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Sarasota blesses ‘The Bay’ plan for 53 city owned acres

Sarasota blesses ‘The Bay’ plan for 53 city owned acres

The proposal will be developed in stages, primarily paid for through private and philanthropic funds and eventually include a new performing arts hall to replace the Van Wezel.

April 21, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers

Sarasota stalls Bayfront plan to define cost to taxpayers

No issue facing the City of Sarasota is of greater import than the redevelopment of its 53 acres that surround the Van Wezel and sprawl along the Bayfront. The Commission wants more time to vet the plan.

April 15, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Orchestra’s Payne Park plan starts on tumultuous note

Orchestra’s Payne Park plan starts on tumultuous note

Sarasota Orchestra CEO Joseph McKenna faced more of a verbal firing squad than a standing ovation at a community meeting last week.

March 22, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Orchestra needs to rethink plan to develop Payne Park

Sarasota Orchestra needs to rethink plan to develop Payne Park

When I heard of the plan for the Sarasota Orchestra to move to Payne Park, I wanted to shout out in joy. Instead, my heart ached.

March 9, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Lido Pool & Pavilion saved from bar/restaurant plan; what’s next? Watch the Video…

Lido Pool & Pavilion saved from bar/restaurant plan; what’s next? Watch the Video…

The plan and the lease that would have allowed a waterfront restaurant and bar at the Lido Beach Pool and Pavilion is officially terminated. But it came at a great cost and with great effort. What’s next?

March 9, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box, Video | Read More »

Longboat’s engineer says Sarasota roundabout not best plan for traffic

Longboat’s engineer says Sarasota roundabout not best plan for traffic

Engineer recommends to study the existing intersection with the triple left turn lane for one year.

February 24, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

City Bayfront Plan needs far more review

City Bayfront Plan needs far more review

Sarasota City commissioners are giving away control of an unparalleled asset, 53 acres — one of America’s prized waterfront parcels, for parking meter change.

February 24, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

The path forward in the Lido Pool plan

The path forward in the Lido Pool plan

The path forward in the Lido debacle is rife with wrong turns. We need to pay the Daiquiri Deck duo to exit the stage, accept the gift from Mark Walsh and then keep it simple, really simple.

February 11, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

Applicant seeks to end Lido pool plan

Applicant seeks to end Lido pool plan

Mark Walsh offers to donate $175,000 to the City if the City maintains control of the park and simply renovates the existing facility to standards the community can embrace.

February 11, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Opposition mounts as Lido Pool/Pavilion plan vote looms Monday in Sarasota City Hall

Opposition mounts as Lido Pool/Pavilion plan vote looms Monday in Sarasota City Hall

The opposition to the Lido Beach Pool & Pavilion plan continues to mount with more than 5,000 signing a petition opposed to the City allowing the public beach site be transformed into a bar and restaurant.

January 14, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »