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Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media

Exploring the joys of parking meters, Donald Trump, Xanax and the media

The fact is, big personalities win in an environment of mass media. Think Clinton, JFK, Trump, Eminem, Kanye, Oprah, SpongeBob.
Gandhi, Jesus, James Joyce and Pablo Neruda would never make it in today’s America. They would be marketed as the names of cheap perfume remaindered at TJ Maxx.

November 11, 2018 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Emergency sand Lido bound

Emergency sand Lido bound

City staff says the project should take three months and sand dredged from New Pass will be used to buttress the shoreline.

November 11, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

St. Armands merchants in uproar over paid parking disparity

St. Armands merchants in uproar over paid parking disparity

The Sarasota City Commission was told it would be irresponsible and unconscionable to install paid parking on St. Armands Circle and not Downtown at the same time.

October 26, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Waves take a toll on Lido Beach

Waves take a toll on Lido Beach

The Gulf of Mexico has been churning, creating some of the biggest waves seen at Lido Beach in the past six years, ranging from 4 to 6 feet high. That wave action pounded into the shore relentlessly for a couple of days. At the start of hurricane season, The City of Sarasota Public Works crews […]

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Residents seek fertilizer ban in face of red tide

Residents seek fertilizer ban in face of red tide

During last week’s Sarasota City Commission meeting, more than a dozen residents asked the city to support a ban on fertilizers to help reduce future K. Brevis blooms, also known as red tide. Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory have noted that although red tide has been documented for centuries as a naturally occurring phenomenon, human […]

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City introduces Form-Based Code to combat urban sprawl

City introduces Form-Based Code to combat urban sprawl

City of Sarasota Manager Tom Barwin said he was “excited” that a draft of the new form-based code is complete and available online for review by the community. Barwin says Form-Based Code is a modern response to the challenges of urban sprawl, deterioration of historic neighborhoods and the need for safe and efficient multi-modal transportation […]

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City to hold Lido Pavilion plan vote on a future Saturday to be determined

City to hold Lido Pavilion plan vote  on a future Saturday to be determined

The plan to develop the Lido Beach Pavilion and Pool into a waterfront restaurant and tiki bar packed the City of Sarasota Commission chambers last month when the Planning and Zoning Board voted against the request for a major conditional use. The Planning and Zoning Board is an advisory board to the City Commission and […]

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Future could include expansion of Payne Park Tennis in City

Future could include expansion of Payne Park Tennis in City

There is interest in adding practice courts and training courts for students as well as a center court.

October 15, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Bayfront redevelopment wins support

Bayfront redevelopment wins support

After more than five years in the making, the master plan to develop 53 acres of City-owned land along the Bayfront has been approved by the Sarasota City Commission.

September 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November

Emergency sand due to hit Lido mid-November

Last week, the Sarasota City Commission unanimously voted to allow Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin to execute a contract for almost $4 million in sand slated for the highly eroded Lido Beach. Two bids have been submitted, one for $3.943 million by Coastal Dredging LLC, and the other by Weeks Marine for $4.825 million. City […]

September 27, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »