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Editorial Letters – Week ending August 14, 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 Longboat Key Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues as well as Sarasota City Hall that address Sarasota issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Flooding on Broadway

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

My name is Matthew Schroeder and my wife and I own a condo at Sea Pines on the north end of LBK since 2003. She began coming to LBK in 1973 and myself in 1981 while we were dating in college. Hopefully that gives you a sense of how special LBK is to us.

I’m also a member of the Sea Pines Condominium Association Board and also serve as Treasurer. I know you and the entire Town Commissioners and Staff are focused on hardening our infrastructure in response to climate change and its associated effects, including flooding.

Attached are photos of flooding on Broadway in front of Sea Pines that resulted from the multi day rainstorm we just experienced. As you know, the rainstorm was primarily caused by the recent tropical depression/storm centered over New Orleans approximately 900 miles away. One wonders what the impact might be if the storm was stronger and closer to LBK.

One of the photos is of a storm drain that was overwhelmed by the flooding. I’m asking if the Town can add this drain and it’s related piping and pumping to the list of locations the town is improving/hardening etc to increase our resiliency to flooding. Thank you for your service.

Matt Schroeder

Longboat Key

 

Flooding at Broadway

To: Matt Schroeder

I drove the north end on Saturday and saw the flooding in a number of areas, including yours.  We have installed Wastop valves recently in the Village and Sleepy Lagoon and are looking at whether these measures or others can be used to help mitigate these issues on Gulf of Mexico Drive and west.  I have forwarded your note and photos to Town Manager Tom Harmer and Public Works Director Isaac Brownman who are working on this problem. We are also working on a comprehensive plan to address sea level rise throughout the Town. This is a high priority and one whose progress we will share with everyone.

Ken Schneier

Mayor

Longboat Key

 

Flooding on Broadway

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

You may recall the flooding issues on Broadway we discussed. Our Association was informed by Longboat Key Public Works that the drain in front of our Association is in fact blocked. They also told us the drain is on Sea Pines property and it is our responsibility to fix it.

We agree the drain is on Sea Pines property. The issue is the drain has lost much of its effectiveness because the drain pipe ends in the sand frontage between our Association and the Gulf. The drain only clears as fast as the sand absorbs it.

When the drain was first installed decades ago, the pipe ended in the Gulf. Over the years, about 300 feet of sand frontage accumulated between us and the Gulf.  We have cleaned out the drain box and pipe before but cleaning only provides a slight and temporary benefit because the length of the drainpipe is relatively short.

We believe Longbeach may have the same issue but have not formally confirmed.

It would seem connecting our drain pipe to the Town is the best solution. In a big rainstorm or coastal flooding, it could take a long time for the sand to absorb the water. In an emergency situation, the delay could be critical. How best to proceed?

Matt Schroeder

Longboat Key

 

Flooding on Broadway

To: Matt Schroeder

I do remember our earlier conversation about this, and it’s good to be addressing it while we’re not in mid-downpour.  I have to say this is one of the few issues we have seen where increased sand on the beach may have negative consequences.

As you see, I have forwarded your note to Tom and Isaac to see what remedies may be available.  It occurs to me first that the Town system you refer to handles wastewater island-wide from within the home and not storm water run-off, which is addressed more locally as a function of the affected property’s proximity to a receiving body of water, but I will let Public Works give you and me a more complete answer.

Ken Schneier

Mayor

Longboat Key

 

Mandatory masks

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

Mayor,  thanks for the email.  I see Mr. von Duerckheim sent the email to the property management rep and the President of the The Bayou HOA. I know they have a specific set of HOA rules for their private community that restrict the hours of contractor work.  We will also check on the work being performed to make sure it is properly permitted with the Town.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Don’t renew mandatory masks

To: Longboat Key Town Commission

It has come to my attention that the mandatory mask order for Longboat Key will be expiring at the end of August.  I sincerely hope you will not renew it. Not only is it an inconvenience, it is actually unhealthy for healthy people to wear one. Those who are elderly or with co morbidities can choose to stay home or socially distance. Also, the beaches should be re-opened. One of the least dangerous places people can be is outdoors in the fresh air. Let’s use some common sense!

