Longboat Key

 

Peacocks in The Village

To: Ali Foster

I looked into the situation you described and learned that you have already been informed by Town officials of our history of being inundated with dozens and dozens of peacocks that interfered with peaceful enjoyment of many residents and caused damage to property. Of course there were others like yourself who wanted to keep all the birds here. Time and again we reduced the flock, only to have the situation repeat itself. Finally, a few years ago, we tried to relocate all the females and retain only about a dozen males with lengthy life expectancy. The rest were delivered to other areas as permitted by law. Of course, at least one female has evaded capture ever since and on a regular basis the new ones are rounded up and transported to a safe place. My young granddaughter shares your regret.

Ed Zunz

Vice Mayor, Longboat Key

 

Peacocks in The Village

To: Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

Ed, there are life quality reasons for limiting peacock numbers on the island. Peacocks seriously impact the lives of those unfortunate enough to have them invade their property.

I do not believe anyone has the right to inflict damage on another person, for any reason.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Peacocks in The Village

To: Gene Jaleski

I came home from several hours of errands and shopping yesterday and it was raining cats and dogs. I got home and there was a gorgeous peacock on my porch – escaping the rain. So beautiful…But, there was a terrible smell (super fowl smell) and I couldn’t figure out what it was. Does anyone know what these two spots near my door are?

James Braha

Longboat Key

 

Peacocks in The Village

To: Town Commission

Please consider putting on hold the removal of all the female and chicks from the Village. If only 12 males remain as per the current protocol then all peacocks will be gone in one generation and this part of the Village will be gone forever.

Many of us would hate to see that happen.

Fred Kagi

Longboat Key

 

Job well done

To: Town Commission

I wanted to share the attached letter from one of our relatively new residents recognizing the level of customer service they received from our Planning, Zoning, Building Department. We understand how important our responsiveness is to the residents and visitor we serve but it is always appreciated when our customers take the time to share their feedback. Allen, congrats to you and your team! Please pass along my appreciation for a job well done.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager, Town of Longboat Key

 

Structure fire at Country Club Shores

To: Town Commission

We had a structure fire in Country Club Shores this morning. The home was under construction and there was fire in the garage area upon the Fire Department’s arrival. The crews were able to contain the fire to the garage area though there was smoke throughout the house. The cause is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Tom Harmer

Town Manager

Longboat Key

 

Structure Fire 500 block of Putting Green

To: Town Manager Tom Harmer

Today at approximately 8:30 a.m., Longboat Key and Sarasota County Fire Departments responded with ten pieces of fire apparatus to the above location for a reported structure fire. It was reported the structure was under construction.

Upon arrival of the initial unit, they reported smoke visible coming from a two-story large residence that was under construction, with an active fire in the garage. A water supply was established by the initial apparatus followed by a hose line pulled with entrance (four personnel) into the side garage door. Crews encountered heavy heat conditions with flames visible. The fire was knocked down quickly with no fire extension into the home. There was some smoke damage throughout the structure; crews used ventilation fans to dissipate the smoke, which was successful.

Sarasota Count fire units were placed back into service and provide emergency services coverage until Longboat Key fire units could get back into service.

The state for marshal was called and as of this writing, he is at the scene investigating the incident. We still have a ladder truck on scene assisting with the investigation.

There were no injuries reported.

Paul Dezzi

Fire Chief

Longboat Key

 

Undergrounding fiber

To: Town Commission

Before approving an underground fiber Network, please consider three things.

1) What will it actually be used for, specifically?

2) Who will pay to upgrade the system every couple of years as newer technology makes the previous technology obsolete?

3) What happens if the management company goes bankrupt or decides that Longboat is no longer profitable?

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Dog attack on Central Ave near 2nd Street

To: Sarasota City Commission

I live in this neighborhood and am very afraid to walk around after this incident. Friends tell me they have seen this dog being aggressive before. It is bad enough with just the homeless people here, but potentially vicious dogs make it worse. I hope the City Council can do something about this one particular dog and owner, and prevent future incidents.

And isn’t there more that can be done to keep the homeless from sleeping and hanging out here? I am told that some churches deliver food at the Library on Sunday. While these people are kind and generous, can’t they provide it at their building, or through organizations like the Salvation Army? Thank you for your consideration.

Meg Maurer

Sarasota

 

Dangerous dog and individual causing fear downtown

To: City Commission

I live at the Desota on 1415 2nd Street and spent this current Sunday and also Tuesday helping my friend Dana during and after her attack. I was also there the previous Sunday when the same man threatened a woman outside my building with his pitbull.

I am sure you are all well aware of what took place. I also have a video from another resident of the event if you want to see truly how horrific it was.

As I went to work yesterday I saw the same man bounding up and down in front of our building demanding to see her calling her all kinds of awful words. Even though we have cctv footage of him inside the building for the second time we cannot get a trespass issued.

We all know this dog is not a legitimate service animal and is being used by an ex con as a weapon yet he is still allowed to walk around with it while clearly being on drugs.

I have been truly disappointed by the total lack of action by the police. The city is allowing a homeless man on drugs to roam the streets with an aggressive pitbull threatening residents and nothing is done about it.

I moved here to join the Sarasota Ballet and will personally not be renewing my lease anywhere downtown. I do not feel safe walking my small dog nor do I have faith in the police force to ensure the safety of citizens which I have no doubt they want to. I have nothing but compassion for the homeless population here and do my part to help them; however, we do not also deserve to walk around in fear.

I have tremendous respect for all civil servants and the police force but am truly disgusted and perplexed as to how this is even possible.

I just want to urge you all to please do something about this. The justice system has totally failed Dana and Alex and the downtown Sarasota community. This dog will attack again and who knows next time if the dog survives or if it attacks a baby.

An innocent young woman walking her dog was involved in a totally preventable brutal attack and is now left with thousands of dollars of vet bills and medical bills. The man is hardly reprimanded, back searching for her, making threats to sue on the streets 48 hours later with the same pitbull wearing sunglasses and of course no muzzle.

I am sure we can all agree how abhorrent that is and I urge you all to fix this awful situation.

Tom Attard-Manche

Sarasota

 

Dangerous dog and individual causing fear downtown

To: Tom Attard-Manche

I received another email concerning this incident. I was not aware of what was occurring until I received that email, so I don’t know if anyone was aware previously. I am copying the city managers, our homeless coordinator, the police chief, and the deputy police chief with your email so that they are notified of this issue and can respond.

Liz Alpert

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

New Sarasota Bay Plan

To: Sarasota City Commission

I recently attended a workshop on the revised plan for The Bay. What I listened to was the classic “bait and switch” approach to a project. At first you submit the most acceptable community plan, obtain commissioners’ approval, and then make controversial changes hoping they slip in under the radar. I believe the “new plan” presented will not improve but detrimentally change the character/beauty of our boulevard and its immediate neighborhood. I hope you are of the same mind and reject this “new” plan.

Robert Codega

Sarasota

 

New Sarasota Bay Plan

To: Robert Codega

Thank you for your input. I have copied the City Manager, staff, and Mr. Waddill so they, too, are aware of your thoughts. Then at the Monday, July 15, 2019 meeting, the City Commission will receive a presentation on Phase I and you will have the opportunity to speak to this for three minutes, on the record. Thanks again for contacting me.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Street cleaning

To: Sarasota City Commission

It has recently been brought to my attention that there are street cleaning trucks in the City, but they are not coming to the three streets bordering the Legacy Builders project – Homes of Laurel Park.  A neighbor told me he has seen the trucks make a U-turn at the west end of Alderman St., not coming to the 1600 block. Likewise, they do not clean the 1600 – 1700 block of Devonshire nor the 600 block of Brickstone.

As it is, these streets are dirtier than usual because Legacy Builders is not adequately preventing mud from getting into the streets and drains (I understand Code Compliance dealing with this).  Although they have people sweeping and shoveling on occasion, I am attaching photos to show you what the street looks like after such cleanup. A broom can only do so much. We would appreciate it if you could find out why these streets are not being cleaned, and hopefully get them to come to these streets. Thank you very much.

