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Editorial Letters – Week ending January 10, 2020

 

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.

 

Impeachment impact on Sarasota and Longboat Democrats

To: Editor

Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats Schiff, Nadler, Hoyer impeachment efforts are boomeranging jeopardizing Democrat 2020 re-elections. Unfortunately, local Democrat incumbents will lose normal GOP crossover and independents votes for commissioners, mayors, county and state offices. Local residents from Bradenton to Venice have become disillusioned by unrestrained Presidential persecution and Democrats unwillingness to govern. Voters are angry including the dwindling Democrat middle class. The 2020 Democrat candidates will be defeated in an unprecedented election debacle having lost the trust of the public everywhere including Sarasota and Manatee counties. The impeachment was a fatal political mistake.

Robert Livingston

Sarasota

 

Whitney’s Restaurant soon to open

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

Whitney’s Restaurant has been issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) as part of the process to open up the restaurant. The TCO will allow them to occupy the building for training of employees and prep work in advance of receiving their full Certificate of Occupancy (CO). We anticipate them completing the remaining items necessary for their CO within the next week or so and opening shortly thereafter.  Also see note about their dual Tesla charging station.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Whitney’s Restaurant TCO Issued

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

Whitney’s Restaurant Status Update: A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) has been issued for the restaurant, allowing for use of the kitchen and restaurant area for training, etc. by restaurant staff (no public allowed yet).  There are a handful of minor items to be completed and inspected.  The owner anticipates completion of these items within the next week and an opening to the public shortly thereafter.  FYI too- attached is a photo of a dual Tesla charging station that’s been installed in the parking area, that I’m told will be the only such charging station on any of the nearby barrier islands.

I will follow-up with additional update(s) as the remaining building items are completed, allowing for opening to the public.

Allen Parsons

Director Planning, Zoning & Building Department

Town of Longboat Key

 

Certificate of Built Conditions Program

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

Commissioners, FYI – a quick update on the “Built Conditions” Certification Program.  See information below.

The staff has worked through the process with at least four developments and continues to advertise the program.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Certificate of Built Conditions Program

To: Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer

I wanted to provide a status update on the implementation of the Certificate of Built Conditions program adopted by the Town Commission last year. To date, staff have worked with several developments on cataloging and recording information to certify existing conditions of the developments on their properties that may no longer meet Town code requirements, due to changes in code requirements that occurred after they were constructed. Recent developments include: Spanish Main, Longboat Harbor, Club Longboat Beach and Tennis and Privateer South. The program has had good success spreading the word through the Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums and the Longboat Key Managers group.  Info on the program is provided below.

Certificate of Built Conditions

On January 7, 2019, the Town Commission adopted Ordinance 2018-19, establishing a new program that will allow owners of property that may be considered “nonconforming” to potentially become certified as legally allowed to be rebuilt.  Nonconforming uses are parcels, structures or uses of land that do not conform to the current Zoning Regulations for the zoning district in which they are located. These parcels may contain more units on a given property than would otherwise be allowed by a site’s zoning district or contain structures that do not meet existing zoning district requirements.

What is a certificate of built conditions, and why is it helpful?

The Commission established this program called, “Certificate of Built Conditions,” to address potential influences that might impede  the reconstruction of many buildings and structures in the Town of Longboat Key, that were built prior to the adoption of Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code changes that occurred in 1984. Many existing multifamily and tourism buildings within the Town that were built prior to 1984 are currently considered nonconforming.

How do I apply, and what is the cost?

The program is provided at no cost for review, other than a small recording fee to have the certification recorded with each county’s (Manatee and Sarasota County) property records.

Residents or business owners who believe their properties may not conform to current regulations and would like to seek certification should contact the Planning, Zoning and Building Department (please see contact information below). A staff member will be able to discuss further the certification process and provide assistance with information that would be required to submit an application for review.

Allen Parsons

Director Planning, Zoning & Building Department

Town of Longboat Key

 

Cortez Bridge construction

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

The staff became aware of a construction project planned for the Cortez and 119th St area.  Public Works followed up with the FDOT and they sent us the attached project information. The project is scheduled to start this week and will realign the intersection, resurface the roadway, install drainage improvements, etc. We have been advised the project is scheduled to run from January through the summer. This may impact ingress/egress and traffic movement on the north end at times, especially during the season. The staff will share updates as they become available.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Commissioner on Board of ManaSota League of Cities

To: Commissioner Mike Haycock

Welcome to the Board of Directors of ManaSota League of Cities (MSLC). As you know, MSLC is presently hosted by the Town of Longboat Key. Meetings are held six times a year, and a calendar of dates is attached for your use, as well as a list of members.

MSLC, a regional league of the Florida League of Cities (FLC), was formed in 1991 and is comprised of nine municipalities in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, represented by a local elected official of each municipality.   It is a group dedicated to a strong, united, and active advocacy program, committed to advocating on behalf of municipalities.  Preservation of local Home Rule is at the top of our list of priorities.

Our legislative priorities are established each year prior to the regular session of the Florida Legislature.  Members submit issues and concerns of their respective local governments for consideration on our list of top legislative priorities.  While considering issues that may be specific to a particular member municipality, the priorities are established based on common issues and concerns of the group.

MSLC works closely with the FLC, and members frequently utilize their education opportunities, attend the FLC Annual Conference, participate in establishing the priorities of FLC at its Legislative Conference, and gain knowledge of advocacy techniques and practices.  Legislative Action Days in Tallahassee takes place in a few weeks after session begins each year (February this year) and members are encouraged to attend.  It is an opportunity to meet our local legislators and discuss priorities.  We also stress that MSLC welcomes an opportunity to provide information to them prior to a bill being drafted.  On the federal level, MSLC sends members each year to participate in the FLC Federal Action Strike Team group that goes to Washington, D.C., to advocate and speak to our local congressmen and senators.

Attaching also for your information, is a short Power Point presentation that provides additional information about the League and the 2020 list of legislative priorities of MSLC. If you have any questions or would like to discuss MSLC, please let me know.

Gail Loeffler

Administrative Coordinator

ManaSota League of Cities, Inc.

 

Pickleball

To: Longboat Key Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

Ed, in your discussion today about expanded pickleball in our community, I want to make some observations.

1) The noise generated by pickle ball at Bayfront or at the tennis center, is I suspect far lower than GMD traffic noise.

2) The nearest residentes are hundreds of feet distant from proposed pickleball courts.

3) At our summer community there are fifteen hundred residences and eight real pickleball courts and eight dual purpose courts. Longboat has nine thousand residences and one real court and two dual purpose courts.

4) There are higher quality nets available for dual use court conversions. The current pickleball nets at Bayfront park are incapable of properly supporting the net without being modified with wooden sticks protruding from the sides.

5) In an upscale community such as ours, there should be a robust pickleball presence similar to our community’s commitment to tennis courts.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

To: Gene Jaleski

Sorry, but I am not a Florida attorney.  Please direct your concern directly to our town attorney.

Ed Zunz

Vice Mayor , Town of Longboat Key

 

Emoluments

To: Vice Mayor Ed Zunz

Ed, I am sure you are aware that the village has been showing up at commission  meetings, in numbers, for years, resisting the commission’s seeming zeal to assist the restaurants to continually expand far beyond their intended sizes, when they were grandfathered into the rezoning of the island in the 80s. It’s not like the village did not tell the commission that aiding and abetting the restaurants to expand would end up where we are today – an unacceptable commercial takeover of our community.

I had a lively discussion with the owner of the Shore yesterday.  Two takeaways from our talk were that he stated that there were a hundred extra seats at the Shore, beyond their allowed seating,  and that he would never have built the Shore without on-street parking. Did the commission know this when they used a zoning technicality (that they were after all reducing density) to rezone Moors from residential (4 cars in two garages) to hundreds of cars littering our neighborhood every day, and hundreds of cars wandering around our streets looking for a parking space.

Remember, both the town and the Shore agreed that the Shore had adequate  on-site parting for their allowed seating. I do not recall any town calculation that included hundreds of cars strewn all over our streets form noon to ten PM every day.

There are perhaps forty restaurant employee cars parking on our streets, between the two restaurants. The town recognizes that Valet parking is an abuse of public streets for commercial use, yet has for years been unwilling to see the same commercial exploitation of taxpayer streets and zoning regulations, to save the restaurant owners the added expense of adequate employee parking, as they are required to do every else on the island.

Why is the village allowed to be the exception on Longboat, where everywhere else restaurant owners are not allowed to litter residential neighborhoods with commercial restaurant parking?

The town has gotten itself into a position where the only solution to the unacceptable mess it has created may be to prohibit any parking in the village or go to resident permit parking as is done in many other municipalities. Do something please.