Sally Rauch

Longboat Key

 

Don’t renew mandatory masks

To: Sally Rauch

Based on the death rate in the state common sense does not seem to be working. Too many experts have proven masks save lives. I wear a mask for others and hope others will as well.

BJ Bishop

Commissioner

Longboat Key

 

Reducing number of commission seats

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

In reviewing the minutes from the Charter Review Committee (2007 and 2017), there were no recommendations forwarded to the Town Commission in support of reducing the number of District seats from 7 to 5.  There was discussion in 2017 about amending the Districts from 5 districts/2 at-large to 4 districts/3 at-large, but that was not supported at the Committee level and not forwarded to the Commission for consideration.

At the September 24, 2018, Commission workshop, there was discussion regarding a reduction of districts.  The video is not available on our website, but if you would like a copy, we can arrange for IT to provide.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Trish Shinkle

Town Clerk

Longboat Key

 

Redistricting is not required

To: Longboat Key Commission

Commissioners,  FYI. The Clerk conducts an annual audit of the Town’s registered voters to determine whether the number of voters in any Commission district exceeds the number of registered votes in another district by 20%. The difference between the largest district and the smallest district this year is 12%. Based on the attached audit redistricting is not required this year.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Roofing project too much for neighbors to bear

To: Town Clerk Trish Shinkle

Contractor transgressions are getting out of hand and residents do nothing to keep their contractors in check.

“ Dontworrycallcurry” is doing a Reroof on 3501 Bayou Sound. At 5:22 p.m. today, I informed them of the Bayou rule of no work after 5 p.m. They claimed that they did not know and asked to finish up which they did at 6:30 p.m. That is too much for neighbors to bear. But who in forces the rules? There are lots of people around who make them

What is worse, is that one of their crew used my garden as a toilet. They have some 8 or 9 workers on site but no toilet, which explains the outrage but does not excuse it. Besides that, a search on the town’s website did not show a current permit for the reroof, which is not my concern, but why should some be able to do what they please whilst others adhere to the rules.

Matters have to be brought back under control and contractors have to be acting responsibly.

Kuno von Duerckheim

Longboat Key

 

Virtual commission meetings extended

To: Longboat Key Commission

Commissioners, FYI.  We were made aware yesterday that the FDEP has stated that they have reduced the estimate of the wastewater leak to 17 million gallons.  We have not heard that directly from the FDEP and continue to follow-up with them on any information that they may need to complete their initial review of the leak. The FDEP did request that we perform a topographic survey of a portion of the pipe easement in the area of the leak. We engaged a firm to complete that survey and it was provided to the FDEP yesterday. The Town’s forensic third-party review of the amount of the leak has not been completed at this time and we will provide updated information when that becomes available.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Virtual commission meetings extended

To: Longboat Key Commission

Commissioners.  FYI.  The Governor has issued Executive Order 10-193 that now extends the virtual meeting quorum provision to October 1st for regular local government meetings.  The previous Order was effective through September 1st but allowed budget hearings to be virtual through October 15th.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Longboat Key’s public beach parking remains closed

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

I’m a member of the Sea Pines Board and serve as Treasurer. I’ve been coming to Longboat Key since 1981 and my wife since 1973.

The parking situation on the north end is out of control.  Our parking lot is being used by non-residents who feel it’s their right to do so. People also park across the street and trespass across our property. They come off the beach and use our swimming pool.

In response, we will probably spend thousands of dollars to put in a new security gate, fencing, locks and cameras. It’s not the Longboat Key we’ve known.

It’s sad it’s come to this. The north end has the biggest beach parking and access. I wish you could lower the footprint and size of the Broadway access. Nowhere else on Longboat Key is the footprint as big as Broadway. Help!

Matt Schroeder

Longboat Key

 

Longboat Key’s public beach parking remains closed

To: Matt Schroeder

I am sorry to hear about the trespassing at Sea Pines and have forwarded your email to Town Manager Tom Harmer and Police Chief Pete Cumming.  As I think you know, the Town has closed all beach access parking on the island for most of this Summer.  While this has reduced non-resident crowds on the beaches, some visitors have responded by parking in private lots, which requires a public/private effort to control.  I’m sure Tom or Pete will contact you to help address the problem at your property. Thanks.

