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Year in Review – Sarasota Orchestra still looking for site to build anew

Year in Review – Sarasota Orchestra still looking for site to build anew

  One community battle in 2019 was far more operatic than orchestral. Within a span of six months, the Sarasota Orchestra announced it planned to move from its Bayfront home, expressed a desire to develop seven acres at Payne Park, was fought by an ardent community and opposition and then as a final act was […]

January 12, 2020 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

Tragic car accident, clear-cutting and a new beach bring light and dark to our holidays in Sarasota and Longboat Key

The City Manager made some critical errors this past year, but he did do one thing right. He would do well in baseball — hitting the ball successfully one out of three times ain’t all bad!

December 25, 2019 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

Mayor Alpert pushes for Sarasota Orchestra resolution

Mayor Alpert pushes for Sarasota Orchestra resolution

Sarasota Mayor Liz Alpert urged commissioners to codify their commitment to Sarasota Orchestra to help find a home within the city.

November 4, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Orchestra stays quiet on plan to relocate

Orchestra stays quiet on plan to relocate

“Should the City Commission choose to rescind its vote in order to put Payne Park back on the options list. Then we would go forth with a lawsuit for adjudication.”

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

Orchestra site search continues in Sarasota

Orchestra site search continues in Sarasota

After the City rejected its proposal, the Sarasota Orchestra has said it would expand its search beyond the City. The Sarasota County Fairgrounds has also re-emerged as a possible location.

June 20, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Orchestra not heading to Payne Park

Orchestra not heading to Payne Park

“I am disappointed by the lack of leadership on your part on this issue. You are giving us no choices.”

June 17, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Commissioner Brody, residents question Orchestra plan to build in Payne Park

Commissioner Brody, residents question Orchestra plan to build in Payne Park

“Mr. Barwin, the choice between losing a significant portion of Payne Park or the Sarasota Orchestra is not a choice at all.”

June 17, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Orchestra’s Payne Park plan up for approval in City Hall

Sarasota Orchestra’s Payne Park plan up for approval in City Hall

City Attorney says park deed may not preclude symphony hall as allowable use.

June 17, 2019 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Orchestra plans to Move to Payne Park

Sarasota Orchestra plans to Move to Payne Park

The Sarasota Orchestra plans to move to Payne Park. The organization cites parking and constraints on performances as well as sea level rise as factors.

April 30, 2019 | Posted in Stephen Reid, Top Box, Video | 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 »