Gene Jaleski

Longboat Key

 

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

Commissioners, FYI- as you may be aware, several municipalities in our region and Manatee County Government have recently passed a resolution supporting the ratification by the Florida Legislature of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution and urges the Florida Legislature to ratify the Amendment during the next legislative session.  Sarasota County elected to not pass a local resolution.

Adoption of the Amendment requires at least 38 states to ratify the proposed Amendment.  If the Florida Legislature passes the resolution it will become the 38th State to ratify.

A copy of the resolution adopted by Manatee County is attached for your information.  I have also attached an article that was in the Herald Tribune regarding the Amendment.

I plan to bring this up at your January 6th Regular Meeting under Town Manager Comments.  If the Commission would like to adopt a similar resolution we will place it on your next regularly scheduled Commission agenda.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Balancing environment with golf

To: Sarasota City Commission

Let me wish you all a Happy New Year. I have received a number of emails with comments and questions concerning the latest plans for the Bobby Jones Golf Course since the November 2019 (second) community meeting. I wanted to respond to you all and let you all know the next steps, so please accept my apologies for this group message.

I want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on Bobby Jones’ future.

The City Commission’s most recent vote was, in my view, a compromise from 45 holes to 36 holes plus a 50-acre park. At the most recent community meeting, three designs were presented: two with the 36 holes (27 regulation, 9 short) and a 50 acre park per the Commission direction. An additional design was presented, with 27 holes (18 regulation and 9 short) and larger park. I believe this was conceived by Kimley-Horn but it is still unclear at whose direction. The next step will be a special meeting scheduled in January 2020 specifically to discuss the two (or three) options and the future of the golf course / park. On Monday, January 6, 2020, the City Commission will decide this special meeting date and time (either January 26 or 27, 2020).

Hopefully, this will be our final vote on moving forward with Bobby Jones so that we can finally honor our history, upgrade the greens and drainage of the golf course, create a multi-use nature park for the community, and have incredibly designed storm water treatment ponds and meandering streams with fish ladders, among other wonderful upgrades.

It is important to note that, in my opinion, the environmental benefits and aspects of this golf course re-do were always at the forefront of design and grant/funding opportunities, and still are. It is unclear what grant opportunities will become a reality, but the potential has always been a serious consideration, and the opportunities are growing. Balancing this with the 36-hole design allows the potential to offer a unique golfing and park experience and give the most optimistic fiscal outcome of all the options.

Please feel free to speak at any City Commission meeting between now and the special meeting under public comment about your thoughts on the future of Bobby Jones, but I would also urge you to speak under public comment at the special meeting when that date is set.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor, City of Sarasota

 

Bobby Jones Golf Course

To: Sarasota City Commission

I’ve been are resident of Sarasota and golfed at Bobby Jones Golf Club for 40 years. I’ve

watched it rise to one of the best public courses around and put money into the city coffers. Because money was not put back into the course it fell into disrepair. With all the competition from other courses unless it’s properly maintained, golfers will go elsewhere. “Build the field and they will come.” Because of its location and our ever growing population, if the product is good it’ll be successful. We don’t need a million dollar clubhouse, just a properly maintained course.

The longer this process drags on the more golfers get established at there places. Time to act now. It can and is a major asset to our city. Please act now and bring back our course. We’ve talked about it long enough.

Gene Burr

Sarasota

 

Question

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Could they add white to the color change you’re requesting so people can see how spectacular it is? I think when you see the white you will concur it’s special.

Rob Heiden

Sarasota

 

Question

To: Rob Heiden

Thanks for the input. I have copied the City Manager and Staff on this email. We have been discussing the best avenue for this conversation and Mr. Brown, the Deputy City Manager, will get back to us when he has consulted with staff.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

New venture, blue-washed by Mote, will multiply red tide

To: Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch and City Manager Tom Barwin

As you know, we recently had a prolonged red tide episode which greatly impacted Sarasota’s residents, tourism industry, and marine life. Research has shown that the multi-year bloom was caused by an increase in nutrients for the algae – specifically, the combination of phosphorus and nitrogen.  Larry Brand, a professor in the department of marine biology and ecology in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, has demonstrated that Florida’s west coast contains an abundance of phosphorus.

