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U.S. News & World Report says that Sarasota is best Place to Retire

Sarasota has been honored by U.S. News & World Report research as the No. 1 best place to retire in the entire country and the 16th best place to live. Congrats to all who have made such a wise decision to be here, and the contributions you make toward an ever-improving, adapting, great community.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the country on housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, job market and health care quality to determine its Best Place to Retire rankings. Florida dominated the retirement list, with seven of the top 10 located in the Sunshine State.

 

Bicycle Connectivity and Sarasota’s  planning process

A new project that will re-imagine the Ringling Boulevard corridor is in the planning stages, and the City of Sarasota wants to expand bicycling connectivity.

The Ringling Trail will create continuous, safe, protected bicycle lanes heading both east and west on Ringling from Pineapple Avenue all the way to Lime Avenue. The City says doing so will help connect neighborhoods and Downtown with the Legacy Trail Extension, which is being extended to Payne Park and Fruitville Road, resulting in a 30-mile, protected bike trail running all the way to Venice.

The Legacy Trail sees 350,000 bicycle trips each year according to City data. This project would also help complete a broader regional trail link that would stretch the trail someday from Naples to St. Petersburg.

The City says it has studied this corridor and found that car traffic has actually decreased over time, and that Ringling has more capacity than it would ever need even if traffic were increasing. This finding, says the City, presents an opportunity to redesign the road for all modes of travel.

 

Sarasota to St. Armands Circle  roadside project update

Progress continues on the Coon Key Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) project, which will add new and improved multi-modal connectivity along each side of John Ringling Boulevard from Downtown Sarasota to St. Armands Circle and the barrier islands.

Beginning Nov. 2, the first of hundreds of new, Florida-friendly trees and plants of various species will be delivered to the work site, with installation starting on the south side of the road along the newly constructed, 10-foot-wide sidewalk.

Meanwhile, on the north side of the roadway, the replacement of the old 16-inch water main is almost complete, marking an upgrade to this aging piece of infrastructure that serves Lido Key. Once utility services are connected and fully running, concrete and landscaping will follow in short order. Substantial completion of the work is anticipated by Dec. 9.

 

In Memory: Marilyn Lami, Age 91

Marilyn Lami (Jun 27, 1929 – Oct 21, 2020), longtime Seaplace resident on Longboat Key, FL died on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Village on the Isle in Venice. She was 91 years old.

Born Marilyn E. Miller on June 27, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from St. Josephia Academy HS in 1948 and attended St. Louis University for a year before becoming a medical secretary at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, MO. Marilyn married Dirk L. Lami on July 19, 1952 and together raised three children, Peter, Susan and Patricia. They were married 63 years. Their first home was in Kirkwood MO and soon after moved to Downers Grove IL. Dirk’s career led the family to Rye NY in 1968.

Upon Dirk’s retirement, Marilyn and Dirk moved to Longboat Key in mid- to late 70’s. Marilyn was an active volunteer with St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the Sarasota Orchestra. She enjoyed her vibrant social life at Seaplace Condominiums and entertaining family and friends.

She is survived by her two sisters Mardel McGuire and Virginia Miller; her children Peter Lami, Patricia Hedlund and Susan Davis; and seven grandchildren: Dirk, Katharine, Austin, Kelly, Robert, Ryan and Allison.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Dirk Lami, Gus and Andrew Hedlund, son-in-law and grandson, respectively.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church on Friday, October 30th at 11:00 A.M. Memorial donations may be made to ‘All Faiths Food Bank’ in Sarasota.

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