Gil Weiner

Sarasota

 

Street cleaning

To: Gil Weiner

Thanks for contacting me about the street cleaning situation (or lack thereof). I have copied the City Manager and Deputy City Manager and am sure they will look into this and provide us with a response.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Street Cleaning

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Staff did visit the site this morning, the debris is coming from construction activities in the area.  Lenny was contacting the contractor to address this moving forward.  City crews will sweep the area in the morning and monitor the area.

Doug Jeffcoat

Director of Public Works

City of Sarasota

 

The Bay Plan concerns condominium residents

To: Bill Waddill

One of the things I heard yesterday when meeting with the Condo on the Bay manager and residents was the concern about cars in the cul-de-sac dropping off people to visit the sunset pier. What is the plan for that?

Liz Alpert

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

The Bay Plan concerns condominium residents

To: Bill Waddill

I suspect you have seen or heard this but am forwarding as and FYI just in case you have not. Thanks.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

Sarasota

 

The Bay Plan concerns condominium residents

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Yes Tom, thank you for sharing. I believe yesterday’s workshops went a long way toward explaining the thinking behind some of the proposed refinements. It also helped us understand some of the concerns particularly around Boulevard of the Arts, and we are looking at additional alternatives for BOTA, including leaving the existing cross-section west of Van Wezel Way largely unchanged.

Bill Waddill

Sarasota

 

Bayfront Project concerns condominium residents

To: City of Sarasota Commission

I am writing to voice my concerns and disapproval of the latest Bayfront 2020 Plan that coops the Blvd of the Arts. In general, this plan is a hastily constructed alternative to the earlier version. The plan simply uses the Blvd. of the Arts as a way to divert expenses and issues on to the city and local residents. The Bayfront Project should be contained within the space allocated to it. There is no reason to expand its scope on to the local street.

Some Basic Concerns:

Removal of the beautiful median and trees will radically change the ambiance and natural appeal of the Boulevard of the Arts. Emergency access will be severely restricted. Ambulance and Fire trucks will be hampered by an over crowded street. The congested cul-de-sac will become a hazard for residents and visitors. Traffic, dropping off visitors, will cause increased accidents when compounded with regular residential traffic. The Beau Ciel has no place to park delivery trucks other than the street. This will further impede traffic.

The current residences: The Hyatt, Beau Ciel, and Condos on the Bay,along with the additional development of the Auteur and the Quay will exponentially increase the traffic in the area encompassing Blvd of the Arts, Tamiami Trail, the Van Wezel, and the Ritz Carlton. The plan does not provide for sanitation and cleanup of the area allocated to frequent the Food Vendors. The plan does not provide for Restroom, Trash and Service Truck access? All access to these activities need to be incorporated into the Park space area and not utilize Blvd. of the Arts. There is no security plan to provide safety for the neighborhood, the park attendees, and the vendors.

This redesigned spiral pier is too close to the Blvd of the Arts docks. Do we really need another pier or beach (Especially a beach on a bay which requires extensive maintenance)?

I am appealing to you; the Commissioners, to look past the current plan to the motives and shortcomings of this submission. The Boulevard of the Arts is a beautiful part of the city.

Hank VonSpeegle

Sarasota

 

Saturday Night “Rooftop Party at Art Ovation Hotel?”

To: City of Sarasota Commission

In follow-up to my July 10, 2019 letter to you below, I have an immediate question and a correction:

1.  Immediate Question:  I just discovered that a “Rooftop Party at Art Ovation Hotel” is advertised on the Internet for Saturday night July 13 from 9 p.m. to Sunday July 14, 1 a.m. at the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar and that the party will have an DJ:

https://allevents.in/sarasota/rooftop-party-at-art-ovation-hotel/200017577916013

Given that the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar was not permitted as an accessory bar through a Major Conditional Use process, and given that the Zoning Code prohibits outdoor music, and in light of the June 23, 2019 events that began at the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar that resulted in five arrests on Palm Ave., how is this Saturday night July 13, 2019 rooftop party possible?