Brand explains that when this phosphorous (from mining and fertilizer) meets nitrogen (from unprocessed waste and run-off), red tied flourishes and the quality of life on Sarasota’s gulf coast dies.  Shockingly, for its financial benefit, Mote Marine appears to be exploring entering the commercial fishery business and lending its moniker to an initiative to ADD nitrogen to the waters 45 miles off the coast of the City of Sarasota as part of a “toe in the door” plan by the EPA and NOAA to promote commercial fish farming in our country’s coastal waters.  As clearly and convincingly explained in the attached statement from the Suncoast Waterkeepers, open-water fish farming is not a novel idea that merits research. Rather, it is a proven recipe for ecological destruction. Indeed, similar efforts off the coast of Norway and in Southeast Asia have been such environmental disasters that they have now been banned.

We do not need to re-invent this failed trial in the United States, near our beautiful City, and our world-renowned beaches. We do not want or need to add the nitrogen equivalent of untreated sewage from nearly 20,000 people to the waters off our shores (see page 10, Dangers of Industrial Ocean Fish Farming https://foe.org/resources/dangers-industrial-ocean-fish-farming/).

There is a public hearing on this EPA permit:

                • Date: January 28, 2020

                • Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

                • Location: Wave Center

             • Mote Marine Laboratory

               • 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

While they are federal waters and this is a federal permit hearing, the outcome will directly impact the health and well-being of the citizens and economy of the City of Sarasota.  So, for the sake of the City,  I urge you to speak out against this irresponsibly dangerous permit; I know there is no need to enumerate the harm that a new massive red tide bloom would cause.

Ron Kashden

Sarasota

 

New venture, blue-washed by Mote, will multiply red tide

To: Ron Kashden

Thank you for sending this email with the information on the public hearing and resources regarding your concerns. I will plan to attend the public hearing as I am also interested in the impacts of the project and I will spend the next couple weeks trying to get up to speed on the issue.

Stevie Freeman-Montes

Sustainability Manager

City of Sarasota

 

New venture, blue-washed by Mote, will multiply red tide

To: Sarasota Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes

Happy New Year and thanks for the quick response to my inquiry. During the holiday break I did create a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Experimental-Fishery-Florida-Red-Tide-107017987485109/posts/?ref=page_internal) which centralizes all the information about the proposal.  The page includes both the EPA information/documents as well as all the articles and opposition documents.  I hope this helps your review of the proposal.

I have an uncomfortable feeling that none of the governmental agencies reviewing the proposal have any idea about the area’s sensitivity to red tide and the red tide implications of creating a large nitrogen source off our coast.

Ronald Kashden

Sarasota

 

Invitation from FSBPA – Conference Welcome

To: Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Please see the request from the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association to give opening remarks at the 33rd National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota on February 5th. For more information, feel free to call or email at any time.

Jacqueline A. Larson

Executive Director

Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association

 

Invitation from FSBPA – Conference Welcome

To: Jackie Larson

Happy New Year! Thank you for the invitation, and I would be more than happy to give opening remarks at the event. I have copied Diane Taylor on this email as she manages my calendar along with the City Manager and Staff. Thanks again and feel free to reach out to with any questions or additional information.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Invitation from FSBPA – Conference Welcome

To: Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Thank you, Mayor.  This is great news.  I will be in touch with more information soon.

We are looking forward to 2020 in Sarasota!  Happy New Year.

Jackie Larson

Executive Director

Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association

 

The Mark

To: City of Sarasota Building Official Larry Murphy

Thanks for your answers. In my request for clarification, I have attached  details of 2 sections of the IBC which I wanted to be explicitly confirmed in your kind reply.

My concerns are specifically on the application of IBC related to the “Mark” project and my building and I request your help by answering the relevant sections or chapters of the IBC or FFPC that could eliminate  my concerns.

Comparing the situation between my case and the other constructions in the city of Sarasota  (which I have attached for your reference) with the exact same case as mine, it is clear that there are obvious differences: The fire walls on the border line 1) are completely blind, without openings 2) the parapets are continuation of the wall.

Without any doubt, the openings and the glass banisters, in my case, are not compliant with the IBC code because of zero lot line and because of  my roof “status”.

It is irrelevant (as per your previous answers) that the glass railing can resist impacts or that my openings are not positioned for the moment at an adequate distance from the border line or the skylight/openings on my roof are not in the actual code.

I am sure you will give me explanations with specific references and not that the decisions made are an interpretation of the IBC because interpretations can usually only exist in the absence of references but in my opinion there are specific references in the section of IBC.