Ken Schneier

Mayor

Longboat Key

 

Longboat Key’s public beach parking remains closed

To: Matt Schroeder

Our Police Officers have been concentrating on the parking situation throughout the summer, monitoring accesses and number of visitors enjoying our public beaches.  The access closures and other parking restrictions have made a positive impact on our typical spring and summer influx, resulting in fewer overall visitors and reduced parking problems.  However, there will always be those who will find alternative locations to park.  The Police Department regularly issues citations when vehicles are illegally parked on Town right-of-way or when otherwise restricted by signage on public property.  Enforcement of parking on private property ultimately requires action by the owner/agent who may remove the unauthorized vehicle through a towing business.  Concerning uninvited trespassers and persons utilizing the associations facilities without permission I would strongly suggest a call to the Police Department.  If trespassers are present when our officers arrive we have several options; each of which will eliminate the problem.  Please call 941-316-1201, or dial 911 in an emergency. Thank you for reaching out and letting us know of your concerns, and please feel free to contact me directly anytime.

Pete Cumming

Chief of Police

Longboat Key Police Department

 

Survey for projects

To: Longboat Key Mayor Ken Schneier

Mayor, thanks for the email.  It is a very high-level survey prioritizing projects that are part of the Statewide Strategic Intermodal System so it generally doesn’t have a direct impact to the Town and our ingress/egress off of the island. They are requesting the Metropolitan Planning Organization members to complete the survey so our representative should respond.  I will follow-up with him. Anyone else that would like to respond can go to the link and sign in as a stakeholder.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager

Town of Longboat Key

 

Administrative Executive Order

To: Longboat Key Commission

Commissioners,  FYI.  The latest Administrative Executive Order is attached.  In light of the continued active stage of the pandemic in our two-county area, no changes have been made to the Town’s restrictions. We are maintaining current status on the Town’s facilities and amenities for the next two weeks and will continue to monitor and update our actions as necessary.  The current order is effective through August 24th.

Thomas A. Harmer

Town Manager, Town of Longboat Key

 

Daily COVID Report

To: Longboat Key Commission

Here are the current statistics for Sarasota County Hospital Beds. This information is in their attached report:

Total beds- 1,406

Occupied- 858

COVID related- 84

Total ICU beds- 114

Occupied- 72

COVID related- 26

Manatee County Hospital Bed information from their daily Report:

Non-ICU

Total beds- 578

Available- 47

ICU

Total beds- 56

Available-12

State of Florida with 518,075 (increase of 7,686) confirmed cases and 7,927deaths (increase of 300 deaths).

Sarasota County with 6,095 cases (increase of 155) and 130 deaths (an increase of 1).

Manatee County with 9,030 cases (increase of 92 cases) and 189 deaths (an increase of 1).

Make it a great evening and weekend.

Paul Dezzi

Fire Chief

Longboat Key

 

Daily COVID Report

To: Longboat Key Fire Chief Paul Dezzi

At one point Tom Harmer had results from Manatee that showed different figures than the state health statistics for zip code. The state was showing less than five infections in 34228.

And Manatee was showing 13 cases in just their part of Longboat Key. What gives?

Blake Fleetwood

Longboat Key

 

Daily COVID Report

To: Blake Fleetwood

We have explained this issue several times during our weekly community conference calls.

Currently, Sarasota County is showing less than 5 cases that are currently showing within 14 days while Manatee County is reporting differently in that they report a cumulative amount that is currently 27 which is up by 2 from last week. It is not consistent reporting but this is what we are getting from our local health departments.

Paul Dezzi

Fire Chief

Longboat Key

 

COVID-19 Impacts Study Reminder

To: Longboat Key Vice Mayor Mike Haycock

We know that these are busy and difficult times for many people, and understand how valuable your personal time is, however, we still want to hear from you. While the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) focuses on the safety and health of people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry, our Center seeks to do much more than that. Our goal is to connect and share relevant information with people working in an array of rural and urban industries. Although you may not yet see a clear connection between our Center and your personal experience, we believe you are the right person to share your feedback and help deepen our understanding of the changes and challenges the pandemic has brought to everybody’s personal and professional lives. From farmers, to educators, to public officials, and every connection in between, it is important that we hear from a wide variety of respondents to help address and meet the needs that different audiences may have.