I would appreciate an answer to this question.

2.  Correction:  I also just discovered that the link in my letter below for the 4th of July event at the Art Ovation Hotel Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar was for 2018, not 2019 as I mistakenly had thought. Here’s the link for 2019:  https://m.evensi.us/4th-roof-perspective-rooftop-pool-bar-art-ovation-hotel/314688960.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Linda Haller Sloan

Sarasota

 

One Year Ago Fwd: Art Ovation Hotel

To: City of Sarasota Commission

One year ago today, on July 10, 2018, I first corresponded with City Officials regarding problems at the Art Ovation Hotel. My July 10, 2018 email is attached below.

Two months before that, on May 3-4, 2018, I first called the hotel regarding late-night noise as I was trying to sleep – there was an early-morning Mass for my deceased father hours later.

More communications followed by caring people concerned about the hotel and other downtown establishments regarding:  application and enforcement of law, public safety, livability, and good governance by the City.

This letter provides facts and asks questions regarding ongoing issues related to the Art Ovation Hotel and other current and future downtown establishments.  I appreciate your attention, as I know your time is sensitive and I have written you many times before on issues, including with others.  The number and length of writings is dictated by the number and seriousness of the issues.

I.  Operational Issues

Art Ovation Hotel

Facts:  Major events at the Art Ovation Hotel on June 23, 2019 resulted in five arrests and serious public safety issues for law enforcement, hotel guests, bar patrons and people on the streets and sidewalks of downtown Sarasota.  Sarasota’s character was scarred.

Facts:  Even after the June 23 events, the Art Ovation Hotel has continued to operate the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar on Friday and Saturday nights with public access via the separate dedicated public elevator for the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar next to the City’s Palm Ave. Parking Garage and provision of a nightclub-like atmosphere with outdoor colored lights, and outdoor music being played.  An “DJ Corey” on the rooftop was advertised for the 4th of July, as well as a margarita station, mermaids, a $50 cover charge, buckets of beer and “Bottle Service.” https://m.facebook.com/PerspectiveRooftopBar/photos/a.209405899697673/218286652142931/?type=3&source=54.  Outdoor music is prohibited under the Zoning Code.

Facts:

– Electronic Information: There are photos on Instagram from hotel rooms that are provocative and sexual in nature.  There are images of women in bikinis at the rooftop pool with on-line responses requesting women to “DM” (direct message) the requesters, including one requester wanting to “work with” one of the women.  Innocuous?  One hopes.  Yet, minds wonder.  One recent on-line review talks about “drunk people in the pool having sex.”

– Outdoor Sidewalk Speakers: The hotel has outdoor speakers at street level, including at the corner of Cocoanut Ave. and Palm Ave.  The hotel puts out loud music through these speakers.  The sound carries down Cocoanut Ave., and disturbs homeowners and walkers.

– Outdoor Piano: The Art Ovation Hotel has an outdoor piano that sits outside 24/7. The piano beckons players to play it. They do. Around the clock. One April night, a large group of people stood around the piano singing loudly.  It was 1:45 a.m. Calls to the hotel were to no avail. It went until 2:30 a.m.

Operations at Other Downtown Establishments

Facts:

– Since the Art Ovation operations have taken off, other establishments have too. Umbrellas 1296 has live outdoor music.  This afternoon, when I walked by it – there wasn’t a person in sight on the patio, yet loud outdoor music was playing over outdoor speakers just as it was when my husband and I walked by on a recent rain-soaked Friday night when the patio was dark and closed.  Music is heard from Social Bar & Eats.  State Street Eating House + Cocktails.  Brick’s Smoked Meats.  Raffurty’s.  The list goes on. Residents hear music in their downtown homes.  Walkers hear music on the streets. Diners who choose to eat outdoors to avoid the loudness of indoor restaurants or to enjoy the outdoors and downtown ambiance instead have to experience a cacophony of competing sounds.  Competing establishments?

II.  Police Reports Regarding the Westin Hotel and Art Ovation Hotel

Facts: Reportedly, police reports show 15 incidents reported to police regarding the Westin Hotel since January of this year, and 40 incidents reported to police regarding the Art Ovation Hotel in the same timeframe. As I understand, these figures – 15 and 40 – are exceptionally high numbers for any hotel. And especially high for hotels of the size of the Westin and Art Ovation.

III.  Permitting Issues at the Art Ovation Hotel, Westin Hotel and Aloft Hotel

Facts:

Art Ovation Hotel: According to interpretation of the Zoning Code:  bars are allowed at hotels only as accessory uses to hotels, and if deemed accessory, for hotels in the Downtown Core, Downtown Bayfront and Downtown Edge, only after and through a Major Conditional Use process.  See Zoning Code Section VII-904 (15), Section VI-1004, Table VI-1001, Section IV-901 to 910.

By all appearances, the Art Ovation Hotel Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar has operated as a bar (in a nightclub atmosphere) – despite no accessory use, Major Conditional Use process. Nor was there such for the indoor bar.

And as a reminder, outdoor bars at hotels, motels and private clubs are in essence an exception in the Zoning Code – the Code does not specifically authorize outdoor bars at any other type of establishment.  And the Code does not specifically authorize outdoor nightclubs anywhere.

Westin Hotel:  The Westin Hotel didn’t go through a Major Conditional Use process either (again, accessory use to the hotel is the first threshold) for its bars.

Aloft Hotel:  The Aloft Hotel didn’t go through a Major Conditional Use process either (again, accessory use to the hotel is the first threshold) for its bars.

IV.  Liquor License Applications

Facts:  The Department of Development Services must certify and sign applications for liquor licenses before an applicant submits an application to the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  These application forms state that “The location complies with zoning requirements for the sale of alcoholic beverages or wholesale tobacco products pursuant to this application for a Series Type license.”   The Department of Development Services signed these applications on June 30, 2017 for the Westin Hotel and on October 30, 2017 for the Art Ovation Hotel – even though neither hotel went through a Major Conditional Use process required (according to interpretation of the Zoning Code) for bars deemed accessory uses at hotels.

In addition, the liquor license application to the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for the Art Ovation Hotel liquor license that the Department of Development Services signed on October 30, 2017 was for a “6COP” license, whereas the database for the State shows the hotel as having an “4COP” Specialty hotel liquor license.

V.  Art Ovation Hotel Parking Spaces in the City’s Public Parking Garage on Palm Ave.

Facts: According to the following link, the Art Ovation Hotel has an arrangement for hotel usage of over 300 of the 760 parking spaces in the City-owned public parking garage on Palm Ave.

http://floridaysdevelopment.com/index.html/home-version-11/signature-projects/featured-project-hotel-sarasota/.  This public garage was in public use for many years prior to the Art Ovation Hotel being awarded the hundreds of parking spaces.  Over 50 of the hotel-use parking spaces are premier location, ground-level spaces – used by the hotel for valet parking.  Such usage eliminates usage by anyone for example, with special needs or individuals alone at night forcing them to use parking spaces on higher floors.

There are questions: by what process, at what costs to the City, and cost to the taxpayers did this arrangement happen?  Are their losses to other downtown businesses?  Does the City derive any revenue from the Art Ovation Hotel usage of the parking spaces?  The hotel?  With the onset of paid parking on downtown streets, including Palm Ave. – these questions are heightened.  Further, the Palm Ave. City-owned Parking Garage is immediately next to the dedicated public elevator to the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar. Why was this elevator allowed in this location?

VI.  What’s to Come?

Facts:  For example, a prospective new establishment on Main St. in the shadow of The Mark condominium called “T.O.M.B.” continues to be written up in a local newspaper reporting that the proposed establishment will have a private club and a rooftop bar.  Will the establishment attempt to characterize its proposed rooftop bar as an “accessory” use to the proposed “private club?”  A threshold question will be – is this an accessory use?  If not?  If so, a Major Conditional Use process is required.  How is the City going to handle this application?  Are downtown rooftop bars a safe idea?  You may have seen the tragic news of the graduate of Sarasota’s Cardinal Mooney High School who fell to his death jumping between rooftop bars in downtown Nashville on the 4th of July.  https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2019/07/09/gage-schrantz-death-lower-broadway-nashville-tempe-sarasota-florida/1686346001/.  How often I’ve worried about the patrons leaning against the glass railing of the Perspective Rooftop Pool Bar.

VII.  Conclusion

I would like to recognize the City of Sarasota Police Chief and City Attorney for their efforts toward application and enforcement of laws, and attention to public safety.

It is your hands the City of Sarasota ultimately sits in, and that control the City.  I join many others in hoping for sound stewardship and good governance for the greater public good in the best interests of the City.

Linda Haller Sloan

Sarasota

 

Art Ovation Hotel

To: Mayor Liz Alpert and Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

I am very concerned about, and saddened by, the incident at the Art Ovation Hotel on July 4, 2018 involving a racist note in a guest room. I imagine you are as well.

My husband and I are full-time residents of downtown Sarasota and live in direct view of the hotel. In our view, diversity is a bedrock of our democracy.  We support diversity everywhere.  This includes at the Art Ovation Hotel, in our neighborhood, and in the City of Sarasota.

I request that the City please do everything possible to impartially investigate this incident to the fullest, and take appropriate actions to address it at the source – including whether it constitutes a hate crime.  In addition, I suggest that the City make it clear to all businesses that racist actions are wrong and are not welcome in Sarasota.

I know that the City not only derives tax revenue from the Art Ovation Hotel, but also benefits from the Art Ovation Hotel’s usage of a substantial number of parking spaces in the City’s parking garage on Palm Avenue.

Further, the name of the hotel alone – Art Ovation Hotel – is a plus for the City because the hotel is named for Sarasota’s signature hallmark – the arts.

How ironic that a racial incident – the opposite of diversity – would occur in a city known for the arts and at a hotel named for the arts – when generally, the arts are considered to comprise diversity among artists and to illustrate principles of diversity in content.

We also are aware of course that the hotel is the same parcel that is the subject of the lawsuit against the City.

And as you may or may not be aware, the Art Ovation Hotel has had other problems – on numerous week nights and weekends, it has played very loud thumping music from the rooftop bar until well after midnight – as late as 1:50am – well after the noise ordinance cut-off of 10:00pm as I understand – and even after calls to the police.

The loud music is not only up against legal requirements, it is inconsistent with good business practice and inconsiderate of residential neighbors trying to peacefully reside and sleep in their homes, not to mention the hotel’s own guests.  One such night of late loud music was July 6, 2018 – two nights after the racial incident.

I hope that attempts to address the racial incident at the Art Ovation Hotel are more successful than neighborhood attempts to address the noise issue. As a human rights matter, the racial issue is far more significant than the noise issue. I mention the noise issue as an example of disrespect – and a pattern of lack of oversight. Please let me know how you plan to address these issues. Thank you.

Linda Haller Sloan

Sarasota

 

Letter of thanks

To: Marlon Brown

Very nice! Thanks!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Vice Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Letter of thanks

To: Parks Director Jerry Fogle

Excellent. Thanks for sharing. This is a testament that your department continues to go above and beyond in support of our community needs. Continue making the City shine.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Letter of thanks

To: Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown

Ms. Alice Jones is giving, selfless and dedicated to the youth in our community!  She continues to inspire!

Jerry Fogle

Parks Director

City of Sarasota

 

Letter of thanks

To: Deputy City Manager Jerry Fogle

I want to offer my appreciation to both of you for allowing Alice Jones and her After School Homework and Tutoring Program to continue its “residency” at the Robert Taylor Community Complex.  As you can see from the following email, that Alice and I recently received from 6th Grade Booker Middle School Math teacher, Ms. Allison Cohen, this program makes a tremendous difference for the children of Newtown.

Please just know how grateful, I and so many others are to witness this on-going kindness on the part of the Parks Dept.  I volunteer each morning at Booker Middle and I am well aware of the desperate need for programs such as these.  I am sure you would agree that such programs should be offered everywhere!  We can change the world only if there are caring people.  Please enjoy the email below, which I am also forwarding to members of our Sarasota School Board.