 

My concerns involve the following IBC sections:

706.6.1 Stepped Buildings

Quite often, a firewall is provided at a point in the building where the roof changes height. Under such conditions, the firewall must extend above the lower roof for a minimum height of 30 inches (762 mm). In addition, the exterior wall shall be of at least 1-hour fire-resistance-rated construction for a total height of 15 feet (4,572 mm) above the lower roof. The exterior wall shall be of fire-resistance-rated construction from both sides. Any opening that is located in the lower 30 inches (762 mm) of the wall shall be regulated based on the rating of the firewall. Openings above the 30-inch (762-mm) height, but not located above a height of 15 feet (4,572 mm), shall have a minimum fire-protection rating of 45 minutes. An illustration of this provision is depicted in Figure 706-9. An alternative is described in the exception that allows the firewall to terminate at the underside of the roof sheathing, deck, or slab of the lower roof. It is very similar to Exception 2 in Section 706.6. Because the greatest exposure occurs from a fire penetrating the lower roof and exposing the adjacent exterior portion of the firewall, the code mandates that all protection be applied to the roof assembly of the lower roof. As shown in Figure 706-10, the lower roof assembly within 10 feet (3,048 mm) of the wall shall be of minimum 1-hour fire-resistance- rated construction. In addition, no openings are permitted in the lower roof within 10 feet (3,048 mm) of the firewall.

My roof does not have all the above requested specifications because the skylight distance from the property line and  I want to add that my roof is not fire retarded.

To your answer” The openings that you have circled at your roof are skylights and not original and I have found no permits on file for the addition of these elements –   The skylights would not have been permitted due to the location to the property line and would not be able to be replaced once removed.”

In my opinion, your answer does not mean that you cannot consider the “status” of my roof on IBC applications. Anyhow, the building is more than 100 years old and I believe that at that time there were no rules for skylight/ opening or fire resistance.

705.11 Parapets. This section intends that the exterior walls of buildings shall extend a minimum of 30 inches (762 mm) above the roof to form a parapet. There are two reasons for the parapet: 1. To prevent the spread of fire from the roof of the subject building to a nearby adjacent building. 2. To protect the roof of a building from exposure that is due to a fire in an adjacent nearby building. Most buildings do not have complying parapets, and those that do typically use them to hide the roof slope or roof-top equipment Therefore, the exceptions to this section tend to become the general rule. Three of the six exceptions listed in the code-1, 3, and 6-involve cases where the parapet would serve no useful purpose. In Exception 2, a concession is made to the small-floor- area building, and in Exceptions 4 and 5, an alternative method for providing equivalent protection is delineated. It is not necessary that all of the exceptions listed apply. Compliance with only one of the exceptions is all that is necessary for the elimination of a complying parapet. Certainly, walls not required to be of fire-resistance-rated construction would not benefit from a parapet. In the case of walls that terminate at 2-hour fire-resistance-rated roofs or roofs constructed entirely of noncombustible materials, the parapet would be of little benefit, as the construction of the roof would prevent the spread of fire from or into the building. The exception for noncombustible roof construction is not intended to preclude the use of a classified roof covering. In the case of walls permitted to have unprotected openings in conformance with Exception, the code assumes that the exterior wall will be far enough away from either an exposing building or an exposed building so that the protection provided by the parapet will not be necessary. This distance will vary based on the presence of a sprinkler system in the building as shown in Figure 705-12

In the case of Mark, the exterior in question does not conform to the rule. Moreover, the above section refers to Exterior Wall and not Glass Bannisters which is in the case of Mark.

Can you confirm that the Mark building is not in compliance with the IBC 705.11 – Parapet as in reality it is not as per the regulation above? I await your response.

Federico Zini

Sarasota

 

The Mark

To: Federico Zini

I forgot to answer a few of your questions in the previous e-mail:

1. The parapets on the property line are not walls but glass banisters. Could they sustain in case of a big thunderstorm or hurricane – where is the guarantee or confirmation.

The glass guards are impact rated the manufacture data sheet shows this.

2. Did you or the Developers agree that the condo terrace owners- above my roof- allowed to grill or create Fire Hazard like Fireworks etc. The code does allow grills and fireworks would be prohibited by the fire Marshall.

3. The big vases on the swimming pool terrace. Did someone calculate the impact on those vases to glass banister in case of hurricane.

The vases are full of dirt and very heavy and engineered to stay in place in accordance with our wind zone requirements.

4. If I request to repair my roof, will the city require this to be constructed with fire resistance ?

Your roof is in the City’s fire district and would need to meet class a requirement as all roofs in our fire district are required to do.