We recently collected data from Extension personnel, but would like to get a more detailed picture of the impacts that COVID-19 is having on stakeholders in our region. We hope that you can give about 15 minutes of your time to share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your work and home life. Your responses will contribute to helping both SCCAHS and the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education (PIE) work to meet the current needs of a variety of stakeholders and to be better prepared to face emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic in the future. Please click the link below to begin the survey. If you have questions about the survey, please contact me at misscassw@ufl.edu for more information.

Cassandra Ward

Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health & Safety

University of Florida

 

COVID-19 Impacts Study Reminder

To: Cassandra Ward

I have been retired for 5 years and no longer run a Citrus Company. Good luck with your survey.

Mike Haycock

Vice Mayor

Longboat Key

 

COVID-19 Impacts Study Reminder

To: Longboat Key Vice Mayor Mike Haycock

While I understand you are retired and the work-related questions are not relevant to you, your response to the other questions in the survey still hold value as they ask about the many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your personal life and other important aspects that can help in our current and future response to emergency situations like this. Also, as my earlier message said, our main focus is on agricultural health and safety, but our goals expand to support many types of stakeholders in the SE US, including sharing relevant evidence-based information that can help people connected to SCCAHS and the PIE Center. I hope you decide to participate in the survey and please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you and stay safe!

Cassandra Ward

Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health & Safety

University of Florida

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Martha Minow

Thank you for your TED talk on Restorative Justice, Creating a More Equitable Legal System. I have watched it a number of times and shared it with our Police Chief, Public Defender, Prosecutor, City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and others.

I am contacting you as we have started a discussion to create a Restorative Justice Program with the Sarasota Police and have had two meetings about this. I was hoping you would be able to recommend a “Model” or “Template” we could follow and adapt and to also see if you had any recommendations for research. While we do have a “mediation” program, it is only for civil matters and we were looking to have a program for civil and potentially criminal matters as well. Please feel free to call me directly should you find it easier to talk, as opposed to emailing, but I would appreciate any guidance on this that you may have to offer.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

How wonderful to see your leadership in this area, and I do think there is great promise in restorative approaches to criminal as well as civil matters.  Many of the longstanding efforts focus on juveniles, and a classic article identify features of two models is here: Restorative Family Group Conferences: Differing Models and Guidelines for Practice Umbreit, Mark; Zehr, Howard, 60 Fed. Probation 24 (1996),  https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/fedpro60&id=212&collection=journals&index=.

The UN Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes (2006) gives a longer analysis of different styles of programs in the drug-related criminal context, see

https://www.unodc.org/pdf/criminal_justice/Handbook_on_Restorative_Justice_Programmes.pdfIdentifying key elements has been a task generating many illustrative guides, e.g., https://www.google.com/search?q=restorative+justice+models&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS832US832&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=W0_Lyu3bv5bDyM%252CoTepfVb_jbnSDM%252C_&vet=1

Forward-looking agreements that include restitution, community service are important elements.

A one-page summary of three types of programs—victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, and circles –shows the important choice about whether and how to broaden the group involved beyond those immediately affected, see the http://www.livingjusticepress.org/?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BFFEB7561-1006-44AD-AEFE-1A085196F8BD%7D.  Especially interesting to me are efforts with youth that involve other young people in running the process; an articles with links to examples is here: https://nationswell.com/criminal-justice-reform-restorative/.

A more academic study is here: Tom Tyler, http://courses.washington.edu/pbafhall/514/514%20Readings/tyler%20justice.pdf.

The best advice I can give, though, is to introduce you here to my terrific colleague, Prof. Adriaan Lanni, who has steeped herself in the models, studies, and assessments of restorative justice.  I have copied her on this note and she is glad to talk together (thanks, Adriaan!).  I am glad to stay connected, too, if I can be of help. Your interest means a great deal to me and even more to those whose lives you will alter for the good.

Martha Minow

Professor, Harvard University

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Martha Minow and Adriaan Lanni

I can’t thank you enough for responding so quickly (and for copying Prof Adriaan Lanni).

And thank you for all the links and information. I can’t wait to read through it! This is very helpful for us to have to get started.

I have copied some of our group on this email as well (Note to Barbara: Could you forward this to those I missed please?). I really appreciate your offer to talk at some point and I am sure I will reach out again to both of you if that is ok. Thank you again!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Wonderful!

Martha Minow

Professor, Harvard University

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

I’m glad to hear you’re considering creating a restorative program. There are several programs that have been very successful that you might look at as possible models. I’d be happy to set up a phone call if that would be helpful. Here are some quick thoughts and links to successful programs that you might find useful.

I. General considerations:

1. At what stage in the criminal process should cases be referred:

Some programs have police or prosecutors refer cases either pre-charge or pre-arraignment, which in many states means avoiding a criminal record. In these cases the offender admits responsibility, but hasn’t plead guilty, so it would be important to ensure the confidentiality of any statements in case the restorative process fails and the case is returned to the criminal process.

Other programs require the defendant to plead guilty to enter the program. Completing the program will then serve as the sentence or will reduce the sentence.

2. Restorative models:

There are two main models that are used for diversion: family group conferencing/community conferencing, and circle processes. There is a lot of overlap between them, and many programs use a hybrid of the two, but the main differences between these two are that (1) conferences often, though not always, use a professional facilitator while circles often use volunteers from the community; and (2) circles often include interested members of the community, sometimes drawn from volunteer community members, while conferences tend to be limited to the victim, offender, and their families/supporters. Another question is whether to include a police officer in the restorative conference or encounter; some programs do this, others do not.

Most programs refer cases to a non-profit organization, which oversees the restorative process and the completion of the restorative agreement items, and then notifies the law enforcement agency when the offender has successfully completed the program. Many of these organizations use volunteers from the community as facilitators. In a few programs probation officers oversee the process, though they may hire restorative justice practitioners to be involved.   

3. What offenses to include:

Many programs focus on juvenile and minor offenses, but there are some successful programs that take referrals for violent felonies, drug trafficking, and firearms cases. General programs often exclude offenses involving intimate partner violence and sexual violence, but there are successful programs that specialize in these offenses.   

3. Typical restorative agreement items:

Typical restorative agreement items include community service, apology letters, referrals to mental health, addiction, or social services where needed, and completion of a program of reflective exercises or groups to work on healthy decision-making and goal setting. Some programs are completed in 4-8 weeks; programs addressing more serious offenses may last 12-15 months.

4. Ensuring racial equity:

Because restorative justice referrals are often discretionary, it is important to make sure that implicit bias does not lead to disparities in referrals to restorative justice. Having clear referral criteria, and perhaps a default of referring all first-time offenders charged with certain offenses, can help alleviate this concern.

II. Some potential models from highly-regarded programs:

1. Communities for Restorative Justice is a Massachusetts non-profit that takes referrals from police and prosecutors. Many cases involve juveniles and/or minor offenses, but they also get referrals for felonies from the DA. They use volunteers to facilitate circles; I am actually a volunteer with c4rj and can put you in touch with their director if that would be helpful. Here is a link to the part of the website that describes their process, and they also have a video that summarizes the process: : https://www.c4rj.org/what-is-restorative-justice/how-the-circle-process-works

2. RISE program, federal district court of Massachusetts: This is a program for federal defendants (mostly drug trafficking and firearms offenses) who have pled guilty and are on pre-trial release. They can delay sentencing for one year while they complete a probation program that includes a 2-day restorative workshop as well as traditional probation requirements; successful completion of the program is taken into account at sentencing. I can put you in touch with the judge (Judge Leo Sorokin) and probation officer who run the program. Here is a link to their program statement: https://www.map.uscourts.gov/sites/map/files/2017%20RISE%20Program%20Statement.pdf

3. Common Justice is a highly-regarded program that focuses on violent felonies in adult courts. Typical crimes include gunpoint robberies, serious assaults, shootings, and other violent offenses that commonly result in incarceration committed by sixteen to twenty-six year olds. During the 15-month program, offenders participate in an intensive violence intervention curriculum as well as the restorative circle process. They also include extensive victim services. Here is a description of their model from their website: https://www.commonjustice.org/common_justice_model

Danielle Sered, Common Justice’s director, has written an excellent book that both lays out the argument for restorative justice and describes Common Justice’s approach in some detail: Sered, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and the Road to Repair.