Dee Webber

Sarasota

 

Letter of thanks

To: Dee Webber, Asst. Director, Brothers & Sisters Doing the Right Thing

All of the students improved two levels or more except one student who improved one level. This is amazing as without the Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing the students would not have half as much success.

Each year all of my students, who attend your program, improve on state testing in Math and this year was the best of them all. Please, Ms. Alice, continue to provide after school tutoring and services for the children. The community needs you and the stability you provide each afternoon. Many thanks for everything.

Allison Cohen

Sarasota

 

Updated cost estimates for reduced

To: Sarasota City Commission

Following last weeks discussion regarding the BJGC we asked course architect Richard Mandell to review the projected costs as requested by the City Commission for the various configurations discussed by the City Commission.

I have asked Mr. Mandell to explain what a learning center entails as the details are not included in the attachments.

Attached are the spreadsheets we received over the weekend which are being reviewed by staff with follow up questions being formulated.

We will print them and place them in your mailbox for any relevancy related to the vote on beginning the Bond Issuance process.

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Updated cost estimates

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

We have re-run all of our quantities this weekend to create the following new estimates:

Ross eighteen, practice facility, clubhouse.

Ross eighteen, practice facility, adjustable nine, clubhouse.

Ross eighteen, third regulation nine, practice facility, clubhouse.

Ross eighteen, third regulation nine, practice facility, adjustable course, clubhouse.

In essence, after all of the site development costs beyond golf, each of the nine holes of regulation golf costs roughly $2 million to build.  Attached are the estimates.  Regarding a cost for 36 holes, practice facility, and clubhouse you can roughly eliminate $400,000 from the overall cost of the project to eliminate the Adjustable Course.  As a stand alone project, the Adjustable Course is about $600,000 – $700,000, but as part of the overall project it is only about $400,000 to build after considering all of the site development costs that are necessary before the actual golf pieces (tees, greens, fairways, sand bunkers, irrigation, etc.).

I have penciled in only $2,500,000 for the clubhouse. It is still my opinion that it should be a stripped down, functional building with only the absolute necessities of pro shop and carts on the bottom floor and a pub on the second floor. I am also including bathrooms, offices, etc. in this but at an absolute minimum. So many clubs (including municipalities) have spent too much on clubhouses that have put a financial strain on all involved and I hope Sarasota can create a new trend in this category.

Richard Mandell 

2017 Board Room Magazine Golf Architect of the Year

 

Great work!  What a team. Thank you all that helped save a life.

Hagen Brody

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

 

Please allow me to also complement those responsible and the quick action taken in this humanitarian effort.

Willie Charles Shaw

Commissioner

City of Sarasota

 

PPTC Incident Report

To: Sarasota City Commission

Just wanted to share once again, your team rising to the occasion, now in assisting with saving a patron’s life. Words cannot express how I feel about your Parks and Rec. department. Well done Tumeka, Kevin and Carly.

Marlon Brown

Deputy City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

PPTC Incident Report

To: Sarasota City staff

This afternoon, at approximately 3pm, our team at PPTC responded to a patron that was in distress while using our tennis facility. Tumeka and Kevin aided with Carly taking quick and direct action. The AED was used and CPR was performed. The EMS team stated that the early use of the AED will be credited with saving our patrons life if he remains stable. The patron was taken to SMH via ambulance.

Our team called 911, sought help and took action to protect our patrons and I am extremely proud of them. We will attain updates on the patron as much as we can. I wanted you all to hear this first internally.

Mark Hamilton

City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation

Sarasota

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1 Response for “Editorial Letters – Week ending July 19, 2019”

  1. Adrian Griffin says:

    We’ve lived in the village going on 9 years and love eveything about it , the peacocks have been here longer than us , why should they have to leave? We have moved the village historical society to keep the beauty and history of an old building but we can’t do anything better for the beautiful peacocks? Maybe we could lure them up to the historical society where they can be fed and away from most of the people’s homes , give them a sanctuary to there own and still be able to enjoy them just a thought .

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