5. Will the city approve to rebuild the windows and the opening in the same positions?

If your windows were replaced, they would need to meet new code requirements the same as any commercial building in the City’s jurisdiction.

Lawrence Murphy

Building official, City of Sarasota

 

The Mark

To: Federico Zini

I have reviewed your questions and the submitted permit documents as well I have also visited the site.  I have found that the terrace on the fifth level the guard was to be set back and that is being corrected.  The survey does show your building encroached over the property line by more than 8 inches.  This was discovered a while back and that information had been shared with you.  The walls adjacent to your building ( the Mark) are properly fire rated and meet the setbacks for fire separation distance. The openings that you have circled at your roof are skylights and not original and I have found no permits on file for the addition of these elements.  The skylights would not have been permitted due to the location to the property line and would not be able to be replaced once removed.  Your ability to construct vertically on your property would be limited by a few factors . The first would be the size of the original footings and the existing construction of the bearing walls and the code that would be in effect at the time of application. You would probably be required to set the new building within your own property boundaries if reconstructed as well.

Lawrence Murphy

Building official, City of Sarasota

 

The Mark

To: David Arent

I am not sure why you did not receive the mail sent to Mr. Murphy. Perhaps something went wrong in my e-mail service. Could also be possible that other recipients in the original mail dated 18th December might have not received. Apologies to all. I am re-sending the mail to all in case it did not reach earlier.

Federico Zini

Sarasota

 

The Mark

To: Sarasota City Building Official Larry Murphy

Attached please see a document requesting clarification. If you please get back to me as soon as possible.

Federico Zini

Sarasota

 

Bobby Jones Golfer Residency

To: Sarasota City Commission

In 2013 the BJGC began registering course users as they checked in to play.

Although not perfect, for example for some reason the Gillespie Course users are not registered, the data below supplements previous information estimates on where course users come from, and it is probably the best general, albeit somewhat dated, data we have to date in terms of where course users are coming from.

It appears over the last few years 5 to 7% of those who have registered to play at the BJGC have been city residents,  30% of the registered players have listed Sarasota County zip codes outside of the city as their home.   Hence, approximately 1/3 of the 40,000  who have registered to play regulation holes at the BJGC are more or less local.

A very significant 39% are from outside of Florida but within the USA, most likely seasonal visitors who golf during our peak visitor season. Twenty-one percent are from outside the county but reside in Florida.

I wanted to share this data with you prior to the upcoming workshop as we try to create the best win-win possible in terms of balancing our historical golf attraction with the opportunity to serve even more local residents while improving the environment and health by further bolstering recreational opportunities in our community. Please let me know individually if you have any additional questions related to this data.

Tom Barwin

City Manager, City of Sarasota

 

Bobby Jones Golfer Residency

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

Following is the breakdown of BJGC’s golfer database according to registered zip code. These numbers are not all-inclusive of golfers that play at BJGC for reasons such as: Golfers do not register for the Gillespie Course, a fictitious address given, league and special event golfers are not required to register, only one golfer in a group must be registered with the rest being “guest” for which personal information is not obtained, etc.

40,960 total records:

2,894 (7%) are within City limits (approximately 5% of 57,738* City residents)

12,246 (30%) are outside of the City, but within Sarasota County

8,804 (21%) are outside of the County, but within Florida

15,963 (39%) are outside of Florida, but within the USA

264 (1%) are outside of the USA

789 (2%) could not be located (bogus, typos, blank, unrecognized format, etc.)

*July 1, 2019 census

Sue Martin, General Manager, Parks & Recreation

Bobby Jones GC City of Sarasota   

                 

Lack of sidewalk between Blvd of the Arts and the Ritz

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Can you please let me know when a temporary sidewalk will be put in between Blvd of the Arts and the Ritz. I am getting many complaints from our residence from Bays Bluff who can no longer safely walk down the west side of 41 heading south.

I do not know if this email should be going to you or someone else. If I should be contacting someone else please let me know and I will contact them.

Ann Hotaling

President, Bays Bluff Condominium

 

Lack of sidewalk

To: Ann Hotaling

Thank you for reaching out to me about the MURT on the Quay property. The issue will be addressed this evening at the Planning Board Meeting which is at City Hall at 6pm. You can also view it online. I have copied City Staff on this email and will follow-up with additional information when available.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor, City of Sarasota

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