While I’m talking about books, the classic book outlining restorative justice is Howard Zehr, Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for our Times.   

4. Restorative Response Baltimore is another highly-regarded program that uses a community conferencing model. I don’t know as much about this program. I see from their website that they offer trainings and consulting services for folks looking to start a restorative program.  Here is the description of their model from their website:

https://www.restorativeresponse.org/conferencing/  Hope this helps, and I’m happy to chat, now or at any point as you build your program.

Adriaan Lanni

Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

 

Restorative Justice TED Talk

To: Adriaan Lanni

Wow! This is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time respond and with so much information. We really do appreciate your experience and help. I will reach out to you once I have read through and digested some of this information. Thank you again!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

Lido Sand

To: Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin

The contractors are currently right in front of our residence now at Key Towers South. It’s been very interesting to watch the work proceed and they are really doing a great job! Our new beach will be so beautiful! We know it’s been a long and hard-fought legal battle to finally get the approval to start and we want you, the engineers, and all parties involved to know, that you have our most sincere thanks and gratitude!

Tom Allman

Sarasota

 

Lido Sand

To: Tom Allman

I will pass along your kind sentiments to the key people involved. The Lido Shoreline protection project is a major achievement for the entire community and knowing the beach will now be able to be preserved for the next generation provides a welcomed sense of relief for all. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend and summer. Look forward to seeing you on the beach someday soon!

Tom Barwin

City Manager

City of Sarasota

 

Cooling tower noise emanating from US Garage Building

To: Andrew Marcus

The ideal solution would be for the owners of the U.S. Garage to replace this aging air handler with a new quiet unit rather than have this keep occurring as more parts wear out or break due to its age. Seems like that would be the more cost-effective solution in the long run. Clearly this is not something that should keep happening and would resolve this problem more immediately.

It would also be preferable if you would honor the original commitment to turn the unit off from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. During this 4-6 weeks needed to get the necessary part, perhaps some accommodation could be made by that one tenant.

Liz Alpert

City Commissioner

Sarasota

 

Special City Commission Meeting

To: Sarasota City Commissioner Liz Alpert

Agenda Item:  The multiple allegations/incidents and the City Manager’s handling of these incidents, culture his administration has created that allows this behavior, and lack of communication of serious internal issues like this to the City Commissioners charged with effecting executive authority over the City Manager.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

COVID testing in Jefferson Center

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

I am following up on my request for covid testing being brought to the Jefferson Center, a senior rental building with over 200 residents.

We have had one positive Covid case that I am aware of.  That person is now at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Some portion of our residential population are bound to the building – due to mobility issues or health restrictions. Please let me know if you can make this testing happen. Thank you.

Jude Levy

Sarasota

 

COVID testing in Jefferson Center

To: Jude Levy

Thanks for the email. It is my understanding that the testing sites are run by the Health Department and the City coordinates with them on this. I have copied the City Manager on this and Mr. Henry, as well, I am aware of discussions concerning a mobile testing facility and think they could update us on the progress of these discussions.

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

 

A Jefferson Center resident hit today in the 10th Street Roundabout

To: Sarasota City Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

I just received a call from my friend’s sister that Carol (Lindsay) was hit this morning on her way to work. She was crossing US 41 on the north side crosswalk at 10th Street and was hit in the in the crosswalk by a fast-moving car (so said a witness).

Carol Lindsay is in Sarasota Memorial Hospital with a broken elbow and ankle.

This is all I know at this time.  Carol is a resident of Jefferson Center.

I tried the Hawk lights to cross 10th Street and then US 41 a month or so ago and decided that the north US 41 crosswalk is too close for a driver turning out of 10th Street onto US 41 – Yes, the Hawk light was flashing to see me. I almost got hit.

I decided I would never use the cross walk again and instead would cross the North Trail between Blvd of the Arts and 10th Street, taking my chances that I would be seen and I could see the traffic from the sidewalk & the center island.

Jude Levy

Sarasota

 

A Jefferson Center resident hit today in the 10th Street Roundabout

To: Jude Levy

I am so sorry, this is terrible news. I have copied the City Manager Tom Barwin, Staff, and LK Nandam and other FDOT Stass on this email. Thank you for letting me know!

Jen Ahearn-Koch

Mayor

City of Sarasota

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